Choosing The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Tone

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Now that the warmer weather has arrived and you will likely be spending much more time in the sun, it is important to ensure that your skin is kept protected from the damaging UV rays. When it comes to choosing a sunscreen, there are a few different factors that you need to keep in mind, from your skin type to your skin tone, as this will ensure that the sunscreen you choose is best suited to your own individual skin.

Fair Skin Tones
Those with a fair skin tone tend to burn much quicker and more easily, making a broad spectrum sunscreen with a higher SPF value essential. SPF 30 is the absolute minimum, so try to find a sunscreen that offers more protection than this, at SPF 50 if possible. Keep in mind that, no matter how high the SPF level of your sunscreen may be, you will still need to keep re-applying it every few hours in order to ensure that your skin continues to be protected.

Dark Skin Tones
While those with darker skin tones may not burn quite as quickly as those with lighter skin tones, the sun will still be causing just as much damage to your skin cells, so a broad spectrum sunscreen every day is still necessary. The main issue that many people with darker skin tones have with sunscreen is that a large number of the products out there can often leave a chalky white residue on the skin, which is much more obvious on darker skin tones. However, there are many new formulas constantly being introduced onto the market, so simply find a high-quality chemical sunscreen that your skin is able to absorb quickly.

Dry Skin
In addition to keeping your skin tone in mind, you should also pay attention to your skin type when choosing any new skin care product. Those with dry skin would be best off opting for a moisturizing sunscreen, as these will contain hydrating and moisturizing ingredients that will help to prevent your skin from drying out even further.

Sensitive Skin
While chemical sunscreens may be the easiest for your skin to absorb, these chemicals, such as oxybenzone or paraben, can exacerbate sensitive skin, leading to redness and rashes. Physical sunscreens are the best option in this case, as they contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are much more gentle on the skin and are still able to protect it from UV rays.

Oily Skin
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, then you need to seek out a sunscreen that has been specially designed for your skin type. These will be free of fragrances and extra oils, saving your skin from clogged pores and breakouts.

It is extremely important to spend a bit of time choosing your sunscreen for the season, as this is your main form of defense against everything from skin cancer to premature aging. Whether you have fair and sensitive skin, or dark and oily skin, these tips should help you to choose the very best sunscreen possible.

Lessons for Ladies with Dry and Sensitive Skin

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Dry and sensitive skin can be a challenge to deal with, often requiring quite a high level of care in order for a healthy complexion to be maintained. For those of you who have been battling with dry and sensitive skin for a while now, these are the lessons that you need to learn.

Add in a Second Layer of Moisturizer
If you have long since been fighting dry and sensitive skin, then you are likely already aware of the importance of a moisturizer. In order for your skin to receive maximum benefits from this, your moisturizer should be applied to damp skin, so that it can trap in all of the excess moisture that is sitting on the surface of your skin. Then, give your skin a few minutes to dry, before applying another coat of moisturizer, as this provides your skin with a double layer of protection. While it is absolutely fine to use the same moisturizer both times, you should ensure that the moisturizer you are using contains humectants, such as hyaluronic acid or glycerin, as these help to bind water to the skin.

Heat and Humidity at Home
Indoor heat is extremely drying, so whether you use a fireplace or central heating to warm up your home, be sure to keep yourself well away from the actual source of heat. The same can be said for air conditioning units, which can really dry out the skin quickly. Since it is often difficult, and uncomfortable, to not use heating or air conditioning, the best way to combat the dry air within your home is by investing in a humidifier, as this will add moisture back into the air.

Special Care at Night
Studies have shown that the body loses more water from the skin during the night, while a person is asleep, than during the day, which is why it is important to provide your skin with an extra level of care before going to bed. This means not only using a night cream, but also introducing a gentle toner and a hydrating serum into your routine. In order to add some extra moisture onto your skin before applying your night cream, give it a spritz or two of rose water, as this brings with it a range of benefits, but is gentle enough to not cause any irritation.

Take it Slow After a Reaction
When your skin has reacted to a product or ingredient, it is important to give it some time to calm down, preferably a week. After tis, you can then reintroduce your products one at a time, making sure that you patch test them on your inner forearm before applying them to your face or body. If your skin turns red with a particular product, then you have found the culprit, and can either cut this product out of your skin care routine, or, better still, try to discover exactly which ingredients in the product may be exacerbating your sensitivity.

After carrying out all of these changes, you should begin to notice improvements in your skin quite quickly. However, if you are still not getting any relief, or your dryness and sensitivity is worsening, it may be time to visit a dermatologist, as this could be a sign of a skin condition that requires professional treatment.

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.

Tips for Keeping Your Hands From Your Face

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Practicing good skincare is as much about product choice as it is making good habits. These habits tend to vary depending on the person involved though. People with oily skin need to learn to be aware and occasionally do what they can to minimize the oil throughout the day. Those of us with dry skin, by contrast, need to figure out how many times a day is ideal for touching up our skin with a little moisturizer. These habits are broadly defined by our skin types, but there are a few universal habits that we can all cultivate. One of the most important ones is figuring out how to keep our hands away from our face. We rest our face on them, reach up and touch our face, and brush against it constantly without even thinking. It isn’t the best habit when we’re trying to do all we can to keep our skin healthy. We can transfer bacteria and grime to our skin each time we touch it. That’s why we recommend you consider trying some of the following tips to help you keep your hands away from your face.

Keep Your Hands Busy
Keeping your hands away from your face is a lot easier if you’re keeping them busy. This shouldn’t that much of an issue for those of us who have things to do each day. We can stay on task with works, read, do puzzles, or plenty of other activities that require the use of our hands. The key feature here is that the bulk of our attention is focused on using our hands for something else. Letting them lie idle is how we can end up unconsciously touching our face with them. Consider that fact when you’re about to run out of something to do. You can instead opt to cook or bake something for use later instead. Mixing a salad bowl for later that you can eat from during a meal or few is a good option. It goes hand in hand with the life goal of eating healthier. Additionally, meal prep in general is a good option if you enjoy eating more complex dinners. Your one goal is simply making sure that you keep your hands busy.

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Minimize Encouragement
There are a lot of reasons we end up accidentally touching our face. Many of them have to deal with various kind of irritations drawing our hands upward. You can help offset this problem by giving yourself the tools to interrupt or prevent some of these situations. For instance, you can get a lot out of the simple trick of leaving tissue boxes around where you typically are to ensure you have a means to avoid touching your face when your nose itches. We also recommend taking steps to keep your hair out of your face. This isn’t terribly necessary if you’re having a day of relatively little physical activity, but anytime you need to be up and exerting yourself you’ll likely want to keep your hair tamed. It will minimize the ability of your hair to brush against your face and trigger itching or a desire to move it out of your face. Think about other things that lead to you touching your face as well. You can create tactics to minimize this problem.

Stay On Task
While it is important not to obsess over breaking this kind of habit, you need to stay alert to the problem. A good tactic is to put little reminders to yourself in areas you’re likely to see them. The message doesn’t need to be complex. “Don’t Touch Your Face” is typically about as complex as the note needs to be to get the job done. Place these at a few key places where you’re likely to be idle for a while. Bathroom mirrors, computers monitors, and similar locations are all good options to consider. We recommend enlisting a partner or someone close to you to help keep your on task as well. Explain the habit you’re trying to break and they can simply speak up when they notice you doing it. When combined with leaving notes for yourself, this should help you prevent yourself from touching your face, at least for very long, in most situations whether you’re at home or out and about.

Touching one’ face isn’t the end of the world. You can minimize problems by keeping your nails properly trimmed and cared for while keeping your hands clean. Most of us would prefer to remove a habit with the potential to hurt our skin though. With that in mind, it will take time to break the habit of unconsciously touching your face, but it can be done with a little persistence.

Tips for Skin Care Beginners

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Skin care is the key to maintaining healthy skin throughout our lives. It takes time and effort to learn the skills to make the most of skin care though. It is easy enough for most of us to go to the store and start picking out the products that we know will work based on years of experience. The knowledge necessary for doing this is just something that has become ingrained in our heads. Not everyone has this set of knowledge and skills though. You can likely remember the time when you knew less about skin care and might still even cringe a little at past mistakes. Beauty is about looking your best, yes, but it is also about community. Most of us took our first steps into the world of beauty with peers or a mentor to help guide us. We’ve put together a few tips for skin care beginners to help anyone start learning the proper rules for skin care regardless of how fortunate they were in the mentor department.

Find Out Your Skin Type
One crucial step for beginners is to learn their skin type. Skin type governs almost everything in skin care. Products are made to cater to the needs of particular skin types while the same types each have their own sets of needs. Not knowing your skin type generally means you’re awkwardly picking up whatever product is available that looks good. This doesn’t help your skin in the long run. It can be particularly troublesome for more extreme skin types as well like oily or dry skin. The wrong product applied to the skin can exacerbate natural issues and lead to skin damage. You probably want to consider talking to a dermatologist or esthetician to get a clear idea on your skin type at the start of your skin care journey. This will let you take further steps with confidence.

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Value Sunscreen
Another fundamental of skin care is to never stop using sunscreen. Every moment you’re exposed to the sun is a moment when the sun is potentially harming your skin. Sunscreen’s role is to minimize all the damage possible. It buys you time and lets you enjoy the outdoor activities that you can’t live without. You will want to learn to take careful measure of the amount of time you spend in the sun overall though as reducing that alongside applying sunscreen multiple times a day will offer the best protection possible. Don’t get tricked into thinking you only need to buy sunscreen with a large SPF rating though. The ratings have diminishing returns past SPF 30 and generally that is more than enough for most people to be able to comfortably enjoy a little time in the sun. Don’t forget to make sure your sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection either to ensure you’re getting all the protection you need.

Be Mindful of the Seasons
This tip is one that it takes a lot of people far too much time to learn. You must alter your product choices along with the seasons. Summer and Winter are the two most extreme seasons and generally what we shape our skin care routines around. You’re either at the seasonal problems or transitioning to the next one’s problems. Summer’s biggest problem is protecting the skin from sun damage. This is a problem in every season, but the length of the days and closeness of the sun necessarily makes summer a far larger threat. Winter, by contrast, generally has dry air as its biggest threat. The air will constantly leech moisture from your skin and cause it to crack without proper care. Anticipating your skin’s needs for a season will help you make the most of your skin care as a beginner. Don’t wait for the start of the season either. Start early to keep your skin ahead of the seasons.

These broad tips encompass the basics of learning proper skin care. It requires knowledge of your skin combined with knowing what the major risk factors to your skin are at the time. The rules are simple enough that it doesn’t take much for anyone to learn how to make the most of their skin care. It will take time to learn how to make the most of all of these tips though. This is particularly true of learning how to appropriately use the knowledge of your own skin type. Fortunately, there’s always time to learn to take care of your skin properly.

Best Foods for Your Skin Type

Your skin is one of the largest organs of your body and its appearance is intimately connected to your overall health. This is why OROGOLD takes the time to emphasize the importance of a healthy diet in skin care. All the vitamins and nutrients from a good diet serve vital roles in keeping your body and skin healthy. It may seem like a very general way to improve your skin, but you can make it more specialized if you’re willing to remember particular foods and food types that work best for your skin type. Oily, normal, and dry skins do all benefit from particular mixes of food more than a general diet may provide. With that in mind, we’ve got a quick overview of things to consider emphasizing in your diet. Don’t forget to ask a dermatologist or esthetician to help you figure out your skin type if you don’t already know.

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Foods to Support Oily Skin
One of the most important parts of caring for oily skin is simply remembering a general rule: Don’t eat sugars or salts in excess. This helps prevent motivating the skin to produce extra oil. However, you will certainly benefit from focusing on eating more vegetables in your diet as well. These are filling and can help make the transition from a sugary diet to a less sugary one easier by helping you feel full. Vegetables, especially leafy greens, are full of skin-supporting vitamins and nutrients that work to help fortify your skin against damage from any products you’re likely using to manage your oily skin as well. Adding strawberries or more citrus to your diet is also an advisable option. Both of these have natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help deal with one of the annoying parts of acne. Fresh, seasonal fruit is also a less specialized, but equally viable option.

Foods to Support Normal Skin
Normal skin is a bit harder to pinpoint foods that precisely support it thanks to the lack of any truly extreme conditions. Avoiding excess is a good approach. OROGOLD recommends maintaining an overall healthy diet to help your skin look and feel its best. Sampling from either side of the broad skin categories can potentially help if your skin leans towards oily or dry though. One thing that is good for normal skin and the others is to avoid drinking a lot of alcohol and caffeine. While they are easily enjoyed in small quantities, imbibing them frequently and in large amounts will contribute to poorer overall health. There are some studies that suggest they also directly impact skin clarity. Alcohol, in particular, is known to dehydrate the body and this can lead to issues with dry skin on top of internal issues.

Salmon with mushrooms and potatoes.

Foods to Support Dry Skin
Drink water often when you have dry skin. Hydration is your largest issue ultimately and failing to provide your body all the water it needs isn’t going to help it. Many people with dry skin benefit from including avocados in their diet thanks to the fatty acids in them. You can get these from other sources as well. Salmon is a good choice for anyone who enjoys fish, but olive oil is also a good choice and offers vegetarians and others on restricted diets a way to potentially get the same benefits. Due to common issues with sensitivity for people with dry skin, you might benefit from including more anti-oxidants in your diet as well from any of the various food sources. Leafy greens are a good option for this skin type as well, but you should preferentially seek out darker vegetables such as spinach and kale.

Each of these sets of guidelines is slightly focused in ideas on ways to support your skin type’s health. Everyone’s skin benefits from eating in a healthier fashion even if you don’t follow the smaller rules on what could benefit your skin the most. The main thing to remember is simply moderation. Anything in excess can damage your health. OROGOLD does recommend all skin types try to emphasize greens more in their diets though. The amount of vitamins, nutrients, and flavonoids in leafy greens offer a skin supporting smorgasbord.