Winter Survival Guide: How To Fight Wrinkles

With lower humidity, higher winds and colder temperatures, winter weather is not our friend, especially to our skin. It often leads to dryness and roughness, in addition to making our skin more susceptible to damage. During exposure to extreme temperatures, your skin loses water, ultimately making it dry, flaky and wrinkled. Although winter weather is inevitable, there are ways to help protect your skin from it’s damaging effects and to help keep your skin healthy and radiant. 

1. Apply Sunscreen

Many believe that you only need to UV protection in the summer, when the temperatures are high and your exposure to UVA/UVB rays increases. Although during the winter, the strength of the sun’s UVB rays slightly decrease, the UVA rays remain constant throughout the seasons. Snow can also reflect up to 80% of the sun’s rays, making a broad-spectrum sunscreen just as essential in the winter, as it is in the summer. Applying sunscreen should be the final step in your morning skin care regimen!

2. Moisturize, Hydrate, Repeat

As stated in last week’s blog, Hydration vs. Moisturizing, moisturizers and hydrators both tackle the importance of making sure our skin is getting the proper amount of moisture, in order to prevent environmental damage, signs of aging, and of course, dryness. It is important to use both in order to maintain healthy skin, especially in the dryer air. Choosing a moisturizer or hydrator that addresses our specific skin type and sensitivity level is important, in order to give our skin exactly what it needs. 

3. Check Your Products’ Ingredients

Some skin care products contain harmful ingredients, such as added colors, synthetic fragrances and other irritants that can dry out your skin. It is important to read the label on your products, in order to make sure you are using what is best for your skin, especially during the winter months. 

4. Even More Hydration?

Aside from hydrating your skin with topical products, drinking as much water as you possibly can will also help keep your skin cells hydrated. 

5. Protect From The Inside

Supplements and Vitamins are designed to give your body the key nutrients to nourish your skin from the inside out. H&H Science’s Anti-Aging Vitamins help promote skin radiance and helps to maintain a more youthful and healthy appearance. In addition to providing antioxidant protection, the anti-aging benefits of our Anti-Aging Vitamin vary, and may include: supporting collagen and elastin production, increasing or normalizing skin cell turnover, providing anti-inflammatory benefits, speeding the healing process of blemishes, hydrating and plumping the skin, and protection from harmful UV rays.

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Hydration vs. Moisturizing

We so often choose skin care and makeup products that moisturize and hydrate our skin, as we know that especially during the colder months, it is important to be sure our skin has enough water. Although the words hydrate and moisturize are often used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. While they do both provide our skin with nourishment, knowing the difference between the two will help us make a better decision, depending on our skin’s specific needs. 

What Is The Difference?

Moisturizers and hydrators both tackle the importance of making sure our skin is getting the proper amount of moisture, in order to prevent environmental damage, signs of aging, and of course, dryness. How they go about achieving this result, however, is the true difference.

Naturally, our skin has a barrier that protects itself from damage and water loss. Those that are prone to having dry skin usually aren’t producing enough cells in order to form this protective barrier. This makes it hard for the skin to lock in moisture. Moisturizers would then help trap natural oils on the surface of your skin, in order to maintain a healthy balance of moisture. 

On the other hand, hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin, not just on the surface. Therefore, hydrators deliver moisture down to the skin’s layers. An easy way to remember is dehydrated skin lacks water, and therefore would require hydration while dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized.

What Do I Need?

Your skin needs both moisturizers and hydrators to maintain it’s health. Hydrating is what makes our skin soft, but if there is no oil on the surface to protect this hydration from evaporating, then it is not doing any good. Dry skin that is hydrated, yet not moisturized, will still flake. Conversely, if you’re applying a moisturizer and providing oil to the surface in order to smooth your skin, it is still lacking in hydration, which ultimately is what makes your skin soft. 

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It is important to choose a hydrator and moisturizer that works with your skin type and level of sensitivity. Hyaluronic acid is a crucial ingredient for hydrating. It is found in our H&H Science Skin Quench Hydrating Serum, as well as many other H&H Science products. As for moisturizers, go for rich creams that are packed with oils, extracts and nutrients in order to retain moisture, such as our H&H Science Facial Moisturizer

For those that have oily or acne prone skin, it is important to look for products that are non-comedogenic, such as our H&H Science Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer, as it will not clog your pores and are less likely to cause breakouts. 

 

 

 

Fall Into Beautiful Skin

As days begin to shorten and the heat turns into crisp fall air, your skin’s hydration level may vary. In the summer, the humidity tends to increase your skin’s moisture level. As the air and wind get colder, this causes drier skin. While many are excited to bring out their fall wardrobe, including myself, it is important to also detox your skin and repair summer damage before the weather begins to change.

Summer Damage

While summertime is full of fun activities and nice weather, it also leads to a lot of harmful effects on the skin. Throughout the summer months, aside from the risks of sun damage, dehydration also comes along with the hot weather. With the hot temperatures, an increase in sweat and oil production can cause acne breakouts due to clogged pores. With prolonged sun exposure, skin discoloration, wrinkle formation and the risk of skin cancer are also side effects of exposure and damage form the sun’s rays. Not only does the weather have damaging effects on the skin, but time spent in the swimming pool and chlorine also leads to dehydration of the skin.

How To Prep For Fall

Giving your skin some love and attention before the season changes is crucial.

By increasing your intake of antioxidants, such as adding H&H Science C-Bright Serum to your skin care regimen, you are helping to prevent breakouts and dry skin as the weather gets cooler.  Switching to gentler and more hydrating skin care products is also important, as your skin needs an increase in moisture throughout the cooler months. This will also make your skin less likely to itch, crack or look red throughout the season. Lastly, facial peels help to exfoliate the dull outer layer of the skin, which can also decrease discoloration that has come along during the summer. It is pivotal to reverse superficial damage from the summer sun on the surface. Using our Youthful Skin Peel Kit can help deliver noticeable anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits, and improves the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and texture, from the comfort of your home.

Recover, Hydrate & Treat

The 3 Keys To Your Best Skin This Fall

As the summer sun sets and the season starts to change, our tans fade and we are left with the effects of the summer sun. Brown spots, freckles and soft wrinkles under our eyes appear, reminding us of the time spent outdoors. Reversing the damage requires maintaining a skincare regimen that includes quality, medical grade skincare ingredients, as well as incorporating medical grade anti-aging treatments and procedures. 

Recover

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Recovering from the effects of the summer sun requires key ingredients, such as Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid. Glycolic Acid is best for those with sensitive skin types who have normal-to-dry skin. Salicylic Acid peels are acidic solutions used to rejuvenate the surface of your skin. The solution acts on the outermost skin layers- causing them to disintegrate and be “peeled” away to reveal the underlying, unaffected skin. 

Recovering the health of your skin is now available in the comfort of your home with our H&H Science Glycolic Cleansing Pads. These Glycolic pads will cleanse, degrease, and freshen the skin. It gently exfoliates dead skin and will remove surface debris and oil. Witch Hazel, a proven astringent, helps reduce surface oil and refine pore size. In addition to these glycolic pads, using a retinol every night is key to recovering the health of your skin. As our H&H Science Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum contains a unique combination of retinol and smoothing serum, it helps to enhance the skin, making it smoother and more evenly toned while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydrate

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The strong summer sun dries out your skin. Transepidermal water loss, or TEWL, happens in both the summer and winter. In order to restore your natural glow, a hydrating moisturizer with key antioxidants, such as Vitamin A, C, E and Green Tea, is necessary. The ideal moisturizer should be selected according to your skin type. Heavier moisturizing creams are ideal for dry skin types, while serums and lotions are ideal for normal to oily skin types. 

Hydrating and firming around the eye areas requires Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid has been nicknamed by the press as, “the key to the fountain of youth.” H&H Science Hydrating & Firming Eye Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid and is an ideal moisturizing cream that tightens and firms around the eye.

Treat

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Treating deeper wrinkles and more advanced sun damage, as well as facial blood vessels, requires the use of the latest advances in medical grade treatments and procedures. 

Our Photo Facial Microneedle Tool  combines conventional micro needling with the added benefit of color therapy. Color therapy is used to stimulate the biological activity of the skin at the cellular level. The needling forms micro channels in the skin, allowing increased product penetration. Penetration is further enhanced by the activity of the wavelengths used during the Photon therapy.

This ‘collagen induction therapy’ device effectively improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by plumping up the skin, to create a more youthful appearance. The Photo Facial Microneedle Tool is highly effective in improving a wide variety of skin conditions, such as: rough skin texture, enlarged pores, sun damage, wrinkles, scarring (acne, chicken pox, surgical), stretch marks and lax skin.

What to Pack for Any Summer Weekend Getaway

From lounging poolside or soaking up the sun by the ocean or lake, there’s no better reason to get out of town (and away from your computer and work routine.)

If you are also looking to save some money, time, and avoid a luggage mishap, packing light for these small getaways is the way to go. With TSA’s 3.4-ounces limit, you might have to leave behind your jumbo-size bottle of shampoo at home. The good news? H&H Science has your go-to list below for summer-inspired and travel-sized beauty products for your body, face and more.

Need ideas? Here’s what to pack in your carry-on this summer so you can spend your weekends hitting the shore and running in style.

A Purse-Friendly Cleansing Device

Packing light doesn’t always mean sacrificing comforts. If you love thoroughly cleansing your face with a face-cleansing device every night, consider swapping your builder gadget with our H&H Sonic Facial Cleansing Device. Small in size but powerful in action, this device not only is self-cleaning, but it also removes dirt and imperfection from your pores without taking a ton of precious real estate in your luggage. You can use this Sonic Device 300x before it runs out of power, so feel free to power up and leave the charger at home.

Your Entire Skin Care Routine – in TSA-Approved Sizes

Prioritizing your skin’s health (even on vacation) is totally fine. Taking the time to empty all of your skin care products into the travel-approved size bottles is such a hassle. The good news? All of the regular-sized products in our H&H Anti-Photoaging Systems are in TSA-Approved sizes. This travel- friendly set (comes in Normal and Sensitive) has your full skin care regimen (the BB Cream doubles as makeup and SPF). 

Makeup Multitaskers: The Nude Kit

Instead of packing multiple kits and palettes in your makeup bag, consider our 3-in-one H&H Nude Kit. Complete with 9 neutral eyeshadows, 1 highlight, 1 contour and 2 blush colors.

Your Sun-Kissed Tan: Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid Travel Size

Even if you’re going to the beach, it’s great to have your sunless-tanner with you to maintain that refreshed and sun-kissed glow. Fake Bake’s Liquid Flawless Self Tanner is now travel size. And BONUS – it comes with a FREE professional application mitt. (LIMITED TIME ONLY – now available in-store only at H&H Science).

What Do You Think?

What are your favorite summer travel products? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO

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