Archive | February 2016

How Exercise Affects Your Skin by Jacquie Carter

Exercise and skincareThe benefits of exercise and a healthy, active lifestyle are numerous. A regular exercise regimen can provide amazing benefits for your skin. 

Our skin is the largest living organ of the body and it’s the one that everyone gets to look at. It becomes part of our identity, part of our uniqueness and something that we need to take care of every single day. When people think of exercising they are most likely trying to get fit, stay fit, lose some weight or improve their overall quality of life, because, exercise is vital to our overall health and well-being. But, did you know that exercise has an amazing, positive impact on our skin? You heard me. Exercise can improve our overall appearance including our skin. Just the thought of this might get me off the couch once and for all!

If you are one of those people who have already embraced the concept of exercising and a healthy, active lifestyle, then you can attest to the positive results on your skin. Just take a look at yourself in the mirror post workout. I bet you skin has a gorgeous glow to it. You may see tired and sweaty looking back at you, but take a closer look. Your skin is reaping the rewards of your exercising efforts and here’s how.

Sweating it Out!

Now, as I have said since I was a teenager, I don’t sweat, I glisten. And, I still hold firm to that statement. “Sweating”= yuck. It doesn’t sound very sexy or glamorous, but the end result sure is. When we exercise, we are increasing our blood flow to the living layers of the skin. Opening up those sweat glands can push out some of what clogs the pores, too. You’ve got to love that. It’s important to practice healthy hygiene post workout, though, as we definitely want to wash off the dirt as soon as possible. If we don’t, we may run the risk of their running right back into our pores. Dirt and bacteria lodged in our pores…well, you get the picture. If you can’t hit the shower right away, then at the very least reach for your favorite facial cleanser and give your face a good cleansing.

Tone Those Muscles!

Let’s face it everyone looks better with toned muscles. When our bodies are toned our skin takes on a more toned appearance. And the more muscle tone we have the healthier and more youthful we will look, from head to toe. If you wear any kind of body shaping garments you know exactly what I’m talking about. And, if you are living with cellulite and you aren’t thrilled with how it looks, consider exercising. It may give the whole area a more flattering appearance, diminishing the aesthetic effect of bumpy skin.

Go for the Glow!

If you are an athlete, then you want to go for the gold! If you want fabulous looking skin, then it’s time to exercise to go for glowing skin. That instant, healthy-looking post workout glow is undeniable. Why do we glow you ask? It’s quite simple really.When you get your heart really pumping, it does wonders for your skin. the living layers of your skin receive a nice delivery of oxygenated blood and nutrients. Ah yes, think SKIN cells. When this happens your circulation is improved, which helps with your skin’s overall glow. You will then start to produce more natural oils, which will provide your skin with that healthy “glisten”.

Hey, it’s better than my old tricks of pinching the heck out of my cheeks or bending over and quickly tossing my hair back over my shoulders to get the same look, only temporarily. (With a side of pain and dizziness…sigh.)

Stress Less

If you want to clear your mind in the pursuit of mental clarity and relaxation (or fabulous skin) then take a long walk, an aerobics class or a swim in the pool. Exercise is wonderful at reducing stress and if you can achieve that you will be able to see it reflected in your skin. Stressed out skin is never a good look. In fact if you can find an exercise routine that you enjoy, it will help to ease that stress. Anyway you look at it, stress lines and brow furrows are some of the primary targets for special cosmetic attention. Relax!

So these are a few positive effects that exercise can have on your skin but there are a few cautions to consider as well.

  • If you are exercising outdoors remember to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun by applying your SPF before you get started.
  • Keep your exposed skin as covered as possible, seek shade when you can and avoid working out during peak sun times, which is usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Depending on what type of exercise you are doing be aware of skin chafing. Tight fitting exercise clothing coupled with sweating can lead to skin irritations. Avoid clothing that is too restricting and apply a nice moisturizer or powder to the areas that are most prone to irritation.
  • If swimming is your exercise of choice, be sure to rinse off as soon as possible. Chlorinated pools and salt water can both be a bit dehydrating to the skin and the hair.

Well, I have never been what you would call an “exercise buff,” but my counterpart, Samantha Clayton, has finally found a way to convince me to exercise. Who knew? It’s all about the skin baby!

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


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Sunscreen made easy: understanding UVA, UVB, and SPF by Jacquie Carter

Sunscreen made easy: All you need to know about UVA, UVB, and SPF | Herbalife beauty advice with Jacquie CarterAre you a sunscreen expert? Most people know they need to use sunscreen but their knowledge ends right there, so here’s my ever so simple guide to SPF, UVA, UVB and how you can protect your skin from the sun.

When it comes to protecting our bodies from the sun, it’s important to have a clear understanding of why sun protection is so important for EVERYONE, EVERYDAY.

Let’s break it all down and eliminate any confusion regarding sun protection. We often see acronyms on our skin care products, cosmetics, clothing but do you know what they mean?

  • SPF = Sun Protection Factor
  • UVA = Ultra Violet A (long wave)
  • UVB = Ultra Violet B (short wave)

To protect our skin, we need to be conscientious of the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. They are two very different types of radiation that can damage your skin. To make it simple, remember UVA – A for Aging as these are the rays that age your skin. And, think UVB – B for Burning as these are the rays that burn your skin.

UVA rays cause premature aging

UVA rays are responsible for skin aging and wrinkling and can contribute to skin cancer. Because UVA rays pass easily through the ozone layer, they make up the majority of sun exposure. UVA rays can pass through clouds, glass and clothing. You might not be able to feel them but boy are they there!

UVB rays cause sunburn

UVB rays are responsible for sunburns and cataracts, and they can affect the immune system. Most importantly, UVB rays also contribute to skin cancer.

SPF lets you know how long you can stay in the sun

Sun Protection Factor (or SPF) found in our sunscreen products, does not indicate the amount of protection you will get but instead gives you an idea of how long you can stay in the sun before your skin starts to redden. And, everybody is different! SPF ONLY applies to the UVB rays. It does not apply to the UVA rays. SPF products come in various levels including SPF 15, SPF 30, SPF 50 and more. Here’s how they work: for the sake of easy math let’s say that your skin will start to redden when exposed to the sun in just ten minutes. You would take that ten minutes and multiply it by the SPF number you are using.

For example, if you are using an SPF 30 product:
–  10 minutes x 30 (SPF) = 300 minutes
–  Take the 300 minutes and divide by 60 minutes which equals 1 hour
–  300 minutes / 60 minutes = 5
–  The result: around 5 hours of standard sun protection

If you’re at the beach or in direct sunshine for extended periods, then always err on the side of caution with sunscreen and your chosen sun protection factor. It’s important to not have a false sense of security when it comes to your sunscreen. Many products are not water proof or sweat proof, so you wouldn’t be able to rely on five hours of protection if you were swimming or exercising. The key would be to apply, apply and reapply.

In the United States, many sunscreen products are over-the-counter drugs. Remember to read the indications and warnings on sunscreen labels to understand the benefits and limits of sunscreen products.

Top 11 sunscreen tips

  • Always apply sunscreen, whatever the season.
  • When purchasing sunscreen products always look for “broad spectrum protection” on the label to ensure you are protected against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • The proper amount of sunscreen for your body is about 1 oz. (or 30ml) which is just enough to fill a shot glass. And you need a teaspoon (5 grams) of sunscreen just for your face.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 to 20 minutes before going into the sun. If your skin is already red from the sun, the damage has already started.
  • It’s important to protect every exposed area of the skin including your ears and any bald spots.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection. Not only can your eyelids burn but exposure to the UVB rays can lead to cataracts.
  • Don’t think you’re protected in your car or looking out a window – the sun’s rays can penetrate glass so protect yourself even if you’re not in direct sunlight.
  • Make a habit of reapplying sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day and seek the shade as much as possible.
  • If you simply have to have a tan, use self-tanner. (But remember to wear sunscreen too!)

The sun is a wonderful thing that we all enjoy but the facts are the facts. Unprotected sun exposure is the leading culprit in skin aging and skin cancer. We must protect ourselves each and every day to ensure we live long and healthy lives – while looking fabulous!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. Some Herbalife® products contain sunscreen actives.

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4 Beauty Tips that Require Minimal Effort by Jacquie Carter

Simple beauty tips with a big impact | Jacquie Carter | Herbalife beauty adviceDo you want to look and feel just a little bit better today than yesterday, but with minimal effort? You don’t have to go to extreme measures to achieve beauty; sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.

Here are a few simple at-home beauty tips I’ve come to love over the years that have definitely proved positive.

Simple Beauty Tips with a Big Impact

Simple Beauty Tip: Make Nighttime Skincare Easily Accessible

Don’t go to bed alone! Regardless of whether you’re male or female, you should always clean your face each evening. So, for those late nights when you just can’t muster up the energy to make it to the bathroom, reach towards your nightstand. Try keeping cleansing cloths, night cream and lip balm right next to your bed.

Related Article: 7 Tips to avoid ‘skin pollution’

No matter how tired or, let’s face it – LAZY we are, we won’t fall asleep with a dirty face when our favorite products are within arm’s reach. Remember, doing SOMETHING is better than doing NOTHING. No one wants to wake up to dull skin and clogged pores.

Simple Beauty Tip: A Steamy Shower Can Be Our Best Friend

Humidity, while not always great for our hair, is a good thing for our skin. Moisturizers are attracted to our skin most when it’s still damp from bathing. Combined with the humidity generated from a steamy shower, this is the best time to apply lotions for long lasting hydration. But you need to get started the minute you step out of the shower and before you open the bathroom door! If you wait too long to apply your moisturizer, the water will evaporate from your skin leaving it less receptive to hydration.

My advice? Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing your skin to dry off, then leave it a bit damp and lotion up. Nothing looks more touchable then soft, silky, hydrated skin.

Simple Beauty Tip: Get Glamorous with Some Nice Sheets (or At Least, a Nice Pillowcase)

Tired of waking up with sheet imprints on your face? I know I was! By simply changing to softer sheets, the problem will be gone! Silk or satin sheets won’t leave imprints on your skin. And, if you tend to sleep in the same position night after night, those skin creases just might start to become permanent. By changing to higher quality sheets, you can help prevent these imprints and fine lines.

Satin sheets and pillowcases are also great for our hair. Cotton pillowcases have a rougher surface and the friction caused by tossing and turning during the night can lead to unnecessary hair tangles and even breakage. By switching to satin, your hair will hold its style and will be much more manageable when you wake up in the morning.

And, the best part about switching to satin? You always wake up feeling sexy! Who doesn’t love the feel of silky satin against their skin? In the name of youthful looking skin and hair – go with satin!

Simple Beauty Tip: The One Beauty Tool All Ladies Need

There’s something that I just can’t live without and it’s my eyelash curler! I have yet to master the art of applying false eyelashes, so an eyelash curler is the next best thing. It takes just a few seconds each morning and it’s an inexpensive way to make a huge impact on our appearance. With just a little curl, your eyes instantly look bigger, brighter and more awake. It’s the simplest beauty trick for a big impact. (Men, I’m not saying you shouldn’t try this one but… you might find my other three beauty tips suit you a little more!)

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


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Top tips to beat body acne by Jacquie Carter

Top tips to beat body acneBlemishes and breakouts don’t necessarily just appear on your face. I’ve received many questions from readers who are concerned about body acne—those breakouts that can happen all over your body. What’s going on here?

We all fret over a tiny blemish, especially when it shows up at the most inconvenient time. Men and women both suffer from breakouts, and I can assure you that nobody is thrilled when it happens. Much like facial breakouts, body breakouts can ruin your day. There’s been a lot of discussion these days about body acne. Let’s take a look at some potential reasons behind body breakouts and what we can do about it. Some of these tips are sure are worth trying!

We all understand the importance of hygiene when it comes to the overall health and appearance of skin. There are no worse culprits than dirt and bacteria when it comes to blemishes and breakouts so here are some rules to follow.

Facial Acne

Everyone—men and women alike, must cleanse their face and their body every single day. Facial cleansing is a must and should be done in the morning and the evening before bedtime. Choose a cleanser that is most appropriate for your skin type. If you have frequent breakouts, your skin is probably on the oily side, so choose a gel-based cleanser that’ll help control and remove sebum from the skin.

Bonus Tip: If you have frequent breakouts on your cheeks, be sure you are cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis. And, make sure your telephones are cleaned regularly as well.  The transfer of bacteria can only cause problems for your skin.

Neck breakouts

As if facial breakouts weren’t enough, some deal with breakouts on their neck area too. If your hair is long enough where it touches your neck and shoulders, then you must keep your hair clean. The constant contact between skin and hair can transfer oils, bacteria and hair products to your skin, causing irritation and breakouts. Keep it pulled away from your skin, especially while sleeping.

Bonus Tip: Be wary of collars that are too tight. The tightness of fabrics can irritate your skin.  If you wear a lot of necklaces and scarfs, keep the jewelry and the scarfs clean so as not to transfer bacteria to your neck area. Lastly, when it comes to cleansing, always treat your neck as an extension of your face and be sure to wash in the a.m. and the p.m.  to remove any dirt.

Shoulder irritation

Have you noticed blemishes and breakouts on your shoulder area?  There are a couple of things to think about. Make sure your bra straps are resting comfortably on your shoulders and aren’t too tight. If you’re wearing tank tops, the same thing goes. For men and women who carry messenger bags, back packs or purses: keep it light. A bag that’s too heavy, coupled with the friction, can lead to skin irritation and breakouts.

Breakouts on legs

There’s nothing more frustrating than finding breakouts on your legs and thighs.  When it comes to the upper part of your legs, there can be several culprits that cause those unsightly pimples. In many cases, you may be having a reaction to body lotions, creams, shower gels, laundry detergents, bleach, dryer sheets, you name it. Pay attention if you notice your skin breaking out. For lower legs, you may notice irritation after shaving. Be sure to use a fresh, clean razor, warm water and and be wary leaving depilatory creams on for too long or applying self tanner right after a fresh shave.

Bonus tip: Just like the rest of your body, your legs don’t like to be wrapped too tight. Opt for looser fitting pants and remove any elastic fabrics as soon as possible after a long day.

Acne on your rear

I take it back, there is something worse then finding breakouts on your legs: finding breakouts on your BUTT. What the heck?! Make sure to keep those undies clean, not too tight and find a material that’s breathable. Again, be conscientious of your laundry detergent as some are filled with lots of deodorizers and detergents that can be irritating to your skin. Make sure to keep your backside moisturized as well.

Most commonly: BACNE

Back Acne or ‘Bacne’ definitely gets the most attention for body acne because it’s very common. Bacne! Clever huh? There are so many contributors to back acne including tight clothing, excessive sweating, not showering right after exercising, laying your back against dirty athletic equipment or even a yoga mat. The key here comes right back to cleansing your skin to keep it free from germs and bacteria.

More body acne tips:

  • Bathe, shower and embrace a daily facial skin care regimen
  • Look for blemish fighting products in all forms including facial care, spot treatments and even body washes and soap
  • Hand sanitizer, especially in a spray form can be your best friend when it comes to avoiding dirt and germs that could be causing your breakouts

I hope these tips helped you. There’s nothing worse then having to pass on a fabulous, backless dress due to a bad case of Bacne!

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

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How to create a convincing fake tan: The ultimate no-streaks guide by Jacquie Carter

How to create a convincing fake tan: the ultimate no-streaks guide

Whatever the weather, having glowing skin can help improve everyone’s complexion. Here’s my ultimate guide to fake tan!

Since sunbathing without protection is a big no-no but sun kissed skin is still considered a good beauty look, I know all of us are happy to have a sunless alternative. Let’s raise a cheer for fake tan, also known as sunless tanner.

These sunless tanning products have come a long way in the last few years. The active ingredient in most products, called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), darkens the skin to mimic tanning from the sun. The beauty of fake tan products is that they give us a marvelous tan, as if we’ve just returned from a tropical vacation, without risking burn and skin damage from staying out in the sun too long. Many fake tan options contain SPF and moisturizing ingredients, too.

When they first came on the market, fake tans were unpredictable and you saw a lot of bright orange carrots walking around! Sunless tanners are much better now but you still want to take the right steps to get great results. Read on or watch my video to learn how you can make beautiful sun-kissed skin appear effortless.


Get ready for a sunless tan

Your journey to a beautiful sunless tan ideally starts the night before. Begin by shaving and exfoliating thoroughly. Use a body scrub and pay special attention to areas where your skin is thicker and rougher. You’ll want to smooth out your elbows, knees and ankles as much as possible. Fake tan will color unevenly if it is applied to skin with a different texture so the more you can exfoliate and soften your skin beforehand, the better.

Prepare your skin

Allow plenty of time to apply your fake tan, as well as at least 30 minutes before getting dressed. Your skin should be clean and smooth; apply moisturizer particularly to your rougher areas. Make sure your skin is completely dry as any moisture on the skin can thin the product and cause streaks.

Apply in sections

The biggest challenge with fake tans today is getting even coverage. Some products are tinted so that you can see where you are applying it, but it’s still tough to get perfectly even, streak-free results even for the pros! If this is your first time with a fake tan you’ll want to be super methodical with this next step.

Apply product in sections—arms, legs, stomach, etc.—with a uniform circular motion. Always start from the top and move down; for the arms start with the shoulder then move to the upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, then back of the hand. For your back, use a cloth strap or long handled brush and take your time to cover every inch.

For elbows, knees and ankles, you might want to gently blot some of the excess product after applying so it isn’t too dark. Then apply more moisturizer to those areas.

Don’t give yourself away

Even though the best tans now come from bottles and tubes, giveaway orange hands are not a good look. Wash your hands several times throughout the application process so that your palms don’t get discolored.

Give it time

You should wait at least 30 minutes after applying your fake tan to get dressed, then wear loose clothing for as long as possible so you don’t rub or streak the color. Do not do anything that breaks a sweat or get wet for at least a couple of hours. Did I mention that this is one thing you don’t want to rush through?

It’s a great idea to start with a lighter tan and work your way to a darker one if you wish. Going darker is much easier than trying to lighten up afterwards! If your result is too dark then be patient, it will fade in a couple of days; you can also spot lighten by rubbing a cut lemon on the darker areas.

Stay sun aware

You should always use a self-tanner with sunscreen; otherwise apply your own sunscreen before going out.


Congratulations—you are now beautifully bronzed without ever being exposed to one ray of sunlight! Your tan should look great for 4-7 days before it starts to fade. Some people reapply once a week on their body and twice a week on their face. After a few attempts, you’ll get all of this down to a perfect science after a few weeks.

Of course, if you feel like sharing your colorful mistakes with me right here in comments I won’t judge you, I promise!

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Face Cleansing Mistakes to Avoid by Jacquie Carter

Wash with lukewarm water for best results.

When it comes to washing your face, are you using the right products and methods? Here are some ways you can improve your face cleansing regimen.

When it comes to washing your skin, you need to make sure you are avoiding mistakes that can ultimately do more harm than good. It may be hard to believe, but improper cleansing can lead to skin being dry, oily, irritated or even breaking out. Are you making these mistakes? Let’s take a look at some common face-washing mistakes you may be making and some simple things that you can do to make a difference in the appearance of your skin.

Related Article: 5 Reasons you need to apply a face mask right now!

Not choosing the right cleanser.

The skin on your face is delicate, so you want to avoid products that are too harsh or loaded with irritating detergents and deodorizers. In other words, keep your bar soap for your body only. Look for a facial cleanser that specifically targets your skin type. Oily, dry, sensitive, prone to breakouts, you name it, it’s available to you. The right cleanser will help remove dirt, oil, makeup and impurities from the skin without compromising your skin’s natural barrier. It won’t strip away healthy oils and, as a result, it won’t feel tight, irritated or dried out post-cleansing.

Using cleansers containing irritating ingredients.

It’s really important to read product labels to know not only what is in your cleanser, but also what isn’t. Avoid products with known skin irritants, as well as parabens or sulfates. Sulfates can cause skin to become dry, red and irritated. In fact, many people are allergic to sulfates and don’t even realize it. Look for skin soothing and hydrating ingredients like Aloe Vera. Also, anytime you see antioxidant vitamins included in a product, you know it’s a win for your skin.

Cleansing with water that is too hot or too cold.

When I was a teenager, I always thought that hot water would steam open my pores and freezing cold water would close them up. Guess what? This isn’t true. The best water temperature for your skin is lukewarm. Extremes in temperature can result in unwanted effects on the skin, including capillary damage. Hot water can disrupt your skin’s moisture barrier by stripping away protective oils. When this happens, your skin can become dry, or it can have the reverse effect and kick your oil sebum production into high gear, resulting in oily skin. So use only lukewarm water for the best results.

Rinsing all wrong.

You just can’t be in a big rush when it comes to hygiene! Improper rinsing of the skin can cause more problems than you’ve bargained for. When your cleanser isn’t rinsed away, it can build up on the surface of your skin. We all know that vicious cycle, don’t we? The buildup leads to clogged pores, which leads to breakouts. Your skin may feel dried out, irritated and tight. So be sure to give yourself that extra bit of time to rinse off your cleanser thoroughly for the best results.

Not applying moisturizer.

Serums and moisturizers must be applied immediately after cleansing and toning your skin. Toner helps restore balance to the skin while serums and moisturizers help restore much-needed moisture to keep skin looking and feeling its best. Apply your products while your skin is still damp. If you wait too long and your skin becomes dry, it just makes it a bit more difficult for your moisturizing products to sink into your skin. When this happens, you may notice your skin feels a bit oily or even sticky to the touch.

So now that we know the mistakes, here are few simple tips to improve your daily cleansing results.

  • When applying cleanser to your skin, massage in a gentle, circular motion. This will help remove debris from the surface and help stimulate circulation.
  • When drying your skin with a towel, pat, don’t rub it dry. You don’t want to pull or tug at the skin, as this can cause damage and you could end up looking red and irritated.
  • Only use a clean towel. Never reach for the family hand towel. Germs and bacteria on the skin can wreak havoc with your complexion.

And, my favorite tip of all… yes, I was doing it wrong for years:

  • When showering, save facial cleansing for last. By waiting until the end of your shower, you will be sure to remove all traces of shampoo and conditioner that may have been deposited on your skin.

If you are making any of these mistakes, no problem. They are all easily fixable. Here’s to healthy, more youthful looking skin.

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


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Ways to Help Prevent the Summer Breakout Blahs by Jacquie Carter

Avoid Summer BreakoutOur skin experiences transition during the summer months of the year. But there are a few steps that we can all take to help prevent summer breakout blahs.


Ahh…the joys of summer. The warm weather, the BBQ’s and picnics in the park, lazy days at the beach and OH NO…here comes those dreadful changes in our skin! Looking forward to the warmer weather is one thing, but we all know that with the great weather comes problematic skin for some of us.

Our skin definitely experiences a lot of transition during the summer months of the year, as this is the time to reintroduce a whole lot of substances that the skin may have been able to avoid during the colder months. Think sunscreens, bug sprays, salt water, chlorine and excessive sweating to name a few. But there are a few steps that we can all take to deal with these seasonal breakouts and skin sensitivities and, help prevent the summer breakout blahs.

Help Prevent the Summer Breakout Blahs

Stay Hydrated

This is an oldie but goody and one that we all, men and women alike, need to pay attention to. Of course we want to keep our entire body hydrated during the summertime. Drinking plenty of water helps to replenish the water that we continuously lose, especially during the warmer weather. Just think about sweating for a moment. Dehydration can lead to a whole series of issues including fatigue, muscle cramping, headaches and certain skin issues. Unfortunately, the hot weather months can cause excess oil production for some. And this is not good. When our skin turns oily we tend to cleanse it more frequently and even turn to harsher ingredients in an attempt to decrease that oily looking shine. This behavior can strip our skin by removing the healthy, natural and quite necessary oils that we have. And, when this happens, we end up with skin that is dry, prone to breakouts and potentially quite irritated. If your skin seems to produce more oil then usual during the summer then it may be that it is dehydrated. So, drink plenty of fluids, wash your face in warm water every morning and every evening before bedtime. Choose a gentle cleanser formulated for normal to oily skin and be sure to apply your AM and PM moisturizers post cleansing and toning. And don’t forget about the importance of SPF during the summer. If your skin is exposed, it is prone to damage. Never leave home without it.

Beware of Skin Irritating Germs

Of course germs and bacteria are problematic during the summer months. And now is the time to flip on our germ-a-phobe switch and take every precaution we possibly can to help banish the blemish. First and foremost – hands off! Resist the urge to touch your face. Wiping sweat from your brown, touching your skin and picking at a blemish can all make the problem much more serious then it needs to be. So don’t do it.

  • Keep hand sanitizer with you at all times to help destroy germs and bacteria. And remember to use it. If you shook someone’s hand, use it. If you touched a handrail, use it. If you just pumped gas, road your bike, pushed a shopping cart…use it! The constant transfer of germs and bacteria to your skin will only lead to trouble. Be conscientious.
  • Launder your sheets and pillowcases more frequently. Think about what is crawling around in your bed. Your linens are covered with dead skin cells, bacteria, sweat, traces of makeup, you name it. By changing your linens regularly you are removing all of that debris which has the potential to clog your skin and cause breakouts.
  • Never dry your face with your hand towel. Same rules apply. Change your hand towels frequently and don’t use on your face.
  • Be sure to change out of your workout clothes as soon as possible post workout. You don’t want to leave those sweaty garments on for long. Can you say BACNE?

Be Consistent with Your Skin Care Regimen

We may call them the “lazy days of summer” but when it comes to ending the summer breakout blahs, now is not the time to be lax. Stick with your normal skin care routine no matter what. Cleansers, toner, serum, moisturizer, SPF, scrub and mask are more important now than ever before. If you go to bed with the day’s perspiration left behind on your skin you will probably experience breakouts. Stay on top of your skin care needs and never go to bed without freshly cleansed and treated skin.

Remember Your Hair!

With so much focus on the skin you just might forget about what is happening on top of your head. Your hair just may be the culprit causing those Summer Breakout Blahs. Think of your hair as a net that captures everything in its presence; bacteria, chlorine, salt, odors, oils… it’s all there. Unfortunately it doesn’t just stay there. It can quickly transfer to your skin if it is not properly cleansed and this can ultimately lead to breakouts. Be sure to keep your hair washed and conditioned and, if your hair is long, pull it back into a loose ponytail when you go to bed. This will hopefully keep it off of your face and stop the transfer of non “skin friendly” particles.

Body Beware

Breakouts don’t only happen on the face. The entire body is subject to blemishes and irritation if we aren’t cautious. To avoid unnecessary discomfort practice these few quick tips.

  • Keep your clothing loose fitting in the summertime. Clothing that is too tight can lead to chafing, rashes and red and irritated skin. Keep things breathable and loose to avoid discomfort.
  • Watch out for contact acne. Breakouts along your hairline, under work out clothes, headbands or even bra straps can be the result of sweat and bacteria mixed with a bit of friction. Keep your clothing clean!
  • Apply body lotion from head to toe within minutes of getting out of the shower while your skin is still damp for the best hydrating results.
  • Rinse off as soon as possible after swimming in a chlorinated pool or salty ocean
  • For body hair, keep razors fresh and sharp to avoid shaving irritations. Or better yet, look for a moisturizing depilatory cream instead. Apply a soothing aloe infused gel or lotion post shaving.
  • Exfoliate from head to toe to remove dead skin cells from the surface. The process of exfoliation can also help clean our pores from debris, which is only a good thing.

Let’s banish the Summers Breakout Blahs once and for all and practice these quick and easy tips to keep our skin looking healthy and feeling fabulous.

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

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