What Could Be Causing Acne Breakouts

Acne can be hard to treat. You may have tried multiple acne treatments, yet your skin is still aggravated. While you are taking the right steps with trying to find the acne treatment that will help to clear your acne, there are quite a few things that contribute to acne breakouts that you may not even realize.

1. Skin Care Products That Clog Your Pores

There are certain ingredients in your skin care products that are known for clogging pores and causing breakouts. While it may be difficult to remember and look for the certain ingredients that are “pore cloggers,” looking for products that are “non-comedogenic” will make it a lot easier. “Non-comedogenic” means that it does not clog pores. This will ensure that the products you are using are not making your acne worse.

2. Sleeping With Your Makeup On

Leaving your makeup on overnight will hinder your skin’s renewal and clog your pores. Bacteria will then build up and cause inflammation, which can lead to acne. It is very important to make sure you are washing your face before bed, no matter how tired you may be! Your skin will thank you.

3. Your Pillowcase

Speaking of nighttime, it’s important to think about where your face is laying for the 7-8 hours you sleep at night. Your pillow can accumulate bacteria, dust and dead skin cells. It is important to wash your pillowcase as often as possible!

4. The Sun

While being in the sun increases your risk for developing skin cancer, it can also cause oil glands to become overactive, which can then lead to breakouts. Choosing an oil-free, non-comedogenic sunscreen will help protect your skin without causing a break out. 

5. An Unhealthy Diet

What you eat changes the consistency of the oil on your skin, making it more likely to clog pores. Some food also tips your skin’s natural balance in a way that flares acne. Sticking to a healthy, low-fat, low-sugar diet will lessen flare-ups and make it easier to control with acne treatments.

6. Your Beauty Tools

Everything that comes in contact with your skin should be cleaned often to keep bacteria levels low. This includes any skin care devices, makeup brushes and even your phone screen. If you’re not cleaning your makeup brushes, try out our NEW H&H Science Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner. With this proper cleaning, your brushes are guaranteed to last longer than ever before, while preventing bacteria buildup. 

Step 1: Wet your brush’s bristles under a running faucet with lukewarm water

Step 2: Use a gentle soap and lather on your makeup brush 

Step 3: Gently scrub makeup brush on Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner

Step 4: Rinse the brush by scrubbing on the Heart Shaped Brush Cleaner under running water

Step 5: Squeeze excess water from brush, reshape and lay flat on a clean surface to dry

10 Days of Beauty Resolution Deals!

Hello 2018!

Kick off the new year with our 10 Days of Beauty Resolution Deals! Resolve to have your best skin this year, with H&H Science. Whether you resolve to have healthy hair in 2018, or to start using a makeup line that let’s your skin shine, check out our 10 beauty deals to start of your year off right.

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Day 2: “I resolve to start using a makeup line that let’s my skin shine.”VMAIL-03.png

Day 3: “I resolve to have healthy hair this year.”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-04.png

Day 4: “I resolve to protect my skin this year with SPF 50+.”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-05.png

Day 5: “This year, all eyes are on me! Fine lines and wrinkles are so last year!”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-06.png

Day 6: “I am going to go for the GOLD this year!”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-07.png

Day 7: “I resolve to boost my daily skin care regimen with the newest skin care devices!”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-08.png

Day 8: “I resolve to use a moisturizer that reduces fine lines & wrinkles and hydrates!”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-09.png

Day 9: ” I resolve to take care of myself from the inside out!”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-10.png

Day 10: ” I resolve to firm, tighten and brighten more than just my face!”A01H-ResolutionPromoGold-11.png

Why Your Skin Is Worse In The Winter

While most of us try our hardest to bundle up and protect ourselves from the cold winter air, we must also remember that the wintertime can have damaging effects on our skin and health. During the winter months, our skin is drained of its moisture, which is vital to our skin’s health. The summer glow we worked so hard to get quickly turns into a dull appearance, while the lack of hydration can also cause dryer skin and more wrinkles.

So, why might your skin be worse in the winter than it was in the summer? And what can you do to help fix these issue?

1. You are using the same cleanser on your skin that you used during the summer

While it is necessary to switch from a regular moisturizer in the summer to one that is ultra-hydrating in the winter, the same goes for your cleanser. Winter is a good time to switch to a gentle cleanser that won’t strip away your skin’s moisture. Finding a cleanser that hydrates while it cleanses is the best option for your daily regimen in the winter season.

Try: H&H Science Antioxidant Cleanser for Dry Skin or Combination Skin

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2. You are taking long, hot showers

While taking a long, hot shower after being out in the frigid air sounds appealing, it is better to keep your showers shorter in the winter. The water does not moisturize your skin. It actually strips your skin of its natural oils. 

3. You are not moisturizing enough

Hydrating your skin often and regularly during the winter months will help fight against aging. It is especially important to apply right when you first come out of the shower or bath. Moisturizer spreads easily on damp skin and it will help replenish the moisture lost during your shower.

Try: H&H Science Enriched Super Rich Moisturizer

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4. You are not applying sunscreen

You have heard numerous times that it is important to wear your sunscreen year-round…but are you? Even when it is a blizzard outside, you still run the risk of sun damage on your skin. UV rays are still present on the coldest and cloudiest days of the year. Finding a sunscreen that protects and moisturizes your skin makes the perfect combination for the dry, winter months. 

Try: H&H Science Tinted Brightening BB Cream SPF 50+

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5. You are not exfoliating

The only way to get rid of dead cells is to make sure you are providing your skin with a deep cleanse. Dead skin cells can build up on the skin’s surface, providing a dull appearance. Exfoliating 2-3 times a week will help remove dry, dead skin cells, excess oils and residue to reveal healthier and younger looking skin. 

Try: H&H Science Brightening Polish

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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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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!