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What to Look for and Avoid in Self Tanners

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Tanning without sunlight is a popular form of gaining a more bronzed appearance during the summer as opposed to succumbing to the potentially harmful UVA/UVB radiation of the sun, which can cause skin damage due over-exposure. Self tanners are a great way to gain that bronzy glow in the warmer months as an alternative, but not all are created equal.

While obtaining bronzed skin from self tanners is one of the perks of summer, darkening your skin the inorganic method undoubtedly can cause some concern, especially where chemicals are concerned. So here we are going to take a gook at what to watch out for in Self-tanners so you can have a safe, yet effective tanning session.

Harmful Ingredients

A common active ingredient in self tanners, known as DHA, or dihydroxyacetone is the main ingredient that participates in browning your skin, a sugar that enacts with amino acids found in your skin that reacts. Although DHA can be found more organically in sugar or beets, or produced unnaturally in substances, such as glycerin, DHA is pretty safe. However, research suggests that it may be harmful to the skin’s DNA, although there is no hard evidence of that.

Other ingredients often found in self tanners, such as mineral oil, which is comedogenic,  sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, a skin and eye irritant, and artificial fragrances and colors, which could cause allergic reactions,  may offer no harm immediately, or when utilized on occasion, but may do so in the long term. Studies also suggest that those who slather on self tanners are less likely to practice skin protection while out in the sun, so even if you are getting a tan by other means, it is still important to use skin protection.

Safe Ingredients

Although no self-tanner is 100% natural or purely without synthetic chemicals because it actually needs to work, your best bet is to seek out one that contains a list of as many natural ingredients as possible. One tell-tale sign of an ingredient that may not be the best for your skin is your ability to pronounce it or if it sounds very chemically, such as amyl acetate, which is used in the dry-cleaning business, or even isopropyl myristate, another comedogenic ingredient.

Self tanners that contain vegetable-derived DHA, healing and soothing ingredients such as aloe, shea butter, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, almond oil, natural fruit oil, etc. are the best way to go to still get the glow you desire without the caustic consequences, so a knowledge of ingredients and how they react to the skin is important

Tips for Successful Self Tanning

Always wear an SPF sunscreen even if you self tan because the sun’s rays can still cause damage to your skin, which would defeat the purpose of a self tanner. Depending on how long you will be out in the sun, choose an SPF of 30 or more.

Additionally, it’s important to exfoliate, because dead skin can cause self tanning work to appear blotchy, which actually look fake, so make sure that you slough off all that dead skin with a body scrub, as found in Janssen Cosmetics’ plethora of body scrubs, all formulated to gently renew and refresh your skin.

Try not to  skimp on hydration, because you’ll still need a buffer to protect your skin and keep it looking and feeling its best without feeling greasy. Janssen offers a wealth of body creams that are formulated to meet your unique skin care needs

Lastly, always look for a self tanner that is creamy, smooth and lathers on easily. Avoid one that is sticky or too thick because you may end up looking blotchy. A little also goes a long way, so start lightly and add layers if you desire a deeper tone. Keep it simple, cover all the areas and crevices, such as behind the ears, nose, and around the eyes, and you’ll be on your way

to successful sunless self tanning!

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Ways to Treat and Alleviate Saggy Skin

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Saggy skin is skin that hangs loosely from the body, creating a loose appearance. While some sagging skin is minor, other more severe forms of sagging skin is sometimes a concern for people who wish to remove it and is often corrected by surgical procedures, skin treatments, exercise and other methods. If sagging skin is a troublesome thing in your life, here are some ways you can help to alleviate it.

Causes of Sagging Skin

There are various reasons a person may have sagging skin. While some is genetic, sometimes sagging skin will occur do to other factors. Since all skin depends on an abundance of collagen and elastin to hold it up, sometimes the breakdown of these two substances will create a sagging appearance. Aging is another entity that can lead to sagging skin. As we age, our skin loses its ability to hold firm, thus drooping as we age. Premature aging, often caused by overexposure to the sun, is another reason for sagging skin, due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin. When this occurs, the more you expose yourself to the sun, the more your skin will droop.

Another cause for sagging skin is rapid weight loss, when extra skin that has built up due to weight gain is left hanging loose. When this occurs, sometimes the sagging is so severe that surgery must be undergone to correct it. Other times, exercise or firming creams are just the right solution to help the skin gain more tautness.

Treatment for Saggy Skin

Various forms of treatments involving the alleviation of sagging skin ranges from non-invasive to deeper treatments that promise to deliver a tighter complexion. The most subtle way of alleviating sagging skin is with the use of creams. Anti-aging products or those for demanding skin typically offer healthy ingredients that rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. However, it isn’t a miracle in a jar, but more of a treatment that helps to add suppleness to the skin and regenerate the cells.

Another form of treatment for loose skin are non-invasive treatments that can be performed in a clinic or spa. Rejuvenation methods with the use of fine needles are typically injected to create a reaction that will get your skin closer to it’s old vigor. Some types of non-invasive, out-patient procedures include laser resurfacing treatments and radiofrequency, both designed to penetrate and improve the complexion with as little downtime as possible.

In more severe cases, likely when someone has lost an exceptional amount of weight that has left loose skin all over the body, sometimes invasive surgical procedures are needed to tighten the skin. Body contouring surgery may require additional care and down time, but typically results in tighter skin that the patient can feel good about.

Preventing Sagging Skin

Sometimes the habits that we create over time can have a detrimental effect on our bodies, whether we realize it or not, so it’s important that we take good care of it. One way of doing so is my maintaining a healthy lifestyle that promotes healthy skin.

Exercise is one way to reduce the appearance of sagging skin, because when we sweat and our heart is pumping, blood circulation helps plump up the skin, build muscle and creates a more glowing complexion.

Alongside exercise should be a substantial amount of water consumption. Water helps to move nutrients around the body and flushes out toxins, so if you drink, water will help flush out alcohol and other substances from the body. Along with getting enough water is obtaining healthy eating habits. Eating a nutrient-rich diet will not only help keep you healthy, but will carry important vitamins and minerals to cells of your body, helping to regenerate and build muscle.

Of course, it’s also important to avoid exposure to the sun’s rays. UVA and UVB can lead to sunburn, which is sun damage that can wreak havoc on the skin. Additionally, the sun also has an aging effect. However, the sun is also important in delivering vitamin D, a key nutrient that helps encourage skin cell growth, metabolism, and repair.

Sagging skin happens to the best of us, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Keep these important tips in mind to ensure that your skin looks its best.

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How to Protect Your Skin

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Good skin care is a matter of small healthy habits that can really make a big difference. Our skin is very resilient but after a while of treating it less than stellar, it needs a break and since it is the largest organ in our body that houses all of our vital organs, it’s only right that we treat it right, from the inside out.

You can rev up lackluster skin or keep it in top shape with just a few simple tweaks to your daily regimen with these helpful tips.

Drink Plenty of Water

60% of your skin is comprised of water, so it’s important that you stay hydrated, not only to flush out toxins from your body, but to keep your organs running efficiently, so that blood can circulate and help give your skin more of a glow. Water doesn’t have to be just plain either. By eating various fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon or cabbage, you’ll contribute to your body’s daily need of hydration and proper nutrition.

By drinking more water, your skin will also become more hydrated and your skincare will function better, from head-to-toe, thus protecting you from tears in the skin dryness, flakiness, and inflammation.

Don’t Skimp on Vitamin D

It should go without saying how important sunscreen is as it can prevent skin cancer and anti-aging. However, there’s something to be said about allowing a little sun on your skin so that you can absorb vitamin D, which helps to promote cellular growth, increase your skin’s metabolism, and it’s ability to repair itself, which essentially strengthens your skin.

However, if you plan on staying out all day or you are outside daily, try an SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin, especially if you burn easily within an hour of being in the sun. Protection is always a good idea and vitamin D is also useful for other functions, such as healthy bones and teeth, cardiovascular, and brain health.

Listen to Your Body

Is your skin trying to tell you something? Perhaps it always gets irritated by using a certain product. After all, no pain, no gain, right? Wrong, if you immediately sense something is off, such as a pesky, itchy rash, burning or other sensitivities, then it’s your body’s way of letting you know that it doesn’t like what you are putting on it.

The same could also be said for suddenly developing pimples or sudden dryness. Listen to your skin, maybe it needs something gentler, more hydrating, less moisturizing as this can save it from premature aging.

Also check on your skin from time-to-time for any unsightly moles that weren’t there before or a change in color and size of a mole, which could indicate skin cancer and other problematic skin concerns that weren’t there before.

Hydration and Moisturization aren’t the Same

So you’ve purchased a new lotion but you’re not so sure why your skin is always dry. Perhaps the lotion is too lightweight and you have dry skin. Or it could be that it lacks moisturization properties. Despite these two terms being used interchangeably in the cosmetics world, they are actually very different. While hydration is the act of applying water to the skin and adding plumpness, adding youthfullness, moisturizing contributes to protecting the skin as a barrier, so they both depend on each other to substantially nourish the skin.

Without hydration, moisturization isn’t doing much is your skin is already dry. Without moisturization, hydration leaves your pores swiftly, leaving you with dry skin. Therefore, these two need each other, so opt for water-based lotions and creams that also add moisture. For hydrating ingredients, think watery substances, such as...water, aloe vera, or seaweed. When it comes to moisture, keep butters and oils in mind, such as shea butter, argan oil, cocoa butters, ingredients designed to lock in ingredients.

Nourish Your Body

Healthy eating habits go a very long way in keeping your skin in shape. Consuming an abundantly of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and grains and nuts  will not only keep your body running efficiently, it will help stave off certain diseases and replenish your body with the things that it needs.

The best ingredients are often found in nature and if you want to also directly benefit your skin, try even using food as skin treatments. Try a yogurt mask, or apply bananas and avocado to the hair, olive oil as a moisturizer to treat your skin wonderfully inside and out.

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How to Identify What Skin Type You Have

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One of the most important factors of clear, bright, and refreshed skin is knowing your skin type because once you’ve figured that out, then seeking out skincare solutions for any of your concerns will be made easier since cosmetics are often categorized and designed by the type of skin that you have. There are four main skin types, which are oily, dry, combination, and normal. Other types of skin, such as sensitive or demanding, are more symptoms than they are types, because they can occur in any of the main skin types, therefore you can have oily, dry, combination that displays signs of mild to severe sensitivity or premature aging.

Knowing the types of skin and their characteristics will help you in the long run, because as we age, our skin is also likely to change a bit as well, so it’s important to know what the skin types are so that you can adjust accordingly.

The Skin Types

Oily skin is often characterised by an overproduction of sebum. People with this skin type are often said to have thicker skin because oil skin is the least likely to show premature signs of aging and holds up well to outside factors that would otherwise make other skin types appear more weathered. However, oily skin is also likely to develop acne, blackheads, pimples, and other skin eruptions so using products that exfoliate, gently cleanse deep into the pores, with skin-balancing moisturizers are recommended.

Dry skin, on the other hand is skin that often feels tight, itchy, or sometimes irritated do to a limited amount sebum production in the skin. Those with dry skin are the most likely to show signs of aging because there is a lack of moisture and oil within and on the skin that keeps it protected. However, dry skin holds up well to makeup, is least likely to have pimples and acne, and attracts less dirt. But it does lack moisture and hydration, which often makes it feel uncomfortable, so those with dry skin would benefit from emollient products that are full of hydrating ingredients that lock in water.

Combination skin contains both oily and dry skin in certain parts of the face. Often, there is a T-zone that runs along the forehead, nose and chin, which are often oilier than the cheeks. Those with combination skin must play a balancing act to ensure that both skin types on their face are addressed without throwing their skin off balance. Gentle, natural ingredients, such as aloe, witch hazel, lactic acid, green tea, and jojoba are best for this skin type.

Normal skin types are often the luckiest because of its problem-free characteristics of small-pores, even skin, and limited blemishes. Normal skin can be treated with a gentle, yet effective cleanser for best results.

Sensitive or demanding skin are usually brought on by the use of the wrong product, chemicals, eating something that doesn’t agree with our complexion or environmental harms that can lead to redness, rashes, irritations, weathering, burning, and other uncomfortable skin conditions. These skin types must be treated with gentle care, utilizing calming, soothing ingredients.

How to Determine Your Skin Type

Now that you know what the skin types are, finding your skin type is pretty easy. Simply wash your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Do not apply toner or moisturizer, just leave your skin bare for at least 30 minutes. After the allotted time, if you notice that your skin can manage without a moisturizer and feels rather slick, then you likely have oily skin. If you notice that it feels tight when you smile or frown with some ashiness and flakes, then you likely have a dry skin type. If you notice that your face shines in the T-zone area, but feels parched and tight in the cheeks, then you likely have a combination skin type. If you notice nothing, and your skin is neither oily or dry, then you probably have normal skin. 

You may also use blotting tissues to determine your skin type. Simply blot your skin, in various parts of your face, with separate tissues. If the tissues are completely soaked with oil, then you have an oily skin type, if barely any oil shows up, then you are likely dry. If your cheeks barely produce any oil on the paper, while your t-zone does, then you are likely combination. If there is a normal amount, not soaked or dry, then you are probably normal.

Finding your skin type is easy once you figure out what to look for. Always keep your skin type in mind when searching for the best products to treat you skin.

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How to Perfectly Match Your Foundation to Your Skin

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Foundation comes in various consistencies, from whipped souffles to sticks. The differences in forms enables one to provide needed coverage that can range from natural and sheer to heavier and photo-ready. All foundations can also either be worn alone or topped with powder and other forms of cosmetics for a finished look that expresses yourself.

However, knowing the correct way to wearing foundation is the key when it comes to appearing naturally flawless, to looking unmatched. Foundation should glide on easily, look and feel good on your skin. It should make you look more lifted, highlighting your natural beauty. There are many factors to consider when matching your foundation. First, your skin type which helps keep your complexion balanced as you wear your makeup, your desired coverage, and your skin tone. It’s simply really so read further for tips on how to find your perfect shade.

Cool or Warm Undertone?

We all have tones and undertones in our skin. While we come in various shades and colors, from ebony to ivory,  our skin color goes even deeper than that, which is what makes up it’s undertone. Skin undertones are the colors that are found underneath the surface of the skin. Did you know that you can be a completely different color from someone and still have the same undertone? Therefore, the same colors will basically look good on you.

Maybe you’re very fair, or perhaps your a bit deeper or brown, so choosing shades to compliment or match these tones is ideal. Next, look at your skin in natural sunlight. Does it seem to have a bluish hue, do the veins in your inside wrist sway more blue? Does it appear more golden with greener veins? These will be your undertones. Those with bluish tones will look best in cool tones, colors such as navy blues, cool violets, cool reds, etc. Those with warm tones will look great in warm colors, such as yellow, warm reds, warm greens, colors that reflect what is found in the skin. Some people are even neutral, neither cool nor warm. Sometimes neutral tones may be olive tones. Once you’ve determined your skin’s tone and undertone, it’s time to find your foundation match. However, as the seasons change, your color may change, but your undertone will always be the same.

What’s Your Skin Type?

Next, you’ll want to determine your skin type to determine the best foundation for your skin. Like the product that you use to clean and wash your face, it’s equally important to obtain a foundation that matches the consistency of your skin type.

If your skin is oily, you won’t want to add more oil to your face, which will ultimately result in melted makeup. Instead, and oil-free formulation is ideal, so that it mattifies some of the extra oil while leaving a soft glow, rather than a greasy feel. Likewise, if your skin is dry, you won’t want oil-free foundation because your skin needs the extra hydration, so choose a base which contains hydrating or moisturizing ingredients so that your skin feels luscious and supple throughout the day. Some foundations that are formulated for dry skin even contain small light reflectors to provide a luminant look.

For combination skin, the choice is yours. If you’d like to be more dewy, a hydrating formula will add radiance. If you prefer to look more matte, then a mattifying foundation will wick away extra oil. 

If you have sensitive skin, stay away from foundation that has perfumes and that are too heavy. Mineral makeup is often recommended for this very reason as it is gentle and lightweight enough to provide buildable coverage without the potential irritation that could occur with a liquid.

What Finish Would You Like?

There are so many foundation finishes to choose from and they all provide various textures and finishes.

The most lightweight finishes are tinted moisturizers or sheer foundations. These offer the lightest coverage and typically will contain an SPF. They are basically tinted lotions, but may too heavy for oily skin types. On the other hand, standard liquid foundations offer a bit more coverage, are usually buildable, and provide a natural finish. Not too matte, not too dewy and are formulated for all skin types.

Powder foundations help to mattify the face, which works great for oily skin types while whipped foundation is smooth and whipped, making it ideal for dry skin. Lastly, stick foundations come in a stick form and are typically very thick, so if you have problematic skin, then it’s best to avoid them and use something more lightweight.

Test and Apply

Once you’ve found your ideal foundation with your skin tone, undertone, type in mind. Now it is time to test it out. If you are at a department store, a beauty expert can help you with this step.

  1. Choose 3 colors that you feel are closest to your skin color.
  2. Apply just one swipe of each foundation shade, side-by-side, from your jawline, down to your neck. You’ll want to draw color to your neck because your neck and face should be equally blended. If you have darker natural pigment on your neck than your face, then choose one you’d like to match and use that as your foundation.
  3. Your foundation match should virtually disappear into your skin. If you can see it, then it is too dark, too light, too cool, or too warm. You’ll want to match as closely to your natural pigment as possible.
  4. Once you’ve found your shade with the right consistency, beginning with a clean, moisturized face. After applying primer to your oily areas if you’re oily and dry areas if you’re dry to help the makeup to last longer, place a pea sized or a light amount of foundation to your hand and dot all over your face, or use a brush. Blend down into your neck, until the foundation melts completely into your skin. If you are using mineral foundation, sprinkle a bit out, stir with your brush, tap the excess, and blend in circular, swirling motions, starting at your jaw, up to your cheeks, over your nose, now to your neck, etc. All methods can be built on for added coverage.
  5. Once you are finished, either use a setting powder, or leave as is.
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