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Guidelines For Ladies With Sensitive Skin

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Skincare is complicated enough for most people without having to worry about sensitive skin. After all, we have to figure out what our skin type is while paying close attention to how our skin behaves to products to find a good combination for our skin. That only lasts for so long too as we’ve got to worry about the fact that climate extremes and time will mean our skin’s needs will change at some point and thereby, make us go through the whole process again. Sensitive skin just seems like it exists to complicate matters further. Anyone with sensitive skin can tell you that it is a frustrating experience, but it is possible to care for your skin without it one revision after another to one’s skincare. It is a matter of knowing the basic guidelines for dealing with sensitive skin. Those aren’t that hard to learn. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common ones so that we can all have a better idea of how to treat both sensitive and sensitized skin.

Stick With Gentle Products
It may seem obvious, but there are particular products out there designed and marketed with sensitive skin in mind. A lot of the time these are marketed as “gentle” or will overtly state that they are “for sensitive skin” on the bottle. The formulas are meant to provide the benefits of the product while utilizing less reactive and potent compounds to avoid accidentally causing a negative reaction. It is particularly important to stay alert when figuring out the right cleanser to use. A surprising amount of cleansers will include traces of salicylic acid in them to aid in their job, but that compound tends to be too potent for sensitive skin. Favor cleansers that use glycolic acid instead as it is less potent. This will help minimize unexpected issues that might otherwise lead to unwelcome skin issues. Admittedly, there are other things anyone with sensitive skin needs to do as well to keep their skin healthy and properly protected.

Wear Sunscreen
Yes, wearing sunscreen is important to everyone to keep their skin healthy, but it is especially important to those with sensitive skin. Remember that sensitive skin has a lower overall threshold when it comes to becoming irritated or damaged. That means protecting it properly means giving that much extra focus on the basic ways to do just that and not just on avoiding skin irritating products. The general rules for using and applying sunscreen don’t really change that much for people with sensitive skin. We do wish to encourage looking for non-comedogenic sunscreen though. The formula will help avoid clogging the pores of people with sensitive skin and causing generalized irritation that can lead to broader skin issues. Beyond that, you’ll still need to make sure that the sunscreen you’re using offers broad spectrum protection to help guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Consider using sunscreen that offers SPF 50 instead of SPF 30 too. The extra protection should give sensitive skin a little extra time before problems become evident.

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Keep Hydrated
Dry skin and sensitive skin are often part of the same conversation for many people. Skin becomes sensitized as it dries out and people with sensitive skin are more likely to have “dry and sensitive” skin. That means countering the dryness tends to become a major concern when it comes to trying to protect sensitive skin. It needs that natural moisture barrier of your skin to help minimize sensitivity. Without that barrier, sensitive skin just reacts in an even more pronounced way to anything that affects it. We recommend that people with sensitive skin remember to moisturize regularly to help soothe and maintain their skin. It should help minimize problems. The catch here is that they need to be aware of their skin type beyond it being sensitive to properly match the moisturizer to their skin. Creams will work well for anyone with dry skin while lotions will work best for average skin. Hydrating toners are the best for anyone with oily and sensitive skin.

Taking care of sensitive skin can be a frustrating affair for many people. It makes sense given how reactive sensitive skin can become even upon being exposed to a small amount of any given product. Remembering to take this into account with minimal product tests and proper care will go a long way towards helping ensure that sensitive skin remains healthy.

Don’t Ignore Your Summer Skin Care Needs

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It is important to remember that taking care of your skin means ensuring that you’re properly taking care of your skin’s needs at all times. Most of us don’t have a problem with this because skincare becomes routine. This changes over time as our skin becomes more sensitive to the changes brought on by the seasons. Your skin has particular needs in both summer and winter. This is thanks to the shift in the weather tweaking how your skin behaves in each of these extremes. Winter is known for its cool, dry air that tends to become a bane for anyone interested in skincare thanks to the potential for severely drying the skin out. Summer is a different story. All that sun and sweat bring different risks to the front that need to be dealt with to avoid a summer of breakouts and other issues. We’ve got a quick look at some of the major summer skincare needs so that everyone can be just that much more prepared.

Stay Clean
Summer is almost always associated with sweating a little more regardless of the country you happen to be in. That extra sweat is actually one of the primary concerns of summer. Remember that, as you go about your day, your skin is constantly defending itself from particulate matter, micro-pollution, and countless other little things out to damage it. These materials, as well as dead skin cells, end up accumulating on your skin fairly regularly. They get caught in the natural oils your skin secretes to keep itself healthy. While this is part of your skin doing its job, it would be wrong to ignore the fact that also leads to problems. The extra sweat of summer makes this more of a problem as it can motivate clumps of oil and debris to flow down the skin and end up dragging them into pores. You could end up facing more breakouts this way. That’s why you need to get in a quick shower or bath any time you’ve physically exerted yourself a lot in summer. Wash away the sweat instead of letting it set to stay ahead of the problem.

Woman applying sunscreen

Wear Sunscreen
Most people have a vague idea that they should “maybe” wear sunscreen more in summer. It being so vague tends to lead people to make incorrect decisions where they forego sunscreen a lot of the time in summer with the reasoning that it won’t really hurt their skin. We would like to stress that this is incorrect. Not only do you need to wear sunscreen all the time, but sun exposure is actually a little worse in summer. We all need to be that much more attentive when it comes to ensuring that we apply sunscreen during the hotter parts of the year. This will help to minimize cumulative sun damage over time and ensure that our skin looks its best for longer. Remember that you’ll want to find and stick with a sunscreen that offers you broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to ensure that your skin is being properly defended. Some clothing treated to resist the sun won’t hurt either.

Don’t Tan
Avoiding hurting your skin in the summer goes a long way towards keeping it healthy. Tanning is, natural or in a tanning bed, in no way healthy. A lot of people try to convince themselves that a little light tanning in summer can’t really hurt their skin. This isn’t correct. A tan is a sign that your skin has been hurt to a degree because that is how your body reacts to a specific amount of routine sun damage. Tanning is not good for your skin. Yes, plenty of us grew up with the idea that it was a good, natural, and healthy, but later research showed the damage it was doing to our skin over the long term. If you want a sun-kissed look for the summer, we strongly advise that you look into a good sunless tanning option. These are a lot better now than they were in the past and can provide a simple yet effective way to get the desired look.

Taking care of your skin’s needs during summer is all part of a pattern of seasonal skincare. Learning to make adjustments to your routines that place slightly more emphasis on some components at specific times of the year goes a long way to helping keep your skin healthy. Making the effort may not seem like it has many immediate benefits, but you will see the benefits eventually.

The Secrets To A Radiant Looking Complexion

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Looking our best takes effort. There’s no denying that many of us get frustrated with the constant demands that good skincare places on us. The simple fact is that the world is constantly causing wear and tear on our skin. That’s why it needs us to give our skin all the help it can get to help it keep itself repaired. This help takes many forms. Many of us favor finding and using the best products we can while others integrate positive lifestyle changes that support better skin. Good skincare blends lifestyle, product, and habit choices that all build towards the same goal though. This gives your skin the best chance it can to build and maintain its natural radiance with minimal problems impairing it. Not everyone knows how to go about this though. We’ve got a quick look into some of the major ways you can help support your skin’s health for anyone unsure of where to begin.

Lifestyle
These changes can be some of the most difficult to make as they involve changing major parts of our life and sticking with those changes. The one you’re probably already anticipating is needing to eat a healthy diet. This is an incredibly good way to help build up your skin’s natural beauty. Your skin needs various nutrients regularly if it is going to keep itself intact. This is a biological fact. Making sure you give your skin what it needs is helpful while failing to give it what it needs will just diminish its appearance. There are plenty of guides available to help you eat a healthy diet without sacrificing taste. We recommend finding one that suits you and wish to remind you that a healthy diet favorite fruits and vegetables heavily with meat playing a minor role. You’re also going to want to cultivate good exercise habits. The increase in circulation helps to properly distribute the nutrients from your diet and overall boosts your skin’s health. These two lifestyle commitments go a long way towards making sure your skin looks its best.

Product Choice
Picking out the best products is one of those things that fans of skincare are frequently criticized for as much as they are consulted about it. This duality doesn’t make putting in the effort any less trying though. We all need to be aware that our skin is changing over time and what meets its needs one day may not meet it later in our lives. Staying aware of our skin type is key to making sure we don’t make this mistake. The general rule is to remember that each decade, starting at 30, brings a gradual decline in how well our skin retains moisture and its natural repair processes. Maintaining the regular use of anti-aging products can go a long way towards countering this problem. Products with retinol in them are particularly good as they help increase cell turnover rate. Don’t neglect nourishing products like serums though. These can give your skin’s production of collagen and elastin, important structural proteins, a boost that will help keep your skin looking comparatively youthful and health. Products are best paired with good habits in addition to large-scale lifestyle changes.

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Habits
Most of us get less sleep than we should and it ends up showing in our skin. Sleep is when our body gets to put the most effort into repairing damage. Without enough sleep, our skin dulls and natural color tends to suffer. Good sleep hygiene like going to bed at the same time every day can go a long way towards helping with this problem. Additionally, we all need to make sure that we are always protecting our skin. This means remembering to wear sunscreen. So many of us are bad at this and yet it is the key to helping ensure that we age gracefully. Remember that any sunscreen used to protect the skin should be at least SPF 30 and provide broad spectrum protection to guard against both UVA and UVB rays. You’ll be able to minimize potential damage from sun exposure in this way and thereby minimize some of the signs of aging over time.

Learning to shift all you can in your life towards making your skin healthy and beautiful can take time. Broad lifestyle changes are particularly hard to do given they involve working against what our impulses tell us to do. Making the effort to change things, cultivate good habits, and finding the right products will help to provide a naturally healthy glow and color to your skin. That sort of natural radiance can only help to ensure that you look your best.

Safe Tanning Options

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There are few things that look as appealing as a healthy tan. It looks good, feels good, and complements one’s looks at almost every time of year. Unfortunately, the process of getting the tan tends to be a problem. Naturally tanning yourself in the sun involves exposing your skin to large amount of UV rays and just adding on to the amount of sun damage you’ll have to answer for later in life. Many people try to get around the problem by opting for a tanning bed, but this is even worse as it exposes your skin to many times more UV rays than just tanning outside. Everyone wants to look tanned, but the most immediately obvious options are bad for us. There are plenty of ways to get a tan that doesn’t involve exposing your skin to UV rays while still giving us the much-coveted look. We’ve got a quick overview of some of the easiest ones.

Spray tan

Spray Tan
Yes, we’ve all heard horror stories about various sunless tanning options. Spray tans are no different in this regard, but we need to stress that the bad days of these options are long past. Most options are perfectly acceptable and natural looking these days as long as you’re ensuring you’re getting a quality treatment. Spray tans, in particular, tend to be relatively safe given a poor one results in a bad reputation for the business providing the service. A spray tan is a relatively simple and quick way to get the tanned look with minimal fuss. Many beauty-oriented businesses will offer them. It involves the simple application, typically airbrushing, of the compound that will give you look you want. The downside is that spray tans tend to have a comparatively short life cycle and tend to need to be touched up every week to week and a half compared to other options. Sprays tans are generally good if you’re looking for a tan for a specific event.

Sunless Tanning Lotions
This option, in particular, has been subject to a lot of horror stories. There is really no reason left for it either. Sunless tanning lotions are actually one of the best options now but they take time to actually do their job. They rely on repeated applications to create the desired effect. You slowly build up to your favored level of tan through repeated application and use the lotion to maintain that level of tan as opposed to actual tanning. They are useful, stable, and natural-looking. The slower build does mean that lotions are less than ideal when it comes to quick prep for an event, but they are a good way to maintain a seasonal tan that is otherwise indistinguishable from actually getting the sun. This makes them particularly good for a light yet healthy tanned look in seasons like winter where one wishes to maintain healthy look despite the lower light levels. They can be used in any season to great effect though.

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Bronzers
Some of us have experimented with this kind of makeup, but not all of us. Bronzers, true to their name, try to emulate that healthy tanned look for many people. A light application creates the effect of a basic tan for many people while adding that extra layer natural vibrancy that so many of us want. There are plenty of forms that bronzers take as well. Powders tend to be the most popular with sticks and spray being fairly close behind. The former tends to focus exclusively on the face while the latter can often be used anywhere. Gels are another option when you’re looking to get a good look, but they aren’t necessarily ideal as they are easy to mess up. Mistakes with gel bronzers do still lead to unnatural skin tones that are both highly obvious and embarrassing. Bronzers of all sorts are good for very limited events or simply looking your best for an evening thanks to the ease with which they can be removed.

Getting a tanned look doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your skin’s long term health. Natural tanning and tanning bed use both expose your skin to unwelcome levels of UV rays. Internalizing this knowledge and finding safe tanning options is ultimately what will help protect your skin. Making the effort will help ensure that you look your best for years to come and don’t hurt your own chances at aging gracefully.

Restore Your Skin’s Natural Radiance

 

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Healthy skin has a distinct natural beauty. We all recognize it. There’s this certain pang of acknowledgment and a bit of jealousy many people get when we see someone whose skin is clearly healthy. Good skin, after all, is at least partly genetics. Anyone can do this that pulls their skin away from being healthy though. Life seems to conspire to get us to take up habits that end up hurting our skin and taking away its natural radiance. We’re left wishing that our skin could look as good as the people whose skin seems naturally resilient and beautiful. The good news is that anyone can work towards restoring their skin’s natural radiance. It involves taking a few steps to take better care of one’s skin, yes, but none of them are particularly hard. All we have to do is commit to taking the necessary time to provide this care and wait for the results to show.

Get Enough Sleep
One of the worse things we do to our skin is not getting enough sleep. This is because sleep is because our body goes into “repair mode” when we sleep as it can finally direct the majority of its energy towards fixing any damage that has been done to our body. It is the primary time that our skin fixes the various things that have been done to it over the course of the day. Without this time, your skin will gradually begin to look less and less healthy while various signs of aging or ill health become more apparent. This is thanks to your body not being able to repair the damaged collagen, one of the body’s primary structural proteins, that provides structure to your skin. Failing to repair the problem results in situations where the skin beneath the eyes can end up becoming thinner and making you look more tired while wrinkles begin to form more readily. The natural firmness and springiness of your skin begin to suffer too. Getting enough sleep is vital to ensuring your skin is naturally healthy and beautiful.

Exercise And Get a Massage
Blood flow plays an important part in creating the healthy, natural glow that so many of us have wished we had in the past. There is a really short list of what we can do to actually get the look. It honestly means that we all need to be exercising more. Regular exercise helps to increase overall blood flow that in turn keeps our skin healthy and gives it that subtle, healthy flush. That little bit of redness that helps us to look our best tends to fade some when our blood flow isn’t as good as it could be and is part of why we tend to look so pale when we get sick. All you really need to do is remember to take a brisk walk for half an hour to an hour a few times each week and that should be enough exercise. You can also do your circulation a favor by getting a massage. We especially recommend a facial massage for a bit of concentrated aid.

Get A Facial
The natural glow of your skin also becomes diminished over time thanks to skincare routines not always keeping up with the skin’s needs. Our skin’s needs change over time and we all hit a point where we only realize we haven’t been doing all we could just a little too late to help. Fortunately, a facial can be a really good option for a quick “reset” to your skin’s health and cleanliness. The combination of cleansing, exfoliating, and nourishing goes a long way towards restoring a natural luster. It is particularly good if you already have a known skincare issues that you’re trying to control that has gotten out of hand. Regular facials are a good option if you can budget the time for them. Regardless of whether you can or not, a good facial should do its part to help restore a healthy glow. This is especially true when combined with a healthy lifestyle and proper skin protection.

Keeping and maintaining a natural radiance goes a long way towards ensuring we look like our best selves. Makeup is always there to help, but we should never forget makeup’s purpose is to help enhance. Looking our best naturally before we apply makeup will only make the effect more striking. It may take some effort to maintain a natural radiance, but it is worth it for the sense of confidence and beauty that it provides.

Gently Remove Stubborn Makeup

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Makeup is one of those things that often feels hard to live without. This is largely because we know our own faces so well and there’s always something that bothers us about them. Maybe it is that one wrinkle that never goes away or perhaps persistent dark circles no matter what we do to counter them. The potential problems are as numerous as the people with them. That’s why so many of us like makeup. It helps us to see ourselves and feel confident in facing the world. Yes, sometimes it has something to do with looking our best to impress, but too many people mistake that for the only reason. There are some downsides to makeup though. Leaving it on can cause skin issues. Some mixtures of makeup react poorly with people’s skin due to various factors. Other times the makeup just doesn’t seem to want to let go of our skin. This stubborn makeup can be a problem, but we’ve got a few tips to help you gently remove it with as few problems as possible.

General Purpose
This is one of the time times we’re going to universally recommend the use of oils, but they are frequently one of the best ways to get makeup to rinse away. A lot of foundations and concealers have oil bases that help them be creamy and avoid drying out the skin quickly. As many problems as this can sometimes cause for some of us, it helps avoid a broader number of problems for the rest of us. Oil-based products tend to be water resistant while a good oil can help rinse them away just as readily as water will get rid of other things. Raw oils aren’t necessarily the best option due to their unprocessed nature, meaning there will be plenty of “extras” riding along with the oil that you might not necessarily want on your skin. With that in mind, we recommend looking for oil-based cleansers instead. These will give you the extra help you need to get off stubborn makeup while remaining gentle.

Seeing Clearly
Removing makeup from particularly sensitive areas of skin tends to be problematic. After all, trying too hard to remove it tends to create just as many problems as it solves. The end result is typically a situation where your skin ends up red and inflamed as you proclaim victory over the stubborn makeup. You can do better. Petroleum jelly products tend to be a good way to get around the problem if you’re careful with them. They can be used around the eyes and allowed to sit briefly to help break up the makeup below them. As a gel, it will also help avoid drying out your skin while it does this. You can use this trick for areas beyond your eyes too. Some people use it to help restore the natural color to their lips as well. We do recommend thoroughly cleaning any area you use this trick on with lukewarm to warm water and a gentle rag. This will clear out any remaining jelly as well as hopefully carry away the last bits of makeup.

Specialty Options
Both of the previous suggestions are fairly broad approaches to help fix stubborn makeup. Most of us can use them readily no matter where we go. They might not have the same success rate as actual specialized products. If the furthest you’ve gone is makeup wipes, there are actual layers beyond that. These specialized products tend to be formulated to be both strong and gentle to help clean their targeted areas. A good way to start is to have independent products to help clean each area of makeup. Yes, your own cotton pads paired with a specialized remover are generally going to be far better than a quick makeup wipes run at the end of the day. You can soak the pads more thoroughly and feel confident that they can actually get the job done without hurting your skin. Most specialized remover products are meant to stay within the tolerance limits of the skin they’re targeted to help and will, as a result minimize any problems. Don’t keep scrubbing if it is proving too resistant though. You can always try the other options we’ve suggested.

Generalist makeup wipes are seldom the best at what they do. They’ll get the job done a lot of the time, but the residue they leave at other times can cause problems. It calls for a more individualized approach to makeup removal. Specialized products or proper use of oils can go a long way to fixing this problem. We strongly encourage everyone to remember this to help ensure they don’t habitually leave makeup residue on their face. That’s only going to cause problems further down the proverbial road. Make the effort to clean your skin properly and it will take care of you for years to come.

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”.

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.

Woman examining decolletage

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.

Oils That Provide Moisture From Head to Toe

Oils are one of the not-so hidden secrets of skincare. They are particularly good for helping to care for the skin in a comparatively natural and gentle fashion. The approach doesn’t work well for all skin types, but those that it does work for can benefit immensely. You need to know what you’re doing though. Some oils aren’t necessarily the gentlest on the skin depending on the concentration. Many products using them have a particular balance of a given oil, but don’t exceed it to avoid irritation. That’s an important distinction to make when it comes to using oils in your skincare. You need to ensure that you’re apply the correct amount to ensure proper head to toe skincare. Too much will easily result in skin difficulties. So what oils are actually good for you? Let’s quickly review a few and what they conditions they’re best suited to alleviate.

Argan oil

Argan Oil
Any oil you use is going to be fairly hydrating. That’s part of its nature as an oil. Some of them are just a bit better than others at helping to seal moisture in your skin and helping it to heal. Argan oil is one of these thanks to the large concentration of vitamin E found within it. Vitamin E supports the production of collagen and elastin in the skin. This keeps your skin more youthful and maintains the internal barriers that help to prevent moisture loss. Thinning skin loses moisture far faster than healthier skin. You get a further bonus from using argan oil on your skin too. The fatty acids in it are capable of helping to support the very cells of your skin. These help to maintain the cell walls and make it even easier for your skin to retain moisture at the lowest levels. As a result, argan oil is good for supporting adequate moisture in the skin as well as helping fight the signs of aging.

Olive Oil
Strangely enough, properly produced and treated olive oil can also be an incredibly beneficial thing to use on your skin. Making sure it is produced and treated correctly is the key here. Yes, you could technically use the cooking equivalent, but you’re a bit more likely to end up with skin issues than you are healthier skin. Olive oil’s primary use is for helping to hydrate the skin. That makes it very good when it comes to helping people with dry skin. Properly prepared olive oil can do wonders as the various nutrients and compounds in it do wonders for your skin. The oil is particularly packed with antioxidants and fatty acids. The antioxidants help to support your skin’s natural repair functions, something you’ll need with dry skin, while the fatty acids supports the cells as discussed before. You could do far worse when it comes to selecting a product to help improve your skincare results.

Tea tree oil

Tea Tree Oil
Oils and oily skin generally don’t mix very well. That’s why we warned you early on that not everyone can actually make proper use of oils in skincare. There are a few exceptions to the rule though. Tea tree oil sits in an interesting place when compounds in it actually give it a degree of all natural oil control. It is easily able to displace your skin’s natural oils without being too harsh on the skin. Additionally, it helps prevent the doubled production of oil as a result of dry the skin out simply by being an oil and hydrating your skin at the same time. This make it one of the few options you can potentially use if you have oily skin. Some suggest that there is a natural antibacterial property to the oil too that can help manage acne breakouts when used regularly. These combined features make it a decent option for hydrating oily skin without going too far. Be mindful of how you use it though to avoid getting too much of the oil control astringent effect.

Oils are a good method of skincare, but need to be carefully applied. Look for professionally produced oils meant for skincare to help ensure both the quality of the product and the instructions for use are accurate. That will ensure you’re getting the most out of the product without doing any harm to your skin. An oil won’t necessarily become your favorite product overnight, but it may give you an idea for a new avenue in your personal skincare journey.

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.

Depressed woman

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.

Woman with sunny disposition

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.