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. 

 

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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.

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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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5 Tips for Smooth Skin

Over time, many factors are to blame for the loss of your skin’s smoothness, such as stress, rays from the sun, pollution, dehydration, or even just aging. Not only can these factors affect the smoothness of your skin, but it also makes it more susceptible to wrinkles, age spots, bruises, rough or dry patches, blemishes and a loss of elasticity. Although it is an impossible task for us to regain the baby-soft skin from our childhood, there are still ways to get smoother and healthier skin as an adult.

1.  Start from within

Antioxidants are crucial to combat loss of collagen, premature aging and other health concerns. Adding berries and subtracting sugary treats will aid in improving the visible signs of aging, and help to reveal a more youthful appearance. Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for smooth and radiant skin.

2. Practice a healthy lifestyle

Regular physical activity helps regulate the hormones that are significant in your skin, prevents free-radical damage, while also reducing inflammation. Other than exercise, it is important to get seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. This rejuvenates not only your body, but your skin as well.

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3. Stick to a cleansing routine

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. Remove makeup with a gentle cleanser, followed by a toner to remove any dirt, oil, cleanser or makeup left behind, and then moisturize. You only need to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and increase collagen production. It is important to also note that over-washing can cause excess oil production, which can lead to breakouts.

4. Hydrate your skin

Using creams and serums with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E help nourish your skin, leaving it healthier looking and smooth.

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5. Take your vitamins

While the vitamins in your skincare products are important, it is also essential that you are putting vitamins and minerals into your body as well. Vitamins A, C, D and E work from the inside to clear and nourish the skin, while protecting it from a wide variety of skin issues. H&H Science’s Anti-Aging Formula is formulated to help maintain a youthful and healthier appearance, as well as providing other anti-aging benefits.

 

Office Obsessions: Must-Haves To Survive Your 9-to-5

Whether you’re a CEO, nurse, or even a part-time retail associate, the better you feel, the harder you work. These office essentials are just what you need to look your best, feel even better and completely conquer the workplace. Keep these six products in your desk drawer and show them who’s boss!

1. Hold My Style Hairspray

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You spent a lot of time and effort on your hair this morning – keep the style and lift even as the day goes on. This highly flexible yet fixative hairspray offers exceptional hold and no sticky residue or build-up.

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2. Ultimatte Finish Powder

This invisible loose powder has oil-absorbing properties to create a visibly smooth look and reduces the appearance of fine lines. From working under pressure, to just having naturally oily skin, this will remove the evidence and leave your skin with a flawless and less-oily finish.

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3. Intensive Hand Cream

Keeping your hands hydrated in the dry and dull indoor air is a must. This oil and fragrance-free cream will provide long lasting skin moisture without leaving greasy fingerprints behind on your keyboard.

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4. Luxury Matte Lipstick

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A lipstick that lasts past lunchtime is a necessity. This luxurious matte lipstick delivers saturated color, intense hydration and extended wear, for soft, smooth and beautiful lips. If you give a woman the right lipstick, she can conquer the world.

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5. Photo Touch Concealer

It’s no secret that workdays bring stress, lack of sleep and emotions. These factors, unfortunately, produce blemishes, dark circles and even wrinkles. This mineral concealer utilizes advanced Skin Optic Light Technology to diffuse and camouflage imperfections, while smoothing out fine lines. You want to give the illusion that you are unfazed by your heavy workload and demanding projects, as opposed to wore out and tired—it’ll be our little secret.

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6. Baked Fusion

This fusion of blush and bronzer provides a luminescent glow while adjusting to each individual’s skin tone. It’s no secret that office lighting isn’t the most flattering (fluorescent lighting is not a friend), so giving your cheeks some color will leave your face looking vibrant and lively, in less-than-vibrant lighting.

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