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Bring Out Your Inner Glow With These Skin Brightening Tips

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Great skin. It’s more of an essence than a feature. It seems to come from within. When a person has great skin, they exude beauty, they glow with it. It’s a radiance, one we often associate with inner beauty as well as outer beauty. Unfortunately, if you have dull, dry skin, your inner beauty is not going to make your skin glow, no matter how great it is, or how hard you try. However, there are things you can do which will. A good skin care regimen can help you to maintain a healthy glow, with just a few simple additions. Here are some steps you can take to guarantee glowing skin and unleash your inner beauty.

It should be no big surprise to hear that one of the ways toward brighter skin is sloughing off dead skin cells. Exfoliation is the key to achieving a bright complexion and when it comes to methods, you can pick your poison. A washcloth can be used to gently exfoliate dead skin, cleansers and scrubs also make good options, as do skin cleansing brushes, or even microdermabrasion treatments for a deep exfoliation. Exfoliating on a regular basis will help your skin shed those dead cells, allowing new, plump cells to surface for a brighter complexion.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a known skin brightening agent when applied topically. An ascorbic acid is a form of vitamin C used in many skin products to fight hyper pigmentation, and dark circles, to make skin plumper and more radiant. Vitamin C also has antioxidant properties to fight signs of aging, giving it double threat status as a skin care ingredient.

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One of the key components to the bright skin is cleansing. Dirt, oil, and makeup can clog the surface of the skin, weighing it down and causing dullness. Cleansing twice a day is recommended, and you may even want to consider a double cleanse in the morning if you wear makeup. However, washing your skin can leave your skin dry. While using a mild cleanser may help to prevent the loss of natural oil, moisturizing is key to hydration.

Use a daily moisturizer with an SPF in the morning and a hydrating moisturizer nightly. You may want to consider an illuminating moisturizer for a more intense glow.

As long as its skin friendly, makeup can be a perfect solution to brighten skin daily. Just make sure you don’t go for any heavy creams and liquids that will bog down your natural shine; opt for mineral makeup instead. Just dust some on troubled parts and apply your regular makeup as usual, for a brighter appearance.

Weekly Facial Mask
You can buy all sorts of brightening facial masks at the drug store, of making your own DIY concoction using 11/2 tsp raw honey, 2 tsp juiced a lemon, and 1/4 Tsp turmeric. Just apply to troubled areas or as a mask for 20 minutes and rinse off. The solution can be stored in the fridge.

How do you keep your glow on? Let us know how you work your way to brighter skin!


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Expert Advice For Fixing Sun Damaged Skin

“Beautiful skin today. Young-looking skin tomorrow.” This is a slogan from a vintage ad. Talk about false advertising! When looking back at some of the old ads for tanning products, it is sometimes hard to believe that extended periods of sun exposure were actually encouraged as recently as the 1970’s. One has to wonder if all those hunks and babes having fun in the sun in the ads are now singing the woes of damaged skin. Well, if you are one of those hunks or hunkettes battling with the results of a misspent youth, take heart, your days of woe may be over! Read on for some expert advice about fixing sun damaged skin.

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Dead skin buildup can make skin look uneven and blotchy. In addition, the remains of self tanning products tend to collect in dry areas of the skin, like elbows, causing the to appear dull and even dirty. Scrubs, loofahs, alpha hydroxy cleansers, and home dermabrasion kits are all recommended to remove those dead skin cells and leave skin looking smoother and brighter.

Bleach Brown Spots
Skin lightener can help to lessen the appearance of brown spots. Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD for the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends over the counter products containing kojic acid used in combination with Retin-Q, hydroquinone, and a mild steroid cream to lighten discoloration and unwanted color.

Exposure to sun, salt water, and chlorine can all result in skin dryness. Moisturize with a hand and body cream, and a foot cream for dry heels and feet. Moisturizers with AHA and serums with hyaluronic acid can help to plump skin around eyes, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and continuous use may even help the skin synthesize collagen, an important protein for maintaining skin elasticity.

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LED (Light-Emitting Diode)
Dr. Sarnoff recommends using these electronic light sources, which are available in home units as well as in salons. The low energy LED, Tanda is noteworthy for its effectiveness against fine lines, wrinkles, and acne.

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If you have a skin problem, there is probably a laser treatment for it. IPL, or photodynamic therapy can work on anything for discoloration, to wrinkles, to removal of scaly skin patches

Sunscreen With SPF of 15 or Higher
Sunscreen is key for maintenance of young looking skin and may even lower risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen reduces your amount of sun exposure, allowing skin time to heal and giving your immune system time to fix existing damage.

How did you go from Tantastic to fantastic? Let us know!

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Enjoy a Makeup Free Beach Day

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A day at the beach should be relaxing and fun. If you’re spending the whole time worrying about whether or not your mascara is running or if you have enough bronzer in the right places, you won’t be having much fun. Your bare face is beautiful and the following tips will help you feel good about going makeup-free at the beach.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
It may be the most important aspect of any skincare routine; make sure your body is properly hydrated so your skin glows from the inside out. The general guideline, drinking 8 glasses of water a day, is helpful but make sure to drink more if you’re losing a lot of water through sweat or other factors such as breastfeeding. Also, be sure to avoid drinks that dehydrate your body (and skin), such as coffee, alcohol, and sodas.

Woman exfoliating skin

When skin cells die, which they frequently do, they leave the skin looking dull. Exfoliating at least twice a week removes the dead skin cells to reveal vibrant, healthy skin. You can purchase a number of scrubs, enzymes, and acids to slough away dead skin. If you’re looking for a DIY option, try combining just enough fresh-squeezed lemon juice with baking soda to form a paste. Using your fingertips, apply the scrub to your skin and in a circular motion, gently massage it around your face, and then rinse clean.

Use a Toner
After cleansing your skin, a toner can help close your pores and remove any remaining residue from your skin. Some toners can contain alcohol so be weary of those as they can be drying. Toners with soothing ingredients such as aloe vera or essential oils can be wonderful for the skin and provide a pampering experience.

Woman applying moisturizer

Skin needs moisture to look its best. Dry skin can keep skin cells from turning over as frequently and allows fine lines and wrinkles to settle in. Morning and night, apply a moisturizer that’s suited to your skin type. If you find that after five minutes of application, your skin is greasy try a lighter (maybe even oil-free) formula. If your skin is still dry after applying moisturizer, look for a richer formula.

You already know sunburn isn’t pretty. It’s painful and causes irreversible skin damage, along with premature aging. Some moisturizers contain SPF but it’s important when you’re in the sun to use an SPF of at least 30 and to reapply it every 2 hours.

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Get Your Beauty Sleep
While you’re sleeping, your body performs all sorts of necessary functions but it’s also when skin cells turnover and rejuvenate. A lack of sleep can also contribute to higher stress levels in the body which often leads to lackluster skin and breakouts. Help yourself fall asleep faster at night by unplugging at least 30 minutes before bed, sipping some herbal tea, and maybe diffusing some sleep-promoting essential oils in your bedroom.

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Remember, you’re at the beach to have fun, so relax and smile! When you’re confident in your skin, it shows and you’ll radiate beauty from within.

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Pre and Post Hike Skin Care

When you want to boost your mood, there really is nothing like getting outside and being in the fresh air. Hiking is one of the greatest activities you can enjoy both for its physical benefits and for its mental benefits. Spending hours with nature will significantly improve your mood, but if you’re constantly worrying about sunburns or your face is seriously dry, you can spend more time worrying and less time enjoying everything around you. Take a look at these pre and post hike skin care tips to ensure your day is spent happily and healthily.

Woman getting ready for a hike.

Prevention and protection are the most important aspects of pre-hike skin care.

  • Cleanse – Cleansing is always the first step in a skin care routine, and you will want to be sure that you cleanse your face before you hit the hiking trails. Use a gentle cleanser so that you don’t strip your skin of its natural oils, which can lead to dry skin. If you use a toner, then follow your cleanser with your toner to keep your skin looking fresh.
  • Serum – You don’t have to do this step, but an antioxidant-packed serum can significantly increase your skin’s level of protection. Look for a serum that contains vitamin C, which is a very potent antioxidant that fights off free radical damage. In addition to the free radical protection, vitamin C boosts your skin’s natural UV protection, which can make your sunscreen even more effective.
  • Moisturize – Hydrating your skin is especially important before you head outdoors. High altitudes can sap your skin of moisture, so you want to be sure that you’re using a moisturizer containing a humectant like hyaluronic acid, glycerin or honey. Humectants work essentially like a vacuum cleaner; they suck moisture out of the surrounding air and attract it to your skin. Once added moisture is in your skin, humectants store it in deeper layers of the skin so you maintain hydration long after you apply your moisturizer.
  • Protect – If you only do one thing before you go on a hike, make it applying sunscreen. Ultraviolet radiation is the number one cause of premature aging, and beyond making you look older, without sunscreen, you put yourself at a serious risk of skin cancer and other damage. If you have sensitive skin, try using a physical sunscreen with the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as these are more gentle on the skin. If you use a physical sunscreen, you can apply your sunscreen right before you head out, but if you use a traditional chemical sunscreen, be sure to apply the product at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. Remember to reapply every two hours that you are in the sun for optimal protection.
  • Avoid Retinol – This is a good rule to follow any day, because retinol products won’t work effectively when exposed to sunlight. Additionally, these make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight, so you may even want to skip skin care with retinol the night before a hike as well.

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Post-hike skin care is all about refreshing and recovery.

  • Cleanse – Cleansing is the first thing you want to do when you return from a hike. Remove all of the dirt, grime, debris, oil and product from your face for a fresh, clean feeling. Your regular cleanser is perfectly fine for this step, you don’t need to use something harsh to get your skin clean. If you use a toner, you can apply this right after cleansing.
  • Exfoliate – Exfoliating your skin after a hike is a must. This will remove the layer of dead skin cells and debris that has built up on your face and will help to unclog your pores as well. To be sure that you don’t do damage to your skin, look for chemical exfoliants like alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids. Lactic acid is great for those with sensitive or dry skin because it exfoliates and hydrates at the same time. If your skin is more on the oily or acne-prone side, look for salicylic acid, because this chemical exfoliant can penetrate your pores to clear them out.
    Moisturize – The weather, sun and other environmental aspects can really dehydrate your skin, so you want to be sure to end your post-hike skin care routine with a good moisturizer. Again, humectant ingredients are great for use to provide long-lasting and intense hydration.

Hiking is an excellent way to exercise. Not only do you get to spend time walking and burning calories, but you get to enjoy all of the splendor of nature. Viewing the greenery, sunlight and wildlife is a serious way to boost your mood. You don’t want to spend your hike worried about getting a sunburn or dealing with uncomfortably dry skin, so use these pre and post hike skin care tips for a worry-free day.

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Maintaining a Natural Glow

Highlighting, or strobing, is the current obsession of the beauty world. Who doesn’t want more luminous, glowy skin? While there are tons of incredible highlighting powders and liquids, you can achieve glowing skin without having to apply any cosmetics. To get and maintain a natural glow, you need to properly care for your skin taking a whole-body approach to health. Below, find four of the most important things you can do to maintain a natural glow.

Woman exfoliating skin

The number one thing you can do for your skin to maintain a natural glow is to exfoliate. Your skin cells are in a constant birth, growth and death cycle known as desquamation, or cell turnover. Your skin cells begin in a deep layer of your skin, then they work their way up to the surface. When dead skin cells begin to accumulate on the surface of your skin, they dull the appearance of your skin. Exfoliating removes this built up mass of dead skin cells to reveal more radiant and healthier skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids, like lactic acid, and beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) are chemical exfoliants that very gently break the bonds holding dead skin cells together and then slough them away. Exfoliate two to three times a week to keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Woman moisturizing skin

Hydration is essential for skin that glows from within, so you need to be diligent about applying moisturizer. Look for moisturizers that contain moisture-boosting humectants to get and maintain naturally glowing skin. Humectants are moisturizing agents that are able to draw moisture out of the surrounding air and attract it to your skin. Once the moisture is in your skin, humectants hold it in your skin to keep it hydrated. Three amazing humectants to look for in your moisturizers include hyaluronic acid, glycerin and honey.

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Eat Right
What you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your body. Being mindful of the foods you eat and the beverages you drink is crucial for glowing skin. To add some instant glow to your skin, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of hot water. The detoxifying that water does will be greatly enhanced by the lemon juice, and your body will rid itself of toxins that can keep your skin looking dull.

Woman sleeping

Lack of sleep is another component that can keep your skin from looking radiant. Experts at the National Sleep Foundation recommend that adults receive between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Your skin goes into extra repair mode at night and depriving it proper rest can alter its appearance. Put on an intensive treatment before you go to bed (or before 10:00 PM) for maximum skin health and glow.

Glowing skin is associated with overall health and youth, and you can have your own radiant complexion by following a few guidelines. A healthy lifestyle and the proper skin care techniques will help you to get a gorgeous glow and to keep it all year long.

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Exfoliation for Your Scalp

You know that exfoliating your face is essential to healthy, glowing skin and you exfoliate your body to keep your skin soft and supple, but you’re probably ignoring a major area of your skin that needs exfoliation – your scalp. While you probably don’t care about getting a radiant, glowing scalp, exfoliation of your scalp does so much more than give the skin a glow. Check out why you need to exfoliate your scalp, how often you should do it to get the healthiest scalp and in turn, amazing hair.

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Why Exfoliate the Scalp?
It’s widely recognized that shampooing your scalp daily is not in the best interest of healthy hair, so dry shampoo has become an absolute must-have in many bathrooms. Dry shampoos are truly an essential hair product these days; they can be used when you want a little more sleep, after an intense gym session when you don’t have time to shampoo or to add some texture and body to your hair. However, dry shampoo and other styling products do come with some drawbacks: “The delicate acid mantle on your face is identical to your scalp, which is easily disrupted by products like dry shampoos, especially if the scalp and hair is not shampooed after frequent use,” notes Phyto National Educator, Christyn Nawrot.

Dr. Francesca Fusco, Clear Scalp and Hair dermatologist says, “think of it this way:  You’d never skip washing your face and you’d also never replace face cleansing with a wipe or a blot of a powdery sponge. If you scalp pores become clogged, it can contribute to a kind of scalp acne called folliculitis. This folliculitis can be bacterial or yeast in nature and if it goes without treatment can lead to increased shedding (i.e. flakes).”

Anabel Kingsley, a Philip Kingsley trichologist, simplifies why you need to exfoliate your scalp saying, “exfoliating the scalp removes dead skin cells and encourages healthy skin turnover, creating the ideal environment for healthy hair growth.”

How Often to Exfoliate?
Removing the dead skin cells and product buildup on your scalp can strengthen your hair and help you grow longer hair as well. When it comes to the number of times per week or month you should be exfoliating, experts differ in opinion. Some hair experts believe that exfoliating every other week is enough to keep your scalp free from product buildup, while others, like Kingsley, suggest using an exfoliating treatment every week to keep your scalp clear and healthy. If you are a person who skips shampoo for days at a time, you should consider exfoliating your scalp each week to ensure it is clean and healthy.

If you’re wondering what you’re supposed to use to exfoliate your scalp, you can put your facial care products down. You can look for shampoos or leave-in treatments that contain salicylic acid (yes, the same salicylic acid you may use on your face) to gently remove dead skin cells from the scalp. Other treatments, like the Kerastase Chronologiste The Gommage, actually contain incredibly fine micro-scrubbers that you massage into your hair before rinsing. Phyto also offers exfoliating shampoos with two formulas – one for dry hair and one for oily hair. When you exfoliate your scalp, you keep your skin healthy allowing for better hair growth.

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Caring for the Bikini Area

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The skin of your bikini area is some of the most delicate, sensitive skin on your body and requires some additional care. When it comes to hair removal from your bikini area, there are several options available, all of which have to potential to be irritating and cause damage to your skin. These four tips help you to properly care for and remove hair from your bikini area.

When in the shower, use a gentle soap that is free from fragrances, dyes and alcohol. Rather than using a harsh or irritating product, look for soaps or cleansers that are made for sensitive skin so you can avoid any irritation or infection.

It probably seems like a bit counter-intuitive for us to say that you need to exfoliate just after stressing how delicate your bikini area is, but exfoliation is important when it comes to caring for your bikini area. Exfoliation is particularly important if you shave, wax or otherwise remove hair along your bikini line because it removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and reduces the likelihood of ingrown hairs. Just because you need to exfoliate doesn’t mean you need to grab a harsh scrub or a chemical exfoliant, simply use a washcloth or loofah to exfoliate the area.

Remove Hair
The method of hair removal you choose should depend on your skin type. For instance, if you are prone to ingrown hairs, then you might want to skip shaving. Shaving cuts hair at the surface, which leads to stubble and disorderly growing patterns and this results in painful ingrown hairs. While waxing painful, it often yields far smoother, long-lasting results than using a razor. Hair removal creams, lotions and foams can be used on those with sensitive skin, but it is imperative you perform a spot test and follow the directions thoroughly. Leaving the product on your skin for longer than recommended can result in chemical burns. If you aren’t satisfied with any of these methods, you can visit your dermatologist to discuss more permanent hair removal options like laser therapy.

Prevent Razor Bumps and Ingrown Hairs
Razor bumps and ingrown hairs are prevalent along the bikini line and shaving incorrectly can increase the likelihood that you will experience ingrown hairs. To avoid razor bumps and ingrown hairs, be sure to exfoliate before and after shaving and shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid irritating your skin. Additionally, always use a new razor or a fresh blade as a dull razor can increase irritation and pain while shaving. If you have waxing professionally done, be sure that the salon or spa you are visiting is hygienic and reputable.

Avoid irritating and damaging your bikini area by paying a bit of added attention to the hair removal process. If shaving, let hair soften in the shower prior to shaving and pat dry when you emerge from the shower. A little bit of extra care can help your bikini area look and feel smooth and soft.

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