5 Solutions to Achieve Shining Skin

Remember, always use sunscreen outdoors.

If your skin lacks a healthy glow, there’s no need to stress. Rejuvenate it!

Do you ever look in the mirror and notice that you’re not looking your best? Something is a bit off, but you just can’t seem to put your finger on what it is. It could be that your reflection is showing you lackluster, dull skin. But, no worries––you can rejuvenate it.

What is dull skin? By definition it simply means that your skin is lacking in brightness. It looks tired. No matter what you do in the moment it just looks dull. Is this something that can be fixed with a good night of beauty sleep? Not necessarily. But there are things you can do to help bring back that youthful-looking glow to your skin.

Bring the Glow Back to Dull Skin

Maintain Your Healthy Diet

If there’s one thing most of us know, it’s the importance of a healthy diet. Proper nutrition benefits the entire body and is responsible for helping us look and feel our best. Your skin is a direct reflection of everything that’s going on inside your body. When you aren’t getting proper nutrition, the negative signs will show up on your skin. Your complexion will be void of that healthy glow that we all strive for. Everything you consume can impact the appearance of your skin.

Remember to Cleanse Your Skin

Proper cleansing is the first step in any skincare regimen. To be effective, it should be done every morning after you wake up and every evening before bedtime. It’s important to choose a gentle cleanser that’s designed to meet the needs of your skin type, whether it’s dry, oily or combination. Your skin is exposed to many impurities throughout the day. Just coming into contact with plain old dust and pollution on a daily basis can be detrimental to the appearance of your skin. When dirt, oil, makeup and pollution are not properly washed away, you may start to get drab, dull skin. But it doesn’t just end there. Over time, you could also experience clogged pores, blemishes and breakouts.

Limit Sun Exposure

Boy, the sun can sure cause damage to unprotected skin. In fact, the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays can age and burn the skin. Have you ever taken a good look at yourself after your skin has started to tan? It probably looks a bit dry, rough and wrinkled. Over-exposure to the sun can dull your skin’s appearance and even make you look older. Never go in the sun without applying an effective broad spectrum sunscreen. Everyone’s needs differ, but for ordinary sun exposure during the day, using at least SPF30 sunscreen is recommended.

Go Easy on the Hard Work

Well, it’s not exactly about working too hard, but more about the long hours spent at the office. That’s where you’re most likely sitting indoors, exposed to forced heat or air-conditioning all day long. What you really need is some nice, fresh, non-recycled air to keep your skin from looking dull. The closed environment, coupled with the day-to-day stresses of commuting, meetings and short deadlines, can result in dull, drab skin. It’s important to give your skin (your whole self, actually) a much needed break. So, walk away from your computer screen, get some fresh air and make sure you have plenty of moisturizer on your skin to keep it hydrated and protected.

Stick to Regular Exercise

Your skin benefits from daily exercise, which can turn drab, dull skin into beautiful, glowing skin. When you exercise and your heart is really pumping, it helps deliver oxygenated blood directly to cells throughout your body. With improved circulation, your skin takes on that healthy, youthful, post-workout glow. It’s a win-win for your body and your skin. So, try to get some exercise every day—even if it’s just a brisk walk after work to help you unwind.

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Handsome Skin: Essential Tips for Men

Men: Cleansing your skin is a must.

As a man, no matter what your age, there are things you can do for youthful looking skin.

For decades, skin care products were thought of as something that only women used. My own father had his unique regimen that included washing his face with a bar of hand soap and covering his shaving nicks with tiny bits of toilet paper. Well, those days are OVER gentlemen! A healthy skin care regimen is just as important for men as it is women. But let’s face it- many men prefer a fuss free approach to skin care that is quick and easy to follow. So let’s break it down into an easy five step program to help all men reap the rewards of good skin care.

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5 steps towards healthy-looking, handsome skin

Cleanse

If you can’t find the time to do anything else – cleansing your skin is a must! Don’t worry guys; cleansing is just a fancy word for washing your face. This should be done every morning and every evening before bedtime. Just because you can’t see the dirt and grime on your skin, doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. Think about what you are exposed to on a daily basis: pollution, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, even room deodorizers. All of these little particles can land on your skin and cause damage so they must be washed away. However, this doesn’t mean that you can reach for that withered old bar soap. Ordinary soaps tend to be loaded with detergents and deodorizers and can be very harsh and dehydrating to the skin. A good facial cleanser is what you need. Men tend to have skin that is a bit oilier than women’s, so find a cleanser that targets normal to oily skin for the best results. Remember, if you don’t cleanse your skin on a daily basis; the excess grime and oil could leave you with clogged pores and breakouts.

Exfoliate

Men, if you really want to see and feel a difference in your skin this next step is for you. Exfoliation is the process of removing the dead skin cells from the surface to reveal the new skin cells beneath. Think of an exfoliating scrub the same way you would a piece of light grade sandpaper. A few swipes on a jagged piece of wood and voila, you are left with a soft, smooth surface that looks like a brand new piece of wood. Our skin exfoliates naturally but, as we get older, the process of exfoliation starts to slow down and we need to help it along. Exfoliation can also help clean out the yucky stuff that can get lodged in your pores. Choose an exfoliant that contains scrubby particles to help smooth the skin and eliminate dullness. The bonus of using an exfoliant is that it will also help soften your hair follicles which can result in a closer, less irritating shave. And the best part? This is a product that you only need to use a few times a week.

Moisturize

Moisturizers can make a world of difference in the appearance of a man’s skin. In fact, men tend to need moisturizer even more than most women do. This is because most men shave their faces. Every time you scrape that razor across your skin, you are not only removing facial hair, but you are also removing necessary oils from your skin. Then what do you do? You probably slap on some alcohol-based aftershave lotion that burns the heck out of your skin. The alcohol then further dehydrates the skin. So what do you need to combat this? Moisturizer! Choose a moisturizer that contains SPF to help protect you from ordinary exposure to the sun’s damaging rays. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to skin aging, fine lines, wrinkles and worst of all, skin cancer.

Eyes

One of the very first places we start to notice the signs of aging is around the eyes. And unfortunately, this is the very place that many men tend to neglect. The skin around our eyes lacks in both sweat and oil glands making it highly susceptible to dehydration which can show itself as fine lines and wrinkles. The super soft, very thin layer of skin that surrounds our eyes can develop little expression lines that may grow into unsightly wrinkles quickly. So what should you do? Pick up a hydrating eye cream right away. All you need is a little dab of product under and around each eye to do the trick. It will help hydrate, smooth and protect your skin every day. Apply your eye cream every morning and evening before bedtime and after cleansing.

Lips

Believe it or not, our lips age with time. Take a look at a picture of yourself when you were a young child. Your lips were plump and there were no lines. Unfortunately, as we age our lips lose collagen and they start to melt right in with the rest of our face. Women can take advantage of lip liners, lip stick and lip glosses but many men draw the line at this! If you look at your lips in the mirror you will see fine lines and wrinkles running in all different directions. Our lips, like the skin around our eyes, also lack in sweat and oil glands. They do not have the same protective layer of skin called the stratum corneum that we have elsewhere on our bodies for added protection. And, because they also lack in melanin they lose that extra protection against the sun’s UV rays. Our lips desperately need our help. Men, grab a lip balm, preferably with SPF and as I always say; apply, apply and reapply throughout the day.

See gentlemen, it’s really that simple! If you incorporate these five simple steps into your daily regimen, you will definitely notice a difference in your appearance. It’s a fuss free way towards healthy, handsome skin.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the Herbalife SKIN® line here.

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Your In-Flight Guide to Skincare When Traveling

Make water your in-flight beverage of choice.

Air travel can take a toll on your skin. With these tips, you can arrive at your final destination with a fabulous and refreshed complexion.

Have you ever boarded an airplane looking fabulous and landed looking like you’ve aged 10 years? Well, you’re not alone. Airplane cabins have extremely low humidity, which can cause your skin to become dehydrated quickly. The re-circulated dry air in the cabin is on a search for moisture, and that search usually ends with your skin being sucked dry. Not only will dry skin become drier, but oily skin can become even oilier. Seems crazy, but it’s true. When skin loses its water, it tends to produce more oil to compensate for the loss. So, what can you do to look after your skin? Read on to learn my few simple skincare tips for air travel.

Protect Your Complexion at 30,000 Feet

B.Y.O.B.B. – Bring Your Own Beauty Bag

First, get a thorough understanding of what you can and cannot bring with you on your flight. There’s nothing more inconvenient than having the flight plan of your favorite skincare products redirected to the trash bin.

Pack a small, clear zip-lock bag with all of your travel essentials, including a hydrating cleanser, moisturizer, lip balm, hand sanitizer and hand cream. The maximum size, based on FTA guidelines, is 3.4 ounces (100ml) per product. It’s important to have your favorite products on hand to apply throughout the flight. So, remember to plan ahead.

Time to strip down

Ladies, do I dare say it? To help your skin, you need to avoid wearing makeup while in an airplane. If you absolutely cannot go barefaced, you’ll need to make some compromises. Make sure to avoid any foundation or powders, as they definitely contribute to the drying of the skin. But I see no harm in a bit of mascara and a swipe of lip-gloss. Before I board a flight with a full face on, I always give my skin a quick cleansing in the powder room with a moisturizing cleanser or makeup removing wipes. It’s the best thing you can do for your skin, especially on long flights.

Apply, apply and reapply

Make sure to have your moisturizer conveniently on hand throughout the flight. This means your products must stay with you and never make it into the overhead bin. The longer the flight, the more frequently you should moisturize. Your skin will thank you.

Don’t forget sunscreen

Seems crazy that we would need to be concerned about the sun’s rays while sitting in an airplane, but think about it: when flying, we’re closer to the sun and in thinner atmosphere. Unfortunately, the windows on planes aren’t capable of filtering out the damaging UV rays. So, wear your moisturizer with SPF, shut the shade and choose an aisle seat over a window seat if you can.

Stay hydrated and drink…

And I don’t mean alcohol! It’s easy to fend off the fear of turbulence with a glass of wine or two, but drinking water will keep your body hydrated while flying. Avoid further dehydration by skipping the alcohol and drink lots of water. Nutrition expert Susan Bowerman suggests that you should drink a glass of water for each hour you’re in the air.

Join the mile high skincare club

When you reach your final destination, be sure to give your skin a good cleansing with a gentle facial cleanser or scrub. This will help remove the dry skin cells and excess oils that may have appeared during the flight. To really get your skin back in tip-top shape, moisturize from head to toe when you get to your hotel room or home.

Be sure to follow these easy skincare tips while traveling. Your skin will look hydrated and refreshed, and no one will ever know by looking at you that you have been on a very long journey.

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Home Spa: How to Pamper Yourself

Treat yourself to a relaxing bubble bath.

Everyone needs a little “me” time every once in a while. Here are a few ideas to help you relax and unwind in the comfort of your own home.

Ever had one of those days when life gets to be a bit too much and you long for a bit of R&R? Everyone needs a bit of “me” time once in a while. Maybe you need it after a long day stuck in traffic, or after your child has been home sick from school all week with a nasty cold. Perhaps the laundry has piled up beyond your control, or that big presentation you had at work just didn’t go as planned. After a stressful day, the best remedy is always time spent alone—time utilized to unwind and de-stress. Time spent taking care of just you.

If you’re looking to recharge and pamper yourself so you can conquer the world, here are a few easy steps that you can take without ever leaving the house:

Take a relaxing bubble bath

My go-to means for relaxing has always been to take a bubble bath. Add a splash of your favorite bubble bath product, light a few candles, put on some music and just submerge yourself into relaxation. There’s nothing like a good, warm soak to relieve muscle tension, open up your pores and clear your cluttered mind.

Apply a facial mask

A good facial mask doesn’t have to be done at the spa. You can experience that same high-quality experience at home. Choose a facial mask that has an inspiring scent, like rosemary or mint. Apply it to your face, allow it to dry and simply wait for the results. I love to apply my mask while relaxing in the tub. There’s something about the steam, the bubbles, the aromatic scents and the ability to just chill that really pulls it all together. Masks containing bentonite clay possess amazing skin toning and absorbing properties. Plus, the feel of that silky, smooth clay against the skin really provides you with an authentic pampering experience.

Scrub away the day

There are some days when you just want to scrub all of your problems away. Well, why not make it a self-indulgent experience and use an exfoliating scrub that smells great and contains scrubbing particles that slough off dead skin cells? Once you experience how soft and silky your skin feels, you’ll forget about your troubles.

Moisturize from head to toe

There’s nothing like slathering on a hydrating moisturizer immediately after a good exfoliation or bubble bath. Apply when your skin is still damp to really seal in that much needed moisture. Your skin will look more youthful as a result, and it will definitely feel silky and soft to the touch. Take a few extra minutes to relax, enjoy and focus on your toes, feet, legs and arms. A little massaging and some great moisturizer will definitely ease away the stresses of the day.

Find time to do…whatever

Everyone has something special that they enjoy doing that helps them relax. It might be a bubble bath, a brisk walk, a quick dip in the pool or many other things. Take some time to flip through your favorite magazine or get started reading that book you’ve been putting off. Whatever you do, take that much needed time to pamper yourself.

Never feel guilty for taking the time to take care of you. A little pampering goes a long way, and it’s really beneficial to you and everyone around you. So, make it happen.

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Puffy, Shiny and Breaking Out? You Might Be Over-Exfoliating

Use a gentle face scrub on your skin.

If your skin is dull or flakey, has rough texture or an uneven tone, you should consider exfoliating. If it’s puffy, shiny and breaking out, you might be over-exfoliating.

I’m sure at some point in your life the importance of using a facial exfoliator became oh-so apparent. Perhaps your skin was looking dull or flakey, had rough texture or an uneven tone. No matter what the reason, I’m sure after that very first scrubbing you thought wow, why didn’t I do this sooner?

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Exfoliation, or scrubbing the skin, is the process of polishing away the dead skin cells that build up on the surface. When you remove the dead cells, the newer skin beneath is instantly revealed. Your skin looks more radiant and definitely feels softer and smoother as a result. And quite frankly, you may just look a little bit younger and fresher after a good exfoliation. But, the question is, can something that looks and feels this good be bad for you? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. You can get too much of a good thing.

If you are exfoliating a bit too much, you will experience some subtle changes in your skin. These changes may be in your skin’s appearance or in how it feels. Redness, irritation, dry patches and tightness are all examples of what could happen when you over do it.

Here are a few other signs to look out for to determine if you are over exfoliating your skin:

You’re Breaking Out

Most people don’t equate skin breakouts with exfoliation. In fact, many people believe if they are breaking out they need to exfoliate to keep pores clear and free from clogging. But you can definitely experience breakouts if you’re scrubbing too frequently. When you scrub, you’re looking for that deep pore cleaning experience, but when you overdo it, you can end up with the opposite effect. You never want to compromise your healthy skin cells, as they are the ones that protect your skin’s natural moisture barrier. When you overdo it, you disrupt the moisture barrier, which can lead to hypersensitivity that can in turn lead to breakouts. And when this happens, there is no one to blame but yourself. Avoiding breakouts should be reason enough not to over scrub your skin.

Your Forehead Looks Like a Mirror

If you notice that your forehead is super shiny then you have probably over-exfoliated. Light has the ability to reflect off of over-exfoliated skin because the skin in those areas is very smooth and free from texture. Think of driving down a road in your car. On a normal day you can see the stones, cracks and bumps in the road. Now, drive down that same road in the rain. The road looks slick and smooth as glass. Same road, same forehead, just a different perspective due to how light is reflected. So, if your forehead is looking a bit shiny, stop exfoliating. Once the shininess goes away you can start to exfoliate again. Just be gentle.

You’re Looking Puffy

Believe it or not, if that reflection of yourself in the mirror is looking a bit puffy or swollen, then over-exfoliating may be the culprit. Excessive exfoliating can cause inflammation and even damage your skin’s natural lipid barrier. And, it doesn’t matter if you are using a physical exfoliator, one that contains granules and particles that physically slough off skin cells, or, if you are using a chemical exfoliator where specific ingredients break down the dead skin cells. If you are over-doing it you may notice you are looking puffy and swollen.

To get the results that you are looking for with your facial exfoliator, follow these tips:

  • Always be gentle. Massage your scrub into your skin in a circular motion. You are not sanding a piece of wood. This is your delicate skin so be gentle.
  • Avoid over-exfoliating during the summer months. Unless you are very diligent with your sunscreens, freshly exfoliated skin doesn’t have the same barrier as skin that isn’t exfoliated. So just be sure to always apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside.
  • Follow your facial scrubbing with a serum and moisturizer to replenish that much needed hydration. You may even notice that you are getting great results with your other skin care products. By removing that barrier of dead skin regularly, you are allowing your other products to better penetrate the skin.

Be sure to introduce a gentle facial scrub into your skin care regimen and exfoliate one to three times a week, as needed. Allow for a few days in between scrubbing so you don’t aggravate your skin and end up with a negative reaction. For some folks, once a week is sufficient. Only you know your skin. And keep in mind, it’s not just your face that benefits from a good exfoliation, your body will benefit too.

The benefits of exfoliating are amazing when you are gentle and diligent. Just remember to take care of your skin, as the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.

Written by Beauty Expert Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the Herbalife SKIN® line here.

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6 Tips to Soft, Shiny and Healthy Hair

Trimming hair prevents split ends.

If you want to have soft, shiny and healthy hair, first your hair needs to be strong.

When it comes to our hair, we all want it to look shiny, soft, smooth and healthy. What we don’t want to see is a lot of breakage, split ends, color fading and damaged hair. Our hair needs to be resilient, elastic and resistant to breakage. In other words, our hair needs to be strong. How can you tell how strong your hair actually is? Well, strength all comes down to porosity and elasticity.

How to Maintain Healthy Hair

Hair Test

Test the porosity of your hair to measure its ability to absorb and retain water. The next time you wash and towel-dry your hair, feel it with your hands. If it feels quite wet, then chances are it’s more porous. When hair is porous it becomes dry and prone to damage. In other words, porous hair is weak hair. On the other hand, if your hair feels quite dry after towel-drying, then it’s less porous and healthier. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also do a quick test by dropping a few clean, dry hair strands into a bowl of water. If your hair sinks after a few minutes, it has high porosity because it absorbed the water quickly and sank. If your hair is still floating, then it has low porosity and is stronger.

To test the elasticity of your hair, you need to stretch a strand while it’s wet. The farther you can stretch your hair, the more elastic and healthy it is. Healthy hair, when it’s wet, will stretch up to 50% of its original length and return to its normal shape and size without breaking. Unhealthy (dry) hair only stretches to about 20% of its original length. But remember, it’s never a good idea to brush your hair while it’s wet. You don’t want to stretch your hair out to the point of breakage, so be careful.

Here are a few simple ways to keep your hair strong.

Good nutrition builds strong hair.

A healthy diet is the key to the health of your hair. Protein is essential, as your hair is made up of a tough protein called keratin, which helps form the strength of your hair, skin and nails. You also need to focus on trace minerals like copper, iron, magnesium and selenium, as well as Vitamins E, D and C. These nutrients are important in the production of keratin. Antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies are a great vitamin source, as are healthy fats. Fish is also a great choice, because omega-3 fatty acids encourage hair growth.

All shampoos are not created equal.

Choose a shampoo specifically for your hair type to help strengthen your hair. Select a gentle shampoo and conditioner to help repair hair and bring it back to a strong and healthy state. Choose products that are sulfate-free and clinically tested to improve hair strength. Try to avoid chemical-based products, as they can be damaging. Look for more gentle ingredients like Aloe vera, shea butter and plant-derived micro proteins to help soften and strengthen hair.

Condition more often.

Even on the days when you might not be shampooing, if your hair is wet, apply some conditioner. This will help lock in much needed moisture. When water evaporates, unfortunately, it draws moisture out from the inside of the hair shaft, ultimately causing it to dry out and weaken. Consider a weekly deep conditioning treatment, including DIY ones like this: 4 tbsp. of coconut oil and 2 tbsp. of pure honey, mixed, warmed and applied to your freshly washed, towel-dried hair. Put on a shower cap and leave for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing. It’s a great alternative to a store bought conditioning treatment.

Tip: When conditioning hair, squeeze out excess water before applying. If your hair is saturated with water, it can’t absorb your conditioner.

Get a trim.

As your hair ages, the ends will tend to split more. And if your hair is damaged, you should cut off the damaged areas. Regular trimmings will give your hair a much healthier appearance, and will also help to prevent split ends from traveling up the length of your hair.

Cut out the heat.

We all use dryers and irons to achieve a specific look. But if healthy, strong hair is what you’re striving for, then cut back on the heat as this can burn and damage your hair quickly. Use heat protectant spray and clean your styling tools with alcohol to help remove product residue, which can damage your hair over time.

There are several other things to keep in mind as you work to strengthen your hair:

  • Avoid tight ponytails, as they can encourage breakage.
  • Protect hair with UV protection when going into the sun. As the sun fades your hair, it causes it to become dry and brittle. Consider wearing a hat when spending time in the sun.
  • Protect hair when you swim. Chlorine weakens hair, so wet your hair before you take a dip. Apply some product or even conditioner to keep it protected. If all else fails, you can always opt for a swim cap.

When it comes to hair, nails, skin, it’s all about strength. So, implement some daily practices to look and feel your absolute best.

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Healthy Nails Equal Strong Nails

Trim and file your nails regularly.

The appearance and strength of your fingernails are good indicators of their overall health. Healthy-looking nails are usually strong nails.

Are your nails everything you want them to be, or are they brittle? Do they break easily or never seem to grow? If they’re not up to par, then you’re not alone. Sure, there are ways to camouflage the condition of your nails with polish, gels and even acrylics. But did you know that there are a few habits that you can develop to truly make a difference in your nails?

6 Tips to Promote Strong Nails

Eat right for strong nails

Just like our skin and hair, nail health is also tied to diet. If your nails are brittle and weak, then you want to evaluate how much protein you’re eating. Your nails are comprised of protein, so if you aren’t getting enough in your diet, it will be reflected in your nails. Protein shakes are great for adding necessary protein to your diet, as are eggs, meat, fish, beans and legumes. Be conscientious about the foods you’re eating if your nails are weak and brittle. There can be other reasons, of course, why nails might not be strong. Remember to check with your doctor if you’re concerned about your circulation or chronic problems with your fingers and nails.

Regular maintenance is the key

Trimming your nails on a regular basis will help to keep them strong. When you allow your nails to constantly grow without trimming, they tend to get rough and jagged in appearance. When this happens, they are more likely to get weak or break. Think of your nails in the same way you think about your hair. A regular trimming will help remove the weaker, damaged areas that develop at the tips, encouraging the rest of the nail to strengthen. They will look fresher and healthier as a result.

Here are a few trimming tips:

  • Be sure to you have clippers or nail scissors that are sharp and meant for fingernails. In other words, a plain old pair of scissors is not the right tool.
  • Don’t trim your nails too short. When you go too short, you run the risk of developing hangnails and we all know they’re not fun. They’re just too tempting to pick or bite and, unfortunately, if you do this, you run the risk of infection, not to mention haggard-looking nails.
  • Let the white edges of your nail be your guide, and never trim past this area. You should always have visible white edges post-trimming.

There’s a right way and a wrong way to file

Yes, something so simple as filing your nails can actually weaken them when not done properly. It’s important to select an emery board for nail filing. They are available in fine or course textures, similar to sand paper. When you file your nails, you should never file back and forth, as if you’re sawing your nails. You should always file in one direction. And do this in a gentle way. Remember, your goal is to strengthen the nail by removing the ragged areas so they don’t split or fray. When you file too hard or in a back-and-forth motion, you run the risk of damaging the fibers in your nails, which only causes them to weaken more. A little regular and gentle filing will keep your nails in top shape, and they’ll be less prone to tearing.

Moisturize and condition

Just like your hands, your nails can become dry, too, and will benefit from a good conditioning. Hand creams and lotions are great for both your skin and your nails. Remember to apply hand cream on a regular basis, especially after washing them. Take a few extra seconds to massage cream into your nails and surrounding cuticles. Ingredients like Aloe, shea butter and olive oil are great when it comes to conditioning. Keep your favorite hand cream on your nightstand and apply before you got to sleep. You’ll wake up with hydrated hands and nails that will not only look good, they’ll feel good, too. Remember, when your nails get dry, they can become brittle and more prone to breakage.

Go bare

Sure, most women love to get their nails done. But if strong nails are your goal, then it’s good to go au naturel once in a while. Think about it: filing, buffing, base coat, color, topcoat, gels, acrylic fills and more will definitely affect your nails. Give them a break. Just like with your hair when you take a break from your styling aids and heating devices, your hair will flourish. Same rule applies to your nails. Give them a break so they can stay strong and not break.

Protection is vital

When doing household chores, especially those that involve hot water or harsh chemicals, wear gloves. You want to keep your hands and nails protected from being exposed to damaging and drying chemicals at all costs. Wearing gloves when you’re washing the dishes or cleaning your house is the best way to keep nails from becoming weak and damaged due to exposure.

Everyone wants healthy-looking nails. By following these simple steps, you too will have fabulous nails in no time. Remember that what you put in and on your body is equally important. So, take care of your nails and they’ll be stronger in no time.

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Men’s Skincare: Here are the Facts

Men need a cleansing skincare routine, too.

Here are some things to pay attention to when it comes to a daily skin care regimen just for men.

Make no mistake: men need to care for their skin as much, if not more, than women. However, men and women have different types of skin with different needs. Here are some factors to consider when determining the best skincare regimen for you.

Thick or Thin Skinned?

How thick a person’s skin is depends on many factors, including their sex, age and the area of the skin in question. For example, skin on the eyelids is very thin, while skin on the palms is very thick. On average, a man’s skin is approximately 25% thicker than a woman’s. This is primarily due to testosterone. Men’s skin will gradually thin with age, while the thickness of woman’s skin remains steady until around the age of 50 when it will also start to thin, especially after menopause. Because men have thicker skin, they also tend to have more elastin and collagen than women, making their resistance to the signs of aging greater than women’s. Unfortunately, women show the signs of aging faster than men, and they are much more vulnerable to the damaging UVA rays of the sun.

Oil Slick or Dry as a Desert?

Because men have thicker skin, they also have more sebum-producing glands. Women’s oil production starts to decrease a lot sooner than men’s, on average by about 20 years. It’s these natural oils that help to protect the skin, keeping it feeling softer and smoother. So, while a woman may experience more skin dryness, men may experience larger pores and be prone to more blackheads and whiteheads. Women also experience increased skin dryness during menopause.

Rough and Tumble or Baby Smooth?

When it comes to skin texture, men have skin that’s rougher, primarily due to the fact that the outer protective layer of their skin is thicker. Throw in differences in hormones, oil and sweat production, facial hair and shaving, and there are inevitably textural differences. Men tend to have acne that lasts longer; they experience more skin irritation and suffer from a condition called rhinophyma, which is only found in males with extreme cases of rosacea.

Shaving: Super Sensitive or Ultra Resilient?

Because most men shave, they’re prone to shaving bumps, ingrown hairs and skin sensitivities, primarily brought on by daily shaving. Shaving damages the hydrolipidic film on the surface of the skin, which erodes the skin’s natural lubrication and protection. Shaving can also cause nicks and scrapes on the skin, allowing for a man’s skin to become more sensitive and easily irritated than a woman’s.

So, what should every man do when it comes to his daily skincare regimen?
Use a Facial Cleanser

You may have gotten used to using regular bar soap, but that isn’t doing your skin any good. Bar soaps can contain harsh detergents and deodorizers that aren’t meant for the face. They can also disrupt your skin’s pH balance and strip it of beneficial oils. Choose a facial cleanser that can target excess oil, thoroughly remove dirt, oil, sweat, debris and provide much needed hydration. Look for formulas that do not contain sulfates or parabens, but do contain antioxidant vitamins and Aloe vera for added hydration.

Start Exfoliating

Due to the thickness of a man’s skin, exfoliation is necessary and can be done more frequently than a woman. Scrub away that dead skin buildup on a regular basis, which will help clear out your pores and ease the frequency of white and blackheads.

Skip the Aftershave

Most post-shave products contain alcohol, hence the burning and stinging effect when applied to the skin. It’s time to ditch those irritating products because they just aren’t healthy for your skin. They can cause dead skin cell buildup, which causes hair strands to get trapped in the skin, leading to ingrown hairs and irritation. Invest in an antioxidant-rich facial skin toner that is alcohol-free to help soothe the skin post-shaving. No more stinging and burning for sure.

Apply Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen every day before going outdoors is especially important for men. Men tend to spend more time outdoors than women and are more exposed to environmental factors. There’s also a greater risk of incidental sun exposure just from walking the dog, doing a bit of yard work or simply driving a car (the sun’s rays can penetrate through glass). So, men should always apply a moisturizer containing SPF 30 sunscreen to help fend off the signs of aging.

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5 Reasons You May Not Love the Skin You’re In

Eat fresh fruit for healthier skin.

There are many reasons why your skin may not look as good as you think it should.

Do you look in the mirror and think that your skin should look better than it does? Do you start to question your products, skincare routine, diet and perhaps even genetics? I’m sure you aren’t alone. But, it’s important to note that there are several things you can do to help your skin along (and several things you can do that may get in the way of progress.) If you’re seeking a healthy looking complexion, but you’re just not getting results, here are a few potential reasons that may be holding you back:

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# 1: You love junk food.

As we all know, healthy looking skin starts with a healthy diet. And, like I always say, if you eat a lot of junk food, chances are your skin won’t look its best. But, if you eat a healthy, nutritious diet, chances are your skin will look healthy and more youthful. So, if you aren’t happy with your skin, then take a good look at your diet. Try to indulge in more fresh fruits and veggies and stay away from fried and processed foods and sugary snacks. You know that too many fatty, sugary foods aren’t good for your body – and they sure aren’t good for your skin! In the name of healthy, more youthful looking skin, be aware of what you are eating.

# 2: You think you’re cleansing your skin but you’re not.

Sure, you go through the motions every morning and evening, but you just might not be doing as good of a job as you think. Are you rushing through it? Are you really lathering up your skin and rinsing clean? When it comes to makeup in particular, you might be surprised at just how much is left on your skin even after you have cleansed your face. How can you tell? Dry your face with a clean, white towel. If you see any traces of foundation, lipstick or mascara, you didn’t do a good enough job. Wearing waterproof makeup? You may need to invest in makeup remover to ensure you are removing everything before you crawl into bed. Some makeup is designed to last all day. Translation? It’s difficult to wash off. So be diligent in your cleansing process and try not to rush through this step. Your skin will thank you for it in the long run.

# 3: You see a blemish and go bonkers.

Everyone suffers from an occasional blemish. But, it’s what we do about it that can make a difference with our overall complexion. It’s important to only treat the blemish and not your whole face. Products developed to treat blemishes can be a bit harsh and drying to the skin, so we need to contain the area that we are treating. If you start slathering anti-acne products onto your entire face, you run the risk of disrupting your skin’s natural balance, which could cause your skin to produce excess oil, resulting in clogged pores and more blemishes. So only treat the blemish itself to keep your skin looking its best.

# 4: You’re over or under scrubbing.

Our skin “sheds” its outer layer of skin cells constantly. But, sometimes we need to help by using an exfoliating scrub to remove the dead skin cells from the surface to reveal the beautiful, healthy skin cells beneath. This will get your skin looking and feeling soft and smooth. But, too much of a good thing can have adverse effects. And, over scrubbing your skin could compromise the skin’s protective moisture barrier, which is necessary to keep your skin looking youthful. On the flipside, there are those who don’t exfoliate enough. And when you let the dead skin cells build up, you most likely have a complexion that looks dull and drab. You may also notice that with this barrier of skin, your skincare products may not be able to do their job effectively. Everyone should exfoliate 1 to 3 times a week, depending on the skin type. Don’t overdo it and don’t forget. If you make this a weekly ritual, you will notice the improvement in your skin for sure.

# 5: You’re not applying your products in the right order.

Every skincare regimen has steps that should be followed to ensure the best benefits. And it’s important to follow the directions as provided and to layer in the order suggested. Cleansing is your first step, followed by your toner, serums and moisturizers. When you apply out of order, you run the risk of getting a negative effect or potentially no effect at all. For example, serums have the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin than moisturizers. So, they must be applied first. If you apply your serum over your moisturizer it won’t be able to penetrate effectively and do its job. If you don’t apply in the correct order you could get a negative reaction. So apply only as recommended for the most beautiful skin.

The next time you look in the mirror and just aren’t content with what you see, remember these five easy steps. Give them a try and see if you notice a change. Your skin needs you to take care of it so it can continue to take care of you. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.

Written by Beauty Expert Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the Herbalife SKIN® line here.

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Help Prevent Neck and Chest Wrinkles

Achieving a beautiful neck requires care.

Focusing on the skin on your face may mean that you are neglecting other areas. Paying attention to the neck and chest also has its benefits.

When it comes to taking care of your skin, most people focus only on the face. Every little line and spot becomes the center of your attention. But, while you are spending time focusing on the face, you are neglecting other areas that need the same amount of attention. Just look down!

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The skin on your neck and chest area is very thin and can show the signs of aging even faster than the face. This includes fine lines and wrinkles, skin sagging, dryness, environmental damage and deep creases. But not to worry, there are several simple steps you can follow to give your neck and chest area a more youthful looking appearance.

Skincare products are not just for the face.

Make it a habit to always treat your neck as an extension of your face. If you are cleansing your face, then continue down and cleanse your neck using your gentle facial cleanser. Apply your toner, serum, moisturizer, mask and scrub, as they will all help keep the skin on your neck in its best shape. If you are worried about lines on your neck, then apply your line minimizing serum as diligently as you do to your face. Always look for skincare products that contain antioxidant vitamins to help combat free radicals – antioxidants are a primary contributor to premature aging. If you incorporate care for your neck into your daily skincare regimen, you will see and feel a noticeable difference in your skin.

Moisturizing is mandatory.

When it comes to hydrating the skin on your neck, a good moisturizer is essential. Your neck has fewer oil glands than your face and as a result, it is more susceptible to dryness and irritation. By keeping the skin moisturized, it will help to plump the skin and keep it more elastic and mobile. Make a habit to moisturize your neck every morning and evening before bedtime for a more youthful appearance.

SPF is a must.

Protecting your skin from the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun is probably the most important beauty tip of all. And, believe it or not, many people simply forget to apply sunscreen products to their neck. If your skin is exposed, it must be protected – end of story. If you are wearing a tank top, scoop neck, button-up, polo shirt, or no shirt at all, you need to apply SPF. Skin that is exposed to the sun is subject to all kinds of damage, including burning, wrinkles, spotting and capillary damage. Use sunscreen appropriate for your level of sun exposure and activity. SPF 30 is adequate for most people during ordinary exposure to the sun. A day at the beach or other long-term exposure might require more protection or reapplication. Always use according to label directions.

Adjust your sleeping position.

This one is probably the most difficult because we all tend to sleep in the position we are most comfortable in. But, if you can, try to sleep on your back. This will help to prevent those lines and creases from developing on the upper part of your body. When you sleep on your side, you are contributing to the problem. Tonight, when you’re in bed, lie on your side and look down. You will see how your skin folds, and you will notice where the creasing has begun and where you are most likely to end up with permanent wrinkles. You can buy different types of pillows and pads that will help you avoid this kind of wrinkling. However, if you can teach yourself to sleep on your back, do it. This will also benefit the skin on your face.

Give your neck a break.

Think about how much time you spend looking down at your phone or computer. Chances are that there are times you are locked into your devices reading text messages, writing emails and maybe even watching videos. Repetitive motion and holding a constant position will ultimately affect the condition of the skin on the neck. When your neck is locked in one place for an extended period of time, it’s bound to leave a crease. It’s no different than getting a wrinkle in your pants after sitting for too long. Make a point to stretch your neck from side to side and front to back regularly during the day. Adjust your position, raise your computer screen to eye level or just disconnect more frequently. Whatever it takes, give your neck a break.

Taking care of your skin is the best thing you can do for your overall skin health. It takes just minutes a day and the lifelong results are worth every second of your time. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful. And that includes skin everywhere, not just on your face.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Discover the Herbalife SKIN® line here.

Find out more at: http://www.DiscoverHerbalife.com