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Treating Sunburns on the Face and Body

Woman applying sunscreen

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.

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.

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

Woman applying neck cream

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

Woman tweezing eyebrows

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.

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.

Preparing for Cosmetic Surgery

 

Plastic surgery

Getting your skin in order before cosmetic surgery can seem a bit daunting. You obvious have something that you don’t like about your skin and as a result you’ve made the commitment to fix it in a very decided fashion. You need to be particularly careful with your skin leading up to surgery though. It is largely about trying to ensure your skin is healthy enough to handle recovery and minimizing any issues that could cause complications at any point during or after the procedure. Most of us are a bit confused as to what we need to do to prepare our skin. Fortunately, it isn’t that hard to put together a sensible skincare routine with appropriate focuses to help ensure your skin is as healthy as it can be going into surgery. We’ve got a quick list of the steps you’ll want to take into consideration the next time you’re preparing for just that.

Talk To Your Doctor
This is one of the first things that you need to do when preparing for cosmetic surgery. Your doctor will have specific instructions for skincare in the lead up to your surgery. These need to be adhered to to help ensure your skin heals as well as it can. They’ve had the training to know what to expect and how best to minimize any expected scarring. Don’t expect them to fully take over your skincare though. You will likely receive relatively vague instructions for the few months leading up to the procedure that get increasingly specific as the time gets closer. Your doctor may eventually take everything over, but this will likely only be within the last few weeks. Listen to their advice. It can and will help you to ensure that your come out of the surgery better prepared to deal with the aftercare. With this in mind, most our tips beyond this one after going to focus on the lead up to this period of time to ensure you can still take your own steps without throwing off an established routine.

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Preventive Measures
Your focus in the months leading up to surgery is making sure that no new problems manifest. This means guarding against major sources of potential skin issues. Product choice and lifestyle changes are particularly important to this step. At the heart of this step is making sure that you’re wearing sunscreen constantly. Remember that you need a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that offers broad spectrum protection for the best results. A sunscreen that utilizes a physical blocker is a good choice, but the more common chemical blocker is acceptable in most cases as well. With this in mind, we also recommend minimizing sun exposure during the period leading up to your surgery as well to further mitigate the chances of sun damage induced skin conditions. This will let you focus on providing appropriate care to nourish your skin rather than focusing on trying to drive back a skin condition that is making your skin more difficult to deal with than usual.

Nourish Your Skin
The non-preventive skincare you’re doing in preparation for surgery should be all about giving your skin all it needs. That means ensuring you’re using products heavy in the big three skincare vitamins: A, C, and E. These vitamins will help give your skin all it needs to help improve your skin health by encouraging its natural repair processes. Your preventive measures will make this even more effective. We recommend focusing on things such as masks for this. They will allow the various components of your skincare to properly sink into your skin to be as effective as possible. Serums also figure heavily in providing your skin with the extra boost you’ll likely want in preparing for surgery. Remember to clean your skin thoroughly before applying either a serum or a mask. Serums go on first before anything else in a nourishing skincare routine while masks can rest on top of them easily if you’re using them at the same time.

There’s plenty you can do for your skin when preparing for cosmetic surgery. A combination of preventive and nourishing skincare is what you’re looking for before your doctor’s recommended plan of skincare goes into effect. The preventive measures will minimize dealing with any unexpected issues in the lead up to surgery while the nourishing steps will help nurture your skin’s health and overall make it better able to recover after the surgery. This general pattern should serve you well in the case of most cosmetic surgeries, but don’t be afraid to ask your dermatologist for a few tips as well.

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.

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.