Fine Lines & Wrinkles

  1. Where Are Those Wrinkles Coming From?

    Where Are Those Wrinkles Coming From?

    No matter what they are or where they appear, signs of aging are never fun. They can creep up when you least expect them and they can sometimes make you feel self-conscious about your age and appearance.

    Have you ever peered into the mirror and wondered "Where did they all come from?"

    Wrinkles can be a part of the natural aging process, but there's also a lot that you encounter during the course of your life that can lead to premature wrinkles, landing you with deeper wrinkles in your later years.

    If you know where wrinkles come from, you can hopefully take steps to keep them at bay for as long as possible!

    Where Do Wrinkles Come From?

    Where Do Wrinkles Come From?

    Some wrinkles are often a part of the natural aging process. The first wrinkles

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  2. Pollution's Big Impact On Your Skin

    Pollution's Big Impact On Your Skin

    Most people can now safely agree that pollution is definitely taking a toll on the environment and is a cause for concern. What pollution does to your lungs has been well-documented for some time. We're now understanding that pollution can also impact other parts of your body, including your skin.

    Recent research is showing that air that isn't clean has a huge impact on the health of your body's largest organ: the skin. This isn't necessarily a new problem, but until recently, little scientific research has been done.

    What Does Pollution Do To Your Skin?

    What Does Pollution Do To Your Skin?

    There is a definite correlation between air pollution

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  3. Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    Are Your Habits Making Your Skin Unhappy?

    As the largest organ in your body, your skin performs highly important roles for you like body thermoregulation and prevention of fluid loss. It protects you from the harmful effects of the sun's radiation and keeps you safe from harmful toxins. It's your first line of defense.

    Your skin takes care of you.

    If you're not happy with how your skin is behaving, it may be time for you to change your habits.

    The way you take care of the rest of your body (or don't) has a huge impact on the health of your skin. What's going on in your life and the state of your health are all reflected in the mirror. Your habits, whether good or bad, will tell all. According to Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution,

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  4. Why You Should Be Worried About Transepidermal Water Loss

    Why You Should Be Worried About Transepidermal Water Loss

    Our skin has amazing capacities and performs some very interesting functions. It forms a protective layer for the rest of the body, shielding it from pollutants and radiation. It regulates body temperature, carries sensations to the brain, rids the body of toxins through sweating, and allows us to move freely and comfortably.

    Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, occurs when water passes through the skin's layers into the air, where it evaporates. Although this is a natural and inevitable process, sometimes it can have negative effects on the skin. As you might imagine, it can cause dehydration and speed up the skin's aging process. There are things you can do to limit the negative effects of TEWL, but a basic understanding of the skin and its functions will help you understand how it can be treated.

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  5. Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    Healthy Can Be Yummy: Eating For Your Skin

    There is so much talk out there about the damage free radicals can inflict on our skin and the resulting inflammation. You've heard of the benefits of antioxidants and probiotics, both taken internally and used topically.

    You've paid enough attention to know that free radicals and inflammation are bad and eating healthy is good.

    Taking care of your skin involves more than twice-daily cleansing and moisturizing. What you put into your body has a huge impact everywhere, including your skin! Antioxidants and probiotics are vital to your health and longevity.

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Why Are Free Radicals Bad?

    Free radicals are formed when oxygen in the body splits - a result of either normal metabolic processes

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  6. Green Tea For Your Skin, All Around

    Green Tea For Your Skin, All Around

    Cheerio! Bottoms up! It's tea time for your skin!

    Literally!

    Green tea is touted for its many positive health benefits when taken both internally and when used topically. Just what is it about this leaf that makes it so special?

    The Power of Green Tea

    The Power of Green Tea

    Green tea is one of the hottest trends in the skin care world, and for good reason! This ancient Asian brew boasts a myriad of health benefits and has been used for centuries. Touted as the healthiest tea out there, it can increase your memory and concentration, boost energy levels, improve immunity, and much more.

    Japanese monks discovered green tea while visiting China centuries ago. They've used the tea as a daily staple ever since, claiming it gave

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  7. I Don't Need Sunscreen In the Winter . . . . Or Do I?

    I Don't Need Sunscreen In the Winter . . . . Or Do I?

    Winter can be such a sad time for some people. Many attribute that to a lack of sunlight, so they slack off on protecting their skin from UV rays during the cold season. But is that really a good plan?

    Do you really need sunscreen in the winter?

    Dermatologists give that question a resounding yes!

    That may seem counterintuitive to you, so let's talk about it!

    Sunscreen is a Must All Year Long

    It is true that, in many climates, the UVB rays of the sun are weaker. Those are the radiation rays responsible for sunburns. But the UVA rays are just as strong. We'll talk more on that later.

    Since most people don't tend to sunburn as much or as

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  8. The 5 Worst Habits That Make Your Skin Crawl

    The 5 Worst Habits That Make Your Skin Crawl

    Knowing you have to take good care of our skin, trying to follow through, and actually accomplishing that are often three separate things. You usually make an effort to choose your skincare products wisely. You religiously remember to wash the makeup off of your face before you go to bed. Um, most of the time, anyway. You even apply sunscreen when you're at the beach.

    But what if we told you there were things you do on a regular basis that have a negative impact on your skin? Things you probably don't even give a second thought?

    Your bad habits could be ruining your skin. That beautiful complexion you want is still going to be impossible if you're doing these five worst habits that could make your skin crawl.

    1. Not Getting Enough Sleep - Your wild nights out with the gang may be what
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  9. Beneficial "Bugs" In Your Skincare?!

    Beneficial

    We all have different reasons for seeking out certain skin care products. Perhaps you learned there were harmful ingredients in the cleanser you've been using since college. Maybe you no longer need your high school acne regimen. Could be your skin has ousted with a new, annoying malady and you're looking for the one product that can really make a difference and save the day (aka next week's date night).

    Whatever your reasons, you're researching how best to treat your skin with its unique concerns and you've heard about using topical probiotics in your skin care, but you're just not sure the idea is truly viable, or just creepy snake oil.

    We're here to tell you that the "beauty bug" really is a thing of beauty!

    What Are Probiotics?

    You've probably heard of probiotics, and that

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  10. How Do Facial Serums Work?

    How Do Facial Serums Work?

    There are so many facial care products available to us. So many steps to beautify and stay beautiful. You cleanse. You tone. You moisturize. You masque. You repeat. Maybe there's even a facial oil you use, or scrub, or peel, or . . . or . . . or . . .

    Yeah. You get the picture!

    It's mystifying sometimes, trying to decipher dermatologist and cosmetologist recommendations, all while you're standing in the middle of store aisle shelves full of so many choices you don't know what to do with yourself.

    The idea of a serum may sound a bit exotic, or strange, but a facial serum can be one of the most powerful, beneficial tools you can use. Serums are some of the most effective skin care products on the market.

    We'll demystify for you!

    What Is a Facial Serum?

    Or, maybe, what is it

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