Who doesn't love the impact of retinoids for slowing aging skin? Anti-aging ingredients come and go, but retinoids have been major players in the skincare world for decades and decades. Retinol belongs to the family of vitamin A, and experts say that there is absolutely no other ingredient that can compete with the proven effects of of retinoids.
How Does It Work?
Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is an amazing multi-tasker. It is a remarkable ingredient that knows exactly what your skin needs, helping reduce the signs of aging.
How exactly does retinol do this? Well, unlike other compounds, it acts right on the skin cell’s DNA, and boosts the different functions of the cells which otherwise are bound to slow down by the time we hit the big three-o (30).
Backed by almost 80 years of research, retinol helps to visibly increase skin's firmness, diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines, refine the skin's surface, and much, much more!
Retinol has the wonderful capacity to increase cell turnover, which simply refers to the ability of our skin to renew itself as the outer layer of the skin is shed off, and the inner layer is brought to the surface. In this sense, retinol is able to clear dead skin cells and other debris from the pores. In other words, retinol is able to make sure that what you see on the outside of your skin is healthy skin, and not dead skin cells. Retinol is also able to make the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) thinner, and at the same time strengthening and smoothening out the dermis (the inner layer of the skin) – which are exactly what you need if you want a skin that is healthy, firm, and bright.
But wait, there’s more to just these benefits. Retinol is also able to facilitate the production of collagen, and prevent its breakdown, enabling them to work deep in the layers of the skin. As we know, collagen is what is able to keep the skin firm and supple. There is evidence, too, that retinol encourages the production of glycosaminoglycans, which are substances naturally produced in the body that are responsible for keeping the body’s tissues hydrated.
Also, retinol has been seen to decrease oil production —a great advantage to the skin types more prone to breakouts.
Most users report seeing the following benefits in their skin when using Retinol.
Now that you know why we're big fans of retinol, read on to learn some essential retinol tips!
What You Need to Know Before Using Retinol
1. Start slowly if you’re a beginner to retinol - Instead of applying retinol daily, use it every other day, or every other three days if you have overly-sensitive skin. You may also mix it with your moisturizer and serum to check how your skin does. There are some who need to use retinol more frequently while others need to use it every other day.
2. Be sure that the rest of your skincare products are gentle and soothing - Use a gentle cleanser, a calming toner, well-formulated moisturizers, plus serums that are loaded with hydrating, skin restoring ingredients and antioxidants to help your skin get the best benefits from retinol. Don’t know where to start? Check out YEOUTH’s complete anti-aging skincare range.
3. Always, always apply a broad spectrum suscreen with SPF 30 or higher - You have to be extra diligent about sun protection for you to get the most out of your retinol therapy. Retinol can make your skin more sensitive when exposed to UV light. This is why it is recommended to use Retinol only at night. Even the most proven, effective anti-aging product won’t give you the desired results if you don’t wear proper UV protection. Also, daily sunscreen use can help prevent premature skin aging, which is a welcome bonus.
4. Compliment retinol therapy with other superstar ingredients - Sure, retinol is wonderful for all skin types, but all of us need more than one powerful ingredient to look and feel our best. View it like a healthy diet - even though cucumbers are great for your health, if you only ate cucumbers, you will eventually become malnourished! The same is true for your skin - you need a great mix of beneficial ingredients for it to thrive!
5. Only buy a retinol product packaged in an opaque container that minimizes light exposure - With retinol, you should say no to jar packaging! All vitamin A forms deteriorate or break down when exposed repeatedly to light and air.
So How Do You Apply Retinol the Right Way?
Remember that retinol is inactivated upon contact with light, so to get the best results, they are ideally applied right before bedtime. There is truth to the widely known concept that sunlight degrades retinoids, making them less effective overtime This is exactly why they are usually packaged in opaque bottles and tubes. However, fear not! You can actually use retinol during the day too – it will still be as effective, provided that you use a good SPF product together with it.
Research has also shown that retinol and vitamin C work well together to provide increased protection to the skin from the harmful UV rays if they are complemented with the use of SPF. The same is true for the combination of retinol and vitamins A, C, and E.
This is why sunscreen is the considered to be the number one defense against the early signs of aging such as wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and a loss of firmness. Yes, retinol is able to effectively work its magic in broad daylight, just make sure you complement it with sunscreen – plus, make sure it has an SPF rate of 30 or greater.
Layering Retinol with other Skincare Products
Any professional product like retinol has to be used in a supportive complete skin care routine for best results. This is particularly important with retinol used on sensitive skin. Also, retinol can make skin more sun sensitive, so sun protection products have to be taken into consideration too. Using one product alone is not as powerful as using supporting products if you want good results.
The YEOUTH complete skin care range is a perfect support system to support your retinoid therapy. Use it in conjunction with YEOUTH's Retinol Serum.
Supplying your skin with healthy nutrients is a crucial aspect in any proactive anti-aging regimen. Your choice of skincare should help keep your skin protected from harsh environmental factors and damaging free radicals.
YEOUTH can help your skin look radiant and glowing with products designed to protect, moisturize, hydrate, and rejuvenate.
Balancing Facial Toner - This toner is professionally formulated to prep the skin for the following steps in the YEOUTH Anti-Aging System. It will help heal the skin, reduce redness, and lessen irritation.
Vitamin C & E Day Serum (for day) - This light and airy serum contains Vitamin E which shields your skin from the elements, while Vitamin C effectively protects the skin from free radicals, reviving aged and sun-damaged skin.
Hyaluronic Acid Plus Night Serum (for night) - Hyaluronic Acid helps reduce wrinkles while nourishing your skin with maximum hydration. The Tripeptide 31 in the formulation firms and tones the skin, helps reduce wrinkles, minimize pore size, and reduce hyperpigmentation in skin.
Retinol Serum - This powerful anti-aging serum contains a blend of potent complimentary ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera, and Vitamin E. There is not a single class of anti-aging ingredient that can rival the track record that retinol has for proven scientific results. Think smoother, firmer, skin; a more even tone, fewer to no breakouts, tighter pores.
L22 Anti-Aging Moisturizer - The Patented Lipid Complex in L22 is proven in clinical trials to deeply moisturize skin, helping to repair and skin barrier hydration.
Radiance Eye Gel - Infused with Hyaluronic acid and Tripeptide, known for its excellent ability to hold in moisture and boost collagen production; this product is everything you need to help reduce the look of crow's feet, fine lines, sun spots, and wrinkles on your eye area.
…and remember to be extra diligent about sunscreen during the day!
YEOUTH's 2.5% Retinol Serum is now available with a massive introductory discount! Hurry and get yours!
What is your experience with Retinol? We'd love to hear your stories!
Skincare has taken on a whole new life these days. Both women and men have started taking better care of themselves and this has spilled onto their respective facial care routines.
Whether it’s the use of the ever-popular Korean 10-step skincare routine or going on special diets that guarantee good skin, people the world over are stepping up their skincare game.
With the advent of innovative tools like facial cleansing brushes and the rise of ingredients like activated charcoal and seaweed extract, the need for the right tips, tricks, and tutorials is growing.
However, one thing that everyone should remember is that the key to any successful skincare routine is a good start—in other words, an effective face wash.
But with so many opinions and studies floating around these days on the topic of skincare, how will you know what is fact and what is just another old wives’ tale?
Well, we are here to give you a dose of truth on skincare and the ingredients you should look for in the products you buy.
1. Myth: Washing your face at the end of the day is enough to get healthy, vibrant skin.
Fact: Beauty experts have found that a considerable amount of people are still in the dark when it comes to having a proper skincare routine. In fact, they have discovered that many still think that washing their face at the end of the day is enough.
This cannot be farther from the truth.
It has actually been proven that in order to have healthy and beautiful skin, you should wash your face at least twice a day with a reliable facial cleanser. However, the simple act of washing is actually not sufficient in properly cleaning your face.
If you were wearing makeup the whole day, you will have to remove it with a good makeup cleanser before washing your face. This is because makeup leaves an extra layer of dirt and grime that can clog pores if it is not properly removed.
On the other hand, if your face was bare the whole day, you will still need to apply toner after washing your face because it will help get rid of the stubborn muck that can get in your pores because of environmental factors like pollution.
2. Myth: You can effectively clean your face with regular soap and water.
Fact: There is still a misconception in skincare regimens where many still believe that using just regular soap and water can effectively give them cleaner skin.
In fact, the whole reason facial products like cleansers and brushes have risen in popularity is because beauty experts have continuously told the public that regular soap and water is not enough.
In reality, those that decided to make the switch from soap to facial cleansers have discovered that their skin felt and looked better.
This is because using a skincare product designed to effectively rid your face of the dirt and grime it acquired during the day can really make a difference.
Furthermore, using lukewarm water, tools, and other products can truly give your skin the glow it never had when you were still using regular soap.
3. Myth: Facial cleansers should only be used after wearing makeup or after doing strenuous activities.
Fact: Many women believe that facial cleansers or anything similar should only be used after using makeup or doing something strenuous that could have left their skin covered in sweat and excess oil.
However, it should be a good reminder that the face oftentimes works like a sponge and that even a day spent indoors doing nothing can still cause dirt to stick to it.
Products like facial cleansers, makeup removers, and toners were created to help women cleanse their faces which can lead to healthier and better-looking skin.
You should always remember that these skincare products were made to ensure the health and look of your skin and that they should be used in a well-made routine.
4. Myth: Only women of certain ages should use facial cleansers because their formulation is too strong for adolescent skin.
Fact: It would seem that the reason women are finding the shift from soap to facial cleanser hard is because many of them think that they are either too young or too old for it.
However, beauty experts want you to know that a skincare routine should be started once women hit puberty and this routine should continue to evolve as they get older.
As women and men enter puberty, their bodies change and hormones can drastically change their skin’s condition.
These changes can lead to problems like oily skin and severe acne; however, as you grow older, these hormonal changes can still affect your skin but this time with its elasticity and texture. This is why there are so many skincare products that focus on specific conditions.
Now, on the topic of facial cleansers, teens can actually start using them as long as they look at the formulation. While most cleansers are mild enough for someone with younger skin, there are some that are formulated for someone older.
5. Myth: Facial cleansing brushes can cause severe acne breakouts.
Fact: While it is common for first-time users to experience an acne breakout or inflamed skin, beauty experts say that this is completely normal.
This is because a facial cleansing brush helps get rid all of the dirt and dead skin cells clogging up your pores.
However, this process can stress out your skin; so, as long as you continue using the brush, your skin will get used to it and it will look better than ever before.
For the best results, facial cleansing brushes should be used with a facial cleanser that can treat acne and other skin problems. In doing so, you can ensure that your skin is getting the best care it deserves.
With the market filled with a number of facial cleansers and other skincare products, it might get a little overwhelming for you to find the right ones for your facial routine.
While we’ve already pointed out the facts behind the myths, let’s look into some of the ingredients you should be looking for in the products you need to start your skincare journey.
Vitamin C is filled with antioxidants that help reduce the harm done by free radicals. As an active ingredient in skincare products, it has the ability to reduce skin discoloration and skin inflammation caused by environmental stress.
Vitamin C also helps boosts collagen production which can lessen wrinkles and fine lines, thus making it popular for anti-aging products.
Aloe Vera is rich in Vitamins C and E and beta carotene, all of which give it the ability to heal skin damages caused by UV rays, harsh weather, and even severe acne.
The plant can also speed up the production of new skin cells thus giving it the ability to give your skin a naturally bright and radiant look.
Green Tea Extract
Green tea is not just a drink for when you are sick or just want to relax.
In fact, this plant has managed to rise in popularity in the beauty industry for its miraculous powers in terms of delaying the skin’s aging process.
This is because green tea extract is rich in polyphenols—natural chemicals usually found in plants—which work to delay the skin’s aging process while protecting it from UV damage and pollution.
Seaweed is rich in vitamins and nutrients that can help reduce the skin’s sensitivity to irritants caused by pollution and other allergens.
The sea plant is also good for soothing and softening damaged skin by restoring its natural pH balance, thus giving you healthier- and better-looking skin.
Now that you know the facts on properly cleaning your face and the ingredients you should look for in skincare products, let us give you some tips on how to start your skincare routine.
The list below is just the basic steps you should follow in order to get cleaner, healthier, and better-looking skin.
1. Wipe off the excess from your face.
Before doing anything else, make sure you wipe your face with a cotton pad with micellar water to get rid of the day’s excess oil, dirt, and grime.
If you wore makeup, use this opportunity to apply a makeup remover or coconut oil to get rid of the top-most layer.
In doing this, you can make your skincare routine much easier as this will clear your face of any excess dirt. Skipping this step will require you to wash your face twice because of the extra layer of grime.
2. Cleanse with the right facial cleanser.
After wiping off the extra layer of grime from your face, you’re then ready to apply your chosen facial cleanser.
Make sure to use lukewarm water before massaging the cleanser onto your face. Use circular motions, either with your hands or a facial cleansing brush, to really get into your pores.
Rinse and pat dry with a soft towel before moving on to the next steps.
3. Exfoliate for brighter skin.
Exfoliating, with sugar or sea salt, at least once once a week during your skincare routine can help get rid of the dead skin cells left on your face.
It can also get rid of dry skin and even make your face smoother and brighter. So make sure you don't skip out on this important step at least once a week.
4. Treat yourself with a facial.
Facials are those extra things you do for your skin. They’re great for when you just want to give your skin some love every now and then.
Whether you use a pre-made facial mud mask or you make your own with ingredients like honey and oatmeal, you can never go wrong with this twice a month treat.
5. Repair damage with a toner.
With your face still a bit damp, squirt some toner onto a cotton ball before applying it to the problem zones.
If you don’t know your problem zones, think of them as the parts of your face that are prone to oil and acne.
Toners were created to get those last traces of excess oil, dirt, and grime that your makeup remover and facial cleanser weren't able to get.
6. Moisturize for smooth and supple skin.
Now is the time to start applying your chosen serum and moisturizer. Remember that these two complement each other and that using both will give you brighter, healthier, and better-looking skin.
After all of this, you are done with your basic skincare routine.
7. Maintain a healthy lifestyle for healthy skin.
While healthy living is good for your body’s overall health, it can also directly affect your skin’s condition.
Here's a helpful video on how you can properly clean your face.
Now, with those skincare myths debunked, it’s time for us to us introduce you to the newest addition to our skincare family—YEOUTH’s Vitamin C Facial Cleanser.
Our team of world-class beauty experts created this facial cleanser using natural ingredients that have been proven to have anti-aging, skin repairing, and collagen boosting properties.
YEOUTH’s Vitamin C Facial Cleanser is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients that work tirelessly together to make sure that your skin is well taken care of inside and out.
Now, as you create your very own daily skincare routine with all of the products you will need, remember that having a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting the right amount of sleep will also lead to healthier and better-looking skin.
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Yes, it is hard to resist the warm, inviting sun. Although its pretty healthy to go outside and participate in your favorite outdoor activities, you must also remember what harmful effects the sun can have on your skin.
So what really happens when you get a sunburn?
A sunburn is a skin injury caused by the sun's radiation. The degree of the damage depends on a number of factors like the amount of melanin present in the skin, or the length of time in the sun.
Melanin, a skin pigment which identifies your complexion, has an interesting relationship with UV light. Melanin absorbs and dissipates UV light. More melanin translates to a darker skin tone. This is mainly why people with a dark complexion do not have sunburns as frequently as those with fair complexion.
What is interesting to note is that when the skin is damaged by UVA rays (which damages the skin's elastic tissue and disrupts the skin on a cellular level) vs UVB rays (which causes cumulative heating effects on the skin, leading to sunburn), it does not increase the production of melanin for protection, it just redistributes it; you end up looking tanner but without heightened UV protection. Understand too, that a dark or tan skin does not give full protection from the sun's UV rays. Melanin has nothing to do with the absorption of UVA light, the main cause of skin cancer. This is why we strongly recommend the use of a sunscreen all throughout the year.
Sunburn Prevention Tips
This is pretty easy to do: use broadband sunscreen and practice sun safety. The sad part is, a lot of people choose not to wear sunscreen, despite many research proving its protective properties. Of course, there are other ways to protect your skin, due to its convenience factor, there is nothing as effective as a broadband sunscreen.
Find Relief from Sunburn by Following These Tips:
Other ways to stay safe under the sun include:
1. Wearing protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, and sunglasses.
2. Avoid sun exposure between 10am - 3pm.
3. Staying in the shade.
We're also interested to hear how you protect yourself from the sun. Fill us in!
Salicylic acid gel peels – they’re quite a gem, aren’t they? They work miracles to the skin. Have you ever thought about having a peel at home? Well, that’s a smart decision. This way, you won’t have to get it from a spa or from a dermatologist, which without doubt costs a whole lot.
Now, the question is, how?
One word: YEOUTH.
With YEOUTH’s Salicylic Acid Gel Peel, get ready to reveal your best skin yet – right at the comfort of your own home. Plus, you can save yourself money without having to sacrifice the quality of the peel.
Before we walk you through the steps of creating this spa-like beautifying experience for yourself, allow us to let you in on some basic info about salicylic acids.
What is Salicylic Acid?
We see the label “Salicylic Acid” all the time –acne creams and facial cleansers have this ingredient in them. The question is, what is it exactly?
Salicylic acid is a keratolytic, which means that it is a peeling agent. It is also considered to be a non-abrasive exfoliant – this means that it serves exactly like a face scrub, that gently but effectively removing dead skin cells on the face, sans the redness and acne breakouts that traditional facial scrubs tend to cause.
Salicylic acid is the a star ingredient in just about every skincare product that you will find on the “Beauty” aisle of your local grocery: be it toners, facial wipes, masks, cleansers, and of course, peels. And rightfully so because of the undeniable aesthetic effect that it brings to the face. When salicylic acid is applied topically, it causes the topmost layer of the skin to become soft. When this happens, peeling is made easier, which results to the removal of dead skin. What’s more is that being an acid, it can break up skin cells that cause clogged pores; salicylic acid penetrates right into the inner lining of a skin pore, breaks down the cells there, and de-clogs the pores from blackheads and whiteheads.
No wonder salicylic acid is such an effective treatment regimen for acne. Typically, skin types that are oily and acne-prone benefit most from it as it loosens blackheads, reduces oil, and peels off discolorations from previous breakouts. In fact, it’s preferred over Benzoyl peroxide because it is proven to have less side effects such as spotting and excessive drying. Even for normal skin types, salicylic acid can best prep the skin, leaving it with a balanced complexion, optimum moisture, and pores that are highly favorable for further aesthetic treatment.
What is a Salicylic Acid Peel?
Salicylic acid peel is a well-known facial procedure usually recommended for people with acne-prone, wrinkled, and damaged skin. The formula works by penetrating the blemished and uneven layer of the skin, causing it to gently peel off, revealing the lighter and smoother skin underneath.
One good thing to note is that salicylic acid peels are the mildest of all chemical peels, making them safe to use at home - with carefully followed instructions, of course!
How to use a Salicylic Acid Peel
The use of a salicylic acid peel is comprised of three simple steps: priming, peeling, and moisturizing. Relax, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3. No need to feel anxious!
How to use a Salicylic Acid Peel
The use of a salicylic acid peel is comprised of three simple steps: priming, peeling, and moisturizing. Relax, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3. No need to feel anxious!
How to use a Salicylic Acid Peel
The procedure has three steps: priming, peeling, and moisturizing. Don't feel anxious, it's quite simple, really.
Step 1: Priming
Priming is all about getting your face ready for the salicylic treatment. Simply follow YEOUTH's recommended peel preparation to help your skin peel evenly, to reduce the risk of infection, and to increase the healing process after the peel.
1. 48 hours before the peel, stop using products containing AHA, BHA, and Vitamin A. Avoid shaving or waxing facial hair, using masks, exfoliating agents, scrubs or self-tanners 48 hours pre-peel too.
2. Avoid tanning and sun exposure a week before and after the peel.
3. Do not shave or wax facial hair within 48 hours on the peel area.
Step 2: Patch Test
1. Pick a small patch of skin near the site you intend to treat. Ex: if you're planning to treat the face, use a small patch of skin under the chin.
2. Apply the peel to a small section of skin and let rest for 1-2 minutes.
3. Wait 48-72 hours and monitor for excess redness or irritation.
Step 2: Peeling
This is simply the step where the solution is applied onto the face. Be sure to avoid the mouth and eye areas as the skin there is thinner and sensitive.
1. Remove makeup, then cleanse skin with a mild cleanser.
2. FOR FIRST TIME USERS: only leave peel on for 30 seconds while determining skin sensitivity to the peel. This is an important step to figure out how much time your skin can tolerate before increasing the duration of the peel. The longer the peel is left on, the deeper it penetrates and the longer the recovery time.
3. Apply ½ - 1mL solution to gauze or cotton pad and apply to the face starting with the forehead, working your way down to the cheeks and chin. Avoid contact with eye area, ears and lips. Allow treatment to sit for 1-2 minutes. If excessive redness or a white frost occurs, begin to wash off the face immediately with cool water.
4. An optional second peel can be done to treat problem areas. Follow all instructions in step 5. DO NOT leave peel on face for more than 10 minutes total, and DO NOT exceed 5 peels for any peel type.
5. To stop the peel, rinse with cool water for 60 seconds. Make sure to thoroughly cleanse the areas in the creases around the nose, behind the ears, and around the eye brows.
6. Apply a mild moisturizer, such as L22 Moisturizer.
7. If no tingling or burning was felt during the first peel, then you may try these two steps to allow the peel to penetrate the skin further.
a. Apply a second layer of the peel. This will help the peel penetrate the top layer of the epidermis more effectively.
b. Cleanse the skin with warm water and then use an alcohol pad to remove traces of oil, dirt, and impurities. If these impurities remain on the surface of the skin, it may inhibit the peel from penetrating the skin.
Step 3: Moisturizing
After the procedure, you will notice that your skin will be noticeably fairer and smoother, albeit a little dry. This is normal, and the next step - moisturizing - will take care of it.
Apply a mild moisturizer like YEOUTH's L22 Anti-Aging Moisturizer 2-3 times per day for three days post peel. You may switch to once per day after the 3-day period. Don't forget to apply sunscreen every time you go out in the sun.
This treatment may be repeated once every 2-3 weeks if no visible signs of irritation are present.
A salicylic acid peel is a very effective method of ridding yourself of unwanted facial blemishes. In fact, many users have had great results with salicylic acid treatments. After all, if no one had ever had good results, then this product probably would not still be the basis for a huge variety of acne and anti-aging treatments.
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Maybe you’re starting to notice some frown lines on your face, and even tiny wrinkles at the corner of your eyes. While these are signs of early aging (unfortunately), they are just the more prominent ones. There is another one that, although is much more inconspicuous, still points to the sad reality that your skin is starting to age.
What is it?
Uneven skin tone.
Have you noticed some brown patches on your face? No, we’re not just talking about freckles, but big and uneven brown patches on your face and hands? What about on your shoulders and chest area? These dark spots are also known as hyperpigmentation, which is typically caused by prolonged sun exposure. Rememebr that the sun has UV rays that penetrate deep into our skin – mostly, this is what sets off the premature aging time bomb.
Now that we’re living in an age of brightening products, it seems high time to discuss at least part of what those products are trying to address. So settle in, and let’s have a talk about hyperpigmentation.
What is Melanin?
Whenever you go out into the sun for a tan, what is responsible for changing your skin color is melanin. Melanin is a pigment that darkens the skin to protect it from any damage caused by ultraviolet ray exposure. While melanin can give you the effect that you desire after going on a beach trip, it can also cause unwatned dark patches whenever you stay out in the sun for too long during your daily walks to work or everyday commute.
Melanin in found in most living things, it is not unique to humans. It is a pigment derived from tyrosine, an essential amino acid that our body needs to function properly. Melanin is made in the melanocytes (epidermal cells) and also in the hair follicles. It’s a bit like a colored crayon, responsible for brownish and reddish tones in the skin and hair. But its main function is, in fact, to protect us against the damaging effects of UV radiation.
How Can You Treat Pigmentation?
Up until recently, one of the few ways (if not the only way) to treat skin pigmentation is with the use of lasers. Lasers have been seen to be highly effective, but they do come with a few drawbacks. Lasers are very expensive, can cause a lot of down-time, only mostly applicable to those with light skin, and it offers no assurance that the pigmentation will never come back ever again. the problem can come back.
Aside from laser, bleaching creams have also been used. However, many dermatologists and skin experts discourage the use of bleaching creams because of their steroid content (prolonged use of steroid can increase your skin’s sensitivity, thus making it prone to injury and other skin diseases), and even mercury and other elements that are highly toxic and irritating to the skin.
So for those of us who have to face the problem of pigmentation, are we simply doomed?
Not at all. The great news is, hyperpigmentation can be treated and managed. How? You’ll know soon enough, but for now, let’s get on to some of the basics:
Best Ingredients That Fight Pigmentation
Seeing the sad results of too much sun exposure yet? Don’t panic. You can definitely reverse the visible signs of hyperpigmentation with the use of products with the following ingredients:
1. Retinol - Retinol is derived from Vitamin A, and it is the most common ingredient prescribed when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation. It promotes cell turnover, thus making sure that the outer layer of your skin is replaced by the healthier inner and deeper skin. Plus, it also has the ability to fight off acne (which is also another symptom of excessive sun exposure). The result? A skin that is free from acne, eczema, sun-induced wrinkles, and of course, unwanted dark spots. Use this guide to get the most out of your retinol therapy.
YEOUTH’s 2.5% Retinol Serum has the ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, as well as hyperpigmentation. It does this by increasing the production of collagen, and likewise increasing cell turnover. The result? A supple, youthful skin glow.
2. Salicylic Acid - Salicylic Acid is a metabolized Salicin. It is considered to have aspirin-like, anti-inflammatory properties, and is a popular ingredient in acne treatment formulas. It also works as a keratolytic, which means that it is able to bring forth an a healthy skin exfoliation by allowing dead skin cells to be shed and replaced by newer and healthier skin.
YEOUTH’s Salicylic Acid 20% Gel Peel works as an exfoliant. It serves to exfoliate dead skin cells which allows the skin to have that brighter, lighter, and more radiant glow. YEOUTH's team of skincare experts have designed the product to help accelerate skin renewal for a silky smooth finish.
3. Glycolic Acid - Oh, the wonder that is glycolic acid. This acid is also highly effective in treating hyperpigmentation, and even freckles. Plus, it is also able to reduce fine lines and avoid skin dullness. Together with salicylic acid and retinol, it also facilitates skin exfoliation.
YEOUTH’s Medical quality 30% Glycolic Acid Anti-aging Gel Peel is ideal for reducing wrinkles and other fine lines, as well as smoothening rough and uneven skin, by shrinking pores.
4. Vitamin C - Vitamin C is also a very powerful antioxidant, which is able to keep your skin aglow and free from those annoying sun spots. So what does it do? On a celluar level, it works with tyrosinase, which is involved in the production of melanin. The result? Beautiful skin with not a hint of premature aging.
YEOUTH’s Vitamin C and E Serum with Hyaluronic Acid boosts the production of collagen for a healthy, glowing skin. It also creates a healthy skin barrier, preventing the penetration of UV rays from too muhc sun exposure. It is also able to provide optimum hydration to the skin, thus minimizing every fine line and wrinkle. Together, Vitamins C and E limit skin damage in an unparalleled way.
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We always hear aestheticians and makeup experts refer to different skin types - oily, combination, dry…
Knowing your skin type is essential to great skin care, because your skin care regimen should depend on it. Sadly, not everyone has a good grasp of what the term ‘skin type’ means. Because of this, their skin care routine is more of a hit-and-miss.
So, what’s my skin type?
Typically, skin types are categorized according to four: dry, oily, combination, or normal. However, it is possible for your skin to be acting dry or oily not because of its type, but because of the elements that it is being exposed to. In other words, you may actually be mistaken about your real skin type because of the many factors influencing how our skin behaves.
For one thing, if you have rosacea, eczema, or sun damage, then the basic dry-oily-combination-normal categorization isn’t likely to apply to you. It could be that the reason why your skin is flaky and dry is because of too much sun exposure, and not simply because you have a dry skin type.
In addition, your skin type can actually change with everything from your stress levels to the weather, to your hormones. Why are these factors so essential? It’s because different skin types need different products and formulations to meet their special needs.
Factors that influence skin type
Many elements can influence your skin type; internal and external factors can impact the way your skin looks and feels. To be able to effectively evaluate your particular skin type, below are some factors that you need to think about, since it’s possible that your skin is merely reacting to influences that can easily be controlled or isolated.
- skin disorders
- smoking and/or secondhand smoke
- your skin care regime
- prolonged/unprotected sun exposure
- wrong skincare ingredients
Now, we want to put a bit of emphasis on that last bullet. You know, many don’t take into consideration the fact that some of the products that they are using may actually be the very reason for the problems that they are actually experiencing!
For instance, there are a lot of skincare products that claim to treat acne but include high amounts of alcohol in their formulation, as well as other irritating ingredients like menthol or peppermint. These can all irritate and dry the skin further, triggering the skin to produce more oil.
The thing is, you’ll never identify your skin type if you keep on using skincare products that have ingredients that create problems. For example, if you use skincare products that contain irritants you will make your skin dry and still make your oily skin worse.
For example, applying very thick and highly moisturizing products can actually clog your pores and limit cell turnover (in other words, prevent healthy skin exfoliation). As a result, your skin may look dull, and even more oily than it actually should.
Hence, you need to be careful with the products that you are using.
So once you’ve gotten rid of the unhealthy elements in your skin care regime, and once you’ve also ruled out external factors like pollution or stress that’s causing your skin to behave badly, then you are a step closer to identifying your actual skin type.
Now, before you get a closer look at your face, cleanse it first with a cleanser (make sure it’s gentle!) and a toner (make sure that it has skin-repairing and non-inflammatory elements), then wait for at least 1-2 hours to assess and inspect your skin. Doing so will help you get an accurate idea of what your actual skin type is.
Identifying your skin type
To get an idea of what your skin type really is and how to care for it, read on:
A final note
It doesn't end there! Remember, regardless of what your skin type is, you will need to regularly apply sunscreen on your skin! Plus, you have to be very careful of skincare products with poor formulation. Otherwise, all the hard work that you have put into giving your skin the care that it needs will all soon be in vain… We don't want that!
Dewy skin and sun-kissed cheeks are some of the aesthetic perks of summertime. So long as you are consistently applying your broad spectrum SPF as regularly as you rock that bikini, exfoliating your skin as regularly as you shaved your legs, and applying the needed moisturizers and antioxidants as religiously as you take your vitamins, your skin is glowing and healthy from all the time you spent outdoors. However, as the days begin to shorten and the heat and sun gives way to clouds and the crisp fall air, you might also notice some differences in your skin.
A lot of skin conditions are heavily correlated with humidity and temperature as the skin’s hydration level changes with the variations of seasons. Summer brings humidity and boosts the skin’s moisture levels. Regular exfoliation and lightweight products are needed to protect the skin during summertime, with sweat and increases in oil production affecting the skin. Seasons change, and after summertime, wind and cold air cause the skin to dry.
Skin Damage that Summer Brings
Aside from dehydration that comes with the hot temperature and sun damage that is typically unavoidable during the summer season, increases in oil and sweat production contribute to clogged pores and breakouts. In addition, prolonged sun exposure can trigger wrinkle formation, skin discoloration, and ultimately, more serious skin conditions like skin cancer.
Immersion in water and chlorine for long hours can cause the skin barrier to break down, and prolonged hours in the pool can actually dehydrate the skin. Humidity and heat are both very conducive to bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. Add pollutants to the equation if you have spent long hours without a sunscreen and an antioxidant-rich skin product.
How do we remedy all these?
Detoxifying Summer-Ravaged Skin in Preparation for Fall
Before you dye your hair a darker shade and begin using deeper color eye shadows, give your skin some love. Here are some great tips:
1. Increase your use of antioxidants
Antioxidants are vital to your health, whether you apply them topically or you eat them. Antioxidants are particularly helpful for reducing environmental damage whether it's from the pollution or from the sun. They inhibit free-radical damage, and studies are particularly clear that antioxidants have remarkable benefits regardless of your skin type.
One of the biggest ways you can slow down the impact of free radical damage is from the use of antioxidants. In fact, it is so vital for the body that they are being studied by scientists on a global scale. Even the experts in the skincare world profess, if there's a fountain of youth, antioxidants are definitely in it!
Hence, you need some antioxidant lovin’ to repair the ravages of summer. It will do wonders in preventing dry skin spells and breakouts as the weather gets cooler too. Neutralize your sun exposure by lathering on a healthy dose of antioxidant and sunscreen on a daily basis.
Applied topically, vitamin C has been shown to boost collagen production. Vitamin C is also well known to reduce skin discoloration, increase the skin's ability to repair and heal itself, strengthen the skin's barrier response, help skin to better withstand sunlight exposure, and reduce inflammation.
You will find Vitamin C in lots of products, from eye gels to lip balms, but you'll get the most out of it in targeted treatment products like serums.
Yeouth’s Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E
2. Switch to hydrating and nourishing skin care products
As the seasons change, it’s best to moisturize the skin since it will not only help you feel and look better, it will function as a wonderful protective barrier against the elements and infection. Boosting your skin’s hydration for the colder season will make it less likely to develop rashes, look red or blotchy, or to itch. The use of milder skincare products that hydrate and don’t strip the skin of its essential, natural oils decreases the risk of tears and cracks and may serve as doorways for fungal, bacterial, or viral infections. Swap your oil-free products for more emolliating products that will effectively combat the conditions of fall and winter.
Consider using a product rich in nourishing ingredients, like vitamin E, tripeptides, and hyaluronic acid. Vitamin E acts in various ways to protect the skin from the early stages of sun damage and aids in protecting the skin cells from oxidative damage. It works synergistically with vitamin C - this is why using a serum that contains two of these powerful vitamins are absolutely beneficial.
Emollients, on the other hand, are lubricating ingredients that act to prevent water loss and have a smoothing, protective, softening effect on skin. Remember that the key to maintaining skin's moisture is preventing water loss. Good examples of emollients are linoleic acid, glycerin, and triglycerides.
Hyaluronic acid is a popular skincare ingredient, and with good reason. Packed with anti-aging properties and naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid adds and secures moisture and creates fullness. L22 lipid complex are derived exclusively from natural botanical nutrients and has been proven in clinical trials to improve skin hydration and barrier repair.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a chemical peel, this is the perfect time to do it. Peels like a salicylic and glycolic acid peel help take off the "glue" that holds the dryer, older, and rougher skin on the surface. Once that top layer is removed, new skin will surface. This is the layer that is fresh and devoid of damage.
Peels help in exfoliating the dull, dry, outer layer of the skin and decrease the sun spots or melanin build-up that has accumulated over the summer. If you want to save hundreds of dollars, you can purchase a quality at-home chemical peel, but be sure you understand how to apply it effectively and safely to get the best results.
Peels have a cumulative effect, so it’s recommended that you do a peel every three to four weeks, depending on your skin type. Consistency will give you the best results. For at-home use, it’s best to start off with a lower formulation, like a 20% solution. Do not use a product with a higher concentration if you’re a first time user.
Those who have tried chemical peels are normally amazed with the results - they have fewer fine lines and wrinkles, and those with acne notice that their skin is much clearer and less oily.
Skin Obsession 30% Glycolic Acid Chemical Peel
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Skin Beauty Solutions Salicylic Acid 30% Peel
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