Your Autumn Skin Care Guide

  • 9.17.2016

Your Autumn Skin Care Guide

Autumn is the time when your summer tan fades and you need to make changes to your summer skincare regime. There is a crispness in the air and although the sun is not very harsh and strong you still need to use a sunscreen and moisturiser regularly. Follow a few guidelines and you could have problem-free skin all through the season.


Post summer skin looks dehydrated and sallow, and exfoliation is extremely important as it gets rid of the dead damaged cells. This step will prepare the skin to absorb more moisture and nutrition. You could go for professional exfoliation methods such as peeling. Sensitive acne-prone skin needs professional chemical peeling whereas normal to dry skin types do well with dermabrasion. You can have home treatments with products that contain light peeling properties such as those which include Alpha Hydroxy Acids, Glucosamine, Retinol or Retinoids. These products allow daily skin renewal and fresh younger skin is seen.


Hot summer causes dehydration, and thereby wrinkles and fine lines appear on the skin. The moisture lost needs to be properly supplemented before the onset of winter. Moisturise at least twice daily after cleansing. Dry, normal and combination skin types may use a light oil free liquid or gel moisturiser. For drier skin types, choose a thicker cream based moituriser meant for dry skin. Along with your facial skin you need to take care of your body also. Be sure to take short warm baths and apply moisturiser onto your damp skin.

Intensive Skin Treatments:

Intensive skin treatments come in the form of serums or concentrated emulsions and should be done on damaged skin once or twice in a year. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Flavonoids and Retinoids (Synthetic Vitamin A) are good treatments to reverse sun damage and improve skin tone. Some moisturizers also come with Vitamins. For a better effect use both - apply serum under the moisturizer either twice daily or as a night repair treatment. You can also go for at home treatments using masks and packs. Skin lightening treatments are very popular during Fall. For using masks, you need to exfoliate your skin (Do not exfoliate more than twice a week), and prepare it for treatment.

Sun Protection:

Although the Autumn sun is not as strong as it was in summer, it is still necessary for you to use your sunscreen regularly. A sunscreen with SPF of atleast 15 is required in Autumn. Patch dryness, eczema and psoriasis, seborrhea and pityriasis rosea can start to flare. Even oily skin needs a moisturiser to keep oil production at bay, so use oil-free liquid moisturisers. If you have "sun spots" on your skin as a result of sun exposure last summer, you can go for exfoliation and whitening treatments. However, do consult your dermatologist before undergoing any treatment.

Diet, Water Intake:

Summer means dehydration and therefore more water intake for replinishing the moisture lost, but that should not change once the temperatures drop. In fact, you should continue to drink at least eight glasses of water a day throughout the year, irrespective of sesonal changes. This will help you to flush out the body toxins better thereby ensuring a problem-free skin. Fall is a season when fresh fruit and vegetables abound, so you can include Pears, Leeks, Pumpkins, Sweetcorn, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Blackberries, Grapes, Plums and Raspberries to provide Vitamins C, B, E and A, Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Potassium, Bioflavonoids, Omega-3 Fatty acids etc.

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How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

  • 8.28.2016

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

Dealing with acne sucks enough as it is, but dealing with post-breakout scars really helps to add insult to injury. When you’re at risk for scarring, it’s so important to take action—don’t wait until the scars have already formed to try and make them disappear. These five steps are all you need to take a proactive approach against scarring, so if you’re wondering how to get prevent acne stars from occurring in the first place, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t pick, squeeze, or pop.

You’ve heard it before, but we’ll tell you again. Acne scars aren’t always a direct result of manhandling a pimple, but picking does almost always result in a nasty scar. Attacking a zit can even turn a pretty minor breakout into a permanent problem. We know that keeping your hands away from your face is easier said than done, but keep the negative long-term effects in mind. If you have a whitehead that looks like it needs to be addressed, use a Q-tip to squeeze rather than your hands to limit the likelihood of bacteria entering the wound when your skin is trying to heal.

Be proactive with products.

Even if you aren’t currently breaking out, using an acne treatment to target future blemishes is a must. If you’re proactively treating potential acne, your skin is less likely to develop the kind of deep-rooted breakouts that cause scars in the first place. If acne-fighting ingredients tend to dry your skin out, use

Get your acne under control.

This may very well be the most critical component to fending off scarring, since less acne means less potential for scarring in the first place. If your acne is severe, and you develop the kind of painful, under-the-skin cysts that are prone to serious scarring, or if you find yourself constantly fending off breakouts, seeing a dermatologist is the best thing you can do for your skin. There are tons of prescription topicals that work very well for acne-prone skin, and anti-inflammatory cortisone injections are a lifesaver for those huge zits that just won’t go away.

Use a scar-specific treatment.

We love, love, love Scar Zone Acne Treatment & Scar Diminishing Cream for this very purpose. Formulated with salicylic acid, smoothing silicone, and antioxidant-rich green tea, it treats acne and discourages scarring at the same time, so it’s pretty much a godsend. You can also try vitamin E on blemishes that have scabbed over to moisturize the area and help reinforce compromised skin cells and tissues.

Be wary of the sun. Very wary.

Daily sunscreen is an absolute must for preventing future damage—if you’re regularly exposed to sunlight, those dark spots and scars will only get worse, so keeping your skin protected is critical for limiting the amount of scarring. The incredibly lightweight Kiss My Face, Face Factor Sunscreen Fluid goes on weightlessly, absorbs quickly, and helps to keep skin matte throughout the day, not to mention the necessary high SPF. Just remember to apply every two hours when you’re spending time out in the sun exposed to direct sunlight, and always after swimming or sweating.

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5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

  • 8.14.2016

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

As much as we love summer, it can be a real pain when it comes to skin care. Even if you were one of those women born with perfectly smooth, glowing skin, no one is safe from the horrors that come about from the hot, humid air from June to August. Whether it’s splotchy patches popping up on your face or eczema taking over your body, no one likes a skin freak out during the summer. To help you keep your skin calm, we’ve put together fast fixes for some very common summer skin issues below.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Dry Skin

The Solution: Though most of us associate dry skin with the winter, the summer can be just as drying between the heat, the sun on your skin, and the swimming that goes on. Chlorine pools are packed with chemical drying agents (the same ones that are in chlorine to sanitize the water), so immediately after swimming, rinse off with pure water and apply body butter. Though salt water isn’t as drying as chlorine water, do the same after a dip in the ocean. Never skimp on the body lotion during the summer.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Blotchy, Uneven Skin Tone

The Solution: Your skin can become blotchy, or uneven, as a result of too much time spent in the sun. The heat can cause your skin to become red or irritated, plus the UV rays can do some damage. Think about this: You can get sunburns and freckles from too much sun exposure, which is essentially your skin taking on pigmentation. To fix this, do your best to stay out of the sun (or at least in the shade) and wear the highest SPF possible while reapplying every two hours. If you already see some damage, try using a dark spot corrector or, if it’s really bad, heading to the dermatologist for a chemical peel.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Excessive Acne

The Solution: Due to the heat, your body produces more sweat and oil during the summer, meaning your skin can become the perfect storm for breakouts. When you know you’ll be sweating (i.e. working out or sitting in the park while it’s 90 degrees outside), wash your face both before and after the activity so that you’re not leaving your skin to be suffocated by sweat, oil, and dirt, which causes the acne. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid and a sunscreen that’s oil-free so it won’t clog your pores. Keep in mind that salicylic acid can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, so you’ll really need to be conscious of applying a high SPF.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Razor Bumps

The Solution: Razor bumps are especially prevalent along the bikini line during the summer because of the heat and friction of the area, but there are thankfully a few ways to solve the issue. Make sure that your razor is clean and sharp, and to keep it from rusting or becoming dirty, dip it in olive oil and store it outside of your bathroom when you’re not using it (the steam from the shower can cause rust on the blade). Use a sensitive skin shaving cream or baby oil as a lubricant for shaving to get the closest, calmest shave. If you do get razor bumps, steep a few chamomile tea bags in hot water and let them cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Lay the tea bags along wherever the bumps are (bikini line, legs, or under your arms) and let the chamomile soothe your skin.

5 Reasons Why Your Skin is Freaking Out

The Problem: Eczema

The Solution: Eczema is caused by your body’s overreaction to an irritant, which can include perfumes, the heat, a lotion, stress, dryness, or a number of other issues. During the summer, dry, hot skin can become taken over by eczema, which means you’ll need to avoid irritants and treat the skin. As much as you can, stick to cool, shady areas to keep your skin cool, and if you find yourself stressed, try meditating for as little as five minutes a day. Beyond that, you can spot treat eczema with a cortisone cream, which will help to bring the dry, irritated skin back to normalcy.

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Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

  • 8.09.2016

Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

Protect your skin on a daily basis with these SPF-fortified body lotions

Sure, you may be good about slathering on sunscreen while poolside or at the beach, but it's just as important to shield yourself from harmful rays on your daily commute.

That doesn't mean you have to power through the work day feeling greasy or smelling like a coconut though, thanks to a new breed of everyday body lotions infused with SPF. Simply swap one of these in for your regular moisturizer to reap the same hydrating benefits with a boost of UVA/UVB protection.

Hint: Keep a bottle at your desk. These are perfect for morning use and a SPF refresh before heading out to lunch during work, but you should always wear higher SPF in prolonged sun exposure.

Aveeno, Active Naturals, Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen, SPF 15

If summer's prickly heat has left you feeling dry and itchy, this emollient option is for you. The sensitive skin-soothing formula contains Aveeno's signature ingredient, colloidal oatmeal, which serves as a protective barrier to lock in moisture all day long. $13.39,

Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

Eucerin, Body Lotion, Daily Protection, SPF 15 Suncreen, Fragrance Free 

No one likes having their body lotion compete with their perfume, which is why this fragrance-free lotion is such a breath of fresh air. In addition to sparing nearby noses from olfactory assault, it takes a two-fold approach to sun protection: Titanium dioxide serves as a physical blocker while vitamin E naturally defends skin against free radicals caused by UV exposure. $12.99,

Best Body lotions with SPF for daily sun protection

Lubriderm, Daily Moisture Lotion with Sunscreen, SPF 15

There's practically no difference between Lubriderm's regular vitamin B-enriched lotions and this SPF 15 variation — at least from a consistency standpoint. Bonus: It boasts the Skin Cancer Foundation's lofty seal of approval. $8.25,

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10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

  • 7.18.2016

10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet

For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, the warm weather is finally here to stay. And when the temperature rises, we want to spend as much time as possible outside—on the beach, by the pool or just hanging out in the park with our dogs.

And along with summertime hangs come summertime cookouts, picnics and parties, where it can be really easy to overload on unhealthy foods. What’s a girl committed to eating healthily (and mindfully) to do?

Aside from eating in moderation and not denying herself everything fun, she makes smart food choices. And there are some amazingly delicious, good-for-you foods that you should be looking for this summer. Whether you take them to pot lucks or just get creative with your own lunches, here are the best healthy foods to eat this summer.


Watermelon is our number one summertime crush. Deliciously light and sweet, it’s not only amazingly tasty but it’s amazing for you, too: it’s packed with Vitamins A and C (which are essential for beautiful skin and hair) and is high in an amino acid called L-citrulline that can actually improve circulation and soothe sore muscles. Plus it’s like 90% water (hence the name), so it’ll also help keep you hydrated.


The ingredients of this summertime staple are simple: chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and salt. But as any hummus fan will tell you, the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Not only is it insanely delicious, it’s also high in protein, iron and healthy fats; though it’s really easy to make at home, even commercially prepared hummus is low in sugar and carbs. Plus it’s versatile, working as both a dip and a sandwich spread. It’s also really easy to flavor however you like; we love adding some Sriracha and eating it with sliced carrots, celery and snap peas.

Ice Tea

Whether you drink it or incorporate it as an ingredient in your skincare routine, tea is amazingly good for you. And freshly made ice tea is a delicious and healthy way to keep hydrated. Tea, no matter what kind you brew up, is high in polyphenols which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea also has no calories, if you’re watching those, and you can easily control how much sugar you add (rather than being at the mercy of soda companies). Try iced green tea with fresh squeezed lemon; it’s one of our favorite refreshing summer beverages


While we could get really pedantic and get into what actually counts as a berry vs an aggregate fruit, we’ll skip all that, because berries are damn delicious. Sweet enough for dessert, yet healthy enough for breakfast, practically any fruit ending in the suffix -erry are also amazingly healthy foods to eat. Blueberries, for examples, are packed with antioxidants and flavonoids that seem to improve cognitive functioning. A single cup of raspberries contains over 50% of your daily Vitamin C and lots of those gorgeous polyphenols also found in tea. Strawberries are a particularly good source of fiber. And cherries are high in anti-inflammatory compounds that may help manage muscle pain and arthritis. Serve them with fresh whipped cream or greek yogurt and honey for a healthy (and yummy) summertime dessert.

Grilled Chicken

If you eat meat, chicken should definitely be the healthy star of your next cookout; it’s high in protein, low in unhealthy fats and totally delicious when grilled. Leaner and lower in cholesterol (and calories, if you count those) than red meat, chicken doesn’t need a tonne of sugary sauces to taste incredible; brush with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper for a perfect summery meal.

Red Bell Peppers

Whether grilled or eaten raw, red bell peppers are a serious summertime superfood. Like many of the other fruits and veggies we’ve mentioned, they’re packed with Vitamins A and C—a single red bell pepper contains 500% of your daily C requirement—but uniquely, they are also high in magnesium and Vitamin B6. This combination has been shown to reduce painful period cramps and reduce bloating during that time of the month. They also have zero fat and are delicious thrown on the grill; cook them with chicken breasts for a tasty hot dinner, or slice and serve with hummus if you’re craving something colder.


If you want a great complexion (and a healthy heart), eat some salmon. High in omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, it will help keep your skin moisturised and also protected from the sun. Plus, it has zero unhealthy fats, is high in protein and is so. Damn. Tasty. Make sure you get wild salmon rather than farm-raised, if possible, and with the skin on if you’ll be grilling it (it helps the fish stay in one piece).


Possibly the most summery of foods, chopping up one of these beauties makes us feel like we’re lounging on a beach in Hawaii. High in Vitamin C and beta-carotene (for healthy eyes), pineapple is also surprisingly low in sugar and calories for as sweets as it is. We love this served in chilled chunks with fresh berries, or even grilled and served alongside chicken.

Sweet Corn

Calorie and mineral dense, fresh, sweet corn is definitely THE taste of summer. Containing heaps of fiber and antioxidants, fresh corn is far more than just the nutritionally-empty (but fiber filled) food you may think it is. Adding heaps of mayonnaise or butter to your corn on the cob can make this more of a “sometimes” food, but if you grill or boil it and then season with salt and pepper, it’s totally healthy.

Summer Squash

Whether you prefer green or yellow, summer squash are seriously amazing. Containing no fat and heaps of Vitamin A and C, minerals like lutein and selenium AND loads of antioxidants, summer squash are delicious in salads, sauteed in olive oil, baked into casseroles or cooked on the grill. A perfect summertime health food!

10 Healthy Summer Foods to Add to Your Diet
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