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What Do Antibiotics Do to Your Skin?

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At some point in our lives, we’ve taken antibiotics, for sure!

Antibiotics are a necessity in our daily lives. Getting sick with a bacterial infection, or recovering from an open surgery, would usually require the use of this medication.

Some people even use antibiotics for the littlest of illnesses—even if this isn’t recommended.

But for all the good they can do for our body’s healing, are antibiotics also our skin’s friend? Or should we be more wary about possible dangers they pose to our body’s largest organ?

In this article, we’ll talk about everything related to antibiotics and the skin.

Let’s start!

What are Antibiotics and What are They For?

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Antibiotics are medications made to fight against bacteria.

They help fight bacterial infection either by eradicating bacteria, or slowing and decreasing their growth. Specifically, antibiotics may attack the wall surrounding the bacteria, interfere with their reproduction, or block the bacteria’s protein production.

Antibiotics are powerful medications, and they typically work right after ingestion. However, it may take some more time before you feel better. Nonetheless, patients are required to take antibiotics for around 7 to 14 days for best results.

Currently, antibiotics come in many forms. We are familiar with their tablet, capsule, and liquid forms, as these are the ones we usually ingest.

However, there are also topical antibiotics—bacteria-fighting medication that come in creams and ointments. These are applied to the skin, rather than ingested.

What Do Oral Antibiotics Do to the Skin?

Now that we know what antibiotics are, it’s time to dissect what exactly their effects are to the skin. Are they always good? Can they cause problems for the skin?

Let’s find out more.

Antibiotics as a Treatment for Acne

Doctor prescribing medicine

Acne is primarily caused by an interplay of four major factors:

  • Clogged pores – whiteheads or blackheads form when the hair follicles get filled with oil, bacteria, and/or dead skin cells.
  • Oil production – higher oil production makes a person more susceptible to acne. This is especially true when hormones spike during puberty, leading to more oil secretion from the sebaceous glands.
  • Bacterial growth – an increase in oil levels in the skin causes bacteria to multiply.
  • Inflammation – more bacteria in the skin means higher chances of inflammation. In time, acne can become bigger nodules or cysts as it goes deeper into the skin.

Now, what do all of these have to do with antibiotics?

You see, oral antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to patients struggling with severe acne.

The reason? Antibiotics can help target two of the major factors outlined above.

Why are Antibiotics Prescribed for Acne?

Antibiotics can fight against acne-causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, and ultimately reduce their number on both the skin surface and even the follicles. This also helps alleviate inflammation caused by the sheer number of these bacteria, apart from the anti-inflammatory properties that some antibiotic classes exhibit.

Usually, antibiotics used to treat acne include Tetracyclines, Erythromycins (which also help reduce inflammation), Minocyclines (for pustular type acne), Doxycyclines, and Septra or Bactrim.

However, dermatologists around the world currently warn against over-using antibiotics in treating acne. 

Antibiotics, though extremely effective, should not be taken for extended periods of time. This is because, in the past few years, certain types of bacteria, including P. acne, have started getting more resistant to antibiotics.

The culprit? Using antibiotics for months, or even years on end in treating chronic skin conditions like acne.

Now, antibiotic resistance is known to spread to people around them, such as family members and neighbors. Aside from this, different strains of bacteria can also acquire resistance genes—so, later on, you won’t only have to worry about P. acne bacteria getting resistant to your antibiotics!

Hence, it’s wise not to simply rely on antibiotics in treating your acne!

After all, acne first and foremost is an inflammatory disease. Other factors, like oil production, come into play in the development of acne, and these aren’t necessarily solved by antibiotics. So long as you have problems with limiting the sebum on your face, you may still have to deal with acne… despite taking oral antibiotics.

Moreover, although antibiotics can help fight acne, they also pose negative side effects to the skin. Let’s learn about this in more detail.

Effects of Taking Oral Antibiotics on the Skin

Regardless of whether you’re taking antibiotics for your acne or for a tooth infection, taking antibiotics can affect your skin in different ways.

Here are a few things to watch out for:

Photosensitivity

Woman shielding face from sun

A major issue when using antibiotics is how it makes the body more sensitive to light. In fact, you might see light as brighter than usual, all because of their photosensitizing effect.

But more importantly, antibiotics also make the skin react more to ultraviolet light. This means that, for the duration of your prescribed antibiotic intake, you will be at a higher risk of sunburn, blistering, and peeling when exposed to the sun. Your skin cells will also be more easily damaged upon sun exposure!

What’s more, certain types of antibiotics can even interact with sunlight, leading to a red, itchy rash for as little as 15 minutes of exposure.

Imagine, if you use antibiotics for your acne on an extended basis, that means you can’t go out in the sun, even for just a few minutes!

Sun Protection Tips

That’s why, if you’re taking antibiotics for other illnesses or infections, it’s important to keep your skin protected. To start with, it’s recommended that you avoid prolonged sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays are strongest and harshest between 10 AM to 2 PM, too, so try to stay indoors during those times.

If you must go out, make sure to wear protective clothing, and to use accessories like sunglasses and umbrellas to help shield you from the sun. Most importantly, always wear a reliable sunblock or sunscreen if you have to step outside, even for just a short amount of time!

Not sure what sunscreen to use? Check out OROGOLD’s 24K Skin Tone SPF 30. This sunscreen provides adequate protection at SPF 30, and also feels silky and comfortable on your skin. It’s lightweight, sheer, and non-greasy, so you surely won’t get telltale white cast that comes with sunscreens! More importantly, you won’t have to worry about your face oiling up in the middle of the day due to applying sunscreens.

Want an added bonus? Your face will look dewy and glowing, too!

Just don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, especially if you’re going to spend a long time outdoors!

Skin Rashes or Allergies

People are probably more likely to have an allergic reaction to antibiotic much more than you think.

In fact, around 6.67 percent of the general population (that’s 1 in 15 people!) have some sort of allergy towards antibiotics, particularly penicillin and cephalosporins.

Now, allergic reactions to antibiotics may take different forms, such as coughing, wheezing, tightness of the throat, and rashes on the skin.

Rashes that come from allergic reactions to antibiotics are usually raised, red, and itchy, such as in the case of urticaria or hives. These can usually go away after some time, especially with the help of anti-allergy medication such as antihistamines. However, they can still be uncomfortable, and picking at your rashes may leave scars or dark marks on your skin.

How to Soothe Your Skin

To help calm and soothe your skin, consider applying mild moisturizers with soothing properties. A good bet is OROGOLD’s products, which contain gold as their star ingredient. As an ingredient, gold is known to help boost circulation for the skin, which does wonders to the complexion.

What’s more, gold is great at soothing skin allergies and getting rid of blemishes. This makes products with golds perfect to use during allergies, in helping alleviate the itching; and post-allergies, in order to get rid of blemishes (if any) left on the skin.

Our personal recommendation would be OROGOLD’s 24K Classic Body Butter—it’s meant to be used on the whole body, so you’re sure to cover all problem areas! Made with nourishing oils such as sunflower oil and shea butter, you’ll certainly feel the difference they can make on your skin in no time!

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (Rare)

A serious, but incredibly rare disease, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) causes complications with the skin’s mucous membranes—the most linings of certain parts of the body.

SJS starts with fever or sore throat—symptoms usually encountered with other common illnesses, like flu. However, these symptoms are later followed by the presence of blisters and painful rashes all over the body. The top layer of the skin may also shed.

Although SJS can happen as a reaction with any medication, it occurs more often with antibiotics like beta-lactams and sulfamethoxazole. However, other important risk factors to note for this disorder include a family history of SJS, having this illness in the past, or having a weakened immune system.

This condition cannot be prevented, but you can certainly take steps to reduce the risk of contracting SJS. To start, it would be wise to consult with your doctor prior to taking antibiotics, especially if you’ve had the risk factors outlined above.

Are Topical Antibiotics Beneficial?

Topical antibiotic cream on elbow

We’ve mostly talked about oral antibiotics, but topical antibiotics, in the form of creams and ointments, also exist. Though topical antibiotics can be used for a longer period of time, they still come with their risks and downsides.

Let’s find out more about their uses and possible side effects.

What are Topical Antibiotics Used For?

Topical antibiotics are applied on the skin to treat minor wounds (such as cuts, scrapes, or burns), or treat and prevent skin infections. As with oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics work by fighting bacteria or curbing its growth.

Aside from this, topical antibiotics may also be used for acne.

Topical antibiotics are usually used to treat mild to moderate acne, in conjunction with other medicines, such as benzoyl peroxide. Together, these reduce the likelihood of the emergence of the development of P. acnes bacteria.

However, topical antibiotics may also contribute to antibiotic resistance, as they are used less regularly and more sparingly than oral antibiotics. Hence, it would be best not to rely on this as treatment, even for acne, for which it is recommended to be used for a maximum of three months.

Effects of using topical antibiotics on the skin

Topical antibiotics certainly sound less daunting than their oral counterparts. However, as they’re directly applied to the skin, it’s no surprise that a host of issues can arise from their use.

Here are some of the most common side effects of using topical antibiotics on the skin:

Skin Dryness

It turns out, using topical antibiotics can dry out the skin, and is in fact one of its most common side effects. This usually occurs only on the area where topical antibiotics are usually applied.

In some cases, the dryness will go away once you’re done with the antibiotics. However, if the skin is visibly flaky and scaly as a result of dryness, you may try applying a light, gentle, and non-oily moisturizer to the affected area.

Want a reliable moisturizer to use? You can never go wrong with OROGOLD’s 24K Classic Hand and Body Cream. This moisturizer will provide your skin with enough hydration to reduce flakiness, and help keep it moisturized.

Skin Irritation

Sometimes, using topical antibiotics may irritate the skin; however, these are usually not severe. It’s best to consult with your dermatologist if you feel any discomfort upon application of the ointment.

In some cases, it might be best for your skin to discontinue use of the antibiotics, and to switch to something less irritating instead.

Contact Dermatitis

Seemingly a combination of the side effects outlined above, contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin, causing it to get irritated. This ends up making the skin dry and flaky, and even causing redness, rashes, and extreme itching.

However, this problem is easily treatable with corticosteroids such as hydrocortisone creams, so it’s not a huge cause for worry.

Well, there you have it! That’s everything you need to know about using oral and topical antibiotics, and how they can possibly affect the skin in any way.

Summary

As you can see, our body’s organs are vastly interconnected—what you do to address issues with one body part, may end up affecting other parts of your body, too! You may think you’re only taking medication for an infection, but you don’t know what that can do to your skin in the process.

That’s why, it’s best to take care of each part of our body to the best of our abilities. For the skin, there’s no better way to pamper it than to use products made to boost its health. To that end, you may want to drop by OROGOLD Cosmetic’s website, and check out the variety of products available to rejuvenate your skin.

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9 Common Skin Care Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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When it comes to skin care and beauty, there are so many myths and misconceptions out there. This may not seem like a big deal, but following the wrong advice could be seriously detrimental to your skin.

It’s always best to be in-the-know when it comes to the best ways to care for your skin, so here are nine common skin care myths that you definitely should not believe.

MYTH: You Only Need to Wear Sunscreen if it’s Sunny Outside

Woman applying cream to shoulders

It’s easy to see why this is a myth that so many people fall for. After all, if the sky is clouded over, then surely the sun isn’t going to be able to cause any skin damage?

Unfortunately, this is where you would be wrong…

Experts say that up to 80% of UV rays are able to penetrate through cloud. This means that your skin is never really safe, even on overcast days.

While we’re on the topic, let’s quickly address the related myth of sunscreen not being needed in the winter.

Just because you can’t feel the heat of the sun doesn’t mean that the UV rays are not there. While some are blocked to a certain extent, UV damage still occurs in high amounts. This is amplified even further if you’re around snow or ice – these surfaces reflect light, doubling your exposure.

So, as you can see, this is a myth that couldn’t be more false. Year-round sunscreen is a must, no matter what the weather may look like.

MYTH: Topical Skin Care Products Will Never Give You Instant Results

Skin care that brings about instant results sounds a little too good to be true. Plus, let’s face it, in most cases, it’s usually a case of false advertising.

However, there are a handful of products out there that really can produce an instant transformation.

Take the OROGOLD 24K Rose Gold IV Filler Concentrate as an example. This powerful solution contains a truly special blend of ingredients:

  • DMAE – causes the muscles under the skin to tighten, which then immediately gives the skin a tighter and smoother appearance
  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 – this peptide is made from one of the proteins used for Botox. It has an immediate tightening and rejuvenating effect
  • Sodium Hyaluronate – a low-molecular form of hyaluronic acid that quickly gives the skin a plumper and fuller appearance
  • Gold – works as an antioxidant in the long term, but also has the ability to reflect light. This gives the skin a literal golden glow

As you can imagine, combining all of those ingredients together, along with a multitude of other antioxidant-rich botanicals for long-term benefits, results in a very potent product.

So, while you may be initially doubtful about the instantaneous claims made by cosmetic companies, the best way to get around this is by doing a little investigating of your own. Check out the ingredient list of the product in question and do some research into what you see – this will give you a good idea as to how the product will work.

MYTH: Oils Should Never Be Used on Oily Skin

Oil from dropper on finger

This one may seem like common sense at first. After all, if you’ve already got oily skin, why would you want to put more oil onto it?

Well, basically, while some oils should definitely be avoided by those with oily skin, not all oils are bad. In fact, some can even be beneficial for oily skin, helping to slow down natural oil production.

This is where the comedogenic scale becomes really useful…

It ranks different oils and plant butters on how likely they are to clog up your pores, and therefore cause a breakout.

If you’ve got oily skin, then look for oil and butter ingredients that are on the low-end of the comedogenic scale, picking those that also help to re-balance natural sebum production. A few examples would be:

  • Jojoba oil
  • Marula oil
  • Argan oil
  • Olive squalane
  • Shea butter

MYTH: If You Didn’t Have Acne as a Teen, You Won’t Get it as an Adult

If only this were true…

Unfortunately, there’s a condition out there called adult acne, an extremely common condition at that. It refers to acne that develops in a person over the age of 25, and it can happen even to those who never experienced a single breakout in their teenage years.

Teen acne and adult acne share the same causes, as well as the same treatments. There are also several changes that you could make to help prevent breakouts:

  • Make sure that all of the skin care products you’re using are suitable for your skin type
  • Keep your skin hydrated – dehydration can often trigger excess oil production
  • Don’t touch your face, as this spreads bacteria
  • Protect your skin from the sun – UV rays trigger inflammation in the skin, which leads to breakouts
  • Keep your stress levels down, since stress causes the body to release an oil-producing hormone

MYTH: Vitamin A Products Should Never Be Used on Sensitive Skin

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It’s true that vitamin A is an extremely powerful skin care ingredient. However, this doesn’t mean that it can’t be used on sensitive skin.

You’ve probably heard of some of the vitamin A derivatives out there:

  • Retinoids
  • Retinol
  • Retinal
  • Retinyl palmitate
  • Retinoic acid

Each vitamin A ingredient varies in potency, meaning that they won’t all irritate the skin. Retinoids are the most powerful, while retinyl palmitate is the gentlest.

Your skin also slowly adapts to vitamin A. This applies to all skin types, not just sensitive skin. This means that, so long as you introduce the ingredient slowly, in a mild form, then your skin shouldn’t have any problems with it.

You might be thinking…

Why bother? There are other ingredients out there that I could use on my sensitive skin.

True, but most other ingredients haven’t been proven to be as effective as vitamin A. It’s beneficial to the skin in so many different ways:

  • Increasing collagen production to reduce wrinkles and give the skin a firmer, smoother look
  • Stimulating the production of blood vessels in the skin, which gives the skin a more radiant tone and color
  • Softening rough patches of skin
  • Stimulating the skin cell turnover process, which is basically your skin’s natural form of exfoliation
  • Fading age spots

Want to give this wonder ingredient a try?

Go with the OROGOLD 24K Multi Vitamin Night Nourishment + Retinol. Although it contains two forms of vitamin A (retinol and retinyl palmitate), it’s also packed with skin-soothing ingredients to balance this out.

MYTH: If You Don’t Have Lines or Shadows Around Your Eyes, You Don’t Need an Eye Cream

Ever heard the saying “prevention is better than cure”?

It definitely holds true in this case.

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, and is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your face.

As you can imagine, thin skin is prone to damage. This is why people often experience fine lines appearing around their eyes before they start to show anywhere else on the face.

Once those lines or dark circles appear, erasing them is difficult. However, start using an eye cream early and you’ll be able to delay their arrival, keeping your eye area looking smooth and tight until your later years.

If you really want to go all out and treat your eyes to the best, add an eye serum into your skin care routine too. This can be boosted even further with the addition of regular eye masks.

MYTH: Wearing Makeup with SPF Means That You Don’t Need to Wear Sunscreen

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Back to sunscreen again, which isn’t surprising when you consider that the sun is responsible for up to 80% of visible facial aging.

Now, you might be thinking…

My foundation contains SPF, and I use that all over my face. This is enough to keep my skin protected, right?

Wrong.

For starters, SPF makeup usually only protects against UVB rays. This then leaves those wrinkle-causing UVA rays to wreak havoc on your skin’s collagen fibers.

Even if your makeup products offer broad-spectrum sun protection, did you know that you need to apply a nickel-sized dollop of product to your face in order to actually receive the amount of sun protection claimed on the label?

Chances are that you don’t pile your foundation on quite so thickly.

Plus, even the very best sunscreens need to be re-applied every two to three hours. Again, this isn’t something that most people do with their makeup, which then leaves your skin even less protected.

This isn’t to say that sun-protecting makeup products don’t have their place…

They’re a great way to boost the efficacy of your regular sunscreen, giving your skin an extra layer of protection. However, don’t rely on SPF makeup alone to keep your skin safe from the sun.

MYTH: The More You Exfoliate, the Better Your Skin Will Look

If this is a myth that you believe, then you’ve likely never heard of over-exfoliation. It’s something that can end up being pretty serious, taking a month or two for your skin to get itself back on track.

The purpose of exfoliation is to speed up natural cell turnover. This is the rate at which your skin produces fresh new skin cells, which move upwards to replace the older and rougher skin cells on the surface of your skin.

However, there’s only so much that you can speed this up. Exfoliate too much and you’ll scrub away your skin’s natural protective properties, leaving you to deal with the following symptoms:

  • Irritations and a burning sensation in the over-exfoliated area
  • An increase in breakouts
  • Inflammation and redness
  • A waxy and tight skin texture
  • New sensitivities to skin care products that you were previously fine with

The only way to really treat over-exfoliated skin is to give your skin a break while it naturally heals. This cycle will take at least 28 days, so be patient!

So, how often should you be exfoliating?

This depends on your skin type, but, generally, no more than two or three times a week.

Ideally, use a chemical exfoliant rather than a physical one. They may sound stronger, but they’re actually far gentler and better for your skin, even those with sensitive skin.

Need a new exfoliation product?

Try the OROGOLD 24K Multi-Vitamin Deep Peeling + Mandelic Acid. The chemical exfoliant in this formula is mandelic acid, which comes from apples. It’s gentle and hydrating, making it a great choice for all skin types.

MYTH: Your Skin Should Feel Squeaky Clean and Tight After Cleansing

Do you strive for that squeaky clean and tight feeling after cleansing?

If so, this needs to stop, because you’re not doing your skin any favors.

Cleansing is important for clearing your skin of dirt, excess sebum, and other impurities. However, you do also need to be careful when cleansing – the outermost layer of your skin consists of a delicate protective barrier that’s vital for skin health. Harsh cleansing methods strip away this protective layer, leaving your skin vulnerable to damage and dryness.

That tightness you feel after cleansing?

This is a sign that your skin barrier has been compromised. Your skin shouldn’t feel tight after cleansing – instead, it should just feel refreshed, soft, and hydrated.

If your cleanser has been leaving your skin feeling tight and dry, then it’s time for a change. The OROGOLD 24K Vitamin C Facial Cleanser is a light and gentle formula. However, it’s still super effective, and has been infused with two forms of vitamin C, along with vitamin A, to give your skin some extra goodness.

Nobody wants to be dealing with skin irritations, unnecessary breakouts, and premature aging, making it important to know your stuff when it comes to skin care. There’s plenty of advice out there, but always dig a little deeper yourself to make sure that the information that you’re following really is in your best interests.

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Could the Scandi Sleeping Method Give You Better Skin?

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Ever heard of the Scandi sleeping method?

If you currently share your bed with your partner each night, this is something that you absolutely need to know about. Get ready to transform your beauty sleep – once you realize how the Scandi sleeping method could benefit your skin, chances are that you’ll soon be giving it a go for yourself!

What is the Scandi Sleeping Method?

Bed with two duvets

Simply put, it refers to one bed with two duvets.

This means sharing a bed with your partner, but each of you having individual duvets, rather than a shared one.

Those who relish physical intimacy are probably horrified by the idea, but don’t turn your back on it just yet…

Scandinavia is consistently ranked as the happiest place in the world, and Scandinavian couples who practice the Scandi sleeping method would definitely agree with this. Take a look online – you’ll find page after page of praise written about this sleeping style.

What’s so great about the Scandi sleeping method?

Read on…

The Benefits of the Scandi Sleeping Method

It is estimated that around 30% of people are not sleeping well enough at night. While stress may be the biggest factor contributing to this, partner disturbance is the second reason.

The Scandi sleeping method solves this problem. It enables you to continue sharing a bed with your partner (many partners do opt for separate beds after several years of disturbed sleep), while still being able to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Temperature Regulation

Ever woken up next to a partner who feels like a furnace?

Turns out that, due to their higher muscle mass, men tend to run hotter at night. This can make it difficult for the woman lying next to them to regulate her own body temperature.

The physical barrier provided by your own duvet will help to prevent your partner’s body temperature from affecting your sleep.

The Perfect Duvet

Chances are that you and your partner have different ideas as to what constitutes the perfect duvet.

Some prefer heavier weights while others sleep better with a light duvet. A compromise is usually the answer when it comes to a happy relationship, but this means that both of you will be suffering from poorer sleep quality.

The Scandi sleeping method means that you can each choose your own perfect duvet, without it affecting the other person.

Tug of War

The duvet tug of war is a complaint that many couples have. One wakes up in the middle of the night with just a tiny corner of duvet to cover their body, and the other is so wrapped up in it that it cannot be pulled back.

Separate duvets prevents this from happening. If you or your partner toss and turn in the middle of the night, the other won’t be so affected, giving you both a good night’s sleep.

Couple in bed and woman has no blanket

The Downsides of the Scandi Sleeping Method

There aren’t many downsides to the Scandi sleeping method, apart from the fact that it takes longer to make the bed each morning.

You’ll need to adapt to different folding techniques too. Many find that the double duvet technique can lead to the bed looking quite messy. The best way to counter this is by finding a throw to place over the top of your duvets during the day.

Wondering how the Scandi sleeping method would affect intimacy?

You’re probably concerned that you and your partner won’t be able to snuggle in the same way that you used to.

Don’t worry, there are ways around this…

For starters, the separate duvets are only for sleeping. If the two of you are lying in bed watching a movie, then by all means share a duvet. Once it’s time to go to sleep, you can go back to using individual duvets.

Alternatively, drape your two duvets so that the middles overlap. This makes for easy snuggles under the blankets!

Now, you’re probably wondering…

It sounds intriguing, but what does the Scandi sleeping method have to do with my skin?

You’re about to find out…

The Importance of Beauty Sleep

Woman sleeping

Ever wondered what your skin does while you sleep at night?

No, it doesn’t snooze along with you. Instead, your skin is hard at work producing collagen, maintaining hydration, fighting inflammation, and so much more.

Sleep and Wrinkles

Wrinkles are something that most would be happy to never experience, but, unfortunately, they’re an inevitable part of life.

Your skin contains a protein called collagen. It’s collagen’s job to keep your skin firm and smooth, with the protein fibers running underneath your skin to hold it up. Sadly, collagen degrades and breaks down with age, leaving the skin loose and wrinkled.

Your body continues to produce collagen, but not at a fast enough rate. However, there are several things that you can do to increase natural collagen production, one of which is making sure that you’re sleeping well at night.

Your skin produces new collagen while you’re sleeping, and only when you’re in the deeper stages of sleep. This means that poor sleep leads to no collagen being produced, which only worsens those visible signs of aging.

Sleep and Dull Skin

Many have become so accustomed to their dull and lacklustre complexion that it has become the norm to turn to makeup each morning to help illuminate their face.

Well, if you’re someone who hasn’t been getting quality sleep each night, then this is something that you could easily transform.

While you sleep at night, your body speeds up blood flow to the skin. Your blood is what carries oxygen and nutrients to your skin cells. Increased blood flow means healthier skin that glows from within.

On the other hand, poor quality sleep actually leads to a decrease in blood flow to the skin. This gives the skin a dull and tired appearance, with a noticeable lack of radiance.

Sleep and Puffy Eyes

Ever wake up from a night of poor sleep to find puffy, circled eyes staring back at you from the mirror?

This is common. Although there are several factors that can contribute to puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, poor quality sleep is the biggest one. It causes the blood vessels around your eyes to expand, which gives the area a puffy and darker appearance.

The best way to deal with this?

Improve your quality of sleep. If you know that your sleep interruptions are caused by your partner lying next to you, then the Scandi sleeping method is definitely worth a try!

While you’re working on convincing your other half that the Scandi sleeping method could be great for the two of you, invest in a solid eye cream to keep that puffiness at bay.

Other Ways to Sleep Better at Night

Already practice the Scandi sleeping method but need more help improving your sleep quality? Or maybe you’re ready to give the Scandi sleeping method a try, but want to boost your sleep in other ways too.

Either way, here are a few proven tricks and techniques for getting a better night’s sleep:

Avoid Electronics 30 Minutes Before Bedtime

Woman reading book at night

Some will say 30 minutes, others will say a couple of hours. Either way, the general gist is to stay away from your electronic devices a while before heading to bed.

Why?

Because the blue light emitted by electronic devices triggers the body to stay awake. This makes it much harder to fall asleep, especially into a deep sleep, meaning that your skin ends up suffering.

Plus, whatever you may be looking at on your phone or laptop is probably also stimulating your brain. This is the opposite of what you want before bed – find an activity that calms your brain and helps you to unwind.

Establish a Relaxing Night Time Skin Care Routine

A relaxing skin care routine before bed will leave your skin feeling nourished, hydrated, and loved. You’ll feel so much better falling back against those pillows, and you also won’t have to deal with any skin irritations through the night.

Looking for a new night cream?

Try the OROGOLD 24K Multi Vitamin Night Nourishment + Retinol. This lush formula glides onto the skin so beautifully. It’s packed with powerful vitamins and botanical extracts, and is designed to combat the visible signs of aging.

Make Your Bedroom as Dark as Possible

You may think that your bedroom is dark, but chances are that there’s still some light filtering through. Whether this may come from that extension lead tucked away behind your bed, a slither of light through your windows, or a glare under your door from another room in your house, that light isn’t doing your sleep quality any favors.

Make an effort to eliminate any sources of light from your bedroom, so that it can be as dark as possible when you sleep. Black-out curtains are great for this if you have problems with light seeping in through your windows.

Keep Your Bedroom at a Comfortable Temperature

Did you know that the optimum temperature to keep your bedroom at is between 60-71 degrees Fahrenheit, or 15.6-22 degrees Celsius?

This may seem a little on the cool side, but experts agree that too much heat can interfere with good sleep. Those temperatures have proven to be extremely beneficial in helping a person to fall asleep while also maintaining good sleep quality, making this a trick well worth a try.

Keep Things Quiet

White noise machine next to bed

Noise is one of the worst culprits when it comes to interrupted sleep. This is something that can also end up affecting your overall health.

You’re probably thinking…

If I’m not able to control the noise, then surely there’s nothing I can do about this?

Not true at all!

This is where a white noise machine can be so useful. It works so well at drowning out external noises, giving you a better night’s sleep. Alternatively, try playing your own soothing tunes from some speakers or headphones, or opt for a pair of old fashioned ear blockers.

Fill Your Bedroom with Soothing Scents

The nose is a sense that many often neglect, but treat it right and it could start to help you to sleep better at night.

There are certain scents out there that are known for promoting relaxation, while others help to make a room feel more comfortable and inviting.

All of this is definitely what you want in your bedroom!

There are several different ways to incorporate aromatherapy into your bedroom, from essential oil diffusers to scented candles. Either way, the scents that you want to be sniffing more of include:

Sip on a Sleep-Promoting Herbal Tea

In addition to breathing in some of those beautiful scents mentioned above, you could also try drinking them too.

There are certain herbs out there that are revered for their sleep-inducing properties. Whether you purchase them dried and brew your own or opt for ready-made tea bags, some of the sleep-promoting herbal teas that you want to be drinking more of include:

  • Chamomile
  • Lemon balm
  • Lavender
  • Passionflower
  • Valerian root

Not only will the herbs in your tea encourage your body to fall asleep faster, but each one also has its own skin-enhancing benefits. Not only that, but that extra water that you will be drinking before bed will go a long way in keeping your skin hydrated while it’s busy working hard at night, meaning that you wake up with plumper and softer skin.

For those who have never heard of it before, the Scandi sleeping method may seem a little crazy. After all, isn’t it more traditional to share a duvet with your partner?

That may be the case, but traditions aren’t always the best way forward. Just about everyone who has given the Scandi sleeping method a try ends up raving about it. Benefits aren’t just seen in their physical and mental health, but also in their appearance too. If you know that you aren’t sleeping as well as you should be each night, you’ve got nothing to lose by giving the Scandi sleeping method a try, if only for a short while!

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Winter Sports and Your Skin: How to Maintain a Healthy Complexion

Woman wearing ski goggles

You’re probably looking forward to all of those winter sporting activities you have planned over the next few months. Unfortunately, this is something that your skin will be dreading.

Why?

Because the cold weather, combined with UV rays that are more intense at higher altitudes, can really cause havoc to your complexion. Here’s how to keep your skin protected and maintain that beautiful glow, no matter how long you may spend out in the snow.

Cover All Exposed Areas of Skin with Sunscreen

Woman applying cream while outside in snow

Exposing your skin to the sun’s UV rays at a lower altitude is a big no-no, so this becomes even more so if you happen to be skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains. The higher you are, the stronger the sun’s UV rays will be.

Snow and ice also increase UV exposure due to the way in which they reflect UV rays around the environment.

Why does this matter?

Because the sun’s UV rays have a number of damaging effects on the skin, such as:

  • Triggering inflammation, which exacerbates inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and rosacea
  • Increasing premature aging by destroying the protein fibers in the skin, which would have otherwise kept the skin smooth and firm
  • Stimulating the skin into over-producing melanin, which leads to dark spots and discoloration
  • Causing a rough and leathery skin texture
  • Damaging the DNA within skin cells and causing skin cancers to develop

The only way to really protect your skin from all of that is by making sure that you always keep any exposed parts of your skin covered with a sunscreen.

Don’t just roughly slather it on either – pay special attention to make sure that your skin is truly covered. Studies have found that skiers often miss out on 10% of their face when applying sunscreen, leaving them with sunburns and other forms of damage to deal with afterwards.

Some of the often-missed areas that can end up damaged include:

  • The eyelids and around the eyes
  • The nose, especially the bridge and the underside of the nose
  • The neck, especially around the back
  • The underside of the chin
  • The scalp
  • The lips

If you plan on taking breaks in between and exposing your arms or legs to the sun, then make sure to keep these covered in SPF too.

How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen in the Winter?

Ideally, you should be reapplying your sunscreen every two hours. This may seem like a lot, but when you’re active, you sweat more. The sweat will soon render your sunscreen completely ineffective, making regular applications a must.

What’s the Best SPF for Winter Sports?

SPF 30 is usually recommended, because sunscreen efficacy doesn’t really noticeably increase when you go for a higher SPF.

However, although the differences may be tiny, it would be worth going for an SPF 50 if your skin is particularly dry or sensitive. 

Make sure that you go for a broad-spectrum formula. This means that your sunscreen will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Look After Your Eyes

Woman wearing ski goggles

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate. In some areas, it can be up to ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, leaving it easily vulnerable to damage.

While applying a sunscreen around your eyes is important, this isn’t usually enough to keep the skin looking its best. Plus, it isn’t just your skin that you need to watch out for here – your eyes themselves can end up damaged. Snow blindness, officially known as photokeratitis, is a common problem that many have when spending time outdoors in the winter.

So, what can you do about this?

Invest in a quality pair of winter goggles. They need to offer 100% UV protection, as well as polarized lenses to absorb the glare from the sun. This will save you from needing to squint, which then helps to prevent crow’s feet from forming around your eyes.

The color of lenses you choose should depend on the sport you’re doing and where about in the world you are:

  • Clear lenses are all you need if you plan on skiing or snowboarding at night
  • Rose-colored lenses are great for cloudy or overcast days
  • Yellow lenses help to improve contrast in low-light situations
  • Photochromatic lenses will change color based on external light levels

Sunglasses are a must too, since you won’t want to wear your goggles when you aren’t skiing. Look for a hardy pair that guarantee protection against both UVA and UVB rays. However, while your sunglasses may look more stylish, try to opt for your goggles instead as much as possible. Due to the way in which these wrap around the head, they offer more UV protection.

Even if you wear contact lenses that already offer UV protection, it would still be a good idea to invest in both UV-protecting goggles and sunglasses.

Protect Your Pout

As mentioned, the lips are often an area that many forget about. This leaves them dry, chapped, and uncomfortable after a day out in the snow.

Not only does the cold air outside dry out your lips, but so does breathing through them, which commonly happens when participating in winter sports. If you tend to lick your lips throughout the day, then this isn’t helping either – your saliva contains acids that not only irritate the lips, but remove the natural oils that would have otherwise been protecting the skin here, leaving them even drier.

In order to combat this, you need to be using a lip product that prevents your lips from drying out so much. This means that the formula needs to provide a protective barrier made from either an oil or a wax.

The 24K Renewal Lip Balm is a great formula to go for. It contains a number of different plant waxes and oils that form a physical barrier over the surface of your lips. Some of the key ingredients in this lip balm are:

  • Shea butter
  • Beeswax
  • Mimosa flower wax
  • Avocado oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Castor seed oil
  • Baobab seed oil
  • Mango butter

You will also need to top your lip balm with a layer of sunscreen, and reapply both your lip balm and your sunscreen every couple of hours.

Once you’re done for the day, reapply your lip balm once more. If you’re planning on adding some color to your lips for the evening, make sure that you pick a moisturizing lipstick formula.

Don’t Forget About Your Hands!

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While you will probably be wearing gloves for the majority of each day, your hands will still be exposed to the elements whenever you take your gloves off.

In addition to keeping them protected with sunscreen, you should also be giving your hands a little extra TLC in the evenings.

How?

Try the 24K Multi-Vitamin Hand Mask for starters. The plant oils and extracts in this beautifying blend will leave your hands feeling soft and nourished, ready to face the winter weather the next day!

Wear UV-Protective Clothing

Most of the UV-protective clothing options out there are designed for the summer, but there are more and more garments now being created for winter sports, with companies realizing the importance of UV protection in the winter too.

How does UV-protective clothing work?

They’re made with certain techniques and fibers that not only limit the amount of UV rays able to enter into your clothes, and therefore your skin, but they can also block and reflect UV rays, preventing them from coming into contact with you at all.

UV clothing comes with a UPF rating, which stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This basically tells you how much of the sun’s UV rays a certain fabric blocks. For example, a garment with a UPF of 60 allow just 1/60th of UV rays to enter through its fabric.

The higher the UPF rating, the more protection the clothing will give you.

If you don’t want to invest in a whole new wardrobe for your winter sports trip, that’s understandable. Instead, there are certain clothes that you can pack to give yourself some extra UV protection:

  • Choose clothes made from densely woven fibers, rather than a looser weave, as this physically blocks UV rays from penetrating through. Some of the best fabrics are nylon, merino wool, and polyester, while cotton, silk, and acrylic are among the worst.
  • Go for garments that don’t have much of a stretch to them. When fabrics stretch, UV rays pass through the gaps in the fibers.
  • Make sure that your clothes aren’t too worn or faded. This weakens the textiles, making them more susceptible to UV rays.

Stay Hydrated

Woman in snow drinking water from bottle

The winter months can be so drying on your skin, especially if you’re spending lots of time outdoors and in the snow.

While protecting your skin from the outside is important, you also need to turn your attention to staying hydrated from within. A lack of hydration will exacerbate that winter dryness and flakiness, leaving your skin feeling sore and sensitive.

It goes without saying that the best way to keep your body hydrated is to make sure that you’re drinking plenty of fluids. Water is the best, but this doesn’t need to only be plain water. Teas, especially herbal tea, and fruit juices are great for hydration too, while infusing your water with fruit will add some extra flavor, as well as a dose of vitamins and antioxidants.

The food that you eat also helps to keep your body hydrated. Certain foods have a surprisingly high water content, so try to add more of the following into your diet:

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Apples

Don’t forget that alcohol and caffeine both have dehydrating effects on the body. If possible, stay away from those coffee breaks in between ski runs, and try to cut back on the amount of alcohol you consume in the evenings.

Be Consistent with Your Skin Care Routine

You probably won’t want to pack all of your skin care products to take with you on your winter trip, but there are some that are essentials.

Your skin needs proper care now more than ever, so make sure that you’ve got everything that you need to give it this.

Wondering what you’ll need?

Some of the must-have’s include:

  • A soothing, antioxidant-rich cleanser
  • A hydrating toner
  • A nourishing serum
  • A moisturizing day cream
  • A skin-repairing night cream
  • A facial oil (if your skin is already on the dry side)
  • A sunscreen

Wondering if you can use a moisturizer that contains SPF, instead of using two separate products?

Yes, but only if you apply enough of it. People tend to skimp out when it comes to using an SPF moisturizer, applying such a light layer that the product doesn’t end up providing the SPF rating printed on the label.

As mentioned, you’ll also need to keep reapplying your sunscreen every couple of hours, which may be more often than you need to reapply your moisturizer. This can sometimes make it more cost-effective to use two separate products, although a moisturizer with SPF is the perfect way to start your day each morning.

Make sure that you stay consistent with your skin care routine. Your skin will need proper attention both mornings and evenings if you want to really protect it from winter damage.

Winter sports are a great way to stay fit and healthy over the colder season, but all of that sun, snow, and wind can really mess with your skin. It’s important to understand the various problems that can be caused, so that you can then equip yourself with all you need to deal with these potential issues in the best way possible. From keeping exposed skin covered with sunscreen to ensuring that your clothes also offer UV protection, following the steps above will ensure that your skin looks and feels its best, no matter what you may be doing this winter.

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How to Care for Fair Skin and Light Hair

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Fair skin and hair can be such beautiful traits if they are properly cared for. Pale skin can be easily damaged by environmental factors and requires extra protection to ensure not only its beauty but also its health. Light hair (be it blonde or grey) also comes with its challenges. Just like fair skin, light hair is more sensitive to the environment and also requires extra protection.

If you were born with a lighter complexion fret not! Just make sure to check out and apply the tips below on how to care for fair skin and hair, and you will be on your way to looking healthy and great!

Ready for the best skin and hair of your life?

How to Care for Fair Skin

Caring for your skin, no matter the skin tone, should be one of the most important parts of our daily routines. Being focused on skincare may come off as being conceited and superficial. But it can improve both mental and physical health. Mentally, having a skincare routine allows for moments of relaxation, self-reflection, and self-care. Physically, caring for our skin, moisturizing it and protecting it against the sun, keeps us away from skin-related illnesses such as skin cancer.

Whether you have fair skin or not, the tips below can be definitely beneficial for you too. But for fair skin people, they are even more important, specifically as they need extra protection against the sun.

Skincare Routine

Fair skin is naturally less protected against UV-rays. If you are not taking the right steps, your fair skin is more prone to sun damage, skin cancer, and wrinkles. So make sure that you are taking the utmost care of your pale skin!

You can start your skincare routine with a gentle cleanser (twice per day), followed by a moisturizer for your skin type. During your morning skincare routine, make sure to add on top a layer of skincare protection of at least SPF 30. At night, make sure to add a layer of nourishing night cream.

Infographic on the importance of wearing sunscreen every day

As mentioned above, fair skin is more sensitive and prone to wrinkles, and sun exposure exacerbates this, so make sure you are starting early on with anti-aging products, sometimes even as early as in your 20s. You would look for products that contain collagen, retinol and hyaluronic acid. For extra moisture, do a face mask every other day, be it a store-bought one or a DIY one.

No matter what skincare products you use always make sure that they are adapted to your skin type. Oh, and don’t forget to always remove your make-up before bed and make sure to drink 2l of water every day!

But do you think that’s all you have to do?

Sun Protection

While the skincare tips above apply to absolutely everybody, if you have fair skin, you have more responsibility in ensuring its protection. It’s not enough to apply SPF in the morning. If you are spending your day outdoors, make sure to reapply every 2 hours. This is especially important if you are sweating, doing sports or spending time by the pool. Not all sunscreens are water-resistant and the sweat/water will just wash them away.

But even with diligent application of SPF, some fair skin people can still burn and suffer sun damage. If you are in such a case, make sure to equip yourself. You can protect your skin by using an umbrella, a cap or a sun visor. Don’t forget to wear UVA sunglasses to not only protect your eyes but also to protect the skin around your eyes, which is the most sensitive and prone to wrinkles.

With fair skin being so sensitive to the sun’s rays, make sure you wear SPF all year round and according to the weather, add various accessories for extra protection. You may also want to try a moisturizer that is infused with SPF, such as the 24K Bio-Brightening Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 30, so you can lock in moisture while protecting your skin from sun damage. 

Redness

Fair skin can also be prone to redness, which can look more pronounced than on darker skin tones. If you experience flushed skin, small red bumps (that are not pimples or acne), or large dilated blood vessels on the cheeks, you may be struggling with rosacea.

Wondering what causes rosacea?

Unfortunately, the cause is still unknown, even though there’s been a lot of research on it. The general consensus right now is that it is caused by inflammation in the body.

Infographic on rosacea

Rosacea tends to affect people over the age of 30 with fair skin. If redness doesn’t go away, make sure to go to your dermatologist for professional advice.

Getting That Glow

Many people with fair skin are fans of tanned skin. While prolonged sun exposure is unhealthy, no matter the skin tone, there are ways to get a healthy glow. Most people would think of tanning beds (or solarium), but they are as unhealthy as being exposed to the sun’s rays.  The healthiest way to get the shade you want is to use self-tanning products.

If you are afraid of looking washed out, you can try the many products out there on the market that will allow you to get that perfect shade all over your body, without the sun damage. And the best part is that it’s quick and you get to pick the shade you want!

Makeup for Fair Skin

Fair skin can be a challenge when it comes to make-up. It all starts with your undertones. Make sure you know them before choosing your foundation and the colors of your blush and lipstick. One way to find out your undertones is by looking at the veins of your wrist. If they are green, you have warm undertones. If they are blue, you have cool undertones. If they look blue and green, then you have neutral undertones. According to the list below, you can see which colors are complementing your complexion best!

    Cool undertones: pink, red, blue

    Warm undertones: yellow, peach, golden shades

    Neutral undertones: a balance between cool and warm

Now that you have detected your undertones, you can go on and select your perfect foundation and concealer, to cover any imperfections you may perceive your skin has. If you have freckles and love them, make sure to choose a foundation with lighter coverage, so as to not completely hide them.

Applying blush on woman's cheek

Now that your canvas is ready, you would want to go for the right blush to give you a natural flush. If you have warm undertones, go for peach, soft pink or coral. If you have cold undertones, go for rosy pink or soft lilac. When it comes to eye shadow, your best bet is to go for earthy and bronze shades. Fair skin is known to look absolutely great with bright and bold lipsticks, so don’t be shy to even go for an orange-red lipstick!

Most people born with fair skin also have light hair. While that also takes some effort, it is always worth taking care of one’s body. If you have light hair or are looking to get blonde hair at the salon, make sure to go through the tips below to ensure you have the healthiest, best-looking hair out there!

How to Care for Light Hair

Whether you were born with blonde hair, or whether you have chosen to bleach and dye it, you have to make sure you are taking extra care of it. Blonde hair is finer than darker hair and more porous, thus making it more sensitive to the environment.

What do we have to do to keep the glamorous blonde hair healthy?

Specialized Hair Care to Keep Your Hair Light

Yes, you read that right! Blonde hair, be it natural or not, requires special hair care that not only nourishes and protects it, but also keeps its color vibrant.

If you are a natural blonde, you know how your hair color will change with the seasons. From the lightest shade of blonde in summer to almost 4 shades darker in winter. If you are not a natural blonde, you know how your hair can get these unflattering brassy tones. To prevent your hair from changing its color, check out the ways you can keep it light all year round!

Use a Purple Shampoo

Woman washing hair with purple shampoo

To avoid brassiness, go for a purple shampoo hat would take away the orange tones and restore the blue tones to the hair.

Use a Toner

If the purple shampoo does not work enough, you can go for a toner. The best way is to go to the salon, as it’s more effective than a store-bought toner.

Chamomile Tea Rinse

In winter, when the sun is not as strong, you can go for a chamomile tea rinse. After boiling the chamomile bags in water, allow the tea to cool. After your normal hair washing routine, rinse your hair with the tea and let your hair dry.

Honey Mask

For a more intensive treatment, both for the color and your hair, how about a hair mask? Honey can naturally lighten your hair and nourish it. Mix honey with hair conditioner in equal parts, apply the mix to your hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on overnight. Next morning just wash your hair as usual.

If none of these works on keeping your hair blonde all year round, you might have to pay a visit to the salon to artificially lighten up your blonde during the winter months. This will ensure that your hair is professionally taken care of.

Sun and Heat Protection for Blonde Hair

Just like fair skin, blonde hair also needs extra protection against the sun. Blonde hair is more sensitive, and thus more prone to dryness and brittleness because of the sun damage.

Whenever you are out, protect your hair against sunlight by spraying special hair SPF all over it – and this will also protect your scalp! Even better – if the sun shines strongly, wear your favorite hat or a scarf. During summer holidays, whether you are at the beach or going to the pool, your blonde hair will be exposed to the sun longer than usual. Make sure to use after-sun hair care products, such as shampoos, conditioners and hair sprays. Those will restore the hair’s moisture, temporarily repair split ends and strengthen the hair. After every swim, make sure to rinse your hair with fresh water to remove salt or chlorine.

If you are a fan of styling your hair using blow driers, hair straighteners or hair curlers, you want to make sure that you are also protecting your hair against that heat. If you love to blow dry your hair, consider alternating it with air-drying, to reduce the damage on your hair. If you are a fan of hairstyles that require a straightener or a curler, then make sure you are using the right products. Before starting using such hot tools, make sure your hair is completely dry, and then apply a heat protectant. They will minimize the damage and keep your hair healthier!

Nourish Your Light Hair

To counteract the sun and heat damage, make sure to regularly use hair masks to restore moisture, be it a mask that you got from your favorite brand or a DIY hair mask that you can use with ingredients from your kitchen. One of the best homemade hair masks can be easily done by crushing a ripe banana and mixing it with olive oil and honey. Add on your hair, massage your scalp, wrap with a towel and leave for 15 minutes. Follow with your usual hair washing routine!

Blonde hair can be a challenge for its wearer, but the effort is always worth the result. Having a healthy, luscious, blonde mane can not only complement your complexion beautifully but also boost your self-confidence.

In this day and age, with the environment being more and more polluted, the daily lives being so much more stressful and the sun being stronger and stronger, it’s important to look after ourselves and care for our bodies. And that includes taking care of your fair skin and hair!

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WARNING SIGNS THAT YOU’RE APPROACHING PERIMENOPAUSAL

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Menopause usually hits women in their 50’s, but the perimenopausal period can actually begin quite a few years earlier. While there is nothing that you can do to prevent it, there are a number of warning signs that you can look out for, so that you can be fully aware of the reason behind all of the changes occurring within your body.

A Lowered Libido 

Due to estrogen levels in the body decreasing, sexual drive will begin to drop when you reach the perimenopausal stage. This loss of desire is something that tends to surprise people quite a bit, but it is absolutely normal for this to happen once you are in your 50’s.

Mood Swings 

Your body’s hormones will be fluctuating quite wildly as you approach perimenopause, and this can quickly lead to quite severe mood swings, as well as unexplained irritability. Fatigue is also quite common, but this can also simply be due to a busy lifestyle, so do try to cut yourself some slack.

Hot Flashes 

Many people believe that hot flashes are only really experienced during menopause, but these tend to occur quite a few years before as well. If you are suddenly experiencing random bouts of sweat and feeling uncomfortably hot, then this could mean that you are approaching your perimenopausal years.

Sleeplessness 

While sleep disruption, meaning that you wake up at odd hours and are unable to fall back asleep, is another common symptom of perimenopause, it can also be attributed to other factors, such as drinking alcohol before bed. A lack of quality sleep can really take its toll after a while, both physically as well as mentally, so you need to take as many steps as necessary to help yourself enjoy enough sleep each night.

Erratic Periods 

During puberty, girls often experience quite erratic periods, and this is something that you will experience yet again during perimenopause. Due to all of the fluctuating hormone levels within your body, there will be some months where excess estrogen is released, which increases the build-up within the lining of the uterus. This then leads to a heavier-than-normal period. The length that your period lasts for is also likely to change, with your overall cycle tending to be shorter, meaning that you are likely to experience bleeding more often.

The perimenopausal stage that your body goes through can last for up to ten years, after which you will then enter in to the menopausal stage. While you may not want to read about all of the symptoms that you are going to experience, it is important to be aware of these changes that your body is going to go through, so that you can deal with them in the most effective way when they do occur.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HAIR AND SKIN CARE EXPERT

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While there may be many exceptionally qualified hair and skin care professionals out there, you are also likely to come across a few that are not able to provide you with what you want. In order to ensure that you really are choosing the best person for the job, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Choosing a Hair Colorist

A quick Google search will likely result in pages of listings for local hair colorists, but, if you are seeking someone that has specific expertise in this field, it would be worth turning to your favorite magazines instead, making note of the colorists who have produced work that you like. Narrow this down so that you have a couple of top choices, and then book a consultation with them, so that not only can you find out more about their training and background, but you will also get a good idea of how they intend to transform your locks.

Choosing an Aesthetician

If you are seeking a facial, then you need a professional aesthetician. Each spa will usually offer their own specific range of facial treatments, and many of them will provide information on these on their websites. For those of you in Los Angeles, the Carasoin Day Spa is a top choice, as aesthetician Lena Bratschi performs an incredible Jet Peel Facial that was originally designed by the Russian Aerospace engineering program. Not only does this facial leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth, but, unlike many of the other facials out there, this one has no downtime, meaning that you can easily squeeze in a session before an important event.

Clearing Dark Spots or Acne

Dark spots and acne are both frustrating issues to deal with at home, which is why it is sometimes a good idea to seek professional help for this. One treatment, called the Coolaser, is especially effective when it comes to removing stubborn scars and dark spots, with each session only taking thirty minutes, along with a two or three day recovery period. In addition to dark spots and acne, the Coolaser is also able to help smooth out wrinkles and even out the complexion, making it ideal for those who are currently following an anti-aging regimen. While this product and technique was developed by Dr. Simon Ourian, who can be found in California, the Coolaser is now used all around the world.

No matter what you may be hoping to achieve, whether this may be a striking new hair color or a rejuvenating facial, it is always important to take your time when choosing a professional. Use the internet, as well as social media, to your advantage, as this gives you the opportunity to check out each expert’s work beforehand, ensuring that you really know what you are getting yourself in to.

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SKIN CARE TIPS TO TAKE YOU FROM SEASON TO SEASON

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Each new season brings with it different temperatures and humidity levels, both of which have a huge effect on your skin. In order to help your skin deal with each of these seasonal changes, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind.

 

The Texture of Your Moisturizer

In the winter months, when the air is cold and dry, a rich and greasy moisturizer is essential to keep the skin hydrated, as this will form a thick film over the surface of the skin to trap in moisture, preventing it from evaporating into the dry air. However, the spring and summer months are much more humid, and a thick moisturizer will only end up clogging the pores, leading to everything from a dull complexion to breakouts. In order to avoid this, you need to switch to a lighter moisturizer in the summer, but one that still contains plenty of hydrating ingredients.

 

A Powerful Cleanser 

The heat of the summer means that, by the end of the day, your face will contain a mixture of sweat and sunscreen, as well as dirt and bacteria, which is why a powerful cleanser is essential. While foaming cleansers often tend to be the most effective at clearing your skin of these, they can also be quite drying. This is not such a big deal during the summer months, as your skin is naturally producing more oil in the heat, but, if you already suffer from dry or sensitive skin, you should opt for a moisturizing cleanser instead.

 

Cut Back on the Exfoliation 

During the winter months, when your skin feels rough and dry, exfoliation can really help to turn this around. However, exfoliation works by removing the outermost layer of skin cells, to reveal the fresh new cells beneath. In the summertime, removing this outer layer means that your skin is much more vulnerable to sun damage, as well as more reactive to the elements in general. If you plan on spending more time outdoors in the summer than you did in the winter, then it would be worth cutting your exfoliation down to once a week, or less if you have noticed your skin feeling sensitive or raw.

 

Seasonal Foods 

The fruits and vegetables grown during the spring and summer months bring with them many skin boosting benefits, meaning that eating seasonal foods is a great way to support your skin as it transitions through the seasons. Summer fruits such as berries and watermelons are high in water, which your skin needs in order to stay hydrated in the heat. Seasonal summer vegetables, such as cucumbers, bell peppers and zucchini, are also high in water, as well as plenty of antioxidants to help your skin fight off the free radicals that are produced after exposure to the sun.

 

It can be easy to find an effective skin care routine and want to stick to it throughout the year. However, in order for your skin to really thrive, you need to recognize the changes that it goes through with each season, and cater to its evolving needs.

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ANTI AGING ADVICE FOR SUN WORSHIPPERS

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While the sun is known to be extremely damaging to the skin, and is responsible for up to 90% of facial wrinkles, there is no denying the satisfaction that comes from basking in its balmy warmth. If you tend to spend more time than average out in the sun, be sure to take these anti-aging steps necessary in order to maintain a youthful complexion.

 

A Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

 In order to stay protected, it is essential that your skin is always covered with a layer of sunscreen throughout the day, and this needs to be a broad spectrum formula in order to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. When it comes to SPF, 15 is usually adequate, but research has shown that the majority of people do not use enough sunscreen on each application, which is why SPF 30 is recommended.

 

Invest in a Pair of UV Blocking Sunglasses

The skin around the eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of the face, which is why this is usually the first area to show visible signs of aging. To give this part of your face some extra protection, invest in a pair of sunglasses that are designed to block at least 99% of UV light. While many sunglasses may claim that they are able to block these damaging rays, you need to keep an eye out for the percentage in order to make sure that their level of protection is sufficient.

 

Antioxidant-Rich Foods

There are certain foods out there that have been proven to be able to increase the skin’s ability to protect itself from harmful UV rays, all of which contain high levels of antioxidants. From oily fish that contains plenty of omega 3, to fruits and vegetables that are red or orange in color, to dark leafy greens, try to incorporate more of these foods into your diet when you know you will be spending extra time in the sun.

 

Stay Hydrated

When it comes to the formation of wrinkles, skin dehydration is one of the key factors that plays into this, as dehydrated skin is much more vulnerable to external stressors. Since the sun can quickly dehydrate the body, it is important for sun worshippers to stay constantly hydrated. This means that you should always keep your skin moisturized externally.

 

As effective as all of these anti-aging tips may be, those who spend large amounts of time in the sun are still likely to age at a much quicker rate than those who keep their skin protected. The only way for a sun worshipper to really keep aging at bay is to begin making changes when it comes to their sun-loving lifestyle, figuring out ways to spend less time in the sun and more time in the shade.

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SKIN CHANGES THAT OCCUR BETWEEN 50 AND 60

50-something sitting on a couch

While everybody ages differently, there are certain changes that you can start to expect as you progress through each decade. When it comes to your 50’s, aging is often accelerated, due to menopause as well as other factors, so by knowing what to expect, you will be well-prepared to deal with any issues that may arise.

Loss of Muscle, Bone and Fat

With aging comes the loss of muscle, bone and fat from underneath the skin, and when this is combined with a decrease in collagen and elastin production, the result is exacerbated wrinkles and a hollowed out appearance. One of the most powerful remedies against this is prescription retinol products, as retinol has been proven time and time again to be one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients out there. Not only will it heal damage skin and speed cell turnover back up, but, if you combine it with antioxidants, it will also increase collagen production, as well as skin thickness.

Weakened Skin Barrier Function

The role of the skin’s natural barrier is to protect it from environmental damage, while retaining moisture. As the body ages, this barrier begins to weaken, with the effects of this beginning to become most noticeable between the ages of 50 and 60. A weak skin barrier means that the skin is not able to maintain its moisture levels, which quickly leads to dryness and dehydration. The best way to counter this is by investing in a thick and rich moisturizer that contains plenty of natural oils, and apply this frequently throughout the day, whenever your skin feels as though it is starting to dry out.

Skin Tags

Once you reach the age of 50, skin tags, which are small bumps that hang off the skin, become much more common, caused by a build up of collagen when skin surfaces rub together. The only way to have these removed is by visiting a dermatologist, who will be able to advise you on a couple of different quick and painless treatment methods.

Sun Spots

Also known as age spots, sun spots occur on areas of the skin that experience the most sun exposure, and while these can affect everybody, those that have freckles are far more susceptible to them. While lightening products and chemical peels can help to eradicate sun spots, there is no point doing this unless you are being extremely diligent about sun protection, otherwise your sun spots will only end up coming right back.

While there are many topical products that you can use to try to combat the skin changes that you will experience in your 50’s, your best bet against all of this is by increasing the amount of aerobic exercise that you do. Studies have shown that this can go a long way in helping the skin to regain its youthful features, and, when coupled with ingredients such as retinol and antioxidants, is one of the most powerful of all anti-aging treatments.