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Tips For Maintaining A Flawless Complexion

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

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

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

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

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

Warm Weather Skin Care For Children

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

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

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

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

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

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.