Posts Tagged ‘Exfoliants’

4 Skincare Ingredients You Need to Try for Glowing Skin

       
Monday, May 23rd, 2016

With beauty products being introduced left, right and center, it’s quite easy to achieve the once impossible task of flawless, glowing skin. However, with products literally being produced in bulk, how do you choose the one that’s perfect for you?

You look into the ingredients.

While you need to stay away from harsh ingredients like alcohol, sulphates, fragrances and mineral oils (their harmfulness being debatable), you actively need to find ingredients that are going to do the world of good to you.

Read on to reveal 4 skincare ingredients that you NEED to try to get your skin glowing once again:

Caffeine

You love your morning Joe but did you know that this simple ingredient can do amazing stuff for your skin?

Caffeine has anti-oxidants (which we all know are the key to fighting signs of aging) and has anti-inflammatory properties. Just like the caffeine in your beverages acts as a stimulant for your body, the caffeine in your skincare products acts as a stimulant for your skin.

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It increases blood circulation and decreases fluid build-up in your facial skin when applied topically, which is why it is one of the most common and approved ingredients for eye creams. Not only does its presence help reduce the appearance of dark circles but also, helps de-puff the under-eye bags and tighten the skin around the eyes.

Some of our favorite eye care products that use caffeine to boost their effectiveness include PETER THOMAS ROTH – 24k Gold Pure Luxury Lift and Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, GLAMGLOW – BRIGHTMUD Eye Treatment and Philosophy – Full of Promise Restoring Eye Duo For Upper-Lid Lifting And Under-Eye Firming.

Other star skincare products that use caffeine as one of their ingredients to help tone the skin and control excess sebum production include Dermalogica – mediBac Sebum Clearing Masque, PETER THOMAS ROTH – Laser-Free Regenerator Moisturizing Gel-Cream and PETER THOMAS ROTH – Firmx Firming Night Moisturizer, the latter two being award winning products.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

The game changers of this decade, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, more popularly known as AHAs, are the key to the new gen exfoliation.

AHAs are acids – glycolic acid and lactic acid, the two most popular ones – that help gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin, stimulate collagen production and help minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles.

While these acids are THE key to glowing skin in a flash, they need to be formulated in a particular way to be effective without harming the skin. Moreover, an essential point to note is that AHAs increase the photosensitivity of the skin – which in turn means that applying sunscreen with at least SPF 30 is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL.

There are a tonne of products featuring AHAs nowadays so you need to choose depending on your skin type and condition.

If you are opting for glycolic acid, start off with a low percentage, that is, 5%, and then move on to higher percentages. Lower percentages can be applied daily while higher percentages should be applied with caution and only once or twice a week. Also, be sure to do a patch test before covering your face in acids to ensure that you are not allergic to any.

Philosophy - The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel

Start off with something gentle like REN – Clarimatte Clarifying Toner, CANE+AUSTIN – 10 Percent Retexture Pad . You can then move on to high strength acids like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, Philosophy – The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel and CANE+AUSTIN – 20 Percent Miracle Pad. Apart from exfoliating toners and pads, you can also invest in creams that help deliver AHAs to your skin and rejuvenate them from within like Philosophy – Hope In A Jar Night and Exuviance – Age Reverse Night Lift.

Side Note: Beta Hydroxy Acids work to help exfoliate skin too; but are more targeted towards oily skin since they help de-clog pores and fight acne. The most popular one is salicylic acid. However, please use caution while using it because of its property to thin blood consistency if absorbed by the skin. Also, do a patch test before using it to check if you are not allergic to it.

Vitamin C

Known for its skin lightening properties, Vitamin C can help you illuminate your skin tone by decreasing hyper-pigmentation, fighting off uneven skin tone and by boosting collagen production.

While your DIY gurus might suggest you to use lemon juice directly as your source of vitamin C, it is best to leave the lemons for dietary purposes. As with all ingredients, vitamin C needs to be formulated in a certain way to avoid being harsh to the skin and cause more harm than good.

If formulated correctly, not only can vitamin C products give you the much coveted glow but can also help you ward off signs of aging with their anti-oxidant properties.

Vitamin c for skincare

Try products like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Camu Camu Power C X 30 Vitamin C Brightening Moisturizer, Bliss – Triple Oxygen Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream and REN – Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial.

Hyaluronic Acid

A water based ingredient, Hyaluronic acid is usually a key ingredient in most good quality moisturizers, targeted at anti-aging.

Hyaluronic acid is effective because of its ability to retain moisture in huge quantities. Thereby, when included in your skincare regimen, this gem of an ingredient helps retain moisture and give your skin its natural soft, plump look – a key sign of youthful skin.

Hyaluronic acid also works to repair the outermost barrier of your skin, which is usually damaged by the sun’s harmful rays and the daily wear and tear.

While Hyaluronic acid is obviously beneficial to drier skin types, it also works equally well for oily skin because of its light-weight texture and for sensitive skin types, because of its gentleness and the fact that it already is a natural part of our skin’s makeup.

Hyaluronic Acid

PETER THOMAS ROTH – VIZ-1000 Hydrating Serum packs a power punch of 75% Hyaluronic acid making it one of the best options to include in your skincare routine. Other equally good options include Beauty Bridge – Anti-Aging Lifting Serum, Dermalogica – Intensive Moisture Balance and Beauty Bridge – Anti-Aging Revitalizing Night Cream.

Dead Sea Minerals to Glowing Skin

       
Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Dead Sea Minerals to Glowing SkinWhen many of us think about taking care of our bodies, we think about diet, exercise, and moderation on activities such as drinking alcohol or staying up too late. One thing that many people neglect is the amount of time and effort that should go into a proper skin care regimen. The skin is the biggest organ on your body, and trying to take care of it can be a daunting task in today’s world, with the wide plethora of skin care options and application techniques.

The first step to keeping your skin healthy and happy is making sure that you’re keeping it clean. While showering once a day is the basic hygienic thing to do, the exposed parts of your skin can encounter far more dirt and contaminants throughout the day than that covered with clothing. To help keep your skin clean, it’s recommended that you wash your face and neck both morning and evening.

When you do wash your face, make sure you simplify the ingredients you’re using. Getting a good face wash or scrub is vital to keeping skin healthy and happy. So many of the items on the market today have excessive amounts of chemicals that can be harmful to your skin. Simplifying with more natural products such as Ahava, which utilize natural exfoliants like Dead Sea Minerals, will help keep your skin free from unnecessary dryness which other products’ chemical composition can cause. Leading natural brands (like Ahava) tend to have a wide variety of types of cleansers for you to choose from, giving you plenty of choices to choose from so you can get the scrub or cleaner that’s right for your skin type.

The final element to making sure your skin stays fresh and clean is one that many don’t think about. That element is making sure you’ve got a fresh, clean, soft towel to pat your face dry with once you’ve finished washing. Using a dirty towel to dry your face after you’ve cleaned it tends to defeat the purpose of cleaning in the first place. It’s recommended that you replace the hand-towel you’re using to dry your face every two days. The towel you use for your face should be used only for your face, as well, with a separate one designated for hand drying and other such tasks.

Getting fresh, clean skin isn’t as hard as some make it out to be. By taking a few minutes every morning and evening to think about your skin, you’ll ultimately lead yourself into a healthier life with healthier skin.

3 top reasons why you might have dry skin

       
Thursday, June 27th, 2013

3 top reasons why you have dry skin

Summer is a time for showing a little skin, whether you're at the beach or in your own backyard. However, you might not be eager to do so if you have dry skin – and you're not alone. Many women have this issue, regardless of how much moisturizer and exfoliants they use on a regular basis. Here are some of the main reasons why you might not have soft, silky skin despite all of your best efforts.

1. You bathe in hot water
StyleList reported that this is one of the biggest no-nos when it comes to maintaining radiant, hydrated skin. Hot water can strip your skin of much-needed moisture.

2. You aren't protecting your skin
The Mayo Clinic stated that, ideally, you should be wearing lotion with SPF to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. The sun can be a big reason why your skin dries out, especially in the summer.

3. Your soap is too harsh
If you have sensitive skin and you aren't using products to cater to it, you could be doing more harm than good. Soaps that are full of fragrances and other additives can dry your skin out, and you might not even realize it!

Are your feet ready for summer weather?

       
Monday, June 10th, 2013

Are your feet ready for summer weather?

Before you hit the beach this summer, you're going to want to make sure that your feet are soft and smooth to the touch. Doing so can spare you from embarrassment when it comes time to slip on your flip-flops. If you've been hiding your feet in sneakers and boots all winter long, they likely need a little TLC. Here are some tips for soft, callus-free feet.

Exfoliate regularly
Just as you do with your face and other parts of your body, Daily Glow stated that it's necessary to use an exfoliant on your feet. This removes dead skin and makes it easier for moisturizer to be absorbed.

Soak your feet
Global Post claimed that soaking your feet in hot water for five to 10 minutes on a routine basis can help you prevent them from drying out and cracking.

Wear comfortable, breathable shoes
The key to healthy feet begins with what you wear on them. Ideally, you should wear shoes that fit your feet properly and allow them to breathe. This can prevent the development of blisters and hard-to-remove calluses over time.

Achieve a natural complexion for spring 2013

       
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Achieving a natural look for spring 2013

You might already have plenty of makeup and Dermablend concealer for spring, but who says you need to use it all to look fabulous? More celebrities and models alike are being seen with little cosmetics on their faces as they try to accentuate their natural features. That being said, you can easily join the club by using your makeup to highlight your beautiful complexion.

First, Real Simple magazine claims that it’s critical to start with a clean palette. This means exfoliating your skin and gently cleaning your pores to ensure that makeup adheres seamlessly to your face once its applied.

Next, even out your skin tone with a tinted moisturizer. This can help you hide any pimples or blemishes that might be getting in the way of achieving a flawless complexion. Then, opt for a bit of concealer to give your face the finishing touch.

If you can’t go without a little bit of eye makeup, Prevention magazine recommends taking advantage of a subtle mascara to use on your lashes or a nude eyeshadow for your lids. In the end, you can use these tactics to achieve a natural look worthy of a red carpet appearance!

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.

Three reasons why it pays to exfoliate

       
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Three reasons why it pays to exfoliate

You may have a hydrating lotion and moisturizing lip gloss in your cosmetics collection, but you aren’t giving your skin the TLC it deserves if you don’t have a quality exfoliator. In order to have a well-rounded skincare regimen, you need to exfoliate your face on a routine
basis to maintain your complexion over time. Still not convinced you need to do so? Here are three of the key benefits of exfoliating.

1. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells
Perhaps the biggest advantage of using an exfoliator is that it helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your face. Doing so can enhance your natural glow.

2. Your skin will absorb moisturizer better
Because you won’t have dead cells lingering on your skin, Kiss magazine states that it will be in a better position to absorb lotion that you apply as well as its nutrients.

3. You can reduce the chance of breakouts
Exfoliation removes dirt, debris and oils from your face, giving your pores some room to breathe. In turn, this can reduce your chances of pimples and unsightly blemishes.

There are many exfoliating products on the market. Take your time and choose one that works best for you to ensure that you stick to the routine!

Bring in 2012 with a few beauty resolutions

       
Monday, December 19th, 2011

Make a few of these New Year's beauty resolutions!There’s nothing quite like New Years to bring out the best in people. Everyone wants to start off the new year afresh, whether it means amping up your workout routine, vowing to cut down on your chocolate intake or even to take a few more risks in life. If you’re already creating a list of resolutions for 2012, you might want to include a few beauty-related tasks to ensure that your skin, nails, hair and body get the treatment they deserve. Here are some ideas to consider, inspired by The Beauty Department.

1. Wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day. Although many women have been bombarded by the media when it comes to how damaging the sun’s rays are, that hasn’t stopped some from skipping the sunscreen. Ensure the protection of your skin by slathering it on in the morning as part of your routine – not just before you’re going to the beach. Makeup like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 will ensure that you’re getting coverage in more ways than one.

2. Fake it, don’t bake it. If you’re still heading to the tanning bed to get your glow on, cut it out already! Tanning beds are no safer than the sun, and some experts argue that they can do even more damage since you’re receiving direct exposure. Get a faux bronze look by using self-tanners like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. These make the application process a breeze and they won’t leave any tell-tale streaks.

3. Exfoliate at least once a week. Getting rid of dead skin cells is the key to a glowing complexion that’s not dull or flaky. Use an exfoliating scrub for your face once or twice a week, and a rich scrub for your body in the shower. Get Fresh – SPA Sugar Body Scrub is the perfect treat.

4. Find your signature scent. There’s nothing like a fresh fragrance to remind people of you even when you’re not around, but it’s not possible if you’re always switching up your perfume. Take the time to find out what smells best on you, then invest in a few different products in the scent to ensure that you’re always exuding the aroma.

5. Don’t go to sleep without taking off your makeup. Leaving makeup on while you’re in bed at night is never a good idea. Your pores can become clogged, leading to acne, irritation and an overall messy complexion. Even if you’re too tired to wash it all off, keep a stash of wipes near your bed and use it to gently remove any product. Rilastil – Daily Care Make-Up Removing Wipes are the perfect thing.

6. Clean out your collection. Now’s the perfect time to go through your medicine cabinet, makeup bag and toiletry stash and get rid of anything old. Most products have an expiration date on them, but if you can’t remember when you got it, it’s definitely worth tossing. Expired products won’t work as well and could cause problems for your skin if you continue to use them.

7. Embrace your hair’s natural texture. Your strands could use a break from heat tools every now and then, so you should become comfortable with your hair’s natural state. That doesn’t mean you have to skip products altogether – a great anti-frizz serum like Leonor Greyl – Serum de Soie Sublimateur can do wonders.

8. Stop biting your nails. Every now and then, we all slip up and go to town nibbling that pesky jagged edge or hangnail – but you have to stop! Carry a nail file in your bag for on-the-go fixes and keep your nails polished and cute so you won’t feel the urge to bite them.

As long as you incorporate some or all of these beauty resolutions, 2012 should be your most beautiful year yet!

Top reasons for men to exfoliate

       
Friday, February 25th, 2011

Top reasons for men to exfoliateMen are typically accustomed to a skincare routine of their own, but that doesn’t mean they can’t borrow a few pointers from their female friends every now and then. Though guys usually stick to a simple face cleanser and aftershave, there are many added benefits to using an exfoliator.

Exfoliating can help remove dead cells to create a healthier, brighter complexion as well as even out the skin’s surface. Not only are they great for cleaning the pores, but they can make the skin much more supple in the process.

For men, these products have the added benefit of promoting cell renewal and buffing the epidermis, which is subject to irritation and uneven texture after shaving.

Many exfoliating products, such as Baxter of California Facial Scrub, contain moisturizing ingredients such as aloe and honey to give guys some much-needed hydration.

Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub is designed to prep skin for shaving by smoothing its surface. Regular usage also helps combat in-grown hairs and follicles.

Insiders reveal to Allure magazine how to achieve the best skin for summer

       
Friday, July 9th, 2010

Best skin for summer
While you may always desire soft, glowing skin, now that beach season is here, you’ll certainly want your body to be at its best. Though some of us may be in the dark as to how to keep our skin looking great, experts recently shared a few tips with Allure magazine that will have you ready to step into the summertime sunlight.

While exfoliating is a great way to rid your body of small bumps and dead skin, you shouldn’t use the same products on delicate areas (like your chest) as you do on tougher skin (like your elbows). Beauty expert Charlotte Tilbury recommends using a facial scrub to exfoliate areas where the skin is thinner. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will remove dulling surface debris as it conditions, and is great for even the most sensitive complexions, as it is fragrance-free.

Hair removal is one of the most pressing issues when preparing your body for the warm summer weather. But with all the methods of removal out there, which approach should you take before a day – or night – out?

“I always tell my clients not to wax before a big event because it causes ingrown hairs and little red bumps,” Los Angeles makeup artist Joanna Schlip told Allure. “You get a much smoother look by shaving. And you’re getting a really good exfoliation, too.” Using a moisture-rich formula, like Lippmann Collection’s Did I Shave My Legs For This? Ayurvedic Shave Cream, will help to keep your legs conditioned as you ready yourself to rock your short shorts.

If you do come across the occasional ingrown hair, Whish Flawless Bump Fighter can help to eliminate the unsightly, and sometimes painful, irregularities.

After skin is showered, exfoliated and shaved, experts urge you not to forget the importance of a good moisturizer. “Jennifer Aniston doesn’t use makeup or self-tanner on her legs – just moisturizer,” makeup artist Angela Levin, who works with the actress, told the publication. But a good moisturizer can be hard to find, especially given the endless amounts of products out there.

In addition to softening your skin, many formulas boast multiple benefits. There are lotions that help minimize hair growth, firm cellulite and even improve blood circulation. Pick a product that suits your needs, and apply it when you get out of the shower.

You will also want to pay attention to your nose when selecting your moisturizer. Since it’s summertime, a heavily scented cream may come across as cloying, and can interfere with your perfume of choice. Instead, opt for a product with a light scent or, to play it safe, select a body moisturizer that is fragrance free. Dermalogica UltraRich Body Cream is a long-lasting moisture treatment that contains no artificial colors or scents, but if you want a lighter formula, opt for COOLA Total Body SPF 30 Unscent, a body lotion which also provides sun protection.

No summertime look is complete without a beautiful tan, but spending hours baking in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Luckily, you can avoid these dangers and fake a great glow with a sunless tanner like June Jacobs Radiant Glow Self Tanning Lotion.

Industry insiders stress that how you apply the product can dramatically alter how realistic your tan appears. “I don’t like to squirt self-tanner right on the skin. If you have a dry spot, it will attach to that,” makeup artist Jillian Dempsey told the magazine. Instead, Dempsey suggests pumping the tanner onto a round velour puff, similar to the ones used to apply face powder, and swirling it over the skin in circular motions, moving quickly over dry areas like elbows and knees.