13 Things Dermatologists Are Dying to Tell You About Your Skin

Are you suffering from acne? Do you want to improve your skin but do not trust skin products alone? Well, if you answered “Yes”, then you need a dermatologist. Your improved looks will produce confidence.

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They say beauty is only skin deep. Only?! Skin is our body’s largest organ, and when it’s clear, hydrated, and radiant, it signals wellness on the inside too. The secrets top M.D.’s share with their favorite people will make you look younger and feel healthier.

1. PIN IT FOR LATER

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2. START ANTI-AGING NOW

“When someone asks, ‘When do I deal with this line between my eyes?’ I’m tempted to say, ‘It was time to deal with it when you first noticed it!’ I can be blunt like that with family, so when my cousins asked, I told them my philosophy: Clean up your room before it gets too dirty. If you begin with small amounts of Botox or filler in your early 30s when lines start forming, the muscle movement that creates wrinkles is restricted sooner, so you likely won’t develop deeper ones. That said, it’s okay if you’ve put it off. Botox, Fraxel, and fillers work into your 40s and beyond; you’ll just need somewhat higher doses since the damage will be greater. Most people have it backward: They’re worried about overdoing it by coming in too frequently. But if they came earlier and more often, I wouldn’t need to do much, so it would cost less and look more natural.” —Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D., director of 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai in New York City

3.MADE A CHANGE? YOUR SKIN KNOWS

“A friend called me about an itchy rash on her face. When I saw her red, swollen bumps, I realized it was rosacea. So many things can trigger rosacea, even if you’ve never had it before: coffee, milk and cheese, chocolate, red wine, spices. I could have put her on antibiotics, but instead I asked her what had changed in her diet — I knew she was a healthy eater and didn’t drink alcohol but loved coffee. Turns out, she had recently started taking it with cream. She stopped, and the inflammation disappeared within a week. If you’re having a problem, it helps to think about anything that’s new, even if it seems small. Your doctor might make a connection that can get you relief.” —Valerie Goldburt, M.D., cosmetic dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery and assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City

Read more: http://www.redbookmag.com/beauty/anti-aging/g3800/dermatologist-skin-care-tips

 

Facial Masks

Some people use it for relaxation. Some people use it for fun bonding with friends. Some people use it for some serious remedy. But regardless of the reason, using facial masks is a wonderful way of minimizing the effects of aging.

 

A facial mask takes place after cleansing, skin analysis, exfoliation, extractions and massage during a professional facial.  Facial masks treat your particular skin type or condition.  If you’re dry or dehydrated, the facial mask should hydrate your skin. If your skin is red or inflamed, the mask should calm and soothe. If your skin is oily and congested, the facial mask can help draw out impurities from the skin.

Facial masks generally stay on your skin for 10-15 minutes and contain ingredients like clay, black moor mud, aloe vera, seaweed, algae, essential oils, massage oils, herbs and vitamins.  After the mask has done its work, the esthetician removes it and completes the facial with application of toner, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, lip balm and if it’s day-time, sunscreen.

One sign of a good facial is when the esthetician stays in the room with you during the facial mask, giving you a scalp massage or some other service that enhances your experience.

What Is A Facial?

If she says, “Just lie here, relax and I’ll be back in ten minutes”, she’s basically taking a break at your expense. Don’t pay good money to lay there by yourself.

What Can Facial Masks Do For Your Skin?

A face mask is intended to treat your particular skin condition so it’s important to choose the right one. If you’re using a professional skin care line, the esthetican can usually recommend a facial mask for you to use at home, but sometimes they are for professional use only.

Depending on their ingredients, masks can tighten and tone, hydrate, nourish, draw out impurities, help blemishes heal, calm and soothe, and rejuvenate the skin.

There are a few different types of masks.  Clay masks help draw oil and dirt to the surface of the skin. They contain clay, kaolin or bentonite for their tightening and sebum-absorbing effects.  Cream masks or gel masks are formulated to hydrate and nourish the skin.  Setting masks harden into a rubbery state and esthetician peels them off at the end. These are cool and refreshing masks, but not that common because they’re tricky to work with.

Can I Make My Own Facial Mask?

Absolutely! Fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, yogurt, honey, and eggs have been used for centuries as home beauty remedies. They are fun to experiment with, and you won’t find them in a spa setting because of convenience and sanitation. But use organic ingredients. You don’t want to put pesticides on your face.

Here are some of the most common ingredients for a home-made face mask and their benefits:

  • Cucumbers — Cooling, soothing and healing. The classic at-home eye pad. Or you can peel cucumber and put it in a blender with some other ingredients.

Read more: http://spas.about.com/od/facialtreatments/a/Facial-Masks.htm

8 Secrets on How to Get Rid of Scars

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How to get rid of scars - Dr. Axe

For some, scars can be great storytellers and conversation starters, but for many, scars are unsightly and sometimes even embarrassing. In fact, they can be life-changing and traumatic to manage on a daily basis, depending on the exact circumstances of the scar — which is why many people wonder how to get rid of scars.

Turns out, there are several scar treatment options that allow you to avoid surgical procedures. Below are my eight secrets on how to get rid of scars naturally and safely in the comfort of your own home. My natural scar remedies include shea butter and coconut oil, essential oils, apple cider vinegar and so much more. The best part is, if you try these treatments — many of which double as home remedies for acne — not only are they excellent for scar removal, but they leave your skin healthier overall!


How to Get Rid of Scars Naturally

Scars are typically the result of an injury, such as a small cut, laceration or burn; stretch marks from pregnancy or significant weight changes; or an incision due to surgery or even acne. Scars can be flat or may protrude, often severely.

They can be difficult to live with, especially if the scar is in an exposed location on the body, such as the face or hands, which is why so many people want to know how to get rid of scars. Here are my eight secrets for natural scar removal.

1. Shea Butter and Coconut Oil

If you have experienced an injury, such as a cut, laceration or burn, keep the area moist and covered while it heals. You can use raw shea butter or coconut oil to keep the wound moist. This may help prevent a scar or keep a scar from getting too large, deep or itchy.

The omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in both shea butter and coconut oil have been shown to inhibit keloid scar tissue and repair skin. (1, 2) Additionally, because shea butter and coconut oil are very effective at moisturizing the skin, they can be part of a continued regimen to help minimize some scarring. Simply apply shea butter or coconut to the skin two to three times a day. There is no need to wash it off since shea butter and coconut oil are both very beneficial for your skin. However, be careful not to let it get on any silk garments, as it may stain.

2. Silicone Gel Sheeting

Another option for how to get rid of scars is silicone gel sheeting. This is a sticky, clear pad that goes over a cut and can speed healing, similar to how Band-Aids can help heal cuts fast. It also can also make scars less red and painful.

Silicone gel sheeting has been widely used in clinical practice since the early 1980s. Although gel sheeting can be an effective treatment, there are some downsides to some conventional gel sheets. Some patients may have skin reactions to the tape used for fixation, experience excessive …

 

Read more: https://draxe.com/how-to-get-rid-of-scars/

Beginner’s guide to the body scrub

Your skin needs exfoliation every now and then to feel fresh and rejuvenated. Hence scrubbing is a very essential part of your daily regime when it comes to cleansing your body.

 

I am embarrassed to admit, I am a beauty treatment addict. You can find extremely affordable spa services in NYC (where I used to live), so after 20 some years of foregoing any sort of spa experience (even a basic manicure), I found myself suddenly getting bi-weekly manis and pedis, threading my eyebrows, and delving into the glorious world of massages and facials every few months. One of the few treatments I never tried though, was a body scrub.

So why now? While body scrubs are beneficial year-round, they are especially great to get during the winter when people suffer from dry and itchy skin. A body scrub should leave your skin feeling healthy, refreshed, and baby soft.

According to Jamie Underwood, Director of Spa Services at Ladywell’s Vitality Spa and Sauna in Greenwood, exfoliating treatments do more than keep your skin feeling great on the outside. “On a deeper level, circulation of blood and lymph increases, helping the process of detoxing and moving stagnant fluid,” Underwood said.

I was lucky enough to receive a classic bergamot body scrub at Ladywell’s after spending the recommended hour soaking and steaming in the spa’s pools and steam room. Ladywell’s offers three pools: a hot whirlpool, a warm soaking pool and a cold plunge pool, as well as two saunas and a steam bath infused with essential oils.

When it was time for my scrub, I was sent to lie down on a cushioned table in a section of the spa separated by a divider. My therapist began the scrub by rinsing my body with warm water (which felt wonderful), and then rubbing in the body scrub all over, excluding my face. You are able to choose between two different scrubs, the …

 

Read more: http://seattlerefined.com/fashion-beauty/beginners-guide-to-the-body-scrub

6 Tips to Having Your Makeup Last All Day

There’s nothing more annoying than looking in the mirror mid-afternoon to see your makeup as all but worn off. Here’s how to keep your cosmetics on lockdown, even in this summer heat!
6 Tips to Having Your Makeup Last All Day #theeverygirl

You’ve worked so hard to create that perfect makeup look and without any welcome at all, heat and humidity swoop into the picture and make that beautiful work of art (or something like that) melt away. The nerve.

The good news is there are steps you can take to make your makeup last all day and we’re here to share them with you. With these failproof tips, there’s no doubt that your makeup will beat the heat.

1. start with a clean canvas

We all know that oil and water don’t mix. The oils on your face aren’t an exception to that rule! An oily face will make makeup melt off quicker than you can imagine.

If you really want your makeup to last, start with a clean face. Remove any excess dirt and oil by washing with a gentle cleanser. After patting your skin dry, apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer with SPF (we Everygirls know how to multi-task!). Let it sink in for about three minutes before applying any additional products.

Product Recommendations:
Cleanser: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Oily skin moisturizer: Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 PA++
Normal to dry skin moisturizer: Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++

2. prime and perfect

You know how a manicure always looks best when you use a great base coat? The same goes for your makeup! Using a primer will help fill in your pores, blur imperfections, and help your makeup look better and last longer. Using one sounds like a no-brainer to us.

Product Recommendations: 
Primer: Smashbox has an excellent range of face primers. There’s one for red skin, one for dry skin, one for acne prone …

See more: http://theeverygirl.com/6-tips-to-having-your-makeup-last-all-day