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Summer and the Dreaded Breakouts

Summer and the Dreaded Breakouts

Summer is here, and although I’m a cool-weather gal myself, I know a lot of people really thrive in the warm weather and love being outdoors.

Welcome to heat- and sweat-induced acne breakouts.  As the mercury rises, our skin produces more oil.  While our faces may have a healthy “glow,” bacteria and dirt, loving an oily environment, stick to our sweaty skin and clog our pores. Sunscreen, a must for all times of the year, combined with oil and sweat, also contributes to clogging our pores.  A perfect environment for acne is born. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT SUMMER BREAKOUTS

  • Well, obviously, keep your skin clean. If you work out, cleanse your face and remove makeup ahead of time if you can.  I know it’s not always possible, so second best is to remove the sweat and dirt as soon as you can afterwards. 
  • Mineral makeup is typically oil-free and is good for oily skin, reducing clogged pores.
  • Be Gentle to Your Skin. Many acne-fighting ingredients simply dry out your skin and damage the skin’s protective barrier (actually causing you to produce more oil to compensate for it).  
  • Don’t just think of combating the acne as it appears, look to certain ingredients to protect your skin’s barrier, fight inflammation and free radicals and nourish and hydrate your skin, making it less susceptible to inflammation and damage in the first place.

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR SKIN CARE

Use a gentle cleanser like our 2-in-1 Gentle Cleansing Milk.  Your skin should never feel taut or squeaky clean.  If so, you are stripping the skin of its natural oils and damaging the skin’s protective barrier. Our cleanser contains organic Bulgarian Rose Water to hydrate and soothe inflamed, sensitive skin and lavender and chamomile essential oils to help calm and fight blemishes. 

Use a toner.  It balances your skin’s pH, helps remove any residual dirt or bacteria on your skin after cleansing, and it prepares your skin to receive maximum benefit from your serum and/or moisturizer.  Plus a cooling spritz throughout the day makes for a rejuvenating pick-me-up for you and your skin.

Our Rose Hydrating Toner/Mist is alcohol-free and contains organic Bulgarian Rose Water and Essential Oil to hydrate and soothe inflamed, sensitive skin.  Phospholipids and hydrolyzed oat protein soothe and nourish skin.  Rhodiola (roseroot) extract contains plant stem cells that fight free radicals, and Moringa seed extract contains skin-purifying properties and antioxidants that fight free radicals.  All that before you even put any moisturizer on your face!

Choose products that contain salix alba (white willow bark) or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs).  Both act as natural exfoliants, clearing pores, and making way for fresh new cells and soft, smooth plump-looking skin.  For more sensitive skin, you can find white willow bark in our Ultra Hydrating Facial Cream and AHA’s in, yep, our AHA Renewing Facial Cream.

Look for anti-oxidants.  Inflammation sets the whole acne process into motion.  Topical anti-oxidants, particularly Vitamins A, C, and E, can help stop sebum oxidation (the initial phase of forming acne).

Our Intense Rejuvenating Serum for sensitive skin and our anti-aging Vitamin C Brightening Serum are loaded with Vitamins A, C, and E for that added boost in fighting inflammation, brightening skin tone and texture, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.  Anti-oxidants are just good for your skin, acne or not.

Consider a Retinoid.  Our Resurfacing Night Cream contains 2.5% retinol.  Retinol has been scientifically proven to boost collagen production from beneath the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and hyperpigmentation.  It is ideal for acne-prone skin because it removes dead skin cells from the surface that clog pores.

Exfoliate, Exfoliate.  Once or twice a week apply a gentle exfoliating facial mask (not a scrub) like our Lemon Tart Exfoliating Mask.  Jojoba beads gently slough off dead skin cells, maximizing your skin’s ability to absorb other nutrient-rich ingredients.  It is loaded with antioxidants that help brighten and even skin tone.  Cypress essential oil has antiseptic and astringent properties that awaken dull complexions and has an overall toning effect on the skin. 

So don't give up hope that you must suffer through acne.  A few preventative measures and attention to what you're putting on your skin can go a long way in reducing acne breakouts.

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Why Exercise is Good for Your Skin

Why Exercise is Good for Your Skin

The benefits of exercise are well known.  It causes blood flow to increase, and our hearts, lungs, brains, muscles, and cardiovascular systems benefit. Toxins are flushed from our body, which helps unclog pores, and blood carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body help nourish our skin cells.  But what does that really mean to healthy-looking skin?  

It’s no secret our skin changes as we age.  Visibly we see fine lines and crow’s feet.  The outer layer of our skin, made up mostly of dead skin cells and some collagen, begins to thicken.  Our skin becomes drier and flakier.   

The layer of skin right below the epidermis begins to thin, resulting in a loss of elasticity and sagging skin.

It appears researchers are now discovering that in those after age 40 who engage in moderate exercise (three hours a week), there appears to be a marked difference in the skin structure.  The outer layer of skin is thinner and healthier and the underlying dermis layers are thicker. 

An article published in the NY Times, Younger Skin Through Exercise, reports researchers’ findings that study participants’ skin “was closer in composition to that of 20- and 30-year-olds than to that of others their age, even if they were past 65.”   

That's pretty exciting and very encouraging news! And it's yet another reason to get out, smell the roses, take charge, and get our bodies moving! 

Just a reminder, if you opt for outdoor exercise, don’t forget to wear sunscreen!  Also, our Vitamin C Brightening Serum is ideally suited for environmentally stressed skinl! 

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Sunscreen and Tanning Myths

Sunscreen and Tanning Myths

It doesn't have to be full-blown summer to protect yourself from the sun's harmful rays. With the increased risk of skin cancer and the aging effects caused by sun damage – wrinkles, thinning skin, dark spots – it’s time we get some straight facts about the sun and tanning.

To understand why we need sunscreen, let’s identify what UVA and UVB rays are:

UVA Rays

UVA, often called the “Aging Ray,” causes the most damage to our skin. The rays penetrate the dermis layer of the skin, which is 70% collagen. Think of collagen as the mortar between bricks. When that weakens, so go the bricks. When your collagen is damaged, your skin wrinkles and sags, losing its elasticity.

While UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, they are present during daylight hours throughout the year, rain or shine, cloudy or sunny. 80% of UVA pass through clouds. You don’t need a burn to damage your skin. The damage is gradual and cumulative, showing up later as thickened, aged skin.

UVA rays also penetrate through glass. Putting tinted UV-protective film on windows can block up to 99.9 percent of UV radiation. Without this protection in your car, you are being exposed to the sun’s damage.

UVB Rays

UVB, often called the “Burning Ray,” is the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn and tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. UVB rays are a major cause of skin cancer. They can burn and damage the skin year-round, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice. UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass. UVB rays are at their strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from April to October.

To protect yourself, you need a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Also wear clothing with SPF protection and a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses. It’s never too late to start.

For additional help in protecting your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, consider our Vitamin C Brightening Serum.

Be safe,

 

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