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Methylene Blue Q & A

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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.

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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

Woman with sunscreen on face

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Nix Dull Skin With These Healthy Habits

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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.

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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.

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.

Fill Your Fridge With Foods For Healthy Skin

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One of the bigger shame in beauty is that we tend to accidentally end up being fixated on the products that one “must use” to look one’s best. The truth is that beauty is a much deeper commitment than just product choice. We each have to dedicate ourselves to bettering various aspects of our lives if we expect to keep ourselves looking and feeling healthy. Yes, those products have their role, but so does getting in regular exercise. Your body will thank you for all that extra movement and experience better blood flow. This will distribute nutrients around your body far more effectively as well as give you a healthy, natural glow. You can improve this even more by ensuring that your diet has plenty of skin friendly options readily available to you. Consider checking your fridge right now and see if you have any of the following foods that support healthy skin. If they’re not there, you’re going to want to consider updating what you eat regularly.

Dark leafy greens

Dark, Leafy Greens
While everyone’s fond of crediting kale with miracles, it isn’t really a miracle food so such as it is packed with various vital nutrients. Kale and its relatives, such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce, are all full of plenty of useful nutrients that help support proper overall health. It doesn’t hurt that most of them have decent amounts of vitamins A, C, and E either. Those three vitamins represent some of the foundations of skincare and help support your skin’s natural healing process. In fact, they contribute some of the elements necessary for your skin to keep producing collagen and elastin, two structural proteins necessary for keeping your skin looking firm and youthful. The interplay with various other healthy compounds in the foods certainly doesn’t hurt your skin or your body either. What makes it even better is the sheer flexibility of dark, leafy greens as a food and the ability to use them in many ways.

Bell peppers

Peppers
Most of the time we tend to treat peppers are an accent to the flavor of any given dish. There’s nothing wrong with this. Peppers are good as an accent, but can also form a tasteful center to some meals. Regardless of this, they’re an incredible skin friendly option to add to your diet. This is thanks to the nutrients in them and the other compounds there by virtue of their brilliant colors. The flavonoids and similar are contribute to making peppers overall even more healthy for your body and skin. Peppers, especially bell peppers, are known for having a potent collection of antioxidants as well. These help to neutralize free radicals in your skin that might otherwise lead to a continual low level of damage in the skin. They’re particularly good for people looking to fight the signs of aging as they’ll help decrease the readiness with which wrinkles form over time. It doesn’t hurt that bell peppers can be particularly nice no matter how you eat them.

Eggs

Eggs
There’s plenty of room for eggs in a skin friendly diet. They are absolutely full of useful protein that can go towards supporting maintaining your body and skin. What makes them truly had to ignore is the fact that you can build upon this by adding various vegetables and spices to make them healthier and taste even better. Their low fat content helps a lot in supporting your skin without adding to any potential problems. This is especially good at helping to minimize wrinkles in the longer term. This is likely due to partially minimizing the amount of skin available to fold. We recommend looking into various egg recipes to make the most of this food. Tomatoes, peppers, and similar foods can all make delightful and healthy additions that make any dish all the more delectable. Don’t end up favoring eggs over other options though. Remember that the right fruits and vegetables will always provide some of the best sustenance for your skin.

Stocking your fridge with a mind to properly take care of your skin will help you work towards a lifestyle that supports good skin. This goes a good deal further than simply using the right products. It provides your skin with what it needs to care for itself and that can help minimize the signs of aging and other skin issues over time. All it takes to get these benefits is a small adjustment to your diet.

Guidelines For Ladies With Sensitive Skin

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Skincare is complicated enough for most people without having to worry about sensitive skin. After all, we have to figure out what our skin type is while paying close attention to how our skin behaves to products to find a good combination for our skin. That only lasts for so long too as we’ve got to worry about the fact that climate extremes and time will mean our skin’s needs will change at some point and thereby, make us go through the whole process again. Sensitive skin just seems like it exists to complicate matters further. Anyone with sensitive skin can tell you that it is a frustrating experience, but it is possible to care for your skin without it one revision after another to one’s skincare. It is a matter of knowing the basic guidelines for dealing with sensitive skin. Those aren’t that hard to learn. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common ones so that we can all have a better idea of how to treat both sensitive and sensitized skin.

Stick With Gentle Products
It may seem obvious, but there are particular products out there designed and marketed with sensitive skin in mind. A lot of the time these are marketed as “gentle” or will overtly state that they are “for sensitive skin” on the bottle. The formulas are meant to provide the benefits of the product while utilizing less reactive and potent compounds to avoid accidentally causing a negative reaction. It is particularly important to stay alert when figuring out the right cleanser to use. A surprising amount of cleansers will include traces of salicylic acid in them to aid in their job, but that compound tends to be too potent for sensitive skin. Favor cleansers that use glycolic acid instead as it is less potent. This will help minimize unexpected issues that might otherwise lead to unwelcome skin issues. Admittedly, there are other things anyone with sensitive skin needs to do as well to keep their skin healthy and properly protected.

Wear Sunscreen
Yes, wearing sunscreen is important to everyone to keep their skin healthy, but it is especially important to those with sensitive skin. Remember that sensitive skin has a lower overall threshold when it comes to becoming irritated or damaged. That means protecting it properly means giving that much extra focus on the basic ways to do just that and not just on avoiding skin irritating products. The general rules for using and applying sunscreen don’t really change that much for people with sensitive skin. We do wish to encourage looking for non-comedogenic sunscreen though. The formula will help avoid clogging the pores of people with sensitive skin and causing generalized irritation that can lead to broader skin issues. Beyond that, you’ll still need to make sure that the sunscreen you’re using offers broad spectrum protection to help guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Consider using sunscreen that offers SPF 50 instead of SPF 30 too. The extra protection should give sensitive skin a little extra time before problems become evident.

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Keep Hydrated
Dry skin and sensitive skin are often part of the same conversation for many people. Skin becomes sensitized as it dries out and people with sensitive skin are more likely to have “dry and sensitive” skin. That means countering the dryness tends to become a major concern when it comes to trying to protect sensitive skin. It needs that natural moisture barrier of your skin to help minimize sensitivity. Without that barrier, sensitive skin just reacts in an even more pronounced way to anything that affects it. We recommend that people with sensitive skin remember to moisturize regularly to help soothe and maintain their skin. It should help minimize problems. The catch here is that they need to be aware of their skin type beyond it being sensitive to properly match the moisturizer to their skin. Creams will work well for anyone with dry skin while lotions will work best for average skin. Hydrating toners are the best for anyone with oily and sensitive skin.

Taking care of sensitive skin can be a frustrating affair for many people. It makes sense given how reactive sensitive skin can become even upon being exposed to a small amount of any given product. Remembering to take this into account with minimal product tests and proper care will go a long way towards helping ensure that sensitive skin remains healthy.

Don’t Ignore Your Summer Skin Care Needs

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It is important to remember that taking care of your skin means ensuring that you’re properly taking care of your skin’s needs at all times. Most of us don’t have a problem with this because skincare becomes routine. This changes over time as our skin becomes more sensitive to the changes brought on by the seasons. Your skin has particular needs in both summer and winter. This is thanks to the shift in the weather tweaking how your skin behaves in each of these extremes. Winter is known for its cool, dry air that tends to become a bane for anyone interested in skincare thanks to the potential for severely drying the skin out. Summer is a different story. All that sun and sweat bring different risks to the front that need to be dealt with to avoid a summer of breakouts and other issues. We’ve got a quick look at some of the major summer skincare needs so that everyone can be just that much more prepared.

Stay Clean
Summer is almost always associated with sweating a little more regardless of the country you happen to be in. That extra sweat is actually one of the primary concerns of summer. Remember that, as you go about your day, your skin is constantly defending itself from particulate matter, micro-pollution, and countless other little things out to damage it. These materials, as well as dead skin cells, end up accumulating on your skin fairly regularly. They get caught in the natural oils your skin secretes to keep itself healthy. While this is part of your skin doing its job, it would be wrong to ignore the fact that also leads to problems. The extra sweat of summer makes this more of a problem as it can motivate clumps of oil and debris to flow down the skin and end up dragging them into pores. You could end up facing more breakouts this way. That’s why you need to get in a quick shower or bath any time you’ve physically exerted yourself a lot in summer. Wash away the sweat instead of letting it set to stay ahead of the problem.

Woman applying sunscreen

Wear Sunscreen
Most people have a vague idea that they should “maybe” wear sunscreen more in summer. It being so vague tends to lead people to make incorrect decisions where they forego sunscreen a lot of the time in summer with the reasoning that it won’t really hurt their skin. We would like to stress that this is incorrect. Not only do you need to wear sunscreen all the time, but sun exposure is actually a little worse in summer. We all need to be that much more attentive when it comes to ensuring that we apply sunscreen during the hotter parts of the year. This will help to minimize cumulative sun damage over time and ensure that our skin looks its best for longer. Remember that you’ll want to find and stick with a sunscreen that offers you broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 to ensure that your skin is being properly defended. Some clothing treated to resist the sun won’t hurt either.

Don’t Tan
Avoiding hurting your skin in the summer goes a long way towards keeping it healthy. Tanning is, natural or in a tanning bed, in no way healthy. A lot of people try to convince themselves that a little light tanning in summer can’t really hurt their skin. This isn’t correct. A tan is a sign that your skin has been hurt to a degree because that is how your body reacts to a specific amount of routine sun damage. Tanning is not good for your skin. Yes, plenty of us grew up with the idea that it was a good, natural, and healthy, but later research showed the damage it was doing to our skin over the long term. If you want a sun-kissed look for the summer, we strongly advise that you look into a good sunless tanning option. These are a lot better now than they were in the past and can provide a simple yet effective way to get the desired look.

Taking care of your skin’s needs during summer is all part of a pattern of seasonal skincare. Learning to make adjustments to your routines that place slightly more emphasis on some components at specific times of the year goes a long way to helping keep your skin healthy. Making the effort may not seem like it has many immediate benefits, but you will see the benefits eventually.

Treating Sunburns on the Face and Body

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

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

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

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

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