Skincare SOS: answers to your skin questions

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Although fatigue can make dark circles worse, the origin of the cause is probably one of the following: sun exposure, the thickness of the skin under the eyes, genetics and/or pigmentation. There are some things you can do to slightly lessen the appearance of dark circles, but unfortunately, topical treatments won’t completely eliminate them. So what can you do? One option is to try a serum containing retinyl palmitate. An ester or fatty form of vitamin A, it can help thicken the thin skin around the orbital bone, so the pooling of blood under the eyes isn’t as noticeable. A caffeinated eye cream or serum can also stimulate blood flow under the skin to prevent blood pooling and lighten dark areas. If the root of the problem is pigment-related, be extremely vigilant in your use of SPF to prevent UV exposure from adding to the darkness of the under-eye area. Look for products with brightening ingredients, including vitamin C, peptides, and licorice root extract to fight darkness. You can also consider using a jade roller to massage the area under the eyes and help with lymphatic drainage.

To help! I have an ingrown hair and I don’t know what to do!

Ingrown hairs are caused after using hair removal methods such as shaving and occur when the hair grows down or sideways into the skin and gets stuck. They are generally harmless, but keep your hands away, as excessive scratching can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and infection from bacteria entering the pores. Regular exfoliation can help prevent ingrown hairs from forming. Try a salicylic acid cleanser the day before waxing or shaving, as salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (which exfoliates the skin, removes dead skin cells and prevents hair follicles from butcher). For ingrown hairs you already have, use a product with an alpha hydroxy acid to slough off dead skin cells and release trapped hairs. Wearing loose clothing can help you avoid further skin irritation and coat the skin with a rich body cream to soothe and moisturize it.

My skin is quite sensitive – does that mean I have to avoid exfoliation altogether?

No, but be careful about the type of products you use and be careful not to overdo it. Exfoliating acids are more suitable for sensitive skin than traditional scrubs because they are more respectful of the delicate skin barrier. Exfoliating acids are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) and polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) which work by dissolving the “glue” otherwise known as desmosomes, which hold dead skin cells attached to each other. Although each type has its advantages and disadvantages, mandelic acid is a good try if you have sensitive skin because it has a larger molecular size than other AHAs and is therefore less able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. and cause irritation. Always start by testing the product to make sure it doesn’t cause any irritation, then continue using it once a week at first to acclimate your skin. You can then increase usage to 2 or 3 times per week.

I have a small skincare budget – what products are really needed in a daily regimen?

Many of us are looking for ways to stretch our budgets right now, but never fear, skincare doesn’t have to involve more than 10 steps and countless products to deliver great results. results. The two non-negotiables in any regimen are a nourishing cleanser and an SPF. These don’t have to be expensive products to be effective and there are a wide range of inexpensive options on the market. The only rules here are to make sure they work for your skin goals and that you use them as directed. A hydrating, antioxidant-rich serum is a great addition to boost your skin’s health and fight accelerated aging. Since serums tend to be the strongest and most active ingredient in any daily-use skincare product, this is where most of your budget should go. However, if you are looking for an eye tested formula (meaning it has been tested and is safe to use around the eyes), you also eliminate the need to spend more money on an eye cream. eyes.

I have been using retinol for years but am now expecting a baby – what is a safe alternative for pregnancy?

Congratulations! Vitamin A is one of the ingredients we recommend avoiding during pregnancy, but there are great alternatives to help keep your skin feeling fresh while carrying your little hooman. Peptides are chains of amino acids that stimulate collagen production for firmer skin. Considered safe to use during pregnancy, you can find them in serums and moisturizers such as Herbivore’s Moon Fruit 1% Bakuchiol + Retinol Peptides Alternative Serum. Plant-derived bakuchiol is another option that has been shown to be as effective as retinol in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.*

Although research has shown that bakuchiol causes less irritation than retinol,** studies surrounding the use of bakuchiol during pregnancy are still in their infancy, so consult your GP or dermatologist if you are unsure. are not sure.

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From an antibacterial and inflammatory perspective, the sooner you treat a clogged pore, the less likely it is to develop into a spot. For this reason, prioritize preventative skin care to help keep your skin as clear as possible. One product that is ideal for this task is Triacin Control Cream. Part of the Citrine Derma range, Triacine is a smoothing and exfoliating lotion enriched with salicylic acid and niacinamide to soak up excess oil, reduce congestion and clear pores of dirt and debris. Also containing retinyl palmitate, triacin can help improve skin tone and fade the appearance of existing spots and marks left behind after spotting. As always, but especially alongside salicylic acid, remember to be diligent with your SPF usage when using this product.

  • Triacin Control, €19.95, citrinehealthcare.com
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