Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tips To Treat Oily Skin

Posted for Anti AgingOily SkinSkin Care On September 10, 2011

Dealing with oily skin doesn’t have to be a daily battle. Yes, it’s a hassle to see oil reappear only a few hours after you wash your face, but do realize that there are some great products and tips out there to help make living with oily skin easier than ever.

You’ll notice soon enough that some simple twists to a beauty routine can help reduce oil buildup.

Normal oil production offers hydrating properties to help keep skin wrinkle-free. But too much of it, as we all know, can cause acne.

So, the first step to battle oily skin is to choose the right cleanser. If possible, try and wash your face at least twice a day.

One type of emerging cleanser that is a favorite for oily skin contains botanical extracts. Skin care professionals actually like how it decreases oil production without drying out the skin. It really is the best of both worlds.

Dermalogica Clean Start Wash Off not only has these botanical extracts, but it clears oil deep within the pores which cause acne breakouts. This Dermalogica skin care product also has salicylic acid which helps decrease acne. Its licorice extract calms the skin and reduces potential inflammation or irritation oily skin can bring.

While the goal for a cleanser is to remove oil, please be sure you don’t totally dry out your skin.

Next, is finding the right toner. A toner is an important part of your skin care system because it balances your skin’s pH after a wash and soaks up excess oil, too.

Many toner users really like Obagi Nu-Derm Toner. This Obagi line contains a blend of natural ingredients and herbs. The toner also penetrates really well into the skin.

It’s important to point out that toners come in a variety of different names such as:
• Astringent
• Balancer
• Clarifying lotion
• Cleansing water
• Toning lotion

Whatever name it goes by, it does offer daily skin benefits that you should never forget in your regimen.

If it’s impossible to wash your face more than twice a day then blotting paper might be a good choice.

We all know how hectic the work week is and just the mere thought of washing your face and reapplying makeup right around noontime can be an overwhelming thought for sure. So, that’s where the blotting paper comes in. Its goal is to get rid of oil and leave the skin shine-free.

Blotting paper can be found in the following types of materials:
• Linen
• Organic flax seed
• Rice paper

One blotting paper that’s really growing in popularity is the Jane Iredale Facial Blotting Papers and Compact. Made from organic flaxseed, this little gem is small and discreet. It comes in an attractive compact, but most of all, it’s highly absorbent and created for frequent use. Professionals agree that organic flaxseed is more porous than rice or linen blotting paper.

It’s also interesting to note that it’s not only people with oily skin using this Jane Iredale product. People with normal and combination skin like it, too. They find it refreshing to use during any time of the day.

If you have oily skin, please don’t shy away from moisturizers and sunscreen. They are so important to have in your beauty and skin care routine.
Skin care science has come a long way. Now, they offer these two products in oil-free formulas. For example, some oil-free moisturizers have revolutionary ingredients.

One that comes to mind is Skin Care Heaven Anti-oxidant Oil-Free Moisturizer. Its green tea formula provides amazing antioxidant anti-aging qualities which repairs, restores and protects the skin from past and future environmental hazards like the sun. Other nourishing ingredients are Vitamins A, C and E which minimize sun damage while improving overall skin texture.

If you’re not quite convinced that a moisturizer is for you than consider a serum. A serum is lighter and can offer age-defying benefits, too.

As far as sunscreens go, they have oil-free products which glide on like silk. A preferred one out there is made by La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid. It’s sheer, which makes it perfect for under makeup wear. This broad spectrum sunscreen is also non-comedogenic and is fragrance-free.

But one of the best things about this La Roche-Posay line is its leaf extract, Senna Alta, which wards off skin damage.

It’s important to remember if you have oily skin, you can still use products which deliver a potent dose of nourishing ingredients which offer a luminous appearance.


Great Tips and Products to Get Rid of Summer Freckles

Posted for Anti AgingBeautySkin Care On September 2, 2011

Summers seem to fly by but what lingers are those new summer freckles you’ve collected while basking in the sun. Yes, sun exposure caused those little dots around your nose and cheeks that you probably want to see go away.

These freckles may be peppered around your face or formed in clusters. And if you are the bearer of fair skin you probably have more than someone with a darker tone.

Also known as sun spots, freckles are the direct result of skin damage. If you sported sleeveless tops and shorts over the warm months, more than likely, you’ll see blemishes on your shoulders and legs. And if you look close enough, brown little marks could be visible on the topside of your hands, too.
A good first step is to schedule a visit with a skin care professional. Many might recommend a glycolic peel for deep exfoliation. You’ll notice an improvement in your skin tone and texture after a session.

Another sought after treatment is a chemical peel. But before you schedule this appointment please make sure it’s done at a doctor’s office or medical spa. It’ll give you peace of mind knowing that your technician has the experience and talent it takes to work there.
One more treatment worth considering is purchasing a series of four to six microdermabrasions. It will take a series to see the freckles fade. And compared to a powerful peel, a microdermabrasion has no down time.

When it comes to a topical, the best product out there that skin care professionals have turned to for years for their clients has been hydroquinone. It can be purchased over the counter, but as you might guess, it’s the prescription strength that does wonders. Hydroquinone improves skin texture and tone at the cellular level.

In the Obagi line, the Obagi Nu-Derm Clear 3 system has 4 percent hydroquinone. That is an impressive amount that can really do the trick.
Retinol is another powerful ingredient used to treat freckles and age spots. Another favorite product with a retinol compound also by Dr. Obagi is his ZO Skin Health Ossential Radical Night Repair Plus Anti-Aging Formula. This ZO skin care system offers a potent 1 percent retinol coupled with vitamin C and peptides.
What causes freckles is melanin production and these products help suppress it. Users of hydroquinone and retinol see a marked improvement in about 8 to 12 weeks. In fact, the results can be incredible.

Another topical to make freckles disappear is tretinoin. Yes, this cream helps with acne, too.

Some skin care professionals may also suggest combining both tretinoin and hydroquinone for those after summer freckles.

Having a skin care professional on board is always a great idea especially if using hydroquinone. It’s a powerful product and they need to be sure it doesn’t cause too much irritation to your skin.

There are some people out there that can’t tolerate hydroquinone because of sensitive skin issues. There’s great news, though. There are a couple “top shelf” products on the market which work well to get rid of freckles.

The first one is Vivite Vibrance Therapy. This one restores your skin with a blend of antioxidants like fennel seeds, grapes, green tea, licorice root extract, and mulbery fruit also to diminish freckles.

Vivite users comment on younger looking skin. The product gives the skin a healthy dose of hydration which also lessens fine lines and wrinkles.
RevaleSkin Illuminesse Brightening Complex is another hydroquinone-free product to fight back those freckles.

RevaleSkin’s advanced technology is based on their coffeeberry extract formula. This unique extract is plant-based and successfully minimizes freckles and age spots. Skin care professionals are now calling coffeeberry extract the “powerhouse” antioxidant. So, it may be worth it to do some research because it appears to be doing a multitude of things to keep skin looking beautiful.

It’s important to note that if you discontinue your treatments, your freckles will come back. Remember, that these topical systems suppress freckles. So you really need to stay proactive through the whole process.

Now that you’re armed with information to tackle those freckles always remember to wear sunscreen any time of the year when you’re outdoors. Sunscreen will stop new freckles from popping up.