Look Gorgeous AND Be Smart This Summer

The joys of summer can leave lasting memories — and effects. Think salt water, chlorine, and blazing heat, all of which might leave you looking tired and dehydrated, despite the fun you’ve had!  As the sun’s rays beat down in most parts of the world, it’s especially important to indulge in a conscientious skin care routine that’ll have you looking and feeling both healthy and refreshed.

Look Gorgeous AND Be Smart This Summer

Try these tips for starters:

1)    Always, always scrub.

In order to effectively replenish lost moisture and vitamins that happens with prolonged sun exposure, you must first remove dead skin cells. Look for a scrub that you can use twice a week. (Just remember not to go overboard: too much scrubbing can damage healthy cells.) I use From the Lab’s Face Scrub No. 597. It’s loaded with nourishing active ingredients and the special, spherical Purple Jojoba Exfoliating Beads gently cleanse pores without microscopically tearing your skin. What’s more, unlike the microbeads used in many of today’s washes and scrubs, Scrub No. 597’s Exfoliating Beads are environmentally friendly!

2)    Hydrate for healthy skin.

You’re sweating up a storm outside, then going inside to cool down — while this might feel great, the constant transition between outside warmer temps and artificial cool inside atmospheres can accelerate water loss, which leaves your skin dry and rough. In addition to drinking an adequate amount of water, as many health experts recommend, it’s important to keep skin hydrated with a triple attack: mask, serum, moisturizer.

First, use warm water to remove your twice-weekly scrub and open up your pores, then follow with a cooling mask, such as Face Mask No. 598 to gently soothe over-exposed summer skin. Using a mask is great as part of your daily routine. Pair it with a hydrating serum and a rich moisturizer to reduce the appearance of fine lines, as well as to keep skin soft and smooth. Serums, such as Beauty Elixir No. 602, penetrate your skin to deliver a concentrated dose of actives designed to replenish and revitalize, while moisturizers and face creams offer an added layer of protection. Boost the benefits of your daily routine by looking for a moisturizer, like 24-Hour Face Cream No. 578, that not only hydrates; it also detoxifies and protects your skin from environmental micro-toxins.

Look Gorgeous AND Be Smart This Summer

3)    Use more sunscreen.

For sunscreen to be truly effective, you need to reapply it every two hours. In fact, if you still have sunscreen left at the end of the season, it’s a good indication that you’re not using enough. Sunscreens with a zinc oxide or titanium dioxide base provide the best broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection without exposing you to potentially hormone-disrupting chemicals, such as oxybenzone or vitamin A, which may be carcinogenic on sun-exposed skin. Also, avoid spray or powdered sunscreens, which can present inhalation dangers.

4)    Remember to care for your hair.

Give your scalp and hair the same consideration you give to your skin, especially during the summer months when your strands are most prone to damage from the elements, such as sun, sea, or even pool. Anti-aging ingredients, such as amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and peptides can help ensure healthier hair by fighting free radicals (damaged cells that can become problematic), decreasing inflammation, and moisturizing skin — all of which stimulate hair growth. Look beyond traditional shampoos and conditioners to keep your hair healthy and beautiful. Search for a serum or mask, like Hair Mask No. 718, which not only smoothes and protects strands to immediately improve the condition of your hair, but also treats your scalp with an advanced anti-aging formula, so that your hair actually grows out healthier.

Look Gorgeous AND Be Smart This Summer

5)    Keep in mind, healthy skin and hair is really about the big lifestyle picture.

Great skin needs more than just great skin care products. While maintaining a healthy routine with smart products can indeed slow the aging process, the condition of your skin is mostly dependent upon your nutrition, hydration, environment, genetics, and even the amount of sleep you get each night. There are certainly factors beyond your control, such as the genes you were born with, but other aspects are ones you can positively impact, such as elements of your daily lifestyle. Small steps can make a big difference! Keep your water bottle filled with filtered water and ready to drink, eat protein-rich foods to give your cells the energy they need to repair damage, and move your body in joyful ways for a clearer mindset and ultimately, clearer skin.

Look Gorgeous AND Be Smart This Summer

Take Control of Your Underarm Sweat

underarm sweat issuesSure, everyone sweats. It’s normal after a hard workout at the gym or a day at the beach. But when sweaty armpit stains appear at work or during a date, it’s just embarrassing. There are even some people who go to great lengths to hide their underarm stains, constantly worrying about what to wear and avoiding social gatherings just to conceal their sweaty situation.

“Underarm sweat was always on my mind. Everything that I did, I’d worry about what I was going to wear. Even at my best friend’s wedding, I was trying to convince her that her bridesmaids’ dresses should be black so it would hide my sweat,” said Allison Benitez, from New Hampshire.

Most people are not aware of available treatment options beyond antiperspirants. Even medications and prescription antiperspirants provide only temporary relief and are largely ineffective. However, there is an in-office procedure available that provides a lasting reduction in underarm sweat.

The miraDry Procedure, cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, delivers energy noninvasively to the sweat gland area under the arm, and creates targeted heat to destroy and eliminate the glands. Because sweat glands do not regenerate, results that are seen immediately after the treatment can be expected to last. Two treatments, spaced three months apart are recommended for optimal results.  Studies have shown patients treated with the miraDry Procedure experienced an average sweat reduction of 82 percent.

“After the miraDry Procedure, a lot of things changed in my life. I’m not as self-conscious as I used to be and I’m more confident. It’s wonderful,” said Allison.

For more information on the miraDry Procedure, please visit www.miradry.com or follow @miraDry on Twitter.

Dull, Dry or Flaky Skin? Try Some of These Tips

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Nourish Your Skin From Inside will Show on the Outside

Healthy and young-looking skin is often considered the holy grail of cosmetics, but it’s also a good indication of your general health and well-being. At the center of skin health is collagen. But what is collagen? Simply put it is a type of protein. It connects and supports bodily tissues such as tendons, muscles, skin, bone and cartilage. There are more than twenty five types of collagens that naturally occur in the body, making it one of the most plentiful proteins present in the bodies of mammals, including humans. In fact, it makes up about 25% of the total amount of proteins in the body. Collagen is like the glue that holds the body together. And it’s collagen that gives the skin its structure and youthful ‘springiness.’

Whilst there are many products containing synthesized collagen, there is a natural way to increase the amount of collagen in your body. The key is to maintain a balanced diet rich in the antioxidant vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E. These are the vitamins that help skin to stay moist and supple, to repair itself and to produce the enzymes that stabilize the production of collagen.

As antioxidants, these key vitamins sweep up free radicals that could damage the appearance and structure of your skin. Taking enough antioxidant vitamins will reduce the amount of free radical damage to your skin. This is why antioxidant vitamins often go hand-in-hand with anti-aging regimes and are considered by some to be a key way to extend your youthful good looks into middle age and beyond.

Vitamin-enhanced skincare products might appear to be at the forefront of the beauty and anti-aging industries. But if you look at traditional ways of caring for your skin, it becomes abundantly clear that people have been maintaining healthy skin for centuries with vitamins. Olive oil and avocado are among a host of traditional skin treats that are packed with vitamins — vitamin C in olive oil and vitamin E in avocado.

In the pursuit of gorgeous and healthy skin, it’s important to remember that as well as eating plenty of essential vitamins avoid eating foods that could be damaging for the skin. Alcohol is a key offender as it seriously depletes the vitamins in your body. So if you eat a healthy, balanced diet and then drink alcohol, you’re undoing a lot of the good work you’ve done.

The key is to remember that skin is a living organ. Unlike our heart, lungs and kidneys, our skin is an organ we can see — at least the top layer. III health, fatigue, disease and stress all show themselves readily on our skin. Flaky skin, eczema, rashes, wrinkles, dryness, pimples and sores are all ways in which our skin communicates with us, telling us something is wrong. So when you include the right vitamins in your diet, namely vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E you should begin to see improvements in the vitality and radiance of your skin; you can also rest assured that this isn’t just about looking good. Your skin is telling you that you’re doing your body good too.

Must-Have Skin Care Products for Traveling

skin care reviewsJust because you take a vacation from work doesn’t mean you can take a vacation from skin care. Most people travel to warm, sunny locations when they go on a trip, exposing themselves to excessive levels of harmful UV rays. Rather than putting your skin at risk while on vacation, you may just want to learn what to pack. That is where this list comes into play. Here are some must-have skin care products for traveling that you should bring no matter what.

Sun Screen

It may sound odd to bring sun screen to the arctic, but you still need to do that. No matter what the temperature may be outside, the UV rays from the sun are still going to hit your skin. You can get a sunburn on a cloudy day in a snowy plane if you stay out long enough. Assuming you will be outside a lot for your vacation (or at least more often than normal), you need to keep some sort of sun screen with you at all times. It will do wonders to protect your face in the long run.


If you spend a lot of time in the “salty sea air,” you’re going to come back with dry skin. You’ll probably feel great when you’re outside watching the waves, but that feeling will turn to discomfort when you’re at home scratching your face. Apply moisturizer every morning before you leave the house, and you’ll be able to fight against some of that dryness before it gets the best of you.

Quick tip: Look for moisturizers that have SPF built-in. That will give you hydration and protection all in one.

Blemish Cream

To fight that last-minute pimple right before the family reunion, you need some kind of blemish cream. You could go as far as bringing an electric zit-zapper with you, but that might look a little funky in your luggage. Just get a 24 hour pimple cream that will eliminate the problem on the spot. Worse comes to worse, you could use your toothpaste to potentially do the trick.

Bringing Liquids in Your Luggage

Before you pack any of these items in your luggage, you need to remember TSA’s 3-1-1 rule. When brining any liquids in your carry-on, make them less than 3.4 ounces. All of them need to be able to fit in a 1 quart zipper bag, and you can only bring 1 bag per person. Keep that in mind as you pack for your next trip, and you should be able to prepare yourself for the skin care issues ahead.

About the Author: Judy Blood is a travel nurse who literally spends her life in vacation mode. When she gets some down time at home though, she uses microdermabrasion products from Riiviva for keratosis pilaris treatment and general skin renewal.