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Don’t Skip Sunscreen In These Sensitive Places

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

Preventing and Correcting Thinning Skin

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While many may think that thinning skin is only caused by aging, the most common cause of this issue is actually down to the elastin fibers within your skin experiencing so much wear and tear that they are unable to properly bounce back into their original position. This causes crepey, thinning skin, which is a look that nobody wants, especially while they are still young, but, fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can prevent and correct this.

Sun Protection
The sun’s ultraviolet rays damage and break down elastin fibers, which is why those who experience a higher level of sun exposure throughout their lives tend to also experience more wrinkles and thinner skin. This makes sun protection key, not only when it comes to preventing thinning skin but also for correcting it, as no other healing techniques will work if your elastin fibers are constantly being battered by the sun. In addition to using a broad spectrum sunscreen throughout the year, you should also try to physically stay out of the sun as much as possible, seeking shade whenever you are outdoors. For those days when you simply cannot avoid the sun, keep your skin well-covered with clothing, and make sure that you also use a sun hat and sunglasses.

Hydration
Dehydrated skin is an issue that many people deal with, and quickly leads to dryness and other problems. Since dry skin is so prone to damage, this accelerates the rate at which skin thins, and exacerbates the problem for those who are already experiencing thinning skin. This means that you should be making hydration a priority, from both the outside as well as the inside. Not only should you be applying hydrating products to your skin, from serums to moisturizers to facial masks, but you should also be drinking plenty of water, and consuming foods that have a high water content.

Key Ingredients in a Moisturizer
When it comes to preventing and correcting thinning skin, your moisturizer should be your best friend, and there are a few ingredients that you should look out for if you want it to be as effective as possible. Alpha or beta hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid, glycolic acid and salicylic acid, are great for lubricating the skin, which helps to plump it back up. You should also be trying to boost your natural collagen and elastin production, and ingredients such as vitamin C and zinc are fantastic for doing this.

Assess Any Medications That You Are Taking
There are certain medications out there that can either cause thinning skin, or greatly contribute to the process. These are usually ones that contain steroids, and will only have this effect when used in the long term, but, if you have been noticing the problem worsening and have been taking a medication for a while now, it could be worth checking with your doctor to see if this could be the cause.

Thinning skin is something that everybody will experience at some point, but this does not mean that you cannot delay the process for as long as possible. From sufficient hydration to sun protection, these tips will help you to keep your skin looking and feeling plump and fresh.

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.