Secrets for Balanced and Shine-Free Skin For Oily Skin Types

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Oily skin can be a right pain to deal with. As if it’s not bad enough that you break out more easily than most and have to deal with getting icky grease all over your hand if you touch your face when you haven’t taken proper care of it, you also have to contend with the fact that properly caring for oily skin can be quite a balancing act, and that a lot of the advice is counterintuitive and might not make sense. Luckily, today we’re taking a look at handy methods for balancing oily skin, so don’t despair!

Never Over-Dry
It’s really easy to think “I’ve got oily skin, let me get rid of all this extra oil that’s mucking everything up. Makes intuitive sense, right? Unfortunately, intuition is your enemy here. While it’s true you do want to get rid of some excess oil, a rookie mistake many oily-skinned people make is to overcompensate for their abundance of natural oils and wash it all away. This is bad news for two reasons. For one, dry skin isn’t exactly ideal in and of itself’; it gets irritated, reddened, and damaged much more easily. Secondly; when you over-dry naturally oily skin, your skin has a habit of detecting when it’s too dry, and your pores will spew out oil even more than usual to compensate. As a result, over-drying can actually make your skin more oily than it was to begin with.

So don’t throw out your cleanser, but do select one specially balanced for oily skin that will balance rather than dry (and if you don’t have a cleanser at all, go buy one. Now.)

Go for Chemical Exfoliants Over Physical
This is a good tip for all skin types, but it applies doubly if your skin is oily. While grainy, physical exfoliants aren’t the worst thing in the world you could do to your skin, there are better alternatives. Physical exfoliants can rip and tear at your skin, break capillaries, and even spread bacteria from one enlarged pore to another—which is an even greater risk if your skin is naturally oily.

Instead, go for a gentle chemical exfoliant, like something with glycolic acid, for instance. This will allow you to simply rub in, wait, rinse off, no grainy scraping and scratching necessary. Chemical exfoliants are also more effective at removing your dead skin cells uniformly, while physical exfoliants can have a patchy effect where some bits of skin are exfoliated and others aren’t.

You Still Have to Moisturize Like Everyone Else
On the topic of balancing, not drying, do note that even relatively gentle cleansers and exfoliants can still strip away just a tiny bit more oil than would be ideal. This is why moisturizers exist—to replenish the natural oils that your skin either doesn’t have, or that you’ve stripped away in the process of cleaning your skin. Moisturizers also often contain compounds designed to protect skin from the elements—like sun, wind, pollution, dust, etc—which could cause nasty blockages and/or damage if allowed to affect your skin directly.

So, bottom line here? You oily skinned folk aren’t actually that different from the rest of us in terms of how you should care for your skin, just be sure to select products carefully and adjust as necessary, but don’t overcompensate or skip out on important skincare steps.

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.

Consider These Hair Removal Risks Before You Tweeze

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Tweezing is a useful way to get rid of unwanted hairs. It removes them, makes them take longer to return, and entirely clears the area without there being any tell-tale sign the hair is there. It isn’t that different from any other form of plucking ultimately. Most of us end up tweezing at one point in our lives if not another. After all, keeping eyebrows perfectly shaped takes work. However, many of us also end up plucking stray hairs as we age. This is particularly common for many people past menopause. As useful as tweezing is in general, it does come with the same potential problems as all of its siblings. That means you’ll likely want to be aware of the potential problems before you start. We would like to stress that only some of these are particularly likely as long as you’re taking good care of your skin, but they do need to be listed for the sake of completeness. Let’s start with the most common problem.

Facing the Pain
No matter whether you call it tweezing, plucking, or threading, the process of physically removing hairs from your skin is a bit painful. The initial pulling gets easier over time as you adapt to the burst of pain associated with it, but that pain is still aggravating your skin. You should expect at least a degree of irritation from tweezing. This is generally going to be highly localized around the area where you pull the hair out as you’re ripping it out root and all. That necessarily causes a little damage. Most of the time the irritation will fade in a relatively short amount of time afterward. Sometimes it doesn’t though. This can be due to one having sensitive skin or an underlying condition continuing the inflammation even after the initial burst from the tweezing itself is done. This potential to trigger an underlying condition from the pain is one of the other issues, but most people will know if that is a potential problem for them or not.

A Chance of Infection
Remember that part about how tweezing involves ripping hairs out by the root? That can cause you other problems depending on the extent of the damage done by the process. Most of the time you’ll largely be dealing with superficial pain and inflammation that will vanish quickly, but sometimes you’ll get a drop of blood in the area as well. This is a sign that you’ve caused a deeper amount of damage and opened up the potential for infection as you’ll have given things a free pass into your skin. In essence, the area around the damaged follicle become infected by outside bacteria that begin to trigger a deeper form of inflammation in the skin. This is known a folliculitis and can result in visible skin issues sometimes mistaken for acne as well as the potential for tenderness to the touch. Bad cases of folliculitis can even lead to scarring of the skin. Don’t panic if you see a bit of blood while tweezing though! Just remember to wash your skin each day and you should be fine.

Ingrown Problems
One of the other risks involved in tweezing is that, in damaging the root, you risk causing a permanent change in how the hair grows. It may no longer grow smoothly as it should and too much variation can lead to ingrown hairs. These can be a literal and metaphorical pain depending on how deep they are when they become evident. Localized pain, tenderness to the touch, and obvious inflammation can all result from an ingrown hair. You can also end up with a visible discoloration beneath the skin as well. These are all problems that can cascade into further problems over time too. Ingrown hairs can get infected. The inflammation can, like with just like with tweezing, potentially cause problems with triggering inflammatory skin conditions. You can counteract ingrown hairs relatively easily though. All it takes is remembering to exfoliate your skin regularly. This will minimize the problem and help heal any ingrown hairs already existing. You will need to stay aware of the problem though as once it happens once it will likely keep happening.

Tweezing is a useful way to maintain the appearance you desire. It does still have potential problems despite this. Ingrown hairs, inflammation, and infection are all potential outcomes if tweezing doesn’t work out quite right. The good news is that a healthy skincare routine minimizes the chances for all of these by keeping your skin clean and exfoliated. In the end, the combination of the routine and tweezing will keep you looking and feeling your best in spite of any troubles.

Should Your Skin Care Routine Coincide with Your (PMS) Cycle?

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We juggle a lot of factors in our skincare routine. It makes perfect sense given how complex of an organ skin is at any given time. The various self-maintenance options that your skin has are constantly going on and generating different effects on your skin. We counterbalance any excess while doing our best to help fix any mistakes that those systems make. That our skin changes over time and makes us reassess it doesn’t make it any easier. Most of the time we tend to think of this in terms of our age, but those of us who deal with PMS have to deal with our skin shifting a little more regularly. Hormones in the body control a lot about our skin’s health at any given time. It makes sense that regular hormonal cycles or major events can all affect our skin. The real question is whether or not the monthly cycle demands a change to our skin care routine.

Perfectly Sensible
On the surface it all makes perfect sense. After all, our bodies are going to change the hormone levels in our bodies and it is going to affect our skin. Why shouldn’t we adjust our routines accordingly? The rather difficult problem here is the general rule of skincare that you should stick with any given product for at least a month to ensure it is effective. Changing out your products too often leads to us putting strain on our skin as it tries to adapt to new products constantly. This in turn makes it easier to inflame our skin and makes it harder to tell what product may be responsible for the problem when it happens. That doesn’t take away the potential utility of adjusting one’s routine in accordance with one’s cycle though. The best solution here is to find the middle road. Your routine should be largely unchanged during your cycle, but as you get closer to your period you will want to start looking for acne products.

Hormonal Acne And Other Problems
Not everyone experiences this problem, but plenty of people experience breakouts in accordance with their cycles. These are frustrating and sometimes feel humiliating because they seem resistant to our efforts to counter them. Don’t feel ashamed of hormonal acne. There isn’t much one can do beyond try to manage it. It will go away soon enough. It happens because the hormones of our body shift in such a way that the skin secretes more of its natural oils. Pores are less constricted at the same time. Both of these are thanks to the influence of testosterone. The best solution is simply to get ahead of the problem before it becomes pronounced. Oil control and cleansing through acne products will go a long way towards helping you get through things with minimal difficulty. The products will help neutralize a lot of the oils while clearing out your pores and preventing the environment that acne and other conditions can flourish in.

Product Choice
As we’ve highlighted, product choice can go a long way towards helping make the most of the minimal changes to your routine necessary to keep ahead of the temporary shifts in one’s skin. The best options are typically going to be acne control products, but you can find other products that can help as well. These are going to include some of what you’d find in said acne products though. Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic and citric acid are good inclusions in a light cleanser. These are gentle enough to avoid aggravating your skin while potent enough to properly clean the area. We recommend looking for an astringent like witch hazel or a similar product to help keep your skin clean as well. However, both of these options have a chance for drying out your skin. That’s why we urge you not to forget to moisturize after using any of the products we’ve suggested. A proper moisture seal will reduce the chances of rebound overproduction of oil and inflammation from dry skin leading to other skin problems.

There is a degree of common sense in adjusting one routine in accordance with one’s cycle. Adjusting too much will end up hurting your skin in the long run though. Try to stick with the small adjustments you’d make to help prevent an acne outbreak from getting worse instead. This will generally provide the oil control and cleanliness that your skin needs to minimize the effects of your cycle. Don’t feel bad if your skin still has trouble. There is only so much any one person can do and sometimes the skin is just a bit more stubborn than even the best routine.

The Connection Between Hormone Therapy and Your Skin

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Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body. It serves are, in many ways, one of the first lines of defense for your general health. By serving as the outermost barrier, it helps prevent countless collection of bacteria, debris, and other things from ever reaching your more sensitive insides. That’s why it has such a sophisticated series of systems that help it to support and maintain itself. Our skin is also the first thing many will notice about us. All of these reasons are why we try to take good care of it. Most of us have an idea of the conventional ways in which to do this and maintain at least a passable skincare routine. Not everyone is aware that there are more advanced ways to care for your skin to make up for some skin issues we begin to experience as we age. Shifting hormone balances throw our skin off from what it was and hormone therapy can sometimes be just the thing to help deal with these problems.

Hormones and Your Skin
Most of us generally don’t think about hormones in relation to our skin. They are this nebulous concept that we tend to use to handwave teenage behavior or any particular desires we feel when looking at someone we deem attractive. Hormones are a lot more than that though. They are responsible for helping to regulate the complex interplay between the various systems of the body. Your body receives cues from its hormone levels and what specialized ones get released due to various circumstances. Skin is far from immune to this and in fact many of the things we see as different between broad categories of people, such as men and women, are caused by varying levels of hormone balances. Estrogen and testosterone each play a major role in how the skin behaves as much as they regulate other functions. How oily or how dry your skin is, apparent pore size, softness to the touch, and other factors are all related to the balance of hormones in your body.

Estrogen And Skin
Most of the time you’ll find that estrogen tends to have the most profound impact on the skin. This is for a number of reasons. A major one is the simple fact that estrogen actually helps to constrict your pores. People with high estrogen levels tend to look like that have smoother skin because the overall appearance of their pores is diminished. This actually helps and hurts at the same time too. Constricted pores reduce the overall amount of natural oils that your skin can secrete to protect itself. This helps make it easier to resist some conditions, but at the same time increases the susceptibility such skin has to drying out. Estrogen is also important for helping to motivate the production of collagen within the skin. People with higher estrogen tend to maintain firmer and younger looking appearances longer because estrogen keeps motivating a higher production of collagen and thereby allowing the skin to repair itself more effectively. This is why menopause tends to have such a dramatic impact on the skin of many people and why some seek out hormone therapy.

Benefits of Hormone Therapy
Hormone replacement therapy is a larger category that defines several forms of treatment. There are forms for men, transgender people (which is further subdivided into smaller categories), and women undergoing menopause. The last one is the one we’re going to highlight here. True to its name, this form of hormone therapy focuses on maintaining estrogen levels in many cases or maintaining them at a lower level that will have a less pronounced impact on the body overall. In this case, you won’t be looking at improvement of the skin so much as it maintaining itself without getting worse. If you wanted to start, you might notice a minor improvement to the skin in response to returned estrogen levels as the skin reacts to a more familiar balance of hormones. This is the same reason that transgender people who desire estrogen experience their skin changing. The human body knows what to do with any healthy balance of hormones and adjusts its systems accordingly.

Hormone therapy is an option to help maintain or boost skin after levels of estrogen have fallen due to either a medical procedure or menopause. It is important to note that it will note that there are risks associated with such therapy, but they can be mitigated by talking to your doctor about healthy practices during hormone therapy. Most of them will focus on staying healthy and potentially taking your medication in a specific way. In the long run, it can help your skin remain healthier, but it is up to you to determine if you wish to start a therapy you may need to maintain for a long time to maintain its benefits.

Acne Solutions for Men

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Knowing how to care for your skin is an important skillset for everyone. After all, ignorance of the skills isn’t going to do anyone any favors. Your skin isn’t going to be magically okay just because you never looked into appropriate techniques. It leads to frustrating and sometimes painful issues where we do our best to counteract lingering skin conditions that are doing their best work to hurt us on various levels. Acne is a particularly good example of this. Men tend to deal with it in a lingering fashion due to not always being invested in good skincare. This leads to permanent damage to the face in the form of acne scars and similar issues that just make you look less professional and collected. Fortunately, we’ve got some acne solutions for men that can help you venture into skincare in a meaningful way and get this frustrating condition back under control.

Oil Control
There’s no getting around the fact that the skin’s natural oils tend to play a clear role in how much we have to deal with the effects of acne. Many men and others with higher testosterone levels end up dealing with acne in a protracted sort of way where it seems like it refuses to go away. That’s because testosterone allows pores to be less constricted and thereby secrete more sebum, your skin’s natural oils. This protects your skin a bit better on one level, but on several others it makes it easier for your pores to get clogged as there is more oil to trap dead skin cells, dirt, and other debris each day. Oil control products are a good first step towards counteracting this. These are often clearly marked, but a good shorthand for them is to simply look for acne fighting products. The end result should help reduce the amount of oil on your skin healthier.

Learn Standard Skincare
It seems obvious, but unfortunately this solution doesn’t end up occurring to many men. The cultural bias of regarding good skincare as feminine instead of a normal part of hygiene isn’t helpful here. One of the best things you can do to help contain, minimize, and control acne outbreaks is simply to engage is a basic skincare routine. This mean rinsing your skin in lukewarm water once or twice a day, cleansing, and moisturizing. Each of these components is important. The water needs to be lukewarm as cold water won’t be terribly effective and hot water will potentially lead to the reactive release of more oil after it dries out the skin. A good cleanser will continue the cleanup process after the water has rinsed away most of the surface level issues. Look for a gentler cleanser though to avoid a similar reactive release of more oils. Lastly, the moisturizer is there to help counteract any dryness from the last two steps and provide an additional moisture seal for your skin that will help it stay healthy.

Talk To Your Doctor
We need to stress here that oil control combined with the most basic form of a skincare routine will generally help control most kinds of acne outbreak. This isn’t always the case though. Resistant and painful acne require a stronger approach. That’s when you need to talk to your doctor or dermatologist about pursuing more aggressive treatments to help counteract the problem. This can involve a prescription of antibiotics to help neutralize the bacteria caused in the problem, anti-inflammatory drugs to help your skin calm, and other drugs that help to boost the skin in such a way that it can help itself. Do not let a case of acne like this sit unanswered or it is likely to only get worse and cause more potential damage to the skin that will remain harder to repair. Despite this, we would like to remind everyone that any acne treatment should be conduct for roughly two weeks to see if there is an affect. If the acne seems unchanged or is actively painful whether touched or not, make an appointment with your doctor.

Basic acne solutions shouldn’t be something that men feel prohibited from trying. Everyone benefits from being able to take good care of their skin. You look healthy and professional with properly cared for skin in addition to it simply looking better. Basic hygiene shouldn’t be a gendered activity. We recommend any men or anyone else with higher testosterone levels to take the appropriate skincare steps to help their skin. It will pay off in the long run.

Skincare Advisory: Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure

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We all need a reminder now and again about how to properly take care of our skin. After all, it is easy to get caught up in the month-to-month adjustments or product trials that we begin to forget elements that we ought not to forget. Most of the time we forget little details like how a serum should go on before any other product after finishing cleaning our skin. Other times we end up forgetting whole products and entirely setting aside things like a retinol cream or forgetting to do our regular mask. Each of these have their own effect on our skin’s overall health and that’s why we often spend so much time trying to correct our mistakes. One thing we need to try not to forget is sunscreen. It is vital to ensuring both current and long term skincare. Your sunscreen or SPF-including moisturizer or similar product is what will help reduce the overall signs of aging over time.

Anatomy of A Sun Ray
There are two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) ray that we’re concerned with when it comes to sun exposure. UVA and UVB rays each play their own part when it comes to our skin’s potentially for illness and its overall health. The fact that the sun can contribute to our health is why we have such an awkward relationship with sun exposure. Ultimately, any exposure needs to be short, controlled, and when wearing appropriate sun protection. UVA rays bring some of the more worrying effects for those of us concerned with avoiding the signs of aging for as long as possible. These are capable of penetrating deep into the skin and doing damage to each layer as they go. They’re typically responsible for introducing free radicals into your skin and being what causes the majority of photoaging. However, UVB rays don’t get off easily either. They’re responsible for both sunburn and potential damage that can lead to skin cancer. Both UVA and UVB rays need to be protected against.

Inspecting the Damage
Telling you to just avoid sun exposure isn’t necessarily as helpful as explaining the kind of damage that you can expect. As we said before, UVA rays bring free radicals and penetrate deeply into the skin. This is a problem because free radicals continually bond with and break the structure of various compounds in your body. They are especially good at breaking down collagen, an important structural protein in your body. Collagen is highly prevalent in the skin and is actually what makes youthful skin so firm. We need it and yet it decreases in amount as we age. Contributing to this decline with unprotected sun exposure will just make it happen all the faster. Both UVA and UVB rays can potentially cause direct damage to the DNA in your skin cells as well. This damage is what leads to replication issues in the skin that eventually cause cancer. As a result, we must strongly recommend never forgetting to wear sunscreen.

Protecting Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen or another product offering SPF is the only reliable way to truly protect your skin. Yes, your skin is technically protecting your body while your natural oils are trying to protect your skin, but they aren’t quite up to the job. Neither offers your skin the broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays that is necessary to minimize sun damage. Without that, your skin is simply sitting there soaking up the UV rays. We recommend favoring products with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin properly. You can keep going as high as 80 or more, but SPF begins to give diminishing returns past around 30 most of the time. Truly high numbers don’t end up giving you as much protection as they lead you to believe. Additionally, you’ll likely want to take a close look at the active ingredients of any product that you buy. Try to find ones that include zinc oxide in their active ingredients list. These sunscreens are physical blockers that reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them instead of your skin. That makes them even more effective.

Providing your skin with appropriate sun protection is necessary for long term care. Your skin can handle some sun exposure, but the more that you subject your skin to without protection the more damage that will slowly build up in it until it becomes highly evident past a certain age. Protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, minimizing the time you spend outdoors, and not sitting in the sunlight by large windows will pay off eventually. You’ll thank yourself for the effort later.

Not Ready For Botox? No Problem!

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

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

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

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

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

Professional Advice for Reducing Under Eye Puffiness

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Puffy eyes are a fairly common beauty problem. They can come up for any number of reasons, but the results tend to always be the same: they detract from your chosen look. We all learn quick ways to try to hide puffiness, but after a certain point we just want to be rid of it rather than applying a quick fix. Reducing under eye puffiness takes a little work though. Changing various habits can help to reduce the overall rate at which you experience puffy eyes. We all know how hard it is to break habits though. With that in mind, we’re going to review some of the advice that professionals regularly give people to help them learn to control puffy eyes. These tips will be relatively basic and something any of us can do unaided. You may need to work at them though to help make any lifestyle changes stick. These tips should hopefully be enough to help you get the puffiness back under control.

Getting Some Rest
It doesn’t take long for most of us to figure out that puffy eyes tend to show up preferentially in the morning. There’s a reason for that too. One of the primary causes for puffy eyes is literally fluid pooling beneath the thinner skin of the eyes. The end result is the all too apparent puffiness. Most of the time it only really starts to accumulate when you’re sleeping on your side or stomach. The positions allow gravity to be able to pull fluid and make it pool in the area beneath your eyes. You can fix this entirely be sleeping on your back. It uses gravity to help prevent the pooling at the same time that it helps avoid bunching your skin together and encouraging wrinkles. Learning to sleep on your back can be difficult if you’ve never done it before though. An appropriately contoured pillow can help aid the transition to your new sleeping position, but it will take a little time and effort to make it stick.

Protect Your Eyes
Sleeping on your back is a good go-to measure when it comes to ensuring that you can prevent or minimize puffy eyes, but it isn’t your only option. It isn’t even an option for some of us. You can achieve a lot by properly protecting the area around your eyes though as any damage contributes to the likelihood of puffiness. That’s why many professionals recommend ensuring that you’re applying a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF around your eyes to appropriately protect the sensitive skin. This will help keep the skin thicker and stronger than it would be from continual damage. It will overall simply be more resistant to puffiness.

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You can build on this by remembering to wear sunglasses as well when you’re out and about. Try to remember to use products that encourage the health of the skin around your eyes as well to keep them as healthy as possible. This step works especially well when combined with sleeping on your back, but there is yet another option available if neither of these appeal to you.

Cooling Down
We’ve been largely covering preventive measures that can help reduce a regular problem, but we all need a quick fix now and again when they aren’t a regular occurrence. A good way to go about this is actually to chill some of your favorite eye cream. You can take it out and apply it whenever you’re dealing with puffy eyes to calm and nourish the area quickly. This tends to last longer than most other options because the nourishing part of the eye cream will offer a longer term solution for settling the area. You can achieve similar results with any kind of suitable product kept cold and put around the eyes. The cold is what will be doing most of the work by calming the area around your eyes, but quicker fixes like an ice cube don’t work as well as a product as the effect dissipates faster with nothing left over to help continue to calm the skin. It is worth noting that you may need to apply the cold product more than once for it to be fully effective, but you will get results.

Combating eye puffiness isn’t that difficult of a task, but the best way to do it is prevention. Sleeping on your back and protecting the skin around your eyes tends to do most of the preventive work without any additional help. Sometimes things will creep by though and a cold eye cream or similar option will be all you need to banish the puffiness away again. These tricks have been recommended by professionals for ages and will likely continue to be passed along. Their simplicity is ultimately the key. Hopefully these tips will be all you need to avoid dealing with puffy eyes ever again.

How Your Attitude Reflects On Your Skin

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

Depressed woman

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

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

Woman with sunny disposition

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

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