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Exfoliation Is Essential For Great Skin

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There are some basic considerations we all need to remember when it comes to ensuring healthy skin. Rinse and cleansing, as two of the most basic steps in a routine, are vital despite their simplicity. They help to clear away various kinds of grime from our skin and uncover the healthy skin below. Cleaning the skin effectively ensures that it both looks and feels healthier overall while minimizing the chance for issues. Exfoliation helps to do much of the same but goes a bit deeper than simple surface cleaning is capable of doing all on its own. It actually helps support your skin’s natural healing and cleaning processes that are meant to keep your skin healthy and intact regardless of any damage it takes. The complex supports systems within your skin were taking decent care of it long before skincare was invented, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve upon them. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at exfoliation and why it is essential for great skin.

Understanding Your Skin
To understand exfoliation’s place in skincare, you have to have a clearer understanding of how your skin is structured and what exactly exfoliation is simulating. Human skin is composed of multiple layers. Each of these layers has particular roles ranging from providing structure to housing glands to offering protection. The outermost layers are the ones tasked with the latter duty. That’s why the absolute outermost layer of your skin is actually composed of dead skin cells. They form a layer of skin that will be otherwise unfazed by any damage they take as the cells are no longer alive. We shed these outermost layers at a fairly consistent rate every day and replace them to ensure that barrier remains intact. Unfortunately, they don’t always detach as effectively as we might like or as well as nature thinks they do. This can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells that dull our skin. Exfoliation is the solution to this problem.

Supporting Nature
Built up layers of dead skin can result in around two scenarios depending on the location of the buildup and the amount of friction the skin experiences. Most of us are familiar with getting calluses on our feet, for instance, from childhood or another time we opted to forego shoes for a while. The calluses themselves are build-ups of dead skin cells caused by our skin responding to wear and tear on that area of skin by building up a barrier. When this happens anywhere else on our skin, it results in a dulling of our skin that takes away our natural glow. Dead skin cells simply aren’t the best at letting go of one another and exfoliating helps to bypasses this problem in nature. It loosens them or breaks them away from the rest while thinning those outermost layers. You maintain protection for your skin while keeping it healthy looking. The best part is that you’re able to clean your skin more effectively when exfoliating properly.

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How To
Exfoliating products can be broadly broken down into physical and chemical exfoliating agents. Physical exfoliating agents are the rough materials you typically find in scrubs. The rely on rough edges at a microscopic level to perform the exfoliating. These products physically wear away at dead skin cells and grime. Unfortunately, this has the potential to damage more sensitive skin and as a result, physical exfoliating products are best used on the body rather than the face. Your face will typically benefit the most from chemical exfoliating agents thanks to the even coverage they provide as well as the relative ease of finding products of the right potency for your skin. The most common chemical exfoliating agents are acids at skin friendly concentration levels. They dissolve the problems away for you. Regardless of the kind of exfoliating product you’re using, you should only be exfoliating once or twice a week to avoid harming your skin.

Exfoliation is an important part of skincare because it supports your skin’s natural regenerative and cleaning processes by fixing some unexpected problems with the processes. Working on these issues is necessary to maintain smooth, clear skin as it prevents your skin from getting too dull. It also happens to be a good safeguard against your pores getting overly clogged by dirt and grime as well by helping strip away potential problems. Just try to remember not to over-exfoliate or you’ll end up causing more problems than you’ll solve.

Improve Your Internal Constitution For Better Skin

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Skincare often becomes easily obsessed with the surface of our skin. It is easy to understand how this happens. The surface is all we can really see, touch, and feel. That’s how we get feedback on how things are going deeper in our skin and within our bodies. This does lead to an unfortunate situation where we forget that what is going on inside is just as important as what we’re doing for our skin on the outside. All of our topical products can only do so much if we’re dragging our body down in other ways. In this way, our internal health is directly related to the health of our skin. There are certain things we can all do that will help improve our health internally and in turn improve our skin. They’re worth considering if you truly want to make the most of your skincare and health as they’ll help your skin be more resilient and ensure you age that much more gracefully over time.

Watch Your Diet
This may seem like a given, but it needs to be highlighted given so many of us tend to take shortcuts when it comes to our diet. A healthy diet is good for all of you. Your body needs you to eat a balanced diet so that it has all the materials necessary to keep itself functioning and healthy. We often forget this and end up thinking about eating as simply a matter of not being hungry. Eating a healthy diet is easier than you might think, but it does take some lifestyle adjustments. The human body is best support with a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables with meats playing a supporting role in our diets. That will generally get us the nutrients we need without it involving too many excess calories like a meat heavy diet. Changing one’s diet can be a difficult process though. Consider talking to your doctor for help in adopting a healthier diet and working towards an overall better lifestyle.

Exercise
A good diet is a beginning point to improving your internal health. It provides the materials your body needs, but you can take measures to improve distribution of those materials. Regularly exercising goes a long way towards helping to maintain better overall circulation throughout your body. This is particularly important to your skin as it often has lower priority than other organs of your body. Improving your overall circulation through exercise will ensure your skin, like the rest of your organs, gets its fair share of the nutrients that you’re eating. Improved blood flow is also associated with improving your skin’s ability to repair itself. All of this contributes to improve your overall internal health as well. Your body will be more resilient in the face of various kinds of damage and better able to handle whatever the world throws at it just like your skin. Diet and exercise are incredibly useful for improving your internal health and thereby your skin quality, but you do have another important thing you can do too.

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Corrections
Improvements to internal health take many forms. There are active things we can do like the ones we’ve discussed and then there are the passive ones that involve making sure we’re not doing something. Giving up some of our bad habits tends to go a long way to improving both internal health and skin quality. Drinking more than one should is one of the big culprits here. Remember that alcohol is technically a poison and every drink has to be processed and filtered out of your body. One to two drinks a day is the maximum for adults looking to keep their health and what counts as a glass will vary depending on your choice of drink. Another major culprit is smoking. The particular combination of chemical introduced through smoking hurts your internal health and can end up directly damaging your skin. Giving up the habit is necessary if you want to ensure you have the best skin possible. This doesn’t mean smoking less, but truly giving it up and staying away from the habit so your body can repair the damage. It may be hard, but your health will improve.

Your internal health and the health of your skin are intimately connected. Working your way towards the best skin possible requires making sure that you’re taking care of it both from the outside and the inside. Remembering this will help ensure your body has all it needs to take proper care of itself and ensure your overall health and appearance are more to your liking. Making the adjustments to care for things like this will take effort, but it will repay itself in time.

Tips To Help You Save Your Cuticles

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Most of us use lotion on our hands at least once a day. That dry, cracking feeling from sun exposure just isn’t fun for anyone. The lotions tend to be used mainly on our fingers, palms, and the back of our hands though. We often forget to pay close attention to the tips of our fingers where our nails lay forgotten and suffering from it. Our nails need loving attention too to keep them healthy. This is especially true when it comes to dealing with our cuticles. They are the most fragile parts of your nails and can easily suffer permanent damage if you’re not caring for them properly. The fact that they are incredibly thin skin and sensitive skin tends to be the main reason for this. Many of us have neglected our cuticles so long that they need special attention. That’s why we’re going to look at a few good tips for have we can all save our cuticles.

Moisturize
Moisturizing is necessary to keep your cuticles healthy. The fact that the skin is so thin means they are incredibly susceptible to damage from all sources and that there is less to seal in moisture in that part of your skin. This is a bad mixture for their health. It means that even a few days of neglect at the wrong time can lead to cracking cuticles. As a result, you generally want to make sure that you’re rubbing your hand cream or lotion around your nails at the same time that you’re touching up the rest of your hands. This will provide a continuous moisture barrier that helps keep the skin healthy and refreshed. You can help your cuticles recover even faster by looking for a nourishing cuticle oil as well. This will help restore and rejuvenate your cuticles while keeping them healthy and moisturized. There are other options available to you as well that can further help restore them.

Protect
It is important to stay aware of the fact that countless little things we do in a day can hurt our cuticles. The biggest offenders tend to be harsh products that damage our skin. Avoiding this is a little easier than you might think. Just wear gloves when handling household chemicals or any other harsh product with your hands. This will keep a barrier between your cuticles and the chemicals outside. Detergents, bleaches, and cleaners are all potential sources of problems. However, it isn’t just household cleaners that can be an issue. If your cuticles are looking worse for the wear, it is time to step back from nail treatments and polish for a little while. These products and the removal process tend to be unnecessarily harsh on the skin and particularly on cuticles. Cutting back on exposure to these sources of damage will help your cuticles heal. Moisturizing and protecting your nails will go a long way, but there is one last thing to remember if you want to save your cuticles.

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Get Professional Care
Mani-pedis exist for a reason. There’s no shame in the fact that we all tend to get sidetracked occasionally. Sometimes this ends up resulting in damage to our cuticles. Mistakes happen and it is possible to come back from them. You’ll likely want a little extra help though. This is especially true if your attempts at personal cuticle care have resulted in accidentally trimming or pulling a cuticle in the wrong way. Most professionals should be able to give your cuticles that extra care they need to heal. They also generally have the tools and know-how to help shape them a little to help disguise any accidental damage done during the healing process. Just try to make sure you find a reputable spa or nail salon to have your hands pampered at to ensure a quality treatment. As long as you do this, you should be able to help save your cuticles and bring them back from their damage state.

Caring for your cuticles is as much about nail health as it is ensuring your nails look good. Healthy cuticles simply help to give your nails a naturally beautiful look. It does take effort to maintain that good health though. Learning how to care for your cuticles properly should go a long way towards minimizing any nail care emergencies, but never forget to keep building up your own knowledge of skin and nail care to keep working towards looking like the best you.

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.

Snail Mucin Is Trending

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Beauty is found everywhere if you know where to look for it. The natural world is teeming with it and with countless ways, we can improve our own natural beauty. Admittedly, we don’t always notice in our modern products due to the beauty and skincare industry refining the plants and other compounds by specifically taking the ones that actually help one’s skin. Plenty of people try to return to this earlier time by using products with less processed ingredients. That’s how we all tend to end up finding out about some of the more interesting natural ingredients and compounds that can help our skin. We’re seldom surprised when it is a plant, but plenty of people seem surprised when they find out snail mucin is another natural skincare wonder. More and more people are coming to understand that slimy trail can help their skin though. That makes it worth taking a more detailed look at to see just what we know about snail mucin and skincare.

An Earlier Era
There are plenty of ingredients in use today that we know have historical roots. These roots are some of the deepest foundations of modern skincare as they were often utilizing compounds we now extract and refine in a less polished way. Snail mucin is a good example of this. There have been some suggestions that its use as a beauty treatment began as early as the ancient Greeks, but it is possible that the treatment predates the Greeks and we simply lack a written record. These treatments passed along to neighboring civilizations as well. People utilizing snail mucin in ancient beauty routines tended to utilize the direct route where they simply allowed snails to crawl over their face. This form of treatment leaves a nice, thick trail on the skin and is still used some today. The modern era does have a few other options for utilizing snail mucin for people who aren’t quite sure about letting some put snails on their faces.

How We Use It
Snail mucin is a surprisingly versatile compound in skincare. As highlighted above, traditional treatments using actual snails are part of the current trend as more adventurous people try out that ancient beauty treatment. There are more refined ways these days though. Many companies, especially Korean ones, actively harvest mucin from snails to integrate directly into sold products. These products come in as many forms as any other source of skincare too. Creams tend to be among the most popular options though due to its long staying nature. The mucin itself, which is mostly water, typically isn’t what is actually going into the products. Mucin goes through a filtering process that separates the water from the beneficial nutrients and compounds found within the mucin. This filtered concentrate them goes into products to provide their various benefits. There is a lot of potential for compounds utilizing snail mucin as the various compounds within it are capable of addressing a variety of skincare issues and helping to support many skin types.

The Benefits
One of the immediate benefits of snail mucin is the simple fact that it is highly hydrating as a compound. Studies indicate that it is a healthy, natural source of hyaluronic acid. Most of us will recognize that name from various super hydrating moisturizers. What tends to surprise many people is that snail mucin is also a tremendous source of antioxidants as well. That makes it an incredibly potent anti-aging ingredient. Not only does the mucin help fill the skin back out with proper hydration, but it also helps reduce damage from free radicals so that the skin has time to actually repair itself. There are some studies that suggest there may be an antimicrobial effect to the mucin as well. This could mean that products using it might also have a future in helping combat acne. That’s a lot for a little bit of slime many people would otherwise ignore. It is possible to make the most of these products in any skincare routine as long as you’re using the products correctly.

Snail mucin is one of those surprising skincare secrets that many people didn’t talk about for a long time. Admittedly, you can’t just take a stroll through local gardens and collect your private secret to skincare success. Cosmetic snail mucin is harvested from carefully cared for snail farms and processed to help give the most refined benefits. Additionally, you’ll want to spot test any snail mucin products you might use as there is potential for an allergic reaction just as with all products. Snail mucin may not sound the most appealing on the surface, but a closer look reveals that it is skincare gold.

Tips For Tackling Morning Skin Care

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A morning skincare routine is a good way to start your day. It offers a concrete way to give your skin that little pick-me-up it may need some mornings while ensuring that you look your best. Making the most of morning skincare does require knowing what you’re doing though. Some things are best used in the morning while others are best saved for the evening. There are very good reasons for these separate product groups, but not everyone knows how to make the most of them. That’s what we’re going to try to fix in this article. Knowing the right tips can enhance your morning skincare routine and ensure that your skin not only looks its best all day long, but also is a healthier for it. We’re going to need to confront a few misconceptions about product use to do this so that we cut back on those unknowing mistakes we’ve all made at one point or another.

What Not To Use
Certain anti-aging products are ill-advised as part of a morning routine. Check any that you’re using for retinol or retinoids. These are derivatives of vitamin A that are incredibly good for increasing the skin’s cell turnover rate, but they have an unfortunate downside. Products using those ingredients tend to be lightly irritating to the skin as well as making the skin more immediately susceptible to sun damage. The reason for this is twofold. A lightly acidic effect helps to clear the skin slowly over continuous exposure. That’s why redness and peeling are common effects when we first start using retinoid products. That lightly acidic effect helps to clean the skin, but also ends up reducing the overall barrier between your inner layers of skin and the outside world. The other reason is that some studies suggest the ingredients react to sunlight in such a way that it makes matter worse. So avoid retinoid-based anti-aging products in the morning.

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Clean Thoroughly
Morning routines are the time to thoroughly cleanse your skin. This is to help make up for the oils and debris that have settled onto your skin overnight as well as potential lapses in remembering to remove your makeup before bed. Thoroughly cleansing your skin is key to ensuring all of your products work as well as possible. Remember that the rinsing before your cleanse needs to use lukewarm to warm rather than hot water to avoid any damage to your skin from overly hot water. Beyond that, morning routines are a good time to experiment with a double cleansing technique. This process of using first an oil and then a foam or water-based cleansing product goes a long way towards ensuring that your skin is as clean as possible. You’ll be able to properly use a serum and any other nourishing products your choose to use in the morning to give your skin a boost in health.

Focus on Moisture
A morning routine is your chance to prep your skin for the day. This is particularly important to remember in winter and summer where the weather is at more extreme ends than the other two seasons. Moisturizing is key to keeping your skin properly healthy and resilient in the face of potential skin damage. Getting the most out of moisturizing isn’t that hard. The main goal is to remember to apply your moisturizers while you’re still in the shower, but after you’ve turned off the water. Damp air will keep your skin moist while you’re applying products and make it easier for your moisturizer to seal a healthy amount of moisture into your skin. This extra effort will help reinforce your skin’s natural moisture barrier and hereby make it more resilient to all forms of damage during the day. Additionally, it will help ensure your skin is more filled out to create the look of perfect health many of us desire.

Morning skincare routines are our chance to set the tone for the day. It offers a clear way to support one’s skin by making sure that it is appropriately clean and ready for the rest of the products you choose to use. Admittedly, one of the biggest things to focus on is proper moisturizing. Don’t accidentally use any retinol products though as the last thing you want to do at the start of the day is sensitize your skin to sunlight. Keeping these tips in mind should help you make the most of your morning routine.

This Beauty Procedure Is A Game Changer

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Staying serious about skincare generally means hunting for newer and better ways to care for one’s skin constantly. After all, the refinement of our personal skincare routines can only go so far before we start straying into territory where we might be using too many products and need to reset our routines to figure our skin out again. This typically happens when we jump around to too many products in an effort to find the best products without realizing there are only so many products we can layer on at a given time while getting the full effect and not causing issues with our skin. Our routines need to be good, yes, but we can make up for any lack of perfection by looking into having the right procedures or treatments done to give our skin that extra boost that we desire. The best option for most of us is to look into getting a regular facial.

Truly Clean
One of the primary benefits of a facial is that it helps push your skin towards being cleaner than it would otherwise be through your routine alone. A European facial, in particular, is known for attention to detail when it comes to ensuring the skin is cleaned. Rinsing, cleansing, and exfoliating are all part of the facial and done with quality products all at once. The products used are particularly important in this case. Most facials make sure there is time for the products they’re using to sit on your skin and do their job as thoroughly as possible. This is a great deal different from most of our routines where we’re rushing to try to get through one step to get to the next so we can move on with our day. By thoroughly cleaning the skin, a facial is actually laying the groundwork for some of the other parts of a standard European facial that can further improve the skin’s overall health.

Extracting Problems
Most of us have problems with clogged pores at one point or another. It is an inevitability of life. Most of the time these will be largely kept under control by a regular routine. This is especially true if one remembers to exfoliate. Facials tend to help a lot due to the thoroughness of their cleaning, but the truly wonderful part is found when you realize that an extraction is a fairly common part of such facials as well. This involves the professional gradually seeking out clogged pores on your face and manually clearing them with the appropriate tools. It is a highly effective way to ensure that stubborn blogs don’t end up becoming a problem later. Most of the time this comes after the initial cleaning phases, but before any products meant to nourish the skin. Opening clogged pores like this will help further increase the cleanliness of the skin as well as making the last parts of a facial even better.

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Nourishing Care
Most of the time you’ll be treated to a treatment meant to soothe and nourish your skin towards the end of a standard facial. This takes advantage of all the cleaning that has gone before to ensure your skin gets the most nutrients possible. By removing all the grime, oil, and unclogging pores, your skin is better able to absorb the products that work to nourish the skin and push it towards being healthier. The actual products used by a given spa or professional will naturally vary from business to business, but it isn’t uncommon to find products rich in vitamin C and E as these help to support the skin repairing damage and as a result can help settle the skin after extraction. Aloe vera can also be common for a similar reason. The boost to effectiveness helps to ensure that your skin will leave a facial as fresh and healthy as possible. That’s why facials are a good way to help “reset” the skincare clock occasionally by giving you a fresh beginning.

Facials tend to be something we think about as more of an occasional thing to indulge in, but this is doing them a disservice. Regular facials can be a game changer when it comes to skincare. The boost to the cleanliness and health of one’s skin cannot be overstated. Facials will help ensure your skin looks and feels good. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your routine, but it does mean you may want to consider adding facials to your skincare rotation.

Skin Care Viscosity Is Important

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Skincare is more of a science than most people care to know. We juggle countless factors to determine the best ways to care for our skin. Skin type is a big one and seems simple enough until you realize combination skin exists and external factors such as climate and season can impact the skin’s behavior too. This is further compounded by the fact that polluted air can have an impact too and reduce the effectiveness of some things or damage the skin in particular ways that it needs another kind of support. On top of all this, skincare products need to be used in an appropriate order to make the most of them without one getting in the way of another. Figuring out all of these factors and how to account for them is part of good skincare. While a lot of them are individualized, we can give a quick overview of appropriate product layering because that, at the very least, is universal.

Defining Viscosity
The word is, in essence, a way of compressing the idea of how thick a given product is at a given moment. Think about the range of skincare products available. Some of them are almost water-like in how thin they are and as a result, need to be used carefully and quickly to make the most of them. At the opposite end of the spectrum is are products like body butter. The thick moisturizers offer a clear way to seal things next to the skin while by comparatively harder to spread, but long lasting. Accounting for these varying levels of viscosity in your skincare routine is necessary to try to make the most of all of the products available to you. This is because many of us layer products each day and in appropriate layering will diminish what all of our products can do for us and thereby reduce the effectiveness of our skincare. Fortunately, learning to do things correctly is relatively easy.

The Order of Application
All you really need to do is remember that you start with the lowest viscosity products and work your way up to the higher ones while finishing with the highest one. In practice, this translates to remembering to apply things like serums first. These products are more or less a fluid of highly concentrated product that gets spread quickly. Serums are quickly absorbed into the skin and can have something applied over them in relatively short order after that. Lotions and similar products go on after serums due to their easily spreadable, but thicker nature. This includes gel products as well. You’ll need to make your own decisions on which of those is thicker depending on the individual products though. After those, you’ll want to apply creams. These are typically one of the thickest products most people use and will be where many stop, but the scale keeps going up for those with thicker products. Finishing on the thickest product after starting on the thinnest product is the goal.

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The Why of the Situation
More of our products require us to apply them in the same general area. This is especially true when it comes to facial skincare. As a result, it is easy for products to end up getting in the way of the other. Applying in an order based on viscosity helps to minimize this problem. Lower viscosity products are easier to spread overall and thinner. This means they don’t last as long once applied to the skin. They are absorbed or evaporate off quickly and thereby clear the way for the next product to be applied. Moving up by gradually applying thicker products, in turn, allows the thicker products to properly layer and seal in any remaining parts of the early product and improve their overall effectiveness. The final seal with a thickest product provides this for everything beneath it. Maintaining the proper order thereby lets you make the most of every product you apply to your skin where layering is required.

Viscosity is simply another factor that we all have to juggle when trying to make the most of our skincare. It isn’t that hard to factor into our routines either. All it requires is remembering to start with the thinnest product we’re applying to a given area and gradually working our way up to the thickest product. This ends up going a long way towards ensuring our skin is as healthy as possible while doing our best to avoid diminishing the effectiveness of our chosen products.

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.

Don’t Skip Sunscreen In These Sensitive Places

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As one of our largest organs, our skin deserves the kind of care and respect that you’d pay to any other important organ of your body. That’s what makes it so confusing that many of us persist in giving our skin only a token amount of care and protection despite its important roles. Yes, the skin has various functions that help look after it, but that doesn’t make it perfectly able to care for itself. This is especially true when you realize that how resilient your skin tends to depend on how thick it is in a given area. There are areas of skin that are thinner and more sensitive than the rest. They need extra attention paid to them to ensure that they receive the care necessary to keep one’s skin healthy. Sunscreen, in particular, is a must if you want to keep them healthy. Let’s quickly review some of these sensitive places so we can all be sure that we’re providing them with appropriate protection.

The Face
Our faces tend to have some of the most sensitive skin as a whole. It is, on whole, far thinner than most of the skin on your body with few exceptions. As we highlighted above, there is one area of particularly special consideration when it comes to the face, but it needs focused attention as a whole too. Look for a good facial sunscreen. These will be noncomedogenic to minimize any chance of clogging your pores. Not every sunscreen that is used on the body as a whole necessarily has this benefit. Consider using a slightly strong SPF on your face as well. The average SPF required to protect the body is around 30 SPF, but going up to 40 or 50 can give your face a little extra protection. Don’t be afraid to try out makeup or skincare products with SPF in place of traditional sunscreens though. These can add a further layer of defense that helps to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Around The Eyes
Some of the most sensitive skin on your body is immediately surrounding the eyes. This is especially true of the area just below the eyes that tends to puff up or look darker when we don’t get enough sleep. The skin in this area is incredibly thin and as a result, it needs a focused, layered protection to help avoid problems. You’re going to want to find a product that can offer SPF to the area. A combination moisturizer and SPF may be the best thanks to how spreadable they are and the gentleness of a good moisturizer providing a little extra resiliency. Don’t stop there though. Try to get large sunglasses capable of shielding the area as well. These should provide full coverage at many angles while still being comfortable to wear. Making the effort will help prevent rapid sun damage being done to the area. Admittedly, the area around your eyes is only one area of concern when it comes to the face, but did need to be singled out for the incredible sensitivity of the area.

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Decolletage and Breasts
The last of the sensitive places we need to highlight for sun protection continue the flow downwards along the body. Decolletage is a quick way to refer to the neck and upper torso just above the breasts. This tends to be an area routinely exposed to sunlight as well as having thinner skin than the rest of the body. Sun exposure tends to be the major issue here. A lot of us enjoy wearing outfits that expose this area and as a result, they constant barrage of UV rays needs to be protected against. You can use the same sunscreen you use for your face in that area for good measure. This will provide protection while helping to minimize clogged pores. Minimizing this sun damage helps one to age more gracefully. Anyone with breasts who enjoys letting the sun touched the majority of their body, if only for a little while, needs to be particularly mindful about ensuring their breasts get proper coverage as well, as that area of the skin tends to be quite sensitive too.

Properly protecting some of the most sensitive skin of your body with sunscreen will help your skin look and stay healthy longer. Remember that a lot of sun damage is invisible at first. It is a cumulative effect that eventually leads to situations where certain areas of our skin end up aging faster than the rest. Making the effort to protect those areas will help us look our best for years to come.