5 Surprising Things You Don't Know About Sun Protection

Posted by Angie Quehl on May 14, 2013 3:21:00 PM

Fun in the Sun

Summertime is comin' and that means more hours of daylight and more time spent out in the sun. You slather on sunscreen and hope for the best, but are you doing right by your skin? Since burns, premature wrinkles, not to mention the big C -- skin cancer, are things that we all want to avoid, we’ve compiled a surprising list of items many people don’t know about sun protection. Read, and your skin will thank you.

1. Your washing machine can help protect your skin. The latest trend in sunscreen isn’t something you rub into your skin; rather, it’s something you throw in with the laundry. While clothing does provide a barrier between the sun’s harmful rays and your skin, many fabrics pack a pretty puny punch. Take clean-cleaning-funny-2371lightweight cotton, for instance. Don’t count on getting more than sun protection factor (SPF) 5 protection. However, a new product called SunGuard, endorsed by the Skin Cancer Foundation, can simply be added to your washing machine load along with detergent to add an extra level of sun protection to your clothes. After your favorite T-shirts and pants are washed and dried, the protective coating is said to block more than 96 percent of the sun’s rays from permeating the fabric. Best part? The product is very affordable. One package, just $1.99, gives a load of laundry sun protection for up to 20 washings. That’s an entire summer’s worth of tees!

2. Chocolate may protect your skin from the sun. No, don’t ditch your sunscreen in favor of a 


chocolate bar, but researchers say there may be something to our favorite treat’s sun-protecting effects. According to a recent study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate may increase your own UV sun protection. The researchers suggest eating little bits of chocolate—preferably dark chocolate, with 70 percent cacao content or higher—throughout the day to increase your body’s natural sun protection. Hey, we’re not arguing with that!

3. Apply sunscreen everywhere—melanoma likes to crop up in strange places. “One of the most common places melanoma has been detected is between the toes, an area most women neglect,” says Brian Bonanni, MD, a dermatologist practicing at the New York City spa Gotham Skincare. “Sunscreen should be applied to scalp, ears, hands, and feet.” And don’t forget your lips, too. “A physical sunblock with micronized zinc and titanium should also always be applied to the lips. There are now formulas of sunscreen for women that do not leave white residue on the lips, which women are more likely to use.”

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4. You should never leave your sunscreen in a hot car. We’ve all done it—left our sunscreen in a bag inside a car on a hot summer day. But this may weaken its potency, says Dr. Bank. Instead, treat sunscreen factsyour sunscreen like you would prescription medication and keep it away from extreme heat. “Most preservatives in sunscreens are designed and tested in a range of temperatures close to room temperature,” he explains. “If you leave it in a hot car, there is a reasonable chance that the preservative and active ingredients may to some degree degrade so it won’t be as effective.”

5. Sunscreen can’t protect one vital area of the body, so take extra precautions. The one place that’s visible to the sun’s pelting rays yet can’t be protected by sunscreen? That’s right—your eyes. According to reports, 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers appear on the eyelids. While you can apply sunscreen to your lids, it’s your eyes that sunglasses can really protect. The sun’s rays may play a role in eye degeneration and the development of cataracts. A pair of shades can go a long way in protecting your peepers. The American National Standards Institute requires that all shades (even the cheap drugstore varieties!) provide at least 95 percent UVB protection and 60 percent UVA protection. More about SPF, UVA and UVB


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My Moisturizer Isn't Working Anymore...Help!

Posted by Angie Quehl on Jan 11, 2013 1:52:00 PM


Tame Your Winter Skin Woes

Are you pursuing a more balanced lifestyle in 2013? Don't forget to include one of the body’s most important balancing acts—taming your skin. Achieving the perfect pH balance will ease dry winter skin, enhance the effectiveness of anti-aging products, and, according to a recent report, keep wrinkles at bay.

Your body operates at a neutral pH balance of 7. But skin is a little different—its protective barrier, beautiful-beauty-blond-289225-449636-editedcomposed of dead skin cells, fatty acids, and lipids, works in a more acidic environment, at a pH of 5.5. When the balance is too neutral (at, say, a 6 or 7) that barrier breaks down, allowing allergens, pollutants, and bacteria to enter the skin, while letting precious moisture escape. But when skin is at an ideal pH, it’s optimized to retain moisture and protect against environmental threats that can age you prematurely. In fact, a recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that, over eight years, women with more alkaline skin experienced a greater number of fine lines and crow’s feet than those with a more acidic balance.

How can you tell if your skin’s pH is out of whack? There’s no surefire test, but if you’ve got flaky, scaly, or even itchy skin, there might be something amiss. “When your skin is out of balance, it can’t perform normal functions like healthy self-exfoliation,” says Dr. Sherry Ingraham, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Houston, TX. “Instead of shedding dead skin cells, it goes into protective mode and holds onto them—and that’s the dry skin process.”

If that isn’t reason enough to get your skin in shape, Ingraham says your skin’s pH also affects anti-aging products. “You want to apply your moisturizers to a surface of the right pH so they can actually work,” she says. “Those powerful ingredients won’t have the opportunity to really penetrate the outer layer and can become irritating due to a broken down skin barrier.” Here are Ingraham’s tips to keep your skin’s pH balance in check:

1. Don’t wash your face with soap. Real soap—think your husband’s favorite green bar—is an alkaline substance that strips the skin of oils, even the good ones. Washing with soap raises our skin’s pH “by at least one point, and can take hours to get back down to 5.5,” Ingraham says. Swap out your basic bar for a non-soap cleanser, a syndet bar (sometimes called a “beauty bar”), or any cleanser without surfactants.

2. Turn down the temperature. That tightness you feel after a nice long scrub? That’s skin’s response to its protective layer being stripped away. Use lukewarm water and focus on getting a good rinse instead.

3. Put away the washcloth. “Washcloths are too abrasive for your face, especially the gentle skin on your cheeks,” Ingraham says. Your hands or a gentle cleansing brush work just fine.

4. Use products with active ingredients. Ingraham suggests looking for clinically proven products that contain vitamins and bioactive antioxidants to promote cell turnover. “Pomegranate, tea, vitamin A—these things simply savage free radicals,” she says. And while such products can often be pricey, we’ve rounded up five plant-powered products that won’t break the bank.


For even more winter skincare tips for women check out our blog post, 'Baby It's Cold Outside'.


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Essential Skin Care for Women: How to Get Lovely Lashes

Posted by Angie Quehl on May 3, 2012 11:35:00 AM

Easy on the Eyes

Lashes are considered a vital part of the eye's beauty and health. But just like the hair on our heads, our lashes grow, fall out, and require caring and cleaning to guarantee their maximum beauty. In this edition of Essential Skin Care for Women, we will share with you some tips that will help you get (and keep) movie star-worthy lashes!

  • Cleanliness is the first defense line against damage to your lashes. If you fail to remove your make-up at night opting to sleep with it on, bacteria has a much higher chance to grow and damage the lashes at their root.close-up-eye-eyebrow-46279
  • Replace your mascara every 3-6 months and make sure not to share your eye make-up with anyone.
  • If your eyes are prone to seasonal allergies, make sure to wash them morning and evening with baby shampoo and warm water. Or, if you prefer use any eyewash formula available at your pharmacy. By adding this to your routine, you will minimize the effect of dust and pollen on the body of the lashes and prevent any permanent damage to the follicle.
  • If you have a tendency to rub your eyes, remember that the dirt and oil from your fingers act as an irritant to the lashes and the eyelids which could lead to premature loss of lashes.
  • A lot of women these days are turning to the synthetic alternative to natural lashes. Though beautiful, one of the drawbacks to wearing these long, beautiful lashes is the glue that is used to adhere them to the real lashes. I recommend wearing false eyelashes only for special occasions, but they should not become part of your daily life. In the long run, the damage from the adhesive will cause more damage to your eyes and their natural protective lashes.
  • Modern medicine has many new over-the-counter and prescription-strength formulas just a Latisse and Revitalash that seem to work for some people in terms of thickening, strengthening, and lengthening the natural lashes. If you suffer from short, weak lashes, trying one of these formulas may be helpful. Consult your ophthalmologist to ensure that you are using the right formula for your needs.

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Age-Defying Skin Care for Women: Bye-Bye Blemishes!

Posted by Angie Quehl on Oct 6, 2011 11:37:00 AM

It's Time to Get Even! 

Our face is constantly barraged with all sorts of things that can mar and age it prematurely. Don't despair, help is on the way! Learn how you can erase years from your face by following these complexion-perfecting tips which address three very common skin issues.

Sun Spots

What they are: When you slack on sunscreen, you can develop clusters of pigment that form freckles, light-brown patches, or mole-like dark spots.

How to get even: Choose topical products that contain kojic acid and amino acids. "Studies show that these ingredients lighten by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme that triggers the production of melanin in your skin," says Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Try Day Bright SPF 30 or Chroma White from the Dermalogica line of Skin Care products.

If your budget permits, opt for monthly custom treatments at the spa which use higher strengths of vitamins, enzymes, and acids so you see results faster. These treatments can also be combined by Microdermabrasion to boost your results.
Erase brown patches by swiping a peeling pad with exfoliating fruit acids over clean skin two
nights a week. Try Dermalogica's Daily Resurfacer.



What it is: Derms aren't sure what causes rosacea, but extreme temperature changes, exercise, spicy foods, and alcohol can induce red inflammation on the cheeks, sometimes accompanied by broken blood vessels.


How to get even: Cleanse twice a day with Dermalogica Ultra-Calming Cleanser to help soothe irritated skin.

Afterward, smooth on Ultra-Calming Serum. These anti-inflammatory ingredients have been shown in clinical studies to minimize redness. Niacinamide also strengthens the skin's surface layer, which is impaired by rosacea, helping it to become less sensitive.


Acne Marks

What they are: "The inflammation that comes along with a pimple triggers pigment production— it's your skin's defensive reaction," says Rebecca Giles, M.D., owner of FIX skin clinic in Malibu, California. The result? Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in the form of red discolorations. On darker skin tones, they may look brown.

How to get even: Most marks will fade within six months to a year. Until then, disguise them by dotting a creamy cover-up onto the spot and then feathering the edges. Try Sheer Tint Moisturizer SPF 15/Dermalogica.

Impatient? "A spot treatment containing citrus bioflavonoids, which have both a lightening and an anti-inflammatory effect, may help speed fading by turning off pigment-producing cells," says Master Esthetician Saima Shaheen. Try C-12 Chroma White Serum from Dermalogica. Dot it onto clean skin in the morning (before applying moisturizer or makeup) and at night.


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Skin Care for Women: The 8 Best Foods for Your Skin

Posted by Angie Quehl on Sep 6, 2011 10:39:00 AM

From Your Mouth...

... to your skin?

A healthy and balanced diet can shield your insides from all sorts of conditions and maladies, but did you know that it can also help to protect your outside?! The right vegetables, nuts, seeds, oils, fish, teas, and chocolates can shield your skin from the ravages of the environment, time, and even cancer. In this month's edition of Skin Care for Women (with a little help from our friends at Women's Health Magazine), we have found at least one food to address every issue from wrinkles, to acne, to dryness and more.  

1.  Flaxseeds

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These little seeds offer a payload of omega-3 fatty acids, which erase spots and iron out fine lines. The British Journal of Nutrition reported that participants in one study who downed about half a teaspoon of o-3s in 6 weeks experienced significantly less irritation and redness, along with better-hydrated skin. Beyond flax, salmon is an omega king.

2.  Spinach

Skin boost: Cancer Defender

In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who ate the most leafy greens had half as many skin tumors over 11 years as those who ate the least. The folate in these veggies, which helps maintain and repair DNA, may reduce the likelihood of cancer-cell growth.

3.  Safflower Oil

Skin boost: Natural Moisturizer

The omega-6 fatty acids found in safflower oil can be the ultimate moisturizer for people who suffer beverage-3303833_640-472974-editedfrom dry, flaky, or itchy skin. They keep cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the epidermis. Scientists have found that this oil may even help people who suffer from severe conditions such as eczema.

4.  Canned Tuna

Skin boost: Skin Tightener

Your favorite deli sandwich has a little secret: Selenium. This nutrient helps preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. The antioxidant is also believed to buffer against the sun (it stops free radicals created by UV exposure from damaging cells).

5.  Carrots

Skin boost: Blemish Blaster

Think of carrots as orange wonder wands - good for the eyeballs, and good for clearing up breakouts. No magic here, though, just plenty of Vitamin A, which prevents the overproduction of cells in the skin's outer layer. That means fewer dead cells to combine with sebum and clog pores. Plus, vitamin A reduces the development of skin cancer cells.

6.  Dark Chocolate

Skin boost: Sun Blocker


Flavonols, the antioxidants in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and provide sun protection. In a study from the Journal of Nutrition,  women who drank cocoa fortified with a chocolate bar's worth of flavonols had better skin texture and stronger resistance to UV rays than those who drank significantly few flavonols.


7.  Green Tea

Skin boost: Cancer Defender

Green tea releases catechin, an antioxidant with proven anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Research found that drinking 2 to 6 cups a day not only helps prevent skin cancer but might also reverse the effects of sun damage by neutralizing the changes that appear in sun-exposed skin.                              (The tea's antioxidants degrade as it cools, so drink it while it's hot).

8.  Cooked Tomatoes

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Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays. Cooking tomatoes helps concentrate its lycopene levels, so tomato sauce, tomato paste, and even ketchup pack on the protection. So does a hunk of lycopene-rich watermelon.


So there you have it folks...what you put in your body is equally as important as all of the creams, lotions, and potions that you can put on your body when it comes down to having healthy, glowing skin. This by no means suggests that those things aren't helpful too (especially sunscreen), but by adding some very basic foods to your diet, you can help to achieve and retain that youthful glow...from the inside out!

More Foods You Should Put On Your Plate for Sexy, Smooth, and Youthful Skin

*Portions of this article originally appeared in an article on Women's Health Magazine.com

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Skin Care for Women: My Beautiful Eyes Part II

Posted by Angie Quehl on Apr 4, 2011 6:45:00 PM

Puffy eyes? Dark circles? Crow's feet? Here are even more tips and tricks to help keep those beautiful baby blues, browns, greens, or greys looking fabulous!

Miss out on part one? Read it here.

    1. The sun is still your enemy: Vitamin D is important but the danger that UVA and UVB carry to our skin is unbelieanti-aging skin care for women the eyesvable! So if experts are constantly stressing the importance of sun protection for the skin all over the body, imagine how important it is for the weakest skin on the face. There is more than one way to achieve adequate protection: use protective eye cream, switch to mineral makeup for your shadow and wear glasses with UV lenses. 

    1. Avoid stresses: The health of the eye area is connected to the health of the eyes themselves. If you spend a long time focused in front of your electronics (computer, TV, etc) the eyes will get tired, which will, in turn, reflect as dark circles around your eyes. Allergies and dryness of the eyelids can cause wrinkles in the future. A sinus infection might make your face look puffier than normal. To prevent these problems, make sure to address any medical concern you suspect involving your eyes and nose. Apply cool compresses to your face when you are overly stressed and take 30-second breaks to close your eyes if your job requires long periods of focusing on electronics/computer screens.

  1. Blame your genes: Heredity can play a strong role in some of the problems that appear around the eyes. Dark circles can be, in so many cases, a feature that is passed from one generation to the other. In this case, our job is to follow the skincare tips mentioned in this article to prevent more stresses that could intensify your inherited dark circles. Think about it this way, if you can’t change what you have, at least try to stop it from getting worse! Note:  Puffiness around the eyes can be due to water retention around the eyes. However, when it is chronic and not changing, it might be due to extra fatty tissue that some people are born with. Not sure if it is heredity or some other cause? Look at your parent's faces, you may be able to identify the same feature on one of their faces. If it is is hereditary, unfortunately, surgical correction to the skin around the eyes is the only solution to remove this type of excessive fat.

So there you have it...the if, and, but, or and for's of keeping those eyes young-looking and beautiful!

Article submitted by Saima Shaheen, Master Esthetician

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Skin Care for Women: My Beautful Eyes Part I

Posted by Angie Quehl on Mar 31, 2011 9:30:00 AM

anti-aging skin care for womenSome of the most delicate skin on your whole body is the skin around your eyes. With fewer muscles and fat, the skin around the eyes is seven times thinner than the skin on the face, therefore signs of aging might start there before starting anywhere else on your face. If you suffer from dark circles, puffiness, saggy eyelids, and/or wrinkles, your age will always be estimated higher than the actual one.

All is not lost! Following these simple steps and tips can help preserve the beauty of this soft tissue and prevent any future damage.

  1. Read the label of your cleanser: Most face cleansers are not intended to be used around the eye area unless the label of the cleanser specifically states that it is designed for this use. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser or make-up remover that is formulated specifically for the eyes. NOTE: If you are a fan of makeup wipes, that is totally fine as long as you apply gentle pressure on the eye area and support your lids with one hand while you are moving the wipe gently across the lids. You can remove the makeup by moving from the brow bone toward the lashes, or by following a gentle circular motion starting from the inner corner of the eye moving out toward the temples in the upper lid, and then moving toward the inner corner again while cleansing the lower lid. The skin should not stretch when cleansing the eye area. Stretching of the skin is an indication of unnecessary pressure.
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    1. Brows and lashes: Using a poor quality of make-up, old mascara, the wrong cleanser, and sleeping without removing eye makeup are major reasons for destroying the hair follicles of the brows and lashes. When this hair gets damaged, hair loss occurs resulting in older-looking eyes...therefore an older-looking you! Replace your mascara every 3-6 months. Don't be lazy and take off your make-up, dirt and dust before you go to bed. A NIGHT OF LAZINESS WILL COST YOU A YEAR OF AGING!

  1. Anti-aging creams: Since all of these formulas are called "anti-aging", don't wait to use them until the damage is already is done. Apply eye creams that are loaded with vitamins and peptides to prevent and delay the signs of aging. Use the same circular motion I discussed previously for cleansing when applying the creams, keep soft pressure all the time. Learn more "age-defying" tips.
Being consistent in your steps is an important part of skincare for women and will always guarantee you better results. Embrace your beauty every night even if you are tired. And remember again...one night of laziness can cost you a year of aging!


Stress, sun, and your parents...How these things can speed up the aging process and what you can do to protect those beautiful eyes!


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Skin Care for Women: What's Wrong With My Eyebrows?

Posted by Angie Quehl on Jan 23, 2011 4:39:00 PM


The "Eyes" Have It

We have all seen it, people doing all sorts of things while driving...talking on the phone, texting, reading, applying makeup...you name it, drivers do it! One of my worst fears is to picture a woman driving. It always reminds me of the pair of tweezers hidden in the car’s glove compartment. Tweezing in the car not only puts women at higher risk for an accident, but it also can impact the eyebrows shape negatively for the next six weeks of her life.

I cannot count how many clients show up at my door with one poorly tweezed side of their eyebrows. Apparently, they have no mercy while plucking one, and no time to finish the other. When I face this situation, the only solution I can offer is to shape the eyebrows to a point where they look similar, but not necessarily attractive nor suitable for the client’s facial features. All of this can be avoided by simply allowing a professional to help you with proper brow grooming.    

What is Eyebrow Contouring?

Eyebrow contouring doesn’t mean changing their shape. It means identifying their hidden beauty by finding the right arch, length, thickness, and color that suits your specific facial features. The purpose of this blog post is not to discuss at-home tweezing tips. This article is designed to help you chose the right method and specialist to contour your eyebrows. 


What Are The Best Methods for Brow Contouring?

While we recommend that you stick with tweezinthreadingg for home use, at the spa, the specialist might choose waxing or threading to achieve the desired look.  Threading is an ancient hair removal method where the specialist will twist the thread in a triangular shape and move it back and forth to trap the unwanted hair in the corner of the triangle and remove it. I call threading my "plan B" and use it for highly sensitive clients who tend to react poorly to waxing. I also use it if waxing is not an option due to contraindications that include but are not limited to laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and acne prescription drugs. Make sure to always tell the specialist about any changes in your skincare regimen or medications before getting your brows beautified.


To Tint or Not to Tint?

To further enhance the look of your eyebrows, we can also use a tinting agent that gives the brows the right color and helps them to appear more full.  It is a particularly effective method if you have lots of white fuzz or gray hair that will improve if the thickness of the brows is darkened. The tint is semi-permanent and lasts for about 4 weeks. To maintain the tint of your brows at home, you can still use brow enhancers that are available from numerous makeup lines in shadow form, gel, and pencil. Make sure to pick a color that matches your original brow hair. After applying it, use a brush to blend it in to achieve a natural look.


The Do's and Dont's Of Brow Contouring

For unknown physiological reasons, not all brow hair grows back. For this reason, it is highly advised to get your brows contoured with a professional instead of risking disaster at home. As we have discussed, tweezing, waxing and threading are the best methods to shape the brows. A Master Esthetician, Esthetician, or wax technician (not a nail tech or hairdresser) are the right people to trust with your brows.

After having your initial contouring done by a professional (and ONLY if your trust your abilities) it is ok to use a tweezer to maintain the already established shape. That said, you should always follow up with a professional whenever needed. I recommended that you do this every 4-6 weeks.

When grooming facial hair and brows at home, do not use microwavable wax, depilatory creams, or shaving tools. These methods tend to irritate the skin and add unpleasant roughness to the hair texture and increase your risks of burns.

Always remember to have realistic expectations. The specialist can reveal your brows beauty within the limits of the amount of hair you have and your facial bone structure.


Submitted by Saima Shaheen, Master Esthetician 

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Essential Skin Care for Women

Posted by Angie Quehl on Dec 14, 2010 11:24:00 AM

Toners: Essential Step or Fancy Water

Diverse expert opinions about the importance of using skin toners have confused many clients. One of the questions that I hear very often is about the importance of using a toner... Does it actually do anything for the skin or it is expensive fancy water?

Toners are a liquid form of concentrated ingredients that help refresh the skin and prepare it for proper moisture absorption. In the past, a lot of skincare manufacturers miss-formulated the toners by loading them with a high amount of witch hazel, SD alcohol, ethanol, and other harsh ingredients. By doing this, they falsely claimed that the toner could prevent breakouts and balance oily skin; however, skincare researchers have been extremely helpful in reversing this misconception and taking skin toning to the next level.

As a skincare therapist, I highly recommend using a toner for all skin types after cleansing.  I consider toning a very essential step and never look at it as simply attractive aromatic water. Using the right product based on your skin type will help to restore the skin’s natural PH balance that it can lose from exposure to free radicals. It will also add water-binding ingredients that will help maintain adequate hydration level in the skin cells which guarantees proper moisture absorption.  Calming toners will help in reducing inflammation and redness due to skin sensitivity by creating a protective layer against environmental damage. Toners rich in anti-oxidants work extremely well to prevent the signs of aging.

Whether you have perfect skin or yours is super oily or acne-prone in nature, it is important when choosing your toner to make sure it is irritant-free.

Ingredients to Avoid:

Fragrance                         Acetonewoman using toner

SD Alcohol*                      Alcohol*

Ethanol                            Alcohol Denat*

Ethyl Alcohol*                   Methanol

Isopropyl Alcohol*

* If you see the word (Alcohol) in the list of ingredients, make certain that it is Cetyl Alcohol or Stearyl Alcohol. These are the only forms of non-irritant alcohol that are approved in the skincare industry.

   A well-formulated toner can be a person’s best friend throughout the day. It can be an easy way to maintain the freshness of your makeup and can also be an ideal hydration tool while exercising, during air travel, or in extreme weather. Just make sure to select the type most appropriate for your skin and remember to READ THE LABEL!

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Baby it's Cold Outside...Winter Skin Care for Women

Posted by Angie Quehl on Nov 12, 2010 8:44:00 AM

Winter-Proof Your Skin!   

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Seasonal and environmental changes can affect the health and appearance of our skin. In winter these changes are almost always extreme and the largest organ of the body, the skin, has to work super hard to protect all the internal organs and maintain the body's temperature. 

When your skin is constantly exposed to cold temperature, harsh wind, and recirculated air (heat) that absorbs every drop of moisture in your surrounding environment, free radicals are produced. That is when skin damage starts and the skin starts to show signs of stress. It might get dry, itchy, flaky, and red. People who suffer from pre-existing skin conditions such as Rosacea, Psoriasis, or even sensitive skin, will notice a worsening of their symptoms if they don't take extra care in the wintertime.

We can help the skin by following these steps :

1- Don't stop using sunscreen: Just because it is winter, that doesn't mean harmful (UVA-UVB) rays are going to hibernate. Sunscreen is still an essential step to protect the skin from future damage. As a matter of fact, the harmful effect of the sun might be double trouble in winter. If you are a winter sports lover or if there is snow, the sun's rays reflect back onto our skin from the snow that covers the ground. Sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 is recommended.

2- Avoid peelers and use healers: Peel-off masks, exfoliating creams, and alcohol-based toners are examples of products you need to avoid in wintertime. Your skin is already suffering, so you don't need to strip the natural oil layers that are giving your skin the last resort of natural protection. If you are scrubaholic, focus on your heels, elbows, and knees. Leave your face alone.

This must not be confused with balanced exfoliating products that your dermatologist or your skin care specialist recommends for your specific skin type and needs. Instead of over-exfoliating, focus on adding what we call "skin healers". These products contain active ingredients that assist in enlarging the cell's capacity to hold more water, which locks in moisture on the skin surface. It will also contain ingredients that soothe the skin by creating a protective layer to prevent it from dehydration. This allows the epidermis (skin surface) to retain moisture.
Hyaluronic acid, Shea butter, oatmeal, vitamin C, and chamomile extract are examples of these active ingredients. Hydrating boosters, anti-oxidant-rich moisturizers, and calming toners are product examples.

3- Be detailed: For unknown reasons, a lot of people tend to neglect their necks, lips, and ears when they apply moisturizers or perform their daily cleansing regimen. These are key body parts that will show signs of aging despite how well you take of the rest of your face.

4-Add moisture to the surrounding air: Furnaces and fireplaces will suck the water from the air. The drier the air you're exposed to, the drier your skin will be. Using a humidifier or adding several house plants will balance out humidity levels in the surrounding environment and help you look and feel better. 

 5- Keep in mind: Healthy skin is part of a healthy body. Exercise, drink your water and get your skin checked by a specialist regularly.
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Topics: health tips, skin care for women, winter skin care

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