Antioxidants & Free Radicals: How They Affect Skincare

Dermalure understands the importance of maintaining a healthy glow throughout the year, especially during the cold seasons when weather conditions can dry out and irritate the skin. There can be many factors that can cause skin damage and we believe it is vital to understand these sources and preventions.

What Are Free Radicals?

Free Radicals are chemical particles that become very unstable and reactive through an oxygenated process. These reactions can cause cellular damage and speed up the aging process of the skin. The damage created by free radicals can cause blemishes, wrinkles, and skin pigmentation.

There are various causes of increased radical damage:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet and alcohol
  • UV penetration
  • Pollution
  • Smoking and illegal drugs

How To Fight Against Free Radicals

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Antioxidants are molecules that can interact with free radicals and prevent them from further damaging the skin. Common forms of antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E which can be found in certain foods or applied topically in creams or serums.

By removing or reducing the exposure of free radicals, you can slow the aging process of your skin and feel a more significant improvement!

A Radical Solution – Vitamin C

Vitamin C has shown to be a powerful antioxidant when applied to the skin and added to your daily skincare routine. It can increase the production of collagen which helps reduce wrinkles and aids in the restoration of skin damage.

Dermalure’s Vitamin C+ Face Serum is a well-formulated product that provides a wide range of these benefits to improve your skin and keep it looking younger.

The Vitamin C+ Face Serum can be used for: Vitamin C Serum

  • Better defense against environmental aging
  • Neutralizes and protects against free radicals
  • Corrects hyper-pigmentation
  • Protects skin against UV exposure
  • Stimulates collagen production

The serum is also available in various levels of potency (5% to 25%) to cater to the skin sensitivity of our customers.

Contact Us To Learn More About At Skincare Serums

Please feel free to visit our previous post on Vitamin C Serums and Peels to learn more about the benefits of adding vitamin C as part of your skincare routine. If you have any questions or comments regarding our posts or about our products, please feel free to contact us!

How Halloween Costume Makeup Could Cause Breakouts/Acne

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The Halloween season is a fun and exciting time of the year when many people are busy putting together the costumes they plan on wearing when out enjoying some frightfully good fun. If you’re planning your own epic Halloween costume that includes a full face of Halloween makeup, you should know that cheap costume makeup can play some not-so-fun tricks on your skin.

The Halloween makeup that many retailers sell during this time of the year is often not put through the same stringent testing that other makeup is subject to. This low quality makeup typically contains loads of artificial colors, fragrances, waxes and oils that can cause serious skin reactions and block pores.

Preventing Halloween Makeup Breakouts

Even if all this sounds frightening, there are some steps people can take to lessen their risk for developing skin problems when donning makeup for Halloween. One of the best ways to avoid problems is to go easy on the costume makeup and don’t apply it until you absolutely have to and then clean it all off before heading to bed.

Another way to avoid skin breakouts is to opt for theatrical makeup instead of the cheap makeup found at large discount department stores. This type of makeup is of far better quality and typically includes FDA-approved ingredients that are gentler on the skin.

If you do end up with a breakout or acne after Halloween, a chemical peel can help. When choosing a chemical peel, it’s important not to buy the cheapest product you can find because just like cheap Halloween makeup, low priced chemical peels are typically low quality and ineffective. It’s far better to spend a little more money on a good quality, medical-grade peel designed specifically to help with breakouts and acne.

When it comes to skin care products, you really do “get what you pay for”. You can achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful skin without paying a fortune as good quality chemical peels are affordable and highly effective at doing what they’re designed to do.  

 

How Stress Can Impact The Health Of Your Skin

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Here at Dermalure, it is our mission to offer you only the best products for your skin. Whether your skin is sensitive, oily, dry, or a combination, we are prepared to help. Our products are advanced and developed, and are made to help with any skin issues you may have. Sometimes it is our genetics that leave us with skin problems, but there are lesser-known factors such as stress that can affect skin more than one might think.

Stressed Out Skin

As if it weren’t bad enough already, stress can affect more than just our mood. Stress can show up on your skin in unexpected ways, including the following:

  • Acne: When you are experiencing stress, cortisol, a hormone appropriately known as the “stress hormone” is released, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause unwanted breakouts. Stress also has the ability to affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut, which can show up in many ways, acne being one of them.
  • Under-Eye Bags: Stress can consume your mind, thus making it harder to fall asleep and/or get a full night’s rest. This lack of sleep is one of the causes of under-eye bags, which comes from excess fluids and fat that can develop around your lower eyelids.
  • Dry Skin: If your stress leaves you not drinking enough water, or drinking excess coffee, your body may easily be dehydrated. If your body isn’t hydrated enough, your skin will be let dryer and more flaky.
  • Rashes: Epidermal skin cells are strong and packed tightly together to form a protective barrier that works to block bacteria and other infectious agents. When you feel stressed, this protective layer doesn’t work as well, and the outermost layer can break, which can lead to rashes, or worse.
  • Lackluster Skin: If you hold a large amount of stress, the skin growth cycle can begin to move more slowly, which can allow dead skin cells to build up on your face and make your skin look more dull.
  • Fine Lines: The hormone cortisol also triggers an increase in blood sugar, which can damage your natural collagen, and leave more lines and wrinkles.

Contact Your Skincare Professionals Today

If you are worried about the effects of aging on your skin, acne, or have any other skin concerns, we are ready and equipped to help. We have endless amounts of products to choose from, which are good for a variety of skin types. If you have any questions or concerns, or are ready to find the perfect product for you, feel free to give us a call at (877) 336-4652, or fill out the form on our contact page. We look forward to speaking with you!

How Often Should You Get a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are great. They lift away the dead, dry cells on the surface of your skin, letting the radiant, youthful skin underneath shine through. When applied by a trained esthetician, they can be one of your greatest allies in looking healthy and beautiful – but if overused, they can be drying and harsh on the skin. So how often should you be getting chemical peels?

What Exactly is a Chemical Peel?

Before going into frequency, let’s discuss what a chemical peel does and the different types available. In general, a chemical peel refers to the process of applying a gel containing a diluted acid, letting the mixture sit and absorb into the skin, then washing it off. Depending on how deep the acids penetrate, skin will start to peel off over the next one to two weeks, letting the young, fresh skin underneath shine through and encouraging more to grow.

Chemical peels come in three strengths: mild, medium, and deep. In a mild peel, the acids don’t penetrate far into the dream, so recovery is quicker and easier but the peel can’t fight deep issues in the skin. Medium peels penetrate farther, so they can alleviate things like long-term sun damage and precancerous skin lesions, but the skin will redden and the peel will require more of a recovery period. Deep peels are a more serious procedure, and the acid penetrates deep into the skin. This means deep peels can fight severe sun damage, severe wrinkles, growths in the skin, and major pigmentary changes – but the recovery is pronounced and may require anesthetics.

How Often Should You Get Peels?

The truth is that every patient is different, so how often you get peels is something you’ll have to decide with your doctor. In general, most patients will get a mild peel every month or so, with more significant peels being used as occasional maintenance or when problems come up. If you have sensitive skin, this treatment schedule probably isn’t for you – you’ll want to use peels more infrequently to give your skin more time to recuperate. If you have tougher skin or are trying to treat a specific problem, we may recommend a more consistent peel schedule.

Contact Your Skincare Experts

If you’d like to find out how frequently you should use chemical peels, we’re always happy to help. Feel free to call us at  877.336.4652, shoot us an email at info@dermalure.com, or reach out to us at our contact page. We can’t wait to hear from you!