Our skincare routine, like many of you Cheeky’s, is ever-evolving. However, and a big however, we always strive to keep these four main ingredients in our lineup. Cheeky Complexion has had a few contacts as of late of women, in particular, who are really trying to get into the whole skincare realm, but they haven’t known where to start.
We thought this blog topic would be just PERFECT for them & hopefully you too! If you’re just starting out, amping up your skincare routine or you’re maturing and you’re looking to spruce up your face, then this blog is for Y-O-U!
If you’re maturing, are exposed to environmental hazards on the regular or are experiencing dry skin due to your skincare regime (or otherwise), then you’re gonna wanna get on this ceramide train!
Naturally found in the outer layers of your skin, ceramides play a role in maintaining your skin’s moisture levels. These lipids make up about 20% of the skin’s intercellular matrix and act as the glue that holds surface dermal cells together. Without ceramides your skin becomes irritated, dry and at risk for major skin concerns like eczema and psoriasis.
As we get wiser, our ceramide levels naturally decrease or as I like to say bite the dust. Sun damage, dry environments & even using irritating, harsh skin care products also deplete ceramide levels. But have no fear, with a proper skincare regime and overall healthy lifestyle, you can help restore your ceramide levels and get back your glowing, dewey skin.
#CheekyConfidential Research has shown that vitamin C concentrations as low as 0.6% provide antioxidant and anti-aging benefits to skin
When added to your daily routine, high concentrations of vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from evening out your skin tone, improving the look of acne scars, shielding skin from pollution, wildly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer! It’s often known as skincare’s superstar!
Vitamin C Reference Guide
- You may experience some skin purging when first starting out with a vitamin C product
- It is recommended that you use vitamin C on nights that you don’t use your retinoid products
- Vitamin C works better with low pH skin
- If you have another vitamin C containing product at home, it’s best to use either one or the other. Two vitamin C’s together can actually dilute each other & make them less effective
- Stinging and redness is normal when first starting out this regime – your skin will eventually adjust, but don’t hesitate to using every couple days and then work into using every day
^ This is seriously the BEST vitamin C product that we’ve tried… I almost went as far as to say ‘best on the market’, it’s that dang good.
Vitamin A is best known for its abilities to fight off aging AND acne! Plus so many other things!
What is VITAMIN A? Retinol is a type of retinoid found in vitamin A. Vitamin A is composed of two parts: retinoids, which include retinol, and carotenoids which includes beta-carotine. Retinol is a type of vitamin A found in animal products like liver, kidney, eggs, and dairy products.
Retinoids can be amazing exfoliators. They help to remove dead skin cells that could clog pores that cause acne flare-ups. They also speed up your skin’s cell turnover, while boosting collagen and elastin. How do they do that? They boost collagen and elastin by stimulating cellular repair.
Protects against UV damage – A lot of your vitamin A intake comes from eating foods rich in beta-carotene and vitamin A carotenoids, which are extremely potent antioxidants. Not only do these protect against free radicals (i.e. sun damage) that break down your skin’s collagen, they also lessen skin’s sensitivity to the sun, providing natural protection against the sun rays & unwanted pigmentation. Side note: Using retinoids actually can make your skin sensitive to the sun because of their exfoliating attributes, so you certainly want to wear sunscreen.
Encourages cell production – Your skin is the first line of defense against bacteria, sickness, etc. When your bod is full of vitamin A it helps to strengthen this barrier, protecting yourself from harmful irritants that attempt to attack the surface.
Smooths wrinkles – Topical vitamin A in the form of retinol are proven wrinkle fighters!
One study found that after using a prescription-strength vitamin A cream for 10 to 12 months participants noticed significantly fewer wrinkles, and medical experts noted an 80 percent increase in collagen.
Evens skin tone – Vitamin A topical treatments can help lighten brown spots and boost skin radiance in a couple ways: First, by increasing skin cell turnover, which helps you shed pigmented, damaged skin. This allows for a more radiant glow. Lastly, retinoids can block an enzyme needed for melanin production, which helps to even out your skin tone!
Clears up acne – Pimples often form when pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, yada yada! When vitamin A topical treatments are used, they help stimulate cell turnover which is the same process that happens within the pores themselves, helping to slow oil production and keep pores clear.
So collagen is what is produced by cells in your bod called fibroblasts. It’s part of a large group of proteins that apparently represents up to 70% of all the proteins within our body. It’s found in the form of fibers in many parts of the body, including: vital organs, muscles, bones, tendons, SKIN (whoop, whoop), blood vessels, etc. Collagen is responsible to resist damage to the tissues and protect and stabilize skin and cartilage. It also works alongside elastin fibers & proteins to support tissues in the skin – i.e. the reason why your skin is firm and the face has defined contours.
Shortcut (normal human words): ‘The purpose of collagen is to make your skin firm, stretch and bend. As collagen breaks down or becomes destroyed, wrinkles begin to appear. Elastin provides your skin with elasticity, making it pliable. Without collagen and elastin, your skin could not stretch or bend.’ – Livestrong.com
80% of people surveyed agreed that it took about 4 months for them to notice a change in their skin when taking collagen orally.
We personally LOVED our experience with Naked Collagen & I would highly recommend you consider it!
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