Posts Tagged ‘skincare regimen’

Medical Grade vs. Regular Skincare

       
Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Medical Grade vs. Regular SkincareEveryone wants the youthful glow of beautiful skin; however, achieving that smooth, healthy look can be hard to do. As skin care develops, the market is overloaded with products promising to provide the answers. Many are wading through the excess looking for the right product, while some are turning to skincare products developed by dermatologists. But what’s the difference?

Regular, or over the counter, skincare products are available to everyone. The concentrations of their effective ingredients are relatively low and fairly gentle. Over the counter skincare aids have the benefit of being both inexpensive and widely varied. Most major companies have products which can be found in any drugstore and cater to all skin types. Some regular skincare products are even able to treat mild cases of skin conditions such as eczema and acne. The downside of a regular skincare aid is the guesswork. Establishing an effective regimen may require months of trial and error, while you mix and match products in order to create a process that works for you. If you are not careful, you could aggravate your skin and exacerbate any problems you may have.

Some people who find that regular skincare just can’t cope with their needs report success with their medical grade prescription. Medical grade skincare products are developed by dermatologists and have stronger formulas than OTC skincare. They can be purchased online, but it is recommended that you consult a dermatologist before you buy; misuse can be damaging to your skin. For those with extreme cases of acne, eczema, or psoriasis, and even those simply looking to reverse the signs of aging, these products can be a lifesaver. However, they can also be expensive and are sometimes harsh on the delicate skin of your face.

The most important element of skincare is knowing what your skin needs to be healthy. Diet, exercise, and hormone levels can be just as critical as biological factors when it comes to your skin’s health. Try increasing your water intake, or getting more sleep before you change your skincare regimen. To avoid frustration when choosing an over the counter skincare aid, do research before purchasing – know your skin type, read product reviews, and have an idea of what you are looking for before you shop. If you are still unsure, or are interested in designer brands, visit your local department store and ask a consultant; they may be able to assemble the right products for you, or at least give good advice. If you are truly concerned about your skin, meet with a dermatologist to determine if medical grade products can be the next step.

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Body

       
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series - BodyValentine’s Day may bring to mind images of delicious sweets, decadent dinners and romantic nights spent on the town, but before you get dressed up to meet your sweetheart, take the time to pamper yourself!

Enjoy a guilt free sweet treat the next time you lather up with Philosophy’s moisturizing Pink Marshmallow Buttercream Shower Gel and Bubble Bath.

Take the time to lather up your favorite bath sponge or loofah, or even treat yourself to an extra long bubble bath before getting dressed. One of the best things about Philosophy’s body washes and shower gels is the way their scents are subtle,yet long lasting. Your Valentine may have to get close to enjoy the sweet marshmallow glow you will exude, but it will be yours all day, and all night! Trying to get your wintry skin in shape before Valentine’s Day despite the harsh dry weather? No matter how dry the wintry February air may be outside, your skin will be soft and smooth all night long this Valentine’s Day! Just make sure to be generous with the bubbles and your favorite loofah, and take as long as you like to luxuriate in your bubbles before heading out for date night. Seal in the moisture with your favorite cream or lotion, dress up in a killer outfit and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day that you and your loved one are sure to remember for years and years to come!

Looking for a treat that you can share with friends and family all month long? Whish’s Sink Side Set is a fun way to share your love of moisturizing hand cream and sulfate-free hand soap with everyone who stops by your home. The adorable retro caddy is a great way to add a little pizzazz to your bathroom sink while keeping it neat, while the animal friendly company’s commitment to all natural ingredients will impress even the most committed organic vegan amongst your friends and family this winter.

Of course, the real winner is whoever gets to hold your hands now that they are so nice and soft and smooth thanks to your new skincare regimen!

Countdown to Valentine’s Day Series – Facial Care

       
Monday, February 9th, 2015

Countdown to Valentine's Day Series- Facial CareValentine’s Day is swiftly approaching. Whether you have big romantic plans or you’re just going out with your girlfriends, do yourself a favor and give your skin some extra loving. There’s guaranteed to be pictures, so why not look your best for you?

Exfoliate!

You’d be surprised at the difference in your complexion when you’re scrubbing away those dead, useless layers of skin. You don’t have to get really fancy and go to a spa; sometimes an acid toner is all you need to remove the dull layers. Regular exfoliation will reveal the younger, healthier skin cells for a brighter overall complexion. If you’re looking for an excuse for a spa day, a professional facial will give you a deeper exfoliation using a variety of masks, serums, and tools.

Hydrate!

You’re probably already being good about getting enough water every day, but are you putting enough moisture into your skin in other ways? Winter is harsh on your skin, especially your face, and can lead to redness, peeling, and a dull complexion. Introduce intense moisture in the form of oil. You might think oil means acne, but oil based serums that are specially formulated for skincare won’t lead to breakouts. Proper moisturizing keeps your skin firm, supple, and more resilient.

Nourish While You Sleep

You can take care of your skin while you slumber? You sure can! The first step is removing all of your makeup and the day’s dirt from your face. Start with a good makeup remover to get all traces of makeup from your face. Follow it up with a gentle, non-foaming cleanser to get rid of any dirt or other residue. Exfoliate with something like gycolic acid to remove the dead skin that’s built up throughout the day. If you need an extra beauty boost, try a sleep mask. Skin experts agree that your skin goes through a lot of regeneration as you sleep so your skin is quite receptive to products introduced during this period. You’ll wake up with softer and smoother skin just from sleeping!

Acne Prone Skin?

If your skin is prone to acne, you’re probably used to waking up the morning of a big event with a few blemishes. If your acne isn’t hormonal or diet related, you’re probably used to juggling different skin care routines. Try a new skin care routine that a lot of people swear by. Try to be dedicated to a morning routine of cleansing, exfoliation (with an acid toner), and a moisturizer. At night, double cleanse! Wash your face twice with a non-foaming cleanser, follow it with your toner, and then moisturize. You might see a huge difference in your breakouts!

Your face is the first thing people notice, so why not add a few skin care tweaks to give yourself the utmost confidence? Whether you’re staring at your beloved over candlelight or you’re sipping wine with your best friend this Valentine’s Day, you’re guaranteed to glow both inside and out.

Wintertime Skin Repair

       
Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Wintertime Skin Repair

Repair Your Skin When It’s Cold Out

The colder winter months make an excellent opportunity to repair and revitalize your skin every year. This is because excessive sun exposure during the wintertime is generally minimized. While the sun is undeniably beautiful and pleasant at times, exposure to it can often be extremely problematic to skin, especially as far as the aging process goes. Thankfully, the winter months give people the chance to repair and restore the skin, whether they have problems with stretchmarks, uneven tone, acne scars or anything else.

Skin Restoration

If you want to restore your skin in the winter, you might be interested in a product Bio-Body Bio-Restorative Cream from Neocutis. This cream aims to make the skin on the body look and appear firmer, more supple and more resilient. It also aims to give the body a brighter and healthier look. If your skin tends to look dull and lackluster, then you might want to look into a restorative cream such as this one. This type of product can also be highly effective for hydrating dry skin, as it contains soothing ceramides that replenish the body’s moisture barrier. While the winter months can be excellent for skin repair, the frigid temperatures can often introduce unsightly skin dryness. If you suffer from dehydrated skin in the wintertime, this type of cream can be helpful as it contains salicylic acid that exfoliates. The salicylic acid does away with dead skin cells that give the skin an uneven, flaky and rough appearance.

Gorgeous Skin Free of Dullness and Flakes

If you want to promote youthful looking skin on your body in the wintertime, the 5 Minute Weekly Glycolic Peel from StriVectinLABS is one option to consider. This glycolic peel works to energize the skin via exfoliation. If you want to breathe new life into tired and dry skin in the wintertime, this product might be able to help you out. Not only can glycolic peels be beneficial for keeping the skin smooth and devoid of pesky dry patches and spots, but they can also be beneficial for making the pores look smaller and for decreasing the appearance of unwelcome wrinkles and fine lines.

Goodbye to Signs of Aging on the Skin

Products with retinol like Neocutis’ Nouvelle + Retinol Correction Cream can also be useful for keeping the skin looking youthful and wrinkle-free all year long, as it decreases fine lines and keeps the complexion looking soft and even. Many people appreciate products like this one because they don’t tend to cause irritation.

Skincare Benefits of Oxygen

       
Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Skincare Benefits of OxygenCells need oxygen to survive, and skin cells are no different. The unfortunate effects of smothering skin under layers of makeup– or, even worse, sleeping with makeup on– are well known, but it turns out that topically applying skin can help it stay fresh, youthful, and healthy.

Oxygen was first found to help heal people with severe burns. Oxygen gas, which is naturally present in a stable, bonded form, helps increase cell turnover and speeds up cellular metabolism. This makes it helpful for anyone that wants to maintain healthy skin.

Oxygen Therapy vs. Oxidative Damage

Oxygen isn’t always friendly to skin. Oxidative stress, an imbalance between reactive forms of oxygen and the body’s ability to neutralize them, leads to free radical damage. This damage is partially associated with signs of aging, including dull, sagging, and wrinkled skin. Oxygen therapy doesn’t contribute to this kind of skin damage, since is uses stable diatomic oxygen molecules rather than unstable, unpaired oxygen atoms.

How Oxygen Is Delivered to Skin

Hospitals have access to oxygen tents and gas tanks, but these aren’t remotely practical for home use. Fortunately there are skincare products containing oxygen on the market that offer it in a stabilized liquid form, which converts to oxygen gas once the product is applied. This lets users get the benefit of fresh, oxygenated skin without having to resort to gas tanks and expensive trips to specialty spas.

Antioxidants and Oxygen

Much has been made of antioxidants when it comes to fighting aging and preventing free radical damage. One of the benefits of using skincare products that contain oxygen is that they can be combined with antioxidants like vitamin E, botanical ingredients, or other compounds that have their own skin-saving virtues. In the end, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds– improved skin health with oxygen, and prevention of free radical damage.

Maintaining healthy skin means protecting it from damage and providing all of the nutrients it needs, including oxygen. By thoroughly cleansing skin every night to remove oxygen-blocking debris and clear out pores, and applying oxygen-containing skincare products afterward, you can have a brighter, clearer, more youthful complexion.

Skincare Benefits of Pumpkin

       
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Skincare Benefits of PumpkinWhen most people think of pumpkins, they think of all the delicious foods they can make in the kitchen. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, and pumpkin soup are just a few of the wonderful dishes many love to enjoy. Others might think of the fall, pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns and roasted pumpkin seeds. However, there is a little beauty secret behind the orange shell. Pumpkins are excellent for the skin! Who knew? Many cosmetics brands know and incorporate pumpkin into their exfoliating masks and lotions. There are lots of different ways to use pumpkin on the skin and produce a glowing complexion. Listed below are a few ways pumpkins can help give anyone gorgeous, glowing and flawless skin.

1. Erases Blemishes

For those who are acne-prone, the struggle with blemishes is all too familiar. It can be very frustrating to deal with the everlasting effect of a pimple. Unsightly scars and pimples may seem like they will never go away, but they can. It is best to apply pumpkin to the face once the pimple is on its way out. This will help diminish the potential for scarring and more pimples. Vitamin E, which is found in pumpkins, is notorious for providing relief and healing effects to the skin.

2. Controls Oily Skin

When applied as a paste or a mask on the skin, pumpkin can have a positive effect for those who struggle with oily skin. Due to the amount of zinc found in pumpkins, they hold the ability to absorb a lot of the excess oil on the skin and prevent excess production.

3. Eliminates Dry Skin

People who suffer from dry skin have a difficult time with exfoliating the dead skin cells. Pumpkin naturally completes the exfoliation of the skin. There are natural enzymes as well as really strong antioxidants found such as beta-carotene. Alpha hydroxy acids are also found and can soothe dry skin tremendously. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C add more nutrients to the skin and soften dry skin as well. The application of pumpkin isn’t just for the face. Those with dry and cracked hands and feet can really benefit from applying a mask to those areas as well. This is primarily because pumpkin holds the ability to hydrate and soften the rough, dry skin so well.

These are just a few of the many different ways that pumpkin can adequately benefit the skin. The next time a pesky pimple rears its ugly head, head for the grocery store and grab the best pumpkin available!

The Beauty of Cleansing Oils

       
Saturday, October 18th, 2014

The Beauty of Cleansing OilsAny beautician will attest to the benefits of cleansing oils for skin care. They contain a broad range of healthy antioxidants, can relieve specific skin conditions and have incredible moisturizing properties. They are also exceptional for cleaning skin without clogging pores, a serious issue with most soaps and other cleansing products.

Methods for Cleansing with Oil

  1. Select an oil suited to your skin type.
  2. Run yourself a nice steamy bath and get a clean wash cloth.
  3. Place eight to 10 drops in your palm and rub it carefully between the palms to warm the cleansing oil.
  4. Massage the oil thoroughly into the skin. You want to remove all traces of sebum and makeup impurities. Perform the act for no less than two minutes.
  5. Dip the wash cloth into the steamy water. Do not ring out water. Instead drape it across your face.
  6. After the wash cloth cools, gently pat away excess oil.
  7. Repeat the process up to five times or until your skin feels clear of oil and impurities.
  8. Tone and moisturize.

Choosing a Cleansing Oil

Talk with a beautician or other skin care specialist about how to determine what cleansing oil is best for your situation. Still, here are a few of the best oil cleansers and moisturizers for cleaning skin and effectively combatting issues like acne.

Argan Cleansing Oil

Besides not clogging pores, argan oil is a sound solution for preventing stretch marks and restoring skin elasticity, rehydrating skin and regenerating skin cells. It’s helpful in the reduction of brown spots and acne. It also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin E, which is great for skin care.

Coconut Cleansing Oil

It’s important to note that despite its benefits, coconut oil can clog pores. You should test it for a couple of days before deciding if it is the best cleansing option for your skin. Otherwise, it has exemplary moisturizing, anti-microbial, antiseptic and anti-aging properties. Coconut oil also provides a pleasant soothing and softening feel to the skin and touch.

Jojoba Cleansing Oil

Jojoba is a popular cleansing ingredient because it is similar to the natural oil that skin produces. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, helping to balance acne and oily skin. Great for dry skin as well, it treats skin infections and doesn’t clog pores.

They say oil and water don’t mix. That doesn’t apply when it comes to caring for your skin. Cleansing oil and water is an ideal solution for even the most problematic skin.

All-Over Beauty: A Practical Guide To Bust and Decollete Care

       
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

All-Over Beauty: A Practical Guide To Bust and Decollete CareMany of us have detailed and complicated skincare regimens, full of targeted creams and serums meant to treat our biggest skin concerns. However, for as much love as we give the skin on our faces and necks, we often neglect the delicate skin on our busts and decolletes. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be using products meant to target concerns in this area. To help you get a more lovely bust, here is a practical guide to bust and decollete care.

Protect Against The Sun

Too many women who take painstaking care to protect their faces and necks from sun damage fail to provide the same level of attention to their decollete. Sun damage on the decollete area can cause permanent scarring and discoloration, which can thereby ruin your appearance whenever you want to rock a low-cut dress. Protect your decollete skin by applying sunscreen to the area whenever you go outside. We love the DCL Super Sheer Sunscreen in SPF 50+ for this area.

Buff Away Impurities

If you struggle with an uneven skin tone on your decollete, buff away those impurities and irregularities by using an exfoliating treatment in the shower. However, be careful with what product you choose. Fine facial scrubs might be too gentle to do any real resurfacing, but coarse body scrubs can be too irritating. Try a finely milled exfoliating wash that is designed for the body but free of any rough, sugar-like granules, such as the Philosophy Microdelivery Micro-Massage Exfoliating Wash.

Treat With The Right Products

You use the appropriate serums and moisturizers for your face. So why not give your bust and decollete the same love? There are a myriad of products specifically designed to treat and target problems in the decollete area. If you’re trying to combat signs of aging, try an anti-aging bust serum, such as the BABOR Skinovage PX Intensifier Firming Neck and Decollete Cream. If you long for a fuller bust, try a plumping and firming serum like the Talika Bust Phytoserum.

As with any skincare concern, the best way to get a beautiful finish is by combining the right beauty regimen with the right lifestyle choices. As always, get enough water, sleep and nutrients, and you will be all the more closer to a beautiful bust and decollete.

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

       
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other
Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

Neocutis is a line of skin care specifically formulated for its anti-aging effects on the skin. Neocutis products have been thoroughly researched and developed by credited Swiss scientists using the very latest in product development technologies.

PSP

PSP stands for Processed Skin Cell Proteins and was discovered first for its wound healing properties. PSP can also be used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products such as Neocutis, making the Neocutis skin care line the newest generation of naturally balanced products available. PSP produces a balanced combination of polypeptides and skin nourishing proteins which utilizes the power of cytokines and human growth factors for advanced skin revitalization.

Melaplex

Melaplex is another active ingredient found in Neocutis skin care products. It is a proprietary blend of skin brightening ingredients which diminishes dark spots and uneven skin tone, restoring the complexion to a more youthful state of clarified brightness. Melaplex is a combination of four key ingredients that help target pigmentation spots in the skin:

• Phenylethyl Resorcinol

• Leucine

• Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

Melaplex has been clinically tested and proven to improve skin tone by forty three percent in a twelve week, twice daily application.

Rosaplex

Rosaplex is a redness balancing formula that boosts skin’s natural ability to reverse and prevent redness in the skin. Redness can be caused by acne, rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. The latest research confirms that the skin’s own innate immune system can cause redness and is linked to an over production of anti-microbial peptides. Neocutis products containing Rosaplex restores the skin’s balance and boosts the skin’s defense against redness by combining:

• Sodium Dextran Sulfate

• Zinc PCA

• Caffeine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

• Glycerin

Rosaplex helps to manage and diminish redness in the skin, blemishes and blotchiness and delivers results in less than eight weeks with twice daily application.

Vita-Plex C

Vita-Plex C assists in managing oxidative stress which increases the activity of free radicals on the skin. These free radicals directly contribute to aging of the skin. Vita-Plex C neutralizes free radicals and supports regeneration with its anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidents in Vita-Plex C include hydrophilics and lipophilics blended with an amino acid metabolite which preserves cellular preservation.

Neocutis products are an extremely advanced line of anti-aging and restorative skin care products that target and treat many of the symptoms and signs of aging most often reported by dermatologic patients. Often Neocutis is recommended as a preferred alternative to more invasive treatments such as acid peels or laser skin resurfacing.

Men and their Influence on the Beauty Industry

       
Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Men and their Influence on the Beauty IndustryYears ago, the American male skin cleanser might have been the equivalent of a fine grade of sandpaper mixed with a bit of Lava soap. In order to save face, men and boys have been sneaking into their wives’ or mother’s drawers to find what they need when their faces needed moisturizing or to find cream for razor burn. Why? Stigma, or the lack of signature skincare products for men and boys; after all, men and boys do suffer from dry skin and might need a foundation to cover-up complexion problems too, don’t they? Addressing the need, and understanding the desire, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs are launching cosmetic lines for men. They are bringing a solution to the cosmetics counter and online store—to meet the needs of men—their own niche cosmetics and skincare products, from shaving systems to body scrubs, you can find it all.

Boy how, things have changed! Now, if men are interested in taking care of their skin and using herbal shaving creams and after-shave treatments there is a large selection for them. Men, you can get what you need and want for your skin and choose the kind of skincare and fragrance that works for your lifestyle. You don’t need to have your wife, friend or sister shop for you at the Clinique counter; you have your own brands. It is understood—men use and buy skincare, designer shaving products, and even specially formulated foundations that work for male skin. European men have long known about and used skincare products, undaunted by social stigma, they cleanse their skin daily and use moisturizer and are unashamed to buy and talk about skin-health and proper care.

If you are looking for skincare products from Jack Black and other prominent designers, cologne, unique shaving accessories’ and body scrubs, Beauty Bridge has an array of products to suit your taste. If you prefer an unscented natural and herbal moisturizer, Baxter of California features Oil Free Moisturizer, a lightweight, oil free and fragrance-free selection, filled with antioxidants, vitamins E, A, and D, Japanese green tea, aloe and soothing chamomile.

If Sothys is more to your liking, you can find HOMME Soothing After-Shave Balm that brings freshness to the skin, prevents spots and soothes razor burn.

Today, specially formulated cosmetics and skincare products are wrapped with packaging that appeals to the male sensibility. Skincare and cosmetics for women only? Not really.