Your Most Asked Skincare Questions: Part One

Hundreds of differing skin care products are on the market. Hundreds of bloggers advertise differing beauty routines. Hundreds of skin care companies advertise new and revolutionary products on the daily. Most women want to care for their skin, but get overwhelmed with all the information available! We simply want our questions answered.

Here are your most asked questions, answered.

Is sleeping in your makeup really that bad for your skin?

We’ve all made this mistake, no judgement! After coming home late, sometimes you just crash...and forget to take off your makeup. While sleeping in your makeup won’t kill your skin after one night, it can cause long-term, harmful effects. Dermatologists agree that neglecting to remove eye makeup can cause irritation, dryness and infections. Prolonged exposure to the chemicals in your makeup can increase your exposure to free radicals which are known to lead to collagen breakdown and age your skin. This may be obvious, but leaving foundation on throughout the night will clog your pores and cause breakouts.

Does what you eat really affect your skin?

As the largest organ of the human body, you should be concerned about the health of your skin. While everybody is different, but dermatologists and doctors agree-- your nutrition really matters! What you eat can have a direct effect on your skin and keep your metabolism healthy. Collagen is the key protein within your skin. It is a connective tissue that supports other aspects of your anatomy. It is responsible for your skin appearing young and plump.

Excessive sun exposure or exposure to harmful chemicals damages collagen growth resulting in wrinkles and aging. Failing to maintain a healthy diet weakens your immune system which can affect collagen production. If you aren’t getting enough vitamins, such as Vitamin A which is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, fish, and tropical fruits or Vitamin C which can be found oranges, red peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries, and grapefruit, or Vitamin E which can be found in nuts, avocado, spinach and whole grains, your skin isn’t getting the nutrient its needs. Negative results can be acne, irritation, dryness, loss of color and more.

Should you use toner everyday?

Women’s skin care is expounding exponentially. There are so many different products with different skin targets, on the market. If you are not careful, you could wind up using million different products….and the truth is, you really don’t need to. One such product, which is relatively new on the market, are toners.

Toners are used as an extra step in the cleansing process and the balancing of your skin’s properties. In a Huffington Post article, Dr. Alicia Zalka, a Yale-affiliated dermatologist says that “toners are not necessary, but they can be a great adjunct to a skincare regimen for those that need help with oily skin or markedly plugged pores. My main use for toners are in my acne patients.” Everyone’s skin is different. But, more than likely it's not necessary. Keep in mind, it is a nice addition if you want to give your daily routine a little extra cleaning kick!

Stay tuned next week for part two! 

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