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. 

 

 

 

How To: Aging By Decade

As we age and our bodies change, our skin care products should change too. The same cleanser you used in your 20s might not work as well on your skin when you are in your 30s. During different stages of life, we have certain skin conditions and concerns. It is important to be aware of your skin during these phases, and use products that are applicable to your skin type and concerns.

20s

In your 20s, you can still get acne breakouts, especially if this is something you struggled with as a teen. Cleansing and moisturizing are pivotal in your skin care routine, as well as taking the steps to prevent acne. Although fine lines and wrinkles may not be of concern, it is a good time to start preventing aging before it is too late. Adding retinol to your nighttime routine works wonders in preventing both acne and aging. This vitamin A derivative can help prevent and treat clogged pores, while exfoliating excess pigment and sunspots, as well as building new elastin and collagen. Your 20s is also a good time to begin making sunscreen a habit. Applying it as your last step of your routine in the morning will help prevent photoaging and the development of fine lines and dark spots (as well as preventing skin cancer of course). 

30s

In your 30s, aging starts to creep up. Not only does your career and personal life get more intense and hectic, but your once youthful skin now has a few fainted laugh lines and dark spots. While your 30s is a great time, it is also a lot of work. Although this stress does have an affect on your skin, but there are still chances to fight these early signs of aging. By now, you’ve hopefully got cleaning, moisturizing and protecting your skin with sunscreen daily down pat. Now, adding in a mix of exfoliation twice a week will keep your skin clear and smooth. As stress may be at an all-time high, the skin under your eyes is usually the first area to show signs of poor skin health and stress. Adding an eye cream to your routine will help boost collagen and elastin production. 

40s

By the time you hit your 40s, your skin is a reflection of your skin care routine over the past few decades. The hormones and stress from your 30s carry into your 40s, while noticeable signs of aging begin to appear. Luckily, there are still ways to keep your skin concerns under control. Continuing to apply sunscreen during your morning routine is crucial, as sun exposure is a top cause of aging. Beginning to use a prescription-strength retinol, if you haven’t already, is also important, as it helps even out skin tones and stimulates the collagen in your skin. In your 40s, your skin may begin to have a certain dullness to it. Hydration is key to improving this concern, as using moisturizers and serums will help give the healthy look you are striving for.

50s

In your 50s, sagging and thinning skin begin to surface. The hormone decline that comes along with menopause creates a drastic change to our skin and body, making it essential that you consider maintaining your skin’s health as top priority. Dryness is also a common condition in your 50s, so using products that are infused with antioxidants and humectants will keep your skin nourished and radiant. Using a retinol during your nighttime routine promotes collagen production and cell turnover, helping to slow down the aging process. Therefore, no matter what product you choose, make sure you’re looking for two things: collagen production and hydration!

60s+

In your 60s, your skin becomes more sensitive than before, so using harsher prescription-strength products should be taken down a notch, by either switching to a gentler product or reducing the amount of times you use it. The sagging, thinning and dry skin from your 50s will continue in your 60s and beyond, therefore repairing and hydrating will remain crucial. Preventing additional sagging by using a hardworking serum can be helpful, using this product on your neck and chest as well. While we want to achieve younger-looking skin, and ‘trick’ people into thinking we are a decade younger than we are, it is far more important to be sure that you are maintaining beautiful and healthy skin that you are confident in. 

 

As I am sure you noticed retinol was discussed in almost every decade as an important product for your skin: don’t forget that our Retinol Plus Youthful Peel Kits will be on sale this week- August 29th – 31st. This high-strength, two-step peel kit delivers noticeable anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits, and improves the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and texture. It also enhances the tone and texture of your skin, while unclogging pores and promoting a healthy radiance. 

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How To Layer Products In Your Daily Regimen

Most of us have a plethora of skin care products that we use every day in an effort to make our skin look its best. We know we should cleanse our skin, protect it from the sun, moisturize and use certain treatments, but applying these products in any random order is not helping your skin in the long-run. Using these products in the correct order will allow you to master your daily skin care regimen and really be on the right path to the skin and complexion you are hoping for.

1. Cleanser

Whether you are beginning your morning routine, or nighttime, it is important to start with washing your face, especially with a cleanser that is right for your skin type and concerns. There is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to cleansers, so really finding that one that has the ingredients that are meant for your skin is essential.

2. Toner

Depending on the ingredients in your chosen toner, it can do a lot more than just removing leftover makeup or cleanser that didn’t rinse off. From helping to hydrate and calm sensitive skin, to delivering antioxidants and other nutrients to the skin, toners have a variety of purposes. Toners include H&H Science’s Toning, Cleansing or Treatment Pads, which are applied to the entire face, avoiding the eyes, lips and mucous membranes.

3. Treatment Creams and Serums

Applying any special treatments for your skin concerns before moisturizing is important, as some serums and creams can be drying. Such treatments depend on your individual needs. If you are concerned with fine lines and wrinkles, your product choice may include retinol, peptides and antioxidants. If you are dealing with pigmentation issues, using a brightening treatment would be the best option.

4. Moisturize

Your moisturizer should be applied after your special treatments and prior to your sunscreen. This step is essential, even if you have oily skin. There are lightweight moisturizers that are also non-comedogenic, which means that it does not clog your pores. If you suffer from dry skin, nutrient-rich creams are important to repair the skin’s barrier and lock in moisture.

5. Protect

Protecting your skin by applying sunscreen is the last step in your morning skin care regimen. Sunscreen is a must, even in the winter. Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate your skin on cloudy days, and snow can reflect the sun’s rays onto your skin. Apply a dime sized amount to the entire face, avoiding the eyes, lips and mucous membranes. Allow the sunscreen to soak in and absorb for one minute. After this last step, mineral makeup can be applied.

Don’t forget- you have 5 days to save during our August Skin and Makeup sale. It begins Tuesday, August 22nd and lasts until Saturday, August 26th!

Makeup Tips & Tricks for Oily Skin

It is no secret that applying makeup to oily skin isn’t an easy task. Unfortunately for many, their makeup doesn’t last as long, as well as it leaving an unflattering oily shine throughout the day. There are many factors to consider, as finding the right makeup for your skin type is only half of the solution. By also making sure you’re keeping your skin clean, moisturized and healthy, the makeup will last longer and help control the unwanted shine that seems to come along with makeup on oily skin types.

Don’t touch up with more foundation.

Throughout the day, you may have the urge to touchup your makeup with a pressed powder or foundation. By layering more makeup onto your oily skin, it often leads to a ‘cakey’ appearance. Instead, try an oil-absorbing powder, such as the Ultimatte Finish Powder  to soak up excess oil and leave your skin with a smooth and even toned finish.

Even oily skin needs moisture.

By moisturizing and conditioning your skin, it allows for an even makeup application, which can make it look more natural. Although all skin types need daily hydration, it’s important that those with oily skin use a lightweight moisturizer, such as Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer. This will ensure a balance of your skin’s natural moisture content, without weighing it down and making it oily.

Cue the primer.

Primer has a big impact on the wear of makeup. Pore Perfecting Face Primer is an oil-free primer that also helps smooth the skin’s texture and reduces the look of pores and lines instantly. It also contains Dermat Complex, which helps with shine control, as well as Salicylic Acid to eliminate pore blockage.

Primer…for eye shadow?

Prepping your eyelids is essential for oily lids. Botanical Shadow Primer provides the perfect canvas for smooth, long-lasting eyeshadow. It also helps create a crease-free an smudge-proof look. Eyeshadow pigment will appear truer in color as well, as the primer neutralizes discoloration of the eyelid.

Pressed Powder Foundations

Using a liquid or powder-based foundation that provides either a satin or matte finish is best for oily skin. Our Pressed Powder Foundation has light-refracting qualities that diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while allowing your skin to breathe. It will give you a natural, even finish that will last all day!

 

 

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