Archive for the ‘Redness & Irritation’ Category

Post-exercise skincare tips

       
Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Post-exercise skincare tips

There’s nothing like a little exercise to give you a natural glow. As your heart rate rises, you sweat out impurities in your system and your blood circulation accelerates, making your skin radiant. However, a grueling session can lead to redness, blemishes and full-on breakouts if you don’t take proper care of your skin – especially if you’re wearing makeup.

Here are some post-workout tips to make sure your cardio doesn’t compromise your complexion:

Hands first
Before you even touch your face, you must clean your hands. In an interview with Teen Vogue magazine, Jessica Clark, lead aesthetician at Equinox in New York City, advised using an anti-bacterial soap and vigorously lathering your palms for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Banish bacteria
Removing bacteria and grime from your face is a key step for avoiding clogged pores. Beautylish explained that cleansing pads are helpful for preventing breakouts. If you’re in a rush, some products don’t even require water to swipe away dirt and oil. The ultra-convenient B. Kamins Chemist Anti-Blemish Pads are powerful enough to get rid of germs and bust both blemishes and blackheads, but gentle enough on irritable skin since they’re oil- and fragrance-free.

If you’re prone to breakouts on your back or chest, Clark recommended spraying witch hazel on those areas right after stepping out of the shower.

Get steamy
Steam rooms and saunas do more than just soothe sore muscles. Self magazine’s assistant beauty editor Runa Bhattacharya explained that steam naturally removes impurities from your skin and unclogs your pores while giving you a healthy flush. Steam rooms are better than saunas if you have especially dry skin, as they have far more humidity in the air than saunas. Additionally, steam can help to regulate the oil glands, which is helpful if you suffer from acne. Bhattacharya recommended drinking plenty of water afterward to rehydrate your body, which will translate to a dewy complexion. You should also use a proper moisturizer to keep your skin looking supple and feeling soft.

Cool down
Just as you need to bring your body temperature down after a workout, you may need to cool down your skin. Frugivore suggested making your own solution by putting cold green tea in a spray bottle. A quick spritz post-exercise will not only alleviate any redness, but will also infuse your skin with antioxidants for cell protection. GloMoist Hydration Mist by GloMinerals is formulated with calming chamomile extract, and can instantly boost your skin’s hydration.

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

       
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

There are obvious reasons to avoid stress, as it can do some serious damage to your body. Did you know that it affects your appearance as well?

Between work deadlines, social obligations, paying bills and taking care of other responsibilities, sometimes it’s inevitable to feel overwhelmed. However, you might want to consider ways to keep your calm once you realize the potential impact on your complexion. Here are just a few ways that stress is sabotaging your skin, hair and nails:

Wrinkles
It’s no secret that stress can affect mood and energy levels, but it also makes you look olde. Daily Makeover explained that when you’re under a lot of pressure, your body continually churns out cortisol, a hormone that can break down collagen – not to mention also make you gain weight. When your cortisol levels are high, it’s more difficult for the skin to reproduce elastin and repair damage, leading to faster formation of wrinkles. Dr. Doris Day told Woman’s Day that it can be helpful during a particularly stressful day to stop and take a deep breath, thereby relaxing the muscles in your face to prevent fine lines.

Puffy eyes
One of the major negative effects of stress is that it can disrupt your sleep, and as a result, you end up with tired, puffy eyes. Daily Makeover noted that when you don’t get the deep sleep you need, your body is unable to rid itself of excess liquids. Therefore, that fluid ends up settling in the undereye tissue, causing dark circles and bags. It’s crucial to get an adequate amount of shuteye, but when you still need some extra help, use a moisturizing eye cream and a yellow-based concealer to fake an awake look.

Breakouts
Unfortunately, you’re also more likely to get pesky blemishes and breakouts when you’re tense, which can be frustrating and exacerbate the problem. According to She Knows, one of the other effects of a spike in cortisol is increased oil production and an inability to control inflammation. Therefore, you’re a lot more likely to see redness and clogged pores. Skincare expert Lavinia Borcau recommended looking for cleansers and toners that are formulated with green tea or chamomile, both natural anti-inflammatories.

Dry skin
If your skin is looking flaky and feeling dry, stress might be the cause. Borcau told She Knows that when you’re especially strained, your skin can’t hold moisture as effectively. She suggested using a rich cream that contains shea butter and avocado oil. Not only will your complexion feel softer, but these ingredients can also act as a barrier from irritants, free radicals and bacteria in the environment.

Damaged nails
Your digits are also dealing with negative impacts when you’re under pressure – and not just because you might be nervously biting your fingernails. Dr. Flor Mayoral, dermatologist and clinical instructor from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., said that many people make a habit of pressing their fingers over their thumb nail, leading to a raised ridge in the center. On top of that, your nails may become weaker, peel or even begin to show white horizontal lines. When they’re looking particularly brittle, nix the lacquer for a week and brush on a strengthening treatment.

Hair loss
Is your hair starting to shed? Daily makeover explained that hair loss is another issue that can be caused by anxiety. Your hair follicles immediately go from a growth phase to a resting one. Dr. Mayoral noted that the “fall-out” phase that follows typically lasts for up to three months after a stressful time, and it can take six to nine months for the hair to re-grow. In the meantime, switch to a shampoo that can energize your scalp and a nourishing, thickening conditioner.

Key steps for a clear complexion

       
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Key steps for a clear complexion

No matter your cosmetic preferences or style, clear skin is always a top priority – after all, your complexion is the base for the rest of your makeup.

Achieving a flawless face takes more than a little soap and water, however. While everyone is different, there are certain solutions and even beverages that can help prevent pesky blemishes and breakouts. With these strategies and an optimal combination of products, anyone can bring out the best in their skin:

Banish impurities
The obvious first step in any skincare regimen is a cleanser, but which formula is best? It's crucial to know your skin type - oily, combination, dry or sensitive - before choosing a product that will address your needs. Elle magazine noted that though it may seem like an oxymoron to clean your face with oil, cleansers with these ingredients are extremely effective at eliminating excess oil, as well as removing waterproof makeup. Plus, these formulas don't strip your skin of moisture, which can cause glands to overproduce oil to compensate. Being TRUE's Restoring Deep Cleanser contains seven different exotic oils that can banish impurities while still maintaining hydration.

The way you apply cleanser is just as important as the product itself.  Dermatologist Dendy Engelman told Daily Makeover that rubbing the product on in a circular, upward motion enables the active agents to absorb faster and better. 

Buff off dead cells
Exfoliation is key for a radiant complexion. However, those products with a gritty, sand-like texture can be rough on sensitive skin, causing visible irritation. Elle advised using an exfoliant that contains beta hydroxy acids or fruit enzymes, such as the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant, which is fragrance-free and gentle enough for all skin types. By lifting off dead skin cells, you can prevent clogged pores, blemishes and blackheads.

Boost your skin overnight
It goes without saying that it's crucial to use a makeup remover before you go to bed, but you should also consider a treatment that can enhance your skin while your sleep. Elle noted that retinol can be helpful, as it has the ability to decrease oil production at the source by making oil glands smaller. The source recommended smoothing on Philosophy Help Me Nighttime Retinol Treatment, which not only shrinks and deep cleans pores, but also helps to accelerate cell turnover.

Beauty detoxing
While going au naturel may seem difficult, sometimes your skin just needs a breather. Engelman suggested wearing no makeup for 24 hours once a week. This is especially important if your skin is prone to flaring up, because it'll get a break from allergens, fragrances and other harsh ingredients.

Foods and drinks that age your skin

       
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Foods and drinks that age your skin

You probably already know that certain superfoods can make your skin look healthier, younger and more radiant. But were you aware that other foods and drinks can actually age you? Certainly, anti-wrinkle products, a rich moisturizer and a powerful concealer can help you to reduce or hide any flaws that come with time. But in order to help stall the aging process from the inside out, try limiting your intake of substances that could seriously sabotage your skin.

Sugar
There are a multitude of reasons to limit your sugar intake, but in an interview with Discovery Fit & Health, Dr. Nicholas Perricone explained that excess sugar can actually lead to the kind of inflammation that accelerates aging. He noted that when blood sugar spikes, “glycation” happens, which involves the sugar adhering to collagen. As a result of this proves, the skin becomes more stiff and prone to wrinkles. It’s not just your typical candy bars and desserts that cause these effects, either: Dr. Perricone pointed to refined carbs like white pasta, bread and rice as other major culprits.

Foods such as white pasta, bread and rice act the same way as sugar, according to Dr. Henry Lodge, who told Care2 that these refined carbohydrates can cause a dramatic rise in blood sugar levels and glycation. Additionally, they promote insulin resistance, which happens when too much insulin is released and your blood sugar levels crash. You don’t need to cut out carbs completely – just opt for whole grains, which digest slower and won’t cause blood sugar to suddenly soar or drop.

Alcohol
You might want to think twice before picking up that second or third drink. Dr. Oz reported that excessive alcohol consumption can hinder the body’s production of vitamin A, which is crucial to the skin’s cell turnover and the production of collagen, which is key to a youthful complexion. Additionally, he revealed that when alcohol is broken down in the body, it expands the blood vessels that allow blood to flow to your face, causing redness and puffiness. Over time, alcohol continues to make blood vessels widen, and can eventually lead to permanent red patches similar to rosacea or broken capillaries.

Salt
Our bodies need salt for survival, but too many shakes can add years to your face. Neal Schultz, a dermatologist, told Shape magazine that excess salt can cause you to retain water, which leads to a swelling effect. This can translate to a puffy face, which makes you look old and tired. Shultz noted that this is especially common around the eyes as the skin there is thin and delicate. Sodium also dehydrates you, which can promote dry, tired looking skin.

Coffee
Even though you drink java to feel awake and alert, too much of it can dehydrate you, causing you to look more tired. Dr. Deborah Wattenberg told NBC News that since caffeine is a diuretic, coffee, soda, tea and energy drinks don’t allow your body to hold on to the water it needs. This causes your skin to look old and shriveled instead of supple. Try to stick to one cup of joe a day, and even less when it comes to sugary soft drinks.

Saturated Fat
Saturated fat isn’t just damaging to your heart and your waistline – it could also make your skin age faster. A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a 17-gram increase in daily intake of these fats was linked to a more wrinkly face. Related research by the International Health and Development Unit at Monash University found similar adverse skin effects, particularly as a result of butter consumption. Try to avoid fried and processed foods, which are loaded with these unhealthy fats.

Spotlight on BB Cream: How to use it

       
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Spotlight on BB Cream: How to use it

The buzz about BB creams has been building in recent years, and with good reason: These multi-tasking products are a perfect solution when you don't want to wear heavy concealer or foundation. While moisturizing your skin, a BB cream can also provide just the right amount of sheer coverage without a caked-on appearance. Moreover, most of these products have SPF to protect against sun damage. In addition, they can act as a primer for the rest of your makeup and survive through sweat for a long-lasting look.

Finding your match
With a slew of BB creams out there, it can be hard to know which one to choose. The best BB cream for you depends on your specific concerns and priorities. If you're looking for a product that can lift sagging skin while fighting fine lines, the B. Kamins Chemist BB Cream is chock-full of powerful vitamins and antioxidants that revitalize aging skin. Not only that, but particles in the cream reflect light on your face for a boost in radiance.

The G.M. COLLIN Mineral BB Cream SPF 25, on the other hand, is a great alternative if you just want to correct any discoloration while hydrating and smoothing out the skin. This cream is also lightly pigmented to give you a healthy bronze glow. However, if you're looking to address serious breakouts or blemishes with BB cream, She Knows advises getting a dermatologist's opinion to help you decide on a product.

Let the benefits begin
Before applying the selected BB cream, thoroughly cleanse your face. If your skin is ultra dry, celebrity makeup artist Piper Cline told She Knows that it can be helpful to first put on a moisturizer. Next, take no more than a tiny dollop and dab it onto areas in need of correction, such as redness in the cheeks or dark undereye circles. Finally, use a foundation brush to distribute the product evenly across the rest of your face. Cline also noted that dusting on a finishing powder afterward can help to achieve a flawless, shine-free complexion all day long. 

There are plenty of uses for BB cream beyond evening out your skin tone. Allure magazine explained that applying BB cream over a blush, whether it's a cream, powder or stain formula, can tone down a cheek color that's too intense. The magazine also pointed out that mixing a shimmery loose powder into the BB cream can brighten up a drab complexion or act as a highlighter on cheekbones, browbones and the collarbone.

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

       
Friday, July 26th, 2013

Look alive! Makeup for looking less tired

On mornings when you're not well rested, all it takes is a few tweaks to your makeup routine to look less tired. While putting on concealer is helpful, it's not enough to cover up the exhaustion – but these tips can help you fake a good night's sleep.

The first step to livening up the face is applying an illuminating foundation to even out the complexion. It's crucial to use the right hue for your skin​ tone, as a too-pale shade could look dull and wash you out. A pop of rosy blush brightens the entire face, which distracts from any shadows under the eyes. Look for a color that has a hint of gold, which will also counteract the blue tones in undereye circles. A shimmering bronzer can also do wonders for adding dimension to the face and making you looking more lively.

Lighten up on eyeshadow application, as a heavy, dramatic or smoky look can actually make eyes look smaller and wearier. Lining the upper lashes with two different hues, such as a deep brown and a vibrant emerald green, can make the whites of your eyes look even brighter.

A softly arched brow lifts the eyelids, drawing attention away from dark circles and puffiness. Brush eyebrows upward and fill them in with a pencil or powder that is two shades lighter than the natural color to appear even more alert.

Can you tell the difference between normal skin and sensitive skin?

       
Friday, November 16th, 2012

Can you tell the difference between normal skin and sensitive skin?Have you ever had a breakout or noticed patches of dry skin around your nose and wondered, "Does this mean I have sensitive skin?"

If so, you're not alone. Sensitive skin can be tough to define and, as a result, is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions in the beauty industry. While products like BABOR – Basic Care Sensitive Cream can be a great resource for those with sensitive complexions, this misunderstood skin dilemma is so confusing, even experts are weighing in.

"It's an overused phrase," Elizabeth Tanzi, M.D., co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C, told Allure magazine. "People may be overusing their products, leading to irritation."

One of the best ways to tell if you legitimately have sensitive skin is to test out new products. If foundations, face washes and even blushes cause inflammation and make your skin sting, that's a pretty good sign that you have a sensitive epidermis.

If your skin does become red, something like BORGHESE – Effetto Immediato Spa Soothing Tonic for Sensitive Skin can soothe, condition and re-balance skin for a more luminous appearance. 

Three things you didn’t know about your cosmetics

       
Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Three things you didn't know about your cosmeticsWhether you just got home from work or you spent the evening partying it up with your best friends at a hotspot in the city, chances are you've got mascara, foundation and other leftover cosmetics still lingering on your visage.

Before you hit the sheets, it's important to remove your makeup – but did you know that there's more to it than simply splashing water on your face? Consider these three facts the next time you're scrubbing your cosmetics away.

1. Each day, your face gets covered by debris. Whether you spend the day outside or just go out your door to grab the paper, your face is greeted with a hailstorm of pollutants each and every day. Between dirt, grime and your cosmetics, your skin can start to feel the pressure in a major way. A granule-free exfoliant can remove dead skin cells on the surface and leave your face feeling softer.

2. Bacteria and fungi live in cosmetics. It's kind of weird to think about, but bacteria – and yes, even fungi – infiltrate your beauty products on a regular basis. Mascara and even skin care creams are susceptible to this, so be check the expiration dates on all your products before you use them.

3. Leftover cosmetics can lead to infections. Sometimes, it's tempting to just hit the hay after a long day out and leave the work of removing makeup for the morning. But did you know that unremoved cosmetics – especially in the sensitive areas around your eyes – can lead to infections? To prevent this, make time every night to remove your makeup with a gentle, oil-free product designed to get rid of even the toughest cosmetics around your peepers.

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurture

       
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurtureChances are you’ve racked up plenty of experience telling the lady at the sales counter whether you’ve got normal, oily, dry or combination skin. But did you know that having sensitive skin isn’t always a result of what your mama gave you?

“According to experts, all of [the] popular high-tech potions and procedures [we use to whip our skin into shape] contribute to a gradual wearing down of the outer layers of skin, leading to an uptick in the number of people who suffer from continual redness and sensitivity issues,” StyleList.com reports.

This means there definitely can be “too much of a good thing” when it comes to exfoliators, anti-aging treatments and especially when it comes to using too many products all at once.

To combat this issue, we suggest talking to a skincare expert to determine your true skin type and sticking only to products designed for your dermis. Most skincare regimens don’t require more than the use of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and/or night cream.

Treating uneven skin

       
Friday, October 29th, 2010

Treating uneven skinWhile many women yearn for a flawless complexion, some have uneven skin that can be hard to conceal, as one product may not even out the discoloration. However, Allure magazine recently revealed some ways that women can combat the issue.

If you have a complexion marked with dark spots, there are a few products that can remedy the problem. A cream that contains two percent hydroquinone, like Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel, can help lightened darkened areas. The news source recommends applying the product at night, 20 minutes before your moisturizer.

Women with hyperpigmentation but sensitive skin may want to try a mild treatment. Look for formulas with kojic acid, such as Neova Kojic Complex Gel.

Whether you have a propensity for blushing or are afflicted with rosacea, facial redness can be combated at well. The news outlet recommends washing your face with a product meant for sensitive skin and moisturizing with a lotion that contains soothing ingredients such as feverfew, aloe vera and licorice.

Finally, a mask with sulfur, like Murad Clarifying Mask, can help reduce inflammation.