Monday, August 27, 2018

Why Aging Skin Needs More Love

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Why Aging Skin Needs More Love

       Just like hair and nails, your skin gets thinner as you age (just another bonus of aging). This thinning is caused by various factors, including but not limited to the loss of collagen production (the protein that provides structure, keeping skin thick and firm), environmental damage (such as sun exposure), changing blood vessels, and various medications. As your skin thins, it becomes prone to dryness, tears, and irritation. Not only does thinning skin cause the appearance of wrinkles, it is also more susceptable to bruising and wounds. In fact, a wound on aging skin can last up to four times as long as the same wound would last on young skin!

       Thankfully, there are ways to counteract the affects of thinning skin! As your skin thins, it is important to retain as much moisture as possible. Say goodbye to the long  hot showers and baths, especially in the colder weather. Hot water dries your skin and can cause irritations. Try to keep your showers to 10-15 minutes, with tepid water. Also, while we are talking about bathing, ditch the exfoliating scrubs! If you want to remove or exfoliate dry/dead skin, then use a soft washcloth over wet skin, preferably with a soap that is gentle and fragrance free to avoid further irritation. While your skin is still damp, layer on a moisturizer that contains petroleum jelly. Applying the moisturizer to dampened skin helps lock in the moisture and retain water. Using a combination of ingredients that provide moisture, such as hyaluronic acid and ingredients with fatty acids to provide smoothness, such as shea butter, is the best skin care strategy to achieve fully moisturized skin. 

       Make sure to take care of your wounds as you age. Look for bandages that say "sensitive skin" and avoid adhesive bandages, which can irritate or cut your skin. Be mindful of your skin's needs and make sure to give your skin the loving that it needs as it ages. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Back to School Means Back to Routine

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Back-to-school means back to routine! With fall fast approaching, it is time to get reacquainted with your skin's cold-weather needs. Now is the time to dial in your skin care routine so you can have healthy, hydrated skin all season long.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Skin Care Power Ingredients: Explained

Skin Care Power Ingredients

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Knowing the ingredients in your skin care products is vital to maximize the effectiveness of the products you use and to achieve the desired results. Using products that fit your specific skin's needs will make all the difference in giving you the results you want! Here is a list of today's power ingredients along with a brief description.

Peptides: The reason why peptides are used in anti-aging skincare products is due to their ability to increase collagen productionCollagen is the protein that gives your skin a firm, smooth, youthful appearance. Natural and environmental factors, like sun exposure and free radicals, cause collagen to degrade over time. The result? Lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Therefore, since peptides can increase collagen production they are able to minimize these signs of aging. 
Product Example: SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid

Rose Oil: Rose Oil is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, all of which treat common skin conditions such as aging, redness and even adult acne.
Product Example: The Organic Pharmacy Rose Plus Age Renewal

Vitamin C: Vitamin C performs a variety of functions within the skin, including stimulating new collagen, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, protecting the skin from environmental pollutants with its antioxidant properties, helping reduce visible discolorations on the skin and providing enhanced protection against UV exposure.
Product Example: IMAGE Skincare Vital C Anti-Aging Serum

Glycolic Acid: Products that contain Glycolic Acid are used often to treat scarring, skin discoloration and signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. If you suffer from dull, pigmented or aging skin, look to invest in a once a week exfoliating treatment or an at-home peel product infused with Glycolic Acid.
Product Example: SkinCeuticals Gel Peel GL

Lactic Acid: Lactic acid is one of the most popular alpha hydroxyacids (AHAs) in skin care today, marketed as a powerful ingredient that helps reduce acne breakouts and the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Product Example: Sunday Riley Good Genes

Hyaluronic Acid: Its calming, hydrating, and antioxidant properties are great for all skin types, even for rosacea-prone and eczema-prone skin. Simply put, hyaluronic acid has powerful anti-aging properties and is also one of the premier hydrating ingredients for skin, even for oily, sensitive, or breakout-prone skin.
Product Example: Phyto-C B5 Gel

Kojic Acid: Though kojic acid functions primarily as a skin-lightening agent, it's also known to prevent future hyperpigmentation from occurring by limiting ongoing production of melanin.
Product Example: IMAGE Skincare I-Enhance 25% Kojic Acid Facial Enhancer

Retinol: Retinol products can help visibly diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the appearance of firmness, improve uneven skin tone, smooth and refine the surface of skin, and help mitigate the effects of environmental stressors. retinoic acid works to increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, fade hyperpigmentation, and help skin stay hydrated and glowing without irritation. Thanks to all this healthy turnover, retinol can treat and prevent everything from stubborn cystic acne and eczema to sun-induced wrinkles and dark spots.
Product Example: Phyto-C Retinol 1.0

Ferulic Acid: Plant-based, phenolic antioxidant that is found in bran, among other plants. Research has shown that it providesantioxidant benefits to skin while enhancing the stability oftopical applications of antioxidant vitamins C and E. It also helps defend skin against environmental assault.
Product Example: SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic

Salicylic Acid: A type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), salicylic acid is a multi-tasking ingredient that can tackle skin’s many problems. Often prescribed by doctors, you’ll find it in most of the best acne treatments due to its exfoliating nature and structure, which allows it to get deeper into the skin and encourage pores to de-clog. As an anti-irritant, it also has the ability to soothe stressed skin, reduce redness and work as an anti-inflammatory to calm breakouts and angry skin. It’s also a keratolytic medication, which in layman’s terms means it encourages skin exfoliation. 
Product Example: VI Purify Acne Peel

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