Beauty

9 Biggest Summer Skin Care Mistakes

9 Biggest Summer Skin Care Mistakes

Skipping sunscreen on a gray winter day or flopping into bed with your makeup on is unlikely to do any real harm, but too many lapses in your beauty judgment could lead to signs of age. The flip side? Taking a few minutes a day for smart skin care can prevent years’ worth of wrinkles, brown spots, and more. 1. Washing with harsh cleansers Many people who are prone to pimples or have oily skin gravitate toward exfoliators and cleansers that dry things out. In theory, this seems like a good idea, but they actually strip the skin of all its good oils and diminish its own natural protective barrier, explains Noelle Herzog, brand president of Karin Herzog skincare. This actually accelerates oil production and will increase breakouts. 2. Using products in jars Anti-aging products contain antioxidants, which break down with repeated exposure to light and air. “Jar packaging lets that occur with each use,” says Bryan Barron, research and content director for NextShe.com. “So your anti-aging products become less and less effective.” He suggests using tube-packaged products. 3. Skimping on sleep We all know how a good night’s rest can benefit our energy levels, metabolism, and mood. But, it also has a great effect on our skin, even beyond those dark, under-eye circles, explains Dennis Gross MD, the creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare. “When the skin is getting less than optimum fuel, it can become dull and pale,” he says. “Lack of sleep can be so stressful that it actually causes our bodies, including our skin, to generate free radicals.” 4. Using cotton pillowcases Persistently pressing your face into a pillow (especially if you are getting your eight hours) can cause trauma to your skin, including permanent creases as our collagen breaks down. Gross suggests swapping out...

Facial Tips: Scrubs, Masks, and Exfoliaters

Facial Tips: Scrubs, Masks, and Exfoliaters

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It’s also the first thing that most people notice about you. It shields your bones, muscles, and blood vessels. Skin is so vital, so why do people not take better care of it? Not drinking enough water, going out in the sun without sunscreen, and using harsh chemical products adds to the damage. There are a myriad of products on the market nowadays to help you keep your skin healthy, among them masks, scrubs and exfoliation products. Before settling on a skincare regimen, you have to know what skin type you have. If you’re lucky, you might have normal skin – not too dry or too oily, but just right. More people will have combination skin where there are parts of the face and body which are dry and other parts oily. Or, you might just be all oily or all dry skinned. No matter which type skin you have, there are products made specially for you. Facial Masks: Facial mask products can be found for any skin type or condition. Do you suffer from acne or blackheads? There are facial masks that you apply, let dry dry and then peel off. Dead skin covering blackheads will become unclogged which helps clear them up. There are also facial masks that you apply and allow to dry, like mud masks. When you are done, you wash your face with warm water to remove the mud mask. Mud masks have a number of benefits, including oil control. You skin will glow with health, not shine with oil. The impurities in your skin’s pores are removed by the mud mask, and appearance of those pores will be minimized. Pimple growth is lessened and blackheads dissolve and wash away. Scrubs and Exfoliaters You can consider exfoliating...

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