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Essential Skin Care For 2021: What Your Skin Actually Needs

Skincare can get complicated with new products coming into the market constantly and new advancements in research. Thanks to our friends at Natural Beauty Summit, we’ve pulled together some recommendations from their Clean Committee that will hopefully help get your skin on the right track in 2021.


"We’re going to simplify this to cover Facial Skincare ONLY. 

Another post for body care is in the works."


We’re also going to take it one step further and classify these recommendations for ‘women with aging skin’, which means skin that has stopped developing and is now in a steady state aging; this means women between the ages of 25 and 55. Although many of these recommendations are also useful for men as well.


We’re also going to focus on the essentials and avoid any 10-step beauty rituals because frankly we’re too busy for so many steps. Given your busy lifestyles we’ve done our best to find efficiencies wherever possible.

FACE

The Basics

First

Cleanse & 

Balance!

You’re a grown woman and you don’t need an explanation for why it’s important to cleanse the skin but you might be surprised to learn that 80% of women under-cleanse and over-moisturize. The buildup of the products get in the way of skin regeneration and repair, which is exactly what you need when your skin starts to age.


The Fairy Fuzz Mother’s recommendation here is to avoid anything foaming, even and especially if you have oily skin.


If you’re stripping your face with soap then the “balance” part becomes an uphill battle.

Sugar Sugar’s 

Clean Slate

You’re a grown woman and you don’t need an explanation for why it’s important to cleanse the skin but you might be surprised to learn that 80% of women under-cleanse and over-moisturize. The buildup of the products get in the way of skin regeneration and repair, which is exactly what you need when your skin starts to age.


The Fairy Fuzz Mother’s recommendation here is to avoid anything foaming, even and especially if you have oily skin.


If you’re stripping your face with soap then the “balance” part becomes an uphill battle.

Here are some of 

our favorite cleansers:

Alpyn Beauty’s Creamy Bubbling Cleanser with Fruit Enzymes & AHA

Hart Botanical’s Free Love Orchid Green Tea Cleanser

Evolve Organic Beauty’s Gentle Cleansing Melt (at Credo Beauty)

On these longer cleanse days you’ll want to finish the process with a toner, but not all toners are made equal. The goal of the toner should be to reset your skin’s PH and calm the skin after all that stimulation.


Here are some of our favorite toners:

Mother Dirt’s Restorative Mist for Acne-prone skin

Origins Megamushroom Skin Relief Treatment Lotion

Grace & Stella Spray-All-Day Rose Spray

Second; 

Get The Serum


This is probably the most important thing you’ll put on your face! Your skin is clean and fresh so it will absorb what it needs, and serums are usually lighter in weight than your moisturizer so it’ll penetrate deeper into your skin.

Sugar Sugar’s 

Silk Slip

Our Silk Slip Hyaluronic Acid serum was designed to quench and nourish your skin, as well as add a thin layer of protection with cotton leaf extract.


This layer of protection is very very thin so you really shouldn’t count on it as a protective barrier if you’re stepping outside.


Since this is such a vital step; it’s also an opportunity to give your skin more of what it needs. Vitamin C for example is absolutely critical for your skin’s natural collagen production.

Here are some of our favorite C’s:

True Botanical’s Vitamic C Booster powder (just add it to your serum for maximum efficacy)

(we also LOVE their Pure Radiance Oil in Renew) 

Lepaar’s Yuzu 

Vitamin C Serum

(available at Credo)

Insta Natural Day & Night Duo (Vitamin C for day + Retinol for night = Amazing Value at just $29)

(available at Credo)

NOTE: It’s totally possible for you to layer serums. The Fairy Fuzz Mother certainly does! When you’re layer serum be sure to apply in order of weight. For example apply the water-based one first and then the oil-based serum. Allow at least 30-60 seconds for each product to be absorbed before applying the next one.

Third; Apply 

The Shield


Once you’ve given your skin all the things it needs, it’s time to wrap that beauty up in a protective layer! Enter sunscreen. Whether it’s sunny or not you need this. Use a mineral-based sunscreen with SPF 30 at least.


To take it to the next level and minimize the number of steps in your beauty routine; combine your SPF with a little tint. Use a CC cream or tinted moisturizer with mineral sunscreen in it and your make-up is already half-done. Or you can add a dab of foundation to your sunscreen before application.

Here are some of our favorite 

clean sunscreen products:


ThinkBaby’s SPF50

(good for the whole family, especially on days spent outside)

PCA Skin Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45

(your makeup is half-done)

Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen SPF40

Spots


Anything from overexposure to the sun over years, to hormonal imbalances tend to result in dark/light spots, also known as hyper/hypopigmentation. The most common areas that spots show up tend to be on the nose, around the eyes, and on the outer edges of the face or close to the hairline where product tends to wear thinner. 


The solution: Exfoliate. Exfoliate. & Repair. We say it twice because if you have spots you could be exfoliating in 2 different ways!


The first would be a weekly mechanical exfoliation; like a scrub, peel, dry brushing or sugaring your face. Perhaps a combination of these. By removing the layer of dead skin you’re wearing down the hyperpigmentation as well. 


Secondly, is the chemical exfoliation ranging from medical grade chemical peel treatments at the dermatologist to introducing an overnight retinol to your regimen.

Vitamin A in the form of retinol or retinoids slowly exfoliates the skin so you can see spots begin to fade within weeks of consistent use, but it comes with great responsibility; You have to be absolutely diligent with your sunscreen otherwise it will have the exact opposite effect as is intended. So proceed with caution:


Here are some of our favorite 

Retinols to get you started:



The Ordinary 0.5% Retinol Serum

(the perfect starter retinol)

Eve Lom’s Time Retreat Face Treatment

(super popular and sometimes in short supply)

Honua Hawaii’s Aloha Youth Serum

(a good retinol alternative; with Bokuchiol - at Credo)

Sensitivity

Sensitivity of the skin is usually caused by a compromised barrier. This could be caused by shaving, stress or certain drugs. Whatever the case may be the solution is to strengthen the skin and Vitamin C seems to be the holy grail for that. Not only does vitamin C boost your skin’s natural collagen production but it also accelerates the skin’s repair process.


Like any other potent material; vitamin C could be unstable and degrade when exposed to light or air so choose your vitamin C wisely!


See the C lineup above.

Acne

Unfortunately, almost ALL acne is rooted in some internal cause. Be it hormonal changes, nutrition, or stress. So if you’re experiencing acne you may want to look closer at your dietary and lifestyle choices and perhaps seek a medical assessment, as there are many types of acne.

 

On the physiological side however, acne can be simplified as ‘an overproduction of oil mixed with a buildup of dead skin cells. At the physical level the best way to combat acne is to reduce inflammation, increase exfoliation and support recovery and healing.


See recommendations for exfoliation noted above. As for reducing inflammation; welcome to the age of CBD. There has never been a better anti-inflammatory ingredient on the market. But not all CBD products are designed to induce the primary properties of CBD and may have counter-effective ingredients as well. 


Here’s our favorite CBD product for calming inflammation & probiotic alternative:

Blunt Beauty’s Pure CBD balancing face oil in “Isolate”

Mother Dirt’s Active Probiotic System Acne Treatment Kit

(w/ probiotic ingredients to calm acne)

It’s important to have the right tools to take care your most important organ but how you take care of yourself is also super important to hydrate.


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