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Dare to Bare: The Ultimate Guide to Skin Care (Jan 2021)

What do you think about when you hear the words ‘self-care’?

Yoga?

Social media detox?

Warm bubble bath?

Yoga as a form of self-care

But what about skin care?

The skin is the largest organ in the body and our first line of defense against external factors, such as pollution, the sun, and cold, dry weather. It seems only right that we return the favor by nourishing our skin.

Moreover, there is an impressive body of research demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness and meditation on overall wellbeing. For many of us, skin care provides the perfect respite from our daily lives and our skin care routines offer a form of meditative practice.

A woman demonstrating that skin care is the best form of self-care

Here’s why taking the time to self-care with skin care is  really important:

  • 74% of global consumers are concerned about stress and anxiety,  GlobalData 2020
  • 72% of women said that they use skin care products to ‘take care of themselves’,  Statista 2017
  • The average woman’s morning skin care routine for a Monday is about 76 minutes, but this drastically drops down to just 19 minutes by Friday!  Stylecaster
  • 65% of women in the United States used skin care products every day,  Statista 2017
  • Women own on average 7.4 skin care products,  Statista 2017
The aforementioned skin care statistics in infographic form
It’s clear from these statistics that plenty of women care about skin care and self-care.

But, according to a 2017 survey,  87% of women are confused about skin care products and how to use them!

It’s time to take back control of our skin  and  our wellbeing.

Whether you regularly practice skin care or you’re a complete newbie, there’s always plenty more to learn. We know this can be overwhelming,  which is why we’ve created this guide.

 

Contents

1. Understanding Your Skin (Coming Soon)

2. Skin Types & Conditions (Coming Soon)

3. Skin Care is Self-Care

4. Skin Care Tools & Products

5. Developing a Skin Care Routine (Coming Soon)

 3. Skin Care is Self-Care

Contents

Is it Time to Start Spending Some 'Me' Time?

Give the Gift of Skin Care

Skin and Stress Management

Traveling & Skin Care: Planning Self-Care On-the-Go

Declutter Your Skin Care Products

Is it Time to Start Spending Some ‘Me’ Time?

“What a long, crazy, intense week this has been!” - Me, on a Monday afternoon.

Joking aside, we’ve all been there! With lives like ours filled with ups and downs, rises and falls and joy and sorrow, it can be easy to become panic-stricken balls of stress.   

 

A woman experiencing stress, causing skin issues such as acne

And we know stress can be a disaster for our skin (scroll down to find out more)

While this does not apply to all things, part of life is accepting that some things are simply out of our control. When it comes to stress, is entirely possible to tame this beast by taking some time to reconnect with yourself.

‘Me’ time.

These days, there’s so much  pressure to be superhuman.

We’re all so busy trying to be the best versions of ourselves. Pushing ourselves to wake up and participate in a 5am spin class, to prepare our kids for school while running around eating our breakfast, to read all of the important news headlines before rushing off to work. Or more often than not, to feel guilty for failing to do one (or all!) of those things.

Life is play.

One of the best pieces of advice we’ve ever been given is that life is play. As basic - and seemingly implausible - as this sounds, we hope you’ll pause to reflect on the idea the next time stress rears its head.

And then act on it.

Even if it’s just 10 minutes each day to enjoy yourself and be present.

Not sure how?

You could pump up the music and dance around your bedroom or go for a morning walk amongst nature.

Here are a few more ‘me’ time suggestions to include in your morning routine

Give the Gift of Skin Care

If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that the small things make a real difference.

Instead of sending your loved ones something they can’t use in 2021 - like a voucher for their fave restaurant that’s been shut since the start of the pandemic - buy them something you can’t put a price on: glowing skin!

A woman with glowing skin thanks to the gift of skin care

Well...don’t actually buy them glowing skin, we’re not sure that’s legal. But you can help them make their own skin happy and improve their wellbeing in the process.

Or treat yourself, we won’t tell.

Treat yourself!

Skin & Stress Management

Have you ever noticed that your skin condition gets worse when you’re stressed?

Well, there’s a scientific explanation for that.

When we experience stress, our bodies kick into fight or flight mode, and our  cortisol and adrenaline levels spike. In turn, this activates our sweat glands, causing excess sweat and resulting in dehydration and dry skin.

Practice skin care to prevent dry damaged skin

The cortisol can also weaken the immune system and trigger an  inflammatory response, leading to flare-ups of eczema and psoriasis. Moreover, cortisol teams up with a bunch of other hormones to boost the activity of  sebaceous glands, which can increase oil levels, block pores, and cause acne breakouts.

Can stress get any worse?

Stress can interfere with the  mind-gut connection and, once disrupted, the gut bacteria can lead to ‘leaky’ intestines (gross) and trigger inflammation throughout the body!

Luckily for us, we can employ a few tips and tricks to reduce our stress levels. And we can start by improving our mindset first thing.

Alleviate your stress in the morning and you can deal better with life’s stressors throughout the day.

Minimize my stress please

Traveling & Skin Care: Planning Self-Care On-The-Go

Travel enriches life and broadens the mind. It leads to adventure and gives us time to reset.

It’s also a fantastic opportunity to practice self-care.

But we can’t be expected to carry all of our skin care products with us as we jet off to The Bahamas!

So how do we choose which products to bring with us?

Adiya, the Founder of Yubi, recommends simplifying your skin care routine and to travel with beauty products that are multipurpose, such as an SPF moisturizer and lightweight all-in-one make-up and skin care tools (e.g.  Yubi Perfect Polish Set).

To make your travel experience as stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled our  top tips on how to practice self-care on the road.

Declutter Your Skin Care Products

I don’t know about you, but I havethousands of skin care products scattered all over my house!

Ok, I’m exaggerating...kinda.

I’m sure most of you have the same problem, especially if you’re signed up to beauty subscription boxes or if, like me, you can’t help but bring back those free bottles of moisturizer from each hotel stay.

But overcrowded vanity is bad news. Not only does it cost valuable time in the morning, but it’s also not very sustainable.

Therefore, if your  New Year’s Resolution is to be more sustainable in 2021, or you want to lead a more minimalist lifestyle, then it’s time to clean up your skin care routine!

To help simplify the process, Adiya paired up with home organization expert, Lori Cela (@Time4Organizing), to get her advice on  how to declutter skin care products.

 

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4. Skin Care Tools & Products

Contents

Understanding Skin Care Ingredients

Sustainable Tools & Products

Understanding Skin Care Ingredients

It’s what’s inside that counts, right?

But decoding skin care ingredients can be like trying to interpret a foreign language.

A skin care product next to its ingredients

 

To help you navigate the confusing world of scientific terms, we’ve translated some of the most common ingredients below:

1. Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)

Other names:  Sodium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and many more

Vitamin C, or one of its many derivatives, is a popular ingredient in skin care products andfor good reason.

A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C evens out skin tone, reduces inflammation, brightens under-eye circles, protects against and soothes sun damage, and promotes anti-aging effects.

Check out these Incredible Benefits of Vitamin C Face Wash!

*TOP TIP*Pair it with vitamin E for best results

2. Vitamin E (tocopheryl)

Other names: Tocopheryl Acetate, tocopheryl linoleate

Together, vitamin E and vitamin C are one of the  most powerful combinations for skin care.

Yet even on its own,  vitamin E can do wonders for the skin.

A tub of moisturizer next to its ingredients

This essential nutrient benefits our skin by maintaining skin hydration, neutralizing free radicals, and protecting against and soothing sun damage.

What’s more, it’s suitable for all skin types: normal, oily, dry, sensitive, AND combination skin!

3. Hyaluronic acid (HA)

HA is a naturally occurring  glycosaminoglycan.

Say what now?

A glycosaminoglycan.

In other words, it’s a complex molecule composed of long chains of sugars. They’re found throughout the connective tissue in the body and are an important component of the skin.

But what are the benefits of HA in skin care?

Well, they’re pretty good at keeping your skin hydrated.

In fact, HA is able to bind up to  1,000 times its weight in water!

Pretty cool, right?

Moreover, it’s great for reducing wrinkles, healing wounds, boosting skin elasticity, and treating eczema and inflammation.

Sustainable Tools & Products

More beauty, less impact.

That’s our mantra here at Yubi HQ.

The benefits of using eco-friendly skin care tools and products are manifold: from less waste to softer skin, fewer breakouts, and a clearer conscience.

More sustainable beauty less impact

Whatever your reasons, if you’re looking to make some sustainable skin care swaps, then you’re in the right place.

Here are  5 simple sustainable beauty tool and product swaps you can make to reduce your impact on the environment (and make your skin glow while you’re at it).

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