Bionic Asks: Skin Issues

by Bionic Beauty on 01.Jul.2009 · 11 comments

Bionic Asks - Makeup and beauty question series

This week’s Bionic AsksWhat are your skin “issues”?

Do you worry about wrinkles, breakouts, sagging skin, under eye circles, discoloration, skin cancer, or something else entirely? Do you gear your purchases and cosmetics around those concerns?

My main skin concerns are breakouts since my skin became uber sensitive after I hit the thirties. But I also am very disciplined in my SPF application. A close friend of mine used to tan constantly and ended up with skin cancer at a relatively young age- that was a wakeup call. Not to mention, if I’m not careful to keep my sunblock on I end up with some melasma discoloration. So… there are my issues, right out for the world to see.

Your turn to share!


1 gouldylox July 1, 2009 at 9:28 am

I worry a lot about discoloration caused by sun exposure. I also really wish I knew how to deal with this new texture my skin is taking on in patches on one side of my face. Extreme collagen break down? Is there a miracle cure? I wish I knew!

2 The Cheap Chick July 1, 2009 at 9:45 am

I have such bad melasma, people will actually stop me on the street and ask me what’s wrong with my face if I don’t wear enough foundation. Which shows you a. some people can really be rude and b. I need to wear makeup all the time!
I think lazering will be the only thing to cure it. As soon as I make my first million, that is…

3 Bionic Beauty July 1, 2009 at 10:00 am

Okay ladies, so it looks like we are having a little melasma party. I’ve got some too and finally got it under control.
Here’s what helped me:
-Encourage cell turnover with light scrubbing- I just use water & a microfiber wash cloth (since my skin is so darn sensitive).
-Zinc sunblock applied religiously.
-Weekly face masks with the Aztec Secret clay (my review is here: careful… there’s a slightly scary pic of me in that article). I’m not sure why this clay seemed to help. Maybe it provides nutrients my skin needed to heal, but in any case, it does help- with my acne & melasma, so I keep it up (plus it’s cheap). lol
-YBF Skincare’s Restore: This cream is super-concentrated, so I only use a drop once per day on my eyes and upper lip (yeppers, I got “lucky” where my melasma is. Ugh). This has really helped!
-To cover: e.l.f.’s Tone Correcting Concealer. Best I’ve found, seriously. It’s not great for my undereye circles (works okay but not *great*) but it definitely covers my melasma right up. Then I top with Purely Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Foundation.
-I got another BIG HELP from the Starlite Laser ( I focused the beam on my melasma areas. A few times a day while watching TV or reading.
-And finally… these articles from Mythbuster Beauty:

Hope that helps somewhat! 🙂

4 Darrell July 1, 2009 at 10:35 am

Hi there,
Some added tips…

–Exfoliate only at Night:
Exfoliate only at night and see a huge difference in a very short time. Since exfoliating increases skin sensitivity to UV, it becomes much more important to protect from or avoid UV near the time of exfoliation.

–Supercharge Your Exfoliation:
Have a favorite serum or brightening treatment? Try this… Lightly cleanse the face, apply the serum or brightening treatment to damp skin, layer your exfoliator on top of that…proceed with your exfoliation…this trick amplifies benefits you might get with the two products used separately.

–Sunscreen Tips:
Zinc, as Jami mentions is a great natural sunscreen that also happens to be one of the top contenders in protecting from BOTH UVA and UVB exposure. UVA is considered to be the more aging of the two and unfortunately gets to us just as easily on a cloudy day.

–When sunscreen turns out to be your Kryptonite:
Many of us can tolerate the harshest of skincare treatments & products, but our skin flips out over the simplest application of sunscreen. It can take work to find the right sunscreen for your skin type and allergy tolerance. Don’t give up! You can minimize reaction potential by always washing off the sunscreen when you’re done in the sun…and follow with products high in antioxidants.


5 Tashi July 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

That’s a lot of good info! Call me crazy, but I don’t know what melasma is. But it sounds as if I may have it, in the form of brown pigmentation in the creases on my upper eyelids. I think it may be hereditary, but who knows. I’ve had it for years, and it’s gotten progressively worse, gradually. People ask me if I’m wearing eye shadow, when I’m not! One lady actually had the guts to tell me I looked like I had been punched. It’s a bear to conceal, even more so than my dark circles. Like Cheap Chick, I think some people are possibly just plain rude. If I don’t wear a stitch of makeup, I truly get strange looks from some folks. People may mean well, though. I need to ensure I use an adequate spf all the time. My makeup usually has at least 15. I’m not that into sunblock, since we don’t see the sun as much throughout the year as Florida, etc. But I should still use it, regardless. I knew a woman from high school and my local softball team, who died from skin cancer. While I never deliberately tan anywhere, I should still take precautions.

6 Bionic Beauty July 1, 2009 at 11:17 am

Tashi, Strictly speaking Melasma is a hormone driven discoloration which is made worse by sun exposure. The sun makes the skin appear even darker. Melasma can occur for a number of reasons, mine was a hormone fluctuation due to medications & illness, but many women get it while pregnant (it’s also called “the pregnancy mask”). Other versions of discoloration can be hyperpigmentation (darker splotches) or hypopigmentation (lighter splotches), or even birth marks. Mine is on my upper lip (ugh) and looks like dirt. I went on a concealer testing spree. Bought every concealer in sight. 🙂

As you mentioned, you should definitely wear sunblock in addition to your makeup. Most makeup says SPF 15, but unless you apply a certain amount (the same goes for actual sunblock), you may not hit that true SPF rating.

I had a friend who at 32 developed skin cancer from all her tanning. Her case sent me into over-drive about SPF and sunblock. She’s back to tanning. I’ve moved on to embracing my paleness, slathering on Zinc and occassionally using bronzer and sunless tanners for color.

And yes, isn’t it amazing how rude people are?? Maybe it’s time for another one of my Anti-Powerful Beauty articles… tee hee!

7 Tashi July 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Cool on ya for the info, Jami. I don’t think a laser of any kind is in my budget right now (unless it’s in the toy aisle at a department store, lol). But I can still go get a good sunblock. I tend to break out if I use TOO many products, all with good intentions, not vanity. 🙂 After I finish up with my Queen Helene Mint Julep masque, maybe I’ll try that Aztec one. I, too, have dark marks on my upper lip area, but it’s not horrible. Maybe other people would disagree. But while *I* see it, it’s manageable. I don’t deliberately get sun, except for an occasional outdoor baseball game, etc. But still, I really need to get some sunblock. Now, if I could just *decide* on one. Skin care and cosmetics shopping can be so overwhelming.

8 Kelly July 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm

I went to the dermatologist last year and I was riddled with sun damage. The doctor didn’t believe me that I don’t go outside very often (I favor TV to hiking) and that I wear a high, broad spectrum SPF daily, no matter what. Apparently I am really sensitive. I just wish these brown spots would fade faster!

9 Kirsten P. July 2, 2009 at 7:29 am

I make sure to wear a SPF 30 or above in the spring or summer, and at least a SPF 15 in fall and winter. I realize how important it is to protect your skin, considering all the premature aging it does to it. I also make sure to exfoliate my skin at least once a day, love to use St. Ives Apricot scrub. My new favorite scrub is the AHA/BHA Face & Body Polish from Peter Thomas Roth. Love this scrub because it’s fragrance and dye free, and is great for all skin types! Most importantly is hydration, I love serums, especially from Murad, and apply a daily moisturizing lotion during the day and firming cream at night. I love trying new skin care products especially ones that are natural, and I’m always looking for ways to maintain my skin’s healthy appearance!

10 Gail Freudenberger July 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I saw several ingredients for the YBF products but the 1 that caught my eye and kept my attention was Vit E…..I can’t remember a product that had Vit E in it and didn’t at least leave at dent in it purpose….That is a multi tasking ingredient and anything that includes it must be on the way to working pretty good.

11 Jana July 8, 2009 at 10:40 am

I worry about deep wrinkles and sun damage/skin cancer. I am a sun is terrible but true.

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