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Ten Things to Do Before Your Wedding to Ensure Your Best Day Ever!

On the most significant day of your life, looking and feeling magnificent is an absolute requirement. There are people to see, pictures to take, and of course it’s the first day your spouse will be able to call you his wife! It’s more than just looking great; it’s feeling great at those exceptional moments that really matters. 

In order to accomplish this level of utmost bridal beauty, it’s important to organize. So, check out these top ten tips by experts to ensure your magical day is the one you’ve always hoped for!

1. Make sure you do a hair and makeup trial before your big day to guarantee that everyone is prepared, and you look exactly as you imagined. You don’t want last minute surprises tarnishing your special day.

2. Two days prior to saying “I do,” make sure you exfoliate your skin to eliminate any rough patches. You want to have a smooth base for your makeup artist to work on.

3. Moisturize and hydrate to conserve a healthy glow. Using a water bottle with a squeeze top helps you drink much more water, much more often.

4. Don’t wash your hair the day of your wedding! Clean hair will not style easily and tends to slip and fall. Wash a day prior to conserve your hair’s oils and spot use dry shampoo if you have too much oil.

5. Eat very sensibly. A trivial and healthy diet will keep you feeling strong and happy. Stay away from starchy food as much as possible, and keep in mind that if it’s crunchy it’s bad for you (unless it’s a fresh vegetable or fruit). Also, avoid sodium so you don’t swell up. When you feel good, you look good!  

6. Select individual eye lash extensions. Your eyes will really open up and they’ll last through your honeymoon.

7. Get a mani-pedi! Fingers should always look your best, especially when he puts a ring on it. Don’t forget the pedicure! No one wants ugly toes on your beach honeymoon.

8. Avoid the sun. If you want healthy luminosity, opt for a spray tan or bronzing cream. You will get all the paybacks of the sun without the dry skin.  

9. Be sure to get enough sleep. If anxiety keeps you awake, though, and your eyes are puffy, a slice of a COLD cucumber on each eye while relaxing for at least fifteen minutes will help. Cucumbers have powerful antioxidants and flavonoids that lessen puffiness.

10. Don’t forget to SMILE!  You’re never fully dressed without one. If you smoke, drink coffee and/or red wine on a consistent basis, over the counter whitening strips do miracles for your teeth.

Say Bye to Weak, Brittle Nails

Although long, coffin acrylics are all the rage, the constant upkeep is terrible for your nails and overall expensive. If you’re thinking of getting rid of that nail salon bill, these tips will help your nails grow long and strong.

Use a Cuticle Oil Daily

Using a cuticle oil daily will help moisturize your cuticles, repair and nourish your nail beds. Dry nails will lead to splitting, breaking and chipping, which only makes the time we spend painting our nails even more precious.

Take a Biotin Supplement

Not only is Biotin an essential for strong hair and clear skin, it also prevents our nails from breaking. If you’re constantly dealing with broken tips, it could be a lack of Biotin in your diet.

Use a Soft Nail File

A soft nail file will help prevent your nails from breaking and splitting while you shape. While glass ones are pretty and easy to clean, they’re too hard on your nails and can cause more damage than their worth. Remember to also file in the same direction, not a see-saw motion.

Get More Vitamin B9 in Your Diet

Vitamin B9, or Folic Acid, helps your nail beds stay smooth. Folic Acid boosts nail strength, speeds up the rate at which your nails grow, prevent peeling and help your overall nail health.

Purchase an Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish removers that have a high concentration of acetone are really harsh on sensitive nails and skin. Acetone is the potent solvent that is responsible for dissolving nail polish quickly, however it makes your nails peel, split, and cause those mottled white marks.

Use a Nail Strengthener

Try using a nail strengthener packed with Keratin. Keratin is naturally already found in nails and helps them move. You want to be sure your nail is flexible enough that it won’t break when under pressure but not peel or chip. Keratin fortifies your nails so they’re strong and durable.

Moms in their 30s Love these Top 10 Make Up Tricks

It’s time for moms in their 30s to shine. Last week we went over the best make up tips for women in their 20s. It’s hard to know what to keep from your 20s regimen and what to let go of forever, but your needs change in your 30s. 

1. Face. Instead of spending 5 minutes putting on your make up in your 20s, count on spending 10 minutes doing it in your 30s. You want to spend a little more time on your face come 30-something. 

Begin by using a primer under your make up. You can use it in your T-Zone if you don’t want to put it all over your face. It will make your make up go on much more easily and last a lot longer. 

If you don’t already use concealer, now would be the time to add it to your routine. Apply with a brush under your eyes, in the inner corners, and to cover any under eye blemishes or bags. Use a loose powder on top to lock everything in and try to pick one that feels light and breathable. 

2. Eyes. Spend more time concentrating on your eyes when you reach your 30s, rather than your lips. Gravitate more towards neutral colors and try to stay away from metallics or colors with a sheen. Also try a volume boosting mascara and work on thickening and curling your lashes. A dark liner is still okay as long as you try to blend it into your shadows. Practice before going to a special event or for any close ups. 

A pro tip if you use liner: make a slight cat-eye look and have the liner curve up towards the end. It helps your eye look lifted rather than droopy.

3. Brows. Your brows are very important when you reach your 30s. Upkeep with waxing and shaping is a must. Choose an eye shadow color a shade lighter than your eyebrow’s tint to fill in the brow, rather than drawing it on with a pencil. Make sure you have a definitive arch and try to avoid making them look round. 

Your brow should start at the inner corner of your eye. The arch should be at the outer portion of your iris and the end should be diagonally out at a 45-degree angle from the outer corner. 

4. Lips. Fine lines and wrinkles appear in your 30s around your lips, which can make your lipstick run or feather. Use a lip liner before applying any lipstick and possibly consider putting some concealer on your upper lip to help prep your lips for color. This will make the lipstick really pop and stay in place. You can also consider using a lip plumping serum. 

If you’re going the lip liner route, be sure to choose a shade a tad darker than your lipstick.

5. Cheeks. Contouring is all the rage in your 30s. Use a bronzer to hollow out the sides of your cheek and jaw line. This helps add depth and makes you look thinner. Use a blush to bring life to your face and give you a little color. A highlighter will also add dimension and highlight the parts of your face you want more noticeable, like the tops of your cheeks and your brow bone. 

6. SPF. An SPF should already be a part of your daily skincare routine. If it isn’t, now is the time to add one. Most moisturizers come with an SPF, so if yours doesn’t, make the switch immediately. 

7. Cleanse and Moisturize. Be sure to wash your face in the morning and at night, to remove all impurities or make up. Add an under-eye cream to your routine and try to exfoliate, if you haven’t been already, two to three times a week. There are tons of exfoliating brushes you can buy, or you can use an exfoliating facial scrub, as long as it isn’t too harsh or course. 

8. Wax. Women in their 30s tend to see more facial hair. Makeup also sticks to peach fuzz, so if you’re seeing it build up, you might want to think about waxing it off. 

9. Stay Fit. Eating well, drinking lots of water, and daily exercise are the best things you can do for yourself to keep you looking young and refreshed. We’ve been told this a thousand times, so make it part of your life now before it’s too late. 

10. Seek Professional Advice. Make this a girl’s night out with your friends and book an appointment with a professional makeup artist. Try to avoid the saleswomen at drug store counters who only want to sell you product. Have a professional do a full face of make up on you so you can learn from them. This will help you keep your look current and age appropriate.

14 Things You Could Be Doing to Make You Look Older

Acting your age is one thing, but looking your age is another. We all want to make sure we stay looking and feeling as young as we can, for as long as we can, but what if you’re doing things you don’t even realize are making you appear older than you actually are? Stop neglecting you’re your body and appearance, it can make you look younger, and help you make an awesome first impression. Looking your age is all about being comfortable and confident, and less about trying to stay on trend and acting younger.

1. Holding onto Past Trends

Be sure to rid your closet of past trends, like polyester suit sets. Studies show women who overuse or continue to wear old past trends look older than they appear. You’re not doing yourself any justice by struggling to let go of past trends. Find yourself some classic, well-fitted pieces that never get old and rotate them to stay current with new trends and accessories.

2. Confusing Your Brand

Finding your “brand” and letting your personality shine through your clothes is something every woman needs to learn to do. Make sure you’re dressing yourself by not only how you want to be perceived but also in what makes you feel more comfortable. Try describing yourself in three words and trying to see if your clothes match those descriptions. If they don’t, work on trying to find and incorporate pieces into your wardrobe that scream “That’s so you”.

3. Find the Right Fit

Once you work on finding your brand and making sure you’re letting go of those bell-bottoms, it’s time to work on making sure your clothes actually FIT. Wearing oversized clothes, or clothes that are much too small, make you look much older than you are. Sometimes the style of your clothes isn’t the problem, it’s the fit. Be sure to find a reputable tailor to have things altered if you need them to be.

4. Bad Posture

The way you stand and sit has a huge impact on not on the way people see you but also your health. Make sure you stand with your shoulders back and your core tight. Sit up straight and keep your eyes forward, rather than on the ground, when you walk. A good posture can help you not only bring loads of confidence to your appearance, but also help you look younger.

5. Take Care of Your Teeth

If you’re neglecting your mouth, it’s the first thing people see when they meet you, so I would think twice about skipping that pm brushing. Make sure you’re obviously brushing morning and night, be sure to floss and clean your tongue, and if need be, whiten your teeth. Teeth yellow and stain as we age, so if you’re thinking your teeth are now turning to an off-white color, it’s time to think about some teeth whitening treatments, whether at home or at the dentist.

6. Poor Diet

You already know you’re supposed to be eating healthy, but studies show it’s the easiest and most efficient way to get younger looking skin. Balancing your diet with the right amount of fruits and vegetables is just as important as limited sugar and fat intake. Alcohol is another culprit. We’re not saying you need to cut it out entirely, but surgery drinks and excessive beverages take a huge toll on your skin and need to be monitored.  

7. Washing Your Hair Every Day

Washing your hair every day can strip it of its natural oils. Try to figure out what your hair type is and then figure out how often you need to wash it from there. Be sure to find a happy medium between washing it too much and not enough, because for the latter, not washing enough can cause the same kinds of problems are washing too frequently: excess breakage, dryness, buildup of product, itchy/dirty scalp and even stunt growth.

8. Lack of A Skincare Routine

Obviously, your skin is a huge indicator of your age. By the time you’re a teenage, you should have some concept of what your skin type is and how you can manage it with a skincare routine. Be sure to wear sunscreen every single day and talk to a professional about the condition of your skin and what kinds of products you can use to help prolong the aging process, if you haven’t already.

9. Wearing the Wrong Makeup

The key to a healthy, youthful glow is finding the right shade for your foundation and finding a formula that works well with your skin type. Be sure to change your shade to match the seasons: in the summer you’re obviously out in the sun more so you’re going to need a darker shade to match your tan and during the winter months, are skin is lighter, so make sure you’re matching your shade properly and choosing a foundation with an SPF.

10. Not Drinking Enough H2O

Don’t do your body a disservice by not getting enough water. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, to not only help keep your skin clear and get a youthful glow, but for the rest of your body. Your body is 70% water! When you’re dehydrated, your body pulls water from your organs (skin too!) to maintain the amount of water your bloodstream needs. This makes you look tired with sunken eyes, your skin to dry out and your body to not function normally.

11. Avoiding Workouts

Working out and getting that after workout glow should be a regularly occurring activity at your age now. Avoiding a workout every now and then is okay but neglecting to work out all together is going to cause your skin and the rest of your body a lot damage. Exercise goes beyond your general well-being; it makes you look and feel younger, helps with posture, and keeps you moving.

12. Lack of Sleep

Your body goes through its regeneration cycle while you sleep, so not getting enough sleep at night is going to cut that process short. A good night’s rest boosts the “youth hormone”, known as HGH, which helps keep your metabolism fast, restorative muscles, younger looking skin. Be sure to get your beauty sleep and commit to eight hours (at least!) a night.

13. Protect Your Hair

We’re not saying you need to protect your hair by avoiding heating products, but you should be using heat-protecting products before you do so. Think of it the same way as you think of applying SPF to your skin. Your hair can only withstand temperatures of 275 degrees or less, so when you’re using a flat iron on your hair at 400 degrees, you’re basically melting your hair. The worst thing you can do to your hair, and make you look older, is drying it out and not protecting against heat.

14. Attitude

How you feel on the inside is a huge contributor to how you look on the outside. If you think you need an attitude adjustment, consider working on that before anything else. Your overall attitude contributes to your facial expressions and your attire, which affects how we appear to others. A person might judge your age based on how you react to certain situations or your overall attitude towards something, so make sure your attitude is positive and youthful.  

Groundbreaking Makeup Tips to Adopt in your 30s

You’ve reached a place in your life you’re proud of and did it while aging gracefully! You don’t need to be a supermodel to want to know the secrets of makeup. This list has our favorite tips for making you look brighter, lifted and youthful.

Begin with the right primer. A light-reflective primer will help your complexion glow before you even put on your makeup. In addition to filling fine lines and wrinkles that have started to form, it’s the fastest and easiest way to create a clean, smooth base.

Prep your lids before your eyeshadow. Creased eyeshadow can make other fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent. Use a small amount of eye shadow primer to help prep your lids for your favorite pallet and lock everything in place.

Use the proper tools. The fastest way to make yourself look older is by using a tool that leaves your foundation cakey or blotchy. Use a dampened make up sponge to apply your foundation and then your concealer. The dampened sponge helps you achieve the most accurate and even coverage, while leaving your skin look air brushed and flawless.

Try a yellow-toned foundation to warm up your skin. As long as you don’t stray too far from your skin tone, a yellow undertone will help you get that sun kissed glow, which immediately makes you look more youthful and vivid.

Consider rethinking where you put your blush. Rather than applying on the apples of your cheeks when you smile, apply a little higher underneath your bronzer to make your cheeks look lifted and lively.

Use your favorite highlighter strategically. It isn’t just for your cheeks: use on the inner corners of your eyes to brighten, underneath your brows to bring eyes upward and around your smile lines to lighten the appearance of wrinkles.

Tone down the brow shade. Strive for fuller-looking brows instead of fake ones. Take a shade lighter than your normal brow shade, fill in your brows with short, sparse motions, and extend all the way to end.

Try a new mascara that helps lengthen your lashes. Heavy, thickening mascara can weigh down your lashes. Focus more on a lengthening one to help give you a wide-eyed effect.

Lighten up that lip color! A pinky nude or soft berry color is the ideal color to brighten your face. Add a touch of gloss to your lips for the allusion of a pout. Darker shades tend to make your lips look small and are too severe.

6 Anti-Aging Practices to Start at Any Age

Even in our late 20s, we should be thinking about ways to help keep our healthy and youthful glow for as long as possible. These 6 anti-aging hacks are ways you can prolong the aging process and start at any age. Who knows what kinds of things we would be willing to do when we’re older to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles? So, let’s begin now, and prime our skin for the future.

1. Moisturize

We’ve all heard the best thing for our bodies is water, and that’s not told to us from a child for no reason. Moisturizing and hydrating your body promote detoxification and helps us feel our best. Drink lots of fluids throughout the day, add fresh fruit if you’re struggling and want to change it up. Apply lotion when your skin is dry, or you live in a cold climate. Remember to hydrate yourself when you’re sick.

2. Anti-inflammatories

If you’re struggling to consume omega-3 fatty acids or don’t like fish, consider taking an anti-inflammatory supplement. Anti-inflammatories improve heart and immune health, keep our skim looking young and youthful and help our hair and nails grow. Also note, look for an anti-inflammatory supplement that is “molecularly distilled for purity”, or free of pesticides.

3. Wear make up

Not only does make up make us look younger, it also acts as a second barrier between our skin and free radicals. As you get older, lighten up your eyes with neutral colors, ditch the dark liner and concentrate on lengthening your lashes. Stick with nude or berry lip colors and invest in a good lip scrub. Consider using a bronzer for a more sun-kissed appearance and move your blush application to the tops of your cheek bones rather than the apples.

4. Eat more colorful foods

Antioxidants are nature’s best way to prevent free radicals from penetrating our skin and making us age. Eat more colorful foods that are high in antioxidants, like berries, kale, spinach, brussels sprouts and broccoli. Not only do they help you prevent aging, but they also help fight other diseases.

5. Use an anti-aging product with Retinol

Retinoids, or over the counter Retinol, is the only proven ingredient to help fight aging. Find a product over the counter first and make it the foundation of your skincare routine. Remember to remove your make up each night and wash your face beforehand. If you think you might already see signs of aging, consider talking to your dermatologist about getting a prescription strength Retinol cream, like Retin-A.

6. Sun Damage

Wear a sunscreen every day, even if you’re not going in the sun. UV rays are our skin’s worst enemy. Reapply your sunscreen as directed and limit sun exposure. Overexposure can lead to sunspots, skin damage, wrinkles and skin cancer.

13 Tips for Younger Looking Skin in your 30’s

Your 30s are often approached with a bit of panic. Although, people always say 30 is the new 20 and as you are moving on in your years, there’s no reason to be afraid of aging gracefully. It’s time to change your skincare routine to cater to your mature skin. Your facial routine will require a little more effort, so don’t be overwhelmed. Starting a daily and nightly regimen will help prevent serious signs of aging and prolong the state of your youthful appearance.

1. Drink Plenty of Water – The moment you’re dehydrated, it will take a huge toll on your skin. Not drinking enough water will leave your skin looking dull, flakey, saggy and loose. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated.

2. Daily/Nightly Skincare Routine – Follow a skincare routine that includes cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Cleansing gets rid of bacteria, dirt, and makeup. Toning handles pore issues and helps your pH levels. Moisturizing is important for skin texture and replenishing your skin with hydration.

3. Be Sun Safe – Sunscreen is the best and easiest way to prevent early signs of aging and skin cancer.  Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply sunscreen as required, usually every 4-6 hours

4. Get Plenty of Rest – If you’re tired and your body doesn’t get plenty of rest, it shows first through your skin.

5. Eat a Balanced Diet – Be sure to have a healthy meal, each meal of the day, that includes foods containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to stay away from fatty or fried foods and limit your sugar intake as much as possible.

6. Quit Smoking – Smoking leads to wrinkles, pigmentation and bad skin. Not only is it terrible for you, but it’s terrible for you skin and speeds up the aging process dramatically.

7. Be Fit and Healthy – Exercise regularly for healthy body and skin. Try yoga, meditation and deep breathing to keep calm. Stress is also one of the biggest enemies for your skin.

8. Take Care of Your Makeup Brushes – Clean your makeup brushes regularly and throw away old sponges.  Brushes filled with old makeup may contain bacteria and cause breakouts.

9. Exfoliation – Have a regular exfoliation and cleansing routine. Try exfoliating two to three times a week as long as your skin doesn’t get too dry. If you don’t find one you like, you can always make one at home with organic coconut oil and sugar.

10. Moisturize – Use the proper moisturizer for your skin type to help boost your skin’s cell regeneration. During the day, choose one that has sunscreen in it. For your nightly routine, a thick and creamy moisturizer does wonders. Use an under-eye cream and firming serum to pamper the skin under your eyes and keep your neck looking young and lifted.

11. Avoid Sulfates – Sulfates are surfactants that can be found in most market-based cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving your skin feeling dry, flaky and even itchy. Look for products that do not contain parabens, sulfates and silicone.

12. Use the Right Pillowcase – Change your pillowcases frequently. Cotton pillowcases suck all the moisture from your skin and leave it dry. They can also leave sleep lines and tug at your skin, making it loose. Try and use silk and satin pillowcases or even a hypoallergenic one if you’re having issues with breakouts.

13. Get Help if Needed – Seek advice from a dermatologist if over the counter anti-aging products aren’t working for you. Most will do a consultation for free.

Skincare in Your 30s…. What now?

Since you’ve surpassed your 20s (gracefully we might add!), now is the time to establish a skincare routine that will prolong aging and help you achieve lifelong happiness with your skin.

Your 30s are a stressful time no matter your circumstances. Your body is going through hormonal changes, so your skin can’t repair itself like it used to. Breakouts become more common, age spots appear, fine lines and wrinkles grow more noticeable and your skin grows thirstier for hydration. No more neglecting your skin!

That’s why we spoke to a handful of industry leading experts, who gave us their best advice on how to change up your skincare routine now that you’ve reached the big 3-0 milestone. The good news? It’s easier than you think to maintain great skincare well into your 30’s.  It’s all about establishing good habits and maintaining an easy routine. 

Use your foundation as a shield! Many women avoid wearing makeup on a daily basis in order to let their skin “breathe,” but experts say makeup can actually help protect your skin. Sun damage is the number one cause of aging. Foundation can act as an extra barrier between your skin and the sun. Most people don’t wear sunscreen, if any at all, so foundation as a back-up is your best insurance policy.

Don’t worry about makeup clogging your pores. Most foundation now is non-comedogenic and will be fine as long as you’re using the right kind for your skin type.  

Don’t forget your neck! Estheticians agree that as you age, it becomes especially important to treat your neck and décolletage. The more delicate areas are the ones that tend to show the first signs of aging. Think of your “face” as beginning from you hairline and going all the way down to the center of your breasts. Be sure to give your neck its own step in your daily skincare routine, using leftover moisturizer that you applied on your face isn’t good enough. Also, don’t forget sunscreen!

Eye cream is a must! Under your eye is the most sensitive and thinnest skin on your face. These areas show the first signs of aging because of smiling and other facial expressions. Be sure to add a well formulated under eye cream to your skincare routine and apply it properly. Sweep under the eye with your ring finger, around the orbital bone, and avoid tugging or pulling your skin. Lightly dab until absorbed and remember to also get the corners of your eyes where crow’s feet form.

Swap out those make up wipes for a real cleanser! You were lucky if you remembered to take off your makeup at all when you were in your 20s, but now we’d like to think you’ve learned from your mistakes. Try to use a gentle, sulfate-free cleanser to wash your makeup off rather than a makeup removing wipe. Wipes tend to push dirt around your face and don’t do a good job at removing makeup anyway. The cleaner you get your face, the better your moisturizers and serums will work.

Retinol! Retinol! Retinol! Aside from sunscreen, a Retinol product would be your best protection against aging. It’s important to start using anti-aging products now, before the serious signs begin. This ingredient has been proven countless times to smooth your skin, make your pores appear smaller and diminish wrinkles. Start by using a Retinol cream you can get over the counter and then if need be, upgrade to a stronger prescription form.

Switch to a night cream! In your 30s, you want to make sure you change up your skincare routine to tailor it to mature skin. During the day, our skin is exposed to UV rays and environmental stressors that age us; then at night, our skin goes into repair mode to rejuvenate and recover. Thus, your morning skincare routine should be all about protection, involving an antioxidant serum and sunscreen. Then your nighttime routine should focus on rejuvenation, incorporating products like retinol, peptides, and chemical exfoliation, followed by night cream.

Beauty rest is essential! Odds are you didn’t get a full eight hours of sleep each night in your 20s, and that undoubtedly took a toll on your skin. As our experts mention, the late hours are when your skin repairs itself. Consistently getting 8 hours of sleep at night ensures your skin has adequate time to do so. You can also sleep on a satin pillowcase (fancy!) to help make sure you skin doesn’t tug or go bump in the night.

5 Imperative Skincare Musts to Start ASAP

Aging seems to have a negative connation in the skincare community these days. We’re constantly told we need to find a skincare routine that helps us look younger longer and makes us feel bad about what comes naturally to us as we get older; our skin tends to age. While we all want to look our best, we shouldn’t feel bad about aging or the changes our skin goes through as we get older and approach our mid-30s. Our skin is not going to look like we’re 18 anymore, and at this point in our lives, we don’t want it to. These 5 skincare tips are the best ways you can pamper yourself and treat your skin to some self-love. Take pride in knowing you’re making these changes not only for your skin but also for yourself and remember that some extra TLC can not only prevent signs of aging (if that’s our concern) but also help us appreciate ourselves in ways we never thought we would.

1. Increase Hydration

Not only do you need to be sure you moisturize properly every day and night, you also need to make sure you’re drinking enough water. H2O will keep your skin hydrated, yes, but it will also help overall production of collagen, cell turnover, and most importantly, your body to stay and feel healthy. You can also consider taking a daily supplement that will ensure you get other essentials in your daily diet, like Resveratrol, Vitamin E and more Collagen. Keep in mind, even if you don’t consider your skin dry according to your skin type, once you’re in your 30s, your skin will need a moisture boost to help ward off other skincare concerns. Even if you have oily skin, it’s still possible your skin is dehydrated. Your collagen and elastin levels tend to fall, so your skin needs more help retaining moisture. To keep your skin hydrated, try incorporating a hyaluronic acid serum or antioxidant oil into your daily skincare routine.

2. Marry Your Acids

A Vitamin C serum at this point in your life is completely necessary. Consider splurging and investing in one that is of high quality. This ensures the formulations are stable and the ingredients are high quality. Ascorbic and L-ascorbic acids are best to wear during the daytime, after sunscreen and before makeup, because they act as free-radical fighting antioxidants. They won’t build up under your make and will be a second barrier to fight off UV damage. Glycolic and Lactic Acid are both Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which are best when incorporated into your nighttime routine, because they act as an exfoliator. They work best when your skin is going through its repair cycle and regenerating cells while you sleep.

3. Rekindle Your Dermatologist Relationship

At this point in your skin’s life, it’s time to make an appointment with your Dermatologist to get a new outlook on what your skin needs. At this age, your skin is going through a lot of changes and you might need some professional advice to see what you can do to ensure your skin’s best care. Your skin’s elastin and collagen levels are slowing down, so your skin could break out and develop acne. You will see inflammation and dryness in areas you might not have even seen before and your skin’s moisture barrier is thinning. While most over the counter skincare products work for us when we were in our 20s, our 30s need more concentrated, active ingredients. A dermatologist will be able to prescribe you with products that will give you a steady, youthful glow and help your collagen productions level out. In addition, if you’ve never had a skin cancer screening, now is the time to do so!

4. Find an Esthetician

Finding an Esthetician that you have a good relationship with is going to be really important for your new skincare journey. If you’ve never heard of or been to one before, an Esthetician is someone who specializes in the beautification of skin. As you use new products and try new routines to keep your skin healthy, a monthly appointment with an esthetician will help you see if what you’re doing is working. A licensed skincare specialist will be able to tell you if what you’re using is working for you skin, will give you someone to talk to and consult with any questions or concerns about ingredients and technique, and most likely be the most beneficial thing you can do for you skin. Your skin regenerates itself every month, exactly 27 days, so seeing one every month or so will really do some good.

5. Worship Your SPF

It isn’t easy to reapply your SPF as needed throughout the day when you’re at work and wearing makeup. But sunscreen at this point in your skin’s like is more important than ever. However, cosmetic companies have finally jumped on the SPF bandwagon and are now making makeup with SPF. Be sure to choose a foundation, concealer and loose powder that has an SPF. They more than likely will have an SPF value of 30 or higher, so in addition to your am SPF application, these products will help ensure you escape sun damage as long as they have SPF in them. Also, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes, hats if you’re going to be in direct sunlight for a long period of time, and don’t forget to apply sunscreen on every part of your body that’s going to be exposed to the elements.

11 Suggestions To Contribute to Your Skin’s Health

Recuperate your skin complexion and consistency with these tips from our experts. Trading out some daily habits and being more mindful of lifestyle factors that could be affecting you will help you figure out how to get better skin. Follow these tips for better skin, all the way from acne treatments to anti-aging.

1. Water: Not only do we need to hydrate, but we also need to consider the water we’re using to wash our face. “Soft” water doesn’t remove soap well and leaves a film on our skin. “Hard” water doesn’t allow you to lather properly, so it will cause you to use more product and create dryness. Hard water is water that contains an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals (like calcium and magnesium) and soft water is treated water in which the only ion is sodium.

2. Green Tea: The epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in green tea helps collagen from being destroyed in our skin as well as sun damage. Drink green tea cold, because hot tea can irritate you skin and worsen redness. Anti-inflammatories and antioxidants are our skin’s best friend if we suffer from red or blotchy skin, so swap out your iced coffee for iced green tea, and watch your complexion improve.

3. Stress: We can’t escape stress, but we can manage it. Just like diet and exercise, stress is a huge contributing factor to our skin. Stress increases the body’s production of hormones such as cortisol, which can make skin oilier and decrease its ability to fight off acne-causing bacteria. Practice stress-relieving techniques like deep-breathing exercises and yoga to relieve stress and feel calmer.

4. Air Quality: Not only should we avoid smoke of any kind, particularly cigarette smoke, we should also control the air quality in our homes. Change your AC filter regularly. If you cook, use the stove fan, consider getting a humidifier if you live in a dryer climate. They also make affordable air purifiers if you’re unable to control your environment like in an office, so get one for your desk and turn it on when you’re working.

5. Plain Toothpaste: As much as we like a cinnamon flavor, it’s bad for our skin. Added flavors and tartar-control ingredients can lead to perioral dermatitis, which leaves the skin around our mouths looking red, scaly and can cause breakouts.

6. Sun Exposure: Everyone knows you need to wear sunscreen outside, but you also need to be mindful of your sun exposure indoors. UV rays can penetrate windows in your home and office, which can lead to sunspots and skin cancer. You can even get sunburn and sun damage while driving in a car. Studies show more people of wrinkles and sun damage on the left side of their face.

7. Dairy: If you struggle with acne, watch how much dairy you consume. Studies show dairy intake has a 30% increase in breakouts and blemishes. Even organic and skim milk can contribute, so make sure to limit your dairy intake as much as possible. If you consider a dairy free diet, be sure to get your calcium from other foods, like leafy greens or consider a supplement.

8. Cleanser: If you have dry skin, your cleanser is even more important than your moisturizer. Try using a non-soap cleanser to help replace the moisture barrier on your skin. Continue to moisturize after you wash but talk to a professional and make sure you’re using the proper cleanser for you skin type.

9. Water-Based Hair Products: Look for water-based formulas and avoid those containing mineral oil, beeswax, or microcrystalline wax. Conditioners and styling products can contain oils and waxes that clog your pores. Even though you’re not applying it on your face, you still shower, sweat it off, and rub product on your forehead, neck and back.

10. Medication: Talk to your doctor if you’re feeling like your skin is reacting more when using a drug. Antihistamines, diuretics, and some antidepressants can cause dry skin. Some oral contraceptives, antibiotics, fertility drugs, and anti-seizure medications can bring on breakouts. Certain antibiotics, diuretics, and diabetes treatments can make you vulnerable to sun damage.

11. Sleep: Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so you need to make sure you’re giving it enough time to do so. Be sure to sleep at least 8 hours each night. Being sleep-deprived puts stress on the body, causing it to release more adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger breakouts and other skin problems.