Posts Tagged ‘smooth skin’

Amp up your decolletage for the perfect strapless look

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Going strapless? Amp up your decolletage!If you’re planning to wear a strapless dress for an upcoming holiday party, you may want to start paying attention to your decolletage. After all, it’s going to be prominently on display, and your skin is your best accessory! Here are some tips from Cosmopolitan magazine.

In the days before the event, be sure to use a face cream on your chest area. Dermalogica – Skin Smoothing Cream (3.4 oz.) will keep it smooth, improve the texture and give plenty of hydration.

On the day of, use a loofah to gently scrub your chest, neck and shoulders to remove any dead skin cells that could be making it look dull. Then, mix a bit of shimmer with your regular body lotion and apply it in small circles for an even application. Use a concealer to hide any blemishes, them set it with a translucent powder.

Once you’re dressed, use a bronzer like GloMinerals – gloBronze – SunKiss to define your chest. Sweep it over the curve of your breasts, then down in between. Finish with a bit of highlighter on your collarbones, shoulders and in between your cleavage.

Anti-aging skincare for all ages

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Anti-aging skincare is appropriate for all ages!You’ve probably realized by now that the best way to prevent aging is to start changing your everyday habits and use anti-aging skincare products early – even before you start seeing fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. While not all ages need every anti-aging product on the market, there are certain things you should be providing your skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Here’s a list of the things everyone should do, followed by advice for each stage of your mid-life, according to and Allure magazine.

Anti-aging advice for all ages
These tips are meant to be started immediately for all ages.
1. Stop smoking. Even if you’ve been a smoker for a number of years, it’s never too late to stop further damage from happening. Smoking greatly accelerates the aging of your skin because it encourages the destruction of collagen, which helps your skin remain plump and smooth. Smoking can make your skin dull, dry and wrinkled, so do yourself a favor and quit!
2. Wear sunscreen. Applying sunblock not only protects your skin from getting burned, but it protects your skin from aging. Prolonged sun exposure can create advanced age spots, wrinkles and give your skin a leathery texture. Use a product like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which covers up existing marks and protects your skin.
3. Eat well. As long as your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, your skin should be getting the antioxidants and vitamins you need to fight the signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important, so be sure to include nuts and fish like salmon into your diet. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough, consider taking a vitamin supplement.
4. Exercise. Working out and moving is great for all parts of your body – even your skin. It increases the delivery of oxygen to your skin cells, as well as important vitamins so your skin looks younger longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water as you exercise to keep hydrated.
5. Sleep. Ever heard of beauty sleep? It’s real. Your body releases hormones while you’re sleeping to stimulate cell turnover and refresh your skin. Too much stress and lack of sleep can suppress your immune system and speed up aging, so get plenty of rest each night.

What to do when you’re:
• In your 20s. During this hectic age, you should be protecting and repairing your skin. Stress can increase the amount of damaging free radicals in your body, which show up as dark circles, puffiness and dullness. Use plenty of sunscreen, as well as a moisturizer with plenty of antioxidant ingredients, like Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15.
• In your 30s. When you begin to see signs of aging, it’s time to exfoliate and regenerate your skin. Declining levels of collagen and elastin can create fine lines and wrinkles, while the rate of skin regeneration begins to slow down. Use products with peptides or retinols, which help to elevate your collagen and elastin, like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead cells and increase cell turnover on the surface of your skin.
• In your 40s. During this period you may notice that your skin seems thinner and less hydrated, which is why it’s important to plump and soothe. Use a product with hyaluronic acid, which hold water to plump your skin from within. SkinMedica – Hydrating Complex is a good choice.
• In your 50s. Changes in your hormones can cause dryness at this age, so it’s crucial to hydrate and nurture your skin. Glycerin and ceramides can help to repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier, so use a product like SkinMedica – TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.

How to pull off a no-makeup look

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

After your shower, there's no makeup necessary!When you think of what to wear on a special occasion, you probably envision a look with plenty of gorgeous makeup to complement your ensemble. However, you don’t need tons of beauty products to look your best, as long as your skin is radiant.

For gorgeous skin that doesn’t need concealer or foundation to look amazing, you need to start your routine in the shower. You should be cleaning your face twice a day – in the morning and at night. Use a cleanser that’s formulated for your skin type to ensure the best results.

Every couple of days, use an exfoliating scrub to get rid of dead skin cells and make your face smooth and even. Exuviance – Ultra Restorative Creme will also improve the clarity and texture of your skin for a much brighter complexion.

Finally, use a good moisturizer to hydrate your facial skin. Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15 is a good choice that will leave your face ready for a close-up…without that extra makeup!

Easy and effective body scrubs

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Sugar scrubs will leave your skin smoother than you thought possible!There’s nothing like a bit of exfoliation to brighten up a dull complexion. Not only does a body scrub work to get rid of dead, dry skin cells – it moisturizes too. If you use it a couple times a week, you’ll be on your way to having the smoothest body ever in no time.

Here’s an easy DIY recipe you can make at home with ingredients you probably already have, inspired by Glamour magazine.ap. Mix together regular or raw sugar with a bit of oil (vegetable, safflower or coconut will do) until it has a paste-like texture. Add a few drops of essential oil if you want to and use to scrub off in the shower.

For an even easier way to slough off dead cells, try something like Bioelements – Cactus Cloth, which is made of natural cactus fibers and is meant to smooth the skin and increase circulation.

If you’re worried about a scrub for aging skin, there are plenty of options with anti-aging ingredients, like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Anti-Aging Buffing Beads. It uses aloe vera, jojoba beads, lemon and other natural ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Your skin will look radiant!

Taking care of your birthday suit

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

You should feel good about your skin!There’s nothing better than feeling confident about how you look sans clothes, which is why it’s important to take good care of your skin. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the skin you’re in.

1. Brush. You skin obviously doesn’t have tangles, but if you use a body brush before or in the shower to get rid of dead skin cells, your skin will look a lot smoother and healthier. A cloth like the ModelCo – Buffed Exfoliating Body Cloth also works wonders!
2. Take care of body acne. If you shower after sweating, you’ll get rid of pore-clogging dirt and oils. A body wash with salicylic acid will help clear up any existing breakouts.
3. Masks. These aren’t just for your face. A body mask like Borghese – Fango Active Mud for Face and Body can be used all over to nourish and invigorate your skin, giving you a fabulous glow!
4. At the end of your shower, rinse with colder water. This will not only help firm and tone your skin, but will seal your hair’s cuticle too for shinier strands!
5. Slather on a moisturizer after getting out of the shower. Your skin will soak it right up and leave you soft and silky for the rest of the day.

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.

Don’t let psoriasis symptoms stick around

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Psoriasis itch giving you the blues?If you’re one of the roughly 8 million people in the U.S. who has psoriasis, the good news is that the skin condition is controllable with medication, and future research for a cure looks promising.

Psoriasis is a common skin ailment that’s not contagious. It causes fast skin cell reproduction, which results in dry, red patches of thick skin from the excess build-up. The affection often affects elbows, knees and the scalp. Psoriasis is chronic and incurable, but it improves and worsens periodically. Sometimes, the condition can clear up for years. It tends to become worse in the winter months and gets better in warmer months with exposure to increased sunlight.

For mild cases, psoriasis can often be treated by topical sprays, lotions, gels and creams. A product like NeoStrata PSORENT Psoriasis Topical Solution can relieve the itching, redness and irritation caused by the malady. When you use these products regularly, they can prevent recurrence. A cream like Rilastil – Deliskin can reduce redness and soothes on contact, as well as improve the appearance of the problem on a long-term basis. Smooth it on for visibly improved skin.

Combat hyperkeratosis for smoother skin

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Your feet will be smooth as a baby's!Hyperkeratosis is a thickening of the skin due to an excessive accumulation of a protective protein called keratin. Your skin forms keratin to protect against rubbing, pressure and other irritation. Irritating chemicals, chronic inflammation, infection and excessive sunlight can also cause hyperkeratosis.

Elbows, knees, palms and heels are the areas most commonly affected because they tend to bear a lot of weight. Calluses, corns and a darkening of the skin often develop, which can be unattractive. Wearing comfortable shoes and protecting your skin from rubbing can help prevent hyperkeratosis. Avoid too much leaning on your elbows and knees so they don’t thicken.

If you have hyperkeratosis on your feet, a product with glycolic acid, like NeoStrata – Foot Gel Plus AHA 15, can help relieve your dry, thickened heels and moisturize for a smoother surface. For all other areas, use NeoStrata – Gel Plus AHA 15 for the same type of relief. Call a health care professional if your corns or calluses are painful or if you notice a thickening of your foot, which looks like a plantar wart – these conditions might require special treatment. As long as you take the time to prevent and treat symptoms, your skin will look smooth and supple.

Faking a flawless complexion

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Get perfect skin instantly!You can style your hair, line your eyes, paint your pout and even bronze your arms and chest, but it’ll all be for naught if the only thing you can focus on when you glance in the mirror is that zit on your cheek. Sure, acne affects almost everyone, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting skin that’s as smooth and flawless as the celebs who walk the read carpet. Luckily, as those very stars prove, you needn’t have a crystal-clear complexion to fake like you’ve got perfect skin.

If your blemishes are red or inflamed, you’ll want to start off with a concealer that’s tinted green. This subtle hint of color will cancel out the red in your skin, making your blotches and spots easier to cover with foundation. Do you just have a rosy complexion in general? Opt for a green-tinted primer instead.

Speaking of primer, it should always be the first step to any makeup routine – especially in the hot summer months. Not only does primer give your makeup something to stick to so it’ll last longer, it also puts a protective barrier between your foundation and your skin, which means your cosmetics are less likely to clog your pores and worsen acne problems.

If your pimples are tough to get rid of, you have many options when it comes to skin clearing makeup. Look for a foundation that contains salicylic acid – that way, it won’t just cover your spots, it’ll actually help to heal them! Don’t forget to pick up a product with a high SPF to prevent against other types of damage, too.

Finding a body wash that won’t dry out your skin

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Find a body wash that won't leave your skin dry.Staying clean is a full-time job, but if you scrub too hard with a super-harsh body wash, you might find that skin is dry, flaky and itchy. How can you remedy this issue without reverting to caveman hygiene? It’s easy – you need a body wash that does double-duty as a moisturizer.

Finding the right body wash for you might take a little experimenting. If your skin is in need of heavy-duty help, look for a body wash that also features a moisturizing element, like Dermalogica Conditioning Body Wash. Instead of scrubbing with a loofah or a washcloth, use your hands to soap up your body – it’s gentler and easier on your skin. Make sure to rinse thoroughly before you exit the shower.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, a body scrub can actually help fight dry skin by encouraging cell turnover and revealing healthier, softer skin underneath your most difficult areas, like knees and elbows. Use an all-over exfoliating scrub like Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub once a week to keep your skin refreshed and smooth.

Finally, don’t skip the moisturizer! Use an allergen-free, non-comedogenic lotion every time you step out of the shower to keep skin quenched.