Beauty Benefits of Exercise

Exercise can help to regulate the stress hormone, cortisol, which means that exercise may help with acne since cortisol affects breakouts. Cortisol also accelerates aging, which is why it is important to manage stress in general. Cortisol is also associated with weight gain.

Exercising can help with hair growth because it increase blood flow to your scalp, helping to provide nutrients necessary to aid in the development of healthy hair.

Exercise helps to boost circulation, which helps to boost oxygen and nutrients to the skin, giving you a healthier looking glow.

Sweating also helps to clear out pores.

It is important to wear sunscreen if exercising outdoors, or you can just minimize sun exposure all together by exercising in doors.

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Benefits of a Toner

A toner can help remove excess dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that are not always removed when you wash your face, which is why it is best to use a toner after facewashing. Toners are more helpful for people with oily skin and clogged pores; they may be not as useful for people with dry skin, unless you buy a toner with more hydrating properties. Toners can shrink pores by absorbing excess oils. After washing your face, a toner can also restore your skins natural pH balance. This can help prevent acne because it makes your skin less vulnerable to bacteria. Since toners can also help tighten pores, it also makes it harder for environmental pollutants to penetrate your skin. It is best to avoid an alcohol-based toner as this is harsh on the skin.

Lancer Caviar Lime Acid Peel Review

This product has a 4.7/5.0 review on Sephora, and I definitely think that it is worth that rating. I have read on the Lancer website that Dr. Lancer, the founder of this company, is Kim Kardashian’s dermatologist. I think I can see why since his products are really good. I personally feel that overall, this is an underhyped brand. I have tried multiple products from this line and I felt like almost all of them were excellent, and I generally don’t feel that way about a lot of brands.

The Lancer Caviar Lime Acid Peel is a facial peel that can be left on for ten minutes to an hour. It contains 10 percent glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells, as well as 10 percent phytic acid, which helps to brighten the face, improve skin tone, and improve and the look of pores. It also contains caviar lime, a fruit native to Australia, and a naturally powerful alpha hydroxy acid. So far I have only tried it once, and I saw a significant diminish in discoloration, and my skin overall became smoother and brighter. The company recommends that when using this product, you should avoid the sun or wear sunscreen.

Overall, I definitely think that when I get a chance I will look at more of the Lancer products, and I will probably repurchase this one once I run out. The price is $90.00, but since you are only supposed to use it maximum twice a week, I think it would last at least several months.

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Ole Henriksen Moment of Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask

I personally really liked this mask. The main products in this mask are: sugar, honey, rosehip oil, and pumpkin extract, but it also seems to have a lot of other plant-based ingredients in the mask as well, such as kelp extract. Because the mask has such an orange tint to it, I think that it is likely to be very high in vitamin C and high in antioxidants, which very good for skincare. In fact, pumpkin is high in beta-carotene an antioxidant, as well as vitamin C. Honey is also high in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties, and also moisturizes and helps your skin to glow. Rosehip oil is again high in antioxidants and helps with skin discoloration and pigmentation. The sugar in the mask serves as a light exfoliant and doesn’t seem to be as granular as regular sugar; granularity can cause microtears in the skin I have read. The only thing about this product is that it is really sticky, so it might be best to pull your hair back before using it. The total cost is $42.00 for 3.2oz, but because of its high antioxidant content I feel like it is worth the money. But you could also try to make a similar product at home since the main ingredients are so readily available.

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Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age Defier Review

This is a face mask that you apply to your face and use a small magnet provided with the product to remove the product.

There are a number of things that I have tried from Dr. Brandt that I liked, but this was not one of them. I have tried this mask multiple times, and this is what I have seen from it; it is simply a very good moisturizer. I personally have not seen any anti-aging effects. The company claims that “the magnetic properties of the iron based formula… help to reduce signs of aging skin…”. I do not see why this would be, and I personally didn’t see any anti-aging effects that I have seen from other products. I think this product might be good for people with really dry skin. This product also contains iron powder which might actually harm the skin because it can serve as a catalyst in the production of free radicals, which may actually accelerate the aging of the skin. I personally do not suffer from dry skin, and I felt that this made me breakout slightly. So I will most likely not buy this product again because the price is $75.00 for the regular-sized container.  Again, if you have dry skin that isn’t sensitive, this product might be great for you. You can always try the mini-sized version of this mask for $24.00. This product is available at Sephora and Ulta.

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How to Get Rid of Dull Skin

Dull skin is generally caused by a lack of oxygen and nutrients to the skin cells. This can be caused by poor blood circulation and tends to be a sign of aging. Make sure that you are hydrated, have a healthy diet, and are managing stress. Stress affects hormones such as cortisol which affects blood flow. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, and try to take a multi-vitamin everyday.

Exfoliation also helps prevent dull skin because it helps to get rid of the dead skin cells. There are are multiple types of exfoliators, such as acid and scrub exfoliators. Acid exfoliators help to dissolve dead skin cells, while scrubs physically buff off the dead skin cells.

Another issue that may contribute to dull skin is environmental pollutants, which is why it is important to wash your face twice a day, and use facial products that are high in antioxidants (and eating foods high in antioxidants is also important). Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, as well as green tea, which make for good ingredients in facial products.

 

How to Diminish Eye Bags and Dark Circles

Make sure you are getting enough sleep and avoid alcohol and smoking. Salt retains water so a diet high in sodium will contribute to puffiness under the eyes. If you have dark eye circles, try using a retinoid, which helps build up collagen in thin skin. You can try placing two slices of cucumbers that have been cooled in the fridge on your eyes. Cucumbers contain antioxidants and vitamin K which will help with under eye circles, while the cooling effects from being in the fridge will help with puffiness. You can also try using leftover tea bags. Place them in the fridge until they are cool, and place the tea bags on your eye area for about 15 minutes. The caffeine should help diminish swelling. You can also put two spoons in the fridge and place them on your eyes as well. In addition, try sleeping on your back with an extra pillow to help keep blood flowing, which will diminish dark circles. Apply almond oil or coconut oil to the under eye area to make skin more supple. Make sure to drink plenty of water, and eat lots of foods that are high in vitamin C and iron. Excessive sun exposure can also contribute to damaged and thinned skin, which leads to dark circles under the eye as well.