Do This Today to Prevent Wrinkles Tomorrow

Aging SkinWe’re all getting a little older each day. It is what it is. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s completely out of our control.

Or is it?

While we can’t stop the aging process, there are things we can do to slow it down.

Today we’re going to talk about the things we can do today to prevent wrinkles tomorrow.

  1. Stay hydrated

As we age, our skin loses its ability to keep moisture, so it’s so very important we put it right back by drinking those 8 glasses of water a day you keep hearing about.

Think you already drink enough? If you ever find yourself feeling thirsty, you’re not. By then you’ve already become dehydrated.

2. Don’t Pull

Our skin becomes loose and begins to sag as we get older. This means we need to treat our skin with kid gloves; by using a gentle approach when washing or drying our face. We can easily do just that by gently wiping our face clean in a circular motion rather than scrubbing and pulling the skin downward.

3. Rest a little easier

Another way to treat our skin gently is to take note how we sleep at night. Sleeping on your back is best for your skin because you’re not laying on it.

But, if you’re at all like me; a die hard side sleeper, all isn’t lost. Laying on a silky pillowcase is the next best thing.

4. Fight no matter what

The biggest reason our skin ages so quickly is it’s exposure to pollution and free radicals in the environment. You can protect your skin by using skincare products that fight them. Here’s where it really pays to read ingredient labels!

Be sure your products contain a combination of anti-oxidants such as these:

  • Green Tea Extract
  • Coenzyme (CoQ10)
  • Acai Oil
  • Caffeine
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Alpha-hydroxy Acid

5. Use this every day

You probably already guessed sunscreen made the list. But, did you know sunscreen isn’t enough?

It’s not that you use it, it’s more how you use it that counts. Your sunscreen is most effective when:

  • it isn’t older than 1 year
  • you use the highest spf available
  • you reapply every 15 minutes when out in the sun for long periods of time
  • you reapply after getting out of the pool, lake or ocean
  • your product contains sun block which unlike sunscreen alone protects from both UVA and UVB rays

What do you do specifically to fight aging skin? Share your comments below.

The Only Product You’ll Want (And Need) This Summer

bb-3BB Cream. You’ve heard the name, but maybe you think it’s just another tinted moisturizer.

It isn’t.

Today, you’ll learn the truth behind BB Cream and why it’s the only product you’ll want (and need) this summer.

BB Cream was created to replace products we already use separately, so we can save time and money on our beauty routine. Here’s why it’s so genius:

It’s as Close to Bare as You Can Get

There’s something about the summer that makes you want to run face naked. The last thing you want to do when the weather is warm and humid is wear a lot of makeup. A BB cream is feather light and allows your skin to “breathe” unlike heavy foundations while giving your skin a healthy, fresh look.

You’re Protected

Most BB Creams contain sun protection equal to spf15 or more, and unlike sunscreen we use on the rest of our body, was designed to be extra gentle to your face, and won’t leave your skin looking and feeling oily.

It’s a Cover Up

While a BB Cream isn’t foundation, it gives you more coverage than a tinted sunscreen, which results in a more even looking, gorgeous complexion.

Some Give 5 Years Back

Some BB Creams, like KmS Mineral Essentials Perfecting BB Cream contain anti-aging and brightening ingredients like Matrixyl® Synthe’6 and Malvaceae Lipid Extract™. With regular use, these ingredients have shown to visibly improved the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

You Can Use It All Year Long

BB Cream was originally created as a summer product, but women are so crazy about the the results, they’re using it year round (this girl included)!

Have you used a BB Cream? I’d love to know your thoughts! Let’s get the conversation going below.

 

Two Things You Didn’t Know About Sunscreen

sunscreen

I know it’s hard to believe, especially after the winter we’ve had, but, summer is on the way, and it’s time to start thinking about sunscreen. But, before you  pick up your next bottle, be sure you know the following:

You May Be Able to Use Last Year’s Sunscreen

You may have heard that last year’s bottle should be tossed, but, that is a clever marketing strategy to buy another. According to Skincare.org, as long as last season’s  bottle was stored in a cool place and you plan to use it before the expiration date, it should be fine. Why? Manufacturers store sunscreen at 40 degrees Celsius with  25% humidity. Stability in this type of controlled environment  for 3 months is equal to 3 years in the typical home environment.

So, unless you  find last year’s bottle in the garage, trunk or glove box of your car, it should be just as effective as it was the day you brought it home.

Get up Close and Personal with the Ingredient List

There are 2 ingredients found in many sunscreens on the market, and each have been very controversial over the past few years. What are they? Paba and Parabens.

Paba is an antioxidant found in Vitamin B, and although it provides a shield that protects the sun’s rays from burning your skin, it has been found to cause photo-allergic reactions including the side effects of acne, blotch red spots on the skin, burning, itching and blistering. Paba is deemed safe for those without allergies to this ingredient, but sadly, there is no way to determine if you have an allergy until you experience these painful symptoms.

Parabens are chemicals used to preserve many cosmetic and skincare products by preventing bacteria and fungus to grow. The downside is parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors. Although there has never been a connection linking these to cancer, it is best to avoid products that contain them.

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