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Friday, February 13, 2009

Skin Care Tips For Your 20's

Some people in their 20's are seasoned pros at taking care of their skin, yet many are new to the idea of a complete facial skin care regime. Let me fill you in on the basics of skin care so you can evaluate what you're doing now, and what you could be doing better. Good skin care is key to healthy skin, but don't think it's going to be overwhelming. You simply need to use the right products for your skin type and you'll see the benefits right away.
What is Your Skin Type?

You'll first need to see what skin type you fall into, so you are sure you are using the right products for your skin. Read the common characteristics of each skin type to see where you fall.

No matter where you fall in your skin type, you could also have sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, you find that your skin reacts easily to new products or certain ingredients. If you have sensitive skin, you'll want to look for gentle skin care products made specifically for sensitive skin.
Daily Skin Care

Now that you know what skin type you have, it's time to talk about a skin care regime. A skin care regime consists of the items you use on your skin on a daily basis. I recommend a cleanser, toner and moisturizer. There are many options for you to choose from when it comes to choosing a product line, and rest assured, price doesn't always mean quality. Here is more information on what you'll need in a daily skin care regime.

Sun Safety

One of the biggest ways to keep your youthful skin as long as you possibly can is by steering clear of the tanning booth, and using sunscreen daily. UV rays cause 90% of premature aging, so start healthy sun habits now will be noticed when you're in your 30's.

Extra Skin Care Steps

If you're in your 20's, you don't have to be concerned about anti-aging products yet. Not only will that create a big hole in your wallet, it just isn't necessary. In your 20's you are not yet at a point where a lifting or wrinkle cream is necessary. Simply use a gentle product line, and rejoice in the fact that your skin care regime is basically fuss-free.

Something that is recommended to add in no matter your age is a weekly exfoliator. You need to rid your skin of the dead skin cells that are sitting at the surface. The best way to do this is with a facial exfoliator. Used 1-3 times a week, depending on your skin type and sensitivity, will get rid of the dull dead skin cells and encourage healthy new skin to shine through. And don't forget your body, using a body scrub will leave you with smooth healthy skin as well. A weekly mask will also deep clean your pores, leaving you with diminished oil and reduced pore size.

If you take good care of your skin in your 20's, you can be sure to have healthy skin in your 30's. Stay on top of your skin type, and know that it can change depending on the seasons or hormones. You may have oily or combination skin in the summer, but normal to dry skin in the winter. If you find your skin care regime is leaving your skin tight or on the opposite end, with many breakouts, it's time to switch it for a temporary basis.

A dermatologist is always a good place to visit if you have skin concerns. They will take a good look at your skin and give you personal advice and product recommendations that you would not otherwise get.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

How To Find the Best Moisturizers for Your Acne Prone Skin

Even your oily, acne-prone skin can benefit from the daily use of good moisturizers. But choose the wrong moisturizer and it can be a skin care disaster: greasy feeling skin, blackheads and pimples. Obviously, choosing the right moisturizer is key. With a little know-how you can pick a moisturizer that will enhance your skin care routine without causing breakouts.

1. Read your labels. This is the single most important step in choosing the right moisturizer. If you have oily skin or are prone to breakouts, choose a moisturizer labeled oil-free and noncomedogenic or non-acnegenic. Oil-free products don't have added oils that can leave a heavy, greasy feel to the skin. Noncomedogenic products are much less likely to clog the pores and cause breakouts.

Also, when choosing your moisturizer remember that creams are generally heavier than moisturizing lotions. If you want a lighter product, go with a lotion.

2. Know if your moisturizer contains exfoliating ingredients. Many moisturizers contain
alpha hydroxy acids, retinol, salicylic acid, or other exfoliating ingredients. These ingredients could be helpful in improving acne, especially mild or comedonal acne, by increasing cell turnover.

But if you are using a topical acne medication, moisturizers with these ingredients can irritate the skin, and may increase peeling and flaking. In this case, it's better to use a moisturizer without exfoliating ingredients unless your dermatologist recommends it.

3. If your skin is sensitive, choose a hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free formulation. Fragrances can irritate skin that is already sensitive or acne-inflamed. And if you're dealing with extremely dry, peeling skin caused by acne medications, highly fragranced moisturizers may burn or sting when applied. Your best bet is to choose a fragrance free, hypo-allergenic product. Be aware that unscented is not the same as fragrance-free.

4. Don't forget the SPF. So many moisturizers now contain SPF, and it’s a simple and easy way to be sure to get your sun protection. Using a sunscreen daily will help protect your skin from aging and skin cancer. This is especially important if you are using acne treatments that cause photosensitivity, or increase your sensitivity to the sun. Some common acne treatments that increase photosensitivity include (but aren't limited to):

* Retin-A
* benzoyl peroxide (Duac gel, Benzamycin, BenzaClin, Proactiv and other OTC treatments)
* Accutane

5. Get advice from the pros. If you're still feeling overwhelmed with the sheer number of choices available, don't be afraid to ask a professional for advice. Ask your dermatologist what s/he recommends. Your esthetician can also suggest moisturizers suitable for oily skin, and will have them available for sale.

6. Go with results and not price. Remember, you don't have to pay an exorbitant amount to get a good quality moisturizer. Give more weight to how the moisturizer makes your skin feel. If you love your luxuriously priced moisturizer, use it and enjoy it. But if you'd rather spend less, that's OK too. An inexpensive product can work just as well as the pricey brand names.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Controlling Oily Skin on the Cheap

You're out and about, and your skin decides to pump out the oil. If a shiny nose and greasy forehead are becoming annoying, not to worry. Just duck into the nearest restroom and grab a toilet seat cover, tear off a manageable piece, blot over the face and voila! The oil is gone leaving beautifully matte skin.

It certainly sounds a bit silly, but many beauty experts swear by this trick. And once you try it, you'll be a believer too. The toilet seat cover absorbs oil marvelously (just wait until you see the oil spots on the paper!), and it doesn't smudge or otherwise mess up your makeup. Who needs those tiny, expensive rice-paper oil blotters when toilet covers work just as well. They're free too.

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