The temperatures are rising, your hormones are raging, and your skin is changing! It definitely sounds like summer is near and it's time for a change... in your skincare that is. Your body loses a lot of moisture during the summers, so the most important practice to get you through the summer is to keep your skin hydrated. Skin hydration is very important during this time of the year because extreme heat can also cause your skin pores to produce excess sebum, thus increases your chances of a breakout. To prevent breakouts during this season, ensure that your skin is getting enough moisture to replenish your skin cells. Keep reading for three simple and cost efficient ways to hydrate your skin through the summer.
1. Drink A lot of Water!!!!
Yes I know it sounds clique, but it works and your skin will be thankful that you did. Experts say that you should drink at least eight to ten glasses of water a day to keep your body hydrated throughout the day and this of course has many skin benefits as well. Your skin cells need water to regenerate healthy new skin cells. And new skin cells give the skin a more youthful appearance. You may also consider adding more fruit to your diet, as this will contribute to skin hydration as well.
Make sure that your skincare regimen includes products that will moisturize your skin and not dry it out. Find cleansers with humectants that will retain and preserve the moisture in your skin. Milk and honey are great natural moisturizers for the skin and can be used in many skincare routine practices. If you make sure to follow the skincare ritual of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing at night before bedtime.
3. Carry a Toner!
A great toner is a girl's best friend during the summer, they're simple, effective, and small enough to carry in your purse. I love the convenience that a toner provides, it's easy to use and it does not require any clean up. A toner can be spritzed directly on the face for an instant refresher and skin hydration. If you do not have a toner a part of your skincare regimen, try Jade Refresh Toner it will leave your skin feeling refreshed and smooth!
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First thing I want to clarify is this, ALL soaps are drying to the skin!! It's science, due to the surface environments of your skin and soap being completely opposite. The challenging part is finding a soap bar that will not dry your skin out too much! Every soap bar is different and we all have different skin types, so there is no universal soap bar that will produce the same results for everyone. I know you have probably heard many different myths and theories about soap, what works and what doesn't work, so today let’s get a few things clear.
1. Surfactant..... the sebum killer!
What is a surfactant? Surfactant molecules contain a lipophilic(fat-loving) end that attaches grease, dirt, and a hydrophilic(water-loving) end which makes the molecule dissolve in water. The surfactant molecules attaches itself to the sebum on top of the skin, removing dirt from the surface. Well the surfactants do an awesome job of removing the dirt and oil from the skin, but the downside is... it strips the skin's natural oils as well. This is why "too much washing" can be just as damaging to the skin than not washing at all. You don't want to "over wash" your face, excessive washing can dry out the skin completely. You have to give your skin enough time to replenish its natural oils. This is really important because the sebum forms a barrier of protection around the skin and if that barrier is compromised, it can expose your body to harmful substances causing more serious damage.
2. Soap is more Alkaline!
Remember the surface environments? Most soaps usually have a pH level of 9-12, which is extremely higher than your skin's pH level. Healthy skin pH level should fall between 4.2-5.6. When skin is healthy it can effectively perform its function of protection. Skin with a healthy pH, can protect itself from bacteria, maintain hydration, and rapidly heal. But skin pH levels more neutral or alkaline causes skin to lose its abilities to be healthy. Our skin is slightly acidic due to the skin acid mantle that we have as a protection barrier to keep foreign objects from entering the body. So we definitely want to make sure that we're utilizing healthy skincare practices to help maintain optimal skin health!
Now that we understand the connection between soap and dry skin, how do you avoid it? First the most important task is finding the right bar for your skin, this may take some time so... BE PATIENT!!!! Once you have found the lucky bar use it as needed. And I say that lightly because too much washing can dry the skin out as well. So we want to make sure that the soap is causing the dryness and not excessive washing. Try using a castile soap bar or a pure olive oil bar. Olive oil is very moisturizing to the skin and will less likely cause dryness. Make sure that you're using a moisturizer on your face and body. Moisturizers help to keep the skin soft, hydrated, and protected.
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Frustrated with your skincare routine; tired of spending hundreds of dollars on skincare products that just does not work! Sounds like such a huge problem right? Well what if I told you that I have a solution to your problem and that solution would save you hundreds of dollars and wasted time on various skincare products. When I first discovered this technique it saved my dollars and my skin. Yes! So are you ready? You may want to write this down because it will be broken down into two sections: HAVE PATIENCE! Yeah, yeah, yeah I know it sounds simple, but this appears to be the hardest phase of any skincare routine. I'm almost sure your wondering what the heck does this have to do with anything, but stick around while I explain.
When selecting skincare products the key factor in determining which product to use should be the ingredients. The active ingredients in skincare products could provide somewhat of a timeline to expect visual results. Of course this may vary by person, but the time expectancy should range fairly the same. Skincare products that contain acids usually have a rapid skin-cell turnover rate, which in turn yields faster visible results. The downside to rapid skin-cell turnover is purging, if you're not familiar with purging refer back to my prior blog post: Skin Purging! Less harsher ingredients such as natural oils and extracts may have a longer timeline expectancy on visual results, but the outcome is priceless! Other factors that may contribute to the process of seeing visual results like diet, lifestyle, skin type, and ingredient purity and strength.
Below is a cheat sheet that I made to help you out:
Salicylic Acid 1-7 days
Ceramides 2-4 weeks
Hyaluronic Acid immediately
Glycolic Acid 2-6 weeks
Vitamin C 1-2 months
Vitamin A 3-4 months
Vitamin B3 8 weeks
AHA 3-4 weeks
Kojic Acid 1-2 weeks
With any skincare routine, if you want to see improved results you have to be patient and consistent! Be patiently waiting on your results, while consistently using your skincare products. While some products may yield results overnight, some in two days, but longer timeframes allows a full skin-cell turnover to take place, which is when you can usually start to see all the benefits from your new skin care products.
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Well, well, oh have the seasons changed! As the cold months of winter have faded away, in comes the blossoms of Spring that surprises us all! Some get new cars, some get houses, but all I seem to get are breakouts, weight gain, and more breakouts. Ugh! I can't seem to get away from the "seasonal acne" as I would call it, but over the years I have learned how to manage it. Here are a few changes that you should be looking forward too, and some great tips on how to tackle them!
As the temperature rises and plummets throughout the year, the humidity levels in the air fluctuates as well. Which makes perfect sense why the weather plays a key role in your skin health. The temperature and humidity levels may affect the skin's moisture, hydration, and skin cell production turnaround rate (the speed in which your skin reproduces its skin cells). During the long cold months of winter, the skin may experience much lower levels of humidity which causes the skin to become dry and dull. If this is something that you may have experienced, you first want to establish exactly HOW dry your skin really is? Do you experience mild dryness, average, or extreme dryness; which is usually followed up by inflamed cracking of the skin. Which is why moisturizers are really important during the colder months of the year to prevent the skin from becoming too dry. And remember, in the most extreme cases, lack of skin hydration can cause permanent damage to the skin's barrier, thus changing the skin's appearance.
TreasureU Skincare has several oil-based moisturizers that are awesome throughout the entire year, Beauty Elixir is my favorite because it balances facial oils, minimizes pores, and moisturizes the skin all at the same time! And for my cream based moisturizer lovers, Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer is a nice option for oily or acne prone skin, that will not leave the skin with excess oils.
Now transitioning into the summer season can be a little more complex, as for some people it may require several different changes in their skincare routine. As we already know the summer months can bring dreadful heat, skyrocket high temperatures, which means higher humidity levels. And what does that mean for you skin? Excess oil and clogged pores! A good cleanser and toner will save your life, at least your skin's life anyway, lol! A cleanser to help remove dirt, oil, and debris from the skin and a toner to balance skin hydration. The perfect duo! Now I could go on forever about which cleanser is better and which cleansers are not so great, but a cleanser should be chosen based on your skin type and needs.
Getting prepared for the transition requires planning and preparation if you want to prevent a breakout, so here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Make note of when the seasons change, three weeks before going into the new season gradually introduce the new skincare products to your skin. This will help the transition go a lot more smoothly to prevent the skin from purging or having breakouts.
2. Consider altering your "current" skincare products usage and/or dosage instead of getting new skincare products altogether. To get the same coverage for your skin year round this option may be a cheap and quick fix, just by using more of the products that you already have.
3. Keep a consistent year round skincare product stash that consists of "the old and faithful." These are your skincare products that you should use ritually no matter the season. This should include: a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
This year go into the seasons with confidence!
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How do you change a culture? I was plagued with this very question today and most of my adult life, wondering how did we ever get to this place? What place, you’re probably wondering? A place of disconnect and discord for one another, always under the assumption of an attack, thus allowing our impulse to wrongfully articulate our true feelings. It sounds crazy or maybe a little delusional, to want one thing, but portray another. And why can’t the two just connect? Our desires seem to not align with our actions, how is that even possible? And how do we change the fact that at times although we desire to do good, we continuously choose to do the complete opposite. So here are my theories on changing the culture based on two components, mindset and self-image.
First, “the mindset,” as stated in Wikipedia: a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people. The word “assumption” seemingly stands out, as it appears to be the pitfall of most if not all of one’s disconnect with reality. For some reason there is a tendency to assume what we do not understand, hence making your assumptions the “projected outcome” of your alternate reality. For lack of better words “your mindset directs your life.” Every life decision, even daily decisions stems from the way that you think. So, consider this, the mindset is the “processing center” of the mind; therefore, all information received by the mind is interpreted through “the mindset.” The mindset then filters that information through experience, belief systems, acquired knowledge, etc. During the time of filtration is usually when the transition begins from reality to your “alternate reality.” This is why two individuals looking at the same picture can grasp two different concepts because “the mindset” i.e. “processing center” does not process information the same from one individual to another.
Furthermore, the mindset is not easily altered, thus making it extremely challenging to change. There is a vast difference between changing your mind vs. changing your mindset. The exact term itself explains, mind+set= a "set mind." Changing one's mindset can takes years of consistent reprogramming and continuous learning. Just imagine the age you were when you first begin to learn about certain morals and family traditions. There are certain principles and methods that are learned from an adolescent stage in life that you may utilize through adulthood; thus making it extremely hard to change after years of routine practice.
Now how does this relate to culture? Although we desire to have unity and equality, the mindset has been the biggest hinderance amongst individuals. Why? Because each "mindset" has a "set" of rules, morals, values, practices, and traditions that it "believes" to be "right." Most "like minded" individuals form groups around their beliefs, choosing to grow only within the capacity of that group. What has to occur in order for an individual to "grow out" of their mindset is to go "beyond" their mindset. So here's the plot twist, I cannot teach you what I do not know and you will not know what I do not teach you. Did you get that? So, therefore an individual's mental learning capacity will only expand as far as their ability to connect with the unknown and unfamiliar. An individual has to be willing to go outside the box, "expand"; expansion requires unity and unity springs forth equality. There are levels to this!
Join us again next week as we dive into the next level- Self Image! (Part II)
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If only we could live in a world without acne scars, the world would be a better place! Yeah I know it sounds extreme, but acne scars can be your worst nightmare especially when it seems impossible to get rid of! Why and how does acne scars form? Let's talk talk about it! Acne Scars are usually the result of inflamed blemishes (pimples, zits, etc.) caused by skin pores plugged with excess oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. When the pores swell it causes a break in the follicle wall, thus causing enlarged blemishes on top of the skin. Moderate to severe acne can lead to scars on your face. Shallow lesions are usually minor and heal quickly; while serious scarring may require professional treatment with a dermatologist. Usually post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation isn't a true acne scar and will gradually fade away. While most acne scars will fade away by itself, topical retinoid treatments may help speed up the process. So now we know why and how acne scars are formed, let's discuss some preventative and treatment options for acne scars.
First, prevention! How can we avoid getting acne scars altogether? If you suffer from acne breakouts, take steps to prevent your breakouts from scarring your skin. You can prevent acne breakouts by keeping your face clean! Be sure to wash your face at least twice a day and after workouts. Keeping a clean face is key to ensuring acne prevention. Also do not, I repeat do not pick, bust, or squeeze your pimples. Squeezing and picking your pimples can lead to scarring of the skin. When you have acne breakouts, try not to touch the skin at all. Furthermore try to get rid of acne breakouts before it can cause scarring, by using topical products and cleansers with anti-bacterial properties. Tea Party is a great option for acne treatment that is all natural and cruelty free! For severe acne treatment seek help from a dermatologist to see what options are available for you.
If you currently suffer from acne scars there are several options available for treatment as well. If you're using topical products you want make sure that it contains vitamin C or retinol to help reduce the appearance of acne scars. Products containing those ingredients have been known to increase collagen production and help improve skin blemishes. If your acne scars are severe you may consider microdermabrasion, chemical peel, or laser treatment, but seek a dermatologist before you start any intensive treatment, as it may cause permanent damage if done incorrectly.
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Shaquana Shotwell- CEO & Founder of Treasure Universe home of TreasureU Skincare. Lover of all things beauty, advocate of health and wellness, and spiritual life coach.