Green Tea Benefits for Skin

Summer is slowly approaching! What better way to unwind and relax than with a cold glass of green tea….and green tea mask! There are so many benefits to drinking and wearing your tea. Make your skin a priority this summer by treating it to an antioxidant packed product that not only carries nutritional value, but clams to aid in preventing skin cancer!

According to NutritionalFacts.org: Green tea, one of the healthiest beverages we can drink, has been associated with about a 30 percent reduction in breast cancer risk, and may protect against gynecological malignancies, such as ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer, as well as lower our cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body fat. It may also protect the brain from both cognitive decline and stroke. As well, tea consumption has been associated with decreased risk of diabetes, tooth loss, and up to half the risk of dying from pneumonia.

OUR FAVORITE BENEFITS:

ANTIOXIDANTS

Green tea contains epigallocatechin gallate, better known as EGCG. This antioxidant helps fight the damage done to our skin and bodies caused from the sun, pollution, and harmful chemicals. It’s said to counteract the cellular damage and kickstart your body’s natural ability to defend itself. What does this mean? Slowing down the aging process!

Regardless, make sure you are still applying sunscreen on a daily basis! 😉

LOWER YOUR STRESS LEVEL

Can your stress show up in your skin? Absolutely! We all have busy lives, but always remember to make time for YOU! Take time to relax, breath, and drink your green tea.

REDUCE PUFFY EYES

Not getting enough sleep? Don’t let it show! Take a couple of cold tea bags and place them over your eyes for about 5-10 minutes. The antioxidants will help shrink blood vessels and reduce swelling.

DERMALOGICA: clearing mattifier

Medicated balm helps clear breakouts, reduce congestion and control shine.

Apply after cleansing and toning to help maintain an all-day matte finish, and to smooth away fine lines and uneven texture. A patent-pending Cinnamon Bark blend helps eliminate bacteria to reduce blackheads, as botanicals bioregulate oil secretionsin skin, reducing oil and shine. Vitamin A helps increase resilience to reverse the signs of photoaging. Green Tea and Licorice calm aggravation associated with breakouts as antioxidant Grape Seed and Vitamin E help defend against skin damage.

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HOW TO: Beautiful Bridal Skin

Who doesn’t want to look their very best on their special day? Here’s some tips of mine, Dermologica’s, and dermatologist Dendy Engelman

Facials

A few months before your wedding, make sure you’re getting facials once a month! Not only do you want to keep your skin clean and fresh, but stimulate the blood’s circulation which will keep your skin looking healthy.  Plan to see your aesthetician regularly!

Meditate and have a work out routine.

Planning a wedding is stressful! The last thing you want is your stress/lack of sleep to show on your big day. Week by week, give yourself moments to unwind and only focus on yourself.

From an interview with Brides – NYC dermatologist Dendy Engelman says, “Many inflammatory conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and keratosis pilaris, may be at least partially caused by stress. As stress weakens the immune system, chronic inflammation worsens.” Excess anxiety can also disrupt your sleep, which in turn can lead to a gray, decidedly un-bridal complexion.

Stay Hydrated! 

Give your body what it needs to function properly. Make it a priority everyday to drink lots of water, eat healthy foods, and take your vitamins.

Dermalogica’s tips:

2–3 months before your wedding

This is considered a very tense time for brides. Your skin should be pumped with antioxidants and hydrating, energizing ingredients in anticipation of the big day, so use MultiVitamin Power Recovery® Masque once a week to keep skin supple and hydrated.

1 month before your wedding

Avoid any new or extreme treatment as your skin may react unfavorably. Your final skin care treatment should be at least three to four days before the wedding. Focus on gently cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing.

If you’re booking a waxing or exfoliating appointment, do it no less than two days before your wedding. This allows any redness to dissipate.

your wedding day

Think of your skin as canvas and your makeup as paint. You won’t get great results without a smooth canvas, so cleanse, tone, moisturize and follow the tips in the image above.

Also, pack an emergency bag with essentials like a concealing breakout treatment in case of a blemish, a travel-size mist for makeup touch-ups, and a lip complex to keep your lips hydrated.

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Your Skin’s Festival Checklist

Festie season is right around the corner! Now is a great time to start thinking about how you’re going to protect your skin and overall self while partying for weekends at a time. Remember, it’s always better to be OVER prepared!

PRO TIP: Be sure to check out the acceptable vs. prohibited items you may bring to the particular festival you’re attending. All of them have different rules! One thing is for sure, if you forget the items below and have to purchase within festival grounds – it will cost you. Not only will they most likely have a limited selection, but they will be overpriced.

SUNSCREEN

Wear sunscreen. Reapply as often as you can throughout the day! Even if you’re expecting cloudy weather, it doesn’t matter – continue to reapply. Not only do you want to avoid skin cancer, but think about how uncomfortable you’ll be the rest of the weekend if you burn the first day. Yikes.

If you sweat a lot, try purchasing a baby or kids sunscreen formula to apply on your face. No one wants sunscreen in their eyes while the band they waited 8 hours to see is finally on stage!

APPLY LIP BALM

Not only to protect your smackers from the sun, but to maintain their moisture if you’re going to a festival in dryer climates. Dry lips are uncomfortable and not aesthetically pleasing!

WEAR HATS OR BANDANAS

Most hats will not only protect your face from the sun, but also your ears! Yes, your ears are just as much at risk for skin cancers as the rest of your body. Don’t forget them when you apply sunscreen!

Bandanas are great to wear at music festivals for a few reasons. They catch sweat, can be worn to protect your face from dusty winds, and ALSO to cover/protect your ears from the sun.

DRINK WATER

Staying hydrated will help your entire body. Your skin will of course need the moisture, but water will also help flush the alcohol and other fun toxins away.

PRO TIP: IF the festival allows – bring a camelbak backpack. Some styles can carry up to 100 OZ of water!

WASH YOUR FACE BEFORE YOU CRASH

It may be hard to remember to do so…but you will thank yourself later. Think about it, you’re sweating all day, potentially around smoke and dust, surrounded by other people (and their sweat). Keep your face clean! At the end of the weekend – exfoliate.

MEGA MOISTURIZE

After you wash your face, apply moisturizer. I would suggest a product with Vitamin C to help repair and protect.

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