Refresh Throughout the Day Feature 01.31.17

How to Stay Refreshed Throughout the Day

One of the greatest feelings in the world is refreshed, especially at the end of a long day. While we would love to always freshen up with a nap or a shower, neither is very appropriate for a work environment. So, how do we freshen up when we’re feeling a little frazzled?

Touch-ups
Making a quick trip to the ladies room can instantly impact how you’re feeling mentally and physically. Take your makeup bag and powder your nose, reapply your lipstick or darken your eyeliner. A little touch-up will go a long way.

Take a walk
When projects are piling up, deadlines are looming and your social graces are gone, a quick walk outside will work wonders. The light exercise will calm you down, and burn some calories, while the vitamin D and fresh air will boost your mood and restore your energy.

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Stepping away from your computer to get a cold glass of water or a nurturing cup of coffee will give your eyes and mind a break, while making you feel good, so you can return to your work later with a fresh perspective.

Spritz a little
Nothing will instantly freshen and rejuvenate you quite like a spritz of an energizing mist. Our new line of Kinetic Mists cover everything from hydrating your skin to instantly calming redness to giving you a refreshing jolt of energy. Releasing next week, these will be an absolute must for any working woman’s handbag.

What do you do to refresh yourself throughout the day?

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Woman Wakes Up After a Wild Night and Takes Care of Her Skin

Wild Nights? Wake up Fresh

We won’t judge if you have a few wild nights here and there (or even more often as a matter of fact). Whether you’re pulling long hours at the office (hey, that can get wild sometimes!) or you’re out partying the night away with good friends, the older we get, the more that “wild night” shows on our skin the next morning.

How many times have you heard “you look tired”? And how many times did you like hearing that? No one likes to hear they look tired. That’s code for “you look horrible,” or “what happened to you?”

If you use Conture before you hit the sack and again in the morning, we can help ensure that those wild nights result in you waking up fresh. Or at least looking like you woke up fresh as a daisy.

If you don’t believe us, how about the review from Refinery29.com, which quotes, “In all honesty, I’ve never found a product that instantly brightens my skin the way this one does (I discovered that it also helps lotions, serums, and creams absorb better, resulting in an even healthier flush).” She went on to say that Conture “instantly brightened her skin,” which is what you need after a wild night out.

A wild night out (or just even a late night out) makes your skin look dull and dry and tired, but Conture can fix all of that, instantly. It’s a workout for your face, which means it’s working it out, getting the blood flow and moisture moving again and none of your friends or nosey coworkers will even know what time you got home last night.

Conture will not only help you look refreshed in the morning, but the benefits will continue, lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, adding elasticity back to your skin and just giving you an all around glow so people think you got your regular 8+ hours of sleep at night. It’s a win-win!

If you’re really worried about being called out, chug an extra glass of water, grab a cup of coffee and use light eye shadow to make your eyes appear wider and more alert. And don’t worry – your pretty little secret is safe with us.

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How to Achieve Radiant Skin

The age-old question — no pun intended — that every woman wants to know: how do you achieve radiant-looking skin? It’s really a lot easier (and definitely cheaper) than you think.

Just follow these simple steps to ensure your skin glows as bright and radiant as it did 20 years ago.

Exfoliate – set a reminder on your phone if you have to, but it’s key to vibrant and glowing skin. As we blogged about a few months ago, exfoliating is a huge key to ultimate skincare. The most vital function is that it removes dead skin, which is the main culprit in dull-looking skin, but it also reduces discoloration and pigmentation along with fine lines and wrinkles. No one wants dull and discolored skin, right? Exfoliating also speeds up skin cell renewal, which means you’ll get that fresh new, bright skin faster.

Drink lots of water. Especially during the holidays, or flu season, or when you’re on tight deadlines at work and working extra-long hours. During those times, it’s important to drink more water than you think you need to. It will do wonders for your overall health and most definitely your skin. At the minimum, you should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. (So, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink 60 ounces of water.) Ideally, though, you should drink a gallon of water, or 128 ounces, every day. It sounds like a lot, but you’ll eventually get used to it. And, your skin — and the rest of your body — will thank you.

Woman's Skin Glows after using Conture

Take your makeup off, every single night. Even those nights when you are too tired to breathe take a few minutes and remove your makeup. Otherwise it will dull your skin and cause breakouts, which is the opposite of radiant-looking skin. If you’re too tired to go through the sometimes lengthy de-makeup routine, just invest in some makeup remover wipes. A couple of swipes and your skin is clean and ready for bed!

Add moisturizer or a crème every morning and every night. A good night crème will help your skin recover while you sleep, actively working to moisturize and repair the day’s damage. For a morning moisturizer, you’ll want something light that will hydrate your skin without making it feel or look greasy. Our Kinetic AM Ignition Lotion fits the bill, reduces the signs of aging and is perfect for all skin types.

Add Conture to your current beauty regime. Just once or twice a day (15 minutes tops each time), implement the breakthrough anti-aging device into your beauty routine. Conture uses a unique combination of Isometric Compression that gently lifts and releases skin while Low Frequency Vibrations stimulate skin, so it’s not painful or invasive and easy to use at home, without the cost and hassle of a med spa.

Radiant-looking skin really is that simple to achieve. Your skin is an organ, and just as you monitor your other organs (like your heart or liver), keeping an eye on it and making sure you are taking care of yourself – even with something as simple as water intake – is key to keeping your skin remaining beautiful and young-looking.

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Don’t Fall Victim to Sun Damage in the Winter

Ever since we put on our first princess dress and high heels playing dress up, we’ve been told that we should always wear sunscreen. Unfortunately, many times people forget this nugget of wisdom is just as important in the winter months as it is for a day at the beach.

When the sun doesn’t feel as strong in the fall and winter months, many of us sort of skimp on our sunscreen protection or stop wearing hats, but the sun’s rays can damage your skin just as much during this time of year – TRUST US. The ultraviolet rays can harm us year-round, so it’s important to keep your skin protected.

Give your skin the extra defense it needs and use the Conture Kinetic Defense SPF 30 to help against free-radical damage generated by UV exposure. Kinetic Defense Sunscreen contains Zinc Oxide for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, as well as to help calm irritated skin. It also contains Red Algae and Ergothioneine with special free-radical scavengers that support the Mitochondria DNA from the endogenous issues of stress and other health challenges.

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Kinetic Defense Sunscreen is perfect for everyday use, and you should apply frequently, especially if you have a long day in the sun. You should apply it 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Remember – sun exposure isn’t just the beach or your friend’s pool – it’s also walking around an outdoor mall, having a picnic lunch or even catching a football game or tailgate. That is when it’s key to keep your sunscreen game strong.

Excessive sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging. If you have fallen victim to sun damage – whether in the fall or summer, try the 3 Speed Conture Skin Toning Device, which features three treatment programs (the face, neck and delicate areas). Speaking of your neck and other delicate areas – those need to be lathered in sunscreen as well to avoid sun spots and wrinkles. The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System is a safe, painless and non-invasive way to quickly and easily improve the appearance of aging skin, especially for those who have suffered sun damage to the neck and face. The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System utilizes Isometric Compression combined with Low Frequency Vibrations to gently stimulate and tone skin for a more youthful looking appearance. Used daily, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System has been clinically shown (with more than 250,000 hours of clinical research) to enhance the appearance and absorption of skin, which lessens the signs of aging and tired looking skin. This breakthrough technology leaves your skin looking smooth and radiant and will give you back some of that natural glow and youthful look.

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Your 6 Everyday Essentials That Are Breaking You Out

We know, we know. Nobody wants to be told that something they do every single day could be harmful to them. But, in reality, all of these pimple perpetuators are easily remedied. And, once your skin clears up, you can add them back to your daily regimen — as long as it’s in moderation.

Your Morning Fix
In our humble opinions, coffee does more damage than good to your body. If you’re like us and love your coffee with milk, sugar, syrup, whipped cream and everything else the barista wants to throw on there, there aren’t many redeeming qualities in your blended cup of joe, other than the endorphins and sugar high. But, even just a cup of black coffee will raise your body’s acidity, throwing off its pH balance and making your skin inflamed (most usually as a pimple around your mouth).

Your Solution: If it’s the caffeine you need, switch to tea. There’s obviously a huge variety in the world, but if better skin is your biggest concern, opt for green tea. Once you’ve had a fix, drink plenty of water to hydrate your body, restore your skin and flush out toxins. If you just can’t do without your coffee, though, you can add a few pH drops to make it less acidic.

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Your Bedtime Ritual
Adequate sleep is one of the most vital, precious gifts you can give your body. But, if you like to watch TV, play on your phone or catch up on emails in bed, the light from the device will make your body think it’s daytime and keep your mind awake. Devices like your smartphone will also emit electromagnetic wave frequencies that can run through your body and mess with your circadian rhythm. Your sleep pattern will be disrupted, your immune system weakened, your mind stressed and your face broken out.

Your Solution: Turn off all of your electronics 30 minutes before bedtime, and place your phone far away from you. If you need something to do before bed, read a book — a real, tangible, made-of-paper book — to calm your mind. You can also drink a cup of calming tea, like chamomile, to help make you sleep so that you get your full 8 hours and keep your body functioning properly. (Want more sleepy time tips? Read this.)

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Your Daily Face
You know that sleeping in your makeup is horrible for your skin, but, depending on your foundation of choice, just wearing it can wreak havoc, too. Thick makeups can clog your pores, trap sweat beneath your layer of foundation and attract dirt, which can sit on your skin, allowing bacteria in (and further clogging pores), which will cause pimples to sneak up on you. (Not to mention the bacteria transfer that happens if you use dirty brushes or sponges to apply your makeup, which can also lead to breakouts.)

Your Solution: Opt for lightweight, water-based foundations like airbrush makeup, which offers the added benefit of never having to touch your face with dirty fingers, brushes or sponges (which dermatologists strongly advise against). Airbrush makeups also tend to be noncomedogenic (don’t clog your pores), oil-free and completely buildable, so you can determine how light or full you want your coverage to be simply by the number of layers you apply. You’ll also want to always wash your face after removing your makeup. No matter what makeup you use, there can always be occlusive residue that a makeup wipe simply won’t get.

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Your Mini-Binge
That after dinner dessert, when combined with that morning meeting donut and afternoon pick-me-up, may help with endorphins, but it’s not doing your skin any favors. When you consume too many processed carbs, breads and sugar, your body’s glycemic index will elevate, making it produce more oil. The sugar can also break down the skin cells (in a process called glycation) which will weaken your collagen and elastin, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear. Your skin will also suffer from the overdose of bad bacteria in the body caused by the yeast in bread.

Your Solution: Moderate your sugar intake (the World Health Organization recommends no more than 6 teaspoons a day for adults) within a well-balanced diet with the right proportions of protein, fiber, leafy greens and complex carbs. And, of course, drink plenty of water.

Cellphone addiction

Your Slight Addiction
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you give up chasing Pokemon (we wouldn’t dare). But, if you’re on your cell phone all the time — you know, talking — and tend to breakout on one side of your face or jawline, it’s likely because of your mobile device. Every time you touch your phone’s screen to text, to post, to catch ’em all, you’re transferring all the germs from your hands onto your cell. That bacteria will then be transferred onto your face, creating blemishes.

Your Solution: Make it a point to regularly wipe down your cell with sanitizing wipes, especially if you’re about to make a call. If you’re completely grossed out by the idea of the bacteria getting on your face and don’t think a wipe is good enough, you can invest in a phone sanitizer (many often charge your phone, as well), which can kill 99.9 percent of your phone’s bacteria in about five minutes. These will typically run around $80.

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Your Skincare Routine
The obvious solution to oily skin is to dry it out, right? Except that drying out your skin — from harsh cleanser, too many spot treatments, etc — can ruin your skin’s natural protective barrier. This will cause more bacteria to get into your pores and cause breakouts and, if you’ve let your skin get so dry that it cracks, that bacteria can cause infection.

Your Solution: Learn the best skincare solutions based on your skin type. You should wash your face at least once a day, more if you have oily skin, and pay special attention to the type of cleanser you use. Charcoal products like a charcoal soap or a charcoal mask will get rid of the bacteria and clear your pores without over-drying your skin. Make sure you’re not over-using your acne treatment, and finish your routine with a lightweight moisturizer.

 

 

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12 Timeless Skincare Tips Every Woman Should Know

Whether you’re looking to treat or prevent, protect or soothe, these skincare tips will make you feel like a new woman.

Smooth Skin

Lather. Rinse. Moisturize.
Massaging a moisturizing lotion, cream or gel into skin right after showering will trap water to hydrate skin.

The Essence of Beauty
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Staying adequately hydrated helps your body function better and plumps and moisturizes your skin. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. (If you weigh 160 pounds, drink 80 ounces of water.)

Do a Dollop
Sensitive skin can be smoothed and touchy complexions nourished by applying a tablespoon of sour cream for 20 minutes, twice a week.

Oats for healthy skin

Protect & Refresh

Soy You Later
Resting a soy milk-soaked washcloth on your face for 10 minutes, once a week, will refresh your complexion by brightening skin, and will help prevent wrinkles with its natural estrogen.

Sky High
Always apply sunscreen before boarding an airplane, especially if you’re in a window seat. As your altitude increases, so will the levels of the sun’s UV rays.

Oat and About
Add a teaspoon of organic oatmeal to your cleanser, and smooth it onto skin for 10 minutes. The minerals in the oats are soothing and will help cleanse and hydrate your skin.

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Calm Skin

De-puff and Tone Up
Starting your day with a skin toning session with your Conture will help diminish signs of aging, rev up circulation and reduce puffiness. Bonus: the relaxed face you’ll get from this gentle massage will provide a smoother foundation for makeup.

Chill Out
For splotchiness and redness, drink a glass of ice water when it first occurs. The cold will constrict the blood vessels and cool you from the inside.

Cold in Here
Keeping your eye gel in the refrigerator overnight will work with the gel to reduce puffiness when you apply it in the morning.
Tea for healthy skin

Banish Blemishes

A Splash of Tea
Splashing your face with cool black tea (but not rinsing) controls oil and shine by acting as a natural astringent.

Time to Hang Up
A dirty cell phone can cause breakouts. Clean it at least once a week with antibacterial wipes.

Easy De-swell
Nasal decongestants are anti-inflammatories. Just as they reduce your nose’s inflammation, a small amount will reduce your pimples’ redness and inflammation.

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Drink Your Way to Better Skin

You take care of your skin. You use sunscreen every morning. You wash your face every night. You even exercise your skin with Conture to firm it up.

But, is your skin the best it can be?

All the topicals in the world can’t guarantee great skin if your diet is lacking. Great skin is helped by great nutrition—specifically, incorporating plenty of Omega-3s and antioxidants. While there are definitely food choices you can make for better skin, today we’re focusing on your drink choices, and how exactly you can drink your way to better skin.

Water. Water is vital for both skin health and overall health. It keeps the body functioning properly and makes your skin look plumper and firmer. Experts agree that the right amount of water for each person is half their body weight (in ounces). For example, if a woman weighs 140 pounds, she should drink 70 ounces of water each day.

Lemon Water. Starting your day with a big glass of lemon water (like we discussed here) can help flush toxins out of the body to rejuvenate skin. Added bonus: lemon water also helps with digestion, increases metabolism and boosts your immune system.

Green Juice

Green Juice. Vegetables, especially kale, are amazing multi-vitamins for your skin. Kale is packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and copper, which are all frequent in anti-aging creams. Kale also helps promote healthy cell growth and healthy cell turnover, getting rid of old, dull skin, and keeps skin strong. Need a little guidance on how to create a green smoothie you actually like? Start with the recipe below, then tinker with it based on your preferences. It provides a perfect combination of natural sugar to sweeten it, and green veggies to hydrate and de-puff the skin.
Combine all ingredients in a juicer or high-powered blender

  • 1 apple
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 handful of kale
  • lemon and ginger to taste

 

Soy Milk. Using soy milk instead of regular milk in your morning coffee or tea can help protect collagen and prevent new wrinkles from forming due to sun exposure. The minerals and proteins in soy milk can also help brighten and even-out your skin tone.

Green Tea. Green tea, like we’ve discussed before, is excellent for your skin. It’s loaded with antioxidants that protect the skin against sunburn and reduce redness and inflammation in your cheeks. For best results drink two or three cold cups a day.

pomegranate juice for better skin

Pomegranate Juice. This super juice is packed with twice the anti-oxidants and polyphenols as green tea, and nurtures your skin’s fibroblasts, which make collagen. Drinking a glass of this a day produces more collagen, results in less wrinkles and fine lines, and evens out your skin tone.

Cucumber Water. Cucumbers are already mostly water, so when you infuse them with a daily glass of water, they help super-hydrate your skin. They’re also filled with magnesium, potassium and other minerals that help keep the alkaline pH of skin and decrease inflammation.

 

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3 Ways to Prevent Wrinkles

While wrinkles seem to be an inevitable sign of aging, more often than not, there are simple ways to take care of our skin that can prevent or slow the development of wrinkles. Each of the three solutions below takes a look at one of the most common causes of wrinkles, which usually appear on the most exposed parts of your body—face, neck, hands and arms.

Don't smoke and prevent wrinkles

  1. Break the habit. Smoking is one of the most detrimental habits a person can have. You know what it does to your body—the cancer, the lung damage, the yellowing of nails and eyes—but it can also exacerbate wrinkles. Not only do the chemicals and products in cigarettes age your skin, but the constant, day-after-day mouth puckering that happens when a cigarette is in your mouth creates deep furrows. Smokers as young as 20 exhibit early wrinkling. While their wrinkles may be difficult to see at first, they will worsen and become more frequent with more years and packs smoked. Wrinkles are also likely to be much deeper in smokers than in those who don’t smoke.Solution: Stop smoking. We know stopping is easier said than done, but it is so vital to your good health. Whatever method you decide to choose, whether that’s a patch, cold turkey or hypnosis, is fine as long as it’s healthy and works for you.

    Preventing eye wrinkles

  2. Pat away. Your eyes are not a magic lamp; don’t rub them! Every morning when we wake, we yawn, stretch, rub the sleep from our eyes, and cause wrinkles to form. Every time you rub your eyes when you wake up, are removing your makeup or applying an eye cream, you create wrinkles. In your youth, your skin springs back easily, so the effects don’t show until you get older and your skin loses its elasticity. As you age, springing back becomes harder and less frequent, resulting in more permanent grooves.Solution: If you need to remove the sleep from your eyes, gently wipe it away instead of rubbing. To remove makeup, apply eye makeup remove to a cotton ball and let sit on your closed eye for a few seconds. This will allow the skin and makeup to soak up the remover, making it easier to gently pat away. (If you still need to wipe, do it lightly and with care.) To apply an eye cream, serum, moisturizer or any other product, get a small amount on the tips of your pinky fingers and gently tap into the skin around the eye area.

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  3. Keep it clean. As troublesome as removing your makeup at night can be, it far outweighs the risks of leaving it on. Sleeping in your makeup prevents your skin barrier from functioning properly. Your skin can’t breathe or repair itself, and the makeup and environmental pollutants accumulated during the day settle into your pores, breaking down collagen and elastin, and therefore speeding up the aging process.Solution: Before bed, you should remove your makeup, cleanse your skin (yes, you have to wash after removing makeup) and moisturize. When you use moisturizer, you’re not putting moisture onto your skin; you’re keeping moisture from leaving your skin. As you age, your skin loses its moisture more and more easily. Since dehydrated skin also accelerates aging, it’s necessary to moisturize daily.

 

While these tips prevent against the three major contributors to wrinkling, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, keeping a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3s, and exercising regularly can go a long way to your skin’s overall healthy and help you keep your youthful glow.

 

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Skincare for Your Skin Type

Just as every woman is unique, every woman’s skin is different. Whether it’s dry, oily or anything in between—we can think of at least four oily combinations off the tops of our heads—your skin type is unique to you. So then, why is your skincare regimen not customized just for you?

So many women damage their skin when trying to heal it because they aren’t using the right techniques, ingredients, frequencies, etc. Let us help you out.

For the sake of brevity, we’re going to focus on the four major skin types and how to properly care for them. Don’t know which type you fall into? We’ll help with that, too.

What is your skin type?

  • Combination: Your T-Zone (forehead and nose) and chin are oily and are usually where your breakouts happen, while the rest of your face tends to be dry. You also fall into the combination category if your skin changes with to the climate or season—today it’s embarassingly oily, next week it’s Sahara dry.
  • Oily: Your face could constantly use some blotting paper. It feels and looks moist and shiny, your pores clog easily, and your skin is acne-prone. You struggle with both noninflammatory acne (blackheads and whiteheads) and inflammatory acne (pimples and cystic zits), which pop up all over.
  • Normal: You’re one of the lucky ones with a balanced complexion. It’s not too oily, not too dry, and you rarely have breakouts. Your skin reflects light evenly, doesn’t change much during the day, and can handle many kinds of products without having a reaction.
  • Dry/Sensitive: Your skin sucks up moisturizer like an unused sponge in water. It often feels tight, rough or dry, especially later in the day, flushes easily and may have red patches or eczema (a dry, rashlike condition). Skin products, sunblocks, and cosmetics sometimes sting or cause redness.
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How can you care for your skin?

Combination
Find a face wash that contains glycolic acid, as it treats multiple skin conditions—it dries up excess oil, gently exfoliates and helps cell regeneration to create smooth and radiant skin. Try washing your face only once a day. (Rinse with warm water in the morning, but wash every night after removing your makeup to get the day’s grime off.) If your skin is too oily for that, bump it up to wash twice a day.

Help your skin heal while you sleep by using a nightly recovery cream. Look for one with ingredients that stimulate cell growth and collagen production, like a retinoid, Adaptonyl or Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media.


Oily

Skincare is a balancing act. You want to get rid of the excess oil, but you don’t want to dry your skin out. Avoid cleansers with alcohols, and instead opt for gentle formulas with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid. Wash your face every morning and evening, especially after removing your makeup before bed. Makeup removers can only clean so much. Washing your face after removing your makeup will get off any residue and clean off the day’s nastiness, both of which can clog pores.

Just because your skin is oily doesn’t mean you shouldn’t moisturize. After washing your face, apply a lightweight, water-based, non-comedogenic moisturizer. The same applies to your makeup. Airbrush makeups, especially, are great for allowing skin to breathe.

Exfoliate once a week to loosen and remove dirt and oil in your pores and always wash your hands before touching your face. Using dirty hands (or makeup brushes) to apply makeup can transfer bacteria and cause breakouts.

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Normal

People with normal skin don’t need to pay as much detailed attention to their regimen as others, but that doesn’t mean you have a “Get out of jail free” card, either. Every morning, rinse your face with warm water, and every evening, after removing your makeup, wash your face with gentle, water-soluble cleanser.

When you exfoliate (no more than once a week), use an exfoliant with alpha hydroxy acid to combat wrinkles. And every morning, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer with SPF 30.


Dry/Sensitive

You’ve probably heard that you need to wash your face with hot water to open your pores and rinse with cold water to close them. Exposing your skin to extreme temperatures, however, can exacerbate dryness. Even taking an overly long shower or bath can dry out your skin.

While it may be tempting to scrub all of the flakiness off of your face, you still need to be gentle. Find a gentle exfoliating face wash and use it up to twice a day. Avoid any products with benzoic acid, sodium dodecyl sulfate or fragrances and other irritants.

Additional products like serums and moisturizers will differ from person to person based on your needs, but in general you should look for skin-soothing ingredients like vitamin C and feverfew extract, and moisturizing ingredients like Idinyl and Sodium Hyaluronate.

 

Whatever your skin type, there are a few skincare staples that are a constant. For your best possible skin, you should make sure to stay hydrated (at least 8 cups a day) and well rested (at least 7 hours). Your skin does most of its repair work while you sleep, and hydrated, rested skin will perform better.

Always wash your face with warm, not hot water, use non-comedogenic  products and start your day with SPF 30 or more.

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5 Tips to Relax Yourself to Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important, and most neglected, functions of the human body. While we sleep, our body restores itself. Adequate sleep means better skin, better metabolism, and better overall health for your entire body. If you have trouble settling down at night after your skincare ritual, try these five relaxation techniques to ensure your body and mind get the sleep they deserve.

 

  1. Turn off your screens. You’ve heard it before, but, chances are, you’re still playing a game on your phone in bed. Put. It. Down. Watching tv, working on your computer or playing and your phone all act as stimulants, making you more awake and keeping you from sleep. Try getting to bed 30 minutes early and picking up a book or magazine. Reading will help you and your brain calm down, and sometimes weigh down those eyelids for you.

    Relax with a bath

  2. Take a bath. Fill your tub with warm water and calming essential oils like lavender, mandarin, jasmine or bergamot. Let the warm water relax your body as the oils work with your senses to decrease your anxiety (lavender), calm you down (mandarin), help you relax (bergamot), and make you sleepy (jasmine).
    Relax with tea
  3. Write it down. Often, stress about everything we have to do tomorrow keeps us from sleeping well tonight. Keep a pad and paper by your bed—or better yet, your agenda—to make a note of everything on your to-do list for the next day. Writing down what you have to do will take it off of your mind and help you settle down for a good night’s rest.

    Meditate and relax

  4. Meditate. Meditation gets a bad rap as a New Age practice, but it’s gained a lot of traction in recent years as a true mental health technique. Try sitting on the edge of your bed for three minutes and only focusing on your breath. Breathe in for three seconds. Hold for three seconds. Breathe out for three seconds. Hold for three seconds. Repeat for three minutes. You just meditated. Meditation helps us center ourselves and focus our thoughts, perfectly preparing the mind for bed, the day ahead, or the meeting you’re about to go to.
    relax with tea
  5. Have some tea. Drinking non-caffeinated hot tea (and warm milk) helps the body relax and induce sleep. Chamomile, in particular, acts as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety, relax the muscles, and help your body slip into a sleepy state.

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