Beauty Starts with Skin Care

Welcoming 2020 with a list of new set of goals is what majority of us is doing. Why not include skin care routine into your goals?

Beautifying starts with a great skin, whether you are in your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s like me. Remember that it’s never too late to start getting into skin care.  Building a routine can tune up your complexion. If you’re not sure where to begin with your skin care routine, it is best advised to visit your dermatologist for consultation, rather than experimenting on beauty products which may not be suitable for your skin type and could do more harm than good.

There are a lot of skin clinics in the metro, and one of the best in town is Dermcare where I always go to in terms of facial treatments. Not only that they offer affordable solution to most skin care problems but they also have a wide range of products for all skin types. Their therapists and facialists are also well trained.

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Here are just two of the best anti-aging facial care and treatments which my friend and I availed at Dermcare SM Fairview Branch. Thank you Ms. Vilma Melendez, Dermcare Supervisor SMF Branch for the warm accommodation

Jade Facial Rejuvenation

Jade rolling can do wonders. This type of anti-aging procedure makes use of a tool that looks like a miniature paint roller, an oblong piece of pure jade is at the end of the metal handle

This trendy skincare tool benefits are:

  • Toning and firming the facial skin to boost circulation
  • Reduces puffiness
  • Enhancing glow
  • Improving elasticity
  • Minimizing fine lines
  • Detoxifying

Diamond Power Peel

I love this noninvasive mechanical procedure. It is an effective treatment in my case. Though I am aging gracefully, lines and gray are continuously showing up.  Sessions of diamond peel removes excess oil, dirt, and dead cells on the surface of my facial skin. It improves the appearance of my fine wrinkles and more so even out a part of patchy complexion.

Diamond Peel is an effective treatment for:

  • fine scars
  • enlarged pores
  • uneven complexion/dark spots
  • non inflamed whiteheads and black heads
  • sun damage
  • acne breakout

While there isn’t any special preparation required before the treatment, it would be imperative to have your skin properly assessed and evaluated by the skin specialist for you to get the proper and suitable facial treatment.

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine based on my personal experience.

 

A Skin Care Box Makes A Great Gift for the Holidays!

We don’t know about you, but we are so ready for the holiday season this year. We admit it, we are certified holiday junkies. We get a weird glow in our eyes the minute we overeat on Thanksgiving Day until the day after New Year’s. During the holiday season, the one thing that stresses us out is the thought of having to come up with gifts for everyone on our list. Does that ever happen to you? If it does, we have a great idea for you. Take a minute and try the idea of giving a skincare box as a gift idea for the holidays. That way, you can get all of your shopping done on one site and make everyone on your gift list–from your mom to your best friend to your favorite niece–get holiday happy. 

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What Can I Put in a Skincare Box?

There are many options you may want to try for a skincare box you give as a gift. You may want to begin the gift box with a gift of serum. Serums such as the best vit C serum are a great way to customize your gifts for the people you love. You can choose serums that will be perfect for your favorite co-worker, or that lady at the synagogue who always helps you wrangle the children to get a seat. Vitamin C serum is great for every skin type, and every skin age. It brightens everyone’s skin, whether that skin is 20 or 80. Vitamin C serum also helps your family and friends minimize inflammation from acne or those age spots that drive people crazy. What a great serum to add to your skincare box!

You may also want to add another skincare serum that is great for every skin type, which is hyaluronic acid serum for face. We love hyaluronic acid, because it can accomplish several things. First of all, this acid is an extreme moisturizer. It can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. Because hyaluronic acid is such an amazing water retainer, it allows your skin to look dewy and refreshed, no matter how long you’ve been out in the dry winter air. One of the best things about hyaluronic acid serum is that it works whether your skin is exceptionally dry during the winter, or exceptionally oily. Hyaluronic acid serum adds water to your complexion without adding oil, which can cause your skin to become irritated and suffer a breakout. 

Whether you are thinking about a small gift box, with a vial of vitamin C serum, or a larger box with vitamin C serum, hyaluronic acid serum, and other items, you can customize it any way you want. If you are looking for other items to add, you may want to look for a derma roller. Like the serums we talked about, the derma roller is great for any skin type, and people have been using it for decades to keep their skin in great shape. If you are looking for other ideas, why not jump online today, and have a look at all of our product ideas? We know we can make the holidays especially merry for your favorite people in the world. 

Skin Value: Ways to Maintain a Radiant Skin

I am neither a beauty expert nor a beauty consultant, but I take time out to read on fashion and beauty magazines and watch beauty fashion talks too. Nowadays, there are a lot of ways to maintain a radiant skin and age doesn’t matter when it comes to skin care.

It is not about hiding my real age. Lines and greys are definitely showing, however, as I am already at the prime of my life, I want to maintain a glowing skin as much as possible.

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The basic building block of a radiant healthy skin is to eat the right kind of food. Good nutrition and keep hydrated by drinking lots of water. Avoiding excessive sun exposure, smoking and hard excessive drinking will greatly help in bringing out the natural beauty in oneself.

It is not enough to just get a facial to make the skin clear and beautiful. We need to have a home skin-care routine to keep a beautiful glowing skin.

Here are the things that I do to maintain a radiant skin.

  • I get a professional facial treatment like diamond peel to deep cleanse my skin at least once a month or every two months
  • I take a long bath once a week, scrubbing off dirt and dead skin cells all over my body. I use an intensive peeling gel on my face to remove dead skin cells and eliminate blackheads.
  • As much as possible I get enough sleep; lack of sleep will make you look old and haggard.
  • I carefully select and use quality skin products that suit my skin type.
  • I wear a sunscreen when I get out of the house.
  • I wear make-up only during special occasions and events. Lipstick, day cream, face powder and a splash of my favorite scent make my day.
  • Since I am too lazy to put lotion on my skin after taking a bath, I am using a deep moisture body wash instead and it does wonders.
  • I occasionally put on face masks, I love the refreshing feel on my face but I am not sure if it really works, lol.
  • I rub ice cubes on my face after a face wash before going to bed, it just became a habit that my mom taught me.

Most importantly, frown less and smile more. According to studies, stress can cause your skin age at accelerated pace.

How Face Serums Can Enhance Your Beauty Quotient

Face Serums

Most of us have grown up hearing about the essential steps of basic skin care: use a sunscreen before stepping out in the sun, remove makeup before going to bed, and of course, apply cleanser, toner, and moisturizer every day to keep the skin supple and hydrated. But there’s another step that you need to include in your daily skincare routine: the use of face serums. Adding face serums to your skincare routine can make a big difference in how your face feels and looks as well as increase your beauty quotient. Let’s take a look at how face serums can enhance your beauty quotient:

Brighten up dull skin

As you age, your skin can lose its radiance, resulting in a dull look. You won’t be able to stop your age from increasing. But you can retain the glow and beauty of your youthful skin. A face serum can combat your dull skin and help make to make it look bright and healthy. You may be approaching your 40s but you can still look like you are in your 20s with a radiant skin, thanks to the use of face serums.

Minimize the menace of dark spots

Dark spots are a common skin problem that results from UV exposure. The appearance of dark spots can rob off the natural beauty of your face, leaving it with a less than perfect look. The regular use of a face serum can minimize the dark spots and help your skin to maintain its flawless complexion. But make sure that you use the right kind of serum to get the desired effect. Check out The 10 Best Face Serums For 2018! to make an informed decision.   

Keep away signs of aging

Fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin can damage the look of even the prettiest face. To ensure that the signs of aging do not show up on your face, it’s necessary to adopt preemptive measures. A face serum can come to your rescue in such circumstances. If you want to ensure that your skin keeps looking younger for longer, a face serum can be an effective remedy for you.

Boost hydration and moisture

With age, your skin tends to lose the essential nutrients. As a result, the moisture in your skin gets reduced, lending it a dry look. The use of hydrating creams and moisturizers may not be enough to make your skin appear hydrated and radiant. But a face serum can go a long way to ensure that your face replenishes its moisture level and maintains its natural glow.

Improve overall complexion of skin

There is more than one factor in today’s world that can impact your complexion negatively. Pollution and sun damage counts among the primary ones. But if you want to improve the overall complexion of your skin for a brighter and healthier look, a face serum is your best bet. The measured concentration of essential ingredients in face serum can revitalize your skin and leave you looking more beautiful than ever.

 

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Basics about moisturizing

When it comes to skin care, there are no fixed rules applicable to one and all. Every individual looks for beautiful and healthy skin but the same skincare regime cannot be applied to everyone. Depending on the lifestyle and skin type of every individual, their skin care regime can be built. Considering the number of options available in the market, it can become difficult to make the right choice. Research the products and learn about the reviews and rankings of every product before using it. After consistent use, if you notice significant changes on your skin, you should continue using the same.

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Moisturizing your skin should be an integral part of your daily skincare routine and you should take it very seriously. It will ensure that your skin does not age and will boost the growth of fresh skin cells which will replace the dead skin. You will notice a fall in fine lines and an increased blood circulation on your skin. Moisturizing should become a daily habit and should be strictly followed. It will have a positive short term and long term effect. With a variety of options available in the market, you can pick the products that meet your requirements.

When to apply moisturizers

There are three best times when you should apply moisturizers on your skin. The first is when you wake up; the best way to protect your skin is by using the right facial products that will prepare you for the day. Apply the moisturizer and let it settle in, some moisturizers dry up immediately while a few take some time for the same. Let it set in and apply a sunscreen over it if you are headed out.

The second time to apply the moisturizer during the day is right after you shower or wash your face or are back from the gym. This is the time when your skin is primed to absorb moisture and if you apply moisturizer right away after showering, you will be able to seal in the moisture. If you wait for longer, you could lose the skin’s moisture into the air.

The third time to apply moisturizer is before you go to bed. This is when your skin repairs itself and new cells are born. It is important to have a night skincare routine which will allow the skin to absorb moisture and repair itself throughout the night. With a night time routine, you will allow your skin to breathe through the night and repair the damages done due to the environment throughout the day. Now that you know the right time to apply moisturizer, it is best for you to choose the right products for use. Taking time to visit sites like Moisturizers.com can open doors that will help you understand how moisturizers can improve your skin.

How to choose the best moisturizers for your skin

Choosing a moisturizer is not an easy task. You need to first question yourself whether you are looking for cream, lotion or an ointment. If you have dry skin, you will have to pick thick ointment that will keep the moisture locked in. Cream is thinner than an ointment and is suitable for normal or combination skin type. Lotions are the lightest and are a good match for oily skin. You can choose a light moisturizer for the day and a thicker one for the night. Stick with light moisturizers during summer and thicker ones in the winter. Change the moisturizer as per the weather conditions and stick to them. Changing skincare routine every month will not lead to higher results.

Essentials for every moisturizer

  • Whatever your skincare routine or your skin type, you should always get a moisturizer with a sunscreen of atleast SPF30. You can also look for oil and fragrance free moisturizer for your face.
  • The moisturizer with anti-oxidants like green tea, pomegranate, licorice root extract and chamomile will help your skin remain fresh and healthy.
  • If you have dry skin, you should aim for a heavy moisturize which will have ingredients like dimethicone and hyaluronic acid which will keep your skin hydrated at all times.
  • For sensitive skin, you should use a fragrance free and hypoallergenic moisturizer. It should ideally contain less than 10 ingredients.

Depending on the skin type and your requirement, you should choose moisturizers that give you maximum benefits. First determine your skin type and then choose moisturizers for daily use. Set a daily skin care and night care routine for healthy skin.

 

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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.

If you enjoyed these tips, we’d love to hear from you!

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.

 

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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.

Summer Has Arrived: The Best Tips for Using Sunscreen

Summer is here and you’re probably already starting to spend time outdoors in order to enjoy the incredible sunshine. As amazing as the sun can feel on your skin, you probably already know that it can really do some serious damage if you’re not careful.

While there’s nothing wrong with spending time outside, and doing so is actually pretty healthy for most people, you need to take all of the necessary precautions to protect your skin. For most people, that means getting the right sunscreen and applying it properly.

Most people think they know everything there is to know about putting on sunscreen since they’ve been doing it since they were kids. Science changes though, and so does what we know about skin protection.

Use these top tips to help you protect yourself from serious sun damage this summer season.

Apply Sunscreen Early

Sunscreen is essential for keeping your skin healthy, and chances are you put it on every time you know you’re going to be in the sun. You might even use a moisturizer that has a basic skin protection factor every single day.

However, to truly protect your skin before longer exposure times, you need to put your sunscreen on early. That means at least 30 minutes before you head outside so that it has some time to dry on your skin.

In addition to sunscreen, you should also wear clothing that is protective. Long-sleeved shirts and light linen or cotton pants can be the difference between a sunburn and healthy skin – even if you’re using sunscreen along with these protective items.

Avoid Crazy SPF Number

SPF, also known as skin protection factor, used to be a big deal. For years and years you’d find sunscreen companies trying to one-up each other when it came to who could develop the sunscreen with the highest SPF number. Unfortunately, these sunscreens really aren’t as effective as you might think and they typically cost a whole lot more than basic sunscreens.

The truth is that you’re better off buying a standard SPF 30 that protects from both UVA and UVB rays and reapplying on a frequent basis. Ideally, you should be reapplying your sunscreen every 60 to 90 minutes when you’re out in the sun.

Otherwise you could be risking skin damage, even if you don’t see a sunburn beginning to form.

 

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Skincare for Diabetics

While many diabetics expect the dietary changes that diabetes leads to, what many diabetics don’t expect is how diabetes can affect skin. As many as one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some point in their lives; luckily, many of these skin issues can be prevented with basic skincare techniques.

 

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Diabetics tend to develop skin conditions as a result of high glucose levels, weakened immune systems, weakened blood flow, and occasionally, insulin usage. For example, high glucose levels can lead to dry skin, which can then lead to itching, cracking, and rashes. A weakened immune system can cause bacterial or fungal infections, and weakened blood flow can make it difficult to heal from wounds. Insulin usage can lead to rosacea, or, in rare occasions, yellow skin.

To avoid these potential skin disorders, diabetics can employ proper skincare as a preventative measure. Diabetics should bathe with mild soap and warm water daily, moisturizing afterwards to avoid excess dryness and avoiding long, hot showers, which can also lead to dryness. Keep your home more humid during winter, when the air is drier, and moisturize regularly during cold, windy winter weather and after washing hands. Keep your blood pressure and glucose levels controlled, and include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon) in your diet to nourish and strengthen your skin.

Diabetics may want to create a first aid kit for skin to keep on hand in their homes. This kit can include antibacterial ointment, clean petroleum jelly, gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, cleansing towelettes, and Coban self-adherent elastic wrap.

Diabetics should also be wary of potential foot problems, such as blisters, cracked feet, infections, and skin conditions caused by a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. Diabetics can prevent foot problems by wearing shoe inserts to maintain their foot shape, as well as examining their feet daily to prevent any damage. Finally, diabetics should see their doctor at least once a year for a foot examination that focuses on circulation and sensation.