August 21, 2014
Q. How can I get rid of Acne Marks and Acne Scars?
A. This is a very common skin care question. In fact, we hear it on a daily basis. The good news is that there are some really good options for helping to fade acne marks—those red marks or spots that are left behind after an acne breakout. These marks are otherwise known as Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH).
It’s important to note that there is a difference between acne marks and acne scars.
The term ‘acne marks’ refers to the above-mentioned PIH. Acne marks are the red or brown areas of hyperpigmentation caused by inflammation. During the healing process, this inflammation triggers the production of melanin, which darkens the skin.
‘Acne scars’ happen when a serious acne breakout destroys skin tissue. This destroyed tissue is then replaced with too much or too little fibrous tissue as it heals, causing either hypertrophic or keloid scars (which are raised) or atrophic scars (‘ice pick’ scars that are small depressions in the skin).
The main difference between these two categories is that marks typically respond well to daily care and skin-brightening strategies; they are often temporary whereas acne scars involve a change in texture and are harder to alleviate.
The good news? Many of the strategies that are used to fade acne marks will also help (to some degree) with scarring.
Here’s what you’ll want to do to help get rid of scars and marks:
- If you’re not already, start using a daily sunscreen with a sun protection factor (spf) of at least 15. Sun exposure is a major way to darken acne marks and other types of hyperpigmentation.
- Choose skin care products with ingredients designed to brighten up the skin—including Kojic Acid and Licorice Extract. [We recommend: Whitening Mask]
- Also, consider using a Vitamin C Serum to help brighten your acne marks.
- Exfoliate! If you are not currently experiencing an acne breakout, feel free to use an exfoliating scrub. If a scrub is not your thing—or your acne is currently active—choose an exfoliating cleanser with an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (such as glycolic acid),
- Prevent future acne occurrences by sticking to an anti-acne skin care regimen. The less acne you have, the lower your risk of getting future scarring. [We recommend: Anti-Acne Serum]
August 20, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
August 19, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
There’s a few things we uphold here at MB:
- Knowing your skin and its needs is the single most important prerequisite for taking care of it.
- Busy moms are superheroes (usually without the colorful spandex bodysuits).
But really. For all the moms out there – ours included – every day should be Mother’s Day. Unless you’re a mom yourself, no one’s really sure how you do it all. Morning ‘til who-knows-when, 24/7, 365 days a year. We’re forever grateful and definitely in awe: what can’t you do?
We know you do a good job; we just hope you realize that too. We’re simply here to remind you of that – and that you deserve a little self-love. We don’t have flowers, but what we do have for you is our guide to beautiful skin for busy moms.
Even amidst all the crazy.
- Make skin care a priority. You can pass on the makeup and get away with a few quick brushes of hair, but skin health is an absolute must. Remember: your skin is the largest organ on your body and also acts as a barrier between you and the outside world.
Use gentle, nourishing products to help keep skin in tip-top condition so that even when you might not be feeling your best, your skin still looks it. Sometimes it’s about putting your best face forward, and if a beautiful, healthy complexion helps you feel good about yourself, then it’s most certainly worth your while.
- Choose multi-tasking products. Multi-tasking is a virtue for the busy mom. No one has time to fiddle with all these lotion and potions. Stick to the basics and keep it simple. Oftentimes, less is more: it’s but a matter of choosing the most effective product for your skin’s needs.
A moisturizer with SPF takes sunscreen out of the equation and allows you to hydrate and protect your skin in one step. In a pinch? Use any excess product not used on your face on your hands to prevent premature signs of aging. Need a pick-me-up? A hydrating facial spray refreshes your complexion, but can be spritzed all over (hair and body) for an instant boost.
- Stick to the basics. Simple, gentle, and effective will get you far. We’re firm believers that less is more, and consistency is key. Stick to a regimen that includes the necessities: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, eye cream, mask, exfoliant, and if necessary, serum.
Need help choosing the right products for your skin? Call 1 (800) BADESCU to speak with one of our skin care specialists for a customized regimen.
- It’s all about the eyes. Lack of sleep and overall stress show first – and most noticeably – on the eyes. Prioritize eye care to help brighten and refresh your overall complexion no matter how tired you are. Invest in an eye cream that nourishes with anti-aging and hydrating benefits. For an instant pick-me-up and morning boost, store it in the fridge; the cooling effect will help de-puff and wake up tired eyes.
- Two cups for me, please. Green tea gives you the boost you need and happens to be the antioxidant powerhouse of all drinks that helps flush out toxins for a clearer, healthier complexion over time.
While you’re making your morning cup, soak another caffeinated green tea bag in hot water for a few minutes. Let it cool to room temperature before squeezing out excess liquid and placing them over your closed eyes. Leave on for a few minutes and let it do its magic at de-puffing and encouraging circulation while giving an additional anti-aging treatment.
- Stay hydrated. Drink up! When skin is dehydrated, dullness and dryness exacerbates the visible signs of aging. Experts recommend at least two liters a day for optimal beauty and health benefits.
- Say yes to you. Even if it’s just 20 minutes every now and then, something is better than nothing at all. De-stressing regularly isn’t just pivotal to overall happiness – it’s paramount to skin health, too. Take a breather: go for a walk, do something you love, or pop on a mask for an at-home DIY facial. Whatever it is you want, make time for it when you can.
August 18, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
While I love my local honey drizzled generously atop my breakfast parfaits, trust me: honey for your skin is even more satisfying.
Our popular Honey Moisturizer is made with a gentle, exfoliating Alpha Hydroxy Acid formula featuring a smooth blend of Honey, Orange Extract, and Peanut Oil. This moisturizer is designed to leave you with a soft and smooth complexion.
A high Vitamin A content makes Peanut Oil a fantastic source of antioxidant protection against free radical damage. Peanut Oil is also super hydrating and helps reduce moisture loss, thus improving the appearance of skin’s tone and texture.
The Honey and Orange Extract in this moisturizer work to nourish and help protect the skin, providing hydration while exfoliating dulling buildup.
With regular use of honey on skin, you’ll notice a visibly softer, smoother, brighter complexion.
August 16, 2014
How do you feel about ‘selfies’? To be honest, I really like them. I enjoy seeing my friends’ lovely faces and showcasing when I feel and look my best. Taken with friends, they’re a great way to remember happy events.
Since you’ll find no #selfie haters here, let’s talk about how to look great in them! Beautiful skin, of course, is paramount. It is the first step to taking any good photograph, whether you’re posting it online or not.
Here is the best way to pose:
Get a good angle! Generally speaking, you’ll look best if you angle your phone (or camera!) above your head. This pose tends to make your eyes look bigger. Pictures that are taken straight-on tend to work well, but images shot from below rarely do.
Discover your ‘good’ side. One side of your face is likely to be more symmetrical than the other and will usually look better in photographs. The difference in my face from the ‘good’ side to the ‘less-than-great’ side is actually pretty remarkable.
Think twice before striking certain overdone poses and facial expressions. You know which ones I’m talking about.
Consider lighting. Talking a selfie in a dark room (or one with unflattering fluorescent lighting) is not best for highlighting your skin tone and features.
Use a beautiful backdrop. This could be something as simple as window treatments or a bookshelf. Just make sure your laundry pile isn’t showing up in the background, too.
Discover which filter looks best for you. Or go #nofilter. The best way to do that? Use these tips and tricks to make your skin appear more refined and radiant:
EXFOLIATE: Exfoliation will help remove dulling dead skin cell buildup and reveal fresher, more radiant skin. Consider using either a face scrub or a cleanser with Glycolic Acid.
MOISTURIZE: Keeping your skin hydrated and supple on a regular basis means you can be sure to glow in your pictures.
SPOT-TREAT BLEMISHES: Before you go to bed at night, apply acne spot treatment to any existing breakouts. [We recommend: Drying Lotion]
BRIGHTEN UP: Reduce discoloration with skin-brightening ingredients, including Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Kojic Acid.