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Skin Care Routine to Renew and Rebuild

 

renew-and-rebuildKeeping your skin fresh and youthful looking is such a common desire that it’s inspired mythologies and fairy tales — not to mention an entire industry. There are countless beauty blogs, television and web series’ dedicated to providing us with tips and tricks for the perfect skin care routine. There are also countless products out there with promises to renew and rebuild skin that has been damaged over time.

Whether you’re in your 20s, 40s, 60s or beyond, there’s some cream, serum or masque for you. Or, at least, that’s what every skin care company wants you to believe. How many of these products are real, and how many can you actually skip because the results are minimal if any? What treatments should you pay top dollar for and which ones can you skip and go the DIY route with. What anti-aging myths are holding us back from achieving our skin’s true potential? There are as many options as there are questions about beauty, so we’re here to lend a little help.

The Depths of Your Skin Care Routine

If you’ve spent any time reading skin care blogs or visited the dermatologists office long enough, you’ve probably heard about alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids and how they promise to help brighten your skin, leaving a younger, more even-looking appearance. If you’re at the spa for a well-deserved self-care day, you might have noticed that they offer several types chemical peels that are so gentle on the face that they’re commonly referred to as a “lunchtime peel”. These peels can vary from glycolic acid to peels made from fruit enzymes and acids as well as salicylic acid. Some of your favorite skincare products, whether for acne, wrinkle reduction or keratosis pilaris, might even contain a substance with one of these gentle but effective acids. But what, exactly, do AHAs and BHSs do and are they important or effective enough to become a regular part of your skin care routine?

Before we break down a complete regimen for you skin care, it is important that you care for your skin from within. Whether you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s it’s not too late to begin to nourish your skin at a cellular level. DERMERA Skin Care Vitamins are a great way to improve the quality of your skin by offering a multitude of vitamins and nutrients that are essential for cell renewal and rejuvenation and will also leave you with skin that is visibly firmer.

Let’s take a look at the science of how AHAs and BHAs work, as well as the benefits and potential draw backs of chemical peels for skincare and a few other ways you can improve your skin care routine.

The Science Behind How Chemical Peels Work

Even if you don’t have any major skin complaints, a superficial or light peel may be an option for occasional skin renewal. A light peel may be the best way to get started on this course of skin care. Often used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, mild acne scarring, age spots and dry or flaking skin. They are usually made from alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy acids, known as AHAs and BHAs.

These include glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. Nowadays it is also common to use fruit enzymes and acids from natural sources such as pumpkins, cranberries and pineapples.Skin-Care-Routine-D_August_chemical-peel-01-1024x683

 

Light / Superficial peels – There are now advanced peeling systems, which offer the kind of results you would expect from a medium depth peel but with the side effects of a superficial peel. These types of peels use active ingredients to penetrate and deliver anti-oxidants and vitamins deep into the skin encouraging the new cells to grow stronger and healthier. A course of between six and ten treatments is usually recommended to achieve the best results. Superficial peels do not hurt, you only feel a slight tingling or stinging sensation, and have virtually no recovery time. You can be a little bit pink afterwards and may get some mild flaking of the skin but this can be disguised with make-up.

Medium depth peels – Will give more dramatic results than superficial peels. Usually derived from TCA (trichloroacetic acid), they penetrate deeper in to the skin and can be used to treat sun damage, pigmentation and wrinkles. The downside of medium peels is that you will have a longer recovery and more side effects. You may also feel more discomfort during the treatment than you would with a superficial peel including burning and stinging, which can last for 30 minutes to an hour after treatment. You may want to hide yourself away for a few days following a medium peel as your face can become swollen, pink and itchy following treatment and you will get more ‘peeling’ of the skin than you would with a superficial peel. You can also get patches of brown and white skin on your face during the healing process and in rare cases you can get scarring from medium depth peels. Expect your recovery to take roughly around a week but your skin can remain a little bit pink for up to six weeks after the completion of your treatment.

Deep peels – The strongest type of chemical peel available and can achieve amazing results for sun damage, scarring and deep lines and wrinkles. You should prepare yourself to look more like you need a skin treatment than like you’ve just had one. They usually are made of carbolic acid (Phenol peels) or high strength TCA to penetrate the deeper layers, or dermal layers, of the skin. This type of peel is painful and can take months to fully recover from. Your skin will be very red and feel almost like it is sun burnt after the procedure. Healing takes anywhere from from 1 to 3 weeks but redness and swelling could be visible long after the prescribed “healing period”.

No matter the depths that your chemical treatment penetrates to give you the best results you should be mindful of the risks associated with chemical peels. It is incredibly important you find an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon to carry out the treatment. Another way to ensure that you will get the best out of your procedure is to follow up with the number of treatments that your physician has recommended.

Getting a chemical peel is not the final step in you quest to have beautiful skin. You should also incorporate a vitamin regimen, this way you can maximize the cleansing and rejuvenation that the procedure provided by improving what is happening below the surface of the skin

Exfoliation is Key

Unfortunately, simply cleansing your face once or twice a day doesn’t remove all of the buildup that makes your pores larger and your complexion less clear. Exfoliation provides a “clean slate”, which will make your skincare routine much easier over time.

Your skin, just like your hair, grows and sheds in a cycle. In a process that lasts around 28 days, your skin cells migrate through your skin layers to the top layer, or the epidermis. Here, they reach their full maturity, eventually becoming hard and dying. That’s why you might notice that your skin flakes or sloughs off fairly easily at the surface. Exfoliating regularly will help your skin’s shedding process by keeping the dead skin cells on the surface out of the way of the new cells that are moving to the surface.

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Here are some common skin care mistakes that you should avoid:

  • Over exfoliating – It’s definitely tempting to want to scrub away as many dead skin cells as you can, but overtime this can prove to be more harm than good.
  • Proper diet – This should come as no surprise because as the saying goes you are what you eat. The vitamins and nutrients that we get through a balanced diet are key components to slowing down the aging process. Foods that increase collagen production or keep skin plump and supple are are dietary miracles. If your diet is not well balanced enough to give your skin the nutrients it needs try a supplement. Preferably DEREMA Skin Care which will fill in the gaps so that your skin is still being fed from within.
  • Removal of oily skin – You can not change your skin type if it is oily. Oily skin can be managed with exfoliating not eliminated.
  • Incomplete makeup removal – Makeup left on the face over night can cause pores and oil glands. Makeup that is impacted into your pores will make them appear larger. If this bad practice continues there will be consequences as collagen production decreases and those enlarged pores are not able to immediately snap back as they did when you were younger.
  • Picking your face – It itches, there are dry patches or other skin irritants that cause you to put your (probably unclean) hands in your face. This can not only cause blemishes but is also a quick route to wrinkled skin. Try not to let your bare fingers come into contact with your face.
  • Improper cleansing – Ok so you exfoliate regularly and you never go to bed with even the tiniest bit of mascara on your eyes but are you using a facial cleanser that will give your skin the very best clean. Look for cleansers with formulas that contain antioxidants for protection, salicylic acid for pore maintenance and an astringent. These three products can be used by any skin type.
  • Clean makeup brushes and let go of old makeup – The shelf life for most makeup products is 3 months and you should clean your makeup brushes after every use. I’ll go on record and say – I don’t follow these rules like I should – and if you’re honest, neither do you. Bacteria can form in makeup and makeup brushes and if you aren’t cleaning and rotating them regularly you leave your self open to possibly spreading that bacteria on your face. Keep makeup tools clean
  • Don’t pop the pimple – You wake up for a day out and you notice that you have a small island forming on your face. It will be very tempting to pop it, but don’t! Popping pimples improperly will leave behind scars. Place a hot towel on the pimple and this will draw the infection the top creating enough pressure to pop the pimple from the bottom which it the proper way to drain it.
  • Skipping sun protection – You should wear sunscreen every day that the sun shines in order to protect your skin. You may need to switch to a higher SPF in hotter months, but skipping sun screen is never an option. To simplify your skin care routine try using moisturizers that contain an SPF of 15 to higher.
  • Avoid the hot shower – Hot showers are very relaxing but they aren’t the best for your skin. They can strip your skin of it’s natural oils and an moisture causing your skin to dry out.

If you add exfoliation, moisture and sun protection and eliminate any bad habits you may have your skin care routine will have you ready to face the world with or without makeup. You will reveal more glowing, more hydrated, younger-looking skin with pores that may appear smaller. Remember that you must moisturize to keep your skins youthful and supple appearance. But as we mentioned earlier use a moisturizer that is designed for your face – especially since you will be revealing new layers of skin monthly.

Skin Renewal Is Always Happening

The great thing about our skin’s self rejuvenating process is that it is always in the process of improving. And unless you have a skin condition that requires constant intensive treatments, it’s very likely that you’ll be able to create a skin care routine that is perfect for your needs. It’s important to note that while skin renewal is a natural biological function if you don’t take care of if it the signs of aging will be harder to slow down.

Developing good habits is the most important factor in getting great skin. Of course you can stock pile your cabinets with anti-aging products that play a big role in keeping your skin healthy, but it’s also important to lead a balanced lifestyle.

Good habits for you skin care routine

  • eating a healthy diet
  • stay hydrated
  • getting plenty of sleep
  • establishing a good life-work balance
  • regular exercise and application of UV products — regardless of weather — is essential for healthy beautiful skin

Bad habits to reduce or eliminate from your lifestyle

  • smoking
  • drinking alcohol (excessively)
  • excessive sun exposure
  • excessive exposure to UV light rays without UV protection
  • not properly cleansing

There are so many factors that will cause havoc for the skin, your skin care routine should not be one of them. For some individuals and diseases, certain foods will trigger reactions in the skin as well. For example, individuals with rosacea may develop facial flushing in response to alcohol, caffeine and spicy food, and some acne sufferers will have acne breakouts in response to milk or carbohydrate rich foods. Stress and lack of proper sleep will affect hormones, which will also affect the health and look of the skin.

Hydration and nutrition play a big role in how your skin looks — after all, skin is an organ, too (the largest one in your body!) We can’t stress the importance of getting the right foods in your diet. So drink plenty of water, avoid unhealthy foods and alcohol. Make sure to get all of your necessary vitamins and nutrients. You can also supplement you nutrition with a vitamin created specifically for the skin, like Dermera.

When it comes to anti-aging products, sometimes what you put in your body is as important as what you put on your body. Think of what the petals of a flower look like if you don’t water it, or give it the nutrients it needs — they wilt and wrinkle much faster. Your skin is much the same way. Keep it hydrated with plenty of water, and feed it with the vitamins and minerals that can help it look healthier and more vibrant.

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