A Step-by-Step Guide to Treating Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be a beast, but it doesn’t have to be impossible to handle. One of the most proactive steps you can take is simply to add products enriched with beneficial ingredients to your daily regimen. Whether your goal is to calm fiery sensitivity or soothe a bit of irritation, this cast of superstar skincare essentials can make a difference.

                                                                       Cleanse Properly

Sensitivity is often a direct result of excessive dryness. Lack of moisture weakens the skin’s barrier and creates an unhealthy environment that leaves skin more susceptible to discomfort. Solving the problem begins with using a cleanser that gently removes impurities, like PCA Skin Dry Skin Relief Bar ($22.99). It works overtime to moisturize troubled skin and is even suitable to use on skin suffering from psoriasis, eczema, or seborrheic dermatitis. Soothing green tea extract, deeply hydrating glycerin, and softening aloe vera leaf juice work with salicylic acid to reduce redness and bring relief to hyper-irritated skin.

                                                                           Hydrate Regularly

A powerful moisturizer that targets the sources of sensitivity is essential to a well-rounded routine. Dr. Brandt Save Our Skin ($29.89) was formulated specifically to reduce the type of extreme irritation so commonly experienced by those with sensitive skin. It’s safe to use on redness or on areas that have recently been treated by peels, lasers, or injectables. Gentle ingredients like sunflower seed oil and lavender oil soften skin on contact.

                 Eyes Matter

Did you know that your eye area can exhibit signs of sensitivity, too? The skin is naturally thin and delicate, which is why wrinkles tend to form here before anywhere else. Keeping it well hydrated is one way to combat those early signs of aging—and minimize discomfort. Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream ($17.99) boosts your skin’s radiance to lend you a more refreshed appearance while infusing the skin with calming chamomile. Bid farewell to puffiness and discomfort on those early mornings!                                                                                                                                     Treat Discomfort 

Just as critical to your skin’s improved health is a treatment formulated specifically for problematic complexions. SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel ($55.99) is supercharged with vitamin B5, which is known for its ability to heal and protect. As the skinabsorbs this water-soluble ingredient, it becomes strengthened and more resilient to dryness, which helps it hang on to moisture and stay softer for longer. A must for anyone whose skin feels rough or looks ruddy, this lightweight emollient treats and hydrates all at once.

Nighttime Advantage

Your skin cells work overtime at night to repair themselves. That’s why it’s so important to get a good night’s sleep—not only does it recharge your body, but it helps restore your complexion and regenerate cells. Skin also responds well to treatments during the night. Preservative-free Decleor Aromessence Rose D’orient Soothing Night Balm ($28.79) melts on contact to instantly soothe skin. Leaving behind a velvety finish, this gentle cream promotes a more relaxed appearance—and that means you may just wake up to the best skin you’ve had in a long time.

How To: Ace The Red Smoky Eye Look!

It’s official! — red/pink eye shadow is the new neutral. With stars like Ruth Negga, Lily Collins, and even Queen Bey turning up in pink eyeshadow, pink blush and bright red lips, the combo is proving to be a real stunner — and a refreshing departure from the typical red lips and black, winged liner pairing we see this time of year.

Though it’s a risky shade, it can be surprisingly easy to pull off with the proper placement and blending skills. Choosing the right shade depends on your skin tone, and experimenting with the color base will help make sure you choose the right shade of red for you. However, to create this look, the Tigi Cosmetics HD Quad Eyeshadow ($19.99) has the perfect red tone that goes with almost every skin tone, they also go on smooth and ensure long-lasting wearability!

Also, don’t forget you’ll need to add some orange to the corners to make it a little softer and less dramatic. The Glo Minerals Elemental Eyes Collection ($33.99) this palette includes eight eyeshadows that will help you to perfectly get the smoky red look.

 

After you applied and blended the eye shadows, define the entire eye with a brown eye pencil, lining the upper and lower lash line so no skin is showing. Actually, we have the perfect product for that! Check out the Tigi Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner ($11.99) this pencil easily glides onto the eyelid without stretching the delicate skin around the eye.

 

To get this perfect look, apply a few coats of volumizing mascara. The more, the better! bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara – Intense Black ($17.99) creates larger-than-life lashes. This mascara helps lengthen, thicken, and separate lashes for volume you can see.

 

Last but not least, an outstanding red smoky eye look needs to come along with tons of highlighter! Jane Iredale In Touch Highlighter ($20.99) illuminates skin and adds a glow to any look. Shine bright babe!

 

The Power of Scent

Essential oils and herbs add a hint of fragrance to your beauty products, but there’s more to them than that. Did you know that they actually serve a functional purpose, too? At TheBeautyPlace.com, we’re serious purveyors of scent—and the powerful effects they have on our skin and spirits. Here’s, a selection of our favorite products:

 

John Masters Organics Lavender & Palmarosa Body Scrub ($15.99): Summer is skin-baring season, which means you’re probably shaving daily and (hopefully) moisturizing regularly. One way to ensure that your skin stays smooth is to use a body scrub that gently sloughs off dead skin. This scrub contains organic sugar, hydrating palmarosa leaf, and calming lavender.

 

Did you know? Lavender helps relax the body and mind. Studies show that it may help reduce blood pressure and promote better sleep. To reap the benefits of this scrub, enjoy a shower before bedtime (well worth it if you’ve spent the entire day at the beach!) and breathe in its aromatic scent. You’ll notice a remarkable change in how well you sleep.

 

Peter Thomas Roth Chamomile Cleansing Lotion ($25.99): Sensitive skin types demand a gentle cleanser that will effectively remove oil and makeup without stripping the skin. This formula is non-drying and designed to soothe skin and leave it smoother and softer. It contains natural herbal extracts, as well as gentle chamomile to help calm redness and irritation.

 

Did you know? Chamomile is a natural healing agent. The plant’s leaves contain a variety of therapeutic oils and potent, free radical-busting antioxidants. For skin that inflamed or otherwise irritated, it may help reduce the symptoms and promote quicker healing.

 

Jane Iredale Smell The Roses Hydration Spray ($25.99): Few scents capture romance, peace, and elegance as well as hypnotic rose. This spray is more than a traditional perfume—it’s designed to drench your complexion with hydration and reduce redness and irritation that may develop after a long day of sun exposure. Use it to brighten your skin throughout the day, set your makeup, or as a fragrance when you want something light and pleasant.

 

Did you know? Rose is considered one of the most powerful essential oils in the world. It’s known as an antiseptic, and it can help control excess oil production and balance your skin’s pH levels.

 

Rusk Sensories Clarify Rosemary & Quillaja Detoxifying Shampoo ($10.99): Do you ever look in the mirror and wish there was a personal stylist behind you working her magic? Consider this shampoo a substitute. It’s enriched with quillaja (a natural soap) and rosemary, which may help stimulate your hair’s growth. At the very least, it will give your hair a little boost at the root and help revive it.

 

Did you know? Rosemary is thought to nourish and treat damaged scalps, which is why it’s often found in various hair care formulas. In addition to stimulating growth, it might even delay hair loss, treat dandruff, or reduce graying. If your scalp is typically dry or flaky, rosemary makes an excellent addition to your routine.

 

Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Oil Serum ($37.79): Nourishing facial oils can have an incredible effect on the skin, particularly this one that is designed to reduce oil buildup and balance your complexion. As an addition to your regular routine, add two drops twice a day to your skin and gently massage it into the skin to reap its rewards.

 

Did you know? Ylang ylang boosts circulation and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It may help reduce inflammation, treat skin infections, and even normalize skin that suffers from eczema or seborrhea. Both conditions are the result of irregular oil production, which in turn creates the conditions’ telltale itchy, peeling patches.

Why You Should Add Vitamin C To Your Skincare Routine

Did you know that adding Vitamin C to your skincare routine can really be beneficial? Adding this powerful ingredient to your daily routine, provides a range of benefits, from evening out your skin tone, shielding skin from visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer!

It is a Great Anti-Aging

Did you know that Vitamin C could help to visibly reduce the skin’s signs of aging? Skin naturally begins to show more signs of photoaging as we age. However, one of the ways our skin can help keep itself renewed and healthy-looking is with antioxidants like Vitamin C. The John Masters Organics Vitamin C Anti-Aging Face Serum ($26.89) works deep into skin to diminish signs of aging, crow’s feet andpremature aging.

Brightens skin

We all want a beautiful glowing skin! Vitamin C creates a brighter complexion and evens out skin tone. When we don’t produce sufficient amount of collagen and elastin, our skin can look dull and can be more susceptible to acne scarring. We truly recommend SkinMedica Vitamin C + E Complex ($56.99) as a great source of Vitamin C. It utilizes water-soluble silicon gel, aqueous form of Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), to be gradually released throughout the day. It is amazing products that Fights, improves, prevents sun damage and also improves skin tone, texture, and firmness.

 

Complements Collagen

One of the ways that skin renews itself, providing for a more youthful look, is through the production of the protein, collagen. As we age, our skin naturally produces less collagen than it did in our youth. Bliss Triple Oxygen + C Energizing Vitamin C Day Cream ($39.99) is the perfect option revive fatigued, sallow, stressed skin and give it that just-stepped-out-of-the-shower sheen. The unique pairing of Oxygen reinforces collagen synthesis, helps the skin rebound from external and internal stresses, improves skin hydration, and breathes new life into lackluster complexions.

 

Retains Moisture

You probably already know that adding and sealing in moisture is an important part of your daily skin care routine, but did you know that Vitamin C can also help keep skin hydrated by enhancing moisture content? Add Vitamin C serum every day, like the Glo Therapeutics 15% Vitamin C Serum ($65.99) that improves skin’s elasticity, promotes collagen production, reduces erythema, and reduces hyperpigmentation.

 

Tutorial Tuesday – Burn Relief

We recently tackled this summer’s bandit – sunburns – what it can cause. For serious burns that sting, try this remedy.

You will need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • 100% Pure Coconut Oil
  • Old T- Shirt
  • Spray Bottle/Washcloth

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Instructions:

Note: The apple cider portion can be done at any point during the day for pain relief. The oil portion should be done before bed.

Step 1: To address the pain, mix ¼ of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of cold water in a spray bottle or bowl. Shake the bottle or mix the two liquids really well.

Step 2: Spray it liberally over your sunburned skin. If using a washcloth, dampen the washcloth with the mixture and dab it on. Let it dry.

Step 3: After the apple cider vinegar and water mixture has dried, use your fingers to apply the coconut oil. The coconut oil will begin to melt as you rub it gently on your sunburned skin. Use a paper towel to catch the falling drops. The oil will help your skin heal but needs time for absorption, thus this should be done before bedtime. To avoid getting your bed sheets oiled up, wear an old t-shirt and/or old sweatpants to bed.

This DIY tutorial can be done daily until your skin recovers.

Remember to always apply SPF before sun exposure whether it be a run in the park, the beach or errands.

Stay beautiful!

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Relieve the Fire – Sunburn Remedies

relieve the burn blogWe are all guilty of it – the infatuation with golden, bronzed skin. Even makeup looks requires bronzer. Body bronzers have become increasingly popular, sunless tanning is on the rise and tanning salons still are making a profit.

Then we have the people like me, who despite all the knowledge of the damage sun causes, still love to go to the beach or pool – frequently. Though I am usually good about wearing sunscreen, one application is not enough to save you from the dreaded sunburn or worse – sun damage.

Let’s begin with developing an understanding of how a tan and consequently sunburn occurs.

The sun emits ultraviolet light rays also known us UV rays. Skin’s exposure to UV rays activates the production of melanin in your skin to protect your skin’s DNA from being harmed by the sun. When melanin is activated, it turns brown giving the appearance of a tan.

Bad Effects From The Burn

The bottom line? No matter how great the sun kissed look is, the sun damages your skin. We have all seen fellow beach goers who have somehow converted their skin to leather. Persistent use of tanning beds and lack of protective sunscreens when at the beach and pool can be extremely damaging and if your skin texture has morphed, it’s a sign to stop.

Effects from sunburns include premature wrinkles. Sun exposure accelerates the skin aging process significantly.

It also increases breakout activity. The dryness caused leads your skin to overproduce oil leading to clogged pores.
Most importantly, it also increases the risk of skin cancer and melanoma.

It Just Happened

A sunburn is never achieved on purpose (we hope), it happens (although you should make it a priority to never get burned). Through my own experiences and tips given by others, here is a compilation of remedies to soothe sunburns.

First and foremost, get out of the sun. Find a cool location that is sheltered and provides shade. When you get home, try these. Please note, if you develop sun blisters, medical attention is a must!

Dandruff Shampoo. Who knew? I like using Head & Shoulders Eucalyptus myself when I need it ASAP. Since it helps with the itchiness from a dry scalp, it helps with the itchiness of skin that has been dried exponentially from the sun. The eucalyptus in the shampoo also soothes the burn. Jump into the shower, use cool water and lather it on your burned areas.

Rx. Aspiring, Advil, Motrin – either will work great to reduce the inflammation and redness caused by the culprit rays.

Cool shower. A warm shower or hot shower on sensitive, burned skin will only increase the inflammation and discomfort. The goal is to cool down the skin temperature.

Be rich. In moisturizing we mean. Use lotions that do not contain anti-aging ingredients like retinols or hydroxy acids. These will only make your skin more sensitive to the sun during the healing process. Sunburn usually leads to peeling which means your skin has dried.

Rehydrate. Drink water often and lots of it to help the healing process along.

Got milk? Perfect. Then try a cold compress. Water, milk and ice cubes mixed in a bowl equal a recipe to soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. Milk’s protein and pH levels are more than just nutritious! Use a towel to apply it on the affected area for five minutes. Repeat this process three times.

Slather it on. SPF is now more important after encountering the pain sunburns bring. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen to combat UVA and UVB rays.

We wish you and your skin a safe summer.

Stay beautiful!

Products To Try:
DS Labs Dandrene High Performance Shampoo

RevaleSkin Natural Defense SPF 25 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

SkinMedica Environmental Defense Sunscreen with UV ProPlex Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Dr. Brandt UV SPF 30 High Protection

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Tutorial Tuesday – Christmas Lights

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Christmas Light Nail Tutorial

Let your nails be your ultimate accessory this holiday season! Dress them up and get them in the holiday spirit with festive nails. The holidays don’t officially start until you’ve decked your tree to the nines, so it only makes sense that your nails follow suit. Get these super cute Christmas Light nails in just a few simple steps.

  •  On clean nails, apply two thin coats of white nail polish.
  • Once the polish has dried, apply one clear coat.
  • The string will adhere to this clear coat so make sure it’s doesn’t dry too fast drying or too thin of a coat.
  • Drape a  black string over the nail and let it loop as you see in the photo. Cut the string about 1/2 inch longer on each side of the nail and don’t trim it down yet.
  • Add a thin clear coat on top of the string to secure it in place.
  • Once that dries, trim the string down using cuticle nippers or small pointy scissors.
  • Next is the fun part– adding your lights. Pick any colors you want. We went for Green & Red, the ultimate Christmas colors!
  • Last,  apply a layer of clear top coat to nails to ensure a long lasting festive manicure.

Quick Beauty Tip – Flawless At Home Manicure

Put a layer of Vaseline around your cuticles  before painting your nails at home. This acts as a shield for your skin so if you color a bit outside the lines, the nail polish won’t adhere to skin and can be wiped right off! quicktip-vaseline-nails

Tutorial Tuesday – Apply A Perfect Cupid’s Bow

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The best way to apply lipstick perfectly smooth and evenly is to use lip liner! Lots of women have abandoned this old fashioned trick, but here is how you should be using it to your advantage:

As you can see in our pictorial, it is important to create the x in your cupid’s bow before lining the rest of the lip.

Now pucker up!

Tutorial Tuesday – DIY Lip Plumper

A pretty pout is what it’s all about.

Most lip plumpers contain a spiced combination. This includes cinnamon, wintergreen, ginger and even capsicum (found in hot peppers) which all cause blood to rush to the surface of the lips, making them flush and swell.

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The basic principle behind a lip plumper seems to be irritation. If you put mildly irritating or “stinging” things on your lips, there will be a little extra blood flow, which leads to scarlet, plumper lips.

You will need:

  • Clear tube of lip gloss
  • Cinnamon Oil Extract (can be obtained at your local market)

Instructions:

  1. Add about 6-8 drops! (this stuff is powerful so you do not want to overdo it)
  2. Put the cap back on and make sure you evenly mix up the oil. Apply to your lips…and watch the plumping magic happen!

P.S. Don’t overuse any lip plumper. Unlike lip plumping treatments, overusing lip plumpers that offer temporary results can lead to potential dryness and scaling.

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