Whether we realize it or not, our bodies communicate with us constantly. Stomach growling? You may be hungry. Too much sun and your skin will let you know. Our bodies signal to us that something isn’t quite right, and our skin is no exception. Our skin tells us what it wants and needs all the time, but deciphering these signals and acting on them can be very tricky. That’s why we compiled the below list to help be the liaison between your skin and yourself!
Itchy or flaky patches
Experiencing patches of itchy or flaky skin is arguably one of the more common skin issues, but what does it really mean? Well, for the most part, this is your skin trying to tell you that it is dry. If you have areas of itchiness or if your makeup instantly begins to flake upon application, that means your skin is in = need of hydration - even if you feel like you just moisturized. You’d be surprised how much moisture our skin needs to be it’s happiest and healthiest! Do your best to avoid over-exfoliating these areas. While it may be irritating to have patches of flakes, scrubbing them off will only leave the skin exposed and even more dry. Instead, try layering gentle, moisturizing products to give your skin the boost it is craving. Our Luminous Brightening Elixir will do just the trick!
Does your skin take what feels like a long time to heal itself? Do you consistently have patches or spots of redness? Are you prone to scarring? If yes, then you may have a damaged skin barrier. But don’t panic! All this means is that your skin needs a break. Most of us see redness and instantly go into action-mode, with exfoliants and masks and treatments to avoid the redness getting worse or turning into a blemish. Instead, this is your skin letting you know that your barrier is compromised. And when that happens, your skin has a difficult time keeping the good stuff in, and blocking the bad stuff from entering. To soothe this irritation and build that barrier back up, lay off anything harsh or exfoliating and stick to gentle, moisturizing products. You can even skip washing in the mornings and opt for micellar water instead until your skin bounces back.
Have you ever put on a lotion or serum and it burns? Admittedly, this happened to me frequently in the past and I actually thought it was a good thing. Especially since it seemed to happen, at least for me, after exfoliating or having that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling. I thought that the products were just super strong and effective and making my skin as clear as can be! Oh, how thankful I am that I have since learned that your skincare shouldn’t hurt. And if it does, that is your body reacting and signaling that something is off. If you experience burning while applying skincare products, chances are those products are either too strong for your skin or that (yep, you guessed it) your skin is dry and the barrier is compromised. Similar to the above two solutions, keeping your routine simple, giving your skin time to heal, steering clear of new or strong products and using only calming, hydrating products will heal your skin barrier and reduce burning.
Ahhhh, breakouts. Pimples. Zits. Blemishes. Whiteheads, blackheads, you name it. There are a bunch of different names for these pesky little spots, and they all could be telling us something different. We’ve mapped out what your acne may be trying to tell you, from diet to stress to dirty pillow cases! But remember: You are beautiful, no matter what, and your skin is worthy of all good things. Always.
For all of your skincare needs, our Luminous Brightening Elixir is gentle yet effective, providing soothing hydration and a glow that will both last all day and soothe your skincare troubles! Your skin will be saying ‘Thank YOU!’ by absolutely radiating.