6 Expert Ways to Protect Your Skin From Scarring, Injury and Blemishes
With the warm season here, you bare more skin. However, you want to keep your appearance glowing and blemish-free any time of year.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and many things can damage it. Here are six expert ways to protect your skin from scarring, injury and blemishes.
1. Leave New Pimples Alone
While sitting in your 8 a.m. chemistry class, you notice a bump on your chin that feels like a fresh blackhead. Your tendencies might scream, “pick at me!” Please try not to yield to the temptation. Picking at your skin can introduce new dirt and germs into pores, making existing acne worse. Trying to pop a newly erupted pimple can push bacteria and oil deeper into the infected pore, increasing swelling, pressure and redness. Icing such spots can reduce swelling and redness until they reach the point where you can perform an extraction.
2. But Treat Injuries Quickly
The old cliché may advise you to never trust a man who has no scars — but the originator of this saying spoke metaphorically. In reality, you want to practice proper wound care to prevent scarring.
If you get a cut or a burn, your first order of business is to thoroughly clean the wound to remove any debris. You also need to cool burns before applying any ointments that might seal heat inside your skin. Once you’ve cleansed and cooled the area, apply a dab of petroleum jelly to the affected area to keep the wound from drying out and forming a scab. You can also use silicone or hydrogel sheets for larger wounds.
Bruises fade in time, but they can distress you if you end up sporting purple and green blotches that contrast with your sleeveless pink bridesmaid’s gown at a summer wedding. Icing your bruise immediately after the bump occurs can help minimize discoloration. Please ensure that you use a fabric bugger between the ice pack and your skin to avoid making matters worse.
3. Use the Right Tool
Take heart, perfect skin seekers. You can still enjoy the gross-yet-satisfying sensation of popping your pimples if you wait until the right time and use the correct instrument.
It’s best if you use self-care techniques after a seasoned professional shows you the ropes. However, let’s keep it real — not everyone has the money for a dermatologist. You can buy comedone extractors such as those recommended by Dr. Pimple Popper and find instructional videos online if you can’t afford a trip.
4. Or Call a Professional
If you have the means, please see a professional for the best advice on protecting your skin from scarring, injuries and blemishes. Please don’t think this advice implies that you can’t learn how to take care of your skin at home.
However, your dermatologist can help you considerably in this endeavor by identifying your skin type and recommending products ideal for your unique DNA. You could potentially save money by not wasting countless pennies here and there trying various products that may work for others, but not you.
5. Wear Sunscreen
If you haven’t started wearing sunscreen each day yet, please get into the habit. Even if you adopt the mindset of, “early humans didn’t wear protection, and they survived” keep in mind that things have changed. Climate change means humans now experience more ground-level UVA radiation than past generations.
If you eschew commercial sunscreens because of the chemicals some brands contain, you can make DIY protection. All you need is some powdered zinc oxide and a carrier base that works well for your skin type. Coconut oil works wonders for dry skin, while argan oil won’t clog acne-prone pores.
6. Nourish Your Skin
Even if you try to be careful, you will eventually suffer life’s bumps and bruises. When you do, your body will heal itself — and recovery will go more quickly if you provide it with the right building blocks for doing so.
If you don’t follow a vegan diet, try to consume more fatty fish for the omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. The omega-3’s reduce redness and inflammation from pimples, while vitamin E protects against damaging free radicals. Plant-based foods such as walnuts, sweet potatoes and red and yellow bell peppers likewise contain various antioxidants that help protect your skin cells from further damage and provide the materials they need to heal.
Protect Your Skin From Scarring, Injuries and Blemishes
Looking your best means taking care of your body’s largest organ. Protect your skin from scarring, injuries and blemishes to give it the best chance at longevity.
Ruben Rojas Debuts 3 Art Installations and Sculpture at Westfield Topanga Mall and The Village
L.A. native artist Ruben Rojas, best known for his “love” artwork which spreads his message of “Live Through Love” across the city, partnered with Westfield Topanga Mall on a “Summer of Love” series of art installations.
Attendees were able to take a self-guided tour of the installations, featuring plenty of Instagrammable moments, and attend the official unveiling of Rojas’ sculpture “The Heart of the Valley.”
The event included a meet & greet, refreshments from Coffee Cube (a Westfield retailer and minority owned, Valley based start-up which offered 3 types of coffee/tea drinks and pastries) and VIP gift bags including items from Ruben’s fashion line.
The first installation is titled ‘Unity’, and represents Harmony, Balance, and Solidarity. “There’s strength in numbers. Together, we can create change and bring more love into the world.”
Installation two is called ‘Equality’ and affirms that “we’re all human, we’re all love!”
The wall installation located at The Village is titled, ‘You Belong Here’, and is one of Ruben’s favorite sayings. “Yes, ‘You Belong Here!’ It’s easy to question our belonging, worth & life. The truth is that each one of you belongs here and brings so much value to those around you. Never doubt your existence!”
And lastly, the unveiling of Rojas’ new sculpture ‘The Heart of the Valley’ made a statement that has to be seen in person. “Love has many faces: friendly, familial, romantic, self, unconditional. There’s room for all of them in your heart if you’re willing to make the space.”
According to Ruben,
“The heart is the most loving, life-giving symbol of all. It’s crucial to your survival, both physically and emotionally. Every heart is layered in love, overflowing with care and compassion. But we have to be willing to let the love in.
This piece is a true embodiment of living through love. When we acknowledge love in its many forms, it grows exponentially. There is no limit to the amount of love your heart can hold.
The heart is the most loving symbol of all, and I wanted to fill it with the most important thing: love.”
All four installations will be on display at Westfield Topanga Mall and The Village until the end of September 2021. To learn more about Ruben Rojas and his work and collaborations, visit RubenRojas.com and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.
About Westfield Topanga Mall:
The San Fernando Valley’s fashionable front door for real-life, luxury, and influencer designer brands—Westfield Topanga and The Village combine to provide a single destination experience unlike any other. For pure power shopping bliss in a cool and elegant indoor escape, there is Westfield Topanga’s one-of-a-kind lineup comprising best-in-class luxury and brands, whereas The Village provides the open-air social setting so long craved by Valley residents.
Located in the booming Warner Center district at the highest traffic intersection in the Valley, Westfield Topanga and The Village encompass almost 400 shops, restaurants, and personal service.
Creative Basics Brand Parade Celebrates The Summer of Parade in Los Angeles
Long summer nights are here, and if there’s anywhere to pull them off, it’s LA! Creative Basics brand Parade
hosted a lively party as part of the Summer of Parade series in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 15, at the Freehand. Guests were treated to Circus-themed goodies such as churros, cotton candy, and popcorn, as well as a gift bag consisting of Parade swag, including a candy bra.
Since its launch in 2019, Parade has surpassed 2M pairs of underwear sold (an estimated 1 pair sold every 30 seconds), expanded its product category offerings into Bralettes, and is on track to becoming carbon positive by 2025. At the helm is 23-year old Cami Tellez, who aims to continue furthering the brand’s inclusivity and self expression ethos. Check out the photos, credit of Owen Kolasinski, for some fun shots of the celebration!
Some of summer’s two favorite things are coming together this weekend, and Los Angeles is in for a serious treat!
Emma Chamberlain’s coffee brand, Chamberlain Coffee and celeb favorite, Craig’s, have teamed up to create a Chamberlain Coffee and Craig’s Vegan Ice Cream Truck pop-up on July 24th and 25th! Chamberlain is known for their high quality, organic fair-trade coffee beans sustainably sourced from around the world and roasted in California. This news comes almost 2 months after the brand’s hit pop-up in partnership with secondhand shop, Levi’s Century City. May’s pop-up gave visitors the opportunity to shop select Chamberlain Coffee merchandise, including mugs, reusable straws, and totes.
What can visitors expect from July’s pop-up?
None other than select Chamberlain Coffee merchandise, coffee drinks and affogatos, and scoops of assorted Craig’s Vegan flavors! Whether you need a weekend pick-me-up, a midday cool down, or just a little something to please your sweet tooth, the truck will be at Craig’s (8826 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069) on July 24th and 25th, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.