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Emollients: The Secret to Flake-Free Skin

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Everybody wants smooth and bouncy skin. However, factors such as your skin type, daily exposure to the elements, and the products you use can cause dry patches and roughness.

In this blog, we’ll be talking about how you can have flake-free skin using emollients. Let’s get started!

What are They? 

Emollients are a moisturizing agent that smooth and softens the skin by filling in the cracks in the skin barrier. It is known for preventing water loss and lubricating the skin.

Several natural and synthetic ingredients can act as an emollient in skin care products. This includes Butters, oils, esters, lipids, and fatty acids are all considered emollients.

They are often found in moisturizing products such as creams, lotions, and ointments. However, other products can also contain emollients to increase their hydrating and humectant properties.

Emollients and Their Effect on the Skin

Emollients are important for keeping your skin’s health at an optimal level. Environmental factors such as exposure to extreme temperatures and pollution as well as using harsh soaps and cleansers can strip the skin of its natural moisture. Over time, this can lead to overly dry and rough skin. They supplement skin moisture and bring back a healthy glow to the skin.

Ingredients with emollient properties also replenish the skin barrier for a smoother and softer complexion. They help hold skin cells together while also preventing moisture from excessively escaping. Furthermore, it also helps keep the skin safe from irritants.

Furthermore, people suffering from skin conditions that cause irritation and redness can benefit greatly from emollients. They work well in easing the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis.

Things to Consider When Using Emollients 

Most emollients are safe to use liberally on the skin. However, you need to be careful when using thicker products since these can have occlusive properties and can easily congest your pores. If you have acne-prone skin, it’s best to stick with those with a lighter texture that won’t clog your pores.

It’s also best to apply these products using gentle sweeping motions along the skin while it is still a bit damp to help seal in moisture. Applying moisturizing products that contain emollients after a shower or after washing your skin helps trap water in and prevents transdermal water loss.

5 Ingredients to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin

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Caring for flay, dry, and rough skin goes beyond slathering in lotions and creams every single day. You need to have a good grasp of what’s in your skincare products because these ingredients could be preventing you from having soft, smooth, and perfectly hydrated skin.

In this blog, we’ll be talking about five ingredients you should avoid if you have dry skin. Let’s get started!

Retinoids

Retinoids and vitamin A derivatives have a great reputation when it comes to treating acne, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and treating inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis. 

However, if you have dry skin, avoid products containing this ingredient. This is because one of the side effects of retinoids is dryness and flakiness. It can exacerbate your existing skin condition so stick to gentler alternatives like resveratrol or carrot oil.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is a beauty staple for people with acne-prone skin. However, it can also cause peeling, itching, irritation, and redness especially if your skin is on the parched side.

Alcohol

Alcohol is a very common ingredient in skin care products as it serves many purposes including improving product penetrability and preserving formulations. However, some alcohols can further dry up the skin so go for products that are either alcohol-free or have it in lower concentrations

However, not all types of of alcohol used in skincare are bad. There are fatty alcohols like ethyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol that can be beneficial. Typically, fatty alcohols are used as emollients and thickeners in skin-care products.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a great skin softener with exfoliating properties. However, if your skin is on the dry side, you may have to be cautious when using products with this ingredient. 

Though generally considered safe, some people may have skin sensitivity to it, and if they use it regularly, may end up with skin that is dry, red, and peeling. Salicylic acid may help with acne temporarily, but over the long term can dry and thin your skin.

Fragrances and Preservatives

Perfumed products may smell wonderful and feel luxurious to use but fragrances and preservatives can irritate your skin. These can dry out your skin and cause flaking and chapping. Go for fragrance-free options to keep your complexion soft and hydrated.

Blue Light: Could It Be Damaging Your Skin?

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We’ve all been taught that UVA and UVB rays have damaging effects on the skin. But recently, researchers have discovered that the light emitted by your beloved smartphones, tablets, TV, and computer screens could potentially harm your skin

In this blog, we’ll be talking about blue light and its effect on the health of your skin. Let’s get started!

What is Blue Light?

Blue light, also called high-energy visible light, is a high-frequency and short wave light belonging to the violet and blue band of the spectrum. It is the only part of the light that is visible to the naked eye.

Our exposure to blue light typically comes from the sun. However, devices like smartphones, tablets, televisions, and LED bulbs also emit this kind of light.

Normal exposure to blue light emitted by the sun is actually beneficial. It can stimulate alertness, improve memory, and elevate your mood.

The problem comes when you are constantly exposed to it at night from electronic devices. This is because blue light can also disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm and affect the quality of your sleep.

What Does it Do to the Skin?

Apart from affecting sleep, dermatologists have discovered that blue light can also affect your skin. 

While further research is needed to verify this, initial studies have shown evidence that blue light can penetrate the skin and cause oxidative damage This can result in inflammation and the breakdown of collagen and elastin as well as the development of hyperpigmentation.

Preventing Damage Caused by Blue Light

The science surrounding blue light is still in its early stages. However, you can take extra caution to keep your skin protected from its potential ill effects.

You can limit your usage of electronic devices especially at night. You can also install covers that block blue light from your smartphones and computers.

Since studies suggest that blue light plays a role in photo-aging, it is more important now to apply sunscreen. Go for mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide since they physically block harmful light.

It is also important to use products that have antioxidants that prevent oxidative and free radical damage. Products containing vitamin C and E can help prevent the aging and damaging effects of blight light on your skin.

How to Treat Skin Challenges During Menopause

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Menopause can bring noticeable changes to the skin. Hormonal imbalance triggers some unwelcome changes in your complexion as you move to a new phase in your life. However, with the right care, you can lessen these effects and still enjoy radiant skin. 

Today, we’ll be talking about the best practices when it comes to menopause skin. Let’s get started! 

Age Spots and Visible Signs of Sun-damaged Skin

As you move to your 50s, signs of sun damage on your skin start to appear. Menopause skin also shows age spots more. The effects of decades of exposure to the sun with little to no protection are likely to start showing up.

Now more than ever, it’s important to apply sunscreen every day even if you’re not going out. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Keeping up with sun protection helps fade age spots.

Bruising 

Over time, the skin becomes thinner which can make it bruise more easily. You can help prevent further thinning of the skin by using retinoid creams and using sunscreen. 

Dryness

Menopause skin tends to lose its ability to hold on to water. This can make your skin dryer than it used. 

Dry skin

In menopause, the skin loses some ability to hold water, so it can get quite dry. This can be especially noticeable when the air is dry. Instead of using soap to clean your skin, opt for a mild cleanser. Don’t forget to apply a nourishing and hydrating moisturizer particularly those formulated with hyaluronic acid to help your skin retain moisture.

Slack Skin and Wrinkles

As you age, your skin loses collagen and according to studies, women lose about 30 percent of the collagen in their skin in the first five years of menopause. Over the course of about 20 years, women will lose 2 percent of their skin’s collagen.

This leads to the skin losing its firmness and starting to sag. Deeper lines also start running on the forehead and around the eyes. The skin around the eyes may also start developing pockets or drooping.

Jowls, slack skin, and wrinkles

In menopause, the skin quickly loses collagen. Studies show that women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. After that, the decline is more gradual. Women lose about 2% of their collagen every year for the next 20 years.

As collagen diminishes, our skin loses its firmness and begins to sag. Jowls appear. Permanent lines run from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Wrinkles that used to appear only with a smile or frown become visible all the time.

Consider using retinol-based or peptide-enriched products to help increase the collagen in your skin.

Acne

As your estrogen levels drop, you may start experiencing acne breakouts. However, you need to consider that your skin is thinner and drier now so acne formulations meant for younger skin might be too harsh for you

Go for products that contain salicylic acid to help unclog pores. Topical retinoids can also help reduce inflammation caused by acne. Topical vitamin C can also help reduce redness while building collagen and boosting your skin’s brightness.

Easily-Irritated Skin

Menopause skin is also prone to irritation and sensitivity because the pH level of the skin also changes. You’re more likely to develop rashes and if you have existing skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea, these could worsen.

To prevent this, you need to switch up some of the products you already have for those that are fragrance-free. Choose products also that don’t contain harsh chemicals that may trigger rashes or irritate your skin.

A Quick Guide to Skin Microbiome

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Microorganisms are making waves in the world of beauty and skincare these days. Did you know that much your gut, your skin is home to trillions of good bacteria that protects your skin from a host of inflammatory issues?

Today, we’ll be taking you through the microscopic world of skin microbiome and its role in keeping your complexion healthy and radiant. Let’s get started!

What is Skin Microbiome

Your skin is the largest organ in the body whose main function includes protecting the body from dangerous substances and shielding from harmful UV radiation.

Apart from serving as a physical barrier the skin also serves as a home to trillions of microorganisms. A flourishing skin microbiome enhances your skin’s barrier function resulting in healthy and glowing skin.

Furthermore, your skin’s microscopic ecosystem plays a role in preventing inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

According to studies, using harsh products do not only strip your skin of its natural oils and moisture but also affects the natural pH levels and its microbiome. The chemistry of these products destabilizes the good bacteria on your skin which results in skin issues over time.

Furthermore, over-cleansing, excessive exfoliation, and exposure to aggressors can also deplete the population of good bacteria on your skin. This affects healthy skin function.

Functions of a Healthy Skin Microbiome

A healthy skin microbiome has major benefits for your overall health. The microbes that live on the surface of the skin down to the subcutaneous fat layer communicate with the immune system and affect your immune response to pathogens.

A healthy skin microbiome helps protect us against infection by crowding out pathogenic organisms. Microorganisms on the skin thrive on an acidic environment which bad bacteria generally do not like,

Your skin’s microbiome also relays messages to your skin’s immune system to dampen inflammation. It informs the immune system to release antimicrobial peptides to fend off harmful bacteria. Likewise, it also inhibits the release of inflammatory compounds that calms the skin.

Furthermore, a healthy skin microbiome also protects you from environmental aggressors. The population of good bacteria on your skin aids in wound healing limits your exposure to allergens, minimizes oxidative damage keeps the skin plump and moist.

Four Approaches to Microbiome Beauty

Microbiome beauty movement is just starting and science is still advancing. Currently, there are five approaches that the beauty industry is looking at in order to support the skin’s microbiota. This includes:

  1. Adding Microbes

Probiotic topicals that add microbes to the skin are the most commonly seen products on the market today. Most skincare manufacturers claim that these products deliver similar effects found in traditional skin actives like vitamins A, C, and E.

  • Feeding Microbes

Prebiotics serve as food for microorganisms. Personal care brands that sell microbiome skincare believe that feeding microbes on your skin support the population and promotes better microbiota health.

  • Disrupting Harmful Microbes

There are good bacteria and then there are bad bacteria. One of the key approaches to microbiome beauty at the moment is disrupting the population of harmful microbes in order to promote the flourishing of beneficial bacteria on the skin.

  • Multi-Microbe Approach

Meanwhile, some beauty brands focus on both supporting god bacteria and destroying bad bacteria. This multi-microbe approach maintains a balance for healthier skin function.

How to Soothe Irritated Sensitive Skin

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Dealing with persistently red and sensitive skin isn’t always easy. Sensitive skin can react to a host of factors including weather, products, and even the hormones in your body. Typically, this results in light irritation, redness, or dryness. But in worse cases, you may experience rosacea, skin peeling, and inflammation.

If your cheeks, nose, chin, or forehead tend to be easily aggravated, then this post is for you. Today, we’ll be talking about how you can effectively soothe irritated and sensitive skin. Let’s get started!

Avoid Triggers

When you have sensitive skin, just about anything can cause flare-ups. To keep your skin calm, you need to pay attention to the food, beverages, products, and environmental factors that make your skin react.

Avoid these triggers, stick to an antioxidant-rich diet, and use skincare products designed for your skin type. Skip ingredients that can irritate your skin.

Use Soothing Mists

If you experience flare-ups, you might want to soothe your irritated skin with a water-based soothing mist. Look for formulations that have hydrating and irritating ingredients like lavender, cucumber, or calendula.

Spray on your skin after working out or when you’re in an extremely hot climate. Don’t forget to follow up with a light moisturizer to lock in moisture.

Use Products That Are Suitable for Sensitive Skin

When you have skin that’s easily irritated, you’d want to stick to products that have very few ingredients. Avoid products that contain fragrance or alcohol. Pick products that are non-comedogenic and instead have restorative qualities. 

Exfoliate Gently

Sensitive skin calls for gentle handling especially when it comes to exfoliation. Avoid products that contain harsh and gritty scrubs. Instead, opt for gentle acids that can peel away the top dead layer of skin without stripping natural oils.

The Proper Way to Apply Sunscreen

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By now you already know the importance of wearing sunscreen in keeping your skin protected from harmful UV rays. But could you be applying it the wrong way? Today, we’ll be talking about how you should be putting on sun protection so maximize its benefits. Let’s get started!

Application. Put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don’t forget to put a thick layer on all parts of your exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back. And remember, sunscreen works best when combined with other options to prevent UV damage.

How sunscreen works. Most sunscreen products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.

SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15.

Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off so be sure to take some with you whenever you’re going out. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

Expiration date. Check the sunscreen’s expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.

Cosmetics. Some makeup and lip balms contain some of the same sun-protective ingredients. If they do not have at least SPF 15, be sure to use other forms of protection as well such as wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Skincare Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Acne-Prone Skin

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If you’re prone to breakouts, chances are you’ve tried every product out there just to calm your skin. Acne can be caused by different things including hormones, genetics, diet, stress, and lifestyle. But did you know that certain ingredients in the skincare products you use may be causing more harm than good? In this blog, we’ll be talking about the skincare ingredients to avoid if you have acne-prone skin. Let’s get started!

Coconut Oil

Many people use coconut oil as a form of makeup remover, be it a cleanser or a moisturizer. It is also used as a hair product to make your hair shiny and smooth. However, coconut oil is highly comedogenic. If you have oily skin, it’s best to avoid coconut oil as it produces excess sebum. If your skin is dry to normal, it’s alright to use coconut oil as your pores do not get clogged easily.

Fragrance

Many products contain fragrance to mask the unpleasant smell of some ingredients or to make the product smell good. The downside is that fragrances are irritating to sensitive and acne-prone skin. If you have dry skin, using products with fragrances might result in blotchy and itchy skin. It is best to choose products without fragrances but not all fragrances cause acne. You need to identify fragrances that cause acne and avoid using them altogether.

Silicones

Silicones are often found in products like primers, sunscreens and many more. Many people think that silicones help create a silky soft texture on your skin but it actually causes flare-ups. Products containing silicones layer on your face and can clog your pores over time. This leads to your occasional breakouts and acne. Some examples of silicone used in skincare and cosmetics include are dimethicone (silicone oil), cetearyl methicone (non-water soluble silicone) and cyclomethicone (synthetic silicone oil). It is best to totally avoid using silicones and use chemical-free cleansing products instead.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oils are also comedogenic. It does not provide any hydration although it prevents moisture loss from your skin. As it continues, your skin is being masked and the skin condition worsens, causing acne breakouts and even photo-aging. Always be on the lookout for products that are 5 FREE… these are the 5 BIG NOs! No parabens, no mineral oil, no artificial preservatives, no artificial dyes, no artificial fragrances!

Alcohol

This ingredient removes oil on your skin, causing your skin to become dry and irritated. The reason why many people like to use products with alcohol is that it produces a mattifying effect for the skin – a fast and effective finish. If you have sensitive skin, it’s recommended not to use products with alcohol because it might irritate your skin. If you have dry skin, it’s best to avoid this ingredient as it makes your skin dry. Many think that alcohol-based products are effective for controlling oily skin but they actually enlarge your pores and cause breakouts.

A Guide to Alpha Hydroxy Acids

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Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of plant and animal-derived acids used in a variety of skincare products. These days, you can find them in anti-aging products, such as serums, toners, and creams, as well as occasional concentrated treatments via chemical peels.

AHAs are commonly available in seven types. This includes:

  • citric acid (from citrus fruits)
  • glycolic acid (from sugar cane)
  • hydroxy caproic acid (from royal jelly)
  • hydroxy caprylic acid (from animals)
  • lactic acid (from lactose or other carbohydrates)
  • malic acid (from fruits)
  • tartaric acid (from grapes)

Among these types of AHAs, the most popular and arguable most effective are glycolic acid and lactic acid. You can find these in most over-the-counter products because they are the least likely to cause irritation.

AHAs may have minor side effects especially if your skin is new to this ingredient. You may experience temporary burning or itching that goes away in a few minutes upon application. You may need to let your skin adjust to AHAs by using lower concentrations at first or by using it every few days until you’re used to it.

The peeling effects of AHAs can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Because of this, you need to be wear sunscreen daily and reapply more frequently throughout the day.

Benefits of AHAs

AHAs are primarily used to exfoliate the skin. It helps remove dead skin cells and makes way for new skin cell generation. It prevents the accumulation of dead skin cells which improves the appearance of wrinkles and age spots and helps improve acne. Remember, however, that the exfoliation power of AHAs depends on the concentration used in a product. The higher the percentage there is, the stronger its exfoliation properties are.

Citric acid is also known to not only break down dead skin cells but also brighten the skin. It promotes new skin growth which helps alleviate the appearance of age spots, acne scars, and uneven skin tone.

Alpha-hydroxy fruit acids help promote the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein-rich fiber that keeps your skin looking plump and smooth. Over time, these fibers break down resulting in sagging skin. With the help of AHAs, your skin produces more collagen to replaces the ones that have broken down due to sun damage or aging.

Finally, AHAs can help other skincare products absorb better into the skin. By breaking down the layer of dead skin cells on your skin, products such as moisturizers and serums can penetrate into your skin and deliver their benefits more efficiently and effectively.

Everything You Need to Know About Double Cleansing

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Double cleansing is a Korean skincare trend that aims to completely remove all traces of makeup, SPF, dirt, and impurities from your face to keep your skin healthy, clear, and glowing. Moreover, it also helps your skin absorb the active ingredients from the skincare products you will apply afterward. 

Getting rid of the day’s makeup and grime plays a crucial role in keeping your skin looking its best. But if you’re just using a makeup wipe and calling it night, you might be doing your skin more harm than good. Makeup wipes can leave pore-clogging residue and the repetitive tugging motion can cause wrinkles and skin sag in the future.

As the name implies, you need to use two kinds of cleansers to thoroughly dissolve makeup, skincare, sunscreen, and the dirt your skin has been exposed to throughout the day. Typically, it involves using an oil-based cleanser first followed by a rinse-off cleanser.

How to Double Cleanse

Step 1: Choose Cleanser No. 1 aka Makeup Remover

Use a product designed to dissolve makeup and impurities on your skin especially if you’re fond of using waterproof mascara and lipstick, lip stains, and full coverage foundation and concealer.

You can use micellar water, a cleansing oil, or a cleansing balm to melt away makeup, sebum, leftover sunscreen, pollutants, and more. Use gentle circular motions to remove any product lying on top of your skin.

After this, wipe gently or rinse off depending on the product you are using.

Step 2: Choose Cleanser No. 2 aka Your Favorite Cleanser

The second round of cleansing is meant to remove any debris and residue that may have been left behind by your makeup remover. Find a cleanser that matches your skin type. For Dry skin, a creamy cleanser does the job well while for oily-skinned gals, opt for a water-based or gel cleanser. Meanwhile, if you have normal or combination skin, a foam cleanser is a great option for you. Gently massage the cleanser of your choice in circular motions, rinse thoroughly, and pat your skin dry

Step 3: Follow Up With Your Night Time Skincare Routine

Your skincare routine should never end with just cleansing. Always follow up your nightly double cleansing with your tried and tested skincare routine. For some people, this means slathering on their favorite moisturizer and calling it a day. 

However, you can also take it a step further especially if you have problems you need to target. Apply your skincare products in the order of thinnest to thickest texture. Start by applying your toner followed by your serum or skin active of choice. Once absorbed into your skin, seal everything in with your favorite moisturizer.

Final Words

While it seems like it’s overkill to cleanse your face twice, double cleansing is beneficial for your skin. It effectively removes all traces of products you’re put on in the morning. This way, you have a clean slate that will readily absorb all your night-time skincare. Furthermore, with a clean face, your skin can efficiently rejuvenate itself while you sleep—a crucial thing if you want a glowing, clear, and bright complexion.

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