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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