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How and When to Screen for Skin Cancer

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Do you know what you need to do to screen for skin cancer?

If not, this post will help!

What Is Skin Cancer?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

In general, skin cancer is when DNA damage triggers out-of-control growth of abnormal skin cells in the outermost layer. This growth can cause malignant tumors.

There are four main types of skin cancer.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

This is when abnormal, cancerous growths arise from the skin’s basal cells in the outermost layer of the skin (epidermis). These cancers usually show up on areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun, like the face, ears, neck, scalp, shoulders, and back.

BCC is the most common form of skin cancer, and is typically curable, particularly when caught early.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

This is when abnormal squamous cells in the outermost layer of the skin start to grow uncontrollably. These cancers also show up in areas of the skin that are regularly exposed to the sun.

SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer. When caught early, it’s usually curable.

Melanoma

This cancer develops from melanocytes, the skin cells that produce melanin pigment. Melanin gives the skin its color. Melanomas look like moles and can appear on any area of the body, even those not typically exposed to the sun. They’re often triggered by intense, intermittent sun exposure that leads to sunburn.

Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It can be cured when caught early. If not treated in its early stages, it can spread to other organs and may be deadly.

Merkel Cell Carcinoma

This is a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer. It forms tumors that appear as firm, painless lesions or nodules on a sun-exposed area of the skin. It often shows up on the head and neck, and frequently on the eyelids.

MCC is dangerous and comes with a high risk of recurrence and metastasizing, often within two to three years after initial diagnosis. It is 40 times more rare than melanoma.

When Should I Screen for Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer can be serious, but the good thing is that it’s one of the easiest cancers to treat when caught early.

The other good thing is that you can detect these cancers yourself if you regularly check your skin. Being familiar with what your skin looks like and any unusual changes that happen can help you be proactive when it comes to your health.

The Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center recommends that you check your skin once a month. Look for skin spots or moles that are new or changing. This can help you discover any possible problems early.

What’s Involved In A Skin Self-Exam?

Start by getting a hand mirror. Then, undress and stand in front of a large, full-length mirror.

Slowly and carefully check every area of your skin. Remember that cancer can form anywhere, even on areas that aren’t normally exposed to the sun.

In general, you’re looking for anything that seems abnormal. Early skin cancer cells can look like any of the following:

  • Scaly, crusty, and rough
  • Flat patches of skin
  • Irregularly shaped moles or raised areas
  • A mole or bump that bleeds
  • Moles that have changed color, shape, or size
  • New growths or bumps
  • A rash that doesn’t go away
  • A wart-like growth that is changing
  • Skin tags that bleed or itch

You can also follow the ABCDEs of melanoma. Look for anything that is:

  • Asymmetric: The two halves of the mole do not match.
  • Border: The borders are uneven.
  • Color: There are several different shades (brown, black, tan, etc).
  • Diameter: Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than the eraser on a pencil.
  • Evolving: The area is changing in size, shape, and color, or is bleeding or crusting.

If you see anything like this that concerns you, make an appointment with your dermatologist for a medical screening.

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A Step-by-Step Approach to a Self-Exam

Start with your face, ears, and chest. Then go to your belly. Women should lift their breasts and examine the skin underneath them.

Next, move to your arms and hands. Make sure to bend your elbows and check underneath, look at your armpits, check the back of your arms, and examine each finger.

Next, sit down and check your legs, knees, thighs, calves, and shins. Don’t forget the back side of your legs. Use your hand mirror and the large mirror to see them if you need to.

Next, move to your feet. Check the top, between the toes, and the soles. Make sure your fingernails and toenails look healthy, as some cancers can develop under the nails.

Now look at your neck and scalp. Push your hair aside to examine all areas of the scalp. You may need a partner to help you. Finally, check your buttocks and back, along with the genital area.

It’s also a good idea to check inside your mouth. Look for any white patches or black spots on the gums, roof of the mouth, underneath the tongue, or inside your cheeks.

Do I Need to Screen for Skin Cancer with a Dermatologist?

Recommendations vary on getting screened for skin cancer.

The U.S. Preventative Task Force, which regularly sets standards for cancer screenings, has concluded that the current evidence “is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of visual skin examination by a clinician to screen for skin cancer in adolescents and adults.”

The MSK Cancer Center agrees, noting that self-exams are sufficient for people at normal risk. If you are at high risk for skin cancer, however, annual exams with your dermatologist are a good idea.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) does not have guidelines for early detection of skin cancer either. They recommend knowing your skin. They also note that regular skin exams with a doctor are important for people who are at high risk, such as those with reduced immunity, who’ve had skin cancer before, and who have a strong family history of skin cancer.

The Skin Cancer Foundation, however, recommends annual screening with a dermatologist once a year for everyone, and more often for those at higher risk.

Risk factors include:

  • A family history of melanoma in two or more relatives related by blood.
  • Many moles or atypical moles.
  • Many actinic keratoses spots (these are precancerous lesions that appear like gray or pink scaly patches).
  • A personal history of many basal cell or squamous cell skin cancers.

What Happens During a Skin Cancer Screening Appointment?

If you go to a doctor for a skin cancer screening, you’ll remove your clothes and put on a medical exam gown. Usually, you don’t have to remove your underwear unless you have a spot on your genitals that concerns you.

Your doctor will thoroughly check your skin from head to toe. Some use a small handheld magnifying device that helps them see the layers of the skin just under the surface.

If the doctor notices anything suspicious, he or she may order a biopsy. That requires removing part or all of the lesion and sending it to the lab for testing. If the results show that the spot is cancerous, your doctor will advise you on the next steps.

Screen for Skin Cancer to Protect Yourself

Remember that with skin cancer, early detection is key. Motivated by my personal experiences with cancer, I know all too well how important early detection is. The sooner you find any suspicious areas, the higher your odds of being able to treat them, often with minimally invasive treatments.

CV Skinlabs was born from a need to provide safe and effective skin care solutions for those going thru cancer treatments. It’s part of our company mission to help support the organizations that are working hard to help prevent cancer, provide comfort, and raise awareness. Read more about how we give back here.

Do you regularly screen for skin cancer?

Featured images by Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels.

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Is there a connection between gluten and dry skin?

According to researchers and health organizations, there is.

In addition to that, gluten sensitivity or intolerance may cause other skin issues like itching, rashes, and dermatitis.

What is the Connection Between Gluten and Dry Skin?

Scientists say it’s common for intestinal diseases—like celiac disease—to cause symptoms in the skin.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system overreacts to the ingestion of gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.

When people with celiac disease consume gluten, it triggers an immune response in the small intestine. The immune system reacts as if gluten is a dangerous invader, creating inflammation. Over time, this reaction can damage the lining of the small intestine which in turn, can affect how well the small intestine absorbs nutrients from food.

According to the Mayo Clinic, people with celiac disease may notice symptoms like the following:

  • Anemia
  • Loss of bone density
  • Itchy, blistery skin rash
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Numbness and tingling in the feet and hands
  • Joint pain

Additional research shows that celiac disease—and even gluten sensitivity—may also be related to other skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

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When Gluten Causes Blistering Rashes

The most well-known skin-related issue related to celiac disease is a condition called dermatitis herpetiformis (DH).

This is a chronic, intensely itchy, blistering skin rash. It tends to show up on the elbows, knees, buttocks, back, or scalp. Some people experience a burning sensation before the lesions form.

DH is caused by deposits of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in the skin. These are proteins or antibodies the immune system uses to fight against foreign invaders. When people with celiac disease consume gluten, the immune system creates these antibodies to fight it.

These antibodies, in turn, create inflammation that damages the lining of the small intestine. They can also trigger blister-like lesions on the skin.

In a large population study, researchers found that celiac patients were 1.5 times more likely to develop hives and almost two times more likely to develop chronic hives than the general population.

Celiac Disease and Psoriasis, Eczema

Studies have also found a link between celiac disease and psoriasis and eczema.

In one meta-analysis, scientists discovered that psoriasis patients were three times more likely to develop celiac disease than those without psoriasis. Other evidence has shown that those with psoriasis were almost 2.5 times more likely to have anti-gluten antibodies.

Several studies show that the two conditions share common genetic and inflammatory pathways.

Interestingly, some small clinical trials have shown that a gluten-free diet can help decrease the symptoms of psoriasis.

Other studies have shown a connection between gluten-related health issues and atopic dermatitis (AD), or eczema. In 2014, scientists reported that among children with celiac, AD was common. An earlier study showed that AD was about 3 times more frequent in patients with celiac disease.

Gluten and Dry Skin: Gluten Sensitivity

Some people are sensitive to gluten, even though they may not have celiac disease.

The difference between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity is that people with celiac disease suffer intestinal damage when they eat gluten.

People who have non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance do not have intestinal damage or the antibodies found in those with celiac disease.

They may, however, notice symptoms after eating foods with gluten in them. These may include:

  • Bloating and gas
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Joint pain
  • Mood swings

They may also find that consuming gluten leads to exacerbation of skin problems.

Many people with gluten sensitivity, like myself, suffer from very dry skin and report their skin is flaky and sometimes develops rashes, acne, and patches of eczema.

According to a 2021 review, non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance may be linked to psoriasis, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and vitiligo (lightening of the skin).

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Gluten and Dry Skin: Does It Help to Change Your Diet?

In a 2015 study, researchers found that participants diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) who also suffered from skin lesions improved after they adopted a gluten-free diet.

In a 2018 study, researchers also noted that those with NCGS commonly suffered from dermatitis, rash, and eczema. Some had scaly lesions resembling psoriasis. In all patients, a gluten-free diet led to the disappearance of the lesions within one month.

These studies aren’t conclusive. In other words, we don’t know for sure if a gluten-free diet will solve any skin issues you may have related to the ingestion of gluten. But there is evidence that in some people, it might.

Gluten and Dry Skin: Steps to Try

Every day we learn more about how closely connected are the digestive system and the skin. Both contain immune cells that if triggered by dietary factors, can overreact. (Read more about the immune system in your skin here!)

If you know you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant and are struggling with skin problems like dryness, eczema, psoriasis, hives, or other issues, you may wonder if a gluten-free diet may help.

The only thing you can do is try it. Keep in mind, however, that following a gluten-free diet can be difficult. It’s best to turn to this option only if you know you have celiac disease or have been diagnosed with NCGS. Otherwise, it may be best to simply cut back on your intake of gluten-containing foods. (Find a list of gluten-containing foods here.)

At my doctor’s recommendation, I adopted a gluten-free diet and it has indeed helped me feel better.

If you do decide to go completely gluten-free, be wary of commercially made gluten-free foods. Many contain extra fat or sugar, so always read your ingredient labels.

Then be sure to take proper care of your skin to help increase its defenses against inflammation. We recommend our CV Skinlabs products. All of our products are gluten-free and contain ingredients that help tame inflammation and calm the skin while building up the outer layer so that it’s more resistant to problems. Plus, moisturizing and healing ingredients keep skin supple while reducing symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, flaking, itching, rashes, and other associated skin issues.

Do you notice skin problems related to gluten?

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In the summertime, we all tend to think a little bit more carefully about skin sun protection.

But it can be confusing.

Does SPF matter? Which sunscreen is best? Are some harmful to the skin? What about chemical vs. physical formulations?

In this post, we tackle the most common myths out there, giving you the information to make the safest choice for you and your family.

Skin Sun Protection Myth #1: The Sun Must Never Touch Your Skin!

Here in the U.S., we’re a little sun obsessed. We’re always talking about wearing sunscreen to protect from skin cancer and delay the appearance of aging.

In general, this is good advice. But it is a myth that you must never allow the sun to touch your skin. The truth is that we need the sun in small doses. And many of us aren’t getting enough.

According to scientific research, Americans are deficient in vitamin D—the vitamin the skin makes when exposed to the sun. One study showed that the overall prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. was nearly 42 percent. Researchers saw the highest rates in African Americans (82.1 percent) followed by Hispanics. (69.2 percent).

Meanwhile, mounting evidence suggests that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to several chronic diseases. These include cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as thin, brittle bones.

You can get some vitamin D from food, but not enough to meet the body’s needs. Supplements can help. But the sun is our best source. When ultraviolet rays hit the skin, special receptors in the skin synthesize vitamin D3. This is the most “natural” form of the vitamin. Vitamin D, in turn, then goes on to help protect the skin from cellular damage, including damage from the sun itself.

According to scientists, the major cause of vitamin D deficiency is inadequate exposure to sunlight. “Wearing a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 reduces vitamin D synthesis in the skin by more than 95 percent.” People with a naturally dark skin tone have some natural sun protection and require at least three to five times longer exposure to make the same amount of vitamin D as a person with a white skin tone.

Truth: You Need Some Sun

Truth: For your overall health, it’s best to get some sun exposure several times a week to meet your vitamin D needs. If you are extremely fair, burn easily, or have a medical condition that makes it risky to spend time in the sun, talk to your doctor about vitamin D supplements.

  • In the summer (when you’re wearing short sleeves and shorts and more skin is exposed to the sun), 8-10 minutes of sun exposure at noon can be sufficient for those with lighter skin; those with darker skin will need more time.
  • In the winter (when more of the skin is covered with clothing), nearly 2 hours of sun exposure at noon may be needed.
  • Where you live can be a factor—those in the northern latitudes with a greater distance from the sun will need more time than those closer to the equator.

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Skin Sun Protection Myth #2: A High SPF Means I Can Stay Out Longer

SPF numbers are confusing to most consumers. It would seem that an SPF of 50 would offer almost twice as much protection as an SPF of 30, allowing you to enjoy more time in the sun. But that’s not how it works.

SPF refers to the protection against UVB rays and how long you can be exposed before the skin starts to burn. The amount of time it takes the skin to burn without sunscreen multiplied by the SPF equals the number of minutes you can spend in the sun without burning if the sunscreen is properly applied.

Truth: An SPF of 15 blocks 93 percent of UVB rays. An SPF of 30 blocks 97 percent and an SPF of 50 about 98 percent. Regardless of the number, it’s necessary to reapply sunscreen every 90 minutes at least. Reapply more often if you’re exposed to water or you’re sweating.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends an SPF of at least 30, noting that anything higher is typically unnecessary. The organization suggests getting a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays in a water-resistant formula. They add that high-number SPFs last the same amount of time as low-number SPFs:

“A high-number SPF does not allow you to spend additional time outdoors without reapplication.”

Skin Sun Protection Myth #3: Sunscreen Is the Only Option

With all the marketing for sunscreen, many of us believe that is the only option when it comes to protecting our skin from sun damage. But that’s not true.

Truth: Sunscreen can’t completely protect against UV rays, even if you apply it perfectly and reapply when necessary. Even the highest SPF can block only about 99 percent of UV rays. It starts to wear down the minute after you put it on.

The best way to protect your skin from sun damage is to use multiple approaches. Start with physical protection. Options include protective clothing, trees (for shade), hats, umbrellas, sunglasses, and sun shelters. Clothing with UPF designation will offer even more protection. (The number indicates the fraction of the sun’s UV rays that can penetrate the fabric.)

Avoiding time outside when the sun is brightest (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) is also a good option. Then add your favorite sunscreen product and reapply as needed.

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Skin Sun Protection Myth #4: All Sunscreen Is Safe

For many years we didn’t think much about what ingredients were in our sunscreen.

That all changed when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the results of studies showing that so-called chemical sunscreens were absorbed into the skin more than previously believed. These include avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule.

In a 2019 study, the FDA found that in the four sunscreens tested, the active ingredients were absorbed at higher levels than those deemed safe by the FDA. In a 2020 study of six ingredients from another four commercially available sunscreen products, they found the same results. Oxybenzone was absorbed far more readily than any of the other ingredients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 97 percent of Americans have oxybenzone circulating in their bodies. Other studies have indicated that chemical sunscreens—those that work like a sponge to absorb the sun’s rays—may have the ability to alter hormone function in the human body.

Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, work like a shield. They sit on the surface of the skin and deflect the sun’s rays. They are less likely to be absorbed into the skin.

Truth: We need more research to determine whether chemical sunscreen ingredients may harm the skin or body. Meanwhile, it’s best to play it safe and choose those formulas with physical sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

We recommend you refer to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG’s) guide to sunscreens for more help in choosing the best one for you and your family.

Do you have any concerns about sunscreen?

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As we enter our 40s, our skin undergoes various changes due to natural aging processes and external factors. Maintaining a healthy and vibrant complexion requires adjusting our skincare routine to address these specific needs. If you’re struggling with these issues, here are some of the most practical and effective anti-aging skincare routine tailored for individuals in their 40s. By adopting these tips and practices, you can nourish your skin, reduce the signs of aging, and achieve a youthful and radiant complexion.

Prioritize Gentle Cleansing

Opt for a mild, non-drying cleanser that removes impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. Avoid harsh exfoliants and opt for chemical exfoliants with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) or BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) to promote cell turnover and reveal fresh, radiant skin. Use a soft washcloth or cleansing brush to gently exfoliate the skin, promoting a smoother and more even complexion.

Hydrate And Moisturize

Hydration is essential in maintaining plump and youthful-looking skin. Look for moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid, a powerful hydrating ingredient that helps retain moisture in the skin. Additionally, choose products with antioxidants such as vitamin C or E to protect against environmental damage. Consider incorporating a hydrating serum or facial oil into your routine to boost hydration and nourish the skin.

Target Fine Lines And Wrinkles

In your 40s, you may notice an increase in fine lines and wrinkles. Look for skincare products that contain retinol or peptides, which help stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Apply a targeted eye cream to address crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles. Be consistent with these treatments to maximize their effectiveness over time.

Consider Professional Treatments

In addition to a consistent skincare routine, you may also explore professional treatments to address specific skin concerns. Consult with a dermatologist or skincare professional to discuss options such as chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or injectables like Botox or dermal fillers. These treatments can provide more targeted and immediate results in reducing the signs of aging. However, you need to insist on the most professional treatments you can find in your area or even consider traveling abroad to help your skin look amazing again. For instance, you can look into ideas for a hydra facial because skin professionals from Australia know all about protecting your skin when living in a hot area, so check this idea out today.

Don’t Neglect The Neck And Décolletage

The skin on the neck and décolletage is thinner and more prone to showing signs of aging. Extend your skincare routine to these areas, using the same cleanser, moisturizer, and anti-aging treatments as you do on your face. Apply sunscreen to these areas daily to protect against sun damage, which can accelerate aging.

Address Hyperpigmentation And Uneven Skin Tone

In your 40s, you may notice the appearance of age spots or an uneven skin tone. Incorporate skincare products that contain ingredients like vitamin C, niacinamide, or hydroquinone to help fade dark spots and brighten the complexion. Be patient and consistent with these treatments, as it may take several weeks or months to see noticeable results.

Protect Your Skin From The Sun

Sun protection is crucial at any age, but it becomes even more important as we get older. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day, regardless of the weather. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you spend prolonged periods outdoors. Consider using a physical sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as they provide effective protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Pay Attention To Your Diet And Lifestyle

A healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition play a significant role in maintaining youthful skin. Eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to support your skin’s health from the inside out. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid smoking and limit alcohol consumption, as they can accelerate the aging process and damage collagen and elastin fibers.

Taking care of your skin in your 40s requires a tailored approach that addresses the specific needs and challenges of aging. By incorporating all these ideas into your lifestyle, you can nourish and rejuvenate your skin. Remember that consistency is key, and it’s never too late to start or adjust your skincare routine. Embrace this anti-aging skincare routine and enjoy a healthy, radiant complexion well into your 40s and beyond.


Author Bio

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics.

In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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Did you know that June is “Beautiful In Your Skin” month?

According to “National Today,” the month was formed “to encourage people to love their skin and convince them to invest in a proper skincare regime.”

What’s not to love about this idea? We’ve got some fun ideas to help you celebrate below.

Why Beautiful In Your Skin Is Important

Here at CV Skinlabs, we’ve always advocated for feeling beautiful in your skin, no matter your skin type. We believe healthy skin is beautiful skin, which is why we provide nourishing skin care products to help you improve the health of your skin.

It makes sense because we’re a skincare company. But that’s not the only reason. We are also a holistic health and wellness company. We know that when you feel beautiful in your skin, it creates many benefits in your life that go beyond your skin.

For instance, we know that having a healthy skincare routine and regularly taking care of your skin can boost your confidence and self-esteem.

In a OnePoll survey of 2,000 American women 35 and older, nearly three-quarters of respondents stated that their confidence was impacted by the way their skin looked. More than half said their skin insecurities prompted them to cover up their bodies.

In another survey of 2,000 women 30 and older, the average woman stated she only likes what she sees 39 percent of the time. Participants were most self-conscious about their skin (46 percent), followed by their teeth and hair.

Rachel Boehm, integrated well-being coach, calls it “skin-esteem.” Skin affects our mental well-being, she writes, “and our mental well-being affects our skin.”

She notes a May 2021 survey by Mederma in which 3 in 5 respondents agreed that skin had a big impact on their self-confidence and mental health, while one-third said they would give up their smartphone for a year if it meant they could have picture-perfect skin.

Beautiful In Your Skin: The Many Benefits of Healthy Skin Care

Another reason having a special month for skin care is important is that it helps to raise awareness regarding skin care.

We know more today about how the skin affects our overall health and vice versa than we ever have before. The connection between the mind, body, and skin is stronger and more interactive than even scientists used to believe.

The National Institutes of Health notes that the skin protects the body in many ways, preventing invasion by bacteria, helping to control body temperature, turning sunlight into vitamin D, and alerting you to potential health problems.

They add that friendly microscopic organisms on the skin may help boost the body’s infection-fighting immune system to keep you healthy.

Taking care of your skin, then, provides multiple benefits.

  • Helps heal compromised skin, reducing dryness, dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Increases confidence and self-esteem
  • Boosts immune function
  • Reduces the risk of illness
  • Provides a window into your overall health

Beyond that, studies suggest that a quality skincare regimen can have a positive effect on quality of life. Those who engaged in regular skin care showed improvements in well-being, self-image, and self-competence.

5 Ways to Celebrate Beautiful In Your Skin Month

We’d love to have you celebrate this unique month with us! Try these fun ideas.

1. Go for a Facial

Why not take advantage of this special month to pamper yourself a little? Book a facial at your favorite salon, or do it yourself at home. If you’re going for a professional facial, be sure to tell the technician about any sensitivities you may have.

For a DIY facial, follow these tips:

  • Set the mood: Play some relaxing music, light some candles, and make it special!
  • Cleanse: Use a gentle cleanser to thoroughly clean your face, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Steam: Steam helps open your pores and loosen up dead skin cells on the surface. Boil water, place it in a heat-safe bowl, then drape a towel over your head and the bowl, allowing the steam to bathe your skin for about five minutes.
  • Exfoliate: Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or even a skin brush to further loosen up and slough off those dead skin cells.
  • Mask: Choose a moisturizing or oil-reducing mask, according to what your skin needs that day. Apply, sit back, and relax for about 15 minutes. (Note: Our Calming Moisture works well as a mask if your skin is inflamed, irritated, and dry.)
  • Moisturize and massage: Rinse the mask off, then apply your favorite moisturizer and massage it into the skin. We recommend our Calming Moisture, as it helps tame inflammation and redness while deeply moisturizing and hydrating the skin. It also leaves your skin looking youthful and radiant.

2. Organize a Get-Together

If you’d prefer to socialize while pampering your skin, consider organizing a get-together. Get your friends together, have some tea or wine and maybe some healthy snacks, and share your favorite skincare products. Bring along some for others to try out if you like, and allow everyone to walk away feeling nourished and confident.

3. Update Your Skin Care

If you’ve been using the same skincare products for five years or more, it may be time to revisit your routine.

Most likely, your skin has changed a little bit. It may be drier than it was before, or more sensitive. Are your products still serving you? Does your skin feel comfortable?

Lay all your products out on the counter and examine them one by one. Ask yourself if you’re getting your money’s worth from that product, or if it’s time to replace it with something else. Consider what your skin needs most now, and address those issues with new products if you need to.

4. Write Down What You Like About Your Skin

This one may be challenging for you, but it can help you focus on the positive aspects of your skin rather than the negative ones. We’re all great at finding and picking on our flaws. That may be helpful if you follow it up with action to address those flaws, but it can also hurt your confidence.

Consider what’s going well with your skin. Writing it down can help you feel more positive about your appearance while making it easier to address any issues that you’re noticing as you get older.

When addressing issues, remember this: Focus on nourishing, taking care of, and loving your skin. This approach helps you enjoy the process of fostering a healthier complexion.

5. Use Beautiful In Your Skin Month to Develop a Healthy Skin Care Routine

The goal of Beautiful in Your Skin Month is to encourage everyone to love their skin and develop a health-promoting skincare routine.

If you have certain things you want to address in your skin—and who doesn’t?—consider using this month (and part of the next) to set up your own 30-day challenge.

Follow these steps to map out the changes you will make, then take before and after pictures to track your results.

  1. Write down the top two flaws about your skin that are bugging you right now. (No more than two!)
  2. Write down how you want to address them. Will you purchase new products? Apply them more often? Change up the order of your products?
  3. Mark on the calendar when the challenge starts and when it will end.
  4. Take a picture sans makeup for your “before” shot.
  5. Follow your skin care plan for the next 30 days. Try not to miss any days!
  6. When the 30 days are up, take another picture, sans makeup, for your “after” shot.

Once the 30 days are up, record your observations. Does your skin look better, worse, or about the same? Did you end up using new products and if so, did you like them? Do you feel they had a good effect on your skin?

Then, based on what you discovered, you may want to change your routine again for the next 30 days. The goal is to make changes that will have a direct impact on the health and appearance of your skin. Plus, it’s fun!

Will you celebrate beautiful in your skin month?

Featured image by Andrea Piacquadio via Pexels.

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7 Benefits of Walking for Skin

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Have you heard about the benefits of walking for skin?

You already know that daily walks are good for your health. But when it comes to your skin, you’re probably more focused on the latest anti-aging serum or smoothing foundation.

Exercise, however, creates benefits for the skin that topical products cannot. Walking, in particular, is one of the best types of exercise for the skin.

7 Benefits of Walking for Skin

We invite you to experiment. Try going out on a daily walk every day. Even twenty minutes is enough to start stacking up the benefits. Give it a try for one week and see what you discover!

1. Walking Gets Your Blood Pumping

Good circulation is key to healthy skin. When you walk, your heart and lungs pump more oxygen throughout the body. This improves blood circulation, helping to flush away toxins that can cause skin problems while pushing healthy nutrients out into the lower layers of the skin where the cells can use it to repair damage.

Benefits of Walking for Skin 2. Walking Can Change the Skin on the Cellular Level

When you exercise, the energy-producing engines in your cells rev up and create ATP—a chemical that fuels all cell functions. ATP is also needed to repair skin damage, create collagen, which strengthens skin, and produce hyaluronic acid, which helps keep skin moist.

As we get older, the cells don’t make as much ATP as they did when we were younger. That’s one of the reasons the skin starts to show signs of aging. But research shows that exercise can reverse these changes, which may help skin cells act more youthful and produce more of the elements the skin needs to keep up with daily repair.

Walking for Skin Spring

3. Walking Can Help Prevent Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Improved circulation on its own can help fade the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But studies show that people who exercise regularly also tend to have skin that is thicker in the second layer (the dermis). A more robust dermis helps the skin retain its shape, delaying the formation of wrinkles.

Research also shows that exercise can increase levels of IL-15, an exercise-stimulated hormone important in the health of skin tissue. IL-5 is involved in the skin’s immune system too. Increasing levels during exercise can help wound healing and overall skin health.

Benefits of Walking for Skin 4. Daily Walks Can Help You Sleep

We talked in a previous post about how just one night of sleep deprivation can make you look older. In a study of 60 women between the ages of 30 and 49, researchers found that after five nights of poor sleep, participants had up to double the number of fine lines and wrinkles and up to three-quarters more brown spots.

It makes sense, then, that if you want youthful skin, you need to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Daily walks can help you do that.

In a 2019 study, researchers tested the relationship between physical activity and sleep. They had participants engage in a 4-week walking intervention where they were instructed to increase their daily steps by at least 2,000. (A control group received no such instruction.)

Averaged across the month, daily active minutes were positively related to sleep quality. Women, in particular, who took more steps and were more active reported sleeping better than those who were less active.

5. Exercise Helps Lower Stress

Just as a bad night’s sleep will result in older-looking skin, so too can stress destroy all your anti-aging efforts.

Scientists have found over the past couple of decades that the brain and the skin have a very close relationship with each other. That’s why a period of stress can result in acne, eczema or psoriasis flare-ups, or other problems like dryness.

When you’re under stress, your brain stimulates the release of stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and norepinephrine. These “fight or flight” hormones can negatively affect the skin, causing inflammation and other negative changes. High cortisol levels—particularly those associated with chronic stress—are associated with impaired skin barrier function and premature aging.

Walking can help. In a 2018 study, researchers found that just a 10-minute bout of brisk walking and meditation improved mood. The Mayo Clinic states that virtually any form of exercise can act as a stress reliever, and helps protect the body from the harmful effects of stress.

Walking in nature is even better. If you can get yourself to a park or a nearby area of trees, do it. In one study, scientists found that a 60-minute walk in the forest decreased stress activation in the brain, acting as a preventative measure against mental strain.

Benefits of Walking for Skin 6. Daily Walks Help Prevent Disease

Daily walks can help prevent disease, and that’s not only good for your body, but your skin as well.

In a previous post, we talked about how skin health and heart disease are related. Scientists have found that people with skin diseases like psoriasis and rosacea may be at a higher risk for heart disease.

The opposite is also true. If you suffer from heart disease, it can affect your circulation which can, in turn, accelerate aging in the skin. If you have a high level of overall body inflammation—which is common in today’s society (and related to a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle)—that translates into more skin inflammation too, and inflammation creates acne, redness, wrinkles, and more.

If your veins aren’t healthy, the skin in your legs can start to suffer, becoming dry and flaky and more susceptible to invasion by bacteria. If you have diabetes, you likely have dry, itchy skin as well.

So it makes sense that exercising regularly—which can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases—will help prevent any related skin problems too.

Note: If you have diabetic dry skin, or psoriasis, try our Body Repair Lotion. It helps soothe, relieve dryness and itchiness, calm inflammation, and repair the skin so it can recover. You’ll enjoy more radiant, comfortable skin.

dry skin body repair lotion

7. Daily Walks Can Improve Your Breathing

Many of us are shallow breathers today, which isn’t good for the skin. Shallow breathing increases stress, whereas deep breathing promotes relaxation and improved blood circulation.

We have some breathing exercises for glowing skin in this post, but one of the best is simply going for a walk. While you’re walking, focus on relaxing your shoulders and take deep, belly breaths. These will help you shed stress more quickly while bringing in more oxygen to feed your skin what it needs to stay young.

Do you incorporate daily walks into your skincare regimen?

Featured image courtesy of Andrea Piacquadio.

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Your skin is your largest organ and as such, you need to look after it. It will look after you. When it is healthy, its many layers protect us from harm. However, when it is damaged, it no longer works as an effective barrier. Looking after it is essential if you want to stay looking fresh and young. There are many pieces of advice out there for good skin health and many will recommend their own product. However, if you are struggling and your skin needs a lift then here is a little advice on what you can use to revitalize your skin and improve it.

Gua Sha

Gua sha is a tool that has been used across Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. It is often used in acupuncture and is used to scrape areas around the body where inflammation or stagnant chi has accrued. This can help your circulation and promote the healing ability of your body. One tool that has received particularly good feedback is the facial gua sha tool. It removes any older and drier skin and can help you feel and look younger.

Having A Healthy Diet

This is something that has become synonymous with healthy in any department of your body. Your moisturizers are useful, but they only go skin deep, and aging happens at a cellular level. What you eat is really important. You should think about trying to incorporate more antioxidants into your diet as well as polyphenols. These will rejuvenate your skin a little bit more and keep your body healing. You can find these in green tea and in mangoes.

Reducing Stress

Whenever you have an important event in your life, you may notice that you start to get more spots and pimples appearing on your face. Well, that is not a coincidence. Research has shown that stress affects your skin. You are more likely to experience hair loss, itchy skin, scaly skin, and rashes when stressed. One way you can tackle this is to set aside half an hour every day just for yourself. This may be the time you take a bath without access to your phone, or you may join a yoga class. Whatever helps you to destress.

Keeping Moisture In Your Skin

Skin moistures are ten a penny in any beauty store you go into. Their role is to keep the top layer of your skin hydrated and to seal in the moisture. They often have humectants in them that attract moisture to your skin and keep it there. It also fills the spaces between the skin cells and smooths them. However, not every moisturizer will work for you, so you need to find which works for you. Try grabbing small samples of a few and experimenting with them. The important thing to do is to moisturize every day for it to be effective.

Looking After Your Skin

This is no easy task. The skin goes through a lot on a daily basis. However, you do not have to let it suffer in silence. Make sure to take some time to help your skin be smooth and moisturized.

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Have you heard of psychodermatology?

It’s a branch of medicine that addresses those skin conditions that have a psychiatric element to them.

In this post, we help you understand this fairly new area of skin care research and treatment. You may be dealing with a skin condition right now that could benefit from treatment in a psychodermatology clinic.

Psychodermatology: Where Psychiatry and Dermatology Meet

Psychodermatology is the study of the connection between the skin and the mind. We’ve talked about this connection before on CV Skinlabs, particularly how stress can cause dryness and accelerate aging.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), there is a strong link between the skin and psychology. Scientists didn’t recognize how strong this connection was until recent years. In a 2020 review, they found that serotonin—the “good mood” neurotransmitter in the brain—plays a key role in skin homeostasis. (Keeping things normal.)

They also found that psychological stress can exacerbate skin diseases like psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and eczema.

In another review, researchers found that not only does stress negatively affect the skin, but that there is “cross-talk” between the brain and the skin to the point that chronic stress can worsen skin aging. One study also showed that significant stress and anxiety were reported in 44 percent of patients before the initial flare of psoriasis, and in up to 80 percent of individuals with recurrent flares.

Other studies have found that among patients with disfiguring, chronic skin conditions, the prevalence of psychiatric disorders was 30-40 percent. And patients with skin conditions have been found to have a higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders than patients with cancer, heart issues, and brain disorders combined.

Even more interesting—research has found that stimuli received in the skin can influence the immune, endocrine (hormone), and nervous systems.

All of this shows us that the skin and the brain work together and that it makes sense to treat not just the skin, but the mind too.

Woman Psychodermatology

Types of Psychodermatologic Disorders

According to research, psychodermatologic disorders fall into three categories:

  1. Psychophysiologic disorders: These conditions are associated with skin problems that are not directly connected to the mind, but react to emotional states like stress. Examples include psoriasis and eczema.
  2. Primary psychiatric disorders: These involve psychiatric conditions that result in self-induced skin conditions such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling) and delusions of parasitosis (the belief that one has bugs or worms crawling under the skin).
  3. Secondary psychiatric disorders: These are associated with disfiguring skin disorders. The disfigurement results in psychological problems like decreased self-esteem, depression, humiliation, or social phobia.

According to statistics, one-third of all patients in dermatology have emotional disorders. Here are some more examples of the types of skin conditions that fall under each of these categories:

Pychophysiologic disorders—those that can be exacerbated by stress and other emotional states:

  • Acne
  • Alopecia areata
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psychogenic purpura
  • Rosacea
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Urticaria (hives)

Primary psychiatric disorders—the psychiatric condition results in self-induced skin problems:

  • Delusions of Parasitosis
  • Dysmorphophobia
  • Factitial dermatitis
  • Neurotic excoriations
  • Trichotillomania

Secondary psychiatric disorders­—disfiguring skin conditions result in psychological problems:

  • Alopecia areata
  • Cystic acne
  • Hemangiomas
  • Ichthyosis
  • Kaposi’s sarcoma
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo

Doctors and dermatologists now know that understanding the psychological context of skin diseases is critical to managing them well. Once they diagnose a condition—either psychological or dermatological­—they then use a dual approach to address each of them.

How Are Psychodermatologic Skin Conditions Treated?

Since not many people are aware yet of how closely connected are the brain and mind, it’s common for many patients with skin conditions to resist psychiatric consultation or treatment.

“I don’t need a psychiatrist!” a person with psoriasis might say.

The hope is that we can all get the message out there, as treating both sides of the problem can help anyone with a skin condition to better manage it and improve it.

As for how these types of conditions are treated, options include the following:

  • Psychotropic medication
  • Stress management courses
  • Referral to a psychiatrist
  • Relaxation/meditation techniques
  • Support groups
  • Topical treatments to address skin issues
  • Oral medications if needed

Should You Incorporate Psychodermatology Into Your Skin Care?

Knowing how big a part your mental state can play in how your skin acts and feels can help you to find better solutions to any skin problems you may be facing.

Those with psoriasis, for example, may notice flare-ups when they’re stressed out, and may also suffer from self-esteem issues when the plaques are visible on their skin.

If you’re suffering from eczema, you may find that it gets worse when you’re going through a stressful time, which could ratchet your stress level up even higher.

Even if you have a mild to moderate case of acne, you may benefit from the specialized approach that psychodermatology can provide.

We give you some general approaches to managing your mind-skin connection below. But if you have a difficult skin condition that has not responded to other types of standard skin care, you may want to consider seeking psychiatric help as well.

Maybe your flares just keep coming back no matter what you do. Or you’re suffering from depression related to a skin condition that is affecting the quality of your life.

The point is to think about what else may be going on that is affecting your skin, and how you may be able to address it. For many patients, adding a psychological approach to their skin-care treatment plan can be life-changing.

Unfortunately, since this area of research is so new, there are only a few practitioners out there who truly specialize in psychodermatology. In addition, not a lot of insurance providers will pay for it.

If you’re struggling with a difficult skin condition, it can be worth it to seek out a provider who may be able to help you. Talk to your dermatologist about your options.

CV Skinlabs Psychodermatology

Using Psychodermatology In Your At-Home Skin Care Regimen

Meanwhile, no matter what your skin condition, the following mental-health practices can help improve it:

  • Use the time you spend caring for your skin as stress-relieving time. Try to relax and enjoy the sensations. Add a candle, music, or mask to your routine to increase the calming effects.
  • Incorporate at least one (two is better) stress-relieving practice into your daily routine. Good options include journaling, exercising, meditation, yoga, tai chi, pet therapy, writing down what you’re grateful for, and taking a walk.
  • Make your before-bed routine sacrosanct. Have a set time when you start to wind down and include your skincare and relaxation techniques before bed.
  • Use non-toxic skin care products like our CV Skinlabs products. Those with harsh chemicals in them can stress out the skin, making your skin condition worse and thereby contributing to psychological stress. Our products completely safe to use, even for the most sensitive of skin conditions. We don’t compromise efficacy, so our products work hard to help restore healthy, clear and radiant skin.

Did you know what pyschodermatology was?

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Natural cosmetics can be healthier for you and better for your skin. You can create a beneficial step-by-step process by assessing your needs and finding products that fit. Be sustainable and take care of your skin by starting a natural skin care routine.

Figure Out Your Goals

You should understand your skin’s requirements before creating a new skin care routine. Are you looking for products that fix dry skin? Do you exercise regularly and need something to clean your face? An all-natural skin care routine works best when you tailor it to your needs.

There are a few basic skin care steps you should consider:

  • Cleansing – Cleansers remove buildup and impurities on your skin.
  • Exfoliating – Exfoliation gently removes dead skin cells.
  • Moisturizing – Moisturizer replenishes your skin’s moisture.
  • Sun protection – Sun protection products shield your skin against damage.

You should follow each step in the order they’re listed. Each one is essential to the health and elasticity of your skin. These are just the basics — you can add steps or products if you have special needs like acne or sensitivity.

These are crucial parts of most routines, but you can leave steps out if you prefer. For example, you wouldn’t get a product that exfoliates if you have sensitive skin. Creating a skin care routine is about making something tailored to you.

Find Sustainable Products

Ensure the products you use are sustainable when creating your skin care routine. Cosmetic companies routinely use synthetic additives because they can purify or stabilize their products, although many natural ingredients can affect the actual product. That means you may find a mix of both in some products.

Packaging is another crucial part of an all-natural skin care routine. Look for sustainable or reusable containers. Some cosmetic companies use refillable products made from glass. It saves critical environmental resources and reduces waste. However, only some products can use this packaging because it can alter their shelf life and appearance.

Check The Label

The most important part of an all-natural skin care routine is the ingredients you use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate some claims, so you must check the ingredients. For example, a skin care product can say it’s green or organic without proving it to the FDA. Ignore its claims and check the label to see what it contains.

The ingredients list is usually on the back of the label and will tell you everything the product contains. Whatever is listed first will have the highest concentration, so if you spot a natural ingredient at the bottom, it may not be worth it. Always check the label and ensure the all-natural ingredients are listed first and there aren’t any synthetic additives.

Use All-Natural Ingredients

All-natural ingredients should come from nature. They can be waxes, oils, fats, clays or botanicals. Some examples are beeswax and seed oil. Many of them have excellent health or beauty properties.

People commonly use clay on their skin for protection and cleansing. Kaolin clay has low oil absorption and is soft, making it great for cosmetic use. Companies can process it to remove grit so it stays fine and delicate. It’s gentle on the skin and doesn’t draw out any essential moisture. It can even protect against the sun because it contains small, unsymmetrical particles.

Vitamins are also all-natural ingredients you can use in your skin care routine. Each has different properties, so find what works best for your skin. For example, vitamin C can improve wrinkles, while vitamin E can reduce redness. Think back to your skin care goals and choose products that align with them.

Start Your All-Natural Skin Care Routine

Natural skin care can be beneficial for your skin and healthier than synthetic alternatives. Try finding sustainable products with eco-friendly packaging when you’re building your routine. Remember to check the label and the ingredients list before you settle on anything. Find your products and get set to start your all-natural skin care routine.


Author Bio

Jane is an environmental writer and the founder and editor-in-chief of Environment.co where she covers sustainability and eco-friendly living.

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Are you ready for spring skin care?

It’s been a tough winter in many areas of the country, but even if you’re living in a temperate climate, it’s time to check your skincare routine.

Spring brings on changes in temperature, humidity, and even lifestyles, and these can all affect your skin.

We’ve got some tips to help you out.

11 Spring Skin Care Tips

1. Examine Your Current Skincare Products

What are you using right now? Get all the products out and place them on a counter where you can examine them.

Start by getting rid of anything that is out of date. If it’s expired, discolored, separated, or smells funny, out it goes!

Then ask yourself: what does my skin need now? Look at what you have to see if your current routine is filling those needs. Maybe you need something to revive dull and lackluster looking skin, fade dark spots, or make wrinkles less noticeable.

It can help to make a list of what you need first. Then, armed with your list, take a look at what you’ve got. It could be that you no longer need some products, but need to get some new ones to take care of certain issues.

Spring Skin Care Tip 2. Clean Your Makeup Brushes

This is an important task many of us put off for way too long. Every time you use your makeup brushes, you deposit bacteria on them. Leave them too long between cleanings and you could be depositing that bacteria right back onto your skin, increasing your risk of breakouts and irritation.

Regularly washing your brushes removes dirt, oil, and bacteria, making sure you’re starting with a clean slate. Use a gentle dish soap in a cup of water, then rinse thoroughly and lay the brushes out to air dry.

Spring Skin Makeup Brushes

3. Check Your Cleanser

We frequently recommend switching your cleanser when the seasons change. Most skin types need a moisturizing cleanser in the winter to keep dryness at bay. But in the spring, the warmer air tends to be more humid in many locations. If you have oily or combination skin, you may be better off with a clarifying cleanser for the spring and summer months.

If you have dry skin in general, however, you can stick with your creamy, moisturizing cleanser all year round.

4. Consider Your Exfoliation Process

Are you already exfoliating?

Some people stop in the winter months because they feel it makes their skin dry out. As the weather warms up, though, your skin is better able to tolerate acids and stronger formulations in exfoliating solutions.

If you’re already exfoliating once or twice a week, ask yourself how your skin is doing. If it looks happy and healthy, stick with that routine. If you haven’t been exfoliating, now may be the time to step it up. Exfoliation can help get rid of dull winter buildup on your skin so it looks fresh and lively.

On the other hand, if your skin is showing signs of irritation, back off on exfoliation. You could be overdoing it.

Spring Skin Care Tip 5. Think About Your Diet

During the winter months, we’re naturally compelled to fill up on high-fat comfort foods. With spring around the corner, it may be time to rethink your diet.

Spring is the time for fresh produce, leafy greens, and lots of watery melons. They all contain antioxidants and other nutrients that feed your skin what it needs to repair itself after a long winter.

Then be sure to drink plenty of water. It’s the best way to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.

6. Remember Sun Exposure

Though it’s wise to use sunscreen year-round to protect your skin, you’re likely to be out in the sun more often as the weather warms up. Check your sunscreen. It should be an SPF of 30 or higher with broad-spectrum protection.

Remember: If you are using chemical exfoliants like retinol or acids, they can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and could cause redness and even scarring, so it’s important to always use a sunscreen.

You might also consider swapping your retinol product for glycolic or lactic acid, which helps minimize dullness and uneven skin texture and even help with clogged pores and acne, but is a little gentler on the skin.

Glycolic acid also makes skin more sensitive to the sun, however, so always use sunscreen to protect your skin.

7. Drop the Slugging for Now

If you got onto the skin-slugging bandwagon (read more about that in our skin-slugging post), now is probably the time to get off of it. Whereas your skin may have enjoyed the extra moisture during the dry and cold winter months, it may be too much as the weather warms up.

Particularly if you find that your pores are more visible and you’re breaking out, that means that you need to lighten up on the moisturizing. Our Calming Moisture works great for all seasons as it’s deeply moisturizing but never heavy.

Spring Skin Calming Moisturizer

Spring Skin Care Tip 8. Try Skin Brushing

If you haven’t tried skin brushing yet, spring is a great time to get into the habit. You’ll be showing off more of your body skin, so you want it to look its best.

Simply purchase a gentle skin brush, then use it in circular motions all over your body before your bath or shower. It provides an exfoliating action that helps slough off all that dead winter skin, revealing the new, youthful skin underneath.

Slap some moisturizer on as soon as you step out of the tub (our Body Repair Lotion is perfect for radiance) and let your spring skin shine.

9. Don’t Forget Your Lips

Lips are the first to get dry and chapped during the winter months, and they often peel too.

If you don’t already have a lip scrub, get one now. Look for one that has a gentle scrubbing action with some moisturizing oils in it. Always add moisture after—our Restorative Skin Balm will help heal and repair winter-worn lips.

This may also be a good time to try lip-basting. It’s similar to slugging, but for your lips only. Whereas your skin may not need that much moisture now, your lips may be crying out for it so they can heal properly.

Find instructions on how to do it on our lip-basting post.

10. Consider Your Foundation

The foundation you used during the winter may not be the best option in the spring. It may look heavy and may settle into fine lines and wrinkles.

Check your foundation and see how it looks now. You may want to swap it out for a lighter formula, or even a tinted moisturizer. If you need more coverage in certain areas, try using a concealer only for the parts of your skin that really need it.

Celeb makeup artists recommend mixing our Calming Moisturizer with foundation for a more natural luminous look. It can help with skin inflammation and other issues while you’re at it.

Spring Skin Care Tip 11. Get the Jump on Allergies

If you have allergies, you know that spring is often the time when your symptoms increase. In addition to sneezing, itching, and watery eyes, you may also find that your skin is a bit more sensitive.

If you notice this happening to you, double-check everything that’s touching your skin, from the fibers in your clothing to your detergents to your cleansers and moisturizers. Some of these may be adding to your irritation. Then consider using more products to reduce skin inflammation. Taming the general level of inflammation can help your skin to better cope with the season.

All of our CV Skinlabs products are made to reduce inflammation, minimize itch, soothe irritation, and calm rashes. Daily use can shore up your skin’s defenses during allergy season.

Have you examined your spring skincare routine for potential changes?

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