Choosing The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Tone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anti-aging skincare routines are something that we all end up being a little interested in eventually. After all, it seems like all our efforts before the problem starts did nothing since the problem actually started. This isn’t a healthy way to look at it. All the skincare that we do before it drifts towards focusing on anti-aging techniques serves the purpose of delaying when we have to become truly concerned about them and likewise helps to minimize the overall effects by comparison to others who didn’t take such steps. None of this stops it from being a little disheartening to see signs of aging where you didn’t want them. Most of us concentrate on our face to help minimize the signs, but they are prevalent in various places and not just above your jawline. Taking care of areas below it can be particularly beneficial to maintaining a youthful look. This is particularly true when it comes to the neck and decolletage.

The Importance of Care
We feel the need to stress that this routine needs to be average for all of us. This is because focusing just on your face ends up ignoring so much. The neck and decolletage tend to show age very clearly if they are not tended to and when paired with a comparatively well-cared for face it leads to clear visual dissonance. It makes it harder to maintain the look that you desire if your appearance is telling two separate stories. This is the same reason that you’re told to take care of your hands as well. Maintaining a healthy appearance that ages gracefully involves caring enough to put in the effort to target these problem areas to help minimize issues. Your face isn’t the only part of your skin that is sensitive. Remember that any area that enjoys routine exposure to the sun is going to need that extra bit of care to help minimize the effects of sun damage over time. With that in mind, let’s return to the topic at hand and look at the kind of habits you want to cultivate.

Extending Things Downward
You can actually get a lot out of simply remembering to extend the routine you use for your face downward. Rinsing, cleansing, and moisturizing the area will go a long way towards helping to keep the area healthy. You are going to want to pay particular attention to extending exfoliation into this area. This is thanks to the fact that the neck and decolletage tend to gain a heavily degree of sun exposure and as a result the extra exfoliation will help remove any dead skin and keep the area clean for nourishing products. Moisturizing regularly will also provide a great deal of help. The sensitive skin of your neck and decolletage is thinner than the rest of your skin just like your face. Adding that extra moisture back helps to protect against the inherent moisture loss from the skin being thinner and helps it remain more youthful and plump. All of these are things you can do for the area to help heal and maintain, but you need to do one more thing to keep the area below your jawline happy: protect.

Sunscreen Is Always Necessary
There is no escaping the fact that the best thing you can do is to remember to regularly apply sunscreen to your neck and decolletage. A lot of outfits exposure this area and the sun damage will add up over time. Sun spots, fine lines, and other issues all tend to appear readily in this area thanks to this fact. When all you need to do is remember to apply a sunscreen following the basic rules, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to make the effort to care for the area properly. This involves make sure you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. We should all probably escalate this rating some as we age, but it is important to note that you get diminishing returns from numbers higher than 30. So don’t end up going too high unless advised by a doctor. Additionally, you’ll want to consider looking for one a sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide. It is a physical blocker that will reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing them instead of your skin. Reflecting them provides better protection.

Anti-aging routines are key for many sections of your skin. After all, there are plenty of places that can show the tell-tale signs of age beyond our face. The hands are a prominent one, but even more prominent is your neck and decolletage. Without proper care, they’ll give an idea of your age even if you take perfect care of your face. Aging gracefully takes its share of work and we must all accept that if we wish to age well.

Skincare Advisory: Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure

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We all need a reminder now and again about how to properly take care of our skin. After all, it is easy to get caught up in the month-to-month adjustments or product trials that we begin to forget elements that we ought not to forget. Most of the time we forget little details like how a serum should go on before any other product after finishing cleaning our skin. Other times we end up forgetting whole products and entirely setting aside things like a retinol cream or forgetting to do our regular mask. Each of these have their own effect on our skin’s overall health and that’s why we often spend so much time trying to correct our mistakes. One thing we need to try not to forget is sunscreen. It is vital to ensuring both current and long term skincare. Your sunscreen or SPF-including moisturizer or similar product is what will help reduce the overall signs of aging over time.

Anatomy of A Sun Ray
There are two kinds of ultraviolet (UV) ray that we’re concerned with when it comes to sun exposure. UVA and UVB rays each play their own part when it comes to our skin’s potentially for illness and its overall health. The fact that the sun can contribute to our health is why we have such an awkward relationship with sun exposure. Ultimately, any exposure needs to be short, controlled, and when wearing appropriate sun protection. UVA rays bring some of the more worrying effects for those of us concerned with avoiding the signs of aging for as long as possible. These are capable of penetrating deep into the skin and doing damage to each layer as they go. They’re typically responsible for introducing free radicals into your skin and being what causes the majority of photoaging. However, UVB rays don’t get off easily either. They’re responsible for both sunburn and potential damage that can lead to skin cancer. Both UVA and UVB rays need to be protected against.

Inspecting the Damage
Telling you to just avoid sun exposure isn’t necessarily as helpful as explaining the kind of damage that you can expect. As we said before, UVA rays bring free radicals and penetrate deeply into the skin. This is a problem because free radicals continually bond with and break the structure of various compounds in your body. They are especially good at breaking down collagen, an important structural protein in your body. Collagen is highly prevalent in the skin and is actually what makes youthful skin so firm. We need it and yet it decreases in amount as we age. Contributing to this decline with unprotected sun exposure will just make it happen all the faster. Both UVA and UVB rays can potentially cause direct damage to the DNA in your skin cells as well. This damage is what leads to replication issues in the skin that eventually cause cancer. As a result, we must strongly recommend never forgetting to wear sunscreen.

Protecting Your Skin
Wearing sunscreen or another product offering SPF is the only reliable way to truly protect your skin. Yes, your skin is technically protecting your body while your natural oils are trying to protect your skin, but they aren’t quite up to the job. Neither offers your skin the broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays that is necessary to minimize sun damage. Without that, your skin is simply sitting there soaking up the UV rays. We recommend favoring products with an SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin properly. You can keep going as high as 80 or more, but SPF begins to give diminishing returns past around 30 most of the time. Truly high numbers don’t end up giving you as much protection as they lead you to believe. Additionally, you’ll likely want to take a close look at the active ingredients of any product that you buy. Try to find ones that include zinc oxide in their active ingredients list. These sunscreens are physical blockers that reflect UV rays rather than absorbing them instead of your skin. That makes them even more effective.

Providing your skin with appropriate sun protection is necessary for long term care. Your skin can handle some sun exposure, but the more that you subject your skin to without protection the more damage that will slowly build up in it until it becomes highly evident past a certain age. Protecting your skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen, minimizing the time you spend outdoors, and not sitting in the sunlight by large windows will pay off eventually. You’ll thank yourself for the effort later.

Skincare Product Switches To Make For Spring and Summer

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The changing of the seasons means we end up needing to change more than our closet. All the little things that we do to prepare for winter need to be slowly swapped back out as we wait for the weather to stabilize. This includes adjusting our skincare routine again to back away from the extreme dryness that winter can bring. There are a simple ways that we can re-adapt our skincare routines to be ready for spring and summer. We’d like to highlight that you need to be patient and careful with this process. Changing your products can be taxing on your skin and as a result it demands staying alert to any major changes to your skin. You may need to adjust products to avoid adverse reactions. We do recommend that you stick with any new products for at least a month to ensure they both work and to avoid stressing your skin by trying new products too quickly.

Walking Back Hydration
Most of us step the level of moisturizer we’re using up one level for winter. This is due to the cold, dry air working against us keeping a healthy amount of moisture in our skin. It constantly saps at our skin and not using a heavier a moisturizer can potentially lead to complications from dry skin all winter long. You really just need to reset to what counts as your “normal” moisturizer when it isn’t fall or winter. For most of us with average skin this is going to mean swapping back to a light lotion. This will generally cover all of our needs. Those of us with dry and oily skin are in a more complicated situation. Dry skin needs to step back as well, but generally that’s going to mean swapping for oil to water-based products instead of ceasing to use creams for hydration. Those of us with oily skin will want to simply use products like toner to give really like moisturizing effects alongside other benefits. Getting your moisturizer right is important as spring and summer reintroduce oil control as the biggest skin issue.

Controlling for Oil
Oil production doesn’t necessarily increase in spring and summer, but the warmer weather does mean we have to contend with heat again. This leads to a variety of potential skincare issues that need to be addressed. The most pressing is how sweat tends to pick up oil and debris. These dripping collections of mess have a way of finding their way back into your pores and clogging things up. That’s why we need to invest in a good form of oil control for our skin type. In most cases a good cleanser is all you need. Look for a gentle one with an active ingredient like glycolic or citric acid. These two ingredients offer light oil control that can give you exactly what you need. However, any other gentle astringent will do as well. The goal is simply to make sure that our normal levels of oil production combined with sweat don’t cause our skin problems. Don’t be too enthusiastic with your oil control though as we all need our natural oils to protect our skin.

Evaluating Your Sun Protection
Spring and summer generally mean we’re all going to be outside a lot more. Those of us already focused on caring for our skin understand the need to look after our skin by always wearing sunscreen. This need doesn’t change as spring arrives, but it does mean looking into your current habits and making sure they’re adequate. Consider the products that you’re using. Most of us use a combination of genuine sunscreen and moisturizer with SPF to help protect our skin. The moisturizer is best used in the morning when we’re applying our initial skincare protection for the day. A good sunscreen makes for a way to continue to protect our skin throughout the day as the SPF wears away from each layer. Remember that moisturizer with SPF and sunscreen tend to last at most two hours in most cases. Always touch up your sun protection before going back outside or sitting around a large window. Your sun protection should ideally be at least SPF 30 and offer broad spectrum protection too. Keeping all of this in mind helps to ensure your skin will be ready to face spring and later summer.

Taking proper care of our skin in spring is the beginning of preparing to take good care of it in summer. Now is the time to start making the necessary changes while the weather is at least of an extreme to ensure your skin will be ready for the more extreme season. Fortunately, it only takes a little tweaking to make the most helpful changes. Using these as a guide should keep your focused on the changes that need to be made while avoiding the pitfall of changing your entire routine.

Tips For Taking Care of Combo Skin

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Combination skin is one of the more common skin types. It is technically a mix or two or more types at once, but the general rule for most skin is that some areas are a bit more oily or dry than others on many faces. This makes proper treatment for skin something of a haphazard affair where a product good for one area might be less suited to aid another. That can cause problems. As a result, taking care of combination skin often feels like a balancing act where we’re trying to help the most parts of our skin at a time while working against any potential negative effects to the areas that aren’t benefiting. The situation is incredibly frustrating to those of us who try so hard to help our skin be as healthy as it can. Fortunately, it isn’t that difficult to work towards properly caring for combination skin. You’re just going to have to invest a little more time than you might if you had a more consistent skin type.

Wear Sunscreen
It is important to stress that some skincare tips are universally useful. Combination skin needs to be regularly protected by sunscreen just as much as every other skin type. It might even be a little more important in some cases given it means some parts of your skin might actually be highly susceptible to the sun while others are more resistant. Fortunately, combination skin doesn’t change the general rules for sunscreen. You’ll need to find one that offers broad spectrum protection that is at least SPF 30 to protect your skin. We recommend increasing the SPF rating to 50 if you’re in your 40s or above simply as a protective measure as skin begins to noticeably thin. Additionally, you’re better served by looking for sunscreens that include active ingredients like zinc oxide. This means the sunscreen is a physical blocker. These sunscreens entirely reflect UV rays rather than just absorbing them and thereby provide the most thorough protection.

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Gently Exfoliate
Given combination skin’s potentially wide spread of traits, it is best to err on the side of caution in most cases. This means favoring less potent exfoliating products to help clean and protect your skin. A chemical exfoliation product is the best in this case. We recommend sticking to ones that utilize beta-hydroxy acids such as glycolic or citric acid to help clean your skin. These are effective, but skin friendly options that don’t put excess strain on sensitive skin. You’ll most frequently find these products as easily spread gels meant to be left on for a little while to achieve their purpose. The active ingredients in these products are necessary for getting the job done as they help to dissolve and break up clumps of dead skin cells, oils, and grime that can get caught in your pores. Avoid using products with salicylic acid, if you can, as that ingredient could potentially be too harsh for the more sensitive sections of your skin and cause problems.

Moisturize Regularly
Moisturizing combination skin is an admittedly difficult proposition if you have mixed areas of dry and oily skin. The proper level of moisturizer for one will inherently cause problems for the other by being too much or too little. We have to find a way to balance these extremes when working to protect combination skin. As a general rule, a water-based gel product is going to serve combination skin the best. Gels aren’t quite creams and as a result have a lower chance of causing problems for oily patches while still being thick enough to cling and provide the moisture necessary to protect dry skin. They need to be water-based to further this goal. Oil-based gels will quickly cause problems for oily patches if you’re not careful. You should expect to apply this kind of moisturizer a few times a day for maximum effectiveness. It may take a little experimentation ti find the right amount for your skin.

Caring for combination skin is a headache-inducing task sometimes. Conflicting skin types have always been frustrating, but we’ve found ways to cope with the challenge. Overall, you need to be both gentle with and protective of your skin to ensure the best results. Proper steps to protect it will let it heal and remain as healthy as it can on average while being gentle will ensure products don’t overly upset a delicate balance. We can’t say that there won’t be problems as you work out this balance, but when you finish you’ll know your skin better than before.

How to Pamper Your Décolletage

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of pampering our skin by this point in our lives. After all, pampered skin helps us look our best no matter the situation. It can be a difficult path to travel though. There are so many little things we need to remember about proper skincare. You need to do this before that with something of that temperature right after you do that other thing. Confusing doesn’t even begin to cover how it all appears from the outside. All these little rules and reminders serve a purpose though. They are what makes sure we don’t neglect one part of ourselves for another and thereby diminish our appearance overall. Making sure we get all of these little bits right is in many ways the key to fighting back against the signs of aging across each of our lives. With that in mind, we’re going to talk about the appropriate ways to pamper and treat your décolletage.

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My What?
The term isn’t necessarily as widely known as it once was, but it remains an important part of skincare and fashion language. Simply put, the décolletage is an easy way to refer to your neck, shoulders, and upper torso. It particular it tends to reference the area of the upper torso along the cleavage in particular. The term is French and originally referred largely to the upper line on low cut dresses, but naturally shifted to encompass the area as well. Many of us have our share of outfits that make the most of exposing this area. They’re a good confidence booster and help us both look and feel younger. Improperly caring for that area tends to add years onto our apparent age though. That’s because wrinkling of the area is fairly common and easily caused by our outfits and habits. Creating cleavage can fold some skin and as can sleeping on our sides or being neglectful of protecting the area. Fortunately, you can correct and work against these problems quite easily.

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Protective Factors
Wear sunscreen. This is sincerely the single most important thing that you can do for your décolletage. Sun damage helps to degrade the collagen in the skin and as a result it begins to lose firmness. When this skin folds, it folds even deeper and damages yet more collagen over time. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles forming comparatively quickly if we’re fond of lower cut shirts. It is important to note that you also stand the chance for a higher rate of skin discolorations in the area if you’re not wearing sunscreen on it as well. So remember to use SPF 30 sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection anytime you’re going to be outside or near windows for most of the day. It is a simple and easy way to guard against signs of aging. Additionally, you’ll want to stick a pillow between your breasts if you’re prone to sleeping on your side. This will prevent further creases from forming due to gravity while you rest.

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Care and Pampering
Taking care of the area isn’t actually that hard. It largely just involves extending your normal skincare routine a little lower than you normally would. For instance, your décolletage benefits from regular exfoliation and moisturizing just like the rest of your skin. This can be particularly important if you’re fond of low cut tops. Exfoliation will help keep the skin look and feeling healthy. This is important as it also reduces the rate as which wrinkles form by helping to shed unwanted layers of dead skin. Additionally, the process of applying the exfoliating product massages the area and as a result boost blood flow. You’re further promoting healthy skin by doing this. Moisturizing the area will help make the most of the regular exfoliating by helping to keep the area at a health level of hydration. This keeps the skin plump and smooth looking. In turn, your can expect your décolletage to look that much younger and healthier. It is made up of your skin and follows the same rules as the rest of it. Just remember that gentleness is key.

It remains strange that so few people know that they need to tend to their décolletage to help ensure their appearance long term. You need to care for all your skin to keep it healthy. This goes doubly when you’re potentially exposing an area of skin to the sun regularly. Learning to take proper care of often neglected areas of your skin will go a long way towards helping you look your best for years to come.

Protect Your Skin from Disease and Early Signs of Aging

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Protecting our skin is something most of us take seriously. After all, the time and effort a good routine can take to assemble and regularly use is a distinct investment. Making the most of it is important. The goal of good routines is to help clean and protect your skin. This helps to minimize the overall chance for skin disease. An added benefit is that many of us will also age a bit more gracefully if we’re looking after our skin carefully. Knowing that a good routine can help do each of these is all well and good, but what are the elements that do it? If you know what to focus on, you can better protect your skin overall. We’re going to go over the necessary steps for properly protecting your skin so that you know some of the better techniques for protecting your skin. This way you’ll be better informed and be able to feel more confident about your skincare.

Wear Sunscreen
You’d be surprised how many people forget to do this. Your skin needs regularly protecting from sun exposure. Yes, a certain amount of sun is healthy and helps you to properly produce vitamin D in many cases, but any exposure for this purpose needs to be paired with sunscreen to lower the overall chance of skin damage. Sun damage is one of the biggest causes of premature aging. The UV rays introduce free radicals into the skin that damage collagen within your skin and increase the overall chance for wrinkles. This also degrades your skin’s ability to heal itself due to constant levels of low level damage. Your best and only solution here is prevention. Fortunately, this isn’t hard at all. All you need to do is look for a sunscreen or other SPF based product that offers broad spectrum protection with an SPF of 30 or more. It generally doesn’t matter what kind of sunscreen you’re using, but you’ll get more out of products that utilize the physical blocker zinc oxide as an active ingredient.

Be Gentle, Be Mindful
It can actually be relatively difficult to protect your skin from skin disease. A lot of them you don’t really get much of a choice in as they’re simply part of your genetics. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to do your best to avoid causing them to manifest though. Helping to minimize the chance of skin disease manifesting from your genetics is as simple as being gentle to your skin. Harsh products and rough treatments tend to be the things that will trigger the initial inflammatory response that can spiral out of control. Be particularly gentle when it comes to using products on your face as that area of your skin is extra sensitive. You will also want to be mindful of ensuring you wash your hands regularly before touching your face. Try to avoid sharing products with others as well. These simple steps will minimize your exposure to outside factors that can increase the incidence of skin diseases.

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Stay Moisturized
Another big step you can take towards keeping your skin healthy and youthful looking is to remember to properly moisturize. Our skin things as we age and is less able to trap moisture than it is when we’re younger. This lessened ability leads to situations where our skin becomes drier and less resilient in the face of any sort of damage. In fact, it actually becomes more susceptible to sun damage without a proper moisture barrier. All of this is relatively easily solved by the simple act of moisturizing properly. You’ll want to figure out the appropriate kind of moisturizer to use with your skin though. People with oily skin are going to want to stick to things like toners for the most part that are more water than anything else. This will help prevent other skin issues by adding to an oil buildup. By contrast, anyone with dry skin will want to consider oil-based creams as their best option depending on how dry their skin is at the time. The rest of us can generally get away with products like lotions that fall at neither extreme.

Protecting your skin from both disease and premature signs of aging is a commitment. You need to remember to use the right products and to avoid habits that can leave your skin more susceptible. It isn’t that hard though. Anyone can learn these rules and others to help them work towards better skincare. In the end, it all comes down to how much you’re willing to do to ensure your skin remains healthy as the years go by.

Tightening the Skin on Your Arms & Thighs

Life does a lot of things to us. The highs and the lows form a kind of rhythm that it seems like we can never quite get the hang of because we always seem to be caught off guard by what happens next. There’s a simple beauty in that that one can come to appreciate even if it is also a source of annoyance. What we have to get used to various, but frequently we have to make peace with shifts and changes in our body with comparative regularity. Age and diet tend to make this one of the most fluctuating pieces of our lives. Issues with sagging skin tend to be particularly common in both cases. This tends to not sit particularly well with us as it detracts from our beliefs surrounding our own appearance. Fortunately, it is easy enough to tighten sagging skin if you know the right steps to take.

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Working On It
Exercise is probably one of your best options when it comes to tending to sagging skin. It tends to be the result of excess weight that gradually leads to more skin hanging on to the body. Regular exercise goes a long way towards encouraging healthy weight loss. There are specific exercises you can use to target this problem in general though. Running and jogging tend to be particular good when it comes to helping to get your thighs in shape. These exercises are good for tone in many aspects. You can get similar benefits from squats and similar exercises though as that work the muscles in the area. Your arms can generally benefit from things as diverse as lifting light weights and various exercises including them to push-ups. The key is simply ensuring the muscles in the areas are being worked. This method will take time to reduce sagging skin though as your body will need to gradually remove the excess skin.

Eat A Healthy Diet
This step is typically best used alongside the previous one. Eating better tends to help your body take overall better care of itself and reduces the amount of weight you’re putting on regularly. A good diet can actually help you lose weight at a higher rate than exercise alone if you’ve previously been eating poorly. The goal is to eliminate excess bad fat and sugars from the diet to reduce the amount of weight you’re putting on. This is best achieved by focusing on learning how to eat a healthy diet and sticking to it. You’re typically going to want to talk to your doctor about your options when starting a genuine diet. You want something designed to help you rather than a rapid weight loss diet. The latter will simply lead to even more of an issue with sagging skin. A genuine diet will favor fruits and vegetables with meats forming an accent to the diet. Talk to your doctor about your nutritional needs before trying to create a customized diet though.

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Be Good To Yourself
Our last suggestion on how to help tighten sagging skin involves eliminating bad habits that can accelerate and magnify the problem. One potential problem is failing to remember to wear sunscreen. Exposure to UV rays damages structural proteins in the skin that help keep it both firm and in place. Too much exposure earlier in life can easily lead to sagging skin as you age. The best approach is to pair good sun protection habits with the application of antioxidant rich products. Sunscreen and other products with SPF will help protect against previous damage while the antioxidants will help make your skin’s nature healing processes a little more effective at fixing the area. You also want to cut out any disastrously bad habits from your life. This is especially true when it comes to smoking. Smoking regularly is associated with a more rapid onset of the signs of aging. Sagging skin is quite common among smokers. Quitting and sticking to it will gradually help you body heal.

Tightening the skin around your arms and thighs requires you doing your best to take care of yourself. Healthy habits are ultimately the keys to helping reduce sagging skin. That way your body doesn’t have an excuse to make more and is better at keeping it off. These suggestions will all lead to slow improvement and that is what is necessary to properly fix the situation. Quick solutions will just lead to the issue being magnified. So take it slow and enjoy the path towards better health.

Winter Skin Care Rules To Live By

There are few true universals in skin care. That’s because so much of it determined by each individual. Our past, heritages, and particular genetics each play a role in how our skin reactions a given thing. There are broad rules that apply to most people, but there always seem to be an exception. Wearing sunscreen is one of the universal rules that does exist though and similarly there are rules about winter skin care. We all need to pay just that much more attention in winter to help ensure that our skin looks its best and stays healthy despite the effects of the weather. All that cold, dry air doesn’t play nicely with anyone’s skin. The key is making sure that you figure out the best ways to keep your skin happy despite the issues. With that in mind, we’re going to review a few of the mostly universal winter skin care rules that will help you keep your skin as happy as you can this winter.

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Wear Sunscreen
You didn’t really think this was going to be skipped, did you? Sunscreen is a universal rule for every time of year. Many of us tend to ignore its necessity to our own detriment. The thought process generally goes, “Well, it isn’t summer, so I should be fine.” Unfortunately, things don’t work like that though. Exposure to UV rays happens constantly happens when you’re exposed to sunlight. The sun doesn’t really care what season you happen to think it is and will keep on shining. As a result, wearing sunscreen is an important step in maintain a healthy winter skin care routine. You can expect to follow the same rules as usual when it comes to using sunscreen though. An SPF of 30 or higher offering broad spectrum protection is required to make the most of this rule. You do have a little flexibility on whether you want the active ingredients to be lighter chemical-based blockers or a physical blocker like zinc oxide though. The latter is always better, but not always the easiest to find.

Consider a Humidifier
Now this isn’t really a direct method of skin care like a product you should apply to your skin, but a humidifier can be an important part of winter skin care just the same. This is because it acts as a counterbalance to the dry air that dominates winter. A good humidifier reduces the overall potential impact by bringing the moisture levels in the air back to tolerable levels. You will want to figure out the size of humidifier that is good for your lifestyle though. For anyone working predominantly from home, you can get a lot out of simply getting a humidifier system for your entire home. They can regulate the internal humidity and keep it at comfortable levels with all the simplicity of central air or heating. However, it is easy to simply stick with a personal humidifier that is easy to move with you if your lifestyle is a bit more active. You can take it to your office and then set it up in your bedroom each night as well to ensure you have the benefits where you need them. The end result is happier skin either way.

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Moisturize Regularly
Moisturizing is the biggest rule of winter skin care regardless of your skin type. The dry air is a constant attack on your skin that needs to be properly managed or it can become a season long problem. That’s a shame because of how simple it is to manage. You do need to change things a little from your summer routine though if you’re going to properly moisturize in winter. Take your usual moisturizer choice and make it one step heavier if at all possible. People with oily skin should consider trying a water-based lotion while those with dry skin will want the thickest oil-based cream they can find. The rest of us fall in between those two extremes. Using the right moisturizer will go a long way to keeping your skin healthy all winter. Don’t forget to carry a touch up moisturizer during the day either. These will let you add an extra layer of cushioning if you notice your skin starting to feel a little dry.

These three tips are at the core of good winter skin care. The trick is simply that most people don’t really pause and think about a humidifier as part of their skin care or remember that sunscreen is important all year. Learning to counter these bad habits goes a long way to ensuring your skin is healthy all season long.

Tips for Better Skin in 2017

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Continually seeking improvement is an aspect of ourselves that a lot of us take fairly seriously. What we’re trying to improve tends to depend entirely on who we are though. A lot of us made skincare mistakes in 2016 simply because we didn’t necessarily know any better. There’s no shame in this and it simply gives us room to grow and improve. Ideally, we do want to make up for those mistakes though. That means looking for ways to have better skin in the coming year. Fortunately, improving how well you take care of your skin is relatively easy as all you need to do is learn how to pick up a few new habits. We’re going to go over a handful of useful tips for better skin in 2017. You’ll need to be dedicated to make the most out of these tips though.

Watch Your Diet
The truth is that a lot of us can really improve our skin if we’re willing to take the time to fix our diet. This is one of the hardest, but most rewarding options if you can stick to it. You’ll want to cut major sources of sugar out of your diet for starts. Yes, sweets are wonderful, but the spikes in sugar aren’t doing your skin any favors. You’ll also want to work on ensuring that your diet meets the general rules for a healthy lifestyle. That means cutting back on any excess of meat in the diet while favoring plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables with plenty of dark, leafy greens as well. The collective greenery will do more for your skin than a lot of things. Taking care of yourself in this way will help build your overall health while evening out your complexion and ensuring your skin is more resilient than ever.

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Remember Your Sunscreen
This is a skincare sin that we’ve all failed at plenty of times in the past. There is no overemphasizing the fact that we need to all be better about remembering to wear your sunscreen though. Exposure to UV rays is one of the leading causes of premature aging. Smoking is high on that list too, but the fact that not everyone smokes prevents it from being one of the true leading causes. The only thing you really need to do to help improve your skin is to remember to protect your skin every day. This involves making sure you are applying products with at least an SPF of 30 that offer broad spectrum protection. Ideally, most of the time this will be a sunscreen with a physical blocker like zinc oxide as one of its active ingredients. There are plenty of skincare products on the market with SPF now though. Those are equally useful when it comes to helping improve your skin this year.

Get Moving
Exercise is also important if you want to work towards improving your skin’s overall appearance too. It is important to note here that your skin is your body’s largest organ and taking proper care of your body is inherently necessary if you want healthy skin. Exercise is particularly helpful in this case as your skin is, sadly enough, on a slightly lower priority than the rest of your body as it can ostensibly take care of itself. Exercise helps to counter this issue by improving blood flow all over the body. This extra blood flow circulates more of the vitamins and nutrients your skin needs and ensures that it has the appropriate fuel for helping maintain itself. That alone is useful. However, you can also expect better color routinely thanks to improved blood flow too. It will help you both look and feel healthier than you have before. Remember that exercise doesn’t mean a fancy gym routine in this case. It can, but all you really need is to routinely take brisk walks last up to an hour a few times a week. Exercise is a simple as that.

Improving your skin in 2017 is as easy or as hard as you make it. The tips we’ve covered involve lifestyle changes and making good habits. These are the sort of issues that are most frequently neglected in favor of expecting products to solve the problem. That makes correcting such issues the clear path forward for many of us this year. Don’t stress too much if you slip up along the way though. There’s always time to work on improving your skin.