Dating Your Skin: How You Can Make Your Relationship with Your Skin Stronger.
Fall is the perfect time to fall in love! One of the most essential things about a relationship is discovering the little, important details. What you might not realize is that you are in a relationship with your skin. Just like any other relationship, it is important to take the time to get to know your skin and make sure that you are giving it the love and care that it needs.
Here are five hidden truths behind your skin from our aesthetician Abby Chandler. These are the essentials you should know about treating your skin from the inside out and the outside in:
- Circadian rhythm – The heart of your skin.
It is important to understand that your skin has mood swings. A circadian rhythm is the pattern and phases your skin undergoes throughout the day. During the day, your skin is exposed to the sun and goes into defense mode to protect itself from pollutants and damage. At night, it winds down for some R&R and goes into repair mode to replace any damaged cells. It is important to be sensitive to the moods of your skin and give it the attention it needs. From 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., the skin’s natural antioxidants are at its highest level. Use a broad-spectrum SPF and antioxidant products, like a vitamin C serum. From 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., the skin reaches its highest reparative levels. Exfoliate your skin before bed and use this time for anti-aging or blemish regimens, depending upon your specific skin needs.
- Oils — Like buying flowers for your skin.
While many of us fear being too oily, you might not realize that oils can be very good for your skin. The key to using oils in your beauty routine is knowing your skin type. Your skin story is the foundation of your relationship; and oils are a great way to nourish it. Moisturizer helps to balance oil production. Even if you have oily skin, moisturizing is key. If not, it can have an adverse effect, causing your body to compensate by producing more sebum.
- Acne – Giving your skin space.
Acne is an issue that can cause a conflict in any skin relationship. However, sometimes it is not always beneficial to address it immediately. No matter how tempting it might be, expressing acne almost always makes the situation worse. So, for those of you who are pickers out there: DO NOT SQUEEZE! Even if there is white center, if there is red around it, do NOT pick or it will cause tissue damage and takes twice the time to repair.
- Masks – Take time to heal.
A DIY mask at home is often the best way to get quality time with your skin. Facial masks are a valuable way to nurture your skin and give it the time and nutrients it needs to heal. Lemon juice and bananas are two ingredients that are very useful when making a mask at home and can be used to brighten and hydrate your skin.
- Sunscreen Effectiveness – Put forth 100% effort.
Although you might think that you are always responsible when using sunscreen, you might only be giving your skin 50% of what it needs. If you only rely on the sunscreen that is in your beauty base, the SPF effectiveness is cut in half when it is mixed with product (e.g., tinted moisturizer, foundation, BB cream)! For example, if you use a foundation that is SPF 30, it actually only has the effectiveness of SPF 15. It is important to use additional sunscreen when needed to ensure that your skin is getting the attention it deserves.
It takes love, care, time and attention for your skin relationship to thrive. But if you put in the effort, your skin will certainly love you back!
To learn more about your skin story, come in and experience our PEAR 3D skin analysis and have one our aestheticians create a personalized skin care package for you! Find out more by calling our spa at 505.528.1483 or visit massagebrookhaven.com.