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.