The Your Skin Cares series is all about helping women learn to love their skin again and reminding us that our imperfections don’t have to define us. For this post, Tolu shares the journey she took to clearing her skin and what she does to keep breakouts at bay. Watch her story below.
If you’re dealing with acne well into your 20’s or 30’s or even 40’s, you’re not alone. And I’m sure you also have a laundry list of questions… probably starting with why me? I know it’s easier said than done but don’t worry. The clear skin you want is absolutely achievable, but it starts with being informed and working with your dermatologists to get the best regimen together for you. So, we’ve got answers to some of those questions that I’m sure are floating in your head.
CHECK YOUR DIET. PASS ON THE SIMPLE SUGARS AND DAIRY.
While the debate around the actual relationship between diet and acne is still ongoing, what we do know is milk consumption and foods with a high glycemic index are associated with acne. Studies have shown that high glycemic index foods cause excess insulin levels, which leads to changes in the circulating hormones that contribute to acne. Additionally, consumption of dairy and milk proteins (i.e., whey) are known to increase insulin levels and other growth-stimulating hormones, all of which play a role in the effects of androgens and sebum production, and ultimately acne. So, if you’re looking for ways to keep breakouts under control, skip the dairy, pass on the simple sugars and sweets (which can be very hard to do), and opt for diets low in saturated fat and high in whole grains, fruit, and vegetables.
Calling all makeup artists… What’s better than making women feel and look their best? Helping them preserve that glow even after the makeup comes off. Here are six tips (and some extra deets) to help YOU help your clients care for their skin under the makeup.
Using the right cleanser is more critical than most of us think. The cleansing step sets the tone for the rest of the skincare routine. If a cleanser is too rich for the skin, it can leave behind an oily residue which may lead to clogged pores. If a cleanser strips the natural oils of the skin, it leaves the skin dry, irritated or even sensitive. Even worse, it can cause rebound sebum production, making the skin more oily than it would usually be its own. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to figure out which one would be ideal, so there’s a quick guide you can share with your clients.
Sometimes we don’t see results from our skincare hauls because we aren’t using the products regularly or long enough. For any skincare product or routine to work, it requires time and consistency. For the best results, you want to consistently use that routine at least 6 to 8 weeks. There are exceptions to this rule: retinoids or retinol containing products can take up to 12 weeks to produce any noticeable changes to the skin.
It’s also important to know how often to use different products. For example, products like cleansers, toners, and certain serum should be used twice a day (day and night). Other products like chemical exfoliants, or targeted treatments for concerns like hyperpigmentation or retinol products, may only need to be used every other day or once a week.
Share these 6 tips and, you’ll be sure to get a whole lot of client love.