Summer Skin tips

June 14th, 2012 | * Comments (3)

Exfoliate for clearer, smoother skin

What it does: Exfoliation removes dead, dulling skin debris to prevent congestion and improve hydration from toners and moisturizers.

When: Perform in the mornings prior to toner, moisturizer, SPF and make-up application. Tip: Make-up will last longer on an exfoliated skin!

Don’t forget: After you exfoliate, follow with a hydrating body cream to seal in moisture, and always shield freshly exfoliated skin with an SPF.

Keep skin hydrated

How: Up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques, perfect for use one to two times a week. Boosters are a great fit, working best when layered underneath a moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity. Tip: Refresh with a revitalizing toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, on the plane!

Make friends with H20

Why: Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells!

What you can do: Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!

When in doubt, apply (and reapply!)

Why: It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen.: you must apply enough, and apply frequently.   Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should.

How much: A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.

How often: Re-apply every two hours. Tip: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.

Bonus: Today’s sophisticated formulas and technology let you select sun protection that works with your skin condition. That means you can choose oil-free, mattifying formulas, extra emollient formulas for dry skin, or chemical free formulas for sensitized, reactive skin.

Soothe over-exposed skin

What: You forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell.

What’s next: Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.

How: Apply cooling balms generously over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow.

Prevent: One blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma — remember to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once a month to detect early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Look for a new growth or any skin change.

Repair and treat sun damage

What causes skin damage: UV light causes photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in contact with skin a cascade of damage results (including the stripping of barrier lipids) causing inflammation, production of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes.

What to do: A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

Instant Easy Tips to Beautiful Skin

May 10th, 2012 | Comments (0)

There are so many simple and easy ways to hydrate your skin and it will cost you little to nothing at all. I want to tell you about a few ways to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

1. Always drink plenty of water. There is no other substitutes that could replace water. Water is the best thing for all of us and especially our skin. Also load up on your Omega-3s fatty acids found in foods.

2. Avoid Soft drinks and sugary drink products. These products are simply bad for you and your skin and it de-hydrates your skin. You want to hydrate you skin not de-hydrate it.

3. Use aloe. It is wonderful for treating dry skin. It also can be used with other home care treatments for dry skin.

4. Always use bath products that are soap-free. Use products that contain moisturizers. Massage these creams deeply so that the skin can absorb the moisture into it.

5. Bathing. There is nothing like a long hot bath after a long hard day at work. A long bath can sometimes be more damaging to the skin than a short bath because it strips us of our natural body oils. Causing our skin to dry out. Try a warm bath instead of a hot bath. The warm bath actually opens up the pores. Also limit the time that you stay in the bath.

6. Moisturize. At last but not least always use a good moisturizer. Depending on your skin type be sure that the moisturizer is something that is going to nourish the skin and provide you with good results. By moisturizing daily is the best way to hydrate your skin.

Start with the inside and work your way outward. Hydrate your skin and replenish your skin to keep it healthy and beautiful.

Facials treatments are wonderful ways for hydrating your skin. They are especially helpful in replenishing dry skin. The exfoliating treatment sheds off the dead skin and cells. It gets deep down under the layer of skin and overturn cells.

Preparing Your Skin for Summer

May 3rd, 2012 | Comments (0)

With winter over and the sun finally starting to shine again, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to prepare your skin for summer.  Over the winter time, your skin has to endure harsh conditions, such as cold and dryness, which can lead to minor damage.  Taking steps to prepare your skin for summer can help prevent more serious damage in response to the summer sun and keep it looking healthy and radiant.

One of the most commonly overlooked aspects of skin care is exfoliation.  Although it must not be performed excessively, exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, making your own skin look better and allowing you to moisturize and care for your skin easier.  A typical, normal skin care regiment will usually consist of exfoliating 2-3 times per week.  Keep in mind that this should be less if you intend to use a harsher form of exfoliation.  Start with a mild exfoliant and increase treatment intensity if needed.

Expose your skin to sun slowly before you spend all day outside.  This has nothing to do with the myth that a base tan is needed—this only damages your skin and can lead to more serious health problems later.  Instead, start by spending a few minutes at a time outside or tan lightly and carefully each week.  The goal here is to avoid pale winter skin from being suddenly damaged the first time you spend all day out in the sun.  As your skin darkens naturally and slowly, you can increase the amount of time you spend outside, however, remember to always wear sunblock!

Another easy way to get your skin ready for summer is to take care of sunspots and age spots that you missed after last summer.  There are a few ways to do this, such as with Intense Pulsed Light and micro TCA spot removing peels.  Taking care of these now not only gives you better skin for summer, it also helps keeps them from becoming larger and more of a problem later.

Also remember that hydration is vital to your skin, not only for healing and rejuvenation, but also for preventing later damage when it is exposed to sun and dry conditions.  Taking steps now to help prepare your skin for summer and maintaining it properly are the best ways to have radiant, healthy skin!

Clear Acne Before Prom

April 12th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Prom is one of the biggest nights of your high school life.  But it’s hard to enjoy the experience if you’re worried about acne on prom night.

What can be done to clear acne before the prom? Here are some tips that will help your skin look its best.

1. Start Taking Care of Your Skin Now

If you’ve been neglecting your skin, don’t wait another day to start on a skin care routine. Good skin care will help your skin to look and feel better every day.

A healthy skin care routine includes regular cleansing, gentle exfoliation, application of an oil-free moisturizer (if needed), and daily sunscreen use. Skin care products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and/or resorcinol effectively treat acne at the same time.

While clean skin is good, vigorous scrubbing is not. Pimples aren’t caused by dirt anyway and, for what it’s worth, can’t be scrubbed away.

Don’t over-cleanse your skin, either. Over-cleansing can strip the skin, leaving your skin excessively dry, red and irritated.

A twice-a-day cleansing routine is sufficient for most people. Throw in a third cleansing only if needed, like after gym class or sports practice.

2. Stop Popping

You’ve heard it a million times from your mother, but you’re going to hear it again — don’t pop pimples. Ever.

It may be satisfying, but it also damages your skin. When you squeeze a pimple, you can push infected material deeper into the skin. It also increases the possibility that the pimple will leave a scar.

And yes, popping pimples does make acne worse. Squeezing that pimple can easily turn it into an even larger, inflamed blemish.

As tempting as it may be, leave pimples alone and allow them to heal. If you must do something, try a spot treatment.

3. Banish Blackheads

Got blackheads? They’re super common, especially on teen skin. A good skin care routine and comedolytic product can help clear blackheads.

Still, with prom coming up, you may not have time to wait. You’ll need to quickly improve the look of blackheads while waiting for blemish treatments to kick in.

Try going to a salon to have them extracted. Warning: Don’t have extractions done within a week of the prom. They can leave you red and blotchy, and facials can trigger a breakout in some people.

Those pore cleansing strips are another quick-fix. They don’t treat blackheads per se, and they do nothing to prevent them from forming. They do, however, remove the top “plug” of the blackhead, leaving the skin looking smoother.

4. Beat Body Acne

A low cut dress and “bacne“? Don’t stress. Acne on the back and body can be controlled, too.

Start using an acne-fighting soap bar. Make sure you shower as soon as possible after exercising, since sweat can irritate breakouts.

Sometimes body breakouts are caused by a form of acne called acne mechanica. Suspect acne mechanica if breakouts occur in areas where athletic equipment, backpacks, or other gear rests.

5. Reduce Oily Shine

If you’re like most teens, your skin is super oily. This is totally normal, though any teen would pass on immortalizing a shiny face in prom pictures if given the choice.

Reducing the look of oily shine isn’t hard with the right steps. Again, cleansing the face regularly will go a long way in keeping excess oil in check. Using an oil-busting mask and an astringent toner the day of the prom will make the skin look more matte.

During the prom, you can carry a packet of rice paper oil blotters to dab up oil throughout the night. (Your local cosmetics store should carry them, or check online retailers.) And while it sounds a little strange, toilet seat covers work the same way. You can use them instead / in a pinch, and use the money you save on your dress or tux.

6. Cover It Up

Pimples always have a way of popping up at the worst possible times. If that inopportune breakout occurs before prom, you can cover it up.

Practice your makeup look before the big night, including products like concealer and green primers (to counteract red blemishes) in your regimen. A tiny amount of well-placed concealer and a dusting of powder can do a lot to camouflage breakouts.

A dab of tinted moisturizer can help tone down blemishes without making you feel like you’re “made up.” Tinted moisturizers can be found in the skin care aisle at any drugstore. And, if you’re game, there are also plenty of concealers made just for guys too.

Tips for Avoiding Acne While Exercising

March 8th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Here are some great tips for avoiding acne without avoiding exercise:

Makeup

When exercising try to wear as little makeup as possible, or none at all (ideal). Even the oil-free stuff can clog your pores if worn during heavy workouts.

Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen while working out in the outdoors (like jogging) is a great idea. After all, your body needs to be exposed to the sun to function properly, but overexposure or improper exposure can lead to a variety of problems. Studies have proven that long sun exposure can lead to clogged pores and sun damage. The best advice is to find a sunscreen that won’t clog your pores (non-comedogenic). These would be products that are oil-free and provide at least an SPF 15 protection level from UVA and UVB rays.

Clothing

If you’re prone to body acne, avoid garments made of 100% lycra or nylon like the plague. Why? Synthetic fabrics of any type can trap heat and moisture against your skin. This creates a great breeding ground for the bacteria that causes acne. Always wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made of cotton or other natural fabrics (wool, hemp, etc.) Blends (like lycra-cotton) are okay, but not ideal. Natural fabrics let your skin breathe and are less prone to cause friction, another factor in acne creation. That said, recent advances have resulted in synthetic fabrics that wick moisture away from your body, and you definitely want that.

Equipment

Equipment actually isn’t the issue here; it’s how much friction it creates when you wear or use it. For example, if you wear a helmet, make sure it fits snugly, not allowing for loose movement than can create friction. If you can line your helmet with a layer of soft, washable cotton fabric (such as an old t-shirt) you can go a long way to avoiding acne flare-ups. Conversely, if you wear a wetsuit or similar garment (like a bike riding outfit), make sure it doesn’t fit too tightly or it will create problems as well. And regardless of what equipment you do use, always make sure it’s clean and dry before putting it away. You may be done exercising, but bacteria has just started.

Moisture

“Let’s get you out of those wet clothes.” Sage advice from your parents. Why? Sweat is not your friend when it comes to acne. Sweat in itself doesn’t cause acne, but if you are prone to acne, sweat can aggravate your skin. When you remove sweat off your body/face always blot. Never wipe as this can cause aggravation. Make sure to use a clean towel.

Showering

As a rule, it’s best to wash immediately after you exercise with a medicated exfoliating cleanser. At the very least, take a shower. Remember to be gentle with your skin. Scrubbing harder does nothing but cause problems, including potentially more acne breakouts. If you can’t shower right away, it’s good to still wipe yourself down with medicated pads. They’re easy to carry in your gym bag.

Seven Myths About Skin Care

January 9th, 2012 | Comments (0)

There are a lot of skin care myths out there. To help you weed out what’s true and what’s not true when it comes to skin care, we put together this list of seven skin-care myths your mom probably never told you about:

Myth #1 – acne is caused by poor hygiene and eating certain foods aggravates the condition. First, acne is not caused by dirt. No matter how many times you wash your face and your body, acne may still appear. The cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum, or oil, which clogs the pores. The rate at which the skin on your face produces sebum is not at all affected by dirt. Hormones, stress, pollution and bacteria are some of the culprits behind the appearance of pimples. Additionally, consuming junk foods like chocolate, soda, fried foods and any other oily or greasy foods will not aggravate acne.  Of course, we don’t recommend that you load up on junk food.

Myth #2 – not washing your face often enough can cause blackheads. Many people have blackheads, especially on either sides of the nose. Just like pimples, blackheads are not caused by dirt, so washing your face more often than usual is not the solution. Blackheads appear when the pores become dilated; the cellular buildup leads to oxidation that causes that black color. If you want to steer clear of blackheads, use a good exfoliating face scrub that is suited for your skin type.

Myth #3 – going to a tanning booth is the safest way to add some color to your skin. This is not true at all. Whether it’s natural tanning under the heat of the sun or tanning under the tanning booth, you’re still exposing your skin to UVA rays. Experts agree that this type of exposure can still penetrate deep into the skin and cause damage like premature aging. In effect, you’re also exposing yourself to the risks of developing skin cancers.

Myth #4 – when looking for products that help shield your skin from the rays of the sun, all you need to look for is a higher SPF. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, an ingredient that is ever-present in sunscreen lotions. Although a higher SPF will offer protection from ultraviolet rays, the SPF will only work in shielding your skin from UVB rays. There are other kinds of ultraviolet rays, including UVA and UVC, which some sunscreens may not necessarily protect you from. A good compromise would be to choose a product with SPF 15 or higher that contains ingredients that block both the UVA and UVB rays from penetrating into your skin.

Myth #5 – the more expensive a skin care product is, the better it is for your skin.

Myth #6 – a skin care product claims to be natural, it should be 100 percent good for my skin. First, there are no regulations in the market when it comes to using the term “natural.” Therefore, even if the product contains only one herbal ingredient, they can still use the term “natural.”

Myth #7 – dermatologist-tested and hypoallergenic products will work well for any skin type. What causes allergies for one person may not necessarily have the same effect for another person, so the term “hypoallergenic” is quite vague. Observe which products lead you to have breakouts or skin rashes and steer clear of them.

At the end of the day, taking care of your skin is all a matter of choosing the right products and having a good skin-care regimen that you can follow on a daily basis. Now that you know about the top skin-care myths and the truth behind them, you can make an informed decision about how to better care for your skin so that you can have that clear, smooth, and flawless complexion you want.

CoralActives Acne Treatment Endorsed by F.A.C.E. of Beverly Hills

July 9th, 2011 | Comments (0)

CoralActives is excited to share the news of its endorsement by Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, McCoy Moretz, MD. Dr. Moretz’s review of the ingredients and product testing supports its use and its effectiveness in the treatment of acne.

“The team at Ermis Labs came up with excellent formulations to fight acne and clear skin. Their use of powerful ingredients made gentle with Sea Whip Coral Extract is a perfect combination,” says Dr. Moretz.

Read more at PRWeb.

Can Anyone Get Acne on Body?

March 12th, 2011 | Comments (0)

Pimples don’t only show up on the face.
For some, acne on the body is a real problem and can affect large areas of the body.  Body acne can affect the back, neck, chest, shoulders, and upper arms.  Back acne is pretty common among those with acne on the body.  Body acne can affect anybody, however most cases are seen in men.

Usually acne begins on the face and will start spreading to other areas of the body.  Not everyone with facial acne will develop body acne. Most everyone with body acne will have some kind of facial acne.

How does acne affect your body?
Like facial acne, body acne can be very embarrassing.  Many people will wear clothing to cover up so they don’t reveal their acne.  Even going out to do things and have fun can be uncomfortable.  You can’t swim. It’s also very difficult for teens with body acne to change in the locker room.  Acne on body can cause lasting scars, depending on the degree of inflammation.

What causes acne on the body?
The same causes of facial acne are attributed to acne on body; overactive oil glands, excessive dead skin cells, and many acne-causing bacteria we come in contact with everyday.  Oil and dead skin cells block the pores in your skin and create a blockage.  This area may become irritated and could turn into a pimple if bacteria invade.  Acne on body is usually found on the back and upper torso.  These areas have more glands so they are more vulnerable to the oils and sweat from your skin.  It’s not likely that your clothes would cause body acne, but the friction may affect existing areas of the body with acne.  Sweat is another cause of acne on the body, shower after workouts to keep skin healthy.

 

Does my large pores cause my acne?

February 6th, 2011 | Comments (0)

Your Pores: The Basics
Everybody’s got ‘em — they’re the openings to our oil glands.  But whether or not you pay attention to your pores probably depends on their size.

If you don’t spend much time poring over your pores, chances are they’re small and don’t get clogged too often.  But if your pores are on the larger side, you might be dealing with one or more acne-related conditions including blackheads, whiteheads and cysts. Typically, people with oily skin tend to have enlarged pores that secrete excess oil, or sebum.  Larger pores are also more likely to get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria.  Dermatologists generally treat acne-related conditions with topical antimicrobials that help disinfect the skin, and topical retinoids to help unclog pores and prevent whiteheads and blackheads from forming.  For more moderate or severe cases of acne, an oral antibiotic like erythromycin, tetracycline, doxycycline, or minocycline may be prescribed.

The fact is you can’t get rid of your pores, or even shrink them, but you can cleanse and care for your skin in ways that make pores less visible.  And that includes staying out of the sun — too much sun exposure (as well as the aging process) reduces the amount of collagen in our skin, and that also causes pores to expand.

Do-It-Yourself Tactics
Try these at-home strategies and you might be able to avoid expensive dermatological procedures and spa treatments.

  • Use a pore-refining cleanser to help break up excess oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria that can clog enlarged pores.
  • Give yourself a weekly pore-purifying facial treatment.
  • Make your own deep-cleansing mask using ingredients such as honey, yogurt, or basic Fuller’s earth clay (find it at a health food store) and adding citrus, strawberries, banana, apple cider vinegar, or rosewater.
  • Exfoliate a few times a week with a store-bought or homemade scrub, or go for an exfoliating cleansing cloth. More options to try: products that contain chemical or fruit-enzyme exfoliants such as lipohydroxy acid, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and alpha and beta hydroxy acids, all of which work to dissolve build-up in your pores.
  • Try store-bought microdermabrasion cleansing cloths and/or polishers, which work similarly but more gently than a professional microdermabrasion treatment.
  • Put your makeup to work. Products such as primers, concealers, foundation, loose mineral powder, and blotting sheets can help you maintain coverage and make large pores less visible. Just be sure to thoroughly cleanse your face at day’s end to keep pores from getting clogged with makeup residue.

Get Professional Help
If your issues are more significant, talk to your dermatologist about professional treatments such as:

  • Dermatological Facials: Many dermatologists and licensed aestheticians offer professional facials that include deep cleansing, exfoliation, steaming, extractions, massage, mask, and moisturizing.
  • Chemical Peels: A professional peel performed by a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician can remove dead skin cells, clear plugged pores, eliminate whiteheads and blackheads, correct discoloration, and generate new skin growth.
  • Microdermabrasion: During this deep-cleansing procedure, your practitioner “sands” your skin with a handheld device that shoots a spray of fine crystals onto your face and simultaneously vacuums them up. This non-invasive procedure produces instant pore-perfecting results. (Microdermabrasion is also effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, creases, sun damage, and minor scars.)

A Final Word
Even though people with normal and dry skin tend to have smaller pores than those with an oily or combination complexion, they may still be susceptible to certain pore problems the cause your acne. Plus, skin type can change with age, or as a result of environmental factors, genetics, nutrition, or complications related to other health conditions.  If you’re concerned about any skin changes, talk to your dermatologist.

 

How do I treat stubborn Acne?

February 1st, 2011 | Comments (0)

If over-the-counter acne treatments aren’t working for you, it might be time to visit your dermatologist to have stubborn breakouts treated.  Learn which procedures can help severe cases of acne.

While you can find nonprescription acne washes, lotions, and gels to treat acne sometimes it is not enough to control the problem.  For stubborn or severe acne, here are some procedures that can be performed at a dermatologist’s office:

Extractions (also called acne surgery) help remove pockets of oil and dead skin.   A few different sterile instruments can be used to safely drain whiteheads, blackheads, and small cysts.  Extractions must be done carefully by someone with experience or they can turn a small pimple into a festering boil, which can become infected and take weeks to heal. This is the reason doctors usually recommend that pimples not be squeezed; without the right instruments and technique, you can badly scar your skin.

Large cysts (such as those that result from hormonal breakouts) can be treated with dilute cortisone injections, which shrink the inflammation under the skin, often within a day or two.  The amount of cortisone is very small, but a skilled doctor must do the injection — otherwise it can cause your skin to become pitted.

Acne peels with alpha and beta hydroxy acids can help unclog pores and reduce blackheads, especially if there are lots of little bumps and pimples; dermatologist favor solutions containing salicylic acid and lipo hydroxy acid, which target the oil glands.  Peels generally cause pinkness and flaking for a few days.

Acne laser and photo facial treatments can help kill acne-causing bacteria and shrink pores, although the effect is temporary.  For best results, these treatments are done once every three to four weeks, so they can be very costly. However, there’s little to no recovery time.

 

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