Enjoy this month´s beauty letter.
Tips how to clarify your skin”- Anna
Anna is from La Biosthetique and she is a certified skincare therapist and educator from La Biosthetique with in depth knowledge of the skin and scalp to provide recommendations to target concerns or for overall skin health. We are all very excited to have her on site at Zazou to share her knowledge with our team so they can share recommedations to their guests in order to provide a total beauty & style experience.
Let’s face it, dealing with skin care issues is annoying. We should be past the acne we all dealt with in middle school, right? But sometimes, skin care problems persist. Some of us practice our skin care routines religiously; we cleanse, tone, moisturize, wear sunscreen, never smoke, and yet, still break out or have skin issues. Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease involving the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life – the glands are stimulated by male hormones, produced by the adrenal glands in both males and females. Simply put – skin cells, sebum and hair can clump together into a plug. This plug gets infected with bacteria, resulting in swelling. A pimple starts to develop when the plug begins to break down. Here are four unexpected factors you might not have considered which leads to less-than flawless skin – and how to fix them.
1. Too much dairy and wheat
We are what we eat! It determines how beautiful we look, the vitality of our appearance, and, yes, how great our skin looks. There’s a link between breakouts, dairy and wheat intake. Sebaceous cells, which disperse oil to keep your skin soft, can sometimes over-produce; this leads to acne. Fats, including those found in dairy, bread and carbohydrates, are rich in bacteria and yeast which thrive in this oil. When you digest dairy and carbs, your immune system may respond with acne.
How to fix it:
Try minimizing your dairy and wheat intake for approx. 6 months to see if your skin improves. Replace dairy milk with almond, rice or coconut milk. Try to replace wheat and carbs with healthier alternatives like oats, spelt, quinoa, millet and lentils. Your pimples can take weeks, or even months, to worsen or improve after you make changes in your diet. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see results immediately!
2. Touching your face
Above all, avoid touching your face – even after you wash your hands. Touching can inflame the skin, and if you’re repeatedly touching your skin, you might get an increase in oil production. Essentially, its a three pronged process: bacteria, inflammation, an increased production in oil. And don’t even think about trying to pop that pimple! It can explode inside, spreading the bacteria. This causes more breakouts, more pain and tears.
Contrary to the popular belief that toothpaste will stop a breakout in its tracks, certain toothpastes can actually cause you to develop acne or an acne-like eruption. Fluoride, whitening and anti-cavity ingredients, especially sodium pyrophosphate, are quite abrasive and may potentially burn the skin, cause irritation, and initiate breakouts.
How to fix it:
Rather use LIKOPAN on your breakout. This spot treatment contains lavender, oak moss and copper extracts which fights the formation of acne, minimizes blemishes and helps to breakdown trapped bacteria; combating blackheards, whiteheads and pustules. By applying Likopan regularly, the skin will become clearer and less irritated.
3. You are constantly on the phone
Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, texting your friends, calling your mom… we may always be on our cell phones, but so too is bacteria! Your phone comes into contact with your hands, fingers, mouth, pockets, and the inside of your purse and pants on a regular basis. Think about all at those germs sitting on the surface of your screen or on your case. Every time you’re gabbing away to your boyfriend or, to your mom on your phone, you’re pressing your phone against your cheek and jawline. As bacteria builds up on your skin surface, acne may be present in these places.
How to fix it:
Sanitize your phone screen and case on a weekly basis with antibacterial wipes. Above all, make sure you wash your face with a cleanser, designed for your skin type, every morning and night to kill bacteria for good!
4. Wrong or incorrect skin care
Back in school, you were probably using a host of products designed to fight teen acne. Years later, your skin problems have changed – so your skin care products should change too. You don’t need to use acne-fighting products with harsh chemicals! They only dry out your skin and make it even more sensitive! Make sure you’re using the right products for your skin type. Acne tends not only to be a problem for oily skin, it may also appear in dry and dehydrated skin types. Even if you follow a regimented skin care routine, you’re not doing yourself any favours if the skin care products aren’t formulated for your skin type.
How to fix it:
This is an easy one! Perform the IDENTI-TEST and let the customer experience the results directly. Zazou offers these complimentary whenever you come in for a service so let your stylist or our front desk team know! This helps us summarize and reassure the you that we did indeed understand your needs and expectations:
We ask questions like:
- How does your skin feel?
- Is there something that bothers you?
- What would you like to improve/change?
- How much time do you spend on a daily care regime?
We will explain what would happen if (s)he does not treat skin conditions.
- “If your skin still remains dehydrated/dry/scaly then…“
- “Are you interested in learning what you can do? How you can improve your condition?”
- “I recommend …“ and present tailored retail products.
If there is no time for an IDENTI-TEST?
The product which works on every blemished skin is: Masque Clarte
Blemished skin with inflammation requires intensive treatment to correct skin problems. Here, the main problem is not just sebum regulation. A lot of men and women think that the reason why their skin is breaking out is, because of their overproductive oil glands; with the oil blocking pores, creating pimples. This may be a reason however, we tend to forget that blemished or acne skin is usually very dehydrated, sometimes even dry, and can cause irritations and breakouts as well. Therefore, it is particularly important to include skin-calming and hydrating active ingredients for this skin type to remove the feeling of irritation, tightness and itchiness.
For this reason, MASQUE CLARTE is based on three care components:
SEBUM REGULATION – KAOLIN
A fine white clay, has been traditionally used in caring, nourishing and soothing different skin types. This ingredient is used as a skin detoxifying and cleansing agent. The clay contains a high concentration of silica which helps removing dead skin, promoting regeneration. In addition, kaolin has unique minerals and phyto-nutrients present, which helps to eliminate toxin and absorbs surplus sebum excretions, bacteria and their metabolites.
SKIN CALMING – BISABOLOL
Although you may have seen the ingredient “chamomile” in your skin care products, have you ever seen “bisabolol?” If so, you’re basically seeing the same thing, but in a more concentrated form. Bisabolol comes from chamomile blossoms, but when used in skin care on its own, it can impart even more potent benefits. It soothes irritations, reduces inflammation and has a calming effect which stimulates healing.
Bisabolol is a good source of panthenol, which is a form of vitamin B. This is a natural humectant, which means it helps the skin to hold onto moisture, so it’s less likely to dry out.
CARE – JOJOBA OIL
Jojoba oil, the valuable plant oil from the jojoba nut, is rich in vitamin A and E. It soothes and conditions the skin, giving you a fresh and even complexion. Secondly, Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing the irritated skin. When used regularly, Jojoba oil can control acne.
A result of these three active ingredients, Masque Clarte is able to address all aspects of blemished and acne prone skin. It will remain creamy on the skin, without becoming hard like other clay based masks. Until the skin problems have disappeared, the mask should, if possible, be applied in short intervals of every 2nd or 3rd day, ideally for longer than just 10 min.
Until next time,