Quick Fixes for Tired or Sick Looking Skin

water-1329546-1279x852We’ve all been there- a late night at work, a noisy neighbor, or nagging anxiety that keeps us up until the break of dawn.  Life doesn’t stop, and sometimes we have to step out into the world with a not so refreshed face. What kind of techniques or strategies can we use to fake a sleepless night so that we can approach the world with a more wakeful appearance?

You can Never Do Wrong with Hydration.  Make sure to drink plenty of water- more than usual-throughout the day, especially if you’re sick.  If you skimped out on some significant sleep, your body needs much more water than a typical day.  After you cleanse, be sure to apply adequate moisturizer. As a bonus, use a tinted moisturizer to not only wakeup your face, but to also even out your skin tone and look more fresh.  

Brighten up. Poppy colors are your friends today.  Stray away from powder blushes, and use a cream blush.  You may also want to apply a peach color blush if you are especially pale. You can also use bronzer. Use a warm colored bronzer along your hair line, temples and cheeks-but no need to go into full contour mode.  

Easy on the lids.  If you lost a lot of sleep, it’s likely that your peepers are red and puffy, so try to avoid lower lid eyeliner. Sweep an easy simple eyeshadow on your upper lid and use an eyelash curler to open up your eyes.  If you do use eyeliner, use it on your top lip and keep it minimal.  

Moisturize your lips.  There are now a lot of lipsticks on the market that are dual in nature in that they are formulated to not only add some moisture, but also to give you a pop of color.  Lip gloss would be sufficient enough to wake up a sleepy face past morning.  

Use some old school tricks to get rid of under eye circles.

  • Witch Hazel, a less commonly known trick, is an astringent herb that tightens up skin and can alleviate under eye circles.  Soak two cotton balls and apply to under eye are for about twenty minutes.
  • Ice.  Ice alleviates puffiness that come with dark eye circles.  You can use an ice pack formulated for eyes, or wrap two ice cubes in a cloth and apply to eyes.  Allow ice to work for around 20 minutes. You’ll notice some redness after, but this is normal and will subside within a couple of minutes.
  • Tea bags.  Tea bags stimulate circulation for your body when you drink, and can stimulate circulation when applied topically. For an added benefit, chill them for a couple of minutes before directly applying.  Let them work on your eyes for around 20 minutes.  

You can also use some homemade masks to wake up your face.  You can take an avocado, an egg or a cup of yogurt, mash up, add a couple drops of honey and allow to work on your face for twenty minutes before washing away with cool water.  

How to Get Quality Beauty Sleep

sleeping-woman-1432242-1279x866“You snooze you lose”, so the saying goes. It could never be more wrong in terms of beauty.  Research done in 2010 by BMJ states that those that get more sleep appear healthier and more attractive than those that are sleep deprived.  Lack of sleep is correlated with a plethora of dermatological problems and works to break down the repairing agents of your skin.  Any beauty queen will tell you that sleep is their number one priority-not just for a more gorgeous appearance, but also for a more collective mindset.  How can we reap the most rewards out of our snooze night after night? Glad you asked.

  1. Before you hit the hay, prep your skin for a full nights repairing and restoration period.  In order to experience the full benefits of these, it’s important to practice consistency. There’s no point in starting a beauty regimen if you’re going to sporadically follow through with it.  First, you should use a gentle cleanser or foam cleanser to remove oil, makeup and dirt. You may want to use specific makeup remover wipes before doing the cleansing portion if you wear a lot of products. Next, you want to apply any anti-aging products or specialty formulas for your skin to soak up while you snooze. Finally, moisturize. This step is very crucial since your skin is prone to dryness at nighttime.  
  2. Mind your posture.  Sleep lines can occur if you sleep on your side or on your belly. To prevent this and to promote good back posture, sleep your back with your head slightly elevated.  The elevation helps to drain any fluid retained under your eyes so you wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed.
  3. Check the fabrics of your bedding.  For your pillows, it’s ideal to have silk coverings.  Fabric of this type has been clinically proven to prevent crinkles and wrinkles that occur when you twist and turn at night.  Additionally, silk is less absorbing than cotton, meaning it won’t try to robe you from any of the facial creams you just freshly applied to your face.  
  4. Opt for 7-8.  Those that get around eight hours of sleep psychologically feel more attractive and appeal more to those around them.  Seven to eight hours is the golden ratio for beauty sleep because it’s just enough time to allow cell renewal of your body.
  5. Wash your hands before you sleep, and moisturize your feet and hands.  During sleep, you may touch your face which could lead to an unwarranted breakout come morning time.  In addition, if you moisturize your hands and feet, come morning you’ll be baby smooth.  You can’t beat a whole 8 hours of intensely concentrated moisture.  

Although time is precious and our technology crazed impulsive generation has us lured us into trying to skimp out on sleep, remember that your health and beauty count on it.  Follow the tips above to get a better nights sleep, if you are still having trouble sleeping you may want to consult a therapist or physician. Therapists can provide healthy habits through offline or online therapy, such as BetterHelp. Physicians can also provide certain medications to help you sleep. Although, there are many people who suggest avoiding sleeping medications as they can be addictive or detrimental to your health, and not just your beauty. 

Universal Rules for Taking Care of your Skin

rules-skincareWhether you have sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin or a combination of one of these, there are some universal rules for taking care of your skin. Be sure to always be following a consistent order day in and day out. Moreover, pay attention to the customization included in these steps which take in to account your skin type for a more efficient skin care routine.

  1. Use a gentle cleanser twice a day. A cleanser that will play well with any skin type includes creamy cleansers, cleansing balms and cleansing oils. Any kind of cleanser that has exfoliating beads is a no-go because over time it will wear away at your fragile skin and cause it to be irritated. This is especially true if you have sensitive or dry skin. Cleansers that are generally foamy in nature will disintegrate the thin film on your skin that acts as a main defender.
    Oily skin: look for a cleanser that contains mostly organic and natural materials. These will be less likely to tighten skin and irritate while still removing access oil.
    Dry skin: there are many cleansers designed specifically for the victim of dry skin in mind. Stick to these and also be sure to always follow up with a moisturizer after and be sure to be drinking plenty of water.
    Combination skin: look for cleansers that contain botanicals so that it cleans skin deep with soothing mechanisms without leaving skin stripped and feeling suspiciously squeaky clean.
  2. Tone up. A toner is designed to balance out the pH levels in your skin so that your skin doesn’t feel too oily on one part and too dry on the other- the balancing agent of the playing ground. A toner will also help prep your skin to absorb any serums, moisturizers or creams that you will apply next.
  3. Oil. Our ancestors have been utilizing oils for creating radiant skin and the benefits still haven’t changed. Whatever your skin type or necessities, there’s an oil for everyone.
    Oily skin: grapefruit oil is also used to treat acne-prone skin. It contains astringent properties in combination with healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
    Dry skin: jojoba oil is the best treatment for this type of skin because it helps regulate the epidermis of skin where dryness strikes the most.
    Combination skin: combination skin is a bit tricky. Because usually there are either aging symptoms, breakouts or dry skin simultaneously, the best oil would be olive oil. Olive oil anti-oxidant rich which dry skin craves. It also contains vitamins A and E which is good for aging skin and overall boosts the youthful appearance of skin.
  4. Easy on the eyes. The skin around your eyes is the most sensitive and fragile skin on your body. For that reason, be sure to consistently moisturize and apply sunscreen to these areas. Use your pinky finger when applying cream and apply counter clockwise around eyes as it’s proven to improve the circulation in this area.

The Face of a Thousand Suns: How to Get Radiant Skin

radiant-skinA complexion that is smooth will reflect enough light to fuel a thousand suns. By the age of 20, the skin cells on our face turnover starts to slow- meaning more dead skin pile up. By the time we are in our 30s or 40s, the skin turnover rate almost increases by twice! If dead skin piles up to large amounts, the light that reflects off of our skin will accumulate and skin will look dull. How do we fight this in our quest to be the face of a thousand suns?

Exfoliate. Remove that dead skin with something that penetrates a little deeper. Exfoliate once a week (more or less depending on your skin type) to remove the slough that hangs on your skin. If you have acne-prone skin, double combat it with an exfoliator that contains salicylic acid to help clear pores. If you have dry or sensitive skin try a lactic acid peel. This type of exfoliator won’t penetrate the skin as deeply as other methods, so your sensitive skin won’t be vulnerable to irritation.

Moisturize with ceramides. The natural enzymes in your skin cannot be rid of dead skin cells if your skin is flaky and dry. Ceramides not only moisturize, but they reinforce that moisture barrier that exists on your ski
Get a dose of Vitamin C. For brighter looking skin, Vitamin C works to fade sun spots in addition to brightening it’s overall complexion-slaying some serious double whammies. You can get your fix in delicious foods such as kiwis, broccoli, berries, tomatoes, pears and papayas.

Cut the Vices – stray away from caffeine, booze and excess sugar. Booze and caffeine work to rob your skin of the most essential ingredient- water. Sugar works to tear down the elastin and collagen in your skin that act as the major foundation. Be sure to substitute a sugar craving with a delicious fruit.

Balance the pH levels in your skin. You don’t have to be a scientist to understand what this will do to your skin. The pH levels in our skin help that sheeny face shatter through the dullness. Drinking more water and eating more vibrantly colored vegetables can help aid in balancing your body’s pH levels. In addition, using a toner daily will help level the playing field for your skin.

More sleep a day will keep the dermatologist away. “Skin cells turn over while you sleep, and getting rest makes a big difference,” dermatologist Amy Wechsler claims. More cell turnover means a brighter complexion. Be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep in order to reap the literally beautiful rewards.

Skin Care for Women in Their 50’s: Embracing Golden Age

women-50sAging is a complicated process-inevitable and not really something welcome to our golden age. In no way is any skin change universal, as we all have individual processes for aging. However, one thing is for certain – over time our skin loses volume. How do we embrace the most out of our golden years before resorting to surgery and facial peels? Follow this guide.

  1. Rich vitamins, minerals and water. These are the essential building blocks that your body especially needs in later years to repair itself and boost the stem cells needed to keep your foundational beauty strong.
  2. Thicker moisturizer to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. “Women in their 50s should opt for thicker moisturizers because lighter, oil-free products are no longer thick enough”, explains Alexiades-Armenakas, a celebrity dermatologist. Women in their golden age don’t have to worry about products that will clog pores because their estrogen production levels aren’t what they used to be. To get the best coverage of moisturizer and sun screen, look for the products that contain more oil, as they now provide the best hydration for your skin. Creams and serums can only do so much at this point in the years of your beauty as a good moisturizer will enhance the tone and prevent the sagging that occurs later in age. It’s also important to note that after menopause, the oil production of your skin and cell turn over increases-which means drier skin and more wrinkles than you may have experienced in your 30s or 40s. A hefty moisturizer can help subside this process over time.
  3. Protect yourself from the Sun. Only 40.3% of women between the ages of 55 and 64 use sunscreen, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. From the same source, in 2015, around 73,000 people will be diagnosed with skin cancer, most of which are in their older years. Sunscreen doesn’t just prevent sun cancer. After years of sun exposure, the top layer of our skin becomes sticky and collects cells layer after layer that contain pigments that become darker as more cells are added. This is also why exfoliation is so vital in older years. Make sure to invest in a dual-action moisturizer and sunscreen with an SPF of 15. If applied year round, you could take years off of your age.
  4. More exfoliation. In your 20s, you’re told not to exfoliate too much as it might irritate your skin. Now, the tides have turned and the opposite is true. As we go through the aging process, the layer of dead skin we have thickens year by year. You should not only invest in a good facial scrub to use around twice a week, but you should also exfoliate the rest of your skin. To do this, obtain a good dry brush and a body scrub. Make sure to always follow up with a moisturizer.
  5. Retinol. Retinol treats a variety of aging issues – it aids in diminishing brown spots, increases exfoliation, increases collagen production, increase the thickness of the epidermis (the outside layer of the skin). You can get a prescription for retinol or you can invest in retinol-based products at your convenient store.