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.

Should Your Skin Care Routine Coincide with Your (PMS) Cycle?

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We juggle a lot of factors in our skincare routine. It makes perfect sense given how complex of an organ skin is at any given time. The various self-maintenance options that your skin has are constantly going on and generating different effects on your skin. We counterbalance any excess while doing our best to help fix any mistakes that those systems make. That our skin changes over time and makes us reassess it doesn’t make it any easier. Most of the time we tend to think of this in terms of our age, but those of us who deal with PMS have to deal with our skin shifting a little more regularly. Hormones in the body control a lot about our skin’s health at any given time. It makes sense that regular hormonal cycles or major events can all affect our skin. The real question is whether or not the monthly cycle demands a change to our skin care routine.

Perfectly Sensible
On the surface it all makes perfect sense. After all, our bodies are going to change the hormone levels in our bodies and it is going to affect our skin. Why shouldn’t we adjust our routines accordingly? The rather difficult problem here is the general rule of skincare that you should stick with any given product for at least a month to ensure it is effective. Changing out your products too often leads to us putting strain on our skin as it tries to adapt to new products constantly. This in turn makes it easier to inflame our skin and makes it harder to tell what product may be responsible for the problem when it happens. That doesn’t take away the potential utility of adjusting one’s routine in accordance with one’s cycle though. The best solution here is to find the middle road. Your routine should be largely unchanged during your cycle, but as you get closer to your period you will want to start looking for acne products.

Hormonal Acne And Other Problems
Not everyone experiences this problem, but plenty of people experience breakouts in accordance with their cycles. These are frustrating and sometimes feel humiliating because they seem resistant to our efforts to counter them. Don’t feel ashamed of hormonal acne. There isn’t much one can do beyond try to manage it. It will go away soon enough. It happens because the hormones of our body shift in such a way that the skin secretes more of its natural oils. Pores are less constricted at the same time. Both of these are thanks to the influence of testosterone. The best solution is simply to get ahead of the problem before it becomes pronounced. Oil control and cleansing through acne products will go a long way towards helping you get through things with minimal difficulty. The products will help neutralize a lot of the oils while clearing out your pores and preventing the environment that acne and other conditions can flourish in.

Product Choice
As we’ve highlighted, product choice can go a long way towards helping make the most of the minimal changes to your routine necessary to keep ahead of the temporary shifts in one’s skin. The best options are typically going to be acne control products, but you can find other products that can help as well. These are going to include some of what you’d find in said acne products though. Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic and citric acid are good inclusions in a light cleanser. These are gentle enough to avoid aggravating your skin while potent enough to properly clean the area. We recommend looking for an astringent like witch hazel or a similar product to help keep your skin clean as well. However, both of these options have a chance for drying out your skin. That’s why we urge you not to forget to moisturize after using any of the products we’ve suggested. A proper moisture seal will reduce the chances of rebound overproduction of oil and inflammation from dry skin leading to other skin problems.

There is a degree of common sense in adjusting one routine in accordance with one’s cycle. Adjusting too much will end up hurting your skin in the long run though. Try to stick with the small adjustments you’d make to help prevent an acne outbreak from getting worse instead. This will generally provide the oil control and cleanliness that your skin needs to minimize the effects of your cycle. Don’t feel bad if your skin still has trouble. There is only so much any one person can do and sometimes the skin is just a bit more stubborn than even the best routine.

The Connection Between Hormone Therapy and Your Skin

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Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body. It serves are, in many ways, one of the first lines of defense for your general health. By serving as the outermost barrier, it helps prevent countless collection of bacteria, debris, and other things from ever reaching your more sensitive insides. That’s why it has such a sophisticated series of systems that help it to support and maintain itself. Our skin is also the first thing many will notice about us. All of these reasons are why we try to take good care of it. Most of us have an idea of the conventional ways in which to do this and maintain at least a passable skincare routine. Not everyone is aware that there are more advanced ways to care for your skin to make up for some skin issues we begin to experience as we age. Shifting hormone balances throw our skin off from what it was and hormone therapy can sometimes be just the thing to help deal with these problems.

Hormones and Your Skin
Most of us generally don’t think about hormones in relation to our skin. They are this nebulous concept that we tend to use to handwave teenage behavior or any particular desires we feel when looking at someone we deem attractive. Hormones are a lot more than that though. They are responsible for helping to regulate the complex interplay between the various systems of the body. Your body receives cues from its hormone levels and what specialized ones get released due to various circumstances. Skin is far from immune to this and in fact many of the things we see as different between broad categories of people, such as men and women, are caused by varying levels of hormone balances. Estrogen and testosterone each play a major role in how the skin behaves as much as they regulate other functions. How oily or how dry your skin is, apparent pore size, softness to the touch, and other factors are all related to the balance of hormones in your body.

Estrogen And Skin
Most of the time you’ll find that estrogen tends to have the most profound impact on the skin. This is for a number of reasons. A major one is the simple fact that estrogen actually helps to constrict your pores. People with high estrogen levels tend to look like that have smoother skin because the overall appearance of their pores is diminished. This actually helps and hurts at the same time too. Constricted pores reduce the overall amount of natural oils that your skin can secrete to protect itself. This helps make it easier to resist some conditions, but at the same time increases the susceptibility such skin has to drying out. Estrogen is also important for helping to motivate the production of collagen within the skin. People with higher estrogen tend to maintain firmer and younger looking appearances longer because estrogen keeps motivating a higher production of collagen and thereby allowing the skin to repair itself more effectively. This is why menopause tends to have such a dramatic impact on the skin of many people and why some seek out hormone therapy.

Benefits of Hormone Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is a larger category that defines several forms of treatment. There are forms for men, transgender people (which is further subdivided into smaller categories), and women undergoing menopause. The last one is the one we’re going to highlight here. True to its name, this form of hormone therapy focuses on maintaining estrogen levels in many cases or maintaining them at a lower level that will have a less pronounced impact on the body overall. In this case, you won’t be looking at improvement of the skin so much as it maintaining itself without getting worse. If you wanted to start, you might notice a minor improvement to the skin in response to returned estrogen levels as the skin reacts to a more familiar balance of hormones. This is the same reason that transgender people who desire estrogen experience their skin changing. The human body knows what to do with any healthy balance of hormones and adjusts its systems accordingly.

Hormone therapy is an option to help maintain or boost skin after levels of estrogen have fallen due to either a medical procedure or menopause. It is important to note that it will note that there are risks associated with such therapy, but they can be mitigated by talking to your doctor about healthy practices during hormone therapy. Most of them will focus on staying healthy and potentially taking your medication in a specific way. In the long run, it can help your skin remain healthier, but it is up to you to determine if you wish to start a therapy you may need to maintain for a long time to maintain its benefits.

Skin Problems that Cause Body Odor

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Body odor is one of those things that can prove to be embarrassing at best at the worst of times. We’ve all had to deal with it at one point or another and sworn “never again”. To that end, we’ve often done our best to help ensure we didn’t get put in that situation again through good hygiene. The catch is that that isn’t the only skin problem that can lead to body odor. You can end up having to fight body odor for a number of reasons and not all of them are at all intuitive. Doing your best to help keep body odor under control means trying to figure out the actual cause of it in your case and taking the steps to counteract it. You can’t do this if you’re stuck on it being the cause of a single issue. With that in mind, we’re going to do a quick review of the potential skin issues or close to skin issues that can potentially lead to you experiencing body odor.

The Classic
Yes, sweat is often a problem. It is important to be specific and stress that we’re talking about stale sweat though. This is sweat that has been allowed to rest on your body and dry. That’s how it ends up contributing to unfavorable body odor. All that sweat serves a proper function when it is coming out, but if you don’t get rid of it, it rapidly becomes a source of problems. Sweat catches your skin’s natural oils and can end up plugging your pores with those oils and any debris it picks up along the way. Worse yet, this begins to create an environment that is perfect for certain kinds of bacteria. That’s actually where the smell tends to come from ultimately. All the bacteria that begin to colonize your skin begin to emit that less than pleasant smell at the same time that they’re beginning to get concentrated in particular areas of your skin. This in turn can lead to another reason why you might be experiencing body odor.

Skin Infection
A skin infection can end up happening for a lot of reasons, but stale sweat can end up cultivating the perfect environment for it. This is especially true if an area of skin has a cut or other breach in the skin that is prone to infection. Skin infections take a lot of forms, but the key features remain the same. They are an outright infection and inflammation of an area of skin that causes various negative effects. Particular conditions that cause body odor, more often than not, are also causing other problems with the skin at the same time. This leads to a situation where you need to talk to your doctor about the appropriate steps to take to help neutralize the infection and heal the skin. Your best bet is to entirely avoid this situation by remembering to bathe after exercise or any other situation where your body builds up a lot of sweat. This will help prevent the negative bacteria supporting environment from ever forming.

Bad Reaction
Sometimes it can actually be a product or medication that is causing a problem. This is particularly true when it comes to topical medications. A bad reaction to the product can lead to an allergic or inflammatory response that triggers body odor. This tends to vary depending on the individual though as ultimately the issue is the product being used and the damage done to the skin. If your body odor starts shortly after beginning a new medication, that may very well be the root cause. You can typically confirm suspicions by checking the area you’ve applied a topical medication to and seeing if there are any other signs of a reaction. Talk to your doctor if it is prescribed medication and they should be able to help you locate an alternate drug that will provide treatment without causing such a reaction. If it is another product, you’ll want to immediately discontinue use and find another. We recommend giving the skin time to heal from the reaction before moving on to a new product though.

Body odor isn’t something we need to feel shame about. It is a natural result of how our body works most of the time, but particular circumstances can make it worse than it needs to be and we need to address those. Staying consistently clean will go a long way towards minimizing most issues that aren’t related to an internal condition. Do your best to stay aware of your skin and you should have overall fewer issues as you’ll be able to catch when something isn’t going well and stop the problem before it truly starts.

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.

Not Ready For Botox? No Problem!

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Botox is, for many, one of those beauty inventions that is almost beyond reproach. It lets us tame stubborn wrinkles that seem unable to be stopped all while ensuring lasting progress is made. Admittedly, the treatment has garnered a particular reputation for needing to be done correctly to ensure a natural look. There’s also the small matter that improperly administering it can also lead to paralysis issues in the face and jaw. This sort of baggage is why not everyone is always keen on reaching straight towards Botox treatments when they have stubborn wrinkles. The good news is that you have plenty of options even if you’re not ready to try Botox injections or similar treatments. We’ve put a few together in a short list as well as explanations of how they can provide you with similar results. This should help you make an informed decision about your cosmetic goals.

Retinol, Retinoids, And Your Face
There are few words are common in skincare these days as retinol. The compound is a particular form of vitamin A with its relatives, the retinoids, in turn being derivatives of it. All of them are useful when it comes to skincare for a number of reasons. One of the most important things they can do is actually encourage the overall cell turnover rate where they’re applied. This is important as maintaining a good cell turnover rate actually helps to overall minimize how readily wrinkles appear by denying them extra aid in formation. Some studies also imply that retinol can actually support the production of collagen in the skin as well. This structural protein is the entire reason why your skin is comparatively firm in youth. Gradual collagen depletion across life tends to be what causes wrinkles to form over time as habitual damage becomes permanent where skins folds regularly. This makes regularly using retinol and similar compounds incredibly useful when it comes to smoothing and minimizing all forms of wrinkles.

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Exfoliation Expertise
Many of the best options you have as an option other than Botox involve making a commitment to using specific products. Retinol, as we discussed before, is one of these, but another is ensuring that you’re remembering to exfoliate with a good chemical exfoliation compound. The biggest names in this category are the hydroxy acids. You’re more commonly going to run into the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic and citric acid than you are their older relative salicylic acid, one of the only beta hydroxy acids the skincare industry uses. These acids are all approved for use on the skin in specific concentrations. They help by dissolving dirt, grime, and layers of built up dead skin cells that can deepen wrinkles. Regularly exfoliating with these products goes a long way towards helping keep wrinkles to a minimum while applying them by lightly massaging the skin can cause blood flow that in turn supports collagen production. Notably, over-the-counter products take time to have a clear effect, but a supervised chemical peel can get you faster results in exchange for needing more aftercare.

A More Permanent Fix
Interestingly enough, there are a number of comparatively minor surgical alternatives to Botox that can permanently achieve many of the same results. Some of them focus on breaking up underlying issues by breaking accidental attachments between the surface skin and other structures deeper in the skin while others literally cut away the problem. The latter is perhaps the closest to the actual effects of Botox. These procedures work by removing the connection between muscles in the forehead of some of the muscles themselves to prevent the wrinkling from constant movement and bunching of the skin. The result is the same in that it allows the skin to repair the area over time and smooth out the lines to the point that they can potentially vanish. It is worth noting that as these are surgical alternatives that there is a risk of there being a minor scar involved, but much of the time the incisions involved are so small that proper care will make them practically invisible with time.

Most of us are so used to Botox being a standard beauty procedure that we don’t pause to consider alternatives. Good care goes a long way towards helping minimize wrinkles all over the face, but sometimes you need to go that extra step and have a procedure done. Your best course of action is almost always to talk to your dermatologist or cosmetic professional about your desires. They will be able to point you towards potential treatments that meet your criteria even if one of them is “Not Botox”.

Professional Advice for Reducing Under Eye Puffiness

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Puffy eyes are a fairly common beauty problem. They can come up for any number of reasons, but the results tend to always be the same: they detract from your chosen look. We all learn quick ways to try to hide puffiness, but after a certain point we just want to be rid of it rather than applying a quick fix. Reducing under eye puffiness takes a little work though. Changing various habits can help to reduce the overall rate at which you experience puffy eyes. We all know how hard it is to break habits though. With that in mind, we’re going to review some of the advice that professionals regularly give people to help them learn to control puffy eyes. These tips will be relatively basic and something any of us can do unaided. You may need to work at them though to help make any lifestyle changes stick. These tips should hopefully be enough to help you get the puffiness back under control.

Getting Some Rest
It doesn’t take long for most of us to figure out that puffy eyes tend to show up preferentially in the morning. There’s a reason for that too. One of the primary causes for puffy eyes is literally fluid pooling beneath the thinner skin of the eyes. The end result is the all too apparent puffiness. Most of the time it only really starts to accumulate when you’re sleeping on your side or stomach. The positions allow gravity to be able to pull fluid and make it pool in the area beneath your eyes. You can fix this entirely be sleeping on your back. It uses gravity to help prevent the pooling at the same time that it helps avoid bunching your skin together and encouraging wrinkles. Learning to sleep on your back can be difficult if you’ve never done it before though. An appropriately contoured pillow can help aid the transition to your new sleeping position, but it will take a little time and effort to make it stick.

Protect Your Eyes
Sleeping on your back is a good go-to measure when it comes to ensuring that you can prevent or minimize puffy eyes, but it isn’t your only option. It isn’t even an option for some of us. You can achieve a lot by properly protecting the area around your eyes though as any damage contributes to the likelihood of puffiness. That’s why many professionals recommend ensuring that you’re applying a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF around your eyes to appropriately protect the sensitive skin. This will help keep the skin thicker and stronger than it would be from continual damage. It will overall simply be more resistant to puffiness.

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You can build on this by remembering to wear sunglasses as well when you’re out and about. Try to remember to use products that encourage the health of the skin around your eyes as well to keep them as healthy as possible. This step works especially well when combined with sleeping on your back, but there is yet another option available if neither of these appeal to you.

Cooling Down
We’ve been largely covering preventive measures that can help reduce a regular problem, but we all need a quick fix now and again when they aren’t a regular occurrence. A good way to go about this is actually to chill some of your favorite eye cream. You can take it out and apply it whenever you’re dealing with puffy eyes to calm and nourish the area quickly. This tends to last longer than most other options because the nourishing part of the eye cream will offer a longer term solution for settling the area. You can achieve similar results with any kind of suitable product kept cold and put around the eyes. The cold is what will be doing most of the work by calming the area around your eyes, but quicker fixes like an ice cube don’t work as well as a product as the effect dissipates faster with nothing left over to help continue to calm the skin. It is worth noting that you may need to apply the cold product more than once for it to be fully effective, but you will get results.

Combating eye puffiness isn’t that difficult of a task, but the best way to do it is prevention. Sleeping on your back and protecting the skin around your eyes tends to do most of the preventive work without any additional help. Sometimes things will creep by though and a cold eye cream or similar option will be all you need to banish the puffiness away again. These tricks have been recommended by professionals for ages and will likely continue to be passed along. Their simplicity is ultimately the key. Hopefully these tips will be all you need to avoid dealing with puffy eyes ever again.

Make Sure Your Products Match Your Skin Type

Dedicating yourself to proper skincare involves learning a lot. Obviously we all learn a few basics as we’re growing up, but the actual details tend to elude us until we make a concentrated effort. You then learn that there’s plenty that needs to be done simply to ensure that you’re using the right products. We put in this effort because using the wrong products doesn’t do our skin nearly as much good and can even cause skin issues. One of the major factors that goes into determining how well a product will fit you is if it is meant for your skin type. Those of us with average skin tend to have a bit of flexibility in this regard, but that isn’t the case when it comes to those of us with more extreme skin types. If you’re unsure on how to properly match your products to your skin type, we’ve got a quick guide to give you an idea on the best approach to take.

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Dry Skin

This skin type tends to be among the most finicky. It makes sense given it is one of the extremes, but dry skin also frequently matches up directly with sensitive skin as well. This makes appropriate management of the skin particularly important. You’re generally going to want to make sure to avoid any product that tends to leave the skin dehydrated. That means favoring scrubs or powders for exfoliating to avoid chemical exfoliants that can dry the skin. You’ll also want to ensure that you’re using the thickest moisturizers available. That means using creams rather than anything lighter. Oil-based creams can be particularly effective in this regard. Face oils can also be an effective product choice when it comes to cleansing your skin as they will be both gentle and hydrate the skin some at the same time. Gentle, hydrating products will always be your friend when you have dry skin.

Oily Skin
Despite what you might initially think, oily skin isn’t the exact opposite of dry skin. It tends to be finicky as well. The reasons for that finicky nature are simply different. Oily skin requires a consistent level of control to be exercised to keep the oil in check while not pushing so hard that the skin is hurt. You’ll want to favor water-based products in almost all cases. Oil-based products will increase your chances of having a breakout or experiencing other issues. You’ll get the most out of slightly more powerful than average cleansers and chemical exfoliating products as well. Salicylic acid is frequently one of the best ingredients you can find for oily skin. Pay careful attention when using oil control products though. You don’t want to dry out your skin in excess as you’ll simply cause it to produce even more oil. Toners are good options for light moisturizing and other benefits. You’ll likely want to rinse and cleanse more than once a way to properly manage this skin type.

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Average Skin
When you’re not subject to any extremes, you have access to a wider variety of products. That is freeing, but it doesn’t mean your product choice is any less important. Favoring products meant for either extreme can lead to breakouts, dry skin, or chronic inflammation if you’re not careful. Moisturizing is easiest for people with average skin though. All you need is to find a decent quality lotion to help support your skin. Cleansing and exfoliating tends to be more of a balancing act though. Chemical exfoliates are still typically your best options, but you’ll want to look for products that use alpha hydroxy acids like citric or glycolic acid as an active ingredient. These are potent enough to get the job done without being as potent as the ones required by oily skin. You can also get away with using face oils like dry skin, but you should be mindful to make sure they don’t accidentally cause buildup on your skin. As a general rule, you will also want to make sure you look for gentle products to be kind to your skin.

Looking after your skin by matching your products to your skin type is slightly above basic skincare. It represents your first steps into truly customized skincare. You probably won’t get it right the first time either. Unless a product is clearly hurting your skin, give it a month to do its job and see if your skin improves. Changing products too rapidly in pursuit of the “right” one will only hurt your skin. Slowly refining your product choices will eventually lead you to better skincare than you previously imagined.

Haven’t Ditched Your Summer Moisturizer

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Moisturizers are an important part of most of our daily skin routines. We use them regularly to help balance out the overall moisture in our skin regardless of the conditions outside. Finding a good moisturizer is relatively easy when it comes down to it, but the “right” moisturizer changes over time due to various factors. Age is one of the more notable defining factors as it permanently changes how our skin acts and what is necessary for keeping it healthy. Aged skin dries out easier due to a lack of collagen. Naturally, we start using thicker moisturizers then. There are smaller scale and shorter-term shifts that can affect our skin’s relationship with our favorite moisturizer too. Seasonal change is an important one to discuss as your summer moisturizer may not be the best thing to keep using during the depths of winter. Let’s take a closer look at why so you can be a bit better informed about your skin’s changing needs across the seasons.

Oh The Humidity!
Moisturizers depend fairly heavily upon the moisture that is available to our skin to begin with once we start applying them. That’s why the best time to use them is within five minutes of taking a bath or a shower. Your skin will still be plump with moisture and sealing all that in there with a good moisturizer will keep your skin happy for a long time. This is easier in summer. The air is, on average, a lot more humid as storms pass through commonly and bring with them plenty of moist air. Moist air is less harsh on your skin and doesn’t eat through your moisturizer at a high rate. All this changes in winter. The season brings cold, dry air with it that is hard on your skin on contact and instantly starts wearing down any natural or topically applied moisture barriers on your skin. Naturally, this isn’t particularly health for your skin and it is in your best interests to prepare for it sooner rather than later.

Cold Facts
The problem with using a summer moisturizer even during with is that summer moisturizers can be your comparatively “normal” choice. These choices work well when there is already moisture in the air and tend to be able to last a little longer because of it. Nothing is actively trying to destroy the moisture barrier then. You need to be a bit clinical when it comes to selecting a moisturizer to use in the winter. There is a fairly simple rule anyone can use for selecting a winter moisturizer though: take one step up. This means that you need to increase the thickness/heaviness of the product you’re using by one degree or so to help ensure the product you’re using is able to withstand the weather. For those who typically use a lotion, you’re going to want to try a cream. People who typically just use toner may want to experiment with a lotion. Anyone with dry skin is going to want to find a heavy, oil-based cream. Notice the pattern? You get a slightly stronger and more lasting moisturizer for winter to act as the counterbalance to the harsher weather. Ideally, you should be doing this relatively early in the season too, but that isn’t always a luxury that we have.

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Staying Ahead of the Weather
Staying ahead of winter is always ideal. Think about it for a moment. Let’s say you’re still using a summer moisturizer even now. Your skin is likely starting to dry out or otherwise feel a bit off comparatively sooner in the day. Most of us react to this by applying a little more moisturizer, yes, but you keep needing to do this with summer products. There isn’t a simple solution. Additionally, any gap between when your skin starts to feel dry and when you can apply the moisturizer is time that the air has to dry out and damage your skin. This damage is cumulative and can eventually start to show. It is hard to heal it up too because the weather has already gotten ahead of you in that case. You can easily end up fighting dry, flaky skin all winter if you don’t start early. Don’t worry though. Swapping later is still viable, but you’ll want to look into other skincare treatments to help you reduce and heal the damage already done.

Summer and winter have different demands on your skin. For many people, the differences between seasons can be a bit hard to tell in most respects. This isn’t true when dealing with summer and winter though. Different levels of moisture in the air have a clear effect on the skin that needs an appropriate response. Responding early and staying ahead of things is ideal, but never give up hope on beautiful winter skin. You can get there as long as you start taking care of your skin properly.

 

Combining Products For Personalized Skin Care

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There’s a distinct problem for a lot of us when it comes to beauty. We tend to end up with tunnel vision when it comes to selecting products. There’s a distinct obsession many of us suffer from, at different points, that believes we can find the one product to fix all our problems. When we think we find it, we stick with it even if the results aren’t as good as we like or if circumstances change that would necessitate us changing our products up somehow. This kind of thinking doesn’t do our skin any good though. In fact, it is counter to everything that good skincare stands for ultimately. Think about it. Your routine is necessarily made up of multiple components each serving a different function. They each fill a need for your skin and help to move your forward in a positive way. That is something we all need to remember so that we don’t forget that, in some cases, we can combine multiple products for personalized skincare.

The Caveats
There are only some products that you should actually be combing. These are typically going to be moisturizers and nourishing products that focus on giving your skin a boost rather than cleaning. This is because our various cleaning products like cleansers, scrubs, and chemical exfoliating products are all potentially harsh on the skin. They take away from it in one form of another. Too many cleaning products can frequently result in dry skin that causes more problems that it solves. Nourishing and moisturizing products, by contrast, are relatively easy to build with as they’re focused on healing and supporting rather than taking away. The key to figuring out personalized skincare is to have a clear knowledge of your own skin and its type. Many of us have combination skin and approaching that from a multi-product perspective is ultimately the best thing we can do for our skin.

Woman putting on skincare products
The Little Touches
All skin is fairly complex. At one point or another in our lives, our skin was probably solidly one type or another. Many of us enjoy “normal” skin, to one degree or another, when we’re children until the hormonal changes of puberty start to make any extremes in our skin particularly evident. That’s around the time we actually start getting interested in personalized skincare anyway. Knowing your broad skin type is useful, but we can’t ignore that plenty of factors exist that can shift sections of our skin type around sometimes. Overusing a product in one area of oily skin, for instance, can lead to dry skin in that area while it might lead to an oily patch for someone with normal skin during to an overreaction on the part of the skin. Utilizing multiple products at the same time requires you to have a relatively clear understanding of how it behaves. You can consult your dermatologist or esthetician if you’re uncertain.

Making the Most of Things
Once you have an internal “map” of your face, you can start properly making use of your products. You use them about like you’d expect. Apply the treatments meant to help particular skin issues over the area with said issues and keep doing this until you’ve properly covered all areas of your face. Your t-zone, for instance, will typically involve an oil control and lightly moisturizing product while another area will benefit from a hydrating cream. No two people’s product “masks” are going to match exactly the same. This method of taking care of your skin does take a little extra effort beyond a standard routine, but is far more beneficial. Your skin is receiving targeted benefits in this fashion instead of a broad stroke. A thicker moisturizer will make an oily patch worse while oil control products can be bad for already dry patches. Targeting in this way prevents the broad single product style of skincare from disrupting the rest of the skin for a single area.

Combing your products to benefit your skin is a somewhat intensive process when compared to the usual approach. There is no understating its value though. You’ll be able to take a far more targeted approach to your skin that can calm it effectively. In many cases, you’ll want to start small as you learn how to effectively make use of this technique. Don’t rush into using any new product either. Remember to try one new one at a time in a small area to guard against adverse reactions. Slowly figuring out the best ways to treat your skin will ultimately be rewarding though and help you look better than ever.