De-stress Your Skin

From the report there are more than 52% of Millennials that they’ve lost sleep in the past month due to stress, and 44% of millennials report stress has made them angry or irritable. Meanwhile,  celebrities like Demi Lovato and Emma Stone have become the poster children for overcoming an anxiety disorder.

Stress has a negative impact on our skin. When our minds are anxious, this causes our hormone levels to spike, which in turn makes your skin more sensitive and reactive. This can lead to various skin conditions and aggravates any problems you already suffer from. In other words, when your mind is in a panic, so is your skin. That’s why when you’ve got something important coming up, you burst out in spots. The most helpful thing to do is to get to the root of your stress and find a way to manage it.

General stress does not cause skin conditions, but it certainly can worsen it.

Beauty brands have been pushing their anti-aging products on younger consumers, in an attempt to combat the superficial side effects of anxiety and stress. To find out what’s what, we spoke with one of our favorite dermatologists, Rebecca Kazin, MD, Medical Director of Johns Hopkins Dermatology and Cosmetic Center.

Is anxiety causing your skin condition? Not exactly. According to Dr. Kazin, “General stress does not cause skin conditions, but it certainly can worsen it.” Basically, the side effects of anxiety – such as not taking good care of yourself, staying up nights, making your body work in overdrive to meet a deadline – can inflame a preexisting condition even more.

Millenial Skin Conditions

Dr. Kazin says she’s noticed an increase in skin stress among Millennial patients, especially when it comes to rosacrea and acne. We all want clear skin, and that’s part of the problem: millenials are “so focused on prevention that they tend to overcompensate and go overboard with certain products.” Dr. Kazin says the biggest culprits are products with a high dose of retinol, or are over-exfoliating.

Who’s at Risk

Fair-skinned Caucasians are most prone to premature aging. If you don’t take good care of yourself and eat right, that can wreak havoc on your skin. We all know that sun exposure, cigarette smoking and other lifestyle factors can contribute to how fast we age, but there’s another secret reason we can’t easily control—pollution. People who live in places with high levels of air pollutants have a 20% higher risk of death from cancer than people who live in less-polluted areas.

What Should You Do?

Your first step to prevent skin stress is to “Be proactive”. The earlier you start taking care of your skin, the less repair work later. Maintenance is key.” However, just because you dig the packaging or promises on an SPF product, doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you. “One product or active ingredient isn’t for every body,” so Dr. Kazin recommends you buy a small amount of a prospective brand and make sure it doesn’t aggravate your skin before you fully commit.

Beauty Brands are Right

Should you buy anti-aging serums and eye-cream as a young woman? absolutely: Prevention is key. Antioxidants help neutralize the skin stressors we face everyday. By slowing that process down, you are going to slow the collagen breakdown that causes aging.

5 Beauty products you should NOT use every day

The journey to find your perfect beauty product lineup can be a long and windy road. It’s no wonder that when you find a product you just love, it can be tempting to apply that baby every single day! But some products are not meant to be for everyday use. Now check out just what types of products we should avoid overusing.

DRY SHAMPOO

No time for a shower? Trying to make that fab hair day last? Dry shampoo can be your mane’s best pal. However, this miracle hair-saver in a spray bottle can also damage your locks with overuse.

Using a lot of dry shampoo day after day can dry your hair out and leave it feeling brittle and crispy. A build up of too much use can cause breakage and damage over time.

When a busy morning has you racing out the door, grab your trusty dry shampoo and spray away. But don’t get in the habit of relying on it every single day. You shouldn’t use it more than two days in a row.

DEEP CONDITIONER

Giving your dry scalp and roots a moisture-rich deep condition is a must for keeping your hair looking and feeling healthy, especially in the drier winter months. But stick to the package recommendations of once (maybe twice) per week.

“Over-use of deep protein-rich conditioning treatments can be detrimental,” says Citrone. “Protein-rich treatments can throw off the pH balance of the hair and cause the opposite effect, making your hair break off. If you feel like you need more love for your hair, then incorporate coconut oil as a weekly maintenance.”

MEDICATED LIP BALM

We’ve all been that person digging through their bag searching for that trusty medicated lip balm. The refreshing and cooling finish is chapped lips’ lifesaver. But it’s a no-go for regular application. Annie Chiu, M.D., a dermatologist at The Derm Institute, recommends steering clear of using medicated lip balm on the reg, because you’ll end up making your chapped lip situation even worse.

“Overuse can cause your lips to rely on the medication to stay moisturized,” she says. “Use them until you are no longer chapped, and then switch to a regular lip balm.”

MAKEUP PRIMER

Primer is a fantastic base for a smooth, even foundation, allowing for your look to last longer and look flawless. However, your skin isn’t a big fan of its ingredients.

“Don’t use a primer ever single day,” Chiu says. “The silicone in these could clog pores with oils and sweat and cause breakouts. Save them for special occasions, and be sure to wash well when removing.”

WATERPROOF MASCARA

Your lashes’ best friend, mascara, is a morning routine must for a long and full look. Thankfully, Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg isn’t advocating we ditch the mascara, but just watch out for the waterproof versions.

“It tends to dry out your lashes and should be used sparingly,” she says. “Put a coat of regular mascara on your lashes first and then use the waterproof to seal it in.”

5 TIPS TO WAKE UP TIRED EYES FOR GOOD

Just because you feel fatigued doesn’t mean you have to look like it. Using a few simple tips, you can help wake up tired eyes for good!

1. Go easy on the makeup remover: Rubbing your eyes to remove your makeup is a surefire way to irritate the eye contour area which can lead to tired-looking, puffy, discolored skin. Successfully remove makeup without rubbing your eyes using this method:

  • Moisten a cotton pad with makeup remover. We love Gernetic Demaquillant Douceur – All Skin types make-up remover. This cleansing, soothing and refreshing lotion will help relieve tired eyes. It help to remove your makeup gently and effectively without rubbing.
  • Place it on your eyelids and eyebrows and dab gently.
  • Carefully swipe it down towards your eyelashes, then press again to dissolve any remaining mascara.

2. Choose a multi-action eye cream: we recommends utilizing the following:

3. Exercise: Breaking a sweat isn’t only great for your health, it can also improve the look of tired eyes! Move your body regularly to reinvigorate your face’s glow and boost both oxygen and blood supply around your eyes.

4. Eat well: Consume foods rich in essential fatty acids and drink plenty of water to help offset the effects of over-heated or air-conditioned environments, like dehydration lines.

5. Self-massage: Wake up with puffy eyes? Give yourself an at-home massage. Press lightly with your middle finger on the inside corner of the eye, at the bottom in the middle of your dark circles, at the top under the eyebrow, and then on your temple.

 

Should You Use Eye Cream Both Morning And Night?

One of the many lovely responsibilities that comes with getting older is the adoption of an anti-aging routine. As you age, words like “retinol,” “hyaluronic acid,” and “Botox” suddenly become part of your vocabulary. Heavy-duty treatments aside, most dermatologists agree that your twenties is a great time to start an eye cream routine.

You might not be showing any signs of aging in your twenties or sometimes thirties, but it’s never too early to get a jump on preventing lines, says Erin Gilbert, M.D., celebrity skin expert. “The most important thing you can do is to adopt a good skin-care routine,” she says. “Using eye cream at an early age will not only get you on the road to preventing damage from occurring, but it will also begin protecting your skin from environmental aggressors.”

Eye cream is something that dermatologists all agree we should use to help moisturize sensitive eye skin and ward off fine lines. But, there’s not much out there by way of what to use or how to use them—and more importantly, when to use them.

Your eye cream really does need that time to settle into the skin. Applying it in the morning, then putting more products on top of it, makes it harder for it to absorb into the skin and can make those other products dissolve more easily. That’s why it’s best to use eye creams at night. Plus, your skin rejuvenates and repairs itself while you’re sleeping (like the rest of your body), so while your skin is working, it might as well have something to work with.

There’s also a specific way you should be applying your eye cream. You don’t want to apply just underneath your eyes where you may see puffiness or dark circles. Instead, you should apply eye cream all around the orbital bone to get at all the wrinkles and creases that crop up around your eyes.

Use your ring finger to dot your eye cream underneath and around your eye. It’s your weakest finger, perfect for applying products to the delicate eye area. With a patting motion, blend the cream in. Don’t smear or pull the cream around your eye, which could irritate the skin.

And now that you know how to apply it, we recommend this SwissZell Instant Eye Wrinkle Defense Cream ($125, Swisszell.com) In addition to de-puffing /anti-aging effect, this formula contains milk protein, for intense hydration and botanical extracts to fight signs of aging, and can help banish dark circles. Also, the super-gentle formula won’t cause any irritation if you get sloppy with your application.