skin tips

  1. Can You Really Change Your Complexion?

    Can You Really Change Your Complexion?

    How many times have you leaned in close to the mirror . . . . and cringed?
    Do you hide under a deep, wide-brimmed hat pulled way down low?
    Have you ever seen someone's flawless skin in passing and felt a pang of jealousy?

    It doesn't have to be that way.

    You're stuck in your skin, but not with it. You really can change your complexion.

    A visit to your derm shouldn't be just because you found a pre-cancerous lesion you need to have removed. Often, if you're not happy with the way your skin is looking, there are things you can do to help, and many of them are as simple as changes to your daily routine. You'll be surprised at the results you can get by tweaking a few of your habits just a bit.

    Healthy Skin Starts From the Inside, Out

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  2. What Ingredients Should I Avoid and Why?

    What Ingredients Should I Avoid and Why?

    (Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Artificial dyes and any known cancer-causing ingredient.)

    You're trying to do the best you can for your skin. You *try* to eat a diet to support your skin's health. You spend hours pouring over articles and information about the latest and best ingredients to tend to your particular skincare needs. You handpick your skincare regimen to provide your skin with exactly what it needs, regardless of the circumstances.

    But are you digging even deeper? While you're paying attention to ingredients you want to look for, are you also putting just as much time into understanding exactly which ingredients you should avoid in your skincare?

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  3. How Does Lack of Sleep Affect Your Skin?

    How Does Lack of Sleep Affect Your Skin?

    Being out on the town with your friends, mixing it up, enjoying the company, the music, the lights. Or perhaps you weren't having such a great time. Maybe the baby was up most of the night with a cough and fever and just couldn't be consoled.

    Whatever your reasoning, it all boils down to you didn't sleep very well last night and the effects are showing. You have that groggy, heavy-headed, feet-dragging, day-is-never-going-to-end feeling.

    You may be able to guzzle down enough coffee and energy drinks and work in just enough jumping jacks to keep yourself plugging along until it's finally time to call it a day, but what's happening on your skin is a different story. How can you perk your face up again?

    How Does Lack of Sleep Affect Your Face?

    How Does Lack of Sleep

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  4. "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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  5. Physical vs Chemical Sunscreen

    Physical vs Chemical Sunscreen

    You've heard it over and over again: Sunscreen protection is a must! The amount of damage that the sun's UV rays can do to your skin is absolutely dizzying! So very many of your common complexion qualms can oftentimes be traced back to your time spent outside in the sun.

    Hopefully, we've finally got you on board with doing what you can to protect your skin. But you're still full of questions! What type of sunscreen is right for you? How do you know you're not causing more harm than good?

    Types of Sunscreens

    Sunscreens can come in a variety of different formulations. Depending on what your tactile senses desire and your activity levels deem, you can choose from sprays, lotions, gels, or waxes. There's literally a sunscreen for every pocket, beach bag, purse, and backpack out there.

    There are two main types of ingredients that make up

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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