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Dare to bare – is it time for a skincare spring clean?

Published: Mon September 30, 2019
Categories: The Myth Minx

It’s common to get into skincare rut or habit (especially when certain pesky skin challenges on the body have been hidden away throughout winter – who will see it right?).  Hide no more, we have the solutions for you so you can dare to bare and embrace the spring and summer soirees that are quickly filling your social calendar. 

With many of us are becoming increasingly busy and time poor, we’re all searching for a more streamlined skincare routine that serves many purposes. So, here’s the great news; many of your favourite facial skincare products can be used to target skin changes on other parts of your body. Who doesn’t love a multi-tasking beauty product that will get your body spring-ready? 


Banish breakouts and blackheads on your décolletage or back

Whether you get a few blackheads or painful breakouts over your body areas, technically speaking this is all acne (just in varying grades of severity). Many people are unaware that acne can occur on body parts in as much frequency as on the face; acne tends to occur in areas where we have the highest volume of sebaceous (oil) glands. Other than our face; the back, shoulders and chest have the highest amount of oil glands, in fact it’s known that these areas have 9 times more sebaceous glands than other parts of the body.  

Your Skincare Solution:  

Try using Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% as your exfoliating and anti-bacterial body wash on the affected area either once or twice daily depending on the severity of acne. For painful and frequent breakouts on the back you can intensify the action of your Glycolic Cleanser 12% by applying as a 5-minute mask to the area.  

Follow this with an application of Laser Aid over the affected area, which acts as a light weight anti-bacterial moisturiser. This is used to bring down redness and inflammation plus it will help to calm and soothe painful breakouts. 

For painful in-grown hairs (on any part of the body) you can even use the dynamic duo – Glycolic Scrub 14% and Laser Aid as spot treatments. Using a cotton tip, simply dab a small amount of Glycolic Scrub 14% on the in-grown to decongest then dab a small amount of Laser Aid directly over the top to calm inflammation and redness.

Photo via @hobartskinexperts

Uneven skin tone and sun damage on décolletage 

Living in Australia it’s difficult to escape the sun and it’s damaging effects; truth be told it’s our décolletage that tends to suffer the most as it sees the highest volume of incidental sun exposure. Scarily, it’s understood that 80% of skin ageing is a result of sun exposure, so adopting great habits now will reduce the likelihood and severity of damage in years to come.  

Signs of sun damage over the décolletage include: 

  • Uneven skin tone with areas of hyperpigmentation 
  • Age spots (lentigo) 
  • Dry skin 
  • Actinic keratosis (scaly, rough patches of skin or raised bumps with a pink, yellow or brown colour) 
  • Photo ageing (lines and wrinkles) 
  • Solar elastosis (considerable reduction of skin elasticity) 
  • Poikiloderma (reddish brown discolouration on the neck and cheeks) 
  • Oxidised appearing complexion as a result of free radical damage 

Use this simple 3 step approach to help improve the condition and appearance of damage over the décolletage:  

1) Cleanse daily with the high intensity Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% 
 
2) Apply Skinstitut Even Blend Serum AM & PM to lighten and brighten and clarify uneven skin tone or pigmentation 

3) Each morning apply Skinstitut Age Defence SPF50+ as your sun protecting moisturiser, in the evening use your normal facial moisturiser (like Moisture Defence Normal Skin). 


Trauma & hyperpigmentation in bikini area 

Beach weather is nearly upon us, so you’re likely all sorted with your hair removal treatments (thank you laser hair removal).  But if you have suffered from ingrown hairs in the past, the trauma (especially if squeezed) may have resulted in darker patches of pigmentation and skin discolouration throughout the bikini area.  

Your go-to product to use in the bikini area to improve the appearance is Skinstitut Even Blend Serum. When used twice daily this can help to reduce pigmentation while lightening and brightening. Best of all, if you also suffer from minor breakouts or congestion in the bikini area or on your backside this trusty serum will also assist to clear blocked pores and target congestion.  
 
Spring clean your skincare regime on your face 

If you’re unsure if your skin needs have changed why not try a quick digital diagnosis that will help you determine the best regime for your face – visit www.skinstitut.com/5aday to receive your results in a matter of minutes.  

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