30 Day Challenge Understanding Hormonal Skin & Skin Care Tips 13 November 2019 Studio Pilates We all know that our skin can be affected by hormones. Apart from surprising us with unwelcome breakouts (who needs those!) our hormones can also result in pigmentation or dryness and stressed-out skin. Read on as we breakdown what hormones can do to your skin and what we recommend can help combat the effects. Acne Hormones control the oil gland activity in our skin, so hormonal changes may lead to acne. Salicylic acid can gently clear up any blemishes without over-stripping or drying out your skin’s protective barrier. Caci treatments such as Light Therapy, Microdermabrasion and particular Murad Facials can help to manage and reduce acne. Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Blemish Treatment, Skinsmiths Gel Cleanser, Murad Refreshing Cleanser, and Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment Brown Spots Hormones can also control melanin (pigment) production. Brightening ingredients like kojic acid, azelaic acid, retinol and vitamin C, along with a tailored plan of Microneedling and skin rejuvenation treatments such as Microdermabrasion and Sonophoresis Skincare Infusions can help to lighten up pigmentation. Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Vitamin C Booster (paired with Hydration Booster), Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum, and Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel Dehydration Hormonal imbalances can reduce the production of our skin’s natural oils and dehydrate the skin. A boost of omega-3’s in the diet work to replenish the skin’s lipids along with keeping hydrated from the inside out. Humectants like hyaluronic acid and urea bind necessary moisture to the skin. Lactic acid works to hydrate and exfoliate. Our Sonophoresis Skincare Infusion is a favourite to help boost moisture levels. Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Hydration Booster, Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence, and Murad Nutrient Charged Water Gel Stress Cortisol is a stress hormone. When your adrenal glands release excess cortisol this can result in increased sebum production (acne!) and can cause inflammation making almost any skin concerns worse. Not all stress is bad- it is a physical response that helps us to react quickly when your body is having a hard time. Turmeric, ginger, oats and probiotics are a must in the diet to keep inflammation under control. Product recommendations: Skinsmiths Soothing Mask, Murad Prebiotic 4 and 1 MultiCleanser and Murad City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer, and Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum. Get a fresh start on your skincare routine this year with our roundup of the surprising tips that can make a big difference to your skin. For happy, healthy skin that really glows, it’s all about giving your complexion everything it needs to look its best. With that in mind, whether you’re a seasoned skincare junkie or new to the beauty game, there are always a few surprising tips and tricks that can help make a real difference to your skincare. Keep reading to find out what you could be missing from your skin routine. Don’t be afraid to switch it up While consistency is important for happy skin, sometimes it’s worth shaking things up. For one thing, skin can get used to certain products and ingredients over time, so a product you loved before might not be as effective for you now. In addition, your skin can go through several changes as you grow older – so if you’ve noticed your skin type getting drier, for example, it’s a good idea to change your routine to address what your skin needs now rather than what it needed a few months or years ago. By making the right changes to your routine – whether that’s a new skincare product or advanced facial treatment – you can give your skin an extra helping hand. Coverage is key Did you know your ‘face’ actually ends at your décolletage? We all know how important it is to care for the skin on our faces, but it’s easy to forget about the skin on our neck, chest and shoulders too. When you’re applying your favourite skincare products, make sure to extend it down past your jawline and neck to cover your décolletage as well. This is especially critical as we head into summer, so don’t forget to apply enough sunscreen everywhere that needs it! Preparation is your best bet When it comes to skincare, a proactive approach is the best approach. Sunscreen is a daily essential for protecting your skin from the ageing effects of UV rays, but if you’re thinking about doing more to prevent lines and wrinkles, you may want to consider appearance medicine. At Caci, your cosmetic injections are administered by registered nurses, who undergo regular training to ensure you’re always getting the best results. These articles originally appeared on Caci and have been republished here with permission.