Skincare FAQs - Dang! Lifestyle Nigeria

Skincare FAQs

Skincare FAQs - DANG

In this post, we answer common skincare FAQs. Discover how to use your skincare products and treat skincare issues effectively with these FAQs.

Skincare FAQ

FAQs about Skincare Products

Q: What products do I need for a basic and effective skincare routine?

A: The products you need for a basic and effective skincare routine include a face wash, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Q: What ingredients should I look for in a moisturizer?

A. The ingredients to look for in a moisturizer include niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3), glycerin, and kojic acid, among others. Some of these ingredients are known to combat skin issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, and skin dullness and improve hydration.

Q: What's the difference between AHA and BHA?

A: AHAs and BHAs are both chemical exfoliants, but they work in different ways. 

AHAs( alpha hydroxy acids) are water-soluble, so they exfoliate the top layer of skin, while BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) can penetrate deeper into the pores to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. 

Likewise, AHAs are great for improving skin texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while BHAs are especially beneficial for people with acne-prone or oily skin. Examples of AHAs include glycolic acid and lactic acid and examples of BHAs include salicylic acid 

Q: What precautions should I take when using AHA or BHA?

A: When using AHA or BHA, don't apply them to open cuts or sunburned areas.

Likewise, don't forget to use moisturizer and sunscreen after applying these ingredients, as they can dry out your skin and make you more sensitive to the sun, and only use these products 2-3 times a week, at night, as overuse can irritate your skin.

Bottom line: if you have sensitive skin, it's best to talk to a skincare professional before adding these ingredients to your skincare routine. They can help you determine if these acids are right for you and which ones to use.

Q: What is the use of toner? Skincare FAQs

A: A toner is a great way to hydrate your skin and prep it for the rest of your skincare routine. It's lightweight and quickly penetrates your pores, cleaning away impurities and leaving your skin feeling refreshed and ready to absorb other products. 

Think of it as a primer for your skin!

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Q. Can I skip toner and use moisturizer?

A. Toners are a key part of a skincare routine, and they offer a ton of benefits. But if you find that using a toner makes your skin irritated or dry, it's totally fine to skip it and just use a moisturizer.

Q: Do you need a serum in your skincare routine?

A: Serums are a valuable addition to any skincare routine, but they are not essential for everyone. They're packed with concentrated ingredients that target specific skin concerns. 

For example, a vitamin C serum can help brighten your complexion and fade dark spots. Hyaluronic acid serums hydrate your skin, while azelaic acid and retinol serums can help fight acne and hyperpigmentation. 

Similarly, collagen serums help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. So if you have specific skin concerns, adding a serum to your routine could be a good idea.

Q: How long should you wait before applying your skincare products?

A: When you're layering skincare products, it's best to give each one a few minutes to sink in before you add the next one. Nonetheless, the amount of time you need to wait will vary depending on the thickness and ingredients of the products.

Q: What skincare products can I use while pregnant?

A: During pregnancy, it is important to be mindful of the skincare products you use. Some ingredients, such as retinoids and salicylic acid, may not be safe to use during pregnancy. 

Ideally, simple and gentle skincare routines are generally safe for pregnant women. It is best to consult with a healthcare provider or dermatologist for personalized recommendations.

Q: Do skincare products expire? Skincare FAQs

A: Most skincare products have an expiration date, which is usually indicated by a little open jar symbol on the packaging with a number and the letter "M" next to it (for example, 12M). 

This number tells you how many months the product is good for after you open it. It's important to follow these guidelines, but proper storage, like keeping your products out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures, can also help them last longer.

Q: Is it okay to mix the vitamin C oil, niacinamide, and collagen serum together and then rub on the face?

A: Serums are to be used separately at 3-5 minute intervals. If you have sensitive skin, do not use the vitamin C serum and the niacinamide serum in the same routine.

We advise that you use niacinamide in the morning and vitamin C at night, or vice versa.

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Q: Can I use the restoration oil on my face?

A: No, the restoration body oil is for the body ONLY. Please do not use it on your face.

Q: How do I layer my vitamin C, niacinamide, and collagen serums?

A: After washing your face, squeeze small dots of collagen and hydrating serum on your face and gently massage it in with your fingertips.

Use a thin layer of 10% niacinamide serum on your face, neck, and chest.

Mix 2-3 drops of Q10 + vitamin c serum with your desired face moisturizer or apply alone.

Finish with sunscreen.

Q: I rarely walk under the sun. Do I still need sunscreen? Skincare FAQs

A: It depends. Are you in a completely closed room with no rays of sunlight at all? If yes, you may not need to wear sunscreen. To be on the safer side, apply sunscreen whether you’re indoors or outdoors. You could forget to wear one if you leave the house in a hurry.

Q: Please, is the rice bran oil for the face alone? or I can mix it with my body moisturizer for the body and face.

A: Yes, the rice bran oil can be mixed with moisturizer for the body. Be careful though; you don’t want to mix the rice bran oil with Restoration Body moisturizer on your face. Also, we don’t advise using rice bran oil for acne-prone skin.

Q: Can I use my Vitamin C serum oil during the day?

A: Yes, the Vitamin C serum is suitable for day and night use. If you have sensitive skin, do not use the vitamin C serum and the niacinamide serum in the same routine. We advise that you use niacinamide in the morning and vitamin C at night, or vice versa.

Q: After applying the niacinamide serum, collagen, and vitamin C, do I still need a moisturizer?

A: Yes, you need a moisturizer. Apply in this order: niacinamide serum, collagen serum, and then mix your vitamin C serum with your face moisturizer.

Don’t use vitamin C serum and niacinamide serum in the same routine if you have sensitive skin.

Q: Are all the oils safe for toddler use?

A: Yes, our 100% organic oils are safe for toddler use.

Q: Which skincare products can I not use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?

A: The restoration body oil. It contains retinol, which can be harmful to unborn children or babies.

Q: How long should I give when stopping a particular skincare product and before starting Dang products?

A: Give your skin at least 3 weeks before you introduce a new product. After that, ensure to do a patch test on the inside of the forearm 24 hours before full usage.

Q: Can I use the ageless body wash and the body cream for my face?

A: No, the body wash and moisturizer aren’t safe for facial use.

Q: My face reacts to vitamin C serums. Can I use DANG Vitamin C Serum?

A: One way to know is to do a patch test on the inside of your forearm, then wait for 24 hours to see if you’ll react to it.

Q: Is there any hair and scalp product?

A: Yes, try the Organic Hempseed Oil with Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

FAQs about Skin Issues

Skincare FAQs on skincare concerns like acne and hyperpigmentation

Q: How do I figure out my skin type?

A: To figure out your skin type, check out how your skin feels and acts throughout the day. Dry skin feels tight, dry, or flaky. Oily skin looks shiny and feels greasy.

Combination skin has an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and dry cheeks. Sensitive skin is easily irritated and can react negatively to certain products or environmental factors.

All in all, the best way to figure out your skin type is to talk to a skincare professional.

Q: What exactly is acne, and how does it form? Skincare FAQs

A: Acne is a common skin condition with visible signs like pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and sometimes cysts or nodules. You get it when your hair pores become clogged with oil and dead skin cells.

Clogged pores promote the growth of bacteria, leading to inflammation and the formation of pimples, blackheads, and other issues.  Hormonal changes, genetics, and certain lifestyle factors can also contribute to the development of acne. 

Regardless of the cause, you should adopt a consistent skincare routine and consult with a skincare professional for effective acne treatment options.

Q: How do I get rid of the blackheads all over my nose and chin?

A: To effectively get rid of blackheads, start with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and oil. Exfoliate with a salicylic acid-based exfoliant at least 3 times a week to remove dead skin cells and unclog the pores. 

Applying a clay mask once or twice a week can also help draw out impurities and tighten the pores. However, avoid picking or squeezing blackheads, as this can lead to inflammation and scarring.

If blackheads persist, consider seeking the advice of a skincare professional.

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Q: Should you be treating oily skin the same way as sensitive skin?

A: You can't treat oily skin the same way you treat sensitive skin. They're two different issues that require different approaches.

Oily skin produces excess sebum (oily glands), which can lead to clogged pores. So, you'll want to use oil-free and lightweight skincare products to prevent that from happening.

Sensitive skin, on the other hand, is prone to irritation and inflammation. So, you'll want to use skincare products with mild and soothing ingredients.

Q: Is sunscreen necessary?

A: Absolutely!

Sunscreen is a vital step in any skincare routine, regardless of the weather or your skin type. 

Sun rays are bad for our skin and can increase our risk of skin cancer. To protect yourself, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin, including your face, neck, and hands.

Reapply every two hours or more often if you're sweating or swimming.

Q: How should I deal with back acne as well as some on my chest?

A: Back and chest acne can be treated using a gentle cleanser to cleanse the affected areas thoroughly. Also, exfoliating your back and chest once or twice a week can help remove dead skin cells and unclog the pores. 

Using products containing ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide can also help treat acne and prevent future breakouts. As always, seeking personalized treatment options from a skincare professional will be a more effective solution.

Q: At what age should you start using toner? Skincare FAQs

A: With an exception for infants, there’s no right or wrong age to start using a toner. It all depends on your skin type and concerns. 

Generally, oily or acne-prone skin may benefit from using toner in the teenage years or early twenties, while dry or sensitive skin may benefit from using a gentle toner or skipping it altogether.

 

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