Archive for the ‘Wrinkles & Fine Lines’ Category

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.

Superfoods for radiant skin

       
Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Superfoods for radiant skin

You are what you eat, and this adage is no less true for your skin. Whatever your concerns – whether it's a dry complexion, signs of aging, or damage from the sun, your diet can actually make a huge difference. Include these superfoods along with the right skincare products to boost hydration, fuel faster cell turnover and make skin appear younger for the long-term.

Frank Lipman, founder of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, told Allure that the healthy fats in wild salmon can help to pad skin tissue and cell membranes, leaving skin looking plumper. He suggested aiming for two to three servings per week. The monounsaturated fats in avocados can also help skin to retain moisture as well as replenish its own natural oils.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale and cabbage are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – and they can also reduce the production of free radicals. Redbook reported that raw kale is especially rich in carotenoids, which according to research by the University of Nottingham, gives skin a glow that's even more attractive than a sun tan. Meanwhile, the lycopene in tomatoes is essentially nature's SPF, offering extra protection against the sun's harmful UV rays.

Fruits and vegetables with a high water content, like watermelon and cucumbers, can help hydrate and nourish skin, which is especially important in the dry summer heat. Papaya contains two to three times your daily vitamin C needs – which is key, as Redbook noted that women with diets higher in the vitamin had less wrinkles and younger looking skin.

Keeping blemishes undercover

       
Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Keeping blemishes undercover

Just one pesky blemish can have the power to bring down your entire face's appearance. But with a powerful concealer and the proper application, these imperfections don't have to ruin your complexion.

A good concealer can provide the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup, so it's crucial to pick the right one for your skin type. Camouflage Cream by BABOR is packed with vitamins and nutrients to not only hide blemishes and dark under-eye circles, but also correct any discolorations. The formula is also smudge and waterproof, making it an ideal solution for all-day coverage, even in sweltering summer heat.

If aging is a concern, apply theBalm's timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer before you go to sleep. With this product, you can simultaneously cover up any darkness or redness while also reducing fine lines. Formulated with soybean oil and linoleic acid, timeBalm also protects the delicate skin around the eyes from any environmental stresses.

For ultimate customization, Protective Illuminating Concealer by being TRUE cosmetics offers a tri-component compact. Two different hues can be blended for a personalized shade that matches your exact skin tone, and a micro illuminating neutralizer deflects light away from any lines or flaws. The TRUE antioxidant complex and brighteners help to mask discoloration while also boosting the skin's natural youthful glow.

No one has entirely perfect skin – but you can pretend with any of these flaw-fighting formulas.

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.

What can vitamin C do for your skin?

       
Friday, June 28th, 2013

If you're concerned about developing wrinkles, you're not alone. Many women have this fear, and they'll go to extremes to make sure that they don't affect their appearance.

If you're concerned about developing wrinkles, you're not alone. Many women have this fear, and they'll go to extremes to make sure that they don't affect their appearance. As Cosmopolitan magazine reported, vitamin C is becoming the go-to ingredient for people interested in keeping themselves looking youthful, and it comes in several different forms.

For instance, there are microdermabrasion formulas that can exfoliate the skin, stimulate cell renewal and combat the signs of aging. The vitamin C in these products can encourage the production of collagen, as well as improve the elasticity of the skin. More bounce and resistance means less fine lines!

Discovery Health and Fitness stated that vitamin C is sought out by women because of its ability to fight free radicals as well. Moisturizers and serums that include this nutrient can reduce the effects of radicals, which are renowned for causing wrinkles. While there's only so much that can be done about the amount of free radicals in the environment, anti-aging products with vitamin C can go a long way when reversing their effects.

Whether you've already noticed a few fine lines or you want to get ahead in the game of aging, using vitamin C can be an efficient way to maintain your youthful looks.

Your wrinkles may make you seem angry and sad

       
Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Your wrinkles may make you seem angry and sad

Do you consider yourself to be an upbeat, optimistic person? Are you happy with where your life is right now? Your face might be telling people otherwise, according to NBC News. Specifically, the signs of aging may be leading individuals to think that you’re sad and angry, even when you’re not!

At the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, a study was presented that looked at how people generally view others and judge them based on their facial appearances. Creases and furrows led many people to think that the faces they were looking at belonged to older, sad individuals, even though this wasn’t necessarily true. Now that you’ve heard the science behind the assumptions, you likely don’t want to be one of these misjudged people!

There are a couple of ways you can fight signs of aging on a daily basis. When you moisturize, try to use a lotion that contains SPF to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. The American Academy of Dermatology claims that wearing sunscreen every day can reduce the development of wrinkles. Woman’s Day magazine notes that staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water might also help you combat fine lines.

Do you know what’s hot in the beauty industry?

       
Monday, May 6th, 2013

Do you know what's hot in the beauty industry?

These days, it’s all about finding the hottest beauty products and True makeup to maintain your overall appearance, but how do you know what’s worth buying? Trends in the cosmetics world are constantly changing, meaning it can be challenging to know which styles you should buy into today. Allure magazine recently conducted a little research to make it easier on those who want to stay on top of trends.

Experts found that about 93 percent of women find aging to be a primary concern, which means that it may be worth picking up some anti-wrinkle serums when you spot them. About 12 percent of women use Angelina Jolie as their beauty inspiration, claiming she has ideal physical traits. Before you get rid of your plumping lip gloss, take this stat into consideration!

Additionally, both men and women agreed in the Allure study that blondes and brunettes are classy as well as sexy – keep it simple before you go crazy with your hair color.

Afraid of missing the mark? Complex magazine claims that it might simply be best to avoid style mistakes rather than try to adopt new ones. For instance, steering clear of bright, bold colors and too many accessories can help you ensure that you stay fashionable regardless of what’s trending.

Are you getting your daily dose of skin-loving berries?

       
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Are you getting your daily dose of berries?

You might love munching on blueberries, blackberries and raspberries as a snack, but did you know that these fruits can do wonders for your skin? The hydrating moisturizer and exfoliants you use aren't the only items that play a role in making your skin beautiful – the food you consume is critical as well! 

Blueberries are known for their anti-aging properties, and it has to do with their large amount of antioxidants. The antioxidants in these fruits combat the effects of free radicals, which can contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. Health magazine claims that blueberries may also be able to help your skin feel smoother.

If you're concerned about the amount of collagen your body is producing, you might want to keep eating berries! Self magazine states that they can potentially boost production and help you maintain your youthful appearance.

Women who aren't as into the idea of chowing down on berries can sneak them into their diets in other ways. These fruits work wonderfully in smoothies, cereal and oatmeal. Those who don't want to consume a handful of berries can mash them into a face mask to reap the benefits of their nutrients.

Keeping your looks in your 30s

       
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Keeping your looks in your thirties

Once you hit the age of 30, you’ll want to do more than blow out the candles on your birthday cake. Now is the perfect opportunity to revamp your makeup routine and make it more suitable for your age. While you might still be trying to deny the growing crow’s feet around your peepers and the fine lines near your lips, these facial features are becoming a fact of life. As you continue to age, they’ll become more prominent, but there are a few tactics you can use to slow down the process.

“At 30, things are usually not as good as they appear,” Dennis Gross, M.D., told Marie Claire magazine. “What lies beneath – cumulative sun damage, crumbling collagen and elastin [the support beams of still-plump skin], and disappearing blood vessels – is about to emerge as brown spots, wrinkles, and sallow and sagging skin if you don’t take care of it.”

The magazine goes on to state that women account for approximately 92 percent of all cosmetic surgeries, and there are many reasons for this. In general, women tend to show signs of aging sooner than men, which may contribute to this percentage. However, you don’t need to go under the knife to look like you’re 25 again. In this day and age, there are several foundations and concealers specifically designed to help women turn back the clock. 

Maintaining your natural glow
Makeup can not only hide fine lines and wrinkles, but help you keep up your natural glow as well. Erika Katz, a beauty writer, recently told MSN that foundation is essential in your 30s for a number of reasons.

“After 30, you need to wear foundation or tinted moisturizer under your makeup because skin begins to lose its natural glow and becomes uneven owing to past sun exposure,” Katz said. “Also, daily night cream and eye cream are nonnegotiable.”

If you’ve never been fond of going heavy on foundation or using cream formulas, consider a loose foundation to maintain your youthful appearance. These cosmetics can also leave your skin feeling silky smooth, light and airy.

Keeping your flaws hidden
As you start to develop more fines lines, TLC states that you may want to stay away from makeup that highlights these features, such as shimmery eyeshadows and blush. Instead, look for matte varieties that can conceal your signs of aging. In addition, try to choose makeup that includes beneficial nutrients and vitamins for your skin – your 30s aren’t a time to experiment with new ingredients that may irritate your beautiful face!

“Use less ‘stuff’ on your skin,” Emma Graves, skincare specialist, told TheBlush.com. “The harsh chemicals found in many products tend to strip the skin of its natural defenses and may interfere with the skin’s ability to repair itself. Worse yet, over zealous exfoliation can make you more susceptible to environmental damage.”

Staying healthy
Taking care of your health inside and out is crucial to maintaining your beauty for longer. Familiarizing yourself with vitamins that can benefit your body can also help you reduce your reliance on foundation and concealer to look flawless.

Margaux Rathbun, the creator of Authentic Self Wellness, recently dished on what she feels is important for beautiful skin. She told TheBlush.com that staying away from refined sugars is important in order to reduce breakouts and blemishes.

In addition, look for foods high in fiber, zinc and vitamins C and E to maintain your complexion. Vegetables and whole grains are full of these nutrients. By taking these tips into consideration, you can make it easier to look stunning in your 30s and beyond!