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The Lowdown on Collagen

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We spend a lot of time focusing on the effects various products have on collagen in the body. There’s a good reason for why collagen is such a fixation in skincare. It is one of the fundamental components of your skin. Without it, your skin begins to suffer and is unable to take care of itself properly. That pretty much explains why we tend to be so fixated on what it can do for your skin and how to make the most of it. Not everyone has even basic knowledge of what it is, what it does, and how to help maintain it though. That’s unfortunate when you’re devoted to taking good care of your skin as it always serves you best to understand at least some of how your skin works to ensure its overall help. That’s why we’ve got a quick primer for anyone who isn’t aware of this vital element of the body. By the end, you should have a clearer understanding and appreciation of collagen and its role in your skin.

What Is It?
Simply put, collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your body. It helps to fill out a lot of tissue within your body. Varying types are used all around it ranging from it providing a core component to the organic parts of your body to supportive fibers in your muscles. The type used in your skin is best viewed as a kind of firming filler. It helps to hold up your skin and maintain its overall shape. Your skin can return to its usual shape after being pulled or pushed thanks to a combination of the proteins collagen and elastin. Collagen tends to take damage constantly though. This happens every time your skin moves and creates a fold. Repeated folding causes deep damage to the collagen that becomes harder to repair and that’s how we form fine line and wrinkles. As a result, keeping your collagen healthy is a crucial part of ensuring your skin’s health. You can do this by cultivating good habits and knowing what products to favor.

Habits To Avoid
Things that are bad for your body end up almost necessarily bad for your collagen. Excess drinking is a particular one that can end up leading to sagging skin through damaged collagen. Smoking is even worst for your skin as it will do the same thing through the introduction of chemicals and the introduction of free radicals into your body. These free radicals tend to bounce around in your body and damage cells as they go. Your body can repair the damage, but the constant movement of free radicals tends to reduce the effectiveness of all repairs your body tries to make. As a result, it is best to avoid such a habit. Similarly, you’ll want to protect your skin properly from the sun. Sun damage also gets to the collagen in your skin as well as introducing free radicals. Remembering to protect your skin and avoid tanning will help keep your collagen intact. Keeping these habits will help your product choices be more effective too.

Supporting Your Skin
The right products make all the difference when it comes to maintaining collagen. One of your best options is looking for anti-aging products. These tend to be rich in antioxidants which will help neutralize the free radicals bouncing around in your skin. This will help your skin be overall happier and healthier. Additionally, those same products tend to have high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E. Those three vitamins represent some of the best support you can give your skin. Vitamin A helps to boost cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby makes it easier for your body to repair the damage. Vitamin C offers various components that help to actually fuel the production of collagen in your skin and the process of healing damaged areas. Vitamin E offers the same benefit as vitamin C and thereby increases the overall effect of a product. Focusing on products that utilize such ingredients goes a long way towards keeping the collagen in your skin healthy.

Collagen, as a vital protein in your skin, should be respected. You need it to keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. It provides the firmness that keeps your skin filled out and smooth. When it starts failing, everyone notices and all you can do is try to make up the difference. It isn’t that hard as long as you maintain healthy habits and use the right products. Hopefully, you have a better understanding and respect for collagen now as you’ll be benefiting from its presence whether you do or not.

Methylene Blue Q & A

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The constant search for the next major ingredient in skincare leads people to search through countless plants and chemical compounds in the hopes of finding something that can help a particular goal. Most of the time this tends to lead to a lot of “miracle” compounds turning up each year. Different people champion these ingredients depending on their exact origin. The most common compounds to surface tend to be plant-based products that are given often excessive claims from people dedicated to “natural” skincare that forget that the chemicals used in skincare were often already derived from plants. Sometimes things are different though and a chemical compound becomes the new ingredient to beat in skincare. Currently, that is methylene blue. This chemical compound is well known to doctors and may have a future in skincare if one study is to be believed. With that in mind, it seems fitting to take a detailed look at methylene blue and see what we actually know about the compound when we separate it from the current hype.

What Is It?
Methylene blue is a comparatively inoffensive chemical that has been used by doctors for various conditions over the years. Currently, it is primarily used in the treatment of the condition methemoglobinemia. This condition is caused by issues with red blood cells being able to provide enough oxygen to tissues throughout the body. It can have a pronounced effect on the body up to an including changes in skin coloration. Methylene blue helps counteract this problem via injection. The compound has also seen use in helping to treat conditions such as urinary tract infections and cyanide poisoning over the course of its use. Despite being formulated in 1876, the compound has shown no signs of ceasing to be of use to humanity and with the potential applications in skincare it may gain an all new purpose as well.

How Is It Used In Skincare?
It isn’t at the moment. The current popularity of the compound is based on a single study that investigated the potential applications of methylene blue in skincare. They tested the compound of the 3D constructed model of human skin created from cultured cells sample from various people. This model is generally considered highly accurate and a good first step towards actual human trials. The researchers noted that methylene blue is a potent antioxidant and tested simulated topical application of the compound on the skin. The treated models immediately began to show distinct improvements. Many of the cells began to look and act as if they were younger than they actually were. This provides a promising lead on potential applications for methylene blue in the future, but the information is also so new that few, if any, companies are likely to have included in products yet. However, in the future, the compound may be an important component in anti-aging products.

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How Promising Is It?
We did observe that this offers a promising lead on potential future treatments, but it serves us all to have a realistic view of what this means. A single study is not enough to reasonably shift the approach of an industry. The study was peer reviewed and, as a result, the results have been replicated some already. Further replication will likely be required before the compound’s potential is fully accepted. Additionally, it needs to go to genuine human trials before we know the overall effects remain accurate. That and that alone will begin to make products using the compound begin to show up reliably. That too will only happen once the industry has had time to test the effectiveness of various mixtures of the compound in different products to figure out how best to make use of methylene blue’s potential. We are quite some time away from seeing the compound in regular use and its promise could be derailed at any point along the way.

Like all compounds with promise, we must look at methylene blue with a careful eye. It is always easy to see promise in something, but it is far harder for that promise to survive the necessary testing and rigorous examinations to prove it is a worthwhile investment. It may take time, but we could genuinely see methylene blue products in the future. The compound is perfectly safe when used properly and its addition to skincare would surely improve the industry if its promise survives. All we can do now is wait.

Your Moisturizer Is Not A Night Cream

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Knowing how to properly utilize your products is one of the keys to good skincare. This is one parts of skincare that ends up being a learning process that lasts our whole lives. After all, people are coming out with new versions of old products and all new products so often that we need to teach ourselves to use them properly. This learning process isn’t exclusive to newer things though. Not everyone starts out with an expansive routine or an idea of how to use every product. None of us do. This leads to situations where we can mistake one product for another or have particular misconceptions about a product. Moisturizers and night creams in particular tend to suffer from this problem. The name night cream tends to lead people not in the know to assume it is a form of specialized moisturizer used before bed. Night creams are a good deal more complicated than that and a simple moisturizer can’t replace a good night cream.

Nourishing Support
As a product class, night creams tend to be focused intensely on support for the skin. There are three major ways that they do this, but one of the most prominent is that they tend to include various nutrients that help to support skin health. This tends to mean they’re full of things like vitamins C and E. They settle into your face over time and take full advantage of the fact that night creams take a long time to fully evaporate to ensure your skin makes the most of these ingredients. The focus is on giving your skin that extra boost that can help it produce more collagen and elastin. These two proteins are integral to the structure of your skin and its ability to snap back into place when moved in any way. Without them, your skin becomes looser and contributes to the overall appearance of age. Nourishing your skin isn’t the only way that night creams fight the signs of aging though.

Anti-Aging Specialty
Vitamin A tends to figure heavily into night creams as well, but you wouldn’t know it without knowing a particular skincare secret. The most frequent form vitamin A takes in skincare is retinol. This variation on the vitamin is familiar to anyone interested in anti-aging products. You’ve likely seen it or another retinoid, a further variation on retinol, in many of the products you’re used to using. They work incredibly well in night creams though. An overnight product like a night cream gives the compound a long time to work properly. It helps to speed up the natural cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby helps to smooth things out and help to further stimulate skin repairs alongside other vitamins. The cost of this is that it makes the skin sensitive for a little while after using it. As a result, it is an ideal ingredient in a night cream as your skin will get all the benefits and recover by morning.

Beneficial Hydration
Night creams are actually moisturizing as well. This serves a dual purpose. The moisturizing aspect helps to make up for the potential dryness that retinol can end up causing. Additionally, it provides the general benefits of a moisturizer. Your skin will be more hydrated and as a result look fuller and healthier than it would otherwise. This will also contribute to it being better defended from damage than it otherwise would be under any other circumstance. It is important to note here that all the other benefits are what separate a night cream from a simple moisturizer. Night creams are still facial creams though and that necessarily includes the expected moisturizing effect. In the end, you will likely get a stronger moisturizing effect from a pure moisturizer, but the lack of other benefits will mean you’ll be doing far less for your face than if you actually used a night cream.

There a pronounced differences between moisturizers and night creams despite the latter having a moisturizing effect. Night creams help to support the skin in several ways that all contribute to healthy, youthful looking skin rather than a single way. As a result, you shouldn’t mistake one for the other. Many of us can get away with a simple moisturizer at night when we’re younger, but as we hit out 30s and beyond we’ll want to consider a night cream for that extra boost towards beautiful skin.

Anti-Aging Tips Inspired by Martha Stewart

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Domestic goddess Martha Stewart is 75 years old, but looks decades younger than her age. From green juices to a diet high in fish, here are some anti-aging tips inspired by Martha Stewart herself.

A Diet High in Fish
The Mediterranean diet, which is high in fish, has long since been thought to be the healthiest diet, and this is one that Stewart follows to quite an extent. Instead of eating large amounts of meat, Stewart obtains the majority of her protein from seafood, which is a practice that is said to be able to help with everything from weight loss to heart disease to brain health. Oily fish in particular are also high in omega fatty acids, which are especially beneficial for the skin.

A Green Juice Every Morning
While Martha Stewart’s schedule may usually be busy and hectic, she always makes time for a green juice every single morning. A green juice is one that contains green vegetables, usually of the leafy variety, and is filled with antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals and vitamins, often containing all of your daily requirements in a single serving. While you can make a green juice from just about any vegetable, one of Martha Stewart’s favorite recipes consists of a green pear, two celery stalks, two cucumbers, a bunch of parsley, a piece of ginger, and two orange sections with the rind left on. This is then all put through a juice extractor before being drunk immediately, as the sooner you drink it after juicing, the more nutrients your body will be able to obtain from it.

No More White Flour
Martha Stewart is an expert when it comes to baking, so this is a tip that is well worth listening to. Lately, Stewart has been experimenting with swapping out the white flour in recipes for healthier, more nutritious alternatives, as refined carbohydrates is extremely aging. Whether you opt for almond flour, for its protein and healthy fats, chickpea flour for its selenium and B vitamins, or brown rice flour for its iron and manganese, give these other flours a try the next time you are baking.

Organic Vegetables
Many believe that organic vegetables are just a fad, but there is no denying the amount of chemicals that the non-organic varieties can contain. In order to keep her ingredients as fresh and local as possible, Stewart grows the majority of the vegetables that she eats, including the ones she uses in her daily green juice, making use of her garden in the summer and a greenhouse in the winter. While this may not be practical for you, it is most definitely possible to make the most of fresh, organic ingredients as much as you can. If the organic section of your local supermarket is grossly overpriced, head to your local farmer’s market instead, as you will find plenty of healthy, seasonal produce sold here.

As you can see from these Martha Stewart-inspired tips, some of the best ways to fight against aging are from within. From feeding yourself with fresh, organic produce to cutting out refined carbohydrates, just a few simple changes to your diet may be all you need to keep yourself looking young and healthy.

Not Ready For Botox? No Problem!

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Botox is, for many, one of those beauty inventions that is almost beyond reproach. It lets us tame stubborn wrinkles that seem unable to be stopped all while ensuring lasting progress is made. Admittedly, the treatment has garnered a particular reputation for needing to be done correctly to ensure a natural look. There’s also the small matter that improperly administering it can also lead to paralysis issues in the face and jaw. This sort of baggage is why not everyone is always keen on reaching straight towards Botox treatments when they have stubborn wrinkles. The good news is that you have plenty of options even if you’re not ready to try Botox injections or similar treatments. We’ve put a few together in a short list as well as explanations of how they can provide you with similar results. This should help you make an informed decision about your cosmetic goals.

Retinol, Retinoids, And Your Face
There are few words are common in skincare these days as retinol. The compound is a particular form of vitamin A with its relatives, the retinoids, in turn being derivatives of it. All of them are useful when it comes to skincare for a number of reasons. One of the most important things they can do is actually encourage the overall cell turnover rate where they’re applied. This is important as maintaining a good cell turnover rate actually helps to overall minimize how readily wrinkles appear by denying them extra aid in formation. Some studies also imply that retinol can actually support the production of collagen in the skin as well. This structural protein is the entire reason why your skin is comparatively firm in youth. Gradual collagen depletion across life tends to be what causes wrinkles to form over time as habitual damage becomes permanent where skins folds regularly. This makes regularly using retinol and similar compounds incredibly useful when it comes to smoothing and minimizing all forms of wrinkles.

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Exfoliation Expertise
Many of the best options you have as an option other than Botox involve making a commitment to using specific products. Retinol, as we discussed before, is one of these, but another is ensuring that you’re remembering to exfoliate with a good chemical exfoliation compound. The biggest names in this category are the hydroxy acids. You’re more commonly going to run into the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic and citric acid than you are their older relative salicylic acid, one of the only beta hydroxy acids the skincare industry uses. These acids are all approved for use on the skin in specific concentrations. They help by dissolving dirt, grime, and layers of built up dead skin cells that can deepen wrinkles. Regularly exfoliating with these products goes a long way towards helping keep wrinkles to a minimum while applying them by lightly massaging the skin can cause blood flow that in turn supports collagen production. Notably, over-the-counter products take time to have a clear effect, but a supervised chemical peel can get you faster results in exchange for needing more aftercare.

A More Permanent Fix
Interestingly enough, there are a number of comparatively minor surgical alternatives to Botox that can permanently achieve many of the same results. Some of them focus on breaking up underlying issues by breaking accidental attachments between the surface skin and other structures deeper in the skin while others literally cut away the problem. The latter is perhaps the closest to the actual effects of Botox. These procedures work by removing the connection between muscles in the forehead of some of the muscles themselves to prevent the wrinkling from constant movement and bunching of the skin. The result is the same in that it allows the skin to repair the area over time and smooth out the lines to the point that they can potentially vanish. It is worth noting that as these are surgical alternatives that there is a risk of there being a minor scar involved, but much of the time the incisions involved are so small that proper care will make them practically invisible with time.

Most of us are so used to Botox being a standard beauty procedure that we don’t pause to consider alternatives. Good care goes a long way towards helping minimize wrinkles all over the face, but sometimes you need to go that extra step and have a procedure done. Your best course of action is almost always to talk to your dermatologist or cosmetic professional about your desires. They will be able to point you towards potential treatments that meet your criteria even if one of them is “Not Botox”.

How to Treat Blemishes After Age 50

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Skin conditions are something that follow us our entirely lives. Yes, our teenage years are frequently when they are at their worst thanks to acne, but there’s no escaping other issues over the course of our lives. Acne remains a regular problem for some of us while other factors can lead to yet other forms of blemishes forming on our skin over time. Trying to manage all these condition is ultimately what takes so much of our skincare time. It doesn’t really slow down as we age either. In many ways, menopause and other events in our later lives cause even more chances of blemishes turning up one way or another. How do we try to prevent and treat these problems? It seems almost futile when we’ll spend so much of our lives trying to keep our skin healthy with it never seeming to pay off while only getting a little harder each year to keep our skin healthy. While it may take a little more effort to keep your skin happy and healthy at 50 and above, you can do it and we’ve got tips on how.

Check Your Products
We need to keep in mind that our skin becomes increasingly sensitive as we age. That makes using a large amount of products ill-advised. Each one becomes a potential problem as our skin decides it will react differently with the passage of time. There are very few universal rules to help guide us in a way that avoids problems. Fortunately, one of them is useful at every age and bears emphasis: look for non-comedogenic products. These products are specially formulated to help ensure that they don’t get caught in your pores or otherwise contribute to further build-up. Check to make sure that all of your products have this label. If they don’t, then try to find products that do. This will help minimize the potential for issues and allow any existing issues to be more easily treated by ceasing to support a skin environment that nurtures blemishes. More direct treatment is sometimes necessary to keep things under control though.

Oil Control Is Your Friend
Skincare is confusing sometimes. Depending on who you are, your skin can end up fluctuating a lot over the course of your life. This becomes a particular problem when we start to approach menopause. Estrogen has a profound impact on skin health and losing a large supply of it contributes a great deal to a sometime sudden shift that can make blemishes particularly pronounced. Many people begin to experience a sudden increase in blemishes as their skin becomes that much more oily. Estrogen actually constricts pores to minimize the amount of your natural oils that can creep through to the surface. Once that begins to taper off, you can expect an accompanying increase in oil and the potential for problems. We recommend looking into gentle astringent products to help minimize the problems associated with this. They will provide light oil control that reduces the ability for blemishes to form while also letting your body and other products directly treat blemishes themselves.

Consider Retinol
We typically associate retinoids with anti-aging products. This makes perfect sense given the primary uses fall neatly into the territory of supporting the skin in such a way that helps to minimize the signs of aging. Many of these same qualities are useful for helping to prevent and minimize blemish formation. Retinol and its relatives are all derivatives of vitamin A that help to turn up the overall cell turnover rate of your skin. This is important as it helps to minimize the impact of anything that gets caught up in the skin as well as clearly away issues quicker. The other beneficial aspect is that they can potentially support the formation of collagen in the skin. Collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your skin and necessary to repair damage. This makes it crucial to minimizing the effects of blemishes on the skin. We advise being mindful about using retinol directly on any blemish though as the compound can be a little harsh on the skin when you first start using it.

The big takeaway from all of this is that blemish fighting in your 50s and beyond is mostly about prevention like it is at every age before. You can do a lot to simply minimize your chances with good skincare. Blemishes that turn up should heal themselves fairly quickly providing you’re able to make the effort. Just be mindful of how your skin reacts to care to ensure that you’re minimizing problems. Talk to your doctor if any blemishes are particularly stubborn as they may require specialized treatment.

Five Ways To Highlight Your Décolletage

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Age tends to force us to make certain concessions when it comes to how we present ourselves. We tend to reevaluate our appearance every decade to decade and a half for this reason. No matter how much care we provide, there is eventually a point where we can tell we need to make a change in how we present ourselves. We need to be clear about this to ensure there are no misunderstandings though. This doesn’t mean there are certain things you must be automatically banned from wearing after a certain age or that a particular look is for one age only, but rather that how we look asks us to experiment and find something that suits us again. Experiment with all the looks you choose and, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find one that is always in your favor. Not all of them are though as clothes that expose one’s decolletage can be less flattering once we hit our 40s or older without taking the right steps. The decolletage can become a sign of age instead. We have some tips on how to make it stand out even as we age though and be a point of pride instead.

Exfoliate
Appropriate care if your best option when it comes to properly emphasizing your decolletage as you age. The skin tends to be thinner and as a result it tends to be more susceptible to damage and other ill-effects. You’ll generally see wrinkles by your 40s if you’re not taking proper care of the skin. Exfoliating it regularly is a great step towards helping maintain your decolletage though. Exfoliation helps keep the skin clear and youthful looking while minimizing the potential for wrinkling. We recommend massaging the area as you apply your exfoliating product as well. This will encourage a healthy and attractive natural glow from blood flow. Be gentle with the area though.

Moisturize
In a similar vein, you’ll want to ensure you’re regularly moisturizing the area as well. Dry skin wrinkles easier than any other skin and is even more prone to it thanks to folds being deeper from dead skin cells. Regularly applying moisturizer helps to maintain the moisture barrier of the thinner skin while keeping it plump with a healthy amount of moisture. This maintains the youthful, healthy, and smooth look that can start to fade in our 40s and above. Maintaining the look will help add emphasis to your appearance that others lack.

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Try Highlighting
You can add a bit of makeup to help highlight the area once you’ve appropriately cared for it for a little while. This trick involves using the play of light on the decolletage. As a result, it generally isn’t the most suitable for low light situations, but can be highly tasteful for particular spring and summer outfits. You’ll want to use a highlighting product, but instead of centering it directly above the cleavage you want to target your collarbone instead. This trick will help encourage the flow of the eye throughout the area and add emphasis everywhere you want it instead of a particular area.

Try A Specialty Product
There are actually products available that can help you reverse or improve the overall appearance of your decolletage even if you’ve noticed a bit of sagging. Firming creams are useful for just this purpose. They help by supporting the collagen in your skin. Collagen is a vital structural protein that provides firmness for much of your skin’s life. Additionally, many firming creams also support the production and maintenance of elastin, the protein that lets your skin snap back in place and minimizes wrinkling.

Keep Protecting The Area
You’ll likely already be experiencing a little wrinkling if you’re in your 40s and even more if you’re older. We recommend using this as a reminder that you want to protect the area to prevent wrinkling from becoming a problem. Proper protection that minimizes wrinkles will make your decolletage even more noticeable as you age by helping you remain youthful looking. Follow the other care suggestions we’ve given and make sure to apply sunscreen to the area. It should be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection to get the most protection.

You can do a lot to help emphasize your decolletage as your age. Tastefully doing this involves helping it look its best and minimizing the impact of age on the area. You can use a few makeup techniques to give a slight tasteful highlight with the right skills too. Remember that looking your best by defying age tends to draw more eyes as we age. Consider trying these tips out now that spring is approaching. You might just be able to break out that old favorite outfit of yours without feeling self-conscious.

Revive Your Dull, Parched Skin

Putting life back into dull, parched skin is a common concern in skincare circles. It just seems like our skin doesn’t always know what is best for it and begin to rebel in one way or another. Maintaining good skin health is important though. That’s how we look our best and help our body to defy some of the more visible signs of aging. Reviving dull, parched skin isn’t the hardest skincare task in the world, but it does require focused attention on the problem. After all, skin doesn’t get that way without us missing out of some clear skincare emergency cues. Not everyone knows the appropriate way to help their skin once it gets in this state. That’s where we come in. We have a few tips that should help you do exactly what you need to do to help get your skin back to its normal, healthy self. These will still require a bit of time to properly work, but they will do the job in most circumstances.

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Clean That Skin
Dullness can happen for any number of reasons. It is a common symptom of several forms of neglect towards the skin. This symptom is especially common when it comes to dry skin though. We know the best ways to begin treatment of dull skin specifically because the issue is so common. You need to start with dedicating yourself to properly cleaning your skin. This is to help minimize the interference that your products encounter when you start applying them as much as it is about removing the extra layers of dead skin contributing to the dullness. Rinsing and cleansing are fairly basic skincare concepts that we don’t really need to cover again. However, you want to find a gentle chemical exfoliating product for this step. These will help to properly minimize any problems you might experience from the excess dried skin without further contributing to the problem. Don’t forget to massage the product in using tight, overlapping circles. This will massage your face and thereby stimulate blood flow to further reduce potential dullness.

Moisturize
Yes, this is the most obvious step to take when dealing with parched skin. That is exactly why we need to emphasize it. Frequently the problem that leads to a situation with dull, parched skin isn’t a form of neglect caused by simply not caring about your skin. Instead it tends to come from a situation where we haven’t been watching what products are doing to our skin and in turn a problem slowly started to build up. Moisturizing effectively is frequently the key in a skincare routine because some of our products dry out our skin regularly. You can easily evaluate how your skin feels after your normal moisturizer and swap to a heavier one if need be. In fact, we encourage this. The signs of dryness that you’re looking for are a tight feeling to the skin. It typically feels a little taut from even simple movements. Additionally, the dullness we’ve highlighted can begin to become a problem as well alongside redness. These basic signs are all you really need to be able to tell you might want to switch an even more hydrating moisturizer for the sake of your skin.

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Sleep
Sleep has a surprising level of importance when it comes to helping to revive your skin. That’s because of the crucial roles that sleep plays in your body’s overall health. It is the one period during each day that your body knows that you mostly won’t be moving at all. You’ll be using far less energy and won’t be inflicting new damage on your body as a result. That’s the perfect time for repairs. Your skin focuses most of its energy in getting things done during this window. That makes it one of the favorite times for your skin’s natural shedding to occur. All those unwanted dead skin cells start to flake off to make room for newer and healthier ones to continue their job. This is important as it refreshes the skin at a cellular level over time. Not getting enough sleep simply encourages buildup that ends up causing various skincare issues. Sleep is particularly good for helping solve dullness, but getting enough time to heal daily can also end up meaning your skin has a better ability to retain moisture as well.

Taking good care of your skin isn’t a few days of the week commitment. It means giving your skin your full attention at least once every day to prepare it properly to face the new day. You can do it fairly easily when you have a good routine, but you need to do your best to minimize any problems that come up. That’s the only way to avoid problems with dull, parched skin. Taking that time for good care will keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful for a long time.

How to Pamper Your Décolletage

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of pampering our skin by this point in our lives. After all, pampered skin helps us look our best no matter the situation. It can be a difficult path to travel though. There are so many little things we need to remember about proper skincare. You need to do this before that with something of that temperature right after you do that other thing. Confusing doesn’t even begin to cover how it all appears from the outside. All these little rules and reminders serve a purpose though. They are what makes sure we don’t neglect one part of ourselves for another and thereby diminish our appearance overall. Making sure we get all of these little bits right is in many ways the key to fighting back against the signs of aging across each of our lives. With that in mind, we’re going to talk about the appropriate ways to pamper and treat your décolletage.

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My What?
The term isn’t necessarily as widely known as it once was, but it remains an important part of skincare and fashion language. Simply put, the décolletage is an easy way to refer to your neck, shoulders, and upper torso. It particular it tends to reference the area of the upper torso along the cleavage in particular. The term is French and originally referred largely to the upper line on low cut dresses, but naturally shifted to encompass the area as well. Many of us have our share of outfits that make the most of exposing this area. They’re a good confidence booster and help us both look and feel younger. Improperly caring for that area tends to add years onto our apparent age though. That’s because wrinkling of the area is fairly common and easily caused by our outfits and habits. Creating cleavage can fold some skin and as can sleeping on our sides or being neglectful of protecting the area. Fortunately, you can correct and work against these problems quite easily.

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Protective Factors
Wear sunscreen. This is sincerely the single most important thing that you can do for your décolletage. Sun damage helps to degrade the collagen in the skin and as a result it begins to lose firmness. When this skin folds, it folds even deeper and damages yet more collagen over time. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming comparatively quickly if we’re fond of lower cut shirts. It is important to note that you also stand the chance for a higher rate of skin discolorations in the area if you’re not wearing sunscreen on it as well. So remember to use SPF 30 sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection anytime you’re going to be outside or near windows for most of the day. It is a simple and easy way to guard against signs of aging. Additionally, you’ll want to stick a pillow between your breasts if you’re prone to sleeping on your side. This will prevent further creases from forming due to gravity while you rest.

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Care and Pampering
Taking care of the area isn’t actually that hard. It largely just involves extending your normal skincare routine a little lower than you normally would. For instance, your décolletage benefits from regular exfoliation and moisturizing just like the rest of your skin. This can be particularly important if you’re fond of low cut tops. Exfoliation will help keep the skin look and feeling healthy. This is important as it also reduces the rate as which wrinkles form by helping to shed unwanted layers of dead skin. Additionally, the process of applying the exfoliating product massages the area and as a result boost blood flow. You’re further promoting healthy skin by doing this. Moisturizing the area will help make the most of the regular exfoliating by helping to keep the area at a health level of hydration. This keeps the skin plump and smooth looking. In turn, your can expect your décolletage to look that much younger and healthier. It is made up of your skin and follows the same rules as the rest of it. Just remember that gentleness is key.

It remains strange that so few people know that they need to tend to their décolletage to help ensure their appearance long term. You need to care for all your skin to keep it healthy. This goes doubly when you’re potentially exposing an area of skin to the sun regularly. Learning to take proper care of often neglected areas of your skin will go a long way towards helping you look your best for years to come.

How Your Attitude Reflects On Your Skin

How you look says a lot about you. Yes, many of us do our best to construct a look that conveys who we are to the people around us, but there is a baseline that we begin at. This is where we can see how who we are has affected our skin. Lots of little things alter this ranging from the products we use, the habits we cultivate, and even our general attitude towards life. Life writes these messages of who we are into our skin. It gives people a quickly processed shorthand to go off of when we first meet someone. What is your skin saying about you though? Lots of factors control your appearance, but you might be surprised to learn that attitude is among the most prominent. It reflects underlying mental states that can be helping or hurting your skin regularly. It may seem outlandish, but you’ll have a clearer understanding of how this works by the time we’re done.

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The Lasting Effects of Stress
It is important to highlight that stress in its many forms tends to affect our appearance the deepest. This is true regardless of the form that it takes. Think about how you felt the last time you were stressed. Those constant levels of irritation and frustration aren’t any fun. Your body is constantly producing stress hormones that in turn damage your skin and various other organs of your body in small, but dramatic ways that degrade their effectiveness. This alone tends to lead to duller and more easily damage skin. Stress tends to contribute further to things though. We’re anger and frustration tend to mean we’re furrowing brows, frowning deeply, and otherwise showing fairly pronounced expressions on our faces that bunch up and wrinkle our skin. When our skin isn’t doing as well this makes the effects of such expressions all the more pronounced. Failing to maintain good stress management will gradually hurt you in almost all respects if you’re not being careful and not to mention that a grouchy attitude will make fewer people want to deal with you.

Depression and Skin
The next worst offender when it comes to attitude or mood affecting your skin is depression. This one is a lot harder to solve than stress though. You can manage stress without necessarily needing help, but much of the time depression means needing to see a professional for help. It isn’t just being sad. Depression is a sense of existential loss and failure that makes it hard to do anything. All of that does nothing to help your mind and certainly doesn’t help your body. It inclines you to do less overall. You end up taking less care of yourself and isolate yourself increasingly from the world in many cases. Some kinds of depression allow people to maintain the appearance of functionality while in private they’re falling apart. Skin ends up looking unhealthy under the effects of depression because your whole body becomes sluggish. Skin tone becomes worse, the skin dulls, and overall becomes easier to damage as your body just can’t muster the effort to care for itself.

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A Sunny Disposition
Overall, the takeaway from how mood affects your skin should generally be that you want to maintain a relatively balanced life where you adequately manage stress and other issues. A positive disposition paired with a willingness to laugh does actually help your overall health. It is pretty good for your skin as well as it means you’re healthy enough to do what you need to do to maintain your health. We do need to note that all the smiling you’ll be doing will affect your skin as well. Laughter lines and similar wrinkles tend to specifically form due to folding in the areas where the appropriate expressions are made. These are actually among the most reliably forming wrinkles beyond those around the eyes. The good news is that they say nothing other than you’ve lead a decent life and are likely to be good company. That’s something worthwhile to leave showing, isn’t it?

We carry our histories and our attitudes around with us visible for all to see if people know what to look for when they see us. The subtle hints at an ill-temper or lingering depression show even if others aren’t truly conscious of them. That’s how people just seem to know to ask how you are sometimes. A positive outlook on life will have its share of effects too. In the end, all we can do is accept that our moods, much like our diet, affect how we appear and make the most of it.