There are two types of people in this world, those who prefer only to wear makeup to cover their skin problems and those who choose to invest in quality products for effective skincare.
We will tell you why it is important to invest time and money in a proper facial routine with high-quality products and make an effort to choose products for your skin type, instead of running for the new limited-edition cosmetics that promise many things and they do not comply.
1. Makeup covers but does not enhance skin
All women love makeup and of course, how not to love it if it helps to hide those dark circles, acne spots and also gives more life to our face. Indeed, makeup can transform the appearance of the face positively by highlighting beauty, increasing confidence, and making women the center of attention. Although it has many positive points, it has something against it and that is that it does not help to solve the problem of the skin just by “covering” the imperfections.
It must be taken into account that it is preferable to invest in dermocosmetic and dermatological products to have a well-cared-for skin with a wonderful natural glow. In this way, the path to healthy skin will approach 80-90% of being healthy and looking incredible. With proper care with products adapted to the needs of the skin of each person, it is possible to use fewer products for makeup (we can ignore the primer) and use less of the product to be administered (less heavy foundation and more natural glow).
2. Your skin is the reflection of your health
It has been proven by dermatologists that acne is a reflection of overall health and well-being. Some of the most common causes of acne are lack of exercise or sedentary lifestyle, little water intake, and eating unhealthy foods that are consumed by many people most of the day because of how “practical” they can be.
Highly processed foods (canned, cold cuts), refined flours, white sugar, excess carbohydrates, sweets, fried foods, etc. These are some of the many foods that, due to their high-fat content, increase the secretion of sebum or oiliness at the level of the sebaceous glands of the skin, causing recurrent outbreaks of pimples which can be seen in women or men at any stage of life.
Therefore, adding makeup to avoid acne breakouts will cause clogging of the pores which will not solve the problem, on the contrary, in most cases makeup worsens acne.
It is always advisable in these cases to recognize that each skin condition is different and it is important to recognize to take note of what works and what does not. Similarly, the aforementioned foods should be avoided and healthy foods rich in fiber, green leaves, red fruits, animal and vegetable protein should be included in the diet, carry out cardiovascular exercise or with weights for 45 minutes and drink 7 to 8 glasses of water a day are good tips to follow to improve the health of your skin.
3. Your skin ages faster without proper care
Nobody wants to look older than their real age, therefore, putting skincare aside due to lack of time, laziness, not wanting to invest in quality dermocosmetic products, and not giving it the priority that your skin needs, can help for premature aging to knock on the door.
Again, makeup can temporarily cover that problem, but in the long run, it will not help the skin because it does not improve the appearance of wrinkles, facial furrows, or sagging so it is necessary to use different specific dermocosmetic products to help prevent signs of aging such as retinol, sunscreen, antioxidants (niacinamide, vitamin c) and hyaluronic acid.
4. Your skin is forever
Makeup solves your skin problems temporarily, but when we remove all makeup at the end of the day, we are left with our natural skin and that is the skin that should be protected and loved.
It is important to note that improving the health of your skin (quality, texture, appearance) takes time and dedication. A good facial care routine carried out twice a day, adapted to your skin type, and started on time, will mark a promising future for the health of your skin.
• The best products to invest in your skin
If you ask a dermatologist “What are the best skincare products?” He will answer: “Retinol, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, SPF, BHA, and AHA”.
Although the facial cleanser, toner, and moisturizer are important and are the main structure of the daily routine. But, those recommended by dermatologists are high-quality corrective and preventive dermocosmetic products, which are the “boost” that the skin needs to have a positive impact on the prevention of aging and delay of premature aging.
Therefore, when choosing the products that are best for your skin, try to focus on looking for the following formulations:
Retinol is an asset created by the Gods! You have everything you need in a single ingredient. If you had to stay with only one product for your entire life, that would be retinol or retinoic acid. It is a formulation adapted to dermocosmetics that acts on all layers of the skin, causing visible effects after weeks and others that will be evident over the months.
It is always important to start with low concentrations of 0.25% 3 times a week and then increase according to the tolerance of the skin until being 7 days with retinol. After 2 to 3 months you can increase your concentration. The maximum effective concentration is 1%.
– Penetrates the deepest layers of the skin.
– Stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin, proteins produced by the body that are necessary to maintain the youth of the skin.
– Reduces oiliness which is very favorable in people with oily or combination skin to eliminate the “oily” appearance.
– Stops the production of melanin or skin pigment that causes dark spots.
– Eliminates sun spots caused by age, acne, and other types of hyperpigmentation.
– Improves the color and texture of the skin.
– Increases cell renewal of the skin layers, refines the stratum corneum (most superficial layer), and therefore achieves a smoother and more luminous skin.
– Eliminates dead cells.
2. Hyaluronic acid
We have hyaluronic acid as a source of youth in our body, after the age of 25 it begins to decrease little by little. Therefore, it is necessary to include it topically through serums and facial creams in our daily routine.
Its great function is to transport amounts of water to different organs, including the skin. Likewise, it is known to have a positive effect in delaying the signs of aging since it is responsible for retaining water and maintaining adequate levels of moisture in the skin.
It can be found in various dermocosmetic products linked to other ingredients such as vitamin B5, collagen, elastin, and peptides.
– Delays premature aging.
– Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
– Increases the body’s production of collagen and elastin to rejuvenate and improve skin texture.
– Forms new networks of collagen fibers that provide support and firmness in the various layers of the skin.
Antioxidants have become the best allies of our skin, because they block free radicals, which are molecules and bonds that are generated naturally and intensely when external agents appear, such as UV rays from the sun, tobacco smoke, alcohol consumption or environmental pollution (the so-called oxidative stress of the skin).
Free radicals are one of the factors of premature aging by causing; oxidation and damage to cells which are cumulative and of course degenerative, resulting in the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, and loss of firmness.
Therefore, if you did not know antioxidants, it is time for them to become essential in your day and night facial routine to prevent premature aging.
• Vitamin C
To keep the skin of the face with a natural glow, looking young and healthy, nothing better than a good dose of vitamin C. Applying vitamin C in the day or night routine will benefit the skin of your face, it is a powerful antioxidant very well studied with proven and visible effects. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient in our diet, but it is also a key ingredient in the health of our skin.
– It has antioxidant properties, so it protects the skin from external and internal agents that can cause damage (environmental pollution, prolonged exposure to the sun, tobacco, alcohol, poor diet).
– Visibly reduces expression lines and signs of aging due to the effect it has on the skin to increase collagen production.
– Helps reduce skin blemishes caused by the sun and aging.
– It is anti-inflammatory and can be used to improve the appearance of pimple breakouts.
– Improves the barrier function of the skin, providing nutrients and pH balance.
– Decreases the appearance of pores.
Niacinamide is a derivative of vitamin B3 and like vitamin C, it is a very powerful antioxidant and one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients money can buy. The prices in the market are variable but it is much cheaper than vitamin C and its effects are fantastic.
Because it is an active ingredient and antioxidant like vitamin C, its benefits are similar, but it should be noted:
– Anti-aging effect.
– Stimulates the formation of collagen and elastin in the body.
– Fine wrinkles disappear when used daily.
– Strengthens the barrier function of the skin and deeply hydrates it.
– Improves the production of lipids and ceramides, essential compounds in the layers of the skin.
– Keeps the skin away from irritations.
– Controls oiliness in oily and combination skin.
– Improves skin tone by removing dark spots.
– Provides luminosity, firmness, softness, and elasticity.
4. BHA and AHA
BHAs or beta hydroxy acids such as Salicylic acid or AHAs or alpha hydroxy acids such as Glycolic and Lactic acids act to “peel off” dead, dull skin on the surface of the epidermis. Once this skin is removed, it becomes smooth and uniforms through a peeling process.
Thanks to the advances of the cosmetic industry, many of the chemical peels with BHA and AHA that we currently find on the market cause exfoliation processes so subtle that they are imperceptible but extremely effective. Therefore, you will have smooth and soft skin without the need to have small flakes all over the face.
• Salicylic acid
It is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that acts as an anti-inflammatory, being widely used in different types of acne to help control the production of natural sebum at the level of the sebaceous glands of the skin and eliminate excess oiliness which in many cases tends to be a cause of acne and disagreement with the appearance. It is an important hydroxy acid to diminish the appearance of aging skin.
– Salicylic acid acts on the first layer of the skin or stratum corneum, eliminating dead cells (keratolytic effect), avoiding the clogging of pores, and the appearance of blackheads and pimples.
– It gives way to new cells and cell regeneration that improve the appearance and texture of the skin.
– It acts directly on the sebaceous glands of the skin, regulating the excessive production of sebum, preventing the proliferation of acne-causing bacteria.
– It has antimicrobial action, that is, it prevents infection of the sebaceous glands and the appearance of acne or recurrent outbreaks of pimples.
– Thanks to the chemical exfoliation and peeling of the superficial layer of the skin, it treats aging by reducing wrinkles and expression lines, scars caused by acne, dark spots, provide a uniform color, and improves the texture of the skin, making it smoother and with a natural glow.
• Glycolic Acid
It is an AHA and together with lactic acid, it is the one that brings the best results to the skin. Glycolic acid is of small molecular size and allows a deep and fast penetration compared to the rest, the penetration capacity gives it immediate and very favorable effectiveness for the skin but at the same time, the irritant effect is usually very common in sensitive skin.
Otherwise, it is usually very well tolerated and it is always advisable to apply it in the routine with a serum or cream with hyaluronic acid to give protection and greater hydration to the skin.
Glycolic acid can be used in very different concentrations, from 4% to 20% when used in dermocosmetic products. The skin adapts to the concentration of glycolic acid, so if it is used for a long time to obtain the exfoliating effect, the concentration should be progressively increased.
– It is known to have an anti-aging effect by stimulating the production of collagen, giving the skin firmness, elasticity, uniformity, and a unique shine.
– Helps reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles.
– The exfoliating action progressively eliminates dark spots on the skin caused by the sun and age.
– It can hydrate the skin. It is responsible for attracting water molecules to the different layers of the skin while helping to improve moisture retention.
– It can easily remove the layers of dry skin and fight dryness, giving the skin a smooth and healthy texture.
• Lactic acid
It is an AHA known to be one of the mildest acids when performing chemical peels. Penetration into the layers of the skin is less and slow compared to other acids, but these characteristics give it the property of being ideal for sensitive skin since it turns out to be acid with no irritation or sensitivity effect, or in some cases very mild.
Lactic acid can be used in different concentrations from 2% to 10% when used in dermocosmetic products. In concentrations over 5%, it helps to unify and improve skin tone. It is possible to implement it in the daily facial routine with great comfort without presenting negative effects on the skin.
– It is an ideal acid for sensitive skin.
– Anti-aging effect that promotes the production of collagen and elastin, providing a healthy appearance, reduction of wrinkles and expression lines, improves firmness, elasticity, and skin tone.
– It has keratolytic properties like the other AHAs, this gives it an exfoliating action and allows to eliminate of dead cells.
– Helps treat dark spots by accelerating the renewal of skin cells.
– It is ideal for dry skin and for all skin types that need an extra hydration effect. Increases water retention helping to improve moisture levels in the upper layers of the skin.
The skin is a fine organ and very sensitive to external agents such as UV rays. This makes it very prone to burns, sunspots that we do not want, which is why we have to put special effort into taking care of it daily.
Although summer is indeed the season with the highest radiation, the face is also exposed to sunlight during spring, autumn and winter, and incredibly on cloudy and rainy days, UV rays do their work on our skin. Therefore, knowing the indicated SPF, the differences between protectors and blockers, and their benefits will help you invest in the best product for your skin.
• What is SPF?
Sunscreens with broad-spectrum coverage, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, and that are resistant to water or sweat.
Differences between sunscreen and sunscreen
Also known as chemical sunscreen, they are made of oxybenzone or avobenzone which are absorbed within 30 minutes of being applied (so for it to work, it needs to be applied before sun exposure), and must be reapplied after swimming or sweat. Shields protect against UVB rays, but not all offer protection against UVA radiation. They are usually transparent and invisible when applied.
They are made of zinc or titanium oxide, ingredients highly recommended by dermatologists for being non-toxic and providing high and safe protection for the skin. Sunscreen protects the skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Sunscreen for the face
The best sunscreen for the face is the one that prevents wrinkles, dark spots, provides hydration, and promotes an improvement in the tone or uniform color of the skin.
If you are looking to prevent or correct facial spots and wrinkles, you should choose a product with a high SPF that protects from UVA rays, responsible for premature aging and the appearance of sunspots. It is also important that the protector contains depigmenting active ingredients (niacinamide) to unify the skin tone.
Today, there are wonderful sunscreens with active ingredients like niacinamide, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and ceramides.
Therefore, the continuous application of sunscreen is one of the best anti-blemish and anti-aging treatments.
– Delays aging in the skin.
– Prevents the appearance of spots.
– Prolongs the natural tan.
– Moisturizes the skin.
It is advisable to apply sunscreen every day every 2 hours if we are facing sun exposure or every 4 hours if we are indoors. Remember that the blue light emitted by electronic devices (laptop, cell phone, tablets) also increases the tone of the dark spots already existing on