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SKIN CARE RULES FOR WINTER MONTHS

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The cold and dry temperatures of the winter months, coupled with bitter winds, can really take their toll on your skin. If you want your complexion to remain as healthy as possible during this season, make sure that you are following each of these skin care rules.

 

Make Moisturizing a Priority

The lack of moisture in the air during the winter months means that your skin will quickly dry out, which is why you should be making moisturizing a priority. Not only do you need to moisturize more often, but you also need to be using a moisturizer that is rich, thick and designed for your skin type.

 

Daily Cleansing is a Must

If you are someone that sometimes forgets to cleanse in the evenings, this needs to change in the winter months. While cleansing is important throughout the year, cleansing in the winter helps to prep your skin to receive hydration from the products that you subsequently apply. Without cleansing, your serums and moisturizers will not be able to properly penetrate your skin, leaving it susceptible to winter damage.

 

No Long, Hot Showers

While a long, steamy shower may be exceptionally soothing on a cold winter’s day, hot water will quickly dry out your skin, which is not what you need in the dry winter months. To avoid this, keep showers to no longer than ten minutes, and opt for lukewarm, rather than hot, water. You must also remember to moisturize as soon as you step out of the shower, so that your moisturizer can trap in all of the excess water that has remained on your skin.

 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

On an overcast, blustery day, it can be easy to forget to apply sunscreen, but this is something that is still needed, as the sun’s UV rays are just as present in the winter as they are in the summer. Recent studies have shown the incredible way in which the sun’s UVB rays are able to travel through windows, causing an extreme dullness to take over the face with age, making a broad-spectrum sunscreen absolutely necessary every single day.

 

Wear a Lip Balm

Unlike the skin on your face, the skin on your lips does not contain any oil glands, which is why it is so quick to dry out and become chapped. To prevent this from happening, make sure that you use a hydrating lip balm, keeping it with you at all times and re-applying it when necessary.

 

Rather than waiting until the spring to deal with the skin issues that the winter months have caused, following these rules will ensure that your skin remains healthy throughout the season. While you may already follow a few of these, it is essential that you pay attention to all of them, as this is what your skin needs in the winter season.

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TREATING COMMON SIGNS OF AGING

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Aging is an unavoidable part of life, but this does not mean that the visible signs of aging cannot be prevented, keeping you looking younger for longer. Whether you are dealing with fine lines on your face or dark spots on your hands, here are a few tips on treating some of the most common signs of aging.

Dark Spots on Hands

Dark spots on the hands are a sign of sun damage, and are quite a common sign of aging. Due to the decreased amounts of collagen that is produced by the body, the skin on the hands becomes thinner, which also means that veins stand out more too. There are many hand creams available that are designed for this, and sunscreen is also absolutely essential in order to prevent the issue from worsening. If you tend to wear dark shades of nail polish then you should refrain from this until you have cleared the dark spots, as this will only draw more attention to your hands, whereas light shades will keep your nails looking more modern.

Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Wrinkles are a part of aging that everybody dreads, and is due to the loss of collagen and elastin within the body, which therefore reduces the volume of the skin. When it comes to wrinkles, prevention is always far better than cure, so be sure to increase the amount of antioxidants that your skin receives, while also using sunscreen on a daily basis. Retinol is another ingredient that can really help with this, as it stimulates collagen production within the body, helping to plump your skin cells back up.

Thinning Eyebrows and Eyelashes

As you age, your hormones undergo several different changes, and these usually cause the hair on your eyebrows and eyelashes to thin, and, when coupled with years of tweezing and cosmetic procedures, your hair will have a tough time growing back, leaving your brows and lashes looking quite sparse. To fill in your brows, dab a small brush into an eyeshadow that is the same shade as your hair, applying this to any gaps. While a volumizing mascara is an easy quick fix for your lashes, false lashes may have a better effect as they will be able to replace any lashes that you have lost.

Turkey Neck

Turkey neck is another issue that arises from the reduction of collagen within the body, and, in order to counter this, you need to be applying a moisturizer to your neck that is high in peptides, as this will help to increase collagen production. If the problem is quite severe, then you may want to consider a couple of professional options, from laser treatments to Botox.

Once the signs of aging start to make an appearance, it becomes much more difficult to tackle them, which is why prevention is so important when it comes to aging. However, even if your prevention techniques have not properly done their job, there are still many products, ingredients and treatments out there that can help you to deal with just about every visible sign of aging.

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SLOWING DOWN THE AGING PROCESS

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Aging is a part of life that many people dread, and can actually be accelerated by a number of different factors, from sugar intake to stress. While these may be hard to completely avoid, there are still several steps that you can take that will help you to slow down the rate at which your body ages.

An Anti-Aging Diet

Your diet plays such a huge role in the aging process, and in addition to cutting back on refined, processed foods, there are also certain anti-aging foods that you can begin to eat more of. Antioxidants are beneficial to just about every part of the body, from your arteries to your skin, and foods such as green tea, wild-caught fish and dark leafy greens are extremely high in these. Berries also contain powerful antioxidants that maintain the muscles and prevent cancer, while herbs are able to cleanse and detox the body, removing the toxins that accelerate aging. When it comes to foods to avoid, sugars, grains, hydrogenated oils and alcohol are all at the top of the list, and will most likely only speed up the aging process.

Stress Management

Stress, especially chronic stress, is a major contributing factor when it comes to premature aging, because the cortisol that your body releases as a response to this stress can severely damage your health over time. This makes stress management essential if you want to slow down the aging process, and while this may seem near-impossible to some, this is likely to only be due to the fact that you have not yet found a stress management method that works for you. While some find relaxation techniques, from yoga to meditation, to be helpful, others choose to release their stress through physical activity. Making time in your life for fun is also important, even if this means learning how to manage your time in a different way.

Regularly Detox

Since toxins severely accelerate the aging process, it is important to regularly detox your body, clearing it of this harmful toxic environment. From drinking lemon water instead of coffee each morning to eating plenty of fiber to keep your bowels moving, to drinking a couple of litres of water a day to flush your body out, there are many ways in which you can detox. Certain foods are known for being able to enhance the detoxification process, such as broccoli, due to its sulfur and folic acid content, and milk thistle, which has been proven to be extremely effective at cleansing the liver. Exercise will also help, as your body will sweat away toxins, so you should also spend some time in a sauna if you can.

Anti-Aging Skin Care

Aging might be inevitable, but you can certainly do your bit to enjoy younger-looking skin for longer. Invest in an anti-aging skin care routine that covers the basics of skin care and also includes special treatments such as deep peels, wrinkle treatments and face masks to give your skin the right cocktail of ingredients it needs to rediscover its youthful glow. Don’t go about expecting results overnight, but continued use of your skin care products coupled with the right lifestyle habits should go a long way in helping you bring back a softer, more supple look and feel to your skin.

While aging cannot be avoided completely, it can most certainly be slowed down, and there are several ways in which you can do this. From paying attention to the amount at which you detox your body, to ensuring that you do not experience chronic stress, these tips are all key when it comes to developing anti-aging lifestyle habits.

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FACIAL YOGA TO LIFT, FIRM AND TONE

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Considered to be a natural, non-invasive alternative to Botox and other face tightening surgeries, facial yoga brings with it many benefits, from boosting circulation and nourishing skin cells to stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.

A Smoother Forehead

The forehead muscles can often become quite tense, resulting in deep wrinkles and lines. To prevent this from occurring, it is important to understand how to relax your forehead muscles, which is exactly what this technique has been designed to do. To begin with, make a fist with both hands, placing your middle and index finger knuckles on the center of your forehead. While applying and maintaining a firm pressure, slide your fists outwards, ending this by gently pressing your knuckles into your temples, and then repeating four more times.

Chin Lifts

When the chin begins to sag, this can really alter the look of your entire face, but this facial yoga technique will help to firm your chin back up. Tilt your head towards the ceiling, looking upwards, and pull your lips tightly together. Hold this for about ten seconds before relaxing, and then repeat this up to ten times. This technique is extremely effective at banishing that dreaded double chin, but you need to ensure that your lips are the only facial muscle that is being used when practicing chin lifts.

A Natural Facelift

This is a technique that works both the facial and neck muscles, meaning not only does it target double chins, but it will also give your face a leaner and tighter appearance, similar to the results of a facelift. Keeping your spine erect, tilt your head backwards and make sure that your gaze is pointed towards the ceiling. Pull out your lips and blow air, doing this for ten seconds before relaxing, and then repeating nine more times.

The Eye Lift

The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate, and is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging. This eye lift technique will help to lift drooping eyelids, as well as sagging skin around the eyes, smoothing this out to result in a much more youthful appearance. To begin with, press your shoulders down but lift one arm straight up, dropping this over your head and placing your fingertips on your temples. Press down gently, lifting your face up and back, before dropping your head over your shoulder so that your chest is open. While holding this position, breathe out slowly through your mouth, before switching to the other side and repeating.

For those that are hoping to experience the benefits of facial yoga as quickly as possible, it is recommended that you practice these techniques every day for about 20 minutes. While results vary from person to person, it is likely that you will begin to notice improvements in your face and neck in just two weeks, with these improvements only becoming even more significant as the months progress.

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PREPARING YOUR SKIN FOR WINTER

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The winter can bring about a wide range of skin issues, from dry patches to itchiness to a pale and sallow complexion. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that you can take to prevent this all from happening, allowing your skin to truly thrive amongst the harsh days of winter.

A Richer Moisturizer

While a lighter lotion may have been sufficient during the summer, and even the fall, now is definitely the time to be swapping this out for a richer and thicker moisturizer. Your skin loses much more moisture during these drier months, so it is important for you to be replenishing this as much as possible. Emollients, such as argan oil or jojoba, will add moisture to your skin, while occlusive ingredients, such as shea butter and coconut oil, will really help to lock this moisture in, so products containing a combination of the two are always going to be best.

Regular Skin Treatments

While creams and serums are great for the skin, facial masks are able to penetrate the skin’s layers much more effectively, meaning that their active ingredients will be much more powerful. Using a facial mask once or twice a week will really help to strengthen your skin and improve its protective barrier, enabling it to really defend itself against the harshness of winter. There are facial masks available for just about every skin issue out there, from aging skin to dehydrated skin to oily skin, so be sure to choose one that is designed to bring about the results that you are looking for.

Short, Warm Showers

It is always tempting, especially when it is freezing cold outside, to enjoy a leisurely steaming shower at the end of the day. However, hot water will only strip your skin of its natural oils, which would otherwise be protecting it from the environment around it, making it much more susceptible to damage. To avoid this, shorter showers of no more than ten minutes once a day, using warm rather than hot water, are best.

Resist Those Comfort Foods

Once the colder weather sets in, comfort food becomes much more appealing, but these do not usually contain the nutrients necessary for keeping the skin, and body, healthy during the winter. Fresh fruits and vegetables are an absolute must, with yellow and orange foods being especially beneficial to the skin, as these contain high amounts of vitamin A.

Rather than waiting for the harsh weather to begin having a negative impact on your skin, it is important to begin preparing for this from as early on as possible. From switching to richer creams to finding healthy versions of your favorite winter comfort foods, these tips will help your skin to thrive throughout the cold season.

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KEEPING YOUR SKIN LUMINOUS AFTER 40

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After the age of 40, several processes within the body begin to significantly decline, from cell regeneration to the production of collagen. While this does make it more difficult to keep skin looking fresh and luminous, these tips will help you to maintain a complexion that you can be truly proud of.

Eye Cream

The skin around the eyes is much more delicate and fragile than that on the rest of your face and body, meaning that, around the age of 40, this is the first area to begin to show signs of aging. From crow’s feet to dark circles to puffiness, an eye cream will really help to plump up the area, instantly taking years off your appearance.

Exfoliation

Exfoliation is absolutely key when it comes to healthy skin at just about any age, but, once you have passed the age of 40, your natural cell renewal and regeneration process will begin to significantly decline. Fortunately, exfoliation is one of the best methods for boosting this back up, and is easy to incorporate into your skin care regime. There are many different types of exfoliants out there, from manual scrubs to chemical enzymes, so choose a method that will work best with your skin type.

Vitamin A

When it comes to effective anti-aging ingredients, vitamin A has been at the top of the list for many years, and is absolutely crucial for maintaining a glow after the age of 40. Since the production of collagen will have naturally slowed down by this age, you need to encourage this to speed back up, and this is exactly what vitamin A will do. Whether you opt for retinol, which can be purchased in over the counter products, or retinoids that need to be prescribed, remember to introduce this ingredient gradually to your skin, to avoid the chance of irritation and sensitivity.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are essential as you age, and since each one brings different benefits to the skin, you should be using a variety in order to cover all bases. From vitamin E, which protects the skin from the stress that UV rays cause, to vitamin C, which fights against wrinkles, dullness and an uneven skin tone, to resveratrol, which comes from grapes and is effective at brightening up the complexion, choose your antioxidants based on the specific skin issues that you are looking to target.

Luminescent skin after the age of 40 can seem quite difficult to achieve, but as long as you are providing your skin with all that it needs, it should have no problem thriving. From the incredible anti-aging powers of retinol to the benefits that come from regular exfoliation to the brightness that can be given to your appearance just by using an eye cream, each of these tips will help you in emphasizing a naturally healthy glow.

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INCORPORATING VITAMIN A INTO YOUR SKINCARE REGIMEN

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Vitamin A has been used in skin care for a number of years now, but, thanks to the more recent studies that have been carried out on this ingredient, its benefits are now becoming much more well known. Whether you are looking to slow down the visible signs of aging, or reverse some of the sun damage that has accumulated over your lifetime, these tips will help you to learn exactly how you can incorporate vitamin A into your skin care regimen.

Retinol vs Retinoids

Retinoids and retinol both come from vitamin A, and both perform the same functions within the skin and body. However, the main difference is that retinol can be purchased in over-the-counter skin care products, and, when applied onto the skin, the body then needs to turn this retinol into retinoid acid in order for it to be used. This means that it can take up to three months for results to be seen. On the other hand, retinoids, which need to be prescribed by a dermatologist, already contain high concentrations of retinoic acid.

The Benefits of Vitamin A

While vitamin A has been used in skin care for many years now, it was previously only utilized as a treatment for acne. However, the multitude of anti-aging benefits that this ingredient brings is now well documented, with studies showing the incredible ways in which vitamin A is able to increase cell turnover and stimulate the production of collagen, which subsequently adds more plumpness and firmness back to the skin. Vitamin A is also known for being able to reverse some of the effects of sun damage, by neutralizing the harmful free radicals that are caused by excess sun exposure.

How to Use Vitamin A

No matter the form of vitamin A that you choose to use, you need to ensure that you begin using it slowly, starting off with a small amount each night, around three times a week, and then building this up. The reason for this is because of the main side effect that comes with vitamin A – skin sensitivity and irritation. This is absolutely normal, and is just your skin adjusting to the ingredient, which is why you need to give it time to adjust to it slowly.

While the many different benefits of vitamin A may seem almost too good to be true, you need to remember to exercise caution if you are using this ingredient for the first time. By starting off with a small amount and building this up gradually, your skin will be able to adjust to the ingredient, and it will not be long before you start noticing improvements in everything from your skin texture to its overall health.

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GREAT ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE TIPS

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There are so many different anti-aging techniques out there, and while some of them may seem quite unrealistic, there are others that have been proven, multiple times, to really work. While these anti-aging skin care tips may not seem as though they would make much of a difference individually, you will be surprised at how much the health of your skin will improve if you decide to combine and implement a few of these easy changes.

Remove Eye Makeup Gently

The skin around your eyes is extremely delicate, and if you pull or tug on this area, or on your lashes or lids, while removing your makeup, this will cause damage that will build up over time. Instead, use a soaked cotton wool pad and press this onto your eyes, giving it a couple of seconds to soak in before gently wiping it downwards.

Monthly Facials

Even if you take the best possible care of your skin yourself, a monthly facial still has a number of advantages. From rebalancing your pores to boosting circulation, set aside some time each month to visit a professional and have your skin pampered.

Daily SPF

With the sun being responsible for up to 90% of all facial wrinkles, it goes without saying that daily SPF is absolutely vital. There are plenty of choices out there, from mineral powders to chemical lotions, so make sure that you have a go-to sunscreen that you apply on a daily basis.

Beauty Sleep

The time in which your body is sleeping is when your cells work to heal and repair themselves, making it extremely important to be getting a sufficient amount of sleep each night. While everybody’s needs are different, the recommended amount of sleep for an adult is between seven and nine hours, and this is definitely necessary if you want your skin to thrive.

Retinol

A derivative of vitamin A, retinol is known for being one of the most powerful anti-aging ingredients out there. If you do not yet use a retinol product, then now is the time to start, as it is able to combat a wide range of anti-aging issues.

A Clean Cellphone

Your cellphone comes into contact with so many different surfaces on a daily basis, and, when you press it against your skin, all of these germs are transferred onto your face. To prevent this, keep some wipes with you at all times, and give your cellphone a quick clean a couple of times a day.

Weekly Facial Masks

Since a facial mask remains on your skin for much longer than other skin care products, the ingredients are able to penetrate far deeper, and have quite a significant effect. Whether you opt for a hydrating cream mask or a detox clay mask, using this once a week should be sufficient for revitalizing your skin.

Silk Pillowcase

When your skin rubs against a cotton pillowcase at night, the friction that is caused can have quite the detrimental effect. Using a silk or satin pillowcase is the best way to avoid this, as this minimizes the amount of friction caused, keeping your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth.

Lip Care

The lips are an area that is often neglected, but your lips can end up showing your true age if you are not careful. To keep them looking youthful, make sure that you are exfoliating and moisturizing them on a regular basis, giving them the same level of care that you provide to your skin.


Each of these anti-aging skin care tips can really make a huge difference when it comes to the health of your skin. From utilizing a retinol product to being aware of the germs that live on your cellphone, these tips will help you to maintain your youthful appearance for many more years to come.

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WHAT’S HELPING YOUR SKIN AGE?

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While aging is inevitable, there are several different factors that contribute to the way in which your skin ages, as well as the rate at which it does so. From inflammation to DNA damage, these are some of the most common causes of aging skin, as well as the ways in which you can put a stop to it.

DNA Damage

UV rays from the sun are known for causing damage to skin cells, which then results in deeper DNA damage. When this DNA damage builds up over time, skin cells are unable to function properly, and not only does this lead to accelerated aging, but also to skin cancer. The best way to protect your skin from DNA damage is by ensuring that your sun protection methods are sufficient, meaning that not only should you be using a sunscreen each and every day, even in the winter months, but you should also be staying in the shade during the sun’s strongest hours. Incorporating antioxidants, peptides and retinol into your skin care routine will always go a long way in helping to reverse some of the damage that has already been caused.

Decreased Cell Turnover

Cell turnover is the process in which fresh, new skin cells move from deep within the skin towards the surface, during which the outer, dead layer of skin cells is shed. As the body ages, the cell turnover process naturally decreases, meaning that older and duller skin cells remain on the surface for much longer. The best way to boost cell turnover is with regular exfoliation, whether this may be manual or chemical, as this will clear away the layer of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, making it easier for the younger skin cells to move through.

Inflammation

Skin inflammation can be attributed to a number of different causes, but they all contribute to skin aging by damaging the skin’s supplies of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The only way to put a stop to your inflammation is to figure out the exact cause, whether this may be an occasional allergic reaction or a chronic condition, such as rosacea and psoriasis, and then explore the methods to treat this. In the meantime, ensure that all products that you use are designed for sensitive skin, and contain gentle and soothing ingredients, so as not to exacerbate any inflammation. You should also ensure that you are eating a healthy and well-balanced diet, as the ingredients that you put into your body can have a huge effect on the amount of inflammation you experience.

Nobody wants their skin to age, and while this may be unavoidable to quite an extent, there are many steps that you can take to slow down the rate at which your skin ages. From reducing any skin inflammation to taking necessary measures to reverse DNA damage, these tips will leave you with a youthful looking complexion for many more years to come.

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MAINTAINING BEAUTIFUL SKIN UNDER YOUR MAKEUP

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Makeup can cause havoc to the skin, and while it may be tempting to simply apply some more over the top to hide this, you will only be causing even more damage to your skin. From using a primer to protect your face to ensuring that you are cleansing thoroughly and effectively, these tips will help you to maintain a healthy glow underneath your makeup.

Prep Your Skin

Skin prep before applying any makeup is extremely useful, as it usually means that you will not need to use quite as much makeup to hide any imperfections. After cleansing your skin, apply a toner and follow this up with a moisturizer, before applying any makeup, and be aware that you may need to go lighter than usual on your foundation and powder.

Invest in a Primer

If you regularly wear makeup, then a primer is a great product to invest in, as it will go a long way in keeping your skin healthy. Designed to be applied as a base underneath your makeup, a primer will not only moisturize your skin, keeping any inflammation, redness and oil at bay, but it will also help to fill in any fine lines, wrinkles or enlarged pores, creating a smooth blank canvas onto which you can apply your makeup.

Thorough Cleansing

While it may be tempting to fall into bed at the end of a long day without removing your makeup, this will have some severely detrimental consequences for your skin. During the day, oil and bacteria will build up underneath your makeup, and, if you do not remove your makeup in the evening, as well as give your skin a good cleanse, these will start to clog up your pores, which will soon lead to breakouts. Makeup is also known for attracting dirt and dust to the skin, making a thorough cleansing each evening absolutely vital. When choosing a cleanser, opt for one that is designed for your skin type, as this will make it much more effective on your skin.

The Right Ingredients

Many makeup products are formulated with harsh ingredients, and these can really irritate the skin. While it may be difficult to find a product that is created with the right ingredients, such as minerals, it is most definitely possible, and will be much kinder to your skin in the long run.

For those who wear makeup regularly, it is important to take one or two days off a week, to allow your skin to properly breathe. By taking the best possible care of your skin, you will be able to maintain a clear, healthy and radiant complexion, meaning that you will not need much makeup at all to complement this.

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