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This Beauty Procedure Is A Game Changer

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Staying serious about skincare generally means hunting for newer and better ways to care for one’s skin constantly. After all, the refinement of our personal skincare routines can only go so far before we start straying into territory where we might be using too many products and need to reset our routines to figure our skin out again. This typically happens when we jump around to too many products in an effort to find the best products without realizing there are only so many products we can layer on at a given time while getting the full effect and not causing issues with our skin. Our routines need to be good, yes, but we can make up for any lack of perfection by looking into having the right procedures or treatments done to give our skin that extra boost that we desire. The best option for most of us is to look into getting a regular facial.

Truly Clean
One of the primary benefits of a facial is that it helps push your skin towards being cleaner than it would otherwise be through your routine alone. A European facial, in particular, is known for attention to detail when it comes to ensuring the skin is cleaned. Rinsing, cleansing, and exfoliating are all part of the facial and done with quality products all at once. The products used are particularly important in this case. Most facials make sure there is time for the products they’re using to sit on your skin and do their job as thoroughly as possible. This is a great deal different from most of our routines where we’re rushing to try to get through one step to get to the next so we can move on with our day. By thoroughly cleaning the skin, a facial is actually laying the groundwork for some of the other parts of a standard European facial that can further improve the skin’s overall health.

Extracting Problems
Most of us have problems with clogged pores at one point or another. It is an inevitability of life. Most of the time these will be largely kept under control by a regular routine. This is especially true if one remembers to exfoliate. Facials tend to help a lot due to the thoroughness of their cleaning, but the truly wonderful part is found when you realize that an extraction is a fairly common part of such facials as well. This involves the professional gradually seeking out clogged pores on your face and manually clearing them with the appropriate tools. It is a highly effective way to ensure that stubborn blogs don’t end up becoming a problem later. Most of the time this comes after the initial cleaning phases, but before any products meant to nourish the skin. Opening clogged pores like this will help further increase the cleanliness of the skin as well as making the last parts of a facial even better.

Woman getting a facial treatment

Nourishing Care
Most of the time you’ll be treated to a treatment meant to soothe and nourish your skin towards the end of a standard facial. This takes advantage of all the cleaning that has gone before to ensure your skin gets the most nutrients possible. By removing all the grime, oil, and unclogging pores, your skin is better able to absorb the products that work to nourish the skin and push it towards being healthier. The actual products used by a given spa or professional will naturally vary from business to business, but it isn’t uncommon to find products rich in vitamin C and E as these help to support the skin repairing damage and as a result can help settle the skin after extraction. Aloe vera can also be common for a similar reason. The boost to effectiveness helps to ensure that your skin will leave a facial as fresh and healthy as possible. That’s why facials are a good way to help “reset” the skincare clock occasionally by giving you a fresh beginning.

Facials tend to be something we think about as more of an occasional thing to indulge in, but this is doing them a disservice. Regular facials can be a game changer when it comes to skincare. The boost to the cleanliness and health of one’s skin cannot be overstated. Facials will help ensure your skin looks and feels good. That doesn’t mean you should abandon your routine, but it does mean you may want to consider adding facials to your skincare rotation.

Skin Care Viscosity Is Important

Woman holding a facial product

Skincare is more of a science than most people care to know. We juggle countless factors to determine the best ways to care for our skin. Skin type is a big one and seems simple enough until you realize combination skin exists and external factors such as climate and season can impact the skin’s behavior too. This is further compounded by the fact that polluted air can have an impact too and reduce the effectiveness of some things or damage the skin in particular ways that it needs another kind of support. On top of all this, skincare products need to be used in an appropriate order to make the most of them without one getting in the way of another. Figuring out all of these factors and how to account for them is part of good skincare. While a lot of them are individualized, we can give a quick overview of appropriate product layering because that, at the very least, is universal.

Defining Viscosity
The word is, in essence, a way of compressing the idea of how thick a given product is at a given moment. Think about the range of skincare products available. Some of them are almost water-like in how thin they are and as a result, need to be used carefully and quickly to make the most of them. At the opposite end of the spectrum is are products like body butter. The thick moisturizers offer a clear way to seal things next to the skin while by comparatively harder to spread, but long lasting. Accounting for these varying levels of viscosity in your skincare routine is necessary to try to make the most of all of the products available to you. This is because many of us layer products each day and in appropriate layering will diminish what all of our products can do for us and thereby reduce the effectiveness of our skincare. Fortunately, learning to do things correctly is relatively easy.

The Order of Application
All you really need to do is remember that you start with the lowest viscosity products and work your way up to the higher ones while finishing with the highest one. In practice, this translates to remembering to apply things like serums first. These products are more or less a fluid of highly concentrated product that gets spread quickly. Serums are quickly absorbed into the skin and can have something applied over them in relatively short order after that. Lotions and similar products go on after serums due to their easily spreadable, but thicker nature. This includes gel products as well. You’ll need to make your own decisions on which of those is thicker depending on the individual products though. After those, you’ll want to apply creams. These are typically one of the thickest products most people use and will be where many stop, but the scale keeps going up for those with thicker products. Finishing on the thickest product after starting on the thinnest product is the goal.

Woman applying product at mirror

The Why of the Situation
More of our products require us to apply them in the same general area. This is especially true when it comes to facial skincare. As a result, it is easy for products to end up getting in the way of the other. Applying in an order based on viscosity helps to minimize this problem. Lower viscosity products are easier to spread overall and thinner. This means they don’t last as long once applied to the skin. They are absorbed or evaporate off quickly and thereby clear the way for the next product to be applied. Moving up by gradually applying thicker products, in turn, allows the thicker products to properly layer and seal in any remaining parts of the early product and improve their overall effectiveness. The final seal with a thickest product provides this for everything beneath it. Maintaining the proper order thereby lets you make the most of every product you apply to your skin where layering is required.

Viscosity is simply another factor that we all have to juggle when trying to make the most of our skincare. It isn’t that hard to factor into our routines either. All it requires is remembering to start with the thinnest product we’re applying to a given area and gradually working our way up to the thickest product. This ends up going a long way towards ensuring our skin is as healthy as possible while doing our best to avoid diminishing the effectiveness of our chosen products.

Methylene Blue Q & A

Woman at lab

The constant search for the next major ingredient in skincare leads people to search through countless plants and chemical compounds in the hopes of finding something that can help a particular goal. Most of the time this tends to lead to a lot of “miracle” compounds turning up each year. Different people champion these ingredients depending on their exact origin. The most common compounds to surface tend to be plant-based products that are given often excessive claims from people dedicated to “natural” skincare that forget that the chemicals used in skincare were often already derived from plants. Sometimes things are different though and a chemical compound becomes the new ingredient to beat in skincare. Currently, that is methylene blue. This chemical compound is well known to doctors and may have a future in skincare if one study is to be believed. With that in mind, it seems fitting to take a detailed look at methylene blue and see what we actually know about the compound when we separate it from the current hype.

What Is It?
Methylene blue is a comparatively inoffensive chemical that has been used by doctors for various conditions over the years. Currently, it is primarily used in the treatment of the condition methemoglobinemia. This condition is caused by issues with red blood cells being able to provide enough oxygen to tissues throughout the body. It can have a pronounced effect on the body up to an including changes in skin coloration. Methylene blue helps counteract this problem via injection. The compound has also seen use in helping to treat conditions such as urinary tract infections and cyanide poisoning over the course of its use. Despite being formulated in 1876, the compound has shown no signs of ceasing to be of use to humanity and with the potential applications in skincare it may gain an all new purpose as well.

How Is It Used In Skincare?
It isn’t at the moment. The current popularity of the compound is based on a single study that investigated the potential applications of methylene blue in skincare. They tested the compound of the 3D constructed model of human skin created from cultured cells sample from various people. This model is generally considered highly accurate and a good first step towards actual human trials. The researchers noted that methylene blue is a potent antioxidant and tested simulated topical application of the compound on the skin. The treated models immediately began to show distinct improvements. Many of the cells began to look and act as if they were younger than they actually were. This provides a promising lead on potential applications for methylene blue in the future, but the information is also so new that few, if any, companies are likely to have included in products yet. However, in the future, the compound may be an important component in anti-aging products.

Smiling woman

How Promising Is It?
We did observe that this offers a promising lead on potential future treatments, but it serves us all to have a realistic view of what this means. A single study is not enough to reasonably shift the approach of an industry. The study was peer reviewed and, as a result, the results have been replicated some already. Further replication will likely be required before the compound’s potential is fully accepted. Additionally, it needs to go to genuine human trials before we know the overall effects remain accurate. That and that alone will begin to make products using the compound begin to show up reliably. That too will only happen once the industry has had time to test the effectiveness of various mixtures of the compound in different products to figure out how best to make use of methylene blue’s potential. We are quite some time away from seeing the compound in regular use and its promise could be derailed at any point along the way.

Like all compounds with promise, we must look at methylene blue with a careful eye. It is always easy to see promise in something, but it is far harder for that promise to survive the necessary testing and rigorous examinations to prove it is a worthwhile investment. It may take time, but we could genuinely see methylene blue products in the future. The compound is perfectly safe when used properly and its addition to skincare would surely improve the industry if its promise survives. All we can do now is wait.

Don’t Skip Sunscreen In These Sensitive Places

Women helping each other apply sunscreen

As one of our largest organs, our skin deserves the kind of care and respect that you’d pay to any other important organ of your body. That’s what makes it so confusing that many of us persist in giving our skin only a token amount of care and protection despite its important roles. Yes, the skin has various functions that help look after it, but that doesn’t make it perfectly able to care for itself. This is especially true when you realize that how resilient your skin tends to depend on how thick it is in a given area. There are areas of skin that are thinner and more sensitive than the rest. They need extra attention paid to them to ensure that they receive the care necessary to keep one’s skin healthy. Sunscreen, in particular, is a must if you want to keep them healthy. Let’s quickly review some of these sensitive places so we can all be sure that we’re providing them with appropriate protection.

The Face
Our faces tend to have some of the most sensitive skin as a whole. It is, on whole, far thinner than most of the skin on your body with few exceptions. As we highlighted above, there is one area of particularly special consideration when it comes to the face, but it needs focused attention as a whole too. Look for a good facial sunscreen. These will be noncomedogenic to minimize any chance of clogging your pores. Not every sunscreen that is used on the body as a whole necessarily has this benefit. Consider using a slightly strong SPF on your face as well. The average SPF required to protect the body is around 30 SPF, but going up to 40 or 50 can give your face a little extra protection. Don’t be afraid to try out makeup or skincare products with SPF in place of traditional sunscreens though. These can add a further layer of defense that helps to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

Around The Eyes
Some of the most sensitive skin on your body is immediately surrounding the eyes. This is especially true of the area just below the eyes that tends to puff up or look darker when we don’t get enough sleep. The skin in this area is incredibly thin and as a result, it needs a focused, layered protection to help avoid problems. You’re going to want to find a product that can offer SPF to the area. A combination moisturizer and SPF may be the best thanks to how spreadable they are and the gentleness of a good moisturizer providing a little extra resiliency. Don’t stop there though. Try to get large sunglasses capable of shielding the area as well. These should provide full coverage at many angles while still being comfortable to wear. Making the effort will help prevent rapid sun damage being done to the area. Admittedly, the area around your eyes is only one area of concern when it comes to the face, but did need to be singled out for the incredible sensitivity of the area.

Woman applying sunscreen

Decolletage and Breasts
The last of the sensitive places we need to highlight for sun protection continue the flow downwards along the body. Decolletage is a quick way to refer to the neck and upper torso just above the breasts. This tends to be an area routinely exposed to sunlight as well as having thinner skin than the rest of the body. Sun exposure tends to be the major issue here. A lot of us enjoy wearing outfits that expose this area and as a result, they constant barrage of UV rays needs to be protected against. You can use the same sunscreen you use for your face in that area for good measure. This will provide protection while helping to minimize clogged pores. Minimizing this sun damage helps one to age more gracefully. Anyone with breasts who enjoys letting the sun touched the majority of their body, if only for a little while, needs to be particularly mindful about ensuring their breasts get proper coverage as well, as that area of the skin tends to be quite sensitive too.

Properly protecting some of the most sensitive skin of your body with sunscreen will help your skin look and stay healthy longer. Remember that a lot of sun damage is invisible at first. It is a cumulative effect that eventually leads to situations where certain areas of our skin end up aging faster than the rest. Making the effort to protect those areas will help us look our best for years to come.

Maintaining A Happy Healthy Complexion

Smiling woman lying on grass

Keeping your complexion looking its best takes a certain level of dedication. Human skin, for all of its ability to care for itself, regularly needs a push in the right direction for the majority of us. It has less to do with unfortunate genetics and more to do with the simple fact that a complex world interacts with our skin in a similarly complex way. Our task is typically just to figure out the best way to manage various factors along with product choice to help maximize the benefits to our skin. There are a lot of ways to go about this given everything that can potentially help our complexions. It is possible to put together a quick overview of some of the major groups of options for helping to do just that. These will provide a highlight of how to benefit your skin and the methods you need to go about it ranging from lifestyle choices to using the right products.

Make Good Habits
One really good option for helping maintain a happy and healthy complexion is just making sure that you have habits. Getting enough sleep regularly is one of the best ones. Your body needs to sleep to keep your skin properly repaired and without that sleep, you’ll quickly start looking worse and worse. So work towards making sure you’re getting enough rest by turning off alarms in the evening and trying to go to sleep at the same time every night. This will work towards helping you rest easier. Remember to put on sunscreen too! Protecting your skin needs to be a consistent habit no matter what season it is. You’re exposed to UV rays when you behind a window too. This means both at home and when you’re driving your car. Applying that sunscreen will minimize damage from sun exposure and in turn, reduce potential damage to your complexion over time. These sorts of good habits can go a long way, but making dedicated lifestyle choices can go far too.

Woman making orange juice

Live Well
Our bodies all expect things to be a certain way. We can really fault them for still thinking it is thousands upon thousands of years in the past as it isn’t like our bodies have a way of knowing that. Unfortunately, it does mean they require a certain level of care to make sure everything works properly even though we’re no longer hunter-gatherers. Regular exercise is crucial to this as it helps our body stay in good shape as well as helping to maintain healthy circulation throughout the body. That last part is crucial to maintaining a healthy complexion as your skin might end up being accidentally neglected by the rest of your body without it. Healthy circulation also gives you a nice, natural glow. A good diet builds upon all of this by providing your body with the nutrients it needs to keep everything in working order. A good diet will help your skin be clearer, healthier, and more resilient. That means lots of fruits and vegetables with a little meat thrown in for good measure now and again. Talking to your doctor can get you more specific in formation.

Product Choice and Use
It is important to remember that we need to stay consistently aware of our skin’s needs if we’re going to keep a healthy complexion. Everyone’s skin has shifting needs based on the climate and our individual ages. Regularly evaluating if your products are doing all they can for your skin is necessary to keep everything healthy. Additionally, we all need to make sure we’re maintaining at least a basic skincare routine to ensure our complexion is healthy. That means remembering to rinse, cleanse, and exfoliate fairly regularly. Remember that rinsing needs to be done with lukewarm to warm water. Hot water will damage your skin and hurt your complexion. Stick with gentle cleansers for helping to clean your skin. Consider looking into a hydrating cleanser, in particular, to ensure your skin retains enough moisture. Chemical exfoliating products using glycolic acid are one of the better options for gently exfoliating your skin as well. These three steps alone can go a long way towards maintaining a healthy complexion even if you don’t have any other products on hand.

Happy woman

Maintaining a happy and healthy complexion isn’t that hard. Good stress management combined with positive habits and lifestyle choices go a long way towards helping maintain a healthy look. Remembering to consistently re-evaluate your own product choices and skincare routine helps as well. All of this may take effort, but it will help you feel confident in your skin and appearance for years to come.

Sleep Your Way to Great Skin

Woman sleeping

Sleep is one of those things that most of us don’t pause and think about how vital it is to our health. We get used to “cheating” when it comes to making sure we get enough sleep. Sure, we do our best to make sure that we get a full night’s sleep, but coffee, tea, and other sources of a wake-up jolt of caffeine are all waiting for if things don’t go exactly right. A strange, modern sort of fear of being disconnected also means we tend to work against ourselves when it comes to getting enough sleep. This just won’t do. It hurts our body and mind in a lot of little ways that we might not notice at first, but there are eventually signs enough that make it clear that we need to get some sleep. Making the effort to get a healthy amount of sleep is actually one of the ways we can all work towards having great skin. Admittedly, that effort can be a little harder than we might like.

Sleep and Great Skin
The connection between your skin and getting enough sleep is surprisingly simple despite them not seeming immediately connected. We keep moving all day long as we burn energy to get through our days and cause wear and tear on our entire body. Our skin quietly takes a lot of unspoken damage in this period of time. When we finally lay down to get some sleep, our bodies get the chance to actually try to heal all of that damage. Yes, they patch things up some during the day, but the truly intensive healing happens at night. That’s because we’re no longer moving and actively damaging our bodies. It allows all that energy we’d otherwise be using to go directly towards repairs. This is necessary for your skin to look its best as it needs to have the time and energy to get your skin’s natural repair functions to do their jobs. Giving it that time allows your skin to look healthier, firmer, and all the more youthful. Getting all the necessary sleep may be difficult, but there are techniques you can use to make it more likely.

Hacking Your Brain
Getting enough sleep can be a frustrating affair. It always seems like something conspires to wake us up or makes it hard to sleep. The latter one can be worked against by training your brain to behave more naturally. This involves giving it definable patterns of rest that allow it to know when it is time to sleep without making it harder on ourselves. A good way to approach this is just to go to sleep at the same time every day. Your body will recognize there is a pattern to when you wake and sleep. This, in turn, becomes gradually ingrained in your mind until it becomes second-nature. Sticking to the pattern will make it far easier to rest. Additionally, you can rely on your brain’s sophisticated internal clock to help you sleep too. It knows when light levels begin to get low that rest needs to happen soon. Swapping to dimmer lights at night will help give your brain the signal to calm down and prepare to sleep even if you’ve had a hectic day. Both of these are effective ways to “hack” your brain’s systems to help you sleep a little easier. There are some more direct approaches though.

Woman reading on bed

Avoiding Bad Habits
Most of us are attached to our personal bits of technology in ways we wouldn’t have fathomed a couple of decades ago. Technology has become so common and convenient that it is hard to imagine our lives without it. We do need to make the effort to disengage occasionally if we want to get enough sleep though. Technically, we should try to disengage from any pieces of technology with an LCD or similar screen a couple of hours before bed to avoid sleep disturbance thanks to the “blue light” the tech emits. Additionally, it is best to turn off all our alerts and alarms on our smartphones, desktops, and other bits of technology. These can startle us back into waking at unwelcome times or otherwise wake us up randomly and make it harder to get a full night’s rest. It takes some adjustment to make these habits for our evenings, but they will help most of us sleep far easier. Trying to read a book in the two hours before bed is believed to help people relax as well and a good way to have an engaging form of entertainment without it being something that makes it hard to sleep.

Working to create an environment suitable for sleep is actually a piece of the skincare puzzle. A good night’s sleep helps your skin have the resources it needs to keep our skin healthy each day and slow the signs of aging. We have to be willing to put in the effort to actually have a good night’s sleep though. Without it, many of us will keep struggling to get enough sleep and that struggle will show on our skin.

Nix Dull Skin With These Healthy Habits

Pretty woman

Dull skin is one of those telling things that are clues for us and other people that we may not be caring for our skin as well as we could. It generally happens when we neglected crucial skincare advice. Most of the time we tend to see dull skin as a sort of natural escalation on the part of your skin and body. It is often the result of an overabundance of dead skin cells being left on the skin. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your skin naturally has several layers of dead skin between the surface and healthy, new skin. It helps to protect the skin. Too much of it looks bad though. Similarly, dull skin can be the result of various kinds of damage too. You can work against it by cultivating a number of healthy habits. There are some habits that deserve a little more of your attention than others though and we’ve got a quick overview of each of them.

Get Some Sleep
Most of us have to admit that we’re probably getting less sleep than we should. There’s this modern idea that we need to always be available and connected that has lead to us establishing plenty of bad habits that reinforce it. Alerts and alarms at all hours combined with bright lights everywhere take a clear toll on our ability to sleep through the night and otherwise get an uninterrupted night’s sleep. This isn’t good as sleep is your body’s “repair mode” where it goes through and checks to make sure everything is still working properly. That includes your skin. Your skin needs that time to help work against any damage done to it as well as to ensure proper distribution of resources throughout it. Without regular sleep, your skin stops being able to do any of this and begins to visibly suffer. Our color looks off, our skin gets thinner, and it overall gets dull and unhealthy. Beauty sleep, it turns out, isn’t just a throwaway joke. All of us literally need it.

Woman exercising at home

Exercise Regularly
Distributing resources to your skin properly is another important factor. Sleep does a lot to help with that and makes the most use of this, but we need to do our parts to help it. That means exercising regularly. This doesn’t make much sense to most people on the surface. The best way to understand these benefits is to think of what exercise does to your body. It puts a stress on your body that in turn leads it to make demands for more resources and oxygen for your muscles. This leads to you breathing heavier as well as increased blood flow to get the oxygenated blood where it needs to go. The increased blood flow is where the benefits to your skin come in. Our bodies typically give a lower priority to our skin than our internal organs. The skin gets enough to keep it healthy, but not necessarily enough to thrive. This sort of regular increase in blood flow offsets this problem and ensures our skin gets more of the share of nutrients and that in turn allows it to look healthier and less dull.

Eat A Healthy Diet
Of course, your body needs all those nutrients to properly distribute to your skin to help ensure it has a healthy glow to it. The only way to achieve this is to work on eating an overall healthier diet. Changing one’s diet is an incredibly difficult task to undertake. After all, most of us are perfectly comfortable with how we eat. The combination of tasty treats and delightful meals help to give up some of the happiness that defines our lives. Changing that seems like a threat to our well-being. Unfortunately, most of us aren’t already eating as well as we could. Talking your diet over with your doctor is one of the best options here. They can help you narrow down necessary dietary changes while isolating them from ones that would be good, but not necessarily required. Armed with this plan, you can work your way towards a healthier diet that will help you feel better and your skin to look better.

These tips are highly effective, but they all rely on willingly committing to better habits. That isn’t always easy even if it pays off in the end. All of them need to be being done alongside good skincare too. This means remembering to regularly cleanse and exfoliate, moisturize, and wear sunscreen. Making this kind of effort will help prevent your skin from being too dull. It just requires a little bit of patience and a lot of dedication to stick to things long enough to see the positive effects.

The After Workout Glow

Woman at gym

Exercise is one of those things that is absolutely crucial to our health. We have to constantly utilize our muscles or they can and will start falling into disrepair. Consistent, moderate exercise has countless health benefits that reflect this ranging from less chance of injury as we age to maintaining healthy cognition to simply being at less risk from various ailments. Interestingly enough, you can also include looking a little better with the effects of a good workout. Most of us are familiar with a kind of after workout glow that fades as our bodies cool down, but there’s no denying it looks wonderful while it is there. The benefits to your appearance don’t stop at that though. Longer term benefits to your complexion exist as long as you’re willing to make the effort to ensure some of the downsides don’t catch up to you. With that said, let’s take a quick look at some of the dos and don’ts of looking your best during and after a workout.

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The Prep
Making proper use of the after workout glow means being ready for it. It isn’t uncommon for many of us to wear makeup when we exercise. This is especially true if we’re going to a gym and have a chance of being potentially made to feel less than confident about ourselves. Light makeup is one’s best friend in this situation. Exercise necessarily means that we’re going to sweat and sweat tends to result in running into the unenviable position where thicker makeup can run or smear. You end up far more likely to cause a breakout later than you are to enjoy looking your best. Sticking to lighter foundations or largely eye makeup can go a long way to keep feeling confident without creating a situation where your skin ends up suffering later. The glow will complement this light touch after you’ve finished exercising and make you look all the better. Admittedly, what that glow means is already a sign that you’ll be looking a bit better, but that requires a little more detail to explain.

Boosting Your Skin
That natural glow most of us experience after exercising is actually just increased blood flow beneath out skin. Your body doesn’t actually give your skin as high of a priority as your internal organs. This makes perfect sense for keeping you alive, but it has the unfortunate side effect of meaning your skin typically isn’t as healthy as it could be without exercise helping things along. The glow is, in essence, being able to see that blood flow through the layers of your skin. It brings with it all the nutrients you’ve eaten recently. This is how you keep your skin properly fed and ready to care for itself. Providing it with a share of the nutrients means it will be able to repair itself properly and keep everything looking its best. That in turn helps you skin to be just that much more resilient to any damage it faces as well. There’s one last thing you need to know to make the most of that after workout glow.

Woman after shower

Clean Up
You can extend the glow with a nice shower after you exercise. It will still fade soon enough, but warm water will keep it apparent for longer than leaving things on their own will. Additionally, you’re going to want to remove all that makeup as well as the sweat of the workout. Sweat itself is a healthy activity on the part of the body that is trying to prevent you from overheating. The problem is that the sweat can accidentally pick up unwelcome debris in the form of dirt and makeup along its path along your skin. This can end up slipping into your pores and mixing with your natural oils. That’s the sort of mixture that ends up clogging your pores. Washing after you shower and ensuring that the sweat and makeup are gone will let you prevent any added risk of having a breakout from regularly exercising with makeup on. Remember this will let you make the most of that lovely glow without paying for it later.

It doesn’t take very much to keep looking your best during and after you exercise. A little makeup goes a long way towards complementing the natural glow that results from increased blood flow. Making the most of it can let you look absolutely radiant for a short while after you exercise. Don’t forget to wash all that sweat and makeup off later to ensure you keep your skin healthy though.

Aloe Belongs In Your Blemish Control Routine

Woman getting aloe vera treatment

Aloe vera is one of those things many of us reach for when we’ve spent a little too much time in the sun. It has been treated as go to treatment for sunburn for so long that most of us don’t give it a second thought. There’s a lot to like about aloe vera though. It has a long history of use and it wasn’t always used for sunburn. Lately, people have started to remember that it does more than simply soothe burnt skin. All the properties that let it do that also allow it to help work against various kinds of inflammatory blemishes. In fact, aloe vera may actually be a surprisingly effective way to help control acne without needing to worry about your skin getting dried out. Understanding how this is so involves taking a quick look at the prominent features of topical aloe vera. You’ll probably be left wondering how people forgot about how useful it could be for so long.

Naturally Exfoliating
One of the things that tend to drive people away from a lot of products these days is that they’re worried about using “chemical” products. This honestly doesn’t make much sense given even the compounds we find in nature are themselves chemicals. Most of the chemical ingredients in popular skincare products, such as salicylic acid, have been isolated from a plant source and we simply make them without the extraneous compounds. The plants didn’t stop having the compounds in them though. Aloe vera is interesting in that it is at once a hydrating and soothing compound, but it also includes salicylic acid. This compound is a beta hydroxy acid and the close relative of the alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic and citric acid. They help dissolve dead skin and grime from the skin. All the other features of aloe vera make it comparatively gentle compared to a standalone product even if it is less potent. The acid further contributes oil control properties too. This reduces grime and oil and thereby reduces the chance of blemishes.

Aloe vera

Anti-Bacterial
An interesting “secret” of aloe vera is that it has antibacterial properties to it. This is particularly important when it comes to fighting blemishes, but especially acne. Bacteria on or in the skin plays a large role in the formation of such blemishes. The unfortunate part is that it partly the fault of some of the bacteria that live on your skin naturally and benefit you. Those bacteria frequently begin doing their best to drive out unwelcome bacteria, but the result ends up being that they end up causing blemishes together. An antibacterial agent can get into the appropriate areas of your skin to begin neutralizing all of the bacteria causing the problems. Don’t overuse aloe vera or any other antibacterial agent though. Remember that some of the bacteria on your skin is necessary for keeping you healthy. Think of them as your microscopic and helpful neighbors that help keep your skin cleaner and your healthier. Disrupting the population too much will hurt your health and your skin in the long run. You can avoid this by being targeted about how you use aloe vera.

Anti-Inflammatory
This is the effect we’re most relying on when trying to heal sunburn. Aloe vera’s ability to soothe has been used for so long that it is hard to pin down when it started. What we do know is that it does more than simply cool burnt skin. It is also capable of interacting with other kinds of inflammation helping to soothe them as well. With blemishes, this tends to result in reducing the angry redness surrounding most blemishes and reducing any pain or discomfort upon touching them. It might not seem much, but this actually helps the skin heal faster. The difficulty with healing blemishes is partly in the fact that the inflammation can end up somewhat self-sustaining. This, in turn, reduces your skin’s ability to properly react to the problem and heal it. Soothing it will make you more comfortable, help things look better visually, and allows your skin the chance to actually move towards proper wellness again without consistent irritation delaying things.

Aloe vera can be a good skincare product for dealing with more than just sunburn. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are perfect for helping deal with a variety of blemishes. What makes things even better is that it has a natural chemical exfoliant in it as well. The end result is that aloe vera will leave your skin cleaner and calmer after being applied. All you have to do is decide whether to try it or not.

Options For People With Sunscreen Sensitivity

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Sunscreen is one of those things that most of us assume is available to everyone. After all, it seems like an inoffensive enough substance that protects the skin. The fact that we need to reapply it so often is a clear sign that it doesn’t have much staying power as far as topical products go either. Unfortunately, it is entirely possible for being to be allergic to or sensitive to particular compounds in common sunscreens. This is just the way things work out with a large enough population. Most people figure out fairly quickly that they have adverse reactions to most sunscreens thanks to the rash that tends to appear after applying it. It may seem like your only choice is to stay out of the sun at that point, but there are plenty of options open to you still. All it takes is adjusting how you think about the situation and potentially a doctor’s appointment.

Cover Up
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to fight back against sun exposure even if you don’t have sunscreen. One of the most immediately apparent is the simple fact that treated clothing exists that helps offer sun protection without needing to apply sunscreen. These treated clothes, unlike non-treated clothing, actually provide protection that is measured on a scale roughly similar to SPF. You can mix and match to create your own style for when you’re out in the sun. These also make a good additional option for anyone who can use sunscreen as well. The total overall protection is what you’re really looking for out of things. Don’t forget to wear large sunglasses to help protect the area around your eyes though. All of that sensitive skin needs what you can give it if sunscreen isn’t usable. All of these options offer a quick and easily accessible way to protect your skin. What you really need to do is use this as a stopgap and see if there is a particular compound in sunscreen causing your problems.

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Being Picky
Interestingly enough, it typically isn’t sunscreen itself that is causing the issue. A lot of different compounds go into making such products. This is particularly true when it comes to sunscreens that are based around chemical blockers. These absorb the sunlight after settling into the skin and are typically the culprit causing sensitivity. The good news is that you can easily work around this problem by keeping track of what you react to and talking with an allergy specialist. They can generally help you narrow down the specific compound that might be causing the problem. Knowing this will let them help direct you to products that utilize a different combination of ingredients that skips over the compound causing the problem while still letting you use sunscreen. All of this does entail a little waiting though. There is a quick way if you’re impatient.

Mineral Defense
Swapping to a sunscreen that utilizes a physical blocker, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, can eliminate the sensitivity problem for many people. These work differently from chemical blockers. Where the latter settle into your skin to absorb UV rays instead of your skin, physical blockers sit on top of your skin and deflect the UV rays. Sunscreens like this are sometimes called “mineral sunscreens” given the prominent components are minerals. The only real downsides are typical that these sunscreens can be a bit harder to spread and are more prone to leaving a residue on the skin that you’ll need to thoroughly clean away to ensure no pores get blocked. Admittedly, some people do still react to these sunscreens. This is typically due to the use of a “fragrance” in the formula or a similarly nebulous and low-quality compound. In this case, you need to stick with seeing a specialist to find out what will work.

Sunscreen sensitivity doesn’t mean you need to spend all the time you can out of the sun. It just means you need to try a little harder to figure out what will work for your skin. Most of the time a simple swap to a mineral sunscreen can do the job, but sometimes the problem runs deeper than that. Treated clothing can help protect your skin while you wait for a specialist to help you find a more permanent solution to the problem. Regardless of the route you go, you can always protect your skin if you put in the effort.