Hydrating Face Mask: Make Your Own in Three Easy Steps

Oatmeal and honey are known for
their hydrating properties

The key to avoiding skin dehydration is to moisturize the body inside and out. 

Skin dehydration occurs when the body lacks moisture both inside and out. The average person needs from eight to 12 cups of water per day.

Sometimes we have hectic days that don’t allow us to consume what is required to stay hydrated. Your body has mechanisms which trigger thirst, so it knows when to get you to drink more. Your skin will also let you know when you’re dehydrated by making it look dull, tired, irritated, flaky and rough.

Dehydrated skin can happen anytime during the year, and it can be aggravated by hot or cold temperatures, air conditioning, saunas, travel and other lifestyle choices.

It’s easy to start alleviating the signs of dehydration on your skin and body. You can start by consuming more water and getting the proper nutrients to stay hydrated, which include fruits and vegetables. Your skin is a reflection of what you consume, so if you’re not getting the proper nutrients, the negative signs will show up on your skin. You also need to be vigilant about your skin care regimen; using skincare products that contain harsh and irritating ingredients can affect your skin. Look for products with gentle ingredients like aloe vera and antioxidants. Also, an extra step you can take at home is to create a hydrating mask.

All you need are three simple ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of oatmeal
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe gel
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl. Then, apply the mix to your face with a facial brush. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Oatmeal and honey are known for their hydrating properties, and aloe gel has skin conditioning ingredients.

To finish, wash thoroughly using warm water and a gentle cleanser. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and make sure you have removed all traces of the mask before applying a hydrating moisturizer. It’s an easy, quick way to treat your skin. After a long day or even a long week, your skin deserves to be pampered.

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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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Grab On to These Hand Tips

Strive to keep your hands soft to the touch.

Dry or dehydrated skin on the hands can make them look older and feel uncomfortable. However, there are a number of things you can do to help make them smoother.

When your skin gets dry or dehydrated, it not only looks different, it feels different. Fine lines and wrinkles may be more noticeable. Dry, flaky patches of skin may be present on the surface. And your skin probably feels as uncomfortable as it looks. And, dare I say it? Yes, that dry skin can add years to your appearance, making you look older than you really are.

Did you know that your hands are affected by dryness and are an indicator of your true age? Let’s take a look at a few simple skin care tips you can follow to keep your hands feeling soft, smooth and younger looking, too.

No one likes the feeling of dry, rough skin, especially when it comes to the hands. Like most people, you would probably prefer to shake hands, touch, or be touched by someone with soft, smooth skin rather than rough and scratchy. And, let’s face it, you know your hands can really take a beating throughout the day. So, what can you do?

Here are a few simple steps you can follow for younger-looking, more touchable hands.

Show of Hands

Don’t Over-Wash

Washing your hands is incredibly important. If you’re practicing good hygiene, you probably can’t count how many times you clean them in a day. While proper washing is necessary, over-exposure to water should be avoided. Wear gloves when doing the dishes or cleaning your sinks, tubs and showers. Keep your hands clean, but take precautionary measures to not overdo it by exposing your skin unnecessarily.

Rethink Using Bar Soaps

Bar soaps are great for the body, but when it comes to repeat washing of the hands, you may wish to consider a gentler hand and body wash to do the job. Look for a hand cleanser that is sulfate-free and contains antioxidant vitamins and natural ingredients, like Aloe vera, olive oil or shea butter, to provide your skin with much needed moisture. A gentler approach to washing will be a lot less drying for your skin.

Keep Moisturizer Handy

Applying hand cream is a must for taking care of your hands. Make it as convenient as possible so you never forget. Keep hand cream next to your sink to establish the healthy habit of applying it right after washing. Wash, pat skin dry and apply your hand cream while skin is still damp. This is the best way to lock in moisture and reap the rewards of soft, silky skin. Keep a hand cream in your purse, gym bag, on your desk and even in the cup holder of your car. I do this—and while I don’t condone distractions from driving, I can always get my hands nice and moisturized while sitting at a red light. When it comes to hand cream, the more the merrier.

Protection Is Important

Exposed hands always run the risk of getting dry. During the colder months, be sure to always wear gloves when going outside. The snow, cold and especially the wind can dry, dehydrate and chap your skin in no time. Gardening and yard work in general can be damaging as well. So, a good rule of thumb is to wear gloves whenever possible. By keeping your hands covered and protected with gloves while working outdoors, you can also eliminate excessive scrubbing to get them clean.

Speaking of Protection

Your hands really do have a tendency to showcase your age. So, you want to take care of them by not only cleaning and hydrating them, but also by protecting them with plenty of sun protection. The UVA and UVB rays of the sun are damaging and can burn and age your skin. The backs of hands are very prone to sunspots, and you need to keep them protected when driving, bike riding and even mowing the lawn. Minimal sun exposure can cause long-term effects on the hands. Next time you’re driving in your car, take note of just how long the back of your hands are exposed to the sun coming through the window.

The Night Time Is the Right Time

Any time you can nourish and treat your skin while sleeping is a plus. Start a healthy hand care habit by applying hand cream before bedtime. Add this simple step to your nighttime routine and you’ll never forget. Heck, keep hand cream on your nightstand and make it the last thing you do before turning off the lights. There’s nothing better than waking up with soft and silky hands. And they will look great as well.

Benefits of Exfoliation

Taking care of your hands is easy. Give them a quick exfoliation at least once a week. This simple step helps remove dead skin cell build-up and leaves skin feeling amazing. Next time you’re scrubbing your face, just use the same product to scrub your hands. It will add just a few seconds to your routine, but the rewards will be worth it. And don’t forget about your cuticles. Just a little extra hand cream massaged into your cuticles will do the trick—as will various items you probably have in your kitchen, like olive or coconut oil.

These simple hand care tips will have your hands looking younger, softer and smoother in no time at all. As always, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.

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Dry Skin Vs. Dehydrated Skin: What’s the Difference?

Hydration is the key to healthy skin.

Do you know the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Water is essential to the entire body; after all, our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water. Keeping the body hydrated both internally and externally is something that we all need to do to look and feel good. When our bodies become dehydrated, many things can happen and none of them are good. The most obvious is that we become thirsty. But we can also experience dry mouth, muscle cramping, headaches, nausea and loss of energy. And our skin can suffer, too. But dehydrated skin and dry skin are two different things.

Identifying Dry Skin

Dry skin is considered a skin type—like oily skin, normal skin, combination skin, etc. When your skin is dry, it has almost no oil present on the surface. Dry skin can get better or worse due to internal and external factors, including weather, season, skincare regimen and so much more. People who experience dry skin usually have visible, flaky patches on the surface of the skin. They tend to be sensitive to temperature extremes and their fine lines and wrinkles are more noticeable. The upside is that those with dry skin tend to have fewer breakouts than those with oily skin.

If you have dry skin, you definitely need to choose a facial cleanser that is formulated for dry skin to help replenish that much-needed moisture. You’ll want to use a facial serum coupled with daytime and nighttime moisturizer to help nourish your dry skin. And, of course, you want to keep your entire body hydrated with a nourishing body lotion, to be applied immediately after your bath or shower when the skin is still damp. The good thing about dry skin is that you can help alleviate the symptoms and keep your skin looking fabulous.

The Causes of Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is an actual condition that can affect any skin type, no matter what type you have. In other words, everyone’s skin is prone to dehydration. Dehydrated skin is the result of the body needing moisture, both inside and out. As Herbalife Nutrition Expert Susan Bowerman always says, most people need 8–12 cups of fluid a day (about 2–3 liters). But the needs vary somewhat, depending on your age, gender and activity level.

When it comes to dehydrated skin, there are some obvious signs to look for. Your skin will look dull, sallow and tired in its appearance. It may feel tight, sensitive and, in some cases, like it’s burning. It can look red, irritated and take on a rough, flaky-looking texture. And, unfortunately, any fine lines and wrinkles that you may have can become much more noticeable.

In reality, the signs of dehydrated skin are quite similar to those you get from sunburn. Dehydrated skin can occur at any time throughout the year and is often aggravated by the weather, air conditioning, indoor heat, wind, baths or saunas and, of course, our lifestyle choices. Things like smoking, drinking too much alcohol or caffeine and ingesting too much salt can all contribute to skin dehydration. We also need to be conscientious of what we’re putting on our skin. Using skincare products that contain a lot of harsh and irritating ingredients, or that aren’t dermatologist-tested, can further provoke the condition.

So, what can we do? Be sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Be conscientious about what you are putting in and on your body. Be diligent with your morning and evening skincare regimen. Look for moisturizing ingredients, such as aloe vera, to provide the skin with the much-needed moisture it lacks. Choose facial and body cleansers that are free from sulfates, as they will be much gentler on the skin. And be sure to always apply your moisturizer from head to toe to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. If you are really suffering, you may want to consider a warm mist humidifier to increase the humidity in your home or office.

Keeping your body well hydrated, both inside and out, is the key to keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful. A healthy diet coupled with a daily skincare regimen is exactly what your skin needs. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.

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5 Effective Ways to Moisturize Dry Skin

5 Effective Ways to Prevent Dry SkinMany people struggle with dry, dehydrated skin, but there are several things you can do to alleviate this condition.

Many people struggle with dry, dehydrated skin. It’s bad enough that dry skin tends to be itchy and irritating, but also throw in the fact that it can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable and that’s all we need to hear to motivate us to do something about it. Dry skin is not an option. So what can we do?

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Does anything truly look better when it’s dried out? I have been wracking my brain to find something…anything…so far no luck. We have a juicy plump grape and a wrinkled old raisin. No, doesn’t work. We have beautiful fresh, colorful flowers and then dried out, faded crunchy flowers. That doesn’t work either. So what about our skin? What can we do to keep our skin hydrated and glowing?

While dry skin conditions are definitely more common in the colder climates, some of us suffer from dry skin year round. To moisturize dry skin it’s important to lock in our body’s natural moisture. Believe it or not, if our skin becomes extremely dry, it may develop little cracks. If severe enough, these cracks and splits in our skin can become an entry point for germs and bacteria. And this, unfortunately, can lead to illness and infection. So it’s not just about our appearance. Keeping our skin hydrated is an important step in keeping our body free from harm.

Here are a few effective ways to turn that dried out, wrinkly looking skin into something fresh and youthful looking.

Choose the Right Cleansers

Dry skin needs cleansers for the face and the body that contain ingredients known to provide that much needed moisture to the skin. Chances are the more gentle the cleanser, the less harsh on the skin. Look for facial cleansers that are formulated to target dry skin. They usually are richer, creamier and lotion like in texture. Look for ingredients like soothing Aloe vera, which is an excellent skin-hydrating ingredient. Avoid harsh bar soaps that contain strong detergents and deodorizers. Don’t use these on your face and also be selective when it comes to using them on the body.

Top Tip: Only cleanse using warm water. Water that is too hot can cause skin to become even dryer. And, limit your baths and showers to just a few minutes. The longer you bathe, the greater the chances of your skin drying out. Prolonged exposure to water, especially hot water, can strip the skin of its natural oils. So keep your bathing short and sweet. Use only warm water. Pat your skin dry, don’t rub, as rubbing your skin with a towel can also remove oils. Apply your body and face moisturizers right after drying off while skin is still damp and most accepting to your moisturizers. It will help to seal in water as well as your body’s natural oils

Moisturize Your Skin from Head to Toe.

Nothing says ahhhhhh to dry skin like a good application of moisturizer. For the face, consider adding a moisturizing serum containing antioxidant vitamins to your skin care regimen. Follow with your day lotion with SPF during the day and night cream of your choice in the evening. These products can help hydrate your skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines. For the body, slather on a good body lotion immediately after your shower. Focus on your elbows, knees and feet, as these areas really showcase skin dryness. Remember to apply, apply and reapply as necessary.

Invest in a Humidifier

In the wintertime humidifiers are a must for those of us with dry skin, but they are also good year round, too. A cool mist vaporizer will help your skin out tremendously. If you can get one that covers your entire living space, that’s great. If not, get one for your bedroom to help your skin while you sleep. There are some tiny little humidifiers on the market that work with a simple bottle of water. Keep one on your desk during the day to really combat the effects of dry skin.

Top Tip: If you don’t have a humidifier, keep a pot of hot water on your stovetop to produce the same effect or fill a crockpot with hot water, leave the lid off and let it simmer all day long.

Give Yourself a Good Scrub from Head to Toe

A good exfoliation from your face to your toes can really help your skin retain moisture. Think about it. A good scrubbing helps to remove the dead and dying skin cells from the surface, revealing new healthy skin cells beneath. It’s the newer cells closest to the surface that are the most moist. And when our skin is exfoliated, it allows your skin care products, especially serums and moisturizers, to absorb more quickly and effectively. So, to combat dry skin, scrub away!

Hydrate From the Inside

This is the most obvious tip of all. Stay hydrated by drinking good old H2O. Coffee, soda, and juice…they don’t count. Drink water to stay hydrated from the inside out. If you don’t believe that water can help our skin, think again. Ever see a droopy, lifeless plant? Give it some water and voila it gets a new life to it and looks younger as well. So drink up.

When choosing skin care products to target your dry skin, look for ingredients like Aloe vera, soy, oatmeal, hyaluronic acids and essential fatty acids that can help seal in moisture. Look for shea butter, olive oil, almond, coconut and avocado oil. They are all amazing natural ingredients that can provide some wonderful benefits to the skin.

It’s really that simple and obvious. Little changes to your daily routine can definitely help alleviate the signs of dry skin. Keep your skin hydrated and protected 24/7. And remember, the healthiest skin is the most beautiful skin.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at HerbalifeDiscover the HerbalifeSKIN line here.




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7 Tips to Avoid ‘Skin Pollution’

Skincare in the big city.

City life has its perks, but one downside can be the effects of pollution on your skin. Here are seven tips to deal with what I call ‘skin pollution.’

I’ve traveled to some wonderful cities around the world to areas where pollution is a huge problem. It’s astounding what you can find on a white washcloth after walking through a busy city at the end of the day. The effects of air pollution are many and can include skin texture, irritation and even skin aging, to name a few. Pollution can also zap your skin of its healthy glow and leave it looking dull in appearance.

Let’s take a good look at pollution, understand how it affects our skin, and learn what we can do to counter those effects.

What is Pollution?

Pollution comes in different forms. There’s visible pollution that you can literally wipe off of your skin and see on your washcloth. And there’s pollution that comes in gas form, such as nitrogen dioxide, sulfur, carbon monoxide and so on. Bottom line, all forms of pollution can collect on your skin and create an unhealthy barrier.

Pollution can be responsible for skin dryness, dullness, clogged pores, some allergic reactions, skin irritations, inflammation and my least favorite—skin aging. Pollutants can really affect our face, neck and hands, the key areas that are most exposed on a regular basis.

Indoor pollutants can cause dry skin and irritation. So, what can you do? The first thing is to improve the overall air quality by allowing fresh air into your home as often as possible. By constantly refreshing the air, you can help dilute the levels of pollutants, which can be of great benefit to your skin. You can clean your home on a regular basis to get rid of things like pet dander and dust.

Outdoor pollutants are detrimental because they increase the number of free radicals in our environment, which studies have shown are damaging to the skin. Free radicals can damage cells over time by encouraging oxidation.

Here are a few quick tips to help counter pollution’s negative effects on the skin.

Double Cleanse

Your first step is to remove pollutants and dirt from your skin through proper cleansing. For those living in high-pollution areas, you may want to do a ‘double cleanse.’ Choose a cleanser for your skin type that has no added sulfates.

Give your skin a thorough cleansing, specifically to remove the surface residue such as your makeup, dirt, excess oils and any chemicals you may have come into contact with. Once you’ve done that, it’s a good idea to give it another quick cleansing. This way, you can be sure that you removed all the surface impurities and have thoroughly cleaned your skin.

Scrub the Pollution Away

Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis can help guard against pollution’s negative effects from building up and giving it that dull, drab appearance. A good scrubbing helps to deep clean your pores and remove the dirt, oil and debris.

Double Down on Antioxidants

Antioxidants help to fend off free radical damage and can support healthy-looking skin when taken internally. You can do this in the form of a healthy diet and by taking a multivitamin every day. Antioxidants to benefit the upper layers of the skin are also available in skin care products. Look for cleansers, moisturizers and serums that contain antioxidant vitamins C and E.

Use a Good Moisturizer

Moisturizers will provide your skin with antioxidant support and help hydrate your skin. Most importantly, a moisturizer will help to create a barrier between your skin and pollutants.

Avoid Rush Hour

For the sake of your skin, it’s always best to avoid being in pollution-heavy areas during rush hour. The more automobiles on the road, the more pollution you’ll be exposed to. It’s as easy as that.

Wear Sunscreen

There’s never a reason not to wear sunscreen when going outside. As a friendly reminder, it’s imperative to always protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

Stay Hydrated

Water is good for your body and great for your skin. By drinking more water, you can help keep your skin hydrated. You should also load up on fresh fruits with high water content. Look for antioxidant-rich citrus fruits, watermelon and apples for a delicious, hydrating snack.

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