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De-stress For Better Skin

Stress is one of those things we can never fully escape. Life seems to conspire to make sure that we’re experiencing some level of it fairly regularly. If we’re lucky, the stress we experience is rather mild and something we can easily control with stress management techniques. That’s typically what we’re dealing with most of the time in our lives. Things can start to get out of control before we know it though. It becomes all too easy to accept an excess of stress as part of our lives and not recognize when it begins to move beyond our ability to manage. That’s when our health begins to suffer. The effects of stress on the body are myriad, but the basic idea is that your body is being made to run at a higher rate than usual that ends up burning through a lot of energy and diverting it from caring for the body. Staying stressed for long enough will mean that stress will gradually become plain for all to see as your energy and all of your body, including your skin, suffers. That’s why it is in your best interest to de-stress.

Lack of Repairs
What tends to add up the most quickly is the simple fact that your body simply doesn’t have the energy or resources to spare to care for your skin when you’re stressed. A gradual visual degradation begins to set in. Most of us are acquainted with it and remember the times when we can tell we’ve looked worse than usual due to high levels of stress. Remember that your skin, as far as organs go, has comparatively low priority next to your vital organs. Stress focuses on keeping your insides running at peak and ends up neglecting your skin. As a result, your body simply doesn’t have the resource to repair the day to day damage. Skin becomes thin and/or dull, and generally, begins to look unhealthy as the regular maintenance is allowed to fail. None of this helps us look our best. Furthermore, thinning skin from regular wear and tear means those areas become even more susceptible to damage. Stress, in essence, sensitizes your entire skin.

Extra Oil
Another problem that stress causes is the fact that stress hormones actually stimulate oil secretion by the skin. As an organ, your skin has a regular set of instructions it goes through to help maintain its overall health and thereby the overall health of the human organism that is you. Oil production and secretion represent some of those cellular instructions. You secrete oil to help ensure that your skin seals in moisture and is overall more resilient. The process isn’t without issues as some of us end up with oily or dry skin, but on whole many of us have average skin that isn’t too dry or too oily. Stress hormones push us towards having oily skin thanks to increased oil secretion. This, in turn, begins to create an environment where our skin becomes more susceptible to breakouts. All that extra oil catches more dirt and debris that can, in turn, end up clogging your pores when mixed together. Avoiding this is in your skin’s best interest.

Woman de-stressing via bath

Triggering Issues
Some of us suffer from chronic skin conditions that can be frustrating to deal with at the best of times. Conditions such as eczema and rosacea tend to leave us wondering what we do to trigger them. Stress can actually be one of those triggers and cause a flare up for these and other conditions. The exact reason isn’t quite known but is believed to be connected to the changes in the body brought about by the release of stress hormones. These flare ups can make a stressful time even worse as then one has to manage the condition on top of everything else happening in one’s life. Yes, we all have different compounds that can help us reduce the severity or get things under control, but as long as the stress is ongoing the threat of further flare ups will continue. As a result, it is always in your best interest to keep stress under control to avoid such problems.

Stress is incredibly bad for your skin and the damage can show up relatively quickly. That makes it important to remember to take the time to de-stress regularly. This means setting aside time for your hobbies and the people you care about. Remember that these will help you vent and keep stress manageable. Taking up meditation or any similar practices can also help. Just don’t let stress run away with your body or your skin will pay for it in the long run.

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The Relationship Between Mental Health and Your Skin

Taking good care of your skin involves constantly balancing between product choices and good habits. There’s no denying this can end up a little stressful. After all, that one product that you need to help your skin might run out at the wrong moment. Others times you might run into the problem of needing to sort out exactly what product you need to be using to counter a particularly resistant skin condition. None of this ends up being particularly helpful to our moods. That’s an important point to note too. Your mood can actually have a profound affect on your skin’s health. Mental health is, in many ways, a too often forgotten component of skincare. It doesn’t necessarily seem to make sense on the surface, but all it takes is looking a little closer to see how this works. That’s why we’ve got a quick look into this rather important relationship.

The Complexity of Skin Health
Your skin is a surprisingly complex organ. Most of us don’t really notice it unless something is going wrong. Countless little things need to be right for it to remain health. We’re mostly familiar with the idea that we need to be eating right and exercising. This ensures an adequate supply of nutrition and a healthy blood flow that in turn help assure our skin’s overall health. What many of us pay less attention to is the affects that our hormones have on our skin as well. The varying levels of testosterone and estrogen in people are what cause the most pronounced differences in skin between most men and woman. Anything that begins to play with hormone levels necessarily begins to affect the skin as well. There are a lot of conditions that can affect our hormones, yes, but one of the most common ways to start negatively impacting it is to have poor stress management habits or accidentally managing not to notice the lasting impact of depression on your life.

Woman stressed

Stressing The Point
One of the ways we’re most prone to wrecking our body is unaddressed stress. There’s no getting away from the fact that modern life is frequently stressful and tends to demand more of us than we’d like. We can’t change the collective direction of a society by being annoyed at it though. That takes a sustained effort. What we can change is how we handle things on a personal level. Letting stress build up is one way of handling it that tends to wear the body out fast. Stress hormones, in many ways, end up contributing to the fact that stress keeps you body in something similar to “fight or flight” mode fairly constantly. You’re always in a state of being psychologically threatened while stressed. This leads things to begin to wear down faster. Your body lacks the energy for repairs at the same time that it is more prone to damaging itself. In your skin, this tends to look like a loss of healthy tone, increased oil production, and in general other signs of overall ill health in the skin. Stress management is absolutely necessary for great skin.

Managing What Matters
Knowing that your mental health is directly tied to your skin’s health isn’t as much help as we’d all like to pretend. You need something to work off of to get anywhere. Stress management techniques can help a lot for most of us, but things can be much harder for people with depression. We’d like to emphasize that depression is not a temporary case of sadness or a short bout of being dissatisfied. It is a chronic, dangerous illness that removes enjoyment from life. That can make seeking any help difficult. Consequently, one of the best stress management and mental health tips we can suggest is to make time for the people you care about and who care about you. Humans are social creatures and we need one another to be happy. Interacting with our loved ones tends to help our mental health in a number of ways as well as giving us an immediate mood lifter. We also recommend engaging in a hobby your find enjoyable. Try to learn a new skill. The key to good management of things is keeping your mind alert, active, and pleasantly engaged with the world.

Managing your own mental health is a daunting prospect for some of us. Statistics regularly show there are more of us dealing with mental illness than are willing to admit. Our mental health is as important to our appearance as it is to our quality of life though. This makes it important to take care of and address any issues openly. Live your life while making in meaningful and engaging. That should do wonders for both your mental health and your skin.

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Skin Care Devices: What’s Trending Now

Skincare is an industry that is constantly in flux. We’re always looking to find the next thing that will help create an entirely new way of caring for our skin. That’s why we so commonly see people claiming that they’ve found that next big thing. The results tend to be less than perfect though. Some ideas end up hurting our skin, some do nothing, and only a handful of things actually appear to do anything. It is hard to sort out what will actually work from the utter nonsense too. Most of the time the best innovations come in the form of making specialty treatments more available to consumers so that they can directly benefit from things as opposed to needing to worry about appointments. That’s where a lot of our favorite skincare devices originate. This year is promising to be no different in this regard. With that in mind, we’re going to quickly review some of the currently trending skin care devices that you might want to try.

Treating Yourself
One of the frequent barriers to taking the best care of your skin possible is that you don’t have all of the information available to you to help you figure out exactly what your skin needs. The fact of the matter is that most of us need to talk to a professional to get the kind of clear assessment necessary to target issues in a day-to-day fashion rather than from appointment-to-appointment. Some of the more interesting tech available right now strives to solve that. These gadgets come in various forms including apps, free standing devices, and even beauty mirrors. Many of them utilize a camera of some sort to get a reading on your skin and help you identify flaws in your skin or issues you might otherwise not be noticing. The devices often offer a path forward for countering these issues. It is a nice leap forward in personalized care that you can expect to keep expanding simply because it puts control back in your own hands.

Woman receiving facial treatment

Roughing It Up
We’re used to thinking of microdermabrasion as something that we need to make an appointment for to actually get anywhere. The treatment can do wonders for our skin, yes, but in the end having to make those appointments is what tends to make it a less frequent treatment unless we’re preparing for a special occasion. Various companies have started moving forward with helping to put this sort of technology into our hands outside of the the context of a professional. These smaller scale tools are incredibly useful for helping to work on some wrinkles as well as helping to provide a nice even clarity to the skin when used properly. In short, they’re at home microdermabrasion. The downside is that these products are obviously not quite on the same level as a professional treatment. While you can’t expect a perfect treatment, they will make a nice addition to your weekly routine if you want a little help with problems areas whether they’re wrinkles or dark spots.

Staged Lighting
Light therapy is frequently used in professional skincare to achieve numerous results. People have used it to help with acne prone skin, the accelerate healing, and even decrease wrinkling. It all depends on the kind of light used, the method of application, and the overall strength. For a long time these therapies have been mostly in the hands of cosmetic professionals, but smaller scale versions of the treatments are beginning to filter out fairly regularly. These, often handheld, devices use LED to generate the bright light of a particular wavelength necessary for a given kind of treatment. Most of the time these devices are fairly specialized and meant for spot treatments more than anything. Some companies are pushing the limits with more flexible models, but these are less common overall. Much as with personal microdermabrasion tools, this form of light therapy isn’t as effective as its larger scale relative, but offers another way to raise the quality level of personal skincare.

Devices are frequently some of favorite little skincare tricks. A good routine helps a lot at maintaining and improving your skin, but any extra push you can give your skin helps it even more. The hope is always to create a world where flawless skin is at our fingertips. It is debatable if we’ll ever quite get there thanks to all the factors that we need to account for on any given day. Happily, that’s no reason not to strive for perfection.

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What You Should Know About Eyebrow Tinting

There is always something new under the sun that promises to provide you with the perfect look that you’ve always desired or some novel way of presenting yourself to the world. Eyebrow tinting is a surprisingly popular option right now. People use to it simply improve their natural color or to truly stand out with bold colors that can match or clash with whatever color they’ve given their hair. There is no denying the aesthetic appeal of these options. As yet another way of making your own look, they are the natural extension of hair dyes and other methods of customizing our appearance.

Unfortunately, eyebrow tinting isn’t as safe as people claim it is. The colors in eyebrow tinting haven’t been properly approved at the federal level, but remain popular at the local level of the world where the local government is expected to deal with the issue. Eyebrow tinting isn’t approved for a number of very good reasons that could potentially hurt your health. We’ve got a quick overview so that you can be the knowledgeable one the next time someone brings up tinting to you.

Simple Problems
One of the potential problems that you might face is infection. This doesn’t come about directly from the tinting itself, but can be a result of the application of the product. Care needs to be taken when using any product that is close to the eyes. Tint applicators that aren’t appropriately cleaned can transfer infections between tinting clients or end up creating an environment wherein bacteria can flourish. Their proximity to the eyes means the bacteria can jump to an easily infected area and become a problem before anyone actually notices. The level of the threat posed by this problem tends to vary depending on the bacteria. You can generally be sure that any place practicing eyebrow tinting that is otherwise safe will likely not fall into this trap. Non-professionals at the most likely to forget these basic rules. Unfortunately, that’s not the only problem that can come up from trying eyebrow tinting and is actually the least severe.

Reacting Poorly
Allergic reactions are a very real problem when dealing with any product. That’s why most of our products require testing before they ever reach us. The lack of approval for many eyebrow tints means that there is a very real chance that the product you’re using might not meet the necessary safety standards that a dye for scalp hair might have. This in turn raises the chance for experiencing an allergic reaction all on its own. As we highlighted above, the area around the eyes itself tends to be more susceptible to issues than others. Compounds can accidentally run down into the eyes to cause issues, yes, but your bigger danger comes from the fact that the skin around your eyes is thinner. Thin skin is less robust and more likely to react negatively to products applied in the general area as well as being less able to block any ill effects. Itching, redness, and even hives can become a problem if you run into the wrong tinting agent. This brings us to the most potentially devastating problem: blindness.

Woman getting eyebrows tinted

Darkened Lights
Infections, allergic reactions, and physical damage all open up the potential for a myriad of problems associated with eyebrow tinting. The worst possible outcome you might face is blindness. While there is nothing inherently wrong with being blind, adapting to such a state can be hard on anyone used to navigating a world which they can clearly see. There are varying levels of blindness that could result from the problems we’re discussing. Most people are more likely to experience a basic level of damage that causes legal blindness where it is extremely difficult to function even with glasses or a similar product aiding sight. For most, the worst and most extreme outcome is an infection of reaction that permanently damages the eyes in such a way that it leaves one totally blind. Once again, tinting can be comparatively safe if performed by professionals in a salon or similar setting that has people who know what they’re doing and know to test for allergic reactions and shield the eyes. There is no controlling every factor though and until eyebrow tints are subjected to the same standards as other dyes you will continue to face potential issues.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to get a particular look through eyebrow tinting. It is a technique that the beauty industry is still working to understand the best way to use it. However, this also means it is an area where less scrupulous people are trying to make a quick bit of money regardless of the results for other people. We recommend waiting until there is full approval of eyebrow tinting as a safe option before trying it out. If you’re set on trying it regardless of these warnings, try to find reputably people to do the tinting and go into it knowing the risks.

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You Can Have Better Skin

There’s a frequent lament among those that come to skincare later in their life. They almost always think there is nothing they can do to make up for all the harm they did to their skin in the past. This belief that they’re stuck with unhealthy skin and how helping your skin to recover is a long process tends to drive more people away from healthy skincare than we’d like. Not only is the idea wrong-headed, but it ignores the simple fact that you can have better skin if you’re putting in the effort. There are a lot of things you can do that will improve the clarity, overall health, and feeling of your skin. It is going to take time and a concentrated effort to change any bad habits that you may have though. Let’s go over some of the skincare tips that can definitely help anyone improve their skin. Don’t worry. They’re far simpler than you might think.

Wear Sunscreen
The biggest skincare “sin” that people regret is not properly protecting their skin. Depending on your generation, you may have been raised in a time when sun tanning was still a regular part of everyone’s beauty routines. This was long before we found out the potential hazards it presented to our skin. As a result, those of us in those generations tend to have a lot more accumulated sun damage done to our skin. It can be disheartening if you’re seeing signs of aging earlier than you’d like, but you can turn this around. The best place to start is protecting your skin properly. You’ll want to find a sunscreen that uses a physical blocker like zinc oxide in its active ingredients to give you the best protection. Additionally, the sunscreen should offer you broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30, but you may want to go as high as 40 or 50 if you have a history of going without sunscreen in the sun. Taking this simple step will do worlds to help improve your skin when combined with other tips.

Live Well
A lot of us don’t pause to think about how our overall health is necessarily intertwined with our appearance. This extends beyond “looking sick” when you’re sick though. Your skin, as your largest organ, is necessarily tied into the health of the rest of your body as well. Failing to take good care of your health will mean that your skin will be in less than ideal shape. This is probably one of the hardest changes to make though as living a healthy life involves changing so many factors in our lives that it can feel overwhelming. Diet is typically a good place to start though. You can gradually phase out less healthy things in your diet for healthier foods until you’re eating a better diet. Exercise can also be started as something as simple as a brisk half hour walk three to four times a week and be gradually increased into a more complex routine over time. Start small, but stick to these changes to improve your skin.

Be Patient
Patience is, in essence, the true unspoken key to good skincare. You have to give every product, no matter how well picked, time to actually do its work before you can determine if you should swap to another one. Your skin also needs time to adjust to each product in turn before racing ahead to new ones or you’ll hurt your skin. Patience is especially crucial if you have a history of doing less for your skin than you could have in the past. Caring for your skin properly will take time to get right and for the care to show fully. Yes, you will experience some immediate results, but the damage of years will not be undone by suddenly adopting a good routine. It will take months to get your skin back to its new, healthier baseline. Once you get there though, you can be sure that your skin will keep being healthy as long as you stay ahead of any shifts you need to make to your routine. Healthy skin will also be fit to receive higher grade treatments to help the skin to further improve your appearance. So try to be patient when you’re trying to move towards healthier skin.

Good skin isn’t solely the domain of the people who have had the chance to work on it from a young age. Yes, skincare advice has varied over the years and many of us got poor advice when we were younger, but it is possible to come back from that. It takes a lot of patience and dedicated to helping your skin though. That means leading a better lifestyle and protecting it in the ways that you can to help it heal properly. Making the effort will result in revealing better skin than you knew you had.

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Pollution, Stress & Your Skin

As one of the largest organs of your body, your skin technically has a lot of work to do. It needs to keep itself intact in addition to its standard duties. Eating right goes a long way towards helping your skin take proper care of itself over the long term. Good skincare goes even further by ensuring your skin gets the boosts it needs to be healthy any age. Most of us learn to be good about these habits eventually and to provide our skin with what it needs. Providing for our skin isn’t enough for long-term skin health, though. You also need to be aware of the different things that can harm your skin. These issues can be invisible if no one brings them to your attention. Things like pollution and stress are issues, yes, but they always seem bigger than simple skincare. They do have an impact on your skin though and require consideration for just that reason.

Pollution
This problem has long since earned its place as a generic trouble of the modern world. It is a problem even in otherwise green cities simply because of the demands of the infrastructure on the environment. Things add up and begin to cause trouble. Fortunately, we can offset them and work to make things better. This has lead to modern improvements in urban planning and culture that have helped reduce the potential cities that require regular smog or pollution warnings for their residents. Manageable problems may still be problems, but they are better than one that gets away from you. Pollution is a problem for your skin in several ways. Particulate matter gets stuck in the air or flung about by the passing of vehicles. It impacts on your skin regularly and causes microscopic cuts or contributes to a buildup of grime on the skin. These each have their own particular issues associated with them. Air pollution adds on another problem in the form of ground level ozone oxidizing skin on contact and causing more issues with free radicals in the skin. Stress doesn’t help matters either.

Stress
We all swear we’re going to take better care of ourselves this year and find a better work/life balance to reduce how much we’re running around, but it seldom ever happens. Each of us gets caught up in life. It makes it easy to lose track of all the things that we should be doing in favor of all the things we ostensibly need to be doing. Countless obligations and little issues pop up each day that demand our attention. Some things necessarily get crowded off of our schedules. Unfortunately, sometimes what gets crowded off is taking time for ourselves or getting enough sleep. Your mental health is important to your body’s health and, necessarily, your skin’s health. Stress tends to disrupt sleep schedules at the same time that it reduces particular hormones in the body that actually lead to increased oil production as well as other issues. How do you manage all the potential problems of your skin in a modern world of consistent pollution and constant stress though?

woman relaxing
Taking Care of Your Skin
Let’s start with how to minimize stress as that makes helping your skin resist pollution easier in the long run. Plan for and make time for yourself in your schedule. Yes, you may need to dismiss it sometimes, but it shouldn’t be too often. You need to have the time to enjoy yourself so that you can decompress. Set aside time to engage in a hobby or to spend time with your family and friends. It will help you manage your life better and reduce the potential for a disrupted sleep schedule. That will ensure your skin gets the time it needs to repair itself and help bolster its natural defenses to external issues like pollution. We can’t wave our hands and makes the pollution vanish, but we can guard against the effects. A good skincare routine combined with proper sunscreen usage can do a lot to help protect your skin against pollution. This is especially true if you regularly use antioxidant-rich products. Remember to moisturize and nourish your skin while avoiding spending too much time outside in heavily polluted air to protect your skin the most.

Pollution and stress both have profound effects on your skin. You may not be able to solve pollution on your own, but you can work against the effects it has on your skin with a good skincare routine. Stress, happily, is something that you can help by ensuring you make time to do something other than focus on the things you need to do. Effective stress management is one of the best long-term things you can do for your skin and the rest of your body. So try to take good care of your skin, but don’t stress out too much about it as what will be will be.

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