April 23, 2014
April 23, 2014
April 22, 2014
by Lee Ann
It is crucial to exfoliate on a regular basis to help speed up the skin’s natural cellular turnover (which slows as we age). A lack of exfoliation leads to a buildup of dead skin cells, which may yield one or more of the following: dull, dry, or flaky skin, acne breakouts, clogged pores, and uneven skin tone.
There are two ways to exfoliate: mechanically and chemically. Mechanical exfoliation involves physically removing dead skin cells, often with a scrub.
Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, involves a process using an acid such as an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic Acid) or Beta Hydroxy Acid (Salicylic Acid). Alpha Hydroxy Acids are best for sun-damaged skin, uneven complexion, and dryness, while Salicylic Acid is best for breakouts and congestion. However, both both Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids help address clogged pores.
Wondering if you can incorporate both physical and chemical exfoliation into your regimen?
(Read more: What really happens when you don’t exfoliate)
For most skin types (with the exception of inflamed or severe acne—in which case, face scrubs should be avoided) the answer is yes. The goal is to get the best out of each method without over-exfoliating. Here are a few suggestions for each skin type:
Combination/Oily or Oily Skin Types should exfoliate two to three times a week. If your skin falls under this category, use an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Beta Hydroxy Acid once or twice a week (the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is a good choice) and use a face scrub once a week (or vice-versa).
Combination/Dry or Dry Skin Types should exfoliate once or twice a week. If you have skin that is dry or on the dry side, you can use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser in place of your daily cleanser (i.e., Seaweed Cleansing Soap) once a week and use a face scrub once a week, or use the Glycolic Acid Toner daily and a face scrub once a week.
Reveal your best complexion yet by exfoliating the best way for your skin type!
April 21, 2014
by Lee Ann
For many of us, warmer weather means more acne. This year, we’re preparing early with the Acne Repair Kit.
The Acne Repair Kit is the triple threat of acne treatment because it’s fully loaded with three superstar spot treatments that are prepared to help fight blemishes—whether acute, sudden breakouts or chronic, stubborn acne—that just don’t belong on your face.
(VIDEO: How to prevent acne breakouts)
The kit includes:
the Drying Lotion, to help shrink or eliminate whiteheads rapidly;
Drying Cream, to help address small red or flesh colored bumpy breakouts at the surface or right beneath; and
the Buffering Lotion, to help fight cystic acne.
Want to know how to get rid of acne? Be at-the-ready to fight breakouts when they happen!
April 19, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
Whether you’re a sample hoarder or just happen to accumulate a small fortune thanks to generous salespeople and fortuitous beauty purchases, don’t toss those samples! Here’s how to get the most out of ‘em!
BUT FIRST: We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that you can try samples of Mario Badescu, too. If you haven’t already, take our online skin analysis. We’ll create a regimen customized for your skin based on your responses to the analysis questions, and you’ll receive samples that are just right for you!
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Take our skincare quiz and get three FREE samples with any order!
April 18, 2014
1. Tanning darkens the skin, thereby masking the appearance of acne.
2. Pale skin looks terrible in the summer.
3. It’s important to get a ‘base tan’ before exposing your skin to serious rays.
4. Tanning treats acne by drying out existing blemishes and preventing new ones.
(Read: What to eat if you have acne)
5. Freckles are cute
6. Darker skin tones don’t need to wear sun protection
We hate to admit it, but this statement is true—TEMPORARILY. Spend the day on the beach and you’ll have a fun night out looking glowing and bronze. But what happens the next day? The next week? Worse—what happens years from now?
First, it’s likely your skin will break out in response to your ‘tan.’ The term ‘tan’ is actually synonymous with ‘sun damage.’ This type of damage also dries out the skin, forcing it to produce more oil and potentially cause additional acne. Second, you’ll start to notice that acne scars and other discolorations have darkened. Over time, virtually every bit of sun damage you’ve accumulated will start to show on your skin year-round in the form of permanent hyperpigmentation.
(Read: 5 tips for acne scars)
Okay, this one is a little subjective. However, we believe that all skin tones are beautiful, no matter where you are or what time of year it is. All skin tones, when properly cared for all year ‘round, will look beautiful twelve months of the year.
Tanning is never recommended; the sun is the number one cause of aging and can lead to serious (even fatal) types of skin cancers. However, if you’re going to do the worst possible thing to your skin anyway, exposing winter-sheltered skin to serious sun without preparation may be a bad idea. In fact, a ‘base tan’ may provide your skin with protection equivalent to an SPF of 2 or 3. IF you’re going to do this, remember that you’ll still need a higher SPF when you go outdoors to tan. (Have we mentioned what a bad idea it is to purposely ‘tan?’)
Tanning masks red areas and dries the surface of the skin, making it appear as though it is treating acne. However, any type of irritation can aggravate acne, and drying out the skin this way may cause even more acne. Worse, ongoing skin damage from tanning can make the skin thicken over time, making it even more difficult to deep-clean the skin.
Freckles are adorable! Freckles are normally the result of your genetic background. However, sun damage can cause freckles to darken; those with freckles tend to have a lower concentration of melanin and thus are more vulnerable to the effects of UV radiation. Be sure to keep the skin well protected if you are freckle-prone.
Darker skin contains more melanin, offering it a bit more protection against aging and skin cancer when compared with paler skin tones. However, it is possible for all skin tones to experience skin cancer and sunburns. Exposure to excessive sun can also darken hyperpigmentation and cause aging in darker skin tones. The lesson here? Everyone needs sun protection every day.