Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Year's Resolutions for Better Skin in 2018

How would you rate your happiness with your skin this year? If your complexion has been less-than-perfect, it’s time to adopt some new, healthy habits for better skin in the New Year. Establishing good skincare habits now will ensure beautiful skin for years to come. Follow these New Year’s Resolutions for beautiful, healthy skin in 2018.

1. Adopt a Nightly Routine

It’s the #1 rule of skincare: wash your face before bed! Leaving the day’s dirt, makeup, and pollution on your skin overnight can cause a skin care disaster. It’s also incredibly important to apply a moisturizer nightly, as the skin loses hydrated overnight.

Too tired to bother with skincare before bed? At the very least, keep disposable makeup wipes and a moisturizer on your nightstand so you’ll have no excuses to remove your makeup and hydrate skin before bed. If you have dry skin, try a cream-based moisturizer like Herbacin Night Cream. For oily skin types, use a serum like Herbacin Anti-Age Serum.

2. Sleep 7+ Hours Every Night

Speaking of sleep, are you getting enough rest each night? If not, you may want to start. Research has linked sleep deprivation with accelerated aging and a reduced ability for skin to heal after sun damage. Our body’s cells repair themselves while we sleep, so if you’re not getting enough Zzz’s at night, your body’s ability to recover is impaired. Aim for at least 7 hours every night for better skin in the new year.

3. Wear Sunscreen Every. Single. Day.

You’ve heard this a million times, but the sun does not play well with skin. To prevent premature aging and skin cancer, apply a sunscreen with 30+ SPF every single morning, even if the weather is cloudy or raining. When spending a lot of time outdoors, frequently reapply sunscreen and wear a hat.

4. Change Your Pillowcases

Did you know you should be changing your pillowcase twice per week? Bacteria on pillowcases can lead to breakouts. Say goodbye to zits by swapping out your sheets more often.

5. Toss Your Old Products

Just like the food in your fridge, your beauty products have an expiration date. When beauty products expire, they no longer work as effectively. In some cases, they can also become contaminated, causing skin irritation and breakouts. Cleansers, moisturizers, lip balms, and lotions should all be tossed a year after opening.

6. Invest in an Eye Cream

If you’re not already using an eye cream, now is the time to start. Eye creams and serums are designed specifically to hydrate and repair the delicate skin around the eyes, which is more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles. Using your ring finger, gently dab an eye cream like Herbacin Eye Cream below and around the eye area before bed to keep eyes bright and youthful.

7. Take Your Vitamins

Even if you eat a healthy diet, you may be missing some vitamins and minerals necessary for skin health. To fill in the gaps, take a multivitamin each day.

8. Stop Touching Your Face

We’re sure you’ve heard not to pop pimples. Not only can picking cause scarring, but the bacteria from your fingers can also lead to infections.

Touching your face throughout the day can also lead to breakouts. However, since it’s usually an unconscious habit, break the habit is easier said than done. To help, add a sticky note to your desk or rear view mirror to remind you to keep your fingers away from your skin!

What are your new year’s resolutions? Let us know in the comments!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

8 Tips for Treating Dry Winter Skin

While we love cold temperatures for snuggling and getting cozy by the fire, we don’t love the dry, itchy, and cracked skin that comes with frozen weather. During winter, cold temperatures means less humidity in the air. Dry winter air pulls moisture from the skin, and stuffy indoor heating further exacerbates the problem. If left untreated, dry skin can flake, crack, and even bleed. Fight parched skin this season by following these tips for treating dry winter skin.

1. Say Goodbye to Long, Hot Showers

While a long, scalding hot shower feels amazing during subzero weather, hot water opens pores and dehydrates skin. To keep skin hydrated, shorten showers to 5-10 minutes and use warm water instead of hot. Pat skin dry with a soft towel, and apply a moisturizer like Herbacin Kamille Body Lotion while skin is still damp to lock in hydration. 

2. Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

Keep skin healthy by gently exfoliating once per week. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, preventing thickening and drying out of the skin. Invest in a gentle exfoliating scrub or a vitamin C serum, which dissolves dead skin.

3. Upgrade Your Moisturizer

When temperatures plummet, it’s time to switch up your face moisturizer. Look for a rich moisturizer enriched with hydrating ingredients such as botanical oils and shea butter, like Herbacin Night Cream. Apply before bed for hydrated, healthy skin in the morning!

4. DIY a Hydrating Mask

Why buy an moisturizing mask when you can make one at home? In a small bowl, mix ½ ripe avocado with 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt and ½ teaspoon of honey. Apply in a thin, even layer all over face. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes, and then wash off with warm water. Repeat once per week all winter long, or anytime skin is feeling a little parched!

5. Prevent Chapped Lips

Cold temperatures and chilly winds can lead to chapped, flaky, and cracked lips. Always keep a moisturizing lip balm on hand, like Herbacin Kamille Lip Balm. Apply before going outdoors and whenever lips feel dry. Exfoliate chapped lips by gently rubbing them with a wet toothbrush and applying lip balm afterwards.

6. Add Omega-3’s

Omega-3 fatty acids enable skin, nails, and hair to retain their natural moisture. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in foods like salmon, olive oil, walnuts, flaxseed, and kidney beans. Not a fan of fish and nuts? Not to worry. Take a fish oil supplement instead for your daily dose of skin-hydrating fatty acids.

7. Drink Up!

Hydrate from the inside out by drinking plenty of water. Bored with regular water? Add herbs or fruits to water for natural flavor.

8. Keep Moisturizer On Hand

As flu season spikes, we may find ourselves washing our hands more. While washing your hands is a healthy habit, repeated exposure to soap and hot water dries out skin.

At home, keep a non-greasy hand lotion like Herbacin Kamille Hand Cream next to your sink so you can moisturize after every hand wash. Keeping a hand cream in your purse, on your desk, or in your car will ensure that you always have hydration on the go.

How do you keep your skin moisturized during the winter? Let us know in the comments!