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How Weather Affects Our Skin.

ultherapy2There are several factors that affect the health of our skin and as we get older our skin reveals how we’ve lived our lives.  Naturally our skin takes a lot of abuse more abuse than most other organs we have. So it’s key to good looking skin throughout our lives is to treat it well  by protecting it and nourishing it. But how does weather affect our skin? Well the two main sources are cold weather and exposure to sun.

To start protecting your skin it’s a really simple solution, the first is sunscreen.  The damage the sun can cause on skin ranges from causing discoloration in exposed sections to causing a loss of elasticity to your skin which causes wrinkles. The other and most dangerous is skin cancer. You should use sunscreen during every season and not just for Summer. The reason is your skin is exposed to UV rays all year round. To protect it you can use a broad spectrum of sunscreens starting at SPF 15. 

The sun isn’t the only weather factor that can cause damage to your skin, the cold can do that as well. Cold weather brings with it a much lower level of humidity. This will cause your skin to dry and crack from your lips, face, hands, and to your feet. The main thing to do here is to keep your skin hydrated and covered, easily enough by just a pair of gloves and a scarf. For hydrating your skin make sure you exfoliate before applying a moisturiser that has a bit of a heavier cream consistency  should work just make sure you apply it in the morning and before bed at least. Those with skin conditions like eczema should be weary as the colder climate tend to cause flares in condition. 


Do you have dry skin? Maybe this is why…

Dry skin can be an issue, and is one that can appear at almost any time. You need to discover if you are causing your dry skin, and if so, you need to take action to help get your skin back to the moisturized and smooth condition it deserves to be in.

One of the ways in which you may be contributing to your dry skin is by using the wrong type of soap or body wash. If you are using a product not labeled as being natural or is intended for oily skin, you may be drying your skin out too much. You also may be drying out your skin by not being adamant in applying moisturizer after every bath or shower. It is essential to replace the oils and moisture that has been removed through cleansing, and by not doing so routinely you could be drying out your skin unintentionally.

Additional ways and causes that can contribute to dry skin include a house with too low of a humidity level, not drinking enough water every day and not protecting your skin when going outdoors in high heat or cold weather. Your skin needs to always be pampered and protected is you want it to always look great. Dry skin has a dull appearance, and lack the glow healthy and well hydrated skin holds. Making changes to the way you care for your skin, your body and your environment can all help when you suffer from dry skin.


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Why You Need a Facial Toner

It’s obvious what other skin care products do for you. Cleansers clean, moisturizers moisturize and sunscreens screen the sun. But what do toners do??? They don’t really ‘tone’ anything, and your skin can survive without them. However, a well-chosen toner does so much to balance your skin’s oil content that it should be a part of your regular beauty regimen.

Most toners are designed to follow your cleansing regimen and precede your moisturizer or sunscreen. They’re typically fluid enough to apply with a cotton ball, but some toners skip the cotton and come in a spray pump. Their original intent was to remove residue that washing left on your face; old-fashioned cosmetics were tenacious, while bar soaps often left a film. While you shouldn’t need a toner to cleanse your skin — if you’re seeing excess makeup on your cotton ball, you may want to switch facial cleansers — the right toner adjusts the amount of oil on your skin’s surface.

Perennially oily skin loves mildly astringent, drying toners. A quick swipe of a toner-soaked cotton ball leaves skin feeling clean and looking de-greased. Removing excess oil helps your makeup stay in place and limits shine. Choose the mildest toner that’s still effective for cutting the oil. A too-strong toner will simply strip your skin and parch it. Trading oily skin for flayed, flaky skin is no bargain.

Dry skin takes an entirely different kind of toner. Instead of choosing something with alcohol, witch hazel or other drying agents, pick something with a moisturizing component. Glycerin-based toners draw moisture from the surrounding atmosphere to your skin, hydrating it. These toners may also help your makeup glide on more evenly.

One important note about toners: they do not affect pores. They don’t shrink, minimize, clean or otherwise change them. Pore size is genetic, and a few drops of liquid on a cotton ball can no more shrink pores than it can make you an inch taller. Toner is a wonderful addition to your facial skin care regimen, but it isn’t magic. Use toner for the right reasons, not the one manufacturers hype.

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