We’ve all been there – our favorite skin-care products that we’ve been using for months seem to suddenly stop working. Is it time to toss them out? And should we switch up our beauty routine entirely?
“It's a common assumption that skin-care products stop working over time,” explains New York dermatologist Dendy Engelman, MD. “What happens most often is that the results noticed upon initial application aren't as dramatic with continuous usage.” So it’s not that the product isn’t working, but rather that it’s working so well in the long-run that it gets harder to see visible results. The lightening of dark spots may be less noticeable after a few months of using the same serum, and skin can even get used to the effects of retinols. “This doesn't mean that the treatment is no longer working, but the results may not be as appreciable,” adds Dr. Engelman.
So, how often should we change up our products?
“If you feel your results have reached a plateau, or in order to make results seem more appreciable, product changes are reasonable once every three to four months,” says Dr. Engelman. “However, if you love a product, stick with it. Don't change just for the sake of changing."
Margaret McGriff via New Beauty
Whether you’re a skin-care newbie or giving your current routine a much-needed overhaul, shopping for a new arsenal of beauty products can be a lot of fun. But before you run home and tear open the packaging, it’s important to have realistic expectations of when you’ll start seeing results.
As a general rule, it takes up to 2 weeks to see results if you’re starting a brand new beauty program. How well you've taken care of your skin in the past plays an important role in how quickly you’ll see the beauty benefits of your new products. “If someone has been using good skin care products for a long time and has taken good care of their skin, their results will be not be as noticeable or as quick as someone who hasn’t done much at all,” explains Dr. Carl R. Thornfeldt, CEO and Founder of Epionce Skin Care. Different products also have their own timetable for visible results (for example, it takes to 6 weeks to see the anti-aging benefits of products that cause skin irritation)
Another thing to keep in mind? Getting the beautiful skin we want is a process. “I tell my patients that this is a process where you have to deal with the damage first,” Dr. Thornfedlt says. “We have to turn off the damaging process that is happening in the skin first, and this takes a period of time. Once the damaging process is halted, then the skin can start the rejuvenation process. The skin then needs to be in the rejuvenating process for a while before you can visibly see results.”
Via New Beauty by Margaret McGriff
College is calling your name – and unfortunately, so are stress, sleepless nights, partying, and forgetting about your good skin habits. What comes next? Acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads and more, of course.
Stay calm and carry on. ZO Skin Health has solutions that are easy and simple enough even for an over scheduled student to stick with.
Acne may be caused by genetics or hormones, and usually it’s a combination of multiple factors. Contributing factors may include diet, sleep patterns, hygiene, lifestyle, exercise, and did we mention stress? If you are not exfoliating regularly because crashing for exams take precedence, dead skin cells will build up on your skin’s surface and inside the pores. These dead cells and debris mix with trapped oil and the end result is pores that get clogged, along with blackheads and whiteheads or pustules can’t be far behind. To keep breakouts under control requires a 24/7, 365 days/year regimen. Even when you are not breaking out, but have a history of acne, don’t get lax. Stick with a program to achieve and maintain clear skin. ZO Skin Health makes it easy – even for sleep deprived, stressed out college and grad students. Try the ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Program that includes:
Strawberries. They might have antioxidant properties, but unfortunately, strawberries are also highly acidic. In order to limit the acidification they cause, combine them with other alkalizing fruits, such as bananas, pears, melons, peaches, etc.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes also play a significant acidifying role in the body, so it's advisable to eat them with raw vegetable oils and greens, such as lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, etc.
Gummy Candy Foods. with a gelatin base like gummy bears or other chewy candies are extremely aggressive toward body cells, so it's best to limit them as much as possible. Plus, it's all empty calories (no vitamin or mineral content), so they're ultimately useless in your diet.
Sour Cream. Sour cream is part of the acidifying foods club, which is why it's better to use it simply as a complement to potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, etc.
Ketchup. This beloved condiment is a double-edged sword in disguise due to its rich tomato and high sugar content. Fortunately, your fries can do without.
Pasteurized Milk. Pasteurization involves heating milk to high temperatures in order to destroy harmful bacteria and make it last longer. But in doing so, the milk becomes more acidifying. It's better to alternate between different kinds or turn to plant-based milks instead.
Pork. Pork is one of the most acidifying meats out there, in addition to bison. Just be careful not to overdo it, so you can limit the oxidative stress on your body.
Tuna. Tuna might be a good source of protein, but it's more acidic than most fish. It's also high in mercury, so you have two good reasons right there to limit your consumption of it.
Red Currants. Don't point to its sour taste—because that's not why this fruit is considered an acidifying food. It's simply less alkalizing than its fellow fruit companions (grapes, blueberries, cherries, pineapples, etc.).
Syrups. Sure they taste good and add a pretty spot of color to your water or other beverages, but as luck would have it, syrups are also extremely high in sugar. This one is pretty far up on the list of acidifiers, so opt for plain water if you can or add some non-acidic fruits for subtle flavor.
White Rice. All grains that carry the label "refined" are ones to be avoided. You can have some, but don't go overboard. And always try to favor whole grains, such as brown rice or wild rice.
Lemonade. Not surprisingly, lemonade falls into the same category as syrups, as it contains a lot of sugar and therefore has the same acidifying effect. Switch up your beverages to beat boredom, such as swapping mineral water for sparkling water. Or only allow yourself to sip on the sweet stuff once in a great while.
Black Tea. Black tea is considered the most acidifying. So you might want to turn that English Breakfast tea you enjoy every morning into green tea or jasmine tea, etc.
White Sugar. Sugar is harsh on the body and plays the role of prooxidant on its cells, which increases oxidative stress aka induces wrinkles. So learn to tame your sweet tooth, and avoid artificial sweeteners, which aren't any better! Stick to honey or maple syrup, if possible.
Rum. As you probably already know, alcohol is not the best spokesman for maintaining healthy body cells. It is indeed a harmful agent that accelerates cell destruction, leaving you with a ragged, dull look. Even if you're on vacation, try to take it easy so you don't end up with your nose in the sand.
Brown Sugar. Brown sugar isn't your friend—it also has an acidifying effect on the body. As mentioned before, you can use honey or maple syrup in your drinks in order to sweeten the taste.
Mayonnaise. Here's another condiment that won't help you escape those little wrinkles. Its proteins and fats favor acidification of body cells. You don't have to eliminate it completely—instead, try replacing it with mustard from time to time.
Black Coffee. You might think you're doing yourself a favor by excluding milk and sugar in your morning cup of Joe, but it's still not the best option. Super-strong black coffee is more aggressive on your body cells, which will accelerate the aging process in the long run.
Cooked Butter. It's better to consume butter in its uncooked state for one simple reason. When the butter starts to melt while cooking, it undergoes chemical changes and releases volatile toxic substances. They're harmful to your body cells because they, too, contribute to their destruction. If you can't do without it, add it at the end of the cooking process.
Carbonated Soft Drinks. Soda is well known for being a sugar bomb, full of artificial sweeteners. So it does nothing good for the body. Moderation is (again) key.
Parmesan. Sad but true: Parmesan gets better with age, but it doesn't help you to do the same.
Lamb and Mutton. Mutton, like pork, has a strong acidifying effect that triggers the deterioration of your body cells. This in turn impacts your skin, leaving lines you'd rather leave behind.
Gin. Is your go-to happy hour drink a gin and tonic? If so, sorry to tell you, but it's one of the alcohols you should cut back on if you want to reduce face wrinkles.
Shellfish. Are you on an oceanside escape and want to indulge in some quality seafood? Go ahead, but you're better off going for the cod in creamy sorrel sauce rather than digging into the lobster plate. It's not a question of taste but rather the fact that shellfish have a higher degree of acidification.
Pistachios. Pistachios are part of the oleaginous family and a happy-hour snack to avoid because they boost acidification in the body. Opt instead for almonds or Brazilian walnuts.
Deli Meats. This is a lunch fave you're going to have to cut down on. Those that are smoked or salted are especially acidic.
Margarine. Hydrogenated margarine is considered harmful for body cells because it accelerates the skin's aging process due to a metabolic shift in fatty acids. So if you're going to spread something on your morning toast, make it butter (just don't cook it beforehand).
Pasta. Refined grains, such as white pasta are more acidic than whole-grain pasta, so try to alternate between the two in order to minimize the impact of acidification on your body cells.
By Danielle Fontana
Eye shadow creasing is the fastest way to take your look from glam to grunge (not in a good way). To get to the bottom of what causes it, we asked Edgar Dominquez, global educator for jane iredale, for some insight on how to avoid the most common application faux pas that cause unwanted creasing.
Applying eye shadow directly on oily eyelids:
“What most people don’t know is that there’s no such thing as an oily eyelid,” says Dominquez. “You don't have oil glands around the eye area—what’s really causing your eye shadow to crease is the shape of your eye and the fact that you blink thousands of times a day. If you have a hooded lid, there are ways to keep your shadow from creasing. The key here is an eye primer, or blotting eyelids gently with facial blotting papers to help absorb the excess moisture." We recommend jane iredale Lid Primer ($18.50) and jane iredale Facial Blotting Papers ($11).
Using a liquid foundation/concealer on your eyelids as an eyeshadow base:
“Using a liquid foundation or concealer as an eye base is not your best option,” says Dominquez, who explains that most foundations and concealers usually create too much moisture on your eyelids. “Moist eyelids are not capable of absorbing excess oil, and due to their consistencies, they will begin to crease and product will settle into fine lines. Foundations or concealers with oil-controlling properties can be very drying to the eye." If you need a quick fix, Dominquez recommends dusting a translucent powder like jane iredale Amazing Matte ($35) with a brush on your entire eyelid to help absorb any unwanted moisture.
Applying eyeshadow with your fingers or disposable eye sponge applicators
vs. using proper brushes:
“Fingers and eye sponge applicators don’t apply eye shadow evenly and it’s very difficult to achieve a polished finish,” Dominquez explains, adding that most makeup brands have a variety of makeup brushes with different textures, bristles and shapes for a reason. "The denser an eye shadow brush is, the more pigment you will pick up. When you apply eye shadow, you want to press and gently tap it on your eyelid and then blend it out. The more you blend, the less likely it is that your shadows will crease.”
Applying eye cream directly on the eyelids:
“Eye creams can work wonders under our eyes, but just like some foundations and concealers, they can destroy our eye shadow,” Dominquez warns. “Applying an eye cream onto your eyelids will create too much moisture, making it impossible for your eye shadow to stay put and not crease. If you need to apply eye cream to the top portion of your eye, you should only apply it at night and just on the brow bone. The skin is so thin around the eye area, so a little bit of product will go a long way.”
Applying too much eye shadow and not pressing it into your skin:
Dominquez says that applying too many layers of eye shadow leads to creasing. “The reason why many women apply layers on top of layers of their eye shadow is due to the lack of pigment found in the shadows. Doing this will not only make your lids appear heavy, but it will also cause the shadow to crease,” he adds. "I suggest investing in high-quality eye shadows and pigments so you end up using less on your eyes, leaving less room for creasing simultaneously."
Sure, it can help you relax. But massage therapy can do much more than that. Here are six healthy reasons to book an appointment:
1. It counteracts all that sitting you do
Most individuals are dealing with some kind of postural stress. More often than not that stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck. Desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting. Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job—as long as you schedule a regular massage.
2. It eases muscle pain
Got sore muscles? Massage therapy can help. Massage increases and improves circulation, in much the same way rubbing your elbow when you knock it on a table helps to relieve the pain.
3. It soothes anxiety and depression
Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a 2005 study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience. And, a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happy, and had reduced stress levels after massage.
4. It improves sleep
Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep—it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy, Also, if you're a new parent, you'll be happy to know it can help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick. Most RMTs can do infant massage. And if parents want to do it themselves, it comes naturally. There’s not really a particular technique. Whatever parents normally do to soothe their baby will be effective.
5. It boosts immunity
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients' white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).
6. It relieves headaches
Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. Massage decreases frequency and severity of tension headaches. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy has an immediate effect on perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
Step aside, gloss. Lipstick is back in a big way, making mouths look strong, rich, and thoroughly refined. Here, the rules for doing lipstick right, right now.
1. START FRESH
Start fresh. Exfoliate lips once or twice a week (use a mix of salt and almond oil), then follow with balm. (We love Jane Iredale Sugar and Butter)
2. AVOID TOO MUCH SPARKLE
"Shimmer can look cheap," says makeup artist Troy Surratt. Look for lipsticks with a creamy finish. "Light reflection should come from moisture in the formula, not metallic pigments," he says.
3. FIND THE RIGHT BRIGHT
Choose a bright shade based on your lips' natural color—not your skin tone. Women with pale lips look best in cherry red or coral; for naturally reddish lips, try hot pink, orange, or cranberry; for dark lips, brick red and burgundy are ideal.
4. LOOK GOOD NUDE
The prettiest nude lip color is slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone. If you're pale, look for something with a hint of pink. Those with yellow or olive undertones or dark skin look best with sandy beiges.
5. AVOID THE VAMPIRE EFFECT
Blue- or black-based shades that are too dark can be severe, aging, and even a little scary. Look for lipsticks with berry undertones instead.
6. DON'T WORRY ABOUT LINER
Liner is no longer a must—today's lipsticks don't bleed," says Surratt. To enhance your Cupid's bow or add symmetry, use a pencil that matches your lips, not your lipstick.
7. SOFTEN THE EDGES
Careful application is good; clinical precision isn't. Just smudge the border of your lips slightly.
8. START IN THE MIDDLE
When applying any shade of lipstick, start at the center of lips and blend color out toward the corners of your mouth. (Never apply it directly to the corners of your mouth—it will look clownish.)
9. DON'T OVERDO IT
Prevent a strong lipstick shade from looking heavy by swiping it on just your bottom lip, pressing lips together, and using your finger to distribute the color over your mouth.
10. BLOT, BLOT, BLOT
To make your lipstick last longer, apply it straight from the tube, blot with a tissue, then swipe it on again. "Blotting will create a base, and the second coat adds shine and coverage," says Surratt.