As you may already know, you need to wear sunscreen every day and year-round,
even when the sun isn’t out. UV rays have been proven to be the leading cause
of skin cancer and aging skin. But how do you know which sunscreen is the best
for your skin type?
off, there are two types of sunscreen, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen contains ingredients such as avobenzone and
oxybenzone, absorbs UV light so it cannot penetrate the skin and needs about 30
minutes to start working. Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, “bounces”
sunlight off your skin, starts protecting immediately after application.
Acne-prone skin: Look for products labeled non-comedogenic. Physical sunscreens are best for acne-prone skin because they can actually help fight acne. When picking a sunscreen, try to avoid coconut oil, octyl stearate, and isopropyl palmitate.
Normal-to-Oily: Pick a lightweight or gel sunscreen if you have oily skin. Instead of reapplying every hour, you can also purchase a powder sunscreen to lay on top of your skin to absorb oil. Don’t replace normal sunscreen with a powder sunscreen though. The powder is simply there to help oil, it won’t provide enough protection alone.
Sensitive-Dry: Before you apply sunscreen, apply a moisturizer on top. Avoid any sunscreen that contains alcohol, because after you’ve reapplied countless, your skin will be even dryer than before you applied. Try heavy, cream-based lotions and make sure your moisturizer has SPF.
Combination: Tailor your sunscreen usage to the condition your skin is in the day of. If you’re on the drier side that day, try one that is a richer formula to lock in moisture. If your skin is rather oily, do a light-weight SPF.
Darker Skin Tones: While darker skin tones have natural protection from the sun, it’s not 100% safe. You should still be applying sunscreen to combat aging and protection from skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen based on your skin type above, especially if you’re in the sun for a long period of time.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
Your body has the magical ability to let you know something
is wrong by giving you clues on the outside. These signs tell us our bodies are
stressed and aging too quickly. Try slowing down and keep an eye on these signs
if you think you look older than you really are.
1. Red Eyes
If you know they aren’t due to allergies, your red eyes may be a sign of premature aging. Chronic red eyes are a sign of inflammation and one of the biggest giveaways to our age. Try eating a more alkaline rich diet. Alkaline foods include ripe fruits, sprouts, greens, and other non-starchy vegetables. When you switch out fast food and fatty snacks for more wholesome ones, you will definitely notice a difference in your inflammation all around, your quality of life and most importantly, those red eyes.
2. Droopy Eye Lids
Droopy eye lids not only make us look tired, but they could also be an indicator of premature aging and thyroid dysfunction. In most cases, droopy lids are connected to oxidative stress, which allows free radicals to accumulate and cause cell damage in your body. Try eating blueberries for a snack or munching on carrots, to replenish your body of antioxidants and remember to drink lots of water.
3. Sagging Skin and Wrinkles
Although wrinkles and fine lines are normal as we age, if
you’re seeing them early on they are definitely a sign of early aging and
stress. Make sure you find a skincare routine to do every day, morning and
night. One that is designed to help fight free radicals and prolong the
elasticity of your skin with help keep wrinkles at bay and prevent sagging
skin. Limit alcohol consumption and if you smoke, stop now while you still can!
Of course, diet and exercise are also very important, so make sure you’re
eating healthy and if you’re struggling to workout, find a workout buddy and
make it daily girl time.
4. Skin Tone Change
Dry skin could be a thyroid problem, so definitely speak
with a professional if you’re seeing dry patches or thirsty skin that it out of
the norm. A weak thyroid indicates that your adrenals may
not be making some of the hormones you need to stay energized and feel young. Give
your thyroid and adrenals a break by skipping the soy and caffeine.
Try using whole foods and vegetables to power through your
day. When you switch out coffee for a balanced meal, your thyroid can recover,
and you will be able to instead rely on your body’s natural ability to sustain itself.
5. Consistent Stress and Fatigue
If your home or job life is stressful and you aren’t taking care of yourself in a way that will help you get rid and manage stress, cortisol is probably running wild in your blood stream, hurting your circulatory system, and helping weight gain. Stress is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, can lead to heart disease and adrenal failure. Ultimately, if you’re stressed out, your body will experience damaging reactions and overall make you feel and look older.