Sometimes skin care gets a little complicated, and questions start to arise. Taking care of your skin can be simple. But first, you have to wade through the whats and hows, and maybe a few unusual skincare questions to find the products and techniques that are right for you.
Do I need a skincare fridge?
A skincare fridge is a small, portable refrigerator designed to sit on a vanity or bathroom counter and hold, you guessed it, skincare products. They’re made in retro and modern designs, and some even have mirrors on the doors to make application that much easier.
Do you need one—maybe. Skincare products are designed for storage at room temperature, so it’s not absolutely necessary to chill them to prolong their life or prevent separation. However, you CAN chill some types of skincare products to reduce overall puffiness and swelling. Plus, it can feel amazing to put on a cool moisturizer or overnight treatment on a hot summer’s evening.
For example, chilling SkinResource.MD’s Ultra Rich Biolipid Cream can cool the skin before bed. A chilled application of Eye Perfection Therapy can treat wrinkles while the cool temperature reduces morning puffiness around the eyes. You can also store masks and tools in a skincare fridge so that you can do a cooling home spa treatment.
Can birthmarks hide skin cancer?
Some types of skin cancer are more likely to form where there’s a birthmark or mole. While the coloring of the skin in these areas may hide the cancer for a time, changes usually take place around the birthmark that indicate there could be a problem. Early signs include changes in size and color.
The best protection is to do a monthly skin check on any moles or birthmarks. Note any changes in shape, size, or color and discuss them with your doctor.
Can lotions and serums change the pigmentation of my skin?
Some creams, lotions, serums, and other skincare products can even out pigmentation, reducing the appearance of dark spots. SkinResource.MD’s Baobab Skin Correction Facial Cream, for example, contains baobab seed oil, which brightens and evens the skin’s pigmentation with regular application. It can’t lighten or darken the overall pigmentation but gives the skin a youthful, more uniform appearance.
Can my skin type change?
Your skin type — dry, oily, or combination — can change over time. Many people have oily skin during their teenage years as their hormone levels fluctuate and change. However, once they get into their late teens and early 20s, their skin often balances oil levels, reducing the number of breakouts.
The skin also changes with age. As you age, your skin will produce less oil and the layers become thinner. Those changes make you more susceptible to skin injury, infection, and dryness. You might have to change the skincare routine you’ve used for decades to care for these types of changes.
Adding Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum or Ultra Rich Biolipid Cream into your routine provides another level of hydration. Ultra Rich Biolipid Cream also contains jojoba seed oil for healing and citric acid to increase the skin’s flexibility and firmness while acting as a natural exfoliator. They can help aging skin, no matter the skin type, look healthy and radiant.
Do I really need to wear sunscreen in the winter or when it’s cloudy?
You do need to wear sunscreen year round, cloud cover or not. Here’s why — the sun’s UV rays may not be as direct in the winter, but they’re still there doing skin damage even if you can’t see it with your eyes. UV rays can also penetrate cloud cover, meaning you can collect UV damage at any time of the year.
Your best protection includes:
- Wear broad-spectrum physical sunscreen: Broad-spectrum physical sunscreens like Essential Solar Protector and Hyaluronic Facial Solar Protector. These sunscreens contain ingredients that reflect or block UV rays from penetrating the skin rather than absorbing UV rays like chemical sunscreens. As broad-spectrum formulas, they also protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays.
- Wear hats and SPF protective clothing: Cover your body with SPF protective clothing and wear a hat to protect the head, ears, face, and neck.
- Avoid the sun mid-day: The sun’s rays are most direct between 10 am and 2 pm. Try to stay indoors during these most harmful hours.
- Find some shade: If you have to be outside in the middle of the day, find shade when you can.
Healthy skin care starts with knowledge. The most important thing you need to know is that high-quality ingredients will give your skin the protection and nourishment it needs. Tailor your skincare routine to your skin type, and you’ll be set for healthier, happier skin.