7 Things You Should Be Doing Every Day for Clear Skin

Clear skin is something that we all strive for. Not only does your skin impact your self-confidence, but it also influences your social habits, psyche and can trigger anxiety. With so many factors working against us—pollution, hormones and other pore-clogging elements, accomplishing the task of clear and blemish-free skin may seem somewhat impossible. Although there are so many harmful skin aggressors surrounding our daily lives, there are, thankfully, a few lifestyle changes that can get your skin back on track. According to dermatologists, here are the top skin care tips to achieve healthy and clear skin.

1. Use an Appropriate Facial Cleanser for your Skin

With so many different cleansers being advertised everywhere we look, it is important that you chose one that is beneficial for your skin type. Whether you have dry, oily, combination or sensitive skin, you must take this into consideration when selecting your everyday facial cleanser. Doing so allows the right balance of ingredients to work its magic and cleanse your skin efficiently and effectively.

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2. Use a Sonic Cleansing System

Along with the appropriate facial cleanser for your skin type, using a sonic cleansing system takes off more makeup, bacteria and dirt from your skin, compared to just using the cleanser alone. It provides a deep clean and exfoliates your skin’s surface, leaving your face smoother and softer, ultimately influencing a clearer complexion.

Try: Sonic Cleansing Facial Device

3. Apply Retinoids Before Bed

Retinoids provide a plethora of benefits for your skin, including evening out discoloration and brightening skin tone, reducing wrinkles, preventing fine lines and unclogging pores in order to make them look smaller and reduce acne. Applying a retinoid, which best for those who do not have ultra-sensitive skin,  as part of your nighttime skin care routine can help reduce fine lines, unclog pores and even out your skin tone,  in order to create clearer and healthier-looking skin.

Try: Retinol Plus Smoothing Serum

4. Get a Good Night Sleep

Although we all love sleeping, it isn’t as easy to get the amount sleep as we need in a given night. When you are sleeping, your skin restores itself. Therefore, lack of sleep can lead to a more tired-looking complexion, puffy under-eye bags, dark circles and even breakouts. Creating a nighttime routine that is conducive to relaxing and getting your body ready for a good night sleep can significantly help not only the ease of falling asleep, but also staying asleep through the night.

5. Always Use Sunscreen

While using sunscreen every day and applying it generously is important, many sunscreens are oil-based, which can clog your pores and create new blemishes. Finding a sunscreen that works with your skin type and protects you from not only the sun, but from blemishes as well, is actually easier than you think. Make sure to also choose an SPF that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Try: H&H Science Sheer Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 50+

6. Avoiding Picking, Popping and Poking

We know—it’s hard to resist the urge to pop your pimples. Although this probably isn’t your first time hearing this, a little reminder will hopefully do the trick. Don’t pick, poke or pop your pimples. If you have a blemish that you are desperate to pop, try using a spot treatment or cream instead. Popping will only do harm, while spot treatments are designed to clear existing blemishes and prevent future blemishes from forming.

Try: H&H Science Spot Treatment Gel

7. Use a Toner

If your morning and evening skin care routines don’t already include using a toner, today is the day to start. Choosing a toner with glycolic acid or salicylic acid unclog your pores for clearer skin. Toners can also balance your skin’s natural pH levels, while soothing your complexion and minimizing breakouts.

Try: Salicylic Treatment Pads

5 Things You Didn’t Know Are Causing Your Acne

You’ve tried every acne treatment that is on the market – each promising to clear your breakouts. You’ve even avoided certain food choices (that’s right, you turned down that scrumptious-looking piece of pizza last Friday night) to avoid breaking out the next day. It turns out; there are quite a few other items that you might be missing that can contribute to your acne. Listed below are 5 things that may be causing or irritating your breakouts.

 Smartphones, Earbuds and Makeup Tools

Anyone who uses their smartphone is at risk for breakouts. Every time you touch or hold your phone up to your face to make a call, your cellphone picks up makeup, bacteria and dirt and transfers it to different parts of your face. To keep bacterial levels low, be sure to wipe the surface of your phone clean with a simple rubbing alcohol-soaked cotton ball every few days. Same goes for earphones, eyeglasses, and of course, be sure to clean your makeup tools and brushes with brush cleaner frequently.

Your Pillowcase

It’s so easy to forget, but looking at the fact that your face spends at least eight hours of its day every night pressed firmly against your pillowcase, you’re basically lying on a big pile of accumulated dust, bacteria and dead skin cells. It’s crucial that items like towels and pillowcases get washes between uses as they come into repeated contact with your face and are the ideal source of bacteria.

TIP: Consider investing in a silk pillowcase, which not only does wonders for your hair (no more tangled mess in the morning!) and feels like you’re sleeping on a cloud, but it reduces friction on the skin that can irritate acne-prone skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles.

Sleeping With Your Makeup On

It’s a sin if you don’t remove your makeup before bedtime – especially if you have acne-prone skin! Makeup that is left on the skin overnight is one of the largest contributors to clogged pores and hinders skin renewal. By going to sleep with that old layer of makeup, the combination of dirt, bacteria mixed with the oil on your skin can mix to create a lethal concoction that can occlude pores and lead to acne.

TIP: Keep your makeup remover firmly on your bathroom counter where you’ll be reminded to use it before bed each night. With our H&H Science Dual Action Makeup Remover, it only takes one wash to remove all that potential acne-causing makeup.

Face Cleansers Not Suited for Your Skin Type

Finding the correct cleanser for your exact skin type and/or acne-prone skin is half the battle when it comes to having clear skin. Look for acne-fighting ingredients like Benzoyl peroxide to help dry out pimples or if your skin type is oily or normal, salicylic acid is your best friends as it helps to exfoliate blocked pores.

If you aren’t sure what the best cleanser or ingredients are for your specific skin type, visit one of our H&H Science locations or call to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with myself and we will review your skin needs and conditions, determine your exact skin type, and I will create a skin care regimen with the appropriate products that will help your keep your skin clear and clean.

Stress

Being physically and mentally burned out can lead to a long list of other issues – such as hair loss, weight gain or most prominently, acne. With having a lot of stress, your insulin levels get thrown off balance, resulting in a hormone imbalance resulting in uneven skin tone, acne and enlarged pores.

It’s important to both recognized with you have a lot of stress going on and know how to reduce it. TIP: Meditation, exercising or simply choosing to say ‘NO’ to something in your life (no, you don’t need to stay late again tonight at work) will help you and your skin.

 

What do you think? What are your tips for preventing breakouts? Let me know in the comments below!

 

-XOXO Heather

How To Wake Up With Better Skin

Your skin works hard to repair itself when you sleep, so here’s how to take advantage of this natural overnight healing process.

When you go to sleep every night, your body naturally enhances it’s ability to fight external and internal damage, which translates into a brighten and overall better complexion. Sleep reduces cortisol (the stress hormone), which is responsible for stretch marks, discoloration and thinning skin (think of a piece of fruit that has been sitting out for too long). When you sleep, your body also increases melatonin (the sleep hormone), which acts like an antioxidant to combat fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Having a good night’s rest is crucial to helping repair and regenerate collagen-b=producing cells.

To maximize your beauty sleep, follow this nightly skin routine to wake up with glowing and healthy skin.

Keep Your Skin Clean

Washing your face is critical before going to bed as it 1) removes damaging dirt and 2) makes your night cream work harder. By removing all makeup, oil and dirt before bed helps keep pores tight and your skin blemish-free. By applying anti-aging treatments after a cleansed face, they can penetrate deeper on a skin surface. For dry skin, look for a creamy cleanser like our H&H Antioxidant Cleanser for Dry Skin, or for more acne-prone or oily skin, try a gel formula like our H&H Pore Minimizing Cleanser.

Rejuvenate with a Retinol

Choose an anti-aging boost at night that packs real power. These Vitamin A derivatives are key to a youthful looking skin. Our H&H Science Retinol Smoothing Serum contains medical grade retinol and 90% green tea polyphenols. This medicinal level of green tea soothes redness and eliminates any of the dry, flaky skin that has been associated with retinol and retinoic acid.

Erase Dark Circles

Before bed, dot under your eyes with a retinol or hydrating eye cream. In a study by Elson, women who applied an under eye cream containing vitamin K and retinol every night for 12 weeks saw their dark circles improve 33%. Try our H&H Total Eye Repair our H&H Antioxidant Eye Cream with Vitamin C to help erase dark circles and firm and reduce wrinkles.

Apply a Nighttime Moisturizer

Plump and hydrate your skin to help disguise signs of aging and prevent further damage. For best results and to prevent water loss overnight, look for an overnight cream that is loaded with apple stem cells and peptides that work together to repair skin damage and promote healthy cellular growth, all the while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Try our H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer that is also packed with green tea polyphenols to help combat dryness and nourish skin back to optimal health.

Supplement Your Sleep

As we age, it’s important that we take care of our skin both inside and out. Taken twice in the morning and twice at night, our H&H Anti-Aging Formula helps promote skin radiance, provides antioxidant protection, supports collagen and elastin production, increases or normalizes skin cell turnover, provides anti-inflammatory benefits, speeds up the healing process of blemishes and helps hydrate and plump skin.

4 Sleep Tricks for Amazing Skin

Energize and invigorate your complexion with four easy adjustments to your nighttime routine:

  • Switch to sleeping on your back. By lying on your stomach or side every night, your bedding and position can etch permanent sleep lines onto your skin. Solution: try switching to a satin pillowcase to prevent crinkles.
  • Raise your head. To avoid puffy eyes, stack pillows behind your head each night. By keeping the fluids above heart-level, they won’t accumulate in your face.
  • Invest in a humidifier. Sleeping in a room full of dry, hot hair can suck moisture from your skin. By investing in a humidifier, you’ll be adding that moisture back into the hair to help maintain soft, supple skin while you sleep.
  • Get deeper sleep. Make sure to avoid caffeine and exercise for 3 to 6 hours before bedtime and keep your room dark and cook (65°F is the ideal temperature for sleep). Also make sure to better ensure a deeper sleep mode, you turn off the TV/phone for at least 1 hour before heading off to bed.

 

What are your nighttime skin care tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Sources:
https://www.beautylish.com/a/vmicg/skin-and-sleep
http://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/how-get-better-skin-overnight

November: National I-Hate-College-Month

Unfortunately, this has not been my month this school year. This month, I have been struggling with tons of stress and that has been leading to skin problems. With midterm season rolling in, I’ve been slammed with papers, quizzes or tests every day for a few weeks straight. The worst thing about all of this is that my skin has been taking the fall for my awful schedule.

I’ve been having breakouts pretty consistently up until I started using my H&H Science Pore Minimizing Masque to relax at night! I’ve been noticing a brighter and more even complexion even during my toughest days! My breakouts have cleared and I am back to being comfortable in my skin without tons of makeup covering everything up.

I apply the masque right after I get out of the shower and I just wait for it to dry with a cup of hot chocolate (most likely coffee) and do some last minute homework or reading to prepare for the next day. After the masque dries, I lightly rinse it off with warm water and my skin feels so tight and refreshed.

Using this product two to three times a week has noticeably improved my skin, along with all of my other H&H Science skin care products. I honestly would be lost without this product and I now know how to tackle future skin problems when finals week rolls around! Not to mention it really is the best way to relax after a long week!

What do you think?

What are your go-to skin care products and skin care tips for finals week? Let me know in the comments below!

-Tory

My Morning/Night Routines with Brand Ambassador Dylan Greenberg

It should be pretty obvious by now that H&H Science is my go to for all things hair, make up, and skin, but how do I involve my products into my daily routines? Below are my morning and night routines, using my H&H Science products!

Morning:

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-3-24-35-pmI am not much of a morning person, so I love having my H&H Science products to wake me up! First, I use the H&H Sensitive Acne Cleanser and apply it with my Sonic Facial Cleansing Device. This cleans my face very well and has never irritated it.

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Next I use the the H&H Toning Treatment Pads for an even deeper clean. They keep my skin tone even and free from oil.

To wrap it all up I use my H&H Ultra Light Oil Free Moisturizer to keep my skin moisturized and protected throughout the day.

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7_10Last but definitely not least, I use my H&H Volume Mascara. Not a day goes by where I don’t use this. It keeps me looking energized and ready for my day even if that may not be completely true. My H&H Science products help me get ready quick and easy every morning! 

Night:

7_8My nightly routine starts with my H&H Healthy Shine Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner. I use this so I can have clean and soft hair in the morning. For my skin, I use the H&H Pore Minimizing Cleanser and the same Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer. I also use the H&H Spot Treatment Gel to clear any breakouts I may have. My night routine is just as quick and easy as my morning! 

What do you think?

Thanks to H&H Science, I have very quick and easy morning and night routines! What products do you use in your morning and night routines? Leave me a comment down below!

-Dylan :))