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Taking Care of Your Skin In The Air

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Literally and figuratively, flying is a trip. You get up at some ungodly hour in the climate and time zone you’re adapted to, get some air pressurized cabin pumping out some kind of mechanically generated excuse for oxygen, which you inevitably find uncomfortable by the middle of the trip, rise to an unnaturally high altitude, eat processed food, and wake up at a different ungodly hour in a different climate and time zone. If you think this is rough on the mind, just think about your poor skin. The following is a breakdown of exactly what happens to your skin on a flight, and some ways to keep it, and yourself, calm and glowing.

Humidity Factor
One of the main reason’s our skin does not do well on airplanes is because of the dry air in the cabin. According to Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai, “Typically, skin is comfortable when the humidity level is between 40 to 70 percent. Most airplanes are at about 20%. That’s less than half of what we’re used to.” That drop in humidity equals dry red and flaky skin. While you may think a good moisturizer is the best solution, Elizabeth Tanzi, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at George Washingon says, “When there’s no water in the air, moisturizers don’t work as well since there is nothing to grab on to.” Her advice? Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule with the ability to bind to water. Use a small amount of serum containing hyaluronic acid followed by a moisturizer with ceramides. The ceramics will create a barrier to prevent moisture from escaping.

Greasy Skin
When skin dries out, it may try and overcompensate for the dryness by producing too much oil. Make sure to keep skin moist so your skin won’t have to fight the super dry air alone. Blotting papers are a great way to soak up excess oil if the skin does get greasy.

Most commercial aircraft become pressurized between 6,000 to 8,000 feet, comparable to what you might experience on the top of a mountain. Kanchanapoomi Levin warns that the increase in altitude means, “less blood flow to the skin, which may make for a dull appearance.”

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Water Retention
Sitting still on an airplane for a long time eating salty foods can make the body retain extra water, which can result in bloating and puffiness. Tanzi advises trying to get a little exercise in after you land to get the fluid back in circulation.

You are closer to the sun, after all. According to Kanachanapoomi Levin, “UV rays are much more intense at higher altitudes, and with thinner air, there is less screening of harmful radiation.” If you’re flying during daylight hours, sunscreen in your carry-on is an absolute must.

Eyes, Nose, Lips, Cuticles
Perhaps one of the reasons airplane food is so notoriously bad has to do with the fact that the crew is counting on your impaired ability to taste properly on a flight. When mucous membranes dry out on a plane, side effects may include not only an impaired sense of taste, but dry lips, nosebleeds, and red itchy eyes. Make sure to keep some Vaseline closely for your nose and lips, and some moisturizing eye drops to keep your eyes refreshed.

How do you keep your skin from getting stressed during travel? Let us know what you do before during and after boarding.


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Skin Care Tips For Skiers

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Mountain sports and ski vacations are an excellent way of enjoying the fresh air, catching up on physical exercise and having fun with friends while sipping on hot cocoa.  You’re probably booking your chalet and packing your fave winter accessories, but don’t forget to adjust your skin care routine. We’re dishing out a few solutions to help you hit the slopes with a luminous glow without having to worry about things like sunburns, dehydration and frostbites.

Prep Your Skin
If you are looking for the best canvas for applying your face, makeup artist Elle Leary advises switching to cream cleanser for low temperatures skin care. “They are richer in hydration and in general don’t have as many harsh detergents that make skin dryer.” In addition, to prevent patchiness, Leary suggests that her clients exfoliate three to four times weekly with a gentle facial scrub.

Use BB and CC Creams
Leary notes that getting that perfect makeup look can be harder in humid areas. “Makeup doesn’t really work the way you are used to- it has a tendency to stick to dry spots and not blend into the skin very well.” She suggests swapping out your regular foundation for “BB” and “CC” creams. These tinted moisturizers not only contain SPF, but are full of ingredients to ensure radiant skin and allowing the dermis to breathe, enhancing the natural glow of your skin. Another rule of thumb for skiing? Skip the blush, your cheeks will have a natural flush from the low temps.

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Bold Eyes, Nude Lips
We hope barbie did her makeup right! If your ski date includes a Ken, you might want to play up the eyes and leave lips on the bare side. Lips tend to get chapped, dehydrated, and dry causing lipstick to settle into cracks and lines, not your best look. Also, remember to go with waterproof mascara and eyeliner to avoid raccoon eyes.

Fight Windburn
Dr. Howard Sobel, director of the New York Institute of Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser Surgery, has a way to head off the red, overly dry feeling your skin gets in windy locations. He attributes it to “a combination of very cold temperatures and low humidity causing a decrease in the natural oils found in the skin resulting in a dry, red irritated texture.” For exposed skin, the good doctor advises a generous layer of moisturizer with SPF 30 reapplied every two hours to keep skin soft and sun proof.

Use Blotting Papers
Skin can get oily, even in the coldest conditions. If you find yourself sporting a midday shine, Dr. Leary says blotting papers are a better idea than powders because they leave your skin with enough natural oil to protect from the elements.

Do tell us all about your skiing adventures. We love to hear it.

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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.

Woman staying hydrated
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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Skin Care for Swimmers

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While there are many who are lucky enough to swim year-round, it’s almost that time of year for the rest of us to take a dive into a pool, lake, or ocean and cool off when the hot temperatures take over. Regardless of how often you swim, but especially if you do so often, chlorine, sun, and salt water can take quite a toll on your skin. Before you put on your next swimsuit, check out the following skin care tips for swimmers so you can enjoy the activity you love without sacrificing your skin in the process.

Apply and Reapply Sunscreen
You should be applying sunscreen year-round on a daily basis anyway, but if you’re going swimming, it’s even more important considering it can rinse off plus the reflection of light off sand and water can increase your chances of sun damage. Apply sunscreen about 30-minutes before you leave your house (not when you get to the pool or beach) and reapply it often, especially when you get out of the water. It’s important to apply about a shot-glass full of sunscreen every time you put it on. Additionally, make sure that your sunscreen isn’t expired.

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Shower Before Swimming
Did you know that showering (with soap) right before you go swimming can help protect you and all those you’re going to be swimming with? It helps remove the makeup, urine, fecal matter, sweat, and other contaminants and prevents them from getting in the pool water that you and others are splashing around in. A cleaner pool means it’s better for your skin and better (and safer) for your body and health overall.

Thoroughly Wash Off Your Skin
When you go swimming, you want to wash off as much of the salt water, chlorine, and sand from your skin as soon as possible. There are body washes on the market that are specially made to help you get it off your body so you have an increased chance of preventing rashes, itchy and dry skin, and various other skin issues. It can also be useful for removing chlorine odor. Make sure to carefully follow the instructions on the package to ensure optimal results.


Change Into Dry Clothing
Skin rashes can get worse under your wet bathing suit, so it’s best to change out of it as soon as possible. If you want to hang around in a bathing suit after swimming, bring another one to change into so you’re in one that’s dry.

Not only should you make sure to thoroughly moisturize after a shower (there is chlorine-neutralizing lotion that could be helpful for a post-swim shower) but you should make sure your skin is well hydrated throughout the rest of the day as well.

Considering you’re going to be out in the sun, it’s vital to drink enough water so you stay hydrated. This is important regardless of how hot it is outside, but especially if the temperatures have gotten incredibly high. Keep a couple of bottles of water with you at all times and refill if necessary.

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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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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.

Woman resting after a hike

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.

Woman drinking detox water

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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