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5 Amazing Tips to Protect Your Skin
From Sun Damage

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

suncare articleIn the past few years, more and more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer. At the same time, millions of people present signs of premature skin aging, as a direct result of prolonged sun exposure. The fact of the matter is that the ozone layer has become thinner and thinner, exposing us to the harmful action of UVA and UVB rays. If you are looking to protect your skin from sun damage, do not hesitate to keep on reading. In the paragraphs that follow, you will discover five amazing tips on how to give your skin the protection it deserves.

#1 Protective Clothing
At All Times

Many countries have the big hole in their ozone layer. Therefore, the citizens presenting thus an increased risk of cancer and photoaging with each exposure. For this reason, it is forbidden to spend time on the beach without wearing at least a T-shirt. Even if you do not live in such countries, it is still an excellent idea to wear protective clothing whenever you are going out. Choose a hat with a broad rim, sunglasses with UV protection and breezy clothes, preferably made from cotton. No matter how tempting it might be to get a tan in the middle of the day, avoid such actions, as this is when the sun is at its strongest point. Using protective clothing is even more essential in the situation you have to work in the open outdoors, thus spending a lot of time in the sun.

#2 Sunscreen Should Be Your Best Friend

One of the easiest methods of protecting your skin from the damage done by the sun is using sunscreen lotion. A safe sunscreen is the one that offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays. You should seek out to purchase a sunscreen with high SPF, as this delivers the most effective protection. Also, if you are going to the beach, it is recommended to use waterproof sunscreen. In the situation you cannot find such a product, make sure to re-apply your regular sunscreen every two or three hours. When it is cloudy outside, you should also apply sunscreen as UV rays can penetrate the clouds and damage the skin.

#3 Avoid Reflected Light

You might think that spending time under your umbrella gives you sufficient protection against the sun. However, you should be aware that UV rays reflect themselves on various surfaces, including the sand, concrete and especially water. It has been demonstrated that water reflects UV rays 100%, thus being able to cause a lot of damage to the skin. The same goes for snow, as this can reflect 75% of the UV rays. This is the reason why you need to wear protective clothing at all times, including the right accessories, such as sunglasses and hats. You can also apply zinc oxide paste on your skin for an added level of protection.

#4 Avoid Tanning Oils

No matter what other people might have to say, there is no such thing as a healthy tan. On the contrary, the more time you will spend in the sun, the higher the risk of skin damage is going to be. You might also want to avoid using tanning oils; these facilitate the absorption of UV rays at the level of the skin and thus contribute to the premature aging of the skin. The risk of sunburns is considerably higher when using tanning oils, so be sure to remember that the next time you will be tempted to purchase such a product.

#5 Skin Peels for the Rejuvenation of the Skin

If you want to ensure the healthy aspect of the skin, you have to consider in-office procedures from time to time, such as skin peels. Such a procedure can remove the damaged layer(s) of the skin, exposing a healthy, fresh one. However, it is important to avoid exposure to the sun after you have had a chemical peel, to maintain its healthy aspect. Keep in mind that the skin needs to recover after such cosmetic procedures, so immediate exposure to the harmful action of UV rays is a definite no.

These are only a couple of tips on how to protect your skin from sun damage. It is important to remember that our skin is highly sensitive to the action of the sun. If you want for it to stay healthy, you need to use sunscreen with high SPF and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, especially in the middle of the day.

Author Bio:

Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and writer on beauty related tips and articles. She is very passionate about health and beauty. She has posted articles on skin care, weight loss and celebrity beauty news. In recent years, she had the opportunity to write AlluraCell. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.


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How to Transition to a Fall Skincare Routine

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Aveeno-Body-WashAs the cooler fall season approaches us, the air will be drier and weather conditions will be harsh on skin. That summer glow will be gone, and it is important to make sure your skincare routine has been adjusted for the change. Here are a few tips to make the transition smooth and keep your skin healthy and looking fabulous.

1. Add a Facial Moisturizer to Your Routine

If you haven’t already, make sure you are using an oil-free facial moisturizer once daily. The colder weather can dry out your skin and leave it chapped and cracked. If you are already using a moisturizer, it might be a good idea to switch from a light moisturizer to a medium or heavy facial moisturizer or cream. Skin needs more moisture in the cooler weather than in the summer when humidity is at it’s highest. A good facial moisturizer to try is Neutrogena’s Deep Moisture Day Cream With SPF 20 (don’t forget to use sun protection, even in the cooler seasons!).

2. Use a Hydrating Body Wash
Used to using soap in the shower? Think again! Most soaps can dry out your skin, so switching to a creamy body wash or gel will keep your skin moisturized. Try Aveeno Positively Nourishing Hydrating Body Wash.

Nuance3. Exfoliate
Don’t forget the importance of exfoliating to keep your skin smooth and soft. Drier skin is going need more exfoliation than hydrated skin. Use a salt or sugar scrub in the shower weekly to buff and smooth skin and remove any dead skin cell buildup. One of our favorites is Nuance Salma Hayek Walnut Body Scrub sold at CVS/pharmacy. It not only moisturizes while it exfoliates, but it smells delicious!

4. Lip Protection

Not that anyone would forget chapstick, but don’t underestimate the importance of lip protection. With the cooler weather, your lips will dry out even quicker than in the summer and you’ll find yourself needing to apply more often. Keep lips moist with Burt’s Bees Chapstick, available in a variety of delicious scents.

With just these few easy adjustments, you can make the transition from your summer skincare routine to fall skincare a smooth one. Don’t forget to take travel size products with you on-the-go, especially when you’ll be traveling away from home where the weather isn’t what you’re used to. A purse-sized hand cream or lotion and chapstick are must-haves for the fall season. And be sure to add in some of the delicious fall fragrances like vanilla and brown sugar!

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How to Deal With a Sunburn

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

neutrogenaWe all know that the best way to take care of your skin is to avoid a sunburn in the first place. Keep your skin protected from the sun with a product that offers both UVA and UVB protection (one of our favorites is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with SPF 70). Although we all want to avoid burning, most people will receive at least one bad sunburn during the summer season. Here are a few ways to help your skin recover from too much time spent in the sun.

1. Moisturize

A sunburn will not only cause pain and redness, but will also cause major dryness to your skin. Make sure to keep your skin moisturized with a product containing Vitamin C and Vitamin C. Aloe Vera is a go-to product to help your skin recover from sun damage. Try Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel. It is also a good idea to moisturize your skin with an after-sun treatment even when you have not gotten burned. Try Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion, which will soothe the skin and has a nice fragrance.

2. Hydrate

A Sunburn draws fluid to the surface of your skin, so it is important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water in the days you are recovering from a sunburn.

B_03_Advil_Pain_Tab_Boxes3. Medicate if Necessary

If your sunburn is causing excessive pain and is blistering, you may benefit from taking a couple ibuprofen. This will help the swelling and redness, and relieve temporary pain caused by the burn.

4. Leave it Alone to Heal
If your skin is peeling and blistering, do not pick at the blisters or peel the skin. Touching and irritating the affected areas can lead to a slower recovery time, and even permanent scarring if you have blisters.

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Tips for Healthy Hair This Summer

Monday, June 15th, 2015

summer-hairSummer can be a hard season on your hair, what with swimming in chlorine and salt water, and not to mention the heat! Frizz, split ends, and dry damaged hair and only a few of the results that summer can have on your hair. Make sure to do everything you can to protect your hair during the hottest time of year. Here are some tips on ways to make sure your locks stay luscious this summer.

fekkai1. Get a Trim
Keep your ends healthy by starting summer off right with a trim. Or opt for a short summer cut to keep cool in the heat. Remember, hair grows faster in the summer than in the winter, so you may need another cut before fall.

2. Protect Your Hair From the Sun
Apply a UV protection product to your hair prior to spending time in the sun. There are many products available that come in a spray, gel, or cream. Try Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil or Biosilk Thermal Shield.

3. Keep Your Hair Hydrated
Make sure to use a deep conditioning treatment often to keep your locks hydrated. Try Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair After Sun Daily Mask, great for repairing damage caused by heat.

hair_243x406_0002_dm-sh71-3901004. Use Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
Change your shower routine to include a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Since summer tends to mean showering and shampooing more often, it’s important to make sure your strands stay moisturized. Try Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove buildup from extra products.

5. Ditch the Heat Tools

Take advantage of the warmer weather and let your hair air-dry instead of using a blow dryer. Skip or reduce the frequency of using curling irons and straighteners, as heat tools will cause excess damage to your hair. When using them, just be sure to apply a thermal shield to your hair before hand.

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Winter Beauty Tips: Don’t Start the New Year With Dry Skin

Friday, January 30th, 2015

By the end of the year, your skin might feel puffy, dry and old before your years. But you can nip this in the bud by tackling common skin problems that have the tendency to occur during winter and the festive season.


Winter Portrait by Christofer Andersson / CC BY

Unpack Hydrated Skin
If tackling dry skin is your new year’s resolution, then you’re in luck because it’s an easy one to keep. Dry skin is common when the weather goes south, so you want to amplify your moisturizer. Choose one that is oil-based instead of water-based – the oil will help to protect the skin’s layer, trapping moisture inside so that your skin achieves greater hydration.
Use a skin scrub regularly to exfoliate your skin. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells that can lead to dry or dull skin. Your skin will look renewed and healthier!

Another good tip for getting rid of dry skin is to use a humidifier. Air conditioning systems, although tempting in the colder months, emit hot air that can have a drying effect on skin.

Don’t Feel Like a Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Red skin can strike during cooler weather because it’s usually linked to dryness. Sensitive skin is especially at risk of getting flushed or displaying red patches.

Take a look at your diet: certain foods help to decrease redness because they hydrate the skin from the inside out. They also put in extra work to protect skin from environmental damage. So, top up on foods such as broccoli and carrots that contain antioxidants which keep skin moisturized and protected. Avoid spicy foods that can lead to inflammation.

Remember to watch your alcohol consumption: alcohol is a trigger for red skin, including Rosacea which can cause even more severe redness.

Cool Stressed Under-Eyes
The festive season might sound like fun, but often it is characterised by stress. This could include attending lots of parties, heading to the busy shopping malls to buy gifts, and spending time in the kitchen to cook up a delicious feast or two. The stress might start to show under your eyes, in the form of dark circles.

When you need to hide under-eye circles in a hurry, reach for concealer that’s tailored to the delicate skin in this area. Always make sure you pick a concealer that is lighter than your foundation by two shades.

But to treat dark circles a bit more permanently, you want to ensure that you get enough sleep, cut out cigarettes and alcohol, and follow some home remedies such as sticking a cold pack in the freezer for about five minutes then resting it over your eyes. Cold temperature can help to minimize dark circles. If you want a bit more of a pampering experience, take a few slices of cucumber after they’ve chilled in the fridge and rest them on your eyes. This will also decrease puffiness.


Photo by Helen Olney / CC BY

Beat the Breakouts
It can be tempting to fall asleep with your makeup on when you’ve pulled an all-nighter at a fantastic party, but resist the temptation. This can block your pores and lead to breakouts. Ensure that you clean off all traces of makeup before you head to bed, no exceptions!

Sometimes breakouts can result from excess oil in the skin, but you can treat this with a homemade face mask that makes use of egg white and lemon. Beat the white part of an egg and mix it in with a teaspoon of lemon. Apply the mixture to your skin and let it dry for approximately fifteen minutes. Then wash it off with a bit of warm water.

When applying products to skin, always do so in a downward motion. The reason for this is that it improves lymphatic drainage. By opening up your lymph nodes and cleaning them, your skin will clear right up.

The cold and drying effects of winter combined with the festive season might seem like the perfect way to stress out your skin, but with the above tips you’ll achieve more beautiful skin and start the new year off right!

Written by Cassie Brewer
Check out her blog here!

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