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Best Cream For Your Eye Treat

The skin around the eyes is interesting: you’ve probably treated this region with care identical to the rest of your face until one day you notice changes. You wake up with dark circles, fine lines, or the onset of crows-feet and realize this area needs a lot more tender love and care. The skin around our eyes can be one of the first areas of our face to show signs of aging, so it’s critical that we learn the products most effective at treating it. In this article, we cover how to find the best eye cream or gel for you.

How is your eye area different from the rest of your face?
The skin around your eyes is very thin and fragile, and is susceptible to dryness. That compounded with the fact that your eyes move constantly through blinking and squinting, are all reasons why lines and wrinkles tend form there faster.
Additionally your eye area is unique in that fluid can collect, causing puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams and gels can help with these issues.

What type of eye creams should you use?
Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, the area around your eyes may be more likely to flake and suffer from severe dryness. Use a cream that’s thicker than your regular moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

Dark Circles and Puffiness
You’re trying your best to get rid of fluid which is making your eye area puffy. Try using a product with retinol. For example Garnier’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller uses Vitamin C, mint, and caffeine to plump around the skin’s delicate area. It can also diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around Your eyes
Antioxidants can help the skin on your face appear more youthful and bright; the same applies to your eye area. Retinol, Vitamin C, and peptides can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

All Skin Types
Sun exposure is the number one source of damage to your under eye area. Make sure to always wear at least SPF 15 every single day, but ideally an SPF 25 or higher. Also, wearing sunglasses that protect from UVA and UVB rays are a must.

How to Hide Dark Circles and lines with Concealer
Even if you’ve taken all preventative measures, sometimes you might still need an extra pick me up. A quick way to hide dark circles or fine lines is to strategically apply concealer. A silicone-based formula will do the trick. Initially, apply in the inner corners of the eyes then glide across the entire area to cover dark areas.

What external factors can reduce dark circles and premature aging in your eye area?
Smoking
Yes, you know that smoking is bad for you (don’t do it!) but there are specific ways that smoking cigarettes can affect your eye area negatively. Smoking deprives your skin of Vitamin C, which is vital in the fight against aging and is also a natural source of protection against sun rays. Smoking can also result in the area under your eyes having a blueish tint that registers as dark circles around the eye.

Diet
Salt can retain water in your body which can then lead to under eye puffiness. Reduce your consumption of overly salty foods, such as pre-frozen and pre-packaged foods. Better yet, skip them completely and replace with fresh vegetables and fruits. Make sure to hydrate your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Sleep
The importance of sleep for your eye area is two-fold; a night of bad sleep can be visible on your face in the appearance of dark circles. Additionally, if you sleep on your side or stomach you may be accumulating fluid in your delicate eye area. One way to avoid this is by sleeping on your back and getting at least 7-8 hours of shut-eye.

Your eye area is the most sensitive part of your face and can age prematurely. By taking the right steps in your skin care routine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can keep your eyes looking young and bright as long as possible.

Effective Update For Your Skin Care Routine

The New Year is a great time to get rid of bad habits and incorporate new tips and tricks into your life for a better, more productive you. This can also apply to your skin care habits. If you feel like your current routine is in need of a refresher, we compiled a list of new cleansing, moisturizing and priming techniques for you to try so your skin looks its best this year.

1. Take Everything Off with Micellar Water
If there’s one thing you need to incorporate into your skin care routine it’s micellar water. Why? Because micellar water will change the way you cleanse your skin. You know those days when you can barely muster the energy to brush your teeth, let alone take off your makeup? Enter micellar water. It’s a no-rinse cleansing water filled with micelles. The micelles are lipid particles suspended in water and they feature both hydrophilic and hydrophobic qualities. This means they are able to thoroughly remove foundation, eye make-up (even the waterproof kind), dirt, sweat and excess oil from your skin. To use, pour the micellar water onto a cotton pad, press the pad onto your skin to activate the micelles, and gently wipe your face until you’ve removed all traces of makeup and dirt from your skin.

Micellar water is a cleanser on its own, but if you want, you can also use it as your first step in double cleansing. We give you the full lowdown on double cleansing here [link], but to give you the short version, it’s cleaning your skin with an oil-based product first and then following up with a gel or foaming cleanser to attain a maximum clean. Micellar water is perfect for this and you should try to make it a staple in your beauty arsenal. Try Garnier SkinActive’s Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser, which also comes in a waterproof makeup(?) version. Either product will ensure that your skin is clean, hydrated and refreshed after use.

Micellar water is so easy to use you could even take off your make up in bed if you wanted to.

2. Start Using BB Cream
There’s a good chance you’ve heard about BB cream, but if you haven’t used it so far, it’s definitely worth a try. It’s an easy way to get a flawless-looking complexion in a short amount of time. BB creams can provide a multitude of skin benefits and using them can renew, hydrate, smooth, brighten and protect your skin with SPF. They can make your complexion look more even toned and they even conceal blemishes. Some women use BB cream on its own or as a base, followed by concealer or foundation to cover visible blemishes. Either way, BB cream is an expedited route to glowing skin and worth using in the New Year.

3. Pay special attention to your lips
We’ve touted the benefits of exfoliating — it helps to remove surface skin cells that can cause pore blockage as well as help your products deliver their hydrating benefits on the skin’s surface. Today we are asking you to also exfoliate your lips. Our lips are an often-overlooked part of skin care and you should try to update your routine to include your precious pout. Use a mixture of sugar and honey (try your best not to eat it) to shed old cells. Follow with a good lip balm. Also keep in mind that the skin on your lips is definitely susceptible to aging — keep an SPF lip balm on hand to ensure that your lips are constantly protected.

4. Lighten Sun Spots
Do you have dark spots on your chest, hands, and face that are less than appealing? Although it will take some work to lessen their appearance there are products that can help. First, be religious about applying SPF so you can prevent new spots from forming. Second, exfoliating at least once a week helps to replenish the surface skin for a brighter and more radiant complexion. Third, apply a dark spot corrector to affected areas to help reduce their appearance.

5. Up Your SPF
Do you only apply SPF when you spend a day in the sun? This is a big no no. You need to use SPF every single day, rain or sunshine. SPF 5 and 10 won’t cut it, you need at least SPF 15 or higher especially if you’re exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Also make sure you apply enough – you should be using a quarter’s worth of SPF or SPF moisturizer on your face, chest and hands to prevent premature aging, dark spots and skin sagging. Remember SPF should be broad-spectrum.

Applying Moisturizer In Your Skin

Moisturizing is an essential part of skin care routine and should be something you’re doing every day. However even if you’re a fan of moisturizing and do it daily (twice!) you may not be getting all the benefits you could be.
Why?
Because you might be doing it wrong. There are many things to consider when it comes to moisturizing: what product to use, when to use it, how to apply it, and how much to use. If you feel confused by what you thought was the easiest part of your skin care routine, don’t worry, we’ve got an easy guide to explain how to optimize the use of a moisturizer in your skin care routine.
Mistake #1: You’re using the wrong moisturizer
This one is a biggie – make sure you are using a moisturizer that is designed for your skin type. For oily and combination skin, don’t skip using moisturizer because you think it will make your skin greasy. Look for oil-free, non-comedogenic products. Sensitive skin should try a product free of parabens and fragrance to avoid breakouts. Dry skin types should look for products that are more nourishing and stave off flakiness and tightness.
Mistake #2: You’re Waiting Too Long to Apply Moisturizer
Do you rinse or cleanse your face in the morning, have a coffee, then come back to moisturize? If so, that’s a big no no. It’s important to apply moisturizer ASAP after cleansing your face – we’re talking about within a minute to get optimal results. Once you dry off your skin after cleansing, it starts to dehydrate if there’s no protective layer of moisturizer to lock hydration in place. Keep this period of time as short as possible to avoid the feeling of tightness, dry patches and breakouts.
Mistake #3: You’re Not Getting SPF Where Your Need it
Most people apply the majority of their SPF to their face and then smooth any leftovers over their neck, décolletage,and ears. These areas shouldn’t be an afterthought; you should apply an equal amount of at least the size of a quarter to each area to avoid sun damage. As you get older, the skin on your neck will start to sag and one way to avoid this is by always protecting the area with a broad spectrum SPF. You should use at least an SPF 15 if not higher on all areas.

Tips To Have Great Hair Every Day

Having great hair every day may seem impossible. Your hair is an extension of you, and how you feel about it in the morning can set the tone for the rest of your day. However, putting these simple but well-tested steps into your routine can give your tresses the touch they need to look amazing from morning until night.

Wash as Needed
Washing your hair every day can dry out your locks, increasing frizz and split ends. If you have color-treated hair, daily washing can also lead to premature fading. Some stylists recommend skipping a day or two between shampoos to give your hair time to recover its natural oils between washes. But how often you should wash really depends on your hair type. Super oily hair requires more frequent washing, while very dry hair can go three days or more without a shampoo. If you’re an everyday washer, it might seem scary to skip a day. Choosing a style that lets your locks go longer without washing – like longer layers – can help you miss a few days with confidence. Carry a dry shampoo in your handbag and use anytime oils feel out of control to keep your second- and third-day hair looking fresh.

Moisturize More
The right amount of moisture helps give your hair the daily shine and bounce it needs. Without enough moisture, you run the risk of having tresses that look dry and brittle. Not enough moisture can also lead to breakage and split ends. This is especially true for hair that is heat-treated on a regular basis. Before using your blow dryer, flat iron or curling iron, use an intense hydrating product like Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream or Sleek and Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment. . These types of products give hair the moisture infusion it needs to protect each strand and keep it shiny and silky – even after heat treating.

Be Gentle
Grabbing your hair brush when your hair is wet might seem like the best way to tame newly cleansed tresses, but brushing wet hair can do way more damage than you might think. Great hair every day requires gentle detangling before drying and styling; otherwise, you risk breakage. Choosing the right tool makes all the difference. Rather than a hard brush, consider a wide-toothed comb or pick to smooth wet locks. And when it’s time to blow dry, many professionals recommend a boar bristle brush. Boar hair is very similar in texture to human hair, which allows the brush to gently massage the scalp and produce a perfect shine while styling.
Whatever your style, these tried and true tips can make your everyday hair fabulous.

Should You Know About The Guide to Natural Skin Care Products

today’s world of eco-conscious living, being good to the environment is a high priority, whether you’re buying light bulbs or a cream for dry skin and wrinkles. And cosmetics companies take advantage of that by offering natural skin care products with ingredients that are touted as being better for your skin and environmentally friendly.

“Natural skin care is more of a marketing term than a scientific one,” says Dee Anna Glaser, MD, a dermatologist and professor of dermatology at St. Louis University and president of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation.

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“Products that have botanical ingredients that come from plants or nature — think honey or beeswax — tend to be labeled as natural,”’ says Dr. Glaser. They may or may not have the same ingredients that other products do. And you can find them everywhere, from drugstores to department store makeup counters to boutiques and even at dermatologists’ and plastic surgeons’ offices. In fact, so-called natural skin care products are so ubiquitous that it’s hard to tell whether they’re any better for you than other products.

“‘Natural’ really doesn’t tell you anything,” Glaser says. “It’s a way of marketing [a product] to make you feel good about its use when people are trying to be green and think environmentally.”

In some cases, natural skin care products may be the way to go, but not always. “Poison ivy is natural, but that doesn’t mean you want to rub it against your skin,” Glaser says.

The Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

There are some ingredients in natural products that are soothing and calming to the skin, even if your skin is sensitive. Glaser notes the benefits of these ingredients:

Soy. Products that contain soy can soothe the skin while fading dark discolorations.
Feverfew. This herb can calm irritated, dry skin that’s prone to eczema.

Antioxidants. Vitamins C and E have real benefits for the skin. They scavenge for free radicals, which damage cell DNA, leading to wrinkles and skin aging. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter products don’t have a high enough concentration of antioxidants for them to be effective. But you can buy products such as CE Ferulic (which contains vitamins C and E) and Revaléskin (made from coffeeBerry extract) from a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon, Glazer says.
Natural Skin Care Concerns

Sometimes natural skin care products aren’t the best choice when you’re shopping for a moisturizer for dry skin or a cream to treat your wrinkles, Glaser says. Among the drawbacks are:

Sensitive skin irritation. Your skin type should dictate the type of products you can use, Glaser says. Someone with rosacea or sensitive skin — and about half of all women think they have sensitive skin — can be irritated by alpha hydroxy acid and glycolic acid, which are natural ingredients.

Allergic reaction. Allergens in natural skin care products can cause problems for some people.
Breakouts. Someone who’s acne-prone may not be able to tolerate natural lotions that contain oils because they may clog pores and lead to breakouts.

High cost. You can find expensive traditional and natural skin care products, but in general, natural skin care products tend to be a bit more costly. An oil-free traditional face cleanser is about $5 for 5.5 ounces, while a natural cleanser that contains bark, chamomile, rosemary, and echinacea costs about $9 for 6 ounces at the drugstore.
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What to Look For in Natural Skin Care Products

The key to choosing natural skin care products is to choose wisely. When you’re shopping for skin care and you’re considering natural products, keep these things in mind:

The fewer ingredients, the better. When you’re buying any type of skin care product, including natural products, look for one with few ingredients, Glaser says. Natural skin care products tend to have extra ingredients added to them, but the more that’s in it, the more likely it is to cause irritation or an allergic reaction, she says.
Big brands tend to be better. Big companies such as Neutrogena, Dove, Oil of Olay, Aveeno, Cetaphil, and others test their products before putting them out on the market, so they’re unlikely to cause skin problems, notes Glaser.

Try retinol or retinoids. Retinol, sold over the counter in various products, and retinoids, which are available by prescription as tretinoin (Vesanoid) and tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), are derivatives of vitamin A that help reduce wrinkles. They’re natural products that really work, Glaser says.
The bottom line is that you should choose products that work for your skin, gives you results, and have the feel and fragrance that you enjoy.

Tips to Use a Skin Exfoliant

Our skin is constantly renewing itself, growing new skin cells to replace the surface skin cells that grow old, die, and fall, or slough, off. Every minute of every day, between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells flake away.

Factors like age and dry skin can mean that dead skin cells don’t fall away as easily as they should. When these cells build up, they can make the complexion look rough and pasty and can also contribute to the clogged pores that lead to adult acne. The regular yet careful use of a skin exfoliant can help slough off dead skin cells and uncover fresh, more youthful skin.

There are two main types of skin exfoliants: mechanical exfoliants and chemical exfoliants. Both are commonly available, and both have pros and cons regarding their use and the types of skin conditions for which they are most appropriate.

Mechanical Skin Exfoliants

Mechanical exfoliants work by sanding off dead skin cells using mildly abrasive substances. These skin exfoliants typically are facial scrubs, creamy cleansers with tiny, rough particles. As you gently massage the exfoliant over the surface of your face and skin, the friction works to loosen the old skin cells.

Mechanical skin exfoliants are readily available in drugstores and easy to use. They are particularly good for people with oily skin or acne, as they remove skin cells and debris that clog pores, but only if you don’t scrub too hard as this can cause further irritation.

However, mechanical exfoliants can be harsh. When you use them, you’re literally sanding away the outer layer of your skin. Some contain particles so jagged and rough that they could actually cut the skin. Because of this, dermatologists recommend using a gentle motion when using a skin exfoliant, and skipping them altogether if you have sensitive skin.

Chemical Skin Exfoliants

A chemical skin exfoliant uses gentle acids to dissolve whatever bonds are preventing the outer layer of dead skin cells from falling off your face and body. There are two main types of chemical skin exfoliants, those that include an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and those that include a beta hydroxy acid (BHA):

Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from different foods, from fruits, such as apples and grapes, to milk. Some of the most common AHAs to look for on product labels are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, alpha-hydroxyoctanoic acid, and triple fruit acid. An alpha hydroxy acid is best for people with dry or thickened skin.
Beta hydroxy acids are the chemical cousins of alpha hydroxy acids, but are more oil-soluble and therefore better at exfoliating oily skin or acne-prone skin. The best known beta hydroxy acid is salicylic acid. On product labels, look for salicylate, sodium salicylate, beta hydroxybutanoic acid, or tropic acid.
Alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid skin care products tend to be less harsh on the skin than mechanical exfoliants. They also help refresh the skin in ways a facial scrub can’t: They lower the skin’s pH level and help smooth small, shallow wrinkles, improving the look of skin that is dry or sun damaged.

Finding the right formulation for your skin involves some trial and error. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, you should choose alpha hydroxy acid-based chemical exfoliants with an alpha hydroxy acid concentration of 10 percent or less and a pH of 3.5 or more. Beta hydroxy acid-based exfoliants containing salicylic acid are effective at levels of 1.5 to 2 percent. Using stronger solutions can cause skin irritation.

Another caveat: These types of exfoliants increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun for as long as a week after each use. Before going out, always apply sunscreen — a skin-saving recommendation for everyone.

How and When to Use Exfoliants

You should not use an exfoliant every day. Your skin needs time to regenerate its topmost layer, which exfoliation strips away. People with dry skin should only exfoliate once or twice a week, while those with oily skin can exfoliate two to four times a week. Stop using an exfoliant if you find your skin becoming irritated or developing a rash. Remember to moisturize your skin after exfoliating, to soothe it and keep it from drying out.

Tips to Make Fine Hair Like A Pro

No one gets to choose the consistency of their hair, but don’t let that stop you from flaunting its natural beauty with proper care and styling techniques. With these baseline tips, girls with any hair type can master the art of luxurious-looking locks.

Build the Foundation
Volume starts at the salon, where a great haircut goes a long way. Layered cuts build body into fine hair, but beware of bangs, which can appear thin and flat. Fine-haired women often do better with shorter, bouncier haircuts because longer styles can pull hair flat with their weight. Color shouldn’t be ignored; highlights and lowlights can add visual depth to fine hair.

Styling Fine Hair on a Wash Day
Volumizing shampoos such as Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo can help give the appearance of thicker hair by coating individual hair follicles with proteins. This should be paired with a light dollop of volumizing conditioner, as part of the Full & Plush system, worked in toward the ends. Wet hair shouldn’t be brushed because it’s more prone to damage.
You can also add volume by applying a root-lifting mousse such as Fructis Full & Plush Root Amp and blow-drying with the hair flipped over until it’s nearly dry. This way, the roots are styled into a position lifting away from the scalp, giving the illusion of added volume.

The cool-shot button is another great tool in the fine-haired gal’s arsenal. This setting should be implemented when hair is nearly dry. It cools down the target area, locking the style into place by sealing the hair’s cuticle, which is opened during heat styling. In general, a low –heat setting on any styling tool is best for fine hair. As the hair dries, a round boar-bristle brush can be used to manipulate strands into shape. These are best for fine hair, as they are gentler and don’t snag hair like some plastic brushes.

Styling Fine Hair on Non-Wash Days
For days when there just isn’t time to wash hair, there’s no need to panic. Plenty of great styling products help women coax fine, flattened hair into lush, voluminous-looking tresses. Products like De-Constructed Texture Tease help fine hair hold up by giving tresses airy fullness for a textured look. For a beachy look for your day two hair, use De-Constructed Beach Chic to create texture and loose waves. If crafting curls, fine-haired ladies should take advantage of their oilier next-day hair, since oil can help hold styles and hair will be better at holding a curl. High heat can damage fine hair, but this can be avoided by using hot rollers or keeping the curling iron on a low setting.

Get Natural Waves For Your Hair

Soft, natural waves are the envy of the hairstyling world—something that’s good to remember if you’ve had them forever and find them ho-hum. Bringing out the best in your waves doesn’t require fancy products or hours behind the mirror—instead, it’s about maximizing your time, style and a few specific products.

Get the Right Cut
There’s no one-size-fits-all cut perfect for wavy hair, but you’ll be on your way to finding the ideal cut if you take the tightness and texture of your waves into account.
• Fine hair: Fine, thin hair tends to form looser waves, which get the most voluminous look from a shoulder-length bob.
• Medium thickness: The versatility of neither-thick-nor-thin hair lends itself well to just about any cut. For something both elegant and edgy, try an asymmetrical undercut to really accentuate your waves.
• Coarse and frizzy: To get the most from this texture, keep your hair on the longer side so its natural weight can control the volume.

Use Pampering Products
Wavy hair presents its own unique set of challenges, like keeping fly-aways and frizziness at bay without weighing hair down. Waves and curls crave moisture, so the simplest way to keep them looking healthy is to keep them hydrated.
• Apply moisturizing products: If your hair is frizzy or you struggle with fly-aways, use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish is a great choice for someone looking to clean hair without stripping moisture. Finish with Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish Butter Cream Leave in Treatment.
• Plump it up: Thin, wavy hair can sometimes fall flat on top. To keep body throughout, apply volumizing mousse near the roots at your crown. Garnier Fructis Root Amp mousse has a targeted applicator which allows you to spray directly onto your roots.
• Go for shine: If your hair looks dull, go a step beyond just hydration. Silicones in hair-care products can help create shine and are well-suited to wavy hair, and hydrating sprays can revitalize curls that have gone dry or flat during the day.

Style It Well
You can have low-maintenance waves that look great but take just a few minutes! Try these techniques:
• The back brush: Take small sections of hair at your roots. With a large paddle brush, bring them backward or upward to create volume and smooth out snarls at the same time.
• The pin-up: Comb out a deep side part and secure it. Pin back the hair in the smaller side of the part, letting the other side down and volumizing on top if necessary.
• The subtle straighten: Part your hair in the middle and secure a front section on each side by pinning it into a bun. Use a flat iron to straighten the rest of your hair, and then let the wavy front sections down for a subtle but refined look.

Special Tips For Anti Aging Skin

“I want to look older than I am,” said no one ever. So how do you preserve youthful good looks in light of aging aggressors such as sun exposure, pollution and stress? If you want to stave off the signs of aging in your skin for as long as possible, we’ve got some tips to help you achieve that. Read on to find out how you can fight the good fight against time with a few skin care tricks and lifestyle changes.
Step #1 Get the Perfect Skin Care Routine
Having the right skin care routine is the first step in anti-aging and a way to ensure your skin will look great for years to come. First, start by finding out what type of skin your have. Is your skin consistently greasy across your entire face with possible blemishes in the T-zone area? You likely have oily skin. Your cheeks are normal but your T-zone area is more prone to oiliness? You probably have combination skin. Is your skin extremely prone to breakouts and reactive to products? It’s probable that you have sensitive skin. Does your skin feature flakiness and feel tight to the touch? Your skin may be dry. If your skin is blemish-free and feels good without any external symptoms, you likely have normal skin.
Cleanser
After determining your skin type, you can now move on to find the right cleanser for you. Oily skin requires a gentle face wash that doesn’t contain alcohol, which dries out the skin and can encourage more oil production. Dry skin calls for a creamy cleanser that removes dirt but does not strip the skin. Combination can be a little tricky. Some say you should get two cleansers and use them separately on the dry and oily part of your face. However this leaves a lot of room for overlap so we recommend you get a face wash specially formulated for that skin type. It will help regulate oil production in your T-zone while hydrating the drier parts of your face. For sensitive skin use a gentle non-rinse cleanser with fewer ingredients, no parabens and no fragrance. For normal skin use a gentle cleanser to maintain your skin’s natural barrier function and moisture levels.
Moisturize
Now that your skin is clean you can move onto the next step. For oily skin you may want to use a toner before you apply moisturizer to remove any leftover oil and regulate your PH level. Follow with a lightweight, non-clogging, oil-free moisturizer. Dry skin begs for a slightly thicker hydrating cream. For combination skin use an oil-free moisturizer that hydrates. Sensitive skin types can use a lightweight cream that is fragrance and alcohol-free. Normal skin types need a gentle light moisturizer to maintain natural balance and restore hydration.
Cleansing and moisturizing are the first essential steps in skin care, make sure to do both every morning and evening for flawless looking skin.
Step #2 Limit Sun Exposure
Nothing damages your skin more than sun exposure — up to 90 percent of skin aging can be attributed to it. You should always apply a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher every single day at the end of your skin care routine. You should also wear sunglasses and a hat to further protect your skin and prevent fine lines. If you are outside for an extended period of time make sure to reapply throughout the day, especially if you are exercising or in the water.
Step #3 Watch What Your Eat
Anti-aging isn’t just about what you put onto your skin but also what you put in your body.. A healthy diet should be full of leafy greens, citrus fruits, berries and lean protein with Omega-3s. This will help your skin look supple and younger.
Step #4 Hydrate
Our bodies are mostly made up of water so it’s important to consume water on a throughout the day to maintain ideal moisture levels.
Step #5 Incorporate Antioxidants In Your Life
Antioxidants reduce the free radicals that form in the body, which are known to accelerate the aging process. Free radicals are caused by a variety of factors including sun exposure, diet and pollution. Try to use products with Vitamin A,C or E to neutralize these free radicals on the surface of your skin.
Step #7 Exercise
Exercise pumps up your body’s circulation, which in turn increases blood flow, which can give skin a radiant glow. .
Step #8 Sleep More Stress Less
Our skin regenerates when we sleep. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night to get the best results for your skin.

Should You Do When The Skin Type Changes

Skin can go through many changes but the older we get the more confusing the changes can be. By the time you’re 25, you should probably be set in a certain skin care routine that compliments your skin type; but if you realize that your skin is breaking out or looks different, you may want to adjust your skin care routine (and products) and examine the environmental factors that could be causing these changes. We’ve outlined some of the ways your skin can change and how to take care of it.

What to do if you suddenly have dry skin?
You might be confused as to why your skin is suddenly dry and tight to the touch. Could you be using products with fragrance/alcohol or too much lather that could be drying out your skin? This may be the reason why your skin isn’t as hydrated as it should be. The weather can also play a big role. In the fall and winter our skin can become particularly dry. Acknowledging whether or not environmental causes are making your skin feel parched could be the first step to addressing the issue. Are you taking very hot showers to keep you warm? We understand that enveloping your skin in piping hot water can be very appealing when the temperature is freezing outside, but this unfortunately can strip your skin of its natural moisture. This is especially true for the delicate skin on your face — if you splash hot shower water on it and it dries, you are promoting the removal of moisture from the surface of your skin. Try to keep your showers lukewarm. Also if your skin is dry, alcohol or fragrance might be the culprit — are you using products that contain them in your skin care routine? They have a drying effect and can cause skin irritation. Try to go with gentle, fragrance-free cleansers that contain fatty molecules like ceramides which will help give moisture back to your skin. Lastly make sure you exfoliate at least once a week. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that can accumulate on the surface of your skin and allows your moisturizers to work more effectively. Follow this by using a hydrating moisturizer with ceramides to restore your skin’s balance.

What to do if you suddenly have acne?
It can be really frustrating to make it through puberty only to develop acne out of nowhere in your 20s, 30s, 40s or even 50s. There are a variety of reasons why you can develop acne ranging from hormones, stress, or environmental factors such as a big change in climate. To help alleviate adult acne, try to fight the impetus to be super aggressive with your skin care products — you’ll get the opposite effect of what you desire and your acne might actually get worse. Avoid washing your face more than two times per day. Opt for a gentle cleanser and pat your skin dry, don’t rub it. Next apply moisturizer that contains retinol, not only does it fight acne and smooth your skin, but it also helps in reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

What to do if you suddenly have oily skin?
If your skin appears shinier than usual and your make up melts off your face, you may be unexpectedly experiencing oily skin. Causes like hormonal changes, overusing skin products, and environment might be to blame for this change. To fight your newly oily skin choose a cleanser specifically created for oily skin — the best cleansers for oily skin include ingredients like salicylic acid or charcoal because these ingredients can help draw out oil and impurities. Steer clear from cleansers with alcohol in them as they can strip your skin of moisture and its natural barrier, which can cause your skin to produce more oil. Also keep cleansing to a maximum of twice a day and make sure to exfoliate at least once a week to get rid of dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of skin. Exfoliation will help to allow your skin to breathe and ensure your products work effectively.

What to do if you suddenly have sensitive skin?
If your skin is breaking out and feels very reactive to outside influences you may have developed sensitive skin. Did you recently switch products? Your skin may be reacting to it negatively. Other causes may be weather or overexposure to sun. Try to keep your interaction with your skin to a minimum — cleansing once a day and moisturizing is usually all that sensitive skin needs. You should be using gentle products without parabens, alcohol or fragrance. While you should exfoliate with a gentle product once a week (no more as it might irritate your skin), steer clear of scrubs containing crystals or shells as these have the potential to damage your fragile skin. Make sure you’re always wearing broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher no matter the weather outside to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

No matter your skin type, everyone should be applying SPF to protect their skin from the sun. With these helpful steps you should be able to restore your suddenly different skin to what it was like before.

Tips To Find Best Moisturizer For Your Skin Type

Moisturizer is an essential part of skin care but it’s also tough to navigate — each skin type has specific needs. Your skin most likely falls into one of the following categories; normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination. Accordingly, you need to cater to your skin’s needs with ingredients that produce optimal results. If you’re unsure what moisturizer works best for your skin type, we’ve created a handy guide. Just remember no matter what you do, always moisturize your face. Not following this important step in your skin care regimen could reduce your skin’s appearance and who wants that!

Normal Skin
How do you know if you have normal skin?
Your skin texture is even and does not have oiliness or flakiness.
What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Normal skin is balanced and usually free from breakouts. Maintain your skin’s balance by choosing a moisturizer that is neither too thick nor too slippery. A refreshing gel cream with antioxidants is a good option for you. Antioxidants can help strengthen your skin’s protective barrier to shield you from pollution and other environmental factors. It will also lock in moisture keeping your skin hydrated and feeling supple.

Oily Skin
How do you know if you have oily skin?
Your pores are enlarged and you tend to develop shine on your face not long after you finish cleansing. You are more prone to blemishes in your T-zone area and make up tends to dissolve off your skin after a few hours.
What type of moisturizer should you choose?
It’s a common misconception that people with oily skin don’t need moisturizer but that isn’t true. It’s important to add moisture to oily skin particularly after cleansing to prevent it from getting dried out. We recommend a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer. Also consider using a moisturizer with oil-control so that your skin will be ready for makeup afterward.

Dry Skin
How do you know if you have dry skin?
Your skin can feel tight and it often features irritated or flaky sections.
What type of moisturizer should you choose?
As your skin has a tendency to flake it’s important to cleanse off dead skin cells first and then apply moisturizer to restore and hydrate it. The product richest in consistency isn’t necessarily the best product. Instead try to look out for the right ingredients. Look for a moisturizer with ceramides or essential oils. They will help your dry skin look supple and hydrated.

Combination Skin
How do you know if you have combination skin?
Your T-zone (forehead, chin and nose) tends to be shiny with enlarged pores. Your cheeks however are dry and can feel tight.
What type of moisturizer should you choose?
There are differing opinions on how to treat the T-zone. Some people say to treat these differing areas on your face as if they were separate entities. For your T-zone, moisturize it with oil-free moisturizer or apply an oil-control cream. Then you could apply a nourishing moisturizer to your dry cheeks and outer regions of your face. If you would prefer to just use one product, you can also use a moisturizer for combination skin which can soothe and hydrate and could work for both regions on your face.

Sensitive Skin
How do you know if you have sensitive skin?
Your skin is highly reactive to products and you are likely to experience skin irritations.
What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Use a gentle moisturizer and steer clear of any products with scent, dyes or parabens. When you find a moisturizer that works for your skin try to stick with it. This can help soothe your skin and help you avoid future breakouts.
Hopefully after reading this article you have figured out your skin type and how you can best moisturize it. Especially now in the colder months of the year it’s essential that you protect and hydrate your skin no matter your skin type.

Perfect Skin Care Tips On Long Haul Flight

There are perks to long trips: you can read a good book, watch that movie you’ve been meaning to watch for hours or even catch up on sleep. A big downside to flying? The effect it has your skin. Extremely dry air in the airplane cabin can strip moisture from your skin and leave it feeling dry, irritated and prone to breakouts. However you don’t need to arrive at your destination with your skin looking less than flawless. With a few easy steps, your skin can remain supple and hydrated even on the longest of flights.

Step #1 Prepare Your Beauty Arsenal
The most important step in keeping your skin healthy on a long-distance flight is to pack a bag with the right products. You will need to remove makeup from your skin so pack cleansing wipes or micellar water. Also make sure to pack a hydrating moisturizer and lip balm as well. Before you travel make sure you put all items in a clear bag and make sure none of the products exceeds 3.4 ounces (100 ml), so that you can breeze through security.

Step #2 Cleanse Skin
Cleanse your skin with either the cleansing wipes or micellar water until you’ve removed all traces of makeup.

Step #3 Apply a Sleeping Mark
Sleeping masks deeply hydrate making them perfect for the dry air common on flights. Use Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Sleeping Cream to nourish and restore your skin. It hydrates and also has the ability to diminish the appearance of fine lines and to rejuvenate your skin. You will walk off rested-looking and fresh-faced.

Step #4 Add a little mist
A great way to make sure you are adding moisture to your skin even if there is barely any moisture in the air is by alternating misting your skin with facial mist or water spray and then re-applying moisturizer. Do this every two hours on your flight.
Step #5 Keep Lips Moisturize
Don’t forget to apply – and reapply – a nourishing lip balm to keep the thin skin on your lips hydrated throughout the flight!

Step #6 Hydrate From Within
Make sure to drink as much water as possible on the plane so that you and your skin stay hydrated. You may want to plan to drink more than usual as the airplane is significantly drier than normal conditions. Hydration from within is just as important as hydration through beauty products. Buy a big water bottle after clearing security and commit to finishing it by the time you get to your destination. If you’re flying more than 8 hours, buy two bottles!