Look Inside and Find out

  Look great now—and what you can do to look even better by next month.

Is there such a thing as “instant” beauty?Yes and no. Some products can give you a quick and effective fix when you need it most—like the time your high school reunion fell the same week you had absolutely no sleep. Other products need time, and that’s good, too, because they actually heal the skin for a truly natural glow.

One month

You can find a lot of super-powered but affordable skin regimens that can dramatically reduce the signs of skin aging. You can even start to see the result within a week, but the most important thing is to keep on using the product, REGULARLY. In fact, it’s best to stick to something for at least a month. Other things to consider.

  1. STOP THAT BAD BEAUTY HABIT!

“The biggest mistake any woman can make is to do a ‘buffet-style’ beauty regimen. We try one product for a few days, switch to another, switch back. Or in the takaw tingin mode, we mix several very strong products from different lines and use at the same time, thinking “if this works, five will work better!” This could irritate the skin. “It’s not how much you use but how regularly you apply.”

  1. DECIPHER THE LABEL

Emollients are oils that soften the skin while retaining moisture. This includes butters and mineral oils, but skin experts say lanolin, jojoba and squaline are closest to the skin’s natural sebum. Result:less likely to clog pores.

Elastin and Amino Acids help bind water to the skin, ideal for sun-damaged or dehydrated skin-but won’t help skin actually retain water. Soothing agents helps reduce redness and skin irritation. Good for sensitive or damaged skin. These includes Green Tea, Chamomile Extracts.

Antioxidants prevents damage from free radicals, but the packaging of the product’s crucial. These detoriate when expose to air and sunlight, so the bottles should be opaque. Small dispensers also minimize air exposure.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and Beta hydroxy acids ( BHAs) clear pores and remove dead skin. Studies show how glycolic acid and lactic acid are most effective. Any product with AHA makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so use sun protection. They are usually found in night moisturizers.

UVA and UVB protection protects your skin from sun damage, ideally at least SPF 15.

Vitamin A derivatives like retinoid supercharge your skin cell’s regeneration.

Confused by the labels and promises? We straighten out the facts!

         They always say skin care really takes just three steps:  cleanse, tone and moisturize. So where do the spot correctors, serums and other specialty creams come in? And do they really do a good job or are we just harming our face by slathering all these products?

         Skin care regiments are simple enough as long as you know how to use the products. “You don’t want to OD (overdose).Don’t be afraid to ask your in-store beauty experts on how to use it and how often. And when she’s explaining listen well!”

When do you use a serum?

After you cleanse and tone your face and before you put on a moisturizer. Jason Au,an expert dermatologist says the serum is the thing that gets results. The formula is more concentrated so the potency is greater. “And because it’s lightweight, it is able to penetrate the skin more easily. You put on a moisturizer with sunblock after the serum to seal in the protection your skin needs. The moisturizer makes sure that everything you put underneath does its job when you go out.”

Do you really need a night cream?

The night cream is your skin’s sealant and protector as you sleep. “Daytime cream is all about protection, but at night, it’s all about restoration.”Jason points out. Your body at rest has the capacity to heal and repair itself, but it still needs help. The night cream’s formula does the rest of the job on your skin. Make it even more efficient by applying serum first before the night cream.

How do you use a spot corrector?

Apply it on the dark spots, never on your whole face. We know that probably is common sense, but Jason agrees that many still think it works like a moisturizer. “They think the process will be hastened by putting on more. That’s a big mistake, and as some who did it know, misuse of the product can cause redness, skin irritation, and peeling.”It’s called targetted application, people. Use it before or after makeup.

What “whitening” or “brightening” products should I use?

First of all, don’t obsess over changing your skin color. You don’t want to dramatically bleach your skin but to make your complexion clearer and luminous so you look radiant and healthy. The worst “dark” skin is actually “dull” skin, caused by bad diet, sleepless nights, and aging. The best skin products will heal your skin from within, and even out your complexion so you look great even without several layers of foundation, concealer, bronzer, and finishing powder.

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