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Is Your Oily Skin Dehydrated?

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Many people believe that if you have oily skin, it couldn’t possibly get dehydrated. Right?

Wrong.

With the changing of the seasons and with the influence of different factors, many people suffer from skin dehydration, whether they have normal, dry, oily skin, or a combination of the three.

The struggle with this skin condition is real, and in order to achieve well-hydrated skin, you have to first understand your skin type and its condition, and take effective steps towards solving the problem. Don’t worry if this sounds confusing – Vine Vera is here to help! Read on to learn more…

How to Deal with Oily Dehydrated Skin

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We’ll explain more about how to pinpoint whether your skin is oily and dehydrated further down. However, if you already know that you’re in this boat, here’s what you can do about it:

Use a Mild Cleanser

When we say mild cleanser, we mean a cleanser that is devoid of all the heavy, harmful chemicals. Until your skin restores its water, try to use a gentle cleanser, such as the Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser

And, don’t forget, water with which you clean your face mustn’t be too hot, or too cold, it needs to be just right, or in this case, lukewarm.

Use a Serum

If you add a serum that specifically targets dehydration to your skin routine, you are increasing your chances of solving the problem faster. Unlike moisturizers, a serum penetrates the skin faster due to its smaller molecules, and helps your skin better retain water. If you don’t yet have a go-to serum, give the Vine Vera Resveratrol Vitamin C Serum a try! 

Moisturize

Many are fooled by thinking that if they have oily skin, they mustn’t moisturize. However, moisturizing helps our skin create a barrier that will prevent loss of water. Be sure to look for a good moisturizer that is made for oily skin. That way, you will regulate the excess sebum production, while also hydrating your skin.

One good example would be the Vine Vera Resveratrol Chianti Morning Recovery. Not only does it contain plenty of hydrating ingredients, but it’s also formulated with licorice root extract, which helps to rebalance natural oil production in the skin. 

Don’t Forget About Sun Protection

The sun will only worsen both your oiliness and your dehydration, making sun protection a must. While a dedicated sunscreen is great, it can sometimes be more convenient to use a moisturizer that already contains SPF. This way, each time you reapply it, you’ll also be hydrating your skin a little bit more.

SPF30 is the way to go, such as with the Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet Replenishing Moisture Cream SPF30. This moisturizer/sunscreen doesn’t contain any pore-clogging ingredients, yet it’s still incredibly hydrating. This makes it a great choice for those with oily and dehydrated skin.

 

How Many Skin Types Are There and Which One is Mine?

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In order to determine which type your skin belongs to, you need to observe several factors – how much water there is in your skin, how oily it is and how sensitive it is. The water in the skin determines how elastic your skin is going to be, and the oil its softness.

Although we would all like to have the normal skin type and be devoid of all the troubles that go with for example, dry or oily skin, not many are fortunate enough. Yes, normal skin is not an attribute of the majority, whereas oily and dry skin is.

But let’s first go back a notch and see what skin type you actually are.

Normal Skin Type

The main feature of this skin type could be described in the same way Goldilocks describes the beds in the bears’ house: not too soft, not too hard, but just right.

Indeed, if you have a normal skin type, you certainly have a perfect balance of softness and firmness, and oiliness and dryness. You show no or little sensitivity to outer or inner irritants, and have a radiant complexion with barely visible pores.

Oh, how we envy you!

Dry Skin Type

Having dry skin could be painful most of the time, because the dryness of the skin affects its elasticity. Namely, if you have dry skin, you are more likely to have significantly less elasticity which can, more often than not, cause very painful skin breakage.

The complexion of people with dry skin is usually dull and rough. The skin is covered with red patches, especially in the winter month, when every type of skin is especially prone to get drier. This part of the year is particularly problematic and painful for the people with dry skin.

The other factors that usually make matters worse are: genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, UV rays, long hot baths and some ingredients in the products you use on your skin, which can cause your skin to show signs of irritation.

Unfortunately, due to your skin losing its elasticity, you are more likely to have visible lines and other signs of aging.

In order to solve these problems, you have to help your skin stay hydrated. Rich skincare products that are designed for dry skin are what you need, such as the Resveratrol Pinot Noir Longevity Cream from Vine Vera. 

Oily Skin Type

If you are asking yourself who is having a rougher time, people with dry or oily skin, the answer is – everybody! Each side has its own problems.

The main features oily skin are enlarged pores, dull complexion or an overly shiny one, blackheads and other skin blemishes. Oily skin is more prone to acne breakouts. The reason for this lies in the fact that oily skin produces extra sebum which is clogging the pores, and causing inflammations.

The level of “oiliness” of your skin can change during time, and can be a consequence of many different factors: puberty, stress, hormonal changes, too much humidity, or a wrong product you are applying on your skin.

In order to look after your oily skin, you need to wash it regularly, exfoliate at least once a week, and, for crying out loud, don’t ever squeeze the pimples, because if you do, it will take you forever to heal.

We should always look on the brighter side, though. Oily skin is less likely to get wrinkles.

Combination Skin Type

This type of skin has all of the features of all the different skin types. One part of the skin can be normal, the other part oily and the other one extremely dry.

People with combination skin usually have problems with their T-zone (nose, forehead and chin).

Unfortunately, the range of problems one might have with this type of skin is very wide. You could have enlarged pores and acne breakout on one hand, and skin breakage on the other.

The proper way of treating this type of skin includes different types of products and individual treatment for different zones.

 

Skin Condition vs. Skin Type

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Now that we have explained the difference between different skin types, we hope that you have managed to determine which one is yours.

When we talk about skin, it is important to make a difference between your skin type and the skin condition you might have.

Skin type includes the general features your skin has, whereas skin condition is something you might get due to different external and internal factors, and it is usually of temporary nature.

The external factors that cause the appearance of a certain skin condition include: poor nutrition, climate, exposure to outer irritants and your skincare routine. On the other hand, internal factors include the fluctuation of hormonal levels, stress levels and natural aging process.

There are five basic types of skin conditions and those include aging skin, dehydrated skin, sensitive skin, skin pigmentation and blemish prone skin.

Aging Skin

Even though there are other types of skin conditions that are more serious, this one seems to affect us the most. Throughout years, decades, even centuries, emphasis has been put on slowing down the aging process, and making your skin look younger and fresher. That is why it comes as no surprise that most skincare products today are designed to slow down the ageing process.

(If you’re looking for a new anti-ager, try the Resveratrol Vitamin C Moisturizer from Vine Vera.)

Sensitive Skin

If you easily break out in rashes and if your skin is itchy most of the time, then you are considered to have sensitive skin. Unfortunately, this condition has a number of possible causes ranging from genetic factors to different environmental influences. In order to take care of this condition and relieve yourself of uneasiness and discomfort you might have, it is best to try to avoid the detrimental outside irritants and apply different skincare products.

Skin Pigmentation

Next to aging skin, this is one of the conditions that troubles people the most. Hormonal changes and genetic predisposition are the likeliest reason behind the change, as well as UV radiation which is only making it worse. UV rays cause the overproduction of melanin, which is responsible for the color of your skin. By adding any product that has additional Vitamin A in it, you could find a solution to your problem and get a nice and radiant complexion.

Blemish-Prone Skin

This condition is mostly found with people with oily skin. It occurs when the area around the hair follicles gets congested with oil and dead skin cells. Various factors affect your skin to become blemish-prone – hormonal changes, diet and environment.

Again, salvation could be found in finding a proper cleanser and adopting a proper skincare routine which will clean your skin properly and give it appropriate nourishment.

Dehydrated Skin – Everybody’s Problem

Dull and tired skin is certainly something that nobody wants to have. However, when your skin has problems with keeping the moisture in, it begins to flake and crack. Those are the first signs of your skin lacking moisture.

As it has previously been mentioned, even though there is a misconception that only people with dry skin suffer from dehydration, this is not true. Every type of skin can suffer from dehydration, even the oily one. 

 

Signs Your Oily Skin is Dehydrated

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Think that your oily skin may be dehydrated? Here’s how to know for sure…

The Appearance of Dark Circles and Dullness

When your skin is dehydrated, it loses its radiance.

When this happens, your complexion usually appears very dull. In addition, there is a chance that the dark circles under your eyes become more noticeable.

Your Skin Becomes Itchy and Irritated

Without water to hydrate the barrier layer of your skin, the layer that protects your skin from outer irritants, these irritants are more likely to penetrate the skin and cause damage. Itchiness and irritation are soon to follow as a response to the changes.

Breakouts

As it has been said, when oily skin becomes dehydrated, it generally tries to compensate for the lack of water by overproducing oil. However, this increased amount of sebum is what causes problems to people with oily skin to begin with. It clogs the pores and creates a fertile ground for various bacteria to flourish and cause infections. As a result, acne breakouts appear more intensively.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Even though we have mentioned that the benefit of oily skin is that signs of aging come much later, unfortunately, if you are suffering from dehydrated skin, you are also going to notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dehydration influences both the surface and deeper layers of the skin and, therefore, causes the deeper lines to become more visible. Luckily, their noticeability diminishes significantly once the skin is back to a state of hydration.

 

Reasons for Dehydration

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Outdoor Irritants

If you think only sun rays can draw water out of your skin, you are wrong. There are many environmental factors that cause water shortage in the layers of your skin. Dry wind and air can also cause the water to be released from your skin easily, causing itchiness and irritation.

Poor Diet

Unhealthy food and beverages are the reason behind many health issues and conditions people have today. So, it is not surprising that skin dehydration is one of them. Overconsumption of coffee, alcohol, fast food and sweets can disrupt metabolic processes, and, among other things, it may cause your skin to lose the water it needs to be healthy and fresh-looking.

Hot Showers and Baths

Who would have thought, right? Unfortunately, it is true. When you expose your skin to hot water, it removes the protective oil layer from your skin, which is responsible for retaining water. This way, your skin is more likely to lose the water, making your skin dehydrated.

Inappropriate Skincare Routine

Sometimes, by trying to remove the excess oil from the surface of their skin, people do more harm than good. You might use cleansers that are just too drying and irritating or scrubs that are just too harsh, thinking that you will remove the excess sebum more effectively, but this is only going to have a counter effect.

Skin is a delicate organ, and it needs to be dealt with carefully and mildly.

One more mistake people with oily skin are making is that they are using products which have high amounts of alcohol in them. Alcohol is an extremely drying substance, and causes your skin to lose water fast.

Hopefully, by following the above tips, you’ll be able to keep your oily skin hydrated and enjoy a healthier complexion for years to come!

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7 Ingredients That Stimulate Blood Circulation for an Instant Glow

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Skincare enthusiasts focus on the same old steps when it comes to caring for their complexion. There’s hydration for that plumpness and glass-like dewiness, exfoliation to brighten the skin and get rid of acne scars, and even clay masking to purify and detoxify your pesky little pores.

But some people—younger ones especially—forget to look after proper blood circulation, which gives the skin a nice glow. It sounds a bit medical, like it’s not even a cosmetic concern. Many of us often take for granted the fact that good circulation makes our skin look incredible.

It’s the secret to a naturally radiant and rosy flush that makes you glow. It gives your skin a luminosity that not even your favorite moisturizers and exfoliating toners can do!

Here’s the lowdown on good blood circulation and what it actually does for the skin, plus seven powerhouse ingredients that can help you achieve that healthy glow!

 

Why is Good Blood Circulation Important for Our Skin’s Appearance?

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Let’s have a quick refresher on a simple high school lesson, shall we? Red blood cells travel all over the body, delivering much-needed oxygen to all the organs to get them to function correctly.

Good blood flow means that your entire body is oxygenated and is working properly. It also means it can eliminate all the waste that can clog up your veins and arteries as it flows.

The Problem with Poor Circulation

Now, in the case of bad blood circulation, your organs aren’t getting all the nutrients they need to function properly. This can cause serious issues, especially if your blood vessels get clogged up with fats and plaque, constricting your blood’s passageway.

An inadequate blood flow can also affect how your skin looks, making it look dull and lifeless since your body doesn’t have enough vitamins and nutrients going around to keep you looking radiant and luminous.

Bad circulation can also cause pigmentation issues leading to an uneven tone. This is because your cells aren’t oxygenated enough to look uniform and color and radiance.

Other issues bad blood circulation can cause on the skin are slow inflammation and wound healing, the appearance of dark and baggy under-eyes, and even premature aging. We don’t want fine lines and wrinkles early on in life, now do we?

All these negative side effects of poor blood circulation are the reason why many Asian women love to use jade rollers and gua sha tools to massage their face and encourage proper circulation. And we all know how youthfully radiant women of Asian descent look even in their golden years.

 

7 Circulation-Boosting Ingredients to Look Out For to Give You Glowy Skin

One of the easiest ways to ensure that you’re boosting blood circulation—particularly in the face—is by using skincare products only with the best circulation-boosting ingredients. These ingredients and vitamins penetrate the skin and promote a healthy blood flow, and consequently, glowy skin.

Keep your eyes peeled for these seven ingredients. They have excellent properties to aid in boosting your blood circulation, so you surely won’t want to miss out.

Retinoids

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This derivative of vitamin A is a magic word for anyone looking into anti-aging skincare products. It has quite a reputation for reversing the signs of skin aging by tightening the skin and amping up collagen and elastin production, effectively kissing those fine lines and wrinkles goodbye.

But another reason retinoids are a fan-favorite is that they give the skin a naturally radiant glow. That’s because they’re known to boost blood circulation, making your skin look super healthy.

Retinoids also encourage your body to create new blood vessels, making more passageways for your blood to travel throughout your organs. Needless to say, this gives blood circulation another leg up.

Green Tea

This ingredient helps with blood circulation, whether it’s the star ingredient of your favorite skincare product or ingested as a matcha drink.

Green tea has properties that widen and dilate your blood vessels, giving your blood more space to travel throughout your body and distribute all the essential vitamins to your systems.

It also has antioxidants that strengthen your skin and protect it from free radical damage, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that calm and soothe your skin when it’s irritated and inflamed because of any active breakouts.

Green tea is excellent at boosting your skin’s overall health. It even helps prevent serious skin disorders, such as skin cancer.

Red Algae

You might be thinking, “Gross! How could anyone put algae on their skin?” Well, the answer is: anyone serious about protecting and enriching their skin with antioxidants, proteins, and vitamins that keep it plump and hydrated.

Algae helps improve your blood circulation and moisturize the skin, which is why it’s a popular ingredient in Asian skincare. It manages excess sebum production and makes the skin more resilient to inflammation, so it’s something you may fall in love with if you have problematic, acne-prone skin.

It also promotes healthy cell renewal and turnover, which helps speed up the process of shedding dead skin cells and revealing fresh, brighter, and more rejuvenated skin lying beneath.

Vitamin B3

Also known as niacin, this type of vitamin B is super impactful in improving your blood flow. It increases the blood vessel function, making it more energized and ready to deliver oxygen all over your system to give your skin a bright, healthy flush.

It’s very impressive at taming and soothing inflammation in your blood vessels and arteries, which should come as no surprise because niacinamide is a fan-favorite skincare vitamin for soothing the skin and clearing up redness due to acne.

Vitamin B3 also reduces the amount of cholesterol in your blood when ingested through food or supplements. That means it won’t be so clogged and blocked, making room for a faster and more efficient blood flow.

Ginseng

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This spice is known to be a vasodilator, similar to peppermint and other spices and oils. That means ginseng root extracts have the power to dilate your blood vessels, making it easy for your red blood cells to deliver nutrients and vitamins all over the body.

This boost in blood circulation makes your skin look fresh and glowy, but that’s not the only thing about it that can give your complexion some radiance and plumpness.

Ginseng is also known for its fantastic anti-aging properties that keep the skin firm and taut. It’s also rich in vitamin B for an extra blood flow boost and antioxidants to protect the skin from oxidative stress from pollution and the elements.

Avocado

This fruit isn’t just perfect over toast for breakfast—it’s also a secret weapon to promoting healthy blood circulation. Avocado extracts and oils are excellent for the skin because they have a lot of vitamin A, which improves cell turnover to give you a healthy glow and sheen.

It also has amino acids and healthy fats that moisturize the skin in its deeper layers. This keeps the complexion plump and the skin barrier strong and fortified. Its antioxidants zap away toxins in the skin that could cause stress and premature fine lines and wrinkles.

Avocado oil can also promote healthy blood circulation for an instant glow. It even helps produce new skin cells because the entire skin area receives all the nutrients and energy needed.

Resveratrol

We’ve saved the best for last on this list. Resveratrol is an ingredient usually found in berries, grapes, and wine.

In recent years, it has become quite a trendy skincare product for those with sensitive skin. Many people see it as an ingredient that soothes the skin, but in reality, it offers so much more than that.

Aside from reducing redness from inflammation, it also protects your skin from UV rays and boosts collagen production. But the most crucial benefit it provides is good blood circulation.

Resveratrol works to protect and strengthen your blood vessels to prevent any impairment or dysfunction. It does so by impeding blood clots and lowering cholesterol so that no blockages are hampering your blood flow.

It also boosts the amount of nitric oxide in your body, which ensures that your vessels are properly dilated for your red blood cells to travel through and deliver nutrients all over the body.

Resveratrol is a hot new skincare ingredient for sophisticated women in need of an extra glow (and also wine lovers looking for yet another reason to love and rave about their favorite drink!). If you want to try it out for yourself, look no further than Vine Vera.

A terrific moisturizer to incorporate into your circulation-boosting skincare routine is Vine Vera’s Resveratrol Cabernet High Potency Moisture Day Cream. This product is rich in resveratrol and vitamin E, both of which are holy grails for blood circulation.

It’s also packed with shea butter to replenish the skin with intense moisture. With this nourishing cream’s triple threat list of active ingredients, it’s perfect for dry and mature skin that needs extra strength and protection from the elements and a boost in elasticity and bounce.

While these ingredients and nutrients may be your ticket to healthy, glowing skin thanks to better blood circulation, know that they aren’t quick-acting miracle workers.

It takes time to see a difference in your skin when incorporating these into your routine. Consistency is key if you want to see results, so stick with it, and you’ll be as radiant as the sun in no time.

 

Lifestyle Changes That Can Promote Healthy Blood Circulation

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While it’s easier and more convenient to rely on skincare products to boost blood circulation, there are a couple of healthy lifestyle changes that could make an even more significant impact when adopted in conjunction with circulation-boosting products.

Exercise

Exercising is one of the best things you can do to promote better blood circulation all over your body. Pumping up your heart rate by jogging, doing jumping jacks, or even just pacing around the house can improve your blood flow and give your skin that glow you’re yearning for.

You can elevate your fitness regimen by getting into yoga and meditation. Reducing your stress levels through these is also a surefire way to improve your blood circulation significantly.

Getting massages regularly is another thing that can help increase blood flow in the face and body. Because you’re stimulating the skin, it allows for speedier blood circulation, giving you a rosy flush and natural radiance almost instantly.

Diet

Being more conscious of what you eat is also crucial when trying to improve your circulation. Eating too many salty foods can raise your blood pressure, which keeps your blood flow from being efficient. Cut down on processed foods and too-hearty meals and balance it out with lighter, healthier snacks.

Turn instead to foods that are high in vitamins E and A, like almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, avocados, and more. These help prevent blood clotting in your veins, promoting healthier circulation with no blockage.

Load up on garlic, onions, and spices like cayenne pepper when cooking your fave meals as well. They can also reduce inflammation in your blood vessels, therefore stimulating your circulation.

Hydration

Lastly, always remember to hydrate. Drinking a lot of water is healthy for many reasons, but it plays a huge role in blood circulation.

Staying hydrated maintains the volume of blood your body has. Without hydrating regularly, there won’t be enough blood cells to flush out toxins or keep your skin looking radiant.

 

Conclusion

How your skin looks is always going to be a reflection of what’s going on inside your body. Blood circulation may primarily be a health concern, but it has impressive benefits to the skin when maintained properly.

There are many ways to keep tabs on your blood circulation, from committing to a more nutritious diet  to incorporating the crème de la crème of circulation-boosting ingredients.

Putting blood circulation on top of your priority list when shopping for skincare may be uncommon, but it’s something that can change the game for you and your skin.

Trying out products with any of the seven ingredients listed above may just surprise you, and the prize is none other than smooth, radiant, and clear skin.

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How to Use Makeup to Hide Acne

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It’s the night before one of the most important events in your life. You look at yourself in the mirror, and, to your horror, you’re experiencing a breakout of blackheads and pimples. A breakout is one of the worst things that could happen, especially if you want to look your best on a specific day.

Hope is not lost! The solution to this problem? Cover your acne with makeup.

If you’re not the type to worry about makeup, this might seem like a complicated process. However, it’s a useful skill to have so that you can achieve the elegant and sophisticated look you were aiming for. So sit back, relax, and read this article with all your heart.

Common Mistakes When Applying Makeup

Before we try to hide acne with makeup, let’s figure out how to prevent it in the first place.

Not Cleaning Your Face Before Applying Makeup

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Even if you’re running short on time, you need to make sure that you clean your face before putting on makeup. Putting makeup without cleaning your face is not a good practice because there may be excess oil, dirt buildup, and germs on your face. These dirt particles, excess oil, and germs will be trapped on your face if you cover them with makeup, which, later on, will cause acne breakouts!

Experts recommend using a salicylic acid-based cleanser in prepping your skin to remove excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells from the surface. This process will surely help you prevent acne breakouts!

Sharing Your Makeup

Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to makeup!

Even if it is your best friend or your sister, makeup sharing is a major no-no! If you use the same makeup and tools as other people, you can also transfer the bacteria and oil on their face into yours. In doing so, you are increasing your risk of infection and acne breakout, which is incredibly dangerous!

Keeping Your Makeup On for the Whole Day

Even if you’re only applying a small amount of makeup on your face, it will still adversely affect your skin if you wear it for too long. Therefore, it is essential to remove your makeup by the end of the day. If you sleep with your makeup on, these chemicals will mix with any oil and dirt accumulated on the surface of your face. These can clump together and clog your pores. 

Tips for Using Makeup to Cover Your Acne

Use a Moisturizer as Your Base

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If you think moisturizing your face is one of the causes of your acne breakout, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s not true! What causes your breakout is a failure to moisturize your skin. Moisturizing should always be your first step before putting makeup on. This step can help provide a smooth base for your foundation and concealer

Even if you’re not facing a breakout problem, experts recommend including a moisturizer in your daily routine. Moisturizers are even more helpful if you’re suffering from a skin problem. Make sure that you always apply the appropriate amount on your face before putting on makeup!

Applying moisturizer is a critical step — as we said, it gives you a smoother skin base for when you apply your foundation and concealer. If you moisturize religiously, there won’t be dry areas on your face. Therefore, the makeup won’t cling and attach to the dry spots that can cause pimples.

Aside from those benefits, moisturizing can also help you avoid looking like you put on too much makeup. The Vine Vera Resveratrol Cabernet High Potency Day Cream is a great formula to apply pre-makeup! 

Prime Your Face

When you use primer, makeup will cling to your skin more effectively. You will notice that the colors of your makeup tend to be more vibrant than when applying directly on skin that isn’t primed.

If you use a primer, you won’t need to layer your foundation or concealer excessively to cover up your blemishes. After all, applying too much product with oil content will further clog your pores and contribute to breakouts!

Protip: Invest in a good quality primer! Don’t buy something too cheap — you might end up clogging your pores instead of the primer serving its purpose!

Use a Color Corrector

With your face moisturized and primed, the next thing to do is to use a color corrector. For some, this step might seem intimidating or too much of a hassle. However, you’ll realize that color correctors are, in fact, your best secret weapon for making zits disappear.

In fact, color correctors are even more helpful if your pimples are leaning towards the red side. Here’s a quick guide on what color corrector to use for acne and other blemishes:

  • Dark Green Shade: Red and inflamed blemishes
  • Dark Yellow Shade: Popped out pimples
  • Peach Shade: Darker acne spots and scars

Keep in mind that it’s unnecessary to put an excessive load of color corrector on your face. A little goes a long way!

Experts suggest beginning the process with a small amount of the product. Make sure to place it sparingly on the right spots. Once you finish that small amount, you may add more if you feel that it’s necessary. It is easier for you to add more product than remove what is already on your face.

Apply Two Layers of Concealer Properly

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The most effective recipe to achieve that perfect look and hide acne is to use the two-pronged approach in using concealers.

What’s the first step, you ask?

Use a light concealer as the initial layer. Make sure that it’s at most one or two levels lighter than your skin tone. Professionals suggest that you use a cream concealer to disguise your blemishes effectively. If you use powder, it will most likely make your skin look cakey and will only draw unwanted attention to your face.

After the first layer, you may add another layer of concealer that exactly matches your skin. Do not forget to use a makeup sponge so it’s easier for you to cover your acne in every angle, especially those which you cannot touch with your hands. Always keep in mind to be gentle when applying the concealer. Do not rub it on — instead, lightly dab it so that you won’t remove the makeup you applied below it.

Choose the Best Corresponding Foundation

It’s not enough to rely on your concealer. Another vital aspect of using makeup to hide acne is the right foundation. Depending on your needs, you can use a full coverage foundation to cover those blemishes. Make sure to choose something that doesn’t transfer, can last long, and is the same color as your skin tone! This way, it won’t disappear with sweat and leave strange-colored patches on your skin.

If you have a breakout, use a brush instead of applying foundation with your fingers or a sponge. Using a brush helps you apply the product evenly and ensures you’re not touching your acne unnecessarily.

Use Products That Are Free of Harmful Chemicals

Using products that can clog your pores and help acne-causing bacteria grow and thrive without you knowing must be insane. Breakouts caused by chemicals are why you must familiarize yourself with these ingredients that you should avoid.

Experts say that all skin types are prone to breakouts, especially when using the wrong products. When choosing products, it would be best to look for products that suit your skin type and are free of harmful chemicals that might trigger acne breakouts, such as alcohol, fragrances, and acrylic.

First and foremost, you need to steer clear of comedogenic ingredients that are known to cause skin troubles. These comedogenic ingredients may include fragrances and dye, which contains harmful chemicals that can be incredibly irritating to sensitive and acne-prone skin types.

Aside from that, you may also want to avoid alcohol. Alcohol-based products are designed to maximize a product’s penetration deep into the skin, providing you with a long-lasting, all-day look. However, there is a downside to these kinds of makeup products. Alcohol is a chemical that, when used excessively, can lead to dehydrated or irritated skin. As a result, alcohol can cause or exacerbate breakouts.

Likewise, you might also want to be wary of makeup formulas that contain acrylics. Acrylics can help keep ingredients in a product together. However, they are not breathable and can potentially clog your pores. Silicones must be avoided as much as possible too. This ingredient may give you that silky-smooth feeling, but it is also a significant contributor to dry skin and clogged pores, which result in acne.

Use the Right Type of Makeup Brush and Technique

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If you want to cover your acne breakouts seamlessly, using the right application tool is vital. Suppose you are going to apply foundation on top of your acne. In that case, experts recommend using a dry buffing brush and moving it in a circular motion. This brush is the one with dense bristles.

Makeup experts discourage people who are suffering from breakouts from using a sponge in applying foundation. The reason behind this is because sponges pull the product off from your blemishes, which is the opposite of what you want to happen.

But, not everyone is ditching the sponge!

Some use a combination of the dry buffing brush and sponge. A brush offers a full range of motion for flawless makeup application. It helps you apply makeup to your skin without pulling the product off. The sponge, on the other hand, helps blend the makeup for a more even look! Aside from that, the sponge can also help if you don’t want your makeup to look cakey. 

If you do not want to make your breakout worse, it would be best to avoid using dirty makeup tools. Dirty makeup tools will apply more bacteria to your skin, and it will cause your face to break out even more.

Keep this tip in mind: wash the brushes you use to apply makeup around your eyes at least twice a month. Other sponges and brushes should be washed at least once a month.

Lastly, one of the easiest ways of applying makeup on your face may be using your fingers. However, don’t you know that this is also the most common cause of acne?

Yes, you read that, right! One reason why you are getting acne is because you’re applying makeup using your grimy hands. When you use your hands, you are also transferring the germs and bacteria from everything that your hands touched to your face. These germs and bacteria are a leading cause of breakouts.

According to experts, there are several bacteria that our hands get when touching different things. These bacteria, when transferred to our face, can irritate our skin. Stick to your tools!

Set Your Makeup 

Setting your makeup helps it stay longer on your face. By doing so, you won’t have to reapply multiple times throughout the day, allowing you to successfully hide your acne! Aside from that, you might also want to seal your look with a finishing spray to prevent your makeup from fading. If you’re looking for a setting spray to use, try to find one with tea tree oil; it helps prevent and curb acne breakouts!

Something to Ponder On!

Having blemishes might be a big problem, but this doesn’t mean that you are no longer beautiful! You are still beautiful, no matter what!

But, if you want to gain more confidence, it will help you know how to cover your blemishes by applying makeup.

However, do remember that using too much makeup and the wrong products can make your breakouts worse. This is counterproductive — it will not only make your blemishes stand out more, but it will also affect its healing process.

The more makeup you put on, the more difficult it is for your body to heal. If you fall into this trap, there’s a large possibility that your breakout will get worse as your special day draws nearer. Makeup is even worse if you put it on a pimple that just popped or an open wound.

Remember our tips and you’ll be ready to face the world — no breakout is going to stop you from living your best life! Stay beautiful!

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Have You Ever Tried a Magnetic Face Mask?

Woman applying magnetic face mask

The majority of us have gone through this pandemic with highs and lows, lows usually including overindulgence in food and drink.

Oh, not you?

Guess it’s just us, then.

Be that as it may, all the stress, commotion and the overeating and drinking has influenced the state of your skin, especially your face. In order to keep our sanity, sticking to a routine seems more important than ever in these harsh times. This also includes our skin care routine

It is precisely the modern times that have provided us with many products to solve this problem, most effective being the face masks. However, many people are often puzzled over which one to choose, since there are so many different types on the market.

Let’s make things a bit easier for you.

Face Masks 101

Woman with face mask taking selfie

Cream Masks

These types of masks are beneficial for every type of skin, of course, depending on the ingredients.

People with dry skin should look for cream masks that have oils in them which create the moisturizing effect needed to nourish their dry skin cells.

On the other hand, if you have problems with excess sebum on your skin’s surface, be careful to choose the mask that will help you remove it and unclog your pores properly, so your face can be allowed to breathe.

Clay Masks

Clay masks are usually designated for people with normal to oily skin since they have properties that help minimize the appearance of pores. They also have that mattifying effect everybody with oily ski needs.

They are a perfect means for naturally removing the toxins from your skin. They close off the skin and prevent the air from penetrating it, thus basically sending the signal to the brain to make the skin plumper. They firm and tighten your skin, making it look younger than ever. If you have acne breakouts, it is best to choose clay masks that have cleansing enzymes and sulfur which will help your inflamed skin and soothe the redness.

It is important to remember not to remove the leftover mask violently but with a warm wet washcloth. You should put it gently over your face and let it stay that way for a couple of minutes. The steam will help loosen the clay and make it easier for you to remove it.

Gel Masks

If you have problems with inflamed skin that needs to be dealt with carefully, it is best to use this type of mask.

Its soothing effect will help restore your face to its former state. Gel masks are perfect for dry and sensitive skin that needs to be hydrated regularly.

They are usually filled with collagen which is responsible for your skin’s recovery. They are also full of antioxidants, so you will not make a mistake with opting for this type of mask.

Sheet Masks

These masks are especially good, because they can be applied to any type of skin, whether it is dry or oily. The formula that they contain make it that more favorable if applied with a serum. It is best to use a serum before the mask so when you apply the mask, it helps the serum go deep into your skin and nourish it.

Sheet masks are also filled with antioxidants, but it is best to look for the ones that have pomegranate or green tea in them, so you can enhance your skin’s brightness and youthfulness. 

It is crucial not to rinse it but just to apply a moisturizer and you are good to go. A sleeping cream or a moisturizer can only boost the nourishing effects of the mask.  

Exfoliating Masks

Whether physical or chemical, these types of masks are good for removing the dry residue from the surface of your skin and unclogging your pores. The chemical ones usually consist of hydroxyl acids and fruit enzymes, which give your skin a proper cleansing, removing all the dirt and dead skin. They also have properties that make your skin a little brighter and even out your complexion. Your skin will feel fresher almost instantly after the application of the mask.

Exfoliating masks are not recommended for being used more than once a week. Too much exfoliation can damage your skin and irritate it , causing redness and inflammation.

Eye Masks

To be honest, these ones are a real eye-opener, if you know what we mean.

They target only the area around your eyes, because it is very sensitive. Not every product can be put on that area. It is similar to the sheet mask, since it is made of a sheet soaked with ingredients that stimulate the circulation around your eyes, making those fine lines and dull skin less visible.

Magnetic Face Mask – the New Kid on the Block

Man with magnetic face mask

If you got bored with all the products you have to apply in order to keep your face glowing, boy, have we got news for you!

This crazy mask everybody is talking about will blow your mind, replace many of the products you are using and make all your wishes of a fresh-looking face come true!  

What is a Magnetic Face Mask?

Even though you may think this is something totally unheard of, that is not entirely true. According to renowned dermatologists, magnetized skincare dates back 2000 years.

The power of the magnet was not just used to attract metal, but for many other different purposes. Magnets have been used for healing wounds and sorting out other health problems, like calming a variety of inflammations.

The healing powers of the magnets have also long been used to solve many skin conditions. It is beneficial for all skin types. And, it is full of anti-aging properties! Yes, of course, slowing down the aging process is not the only thing we use our mask for, but it is certainly close to the top!

The explanation lies in the force of the positively charged particles which influence the molecules in the body, without touching them.

“Magnetic therapy” only became popular after WW2, even though it had been used in Ancient Egypt, China, Persia and Europe for treating many medical conditions. It has also been used to reduce pain, since they make blood vessels expand and in that way enable the oxygen to go more freely in the bloodstream. So, it is proven to have a beneficial effect on circulation.

Although it has been used for health benefits since, practically, the dawn of time, it has only recently taken over the Internet by a storm. It is a mask which consists of iron powder that promises cleansing, firming, and anti-aging – all in one! The innovation lies in the fact that it needs to be applied on the skin and left for only a short period of time and then taken off with the help of a magnet. This is achieved with electromagnetic interaction.

How to Apply a Magnetic Face Mask

Woman applying magnetic face mask

In order to apply the mask, you need to clean your face and dry it well. This face mask will not stick if your face is not properly cleaned, or if it is damp. Therefore, you simply cannot skip this step.

Put the mask on the skin while being careful not to put it under your eyes or around the mouth. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes and then remove it. In order to remove it from you face you need to apply the magnetic cap, from the recommended distance. It will remove the mask as you move it around. After you remove the mask completely, it is good to massage your skin shortly so that it can absorb all the nutrients.

The magic lies in the pull. Once you draw the mask with the magnet, with it, you draw all the impurities from the skin and make a barrier between the skin surface and the pollutants. So not only does it draw residue and dirt left in your pores, but it also protects your skin from dirt getting in again. The skin feels softer straight away and there is an immediate glow. This means you can apply it before a night out, so your face will seem brighter and fresher than ever!

If this is what you get straight after you use it, imagine what you can expect in the long run.

The Benefits of Magnetic Face Masks

There are quite a few benefits of magnetic face masks that you might not have known, but that’s why we’re here!

Here are some of the most common effects that such masks can have on your skin.

1) They Do Wonders for Your Complexion

Needless to say that, by using this mask, you will restore the former glow of your face.

It eliminates all the impurities from your face and, most importantly, deep cleans your pores. This means that it makes the surface of your face breathe. Over the course of time, all the dark marks and scars will become less visible, and your skin will glow more than ever. It makes age spots less visible! If this doesn’t catapult you to the store, we don’t know what will!

2) Help with Acne and Blackheads

Allowing your skin to finally breathe doesn’t just help you with your complexion, but with acne and blackheads, too.

These masks remove the excess oil that is the main cause of acne breakout, unclog your pores, and make your skin fresh and clean again. After some time, you will start to notice the difference and this mask is going to become the main item on your skin regime list. Trust us!

3) Slow Down the Aging Process

Whatever benefits of a product you encounter in today’s market, this one seems to matter the most.

This is not strange if you consider the emphasis today’s society has put on the importance of staying young. Well, you don’t need to look further. The magnetic face masks slow down the aging process and diminish the visibility of the existing wrinkles on your face.

The magnetic force stimulates the production of collagen, which is responsible for making your skin firmer.

As we grow older, the production of collagen slows down and it loses its magical power of making our skin young and beautiful. That is how wrinkles start to appear. But, these masks stimulate circulation and the production of collagen, so you don’t have to worry about new wrinkles, well, for some time, at least. Always bear in mind that aging is a completely natural process and some things just cannot be avoided.

4) Improve Application of Other Products

Whether you are applying makeup or some other skincare product, magnetic masks will make this process a lot easier. By balancing out your complexion and making your skin smoother, they will make your makeup look a whole lot nicer and more even.

Since they clean the face from the surface impurities and unclog your pores, other products you apply on your face will have the ability to penetrate deeper and do the thing they were meant to do with more efficiency.

5) They Help with the Treatment of Other Conditions

If a migraine is an old friend of yours, or you suffer from continuous headaches that are stress or sinus related, then you just have to try this mask!

Being all too familiar with the agony of enduring frequent migraines, we can only say if it can help at the slightest, then it is worth a shot!

The magnetic force used neutralizes the pain and makes you feel better almost instantly. It is also proven to help with toothaches. How amazing is that?!

In the end, there is nothing better than to actually show you the product you can completely rely on to do all the aforementioned:

Resveratrol Malbec DNA Magnetic Mask

If you have waited for the perfect product to arrive, then your waiting has come to an end. This phenomenal mask will solve all the problems you might have on your face while also significantly reducing the visibility of the wrinkles and other fine lines on your skin.

If we should pick a phrase that would most accurately describe this amazing skincare wonder, it would be – the future is now. The process behind it is incredible – it combines coconut oil, cannabis sativa seed oil and diamond powder, only to produce a miraculous mixture designed to give you a smoother, tighter-looking skin you will simply adore.

It comes with a magnet which you use to remove the mask from your face. With each inch passed, you can notice the change in your skin. A younger, fresher, brighter-looking complexion everybody will envy you for. You simply can’t miss buying it! 

 

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How to Maintain Your Summer Glow Throughout the Winter Months

Woman in winter

Have you been missing that gorgeous golden glow that seemed to effortlessly radiate from your skin all summer?

Winter may try to take that from you, but you don’t need to let this happen. Instead, read on to learn what you need to do to keep your summer glow consistent throughout the year.

Develop a Hydrating Daily Skin Care Routine

Woman cleansing face

One of the main reasons behind dull skin is a lack of moisture.

Moisture keeps your skin cells looking plump, soft, smooth, and radiant. However, with the air being so much drier in the winter, moisture evaporates out of the skin at a much faster rate, leaving skin cells dull and dry.

One of the best ways to counter this is to develop a hydrating skin care routine that you can follow each day. Ideally, you’ll create two – one for the morning, and one for at night.

A good winter skin care routine goes as follows:

However, the secret lies in making sure that each of the products you use really is hydrating.

The best way to do this is by checking out the ingredients list. These are some of the most hydrating skin care ingredients that you should hopefully be seeing listed on your hydrating skin care products:

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Glycerin
  • Ceramides
  • Squalane
  • Fatty alcohols
  • Lactic acid
  • Plant oils

Stay Hydrated from Within

A hydrating skin care routine will seriously benefit the skin cells that live on the outer layers of your skin, but what about the ones that lie deeper down?

Unfortunately, the majority of topical skin care products simply aren’t able to penetrate all the way through to the deepest layer of your skin, leaving those skin cells lacking. What makes this worse is that many of those skin cells are vital for some of the most important functions your skin carries out, such as cell regeneration, collagen production, and more.

This is why internal hydration is so important too.

This tends to be easier in the summer than in the winter, since you naturally feel thirstier in hot weather.

If you’re someone who often forgets to drink enough water, here are a few tips to help you to remember:

  • Mark a water bottle with time-focused goals
  • Set reminders on your phone
  • Make water more exciting by infusing it with fruit
  • Try to drink a glass of water before each meal, as well as when you wake up and before you go to bed
  • Download a hydration app

Stay Active

Woman walking dog in winter

Did you know that exercise gives your skin a near-instant glow?

It does this by increasing blood flow, and your blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. Once it delivers this nourishment, your blood then carries away any toxins, which keeps your skin cells functioning well and looking good.

Increasing blood flow improves all of this even further, giving you a beautiful natural glow.

Do you struggle to stay active in the winter?

The temptation to forgo exercise in favor of snuggling on the sofa in front of the TV can be too strong for many to resist. The secret to getting around this is to find a winter exercise that you genuinely love – this will give you that motivation you need to get moving.

A few winter activities to try out include:

  • Teaching yourself a different indoor exercise, such as yoga or dance, making use of the many online resources available
  • Winter hikes through nearby national parks
  • Taking your dog for new and interesting walks. If you don’t have a dog, there are many people in need of help who do – volunteer to walk their dog instead
  • Winter sports, such as skiing, ice skating, and ice hockey

Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet

Are you guilty of letting your diet slide during the winter months?

Comfort foods are a popular winter warmer, but it’s important to keep your diet balanced and healthy throughout the year.

You’ve probably heard of the phrase, “you are what you eat”. This not only applies to the health of your body, but that of your skin too.

A healthy diet will quickly be reflected through your skin, with problematic skin conditions clearing up.

Don’t worry, healthy doesn’t need to mean boring. Here are a few fun and healthy ways you can jazz up your favorite meals:

  • Choose whole grains over white and refined, whether it may be bread, rice, pasta, or anything else
  • Opt for healthier cooking techniques, such as baking and roasting instead of frying and grilling
  • Try recreating your favorite fast food meals
  • Challenge yourself to try one new healthy ingredient each week
  • Cook with unrefined, extra virgin oils

If you’re still struggling to pack all of the nutrients you need into your daily meals, it would be worth considering dietary supplements. In fact, there are a few supplements in particular that could really benefit your skin, such as:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Beta-carotene
  • Prebiotics and probiotics
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Biotin
  • Hyaluronic acid

Dress for the Weather

Woman in snow

You may want to look your best, but it’s important that your outfit is designed to protect your skin and body from the winter elements.

Not only will wind and snow make you feel cold, which will instantly zap away that summer glow, but consistent exposure will dry your skin out, making it even harder to get your glow back.

Owning a good selection of winter accessories can help to make sure that you’re never caught out, even on the wildest of days:

  • Gloves and mittens
  • Hats
  • Scarfs
  • Socks
  • Umbrellas
  • Windbreakers

Keep spare items of each one in your car, at work, in your handbag, and anywhere else you can think of. This way, you will always be able to protect your skin.

Exfoliate…But Not Too Much

It’s easy for the skin to take on a rough and dull appearance over the winter. Exfoliation provides instant gratification, removing all of those dry skin cells to leave your skin looking fresh and radiant.

There’s no denying that exfoliation is extremely beneficial for your skin, but you need to be careful with this in the winter.

Why?

Because exfoliation leaves your skin without its protective outer layer, making it vulnerable to the elements. Wind, rain, snow, and cold temperatures will take their toll even more.

If you’re exfoliating once a week and taking care to nourish and protect your skin afterwards, then you won’t have any problems.

However, if you’re over-exfoliating, you’ll likely notice your skin soon start to become raw, sensitive, and easily irritated. You could experience everything from excessive dryness to eruptive breakouts, all because you’ve severely disrupted your skin’s barrier at the worst possible time of year.

If you think that you may be over-exfoliating, stop exfoliating immediately. Give your skin some time to recover before re-introducing exfoliation into your skin care routine. Make sure that you take things slowly and gently this time around!

Learn How to De-Stress

Woman drinking tea in winter

Just about everyone could do with learning how to de-stress. Not only is stress a serious problem for your mental health, but it affects your physical health too, as well as your skin.

How?

In a few different ways:

  • It triggers your body to produce more cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol increases sebum production in your skin. This makes your skin oilier, increasing acne breakouts
  • Stress commonly leads to sleep deprivation, which is the most common cause of puffiness and swelling underneath the eyes
  • Stress prevents the skin’s protective barrier from properly functioning, which means that more moisture starts to evaporate out of the skin. This leaves the skin looking dry and rough
  • Stress weakens the immune system, which causes rashes and redness to appear on the skin. This same immune interference also triggers flare-ups in other skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis
  • The cortisol produced by your body during times of stress damages the proteins that give your skin its smoothness, firmness and tightness. Prolonged periods of stress will quickly lead to fine lines and wrinkles

Surprised?

People usually are, not often realizing just how much of an impact stress has on the skin.

But how do you learn how to de-stress?

It’s definitely easier said than done, and takes some commitment. Everyone is different, meaning that the activities that de-stress your best friend may not work for you at all.

So, make a list, write down the following de-stressing methods, and try one at a time whenever you feel stressed. Decide which ones work best for you so that you can narrow down a shortlist of fail-safe de-stressing techniques.

  • Do some exercise
  • Talk to a friend or family member
  • Meditate
  • Do something relaxing, such as taking a shower or reading a book
  • Do something creative
  • Try some breathing exercises
  • Write down what you’re feeling
  • Take a short walk outdoors

Treat Your Skin to a DIY Facial Massage

Covid-19 has placed quite a few restrictions on people, meaning that your face has probably been missing those ultra-relaxing massages that accompanied your regular facials.

Of course, those massages weren’t simply for pleasure. A facial massage stimulates the lymphatic system, allowing your body to clear away toxins at a much faster rate. This then invigorates both your skin and your immune system, giving you that healthy and happy glow.

The way in which a facial massage increases circulation will also give you a brighter and more vibrant appearance, while smoothing away the visibility of fine lines.

Whether you want to keep things simple or go all out with a 20-step massage routine, a quick search online will reward you with a number of different facial massage videos that you can follow and learn from.

You’ll then be able to incorporate the techniques you learn into your daily skin care routine.

If you really start to get into the facial massage realm, you can take things a step further by investing in a facial massage device. There are numerous at-home skin care gadgets out there that are designed to massage the skin and boost lymphatic drainage, and they’ll give your fingers a break too!

Use Makeup for Some Extra Help

Sometimes, you need an instant fix. While improving your skin care routine and lifestyle is always the best way to achieve and maintain a consistent summery glow, you can always turn to makeup when you need immediate results.

This doesn’t need to be anything complicated…

Simply applying a tinted lotion can give your skin an illuminated appearance. Alternatively, add some illuminating makeup drops to your favorite moisturizer – go for a darker shade if you want to shimmer with a beachy bronzed look.

If you’re good at highlighting, then this is another way to get your glow on. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with multiple highlighters, either using different shades on different parts of your face, or blending a few different shades together. This will add even more depth to your winter glowy look, making it appear beautifully natural.

You may have said goodbye to summer, but that doesn’t mean that you need to say goodbye to your summertime glow. Instead, follow the tips above and you’ll soon be back to your glowing self, with this radiance being one that you’ll then be able to easily maintain throughout the years.

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Urge to Pick? Do This Instead

Woman picking on a pimple

Pimples have power. They may not have a brain or even much of a height and girth, but they do have power. It’s in the way they sit on your face smugly looking at you as if to say, ”Whatcha gonna do about it?” Nothing? Impossible. You won’t let it talk to you that way, you’re going to squeeze it to within an inch of its life until the pus comes squirting out and exploding on the bathroom mirror.

Now you’ve shown it, but what do you really have to show for it? It may be somewhat less noticeable but in reality, it’s even more insidious. Now, it has the potential to form a scar that could stay with you for the rest of your life. There must be a better solution.

Sure, it’s hard to keep yourself from squeezing a zit that’s just screaming, “Pop me,” but picking at your zits is not a game you’re likely to win. No matter how satisfying the short-term release, its simply not worth the long-term consequences. On that note, we bring you “Do This Not That: Acne Edition.”

What is a Pimple?

Besides being a flaw that interrupts what you’re convinced would be an otherwise flawless complexion, a pimple is an inflammatory response to the invasion of bacteria inside a pore. The redness and tenderness are symptoms of the inflammation. They’re Mother Nature’s way of telling you not to interfere. Unfortunately, few of us do what our mothers tell us to.

So, here’s what we know about skin. We know that:

  • Skin is covered in pores
  • The glands in the pores pump out sebum, or natural oil, to the skin’s surface to protect and lubricate.
  • Sebum is removed naturally by good bacteria on the surface of the skin and by daily cleansing.

Blocked Pores Happen

That’s what happens in a perfect world, but as we know, the world from perfect.  When there is an excess of dead skin cells inside the pores, the sebum doesn’t flow as nature intended. Pus forms as a by-product of the dead skin cells and bacteria.

Infographic on open comedone versus closed comedone (on skin)

The glands in the pores continue to pump out sebum, but now the sebum becomes trapped inside.  The once friendly bacteria become not so friendly. If left unchecked, they will destroy the surrounding tissue.

Mother Nature to the Rescue

But does the body leave the skin undefended? Heck, no! Our blood flow increases, sending an army of white blood cells to the area to show the bacteria whose boss. The swelling and tenderness are the body’s way of telling you not to pick. Sadly, many of us have self-destructive impulses.

Resisting the Urge to Pick

So, it’s a no brainer, right? If we can only keep in mind that the inflammation response is there for a reason, we will refrain from picking our zits, and our skin tissue will live happily ever after.

That’s easier said than done. Most of us need handcuffs to resist our urge to pick. Happily, there are more socially acceptable methods.

  • Keep your hands busy

Do we really need another reason to use our cell phones? It may not be the healthiest social behavior, but then again picking zits isn’t either. If Crushing Candy keeps you from crushing a zit, we say go for it. Activities like crosswords and reading are also good ways to keep your hands busy.

  • Limit your mirror time

It’s true: we reflect on our pimples the most when we’re looking at our reflections. Hair styling, makeup application and touch-ups, selfies, and the occasional check for the errant hair leave a lot to of time for reflection. When you have a ripe pimple, long looks in the mirror can end up getting ugly. If limiting facetime proves difficult, try taping a sticky note on the mirror to remind you to look but not touch.

  • Replace the Urge

If you feel like you’re about to pop, it may be a good idea to have a rubber band around your wrist. In many cases, urges are based on impulses that come and go rather quickly. Sometimes all it takes is a little diversion. Try wearing a rubber band around your wrist and snapping it gently when the urge overtakes you. Alternatively, try clenching your fists for about 30 seconds.

  • Covering Your Hands

Who wouldn’t rather play dress up than play with her zits? When it comes to keeping your fingers off your face, wearing evening gloves around the house puts the fun in functional. And guys, if three quarter opera gloves are not your thing, try covering your primary fingers with small adhesive bandages. These will make it harder to pop pimples and put an oil-free barrier between you and your skin.

How to Prevent Pimples 

If an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure, then preventing a zit from starting is worth a whole lot of salicylic acid. The best way to stop picking is to stop the zit from forming in the first place. Here’s a quick guide to tackling your zits before they hit the surface.

Preventing Whiteheads

Pus is a dirty word. It’s the collection of gunk (dead skin cells, bacteria, and sebum) that forms when a pore is blocked. The white head is a tiny packet of pus. If you split it open, you may be opening up and Pandora’s Box of acne. When the gunk oozes out, it can land inside other pores and cause more whiteheads.

Infographic on the stages of acne

A better way to fight whiteheads is by keeping your pores open. Here’s how salicylic acid can help:

  • Salicylic Acid dissolves dead skin cells and oil to get inside pores to clean them out.
  • While salicylic acid deep cleans the pores, it shrinks the diameter of the pore, making it less likely to get clogged in the first place.
  • Consistent use will provide for continuous whitehead prevention. Your pores will remain clean and the pore refining qualities will prevent further whiteheads from forming.

Sometimes “asking for a whitehead” doesn’t require a formal request. There are things you may be doing every day that are increasing your risk for whiteheads that you aren’t even aware of. Here are some ways to make yourself seem a little less desperate.

  • Whiteheads can form as a reaction to heavy or irritating skin products. If you are using a foundation or moisturizer, make sure it is oil free.
  • Massage cleanser in for a minimum of 30 seconds. That will help loosen up the dirt and dead skin cells for a deeper cleanse. The Resveratrol Vitamin C Cleanser would be perfect for this, as it helps to loosen dirt and clogged pores without drying the skin out.
  • Rinse shampoo thoroughly, especially along your hairline. We all know how bangs can cause pimples. Oil from hair and hair products can leak into pores in your forehead and form zits around the hairline.
  • Never pop a zit before its time – we’ll discuss this later.

Preventing Blind or Deep Pimples

If the whiteheads are the ugly, the deep pimples are the bad. Although they may look less insidious than whiteheads, deep pimples come from the inside and can be stubborn and painful. Also, because they take time to show their heads, they can bother you for a lot longer time period than whiteheads. The only good way to fight them is from the inside out.

Blind and deep pimples are often hormone related. Keeping hormones balanced can keep your deep pimples from forming in the first place. Here are some deep secrets on targeting your deep pimples:

  • Keep blood sugar levels stable and eat a lot of protein, especially at breakfast time.
  • Limit your intake of refined carbs and sugar that cause blood sugar levels to spike.
  • Contraceptive pills can have a negative or positive effect on the skin. Speak to your doctor to find out how you can use them or stop using them to improve your blind pimple count.
  • Sweat it out. If you can exercise to a sweat daily (wash your face before), you can detoxify and keep your hormones balanced.
  • Cinnamon can decrease high levels of blood sugar. Sprinkle some on your oatmeal or in your morning coffee.

Is There A Right Way to Pop Pimples?

The general rule of thumb with pimples is “ignore them and they’ll go away.” If you have the patience, your pimples will eventually live out their 3 to 7-day lifespan and fade quite naturally. The only problem is, not many of us have the patience. But if you’re going to take zit popping into your own hands, you should know there is a right way to do it.

Leave It to the Pros

Pros already know the right way to do it. They put on gloves, lance the pimple using a sterile needle and squeeze out the contents with an instrument known as the comedone extractor.

Dermatologist examining pimple of young woman's face

But if you can’t get an appointment before the zit goes away, even the best dermatologist can’t help you. If you can’t resist the temptation, according to dermatologist Cynthia Bailey, there is a way to DIY it safely:

  1. Picking a pimple before its ready is sort of like picking fruit before its fully ripe. You won’t get the full benefits nor the level of satisfaction. When a firm whitehead appears, the time is right for picking. It means the pus is close to the surface and ready to be drained.
  2. Wash hands thoroughly using warm water, soap, and a fingernail brush.
  3. Sterilize a straight pin using a lighter or match. Let it cool, then wipe it with rubbing alcohol. Swab the zit with some alcohol as well and apply some for your fingers.
  4. Dry your hands and wrap them with a clean tissue.
  5. Hold the needle parallel to your skin and pierce the tip gently at the very tip of its center.
  6. Squeeze the pimple with your fingers applying the least amount of pressure you need to get the job done. If the pus doesn’t come flowing out with ease, abandon the project immediately. The zit is not ready to be popped.

Conceal It with Noncomedogenic Makeup 

What do you get when you cover a zit in heavy foundation and powder? You get a mountain of makeup and a smothered pore. If you choose to camouflage your zit using makeup, there are ways to keep it natural looking and breathing naturally at the same time.

The first tip is to start with a noncomedogenic cover-up. That means it won’t block your pores. Hollywood makeup artist Tasha Reiko Brown advises, “When you’re trying to hide a pimple, your goal is to take away the redness, rather than flatten out the zit.” Overapplication may take away the redness, but it won’t decrease the volume.

When she attempts to hide blemishes on her clients, she uses a dry concealer, rather than a creamy one that matches their skin tone. Even though she generally uses her fingers to apply makeup, a flat brush with short bristles is her weapon of choice for zit coverup. “That way,” She says, I can get the concealer right where I need it without leaving a fingerprint behind.” Blend the concealer beyond the limits of the blemish for a smoother appearance.

How to Treat a Pimple

Remember that treating a pimple does not necessarily mean treating it badly. There are many ways to cure a pimple without abusing it. The top three are:

  • Benzoyl Peroxide: Over the counter treatment, targets surface bacteria that aggravate acne.
  • Retinol: Vitamin A derivative to treat blackheads and whiteheads. These are mostly prescription only.  There is an OTC version of Differin now available.
  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics can be topically applied to the skin or taken orally to control surface bacteria and reduce inflammation. They work best when used together with benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoids and are generally available by prescription only.
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The Perfect Skincare Routine for Your 50s

Beautiful smiling middle-age woman on the couch

Whether or not your intention is to be able to galavant around the world wearing minimal amounts of clothing or to simply remain looking youthful and beautiful, the maintenance of your skin is very important, more so as you age. Collagen levels naturally deplete and skin starts to sag as a result. Why it never seemed to happen to J-Lo is anybody’s guess.

But if J-Lo can do it, so can you. Here are some tips for skin care in your 50″s that may have Jennifer asking what your beauty secrets are.

Women’s Skin In Their 50s

In your thirties, estrogen levels dip. By the time you reach your forties, your estrogen levels are at drought stage. By the time you reach your fifties, menopause rears its ugly head (usually around the ages of 51 and 52) and it’s estrogen out, testosterone in. You lose one-third of your collagen within the first five years of menopause. Skin won’t bounce back the way it used to and it’s likely to lose its moisture and radiance. (Collagen is the connective tissue that gives structure to your skin- basically). Inflammation is also at an all-time high, which makes skin more vulnerable to the ravages of the sun, smoke, and pollution.

This can play out in:

  • Thinning, drying and loosening of the skin
  • Stretched pores
  • Sagging or hooded eyelids
  • Hollow eye sockets
  • Spider veins
  • Age spots
  • Small bumps on the skin, patches, and skin tags
  • Peach Fuzz

Although that may not sound pretty, there are many women in their fifties who manage to maintain their beauty (i.e. Christie Brinkley, 58; Michelle Pfieffer, 53, and Iman, 56, and probably a few hot grandma’s out there). The key is in finding the right skin routine, exercising, and maintaining a healthy diet. 

Skincare Products

Women in their fifties have been there and done that. They are fully prepared for whatever life throws at them, wrinkles, sagging, brown spots and fine lines included. And by prepared, we mean they have a fully stocked vanity to fight every single one of them. Here are some of the skin products you can expect to find in the medicine cabinets of the fifty and fabulous:

  • Barrier-Boosting Ingredients

Not only does skin suffer from collagen depletion when you reach your fifties, but it also loses ceramides, fatty acids, and cholesterol. Take them all away and you’ve got inflammation, dehydration, and a fully compromise skin barrier.

  • Probiotics

As estrogen levels get lower, pH levels get higher. According to New York City dermatologist, Robin Gmyrek, “Particularly, as we move into our 60’s, the skin’s outermost layer, which is normally acidic, becomes more alkaline, further weakening the moisture barrier, and exacerbating dryness and sensitivity.”

How can we prevent these pH levels from totally breaking down the walls of our skin? The answer is probiotics. Dr. Gmyrak says,” Probiotics have been shown to produce acidic molecules, like fatty acids, which can help restore youthful pH to the skin, so it can better retain for improved suppleness and glow. They also get bonus points for preventing oxidative damage and fighting inflammation to protect elastin and collagen. Dermatologist Whitney Bowe credits probiotics with the ability to hinder trans-epidermal water loss to “hydrate skin from within.”

  • Oil-Based Everything

Applying serum using a small dropper

At fifty, skin is going to crave moisture. It’s all about oil-based cleansers, serums, creams, and any other skin product you might find with the word oil based on it. Aesthetician Kristin Holey posits that creamy cleansers are best for over fifty clients who are not interested in “removing anything but makeup at this point.”

  • Enzyme-Based Exfoliation

Despite the fact that your estrogen production may have slowed down, you may be happy to know that your skin cells are regenerating. Because of this, you’ll want to keep sloughing the dead ones off by exfoliating. When doing so, go for something mild. Many women in their fifties fine enzyme peels work well for them by exfoliating gently without peeling or stripping the skin.

  • Lines and Sagging

Place your hands on either side of your jawline and pull up and out towards the ears, or don’t if you go by the “ignorance is bliss” ideology. We can already tell you that you’re going to see sagging skin around your mouth and chin and all the lines and folds that accompany them.

To prevent the complete downfall of your face, use collagen-boosting ingredients like peptides, retinol, stem cells, and growth factors and keep the skin plump with loads of hyaluronic acid. If you already have a wrinkle in time and no time to un-wrinkle it, the Resveratrol Shiraz Instentic Non-Surgical Syringe is packed with exactly all these amazing skin-plumping ingredients, plus Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate (DMAE), which has the instant ability to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

  • Brown Spots

Spotting spots on your skin? As you age you may find unwelcome visitors cropping up along your hairline, on your chest, and on the tops of your hands. Whether you believe the hype or not, (HQ got a bad rap when it was banned in South America), hydroquinone is still considered the best ingredient for skin lightening and the fading of brown spots.

However, you’re not on board with hydroquinone, you may want to try the next best thing. Arbutin is a natural ingredient which turns into hydroquinone when it is absorbed by the skin. So are plant extracts such as mulberry, white mulberry, bearberry, and madder and white mulberry.  These are all good options to consider for their skin-brightening properties.

  • Mouthing Off

Can talking cause wrinkles? Maybe not specifically, but the constant movement of the mouth, along with its relative inability to hold on to product (think of why your lipstick always comes off) can make it very susceptible to damage. One of the most common complaints among women over fifty is the appearance of fine lines above the upper lip. Target these with a collagen-rich product specifically designed for lines around the mouth.

  • Going Neck and Neck with Aging

Woman touching neck in front of mirror

To use a separate neck cream or not to use a separate neck cream? Apparently, that’s the skin question to be decided. Experts say “no.”  They say it’s not what’s in the cream you put on your neck, but rather its consistency. The neck has very thin skin and no oil glands, which makes it especially prone to drying, sagging, and wrinkles. Doctor’s orders? Grab the thickest cream in your house ( so long as it’s not sour cream) and smother your neck with it twice daily. Top it off with a moisturizing retinoid once or twice a week to thicken the skin.

What’s Behind the Mask for Women In Their 50’s

As we mature, our masks mature with us. No longer are we seeking the acne masks of the naïve adolescent,  nor are we interested in the oil controlling masks of idealistic twenty-somethings.  Our masks cater to our needs and tackle pertinent issues. We need to find masks that will take care of our skin properly.

Ingredients

In order to do that, it is important to find a mask with the right ingredients. Generally, the main concerns for women over 50 are hydration, Inflammation, and wrinkles. Our handy dandy list below will help you find the masking ingredients that target each one:

Hydration

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Ceramides
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Aloe
  • Urea
  • Oils
  • Lactic Acid

Inflammation

  • Aloe
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Cucumber
  • Chamomile
  • Vitamin E
  • Niacinamide
  • Centella Asiatica

Wrinkles

  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Retinol
  • Collagen
  • Vitamin C
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate (DMAE)

Easy Tips For Women In Their  50’s

Like we said above, women in their fifties really don’t need tips on doing anything.  With that in mind, here is a list of “suggestions” for those looking to achieve timeless beauty.

1) Wear Sunscreen

We know, you’re probably at the stage where you’re giving this advice to your kids. But, really how can we write about a perfect skin routine for women in their fifties without mentioning sunscreen?

Don’t worry, we won’t tell you about how nothing damages your skin more than sun exposure, or how it’s the leading cause of skin cancer, brown spots and wrinkles and we’re not even going to tell you about how you should wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 50. We know you know all of that stuff. In fact, we’re not even going to mention the fact that you should wear it every day, rain or shine, and reapply it throughout the day.

Illustration of effect of sun protection on skin

The best sunscreens are the kind that combine both physical and chemical sunscreen ingredients, of course, because these would help prevent damage caused by both UVA and UVB rays.

Remember how we said that it’s all about moisture at fifty?

Well, it applies to sunscreen too! You can easily find moisturizers with sun protection benefits. The Resveratrol Zinfandel Radiance Cream is a good example, as it offers an SPF 30 while delivering a potent mixture of all those skin-loving ingredients that help to fight UV damage, such as vitamin A and E, green tea, and resveratrol.

What we will tell you, however, is how good it’s making your face look. Keep up the good work!

2) What Works on Crow’s Feet?

Nobody’s going to fault a woman in her fifties for using Botox, dermabrasion, or getting a little nip and tuck once in a while. On the other hand, no one’s going to fault a woman over 50 for saying “Screw it” to plastic surgery and injections altogether. Women in their fifties can do whatever they want-  it just comes with the territory.

The truth is that no matter how many creams you put on, and how expensive they are, they’re not likely to rid you of every wrinkle, crow’s feet specifically. While some choose to embrace their smile lines their like a badge of honor (see Cameron Diaz rockin’ them like their the latest trend), some would rather turn them down a notch.

Botox is not only effective on crow’s feet. Injections and fillers can work a plethora of wonders on your face. They can lift your eyes, plump your cheeks and lips and fill in marionette lines around your mouth. In fact, some people are so astonished by what fillers can do, they wear a constant look of surprise. Plus, we all know the horror stories.

The bottom line: When it comes to Botox, you’re the one calling the “shots.” Do what makes you happy and feel good about yourself.

3) Stay Healthy

Of course, you can do whatever you want when you’re in your fifties, but that probably shouldn’t include starting to smoke cigarettes or eating boxes of assorted chocolate while lying in bed.

If you’re cheating on your diet, skimping on your exercise, or overloading on processed food, your skin is going to be the first tell. The most important part of any skin routine is staying healthy. Eat your veggies, take your vitamins and get at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise in at least five days a week. Your skin is going to love you for it.

  

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Back-to-Office Skin Care 101

Thoughtful young woman with glasses and dark hair holding a cup of coffee

So it’s back to the office, and you’re not the only one that’s having a hard time with it. Your skin is going ballistic. The days of endless sun and open air have been replaced with days of endless cubicles and commitments. Can you keep your rosy glow without losing your desk job?

Of course you can. Back to the office doesn’t have to mean pasty-faced and serious. You can keep your radiance and your job at the same time. Here are some tips on skincare for the office environment. We’ll leave the maintenance of your sanity up to you.

Air Conditioning

What do you get when you put a bunch of stressed out guys in three piece suits in small cubicles?   You get a lot of reasons to blast the air conditioner. Good for them, but not always so good for you. Even if your body temperature runs high, the air conditioning is going to wreak  havoc on your skin.

Air conditioning dries air and reduces humidity. That takes a toll on the outer layer of your skin causing to become dry and lose elasticity.

Infographic on dry skin

What can you do? Unless, you work in an old folks home, turning the AC down is not an option. Can you actually keep your skin moist and supple without short circuiting the thermostat? When the going gets tough, the tough get going… outside!

  • Try taking air conditioner breaks periodically. That may just mean walking outside on a break and giving your skin some time to recover. FYI: five minutes outside can reverse the damage done by eight hours of work. Skin is very dynamic).
  • Also, bring along a spritzer, you know those adorable little spray bottles that you can put in your purse for a little hydrating pick me up? Bring those. You’ll sometimes find them marketed as ‘face mists’ or ‘body mists’ – they’re basically humidifiers for your skin.

Stuffy Air

Do you ever notice that no matter how much air conditioning is blasting in the office, there’s always one room that seems to be vacuum packed? It’s almost as if all the cool air from that room was sucked into the other room, leaving two undesirable extremes.

Stuffy air happens, mostly in closed off rooms that lack ventilation, and it’s just as insidious to skin as air conditioning. If your office is not one of the more oxygenated in the building,  a humidifier may be in order.

Elegant humidifier on table

Running a humidifier adds moisture to dry air and keeps your skin, mouth and nose from drying out and there are tons of desktop appropriate ones available. They also clean the air of free radicals and pollutants that can lead to premature aging.

Icky Germs

If you thought sharing doorknobs with your office mates was a good way to exchange germs, just think about how much yucky bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that can be transferred through office equipment. You’re sharing key boards, printers, phones – hey, even the walls can be a prime hangout for bacteria, not to mention the sinks and toilets!  That can lead to skin irritations, blemishes, and laundry list of health problems.

Got disinfecting wipes? Start early in the day by wiping down all the desktops, photocopiers, desktops and any other shared office equipment. Who cares if you co-workers call you a germaphobe? They’re just air conditioning fanatics anyway.

Also make sure to wash your  hands regularly during the day and clean your face thoroughly before retiring at night. Don’t even think of touching your face during the day. That’s a surefire way to transfer germs cell phones to skin cells.

Bad Lighting

We all know that no one’s skin looks good under fluorescent lighting, but did you know it could  make your skin look bad – period? Experts say that you’ve got more UV rays inside the office than you do outside – especially if you’ve got one an office with a window view.  Put concentrated exposure to the sun and indoor lighting together and you’ve got a virtual cocktail for hyperpigmentation,  wrinkles and premature aging.

Only SPF 50 can save you now. Wear it every day and keep some at your desk to reapply every three to four hours.

Poor Beverage Choices

Unless your boss keeps a food processor in the office, the chances of you drinking a smoothie at your desk is unlikely. You’re much more likely to find a coffee machine and soda dispenser. However, all the really popular kids hang out around the water cooler, and you probably should too.

Caffeine certainly perks you up, but it doesn’t do the same for your skin. Caffeinated drinks and sodas don’t only get their energy jolt from caffeine, they get it from sugar – both of which don’t play well with your skin.

Tired woman working while drinking coffee

There may be no better feeling than the bubbly sensation of soft drink hitting a parched throat. However, while sugary sodas are quenching your thirst, their also releasing cytokines you’re your blood, which decreases the amount of collagen and elastin in your skin. Inflammation, sagging skin, and wrinkles (oh, my!).

No matter how cold it gets in that air conditioned office, don’t think about warming yourself up with a nice cuppa Joe. Caffeine is only going to exacerbate the moisture robbing effects of the AC air on your skin. Green tea packed with antioxidants may be a better way to defend yourself and your skin against dehydration. However, if you must stand your coffee grounds, at least keep it to one or two cups a day.

Unfortunately, the best skin option also happens to be the blandest. Water has no caffeine to perk you up, no fancy bottles or cans to use for accessories, and no taste to speak of. In fact, if you’re taking the water cooler route, you might even end up drinking it from a paper cup. Double yuck!

Luckily, there is something you can do to up the water’s coolness factor. Bring your own bottle and create your own fruit cocktail.  Here are four top choices for adding a little zest to your H2O by most estheticians.

  • Cucumber Strawberry Water: Slice up some cucumbers and some strawberries for a little color contrast and a flavor both refreshing and sweet.
  • Lemon Lime Water: Hey, put this in a water carbonator and you might even think you’re drinking a diet 7-Up! Use ½ lime and ½ lemon for 4 cups of water. Lemons and limes are known for their potent flavors and are best when used in moderation. Get your eight cups a day in and you’ll have made use of the whole fruit.
  • Blueberry Orange: Here’s a  funky little combo.  Ripe slices of orange dotted with bursts of blue. You’ll want to snap a pic to post on social media.
  • Blackberry Mint: Perhaps the most exotic of the recipes. With the mint flavor, you can  imagine you’re sipping on a Mojito in your office.

For best results, mix or muddle fruits with the back of wooden spoon to help release the flavors.

Screen Squinting

Do you ever catch your reflection in your computer screen and find you’re squinting back at yourself? Squinting is not the most attractive image, nor the most age defying practice. When you squint, you get crow’s feet even if you don’t have them already (albeit temporarily).  Ever heard the expression, “if you don’t stop (insert unattractive facial expression here), you’re face is  going to stay that way?”

Woman squinting in front of laptop

It’s true that squinting too often can lead to permanent fine lines around the eyes and wrinkles between the brows. It’s also true that hunching over a computer monitor can cause neck muscles to shorten, leading to the dreaded turkey neck. Is there any way to stay tech savvy and young looking at the same time.

Cutting down on squinting can take years, and a lot of pressure off your eyes – even if it means swapping out your contacts for you old horn rims. In addition to that, make sure to apply generous amount of eye cream in the morning to maintain elasticity around the eyes. Look for products with vitamin C and green tea extract, such as in the Resveratrol Age Defying Eye Serum, as these two ingredients will also help to brighten up the area around the eyes. 

Wondering what’s the correct way to apply eye cream?

The best way to do it would be to place a few dots around the eyes, and then gently pat this into the skin using quick, successive dabbing motions. This helps to prevent unnecessary tugging of the skin.

Illustration on how to apply eye cream

As for the neck, try applying some firming cream under your chin before retiring in the evening. If unsure of the best neck firming cream to use, start with the Resveratrol Sauvignon Blanc Neck & Chest Cream. Thanks to the combination vitamins A and E, and antioxidant-rich Resveratrol, this cream can go a long way in reducing the look of neck lines and wrinkles.

Sitting Still

Sitting is the new smoking? Save the drama for your mama. There are certainly a lot more preventable deaths caused by smoking than there are by couch surfing. However, while sitting in and of itself has not so far been proven fatal, it can have a negative impact on your skin.

Exercise is responsible for the healthy glow that comes from increased blood flow to your skin. Perspiration gets rid of toxins and helps cleanse the skin of dead skin cells, making way for new ones. Lack of exercise can lead to an increase in age spots. Could the sit-and-stand desk be the new botox?

Apparently not. According to studies, employees can stand for 40 to 45 minutes a day without seeing a positive impact on their health. Unfortunately, when working, you might as well stay seated. Sitting is not as harmful as the lack of physical activity in general.

As for treadmill desks – what could go wrong with that? Ever try to draft a budget while walking uphill? The best way to make up for those stagnant eight hours is to use the eight others (with eight taken out for sleeping) to exercise as much as possible. Walk run, hit the gym, whatever it takes. Keep the work and the workout separate.

Tips For Office Skin Health

Now that we’ve addressed the occupational hazards to your skin, let’s address the arsenal of products you should keep at your desk to keep them from getting out of hand. Here are some expert tips for keeping some of the dryness out of the regular workday.

1) Use a Non-Fragranced Moisturizer

Moisturizer good. Fragrance bad. When skin feels dry and tight, a moisturizer will restore hydration to your skin. Trade the fragrance for humectants like urea and glycerin that help absorb moisture from the air. What you’ll lose in scent, you’ll make for in naturally beautiful skin.

2) Take Steps to Keep Away Further Irritation

If the air conditioning is causing your skin to become irritated, it’s best not to compound the problem by using heavily scented products. Steer away from harsh perfumes, soaps and strongly fragranced detergents that will dry your skin further.

3) Stock Up on Facial Oil

What do you find in the desk drawer of a working woman who takes care of her skin? How about a few paper clips and a bottle of facial oil?  To troubleshoot those particularly bothersome dry spots, keep facial oil handy to apply as needed. Use your fingertips to locate the particularly dry areas on your skin, and massage in oil until fully absorbed. 

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Essential Vitamins for Perfect Summer Skin

Beautiful young woman in white dress in the garden

When summer comes, you know you have to make some changes. Lighter clothes, more sunscreen, less foundation, more air conditioning. But what about your vitamins?Going from cool weather to intense heat means your body has different needs, and different needs mean different nutrients. The right nutrition can help to protect your body for summer specific dangers like sun exposure, wrinkles, and skin cancer, and even help the body fix daily cell damage. Read on to find out how the right vitamins may help you to outsmart summer heat.

Vitamin C

Research support in the fact that vitamin C helps the body handle heat stress stems back to the 1930’s. For decades, vitamin C has been known to reduce the likelihood of heat related ailments like heat rash and heat exhaustion, and can also be used to treat already existing heat rash. Daily vitamin C intake also allows the body to adapt to the heat more quickly by lowering body temperature.

Additional research shows that vitamin C may also be a natural anti histamine, and may help lessen seasonal allergic rhinitis symptoms, while its antioxidant effects may help protect against cell damage by stimulating collagen production for cell growth and repair. These antioxidant benefits may also assist in protecting skin from sun damage and photo aging.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E has antioxidant benefits to help prevent UV damage to skin when topically layered under sunscreen, before sun exposure, as well as on its own after. It has been shown to have similar anti allergy benefits to vitamin C, especially in relation to nasal symptoms and asthma.

Vitamins D

Vitamin D increases the density of the skin, which means fewer wrinkles, and  explains its regular addition to anti aging skin car products. The most common way to get vitamin D is through sun exposure. Too little sun exposure may result in a vitamin D deficiency, which increases the risk of skin cancer. Recent research shows that vitamin D3 may prevent cells from growing and dividing, protecting us from breast, colorectal, and skin cancer. In fact, according to a recent study, women who took vitamin C supplements daily had a 57% reduction in risk of developing melanomas.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A (retinol) may also protect against melanomas. Researchers found that people who took daily vitamin A supplements had a 60% lower risk of developing melanomas than those who did not.

Vitamin A is also one of the best options for combatting photo aging, fine lines, and hyper pigmentation. Those who use vitamin A  in its compound form, retinol,  will already know the benefits it can have on the skin. Vitamin A can help the body make much needed repairs, including those from sun related damage, helping skin maintain elasticity and restoring collagen.

What changes are you making to help you get through the summer? Let us know how you survive when the mercury goes up.

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Plan for Perfect Wedding Skin

Beautiful red-headed bride with bouquet of red roses

There are a few things things most wedding planners can’t help you with, something more important then the who, what, when, and where, of the wedding, and that’s the how: how you look, that is. Weddings mean getting in shape, looking your best, and that includes your skin. But good skin takes a lot of work, and chances are the stress levels aren’t going to make it look any better. Luckily, some dermatologists have it all figured for you. Read on to find out what treatments you should be scheduling and when in order to wake up with perfect skin on your big day.

Twelve Months Before The Wedding

  • This is the ideal time to schedule any procedures that might require downtime, such as:
  • A chemical peel: Chemical peels can kickstart the exfoliation process. They  get your cell turnover going, guaranteeing you blemish free, glowing skin on the big day.
  • Micro needling with Plasma: Although not for the faint of heart, micro needling with platelet rich plasma is a one-size-fits-almost-all treatment that uses the cells in your own blood to promote growth of cells for an even complexion.
  • Remember to communicate with your dermatologist. It is important that he or she knows your goals so you’re on the same page about which treatments will bring your desired results.

Six Months Before the Wedding

  • If you missed out on the micro needling or peel, there is still time for that, as is there time for other rejuvenating treatments, such as lasers or IPL’s.
  • Six months should provide you with enough time to recover from the first treatment, which tends to require the longest downtime, and still leave time to receive one or two more treatments before the wedding.
  • Start planning and thinking about rejuvenating and healing treatments that help to maximize the results you get from these treatments when the skin begins to shed, in the not too distant future.

Three Months Before the Wedding

  • At this point, you should not be introducing anything new to your routine; concentrate on healing from the treatments you’ve already received.
  • This is a good time to have the last dermaplaning session.

One Month Before the Wedding

  • Have the last of the professional treatments; do not plan or receive any more.
  • Stay away from deep peels and extractions, and spend your time using exfoliating products and other skin nourishing formulas.
  • Ask your dermatologist, aesthetician for any last minute tips to get the bridal glow on your big day, and what you should do to get rid of those evil stress induced blemishes that might pop up the week before the wedding.

Good luck, congratulations, look beautiful, and remember, it’s all about that bridal glow! And, for those in the know, let us know how you prepped your skin for your wedding!