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Why night time is the best time to care for our skin

full_mon_skyI’ve heard some skin care experts say that the time of day you choose to do your skin care regiment is insignificant, it makes no difference.  I HIGHLY disagree  with this, partly from research, but mostly from personal experience.  Let me share with you a little bit about my skin type.  I have had eczema ever since I can remember. When I was a child it was terrible, but now I usually  only get small breakouts at the beginning of the season’s change.  I also have very sensitive skin, and for a long time I couldn’t use many store brand soaps, and I could never wear perfume.  So I started caring for my skin at night out of convenience at first, but over time I really began to see a difference in my skin’s health by doing my beauty regiment at night, versus during the day.

sleeping-378x379Night time, or right before you go to sleep is the best time to do your skin care regiment for many reasons. In the morning you’re sweating, you’re wearing makeup, you’re moving around, you may even be around smoke, or having a cigarette yourself.  All these factors take away from your skins ability to replenish itself during the day.

Night is a much better time to moisturize and exfoliate because it is more likely that things like pollution, sweat, and makeup won’t be effecting your skin at this time and it will really have time to rest. Your skin will have an opportunity to take full advantages of the products your using.  Here are some great products to invest in for your night time regiment:

SkinPhD’s Night time replenishing cream with marula oil, shea butter and jojoba.

SkinPhD AHA Amidroxy exfoliator made from the natural fruit acids.   This was also featured on the Dr. Oz Show.

SkinPhD  Liposome Vitamin C and E serum.

Three ways to keep your skin from having a Fall meltdown!

Fall is actually my favorite season:the best clothes the best colors, and the best weather, but sometimes  the dry air and cool temperatures can really dry out your skin.  Here are three ways for us to combat the fall dry-out.

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1. Use thick moisturizers at night. Doing this will allow your skin to soak up as much moisture as possible with out interruption from things like the sun, sweat, smoke, and any of the other elements that may cause harm to our skin.  Pay special attention to parts of your skin that feel extra dry, or that are already peeling.  Skin PhD replenishing night cream is made with shea butter and marula oil, and is great for our skin no matter the season.

2. Exfoliate, 2-3 times a week. For some, this number could even be reduced to  1-2 times a week.  excessive exfoliating could cause your skin to peel from lack of moisture; on the flip side, not exfoliating enough could cause breakouts and make it hard to hydrate healthy skin.  Start with twice a week and see how your skin reacts. If you feel too dry, then lower your exfoliating to once a week. If you feel oily, or if your skin starts to look scaly, the up to thee times a week.  Skin PhD has a lot of great exfoliators for our skin; my favorite is the papaya exfoliator.

3. Don’t use hard soaps on your skin, especially your face.  Hard soaps, filled with perfume and sulfurs are always harsh on skin, but they become even more detrimental once the seasons change and cool weather starts to take its toll.  Use moisturizing soaps instead.  You will see a drastic difference in the tightness of your skin after cleansing.  My favorite is the foaming facial wash with marula oil; I have extremely sensitive skin, and this  cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated with no irritation.

3 Reasons Why Makeup Causes Breakouts- Even After You Wash

downloadMakeup is a must-have for all women, but it can also be damaging to your skin.  Makeup, especially foundations, are like paint to the face and this paint can clog pores that cause breakouts even after it has been washed away.

1. Makeup does not allow your skin to breathe.  Could you imagine holding your breath eight hours at a time? Eight hours is about how long makeup will stay on your face during the day. With Makeup in the equation, body fluids like sweat combined with the makeup stays on your face clogging your pores.

2. Makeup dulls the appearance of your natural skin.  Have you ever taken your makeup off and felt like you looked worse than you did when you first put it on? That is because wearing makeup every day consistently does not give your skin enough time to regain nutrients it misses during the day.

3. Makeup is not skin care and we need to make sure that makeup remains a beauty accessory- not a necessity.  Makeup is made of ingredients that might not be toxic to apply to the surface of the skin, but all those minerals are being absorbed by your skin from the moment you put it on to the second you take it off.

How to fight makeup breakouts:

Give your skin vitamins and nutrients every chance you get.  This will help keep the skin stay nourished while you’re wearing  makeup throughout the day.  Ingesting vitamins will work for your body, but topically applied vitamins and antioxidants are best for the skin, especially because the body does not allocate nearly as much nutrients to the skin, as it receives when vitamins are applied topically.

Try these: Superoxidant Vitamin A and E serum, and Liposome Vitamin C and E Serum

Exfoliate and cleanse regularly. Once you leave work, school, or where ever you’ve been all day, exfoliating and cleansing helps clear pores and keeps the dead skin, bacteria, and harmful minerals found in makeup, from staying on the surface of your skin.  Without exfoliating, makeup could cause breakouts and ruin the appearance of your skin.  Makeup removing facial washes are great cleansers, but only a deep exfoliating product can thoroughly clear pores.

Try these: Papaya Enzyme Exfoliator and AHA 7 Fruit Amidroxy Exfoliator

3 Signs of Aging Skin in African American Women

Acne-scar-fade-creams-for-black-women1: Discoloration For black women, discoloration can occur in two ways.  Sometimes little spots on the face that to look like freckles are really age spots that occur because of sun damage on our skin.  Another form of discoloration is pigmentation that seems to be concentrated in specific areas of the skin. For example, the area around the eyes,  mouth or neck might suddenly become darker than the rest of you face.

2. Dryness Sometimes as we age, the skin can inherit a seemingly permanent dry feeling. No matter how moisturized the skin is, it still doesn’t seem as bright and soft as it might have been at a younger age.

3: Peeling Peeling is a great indicator of dryness as well, but it is also a sign of irritated skin or skin that has suffered from inflammation, adult breakouts, and sun damage. As African American women, we have been led to believe that environmental elements like the sun cause no damage, but actually, the sun plays a great role in aging our skin as well.

Here’s how to fight it:

Cleansing-for-black-skin1: Exfoliate Exfoliating at least three to four times a week will get rid of the dead skin, dirt and bacteria that stick around even after washing with soap and water.  Exfoliating regularly allows the healthier, more beautiful skin a chance to come to the surface and be seen.  It will leave your skin soft, radiant, and free from peeling and age spots.

The best exfoliator for us:  AHA 7 Fruit Amidroxy Exfoliator, selected best anti-aging product on the Dr. Oz show.

2: Tone No, i don’t mean grab those weights sitting on the floor in your living room. When it comes to your skin, toning refers to the process of keeping the skin on your face as close to the same color as possible.  It can be a challenge to keep the two-tone effect from happening to our skin and not all toners are created for African American women’s needs.  The secret is to find a toner that fights the production of overactive melanocytes in order to stop the formation of age spots and discoloration around the neck, eyes and mouth.

The best toner for us: Radiance Toner and Even Tone Day Serum

3: Give your skin a vitamin Unfortunately, moisturizers do not get the job done all on their own.  As we age, the skin needs help replenishing vitamins and nutrients that it cannot receive from the body as easily.  Serums are highly potent forms of vitamins and nutrients that the skin can easily absorb and benefit from.  Serums are not moisturizers, so they are not shiny or oily, but they do make the skin look and feel better.

The best Serum for us: Liposome  Vitamin C and E Serum

3 tips to keep your skin healthy in the summer

Sticking to a good skin care regiment can be hard when you’re stuck dealing with hot and sticky summer days, but just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Don’t let your skin suffer because the summer heat is making you lazy.  Here are three way to keep your skin healthy in the summer, without making you uncomfortable in the summer heat.

 

Moisturize at night

Sometimes when you put lotion on in the summer and start to sweat, you sweat the lotion out of your pores, making your skin feel oily and wet at the same time. Moisturizing at night will give your skin the time needed to be able to absorb whatever oils or creams you use. It’s important to give your skin time to absorb moisture that will help keep it healthy. This especially goes for people who have psoriasis, eczema, or any other chronic dry skin disorders.

Tone, but do it with a product that actually works                                                                   

It’s important to use a toner, especially in the summer for our skin. In the summer, as our skin get’s darker, it can cause dry blotches and uneven skin tone to become more of a problem. The right toner will minimize the melanocyte (cell that produces skin color) activity in your skin in order to preserve a more even skin tone that stays the same throughout the seasons. Be careful to make sure the toner you’re using actually says it reduces melanocyte activity, otherwise, it won’t have this effect on your skin.

 

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is something that can be done at night as well. Exfoliating will dramatically help alleviate summer breakouts caused by the increased production of oil and sweat in the skin during the summer season. If you’re not exfoliating, the extra oil and sweat are combining in your pore, and can form small breakouts around your hairline, black/whiteheads around and on your nose, or even huge, full-blown pimples on your face.

Here are all the products you will need to keep your skin healthy in the summer: This is skin care that was created to satisfy the needs of black women.  Try these for your Summer skin care regime:  Renaissance Papaya Exfoliate, Renaissance night cream, and the Renaissance Toner.