Winter can be a difficult season on your skin. We always find ourselves slathering on sunscreen and moisturizers during the Summer months, but the Winter season can cause serious damage to your skin. Without proper treatment, Winter skin can become dry and flaky, giving the appearance of prematurely aged skin. So what is one to do to properly protect their skin during the Winter months….?
1. Exfoliate – Rid your body of the dead cells that reside on the outer layer of your skin. Protect yourself by buying a body scrub with natural exfoliating properties such as oatmeal, coffee, or sugar.
2. Moisturize – Probably the most obvious but definitely the most important. Your skin needs added moisturizing protection in the Winter months. Purchase yourself an oil based moisturizer. Apply the moisturizer immediately after showering for best results.
3. Hands – There should be a whole article written about protecting your hands in the Winter months. My hands become horribly dry and itchy during the Winter. Apply hand cream multiple times a day. When you are planning to be out in the cold for long periods of time, wear gloves for added protection.
4. Hydrate – Water is your skins natural moisturizer, so remember to keep drinking plenty of it.
5. Face – Your face is the most exposed to the elements during the Winter months. Wind, cold, sun…It can cause some serious damage. Follow your normal skincare routine, however be sure you are applying sunscreen daily. Also, those lips can become dry and cracked in an instant, so apply a moisture rich lip balm multiple times a day.
You have probably heard or seen a thing or two recently about adding natural oils to your beauty routine. There are so many oils out there that can be used on your skin and each one has a different use. Natural oils are a great choice for those who are plagued with sensitive skin because they seldom cause allergic reactions. The key to using oils is finding the one that is right for your skin. Some might find that natural oils are great for their skin and not their face. Others may find that they do not like the feeling of straight oil on their skin, but can find a lotion that contains natural oil extracts.
10 Natural Oils For The Skin:
Argan Oil – Also called Moroccan oil, it is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. This oil is known for its anti-aging properties.
Coconut Oil – Helps reduce bacteria on the skin surface and also great for moisturizing skin.
Avocado Oil – Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids. A wonderful oil for moisturizing skin.
Tea Tree Oil – Its antiseptic properties can help fight acne.
Peppermint Oil – Filled with anti-inflammatory properties, peppermint oil can help reduce redness.
Chamomile Oil – Also filled with anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antiseptic properties. Chamomile oil can assist in fighting off infections.
Carrot Seed Oil – This oil is rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help soothe skin and aid in cell turnover.
Acai Oil – Full of antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radicals and cell oxidation.
Grape Seed Oil- Helps brighten your skin and regulate oil.
Olive Oil – Loaded with Vitamin A and E, which helps repair dry/cracked skin.
And the list goes on…and on…and on…
***Please note that Peppermint, Chamomile and Tea Tree Oils are essential oils and should not be applied directly to the skin unless mixed with proper carrier oils.***
In your 50’s you may begin to notice those smile marks no longer disappear after your stop smiling. This is the decade you will see the most dramatic changes to your skin; however that doesn’t mean you need to stop taking care of your skin. It also doesn’t mean you can’t have fabulous looking skin! Moisturizing is going to be more important at 50 than in your 20’s, 30’s or 40’s. Remember to take special care to moisturize your neck. Most forget to take care of the neck area, but it also plays a pivotal part in the appearance of youthful skin. Your 50’s will be the age that sun damage really begins to show, so continue to use antioxidants to help combat previous sun damage. Around this age pores will become more pronounced, so if you have not started an anti-aging routine before your 50’s you may want to consider doing so now. Menopause beginning around your 50’s can cause a 30% reduction in collagen. An anti-aging routine can help rebuild elastin and collagen, restore hydration. Pores will also become clogged by day-to-day environmental factors, so it is crucial to remove your makeup before bed. Choose anti-aging products that contain Vitamin C, peptides and antioxidants. Fabulous at 50 doesn’t just have to be a figure of speech!
As we move into our 40’s, you should know that you still have great skin ahead of you. You just need to learn to take care of your skin differently. Years of sun damage will now show in the forms of blotchiness and redspots. Begin by taking special care of your eyes. By now you have lost collagen and fat under your eyes, which will create crow’s feet. Use eye cream in your morning/night skin routines. For your overall face, use a moisturizer rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants will slow/prevent free radicals. Free radicals will cause oxidation and oxidation is the process that causes oxygen to damage the cells in your skin. Preventing these free radicals means preventing fine lines and wrinkles. The older you get the more sensitive your skin will become. In your 40’s begin taking luke-warm showers versus hot showers. Hot water can actually dry out your skin. Also, try using fragrance free soaps, as these can also dry out your skin. You can continue taking/using Vitamin C in your 40’s, but you can also add a fish oil supplement to support hydration, regulate oil production and prevent adult acne. What worked for your skin two-decades ago is probably not what you should be using in your 40’s, so you will need to make a few adjustments/tweaks to your skincare regimen. If you are not sure what to buy, schedule a visit to a dermatologist. They can advise you on what products you should be using at your age.
And finally…Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! Are you tired of hearing that yet….? Until next time.
As you begin to age, your skin changes. Your skin will begin to get drier and more sensitive over time, thus your skin will need to be taken care of differently as you get older. For the next four posts I plan on breaking down how to properly treat your skin throughout your 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and into your 50’s. Because let’s all face it, all women want to age gracefully.
Your 20’s are all about taking great care of your skin now, and thus preventing fewer problems in the future. A once of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and in your 20’s that prevention is going to be sunscreen. Sunscreen will need to be apart of your daily makeup routine throughout your 20’s. BB and CC Creams provide a 30 SPF broad spectrum sunscreen and can be used as a daily make-up base. And if you are going to be outdoors for long periods of time, give that face extra protection by wearing a hat. Your skin will thank you later. Another important skin component to keep in mind in your 20’s is to stick to a skin routine. Once you have a skin care regimen set in place, you can ensure you will have vibrant looking skin for years to come. Adult acne can play a prominent roll in your 20’s, so be sure to purchase a cleanser with salicylic acid and willow bark for fighting those stubborn breakouts. And although fine lines and wrinkles will probably not appear in your 20’s, moisturizing in your early years can help prolong uneven skin tone leading to wrinkles.
People find it hard to change their accustomed behavior, so I can not stress enough to build proper skin care habits in your 20’s. What’s the phrase…”old habits die hard.”
With July 4th approaching, I am sure you will be spending plenty of time outside this weekend. And as the temperature begins to rise, you might be looking for a quick way to cool down and refresh. Hydration is key to keep your skin looking its best and feeling refreshed, but I am not talking about just drinking a glass of water (or six, or seven glasses like you should be drinking daily). I am talking about fine mist sprays. I know what you are probably thinking…fine mist sprays are just water in an aerosol can, but fine mist sprays are a wonderful way to hydrate your skin. Think of them as the adult version of running thru a sprinkler as a child. To properly use a facial mist and prevent your skin from drying out, hold the can six-inches away from your face and spray. Let the mist sit for one-minute on your skin and then blot off excess mist with a tissue or rag (blotting is key). You can also apply your fine mist spray underneath your daily moisturizer, which allows moisture to stay locked in under the skin. Just remember that not all fine mist sprays are created equal. Some contain antioxidants and healing properties, others contain essential oils. Some facial sprays are better for the winter months, others may be better for the Summer months. They even contain different water types (distilled water versus thermal water). Just exercise caution with how many times you apply your facial mist daily. Just like licking your lips, applying a fine mist too many times a day can leave your skin dry and irritated. Also, if buying an aerosol based facial spray it may contain alcohol or a VOC compound which can also dry out your skin.
I have always been amazed at the beauty products you can find in your pantry and fridge. Some might consider honey one of natures best kept secrets, yet it is always sitting on my pantry shelf directly between the sugar and cinnamon. Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, honey is a natural antibiotic. Its antibiotic properties can assist in healing and killing bacteria associated with acne and wounds. How exactly does honey help heal/reduce acne and wounds? If you place honey on acne/wounds it will absorb the water in the wound. The honey will then kill all bacteria because bacteria needs water to survive as well. The water the honey absorbed will then trigger a chemical reaction, which causes the honey to release hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is also a wonderful antibiotic and will help to kill additional bacteria associated with the acne/wound. Also, honey is another natural product that can remedy inflammation. Because honey is acidic, it helps reduce the redness associated with acne. Try applying honey directly to the face in mask form to alleviate redness. Also, taking a spoonful of honey daily as a supplement can improve general skin-tone. If you are planning on using honey as a daily supplement, buy it in its raw, unprocessed form. Some people even use honey as their daily face-wash because there are no chemicals and it does not strip your skin of its natural oils. Although this is not going to completely remove your makeup, so it is best to use this face-washing method after your morning shower.
Women spend their entire lives chasing the fountain of youth. Most of us find ourselves chasing it at the cosmetic counters. We are never going to be able to stop the aging process, but wouldn’t it be nice to slow down those fine lines and wrinkles? Try opening your fridge. Many foods contain antioxidants and hydrating components that can help your skin look radiant at any age.
Tomatoes – Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin C, which helps aid in producing collagen. They also hold lycopene, a critical component in protecting your skin from UV damage. Eating a daily dose of tomatoes can increase circulation, thus producing a natural glow.
Water – I am not really sure if you can consider water a “food,” however proper hydration is necessary for your skin. Without proper hydration skin will produce wrinkles and fine lines.
Berries – Raspberries and blueberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and probiotics. Often called a “super food,” berries have also been known to promote skin regeneration.
Yogurt – Another food containing large amounts of probiotics, which are a skin friendly bacteria. Yogurt will help to prevent/improve redness and irritation, often found in acne, rosacea and dermatitis.
Nuts – Omega-3 rich nuts are great for the skin when eaten in moderation. Nuts are another food that can help improve irritation and inflammation. Inflammatory compounds in the skin aid in the aging process, so eating a handful of nuts can lead to beautiful, healthy skin.
Honey – Honey is loading with antioxidants and anti-viral compounds. Sugar can cause inflammation of the skin. Even though honey is technically a sugar it does not cause additional inflammation.
What exactly is a beauty balm? First developed in Germany in the 1960’s under the name Blemish Balm, BB Creams were designed to streamline your beauty routine. This little product promises to do what six other tubes/bottles can do. Tinted moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, concealer, foundation and skin serum. BB Creams began picking up steam in South Korea and soon became a sensation across Asia. However, Beauty Balms did not work their way to the United States until about 2011. Now you find every cosmetic brand has their version of a beauty balm. The idea of a beauty balm is a great idea, and for the most part does a great job of evening your skin and moisturizing. However, if you are planning to use a beauty balm as your daily sunscreen, I recommend using an additional facial sunscreen to protect your skin. And don’t forget to put your sunscreen on last, which is a common made. Also, some women who are prone to oily skin or acne might find a beauty balm is not for them. Just like any new beauty product, if you are expecting a “miracle” you might find yourself feeling a little disillusioned. However, women who apply moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and foundation every morning might find a BB Cream to be a warm welcome to their makeup regimen. Just keep in mind that not all BB Creams are created equal, so you may have to search to find the BB Cream that is right for you.
There is nothing more relaxing than drinking a hot cup of tea after a long day.The benefits to drinking a cup of tea are numerous.Not only are you hydrating your body inside and out, many teas contain amazing healing properties for your skin and hair.
Green tea – Probably the most well know tea used for healthy skin and hair.This tea is rich in antioxidants and usually used as a healthy substitute to coffee and caffeinated beverages.Green tea can also be used for a cleanser, toner, face mask and hair care.
Chamomile tea – Made from the chamomile flower, chamomile tea is known for its amazing healing power.This tea is said to accelerate the healing of minor cuts, bruises and scrapes.It has also been used as a skin bleach, which provides your face with a healthy, natural glow.Like green tea, chamomile tea is loaded with antioxidants and can also be used to diminish acne breakouts.
Oolong tea – This traditional Chinese tea has been said to hold anti-aging benefits.This tea promotes healthy, shiny hair and can prevent hair loss.Also to be noted, Oolong tea has said to be associated in alleviating stress and mood swings, and promoting healthy bone development.
Peppermint tea – This caffeine free tea can help those who experience frequent skin irritations.It can also help to diminish bug bites, rashes and burns.The menthol in peppermint tea also helps heal those prone to acne and oily skin.Peppermint tea has also been used to help stimulate/promote hair growth.Peppermint soothes the blood vessels at your scalp, which then boosts blood flow at the roots.
There are hundreds of teas on the supermarket shelves for purchase and each tea holds its own special benefits.Just remember that many teas contain caffeine, so it always wise to exercise caution in how much is consumed.