skincare tips

  1. 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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  2. 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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  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. 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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  5. 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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  6. Skin Microbiome: Have You Heard of It?

    Skin Microbiome: Have You Heard of It?

    At this point, we've all heard about gut health — how poor diet and an unhealthy lifestyle can knock it off balance — and the importance of probiotics to balance it out. Good gut health is said to be integral to all other physical functions and organs, including the brain (mood fluctuations are rumored to be directly linked to gut health). Think your skin is an exception? Nope!

    Just like the rest of the body needs proper nutrition and probiotics to function at an optimum level, the skin also has these needs. If you're thinking, 'wait a minute… bacteria and skin care?', you're not alone. However, it's a fact that many of us think of the skin as separate from the rest of our organs, when in fact, skin is the largest organ in the body, and shoul

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Taking Care of Wintertime Feet

    Taking Care of Wintertime Feet

    Wintertime can really take a big toll on your skin. From the dry air, the hot showers, and nipping wind, your skin tends to become dry. Our feet seem to be especially affected. It seems that you go to bed in the fall, and wake up two weeks later with ankles that are rough, cracked, and sometimes bleeding.

    So just how can you provide your feet with the best wintertime care? What can you do to take care of that difficult area of skin?

    Do You Have to Take Care of Your Feet?

    While we often take very good care of the skin on our face and neck, and most people do a decent job of caring for the skin on their arms and legs, many people tend to overlook that which they can't see: their feet, especially the bottoms.

    It seems the season of boots, especially, tends to give people the idea that their

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  10. 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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