During the summer, our skincare concerns were focused on sun protection and decreasing shine. Now that it is almost winter, we have to reconsider the products we relied on before and address new skin issues that come from bitter winds and cold temperatures. To combat winter’s frost, I’ve rounded up the best moisturizers on the market. Don’t assume that one cream suits all skin types. Like any good product, these not only hydrate but address other common skin problems as well. Want more moisturizing ideas? See my Oh That’s You moisturizer collection.
Now that it’s June, all we want to do is go outside and enjoy the sun. In most cases we are too busy thinking about how fast we can get to the beach to stop and think about sun protection. We only remember after the fun in the sun, when we come home with skin the color of a lobster’s.
You can still enjoy the endless summer sun and protect your skin. Here are some tips to avoid unsightly and harmful sunburns, or if you do accidentally get a burn, how to speed up the healing process.
The first step is to choose a good quality sunscreen. Ensure that you choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers both UVA and UVB protection. UVB rays affect the outer layers of the skin and are responsible for causing sunburns. UVA rays are more intense and penetrate deeper. Their affects aren’t as readily noticeable, which makes them more dangerous, as they are linked to premature aging and skin cancer. You should select a SPF of at least 15. Look for key skin-protecting ingredients such as Avobenzone, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 70 offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB coverage and is formulated for those with sensitive skin.
The first logical step in any successful skin care routine is pretty much a no-brainer: washing your face. Aside from the occasional rant from a nonbeliever, this seems to be one of the only aspects of skincare that is not up for debate. But – where to begin? These days, the amount of options has gone from exhilarating to seriously overwhelming, and I end up spending hours in that intimidating isle, wide-eyed with stacks of bottles in my arms.
“Stop shine!” “Minimize pores!” “Reduce redness!” Shoppers face no shortage of tempting taglines, but who’s to say that tingling sensation actually translates into results? As someone with acne prone skin, my first instinct is to turn to the ingredients. The two key components most commonly found on the backs of these bottles are either Benzyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid, and sometimes a simple combination of the two – so what’s the difference? Read More
When it comes to changing your hair color, many women look Hollywood or the media for inspiration. You should also be focusing on the undertones of your skin, which will determine which hair colors will suit you the best and make the most of your features. By choosing a color that suits your undertones your skin tone will appear more radiant and your eyes will appear brighter.
Which are you?
You fall into the ‘cool’ category if….
You have medium skin to with, no color in your cheeks, a faint pink color or golden undertones; pale skin with no color in your cheeks or with pink undertones; and true olive complexions also fall into this category (such as Latino and African Americans skin tones that have pink undertones.)
You fall into the ‘warm’ category if….
You have pale skin with peach or gold undertones; and some olive skin tones fit into this category (such as Latino and African American skin tones that have golden undertones)
If you’re still unsure which category you fall into, roll up your sleeves and take a look at the color of your veins on your forearms, if they are blue you probably have cool skin undertones, and if they are green then you have warm undertones.
Now that you know, let’s have a look at which colors compliment your skin and which you should avoid.