How Long Until My Skin Care Products Work?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015

How Long Until Products Work
 

It’s the question that pops up at the start of every new beauty regimen:

How long until my skin care products work?

 
Keeping up with a new routine can be discouraging because you’re probably like us and expect to see instant results. But just like you can’t drop five pounds your first day at the gym, the same patience must be extended to your skin care products. We recently appeared on Fox 35’s Good Day Orlando to talk product timelines and, in case you missed it, we’ve got all the information here for you!
 

Eye Creams

 
Eye creams focus their attention on the thinnest, most fragile and delicate skin on the body: the under eye. This area is where we tend to notice the most aging first, and a good eye cream can help to reduce puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. However, many products labeled as eye creams don’t work as they should, especially those found in drug stores.

For best results, talk to your esthetician or dermatologist about an eye cream that’s right for your skin — a good one should land you results in 6 – 8 weeks. If you’ve been using an eye cream for more than 8 weeks and don’t see any results, it’s time to reconsult and get a new product.
 

Retinol

 
Retinol products are like magic — their job is to make old, mature cells behave like young cells, and, if they’re good at their job, they can completely revitalize your skin. The key thing to remember is that they’re strong initially, so if you notice peeling or redness, scale back on how often you’re applying. This doesn’t mean that you need to give it up all together — it could be as simple as switching from once a day to three times a week until you build up tolerance!

Over the counter retinols should start showing results after two months (at the latest), but prescription strength can show noticeable improvement in as little as four weeks. ALWAYS consult with your esthetician or dermatologist before adding retinol to your regimen.
 

Serums

 
Around the Skin Gym, we like to call serums the “miracle workers” of our skin care routine. Fast absorbing and lightweight, serums contain a high concentration of active ingredients that can do wonders to rework dull, dry skin.

Serums typically take anywhere from 6 – 8 weeks to see visible change, but don’t give up hope! Stick with it, apply twice a day as directed and you’ll see results in no time.
 

Dark Spot Correctors

 
So many of us suffer from dark spots on the face and body, whether they’re from acne scarring, aging or the sun. Prescription-strength products often contain ingredients like hydroquinone, which has lightening properties that gradually fade the troubled areas. Over-the-counter won’t cut it — in this category, anything less than prescription or pharmaceutical-strength products are a waste of money and time.

You should start noticing changes about 4 weeks in, but full results can take as long as 6 months. If you’re more than 6 months in and still experiencing visible hyperpigmentation, a more complex treatment like lasers may be required. Consulting with your esthetician will keep you on the right track.

 

Mindy Black

Mindy Black is a licensed esthetician and owner of her results-driven skin care clinic, Inner Beauty Skin Care Inc., located in Lake Mary, Florida. Mindy provides weekly beauty expertise on Orlando's FOX 35 Good Day morning show and has been quoted in Success magazine, the Moms Magazine, Orlando Mom’s Blog, Spark & Hustle, and is an eHow contributor. Mindy's accolades include: Vice Chair Woman of the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lake Mary Rotary, Royal Court of Krewe 2012-2013, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and nominee of Orlando Business Journal’s “Women to Watch.”



 
 
 
 
 
 

How To Care For Your Breasts During Pregnancy

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

Have you heard the news? We’re expecting! In celebration of Baby Black (due in April!), we’ll be running a #InnerBeautyBaby series here on the blog equipping you with all the information you need to keep your skin vibrant and healthy during pregnancy. Got any tips of your own? Tweet us!

 

Breasts

 

The body is ever-changing throughout pregnancy, but few areas go throughout more of a transformation than the breasts. Cracking, soreness and even pus are all completely normal, noticeable symptoms in the breasts and nipples. To help you through this process, we’ve compiled 5 of our best tips for you to help you care for your breasts during pregnancy.

 

1. Wash Your Nipples Regularly

 
Starting in around the fifth month, your nipples will start to release viscous fluid. This will appear in a crust-like form, probably overnight, and might cause the surrounding area to ache and become red. Don’t pick at it! Peeling will only irritate the skin further. Instead, use a warm, damp cloth to softly cleanse the area.
 

2. Pick The Right Bra

 
Wearing the right bra will do wonders for your comfort and support levels during pregnancy. Avoid underwire as much as possible, as the  rigidness can aggravate sensitive skin and impact milk production later during breastfeeding. Make sure the cups have enough area for growth, and aren’t in danger of constricting or inflaming the nipples.
 

3. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

 
You should be massaging your breasts daily with oil (we like sesame!), running your hands in circles around the areola area. Not only will this stimulate circulation, but it will also aid in avoiding the cracking and dryness that often comes hand-in-hand with the developing body.
 

4. Eat A Healthy Diet

 
Diet is ever-important during pregnancy, but especially in regard to healthy milk production. Focus on a diet rich in daily vitamins, incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water to ensure your body is in proper shape for delivery.
 

5. Spend Time On Yourself

 
As your body changes and hormone levels fluctuate, it is more important than ever to spend time invested in self-care. A daily breast routine will both help to combat those uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy and will allow you a devoted moment of peace and quiet to focus on your changing body.

 

As always, with any new product, make sure to consult with your doctor. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this journey is there are so many unknowns, so what worked for your skin before may not work for you now. Even if you don’t physically see or feel change, your skin will fluctuate constantly during pregnancy. Err on the side of caution — this isn’t a time to be experimenting with new products. Keep up with a routine. Less is best, from ingredients to steps. Focus on hydration (including serums!) and tons of SPF. You’ve got a lot to look forward to. Motherhood comes with concerns, but your skin shouldn’t be one of them. I’m on this journey with you — you’re not alone. If you have any questions, help is a phone call away.

 
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What Is The “Mask Of Pregnancy?”

Dealing With Pimples While You’re Pregnant

4 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

3 Ways To Minimize Stretch Marks

What Is The “Mask of Pregnancy?”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015

Have you heard the news? We’re expecting! In celebration of Baby Black (due in April!), we’ll be running a #InnerBeautyBaby series here on the blog equipping you with all the information you need to keep your skin vibrant and healthy during pregnancy. Got any tips of your own? Tweet us!

 

ROADRUNNER

 

Often referred to as the “mask of pregnancy,” melasma is a medical condition that causes hyperpigmentation in the face, most commonly in the cheeks, upper lip, chin and forehead. If you’re noticing dark, patchy skin while pregnant, you’re not alone: according to this study, anywhere from 50-70% of women suffer from melasma. Because of those numbers, we’re breaking down everything you need to know to keep your skin healthy and bright.

 

What Causes It?

The jury is out on exactly what the source of melasma is — some doctors say rising estrogen levels, others say progesterone — but everyone agrees that it is definitely stimulated by sun exposure. It’s not just confined to your face, either: you may notice changes in the color of your freckles, moles and nipples as your pregnancy progresses.

Melasma is significantly more common in women with darker skin, particularly those of Asian or African descent, due to already having more pigment in their skin.
 

How Do I Avoid It?

The surest way to avoid the “mask” is by vigilantly protecting your skin from the sun. You should be applying SPF 45 or higher daily, even if you’re staying indoors! If you are spending a day in the sun, opt for a wide-brimmed hat and some fashionable sunglasses to keep harmful UV rays off your face. It may seem excessive, but it’s a small price to pay for clear skin.
 

How Do I Treat It?

If you’re already noticing signs of melasma, don’t worry — most pregnant women do! There’s not a ton you can do to “erase” symptoms once they’ve appeared, but know that they will most likely fade once pregnancy (or, in some cases, breastfeeding) is over. Focus on feeling confident in your skin and excited about the life you’re bringing into the world! For some women this may be just a mental decision, but if you’re still feeling insecure your best bet is a foundation/concealer duo that is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and designed to cover hyperpigmentation.
 

As always, with any new product, make sure to consult with your doctor. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this journey is there are so many unknowns, so what worked for your skin before may not work for you now. Even if you don’t physically see or feel change, your skin will fluctuate constantly during pregnancy. Err on the side of caution — this isn’t a time to be experimenting with new products. Keep up with a routine. Less is best, from ingredients to steps. Focus on hydration (including serums!) and tons of SPF. You’ve got a lot to look forward to. Motherhood comes with concerns, but your skin shouldn’t be one of them. I’m on this journey with you — you’re not alone. If you have any questions, help is a phone call away.

 
#InnerBeautyBaby

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Dealing With Pimples While You’re Pregnant

4 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

3 Ways To Minimize Stretch Marks

  

Mindy Black

Mindy Black is a licensed esthetician and owner of her results-driven skin care clinic, Inner Beauty Skin Care Inc., located in Lake Mary, Florida. Mindy provides weekly beauty expertise on Orlando's FOX 35 Good Day morning show and has been quoted in Success magazine, the Moms Magazine, Orlando Mom’s Blog, Spark & Hustle, and is an eHow contributor. Mindy's accolades include: Vice Chair Woman of the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lake Mary Rotary, Royal Court of Krewe 2012-2013, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and nominee of Orlando Business Journal’s “Women to Watch.”


      

3 Ways To Minimize Stretch Marks

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015

Have you heard the news? We’re expecting! In celebration of Baby Black (due in April!), we’ll be running a #InnerBeautyBaby series here on the blog equipping you with all the information you need to keep your skin vibrant and healthy during pregnancy. Got any tips of your own? Tweet us!

 
Stretch Marks
 

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is a centuries-old technique that’s recently picked up a lot of attention on the blogosphere for its regenerative qualities. Here’s how it works: Using a brush with natural (not synthetic!) fibers, you begin at the ankles, brushing upward in light strokes. As you move up the body, make sure you’re always brushing toward the heart, since that’s the way blood flows. The dry brushing method can help immensely with circulation and smoother skin, and it’s a great way to minimize stretch marks as well.
 

Utilize Natural Oils

Keeping your skin hydrated is always a good idea, but when stretch marks are on the horizon the habit becomes more important than ever. We like Bio-oil  the best. Apply once a day or more, especially in areas that feel itchy.
Just any oil won’t work, however — there are some risks. Essential oil molecules are small, and there’s a slight chance they may cross the placenta and reach your growing baby’s circulation. For your baby’s health, use one drop of oil at a time, try not to use one oil for longer than 7 days and make sure to dilute with a carrier oil (like almond or grapeseed oil).
 
OILS TO USE: peppermint, tea-tree, eucalyptus and lavender
OILS TO AVOID: nutmeg, rosemary, basil, jasmine, rose, sage, cinnamon leaf and juniper berry.
 

Use SPF

If there’s any time you should be kicking back and relaxing at the beach, it’s during your pregnancy, but UV rays can cause some serious skin damage and totally accelerate the appearance of stretch marks. You need to be using SPF 45 or higher, and the formula must include Zinc or Titanium Oxide. This is a non-negotiable!
 
 
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that over 60% of pregnant women end up with stretch marks, and they’re absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Pregnancy is a beautiful, natural process and stretch marks are a testament to the life you’ve carried inside of you. As always, with any new product, make sure to consult with your doctor. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this journey is there are so many unknowns, so what worked for your skin before may not work for you now. Even if you don’t physically see or feel change, your skin will fluctuate constantly during pregnancy. Err on the side of caution — this isn’t a time to be experimenting with new products. Keep up with a routine. Less is best, from ingredients to steps. Focus on hydration (including serums!) and tons of SPF. You’ve got a lot to look forward to. Motherhood comes with concerns, but your skin shouldn’t be one of them. I’m on this journey with you — you’re not alone. If you have any questions, help is a phone call away.
 
#InnerBeautyBaby

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Dealing With Pimples While You’re Pregnant

4 Beauty Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

 

Mindy Black

Mindy Black is a licensed esthetician and owner of her results-driven skin care clinic, Inner Beauty Skin Care Inc., located in Lake Mary, Florida. Mindy provides weekly beauty expertise on Orlando's FOX 35 Good Day morning show and has been quoted in Success magazine, the Moms Magazine, Orlando Mom’s Blog, Spark & Hustle, and is an eHow contributor. Mindy's accolades include: Vice Chair Woman of the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lake Mary Rotary, Royal Court of Krewe 2012-2013, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and nominee of Orlando Business Journal’s “Women to Watch.”



 
 
 
 
 
 

Dealing With Pimples While Pregnant

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015

Have you heard the news? We’re expecting! In celebration of Baby Black (due in April!), we’ll be running a #InnerBeautyBaby series here on the blog equipping you with all the information you need to keep your skin vibrant and healthy during pregnancy. Got any tips of your own? Tweet us!

Pimples While Pregnant

From strange cravings to waves of emotions, pregnancy hormones affect many areas of your life in different ways. And with all that talk of the “pregnancy glow,” it can come as quite a shock when you get your first pre-natal breakout. Especially during the first trimester, pimples can run rampant on your face as your body tries to cope with the influx of hormones. The fact is, your skin is different when you’re with baby, and you have to find a whole new way to handle it. If you’re currently dealing with pimples while pregnant, we’ve got a few tips that should make the process a little easier.

 

Stay away from acids

As we discussed in our last blog post, acids found in beauty products should be completely avoided during pregnancy. This includes salicylic acid, which is found in most acne products and facial cleansers. Swap your traditional method for a homemade spot treatment — we like apple cider vinegar.

Ice it

Hold an ice cube or a frozen spoon to the blemish for a few minutes at a time. This should reduce swelling and redness.

Don’t pop it!

The last thing you want to do with any pimple, but especially while you’re dealing with sensitive pregnancy skin, is pop it and irritate it further. We know it’s tempting, but resist — you’ll only regret the minor satisfaction later when you’re dealing with scabbing and even more breakouts.

Know the difference

Don’t confuse a pimple for acne, or vice-versa. While a breakout or two is nothing to worry about, if you’re consistently fighting your skin you should always contact your physician.

With any new product, always consult with your doctor. One of the most important things to keep in mind during this journey is there are so many unknowns, so what worked for your skin before may not work for you now. Even if you don’t physically see or feel change, your skin will fluctuate constantly during pregnancy. Err on the side of caution — this isn’t a time to be experimenting with new products. Keep up with a routine. Less is best, from ingredients to steps. Focus on hydration (including serums!) and tons of SPF. You’ve got a lot to look forward to. Motherhood comes with concerns, but your skin shouldn’t be one of them. I’m on this journey with you — you’re not alone. If you have any questions, help is a phone call away.

Mindy Black

Mindy Black is a licensed esthetician and owner of her results-driven skin care clinic, Inner Beauty Skin Care Inc., located in Lake Mary, Florida. Mindy provides weekly beauty expertise on Orlando's FOX 35 Good Day morning show and has been quoted in Success magazine, the Moms Magazine, Orlando Mom’s Blog, Spark & Hustle, and is an eHow contributor. Mindy's accolades include: Vice Chair Woman of the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lake Mary Rotary, Royal Court of Krewe 2012-2013, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and nominee of Orlando Business Journal’s “Women to Watch.”


GIVEAWAY | Inner Beauty Glam Bag

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015

We are so excited to finally launch our exclusive Inner Beauty Glam Bag giveaway! One lucky winner will receive over $100 in Glo Minerals product and Skin Gym services! Entering is simple — just click the link below and follow us on a couple of our social media sites! Each follow earns you one entry, and you get extra for inviting your friends!

 

Inner Beauty Glam Bag

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Mindy Black

Mindy Black is a licensed esthetician and owner of her results-driven skin care clinic, Inner Beauty Skin Care Inc., located in Lake Mary, Florida. Mindy provides weekly beauty expertise on Orlando's FOX 35 Good Day morning show and has been quoted in Success magazine, the Moms Magazine, Orlando Mom’s Blog, Spark & Hustle, and is an eHow contributor. Mindy's accolades include: Vice Chair Woman of the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lake Mary Rotary, Royal Court of Krewe 2012-2013, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and nominee of Orlando Business Journal’s “Women to Watch.”