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Staying up too late trying to burn the midnight oil and not sleeping enough can really take a toll on anyone. When you are running on fumes due to lack of sleep you can end up looking as if you haven’t slept in weeks. But there are other factors – asides from lack of sleep – that contribute to the dark circles such as: genetics, long-term/overuse or side effects from retinoids, as well as aging.
Since the skin around the eye is already thin, blood vessels tend to sit closer to the surface and become grossly magnified. Additionally, the flow of blood tends slow and does not drain properly causing the stagnation underneath the eyes. Also, as we age we experience loss of collagen production and firmness (elasticity) so this also make the skin become very thin.
Some people of certain ethnic groups may be prone to dark circles by having a deep inset bone structure or the result of high accumulation of pigment causing the dark circles (check out Periorbital hyperpigmentation).
So what can you do besides in investing in really good under eye concealer? Try increasing blood flow with a massage tool like cool rollers (or your ring finger works too) to help improve the blood constriction, you can use with or without a serum, but I would use a serum specifically for the under eyes. Now this will not make the circles go away but it will help with reducing the appearance. Remember – some who have this condition – it is genetic.
Eye brighteners such as Green Envee’s Renew Eye Complex is made with Bilberry and Guava which is a very natural based product. Bilberry is known to help strengthen blood vessels and reduce puffiness, and Guava is fortified with Vitamin C – and antioxidants – which helps brighten the skin. Or you can try Skin Authority’s Reviving Eye Brightener – a natural creamy formula that moisturizes and help fade the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines, for a bright refreshed look.
Remember when I said that as we get older we lose collagen? Try using an eye cream entrenched with peptides that will help plump the under eye area such as the Revitalize Eye Gel. This is very lightweight and made with Cucumber plus Plant Peptides that will smooth the skin around the eye area and help rebuild the skin’s barrier while plumping up fine lines.
Now these are topical tools to help, but it’s also beneficial to heal what’s going on inside as well. Eating and eliminating certain foods will also improve the appearance of dark circles. Consuming foods containing iron will help increase healthy blood cells – such as lean beef, green leafy greens like spinach and broccoli. Foods rich in Vitamin K, ensures that the blood clots properly and prevents leaking capillaries which can accumulate and appear like bruising under the eye area.
Too much caffeine, sodas, sugar, or alcohol dehydrates the body and skin. This article by Susan Curtis, Tipper Lewis and Fiona Waring provides a good listing of foods to help with reducing dark circles.
So if you have dark circles keep in mind the potential causes – you may not be able to permanently get rid of them, but if you use these or similar products into your routine and if you choose, followed by concealer, as well as incorporating foods that help with improving circulation, hydration and rich minerals and antioxidants – you can see a difference and feel less self conscious on how to alter this appearance!
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How many of you when you wash your face you give the same exact attention to your neck? Let’s be honest, our neck is probably the most neglected area in regards to skin care. You probably really don’t begin to notice it until the signs of aging sets in – wrinkles and creases. AND now thanks to our tech savvy lifestyle many of us are glued to our phones looking down while we’re drinking coffee, sitting at the doctors office, waiting in line, etc. Not to mention the over-exposure to the harmful high-energy visible (HEV) light (blue light) that is emitted by our screens—which can accelerate visible signs of aging. Your neck, much like your eye lids, is very thin and of course will show signs of aging and “tech necks” much quicker.
Now there’s really no need to run out and get botox or surge, whatever cleanser, exfoliate, serum, cream you are using on your face just bring it down and make sure your neck is part of your daily skin care ritual. If you’re noticing that your neck has the double crease – there are ways to help tighten and firm its appearance via non-evasive approach. First would be Radio Frequency (RF). Radio frequency uses tiny electromagnetic waves to target the deepest layers of the skin; it produces heat to stimulate collagen (which by the way decreases in production as we age). Next is your home care as well as being more attentive to your posture. Try bringing your device/laptop to eye-level (a standing desk).
There are also hydrating collagen masks or silicone patches made specific for the neck area. After your cleansing and exfoliation, apply and relax with a mask infused with hyaluronic acid followed up with a serum formulated with antioxidants like Vitamin C. Next, you can use a tightening cream (some are specific for decreasing wrinkles). The same moisturizer for you face can also be used on the neck area, but with today’s technology you can pretty much find one formulated specific for the neck area. And lastly don’t forget your SPF in the day time!
Another great tool that’s popular are jade rollers or gua sha, however, if you are taking blood thinners, it is best to speak to your physician about the use of the tools. These tools are hard and can cause bruising to the area so it is better to be safe than sorry!
If you are curious as to what serums, creams, or masks to try – I’m more than happy to assist! Virtual Skin Consultations are available to book via email on Google Meet.
Please forward this article to anyone you know who may be neglecting their neck area and need to know this!
Remember, these creases occur due to constantly looking down at your device, and this repeated motion conforms to muscle memory that results in the lines (just as the frowns, “11’s” on your forehead). It will take some time to get better so please do not expect immediate results! You will have to make a conscience effort to improve your posture and constant need to looking down.
Both grapes and raisin are the same fruit except one is plump and firm and the other is dehydrated and wrinkled. A great analogy about your skin…how you care for your skin can be compared with this fruit.
Here’s how to be a grape: Keep your skin hydrated – you can replenish your skin with a hydrating toner and/or serum right after you cleanse. (I personally do both) this will help increase and retain water your skin dutifuly needs. Those with oily skin, you can benefit from this step too as this will help balance oil production.
Drink more water and limit your coffee and tea intake – and especially be mindful about alcohol too much consumption can dehydrate you more. You can also eat your water by amping up your consumption with water based fruits and veggies (ex: melons, cucumber, lettuce, etc.) versus processed sugars to snack on.
Wear sun protection – regardless of your melanin you need to protect your skin from the UV rays which over time damage the skin cells DNA making it almost impossible to repair. Those with dry skin should ensure to wear creamer moisturizers or an emollient type moisturizer underneath.
Don’t take long steamy showers. Regardless of how good this feels – excessive hear such as the hot water /heat / steam actually depletes your skin of moisture. Be sure to quickly follow up with a body oil and moisturizer to lock in moisture.
If you smoke – Quit smoking. Smoking can also deprive your skin of much needed moisture, and the nicotine actually damages your skin causing you to age much faster than what you really are!
Now if you choose to forego these tips – enjoy being a raisin.
If you have any questions on a home care routine feel free to contact me, and I hope you will share this bit of information with friends!
Perfect for hyperpigmented skin from skin traumas, sun damage, acne scars, surgery, and other pigmentary deviations.
quoted from DermaMed Solutions
Many of my clients say that one of their main skin goals is clear skin – free from acne scars, uneven skintone, or pigmentation such as age spots. One product that I was introduced to and am happy to say I am carrying is DM Skincare’s Clari-Tone Serum.
Why you should consider this product? When choosing your products, it’s important to really look at the ingredients – not all are created the same. Ever notice that many of today’s products that you may find down he beauty aisle contain ingredients you can’t even pronounce? Ingredients is key wanting to address your skin’s concern. The ones that stand out are:
Niacinamide - helps to reduces inflammation & ease redness from skin conditions such as eczema or acne. Helps to reduce the appearance of large pores, keeps skin smooth and moisturized.
Paeonia Albiflora (Peony) Flower Extract - native to northern China and is known for medicinal properties. It has anti-oxidant properties similar to Vitamin and helps reduce hyperpigmentation.
Diglucosyl Gallic Acid - is a brightening, biotechnologically derived acid that is sixty times more potent than kojic acid.
Kojic Acid - treats conditions such as sun damage, scars, and age spots. ( it works by inhibiting pigment production.)
Arbutin - a more "natural" version to hydroquinone. It works on treating pigmentations, age spots and slow the effects of UV-radiation and used to treat acne scars.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract - helps to even out and improve skin tone as well as having soothing properties.
The other additional benefit to using this serum is that not only does it work on treating pigmentation but works on preventing acne.
If you’re curious if this serum is right for you, if you can use it in your current routine, or want to place an order, complete the form below and I’ll reach out to you!
Want to learn a trick that some pros use to apply mascara? Many makeup enthusiasts consider mascara as a staple in their routine. So here are some simple tips on how to perfect your mascara application.
1. First it helps to define and lengthen your lashes with your favorite lash curler. Get as close to your lash line as possible, careful not to pinch and choose a curler with a rounded upper pad. (Curl Your Lashes)
2. Use a primer. Primers help keep your mascara in place for long lasting wear. Apply 1 – 2 coats, then wait for 30 – 40 seconds before applying your mascara. (Prime Your Lashes)
3. Next is to apply your favorite Mascara like LimeLife by Alcone’s Perfect Mascara in either Black or Brown. When you take out your wand, be sure to twist the wand within the tube which will help remove the excess product within rather than on the edge of the tube in order to avoid any potential clumps. NEVER do the “pumping” method, this can actually make the product dry out faster and flake as it allows extra air into the tube. Just twist and pull the wand out in a circular motion. (Choose your Mascara)
4. Then while looking up, apply your mascara by starting at the base of your upper lashes, and wiggle back and forth, while pulling the wand upward towards the tip of your eyelashes. No need to rush, move slow to avoid clumping. If you need to, you can apply additional coats to get the desired thickness and length you want. Do not wait for the product to completely dry. If you apply after it has dried, it will make your lashes become very brittle and weak. (Apply Upward Motion)
Be very careful when you coat the lower lashes. They are very delicate. You want to avoid applying too much which will create clumps. So using the tip of the wand, hold vertically and sweep gently back and forth for an even coat or sweep downwards, whichever is comfortable for you.
5. Separate your lashes by adjusting your brush in a downward angle and gently sweep back and forth so the bristles will naturally separate the lashes. (Separate and cover tips)
6. Clean up any smudges. Use a q-tip and dip in a gentle eye-makeup remover like NuSkin’s Waterproof Makeup Remover and carefully press it onto the smudges to remove. (Clean up the Smudges) Quick Tip: Let smudges dry first then grab a Q-tip and wipe up every smudge of makeup that isn’t meant to be there.
Now you’ve aced your mascara application like a pro! If you found these tips useful, please do me a favor and share with your friends!
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Did you know that when your pillowcase isn’t laundered or changed regularly, it will see a build-up of dirt and oils from the environment? Also, when your skin and hair are touching the pillow, it gets transferred back onto your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes. It really doesn’t matter what material your pillowcase is made of. If you do not change it regularly, then it will have more grime, dirt, and sweat. Not to mention if you have any thick products on your hair when you sleep, the oils from your hair will sit on the surface of your pillowcase and that will transfer onto your face.
TIP: I usually recommend the pillow flip, sleep on one side then turn it over to sleep on the other until you change it. OR you can use a large shirt to put over your pillowcase.
But you want to wash your pillowcases every two to three days. This ensures you’re not lying your freshly cleaned face on a pillowcase with several days’ worth of oil-soaked into the fabric. Avoid liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets fabric softener on your pillowcases and towels (they leave behind residues that is highly pore-clogging).
Fragrance-free fabric softeners aren’t any better — in this case, it’s the softening agents that are a problem for acne-prone skin. Look for white bottles that say Free & Clear, Free of Perfume & Dyes, or Free & Gentle with an extra rinse cycle if possible. Launder all new bedding and clothing before use! Anything imported, especially jeans and scarves, are sprayed with toxic fungicides, pesticides, and formaldehyde, and must be washed a few times before wearing to avoid body acne, infections, rashes, and skin discoloration.
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We all want glowing skin and while you should always try and invest in high-performing, quality skin care products, you don’t want to cut corners and skimp on a well-formulated cleanser. It’s amazing how many ingredients are allowed in skincare products that are considered “potentially” harmful. So even when choosing the correct cleanser you may contain one or more of these ingredients that could potentially be stripping your skin’s natural oils. Causing your skin to become dehydrated and now you are relying on your moisturizer or serums to repair the damage done. What you want from a cleanser is for it gently cleanse and maintain hydration without stripping.
Here are the culprits to watch out for:
Alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol. SD alcohol. Cetyl alcohol. Cetearyl alcohol. And plain old alcohol – are you picturing how when applied to your skin how quickly it evaporates? Many products contain this ingredient and are used to make thicker skin care products feel almost weightless. They are irritating, extremely drying and of course damage the skin and for acne suffers, will make acne worse. It may temporarily clear up the oils but when that happens, it will make the oil-production go in overdrive because the skin feels depleted from hydration and your left with a much worse acne problem than you originally started.
Sulfates. You’ll find sulfates in many cleaning products. It’s the agent that gives the foaming action to disperse the product and give the sudsy feel many love. These types of ingredients are too strong for the skin and cause surface dehydration. There are many sulfates used such as ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate and the most common know sodium lauryl sulfate; all which are harsh surfactants that leave the skin dry and dehydrated. Of all the ‘sulfates’, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is the one that is most harmful to the skin. If you have eczema – it will cause flare ups and severely damage your skin’s protective barrier resulting in extreme water and moisture loss.
Artificial Dyes. Many of products contain dyes that are either artificial or synthetic and are used to make the product visually appealing. They’re also mixed with preservatives, additives, pigments and stabilizers that can affect your skin’s pH, and may cause skin reactions. Avoid anything listed beginning with FD&C or D&C as they have been linked to nervous system toxicity, reproductive system disruption, allergic reactions, skin irritations, and even cancer.
Artificial, Synthetic – Fragrance. As harmless as it may seem because we see it listed in every product. The potential danger is that any company can use the word “fragrance” and be able to hide potentially hundreds of different chemicals under that word. These chemicals can either dry out your skin, cause skin irritation, trigger allergies and some have even been linked to reproductive issues and birth defects. If you must have a product that has to have a scent, opt for essential oils or fruit/plant extracts.
When choosing your cleanser, choose wisely. It’s easy to just go for what’s on sale or what the next influencer is raving about. Remember, as long as your skin is being cleaned effectively you can be assured to have healthy, glowing skin. If you need advice or customized product recommendations to determine the correct cleanser for your skin type. Just send me a message: firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget to please pass this blog along to anyone you think that will benefit from this skincare tip!
Who thinks to apply sunscreen if you’re indoors? Prior to the whole Covid-19 where many found themselves working indoors at home, how many individuals applied and reapplied sunscreen while they were inside their office? Even while you’re driving you should make sure that you are applying sunscreen even on cloudy days because it is the UV rays can damage the skin and cause premature aging.
If you work next to a window or sitting in a room with lots of sunlight, you should consider wearing your sunscreen. Some would think that the glass can effectively blocks ultraviolet (UV) rays, but it does not block all equally. UV rays is the leading cause to skin cancer and even though most tinted windows help block UVB rays, (remember driving where your left side is most prone to sun rays) its the UVA rays (causes damage to skin cells resulting in wrinkles, sunspots and other signs of sun damage) that still penetrate through so it is best to keep sunscreen on hand to reapply throughout the day.
We all want our morning routine to be quick and easy but sometimes taking shortcuts isn’t the best for our skin. Even if you wear makeup that contains SPF, if it is 30 or higher, it should be good; however, if you are sitting next to a window you’ll need to reapply every two hours to include parts of your skin where you do not apply makeup (i.e hands, back of neck). Moist moisturizers are made with SPF included, and they should contain at least with a broad-spectrum of 30.
If you wear makeup and do not want to mess your application you can use a brush-on block mineral-powder sunblock.
Here are some suggested broad-spectrum sunscreens to help block the rays both in and outdoors.
Whether or not if the sun is shining, you should be wearing sunscreen. It is the ONE skin care product that you can never skip.
For the month of May, which is Skin Cancer Awareness Month you can save 10% off your sunscreen purchase through my online store. Just enter SUN10 at checkout.
And if you can, please share this information to anyone you know that once believed that sunscreen wasn’t necessary for indoors!
Stay Safe and Healthy and feel free to message me with any questions.