Monthly Archives: August 2011

7 Tips to More Beautiful Skin

Posted for Anti AgingMoisturizersSkin Care On August 18, 2011

Life is so hectic. Taking time out of the day to follow a skincare routine may sometimes feel as if it’s out of reach for all of us. But following these simple seven steps will offer women at any age beautiful skin for many, many years.

Although a day spa visit may frequently pop up on your calendar, it’s still super critical to follow these tips – with them, they’ll offer excellent results.

Step 1: Wear Sunscreen

Let wearing daily sunscreen, even on overcast days, become second nature to you. The sunscreen of today isn’t thick and greasy like years ago. Now, advanced sunscreen technology is featherweight and silky. An example of this is a product from La Roche Posay. An oil-free formula, La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, goes on sheer. Packed with antioxidants, it’s also water resistant.

Moisturizers, including tinted moisturizers, may also have a SPF shield from the sun. Shoppers can find this in products such as Intellishade SPF 45 Matte Tinted Moisturizer by Revision Skincare.

Not using a solar defense leads to premature skin aging. Signs of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and uneven skin tone will creep up sooner than later. Using sunscreen on a regular basis will slow down the skin aging process.

The sun is most powerful between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If possible, try to retreat indoors throughout this timeframe to give your skin a break.

And don’t forget to double check that the sunscreen you’re lathering on hasn’t expired. If it has, it won’t offer the ultimate skin protection you need.

And above all, purchase a broad spectrum sunscreen. Reapply it every few hours, and more so, if you’ve been swimming or perspiring.

Step 2: Treat Skin with Care

Facial skin is delicate. Here are some tips to be mindful of, such as:

• Limit your time in hot water to avoid dehydration
• Don’t tug or pull on your skin (especially around your eyes) when cleaning or removing makeup.
• Pat skin dry and leave skin slightly damp for rehydration

And when it comes to cleansing, pick a non-soap cleanser to avoid facial dryness.

Step 3: Toss out the cigarettes

Smoking can accelerate skin damage. It slows down blood flow in the skin, steals oxygen from it, and robs it from its nutrients. Over time, smoking creates dull skin and deep wrinkles begin to set around the mouth and eyes.

Step 4: Alcohol Intake

Although it may be nice to kick up your heels with a glass of wine after a day of hard work, keep track of what’s consumed. Alcohol dehydrates the skin and gives it a rough texture. So if a young looking appearance is your goal, reduce the alcohol intake.

Step 5: Moisturize

Mature skin becomes dry and really needs a moisturizer to pump up fine lines. A good moisturizer adds water back into the skin. Thumbing through a moisturizer inventory, you’re bound to find an array of them with antioxidant features and anti-aging rich properties. In addition to a hydrating boost, the nuances to these different formulas are just endless.

Kinerase products offer a nice line of moisturizers. During the day, users reach for Kinerase Ultimate Day Moisturizer, while in the evening, they apply Kinerase Ultimate Night Moisturizer. Both improve skin texture and offer excellent treatment for hydration.

And please don’t limit a moisturizer just to your face. From head to toe, the whole body needs attention, too. Areas to pay close attention to are the neck, chest, and elbows.

Avoid using a body moisturizer on the face – it’ll be too rough and harsh.

Step 6: Eating Healthy and Sleeping Well

It’s easy to say but hard to do. It can’t be ignored that a balanced and nutritious diet benefits your whole body from the inside out. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will do wonders for the skin.

And a good night’s rest leaves skin with an unmistakable youthful glow – you’ve probably discovered that before on your own.

Step 7: Implement a Skin Care Regimen

A skincare routine is the best way to look and feel young. As skin matures, though, different products and regimens may need to be tweaked to gain maximum benefits.
When starting a new skin care system, all is well the first few weeks, and then sometimes the interest begins to fade for many of us after that. Please don’t stray and stick with the regimen.

Working alongside your skincare professional will keep you on track so you can reap the full rewards to more beautiful skin.


The Benefits of Skin Toner For a Radiant Complexion

Posted for Uncategorized On August 12, 2011

The first important step to any skincare regimen is cleaning the face and using a toner is second on the list. By not including a toner in a routine, you’re really are skipping on the ultimate benefits behind first-rate skincare.

A toner is always used before hydrating the skin with a moisturizer. Generally, you use it both morning and night.

The job of a toner is to restore skin back to a natural pH balance after cleansing your face. A pH is either at 4.5 or pretty close to that. Not many know that some cleansing products spike a pH balance up to 14. This leaves your skin tight and dehydrated. A toner locks in moisture and nourishes the skin at the same time.

A toner also does a host of other fantastic things, such as:

• Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
• Controls inflammation
• Removes oil and dirt
• Gets rid of residual make-up

A toner really is the ultimate solution to make your cleansing regimen complete. And remember to keep this product away from your eye area.
Because a toner soaks up oil, it’s a terrific acne fighting tool. As we all know, oil spurs breakouts.

When shopping for a toner, it’s hard not to notice how many name categories it falls under like astringent, balancer, clarifying lotion, cleansing water, and toning lotion.
As skincare continues to be a progressive area in science, toners are changing, too. There are some wonderful products out there that penetrate into the dermis and positively affect cellular change.

You’ll also notice some toners that are coupled with a cleansing system. For the most part, skin care professionals agree that keeping the two separate is the best course of action, because each one, has its own special function.

For example, the Obagi skin care line offers a set called: Obagi Foaming Gel and Toner Set .

Users love the foaming gel because of its natural herbs and aloe vera properties. It wipes away the environmental pollution without distressing the skin’s moisture levels. And the gel is great for all skin types which makes it a perfect buy.

The Obagi Nu-Derm Toner can be purchased with the set or solo. In any event, it’s described by professionals as the best combination of natural ingredients. The rich formula in this bottle brings skin back to a normal pH balance and improves firmness. After each use, additional treatment products penetrate into the skin with no trouble at all.

This clinical toner system promotes cellular turnover; and, its deep penetration into the dermis layer spurs cellular movement and function.

Its other therapeutic benefits include:

• Raises new cells to the surface which allows smoother and wrinkle-free skin
• Reduces age spots and freckles
• Increases better skin structure and tone through cell development
• Promotes collagen production and elastin fibers
• Feeds the skin with nutrients and hydration

There’s another “must have” toner also by Obagi. Obagi C-Balancing Toner is actually part of the Obagi-C Rx System for normal to oily skin. Again, it balances the pH and prepares the skin for better product penetration. In this case, the toner welcomes the anti-aging serum and other products which help with pigmentation issues.
For these toners, and many others for that matter, it’s applied to a clean face with a cotton ball. After dousing the cotton ball with the toner, you glide it over the face. Don’t rinse off a toner.

Skin care professionals are a great sounding board to help determine what skin type you have. That’s not only important in choosing a toner, but for all skin care products. Many professionals agree to stay clear from toners which contain formulas that have the potential to irritate the skin. A handful of these ingredients include choosing a toner free of alcohol, ethanol, acetone, mint, menthol, and witch hazel. Again, all these ingredients, among others, may promote skin irritation.

And while on the topic of irritation, if there is ever an uncomfortable burning sensation after toner usage, stop using the product. Go back to a skin care professional for assistance and choose another product with the right guidance.

From dry, normal to oily skin, everyone can really benefit from this skin care product. Using a toner will help return your facial canvas to a healthy and luminous glow.


The Secret to Summer Sunscreen Essentials

Posted for Uncategorized On August 11, 2011

It’s hard to believe that we’re already nearing the halfway summertime mark. And for a lot of us, that means it’s time to purchase another bottle of sunscreen to protect ourselves from the threat of premature aging, and even more so, skin cancer.

With so many sunscreen products to choose from even the greatest of maximum sun protectors won’t work well if we don’t apply it right. If you thought that sunscreen is just something you lather on once a while when you’re outside, you may want to think again.

Skin safety is a progressive area in science. It changes with new discoveries to protect us from harmful UVA and UVB rays. UVA radiation penetrates into deeper levels of the skin while UVB affects the first layer of skin which is responsible for sunburns. This means that even if you’re not susceptible to sunburns, you still receive sun damage via UVA rays.

Repeated studies have shown that 90 percent of premature wrinkles and skin cancer diagnosis is a direct result of the sun. Sunscreen is the answer to these problems.
The first step in picking the right sunscreen includes broad spectrum formulas. Choose wisely with an SPF of at least 15. Above all, keep your eye out for key ingredients like such as:

• Avobenzone
• Ecamsule
• Oxybenzone
• Sulisobenzone
• Titanium dioxide
• Zinc oxide

Sunscreens aren’t like they used to be — those heavy and thick creams are a thing of the past.

One sunscreen growing in popularity is the SPF 55 Skin Care Heaven Sheer Shake Sunscreen. It’s an ultra lightweight and sheer sunscreen which offers UVA and UVB sun protection. On top of that critical protection, this featherweight sunscreen offers anti-aging properties with antioxidant ingredients such as vitamin E, green tea and Co-Q10. It’s like having two products in one bottle.

Another advanced technology sunscreen is La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. This La Roche Posay skin care product is oil free, sheer, absorbs quickly, and is water resistant. As a long-lasting sun protector, it’s enriched with a senna alata leaf extract, which protects the skin with powerful antioxidants.

Whatever product you choose, studies repeatedly show that people don’t apply the recommended amount of sunscreen. Instead, they only put on half of what is directed. With these kinds of odds, the product can’t sufficiently do its job.

The rule of thumb is about 40 ml of sunscreen which is equivalent to a handful, or a little more than a shot glass. Please don’t be frugal with it.
To get the highest amount of solar defense, apply your sunscreen about 30 minutes before going outdoors. Also, be sure your skin is dry so it can properly absorb.
While putting on your screen, have a mental checklist of areas on the body that are sometimes forgotten and susceptible to sunburn:
• Ears
• Back of legs
• Neck
• Tops of hands and feet
• Scalp (if there is a receding hairline, buzz haircut, or a part is exposed)

When it comes to reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, a lot of people have their own definition on what that means. Skin care professionals agree that the second application round should be about 30 minutes after you’re out in the sun.
Why so quick?

Because people tend not to use much the first time, the second sunscreen session adds another level of effectiveness and sometimes matches what you needed in the first place. After that, reapplication can be every couple of hours.

That two hour time frame changes, though, if you’ve just come back from a swim or perspire. After you dry yourself off, reapply your sunscreen right away.
Even though you may be following strict sunscreen guidelines, it’s still a good idea to give yourself a break from the sun throughout the day. The sun is most powerful between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. So go ahead and find some shade and retreat indoors for a little while.

If the skies are overcast you still need protection. Don’t let those cloudy summertime days fool you because 80 percent of ultraviolet rays still penetrate through.
One area of protection we don’t want to forget is a SPF lip balm. Like other parts of the body, lips are at risk for burns and skin cancer.

Try and make sunscreen a part of your daily lifestyle and not just during the summertime. It’s the easiest solution you can find when it comes to looking young and staying healthy.