Archive for the ‘Hair and Skin Conditions’ Category

Dry Brushing for Health

       
Saturday, April 12th, 2014

As technology advances, there are a variety of options to choose from when investing in one’s health and beauty, but sometimes the simplest methods are the most efficient. If silky smooth skin is the goal, and it usually is, one of the best ways to achieve it is through dry brushing. This technique is used at spas throughout the world to brighten and tighten skin, leaving it with a healthy glow, but this practice is perfect for those who prefer to treat themselves at home. Investing just a few minutes a day can help improve circulation, toxin elimination and exfoliation.
Dry Brushing for Health
Exfoliation
The most obvious benefit of dry brushing is the sloughing away of dead skin cells. By eliminating the rough, dry patches, the skin’s overall appearance will show noticeable improvement. It also preps the epidermis for any further treatment, such as moisturizers or body masks, by removing a barrier and allowing skin care products to penetrate.

Lymphatic Drainage and Cell Renewal
While the body has systems in place that naturally filter and detoxify, dry brushing helps to speed up the process. The pressure of the brush, when moved in the proper direction, pushes the lymph through the body to aid in waste elimination.

Cellulite
Many spas use dry brushing as a part of cellulite treatment. Opinions are varied as to the usefulness of the procedure and whether or not eliminating toxins actually reduces the appearance of cellulite. Some critics claim that the results are only a temporary plumping, but for some clients, even that may be enough.

When dry brushing at home, always start at the feet and work up, using long upward motions towards the heart. A stiff brush with natural bristles is the best choice, but watch that the skin does not become irritated or inflamed and be sure to avoid areas with abrasions or cuts. While it is important that the brush is slightly rough, very little pressure is needed for positive results.

To clean the brush, simply use mild shampoo and warm water, then let it air dry completely to avoid a gathering of bacteria. Dry brushing can make a dramatic difference in any skincare routine and still remain simple and cost effective.

Winter Haircare Must-Haves

       
Monday, February 10th, 2014

Winter Haircare Must-Haves
From frigid temperatures to bone-chilling winds and harsh storms, winter weather is full of dangers that can wreak havoc on your hair’s health and style. Fortunately, just because seasonal changes are unavoidable doesn’t mean that you should give up and throw your hair up in a bun until balmy spring weather makes a comeback. Stocking your beauty cabinet with the smart winter must-haves below can help you keep your locks smooth, strong and shiny through the coldest days of the year.

Fortifying Shampoo
Your light summer shampoo probably isn’t strong enough to combat damage and dryness that can be caused by severe winter weather. Although a shampoo is technically used to remove dirt and buildup, it can play a key role in preparing your hair to handle all types of harsh outdoor elements. For ultimate protection, look for moisturizing formulas with nutrient-enriched blends. If your scalp feels especially dry during the winter season, pick up an anti-dandruff shampoo to ward off flakes. Since powerful anti-dandruff cleansers can contain drying chemicals, use yours with every other wash and only when necessary.

Hair Conditioner
Relentless winter winds can leave your hair feeling dry and brittle. To prevent damage and lock in 24-hour moisture protection, look for hair conditioning treatments with long-lasting staying power. Leave-in conditioners can do wonders for keeping frizz under control on thicker manes. If you have thinner locks, use a deep conditioning treatment twice a week to banish split ends and revitalize your scalp for faster hair growth.

Alcohol-Free Styling Products
Do your smooth summer strands turn into a stiff, frizzy nightmare as soon as winter weather hits? Alcohol, commonly used in over-the-counter styling creams and sprays, could be the culprit behind the drastic change. Since hair is especially susceptible to dryness and flyaways during the colder months of the year, you want to use nourishing products that seal in moisture and fight static. If sleek and smooth hair is on your winter wish list, make the switch to alcohol-free styling serums with silicone or essential oils.

Heat Protectant
When you already have a busy schedule, letting your hair air dry is rarely an option. While you can get away with styling your hair wet in the summer, using heat tools becomes unavoidable once winter rolls around. Over time, exposure to concentrated heat can dry your hair out and cause breakage. To minimize the risk of damage, coat your wet locks with a lightweight heat protectant before using hair dryers and other heat styling tools. For an extra bonus, look for heat-activated serums that add shine and tame frizz.

Say goodbye to chapped lips

       
Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Say goodbye to chapped lips

Chapped lips are an inevitable side effect of winter but they can really put a damper on your look, not to mention they're rather uncomfortable. Trying to keep your pout smooth so you can rock the matte lips trend? Or, are you just hoping for a smooch under the mistletoe?

Either way, these tips will help you to protect your lips against the dry, cold air:

Hydrate
You've heard time and again that you're supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day. Hydration isn't just essential for your health, it's also important for ensuring that your lips don't dry out. Even if you drink plenty of water throughout the day, you may notice some cracks. In that case, you may want to invest in a humidifier for your home.

Exfoliate
Just as you exfoliate your face to get rid of flakes, you should to do the same on your lips. However, it's critical to be careful when you're buffing your pout or you could make dryness worse. A damp washcloth or a soft bristled toothbrush can certainly be used to slough off the dead skin. For the best results, though, use a gentle solution like the Bliss Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub. Simply smooth it on a circular motion and the natural oils, butters and vitamins in the formula will nourish your skin while the the exfoliants get rid of dry surface cells. The result? A flawless canvas for all your favorite lip colors.

Moisturize
A moisturizing treatment is essential for avoiding chapped lips, particularly right after you exfoliate. The only bummer about a lip balm is that sometimes you want a little pigment to amp up the color of your pout. In that case, reach for the Lip Treatment Moisturizer SPF 15 by BORGHESE. This rich formula is infused with an innovative Acqua di Vita Complex to maximize moisture, and even protects your pout against damage from UV rays. Plus, it comes in four lustrous shades that are flattering on nearly any skin tone, including the perfectly peach Naturale and the alluring deep Berry.

Treat
Hopefully after treating them with care, you won't experience chapped lips. However, sometimes harsh conditions prevail and you need to alleviate the discomfort. Rue La La recommended making a DIY remedy by steeping a green tea bag in warm water and applying it to your pout. The calming tannins in this solution will help to soothe any burning sensation. Alternatively, the source suggested letting rose petals soak in milk for a few hours, mashing them into a paste and applying the mixture to your lips several times a day to calm them down and even enhance their natural pigment.

A Fungus Among Us

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It often starts off as a simple itch, down in between your little toes. Then it spreads, from a small itch to cracked and inflamed skin that doesn’t seem to stop. It’s athlete’s foot, and it happens to a surprising number of people. Despite the name, athlete’s foot isn’t limited to those who play sports. Athlete’s foot is much like any other fungal infections, such as ringworm for example. A group of microscopic organisms known as dermatophytes grow much in the same way that mold does and can quickly spread across your foot, leaving it cracked, tender and worst of all, itching.

What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

Your body is a host to a large number of microorganisms, which are normally kept in check by simply keeping your skin clean and dry. Unfortunately, dermatophytes are considerably more resilient than your typical microbial, which makes athlete’s foot a common irritation. Athlete’s foot absolutely loves to grow when you’re wearing thick, tight shoes that don’t allow your toes much wiggle room. Because your toes are squeezed together, it creates little moist and warm areas that are just perfect for the fungus to grow. Wet or damp socks coupled with warm shoes make for the perfect breeding place for the pesky dermatophytes, especially when you’re wearing shoes that are made from plastic or other synthetic materials that don’t allow for proper airflow.

picture of fungus

Microscopic View of the Fungus
Photo Taken By: Ecorahul

So we know what makes it grow, but what actually causes the fungal in the first place? Athlete’s foot is super contagious and can be spread from contact with contaminated surfaces, such as towels, dirty floors, shoes and even other people with athlete’s foot. While it’s good to share, this is another reason to reconsider swapping shoes.

Prevention is the Key

There are several ways to help prevent the growth and spread of athlete’s foot. First and foremost, shoes that fit! Wearing shoes that are made from a breathable material, such as canvas or leather that also fit properly can help alleviate the optimal growth conditions for the fungus. Dry socks are also a key component to stopping the growth and spread of the dermatophytes. Change socks when you can, especially after exercise or physical activity, and make sure you wear clean, dry socks. Finally, while it might seem like a no-brainer, some people tend to take their foot health into their own hands by not wearing shower shoes in a public shower. Avoiding the long gruesome list of gross things that are potentially growing on the floor of a public shower, wearing shower shoes is a super effective way to avoid contact with any of it. When in doubt, break the flip-flops out.

It Gets Worse

As if the cracking, peeling, sometimes bleeding and always itchy feeling you get from athlete’s foot wasn’t bad enough, there can be some complications that make it worse. Because of its very nature, athlete’s foot can create an environment that’s perfect for other nasty bacteria to grow, creating a secondary infection. This secondary infection of bacteria can release a substance that breaks down the skin tissue in the foot, causing soggy eroded areas between the toes that are incredibly painful.

Some people are unfortunate enough to suffer from an allergic reaction after a particularly bad case of athlete’s foot. Here the proteins from the fungus can enter into the bloodstream and actually spread to other parts of the body, leaving an eruption of unsightly and painful blisters.

Treatment

If prevention measures aren’t successful and you find yourself with a bad case of athlete’s foot, then it’s time to treat it. While there’s a never-ending line of products that are foisted upon you from the TV, some are better than other, as is the case with all things. Babor has a product that is particularly useful when combatting foot fungus. Babor Feetness Refreshing Foot Bath is a product that’s not only a great way to relax at the end of a long day, but goes a long way in helping prevent some of the conditions that cause athlete’s foot to grow to begin with. The skin of your feet is moisturized and nourished, promoting healthy skin growth and regeneration, while the mixture of aloe vera and eucalyptus come together to inhibit bacteria growth and even combat foot odor.

ways to treat athletes foot

The Winter Itch

       
Monday, December 9th, 2013

With fall come and gone, winter is slowing starting to rear its cold and frosty head. While there’s something majestic about the way your breath hangs in the air and the snow blankets everything with a, albeit temporary, pristine white blanket, one thing is for certain – winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Everything from the cold air and biting winds from being outside, to the almost arid conditions that come from cranking up the heat, all can have a toll on your skin. When the wind blows, your skin is dry, and your lips chapped, you feel like you look less than your best. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be like that. Here are a few skin care tips to help make winter at least a little more bearable.

Winter Skin Care

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Assess Your Everyday Products

Some of your tried and true products that are fantastic for the rest of the year can end up causing more damage in the wintertime. Heavy face cleansers that help cleanse you of the oily buildup you get from the summer heat might actually strip away your skin’s natural moisture during the winter. This can lead to dry and itchy skin that contributes to winter discomfort. If you need to make a switch, try a heavier cream based moisturizer instead of a lotion. Creams with glycerin and lanolin are a great way to rehydrate your skin, especially in the wintertime. Also, steer clear of soap based cleansers and alcohol based toners; these products can also worsen the winter dryness issue.

Ice, Snow, and the Sun

Yes, even in the winter it’s still crucial to have some measure of sunscreen. Many people overlook the fact that they’re still being bombarded by sunlight even when it’s cold. Couple that with the sun reflecting off the ice and freshly fallen snow, and it can really do some damage to your skin. A moisturizer with SPF 30 is enough to keep you safe without the greasy heavy feel of sunscreen.

Treat Yourself Right

It seems that no matter where you go, one of the highest rated beauty tips is a good diet, which makes perfect sense. By eating good, wholesome foods, not only do you feel better, but it can work some wonders for your skin as well. In the winter months, foods that are rich in antioxidants can help keep you feeling great and looking radiant.

Scrub Up

Spa treatments and wraps can also go a long way into relieving the tight and uncomfortable feeling that winter leaves on your skin, as they are great for moisturizing. If you haven’t already, consider using a face scrub or an exfoliant product. This will remove the dead and dull skin cells, leaving your skin bright and beautiful. If you’re having a problem with chronic dryness, pace the scrubs and peels and focus more on hydration to keep from irritating your skin even more.

Fight the Temptation of Super Hot Baths

It’s winter and it’s cold, which makes the idea of super long and super hot baths all the more appealing. If you’re having trouble with the dry skin from winter, it might be time to cut the hot baths down. Hot water, while it feels amazing and works wonders on sore and aching muscles after a day of shoveling snow, can begin to break down the lipids in your skin, which actually deprives you of moisture. Cool the baths down a little and spend less time in the water to help combat this process. Also, try applying your moisturizers while your skin is still slightly damp, as it will help to absorb it better.

It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, Winter can be rough on everyone.

people enjoying snow

Photo Taken By: Ian Aberle

Winter skin care doesn’t have to be a difficult or arduous task. Combatting dry and itchy skin can just be a simple matter of adjusting your daily skincare regimen and the products you’re using. Even the little things that seem inconsequential, such as how you layer your clothing, can have a huge impact on the health of your skin. Fortunately, armed with a little know how and the right moisturizer, you can ditch the itchy, dry skin this winter and stay just as beautiful as you are in the summer.

Tips for a plumper pout

       
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Tips for a plumper pout

There's hardly anything more alluring than full lips, but not everyone was blessed with this feature. Fortunately,there are plenty of ways to make your pout appear more plump.

  1. First thing's first: You need to get rid of any dead, dry skin to avoid flakes and ensure that your lip color goes on smooth. Exfoliating can also accelerate blood flow to the lips, giving you a natural flush without even applying color. Just a dab of the Philosophy Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub is enough to do the trick. Apply with your fingers and massage in a circular motion to slough off dull skin cells and reveal a softer pout. This step is especially crucial in the winter and when you're rocking the matte lip trend.
  2. Next, you should reach for products that contain both moisturizing ingredients and peptides. Dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross told Woman's Day magazine that he recommends this step to help facilitate collagen production, which tends to slow down with aging. He advised using a lip balm with nourishing shea butter and vitamin E, like the Dermalogica AGE Smart Renewal Lip Complex.
  3. One of the easiest ways to achieve fuller lips, according to celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert, is with a lip gloss specifically formulated for plumping. She told Woman's Day that ingredients like cinnamon and mint can actually make lip tissue swell by stimulating the blood vessels. The tingling sensation that comes after applying Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Turbo Power Supreme is what lets you know it's working. You can glide this clear gloss on by itself or over another hue to increase moisture by up to 60 percent and make your pout look up to 40 percent fuller.

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

       
Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Makeup tips that will take years off your face

With each passing year, your skin goes through some significant changes that can make it look less than supple. While wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles are inevitable, there are ways to camouflage them using the right cosmetics. However, dealing with signs of aging and achieving a more youthful complexion requires that you update your makeup tactics and techniques.

Are you looking to turn back the clock? Try these simple makeup tricks and you'll regain that youthful glow in no time:

Fast face lift
As you age, collagen and elastin production begins to slow down, so your complexion loses its firmness. To fight this process, you'll need to focus on moisturizing makeup that enhances your skin's luster and keeps it from looking dry or droopy.

First, reach for primer if you want a flawless finish. Makeup artist Maria Verel, whose has worked with Diane Sawyer, told Redbook magazine that primer has a blurring effect on lines and provides a more even, smooth complexion.

While it may be tempting to cake on the makeup to cover up your flaws, it's best to go light on your makeup for a more radiant look. Ditch the powder, which tends to settle into wrinkles and fine lines and accentuate them, and instead, consider a sheer liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer. An optimal formula will provide adequate coverage and also contain light-reflecting particles to illuminate your entire face. 

For that youthful flush, opt for a cream blush over a powder formula, which will absorb more effectively into the skin. While you're applying, smile so you can focus on emphasizing the upper apples of your cheeks. This technique gives you the instant illusion of a face lift.

Perked up peepers
The skin around your eyes is naturally thinner, and with time, it continues to lose elasticity. As it becomes more transparent looking, blood vessels and dark circles become far more obvious, making you look older and tired. Make that discoloration diminish with an undereye concealer with yellow undertones, which can neutralize any blue or red pigment. It's best to opt for a concealer that's one shade lighter than your natural skin color to get a brightening effect. 

Sweep neutral shimmery eyeshadows in pale colors like champagne across your lids, and dab some at the inner corners to look even more alert. Stay away from shadows that are blue-based, as they may draw attention to undereye shadows, and reach for warmer hues instead. Want to open up your peepers even more? One helpful trick is to glide nude eyeliner along your lower lashline.

Sandy Linter, a makeup artist who works with former supermodel Christie Brinkley, explained to Redbook that eyelids can begin to sag with age, so she likes to use a pointed Q-tip to gently smudge liner out at the corners to visually lift them up.

Don't forget to apply a layer or two of lengthening mascara – it's a must for opening up and enlarging your eyes so you seem years younger.

Lips
Does your pout look like it's shrinking? Over time, you also lose some collagen in your lips, which is the protein responsible for keeping them plump. Celebrity makeup artist Sue Devitt told Oprah magazine that the the upper lip is especially prone to getting thinner. She recommends dabbing some gloss on the inside of the bottom lip to look to create the illusion of fuller pout.

You might be tempted to go for nude lips, but this is one trend that will just make your complexion look washed out. Liven things up with a moisturizing sheer lipstick in a soft rosy hue, which flatters any skin tone. If you have medium to dark skin, you can even pucker up with a bolder berry shade.

Makeup artist Chrisanne Davis told Allure magazine that lipstick is more likely to bleed as you age, so it can be helpful to outline your pout with a neutral liner to keep pigment in place.

Quick skin firming tips

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Quick skin firming tips

Regardless of your habits or genetics, signs of aging are inevitable. While it’s natural for skin to start to sag over time, there are ways to keep it looking supple. Follow these simple tips to defy gravity and give your complexion a lift:

Why you should buy cosmetics from an authorized retailer

       
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Buy Cosmetics from an Authorized Retailer
Consumers today are constantly on the hunt for a better bargain. The proliferation of online shopping has made it convenient to compare prices and find products for far cheaper than what they would cost in stores. However, if these deals seem to good to be true, it’s because they are. When it comes to buying discount beauty products, there’s often a huge hidden cost: your health.

How customers become victims
Increasingly, shoppers eager to get their favorite skincare, makeup and hair products are scouring the Internet to find them at a significantly lower price, especially on Amazon and eBay. Karen Monterichard of the Makeup And Beauty Blog told Buzzfeed that the pricetags are so tempting on these products that shoppers simply can’t turn them down. According to the news source, though, many of them are a counterfeit version of the real thing. The majority are made in China, sent to the U.S. in bulk quantities and then bought through online wholesale marketplaces, where they are re-distributed to unreliable sites. Because they’re manufactured outside of registered channels of distribution, the laws differ between countries and there is such a high frequency of trading, it has become nearly impossible for the government to keep track of these instances.

While it may be easy for you to spot a fake designer handbag, it’s not so easy to determine when cosmetics aren’t authentic. Since you’re purchasing the item online and the packaging is typically identical to the real thing, you have no way of knowing that you bought an imposter product – until you use it and realize the difference in quality firsthand.

Christine Mielke, head of the popular makeup blog Temptalia, explained to the source that it’s also damaging to a brand when a customer isn’t aware they bought a fake. These imitation products are usually not as effective, so the buyer may begin to lose respect for the company if they have a negative experience.

PopSugar referred to this problem as the “grey market.” One of the major issues with buying products from unauthorized retailers is that you don’t know how old the product is or if it has been stored properly. Erica Moore, fragrance evaluator at Fragrances of the World, told the news source that as a result, you could be purchasing an item that is already expired.

The dangers that come with a deal
What’s the big deal? Much like consuming food past its expiration date, there are serious risks that come with using beauty products that shouldn’t be on the shelves anymore.

Kate Morris, founder of Adore Beauty, told PopSugar that you could actually have an allergic reaction if the item is no longer good. Because the product was bought on the grey market, the manufacturer can’t compensate you or assist you in any way.

“When you buy grey market products you are not protected by the cosmetics company or brand if the product is faulty, expired, if you develop any type of reaction or if the products never arrive,” Alice Hampton, Estée Lauder’s communications manager in Australia, told the source.

On the other hand, if you bought a new face cream or eyeshadow from an authorized retailer, the customer service department would no doubt reimburse you or swap it out for something else that works better.

While one potential outcome of buying counterfeit cosmetics might be that you’re simply disappointed, the Daily Mail reported that some aren’t so lucky. Mandy Lanham is one customer who fell victim to these scams when she found her go-to foundation online at a much lower price on eBay. When she woke up the next morning after using the product for the first time, her face was puffy, inflamed and sore. She got in touch with trading standards officers, and it became clear that she had unknowingly purchased an imitation of the item. Because the compact was indistinguishable from the real foundation, she had no way of knowing when it arrived that she had been tricked.

The beauty brands that you trust put their products through considerable testing to ensure that they’re safe for your skin. U.S. regulations require that companies have a series of processes and procedures that they need to abide by for the safety of not only consumers, but also of employees that are involved in the manufacturing process. However, Daily Mail explained that counterfeit products haven’t gone through the same kind of standards evaluations, and many of them contain ingredients that are not only irritating but could be extremely dangerous.

To assess the severity of the situation, the news source ordered 10 designer makeup products from an online store that wasn’t authorized, and determined that eight of them were imitations. Then, the Daily Mail contacted Staffordshire Scientific Services and had them test the products, employing the same measures as trading standards officers. The result? Every one of the illegitimate items was found to have a combination of damaging metals and other substances, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and even arsenic. In fact, a fake MAC eyeliner was packed with 46 times the legal level of copper. It’s no wonder dermatologists are seeing a huge swell in patients with skin problems that were caused by counterfeit cosmetics. Some have merely reported blemishes and breakouts, while others have suffered psoriasis and other more concerning conditions.

“It’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt,” said Christine Heemskerk of the Trading Standards Institute, as quoted by Daily Mail. “These counterfeit cosmetic products may not have been made in a sterile environment. They may contain carcinogenic ingredients that are banned from use in cosmetics and could cause long-term harm. They may trigger rashes and eye infections as well as more serious conditions such as lead poisoning, which can affect major organs, causing problems for the heart, kidneys and nervous system.”

Self magazine noted that the U.S. has a list of what ingredients are permissible and in what amounts. However, some countries haven’t established these guidelines. So if you’re purchasing a product from a retailer that isn’t authorized, there’s a good chance it was manufactured in a country where potentially toxic contents are allowed.

Telling the difference
So how do you know if you’re buying the real thing?

Self magazine asserted that it’s best to only shop for beauty products from a trusted source. If you’re unsure of whether the retailer is legitimate, look for a seal somewhere on the site that indicates it’s an authorized retailer, or a sticker that says authenticity is guaranteed. If you’re seeing prices that are dramatically lower that the typical value, that’s usually a dead giveaway that the products are fake.

Kate Morris told Pop Sugar that there are other signs that the stockist isn’t trustworthy. If there are no brand logos, the products are sold without boxes or an irregular array of items, you should be wary of buying off the site. Additionally, she noted that if that packaging doesn’t look current, or the products are from a line that you know has been discontinued, you’re better off avoiding making a purchase.

When cosmetics cost less than you’re used to paying for them, it can seem irresistible to take advantage of the deal. Still, a few saved dollars are not worth risking your skin, beauty or your health. The point of these products is to make you look and feel your best, and a counterfeit simply can’t guarantee that.

 

Sources:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hillaryreinsberg/buying-makeup-online-exercise-caution

http://www.phillyburbs.com/lifestyle/fashion/beauty-bytes-buying-makeup-online-proceed-at-your-own-risk/article_a0805292-b570-11e1-ba4d-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.bellasugar.com.au/Grey-Area-Dangers-Buying-Cut-Priced-Cosmetics-18580748

http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2012/01/the-dangers-of-counterfeit-bea.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2210884/The-toxic-trade-fake-make-How-counterfeit-cosmetics-containing-dangerous-levels-arsenic-sold-online-unsuspecting-bargain-hunters.html

Your ultimate nighttime skin routine

       
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Your ultimate nighttime skin routine

There’s a reason it’s called beauty rest: The hours between your head hitting the pillow and your alarm going off are crucial for your skin to repair itself. Skin cells regenerate, toxins are released through your pores and, by morning, your complexion is rejuvenated.

While it’s inarguably important to get enough sleep, you also need to consider your nighttime skin regimen. Products that you apply before you catch some Z’s have the ability to seep even deeper into your skin while you snooze. So follow these steps before you hit the hay and you’ll wake up with that sought-after natural glow:

Clean surface
First thing’s first: You need to wipe away your cosmetics with a proper makeup remover. If you wear waterproof eyeliner or mascara, you’ll need an especially potent solution.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s critical to wash the dirt and oils off your face before bedtime to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. Not only that, but clearing your face of any impurities enables your moisturizer to absorb more effectively. If your skin is especially dry, look for an oil-based or creamy cleanser that can help to maintain moisture. The being TRUE Restoring Deep Cleanser is formulated with gamma linolenic fatty acids, which restore lipid balance and lock in hydration for supple, smooth skin.

Remember to rinse with cool to lukewarm water instead of hot, which could promote dryness as well as a feelings of tightness. Oily skin types should look for a gel cleanser with ingredients that can help to control oil production overnight. Then follow with a clarifying toner to ensure that any traces of oil or dirt are removed.

Twice a week, all skin types should use an exfoliator after washing, unless the cleanser has one built in. Scrubbing away dead cells promotes turnover, meaning a renewed, radiant complexion.

Wage war on wrinkles
If you’re fighting the effects of aging, your nighttime skin routine will play a major role in your efforts. Dr. Melvin Elson, a clinical professor of dermatology at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, told Prevention magazine that because your body temperature rises while you sleep, anti-aging solutions have a better chance of working more effectively as they can sink deeper into the skin. Choose a powerful product that’s formulated with retinol, which has been proven to make fine lines, wrinkles and age spots fade away. Dr. Patricia Farris, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine, advised in Prevention applying retinoid treatments before bedtime as UV rays can compromise their effectiveness during the day.

Diminish dark circles
Shadows under your peepers make you look tired, even if you aren’t. So before bed, dab on an eye cream infused with vitamin K. According to Prevention, a study by Elson found that women who used one every night for three months saw their undereye circles recede by 33 percent. Exuviance Brightening Bionic Eye Creme not only has vitamin K, but also vitamin A, polyhydroxy acids and cooling cucumber extract to target puffiness and shadows as well as brighten the overall eye area.

Pump up the hydration
Moisturizer is a must in any skincare routine, but especially before you hit the hay. While you’re sleeping, your body temperature rises and you sweat out a significant amount of your skin’s water content. In winter, this is even more of an issue as the air is naturally dry. Dermatologist Dr. Murad told Beautylish that it’s crucial to use a rich cream that has ultra-nourishing ingredients, like glycerin or shea butter, which act like a moisture magnet.