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Daily skin care tips on General Skin Care
Daily Skin Care Tips

Care Tips: General Skin Care

Do you have sensitive skin?
Make a point of choosing mild, soap-free and fragrance-free cleansing products. Formulations designed for sensitive skin tend to contain non-irritating ingredients.
Moisturize before going to bed
Moisturizers are designed to reduce water loss from the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). In addition to preventing further dryness, emollients contained in moisturizing products provide a barrier against pollutants and dirt, improve the texture and give a smoother appearance to your skin.
Drench your sweat!
You may think the opposite is true, but in fact, drinking lots of water helps your body to maintain an optimal temperature that will reduce sweat production. When you’re involved in physical activity, your body temperature rises as much as 3 degrees.
Whats the secret to great skin? ...
Not surprisingly, the state of your skin is affected by a combination of your genes, nutrition, general health, emotional well-being and exercise. With today’s hectic lifestyles, keeping a positive outlook and minimizing stress and anxiety can be an ongoing challenge.
Skin allergies and Halloween makeup
A lot of Halloween makeup is thick and oily - which can lead to ghoulish skin problems in the days after the big party! If you have sensitive skin, try to spot the word “hypo-allergenic” on the packaging to lessen the chances of developing a skin irritation.
Defining hypo-allergenic
Hypo-allergenic does not mean non-allergenic! Instead, it means that the most common skin allergens have been removed from the skin care product that lists this claim.
Colder weather conditions bring dry skin
Sebaceous or oil glands moisten and protect your skin from dryness, and they are mainly found on the face. Since there are very few sebaceous glands on the arms and legs it's important to regularly moisturize these parts of the body, particularly during the winter or if you live in a dry climate.
Exploring options to even out your skin tone?
Discolorations of the skin are very common and are mostly caused by the effects of the sun, wind, as well as from dryness or irritations that are accumulated over time.
Clarifying your skin with a toner
After cleansing, the second step of a basic three-step skin care regimen is the use of an astringent or toner. Available for dry, normal, oily and acne-prone skin types, these clarifying products can play a beneficial role in eliminating excess oil and removing any residue left on the skin after washing.
Dry hands begone!
If your hands are dry, you may want to try the following pre-bedtime ritual. Soak your hands in warm water, dry them partially, apply a thick moisturizer and pull on a pair of light cotton gloves.
The basics of cleansing
Use warm water to open up clogged pores and loosen dirt. Dispense a small amount of cleanser in your hands and gently massage your face in a circular motion. Rinse your face thoroughly with cool water. Pat dry gently with a soft towel.
Daily UV protection
Think you don't need to wear sunscreen on a cloudy or rainy day? Not true! Eighty percent of the sun's rays can penetrate through clouds, mist and fog. Wearing sunscreen will keep you protected, rain or shine, and it will help to ward off wrinkles.
Interesting facts about your skin
It takes about 52-75 days for skin cells to grow from the bottom up and then they’re shed on the surface. The average adult is covered with about 21 square feet of skin that weights about 7 pounds. Skin makes up about 12%-15% of your total body weight.
Uncovering the truth about unscented products
Does perfume-free always mean no perfume? Perfume-free products can sometimes still contain perfumes to mask the chemical smell of certain ingredients, but they may be labeled as preservatives instead.
Cosmetic or Cosmeceutical?
Skin products are either classified as drugs or cosmetics. A drug can alter the function and structures of the skin, while a cosmetic just changes the appearance.
Two kinds of skin?
Did you know that there are two primary types of human skin: glaborous skin (non-hairy) and hair-bearing skin. Glaborous skin is found on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, and they have defining features such as a thick epidermis (the outermost layer of skin) with finger/foot prints.
Why use exfoliants?
Exfoliants have become increasingly common ingredients found in many skin care formulations. The benefits of exfoliants rest with their regenerative effect on the skin by accelerating the shedding of dead skin cells and outer layers of the skin that tend to be thicker.
Do you have combination skin?
If you have combination skin, your face is more likely to be oily on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry on the cheeks and neck. A non-comedogenic moisturizer that contains a minimum SPF of 15 is all you need for daily use to keep your skin protected and looking its best.
Winter care for your lips
It’s the time of year when glossy red lips can enhance your festive spirit. Selecting a rich red lipstick with gloss or applying a glossy overcoat are great ways to quickly add a splash of colour and shine to your usual makeup regimen.
Want to camouflage facial blood vessels?
Telangiectasia are small, red, purple or blue blood vessels found mainly along the surface of the face (cheeks, nose and chin areas), upper chest and neck. Similar looking veins found on the legs are referred to as spider veins.
Tips to keep your skin looking rejuvenated over the holidays
If the partying, planning, shopping and entertaining are stressing you out, here are a few tips to help you stay looking your best. Chill your moisturizer in the refrigerator before use for a soothing effect on your skin and to calm puffy eyes.
Don’t forget to treat yourself over the holidays!
Getting great skin is probably the ultimate gift anyone can receive, but with the hectic pace of the holidays, who has time to visit the spa? You can have healthy looking skin year-round, at a fraction of the cost, by giving yourself the same treatments at home.
Can skin actually absorb active ingredients?
The effectiveness of skin care products depends on the concentration of the active agent and the duration of treatment. Reading product labels are tricky because they don’t actually list the quantities of each ingredient.
An ongoing basic skin care regime can do wonders!
Washing, moisturizing and applying sunscreen are quick and easy steps to achieve and maintain great looking skin. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes each day, but over time, it could take years off the look of your face.
Stretch marks are permanent
When you grow or gain weight rapidly (e.g., during puberty or pregnancy), you may develop lines on the body called stretch marks (also known as striae). Stretch marks form when the skin is pulled due to rapid growth or stretching.
Need to manage gray hair, but short on time?
When the process starts and the rate at which your hair turns gray is largely determined by your genes. Some people can spot the first gray strand as early as during their teenage years. A good indication can be found by looking at your parents and grandparents.
Skin care that’s simple is best!
The most effective skin care regimen should be simple and basic. Cleanse twice-daily - once in the morning to remove any oily build-up and reinvigorate your skin, and a second time at the end of the day to eliminate the accumulation of makeup, oil, daily grime and pollutants.
Get to know how to read skin care packaging
Look for non-comedogenic products, which they are less likely to cause blackheads (called open comedones) or whiteheads (closed comedones). Most brands of makeup are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores.
Maintaining soft and smooth skin
When drying off after a bath or shower, don't towel-dry too vigorously and always apply lotion or body oil while your skin is still damp. This will help seal in moisture and leave your skin feeling smooth before it has a chance to dry out completely. If your skin is particularly susceptible to dryness, look for body washes that contain lotions - they will clean and conveniently moisturize in one step.
The benefits of aloe vera
Aloe vera, in its natural state, consists of a clear gel that is derived from the leaves of a succulent plant. Since ancient times, aloe vera has been used for the treatment of eczema, wounds, skin infections, burns and other skin conditions.
At-home skin treatments
Add an at-home skin treatment to your routine. At-home versions of professional treatments are growing in popularity. Used twice or even once a month, they can help to reveal healthier-looking skin. You can pamper yourself year-round by administering the same treatments at home.
Have a new rash?
Has your skin suddenly become red, itchy or inflamed? Could something you've been exposed to have possibly caused the rash? You may be experiencing contact dermatitis (also known as eczema).
A moisturizer is essential!
Moisturizers perform several important functions. They replenish both lost water and water-binding ingredients (such as glycerin) that help to retain hydration in the skin.
Bothered by itchy skin?
Dry or sensitive skin, eczema, insect bites and contact allergies can cause itchy skin. A traditional way to soothe the itch is to add oatmeal to your bathwater. Soothing itchy skin will interrupt the cycle of scratching, dryness, worsening of the irritation, and even infection.
Suffering with rosacea?
You are not alone! Also called the "Curse of the Celts", over 13 million North Americans have rosacea, which is a long-lasting, non-scarring skin condition that is often misdiagnosed as adult acne.
Check your birthmarks regularly
A birthmark is a discolored patch or spot of skin that’s present at birth or develops shortly after, and its color can vary from brown, black, bluish to blue-gray. Birthmarks include moles, cafe-au-lait spots and mongolian spots.
Moisturizers protect your skin ...
A moisturizer can protect your skin from the elements. Think of it as a daily barrier between your skin and the air. A good moisturizing cream or lotion will not only prevent moisture loss from your skins deepest layers, but it will also protect your skin from the harsh effects of the wind, cold and sun.
What is Tea Tree Oil? ...
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of a tree called Melaleuca alternifolia that is indigenous to Australia. Aborigines chewed the leaves of the tea tree to alleviate symptoms associated with infections, colds and general ailments.
Wear fabrics that breathe ...
Beware of clothes that fit too tight or promote sweating and odor to form. Fabrics that are in contact with the skin can rub and cause irritation. Trapped perspiration will further aggravate irritated skin.
Skin cancer rates are on the rise ...
There will be 30% more Canadians with skin cancer this year than 10 years ago, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Lipsticks help to protect your lips ...
Did you know that your lipstick helps protect your lips? It is true. Using lipstick helps protect your lips from harmful UV rays. It is one of the reasons why men are more apt to get lip cancer. So guys, slap on the lip balm for protection! Make sure to choose one with a minimum SPF of 15.
Smooth over your wrinkles ...
With the recent advances in cosmetics, caring for mature skin has never been easier. A great way to achieve a smoother complexion is to apply a liquid foundation over clean skin before putting on the rest of your makeup. Several products have moisturizers added and the anti-aging effects can last all day.
Rest to keep your skin healthy ...
With todays busy lifestyles, sleep sits lower on our list of priorities. It might help to look at sleep as an essential, complex process that is regulated by the brain. Chemical substances are released in the body to trigger sleepiness.
Considering a tattoo or skin piercing?
First and foremost, only choose a professional artist who uses sterilized equipment and make certain that the work is performed in a hygienic environment. Modern day trends have renewed the interest in body art and adornments in the form of tattoos and skin piercing.
How to treat a bruise ...
A bruise is a contusion (a tissue injury that doesnot break the skin) that is formed as a result of ruptured blood vessels located near the skins surface. Usually, no special care is needed, but you can help to reduce the swelling by applying a cold compress to the affected area for 20 minutes several times a day for the first 48 hours.
Special care for under your eyes ...
There are multiple reasons for dark circles to form under your eyes. The skin under your eyes is thin, making the underlying tissues more visible. Also, with less fatty tissue and the constant motion of facial skin and muscles in this region, wrinkles are more likely to form. Genetics play a role by affecting skin tone and texture. The contrast between skin tone and the darker coloured skin under the eyes will likely be more apparent in those with fair skin. Sun exposure can enhance the pigment under the eyes and darken the existing colour. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can cause dilation of blood vessels and bruising. Getting adequate sleep is essential to reducing puffiness and dark circles. If you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the dark circles are still a bother, use of concealers and foundations can even out your skin tone and provide a quick cosmetic solution. Just before bed, apply a moisturizer that is specifically formulated to sooth, protect and hydrate this especially delicate facial region. Use of an eye cream will provide a smoother texture to the area by filling in fine lines to improve the look of dark circles.
Pregnancy and skin discoloration ...
If you are pregnant, you may be noticing some changes to your skin. Most women will experience pigmentary changes on various parts of the body, including the face. Some women find that patches called melasma (also referred to as -the mask of pregnancy-) may form, particularly on the face.
Sample the makeup... not the germs!
If you are trying out makeup at the cosmetics counter, be sure to only sample the product if the merchant provides a new disposable applicator. Did you know that using testers at makeup counters represent a direct way to transport other peoples germs onto your face and into your eyes?
Trying new skin care products?
Look for non-comedogenic products, which are less likely to cause blackheads (called open comedones) or whiteheads (closed comedones). The word -hypoallergenic- on product labels indicate that they are unlikely to cause allergic reactions.
Want to get rid of your tattoo?
Tired of your tattoo? You are not alone, it is estimated that about 50% of people who get tattoos go on to regret getting them later in life. Some options for removal include excision, dermabrasion and salabrasion, but laser treatments offer the best results.
Skin: The bodys largest organ ...
It is your bodys largest organ! The skin of the average woman weighs 3 kilograms, while that of the average man weighs 5 kilograms. The care we devote to our skin is often evident in its appearance. Some lavish an inordinate amount of time to nourish and improve it, however, more often than not, it is neglected by most.
At-home treatments are a great alternative ...
Want to pamper yourself, but are short on time? If you are like most women, scheduling a session at the spa is out of the question with your busy lifestyle. Kids or careers often come first, but you do not have to neglect yourself!
Drinking water is not enough ...
While it is true that drinking enough water will keep your body hydrated and sustain proper function, keeping your skin smooth and supple needs more than adequate water consumption. A more complete approach to maintaining your skin at its optimal condition is to drink plenty of water and use a moisturizer daily.
Protect yourself by hand washing ...
Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of bacterial, viral or fungal infections. Effective cleansing requires you to pay attention to the method that you use.
Prevent calluses ...
Thickened areas of the skin that are caused by repeated pressure or friction are called calluses. It is the skins way of protecting itself from additional injury or damage. Although they can form anywhere on the body, calluses are most likely to be found on the hands and feet.
How to cover up facial scars ...
Start by applying a concealer to any darkened or discoloured areas, or deepened scars, but make sure not to use too much of the product, which can result in a caked on effect. Use a makeup sponge and lightly blend the product into surrounding areas.
At-home skin treatments ...
Add an at-home skin treatment to your routine. At-home versions of professional treatments are growing in popularity. If used on a regular basis, they can help to reveal healthier-looking skin. You can pamper yourself year-round by administering the same revitalizing therapies at home.
Do you have combination skin?
If you have combination skin, your face is more likely to be oily on the T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry on the cheeks and neck. Use of a toner on your T-zone to remove residual oil and impurities may be helpful in managing combination skin.
How to determine your skin type ...
Not sure of your skin type? Try this simple test. About 15 minutes after washing your face and patting it dry, press lens-cleaning paper on different parts of your face. In those areas where you produce a lot of oil, the paper will stick or pick up oil.
What are skin tags?
Many people develop small flesh-colored or slightly darker extra bits of skin, called skin tags, on their body. They can range in size from one millimeter to one centimeter. These growths are most commonly found in the armpits, genital area or on the neck.
Exfoliants can help reveal healthier looking skin
The skin you see is actually dead skin cells. These cells are continually flaking off - in fact, you lose about 35,000 dead skin cells each minute. In the course of a year, youwill shed around 4 kilograms of skin cells, which accounts for much of the dust in your house. To help speed-up the process, you can try using an exfoliating or peeling agent, but these products are not recommended if you have sensitive skin. For most, it is a non-invasive way to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, while helping to restore a smoother texture to your skin. Make certain to carefully follow the instructions for use; it might be a good idea to test the product on a small patch of your skin first to avoid irritation. A good technique is to apply the product in a slow circular motion over your face and avoid contact with your eyes, always rinse off thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize to seal and protect your skin. Limit the use of exfoliants to once per week and establish a regular routine to help maintain smooth and healthy looking skin.
Acne treatment for mature skin ...
Most people will experience acne at some point. Increasingly, women are noticing a recurrence or activation of acne in their 30s, 40s or even 50s, which dispels the myth that acne is a skin condition exclusive to teenagers.
Rejuvenate with exfoliants ...
Exfoliants accelerate skin turnover by removing the accumulation of dead cells and thickened outer layers of the skin.