Should you moisturize everyday?

Ever wonder if you have to put on lotion after every shower? We did too, so we turned to an expert to find out. Want to know the answer? Keep reading!

At the end of a long, hectic day, there are few things I look forward to more than a nice, warm shower or bath. As relaxing as it is, though, it’s always bittersweet. As soon as the water shuts off, relaxation mode comes to an abrupt halt as I stand naked and freezing cold in my bathroom. Truth be told, I’m always tempted to lunge towards my towel, dry off quickly, and throw on some clothes in lightning speed. But I know better than to get dressed without first layering on some lotion from head to toe!
As for whether or not moisturizing after a shower is really necessary, the answer is absolutely yes here’s why: Your skin has the most moisture when it’s wet and most moisturizers work best when skin is already hydrated. After your shower, water evaporates off your skin quickly which can leave your skin feeling dry. Not only is dry skin aesthetically unpleasing, it can become itchy and incredibly uncomfortable. Not to mention, dry skin can exacerbate the look of tell-tale signs of aging skin, including wrinkles and fine lines.

No thanks! The best way to keep those unwanted side effects at bay is to moisturize often, like really really often. That’s why it’s best to apply lotion immediately after a shower while skin is still slightly damp. In other words, brave those inevitable goose bumps, pat (never rub!) yourself until your skin is slightly damp, and reach for the body lotion—body butter or your favorite cream—before reaching for those clothes.

How to protect your hair

While the season is perfect to get comfortable with a cup of hot cocoa, you can’t ignore the fact that the dry and dreary weather can wreak havoc on your hair if the right precautions aren’t taken. Your hair starts to find it harder to retain moisture, making it brittle and prone to breaking and damage, not to mention the frizz and static that often comes with your winter wardrobe. However, these are all problems that can be avoided with ease as long as you have the right hair care routine for winter.

We all know that in winter our hair suffers from the ravages of cold, wind and frost. Here are some tips so you can keep your hair healthy and away from the ravages of low winter temperatures. Just follow these simple little steps.

-Try to use warm water (hot water weakens the hair, makes it brittle and dehydrates it).

-Hydration, hydration, hydration (use shampoos with Keratin or Colagen, and moisturizing fixatives with heat protectors before drying).

-Limit the use of the dryer and the plates (use them in excess damages the root of the hair and causes its subsequent fall and more at this time that with the change of temperature we lose hair).

-Control static (Use products for your hair against frizz, the silk scarves between the hair and the hat help to keep the hair from curling, and never wear the hat too tight).

-Do not go out on the street with wet hair (hair exposed to low temperatures, absorbs moisture, causing the hair fibers to break).

-If it is windy, gather your hair (the wind entangles it, fills it with knots and causes it to break when it is unraveled).

-Visit the hairdresser (after the effects of summer and autumn, we must prepare our hair for low temperatures with a cut to clean the tips, since heat tools such as irons or tongs, spoil them even more).

Your scalp is drier and itchier than ever during the winter months because of the lack of moisture in the air. This leads to issues like dandruff and aggravated scalp irritation, which can lead to hair fall. What most people don’t realize is that the dandruff problem can be super manageable with the right care. All you will need is a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Heat the oil for a couple of seconds until it is warm and then mix it with the lemon juice. Massage the oil into your scalp and leave it in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse it out with shampoo and condition.

Beeswax benefits to the Skin

Though honey may be their most popular product, known for its health and skin care benefits, bees product another substance that works great for our skin—beeswax.

Honeybees produce a natural wax, secreting it from glands on the sides of their bodies. They then scrape the wax off, chew it up and secrete it to the inside of the honeycomb. There, it gradually hardens into a protective lining for the cells where the baby bees are grown and the honey is stored. This hardened material not only serves as a physical protection, but also helps keep the hive free of infections and other contaminants.

Beeswax has been used over the centuries initially to make candles, which it is still used for today. Ancient Egyptians used beeswax to make paint for their artists, and during Roman times, it was also used as a skin softener. Today scientists are studying beeswax for its potential to lower cholesterol, relieve pain, and treat digestive ailments.

Benefits to the Skin

The beauty industry loves beeswax, because not only is natural and non-toxic, it also provides amazing benefits to the skin. It help thicken creams to make them easier to use and more spreadable on the skin.

Here are some benefits of beeswax:

  • Eczema: is a skin condition that causes an itchy rash on the skin. beeswax act as an antiseptic to keep the infection from spreading while actively eliminates it.
  • Stretch Mark: weight loss/gain and pregnancy often result in ugly stretch marks on the skin. Beeswax helps prevents and heals these marks naturally.
  • Acne: Beeswax will soften the skin with an emollient effect that gives a fresh and restored look.
  • Protective: when applied to the skin, beeswax forms a protective barrier that helps protect it from environmental stressors, while also holding in moisture and reducing dryness. This is one of the reasons beeswax is often used in lip balms. Unlike ingredients made from petroleum, however, beeswax won’t clog pores.
  • Humectant: some ingredients “attract” water, and beeswax is one of them. When you put it on, you attract water molecules, helping to keep skin hydrated over time.
  • Vitamin A:  beeswax helps exfoliation and can rejuvenate your look.
  • Fragrance:  beeswax has a natural honey fragrance, and is a favorite in soaps and perfumes because of its pleasant, light aroma.
  • Soothes temporary itching: If you suffer from dry skin itching or sensitive skin, beeswax is for you. Because beeswax is anti-allergenic, it is also easily tolerated by even those with reactive skin.

TRY IT!

Do you use beeswax for other benefits? Feel free to share your beauty tips and suggestions!

The bitter truth of dark chocolate and your skin

Finally, something positive about one of the most infamous sweets that every person in diet hates so much but love so much at the same time.  It turns out that chocolate comes from a very special ingredient called Cacao which contains some of the most powerful antioxidants and it also brings health benefits that not only save your skin but it also help to improve your body such as improving blood circulations, IF, of course, you take it moderated.

Now, don’t jump out from your seat yet to buy your chocolate.  The bad news, we are not talking about your M&Ms, Snickers bar, or any other of your favorite chocolate bars, we are talking about Dark Chocolate.  Yes, the bitter, boring, and nasty version of your chocolate (sniff!).   It seems that studies has shown that chocolate by itself (around 70%),  can help your skin to fight against free radicals, keeping it soft, giving you a younger looking.   Dark chocolates also provide your skin with protection against UV rays and promote better skin cell regeneration.

Wondering why many heart broken women eat and eat chocolates while crying a river over the lost of their love ones? well, chocolate also helps to give you a better mood because of the high level of magnesium and relieve anxiety by releasing calming endorphins.

FACIAL MASSAGE Daily Anti-Aging Routine

Facial massage is an important anti-aging treatment because helps stimulating circulation, oxygen and nourishment. This will create a lifting and firming effect on the targeted areas. Helps eliminate toxins, impurities and puffiness. When tight facial muscles relax and collagen production increases, reducing the visible the signs of aging. The massages helps balance the moisture in the skin and restores radiance for glowing healthy skin.

A facial is a beautifying therapeutic way to relax while defying the signs of aging at the same time.

Tighten those facial muscles by stimulating and massaging your face to keep the muscles toned and prevent the skin from sagging.

Facial massage Increase blood and oxygen flow to the face by massaging the soft lines around the mouth, eyes and brows.

The most important part of skin care routine is to massage your face while applying you intensive repair serum and moisturizer for better absorption. This will increase the effectiveness of the skin care products.

Stimulating and gently massaging the points around the eye orbit helps smooth out fine lines, and help clear puffiness and dark circles.

Massage reduces the levels of stress hormones. Facial massage increases the level of endorphins that makes you feel better.

Please let us know if you noticed a difference in your skin by trying these tips and leave us a comment. We would love to hear your story.

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Stem Cells Skin Care Innovation

Nowadays, stem-cell products are popping up more and more in dermatology offices and on makeup counters everywhere. So what’s all the hype about?

Stem cells are beneficial for the natural process of healing and regeneration. Stem cells are found in all living things and have the ability to turn into all different kinds of cells and help the body regenerate.

Naturally, your skin is already made of stem cells. As you age, you start to lose them, and by the time you hit 50, you’ve lost about 98 percent of them. Yikes! When you’re young, the average turnover for your skin is about 25 to 30 days. When we get older, the production slows down, the turnover can take up to 60 days. When it’s exposed to the elements longer, it loses that youthful vibrant look. That’s where products come in.

The stem-cell skin-care products contains the proteins and amino acids that the youthful cells secrete.

This is what your body recognizes and can use to help rejuvenate and repair cells, these are the natural body healers.

The cocktail of proteins and amino acids that are harvested from the actual stem cells themselves signal your own cells to produce more collagen and elastin and ultimately fire up the rejuvenation process. Say hello to the fountain of youth.

It’s important to note that stem-cell science is still in its infancy, and even though not all dermatologists are totally convinced that stem cells by themselves are miracle anti-agers, they do agree that these products are still packed with age-defying benefits.

I believe that these products are worth using primarily for their high concentration of antioxidants, which work to reverse UV-induced skin damage, and also for their potential to improve cell turnover and renewal.

Milk & Acne

When I was first taking action on what to do in order to improve my skin, I made sure to do my research online. I looked up “what to eat”, “what exercise to do”, even “what material of pillows” I should use. Yes I was obsessed! I wanted to know everything about my skin, and how to make it clear.

One thing that kept on popping up when looking at food to avoid was dairy. Many skin websites out there will warn you against dairy if you’re trying to get rid of acne. I was frightened so much that I tried cut out all dairy from my life. And yes, my skin did get better. But this is no proof that dairy was the culprit, since I totally cleaned up my diet and lifestyle at this time.

Actually, there’s really aren’t that much research that proves dairy causes acne. It’s one of those half-truth myths that circulate the internet. I’m not saying to drink all the milk and eat all the dairy products that you love. You should test if dairy is your specific acne trigger (or one of them). Cut it out of your diet for two weeks and monitor your skin. If you see improvement, there’s a chance that it may be your problem.

Some people find it hard to kick the dairy habit, especially if they have been eating cereal with milk from a young age. But there are healthy alternatives to milk, in form of soy or almond milk. You can easily find these at your local market. Even when I use to order from Starbucks, I asked for almond milk instead. I actually think it taste better.

Live Snails Anti-aging Facial Treatment

Placing snails in the face as an anti-aging facial treatments

Snail natural skin care benefits

It might sound gross the idea of placing live snails to roam around your face leaving traces of slime (mucin) absorbed in your skin, but snail has anti-inflammatory, regenerating, and moisturizing properties to delay the signs of aging.

Snail skin care products the new kid of the block?

Although sounds recent the use of snails for Korean skin care became the latest popular anti-aging solution. The earliest use of snail trace back to ancient Greece and farmers from Chile but it became more popular when Korean skin care entered the US market.

Snail Cream

The snail slime for skin care products are harvested when snails slide thru mesh net to collect the thick fluid that they secrete. No snails are harmed in this process. The snail slime is a natural source of hyaluronic acid helps stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, it also retains moisture for cellular turnover and skin rejuvenation.

Snail skin care products makes the skin incredibly supple, because it seals in moisture allowing active ingredients to penetrate the skin preventing dryness and enhancing the skin dewy glow.

Many people noticed incredible results after using snail products for few weeks.

Always request a sample to see if you might be allergic to snail. These products are not recommended for sensitive skin.

Electronics can cause skin aging.

Our face is daily exposed to light waves which can damage and age the skin. But it’s not just the sun causing problems – now some scientists are claiming light from laptops and smartphones can be dangerous too. Electronic devices emit high energy visible (HEV) blue light, which some studies have shown to be as harmful as UVA and UVB rays, penetrating deeply into the skin.

One study has suggested exposure to blue light could affect the skin’s ability to heal – a key factor in speeding up the ageing process, and they’ve created a product to help combat it. Holding a device like a smartphone on a sunny day could increase the skin’s exposure to UV light by up to 75%.

While sunscreen may help protect against UV rays, it won’t protect the skin from blue light. HEV (high-energy visible) light, which is emitted from our phone and computer screens, is as damaging if not more so than UV light from the sun, penetrating more deeply than UV light and has a negative impact on the DNA within the cells as well as causing oxidative stress and inflammation. This all accelerates skin ageing.”

Is it really bad?

Blue light might interfere with the body’s circadian rhythm – which regulates sleep – and it’s when we sleep that our bodies take the opportunity to repair cellular damage.

“Anything which interferes with sleep affects the body’s ability to heal,” he said. “In skin, this means it affects its ability to repair itself which leads to accelerated ageing.”

What to do?

If you’re worried about your levels of blue light exposure you can try a specialist cream designed to block HEV light. Also use an antioxidant serum for protection, a serum at night to stimulate collagen production and stabilize the melanocytes which cause pigmentation. Wearing a  good SPF sunscreen will also help limit the effects from reflected UVA and UVB rays.

But experts agree the best prevention is to avoid using your phone for long periods outside.

Embrace your natural beauty

Many women especially celebrities were encouraged to wear makeup in order to perfect all the time. The race towards today’s beauty standard can increase your insecurities to the point you don’t have the courage to walk out of the house without makeup. Women often feel that makeup is the perfect shield against judgment and often opt to put on this mask to feel comfortable and hide their insecurities of not being beautiful enough. The unrealistic beauty expectations that no human can achieve completely is a lost quest.

In 2016 Alicia Keys stopped wearing makeup in public in her journey toward self-empowerment to show her true face, mind, soul, thoughts, dreams, struggles, and emotional growth.  Keys only focus in enhancing her natural glow with a complete skin care regimen, serums, masks, rollers, oils, facials, SPF, healthy meals and exercises. Many artist followed her path posting bared faced Instagram pictures.

True confidence and empowerment is to accept ones flaws and work to fix your skin issues instead of using makeup to cover it up to exude confidence. Many skin issues are due to bad habits that we need to fix from the inside out and protect the skin from the harsh environment. This will help to decrease the signs of aging in the long run, something that makeup won’t be able to cover.

In addition, love yourself and stay positive to supporting each other in the realization that worth isn’t based on looks. When you chose to wear makeup once in a while on a fancy occasion to change you look and have a dramatic red carpet entrance is awesome but not to depend on makeup to feel beautiful to please the tough audience.

Embrace your natural face with flaws and all.

Be proud to be you!