Chest Wrinkles: How to Reduce & Avoid Them

You already know about face wrinkles and how to prevent them. You’re probably even aware of neck wrinkles, too. But have you ever heard of chest wrinkles? It turns out that the upper chest area is susceptible to signs of aging because the skin is extremely thin. The two biggest causes are volume loss and repeated folding of the skin, as told to Byrdie by Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group. Just like your face, your chest needs protection from the sun since collagen is degraded by sunlight. Don’t worry though—we found the most effective products to help prevent and reduce chest wrinkles.

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SPF

What’s the easiest way to prevent wrinkles? “Sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen,” Audrey Kunin, MD, a board-certified dermatologist told Byrdie. “Preventing sunburns in this area earlier in life will go a very long way to prevention.” Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 30 or higher, like Elta MD UV Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 . This oil-free sunscreen works well for people on the go since it’s both water-resistant and noncomedogenic, making it especially ideal for those with sensitive skin types.

 

Retinol

If you’ve already had sun damage and notice premature aging, your best bet for plumping up the skin is retinol. Nazarian recommended the vitamin A derivative as it induces collagen production in the skin. “Once the deep lines form, more aggressive treatment may be necessary,” Kunin said. If you’ve never used retinol before, try out SkinMedica Retinol Complex . Made for first-time users of all skin types, the retinol-based night lotion renews the skin’s tone and texture without any irritation. Start by using it twice a week to build tolerance to the formula.

Antioxidants

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In addition to applying retinol, Nazarian recommended including antioxidants such as vitamin C and E into your skincare routine. Serums are extremely effective as they penetrate deeply into the skin, delivering a high concentraction of active ingredients. We recommend using iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance  as it’s formulated with vitamins C, E, and A. Plus, it also contains olive leaf extract, which increases antioxidant protection and healing.

Once you’ve smoothed the serum on your chest, follow up with Revision Skincare Vitamin C Lotion  for optimal results. This skin-brightening lotion contains a high concentraction of vitamin C, making fine lines and wrinkles minimize over time. For an extra boost, use a firming mask every week like Skinceuticals Vitamin C Firming Masque . This product tightens and exfoliates the skin, revealing a firmer appearance instantly with added radiance.

Chemical Peel

Nazarian said she loves procedures that trigger the production of collagen and elastin like micro-needling and Fraxel laser. However, if you don’t have the time (or the money), we have a solution: Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads . This alcohol-free chemical treatment delivers results just like a professional peel would as it stimulates cell renewal, ultimately minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and evening out skin tone. Plus, using these peel pads also allows following treatments to be better absorbed into the skin.

 

Additional Treatments

Avoid using strong cleansers as they strip natural oils and irritate skin tissue, Nazarian said. You can also use adhesive chest sheets like the SiO Decollete SkinPad, which “can smooth our lines that are caused by creasing while you sleep, especially if you’re a dedicated stomach-sleeper.” Kunin added that wearing a lightweight bra may also be helpful as it keeps breasts from being pushed together if you are a side sleeper.  With all of these tricks and products, your chest will be smoother than ever in no time.

 

These are the travel-size beauty products you *have* to pack for a trip away

When it comes to packing your holiday beauty essentials, no matter how many times you write a checklist, you always forget something. Having all your favourites in under 100ml for the plane, and remembering what you’ll need while you’re there, can be a bit of a headache. So, to lighten your load, we’ve worked out the fail-safe travel-sized beauty product must-haves that’ll ensure you feel summertime fine from take off to touch down…

The Skin Kit

Wish you could travel with a facialist on hand for your best-ever skin on holiday? It’s now one step closer, thanks to The Ultimate Renew Beauty Kit, £65, devised by the the beauty experts at NET-A-PORTER. With a selection of 12 skin cleansers, oils, peels, serums and eye brighteners, from cult brands such as Sunday Riley, Omorovicza, Lancer and Dr Dennis Gross to name just a few – it covers every skincare base for glowy holiday skin. And best of all it’s cleverly packed into a transparent pack so there’s no decanting or squishing into a clear plastic bag. We’re all up for treating ourself to first class beauty, even if we do turn right on the plane.

       Try these:

iS Clinical Brightening Travel Kit

● Image Skincare Ageless Travel/Trial Kit

Peter Thomas Roth Cult Classics Kit

The Plane

Ear plugs, tooth kit, eye mask: Yes, some airlines offer them, but surprisingly some don’t and it’s a bleeding nightmare if you’re stuck next to someone who insists on keeping their reading light and you want a kip. Better to be safe than sorry.

Try these:

Supersmile Whitening Toothpaste 4.2 oz

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle 24k Gold Sheet Mask

Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Hydra-Gel Eye Patches

SiO Eye & Smile Lift – 4 pads

Nasal spray, painkillers: The single best travelling trick I know is to use a chemist-bought nasal spray such as Vicks First Defence (£6) when flying. Using it when you first get on the plane will significantly reduce the threat of developing bugs from inhaling the air conditioning. If, though, you tend to get a headache from the air-con, bring painkillers. It’s a killer not to have them.

Moisturiser, pillow spray and muscle cream: Hydration will literally be sucked from your skin whilst on a flight so take a thick and nourishing cream such as Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream (£70) to lather on when your face feels a little dry. Admittedly, pillow spray is an added luxury but, a little lavender mist (Susanne Kaufmann pillow spray (£18) can really help to relax you during the flight and don’t forget the muscle cream. It’s not something many people think of but if you wake up with a stiff neck, it’ll be your saving grace. We love This Works In Transit Muscle Therapy (£18) – it really does tingle the right spots.

Facewash and deodorant: When you get the “breakfast wake-up” having been hunched in the same position for seven hours, there really is no better word than “rough” for how you’re probably feeling. The best quick-fix is a good facewash, a slick of deodorant (we love Aesop’s(£23)) and a scrub of the old nashers. Take Kiehl’s travel-sized Ultra Facial Wash (£7.50) for the best kind of in-flight wake-up. Its gel formula lathers the skin in a creamy foam, leaving it moisturised and refreshed.

Try these:

Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes – 20 Count

PCA Skin Total Wash Face & Body Cleanser 1 oz

The hotel

Yes, the hotel will provide the shampoo, conditioner and shower-gel frills but there really are some key items missing on their stock order…

Sun cream: If you take only one item on holiday, let it be this. There is nothing more important when it comes to health and beauty than taking care in the sun and we highly recommend using no lower SPF than factor 30. You need to bring a body sun cream and a face SPF.

Try these:

Jane Iredale Powder-Me SPF 30 Dry Sunscreen 0.62 oz

NIA24 Sun Damage 100% Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 2.5 oz

Skinmedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 35 1.85 oz

After sun, body lotion, body oil: It may seem excessive to pack all three moisturising products, but if your suitcase allows, do it. Use the after sun straight after the beach. For evenings, choose a lovely scented, deeply moisturising butter and use an oil on your legs. You can reapply just before you go to bed to allow your body to absorb the maximum moisture it can overnight. This will help to prolong your tan and keep your skin nice and plump.

Try these:

Bliss Grapefruit + Aloe Body Butter 6.7 oz

John Masters Organics Blood Orange & Vanilla Body Milk 8 oz

Avene Body Oil 6.76 oz

Face mask: For many people, a holiday is a chance to go au-natural, allow the skin to breathe and avoid having to wear make-up for a couple of weeks, which we totally get. But, whether you fall into this camp or still maintain your normal beauty regime, the extra time you have whilst away is a great opportunity to pamper yourself and a face mask is the way to do so. Face masks such as SK-II’s legendary Facial Treatment Masks (£86 for a pack of 10) will help to restore moisture alongside your normal night cream and rejuvenate the skin after sun exposure.

Try these:

bareMinerals Dirty Detox Skin Glowing and Refining Mud Mask 2.04 oz

Bliss Multi Faceted Mask

Straightners or curlers and salt spray: Just because the hotel will have the hair cleaning products and a hairdryer, it doesn’t have the finishing touches to take your hair from day to night. Bring a set of stylers and a product such as a salt spray to get the ultimate beach waves, tousled look. We love Bosch’s mini straighteners-come-curlers (£23.99), perfect for squeezing in a suitcase and Davines’ Sea Mist (£15) for voluminous texture.

Try these:

Bio Ionic OnePass Iron 1.5″

TIGI Session Series Salt Spray 9.13oz

Make-up essentials

Concealer, tinted moisturiser, highlighter: Skin tends to clear up and look a whole lot healthier after being a little sun-kissed so leave all your thicker foundations and cover-ups at home. Take a concealer to use if your bags won’t budge and those dark spots and fine lines keep clinging. We love Hourglass’ Hidden Corrective Concealer (£23) for instant improvement. When it comes to a tinted moisturiser, select a shade one darker than what you normally wear if you tan. The best we have found is Estee Lauder’s Sheer Tint Release (£38), which adapts to your skintone, whatever it is. Lastly, the power of a good highlighter to enhance your holiday glow shouldn’t be underestimated. Try Nars’ Illuminator (£23) on your cheekbones, cupid’s arrow, brow bones and temples.

Try these:

bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

Eyebrow products: Don’t forget to fill those brows in, the sun will naturally make your hairs lighter. Benefit’s Brow Zings (£24.50) is a winner with its powder and wax options.

Try these:

Glo Minerals Brow Collection

Mascara: Take a waterproof mascara such as Clinique’s High Impact(£17.50). That way, you’ll look fresh in the water as well as out. Don’t underestimate the power of humidity and sweat to smudge your look even if you are on dry land.

Try these:

Glo Minerals Brow Collection

Tigi Cosmetics Eyes Love It Mascara

Lipstick: Yes, you’ve been told to always keep a red lippy on you at all times, but it’s for a reason. It’s the quickest, easiest, most effective way to glam up your look and is the symbol of classic beauty. You can’t go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo (£15.50). With its blue neon undertone, it’s got a really fun edge, which translates well to a holiday vibe. Also make sure to pack a nude lipstick so you can achieve different looks on alternate nights without having to bring a trunk full of colours. We recommend Tom Ford’s Sable Smoke (£37) for a sparkly, sheeny finish.

Try these:

Tigi Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick

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What Type of Sunscreen Do You Need?

The countdown to summer is on—and that means it’s also time to reintroduce sunscreen to your skin care routine if you haven’t already done so. While it’s a year-round essential, many people simply don’t use it until the temperatures soar and the sunshine beats down on their skin. As long as you use it, you’re in good shape. But are you using the right type of sunscreen?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there’s no specific type that is better than another. However, it is important to seek out a formula that meets the following criteria: it should have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more, provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, and be resistant to water. All of these factors will offer you greater protection from burning, the visible signs of aging, and skin cancer.

Based on your skin type, where you’re going to be, and what your preferences are, you can select from a wide range of sunscreens. Here are several we love and highly recommend for their protective benefits:

For Normal Skin

If you have normal to combination skin, you’ll benefit from a lightweight formula that increases your ability to resist harmful ultraviolet rays and minimizes the odds of developing fine lines and wrinkles. PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Water-Resistant ($25.99) is a potent product that lasts whether you’re taking a dip in the ocean or relaxing by the pool. It contains caffeine, a hyper-charged anti-aging ingredient that works overtime to save your skin.

For Oily Skin

Dealing with oily skin can be especially frustrating in the summer, when sebum production seems to go into overdrive. Luckily, products like bareMinerals Prime Time BB Primer-Cream Daily Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($21.99) help soak up the shine while giving your skin the protection it needs when you’re outside. And if you happen to have a few dry patches, this will help stave off the flakes and improve the overall appearance of your skin with regular use.

For Dry Skin

Dry skin can be difficult to treat, especially when it comes to selecting an effective sunscreen that won’t make the problem even worse. Seek out formulas enriched with moisturizing ingredients, like gentle oils or squalene. Avene Hydrating Sunscreen Balm SPF 50 ($13.99) contains shea butter and glycerin, both potent “drinks” for your skin that help nourish. Vitamin E protects your skin from antioxidant damage, while Avene’s signature thermal spring water provides some calming protection.

For Sensitive Skin

Don’t let blotchy skin and hypersensitivity stop you from wearing sunscreen. If anything, you need it more than ever to minimize the odds of aggravating already irritated skin. Try Dermablend Cover Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($25.99) if your goal is to cover the redness while protecting your complexion. This provides full coverage, so you can rest assured that the ruddy nose, dark spots, and undereye circles will all be beautifully concealed. With up to 16 hours of coverage, it’s available in 21 shades and won’t budge.

How to Get Rid of Dull Skin—Just in Time for Spring!

After a long winter, it wouldn’t come as a total shock if your skin seemed a little sallow and lackluster. Whether you spent months cooped up inside or just haven’t soaked up much sunshine lately, we have the solution for you. Here are our suggestions for eliminating that dull skin just in time for spring.

Start with an Exfoliating Product

No question about it: Dull skin needs exfoliation. The problem is that dead skin cells collect on the skin, disturbing the natural appearance of a healthy visage and instead contributing to the slightly washed out look you’re trying to avoid. Unless you get rid of the cells that don’t naturally come off on their own, you won’t be able to truly enjoy that healthy glow. Try La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub ($15.99), a gentle exfoliate that minimizes buildup without causing irritation.

Brighten Up with the Right Cleanser

Don’t make the mistake of using the wrong product when you cleanse your face. Some are so harsh that they can cause dryness, while others just aren’t effective enough to target your specific concerns. Revision Skincare Brightening Facial Wash ($28.99) is formulated to rid your skin of impurities, dirt, debris, and makeup while smoothing rough spots. The result is a more refined complexion that glows.

Treat It with a Targeted Mask

Masks are everywhere these days, of course, and it might be overwhelming to choose the perfect one if your goal is strictly to get rid of dullness. To the rescue comes Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask ($34.89), a deeply nourishing treatment that provides the kinds of results you’d expect at a spa. Simply smooth it on for a near instantaneous boost. It’s filled with free radical-busting antioxidants that leave skin looking more youthful and healthier.

Don’t Forget Heavy-Duty Moisturizer

While it may seem counter-intuitive to use a heavy-duty facial moisturizer when the weather is finally warmer, it’s actually what many of us need to rescue our skin from a season of complete dullness. The reason is simple: the more moisture your skin needs, the more tired and sallow it looks. Your skin essentially appears thinner and less lively, resulting in that less-than-healthy look you’re sporting. Try PCA Skin Collagen Hydrator ($28.99), which contains soothing almond oil, shea butter, and olive fruit oil. The trio pack a punch and deliver much-needed moisture on contact, giving your skin that healthy glow you’ve been craving.

 
Add Retinol to the Mix

Another reason your skin might be looking a little less than fab lately is because your body is producing less collagen. That’s one of the unfortunately natural downsides of aging, but there are tons of fantastic collagen-boosting products out there that actually work. One we love is PCA Skin Intensive Brightening Treatment ($55.99). It’s enriched with retinol, which helps protect your existing collagen and boost the production of new collagen—in other words, your skin will look a lot healthier if you use it.

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The Skincare Products Celebrities Swear By

It’s no secret that one of the perks of being a celebrity is receiving a ton of free products. From skin creams to masks, celebrities probably have a huge array of luxury items to choose from. But have you ever wondered what they actually use in their routine? We’ve discovered five celebrity favorites you can incorporate into your own skincare regimen that surprisingly won’t break the bank. Getting red-carpet skin is easier than you might think!

1.Cleanser

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Everyone needs a good cleanser on hand, especially actresses who have makeup caked on their face all day long for filming. Lea Michele already knows this quite well, which is why she uses iS Clinical Cleansing Complex ($31.89). This gentle, yet clarifying cleanser works double duty as it gets rid of pore-clogging gunk with salicylic acid while also healing skin damage with three types of vitamins. Michele told InStyle she uses this cleanser because it “takes off everything without being too harsh.” It’s no wonder her skin is so Glee-fully clear.

2.Cleansing Brush

If you feel like you’re not getting a deep enough clean, it’s time to bring in a face brush. The Clarisonic Mia Fit Sonic cleansing device ($146.99) is a game-changer: It removes up to six times more makeup and debris than cleansing with your hands alone. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley said in an interview with Byrdie that one of her favorite things to use is the Clarisonic since “it’s great for really, really cleaning the skin of any makeup, impurities, or any dirt that has built up throughout the day.” The former Victoria Secret bombshell pairs the brush with the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex.

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3.Face Mask

You don’t need a $200 face mask to give yourself the Hollywood treatment—and apparently neither does Khloé Kardashian. The reality star revealed to Us Weekly that she turned to Bliss Multi-’Face’-Eted All-In-One Anti-Aging Clay Mask ($30.99) once a week to detoxify her skin, claiming that “just seven minutes a week in this mask will do your face years of good.” Packed with skin-renewing ingredients such as glycolic acid and quartz, this mask definitely has us agreeing with her! 

4.Serum

Once your skin is squeaky clean, it’s time to move on to a serum. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($159.99) is Brooke Shields’ obsession and key to making her skin look as youthful as it did back in her Blue Lagoon days. “It’s packed with antioxidants and really brightens my skin, and since I began using it, I’ve noticed a difference in my fine lines,” she told Redbook. No surprise there—this award-winning serum contains 15% pure vitamin C and ferulic acid, which effectively protects the skin from skin damage and builds up collagen

5.Sunscreen

Last, but certainly not least, every star knows how important it is to defend against the aging effects of the sun. There’s one sunscreen that keeps popping up in our celebrity radar, and that’s Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 ($25.49). Ideal for acne-prone skin, this sunscreen reduces hyperpigmentation while relieving irritation and redness caused from blemishes. A few celebrities who use this SPF include Mindy Kaling, Kourtney Kardashian, and even Zac Efron. If nothing else convinces you to wear sunscreen…do it for the love of Efron. “Wear sunscreen every day, please. No amount of sun is safe, in my opinion,” he advised Refinery29. Can’t say no to that.

The Difference Between Day & Night Skincare Routine

You probably know that what our skin needs during the day differs from what it needs at night. You wake up every morning with the same skin you took to bed with you the night before, so your morning skincare routine should not be the same as your evening skincare routine. During the day, our skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays, pollution, bacteria, and other environmental factors, so it is important for us to protect our skin from these harmful elements. While it may be super convenient to use the exact same facial products both morning and night, it’s time to shake things up and make some changes to your PM and AM regimen.

 

Morning skin care routine:

1.Cleanser: We need to cleanse in the morning to get rid of the oil released by our skin during bedtime. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel  ($45.99) is a concentrated, soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove impurities without disturbing the skins natural moisture balance. A face wash for all skin types including sensitive skin, it contains no artificial fragrance or color.

 

2.Moisturize: it is important that you apply a moisturizer to your face and smooth it in gently with circular movements. We recommend using a tinted option that can allow you to not only nourish your skin but also give you a natural look. The Jane Iredale Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer ($30.99) is a light and dreamy moisturizer deal to use alone or as a makeup primer.

 

3.Eye Cream: Eye creams are specially formulated to deliver targeted results to the ultra-delicate skin around the eyes. Karin Herzog Eye Cream ($43.99) is specifically designed for application to the eye contour where the skin is thinner and prone to the effects of premature aging. This product is also excellent for the lip area to combat the signs of premature aging.

 

4.Sunscreen: Before going out, don’t forget to protect your skin from UV rays with a good sunscreen. John Masters Organics Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 ($30.99) is a natural sunscreen that combines titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for all-over skin protection from harmful UVA & UVB rays

 

Evening skincare routine:

At night, our body repairs itself and the skin isn’t susceptible to environmental factors anymore, so you must focus on products that nourish, hydrate, and repair.

1.Remove makeup and clean your skin: After a long day, you must remove your make up with a product like the Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser and Make-Up Remover ($17.99) this product is specially developed for sensitive skin and the delicate eye area.  This gentle formula removes dirt, make-up and impurities.

2.Nourishing, Age-Corrective Serum: Nighttime is the perfect time to apply an age-corrective serum, since it will assist in the natural reparation process your skin goes through every evening. The Avene Hydrance Optimal Hydrating Serum ($29.99) is a hypoallergenic moisturizing facial serum. This serum moisturizes your skin while healing and regenerating cells.

3.Deep Moisturizer: Finish up your nighttime routine with a rich moisturizer that is capable of deeply penetrating your skin and preparing it for the following day. For this, the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Night Moisturizer 1oz ($77.99) is a great option! This a cream that is formulated to repair and hydrate dry, damaged skin. The cream also has anti-aging properties that overtime to smooth out imperfections and wrinkles.

 

Don’t Get in The Car Without Your Road Trip Beauty Essentials

If you’re itching to squeeze in a quick getaway while summer is still going strong, we can’t blame you. It’s prime time to get yourself out there and squeeze out every drop of sunshine and beautiful weather while you can! Since vacations are supposed to be about stressing less, though, you can forget about packing a bag full of your usual beauty loot. Focus on the fun you’ll have and check out these low-maintenance beauty essentials that will get you through your trip in style!

Feast Your Eyes

A girl needs options, and in some cases, that means sacrificing space and comfort for an ungodly amount of eye shadows. Save that room for your cute outfits and put your confidence in this bareMinerals READY eye shadow palette ($35.99). Available in four color variations, it produces rich, true color and offers a variety of looks in one sleek, portable case.

Treat Your Lips

You could haul your usual lip liner, lipgloss, and lipstick along, or you could simply slick on Glo Minerals Liquid Lips ($11.99) and call it a day. The petite tube is perfect for slipping into your carry-on bag or purse, and the product is available in 10 flattering shades. The formula contains nourishing antioxidants that protect your lips from free radicals. The colors are bright and true, but never overpowering.

 

Tame Your Curls

Humidity has a way of doing some serious damage to your curls, especially if you’re at a rest stop in 90+ degree weather or strolling along the boardwalk on a steamy afternoon. Macadamia Reviving Curl Cream ($7.99) is designed to combat those fuzzy strands and lackluster curls, protect hair from harmful ultraviolet rays and soften it to reveal a more flattering look—even on the most humid of days.

Love Your Skin

 

What do you get for the complexion that has tried everything? Try PCA Skin Facial Wash ($5.99), a brilliant, lightweight product that is designed to drench skin with moisture and gentle eliminate dirt, debris, and oil. It’s the ultimate pick-me-up after a long day because it provides just the nourishment your skin requires to brighten up. A gentle exfoliate helps slough away dead skin cells.

 

Protect Your Skin

It’s not every day you come across a product as versatile as Skinmedia Essential Defense Mineral Shield SPF 32 ($29.89). Tinted to leave behind just a hint of natural looking color, this sunscreen-infused moisturizer is designed to protect the face and the body from harmful rays. And because it’s a broad spectrum formula, it filters out both UVA and UVB rays. It’s even safe to use on sensitive skin (and ideal to conceal redness while on the go).

 

Get glamorous on the go at TheBeautyPlace.com! We have everything you need to ensure a memorable gorgeous road trip. Whether you’re spending a couple of days at the shore or doing a theme park excursion with the family, you can get away with packing only the bare minimum—and always look perfectly posh.

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.

 

4 Sunscreen Myths You Need to Stop Believing

It’s no secret that sunscreen is essential. What does seem to cause some confusion, though, are the many myths and half-truths surrounding this essential beauty product. Which are facts, and which would best be described as complete fiction? Here are four common sunscreen myths you need to stop believing.

 

Myth: You Don’t Need Full Body Coverage

Truth: Many people feel they’re sufficiently protected so long as they slather sunscreen on the face. But sun damage can affect any area of the body, from foreheads to toes, and eventually lead to skin cancer. That’s why it’s so critical to apply sun protection everywhere. Think of the wrinkly hands and aging necks that are often dead giveaways of a person’s true age—they’re also highly indicative of poor sun care habits.

Try: Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Lotion SPF 50+ (Face and Body), $24.99

 

Myth: You Need Sun Exposure for Optimal Vitamin D Levels

Truth: Vitamin D is the “feel good” nutrient all healthy humans need. While the sun helps skin produce vitamin D, it’s not the only source—and certainly not a reason to skimp on sunscreen in an effort to soak up as much D as possible. In fact, that’s counterproductive because your skin only produces so much of the vitamin within a certain time frame before it stops. (Imagine if your skin generated vitamin D during every waking moment spent in the sunlight—it would quickly reach overdosed levels!) Keep wearing that sunscreen, and rely on a combination of supplements, a healthy diet, and brief sunlight exposure to enjoy optimal levels.

Try: Dr. Brandt XYY Power Dose D Sunshine Vitamin for Skin, $30.99

Myth: You Only Need Sunscreen During Peak Hours

Truth: Peak sunlight time is typically defined as 10 am to 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are especially powerful. Naturally, it’s vital to wear sunscreen during these hours, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the day is precluded from harming your skin. Harmful UVA rays are present throughout the day, and can lead to skin damage and some forms of skin cancer. Even cloudy days aren’t enough to protect skin. In fact, those are the days that often produce some of the worst sunburns because people neglect to wear sunscreen altogether. Clouds block only a small percentage of UV rays, meaning that you can still suffer even if you don’t necessarily see or feel the sun.

Try: La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen, $24.99

 

Myth: You Can Wear Any Sunscreen to Prevent UVA and UVB Damage

Truth: Sunscreens that are labeled “broad-spectrum” are the only ones that prevent damage from both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for producing visible signs of aging, including spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, while UVB rays cause sunburns. Both of them can ultimately lead to skin cancer, so it’s best to wear a product that effectively combats them equally.

Try: Elta MD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45, $38.89

Why we Should Change our Skincare During the Warmer months

Days get longer, weather gets warmer, and there are so many outdoor activities to do. Oh yes, the summer season is finally here! With the excitement of beach trips, barbecues, and music festivals crowding your headspace, your skin — and taking care of it — cannot take a backseat on your list of to-dos. Our skin has different needs with the change of seasons. Temperature, humidity, and sun exposure play a role in how skin behaves, so pay attention to the following tips and learn how to keep your skin on fleek during this summer.

Use a lighter moisturizer

We wear lighter clothes when it gets warm out, so naturally, we should be doing the same for our skin. One of our favorite recommendations is the bareMinerals Smart Combination Smoothing Lightweight Emulsion ($31.99), it replenishes combination to normal skin types with oil-free hydration to leave it feeling incredibly soft and ultra-smooth.

Don’t forget the sunscreen, please don’t!

We all know sun exposure and sunburns increase in the summer months. We also know that the sun can be the worst enemy of our skin. Sunscreen application (and re-application) shouldn’t just be relegated to the pool or beach areas. Wear sunscreen daily – even if you’re just driving or riding in the car. Try La Roche Posay Anthelios 50 Face Mineral Sunscreen Fluid ($23.39), it is recommended for sensitive skin and atopic skin and it will give you a beautiful matte finish!

Keep it clean

Washing your face is probably something that you’re already doing on a regular basis, but clean skin during the long summer months is extremely important. During the summer heat, skin gets oilier and becomes more exposed to the elements, especially the sun. Having some Dermalogica PreCleanse Wipes ($9.99) with you all the time will be very helpful to keep your skin clean throughout the day. Also, don’t forget to exfoliate at least twice a week; the SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub ($27.99) can be the perfect because unlike rougher scrubs, this one won’t damages the skin or cause surface lacerations.

Try Clay Masks

Sweat and just more oil production, in general, tends to clog pores and make our skin feel dirty. We all know that this season is the prime time for breakouts, so try using clay masks to help absorb excess oil, deep clean your pores and prevent breakouts. John Masters Organics Moroccan Clay Purifying Mask 2 ($22.89) encourages collagen production and increased cellular turnover while natural antioxidants neutralize free radical damage.  It’s the perfect product for the summer!

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