We all want it: healthy, radiant, glowing skin. But as we age, our skin can become dull, weathered and run down. There comes a time where everyone needs a little brightening. Years of sun exposure starts to reveal the detrimental effects of UV stress, which causes damage in multiple layers of the skin and ultimately diminishes our natural glow.
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Q: I recently tried a new anti-aging serum and ended up with red, blotchy patches on my cheeks. Does this mean I’m allergic to it?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wiggy responds:
If you’ve never experienced a reaction to a skincare product, consider yourself lucky. It happens to many of us. Irritated skin can be caused by a number of things, including medications, topical irritants, infections or immune system disorders. When an allergen is responsible for triggering an immune system response, you may suffer from something as minimal as a little itch or as severe as a full-blown allergic reaction. Yikes!
We’ve all been there. You’re exhausted and unmotivated, dreading going through the motions of your skincare or beauty routine. Washing your face is the last thing on your mind, and putting on makeup before leaving the house? No thanks. It’s a common tune for women who are “beauty lazy” or just “too busy for beauty.” The good news is, there are simple solutions for taking care of your skin and making yourself look gorgeous without a whole lot of effort.
Q. With fall just around the corner, what should I plan to do differently in my skincare routine?
MyChelle Dermaceuticals licensed esthetician Catie Wigggy replies:
It’s the in-between season where summer sun can still be scorching hot, yet the kids are back to school and fall is knocking on the door. Now is an ideal time for a complexion check. The summer months can be rough, with everything from increased UV exposure to higher humidity, harsh pool chemicals and even travel wreaking havoc on your skin. The wear and tear can really start to become noticeable this time of year.
Beauty news flash: “oil free” is on its way out. What’s been long feared as a pore clogger and pimple trigger is now being slathered on, soaked up and raved about for surprisingly opposite effects. Oil hasn’t always been considered the bad guy. In fact, women throughout history have relied on it to soften skin and smooth hair—long before little bottles of the stuff conveniently started showing up on store shelves.
Who doesn’t love a mani-pedi every now and then, or maybe even a facial or massage? Once you become a mom, though, expensive spa sessions often become a distant memory. Who has time for “me” time when what you really need is to catch up on sleep! And even if you’re one of the few, enviably well-rested mamas out there, you might not have so much disposable income to spend on these kinds of indulgences, what with diapers, baby food and college savings account contributions draining your funds.
By the end of the day, your bed starts to look like a mini paradise waiting for you at the end of the hall. But before you can cozy in, there are still a few things you need to do. Lock the doors, switch off the lights and—oh yeah—get that stiffened mascara, smudged eyeliner and smeared foundation off your face.
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