Short Time Versus Long Time Skincare Use
You found a product that you love before you even try it. It has all the right ingredients that are the latest and greatest, touted by celebrities and endorsed by dermatologists. Everything from the packaging to the name and the product description make you feel good about your discovery. You know that it is going to work and it is going to be better than what you were using before! Your skin will be more beautiful, ageless, really. You will glow.
Chances are if you choose the right product you will be happy with the results. That is to say, that while no skin care product can completely stop aging from happening, it is possible to reverse some signs of it and to age much more beautifully. It is also possible to get acne under control with good skincare products and a healthy skin regimine. And, certainly you can glow. Some of these effects can be seen after short term use, and some long term.
Some products will work well initially, but over the course of a long time, the benefits will become less visible. And with many products, when used in conjunction with your skin's needs and as part of a good skincare regimen, they will work for both the short and long term. In order to understand why this is, you first need to understand the basics of skincare and how your skin reacts to skincare products.
Your Skin 101The skin is the largest organ of your body. It provides a number of benefits that include protection from the elements and wounds, sensing the environment, maintaining the body's hydration and helping to expel waste and excess water. The skin has three layers:
- The epidermis, which is the outer and visible part of the skin that makes us waterproof, and has the melanin that gives the skin its tone and color.
- The dermis, which has connective tissue, hair follicles, and sweat glands.
- The subcutaneous, which has fat and connective tissues.
The skin's elastin is what makes it stretchy, allowing us to move and our bones to grow. It is a protein that coils and recoils like a spring. It functions with collagen in the connective tissue, which provides rigidity and keeps skin tight. Collagen is also a protein and it gives the skin its firmness. Fibroblast cells produce the fibers that make up both elastin and collagen. As you age, and when you are in poor health, both of these start to break down.
Your skin produces an oil, called sebum, that comes from sebaceous glands which are found in the dermis layer as well. Sebum helps to keep your skin moist, and is found on all parts of the body except for the palms of our hands and the soles of our feet. When the glands are too active they can get clogged and grow bacteria that causes acne. As you age, your sebaceous glands are less effective at providing the moisture your skin needs.
Moisture, firmness and elasticity are three of the components of healthy and youthful skin that most people covet. Smoothness, even color, and a healthy palor are the others. When you are healthy, your skin looks healthy. The American Academy of Dermatology has compiled a fascinating set of facts to help you understand how your skin grows and reproduces: Your skin grows really fast. Here are some cool facts...
- You have a ton of skin cells. There are about 19 million skin cells in every inch of your body.
- New skin cells replace old ones. Your body is always making new skin cells and getting rid of old ones. Your body gets rid of 30,000 to 40,000 old skin cells every day! The skin you see now will be gone in about a month.
- Dead skin cells are on top. The top 18 to 23 layers of your skin are made of dead cells.
- New skin cells form at the bottom of the epidermis, which is the top part of your skin.
- Skin cells change shape. They start off kind of fat and square. Over time, they move to the top of the epidermis, flattening out as they go. When they get to the top, they flake off.
- 650 sweat glands
- 20 blood vessels
- 60,000 melanocytes (the stuff that makes melanin and gives your skin its color)
- 1,000 or more nerve endings
Skincare and Your SkinAge, sun damage, and an unhealthy lifestyle can all greatly impact the quality of your skin's functionality and the way it looks. Thus, skincare products generally focus on combating these, and good skincare routines are meant to help them. Skincare focuses around three things:
- Protecting Your Skin
- Nourishing Your Skin
- Repairing Your Skin
DMAE, Panthenol, Retinol, and Your Skin
Despite the turnover of your skin cells, there are things that cause deep damage including wrinkles and cancer. Wearing sunscreen and avoiding direct exposure to UVB and UVA radiation is the number one thing you can to to protect your skin's functionality. Smoking causes significant damage as well. Furthermore, when you do not maintain proper hygiene, your skin can be damaged by the excess dirt and bacteria on it. So, using a gentle cleanser will help you in both the short and the long term to maintain healthy skin. Some cleansers, like Calysta Labs Restorative Foaming Cleanser, can help to nourish with Panthenol and repair it with the DMAE it contains. As noted by Very Well Health:
DMAE cream, lotion, and other skin-care products are said to offer anti-aging benefits by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, dark under-eye circles, and sagging neck skin. While research on DMAE's effectiveness is very limited, there's some evidence that using DMAE-based products may help improve skin.
This can have great long-term benefits if the use of the cleanser is consistent over a long time.
Panthenol is used in cosmetics because it coats and seals moisture into hair and lubricates hair follicles. Because we have hair follicles all over our skin, including our face, the skin becomes softer and smoother when we use products that contain it. It does not take a long time for panthenol to make a difference in your skin.
Another skincare ingredient that can have a long term impact on your skin is retinol. Retinol is found in Calysta Labs Illuminating Anti-Aging Serum. A derivative of vitamin A, it turns on the fibroblasts that make collagen and elastin robust in your skin. Like DMAE, retinol can have a long term positive impact on your skin when applied consistently, but you may not see the immediate short term results. It is important to start using skincare products with retinol in them immediately to start repairing your skin, while you also take steps to protect and nourish it.