5 Tips to Support Healthy Skin
The skin is dynamic and has so many natural processes and mechanisms to stay healthy. Today we are sharing our top 5 esthetician approved tips for a lifetime of healthy skin.
So, how do we ensure we have healthy skin? First, We lean into supporting these processes and mechanisms. Second, we have the mindset that skincare is healthcare. It is a part of our overall wellness plan and it is important to treat it as such. Check out our Healthy Skin Masterclass replay here!
We want to consistently nourish our skin with the right topical products while avoiding over exfoliation and harsh cleansing. Using barrier-supportive ingredients is necessary for our skin to function naturally. Stripping the skin and then trying to repair it are outdated skincare measures. Instead, we want to nourish our skin and support that lipid barrier!
What is our skin’s lipid barrier, and what is its function?
Our skin barrier helps to guard against external threats such as infectious agents, chemicals, and allergens. Internally, the skin helps to maintain homeostasis and protects from enhanced loss of water from the body. A strong healthy skin barrier is crucial for balanced skin.
Barrier damage can be caused by the natural aging process, using harsh cleansers, applying topical acne medications, or using acids. Further damage can also be caused by aggressive pulling or tugging on the skin, over-exfoliating, and using products containing excessive amounts of fragrance or alcohol.
Some of my favorite barrier supportive products & ingredients include:
Protection and Prevention
During the day, our skin is naturally in protection and prevention mode. SPF and Vitamin C are a crucial part of your AM routine as these both help to protect our skin in different ways.
UV rays are the number one cause of not only skin cancer but skin aging, too. Wearing sunscreen is one of the best and easiest ways to protect your skin’s appearance at any age. We can have the best skincare routine in the world, but if we are not protecting our skin with SPF, then we will be constantly trying to correct or minimize the visible damage.
Apply an SPF 30 daily in any kind of weather. Sunscreen protects against ultraviolet rays and other environmental exposure that accelerates aging. Remember that 80% of the sun’s rays still penetrate on a cloudy day and most of the damage our skin gets from the sun is incidental. Check out our SPF recommendations here!
Vitamin C is another great ingredient that pairs perfectly with your SPF as it helps boost protection during the day. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and a crucial component to protection and prevention in skincare. Our Brighten & Even Serum is formulated with Kakadu Plum, the world’s richest form of Vitamin C, and it is a particularly potent antioxidant. Here's what you need to know about Vitamin C Skincare.
Repair, Renew, Restore, and Replenish
Lean into your skin's natural processes at night with TARGETED routines. Exfoliators and retinoids are great products to target the look of fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone, and more! If you want to maximize your skincare results, try skin cycling. In addition, managing stress and getting a full nights rest may help to improve the look of skin.
Consistent Cleansing and Moisturizing
An effective routine starts with clean skin and ends with moisturizer. Be consistent, and keep it simple! Consistently doing your essential steps is a much better and more sustainable approach versus inconsistently having a longer routine.
Remember these important steps:
Throughout the day, your skin attracts dirt, bacteria, allergens, and other environmental stressors like pollution. These accelerate skin aging and amplify UV damage.
To cleanse thoroughly and properly, I like taking my makeup off with our Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes and our Vitamin C Cleanser to double cleanse.
Pro Tip: Our Argan Oil also makes for an excellent make-up remover and double cleanse option too!
Assess and Adjust
We talk about skin cycling a lot here, which is one way to try adjusting to your skin's needs. However, even with skin cycling, we may sometimes need to change the order based on how our skin responds, so paying attention to your skin's needs is essential.
Listening to your skin is important to note with seasonal changes as well. Sometimes our skin may need more barrier support nights, and sometimes an extra night of exfoliation is necessary too. Being mindful of our skincare is a great approach to healthy skin.
What are some of your favorite ways to keep your skin healthy? Let us know in the comments!