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Exfoliation Is Essential For Great Skin

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There are some basic considerations we all need to remember when it comes to ensuring healthy skin. Rinse and cleansing, as two of the most basic steps in a routine, are vital despite their simplicity. They help to clear away various kinds of grime from our skin and uncover the healthy skin below. Cleaning the skin effectively ensures that it both looks and feels healthier overall while minimizing the chance for issues. Exfoliation helps to do much of the same but goes a bit deeper than simple surface cleaning is capable of doing all on its own. It actually helps support your skin’s natural healing and cleaning processes that are meant to keep your skin healthy and intact regardless of any damage it takes. The complex supports systems within your skin were taking decent care of it long before skincare was invented, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve upon them. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at exfoliation and why it is essential for great skin.

Understanding Your Skin
To understand exfoliation’s place in skincare, you have to have a clearer understanding of how your skin is structured and what exactly exfoliation is simulating. Human skin is composed of multiple layers. Each of these layers has particular roles ranging from providing structure to housing glands to offering protection. The outermost layers are the ones tasked with the latter duty. That’s why the absolute outermost layer of your skin is actually composed of dead skin cells. They form a layer of skin that will be otherwise unfazed by any damage they take as the cells are no longer alive. We shed these outermost layers at a fairly consistent rate every day and replace them to ensure that barrier remains intact. Unfortunately, they don’t always detach as effectively as we might like or as well as nature thinks they do. This can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells that dull our skin. Exfoliation is the solution to this problem.

Supporting Nature
Built up layers of dead skin can result in around two scenarios depending on the location of the buildup and the amount of friction the skin experiences. Most of us are familiar with getting calluses on our feet, for instance, from childhood or another time we opted to forego shoes for a while. The calluses themselves are build-ups of dead skin cells caused by our skin responding to wear and tear on that area of skin by building up a barrier. When this happens anywhere else on our skin, it results in a dulling of our skin that takes away our natural glow. Dead skin cells simply aren’t the best at letting go of one another and exfoliating helps to bypasses this problem in nature. It loosens them or breaks them away from the rest while thinning those outermost layers. You maintain protection for your skin while keeping it healthy looking. The best part is that you’re able to clean your skin more effectively when exfoliating properly.

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How To
Exfoliating products can be broadly broken down into physical and chemical exfoliating agents. Physical exfoliating agents are the rough materials you typically find in scrubs. The rely on rough edges at a microscopic level to perform the exfoliating. These products physically wear away at dead skin cells and grime. Unfortunately, this has the potential to damage more sensitive skin and as a result, physical exfoliating products are best used on the body rather than the face. Your face will typically benefit the most from chemical exfoliating agents thanks to the even coverage they provide as well as the relative ease of finding products of the right potency for your skin. The most common chemical exfoliating agents are acids at skin friendly concentration levels. They dissolve the problems away for you. Regardless of the kind of exfoliating product you’re using, you should only be exfoliating once or twice a week to avoid harming your skin.

Exfoliation is an important part of skincare because it supports your skin’s natural regenerative and cleaning processes by fixing some unexpected problems with the processes. Working on these issues is necessary to maintain smooth, clear skin as it prevents your skin from getting too dull. It also happens to be a good safeguard against your pores getting overly clogged by dirt and grime as well by helping strip away potential problems. Just try to remember not to over-exfoliate or you’ll end up causing more problems than you’ll solve.

Secrets for Balanced and Shine-Free Skin For Oily Skin Types

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Oily skin can be a right pain to deal with. As if it’s not bad enough that you break out more easily than most and have to deal with getting icky grease all over your hand if you touch your face when you haven’t taken proper care of it, you also have to contend with the fact that properly caring for oily skin can be quite a balancing act, and that a lot of the advice is counterintuitive and might not make sense. Luckily, today we’re taking a look at handy methods for balancing oily skin, so don’t despair!

Never Over-Dry
It’s really easy to think “I’ve got oily skin, let me get rid of all this extra oil that’s mucking everything up. Makes intuitive sense, right? Unfortunately, intuition is your enemy here. While it’s true you do want to get rid of some excess oil, a rookie mistake many oily-skinned people make is to overcompensate for their abundance of natural oils and wash it all away. This is bad news for two reasons. For one, dry skin isn’t exactly ideal in and of itself’; it gets irritated, reddened, and damaged much more easily. Secondly; when you over-dry naturally oily skin, your skin has a habit of detecting when it’s too dry, and your pores will spew out oil even more than usual to compensate. As a result, over-drying can actually make your skin more oily than it was to begin with.

So don’t throw out your cleanser, but do select one specially balanced for oily skin that will balance rather than dry (and if you don’t have a cleanser at all, go buy one. Now.)

Go for Chemical Exfoliants Over Physical
This is a good tip for all skin types, but it applies doubly if your skin is oily. While grainy, physical exfoliants aren’t the worst thing in the world you could do to your skin, there are better alternatives. Physical exfoliants can rip and tear at your skin, break capillaries, and even spread bacteria from one enlarged pore to another—which is an even greater risk if your skin is naturally oily.

Instead, go for a gentle chemical exfoliant, like something with glycolic acid, for instance. This will allow you to simply rub in, wait, rinse off, no grainy scraping and scratching necessary. Chemical exfoliants are also more effective at removing your dead skin cells uniformly, while physical exfoliants can have a patchy effect where some bits of skin are exfoliated and others aren’t.

You Still Have to Moisturize Like Everyone Else
On the topic of balancing, not drying, do note that even relatively gentle cleansers and exfoliants can still strip away just a tiny bit more oil than would be ideal. This is why moisturizers exist—to replenish the natural oils that your skin either doesn’t have, or that you’ve stripped away in the process of cleaning your skin. Moisturizers also often contain compounds designed to protect skin from the elements—like sun, wind, pollution, dust, etc—which could cause nasty blockages and/or damage if allowed to affect your skin directly.

So, bottom line here? You oily skinned folk aren’t actually that different from the rest of us in terms of how you should care for your skin, just be sure to select products carefully and adjust as necessary, but don’t overcompensate or skip out on important skincare steps.

How to Pamper Your Décolletage

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of pampering our skin by this point in our lives. After all, pampered skin helps us look our best no matter the situation. It can be a difficult path to travel though. There are so many little things we need to remember about proper skincare. You need to do this before that with something of that temperature right after you do that other thing. Confusing doesn’t even begin to cover how it all appears from the outside. All these little rules and reminders serve a purpose though. They are what makes sure we don’t neglect one part of ourselves for another and thereby diminish our appearance overall. Making sure we get all of these little bits right is in many ways the key to fighting back against the signs of aging across each of our lives. With that in mind, we’re going to talk about the appropriate ways to pamper and treat your décolletage.

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My What?
The term isn’t necessarily as widely known as it once was, but it remains an important part of skincare and fashion language. Simply put, the décolletage is an easy way to refer to your neck, shoulders, and upper torso. It particular it tends to reference the area of the upper torso along the cleavage in particular. The term is French and originally referred largely to the upper line on low cut dresses, but naturally shifted to encompass the area as well. Many of us have our share of outfits that make the most of exposing this area. They’re a good confidence booster and help us both look and feel younger. Improperly caring for that area tends to add years onto our apparent age though. That’s because wrinkling of the area is fairly common and easily caused by our outfits and habits. Creating cleavage can fold some skin and as can sleeping on our sides or being neglectful of protecting the area. Fortunately, you can correct and work against these problems quite easily.

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Protective Factors
Wear sunscreen. This is sincerely the single most important thing that you can do for your décolletage. Sun damage helps to degrade the collagen in the skin and as a result it begins to lose firmness. When this skin folds, it folds even deeper and damages yet more collagen over time. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming comparatively quickly if we’re fond of lower cut shirts. It is important to note that you also stand the chance for a higher rate of skin discolorations in the area if you’re not wearing sunscreen on it as well. So remember to use SPF 30 sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection anytime you’re going to be outside or near windows for most of the day. It is a simple and easy way to guard against signs of aging. Additionally, you’ll want to stick a pillow between your breasts if you’re prone to sleeping on your side. This will prevent further creases from forming due to gravity while you rest.

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Care and Pampering
Taking care of the area isn’t actually that hard. It largely just involves extending your normal skincare routine a little lower than you normally would. For instance, your décolletage benefits from regular exfoliation and moisturizing just like the rest of your skin. This can be particularly important if you’re fond of low cut tops. Exfoliation will help keep the skin look and feeling healthy. This is important as it also reduces the rate as which wrinkles form by helping to shed unwanted layers of dead skin. Additionally, the process of applying the exfoliating product massages the area and as a result boost blood flow. You’re further promoting healthy skin by doing this. Moisturizing the area will help make the most of the regular exfoliating by helping to keep the area at a health level of hydration. This keeps the skin plump and smooth looking. In turn, your can expect your décolletage to look that much younger and healthier. It is made up of your skin and follows the same rules as the rest of it. Just remember that gentleness is key.

It remains strange that so few people know that they need to tend to their décolletage to help ensure their appearance long term. You need to care for all your skin to keep it healthy. This goes doubly when you’re potentially exposing an area of skin to the sun regularly. Learning to take proper care of often neglected areas of your skin will go a long way towards helping you look your best for years to come.

Treating Flaky Skin

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Dry, flaky skin is a problem many of us have to deal with at one point or another. The reasons your skin can end like this are as varied as the individual. Sometimes it is the result of something in our genetics while other times it can end up being the result of product abuse. Regardless of the source, it is always a sign that your skin needs you to pay slightly closer attention to it to ensure its overall health. Dry skin is both more sensitive and far more susceptible to damage. There is good news despite all this: dry, flaky skin is relatively easy to treat. There are plenty of over-the-counter products that you can use to help maintain proper moisture in your skin as well as potential lifestyle changes that you can make to help minimize the chances of your skin drying out further. Since fall is coming and that means drier air, now seems the right time to start talking about how to treat flaky skin so that you can get ahead of the problem.

Be Mindful of Water Temperature
Your water temperature might not be helping with your skin. Flaky skin typically happens due to the skin being overall drier than it needs to be. You can end up doing this to your skin in various ways, but one of the most insidious ways is simply from you enjoying your bath or shower. Hot water, as good as it feels, isn’t actually the best for your skin. It leeches out moisture from your skin the moment you’re out from under the water as your body tries to deal with the heat still. The effect is particularly noticeable on the face due to the overall thinness and sensitivity of facial skin, but it can turn up on other parts of the body as well if you use particularly hot water. This makes turning the temperature down when you’re taking a bath or shower a good way to start treating flaky skin. Adjusting to simply using warm rather than hot water when you shower will help put less stress on your skin so that it can recover.

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Moisturize Regularly
Coming back from flaky skin is partly about mitigating problems, and partly about making good ones. Anyone dealing with flaky skin needs to become serious about moisturizing properly. You need to take advantage of your skin being moist after you get out of the shower and apply moisturizer to your body within five minutes of getting out of the shower. This will seal that extra moisture in your skin and help minimize the overall dryness of your skin. You can get away with not moisturizing your face in that window if you’re going to wet it again as part of your skincare routine, but if not you also need to apply it to your face. You can help flaky skin anywhere by ensuring that your moisturizer is emollient-rich. These moisturizers are particularly good at helping to both replace and seal in moisture. It will help your skin recover faster.

Swap to Gentler Products
Once you’ve taken the two most obvious steps to help with flaky skin, it becomes time to see how your skin reacts. Persistent dry skin after the previous changes is a sign that something in your environment isn’t agreeing with your skin. Your products are the most obvious potential culprits. Start by swapping your cleanser and exfoliating products out for gentler counterparts. For most people, this will typically solve the problem and it will be a sign you likely need to stick to such products for the foreseeable future. This happens across the course of our lives and isn’t terribly surprising. Keep swapping out any harsh products for gentler products if the problem persists after that. If it still persists, then you’ll want to talk to your doctor or a dermatologist as you may have a persistent skin condition such as psoriasis. Treatments exist for most skin conditions that cause flaky skin and applying the proper treatment will help contain and minimize the appearance of the dry, flaky patches.

Taking your skin back from dry, flaky patches of skin isn’t really that hard. It is the process of narrowing down the cause that often gives us the most trouble. You need to eliminate possibilities one at a time at the same thing that you take steps to help the skin heal itself. It is possible, though. Appropriate care and management for dry, flaky skin will see it healed and managed in relatively little time for most people, though. You can then go back to feeling confident about your skin and loving yourself.

 

Tips For Proper Exfoliation

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Exfoliating properly is one of those tasks that everyone thinks they know how to do, but more than likely has made a mistake or two along the way. There’s no shame in this. We all have to learn from our mistakes in life even when it comes to learning proper skincare. Ideally though, most of us would prefer not to have to do that with our skin though. Mistakes in taking care of our skin often end up causing us to breakout or otherwise deal with some form of damage to our skin. It doesn’t actually take much to learn how to properly exfoliate though. A few tips are all it typically takes to help people sort out the good habits from the bad and go forward with more confidence in their skincare. With that in mind, we’ve got a few tips to help you do just that that should at least reduce any mistakes you have left to make when it comes to exfoliating.

Choose the Right Product
This is a big one if you want to ensure you’re exfoliating properly. Just picking up an exfoliating product really doesn’t ensure the best results. Typically you want o pick one based on your skin type. For instance, people with dry or sensitive skin should favor powder-based scrubs like the popular rice powder scrubs from Asian markets. People with oily skin will want to try a chemical exfoliant instead to help add an extra layer of oil control to their care. If you’re not sure about your skin type you can follow a few simple rules. Most people don’t want to use anything except gentle scrubs on their faces. Sugar and salt scrubs should typically be reserved entirely for the body. Powder scrubs and chemical exfoliants can be used on the face easily. If your skin feels taut, try to avoid using chemical exfoliants on your face as the taut feeling is a way you can experience dry skin.

Apply It Right
Exfoliating products do need to be used properly to work. Most of them need your skin wet whether they’re scrubs or chemical exfoliants. This helps them spread across your skin more effectively to provide proper coverage. Good coverage is necessary to ensure you’re actually exfoliating well. Spreading it is only part of applying any exfoliating product right though. You also want to try to massage it in. Gentle, tight circles at various points across your skin when exfoliating will give your skin a boost to its health. The exfoliating product itself will benefit from the thorough placement that the circles allow and your skin will actually experience a slight boost to blood flow thanks to them as well. This extra blood flow works to increase your skin’s ability to repair itself as well as helping create a healthy, natural glow.

Don’t Exfoliate Too Often
How often you should exfoliate is a matter of debate. The general rule most people abide by is that you should only use a major exfoliating product once or twice a week. Some beauty experts suggest only exfoliating once a month for particularly sensitive skin. This may seem like it isn’t doing your skin any favors, but remember that exfoliating both breaks up the oils on your skin as well as stripping some of the protective layers of your skin. These are both things you want when exfoliating as you need to help reduce the buildup of dead skin cells and oils. They do play roles in protecting your skin though. As a result, exfoliating too often will lead to skin damage. Some experts suggest exfoliating at night for this very reason so that your skin has time to recover from the exfoliation overnight. Others suggest exfoliating in the morning because the buildup will be the least solidified by then. Your best bet is to experiment and find out what works best for you.

You can exfoliate properly quite easily. Most of us probably already are as it doesn’t take much to learn the potential mistakes and how to avoid them. We just need to take the time to remember to listen to our skin. If it gets red in response to exfoliating, then you are exfoliating too often or using too harsh a product. Thick grained sugar and salt scrubs are too rough on facial skin to be worth using. A little knowhow goes a long way when it comes to skincare.

All Over Skincare

Most of the time we concern ourselves with the best ways to keep our facial skin healthy. It is honestly a relatively easy task with some many quality products available. All it takes is selecting the products that work best for your skin type and maintaining your facial skin. Most available tips center on this very topic too. It makes it a bit difficult if you want to look into tips for managing the signs of aging elsewhere on your body. The truth is all of your skin benefits from appropriate anti-aging care even if most people don’t pause to talk about it. Keeping all your skin healthy is the best option too. It ensures that your skin naturally transitions from both section of skin to the other without an untreated area signaling your age to others. With that in mind, we’re going to take a brief look at the best ways to care for the skin below your neck for a change.

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You Can Guess This One
Preventive care is always a big part of proper skincare. If you’re looking to maintain skin’s youthful looks, you’re going to need to apply that sunscreen. Sunscreen is technically necessary everywhere when you’re heading out for the day. Most people make the mistake of only applying it to areas that will be exposed while they’re outside. Your clothing does slightly reduce the impact of the sun over the course of the day, but the protection is minimal if the clothing isn’t appropriately treated to protect you from the sun. Applying sunscreen routinely, even if you have such clothing, is something to aspire to as it will provide part of a full protection routine. It will ensure your skin has the protection to properly utilize the other products you’ll be using and heal from the damage. An SPF of 30 or higher with broad-spectrum protection is a non-negotiable component of all skin care.

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Exfoliate That Skin
As with your face, the skin of your body benefits from routine exfoliation. The good news is that you can generally exfoliate your body far more than you can your face. Body skin is less sensitive to products and as a result, you can use things like a chemical exfoliant on the body daily in some cases. The trick is to find the right product for the job. You’ll want to consider your skin’s base level of sensitivity when making this decision, but products utilizing alpha hydroxy acids can be particularly effective in this matter. You can get exfoliation from other sources though. A shower pouf or brush can help you exfoliate your skin as well if you’d prefer a physical exfoliant. The goal here is simply coverage to help ensure that all of your skin benefits from the impact of the exfoliation without skipping your body. This will help promote natural cell turnover and many products can also nourish the skin as they go.

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The Usual Suspects
You can find more familiar friends if you keep looking into appropriate body care. Body skin needs to be properly pampered and nourished just like your face. The skin may be less sensitive, but it is still your skin. Vitamin C products are a particularly good choice for many people. It helps to boost collagen within the skin and encourages a natural glow. The lightly acidic nature of products using vitamin C can also help exfoliate the skin lightly in some cases too, but shouldn’t replace a proper exfoliating product. Retinoid creams are also something to consider. These are essentially potent vitamin A products that can help the skin. These generally need to be a bit more targeted and used on problem areas for maximum effect. Hands, in particular, can benefit from creams incorporating retinoids.

Despite the focus on the face, proper skincare cannot afford to ignore the body. The rest of your skin is just as impacted by your skin care decisions and this should be respected. Your experience providing anti-aging skin care for your face will help when caring for your body though. Skin, despite variable sensitivity, is skin. This allows you to cultivate proper health in one area with techniques used in another. Just don’t forget to pay attention to your skin as you do so though. Remember that it will tell you if you do too much or too little.

Skin Care for Sunny Trips

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There’s little doubt to how people travel in the colder months. Warmer areas of the world end up enjoying booming tourism as people do their best to stay warm in the winter by being somewhere far beyond its reach. If you’re in this group of people, then you’ll need to take a few things into consideration during your trip. OROGOLD’s products can help you take care of your skin, yes, but you need to make an effort to have good habits that support healthy skin. This is why we’re going to take the time to discuss skin care when you’re heading somewhere sunny. Remembering these tips will let you take full advantage of light and heat without paying for it due to a bad habit.

Dress Cleverly
There’s something to be said to enjoying the sun, but no one should forget how potentially hazardous the sun is to their skin. Skin cancer is, of course, a potential outcome even if it isn’t particularly high. The highest probability problem is premature aging from sun damage. As a result, you need to be careful about protecting your skin when you’re in the sun. One of the best ways to do this is to carefully choose your outfits. Outfits that cover more of your skin provide that skin with a layer of protection against sun damage. Long sleeves and hemlines tend to be connected to the clothing best suited for defying the sun. You may also want to consider a sun hat for an extra layer of protection for your face. Don’t forget that you can be stylish and still protect your skin.

Rules To Exfoliate By
The summer sun brings with it its own issues when it comes to skin care and you need to consider some of those rules when traveling in a sunny, warm climate. You’ll want to exfoliate less or, if your trip is as short as a week, skip exfoliating to ensure your skin’s overall health. This may seem counterintuitive given the level of care many OROGOLD customers exhibit for their skin, but the fact is it can help you. Exfoliating leaves your skin sensitized for a little while and therefore, more susceptible to forms of damage. If you’re trying to avoid sun damage, it makes sense to avoid weakening your skin’s natural defenses while you’re in the sunny area. If you’re spending more than a couple of weeks traveling visiting the sunny area, then you’ll want to exfoliate eventually. Try exfoliating at night so your skin has time to recover by morning to counter the sensitized skin.

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Sunscreen
Wearing sunscreen is one of the most vital skin care habits that you can develop. The amount of sun and the season don’t matter when it comes to wearing sunscreen as you want that protection. It can be a bit more important on sunny trips though as you’ll need to be focused on protecting your skin effectively. Chemical sunscreens are useful for carrying around for touching up during the day, but they are always the best option as some ingredients can irritate the skin. You’ll want to stick to sunscreens that use physical blockers like zinc oxide for the best effect. These may be a bit more unsightly at first thanks to the obvious white residue until they’re absorbed properly, but they protect your skin thoroughly. Broad spectrum sunscreens of SPF 30 or greater are ideal choices.

Sun care tips are your best bet when trying to take care of your skin during a sunny trip. Most of your routine won’t change, but the focus shifts slightly to ensure that you’re appropriately guarding against sun damage. Utilizing these tips will let you enjoy OROGOLD level skin care even while you travel by cultivating good habits. These habits and the right products will keep you looking happy and healthy for years to come.

Caring for Sensitive Skin

Caring for sensitive skinTaking care of your skin is something most of us take seriously. Some of us have to take it more seriously than others due to sensitive skin though. Sensitive skin reacts to environmental factors, products, and even your overall health more than average. This makes trying to care for it properly an occasionally troublesome task. The truth is that most of us will at least experience what it is like to have sensitive skin a few times in our lives when products or sun damage sensitize our skin. As a result, OROGOLD has decided to give a quick primer on how to appropriately care for sensitive skin. This will help anyone who has to deal with it as a fact of life and anyone who accidentally sensitizes their skin through too many products during the winter.

Product Choice Matters
Sensitive skin requires more attention to detail when selecting products than most other skin types. This is partly because some of the skin care industry’s most effective cleansers tend to be somewhat harsh on the skin. For most of us, our skin can take this harshness and moisturizing afterwards is enough to soothe the skin and set things right. Those with sensitive and sensitized skin are not as lucky. Most of the time you’ll want to avoid physical exfoliants. Microbeads, sugar scrubs, and plant shells are all rougher than your skin is likely to be able to tolerate. Ideally, you want to find cleansers and chemical exfoliants that stick to using glycolic acid and other alpha hydroxy acids. These are about are harsh as sensitive skin can tolerate and they work well. You may wish to also consider enzyme or extract-based products as well. These can be powerful and gentle when selected appropriately.

Exfoliate Carefully
Conventional wisdom has it that most people can exfoliate up to twice a week without experiencing any issues. This is not at all true for people with sensitive skin. The sensitivity means you need to be substantially more conservative when it comes to exfoliating. At the absolute most, you should be exfoliating maybe once a week. OROGOLD advises exfoliating only every week and a half or so to be on the safe side. If this is too much, then try every two weeks. Any length beyond every two weeks and you’ll have a hard time seeing some benefits of routine exfoliation. We would like to highlight that this advice is based around using alpha hydroxy acid products and those of similar potency. There are some specialized products that allow people with sensitive skin to exfoliate more often, but not everyone is interested in making use of them and general purpose advice helps provide guidance for when you don’t have a specialty product on hand.

Never Forget Sunscreen
Yes, we give this advice routinely. Using sunscreen routinely is important to all skin types. However, it is particularly important for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. These skin types are less able to protect themselves from sun damage. This means, if you forget sunscreen, your skin is more likely to develop discolorations or fine lines. Topical products can do wonders for your skin, but they cannot take away years and years of sun damage. This is why preventing and minimizing the sun damage will always be important. The best option available to you is broad spectrum sunblock with an SPF of 30. People with dry skin can utilize higher SPFs, but there are diminishing returns as the number gets higher. Those of us with sensitive skin should stick to 30 as higher SPFs can negatively impact sensitive skin. You should also avoid any sunscreen or SPF including product that has a fragrance as this won’t help your skin either.

Caring for sensitive skin is less of a different set of guidelines to remember, and more simply sticking towards the cautious end of skin care options. Prevention is the best option available for people with sensitive skin as it can be difficult to help soothe and repair the skin once damage has occurred. OROGOLD recommends sticking to products meant for sensitive skin. These are generally formulated with attention to the necessary details and allow you to find useful products without needing to experiment with what your skin will tolerate. Everyone with other skin types should try to remember these rules when caring for sun-damaged skin. They’ll help you as well.

Dealing with Sun Spots Left from Summer

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There’s a lot to be said for enjoying the sun. It gives the Earth life. The light is warm and reassuring most of the time. Your skin can even use the sunlight to make vitamin D, a vital nutrient for your body. These and other reasons are enough to recommend a little sun to everyone. The flip side is that the sun causes constant damage to your skin upon exposure thanks to UV rays. There’s only so much that you can ultimately do about this though. OROGOLD recommends always remembering to wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that offers broader spectrum protection. This won’t prevent all damage, but should prevent the worst of it. You may still end up with sun spots after the summer though. So what are you supposed to do about them? Fortunately, we’ve got a few suggestions.

Remember to Exfoliate
Sun spots are areas where the skin has become more pigmented than others thanks to a concentration of melanin. Most of the time they’re perfectly harmless and you can treat them like other skin blemishes. Exfoliation is a decent way to treat sun spots as it helps remove the upper layer of skin and reduce the darkness of the spot. This is a slower process overall, but works well. We do recommend opting for chemical exfoliants if you choose to simply try to exfoliate sunspots away or into lower visibility though. Some AHAs, salicylic acid, and other chemical exfoliants are known to have a slight skin brightening or bleaching effect depending on their potency. Continual treatments by such products will have better effects than using a physical scrub.

There’s a Product for that
Dark spots on the skin are also a relatively common complaint when it comes to skin care. This means there are plenty of specialized products available on the market. These “fade” creams are specifically created with minimizing skin discoloration as their primary goal. OROGOLD strongly recommends you shop carefully when looking for products like this though. Due to the nature of the product, strong ingredients are often used to lighten the darkened section of skin. This makes finding a quality ingredient vital. Choose a company you trust and avoid cheap products. Poorly formulated fade creams could actually damage your skin and bleach rather than simply fade the affected area of skin. This will lead to all new skin problems beyond sun spots. A good product is more or less safe, as always, but be sure of the quality.

Ask a Doctor
Ultimately, you can always ask a dermatologist about your options. This is probably the best solution for anyone with sensitive skin. People with stubborn sun spots are also more likely to benefit from talking to a dermatologist as well. Exfoliation and fade creams can only do so much. Dermatologists and other skin care specialist can offer medically supervised treatments for lightening skin or removing specific discolorations that are finely targeted by comparison to over-the-counter products. These do tend to be quite powerful though. Deep peels can be used to lighten skin discolorations as well as providing a deep exfoliation of the skin. Laser treatments likewise exist for the sole purpose of targeting and removing dark areas of the skin. These are generally reserved for the most stubborn of sun spots though.

Sun spots aren’t the end of the world and for most people they will be easily treated with over-the-counter products. As we age, this becomes a bit more difficult for some and this means looking into other treatments. OROGOLD stands by the suggestion to always wear sunscreen. People can treat sunspots, but it is far better to reduce their occurrence instead of treating all sun damage after it has already happened. Additionally, we recommend you discuss sun spots with your dermatologist first to make sure they can be checked for signs of any skin conditions to be on the safe side. The dermatologist can then suggest basic treatment options for normal skin spots that will work for your skin.

Tips for the Perfect Post-Gym Glow – OROGOLD Reviews

Post-workout glow seems to be one of those terms from a Harry Potter movie. After all, who glows after a workout? Most of us just look sweaty, messy and red-faced. And of course, those skin issues seem to be on the brink of appearing and ruining our entire day. But, fitness experts believe that it is actually possible for someone to enjoy a perfect post-gym glow. Since exercise brings nutrients and oxygen to your skin and gives you a beautiful and healthy glow, it isn’t all that difficult to enjoy a post workout glow either. OROGOLD reviews the best tips to help your skin glow – before hitting the gym, during the workout and after the gym.

Woman working out in an outdoor environment.

Tip # 1 – Avoid using Makeup
The first thing that you need to do is embrace the “au naturel” look. Wearing makeup to the gym is the easiest way to attract unpleasant glances from other gym-goers. With exercise comes oil, dirt and sweat. And having makeup on your face shall always make things worse. Moreover, it makes you more prone to breakouts.

Tip # 2 – Check the ingredient list before choosing a product
Avoid using harsh ingredients that can potentially damage or dry your skin. Avoid ingredients that can over-stimulate oil production as well. Always look for products which are rich in probiotics, fruit acids, vitamins and antioxidants to enjoy healthy and fresh looking skin.

Tip # 3 – Set a regular exfoliation routine 
Breakouts that take place on your chest or your back area feel even worse after a workout. To avoid breakouts, set a regular exfoliation routine for yourself. You should use a gentle body scrub to exfoliate the skin 2 – 3 times every week. This ensures that your skin functions well and your pores stay clean.

Woman applies cream on her hands.

Tip # 4 – Substitute the lotion with some body oil
A lotion can end up clogging your pores. This is why switching to some body oil might work wonders in giving your skin a moisturized look after your post-workout shower. Look for body oils that contain antioxidants and vitamins.

Tip # 5 – Wash your hands after working out
The first thing that you need to do after a workout session is to cleanse your hands. You’re always picking up germs and dirt in the gym and you don’t want all that to get onto your skin. Try to avoid touching the face while working out and always carry a bottle of hand sanitizer to the gym.

Tip # 6 – Never over-cleanse your skin after the gym
Most of us make the mistake of scrubbing our skin after a gym session. However, experts believe that you should wash the face gently after a gym session. Since the face is already clean and without any makeup (hopefully), a simple cleanse is enough to freshen the skin.

Woman wipes sweat off her body with a towel in a gym.

Tip # 7 – Ditch the sweaty clothes
Get rid of those sweaty gym clothes and change into fresh ones as soon as possible. Your body acne worsens when your skin stays oily or sweaty for a long period of time. Always carry a change of clothes with you to the gym and change before leaving the gym – even if you don’t have time for a shower.