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THE PLAINEST BEAUTY tricks are usually the best, but they tend to be obvious and overlooked. Facial massage is all of these: easy, intuitive and mostly absent from skin-care routines even though it can be a great alternative to invasive treatments like Botox. Like the rest of your body, your face has many muscles, and like your shoulders or back, it gets tight and holds on to stress.
This type of massage has long been a secret weapon of aestheticians (think of all that stroking and swirling during a facial) and makeup artists, who often give clients a face rub before sending them down a catwalk or red carpet. Makeup artist Gucci Westman,who can be found backstage prepping models for Oscar de la Renta and Jason Wu, is a devout practitioner. "For early morning shows when everyone's puffy and not quite awake, facial massage is like coffee for the skin. Everything comes to life," she said.
By relaxing muscles and connective tissue, massaging the face softens expression-induced lines around your eyes, lips and brows, helps expel acne-causing toxins and de-puffs and brightens the eye area, according to London facialist-to-the-fancy Abigail James. "It also increases circulation, oxygenating the blood and encouraging the presence of fresh, healing red blood cells," said Ms. James, who's known for personalized facials that include extensive massages.
Dermatologists say that layering skin care products can make each products more potent! Yes it means that you are more likely to see difference in your skin when you layer the products in a correct manner.
Start with the lightest of Product:
The thinnest product should go first. Your thinnest serum or Hyaluronic Acid gel should go first. They deliver all the potent ingredients better to the skin. Also serums are easy to customize; say you like 2-3 serums but with all different benefits
Anti-Oxidants are a must for every skin type. One such anti-oxidant is Vitamin C. Vitamin C regenerates your skin cells and produces the much needed collagen for your skin.
Give your skin sometime to absorb the potent products before layering further. Let your skin soak in all the benefits for 3-5 minutes at least.
Moisturizing is the key to supple and healthy skin. Moisturizers seal the goodness af serums and helps them work all day/night. Just ensure you are using a moisturizer suitable for your skin type and/or season appropriate.
Oils make skin radiant so add 2-3 drops of oil to your skin care routine. Yes you might feel/look greasy so this is more preferable at night. You can again choose a light weight oil or a rich oil depending on your skin.
Never forget sunscreen and also ensure that this is the last step you use on your skin. Sunscreens do not let other ingredients penetrate so keep that in mind.
Note: If you have sensitive skin and are prone to reactions from using the treatment products, moisturize before applying the treatment products. This will create a safety barrier and will shield your skin to avoid any reactions.
By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. "Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin." In addition to providing oxygen, blood flow also helps carry away waste products, including free radicals, from working cells. By increasing blood flow, a bout of exercise helps flush cellular debris out of the system."You can think of it as cleansing your skin from the inside."
Exercise has also been shown to ease stress. "And by decreasing stress, some conditions that can be exacerbated by stress can show some improvement," says Brian B. Adams, MD, associate professor and director of the Sports Dermatology Clinic at the University of Cincinnati. Conditions that can improve when stress is reduced include acne and eczema. Although researchers are still investigating the link between stress and skin, studies show that the sebaceous glands, which produce oil in the skin, are influenced by stress hormones.
Regular exercise helps tone muscles, of course. That doesn't have a direct affect on skin, dermatologists say. But firmer muscles definitely help you look better overall.
(courtesy of WebMD.com)
Salicylic Acid: What To Know
"Salicylic acid can exfoliate the skin as well as decrease inflammation". "The cells in the lining of the hair follicles of people with acne tend to multiply quickly, and stick to one another. Salicylic acid works by dissolving this cement that holds those sticky cells together in the clogged pores. Most effective acne treatments can make skin a bit red and inflamed while the skin adjusts to them. This ingredient is unique because it's very effective at fighting acne, but it has a soothing, calming effect on skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of this ingredient are not surprising, given its close chemical relationship to one of the most well-known anti-inflammatory drugs available, acetylsalicylic acid (also known as aspirin!)."
"Problems can arise when high concentrations of salicylic acid are applied to a large area of skin for a long period of time. When this occurs, something called salicylate toxicity can occur. That being said, the concentrations of salicylic acid found in over-the-counter products designed to treat blemishes (and the dark marks they leave behind) are too low to cause trouble. Some over-the-counter wart treatments, on the other hand, have much higher concentrations of salicylic acid, so you wouldnt want to spread those all over your body! Levels of salicylic acid found in products designed to clear your complexion are usually very well tolerated. They almost never cause irritation or peeling when used once or twice a day."
Benzoyl Peroxide: What To Know
"Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne lesions (blackheads, whiteheads, and big red pimples). It is bactericidal, meaning it kills bacteria, rather than simply slowing down their growth. It also works very quickly, improving acne as early as five days after starting treatment. It_s a great first line treatment for acne, but it_s also helpful to use in combination with antibiotics. In fact, benzoyl peroxide has the ability to prevent antibiotic resistance!"
"One thing to watch out for with benzoyl peroxide is that it can bleach dark fabrics. Be sure to apply the benzoyl peroxide after you pull that navy sweater over your face! It can also cause drying, peeling, and redness if it_s not delivered in the right amount, surrounded by the right mix of ingredients."
(courtesy of TeenVogue.com)