Skin Care Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid

apply_hyaluronic_acidLooking for the latest innovations in skin care to reverse signs of aging? Hyaluronic acid is the new skin care ingredient that is being hailed a must have in your beauty collection. So, what is this new ingredient, where does it come from, and what can you expect to improve when you start a skin care regiment using hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in everyone’s skin and serves many functions. This compound, also known as HA, allows your skin to hold moisture, aides your skin in tissue repair, holds together the natural components elastin and collagen, as well as providing a barrier against microorganisms that may be harmful to your skin. As we age we start to lose levels of hyaluronic acid in our skin. We can start losing HA as early as 18, but the signs of aging caused from sun damage and loss of hyaluronic aging may not show up until our late thirties and early fourties. Losing hyaluronic acid in your skin causes fine lines and wrinkles to appear and pre-mature aging. Preserving and restoring hyaluronic acid in your skin can make a drastic change in your appearance and make your skin supple and smooth.

You can find hyalronic acid based skin care products in cleansers, moisturizers, toners, serums, sunblock, and even make up. When choosing the right formula for your skin it is important that the product have Hyaluronic acid at the top of the list of ingredients. The ingredients are put in order by their potency. To get the truly most effective and beneficial amount of hyaluronic acid, it is important that it appear within the first 5 ingredients contained in the product. You can also buy pure HA at any organic or vegan store. These products are highly recommended as they are the most potent and won’t contain any parabens and harmful preservatives that may harm your skin. You can find great products containing hyaluronic acid anywhere from Walmart to a medical spa clinic or dermatologist. Walmart or any drugstore sells CeraVe skin care products that contain hyaluronic acid. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing PM contains three main ingredients that are not commonly found in other facial moisturizers. The hyaluronic acid contained in this product attracts water to the top layer of skin and allows the skin to stay hydrated. This product also contains the patented compound Multivesicular Emulsion that time releases these ingredients,  providing the skin with moisture and allowing the skin to remain nourished.

There are also other alternative products that can be used for replenishing the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin. You can also purchase hylaluronic acid in supplement form. In an oral supplement, hyaluronic acid aids in the production of collagen in your body. There have been extensive studies that have proven hyaluronic supplements to be extremely effective in restoring collagen to the skin. By increasing the amounts of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the body it allows the skin to hold hydration and fight skin damaging UV rays. Ela Vonne Amino Collagen C With Hyaluronic Acid comes in a powder form that you can mix with any food or drink. This collagen based supplement contains 5000 mg of 100% pure fish peptide, the most effective collagen source that can be absorbed by the body, as well as 50 mg of hyauronic acid, and 50 mg of Vitamin C.  This skin care supplement formula does not contain any fillers or flavorings and is guaranteed to improve your skin from the inside out. A study showed that 83% of people using this supplement stated they saw an immediate improvement in their skin, hair, and nails.

You can also go to a more extreme measure to get  immediate results by using hyaluronic acid injections. Also known as dermal fillers, this injectible comes in a gel formula that when injected into the skin provides an inflated cushion that fills fine lines, wrinkles, and facial structures that have lost volume or elasticity due to aging or skin damage. There are many brand names like Captique, Elevess, Perlane, Prevelle, Puragen, and Juvederm that can be recommended to you by your dermatologist based on your skin needs and personal desires. A study done showing the effects of a three sessions of skin rejuvenation treatment using hyaluronic acid injectibles significantly improved skin firmness and its viscoelastic recovery capacities.


When Should Facial Cosmetic Surgery Be An Option?

Cosmetic SurgeryWe are living in a society were youth is your golden ticket to success. Our face tells our story. It’s the first thing that people see, and your face is what people remember about you more than anything else. Whether you are dating, applying for a job, or chatting with family and friends on “facetime” your face makes the first impression. We all imagine ourselves to look the way we did in our youth, and then when we see ourselves in the mirror or in a photograph the truth can not be denied, we are all aging. Some of us may age better than others due to amounts of sun exposure, moisturizing, not smoking or drinking heavily, and the use of a regular skin care regiment. Some of us may just need a couple treatments of Botox or dermal fillers to bring the youthful appearance back up to par, while others may need extensive cosmetic surgery to reverse excessive signs of aging.

Cosmetic surgery may be an option for you when non-invasive procedures like Botox, peels, dermal fillers, and collagen injections are not doing enough to enhance your appearance. Non-invasive procedures are meant to get a quick fix on minimal signs of aging like sun spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, under eye sagging and puffiness, or fine lines and wrinkles. In your late fourties and early fifties you may notice that you have developed hooded eyes, a sagging chin or neck, loss of skin elasticity, thinning lips, or perkiness in the cheeks. These are all signs of aging that can add years to your appearance and can only be fixed with cosmetic surgery. If you have low self esteem due to the shape of your nose, chin, or bone structure then cosmetic surgery may also be an option that can change your appearance and your life!

You can rejuvenate your eyes all you want with dermatologist visits and retinoid creams, but nothing is going to lift that hooded eye like a browplasty. A browplasty is a cosmetic surgery that can correct the tired and exhausted appearance that comes from stress and aging. Plastic surgeons have perfected this type of cosmetic surgery so there is minimal scarring, and the surgery is guaranteed to take years off your appearance. If you are unhappy with your facial construction whether it be from what God gave you, an accident, or aging you can now change your appearance with facial implants that can improve the structure of your chin, cheeks, and jaw. Facial implants create balance and proportion that can improve your appearance drastically. Cheek implants add volume and prominence to the area of the face that has fallen flat due to aging. Jaw implants can add definition to your face and create a distinct division from your neck. A weak jawline can make your face look imbalanced. A chin implant can increase the size of your chin making it more proportional to your forehead and face. A weak chin can look recessed and flow into your neck, making a normal sized personal look heavier or overweight.

Sometimes it’s just about what God gave you and you either have to accept and deal with it, or change it with cosmetic surgery. Your lips, ears, and nose can be thinner, larger, or disproportional, so the only way to fix them is with plastic surgery. A Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that can reshape your nose. This type of cosmetic surgery can improve your appearance if you have a larger nose and you want to add proportion to your face. A Rhinoplasty can also help people who have breathing issues, or those who want to reshape their “Owen Wilson nose”,  caused from a broken nose. Aging, smoking, and sun exposure can cause the lips to thin. Lip enhancement cosmetic surgery can plump the lips and add fullness to the face. For those suffering from protruding ears that when light shines through them it causes them to glow, than an Otoplasty may be just what you need to bring back your self confidence. This cosmetic surgery involves reshaping the ears by pinning them back closer to the head.

If you want to turn back time and are suffering from deep wrinkles that can not be cured by your dermatologist with facial peels and dermal fillers, then a Rhytidectomy may be a cosmetic surgery option needed to correct your appearance. This type of cosmetic surgery, also known as a face lift, is a last stitch effort in acquiring a youthful appearance by cutting and removing excess skin and wrinkles and then redraping the skin over the face and neck. You are basically getting a fully rejuvenated face when you opt for this type of cosmetic surgery. This is a major cosmetic surgery that requires general and local anesthesia to numb the skin. Your face will be stitched and bandaged after surgery. The dressing will come off by your doctor within one or two days, and the stitches in five to ten days. Your doctor may prescribe you with pain medication and give you instructions to keep you head still and elevated on a pillow. You are also not to smoke as this can cause decay in you skin and take longer for the healing process. You can expect extensive bruising, stiffness, and numbness during the healing process. Most people who opt for cosmetic face lifts can return back to their day to day routines within 2 to 3 weeks. Like with any other cosmetic surgery you are should be satisfied with your results as long as you have realistic expectations about what your appearance will look like afterwards. You are not going to look like a totally different person, but you will look like an improved version of yourself.

Top 5 Best Concealers Under Ten Dollars!

conceal_under_eyesThe day we find the perfect concealer is like no other. The search for the right coverage, consistency, and lasting power can seem like a life long challenge. The trial and error process of buying concealers that just let you down can not only hurt your feelings, but the cost can really put a hurting on the bank account. Some people will even go to Sephora and fork out hundreds of dollars just to be let down when the concealer didn’t work half as well as a drugstore brand they had tried in the past. I know, I have been there. I have tried every concealer from drugstore brands like Maybelline, Covergirl, Rimmel to the high end concealers such Amazing Concealer, Benefit, and Laura Mercier. The point is that I have tried them all and have come to the conclusion that it’s not just about the concealer, but  also how you apply, moisturize, and prime your under eye area or face to get the best results. It is absolutely possible to achieve a flawless face using drugstore concealers. In order to get lasting power or prevent the concealer from settling in fine lines it is a must that you use a face primer. A primer will fill in all those small lines that your concealer tends to settle into, and it will also make your concealer stay in place and not slip or wear off throughout the day. Another solution would also be a setting spray, like MAC Fix, or Urban Decay’s setting spray. These sprays can be applied after or before applying your concealer to keep your concealer in place and lasting up to 16 hours.

  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment- This concealer is a top notch choice for a drugstore concealer. It is a very concentrated formula that is great for the girls that have serious dark under eye circles and puffiness. The lasting power is great, and it comes in six shades, two if which are a brightener and a neutralizer. The brightener works best as a highlighter, and the neutralizer works to conceal the puffiness and dark circles. The only downside to this concealer is the packaging, which comes in a twist sponge pump applicator. I recommend pumping and then dabbing the product onto a concealer brush, or using your clean fingers to pat along your under eye area. This will give you a more even finish, and will also prevent the product from settling into your fine lines.
  • AeroMinerale Hydrating Mineral Concealer Makeup Mist- This concealer is great for dry skin girls, or those who have dry under eyes. This product comes in a spray formula that is buildable and gives you a flawless airbrush finish. Works great for concealing dark circles, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, blemishes, or any other skin imperfections. The formula is hypoallergenic and infused with vitamins and minerals. Works best if sprayed onto the back of a clean hand and then applied with a brush, sponge, or patted on with fingers. This concealer comes in three shades ranging from light to tan and cost 9.99! Top reviewed concealer on and Ulta.
  • Rimmel London Match Perfection Skin Tone Adapting Concealer- If you are looking for a concealer deal, then this product is definitely made for you. This is a great concealer if you want to cover blemishes or redness. It has a light buildable coverage that has amazing lasting power, considering you can pick this concealer up at any drugstore for about 5.00. This concealer has gotten rave reviews by beauty gurus on YouTube, as well as on Makeupalley and Ulta. This product comes in five shades ranging from light to medium. Again, the only downside to this product is the application, which is a twist click brush. Great product, but works best when clicked up to desired amount and then dabbed on a clean hand to be applied with a brush, sponge, or patted on with clean fingers.
  • Physicians Formula Conceal RX Physicians Strength Concealer- This concealer is great for all skin types. It is a richly concentrated formula designed to cover blemishes, acne scarring, dark circles, rosacea, bruises, birthmarks, hyperpigmentation, and basically any other skin imperfection you can think of. This concealer goes on smooth and has a lasting power of up to 12 hours. It is a non-oily, non-drying concealer that gives you a full coverage finish. It has a sanitary application that allows you to dispense desired amount out from the tube. Works best when applied with a brush, sponge, or patted on to your skin. This formula has also been declared a dupe for Makeup Forever concealer by beauty junkies everywhere. It provides the same coverage, color, and consistency as the high end concealer brand without the hefty price tag. This concealer comes in only two shades, fair light and natural light, and cost around 8.00 to 9.50 depending on were you purchase the product.
  • Loreal True Match Super Blendable Concealer- This concealer is not only great at providing a lasting coverage for blemishes, dark circles, acne, hyperpigmentation and redness, but this product also provide skin care benefits. This concealer is formulated with an Opti-Blend Complex along with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5 that work together to even out skin tone, hydrate, nourish, strengthen and revitalize your skin cells. This concealer comes in 9 shades ranging from Fair Light to Medium Deep and will cost you around 8.00 to 9.00 depending on where you purchase this product. Comes with a brush applicator that works best when applied to the hand and then brushed, sponged, or patted onto your skin.

What Causes Dark Under Eye Circles And Puffiness?

Dark Under Eye CirclesIt’s all about the eyes! The first signs of aging usually start around your eyes with puffiness, under eye bags, fine lines, crows feet, and dark under eye circles. These imperfections tend to creep up on us as things like stress, sleep, and allergens enter our lives. The discoloration can often make you appear years older than you actually are and lower your self confidence. Not only are we battling with permanent raccoon eyes, but I can also bet that you may have tried five hundred different products and/or concealers to cover or lighten up those bad boys up. I can tell you now, that you will forever be in this battle unless you make some life changing decisions. You may think that your circles are part of your heritage, or that you have had them your whole life, and so the only thing you can do is deal with them and try your best to lighten and brighten your imperfection using costly lotions or concealers. Most times your under eye circles and puffiness are due to environmental factors, food choices, allergens, stress, or even the position you are sleeping.

There are several known causes for under eyes puffiness, dark circles, and bags. Figuring out what is causing this skin imperfection is the first step in treating your under eye problems. If you want to play the blame game, start by pointing your fingers at that little thing called salt. I know we all love salt, but this ingredient could be what is causing your morning eye puffiness. Water travels in areas of the body with a low salt concentration and gathers where there is more salt, resulting in some excess baggage being stored under your eyes. So, before you think about popping in one of those microwave Lean Cuisine meals in a pinch, check out that sodium content! Take out, especially soy sauce drenched Chinese food, can also leave you regretting that food choice in the morning. If you are eating loads of these kinds of salt enriched meals, than salt may be the contributing factor causing your under eye puffiness.

Your personal habits can also play a role in your dark circles and bags. Oh, how good it feels to rub your eyes, sleep on your stomach or side, and go to bed without worrying about taking off your make up. These are all decisions that have major consequences when it comes to your sensitive under eye area. Sleeping in your eye makeup, or rubbing your eyes will you are wearing make up, can cause irritation and make fluid pool under your eyes. The position you sleep in can also be causing the darkness and puffiness. You may have ruled out sleeping as being an issue if you are sleeping the right amount of time, but your position is just as important as the length of rest time you are getting. You can thank your best friend gravity for your under eye troubles if you are sleeping on your stomach, side, or without a pillow. Sleeping in these positions causes fluid to pool under your eyes. If you sleep on your side, you may even notice one eye may be slightly more puffy or darker than the other.  It has been advised by Dr. Goldburt M.D that if you awake with under eye bags or puffiness, or are dealing with under eye dark circles, that you sleep on your back with a one pillow to lay on and another to prop your head up slightly.

If you are suffering from a cold, allergies, or a sinus infection this can also be a cause for morning puffiness or under eye circles. Allergies can affect some people year around and can lead to permanent dark circles. Some may never know that they are suffering from allergies, just a few sneezes here and there when around the causing agent, or there may be constant rubbing of the eyes throughout the day. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest and is more susceptible to the in and out flow of fluids. An allergy test done by your doctor can make you aware of any allergens that may be plaguing you without your knowledge. This may be as simple as not wearing a certain makeup product, avoiding types of food, flowers, or pet dander. Dehydration is another cause in under eye circles. Alcohol dehydrates you and your under eye area. Heavy consumption of alcohol can cause your under eye area to weaken and appear hollow. The under consumption of water can leave you dehydrated and could also be the contributing factor to the hollowness and dark discoloration.

Sometimes it is all in your genes when it comes to under eye dark circles. Asian and African American skin tones often have issues with discoloration around the eyes that stem from heredity. Age can also be considered a major player in the blame game of what causes under eye discoloration. When we age, the skin around the eyes becomes even more thinner allowing blood vessels to appear. If you are dealing with a hereditary issue that is causing your under eye problems, then there are ways to fight back. Make sure that you wear sunscreen to block skin damaging UV rays, follow the above steps to rule out any allergens or habits that you may doing to increase your odds, then fight back using retinoid under eye creams that lighten and brighten the under eye area. Don’t smoke! Smoking can weaken production of collagen and cause an increase in sagging and under eye discoloration. Apply a day and night under eye moisturizer that contains the ingredient hyaluronic acid for added hydration and anti-aging benefits. If you are dealing with the morning puffs, try holding cool cucumbers, a cold spoon, or a bag of frozen peas of your eyes to reduce bags and puffiness. You can also use a hemorrhoid cream, like Preparation H,  to draw out the swelling. Many swear by this technique, and it works!

Stay On Budget Using The Latest Skin Care Home Remedies

Skin Care Home RemediesKeeping that youthful glow has become one of our most sought after goals. Everyone seems to be looking for that fountain of youth in a bottle. We call it “hope in a jar”.  Yes, Philosophy makes a “hope in a jar” product, but you can expect to pay anywhere from 50.00 to 100.00 depending on the size. We expect that if a product is expensive than it must be the best. The truth of the matter is most of the key ingredients in these top notch brands are commonly found at your super market. Depending on your skin type, there is a natural product found at your supermarket that can be just as effective as some of these 100.00 skin care products. You can make your own facial cleansers, masks, toners, and moisturizers using the latest home remedies for skin care.

Vitamin A, C, and E  are key ingredients in many anti-aging creams, and can be found in many natural foods that can be made into skin care products. A banana is delicious, but it also makes for an amazing mask for dry skin types. Take an overripe banana and mash it to a paste, leave on for twenty minutes, and rinse. The Vitamin A in the banana will heal your dry flaky skin. You can also combine the mashed bananas with a teaspoon of honey, an ingredient high in antioxidants and potassium, when making your mask. The honey will aid in clarifying your skin as well as restoring hydration and preventing skin sagging. To make an anti-aging mask with ingredients high in Vitamin A and E use your mashed banana and combine with equal parts avocado. Leave on for thirty minutes, rinse, and part dry to reveal soft supple skin with a youthful glow. When Vitamin A and E work together they can right free radicals and help fight aging while repairing damage.

The yogurt, honey, banana face mask has also gotten amazing reviews by users, getting 4.5 stars out of 5 on, and has been called a Botox mask by Dr. Oz. This mask contains the Vitamin A benefits of the banana, the antioxidants and hydrating qualities of the honey, and the lactic acid of yogurt. You will need 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1 tsp. honey, and 1/2 a ripe banana. First mash the ripe banana, mix in the honey and the yogurt, leave on for 15 minutes, rinse and pat dry. This mask is great for all skin types, and has skin care benefits a mile wide. The yogurt contains lactic acid that can also be made into a peel, by using 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of yogurt, which is great for oily skin types.

Rosewater is another ingredient that contains Vitamins B3, C, and E. This ingredient is easy to obtain at any drugstore or natural food store. Rosewater is one of the key ingredients in many high in end products that make them so efficient. You can use rosewater in a multitude of ways that can produce amazing skin care benefits for all skin types. If you are looking for a home remedy that has toning properties, the ability to clean out pores, while reducing redness and softening fine lines, then rosewater is just what your need. To make your own toner that provides all these skin care benefits you can: pour a small amount of rosewater combined with rose essential on a cotton ball after cleansing your face to remove any excess dirt, bacteria, or residue left behind by a cleanser. Rosewater can also lighten dark circles around the eyes and make your eyes appear brighter. Just place a rosewater soaked cotton swab over the eyes for a few minutes to reveal a lighter brighter under eye area. For those suffering with acne you can make a rosewater mask containing sandalwood powder, rosewater, and lemon juice. Mix the ingredients to a paste and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing. This mask will clean out your pores while healing any existing blemishes. You can also add glycerin or almond/olive oil to  rosewater to make a hydrating moisturizer for dry skin types.



Three Easy Steps For A Skin Care Maintenance Regimen

Skin Care MaintenanceDuring our youth we all may have went without sunblock, cleansing daily, and moisturizing our skin properly. As we age we start to regret not taking the best care of our skin. We wish we wouldn’t have tanned in the sun so much, went to bed without taking our makeup off, and caused so much damage to our skin by being so care free. Skin care maintenance is important not only as we age, but in our youth. A proper skin care regimen can take years off your appearance and keep your skin looking refreshed and healthy. Using a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunblock is the first step in getting your skin back on track and looking better than ever. There are key ingredients in each of these products that you should look for, and it also important to use these skin care products as directed to restore your skin back to it’s former glory.

It’s seems like a no brainer picking out the perfect facial cleanser. Just go to the drug store, pick the most expensive product(because they work the best), lather, rinse, done. Right? NO! Cleansers are sold in a variety of forms and come with a long list of ingredients. Depending on your skin type, there is perfect cleanser that is marketed just for you. So, before picking out just any cleanser, you should first ask yourself what problems you are facing with your skin. Do you have acne, sensitive or dry skin, oily skin, combo skin, or are you looking for a cleanser that has multiply benefits that could also help with anti-aging? Then pick your poison. Cleansers are offered to you in bar form, gel, lotion, cream, towelettes, and masks. So, which one will be right for you? If you are suffering from acne look for a cleanser that offers the ingredients salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide. These ingredients will cleanse your skin and fight the bacteria that is causing your acne. If you are fighting the anti-aging battle, look for a cleanser with a AHA/BHA ingredients. These cleansers will exfoliate the dead skin and increase cell turnover. Dry skin types should look for a cleanser that will keep your skin feeling hydrated. Humectants or glycerin will keep you skin hydrated and lock in the moisture. Foaming gel cleansers are often best for oily skin types as they are typically oil free and water based. Cleansing towelettes are great for removing make up or coming from the gym, but they can leave traces of makeup or bacteria. So, when using these be sure to wash with a mild cleanser afterwards. Facial cleansing masks are a great way to clean out those pores. Leave on for the recommended amount of time, wash and pat dry. These should only be used a couple of times a week as masks tend to dry out the skin. It is important to cleanse your skin twice daily, and do not over over cleanse!

Now, after you have cleansed your face to your optimal viewing pleasure, it’s time to moisturize. Again, picking a moisturizer suitable for your skin type is essential. Look for a formula that is marketed to you and what your problem areas are. You can now find moisturizers that contain ingredients like retinol, vitamin C, sunblock, and even make up priming abilities. For dry skin, look for a thicker oil based formula with ingredients like antioxidants, grape seed oil, dimethicone that will keep your skin hydrated. Normal skin types benefit as their skin is neither oily or dry. To maintain a normal skin balance it is essential to find a water based moisturizer that is lightweight and non-greasy. Ingredients like cetyl alchohol, or silicone based ingredients are best for normal skin types. Oily or acne prone skin types still need moisture, especially after using cleanser that strip away your skin’s natural oils. A light moisturizer that is marketed as “noncomedogenic” is an excellent choice for oily or acne prone skin as these products won’t clog pores. If you have sensitive skin that is prone to irritations from products, then look for a moisturizer that contains ingredients like chamomile or aloe that are soothing. Also look for moisturizers that are free of dyes, fragrances, or acids that have the potential to cause irritation to your sensitive skin.  As we age skin tends to be drier and the glands that produce oil are less active. Mature skin types should look for a moisturizer that is oil-based and contains ingredients such as petrolatum, antioxidants, or alpha hydroxy acids to fight fine lines and wrinkles. These ingredients work together to hydrate mature skin and prevent flakiness caused by dryness. Most moisturizers offer a day and night formula which should be used as directed.

The final step in a skin maintenance regimen is sunblock. Over exposure to the sun is what causes those fine lines and wrinkles. Preventative skin care maintenance starts with a quality sunscreen incorporated into your skin care regimen. The fact of the matter is that most people who are using sunscreen are using it incorrectly by not using enough. People tend to apply on average a quarter to half the recommended amount. Sunscreen should be applied to all areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun. After applying there should be a film or residue that will take 20 to 30 minutes to be absorbed into the skin. Sunscreen should be allowed to set in at least half an hour before sun exposure. It should also be the last product applied on the face as sunscreen can be broken down by foundation or make up that is applied on top. If you are planning on being outside for prolonged amounts of time, it is essential to re-apply every 30 minutes. Is should also be re-applied after any strenuous exercise, swimming, or toweling. A SPF sunscreen with a broad spectrum of at least 15 as been shown to be more effective in preventing skin damage than the application of a higher SPF sunscreen. You can purchase sunscreen in a lotion or spray formula. For those who wear makeup, you can set your makeup with a spray formula that drys to a non-greasy finish.

Skin Lightening Treatments For Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation On The FaceHyperpigmentation is a condition that occurs when there is an an over abundance of melanin being produced by your skin. Melanin is a determinant of skin color, and how much you have is determined mostly on your genetic make up. Sun exposure, hormones, skin damage, and the use of certain chemical products can increase the production of melanin. Hyperpigmentation may also be caused by skin injuries or inflammation due to other skin conditions like, rosacea, psoriasis, melasma, or acne. Many women experience “the mask of pregnancy.” This happens when hormone levels are unbalanced and in return causes several dark patches of hyperpigmentation, that are most often temporary and will fade on their own after hormone levels return back to normal postpartum. There are several skin lightening treatments for hyperpigmentation, some you can do at home, while other treatments have to be done under the supervision of a dermatologist.

Hydroquinone is one of the most widely used ingredients for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. Hydroquinone is a skin lightening cream that decreases the amounts of melanin where it is applied on the skin. It can be used to lighten the dark spots caused by hyperpigmentation that is caused from melasma, pregnancy, birth control or hormone medications, liver spots, freckles, acne scarring, or injury to your skin. You can purchase over the counter creams and lotions that contain this ingredient, but the FDA has regulated that in over the counter skin lighteners the hydroquinone levels have to remain at 2% strength. If you want a higher dosage you can make an appointment with your dermatologist for a prescription that can have a strength of 4% hydroquinone. It is highly important that you follow the instructions on the package, or as directed by your dermatologist. Before applying the hydroquinone, test a small area of skin and check the area a few hours later to make sure you don’t have any serious side effects. If you experience any redness, swelling, itchiness, or blistering, do not continue use of this product and contact your physician. If you experience some mild dicomfort, then you may continue your treatment using hydroquinone. It is recommended that you use this product twice daily, and apply to the skin only. If contact with other areas occurs their may be undesired skin lightening. With use of this hydroquinone you may experience sensitivity to the sun, so it is important that you avoid tanning or prolonged amounts of sun exposure. You may also consider wearing protective clothing like wide brim hats, sunglasses, and a suncreen to cover the treated areas while being outside. With daily use you of hydroquinone should see significant skin lightening and even skin tone within two months.

Other skin lightening treatments include corticosteriod creams, tretinoin creams, micro-dermabrasion, and laser treatment therapy. Corticosteroid creams have been proven to fade areas of hyperpigmentation and reduce skin irritation that may be caused by other topical medications. This cream can be prescribed by your physician or dermatologist and should be used exactly as directed and should not be discontinued without the consent of your doctor. Tretinoin creams are one of the most effective skin lightening treatments that can be prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor. This cream is a high dosage of retinoids that can help fade hyperpigmentation in up to six weeks. Tretinoin creams may cause mild skin irritation that includes dryness, peeling, stinging, or redness in the first few weeks of use. It is recommended that you do not use other topical products when using tretinoin creams, unless directed to do so by your dermatologist. This cream is also not safe to use if you are pregnant. Micro dermabrasion treatments are also recommended for skin lightening. These treatments can fade your hyperpigmentation by removing layers of skin to increase cell turnover. You can expect redness and possible scabbing with the first few dermabrasion treatments. You may also require several sessions to acquire you desired results. Laser treatment therapy is another option for skin lightening. During this treatment, the cells that are responsible for creating hyperpigmentaion are destroyed while leaving the surface of the skin unscathed. It is recommended that you undergo several laser treatments to achieve desired results. These treatments are often expensive, but well worth the price, as dark spots are guaranteed to fade after just a few weeks of treatment.

How To Identify Your Symptoms Are Rosacea

flare_up_rosaceaRosacea is a very common skin condition that affects mostly men and women over the ages of thirty. It normally appears on the nose, cheeks, chin, forehead, and can even affect your eyes and eyesight. Rosacea is most commonly found on fair skin types or in those who blush easily. It has been linked to heredity and environmental factors. It’s appearance can leave your face red and sometimes be accompanied by small bumps, lesions, or pimples. Rosacea can cause depression, diminish your self confidence, and make you feel like you can’t leave the house. You don’t have to fight this skin condition any longer. With a quick trip to the dermatologist, your doctor can tell by the pattern of redness and your symptoms if you have the skin condition Rosacea.

What are the causes and symptoms of Rosacea? Scientists and doctors still don’t have enough evidence to pinpoint what causes Rosacea, but they do know that this skin condition is not caused by a bacteria. People used to think that Rosacea was caused by the over consumption of alcohol, this in no longer the case, but in people who have this skin condition alcohol can cause their Rosacea to flare up. Flare ups can be caused by a multitude of triggers. These triggers cause blood vessels in your face to expand, which stimulates the redness and irritation on your skin. Common causes of your flare ups may be strenuous exercise, exposure to the sun or windy weather, humid weather, stress, spicy food, hot drinks and food, alcohol, some blood pressure medications, or hot baths, saunas and showers. Temperature that changes quickly from hot to cold or cold to hot may also cause your Rosacea to flare up.

Determining if you have Rosacea can be confusing. The symptoms are often mistaken for acne breakouts. Some people who have Rosacea may think that they have just developed adult acne and never seek help for their Rosacea. The symptoms of Rosacea include a flushed face with extensive redness, dry sensitive skin, small swollen bumps or pimples that may contain pus, thicker patches of skin with a bumpy texture, and dry or redness in the eyes and eyelids.  Rhinophyma is a rare symptom of this skin condition that is seen more often in men than women. It occurs when the skin around the nose thickens, and in return makes the nose appear larger. These symptoms may stand alone, or be accompanied by one or more of the other symptoms.

What are the treatments for Rosacea? When you make an appointment with your dermatologist or doctor they will rule out other skin conditions with similar signs and symptoms of Rosacea. Acne, psoriasis, some forms of eczema, and lupus all have similar traits that can often appear to be Rosacea. After confirming that you have the skin condition Rosacea you can then start the treatment process. There is no known cure for the skin condition Rosasea, but with the right medication and identifying your triggers you can control your flare ups. A doctor will often prescribe antibiotics that come in the form of a cream, lotion, gel, or an oral medication to help with the inflammation. Antibiotics are great for the short term, but shouldn’t be relied as they can cause a multitude of side effects. If antibiotics don’t clear up your Rosacea you may be prescribed an acne medication. Isotretinoin is a powerful drug commonly used for acne suffers and has the ability to clear up cystic acne. This drug can help clear up the Rosacea flare ups that cause acne-like bumps or lesions. This drug is not recommended for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. The length of time that you will need to be on treatment for Rosacea depends on how severe your symptoms appear. You should typically see results of your treatment with a couple months. Symptoms have been known to reappear with the discontinued use of medications, so a long-term treatment plan may be a necessity.

Top 5 Non-Comedogenic Liquid Foundations For Acne Prone Skin

Foundation Makeup For Acne Prone SkinEvery girl wants to look in the mirror and see a flawless face that looks like the women we see on the cover of magazines. The reality is that those women on the covers of beauty magazines and on makeup commercials are flawless because they have been airbrushed to perfection. We all get a blemish here and there, and makeup helps us feel more self-confident, ready to face the day, blemish or not. Makeup can be our best friend, or our worst enemy, especially if you suffer from blackheads or acne. When we have a blemish we want coverage and something that will make that pimple appear non-existant. The problem is that when we put makeup on top of a pimple we can be causing more harm than good. You are essentially feeding that pimple with more bacteria, as well as clogging more pores and creating new acne. So, what choice do we have? We have to cover the acne! Well, now you can do both. You can cover the acne, and fight it at the same time by using a non- comedogenic makeup. This type of makeup will not clog your pores, and there are even some brands that contain acne-fighting ingredients. Here is a list of the top ten best non-comedogenic makeup products on the market for acne-prone skin types.

  • 1. Makeup For Ever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation. This foundation is top-rated on Sephora for a non-comedogenic makeup suitable for acne prone skin. It is a shine-controlling formula, oil-free, water resistant, full coverage foundation. This product is guaranteed to hide imperfections, even out skin tone, and it mattifies to a non-greasy flawless powdered finish. It is a long-wearing foundation that lasts up to eight hours. The color range is phenomenal, with 16 to choose from, ranging from Alabaster(porcelain) to Chocolate(for the deepest of skin tones). A little of this product goes a long way, so it is well worth the price of 36.00 for 1.01 ounces.
  • 2. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. This foundation is a dermatologist-tested, non-comedogenic, oil and fragrance free formula that is perfect for acne-prone skin types. This product has a rich consistency that gives a flawless full coverage finish. It is easy to apply and very blendable. This foundation also contains ingredients such as silk proteins, teas extracts(to soothe and treat existing acne), and treated mica that when combined together provide you with a hydrating makeup product that will give your skin a smooth and professional finish.  It also is formulated with light reflecting ingredients that will diminish the look of any fine lines and wrinkles. The Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation is also a long wear makeup that provides up to 12 hours and comes in ten shades ranging from soft ivory to hazelnut beige. You can also expect to pay around 43.00 for 1.18 ounces.
  • 3. Revlon ColorStay Makeup Foundation. For the girl on the budget, this non-comedogenic foundation may be right up your alley with prices around 9.99 for 1.0 ounce. This foundation is great! It comes in a variety of shades, 20 to be exact, and it comes in two formulations. One is for dry/normal skin, and the other is oily/combo skin types. This foundation has gotten rave reviews for lasting power, coverage, price, and it won’t break you out! You can buy this foundation at any drugstore, supermarket, and you can often find it at Ulta for buy one get one 1/2 off. This product features SoftFlex technology which has been shown not to crease or rub off with normal wear. The formula also contains an SPF 15 and oil free.
  • 4. Lancome Teint Visionnaire Skin Correction Makeup Duo Foundation. If you are looking for a Holy Grail non-comedogenic product and don’t mind paying the price, then this is the foundation for you. The foundation is designed to correct your skin and provide you with immediate results while improving your skin when worn on a daily basis. This foundation also includes a Precision Spot Corrector that is infused with Vitamin C which aides you skin by correcting dark spots, shrinking pores, erasing dark circles, and clearing up existing acne. The foundation also includes skin care benefits like LR 2412, a molecule shown to improve skin elasticity and stengthen skin structure. With this product costing a whopping 60.00  for 1.0 oz, sold in 20 shades, this product has been clinically tested and proven to benefit acne prone skin.
  • 5. Sephora Collection Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation. Rounding out the top 5, last but not least, I can not say enough good things about this foundation. This foundation is comparable to Dior’s Airflash, without the hefty price tag. Works best when applied with a beauty blender or sponge. This product is non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested, and formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates which often cause irritation to sensitive acne-prone skin. It comes in five shades, from fair to deep skin tones. This foundation will blur those blemishes and control shine for up to 10 hours while still providing you a flawless, blemish-free face. This product contains InstaBlend technology that guarantees you color will apply smoothly so you can build your coverage to your liking. With ingredients like mineral-rich red algae your skin will also be protected against environmental stresses. It’s a steal at 26.00 for 2.5 ounces!

Banish Blackheads And Keep Them From Coming Back!

Blackheads On The NoseSome of us have been fighting the up hill blackhead battle and acne since day one of puberty, while others may start getting blackheads as they age or hormone levels change. What is the difference between a blackhead and whitehead? A blackhead is an open comedone and occurs when a pore or hair follicle gets clogged with a piece of flaky skin, bacteria, or oil. A whitehead is essentially the same, but the whitehead is a closed comedone, which means that the pore is is completely clogged and no air can enter the pore. The skin debris, bacteria, and sebum remain trapped in a whitehead until the the blemish drains. Whiteheads tend to be larger and can cause swelling and tenderness. Blackheads can be an occasional occurrence or they can be a symptom of acne, and they will never go away without the right treatment. So, “What cause Blackheads, and how do you get rid of them for good?” “Why are they so hard to get rid of, and why is it NOT okay to pop them with your fingers?” These are all common questions that are frequently sought after by acne sufferers.

Extraction is one way to get rid of your blackheads, but it’s all about being sanitary to ensure that you are not spreading bacteria around and causing more acne. Dr.Oz recommends using three simple steps when extracting pimples and blackheads. You will need an extractor tool, which has a double side, one side for blackheads and the larger side for whiteheads. Use a facial steamer to open your pores, and wash with warm water combined with Epsom salt to loosen the blackheads. Push with your sanitized extractor with just enough pressure that it pops right out without much force. Do not push too excessively, or you can cause broken capillaries. If the blackhead won’t come out try more steam and repeat. Baking Soda acts as an exfoliater, and when used regularly can minimize blackhead breakouts. You can also replace the water in the mixture with apple cider vinegar, which has anti-bacterial properties and can clear out those clogged pores.

Another way to rid yourself of pesky blackheads is by using a Salicylic and Glycolic Acid, or AHA/BHA, based cleanser. These two work together by breaking down oil in your blackheads and pimples. These acids attach themselves to fat and oils at the surface of the pustule and dissolve the plug. Daily use of a cleanser that has a AHA/BHA formula will prevent blackheads and banish existing acne to reveal a flawless face. Glycolic Acid, which is made from sugar cane, will exfoliate flaky dead skin and debris on your face. Dermatologists recommend Retinoids, a vitamin A treatment, as the best way to clear existing blackheads and to prevent them from ever forming. Though prescription strength retinoids are the most effective and take less time see the results, there are are several over the counter retinol treatments to choose from. Retinoids increase cell turnover and rid your your face of dead skin cells, making it less likely for blackheads to appear. With regular use of a retinoid cream you will have increasing peeling and dryness to start, but within four to six weeks you should see the peeling decreasing and the skin appearing brighter, clearer, and more even toned.

Whatever you do, don’t squeeze your blackheads or pimples with your fingers. Keep your hands and hair away from your face. To prevent blackheads and use a non-comedogenic makeup, which means it won’t clog your pores. Don’t use any sharp objects to poke or drain you acne as well. This could lead to more acne, scarring, or damage to your skin. Patience is also key in the fight against blackheads. Sometimes your skin might purge itself when starting a new regiment and that is normal. Retinol creams tend to dry the skin and cause minor irritation before you start to see improvement. Don’t give up!