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Is your skin dry, dehydrated or both?

Is your skin dry, dehydrated or both?

Dry skin is caused by a lack of skin’s natural lipids in the form of triglycerides, wax esters, free fatty acids, and squalene. These levels also decrease as we age. Your skin will feel rough and fine lines will form. The skin care solution is to apply oils with similar chemistry, which only comes from natural sources such as nut, seed, and fruit oils. Silicones and mineral oils do not have this advantage and feel like a thin sheet of plastic on the face. Sure they act as occlusives retaining moisture but they often feel like they are suffocating the...


Effective Ingredients for the Treatment of Stressed Skin

Effective Ingredients for the Treatment of Stressed Skin

Did a pimple pop up from nowhere recently? Notice any wrinkles, fine lines, itchiness, or even excessive dryness? The guilty party might be stress. When you are emotionally or physically stressed, it can affect your overall health, including your skin.  Your body releases hormones when you are stressed out - one of such is cortisol. Cortisol is not 100% bad, it has its good and bad sides. When cortisol is over-secreted, it affects the texture and appearance of your skin. What causes stress in your skin Your skin might be stressed-out due to various reasons. It might be a result of...


Dealing with Maskne? Here's How to Fight It

Dealing with Maskne? Here's How to Fight It

Wearing masks has become our new normal and for many so has the skin irritation and acne that comes with it. The pesky breakouts that appear around your mouth and nose after wearing a mask for a period are known as maskne or acne mechanica.   Contrary to what you think, Maskne Is Not New. It has always been around, although under the radar. Professionals whose jobs require them to wear masks will tell you that maskne has always been a thing. Expectedly, it is getting widespread recognition now. For some unknown reason, women aged 20 – 60 are more likely to have...


Four Tips for Effective Skin Care Transition from Summer to Fall

Four Tips for Effective Skin Care Transition from Summer to Fall

The scorching weather is cooling off and you may be planning to give your wardrobe an overhaul. Any plans to upgrade your beauty shelf? Brace yourself; Fall is here! The dry, windy, and humid air that comes with the autumn season affects your skin in ways you can hardly imagine. The seasonal shift can mar your blemish-free skin. A drop in temperature coupled with the heat from warmer baths; and indoor heating systems can upset your skin's barrier. Your skin can become fragile, dry, inflamed, itchy, and flaky. Fall brings with it skin problems such as rashes, psoriasis and eczema. During this season, you...


3 Ways Hormones Can Affect Your Skin

3 Ways Hormones Can Affect Your Skin

Hormones are one of your lifelines. Without your hormones, there would be no you. A few of the responsibilities performed by hormones in your body include regulating your moods, temperature, sexual functions, and appetite. It is normal to experience hormonal fluctuation, especially as you grow older. During puberty, your hormonal levels reach a peak and become stable during early adulthood. Hormones, although vital, can become your enemy if there is a slight imbalance. What is Hormonal Imbalance? When your hormonal levels become too high or low, it might trigger a couple of unwanted responses. If you notice you are adding weight...