Posts Tagged ‘skincare regimen’

It’s time to warm up your complexion for spring

       
Friday, April 13th, 2012

A bit of bronzer and self tanner can warm your skin right up!After spending the majority of your winter inside under the blankets, your skin might be looking a bit pale. Rather than putting yourself at the mercy of dangerous tanning beds, why not darken up with a few self-tanning and bronzing products that can give your complexion a healthy glow?

Start by bronzing your entire body with an easy-to-use tanning wipe like TanTowel – Self-Tan Towelette. You won’t notice any streaking, and the formula dries quickly so you won’t have to stand around naked waiting to get dressed. Too Faced – Tanning Bed In A Tube is another option that will give you gradual color with a yummy Pina Colada scent.

Once you’re looking more like you’ve just gotten back from a tropical vacation, use Jane Iredale – So-Bronze 1 to keep the color lasting on your face. Brush it onto areas that would naturally get tan, like your forehead, the bridge of your nose and your cheeks. Follow up with a subtle highlighter on top of those areas for truly glowing skin.

Now that you’re not looking quite as ghostly, you might be inspired to pick up a few more springtime products that will enhance your beachy appearance!

Why you might not want to spot-treat blemishes

       
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Spot-treating isn't the answer to clear skin!If you’re prone to breakouts, you might think that the best approach to getting rid of them is using products to spot-treat the affected areas. According to Allure Magazine, this method can definitely help to reduce the lifespan of a zit, but it’s not very effective if your ultimate goal is to end up with clear skin.

That’s because prevention is the key to a blemish-free complexion. If you’re spot-treating your pimples, you’re only making sure that the ones you have will go away – you’re not preventing new ones from popping up right after the old ones are gone.

“You need to prevent acne from forming, and that means treating skin that’s prone to pimples even if there are none present,” dermatologist Karyn Grossman told the news source.

To do this, use a facial cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or glycolic or salicylic acid, like NeoStrata – Foaming Glycolic Wash AHA 20. Then, use an acne cream like Murad – Skin Perfecting Lotion all over your face. To prevent dryness and irritation, only use a very thin layer, then use a moisturizer over it. You should notice less breakouts as a result.

Two ways to cure acne

       
Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Clear up your acne fast.Pimples are part of being a teenager, but what if your breakouts don't go away when you hit adulthood? Lots of people struggle with less-than-perfect skin well into their 20s, 30s and even 40s. If you think that your zits are a life sentence, think again! Here are two ingredients to look for when you're shopping for products that'll help clear up your skin in no time.

1. Benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is an anti-bacterial agent that kills the bacteria that cause acne blemishes, and it's found in all kinds of creams, lotions and washes. If you struggle with body acne, a benzoyl peroxide-based body wash could be the perfect addition to your shower routine. For your face, opt for a benzoyl peroxide cream or lotion, which will help you maintain moisture. The product can be extremely drying, so use it sparingly.

2. Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring acid that helps rid your skin of excess oil and clear up zits in no time. You can find it in body and face washes, toner and astringents, as well as many kinds of skin-clearing makeup. Like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid can be drying, so make sure you moisturize your face when you're using it.

For best results, use salicylic acid in the morning and benzoyl peroxide at night. Start with very small amounts of each to avoid drying out your skin, and your blemishes will be gone in no time!

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurture

       
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurtureChances are you’ve racked up plenty of experience telling the lady at the sales counter whether you’ve got normal, oily, dry or combination skin. But did you know that having sensitive skin isn’t always a result of what your mama gave you?

“According to experts, all of [the] popular high-tech potions and procedures [we use to whip our skin into shape] contribute to a gradual wearing down of the outer layers of skin, leading to an uptick in the number of people who suffer from continual redness and sensitivity issues,” StyleList.com reports.

This means there definitely can be “too much of a good thing” when it comes to exfoliators, anti-aging treatments and especially when it comes to using too many products all at once.

To combat this issue, we suggest talking to a skincare expert to determine your true skin type and sticking only to products designed for your dermis. Most skincare regimens don’t require more than the use of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and/or night cream.

Your endless guide to looking natural

       
Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Your endless guide to looking naturalFor a look that shouldn’t make you appear much different than your natural self, there are so many ways to pull off a nude makeup style, especially if you’re yearning for some versatility in your morning (or evening) routine. To help you navigate the sea of flattering, effortless choices, here’s a quick pocket guide that will assist you in making up your mind as well as your face.

For your glow

There’s so much that goes in to having great skin, but most of it can be explained rather simply. Eat well, stay well-rested, drink plenty of water and get your weekly dose of fitness. As the largest organ on your body, your skin presents a tangible reflection of your body’s health, so great skincare always starts with great youcare.

Beyond that, there are quality skincare products available that will help you slip into your most beautiful skin yet. Remember – the key to a natural makeup look is having a beautiful complexion that speaks for itself. Your skincare routine will ultimately be devised based on your skin type and individual set of needs, but virtually every woman’s regimen should involve a non-drying cleanser, toner, moisturizer, night cream and any other supplements and serums you might need to target specific concerns.

When your skin is hydrated and healthy, you probably won’t require too much makeup to achieve a flawless complexion, but for whatever problem areas your routine doesn’t correct on its own, using high quality foundations, concealers and powders can help you get that extra boost.

For a timeless, natural look, mineral makeup has been all the rage as of late. Many formulas, such as BABOR Mineral Powder Foundation, are designed to do the work of three products in one, offering unbeatable coverage with a matte, natural finish that conceals as it evens out your skin tone.

Once you’ve got a flawless base, making your complexion pop with some subtle hints of blush and highlighting creams is the perfect finish for a radiant mug. Stick to a cream or powder blush in the rose or peach color family, striving to stick to shades that closely match the tone of your natural glow. Swirl onto the apples of your cheeks and up toward your temple, adding a little to your forehead or nose to finish off a natural sun-kissed glow. Dab a highlighting cream on your cheekbones, temples and browbones to add subtle definition and a romantic dewy glow.

For eyes that sparkle in their own right

Eye makeup is arguably where ladies tend to have the most liberty, so it may be hard to restrain yourself when trying to stick to a nude theme.

Remember, though – a natural aesthetic doesn’t have to look bare, so feather on the mascara and groom those brows as you normally would (structured brows are actually key to pulling off a natural look).

Eyeliner, if used at all, should be kept to natural, neutral tones of brown, navy or gray and applied in short, feathery strokes to the inner lash line and blended softly onto the upper lid.

As for shadows, feel free to play around with any combination of beiges, champagnes, taupes, bronzes and coppers – anything to give your lids an extra pop of shimmer without straying too far from your natural skin tone. If you’re feeling playful, don’t think you need to rule out all the fun – a hint of gold shimmer near your upper and lower lash line will blend right into your tawny look but feature just the right amount of glamour for a night out.

Pout if you want to

As the last (but certainly not the least) part of your makeup routine, lips can be left about as bare as a button or dressed up in a lovely shimmery gloss. Nude makeup looks aren’t the time to break out your bold berry lipstick, but a light lipstain that closely matches your natural coloring will add just a hint of color to your lips without looking overly obvious.

Some nude fashions go for an altogether muted mouth, which is best achieved with a skin-colored lipstick or by applying concealer to your mouth before finishing with a coat of balm or gloss. The result is high-fashion and always chic.

Essential oils are Earth-friendly and oh-so-luxurious

       
Friday, April 29th, 2011

Essential oils are Earth-friendly and oh-so-luxuriousNext time you duck into the shower, reconsider your routine – there are so many more natural alternatives to the highly processed products weighing down your shower rack, and beyond that, they’re less damaging to the environment.

“Using oil to cleanse and hydrate is an ancient tradition,” beauty expert Josie Maran told StyleList.com. “I love it because it’s 100 percent natural, it’s rich with nutrients like fatty acids and vitamin E, and the oils balance out your skin, so it doesn’t produce too much or too little oil. Oils also clean deeper than detergents, but it doesn’t strip the skin.”

Because oils are entirely natural, they don’t leave nearly as harmful an impact on the environment as some popular synthetic beauty products do. Plus, they’re a total head trip, offering all kinds of benefits for your mental state (and environmentally-conscious peace of mind).

L’Occitane Aromachologie Organic Purifying Essential Oil Blend contains the healing power of eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon and tea tree to help cleanse body of mind of all unwanted energies. For a healthy dose of relaxation, try L’Occitane Aromachologie Organic Relaxing Essential Oil Blend and let the heady lavender do its fragrant trick.

Your endless guide to looking natural

       
Monday, April 25th, 2011

Your endless guide to looking naturalFor a look that shouldn’t make you appear much different than your natural self, there are so many ways to pull off a nude makeup style, especially if you’re yearning for some versatility in your morning (or evening) routine. To help you navigate the sea of flattering, effortless choices, here’s a quick pocket guide that will assist you in making up your mind as well as your face.

For your glow

There’s so much that goes in to having great skin, but most of it can be explained rather simply. Eat well, stay well-rested, drink plenty of water and get your weekly dose of fitness. As the largest organ on your body, your skin presents a tangible reflection of your body’s health, so great skincare always starts with great youcare.

Beyond that, there are quality skincare products available that will help you slip into your most beautiful skin yet. Remember – the key to a natural makeup look is having a beautiful complexion that speaks for itself. Your skincare routine will ultimately be devised based on your skin type and individual set of needs, but virtually every woman’s regimen should involve a non-drying cleanser, toner, moisturizer, night cream and any other supplements and serums you might need to target specific concerns.

When your skin is hydrated and healthy, you probably won’t require too much makeup to achieve a flawless complexion, but for whatever problem areas your routine doesn’t correct on its own, using high quality foundations, concealers and powders can help you get that extra boost.

For a timeless, natural look, mineral makeup has been all the rage as of late. Many formulas, such as BABOR Mineral Powder Foundation, are designed to do the work of three products in one, offering unbeatable coverage with a matte, natural finish that conceals as it evens out your skin tone.

Once you’ve got a flawless base, making your complexion pop with some subtle hints of blush and highlighting creams is the perfect finish for a radiant mug. Stick to a cream or powder blush in the rose or peach color family, striving to stick to shades that closely match the tone of your natural glow. Swirl onto the apples of your cheeks and up toward your temple, adding a little to your forehead or nose to finish off a natural sun-kissed glow. Dab a highlighting cream on your cheekbones, temples and browbones to add subtle definition and a romantic dewy glow.

For eyes that sparkle in their own right

Eye makeup is arguably where ladies tend to have the most liberty, so it may be hard to restrain yourself when trying to stick to a nude theme.

Remember, though – a natural aesthetic doesn’t have to look bare, so feather on the mascara and groom those brows as you normally would (structured brows are actually key to pulling off a natural look).

Eyeliner, if used at all, should be kept to natural, neutral tones of brown, navy or gray and applied in short, feathery strokes to the inner lash line and blended softly onto the upper lid.

As for shadows, feel free to play around with any combination of beiges, champagnes, taupes, bronzes and coppers – anything to give your lids an extra pop of shimmer without straying too far from your natural skin tone. If you’re feeling playful, don’t think you need to rule out all the fun – a hint of gold shimmer near your upper and lower lash line will blend right into your tawny look but feature just the right amount of glamour for a night out.

Pout if you want to

As the last (but certainly not the least) part of your makeup routine, lips can be left about as bare as a button or dressed up in a lovely shimmery gloss. Nude makeup looks aren’t the time to break out your bold berry lipstick, but a light lipstain that closely matches your natural coloring will add just a hint of color to your lips without looking overly obvious.

Some nude fashions go for an altogether muted mouth, which is best achieved with a skin-colored lipstick or by applying concealer to your mouth before finishing with a coat of balm or gloss. The result is high-fashion and always chic.

Revamp your skincare routine as you get older

       
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Revamp your skincare routine as you get olderAccording to Allure.com, a recent study revealed that nearly 50 percent of women follow the same basic skincare routine as they did when they were teenagers. And while it may make sense to stick with a product that works well for your skin, gals may want to consider updating their skin regimen as they age.

“Remember the days when you got a pimple on Monday and all traces of it were gone by Thursday? Now, it seems like it takes the dark marks zits can leave behind months to finally fade away,” reports the news source. However, using a product with glycolic acid, like Murad Night Reform Treatment, before bed time can help exfoliate and boost your skin cell turnover.

As you age, you may also want to begin using eye cream to protect the thin and delicate skin that surrounds your peepers, such as Murad Eye Treatment Complex SPF 8. The news provider recommends applying eye cream with your ring finger, as it’s the weakest and will tug at skin the least.

Finally, while it can be easy to solely focus on your face, remember not to neglect your neck. However, experts claim that you do not need a separate product for your neck, simply use swift upward strokes to apply a rich facial moisturizer.

Sticking to a Skin Care Schedule

       
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

People who have done well using a combination of prescription medications and quality skin care products have stuck to a regime and used their medications as directed by their doctors.  By doing so, enabled their prescription medications to do the job they were created to do, and reduced the likelihood of side effects.

It’s best to wait 10 to 15 minutes after cleansing your face before applying topical acne treatment. If you’ve waited but see redness, drying, or peeling, the irritation may be caused by your cleanser. Try to use only alcohol free products. Always use a gentle cleanser–one that feels non-abrasive and does not contain alcohol–on your face and other acne-prone areas, including your back. Using a noncomedogenic moisturizer (one that won’t clog pores) immediately after applying the treatment can reduce redness, drying and peeling. Acne doesn’t clear up overnight. After 3 to 4 weeks, expect to see about a 40% improvement.

It takes 4 to 6 months to see significant improvement but worth the time and energy you put into it.