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Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

       
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Does sunscreen really help prevent aging?

You may be eager to take advantage the warm summer weather to work on your tan, but by no means does that mean you can ignore sunscreen. It's relatively common knowledge that lotions not only prevent painful sunburns, but can also help limit wrinkles and skin damage later in life. But how much of an effect can the right skin care actually have on the visible signs of aging? 

According to a recent study conducted by Australian researchers and published in Annals of Internal Medicine journal, using sunscreen frequently can reduce signs of aging by about 24 percent, Forbes reports. As facial sun care products evolve and grow more effective, the benefits could be even greater. 

Exuviance skin care products are a popular choice for people looking to replenish their skin while also gaining the benefits of SPF. These creams and foundations are proven to improve your skin's appearance while offering some much-needed protection from the sun's harmful rays. 

If you're worried about looking pale this summer because of your extra sun protection – don't be. There are plenty of ways you can use all-over bronze makeup or even self-tanners to enhance your natural glow without causing damage to your skin. 

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

       
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Embrace anti-aging with the right skincare routine

There’s no surefire way to fight signs of aging, but you can certainly embrace a few best practices that  could help you look and feel your best. A number of anti-aging and wrinkle care products can provide support for all kinds of skin, but even the best products can’t work magic without help. You have to take some on your own to ensure you’re caring for your skin, and incorporating them into your daily routine can boost their effectiveness.

Here are a few things you should doing every day to keep your skin healthy and youthful:

Start fresh each day
It’s important to start the day off on the right foot. Before you do anything to your skin in the morning, cleanse and wash your face. Cleansers get rid of any oils or buildup that accrued during the night, but most are not harsh enough to irritate your skin. Follow that up by wiping your whole face with a cotton ball soaked in toner to remove any excess residue.

Wear sunscreen
If there’s one thing you should never leave home without, it’s facial sunscreen. Apply a layer of the lotion about 15 minutes before you go outdoors, regardless of your planned activities or weather. In the long term, wearing sunscreen can be a significant factor in preventing wrinkles and sun spots, as well as dry or leathery skin, and it is never too late to start protecting yourself from harsh UV light.

Moisturize 
No matter what your skin is naturally like – dry, oily or any odd combination – you are going to need to use a moisturizer to replenish your skin and lock in nutrients. The right face moisturizer keeps the epidermis hydrated and better reflects light, giving you a glowing look that hides the appearance of lines or wrinkles. Look for a moisturizer with vitamin C, as the ingredient provides a boost to your skin and can help you look and feel youthful.

It’s a good idea to avoid putting everyday moisturizer around your eyes. The skin around this area is thinner and more fragile – making it more prone to wrinkles – so special eye gels are better equipped to keep crows’ feet at bay. You’ll be able to maintain smooth skin around the eyes while also preventing puffiness and other negative side effects of aging.

Mineral makeup
Much like moisturizers can help to retain the natural chemicals that are good for your skin, mineral makeup brings many of these elements to your face. Mineral makeup can kill bacteria while rejuvenating your skin, so choosing a mineral makeup kit is a wise choice for people who want to freshen up their face while also sticking close to their normal makeup routine.

As a bonus, these minerals often reflect sunlight, acting as a natural SPF. The ingredients are also usually easier to wear regardless of the type of skin you have, which decreases the risk of bad reactions or acne coming about as a result of the product.

End the day right 
A long day of wearing makeup, being exposed to the sun and subjecting your skin to a variety of outside factors is less than ideal for your face. Luckily, there are a number of products that can cleanse your skin and replenish it with the nutrients it needs. Cleansing gels from G.M. COLLIN can go a long way toward keeping your face fresh. Not only can it remove leftover makeup and sebum, but it also tightens pores and purifies your skin, letting you look younger and preventing wrinkles.

Are dark spots aging your complexion?

       
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Are dark spots aging your complexion?Even if you’re too young for legitimate age spots, dark spots caused by sun exposure and skin damage can still make you look older. According to Allure Magazine, while wrinkles are typically the tell-tale signs of aging, research has shown that mottled skin can have an even worse effect on how people perceive your age. Aside from putting on sunscreen for the face every day to prevent further damage, there is one skincare ingredient that can help fade those spots.

What is it? Hydroquinone. This ingredient inhibits pigment production in your skin, effectively lightening dark spots in as little as a month with daily application. Formulas with two to four percent hydroquinone are available without a prescription, and can be found in products like Murad – Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel.

After cleansing your skin as usual, dab a product with hydroquinone on the dark areas of your complexion, then apply your nightly moisturizer. Soon enough, you should notice more even-toned skin that’s visibly younger.

Just keep in mind – if you’re not wearing sunscreen during the day (even if you’re mostly indoors), your efforts will be for naught!

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

       
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

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Antioxidants are key ingredients that fight the signs of aging. Products containing the following ingredients are your first line of defense; Caffiene, Olive Leaf, Mallow Flower, Avocado Oil, Acai Berry.

Anti-aging skincare for all ages

       
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Anti-aging skincare is appropriate for all ages!You’ve probably realized by now that the best way to prevent aging is to start changing your everyday habits and use anti-aging skincare products early – even before you start seeing fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. While not all ages need every anti-aging product on the market, there are certain things you should be providing your skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Here’s a list of the things everyone should do, followed by advice for each stage of your mid-life, according to SimplyAntiAging.com and Allure magazine.

Anti-aging advice for all ages
These tips are meant to be started immediately for all ages.
1. Stop smoking. Even if you’ve been a smoker for a number of years, it’s never too late to stop further damage from happening. Smoking greatly accelerates the aging of your skin because it encourages the destruction of collagen, which helps your skin remain plump and smooth. Smoking can make your skin dull, dry and wrinkled, so do yourself a favor and quit!
2. Wear sunscreen. Applying sunblock not only protects your skin from getting burned, but it protects your skin from aging. Prolonged sun exposure can create advanced age spots, wrinkles and give your skin a leathery texture. Use a product like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which covers up existing marks and protects your skin.
3. Eat well. As long as your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, your skin should be getting the antioxidants and vitamins you need to fight the signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important, so be sure to include nuts and fish like salmon into your diet. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough, consider taking a vitamin supplement.
4. Exercise. Working out and moving is great for all parts of your body – even your skin. It increases the delivery of oxygen to your skin cells, as well as important vitamins so your skin looks younger longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water as you exercise to keep hydrated.
5. Sleep. Ever heard of beauty sleep? It’s real. Your body releases hormones while you’re sleeping to stimulate cell turnover and refresh your skin. Too much stress and lack of sleep can suppress your immune system and speed up aging, so get plenty of rest each night.

What to do when you’re:
• In your 20s. During this hectic age, you should be protecting and repairing your skin. Stress can increase the amount of damaging free radicals in your body, which show up as dark circles, puffiness and dullness. Use plenty of sunscreen, as well as a moisturizer with plenty of antioxidant ingredients, like Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15.
• In your 30s. When you begin to see signs of aging, it’s time to exfoliate and regenerate your skin. Declining levels of collagen and elastin can create fine lines and wrinkles, while the rate of skin regeneration begins to slow down. Use products with peptides or retinols, which help to elevate your collagen and elastin, like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead cells and increase cell turnover on the surface of your skin.
• In your 40s. During this period you may notice that your skin seems thinner and less hydrated, which is why it’s important to plump and soothe. Use a product with hyaluronic acid, which hold water to plump your skin from within. SkinMedica – Hydrating Complex is a good choice.
• In your 50s. Changes in your hormones can cause dryness at this age, so it’s crucial to hydrate and nurture your skin. Glycerin and ceramides can help to repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier, so use a product like SkinMedica – TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.

Turn back the time on age spots

       
Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Concerned about age spots?Age spots, also known as sun spots, liver spots and solar lentigines, are widespread among adults over 40, but young people can also get them. If you notice you're getting age spots on your skin, don't worry because they're harmless and don't require treatment. If you're not a fan of how they look, there are products available that can lighten and fade the marks, but prevention is key. Wear sunscreen every day and avoid getting too much sun.

These marks typically occur on parts of your body that are frequently exposed to sunlight, including your shoulders, upper back, the back of your hands and the tops of your feet. They can be scattered or grouped together, making their appearance more obvious. If you notice an age spot that changes in size, color or border, see a doctor because it could be a sign of skin cancer.

A product like PCA Skin – Pigment Gel (pHaze 13) can exfoliate your skin to lighten and inhibit the hyperpigmentation that causes age spots. Just apply before sunscreen and moisturizer and allow it to penetrate. Cover up the spot with dual-action makeup like Jane Iredale – Enlighten Concealer, which works to lighten age spots as you mask them. Your age spots will be unnoticeable in no time.

Consider your coloring when selecting a treatment for acne scars

       
Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Consider your coloring when selecting a treatment for acne scarsWhile acne is often regarded as a teenage ailment, the skin condition can leave marks that affect many people for years after the blemishes clear up. But before you treat the scarred areas, you should consider your coloring.

"Fair skin usually ends up with red marks, while darker skin tends to get brown spots," New York-based dermatologist Anne Chapas told InStyle magazine. Different skin tones, then, require different types of products to combat the scars.

According to Chapas, women with olive skin and darker complexions should look for a product with two percent hydroquinone. The news source recommends Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel, which will fade acne marks while it improves skin's clarity and reduces irritation.

Gals with lighter skin should use an exfoliant with salicylic or glycolic acid. Peter Thomas Roth Potent Botanical Skin Brightening Gel Complex is hydroquinone-free and contains salicylic acid to even out skin tone. PCA Skin Blemish Control Bar (pHaze 32) cleanses and conditions skin while reducing the appearance of scars.

Since some products require a bit of time to work, you may not see results immediately, but a great concealer can help you mask the marks in the meantime. A green cover-up is ideal for red spots and a yellow concealer is best for brown and purple-colored scars.

Makeup tips for a more youthful appearance

       
Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Makeup tips for a more youthful appearanceWhile it can be fun to learn about the hottest trends that are gaining popularity around the world, sometimes practical makeup advice is even better. After all, beauty products are supposed to help you look your best, and sometimes painting your lips the newest shade of fuchsia isn’t as flattering as you might have hoped.

Women who want to look a few years younger may want to stop looking toward the runways and try a few basic techniques that can create a more youthful appearance.

It’s often said that eyes are the window to your soul, so making sure that your peepers look their brightest is an important step when trying to appear younger. But before you stock up on beauty products, you may want to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

“Ninety percent of the time when women in their 30s come in for Botox, I send them to the opthamologist because they need a stronger prescription,” Boston-based dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Harper’s Bazaar. She added that when women can’t see properly, they squint, deepening frown lines. In addition to visiting the doctor’s office, a high-quality eye treatment, like Babor Sensational Eye Cream, can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving elasticity.

There are also a few cosmetic tricks that can help open-up your eyes and make them appear younger. Instead of thick liquid liners, use a soft pencil to emphasize your eyes. Youngblood Intense Kohl Eye Pencil boasts bold pigment but remains soft enough to smudge and blend.

Additionally, don’t neglect your eyebrows, as Harper’s Bazaar reports that full arches are a sign of youth. For a natural look, use a pencil to enhance sparse brows, opting for light, short marks as opposed to filling in the area completely. Look for a pencil with a spool on the end, such as Sothys Eyebrow Enhancing Pencil, as the brush can help smooth out and break up the color to create the appearance of fine brow hairs.

When selecting a lipstick color, opt for lighter shades, makeup artist Matin Maulawizada told the news source, adding that darker hues can be unflattering on more mature women because lips get thinner with age. Ladies should also avoid peach and orange-toned formulas, which can make teeth appear more yellow. Instead, neutral and rosy-colored lipsticks are great alternatives.

If you do have more pronounced lines around your mouth, which is fairly common as skin ages, use a lip primer, like GloMinerals gloLip Filler Pencil, to keep lipstick from bleeding.

While it may seem that all women have different ways of applying blush, ladies looking for a more youthful appearance should brush on color above the apples of their cheeks. According to makeup artist Sandy Linter, applying blush to the highest point of the cheekbone creates an instant lift. Instead of bold hues, opt for a warm tone that blends with your natural skin tone.

Though a sunkissed complexion is often thought of as young and desirable, more mature women may want to stay away from self-tanner, as it can emphasize age spots, Linter told the publication. Instead, she recommends using a warm-colored foundation to perk up pale skin.

To hide blemishes, Maulawizada suggests using camouflage instead of concealer, as camouflage has less oil so it won’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles as easily. Paula Dorf Total Camouflage features two shades of cover-up in one pan, allowing women to create a custom hue that perfectly matches their skin tone.

Bad habits to break for great looking skin

       
Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Bad habits to break for great looking skinEven with the best cosmetics and the greatest makeup techniques, it can be hard to achieve a fantastic appearance without a flawless complexion. However, many women may be unaware of several bad habits that are keeping their skin from looking positively perfect.

While women may spend more time in the sun in the summertime, gals should still protect their skin from the dangers of UV rays in the colder months as well. Too much sun exposure may lead to premature wrinkles and dark spots. Allure magazine suggests wearing a sunscreen that contains a minimum of SPF 30, and applying a tablespoon to your face, reapplying every two hours if you are outside for an extended period of time.

Ladies can use a broad spectrum sunscreen, such as B. Kamins Chemist Sunbar Sunscreen SPF 30, to guard their skin against the harmful rays of the sun. June Jacobs Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, a facial moisturizer that also contains SPF, is great for women who don’t want to sacrifice hydration for sun protection.

Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, author of The Skin Type Solution, told the publication that one of the most common skincare mistakes that gals make is using the wrong product for their skin type. However, she shared some insight as to which products ladies should use.

Women with dry skin should opt for a non-soap cleanser that won’t eliminate protective oils, like Dr. Michelle Copeland Daily Cleanser, and then apply a moisturizer that contains trehalose, like Priori Idebenone Moisturizing Facial Cream, to prevent tightness.

If you have oily skin, however, Baumann recommends using a cleanser with salicylic acid, an oil-free moisturizer, and a mattifying toner to reduce shine. Peter Thomas Roth offers a range of products perfect for an oily complexion, such as Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream With SPF30 and Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel.

It may be harder to select products for combination skin, but Baumann suggests using a foaming cleanser for oily skin, applying a lightweight moisturizer and then dabbing a heavier cream on dry spots. Gals with sensitive complexions should stick to fragrance-free formulas, which are less likely to irritate skin, and use milky cleansers that boast high hydration.

When washing your face or applying moisturizer, however, don’t forget to use the products on your neck and chest as well. These areas are exposed nearly as much as your face but boast more delicate skin that needs protection as well.

While premium products can help your complexion look its best, your lifestyle choices will also impact the clarity and texture of your skin. Don’t let bad habits prevent you from achieving a flawless face.

Smoking, drinking too much and constant cellphone use can all negatively affect your complexion. According to Allure, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that every decade of smoking can make women look an additional 2.5 years older.

While many women may have already been aware of the havoc cigarettes can wreak on skin, alcohol may also cause complexion problems. Dermatologist Fredric Brandt told the news source that alcohol increases the level inflammatory agents in the bloodstream, “which can hasten skin sagging over time.”

And, while many gals may not be able to imagine a world where they don’t talk constantly on their cellphones, resting the handset against your face can cause friction, occlusion and heat, which dermatologist Katie Rodan claims can cause breakouts. Instead of cutting off communication, however, women who want a great complexion can consider investing in a wireless headset – you’ll be able to chat without worrying about blemishes.

Expert tips to selecting foundation based on your age

       
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Expert tips to selecting foundation based on your ageSometimes selecting makeup is simple – you opt for the latest color or the newest formula, or products that complement your eye or hair color. And, when selecting foundation, it is quite common to consider little more than the tone and condition of your complexion, and choose a formula that matches your coloring and hydrates your skin or controls breakouts.

However, experts at InStyle.com suggest that you may also want to take your age into account before selecting your foundation and perfecting your beauty routine.

According to the news source, women in their 20s generally have a good complexion, and should use sheer, oil-free foundation that lets their skin’s natural beauty show.

“After washing and moisturizing your face, dab an oil absorbing primer over your T-zone to cut shine and help your makeup last,” the news outlet recommends. Paula Dorf Perfect Primer for Normal/Oily Skin can be applied under other cosmetics and stops shine from affecting your makeup.

Next, those in their 20s should use a noncomedogenic liquid and apply it with a sponge, as fingers can transfer oil to your skin. In addition to being noncomedogenic, which means that it won’t clog pores, Exuviance Skin Caring Foundations SPF 15 provides long-lasting, eight-hour coverage.

Women in their 30s, however, may want to use products that feature specific benefits, such as wrinkle-softening formulas, and upgrade to a foundation that boasts more coverage. The news provider suggests using a primer that contains silicone, as it will soften the appearance of fine lines. Pixi Brightening Primer includes skin-conditioning silicone and glycerine, which binds water to skin and offers a hydrating and plumping effect.

A combination of formula and translucent powder can help provide fuller, natural-looking coverage. Babor Classic Hydra Light Oil-Free Foundation will hide imperfections and even out skin tone, and Babor Classic Translucent Powder offers a flawless finish as it holds the foundation in place.

By their 40s, women begin to develop more pronounced wrinkles and age spots, InStyle.com reports, and should also be aware that skin will be more prone to a loss of moisture, so a liquid foundation can help combat dryness. However, there are other products that ladies in their 40s should utilize as well.

Age spots and other skin discolorations can be neutralized by using primers that contain color-correcting tints. According to the news source, “green minimizes redness, lavender counteracts ashiness, and peach conceals dark spots.” Both Jane Iredale and Pixi offer kits that contain a number of shades of concealers to cover up spots of different colors.

Look for a foundation that hydrates skin, like Joey New York 4 in 1 Foundation Anti-Aging Formula for Dry Skin, which comes with its own application brush, and carry a small jar of moisturizer with you – treating dry patches throughout the day may keep you looking especially fresh-faced.

Finally, the news outlet recommends that women in their 50s and beyond should use specialized products and, instead of using less makeup, apply foundation in layers to avoid a plastered-on appearance. An anti-aging product, like Cellex-C High-Potency Serum, will reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and make skin look firmer and more toned.

“Subtle shine helps bring out the contours of the face and conceal lines, so look for a featherweight liquid formula with light-diffusing particles,” the news provider recommends. Babor Classic Age Conceal Foundation is an anti-aging formula that boasts light-diffusing pigments that hide lines and wrinkles.

Additionally, ladies 50 and up may want to tote a powder compact for quick touch-ups, but should remember to carefully press it into skin, as wiping will remove already-applied makeup.