Posts Tagged ‘sensitive skin’

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.

What you really need to know about acne-prone skin

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

 What you really need to know about acne-prone skinIf you've been living with acne-prone skin, chances are you've picked up a pointer or two on how to tame your flare-ups. Whether these tips and tricks have any grounding in valid practices is another matter altogether, we're afraid.

Avoiding cheese and chocolate may or may not be a good idea – when it comes to diet, there's no relationship between food and acne that's totally proven, but the general consensus is that processed white flour and sugar is far more likely to lead to some unwanted spots.

Toothpaste? If it's worked for you in the past, we won't stop you, but there's more evidence that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are destined to work.

As for skipping the moisturizer? By no means is this a good idea. According to, it's a myth that "applying moisturizer will add to the oil on acne prone/oily/sensitive skin. You want to keep your skin moisturized and balanced so skin doesn't keep accumulating excess oils."

Getting that elusive glow (inside and out)

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Getting that elusive glow (inside and out) Whether we're looking a bit under the weather from all the harshness of the winter winds or we're just looking to freshen up a bit in time for spring, achieving an enviable glow can be the winning basis for any standout beauty look.

However, getting a radiant complexion isn't just about what you do for your skin, as the state of your epidermis is more of a reflection of what goes in your body as well.

"Moisturize and use a product with sun-protection factor," makeup artist Cicely Gordon recommended to The Des Moines Register. "Natural makeup products are always a good idea, especially for people with sensitive skin. And eating lots of fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of water and getting plenty of sleep are probably the nicest things you can do for your skin this spring and on an ongoing basis."

If you really want to go the extra mile, choose lip products, tinted moisturizers or foundations with an SPF factor in them as well.

Expert advice for flawless concealer

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Expert advice for flawless concealerWhile foundation is great at evening out your skin tone, sometimes you have a few imperfections that need a little extra help. To create a truly flawless face, a bit of concealer can do wonders – as long as it's applied well.

Makeup artist Matin Maulawizada recently told O magazine that women should always use a brush to apply concealer, even if the makeup is in stick form or comes with a wand.

Many women use concealer to get rid of dark circles, and Maulawizada offered a few tips to best hide the discoloration. Begin at the inner corner of your eye and work outward, only applying concealer on dark areas. To prevent fading, set the cover-up with a dusting of translucent powder. For optimum coverage, look for a creamy concealer in a palette or pot.

Finally, if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, look for a formula that contains caffeine to soothe irritation. Additionally, Maulawizada added that a yellow-based concealer will best cover red undertones.

Did you know that makeup can expire?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Did you know that makeup can expire?There are a multitude of reasons why women keep certain beauty products as long as they do – maybe you can't justify throwing out a pan of shadow that is still partially filled with pigment or your favorite lip gloss shade has been discontinued and this is the last tube you have.

But while these may seem like completely logical explanations, holding onto cosmetics for too long may be hazardous to your health.

According to the Daily Express, a new study revealed that 15 percent of cosmetics buyers aren't aware that beauty products have expiration dates. Furthermore, 66 percent continue to use expired products regardless of possible health concerns.

"Continued use of a spoiled product could lead to skin irritations or even infections in broken or sensitive skin," Dr Chris Flower, director general of the Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association, told the news source. "Cosmetics are made to resist everyday exposure to micro-organisms for long enough to ensure the consumer can finish using the product safely."

Generally, the news provider reports that mascara should be replaced every four to six months while lipstick, blush and eyeshadow can last up to two years.

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.

Eye makeup insight for those with sensitive eyes

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Eye makeup insight for those with sensitive eyesWhether creating a fabulous look for the office or for a night out, many women will begin with what they consider the most important element – eye makeup. However, some ladies have skin conditions and sensitive peepers that make wearing eye makeup nearly impossible.

Oily eyelids can be an annoying problem because they can make eyeshadow crease and, in some cases, even fade away completely. To help pigment stay put, insiders at recommend using a mattifying cream, which stops oiliness before it starts. Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 prevents an excess of surface oil from accumulating for up to eight hours.

Ladies can also try an eyeshadow primer, like Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which is a silicone-based formula designed to create a barrier between skin's oils and cosmetics.

Finally, sensitive eyes can often be irritated by mascara. However, instead of forgoing mascara all together, the news source suggests switching to a lighter color, as they are less irritating than highly pigmented shades.

Additionally, tubing mascara, like blinc Kiss Me Mascara, forms water-resistant tubes around each lash that won't flake and irritate sensitive eyes.

Exuviance Help to Maintain Ideal Moisture Level of Skin

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Exuviance skincare products contains an exclusive combination of Alpha in and Polyhydroxy acids, healing botanicals, and marine extracts that can help to replace moisture levels in skin.

Exuviance products have antioxidants and vitamins that will aid in protecting the skin in addition to sunscreens that will help shield the skin from potentially dangerous sun exposure that can ruin the skin surface. This is the only product line that offers an elite Polyhydroxy acid, purposely designed to benefit all types of skin—even the most sensitive. This special offering of products offers the choice between glycolic acid, or the next generation AHAs, gluconolactone in addition to lactobionic acid, formulated at the concentrations in addition to pH for the best possible effectiveness and safety.

Calendula and Mandarine – Nature’s Gift

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

It is common practice to use plant extract in skin care. Calendula plant and mandarine are two of the nature’s gifts for healthy skin.

The Calendula plant is best known for its therapeutic ingredients and qualities. Its anti-inflammatory, wound healing, and sedative properties are used a lot in makeup, for baby skin care, as well as sensitive skin.

Milk of Mandarines possess natural oils from the peel of mandarins. The richness of the essential oils has major beneficial effects. Along with palm oil and vitamin compounds infused in vitamins C and E, you can replenish, hydrate and completely condition. Recommended for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

Avocado Oil for Healthy Skin and Hair

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Avocado oil is taken from tropical fruit, native to Central America. Studies show the presence of Vitamins A, B, C, D and E in avocado oil. Did you know avocado oil is great for the hair, too? Anything containing pure avocado oil is usually recommended for dry and sensitive skin. Apply liberally and massage gently with your fingertips in circular and outward movements.