Calm Irritated Sensitive Skin

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Sensitive skin reacts very easily to a number of factors such as weather, products, and hormones. Reactions can vary from light irritation to redness and skin dryness, to larger issues such as rosacea and skin peeling. Inflamed sensitive skin can be made worse by using the wrong products. It can be further exacerbated by personal issues such as stress or anxiety. If you have sensitive skin and are prone to irritation we’ll guide you through a variety of ways to help calm your skin.

Cut Out Your Triggers

The easiest way to calm sensitive skin is to make sure it never flares up. Pay attention to specific foods, drinks or environmental factors that can make your skin react. If there is a certain food that makes you red try to avoid or substitute it. Likely trigger foods may be dairy, sugar, meat, and saturated fats. Try to maintain an antioxidant-rich diet of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables instead.. When it comes to drinks sugary sodas, coffee and alcohol are likely culprits that can also trigger skin reaction and sensitivity. Try to limit your consumption of these and consider them more as indulgences than staple beverages. Water, herbal teas and fresh fruit juices are your best bets.

Soothe With Mist

If your skin starts reacting you can counteract feelings of heat and redness with a soothing mist. Use a water-based product with soothing qualities and formulas with lavender oil, cucumber or calendula, which can be hydrating and calming and make your skin feel and look better with a few spritzes. Keep a mist on hand particularly in skin-irritating situations such as post-workout, on a plane or in an extremely hot climate. Follow the spritzing with a moisturizer so your skin stays hydrated even after the water evaporates.

Calming Moisturizer

With sensitive skin you should be using products with minimal ingredients. Most important is that your moisturizer does not contain fragrance or alcohol, and it should also be non-comedogenic. Look for products that contain ceramides and have restorative qualities. Also consistency is huge for skin that flares up easily. Once you find a product that works on your skin you should keep it stocked in your beauty closet for the long run.

Go Green

Green should be your favorite color when it comes to helping calm your skin. The first one is green tea. You can buy cleansers, toners and moisturizers with this ingredient to help calm your skin. Alternatively you can create a homemade soothing toner by steeping a few green tea teabags then letting the water cool off, soaking a washcloth and letting it gently rest on your face for a few minutes. It will have a cool and restorative effect on your skin. The other way that the color green can help is by using a green-based primer to hide redness. When your skin is particularly irritated this is a good way to create a base for your skin so that you can apply foundation.

Cleanse and Exfoliate Gently

Cleansing and exfoliating are big parts of having healthy skin but they can also be triggers for irritation. If you cleanse with alcohol or fragrance you can irritate your skin. When you exfoliate make sure to avoid products that have a gritty, harsh quality to them and contain sand or crystals. These are too harsh and can cause a flare-up. To still rid your skin of dead skin cells look out for products with antioxidants or gentle acids that can peel away the top layer without stripping your skin. We recommend Garnier SkinActive’s Clean+ Gentle Clarifying Cleansing Gel which is specifically designed for sensitive skin and has a cooling texture that will clean and restore your skin. There are also on-the-go wipes for sensitive skin which help cleanse and soothe skin.

Get Rid Of Blackheads

Contrary to popular belief, blackheads are not caused by dirt, they are caused when excess sebum and dead skin cells block up a pore, so repeatedly scrubbing your face clean will not do a lot of good. In fact, if you wash your face too often, it will cause your skin to create even more sebum, so the blackheads will just come back again. That’s not to say that you should never wash your face again! Just don’t overdo it. If blackheads are a persistent problem for you, here are ten tips that will help you get rid of blackheads, and keep them away for good.

1. Use an oil free cleanser

While over-washing can be counterproductive, you still need to keep your skin clean and do what you can to avoid too much oil building up. Use an oil-free skin cleanser, twice a day, and pay particular attention to the oily zones on your face. After you have cleansed your face, use an oil-free moisturiser, and that will stop your skin drying out.

2. Keep everything clean

As well as keeping the oil on your skin to a minimum, you also need to be aware of the oil you might be picking up from other places. Your pillowcases, for example, can trap oil and sweat in them and then it will transfer back onto your face. Keep anything that comes into contact with your skin clean, and that includes your phone as well.

3. Exfoliate regularly

You shouldn’t try to use exfoliation as a means to scrub the blackheads out of your skin, because that would just make your skin sore. You should, however, exfoliate regularly, as a way to keep dead skin cells from blocking up your pores. Use a gentle exfoliator twice a week and that will lift dead skin cells and help to keep blackheads at bay.

4. Steam

Another good tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use facial steaming, it is a very effective way of removing excess oil and dirt. It also softens the skin and opens up the pores, which will make it easier for any blocked pores to be cleaned out. Simply hold your head over a bowl of steaming water and let the steam do its job. If you do that every two weeks, it will keep blackheads to a minimum.

5. Bentonite clay

Next tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use bentonite clay, it does a wonderful job of drawing the oil and impurities out of the pores, whilst at the same time, nourishing the skin with minerals. To make a bentonite face mask, just mix bentonite clay with water to make a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave it to dry for fifteen minutes and then rinse off with warm water and moisturise.

6. Honey and cinnamon pore strips

You can make your own homemade pore strips with honey, cinnamon and a few strips of clean cotton. They are great for pulling out blackheads, and they are antibacterial as well, so they will stop infection setting in. Make up a paste of equal parts honey and cinnamon powder and apply that to your skin. Lay a piece of clean cotton over the paste and leave it for 5 minutes. When you pull the cotton strips off your skin, blackheads will come out with it and your skin will be lovely and clean.

7. Egg whites

Another tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use eggs. Egg whites will help reduce excess sebum in the skin they will also tighten the pores, which can help force blackheads out. Just whip up two egg whites, apply it your face, and leave it on for 10 minutes before you wash it off again with lukewarm water. Egg whites also contain loads of protein, so, as well as helping to get rid of blackheads; it will also nourish your skin and leave you with a healthy looking glow.

8. Baking soda

We have already mentioned that exfoliating can help you get rid of blackheads, but you don’t want to use anything that’s too course, or it will aggravate your skin and make it sore. That’s why baking soda is so good for this job, because it is very fine. Just mix baking soda into it a paste and gently massage your skin with it. It will lift dead skin cells and clean out the pores.

9. Lemon juice

Another fabulous tip on how to get rid of blackheads is to use lemon juice. The citric acid in lemon juice will break down dead skin cells and clean out blocked pores. Cleanse your face first and pat it dry. Then, dab some fresh lemon juice on the skin and leave it on for about ten minutes before you wash it off again and moisturise.

10. Green tea

Green tea is another home remedy that you can use to clear up blackheads. It breaks down the sebum and clears out the pores. Steep two green teas bags and allow the tea to cool until it is lukewarm. Dab the tea on your face with cotton wool, and leave it on for ten minutes. Repeat that once a day and you will soon notice a reduction in the number of blackheads that you get.

Should You Know About Korean Beauty Secrets

If you’re fashion, style, or beauty obsessed like us, you’re probably aware that Asia is often a decade ahead of the western hemisphere when it comes to trends and products. Pastel hair colors have hit the Internet hard, but they’ve been popular in Japan for years! Recently, no country more so than Korea has dominated the beauty and skincare game. Every company from Sephora to Chanel has started picking up the Korean beauty trends to make them ubiquitous and chic. If you aren’t familiar with the fabulous pampering of the Korean beauty regime, then relax, throw on a sheet mask, and keep reading!

Sheet masks

You’ve probably seen them all over Instagram, or sold individually packaged at the aisle-of-wallet-emptying in your local Sephora. Sheet masks are face masks that come prepackaged and evenly spread onto thin pastel paper. Just like any good mask, some exfoliate, some rejuvenate, and some moisturize – but all of them make you feel like a queen. They’re so easy to use, too – unfold, smooth over your skin, take a few selfies, and watch an episode of the Bachelorette. Rinse, and just try to stop touching your rose-petal-smooth skin!

Soft, straight eyebrows

The popular Korean eyebrow is very different from the arched, sharp ‘Instagram’ brow that was brought into the spotlight by celebrities like Kim Kardashian. Instead, Korean makeup gurus prefer a very soft, straight, and full eyebrow. These brows are created with a pencil, and often are ashier in color. It’s important to use small strokes and build slowly – the goal is to keep your brows looking as natural as possible.

Double cleansing

This is another one of important Korean beauty secrets. Korean ladies take the care of their skin very seriously, and part of that skincare involves very regimented but gentle cleansing methods. Double cleansing is exactly what it sounds like – cleansing twice. Korean cleansers are often oil-based, and the first cleanse is meant to remove makeup and dirt, while the second is to gently exfoliate. Because of the oil, double cleansing won’t strip skin of its natural moisture barrier, and will leave it feeling supple and smooth. Always follow up with a good moisturizer!

Lip stains

Lip stains are certainly nothing new to us – ancient Romans were applying ‘stains’ made of berries as lipstick and rouge for centuries! However, the Korean method is very unique – it involves creating a gradient. This trend is called ‘bitten’ lips, and requires concealer around the edges of the lips with a soft lip stain at the center, blended outwards. It creates a very natural-looking finish, and won’t get all over your wine glass!

Sponge blush and foundation

Another one of Korean beauty secrets is sponge blush and foundation trend. We’re obsessed! Here’s the concept: instead of your blush or foundation being packaged as a liquid, powder, or mousse, it arrives (always with the cutest packaging) as a cushion – just like stamp ink cushions! Pressing the cushion releases the product, and you can use any tool you like to apply on your face. The best thing about this packaging method is the buildable product, and ‘less is more’ mentality surrounding it. Your skin will have the most refreshing dewy glow (glowing skin is a keystone of Korean beauty), and you’ll never look cakey again.

BB cream

BB cream, aka Blemish Balm or Beauty Balm infiltrated the North American and European beauty markets a few years ago – and no one has looked back since. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere, BB cream is a magical blend of lightweight moisturizer and foundation. And sunscreen, and toner, and primer, and serum. Yeah, it basically does everything. When applied, it creates a light, even coverage on your skin without making it look less like…well, skin. Your entire natural glow still shines through – which is the best part about it, in our humble opinion.

CC Cream

This is like BB cream, but more intense. CC cream has moisturizer, and heavier tinted coverage, but it also is chock-full of exfoliants and skin-saving vitamins. The most important distinction, though, is that CC often stands for Color Corrector – CC creams often have a color correcting elements to battle redness from blemishes, or under eye circles. Both BB cream and CC cream vary from brand to brand, so it’s important to test out a few, grab some samples, and find your favorite.


Next one of Korean beauty secrets is essence. Korean skincare is so futuristic; it has products you’ve (probably) never even heard of! Don’t worry, essences are simple and totally useful. Basically, an essence product is meant to encourage cell regeneration and exfoliate very gently. It’s meant to be used after cleansing, and it hydrates, exfoliates, brightens, and firms. Sort of like a toner, but way better!


Korean beauty centers around taking incredibly good care of your skin – and that includes keeping it protected from UV rays. Brands like Shiseido and Biore have incredible lightweight sunscreens (with both a high UV index and PA) that are non-comedogenic and sit beautifully under makeup. Often, many BB and CC creams come with sunscreen already included, but it never hurts to add a little more! We think any shade of skin is beautiful, and every shade needs to be protected from the sun on a daily basis – even when it’s overcast.

Puppy-dog eyeliner

And finally, one of popular Korean beauty secrets is puppy-dog eyeliner. This cute and quirky eyeliner style mirrors the winged cat-eye liner that is all the rage right now in other parts of the world. It follows a very similar premise – thin, crisp eyeliner on the top lid that wings outwards. However, while a cat-eye wings upwards, the puppy-dog eyeliner wings slightly down! It’s a cool way to create a different expression and look, and is a very nice subtle way to wear eyeliner.

Know Your Skin Types

How Do I Know My Skin Type?

Your skin is as unique as you are, and there are plenty of factors that can change and affect the way it looks, including age and the environment. Knowing your skin type can help you take care of your body’s largest organ by selecting the best products suited for its needs. Generally speaking, there are three main skin types: normal, dry, and oily. However, it also possible to have more than one skin type, known as combination skin. On top of that, some people may also have sensitive skin, which can affect any skin type. Sensitive skin is characterized by increased sensitivity to products as well as other elements such as weather. Sensitive skin is best diagnosed by a dermatologist.

Check out the characteristics of different skin types to discover which category your skin falls into:

Normal Skin

Normal skin is not too oily and not too dry. If you have this skin type, you probably don’t suffer from skin ailments, such as acne, very often. Nor does your skin feel very tight and dry when you wake up in the morning – it just feels normal.

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you may suffer from flaky patches or spots of redness. The condition of your skin is likely affected by the weather, like wind, and may feel more irritated after a shower or indoor heating. Dry skin can feel very tight and uncomfortable.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is most often associated with teenagers, but it can also affect other age groups as well. Humid weather, stress and hormones can also exacerbate oily skin. Oily skin feels greasy and often shows pimples, blackheads and enlarged pores.

Combination Skin

Combination skin occurs when you have more than one skin type on different areas of your face. Combination skin often needs different products to treat different areas. If you have combination skin, you may have an oily T-zone, which feels greasy, but dry patches on your cheeks that feel tight.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, then you may suffer from periodic bouts of redness, dryness, itchiness and burning. Skincare products not specifically tailored to sensitive skin, as well as other items that come into close contact with this skin type, can cause irritation to the skin. However, exposure to the sun, as well as indoor air conditioning and heating and other environmental factors, can also affect sensitive skin.

Know More About Daily Skin Care

Skincare Tips for Healthy Skin Everyday

The all-natural selfie: It’s the newest trend in Hollywood, but you ever wonder what it takes for celebrities to maintain that amazing skin? Do they have personal assistants in town all day, applying foundation and moisturizer? Maybe they spend hours each week getting beauty treatments?

The truth is that good skin is a combination of a healthy lifestyle and effective skincare. You don’t have to live like a celebrity to have that level of glowing skin; you just need to implement healthy choices and practice a good routine. Learn how to below:

The Healthy Lifestyle Advantage

Your skin is your body’s largest organ and one of your most valuable assets. Caring for it goes beyond just skincare products. The things you do every day matter:

• What you eat: Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are great for your skin. For optimum results, increase your vitamin C intake, and lower your intake of unhealthy fats and refined carbohydrates. As a general rule, colorful meals are better for you than neutral colored foods such as potatoes, which are starchy and less nutritious.
• How much you exercise: Stress is hard on skin because it triggers acne and rashes. Exercise is a natural way to counteract stress, so get up and moving at a moderate pace (at least 30 minutes on most days).
• How much water you drink: Water is nature’s moisturizer, and that includes the water you drink. Drinking plenty of water helps keep your skin supple and glowing.

All of these habits go into creating a healthier, happier version of your skin.

Your Daily Skincare Routine

In the morning rush, you might not have time for an extensive skincare routine. But don’t fret! There are little tweaks you can make to your morning routine that can have a big impact on your skin.

• Limit your morning shower: Long, hot showers will dry out your skin. Keep the water warm, not hot and the shower or bath short.
• Use the right cleanser for your skin type: If your skin is dry, look for a product that hydrates. If you wear a lot of makeup, use a product designed to remove it. Try sample sizes until you find the cleanser that looks and feels best to you – this isn’t a one size fits all situation.
• Pat your skin dry: Avoid rubbing or scrubbing to remove the water; instead, pat your skin dry. A little water left on your skin helps add moisture.
• Apply an appropriate moisturizer immediately after showering: It should be light and not overly greasy.
• Protect yourself from UV rays: Buy skincare products that have SPF protection. Your skin will thank you with a healthy and happy glow.
From making conscious, healthier eating choices, to shortening your morning shower ever so slightly, taking little steps like this can make a big difference in how you feel in your skin.

Take Care Your Skin

It’s important to take care of your body. When it comes to taking care of your skin, you want to make the time and investment. The sooner you start making smart, healthy skin choices, the better off your skin will be long-term. Whether you practice a basic routine or a more complex one, maintaining healthy skin pays off in the long-run.

The Basic Routine

A basic, easy-to-follow skincare routine has three main (but essential) parts: cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. Knowing the correct order to apply products makes your skincare routine more effective.

1. Cleanse

Washing your face with water alone isn’t enough to rid the skin of impurities, and traditional soaps can be too harsh. A cleanser removes dirt, debris, oil and makeup from your skin – we suggest doing this twice a day, especially before bed. Choose a cleanser based on your skin’s needs. If you have oily skin, it may benefit from additional acne-fighting ingredients. If you have dry skin, choose a cleanser that won’t strip your skin of moisture. By cleansing your skin, other products will work better and your skin will benefit overall.

2. Exfoliate

Buildup of dead cells on the skin’s surface can cause acne, dull complexion or wrinkles. An exfoliator gets rid of the buildup, giving your skin a healthy glow. Exfoliate according to product instructions.

3. Moisturize

All skin types, even oily skin, benefit from a moisturizer. Moisturizers help balance the skin’s natural moisture levels and give a healthy, refreshed appearance. Opt for an oil-free moisturizer if you have oily or combination skin. A moisturizer with SPF is best for daytime, as it protects against sun damage. Use a night cream suited to your skin type, which offers deep moisture when you need it most. Day and night, an eye cream, designed specifically for the delicate skin around the eye area, should also be applied directly after moisturizing.

The Advanced Treatment Routine

All skin types need a basic routine. However, an advanced treatment routine is recommended for those with particular skin needs. If you have oily, dry skin or blemished skin you may benefit from advanced treatment. Advanced treatments can also help prevent signs of aging like fine lines, dullness, and deeper wrinkles. Products for a more advanced skin care treatment, in addition to the three basic steps, include:


Toner is designed to prime your skin for further treatment. After cleansing, toner helps soften and calm the skin, eliminating any remaining residue and priming it for further steps. Unlike a cleanser, toner remains on the skin – there’s no need to wash it off.

Those with particular concerns, such as acne control or age prevention, can look for toners that help treat or prevent acne and wrinkles. If you have sensitive skin or wrinkles, look for a toner that is alcohol-free to prevent irritation and over-drying.


After exfoliating, and before applying moisturizer, use treatment products that target your specific skin concern, such as an acne cream or an anti-aging serum. If you have more than one specific skin concern, you’ll benefit from layering the products to maximize their efficacy. Lighter products, like serums, go on first. Heavier creams and ointments go on last, just before the moisturizer.


Facial masks provide an additional therapeutic boost to help treat any skincare woes. Masks are designed to target everything from acne to dry skin to dark spots, depending on the ingredients they contain. Unlike serums and creams, masks rest on the skin for a short period of time to deep clean the skin and improve texture. Typically, they are in a cream or gel form, and gradually dry and tighten the skin as they draw out impurities and add moisture to the skin.

Tissue Masks

Tissue masks are fabric cloths that are designed to give your face a more intensive treatment, during a short period of time. Depending on the mask, they can be used once a week or nightly, read the instructions for application details. Each tissue mask contains a heavy dose of serums and the application via the mask on your face creates an occlusive environment for the ingredients to penetrate. Tissue masks are usually recommended as part of a nighttime skincare regimen, followed by a night moisturizer.

Cleansing Waters

Cleansing waters remove dirt, oil and makeup like a cleanser. They are different from typical cleansers because they do not need to be rinsed off. Cleansing waters are a favorite for people with a busy schedule because they are easy to use and require only one step to remove makeup and clean the skin before treatments and moisturizers. They work well for all skin types, including acne-prone skin, dry skin and sensitive skin.

Dark Spot Treatments

If you have dark spots, treatments are available in the form of serums, masks, and creams that help to lessen the appearance of dark spots over time. Depending on the application, dark spot treatments can be used as part of your nightly skincare routine, or as a once-a-week mask treatment.

The Right BB Cream For You

BB creams are no longer just a skin care trend; the versatile beauty balm is here to stay. In the past few years these miracle balms have merged skin care and make up together to give us beautiful-looking skin. There are several types of BB creams in the market and today we’re looking at how you can find the right BB cream for your skin type. Learn about the different types of BB cream and how they best suit different skin types.

What Is BB Cream?

BB cream a.k.a. ‘blemish balm’ cream is a multifaceted combination of products. It merges moisturizer, primer, SPF, foundation, and concealer. It’s a one-stop-shop product that was initially popular in Asia and now has spread all over the world with its ease of use and ability to beautify skin in a matter of seconds. Using this all-encompassing cream can cut down your skin care and make up routine and product arsenal by a lot. If you haven’t tried it yet you should definitely give it a try. Unsure where to start? Look out for the three S’s which determine what’s right for your skin.

1. Skin Type

Different skin types have different needs and while BB cream can complement and improve the appearance of all skin types it’s important that you get the right one for you. If you have dry skin, look for a nourishing and hydrating BB cream with moisturizing formulas. A great BB cream for your skin would have humectants or ceramides to help restore hydration on your skin.

2. SPF

Most BB creams have SPF which makes it an especially convenient product in your skin care routine. When you use BB cream you may not need to apply sunscreen and make up separately — they come together as one easy-to-use product. It protects your skin from the sun and can help you avoid sun damage throughout all seasons. If you are fair you should go for a high SPF. SPF 15 should be your benchmark but you can also go higher and use an SPF 30. Protect your skin on a daily basis as sun exposure can account for up to 90 percent of premature skin aging.

3. Shade

Of course you want to have a BB cream that suits your skin tones. BB creams come in a variety of shades and it’s important that you get a product that complements your complexion. Garnier SkinActive’s 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream comes in two shades — Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. BB cream provides instant coverage and correction and can adapt to your skin type. Before you buy a product decide which shade is right for you to make sure that your skin looks natural and glowing every day.

Application Tips

1. Layering

A really cool feature of BB cream is that it can provide buildable coverage. Let’s say normally your skin is blemish-free and even toned; on those days you will only apply one layer of BB cream. For those days that your skin is blemished or uneven you can layer your BB cream in the affected areas. This will help smooth, brighten and even out your skin’s appearance giving you a flawless look.

2. Use A Make Up Brush

Of course you can use your fingers but to achieve layering and seamlessness try using a make up brush to apply BB cream. It will help you blend coverage and may also help you avoid transferring dirt, oil and bacteria from your fingers onto your face. Just make sure to clean your make up brush on a weekly basis so that you are working with a clean applicator (or use a makeup sponge that you can toss after using). You can cleanse your make brushes easily with micellar water.

Should You Know About Skin Care For Beginners

Is this you? You know you need to take care of your skin but you’re not sure what skin care routine is best for you. You want your skin to look good every day but need some pointers on how to get there. The world of skin care is hard to navigate and can be quite overwhelming. Follow our easy skin care routine and we’ll guide you to skin happiness!

Step #1 Determine what skin type you have

Is your skin oily and shiny particularly in the T-zone? You probably have oily skin. Is your skin flaky and feels tight to the touch? Your skin is likely dry. Do you  get blemishes and find that products irritate your skin  We bet that you have sensitive skin. And if your skin is free from the issues s listed above and without blemishes you probably have normal skin.

Step #2 Cleansing

Now that you know what type of skin you have you’re ready to address its needs and find the best cleanser. For oily skin use a gentle face wash that doesn’t contain alcohol, which can dry your skin and cause it to produce more oil. For dry skin try a creamy cleanser that removes dirt but does not strip the skin of its natural oil. For combination skin we recommend a face wash specially formulated for that skin type. It will hydrate the drier parts of your face but not dry your skin out. For sensitive skin a gentle cleanser with fewer ingredients and no fragrance is recommended. For normal skin try a gentle cleanser to maintain your skin’s moisture and natural barrier.

Step #3 Toner

Toner can provide an extra boost of clean particularly on oily or combination skin where the T-zone tends to get a little extra shiny. Dab a little on the oiliest area to tighten pores and remove any leftover residue. Use a product that’s gentle and does not contain, or contains a small amount of alcohol as it could make your oil glands produce more oil in response.

Step #4 Moisturize

No matter what your skin type you always need to moisturize. It’s a crucial part of your skin looking and feeling good. For oily skin we recommend a lightweight, non-clogging, oil-free moisturizer. For dry skin try using a thicker cream. For combination skin look for a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer. For sensitive skin, a lightweight cream with less ingredients and is fragrance and alcohol-free is your best bet. Normal skin needs a gentle yet light moisturizer to maintain its natural balance.

With just four easy steps you have yourself your own easy skincare routine!

Know More About Eye Cream

The skin around the eyes is interesting: you’ve probably treated this region with care identical to the rest of your face until one day you notice changes. You wake up with dark circles, fine lines, or the onset of crows-feet and realize this area needs a lot more tender love and care. The skin around our eyes can be one of the first areas of our face to show signs of aging, so it’s critical that we learn the products most effective at treating it. In this article, we cover how to find the best eye cream or gel for you.

How is your eye area different from the rest of your face?

The skin around your eyes is very thin and fragile, and is susceptible to dryness. That compounded with the fact that your eyes move constantly through blinking and squinting, are all reasons why lines and wrinkles tend form there faster.

Additionally your eye area is unique in that fluid can collect, causing puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams and gels can help with these issues.

What type of eye creams should you use?

Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, the area around your eyes may be more likely to flake and suffer from severe dryness. Use a cream that’s thicker than your regular moisturizer to hydrate your skin.

Dark Circles and Puffiness

You’re trying your best to get rid of fluid which is making your eye area puffy. Try using a product with retinol. For example Garnier’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller uses Vitamin C, mint, and caffeine to plump around the skin’s delicate area. It can also diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

Fine Lines and Wrinkles Around Your eyes

Antioxidants can help the skin on your face appear more youthful and bright; the same applies to your eye area. Retinol, Vitamin C, and peptides can reduce the appearance of fine lines.

All Skin Types

Sun exposure is the number one source of damage to your under eye area. Make sure to always wear at least SPF 15 every single day, but ideally an SPF 25 or higher. Also, wearing sunglasses that protect from UVA and UVB rays are a must.

How to Hide Dark Circles and lines with Concealer

Even if you’ve taken all preventative measures, sometimes you might still need an extra pick me up. A quick way to hide dark circles or fine lines is to strategically apply concealer. A silicone-based formula will do the trick. Initially, apply in the inner corners of the eyes then glide across the entire area to cover dark areas.

What external factors can reduce dark circles and premature aging in your eye area?


Yes, you know that smoking is bad for you (don’t do it!) but there are specific ways that smoking cigarettes can affect your eye area negatively. Smoking deprives your skin of Vitamin C, which is vital in the fight against aging and is also a natural source of protection against sun rays. Smoking can also result in the area under your eyes having a blueish tint that registers as dark circles around the eye.


Salt can retain water in your body which can then lead to under eye puffiness. Reduce your consumption of overly salty foods, such as pre-frozen and pre-packaged foods. Better yet, skip them completely and replace with fresh vegetables and fruits. Make sure to hydrate your body and maintain a healthy lifestyle.


The importance of sleep for your eye area is two-fold; a night of bad sleep can be visible on your face in the appearance of dark circles. Additionally, if you sleep on your side or stomach you may be accumulating fluid in your delicate eye area. One way to avoid this is by sleeping on your back and getting at least 7-8 hours of shut-eye.

Your eye area is the most sensitive part of your face and can age prematurely. By taking the right steps in your skin care routine and maintaining a healthy lifestyle you can keep your eyes looking young and bright as long as possible.

Find The Best Moisturizer

Moisturizer is an essential part of skin care but it’s also tough to navigate — each skin type has specific needs. Your skin most likely falls into one of the following categories; normal, dry, oily, sensitive or combination. Accordingly, you need to cater to your skin’s needs with ingredients that produce optimal results. If you’re unsure what moisturizer works best for your skin type, we’ve created a handy guide. Just remember no matter what you do, always moisturize your face. Not following this important step in your skin care regimen could reduce your skin’s appearance and who wants that!  .

Normal Skin

How do you know if you have normal skin?
Your skin texture is even and does not have oiliness or flakiness.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Normal skin is balanced and usually free from breakouts. Maintain your skin’s balance by choosing a moisturizer that is neither too thick nor too slippery. A refreshing gel cream with antioxidants is a good option for you. Antioxidants can help strengthen your skin’s protective barrier to shield you from pollution and other environmental factors. It will also lock in moisture keeping your skin hydrated and feeling supple.

Oily Skin

How do you know if you have oily skin?
Your pores are enlarged and you tend to develop shine on your face not long after you finish cleansing. You are more prone to blemishes in your T-zone area and make up tends to dissolve off your skin after a few hours.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
It’s a common misconception that people with oily skin don’t need moisturizer but that isn’t true. It’s important to add moisture to oily skin particularly after cleansing to prevent it from getting dried out. We recommend a hydrating, oil-free moisturizer. Also consider using a moisturizer with oil-control so that your skin will be ready for makeup afterward.

Dry Skin

How do you know if you have dry skin?
Your skin can feel tight and it often features irritated or flaky sections.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
As your skin has a tendency to flake it’s important to cleanse off dead skin cells first and then apply moisturizer to restore and hydrate it. The product richest in consistency isn’t necessarily the best product. Instead try to look out for the right ingredients. Look for a moisturizer with ceramides or essential oils. They will help your dry skin look supple and hydrated.

Combination Skin

How do you know if you have combination skin?
Your T-zone (forehead, chin and nose) tends to be shiny with enlarged pores. Your cheeks however are dry and can feel tight.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
There are differing opinions on how to treat the T-zone. Some people say to treat these differing areas on your face as if they were separate entities. For your T-zone, moisturize it with oil-free moisturizer or apply an oil-control cream. Then you could apply a nourishing moisturizer to your dry cheeks and outer regions of your face. If you would prefer to just use one product, you can also use a moisturizer for combination skin which can soothe and hydrate and could work for both regions on your face.

Sensitive Skin

How do you know if you have sensitive skin?
Your skin is highly reactive to products and you are likely to experience skin irritations.

What type of moisturizer should you choose?
Use a gentle moisturizer and steer clear of any products with scent, dyes or parabens. When you find a moisturizer that works for your skin try to stick with it. This can help soothe your skin and help you avoid future breakouts.

Hopefully after reading this article you have figured out your skin type and how you can best moisturize it. Especially now in the colder months of the year it’s essential that you protect and hydrate your skin no matter your skin type.

The Sun Affect Skin Types Differently

The sun plays a huge role in the health of our skin. It can determine how quickly our skin ages, can cause dark spots and in certain cases can even skin cancer. There are benefits and drawbacks to the sun. It can help our bodies produce Vitamin D, which is a crucial vitamin to our health, but it can also cause long-term skin damage. Today we’re looking at the different ways the sun can impact our skin by looking at how it affects different skin tones and skin types.

How Skin Color Reacts in the Sun

Dark skin

Dark skin has certain advantages in the sun as there is more melanin present in this skin type. This melanin prevents skin from developing sunburn or skin cancer as quickly as fairer skin types might. However the increased level of protection does not mean that people with olive, brown or black skin should avoid putting on SPF. Darker skin types can also get skin cancer and are often diagnosed too late, unlike those with fairer skin. Also darker skin is more likely to have acne scarring and dark spots because it produces more melanin.

Fair Skin

Fairer skin is more susceptible to sun damage and is more likely to burn in the sun. Fair skin has a shorter time span of self-protection in the sun. If you have very fair skin, moles on your skin, or a history of melanoma in your family you need to be extremely careful when in the sun.

Whether your skin is dark or fair you should always protect your skin with broad spectrum SPF every single day, rain or shine. It’s also crucial to check your skin for abnormalities such as unusually shaped moles or unhealed sores, something most people fail to do. A study conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology showed that while most people suspect they may have sun damage they fail to self-inspect or seek professional help: “Despite the majority of people surveyed (58 percent) who believe they are at risk for sun damage, half of them have never checked their own skin or had a medical professional check their skin for sun-damage related skin conditions.”

How Different Skin Types are affected by the Sun

Oily Skin

Oily skin is naturally more resistant to sun than other skin. The extra oil acts as an extra layer of protection against the sun’s rays. Your skin is less likely to burn than other skin types and in fact may tan quicker. Just don’t forget to apply a non-comedogenic and lightweight SPF so as to not clog your pores. Since your skin is oily, clogged pores can result in blackheads or breakouts if the oil becomes trapped. Also make sure to wear at least SPF 15 to protect your skin from sun exposure.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can react adversely to sun exposure. In severe cases itching and rashes can occur on sensitive skin. This is more likely to happen on skin that is more sensitive because you are using products formulated with retinoids or AHAs and if you are taking certain medications. The best way to safeguard sensitive skin is by using SPF but be mindful of the type you apply. “For people with extremely sensitive skin (or people who had certain procedures done such as chemical peels),

Dry Skin

Sun exposure can further dry out this skin type because it may decrease moisture and essential oils from skin’s surface. Dry skin can appear exceptionally parched in appearance, look flaky and feel tight to the touch after being exposed to the sun. You can protect dry skin by moisturizing and protecting it with SPF. Kill two birds with one stone by using a product that is hydrating and protects you from the sun.

Overnight Mas For Great Skin

Overnight Masks, also known as sleeping creams, may be fairly new to the skin care market but they are worth the try. This trend has made it stateside from Korea and if you want to wake up with glowing skin, this product is great to have in your arsenal. If you’re not sure what exactly overnight masks or sleeping creams do and if one might be right for your skin, keep reading for the 4-1-1.

What are sleeping creams or overnight masks?
Sleeping creams or overnight masks are typically a more nourishing and thicker version of a daily moisturizer. They should be applied as the last step in your nighttime skincare routine. As the name suggests, they work their magic at night while you’re asleep in bed.

What are the active ingredients in them?
There are a large variety of products out there with varying ingredients to benefit your skin. Garnier offers a version of the product which contains lavender oil and hyaluronic and hydroxy acids. These ingredients can replenish your skin and the scent is nature’s ultimate relaxer.

Other ingredients you may find in overnight masks can include antioxidants such as Vitamin C or retinoids. yaAlso popular are essential oils that bring out your skin’s brightness and acids like hyaluronic or glycolic that are moisturizing.

What type of skin responds best to sleeping creams?
Sleeping creams are ideal for people with normal to dry skin as they are intensely hydrating. If your skin is oily or you have combination skin that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a sleeping cream, you’ll just have to look around a little more for one that’s formulated for your skin type. Some work really well to give your skin hydration as well as unclog your skin’s pores so that you might wake up to fewer blemishes.

Do I apply a overnight mask alone or after moisturizing?
You can do either, just use them as directed! If your skin is on the oilier side we recommend applying the overnight mask on its own. If you can use some extra nourishment for your skin apply it on top of a light moisturizer, the mask will add hydration and act as a seal on top of the product. You can also layer over a serum or an oil depending on your skin’s needs.

How often should you apply an overnight mask?
This really depends on your skin type. If you have extremely dry skin you can put one on daily, particularly in winter months if you’re around central heating mixed with freezing air outside and your skin has become flaky. If your skin is normal or combination every other day or a few times a week can benefit skin. For oily type skin try to find a sleeping cream that will regulate oil production. It’s best to use once or twice a week as directed.

Should you wear a sleeping mask on a plane?
Absolutely! When you’re flying you will be subjected to very dry air while sitting in an airplane cabin. This removes moisture from your skin extremely fast. If possible you should try to remove your make-up once you board the plane so that your skin can breathe and then hydrate your skin as much as possible. A sleeping mask will give your skin essential moisture while also protecting your skin’s barrier. You will arrive at your destination with hydrated and luminous looking skin.

What results can you expect?
Overnight masks provide a good  level of moisture to your skin. When you wake up your skin will look radiant. Your skin will likely look plumper and will feel super soft. If you have blemishes the correct overnight mask can help reduce pimples and the appearance of large pores. Just make sure to pick the right overnight mask for your skin type to wake up gorgeous every day!

So are you in love with overnight masks yet after reading this? This product is truly revolutionary, don’t sleep on the incredible benefits it can have for your skin.