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 Things You’re Doing That Could Ruin Your Skincare Game

3 Things You’re Doing That Could Ruin Your Skincare Game

Have you adopted a skincare routine but still aren’t seeing results? You could be doing one of these three things wrong:

1.) Exfoliating too much

Exfoliators are best used two to three times a week at most, not every day. The goal of exfoliators is to remove dead skin cells, but if you use them too much, you’re stripping your healthy skin underneath! This can lead to dry skin, extra oil production, and breakouts!

2.) Not changing your sheets regularly

Because you sleep on your pillowcase, you get oil and other gross stuff on there! A buildup of oil and makeup on your pillow can cause clogged pores, leading to breakouts! Ideally, you should be changing your pillowcase at least once a week.

3.) Using too much product

Overloading your skin with moisturizer, for example, can overwhelm your skin and cause clogged pores. A coin-sized amount of product is ideal.  Using toner is also important because it allows your skin to absorb products better.

Toner and Why It’s Important

Toner and Why It’s Important

You’ve probably seen toner in skincare kits like Proactive. Maybe you’ve skipped using them, or you use them but don’t see the point of toner. Toner may seem like an unnecessary step, but it’s actually very important. Let us explain why!

What is toner?

Toner is a fast-penetrating liquid that delivers skin a quick hit of hydration and helps remove some dead cells off the surface of the skin. The result: plump, glowy skin! After washing your face, toner also helps restore your skin’s pH. Skin with out of balance pH will lead to either breakouts or dryness.

How do I know what kind of toner is right for me?

You probably remember using toners like Seabreeze when you were a teenager that made your skin sting. Good news is that toners have gotten an upgrade since your teenage years!

So, what kind of toner should you use? Depends on your skin!

If you have dry or sensitive skin, try a hydrating toner like Origin’s Balancing Tonic or Clarin’s Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion.

If you have oily skin, try Laneige’s Essential Balancing Emulsion for Oily Skin or Dickinson’s Original Pore Perfecting Toner.

You can also try making your own toner!