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“If wisdom comes with age, then I don’t have wrinkles, they’re just wise cracks.”
November brings with it a cool breeze, a season of gratitude, and yes, National Healthy Skin Month! It’s a time when we’re not just giving thanks for our blessings but also celebrating the very skin we’re in. In a world where flawlessness is often glorified, it’s high time we shift our focus to skin positivity and gratitude.
Like many of you, my journey to self-love – embracing my mind, body, and soul – has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding adventures. There are days when the mirror reflects back not just my face but also a tide of self-doubt. Learning to quiet those whispers of criticism and replace them with words of appreciation is a continuous process, but one that nurtures not just my skin, but my entire being.
Skin Positivity: Embracing Every Line and Spot
Skin positivity, a blossoming idea, is about flipping the script. Instead of scrutinizing our reflections for every fine line and age spot, it’s about finding beauty in these marks of life. They aren’t just wrinkles or sagging; they’re a testament to the laughter, wisdom, and experiences we’ve accumulated over the years.
This month let’s challenge the norm. Rather than masking our skin’s stories under layers of makeup, why not celebrate them? Let those sunspots, wrinkles, and unique imperfections shine! By embracing our skin as it is, we free ourselves from the clutches of perfectionism and learn to love the natural process of aging.
The Science of Skin Gratitude
There’s more to skin gratitude than just feeling good. It’s backed by science! Practicing self-affirmations and embracing those laugh lines can actually reduce cortisol levels. High cortisol levels accelerate aging by breaking down collagen – so less stress equals healthier skin.
Moreover, stress can wreak havoc on our skin, leading to issues like oiliness, hair loss, and brittle nails. Managing stress not only alleviates these symptoms but also promotes faster healing and better overall skin health.
The Ripple Effects of Gratitude
Gratitude isn’t just skin-deep. Its effects permeate every facet of our lives. By cultivating gratitude, we enjoy better mental health, increased happiness, enhanced relationships, and even physical benefits like improved sleep, reduced aches, and lower blood pressure.
Pampering: A Gift of Gratitude to Your Skin
If expressing gratitude to loved ones often involves gifts, why not extend the same courtesy to your skin? Treat yourself to a spa day, either at a professional salon or a DIY session at home. Indulge in a deep cleanse, gentle exfoliation, and a hydrating mask. Set the mood with some soft music and take your time to savor the experience. This self-care ritual is not just beneficial for your skin but also a great way to de-stress.
Daily Doses of Gratitude for Your Skin
Here’s a challenge: before bed each night, write in a gratitude journal. Reflect on the day’s joys – maybe it was a delicious meal, a heartfelt interaction, or just the feeling of your favorite moisturizer on your skin. These moments of appreciation contribute to better sleep and a more positive outlook.
And to give your skin the daily love it deserves, here are some affirmations to include in your routine:
- I’m grateful to my skin for protecting me, and in turn, I will take care of it.
- My skin is beautiful and reflects my inner well-being.
- I trust my skin’s healing process.
- I treat my skin gently and with love.
- I eat food that nourishes my skin.
- My imperfections make me unique and beautiful.
- I am blessed with lines, wrinkles, and marks that tell my story.
In Conclusion: A Little Gratitude Goes a Long Way
Your skin is your body’s largest organ and works tirelessly to protect, regulate, and heal. Let’s honor it with gratitude, care, and positivity. After all, a little thankfulness doesn’t just make your skin glow; it brightens your entire being.
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“With age, comes wisdom. And dry, flaky skin.”
Menopause is derived from the Latin root for “WTF is happening to me!” Okay, not really, but that’s certainly how it felt when I first began my menopausal journey. Picture this: one day, I’m glowing and radiant, and the next, I’m scratching my suddenly Sahara-desert-like arms wondering why my skin has declared mutiny. This unpredictable shift might seem sudden, but after some digging, I realized I was not alone.
What Science Says About Dry Skin During Menopause
A recent survey of 3,875 postmenopausal women over 40 highlighted that 36.2% experienced the same desert-like dryness that I was grappling with. As you approach your 50s, skin changes happen due to a decrease in estrogen and progesterone levels. The consequence? Our skin becomes drier, duller, and far less perky than we’d like.
Symptoms: Are You Part of the 36.2%?
If you ever step out of the shower and feel your skin scream for moisture, you might just be among the 36.2% facing these common symptoms:
- Flaky or peeling skin
- Cracked hands and feet.
- Persistent itchiness
- For darker skin tones, the appearance of grey or ashy undertones
Beyond Dryness: Elevating Your Skincare Game
Navigating the tides of menopause might seem daunting, especially when your skin starts sending out SOS signals. With the right arsenal of products and knowledge, you can ensure your skin not only navigates but thrives through menopause.
Here are a few of my go-to skincare products:
- Gentle Cleansers: Using harsh products can further irritate menopausal skin. Gentle cleansers, especially milk-based ones, are kinder to the skin. They help remove impurities without stripping away the skin’s natural oils, keeping the face soft and hydrated.
- Hydrating Toners: These aren’t your average toners. Instead of drying out your skin, they add a layer of hydration. Toners with ingredients like rose water or chamomile are particularly soothing and can help reset the skin’s pH balance.
- Topical Retinoids: Retinoids are a form of vitamin A that can promote collagen production and reduce fine lines. Used with oil, they can be particularly hydrating. However, always consult with a skincare professional regarding the right percentage to use.
- Vaseline: In the harsh winter months or during particularly dry spells, a thin layer of Vaseline under your moisturizer can be a lifesaver. It locks in moisture and creates a protective barrier against environmental stressors.
- Bath Oils: These oils are not just luxurious; they’re a boon for dry skin. Adding a few drops to your warm bath can help lock in moisture, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple post-bath.
- Plant-based Serums: These serums, often rich in antioxidants and hydrating agents, can be a game-changer. Look for ones with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, or rosehip oil. They offer deep hydration, brighten the complexion, and combat signs of aging.
- Sun Protection: Daily sunscreen application is crucial, even on cloudy days. UV rays can exacerbate skin dryness and accelerate signs of aging. Opt for broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Gentle Exfoliation: While exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs should be used cautiously during dry spells, a gentle exfoliation routine can aid in removing dead skin cells, making the skin look refreshed.
- Face Masks: Incorporate hydrating face masks into your weekly routine. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides can provide an added boost of hydration and nourishment.
Eating Your Way to Glowing Skin
While topical treatments can work wonders, nourishing your skin from the inside out is equally, if not more, essential. Embrace foods that don’t just satiate your taste buds but also serve as the building blocks for radiant, youthful skin.
Let’s explore the dietary choices that can unlock your skin’s natural luminosity.
- Vitamin C-rich foods: Include oranges, strawberries, bell peppers, and kiwis in your diet to brighten your skin. Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which is crucial for skin elasticity.
- Bone Broth: This nutrient-rich liquid is full of collagen and amino acids that can help maintain the skin’s elasticity and keep it hydrated.
- Avocado: Packed with vitamin E and healthy fats, avocado moisturizes the skin from the inside out.
- Salmon: Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help keep the skin moisturized and reduce inflammation, leading to clearer, more radiant skin.
- Nuts: A handful of nuts can do wonders for your skin. Nuts contain essential minerals and fats that support skin health. Just remember to consume them in moderation, as they are calorie-dense.
- Olive Oil: It’s rich in monounsaturated fats and antioxidants like vitamin E. These properties not only combat oxidative stress but also help maintain the skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in a softer and more youthful complexion. Opting for extra virgin olive oil ensures you reap the maximum benefits from this liquid gold.
- Tomatoes: A delightful addition to salads and dishes, tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene helps protect the skin from harmful UV radiation, working as a natural sunblock from within. Additionally, the vitamin C present in tomatoes aids collagen production, ensuring your skin remains firm and radiant.
Drinking Your Way to Glowing Skin
Hydration and skin health go hand in hand, and what you sip can have a profound effect on your complexion. These drinks can give your skin that extra boost of radiance, hydration, and nutrition.
- Water: It can’t be stressed enough how essential water is for skin health. It flushes out toxins, aids in cellular processes, and ensures that your skin remains plump and hydrated.
- Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants, green tea fights inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging. It also helps reduce redness and can be beneficial for those with sensitive skin.
- Bone Broth: We’ve touched on its dietary benefits, but sipping on this nutrient-packed liquid can directly contribute to improved skin hydration and elasticity, thanks to its rich collagen content.
- Red Wine (in moderation): While alcohol can be dehydrating, red wine when consumed in moderation, offers resveratrol, a potent antioxidant that can combat skin aging.
- Aloe Vera Juice: Known for its soothing properties, drinking aloe vera juice can help with skin hydration and inflammation. It’s also packed with vitamins and minerals that promote skin health.
- Herbal Teas: Chamomile, hibiscus, and rooibos teas, among others, offer a range of skin-friendly antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. They’re a great caffeine-free option for evening relaxation.
Remember, while these beverages offer benefits, moderation is key. And always ensure that the bulk of your fluid intake comes from pure, clean water.
Vital Vitamins and Powerful Antioxidants for Vibrant Skin
When it comes to maintaining that youthful glow during menopause, the role of vitamin supplements cannot be overlooked. These powerful nutrients offer a two-fold benefit: supporting overall health and directly enhancing skin vitality.
- Vitamin C: This powerhouse antioxidant is your skin’s best friend. Regular supplementation can boost collagen production, fade dark spots, and protect against environmental aggressors. Think of it as your skin’s shield, always on guard.
- Vitamin B12: Beyond energy and brain health, Vitamin B12 plays a subtle yet essential role in skin wellness. By maintaining adequate levels, you ensure your skin remains even toned and radiant.
- Collagen: The skin’s natural scaffolding begins to wane during menopause, but introducing a collagen supplement can be a game-changer. It helps restore lost elasticity and suppleness, keeping your skin looking as youthful as it feels.
- Vitamin E: Known for its antioxidant properties, it helps combat oxidative stress and skin damage.
- Vitamin D: Most known for bone health, it can also rejuvenate the skin, especially if you’re not getting enough sun.
- Biotin: Often associated with hair and nail growth, it’s also essential for maintaining skin health.
Remember that while these supplements can offer benefits, they’re not a substitute for a balanced diet, adequate hydration, and a comprehensive skincare routine.
Exercise for a Youthful Glow
Glowing skin is not just the result of a dedicated skincare regimen or a nutrient-rich diet; it’s also about getting your heart rate up and muscles moving. Physical activity plays a pivotal role in rejuvenating our skin, ensuring it remains supple, radiant, and alive.
Let’s explore workouts that not only keep you fit – they promise a radiant glow that’s hard to miss.
- Yoga: The improved blood circulation from various poses ensures that the skin gets a good dose of oxygenated blood, promoting a youthful glow.
- Cardio workouts: Running, cycling, or even brisk walking can help improve blood flow, providing your skin with a burst of oxygen and nutrients.
- Strength Training: It not only tones your body but also helps improve skin elasticity by promoting muscle growth underneath the skin.
Additional Skin Care Tips
While key products and dietary choices lay the foundation for glowing menopausal skin, sometimes it’s the smaller, daily habits that make all the difference. Beyond the bottles and jars on your vanity, the path to radiant skin lies in the nuances of your routine and environment.
From mindful choices in the shower to the air you breathe indoors, let’s delve into some lesser-known yet impactful tips to elevate your skincare journey during menopause.
- Avoid fragrances and limit sugar intake.
- Warm showers and timely moisturizing are your friends.
- Boost your skin health with dry brushing.
- Breathe better indoors with humidifiers and diffusers.
- Limit Hot Tools: Using hot tools like hairdryers near the face can further dry out the skin. Use them on cooler settings and keep them at a distance.
- Switch to Silk: Consider switching to silk pillowcases. They are less abrasive than cotton and can prevent moisture loss from the skin.
- Avoid Smoking and Limit Alcohol: Both can dehydrate the skin and accelerate aging.
- Regular Facial Treatments: Visit a trusted aesthetician regularly. They can customize your treatment to address your unique level of dryness and specific skin concerns.
Incorporate these additional tips into your routine, and you’ll be well on your way to achieving and maintaining that coveted glow.
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Navigating the menopausal maze can be challenging, but with the right skincare guidance, you can come out glowing! If you’re ready to embrace radiant skin again, reach out and let’s embark on this journey together.
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Ever since I was a child, I’ve been utterly enchanted by pumpkins. I mean, which other vegetable can boast about transforming into a magnificent carriage fit for Cinderella’s grand ball? None, I tell you! As the leaves turn and the air crisps up, the magic of pumpkins isn’t just limited to fairy tales, or lattes.
Pumpkin: Nature’s Skincare Superhero!
One of our seasonal favorites is the pumpkin enzyme mask. Beyond their carriage and latte potentials, pumpkins are brimming with secrets for that enviable autumnal glow.
Vitamin-packed: Pumpkins, from their seeds to their radiant flesh, delve deep into the skin thanks to their small molecular structure. Loaded with nutrients, they hydrate and repair skin from within. Their repertoire boasts alpha hydroxy acids, Vitamin A & C, beta-carotene, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin E, and even Omega-3 Fatty Acids!
Anti-aging Powerhouse: Armed with vitamins C and A, pumpkins defy age, battling lines & wrinkles and reinforcing skin immunity.
Acne Busters: With their unique blend of zinc, fatty acids, and vitamins, pumpkins target acne and regulate oil production. Zinc, alongside Vitamin E, manages oil, combats breakouts, and enhances skin tone, while Vitamin A gracefully diminishes acne scars.
Collagen Companion: That pumpkin’s vivid orange? It’s beta-carotene teaming up with collagen, ensuring skin remains taut and vibrant.
Bright and Beautiful: Thanks to alpha hydroxy acids and fruit enzymes, pumpkins shoo away dullness, making way for radiant skin.
Nature’s Defender: Vitamin E-packed pumpkins stand guard against sun damage & free radicals, and they moisturize while they’re at it.
Skin Soother: Trust zinc to ensure your skin feels soothed and rejuvenated.
These are no ordinary vegetables; they’re a natural multi-vitamin for your skin!
Choosing Your Face Mask and Perfecting the Routine
Navigating the world of skincare can be as complex as picking the perfect pumpkin from a patch. While our beloved pumpkins hold a special place, there’s an entire universe of masks waiting to be explored.
- Quality Over Popularity: That Instagram sensation might have great selfies, but their mask might not suit you. Buy from aestheticians or beauty specialists for knowledgeable choices.
- Types of Masks:
- Overnight Masks: A dream for mature, dry, and dehydrated skin.
- Clay, Sulfur, or Mud Masks: Soak up oil and gently exfoliate.
- Sheet Masks: Antioxidants, hydration, and a cool touch from your fridge.
- Cream or Gel-based Masks: 15-20 minutes of pampering for an instant glow.
- Frequency Matters: Mask up 1-2 times weekly. If sensitivity is a concern, patch-test a cream or gel mask first. Radiant skin, here we come!
In conclusion, while we revel in the magic of pumpkins and their fairy tale transformations, remember there’s a world of skincare magic ready to unveil itself. This Fall, and as Winter approaches, embrace the chance to shine, bask in your glow, and perhaps twirl in a ball of your own (even if it’s just in your living room).
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“I’m not old. I’ve just been young for a very long time.”
At the airport once, the customs officer looked from my passport to me and back again in disbelief. “You can’t be ** years old,” he exclaimed, “You’re joking, right?” I wish I could attribute my youthful looks to a passport typo or some mythical Fountain of Youth. But here’s the truth? It’s the potent power of retinoids. I’m not just young at heart; thanks to retinoids, my skin has stayed remarkably young too.
Throughout my younger years, acne was an all-too-familiar foe. I felt my reflection mocked me daily. Then I discovered retinoids, and everything changed. Now, as fall breezes in, it might be the perfect moment for you to explore this skincare marvel.
Derived from vitamin A, retinoids are not just integral in skincare but are also scientific marvels. Amidst the sea of anti-aging solutions, retinoids stand out. They are like the masons ensuring our skin’s foundational collagen bricks are firmly in place. From boosting immunity and preserving collagen to reducing inflammation, clearing pores, and regulating skin cell growth, retinoids are the comprehensive answer to skincare.
The Science Behind the Magic
Retinoids actively engage with our skin’s retinoic acid receptors, enhancing collagen strength and encouraging its production. My first experience with retinoids was Accutane, an acne solution. However, I soon recognized its broader potential. Whether combatting early signs of aging, addressing persistent wrinkles, or seeking a radiant glow, there’s a retinoid tailored for you.
Your Retinoid Roadmap
Prescription Strength – Think Tretinoin/Retin-A, Tazarotene/Tazorac, and yes, the all-familiar Isotretinoin/Accutane. Reserved for the more pressing skin concerns, ranging from stubborn acne to profound aging signs, these powerhouses are usually recommended by dermatologists. Though they promise results (trust me, they do!), they demand patience. Initial irritation is common but is usually a sign they’re getting to work. The results? Absolutely worth it.
Over-the-Counter Friends – Adapalene or Adalene as you might find in your local drug store is your go-to for mild to moderate acne, with the added perk of addressing scarring. While gentler than its prescription siblings, remember to couple it with a good moisturizer.
Cosmetic Staples – This is where you meet Retinol, Retinaldehyde/Retinal, and Retinyl Palmitate. If I had to pick a favorite? Retinol, hands down. While it’s a more stable choice, it demands respect. Start with a low-concentration, pea-sized dose 2-3 times a week to begin with to avoid the usual side effects: redness, stinging, and dryness. But hang in there, the benefits, like reduced pigmentation and wrinkling, are worth the initial hassle. Once the skin has adapted, you can step it up to every other night.
A Few Golden Rules
- Night Owl Rule: Use retinoids at night. These are nighttime allies, never day companions.
- Sun Protection: While they work their magic at night, ensure you protect your skin with SPF during the day.
- First-Timer Caution: Always, always consult your dermatologist before embracing retinoids, especially if it’s your first rendezvous.
My retinoid journey began as an acne solution but unveiled a realm of youthful, radiant skin. As fall arrives, perhaps it’s your turn to discover retinoid magic.
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My grandma? Oh, she was a knockout! Always put together, even if she was just pottering around at home. Watching her do her beauty routine was like getting front-row seats to a magic show. And oh boy, did she have some tricks up her sleeve!
The one that always gets me laughing is her go-to solution when she was out of blush. “Just tip your head upside down, darling,” she’d say with a twinkle in her eye, “a quick 15 seconds and you’ll have the rosiest cheeks in town!”
You see, beauty tricks and ‘secrets’ aren’t a new fad. Our great-great-great-oh-so-great grandmas were pros at it! Think 17th century and even earlier, and you have beauty routines that are the stuff of legend. Want to lose weight? They had a hack for that! Teeth not quite pearly enough? They knew what to do! Skin not smooth? Lice being a party pooper? They had solutions!
Now brace yourselves, because some of their methods were… um, let’s say ‘interesting’. We’re talking everything from the toxic (yikes to belladonna extracts, lead, and mercury) to the pretty icky (hogs grease, bird droppings and urine – eew!), and then the more ‘oh-okay-that-sounds-normal’ kind like egg whites, vinegar, almond oil, rosewater, and lemon juice.
So, let’s buckle up and take a wild ride through the beauty rituals of yesteryears and see how they stack up against what we’re doing today. Remember, the aim of the game has always been the same – chasing after that fountain of youth and beauty. Ready to time travel? Here we go!
Journey Through the Wrinkle in Time: Face and Skin Care Chronicles
Once upon a time, the ladies crafted a face mask to die for – a concoction of egg white, chalk, lead, and vinegar. It promised a smooth, ethereal glow, but dear me, you couldn’t dare smile. Your skin might crack, and oh, the trifling matter of being poisoned. Meanwhile, urine, yes you heard it right, urine diluted with rosewater, lemon juice, and wine was a popular skin cleanser.
Cut to today, we’re rather fond of our lasers, peels, injectables, and the occasional zaps of electrotherapy.
Pout into the Past: Lip Care Through the Sands of Time
Luscious lips The red pout has been quite the rage for centuries, but who knew it was achieved with vermillion from mercuric sulfide? Its side effects included minor inconveniences like tooth loss, gum disease, and organ failure! Some even rubbed their lips with ear sweat to battle dryness – quite the beauty hack, huh?
Nowadays, our lips are pampered with balms, fillers, and sometimes a nip and tuck.
Glimpse into Yesteryears: Eye Care Across Ages
Eyes ah, the windows to the soul. Back then, ladies loved lining their eyes with malachite, soot, copper and other shiny things. Drops of belladonna were favored to achieve that desirable wide-eyed look. The catch? A bit of blindness.
Fast forward to now, and it’s all about the smoky eyeshadow and precision eyeliner for us.
Face Fashion Through Time’s Mirror
Face fashion beauty patches, or ‘mouches’, were the ‘it’ accessories, disguising smallpox scars and lead damage.
In our modern world, it’s silicone patches to iron out those pesky wrinkles and salicylic acid-infused patches to banish breakouts.
Brow Back to the Future: Eyebrow Trends Across Epochs
Brows from lead and burnt cork to mouse skin (yes, you read that right!) for the black brow look, the ladies of the past had their brow game on point.
Modern times see us turning to microblading, growth serums, and vegetable tints for the perfect arches.
Mane Moments in History: Hair Care Time Machine
Our ancestors had a bit of a hairy situation going on. Lacking the nutrition to grow luscious locks, they resorted to wigs constructed on wooden frames, glued with bear grease and beef lard. Yum!
Today, our hair care routine includes serums, nutritional supplements, and occasional extensions – no grease, lard, or rats involved.
Squeezing into the Past: The Hourglass Figure Frenzy
The quest for that dream figure is a tale as old as time. Once upon a time, women used to squeeze themselves into tight-lacing corsets to get the hourglass figure that was all the rage. I’m not talking about the lace-up, cute kind of corsets we occasionally don as fashion statements today. Nope, these were the ‘take-a-deep-breath-and-pray-you-don’t-faint’ kind. They cinched the waist down to dizzying (and organ-crushing) sizes. It wasn’t just uncomfortable; it was genuinely dangerous and could cause real harm to the internal organs. But all in the name of that petite waist, right?
Zap back to the present, and we’ve swapped corsets for more comfortable, less life-threatening options. Modern shapewear like Spanx and Skims has taken the fashion world by storm, offering a safer way to achieve that desired silhouette. And we haven’t stopped at that. We have gym memberships, fitness apps, a variety of diet plans, and even the latest fat-burning aids like Ozempic and Berberine at our disposal. For those looking for a more instant change, there’s the option of surgical nips and tucks.
So, here we are, centuries later, chasing after the same beauty standards but with new gadgets and gizmos. But let’s not forget good looks may fade, but a good heart? That, my darlings, is a beauty that time can’t touch. That’s the kind of beauty that never withers and is truly forever.
While we love a good stroll through beauty history, the most important glow-up happens inside. Keep that heart of yours beautiful, and it’ll outshine any beauty trend, every single time.
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“Dear Mother Nature… Please check the thermostat. Someone has set it to hell!”
I vividly remember my very first California summer many years ago. I had just moved to the heart of the sun-soaked state, where the Pacific Ocean’s soothing breeze often served as a solace from the relentless heat. However, that year, the summer intensity trailed well into the night, morphing my restful sanctuary into a sweltering cocoon.
Sleep was elusive, and I couldn’t help but notice the immediate impact on my skin. My once glowing visage turned dull, and the lack of rest was visibly etching itself onto my complexion. This led me to delve into the relationship between summer heat, sleep disruptions, and skin health.
The Sleep-Heat-Skin Triad
Sleep regulation is intertwined with two key processes: homeostatic sleep pressure and our internal circadian rhythm. Interestingly, both these mechanisms are significantly influenced by temperature.
Our bodies naturally cool down at night as part of the circadian rhythm, aiding the onset of sleep. Hot environments impede this cooling process, making it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. The extended daylight in summer can further disrupt our sleep patterns by delaying the production of melatonin, our sleep-inducing hormone.
From a facialist’s standpoint, the connection between sleep and skin health is undeniable. During deep sleep, the body goes into repair mode, releasing growth hormones that help regenerate cells, including skin cells. If you’re not getting enough sleep, these repair mechanisms are interrupted, leading to visible effects on the skin over time.
Here are some ways sleep disruption can affect the skin:
- Dull Complexion & Lackluster Skin: Lack of sleep can lead to poor circulation, resulting in a dull complexion. Your skin may appear lackluster, tired, and less youthful.
- Dark Circles: The blood vessels under your eyes may dilate when you don’t get enough sleep, leading to dark circles. Prolonged lack of sleep can exacerbate this issue.
- Accelerated Aging: During sleep, your body produces growth hormones that help repair damaged cells. Without these hormones, daily small breakdowns can accumulate, resulting in signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, and decreased elasticity.
- Weakened Skin Barrier: The skin barrier function, which is responsible for keeping skin hydrated and protected from harmful external factors, can be compromised with inadequate sleep. This can lead to dry, dehydrated skin, and increase the risk of skin issues such as eczema and dermatitis.
- Inflammation and Breakouts: Lack of sleep can cause stress and hormonal imbalances in the body, which can increase inflammation and exacerbate conditions like acne, psoriasis, and even allergic reactions. Inflammation can also contribute to aging, a concept known as “inflammaging.”
- Reduced Immunity: Sleep plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of the immune system. Chronic sleep deprivation can lower immunity, making the skin more susceptible to infections and diseases. It can also cause flare-ups of immune-related skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.
In short, prioritizing sound sleep is an indispensable step toward maintaining a youthful, rejuvenated appearance.
Heatwave Effects on Skin Health
Heat also directly affects our skin by increasing transepidermal water loss, which can result in dehydration, dryness, and a compromised skin barrier. The overall result is tired-looking, lackluster skin that mirrors those restless summer nights.
Reclaiming Your Beauty Sleep: A Summer Guide
Despite the challenges, there are practical measures to mitigate sleep disruptions caused by summer heat and wake up to refreshed, radiant skin.
- Create a Cool Haven: Keep your bedroom cool by opening a window to let in a cool breeze. You can also use thermal insulating blackout curtains to reduce daytime heat.
- Embrace Breathable Bedding: Choose lightweight, breathable bedding and sleepwear. Cotton is excellent as it allows for better air circulation than synthetic materials.
- Freeze Your Sheets: A slightly unconventional tip, but effective. Put your sheets and pillowcases in a freezer for a few minutes to cool them down. Ensure they are in a plastic bag before freezing, to prevent moisture accumulation.
- Hydrate Inside Out: Ensure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day to combat heat-induced dehydration. However, limit your intake before bedtime to prevent nocturnal bathroom trips. And use a hydrating night-time skincare regimen to counter the increased transepidermal water loss.
- A Pre-bed Cooling Routine: Consider a cool shower or bath before sleep to lower your body temperature, signaling your body it’s time for sleep. A soothing skincare routine following this – a chilled face mask – can work wonders!
- Deep freeze: Ice packs and frozen wash cloths pressed against any pulse points like the wrists can help make you more comfortable. Apply them against the back of your neck or forehead to cool your body down. Using either one ninety minutes before sleep is enough to kickstart the body’s own cooling mechanisms and allow for a restful night.
- Manage Light Exposure: Use blackout curtains or an eye mask to block out excessive sunlight. Expose yourself to bright light in the morning to help regulate your circadian rhythm.
- Keep Your Blinds Closed: During the hottest parts of the day, consider keeping blinds and curtains closed to block any unwanted heat getting in. White or cream blinds are best for deflecting heat. Open blinds and windows during the early morning or late evening to provide airflow that cools the room before bedtime. A fan in the room can also help air to circulate and is less dehydrating for the skin than air conditioning.
- Find your ideal sleeping position: There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the ideal sleeping position in summer as it varies from person to person, and it depends on various factors including personal comfort and health conditions. However, here are a few options for comfortable sleep:
- Sleep on your back: This position can help prevent facial wrinkles and skin breakouts by keeping your face off the pillow, and it can also help your mattress absorb your body heat, thereby keeping you cooler.
- Elevate your body: Use a few extra pillows to elevate your head and upper body. This can aid in heat exchange as heat rises and could potentially help with issues like snoring and acid reflux, which may worsen in the heat.
- Starfish or spread out: The less your body touches itself, the cooler you’ll stay. Therefore, lying on your back or stomach with your arms and legs spread apart can be a good option.
- Minimal contact with the mattress: Try to minimize the amount of your body surface in contact with the mattress, as it absorbs body heat. A side sleeping position could be beneficial in this case.
Welcome the Californian (or wherever you are in the world) summer armed with these strategies and you will definitely be able to reclaim your restful nights and revitalized complexion. Remember, radiant skin is a testament to quality sleep, no matter the season!
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One of my favorite things about winter is spending time next to a warm and cozy fireplace fire. For me, nothing is more relaxing during cold nights than a warm, crackling fire and a steaming cup of tea in my hands. Who knew that this is one of the surefire ways to join the Toasted Skin Syndrome Club? Luckily, I don’t stay in front of my fireplace too long. That or my sunscreen is just a miracle worker.
For those who are curious, this condition is a skin problem that causes a net-like, discolored, and sometimes itchy rash. The culprit? Prolonged exposure to heat sources, like hot water bottles, heating pads, and, in some cases, cozying up to a fireplace for too long.
When the syndrome was first discovered, wood-burning stoves, working with hot coals or simply sitting way too close to a fire were the culprits. Glass blowers and chefs who have prolonged exposure to heat sources can also develop this syndrome on their faces. But Toasted Skin Syndrome and its association with laptops gained significant attention around 2010 when case reports and news articles highlighted the risks of using laptops directly on the skin for extended periods.
Nowadays, the common culprits may include:
- Use of a laptop on the thighs.
- Seat heaters in cars.
- Heating pads, blankets, or hot water bottles.
- Space heaters.
According to Dr. Daniel Grove, pediatric dermatologist, toasted skin syndrome or scientifically known as Erythema Ab Igne (EAI) can lead to skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation, itching, and burning. Extended exposure can even cause degeneration of elastic fibers and basal cells stimulating the release of melanin.
To keep skin safe when using personal heating devices, here are some tips:
- Use the lowest heat setting.
- Avoid prolonged exposure by setting timers on space heaters and heating pads so they automatically shut off, after a certain period of time.
- Keep space heaters at least 2 feet or more away from your skin and rotate where the heat hits your body.
- When using heating pads and blankets, make sure there is a clothing barrier between the heat source and your skin. Never place heat sources directly on bare skin.
Often, putting on an extra sweater is a better solution to staying warm. Maybe it’s time to invest in some cashmere.
Treating Toasted Skin Syndrome primarily involves identifying and eliminating the source of heat exposure that is causing the condition. Once the heat source has been removed, the skin will usually start to heal on its own.
However, there are some additional steps that can be taken to aid in the healing process and relieve any discomfort:
- Avoid exposing the affected skin to further heat and keep it cool and dry to promote healing.
- Topical treatments, such as hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion, may help soothe itchiness and reduce inflammation.
- Use a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and promote healing.
- Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and a minimum SPF of 30 to the affected area if it will be exposed to the sun. Sunburn could worsen the condition and delay the healing process.
- Avoid scratching as it may lead to further irritation or even infection.
- If the rash persists, worsens, or shows any signs of infection, consult a dermatologist.
Keep in mind that the healing process might take some time, as the pigmentation from the rash can take weeks or even months to fade completely. The key is to be patient and follow the recommended care steps to ensure proper healing of the skin.
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“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.” – Joan Rivers
Growing old is tough… especially on the ego. Just having to hold my book (or whatever I’m reading) out to see the fine prints or hearing myself grunt as I pick up something from the floor… I feel so old! The amount of food that I have always consumed now makes me fat. And when I look in the mirror, I seem to have grown a new wrinkle on my face. Ugh… it’s horrifying! What do I do now?
While none of us can prevent aging, there are a variety of options to ward off the more visible signs of growing old. Among the most popular, of course, is cosmetic surgery. We hear about how it maintains a youthful look and enhances appearance… on our social media feed, in magazines, and in television ads, and see the results on some of our friends and favorite celebrities. It’s so hard to keep up with the ever-changing looks of the Kardashians or remember how they looked before all the nips and tucks.
Cosmetic surgery has become synonymous with the quest for youth and beauty. It has spawned a new aesthetic of desirability and is driven by the need for social acceptance.
Historically, the field has, for centuries, been driven by medical necessity. During World War I, the sheer volume of patients with facial injuries and burns — coupled with advances in blood transfusions and infection control — allowed doctors to experiment with innovative new techniques. Skin grafts, bone grafts, facial reconstructions, and wound-stitching techniques all made dramatic leaps forward.
By the 1950s plastic surgery became more mainstream and by the 1990s, procedures in America grew tenfold into the area of cosmetic surgery. Institutes around the US were offering brow lifts, hair replacement surgery, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, collagen and fat injections, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and face lifts. In 1994, there were nearly 400,00 esthetic surgeries performed, many on patients with family incomes under $50,000 a year.
New technology continues to drive the sector’s growth, with some 85% of these procedures (of which Botox and fillers are by far the most popular) considered “minimally invasive.” And in 2022, 15.5 million procedures were performed in the U.S. alone.
Before you commit to going under the knife, it is helpful to understand your motivations: why you want to have cosmetic surgery, what specific changes you want to make, and why they are important to you. It’s also important to have realistic expectations about what the surgery can and cannot achieve. And no matter what kind of enhancement you decide on, a consistent daily skincare routine and regular facial treatments should be in place before and after any procedures are done to support the overall results.
Here is a list of how long the most popular surgeries last:
Facelift – The skin on your face will continue to age after you have a facelift. For most, results will last about 10 years. A facelift works best for people in their late 40s through 60s when signs of aging begin to become prevalent.
A forehead lift (also known as a brow lift or forehead rejuvenation) improves the appearance of the forehead, the brow, and the area around the eyes. The results of a forehead lift typically last anywhere between 5-10 years or longer.
Blepharoplasty or Eye Lift removes excess skin from the eyelids to make the eyes look younger. It can also reduce or get rid of peripheral vision problems. Upper eyelid surgery is good for at least 5-7 years. Lower eyelid surgery rarely needs to be repeated.
Rhinoplasty/nose surgery – will typically last a lifetime. Normal aging may cause some gradual changes in the appearance of your nose but most of the improvements seen after rhinoplasty will be relatively permanent.
Neck Lifts will last between 10 and 15 years, in most cases. But if you opt for this procedure in your early 40s to address problems with the muscle structure in your neck, results will last a lot longer than if you are in your 60s and addressing loose, sagging skin.
Hair transplant – the results of a hair transplant can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, or longer, depending on the individual. However, it’s important to note that the natural aging process and genetic factors can continue to impact hair growth and may eventually result in additional hair loss.
More than ever, people are focused on their appearance and what they can do to help themselves feel better about their looks. With every snip, pull, tighten, reduction, addition, and injection, we try to conform to the unrealistic beauty standards plaguing the society that we live in. Ultimately, living beautifully is accepting who we are, warts and all. And self-acceptance, being comfortable in our own skin, is the kind of beauty that will last a lifetime.
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“Life is like looking for your phone. Most of the time, it’s in your hand.” – Unknown
I’ve always been fascinated by hands. They are beautiful, useful, and expressive. We use them to work, care for ourselves and other people, and communicate (just ask any Italian). No other body part can claim to do all that.
Recently, I was reminded of the power of the human hands when I had a facial treatment, for the first time in a long while. It was super relaxing and had me feeling luxuriously pampered in no time. Just proves that a hand is not just a hand. It has power that is literally at our fingertips!
German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, once said the hand is the “visible part of the brain.” This is so true! Physically, our hands have many more sensory and motor nerve endings than other parts of our bodies. As a consequence, our thoughts are readily expressed through our hands. When you touch another person, the pressure and movement of your hand tell that person your intention. In a reciprocal way, we are able to discover things about the person we are touching. In my profession, I am able to discover more about my client’s lifestyles, diets, and stress levels.
The Science Behind the Power in your Hands
Hands, we learn, have the power to impact the world. Let’s explore how this seemingly simple body part affects our brains, physical and emotional well-being, as well as our relationships.
If you’ve ever touched the hand of a newborn baby, then you’ve likely witnessed one of the earliest instinctual responses to manifest in humans: the “grasping reflex.” Instinct makes a baby grab your finger and squeeze it tight. Babies may relinquish the grasping reflex over time, but the importance and vitality of touch remain essential.
When holding hands with a lover or getting a massage, the stimulating pressure help improve the functioning of the vagus nerve – the cranial nerve that controls your parasympathetic nervous system also referred to as the “rest and digest” system. As a result, our body enters a state of relaxation – heart rate and the blood pressure goes down – and this relaxation breeds healing. The more time we spend in this relaxed state, the healthier we are.
Creatures of comfort
As we’ve seen, humans are not only creatures of habit, we’re also creatures of comfort. We gravitate toward situations and people who make us feel as content and secure as possible.
One thing is certain: our entire bodies, from our nerves to our brains, respond positively to touch and crave it from the time we are born. Whether it’s due to instinct, comfort, intimacy, or love, touch brings us closer to each other both physically and emotionally — and is a necessity for our overall well-being.
How can we harness the power of the hands?
If a touch of a hand can make us healthier, happier, and closer to our loved ones, then we should consider how we are using it more consciously on a daily basis. Here are some ways to harness the power of the hands
- Holding hands, hugging, giving a pat on the back, cuddling
- Massage, acupuncture, reiki
- Physical therapy
- Hair treatments/head massage
However and wherever and you find it, maximizing the power of the touch of a hand is always a good thing.
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‘Tis the season… for a crazy, busy holiday schedule filled with shopping, traveling, hosting, and attending parties. Then there’s the holiday food – an endless array of decadent entrees, spiked beverages, and sweet treats. All these can, no doubt, wreak havoc on your skin and leave you feeling more no-no-no than ho-ho-ho.
Here are some of the ways the winter holidays can affect your skin and how you can counteract it:
Holiday stress causes your body to produce cortisol which makes your skin more sensitive and reactive. The signs of stress can show up in the form of acne breakouts, hives, and blisters. It can also cause flare-ups in skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
When you’re feeling stressed, take some time to relax. Some ways to help you relax and de-stress include yoga, deep breathing techniques, meditation, and massage.
Sugar and carbs cause inflammation. And too much sugar triggers a reaction in the body called glycation – a process when collagen and elastin break down. On the skin, this shows up as wrinkles, sagginess, and a loss of radiance.
You don’t have to give up sweet treats for good. Slow down and savor small portions of your favorite holiday desserts. Or put a healthy twist on the classic recipes by using honey, maple syrup, or stevia instead of sugar.
Not enough getting enough sleep
With all the excitement the holiday brings, it’s easy to miss a few zzz’s. Your skin repairs itself while you’re sleeping. Not getting enough sleep can result in dull and dehydrated skin in the morning.
Not to mention, a lack of sleep also increases collagen breakdown. Less collagen accelerates aging – this means more wrinkles and decreased skin elasticity.
Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. And give your skin a little pick-me-up with a dose of antioxidants. Don’t book every night with parties and gatherings. If you can, space them out so that you get enough rest in between.
Alcohol can dehydrate your body and your skin. This means the skin loses fluid and nutrients that are vital for healthy-looking skin. This can make the skin look wrinkled, dull, and grey, or bloated and puffy.
The effect of alcohol on your immune system and the way your cardiovascular system works affect the skin too. And it can worsen psoriasis and rosacea.
You can still drink and be merry but limit the amount of alcohol you drink and have plenty of water between alcoholic drinks to avoid dehydration. Also, you can opt for red wine over hard liquors. Red wine has healthy antioxidants.
The low humidity in the cabin of the plane can dehydrate the skin resulting in dry, flaky, or red skin. And if you are sitting in a window seat, you get extra exposure to closer UV rays.
Before you board, make sure your skin is super hydrated – eye cream, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Go make-up-free or minimally made-up face so as not to clog pores. And don’t forget to drink copious amounts of water (60 – 80 ounces of water daily) to hydrate from the inside out. Lastly, avoid alcohol, tea, and coffee and order a light meal.
Harsh winter weather
The cold winter air can cause the skin to dry out exponentially, leading to cracking, chapping, itchiness, and redness. And while room heaters can keep you warm, they should not be your go-to solution for the cold. They turn the air dry and can, in turn, lead to dry skin and allergies.
Use a heavier-formula moisturizer for your nighttime skincare routine. In the daytime, apply a serum and moisturizer under your sunscreen (yes, even in the winter months you still need SPF). Twice a week, give yourself an extra soothing and hydrating mask that you leave on while you sleep.
Again, drink plenty of fluids and include flax or fish oils with your supplements. Exercise regularly as it helps increase the oxygen to your skin, making you feel warm and your skin looking youthful. Refrain from taking long, steamy showers. Instead, keep bath time short and sweet – a 5 to 10 minutes lukewarm bath or shower is much better.
And plug in a humidifier to add moisture to the air and prevent dryness.
Finally, splurge on a comforting winter facial to keep your skin shiny and bright until spring.
For more skincare tips, visit our website, call us at Skinsense Wellness at (323) 653-4701 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. And for skincare services, please visit us at 8448 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. We will be happy to see you.