As if keeping your skin healthy day to day weren't hard enough, Mother Nature has to throw us a couple curve balls every year - the summer season and the winter season. Just when we think we've got our skin figured out, the season changes and our skin doesn't look or feel the same way, and certainly doesn't react the same way to what we put on it. What you need to do is come up with a plan for the winter season that is different from what you do during the summer season.

Winter Skin Care

Generally, winter wrecks havoc with our skin because of low humidity. We make it worse by turning up the heat in our house and the car. If you live in an area of the country where winter humidity is low, then consider using a humidifier in your home. A humidifier puts moisture back in the air and can relieve dry itchy skin, and can also stop the "shocks" you get when you touch your light switches. You can get a humidifier that attaches to your furnace or a less expensive portable one that is freestanding.

Don't turn your shower, bath, or tap water hotter even though it feels so good and warms you. Hot water causes your skin to dry out. Use lukewarm to wash your hands, and keep your shower at a comfortably warm, not scalding, temperature. Your skin will thank you.

Consider switching out your moisturizer if the one you are using isn't cutting it. Try one that has oil in it, like an ointment or night cream, especially for your hands. It forms a layer that helps protect your skin. An ointment or night cream might not be right for all areas of your body though, and you'll need to experiment.

Not only should you switch your moisturizer, you should apply it more often. If you're going to be outside, be sure to put on a lotion with sunscreen. The lotion will help protect your skin from the wind and the sunscreen will protect it from the sun.

Summer Skin Care

The biggest tip I can give you about summer care is to protect your skin from the the sun. You need a good sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays, and you should remember to reapply it every two hours.

Drinking lots of water is important for your overall health, not just your skin, and it's even more important in the summer when you tend to sweat more. Keep hydrated for your health, and this will ultimately help your skin too.

If your skin is looking oily in the summer, clean it more often, but don't use drying agents that remove the natural oils. Find a cleansing product that takes away the shine without drying it out.

A change of makeup may be in order for the summer. In fact, summertime may be a good time not to wear makeup at all. 🙂 If you do want to wear makeup, go lighter. You might want to try an oil-free makeup base as well.

Don't forgo the moisturizer, just use a lighter one. You still need moisturizer, especially after a day of fun in the sun and wind. I would also recommend doing facial masks to sooth your summer skin.

The winter and summer seasons call for different skin care help. Be aware of what's going on with your skin and take measures using the above tips to help your skin be at its best.

Sun-kissed skin, playful hairstyles and eye-popping shadows might ordinarily belong on the beach, but don’t be afraid to blend a bit of this style in with your office look. From pastel polishes to berry-licious lipsticks, here are tips for letting your vibrant personality shine in a professional way, without looking like you wore a rainbow to work.

Bring a little sunshine into the office with hair and makeup that’s inspired by summer’s latest beauty trends. Find new ways to keep cool with updos that are fashion-forward and office appropriate. You’ll learn how to tone down summer’s brightest shades and blend them into your makeup and nails – and even your hair – for an impressive appearance that doesn’t draw too much attention. You’ll radiate from head to toe with a subtle, summery shimmer that’s perfectly professional.


Updos for the office


Temperatures inside the office are never reliable – if the air conditioner is on full blast you might even need a jacket. But when it’s hot outside, wearing your hair down can be unbearable. If an ordinary ponytail feels too juvenile, try one of these professional and slightly beachy styles to keep you cool during the workday.


Colors for your cubicle


If sunny, golden locks seem too cliché, then you’ll be happy to know that blond no longer holds a monopoly as the go-to color this summer. Strands in richer, darker tones are all the rage. The good news is that they’re perfectly office-friendly. Pick one of the following shades for your summer tint to add a splash of much-needed color to those plain white workplace walls.


Makeup with a pop


Who says your face can’t look just as good at work as it does during a night on the town? The only difference is that your office makeup should reflect a less dramatic, more daytime feel. Strive for a look that’s fresh and sunny for work, rather than sultry and smoky.


Manis and pedis


Perfectly manicured nails look delightful while typing on a keyboard. This summer’s nail colors closely mimic those on the lips, meaning many women are wearing some pretty loud shades. But just like lipstick, you’ll have to wear the toned-down cousins of the bright colors, or it might be a bit too much for the office.


Company policy likely won’t prohibit you from lighting up the office with a breezy updo, a sunny face of makeup and frosty nails. Just exercise discretion in choosing shades. Keep them subtle enough that they don’t shout, but bright enough to leave you feeling summery even within the office environment.


It boils down to your comfort level as well. If you feel like a peacock in bright blue eye shadow and pink lipstick, trust your intuition. If you go bold with the eyes, pick a more subdued tone for your lips, and vice versa. This way, you’ll ensure that your look remains professional and doesn’t appear out of place. ...


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Makeup i'm wearing in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7qDWgk1PdA

I have an oily skin type that is not too sensitive. Products that work on me may not work on everyone. For example, the bio oil was not moisturizing enough for me in the winter but I still have oily to oily/combination skin in the fall/winter.


Many factors can account for acne, dull skin, etc. such as hormones, your diet, sleep habits, weather conditions, your skin type, your skin regimen, use of products that may not agree with your skin. Overdrying the skin will stimulate your oil glands and can further make you break out. DO moisturize! It's just a matter of finding the right one for your skin type.


Personally for myself less is more. Try to not use any face washes that make your skin feel too tight and dry but if you do make sure to moisturize your skin really well! It is pretty much a balancing act to maintain your skin's moisture.


If you are wondering why my skin is glowing? Let's get more personal now. Usually before my period starts up until about the third to fourth day of my period, my skin is clearer and brighter. I still do get spots but somehow my complexion just looks better. While this was filmed this was on the second day of my period. After my period ends, I find that this is when I start getting a few more spots here and there.


Last but not least, I do NOT have flawless or perfect skin. There are times where my skin will look better due to hormones but overall I have enlarged and clogged pores leading to many many blackheads since I have oily skin. I used to get more acne and such around my jaw and chin due to hormones but I think this may have decreased over the years.


Here are the products mentioned in the video:


Night time routine:
-Target brand Up & Up eye makeup remover
-Walgreens brand Cleansing & Make-up Removing Towelettes
-Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Cleanser
-Bio-Oil


Daytime routine:
-Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control
-Bio-Oil
-Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Cream spf36 PA+++


Once to twice a week:
-St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control


Don't forget to drink lots of water and try to have a healthier diet and lifestyle!


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Quick! What’s the body’s biggest organ?


The skin is the largest organ in the body and has an instrumental role in preventing infection, keeping our body temperature regulated, preventing dehydration and contributing to how we see ourselves from a perspective of beauty. Sadly and understandably, it doesn’t usually get the same attention as more “glamorous” organs like the heart. (When was the last time you saw a love poem referencing the skin?) However, like the heart, skin needs proper nourishment, hydration, regular check-ups and preventive care.


Nourishment


In the world of beauty and anti-aging, we have known for some time that Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and natural skin brightener. Lack of Vitamin C in the skin contributes to sagging and wrinkling. The dermis, or “true skin,” is primarily made up of a protein called collagen that gives the skin its structure. One of the components for the production of healthy collagen is an adequate supply of Vitamin C. The daily application of a topical Vitamin C (in the natural form of ascorbic acid) aids the skin’s ability to stay young and unwrinkled.


Hydration


Hydrating your skin is another way to prevent tired and dry skin. Try drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day. Water supplies important nutrients to cells.


A regular moisturizing routine helps trap existing water in the skin, preventing it from evaporating. To trap water in the skin, moisturizer must be applied within three minutes of bathing or showering.


Regular Check-Ups


The best way to detect skin cancer in its early stages is to examine your skin often. See your doctor right away if you notice abnormally dark or discolored patches or spots. Also see your doctor if you notice bleeding, crusting or change in the color, size or shape of a mole. Consider having a Visia Complexion Analysis to determine what skin type you have and what the most appropriate skin regimen is for you. Our skin changes with age, illness and sun exposure. The right skin care regimen at age 20 may not be the right one for you at age 40.


Preventive Care


Complexion breakouts have a lifespan of two to four weeks. The start of a regimen will treat existing, superficial lesions and eventually prevent breakouts. A continued prevention program will address the root of the problem and make the corrections before they are visable on the skin. Stick with a program for at least eight weeks to see true results.


Stop smoking. Smoking causes peri-oral (around the mouth) wrinkles and generalized wrinkles due to loss of elasticity of the skin.


Exercising is good for circulation throughout the body and hydrates and moisturizes the skin. Because exercise is a great stress reducer, it can help prevent the furrowed forehead look caused by stressed facial expressions.


Smile – Stress makes you old inside and out, and it contributes to premature skin aging!


Here are a few additional tips on how to be “sun savvy” this summer:


* Avoid overexposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet light, such as tanning beds.


* Select shaded areas for outdoor activities.


* Wear a broad-brimmed hat and clothing with a tight weave.


* Use a sunscreen lotion with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30. Make sure it has both UVA and UVB protection. Apply liberally to exposed skin 15-30 minutes before going out in the sun, and re-apply 15-30 minutes after sun exposure begins. You should also re-apply sunscreen after vigorous activitythat could remove the product (such as swimming, toweling or excessive sweating and rubbing).


* Avoid the direct sun between 11 AM and 4 PM during the summer months. Be aware that certain medications can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.


* Wear sunglasses.


Summer is a time for outdoor fun but it doesn’t have to have long-term effects on your skin. Stick to these skin care tips and you’ll stay beautiful for years to come.

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As summer arrives, we’re often too busy updating our warm weather wardrobes and hitting the beach to worry about skin care. But by summer-izing your skin care routine, you’ll ensure a healthy, gorgeous look that lasts long after your bikini is put away for the fall. From bronzers to sunscreen, discover how to reinvent your summer skin care routine.

Summer is here, but there’s still time to revise your summer skin care routine. From sunblock to shaving, read on for essential advice to ensure healthy – and gorgeous – skin from head to toe.


Embrace SPF


The number one most important part of your skin care routine is to protect your skin from the sun. Even though SPF should be a regular part of your regimen all year round, summertime brings more direct rays from the sun. So, whether you live in Arizona or Alaska, it’s essential to amp up your arsenal of SPF products before the weather gets warm.


Sunscreen has a shelf life of about one year, so it’s recommended to start each summer with fresh formulas to ensure efficacy. Always look for UVA/UVB protection or “broad spectrum” on the label to make sure it blocks out all types of rays. Generally, the higher the SPF the better, although keep in mind that an SPF of 60 provides less than 2 percent more protection than SPF 30. When it comes to optimal protection, it’s more important to apply thoroughly and frequently.


When selecting sunscreen, it’s best to embrace formulas that are specialized for different parts of the body. Here are our top picks for this summer:

Face: While it’s important to use a daily SPF moisturizer during all seasons of the year, seize this summer to adopt this skin healthy habit. SkinMedica TNS Ultimate Daily Moisturizer SPF 20 is ideal for everyday use as it goes beyond SPF protection and includes ingredients to improve the signs of aging and strengthen skin.

When out in the sun for extended periods of time, your daily moisturizer won’t do enough to protect skin. Always apply a lightweight, oil-free sunblock like La Roche Posay Anthelios 45 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid for Face. In addition to broad spectrum SPF 45, this sunblock features the unique CELL OX-SHIELD and advanced UV filtering system of Anthelios 45 to defend skin right down to the individual cells.

Body: Like the face, it’s important to apply a daily SPF lotion to the areas of skin that are exposed to the sun during the day, including the arms, hands, legs and chest. Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer shields skin from the sun, while layering it with nourishing ingredients including DMAE, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and fruit extracts for a more radiant look.

When spending lots of time outside, it’s important to apply a stronger sunblock. For the body, lather on Ti-Silc Sheer SPF 45 by Neova. In addition to SPF, this lotion also adds a subtle tint for a sun-ready look. With a micronized Titanium Dioxide and silicone base, this waterproof lotion boasts broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.


If your plans include more than lying on the beach, be sure to use a sport sunblock like Coola Sport SPF 45 Unscented. This unique complex of organic extracts infuses skin with vitamin-rich antioxidants and anti-aging nutrients, while ensuring maximum sun protection.


Always exfoliate


Summer is the time to show off your skin. Exfoliation helps maintain a fresh, healthy complexion from head to toe by sloughing away dead skin cells. Exfoliation also improves the efficacy of shaving and self-tanning. Just make sure not to overdo it, especially when it comes to the face – use a gentle product that doesn’t irritate, and stick to just a few days per week, not every day.

Body: Beautify and brighten skin from head to toe with Yonka Phyto Gel Exfoliant. Formulated with green algae, sweet almond extract and jojoba esters, this gentle exfoliator gently buffs and shines skin for a healthier, more radiant look.Feet: For feet that are flip-flop ready, lather on Yonka Kirogel. This non-greasy all-plant gel delivers cells with ingredients that heal, soothe and exfoliate for feet that you can show off. For tough to treat calluses and thickened skin, use Tweezerman Pedicure Ceramic File.

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