Monthly Archives: September 2016
Sleep — there are few things that are better for your body than getting a good night of shut eye. During the night your skin restores itself, rebuilds elasticity and fights off free radicals that may have accumulated on the skin surface during the day. While sleep is essential to your skin and overall health, the way you sleep can affect how fine lines and wrinkles form on your face. Below we discuss how sleep can affect your anti-aging efforts and explain how to get the best night of zzzs for your face.
Sleeping on Your Side
Sleeping on your side can be super comforting and it’s natural to turn on your side from time to time. Unfortunately consistently pushing your face into the pillow can cause lines to form due to the pressure of the pillow on your face. Additionally if you are sleeping on a cotton pillowcase you may be making your skin dry on that side, as cotton can draw out moisture from your skin. Try to avoid sleeping on your side but if you must, practice alternating sides. Also purchase a silk or satin pillowcase which will draw out less moisture and provide a much more forgiving surface for the skin.
Sleeping on Your Stomach
Do you love to bury your entire head into your pillow while sleeping on your stomach? Unfortunately this is the least beneficial way to get shuteye for your face for a variety of reasons. One is that fluid can accumulate under your eyes which can make them look puffy. Another reason is that your skin is under constant pressure from the pillow which tugs at your skin and removes moisture. Lastly, if you have oily skin, your face will transfer some of the oils to your pillow which can exacerbate clog pores and ultimately can cause blemishes. Avoid sleeping like this if you can.
Sleeping on Your Back
Sleeping on your back is the ideal sleep position — you aren’t applying pressure throughout the night which will result in fewer visible fine lines. Unlike sleeping on your side or stomach, fluid won’t accumulate around your eyes. Lastly your face won’t touch the pillowcase, thus avoiding the back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime. To up the ante of this sleep power position, apply a sleeping cream or overnight mask every now and then to really wake up looking flawless.
Time to rethink how you sleep in order to maintain the best skin on your face!
Oily skin and blackheads often go hand in hand and it’s definitely not a union you want on your face. Do you suffer from both? We have recommendations for how you can reduce the appearance of blackheads, oily skin and enlarged pores are a thing of the past. Read on.
What causes oily skin and blackheads?
Oily skin is largely hereditary, but can also be caused by hormonal imbalances such as puberty or pregnancy.
According to the American Association of Dermatology, blackheads are formed through oil, dead skin cells and bacteria that block pores and cause small bumps called blackheads. If a blocked pore stays open, it can look kind of black and is called a blackhead.
While you may have been born with acne- and blemish-prone skin that doesn’t mean it’s not manageable/without help. With the right routine you can curb oiliness and the blemishes that go with it.
So what routine should you follow?
Taking care of your skin is extremely important when you have oily and blemish-prone skin. Twice a day you should cleanse your skin, ideally with a gentle yet effective cleanser. Look for ingredients like salicylic acid that works to help clear out the oil from your pores. Garnier’s Clean + Blackhead Cleansing Gel has salicylic acid as well as other ingredients to remove dirt and other pore clogging particles Garnier’s Clean Blackhead Cleansing Gel contains ingredients that attract impurities like a magnet to help cleanse your pores. Salicylic acid improves exfoliation of the skin cells to facilitate the removal of excess sebum that can get stuck in pores.
Develop a habit of exfoliating your skin 2-3 times per week. Exfoliating is a critical step to slough away dead skin cells, which contribute to blackheads. Garnier’s Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub effectively cleanses and exfoliates, revealing a clear layer of skin. After cleansing, apply an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer to restore moisture on the skin. It is a myth that oily skin does not need moisturizer. Avoid thick moisturizers that can clog your pores. It’s okay to occasionally apply a serum with antioxidants to your skin before applying moisturizer. Serums are highly effective skin care products often packed with antioxidants which can help your skin look radiant.
How should you treat blackheads?
While a good cleansing routine like the one outlined above should help reduce the appearance of your blackheads, the occasional blackhead may still sneakily arise. Using a toner after cleansing, might be a helpful extra step to incorporate since toners remove any excess oils and bacteria in the blackhead-prone areas.
If your stubborn blackheads refuse to budge, we recommend you visit a dermatologist or esthetician for a professional extraction. These trained professionals have special tools that they use to force stubborn blackheads out of the pores.
The most important thing you need to know about skin care is that you need to find the right routine for your skin type. Below are some products that can work effectively in your fight against blackheads and help tame your oily skin.
A lot of people think that if you have oily skin you should run from any type of oil but for some, cleansing with oil can be effective as oils attract other oils.
Masks containing mud or clay can draw out impurities from your skin which can help minimize the appearance of your pores. Consider using one once a week for results.
Oily skin can be difficult to control. Hormones determine how much oil your skin produces, meaning there isn’t much you can do to change the fact that you have oily skin. In fact, it may be hereditary. The good news is that while you can’t change your skin type, we can provide you with a guide on how to manage oily skin. Try these steps for shine-free healthy skin every single day.
How to Know if You Have Oily Skin
The first thing that’s most important is determining if you actually have oily skin? Ask yourself a few of these questions and if the answer is yes for most of them then you have your answer. Are your pores significantly larger in your T-zone area (nose, forehead and chin)? Does your make up dissolve or “slip” off your face not long after application? Is your skin often shiny, particularly in a fast manner, say two hours after your cleanse? Are you prone to getting blemishes such as blackheads, whiteheads, acne and pimples? If you answered yes to most of these questions then you probably have oily skin.
How to Remedy Oily Skin
Cleansing is a crucial step in managing oily skin and you should be cleansing your skin both in the morning and at night. Use a gentle cleanser that contains salicylic or glycolic acid which can cut through the oiliness and truly clean the dirt, oil and build-up off of your skin. Avoid anything drying or products that may strip your skin. These products will dehydrate your skin, resulting in your skin producing more oil as a defense mechanism.
2. Use Toner
Toner is can be effective on oily skin as it can remove and leftover oiliness, residue and can help balance pH.
Exfoliation is important for oily skin. Not exfoliating regularly means that your skin is building up dead cells on its surface and oil is unable to freely flow out of your pores. This causes clogging and can increase the appearance of pore size and produce blackheads. Use an exfoliating product with salicylic acid to remove any dead skin cells and reveal your best skin.
4. Moisturize Correctly
First of all, don’t avoid moisturizing because you have oily skin and think that’s enough moisture. Use an oil-free moisturizer and apply to your entire face. You can be more sparing in your T-zone and show your cheeks and upper forehead more love if they typically skew on the drier side of the spectrum. We recommend a mattifying product in the morning so that you can go about your day not worrying about being shiny.
5. Clay Masks
Clay masks are extremely helpful in the fight against oily skin as they can remove excess oil and clean out your pores. Just make sure that when you use one, you don’t wait for the product to completely dry as this will draw out too much moisture from your skin. You should apply and let it rest until the mask no longer feels moist to the touch but is far from crumbling and dry.
6. Blotting Paper
This is your friend in need — if you ever realize that your skin is starting to feel greasy, blotting paper will be a lifesaver. Just dab a sheet on the affected areas to restore a shine-free look. Don’t rub blotting paper over your skin as this can irritate your skin.
7. Incorporate a healthy lifestyle
A healthy diet of leafy greens, antioxidant rich berries, citrus fruits and omega-3 rich foods is great for your skin.
Healthy, glowing skin is always in style, and using products with antioxidants makes this skin goal a little easier to achieve. By using the right products you can help skin look refreshed, smoother and revitalized on a daily basis. We’re looking at some simple ways to get beautiful skin. This list will help you rethink some of the most common practices in your skin care routine.
1. Double Cleansing
Cleansing your skin is essential for your skin care to work because it cleans your pores, removes make up and dirt, and allows subsequent products to really seep in. One way to deep clean your skin is to double cleanse. In the first step you are cleaning your skin to remove makeup first and then washing your skin with a second cleanser to attain a maximum clean. Micellar water is perfect for this and you should make it a staple in your beauty arsenal. It’s easy to use: just saturate two cotton balls, press them against your skin for a couple of seconds, and gently wipe across your face. This effective cleansing water lifts dirt, make up and sweat like a magnet from your skin.
Then in the next step use a cleanser with antioxidants to help clear pores and remove any leftover residue. Garnier SkinActive’s Balancing Gel Exfoliator with grapefruit and pomegranate softens dry areas to balance skin. It removes oil and impurities so that you’re working with a completely clean canvas.
2. Scrub Without the Scrape
Most people think of grainy or gritty scrubs when they think of exfoliation, but you can get the effect of a scrub without actually using a product that contains sandy or crystal-like elements. An antioxidant-filled scrub will do the trick and remove dead surface skin cells revealing a fresh layer of skin. If you are looking to refine your pores and reenergize your skin we recommend Garnier SkinActive’s Invigorating Daily Scrub which is infused with peppermint to instantly energize skin for a healthy look. Your skin will be deeply cleansed and softened after using this gentle, non-grainy scrub.
3. Overnight Peel
Make your skin care work at night when you’re asleep. We love using an overnight peel to wake up with fresh looking skin. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Overnight Leave-On Peel is a gentle yet powerful leave-on peel with Glycolic Alpha Hydroxyl Acid (AHA) and antioxidant Vitamin C. It can help even skin tone and minimizes the look of dark spots so you can wake up to fresh and more radiant-looking skin.
4. Sleeping Cream
If you really want to take your antioxidant efforts to the next level follow the overnight peel with a sleeping cream to restore hydration while the peel is working its magic. A sleeping cream (also known as an overnight mask) goes on like a cream but hydrates like a mask. Garnier SkinActive’s Miracle Anti-Fatigue Sleeping Cream infused with antioxidant lavender essential oil, Vitamin E, hyaluronic and hydroxy acids renews, firms and even reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
5. Eye Roller
Don’t forget your delicate eye region in your antioxidant efforts. Use a product like Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller with antioxidant Vitamin C, mint, and caffeine to cool and refresh your under-eye area on the days your skin might be looking a bit tired. The micro-stimulating roll-on applicator helps de-puff and reduce the look of under-eye bags.
6. Antioxidant SPF
Protecting yourself from sun damage is a crucial component of skin care. Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Moisturizer SPF15 with antioxidant complex Vitamin C and E, pine bark essence and gently exfoliating lipo-hydroxyl acid (LHA) is a great product to moisturize and protect skin. It’s a light fluid that goes on smoothly, has a broad spectrum SPF and also helps protect your skin from free radicals. When you use both an antioxidant and SPF in the morning, you’re preparing your skin for any negative environmental effects that may impact it during the day. SPF is the best line of defense against premature skin aging and should be worn every day no matter the weather.