In today’s world, there are so many different skincare tips, products, trends, and techniques constantly being shared on social media. If you don’t know much about your skin type or skincare in general, it can be difficult to determine whether these social media trends are helpful or hurtful. But not to worry, we’re here to help! Whether you’re new to the world of skincare, making the switch to clean beauty, or just expanding your skincare knowledge you’ll find this article helpful! Read below to learn some of Jane’s top skincare dos and don’ts.
Jane's 5 Skincare Dos & Don'ts
DON’T: Buy your skincare products based off of what is viral or trending on social media
In the age of social media, it can be so easy for things to go viral. However, just because you see someone raving about a certain product, doesn’t necessarily mean it is good. There are no two skins alike. It is so important to do your own research and truly learn about a product (what it does, what it's made of, etc), rather than blindy buying it because of a viral video, ad, or a celebrity endorsement.
DO: Learn about your skin type and invest in good, quality products that are right for you
Skincare is not one-size-fits-all. If you want to see results, you need to be using products that are right for your skin. We know this can be overwhelming for some, but you don’t have to worry. You’re not alone. We are here to help you get your skin healthy. You can talk to one of our holistic skin therapists by booking a Discovery Consultation. Through this consultation you will uncover the history of your skin, your Chinese biorhythm, and learn about our janegee face mapping. You will also leave your consultation with a customized treatment plan and a personalized at home protocol. We want you to feel empowered and help you simplify your skincare routine! You can also take our skin quiz to quickly and easily get products recommended to you based on your responses.
DON’T: Fall for greenwashing or misleading packaging
Greenwashing is the concept of a brand marketing their product as clean, natural, and/or eco-friendly when in reality the products don’t fall into any of those highly sought-after categories. In the US, the beauty industry has way less regulations compared to our European counterparts. European nations have banned over 1,300 substances from their cosmetics sold on the market, whereas the US has only banned 11. Yup, that’s right… ONLY 11 substances. This really makes you stop and think about what ingredients are in your everyday products. Too much of these undesirable ingredients entering your body can really take a toll on your body and add to your toxic load. While our bodies are designed to handle and deal with toxins, they can still struggle when our system is overloaded.
DO: Be aware of what to look out for and always read the ingredients
We truly cannot stress enough how important it is to research the brands you currently use to determine which products are truly safe to use and which ones you need to toss. The app Think Dirty is a great resource for learning about the ingredients in your current products. Additionally, for a full list of ingredients that we will never use in our products and ones that you should stay away from, check out our Nasties List. Once you start to learn what to avoid you can shop with more ease and feel better knowing that the products you are buying are actually clean.
DON’T: Go to bed with makeup on
We all know that feeling after a long day when the last thing you want to do is take your makeup off. However, leaving all that makeup on is terrible for your skin. Taking off your makeup and cleansing your skin is vital to keeping your skin healthy and performing its best. However, only using makeup wipes doesn't count as washing your face. Always follow up makeup removal by washing your face with a natural cleanser to truly wash away all debris on the skin and prep the skin for the rest of your nighttime regimen.
DO: Wash your face every single night
Washing your face with the right cleanser is the single most crucial step toward keeping your skin healthy and clear. Excessive dirt build up on the surface can cause blockages of the follicle, trapping sebum (oil), sweat, and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the skin’s surface allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation. This results in acne. Cleansing your skin everyday will help to clear pores of debris to prevent dirt buildup, allow the sebum oil to reach the skin surface unimpeded, and therefore decrease the chances of a breakout.
Today, so many brands are trying to sell exfoliating scrubs and products as a way to make the skin appear flawless and youthful. However, exfoliating is actually one of the worst things you can do to your skin. When you exfoliate your skin, you undermine all of your skincare efforts. Learn more here.
DO: Detox your skin once a week
You don’t need to exfoliate or undergo harsh, expensive treatments to achieve healthy skin. A good skincare routine and a weekly at-home facial will work wonders. Our janegee Facial Kit was designed to provide you with all the tools you need to manage your skin at home. By using the clay and marine masks included in the kit, you will be able to detox your skin safely and effectively. Detoxing the skin is a vital step in maintaining a healthy skin, as it removes impurities, pollutants, and dead skin cells that will bring your complexion back to its healthiest state.
DON’T: Spend an excessive amount of time in the sun
While the sun is so important for your overall well-being, you have to learn how to be safe with the sun. The sun is like a vitamin - juice that enters the body and nourishes every cell, healing our adrenals. Don't be afraid of the sun, just be smart. Exposure to the sun for 20-60 minutes a day between 10-2 is ideal for maximum vitamin d. The sun becomes dangerous to your skin only if you allow yourself to be exposed to excess amounts of UV rays. Limit your time in the sun. Be aware of when your skin has had enough. Cover up or find some shade. Don’t just lay out unprotected for hours.
DO: Protect your skin from the inside-out
Adjusting your diet is another great way to build up your skin’s natural sun protection from within. Colorful, raw fruits and vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, watermelon, cantaloupe, goji berries, pomegranate, blueberries, blackberries, artichoke, are a few of our favorites for this. Along with their ability to protect your skin from harmful UV damage, they also help to boost the immune system. The extracts boost the production of positive enzymes from within cells to defend them against many aspects of UV damage. They prevent the absorption and entry of UV light into the skin. Additionally, you should try gradually exposing your skin to the sun. This will help you to adapt to it and prepare your skin for when the sun is at its strongest. Lastly, use a natural non-nano Zinc Oxide sunscreen, like our favorite one from Raw Elements, to add an extra layer of protection to your skin.
We hope you’ve found these dos and don’ts helpful. Remember that you have the power to improve the health of your skin and your overall well being. Let’s Become Better Together!