Monday, December 31, 2018

Keep your Skin Healthy this Winter

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Winter can wreak havoc on your skin — making it dry, itchy, and irritated. And it can feel like there’s no escape: Cold, blustery conditions outside can leave your skin feeling raw, while indoor heat zaps moisture from the air and from your skin.
Even the things that make winter wonderful, such as sitting by a roaring fire, can dry your skin, as the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) notes. And though taking a hot shower might seem like a good way to warm up, hot water dries out your skin by stripping it of its natural oils.
But there are many simple ways to combat the causes of dry winter skin and help keep your skin feeling moist and supple all season long, including some easy changes to your everyday routine. For example, after taking a not-quite-so-hot shower, "blot skin dry and apply a thick moisturizer within a few minutes after bathing to seal the water into the skin," says Linda Stein Gold, MD, a dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, Michigan.
Here are some other tips to keep in mind when it comes to effective winter skincare, so that you can feel your best all winter long.

Top 10 Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

1. Invest in a Humidifier to Maximize Moisture

Using a humidifier in your home or office will add moisture to dry winter air and help keep your skin hydrated. Run a humidifier in the rooms you spend the most time in, including your bedroom.

2. Lower the Thermostat to Avoid Dryness

When it's chilly outside, what's the first thing you want to do? Crank up the heat! But central heat can make the air in your house even drier. Try setting the thermostat at a cool yet comfortable setting — 68°F to 72°F — to maintain healthy skin.

3. Limit Shower Time and Temperature

It may be tempting to take a long, steamy shower, but your skin will be much better-served with a 5- to 10-minute lukewarm shower (or bath), as the AAD suggests. You should also avoid using excessively hot water when washing your hands — if the water causes your skin to turn red, it’s too hot. Washing your hands in cooler water appears to be as effective at removing germs as warm water and is less irritating to skin, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And if you're using a restroom air hand-dryer, use it just until your hands are damp rather than perfectly dry.

4. Opt for Gentle, Fragrance-Free Cleansers

The wrong soap can worsen itchy, dry skin. For instance, regular bar soaps may contain irritating ingredients and fragrances. Instead, wash with a fragrance-free, moisturizing cleanser or gel. (And do look for products specifically labeled “fragrance-free,” because "unscented" products may actually contain fragrances.) You can also prevent winter skin problems by using less soap overall, so limit your lathering to necessary areas, such as your hands, armpits, genitals, and feet.

5. Modify Your Facial Skin-Care Regimen for the Season

During the winter months, choose cream-based cleansers, and apply toners and astringents sparingly, if at all. Many astringents contain alcohol, which can further dry your skin. When your skin is dry and itchy, the AAD recommends you stop using products that contain alcohol and fragrances in order to help skin retain its natural oils. At night, use a richer moisturizer on your face.
And don’t forget your lips. Applying a moisturizing balm (such as petroleum jelly or another ointment) can help heal dry, cracked lips and keep them from getting chapped, according to the AAD. If, however, your lip product causes a stinging or tingling sensation, try switching to a different product.

6. Moisturize Frequently, Especially Your Hands

Maintain healthy skin by moisturizing after washing up. "It's best to use a cream or ointment in the winter. Lotions are better in warmer, humid climates. And don't forget your hands,” says Dr. Stein Gold. Hand-washing, as the CDC notes, is vital, especially during cold and flu season. But, as Stein Gold points out, "constant washing will cause the hands to take a beating.”
Applying a hand cream after each washing can help, Stein Gold adds. She also recommends wearing waterproof gloves when washing dishes or cleaning around the house.

7. Apply Sunscreen — Even on Gray Winter Days

On bright winter days, snow reflects the sun’s rays — up to 80 percent, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation — increasing your risk of exposure. That means whether you’re out on the slopes, playing in the snow, or just walking through a parking lot on an errand run, it’s just as important to be applying sunscreen in the harsh winter weather as it is in the summer.
And don’t be fooled by darker, dreary days in winter, either. The sun’s harmful UV rays can permeate clouds and still cause damage.
Before you go outside, apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.

8. Wear Appropriate, Comfortable, Nonirritating Clothing

Many cold-weather fabrics can aggravate dry winter skin. "Keep wool and rough clothing from directly touching your skin," Stein Gold says. "This can cause dry skin to get irritated and itchy."
Instead, wear light layers made from soft, breathable materials directly against your skin, and then pull on your heavier, warmer sweaters. Be sure to protect your hands from cold winter air with gloves or mittens, remembering to choose a pair that won’t irritate your skin. If you prefer wool gloves, put on cotton or silk glove liners first.

9. Remember to Eat Right and Stay Hydrated

"Sometimes when skin is very dry, it can be helped by foods or supplements that contain omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids, such as fish oil and flaxseed oil," says Barbara R. Reed, MD, a dermatologist in private practice at Denver Skin Clinic. "For the most part, however, it is important to help the skin moisturize from the outside."

10. Change Out of Wet Clothes Quickly to Avoid Itchy Skin

Wearing wet clothes and shoes can further irritate your skin and cause itchiness. If gloves, socks, and pants become wet, be sure to remove them as soon as possible.
If you still experience dryness, discomfort, and irritation after trying these healthy skin tips, Stein Gold suggests using an over-the-counter, 1 percent hydrocortisone cream. "If you don't see improvement in a few days, talk with your doctor," Stein Gold says. You may need a prescription-strength moisturizer to overcome winter's drying effects on your skin.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Holiday Skin Stress: It is a Real Thing and we have the Tips and Tricks to Help!

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The holidays are a great time to enjoy the company of friends and family, indulge in delicious foods and splurge on a dream vacation. That said, the festive season can also have a tremendous effect on the skin—and not in a good way. We share all the ways the holidays can wreak havoc on your complexion, plus some of the best holiday skin care tips to get you through, ahead.

1. Lack of sleep deprives your skin the chance to repair itself.

Between food prep and party hosting, getting a good night’s sleep around the holidays can be quite the challenge. Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg, board-certified sleep medicine physician and author of Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day, clarifies what happens when our bodies are asleep. “Our brains have a system—the lymphatic system—that flushes out neurotoxins. This is turned on mainly during sleep,” he explains.
But it’s not just that. According to him, our brains also produce body-repairing hormones when we sleep, such as growth hormones, which are necessary for tissue repair and cell regeneration, as well as myelin, the sheath that surrounds and insulates the nerves. Constantly depriving yourself of sleep also causes an elevation of cortisol, putting your body in a constant state of stress. As the body’s largest organ, skin is usually where the first signs of damage appear, and we’re not just talking about dark circles and eye bags.
“Beauty sleep is essential,” adds Dr. Debra Jaliman, board-certified dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist. “You need to get seven to eight hours of sleep because that’s when the skin repairs itself,” she adds.
Holiday Skin Care Tip #1: Need help in the sleep department? Spritz a fine mist of a deep sleep pillow spray, which is infused with calming ingredients like lavender, vetivert and chamomile, to help relax your mind and body and get you ready for sleep.

2. Sugary treats trigger glycation, which accelerates skin aging.

Let’s be honest, the best part about the holidays is all the delicious treats. That said, Dr. Jaliman warns against indulging too much on sugary desserts, which leads to glycation.
“Glycation is when sugar binds to other molecules in your body, such as protein and lipids,” says New York–based dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. “These sugar by-products do two things. First, they stop your cells from functioning properly, and then they create free radicals, which can further damage your cells. As a result, the molecules in your skin that keep your complexion looking tight and young—namely, collagen and elastin—are no longer able to do their jobs. Furthermore, you become more vulnerable to environmental stressors such as UV light, pollution and cigarette smoke.”
Holiday Skin Care Tip #2: If you’re having a hard time controlling your sweet tooth this holiday season, opt for something that will satisfy your cravings, yet provide your skin with beneficial nutrients. Our holiday go-to? Berries. Chock-full of powerful antioxidants, berries can help protect your complexion from aging, environmental aggressors and more.

3. Alcoholic drinks produce free radicals that damage skin.

In addition to sugary treats, the effects of alcohol from your holiday drinks on the skin can also be substantial.
“Flushing is due to accumulation of acetaldehyde (what alcohol gets broken down to) in the blood. Acetaldehyde is thought to cause flushing by stimulating release of histamine,” explains board-certified dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse, MD. “Acetaldehyde [also] produces reactive free radicals and damages DNA. This leads to the breakdown of collagen fibers, skin inflammation, skin hyperpigmentation and can cause wrinkles.”
Holiday Skin Care Tip #2: Instead of a booze-filled holiday drink, try a wine spritzer with sparkling water and a splash of red wine. Red wine spritzers are a great way to satisfy a craving without overdoing it. Not to mention: Red wine is full of antioxidants and a splash of it can actually be great for your skin!

4. Piling on makeup—and not removing it before bed—can clog your pores.

While upping your makeup game for your back-to-back holiday soirees won’t necessarily cause breakouts, forgetting to remove it before you hit the sack can clog your pores and make your skin a breeding ground for bacteria. “People come home late from parties and they forget to take their makeup off,” says Dr. Jaliman. “This leaves [the] skin bumpy and prone to breakouts,” she adds.
Holiday Skin Care Tip #4: While thoroughly washing your face before bed is one of the best ways to avoid breakouts, sometimes there are just not enough hours in a day. For days when you just can’t, keep a package of makeup remover wipes by your bedside table. 

5. Stress compromises your skin’s natural barrier.

The holidays are a stressful time—and stress can have a tremendous impact on the skin. From breakouts to excess oil, the side effects of stress on the skin can seem endless.
“Distress increases cortisol release, which can thicken hair follicle cells and increase oil product in the skin, leading to stress-induced skin breakouts or acne,” explains Heather Hickman, senior director of education for Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute. “Chronic negative stress can also disrupt the skin’s natural barrier, which prevents harmful substances from penetrating and fluids from escaping. This can lead to irritated and dehydrated skin and makes lines and wrinkles more evident.”
Holiday Skin Care Tip #5: The best way to help your skin defend itself is by strengthening your skin’s natural barrier. As for stress, lucky for you, there are a few ways to de-stress and care for yourself around the holidays without going anywhere or spending a lot. One of our favorite ways to chill out? Take a relaxing bath with Calming Bath Salts. Formulated with Epsom salts, vanilla oil and ylang-ylang essential oil, these bath salts work to detox the body, balance the skin and relieve tension.

6. Hectic schedules disrupt your normal skin care routine.

Around the holidays, everyone’s busy. Because of that, our skin care can be put on the back burner—especially when it comes to those weekly treatments like masking and exfoliating. “People are busy and don’t exfoliate enough [around the holidays],” says Dr. Jaliman. “This leaves dead skin on the surface, [making it hard for] moisturizers [to] penetrate deep into the skin,” she adds. “Makeup doesn’t go on smoothly, so the skin looks rough and dull,” she explains.    
Holiday Skin Care Tip #6: Want silky soft skin all season long, but don’t have the time for multiple treatments a week? Exfoliating masks, can work to slough off dead skin cells, rejuvenate the skin and leave your complexion feeling silky soft and ready for moisture.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Nighttime Steps to Glowing Morning Skin

Sleep Your Way to Glowing Skin

In 2018, “glow” has become synonymous with skincare. “Many patients comment that they wish their skin was ‘brighter,’” says ASDS Cosmetic Dermatologic Surgery Fellow Amanda Suggs, M.D. “I find that this is a common request from my patients in their 20’s and 30’s,” she says.  They are “looking for radiant, healthy, Instagram-ready skin free of blemishes and pigment irregularities.”
Overnight, our skin creates cell turnover and repairs itself. So, if you want to wake up with healthy, radiant skin your nightly routine is more important than ever before.
Follow the five steps below to wake up on Monday glowing and ready for the week ahead (with no trace of the remnants from the weekend).

1. Cleanse

Washing your face is the first, and most important step, in your nightly routine. “Cleansingremoves environmental grime that accumulates from the day as well as any makeup that has been applied,” says Suggs. First, remove your makeup with your favorite micellar water or makeup wipe. Second, cleanse. Suggs recommends talking to your dermatologist to determine the right cleanser for you but points out that a gentle cleanser should be fine for most as harsh cleansers can irritate the skin. For added benefit, twice a week incorporate an acid into your routine after cleansing. Acids help reduce fine lines, pigmentation and create a smoother, clear complexion.

2. Roll

Warmly introduce your face to its new best friend, the jade roller. The jade roller has surged in popularity over the last year, with backing from high profile influencers like beauty maven Marianna Hewitt. The tool provides lymphatic draining and anti-inflammation, working to improve your overall radiance. While the scientific proof is lacking, Gary Goldenberg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, says “similar to a face massage, using a jade roller can feel good and increase a release of endorphins, which can improve your overall mood and look.” Store it in the refrigerator for extra cooling benefits, and then roll upward, away from the neck to improve circulation. Pair this exercise with your favorite facial oil for extra glowiness.

3. Soak

Getting your glow on isn’t just about what you put on your face, but also about how we treat our body. “Just like environmental stressors,” says Suggs, “physical and emotional stress can also cause inflammation which can lead to skin disease and increase signs of aging.” Research also shows that an increase in acne is directly correlated with an increase in stress. Before bed, mix together Epsom salt with your favorite scent for a relaxing and purifying detox bath. “Epsom salts have been [used] for centuries to improve skin appearance,” says Goldenberg. The Epsom salt works to pull out the toxins and reduce inflammation (added bonus!!). As you soak, you’ll feel the stress slowly leaving your body.

4. Glide

What we sleep on is just as important as the skincare we sleep in. Silk pillowcases, like Slip, have seen an upswing as glowing skin became a priority. Slip claims that they saw less face cream absorption and 43 percent less friction than 220-360 thread cotton pillowcases in laboratory studies. So, what does this mean for you and why should you trust in silk? Less absorption means that the skincare you are putting on at night (à la glowy face oil) will actually have time to work overnight instead of rubbing off on a cotton pillow case. And, you will feel luxurious, which is almost as good as waking up with on point skin.

5. Snooze

Studies show that beauty sleep is real. “Chronic poor-quality sleep has been associated with increased signs of aging as well as decreased skin barrier function,” says Suggs. For the best beauty rest, you should sleep on your back. Minimal contact with the pillow will help fight wrinkles, and you will increase blood flow back to your head. If you aren’t a back sleeper, look for a contoured pillow to help realign your sleeping position. But the quality of your mattress matters, too. The global mattress market is predicted to have a compound annual growth rate of 7% from 2018 to 2022. And, with the online mattress sector continuing to grow — 100-night trial periods and free shipping are just some of the perks — the options for your needs are endless. By investing in a good night’s sleep, you are investing in yourself and guaranteeing a dewy, morning glow.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

DIY Gifts: Beauty Must-Haves

Wanting to give something more unique and thoughtful for Christmas gifts this year? Wanting to be easy on your budget, but also give a gift that everyone will be thrilled to receive? 
Then these nine easy DIY beauty gifts are perfect for you this year! The recipients will appreciate the time you took to make these gifts and will love benefits they provide. 

Psst...don't forget to make a batch for yourself! 

1Coffee Body Scrub

What it does: An instant pick-me-up that provides a jolt while softening and hydrating skin
Give it to: Teachers, yoga instructors and other early risers in your life
How to make it: Combine equal parts ground coffee and granulated sugar. Add vegetable glycerin (available at natural foods stores such as Whole Foods) or olive oil until you reach desired consistency. Add two tablespoons of ground cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla extract or essential oil, and stir to blend.

2Lavender Bath Salts

What it does: Soothes tired muscles and minds
Give it to: Your best friend, neighbor or worrywart mother
How to make it: Mix together two cups of Epsom salt with one cup of sea salt in a bowl. Add several drops of your favorite lavender essential oil and blend until salts are infused. Sprinkle some dried lavender throughout for color and texture, and then spoon the mixture into a jar or muslin drawstring bag.

3Yogurt and Honey Face Mask

What it does: Exfoliates and brightens complexion
Give it to: Your sister or niece
How to make it: Stir together equal parts honey and yogurt (one tablespoon each is enough for one mask). Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon, which work to plump skin and boost circulation, into the blend. Transfer mask to a jar and add a homemade label with instructions, such as: “Leave on for about five minutes before rinsing off for smoother, glowing skin.”

4Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub

What it does: Sloughs dead skin cells and smoothes rough areas such as knees and elbows
Give it to: Your loyal baby-sitter or favorite co-worker
How to make it: Stir two cups of brown sugar and one cup of granulated sugar together until there are no clumps. Add about a cup (depending on your preferred consistency) of almond oil and one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a sealable glass container.

5Peppermint Foot Scrub

What it does: Energizes and softens overworked feet
Give it to: Your high heels-loving boss or your child’s soccer coach
How to make it: Add a cup of granulated sugar to a bowl. Slowly pour some coconut oil (warmed in the microwave) until you reach your desired consistency. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil or extract, and transfer to a jar.

6Orange Lemon Salt Scrub

What it does: Softens and exfoliates while citrus oils give a boost
Give it to: Your mother-in-law
How to make it: Mix two cups of Epsom salt with one cup of olive oil. Add fresh lemon and orange zest for fragrance and color.

7Rose Bath Oil

What it does: Hydrates skin and relaxes
Give it to: The friend who loves to host get-togethers
How to make it: Heat a cup of coconut oil in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until it loses its buttery texture. Slowly stir in rose water (available at most health food stores) until the blend is softly scented. Add fresh rose petals, and decant the blend into a corked bottle.

8Orange Sugar Lip Scrub

What it does: Softens chapped or peeling lips
Give it to: Your snowboard-addicted daughter
How to make it: Combine two teaspoons of sugar with a few drops of vitamin E oil (available at drugstores). Add two teaspoons of coconut oil and a few drops of fresh squeezed orange juice (preferably with pulp) until you reach a slightly grainy consistency. Package in a small tin with instructions, such as: “Massage blend over lips, then remove with a damp cloth.”

9Peppermint Body Oil

What it does: Wakes up skin while drenching it with moisture
Give it to: Your husband
How to make it: Shake together a half cup each of coconut, jojoba and grape seed oil. Add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, and decant into an airtight jar.

Monday, November 5, 2018

DIY or Shop: Winter Skin Care

While the winter months bring a lot of joy, they also bring a lot of stress for your skin (not to mention financially!). The cold weather can cause dry, irritated skin and hair, which is the last thing you want worry about when attempting to organize that large, holiday family gathering! You want that effortlessly glowing skin look, right? That look where family members are asking you if you changed something, but they can't put their finger on it, they just know you look amazing? Yes, that look. We all want that look! 

Well, here are a few DIY winter skin care recipes that can help you achieve that desirable look this winter while keeping your skin and hair nourished. If you are not the "DIY" kinda gal, then check out Skincare Solutions Store to find ALL of the best skin care products! Shop for your yourself and find great gifts for all those family members you are hosting this holiday season... start shopping!

Problem 1 – Dry hair

Solution – Deep conditioning hair mask with banana milk shake

During the winter season, cold wind is very dangerous and makes your hair very dull and dry. This can lead to damage of your hair. But, a homemade remedy will be wonderful to treat this trouble. For making this, you have to mash 2-3 bananas. You can use a blender or else a fork to mash the banana. After you have made a smooth blend of the banana paste, you have to add 1 tablespoon of honey and coconut milk (1/2 cup). Again blend it and make a perfect mixture. Apply this homemade recipe in your scalp in a circular motion. Keep it for 20 minutes and wash it away with water. You will get back your beautiful hair.

Problem 2 – Chapped lips

Solution – homemade brown sugar lip scrub

For this, you have to take a spoon full of brown sugar and mix it with equal quantity of olive oil. You can also use almond or coconut oil if you don’t have olive oil at home. Mix it in a bowl and apply this on your lips. Now, rub your finger over your lips in a circular motion so that the dead skin layer gets removed. Now wash this away and get attractive lips.

Problem 3 –Flakey scalp

Solution – Hair solution with apple cider vinegar

For solving this problem, individual would require some apple cider vinegar and a spray bottle. You need to fill the spar bottle with apple cider vinegar and spray it in your dry hair. Now massage your hair slowly with the vinegar so that it spreads from root to tip. Let the spray remain in your hair for a period of 20 minutes and then wash it away with your usual shampoo. This will definitely keep your scalp healthy.

Problem 4 – Dull complexion

Solution – Honey and oatmeal face pack

As soon as winter air falls on your skin, your complexion tends to become dull. Here is a recipe to make your skin baby soft. You have to take 1 cup of whole wheat, half cup of warm water, half cup of honey and blend it with an automated mixer. After the mask is ready apply this on your face and keep it for a period of ten to fifteen minutes. Now you can remove it with water of room temperature. After washing away the face pack, apply the moisturizer to protect your skin.
Problem 5 – Pimples

Solution – Cinnamon and honey paste

Pimples are usually the major reason for you not looking beautiful. It is something that every girl wishes not to deal with. However, with dry weather and the pollutants in the air would damage your skin cells and give you zit on your face. But now you can cure these pimples with the simple homemade masks like the Cinnamon and Honey paste. With Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties and the water activity of honey allows your skin to fight the pimples. You need to mix the cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of honey. Form a paste without adding any water in it and dab it in the place where you have pimples. Leave it overnight and wash it in the morning with lukewarm water for effective results.

Problem 6 – Acne scars

Solution – Sandalwood water

People usually suffer from pimples and when not taken care of properly leaves acne scars on your face thereby disrupting your otherwise clear and beautiful skin. However the easy to make home remedies will help you get rid of the acne scars and the best treatment is sandalwood water. The cooling and soothing agent of sandalwood helps in dealing with great number skin problems. Especially during winters this treatment has proven to be of great benefit. Immerse a bit of sandalwood in the water and leave it for few hours. Once it the sandalwood melts in the water, remove the wood and dab a cotton ball into the paste. Apply it gently on the scars and eave for few minutes. Wash it with water and see instantaneous results.

Problem 7 – Unwanted facial hair

Solution – Gram flour

There are many women who are suffering from the issue of unwanted facial hair. In such cases they prefer waxing or threading. Some women even scrub their face in order to get of the facial hair. However one may not have thought of the little known secret ingredients of their kitchen. An easy to find ingredient in the kitchen, gram flour is known to get rid of these facial hair especially from the mouth and chin. You need to mix gram flour with turmeric in equal quantities and form a paste by adding water or milk. Apply the mixture to the skin with more facial hair and leave for few minutes until it dries. Clean it with a cloth dipped in warm water and rub it noticing some strand of facial hair getting removed.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Symptoms & Solutions to Dry, Irritated Skin

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Does your unpredictable skin have you seeing red, with rough, flaky and scaly patches that are often itchy? You’re not alone. Almost half of the American population admits to having “sensitive” or “very sensitive” skin that often suffers from these symptoms. The good news is that by pinpointing the true cause of your condition, finding the best solution won’t be as daunting. See if any of these common skin conditions might be the reason behind the unexplained redness on your skin.

1. Atopic Dermatitis

The most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis usually presents as red, itchy patches on the arms, cheeks and legs. (The operative word being itchy!) A number of factors can cause eczema to flare up, from stress to extreme temperatures to allergens like mold, pollen and pet dander.
Symptoms: Dry, scaly skin; redness; itching; cracks behind the ears; open, crusted or “weepy” sores
How to Deal: Take shorter, cooler showers and baths using a lipid-enriched soap for gentle cleansing. Hard water can be harsh on the skin, so be sure to add a liquid emollient to bathwater; some experts recommend oatmeal baths for soothing. Taking evening primrose oil can also help ease the itchiness. Board-certified dermatologist Michael Swann suggests using a ceramide-based moisturizer, which can do “real repair of the damaged skin barrier.”

2. Sebhorreic Dermatitis

Those pesky dandruff flakes might signify that more than just your scalp is in need of some TLC. Dandruff can often be a symptom of seborrheic dermatitis—which happens on not only the scalp but also other oil-producing parts of the body (like the face, upper chest and back). One of the eight types of eczema, “seborrheic dermatitis,” can be triggered by stress, hormonal changes and/or cold, dry weather.
Symptoms: Redness; greasy or scaly scalp; crusty flakes; itchiness; burning
How to Deal: For scalp woes, try using a medicated dandruff shampoo; look for ingredients like selenium sulfide, coal tar, ketoconazole or zinc pyrithione. “Over-the-counter shampoos can work really well,” says Swann, who favors Nizoral for his patients. For other parts of the skin, a topical antifungal cream, might do the trick. Also, avoid using harsh detergents and soaps.

3. Rosacea

Feeling flush? Those rosy cheeks could be the first sign that you’re experiencing rosacea. Most commonly experienced by women over 30, rosacea mainly affects the face and can manifest as redness, bumps or pimples, an enlarged nose or eye irritation, depending on the subtype. Though the cause is still unknown, some experts believe that rosacea could be caused by disorders of the vascular and/or nervous systems.
Symptoms: Frequent blushing or flushing; persistent redness; pus-filled pimples and/or small red bumps (sometimes accompanied by burning or stinging); visible blood vessels; itching or tightness
How to Deal: A gentle cleansing routine can work wonders! Use a mild, nonabrasive facial cleanser, then rinse with lukewarm water and blot dry with a thick cotton towel. To combat redness, consider using a skin-correcting foundation for sensitive skin (favoring yellow over pink or orange hues). Swann recommends using a mineral-based sunscreen. For more serious cases, “vascular laser treatment can be very effective,” he adds.

4. Psoriasis

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Cyndi Lauper deal with this difficult autoimmune disease that causes red, scaly patches in areas like the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back. (It happens when skin cells turn over too fast and start to pile up on the surface before they can mature.) Psoriasis is hereditary, but can also be triggered by skin injuries (like sunburns and scratches), stress or certain medications, such as lithium or beta blockers.
Symptoms: Red patches of skin covered with silvery scales; dry, cracked or bleeding skin; itching; burning
How to Deal: Light therapy and topical corticosteroids are often prescribed, but at-home remedies like vitamin D creams, coal tar gels and ointments, retinoids and bath solutions like Dead Sea salts can help. Using products with salicylic acid can also soothe scaly skin.

5. Actinic Keratosis

Got AK? Blame it on too much sun exposure (or the tanning bed). Actinic keratosis starts out as sandpapery spots on the skin and progresses into scaly, crusty growths measuring less than an inch. The vast majority are benign, but about 10 percent can advance to squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer)—so it’s vital to see a dermatologist if AK develops.
Symptoms: Itching or burning; rough patches of skin that can’t be seen, but feel painful when rubbed; dry lips; raised, red, scaly bumps
How to Deal: Early treatment and diagnosis is key! Doctors often prescribe topical creams containing 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or imiquimod; products containing hyaluronic acid may also be helpful.
Many of the symptoms for these skin conditions can mimic each other, so it’s wise to see a dermatologist who can better decipher the puzzle. “The common thread is inflammation, so we just have to dig deeper to determine the cause,” says Swann. “The devil is in the details.”
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Five Foods for Glowing Skin

Five Skin-Loving Foods to Add to your Beauty Regimen

We all want to know how to get glowing skin like that dewy, sun-kissed J LO glow that she is so well known for. But to achieve that level of sun-kissed perfection, it’s not just about finding the top skincare products, but what you put under your skin is just as essential.
We have selected five good-for-you foods and drinks that we suggest you try during the first few weeks of fall and tell you why your skin will thank you.

Before you press start on your Nespresso machine, down a tall glass of water with multiple slices of lemon - yep, EVERY MORNING - your skin (and liver!) will thank you.
Lemon is loaded with collagen-boosting vitamin C, promotes hydration, and even makes your breath a little fresher for those early morning kitchen chats.
Not to mention, lemon also offers your liver a nice little cleanse-like boost making these little yellow beauties beneficial for more than just a fresh taste!


This tropical fruit packs a flavorful punch with healthy skin benefits. Papaya has been used to relieve inflammation (a common source of several skin conditions) and also helps fight blemishes. Besides topical benefits, a single cup of fresh, ripe papaya contains 144% of your daily value needs of collagen-strengthening vitamin C.


Pomegranate oil is a very dynamic food! The list of its skin benefits is lengthy, so take note:
It penetrates hydration to every skin layer
Protects the outer layer of skin from sun and environmental damage
Boosts new cell production
Softens skin
Known to increase skin’s natural ability to increase production of collagen and elastin
These power-packed poms are a must-have in your glowing skin diet.

                                                           FERMENTED FOODS

You will always be asking for extra pickles after reading this! Fermented foods are rich in nutrients and since the fermentation process assists in pre-digestion logistics when consuming foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, your skin benefits by absorbing the nutrients faster and easier.

                                                                  CHIA SEEDS

The oil in chia seeds has incredible beauty benefits! Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, this tiny seed has calming and antioxidant-rich properties that will perk up those pores. Throw a few tablespoons in your morning smoothing, and you’re on your way to happier skin.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen, or this weekend’s farmer’s market to stock up on these skin-boosting healthy foods


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Sunday, September 30, 2018

It is PEEL time!

Want healthy, rejuvenated, even-toned skin for the holidays? Well, then, it is time to do a chemical peel! 

Fall is not only the season for pumpkins, hayrides, apple cider, and Halloween, it is also the perfect time to do some serious repair work on your skin that has been exposed to summer’s damaging rays. One of the main components of skin rejuvenation is a heavy exfoliation to remove built up dead skin cells and to help stimulate cell turnover; one of the most effective ways to do this is with a chemical peel.

The benefits of chemical peels include, but are not limited to:

  • Improves skin texture 
  • Reveals healthy, glowing, fresh skin
  • Removes dead skin cells
  • Preserves youthful appearance
  • Increases moisture retention
  • Improves skin barrier function
  • Stimulates elastin and collagen
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces surface pigmentation
  • Helps acne prone skin
  • Assists in cell turnover 

Chemical peels come in many different shapes and sizes and range from superficial, medium, and deep treatments. The VI Peel and the Perfect Derma Peel are examples of peels with an extremely high customer rating and reports of effectiveness, but there are other options out there, including the Apeele Peel. Remember, when choosing a peel, stronger doesn't necessarily mean better. Always start with the lesser concentrations and gradually move up if needed. 

So, what are you waiting for? Shop chemical peels now at