This is your skin on hormones

This is your skin on hormones

Generally, we get more pimples as teenagers. Is this because of all of the hormones in your body? What about if your skin is dry? Can hormones cause that, too? Let’s find out!

Not surprisingly, hormones affect males and females differently.

Testosterone is the chief male hormone. It’s produced in both males and females, even though testosterone is predominant in males. When males hit puberty, they produce testosterone. Skin becomes oilier during puberty because of greater testosterone levels. Oily skin means acne! From ages 10 to 29 or so, males produce large amounts of testosterone. Chances are if you’re in your teens or 20s, you have oily skin or are more acne prone.

Are you in your 30s, 40s, or 50s? Maybe your skin is starting to feel dry. Winters may bother your skin more than they used to. This is because your testosterone production decreases, leading to less oil!  To help combat this, try adding a serum containing hyaluronic acid or squalene to your regimen. Read more about moisturizers and which may be best for you on our blog.

The hormones that primarily affect female skin are estrogen, progesterone,  and testosterone. Estrogens help to keep your skin and hair youthful. When it comes to your skin, estrogens affect thickness, wrinkle formation and moisture. They can increase hyaluronic acid to maintain fluid balance and structural integrity as well as increase collagen production in the skin.

Like in males, testosterone increases in the body during puberty, leading to breakouts!

During perimenopause, which generally takes place in your mid-30s to late 40s, there is a decline in estrogen and progesterone production. Skin changes during this time run the gamut: drier skin, oilier skin, larger pores, and loss of firm skin because of lower collagen and hyaluronic acid production.

During menopause, estrogen and progesterone levels are lower, the effects of testosterone are magnified. That means breakouts!

So, next time your skin is feeling dry or oily, take into account your hormones and how to combat them!

 

 

Acids and Skincare

Acids and Skincare

When you think of acids, it’s usually not in a context that would make you think that putting them on your face is good. Depending on the acid and your skin type, acids can be awesome for your skin! They’re becoming a huge craze. But, why are acids good for your skin? We’ll go over a few of the most popular ones and their benefits!

Salicylic Acid

If you’ve had pimples as a teenager (or even now) and you’ve tried drugstore creams and washes, you’ve probably tried salicylic acid. Salicylic acid works on acne prone skin because it clears clogged pores (by exfoliating)  and works as an anti-inflammatory agent. Even if you don’t have acne, salicylic acid can work well for you because it clears pores. Think about adding salicylic acid to your routine if you have large pores, for example. However, this acid may not be for you if you have dry or sensitive skin.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid stimulates collagen, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, and the general tone of the skin. It also reacts well with most skin types, so it’s a great acid for beginners.

Hyaluronic Acid

This acid that aids in moisturizing is very in vogue right now. It’s a natural carbohydrate and humectant found in the human body that cushions and lubricates the skin. We’re born with a large amount of it when we’re born and over time we lose it. Hyaluronic acid has an incredible ability to hold over 1,000 times its own weight in water! When you put it on your skin, it absorbs water from the air and hydrates and plumps your skin.

Lactic Acid 

Lactic acid is the rare acid that’s a moisturizing exfoliant. It’s very mild and is a great option for people with sensitive skin. Salicylic acid and a few other acids function as exfoliants but they can be very harsh.

How to Use Acids 

1.) Do a spot test 

Don’t put a new acid all over your face the first few times you use it. You want to apply it to a small section of your skin and see how your skin reacts with it.

.2.) Dilute it by adding a little to a moisturizer 

If you have sensitive skin, you may want to consider using a little with your moisturizer as your skin gets used to the acid. After about two weeks, you can use the acids on your skin without moisturizers.

3.) Be careful about layering acids 

Make sure you check about putting certain acids together. Generally, a good rule of thumb is to go from the lowest pH to the highest pH.

 

Cruelty-Free Skincare 101

Cruelty-Free Skincare 101

Want to start using cruelty-free skincare products only? Let us help you out. Do you shop cruelty-free? We may have new information for you! Did you know that cruelty-free doesn’t always mean what you think it does? DId you know that there are different logos and not all are created equal? Let us help you!

What does Cruelty-Free Mean? 

“Cruelty-free” simply means that a product and its ingredients weren’t tested on animals. This gets more complicated than you would think. Although some companies may not test on animals in the United States, they still do test on animals somewhere in their supply chain due to the regulations of the other countries they choose to sell. Other companies may not test their final product, which is generally where you see labels that say, “Not tested on animals.” While the final product may not have been, the ingredients were.

Different Logos Mean Different Things  

There are a bunch of fake cruelty-free logos out there! Basically, if it’s one of these logos from one of the organizations we’re about to tell you about, it’s safe. You should always check their online database just to make sure. Although it’s a rare occurrence, some companies can and will display official logos unlawfully and without being certified by the organization! Also, some companies chose not to put the logo on their products that are cruelty-free.

The logos you can trust are the following: the Leaping Bunny logoPETA’s cruelty-free logo, and the Choose Cruelty-Free logo.

Want to Learn More? 

Are you interested in learning more about the cruelty-free movement? Check out these resources:

Natch Beaut Podcast 

Cruelty-Free Kitty Blog 

Leaping Bunny App

 

3 Mistakes Men Make With Skincare

3 Mistakes Men Make With Skincare

Stereotypically, people often say that men don’t take good care of their skin or know how. Are you making one of these common mistakes?

1.) Not changing your razors regularly 

Not changing your razors regularly means that you’ll be shaving your face (and other areas of your body) with a dull and dirty blade. The longer you use a razor, the more bacteria, dead skin cells, shaving cream, and hair crops up in there. That goes double if you’re also not rinsing well in between strokes. The bacteria can lead to breakouts and acne.

2.) Not using a specially formulated wash for your face 

If you’re using body wash or hand soap to wash your face, stop! You should be using a face wash. This is because body wash is harsher than face wash and can dry out your skin. When your skin is dry, it overproduces oils which can cause acne. In addition, you should moisturize after washing your face. Moisturizing your face can also help prevent acne and keep skin looking healthy.

3.) Not using sunscreen 

Using sunscreen on your face is one of the easiest things you can do to help prevent aging! Studies show that using sunscreen helps damaged skin to heal and prevent further damage. Long term, this will mean your skin will look younger and will continue to look younger if you use sunscreen consistently.

Face Mask Round Up

We went down an Internet rabbit hole and decided to share the fruits of our labors with you.

Face masks for dry skin 

Oatifix from Lush. It contains oatmeal and banana, which are great moisturizers.

 

Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask. This innovative mask is formulated with highly concentrated Hydro Ionized Mineral Water to deliver intense doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin.

Face masks for acne-prone skin

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask. This mask contains bentonite clay, which helps to remove toxins from your pores, allows the skin to heal and reduces inflammation. It also helps in the lightening of acne marks on the face.

ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores. Charcoal helps flush out environmental toxins, dirt, and debris that can clog pores and cause skin to look dull.