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This 3 Ways to Use Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray

In the past, volumizing powders have been a mixed bag. Yes, they add volume and grippy texture to even the most limp, slippery hair. They also absorb oil and refresh next-day ‘dos, much like a dry shampoo. But applying powder from a shaker bottle to your roots gets messy quick. Luckily, Oribe has a fix. The newly released Swept Up Volume Powder Spray comes in a zero-mess (and non-aerosol!) sprayer that evenly distributes volumizing powder exactly where you want it—without ending up all over your black shirt. Just one spritz leaves hair with matte, gritty texture and dramatic volume, perfecting for creating amplified updos.

Want to see it in action? These handy how-to videos show you how to create three lifted-up looks, thanks to Oribe Global Ambassador James Pecis and models Rachel Hilbert and Georgia Fowler.

The Victory Roll

You may recognize this vintage-inspired style from Brock Collection’s Spring 2017 runway show. Lead stylist James Pecis used Swept Up Volume Powder Spray to achieve a light, airy take on the classic victory roll. You’ll also need hair elastics, bobby pins, and a teasing comb for this look.

The Mohawk

No mohawk? No problem. This style takes multiple messy ponytails and turns them into a funky faux-hawk. You’ll need Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, a lightweight hair spray like Oribe Free Styler Working Hair Spray, a brush, bobby pins, alligator clips, and a few hair elastics.

The Knotty Braids

This perfectly-imperfect updo features carefree, textured knotted braids—and you don’t need any special braiding skills to achieve it. To recreate this fun style, you’ll need Swept Up Volume Powder Spray, bobby pins, and hair elastics.

This Healthy Glowing Look is a Must for Dry, Dull Skin You Should to Know

Let’s face it: There’s nothing like the healthy, sun-kissed glow of a summer spent lounging at the beach. Unfortunately, summer (and its complexion-enhancing effect) always comes to end. Especially during colder months, skin can become dull, dry, flaky, and lifeless—a far cry from the fresh, luminous look we love. Luckily, we’ve got an easy way to fake a healthy summer glow all year round: the BECCA Create Your Own Light kit, a set of five best-selling BECCA products that instantly impart a dewy, natural-looking radiance.

The BECCA Create Your Own Light kit includes Backlight Priming Filter, Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Opal, Luminous Blush in Snapdragon, Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight in Champagne Pop, and Beach Tint in Fig.

The kit, a Beautylish exclusive, comes with everything you need to personalize your perfect glow—without looking greasy or glittery. Read on to learn how to create a fresh, naturally glowing look (and give dull, flat skin the boot) with the Create Your Own Light kit.

What You’ll Need:

  • Moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • BECCA Create Your Own Light kit
  • Foundation
  • Foundation brush
  • Concealer
  • Blush brush
  • BECCA Eye Tint in Gilt
  • BECCA Ombré Rouge Eye Palette
  • Eye shadow brush
  • Eyelash curler
  • Mascara
  • Lip brush

1Prep for Makeup

Start by massaging your favorite moisturizer into your skin. Apply a hydrating lip balm to your lips and rub them together to help the product sink in.

2Prime Your Skin

To create a smooth, even canvas for makeup that stays fresh all day, dab a pump of BECCA Backlight Priming Filter on the high points of the face (cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and chin). Blend well with your fingers. We love this primer for its light-diffusing, blurring effect—and it’s great for no-foundation days, too.

3Create an Even Base

Apply a lightweight foundation (we used BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation here) to the center of your face and blend outward with a foundation brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 01. Camouflage any blemishes or discoloration by tapping a small amount of concealer, such as BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer, onto the skin with your finger.

4Add a Natural Flush

For a natural-looking, youthful flush, sweep BECCA Luminous Blush in Snapdragon from the apples of the cheeks towards the temple with a fluffy blush brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 02. To make sure you don’t overdo it, tap the brush on the back of your hand before applying to remove any excess pigment. Apply the blush in sheer layers until you’re happy with the color intensity—remember, it’s easier to add more color than to remove it. For a more sun-kissed look, you can also dust your favorite bronzer along the hollows of the cheek, the temples, and the jawline.

5Highlight Your Features

By now, your skin should look bright and naturally dewy. To enhance and illuminate the curves of your face even more, use your ring finger to tap BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Opal onto the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. Blend well. We’re big fans of this cult-favorite highlighter’s ability to mimic the subtle radiance of hydrated skin without over-the-top shimmer.

6Enhance the Eyes

Draw attention to your eyes by applying BECCA Eye Tint in Gilt, a crease-resistant creamy bronze, across the eyelid. We used the BECCA Ombré Rouge Eye Palette’s rich neutral eye shadows with Wayne Goss Brush 03 to lightly contour and define the eyes. Finish this step by curling your lashes and applying a coat or two of your go-to mascara.

7Apply Lip Color

With a lip brush, like Wayne Goss Brush 07, fill in your lips with BECCA Beach Tint in Fig, a rose-toned cream stain that leaves behind a sheer wash of color

8Add a Pop of Light

Apply BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight in Champagne Pop (a Create Your Own Light kit exclusive) directly to the inner corners of the eyes, the tip of the nose, and the cupid’s bow. Pro tip: You can also apply Slimlight to the waterline for a brightening, eye-opening effect. This twist-up highlighter crayon is perfect for adding targeted bursts of light to hard-to-reach areas.

9Finished Look

Take a step back and admire your work: dewy, healthy-looking skin that glows with subtle radiance, even when summer is a distant memory. If you’re worried about excess shine, gently dust a setting powder over your T-zone.

Here’s How to Get Bouncy, Beachy Curls With a Flat Iron For You

Want soft, loose curls with a hint of unfussy texture? Here’s a tip: You don’t need to run out and buy a special curling iron to get them. With just a hair dryer, a flat iron, and the right technique, it’s surprisingly easy to add bouncy swoops and beachy waves to even the most pin-straight hair. In this tutorial, we reached for the T3 Mini Miracles Set—a pair of portable-but-powerful hot tools sized for travel—plus our go-to Oribe styling products.

Keep reading to learn how to create this perfectly imperfect look—it’s polished without being too stuffy, great for work or play.

What You’ll Need:

  • Flat Iron
  • Hair Dryer
  • Styling Cream (We used Oribe Crème for Style)
  • Volumizing Spray (We used Oribe Volumista Mist for Volume)
  • Lightweight, flexible-hold hair spray (We used Oribe Superfine Hairspray)
  • Texturizing Spray (We used Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine)

Start with slightly damp to nearly dry hair. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, you’ll need to blow dry it straight first.

Rub a dime-sized dollop of styling cream between your palms. We used Oribe Crème for Style here.

Comb your fingers gently through your hair from the middle to the ends to evenly distribute the product. This helps create a smooth, frizz-free foundation while also protecting the hair from heat damage.

Grab a volumizing spray—we like Oribe Volumista Mist for Volume—and spritz the roots, holding the bottle about 8 inches from your head.

Blow dry your hair at the roots, gently lifting with your fingers to create texture and volume. For this step, we turned to the T3 Featherweight Compact. The targeted, tourmaline-enriched flow of air was a huge help in adding volume without sacrificing smoothness and shine.

Next, separate your hair into four equal sections and clip them out of the way. Release an angled section of hair near the temple, about one inch wide. When curling hair with a flat iron, working with diagonal sections creates a more natural-looking wave pattern.

Gently clamp the hair about two inches from your scalp and twist the flat iron away from your head so that the plates are parallel to the ground. Wrap the hair around the body of the flat iron, holding the end in your hand. The T3 SinglePass Compact’s silky ceramic plates and swivel cord make this part really easy—no rough metal or tangled wires to mess up your flow.

Slide the iron slowly down the hair all the way through the end, clamping with medium tension. You’ll get the hang of it after a few tries—it’s a lot like curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors. Repeat these steps with one-inch sections until all of your hair has been curled.

To keep your curls from going limp and lifeless, generously mist your hair with a lightweight, flexible-hold hair spray. We use Oribe Superfine Hairspray for its sheer, dry finish.

Hit the cool shot button on your dryer and give your hair one last blast, gently breaking apart the curls with your hands. Roughing up the curl pattern keeps this style casual while the cool air seals each strand’s cuticle to reduce frizz and friction.

Finish up by spritzing your hair with a texturizing spray, such as Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray, to add a slightly messy, lived-in feel. For extra volume, flip your head over first.

How to Get Emma Roberts’ Glowing Met Gala Look

As A-listers flooded the red carpet on Monday night for the Met Gala, we were immediately struck by actress Emma Roberts—and not just for her sleek Diane von Furstenberg dress. The Scream Queens star tapped celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury to create a timelessly glamorous makeup look: think poreless, softly contoured skin, rose-gold eyes, and a velvety pink lip. We caught up with Charlotte’s team to get a behind-the-scenes take on Emma’s gorgeous look.

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Charlotte started by prepping Emma’s skin with her cult-favorite Magic Cream, followed by Magic Eye Rescue underneath her eyes. To create a luminous, spotlit-skin effect on the red carpet, Charlotte applied Wonderglow, followed by Magic Foundation in 2 Fair and 3 Fair for a flawless finish. She then brightened Emma’s eyes with Mini Miracle Eye Wand in Shade 1.

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Next, Charlotte lightly filled Emma’s brows with Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift in Rita, a light warm taupe, to frame her smoldering eyes. She fixed them into place with Legendary Brows in Clear.

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To create a soft, shimmering rose-gold look that complemented Emma’s green-hazel eyes, Charlotte first curled her lashes using her Life Changing Lashes eyelash curler. Next, she mixed the Brighten and Enhance shades from Instant Look In A Palette in Beauty Glow and the sultry pinks and bronzes from the Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita on the lid and smudged it out underneath the eye. She then elongated Emma’s eye using The Classic Eyeliner in Audrey and added Rock N’ Kohl in Eye Cheat to make her eyes look even bigger, brighter, and whiter. She topped off the look with the Pop shade in the the Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita to create a three-dimensional shimmer. Finally, she amped up the drama with several coats of Legendary Lashes Mascara.

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To achieve her subtle contour, Charlotte sculpted Emma’s cheekbones with her Instant Look In A Palette in Beauty Glow. She added pops of dreamy highlighter from the palette to the tops of the cheekbones and the cupid’s bow. For extra glow, Charlotte tapped Beach Stick in Moon Beach, a luminous golden pink, onto Emma’s cheekbones.

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Charlotte lined Emma’s lips with her best-selling Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and then applied Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk to create the plumped-up, velvet-matte pout that caught our eye on the red carpet.

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To finish off the ultra-glamorous look, Charlotte contoured Emma’s arms and legs with Supermodel Body and misted a magic halo of her dreamy fragrance, Scent of a Dream.

Tips to Find the Right Skin Moisturizer

Feel overwhelmed when you want to buy skin moisturizer for your dry skin? That’s no surprise, as there are dozens to choose from at the drugstore and hundreds more at high-end cosmetics and department stores — creams, lotions, ointments, some with sunscreen, others with an exfoliant. Choices range from the basic $1.50 jar of petroleum jelly to a $500 five-ounce tub of designer skin moisturizer. And all the options in between can make your head spin.

While choosing the right skin moisturizer may seem confusing, it’s actually very simple if you follow a few guidelines, says dermatologist Monica Halem, MD, of ColumbiaDoctors Eastside in New York City. Dr. Halem’s first rule of thumb? Don’t spend too much money.

How a Skin Moisturizer Works

Cleansers and moisturizers are the most important skin products, particularly for softening dry skin. A skin moisturizer works by sealing moisture into the outer layer of the skin and by pulling moisture from the inner layers of skin to the outer layer.

Key ingredients that seal in moisture are petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, and dimethicone. Glycerin, propylene glycol, proteins, urea, and vitamins help attract water into the outer layer of the skin.

Some skin moisturizers also contain an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which exfoliates dead skin, says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and a spokeswoman for the Skin Cancer Foundation. AHAs are a good choice if you have very dry skin.

Finding the Skin Moisturizer For You

It may take some trial and error, Halem says, so be patient. Follow these guidelines as you shop and, if you’re not getting the results you want, try a new one the next time:

  • Note the first five ingredients. Look for common active ingredients, such as lanolin, glycerin, or petrolatum, Dr. Fusco says. Glycerin is less likely than lanolin to cause an allergic reaction, she says. She also recommends picking a moisturizer that’s made by a reputable company.
  • Go for added sunscreen. Protecting your skin from harmful sun damage is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin looking young, so buy a moisturizer with a sun protection factor of at least 30. You’ll have to do some searching, but more companies are offering face and body moisturizers with sunscreen, Halem says.
  • Make it skin-type appropriate. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive, so it’s a good idea to use a different moisturizer on your face than you do on your body, Fusco says and recommends buying one that’s labeled “non-comedogenic” because it won’t clog your pores. Of course, choose one that’s right for your skin type. If you know you have sensitive skin, it’s always a good idea to look for a moisturizer labeled hypoallergenic. If you have oily skin, go with a light, oil-free moisturizer. If you have dry skin, get something richer. And if you have combination skin, go with a lighter moisturizer for your whole face and dot drier areas with a heavier cream, Fusco says. Keep in mind that you may need a lighter lotion in the summer, and a cream or ointment in the winter.
  • Consider using a moisturizer with retinol before bed. Retinol is vitamin A for your skin, Halem says. It works by increasing the speed at which your skin cells turn over. You can find it over the counter or by prescription, but use it carefully as it may cause a skin irritation, red skin, or dry skin.

Relief by Prescription

If your skin is very dry, consider a prescription moisturizer. Prescription moisturizers contain the AHA lactic acid, which softens the top layer of your skin and can do a better job if over-the-counter moisturizers aren’t working for you, Fusco says. AHAs such as lactic acid and glycolic acid can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Tell your doctor if you experience burning, irritation, red skin, itching, or a rash.

Another prescription option is a barrier cream, which contains humectants that hold on to moisture longer, Fusco says. Barrier creams penetrate a little deeper than standard moisturizers, she adds.

When to Moisturize

Once you find the right product, moisturize every day and you’ll go a long way toward preventing dry skin and even camouflaging wrinkles. While a skin moisturizer can’t get rid of wrinkles — because wrinkles begin much deeper in the skin due to collagen loss — it can plump up the skin and minimize their appearance, Halem says.

Whichever moisturizer you choose, it will work better if you apply it to damp skin. Think about a sponge that’s dried out, Fusco says. If you put moisturizer on it, it won’t go anywhere. But if you soak the sponge in water and coat it with moisturizer, the sponge will absorb it. Your skin works the same way, happily lapping it up.

About Checkup Winter Skin

What are the signs?

The telltale symptoms of dry skin are easy to spot: Skin just generally feels drier and tighter. Other signs may include roughness, itching, severe redness, flaking and scaling. Sometimes pores become less visible or skin may look dull. In severe cases, skin may crack and bleed, especially on the hands and fingertips.

Why does it happen?

Sun exposure or cold, dry air can cause skin to become dehydrated. Dry skin is more common in the winter because the air contains less humidity. It can also be genetic or hereditary, or a natural effect of aging.

What are your options?

  • Over-the-counter lotions, such as Eucerin and Curél, can relieve dryness and flaking. Or try a body cream that contains oil to help seal in moisture. Look for fragrance-free products with alpha hydroxy acids, which gently exfoliate to allow more water and moisture into the skin.
  • Avoid antibacterial and deodorant soaps, which can be harsh and drying. Instead, use a gentle cleanser, such as Dove or Aveeno, or a mild shower gel with added moisturizers.
  • Don’t take extremely hot baths, or shower or soak in the tub for more than 10 minutes. Doing so breaks down your skin’s natural protective oils, which keep it soft and smooth.
  • Use a humidifier during the winter. Central heating and space heaters can dry out the air in your home.
  • Choose natural, breathable fabrics, such as cotton and silk, for your bedding and innermost layer of clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to keep skin hydrated from the inside out. Omega-3s (essential fatty acids found in foods such as salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, soybeans and broccoli) can also help keep skin supple.

When should you worry?

See a dermatologist if dryness and itching keep you awake at night, if OTC lotions aren’t working, if you have open sores or large areas of scaling or peeling skin, or if you develop an infection from scratching. You could have a more serious condition such as eczema, psoriasis or another skin disorder.

Did you know?

  • Although everyone’s skin changes with age, a man’s skin tends to stay moist longer. That’s because a woman’s skin becomes much drier after menopause.
  • The best time to apply lotion is immediately after a shower or bath, when skin is still damp.
  • Since dry skin is extra-sensitive, it’s important protect it from the sun, especially if it’s snowing (snow can reflect as much as 80 percent of the sun’s rays). Apply SPF 15 or higher every day to your face, neck and ears.

How to Combining Moisturizers With Antioxidants

Who doesn’t love a moisturizer with a luxurious feel? And wouldn’t it be great if it also made your skin look clearer or younger? That’s the promise of cosmeceuticals.

“Cosmeceuticals try to bridge the gap between what you can get at the cosmetic counter and what you can get at a pharmacy,” says Suzan Obagi, MD, president of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation and associate professor of dermatology and director of the Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Prescription medications are designed to work very effectively, but often they don’t have the elegance or feel of over-the-counter moisturizers. They’re also not typically tailored to different skin types, Dr. Obagi says. But cosmeceuticals are good quality products that effectively make your skin look younger while being tailored for dry, oily, or combination skin.

Here are some common ingredients in cosmeceuticals and what you can expect from them.

Hydroxy Acids

Moisturizers that contain hydroxy acids, such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), help to exfoliate the outer layer of dead skin cells, Obagi says.

The most common AHAs are glycolic and lactic acid, but others include citric acid, hydroxycaprylic acid, and hydroxycapric acid. Salicylic acid is the most commonly available BHA, adds Obagi. Some cosmeceuticals combine both AHAs and BHAs.

You can find these types of cosmeceuticals at the drugstore. Obagi suggests choosing a brand that has a large research and development department to back up the quality of the product, such as Neutrogena, Revlon, Aveeno, and Oil of Olay.

  • Pros: Hydroxy acids help keep the surface of skin smooth and unclog pores, which helps improve acne. And when you use a moisturizer with a hydroxy acid in the morning, it enables other products you put on throughout the day, such as anti-aging creams and serums, to better penetrate your skin, Obagi says. Salicylic acid, in particular, is very good at penetrating the skin and improving acne.
  • Cons: AHAs can be irritating because they’re more acidic than salicylic acid, Obagi explains. For that reason, you may experience stinging when you use them. People who have rosacea tend to do better with salicylic acid, she adds. Hydroxy acids also make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it’s important to wear sunscreen if you’re using this cosmeceutical. People who have photosensitive disorders such as lupus should avoid hydroxy acids altogether, Obagi says.

Antioxidants and Vitamins

There are a host of moisturizers on the market with added vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants help your skin by counteracting the effect of free radicals, which cause inflammation and can lead to prematurely aging skin and skin cancer. These products may contain C, D, E, and B-complex vitamins.

  • Pros: Vitamin C serum is part of a good anti-aging regimen and can effectively prevent wrinkles and age spots. However, Obagi recommends buying a serum sold in your dermatologist’s office because less expensive drugstore brands may not work as well.
  • Cons: Vitamin C is the only vitamin that’s known to benefit the skin when it’s applied topically, Obagi says, so it’s not necessary to buy other moisturizers with vitamins or antioxidants. It’s better to get those antioxidant vitamins in your diet and through supplements. In addition, vitamin E is a known allergen, so there is a risk of an allergic reaction if you use a product that contains it, she says.

Retinoids

Retinoids, which are derivatives of vitamin A, have been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, smooth out the skin, and help to fade age spots.

  • Pros: The prescription formula based on the retinoid called tretinoin (Retin-A) is one of the best anti-aging regimens you can follow, Obagi says. However, tretinoin is only available by prescription and isn’t available as a cosmeceutical.
  • Cons: True cosmeceuticals that contain retinoids aren’t as effective as the prescription drug, Obagi says. If you’re looking for help with anti-aging, this is one cosmeceutical to leave on the shelf in favor of the prescription.

Peptides

Copper peptides, which are building blocks for cell renewal, are a new trend in cosmeceuticals. They’re touted as a powerful anti-aging ingredient that can help your skin produce more collagen, making it look younger and plumper.

  • Pros: Peptides have more of an allure because they promise what other products don’t, Obagi says.
  • Cons: However, there’s no research that has shown that peptides work. “The problem is that skin is a good barrier,” Obagi says so the copper peptides in an expensive cream may not even be able to penetrate the surface.

The good news: Cosmeceuticals, such as the ones that contain hydroxy acids and vitamin C, are great choices for your skin, Obagi says. Keep in mind that moisturizers don’t perform miracles, but tried and true cosmeceuticals can offer the benefits of healthier, younger-looking skin with the feel of a luxurious cream.

Method to Use a Skin Exfoliant

Our skin is constantly renewing itself, growing new skin cells to replace the surface skin cells that grow old, die, and fall, or slough, off. Every minute of every day, between 30,000 and 40,000 dead skin cells flake away.

Factors like age and dry skin can mean that dead skin cells don’t fall away as easily as they should. When these cells build up, they can make the complexion look rough and pasty and can also contribute to the clogged pores that lead to adult acne. The regular yet careful use of a skin exfoliant can help slough off dead skin cells and uncover fresh, more youthful skin.

There are two main types of skin exfoliants: mechanical exfoliants and chemical exfoliants. Both are commonly available, and both have pros and cons regarding their use and the types of skin conditions for which they are most appropriate.

Mechanical Skin Exfoliants

Mechanical exfoliants work by sanding off dead skin cells using mildly abrasive substances. These skin exfoliants typically are facial scrubs, creamy cleansers with tiny, rough particles. As you gently massage the exfoliant over the surface of your face and skin, the friction works to loosen the old skin cells.

Mechanical skin exfoliants are readily available in drugstores and easy to use. They are particularly good for people with oily skin or acne, as they remove skin cells and debris that clog pores, but only if you don’t scrub too hard as this can cause further irritation.

However, mechanical exfoliants can be harsh. When you use them, you’re literally sanding away the outer layer of your skin. Some contain particles so jagged and rough that they could actually cut the skin. Because of this, dermatologists recommend using a gentle motion when using a skin exfoliant, and skipping them altogether if you have sensitive skin.

Chemical Skin Exfoliants

A chemical skin exfoliant uses gentle acids to dissolve whatever bonds are preventing the outer layer of dead skin cells from falling off your face and body. There are two main types of chemical skin exfoliants, those that include an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and those that include a beta hydroxy acid (BHA):

  • Alpha hydroxy acids are derived from different foods, from fruits, such as apples and grapes, to milk. Some of the most common AHAs to look for on product labels are glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, alpha-hydroxyoctanoic acid, and triple fruit acid. An alpha hydroxy acid is best for people with dry or thickened skin.
  • Beta hydroxy acids are the chemical cousins of alpha hydroxy acids, but are more oil-soluble and therefore better at exfoliating oily skin or acne-prone skin. The best known beta hydroxy acid is salicylic acid. On product labels, look for salicylate, sodium salicylate, beta hydroxybutanoic acid, or tropic acid.

Alpha hydroxy acid and beta hydroxy acid skin care products tend to be less harsh on the skin than mechanical exfoliants. They also help refresh the skin in ways a facial scrub can’t: They lower the skin’s pH level and help smooth small, shallow wrinkles, improving the look of skin that is dry or sun damaged.

Finding the right formulation for your skin involves some trial and error. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, you should choose alpha hydroxy acid-based chemical exfoliants with an alpha hydroxy acid concentration of 10 percent or less and a pH of 3.5 or more. Beta hydroxy acid-based exfoliants containing salicylic acid are effective at levels of 1.5 to 2 percent. Using stronger solutions can cause skin irritation.

Another caveat: These types of exfoliants increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun for as long as a week after each use. Before going out, always apply sunscreen — a skin-saving recommendation for everyone.

How and When to Use Exfoliants

You should not use an exfoliant every day. Your skin needs time to regenerate its topmost layer, which exfoliation strips away. People with dry skin should only exfoliate once or twice a week, while those with oily skin can exfoliate two to four times a week. Stop using an exfoliant if you find your skin becoming irritated or developing a rash. Remember to moisturize your skin after exfoliating, to soothe it and keep it from drying out.

This Microneedling Treatment and Its Usage

Popularly known as collagen induction therapy, Microneedling is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that has a number of people talking. Microneedling treatment involves the use of numerous fine needles that create hundreds of tiny, invisible puncture wounds, or pores, in the top-most layer of the skin.

Although, it doesn’t sound appealing, but if performed by trained dermatologists, under controlled circumstances, the treatment is virtually painless and immensely effective.

Microneedling is used to:
– Improve skin tone and texture
– Diminish surface scarring
– Remove wrinkles and fine lines

Contrary to the popular belief, this collagen induction therapy is not new. It has been used for decades around the world for treating facial scars and in different forms such as hand rollers. It’s just that the mainstream dermatologists have embraced the cosmetic procedure in the recent years.

It was a widespread belief among various cosmetic dermatologists around the world that such a simple action of creating wounds wouldn’t be as effective as it’s believed to be. However, much to their surprise, it functions well.

How does Microneedling work?

Microneedling, also known as skin needling, is based on the application of a device covered with shallow needles that creates micro channels, or tiny holes in the epidermis, i.e. the skin’s top-most layer. Such a small scale injury on the skin surface works as a stimuli and prompts the skin to produce collagen, which subsequently plumps the skin and fill in the fine lines.

Stimulating the skin’s natural ability to heal and look younger makes Microneedling a therapeutic procedure leading to a cell turnover. With increased production of elastin and collagen, two of the skin’s most vital healing proteins, Microneedling prevents and heals the signs of aging.

Since the repair work begins immediately, the result is a thicker dermis, softened surface and reduced scars and fine lines. Also, since the epidermal pores heal and close swiftly, there’s no tissue destruction during this cosmetic procedure.

This collagen induction therapy works amazingly for surfaces sunken with pox and scars, and discolouration. Not just the face, for most part, Microneedling can be used for arms, legs, neck, back, abdomen and hands.

Is a dermatologist necessary?

While there are a number of devices available for Microneedling procedures for use at home, it’s highly recommended not to do so. The wounds carry with them an ever-present risk of scarring and infection.

Although, the treatment takes only about half an hour, people should understand that the possibility of an injury is real and the skin treatment is best left at the hands of a proficient dermatologist.

Meaning How Going Bald Does Affect Your Looks

If you are facing hair loss problems and you want to know how hair loss affects your appearance then you are here at right page. In this post, I have tried to explain that how baldness can affect your looks. Ahmedabad Hair Transplant is the only permanent solution to overcome hair loss or baldness.

Does the hair loss problem have to do with your looks?

According to some studies, more than 63% of men report that hair loss or balding has not only negatively affected their careers but also their looks. There are lots of things you can do to overcome hair loss, but the hair transplant is the only permanent solutions to get rid of the hair loss problems.

Your hair is the frame of your face that contributes in making your personality as well as in boosting confidence. By simply styling our hairs, we can create the perfect shape of our face. Or in other words, we can say that, by styling our hairs we can hide facial imperfections. oweverHHowever, not all faces need to be framed. But in case of round shape face it is better to frame with hairs. All those having round face may look unpleasant after hair loss.

If you have pale skin and dark hair then after hair loss you might look witty as the contrast with your scalp and your hair will give your head an odd look. In this case, I recommend undergoing hair transplant as soon as possible.

There are some easy and effective ways to cover you baldness or hair thinning.
1. The first and foremost thing to do when you start to go bald is to cut your hairs short. In case you have long locks then it is right time to get rid of them. This might break your heart but it is helpful. Get a haircut as with short hairs you can create illusion of fuller head. Another reason to cut your hairs short is that long hair weighs heavy so when it is thinning, it appears unpleasant.

2. Second most important thing is to be optimistic, by simply focusing on your good qualities rather than believing that you are looking ugly without your hairs. Quit focusing on bald head and try to be confident as nothing is better than a person with confidence. Stop believing that bald is ugly as there are many good looking actors, who carry their looks even after hair loss.

3. Thirdly, you must visit best hair clinic to know the reason behind your hair loss. Once you know the cause of hair loss, ask your doctor about the treatment. Usually, doctors suggest hair transplantation as a solution but in some cases it can be treated with medications.