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Top Skin Care Questions Answered!

At OROGOLD we receive many skin care questions on a daily basis. In order to better help you understand your skin and to ensure that all your questions get answered, we have put together the most common skin care dilemmas and have also answered each question in great detail. Each of these 11 questions are common issues among ladies (and some among men). At OROGOLD School we believe that knowledge is power. We hope that you can benefit from knowledge we have shared with other people who have asked questions about their skin. If you have a question about your skin that isn’t answered here, let us know and you may see it on here in the future.Woman worried about forhead wrinkles
What is the best way to deal with aging? I’m approaching my 40s and starting to worry about my wrinkles…
So you’re approaching your 40s and wrinkles have become a common issue for you. But hey, there’s nothing to worry about. All you need is some proper skin care and you should be able to get rid of those wrinkles in no time at all. And think about it. You have loads of experience to back you up. You really couldn’t ask for a better phase in your life. So follow this simple routine to say goodbye to your wrinkles and aging problems and enjoy your 40s to their fullest.
Understanding your problem
Before you begin to understand the skin care routine that you need to follow, you need to understand that under-eyes, wrinkles, redness and broken capillaries are to be expected. This mostly happens because your collagen begins to break down. Moreover, prolonged exposure to the sun, the effects of smoking and drinking and the stress of modern day lifestyles begins to show on your skin once you reach your 40s. So don’t freak out when you see them. But, don’t be disappointed either. With the right attitude and effort, you can actually get rid of them and improve your skin condition as well.

Revamping your skin care routine
The first and foremost thing that you need to do is understand that your 20s and 30s skin care routines are not going to work on your 40 year old skin. As the human skin becomes older, it requires more powerful and more delicate skin care solutions to allow it to maintain elasticity and its youthfulness. Things like cleansing, moisturizing, sunscreens and exfoliating are definitely important, but you also need to add a nightly routine of retinoids, serums and eye creams. Here are a few skin care tips for your 40s.
1. Make sure that you use retinoids 3 times every week .
2. Your body should always be hydrated. Hyaluronic acid can work wonders when it comes to moisturizing mature skin.
3. Natural exfoliants are better if you suffer from dull looking or dry skin.
4. Laser treatments are incredibly effective solutions
5. Always use non-mineral makeups.
Woman looking at her dry skinWhat can you suggest for my dry skin? Nothing seems to work.
When nothing seems to work for your dry skin, the problem is not with what you put on it. The problem depends on what you do with your cleansing process, the air around you and your clothes. Here are a few tips on fixing your dry skin issues once and for all.

  1. Avoid hot baths. Make sure that you avoid having hot baths. The hot water can rid your body of essential oils, thereby making your dry skin issues worse. If you really cannot bathe in cold water, use warm water instead.
  2. Gentle Cleansing. Never use your body soap to clean your face. Your face needs a gentle cleanser that is free from fragrances. Products that have antibacterial additives or fragrances can be extremely harsh on your skin. Ideally, you should use cleansers that contain ceramides.
  3. Sunscreens are a must. Sun damage is known to be the most common reason behind skin roughness, wrinkles and dry skin. Make sure that you protect your skin from the sun by wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 every day.

Woman blotting her oily skinHow do I deal with my oily skin? Nothing seems to help for more than a couple hours!
Before you understand how to deal with oily skin, you need to understand what causes oily skin. If you’re subjected to any of these problems, chances are that your skin will not be able to remain oil free for more than a couple of hours. The main causes of oily skin include :

  1. Genetics. There are cases where oily skin runs in the family. Genetically oily skin is likely to suffer from breakouts and clogged pores.
  2. Stress. Your skin produces extra oil when the body produces more of androgen, a hormone produced when there’s too much of stress.
  3. Medicines. Certain types of medications such as hormonal birth control pills and hormone replacement medications are likely to lead to oily skin.
  4. Seasonal changes. The changes in the seasonal cycle can also increase the oil production in your skin.
  5. Tanning booths. Don’t end up believing that tanning booths are safe for your skin. They are as harmful as exposing your body to normal sunlight (if not more). Moreover, tanning booths trigger an injury response which makes your sebaceous glands to produce more oil than normal.
  6. Hormonal Changes. Hormonal fluctuations, menopause, pregnancy, etc. are also known to lead to an increase in the oil content on your skin.
  7. Over-using skin care products or using products that don’t suit your skin type.

All you need to do is to understand which of these issues are bothering you and counteract them to get rid of oily skin once and for all.
Woman removing her eye makeupHow can I avoid pulling the skin around my eyes when removing makeup?
Most women who end up damaging the skin around their eyes while removing makeup are using cotton wool pads or are rubbing their skin furiously. The best way of removing makeup without pulling the skin around your eyes is to wipe downwards until you remove all the mascara from your lashes to the skin under your eyes. The next step is to wipe inwards to remove the mascara completely. This method helps you to avoid crows feet as well. Remember, don’t tug at your skin, don’t wipe outwards and never pull your skin too tightly. You can also use makeup remover solutions that allow you to get rid of the makeup in a simple and efficient manner. Don’t forget to cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser after removing the makeup.
Healthy beautiful skin faceWhen should I start a skin care routine? I am in my 20s now and my skin is pretty good, do I really need to do anything?
It is never too early to start caring about your skin. Remember, things like the free radicals that are present in the atmosphere and the harmful UV rays of the sun are likely to affect your skin the moment you step out of your house. So it always helps to use things like moisturizers and sunscreens from your childhood. If you’ve been ignoring your skin until now, you should immediately start off with the basic skin care methods – cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and sunscreens. Your skin might look good now, but your skin is at its healthy best in your 20s. The signs of aging begin to appear as the levels of collagen begin to reduce. This normally happens after the age of 30Healthy skin habits in your 20s can go a long way in taking care of your skin during the second half of your life. As they say, prevention is always better than cure.
Applying eye creamWhat is the correct way to use eye creams – where and when to apply?
The best way of applying eye creams is to take some cream, spread it across both ring fingers and then gently pat it on the orbital bone on the side of your eyes and the skin below the eyes. If you are suffering from dry skin in the area around your eyes, gently massage some cream in the dry area. However, make sure that you don’t use too much of eye creams and don’t end up overloading the area. The best time to apply eye creams is at night – about 5 minutes before you apply your night moisturizer and 10 minutes before you go to bed.
Wiping large pores with cotton swabWhat can I do about large pores?
While there is no way to actually change the size of pores there are definitely things you can do to change the appearance of your pores. We recommend that you exfoliate your skin every other day. You could also look at taking Omega supplements such as Hemp oil. This should help you tackle internal issues like congestion and dryness. If you suffer from pores on the area around your nose, you can gently steam the area using a muslin cloth to help it to decongest. Other solutions of treating large pores include:

  • Applying ice cubes on the problematic area.
  • Applying a baking soda paste 5 – 7 times a week.
  • Using light scrubs.
  • Putting on a yogurt mask.
  • Eating food items that are full of Vitamins A, B and C.
  • Man's face with acne scars on cheekHow to deal with acne scars besides cover them up?
    One of the most difficult skin care issues to deal with are those occasional blemishes and acne. They take forever to fade away and can also turn out to be quite troublesome. Before you begin to learn more about acne, you need to understand that treating acne scars and treating active acne are two different things. Products that can help to treat acne scars are not the same ones that can be used to treat active acne.
    All you need to know about acne scars
    Acne scars occur as a result of injury to your tissues. This injury is normally caused by a build up of sebum and bacteria in your sebaceous follicle. After the infection heals itself, the damaged tissue might not return to the former state. When this happens, you have an acne scar. Blackheads cannot cause acne scars on their own. But, if you squeeze and pick them, you might have to deal with acne scarring later on. You also need to understand that large pores are not acne scars. They are genetic concerns that can be minimized with proper exfoliating and cleaning, but can never be removed. One of the most severe acne scars is known as Ice Pick scarring. This type of scar causes a shallow/ deep and jagged stab on the skin. Another form of acne scarring is known as Atrophic Macules. Atrophic Macules are soft and wrinkled and can turn blue because the blood vessels are located directly below the scar.

    How to deal with acne scars?
    Acne scars can be a bit of a misnomers. By definition an acne scar is permenant, however most people do not have actual scars, they just have redness or a mark left after the pimple has gone awa. The best way to deal with these leftover acne marks is to use topical over the counter skin care products. These products help you to get rid of minor acne marks over time. These products will not be useful when it comes to tissue loss and severe cases of acne scarring. In all such cases, you need to undergo medical treatments such as dermabrasion, laser treatments and collagen injections.
    Skin care routine in front of mirrorMy skin routine includes several products, but I am not sure about which order I am supposed to apply them, help!
    Here is the best way to go about your skin care routines. The first thing to do is to divide them into two segments – the morning skin care routine and the evening skin care routine.
    Skin Care Routine for the Mornings
    1. Wash your face with a creamy and gentle cleanser.
    2. Exfoliate your face using a suitable scrub 2 – 4 times every week (depending on your skin type).
    3. Apply a moisturizer that also offers you with broad spectrum SPF 30 protection.

    Skin Care Routine for the Night
    1. Wash your face with a creamy and gentle cleanser.
    2. Apply an eye cream on the skin around your eyes. This helps you to delay the signs of aging around your eyes. This step is only required if you’re over the age of 30.
    3. Apply a moisturizer that allows you to lock in the moisture content.
    Hand with age spotsI’ve noticed ‘age spots’ appearing on the back of my hands. How are they caused? How can I get rid of them??
    Most people find that light brown or dark brown patches appear on the back of their hands with increasing age. These patches can also appear on places like the forehead or the temples. These spots are caused by uneven production of melanin, which is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. The best way of dealing with age spots is to use creams that contain Hydroquinone. Hydroquinone penetrates into the skin tissues and helps in dissolving the melanin. However, you need to give yourself anything between 6 – 8 weeks, before you can start to see visible differences. Don’t forget to use sunscreens with SPF 30 on a regular basis to prevent further discoloration.
    Man with dark circles under his eyesI’ve got dark circles under my eyes. Why? How do I deal with them?
    Dark circles is an issue that has become extremely common in today’s stressful and competitive life. There’s always too much to do and very little time to do it. Moreover, the immense amount of competition also has a major detrimental effect since it leads to an increase in stress levels and late nights.
    Why do dark circles crop up?
    Before you begin to understand how to cure dark circles, you need to understand why they crop up. Some of the main reasons behind the occurrence of dark circles include –

    1. Aging
    2. Genetics
    3. Nutritional Deficiency
    4. Sleep Deprivation
    5. High levels of Stress
    6. Smoking and Drinking
    7. Exposure to the Sun
    8. Hormonal Changes
    9. Allergies
    10. Iron Deficiency (Anaemia)
    11. Dehydration
    12. Liver Dysfunction and liver ailments such as hepatitis

    Dealing with dark circles
    If the discoloration under your eyes is severe, you might have to undergo medical treatments such as chemical peels or laser therapies in order to erase discoloration. Other medical treatments that help in eliminating dark circles include injectable fillers and surgery. However, if your dark circles are not a medical concern, you can use a number of natural and cosmetic cures to get rid of them over time. Here are some of the best ways of dealing with dark circles:

    1. Cucumber Slices – Apply a thick slice of cucumber on your eyes for about 15 – 20 minutes every day. This should help you to get rid of your dark circles within days.
    2. Improve your sleeping pattern – In most cases, dark circles appear due to lack of sleep, excessive stress or improper sleeping patterns. Make sure that you sleep at least 8 hours every day and also sleep during normal sleeping hours.
    3. Cosmetic concealing products – One of the first things that you need to understand is that cosmetic concealing products can help you make your dark circles invisible, but they cannot make them disappear. Before you use a cosmetic concealing product, make sure that it matches the color of your skin. If the product is too light, it could make your dark circles look even more gray, and therefore make them even more prominent than before.
    4. Skin lightening – There are a number of skin care products and skin lightening agents that can be used to get rid of dark circles as well.

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