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The Difference Between Facial And Body Self-Tanners

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Self-tanners are one of those things many of us can’t do without. Most of us have now learned that tanning outside or in a tanning bed has horrible results for the health of our skin. The UV exposure ends up causing a lot of long term damage to our skin that in turn leads to premature aging. Avoiding that is generally a good idea for those of us concerned with taking care of our skin. Self-tanners let us do just that while still getting the much coveted tanned look. Transitioning to self-tanners can be rough for anyone used to tanning outside or in a bed though. This is because there are two broad categories of self-tanner: facial and body. These two can’t really be switched around easily without potentially running into issues. Most of these happen when we use body tanners on the face though. Let’s take a quick look at why this is so that we know exactly why we should make sure to use the proper product.

Gentle Products
One point we need to actually make is the simple fact that body self-tanners are formulated towards working on the thicker skin of the majority of the body. Thicker skin is better able to resist damage, irritation, and other problems. The neck, the area immediately below it, and the face have far thinner skin. That ends up meaning that products formulated for the body have a far greater chance of causing accidental irritation due to the particular concentrations of individual ingredients. This is typically why you end up seeing “gentle” attached to many facial products. Self-tanners are no different in this respect. Facial self-tanners are formulated with avoiding this problem in mind. Avoiding irritating your skin when tanning helps to ensure your skin remains healthy at the same time that you’re working to improve its appearance. Admittedly, a lot of the time facial self-tanners are also formulated to moisturize and nourish the skin to add extra value to the product as well.

Supportive Tanning
Body self-tanners tend to have a relatively narrow focus. They can afford it unlike facial self-tanners. That isn’t to say that self-tanning is all body products offer, but most of the time they tend to offer a little bit of light moisturizing at most. Facial self-tanners need to add in more to help offset the potential irritation of the skin as well as make up for their comparatively small usage area. This leads many manufacturers to ensure that their facial self-tanners help to support the skin through topical application of vitamins, rich moisturizing, and other helpful compounds. Facial tanners are often thicker overall to help them double as moisturizers. This allows manufacturers to ensure the product’s ingredients are at safe concentration levels for the face as well as ensuring that the product can rest safely on the skin for an extended period. The extra moisturizing goes a long way to keeping the skin soothed and comfortable too.

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Perhaps the largest difference between facial and body self-tanners is whether they are noncomedogenic or not. Most body self-tanners are not going to worry about this. Noncomedogenic formulas, after all, are designed to avoid clogging pores and the body tends to be a bit more resilient in this category than the face. By contrast, it is relatively easy to accidentally clog facial pores between the various products we all use. A noncomedogenic product helps to sidestep the issue. Good quality facial self-tanners try to use such formula to help ensure that the skin of the face has as few issues as possible since everyone will see it. This helps to avoid extra breakouts as well as ensuring that your skin is better able to cope with any other issues that come up. Taking care of your skin by keeping an eye out for this will help you get the tanned look you desire without your skin suffering for it in the long run.

Self-tanners are a wonderful invention that help us avoid the main issues with other kinds of tanning. This way we get the healthy sun-kissed look without needing to worry about the long term effect it will have on our skin. There are crucial differences to remember between facial and body self-tanners though. You can use a facial self-tanner on your body, but it might not be strong enough to get the desired results. Using a body self-tanner on your face will likely result in irritation and potential breakouts. So stick to using the properly formulated products for each broad area.

Does Topical Botox Exist?

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Botox is a treatment that is now synonymous with a cosmetic procedure. The quick and effective treatment is capable of providing you relief from forehead wrinkles for up to six months. It achieves this by acting on the muscles and preventing their movement so that you can’t keep forming those wrinkles that often prove to be so bothersome. There is a small problem though: the needles. Many people out there don’t enjoy the prospect of an injection even if it is relatively quick. This leads to the pursuit of a topical botox option that can provide all the benefits without a needle ever entering the picture. Some people have taken to waiting on this product and wondering why it isn’t here yet. This is worth taking a closer look as it is one of those instances where our hopes may have gotten ahead of our science. It turns out that topical botox does exist in some fashion, but it isn’t necessarily safe just yet.

Skipping the Needles
There have been a number of companies working towards achieving a cosmetic botox product for some time. After all, it would be a boon to any company thanks to its ability to bypass some of the common problems associated with botox. A topical option couldn’t penetrate far into the muscles and as a result, it could be used in more places than standard botox. The shortened length of effect would be more than made up for with this added flexibility. One company even got relatively close to having a market-ready product within recent years. The variant on botox actually entered into human clinical trials. It passed through multiple phases of testing before stalling out in the final one. The end result is that the FDA has not yet approved of any true topical botox products. They have not yet met the safety and quality standards necessary to be available outside of a laboratory environment. This is unfortunate but it brings us to another topic worth covering.

Knock Offs
The promise of a topical botox has led many people to get ahead of themselves. Various companies have made a move towards trying to provide such an effect. Furthermore, some less than scrupulous people have tried to make their own and market it quietly. None of this is necessarily good news for our skin. Companies offering products with similar effects are worth looking into as they will likely help your skin, but you can typically expect relatively short-lasting effects. Nothing can yet replace the actual effect of botox effectively. This is worth remembering if you want a truly effective treatment. Anyone trying to market these products on the sly away from a major company could be running a risk with your health. Untested treatments can end up hurting your skin and given that botox is a controlled use of a toxin, it makes far more sense to wait until there is an approved form available in the market.

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The Options Available
What we really want out of topical botox is simply a way to get the facelift look quickly, effectively, and painlessly. That’s a rather long list of demands for just one product. A lot of products try to meet that marker though. Unfortunately, as highlighted above, few things can actually provide the same results as botox. That would require them emulating the effect of the toxin on the muscles and that is harder to do than you might think. There are plenty of options available for temporarily tightening and firming the skin though. All of the products that offer this give you a short-term way to address an issue and counteract it slightly so that you feel better about your appearance. Actual long-lasting effects require dedication to skincare and even admitting that you do have to use some form of botox treatment. As frustrating as it might be that you still have to have injections for the treatment, there is no denying that it is highly effective and may be what many of us end up looking for at some point in our lives.

Topical botox may be everyone’s favorite “what if” talking point when treatment options come up, but it isn’t yet a reality for most of us. All treatments and products need to be officially approved for both their safety and effectiveness. The lack of a topical botox product is specifically due to the options thus far not making it past that barrier. People will keep innovating though. Eventually, we may very well see a topical botox option, but it certainly isn’t there yet.

Tips For Maintaining A Flawless Complexion

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It takes continual effort to maintain healthy skin. After all, there are a lot of variables to account for when trying to look our best. The ever-changing weather outside can easily end up becoming a major frustration if we’re not careful, but more often than not it is the exposure to pollution or the sun that can end up doing the most damage. More extreme skin types certainly don’t help matters. All of this means that maintaining a flawless complexion is never quite as easy as we hope. The good news is that a flawless complexion isn’t quite as flawless as we’re lead to believe by the media. Even our favorite celebrities look comparatively normal without a little help from makeup. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to work towards keeping our complexion as flawless as possible though. There are a few universal tips that can help with that and ensure that we all end up looking our overall best.

Avoiding Dull Skin
There are several things you can do to help avoid dull skin. One of the best ways is to remember to moisturize every day. Your skin needs to maintain a certain level of hydration to avoid drying out. Dry skin is overall duller than properly hydrated skin and brings with it another complication as well. Skin that dries out too much can start to secrete excess oil to get the dryness back under control. This, in turn, can further dull your skin as well as contribute to breakouts. Keeping your skin properly moisturized is in your best interest. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you exfoliate regularly. Remember that your skin is constantly shedding and replacing outer layers of dead skin as a means of protecting itself. This can occasionally get built up too much and cause a dulling of the skin. Regular exfoliation helps the process along and prevent those build ups from becoming a problem.

Pore Size
Sometimes our pores seem larger than usual, but this is more of a problem of perception than it is in actuality. Actual pore size is governed almost exclusively by the hormone levels of your body. Estrogen dominant bodies tend to have smaller, more constricted pores while testosterone dominant bodies have larger looking pores that lead to the appearance of ruddier skin. There are plenty of things that can end up making us perceive our pores as larger than they are though. Dirt, grime, and oils getting caught up in our pores tend to be the predominant problem. Remember that the oils your skin secretes are constantly picking up dirt and other debris as you move through the day. When those get caught up in pores, they outline the edges and make them appear larger than they actually are while leaving us feeling self-conscious. All you really need to do is remember to rinse and cleanse daily to keep this under control. Occasional exfoliation helps a lot as well.

Apply Sunscreen
Sun damage tends to cause various kinds of disruption to your complexion. Redness and irritation are the most prominent, yes, but it also contributes to drying your skin out as well. The simple fact that UV exposure can do so much to your skin is a clear sign that it is necessary to protect your skin to maintain a healthy complexion. You’ve got plenty of options these days ranging from noncomedogenic sunscreen for the face to SPF-infused skincare products and makeup. The only requirements you need to meet for adequate protection are making sure that any product offers you SPF 30 or higher alongside broad spectrum protection. This will give you sufficient protection to protect most people’s skin. It is worth noting that you’ll get the most from a fully fledged sunscreen as its capabilities won’t be diluted or split, unlike combination products. Consider looking for mineral sunscreens as well for any extra boost of protection.

Taking good care of your skin is ultimately all that is required to keep your skin comparatively flawless. Remember that properly protected and moisturized skin is better able to withstand the rigors of the world. Working towards keeping your skin properly cleaned will help manage most basic problems as well. All of this does take effort, but the long term payoff is that you’ll be able to feel confident that you look your best for years to come.

Total Body Anti-Aging Solutions

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The signs of aging are varied and difficult to keep under control unless you know what you’re looking for and what to do. Most of the time we tend to be fairly focused on the face when it comes to preventing the signs of aging. It makes perfect sense given how prominent of a place our faces have, but there are other areas of the body that can be equally revealing if we’re not careful. Proper anti-aging skincare involves being aware of your entire body. It isn’t that hard to pick out what area is going to need the most attention on your body if you know what increases their chances of being a problem later. We’re going to review the most common problem areas and quick way to help counteract the effects of time. There is no fully stopping the signs of aging, but appropriate attention and awareness can ensure you age gracefully.

The Face
While this is the most obvious area for attention, we can’t skip it without ignoring part of the body. Most of us are well-acquainted with many issues that beset the face as we age. Wrinkles, dull skin, oiliness, and sagginess are all major issues that we hope to avoid for as long as possible. Some of the core problems come from damage done to the skin over time through sun exposure. As a result, you want to counteract it by nourishing your skin with products rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These will support your skin’s overall healing processes as well as providing the materials necessary to fuel it. Anti-aging products rich in antioxidants are particularly encouraged as they help to minimize the long term damage of sun exposure. Remember to pay special attention to protecting the area around your eyes due to the over thinness of the skin meaning that area will begin to wrinkle first.

The problem with the attention we place on the face is the fact that it tends to need to the neglect of the neck and the decolletage. This area tends to suffer just as much, if not more, from overall exposure to the sun and elements as the face. Care for the area isn’t even that hard. All you really need to do is continue your facial skincare routine down along your neck. This is needed because the skin of the neck is as thin or thinner than the skin of the face in some areas. Without the attention and care, your neck will begin to sag and show lines faster than your face. This betrayal of your apparent age will undermine the rest of your efforts. Don’t forget to moisturize and exfoliate the decolletage regularly. This area can benefit from nourishing skincare too, but basic skincare can be enough if you make sure to tend to it regularly.

Woman hands putting lotion

We almost never actually think about the health of our hands unless they are feeling uncomfortable. It is another unfortunate truth about skincare because the hands truly need care and attention to stay healthy. They are almost never covered, we don’t think to apply sunscreen to them, and constant motion means the skin is continually stretched and folded as we go about our daily routines. All of this is a recipe for a long term lack of health for the skin. The best way to counteract this is to remember to regularly moisturize your hands. Keep a hand cream available to use when the skin of your hands feels taut instead of ignoring the feeling. Try to find moisturizers that nourish your hands as well. This will help give them an extra boost. Lastly, don’t forget to treat them like the rest of your skin. Apply sunscreen to them front and back.

These three areas represent the parts of our skin that tend to suffer the most as we age. Exposure, movement, and a lack of attention to detail can lead us into a situation where our skin ends up prematurely aging. Remembering that and taking steps to counteract it with a good card will go a long way towards ensuring you’re able to look your best for years to come.

Understanding DMAE and Your Skin

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Trying to stay on top of the major trends in skincare can be a headache. It seems like new ones appear so regularly that it is hard to keep up with them and that last week’s fad gets tossed out at the start of the new week for not actually being effective. That’s why a lot of us end up sticking with products that we know work based on years of use. This has the unfortunate effect of making us shy away from potentially effective products simply because we don’t understand what the special ingredient in them is or what it does. Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is a good example of this. It has been a popular ingredient in a variety of products for the last few years, but that four letter acronym is just as opaque as its full chemical name. This doesn’t really help anyone when it comes to skincare and simply ends up leading people to shy away from potentially useful products. That’s why we’re going to take a closer look at DMAE and its place in skincare in this article. Hopefully we’ll all come away better informed and knowing whether we want to use DMAE or not.

What Is It?
DMAE is in an interesting position as a compound. It is technically a nutrient formed by the body to fill specific functions but can be easily produced outside of it. DMAE is also a relatively flexible compound that can be used both internally and topically for two very different reasons. When used internally, DMAE is known for being used in the treatment of cognitive issues such as Alzheimer’s, ADHD, and other conditions. It gives a boost to many generalized cognitive functions. However, the topical applications are what concern most of us. Research may show that DMAE is also a potentially potent anti-aging compound when utilized topically. Many marketers have seized on this by calling the compound a “face life in a bottle” despite it not necessarily having earned that title. The anti-aging properties of DMAE are still particularly good for helping to counter sagging skin despite that though. DMAE’s potential in skincare is worth examining closer to see the potential extent of its effects and how it may work.

Understanding DMAE in Skincare
This is where things get confusing. The popularity of DMAE has led to a varied amount of claims for both how it works and the mechanism through which it works. That rarely bodes well when we’re looking into a popular skincare ingredient, but DMAE may be the exception. Researchers are still narrowing down the exact mechanisms by which DMAE works as there isn’t a clear answer yet. What they do know is that the compound demonstrates skin tightening effects when utilized in topical products. The effect isn’t larger, but it can appear within a relatively short amount of time. Furthermore, DMAE appears to help reduce visible skin sagging and noticeably decrease the rate at which is progresses over time. DMAE products need to be used continually to maintain the effect though. Notably, you’ll get a lot more out of hybrid products that don’t rely only on DMAE as these, while reducing the amount of DMAE in the product, will help to encourage your skin’s health in other ways that can also contribute to an overall reduction in the signs of aging.

Overlooked Concerns
It is worth noting that researchers have stressed that they do not know the long term effects of DMAE used topically. As a result, it can’t be confirmed as perfectly safe. Their concerns largely center on the fact that, like most cleansers and chemical exfoliating products, DMAE actually does a small amount of skin damage to do its job. Most professionals believe that the research will eventually show that the concerns are no greater than any other skincare product similar to it, but the fact that the information isn’t in yet inclines many people to reserve judgment for the time being. Additionally, they advise caution in paying attention to the concentration of DMAE in a product. Most advice suggests making sure products only use DMAE diluted to around 1% of its total potency to minimize the chances of there being any unexpected issues. This is more or less the exact same thing the skincare industry regularly does with the various skin friendly acids used in various products. As a result, you should be mindful of using DMAE products if you have sensitive skin, but most people should be fine.

DMAE isn’t a perfect skincare ingredient like many people talk it up to be, but it is potentially a solid addition to anti-aging skincare. The simple fact is that very few topical products can actually do much for already sagging skin. DMAE’s ability to do this is what makes it so promising. Current products are a valuable addition to skincare, but as we understand the compound more there will inevitably be improvements to how it is used and we’ll know more about long term effects. For now, it is up to you whether you wish to try using products with DMAE.

The Impact Of Inflammation On Your Skin

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

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

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

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

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

Warm Weather Skin Care For Children

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

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

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

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

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

Exfoliation Is Essential For Great Skin

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There are some basic considerations we all need to remember when it comes to ensuring healthy skin. Rinse and cleansing, as two of the most basic steps in a routine, are vital despite their simplicity. They help to clear away various kinds of grime from our skin and uncover the healthy skin below. Cleaning the skin effectively ensures that it both looks and feels healthier overall while minimizing the chance for issues. Exfoliation helps to do much of the same but goes a bit deeper than simple surface cleaning is capable of doing all on its own. It actually helps support your skin’s natural healing and cleaning processes that are meant to keep your skin healthy and intact regardless of any damage it takes. The complex supports systems within your skin were taking decent care of it long before skincare was invented, but that doesn’t mean we can’t improve upon them. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at exfoliation and why it is essential for great skin.

Understanding Your Skin
To understand exfoliation’s place in skincare, you have to have a clearer understanding of how your skin is structured and what exactly exfoliation is simulating. Human skin is composed of multiple layers. Each of these layers has particular roles ranging from providing structure to housing glands to offering protection. The outermost layers are the ones tasked with the latter duty. That’s why the absolute outermost layer of your skin is actually composed of dead skin cells. They form a layer of skin that will be otherwise unfazed by any damage they take as the cells are no longer alive. We shed these outermost layers at a fairly consistent rate every day and replace them to ensure that barrier remains intact. Unfortunately, they don’t always detach as effectively as we might like or as well as nature thinks they do. This can lead to a buildup of dead skin cells that dull our skin. Exfoliation is the solution to this problem.

Supporting Nature
Built up layers of dead skin can result in around two scenarios depending on the location of the buildup and the amount of friction the skin experiences. Most of us are familiar with getting calluses on our feet, for instance, from childhood or another time we opted to forego shoes for a while. The calluses themselves are build-ups of dead skin cells caused by our skin responding to wear and tear on that area of skin by building up a barrier. When this happens anywhere else on our skin, it results in a dulling of our skin that takes away our natural glow. Dead skin cells simply aren’t the best at letting go of one another and exfoliating helps to bypasses this problem in nature. It loosens them or breaks them away from the rest while thinning those outermost layers. You maintain protection for your skin while keeping it healthy looking. The best part is that you’re able to clean your skin more effectively when exfoliating properly.

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How To
Exfoliating products can be broadly broken down into physical and chemical exfoliating agents. Physical exfoliating agents are the rough materials you typically find in scrubs. The rely on rough edges at a microscopic level to perform the exfoliating. These products physically wear away at dead skin cells and grime. Unfortunately, this has the potential to damage more sensitive skin and as a result, physical exfoliating products are best used on the body rather than the face. Your face will typically benefit the most from chemical exfoliating agents thanks to the even coverage they provide as well as the relative ease of finding products of the right potency for your skin. The most common chemical exfoliating agents are acids at skin friendly concentration levels. They dissolve the problems away for you. Regardless of the kind of exfoliating product you’re using, you should only be exfoliating once or twice a week to avoid harming your skin.

Exfoliation is an important part of skincare because it supports your skin’s natural regenerative and cleaning processes by fixing some unexpected problems with the processes. Working on these issues is necessary to maintain smooth, clear skin as it prevents your skin from getting too dull. It also happens to be a good safeguard against your pores getting overly clogged by dirt and grime as well by helping strip away potential problems. Just try to remember not to over-exfoliate or you’ll end up causing more problems than you’ll solve.

Improve Your Internal Constitution For Better Skin

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Skincare often becomes easily obsessed with the surface of our skin. It is easy to understand how this happens. The surface is all we can really see, touch, and feel. That’s how we get feedback on how things are going deeper in our skin and within our bodies. This does lead to an unfortunate situation where we forget that what is going on inside is just as important as what we’re doing for our skin on the outside. All of our topical products can only do so much if we’re dragging our body down in other ways. In this way, our internal health is directly related to the health of our skin. There are certain things we can all do that will help improve our health internally and in turn improve our skin. They’re worth considering if you truly want to make the most of your skincare and health as they’ll help your skin be more resilient and ensure you age that much more gracefully over time.

Watch Your Diet
This may seem like a given, but it needs to be highlighted given so many of us tend to take shortcuts when it comes to our diet. A healthy diet is good for all of you. Your body needs you to eat a balanced diet so that it has all the materials necessary to keep itself functioning and healthy. We often forget this and end up thinking about eating as simply a matter of not being hungry. Eating a healthy diet is easier than you might think, but it does take some lifestyle adjustments. The human body is best support with a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables with meats playing a supporting role in our diets. That will generally get us the nutrients we need without it involving too many excess calories like a meat heavy diet. Changing one’s diet can be a difficult process though. Consider talking to your doctor for help in adopting a healthier diet and working towards an overall better lifestyle.

A good diet is a beginning point to improving your internal health. It provides the materials your body needs, but you can take measures to improve distribution of those materials. Regularly exercising goes a long way towards helping to maintain better overall circulation throughout your body. This is particularly important to your skin as it often has lower priority than other organs of your body. Improving your overall circulation through exercise will ensure your skin, like the rest of your organs, gets its fair share of the nutrients that you’re eating. Improved blood flow is also associated with improving your skin’s ability to repair itself. All of this contributes to improve your overall internal health as well. Your body will be more resilient in the face of various kinds of damage and better able to handle whatever the world throws at it just like your skin. Diet and exercise are incredibly useful for improving your internal health and thereby your skin quality, but you do have another important thing you can do too.

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Improvements to internal health take many forms. There are active things we can do like the ones we’ve discussed and then there are the passive ones that involve making sure we’re not doing something. Giving up some of our bad habits tends to go a long way to improving both internal health and skin quality. Drinking more than one should is one of the big culprits here. Remember that alcohol is technically a poison and every drink has to be processed and filtered out of your body. One to two drinks a day is the maximum for adults looking to keep their health and what counts as a glass will vary depending on your choice of drink. Another major culprit is smoking. The particular combination of chemical introduced through smoking hurts your internal health and can end up directly damaging your skin. Giving up the habit is necessary if you want to ensure you have the best skin possible. This doesn’t mean smoking less, but truly giving it up and staying away from the habit so your body can repair the damage. It may be hard, but your health will improve.

Your internal health and the health of your skin are intimately connected. Working your way towards the best skin possible requires making sure that you’re taking care of it both from the outside and the inside. Remembering this will help ensure your body has all it needs to take proper care of itself and ensure your overall health and appearance are more to your liking. Making the adjustments to care for things like this will take effort, but it will repay itself in time.

The Lowdown on Collagen

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We spend a lot of time focusing on the effects various products have on collagen in the body. There’s a good reason for why collagen is such a fixation in skincare. It is one of the fundamental components of your skin. Without it, your skin begins to suffer and is unable to take care of itself properly. That pretty much explains why we tend to be so fixated on what it can do for your skin and how to make the most of it. Not everyone has even basic knowledge of what it is, what it does, and how to help maintain it though. That’s unfortunate when you’re devoted to taking good care of your skin as it always serves you best to understand at least some of how your skin works to ensure its overall help. That’s why we’ve got a quick primer for anyone who isn’t aware of this vital element of the body. By the end, you should have a clearer understanding and appreciation of collagen and its role in your skin.

What Is It?
Simply put, collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your body. It helps to fill out a lot of tissue within your body. Varying types are used all around it ranging from it providing a core component to the organic parts of your body to supportive fibers in your muscles. The type used in your skin is best viewed as a kind of firming filler. It helps to hold up your skin and maintain its overall shape. Your skin can return to its usual shape after being pulled or pushed thanks to a combination of the proteins collagen and elastin. Collagen tends to take damage constantly though. This happens every time your skin moves and creates a fold. Repeated folding causes deep damage to the collagen that becomes harder to repair and that’s how we form fine line and wrinkles. As a result, keeping your collagen healthy is a crucial part of ensuring your skin’s health. You can do this by cultivating good habits and knowing what products to favor.

Habits To Avoid
Things that are bad for your body end up almost necessarily bad for your collagen. Excess drinking is a particular one that can end up leading to sagging skin through damaged collagen. Smoking is even worst for your skin as it will do the same thing through the introduction of chemicals and the introduction of free radicals into your body. These free radicals tend to bounce around in your body and damage cells as they go. Your body can repair the damage, but the constant movement of free radicals tends to reduce the effectiveness of all repairs your body tries to make. As a result, it is best to avoid such a habit. Similarly, you’ll want to protect your skin properly from the sun. Sun damage also gets to the collagen in your skin as well as introducing free radicals. Remembering to protect your skin and avoid tanning will help keep your collagen intact. Keeping these habits will help your product choices be more effective too.

Supporting Your Skin
The right products make all the difference when it comes to maintaining collagen. One of your best options is looking for anti-aging products. These tend to be rich in antioxidants which will help neutralize the free radicals bouncing around in your skin. This will help your skin be overall happier and healthier. Additionally, those same products tend to have high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E. Those three vitamins represent some of the best support you can give your skin. Vitamin A helps to boost cell turnover rate in your skin and thereby makes it easier for your body to repair the damage. Vitamin C offers various components that help to actually fuel the production of collagen in your skin and the process of healing damaged areas. Vitamin E offers the same benefit as vitamin C and thereby increases the overall effect of a product. Focusing on products that utilize such ingredients goes a long way towards keeping the collagen in your skin healthy.

Collagen, as a vital protein in your skin, should be respected. You need it to keep your skin looking and feeling youthful. It provides the firmness that keeps your skin filled out and smooth. When it starts failing, everyone notices and all you can do is try to make up the difference. It isn’t that hard as long as you maintain healthy habits and use the right products. Hopefully, you have a better understanding and respect for collagen now as you’ll be benefiting from its presence whether you do or not.