A Real Eye-Opener

Solutions to perk up your eyes

When all eyes are on you, they start at the top. Your eyes are the first place the tell-tale signs of sleepless, stressful nights show up. The skin around your eyes is the most delicate on your body. Redness, puffiness along the upper lids, under-eye bags and dark circles can be the result of one night out, of partying or a buildup of fatigue over time. The good news is that you can cover up for a lack of Z’s with problem solving eye care products and makeup know-how.

The Morning After
Are you wearing last night’s party under your eyes? As you assess the damage from the night before, use your favorite redness relief eye drops to clear things up. Splash your face with cool water, then follow with a gentle hydrating cleanser and warm, not hot, water. The idea is not to cause any excess irritation to the eye area. Follow with a lifting eye cream that instantly tightens the upper eyelid, and a hydrating, firming eye cream under your eyes to soften fine lines and dark circles. JAFRA’s Pro Eye Transformer offers both treatments in a linked double-tube.

The “Quick “Refreshed Look
Minimal makeup is the best distraction from tired eye issues. Distraction is the key makeup strategy when you don’t have time or energy to bother with primers, concealers and color correcting products. A lightweight moisturizing foundation that evens out your skin tone overall is the best place to start. A soft-hued- blush will add color to your face and draw attention away from your eyes.  Well-groomed brows are also an eye opener. If you have time, define the arch of your brow with a highlighter pencil. To open those eyes even wider, curl lashes and apply mascara. You can also use your everyday liner to make lashes look fuller and give your eyes more of a pop. You can also add brightness to your eyes by lining your lower eyelids with a nude liner.

The Cover-Up
Use a color correcting eye primer on upper lids to create a smooth canvas for eye shadow in neutral matte shades. No bright or shiny shadows until you’re caught up on sleep. JAFRA Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer comes in both anti-redness and anti-yellow formulas.
To cover dark circles, you can begin with a sheer concealer in a color-correcting shade. Purple undertones are camouflaged with yellow, while redness calls for green toned concealer. Follow with a skin-toning concealer. Blend from the inner corner of your eye, working your way out in light layers until you’ve achieved your desired look. Blend between applications.

Can One Day of Bad Eating Ruin Your Skin?

3 Things to Consume with Caution

Even a single day of bad nutrition takes its toll on your looks. Too little hydration, too much salt, too much alcohol, and the kind of massive fatty-food binge that keeps you up at night with indigestion can show up the next day as puffy eyelids, dark undereye circles and a shallow or overly flushed complexion.
 
Of course, you haven’t wrecked your looks permanently. Plenty of water and a good night’s sleep will help you rehab the next day. But if you make a habit of eating poorly and drinking heavily, you will do permanent damage. Which are the beauty-busting culprits on your table? Start by being smart about these:
 
Alcohol
Drinking a lot of alcohol of any kind interferes with your body’s ability to regulate blood flow, leading over time to enlarged blood vessels in the face and permanent redness.
 
And while drinking heavily can make you sleepy and cause you to doze off, it also prompts disrupted sleep, such as repeated waking, that can leave you feeling—and looking—tired.
 
Salt
It’s absolutely essential to your survival, but too much salt takes a toll on your looks. Excess salt in your diet can cause you to retain fluid, leading to puffy eyelids and, ironically, dry skin.
 
So take it easy on the salty snacks (e.g., potato chips, pretzels) and check condiments such as soy sauce, pickles, and ketchup for their sodium (aka salt) content. Read nutrition labels to look for hidden salt in prepared foods: You may be surprised to find that even items that don’t taste salty, such as bread, contain as much as 250 milligrams (mg) in a serving.
 
Aim for no more than 2,300 mg of sodium a day, and if you’re over 50, cut that back to 1,500 mg.
 
Sugar
Consuming too much sugar has a widespread impact in the body. It triggers the release of large quantities of the hormone insulin to sweep the extra glucose out of your blood, which increases systemic inflammation and can set off skin irritation, among other bad things.
 
Worse, scientists theorize that excess sugar consumption speeds up a natural aging process called glycation. During glycation, glucose damages proteins throughout the body, but most particularly the proteins in collagen, which is one of the tissues that keep your face from early sagging and wrinkling.
 
Cutting back on sugar means not just avoiding the obvious temptations, like candy, desserts and sodas; it also means keeping an eye on the amount of sugar hidden in seemingly healthier choices such as cereals, energy bars, fruit juices, and smoothies.
 
So look at the nutrition labels on foods and check the amount of sugar grams listed. Try limiting yourself to 24 grams total per day or 10 percent of your total calories, whichever is smaller.

Surprising Foods Your Skin is Starving For

The 3 Nutrients Your Skin Craves Most

There are three classes of nutrients that are critical to keeping your skin healthy, glowing, and youthful. Read on to find out if there’s something missing from your menu.
 
Antioxidant vitamins
The three antioxidant vitamins—A, C, and E—fight free radicals generated by exposure to environmental stressors such as pollution and sunlight. This is important because free radicals cause cellular damage that results in both superficial and deep skin problems, including accelerated wrinkling and spotting and the breakdown of the collagen and elastin that supports facial skin. Plus, antioxidant vitamins may even play a role in preventing skin cancer.
 
To get vitamin A naturally, add carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes to your meal. For vitamin C, choose bell peppers, broccoli, leafy greens, lemons, oranges, and tomatoes.
 
Vitamin E is found most plentifully in almonds, avocados, olives, peanuts, and spinach. (A bonus nutrient in almonds and peanuts is biotin, a B vitamin that is sometimes called the “beauty vitamin” because of its important role in maintaining hair and nail health.)
  
The antioxidant vitamins are also effective in minimizing environmental skin damage when applied topically in serums and lotions.
 
Monounsaturated fats
Your face loves fats, which are part of a larger group of molecules known as lipids. Lipids are the glue that holds the skin together, protects the surface layer, and keeps the skin’s protective barrier function intact. In other words, they keep the skin firm, hydrated, and healthy.
 
Honestly, your skin isn’t choosy about what kinds of lipids it puts to work in its various tasks, but for the wellbeing of your heart, it’s best to focus on consuming heart-healthy monounsaturated fat from plant sources (as opposed to the saturated fats found in animal products like meat and dairy). And keeping your cardiovascular system healthy does pay a beauty bonus because the better your circulation, the healthier your skin is because waste products are carried away more quickly and nutrients arrive faster.
 
Enjoy healthy fats in moderation in foods like avocados, hazelnuts, olives and olive oil, peanuts and peanut butter, and pecans
 
Omega-3 fatty acids
These don’t sound like something you’d want to ingest, but like monounsaturated fats, omega-3s are lipids. Specifically, they are a type of “essential” fatty acid (EFA), which means that while they are critical to your skin’s health, you can’t manufacture them in your body so you must get them from food. EFAs fight inflammation and help maintain the skin’s protective barrier function against moisture loss, infection, and environmental toxins.
 
Omega-3s are most abundant in fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines, but if you are a vegetarian or just hate fish, you can also get a form of omega-3s from chia seeds, ground flaxseeds, tofu, and walnuts.

Red in the Face?

Why Your Too-Rosy Complexion May Be a Warning

Red blotches, sudden rosy flushes, redness around the nose: Is it just mild irritation caused by too much sun, or maybe over cleansing? Or could it be something more serious? If the redness is persistent, here are some of the conditions you should be wary of.
 
Eczema
Also known as atopic dermatitis, this condition can produce dry, red, itchy patches on the face and body. It’s more common in children and isn’t contagious, since it’s caused by the immune system overreacting to an irritant. The tricky part is figuring out what that irritant is and trying to stay away from it. Consider cosmetics, detergent used on linens, facial cleansers and soaps, fragrances, hair products and anything else that makes contact with the face as suspects.
 
The fix. Because it’s itchy, eczema can lead to secondary infections when you scratch it and rip open the inflamed area. Moisturize well after bathing to trap water in the skin and use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to quell the itching. If it doesn’t improve after a week or so, see a dermatologist for a prescription treatment and to rule out more dangerous conditions, such as psoriasis.
 
Lupus
A serious, but difficult-to-diagnose autoimmune disease, lupus can produce a distinctive symptom on the face: the so-called “butterfly rash.” The rash, known as acute cutaneous lupus, spreads across the nose and upper cheeks and resembles a sunburn. It usually isn’t itchy. Women, especially women of color, are much more likely to develop lupus than men are.
 
The fix. Lupus is not curable, but you should see a doctor immediately if you think you might have it. It’s important to get diagnosed correctly and treated so you can prevent life-threatening complications caused by the chronic inflammation that characterizes the disease.  
 
Rosacea
Typically, this genetic disorder doesn’t appear until you’re over 30. More common in women than men, rosacea usually begins with occasional flushed skin on the forehead, cheeks, chin and/or nose, but if it’s not treated, the redness can become permanent, worsening over time to include visible blood vessels and acne-like lesions.
 
There is a similar condition caused by a minuscule mite that lives in the skin’s hair follicles. In some people, the mite’s presence causes a rosacea-like condition called demodicosis.
 
The fix. If you have symptoms of either problem, see a dermatologist. There’s no cure for rosacea, but it’s important to slow its progression as much as possible with lifestyle changes such as avoiding sun exposure and food triggers (e.g., spices, alcohol). A dermatologist may also prescribe oral or topical antibiotics or other topical treatments, including lotions containing vitamin C.
 
For demodicosis, a doctor will prescribe antiparasitic medications.
 
Seborrheic dermatitis
Like rosacea, this condition is most likely hereditary and may be aggravated by cold weather and stress; it’s not contagious. As awful as it sounds, seborrheic dermatitis is dandruff of the face. It’s characterized by red, scaly patches around the nose and eyelids that may be itchy. You may think your skin is overly dry or chapped, but you’ll find that moisturizers won’t help, since the real problem is excess oil.
 
The fix. Unless it’s really severe (very itchy and unsightly), you may want to try controlling this skin problem yourself. Use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to stop itchiness and redness and gently wash your face once or twice a day with the mildest dandruff shampoo you can find. If after a few weeks you don’t see improvement, visit a dermatologist for advice and to rule out other conditions.
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