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You are using your skin cream wrong!
Target skin concerns with your boosters and serums and not your skin cream.
Please STOP using your face cream to target skin concerns.
The ingredient molecule size in your skin care creams is too big and bulky to solve any skin concern.
Targeting your skin concerns with boosters and serums is the best way to improve your overall skin tone and radiance.
Your skin cream packaging will promise to solve all your skin health issues, but trust me, it’s NOT true. Let me help you learn more about how your skin cells communicate and regenerate. You can then decide for yourself what you need to improve your skin health and have the confidence to choose the right skin care products for your skin health – not skin type.
STOP using your skin cream to target skin concerns
Use serums and boosters to improve skin
My approach is to educate you about natural aesthetic solutions to skin care products and treatments to reduce the effects of ageing skin, so you can feel confident about investing in your skin care and professional skin treatments that are right for your skin health, not your skin type.
Targeting your skin concerns with boosters and serums is the heavy lifting phase to improve your skin health.
This is where you target your future skin cells to enhance cell communication to improve your skin cell health. Invest your money in your active ingredients in serum form, save your cream to maintain what you’ve achieved.
The active ingredients in boosters and serums can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase the feeling of firmness, tone and brighten your skin by reducing pigmentation and blemishes. This is done via skin cell communication from your extra cellular matrix as it sits just inside your skin cell membrane.
A common myth is that people looking to improve their main skin concerns with a cream. This is a big mistake: A cream can not address dry and dehydrated skin. A cream can not balance sebum regulation, or oily foreheads or chins.
A thick cream can not remove wrinkles!
You need to go back to your [Step 1] Prepare phase and understand more about how to clean, cleanse and exfoliate your skin to address superficial skin issues. Once you are happy with your preparation phase products and have completed at least two or three skin cell turnovers, you can start to look at your future skin health routine and more detail.
This is where you invest your money. High-grade active ingredients come in varying degrees of concentration and molecule size, but your skin cells must recognize them to benefit.
The skin is an organ, it transports and communicates messages via keratinocytes to stimulate metabolism and regeneration. It has a multiple functional layers from the outside world.
How do skin cells communicate?
It’s designed to keep things out and allow recognizable active ingredients via cell transportation. The protective barrier is your extracellular skin matrix . It acts as a gatekeeper inside the cell membrane. Interestingly, if you have inflammation issues such as sensitive, reactive rosacea or blemishes, It’s this skin matrix, that’s not happy.
The most common symptoms of dry, dehydrated, blackheads, open pores, blemishes and fine lines are a sign that your skin cells communication has been disrupted, which can be due to the microbiome or the pH balance on the skin being affected by your topical care or environmental factors.
If these are your primary skin concerns then check for fragrances in your products and stop abrasive excessive exfoliation as this is the root cause to your skin concerns. If the ceramides have been stripped away due to access exfoliation with foaming face washes, micro-dermabrasion or with acids peels, the protection from the environment has been compromised.
If this has happened your skin will often feel tight, itchy and dry after you have completed your skin care routine.
How to achieve this skin cell strength?
Your skin extracellular matrix will only transport into the cell recognizable ingredients. For example, your skin will absorb steroids and as they are fundamentally cholesterol, which are the lipids that are in your skin. But more skincare related Tretinoin which is vitamin A. The extracellular matrix recognizes the vitamin molecule as a protective antioxidant.
As you probably know, our skin cells are dying and being replaced every minute of the day, the skin cells at the dermal layer are seen at the top of the stratum corneum within about 28 days. As skin cells like direction, if left to their own devices during those 28 days, it can make bad decisions such as faster ageing.
A common myth that you can only create collagen by causing trauma in the dermis is incorrect. You can influence the skin strength from the keratinocytes as they communicate down to the next layer of skin cells via natural growth factors.
Each skin cell membrane contains these lipoproteins, lipids, and peptides, and these love vitamins and minerals as well. So for your skin cells to replicate, they want all these ingredients.
For skin health rejuvenation, your skin cells will recognise and want hyaluronic acid, retinol, peptides, resveratrol and other antioxidants such as vitamin C.
All these ingredients are naturally already in your body and your skin cells are influenced by the quantity and quality of these. But not just your skin, your gut and liver cells also love all these ingredients. Hence I talk about these nutrients as supplements with my nutrition clients.
The quality of boosters and serums is essential
For your skin cells to benefit from these ingredients when applied topically, they need to be inactive form and applied consistently.
The quality of the active ingredients combined with the consistency is what your skin cells want. Remember the skin cells take 28 days as a minimum to complete their life cycle. When you want to improve your future skin, think about how each skin cell will replicate from its neighbour. If there has been a disruption to the extracellular matrix it’s going to take time to improve your skin health overall so you will see an improvement after 28 days.
Remember skin cells need direction and consistency to regenerate replicate from the last month cell. The pH must be right and the nutrients available to create a strong cellular matrix each time. Think about how much stronger next month skin cells will be, and the month after that! Think ahead for your future skin cell health – it’s cumulative.
How to improve your skin health
To improve your skin health, you must consider applying any booster ingredients for a minimum of 28 days to give a constant and consistent message down through the skin cells for future skin health for long-term skin rejuvenation.
Before you consider whether something is working give your skin cells at least three skin-cell turnovers before making any changes.
The beauty of understanding more about your skin health is that you can change and adapt targeted boosters and serums throughout the year. For example, you can focus on brightening and radiance in the winter months and then hydration post-holiday and travel. You can also mix and match daytime and nighttime routines using retinol and vitamin C in the evening and peptides for firmer-looking skin in the daytime.
Skin health expert advice is to take it slow and low pick one primary concern and choose the most active ingredient. Choose an intensive booster to focus on that primary skin concern for a minimum of 28 days, and then follow up with a serum for the next two to three months. This will give your skin cells the constant message.
In summary: your daily skincare routine should start with the preparation phase of clean cleansing and naturally exfoliating your skin gently every time before you consider investing in any targeted serums and boosters. Assess your skin and make sure your skin health is strong enough to be able to metabolize and deal with the active ingredients. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time and money and you could be making the issues even worse.
Review which products you have at home to clean your skin before investing in any actives ingredients and use your cream to maintain skin health.
Remember to invest in your skin health, not just skincare to reduce the effects of ageing – naturally.
If you are unsure what you have at home and want to review your skincare book a Skin Health Check with Jen Adams to discuss the right mix and match of combinations of serums and boosters for your primary and secondary skin concerns.