Summer Beauty TIps to help you stay fabulous in hot weather

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Summer weather is fun for outside activities but to stay looking fabulous and neat in the heat becomes a bit challenging.

Hot, humid weather affects the skin and hair in many ways. The skin gets dehydrated and dull due to excessive sun exposure and sweating, high temperature activates the sebaceous glands to produce excessive sebum (oil), something actually good for dry skin but not so great for acne prone skin, since it triggers breakouts; the hair gets frizzy no matter what tool you use, and the makeup seems to melt right after you apply it.

In case you are facing one of those scenarios, here are some handy tips to put a happy face to your Summer all around, having fun and looking beautiful too:

  • To make your makeup stay put, use lighter texture moisturizers during the day. Serums and lotions make a great choice. Avoid using too many layering products like primers. They contain high amounts of silicones and can make the skin feel heavy and greasy after a while and contribute to make the skin look cakey.

BB creams and tinted moisturizers with SPF are a fantastic option because they offer you:  sun protection, hydration and light coverage to even out the skin tone, all in one. So right there you are avoiding the use of two extra products.

If you need more coverage in some areas, just touch them up with concealer, blend it well and then seal the makeup with a light powder to make it last longer and stand humidity. Save the full coverage foundation and more elaborated makeup for the evening when the humidity is lower.

Summer Beauty Tips Use a bb cream or tinted moisturizer to simplify your beauty routine
BB creams and tinted moisturizers with SPF are great to simplify your beauty regimen.
  • Switch to waterproof mascara, eyebrow pencil and eyeliner, they are made to stand water, so they will stand sweat and avoid the makeup from bleeding.

Summer Beauty tips wear waterproof mascara

  • Healthy skin comes from within and you can add extra protection from UV rays consuming foods rich in antioxidants, beta carotene, minerals and bioflavonoids to boost the natural defenses and repairing mechanisms of the body. Here are some fabulous ones to add to your diet:

Carrots, tomatoes, dark Chocolate, Leafy Greens, Kiwi, Oranges, Green tea, Watermelon, Berries.

A great Summer beauty tip is to eat fruits and green vegetables
Fruits and vegetables boost the body’s defenses against UV rays, free radical damage and inflammation.
  • After spending time in the sun, chlorine and salt water; your hair may be frizzy and brittle. Use a hydrating mask once a week to restore dryness and repair the hair cuticle. Good oils like jojoba, argan and coconut make great hair masks. Spray the hair with water first to make it damp and then apply the oil. This will increase absorption. Leave it on for 20 to 30 min and then wash the hair as usual.
Summer Beauty Tips Use a hair mask once a week
This hair mask contains olive oil and avocado, is very hydrating and leaves the hair super soft and shiny
  • Choose hair care products with UV and color protection to prevent discoloration.

 

  • To fight frizz, look for products designed to straighten the hair they fill in the spaces in the hair cuticle making it smoother and shiny.
Summer Beauty Tips Use anti Frizz hair product
This gel makes the hair silky smooth. It works great to fight frizz.
  • Give your skin some love and nourishment. Include in your skincare routine ingredients that support what the skin needs during these hot and humid days. Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid are two crucial ingredients that help re-energize the skin, giving the skin beautiful radiance and restoring hydration.

Vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen contributing to improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness. It also works as skin brightener, making the skin look more even and giving it a healthy glow.

Hyaluronic acid holds 1,000 times its weight in water. It bursts the skin with hydration and gives the skin a smooth and fresh appearance. Our Zkin Fix serum contains these two key ingredients among many others to help your skin keep up with the challenging demands of Summer weather.

Summer Beauty Tips Zkin Fix contains Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin healthy
Zkin Fix Anti Aging Serum contains: Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin E, Collagen, Peptides, Phyto Stem Cells & Niacinamide. It highly protects your skin from free radical damage and supports cellular repair and regeneration for healthy looking skin.
  • Keep a soothing toner in your handbag, rose water for example, and spray the mist throughout the day, it helps  maintain the skin refreshed and hydrated and it can be sprayed even over makeup.
Summer Beauty Tips Use a mist like rose water to keep your skin hydrated
These are toners that I have tried and are very soothing. The Thayers Witch Hazel and rose, is best for oily, acne-prone and combination skin types.
  • Exfoliate at least once a week with a good scrub to eliminate dead skin cells and residual product left on the skin. It is also a fundamental step if you use self-tanning products helping the tan last longer.

A simple one for the body; easy to make at home, is a mix of brown sugar, olive oil, honey and a few drops of lemon. Rub it gently and then remove with warm water and proceed to shower as usual. Apply a body cream right after showering for silky smooth skin.

  • Use sunscreen daily. Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 30 or higher. Prolonged sun exposure can lead to irreversible damage, photo-aging (wrinkles, sun spots, etc), and increases the risk of getting skin cancer even without a sunburn.

For regular use, select a lighter texture sunscreen; especially, if makeup is going to be worn over it.For longer hours of sun expose choose a higher SPF such a 50 or 50+ , a water-resistant is a smart pick for sports and outdoor activities and always remember to reapply the product every 2 hours.

Have a Fun and Safe Summer!

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

Product Reference Information

Zkin Fix Anti Aging Serum 5 in 1 

Alterna Smoothing Hydra Gelee

Earth Science Olive and Avocado Hair Masque

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Aging Perfector

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

It Cosmetics CC+

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Shiseido Urban Environment tinted UV Protector SPF 43

Thayers Witch Hazel Toner 

Dermophisiologuique Aqua marina toner

Lush Eau Roma Water

Heritage Store Rose Water

 

A woman discovering her skin type

To clearly discover your skin type, it’s crucial to understand that your skin is as unique as your blueprint.

You are born with your skin type, it is in your genetic makeup but since the skin is an organ in constant evolution, it responds to changes in its surroundings, lifestyle and age factors which have a direct effect on the skin causing it to get out of balance and more prone to ageing.

Learning and understanding your skin type is very important because it will not only help you detect and adapt to the skin changes but also select the best treatment options and correct skincare.

Many skin problems arise from using the wrong products ending in skin imbalances and other skin issues like inflammation and breakouts.

I know, we are bombarded by the phrase “perfect skin” everywhere and although it sounds extremely appealing, the truth is that most people will have some concerns about their skin, specially as time passes by. But working with people daily for many years has allowed me to see that most of them look for the same goal not perfect but “healthy-looking skin.”

Skin types are determined by the amount and distribution of sebum the skin produces which influences texture, pore size and overall behavior of the skin. Too much oil can end up in acne or too little sebum can result in irritation and discomfort of the skin.

These elemental factors impact the skin dividing it into 4 main categories:

  • Normal
  • Dry
  • Oily
  • Combination.

However; as a professional, I believe that in order to have a more accurate analysis, other crucial factors should also be considered:

  • SKIN COLOR based on the Fitzpatrick scale which measures 6 skin types ranging from very white skin which burns very easily and never tans to the darkest skin which never burns and other shades in between. This helps you understand how vulnerable your skin is to sun damage.

 

  • SKIN DENSITY taking in consideration how thick or thin the skin is in function of the depth of the three layers of your skin will give you a good idea of how delicate or resilient your skin is.
  •  LAXITY how “firm” or “saggy” the skin is reflects its levels of elasticity caused by break down of collagen and elastin in the underlying structure. This factor helps to determine how the skin is aging at a deeper level.
  •  SKIN FRAGILITY how the skin will react and tolerate different treatments and skincare products helps you determine how sensitive your skin is.

Without any further due, let’s get into the details of each skin type:

NORMAL SKIN (well-balanced skin) meaning not too oily or too dry.

Sebum is distributed evenly throughout all facial areas. The complexion looks healthy with refined pores, smooth texture, even tone and no blemishes.

In many years of treating skin, I have come across this skin type may be four or five times, it is extremely rare to have skin that is completely balanced because as I discussed earlier, we are surrounded by internal and external elements that constantly affect the skin.

But if you have the blessing of having normal skin, lighter lotions and serums are ideal to maintain it and fight the signs of aging. Good ingredients are always beneficial even if your skin is in good health.

DRY SKIN (produces less sebum than normal skin) the medical term for dry skin is “Xerosis”.

It lacks essential lipids for proper barrier function like ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids along with deficiencies in urea, amino acids and lactic acid; Natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) necessary to maintain normal moisture levels in the skin.

This skin type usually presents very small pore size, tends to lack radiance and has an overall feeling of tightness. Often, it has more visible lines, less elasticity and could also experience flaking.

Moisture is vital to the care of dry skin. Use lotions and rich creams to nourish your skin cells and supply the skin what it lacks. One very important point is to identify if your skin is dry because of lack of lipids or water or both. There is a big difference between moisturization and dehydration.

Replenishing what the skin lacks will improve skin balance and restore its healthy state.

OILY SKIN (produces more sebum than normal skin) abundant sebum production known as “seborrhea”, pores appear larger and the skin looks shiny and has a thicker felling.

Oily skin tends to be more prone to blackheads and whiteheads and to various forms of acne.

Cleansing the face twice a day and avoiding heavy creams is recommended to minimize the appearance oily skin. Look for lighter texture products like serums, gels and oil-free sunscreens to prevent over saturation of oil within the follicle which can become a culprit for breakouts.

COMBINATION SKIN (presents a mix of skin types) normally oilier on the T Zone located across the forehead and on the nose and chin areas.

Enlarged pores are more visible in this region while the cheeks present characteristics of normal or dry skin.

This skin type is very common, and it is tricky to treat because you are dealing with different skin types at the same time. Blemishes can be present on oily areas and excessive dryness on the others.

People with combination skin should consider using different products for different areas of the face to keep the skin balanced. To keep it simple, a good idea is to opt for products that are not too heavy or too light.

Lotions make a great choice for combination skin.

Serums can be layered providing fantastic results also. Special attention must be placed on the cleanser and toner. Select cleansers that are not too rich or too harsh, preferably pH balanced, and be careful with toners containing alcohol, this can end up causing excessive dryness on those areas that are already dry.

SENSITIVE SKIN

Although not formally considered a skin type but more of a skin condition. I feel that sensitive skin needs its own description.

Many people suffer from this condition. It is skin that is over reactive, fragile and delicate and gets irritated very easily. You can have any skin type mentioned above and also have sensitive skin.

Having very sensitive skin myself, my personal experience is that it is a very difficult condition to have, many factors are involved, and it is such an extensive topic that deserves an entire article but for now I can tell you that “less is more” when treating this condition and ingredients do have a huge impact in this case.

Specially restoring healthy lipids like ceramides and fatty acids and staying away from skin sensitizers like fragrances, colorants, certain essential oils (not all oils are the same, there are some that can be very sensitizing for the skin), harmful chemicals etc.

With the correct ingredients and treatment, you can improve sensitive skin and make it more resilient. I compare it to a roller coaster ride, it constantly has its ups and downs, but again when you know what you are dealing with and what to use to improve it, you can accomplish very positive changes.

FOR ALL SKIN TYPES

SUN CARE IS A MUST FOR HEALTHY SKIN

Ultraviolet radiation harms the skin causing: 

Sunburn, breaking down collagen and elastin, damaging healthy cells and causing skin cancer.

It’s important to remember that all skin types should conscientiously apply sunscreen daily. Even if the weather is cloudy or rainy.

Protecting your skin from incidental sun exposure is vital to prevent skin cancer and photo ageing. Look for sunscreen formulas that suit your skin type.

Most dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 30 or higher to defend your skin and avoid premature ageing.

It is key to note that no sunscreen can block up to 100% of UV rays; therefore, it is essential to apply it in the correct amount and to reapply regularly.

Balanced skin is the healthiest and yes, it’s not easy to achieve but with the right knowledge you can manage what suits your skin best to bring it as close as possible to a balanced healthy state.

Thank you very much for being here.

Until next time.

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

 

Today, beauty has become a term with a limitless meaning..

There is always space for new things, new products and yes.. new tools. It seems like people are ready to go beyond skincare and do whatever it takes in search of the fountain of youth. We all strive for a healthy, glowing and younger looking skin and if something as simple as a facial roller can make your skin look better why not try it.. right?

Ironically enough, facial massage rollers are far from being an innovation, the history of facial rollers dates from centuries ago, but with the Asian influence in skincare in the recent years, this tradition has resurface full force becoming into a very popular skin trend.

THE FACTS:

Massage helps to increase blood circulation
Activates lymphatic drainage reducing inflammation and eliminating toxins
Stimulates facial muscles
Oxygenates tissues
Increases skin tone and elasticity
Reduces puffiness and redness
BONUS: Increasing blood flow encourages production of collagen and gives the skin a healthy and natural glow.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Massage gently, the lymph is found at a very superficial level in the skin, so if you press too hard you will you be going into the muscle tissues and miss the benefits of a good lymphatic drainage.
Do it in upward and outward movements to create a lifting effect, never pushing downwards
A few minutes a day is more than enough for the face.

Massaging right before and after the application of a skincare product will benefit the absorption of the product.

CONTROVERSY:
Can facial massage affect the distribution of fat (adipose tissue) on your face?

Many people claim to see a slimming effect when they use a facial massage roller regularly. More likely, that effect is due to a drainage of the lymph which helps to eliminate fluids and inflammation. The effect is temporary.

The adipose tissue is located in the hypodermis the skin layer found deeper to the dermis (the second layer of the skin). You would have to massage with a lot of pressure to access the hypodermis and massage regularly and for a much longer period of time to experience changes in the adipocytes (fat cells). When someone uses massage for body contouring of the treatment of cellulite, it mainly happens from increase in oxygen causing a raise in body temperature which activates the metabolism to promote fat burning, but again, it requires a much longer time than just 45 -60 seconds, the time recommended for the use of most facial massage rollers. Nevertheless, as I mentioned before applying very light pressure is key when using this method to achieve the best benefits.

MY EXPERIENCE:

I have been using the Nurse Jamie UPLIFT massaging roller for a few weeks.

I like it, so far what I have seen is a subtle lifting effect right after a do the movements with the tool. I find it specially good in the morning if I wake up with puffiness under my eyes. From the increase in oxygen, I do notice a nice glow in my skin. Now, the effect is temporary, it lasts only a few hours.

I find this tool to be particularly good for those times when you need a quick pick me up. It does the trick. Another thing that I like about it is that is easy to carry around and it needs no batteries or charging.

The price point is on the high end. It costs $69

It is a well-made tool that rotates smoothly, contains 24 massaging stones with tourmaline quartz and has an hexagon shape which helps to prevent pinching or pulling the skin.

THIS IS WHAT THE COMPANY SAYS ABOUT THE PRODUCT:

http://nursejamie.com/instant-uplift-facial-fiming-beauty-tool

“The Nurse Jamie UpLift™ Massaging Beauty Roller is an innovative beauty tool for the face and body with a unique hexagon shape that holds 24 massaging stones to temporarily energize, enhance, revive and uplift your skin. The UpLift™ is a Celebrity favorite for it’s ease of use, portability and instant results! The Uplift Beauty Tool utilizes a unique rhythmic rolling action, replicating the techniques used in my signature facials at our exclusive spas to help improve the appearance of skin tone for a more renewed, youthful-looking you!”

  • 24 Massaging Stones
  • Helps Improve Skin Tone
  • Suitable for Most Skin Types
  • Portable, Easy-To-Use
  • No Batteries Required

THE BOTTOM LINE:

As a professional I know the incredible benefits of massage. These tools will never replace the amazing results that some skillful hands can provide; however, they are great tools for at home treatments and for a quick lifting effect that although not permanent.. hey, who wouldn’t like that!

Thank you so much for being here,

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Med. Aesthetician/ Cosmetologist/ Massage Therapist/ Med. Electrologist C.M.E.

Disclaimmer:

The information above represents my personal opinion and it is shared for informational purposes only.

This post was not sponsored.

Woman over 40 beauty tips

 

One amazing thing happens as we grow in age…

I can say this with strong confidence at 47 — priorities change and we can see with great clarity that we are the most beautiful when we accept and love the uniqueness of being ourselves, imperfections and all…

Now, it is also true that right before our eyes things start to change and when it comes to our beauty routine some adjustments must be made.  At this time the most assertive phrase would be :

“ LESS IS MORE”

I am sure that most women would agree that their objective is to look fresh and feminine in an effortless way. And yes, my friend that is all possible when you know a few secrets that can work wonders to save time and give you a flawless look.

  1. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

There is nothing that adds more years to your face than dehydrated skin, it marks all the fine lines and creates shadows making you look older, so before you apply your makeup make sure you use a good moisturizer or serum  to plump up the skin. A good trick is to apply it when the skin is still a little damp.

  1. EXFOLIATE REGULARLY TO MAKE YOUR MAKEUP APPLICATION SMOOTHER

Exfoliating at least once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells not only helps your skin look more radiant but betters the performance of your products and makes the skin smoother so the makeup looks silkier.

  1. APPLY YOUR FOUNDATION WITH A DAMP MAKEUP SPONGE

Either you want to use a foundation or a tinted moisturizer (which you can create your own by mixing a few drops of your foundation with your moisturizer) applying it with a damp makeup sponge will make it look more dewy, disguising imperfections and avoiding the makeup to sink into the pores.

  1. USE A FOLDED TISSUE TO DRAW THE OUTER EDGE OF THE EYELINER

This trick, I learned from a great makeup artist and I have been doing it ever since. It really works…If you have stopped using eyeliner because it is impossible to draw a neat line in the outer corner, fold a tissue and use the straight sharp edge pressing the tissue against your face creating a line between the outer corner of the eye and the outer end of the eyebrow, it gives you the perfect alignment to create the line and it is also very helpful for applying eye shadow, the upward angle gives the illusion of a lifting effect. Once you are done just dispose the tissue and the makeup will look nice and neat.  Use a little concealer if you need to clean it up at first but practice make masters and once you have done it a couple times you will be an expert.

  1. USE LIP LINER TO STOP LIPSTICK FROM BLEEDING

Some people consider this an extra step but it is well worth the time, using a lip liner allows the lipstick to stay put longer. In addition, since it has a thicker consistency, it works as a barrier so the lipstick doesn’t bleed into the fine lines.

  1. USE A PEACH COLOR CORRECTOR TO CAMOUFLAGE DARK CIRCLES

With age the skin loses volume and it is even more noticeable around the eye area, making you look tired. Poor circulation can cause the blood to become stagnant and it shows through creating a dark shadow commonly known as dark circles, it can also be hereditary. In the color wheel opposite colors neutralize each other, and orange neutralizes purple so a peach color corrector will help disguise the darkness. Once neutralized, apply your regular concealer over it… and Voila!!

  1. SPRAY YOUR FINISHED MAKEUP WITH A MIST OF MINERAL OR ROSE WATER

Once you have applied the finishing powder which is essential to seal the makeup and make it last longer the skin can take a pasty look if went a little bit heavy with the powder. Just spray your face with a fine mist of rose water or mineral water and it makes it look more real and natural.

  1. USE CREAM EYESHADOW

It is not that powder eyeshadows come with an age expiring date; I am sure that you can enjoy them both, but cream eyeshadows glide smoother and have better coverage. As the eyelid loses elasticity cream eyeshadows can be applied with more precision while powder shadows can be a little bit more challenging.

  1. GO SUBTLE ON HIGHLIGHTER

Remember highlighters bring out or emphasize the feature or the area and darker shadows recede or disguise. When choosing a highlighter I recommend the ones that have more like a pearl finish and not the ones with shimmer. The latter tend to accentuate enlarged pores and fine lines.

  1. USE TWO SHADES OF BLUSH TO CREATE A LIFTING EFFECT

Apply a neutral shade angling up along the check bone until the temple to form a lifting effect and then add a rosy tone to the apple of the cheek to create a youthful effect.

And remember it’s not about doing it with perfection. It is about having fun and experimenting with colors and products and finding what works best for you and most importantly… what makes you feel BEAUTIFUL !

Thank you so much for being here

Until next time!

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician/ Cosmetologist/ Electrologist C.M.E./ Massage Therapist/ Makeup Artist

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

Acclaimed by celebrities and beauty professionals,

Microneedling is all the rage in skincare treatments at the moment and for a good reason. It can literally transform your skin and even erase some years from your face.

But how can tiny needles help you defeat the effects of time?

One of the main causes of aging is the loss of collagen and elastin which becomes more palpable year after year, especially as the level of estrogen starts to drop more dramatically. These tiny needles create micro-channels in the skin that signal the presence of a minute injury and despite the minuscule nature of the wound it is enough to induce the production of new collagen also working as a vehicle to facilitate deeper absorption of active ingredients.

Professional in office treatments are more powerful but at home treatments are gaining popularity, even some skincare companies offer the roller as part of their daily routine. For the purpose of this article I will refer to the use of the handheld roller used at home which can also provide great results when used properly.

Either you are already a big fan of the needling or are eager to put the big hype to the test,  here are some tips that will help you take your treatment to the next level:

EXFOLIATE BEFORE THE FIRST TREATMENT

Removing dead skin cells before the first treatment will help you achieve more even results allowing the roller to run smoothly and avoiding tugging or pulling of the skin and also improving absorption of the nutrients. It is not necessary to do it all the time but I have found to really make a difference in the results, on the first treatment.

KEEP THE SKIN MOIST

Keeping your keep moist with the serum while performing the rolling prevents causing more irritation and in addition, you take advantage of the momentum when the skin is more readily able to absorb the product.

SELECT INGREDIENTS THAT CAN HELP IMPROVE YOUR SKIN CONCERN

There are thousands of ingredients out there that promise to improve the skin. However, the only ones that will make a difference to your skin are those that can help your personal needs.  Either you suffer from acne scars, hyperpigmentation or want to improve lines and wrinkles…the serum you select is as important as the procedure so choose a product that contains ingredients to help improve your skin concerns that way you will see faster results.

MORE IS NOT BETTER

Controlled inflammation is expected in this treatment but don’t get too carried away wanting to over treat the skin. Too much inflammation increases free radical activity and guess what… it translates into… “oxidation” which in fact ages you, so as you can see.. more is not always better.

Although some manufacturer’s recommend the daily use of the roller, as a professional I prefer to  treat the skin two times maximum three times a week. Also you must consider the needles size in the roller you are using. It is not same to use a 0.25mm than a 0.50mm or a 1mm. The higher the number the more aggressive the treatment so the recovery time should be accordingly.  That way you allow the skin to replenish its protective barrier and restore its integrity avoiding negative side effects.

Also avoid other type of exfoliants  or irritating ingredients after the treatment, it will only causes excessive inflammation and sensitivity.

POST CARE

The following day is normal to feel the skin a little sensitive and it might even tingle a little if you exercise.  Because a natural micro-exfoliation (desquamation) occurs the skin can feel a little dry or rough. It happens in a microscopic level so you might not see the peeling but you can feel the difference in the skin texture. Stay away from heat, internal or external like direct sun, hot showers or saunas to avoid getting post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It is crucial to maintain the skin well-hydrated at all times and to use a sunblock daily.

DESINFECT THE ROLLER EVERY TIME

Although in a minute scale, this is a treatment where the skin is being pricked which makes it more vulnerable to bacteria. Make sure you wash your hands before you do the treatment (using gloves is best) and sanitize the roller every time you use it. Follow the manufacture’s cleaning instructions.  Denture cleaning tablets are recommended by many Companies. Once clean, the roller should be stored in a closed case to protect it from getting contaminated.

Like the old say says:  “no pain, no gain”… well… when it comes to beauty and anti-aging treatments most people will be willing to ignore the pain if they see the gain! So what do you think my friend?

Are you ready for a prick?

Thank you for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

 

A woman sleeping. Myths and facts about beauty sleep

There is nothing worse than someone asking you if you are tired, after you spent a whole morning in the mirror doing your hair and makeup.

And although foundation and concealer can do miracles; they can only take you so far if you are lacking good quality sleep. It will show through no matter what. 

So, if you thought that “Beauty Sleep” was just a myth; read along, I am sure that you will change your mind by the time you finish this article.

The body uses a lot of energy throughout the day to execute the different tasks starting from essential ones such as breathing, eating, walking etc. not to mention the endurance that it needs to fight the constant battle against free radicals, chemicals, and a polluted environment just to mention a few.

So why is getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep so important?

As you snooze off your body begins its repairing mode by releasing healing hormones, one very important is the growth hormone which influences cell regeneration making your skin look more rested and youthful.

Want to be a happy person?

Well, that’s another reason to get adequate sleep.

Sleep shortage increases stress levels making you more irritable and depressed. It also affects your memory, you become more lethargic and forgetful.

 It dramatically increases inflammation which can exacerbate skin conditions such as: acne, rosacea, eczema etc.. In addition, poor circulation and improper drainage of toxins have a direct effect on the skin color and tone, so it starts to look lifeless and blotchy. Lines and wrinkles as well as dark circles and puffiness around the eyes become more accentuated. 

During the day we are constantly facing aging aggressors; pollution, UV rays etc. But it is at night time that the skin uses all it forces to recover and heal itself.

Myths and facts about what to do and what to use at night time have been around for a long time.

Some experts agree that sleeping on your stomach or the sides causes wrinkles, others say that sleeping positions do not affect the way the face ages. 

As collagen becomes weaker and elastic fibers don’t have the same bouncing effect, applying constant pressure in the same area eventually can cause folds and lines.

Here are some tips to help you prevent and treat lines and wrinkles while you sleep:

TRY TO SLEEP ON YOUR BACK

I know.. it is soo hard!

I personally have tried it for years and although I have made some progress, I still turn to the side. I admire immensely a friend of mine that can sleep like a “mummy”,  she doesn’t move  one bit. I am positive that it has to do with her looking incredibly youthful at 50+.

But as the old say states: “practice make masters” so hopefully one day I will reach that goal.

USE A “SILK” FABRIC PILLOWCASE

If you can’t sleep on your back, the next best thing is use a silk pillowcase. The fabric is really soft and it stays smoother so it doesn’t create crinkling. Make sure you buy one that fits tight on your pillow, the tighter the better.

EXFOLIATE

Exfoliating the skin once or twice a week before your  bedtime routine allows better absorption of active ingredients and removes dead skin cells forcing new cells to resurface.  A scrub works fine, but if you are looking for more dramatic results, a chemical based exfoliant would be ideal. Glycolic, lactic acid or enzymes are perfect for anti-aging purposes. You can find these in the form of toners, pads, cleansers or even overnight masks.

HYDRATE

Hydration is key at night time. Perspiration occurs while you sleep and the skin reaches for essential components to reestablish balance and of course water is a crucial element. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, panthenol, sodium PCA are fantastic hydrators.

NOURISH

There is not a better time for deep rejuvenation than night time. It is the time the skin uses to repair the damage that occurred during the day. So why not take advantage of this process and provide the skin with corrective ingredients that will help stimulate skin cells to regenerate.

Let’s begin with retinol, one of the most researched ingredients. It speeds up cell renewal encouraging the skin to shed off dead skin cells and replace them for newer cells. One tip about using retinol: because it is a very active ingredient you must introduce it carefully.

A good rule of thumb is to start using it every third night the first week, then move to every other night and eventually if your skin tolerates it well, you can use it every night. If you get too much dryness or peeling that means you are using it too often, so go back to using it less often until you find the best frequency of use for your skin. Also, I like to use a moisturizer on top to counteract the risk of dryness and irritation.

Other fantastic ingredients are:

These work by cellular communication. Their functions are to repair, restore and stimulate the formation of new tissues to improve overall functionality of the skin’s structures. Pretty cool eh!

If you have dry skin, look for ingredients like ceramides and phospholipids they are essential to restore the skin’s protective barrier and to complete the anti-wrinkle arsenal, antioxidants of course are always helpful since the skin is in constant battle with free radicals some of the best are vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid.

HAVE A NICE CUP OF TEA AT BEDTIME

Not only will it help you relax and get you ready to doze off… but herbal teas contain essential elements such as:  antioxidants, vitamins, minerals  along with other properties that help rejuvenate skin cells preventing the breakdown of collagen and elastin, strengthening the immune system , reducing  inflammation and yes… fighting lines and wrinkles.

In life we tend to appreciate things more and as they become essential.

That is when we make them a priority. I hope I gave you very good reasons to make your beauty sleep a priority because it is certainly an essential to good health and beauty.

For me, specially now as I get older, a good night sleep is an extension of my beauty routine.

I feel it is as important as the skin care products I use everyday because one thing I understand very clearly :

” It is always a better day, when you had a good night SLEEP!” 

Thank you so much for being here.

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Medical Aesthetician

Founder of Zkin Fix Skincare

 

We all are constantly bombarded with information about foods and products that can keep us look young but it is as important to be aware of those foods that can accelerate aging.

I believe in balance and I think that everything in moderation is not bad, however; a continuous poor diet can certainly influence negatively the way the skin ages and although there are many more foods that can cause oxidation and inflammation,  I am going to focus on 5 foods that are commonly found in  people’s diet.

SUGAR

Sugar is found almost in every food especially those that are not of a natural origin. It is added to breads, pastas, sauces.. it is in soda, energy drinks and even in foods that taste salty.

Excess sugar can start a process called “ glycation” which damages the skin collagen. The cross-link of sugar and protein molecules form a product called AGE’s. AGE’s causes chronic inflammation ending in a malfunctioning and hardening of healthy proteins. Let’s remember that collagen is the most abundant protein of the body, so a constant inflammatory condition can lead to collagen degradation, which translates into…  -You got it -lines and wrinkles!

ALCOHOL

Have you ever wonder why after a night with too much to drink the skin looks blotchy, dull, dehydrated and extra-sensitive?

Alcohol affects the liver and toxins build up making the liver work harder and creating inflammation. It also affects hydration levels and cell regeneration by decreasing levels of vitamin A in the body. This result in the skin being reactive and presenting issues such as: acne, sensitivities, dehydration and can even cause a Rosacea or acne flare up.

Dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe states: “ alcohol is kind of a double whammy- it’s forcing out water and making it harder for your body to rehydrate itself ” and it is well known that dehydrated skin shows more lines and wrinkles, so bottom line… it makes you look older.

SALT

Concerned about puffy eyes or feeling and looking swollen…

Even if you think you follow a healthy diet, salt can be disguised in many foods, especially those that are preserved or canned are loaded with sodium making your body retain more fluid, as a result your skin and eyes can look puffy.  Cut down on salt and instead use herbs and spices to boost up the flavor in foods not only will you be doing something good for your health and skin but also will be increasing your antioxidant protection level which will keep you looking younger.

NITRATES

If deli or other processed meats are in your sandwich or plate regularly you could be adding years to your appearance.

Used as a way to prevent salmonella and bacteria in processed meats, nitrates can be quite harmful for your overall health, causing oxidation of the cells and as a result accelerating the aging process.

One of the facts that most concern me about nitrates is that they form what are called nitrosamines known to be cancer-causing chemicals. Look for foods that don’t contain nitrates and are naturally raised with low sodium content.

OLESTRA

This one is a tricky one because in the look for losing a few pounds, we cut  down on calories and look for foods with the label “light”, thinking they are healthier.

Olestra is a synthetic fat commonly used in potato chips, snacks and other “light version” products, very often somewhere in the label of the product you can find the word “lean”. The problem is that since Olestra is a synthetic fat it is very hard to digest and if consumed regularly, it could cause damage to the digestive system depriving the body from the absorption of essential vitamins which the body normally would use to fight free radicals to protect it from aging. Also, if you suffer from acne, this one is a no-no since it could lead to excess sebum production causing breakouts.

As I said before eating healthy doesn’t mean that you need to deprive from the pleasures of eating the food we like, I actually call it “eating smart” because it is about balance and moderation and to read the labels; in today’s market we can find many healthy options that provide higher nutritional value without sacrificing our taste for food preferences.

Thank you for being here!!

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

Paramedical Aesthetician/Beauty Blogger

References

www.livestrong.com

www.health.com

www.munchies.vice.com

www.skininc.com

www.activebeat.co

www.refinery29.com

 

If your hair has split ends and feel dry and frizzy this easy to make mask will help restore hydration and shine.

MIX:

-1 Avocado

-2 tbls Olive Oil

-1 Egg Yolk

Blend it until you make an even paste and apply it to damp hair for 20 to 30 min.

To improve penetration you can cover your hair with a plastic cap to increase heat.

Rinse well and shampoo your hair as usual. DO THE LAST RINSE WITH COOL WATER to close the cuticle and increase shine!!!

If your hair is very damaged, you can repeat this mask treatment every week until your hair improves condition. Then as a maintenance treatment once a month.

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beauty tips

Hi my friends, I want to share six NOT TO DO tips to help you preserve your beauty!!

1- CLEANSING YOUR FACE WITH HOT WATER Water that is too hot will in time damage the capillaries
2 -SLEEPING ON YOUR FACE Sleeping for hours on your face regularly, eventually can create lines & creases.
3- PICKING AT YOUR PIMPLES Pimples contain bacteria that can easily spread to cause further infection, increasing inflammation & leading to scarring.
4- IGNORING TO APPLY SPF ON THE BACK OF YOUR HANDS You can show a young face but your hands are harsh age tellers. Protect them daily with sunscreen to prevent sun spots & creipy skin.
5 -FORGETTING YOUR NECK &DECOLLETTE Your neck & decollette are an extension of your face. Include them in your skin care routine to prevent lines & saggy skin
6- OVER EXFOLIATING YOUR SKIN Over exfoliating your skin removes essential skin components, leaving it more sensitive, dry & more

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Put back the GLOW into your SKIN with this Super charged Balancing MASK is packed with powerful antioxidants and nutrients to nourish, hydrate and re-balance  the skin leaving it refreshed and healthy-looking!

Smells so YUMMY that you will want to eat it!!
1/4 Cup Plain yogurt
1/4 Cup Blueberries
1/2 banana
1 tbsp of Honey
2 Slices of cucumber
1 tbsp of oatmeal
Blend all ingredients until a paste consistency is reached and apply to face for 15 min. Gently massage the mask on the skin for 1 min. before removing. Rinse it off completely and follow with your moisturizer.
Note: It is always a good idea to stay away from any ingredients that you have had a history of allergic reactions.

 

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