If you’ve ever wondered “Wow, my skin didn’t use to do this before!”, you’re not alone. After countless trials and errors to find a curated routine that works for your skin needs at the moment, they are still subject to change for many reasons. This is no reason to freak out! Change is a natural part of life, and preventative care is the best way to combat this. Read on to find out why your skin changes, and natural essentials for your newfound skin woes.
Why Is My Skin Changing?
It’s commonly known that your cells regenerate every 7 years, and while they do have a finite lifespan, the 7-year notion is very arbitrary. Skin cells actually have a lifespan of about 2 weeks, while the rest of our body’s cells have varying lifespans. At a younger age, your skin’s pH level is more acidic and becomes more basic with age. You also tend to lose some of the topical oils on the skin, making it drier, flakier, more irritated, and/or more sensitive. There is truth in your skin changing constantly, and over time your skin condition can vary compared to weeks, months, or even years before. (Source)
These changes in your skin can be promoted by other factors too-- like environmental/seasonal changes, UV rays, hormones, topical treatments, medicine, nutrition, lifestyle, etc. Even though your most base level skin type is due to genetics (whether you’re oily, dry, normal, combination, etc.), the outside factors we just mentioned will affect the look and feel of your skin. So, what can you do about it?
Seeing More Acne Or Oil?
If you thought you were done with puberty acne, think again! If you’re experiencing more oil or acne-prone skin, it could be from lifestyle, nutrition, and/or hormonal changes that can cause oil glands to produce more, or overcompensate for dryness with more sebum. With this increase of oil comes a higher chance for pores to get clogged, and produce acne. If this is uncharted territory for you, try treating acne with a spot treatment like salicylic acid.
First things first, you have to properly cleanse and set a clean slate for your skincare to properly absorb and work for your skin needs. The WOW Skin Science Activated Charcoal Foaming Face Wash With Brush is perfect to deep clean those pesky clogged pores. The oil in your face binds to activated charcoal to remove impurities, dirt, and pollution from your skin, while the soft-silicone brush head gently exfoliates dead skin cells to clear your pores.
While you may think your newly oil-free skin should be kept as dry as possible, it’s actually the opposite that’s true. Your skin can overproduce oil to help compensate for the dryness you’re now experiencing. That means hydration is key to quench dehydrated skin. Use WOW Skin Science Castor Oil to nourish as the last step of your skincare routine. Since it is non-comedogenic, antibacterial, and antifungal, it will fight skin irritations and acne-causing bacteria, without clogging your pores!
Feeling Dry or Irritated?
If cold winter weather is giving you drier skin and irritated itchiness because of it, we’re here to help. Developing skin conditions like eczema as you age happens for multiple reasons, like stress. Combat the side effects of dry skin with exfoliation, soothing actives, and hydration. While cleansing is still very important, using ones with physical or chemical exfoliators will help remove the dead skin cells that cause dry patches, flakes, and small bumps from clogged pores. Try WOW Skin Science Aloe Vera Face Wash With Brush, as its soothing properties work to nourish your dry skin issues, and give a boost of hydration to your skin.
These tips also apply to the skin in your body, which can go through the same changes! Cleanse and nourish your body with WOW Skin Science French Lavender & Chamomile Foaming Body Wash, as the soothing actives are known for to care for dry, irritated, and sensitive skin. After cleansing and using hydrating ingredients, it’s time to seal in your skincare with a thick moisturizer to your body and face. Using thicker formulas of lotion and body butters are beneficial because of the increased extended-release of hydration through the particle size of the product. Depending on your comfort level, use WOW Skin Science Coconut Milk & Argan Oil Lotion for medium hydration or WOW Skin Science Shea & Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Lotion for deep hydration to nourish your newly dry/irritated skin.
Looking Dull or Sallow?
It’s a cold reality realizing that your body can’t hide how it’s feeling. Things like your lifestyle choices, stress, and more can result in your skin looking dull, sallow, and sickly. One of the best options to help combat this is to use brightening actives like vitamin C! As we age, our body starts to lose vitamin c in our skin cells and scientists have found that when reintroduced into skincare, skin looks much brighter, healthier, and plump. (Source)
If you’re a skincare newbie, start simple with WOW Skin Science Vitamin C Brightening Face Wash to get more vitamin c into your skincare routine. Since you are washing the cleanser off, the effects from vitamin c aren’t as long-lasting as a spot treatment. You’re in luck, as WOW Skin Science also has a Vitamin C Serum to target dull looking areas and promoting skin cell turnover to reveal your glow! Following this up with a moisturizer or oil is the final step to your new routine!
Keep In Mind
Change is scary, but don’t freak out over experiencing new things-- aging is normal. Instead of trying to reverse aging, let’s try to age with grace by protecting and strengthening your skin barrier so it can fight against outside irritants better. Value your peace of mind, which means prioritizing your self-care and skincare routines for a healthier you. Good luck!
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