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Alleviating Existing Skin Issues

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Everybody faces their own unique combination of different skin issues, but these can often be quite difficult to identify. In order to help people to understand exactly what their skin needs, there are now DNA test kits available, that you can do yourself at home, which will put together a skin profile for you based on the results.

What the Test Involves
The DNA sample for your skin profile is usually taken via a swab in the mouth, but you need to rinse your mouth out a few times before swabbing. After doing so, simply rub the swab on the inside of your cheeks so that it can gather enough saliva, and then place it back into its protective sleeve and send it off to be analysed.

Skin Aging
One of the aspects of your skin that the DNA test will look at is the way in which your skin is aging. This will tell you a lot about your genes, as these are able to regulate the aging process, protecting it from wrinkling, thinning, and other forms of damage. Whether your skin aging profile is normal, strong, or needs improvement, this is a great way to learn about how your skin has been affected by your genes.

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Skin Elasticity
Just like with skin aging, the skin elasticity part of the test will also take a close look at your genes in order to find out just how strong and elastic your skin is. This will tell you how susceptible you are to collagen breakdown and cellulite, while providing you with suggestions on how you can help to work on any issues that have been discovered.

Skin Health and Appearance
While many people can easily identify their skin type, the DNA test will still be able to tell you whether or not you are predisposed to having a certain skin type, such as dry or itchy skin. It will also identify how capable your epidermis is at sending water into the rest of your skin, which will help you to decide on the best form of hydration and moisturization. There are also certain genes that some people carry that reflect acne, and these will also be pin-pointed during this part of the test.

Sun Sensitivity
The sun has such a significant impact on the health of your skin, which is why the sun sensitivity part of the test is an extremely useful one. This will help you to discover just how sensitive your skin is to UV radiation and sun exposure, and how much damage your skin will suffer each time you are in the sun. No matter what the results may show, wearing sun protection is still essential, but this test will help you to decide just how strict you need to be about this.

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A DNA test to learn more about your skin can be extremely useful. While you may already know some of the results, such as your skin type and whether or not you are prone to acne, there is so much that can be discovered about your skin that you would have had no idea about, enabling you to provide an extra level of care that caters directly to your skin’s exact needs.

The Impact Of Inflammation On Your Skin

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All of us are familiar with what inflamed skin looks like. Those red and tender to the touch patches have a way of being memorable thanks to the potential pain. Inflammation of all sorts is something we associate with skin conditions like acne or rosacea. The inflammation is a symptom of the problem rather than the problem itself. It needs to be noted that those skin conditions and others may be the problem at the moment, but chronic inflammation of any sort has a negative impact on your skin. This is unfortunate given inflammation is a necessary part of how your body addresses various problems. To better understand the impact of inflammation on your skin, let’s take a closer look at what exactly it is and what it does to your skin. This should help us all have a clearer picture of how our bodies work as well as giving a few idea on how to get inflammation back under control when it becomes a chronic problem.

The Nature of Inflammation
Simply put, inflammation is a sign that your body is responding to damage or infection. White blood cells arrive at an area and begin to do their best to clean the area. Most of us remember from grade school science that white blood cells function as a key member of our immune system. They arrive at infected or damaged areas to try to clear out unwelcome bacteria. These bacteria are essentially tagged, devoured, and then passed as waste products. The catch is that we often don’t learn that how the cells prepare their food involves secreting particular chemicals. These help them do the white blood cells to do their job and make the cleaning up of an area far easier. Those same chemicals are what trigger inflammation in the body. It provides a signal to the rest of the systems involved that an area needs extra attention to clean it out and repair it. This puts that area of your body under strain though as it tries to funnel the necessary resources to the area to fix things.

Chronic Inflammation and Your Skin
Obviously, inflammation is typically a good sign. It means your body is working properly and trying to address problems. The problem is the strain that it causes means stress hormones are being released at the same time. These end up deeply affecting our body just like any source of stress. For the skin, the chances of inflammatory skin conditions occurring ends up skyrocketing. This is likely partly due to the fact that the skin is sensitized by inflammation and partly due to resources already being tied up elsewhere in the skin. This has to be address or you’ll likely experiences flare ups of conditions such as eczema or rosacea if you already have them. Breakouts aren’t uncommon either. This sensitized state also makes it far easier to build up damage on the skin. Wrinkles become more likely and skin can start to sag thanks to not getting repaired properly. That’s why it is in our best interests to minimize skin inflammation and find a way to curtail any source of chronic inflammation in our skin as quickly as possible.

Managing Inflammation
Taking control of inflammation is a lot easier than you might think. A big part of it is simply prevention. It is worth noting that you technically subject your body to a wide reaching shock of inflammation every time you eat sugary foods thanks to a spike in blood sugar. Avoiding indulging in these foods too much can do your skin a lot of good. Additionally, you’ll want to get plenty of fiber in your diet to help regulate any blood sugar spikes from eating to minimize the amount of inflammation that occurs. Controlling any visible inflammation can end up being a bit trickier. A good step is to make sure to moisturize the area effective and to avoid using any harsh products there as well. This will help make your skin a little less sensitive while avoiding provoking a further reaction. Any resistant and chronic area of inflammation should be discussed with a doctor or dermatologist to assess the area for treatment.

Inflammation is one of the wondrous ways in which our body keeps itself intact, but it does have a cost. The stress it causes to the body ends up degrading the health of any organs touched by the inflammation. With our skin, the degradation becomes visible through an increased chance of experiencing various skin conditions as well as a chance of experiencing more signs of premature aging. Avoiding causes of inflammation and getting appropriate treatment for any inflammation already existing will help move you towards better overall skin health and keep you looking your best.

Warm Weather Skin Care For Children

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Skincare is important to many of us. It isn’t just about looking our best like many people seem to think though. We also focus on it to ensure we’re taking good care of our skin. Each of us has only one body and we have to treat it and its various organs well or we’ll end up paying for it in the long run. Occasionally we need a little help though. Most of us turn to experts for a dose of that extra skincare knowledge we need to take good care of our skin. Not everyone knows to do this though. Children are especially lacking in that kind of focus and forethought. That generally means making sure their skin is taken good care of is left up to us. There are a few basic tenets to warm weather skin care for children. Reminding them to do these things will generally keep their skin healthy, them happy, and you most worry free during the time the children spend outside.

Sunscreen is a Must
Just as with adults, children need to use sunscreen when going outside during warm weather. Their skin is better able to repair itself at their young ages, yes, but it is always best to try to avoid the damage in the first place. Additionally, preventive application of sunscreen ensures there is a smaller chance of pained crying at dealing with sunburn later. The same rules of sunscreen that apply to adults also apply to children. You’ll want to ensure that you’re applying a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to the children before they head out. Remember that sunscreen needs to be applied a quarter of an hour before going outside to have a full effect upon exposure. The part that gets tricky is reminding children to come in or return to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours or more often if they’re outside swimming. Staying aware of when things need to be reapplied will help avoid problems later though.

Clothing Choices
Children generally aren’t as concerned with style as they might get when they’re older, but they do have clear ideas on what they want out of how they look a lot of the time. Their favorite shirts, bottoms, and shoes can end up worn out rather quickly. That’s generally fine since we can replace most of them, but exercising a little bit more control over their clothing during warm weather tends to be a good idea. You want to ensure that they’re wearing lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton to ensure they don’t overheat and to minimize excess sweating. This is the same reason you’ll want to make sure they’re wearing looser clothing as well. It will prevent sweat from ending up clogging pores and causing uncomfortable rashes that will make their summer less pleasant. Consider finding treated clothing to protect them from the sun or insects as well for an extra layer of protection during the warmer weather.

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Healing from Problems
Even with dedicated care and attention, accidents do happen occasionally. That ends up meaning it is time to tend to a child’s skin to help them heal from the skin problem quickly. Most warm weather problems are going to inherently benefit from regularly moisturizing. This will soothe the skin, help it be more resilient, and encourage healing. Sunburn will get a bit more from the application of a good aloe vera product though thanks to the cooling effect though. Rashes can be a bit more finicky to deal with though. These are still relatively easy to fix though. You’ll want to ensure the area with the rash gets washed with lukewarm water and a mild cleansing soap to help unclog any pores. Combine this with an anti-itch cream and the skin should be able to heal nicely within a few days. Any issues that last longer than a few days should be looked into by a doctor to ensure no lasting harm was done. Remember that children are overall more sensitive than adults and ensuring good care gives them the best chances of good health as they grow.

Ensuring children are getting good skin care during warm weather is generally necessary to ensure they don’t end up having a bad time. Sunburn, rashes, and other discomforts have a way of diminishing anyone’s fun. All it takes is reminding them to do things like wear sunscreen and helping them to pick out a good outfit for spending a lot of time outside in warm weather. These will go a long way towards helping minimize the chances of there being any problems and ensuring everyone gets to properly enjoy the warm weather.

Treating Sunburns on the Face and Body

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Sunburn is an incredibly common skin problem. Most of us have spent just a little too much time outside and encountered it before. Typically this is because our sunscreen wore off without us remembering to touch it up every two hours or so. This creates the unfortunate and painful situation that is sunburn. It is a relatively easily treated condition even if it is painful. Learning to treat it properly will go a long way towards helping one’s skin heal quickly and minimize the potential problems one experiences. We do need to stress that there is more to treating sunburn than aloe vera. With that in mind, we’ve got a quick guide on the best things you can do to help treat sunburn on your face and body. We’re going to favor simple, easy tricks that anyone can use to help their skin heal. These should be doable almost everywhere and help you be better equipped to handle the sun every summer going forward.

Protect Your Skin
This may seem like a given, but you’d be surprised how many people fail to remember this when trying to care for sunburn. The key to letting your skin heal is to stop damaging it again in the same way. Apply sunscreen or other SPF-including products to the affected areas to provide a shield against further sun damage. This will let your skin actually get the chance to repair itself. We strongly encourage you to look for a product that uses zinc oxide, a physical blocker, to use when sunburned. Physical blockers will reflect UV rays and provide the overall best protection. Outside of that, you’ll want to favor the generalized sunscreen rules of ensuring you’re using a product with an SPF of at least 30 that provides broad spectrum protection. We also advise keeping around the right clothes to shield sunburned areas. Look for clothes treated to provide sun protection for an even more thorough defense. Making these efforts will make all your other efforts that much more effective.

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Stay Cool
The burning sensation we associate with sunburn is unpleasant, but you can do something about it. A common and easy-to-use remedy involves taking cool baths and showers to keep the skin soothed. You’re actually helping yourself in two ways: the cool water helps to soothe the skin and it helps hydrate it. Sunburned skin is exceedingly dry by comparison to the rest of your skin and this is part of what leads to its inflamed state. Controlling that inflammation goes a long way towards making the sunburn tolerable again. So soaking in a tub of cool water isn’t that bad of any idea if you can stand it. We do recommend doing more than just soaking though. Your body is going to need extra hydration to help keep up with the problem too. Make sure that you’re mainly drinking water when you’re thirsty to help give it the edge it needs to fix the damage. Significant sun damage like sunburn takes a long time to fully heal even after it seems to have gone away. Doing yourself all the favors you can make the lingering damage far lesser.

Moisturize
Sunburnt skin, as highlighted above, is dry and needs a lot of moisture. Soaking alone won’t do the job and isn’t necessarily viable for the face. Moisturizing regularly after a quick, cold rinse can go a long way towards helping the problem too. A good moisturizer will help seal moisture in your skin even when it has been damaged. This will help soothe your skin over time. Additionally, all that moisture helps to improve your skin’s overall health and prevent it from being as susceptible to sun damage. Many people will likely want to swap to a slightly thicker moisturizer to treat sunburnt areas given you’ll want all the defense that you can get. Aloe vera can be particularly helpful here thanks to it being an excellent moisturizer on its own. The soothing effect it has when applied topically is a bonus that makes it even better. We also recommend taking painkillers to further help calm your skin alongside this step. It should help make sunburn a bit more bearable while the worst of it passes.

Nothing prevents sunburn from being a frustrating experience. Many of us feel a bit hampered after an incident of sunburn as we know we need to stay out of the sun for a while. The best thing any of us can do is use these times to remind ourselves to take better care of our skin. It will hopefully help us minimize any issues with sunburn in the future and be better prepared to help any friends or family that run afoul of the sun as well.

Caring for Damaged Skin After a Long Summer

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While you may have loved soaking up the sun all summer long, your skin definitely did not feel the same way, and could more than likely use some extra care now that the summer is drawing to a close. From treating sun spots to hydrating thirsty skin, these tips will help you to reverse some of the damage that the summer sun has caused to your skin.

Nourishment from the Inside
Even if you take certain supplements formulated for healthy skin, nothing beats the benefits of a healthy, well-balanced diet. This is one of the best ways to support your skin’s healing processes, as whole foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables will are vital for optimal skin health. It is also important to make sure that you are consuming enough water on a daily basis, as this will help to hydrate your skin cells from the inside out.

Chemical Peel
A chemical peel is a great way to revive your tired skin after a long summer, and is extremely effective at removing the top layer of dead skin cells that would otherwise contribute to a dull and rough appearance. The potency of the chemical peel that you would choose would depend on the amount of sun damage you have suffered, as there are different strengths available to tackle various depths of sun damage.

Hydrating Serum
While drinking plenty of water will go a long way in hydrating your skin cells, a hydrating serum will help to support this topically. Since serums are so lightweight, they are easily and quickly absorbed into the skin, and can have an impact on a cellular level. When it comes to specific ingredients, look for a serum that is formulated with hyaluronic acid, as this humectant can hold up to 1000 times its weight in moisture, and will make a huge difference in hydrating, as well as repairing, your skin.

Sun Spots
Sun spots are a form of hyperpigmentation that are caused by exposure to the sun, and, since they develop over time, there is no instant fix when it comes to banishing them. However, there are certain ingredients that are extremely effective at fading them over time, and these should immediately be incorporated into your skin care routine if you have noticed any dark spots or discoloration. Vitamin C has been proven to aid in evening out any hyperpigmentation, while green tea and its many antioxidants support the healing of your skin and works to reverse the damage that the sun has caused.

While the long, hot days of summer may have been incredibly relaxing for you, they would have caused your skin quite a bit of stress, and now, before the cold days of winter set in, is the ideal time to begin reversing this damage. From topical products that support the healing and regeneration of your skin, to healthy and colorful whole foods that nourish your skin from the inside out, these tips will bring back the smooth, soft and healthy complexion that you were enjoying before summer arrived.

Enjoy the Sun without Skin Damage

Summer is a time for enjoying life. We go out and celebrate it as fervently as we can with backyard gatherings, relaxing on beaches, and just finding the various ways we can use our time to enjoy life. Friends and family are an expected part of the summer, but so is the sun. It serves as a constant reminder that we need to be wary about enjoying ourselves too much. You are already familiar with the many ways that sun damage can end up causing premature aging and otherwise damaging the skin. This knowledge tends to rest especially hard on those of us who previously enjoyed going out and enjoying ourselves in the sun. Summer almost seems unfair once you know what all the sun can do to your skin. Fortunately, you can take steps to enjoy the sun without worrying as much about skin damage.

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Sunscreen
As ever, sunscreen is one of your best options for avoiding sun damage. You need to use sunscreen of sufficient strength to get the best results though and use it appropriately. Remember that sunscreen should always be of at least SPF 30 to ensure that you get the most reliable protection. You can go higher, and might wish to if your skin is particularly sensitive, but SPFs higher than 30 have diminishing returns on the amount of protection that they can genuinely provide for your skin. Additionally, the sunscreen should always be one that offers broad-spectrum protection. This means that it provides protection from UVA and UVB rays to ensure both kinds of sun damage are crowded out. The last tip is to try to find products that use physical blockers such a titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Remember to slather the sunscreen on thoroughly. Don’t worry about streaking. Rub the product into your skin until the streaking goes away instead.

Wear Sun Protective Clothing
Layers of clothing often don’t make much sense in the summer, but we do it anyway when going to the beach. Sun protective clothing is a good addition to any beach trip or day you’ll be outside for an extended period. Sun protective clothing, simply put, is clothing of a tighter weave that has been treated with chemicals that up the amount of protection that the clothing itself can provide for your skin against the sun. You will be happy to know that such clothing comes in a variety of forms that allow you to maintain your personal sense of style while still providing an appropriate level of protection for your skin. The sun protection rating for the clothing is typically clearly labeled and when used in conjunction with sunscreen will provide a further layer of defense for your body against the sun.

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Enjoy The Shade
Another good way to protect your skin is to remember that you don’t need to be in the sun the whole time you’re outside. Take advantage of the shade. You can enjoy the warm, lazy heat of summer just as easily from beneath an umbrella or in the shade of a larger tree as you can in the full sun. This is a particularly good rule to keep in mind if you’re setting up a gathering with outdoor activities. Keeping food under a covered area and activities in a shaded area will help protect people from skin damage without noticably impacting the enjoyment of the gathering itself. This doesn’t mean giving up on enjoying the sun though. These precautions will simply allow you to spend more time out and enjoying it without worrying about the negative effects.

Sun damage can be minimized if you’re willing to take the appropriate steps. Sunscreen has never stopped being a skincare necessity and never will. Utilizing it with a good combination of clothing and shade will help even the most sun-hungry people to keep enjoying the sun without needing to worry about it being the end of their skin’s health. You might not feel as free to enjoy the sun as you once did, but a little know how can let you enjoy it intelligently.