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Give These Summer Skincare Tips A Try

The day of reckoning has come. The days are getting longer and the shorts are getting shorter. It’s time to unveil all those parts of the body that you’ve been referring to as the “nether regions” this past winter, and that means your skin has to be up to the task. How are you going to get your pasty legs “Daisy Duke” ready in time to hit the beach? No problem! Just dust off that razor, toss out the old sunscreen, and get ready to glow crazy.

Exfoliate
Your body is a skin cell shedding machine. You need to get rid of all those dead cells before they end up collecting on your skin, making it look dull and dry. Lotions is not enough. You need to grab a good body scrub and high tail it to the shower, now! Rub the exfoliator over your body in circular movements and rinse. Do this 2-3 times a week to keep skin soft and smooth.

Shave the Right Way
If you haven’t been exactly diligent about your shaving practices last winter, its time to pay the piper. Find a good razor that won’t cause razor burn and invest in a good women’s shaving lotion with moisturizers. If you find yourself without lotion, hair conditioners will do in a pinch.

Use A Summer Scented Lotion
You don’t want to just look like summer, you want to smell like it too. Get the full effect with a light fast absorbing summery gel or spray. Coconut and mango scents absolutely bespeak of summer. Make sure to apply right after drying off from the shower to seal in moisture.

Give These Summer Skincare Tips A Try

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Safe Summer Glow
It may seem hard to believe that less than 40 years ago, people spent their summers basking in the sun hoping to catch some color. Nowadays, we have to seek our glow from containers. Sunless tanners are a great option for giving your skin a glow this summer. You can also alternate your usual facial moisturizer with a tinted one to build gradual color, giving the effect of an effortlessly maintained tan all summer long.

Feet
Time to switch out those winter boots for your slinky sandals? An at home pedicure may be on the agenda. Use a foot scrub and file to scrub off dry, dead skin a few times a week. Products with ADA acids will add some exfoliating action to your pedi, making your feet sandal ready.

Nail Polish
While you’re working on those feet, you may want to polish those toenails. You can go for something bolder on the toes than the fingernails, and its bound to stay on for a lot longer because we don’t clean our houses with our feet. Just apply a base coat, two coats of color, and a clear top coat for protection. Go barefoot for a few hours to let polish set.

New Sunscreen
The importance of a good sunscreen cannot be overstated in the summer months. Using last year’s unused sunscreen is not going to cut it. Be safe and buy a new bottle and use it. You should apply a shot glass sized amount of sunscreen to your body and a full teaspoon for just the face and neck area. Reapply every 1 to 2 hours. Be sure to look for something with broad spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 30.

How are you getting your glow on this summer? Let us know your favorite summer glow to-s.

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How Exercise Affects Your Skin

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It all started with two groups of mice, as often is the case with science, in a laboratory far, far away in Ontario at a school called McMaster University. One rodent group was put through a daily high paced exercise routine of running through treadmills and hamster wheels and the other was allowed to sit on the couch all day watching Seinfeld re-runs. Only kidding, but you get the idea; they remained sedentary. It may come as little surprise that the more active group retained healthy brains, muscles and hearts while the others, grew demented, frail, graying, bald, and ill and it had nothing to do with the Seinfeld re-runs.

Enter humans. The scientists decided to back this study by gathering 29 female and males human specimen ranging in age from 20- 84. Like the rodents, about half of the participants were kept physically active while the other half exercised for less than an hour per week. Each was asked to reveal a buttock for examination. Said Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, professor of pediatrics and exercise science at McMaster said, “We wanted to examine skin that had not been frequently exposed to the sun.”

After the skin was biopsied, the results showed that the men and women over 40 who exercised had healthier and thinner stratum corneums and a thicker layer of dermis in their skin. In translation, their skin was closer in resemblance to 20 and 30-year-olds than their lazier counterparts, even those over age 65. Although the effect of exercise on your skin is not completely clear, levels of substances called myokines, which are set off by working the muscles, are released in much greater quantities in participants after exercise. It is suspected that this is what lead to the observed differences in skin quality.

Other experts have weighed in on exercise’s impact on the dermis, and not necessarily only the parts under your bloomers, and here’s what they had to say.

Exercise and Complexion
Celebrity trainer Dalton Wong believes that exercise can tone your skin in the same way it tones your muscles. Wong says, “As we age, our skin naturally loses its plumping, youthful layer of fat. But if you exercise the right way, you can build up muscle which gives that same volumizing effect…. it’s the lean muscle mass that sits just under the surface which can create lifted, taut looking skin.”

Wong recommends you focus on resistance training, including pushups, lunges, and planking for elimination of cellulite and toning of muscles and skin. He advises a circuit routine including three to four sets of activities involving weight bearing with two to four-minute intervals of cardio repeated four times. Wong also warns that doing cardio excessively can actually cause skin to lose elasticity, especially if you are under or overweight. Running long distances places stress on the body, releasing excess amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation and breaks down collagen, resulting in sagging and wrinkling.

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Hydration
Sweating regulates body temperature and eliminates toxins. Increased blood flow helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin. Increasing water intake will help in flushing out the toxins and oils that can clog pores and contribute to breakouts of acne.

As Wong tells celeb client J.Law, “No one can work out if they’re not properly hydrated – it makes your skin look better, too. Conversely, if you’re training without drinking enough water, you’ll damage your skin pretty quickly.” How can you tell if you’re dehydrated? If the skin on the back of your hand does not spring back after you pinch it, drink some water. If its good enough for J.Law……

Are you a natural beauty? Let us know what your think. What has exercise done to or for your skin?

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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.

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Exfoliate
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.

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Moisturize
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.

Use SPF
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.

Your Best Accessory
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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Skin Care Tips for Brides-to-Be

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Your special day is coming up quickly and you, understandably, want your skin to look as fabulous as possible. It can be nerve-wracking enough trying to make sure your wedding goes smoothly, but then when it comes to your skin, it may feel like you have no control over it whatsoever. The good news is that you do! There are several skin care tips that you can adhere to as a bride-to-be to help increase your chances of having the gorgeous skin you desire.

See a Dermatologist
If you have specific concerns about your skin, you’ll want to see your dermatologist about 6 to 8 months before your wedding so you can address the issues as soon as possible. The two of you can come up with a tailored plan so your skin can look as wonderful as you want it to for your big day.

Don’t Try Any New Products
The closer your wedding gets, the more you may feel inspired to try different products in an effort to improve your skin’s appearance. This may not be such a great idea. You don’t want to have any type of reaction on your skin from products that you thought would help. Stick to the products that you’ve been using that you already know work for you.

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Moisturize
Moisturizing could help your skin look amazing for your wedding day. Apply it throughout the day, but make sure to do it right after you step out of the shower. Pay special attention to areas that usually need a little extra TLC, such as your feet, elbows, knees, and the backs of your arms.

Load Up on the Sunscreen
Chances are you don’t want a sunburn for your wedding day, and you may not even want tan lines, so it’s a good idea to make an even more conscious effort to load up on the sunscreen in the months leading up to the ceremony. Opt for at least SPF 30, apply it about 30-minutes before you will be exposed to the sun, and don’t forget to continuously reapply it every two hours throughout the day.

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Meditate
As a bride-to-be, you’re probably feeling quite stressed as your wedding day approaches. However, that’s not going to do anything good for your stress levels or your skin. Meditating can help, and the best part is that you can do it anywhere whether it’s in the comfort of your own home or while you’re in the bathroom stall at work.

Change Your Diet
Adjustments in your diet could result in a big improvement in the look and feel of your skin. For example, load up on green tea and vegetables, but you may want to stay away from dairy and junk food. The sooner you incorporate healthy changes before your wedding, the better it could be for you.

As flawless as you probably want your skin to look for your wedding, keep in mind that you’re still going to look and feel amazing, especially when you catch the eye of the person waiting for you at the end of the aisle.

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Longevity Cream Benefits

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When it comes to advertising, companies stop at nothing to target consumers who are obsessed with the idea of eternal youth. Skin care creams, serums and targeted treatments are now promising to reverse the clock and turn back time to make your skin look younger and to erase signs of aging. Unfortunately, these claims are largely disappointing for the women that purchase these products mainly because they are unrealistic. They say aging is a privilege denied to many, and that is undoubtedly true, however, that doesn’t mean that you want to look super old. Instead of focusing on erasing signs of aging, it’s time to focus on products that genuinely keep your skin as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Skin longevity creams certainly do boast of anti-aging benefits with carefully selected ingredients, but they mainly focus on keeping the skin you have the healthiest that it can be for the longest amount of time possible.
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Ingredients in Skin Longevity Creams
So what is it that skin longevity creams use to keep your skin looking healthy? Many of these products contain known anti-aging ingredients that provide lasting results because they work deeply within the skin to help the structure of your skin stay strong and the cells to look radiant. These ingredients include:

  • Resveratrol – Resveratrol is an anti-aging wonder because it not only supports your skin, but can also increase your skin longevity. Dermatology experts Robert Goldfaden and Gary Goldfaden, M.D., fully support the topical application of resveratrol for healthy skin because it has powerful antioxidant capabilities and it effectively protects damage from wrinkle-causing free radicals. “Resveratrol is also reported to stimulate healthy cell proliferation as well as collagen synthesis by protecting the dermal matrix from harmful enzymes and improving the function of fibroblasts that create healthy collagen.” Collagen is an absolute requirement for keeping your skin healthy, strong, supple and firm.
  • Vitamin A – Vitamin A and its derivatives, particularly retinol, are among the most effective anti-aging ingredients that you can use to keep your skin healthy. Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation, smooth roughness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. “There are more than 700 published studies on retinoids – they’re tried and true ingredients. Anyone who wants younger-looking skin should use one,” says Dr. Doris Day, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center.
  • Vitamin C – Another potent antioxidant, vitamin C and its derivatives fight free radicals to reduce current signs of aging and to protect skin longevity by preventing future free radical damage. In addition, vitamin C is also able to smooth and firm the skin, lighten areas of hyperpigmentation and increases your skin’s natural UV protection. Sun damage is the leading cause of signs of aging, so boosting the power of your sunscreen with vitamin C products goes a long way in prolonging the health and youth of your skin.

Skin longevity creams are anti-aging, but they do so with a focus on the health of your skin and not just removing wrinkles. Keeping your skin as healthy as possible creates a youthful, radiant look that lasts longer than products designed to just mask signs of aging. Add a skin longevity cream to your skin care regimen to keep your skin health, protect it from future damage and see instant radiance and youth with use.

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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

Exfoliate
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

Moisturize
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.

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Sleep
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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How to Get Flawless Looking Foundation

Some women are born with a naturally even, clear and flawless complexion, while others have to cheat the system just a little, which is why we have foundation. Foundation is probably the most important product in your makeup bag and unfortunately, it’s also the one that can be the trickiest and most confusing to use properly. You can achieve flawless looking foundation, all you need is a little bit of guidance from the experts and the right shade for your skin tone. Below, we’ve got six tips that will help you go from novice to pro when it comes to getting flawless looking foundation.

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Pick the Right Color
Without a doubt, the most important trick to getting flawless foundation is picking the color that best matches your skin tone. You can follow every single tip and trick here but still end up looking like a hot mess if you are using a foundation that is either too light or too dark. Perhaps the easiest and most foolproof way to find your shade is by heading to your local beauty counter or Sephora to get matched. When you’re looking for a foundation in the drugstore, chances are that you will have to guess your proper shade since most foundations aren’t available to test in these establishments. If there are testers available, pick three shades you think will match and apply a small swatch to your cheek. Blend each one out a bit and the one that seems to disappear against your natural color is the one you want to grab.

Moisturize and Prime
In order to get a flawless finish from your foundation, you need to begin with the right products. The first step in any foundation routine is to moisturize. When your skin is well hydrated, your foundation will glide on far more easily and evenly, so you won’t have to worry as much about dry patches on your face. Next, use a primer. Lisa Eldridge, makeup artist, YouTube beauty guru and the official global creative director for Lancome, says that creating a base is the key to a flawless finish. It can work wonders for the overall complexion and also help your foundation to smooth more evenly. It also keeps makeup in place for longer.

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Spot Conceal
When you use foundation only on your most troublesome areas and you don’t attempt to cover every spot or dark area on your face, you will be left with the need to conceal these areas. Remember, a foundation is meant to even out your complexion, not to conceal imperfections. It matters when you apply your concealer as well. “I always apply concealer after foundation, simply because once the foundation is on, you can really see the areas you need to highlight or conceal. If you apply before, it’s also likely to rub off when you apply your foundation,” advises Eldridge.

Less is More
One, if not the most, frequent mistakes women make with foundation is to use it as a coverall. Eldridge stresses that foundation is meant to even out the skin tone, not to conceal every tiny imperfection on your face. No matter what type of foundation you use, you want to avoid creating a mask-like effect by loading up too much foundation on your skin. Apply it where you need it most, usually the chin, nose area, mouth area and center of the forehead, and then blend it outward for the most even and natural look.

Blend, Blend and Blend Again
Blending is the secret to creating a flawless foundation look and you can never blend too much. As we stated above, dot foundation in the center of your face or the areas in which you really need it, and then blend outward towards the sides of your face. “If you really focus on these areas and blend out, the foundation will become thinner as it goes towards the hairline, which will help achieve a much more natural finish,” explains Eldridge.

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Set the Foundation
Once you’ve evened everything out, blended to perfection and used concealer on problem areas, you want to be sure that your hard work lasts throughout the day. They most effective way to help your makeup last longer (next to primer) is to use a loose powder. You can find loose powders that are translucent, tinted to your skin tone or that are various colors designed to color correct your entire face, just be sure that you use a light hand when applying powder. If you don’t have very oily skin to begin with, you can probably just apply setting powder on your T-zone and leave the rest of your face as is. Setting sprays can be a great tool to keep makeup in place, but be sure to read the ingredients carefully. Many setting sprays are made using alcohol, which can end up drying your face out during your day.

Flawless looking foundation may seem like a lot of work and it will probably take some trial and error before your get it right, but the end result will be a naturally radiant face. Makeup is about personal expression and enhancing your natural beauty, and picking the right foundation and using the proper application techniques will help give you a natural yet flawless foundation look.

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