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Lifestyle May Be Your Skin Care Savior

Your skin will not lie. You can say you never ate that sugary food, didn’t go out in the sun without sunscreen, didn’t skimp on sleep; the list goes on, but your skin will give you away every time. You can lie all you want, but that blemish, sunburn, or wrinkle will be there to testify against you.

Face it, there’s only one way to prevent your skin from revealing your sins, and that is to stop sinning. It’s time to accept the fact that the only way to keep your skin quiet is by keeping it healthy. Here are some lifestyle changes to help you choose the right path to healthy skin.

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Protect Your Skin From the Sun
One sure way to prevent skin from premature aging is to protect it from the sun. There is no surer way to prevent age spots and wrinkles or to lower the risk of skin cancer. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and apply generously, repeating every two hours, or more, if you’ve been swimming or perspiring.

Try to avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when its rays are strongest and do your best to stay in the shade.

Wear protective clothing. Tightly woven long-sleeved shirts and pants, and wide-brimmed hats provide the best protection from the sun. There are also laundry additives on the market which give clothes an extra layer of UV protection for a number of washings, as well as sun protective clothing with built-in protection from ultraviolet rays.

Stop Smoking
Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, decreasing blood flow and depleting skin of nutrients and oxygen. The result is older looking skin and wrinkles.

Additionally, smoking is a danger to collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are the fibers that maintain skin’s strength and elasticity.

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Also, the faces that you make from smoking? The pursing of the lips? The squinting? Also likely to cause wrinkles. How can you prevent this? Quit smoking. Ask your doctor for tips and treatment advice.

Be Gentle
Even simply daily cleansing can tax your skin. You can keep the toll to a minimum by limiting bath time. Hot water can remove oil from your skin, and the longer you spend bathing, the greater the loss of moisture. Keep bath time down and try to use warm water, rather than hot.

Swap strong soaps and detergents for mild cleansers to keep skin better hydrated.
Shave carefully, using shaving cream, gel, or lotion prior to shaving. Use a clean sharp razor and shave in the direction in which the hair grows to ensure the smoothest shave with the least skin nicks and cuts.

Pat skin dry after washing to make sure some moisture is left on the skin and follow up with an SPF containing moisturizer that is suited to your skin type.

Eat well
Never underestimate the importance of a good diet for skin health. Eat your veggies, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains. Research suggests that diets high in unhealthy fats and processed carbohydrates may age skin prematurely, while vitamin C-rich foods may promote younger-looking skin.

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Control Stress
Stress can increase skin sensitivity and lead to breakouts and other problems. You can manage stress by setting limits and decreasing overwhelming activity in exchange for things you enjoy, or doing low-intensity exercises like yoga and pilates.

Turn Off Your Cell Phone
According to Dr. Francesca J. Fusco, if you keep your head down often while scrolling or texting, you may begin to notice lines in your neck. She suggests hanging photos at eye level in rooms in which you text the most as an enticement to keep your head up during phone use.

Let us know how you have changed your lifestyle to improve your skin health. We want to know!

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Streamline Your Beauty Routine

If you keep apprised on beauty news, you’ve probably been intrigued by the 10-step beauty routine. While it is hard to deny the apparent agelessness of Korean skin, keep in mind that Koreans prepare for this from an early age. While Western children are learning how to consolidate their earnings and 401Ks, Korean children are busy learning how and when to apply their essences and ampoules and the benefits of the double cleanse.

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True, modern Western women do need to be concerned about their skin, but they also need to be concerned about being superheroes, and sometimes that doesn’t leave time for a ten-step beauty program. If we’re going to multitask, why shouldn’t we ask the same of our beauty products? Here are some ways of streamlining your beauty routine for maximum beauty with minimum energy.

All In One Cleanser
Eliminate the need for multiple products by purchasing and all in one cleanser. Find a whole family friendly soap in a neutral scent to act as a shampoo, bubble bath and body wash.

Dry Shampoo
Need to clean, but have no time to wash and style. Spray some dry shampoo into your roots to absorb excess oil. You can also boost volume by massaging dry shampoo into your roots with your fingers to add a little texture to fine, thin hair.

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Jumbo Eye Pencil
Avoid the hassle of separate shadows, liners, and highlighter. Use a bronze or nude jumbo eyeliner crayon to do triple duty. Use it as an eyeshadow by coloring lids from crease to lash line and then contour cheeks by drawing a light line just below your cheekbones and blending back toward your hairline.

Triple Nutrition Oil
A blend of natural oils. like olive, almond, and avocado, can work on your dry skin and your flaky scalp. Use it head to toe for great skin and lustrous hair.

Tinted Lip Balm
Just one tube of tinted lip balm can bring color to your cheeks and lips. Just dab a little on the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingertips for a natural, rosy tone.

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Complexion Correction Perfection
Surpass your basic lightweight foundation by using one which incorporates an anti-aging complex with a broad spectrum SPF to protect from sun exposure.

Glow on the Go
For instant radiance, try a blotter paper booklet filled with pages pressed with blush and highlighting powder. Simply tear out a page and rub on areas where the light naturally hits. Use the reverse side to blot excess oil.

What do you use to streamline your routine? Tell us your favorite time savers!

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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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Exfoliate
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.

Hydrate
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.

Dermatologist Vist
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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Protecting Your Skin at Work

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Many of us are well aware of the havoc that our modern world wreaks on our skin.  We have heard countless warnings and admonitions cautioning us to pile on the sunscreen, abandon our cell phones and protect our skin against the elements.  Indeed, protecting the skin has become a priority when going to the beach or engaging in an outdoor activity, but, what if your job includes exposure to skin-damaging elements on a regular basis?  Skin issues affect more workers on a daily basis than you may realize and you may be among them!  Are you or any of your loved ones on this list?  If so, take heed!

Farmers and Landscapers
You may have guessed that farmers and landscapers are at risk for sun damage, but did you also know that the pesticides used in most agricultural production is a leading cause of melanoma?

Truck and Taxi Drivers
While the glass in most vehicles blocks out UVB rays, it does not filter UVA rays, which penetrate the skin more deeply.  A study done by the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed that a 69-year-old who had been driving a taxi for 25 years had  a shocking amount of damage on the side of his face that faced the window of his car, while the other was noticeably less effected.

Pilots and Flight Attendants
A study by JAMA Aviation reveals that UV radiation is worse at an elevation of 30,000 feet, an altitude commonly experienced by airplane workers.

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Office-Goers
Those bursts of sunlight that make their ways into an office building in the early evening may be more damaging than you think and so can that dry indoor air.

Workers
Despite getting 6-8 times the average dose of UV rays, only 14% of postal workers admit to wearing sunscreen during their 5-hour shift. Construction workers and roofers face more intense sun damage because of reflections off building surfaces. Welders face exposure to chemicals which may lead to rashes and allergic reactions as well as UV exposure from the oil, grease, and solvents that are associated with the job.

Keeping Safe
The warmer, longer days may have kept you extra-vigilant during the summer months, but don’t let the gentle fall breeze sway you off your skin protection game. Here are a few things you can do to keep your skin safe at work.

  1. Wear gloves, aprons, and protective clothing to keep skin away from oils, greases and chemicals.
  2. Wear clean clothes to work and remove oil or chemical soaked clothes right after work.
  3. Protect your hands with petroleum jelly, lotion or cream.
  4. Educate yourself about the best ways to get dangerous materials off of skin and how to get medical help if you do come into contact with these materials.
  5. Do not drink, eat, or smoke in your work area.
  6. If you work outdoors, apply sunscreen several times a day, wear sunglasses a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves.

Whether your job requires you to work outdoors, or you’re getting exposed to those tiny bursts of sunlight and dry indoor air, these tips will help you protect your skin while at work. Remember, protecting your skin doesn’t interfere with your performance, it only ends up enhancing it because you know you’re taking care of yourself!

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Don’t Forget About Your Hands

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Many of us remember to apply sunscreen to our faces daily, but how many of us remember to apply it to our hands? Most may not think about the damaging effects the sun can have on our hands but the skin on the backs of the hands is thin and very prone to sun damage and they are also high-risk places for precancerous lesions and skin thinning. Find out what you can do to protect your hands from damage when out in the sun.

Most of us are pretty knowledgeable in the subject of sun protection, but hands are tricky. They are busy all day being washed and rubbed against things like pockets, towels, clothing, etc., and this makes it difficult for sunscreen to stay on hands. Therefore, you need to use a durable sunscreen. Dr. Cynthia Bailey recommends following these steps as part of your daytime routine to keep hands protected:

  • Apply durable, rub and water resistant sunscreen to the backs of hands every morning before you step outside.
  • Don’t rinse or scrub sunscreen off, if possible. If you must wash your hands, try to wash palms only as this area of the hand is way more likely to need washing. If it does come off, reapply.
  • If you are going to be in the sun for a prolonged period of time, make sure to take some sunblock with you so you can reapply every couple of hours.
  • Wear a long sleeved shirt where the sleeve drapes down or covers hands when possible.
  • Consider wearing sun protection gloves. You can buy gloves made out of UPF 50 fabric which will block 98% of sun rays. Most of these will have the fingertips cut off to maintain dexterity.

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If your hand skin already looks like it is aging prematurely, there are things you can do to restore a youthful look. Common methods you can use include:

  • Retinol: Used once daily, retinol can peel away some of the damaged areas and prepare skin for other treatments.
  • Chemical Peels: These will eliminate brown spots almost immediately.
  • Fillers: If you notice the skin on your hands has become thin, a filler can be a great way to add volume. With the loss of fat underneath skin, deep indentations, veins and bones become more prominent.
  • Intense Pulsed Light (IPL): This is a non-abrasive and non-invasive way to rejuvenate hands. It is recommended for deeper, darker imperfections.
  • Laser Hand Rejuvenation: Laser hand treatment uses powerful laser technology to refresh skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production. It requires no down time and has a low risk of side effect.

However, Dr. Bailey warns that despite the fact that there are many methods available to treat sun damage on hands to get them looking healthy, there is no substitute for the hands losing their natural thickness once damage has occurred. Prevention is still the best route.

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Prevent Tattoo Fading

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So you just got a new tattoo and it looks great! The colors are vivid and the lines are clear! But over time, it’s almost inevitable that tattoos will start to fade and the number one culprit is the sun. Find out what causes tattoos to fade in the sun and what you can do to avoid this from happening.

First, let’s talk a bit about why tattoos fade in the sun. Dermal clinician Sally Risby explains, “Tattoo particles stay in the skin because they are too big for the lymphatic system to engulf. Lasers remove tattoos by going in and smashing the ink particles down so that they are small enough for the immune system to deal with.” The sun acts in a similar way. “It’s like plastic toys that are left out in the yard too long,” Risby goes on to say, “The ink on your skin will react in the same way and will fade after prolonged sun exposure.”

Of course sunscreen is a great way to avoid tattoos fading from the sun. There are even sunscreens marketed specifically for tattoos. They come in stick form which makes it convenient in keeping tattoos completely covered, but there is nothing special in the ingredients as far as any enhanced color protection.

That being said, you should never put sunblock on a new tattoo. Follow the artist’s after care instructions and then keep it covered up with clothing or by standing in the shade. Once it’s completely healed, and it’s gone through the entire scabbing and flaking process, sunscreen is necessary on a daily basis.

Skin brighteners are another way to keep your tattoos looking bright in the summer months. You want to make sure you choose one that is bleach free so it will brighten the tattoo and not lighten your skin. These will not prevent tanning from happening, but it will remove the tanned skin that forms over the tattoo. Be warned that the brighteners may take a month to be effective and the item is not inexpensive.

Those with tattoos that prefer tanning beds to sitting out in the sun should be warned that tanning beds are just as damaging as direct sunlight if not more so. The ultraviolet rays are more concentrated and people tend to overexpose themselves in the tanning beds, not realizing their limits. If you so opt for tanning beds, protect your skin.

Tanning lotions are okay for tattoos as is anything else that is not damaging to your skin otherwise. However, the tanning lotions could create an odd effect to your tattoo’s appearance. It’s best to avoid putting the lotion on the tattoo all together.

And remember, just because you’re not laying out in the sun doesn’t mean you’re not prone to getting tanned or even burned. Running errands, driving in the car, and working outside can all lead to damage to your skin and tattoo fading so it’s a good idea to wear sunblock at all times!

What about you? Have your tattoos been fading? What do you think is the best way to keep your tattoos looking new? Let us know in the comments section.

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How Apples Benefit Skin

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We have given you articles on topics related to how nutrition can influence not only your health, but your skin care. Caring for your skin “from the inside out” is not only a legitimate way to approach skin care, but a necessary part of it. If you want the best skin you can have, you need to go at it through nutrition and external skin care. External care like moisturization, exfoliation, etc, and nutritional skin care like making sure you eat lots of greens, are equally important.

In the past when the topic of nutrition for skin care has been broached, we’ve often focused on superfoods like dark, leafy greens and dark fruits like pomegranate, acai, blackberries, etc. Today, though, we’re going to take an in-depth look at one specific food that’s much more commonly found and consumed, but may have even more health and skin care benefits than we originally thought.

Apples, a Skin Care Powerhouse?
You undoubtedly know the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and we all know that fruit is an important part of any diet, but it turns out there may be a good reason why apples, specifically, were in that saying. More than that, though, an apple a day might just keep the dermatologist away, too, and we’re about to tell you why.

Collagen Content
Collagen is the compound responsible for keeping skin tight and youthful, and consuming lots of it can help prevent wrinkles and improve the appearance of currently present wrinkles as well. And as it happens, apples are chock full of collagen, so they’re one of the best things you can eat to up your collagen intake and production, keeping your skin firm and radiant.

Sun Protection
Before we go on, we would like to remind you to always use SPF 30 or higher broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you’ll be exposed to the sun, even through a glass window, regardless of what other additional protection measures you take. That said, additional measures are always a good idea to be doubly or even triply sure your skin won’t suffer heinous damage at the hands of the great ball of plasma in the sky—which thankfully give our planet life, so it’s not all bad, but it does also damage your skin if you’re not careful—and it turns out there’s a possible link between eating apples and extra UVB protection. Further, external products with apple pulp in them are great for relieving sunburn and preventing a bad burn from peeling.

External Uses
So far we’ve mostly talked about how eating apples can help your skin, but let’s give some attention to external uses of apple as well, because it has a lot of great properties when used this way, too. For one thing, you can use apple slices in place of cucumber slices to get rid of dark circles under your eyes, and raw apple pulp with apple cider vinegar makes a great toner. Finally, rubbing grated apple peel on your face and leaving it there for 15 to 20 minutes as a mask imparts a number of potential anti-aging benefits.

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