Preparing Your Face For Bed

Your bedtime routine is something that everybody does differently. But one thing we can all agree on is that it is the time for your skin to breathe, even if we don’t let it as much as we should! So you wipe your face down, put some moisturiser on, and then get under the covers to sleep the night away. But is that all you should do?

When it comes to a nighttime routine, there’s a lot you need to do to make sure you wake up with the best foundation to work with. And that means you need to clean your face and do it properly; here’s a few tips on making sure your skin can properly breathe throughout the night, that you won’t wake up with new blemishes, and that your makeup will glide on smoothly on tomorrow.

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Wash First

You need to be rid of your makeup and dredges of the day behind you before you do anything else, and you shouldn’t ever lay your head down on your pillow when you’ve still got some concealer clinging to your cheeks and mascara continuously drying on your eyes. Not only is it going to be much healthier for the future of your skin, but it minimises on the laundry you’re going to have to do that week as well!

So you can wash properly with some soap and a sink of water, but you should take the top layer of makeup off first. And if you don’t have makeup wipes in order to do so, don’t worry; normal wet wipes work just as well, or just some cotton pads and a bit of water to be as gentle as possible to avoid the soreness of constantly scrubbing the eyeliner away. But next time you’re at the store, make sure you pick up some makeup remover. There’s all kinds out there, for all different skin types, and you can save your pennies buying the store brands rather than the named brands: they’re about the same as each other.

Then get your cleanser out to open up your pores; it’s something a lot of people forget to do in their routine, but it’s going to mean you won’t wake up with an errant spot or pimple on your forehead in the morning. Get the dirt out and literally feel the weight falling off of you.

Exfoliate the Dead Cells Off

This is where some cold water comes in from the aforementioned sink, and then you can pull out the proper face exfoliators to make sure you get the last dredges of skin cells that are doing nothing for you anymore. A whole new layer of healthy skin is underneath, don’t you absolutely want it to flourish under your care?

So before you give up on your routine and head to bed, this is the final necessary step before any of the finishing touches that you don’t actually have to do. Always make sure you’re using water at this point to make sure you’re not causing too much sensitivity in your pores; plenty of spots can form at this point as well, and that’s something you’re trying to avoid!

Use Some Creams

If you have any to spare that is. A lot of people prefer to use these in the morning before you put the rest of your makeup on, so you’re perfectly fine to leave these until then if you’re too tired. But if your skin is looking a little bit red, or you can feel the dryness starting to seep in, this is the time to rub in some moisturiser. All over your face that is, you don’t want to forget your lips before you nod off; mouth breathing is more of a killer for your smooth skin than you think!

You don’t need too much cream or oil here, as only a touch on the most neglected parts of your face are going to do wonders for that area. So if you have dry patches, or you have a blemish that’s just starting to appear with how much cleansing you’re doing, put those problem spots to bed now.

Preparing your face for bed is a bit of a task, so don’t worry if you’re not always up to it. But the sooner you turn it into the habit it should be, the more effective it’s going to be for your looks and your health. It’s something lots of people dismiss, but when combined with sleep? The best move!

The Best Ways To Take Care of Your Skin

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If you want to ensure that your skin is the best possible health at all time, then there are various things that you can do. Skin that is in poor health can be oily or dry and end up feeling rough or being spotty. These are all things that you want to try and avoid, so here are the best ways to take care of your skin.

Wash Using Specialized Products

You should be washing your face twice a day both in the morning and in the evening before bed. This way you will wash away any impurities and dirt each day and keep your face as clean as possible at all times. You will also be cleaning away any makeup that might irritate and negatively affect your face if left on overnight. However, your skin might have specific needs, and they will need to be addressed in your cleaning routine. This might mean using a specific toner to help keep your skin healthy or using oily or dry skin specific creams. Whatever, type of skin that you have you want to make sure that you take care of it as best you can and that it is as healthy as possible.

Visit a Professional

There might come times when you need to visit a professional. There is no shame in it, and if it helps your skin to be healthy and high quality as it can be, then it is only a good thing. You might want to visit a renowned aesthetic clinic to help make your skin as beautiful as possible. However, there is a possibility that you might need to visit a dermatologist for something far less nice and much more unpleasant. These kinds of things need treating before they become worse. However, visiting a professional can simply mean speaking to the store workers and gaining their advice and opinions on specific face care products. Since they work there and deal with these products each day, then they likely have specialist knowledge that you should take advantage of.

Have a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is one of the main contributing factors to having healthy skin. If you don’t drink enough water, then the chances are that your skin is going to start to dry out and become rough. If you are eating too much greasy food, then your skin is going to become oily. You need to be getting enough fruits and vegetables in order to keep your skin glowing and healthy. This means also having a varied diet. You don’t want to only eat the same things each day as this will mean that you won’t be getting all of the nutrients and minerals that your body needs. You want to make sure that you are eating enough fatty acids and lipids. These are present in a lot of foods, but you want to make sure that you are getting your recommended daily dose each day. If you have too many, then your skin can start to go oily, but if you don’t get enough, then it might end up being dry. Eating a balanced diet is the best way to ensure that you are getting enough and not too much of the things that make your skin healthy.

The 3 Essentials That Your Skin Needs Every Day

Everyone is different. Our skin looks and feels different, and it will change many times during our lives. No two people have the same skin, but everybody needs the same 3 essentials to ensure their skin is healthy. Skin is made up of millions of cells designed to move, stretch, and protect our bodies. Protect your skin layers with these 3 essentials that your skin needs every day:

Moisture

Moisture comes from the inside as well as the outside. If you are dehydrated, you might notice your skin seems lackluster and unwilling to stretch as much as it should. Drinking water can help. But sometimes you need to enhance that water with salts or electrolytes to ensure your body can be fully hydrated quickly. A squeeze of lemon or lime can change the PH balance too.

 

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There are dozens of moisturizers on the shelves in stores. It’s hard to know which is best. If you’re a little overwhelmed by the amount of choice out there, read up on the best brands available. You’ll find the reviews at https://moisturizers.com/all-moisturizer-reviews/ to see if one of these is right for you. Always pick one that is designed for your skin type and your age group. Skin needs different things at different times. 

Circulation

As skin is alive, it needs a healthy blood supply! Blood carries nutrients and oxygen to every cell in your body. It is responsible for much of the color in your skin too. Your blood vessels will also carry away all the waste from each cell. This can include toxins and broken down cells. If your circulation is poor, then your skin may look unhealthy.

 

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Boost your circulation with a facial scrub or exfoliation. Get the heart pumping fresh, oxygenated blood by exercising daily. This will help remove the puffiness of fluid retention from your skin too. Best of all, you’ll get that healthy glow we all strive for!

Cleansing

It is important to thoroughly cleanse the skin daily. This removes all the environmental dirt that builds up. It also removes all the makeup we apply so that pores don’t become clogged. Clogged pores lead to boils, blemishes, and spots. A good cleansing routine opens the pores first. This allows all the dirt to escape. You might use a steam or even a micellar water to achieve this.

 

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Now wipe the dirt away, lifting the grime from deep inside. Soap and water are usually OK elsewhere on the body, but the face is more delicate. Use a dedicated cleanser, and face pads to wipe the delicate skin surface. Finally, it’s time to refine and close the pores again. A splash of cold water might do the job, but usually a gentle toner is best. Alcohol can work here, but it is likely to be far too harsh.

Taking care of your skin is a big part of your morning and evening routines. It’s important to ensure you offer your face and body the 3 essentials it needs for beautifully healthy skin. How do you take care of yours?

 

Say Adios To Adult Acne

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Having acne when you’re a teenager is difficult enough. You’re gangly, awkward and growing into your own body- and with a huge amount of pressure to look good, dealing with spots is never going to be much fun. But at least you know that what you’re going through is common, normal and all of your peers are dealing with the same issue. However dealing with acne as an adult is a whole other ball game. When everyone else’s skin has settled down and yours is still erupting with acne, it can have you feeling like ‘why me?’. It can be a huge knock to your confidence and self-esteem, and start you wondering what exactly is wrong with your body. If you’re currently living with the frustrations of adult acne, here are some of the ways you can go about solving the issue once and for all.

 

Start a Good Skincare Routine

Often when it comes to adult acne, the issue isn’t on the surface of the skin but inside the body. However, the right skincare routine can help to keep breakouts under control and prevent more from occurring. Grease, grime and makeup blocking the pores can cause spots in anyone, so this is something to avoid when you’re already prone to them. A gentle cleanser will remove excess oil and debris from the skin without stripping or irritating it. A light moisturiser will prevent it from getting dry and sore. You could also use products like Differin Gel for acne which are specially designed to help to prevent breakouts and heal active spots more quickly. If you wear makeup, choose oil free brands which won’t clog the skin, mineral makeup is suitable for acne and sensitive skin types since it’s all natural. A bit of coverage and a product to even out your skin tone can do wonders for your confidence when you have acne. Just be sure to carefully remove it all when you get home. Be gentle with your skin, don’t scrub at it either with cleansing products or with a towel to try it. Treat it gently and carefully.

 

Clean Up Your Diet

If you’re already prone to acne, certain foods in your diet could be triggering it or making it even worse. Some of these you might not expect. Cow’s milk for example is something that can be healthy for most people, providing calcium, protein, potassium and other vitamins. However a link has been shown between this and acne breakouts, this could be due to the fact it makes blood sugar spike which increases inflammation in the body- worsening pimples. The same applies to any food which the body breaks down quickly- white carbs such as bread, pasta and rice are all bad news. Switching over to wholemeal prevents blood sugar spikes, and also provides your body with more fibre and vitamins. It’s an easy switch to make and will benefit your entire body as well as your skin. Junk food which is high in sugar and fat will also increase inflammation in the body (and are bad for your weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and everything else along with your skin!). If you’re serious about putting an end to your skin issues, sorting out your diet is something proactive that you have full control over. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat protein will nourish your body providing it with everything it needs. Season foods with healthy herbs and spices instead of salt, sugar and fat. Probiotics have been found to be helpful in those with acne as they can reduce inflammation in the body, you can find this in everything from saurkraut and pickles to yoghurt. While milk should be avoided, yoghurt is processed differently by the body so is fine to have in limited quantities. Choose unsweetened versions, so you’re avoiding the sugar and additives. Omega 3 which is found in oily fish and zinc which is found in beans, nuts and seafood is also useful for acne sufferers. Red meat is a good source of zinc, but this should be eaten in moderation so be sure to choose other sources in your diet too.

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Visit Your GP

When you have adult acne, it’s important to speak to your GP. While the right skincare routine and diet can both massively help with breakouts, the root cause is likely to be hormones. The doctor can prescribe drugs which balance out hormones and help with things like oil production in the skin. In women, taking the contraceptive pill is often useful in regulating hormones and reducing acne. If your skin issues are severe, you may be referred to a dermatologist for further treatment.

 

Body Confidence: How You Can Feel Good In Your Own Skin

Let’s face it, many of us have body hang-ups and things we don’t like about ourselves. It might be our stomach and the desire to lose weight. It could be the shape of your nose, the shape of your body, or even your skin tone and pigmentation. Down to the way you smile and how you wear your hair. It can be hard to be in contact with anyone who is completely at ease with themselves, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. What we do see is more people being comfortable in their own skin and having the confidence to own what they have and work it. I thought I would share with you some of the ways you can start to feel good in your own skin.

 

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Be positive about what you see in the mirror

 

It’s important that when you look in the mirror, you reaffirm positive notions and not focus on the negative aspects. It is easy to stare at your figure and think about the wobbly bits, and not focus on the fact that maybe there is a reason, like having a family or being comfortable with a partner. Try and reaffirm only the positive qualities, and keep telling yourself that over and over. You will start to feel better sooner than you think.

 

Improve your diet and drink more water

 

It’s hard to feel comfortable with the outside if you feel awful on the inside. A diet of junk food and drinking too much can often have a bad effect on our mindset when it comes to body image. Instead, indulge on a diet of fresh vegetables and drink plenty of water to improve your energy levels and skin tone. Sometimes taking care of the inside is all it takes.

 

Focus on your positive aspects

 

When dressing or while out, try and remember to focus on the aspects of your body that you do like. In fact, show off that curvy figure, or wear your hair with pride if you love that feature about yourself. Dressing positively can help to make sure we feel good about ourselves.

 

Take action if enough is enough

 

Sometimes we can’t see past those hang-ups, and there is nothing wrong with that. If you dislike how you look and want to change then consider reaching out to a plastic surgeon and discussing your options. This is a decision not to be taken lightly, and it is advisable to ensure that you are doing this for the right reasons. But it is your body to do what you see fit with.

 

Change your mindset

 

Often the crux of all problems is our mindset and how we think about things, and body confidence is no different. If we have a negative mindset, then we are likely to be feeling less confident in our ability and how we look. Shift your mindset and focus on positive thoughts. It might take some work at first, but this could transform your life in other areas as well.

 

I hope this has inspired you to feel better in your own skin.

Skincare: When Drugstore Products Don’t Cut It

Having problem skin can be stressful at the best of times. It can be painful, depending on your condition, expensive (from all the products you buy) and it can knock your confidence too. One of the most frustrating things is having everyone you know mention various drugstore products to you that worked for them – even though your skin is completely different to theirs. Maybe you are dealing with excessive dryness, adult acne or premature ageing, all of which require a very specific and precise course of treatment. You may well have spent hundreds of dollars on drugstore beauty products over the years, both to solve your skin issue at the root and to cover it up with makeup. But after so many years, you may be ready to put all that behind you and look for a solution once and for all who actually works. Here are a few tips on where to go with your skincare journey when drugstore products just don’t cut it.

 

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Special treatments

You may cringe at the idea of chemical peels and dermatological facials – but hear us out! The vast majority of these treatments are non-invasive and relatively painless (unless you go for something zany like the infamous vampire facial!). If you feel like your skin is in need of a total refresh, these types of treatments could be just the ticket you need. Speak to your local dermatologist about your problems, and the kind of results you want from treatment. It may not come cheap, but usually, the results last for quite some time – and it’s always nice to pamper yourself every once in a while!

Prescription medication

The majority of drugstore skincare products are marketed at a pretty general audience so that they will sell the most. Prescription skin products, however, target your problem right at the root, as they are designed to eradicate a particular issue. Some orders come in capsule form like traditional medication, while others, such as the ones created by Dr Bailey, come in cream form. Make sure you learn how to apply such products correctly, so you avoid irritation. These creams can often be much stronger than the kinds of lotions you would find in drugstores, so while your skin adjusts, remember that less is more.

 

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Lifestyle changes

No one likes to admit that their lifestyle could have an impact on their skin – but it definitely can. If you suffer from something like acne or a skin allergy you don’t know the cause of, try cutting various things out of your diet one at a time and monitoring your skin’s reaction. Additionally, be honest with yourself and ask: is your lifestyle as healthy as it could be? We all have cheat days, of course – but a lifestyle consisting of a fatty diet and little to no exercise can have a direct impact on your skin. Try cutting down on processed foods and soda, replacing them with fresh vegetables and lemon water instead. The natural minerals in these things will help to flush toxins out of your skin and give you a healthier, happier glow.

5 Ways To Make Your Skin Sizzle This Summer

We all love the summer but it can take its toll on the skin. We may love the heat but our skin does not. On top of that, it must cope with pollution, humidity and strong sunlight. This can wipe the glow off your face! As you pack up your suitcase for your summer break, make sure that beautiful skin is part of your summer look. Get it back with these 5 essential tips for radiant summer skin.

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  1. Sunscreen is a must!

A large proportion of summer skin problems is caused the intensity of the sun. This causes damage. The only way to slow this process down is to apply sunscreen. If you find an old bottle at the back of your cupboards you should throw it away. Fresh sunscreen is the best! Buy a product that is available in SPF 30 and SPF 70 and use about a teaspoon on your face. It should be reapplied every 1-2 hours if you want to see the difference in your complexion

    2. Moisturize as much as you can

Our skin loses a lot of moisture in the summer and dryness can be a problem. There are some great korean skin care products to choose from which will soothe and refresh sun-frazzled skin. Don’t just focus on the face. The whole body needs a summery lotion. Thick winter body butters will feel too heavy at this time of year so pack them away. Invest in some light summery lotions that your skin can easily absorb.

Gels and purees work well and light fruity lotions are always popular in the summer. The best time to apply them is right after you get out of the shower. It doesn’t matter if your skin is still a little damp. The moisturizer will seal in the moisture.

    3. Start as you mean to go on

You may be glowing by the end of the summer but you don’t want to start off looking washed out. Why not add a little summer tint to your skin at the end of Spring. Using a sunless tanner will give your tan the kick-start that it needs. You will feel confident enough to wear all your strappy dresses. Choose a facial moisturizer that builds a bit of color at a time and soon you will be able to ditch the foundation and concealer.

    4. Start from the bottom up

Our poor feet are trapped away in boots all over the winter months and can emerge looking a little sorry or themselves. Now that sandal season has arrived it is time to do something about it. A professional pedicure is the best option but you could do it yourself if you on a budget. Scrub off the dead dry skin several times a week and apply a bright nail polish.

    5. Drink, drink, drink

Hydrating your body is always important but in summer you need at least 8 glasses of water a day. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere and drink at least once every 30 minutes.

Natural Remedies To Treat Problem Skin

Although we all like to think of ourselves as confident in our inner beauty, there’s nothing that can knock you down like skin problems. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a sudden breakout, an accidental sunburn, or an existing condition, problem skin makes even the most confident women want to hide until the problem goes away. Treating the problems with medication and special creams can get expensive, but you shouldn’t have to blow your savings to get clear skin. Here are some natural home remedies that can treat your skin and keep your conditions manageable. You can also help your skin by adopting some basic healthy habits.


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Acne

Generally, acne, pimples and skin problems are associated with the hormonal changes which occur during puberty, but young adults, menopausal women, and people who work in unhealthy environments are also prone to breakouts. You can reduce them by adopting a healthy lifestyle – drinking lots of water, eating food rich in fiber, omega-3, and vitamins A and B complex, and consuming probiotics to prevent yeast from developing. However, changes in your lifestyle will reduce the problem gradually, so you could also use naturally remedies to speed things up without damaging your skin.

Apple Cider Vinegar remedy

Apple cider vinegar kills off the bacteria that may be causing your acne by becoming alkaline, and balancing the pH of your skin. This makes it harder for bacteria to thrive. It also dries up excess oil. After washing and drying your face, apply a solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water to your face using a Q-tip. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight, then wash it off. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry.

Be careful not to apply too much vinegar at once; this could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.

Baking soda remedy

This treatment can help speed up the healing, clearing, and reduction of acne and its scars. Baking soda can operate as either an acid or a base. In this way, it can help to neutralize any pH imbalances on the skin, which are a common cause of acne. Baking soda helps to dry the skin, removing the excess oil which leads to blackheads and breakouts.

Simply mix some baking soda with some water in a bowl to a thick paste. Apply this paste all over your face as a facial mask for 20 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.


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Psoriasis

Living with psoriasis can vary from person to person. Some regard it as a minor irritation, but those who are severely affected can find it fairly unbearable. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but there are ways you can soothe the worst of the itchiness on your skin.

Warm baths

You might normally avoid baths because hot water is an irritant for your skin. However, a lukewarm bath with Epsom salt, mineral oil, milk, or olive oil can soothe the itching and infiltrate scales and plaques. Moisturize immediately after your bath for double benefits. A heavy moisturizer or petroleum jelly locks water into your skin to help it heal and reduce the redness.

Turmeric

Herbs are commonly used to treat many conditions. Turmeric has been found to help minimize psoriasis flare-ups due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be taken in pill or supplement form or sprinkled on your food; it’s usually found in even the mildest of curries.

Symptoms of psoriasis can also be alleviated with a healthy lifestyle. Avoid tobacco and alcohol, eat cold water fish, seeds, nuts, and omega-3 fatty acids to reduce the inflammation of your skin, and consume vitamin supplements that contain fish oil, vitamin D, milk thistle, and aloe vera. If none of these remedies are helping, visit West Dermatology for options.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are caused when the skin rapidly stretches as a result of sudden growth or weight gain. The stretching causes the middle layer of skin to tear, allowing the deeper skin layers to show through, forming stretch marks. Whether they’re a result of weight loss or pregnancy, stretch marks are nothing to be ashamed of. However, if you’d prefer not to have them at all, there are several ways to reduce their appearance.

Potato juice

The easiest treatment for stretch marks only requires a freshly sliced potato. Simply rub the potato gently on the affected area for few minutes. Allow the juice to dry for some time and later clean it with lukewarm water. The presence of antioxidants in potatoes helps remove stretch marks, and the starch has moisturizing properties that soothes the skin.

Sugar scrub

Sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid; an alpha hydroxic acid that stimulates the skin and helps generate younger and fresher looking skin. The small particles in sugar are used in a number of body scrubs to exfoliate skin and remove dead skin cells.

To make the scrub, you’ll need to add almond oil and a few drops of lemon juice to raw sugar to make a paste. Gently rub the mixture on the affected area for at least 10 minutes, before hopping into the shower. Repeat this treatment monthly until you see an improvement.


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Ingrown hair

Although most of us learn to live with them, ingrown hairs are uncomfortable, itchy, and they cause ugly red bumps on your otherwise smooth legs. You don’t have to accept this is the price to pay for a close shave; eliminate ingrown hairs with these simple remedies.

Salt scrub

Sometimes, dead skin can clog up a hair follicle, which forces the hair inside it to grow sideways under the skin, rather than upward and outward. Exfoliating with salt can clear away the dead skin. Make a mixture of one-cup water and 1 ½ teaspoons salt. Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and apply it over the ingrown hair. Follow this procedure daily, but avoid using it if you face any skin complications.

Skincare Secrets Every Girl Should Know


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At some point or another in life, we all have problems with our skin. Whether you suffer from a dry, dehydrated complexion or excess oil, you can often feel like you will never have great skin. However, it can be achieved. Yes it will take work, and no it won’t happen overnight, but if you really want to have great skin, you need to learn the secrets. Every girl should know how to look after her skin and reach for a great complexion. Even if you’re suffering from breakouts, you can beat them and feel confident with your appearance once and for all.

 

You Are What You Eat

 

It will really help you when you start to realize that there’s a little truth in the age old saying ‘you are what you eat’. When you eat junk, it shows. Not only will you have low energy levels and put on excess weight, but it also comes out on your skin. However, when you nourish your body with the right foods, your skin will thank you. Being healthier doesn’t have to be hard, you can often enjoy great foods, like avocado and hummus, which work wonders for your skin.

 

Always Exfoliate

 

Dead skin cells can really wreak havoc. Not only can they clog your pores and cause breakouts, but they can also make your skin look dry and dull, and your foundation look lumpy. Even if you have the most sensitive skin, you can still find a gentle exfoliating product that works wonders for your skin. At least once a week (or more depending on your skin type), you should aim to incorporate exfoliate into your skincare regime. You will soon see the difference in your skin tone overall.

 

Find The Perfect Match

 

When you’re trying to cover up your skin problems, you’re going to need to make sure you find a foundation that can work with what you’ve got. Whether you need high coverage or something lighter, you need to be able to find the perfect match regarding formulation and color. If you’re looking for an airbrush finish, opt for a foundation that has a creamy texture, like those by AJ Crimson Cosmetics.

 

Hydration Is Key

 

Next up, hydration. Hydration really is key when it comes to your complexion – and this refers to how you hydrate your skin both on the inside and out. For your skin to look radiant and to have a natural glow, it needs to be healthy. Drinking the right amount of water daily can help with that. Not only will your skin look plump, but it will also look healthy too. You will also need to help it out by using the right kind of moisturizer for your skin type. Sometimes, you can find that oils work wonders too.

 

Keep Your Hands Off

 

And last but certainly not least, do not touch. When you start to pick at your face and play around with your skin, you could be making it a whole lot worse – especially if you have blemish prone skin. When you pop your pimples, you risk them getting worse and infecting other areas of your face. Even if you feel as if they’re looking really bad, you may benefit from persisting with your skincare efforts, and you’ll soon see them disappear.

 

Three Signs of Aging Skin- And How To Combat Them

When you start noticing signs of aging, it can be difficult to deal with. Many women report feeling less attractive, a loss of confidence and a strange realization of their own mortality. After all, old age is always ten years older than you are right now- right? While we should be lucky to grow older (since it’s a luxury denied to many), there are ways you can keep hold of your youthful good looks for as long as possible. Here are five common signs of skin aging, and what you can do to combat them.


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Wrinkles

As we age, hormonal changes in the body make skin thinner, drier and therefore more prone to damage. Collagen and elastin which keep the skin supple and elastic begin to diminish, and fine lines start to appear. Eventually, these lines become more pronounced, and the skin can take on a wrinkled appearance. While there’s nothing you can do about the body’s internal aging process, factors such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol and other drugs can all take their toll. Therefore quitting these will hugely benefit your skin. Keeping the surface of your skin hydrated and protected from the elements will also prevent the acceleration of aging. Eating the right foods to nourish from the inside out also keeps skin at its best, and can improve the overall appearance as well as slow down the aging process. 
Age Spots

Doctors are unsure of exactly why age spots develop in some people, but from a scientific point of view, we know that it’s the result of excess melanin or skin pigment. These flat brown or black spots aren’t dangerous, but they can look unpleasant and can cause distress and a lack of confidence. Spending time in the sun is a major risk factor, so quitting the tanning beds and sunbathing while you’re still young is advisable. Always wear SPF and cover up with light, long layers where you can. Age spots can be treated with prescription medication from the doctor causing them to fade, or you could look into skin whitening products which have been shown to be effective. Medical procedures such as lasers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are other alternatives.
Loss of Volume

As well as being a cause of wrinkles, declining levels of elastin and collagen can also lead to the loss of volume in the skin. It’s suggested that we lose 1% collagen each year so is something that will get progressively worse. Anti-aging products containing magnolol, oligo peptides and hyaluronic acid are all said to help combat this effect. For more severe loss of volume- fillers, fat transfer procedures, and even cheek implants can help to restore a youthful appearance to the face. Of course, you should always carefully weigh up the pros and cons of a surgical procedure. Look into the risks and how long the treatment lasts for.
Do you take any steps to protect your skin, or reduce aging? Have you already started noticing some of these signs?