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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.

Your Moisturizer Is Not A Night Cream

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

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

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

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

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

Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

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While many may think that thinning skin is only caused by aging, the most common cause of this issue is actually down to the elastin fibers within your skin experiencing so much wear and tear that they are unable to properly bounce back into their original position. This causes crepey, thinning skin, which is a look that nobody wants, especially while they are still young, but, fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can prevent and correct this.

Sun Protection
The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage and break down elastin fibers, which is why those who experience a higher level of sun exposure throughout their lives tend to also experience more wrinkles and thinner skin. This makes sun protection key, not only when it comes to preventing thinning skin but also for correcting it, as no other healing techniques will work if your elastin fibers are constantly being battered by the sun. In addition to using a broad spectrum sunscreen throughout the year, you should also try to physically stay out of the sun as much as possible, seeking shade whenever you are outdoors. For those days when you simply cannot avoid the sun, keep your skin well-covered with clothing, and make sure that you also use a sun hat and sunglasses.

Hydration
Dehydrated skin is an issue that many people deal with, and quickly leads to dryness and other problems. Since dry skin is so prone to damage, this accelerates the rate at which skin thins, and exacerbates the problem for those who are already experiencing thinning skin. This means that you should be making hydration a priority, from both the outside as well as the inside. Not only should you be applying hydrating products to your skin, from serums to moisturizers to facial masks, but you should also be drinking plenty of water, and consuming foods that have a high water content.

Key Ingredients in a Moisturizer
When it comes to preventing and correcting thinning skin, your moisturizer should be your best friend, and there are a few ingredients that you should look out for if you want it to be as effective as possible. Alpha or beta hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, are great for lubricating the skin, which helps to plump it back up. You should also be trying to boost your natural collagen and elastin production, and ingredients such as vitamin C and zinc are fantastic for doing this.

Assess Any Medications That You Are Taking
There are certain medications out there that can either cause thinning skin, or greatly contribute to the process. These are usually ones that contain steroids, and will only have this effect when used in the long term, but, if you have been noticing the problem worsening and have been taking a medication for a while now, it could be worth checking with your doctor to see if this could be the cause.

Thinning skin is something that everybody will experience at some point, but this does not mean that you cannot delay the process for as long as possible. From sufficient hydration to sun protection, these tips will help you to keep your skin looking and feeling plump and fresh.

Skincare Product Switches To Make For Spring and Summer

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The changing of the seasons means we end up needing to change more than our closet. All the little things that we do to prepare for winter need to be slowly swapped back out as we wait for the weather to stabilize. This includes adjusting our skincare routine again to back away from the extreme dryness that winter can bring. There are a simple ways that we can re-adapt our skincare routines to be ready for spring and summer. We’d like to highlight that you need to be patient and careful with this process. Changing your products can be taxing on your skin and as a result it demands staying alert to any major changes to your skin. You may need to adjust products to avoid adverse reactions. We do recommend that you stick with any new products for at least a month to ensure they both work and to avoid stressing your skin by trying new products too quickly.

Walking Back Hydration
Most of us step the level of moisturizer we’re using up one level for winter. This is due to the cold, dry air working against us keeping a healthy amount of moisture in our skin. It constantly saps at our skin and not using a heavier a moisturizer can potentially lead to complications from dry skin all winter long. You really just need to reset to what counts as your “normal” moisturizer when it isn’t fall or winter. For most of us with average skin this is going to mean swapping back to a light lotion. This will generally cover all of our needs. Those of us with dry and oily skin are in a more complicated situation. Dry skin needs to step back as well, but generally that’s going to mean swapping for oil to water-based products instead of ceasing to use creams for hydration. Those of us with oily skin will want to simply use products like toner to give really like moisturizing effects alongside other benefits. Getting your moisturizer right is important as spring and summer reintroduce oil control as the biggest skin issue.

Controlling for Oil
Oil production doesn’t necessarily increase in spring and summer, but the warmer weather does mean we have to contend with heat again. This leads to a variety of potential skincare issues that need to be addressed. The most pressing is how sweat tends to pick up oil and debris. These dripping collections of mess have a way of finding their way back into your pores and clogging things up. That’s why we need to invest in a good form of oil control for our skin type. In most cases a good cleanser is all you need. Look for a gentle one with an active ingredient like glycolic or citric acid. These two ingredients offer light oil control that can give you exactly what you need. However, any other gentle astringent will do as well. The goal is simply to make sure that our normal levels of oil production combined with sweat don’t cause our skin problems. Don’t be too enthusiastic with your oil control though as we all need our natural oils to protect our skin.

Evaluating Your Sun Protection
Spring and summer generally mean we’re all going to be outside a lot more. Those of us already focused on caring for our skin understand the need to look after our skin by always wearing sunscreen. This need doesn’t change as spring arrives, but it does mean looking into your current habits and making sure they’re adequate. Consider the products that you’re using. Most of us use a combination of genuine sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF to help protect our skin. The moisturizer is best used in the morning when we’re applying our initial skincare protection for the day. A good sunscreen makes for a way to continue to protect our skin throughout the day as the SPF wears away from each layer. Remember that moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen tend to last at most two hours in most cases. Always touch up your sun protection before going back outside or sitting around a large window. Your sun protection should ideally be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection too. Keeping all of this in mind helps to ensure your skin will be ready to face spring and later summer.

Taking proper care of our skin in spring is the beginning of preparing to take good care of it in summer. Now is the time to start making the necessary changes while the weather is at least of an extreme to ensure your skin will be ready for the more extreme season. Fortunately, it only takes a little tweaking to make the most helpful changes. Using these as a guide should keep your focused on the changes that need to be made while avoiding the pitfall of changing your entire routine.

Warm Oil Treatments for Smooth Skin

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Finding a way to properly treat our skin has been something humans have been at since the dawn of civilization. Most of the peoples of the world have found simple ways they could improve their skin’s health and overall beauty with easy to reach ingredients. Oils are a fairly common theme in many cases with certain uses of oils being credited as helping even Cleopatra maintain her legendary beauty. We continue to use oils to this day in various treatments both over the counter and in spas. The latter often have the best results simply because a professional is in charge and capable of monitoring everything effectively. You might want to consider getting an oil-based facial of some sort too. Warm oil treatments can actually do a lot to help smooth out your skin. It all makes sense when you pause to think about it.

Oils Hydrate
One of the big components in all skincare is ensuring the skin is getting the appropriate amount of moisturizing. Oils are highly effective at providing moisture for your skin. In fact, that’s what your skin uses constantly to help trap and maintain the moisture in your skin. There are some drawbacks to your natural oils though. For some of us, our skin makes too much, and all of us have likely experienced a breakout before. Acne can happen when our natural oils catch enough external grime or collect enough of our own dead skin cells and clog pores. That’s why we cleanse and exfoliate regularly to ensure that it doesn’t become a problem. That in and of itself is a problem though and why a warm oil treatment can be ideal. You’ll be using an oil to help hydrate and protect your face as well as nourishing it depending on the oil used. This combination of hydration and nourishment helps to plump and smooth the skin.

Why Warm Oil Though?
The hydration and nourishment from various oils is not something many would dispute. It doesn’t necessarily make perfect sense to people that the oil needs to be anything other than room temperature though. That warmth is important to helping smooth out your skin too. Warmth actually helps encourage circulation in the skin. Circulation does a lot to help ensure that the skin’s natural ability to repair itself is working properly and can give a boost to things like collagen production. This allows your skin to try to fill in areas where the collagen has been damaged and in turn lead to uneven skin. That natural flush after a warm bath is evidence of increased blood flow. Using warm oil provides a more localized, but still useful effect. Warmer oils can also mix better as well and allow an oil treatment to include fragrant oils alongside the soothing ones.

What To Expect
A warm oil treatment is fairly simple in most cases. You will be escorted to a room by a professional and asked to quietly lay down. Oil will be either painted on or gently drizzled on your skin at a warm, but not hot temperature. The oil is carefully spread around the face by either a brush or the attendant’s hands depending on the particular method. Warm oil treatments that are spread using the hands generally incorporate a facial massage to further boost the overall boost to circulation. The treatment will typically last from a quarter to half of an hour depending on the spa. Oil is gently removed from the face at the end of the treatment before you’re allowed to leave the room. It really is a fairly basic treatment. There are some more complex treatments that include other benefits alongside them or that are derived from Eastern cultural practices, but these often have names indicating they are more than a simple warm oil treatment.

The simplicity of a warm oil treatment is actually its strength. It relies on the potential boosts gained from the known abilities of oils and carefully cultivated blood flow in the skin. The combination of oil and blood flow helps to smooth out the skin over time. These treatments are particularly good for anyone with aging or dry skin. They act to counter common issues and provide a nice buffer for the skin. Consider trying a warm oil treatment the next time you find yourself at a spa.

10 Glasses a Day?

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Proper hydration is a must for living a healthy lifestyle. Doctors and fitness experts continually highlight that you need to do your best to ensure that you drink a sufficient amount of water per day. Drinking the right amount of water helps keep your body working properly too. There are few processes in the body that don’t benefit from being consistently and properly hydrated. Figuring out the exact amount of water you need is typically up for debate though. People continually swear by specific figures like 8 or 10 glasses per day. Those who like to exercise are particularly likely to be familiar with these ideas. The truth about how much water your body needs is a bit more complex than just drinking a set number of glasses.

Why Do I Need Water Again?
Interestingly, your body actually uses water for most processes in your body. On a larger scale, water helps maintain various fluid supplies by providing components to the body. One crucial area of this is in your kidneys. You actually need a set amount of water and calcium to keep your kidneys functioning properly. Too little water leads to problems. You skin also needs water. The youthful softness and plumpness our skin enjoys when we’re younger is partly related to the overall hydration in our skin. This decreases as we age and makes proper hydration even more important. At a smaller scale, water is used in a vast amount of the cellular processes your body does constantly. It provides both fuel and materials for keeping your body running and gets used constantly. That’s why your body stores so much water. It needs it to live and function.

Right, but How Much Do I Need?
The desire to collapse your body’s constant need for water to a specific number of glasses per day readily appeals to us when our lives are already complicated. It is easy to pick a glass and just drink the water you need throughout the day without thinking about it. Water intake is a good deal more complicated than glasses per day though. You get water from a lot of sources beyond your hypothetical glasses. Your entire diet is what provides you with the necessary amount of water to keep your body working. This doesn’t just mean the watermelon some might enjoy in warmer weather. It includes the meats, the fruits, the vegetables, and all the other drinks you have each day. All of these contribute to your body’s water supply in most cases. As a result, you’re not only using water constantly, but you’re also gaining it constantly. Sticking to one of the proposed “glasses per day” ideas can actually be bad for your health.

Dihydrogen Monoxide
There’s a frequent joke petition that has been circulating for years that is meant to highlight that few people actually read petitions. It asks people to ban “dihydrogen monoxide” otherwise known as water or H2O while listing countless unpleasant sounding effects from overexposure to the compound. The people who created the joke had other intentions for it, but the truth is that anything in a large concentration is bad for your body. This includes water. “Water poisoning” happens when you’ve had so much water that the balance in your body’s electrolytes is thrown off. It can actually cause cells to expand and can lead to your brain being put under pressure. This causes various issues and continued overhydration can lead to permanent brain damage or death. Consequently, many people should avoid the set number of glasses to drink per day.

Staying properly hydrated is vital to your health. It helps various things in your body, both large and small, remain in working order. Proper hydration isn’t as simple as drinking a set number of glasses per day as we all get varying levels of hydration from the other parts of our diet as well. You should focus on eating a healthy diet and remembering to include water in your chosen beverages just the same though. There are ways to monitor the balance of fluids in your body that you can talk to your doctor about if you want to maintain optimal hydration at all times.