skincare 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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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