A New Nerdie Q&A

It’s just about that time of year again! We’re mid-season, the weather is just about drawing in (sadly), and we’ve probably got even stranger and nerdier questions than ever that we’d love answering! 

We wanted to answer some of your popular nerdie questions from the last few months right here in one handy-dandy, easy to reference guide!  

Of course, this is only the tip of the nerdie iceberg! For a whole range of frequently asked questions (and one of Team Nerd’s favourite parts, the super-swift and easy-to-follow, one, three, and five minute skincare routines), you can check out The Skin Nerd Philosophy. It’s crammed with nerdie knowledge, and is laid out in a simple to follow skin journey. It’s extremely dippable-into, if we’re allowed to make up adjectives (we are, we decided).  

Here’s some of the top questions you’ve been asking over the last few months! 

Maskne – what. Do. I. Do? 

No stress, more success. Team Nerd is keenly aware of the pressures of mask wearing on our largest organ. As Jennifer said on Ireland AM last week, we’ve been wearing clothes since we were only a few hours old, but here we are, much, much further on in our lives and we’re suddenly putting clothes (a mask) on skin which has never had anything on it before (except maybe for Halloween – and only for mere moments at that!).  

So, if your skin is being a rebel without a cause, we have to step in – it does have a cause. Masks can irritate our skin for a number of reasons 

Masks can rub and redden skin by their mere presence. Skin under masks can become sweaty. Sweat can mix with condensation, makeup, SPF, and pollution and create a soup which slides beautifully straight into pores which can cause breakouts.  

If we don’t wash our masks frequently enough, this isn’t just a health no-no – it's a skin sin too. Wearing dirty masks puts sweat, condensation, old oil, SPF, and makeup back on our skin which can contribute to maskne.  

Maskne is the term for acne and breakouts as a result of mask wearing, but we have tips.  

  1. Cleanse throughout the day with your @Cleanseoffmitt if it's safe to do so. It can help to keep skin feeling refreshed if you have a few moments in the bathroom to yourself during the day to slip the mask off. Door locked, mask off, skin cleansed – then pop your COM into its sealable bag and lock it up tight. Don’t forget to remove and wash it at the end of everyday. 

  2. If you're not embracing salicylic acid, it's time to hop to it. @skingredients Sally Cleanse and @imageskincareireland Clear Cell Gel Cleanser both contain salicylic acid and can be brought into your PM skincare routine as directed to help dissolve oil, pollution, and any other pollutants which might otherwise block pores and lead to breakouts. Use SallyCleanse up to three times a week in the evening to roust breakouts before they can happen.

  3. Keep the layers thin, and hydrating - rely on ingredients like hyaluronic acid in @skingredients Skin Veg or @imageskincareireland Pure Hyaluronic Filler. Hyaluronic acid is your pal now and always – it helps to bind moisture to the surface of the skin and keeps skin looking plump and juicy.

  4. Don't forget your SPF. Skin still needs protecting from UVA and UVB rays, even if it's sometimes covered with a mask. 

  5. Choose natural fabrics like cotton and don't forget to wash them thoroughly after use!

If you’re finding maskne unbearable, definitely get in touch with your Nerd or Nerdette, as they’ll be able to give you some skincare tips or recommendations to make your maskne more comfortable.  

Should I be using topical or internal antioxidants? 

We have a host of nerdie knowledge, but it’s important to remember that we’re not nutritionists. However, we do looove all things antioxidant.  

It’s important to take it in antioxidants in as many ways as we can, be that through our diet, supplementation, and topically, too. Your skin will thank you. We always advocate for a multi-pronged approach to skincare, and this extends to antioxidants. We always suggest packing raw fruit and veg into your diet, and our recommendation for supplements would have to be Skin Antioxidant by Advanced Nutrition Programme, to give you a little bit of a glow. For antioxidant-rich skincare, we love Skingredients Skin Veg and Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum, too, from IMAGE skincare! 

Be honest – how often should I wash my makeup brushes? 

You’re not going to love this, but to be true skin saints, we need to wash our brushes every time we use them. We know that’s not always possible, so there are other ways.  

We love Ella & Jo Squeaky Clean Brush Cleanser for cleansing our brushes between weekly deep cleans. Apply a few sprays to your brush, swizz them around on a clean tissue and leave them to dry before putting them away, and then promise that you’ll do a deep clean at the close of the week! 

Getting started with a skincare routine - where to start, what to get first, what to prioritize! 

As a Nerd Networkers, you’ve probably had your skincare consultation already, or you’re eagerly awaiting yours! Your Nerd or Nerdette will create just for you a skincare routine which will suit your skindividual needs. If you feel that your routine isn’t working for you or you’d like an update, or you’ve found yourself out of sync, then we would highly recommend getting in touch and coming back for a follow-up – that's what they’re there for, and your €25 follow-up fee is fully redeemable on The Skin Nerd Store against products!  

For starting off, if you’re looking to keep it simple, then we’ve got you covered.  

Double cleanse your skin twice a day. Pre-cleanse first of all with the Cleanse Off Mitt to remove any makeup, product, pollution, SPF, or anything else lingering on your skin. Follow up with a gentle cleanser like Skingredients PreProbiotic Cleanse or Galinee La Culture, both gentle, pre and probiotic cleansers suitable for even sensitive skin.  

Work with your Nerd or Nerdette to decide the best cleanser and serum combo for you, as different skin really take to certain products and provide fabulous results. For keeping it simple, we’d always recommend a vitamin A-rich serum. As part of the Nerd Network, that might be the Environ AVST range (as directed by your Nerd or Nerdette), or Skingredients Skin Protein, your vitamin A, C, and E-rich tightening, brightening, and anti-ageing serum with a pro-collagen peptide.  

Last of all in your super simple routine, your SPF – arguably the most important aspect of your routine (effectively cleansing is an extremely close second). Apply a broad-spectrum SPF every single AM to protect your skin from UVA, UVB, and HEV rays, to keep your skin from prematurely ageing, and to protect it from skin cancer. That’s why SPF is the bare nerdie minimum, every day of the year – no excuses.  

Supplementation is a vital part of skincare, but this can differ from hooman to hooman, so it’s something we recommend speaking to your Nerd or Nerdette about! 

Do I need a moisturizer with the Skingredients Core 4? 

The Core 4 (made with nerdie love and knowledge) is the essential skincare routine that all hoomans should be using. The only exception is Skin Protein - for hoomans under 12 years of age and pregnant hoomans (due to the levels of vitamin A – high levels of vitamin A are not recommended for use during pregnancy!), they should use – 01, 02, 04, and leave out 03 for the moment! 

In the Core 4, you will find PreProbiotic Cleanse, Skin Veg, Skin Protein, and Skin Shield. These four products work together to create a complete skincare routine which feeds your skin all of the vitamins, hydration, and nutrients that it needs day to day. In our duo of serums, you’ll find hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidants galore, vitamins A, C, and E, patented pro-collagen peptides, and a host of other skin-friendly ingredients. These work together to negate the need for a separate moisturiser, but we do understand that some hoomans prefer the feeling of a moisturiser.  

If your skin is truly thirsty and in need of a soothing moisturiser, we have Skin Good Fats available as part of the Skingredients Mix + Match routine. Skin Good Fats contains shea butter glycerides for soothing moisturisation, drago calm for bringing down any itchiness, and ceramide NP for helping to repair and soothe your skin’s barrier.  

Recommendations for SPF suitable with acne prone skin! 

Yes, spot, breakout and acne-prone skin all need SPF. It’s really important to wear SPF every single day of the year – and often breakout and acne prone hoomans can skip this step if they feel like the SPF choices that are available will make their breakouts worse. This doesn’t have to be the case.  

Your individual situations can differ, which is why we suggest speaking to your Nerd or Nerdette, but there are plenty of SPF choices for oily and spot-prone skin.  

Skingredients Skin Shield SPF 50 PA+++ (50ml) (€42) 

Skin Shield is not only your daily broad-spectrum SPF, it’s your primer, with a peachy universal tint and a dewy finish – no need to stress about a chalky white cast and no photo flashback. Non-comedogenic, oil-free, water-resistant and non-greasy, so its perfect for all hoomans® (even the very mini ones). 

IMAGE Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturizer SPF 32 (€47.50) 

This oil-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen delivers high sun protection in a mattifying, antioxidant-rich base that’s perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types. Micro-sponge technology absorbs surface oils and gives skin a flawless, shine-free finish. It doubles as a protective primer to create a healthy glow before makeup application. 

Dermalogica Clear Start Clearing Defence SPF30 (€31.00) 

Dermalogica Clear Start Clearing Defence SPF 30 (59ml) is a shine-reducing SPF moisturizer that protects breakout-prone skin from environmental stress. The ultra-lightweight formula provides a long-lasting matte finish without clogging pores. Patented TT technology works with the skin’s natural microbiome while natural Tapioca helps reduce shine. Broad Spectrum sunscreen defends against UV rays, which may lead to the appearance of uneven skin tone. 

NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF 35 (€42.00) 

This hydrating day-cream offers SPF 35 protection, making it perfect for daily use, and specially formulated to be suitable for congested, or acne-prone skin. It contains NeoGlucosamine, a lightly exfoliating ingredient which also helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation, chardonnay grape seed extract, to provide antioxidant protection, and vitamin E, antioxidant and can help to reduce UV damage. This UVA/UVB formulation is oil-reducing, oil-free, light, and fragrance free. It’s suitable for hoomans prone to congestion, breakouts and oiliness. 

Be sure to apply your SPF as frequently as is required by your particular product, approximately once every two hours while in direct sunlight! 

And there you have it! Just a fraction of the nerdie questions that we’ve received over the last few months! As ever, if you have particular questions, make sure you get in touch with your Nerd or Nerdette to have your nerdie dreams come true! 

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