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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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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.

Woman smoking

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.

Dermatologist checking skin

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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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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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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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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