Top Tips for Looking After Your Skin in the Winter

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, staying wrapped up and warm is becoming a top priority for everyone. However, it’s not just keeping warm that becomes a bigger issue during the cold winter months; dry, flaky and chapped skin is also something that many people find themselves dealing with in the cold weather. As the outside temperature decreases, this tends to have an effect on our skin, especially on sensitive facial skin which tends to be more exposed to the cold than the rest of our bodies. So, what can you do to keep your skin in the healthiest condition this winter? Let’s find out.

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Tip #1. Use the Right Products

When it comes to looking after your skin in the winter, getting the right products is absolutely essential. Although it may not be as necessary to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun during the colder months, it’s definitely important to ensure that you have the right type of moisturizing products to keep your skin hydrated in the cold air. Opting for a high-quality skincare brand that’s designed to provide extra hydration is the best choice for both day and night creams to use during the winter. Get more skincare tips at healthyskinsolutions.com.

Tip #2. Use a Humidifier

When the temperatures begin to drop, it’s often essential to start cranking up the central heating, or even using an electric heater to warm up the temperatures indoors and ensure that you stay comfortable throughout the day. However, bear in mind that the dry, hot air that blasts through your home or office space to keep you warm can also dry out your skin and leave it feeling tight and dehydrated. A humidifier is an excellent tool to use indoors during the winter, working by dispersing the moisture in the air more evenly to prevent your skin from getting too dry.

Tip #3. Use Mild Cleansing Products

Keeping your skin clean and fresh is essential to effective skincare. However, over-using skin products can quickly have an adverse effect and cause your skin to dry out even more. The last thing that you want to be doing is stripping your skin of its natural sebum, the oil that helps to keep it moist and plump. So, stick to using high-quality, gentle skin cleansing products sparingly – bear in mind that sometimes, less is more!

Tip #4. Go Bare-Faced

If you wear a lot of makeup, then this could also be causing your skin to dry out faster during the winter, along with making dry, flaky skin look even worse. Wherever possible, going bare-faced for a few hours or even a few days can help to rejuvenate your pores and give your skin a breath of fresh air. Whilst there’s usually nothing to worry about if you are using high-quality makeup products, letting your skin go without every once in a while is definitely a great choice.

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Transitioning Your Makeup Routine from Summer to Fall

It may seem a little bit odd for you to see a headline like this in the middle of summer, but still, it is never too early to start preparing your skin for upcoming weather changes, right? Plus, it is useful to know some things in advance, kind of like how we’ll all be fully aware of next year’s spring fashion trends as soon as November starts. In this article, you will learn how to recover your skin from all that summer damage and also find out about the hottest fall makeup trends.

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Skincare

Hours-long beach sessions have probably already started to take their toll on your skin in forms of peeling, drying, greasing etc. And yes, your skincare routine is going to go through several changes now, but don’t worry – that doesn’t have to be a bother at all.

Goodbye summer moisturizer

Your favorite can’t-live-without moisturizer will be replaced by a heavier one. And yes, when we hear that, most of us instantly think about clogged pores and weighed down skin.However, now there are those that are specially designed to feel light while keeping your skin ultra-moisturized – kind of like the ones from Gorgeous Cosmetics, for example. After all, moisturizing is a very important process for keeping our skin safe from oiliness, blackheads, dryness etc.

Facial oils

There are countless benefits of incorporating these into your daily skincare routine, especially if you are using argan oil which is full of omega 3, 6 and 9 that protect and nourish your skin in the best way possible.

Sometimes we need extra(s)

Exactly – sometimes, when all those nighttime cat-eyes, crazy festival eyeshadows and rubbing your waterproof mascara take their toll on those fine lines around your eyes, moisturizers just aren’t strong enough to help them. This is why you need to upgrade your skincare arsenal with some aloe vera enriched eye creams. Use your eye cream every night before bed by massaging it gently onto the area around your eyes.

Makeup

After your skin is fully recovered from sea salt, pool chlorine, sand and sunlight, it’s time to doll yourself up. Say goodbye to fluorescent lips, mermaid eyes and pink highlighters – the fall has something else in mind.

All forms of metallic eye shadow

The fall of 2017 brings us all kinds of eye shadow color trends, but one stands out way above the others, and that is metallic – in all possible shades. And no, it is not just about dabbing some silver around your eyes. At 2017 fall fashion shows,metallics were swept across eyelids which gave the looks a remarkable beauty statement of strength that quickly spread through the runways. There are two ultimate ways to rock this trend: by blending a few completely opposite colors (like they did at the Alberta Ferretti fashion show with black, red and metal gold) which creates a beautiful, but at the same time badass impression, or by sticking to one particular metallic eye shadow like Lloyd Simmonds did at the Alexis Mabille fashion show.

If none of these work for you, you can always improvise and invent a new style yourself.

Burgundy

Luckily for us, burgundy has managed to remain the ultimate fall trend for another season.You can opt for sexy burgundy lips, or bold burgundy eyes. If you are wondering how such a thing as burgundy eyes can work, just take a look at La Perla’s fashion show and makeup artwork of one and only Erin Parsons who found the inspiration in British gardens. Make sure you try this color out this fall.

Gothic all the way

Ever wanted to pair your black shadow with a dark lipstick such as wine red or dark plum without feeling like a wicked witch? This year you can, because Rihanna once again launched a new makeup trend at her Fenty x Puma fashion show.

Beside this combination, many trends, such as rock ‘n’ roll eyes (a.k.a Kate Moss’s iconic eyeliner) and heavy-handed black liner approach, also made a huge comeback this season.

Graphic eyes

This makeup trend is embracing the looks you’ve only seen in those futuristic movies. Basically, it is all about achieving a structured look with an exaggerated flick and making unconventional color combinations. This look is super edgy and perfect for those who want to grab everybody’s attention.

The new smoky eye

Forget everything you’ve learned about smoky eyes. Now, it is all about wearing black makeup only on the outskirts of your eye (like the Saint Laurent fashion shows), doing an extreme graphic version of cat eye (Versace fashion show), or smudging only your brow bone with black shadow (like they did at the Giorgio Armani fashion show).

That would be it. How do you like these makeup trends? Feel free to leave your opinion in the comment section below.

Celebrity Makeup Artists Share Their Summer Secrets

We know that during summer months the only thick layer on you should be sunscreen. So, make sure you apply it at least 20 minutes before you put any makeup on, to let it soak in properly. Okay, let’s get straight to work then.

Vincent Oquendo says: exfoliation first

Believe it or not, Vincent Oquendo does one really strange thing before dolling up his VIP clients: he shaves them. Don’t worry, not literally. He calls that procedure dermaplaning. Basically, it is a new form of exfoliation where you use a sharp tool (10 gauge scalpel) to remove that dry and dirty top layer of your skin and leave you with much smoother and brighter complexion. Also, it eliminates the peach fuzz and leaves you with a very smooth and clean canvas for applying makeup. The treatment is painless and completely safe if you are careful enough. After you’re done, use a simple BB cream or a lightweight foundation.

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image source: Vincent Oquendo – http://bit.ly/2u3MoGZ

Molly R. Stern says: get naked

Stop it! Don’t take your clothes off! Walking around in these extreme high temperatures will result in sweating, smearing and smudging. To avoid these side effects, go light on your skin, avoid heavy foundation and make sure you use only the products you really need. If you have a clear face, don’t bother using anything at all, but on the other hand, if you think you need a foundation, just mix it with your sunscreen and dab a light concealer with your fingers on those critical spots.

Image source: Molly R. Stern – http://bit.ly/2tODbXI

Robert Sesnek says: switch to tinted moisturizers

Since we all use moisturizer on a daily basis, why wouldn’t we get the best of both worlds and save our skin and pores from foundation? If you don’t like the idea of using commercial tinted moisturizers, you can make your own by mixing your regular oil-free moisturizer with your lightweight foundation to achieve that soft and sheer appearance.

Image source: Robert Sesnek – http://bit.ly/2tOF1YM

Monika Blunder says: proper tools matter

Your super expensive light base won’t count if it is not applied the right way. It will eventually slide off your face and give you that dirty and melted look. Make sure you invest in quality synthetic buffing brushes which will help your foundation last longer and prevent it from looking oily.

Photo source: Monika Blunder – http://bit.ly/2tO2klH

Kelsey Deenihan says: bronzer is the safest way to get a tan

Powder SPF enriched bronzer can do wonders for your glow. Feel free to sweep it all over your face to make your complexion seem a lot deeper and then dust a shimmery one over it to accentuate the highlight points of your face a.k.a your temples, the bridge of your nose and the highest part of your cheekbones. You will glow like never before.

Image source: Kelsey Deenihan – http://prn.to/2tOyLjP

Every makeup artist ever says: during summertime go waterproof

What is worse: seeing yourself in a mirror after a long day and realizing you look like a raccoon, or wondering how long have you looked that way? When the temperatures are this high, your makeup will smudge due to excessive sweating. A waterproof mascara, like Maybelline Great Lash mascara for example, won’t smear, run and will easily handle pool, sea and sweat.

However, mascara and eyeliner are not the only waterproof makeup products out there. You can now find waterproof foundation, concealers, and even blushes and eye shadows which fill successfully fight both heat and humidity.

That would be it. Did you find any of these tips helpful? Do you know any other? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

Effective Fall Skincare Suggestions

The fall season is finally here. It’s now time for bright leaves and cool outdoor air. There’s no arguing that cold weather will soon be on its way, too. Although it’s currently the fall, there are still many people everywhere who want to do away with sun damage caused by the summertime. If you have premature wrinkles and sun spots that you believe are the result of the sun’s harsh UV rays, a better fall skincare routine may be able to help you minimize them significantly.

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If you want your skin to look better than ever in the fall, wear sunblock on a daily basis. Sunblock application should in no way be restricted to the warmest months of the year. It’s necessary at all times, no exceptions. The sun comes out in the winter, too. If you want to protect your delicate complexion from the negative effects of the sun, diligent sunblock use is essential. Put sunblock on your face, chest, neck and hands.

Moisturize your skin thoroughly. Ample moisture is necessary for people who want to have beautiful and healthy complexions in the autumn and beyond. The cool air of the fall can often lead to significant dryness. Heaters can do the same thing. If you want your skin to be soft, smooth and supple, it can help to invest in a shea butter-based hydrating formula, like the all natural raw shea butter that Eugenia Shea provides. Shea butter offers an abundance of serious skin advantages. It can be great for people who want to nurture their complexions. It’s chock-full of fatty acids and vitamins that are highly hydrating as well.

Opt for professional skincare treatments. If you want to take your complexion to the next level in the fall, it can be a great idea to get professional skincare assistance. Dermatologists can be invaluable resources for people who want to get rid of persistent red spots, sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines. Fotofacials can help people who are searching for lasting solutions to these types of skin troubles. People can also get prescription creams that can address certain issues. If you have conspicuous brown spots on your face brought on by sun exposure, hydroquinone and Retin-A are two examples of prescription creams that may be able to decrease them significantly.

There are also convenient home remedies that can be helpful for people who want to kiss summer sun destruction goodbye. If you want to improve your skin during the fall, it may be a great idea to perform a lemon juice facial in the comfort of your own home. Fresh lemon juice has alpha-hydroxy acids that offer exfoliation benefits. These acids get rid of dull and old skin cells. They, because of that, encourage the emergence of beautiful and new skin on your face. If you want your face to look and feel refreshed to the max, a nice and relaxing lemon juice facial may just do the trick. If you put in some time and dedication, revamping your skincare routine could be one of the best things you do this season.

 

Image credit: Aqua Mechanical – https://flic.kr/p/EadMTY

De-stressing might be the answer to healthy skin

STRESS AND SKIN

The skin and the brain develop from the same layer of cells in the human embryo; they are intimately linked throughout life. Healthy skin is therefore a product of not only a skin care routine, but a stress-free state of mind.

Stress is an engineering term which refers to the application of different forces to materials, usually used to test their strength or their breaking point. The concept is no different in humans. The types of forces applied are not those used in engineering, but the effects are much the same. Conscious and sub-conscious parts of the brain are both involved in the production of stress. As a consequence of the brain activity, the endocrine systems become involved at all levels.

Skin is influenced by the brain through its varied and wide-reaching system of connections to the skin. Hormones produced by the different parts of the endocrine system have profound, direct and indirect, effects on the skin. From this concise explanation of the structural and functional intimacy of the different organ systems, it is easy to appreciate that skin will not escape the eroding effects of pervasive stress.

The quality, comfort and appearance of healthy skin depend on a fine and happy balance of the influences mentioned above. The blood flow through the skin of a stressed person is not at its optimal, thus disrupting the oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin. Like any starving or suffocating organ, aging and decay are sped up over time. Persistent stress starts to automate the nerve impulse pathways as our brains learn the patterns that are most often repeated. Combine this with a lethal mix of constantly-raised stress hormones and cell receptors are reprogrammed into ‘survival mode’.

Cells focused on survival are not attuned to thrive, divide efficiently or produce highly specialised, robust and vital units required for youthful, zesty skin. Skin can become stress-damaged over protracted periods. However, due to genetic and other differences, the complexity of all the involved elements and effects variable to passage of time make it impossible to quantify the effects of stress on skin in any individual.

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The logical question follows: Is it possible to reverse or correct this situation?

Fortunately, the answer is yes on two different levels. Firstly, there is a need to recognise the elements of stress in one’s life and find a means of managing it in a positive manner. Sometimes, this may be small and simple lifestyle changes to make, but at other times it may require life-altering moves to get rid of the excessive stress. For most people cultivating a simple habit of regular exercise, improved periods of rest and reflection will help to de-stress and balance the hormones responsible for the negative changes. Specific exercises where attention is focussed on breathing, stretching and toning go a long way to defuse stress-hormone storms.

On the level of the skin itself, the aim is to alter the skin cell behaviour that focuses on surviving to cells that are able to thrive. We are starting to understand how to create cells which are able to maximise their full potential in function, structure and beauty. Environ’s advanced vitamin skin therapy addresses the backbone processes with which man has evolved over the last two hundred thousand years. Keeping enough of the crucially important molecules like vitamin A, C and E within the cells simply means that cells are better able to withstand the onslaught of stress hormones and the altered patterns of stimulation brought about by the stress. This does not in any way reduce the need of the other forms of general stress reduction mentioned above, yet it goes a long way to slow down the negative influences.

Speed in everything appears to have become an essential ingredient with companies competing to design electronic instruments which will perform faster with larger amounts of information. At the same time those who are lucky enough to be in affluent societies are living longer, which simply means that the skin cells will be subjected to this battering of the senses for more and more years. Neither our cells, nor psyches are geared to deal with these circumstances. Change at such a pace leaves no room for the evolution of systems which were shaped by completely different survival stresses over hundreds of thousands of years.

The only possible counter-approach to this phrenetic race is to understand the importance of relaxation and spontaneous, quiet contemplation for the body and mind. The skin should also be allowed to rest from the stress and physical environmental challenges. Providing real nutrition to skin cells based on sound scientific principles enables repair mechanisms to deal with the cumulative DNA damage, whilst coaxing cells to specialise to their natural potential.

It is therefore important to see the skin as an integral part of a total system which needs de-stressing on a total body level. In this new age, the mind-body balance and macro and micro nutrition will be key to optimal function of all body parts into a healthy old age. Not least of all, will be the need to do this for healthy skin.

DR. ERNST EISELEN, MBChB, FRACGP.