You Should Be Using Hyaluronic Acid

When hearing the word “acid”, many of us flash back to images of chemical peels gone wrong. Rest assured, this is not that kind of acid. Hyaluronic acid is a moisturizing particle that helps your skin retain water. in fact, it is naturally found in areas like your joints, eye sockets, healing wounds, and more -areas your body needs to keep moisturized.

This little miracle ingredient addresses signs of skin aging caused by time  (including decreased production of hyaluronic acid) and changes in the body as well as signs of aging caused by exposure to elements- sun, harsh winds, and more. Hyaluronic acid addresses both types of skin aging.

When you’re using hyaluronic acid, you’ll see a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as dry and flaky skin. Your skin will be softer, more elastic, and more moisturized. This ingredient is truly a crucial part of caring for your skin and maintaining a youthful glow.

How can you incorporate it this wonder-ingredient into your skincare routine? Talk to your aesthetician about products that contain hyaluronic acid and which ones are right for your skin. Serums and eye creams will work wonders- studies show that you can see results in as little as two weeks, but many users report seeing immediate improvement. You can also add it to your diet. It is a supplement that can be easily added to a smoothie and will have may benefits beyond improving your skin. Find the best approach for you and start to see younger-looking skin emerge.

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Using Retinol in the Summer

So you’ve picked out a retinol product, you splurged on it a little because you know it’s worth it, but how can you maximize the benefits to see the best results?

Here’s a quick breakdown on retinol. It’s a form of Vitamin A, and it’s recommended to use it in your skincare routine along with daily SPF. It promotes cell turnover, stimulates collages production, and promotes elasticity in your skin. Retinol will thin your skin’s barrier, so wearing sunscreen every day is a must, even if you don’t use retinol as often. Incorporating this product into your skincare routine in your 20s will go a long way in keeping your skin youthful in later years.

You are probably also wondering how you should use your new product. Retinol is best applied at night, and doesn’t have to be used every night. If goes on just before your moisturizer, and can even be applied mixed with moisturizer if your skin is sensitive. At the start, apply it twice a week, and from there you can increase or decrease the frequency based on your skin’s reaction. Of course, it is best to visit with a skin care professional to get a personalized recommendation on how to use retinol and which formulation is best for you.

Once you start using retinol, use other exfoliants with caution. Since retinol is helping with cell turnover, adding other forms of exfoliation might be too much for your skin. Both chemical and physical exfoliants, when used in addition to retinol, can lead to dryness, breakouts, or other negative skin reactions. If you are considering another form of exfoliation, start by using retinol and the new exfoliant on different nights and keep an eye on how your skin reacts.

It’s important to remember that retinol makes your skin sensitive to the sun, so SPF is non-negotiable! In the summer months, you will be exposed to longer days and more sun rays, so reapplying sunscreen and keeping a hat handy is critical. There’s no need to avoid outdoor fun in the summer as long as you keep your face covered – both with sunscreen and shade, particularly between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are at their peak. Finally, consider skipping retinol use before going on a vacation where you know you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun. The good news is that your skin will be less dry in the summer, you are less likely to see any flakiness as a result of retinol use.

You can buy retinol products from a drugstore or from a skincare professional. It is always recommended to get one from a professional – the formulations are more stable and potent, so you will see results more quickly than with an over-the-counter formulation. Whatever form of retinol you end up with, maintaining a solid skin-care routine that incorporates retinol and sun protection is your best bet for gorgeous skin.

Dairy Could Be Sabotaging Your Skin

In our last post, we talked about some foods you may have eliminated from your diet that your skin really needs. Now we want to talk about one food group that could be the cause of your acne, inflammation, and other skin problems.

Most of us enjoy dairy in one form or another- milk in our cereal, a cheese snack before dinner, a scoop of ice cream on a summer outing. However, if your skin is struggling no matter what products you invest in, you should consider ditching the dairy.

Dairy is not inherently bad, but dairy cows naturally have hormones like progesterone and insulin growth factor. They are then given hormones so that they continuously lactate and produce milk, which then results in increased hormone levels in the dairy products they produce. These hormones hide in our fancy cheese plates and glasses of milk, and make their way into your body. Your skin reacts to these hormones with breakouts, inflammation, and increased signs of aging.

If you think dairy is affecting the state of your skin, try removing dairy from your diet for 12 full weeks. If you see your skin improve in this time period, we’ve found a culprit! From that point, consider making changes that make sense for your lifestyle. Switch to a non-dairy milk like soy or almond, limit cheese intake, save ice cream only for special treats. At the very least, buy organic dairy products wherever possible to limit the amount of hormones and antibiotics you ingest.

Dairy products tend to be delicious, and cutting them out forever seems like a huge task! Your goals should be to cut out all of the dairy products you can. If that doesn’t make sense for your lifestyle because you need milk in your morning coffee, or you don’t function well without buttered toast, experiment with alternatives like vegan butter or almond milk. Finally, if you can’t find a successful substitute, buy organic and limit your dairy to a small amount. Gorgeous, glowing skin feels better than any specialty goat cheese ever could.

Acne-Safe Makeup

So you’re using all the right skin care products and getting regular facials, but still experiencing breakouts? It sounds like you’re on the right path, but you might be overlooking one critical piece. Your makeup, particularly your foundation, needs to be specially formulated for acne-prone skin!

Keep in mind that everything that touches your face can cause flare-ups, especially for those of us that battle acne. From hands touching your face throughout the day, to loose hair depositing oil and products on your forehead and cheeks, to the foundation and makeup brushes we pat onto our skin, everything has the potential to disrupt or improve your skin.

Foundation should include calming, anti-inflammatory properties to keep your skin soothed. It should also contain anti-bacterial properties that inhibit the bacteria P. acnes, which contributes to acne. Stay away from skincare fads like coconut oil, unless your esthetician directs you otherwise. Labels like “Organic” and “Natural” do not mean that a product is good for your skin, so don’t be fooled without looking closely at the ingredients.

Finally, keep your brushes clean by washing them in soapy water once a week. Bacteria will build up on them no matter how great your skincare routine, so this step is crucial to keeping your skin clear.

Clear skin starts with a great skin care routine, but is affected by everything else you put on your skin throughout the day. Make sure you are conscious of all these things to make sure all the time and effort used to care for your skin are not going to waste!