How To Build A Consistent Skincare Routine For Healthier Skin . . . While Avoiding “Quick Fix” Skincare Problems
Don’t feel bad if you’ve ever dropped everything and run to the beauty store on a whim, all because you fell for the extravagant marketing claims of the new “trending” product of the moment.
With so many platforms available to advertise on these days, you’re more than likely to come across at least a few ads per week, advertising the new “must have” skin serum or charcoal mask promising to solve your skincare woes in a matter of 24 hours or less.
This is called false advertising and it makes us quite angry. If you’re looking to lose weight or get a six pack, you wouldn’t fall for a pill promising to help you achieve this overnight would you (although we can always dream)?
So why should skincare be any different?
If you have any kind of skincare issue, from constant breakouts, to UV damage, to hyperpigmentation, you need to follow a consistent skincare regime that will benefit your skin for the long-term, rather than offer temporary results, perhaps using harsh chemicals, and no real benefits for your skin beyond a month or two.
It’s understandable if you’ve bought a conventional product though, and been impressed at how it felt going onto your skin. This is due to synthetic ingredients designed to provide a silky feel and even a temporary smoothing or plumping effect. The problem is that these results are short-lived and these products are pumping your skin (and your body) with chemicals that can actually aggravate your skincare issues, not to mention affect your health.
Start By Avoiding The Worst Ingredients In Conventional Skincare
Silicones are substances that are rampant in conventional skincare products, especially primers as they help to make a formula softer, allowing it to spread evenly onto the skin leaving no sticky, shiny finish. Silicones are a popular ingredient in “quick fix” formulas as they can fill in the pores and leave your skin looking and feeling more youthful with fewer lines and wrinkles.
The benefits end there though.
Silicones can be quite terrible for your skin, because while they may form a barrier on your skin that traps moisture, they also trap dirt, debris, bacteria, sweat and sebum. This causes congestion in the pores, which in turn can lead to acne breakouts. Silicones can also age your skin, as they slow down cell renewal by keeping dead skin cells trapped longer. Overall your skin will just start to look dull and dry with acne, no thanks!
Even if you aren’t super savvy when it comes to skincare, chances are you’ve heard of parabens.
Parabens are the most widely used synthetic preservatives in the beauty industry today. While preservatives are important to prevent bacteria and fungus from growing in your skincare products, there are many options that will extend the shelf life of your products without the questionable health risk.
3.) Synthetic Fragrance
We all want our products to smell nice, but not at the risk of our health, or our skin for that matter.
Did you know that it takes thousands of synthetic lab-made ingredients to achieve just one scent? That means if you’re using artificially fragranced products, then you’re slathering chemicals onto your skin. If you want to smell good, rely on products that use pure plant botanicals and essential oils to fragrance their products. Essential oils won’t only help you to smell wonderful, they have a positive impact on your mood too so you’ll feel happy and smell delicious!
4.) BHA and BHT
The name sounds ominous and the effects certainly are! Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) are used as preservatives in skincare. This may scare you, but virtually every conventional product you own, from lipstick to face wash, likely contains these common preservatives.
While not much research has been done on these preservatives, they have shown to cause cancer in animals making them carcinogenic and one to avoid at all costs.
5.) DEA related ingredients
These are foaming agents that help to create that sudsy shower experience we all love and will leave your skin feeling squeaky clean.
The downside is that they strip your skin of beneficial oils, leaving it dry and dull. Not much research has been done on these ingredients, however they have been linked to cancer making us stay far away!
Phthalates are used in plastics to make them more pliable, so you may wonder what the heck they’re doing in your skincare products.
Any artificially fragranced product contains phthalates for its use as a solvent. Phthalates may affect the reproductive system and turn your hormones upside down. This can cause anything from mood swings to infertility in the long-term.
For Graceful Aging: Prevention Is Better Than A Cure
Great skin that is healthy, ages gracefully and glows with youthful radiance requires an investment of time and dedication, anything truly worth it does! You can’t expect to see results after just a couple of weeks, you need to be consistent with your skin regime everyday, in order to give your skin the best possible chance NOW of looking its best in ten plus years.
Prevention is always better than cure, so start using your eye creams, serums and active botanicals now, rather than as a cure when the damage is already done.
Of course all natural, healthy products are just one step in the process of gorgeous, glowing skin.
Here are a few common factors that contribute to an aged skin and ways to combat them, naturally….
Which Ingredients Should I Look For In A Clean Skincare Routine?
Now that you’re aware of the dangers of most conventional skincare products and their synthetic ingredients, you’re probably wondering what type of ingredients you should be looking for to keep your skin healthy and at its best.
What we recommend is looking for ingredients that reduce oxidative stress, one of the leading causes of skin aging.
Ingredients That Reduce Oxidative Stress
You may have heard of free radicals and their role in contributing to disease, not to mention an aged complexion. You may have also heard of antioxidants and how they can counteract the damaging effects of free radicals.
Oxidative stress occurs when the levels of antioxidants in the body are not high enough to counteract the damaging effects wreaked by free radicals.
This puts the body at risk for disease, as well as dramatically accelerates the aging process.
Apart from following a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, you need to use skincare ingredients that will provide the skin with antioxidant benefits.
While we have too many antioxidant ingredients in our skincare products to mention in just one post, we thought we’d talk about 5 of our absolute favorites!
1.) Vitamin C
We cannot say enough about this powerful antioxidant vitamin! Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals and protects the skin from environmental damage. It boosts the production of collagen, a structural protein essential for firm, plump skin. Vitamin C also helps to reduce inflammation in the skin and rejuvenates and brightens the skin.
Try our Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum and our Vitamin C Night Repair Serum to enjoy the benefits of this potent antioxidant for yourself!
DMAE is a potent antioxidant stabilizer and a very popular ingredient in anti-aging skincare. This ingredient will help to fight free radicals that may age and damage your skin, so you can enjoy healthier, younger and more radiant skin. With consistent use, DMAE will help to restore elasticity, firm and tone the skin, as well as smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of sagging.
Try a spritz of our Hydro-Indulgence Energizing Mist over your face and neck to refresh your skin, infuse it with antioxidants, as well as allow your follow up products to absorb better. Follow up with our DMAE Firming Repair Serum for Face and Neck.
If the name isn’t familiar, that’s because niacinamide is actually Vitamin B3. You may take a daily B3 supplement to keep your heart healthy, but did you know it also offers excellent benefits when applied topically to the skin?
Niacinamide offers antioxidant benefits to fight aging free radicals and anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce inflammation and soothe conditions including acne, rosacea and eczema. When applied topically, it can also help to minimize and fade hyperpigmentation by decreasing melanin synthesis.
To treat your skin to this antioxidant, along with an array of others, try our Retinol Evening Renewal Serum. We recommend starting retinol as early as your twenties, before the signs of aging have even made their mark. Always remember, prevention is better than cure.
If you enjoy a glass of red wine every now and again, then you’re already treating your body to the health benefits of this incredible antioxidant found in grapes and red wine. So why not take it a step further and enjoy its topical antioxidant and anti-aging benefits? Resveratrol reduces inflammation and protects your cells from oxidative damage for more youthful and vibrant skin.
Some of our top recommended products that contain this wonderful antioxidant are Vitamin C Serums, Advanced Eye Therapy Complex, Total Nutrition Night Repair Complex, Nutritive Oil Cleanser and Makeup Remover, and Collagen Booster Intense Repair Serum.
Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant naturally produced by the body, and is present in every cell and tissue in humans. However, the production of this antioxidant naturally decreases as we age, so it’s important to substitute it topically to help promote the formation of collagen, regenerate the skin and fight off free radicals. This ingredient is one of our signatures here at Kate Ryan, because the benefits cannot be denied.
Try our Vitamin C Daytime Repair Serum which includes CoQ10, along with skin brightening and anti-inflammatory Vitamin C, plus a blend of other potent antioxidants to help rejuvenate your skin.
These are just a few of our top recommended antioxidants to protect against oxidative damage.
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Maintaining healthy skin that you feel confident in takes time and patience and consistent care. You need to look at your skin care regime as a lifestyle, rather than a chore or something you do only now and then when your skin seems in need of a boost.
However, if you follow our advice; use only the best, antioxidant rich skincare on a daily basis, eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, exercise, find ways to manage your stress, and stay hydrated throughout the day, then your skin is going to reward you and age beautifully and gracefully.
Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition. She is currently working toward a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. She spends her spare time listening to music, being outdoors, and reading.