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The Secret to Beautiful Skin: Moisturize and Hydrate!

Achieving beautiful, healthy-looking skin is our mission at Joanna Young Skin. It’s common to deal with the appearance of dry, dull skin throughout the year, or think that signs of aging are inevitable. However, you can discover the appearance of radiant, healthy, younger-looking skin regardless of the season or your age! Our super moisturizers and hydrators in our Environ Focus Care Moisture+ range can help you achieve your skin care goals. Here’s what you need to know!

Super Hydration For Dry Skin
When we say “intensive hydrating” we really mean it. Use a serum that contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA) – a naturally-occurring known moisture magnet derived from plant extracts. Include it in your skin care routine, and your hydrated-looking skin will thank you with a visibly smoother, plumper and more resilient appearance.

Gentle Exfoliation 1-2 Times Per Week
It is important to include a mild exfoliating product at lease 1-2 time per week. Exfoliation can help revitalize the look of tired, aging or problematic skin. Use an alpha hydroxy acid, AHA, cream that contains a combination of fruit acids, to gently and naturally exfoliate the skin. You’ll be left with a moisturized and hydrated looking complexion and a radiant glow!

Moisturize Your Skin
You should thoroughly nourish and refresh your skin with a moisturizer. Look for a variety of dynamic moisturizers and emollients in one product which can enhance the effects of the function of your skin’s moisture barrier and improve the benefits of the natural moisture factors. It comforts and soothes the look of irritated skin, and can be used over your other products to help relieve the appearance of dry skin.

Try Super Moisturizer
This hydrating face cream can help you achieve the appearance of silky soft skin that looks truly revitalized and vibrant. The antioxidants in them are known to combat the effects of harmful environmental influences associated with visible signs of aging, such as sun damage and air pollution.

Finally, don’t forget your sunscreen!

Treating yourself to the appearance of healthier and more youthful-looking skin is as simple as giving us a call at (949)258-7711 today to learn more. Can’t wait to help you love the look of your skin!

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.

Anti-Aging Skincare Tips

Use More Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Over the years, skin tends to lose its natural oils. It becomes drier and more sensitive so tell me why you are still using that aggressive anti-acne wash you saw from TikTok? If you are over 30, pick something gentle for cleansing and avoid ingredients that could be drying! Try our Sorella Milk Cleanser for a more hydrating experience.

Pay Attention to Your Diet
This rule applies to any age, actually. Still, things get more serious as the years pass by. Avoid alcohol as it dehydrates your skin. Foods high in sugars can do even worse: they make you look older. Instead, choose more protein, eat products rich in vitamin C, and consume more fatty acids like oils and avocado. Read our blog on our top foods!

Don’t Forget About SPF
SPF should always be applied at any age! The younger the better and its never too late to start wearing it. If you were using alcohol-containing SPF creams, switch to more moisturizing sunscreen products that contain antioxidants. And keep in mind, that good sun protection should be SPF 30 and above. The Sorella Quench & Protect is hydrating and contains SPF 30 if thats not a perfect match show me a better one!

Exfoliate
We all have dead cells on our faces! They are not replaced by new skin as quickly as you may think. To speed up this process, it’s necessary to exfoliate. Still, keep in mind that harsh methods are no good here. Focus on chemical quality exfoliants and use cosmetics with AHA/BHA.

Moisturize
The years make our skin dry out and living in California does not help…one day its pouring rain and the next day we are in a heat wave! This is when wrinkles step in. To ensure they appear as late as possible, you should fall in love with hydration. Avoid anything that can cause water-loss and choose moisturizers rich in hyaluronic acid as it is great at preventing water from evaporating. Call us for recommendations but check out what we have available and draw questions from there.

Get Facials
Getting monthly or bi-monthly facials help to get a deep clean and really treat concerns but your skincare professional cant do it alone! you should follow the tips above and follow the home care they have assigned for you to do! Book your next facial with Joanna Young Skin!

How to Tell If Your Skin Is Dehydrated

If your skin is looking lackluster, dull, or looking less than great, you might be wondering, am I dehydrated?

  • Here are some signs of dehydration that you should look for on your skin:
    • Your skin may be dull, may look paler than usual.
    • You’ll see dark circles under your eyes like you’re tired.
    • Your face will have more contours than usual and not in a good way.
    • You may see sunken eyes and cheeks.
    • Fine lines or wrinkles may appear or increase.

You may also experience other symptoms in the rest of your body. These can include tiredness, weakness, dry mouth, and your pee will be darker in color than usual. If you have any of these, you may be dehydrated.

Aside from that, there is one very simple test you can carry out at home to check your hydration.

  • Here’s how:
    1. On the back of your hand, pinch your skin between your finger and your thumb.
    2. Now let go and watch how long it takes for the skin to return to its usual shape.
      • If it takes more than 1-2 seconds, you may be dehydrated.

If you are dehydrated, it’s time to make sure you increase your water intake. Aim to drink around eight glasses of water today to maintain a healthy water balance for your body.

Micro-Channeling on the rise!

Micro-Channeling, what is that?

Micro-Channeling is a minimally invasive skin treatment that targets and diminishes the appearance of visible wrinkles, unwanted acne scars, and sun-spots. During the treatment, Joanna creates tiny pinholes to the outermost layer of the skin promoting a natural healing response. The pinholes also function as micro-channels for quick absorption when the serum is applied to the skin. The serum activates collagen-producing cells in your body to increase collagen production and create permanent new healthy skin!

Micro-channeling may be used as a separate treatment only or as an additional add-on to other skin treatments to enhance the effectiveness of skin health. To get an idea, Hydrafacial or chemical peels are perfect treatments for Micro-channeling pairing.

I am interested, can you tell me more about the procedure?

I myself, love this procedure. I highly recommended Micro-channeling to all my clients that are looking to improve their skin health, in the least abrasive way.

The treatment requires the usage of a handheld device, lightly grazing across the skin using a stamping motion type of pattern. Unlike micro-needling, this instrument does not cause damage or trauma to the surface of the skin. These microscopic abrasions stimulate and produces new collagen and elastin.

After the stamping phase is complete, we apply a skin serum to target areas to nourish the skin and regenerate new skin cells. There will be some downtime during the recovery stage, but it should be no longer than a few days. You can do your face, arms, neck, and stomach to regenerate tighter healthier skin.

Skin Serum

The skin serum that is applied is a well-formulated concoction contains the following ingredients with benefits. (take home an extra vile for $90)

Anti Aging

  • Vitamins A, B5, C, E
  • CoEnzyme 10
  • Plant Isoflavones 

Anti Wrinkle & Stimulate Collagen Production

  • Peptides
  • Human Growth Factors
  • Bone Marrow

Facial Hydration

  • Ceramide A2
  • Sodium Hyaluronate

Aftercare

During your recovery stage, it is important to keep up with maintenance in order to maximize the result. I highly recommend applying Sorella’s Quench & Protect Hydrating SPF 30. (purchase this on your next visit $51)

  • Leaves skin deeply moisturized
  • Excellent makeup base
  • Water-resistant
  • Provides both UVA/UVB protection
  • Provides pure physical sun protection

Be Comfortable & Confident in your skin

No one should feel insecure about their skin, but the reality is that we all are fighting the same battle. Whether it is signs of aging or acne scars, we get self-conscious about our skin. When you are ready to take matters into your own hands, call or book online with Joanna. Together we can redefine age. $320 a treatment or $260 when added to another facial treatment, ie: a HydraFacial.

You can call, text or book online 949-258-7711

How to Pick the Best Acid for Your Skin

When shopping for new skin care products, you may notice there is a long list of acids and ingredients you cannot pronounce and may not recognize. It is important to know what each kind of acid can do to your face and what skin type of skin it is best for.

Glycolic acid is very common in skin care. It exfoliates the skin, reduces fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, and helps with uneven skin tone. This acid is for all skin types and is great for those who have wrinkles and fine lines.

Salicylic is another common acid. This will exfoliate the skin, clear your pores, treat breakouts, and build your elastin and collagen. It is recommended for those who have combination, oily, or acne-prone skin.

Hyaluronic acid will hydrate and plump the skin by drawing in moisture from surrounding environments. This is for all skin types, especially best for dry or acne prone skin that needs an oil-free option.

L-ascorbic acid is also known as pure vitamin C. This is an anti-inflammatory that prevents UV damage, stimulates collagen, and brightens your skin tone. This acid is perfect for all skin types.

Ferulic acid will enhance vitamin A, promote healthy skin, prevent sun damage, fight free radicals, and protect collagen. Like L-ascorbic acid, this is perfect for all skin types.

Citric Acid speeds up cell renewal and balances the pH of your skin. This is best for those with hyperpigmented skin, have dark spots. This will agitate sensitive skin.

Lactic acid exfoliates the skin, speeds up cell turnover, and is naturally occurring. This is great for all skin types, particularly those with acne scarring.

Now that you know a little bit more about the acids that could be found in your face washes, cleansers, and toners, you can choose a product better suited for your skin.

How to choose good foods this holiday season

With the holiday season upon us, I thought this would be a good reminder of the high sugar food and drink that are available for us to consume.  Here are some tips to choose the right foods that will benefit your skin. Whether you don’t have skin care concerns, or you see a dermatologist regularly, it is important to know how the things we eat, and drink affect our skin.  A healthy diet which includes antioxidant-rich foods along with proper hydration will provide you with clearer, heathier looking skin. Also treat yourself to a hydrating facial.

 

Antioxidants

Antioxidants in foods, including vitamins A, C and E, and certain minerals, such as selenium boost immune function by quenching free radicals, highly-reactive compounds that are formed as byproducts of normal processes in the body or enter the body from the environment.

 

Vitamin C – The sun can be tough on your skin. Vitamin C can help protect you. It also helps undo sun damage to collagen and elastin, which firm up your skin. Get vitamin C from cranberries, red bell peppers, citrus fruits, broccoli, greens, brussels sprouts and Blueberries!

 

Vitamin E – Another antioxidant that may help save your skin from sun damage and inflammation is vitamin E. Get it from vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach, asparagus, leafy greens and carrots.

 

Selenium – This mineral may help protect your skin from cells that gather free radicals.   You can get it from Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, shrimp, lamb, and fish like snapper, cod, halibut, tuna, and salmon. Cooked beef, light turkey, oysters, sardines, crab, and whole-wheat pasta also have selenium.

 

Water, Water, Water! 

Drinking water is one of the healthiest habits you can have for your skin and your entire body.  It keeps your skin moist and that makes fine lines and wrinkles less noticeable. It also helps your cells get rid of toxins. Dehydrated skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and congested.  This can cause itching, blackheads, redness, acne, and general blotchiness.  We’ve all heard that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day, but you may not need exactly that many as the water in fruits, veggies, juice, and milk counts toward your total, and will help with your hang over!

 

Or better yet why not get your antioxidants and hydrate at the same time?

Green tea may be the closest thing to a magic potion that you can find for your skin, maybe make a cup of tea on your way to a holiday event. It helps stop inflammation and helps slow DNA damage and can even help prevent the sun from burning your skin. You can find green tea in lots of cosmetics, but why not go straight to the source: Drink it! Go for the veggie plate at your next holiday party.