Facts And Myths About Skin Care

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Skin is our largest organ, and when it’s healthy, it’s something we may take for granted. We are frequently seeing misleading ‘facts and myths’ about our skin, and what is good and bad for it appearing in gossip columns all too regularly. Here we look at stories we see time and again that can be cleared up immediately and supply some facts you can rely on as we try to put some clarity to ‘Facts And Myths About Healthy Skin.’

Skin Continually Renews Itself:

This Is True. The skin provides an effective barrier between your body’s inner environment and the outside world. The epidermis (the outer layer of skin) has cells called keratinocytes that are constantly dividing to be replaced by new cells that move up through the dermis. This process of renewal is basically exfoliation (shedding) of the epidermis. Skin is a fertile source of stem cells with the capability to divide and renew themselves.

Drink 2L Of Water A Day For Healthy Skin:

This Is Not True. The volume of water you drink does not directly influence the skin. Water arrives at the skin by blood flowing through the dermis, the inner layer of skin; water is lost from the epidermis, as you sweat and especially in a hot, dry climate.

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Water is needed to sustain skin hydration and when you become severely dehydrated your skin will look dull and has less elasticity. For a person who is healthy the internal organs – heart, kidneys, and blood vessels – control the amount of water that reaches the skin. So, in fact, there is no fixed volume of water that you need to drink, it merely depends on the amount of water that you are using and subsequently losing.

Stress Can Make Skin Unhealthy:

This Is True. People suffer from many health issues in today’s hectic lifestyle that we blame on stress, various skin conditions have been determined in scientific studies that are affected by life events, likely by stress hormones including cortisol – this is a steroid hormone made in the adrenal glands.

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Most notable are alopecia areata, this is an auto-immune condition where the body’s immunity starts to attack the hair follicles which eventually leads to hair falling out; Psoriasis is another auto-immune disease that causes skin thickening, inflammation, and scaling; and eczema, itchy red skin inflammation often occurring alongside asthma, hay fever, and other allergies. Regrettably, a flare-up of these skin conditions is precisely what you don’t need when you are feeling stressed or under pressure.

Eating Chocolate Causes Acne:

This Is Not True. Acne vulgaris is the typical ‘teenage’ acne which can actually persist into your 30’s and 40’s, this occurs as a result of the interaction between hormonal influences on grease glands in the skin, plus the skin’s immune retort to blocked pores and microbes living on the surface of the skin.

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Eating a high-fat diet is unhealthy for numerous reasons, but it is not the cause of acne. In fact, you will find that some medication prescribed for severe acne such as oral Isotretinoin Capsules, that are for teenagers and adults, are better absorbed when the pills are swallowed with a fatty meal – it’s best to take them straight after a meal or snack to make sure they work correctly, and that could include chocolate.

Obviously, overdoing the pizza and chocolate bars isn’t good for your health or your waistline, so do try to follow a healthy diet.

Washing Powder Causes Eczema:

This Is Not True. Firstly, Eczema is a condition where the skin becomes dry, itchy, red and can be extremely painful. The cause of it is a combination of genetic factors (how your skin is made) and environmental influences, leading to the inflammation.


There is no doubt that soap, detergents and washing powders can irritate the skin and contribute to dryness because they are made to remove oil and grease (just as washing-up liquid removes grease from dishes) so consequently when they come into contact with the skin they will remove some of the natural oil from it.

Biological washing powders are made with enzymes so that these proteins break down fats and proteins to remove stains, so if you do suffer from sensitive skin or eczema, this may well react if it comes into contact with them, but they are not the cause of Eczema. It is vital that any washing power is thoroughly rinsed out of clothing before it is worn, to avoid skin irritation.

*Click Here To Read More On The Effect Chemicals Can Have On The Skin*

White Marks On Nails Indicates Calcium Deficiency:

This Is Not True. Nails are formed in the nail matrix, an area under the skin at the top edge of your nail. If the matrix is traumatized, bumped or damaged in any way, an abnormality in the developing nail occurs, and ‘air-pocket’ can become trapped. This ‘air-pocket’ then appears as a white mark as the nail grows out. Calcium is vital for healthy nails (as well as bones and teeth), but these white marks are not a sign of Calcium deficiency.

Sunshine Is Good For You:

This Is Both True & False. Many people have experienced the feel-good factor that comes with a bright, sunny day, but, as many of us are aware, there are good and bad effects from the sunlight. Light from the sun includes a mix of different wavelengths of light: some can be seen by the human eye, some are shorter than the colors we can see, these are called ultraviolet (UV) and some are longer, the infrared. These different wavelengths have different effects on the skin.

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UVB is used by skin to produce vitamin D, which is essential for bone health. But, if we don’t get enough sun exposure, this vitamin must be obtained from our diet.

The problem occurs when the skin is exposed to too much UV, it can damage the skin cells’ DNA, leading to uncontrolled growth, and the source of cancer. A simple rule to follow is, that unless you have a disease or treatment that suppresses your immune system, sunshine is beneficial for you in moderation, but always avoid getting sunburned.

Dermatologists do use specific wavelengths of UVA and UVB in carefully controlled doses to manage and reduce skin inflammation, an invaluable treatment for some skin conditions.

It’s essential to ensure that your skin is sufficiently protected whenever it is exposed to the sun, even if it is cloudy and not a particularly hot, sunny day you must apply sunscreen.

When purchasing a sunscreen, you have to look for the SPF ‘Sun Protection Factor’ The higher the number of SPF, the greater your skin will be protected from the sun.

When you look at sunscreens, they are placed into four categories: Low Sun Protection (SPF 6 to 14) Medium Sun Protection (SPF 15 to 29) High Sun Protection (SPF 30 to 50) and Very High Sun Protection (SPF 50 +).                      It is recommended that you opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

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In addition to SPF, it’s imperative that you take note of the UVA Star* rating of the sunscreen that you purchase. You should always buy a sunscreen that displays a UVA Star* rating of at least four stars out of a possible five.

Sunscreens with a high SPF protects against dangerous UVB (ultraviolet B rays), while the UVA Star* rating indicates to what extent the sun’s ultraviolet A rays are absorbed by the sunscreen and not into the skin.

It’s the penetration of UVA rays into the skin can that leads to the appearance of premature aging, while on the other hand, exposure to UVB rays is associated with the risk of developing skin cancer.

Even if you’re skin is not prone to getting sunburn, it’s still worth investing in a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or 50 so that you can relax a little easier knowing that you’ve taken steps to protect your skin.

The other important factor apart from the SPF and UVA star rating that it is vital to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours throughout the day, especially if you’ve been in water or played sports and sweated a lot, and rubbed the sunscreen off.

Keep It Simple – But Effective:

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The basic principles to keeping your skin healthy are to apply a lot of common sense. You need to wash your skin regularly to remove dirt, but not so much that you remove the essential oils and moisture and water-proofing substances. Use a good moisturizer to prevent your skin from getting dry and feeling tight. Do your best to avoid stressful situations if at all possible. Eat a healthy diet and drink water, you will know you have not had enough water to drink if you begin to feel thirsty, try to prevent that from happening! And finally, protect your skin from too much sun with a hat, clothing, and sunscreen.

Have you heard about these ‘Facts and Myths’ or any others that may affect your skin? I would love to hear about them. Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com

 

Best Skin Care Gift Sets – Skin Matters

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BEAUTY GIFT SETS

Give that exceptional someone what they want with our range of beauty gift sets. Perfect for any fragrance fan, contouring connoisseur or groomed gentleman, our selection of makeup, skincare and grooming gift sets for him and her covers all bases – whatever the celebration.

 


Clinique Gift Set

More Than Moisture – Moisture Surge Gift Set. The perfect Gift set to keep winter skin hydrated.

 

clinique 3 piece gift set+pouch
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Clinique Gift Set Includes:

Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator – 50ml:

Moisture Surge comes with hyaluronic acid and activated aloe water that helps skin to create its own internal water source. A lightweight, refreshing gel-cream that keeps skin almost twice as hydrated at the end of the day than it did before.

Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief.

Moisturizer provides 72 hours of continuous hydration, leaving the skin endlessly plump and dewy – even after washing your face.

Provides both immediate and long-term hydration to the skin. Helps to plump up fine, dry lines and quickly restores hydration and binds water to the skin.

Skin remains soft and comfortable in changing climates allowing the skin to adjust to changes in humidity and temperature which can lead to a loss of hydration.

Helps restore proper moisture balance while helping to protect against environmental damage.

Moisture Surge Overnight Mask – 30ml:

An overnight mask that helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin.

Moisture Surge, Overnight Mask, helps to soothe and nourishes all night long for glowing skin when you wake.

Creates an invisible mask to hold moisture on the skin.

Strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier and helps protect against nighttime moisture loss.

Skin feels calmed and soothed by a combination of antioxidants.

Works for all skin types.

Apply all over the face at night.

All About Eyes – 5ml:

A must-have product for all eyes. Reduces puffiness and minimises dark circles and fine lines. Lightweight, cream-gel formula actually helps hold eye makeup in place.

Apply sparingly with your finger morning and night over the entire eye area after your Moisturizing Lotion.

Overall Conclusion of Clinique Gift Set:

Simply the Best!

Without a doubt, 3 of Clinique’s best moisturizing products in one set; a perfect gift! The Moisture Surge Hydrator does what it says, leaving the skin feeling amazing, it adds excellent hydration to the skin.

The overnight Mask is light and does not seem to clog up the skin pores, and the All About Eyes will leave eyes looking looking fresh and alert.

 


Paula’s Choice Skin Care Gift Set

The Defense collection contains the essential products that your skin needs to neutralize the adverse effects of pollution. Each product in the set includes the exclusive Anti-Pollution Factor technology (APF) that protects skin from airborne pollutants, helping skin repair its stressed appearance, so becoming even-toned, stronger, and noticeably vibrant, and you will see healthy, radiant looking skin now and for years to come.

 

Paulas Choice Gift Set
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Paula’s Choice Gift Set Includes:

Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser:

This cleanser will gently remove dirt, excess oil and all skin-dulling pollutants.

The Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier contains 0.5% salicylic acid, delivers potent antioxidants deep into the pores where they can neutralize pollutants.

Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30. Protect your skin from blue light, UV rays and airborne pollutants with

Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer. Let your skin repair while you sleep with the

Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Face Cleanser:

Gently remove makeup, excess oil and skin-dulling pollutants without your skin feeling tight or dry. The unique Anti Pollution Factor blend with a triple superfood complex of green tea, liquorice and soy work to neutralize surface pollutants and restore the skin’s own natural moisture barrier.

It begins as a refreshing gel then morphing into a cushiony cream, this silky cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and refreshed.

Use this both morning and evening. Splash warm water to the face and eyes.

Apply a small amount of the cleanser to your face, in a vigorous yet gentle circular motion. Rinse well. Repeat the process or use with a clean washcloth to remove heavy makeup.

Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier:

Defense Antioxidant Pore Purifier provides the pore-clearing powers of salicylic acid to penetrate powerful antioxidants into the skin, helping to remove daily pollution damage before it can impact your complexion. The exclusive Anti Pollution Factor contains niacinamide, vitamin C and a form of azelaic acid that smooths, brightens and repair skin, leaving it healthy, radiant with a more even-tone.

Unclogs and visibly refines pores

How To Use:

Shake before use. After cleansing – apply a few drops to your face and neck twice a day. Follow this with a night cream in the evening, or during the day with a day cream containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.

Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30:

Illuminate, hydrate and protect the skin using Defense Essential Glow Moisturizer SPF 30. This is a lightweight day cream that features an exclusive Anti Pollution Factor blend with over a dozen plant- and vitamin-powered antioxidants to neutralize the effects of both environmental pollutants and blue light. Mineral sun filters help to protect the skin from UV rays, while an innovative brightening mix – that includes liquorice and resveratrol that brightens the complexion, improving uneven skin tone and dark spots.

How To Use:

Always apply sunscreen SPF 30 or higher as part of your morning skincare routine. You should allow a few moments to dry before applying makeup.

 

Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer:

Making sure your skin is well-prepared for the day ahead with Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturizer, that contains the exclusive Anti Pollution Factor blend that includes 8 superfood-derived antioxidants and plant-derived ingredients that will both repair and strengthen your skin while you sleep. This super-lightweight yet hydrating night cream replenishes skin and neutralizes the effects of both blue light and air pollution so that you awaken to a soft, radiant and revitalized complexion.

Fights signs of aging, a light lotion, does not feel oily.

How To Use:

A night moisturizer is the last step in your evening routine.

Apply the moisturizer liberally to your face after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and applying an antioxidant serum or targeted treatment.

Overall Conclusion of Paula’s Choice Gift Set:

A fabulous Gift Set that consists of everything you need to give your face the perfect daily treatment. The excellent products included will help reverse pollution damage, and leave skin looking brighter, feeling softer and more even-toned.

These 4 items help to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and improve skin tone and texture.

Simply, wash your face with the cleanser, apply the antioxidant treatment and follow with the day or night moisturizer, all that you need for unblemished skin, the perfect set!

 


Estèe Lauder Deluxe 4-Piece Collection Gift Set

Lift + Firm for Radiant, Youthful-Looking Skin

Estee Lauder 4 piece gift set
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Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Face & Neck Creme SPF 15 – 50ml (full-size)

Now your skin can have it all, the firmer look, the more toned feeling and the radiance that reflects how beautiful you are.

Look as young as you feel with our multi-faceted, 24-hour system.

Resilience Lift for day use is powered by our exclusive Photo-Activated Lift Complex. Immediately, the skin appears more radiant with a and fresher-younger look. As you use it, your skin seems firmer and tighter. Lines and wrinkles look much smoother, you’ll see a remarkably younger, revitalized look.

How To Use:

Apply to face AM and PM after your Repair Serum.

Resilience Lift Firming/Sculpting Eye Creme, 5ml (deluxe travel size)

This intensely nourishing formula helps firm and define the look of the eye area, it includes both of our exclusive Photo-Activated and Nocturnal Lift Complexes.

Luminising optics that instantly blur the appearance of fine, dry lines. You’ll see the whole of the eye area looking firmer, brighter, smoother, younger.

Use it with Resilience Lift Day and Night cremes for a 24-hour lift.

How To Use:

Apply AM and PM around the eye area.

Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment, 15ml (deluxe travel size)

This fast-acting formula targets multiple facial zones – along the jawline, cheeks, around eyes and even stubborn laugh lines – to deliver a firmer, natural and more youthful look.

Instantly Radiant: Your skin will look hydrated and rejuvenated immediately.

Smoother: Your skin feels much smoother, plump, and baby-soft. Gentle AHAs refine the skin’s texture.

Firmer: Skin feels firmer and facial contours – jawline and cheeks look more defined. Fine lines and wrinkles become significantly reduced in their appearance.

With a powerful concentration of Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 – a custom-designed rebuilding peptide – the formula penetrates quickly. Helps strengthen the skin’s vital support network.

How To Use:

Apply to clean skin before your moisturizer both AM and PM. Avoid the eye area. Always use sunscreen and try to limit sun exposure while using this product, and the week after.

Did you know?

Any products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), like Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment, may lead to the skin to become more sensitive to the sun and it’s recommended to limit sun exposure and use a high SPF 30+ sunscreen before going outside.

Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Foam, 30ml (deluxe travel size)

Micro-purifying. Micro-revitalising. This conditioning formula transforms into a soft, light, airy foam that removes makeup and impurities, including pollution, as it purifies deep in the skin’s surface to improve your overall healthy look. The high-performance formula rinses easily and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and refreshed.

How To Use:

Every night, massage gently over damp skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Avoid the eye area.

Overall Conclusion of Estèe Lauder Gift Set:

If you are a fan of ‘Estèe Lauder’ products you will just love this Gift Set.

Discover these skin ‘targeted’ experts to reveal a remarkably younger, more youthful and revitalized look.

Estee Lauder always prides themselves on delivering products that bring a ‘youthful’ appearance to the skin, and this gift set has everything that you will need to make your skin feel firm, plump, looking and feeling fantastic.

 


Lab Series For Men Gift Set

The High-Performance Duo set featuring two of LAB SERIES’ best sellers paired for powerful results; the Multi-Action Face Wash 100ml and the PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment 100ml. Everyday skincare made easy.

Lab Series Men Gift Set
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Multi-Action Face Wash:

Multi-action foaming cream that cleanses exfoliates and conditions the skin.

Effective lathering system that dissolves excess oil and helps to unclog pores. Purifying beads remove the dead skin cells and impurities, reducing ashiness. Vitamin enriched formula that nourishes and re-conditions the skin, prepping it for a close shave.

Massage gently on to damp face and neck, rinse with warm water and then pat dry.

Conclusion:

Lab Series’ description for this face wash is about as accurate as it gets. It foams, cleanses, exfoliates and conditions. Great texture, very effective for instant results. More than that it leaves your skin feeling invigorated and smooth. Top tip – a little goes a long way with this brilliant product.

PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment:

Busy men demand that skincare products work hard and work smart. PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment ticks multiple items off your daily skincare routine with a single, highly advanced facial treatment. One quality formula with four fantastic skin benefits. Get ready to look your very best in one step.

How It Works:

This super lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that combines four face care essentials.

1. Instant Soothing – employing MPD-8 Complex, a LAB SERIES technology. The formula helps reduce the look of irritation and redness – 93% of men felt skin was instantly soothed, smoothed and looking refreshed.

2. Instant Moisture – replenish hydration, and over time helping to rebuild and fortify the all-important moisture barrier – 99% of men felt the skin was instantly moisturized.

3. Damage Repair – diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After 4 weeks – 88% of men felt the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles was reduced.                                                                                                                                      4. Shine Control – with LAB SERIES I-Matte technology, helps to absorb oil instantly. Leaves skin looking clean and less shiny – 93% of men instantly saw shine-free skin.

How To Use:

PRO LS All-In-One Face Treatment, this has been designed so that it can be used anytime, anywhere. Apply to a clean face and neck after shaving. Smooth it on whenever your skin is feeling dry or looking shiny, or when you have to look your best, fast. It’s great every day, tailor-made for travel, and smart addition to any gym bag. Formulated for all skin types.

Overall Conclusion of Lab Series For Men Gift Set:

Excellent face wash that you simply cannot fault, and this moisturizer is excellent but has no SPF in it, so it isn’t really an all in one, but it does have vital ingredients and is soothing for the skin.

Always apply SPF 30+ to your face in the morning after your moisturizer.


Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com


 

Alcohol and Skin Care Products – The Facts – Maintaining Healthy Skin

One question that I get asked almost on a daily basis is about the ingredients in cosmetics. What should I look out for in a product that is going to be detrimental to my skin? Most of the time, people’s biggest concern is Alcohol and Skin Care Products, and maintaining healthy skin.

Alcohol – How To Interpret It:

However, it isn’t so easy to give a straightforward answer, simply because everyone’s skin type is different, and anyone who has ‘sensitive’ or ‘very sensitive’ skin need to be particularly careful with the cosmetics they apply to their skin, as alcohol is the number one irritant for sensitive skin.

That said, one thing I do advise everyone, is to look for and avoid anything that has ‘Alcohol’ high on the list of ingredients.

With so much misleading or incomplete information online, you can easily believe that not all alcohol-based cosmetics are harmful to your skin. Products loaded with alcohol (SD alcohol, denatured, ethanol, methanol or ethyl alcohol) are absorbed quickly into the skin and have a light, delicate feel to them, it’s easy to see why they appeal to manufacturers and the reason why they like to keep adding them to their products.

Despite this widely available information being misinterpreted, research is conclusive: No matter what skin care problems you have, alcohol as the main ingredient in a skin care product is a going to aggravate it.

Can Alcohol Ever Be Good For Your Skin?

So, it’s perfectly understandable that you may be thinking their has to be a good reason why so many skin care companies include alcohol in their products. Of course, a few reasons will appear, but their are only two explanations that hold any weight. As previously mentioned, alcohol can make a skin-care product feel almost weightless, creating a deceptively pleasing aesthetic.

The second reason being that your skin is their to protect your body from ‘foreign bodies’ entering it, and naturally, this will include any cosmetics we try to apply to our skin, these include the ‘good’ ingredients we like to ‘feed’ it.

Skin-protective substances (lipids, enzymes, and antioxidants) are keeping the beneficial ingredients in your cosmetics from getting into your body. Alcohol helps to get these ‘good’ ingredients like retinol, and vitamin C to be absorbed into the skin more effectively, but in doing so it damages the skin’s barrier, destroying the very substances that keep your skin healthy.

There are undoubtedly other, less harmful ways to get the right ingredients into the skin, and without damaging the surface.

If Alcohol Evaporates – How Damaging Can It Be?

Most people will know that alcohol evaporates quickly, so it seems logical to think that if it is not on the skin surface for very long, the damage will not be so severe. Unfortunately, that is only wishful thinking, alcohol immediately harms the skin and will continue to cause damage long after it has evaporated.

Once the alcohol has done damage to the skin’s barrier, your skin has been weakened, and it will never be as good at protecting itself from further damage.

The Good & Bad Types Of Alcohol:

There is a group of ‘fatty alcohols’ which are not harmful in any way to the skin. Unfortunately, these often get confused with the bad alcohols, such as Denatured alcohol, the fatty alcohols (the right type) include, among others, Cetyl, Stearyl, and Cetearyl Alcohol.

These fatty alcohols are used as emollients and thickeners in skin-care products. Fatty alcohols do not irritate your skin and can be beneficial to help relieve dry skin, they give a pleasant texture to creams/lotions and help keep components stable in products, in small amounts these won’t create problems to any skin type.

When we talk about the presence of ‘bad’ alcohol in cosmetics, we are referring to a drying type of alcohol, the names to look out for on the ingredient label are, SD Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Ethanol, Methanol or Ethyl Alcohol and less frequently used Isopropyl Alcohol. These are the volatile alcohols that give products a quick-drying finish and help creams to feel weightless on the skin surface, and they also help to de-grease skin. It is understandable they have some appeal to consumers, especially for those with oily skin.

When you see any of these types of alcohol listed in the first six ingredients on the packaging of any cosmetic product, without question they will aggravate and are bad for all skin types. The consequences of using any cosmetics with high alcohol contents are dryness to your skin, erosion of the surface of the skin; this affects how the skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. These bad types of Alcohol weaken everything about skin.

Alcohol’s Connection To Acne & Oily Skin:

Alcohol has two benefits that will undoubtedly appeal to people who suffer from acne and oily skin. Alcohol can kill acne-causing bacteria, and help reduce their breakouts, which is why people with acne favor alcohol-based anti-acne products. Alcohol also de-greases skin, and that instant relief from shiny skin is appealing to those with oily complexions.

However, research has shown that alcohol-based anti-acne products increase both irritation and dryness, thus making it difficult for those with acne to stick to their skincare routine. Research indicates that anti-acne products that contain milder alternatives to alcohol are better for the skin. The downside of using alcohol-based treatments is that the damage they cause leads to an increase of acne-causing bacteria, and makes inflammation of the affected area worse.

For those treating oily skin, alcohol can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, so the de-greasing effect is counteracted by oily skin producing more oil, it is a no win situation! You have to avoid products that have high Alcohol content.

Alcohol & Skin Cells:

While researching this subject, I was reading about an experiment where small amounts of alcohol were applied to skin cells in laboratory settings (about 3% alcohol, keep in mind skin-care products contain values ranging from 5% to 60% or more) over the course of two days it increased severe skin-cell damage by 26%. The alcohol also destroyed the substances in skin cells that help to reduce inflammation and defend against free radicals.

So, it leads back to the question, why are products that are alcohol-based still being produced? We know these cause damage to our skin, whether you see the damage straight away or 10 years from now. There is no reason to use alcohol in cosmetics given that their are more advanced alternatives currently available.

Isn’t it a good reason for cosmetic companies to now stop developing SD alcohol/ethanol-based products when it’s such an out-dated way to be making cosmetics.

Conclusion:

So, what is the conclusion regards Alcohol and Skin Care Products? The research is clear: Alcohol harms your skin’s protective barrier, aggravates sensitive skin, triggers free-radical damage, makes oily skin and redness worse, and the most damning thing of all, it will rapidly age your skin.

It’s quite simple people, given the damaging effects of alcohol-based products, avoid them altogether when their are hundreds of skin-friendly alternatives available.

What are your concerns regarding Alcohol in Cosmetics? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com


 

Lab Series Skin Care For Men Review – Skin Matters

Lab Series For Men

 

 

Lab Series for Men is owned by the Estee Lauder Corporation, Lab Series Skincare for Men was previously known as Aramis Lab Series for Men. Estee Lauder has other brands that offer male-specific products, including Clinique Skin Supplies for Men and Aveda Men, but the Lab Series products are better by far. Generally perceived that men’s products fall far behind those of women’s products regarding good skin care, a few good products in a men’s line is most welcomed!

With regard to the ingredients in the Lab Series range, there isn’t anything in these formulas that you don’t find in products specifically for women. Regardless of gender, skin is skin; although hormonal elements do play an important part, for instance, male hormones make a man’s skin thicker and more oily than woman’s, whereas female hormones make a woman’s skin smoother and softer, and often with smaller pores than a man.

However, in regard to what either gender needs to maintain healthy, protected skin, there is little or no fundamental difference. When it comes to the numerous skin problems the human body can develop and need help with, such as acne, sun damage, free-radical damage, growing older, rosacea, psoriasis, and so on, there is little research to show that men require products that are markedly different to those that women need.

Lab Series Skincare for Men want to encourage guys to become more interested in keeping up their appearance using a sensible skin-care routine, with its masculine, no-nonsense packaging and plenty of products to give the Best Skin Care for Men – Maintaining Healthy Skin.

The Lab Series range offers good cleansers; some excellent moisturizers, including some with sunscreen; a good selection for the morning shaving ritual, such as an excellent shave cream and shave gel, and well-formulated post-shave lotion.

Good absorbent face masks and lip balm; many products are fragrance-free; with packaging that keeps light and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.



LAB SERIES RAZOR BURN RELIEF ULTRA  

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Skin Type:

Formulated for all skin types.

What It Does:

Lightweight soothing lotion that offers fast relief from razor burn, irritation, and redness. Immediately distributes moisture to affected areas, calming the skin and re-building the moisture barrier damaged by shaving.

Ingredients:

Water Purified, Ceteareth-12, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dioctyl Succinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Coffea Robusta Seed Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Betula Alba Juice, Bisabolol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caffeine, Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium DNA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Galactoarabinan, Linoleic Acid, Phytosphingosine, PEG-10 Soya Sterol, Glycine, Glycerin, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Ethylhexyl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Sodium Beta-Sitosterol Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-10, Ceteareth-20, Potassium Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

How To Use:

Use post shave, apply a small amount with fingertips in circular motions around shaved areas.

Conclusion:

Although most post-shave products contain at least one irritating ingredient, Razor Burn Relief Ultra gets it right! It is a lightweight lotion that contains several soothing, skin healing and cell-communicating ingredients that are perfect for shaved skin, all without fragrance. This product is capable of making just-shaved skin feel calm and comfortable and helps tremendously with post-shave irritation and redness, I would highly recommend.



LAB SERIES INVIGORATING FACE SCRUB

Buy From labseries.co.uk

Skin Type:

Formulated for normal or oily skin types.

What It Does:

This Thin-textured energizing gel scrub will give you smoother, clearer skin and helps provide a closer shave. Actively exfoliates to smooth skin’s texture unclogs pores of debris and sebum, preps the skin for a smoother shave. Energizing gel scrub removes dead skin cells, and stimulates blood flow to create a younger, healthier look.

Ingredients:

Water, Alcohol Denat, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Tea Carbomer, Oleth-20, Prunus Armeniaca Seeds (Crushed Apricot), Menthol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

How To Use:

Apply to wet face and neck 2 or 3 times per week with fingertips using a circular motion, then rinse.

I use it every few days for that deep down cleaning, especially when I have been doing something that has left me feeling sweaty or dirty.

Conclusion:

Exfoliating is an important way to keep your skin smooth and radiant. It’s like giving your face or body a helping hand to clear away its dead skin, and this makes way for new cells to come through and provide the skin surface a fresh, radiant appearance.

Take care when exfoliating your face, mainly so if you decide to use a ‘scrub’ type exfoliator. Make sure you don’t scrub your face too often, and when you do, only ‘scrub’ your face very lightly. Rubbing too hard on your face and too frequently will cause more harm than good to your skin.

The scrub itself has a mild abrasiveness to it, but enough to remove any dead skin cells, making the skin smooth and making it easier to shave, you get a closer cut shave without any friction of the blade going across the surface, and avoiding any nicks or cuts. It is good to use if you haven’t shaved for a few days or have rough skin, it helps to soften the facial hairs. It does a wonderful job of exfoliating facial skin and is one of the best scrubs I’ve used.

If you use soaps and other lotions on your face, you probably aren’t aware of what gets left behind on your skin. You can’t expect moisturizers and creams to help your skin if it’s clogged up when you apply them. Get rid of the dead skin cells using exfoliators, and when you use Lab Series face creams you will be delighted with the results! I would recommend this product.



DAY RESCUE DEFENSE LOTION SPF-35

Buy From labseries.co.uk

Skin Type:

Formulated for all skin types.

What It Does:

Lightweight, invisible daily moisturizer with SPF-35 helps defend against high-impact elements of the environment – sun, climate, and pollution, that can lead to dehydrated skin and the look of stress and premature aging. It is Fast-absorbing, Non-acnegenic.

This Non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into your skin.

The Broad Spectrum SPF 35 filters UVA/UVB rays to prevent damage and protect skin from early signs of aging brought on by the sun.

HYDRA-ENDURE Technology joins barrier reinforcers and a blend of extracts from plants that are capable of enduring extreme weather conditions. Together, they help skin to absorb & retain hydration and defend against the damaging effects of infrared rays, pollutants, and other external aggressors.

Ingredients:

Water\Aqua\Eau, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Salicylate, Octocrylene, Butyloctyl, Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Behenyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Myristyl Myristate, Cetyl Esters, Butylene Glycol, Polyethylene, Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-6, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul’s Wort) Extract, Thermus, Squalane,Thermophillus Ferment, Anastatica Hierochuntica (Rose Of Jericho)-Extract, Triticum Vulgare-(Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Saccharina Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Glycyrrhizate, Sodium PCA, Sucrose, Linoleic Acid, Trehalose, Trisiloxane, Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyquaternium-51, Lactobacillus Ferment, Steareth-21, -Ppg-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Laurate, Caprylyl Glycol, Urea, Myristyl Alcohol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium, Edta, Phenoxyethanol.

How To Use:

Apply to clean face and neck daily – before going into the sun.

Conclusion:

This is an excellent all-day moisturizer and sunscreen for normal to oily skin. The lightweight texture offers excellent skin protection for a fresher, healthier-looking complexion. The easily absorbed lotion will appeal to men who don’t like to feel a layer of product on their skin, but who need a moisturizer for dry areas and to rebuild moisture barrier to keep skin comfortable and balanced.

The SPF35 protects from harmful UVA/UVB rays and pollution, while antioxidants help to guard against the signs of aging.

This moisturizer and sunscreen is one of the best products from Lab Series and is far better than many other sunscreens available in men’s skin-care lines. One more positive, although this contains fragrance, the amount is low, and this doesn’t have a strong scent to it.

The one slight problem for me is the size of the tube. To use this as a moisturizer and sunscreen protector you have to be reasonably generous with the amount you apply for maximum protection, this means a 50ml tube won’t last very long, it needs to be a minimum 100ml size, and a little more cost effective would be appreciated! That said, this is an excellent product that I would highly recommend.

Have you tried Lab Series For Men?  How did you find their products? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com



 

Best Skin Care for Men – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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In general, men spend a lot less time and money on looking after their skin than women do.

Fellas, it is time to listen up; It is just as important for men to use good quality products and to follow a daily skin care routine.

When it comes to skin care, men like to keep it simple. However, men are now becoming more conscious of their appearance and want healthier, younger-looking skin, so guys it really is time to step up your skin care game.

Best Skin Care for Men:

To help men develop a suitable skin care routine, we will guide you through the steps you need to take and advise you how to get the best skin care for men, and maintaining healthy skin. At first, this may feel like it is going to take forever when incorporated into your daily routine, but after a few days and a little practice it will add very little time to your mornings and evenings, but the results will be more than worth the extra effort.

Although there are differences between men and women’s skin – for example, men’s skin is thicker than women’s.

Men also have a higher concentration of collagen in their body; a lack of collagen is a sign of aging, as women have lower collagen levels than men, women’s skin appearance is 15 years older than a man of the same age – even so, the essential elements to using an effective skin care plan remain the same.

Know Your Skin Type:

Firstly, it’s crucial that everyone and these include men, determines and understand their skin type fully. Once you have managed to figure out what skin type you have, then the rest of the process will be a little easier for you to find the products that suit your skin type best.

Skin Type

 

SENSITIVE SKIN – This means your skin may be irritated or red. Sensitive skin can sting or burn after products with specific ingredients are used, and you may feel that your skin feels worse instead of better after using skin care products.

NORMAL SKIN – The least problematic and you usually won’t have too many issues with products, the pores appear small, and your skin is clear and has a healthy glow to it, and not sensitive to products.

DRY SKIN – If you have dry skin it can feel itchy, flaky and has a rough, irregular texture to it, and it may feel tight. Dry skin can also look red, mainly if you use products that have ingredients that dehydrate skin and irritate it. Your pores are generally small, and you wouldn’t typically have problems with spots or blackheads.

OILY SKIN – Your skin will always appear shiny and greasy, you may have problems with blackheads and white pimples, and generally have spots and enlarged blocked pores. Your skin feels oily and looks greasy during the day, even if you are not sweating.

COMBINATION SKIN – This is the most common skin type. Your skin may have both oily and dry areas. The area that is known as the ‘T’ zone, this is across the forehead, down along the nose and the chin can be very oily. Your cheeks generally feel normal or may be slightly or very dry. The skin around your eyes is usually more dehydrated than the rest of your face.

Products:

Read product labels and ingredients!

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When buying cosmetics, it is worth looking at the product labels and ingredients, this will help you to decide if there are any ingredients that are going to cause your skin to react when you apply them.

The skin care products you choose for your daily skincare routine will depend on your skin type. So, If you have Acne-prone skin, look for cleansers and moisturizers that say ‘oil-free’ or ‘non-comedogenic,’ as these won’t clog your pores.

If you have overly sensitive skin, use mild ‘fragrance-free’ and ‘alcohol’ free products, also avoid if they have Citrus in them, if you put anything on your face containing these ingredients they will leave your skin feeling irritated and dry.

Unfortunately, it is a fact when buying cosmetics you cannot always expect to find a suitable product for your skin straight away, what may sound perfect on the packaging, once applied may feel unsuitable on your skin. You will have to expect a little ‘trial and error’ until you find the most suitable cream or lotion for your skin type.

Wash Your Face:

Wash your face with a good cleanser.

So this is a no-brainer, but it seems that some guys are doing it all wrong or more realistically, just not doing it at all! Men will all to often take super hot showers and use harsh soaps or face scrubs, doing this will make your skin dry and irritated, and when your skin is dry it will appear wrinkly and much older, not what you’re looking for, right guys?

It is essential to use a gentle cleanser for daily use, one that will cleanse the skin, removing dirt and pollution that can accumulate throughout your busy working day, and will hydrate while it cleanses. Remember to wash your face both morning and evening, and after exercise.

Shaving and Razors:

Most men shave on average five times a week.

When you are buying a razor cartidge that has up to five blades – the obvious thought is, if the razor has more blades the better my shave will be. That may be so, but something you should consider with these types of blade heads is that if they shave too close, you are more likely to get razor burn and ingrown hairs, this is due to the extra blades pulling the hairs below the skin a little too deep.

Buy the blade head with one or two blades, and the shave you get is more than sufficient, and you are less likely to get that nasty looking rash on your neck. By choosing a razor that fits your skin and how sensitive it is, your face will thank you!

Your facial hair will be softer directly after showering or washing your face than at other times, and this will give you a much smoother shave and less skin irritation. It is advised not to use water that is very hot, as this can lead to facial redness and inflammation.

Using a mild moisturizing gel or foam is key to providing a barrier of protection while shaving, so don’t scrimp with it, put plenty on for that smooth shave you are seeking! Always shave with a clean, sharp razor blade. If you continue to use a blade more than five times, you can expect to have irritated skin and ‘razor burn’ which can be very painful and look nasty on your skin!

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Don’t be in a rush when you shave, give it a little extra time and you will see the benefits afterward. Shave in short strokes, do not stretch your skin taut while shaving, follow the direction of the hair growth, remember to rinse your razor blade regularly during shaving to stop the blades getting clogged up, and thus giving the less than perfect shave that you are seeking.

After your shave, rinse with cool fresh water to soothe your skin, this will also help to prevent ingrown hairs.

Rinsing your face with cold water causes the blood vessels on the skin to contract, this helps to reduce swelling and any bleeding you may have from the small skin tears.

You should ‘pat’ dry your face with a clean towel, do not rub dry as your skin will be quite sensitive at this point.

So, after your shave those hair follicles are open – you should now apply a product that both hydrates and soothes the skin and helps to prevent irritation and red blotches, this will also help to calm the skin post-shave.

There are four main types of Aftershave:

LS Razor Burn
   Razor Burn Relief Ultra Review

Lotion – These tend to have a bit of an extra kick them. The scent can be strong enough to take the place of a cologne. Lotions/Creams work as a skin toner and help tighten up the pores when applied after shaving. These also work well for people who have oily skin.

Gels – There isn’t much difference between gels and creams, but gels do wonders for cooling down your skin and reduce the potential ‘burning’ feeling that shaving can cause. Skin absorbs the gel rather quickly, the downside to the skin absorbing gel so rapidly is your skin has less moisture in it and may have a tight, dry feeling after being applied.

Splash – Often alcohol-based, this type of aftershave can act as an antiseptic and works well for those who are prone to cuts and nicks when shaving, but it does tighten and dry out the skin.

Balm – A hydrating lotion with a mild scent that fades quickly after applying to your face. Most balms do not have any alcohol in the ingredients so are suitable for those with sensitive skin, and are great at reducing the effects of razor burn.

The routine, once I have finished shaving, is to apply ‘Soothe and Smooth by Paula’s Choice’ all over my face using a cotton pad. Once the ‘Soothe and Smooth’ is completely absorbed, I apply a generous amount of ‘Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra’ all over the shaved area of my face. My face feels moisturized, calmed and soothed afterward, and this has also helped tremendously with post-shave irritation and redness. I do feel that ‘Paula’s Choice Soothe and Smooth’ is the foundation of my post shave routine and an excellent compliment with ‘Lab Series Razor Burn Relief Ultra,’ I highly recommended both products.

One of these options will be suitable for you depending on your skin type. For those who have sensitive skin, look for aftershaves that are free of parabens, and don’t contain any alcohol, fragrances or irritants like menthol and lemon oil, which could potentially cause breakouts and redness.

Face Moisturizer with SPF:

Men pay very little attention to moisturizing their facial skin, in fact, of all the things that men view as a ‘girly’ thing, it is probably moisturizing that comes out on top!

However, what turns the girls on more than anything is when faces touch, and it doesn’t feel like sandpaper rubbing against their face but nice, smooth soft skin, take note guys!
So, moisturizing your face morning and evening will help you achieve that soft, kissable skin.

Moisturizer works by retaining water in your skin, which can help reduce fine lines and give your skin a brighter, younger appearance. For the best results, you should apply moisturizer to your face and body immediately after bathing, showering or shaving.

LS SPF35
Day Rescue SPF35 Review

When you apply your Daily Face Moisturiser in the morning, it must have SPF – Sun Protection Factor in it, preferably with SPF30+ (never leave home without applying sunscreen) this will give you both a daily sunscreen and an advanced facial treatment. With SPF you will get UVA and UVB, and a good quality product will provide protection plus the added bonus of antioxidants to help shield skin from premature aging due to the sun.

Men who don’t use sunscreen not only increase the risk of getting sun damage, your face will develop a red, almost ‘angry’ appearance, skin irritation, additional blood vessels may appear, all of this could increase the risk of skin cancer. We all want to stay forever young, or as close to it as possible, so apply sunscreen every single day.

With the advance in cosmetic products, you will hardly feel that you have anything on your skin when moisturizer is applied, and it won’t be visible, so don’t worry about your ‘manly’ appearance. Look for something that is a lightweight moisturizer as this is ideal for daily use, and it will visibly improve the appearance of your skin and provides lasting hydration, you can also look for a moisturizer that won’t make your skin appear too oily.

As you will be looking for Fragrance-free products not to irritate your skin, there is no feminine smell to worry about, so applying moisturizer won’t be considered ‘girly.’

Night Moisturizer:

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After you evening shower and shave the last step of your daily skin care routine is to apply a ‘night moisturizer.’ The moisturizer you apply is different from the one you use in the morning as it doesn’t have the SPF in it.

Again you are looking for a fragrant free and non-greasy cream that provides fast, lasting hydration for your skin, it calms sensitive skin and helps reduce redness and irritation.

The benefits of a night moisturizer are that it will help to repair and replenish the skin’s natural protective barrier that is needed after all the exertions of a busy day; it should be applied to a clean face and neck about 20 minutes before going to bed to allow it to be absorbed.

Guys, another thing to do after your evening shower is to check your skin regularly. You need to be aware of any new spots or moles that start to itch, bleed or change color, as these are often early warning signs of skin cancer. Do not ignore early warning signs, If you notice anything suspicious, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Men over the age of 50 have a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. However, when caught in the early stages, skin cancer is highly treatable.

Exfoliate: – Best Way to Exfoliate Your Face

Exfoliate is a word that many guys would not have heard of, and it is entirely possible it is something they have never carried out as part of their skincare routine.

Exfoliating is an important way to keep your skin smooth and radiant. It’s like giving your face or body a helping hand to clear away its dead skin, and this makes way for younger cells to come through and give the skin surface a fresh, radiant appearance.

Exfoliating isn’t something that needs to be done daily, for most people 2 or 3 times a week is sufficient.

If at all possible try to Exfoliate in the morning: Your skin renews itself overnight, so exfoliate your skin in the morning to clear away any dead skin.

There are two ways to Exfoliate your face, one is to use a ‘chemical’ exfoliator, and the other is to use a ‘Scrub’ exfoliator.

A good example of a Chemical Exfoliator – PC Exfoliate 2%

Paula’s Choice exfoliator PC4 Men Soothe + Smooth.

This is a lightweight leave-on exfoliant, you use it post-shaving. Formulated with 2% BHA (salicylic acid), it is suitable for all skin types, and it quickly calms redness, helps to unclog pores and reduces raised bumps and ingrown hairs. It also removes dead skin cells, and this gives the skin a smoother and younger appearance. It is applied using a cotton pad and left to dry. Leave to dry before you apply your night moisturizer.

 

LS Exfoliate scrub
Face Scrub Review

Take care when exfoliating your face, mainly so if you decide to use a ‘scrub’ type exfoliator, this differs from the ‘leave on’ chemical exfoliators. With the ‘Scrub’ type, you apply the lotion onto a wet face and ‘work’ it into the face in a circular motion. Make sure you don’t scrub your face too often, and when you do, only ‘scrub’ your face very lightly. Rubbing too hard on your face and too frequently will cause more harm than good to your skin. The exfoliating beads in your product are sufficient enough to get the job done without needing to get too vigorous! Pat dry your face and apply your night moisturizer.

So guys remember, be gentle and use a light touch to massage any skin products into your facial skin.

Maintaining Healthy Skin:

So, I hope we have guided you towards the Best Skin Care for Men.

The critical thing to remember is that it’s all about consistency. Every man’s skin will deteriorate with age, but you can help to slow down the process provided you get into a skincare routine.

If you start while you are in your mid twenties, and have a good skincare routine in place, you will notice the benefits later in life, and your skin will look much younger.

Regardless of your age, there isn’t a better time to start looking after your skin than right now.

So, there you have it guys, this is your essential guide to maintaining healthy skin. Follow this routine each day, and you and your partner will notice a significant improvement in your skin’s appearance.

Also, keep a lookout in our Products/Reviews, we will be having a look at some of the best products for men’s skincare.

So, guys, what  Men Products do you use? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com


 

Healthy Skin Care Advice – 12 Steps To Great Skin

Skin Matters

When it comes to skincare, we should be less into the latest ‘fads’ and more into long-term benefits of doing what’s right for our skin. We should be looking at the bigger picture, take into account the whole spectrum of skincare and not what might bring short terms results but in the end long-term misery! So, whether you’re confused by exfoliation or pondering what ingredients get results, here are some words of wisdom.

Invest In Your Skin:

You can’t put a ‘value’ on your skin, so it is worth spending that little extra taking good care of it – that includes products and treatments. Skincare brands are continually developing, with new and innovative ingredients appearing all too often.

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Are these pricey products worth the extra cost? You have to be aware of the ingredients, and look for what is known to work in face products, for example, you would want to see Retinol, so much has been done to show the value of it, also Vitamin C, vitamin E, and antioxidant-ferulic acid have all been proven by science to work, to name but a few.

With so much research going into the skincare products, I do believe the more expensive items are worth the extra cost. Do be careful when buying some of the least costly cosmetics, of course, many are perfectly good products, check the ingredients, as you don’t want to buy one that is not so skin friendly!

Healthy Supplements:

The health industry has become saturated with supplements promising to give us a more youthful looking complexion, but as with skincare products, some supplements deliver more effectively than others, so it is wise to do your research before you buy.

Studies show how essential nutrients are for our skin; Vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of collagen, a crucial protein in making your skin supple, they are vital to maintaining a good skin quality. You also need to pay close attention to your diet as well as the supplements you take daily. No one food or ingredient will guarantee healthy skin; however, an inferior diet will lead to poor skin health. We need to love and nurture our body and give it all the support it needs to work efficiently.

Use A Retinoid:

Considered the ‘gold standard’ in anti-aging, you should consider using a retinoid (a derivative of vitamin A) if you’re after a smoother and more youthful complexion. Retinoids work to replenish cells, unclog pores and boost collagen, but not all Retinol products are of equal standard!

Doing your research could pay off, and if you are still unsure speak to an expert who will be able to advise you on the correct Retinol product for your skin type. There are many top quality retinoids, which deliver the active ingredients deep down into the skin where they are needed, you’ll be delighted with the results!

Beware Botox and Fillers:Botox:Fillers

We are looking to enhance our natural beauty, with non-invasive treatments. Be wary of using Botox or fillers – you can become addicted to them very quickly, and before you know it, they change your identity.

Consider all other treatments and products before you consider any injections! The results might be just as good for your skin, and your overall well-being but without invasive measures.

Facial Massage:

Facial massage is not new, but it quite often gets forgotten. We are more than happy to treat our body to a massage, so why don’t we treat our face? Our facial muscles are continually moving, and could benefit from gentle finger pressure in the right places! By giving yourself a facial massage, it can encourage detoxification, and lymphatic drainage, which can reduce inflammation and swelling.

A good technique that you can use when applying your moisturizer is to put the palms of the hands flat on your forehead, and working all the way down the cheeks and neck then rolling back up; it is very soothing and relaxing.

Prevent UV Damage:

I will always advise people to apply SPF on a daily basis, it is one of the most important steps of your skincare routine, you should never leave home without applying it to your face. Sunscreen formulas continue to improve, and today you can buy sunscreens that do not have a heavy texture feel to them when applied to the skin.

I also understand it’s not for everyone, some people don’t like to apply sunscreen directly to the face, an option is to apply a moisturizer first and follow it with your sunscreen. For the ladies it can be difficult to apply your makeup afterwards, some sunscreens do ‘ball’ up making it difficult to get a nice smooth look. My advice would be to use a moisturizer or serum with Sun Protection Factor included in it, and use makeup that also has SPF in it, this allows you to layer products to build up the sun protection.UVA Damaged Skin

What ever way you do, it is so important to do all that you can to reduce the number of UV rays penetrating the skin and causing skin damage, also try to limit the time you spend in direct sunlight. Nothing ages the skin faster than sun damage, be warned!

Read more on Sun Care for the Face

Treatment For Redness:

People who suffer from rosacea, and facial redness, that usually affects the cheeks, nose, and chin, just going about your daily life can be incredibly taxing! It is still not clear what triggers troublesome bouts of rosacea. It is essential to try to determine what might cause yours to react, some possibilities are certain spicy foods, direct sunlight, alcohol, and pollution, these are the more common irritants.

Try natural remedies to see if they help to keep it in under control, anything with a strong anti-inflammatory agent that has a soothing effect on the sensitive and over-reactive skin could help to calm it, such as:

Turmeric, Ginger, Aloe Vera gel (apply topically) Raw honey (apply topically)

Be Gentle To Your Skin:

The most common mistake that women who have blemish-prone skin make is to pick and probe at their skin continually; you must resist this temptation if you don’t want to leave your skin scarred. Also, you might want to consider the products you are using, are they causing your skin to react?Gentle on Your Skin

If the blemishes are making your skin feel sensitive, be careful not to strip your skin of its natural oils that keep skin healthy and balanced, as this will cause the skin to overcompensate. Women are then forced to resort to heavy camouflage make-up to mask over the problem!

Don’t Be Afraid To Exfoliate:

Traditional granular exfoliators have fallen out of favor in recent years. I believe that ‘scrub’ exfoliating is less popular due to the increased popularity of the chemical ‘peel’ method. However, under-exfoliating is a common mistake people with dry skin make. By not removing dead skin cells this decreases the effectiveness of your moisturizer as it cannot penetrate the skin as efficiently, so make sure to exfoliate at least twice a week using a gentle micro-exfoliator.

Read more on the Best Way to Exfoliate Your Face

Eye On Your Diet:

Our diet can affect the condition of the skin, so we need to be cautious of foods high in sugar, as these can increase location, a Fruit Saladprocess which breaks down collagen over time, thus accelerating the visible signs of aging.

Drinks can have this effect your skin also, namely alcohol and caffeine – alcohol can be very dehydrating, and too much caffeine is not good for the skin, making it look red and swollen. If your skin is prone to spots and breakouts, dairy and sugar are two things that you need to avoid to keep those outbreaks in check.

Stick To A Routine:

It’s crucial to have a skincare routine, especially when it comes to cleansing and exfoliating. One of the most common reasons I hear why people fail to keep up with their skincare routine is that it seems to take forever, and involves lots of products and repetitiveness; well, we do like to over complicate things, keeping it simple can be just as effective! Use multi-functional products when you can to help cut down on time spent in front of the mirror.

Hygiene is Key:Refresh

A simple thing like changing your pillowcase every second day has to become one of your ‘good’ habits! It is something I always advise people; good personal hygiene has to go hand in hand with a good skincare routine. Why spend all that time in the evening cleansing and moisturizing only to go bed and lay on a pillowcase with lotions embedded on it a week old!

All the effort you are putting in to look after your skin will be worth it in the long run. Keep up the excellent work.

Do you follow a strict skin care routine? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com


 

Paula’s Choice – Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant Review

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Paula’s Choice Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant

 

 

P C Skin Perfecting
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What It Is:

This ultra-light gel exfoliant gently dissolves built-up dead skin to reveal a smoother, brighter, more radiant complexion. Formulated with 8% AHA (glycolic acid), it helps to fade signs of sun damage and corrects uneven skin tone while improving the appearance of wrinkles.

Skin Type:

Normal to Dry Skin.

Good for repairing Sun Damaged Skin.

What It Does:

Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel has a weightless gel texture to exfoliate the skin’s surface via 8% glycolic acid in a pH-correct formula. It helps to smooth dry skin and improve signs of unevenness. It is gentle enough for skin that has stubborn white bumps, and skin that is prone to milia.

The creamy solution works to remove dead skin, while Glycolic Acid promotes a smoother, more refined texture. It will help reduce the appearance of dark spots, and signs of aging, such and fine lines and wrinkles as a result of sun damage. Leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother.

8% AHA Gel is suitable for all skin types, people who have dull, uneven normal to dry skin will find it beneficial. It should be noted that using water-based gel textures, the finish could be somewhat sticky, especially if a moisturizer is not applied over it.

As with all Paula’s Choice exfoliants, this product is fragrance-free; research indicates this is best for the skin.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract (chamomile/skin-soothing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin replenishing), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (skin replenishing), Propylene Glycol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (preservative).

How To Use:

Apply once or twice daily after your cleansing and toning. Apply over the entire face, including the eyes (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse.

For daytime use, always follow with a moisturizer containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher.

Conclusion:

I have very sensitive skin, and I also have some sun damaged areas on my forehead. I began using this product as part of my skin care routine, and I am seeing a marked improvement.

It has helped remove some rough dry patches and even out the skin tone. The good thing is that I have not had any irritation, redness or over drying.

When using AHA or BHA products, you need to give 2-3 weeks to see the full results. This will allow for the old skin to be replaced with new fresh, healthier looking skin.

You must never forget to apply sunscreen every day, limit sun exposure while using this product as it contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) this may increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun and increase the possibility of sunburn. I recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

This really is such a great AHA product. Makes my skin soft, smooth, and supple. I would highly recommend it.

Have you tried any Paula’s Choice Products? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com