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DEALING WITH BACNE

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Acne can form just about anywhere on the body, apart from the hands and the feet, as these two areas do not have any sebaceous glands, which are the glands that are responsible for oil production. When it comes to back acne, also referred to as bacne, this is something that may keep reoccurring throughout life, but there are a number of ways in which you can effectively deal with it to keep it under control.

 

A Bacne Body Wash 

The majority of products that contain bacne-fighting ingredients tend to come in the form of body washes and scrubs, as it is much harder to reach over and apply spot treatments to your back. When it comes to key ingredients, keep an eye out for benzoyl peroxide, or salicylic acid, and leave these cleansers on for a few minutes before washing them off, as this will give them enough time to work their magic.

 

Keep Those Pores Unclogged 

Clogged pores will quickly lead to bacne, which is why it is important to keep your pores unclogged as much as possible, as prevention is always the best option. This means opting for lighter lotions on your back rather than thick creams, and flipping your hair to the front when shampooing and conditioning, so that the residue does not end up settling into your skin. If you use oils on your back, make sure to take a shower, or step into a sauna, afterwards, as this will help to melt the oil away rather than having them clog up your pores.

 

Shower After Sweating 

Whether you have just taken a long walk in the heat of summer, or have finished your daily workout, it is extremely important that you shower whenever you have been sweating. While this may be inconvenient at times, washing away your sweat, and then changing into loose clothes, will really help to air your skin out and prevent breakouts.

 

A Bacial 

While a facial may be able to help with breakouts on your face, a bacial targets your back, and is a treatment that is becoming increasingly popular. This will allow a trained dermatologist to gain a deeper understanding of the causes of your bacne, and they will then be able to prescribe a tailor-made treatment plan for you, not only in terms of topical treatments, but also useful advice when it comes to diet and lifestyle, as both of these can have a huge effect on bacne.

 

The pores on your back are much larger than the pores on your face, which is why bacne is so common, as this area is extremely susceptible to experiencing clogs. While bacne may be extremely frustrating, there are several ways in which you can keep it under control, as well as preventing breakouts from occurring in the first place.

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SMOOTH SKIN FOR SUMMER

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When it comes to smooth skin and hair removal, shaving and waxing are usually the two most popular choices. However, there are actually a number of other options out there, from electrolysis to laser hair removal, all of which have their own set of advantages.

 

Laser Hair Removal 

Laser hair removal involves the use of a laser light to destroy hair roots, and it tends to be a permanent method for many people. Since the laser is designed to detect pigment, this hair removal technique works best on those who have darker hairs with lighter skin, as it is not that effective on blonde hairs, and can often burn darker skin. While there are at-home options available, most people tend to have laser hair removal carried out professionally, which takes about six to twelve sessions to complete.

 

Electrolysis

Electrolysis is another permanent method of hair removal, and, unlike laser hair removal, you would only need around four to six sessions of this, although the exact number does depend on everything from hair density to hormones. This technique makes use of a tiny needle that sends a shortwave radio frequency to each hair follicle, and therefore destroys them. This is an effective method that works on just about every hair and skin color, no matter how fine your hair may be. One of the main downsides to electrolysis is the pain level, and although this does vary between individuals, depending on your own personal pain threshold, a mild topical anaesthetic is often used.

 

Sugaring 

Sugaring is a traditional hair removal method that makes use of a sugar wax, meaning that it works in a similar way to regular waxing. However, there are a number of advantages to sugaring, with one of them being the way in which the sugar wax can be used at room temperature, rather than having to be significantly heated up, which saves the skin from damage. In addition to this, sugar wax only attaches itself to individual hairs, rather than the entire top layer of skin, saving your skin from being pulled off along with the wax. All of this means that the side effects to sugaring are minimal, and the burning, redness and ingrown hairs that are often experienced with regular waxing are nowhere to be seen. However, unlike the other two methods mentioned above, sugaring is not permanent, and you are likely to need a session every four to six weeks in order to keep hair growth down.

 

There are so many different hair removal methods out there, and the one that you choose should depend on a number of different factors. From the part of your body that you are removing hair from, to your hair color and thickness, to your pain threshold, all of these factors should play a part in your choice of hair removal methods.

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AGE GRACEFULLY WITH THESE CELEBRITY TIPS

 

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There are many celebrities out there who seem to never age, and each one will have their own anti-aging skin care secrets. From exercise to dietary supplements, here are a few tips from flawless celebrities on how to age gracefully, and slowly.

 

Jennifer Lopez 

When it comes to aging gracefully, Jennifer Lopez’s secret is her diet, and this is something that she is hugely committed to, to the point where she has recently launched her own wellness brand, which focuses on supplements and protein shakes. Diet is so important when it comes to aging, as the foods that you eat have a direct impact on the rate at which, as well as the way in which, a person ages. Try to stick to a diet that is high in whole and fresh foods, rather than processed, as this will give your body the nutrients it needs to stay youthful.

 

Julie Bowen 

Modern Family star Julie Bowen is another celebrity that seems to look younger the older that she gets, and her secret is exercise, running in particular. Bowen states that, no matter where she is, she always makes time each day for a 45 minute run, and this daily physical activity has been scientifically proven to be able to have a huge impact on aging.

 

Nicole Kidman 

Nicole Kidman is known for her beautiful porcelain complexion, and this is all down to the way in which she is extremely diligent about staying out of the sun. Kidman avoids direct sunlight as much as possible, and, whenever she does need to be outdoors, she always applies plenty of sunscreen. Since the sun is responsible for up to 90% of all facial wrinkles, this dedication to sun protection is key when it comes to maintaining a smooth and youthful complexion.

 

Reese Witherspoon 

Reese Witherspoon has starred in multiple movies, and does not seem to have aged very much at all. While many may think that this is down to a complex skin care routine, Witherspoon’s skin regime is actually extremely simple. Rather than using a multitude of different products, Witherspoon’s secret is a hydrating moisturizer, which she re-applies throughout the day, especially before applying any makeup on to her skin.

 

Sienna Miller 

Sienna Miller is known for her fashion style, as well as for her youthful looks. While she does use a wide range of skin care products, Miller’s number one tip for aging gracefully is to ensure that you are getting enough sleep. The time during which your body is asleep is when your skin, and the rest of your body, works to heal and regenerate, which is why sufficient sleep is essential when it comes to slowing down the aging process.

 

Aging can be tricky to deal with, especially since everybody ages in their own individual way. However, by making use of each of these celebrity anti-aging tips, you will be able to significantly slow down your aging process, and keep your youthful looks around for years to come.

 

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HEALING SCARS ON YOUR FACE AND BODY

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When the skin experiences an injury, scars are usually an inevitable aftermath. For those with younger skin, scars tend to fade quite quickly, but those with more mature skin may end up with severe scars that last for years, unless you give one of these healing methods a try.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is a natural healer, especially when it comes to damaged skin and scars. By strengthening the immune system, vitamin C speeds up the healing process, while also restoring collagen levels in the skin, resulting in a flatter and smoother complexion. Vitamin C can be used both orally and topically, and this would be advised if you are seeking out the very best results.

 

Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera has been used for centuries when it comes to healing the skin, as it not only soothes it but also helps to regenerate any damaged tissue. There are multiple studies that point to how effective aloe vera is when it comes to healing wounds and scars, and has even been shown to be able to completely remove scars. The best way to use aloe vera is by applying the gel to your skin directly from the leaf, but, if you cannot find the plant anywhere, it is usually easy to find pure aloe vera in stores. Simply apply it to any scars and leave it on for at least half an hour. By doing this two to three times a day, you will not only notice your scars soon beginning to fade, but your skin will also take on a much healthier glow.

 

Massages

Once your injury has healed and only the scar is left behind, give this area a gentle massage a few times a day. Scars contain dense bands of collagen beneath them, but massaging helps to break these down. Simply apply some lotion to the area and gently massage it in a circular motion for around 30 seconds.

 

Zinc 

Zinc is essential for so many different processes within the body, from collagen production to DNA repair, meaning that it is vital when it comes to the formation of scar tissue, as well as the healing of the skin. Studies have shown that when the skin experiences an injury, the area becomes flooded with zinc in the first 90 minutes, as zinc is hugely responsible for the healing process. Zinc can be taken as a supplement, but make sure that you double check the dosage beforehand, as overdosing on zinc can be quite dangerous.

 

Although scars do usually fade on their own most of the time, there is no harm in trying to speed up their healing process. From topical vitamin C and aloe vera to zinc supplements, these tips will have you on your way to smooth and clear skin in no time at all.

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SKIN CARE TIPS BEFORE DATE NIGHT

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If you have a date night coming back, then it is likely that you want your skin to be sporting a beautiful, radiant glow. Rather than turning to makeup for a quick fix, here are a few tips that will help you to have your skin looking its very best just in time for date night.

Exfoliate the Night Before 

While you may want to leave the exfoliation to just a couple of hours before your date, it would be best to exfoliate the night before, as this will give your skin some time to calm down and regenerate. No matter which method of exfoliation you prefer, make sure that you apply a thick layer of moisturizer as soon as you are done, as exfoliation leaves your skin quite vulnerable, and the moisturizer will offer some added protection.

Invest in a Primer 

If you are planning on wearing makeup for your date night, which most women do, then investing in a quality primer is a great idea. Primers are designed to be applied onto the face after a moisturizer, but before any makeup, and create a blank canvas onto which your makeup can grip. This then allows your makeup to last for so much longer, and prevents any unsightly smudges. Try to look for a primer that also contains a wide range of antioxidants, as this will give your skin a healthy boost at the same time.

A Hydrating Face Mask 

If you tend to suffer from dry or dehydrated skin, then a hydrating face mask is one of the best ways to nourish your skin before date night. These contain powerful active ingredients that penetrate the skin’s layers and inject it with a dose of hydration, leaving skin looking fresh and plump afterwards. Hydrating from within is also important, so try to increase your water consumption a few days before date night.

The Eye Area 

Everybody wants their eyes to be sparkling on date night, which means that you need to tackle any dark shadows or under-eye circles. The best way to do this is with an eye serum or cream, preferably one that contains the active ingredients needed to target your specific issues. Simply apply a small amount to the skin around your eyes, before applying your moisturizer, and this will help to smooth out any fine lines, while brightening the entire area.

If you usually tend to take quite a while preparing for date night, do not forget that a large amount of your date night skin care can be done the day before. From exfoliation to face masks, these steps can be carried out in advance, leaving you with plenty of time to spend on choosing outfits, hairstyles and more.

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SKIN CARE TIPS DURING PREGNANCY

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When a woman is pregnant, her body goes through so many different hormonal changes, which, of course, have quite the effect on the skin. While every woman reacts differently to these changes, here are some skin care tips to ensure that you are able to maintain your beautiful glow, all the way through your pregnancy.

 

Drink Plenty of Water 

While drinking water is essential even if you are not pregnant, it becomes even more important if you are. Water really helps to filter and clear away all of the toxins from within your body, while maintaining the correct amount of amniotic fluid. Try to drink at least two litres of water a day, as this is the optimum amount for both you and your baby.

 

Pay Attention to Ingredients 

Unless you purchase skin care products that are completely natural and organic, then it is likely that your standard skin care products contain ingredients that could be harmful to your baby. With everything from your shampoo and shower gel to your moisturizer and eye cream, you need to pay extra attention to the ingredients that these formulas contain, doing a bit of research into each one to ensure that they are safe for your baby. Alternatively, speak to your doctor about the best products and ingredients to use during this time.

 

Avoid the Sun 

All of the hormonal fluctuations that you will experience during pregnancy will make your skin so much more sensitive, and therefore far more prone to pigmentation and dark patches. The sun exacerbates this even more, and can also make any dark patches take much longer to fade away, so try to stay out of the sun as much as possible.

 

Alpha Hydroxy Acids 

Whether you are trying to treat pigmentation or looking for a new exfoliation method, alpha hydroxy acids are amongst some of the safest ingredients to use while pregnant. They are completely natural, with glycolic acid, which is derived from sugarcane, and lactic acid, which comes from milk, being two of the most effective. Products that contain a combination of both of these ingredients are best, as they complement each other really well.

 

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is safe to use during pregnancy, and is also extremely potent. This ingredient is great for brightening up the skin, which is ideal for those who are looking quite drained out during pregnancy. In addition to using topical products that contain the antioxidant, try to also consume plenty of foods that are high in vitamin C, as this will give your body a boost from both the inside as well as the outside.

 

Pregnancy can be quite a complicated time, and, since everybody’s skin reacts differently, you will not quite know what you will experience until it actually happens. Whether your skin has become oilier, or you have started to notice dark patches appearing, these tips will help you to care for your skin in ways that are perfectly safe for your baby.

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SECRETS OF AGELESS BEAUTIES

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When it comes to stopping the clock on aging, many people often turn to invasive procedures to achieve their desired look. However, there are several ways in which you can keep aging at bay yourself, without having to resort to cosmetic surgery.

 

Fish Oil  

The omega-3 fatty acids that fish oil contains are a powerhouse when it comes to anti-aging, as they can help significantly with inflammation, which, as many will know, is one of the primary causes of the visible signs of aging. From boosting the heart and immune system to adding a gorgeous glow to your skin, make sure that you are either eating plenty of oily fish throughout the week, or taking a fish oil supplement each day.

 

A Quick Drink of Coffee 

As much as a cup of coffee may perk you up in the mornings or afternoon, this is a beverage that will soon end up staining your teeth. This also applies to other drinks, such as red wine and dark juices, but there is an easy way to prevent these beverages from staining. Rather than sipping them slowly, so that they keep re-coating your teeth, try to drink them as quickly as possible, so that they are not in contact with your teeth for too long.

 

Cut Out the Sugar 

When white sugar is consumed, it binds to the collagen within your skin, eventually weakening it, which then leads to premature aging. Although it might take quite a bit of dedication to completely cut out white sugar from your life, take it slowly and build this up gradually, so that you do not end up missing it too much.

 

Eye Creams 

The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and delicate when compared to the skin on the rest of your face, meaning that the products that you use on this area need to be designed specifically for it. Your standard face cream likely contains ingredients that are too harsh to be used around your eyes, so try to opt for an eye cream or gel instead, to nourish your skin and brighten up your face.

 

Layered Hair 

Your hairstyle has a huge impact on your overall appearance, and cuts that are all one length end up drawing the eye downwards, creating a droopy illusion. To counter this, try to ensure that your hairstyle features a few layers, even if this is only a small amount at your fringe, as this will have a lifting effect on your facial features.

 

There are so many different anti-aging tricks out there, but keep in mind that everybody ages differently. This means that you will need to try out a variety of different anti-aging methods, until you find the ones that work best for you.

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TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ACNE ROSACEA

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Rosacea is a skin condition that is often referred to as acne rosacea, as it can look quite similar to acne. However, the condition actually differs from acne quite significantly, and you need to take this into account when seeking out treatment options.

Avoiding Sunlight 

Exposure to the sun has been linked to an increase in rosacea symptoms, meaning that you are best avoiding direct sunlight as much as you can. When you do need to be in the sun, a sunblock with an SPF of at least 30 is essential, as is a wide-brimmed hat to give your face some extra protection.

Identifying Your Triggers 

There are a number of different rosacea triggers out there, and everybody’s skin will react in its own way to each trigger. The best way to prevent your symptoms from flaring up is by identifying your own rosacea triggers, whether this may be spicy food, extreme temperatures or stress. Once you have pinpointed these, you can then try your best to avoid them as much as possible.

Medication 

Those who suffer from severe cases of rosacea may often need to turn to medication to help control the symptoms. These usually tend to be a course of antibiotics, and can also include a topical antibiotic that you would apply directly to your face. However, keep in mind that although these long-term medications may be able to reduce rosacea symptoms, including the rosacea acne, they can often take a couple of months to actually have an effect, and the results will not be permanent.

Intense Pulsed Light Treatment 

Intense pulsed light treatment has been proven to be quite effective when it comes to a long-term solution for rosacea, especially if redness and flushing are your main symptoms. This treatment targets the blood vessels within your skin, warming them to the extent that they burst. This then leads to the blood vessel re-modelling itself in the weeks that follow, with around 80% of rosacea sufferers finding some success with this method.

Treat Inflammation 

It is now believed that rosacea is caused by inflammation within the skin’s own immune system, with rosacea patients tending to experience an increase in the production of cathelecidin. This is a chemical that causes spots, as well as redness and skin damage, but can be treated with anti-inflammatory skin care ingredients, such as aloe vera and coconut oil.

Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure for rosacea acne, and there is also nothing that you can do to prevent the condition from arising in the first place. However, by having some effective management techniques in place, you will be able to stay on top of your condition, and have full control over flare-ups.

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BREAKING UP DARK SPOTS AND EVENING OUT SKIN TONE

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Nobody wants their complexion to feature dark spots with an uneven skin tone, but everything from UV exposure to hormone fluctuations can lead to this. In order to clear this problem and achieve the flawless complexion you have always desired, here are a few tips to follow.

 

Retinoids 

 

Retinoids, which are a derivative of vitamin A, are fantastic for boosting cell turnover, resulting in fresher and brighter skin. They are also effective at lightening dark spots, although it will take at least six months of regular use for these to clear completely. Retinoids are one of the most powerful skin care ingredients out there, but they can also cause skin irritation and reactions, so be sure to only use a pea-sized amount on your face, a couple of times a week to start with. Once your skin is able to tolerate the ingredients, you can gradually increase this amount to as much as you need.

 

Antioxidants

 

Antioxidants are extremely effective at fading dark spots while brightening the skin at the same time, and are also natural, meaning that they are safe to be used on just about every skin type. If you are only picking one antioxidant to use, let that be vitamin C, as this gentle ingredient is unlikely to cause any irritation to your skin, and will bring about excellent results in just a few months time.

 

Sun Protection 

 

While sun protection will not help to fade your existing dark spots, they will definitely go a long way in preventing these from turning even darker. UV exposure is one of the main causes of dark spots, as well as an uneven skin tone, making sun protection absolutely essential while you are trying to boost the health and appearance of your skin.

 

Skin Lightening Ingredients

 

The most commonly used ingredient for lightening dark spots is hydroquinone, which works by stopping the production of melanin, while speeding up the cell turnover process. However, even though the American Academy of Dermatology supports the use of hydroquinone, there are several studies out there that point to its dangerous side effects, one of which is the fact that it is potentially carcinogenic when used long term. For a much safer option, give kojic acid a try, as this is derived from mushrooms and also provides great skin lightening benefits. Kojic acid is also a powerful antioxidant, but, like many other lightening ingredients, it can cause irritation, so start off slow.

 

If you have been battling dark spots and an uneven skin tone for a while now, it can often seem as though your efforts are futile, but keep in mind that everybody’s skin is different, so you may need to try a few methods before finding one that works for you. Consistency is also key, especially when it comes to gentler ingredients, so make sure that you stay dedicated to your skin care regime.

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YOUR PILLOW IS KEY TO LOOKING BEAUTIFULLY WELL-RESTED

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Many people do not put much thought into the pillows that they use, but these can have a huge effect on the quality of your sleep. Pillows not only provide support, but they are also in direct contact with your skin while you sleep, making your choice of pillow so important.

Compression and Sleep Position

Compression is the force at which your face is pushed against the pillow, and is one of the leading causes of skin creases in the morning. While there will always be compression to some extent, unless you are able to always sleep on your back, there are specially designed pillows that you can opt for that are able to reduce this quite a bit. These feature a series of different elevations to ensure comfort no matter which position you prefer to sleep in, each with a small recess for your cheeks to fit in, meaning that they do not actually come into contact with the actual pillow. While sleeping on your back is an alternative, many find themselves naturally rolling over in the middle of the night, making this pillow the ideal tool to have.

Hypoallergenic and Anti-Allergy Pillows 

The filling within your pillow is extremely important, as many filling types can trigger allergic reactions. These reactions can often be quite minute, so you may not realize that they are there, but could be the reason for any redness or irritation in the mornings. While hypoallergenic pillows are great, dust mites can still build up within them over time, making anti-allergy pillows far more superior. These make use of synthetic fibres that do not emit any dust, preventing an allergic reaction from occurring.

Silk Pillowcase

The majority of people out there use cotton pillowcases, but, when your face rubs against this, the friction that is caused can lead to lines developing on your skin. Silk, or even satin, pillowcases prevent this from happening, as they will not scratch or tear at the skin, allowing you to wake up with a much smoother and fresher complexion. As an added bonus, silk pillowcases are also great for your hair, and will prevent any frizz from forming.

Copper Pillowcase

Copper oxide is a mineral that is naturally found in the skin, and plays a vital role when it comes to the skin regeneration process. Pillowcases that have been embedded with copper oxide have been clinically proven to be able to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, boosting the overall complexion.

Your choice of pillow has a huge impact on the way in which your skin looks when you wake up. If you want to improve the health of your skin while you sleep, it could be worthwhile looking into the different pillow types out there, and finding one that is able to target your primary skin issues.

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