Summer Skin Care Tips You Must Follow This Season

Posted by Ada Hersko on June 26, 2017 0 Comments

Every year, summers take a toll on the skin. The scorching heat, pollution, humidity, et al, wipes it off the natural glow, and sometimes, invites infections. To avoid all these hassles, and to keep your skin radiating like before, here are the eight easy-peasy tips you can follow this season.

1. Exfoliate your body

The ground rule of basic skincare is to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don't get rid of them, they'll just set in on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you're never going to have glowing skin if you don't exfoliate. Grab a body scrub and hit the shower. Gently rub your exfoliator in circular movements on your entire body from the shoulders down (you'll want a facial exfoliator for your face and neck) and rinse clean. Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for year-round beautiful skin.

2. Sunscreen is a must

Throw away last year's unused sunscreen for a new bottle. Sunscreens aren't meant to last forever, and seeing most people don't use as much as they should. Buy a new sunscreen that has UVA and UVB products and comes in SPF 30 and SPF 70. You should be using a shot glass full for your body and a full teaspoon just on your face. Reapply it every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe sun fun.

3. Go for minimal make-up

During summers less make-up is best. Under the intolerant sun, natural looks are best. If you intend to use foundation then also apply face powder with SPF to avoid patchy skin. To protect your lips always use a gloss or a lip balm with an SPF of 15 to make your lips fresher. Eye make is something which should be very much avoided in summers.

4. Make water your best friend

At least 8 glasses of water are needed. If possible, carry a water bottle with you and remember to drink at least once every 30 min. Water not only helps you feel fresh, but it also prevents dehydration and will help wash out a lot of toxins.

5. Hydrate your body with a lotion

Find a summery lotion that you won't forget to put on. It's time to pack away your thick winter body butters for more light summery lotions. You don't have time to wait for your lotion to sink in, so look for something light fast absorbing. Gels and purees are perfect fast absorbers. Nothing spells summer more than a light refreshing fruity lotion. Make sure you apply right after you dry off from your shower. You need to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in.

6. Summer glow

You have so many choices when it comes to adding a little summer tint to your skin, and the tanning bed shouldn't be one of them. Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you're not a fan of sunless tanners all over your body, you can happily use them on your face. If you alternate your facial moisturizer with one that builds a bit of colour, you'll have a healthy glow that will make it look as though you just spent the weekend on the beach. Most facial tanners build colour gradually, by alternating with your regular moisturizer; you'll never get too dark.

7. Don't forget your feet

Winter boots have long since been packed away; it's sandal season ladies. Either go or get a pedicure (try a beauty school if cost is a factor), or give yourself an at-home pedicure. You scrub off the dead dry skin to reveal your sandal ready feet. Nothing is worse than seeing dull dry feet inside cute sandals. It doesn't have to be a big ordeal. Keep a foot scrub and file in your shower and scrub your feet a few times a week. You'll notice a big difference in the softness of your feet.

8. Look for a summery polish

Buy a bold new polish for your toes. Toe nails can be painted a much bolder colour than you would usually put on your fingernails. Pick out something that screams summer. Polish tends to stay on your toes much longer than your hands because you don't abuse your toe nails like you do your finger nails. Apply a clear base coat, two applications of colour and a clear top coat to protect. Go barefoot or put on your flip-flops for at least a couple hours to make sure your polish won't dent.

 

 

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Skin Care Tips for Gym Enthusiasts

Posted by Ada Hersko on September 07, 2016 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered how going to the gym can affect your skin? Just imagine how many people use the gym every day. When you touch the machines or the weights, you may pick up or transfer bacteria from your hands. Then your hands may touch your face, making it easier for you to breakout.

Here are some skin care tips to help you manage your acne that is potentially caused by working out at the gym.  

Remember to rehydrate

You need to always stay hydrated during your workout. When you exercise, your skin loses water by sweating. This makes your skin dehydrated, causing dead skin cells to accumulate, which then can lead to clogged pores. Bring a water bottle and make sure to remind yourself to rehydrate throughout your workout. 

Pull your hair back

If you have long hair, it is a good idea to pull it back away from your face. You can use a headband or pull your hair into a ponytail. If you use a headband, make sure to pull it further back in your hairline. This will prevent breakouts on your forehead. Your sweat as well as any potential hair products can clog your pores and lead to acne. 

Avoid touching your face

You may not notice it but your hands may be touching your face during your workout. If you have not washed your hands, there is a high chance that you can transfer bacteria from your hands onto your face.

Always have a small towel while you are exercising. You can use your clean towel to absorb the sweat from your face. 

Wash your hands with soap

Bacteria can be found all over the gym. You can’t see it but it’s there. To avoid skin infections and acne, you should wash your hands with soap. Check if your gym has hand sanitizer available. You can also make sure the machine is wiped down before and after you use it. Don’t forget to wash your hands after you use the bathroom and after your workout. 

Clean your face after working out

After your workout, you will need to wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Choose a cleanser that have ingredients such as glycolic acid or tea tree oil. These ingredients can prevent your pores from clogging.

Try not to rub your skin with your towel, instead, gently pat dry. When you’re exercising, your blood circulation increases, making your skin more sensitive. 

Change your clothes immediately

Don’t forget to change out of your sweaty clothes after your workout. When you sweat, all of your toxins come out and gets soaked into your clothes. If you don’t change your clothes, the pores on your body can get clogged, leading to body acne. Make sure to shower and change into clean clothes. 

Wear flip-flops when you shower

If you decide to shower at the gym, you may want to wear rubber flip-flops while showering. Bacteria can circulate on the floors of the showers. Not just bacteria but there can be fungus, mold or algae growing in the corners of the shower. Keep your feet clean by wearing waterproof shoes while you shower.

Avoid taking hot showers

It may feel good to take a hot shower after a hard workout but you may want to reconsider. A hot shower can strip your skin of all the natural oils, leaving your skin dry and itchy. Instead, take a short shower with lukewarm water.

Provide your skin with moisturizer

As you know by now, your skin needs to be hydrated. To make sure it is fully hydrated, moisturize your face and body after washing and showering. Make sure to choose a moisturizer that is right for your skin.

If you have oily skin, it is a good idea to find a moisturizer that is oil-free. This will help prevent your skin from breaking out.

When your skin is sensitive or more acne prone, it is important to take the extra steps to protect your skin, especially after using the gym. Maintaining proper skin care will help you better manage your acne.

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Summer Skincare Tips: Avoiding Sun Damage

Posted by Ada Hersko on June 20, 2016 0 Comments

Summertime can mean fun in the sun, but you better be careful about how much time you spend in the sun.  Overexposure to the sun can lead to sunburns, premature aging of the skin, and skin cancer, including melanoma. The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daylight savings time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the United States. UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer.

Tell-tale signs of sun damage are over-excessive freckling (sun spots) on the skin, wrinkling, and ongoing redness and possible rash. More than half of sun damage cases can lead to skin cancer. 

Light skinned and light eyed individuals are at most risk. (red-heads and blondes) as well people who are outdoors quite a bit. Tanning beds can also be dangerous to the skin and carry a higher risk of a melanoma threat. Using a daily sunscreen or moisturizer of SPF 30 and SPF 50 or more when at the pool or outdoors is recommended. You also need to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours throughout the day.

Here are some other tips to help protect your skin this summer:

Summer sun. In combination with the heat, humidity, and air conditioning – will wreak havoc on your skin. Moisturize with SPF before sun, and use a richer lotion after sun, after bath, and before bed to keep skin hydrated, soft, and smooth.

Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you're on the go, try bringing a bottle and a container of fresh fruit on the go to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.

Exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, exfoliate either 1-2 times a week if you're dry and 2-3 times a week if you're oily to help shed dead skin buildup and slough off previous sun damage. Doing so helps rejuvenate skin, leaving it soft and brighter.

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Glowing Skin Smoothie.

Posted by Ada Hersko on May 16, 2016 0 Comments

This glowing skin smoothie is not only energy boosting and delicious, it can dramatically improve your skin tone. 

Aocado. Don’t leave it out! Avocados hydrate the skin, bringing back that glow we all love. Maybe have this smoothie with a side of mango guacamole while you’re at it.

Mangos and pineapple. Mangos contain carotenoids, which help our skin glow. Carotenoids help give a rosy glow to dull looking skin. And pineapples are high in vitamin C, which is key to the production of collagen – giving your skin its firmness and strength.

Spinach OR kale may be used. Both nutrient dense super foods, removing toxins from our bodies. You can also eat both everyday, either in an omelet, salad, wrap, homemade juice etc.

Coconut water. This stuff is so good for us. It’s incredibly hydrating and makes your skin look more youthful and supple. 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain coconut water

  • 2 frozen ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple (frozen or fresh)

  • 1 cup chopped mango (frozen or fresh)

  • 2 cups spinach or kale

  • 1/2 avocado, sliced

  • optional: 1 Tablespoon ground flax or flaxseed oil

Directions:

  • Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender.

  • Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend on high for at least 3 minutes or until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Add more coconut water if it's too thick.

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6 Ways Exercise Makes You Gorgeous

Posted by Ada Hersko on April 18, 2016 0 Comments

Working out isn’t all about dropping pounds or prepping for your next triathlon. Regular exercise also gives you a healthy, glowing look and an unmistakable va-va-voom that you just can’t get any other way.

 

Need more incentive to lace up your sneakers? Here’s a peek into a few of the ways exercise can make you look and feel fantastic.

1. Smoother, More Radiant Skin

Breaking a sweat isn’t the only way exercise benefits the skin — it also reduces bodywide inflammation, helps regulate skin-significant hormones and prevents free-radical damage. When you exercise, the tiny arteries in your skin open up, allowing more blood to reach the skin’s surface and deliver nutrients that repair damage from the sun and environmental pollutants. These nutrients also rev up the skin’s collagen production, thwarting wrinkles. As we age, fibroblasts [the collagen-producing cells in the skin] get lazier and fewer in number, but the nutrients delivered to the skin during exercise help fibroblasts work more efficiently, so your skin looks younger.

2. Greater Self-Confidence

Confident people radiate a certain physical appeal and charisma. A recent British study found that people who began a regular exercise program at their local gym felt better about their self-worth, their physical condition and their overall health compared with their peers who stayed home. The best part was that their self-worth crept up right away — even before they saw a significant change in their bodies.

You don’t need to improve your fitness level to improve your self-perception of how fit you are, and from there it’s only a short leap to enjoying healthier self-esteem. Our self-worth is directly tied to our energy levels, our feelings of competence and our perceived attractiveness. Nothing is more gorgeous than the self-assurance that comes from feeling good in your own skin.

3. Increased Stature 

No one has studied precisely why exercise makes you taller, but activities that stretch and strengthen muscles at the same time, like yoga or Pilates, can correct bad posture and therefore add height. Hunching makes some muscle groups contract and others lengthen, he explains, which subtracts height. If you actively work to bring muscles back into balance, your back will lengthen, your posture will improve and you can grow taller.

People with swayed backs benefit most from core strengthening exercises, such as planks, farmer’s walks and bird dogs. For hunched shoulders, working on strengthening the upper back using resistance with bands, machines or free weights can help restore lost height. And, of course, exercise that improves posture tends to also make you look thinner, fitter and more confident.

4. Less Stress and Anxiety

Anxiety, fearfulness and uncertainty all drain your vitality and dampen your mood, which in turn tends to show on your face and in the way you carry yourself. Roughly 40 million Americans over 18 suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health — that’s nearly 20 percent of all adults — and for many of them, that anxiety strips both the smile from their face and the spring from their step. Exercise has been shown to alleviate most mild to moderate cases of anxiety, and can very quickly improve mood.

5. Better Immunity and Detoxification 

Exercise also keeps the lymph system happy. The body has roughly 500 lymph nodes — little nodules of tissue that take out metabolic trash. But the nodes can’t haul garbage to the curb without the help of nearby muscles. When muscles contract during exercise, they put the squeeze on lymph nodes, helping them pump waste out of your system. Result: You look less puffy and polluted.

Increased circulation is the key to both white blood cell production and better lymph drainage, and the best way to achieve it is to regularly do things that make you breathe hard. Right now, your heart is pumping 4 to 5 liters of blood per minute, but, if you got up and went for a run, it would pump up to four times more.

6. More Restful Sleep 

Plagued by dark circles? You’re not alone. As many as 60 million Americans wrestle with insomnia. A slew of studies show exercise can elicit longer, more restful sleep. Why? Well, an intense workout may leave you more hungry for shuteye recovery time, but there’s more to it than that. Exercise sharpens the body’s sensitivity to the stress hormone cortisol, which can enhance sleep. Sleeping better leaves you looking fresh and healthy.

But exercise is essentially a release valve for cortisol, helping you sleep more soundly and greet the day looking more refreshed. It sends a message to the brain that you’re using the cortisol for its original purpose — movement — and that it’s safe to turn off the tap afterward. Bottom line: Your body is able to use the downtime for the tissue-repair work that keeps you both looking and feeling great.

 

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