What are makeup face primers?
Primers prep your skin by creating a smooth and even canvas to use with or without makeup.
A makeup primer is a base for foundation or face makeup that allows it to go on smoother and last longer. Face primers prepares your skin for your favorite tinted moisturizer or foundation, giving it something to hold on to so it lasts throughout the day.
Makeup primers diminish enlarged pores, smooth bumpy skin and disguise redness. Some primers like the Nars Cosmetics Pore Refining Primer helps to diminish pores over time so that your skin is naturally more flawless.
Many face primers are formulated with silicone-based polymers like dimethicone because of their ultra smoothing effects. They contain fine silky powders that mattify your oily skin by absorbing excess oils and keeping your foundation in place for longer. Continue reading
Your skin is at the mercy of many forces as we age: sun, harsh weather, and bad habits.
One of the major ways skin ages is through a loss of collagen. Collagen is a naturally occurring substance that helps keep skin looking plump, lifted and line-free.
While collagen loss occurs naturally as we age, an even greater amount is lost through environment
al assaults, particularly sun exposure and pollution.
Exposure to sunlight is the single biggest culprit in aging skin. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch and lose its ability to snap back after stretching.
Aging of the skin also depends on a variety of factors like your lifestyle, diet, heredity, and other personal habits. For instance, smoking can produce free radicals-once healthy oxygen molecules that are now overactive and unstable. Free radicals damage cells, leading to among many things, premature wrinkles. Continue reading
Scars are never pretty. In fact, they can often mark you for life. Scars from stretch marks, acne, bites, and wounds can be unsightly and unappealing.
Dark marks from scars compromise our complexion and appearance long after the wounds fade. Scar removal creams are affordable yet effective solutions you can use to address this skin problem.
The skin is the body’s largest living organ. It is also very delicate and as fragile as silk. Once the dermis and/or epidermis layer of the skin is broken (either externally from a cut, or internally as seen in stretch marks), areas of fibrous tissue grow in the damaged area.
A scar, while often unsightly, is a positive sign of the health of your body’s immune system. A scar means that healing is taking place. Continue reading
If adding sunscreen to your morning regime feels like an unnecessary step, consider this statement from the Skin Cancer Foundation: “More than 90% of the visible skin changes associated with aging is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.”
When it comes to protecting your face – your whole body from UVA and UVB rays, your most important defense is sunscreen.
Using sunscreens especially on your oily or acne-prone skin may feel a bit like a misnomer. After all, sunscreens are comedogenic and tend to clog pores leading to breakouts and acne.
Fortunately, there are tons of oil-free sunscreens that protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun and prevent breakouts at the same time.
What does Noncomedogenic Moisturizer do and what does it Noncomedogenic mean?
In order to understand what “noncomedogenic” means, it may be helpful to break down the word.
A comedo (or comedones, if more than one) is a type of pimple that can form on your skin.
A comedo is the result of a clogged pore. Pores are the tiny openings in your skin that you can see when you look very closely, especially in a magnifying glass. Inside those pores are hair follicles- sacs beneath the skin that house the hair roots.
When your body produces excess sebum (the oily substance on the skin) this excess sebum can combine with dead skin cells and sometimes bacteria to plug up the pore. The result is a pimple – a comedo.
“Non-comedogenic” is a term used to refer to ingredients that do not block pores and promote pimples.
Most people experience blemishes and bumps well into their adult years with some – such as those with acne rosacea- not having acne problems until well into their twenties.
For some people, having acne in your twenties can feel like the revenge of puberty while you try to find makeup that hides your bumps. Fortunately, there is a way around this.
Face washes are products specially formulated for acne. What makes these products very effective is that they often contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide which helps to clear acne sores. Some cleansers, however, contain alcohol which tends to dry out the skin causing breakouts so you might need to moisturize after using cleansers.
Use only light, non-comedogenic (oil-free) moisturizers which do not aggravate acne.
This list of skin care products has got something for everyone. There are face wash formulas for all different skin types, from sensitive to acne-prone to combination to dry to oily and even those of us with rosacea.
The Buzz behind BB creams:
What are BB creams and what do BB creams do?
BB creams or blemish balms are multipurpose beauty products that have become one of the hottest trends in the beauty industry.
They are a versatile product that works as a moisturizer, sunscreen, concealer, makeup base or primer, skin treatment, and foundation.
BB creams were first developed in the 1960s by German dermatologist Christine Schrammek as a full coverage protective cover for patients’ skin after facial peels and surgery.
BB creams took off in South Korea as an alternative to foundation and moisturizer. Several BB creams contained important ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamins C, which brightened and evened skin tone, reduced hyper pigmentation of skin and treated blemishes such as acne, sun spots and age spots.