3 Ways to Know When it’s Time to Change Skin Care Products

I’ve often been asked “does our skin ever tire of certain products and we need to try something new”? The thought behind this question is typically they aren’t seeing the results they like or feel like they might benefit in some way from something different, especially if family or friends are using something new and looking great. My thinking has been that if you’re happy with your skin’s texture, tone, and appearance, why would you? Then I realized there are a few signs that it could truly be time to make a change.

Some things to consider are if you need to change just a product or two, or go for the complete overhaul, what would you like to improve and what changes would you like to see. So here are my thoughts on 3 ways to know if it’s time to change skin care products:

You’re in a new season of life. Going from teenager to young adult, to parenthood, middle or advancing age, all provide you with hormonal fluctuations that show in your skin. Stress, the environment, state of health, sun damage and the changing weather seasons all take their toll over time. If you see a skin care specialist for facials, or a dermatologist for regular skin cancer screening, these would both be good to gather input from on the health and appearance of your skin in every season.

You’re having skin issues. Eczema, acne, psoraisis, dry patches, hormone or age spots, redness, rosacea, and the list goes on. Again, seeing a skin professional will help you decide what you need to help your skin become healthier. Your overall health and diet play such an important role in the health of your skin, it is always a good idea to see a doctor for an annual physical and evaluate your dietary choices from time to time.

You are no longer happy with results from your current skin care. This is pretty straightforward, right? This could be the products themselves, or any aspect of the state of your skin and visible appearance. Maybe you’re seeing increasing wrinkles, blotching, dryness, sagging more than you like and you are looking for better tools in your anti-aging and beauty repertoire.

For me, I love science, so I like to look at ScienceDaily.com frequently to see what’s new with everything. I have been reading about results from studies where probiotics were applied topically to the skin of people with acne which demonstrated excellent results. This was interesting to learn, knowing that our skin’s top layer has immunoprotective properties which are our body’s first line of defense against “germs” from the environment and such. Keeping my skin’s acid mantle and overall protective barrier function healthy by daily cleansing, regular exfoliation and topically applied nutrients in moisturizers is my main focus. Then, as I age, those little, and then big, wrinkles started creeping up and the sagging begins. There’s more to skin care than cleansing and moisturizing!

I found a great line of skin care last fall when I received a gift of a brown sugar lip scrub. Fell in love! As I looked over all the other products Fresh.com offered. THERE IT WAS! A line of Fermented Black Tea skin care. Probiotics for my skin! I especially like the “Corset Cream” – do millennials even know what a corset is? Well, my face certainly needs one now!

A few months later I learned about a line of targeted Serums from a new company in which all of the serums have incorporated in them a grouping of specific natural ingredients. Each serum has Fermented Black Tea Kombucha! Now I have targeted serums with probiotics to start my skin care regimen and a corset cream with more probiotics to provide the rest. In just a short time I am seeing such an improvement in my skin, enhanced elasticity, a new vibrancy, and results better than I imagined for this season of my life, with just a few products. I’m thrilled!

Here’s where you can check them out:

Fermented Black Tea Kombucha Serums


What do our Skin Pores do?

What do our skin pores do? Some people have large pores and search for skin care products to reduce their size. Others have non-visible pores, their skin always looks smooth and soft. Then there are those whose pores, for a multitude of reasons, become blocked, fill with dirt, oil and “sludge”, and are visibly darker or infected.

If you want to truly learn how to care for you skin, you need to start with your pores. What exactly are they and what do they do?

There are 2 kinds of pores, or tiny openings in matrix fashion, all over the skin of your body. The first is a sweat gland, which makes sweat, allowing you to regulate your body’s temperature and attract the opposite sex. The second is an oil gland, which produces oil to naturally maintain your skin’s surface protective barrier and keep it soft.

Your pores also absorb the ingredients of your skin care products, or not – if your pores are blocked with old skin, oil and dirt. A good foundational understanding of the anatomy and function of the magnificent skin pore will hopefully help us care for our skin more intentionally.

On the PersonalCareTruth.com website, I came along a wonderful post written by Amanda Foxon-Hill titled “What are pores?” Just click on the <- this title and jump over to her excellent description of pores, a wonderful graphic of the anatomy, and discussion of their functions. Thank you Amanda for such a great post! I really enjoyed it and am sharing it with my readers today.

Stress and Your Inflamed Skin

Stress & Your Inflamed Skin

It would certainly seem true that when you’re stressed, your skin shows it by the development of a large pimple in a most undesirable location (read Does Stress Cause Acne?), a new patch of eczema springing up, and the flaring up of your rosacea, right?

Scientific research has yet to confirm – until now. [Read more…]

Why Night Skin Cleansing is a Must

Why is night cleansing a must?

It’s late, your exhausted, and just want to jump into bed and fall asleep. “I’ll wash my face in the morning and put on fresh makeup then,” you say to yourself. You think it’s not a big deal, probably because you don’t see the results of your inaction immediately. In reality, it IS a big deal. Over time not washing the day’s “soil” from your face will lead to all kinds of not so pretty results!

In the pictures below you can see how beautiful and healthy a clean, open pore is on the surface and underneath your skin. You can see the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a vibrant, healthy glow. [Read more…]

Is it Acne or Yeast Infection?

Chest and back acne can be difficult to control, particularly if there is a concurrent infection that mimics acne. The yeast, Pityrosporum, creates a folliculitis when commonly used acne treatments set up the skin for its growth. Although it looks a lot like acne, there are a few things to note that will lead you to suspicion it is something else.

  • Itching (also known as pruritis)
  • Comes about after prolonged oral / topical antibiotics to treat acne
  • Worsens with antibiotic usage, heat, humidity, stress
  • Does not respond to typical acne treatments (acid peels, acne washes, topical retinoids)

[Read more…]

Acne Face Mapping

Have you seen this face mapping chart? It is said to be based on alternative medicine, which many estheticians are incorporating into their practices. My question – has anyone used this guide to implement treatments that have given good results?

From getprettywithlaura.com

 

Acne – Can Diet Help?

Basic Acne is known to develop when there is an overabundance of sebum (oil) produced in the hair follicle which is plugged with dead skin, forming a blackhead. Add a little bacteria and you have a pustule or pimple. A pustule formed deeper within the follicle is a an acne cyst. [Read more…]

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