Truth In Skin: Skin Science (@truth.in.skin) — Debunking skincare myths and empowering people to have healthier and more beautiful skin through the power of science!
You've been prepping for weeks and everything is ready to go. Your work is perfected, your presentation memorized, and your outfit is on fleek. You take one last look in the mirror....sudenly you see a BIG and bright red zit on your forehead! We have ALL been there! It is not a school-yard rumor, stress-zits are real! You might think that because you have been focused on getting ready for your big event, you have not been eating as well as you normally do or washing your face properly and that this is the reason for that big zit (this may be true!) but stress hormones alone are enough to cause an outbreak (Chui 2003). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fortunately, meditation is an easy, natural and science-proven way to help reduce stress hormones in your body and your skin. Do you have a daily meditation practice? What do you do to relax and unwind? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mindful#zits#stopacne#clearskin#organicbeauty#loveyourskin#stress#meditation#skincaretips#skincaretricks#holisticskincare#holistictips#healthyskin#healthtip#acnetips#feedyourskin ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sources: Chiu, Annie, Susan Y. Chon, and Alexa B. Kimball. "The response of skin disease to stress: changes in the severity of acne vulgaris as affected by examination stress." Archives of dermatology 139.7 (2003): 897-900. Peterson, Linda Gay, and Lori Pbert. "Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders." Am J Psychiatry 149.7 (1992): 936-43.
"Being pretty doesn't make you happy, but being happy makes you pretty!" I remember being a teenager and thinking that my mom was out of her mind when she said that, but eventually I started to realize she was right. There are a lot of gorgeous people in LA, but when I ran into @juliaroberts 😍 while walking around #malibu , I saw it how happy 😃 she is and discovered that her #JOY is the secret behind her #GLOW! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This isn't just in our heads either. The "skin-brain" connection is a REAL thing. Science shows a deep connection between the health of our brains and our bodies. Stay tuned for science-back beauty and happiness boosting tips and tricks. 🌿👄🌸👩🔬 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tag your favorite celebrity or friend who glows with happiness! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ sources: Arck, Petra C., et al. "Neuroimmunology of stress: skin takes center stage." Journal of Investigative Dermatology 126.8 (2006): 1697-1704. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #glowup#juliaroberts#happiness#happyskin#naturalskincare#skincaretips#skincaretricks#organicbeauty#skinlove#feedyourskin
What could possibly wrong with putting some vitamin C on your face? Nothing...but there are a few things to know about Vitamin C serums, and why the results are not always what they are cracked up to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Vitamin C is shown to help with everything from wrinkles to sunspots...but it is only truly helpful for people who don't have enough vitamin C in their skin to start with! That being said, most people do not have enough so it is often helpful. If you notice an improvement when you first start using the serum but it later stops making a difference, it probably means your skin has enough and you do not need to use the product as regularly. (Nusgens, 2001) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. You're better off using a topical multivitamin. Vitamin C is better is MUCH more powerful when it is used in combination with other vitamins. It is well known that our bodies use vitamins together, and the skin is no exception. Vitamin E and Vitamin C alone provide a 2-fold antioxidant protection but together they provide a 4-fold protection! (Lin, 2003) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. It is hard to preserve. There are many Vitamin C serums on the market that are not going to do anything to help your skin. The reason for this is that Vitamin C is very delicate and difficult to preserve in its active state...so if you do use a Vitamin C serum, make sure that it is a high-quality product, otherwise, it is simply a waste of money! (Lin, 2003) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sources: Nusgens, Betty V., et al. "Topically applied vitamin C enhances the mRNA level of collagens I and III, their processing enzymes and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 1 in the human dermis." Journal of Investigative Dermatology 116.6 (2001): 853-859. Lin, Jing-Yi, et al. "UV photoprotection by combination topical antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E." Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 48.6 (2003): 866-874. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #vitaminC#organicbeauty#skincaretips#holisticskincare#healthfacts#skinfacts#beautytips#feedyourskin#naturalskincare#nutrition#glowup#feedyourskin
The FDA almost NEVER does this...but in February they finally admitted that MANY of the sunscreens they have approved for preventing skin cancer and aging might not actually do that! The clinical research about UVA rays and increasing rates of skin cancer has truly demonstrated that the "broad spectrum" FDA minimums of 20% UVA 1 protection relative to UVB is NOT ENOUGH and actually may put people at an increased risk of longterm skin damage. A typical sunscreen effectively blocks UVB rays, which is what causes tanning and burning. The impact of this is that people are staying out in the sun for long periods of time without getting burned (and thus thinking they are safe) but all along they are getting more UVA (cancer-promoting and aging rays) exposure than they would typically. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ HOW CAN YOU STAY SAFE UNTIL THIS CHANGES: The FDA has not changed the regulations yet...so what can you do in the meantime? 1. Choose zinc-based sunscreen. When it comes to chemical sunscreens, there is no true way to know if you are being protected well. Until the guidelines are updated, use only zinc-based sunscreens. @amavaraskincare@badgerbalm@barerepublic@alimapure all offer great zinc-based products to love! 2. Up the antioxidants in your skin. Eat an antioxidant-rich diet and use antioxidant-rich body oils to fortify the skin. This is something EVERYONE should be doing on a daily basis. This helps make any sunscreen more effective. No sunscreen is going to block every ray, and this helps mitigate any of the free radicals that do occur. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Souces: Proposed Rule by the Food and Drug Administration on 02/26/2019 - www.federalregister.gov ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sunsafe#skincancer#FDA#healthwarning#naturalbeauty#skincareblogger#holistichealth#holistictips#skincaretips#organicbeauty#antiaging#truth#advocacy#FDAsucks#glowup#UVA#sunscreen#beauty#health#feedyourskin#loveyourskin
Mushrooms in skincare? Mushrooms have taken over the health scene and now they are storming skincare. These little plants are truly incredible. They work differently than your average plant and there is a good reason that they have become a hot topic in the skincare world! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Benefits of using mushrooms in skincare include: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ANTI-AGING: Mushrooms are nutrient-dense and contain a broad array of antioxidants. This means they have the ability to effectively neutralize a wide variety of free radicals and better protect your skin from whatever it may face that day. Free radicals work a bit like a lock and key, to effectively combat all the free radicals coming your way you need a lot more than just vitamin C! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ REDUCED REDNESS: Inflammation is often the source of redness and using mushrooms in your skincare can help your body better regulate the skin's immune response, leading to lower inflammation and reduced redness :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ FIGHTS SUNSPOTS / AGE SPOTS: These pesky little brown spots may have started to pop up on your face. People can start seeing these show up even in their early 20s! These not-so-cute sunspots are a result of overstimulation and poor regulation of pigment production. Mushrooms help regulate that pathway, both lessening the spots you have as well as helping prevent future spots from occurring! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sources: Taofiq, Oludemi, et al. "Mushrooms extracts and compounds in cosmetics, cosmeceuticals and nutricosmetics—A review." Industrial Crops and Products 90 (2016): 38-48. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mushroommagic#mushrooms#holistichealth#holistictips#raw#vegan#beautytips#skincaretips#holistichealth#naturalskincare#organicbeauty#skinlove#antiaging#plantpower#feedyourskin
There is no place I would rather be than in this beautiful Epson salt bath, @homebythestation knows how to do a bath right! Epson salts are AMAZING for your health and are known for helping your muscles and mind relax, and they have real science behind them. When our body is in stress-mode we quickly deplete our magnesium supply. The problem is that oral magnesium is not easily absorbed through the stomach...the fastest (and most enjoyable!) way to increase your magnesium after a long stressful day is with an Epson salt bath. Topical absorption allows the magnesium to bypass your digestive system and quickly help you relax and recover from the day. Magnesium also improves sleep and muscle soreness. If you don't have time for a bath @raisethemwell makes a great magnesium oil you can quickly put on before you head to bed. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #magnesium#epsomsalt#detoxbath#soakitup#healthtip#relax#metime#stressaway#feedyourskin#skinlove#organiclife#skintips ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sources: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180226122548.htm ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0174817
Did you know that SPF only measures the amount of protection you get against UVB rays, not UVA? The thing that really sucks about this is that UVB rays are the rays that activate your skin's natural protection pathways (a tan is a visual sign of these pathways working). By suppressing the skin's natural recovery pathways, the skin is even more vulnerable to UVA damage which is linked to skin cancer and wrinkles...so yes, that light feeling and zinc-free sunscreen you used on your last vacation to Hawaii could actually result in more wrinkles and skin issues than if you hadn't used it at all!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We are NOT saying to spend all day in the sun and skip your sunscreen. What we are saying is that chemical sunscreens, even broad-spectrum ones, typically suck! Broad-spectrum chemical ingredients often block less than 10% of UVA rays, almost nothing! When you are looking to protect your skin against aging and skin cancer, a non-nano zinc-based sunscreen is the best choice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Like EVERYTHING we share at Truth.In.Skin these skin tips are directly from science! Check out this article by the EPA to learn more about UVA and UVB protection and why ZINC is the number one ingredient to be looking for in your sunscreen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Source: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/documents/sunscreen.pdf ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #skinsafe#sunsaftey#funinthesun#UVA#UVrays#skinlove#naturalskincare#organicbeauty#thinkgreen#skincaretips#healthtips#antiaging#feedyourskin#beautytips
Pomegranate is one of the best ingredients to look for in skincare products and this is why: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. INCREASES COLLAGEN LEVELS💥 (say goodbye to wrinkles and hello to supple and sexy skin!) 2. SKIN CANCER PREVENTION✨ (mice studies showed a 17% decrease in skin cancer rates when pomegranate oil was applied before UV ☀️ exposure) 3. IMPROVES SKIN BARRIER (that means your skin will hold water well and naturally stay moisturized🙌) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ SOURCES: Park, Hye Min, et al. "Extract of Punica granatum inhibits skin photoaging induced by UVB irradiation." International journal of dermatology 49.3 (2010): 276-282. . Hora, Justin J., et al. "Chemopreventive effects of pomegranate seed oil on skin tumor development in CD1 mice." Journal of medicinal food 6.3 (2003): 157-161. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #pomegranate#skinfood#naturalskincare#skincaretips#organicbeauty#skinlove#feedyourskin#pomegranateoil#skintips#naturalbeauty#healthyskin#healthtips#naturerocks#skinscience
What we put on our skin doesn't stay on top of the skin, it gets absorbed and impacts the health of your body and skin cells. If you wouldn't eat it, you probably shouldn't put it on your skin...and gasoline byproducts are one of the last things I would want to eat! The European Union understands this and protects consumers by banning harmful chemicals like Petrolatum. Does the idea of putting petrolatum on your skin scare you too?! . Sources: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/704786/PETROLATUM/ . #skinsaftey#skincare#healthtips#skinhealth#healthyskin#truth#safeproducts#cleanbeauty#feedyourskin#naturalskincare
1. Using CHEMICAL Sunscreen Instead of MINERAL Sunscreen: Even "broad-spectrum" chemical sunscreens do not have the same level of broad-spectrum protection as sunscreens made with minerals like zinc. This means your skin is exposed to a disproportionate amount of UVA which is linked to wrinkles and skin cancer. 2. Your “Anti-Aging” Cream is Damaging your Dermal Layer: Often anti-aging creams use toxic chemicals for short term lightening and plumping...these chemicals will help for a while but in the long run can cause inflammation and DNA degradation. This means in a year or two you will look older than you would without the cream! So make sure you are using something that is natural and healthy for your skin. 3. Not Pollution-Proofing Your Skin: Free radicals can lead to premature aging, sagging skin, and even cancer. Taking actions to protect your skin from free-radical causing pollution is an absolute MUST. Research demonstrates that plant-based, cold-pressed, and nutrient-rich face and body oils are one of the most effective (and easiest) ways to combat the damaging impacts caused by pollution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sunscreen#skinsafe#healthyskin#antiaging#foreveryoung#skincaretips#cleanbeauty#skinscience#feedyourskin#beautytips#naturalskincare#skinlove ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sources: Haywood, R.; Wardman, P.; Sanders, R.; Linge, C. (2003). "Sunscreens inadequately protect against ultraviolet-A-induced free radicals in skin: implications for skin aging and melanoma?". The Journal of Investigative Dermatology. 121 (4): 862–868, Stege, H.; Budde; Grether-Beck; Richard; Rougier; Ruzicka; Krutmann (2002). "Sunscreens with high SPF values are not equivalent in protection from UVA induced polymorphous light eruption". European Journal of Dermatology : EJD. 12 (4): IV–VI., https://www.ewg.org/ , Baek, Jinok, and Min-Geol Lee. "Oxidative stress and antioxidant strategies in dermatology." Redox Report (2016)
We've said it once, we've said it a million times...nature always wins! Hydroquinone is currently the skincare industry darling for tackling sunspots and discoloration because it's cheap and it lightens quickly... BUT it also causes dryness and has been banned in several countries because it is linked with an increased risk of cancer. Why do skincare companies still use it? It's cheap!!! . Fortunately, there are more effective, natural, and safer alternatives. Licorice is one of the best pigment correcting ingredients that can help remove brown spots. It is 16x more powerful than hydroquinone and (unlike hydroquinone) studies showed no irritation or other harmful side effects. (Bring on the candy!) Just joking...it works most effectively when applied topically in the form of an extract. Have you used a licorice based product before? Which ones have you liked? If not, would you try one? . SOURCES: Hollinger, Jasmine C., Kunal Angra, and Rebat M. Halder. "Are natural ingredients effective in the management of hyperpigmentation? A systematic review." The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology 11.2 (2018): 28. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #Licorice#skincare#skintips#loveyourskin#healthandbeauty#organicskincare#beautytips#antiaging#nature#power#naturerocks#naturalskincare#skincaretips#feedyourskin
What you put on your skin goes in your body. That's why food-based skincare products are so important! Getting a caffeine buzz is one thing but what about the lotion you use? Do you really want those chemicals in your body? My guess is probably not! What’s your favorite natural skincare product? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #organicbeauty#greenbeauty#skinsafe#healthyskin#skincaretips#naturalskincare#beautytips#skintips#coffeescrub#skindeep#feedyourskin ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Source: Otberg, Nina, et al. "The role of hair follicles in the percutaneous absorption of caffeine." British journal of clinical pharmacology 65.4 (2008): 488-492.
Hyperpigmentation? Cracking at the sides of your mouth? Your skin (and body) may be needing more B vitamins...especially B12. . FEED YOUR SKIN INTERNALLY: Great sources of B12 include meat, fish and dairy, but if you are vegan (or if you are like me and have a hard time processing B12), then you might want to check with your doctor and look at taking a supplement. Not all B vitamin supplements are created equally, methylcobalamin is the most bio-available form and is used by @ritual (a well-curated multivitamin company I love!) . Sources: Your skin may be in need of Vitamin B! Kannan R, Ng MJ. Cutaneous lesions and vitamin B12 deficiency: an often-forgotten link. Can Fam Physician. 2008;54(4):529–532. . #healthybeauty#beautyinsideout#vitaminB#skintips#DIYskincare#healthyskin#naturalbeauty#feedyourskin#skinvitamins#skintips#healthtips
Sunspots☀️ (also called age-spots) are one of the most common skin issues and can make you look MUCH older than you are! Unfortunately, many skincare products use ingredients that can actually cause MORE sunspots in the long run. Stay tuned to learn which ingredients to avoid! The most effective products for sunspots actually help heal and repair the skin, both repairing existing sunspots and preventing future sunspots...a clear win-win. Our favorite natural (and science backed👩🔬) sunspot repairing ingredients include: 1. LICORICE🍬 2. GREEN TEA🍵 3. MULBERRY🌿 . WHY FEEDING YOUR SKIN WORKS: These ingredients help the skin naturally improve tyrosinase and pigment regulation. They also help with free-radical scavenging, cell regeneration, and pigment dispersion. Sources: Zhu, Wenyuan, and Jie Gao. "The use of botanical extracts as topical skin-lightening agents for the improvement of skin pigmentation disorders." Journal of Investigative Dermatology Symposium Proceedings. Vol. 13. No. 1. Elsevier, 2008. Konda, Sailesh, Aanand N. Geria, and Rebat M. Halder. "New horizons in treating disorders of hyperpigmentation in skin of color." Seminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery. Vol. 31. No. 2. WB Saunders, 2012. . . #sunspots#naturalskincare#skincaretips#DIYskincare#removesunspots#skincareingredients#skinlove#skinhealth#agespots#removeagespots#brightenskin#lightenskin#gettheglow#organicskincare#feedyourskin
Do you have dry and scaly patches that aren't going away? Moisturizers help a little but really don't fix the problem? Or do you have little bumps on your skin that look a little like acne but not quite? This may mean that your skin doesn't have enough VITAMIN A. . FEED YOUR SKIN INTERNALLY: Boost your Vitamin A levels internally by eating salmon, goat cheese, sweet potatoes, and kale. It can take a few months for the levels in your skin to rise significantly so keep at it and also can also feed your skin topically! . FEED YOUR SKIN TOPICALLY: Use provitamin A rich apricot oil daily to topically nourish the skin. For an extra boost, use a face mask that contains Goji berries. Vitamin A is fat-soluble and to make sure it enters your skin most effectively, so if you make it at home make sure you mix with a carrier oil instead of water. Let the mixture steep for 15 minutes and put on your skin for 10-15 minutes once or twice a week. . . Sources: Orfanos CE, Zouboulis CC. Oral retinoids in the treatment of seborrhoea and acne. Dermatology. 1998;196(1):140-147 - Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium, and Zinc (2001) . . #skinfood#skinvitamins#facemask#skinnutrition#skinhealth#skincareDIY#feedyourskin
a LITTLE sun 🌞 is a friend to healthy skin. Regular and SMALL amounts of sun exposure may even be essential to skin health and skin cancer prevention. . THE SCIENCE: The research article cited below provides more details but it isn't all about vitamin D, emerging research is showing that sun exposure is linked independently to various health benefits. It's the sun itself that is making the difference! . THE LOVE: Right now there is no exact recommended amount (and the optimal level of sun exposure may also be dependent on the color of your skin) but what I do is slip into a bikini for 15 minutes on 3 to 4 times a week. As a rule, I always cover my face and chest because those areas naturally get sun in my daily activities. Listen to your body and do what feels right to you! . Sources: Van der Rhee, H. J., de Vries, E., & Coebergh, J. W. W. (2006). Does sunlight prevent cancer? A systematic review. European journal of cancer, 42(14), 2222-2232. Zivadinov, Robert, et al. "Interdependence and contributions of sun exposure and vitamin D to MRI measures in multiple sclerosis." J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 84.10 (2013): 1075-1081. . #science#skinlove#nomorecancer#skinhealth#sunlove#sunsafety#holisticbeauty#feedyourskin
We think that FACE OIL IS THE WINNER because it helps improve moisture levels in your skin by repairing the lipids barrier and improving the health and function of your skin. We also LOVE that, unlike moisturizers, face oils can be made without any chemicals or preservatives. Are you in love with the instant hydration boost of a moisturizer? Or do you like the health-promoting approach of improving the long term hydration levels with oil? . . . #skintips#skintruth#healthoverbeauty#feedyourskin#moisturizer#faceoil#glow#organicskincare#naturalbeauty#greenbeauty
It may be an old wives tale that carrots are good for your eyes but there is a LOT of science behind carrots being good for your skin! Applying wild carrot oil to the skin was found to decrease skin cancer rates by more than 50% in a 2011 mouse study. Another study found that when people increased the carotenoids in their diet, their skin tone was selected as being significantly more attractive. Bring on the carrots!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #loveyourskin#foreveryoung#healthtip#skinnutrition#skinvitamins#feedyourskin#skinlove#tips#organicbeauty ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sources: Zeinab, Rami Abu, et al. "Chemopreventive effects of wild carrot oil against 7, 12-dimethyl benz (a) anthracene-induced squamous cell carcinoma in mice." Pharmaceutical biology 49.9 (2011): 955-961. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://academic.oup.com/beheco/article/28/2/570/2990210