Self-tanners are one of those things many of us can’t do without. Most of us have now learned that tanning outside or in a tanning bed has horrible results for the health of our skin. The UV exposure ends up causing a lot of long term damage to our skin that in turn leads to premature aging. Avoiding that is generally a good idea for those of us concerned with taking care of our skin. Self-tanners let us do just that while still getting the much coveted tanned look. Transitioning to self-tanners can be rough for anyone used to tanning outside or in a bed though. This is because there are two broad categories of self-tanner: facial and body. These two can’t really be switched around easily without potentially running into issues. Most of these happen when we use body tanners on the face though. Let’s take a quick look at why this is so that we know exactly why we should make sure to use the proper product.
Gentle Products One point we need to actually make is the simple fact that body self-tanners are formulated towards working on the thicker skin of the majority of the body. Thicker skin is better able to resist damage, irritation, and other problems. The neck, the area immediately below it, and the face have far thinner skin. That ends up meaning that products formulated for the body have a far greater chance of causing accidental irritation due to the particular concentrations of individual ingredients. This is typically why you end up seeing “gentle” attached to many facial products. Self-tanners are no different in this respect. Facial self-tanners are formulated with avoiding this problem in mind. Avoiding irritating your skin when tanning helps to ensure your skin remains healthy at the same time that you’re working to improve its appearance. Admittedly, a lot of the time facial self-tanners are also formulated to moisturize and nourish the skin to add extra value to the product as well.
Supportive Tanning Body self-tanners tend to have a relatively narrow focus. They can afford it unlike facial self-tanners. That isn’t to say that self-tanning is all body products offer, but most of the time they tend to offer a little bit of light moisturizing at most. Facial self-tanners need to add in more to help offset the potential irritation of the skin as well as make up for their comparatively small usage area. This leads many manufacturers to ensure that their facial self-tanners help to support the skin through topical application of vitamins, rich moisturizing, and other helpful compounds. Facial tanners are often thicker overall to help them double as moisturizers. This allows manufacturers to ensure the product’s ingredients are at safe concentration levels for the face as well as ensuring that the product can rest safely on the skin for an extended period. The extra moisturizing goes a long way to keeping the skin soothed and comfortable too.
Noncomedogenic Perhaps the largest difference between facial and body self-tanners is whether they are noncomedogenic or not. Most body self-tanners are not going to worry about this. Noncomedogenic formulas, after all, are designed to avoid clogging pores and the body tends to be a bit more resilient in this category than the face. By contrast, it is relatively easy to accidentally clog facial pores between the various products we all use. A noncomedogenic product helps to sidestep the issue. Good quality facial self-tanners try to use such formula to help ensure that the skin of the face has as few issues as possible since everyone will see it. This helps to avoid extra breakouts as well as ensuring that your skin is better able to cope with any other issues that come up. Taking care of your skin by keeping an eye out for this will help you get the tanned look you desire without your skin suffering for it in the long run.
Self-tanners are a wonderful invention that help us avoid the main issues with other kinds of tanning. This way we get the healthy sun-kissed look without needing to worry about the long term effect it will have on our skin. There are crucial differences to remember between facial and body self-tanners though. You can use a facial self-tanner on your body, but it might not be strong enough to get the desired results. Using a body self-tanner on your face will likely result in irritation and potential breakouts. So stick to using the properly formulated products for each broad area.
Botox is a treatment that is now synonymous with a cosmetic procedure. The quick and effective treatment is capable of providing you relief from forehead wrinkles for up to six months. It achieves this by acting on the muscles and preventing their movement so that you can’t keep forming those wrinkles that often prove to be so bothersome. There is a small problem though: the needles. Many people out there don’t enjoy the prospect of an injection even if it is relatively quick. This leads to the pursuit of a topical botox option that can provide all the benefits without a needle ever entering the picture. Some people have taken to waiting on this product and wondering why it isn’t here yet. This is worth taking a closer look as it is one of those instances where our hopes may have gotten ahead of our science. It turns out that topical botox does exist in some fashion, but it isn’t necessarily safe just yet.
Skipping the Needles There have been a number of companies working towards achieving a cosmetic botox product for some time. After all, it would be a boon to any company thanks to its ability to bypass some of the common problems associated with botox. A topical option couldn’t penetrate far into the muscles and as a result, it could be used in more places than standard botox. The shortened length of effect would be more than made up for with this added flexibility. One company even got relatively close to having a market-ready product within recent years. The variant on botox actually entered into human clinical trials. It passed through multiple phases of testing before stalling out in the final one. The end result is that the FDA has not yet approved of any true topical botox products. They have not yet met the safety and quality standards necessary to be available outside of a laboratory environment. This is unfortunate but it brings us to another topic worth covering.
Knock Offs The promise of a topical botox has led many people to get ahead of themselves. Various companies have made a move towards trying to provide such an effect. Furthermore, some less than scrupulous people have tried to make their own and market it quietly. None of this is necessarily good news for our skin. Companies offering products with similar effects are worth looking into as they will likely help your skin, but you can typically expect relatively short-lasting effects. Nothing can yet replace the actual effect of botox effectively. This is worth remembering if you want a truly effective treatment. Anyone trying to market these products on the sly away from a major company could be running a risk with your health. Untested treatments can end up hurting your skin and given that botox is a controlled use of a toxin, it makes far more sense to wait until there is an approved form available in the market.
The Options Available What we really want out of topical botox is simply a way to get the facelift look quickly, effectively, and painlessly. That’s a rather long list of demands for just one product. A lot of products try to meet that marker though. Unfortunately, as highlighted above, few things can actually provide the same results as botox. That would require them emulating the effect of the toxin on the muscles and that is harder to do than you might think. There are plenty of options available for temporarily tightening and firming the skin though. All of the products that offer this give you a short-term way to address an issue and counteract it slightly so that you feel better about your appearance. Actual long-lasting effects require dedication to skincare and even admitting that you do have to use some form of botox treatment. As frustrating as it might be that you still have to have injections for the treatment, there is no denying that it is highly effective and may be what many of us end up looking for at some point in our lives.
Topical botox may be everyone’s favorite “what if” talking point when treatment options come up, but it isn’t yet a reality for most of us. All treatments and products need to be officially approved for both their safety and effectiveness. The lack of a topical botox product is specifically due to the options thus far not making it past that barrier. People will keep innovating though. Eventually, we may very well see a topical botox option, but it certainly isn’t there yet.
It takes continual effort to maintain healthy skin. After all, there are a lot of variables to account for when trying to look our best. The ever-changing weather outside can easily end up becoming a major frustration if we’re not careful, but more often than not it is the exposure to pollution or the sun that can end up doing the most damage. More extreme skin types certainly don’t help matters. All of this means that maintaining a flawless complexion is never quite as easy as we hope. The good news is that a flawless complexion isn’t quite as flawless as we’re lead to believe by the media. Even our favorite celebrities look comparatively normal without a little help from makeup. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to work towards keeping our complexion as flawless as possible though. There are a few universal tips that can help with that and ensure that we all end up looking our overall best.
Avoiding Dull Skin There are several things you can do to help avoid dull skin. One of the best ways is to remember to moisturize every day. Your skin needs to maintain a certain level of hydration to avoid drying out. Dry skin is overall duller than properly hydrated skin and brings with it another complication as well. Skin that dries out too much can start to secrete excess oil to get the dryness back under control. This, in turn, can further dull your skin as well as contribute to breakouts. Keeping your skin properly moisturized is in your best interest. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you exfoliate regularly. Remember that your skin is constantly shedding and replacing outer layers of dead skin as a means of protecting itself. This can occasionally get built up too much and cause a dulling of the skin. Regular exfoliation helps the process along and prevent those build ups from becoming a problem.
Pore Size Sometimes our pores seem larger than usual, but this is more of a problem of perception than it is in actuality. Actual pore size is governed almost exclusively by the hormone levels of your body. Estrogen dominant bodies tend to have smaller, more constricted pores while testosterone dominant bodies have larger looking pores that lead to the appearance of ruddier skin. There are plenty of things that can end up making us perceive our pores as larger than they are though. Dirt, grime, and oils getting caught up in our pores tend to be the predominant problem. Remember that the oils your skin secretes are constantly picking up dirt and other debris as you move through the day. When those get caught up in pores, they outline the edges and make them appear larger than they actually are while leaving us feeling self-conscious. All you really need to do is remember to rinse and cleanse daily to keep this under control. Occasional exfoliation helps a lot as well.
Apply Sunscreen Sun damage tends to cause various kinds of disruption to your complexion. Redness and irritation are the most prominent, yes, but it also contributes to drying your skin out as well. The simple fact that UV exposure can do so much to your skin is a clear sign that it is necessary to protect your skin to maintain a healthy complexion. You’ve got plenty of options these days ranging from noncomedogenic sunscreen for the face to SPF-infused skincare products and makeup. The only requirements you need to meet for adequate protection are making sure that any product offers you SPF 30 or higher alongside broad spectrum protection. This will give you sufficient protection to protect most people’s skin. It is worth noting that you’ll get the most from a fully fledged sunscreen as its capabilities won’t be diluted or split, unlike combination products. Consider looking for mineral sunscreens as well for any extra boost of protection.
Taking good care of your skin is ultimately all that is required to keep your skin comparatively flawless. Remember that properly protected and moisturized skin is better able to withstand the rigors of the world. Working towards keeping your skin properly cleaned will help manage most basic problems as well. All of this does take effort, but the long term payoff is that you’ll be able to feel confident that you look your best for years to come.
The signs of aging are varied and difficult to keep under control unless you know what you’re looking for and what to do. Most of the time we tend to be fairly focused on the face when it comes to preventing the signs of aging. It makes perfect sense given how prominent of a place our faces have, but there are other areas of the body that can be equally revealing if we’re not careful. Proper anti-aging skincare involves being aware of your entire body. It isn’t that hard to pick out what area is going to need the most attention on your body if you know what increases their chances of being a problem later. We’re going to review the most common problem areas and quick way to help counteract the effects of time. There is no fully stopping the signs of aging, but appropriate attention and awareness can ensure you age gracefully.
The Face While this is the most obvious area for attention, we can’t skip it without ignoring part of the body. Most of us are well-acquainted with many issues that beset the face as we age. Wrinkles, dull skin, oiliness, and sagginess are all major issues that we hope to avoid for as long as possible. Some of the core problems come from damage done to the skin over time through sun exposure. As a result, you want to counteract it by nourishing your skin with products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These will support your skin’s overall healing processes as well as providing the materials necessary to fuel it. Anti-aging products rich in antioxidants are particularly encouraged as they help to minimize the long term damage of sun exposure. Remember to pay special attention to protecting the area around your eyes due to the over thinness of the skin meaning that area will begin to wrinkle first.
Neck The problem with the attention we place on the face is the fact that it tends to need to the neglect of the neck and the decolletage. This area tends to suffer just as much, if not more, from overall exposure to the sun and elements as the face. Care for the area isn’t even that hard. All you really need to do is continue your facial skincare routine down along your neck. This is needed because the skin of the neck is as thin or thinner than the skin of the face in some areas. Without the attention and care, your neck will begin to sag and show lines faster than your face. This betrayal of your apparent age will undermine the rest of your efforts. Don’t forget to moisturize and exfoliate the decolletage regularly. This area can benefit from nourishing skincare too, but basic skincare can be enough if you make sure to tend to it regularly.
Hands We almost never actually think about the health of our hands unless they are feeling uncomfortable. It is another unfortunate truth about skincare because the hands truly need care and attention to stay healthy. They are almost never covered, we don’t think to apply sunscreen to them, and constant motion means the skin is continually stretched and folded as we go about our daily routines. All of this is a recipe for a long term lack of health for the skin. The best way to counteract this is to remember to regularly moisturize your hands. Keep a hand cream available to use when the skin of your hands feels taut instead of ignoring the feeling. Try to find moisturizers that nourish your hands as well. This will help give them an extra boost. Lastly, don’t forget to treat them like the rest of your skin. Apply sunscreen to them front and back.
These three areas represent the parts of our skin that tend to suffer the most as we age. Exposure, movement, and a lack of attention to detail can lead us into a situation where our skin ends up prematurely aging. Remembering that and taking steps to counteract it with a good card will go a long way towards ensuring you’re able to look your best for years to come.
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.
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.
We spend a lot of time focusing on the effects various products have on collagen in the body. There’s a good reason for why collagen is such a fixation in skincare. It is one of the fundamental components of your skin. Without it, your skin begins to suffer and is unable to take care of itself properly. That pretty much explains why we tend to be so fixated on what it can do for your skin and how to make the most of it. Not everyone has even basic knowledge of what it is, what it does, and how to help maintain it though. That’s unfortunate when you’re devoted to taking good care of your skin as it always serves you best to understand at least some of how your skin works to ensure its overall help. That’s why we’ve got a quick primer for anyone who isn’t aware of this vital element of the body. By the end, you should have a clearer understanding and appreciation of collagen and its role in your skin.
What Is It? Simply put, collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your body. It helps to fill out a lot of tissue within your body. Varying types are used all around it ranging from it providing a core component to the organic parts of your body to supportive fibers in your muscles. The type used in your skin is best viewed as a kind of firming filler. It helps to hold up your skin and maintain its overall shape. Your skin can return to its usual shape after being pulled or pushed thanks to a combination of the proteins collagen and elastin. Collagen tends to take damage constantly though. This happens every time your skin moves and creates a fold. Repeated folding causes deep damage to the collagen that becomes harder to repair and that’s how we form fine line and wrinkles. As a result, keeping your collagen healthy is a crucial part of ensuring your skin’s health. You can do this by cultivating good habits and knowing what products to favor.
Habits To Avoid Things that are bad for your body end up almost necessarily bad for your collagen. Excess drinking is a particular one that can end up leading to sagging skin through damaged collagen. Smoking is even worst for your skin as it will do the same thing through the introduction of chemicals and the introduction of free radicals into your body. These free radicals tend to bounce around in your body and damage cells as they go. Your body can repair the damage, but the constant movement of free radicals tends to reduce the effectiveness of all repairs your body tries to make. As a result, it is best to avoid such a habit. Similarly, you’ll want to protect your skin properly from the sun. Sun damage also gets to the collagen in your skin as well as introducing free radicals. Remembering to protect your skin and avoid tanning will help keep your collagen intact. Keeping these habits will help your product choices be more effective too.
Supporting Your Skin The right products make all the difference when it comes to maintaining collagen. One of your best options is looking for anti-aging products. These tend to be rich in antioxidants which will help neutralize the free radicals bouncing around in your skin. This will help your skin be overall happier and healthier. Additionally, those same products tend to have high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E. Those three vitamins represent some of the best support you can give your skin. Vitamin A helps to boost cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby makes it easier for your body to repair the damage. Vitamin C offers various components that help to actually fuel the production of collagen in your skin and the process of healing damaged areas. Vitamin E offers the same benefit as vitamin C and thereby increases the overall effect of a product. Focusing on products that utilize such ingredients goes a long way towards keeping the collagen in your skin healthy.
Collagen, as a vital protein in your skin, should be respected. You need it to keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. It provides the firmness that keeps your skin filled out and smooth. When it starts failing, everyone notices and all you can do is try to make up the difference. It isn’t that hard as long as you maintain healthy habits and use the right products. Hopefully, you have a better understanding and respect for collagen now as you’ll be benefiting from its presence whether you do or not.
A morning skincare routine is a good way to start your day. It offers a concrete way to give your skin that little pick-me-up it may need some mornings while ensuring that you look your best. Making the most of morning skincare does require knowing what you’re doing though. Some things are best used in the morning while others are best saved for the evening. There are very good reasons for these separate product groups, but not everyone knows how to make the most of them. That’s what we’re going to try to fix in this article. Knowing the right tips can enhance your morning skincare routine and ensure that your skin not only looks its best all day long, but also is a healthier for it. We’re going to need to confront a few misconceptions about product use to do this so that we cut back on those unknowing mistakes we’ve all made at one point or another.
What Not To Use Certain anti-aging products are ill-advised as part of a morning routine. Check any that you’re using for retinol or retinoids. These are derivatives of vitamin A that are incredibly good for increasing the skin’s cell turnover rate, but they have an unfortunate downside. Products using those ingredients tend to be lightly irritating to the skin as well as making the skin more immediately susceptible to sun damage. The reason for this is twofold. A lightly acidic effect helps to clear the skin slowly over continuous exposure. That’s why redness and peeling are common effects when we first start using retinoid products. That lightly acidic effect helps to clean the skin, but also ends up reducing the overall barrier between your inner layers of skin and the outside world. The other reason is that some studies suggest the ingredients react to sunlight in such a way that it makes matter worse. So avoid retinoid-based anti-aging products in the morning.
Clean Thoroughly Morning routines are the time to thoroughly cleanse your skin. This is to help make up for the oils and debris that have settled onto your skin overnight as well as potential lapses in remembering to remove your makeup before bed. Thoroughly cleansing your skin is key to ensuring all of your products work as well as possible. Remember that the rinsing before your cleanse needs to use lukewarm to warm rather than hot water to avoid any damage to your skin from overly hot water. Beyond that, morning routines are a good time to experiment with a double cleansing technique. This process of using first an oil and then a foam or water-based cleansing product goes a long way towards ensuring that your skin is as clean as possible. You’ll be able to properly use a serum and any other nourishing products your choose to use in the morning to give your skin a boost in health.
Focus on Moisture A morning routine is your chance to prep your skin for the day. This is particularly important to remember in winter and summer where the weather is at more extreme ends than the other two seasons. Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin properly healthy and resilient in the face of potential skin damage. Getting the most out of moisturizing isn’t that hard. The main goal is to remember to apply your moisturizers while you’re still in the shower, but after you’ve turned off the water. Damp air will keep your skin moist while you’re applying products and make it easier for your moisturizer to seal a healthy amount of moisture into your skin. This extra effort will help reinforce your skin’s natural moisture barrier and hereby make it more resilient to all forms of damage during the day. Additionally, it will help ensure your skin is more filled out to create the look of perfect health many of us desire.
Morning skincare routines are our chance to set the tone for the day. It offers a clear way to support one’s skin by making sure that it is appropriately clean and ready for the rest of the products you choose to use. Admittedly, one of the biggest things to focus on is proper moisturizing. Don’t accidentally use any retinol products though as the last thing you want to do at the start of the day is sensitize your skin to sunlight. Keeping these tips in mind should help you make the most of your morning routine.
Staying serious about skincare generally means hunting for newer and better ways to care for one’s skin constantly. After all, the refinement of our personal skincare routines can only go so far before we start straying into territory where we might be using too many products and need to reset our routines to figure our skin out again. This typically happens when we jump around to too many products in an effort to find the best products without realizing there are only so many products we can layer on at a given time while getting the full effect and not causing issues with our skin. Our routines need to be good, yes, but we can make up for any lack of perfection by looking into having the right procedures or treatments done to give our skin that extra boost that we desire. The best option for most of us is to look into getting a regular facial.
Truly Clean One of the primary benefits of a facial is that it helps push your skin towards being cleaner than it would otherwise be through your routine alone. A European facial, in particular, is known for attention to detail when it comes to ensuring the skin is cleaned. Rinsing, cleansing, and exfoliating are all part of the facial and done with quality products all at once. The products used are particularly important in this case. Most facials make sure there is time for the products they’re using to sit on your skin and do their job as thoroughly as possible. This is a great deal different from most of our routines where we’re rushing to try to get through one step to get to the next so we can move on with our day. By thoroughly cleaning the skin, a facial is actually laying the groundwork for some of the other parts of a standard European facial that can further improve the skin’s overall health.
Extracting Problems Most of us have problems with clogged pores at one point or another. It is an inevitability of life. Most of the time these will be largely kept under control by a regular routine. This is especially true if one remembers to exfoliate. Facials tend to help a lot due to the thoroughness of their cleaning, but the truly wonderful part is found when you realize that an extraction is a fairly common part of such facials as well. This involves the professional gradually seeking out clogged pores on your face and manually clearing them with the appropriate tools. It is a highly effective way to ensure that stubborn blogs don’t end up becoming a problem later. Most of the time this comes after the initial cleaning phases, but before any products meant to nourish the skin. Opening clogged pores like this will help further increase the cleanliness of the skin as well as making the last parts of a facial even better.
Nourishing Care Most of the time you’ll be treated to a treatment meant to soothe and nourish your skin towards the end of a standard facial. This takes advantage of all the cleaning that has gone before to ensure your skin gets the most nutrients possible. By removing all the grime, oil, and unclogging pores, your skin is better able to absorb the products that work to nourish the skin and push it towards being healthier. The actual products used by a given spa or professional will naturally vary from business to business, but it isn’t uncommon to find products rich in vitamin C and E as these help to support the skin repairing damage and as a result can help settle the skin after extraction. Aloe vera can also be common for a similar reason. The boost to effectiveness helps to ensure that your skin will leave a facial as fresh and healthy as possible. That’s why facials are a good way to help “reset” the skincare clock occasionally by giving you a fresh beginning.
Facials tend to be something we think about as more of an occasional thing to indulge in, but this is doing them a disservice. Regular facials can be a game changer when it comes to skincare. The boost to the cleanliness and health of one’s skin cannot be overstated. Facials will help ensure your skin looks and feels good. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your routine, but it does mean you may want to consider adding facials to your skincare rotation.
Skincare is more of a science than most people care to know. We juggle countless factors to determine the best ways to care for our skin. Skin type is a big one and seems simple enough until you realize combination skin exists and external factors such as climate and season can impact the skin’s behavior too. This is further compounded by the fact that polluted air can have an impact too and reduce the effectiveness of some things or damage the skin in particular ways that it needs another kind of support. On top of all this, skincare products need to be used in an appropriate order to make the most of them without one getting in the way of another. Figuring out all of these factors and how to account for them is part of good skincare. While a lot of them are individualized, we can give a quick overview of appropriate product layering because that, at the very least, is universal.
Defining Viscosity The word is, in essence, a way of compressing the idea of how thick a given product is at a given moment. Think about the range of skincare products available. Some of them are almost water-like in how thin they are and as a result, need to be used carefully and quickly to make the most of them. At the opposite end of the spectrum is are products like body butter. The thick moisturizers offer a clear way to seal things next to the skin while by comparatively harder to spread, but long lasting. Accounting for these varying levels of viscosity in your skincare routine is necessary to try to make the most of all of the products available to you. This is because many of us layer products each day and in appropriate layering will diminish what all of our products can do for us and thereby reduce the effectiveness of our skincare. Fortunately, learning to do things correctly is relatively easy.
The Order of Application All you really need to do is remember that you start with the lowest viscosity products and work your way up to the higher ones while finishing with the highest one. In practice, this translates to remembering to apply things like serums first. These products are more or less a fluid of highly concentrated product that gets spread quickly. Serums are quickly absorbed into the skin and can have something applied over them in relatively short order after that. Lotions and similar products go on after serums due to their easily spreadable, but thicker nature. This includes gel products as well. You’ll need to make your own decisions on which of those is thicker depending on the individual products though. After those, you’ll want to apply creams. These are typically one of the thickest products most people use and will be where many stop, but the scale keeps going up for those with thicker products. Finishing on the thickest product after starting on the thinnest product is the goal.
The Why of the Situation More of our products require us to apply them in the same general area. This is especially true when it comes to facial skincare. As a result, it is easy for products to end up getting in the way of the other. Applying in an order based on viscosity helps to minimize this problem. Lower viscosity products are easier to spread overall and thinner. This means they don’t last as long once applied to the skin. They are absorbed or evaporate off quickly and thereby clear the way for the next product to be applied. Moving up by gradually applying thicker products, in turn, allows the thicker products to properly layer and seal in any remaining parts of the early product and improve their overall effectiveness. The final seal with a thickest product provides this for everything beneath it. Maintaining the proper order thereby lets you make the most of every product you apply to your skin where layering is required.
Viscosity is simply another factor that we all have to juggle when trying to make the most of our skincare. It isn’t that hard to factor into our routines either. All it requires is remembering to start with the thinnest product we’re applying to a given area and gradually working our way up to the thickest product. This ends up going a long way towards ensuring our skin is as healthy as possible while doing our best to avoid diminishing the effectiveness of our chosen products.
As one of our largest organs, our skin deserves the kind of care and respect that you’d pay to any other important organ of your body. That’s what makes it so confusing that many of us persist in giving our skin only a token amount of care and protection despite its important roles. Yes, the skin has various functions that help look after it, but that doesn’t make it perfectly able to care for itself. This is especially true when you realize that how resilient your skin tends to depend on how thick it is in a given area. There are areas of skin that are thinner and more sensitive than the rest. They need extra attention paid to them to ensure that they receive the care necessary to keep one’s skin healthy. Sunscreen, in particular, is a must if you want to keep them healthy. Let’s quickly review some of these sensitive places so we can all be sure that we’re providing them with appropriate protection.
The Face Our faces tend to have some of the most sensitive skin as a whole. It is, on whole, far thinner than most of the skin on your body with few exceptions. As we highlighted above, there is one area of particularly special consideration when it comes to the face, but it needs focused attention as a whole too. Look for a good facial sunscreen. These will be noncomedogenic to minimize any chance of clogging your pores. Not every sunscreen that is used on the body as a whole necessarily has this benefit. Consider using a slightly strong SPF on your face as well. The average SPF required to protect the body is around 30 SPF, but going up to 40 or 50 can give your face a little extra protection. Don’t be afraid to try out makeup or skincare products with SPF in place of traditional sunscreens though. These can add a further layer of defense that helps to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
Around The Eyes Some of the most sensitive skin on your body is immediately surrounding the eyes. This is especially true of the area just below the eyes that tends to puff up or look darker when we don’t get enough sleep. The skin in this area is incredibly thin and as a result, it needs a focused, layered protection to help avoid problems. You’re going to want to find a product that can offer SPF to the area. A combination moisturizer and SPF may be the best thanks to how spreadable they are and the gentleness of a good moisturizer providing a little extra resiliency. Don’t stop there though. Try to get large sunglasses capable of shielding the area as well. These should provide full coverage at many angles while still being comfortable to wear. Making the effort will help prevent rapid sun damage being done to the area. Admittedly, the area around your eyes is only one area of concern when it comes to the face, but did need to be singled out for the incredible sensitivity of the area.
Decolletage and Breasts The last of the sensitive places we need to highlight for sun protection continue the flow downwards along the body. Decolletage is a quick way to refer to the neck and upper torso just above the breasts. This tends to be an area routinely exposed to sunlight as well as having thinner skin than the rest of the body. Sun exposure tends to be the major issue here. A lot of us enjoy wearing outfits that expose this area and as a result, they constant barrage of UV rays needs to be protected against. You can use the same sunscreen you use for your face in that area for good measure. This will provide protection while helping to minimize clogged pores. Minimizing this sun damage helps one to age more gracefully. Anyone with breasts who enjoys letting the sun touched the majority of their body, if only for a little while, needs to be particularly mindful about ensuring their breasts get proper coverage as well, as that area of the skin tends to be quite sensitive too.
Properly protecting some of the most sensitive skin of your body with sunscreen will help your skin look and stay healthy longer. Remember that a lot of sun damage is invisible at first. It is a cumulative effect that eventually leads to situations where certain areas of our skin end up aging faster than the rest. Making the effort to protect those areas will help us look our best for years to come.