I'm Ellyn Davis, Founder of Tree of Life Beauty. Welcome to our weekly newsletter, where we discuss important ways to age gracefully, “how-tos” for keeping skin healthy as you age, and so much more about your skincare regimen.
This week we will discuss “How To Target Problem Areas.” If you missed any of our past newsletters, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to send a list of the available articles that we can forward to you.
Please be advised that we are not doctors or dermatologists, and this article should not be taken as medical advice or any medical statement. Any questions or issues involving your skin-care needs should be taken up with a physician, and we highly recommend you consult with your doctor before taking up any skin-care regimen.
In one of my previous posts, “7 Steps to a Luxurious At-Home Facial,” I mentioned that the sixth of seven steps is “treat problem points.” I always cringe when calling them “problem areas,” because it sounds so negative. I would much rather celebrate my wins and focus on the positive things I like about myself!
But, in reality, “problem areas” are just that—those areas that you feel uncomfortable with on your skin for whatever reason. This could be acne, blackheads, scars, dark spots, under-eye circles, fine lines, or wrinkles.
But there’s no use stressing over them. There are natural, organic ways to fix each of these skin blemishes that will have your skin looking and feeling healthy, clear, and radiant!
Acne and Blackheads
If you suffer from acne, you’ve probably tried everything under the sun (including, probably, getting more sun, which helps minimize redness in acne).
But one hidden acne secret is making a recent splash: retinol. Put the drying toothpaste away, and get out your retinoids. Retinol can help reduce acne by actually changing the chemistry of skin oils and stopping sebum from being deposited in pores, which causes blemishes.
The down-side is that acne-prone skin can be sensitive to retinols. We recommend daily application before bed, so the retinol doesn’t come in contact with sunrays and create a harsh reaction. For acne-prone skin, retinoid cream may not be as beneficial as a retinol moisturizer or serum. A retinol moisturizer will allow your skin to soak in the properties of the retinol without getting irritated or over-drying. Remember—don’t fight oils with dryness! Fight oils with clean, protective moisture.
Scars are a part of life. I like to think of them as little marks that show you’ve lived an exciting and full life. Still, that doesn’t mean you want prominent or discolored marks on your face, where everyone can see your “full life.” Scars can be one of the harder marks to treat, because they become such a part of your face long-term.
Scar treatment can take awhile, but it can prove effective if you’re diligent about it. In the same way that a Band-Aid can help heal a wound, you want to apply a liquid or cream “bandage” to a scar in order to protect it from damage and encourage rapid skin cell production. The proper cream can diminish the look of scars, helping them blend naturally into your face.
Our scar cream has Arnica Montana, a soothing anti-inflammatory that is often applied to skin to heal bruises, aches, sprains, and even arthritis. This cream also has Vitamin C, which is linked to collagen production, as well as Vitamin E ,which creates a protective layer from environmental damages. The trifecta to help fade new and old scars alike!
Dark spots can be caused by a number of different factors. If you have a lot of hyperpigmentation on your skin, visiting a doctor is the best first option.
Dark spots can darken even at the first sight of light—even a light bulb! So, step one to protect your face is SPF. Always apply some sort of sunscreen, whether in your moisturizer or foundation, before you leave the house in the morning to prevent worsening of dark spots.
Along with prevention, the best form of treatment for dark spots is exfoliation and a gentle serum. After exfoliating, your skin responds better to serums that are meant to treat hyperpigmentation.
Vitamin C is known for its brightening effects. So, applying a gentle, vitamin C serum after exfoliation can lighten dark spots. A retinol serum can rejuvenate damaged skin, allowing dark skin cells to be replaced by lighter ones. Mixing these two serums will booth lighten dark spots and boost production of new skin cells at the same time, leading to quicker treatment of harsh dark spots.
Whether you had a rough night’s sleep or you’re suffering from chronic eye-bags, darkness or puffiness under your eyes can make you look tired, sick, and aged. It can boost the appearance of crow’s feet and actually even damage the sensitive skin under your eye. There are several causes of under-eye issues: allergies, sleep deprivation, stress, crying, age, excess salt in diet, and excessive exposure to sun.
Notice how we have little control over many of those causes? And how many of them have nothing to do with our skincare routine at all?
Don’t be discouraged, though. There are many ways to fix those under-eye circles.
In the short-term:
If you wake up one morning with dark shadows under your eyes, place two spoons in the freezer first thing in the morning. Go about your normal daily routine, and then before you leave the house, place the spoons under your eyes. This can help your undereyes regain their elasticity and reduce inflammation. You’ll be ready to take on the day!
In the long-term:
Spoons aren’t a great long-term solution, though. You want to invest in a quality, organic gel that will do two things: improve skin’s firmness and protect from free radicals. The skin under your eye is very thin, so even slight breakage or exposure to environmental causes can create a new and long-term“problem area.” A quick-absorbing and soothing Vitamin C gel will send those eye-bags packing.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Everyone’s favorite age-enemy: wrinkles. Wrinkles are a problem area worthy of their own article (or hundreds), because they plague us all at some point due to sun, lifestyle, and age. Barring a Fountain of Youth, the best way to treat wrinkles is simply a daily application of a proven age-defying cream, serum, or cleanser.
At Tree of Life, we want to help keep your skin looking as young as your soul feels. That’s why we offer a great variety of products that will help you defy gravity’s heavy hand.
Our Matrixyl Anti-Wrinkle Cream stimulates collagen production and helps to reduce fine lines by as much as 50%. It’s absorbed quickly and naturally into the skin to protect against future age-related damage. Use this with our nighttime Ultimate Age-Defying Serum, which has over 700 clinical studies proving satisfaction in its ingredients. This is the ideal duo for controlling the uncontrollable.
If you have problem areas, there are solutions! Contact us if you have questions about how to get your complexion clear, your skin smooth, and your confidence high!