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The Best Skincare Routine for Oily Complexions

Follow these steps to keep shine at bay all day (and night) long.

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror only to see a shiny face staring back at you, you’re not alone—so many women and men struggle with oily skin. Luckily, there are plenty of expert-approved ways to care for this specific skin type. With that in mind, we tapped a few of the industry’s leading dermatologists to determine, once and for all, the best skincare routine for oily skin.

woman applying face mask

First, understand what constitutes an oily skin type.

It’s important to first understand what oily skin is. People have active or even over active oil glands (sebaceous glands). This production may cause you feel greasy or not having makeup stay on. The highest areas of oil production are in the T-zone, which is the forehead, chin, and…nose!

Understand that you need oil.

The thing about balanced oil glands is that they’re beneficial to the health and appearance of the skin. In addition to hydrating your complexion, oil production actually helps to remove dead skin cells and other irritants by pushing them out of the pores. However, when they are overactive, the pores expand and they experience a back-up of dead cells and sludge sticking to the walls of the pore, which is too heavy to be secreted.

Asses your skin.

If you’re still reading this, there’s a good chance that you know you have oily skin—or have a feeling that you might. If you see large, dilated pores, your skin is most likely oily. Another good trick is to wash your face and pat it dry, then assess your skin five to 10 minutes later without having applied any products. If your skin feels tight all over and you see flaking, your skin is dry. If it is perfectly comfortable, it is likely oily. The silver lining? Dermatologists claim research and real-life evidence show that people with oilier skin tend to develop fewer wrinkles over time, compared to those with complexions on the drier side.

Bookmark these ingredients.

The trick to managing oily skin is to know which ingredients combat shine—and which to avoid entirely. Exfoliating ingredients—think alpha hydroxy acids, like glycolic acid and lactic acid, and beta hydroxy acids, such as salicylic acid—work wonders to break up dead skin cells and built-up sebum, effectively cleansing pores to the core. Due to salicylic acid’s oil-loving properties, it penetrates oil glands more readily than alpha hydroxy acids. For those with more sensitive skin, micronized formulations of salicylic acid are equally as effective but less irritating.

In addition to exfoliating acids, embrace hydrating hyaluronic acid (it will help balance your skin’s oil production without clogging pores), oil-reducing niacinamide, and oil-absorbing clay, as well. And don’t forget about retinol. Among many other skincare benefits, retinol is the anti-aging holy grail in part because it builds collagen. Beyond helping to restore plump, more youthful-looking skin with fewer fine lines, retinol firms the skin and inadvertently tightens pores, resulting in less oil production and emission.”

As for the ingredients to steer clear of? Stay away from heavy oils that contain saturated fats, like avocado, coconut, and olive, as they tend to clog pores and may lead to breakouts and even more oil production. Also a good idea to nix alcohol from your routine because, although it’s marketed to remove excess oil, it actually dries out skin and prompts even more oil production.

Develop a routine—beginning with a workhorse cleanser.

Getting oily skin under control starts with an oil-free, non-comedogenic cleanser. More specifically, look for one formulated with exfoliating salicylic acid or, if your skin is on the more reactive side, glycolic acid (which is gentler). The Sorella Orange You Jelly Cleanser or Environ Sebu Cleanser would be your go to. This type of cleanser will help unclog pores while working to balance oil production. If your skin is easily irritated, you may need to slowly work an exfoliating cleanser into your routine, substituting it with a gentle cleanser every other day.

Treat your skin with an antioxidant-rich serum.

Antioxidants (like THD vitamin C) are a must because they not only repair damage caused by the sun, but they also minimize the hyperpigmentation that acne (which often accompanies oily skin) leaves behind; they’re best absorbed in serum form. What’s more, they can help diminish sebum production if used regularly. Scoop up Sorella’s Pomegranate Acai Antioxidant Serum ($64) if you’re looking to work this active into your regimen. As for an antioxidant to avoid entirely? Vitamin E as it can cause breakouts for those with oily skin.

Apply moisturizer.

You don’t want to encourage the greasy nature of your skin, so opt for a light, oil-free moisturizer, like Environ’s Hydroxy Acid Sebu-Lac Lotion ($46). Avoid heavy creams and, as with cleansers, look for products that are non-comedogenic and oil-free. Also recommend looking for moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid to mitigate any dehydration from potent actives, which can trigger excess oil production.

Finish with SPF during the day and retinol at night.

No matter the weather—and regardless of whether or not you are headed outdoors—it’s important to establish the habit of applying an SPF of 30 or higher each and every day. We recommend physical sunscreens, meaning those containing minerals like titanium and zinc, over chemical sunscreens, as they tend to be less irritating and are less likely to induce acne. Look for oil-free and non-comedogenic formulations, like Sorella’s Tropical Topical Matte SPF 30 ($46). At night, swap SPF for retinol or a retinoid and keep the rest of your routine the same.

Incorporate an exfoliant twice a week.

We recommend incorporating hydroxy acids in a more concentrated form twice weekly. Remember, over-exfoliating is not the key.

Don’t forget to mask.

Adding in a clay mask once weekly also helps to decongest pores and reduce acne.

Tone, Tone, Tone!

Does your skin really need a toner?

Most of us are well aware of the “cleansing, toning, moisturizing” formula. But is the second step really necessary? What is it for, anyway?

First of all, toner is designed to remove what’s left on your skin after cleansing, be it makeup leftovers, dirt, etc. Aside from that, toner has lots of other advantages and benefits, making it too important to exclude toning from your daily skincare routine. Let’s take a closer look at what they are. 

Balancing pH level
In other words, toner prepares your skin for absorbing moisturizing cream, serum or fluid. It helps the substance get inside those pores and do its job. If you skip toner, you probably have to wait a little time till your cream is fully absorbed.

Exfoliating
Toners that contain exfoliating components (glycolic acids, etc) are great at helping your skin renew itself faster and wipe off the dead skin cells.

Rejuvenating
Some toners contribute to your skin’s elasticity and slow the aging process. If this is your case, choose toners with hyaluronic acid along with moisturizing and anti-aging creams.Refreshing When you feel that your skin is dirty or oily, just use toner to refresh it. If you are on the go on a hot day and your face needs immediate hydration, toner is there to help.

The bottom line?
It’s hard to say that toner works alone as an autonomous beauty product. It’s more like a supportive weapon. Using a toner won’t change your skin, far from it. What it will do is to strengthen the effect of the other beauty products you apply.

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The Truth About Skin Scrubbers

The process of face scrubbing helps to remove our dead skin cells in the top dead layer of our skin. It signals to the living cells below it to speed up the maturing process a little. As a result, we deliver a boost to our younger, healthier cells, telling them to move up and that creates a rejuvenating effect.

Have oily, acne-prone or thicker skin?

Exfoliation may be a must-do beauty care step because these types of skin could need a little extra exfoliation than normal. If you decide to try using face or body scrubbers, start with a gentle scrub, loofah, or a washcloth. Here at Joanna Young Skin offer ZOE Bliss devices. Their latest Sonic Beauty Device cleanses, massages, and applies skincare for optimum short and long-term results. With an innovative design and revolutionary Transdermal Sonic Technology, ZOE Bliss delivers 7000 micro-
pulsations per minute to cleanse, exfoliate, massage, maximize skin care product penetration and absorption on a cellular level. This helps to reduce
signs of aging and to reinvigorate the glow to your skin.

Have normal or combination skin?

The right amount of time for all skin types can vary between once or twice a week, but there are no two exact skin types…DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Try once a week to start then move up to two times a week.

Word of Caution

Exfoliation is not as harmless for our skin as it might look. Too much scrubbing can lead to irritation and even puffiness. To prevent inflammation, choose a way that meets your skin type and needs.

Oops I over-exfoliated… now what?

Tried a new exfoliation tool or used a chemical exfoliator with a tool? We have products that will help soothe the skin and restore the barrier.

What are your exfoliating habits?

Exfoliating is generally a good thing because it removes dead skin cells. Dead skin can make skin look dry and prevents any treatments you use from being fully absorbed. However, if you exfoliate too often, are too abrasive, or combine multiple exfoliators, the natural oils and healthy bacteria that keep your skin balanced can be stripped which can cause irritation.  More intensive exfoliation once a week (blackberry lime, or mint poppy) Preferably in the evenings so the skin has time to regenerate without being exposed to the elements and you can apply a nice barrier to the skin.

We should rethink how your skin needs to be exfoliated this is where I recommend having a monthly HydraFacial.  Every four weeks you can check in with your esthetician and get idea of what you need, as your skin changes on a seasonal basis it can also change on a monthly basis. Upgrade your facial service with a Marine Mermaid, locks in moisture and increases absorption of active ingredients.

This time of year is really dry and cold, cold air equals dry air. (winter)

 Dry air sucks the moisture out of the skin and compromises the condition of the skin. Dry skin is a weak skin and more vulnerable to irritation an aging. Also, this time of year we have heater on in our homes and indoor heating can have a similar drying effect on the skin as well.  To keep your skin barrier strong and functioning properly I recommend some moisturizers with ingredients that help retain moisture I personally use one by Sorella Apothecary, The Balm, that is recommended as a night cream and has a little bit of beeswax in it. Beeswax provides a protective barrier to help keep the skin nourished while still allowing for it to breath. Black Current Extract is high in vitamin C and rich in fatty acids which reduces inflammation and helps bind moisture to the skin. It has anti-aging benefits as well with Argireline (wrinkle reducer) and palmitoyl tripeptide-37 (potent peptide that’s proven to decrease wrinkles by 45% in 28 days).  Hyaluronic acid serums are great for the new year, Sorella’s Main Squeeze Hydrating Serum layers great under any moisturizer. It contains Snow Mushroom Extract which is 3-4x more hydrating than hyaluronic acid. Also contains niacinamide that reduces inflammation and restores the skin’s natural barrier. Cogan grass provides long time moisturizing benefits without clogging pores.

Sensitive skin it might be a clue that you have a skin condition that has not been yet diagnosed.

For example, the tendency to flush or flash along with persistent redness on your cheeks, forehead and chin are commonly signs of rosacea. Eczema also causes irritation and dry flaky skin, both conditions are best treated by an aesthetician or under a dermatologist’s care.  Sensitive and sensitized are two different things. I find a lot of people don’t make this connection. Sensitive skin is genetic and sensitized is often from outside factors like the with weather, harsh ingredients and or over exfoliation.

Tips:

  • Don’t forget to use a toner.
  • Drink water. We tend to consume a lot of sodium heavy foods this time of year.
  • Lip treatment applied every evening before bed to lock in moisture and heal and repair sensitive lip area
  • In addition, I always recommend cleaning your make up brushes and discarding old make up that may have bacteria buildup on it.

What is Sugar Hair Removal, How is Sugaring Different than Waxing

What is Sugar hair removal and how is it different than waxing?  Some people called it “sugar wax” which I think is funny, there is no wax in sugar and there is no sugar in wax.

Shorts, dresses, bathing suits… it’s definitely skin-baring season. For a lot of women (and some men too), it’s also hair-removal season. Hair removal can be stressful, expensive, time consuming, and, if you wax, painful. However, there’s a new, natural, less painful alternative to traditional waxing that delivers just as good, if not better, results than both waxing and shaving.

This seemingly too-good-to-be-true technique is called sugaring, and it’s become the No. 1 choice for hair removal for many people. “Waxing is a popular and easily accessible method for body hair removal,” “But once you try sugaring, we bet you never go back!”

Sugaring is an all-natural hair removal process developed in Ancient Egypt using sugar, lemon and water.

Since sugar is applied warm unlike wax it will never burn the skin and has very little discomfort.  Wax can cling to live skin, tearing it off.  Sugaring will only cling to dead skin giving you soft exfoliated results.

When sugaring, hair is removed in same direction as it grows creating a better chance of removing the follicle to slow the regrowth process.  Wax is removed against the direction of hair growth potentially breaking off at the follicle.  There is less of chance for ingrown hairs when sugaring compared to waxing.

No need for strips or sticks just ball up the sugar paste and spread over the skin.  The sugar paste can easily be cleaned up with warm water once finished so you never leave feeling sticky.

Sugaring can remove a shorter hair length than waxing so there is no need to wait a few extra days for regrowth.

I have found that since I started sugaring it is a little more hygienic and bit more efficient because you only need the one round ball of sugar rather than several strips of wax. Unlike traditional waxing, sugaring does not require paper strips, instead we use a special paste made out sugar, lemon juice, and water. Using our hand, the aesthetician smoothes the paste onto the skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth and lets it sit for a few seconds, then it’s flicked off in the direction of hair growth to keep the hair intact and prevent breakage. I have gotten a Brazilian down to 10-12 minutes, easy lunch time

I have seen a lot of places double dip into their wax pot which is very unsanitary, you don’t have to worry about that with sugaring.

Another thing to think about when you’re doing hair removal is that it is a shock to your system, I always recommend drinking lots of water after you’ve been sugared and or waxed. The results from sugaring can last up to 4-6 weeks.

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Eyelash Extensions, Yumilash or Lash Serums

Eyelash Options

By Joanna Young, Owner, Joanna Young Skin

 

Today we have so many options to enhance our eyelashes: Lash Extensions, lash growth enhancers (serums), Keratin Lash treatments (or perms), false lashes (strip lashes), and mascara. Today I’d like to go over these options and see what suits you best!

 

Extensions

Let’s start with my favorite, eyelash extensions. I have been doing lashes for over 12 years now and it has come a long way.  You need to be realistic and careful when choosing a lash studio. If the lashes are not applied correctly it could damage your natural lashes and cause irritation to the lash line.  Also, the adhesive is very important.  I always recommend non-formaldehyde adhesive which allows you to wet your lashes after your lash appointment. If the tech tells you to keep your eye dry for a day this is because water will activate the formaldehyde causing a fume that can get into your eye.  Make sure to always do your research when choosing a lash studio and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Novalash is the best brand of adhesive Platinum Bond and Sensitive as well ae the lashes.

 

Now the fun stuff, picking your lashes!  You have options when choosing your lash extensions which come in different lengths, thickness and curls.

  • The classic extension (1 extension on 1 lash) gives you a natural lash line.
  • Volume lashes (3-6 very thin lashes made into a fan and placed on 1 of your lashes) are what I wear. This creates a full fluffy effect; it is triple the amount of lashes added to your lash line. It does not have to be a heavy look, can be very natural or very dramatic.
  • Cashmere lashes are similar to classic though the tips of the lash have been split.
  • Real mink hair (not to be confused with the brand minky lashes) are a natural thin lash. Although they do not hold their curl long they are real, natural and pretty.

 

Every person has a different amount of natural lashes on their lash line with different thickness. The application appointment is made for the general lash line.  This is where I think women need to be realistic with the outcome. If you want the dramatic thick lash line it may take a longer appointment or possibly 2 appointments.  Lash extensions need touch up appointments, as you lose your lashes and or extensions you will want to fill in the gaps.

 

Lash Growth Enhancers

Lash growth serums can be used while you wear lash extensions. There is a lot of different lash growth serums on the market and I believe they all work to some degree. This is a good option for people wanting the growth for long lashes.

We offer Lash Dr. by Novalsh and GrandeLash.

 

Yumilash Keratin Lash Treatment

A great solution for woman that have had a reaction to lash extensions or just don’t have time for the maintenance is the Keratin lash lift. This is a treatment curls your natural lashes up, opens your eye and gives you a nice curl for 2-3 months. You can add a few extensions if you need more or wear mascara. Yumilash is the best brand I have found from Paris for this treatment.

 

Mascara

Lots of options for mascara now a days.  They have primers to thicken up the lash, wands that separate the lash and fibers that add length. I still stay away from mascara due to the raccoon eye, it always makes its way to create a dark circle around my eye

For more information or appointments call 949-355-5482

359 San Miguel Dr. #202, Newport Beach, Ca 92660

Novalash before and after lash extensions

No Curler, No Mascara and No lash extensions