3 Tips For Dry Skin

dry skinDry skin can be the bane of your existence. Hands feel like paper? What about your feet? Skin on your legs? What about your face? There are many downsides to dry skin if you do not take the appropriate action. In some cases, it can really age you.

So what can you do about it? Here are three simple tips on how to manage your dry skin effectively:

Moisturize Me

If you have dry skin, your daily moisturizer has never been more important. As its name suggests, you are adding moisture to your skin and reducing its dryness and flakiness. If your skin is extremely dry, though, your daily moisturizer may not do everything. You may also wish to invest in a richer moisturizer to keep on hand for your legs, arms, hands, and anywhere else not for your face. This is especially the case if you suffer from eczema.

Stay Hydrated

Water plays a critical role in your skin’s overall health, including reducing its dryness. Thus, make sure you drink lots of water throughout the day, regardless of the season. The general standard is eight glasses (eight ounces each) a day, though you may need to adjust this based on how active you are. Regardless, drinking more water is another way of giving your skin moisture, which will help manage dry skin. However, this does not work with washing your hands all the time, which can increase its dryness.

Watch Acne Products

Yes, you can have acne even if you have dry skin. In fact, sometimes your acne products are the entire reason behind your dry skin! The ingredients in these products meant to help manage your acne are drying your skin, and if you use too much, you can actually just suffer from dry skin and the whole host of issues it brings. If you still want to use acne products, such as ones with salicylic acid, look for ones that are less concentrated (e.g. with 0.5% salicylic acid instead of the common 2%). You can also reduce the frequency of use.

Tips To Make Makeup Last All Day

Have you ever done your makeup really well in the morning, only to find it’s pretty much melting off your face by midday? Unfortunately, makeup can easily wear off your face if you are not careful, which is why it can be frustrating if you need it to last a long time between applications. You need not fear any longer, however, here are some key tips to make makeup last all day—without any reapplications!

Prime Your Face

After you wash your face in the morning, but before you start applying your foundation and other makeup, make sure you blend a nice layer of primer into your skin. Primer is a product specifically designed to get your skin in the best possible shape for makeup to adhere and actually last. There is little to no other function, though you may find some with a low SPF content or moisturizing effect if you are very lucky.

Set With Powder

The final step in your makeup application process, if you really want your makeup to last throughout the day without sliding off your face is to lightly set everything with a specialized setting powder. These are normally translucent, so it won’t affect the colour of anything you have just applied. You can, if you do not want to use a powder, find a setting spray. Note that setting sprays tend to be a little more pricey than a setting powder, and less available.

Tap Translucent Powder on Lips

Do you love the colour of your lipstick but find it rubs off far too soon for your liking? Is your shade not available in matte, but you wish it was? You can lightly tap a translucent powder on your lips using and eyeshadow brush after applying your lipstick as you normally would. This helps prolong the time it remains on your lips, and also helps mattify its appearance.

Pick Products Carefully

Of course, the main key behind making makeup last all day is to choose your products carefully. There are some specifically designed to be long lasting, which often gives you a leg up without doing anything else. In addition, you should pay attention to your skin and its eccentricities. For instance, choosing a foundation meant for oily skin will not work as well on dry skin. Make sure you choose those appropriate products to put yourself in the best possible position before trying other methods of making makeup last all day.

Tips For Dealing With Acne

Once you hit puberty, one of your main concerns will likely become acne on our skin. Unfortunately, while the majority of the acne is likely in your teen years, acne does not go away—you can get it at any time moving forward in your life. So, is there anything you can do about it, or do you simply have to grin and bear it? Yes, there are things you can do! Here are some effective ways of dealing with acne:

Clean Makeup Brushes

When you apply your makeup using a brush, there will be some residue left on the bristles. You may even end up transferring some of the oil from your face onto the brush. If you do not clean your brushes, you can transfer this residue and oil back onto your face, which vastly increases the chances of acne on your face. Make sure you clean them regularly! Ideally, do it after each use. If you cannot manage this, however, at least clean them once a week.

Drink Water

If you remain hydrated, your skin will perform at its best, which means less chances of overproducing oil, which is a significant cause behind acne and other skin blemishes. The standard is to drink eight glasses of water a day, but this amount does tend to vary based on personal needs, as well as the amount of physical activity you are doing each day and the weather/temperature outside.

Take Time To Relax

Stress is a big cause of a lot of acne. If you think this may be the reason you keep seeing the blemishes pop up on your face, you will need to pay particular attention to your regular schedule. Carve out some time to relax and do something you enjoy. Remind yourself about the good things happening in your life! You should also deal with what is stressing you out sooner rather than later, so you can minimize its effects.

Watch Your Diet

The food you eat has a significant influence over your overall health as well as the appearance of your skin. In the case of acne, you will want to reduce your intake of fried foods and even dairy! The key, really, is to eat a healthy balanced diet, with everything in moderation.

Top 2 Skin Reactions To Products

skin reactionsEven as much as we wish it wouldn’t happen, some of the beauty, skin, and hair products we use can result in skin reactions. It can be hard to predict if a product is going to result in a reaction from our skin. This is why things often come down to trial and error. However, how do you know if it’s a skin reaction or just an ineffective product?

We have you covered in this article, with the top 2 skin reactions to various hair, beauty, and skin care products:

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

You may simply refer to this as a skin irritation, but your doctor will call it by its medical name, which is irritant contact dermatitis. So what does it mean? In general, this is a mild reaction to common beauty products and results in some burning, stinging, itching, or redness in the area you applied the product. You are at an increased risk for these irritations, including harsher reactions, if your skin is dry or injured. Why? Because your skin has lost some of its natural irritant protection.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

The difference here is if you have a true allergy to a specific ingredient. This often takes more investigation, since you will have to compare product labels in order to see if they have the same ingredients listed. It is, then, a process of elimination.

Regardless, allergic contact dermatitis is a more severe reaction. It is characterized by redness, swelling, itching, or blisters on your skin where you used the product. It can also spread to other parts of your body, though this depends on the severity of your allergy.

The most common ingredients behind this reaction are fragrances and preservatives. Surprisingly, chemicals are most often behind irritant contact dermatitis instead.

If you think fragrances are behind your allergy, look for products specifically marked “fragrance-free”. This gives you the best shot at no reaction. Preservatives, unfortunately, are in any product containing water. They are there to make sure the product does not spoil.

Benefits of Wearing Sunscreen

Everyone knows wearing sunscreen when they will be outside in the sun will help prevent a sunburn, since the lotion protects them from the sun’s rays. However, there are even more benefits to wearing sunscreen, especially when you wear it every day (even when it is cloudy out). Let’s review the major benefits of wearing sunscreen, beyond preventing a sunburn, right now:

Prevents Premature Aging

Beyond burning your skin, sun exposure can result in accelerated damage and aging in your skin. You are far more likely to see things like wrinkles sooner if you do not wear sunscreen when you venture outside. Thus, wearing a simple layer each day can help slow the effects of premature aging, including preventing wrinkles from forming for as long as possible.

Lowers Risk of Skin Cancer

Did you know the rate of skin cancer is on the rise? While there are different causes, prolonged sun exposure (those UV rays are quite damaging) have been linked to an increased risk of developing this harmful and often deadly disease. Make sure you slash your risk as much as possible by wearing sunscreen outside! While you are still exposed to the sun’s UV rays when it is cloudy out, you should at least always wear some when it is sunny. Be sure to reapply throughout the day!

Promotes Even Skin

Always wearing a layer on sunscreen helps to prevent spots of discolouration (often the result of sun exposure) as well as acne, if you choose the appropriate sunscreen. Both of these things actually make for an uneven skin tone, so by preventing their occurrence, you are reducing the unevenness in your own skin. While doing so, you should take action to eliminate any discolouration you do have, so you can embrace even skin for the rest of your days.

4 Ways To Prevent Acne

acneWho wants to have acne on their face before a big date? For that matter, who wants any blemishes on their face at all? No one we know, that’s for sure! Unfortunately, you do have to pay attention with your skin care routine and other activities in order to both prevent acne from occurring and to help get rid of it quickly if it does.

To that end, here are four ways in which you can prevent acne from forming in the first place. Try them out—your skin will thank you!

Washing Your Face

Of course, the most important method when it comes to preventing blemishes is also the simplest. Washing your face on a regular basis is essential for keeping your skin healthy. Ideally, wash your face once in the morning and once at night. Make sure to look at cleansers appropriate for your skin type. If you are extremely acne-prone, the good news is there are countless cleansers specifically designed to help.

Over The Counter Products

Beyond the acne face cleansers you can use to wash your face in your normal routine, there are also a number of other acne products you can buy at the drug store. There are spot sticks, where you only apply it to current pimples, as well as acne pads, which are often a concentrated form of acne cleanser. If you do choose to use these products, keep in mind that the medication in them can dry out your skin if you use too much, which can cause a whole other set of problems.

Watch Your Products

What products do you use? This goes for hair products, skin care products, as well as any makeup. You may actually be bringing the acne upon yourself based on the products you use and the ingredients within them. Take a look at the ingredients, paying attention to specific oils and other pore-clogging ingredients. If any of your products fall into this, consider switching brands. Ideally, look for non-comedogenic products (which are non-clogging).

Reduce Your Makeup

Sometimes, your blemishes come down to how much makeup you use. It can, unfortunately, be a vicious cycle in that you might use makeup because of your acne, but are actually causing a lot more blemishes because you are using lots of makeup. We advise slowly weaning yourself off wearing makeup and progressively putting on less each day. You should also save a couple days a week to go makeup-free, even if you do not leave your house, as this allows your skin the ability to breathe.

All About Summer Skin Care

summer skin careTaking care of your skin is important regardless of the season. That being said, most of us understand the kind of thing we need to remember for our skin in the winter, particularly those of us with dry skin or eczema. However, it is still critical to take good care of our skin in the summer months. To that end, here are some things to remember about summer skin care.

Always Wear Sunscreen

Do you spend any time outside, even when its cloudy? You should always apply sunscreen during the summer months if you want to protect your skin. Ideally, pick a high quality sunscreen without oil and with an SPF of at least 30. You may also want to choose a water resistant one, though you will still need to re-apply shortly after swimming. This will help prevent sunburns, lower the potential for uneven skin tone, and reduce your risk of health issues like skin cancer.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Did you know tanning beds are terrible for your skin? Not only do they weaken it, but they can also cause uneven skin tone and other imperfections if you are not careful. Even worse than that, but they can also increase your risk of skin cancer. Thus, while it might be nice to start your summer vacation with a glowing tan, the risks far outweigh the benefits, which is why you will want to avoid them in your summer skin care routine.

Moisturize Me

We all know about moisturizing during the winter months, but did you know it is actually just as important during the summer? Your summer skin care routine should always include a quality daily moisturizer. You do not need the same one as in the winter, since those are usually richer, but not including even a basic one can severely compromise your skin’s health. Try to get one containing aloe vera if you can, since this can help soothe hot skin and sunburns, should they occur. Consistent use is key for long term benefits!

3 Benefits of Hypoallergenic Beauty Products

hypoallergenic beauty productsWhen choosing your beauty and skin care products, there are so many out there that it can be overwhelming. Where do you start? This does not even include the mention of various products promoting things like being hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, et cetera. Unless you are used to deciphering product labels, there are many terms you might not know. One of these? Hypoallergenic beauty products. What exactly does this mean and what are the benefits? We’re here to explain the big three!

Fewer Infections and Acne

For the most part, hypoallergenic beauty products have fewer irritants and pore-blocking ingredients, both of which can help to dramatically reduce the risk of developing acne or other skin infections. While there is some discussion over what products are actually allowed to put hypoallergenic on their labels, the general acceptance is these products are safer than regular products for those with any kind of skin issue, and even those without.

Minimal Blotches and Dark Spots

Sometimes the ingredients, often including a range of chemicals, in regular beauty products (those with perfumes, without the hypoallergenic label, et cetera) cause blotches or dark spots on an individual’s skin. This can be for any number of reasons, both depending on the specific ingredients as well as the individual’s skin. Normally it comes down to a specific allergen, which hypoallergenic beauty products are far less likely to have (they may have some ingredients that are uncommon allergens, though).

Mindful Of Skin Sensitivities

Overall, hypoallergenic beauty products are more mindful of skin sensitivities than regular products, by far. As mentioned, they reduce acne, dark spots, and blotches. In addition, these products are often better suited for dry skin, which is often more sensitive than you might realize initially. It can also help prevent reactions to sensitive skin that develops suddenly. After all, your skin can change, which means even though you had oily skin as a teenager, does not mean it will stay like that forever!

3 Tips For A Healthy Summer

healthy summerSummer is a beautiful and hot season. The vast majority of the population loves it, though there can be some exceptions to this. It is important to keep your health and wellness in mind throughout the warmer months, regardless of what you are doing and who you are. Make sure you have a healthy summer in addition to all of the fun! Here are three significant tips to remember:

Always Apply Sunscreen

If you are spending any time outside this summer, always make sure you apply sunscreen. Ideally you want an SPF of 30 or higher. This will help protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Sure, having a nice summer tan is beautiful, but it won’t be for too long if you end up with skin cancer. That is an extreme example, sure, but it is also a reality if you do not take the appropriate precautions! Note that, if you are spending all day outside, you will want to reapply the sunscreen periodically throughout the day—one application will not last forever!

Hydrate Throughout The Day

Being active and spending time in the sun are key components of the summer months. However, all of the activity and heat means you need a lot of water in order to stay hydrated and maintain a healthy summer experience. Too little water can result in dizziness, weakness, as well as heatstroke and dehydration. Bring water with you when possible, and purchase water if you need to!

Jump In The Water

Speaking of the water, swimming is perhaps one of the best ways to stay active in the summer and avoid things like injury and muscle strain. It is also a fantastic way to keep cool, thus avoiding overheating your body. Make a point of going for a swim every so often—if you live near water, make that every day! You will definitely have a healthy summer this way.

3 Health Benefits of Yoga

yogaYoga is all around us. It seems like it is increasing in popularity as each day goes by. But what is it exactly? What good is it doing your body? Can you really improve your overall health and wellness by practicing yoga? Yoga does your body a lot of good in a wide variety of ways and yes, you can greatly improve your overall health and wellness. Here are 3 significant health benefits of yoga:

Lowers Chances of Injury

Do you do any form of exercise such as running, lifting weights, biking, et cetera? Unfortunately, all of these comes with a certain level of risk in terms of injuring yourself. Injuries with exercise can either occur because you are trying to do too much for your fitness level, or you accidentally push yourself into doing an exercise improperly (including failing to warm up your body). Practicing yoga on a regular basis, particularly as a warm up to other forms of exercise, helps to keep your body limber and thus reduces your chances of injury.

Improves Flexibility and Strength

Yoga is not an incredibly great form of cardio exercise for the most part. However, it is great at promoting strength in a variety of forms (e.g. in your arms so you can do more push ups and lift more weight) and helps your blood flow, which in turn increases your overall flexibility. Both of these help you in other aspects of exercise and also helps your daily activities in ways you may not even notice unless you look for them, but would greatly appreciate.

Reduces Stress

Life can get quite stressful. Different people can have different stressors—nothing is the exact same for everyone. Common sources of stress include work, relationships, and finances. It is important, regardless of what is causing you stress, to always look to reduce your stress levels in order to prevent it from getting out of hand. Yoga is a fantastic way of doing this, since it helps you turn your attention inward and focus on your breathing. Try it out the next time you are stressed! Simple poses include savasana (corpse pose), downward dog, and child’s pose.

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