Posts Tagged ‘sensitive skin’

Are your efforts to nix oil making your skin oilier?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Are your efforts to nix oil making your skin oilier?It seems like it would make sense – to zap oil, you'd have to soak it up and dry your skin out, right? Wrong! While you may think that using toners or cleansers with harsh oil-combating ingredients would help get rid of shine, they might actually be making the problem worse.

According to Allure Magazine, that's because when your skin is stripped of its natural moisture, it essentially panics and overcompensates by producing even more oil. So how can you calm it down and get that moisture balance back?

Start by hydrating your skin with a gentle moisturizing cleanser like Exuviance – Moisturizing Antibacterial Facial Cleanser. It's also good for acne-prone skin because it combats the bacteria that's clogging your pores, so you're killing two birds with one stone!

Next, use a light moisturizer to restore your skin's moisture levels and prevent your complexion from producing more oil. Something like Dermalogica – Active Moist will do the trick – it has an ultra-light formula that absorbs into your skin quickly, creating an invisible barrier that seals in hydration. Apply it right after cleansing your face when your skin is still slightly damp.

Murad – New Arrivals and Best of Murad

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Try the Murad New Arrivals and Best of Murad collection!With the changing of seasons often comes a shift in your skin's habits, whether it goes from oily to dry or from relatively normal to more sensitive. Of course, this means you may need a few different products to help you get through without any flare-ups. Murad's New Arrivals and Best of Murad collection are sure to have everything you're looking for to treat problem skin and nourish your complexion.

If you're looking for a line of products that can protect your skin from the signs of aging, the Best of Murad Endless Age Defense kit is your best bet. With four of Murad's most popular products, including the Active Radiance Serum and Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles, you'll have everything you need to combat fine lines, moisturize and brighten your visage.

Is acne one of your seasonal woes? Then the Acne Rapid Response Set will surely be of use. With a cleanser, toner, mask andnew a lotion, those blemishes won't stand a chance!

Finally, check out the power of vitamin C when it comes to age spots and brightening – the Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum and the Intensive-C Radiance Peel can help correct discoloration and protect your skin from future damage. Now that's hard work!

Non-soap cleansers are a good substitute for face washing

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Believe it or not, soap isn't necessary when washing your face!If you heard that a friend stopped washing her face, you might give her a weird look and start looking for signs of dirt and grime on her complexion. After all, everyone knows that washing your face is the key to gorgeous, clear skin. However, while cleaning is still a necessity, soap isn't.

Glamour Magazine's beauty blog recently pointed out that cleansing oils and makeup removing waters are all you really need to remove makeup and rid your face of the daily accumulation of dirt and bacteria. They're often less irritating and drying than soap, which is good news for ladies who have sensitive skin.

Use a cleanser like BABOR – Hy-Oil Cleanser, which is gentle, yet effective at deep cleaning your pores either day or night. After rinsing your face with water, follow up with a toner like Murad – Clarifying Toner. The product will purify your skin, calming problem areas and tightening pores. Even without using your tried-and-true soap, you'll notice that your skin is more radiant than ever!

Choose the right blush for your skin type

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The blush you use should depend on your skin type!Chances are, you chose your moisturizer based on what type of skin you have. You can't exactly slather on a rich, creamy product if you have oily skin – and dry skin needs a bit more TLC than what a moisturizer for normal skin can provide. But did you know that blush should be chosen the same way? There are certain formulas that work better for different skin types. Here's what you need to know, courtesy of Allure magazine.

If you have dry skin
Use a cream blush, like Paula Dorf – Cheek Color Cream. It will blend into your skin better than any other formula would, and since it's got moisture, your cheeks will get a bit of extra hydration. This brand is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic, so even sensitive skin can wear it.

If you have normal skin
Normal skin is a combination of dry and oily, depending on the day. A powder blush will do the trick because it will last longer than a cream, which can rub off and fade with a bit of oil. Try Jane Iredale – PurePressed Blush for a natural shade that complements your skin tone.

If you have oily skin
Powders can look cakey on oily skin, while creams tend to migrate. Use a gel blush instead, which will blend easily with your skin and give you long-lasting color. Pixi – Sheer Cheek Gel is sure to have a shade that will work for you.

Shaving tips for sensitive skin

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Shaving sensitive skin doesn't have to be a pain!Some guys don’t pay much attention to the subtleties of their skin, which is why many end up damaging their face if it’s sensitive and they don’t accommodate for it. Luckily there are plenty of ways to get a perfect shave every time without irritation.

1. Make sure your hair is wet before you start shaving. It’s best to shave your beard right after a shower so the hair is soft. Use a pre-shave product like Caswell-Massey – 1752 Pre-Shave Oil to moisturize and protect against razor burn.

2. Always use a sharp razor, like eShave – 5 Blades Razor Nickel Plated, which uses disposable blades so you can ensure it’s always fresh.

3. Take your time. You don’t want to rush a shaving job, which can cause redness, ingrown hairs and nicks. Avoid going over areas that have already been shaved – use careful, effective strokes every time.

4. Shave in the direction your hair is growing in. Shaving against the growth uses more force and is more likely to cause irritation.

5. Exfoliate your face weekly to get rid of any dead skin cells that may cause your shave to be less effective.

6. Use a moisturizer after shaving to replenish your skin and keep it soft and smooth all day.

Moisturize your head with a gentle shampoo to get rid of dandruff

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Shampoo your flakes away!It's bad enough when your arm or leg is itchy, but when your scalp is dry and irritated, it can feel like there's no such thing as relief. Plus, the embarrassing flakes on your head and shoulders can be a real issue. Instead of putting your hair up in a ponytail and hoping no one will notice, try switching to a moisturizing shampoo.

Dandruff can get worse in the fall and winter when indoor heating gets turned up, drying out your skin. You may notice that your scalp isn't the only part of your body that is red and flaky. Dandruff occurs if your scalp is dry, you don't shampoo enough, you have a skin condition or if you're sensitive to a hair product that you're using. A shampoo like Leonor Greyl Bain Traitant a La Propolis will soothe itchy skin and eliminate flakes. Use it twice in the shower, first to remove impurities and then to moisturize.

Sensitive hair can benefit from Leonor Greyl Creme Aux Fleurs, which replaces shampoo to treat and calm your scalp, even after a perm or hair coloring. Leave it on for several minutes to maximize the benefits and end up with a healthy, moisturized scalp.

Stop scratching and start soothing itchy skin

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Don't scratch your itch - you could make it worse!Many people automatically associate itching with scratching. It seems like a natural solution to an everyday problem, but it's not always an easy fix. Some conditions get worse when you scratch them and become more red and inflamed. Instead of going at your itchy skin with your nails, consider a more soothing approach that will eliminate the uncomfortable irritation.

Itchy skin that doesn't have a clear cause is likely caused by dryness, unlike irritation from bug bites or rashes. Environmental factors are often responsible because of changing humidity levels. If you wash your skin too frequently, you could experience itching. A rich product like Phytomer HydraContinue Instant Moisture Cream can re-balance your skin's moisture levels and sooth the itching sensation.

You can't always prevent irritated skin, especially if you have unexpected exposure to something you're allergic to. If you do find yourself scratching because of poison ivy or heat rash, sprays like Peter Thomas Roth – Oxygen Mist can heal your skin while making it more comfortable. You won't have to keep wishing for longer nails to scratch with when you have more effective treatments on hand.

What to do when your baby gets diaper rash

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Keep your baby's bottom rash free with soothing products.Babies have delicate skin, so diaper rash is a common form of irritation for infants whose bottoms are wrapped up all day and night in diapers.

Diaper rash can develop if your baby has continually wet diapers, diarrhea or isn't changed quickly enough. The rash can also appear when your baby starts eating solid foods or begins an antibiotic regimen. If you're breastfeeding, certain foods (like those with tomatoes) that you eat can spur the condition. Diaper rash usually improves with treatment methods you can use at home, but if you notice that it worsens or if your baby has a fever as well, medical treatment may be necessary.

If your infant has diaper rash, wash with water after each diaper change and stay away from soaps or wipes that have alcohol or fragrance. Give him some time without a diaper so the rash can begin healing. Cellex-C Mother & Child Skin Care – Diaper Rash Ointment can act as a comfortable barrier between the rash and the diaper while it soothes irritation. A powder, which you can get in a kit like MD MOMS Baby Silk – To Go Travel Set will soak up moisture. Your baby's bottom should be smooth and symptom-free in no time.

Quick makeup options that will come in handy

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Quick makeup options that will come in handy.There are few things worse than facing the day after waking up with a slight breakout or seriously dry skin. Instead of plastering your face with foundation, you can create a clean and natural look by using some concealer to hid those trouble spots in a pinch.

A quick fix concealer is a wonderful option for when you go to bed a bit too late and find yourself with dark under eye circles. While eye makeup could possibly do the trick, feeling comfortable with your own personal style is ideal to give you confidence to get through your day.

One of the hottest products on the market is Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer, which is packaged in a convenient lipstick tube so you can cover up age spots, acne or scars with a simple application. It also has exfoliating properties and is ideal for those with sensitive skin. Additionally, the product comes in a wide variety of shades to match any skin tone and provides SPF 30 protection to shield your epidermis from the summer sun.  

The face-washing routine that dermatologists recommend

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Follow these face-washing tips.Still dealing with stubborn acne blemishes or a dull, uninspired complexion? Maybe you're just not washing your face right! It might seem simple, but the frequency with which you wash your visage – and the products you use – can have a major impact on your skin's clarity.

First, remember that the soap you use is important. What works for scrubbing your back and arms won't necessarily be gentle enough for the sensitive skin on your face, so pick up a cleanser that's made specifically for your most delicate areas, like Baxter of California's Face Wash. If you still suffer from the occasional breakout, try washing with a salicylic acid wash in the morning and a benzoyl peroxide cream at night. But be careful that it's not too drying!

If your skin starts feeling dry and tight, cut back on your washing routine. Your face does need some essential oils, so over-washing can actually aggravate your skin problems, not solve them. Start by washing once a day, and ramp it up to twice a day – morning and night – if your skin isn't showing improvement.