Frequently Asked Questions
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Acne can be caused by excess sebum oil and clogged pores. There is a hereditary component to acne as well. Most likely someone in your family has had it.
Acne is most common in young adults and teens with increasing hormone levels, and about 80 percent of people will have at least one acne outbreak before age 30. It is less common in older adults, who tend to have steadier hormone levels. Since stress can affect hormones, it may also play a role in the aggravation of acne. If you have acne, wash gently with an salicylic based cleanser no more than twice a day, try the Pore Clearing Cleanser or AHA Exfoliating Cleanser; and avoid hard scrubbing, over exfoliating, and touching the affected areas. In combination with a great cleanser, a treatment product is necessary to kill the Propianoni bacteria linked to the acne.Try Clear Skin Ultra gel or Retinol Resurfacing Complex.
Since sun damage increases the risk of skin cancer, as well as skin problems ranging from wrinkles to dark spots, wearing sunscreen on a daily basis is essential. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 with the main ingredients being Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. Solar Defender SPF 30 is a great choice. It’s lightweight and won’t clog pores. Beyond that, it takes just a few minutes each morning and each evening to do the basics: washing with a gentle cleanser (foaming cleanser for comb/oily skin and creamy for normal/dry skin) and applying a moisturizer to your face and neck. For a more intense regimen, use an appropriate serum for your skin type underneath your moisturizer as well as an eye cream.
Wrinkles are a natural result of aging, but you can delay their onset or minimize their appearance. To do so, try and limit sun exposure by wearing a hat outside. Wear sunscreen every day, and use skin products that contain antioxidants and retinoids, which can reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Diet and exercise have a huge impact on the skin. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and eat fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Avoid tanning beds and never smoke.
UV exposure and hormonal changes are two causes of dark spots. Avoiding the sun and wearing sunscreen can prevent new dark spots from forming, while exfoliating regularly may help treat the existing spots you already have. Certain dark spot correctors like Fade to Light Serum and Fade to Light Creme can also make a difference over time.
As your skin loses elasticity and collagen, it naturally begins to appear wrinkled and saggy. By caring for it and focusing on prevention, you can minimize these issues. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day, like Solar defender SPF 30, and consider using eye creams and other topical products that contain retinoids, plant stem cells, and antioxidants, which can help improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Anti-aging treatments are available at Vitality Skin Care as well to use in combination with your skin care regimen.
Be gentle with it! Always wash sensitive skin gently using the Ultra Gentle Cleansing lotion or the Panthenol Cleanser, and typically only at night time. Avoid products that contain irritating substances. Instead, seek out those that are specifically labeled for sensitive skin. Maintaining your lipid barrier, which is the outermost layer of your skin, by applying a heavier or water-based moisturizer to your skin will help prevent TEWL or Trans Epidermal Water Loss. This in turn will feed your skin cells allowing them to live longer and healthier.
Usually you can make an educated guess by examining the product’s label and ingredient list. To increase the chance that products won’t irritate your skin, seek out those that are fragrance-free, contain little or no alcohol. By choosing your products here at Vitality Skin Care, Jenny has taken the guesswork out of it for you by educating you on which products are good for what skin type or concern.
In short, yes! If you care about your skin, wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 is the one thing you can do to protect it most. Sunscreen helps decrease the risk of skin cancer and other negative effects including wrinkles, fine lines, freckles, and sallowness. Even on cloudy days, the UVA rays penetrate through the clouds causing most cases of skin cancer, wrinkling and aging factors.
An uneven skin tone is caused by an uneven distribution of pigment. Sun exposure and hormonal changes can also contribute to this issue. Certain serums, creams or moisturizers, especially those that contain vitamin C, can all help to even out your skin tone. It is also possible that your skin can develop an uneven tone due to a buildup of dead skin cells. If that is the issue, a simple way to even out your skin tone is to exfoliate once a day or every couple of days. B3 exfoliating Creme is a gentle but effective way to do that. Another option is the Age Limit Advanced Refining Serum.
Typically, skin is classified in just a few categories, including normal, oily, dry, and sensitive. If you have combination skin, it means your skin is one type in one area and another type in another area (oily around your T-zone but normal everywhere else, for instance). Your skin type can change over time and can also be affected by factors such as hormones, medications, and diet. To get a good idea of what your skin type might be, wash it gently and leave it product-free for several hours before examining it closely to observe different areas.
You know your skin best. Paying attention to how it looks, feels, and acts on a day-to-day basis, as well as how it reacts to different skin care products, is the best starting point to finding a routine that will leave you feeling healthy, rejuvenated, and vibrant for many years to come.
Your skin is your body's largest organ and one of your most valuable assets. Caring for it goes beyond just skincare products. The things you do every day matter:
- What you eat: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great for your skin. For optimum results, increase your vitamin C intake, and lower your intake of unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates. As a general rule, colorful meals are better for you than neutral-colored foods such as potatoes, which are starchy and less nutritious.
- How much you exercise: Stress is hard on skin because it triggers acne and rashes. Exercise is a natural way to counteract stress, so get up and move at a moderate pace (at least 30 minutes on most days).
- How much water you drink: Water is nature’s moisturizer, and that includes the water you drink. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin supple and glowing.
All of these habits go into creating a healthier, happier version of your skin.
In the morning rush, you might not have time for an extensive skincare routine. That’s ok! There are little tweaks you can make to your morning routine that can have a big impact on your skin.
- Limit your morning shower: Long, hot showers will dry out your skin. Keep the water warm, not hot and the shower or bath short. At least when rinsing your face, use tepid water, not hot.
- Use the right cleanser for your skin type: If your skin is dry, look for a product that hydrates. If you wear a lot of makeup, use a product designed to remove it and do what we call a double cleanse, meaning wash it twice, once to remove makeup and the second time to clean your skin.
- Pat your skin dry: Avoid rubbing or scrubbing to remove the water; instead, pat your skin dry. A little water left on your skin helps add moisture.
- Apply an appropriate moisturizer immediately after showering: It should be light and not overly greasy if you have oily skin, a bit heavier if you are dry. Use a serum based on your skin type underneath the moisturizer, and always wait 3-5 minutes for it to absorb prior to applying it.
- Protect yourself from UV rays: Buy skincare products that have SPF protection. Your skin will thank you with a healthy and happy glow.
How to Take Care of your Skin
A basic, easy-to-follow skincare routine has three main (but essential) parts: cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing.
Knowing the correct order to apply products makes your skincare routine more effective.
Washing your face with water alone isn't enough to rid the skin of impurities, and traditional soaps can be too harsh. A cleanser removes dirt, debris, oil, and makeup from your skin - we suggest doing this once a day, before bed, and twice if you have oily skin. Choose a cleanser based on your skin's needs. If you have oily skin, it may benefit from additional acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic. Try the Pore clearing cleanser or AHA Exfoliating cleanser. If you have dry skin, choose a cleanser that won't strip your skin of moisture. Ultra Gentle Cleansing lotion is best for dry/sensitive skin. Multi-Vitamin Purifying face wash is perfect for normal skin. By cleansing your skin, other products will work better and your skin will benefit overall.
Buildup of dead cells on the skin's surface can cause acne, dull complexion, or wrinkles. An exfoliator gets rid of the buildup, giving your skin a healthy glow. Exfoliate according to product instructions. The main difference between what we call mechanical exfoliating and chemical exfoliating is the first is meant to slough off the dead skin on the surface revealing a glow, and the second is meant to penetrate down into the epidermis causing a cellular change, which in turn makes new skin cells.
All skin types, even oily skin, benefit from a moisturizer. Moisturizers help balance the skin's natural moisture levels and give a healthy, refreshed appearance. Opt for an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily or combination skin. A moisturizer with SPF is best for daytime, as it protects against sun damage. Use a night cream suited to your skin type, which offers deep moisture when you need it most. Try Hemp Oil creme or for intense moisture, the Barrier Recovery Masque can be used as a nighttime option. Day and night, an eye cream, designed specifically for the delicate skin around the eye area, should also be applied directly after moisturizing. Illuminating Eye serum is perfect for hydrating but also taking care of those dark circles.
All skin types need a basic routine. However, an advanced treatment routine is recommended for those with particular skin needs. If you have oily, dry skin or blemished skin you may benefit from advanced treatment. Advanced treatments can also help prevent signs of aging like fine lines, dullness, and deeper wrinkles. Products for a more advanced skin care treatment, in addition to the three basic steps, include:
Toner is designed to prime your skin for further treatment. After cleansing, toner helps soften and calm the skin, eliminating any remaining residue and priming it for further steps. Unlike a cleanser, toner remains on the skin - there's no need to wash it off.
Those with particular concerns, such as acne control, can try the Herbal Astringent. For every other type, the Ginseng Mineral toner is a good option. If you have sensitive skin or wrinkles, look for a toner that is alcohol-free to prevent irritation and over-drying.
After exfoliating, and before applying moisturizer, use treatment products that target your specific skin concern, such as an acne cream or an anti-aging serum. Moisture boost hydragel, Soothe & Defend hydragel, Cell Youth Actif are some great choices for hydrating and anti-aging concerns. Clear Skin Ultra gel, Retinol Resurfacing complex, Age Limit Advanced serum, Total Age Corrector are fabulous choices for exfoliating. If you have more than one specific skin concern, you'll benefit from layering the products to maximize their efficacy. Lighter products, like serums, go on first. Heavier creams and ointments go on last, just before the moisturizer. Always wait 3-5 minutes before applying the next layer.
Facial masks provide an additional therapeutic boost to help treat any skin care woes. Masks are designed to target everything from acne to dry skin to dark spots, depending on the ingredients they contain. Unlike serums and creams, masks rest on the skin for a short period of time to deep clean the skin and improve texture. Typically, they are in a cream or gel form, and gradually dry and tighten the skin as they draw out impurities and add moisture to the skin. A few of our favorites are: AHA Mint mask, CBD Reception mask, Aloe and Azulene gel mask, Barrier Recovery mask, Detox mask, and Zinc and Sulphur mask.
Cleansing waters remove dirt, oil, and makeup like a cleanser. They are different from typical cleansers because they do not need to be rinsed off. Cleansing waters are a favorite for people with a busy schedule because they are easy to use and require only one step to remove makeup and clean the skin before treatments and moisturizers. They work well for all skin types, including acne-prone skin, dry skin, and sensitive skin. Micellar Cleansing Water is a best seller!
Dark Spot Treatments
If you have dark spots, treatments are available in the form of serums, masks, and creams that help to lessen the appearance of dark spots over time. Depending on the application, dark spot treatments can be used as part of your nightly skincare routine, or as a once-a-week mask treatment. Some suggestions are: Fade to Light Serum and Creme, Triple C & E Serum, AHA Mint Mask.
By establishing an effective skincare routine, you will see noticeable long-term benefits. After all, your skin should glow just as bright as you do!