skin care tips

  1. "Aging" Shouldn't Mean You Should Be OK With Age Spots

    Age spots are a normal part of the aging process of your skin. They're just something that happens as you get older, and there's nothing you can do about them.

    Right?

    Wrong!

    The hyperpigmentation from age spots can be known by a host of other names: senile lentigo, lentigines, sun spots, or liver spots. These dark spots appear on the face, arms, and hands as we age.

    They're only nicknamed "age spots" because they typically don't start to make an appearance until later in life, but they actually have very little to do with the "normal" aging process.

    What they really are is evidence of your history of not taking very good care of your skin. They can be a major side effect of sun damage, appearing on the areas of our skin that get the most exposure to UVA/UVB rays.

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  2. Are You Still Breaking Out? Hormonal Acne in Your 30's and 40's

    Are You Still Breaking Out? Hormonal Acne in Your 30's and 40's

    Surprise!!

    You thought you were done with your acne when you left your teenage years behind.

    Wrong!

    Now you're in your 30's and even 40's and are still breaking out; usually right before an important meeting or your best friend's wedding.

    To make matters worse, those pesky spots are even harder to deal with than ever before! Chances are you've been battling your symptoms with cleansers and anti-acne remedies to no avail. So just how do you deal with hormonal acne when you're in your 30's and 40's?

    What is Hormonal Acne?

    What is Hormonal Acne?

    As the name implies, your

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  3. Combatting Puffy Eyes

    Combatting Puffy Eyes

    Nothing says "I'm tired" quite like the appearance of puffy eyes. Everyone knows they typically mean you've had a long, rough night, or are uber stressed out.

    Being tired can definitely be a huge contributor, but that's not necessarily the only thing that can cause puffy eyes. They can occur as a result of many other reasons too, including inherited facial features, allergies, stress, eye fatigue, and individual skin characteristics such as texture.

    How Did Your Eyes Become Puffy?

    How Did Your Eyes Become Puffy?

    Typically, swelling is the result of an accumulation of too much fluid in the skin tissue. When that happens around the eyes, the result is immediately noticeable. That's because the

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  4. 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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  5. Is Sensitive Skin Dragging You Down?

    Is Sensitive Skin Dragging You Down?

    Is there really anything more uncomfortable than dealing with dry, itchy, or irritated skin? Even the short-lived annoyance of a bug bite can really drive you to the brink of insanity.

    But when your skin is constantly under threat of breaking out or diving into a rash, you live your life in fear, trying to avoid anything that may trigger another reaction or attack.

    What Causes Sensitive Skin?

    Anyone can have a reaction to a product or specific ingredient from time to time, but people with persistent issues are classified as having sensitive skin. It refers to a range of conditions from ailments like rosacea and eczema

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  6. 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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  7. Fighting Back Against Zits

    Fighting Back Against Zits

    No one wants to wake up the morning before a big interview or client meeting, roll out of bed, toddle down the hallway, and squint at the mirror . . . . only to find out your face has been taken over by a big acne breakout!

    Now you're kicking yourself for not washing your face before you went to bed after that late night out doing paint and sip for your girlfriend's birthday. Now you're scrambling trying to find a remedy or a coverup for the red, swollen, blotchy pimples that are dotting your face. Not today!

    Relax and don't stress. Easier said than done, we know. But believe us, stressing is almost guaranteed to make your acne worse. More on that later.

    How Does Acne Form?

    Acne is the skin condition responsible for pimples and

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  8. 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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  9. All Skin Types and Problems: There's a Moisturizer For That

    All Skin Types and Problems: There's a Moisturizer For That

    Choosing a good-quality moisturizer for your skin is just as important as choosing an effective cleanser. Maybe even more so! People with dry skin and oily skin, alike, struggle with the choice of finding a product that will take care of their skin.

    Many people struggle with the decision to even use a moisturizer in the first place, especially those with oily skin. Add in the stress of toddling down the skin care isle in the store, and trying to pick a good moisturizer for your skin type, and you have yourself a very daunting task! There are face creams and gels, lotions; some made for face, others made for body. Those made for dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin. Those with sunscreen, those with natural ingredients, others with anti-aging ingredients. Aaaaaargh!

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  10. Why You Should Invest In The Best Skincare: Your Skin Thanks You

    Why You Should Invest In The Best Skincare: Your Skin Thanks You

    Everyone loves the thrill of being thrifty. Bargain shopping can be fun, and the challenge can be thrilling. Finding that elusive sale, the sense of victory when you win a steal. That's probably ok when you're looking to conquer antiquing or decorating. Looking for the biggest bargain is probably not a good practice when it comes to your skin care.

    There really is something to be said for quality, especially when it comes to what goes into the products designed to nourish and care for the largest organ of your body: your skin.

    Cheaply produced and packaged products with catchy titles probably worked okay for you when you were in your teens, but your more mature self deserves more respect.

    Just like the bargain basement toilet paper

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