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How to Maintain a Sunless Tan Without Exposure to UVA and UVB

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

It does not matter whether it is winter, spring, summer or fall men and women of all ages want to look and feel suntan. During the winter months our skin lightens from the lack of vitamin D that the sun provides for us naturally. We start looking pale. There are products that you can use to keep that suntan glow. This article is written as a guide on products that are good picks for maintaining a sunless tan through the fall and winter. These products can be found in stores like Walmart, Walgreens, Target, Victoria’s Secret, makeup counters and online.

Get Your Skin Ready
The first thing you need to do before you buy any sunless tan product is to make sure that your skin is healthy. All the sunless tanning products in the world are not going to help you look and feel better if your skin is not healthy. When we age our skin lightens in color. To keep that healthy suntan look we need to have circulation in our skin. Cells renew faster in your face than the rest of your body.

I would start with exfoliating your skin, especially the dry areas, to remove dead skin cells. I would also shave your legs the day before. After I shave my legs I always put moisturizer on them and they sometimes tingle depending on the brand of moisturizer I use. Give your hair follicles a day to heal before you use a sunless tanner to prevent any burning sensation. You should always do a spot test before you apply a sunless tanning product all over your body. This will help assure that you are not allergic to the product or that your skin is not sensitive to the product.

I suggest using rubber gloves or a self-tan application mitt when applying the tanning product to avoid discoloring your palms. Shake the bottle then massage the product in using a circular motion and apply evenly. Wait ten minutes before putting your clothes on to make sure the product is dry.

What Self-Tanning Products Should I Use?
Sunless tan products include items like bronzers, self-tanners, lotions, gels, sprays, mists, mousses, foams, towelettes, oils, powders, makeup and sticks similar to deodorant sticks. Lotions go on smoothly and last longer than the sprays, gels dry faster, sprays are popular but harder to use, and mousses do not contain much moisturizer. The towelettes are convenient and exfoliate.

Top 3 Best Reviewed Products on Consumer Research
St. Tropez Self-Bronzing Mousse, contains glycerin and aloe for added moisture. No bad smell. Best applied in the evening and washed off in the morning. Product comes with a free application mitt. Instant natural color, easy to apply and dries quickly. It can be purchased on Amazon 8 fl. oz. for $29.99. Other websites sell the product for $42 to $42.99.

Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, best gradual sunless-tanning lotion. Looks natural and does not streak. It smells bad, takes 10 minutes to dry and three days to see a difference. It can be purchased on Amazon 4 fl. oz. for $5.30. Other websites sell the product for $9.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Body, the wipes claim to exfoliate, tan and moisturize. The color looks natural and lasts a week. This product extends the life of the tan. No strong odor. When used on fair skin color can turn orange. It can be purchased on Amazon 8 wipes for $45.00. Other websites sell the product for $35.99 to $49.

Sunless Tanners Runners Up include: Jergens Natural Glow & Protect Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 20 4 fl. oz. for $9, Clarins Self-Tanning Instant Gel 4.2 fl. oz. for $35, Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion 16 fl. oz. for $14, Tarte Brazilliance 5.5 fl. oz. for $37.

Sunless Tanners: Reviews.

Other brands that are proven to be the most effective at helping people maintain a tan without exposure to UVA and UVB
I went to Walmart to do my research. The Walmart store brand is Equate. I found four Equate products that compare to St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing and they are Self-Tan Bronzing Lotion with Aloe Vera 4 fl. oz. for $7.98, Self-Tan Bronzing Spray for a natural-looking golden tan 6.7 fl. oz. for $7.98, Self-Tan Foaming Mousse golden color, never orange, instant color 4 fl. oz. for $7.98, Self-Tan Flawless Legs Spray for airbrushed looking legs and a natural looking tan 2.5 fl. oz. for $7.98. Walmart Equate brand also had a Tan Applicator Mitt that can be hand or machine washed in cool water for $4.48. There was a Flavours Sunless Tan Corrector that corrects self-tanner mistakes 6 fl. oz. for $8.97.

Walmart carried Loreal Bronzers in lotions, gels, mists, moisturizers and towelettes ranging in price from $8.47 to $9.47. Neutrogena came in build a tan gradual sunless lotion where you control your shade 6.7 fl. oz. for $8.97. Neutrogena also had micro mist airbrush sunless tan in a medium and deep shade 5.3 fl. oz. for $9.87. Coppertone Sunless Tanning came in a gradual tan moisturizing lotion for a flawless natural-looking tan you control 9 fl. oz. for $7.67. Banana Boat Summer Color Self-Tanning came in a lotion and a mist ranging in price from $6.44 to $6.67. There was Ocean Potion SunCare Tanning Safe Bed xtreme tanning xcelerator spray gel with instant bronzer 8.5 fl. oz. for $6.47 and xtreme tanning intensifier lotion with instant bronzer 8.5 fl. oz. for $6.67. There was a new Salon Formula EG European Gold Dark Tanning that came in bronzers, lotions and a dual chamber product that ranged in price from $5.47 to $9.97. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs instant spray-on makeup, dries in 60 seconds, came in shades tan glow, medium glow and deep glow 4.4 fl. oz. for $11.74.

Main Product found in all Sunless Tanning Products
Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a safe sugar found in all sunless tanning products. DHA interacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, to produce a temporary darker skin color, a sunless tan. The FDA has approved dihydroxyacetone for external use to the skin, but they have not approved the use of this product near the eyes, mouth or nose. DHA has an odor that people smell when they use the sunless tanning products.

Are sunless tanning pills safe?
Avoid sunless tanning pills because they are unsafe. They contain the color additive canthaxanthin, which can cause your skin to turn orange or brown and cause hives, liver damage and impaired vision.

Sunless tanning: What you need to know.

How to Maintain Your Tan
Once you achieve your sunless tan a good way to keep it is to moisturize every day. Swimming in chlorinated pools will fade your tan faster. Chlorine is bleach. To maintain your color you need to reapply the product once a week. For areas of skin, like wrinkles, that are darker than other areas you can apply hydrogen peroxide, baking soda or whitening toothpaste to lighten them to help achieve an even tan.

Sunless tanning products are not better than the natural sun but I would think they are better than sitting under a tanning bed, which exposes you to UV light. These products work in two ways: you can wash them off with soap and water and they can stain your skin and only come off as cells renew.

What is UVA and UVB?
Earlier I stated DHA interacts with dead cells in the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, to produce a temporary darker skin color, a sunless tan. Melanocytes are in the outermost layer of your skin. When melanocytes are exposed to UVB, short wave ultraviolet, they produce the pigment, melanin. When melanin is exposed to UVA, longer wave ultraviolet, it oxidizes or darkens. This reaction is your skins way of protecting itself from too much UV light.

Most of these sunless tanning products do not contain sunscreen and do not protect against sunburn. To reduce your risk of skin-aging, skin cancer and other harmful effects use sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure when using these products. Products that contain sunscreen are only effective for a couple of hours and have to be reapplied.

Self-Tanning Foods
A British study found that people who ate the most fruits and vegetables had golden skin that was rated healthier looking than when they had a suntan. When you eat a lot of carotenoid rich produce like carrots and plums many of those excess carotenoids are stored in the fat just beneath your skin, where their pigments peek through and give you a healthy glow that mimics a tan. It takes about two months of a produce-heavy diet to get a golden sunless tan. Experts recommend eating at least five servings of produce a day to get the effects. I have included the link below if you would like to read the study.

Resources for Further Reading:
University of Nottingham (2011, January 12). Eating vegetables gives skin a more healthy glow than the sun, study shows. ScienceDaily.
Carotenoid and melanin pigment coloration affect perceived human health.

Your Personal Skin Care as a Routine

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Some people have the idea that applying a moisture cream or going to a beauty parlor is the only way to take care of your skin. Others believe that their skin will really take care of itself and they only have to do something to it every now and then. Personal skin care is not really complicated and it is not really expensive considering the benefit of glowing healthy skin when you are done. When you do personal skin care you are simply following a routine or procedure for taking care of your skin.

You must determine your skin type before starting a personal skin care routine. Do you have dry, oily, sensitive, or normal skin? Once you do this you can select the products that are most suitable for you although, you may have to experiment with different products to find what will work best for you. The following is a routine that should work for most people with normal skin.

The first thing to do is use a cleanser for cleaning your skin. Cleansers are made of three main ingredients which are cleansing oil, water, and wetting agents called surfactants. The oil and wetting agents extract the dirt and oils from your skin and the water flushes them away leaving your skin clean. Finding the right one for you may take some time and always find or use one that is soap free. When using the cleanser don’t use very hot water, like warm water will do. Do not over-cleans your skin and damage it in the process of using your cleanser.

Next you must exfoliate your skin. This is nothing more that helping your skin get rid of the dead skin cells and helping to replace them with new ones. When dead skin cells are left on your body they prevent the skin underneath, or the new skin cells, from taking advantage of the personal skin care products. This is not to say that the dead skin cells don’t use or consume your skin care products–they do. So, when you remove the dead skin cells you can gain maximum effectiveness when you use your skin care products. Understanding how often to exfoliate is a must. Exfoliate 4 to 5 times per week for oily and normal skin and 1 to 2 times per week for dry and sensitive skin. You can exfoliate a couple more times in hot and humid weather.

The third thing on your list is using a skin moisturizer. This is perhaps the most important thing to do in your personal skin care routine. Interestingly enough, even people who have oily skin need a moisturizer. Moisturizers will seal the moisture in your skin and then attract moisture from the air when needed. Using too much moisturizer will have an adverse effect by clogging your skin pores and doing harm to your skin. You will most probably learn how much to use during your first week of use. Apply the moisturizer while you skin is still damp.

The last thing to look at is using a sunscreen in your personal skin care routine. Many of the daytime creams and moisturizers come with UV protection. You can use these on any day.

You really must experiment with different skin care products and the amount of each you must apply to give you the best results. Then you can develop your very own personal skin care routine. If after doing all this and you find that you still have problems you should look for professional help to determine what the problem is. You should do this especially if you have a skin problem to begin with.

Who is Most at Risk for Skin Cancer?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Summer is in full swing and many of us are flocking to the beaches, lakes, and swimming pools. The danger of the sun is even more present now than ever before with the looming risk of skin cancer. Everyone is at risk for skin cancer; however there are some people that are more susceptible to the disease than others. This article will take a look at who is most at risk for skin cancer and how they can prevent it.

Pale Skin

Do you have a lighter skin complexion, or do you have a dark skin complexion? If you are darker skinned or black you have a much lower chance of developing skin cancer compared to your pale skinned counterparts. Lighter skinned individuals are more likely to get sunburned with overexposure to the sun compared to darker skin toned individuals. The harmful UV rays get soaked up into the skin and cause painful sunburn which eventually can lead to skin cancer down the road. If you have light skin use high SPF sunscreen when going outside and take special precautions as not to get burned by covering up or applying sunscreen often.

Do you work outside?

If you work outside you are much more likely to get skin cancer as you are exposed to the sun more than the average person. If you work outside as a construction worker or other labor intensive job you most likely work without a shirt which increases your risk of UV damage. Use sunscreen and apply it regularly when working outside, wear more clothing to protect all exposed portions of the body, or face the risk of skin cancer.

Previously Had Skin Cancer

Anyone who has previously had skin cancer faces a higher risk for getting the disease again. Take extra precaution when facing sun exposure if you have been previously treated for skin cancer.

Moles

People who have moles or freckles for some reason get skin cancer more likely than someone without multiple moles or freckles. Dark moles or increased number of moles can also be a warning sign of skin cancer.

High Sun Exposure and Sunburns in Your Past?

If you have tanned a lot as a teenager and remember getting sunburned easily you have a much higher risk of skin cancer in your future. Skin cancer survival rates are in the 90%+ if caught early according to www.cancer.org, therefore regular doctor checks if you have this risk factor is a great idea.

Sunburn Easily?

If you have pale skin and or light color hair and you burn easily you are at a much higher risk than your darker friends who do not burn easily. Use sunscreen that is SPF 70+ and avoid the sun when it is at its brightest, which is between 10AM and 4PM.

Sources:

www.cancer.org, Skin Cancer Facts

When Looking Good Brings Bad Things to Your Health

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Go to the nearest beach and watch the young people tanned and lovely walking along, with a little light lotion. Years from now that translates to bad skin and even skin cancer. But in a world where looking good is more than doing the right thing, the end result can be trouble for one’s health.

It’s the pleasure of the moment psychologically that makes people reach for things that bring them harm, even though they intellectually know the difference. They read that sun protective wear and lotions will help prevent skin cancer, but few wear hats regularly these days even though the rate of skin cancer is growing. Furthermore skin protective lotions are administered sporadically and not daily, when it’s winter, overcast or one is driving a car.

Dr. Stephen Antrobus is a plastic surgeon who practices in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is trained in Moh’s procedure. He has seen an increase in skin cancer patients in the decades of his practice. Much of this, he contends, come from those who spend too much time in the sun. Then there are those people who don’t realize that even in cold climes the sun can do damage. Furthermore skin cancer can come from winter sun in cold climates, while most people worry about summer. He recommends lotion protection and hats for both men and women all the time. Do that and avoid skin cancer, he declares.

Just like other specialists he recommends putting on sunscreen lotion all the time, even if the person is just driving a car because the sun comes through the windows and can cause sun damage. Sunscreen and a high block value of 30 to 50 is important.

Dr. Androse goes further and explains that he believes there should be education on skin cancer protection in school. Children don’t get the information they need in this area as they are growing up, so prevention needs to be encouraged when they are very young, as other experts maintain

Do the right thing, Dr. Androse says, not just what feels or looks good for the moment and you’ll prevent the ravages of skin cancer and skin discolorations that will make you not look so good in those later years.

What Your Skin Type Tells You

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

With different skin types comes different reactions to different things. Skin type can determine how our skin reacts to the sun. It can also determine how our face feels after a good cleansing. It is important to know everything you can about your skin type, not just what type it is. Sure, different skin types need different care, different products. But why is it they need such different things. This article is an attempt to describe what it is that each of the different skin types actually do to our skin.

Normal Skin

Normal skin is not too oily, and it’s not too dry. Normal skin is called normal for a reason. So, what happens to normal skin in the sun? Normal skin normally burns and then the burn turns into a tan. People with normal skin usually have fair to medium skin tone. Normal skin is prone to T-zone breakouts (forehead, nose and chin), this is because the pores are larger in this area of the normal skin type person’s face. People with normal skin generally feel some tightness in their skin in the cheek area after a good cleansing, and their cheeks can often get dry and chapped feeling. When it comes to wrinkles as older age sets in, expect just a few of them around your eyes, forehead area and around the upper lip.

Oily Skin

People with oily skin tend to tan easily. They will usually have an olive or dark complexion. Oily skin will break out often, partially because of the oiliness and partially because of bigger sized pores. Oily skinned folks should expect to see a blackhead here and there too. Your skin needs to be cleansed often, because within an hour or so after washing your face usually looks shiny and oily all over again. The best thing about oily skin, though, is that you lucky people will have very few lines and wrinkles as you get older!

Dry Skin

Dry skin is easy to burn and peels a lot. This dryness leads to itchy skin, often, and especially in the winter months when moisture is pulled out of the air. Dry skin sufferers feel tightness all through their faces after cleansing. The skin of someone that has dryness is usually a fair tone. Dry skin needs to be moisturized often so that irritation is less likely. Acne is less of an issue, but with itching and irritation it still is not any better.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is a whole other ball park when it comes to skin types. Some of the symptoms and “language” of sensitive skin can sound like other skin types too. Sensitive skinned people are generally fair in complexion, which means that they burn quickly. Some ingredients in skin care products can make sensitive skin redden and make it feel painful and irritated. Sensitive skin will feel tight after cleansing and has a tendency to get itchy and reddened when using products that contains dyes and perfumes. Shop wise, sensitive skin sufferer.

Older Skin

Older skin burns easily. You may find that you are sensitive to stuff you could use with no issues when you were younger. Older skin loses elasticity. Expect drier skin in older age. Older skin has enlarged pores, but does not have the acne issues that other skin types suffer from. The complexion of older skin appears dull and fragile and flushes easily. Wrinkles begin to appear, mostly around the eyes, mouth and forehead.

Combination Skin

Combination skin can be a combination of any of the above mentioned skin types. If you have combination skin you may burn easily, or not. You may have some sensitive areas on your face, or you may have none. Combination skin generally has some oily spots and some dry spots. Normally products for normal skin can be used just fine on combination skin.

References:

Woman’s face: Skin Care and Makeup by Kim Johnson, 1997 The Beauty Bible by Paula Begoun, 2002

What SPF Should I Use for My Skin Tone?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Attempting to determine just what level of SPF is necessary for individual skin tones has been somewhat of a mystery for years. Many of us simply assume that the higher the number, the safer we are. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

In trying to determine which level of SPF is right for you and your unique skin tone, it is important to understand exactly how protective sun screens work. The term “SPF” stands for Sun Protection Factor, which has been determined by exposing human subjects of varying skin types to light sources.

The equation for determining the proper SPF level for each individual skin tone is actually quite simple. If you typically burn after just 15 minutes of exposure to the sun and your sun screen is an SPF level 20, applying this sun screen liberally will buy you approximately 5 hours of protection from the sun’s harmful rays and developing a painful burn.

While the equation for determining appropriate SPF levels is generally considered the safest form of preventing skin damage caused by sun exposure, it is important to understand that certain SPF levels are still recommended for individual skin tones.

Fair or Light-Sensitive Skin

Individuals with fair skin tones or those which are very sensitive to light exposure and burn easily should stick with a sun screen with an SPF level of at least 35, as additional protection is often required to prevent burning and or irritation.

Medium Skin

It is recommended that individuals with medium or average skin tones use a sun screen with an SPF level of 25 or above.

Tan Skin

Individuals with somewhat dark complexions or those that tan quite easily without burning are still advised to use a sun screen with an SPF level of at least 20. Contrary to popular belief, skin tones that tan regularly can and do experience burning and damage due to light exposure.

Dark Skin

Although it is a common assumption that individuals with dark skin tones do not and can not suffer sun damage, it is absolutely necessary to use a sun screen with an SPF level of 20 or above at all times when outdoors. You may not be able to see burns or irritations on all dark skin tones, but this does not mean that the damage does not exist.

Many individuals that rarely suffer burning or irritation caused by light exposure avoid using products containing SPF ingredients completely. Unfortunately, these people may be unknowingly causing damage to multiple layers of their skin. If protecting your skin from the dangers of light exposure does not seem necessary, it is important to remember that dermatologists strongly recommend that individuals with any skin tone wear a sun screen with an SPF level of 15 any time in which they will be outdoors for an extended period of time, regardless of the climate or season.

Sources:
http://www.melanomafoundation.org/prevention/facts.htm
http://www.dermatology.about.com/cs/skincareproducts/a/spf.htm

What Does Skin Cancer Consist Of?

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

What Is Skin Cancer? Skin cancers include atypical changes in the external layer of skin.

It is without a doubt the most common cancer in the world, representing 75% of all growth conclusions. Most cases are cured, yet the sickness is a real health concern on the grounds that it influences such a variety of individuals. The rate of skin cancer is climbing.

Skin disease is something like three times more regular in men than in ladies, and the danger greatly increases with age. Most individuals diagnosed with skin disease are between ages 45 and 54, in spite of the fact that all types of the ailment are showing up all the more frequently in more youthful individuals.

Each harmful skin tumor in time gets obvious on the skin’s surface, making skin malignancy the main sort of disease that is very nearly dependably discernible in its punctual, reparable stages. Brief recognition and medicine of skin malignancy is proportional to cure.

Skin diseases fall into two significant categories: melanoma and nonmelanoma.

Melanoma can begin in intensely pigmented tissue, for example, a mole or birthmark, and in addition in ordinarily pigmented skin. Melanoma most ordinarily seems first on limits, midsection, or back, in spite of the fact that it can sporadically emerge on the palm of the hand; on the sole of the foot; under a fingernail or toenail; in the bodily fluid linings of the mouth, vagina, or anal passage; and even in the eye.

Melanoma is a possibly forceful, life-undermining growth. It is promptly recognizable and normally reparable if treated early, however it advances quicker than different sorts of skin growth and can spread past the skin to influence various parts of the physique, including the bones or cerebrum. When this happens, melanoma gets to be extremely challenging to treat and is serious.

The two most normal skin cancers are nonmelanomas and are infrequently life-debilitating. They advance gradually, from time to time spread past the skin, are recognized effectively, and generally are curable. Moreover, there are a couple of uncommon nonmelanomas, such as kaposi’s sarcoma, a possibly life-debilitating sickness described by purple developments and connected with a smothered insusceptible framework and just about dependably seen in patients with AIDs. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/skin-cancer/basics/definition/con-20031606
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/skin

Treatment Should Begin at the First Signs of Skin Cancer

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

If skin cancer is detected early, it can sometimes be removed through simple outpatient surgery. This common disease can be detected in its early stages because it appears on the patient’s skin, and if early warnings are taken advantage of, difficult treatments with severe side effects may not be necessary. Familiarize yourself with the first signs of skin cancer, and check your skin for irregularities that may require you to see a doctor.

The consequences of skin cancer are much more severe if it is not detected in its early stages. It can spread through the lymphatic system, forcing patients to have nearby lymph nodes surgically removed. This can cause slight dysfunction in the lymphatic system and impair mobility or cause general discomfort. A tumor in advanced stages of development may metastasize, and removing local lymph nodes can prevent further spreading. When a tumor metastasizes, other tumors can grow in other organs in the body, but they will be made up of the same squamous, basal, or melanocyte cells as the original skin cancer which has spread. This condition will require additional forms of therapy, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or additional surgeries to remove new tumors.

If detected early, skin cancer can be surgically removed, and if it hasn’t spread to other parts of the body, removal and possibly topical radiation or chemotherapy will get rid of the tumor and prevent regrowth.

Just like a breast examination, it is recommended that you regularly perform a skin self-examination. Look over your skin, including the your scalp and between your toes, and check for anything unusual that may require a doctor’s review.

You should examine and keep track of your moles, also known as nevi. These are benign melanocyte growths, stemming from the cells which pigment your skin. Moles are very common growths, and most people have between 10 and 40 moles on their skin. If you have a significantly higher number of nevi, this is considered a melanoma risk factor and you should be especially vigilant, making regular skin examinations and checking for new moles or changes in existing moles. If you have dysplastic nevi, which are moles which have an odd or asymmetrical shape, you should pay special attention to any changes they may undergo. If the shape or color of a dysplastic nevus changes or if the skin around it becomes red or irritated, you should consult a doctor.

Rashes and wounds that do not heal may be signs of squamous or basal cell cancer, as may be red or waxy lumps.

If you recognize the first signs of skin cancer and have a doctor review any suspicious irregularities, you can effectively stop skin cancer in its early stages and fully recover.

Top Ten Celebrity Skin Care Secrets

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

We all know that celebrities have stylists, surgeons and all sorts of professional staff to attend to their beauty needs. But face it; they’re human beings just like us. And to that effect, their skin undergoes the same traumas as everyone else in the world. But because they are celebrities, they are often privy to some beauty secrets that the rest of us simply don’t have access to. Want to know what a few of them are?

#1- Proactiv Does Work

Remember when Proactiv was just one of those products that was just “Seen on TV”? Well now, the product’s popularity has invaded the celebrity world. Celebs like Jessica Simpson and Julianne Hough appear to stand by this product. Certainly there are other tactics involved in keeping the blemishes away. But Proactiv’s cleansing formula is a great start.

#2- Bleaching Cream

Forget about those images of Michael Jackson and baseball star Sammy Sosa. Many African American celebrities know that their skin is subject to hyperpigmentation. Thus, acne scars and other blemishes become more pronounced. Bleaching creams like Ambi, Nadinola, and Palmer’s have been known to even out the skin tone for many people of color.

#3- Flaxseed Oil

Taking care of the skin often requires one to watch what they put into their bodies. That being said, investigate flax seed oil. This health supplement is said to contain the essential fatty acids that the skin needs. Flaxseed oil is also great for healing scars; the seeds can also be used in a number of ways. Gwyneth Paltrow is said to use flaxseed oil to maintain her skin’s healthy glow.

#4- Drink Water

You knew it was coming. One of the best things you can do to keep skin looking healthy is to drink more water. Celebs like Brittany Murphy make sure that water is an integral part of their beauty routine. Drink a few glasses more than you usually do, and you’ll notice that your skin looks less “tired.”

#5- Micropearl Abrasion

Some women are noticing that the fine lines of aging (and getting too much sun) are beginning to creep in at a younger age. Micro Pearl Resurfacing is a peel that will help to polish away dead skin cells. Essentially, the product “erases” the fine lines by resurfacing the skin. It’s also safe enough to use on the skin everyday. This is one of Madonna’s great skin-saving secrets.

#6- Washing Off Make-up

This age-old adage still stands. If you’re applying foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, and a host of other cosmetics-these items should be washed off, and not allowed to clog pores. The number of women who leave make-up on for too long would surprise you. Keep your skin clear and moisturized: see fewer skin issues.

#7- 29 Preserves First Crush Lip Scrub

Yes the lips are skin too. But instead of reaching for that tired old lip balm, get some real lip therapy with 29 Preserves First Crush Lip Scrub. This product whose wonders are supported by singer/actress Jennifer Hudson, help to eradicate cracks and lines in the lips.

#8- Sunscreen!

Do you really think that Nicole Kidman maintains her milky complexion by baking in the sun? She’s actually declared a certain “fear” of the sun, and makes sure that her skin is appropriately protected. While bronzy tans may be all the rage, keeping your skin from becoming shoe leather requires dedication and sunscreen.

#9- Retinoid Skin Creams

These creams (also called retoinoids) are primarily used to treat acne. But they have also been found to even the skin tone, fade marks and reduce wrinkling. They are particularly potent because they reach all layers of the skin. Be careful not to apply too much or excessive drying could actually occur.

#10- Botox

No list of celebrity skin care secrets would be complete without Hollywood’s most popular treatment: Botox. While the safety (and practicality) of getting these injections is always at the center of controversy, Botox truly is one of the popular ways that famous women maintain their youthful appearance. Supposedly, the secret to keeping the “surprised” look at bay, is to closely monitor the frequency of use-and also the areas where it’s applied.

SOURCES:

www.celebrity-beauty-tip-goldmine.com
www.micropearlabrasion.com
www.beauty.glam.com

Tips to Help Prevent Dry Skin

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Winter is hard on the body. It is also hard on the skin. The harsh winter air and winds can make it become dry. The lack of humidity and the dryness of our inside air can also dry out our skin. What can we do to prevent our skin from become dry, itchy and annoying this winter?

Here are a few tips to remember:

Place a humidifier in our home

If you can, you may want to have two of these. Place one in your living room and one in your bedroom. They can add moisture to the air which is great to help prevent dry skin and will also help moisten our nasal passages which can be an aide in helping colds and allergies.

Use lipbalm

Our lips can become dry faster than any other part of our face. For this reason, you may want to apply a lip balm or moisturizing lip balm daily or twice a day (once in the morning before you head out in the cold and once before you go to bed).

Switch from hot to warm baths/showers

Hot water can actually dry out your skin more than warm weather, even if it does feel good while you are using it. For this reason, try to take warm baths and showers and limit the amount of time you actually spend in the water during these really cold months.

Apply moisturizing lotion

The best time to apply your moisturizing lotion is within three minutes after taking your bath or shower. This is the time in which your skin will trap the moisture from the lotion better thus the lotion will work better.

You should never use a lotion that contains alcohol because it will dry your skin.

Wear gloves

When you are outside, try to wear gloves to help keep your hands from drying. If your hands are extremely dry, you may even want to try rubbing some simple Vaseline into your hands and sleeping with a pair of cotton gloves on to help soften them.

Soften dry feet

Vaseline will also work on dry feet. Just rub onto your feet, wrap your feet with plastic wrap and slip on a pair of soft socks. You can try this at night while you are sleeping. After three nights, your feet should be softer.

Yes, winter can be the time for dry skin. Yet, there are ways in which we can help prevent some of this dryness. We just have to take action and be diligent.

Sources:

“Early Show”

CBS