Common skin care myths

April 25th, 2013 | Comments (0)

There is a lot of information floating around about how you should best take care of your skin. If you get advice from friends and family, it’s possible that you aren’t getting the most accurate information. We would like to break down some common skin care myths.

Myth: Getting a base tan protects your skin throughout the summer.

Truth: If the DNA in your skin cells becomes damaged, your body responds by developing a tan. The purpose of a tan is to defend your cells against further damage from the sun’s rays. Base tanning triggers this defense mechanism by significantly harming your cells’ DNA. This means that base tanning increases your risk of developing skin cancer, wrinkles, and other signs of premature aging. Both indoor tanning salons and natural sunlight emit dangerous UV rays that can harm your skin.   

Myth: Eating chocolate and greasy foods triggers acne.

Truth: Your skin develops acne when its pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The inflammation and redness associated with acne breakouts is your body’s response to its pores becoming blocked. Eating chocolate and greasy foods doesn’t increase the risk of clogs. Instead, your genetic makeup, hormones, and cleansing routine influence the likelihood that you will develop acne.

Myth: Sleeping with makeup on doesn’t harm your skin.   

Truth: You may believe that sleeping with a small amount of makeup on, or with makeup that is labeled “all natural,” won’t cause any harm to your skin. In reality, all cosmetic products can irritate and clog the pores of your face. The foundation and powder that coats your skin can hinder your pores’ ability to secrete natural oils. If oil builds up in your pores, your skin can become irritated and break out with acne.

Acne Vocabulary Lesson: Retinol

July 17th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Pay attention to the skin care world for just five minutes and in that short span of time you will be given a vocabulary lesson.  But, of all the unfamiliar words that you hear frequently, which ones really count when it comes to choosing skin products that are right for you?  With the funky vernacular when speaking of cleansers ingredients, retinol is one of the most important terms to pay attention to. It’s in everything from night creams to moisturizers to face wash. So what is it that makes retinol the wonder-cream and why is it so gosh-darn important?

Retinoids, the greater umbrella category for anti-aging compounds, including retinol, retinoic acid, and many others, are various varieties of Vitamin A.  Well-known and clinically proven to make skin appear younger and healthier, retinoids have been around for decades.  They first became popular in the 1970’s with the onset of retinoic acid, or Retin-A, an extremely harsh and sun-sensitive topical product used by anyone from even the mildest blemish to severe acne.  However, the effects of Retin-A, where severe and included severe dryness, peeling, redness and extreme sun-sensitivity.

As a result of the harsh side effects of Retin-A, researchers found that a milder form of Retin-A produced the same positive effects such as eliminating wrinkles, blemishes and dark spots, but without the same harsh side effects as Retin-A.  Retinol causes change within the skin and generates new cell growth at a more rapid rate than the body’s natural tendencies. This cell rejuvenation ultimately aids with eliminating acne, wrinkles, and pigmentation by reducing the cellular build-up that occurs.  While retinol is praised by some as a “wonder-cream,” it is best used with a team of skin care products to give you the healthiest and best looking skin for you.

For those who suffer from acne, the CoralActives Complete Acne Therapy System gives you a triple punch attack regiment against acne with the Retinol Exfoliating Cleanser, the Acne Serum Gel with benzoyl peroxide and a moisturizer that helps you fight acne without leaving your skin feeling extra oily.  To learn more about the effects of retinol and find out more information about the CoralActives combo kit, check out our website today.

 

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.

What You Should Know About Your Skin

June 7th, 2012 | Comments (0)

It measures about 22 square feet. It makes up about 7% of your body’s mass. As your body’s most extensive organ, covering and protecting you, your skin needs a little extra TLC. Here are some of the most important things you can do for your skin.

Don’t expect drinking water to cure dry skin. Six to eight glasses per day is great for your health, but it won’t make your skin less dry: that moisture never reaches the upper layers of the epidermis.

Sleep. Did you know that between 2 and 3 a.m., cell regeneration happens eight times faster than during the middle of the day? The need for seven-plus hours of sleep is no myth; your body — especially skin — uses the time to recover.

Moisturizing Body Wash and Bars. A moisturizing body wash or a moisturizing cleansing bar will give you all the mild cleansing you need without robbing your skin of natural, protective oils, as soap can.

Moisturize from the inside out. Linoleic acid, the essential fatty acid in natural oils, especially sunflower-seed oil, is potentially helpful for maintaining the skin’s natural moisturizing processes.

Turn down the heat. A long, hot shower may be stressing your skin. The fix? Shower in lukewarm water for 15 minutes or less. And pat yourself dry — don’t rub.

So save your skin. It takes less effort than you think to keep it glowing and healthy all over.

Hydrating Aging Skin

May 31st, 2012 | Comments (0)

Say no to smoking which ages the skin prematurely. It causes your skin to lose its elasticity earlier which makes it more difficult for it to hold onto moisture.

Start from the inside out. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods rich in antioxidants. The first step to hydrate your skin is to give your body the things it needs to repair itself.

Use a humidifier. You can use a humidifier while you sleep which can aid in giving dry skin a boost during the day, which will prevent your skin from drying out throughout the day.

Protect your skin. Wear sunscreen everyday. Sun damage does a great deal of damage to our skin, and even more so as we age. Exposure to the harmful effects of the sun can create more wrinkles, as well as discoloration and age spots, so if you are in the process of trying to hydrate your skin so you have a more youthful glow, don’t set yourself back by forgetting to wear sunscreen every day.

Find an excellent moisturizer and other skin care products that help to hydrate your skin. Using thicker creams that replenish your skin like moisturizers with B vitamins to hydrate your thirsty aging skin. Maintain elasticity, promote cell turnover, and create a moisture barrier between your face and the environment for the greatest benefit.

Avoid the hype. The more outlandish the claims about reversing the signs of aging that a product makes, the more suspicious you should be. There truly is no magic bullet for aging skin, and spending time and money hunting for the well of eternal youth will just make you worry more and enjoy the skin that you’re in even less. Skin hydration can be as basic as smearing some petroleum jelly on your cheeks and lips before going out on a windy day or as complicated as expensive salon procedures. Find what makes you skin feel healthy and don’t worry about the rest.

Tips for Summer Skin Care

May 17th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Here are a few summer sun tips that will help you protect your children and yourself:
1. Look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF of 15 or higher. SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays; SPF 30 blocks 97 percent; and SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. Learn more at The Skin Cancer Foundation.

2. Avoid sunscreens that contain parabens, PABA, benzophenone, oxybenzone, octinoxate, avobenzone, padimate O and homosalate.

3. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight.

4. Wear a hat making sure the brim is big enough to shield the ears and neck.

5. Wear UV-blocking sunglasses with 99 to 100 percent absorption to protect the eyes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.

6. Eat a diet high in antioxidants like vegetables, fruits, super foods such as acai, coconut water, maca, and cacao.

7. Check your vitamin D levels. If you are deficient, you can be more vulnerable to getting skin damage. High vitamin D levels can protect against sunburn. Learn more at Vitamin D Council.

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!

Dos and Dont’s for Acne-Prone Skin

April 26th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Don’t wash your face too much. Wash it twice a day and no more. Over–cleansing can irritate your skin and make your acne worse.

Don’t use harsh cleansers or soaps. Instead, use a mild cleanser. If you have very oily skin, use products made for your skin type.

Don’t use exfoliating scrubs because they can irritate inflamed skin.

Don’t pick, pop, squeeze, or otherwise mess with your skin. Squeezing blemishes or whiteheads can lead to infection or scarring. It almost always makes the acne you have worse. You should never tangle with a whitehead — they’ll go away on their own in a few days anyway.

Do look for face–care products and makeup with the words noncomedogenic and nonacnegenic. No product can guarantee you trouble–free skin, but these are better choices because they’re less likely to irritate your skin.

Do use an antibacterial soap or a benzoyl peroxide wash on your back and other areas where you have acne.

Do see a dermatologist to remove blackheads. They have the tools and the know–how to safely remove blackheads without causing scarring or infection. If you have just a few blackheads, use a comedone extractor, available at a beauty supply store. Using your fingers to squeeze them out can spread bacteria and can cause scarring. It’s best to remove blackheads after a warm shower or bath, when your skin is soft. And always disinfect any tools with rubbing alcohol before you use them on your face.

Do wait 20 to 30 minutes after washing your face to apply a Retin–A cream. That will make your skin feel less sensitive to the Retin–A.

Do apply topical acne medications to the entire problem area, not just the zits you have now. The idea is to stop new zits from forming.

Don’t pick at dark skin. Picking can leave dark spots on the skin that can take a while to fade away. It can also cause keloid scars.

Do wash your pillowcase every night and always use clean face towels if you have acne–prone skin. Dirty towels and pillowcases can harbor bacteria and germs that can make acne worse.

Care for Body Acne and Back Acne

April 19th, 2012 | Comments (0)

Body and back acne is triggered by the same factors as facial acne. However, there are some differences in treatment, especially when it comes to skin care. Knowing how to effectively care for body acne can help prevent breakouts and speed healing.

  1. Choose a gentle cleanser. Traditional bar soaps may not be the best choice, as they can dry the skin and further irritate breakouts. Instead, use a mild, fragrance-free cleansing bar, such as Ivory or Dove. You may also get good results with an over-the-counter body wash made specifically for body acne.
  2. Toss out your loofahs, body brushes, and body scrubs. Body acne can’t be scrubbed away. In fact, you may be doing more harm than good. Vigorous scrubbing of the skin exacerbates inflammation of the follicles and can worsen breakouts. Your best choice is to carefully wash affected areas with a soft cloth, or with your hands.
  3. Try baths instead of showers. Soaking in a warm bath loosens dead skin cells. The sloughing away of cellular debris helps keep the pores open and clear, reducing the chance of comedones. Some estheticians recommend putting a cup of Epsom or Dead Sea salt into the bath water to help heal inflamed lesions. Make sure the acne-effected areas remain submerged under the water for at least twenty minutes.
  4. Apply acne creams or topical medications. Topical creams can help speed exfoliation and reduce the number of P. acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. If your body acne is mild, you can purchase benzoyl peroxide lotions over the counter. Apply to dry skin twice daily. If your body acne is more advanced, talk to your doctor. He can decide help decide which topical medications will work best for you.
  5. Wear loose, natural fiber clothing. Natural fibers, such as cotton, allow your skin to breathe. Avoid tight, constricting clothing and clothing that rubs against the skin. Stay away from scratchy materials, such as wool, as well. These materials may further irritate the skin.
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