How Do I Hide My Problem Skin?

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While there’s no fast fix for acne, eczema, or a bad sunburn, try these fixes to help skin look its best.

ACNE

Try using an over the counter benzyl peroxide cream or tea tree oil.  Wait a few minutes for them to penetrate and then mix an oil free moisturizer with your foundation. Use your index finger to pat mixture into the skin. Let sit for 30 seconds, then gently remove any dry skin flakes with tweezers. Never use powder to set foundation.  Try to buy products that have sunscreen already added.

ECZEMA

Squeeze a moisturizing cream cleanser onto a makeup-removing wipe, rub it over your face in a circular motion, then rinse with cold water. Blend moisturizer into skin with your fingertip. Next, combine a dollop of foundation with a pea-size amount of moisturizer. Rub your hands together to blend, and then pat on skin.

SUNBURN

Rub fresh aloe vera, chamomile or hydrocortisone cream  over the burn, and let it sit for 30 minutes.  Apply a creamy moisturizer on top.  Select a foundation two tones darker than your normal skin tone to cover the redness.  It is never a good idea to burn your skin.   

Source: INSTYLE Magazine September 2014
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Pollution And Our Skin

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Air pollution is something we don’t see that often (excludes Los Angeles and Beijing); but it is all around us and has a impact on our skin and health.  Particles in the air settle on our skin and can block our pores resulting in breakouts.  My daughter who is prone to acne; after living in China for 4 months came back with full blown acne.  Prior to going there, her skin was clear.  Air pollution can also cause eczema and skin rashes.

 Pollutants That Harm Your Skin

There are many pollutants in the air:   car exhaust, airborne dirt(construction sites),  dust particles (the dessert), smog, and smoke.  During a fire from a natural source the ash and debris particles floating in the air are apparent. Volcanic activity also adds particles to the air.  Sulphur dioxide from vehicles, petroleum refineries and mills also damages your skin.

Protection From the Outside

The best way you can protect your skin is to adhere to a good skin care routine.  At a minimum wash your face with a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type.  If you do not know what your skin type is, visit an esthetician for a skin evaluation.  Exfoliating two to three times a week will help keep your pores clean and remove dead skin cells so your skin does not look dull.   Apply a moisturizer with or without sunscreen (at least SPF 30) to create a barrier between the environment and your face.  Never skimp on the sunscreen. Look for products with antioxidants, essential oils and vitamins to help maintain your skin.  If your skin is damaged, consider using a serum and night creams with peptides for repair.

Maintenance From the Inside

Pollution also enters our bodies as we breathe. Drinking at least 8 – 10 glasses of  water every day hydrates the skin and helps the liver to process and remove toxins from the blood. To support your liver function, add liver-friendly foods to your diet: beets, broccoli, cabbage, kale, swiss chard, and other cruciferous vegetables.  Eat lots of fruit including berries which have antioxidant properties. Don’t overtax the liver, drink alcohol in moderation.

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Polish Your Image

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You enter a room and, in nanoseconds, you are judged by how you look, before you even speak. In a fiercely competitive world and especially as you age, looks matter in a professional environment.  Business professionals young and old need a look that projects a well-polished image.

Women

Women often become accustomed to having the same hairstyle and wearing the same makeup for years. We all know women who always look the same (remember that woman that always dresses in purple and the one who has had the same permed hairstyle for years).

The major complaint from most busy women, professionals and moms is how long it takes to get ready in the morning.  Sometimes they give up and get their lips tattooed red and a line tattooed on their eyelid so it looks like they are wearing eyeliner.  Unfortunately, it fades very quickly and everyone knows that you had permanent makeup done and it does not look fresh.

Another common oversight women forget is hair on their lip or obvious hair sticking out of their nostrils.  I have seen many women with flawless makeup only to see hair on their lip or hair hanging out their nostrils.  Sometimes the hair on their lip is dark and it shows even more.  It is not a good look.

Men

Men are beginning to realize that they may need more than just a shave and a haircut. They may be well-dressed, but haven’t given a second thought to their faces. They are forgetting the small things that make a big difference.  Those long 1 1/2 inch hairs in their brows, ear hair and hairs sticking out of nostrils is very unattractive.  Think about the last time you spoke to a man at a networking event and noticed their furry ears.  You weren’t even listening to them speak, you were checking out their errant hair.

Don’t think it is only the older  men, the younger group need to eliminate any distractions that take away from a person’s professional image.

Check Before You Walk Out That Door!

Make the time before you walk out that door to check what your face looks like.  Are your clothes pressed, are your shoes in good shape?  What is your handbag like?  Maybe take a few minutes on the weekend when you have some down time to really look at your yourself.  Prepare for the coming week by setting aside your accessories and give them a once over.

Today’s competitive world shows no sign of moving away from the visual.  Be ready!

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