Skincare Awareness Month - September
Skincare Awareness Month – It’s a love/hate kinda thing for me! I know it might surprise you to know that I don’t really like skincare awareness month.
I love that it is an opportunity to help you discover how to take care of your skin, but I hate the fact that some people in the industry will use it as a chance to exploit consumers and make them feel that they *need* the miracle products they are offering, or that the answer to beautiful skin is skincare.
The truth is, the key to beautiful skin is NOT skincare on its own! I like to describe skincare (and treatments) as the icing and cherry on top of a very well-baked cake. Skin care is not a cheat to beautiful skin, you have to look after it from the inside out, too.
This month, on my social media channels (and in this blog), I’ll be sharing information, guidance and tips for looking after your skin, from the inside out and outside in. In this blog, I’ll pop links to blogs I’ve written on;
- Ageing Skin
- Stressed Skin
You can read through the blogs and discover the best ingredients to look for, and lifestyle and nutrition advice. You’ll also be able to watch videos and download Guides too.
AND….my Skinblissology Skin School has launched, and you can sign up for my Menopause Skin Care 101 course, and A Guide To Self Injury Scars are now LIVE! You’ll also find lots of video’s on my YouTube channel.
Skincare awareness for ageing skin
Click on the link below to read my blog on Skin Ageing. The truth is, that ageing that you see in the mirror, isn’t just caused by your skin! It’s important to understand this because then you can have some realistic expectations of what skincare can offer you.
Skincare awareness really should include advice on lifestyle and nutrition. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and entirely unique to you – you can’t cheat it!
You’ll find plenty of advice in my blogs and my YouTube channel on how to look after your skin from the inside out and outside in. Here are some links to blogs for ageing skin concerns. 5 Things To Do For Ageing Skin Concerns.
Skincare awareness for stress related skin conditions
Other than UV rays, stress is the most damaging thing for our skin.
When you’re stressed, your body is focusing on keeping you safe and you’ll have a surge of cortisol (your stress hormone) and adrenaline, which will affect the health of your skin. The body is very clever, when you’re in a state of stress, it suppresses what it considers non essential when you are in ‘danger’, and that is skin, hair, nails and digestion!
Skincare awareness is all well and good, but skincare will NOT rescue your stressed skin on its own!
Learn more about stress related skin conditions and what you can do to get it under control. Click on the link below.
Rosacea and your skincare
Rosacea is an inflammatory skin condition, and often the cause is an internal one, or lifestyle triggered. You can download the Inflammatory Skin Guide below, which is packed full of helpful advice on how to manage your rosacea from the inside out and outside in.
When it comes to skincare awareness for rosacea, your products need to be simple and focused around calming & soothing your skin, whilst strengthening your natural barrier function.
The Guide and this BLOG are packed full of advice and guidance on nutrition, lifestyle, and supplements, as well as skincare ingredients that can really help to calm your skin and get your rosacea under control
Acne and skincare
Skincare awareness for acne is not entirely dissimilar to rosacea. Both are inflammatory skin conditions, and the triggers are usually internal imbalances – such as hormonal imbalances, or lifestyle (stress) and food intolerances can play a part too.
My approach with mild-moderate acne has always been to use sensitive skin products to help rebalance the skin, reduce inflammation and to repair and strengthen the skin. I am not a fan of very harsh products, as I typically find that clients that have acne, have damaged their skin with overly harsh products, in a bid to get skin under control.
In all of my years in practice, I can count on one hand the number of clients that have needed clinical treatment. I’ve worked with clients to address the root causes, and once we address that, and support with skincare, lifestyle, and supplements – there has been no need for treatment!
If you have hormonal acne, then this BLOG is for you. Or click on the button below to download the Inflammatory Skin Guide – which would also be perfect for you!
Pigmentation and skin care
Have you been wondering what causes hyperpigmentation? Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern and becomes more of an issue as we mature. In my mid-40’s, this is something I became very aware of.
Hyperpigmentation is the term given to the areas of dark pigmentation which form on our skin, as a result of over-stimulation of melanin in our skin.
The most common causes of hyperpigmentation are sun damage (which is why they are often referred to as ‘sun spots’), hormonal changes, age and skin injury. Many of us will develop hyperpigmentation as we mature.
There is also a pigmentation skin condition called melasma, which is a hormonal pigmentation, often triggered by hormonal changes during pregnancy or hormone medications. It’s important to understand whether your pigmentation is melasma or not, as melasma is a condition that is a contraindication for many treatments.
Sunscreen is your best friend for pigmentation. Check out my video with advice on sunscreen. If you have pigmentation then there are some skin care products that can help to lighten existing pigmentation, and inhibit melanin production in the future. Be careful with treatments though, as some can make it worse! This is one area where I do recommend seeking professional advice, to ensure that your skin is assessed for melasma.
Skincare awareness - it's a wrap!
I hope you have found my blog on skincare awareness helpful. When you click on the links and download the Guides, you’ll find lots of helpful information, and links to other blogs and video’s too. I share as much information as I can, so you can make an informed decision about looking after your skin.
Skincare awareness month is bittersweet for me, as I mentioned. I love being able to help you with your skin, but I always get frustrated and upset when I see people using it as an opportunity to sell, sell, sell! Please remember, your skincare routine needs to be simple, targeted and sustainable.
If you’re stuck and you’d like some help, please feel free to reach out to me on my social media channels or get in touch via my website.
Before you go......
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I look forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Nikki