Monday March 10, 2014
Dermatologists are always touting retinols, antioxidants AND microdermabrasion, but how much skincare is too much? What if one is on a prescription-strength retinoid (like my beloved Retin-A, which I stopped using when I became pregnant)? should she also be subjecting her skin daily to a Vitamin C cream and twice a month to a scrub? I was wondering how much is too much, so I turned to Maryann Mikhail, a dermatologist at Manhattan's Spring Street Dermatology with that exact question.
Find out what she had to say in How Much Skincare is Too Much?
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Saturday March 8, 2014
Whenever I need a quick complexion boost, I mash up a strawberry and massage it all over my skin in a circular motion. Strawberries are a natural source of salicylic acid, which works as an exfoliant getting rid of dead skin cell. Strawberries are also full of Vitamin C, which is great for the skin. I love the way strawberries leave my skin feeling and looking.
For more complicated face scrubs and masks, see My List of the Homemade Face Mask Recipes. You'll find quite a few that include strawberries. >
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Thursday March 6, 2014
You may have read that headline and thought, "duh," but it's amazing how many people shampoo their scalp with their nails instead of the pads of their fingers. Doing so can scratch up your scalp, causing sores and a raw head. I recommend teaching your children early how to properly cleanse their scalps.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
As long as you properly cleanse your face at night, you don't need to wash your face again in the morning. In fact, too much cleansing can strip skin of its natural oils, causing your oil glands to overproduce. You can rinse face with a splash of cool or lukewarm water in the morning if you like. And remember, cleansing skin is something to be done at night rather than in the morning. Even if you don't wear makeup, you should wear sunscreen and it's healthier for your skin to to be clean of that and environmental pollutants those 8 hours of sleep.
For more information on cleansing your skin properly, see How to Wash Your Face Properly, and, for those of you who are real skincare aficionados, check out Cleanse Your Face the Expert Way.
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