Holistic Beauty Brand, Wildling Expands Skincare Offerings

Holistic Beauty Brand, Wildling Expands Skincare Offerings

It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer. With it, many of us will sweat profusely, increasing our need to shower and groom — particularly skincare to cleanse our faces of bacteria and the right products to fight frown lines. Thankfully, there are a few new products to help us from Wildling, an award-winning, holistic beauty brand inspired by herbal and Chinese medicine.

On Tuesday, June 27 Wildling rolled out 3 new products: Starnectar Jelly Cleanser ($45), Moonbounce Plumping Moisturizer ($82), and a Reflexology Spoon ($35). With astrology, herbology and stone medicine as the heartbeat and pillars of the collection, each product includes nontoxic, clinically tested, sustainably sourced, and earth-based ingredients infused with the vibration of calming Moonstone (the oldest medicine of healing).

“Easy and Minimal 2-step Process”

We’ve tried the new products out, and can say that they are a summer staple! When you just don’t have time or the guts to face the summer heat for a facial, the Starnectar Jelly Cleanser is a refreshing alternative. Reminiscent of honey, the golden jelly pairs with the Reflexology Spoon to provide cool and instantly moisturizing relief with each application to the pressure points of the face. The best part is that you only need apply the cleanser to dry skin, and remove with a damp cloth. It couldn’t be any easier!

After removal of the cleanser, the Moonbounce Plumping Moisturizer should be applied with the Reflexology Spoon in upward strokes from the neck up. It immediately feels like it’s working to counteract wrinkles, skin damage, bags and sagging. By morning, you’re looking at soft-yet-firm, youthful radiance. — though you can perform this skin-loving ritual in the morning, at night, or twice a day. Essentially a massage for the face, this easy and minimal 2-step process is the next best alternative to a full on facial — saving time and money, with all the feeling of freshness that you love.

What’s In It?

Firstly, Starnectar Barrier Protect Marshmallow Jelly Cleanser is a cleansing balm that melts makeup and impurities away while maintaining softness and hydration, leaving your skin refreshed, plump, and dewy. The 100% natural blend brightens, softens skin and restores skin’s moisture barrier without stripping its natural oils. Choosing key ingredients that compliment each other to ensure the highest efficacy, the moon-inspired blend includes:

  • Marshmallow Root – Delivers deep hydration while soothing inflammation and repairing skin

  • Licorice Root – Soothes skin to help to ease inflammation, reduce redness, and brighten the complexion

  • Orange Peel –  Brightens and cleans while melting even stubborn makeup and SPF without stripping or drying skin

Following, the Moonbounce, 2% Bioretinol Irish Sea Moss Plumping Moisturizer works as a retinol alternative. This proprietary complex includes Bioretinol (Rock Samphire) and Irish Sea Moss to minimize wrinkles and firm the skin–without irritation. Boosted with natural ingredients to hydrate and plump tired skin, this transformative blend includes:

  • Bioretinol (Rock Samphire) – Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

  • Irish Sea Moss – Nourishes to repair skin elasticity and minimizes the appearance of wrinkles

  • Marshmallow Root – “It’s that good we put it in both products…”

Finally, the Reflexology Spoon is not just “a spoon.” It’s a multi-purpose tool with a functional skincare scoop and reflexology tip to help firm the skin, release tension, and balance energy flow in the body. Simply scoop your skincare products and use the rounded tip to activate pressure points. After all, what’s Wildling without a facial tool to complete the ritual?

It’s the perfect time to evolve your skincare and beauty routine. You can purchase Wildling products at their website.

Fragrance-Free Skincare?

Fragrance-Free Skincare?

Fragrances are in almost everything, including your skincare. Even if you opt for unscented items, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re without scents. Does that mean you need to opt out of nice-smelling products? The answer may vary depending on how sensitive your skin is and how interested you are in finding natural scents over synthetic ones.

What Does Fragrance Do?

Fragrance makes things smell nice and in some cases, it can neutralize ingredients that smell bad, so you’ll be more likely to use a product. Even some skincare is scented, whether naturally or artificially.

Forty-one percent of women in America use fragrances daily in some form, making it a huge market many people can’t see themselves living without. Some people even have signature scents that make you think of them. Others might opt for unscented products, believing they are the same as fragrance-free items.

There’s a major difference between the two terms you should know before your next purchase:

  • Unscented means the product contains ingredients that neutralize the smell of other elements so it has no fragrance.
  • Fragrance-free means there are no natural or synthetic fragrance materials in the product.

Why would someone opt for fragrance-free skincare, even over naturally scented products? They might have allergies to scents or have a skin reaction to the fragrances, whether synthetic or natural. Some sensitive skin might not be able to handle essential oils — another product made with natural fragrances.

The Science Behind Fragrance-Related Reactions

Unfortunately, not all fragrances are harmless for every person. Sometimes, even natural fragrances might make a person unwell. Synthetic fragrances are often the cause of contact dermatitis, which results in a painful rash or swollen hives in the area affected by the product. You can avoid future flare-ups by removing fragrances from your life. Try to pinpoint the cause of your contact dermatitis first — it could always be something else, like nickel.

Because many personal care products feature endocrine disruptors that can harm your health, you should learn the ingredients in your personal care products. Look out for potentially harmful components no matter what you use — especially in skincare and hair care products. Endocrine disruptions are known to mess with reproductive health and increase cancer risk.

Since synthetic fragrances could be harmful, you may opt for natural fragrances only. Certain flowers give off a lovely, natural scent you can smell all year long, like roses or lilies. You could even make your own perfume out of flowers from your garden using their petals and some water.

You can use certain essential oil scents to affect your mood, like how citrus can make you happier when you feel down. You have to find the right balance of fragrances that work for you. Before using essential oils, research the scent and whether it can be toxic to any four-legged family members.

Make the Choice That’s Right for You

Some people may rely on fragrance-free skincare, while others might like the scent of their favorite creams and body washes. It’s up to each individual to decide whether fragrance-free skincare is best for them, but you should also try both and see which affects you the least. You might be surprised at what you find out.

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Blood Circulation for Healthy Glowing Skin

Blood Circulation for Healthy Glowing Skin

How to Improve Blood Circulation for Healthy Glowing Skin

Every organ needs continual blood flow to function. You might not think of your skin as an organ, but it is. If your veins struggle to transport blood, you could experience symptoms like dry skin, a paler countenance, or rashes. Use these tips to improve your blood circulation and enjoy healthy skin that glows.

1. Exercise More Often

When you need to jog a short distance, you likely experience a flushed face and shortness of breath. The movement forces your heart to pump faster and send more blood through your veins.

Exercising regularly improves blood flow by strengthening the heart muscles that operate every minute of the day. If you do light to moderate cardio exercises, your heart will pump blood more easily when resting. Your body will function more efficiently, including your skin.

2. Give Yourself Massages

The lymphatic system clears toxins from the body by draining waste from your cells. It may not do this as efficiently when you have poor circulation, though. Massaging your skin stimulates the lymphatic system, like recharging a battery.

Give yourself daily massages or visit the spa frequently to engage this natural system that results in glowing skin.

3. Drink More Water

Iced coffee and bubbly sodas taste great, but they don’t do much for your skin’s health. Even though both have water, they aren’t as hydrating as water by itself. Drinking more water hydrates your body, allowing thinner blood to travel through veins more easily than when you drink mostly sodas, coffee, or other beverages.

Consider carrying a water bottle throughout your day so it’s always accessible, and you may notice your skin improving within days.

4. Quit Any Smoking Habits

Smoking introduces chemicals directly into your bloodstream. The toxic mix from cigarettes contains over 7,000 chemicals that pollute your blood after transferring through your lungs. The blood then carries less oxygen to your organs, leading to vessel and heart damage.

You might think vaping is a better option, but recent research proves otherwise. When researchers studied participants who smoked nicotine-free e-cigarettes, they noted a 17.5% blood flow reduction due to the chemicals affecting blood vessel lining.

Instead of smoking to reduce your anxiety, you could eat healthier foods to support your brain health and maintain improved mental wellness. Other stress-relieving habits like exercising, journaling, and meditating could supplement your new routine so you experience healthier skin and inner peace.

5. Get More Omega-3s

Fatty acids, also known as omega-3s, are great for your blood circulation in moderation. They come from foods like salmon, tuna, some seeds, and canola oil. When you ingest it, the fatty acids lower your blood pressure, among other health benefits. Lower blood pressure allows your arteries to open more easily, promoting better circulation.

Talk with your doctor if you believe adding omega-3s to your diet could help your skin. They’ll know how to balance it with your medical history if it’s a sustainable option for your health.

Achieve Healthier, Glowing Skin

Moisturizing and washing your face aren’t the only ways to achieve better skin. You can also improve your blood circulation with these tips. You may find that you have a healthier, more glowing appearance by making these slight adjustments to your daily routine.

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4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Whether you have a dry skin type frequently or it’s a new development as the seasons change, keeping your skin moisturized can save you a lot of irritation while improving confidence in your appearance. Fortunately, there are dozens of remedies to treat dry skin, and most of them require little change to your normal regimen.

Before you head to your dermatologist or the skin care section of your local drugstore, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to naturally attract and retain moisture in your skin.

1. Drink More Water

Our first tip is the most obvious — keep your moisture levels up by increasing your water intake. Most people don’t drink enough water throughout their day, and your skin may be paying for it. If you want to decrease your risk of dehydration:

  • Find a good water bottle: Keeping a water bottle on hand ensures you can sip on it any time you feel thirsty. Find a reusable bottle you love and decorate it so you never want it to leave your side.
  • Make your water fun to drink: Don’t like drinking normal water? Any water is better than none. Try drinking more sparkling water or water infused with fruit to add extra flavor.
  • Cut your caffeine intake: Caffeine can dehydrate you. If you drink a lot of coffee or other high-caffeine drinks, you may be lowering the moisture levels in your body, even if you drink enough water. Try substituting coffee with herbal and low-caffeine teas.

2. Use Moisturizers and Sunscreen

If you think about your skin’s moisture, you likely already use a moisturizer regularly. But what about sunscreen? When applied after moisturizer, sunscreen creates a barrier that retains water inside and prevents UV rays from damaging skin and further affecting your natural moisture barrier.

Follow these moisturizer and sunscreen tips:

  • Apply directly after bathing: Swimming, showering, washing your hands and other water-based activities deliver moisture right to your skin. Make sure it stays there by applying your skin care products as soon as possible after you’re finished.
  • Reapply often: Sunscreen in particular has a limited life span. If you’re going to be outside for a while, reapply it every two hours or more often if you’re swimming.
  • Look for humectants, sealants and emollients: When deciding which sunscreen and moisturizers to use, look for ones with humectants, which attract moisture, sealants to keep moisture close to the skin, and emollients that fill the space between skin cells to prevent water from escaping.

3. Eat More Seafood

Lobster, sardines, oysters and other delicious tastes of the sea — a decadent, tropical meal can be more than a good time for your mouth. Seafood is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can give your skin that radiant glow you love while protecting it from free radicals, like UV rays and smog. It’s also a good source of fish oil, which can prevent or ease acne breakouts.

Certain types of seafood are high in other minerals, too. Salmon is packed with vitamin A, while tuna can boost your vitamin D levels. These nutrients improve wellness from the inside out, enhancing bodily functions for all organs, skin included.

4. Avoid Dry Air and Irritants

Sometimes, the reason your skin is dry may have more to do with your environment than your skin type. If your moisturizing measures aren’t working as well as you’d hoped, it may be time to consider external factors.

First, equip your home and workspace with a humidifier. Humidifiers give your skin a constant boost of quality air to fortify its barriers. Then, explore whether you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to other irritants.

Irritants can range from uncomfortable textures to personal allergens. Common irritants include fragrance products, wool and textured fabrics, soaps, detergents and plants.

Start Experimenting Today

As you can see, there are several methods for moisturizing your skin and bettering that natural glow. Try them one by one to discover which works best, or incorporate them all into your daily routine to experience better wellness overall.

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Your Skin in the Spring

Your Skin in the Spring

     4 Tips to Protect Your Skin in the Spring

Did you know that your skin care routine should change with the seasons? As harsh winter weather subsides and spring approaches, sunlight, warmer temperatures and humidity will dramatically affect your skin. Here’s how to protect it so you’re ready to welcome brighter days, whatever they may bring.

1. Look for Lighter Formulas

Frosty winds and freezing temperatures can do a number on your skin, especially your hands and face. Whether you spend most of your time indoors or often brave the biting cold, dryness, flaking, itching, cracking and scaly skin can happen to anyone.

That’s why so many people use heavy creams and moisturizers during the winter. Your skin is typically oilier in the spring, which means you can get away with using lighter formulas. You might even use ones that purposely dry out your skin to fight acne, improve skin tone and minimize fine lines.

2. Use Exfoliating Scrubs

Dry indoor heat and heavy moisturizers can leave skin patchy and dull. When brighter days are in the forecast, it’s time to revitalize and restore its warm glow. Slough off dead skin with an exfoliating scrub. Avoid plastic microbeads and opt for natural ones with granulated pumice, Epsom salt and even coffee grounds.

You can even make your own with ingredients you have at home. Use your hands to apply scrubs to your face and a loofah to exfoliate the rest of your body. Gently massage your skin to improve circulation and bring some color to your cheeks.

3. Add a Layer of SPF

Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is responsible for 86%-90% of skin cancers. That’s why it’s so important to protect your skin, even in the springtime. Save yourself the trouble of burns, blisters and sun spots by layering on broad-spectrum sunscreen before heading out the door.

Apply products with an SPF of 15 to 30 for the face and 30 to 50 for the rest of your body. Pick moisturizing ones that block UV rays while nourishing your skin.

4. Cover up Outdoors

Are you sensitive to chemical sunscreens? What you need is a wardrobe update. Add jackets, shawls and wide-brimmed hats to your repertoire and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

Many outdoor companies also carry clothing that promotes an ultraviolet protection factor. These stylish yet effective garments block ultraviolet-A and ultraviolet-B rays, just like broad-spectrum sunscreens. Stock up on these wardrobe staples before spring arrives to keep your skin safe.

Knowing Your Skin Type

Your skin care regimen might differ from your friends’. In fact, it probably should. Everyone has a different skin type that reacts to each season in its own way. Whether yours is dry, oily or somewhere in between, there’s a product and regimen that’s right for you.

It might take some trial and error, but once you understand the skin you’re in, purchasing products that are tailored to your skin type and goals should be a breeze. Stick with what works and keep an eye on the weather. You never know when you might have to switch things up again.

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6 Benefits of Probiotics for Skin

6 Benefits of Probiotics for Skin

There are so many ways that you can improve your skin and your skin care, from the inside out. Whether you have a great routine in place already or you’re simply curious about what other aspects of your lifestyle can benefit your beauty routine, you might be surprised to learn that probiotics can be fantastic for the skin. Even though probiotics are available in topical form, you can find plenty of fantastic probiotics to take orally that can benefit your entire body, in addition to your skin.

Here are some of the benefits that you might find when you take probiotics.

Improving Your Moisture Barrier

Your moisture barrier is one of the most important things when it comes to protecting your skin from damage, debris, and everything outside of your skin’s ecosystem. Not only does the moisture barrier offer protection, but it also helps to keep the skin hydrated by preventing transepidermal water loss.

By taking probiotics or even applying certain probiotic serums and extracts topically, you can strengthen the moisture barrier for better protection.

Balancing the Good Bacteria

Just like any other part of your body, your skin has the ability to balance good and bad bacteria in order to create the best environment for your face. Probiotics introduce bacteria into your system, but instead of harmful bacteria, it’s good bacteria. This can offer protection and improve your skin’s appearance and even the health of your skin.

Improving Eczema

By offering a bit of extra protection and balance, probiotics have shown the ability to reduce the severity of allergies and eczema. Although it’s obviously different for everybody, you can try taking or applying different forms of probiotics to see which ones work for you in conjunction with your usual allergy and eczema treatments.

Clearing Acne

As a result of offering a bit of extra protection and by balancing some of the good and bad bacteria, probiotics have the power to reduce skin sensitivity and irritation. Specifically, those who have especially dry or oily skin can benefit a lot from taking probiotics, as they can help to bring a little bit more balance to the moisture, which helps clear acne, discoloration, and other skin concerns.

Soothing

Although this one can go hand-in-hand with acne, it can also be true for many other skin concerns. If you tend to experience a lot of irritation and sensitivity, taking probiotics can be extremely soothing to the skin. Probiotics can help to reduce inflammation, acne, and even rosacea, all of which tend to come in cycles or as a part of a pattern.

Improving Gut Health

At the root of all of this, one of the most important things to consider is the benefit that probiotics bring to your gut health, and therefore your skin. Even though your gut health might seem unrelated to your appearance, there is actually a very strong connection between your gut health and the health of the rest of your body, which includes your skin. When you improve your gut health, you make the space for the rest of your body to balance in accordance with it.

Probiotics and the Skin

There are plenty of reasons to take probiotics, and improving the health of your skin is just one of them. By taking probiotics, you can improve your gut health, reduce inflammation, and introduce plenty of other benefits into the body’s systems, which happen to all be connected. From protecting the moisture barrier to clearing up acne and eczema, there are so many reasons why you might want to look into taking a probiotic for the health of your skin. Do you already take a probiotic, or are you simply looking into it?

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Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Hydrated

Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy and Hydrated

 

Getting hydrated and plump skin can be hard to achieve, especially if you live in a place with a hot and dry climate. Dr. Caren Campbell, a dermatologist in California, stated that residents living in places with hot and dry climates are more likely to suffer from dry and dehydrated skin. Due to the lack of water in the air, the natural moisturizing components on your skin evaporate at a faster rate than normal. Recognizing the impact of the climate on your skin, you need to hydrate regularly to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Here’s what you need to do:

Maintain a regular skincare routine

You may not be able to control the climate in your area but you can still provide the best conditions for your skin by practicing a regular skincare routine. Though this may sound like a lot of commitment, a proper skincare routine for dry skin can be completed in just three steps. First, you need to cleanse your skin from irritants and dirt using a cleanser. Next, you can address dullness and dehydration by applying a moisturizing treatment at least twice a day. Then before heading out, you must protect your skin against environmental aggressors by applying sunscreen all overexposed areas.

Apply a hydrating serum for an added boost

On extra hot and dry days, you can apply hydrating serums to complement your regular skincare routine. Many people prefer serums since they contain high concentrations of ingredients for maximum efficiency. So, if dry skin is your concern, you can apply serums with humectants before you put on moisturizer. An example of this ingredient is glycerin/glycerol, a moisturizing component that naturally occurs in the body. Another kind of humectant is urea, an organic compound that is part of your skin’s natural moisturizing factor. Thus, applying serums with humectants on extra hot and dry days can help in restoring your skin’s natural hydration levels.

Keep yourself hydrated from within

Aside from following a moisturizing skincare routine, you need to maintain your body’s natural hydration levels by drinking lots of water. After all, your skin contains 64% water, so you need to consume enough of it to maintain optimal health. In fact, our article on the bad habits that affect your skin emphasizes that dehydration can actually lead to dryness and even breakouts. Aside from drinking about eight glasses per day, you also need to avoid drinking sugary beverages and coffee, which can make you urinate faster. On top of that, limit your alcohol consumption because it causes your body to remove fluids from your blood, making you dehydrated at a faster rate.

Use a humidifier at home or in your office

Finally, you can improve the air quality in your own space during extreme weather conditions by utilizing a humidifier. These appliances produce and disperse water vapor that adds more moisture to the air. Since your environment can affect your skin’s health, humidifiers can ease irritation and dryness caused by poor air quality. You can even opt to purchase humidifiers that emit cool mists to further balance the environmental conditions in your home. To illustrate, evaporative humidifiers contain a fan that evenly distributes the cool humidity across a room. You can also alleviate dryness by using an impeller humidifier, which has a rotating disc that releases mist into the air. Whichever option you opt for, a humidifier should make it easier to maintain your skin health.

You can keep your skin healthy and hydrated by caring for it, both inside and out. Following a proper skincare routine, adding a hydrating serum, drinking enough water, and using a humidifier are good practices that can boost the hydration levels of your skin. Stick to these tips and, before you know it, you’ll have hydrated skin all day long.

Care for the Different Layers of Your Skin

Care for the Different Layers of Your Skin


You may remember talking about the various layers of the skin in biology class, but how does that apply to taking care of your own face in your beauty routine? Taking care of your skin means going deeper, and taking care of all the layers beneath. Depending upon which source you consult, most people consider the human skin to have between seven and eight layers. Although certain skincare practices Are purely surface level, there is so much more that you can do to take care of the whole of your skin. Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that you’re taking care of the different layers of your skin.

Use Chemical Exfoliators

Although chemical exfoliators might sound a bit harsher than physical exfoliators, the truth is actually the opposite. Most products can only penetrate the uppermost layers of the epidermis, as the skin’s natural barriers are designed to keep harsh and abrasive particles out. When you use scrubs and washes with beads, you can cause breakage and damage that ultimately harms the skin. Instead, go for a chemical exfoliator.

Always Moisturize

Speaking of protecting your skin’s natural barriers, moisturizing is always important, no matter what skin type you have. By using a moisturizer at the end of your skincare routine, you can offer a bit of extra protection by locking in moisture and preventing transepidermal water loss from taking place.

Avoid Alcohol In Your Skincare Products

Although it can sometimes feel satisfying to use products that contain alcohol — think of that clean, refreshing feeling that many toners and witch hazel products can leave on your skin — alcohol can actually throw your skin’s layers completely out of balance. Specifically, alcohol can strip your skin of the natural oils that it needs for protection and hydration, drying out the epidermis and causing damage to your skin over time with repeated use.

Try a Deep Mask

Just because you don’t want to cause deep damage doesn’t mean you can never go deep with your skincare treatments. In fact, there are plenty of times that going a little beneath the surface is important. In the case of things like blackheads, using masks and products that are intended to go deeper into the epidermis can help fish out excess debris and sebum that you can’t get from traditional products. Ingredients like clay and activated charcoal can be fantastic for this.

Head to a Professional

At the end of the day, the only person that is specifically qualified to go deeper into your skin on a consistent and regular basis is a skincare professional. Whether you schedule regular visits to the dermatologist to plan out your skincare regimen or you book a bi-monthly facial with your favorite aesthetician, putting your face in the hands of a professional is a great way to cover all your bases.

Taking Care of Your Skin, Top to Bottom

There are so many ways that you can take care of your skin from the top to the bottom. By avoiding harsh products and chemicals, moisturizing regularly and going to a professional when you can, you can make sure that your skin is always at its best, even in the places you can’t see.

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10 Bad Habits That Affect Your Skin

10 Bad Habits That Affect Your Skin

Skin care has become so much more popular in recent years, and for good reason! Skin care is about so much more than looking beautiful — although it can certainly do that too. Caring for your skin is about caring for the inside of your body as well as the outside, just like any other health and wellness routine.

There are so many ways that you can take care of your skin, and just the same, there are plenty of bad habits that might be impacting your skin. While of course everybody is different, there are a few universal skin care tips that are worth trying out no matter who you are. If you’re curious about the kinds of habits that can affect your skin, here are just a few of them.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to keep your skin healthy, and therefore not drinking enough water can have its consequences on your skin. Whether it comes as a result of dehydration or drinking sugary sodas and coffees, lacking water can contribute to dryness and breakouts.

Eating Processed Food

Similar to sugary drinks, processed foods filled with artificial sweeteners, processed sugar, white flours and complex fats can cause breakouts, excess sebum and oil that you’re likely in the market to avoid. Of course, everything is okay in moderation, but it’s best to keep processed food to a minimum.

Using Physical Exfoliators

This is a bad habit that can often be in good faith — while using scrubs, brushes and loofahs can sometimes feel good in the moment, it can actually cause abrasion and break down the moisture barrier that your skin needs protection.

Extra Hot Showers

Super hot showers, much like physical exfoliators, can feel good in the moment, but they are often much too harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin. Instead, try to take warm showers so you can relax and take care of your face.

Going to Sleep In Your Makeup

It can be tempting to crash at the end of the day without doing your evening skin care routine — especially if you’re extra tired. But going to sleep in your makeup is actually a bad habit that can cause breakouts, irritation and excess sebum and oil. Try to at least cleanse with micellar water before you hit the hay.

Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol is another habit that can affect your skin. Specifically, if you struggle with rosacea, hyperpigmentation, redness or dryness, drinking regularly can often trigger those skin issues. Try cutting back on alcohol or even going completely sober to see how your skin reacts.

Changing Products too Frequently

It can be fun to change up your skin care routine whenever you catch wind of a fun new product you’re itching to try — but let’s not forget that skin care routines are important for a reason. When you find products that work for your skin, you should keep them in your rotation.

Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but it’s also bad for your complexion. If you smoke cigarettes, try to cut back or quit, as they can cause premature aging, spots, hyperpigmentation and breakouts.

Skipping the SPF

Speaking of premature aging and spots, skipping out on sunscreen is one of the most common bad skin habits. Make sure that even during the colder months you keep applying an SPF of at least 30 before you leave the house in the morning — you’ll thank yourself in a few years.

Popping and Picking

Although pimple popping videos can sometimes be satisfying to watch and even satisfying to reenact, it can actually be a very bad idea to pop and pick when you have breakouts. Not only can it get bacteria underneath the surface of your skin, but it can also lead to scarring and spots.

Bad Skin Habits to Kick

Taking care of your skin is truly about going from the inside out. From the food that you eat to the way that you hydrate yourself, and even the temperature of your showers, there are so many places that you can improve your habits in order to take better care of your skin. Do you have a tendency towards any of these habits?

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8 Ways to Help Your Skin Age Well

8 Ways to Help Your Skin Age Well

Skincare has been all the rage in recent years, especially for the younger generation. Kids and teens are taking better care of their skin than ever before, and it definitely shows in the content and expertise that has emerged from millennials and gen z creators, as well as their products themselves. This means that in addition to the anti-aging methods and products already on the market, plenty of people are looking to treat aging before it even happens. This can be highly beneficial, as our skin actually begins to age as early as our 20’s.

With the rise of comprehensive sun protection and pre-aging skincare routines, there’s never been a better time to start caring for your skin so you age like fine wine! It’s never too early to get started. Here are eight tips to make sure your skin ages beautifully.

Moisturize

Yes, the proof is in the pudding. No matter how old you are and what your skin type is, you should still be moisturizing every day. In terms of anti-aging techniques, this holds true especially for those with dry and combination skin, as moisturizing can prevent wrinkles and protect the skin against damage.

Use an SPF

Many people will tell you that protecting your skin against the sun is one of the best ways to prevent rapid aging and skin damage, and those people would be right. Preventative, proactive maintenance tends to be more effective than reactive care. The sun can cause wrinkles and sun spots, and the sooner you start using an SPF, the more likely you’ll be to prevent those changes. Make sure you use a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher for the very best protection.

Take Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals, in addition to a balanced diet, can grant your skin the elasticity and resilience it needs to age slowly and gracefully. Multivitamins and collagen supplements can often do the trick, in addition to amino acids, magnesium, iron and biotin, which you can supplement at your own discretion.

Stay Hydrated

You can never go wrong with drinking enough water every day, and staying hydrated is one of the best tips for skin health and longevity. It can help provide healthy skin resilience and protection, especially if you make it a habit.

Quit Smoking

While this one can be tough for people, smoking can have detrimental effects on the skin over time. Not only can smoking cause sagging, age spots and wrinkles, but it can also impact your overall health. While quitting can certainly be hard, it’s worth it to cut back or try to quit, both for your outer beauty and your internal health.

Use a Retinol

Retinol treatments are sometimes considered to be a magical fix for all sorts of skin concerns. Essentially, retinol helps skin cells regenerate themselves and heal properly from damage. In a sense, it’s a kind of exfoliator. This helps both skin clarity and helps to prevent aging, giving you the best of both worlds. Just make sure that you use your retinol at night and keep up with your sun protection routine, as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Reduce Stress

Stress can cause the skin to age, just like other — arguably, more important — parts of the body. Too much stress can cause lines, wrinkles and other, more immediate problems like rashes, breakouts, acne scarring, bumps and other imperfections. Overall, if you’re looking to relax your skin, it can help to relax your life. While it isn’t always possible to zap all of your stress away, trying to reduce stress in little ways as much as possible can help reduce visible signs of aging.

Use a Chemical Exfoliator

We already talked about this a bit with the retinol, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Chemical exfoliators are far superior to their physical exfoliator counterparts. Not only are they gentler on the skin, but they also go deeper and help skin cell regeneration. Retinol, glycolic acid, AHA and BHA are all examples of chemical exfoliators.

Making Sure Your Skin Ages Well

Taking care of your skin has never been more popular, and for a good reason! The health of your face is a part of your overall health, and it’s never too late to start looking at longevity. Whether you’re opting for vitamins or a chemical exfoliator, you can take care of your skin and keep the wrinkles and creases away.

9 Foods That Are Great for Your Skin

9 Foods That Are Great for Your Skin

Skincare is all the rage right now, and whether you’re brand new to caring for your skin or you’ve had a routine for quite some time, there are so many ways to care for your skin, even beyond the products you use on your face. Namely, the food you eat and the fuel you put into your body can impact your skin’s health and appearance. While, of course, everyone is different and each person’s skin has unique needs, there are certain foods that can brighten, clear up and bring some bounce into your skin.

Self care is highly important, and taking care of your face and body is a part of the act of self care. If you’re thinking about which foods will be best for you to try out, it’s all a matter of your body and how your system reacts. It might take a bit of time to figure out the very best foods for you, especially if you have unique skin concerns and change up your routine frequently. But regardless of your skincare journey, these nine foods each have their own way to help you glow to the heavens. Here are just a few of the foods you can try out for better skin.

Water

Okay, technically this one isn’t a food, but it must be said. Making sure you drink enough water on a daily basis is one of the easiest and most effective ways to care for your skin through your diet. While drinking water alone won’t clear up acne or give you a dewy glow, the hydration can increase elasticity and moisture so you can heal faster and have more even skin.

Avocados

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and vitamin E, which can be great for skin elasticity, moisture and clarity — not to mention the anti-aging properties. Many people put avocado and avocado oil directly in skincare products, but eating it can also lead to benefits.

Bell Peppers

Specifically, red and yellow bell peppers can be fantastic for skin elasticity and anti-aging, as well as combating dryness. They come with lots of beta carotene, which converts into vitamin A within the body. They’re also full of vitamin C, which can help your body process collagen.

Seafood

Seafood and fish are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help with skin elasticity and healing. Not only can this offer hydration and anti-aging properties, but eating fish can even help protect against UV rays from the sun! Of course, you should always wear an SPF when going outside during the day, but a little extra protection can never hurt.

Green Tea

Green tea can help protect your skin from damage and aging. Similar to fish, the antioxidants in green tea can help protect against sun damage, and the catechin compounds can help with elasticity and clarity of the skin. Just make sure to avoid drinking it with milk, which can cause inflammation and lower the beneficial effects of the tea.

Leafy Greens

Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and other lettuces can be great sources of beta carotene, which can help repair damaged skin and protect skin by converting into vitamin A within the body. They’re also full of antioxidants and hydration.

Berries

Speaking of antioxidants, berries like blueberries, raspberries and strawberries can be great for protecting your skin and offering nutrients. Blueberries can be particularly beneficial for people with dry skin, sensitive skin and redness, as they’re vascular constrictors, which work to combat those symptoms.

Tomatoes

While some people like to use tomatoes and tomato extract directly on their faces, eating tomatoes can also give you amazing benefits for your skin. Specifically, they can help to control oiliness and provide anti-aging benefits.

Oranges

Oranges are high in vitamin C, which is exactly what you should be looking to add to your diet if you want to reduce wrinkles and aging — especially if you tend to have dry or combination skin. While recent skincare developments have seen an increase in direct-to-face vitamin C products like serums and face washes, getting vitamin C straight from the source is still one of the best ways to go. Other citrus fruits and juices can also be a great way to get your vitamin C in.

Foods to Feed Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is just as important as taking care of any other part of your being — and when it’s so intertwined with eating a healthy diet, why not take the plunge? While everybody has their own skin needs and sensitivities, you can find the very best foods for your face. Do you have a food you already love to keep your skin glowing?