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You Need An Anti-Aging Routine For The Skin Below Your Jawline

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Anti-aging skincare routines are something that we all end up being a little interested in eventually. After all, it seems like all our efforts before the problem starts did nothing since the problem actually started. This isn’t a healthy way to look at it. All the skincare that we do before it drifts towards focusing on anti-aging techniques serves the purpose of delaying when we have to become truly concerned about them and likewise helps to minimize the overall effects by comparison to others who didn’t take such steps. None of this stops it from being a little disheartening to see signs of aging where you didn’t want them. Most of us concentrate on our face to help minimize the signs, but they are prevalent in various places and not just above your jawline. Taking care of areas below it can be particularly beneficial to maintaining a youthful look. This is particularly true when it comes to the neck and decolletage.

The Importance of Care
We feel the need to stress that this routine needs to be average for all of us. This is because focusing just on your face ends up ignoring so much. The neck and decolletage tend to show age very clearly if they are not tended to and when paired with a comparatively well-cared for face it leads to clear visual dissonance. It makes it harder to maintain the look that you desire if your appearance is telling two separate stories. This is the same reason that you’re told to take care of your hands as well. Maintaining a healthy appearance that ages gracefully involves caring enough to put in the effort to target these problem areas to help minimize issues. Your face isn’t the only part of your skin that is sensitive. Remember that any area that enjoys routine exposure to the sun is going to need that extra bit of care to help minimize the effects of sun damage over time. With that in mind, let’s return to the topic at hand and look at the kind of habits you want to cultivate.

Extending Things Downward
You can actually get a lot out of simply remembering to extend the routine you use for your face downward. Rinsing, cleansing, and moisturizing the area will go a long way towards helping to keep the area healthy. You are going to want to pay particular attention to extending exfoliation into this area. This is thanks to the fact that the neck and decolletage tend to gain a heavily degree of sun exposure and as a result the extra exfoliation will help remove any dead skin and keep the area clean for nourishing products. Moisturizing regularly will also provide a great deal of help. The sensitive skin of your neck and decolletage is thinner than the rest of your skin just like your face. Adding that extra moisture back helps to protect against the inherent moisture loss from the skin being thinner and helps it remain more youthful and plump. All of these are things you can do for the area to help heal and maintain, but you need to do one more thing to keep the area below your jawline happy: protect.

Sunscreen Is Always Necessary
There is no escaping the fact that the best thing you can do is to remember to regularly apply sunscreen to your neck and decolletage. A lot of outfits exposure this area and the sun damage will add up over time. Sun spots, fine lines, and other issues all tend to appear readily in this area thanks to this fact. When all you need to do is remember to apply a sunscreen following the basic rules, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to make the effort to care for the area properly. This involves make sure you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. We should all probably escalate this rating some as we age, but it is important to note that you get diminishing returns from numbers higher than 30. So don’t end up going too high unless advised by a doctor. Additionally, you’ll want to consider looking for one a sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide. It is a physical blocker that will reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing them instead of your skin. Reflecting them provides better protection.

Anti-aging routines are key for many sections of your skin. After all, there are plenty of places that can show the tell-tale signs of age beyond our face. The hands are a prominent one, but even more prominent is your neck and decolletage. Without proper care, they’ll give an idea of your age even if you take perfect care of your face. Aging gracefully takes its share of work and we must all accept that if we wish to age well.

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.

Woman with cucumber slices

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.

Skin Care Tips That Sisters Share

Sisters
Those of us concerned with skincare frequently go looking for all the information that we can. There’s so much out there that it becomes difficult to know what we need to focus on to ensure that our skin is healthy and ready to deal with the world. Skincare gurus try to do their best to help, but there is the small problem that many of them have gotten so immersed in the world of skincare and beauty that they can forget that the simplest skincare tips are often the best. These are the kind of tips that we learn early on. Not the ones about makeup that we regret as we age, but instead the easy steps our sisters shared with us on how to properly take care of our skin when we were all still learning. Sometimes it is a good idea to step back from all the jargon and go back to the basics we knew when we first started. With that in mind, let’s go over the foundations of every good skincare routine so that you can hit the reset button on your own if it has gotten too bogged down with increasingly jargon-based techniques.

Rinse and Cleanse
One of the first things we generally learn is the importance of keeping our skin clean. That can lead to a little haphazard trial and error as we figure out the best way to do it. Generally, someone figures out that it is better to rinse and then cleanse your face to ensure maximum cleanliness for their skin. Cleansing is easy given every tells you to do that. Rinsing first is a little more difficult to learn. Ideally, you want to use lukewarm water to clean your skin at the very start of your routine. This level of warmth is healthy for your skin and better able to break up oils and grime than cold water. Additionally, the light coating of moisture left over at the end helps by letting your cleanser move a little more freely across your skin and penetrate deeper into it for greater cleanliness. There are generally still other things we learn from our sisters early on, though.

Woman sleeping
Get Some Sleep
How easy this bit of advice is always  varies from person to person, but we needed to be reminded of it a lot when we were younger. It is a very useful skincare tip even now. Not getting enough sleep hurts your skin by reducing the amount of time that your body has to keep things repaired. You end up getting bags under your eyes and otherwise looking just that much more rundown when you don’t get enough sleep. Back when we were still learning the stakes weren’t really ensuring we looked professional, but looking good for dance or a date often seemed just as important. Beauty sleep was and remains a thing that we all need to ensure that we’re looking our best regardless of whether we’ve left the era where most of our advice came from our sisters or friends. It does serve to make the point that healthy habits have always been part of good skincare, though.

Moisturize
This last bit of advice is something that a lot of us tend to forget when we get in a rush, but it is just as important as when we first learned it. We need to remember to moisturize our skin regularly. Morning and evening are generally good options for this if you are also cleansing twice a day. Moisture leaks out of your skin during the day and you need to do what you can to work against this. When we’re younger, the loss of moisture doesn’t hit us as hard because our skin is better able to keep that moisture in, but we still benefit from it. Properly applying moisturizer helps to keep our skin healthy and resilient at every age. It also helps it keep feeling soft to the touch all while keeping it looking visually smooth as well. There’s no shame in admitting that we skipped this bit of advice when back then, but consider it a reminder that some things we learned when first starting out with skincare are still very true.

Learning about skincare from our sisters or those we consider to be our sisters is really the beginning of our skincare journeys. It helps to return to this beginning every now and then as it is easy to clutter our skincare with various tricks that may or may not be necessary or useful anymore. Remembering to step back and listen to the excited voices in our memory can help us start anew and build a newer and better routine for ourselves. You might even learn a new tip to share yourself.

Getting Rid of Blackheads

Dealing with blackheads is one of the continual struggles of skincare. They always seem to appear when we least want them too and can end up glaringly obvious to us at the very least. That’s why we end up looking for solutions to the problem as quickly as possible. The important point is not to think that the problem means your complexion is ruined or that you’ve done something wrong. Blackheads are a natural thing that can happen even to those of us with the best skincare routines. They’re just collections of oils and dead skin cells that reacted a particular way on exposure to air. Their simple nature means that there are plenty of ways to get rid of blackheads. You can probably already think of few basic options just from reading that. Let’s go over some of the easiest and most effective methods of getting rid of blackheads available to you.

Cleansing skin
Cleanse
This is ultimately the core of all good skincare. Keeping your skin clean helps ensure that it looks its best and helps to minimize buildup in your pores. Since blackheads are largely dead skin cells and oils, that makes selecting the right cleanser the key. You’re going to want to look for effective cleansers that utilize salicylic acid. The acid is skin friendly and particularly good at getting into your skin and pores to dissolve accumulated oils and grime. Regular treatment can help reduce the appearance of blackheads over the course of a few days until they entirely vanish. You do need to pay attention to your skin when doing this though. Salicylic acid tends to be a little harsh on the skin and cleansing too often can end up hurting your skin. Additionally, faster and harsher treatments exist that can zap blackheads immediately, but the fallout from them tend to lead to your skin having issues that can lead to yet more blackheads.

Moisturize
The downsides that overusing a harsher cleanser are multi-faceted. On the surface, the harsh products will simply be drying your skin out. This has its own problems, yes, but we’re more concerned with how your skin reacts to being too dry. It actually begins to produce more oil to try and make up for the believed environmental circumstances that are hurting your skin. After all, your natural oils are your skin’s method for protecting itself from the sun and dry air. This overproduction of oil in turn makes your skin more susceptible to issues like breakouts and blackheads. You can help mitigate the problem by ensuring that you’re moisturizing your skin appropriately. Remember that oily skin requires lighter products like a toner or water-based lotion. Using anything heavier can further contribute to the creation of more blackheads. Dry skin, which is slightly less prone to blackheads, can generally get away with water or oil-based creams to keep their skin healthy.

Face Mask
Use A Mask
This is a simple and often highly relaxing solution to the problem of blackheads. You just need to figure out the kind of mask you want to use. In most cases, an oil control mask is going to be ideal for helping to get rid of blackheads. Clay masks are one of your better options. The drying clay will help absorb the oils from your skin and thereby reduce the chance of them contributing to blackheads. Additionally, the removal of the mask tends to lightly exfoliate the skin. This can help to further loosen or remove any blackheads in your skin. There are plenty of other options though. Clarifying and cleansing masks are also ideal for helping with this sort of problem. You will want to avoid hydrating masks when trying to get rid of blackheads. Your skin does need proper moisturizing, but too much will also contribute to blackhead issues.

Dealing with blackheads is relatively simple. The fact that they are mostly oil makes them easy to treat with even basic skincare routines. Oil control is the big key to getting rid of an resisting blackheads. Salicylic acid, a popular ingredient in acne fighting products, is particularly good too thanks to its ability to work to dissolve oil and grime. So don’t despair is you see a few blackheads. You can and will be able to deal with them easily.

5 Cleansing Tips for Flawless Skin

Woman cleansing skin

Cleansing is one of those habits that we all pick up early on in developing a skin care routine. The necessity of clean skin to make the most of a number of products cannot be understated. Without a good cleanse, your skin will not be able to utilize the ingredients in such products effectively and you’ll be wasting part of the effectiveness of your products. This isn’t necessarily as bad when dealing with long-staying products that will remain after other products have faded, but light, complex products like serums particularly benefit from a good cleanse. A lot of people have strong opinions on how you should be cleansing though. It is hard to nail down any absolute for everyone due to the nature of skin care, but we’ve put together five tips so that you have a good guide to the dos and don’ts of cleansing.

DO Pick A Good Cleanser
Your cleanser should be picked according to the needs of your skin. Most people can afford to be a little less selective, but sensitive and dry skin requires appropriate care. Stick to using gentle cleansers if you have those skin types. Other skin types can benefit from careful choice, but the potential dangers of an improperly chosen cleanser are far less. The main thing to remember here is that your cleanser should always be a dedicated cleanser rather than “whatever works”.

Woman using a cleanser

DON’T Press Too Hard
Remember the rules you follow when exfoliating: gentle, upwards pressure. Cleansers are easier to distribute across your face and as a result, need far less pressure to move around. Gentle, smooth upwards circles will help spread the cleanser effectively while promoting healthy circulation in your skin. If you’re using a cleanser near your eye, then remember to use the tip of your ring finger when applying anything around there so that you can be sure you’re not applying excess pressure.

DO Cleanse The Right Amount
Cleansing is tricky business depending on your skin type. The general rule of thumb is to cleanse twice a day, but this depends on the kind of cleanser you’re using and what your skin can tolerate. People with sensitive or dry skin should try to stick to cleansing once a day. The time of day you choose to cleanse should depend on when you’re using the most skin supporting products. Those with oily skin should aim for twice a day. Never forget to wash your face after physically exerting yourself either where it is a workout or playing a sport with a friend.

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DON’T Use Hot Water
You are likely tempted to use hot water for the relaxing warmth it adds to your face when cleansing, but avoid hot water. It can lead to dry, damaged skin if you’re only using hot water for cleansing. The ideal temperature to use when cleansing is lukewarm water. Lukewarm temperatures are warm enough they can help your cleanser in cleaning, but aren’t warm enough to cause any damage. You should use lukewarm water both before you apply your cleanser and when rinsing it away.

DO Keep A Clean, Dry Towel Nearby
Most people dry their faces after cleansing. You’ll want to keep a special, clean towel available when cleansing whose sole duty is to dry your face. Remember to clean it regularly so that bacteria doesn’t build up on the towel. You’ll want to put it away after cleansing as well to make sure no one mistakes it for anything other than your facial towel. When drying, gently pat your skin. This will help you get all the moisture without pulling or damaging your skin.

These tips offer a quick, general guideline to cleansing. It should help you see any mistakes you might have made in a routine that prevent you from getting skin quite as flawless as you’d like. Remember that cleanliness and paying attention to your skin’s needs are of direct importance to the health of your skin when cleansing. Living a healthy lifestyle means being willing to take the time to cleanse properly even if it means remembering a few extra guidelines.

The Right Way to Do a Morning Cleanse

Woman cleansing face

Skin care routines are collections of trial and error that build up over time. We figure out what works the best for our skin and the things that we need to avoid. Eventually, we end up with a clear idea of how our skin works along with the best kinds of products. OROGOLD believes there is always room to improve though as no one’s knowledge of beauty is perfect. One of the most basic steps in a good beauty routine is a morning cleanse. It is a relatively simple affair, but we end up over-complicating it over time or trying out different orders to see if we can improve it. Sometimes the best thing you can do is go back to the basic form and start from there. With that in mind, we’ve got a short guide on how to do a good morning cleanse.

Temperature Is Important
The first step is always to wash your face with plain water. People swear by different temperatures, but the truth is that you should probably use lukewarm water for the first step. The goal is to give you skin an initial rinse without anything else. This helps remove some of the basic debris that builds up overnight and makes it easier for your cleanser to reach the harder to remove ones. Avoid extremes in temperature. Hot water will boost your skin’s circulation and can be good a bit later in your routine, but using it before your cleanser could potentially cause the skin to dry out some as a reaction to the heat. This is especially important if you using a cleanser with a chemical exfoliant in it. Similarly, cold water is good for a quick wake-up call, but it can make your skin less reactive to products. Lukewarm to slightly warm is all you need out of the water temperature.

Select A Cleanser Appropriately
All of us have specialized skin needs. Your product choices should reflect this. OROGOLD recommends considering your skin type and needs carefully when selecting your morning cleanser. A good general rule is to consider starting with a gentle, moisturizing cleanser if you don’t know what you need. This gives you a starting option that isn’t likely to hurt your skin. However, this will mainly serve people with normal skin. Remember that your cleanser and exfoliator don’t necessarily need to be the same product. Regardless of your cleanser choice, you should use it after the initial rinse of your face to make it easier for your cleanser to reach your skin and give your skin a bit of moisture that makes it easier for the cleanser to spread.

Decide What You’re Doing Next
A simple morning cleanse is really only two steps. You’re done after you rinse away your cleanser, but cleansing is only the first part of a beauty routine. We recommend not patting your skin dry after washing away your cleanser. Moisturizers, creams, and serums all benefit from that extra moisture as they can help trap it in your skin for a healthy, youthful appearance. Cleansing helps clean your skin and makes it easier for these products to give you their benefits. We do recommend being thorough both when initially washing your face with lukewarm water and rinsing away your cleanser though. Extra water won’t hurt your skin.

Your morning cleanse is the basis for your entire routine. The simple two-step process prepares your skin for the rest of the products that you intended to use and helps wake up your skin. OROGOLD isn’t going to tell you that you always need to do your morning cleanse. Everyone gets in a hurry and you can skip this part of your beauty routine every now and then. We do advise against making it a habit as the step remains useful to overall skin health.

Taking Care of Skin After Special Events

Taking care of skin while sipping ine before special eventGetting ready for a special event is only half of the battle. Eventually you have to deal with the aftermath, and this can be truly vexing if you happen to have problem skin. Most people try not to think about what will happen after an event when we’re preparing for it though. There’s too much going on and you’ve got to figure out how to look your best and if you did, in fact, remember to put your contribution somewhere where you’ll remember to pick it up before you leave. And then there’s the entire question of whether the people you’re going with will be prepared on time. OROGOLD understands how all of these worries make it easy to forget to consider what you’re doing after a special event. You generally just want to relax. We’ve got a few tips you should consider using after a special event though that should reduce any worries you might have the day after a special event.

Wash Off Your Makeup Immediately
Once you sit down after an event, you’re probably not going to get back up. We firmly recommend, even if you do nothing else, that you wash your face clean before you collapse into your favorite nest. You need to get makeup off of your face if you’ve prepared a bit more heavily for an event than usual. Thicker makeup is something that you cannot afford to leave resting on your face. For this step, you don’t need to be thorough, but you do want to get as much of the makeup off as possible so that oils and grime aren’t trapped next to your skin by the makeup. If you don’t, this creates an unhealthy environment for your skin that could turn into a breakout later. Washing your makeup off is a good first step and it can be your only step if you’re dead tired. We do recommend following up on it though.

Cleanse
Some makeup removers offer cleansing action and some cleansers help remove makeup, but this isn’t always the case. You want to follow up removing your makeup with a thorough cleansing if you have the energy for it. Remember how OROGOLD highlighted that unhealthy environment makeup can create on your skin? Your skin will have been dealing with it through an event. This is especially true of longer events. A good cleansing helps remove any makeup you might have missed as well as neutralizing any excess oil that may have built up on your skin. If you didn’t exfoliate before an event, then consider doing so after the events for an extra layer of cleanliness. Clean, healthy skin is your goal before you go to bed. Once you’ve completed these steps, you can rest.

Monitor Your Skin
One of the biggest temptations when trying to look one’s best is to try new products. This tends to happen a lot more when preparing for a special occasion. There’s no shame in trying something new to bring out your best side, but it does mean you need to pay careful attention to your skin in the days following a special event. You need to pay a little extra attention by default to ensure the makeup you used doesn’t lead to a breakout, but you especially need to look for redness and other signs of a topical reaction to a product. Most of the time it probably won’t be drastic, but it will give you an idea on whether newer products or particular combinations are actually good for your skin. You’ll want to know this for the next time that you’re preparing for a special event. Your skin may also be slightly sensitized from all the product use. So try to be gentle with your skin in the days following an event.

Keeping your skin healthy after a special event isn’t actually that difficult. Cleaning your skin properly afterwards is really the biggest hurdle. The careful monitoring that OROGOLD suggests is largely for your future benefit. The extra care should see you through any possible effects of using more makeup or products for an event. In the event you do have a breakout though, you probably know quite well how to handle those by now.