Breakouts, we all get them, all skin types, genders, races and ages (well over the age 12). Breakouts do not discriminate.
They vary from blemishes, to milia, congestion to pustules, papules to big swollen boils. Oh the joys!
So lets talk causes shall we??
Now there's alot of info about to come at you, so bear with me.
First of all, water... You need to drink it, aim for 2 litres a day then up it to 3. Approx. 60% of your is body is made of water and approx. 64% of you skin is made of water. Every cell in your body needs it to function, your skin is made of cells, soooo it's apparent then that we need to drink water.
Stress. When we get stressed our body releases a hormone called cortisol. In high doses for pro longed periods, cortisol wreaks havoc on our skin. It raises blood sugar levels which causes, inflammation in the skin and hardening of collagen in a process called glycation. When the skin cells are struggling to function correctly, due to this process, joined with inflammation, it can result in breakouts, sore ones - when you know, you know!
You pretty much get the same result when you binge on sweets and crap filled with Refined Sugar - another culprit.
Not sleeping well or at all?? Good Sleep is crucial for our skin (and bodies) to repair itself. This is where we slap on our night creams and snuggle down for a 9 hour, unbroken beauty sleep - pah, yea right!
But seriously, when we sleep our skin repairs & renews itself, without good sleep it's not getting this chance therefore leaving us more prone to skin issues such as breakouts. Lack of sleep can also lead to stress and we all know what happens there. (see above)
And on the subject of sleep - are you changing your Bed Clothes regularly? We sleep on pillows that (and I'm very sorry about this) are full of dust mites, dead skin cells and bacteria, and we're just rubbing our faces in it all night. So frequent changes of the bed clothes might be worth giving a go.
Next is Facial Care. Do you wash your face in the morning? Note the reasons why you should above... Do you cleanse at night? Twice?? Double cleansing is not just a way of getting you to use up your product quicker. The first cleanse will remove the makeup, dirt, excess oils, pollution etc. The second cleanse will clean the pores, helping prevent congestion and breakouts. Also, letting your moisturisers and serums absorb more efficiently.
Moisturising twice a day is just as important here and provides a progtective barrier. Just saying!
Your Face Cloth is also a convention centre for bacteria. If it's looking mank then it's probably mank. Wash frequently.
Another hive can be your Makeup Brushes. Warm, dark, damp, perfect for gowing baby bacteria and then you put the brushes on your face. I'm not trying to freak you out here, bacteria is everywhere, we can't escape it and most is harmless but being aware of places you may not often clean can help you figure out why you might be breaking out even though you follow a good skincare routine.
Lifestyle Change can have a major effect on your skin. Changing to a clean and healthy diet can cause a detox effect which will show through your skin. Give it about 6 - 8 weeks for your body and skin to settle into changes.
If you're a Gym goer or you work out in anyway, always make sure to wash your face afterwards, your pores are open, sweat and oils have built up on the skin, pH balance is off. All these minerals dry into your skin if they're not washed away. Cleanse your skin and always have a mist in your gym bag.
On a side note, Touching Your Face with your hands, constantly (guilty), can lead to breakouts. Think of where your hands have been!
Last but by far not least, is Hormones. Puberty, periods, pregnancy all send our hormones out of whack. You might one of the lucky ones who's skin doesn't get effected and break out into what can only be described as the Alps, vast, uneven surface with snowy, white peaks! But if you're not so lucky then just follow the rules; cleanse, moisturise and hydrate - vitamin C & omegas are game changers here too. This too shall pass!
So there you go, ok it sounds from this that nearly everything you do can cause a breakout but it's really about creating and keeping healthy habits and having common sense when it comes to hygiene. In our ultra busy lives, we have to accept that we will need some maintenance now and then. So getting into good habits is key. Going back over all these points most, if not all, can be related to the body too.
Strive for health and it will reap it's rewards in many areas.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) seems to have been the buzz word of 2018 when it came to skincare and I don't reckon you'll stop hearing anytime soon.
So What Is It??
Hyaluroic acid, or HA, is a carbohydrate. It is gooey and clear in colour, and is formed naturally in the body. It is used for many different ailments, in many different forms. For example, it can be taken orally for various joint problems, due to its ability to hold moisture.
What Does it Do?
. Our skin holds 50% of the body's HA. It increases elasticity, helps to maintain healthy connective tissue, plumps out the skin, helps inflammation, is healing and is super moisturising. Hyaluronic Acid is in a league of it's own because of it's unique cpability to hold 1000 times it's own weight in moisture! Yes, you read that correctly, 1000 times its weight!!
It attracts moisture to itself like a magnet and holds it there, which is why it's such a staple in the skin.
Here's a tip ->
HA, or sodium hyaluronate, is the purest form of hyaluronic acid and what you're looking for on the ingredient list. Many products advertise HA as an ingredient included, but if you check the ingredient list you can see how much of it is actually used. The ingredients at the top of the list are used in a higher percentage and the ones near the end of the list are of a lower percentage.
Ok So, How Does It Work And Why Do I Need It??
Right, so in regards to skincare, which is why we're here, the HA molecule is too big to be absorbed into the skin, and so it stays at the surface pulling moisture to it. This is how it moisturises, hydrates and protects. Some products claim to have 'low molecular weight hyaluronic acid' or LMWHA, which does absorb deeper into the skin. However, this HA's molecular structure has been changed using enzymes, so basically it's zapped to make it smaller, so it's no longer in it's purest form. There's also no proof that to say there is any more benefit to the skin, if any, and normally comes with a higher price tag.
If our bodies make this stuff itself, why do we need to apply it in cosmetic form, I hear you ask! Well, like everything in our bodies, as we age these things are not as plentiful or productive. We also put our bodies through an awful lot more than we did 1000s of years ago when the likes of makeup and central heating were a, rare commodity, also they had the added bonus of a thicker ozone layer back then!! So, we need to give our skin all the help it needs and when 99.9% of grown ups these days have dehydrated skin, this stuff is like a drink of water from the fountain of youth. Ok, that's dramatic but it's almost just as effective.
There is ways to get hyaluronic acid, in it's purest and natural form, deeper into the skin and that is through; HA fillers which are injected into the skin by a trained doctor, and microneedling/collagen induction therapy, which is a minimal invasive facial.
My Opinion ->
I loooove HA. I use it everyday in 100% pure serum form and in my mist too. HA only lasts a day on the skin, so it needs to be applied everyday, morning and night.
My advice? Lash this bad boy onto to your face, you will thank me later!!
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