SiO Skincare Blog

Understanding the Wrinkle Cycle

A deep dive into what happens to our skin as we age, how wrinkles are caused by scarring and sun damage, as well as a few tips to prevent them such as wearing a moisturizer and SPF

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How to Get Rid of Clogged Pores

For many people, the only thing more tiresome than dealing with an oil-slicked T-Zone is a clogged pore. Not only can this common skincare woe result in blackheads and whiteheads overstaying their welcome on your face, but when pores are clogged they can appear enlarged (and we all know how that comes into play when the goal is a smooth complexion). Thankfully, there are steps you can take and skincare...

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What Causes Oily Skin?

Oily skin can feel like a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s said to resist wrinkles more than its dry skin counterpart, but on the flip side, it can wreak havoc on your day-to-day life (think: an oil-slicked T-zone by noon). What’s more, an oily face can serve as the cornerstone for other skin issues to surface like blackheads, clogged pores, and acne. If your slew of mattifying products and...

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What Causes Acne?

Fact: Acne affects up to 50 million people in America. That means that while you may feel be struggling with finding ways to combat it, you’re definitely not alone on your quest for smooth, picture-perfect skin. That said, whether it pops up on your forehead or your back, acne is one of those skincare woes that makes you wonder if you’ve traveled back in time to your prepubescent self. Adult...

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What is Gua Sha?

Between soap brows and facial yoga, we’ve seen our fair share of viral beauty trends. But the latest buzzy skincare tool to have caught the attention of Instagrammers and skincare pros alike is actually a centuries-old Chinese practice that us beauty buffs are just catching wind of. Enter the Gua Sha tool: a flat, smooth, and undeniably eye-catching gemstone that poses a slew of skin-loving benefits when massaged onto the...

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Maskne: How to Address Acne From Wearing a Face Mask

Since the CDC announced that face-coverings prevent the spread of COVID-19, the face mask has become pretty ubiquitous, from the aisles of your neighborhood grocery store to the ads on your Instagram feed. As soon as top fashion brands got in on it, we quickly began to see how masks might become the world’s healthiest “trend.” What most of us didn’t see coming, though, are the not-so-nice sides of wearing...

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How to Exfoliate

It’s nothing new. Chances are you’ve known about exfoliating since the first day you opened up a Seventeen Magazine way back when. But things have changed a lot over the years. For one, the ubiquitous micro-bead scrubs we once knew and loved have been ​banned​ since 2015. And for another, the apricot pit and walnut shell scrubs we used to swear by are now wildly controversial (look no further than...

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8 Ways to Avoid Dry Hands

Health officials and the CDC have encouraged us to wash our hands as often as humanly possible in order to limit the spread of COVID-19. Now, while this is proving a crucial, life-saving defense, frequent washing can lead to dry, cracked hands in the long run. Frustrating, yes, but it’s actually a good thing! It means people are doing their part to flatten the curve. So, although over-washing your hands can certainly...

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Dry Flaky Skin on Your Face? Main Causes and How to Fix It

Let’s just go ahead and face it: we all get dry, flaky skin sometimes. It’s harder to avoid than that chocolate walnut brownie that’s been shooting you sultry looks from within the glass case at your local coffee shop. Maybe your knees and elbows are getting scaly, or maybe you’ve got dry facial skin. Whatever the case may be, we’ve all had to deal with dry, flaky skin before. While everyone can relate to this...

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Silicone Chest Pads: The Science Behind Why They Work & More

Everyone knows that the older you get, the more wrinkles start to creep up on your face. But is it just us, or did nobody warn you that your chest would crinkle like a sheet of discarded tissue paper just as soon as—or even faster than—your face? What gives? If you’re like us, you’re spending more than your fair share of time and money on a solid facial regimen… and...

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Cryo Facials: Everything You Need to Know

You probably know about Botox… but how much do you know about frotox? Well, skin aging might be inevitable, but even if we can’t freeze time, it turns out we can freeze signs of aging in their tracks—with a little help from “cold therapy,” otherwise known as “cryotherapy.” Cryotherapy has been used for many years in various capacities within the medical field to reduce swelling, encourage circulation, and promote healing. And...

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Face Serum: FAQs & Choosing the Best for Your Skin

If you follow beauty blogs and magazines even peripherally, you probably feel like there’s a new skincare step in the spotlight every couple of months. (Where in the alphabet are we with the BB creams now?) Suffice to say, cleansing and moisturizing are a no brainer—but amid all the noise, there’s one other crucial step when it comes to achieving a radiant complexion: the face serum. Serums are touted as...

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