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Why You Should Never Skip The Patch Test

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The skin is just as complex as any other organ in the human body. It has countless little parts all working towards the same overall goal through renewal, repair, and barrier formation. These processes ensure that our insides are properly protected from the outside world while we comfortably enjoy all the benefits that the world has to offer without worry. Many of try to repay our skin with good skincare to help keep our skin as healthy and attractive as possible. Picking out the right products and figuring out how to manage the various issues that pop up from time to time is a continual learning process. Every new product we use is potentially an important step towards achieving our desired look, but it can also be a skin problem waiting to happen. That’s why none of us should ever skip the patch test when it comes to trying out new products. It is necessary to ensure our skin will stay healthy and can be the difference between attractive skin and an inflamed mess.

What Is The Patch Test?
The patch test is something you’ve likely already done without thinking before or that you’ve seen someone else do. It involves placing a small patch of a new product somewhere unobtrusive on your skin and waiting to see if you skin reacts. This tends to be a fairly reliable way to tell how your skin will react with some exceptions. Facial products used on body skin may not give you a fully accurate idea of how your skin will react because the skin of the majority of your body is thicker than the skin of your neck and face. As a result, it might be best to try a patch test for facial products somewhere unobtrusive on your neck. Similarly, you don’t want to test a body product on your face as they tend to be more potent and more likely to cause a reaction. The one exception to this is that you can get a good approximation for both out of a careful patch test on the wrist.

Why Do It?
As we’ve highlighted before, the skin is very complex. This necessarily means that it is easy to end up disrupting accidentally. There is no way to really know how our skin will react to a particular product without trying it for ourselves. Testing guidelines to okay them for human use only test for broad usage potential and can’t test for each little scenario our own skins present. Countless little factors ranging from genetics to environment to even diet can mean that some products end up not being ideal for our skin. Inflammation and other issues stemming from use of a poorly matched product can end up making skincare become a frustrating experience. A patch test helps you to avoid this by giving you an indication of how well your skin will handle a given product before you use it as directed. This will let you avoid skincare mistakes that you’ll then to make up for with appropriate care. It may take a little time, but the results are worth it.

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On Product Switching
It is worth noting that the patch test is just one consideration to keep in mind when trying out new products. This helps you avoid problems, yes, but you should ideally be taking another step as well. Remember that any product you use needs time to work. Give each new product you’re using three to four weeks to see if it has the desired effect on your skin. Swapping out products regularly, even with a patch test, is highly likely to end up irritating your skin. As complicated an organ as it is, your skin does prefer for things to stay as close to the same as usual most of the time. Swapping products too often will simply end up causing irritation that will potentially lead to breakouts and other skin issues over time. So take it slowly when looking for new products. Your skin will thank you for it later.

Doing a patch test when trying out new products gives you a way to be sure that your choice in products will properly support your skin. This will help you feel more confident when swapping products. Try to keep it in mind the next time you find a product isn’t doing what you need it to and you go hunting for a new one. You’ll likely be far more comfortable with the switch then.

Guidelines For Ladies With Sensitive Skin

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Skincare is complicated enough for most people without having to worry about sensitive skin. After all, we have to figure out what our skin type is while paying close attention to how our skin behaves to products to find a good combination for our skin. That only lasts for so long too as we’ve got to worry about the fact that climate extremes and time will mean our skin’s needs will change at some point and thereby, make us go through the whole process again. Sensitive skin just seems like it exists to complicate matters further. Anyone with sensitive skin can tell you that it is a frustrating experience, but it is possible to care for your skin without it one revision after another to one’s skincare. It is a matter of knowing the basic guidelines for dealing with sensitive skin. Those aren’t that hard to learn. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common ones so that we can all have a better idea of how to treat both sensitive and sensitized skin.

Stick With Gentle Products
It may seem obvious, but there are particular products out there designed and marketed with sensitive skin in mind. A lot of the time these are marketed as “gentle” or will overtly state that they are “for sensitive skin” on the bottle. The formulas are meant to provide the benefits of the product while utilizing less reactive and potent compounds to avoid accidentally causing a negative reaction. It is particularly important to stay alert when figuring out the right cleanser to use. A surprising amount of cleansers will include traces of salicylic acid in them to aid in their job, but that compound tends to be too potent for sensitive skin. Favor cleansers that use glycolic acid instead as it is less potent. This will help minimize unexpected issues that might otherwise lead to unwelcome skin issues. Admittedly, there are other things anyone with sensitive skin needs to do as well to keep their skin healthy and properly protected.

Wear Sunscreen
Yes, wearing sunscreen is important to everyone to keep their skin healthy, but it is especially important to those with sensitive skin. Remember that sensitive skin has a lower overall threshold when it comes to becoming irritated or damaged. That means protecting it properly means giving that much extra focus on the basic ways to do just that and not just on avoiding skin irritating products. The general rules for using and applying sunscreen don’t really change that much for people with sensitive skin. We do wish to encourage looking for non-comedogenic sunscreen though. The formula will help avoid clogging the pores of people with sensitive skin and causing generalized irritation that can lead to broader skin issues. Beyond that, you’ll still need to make sure that the sunscreen you’re using offers broad spectrum protection to help guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Consider using sunscreen that offers SPF 50 instead of SPF 30 too. The extra protection should give sensitive skin a little extra time before problems become evident.

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Keep Hydrated
Dry skin and sensitive skin are often part of the same conversation for many people. Skin becomes sensitized as it dries out and people with sensitive skin are more likely to have “dry and sensitive” skin. That means countering the dryness tends to become a major concern when it comes to trying to protect sensitive skin. It needs that natural moisture barrier of your skin to help minimize sensitivity. Without that barrier, sensitive skin just reacts in an even more pronounced way to anything that affects it. We recommend that people with sensitive skin remember to moisturize regularly to help soothe and maintain their skin. It should help minimize problems. The catch here is that they need to be aware of their skin type beyond it being sensitive to properly match the moisturizer to their skin. Creams will work well for anyone with dry skin while lotions will work best for average skin. Hydrating toners are the best for anyone with oily and sensitive skin.

Taking care of sensitive skin can be a frustrating affair for many people. It makes sense given how reactive sensitive skin can become even upon being exposed to a small amount of any given product. Remembering to take this into account with minimal product tests and proper care will go a long way towards helping ensure that sensitive skin remains healthy.

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

Four Causes of Dry, Itchy Skin

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Nobody wants dry, itchy skin, but this is an extremely common issue that many have to deal with. While there are many products available that can help you to combat this, it is always advisable to also identify the root cause of any skin problems, so that you can protect against, and prevent, this as much as possible.

Hot Showers
As soothing as a hot, steamy shower after a long, hard day may seem, high temperatures will quickly lead to dry and itchy skin. Your skin produces natural oils that are necessary for moisturizing and hydrating the skin, but hot water strips these away, causing your skin to dry out. Opt for lukewarm temperatures instead, and try to limit your showers and baths to no longer than ten minutes.

Harsh Ingredients
There are many skin care products out there that seem exceptional, but are actually filled with a plethora of harsh ingredients. Many of these can be solely responsible for dry and itchy skin, so it would be worthwhile doing some reading up on harsh ingredients to avoid. Common ones include benzoyl peroxide, which is usually used to tackle acne, high levels of alcohol, fragrances and preservatives.

Low Quality Moisturizers
While you may think that a moisturizer should be able to nourish your skin, no matter what may be in it, this is not at all true, as the ingredients used have a huge effect on the way in which a moisturizer works. Make sure that you are using one that contains ceramides and humectants, as both of these trap water to the skin and help to restore its natural protective barrier. You should also be sure to moisturize your skin while it is still damp, such as immediately after stepping out of the shower. Moisturizers are designed to form a thin film over the surface of the skin, so if your skin already has water on it, then this extra moisture will be trapped in, and absorbed, thanks to the moisturizer applied over it.

Dry Air
Dry air is especially common in the winter months, due to the drop in temperature and humidity. In addition to this, indoor heat sources, whether this may be an electric heater or a fireplace, also have a drying effect on your skin, and, when all of this is combined, it is easy to see why skin ends up dry, itchy and flaky. If this is the case for you, try to increase the frequency at which you moisturize your skin, and consider investing in a humidifier, as these are great for adding moisture back into the air.

While there are a number of different factors that can contribute to dry and itchy skin, these are four of the most common. However, they are also causes that you can have quite a bit of control over, meaning that, once you have identified what is causing your dry skin, you will be able to take the necessary steps to prevent this from occurring in the future.

Lessons for Ladies with Dry and Sensitive Skin

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Dry and sensitive skin can be a challenge to deal with, often requiring quite a high level of care in order for a healthy complexion to be maintained. For those of you who have been battling with dry and sensitive skin for a while now, these are the lessons that you need to learn.

Add in a Second Layer of Moisturizer
If you have long since been fighting dry and sensitive skin, then you are likely already aware of the importance of a moisturizer. In order for your skin to receive maximum benefits from this, your moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, so that it can trap in all of the excess moisture that is sitting on the surface of your skin. Then, give your skin a few minutes to dry, before applying another coat of moisturizer, as this provides your skin with a double layer of protection. While it is absolutely fine to use the same moisturizer both times, you should ensure that the moisturizer you are using contains humectants, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as these help to bind water to the skin.

Heat and Humidity at Home
Indoor heat is extremely drying, so whether you use a fireplace or central heating to warm up your home, be sure to keep yourself well away from the actual source of heat. The same can be said for air conditioning units, which can really dry out the skin quickly. Since it is often difficult, and uncomfortable, to not use heating or air conditioning, the best way to combat the dry air within your home is by investing in a humidifier, as this will add moisture back into the air.

Special Care at Night
Studies have shown that the body loses more water from the skin during the night, while a person is asleep, than during the day, which is why it is important to provide your skin with an extra level of care before going to bed. This means not only using a night cream, but also introducing a gentle toner and a hydrating serum into your routine. In order to add some extra moisture onto your skin before applying your night cream, give it a spritz or two of rose water, as this brings with it a range of benefits, but is gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Take it Slow After a Reaction
When your skin has reacted to a product or ingredient, it is important to give it some time to calm down, preferably a week. After tis, you can then reintroduce your products one at a time, making sure that you patch test them on your inner forearm before applying them to your face or body. If your skin turns red with a particular product, then you have found the culprit, and can either cut this product out of your skin care routine, or, better still, try to discover exactly which ingredients in the product may be exacerbating your sensitivity.

After carrying out all of these changes, you should begin to notice improvements in your skin quite quickly. However, if you are still not getting any relief, or your dryness and sensitivity is worsening, it may be time to visit a dermatologist, as this could be a sign of a skin condition that requires professional treatment.

Tips for Keeping Your Hands From Your Face

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Practicing good skincare is as much about product choice as it is making good habits. These habits tend to vary depending on the person involved though. People with oily skin need to learn to be aware and occasionally do what they can to minimize the oil throughout the day. Those of us with dry skin, by contrast, need to figure out how many times a day is ideal for touching up our skin with a little moisturizer. These habits are broadly defined by our skin types, but there are a few universal habits that we can all cultivate. One of the most important ones is figuring out how to keep our hands away from our face. We rest our face on them, reach up and touch our face, and brush against it constantly without even thinking. It isn’t the best habit when we’re trying to do all we can to keep our skin healthy. We can transfer bacteria and grime to our skin each time we touch it. That’s why we recommend you consider trying some of the following tips to help you keep your hands away from your face.

Keep Your Hands Busy
Keeping your hands away from your face is a lot easier if you’re keeping them busy. This shouldn’t that much of an issue for those of us who have things to do each day. We can stay on task with works, read, do puzzles, or plenty of other activities that require the use of our hands. The key feature here is that the bulk of our attention is focused on using our hands for something else. Letting them lie idle is how we can end up unconsciously touching our face with them. Consider that fact when you’re about to run out of something to do. You can instead opt to cook or bake something for use later instead. Mixing a salad bowl for later that you can eat from during a meal or few is a good option. It goes hand in hand with the life goal of eating healthier. Additionally, meal prep in general is a good option if you enjoy eating more complex dinners. Your one goal is simply making sure that you keep your hands busy.

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Minimize Encouragement
There are a lot of reasons we end up accidentally touching our face. Many of them have to deal with various kind of irritations drawing our hands upward. You can help offset this problem by giving yourself the tools to interrupt or prevent some of these situations. For instance, you can get a lot out of the simple trick of leaving tissue boxes around where you typically are to ensure you have a means to avoid touching your face when your nose itches. We also recommend taking steps to keep your hair out of your face. This isn’t terribly necessary if you’re having a day of relatively little physical activity, but anytime you need to be up and exerting yourself you’ll likely want to keep your hair tamed. It will minimize the ability of your hair to brush against your face and trigger itching or a desire to move it out of your face. Think about other things that lead to you touching your face as well. You can create tactics to minimize this problem.

Stay On Task
While it is important not to obsess over breaking this kind of habit, you need to stay alert to the problem. A good tactic is to put little reminders to yourself in areas you’re likely to see them. The message doesn’t need to be complex. “Don’t Touch Your Face” is typically about as complex as the note needs to be to get the job done. Place these at a few key places where you’re likely to be idle for a while. Bathroom mirrors, computers monitors, and similar locations are all good options to consider. We recommend enlisting a partner or someone close to you to help keep your on task as well. Explain the habit you’re trying to break and they can simply speak up when they notice you doing it. When combined with leaving notes for yourself, this should help you prevent yourself from touching your face, at least for very long, in most situations whether you’re at home or out and about.

Touching one’ face isn’t the end of the world. You can minimize problems by keeping your nails properly trimmed and cared for while keeping your hands clean. Most of us would prefer to remove a habit with the potential to hurt our skin though. With that in mind, it will take time to break the habit of unconsciously touching your face, but it can be done with a little persistence.

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.