Mental strength is as rare as it is important. The good news is that any of us can get stronger with a little extra focus and effort.
Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drops out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer before freshman year, when cadets go through a rigorous program called “Beast.” Beast consists of extreme physical, mental, and social challenges that are designed to test candidates’ perseverance.
University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth conducted a study in which she sought to determine which cadets would make it through the Beast program. The rigorous interviews and testing that cadets went through to get into West Point in the first place told Angela that IQ and talent weren’t the deciding factors.
So, Angela developed her own test to determine which cadets had the mental strength to conquer the Beast. She called it the “Grit Scale,” and it was a highly accurate predictor of cadet success. The Grit Scale measures mental strength, which is that unique combination of passion, tenacity, and stamina that enables you to stick with your goals until they become a reality.
To increase your mental strength, you simply need to change your outlook. When hard times hit, people with mental strength suffer just as much as everyone else. The difference is that they understand that life’s challenging moments offer valuable lessons. In the end, it’s these tough lessons that build the strength you need to succeed.
Learninghow to be strong mentallyis all about habitually doing the things that no one else is willing to do. If you aren’t doing the following things on a regular basis, you should be, for these are the habits that mentally strong people rely on.
You have to fight when you already feel defeated. A reporter once asked Muhammad Ali how many sit-ups he does every day. He responded, “I don’t count my sit-ups, I only start counting when it starts hurting, when I feel pain, cause that’s when it really matters.” The same applies to success in the workplace. You always have two choices when things begin to get tough: you can either overcome an obstacle and grow in the process or let it beat you. Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through a challenge, the strength begins to grow in you.
You have to delay gratification. There was a famous Stanford experiment in which an administrator left a child in a room with a marshmallow for 15 minutes. Before leaving, the experimenter told the child that she was welcome to eat it, but if she waited until he returned without eating it, she would get a second marshmallow. The children that were able to wait until the experimenter returned experienced better outcomes in life, including higher SAT scores, greater career success, and even lower body mass indexes. The point is that delay of gratification and patience are essential to success. People with mental strength know that results only materialize when you put in the time and forego instant gratification.
You have to make mistakes, look like an idiot, and try again — without even flinching. In a recent study at the College of William and Mary, researchers interviewed over 800 entrepreneurs and found that the most successful among them tend to have two critical things in common: they’re terrible at imagining failure and they tend not to care what other people think of them. In other words, the most successful entrepreneurs put no time or energy into stressing about their failures as they see failure as a small and necessary step in the process of reaching their goals.
You have to keep your emotions in check. Negative emotions challenge your mental strength every step of the way. While it’s impossible not to feel your emotions, it’s completely under your power to manage them effectively and to keep yourself in control of them. When you let your emotions overtake your ability to think clearly, it’s easy to lose your resolve. A bad mood can make you lash out or stray from your chosen direction just as easily as a good mood can make you overconfident and impulsive.
You have to make the calls you’re afraid to make. Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do because we know they’re for the best in the long-run: fire someone, cold-call a stranger, pull an all-nighter to get the company server back up, or scrap a project and start over. It’s easy to let the looming challenge paralyze you, but the most successful people know that in these moments, the best thing they can do is to get started right away. Every moment spent dreading the task subtracts time and energy from actually getting it done. People that learn to habitually make the tough calls stand out like flamingos in a flock of seagulls.
You have to trust your gut. There’s a fine line between trusting your gut and being impulsive. Trusting your gut is a matter of looking at decisions from every possible angle, and when the facts don’t present a clear alternative, you believe in your ability to make the right decision; you go with what looks and feels right.
You have to lead when no one else follows. It’s easy to set a direction and to believe in yourself when you have support, but the true test of strength is how well you maintain your resolve when nobody else believes in what you’re doing. People with mental strength believe in themselves no matter what, and they stay the course until they win people over to their ways of thinking.
You have to focus on the details even when it makes your mind numb. Nothing tests your mental strength like mind-numbing details, especially when you’re tired. The more people with mental strength are challenged, the more they dig in and welcome that challenge, and numbers and details are no exception to this.
You have to be kind to people who are rude to you. When people treat you poorly, it’s tempting to stoop to their level and return the favor. People with mental strength don’t allow others to walk all over them, but that doesn’t mean they’re rude to them, either. Instead, they treat rude and cruel people with the same kindness they extend to everyone else, because they don’t allow another person’s negativity to bring them down.
You have to be accountable for your actions, no matter what. People are far more likely to remember how you dealt with a problem than they are to recall how you created it in the first place. By holding yourself accountable, even when making excuses is an option, you show that you care about results more than your image or ego.
Bringing it all together
Mental strength is as rare as it is important. The good news is that any of us can get stronger with a little extra focus and effort.
12 Korean secret Beauty Lifestyle for Perfect Skin
Barley tea is about to become your new best friend.
By Adetoun Adeyemo December 30, 2018. 10:30am
I must admit, I love Korean beauty products, and working in the beauty industry, the pressure is multiplied to have impeccable skin. I was groomed from birth by my mother, aunts, and countless maternal figures on how to eat, wash, and care for my skin. It’s just part of Korean beauty culture, which isn’t about products at its core, but about skin-preserving methods and techniques.
Do you like Korean beauty products?
Yes, I love them!
I haven’t had the chance to try any yet.
1. Give your face a steam massage in the shower.
Skin clinics are down every block in South Korea, where you can get a facial massage as easy as a budget manicure. I recommend not only using circular motions with your fingers, but also tapping in rotating motions — starting on the forehead, then the cheekbones, cheeks, and working down to the jawbone. Massaging increases circulation and creates a dewy complexion. For added benefit use an oil cleanser to maximize hydration.
2. Exfoliate with a washcloth soaked in hot water.
My aunt is 70 and has no wrinkles. Her secret? She uses a nubby washcloth to massage her face every day, using upward moving, circular strokes.
3. Use a charcoal sheet face mask.
Buying sheet masks is as common as getting Kleenex in South Korea. An all the rage ingredient? Charcoal. It detoxes and exfoliates your skin, and all you have to do is let the sheet sit on your face for 15 to 20 minutes while you relax. I like this one from Dr. Jart.
Dr.Jart+ Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal Sheet Masks
You know when roll out of bed and think OMG, how do I hide all of this? Try the Korean blurring trick, which basically means using one or several smart coverage products (my go-to is Iope’s Air Cushion foundation) with a makeup brush to wipe out and “blur” unwanted imperfections. If you use an air-cushion foundation, a signature Korean cosmetic, you can blur like a pro, because the formula flexes from ultra sheer to total-coverage with each application without ever looking heavy.
5. Apply a facial essence between two layers of moisturizer.
Many modern Korean women feel that essences are the key to sealing in all the goodies of your daily cleansing. Essences are mild, skin nutrient-filled solutions (not toners) that hydrate your skin and are applied after cleansing (here’s one of my new favorite ones by Mizon). The next step is to add a serum, and then you can add your moisturizer for maximum skin elasticity and hydration.
By merely enhancing your own lip color, your complexion will actually look younger and more vibrant. Try a favorite of mine, Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Awakening Lip Balm, which adjusts to the individual chemistry of your lips, making them radiant. And with wild mango as one of its moisturizing ingredients, it smells positively amazing.
7. Try a lip tint/oil for your lips.
These nutrient-rich lip oil treatments slide like butter (yes, really) onto your lips, and also give you a sheer pop of color with zero stickiness. I love this one by Julep, which has a blend of Korean Camellia oil, as well as avocado and rosehip oils.
8. Use an overnight sleeping mask.
It’s during sleep that your skin cells turnover and do their hardest work at cell recovery. This is the best time to hyper-moisturize and work on a tired complexion. I like to apply an intensive sleeping mask to correct any dullness. When you wake up, weeks of wear and tear will have come off of your face. Trust me.
Ever gone to a Korean restaurant and gotten a nutty tasting tea? It’s probably roasted barely tea, which is what is served to Korean babies from birth to fortify their skin and overall well-being. Barley tea is rich in anti-oxidants and one study showed that drinking it can improve blood circulation. Some suggest it may even double as a weight loss drink. You just can’t go wrong!
10. Crack open an ampoule for any skin SOS.
First things first: an ampoule is like a face serum on steroids. It contains the highest concentration of active ingredients to repair, rebalance, and recharge cells in the shortest amount of time (Dr. Grandel’s Beauty Flash is my favorite). Apply a few drops of the fluid, housed in a pinky-sized vial, before your essence to target and treat hyperpigmentation, dullness, and acne.
11. Practice mouth stretches.
Channel your inner Eliza Doolittle and say A-E-I-O-U in an exaggerated way. Repeat three times. It sounds silly, but many swear this trick improves circulation and brightens skin tone. It certainly can’t hurt, so I’ll let you be the judge.
12. Detox your private parts.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of vaginal steams, called “chai-yok,” which involve sitting naked on an open-seated stool above a steaming pot of water filled with medicinal and aromatic herbs such as mugwort for 30 to 45 minutes. The treatment supposedly helps women with infertility issues by “cleansing” the uterus and balancing hormone levels. V-steams have plenty of (very) vocal critics, but the practice’s devotees swear by them. At the very least, you’ll get a relaxing, surprisingly pleasant half hour to yourself — so yeah, they’re worth it
Exfoliation is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and is one of the most important aspects of your home skincare routine for face and body. Exfoliation not only helps many skin problems, it also increases blood circulation, which in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin.
How Often Should You Exfoliate?
We suggest exfoliating twice a week as part of a good home care regime – both the face and body. While it’s important to remove dead skin it’s also important not to strip away too many of your natural oils, so a good balance is essential.
I love a good body scrub. Usually after a body scrub I feel brand new, along with the dead skin cells disappearance. To cut down on spending, I make my own body scrubs and do them at home. One day I used salt instead of sugar and well I was not pleased.
The Importance of Exfoliating.
Firstly, exfoliating the skin is necessary. It is the key to glowing skin. It gets rid of dull and dead skin cells and this helps you to absorb skin products better. By exfoliating you are giving yourself healthier and brighter looking skin.
Three wooden spoons with different kinds of sugar in each.
The Difference Between Sugar Scrubs and Salt Scrubs
The main difference is the size of the granules. Generally, sugar is smaller than salt, thus sugar is less abrasive on the skin and is used for body scrubs. Salt scrubs are generally used for tougher parts.
Best for: sensitive skin, freshly-shaved legs, can be used all over the body
• Sugar scrubs exfoliate whilst also moisturizing the skin.
Because it is gentle, you can use sugar scrubs more often. Daily if you like.
There aren’t as many nutrients in sugar scrubs.
Sugar is best for the Face
Natural Sugars are less drying on the skin.
Best for: elbows, knees, feet, calluses
•Salt scrubs make good muscle relaxants.
It can sting if scrubbing over cuts and bruises. Salt scrubs can be drying to the skin, and you may need to re-hydrate pretty intensively after using a salt scrub.
Sea salt is usually used in making homemade scrubs, and it contains wonderful minerals that are great for your body.
Salt scrubs are wonderful for detoxifying your skin and helping to purify the skin as well as keep your pores clear
Salt scrubs can kill bacteria & reduces inflammation
The reason I decided to go with home made sugar scrubs is because I can keep a track of the ingredients. Scrubs bought in stores contain preservatives, and other ingredients that can be harmful to the skin. You can easily make a salt or sugar scrub with all natural ingredients at home. Sugar scrub has a short shelf life but I guarantee you will use it up in no time.
10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism (Backed by Science)
Editor by Adetoun Adeyemo, on November 5, 2018
Metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body.
These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning.
However, the word metabolism is often used interchangeably with metabolic rate, or the number of calories you burn.
The higher it is, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to lose weight and keep it off.
Having a high metabolism can also give you energy and make you feel better.
Here are 10 easy ways to increase your metabolism.
1. Eat Plenty of Protein at Every Meal
Eating food can increase your metabolism for a few hours.
This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF). It’s caused by the extra calories required to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meal.
Protein causes the largest rise in TEF. It increases your metabolic rate by 15–30%, compared to 5–10% for carbs and 0–3% for fats (1).
Eating protein has also been shown to help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
One small study found that people were likely to eat around 441 fewer calories per day when protein made up 30% of their diet (9).
Eating more protein can also reduce the drop in metabolism often associated with losing fat. This is because it reduces muscle loss, which is a common side effect of dieting (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).
Eating more protein can boost your metabolism so that you burn more calories. It can also help you eat less.
2. Drink More Cold Water
People who drink water instead of sugary drinks are more successful at losing weight and keeping it off (16, 17, 18, 19, 20).
This is because sugary drinks contain calories, so replacing them with water automatically reduces your calorie intake.
However, drinking water may also temporarily speed up your metabolism (18, 21).
Studies have shown that drinking 17 ounces (0.5 liters) of water increases resting metabolism by 10–30% for about an hour (22, 23).
This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it up to body temperature (21, 24).
Water can also help fill you up. Studies show that drinking water a half an hour before you eat can help you eat less (25, 26, 27).
One study of overweight adults found that those who drank half a liter of water before their meals lost 44% more weight than those who didn’t (19).
Water can help you lose weight and keep it off. It increases your metabolism and helps fill you up before meals.
3. Do a High-Intensity Workout
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) involves quick and very intense bursts of activity.
It can help you burn more fat by increasing your metabolic rate, even after your workout has finished (28, 29, 30, 31).
This effect is believed to be greater for HIIT than for other types of exercise. What’s more, HIIT has also been shown to help you burn fat (32, 33, 34).
One study in overweight young men found that 12 weeks of high-intensity exercise reduced fat mass by 4.4 pounds (2 kg) and belly fat by 17% (35).
Mixing up your exercise routine, and adding in a few high-intensity workouts, can boost your metabolism and help you burn fat.
4. Lift Heavy Things
Muscle is more metabolically active than fat, and building muscle can help increase your metabolism (36, 37, 38, 39).
This means you will burn more calories each day, even at rest (40).
Lifting weights will also help you retain muscle and combat the drop in metabolism that can occur during weight loss (41, 42, 43, 44).
In one study, 48 overweight women were placed on a diet of 800 calories per day, along with either no exercise, aerobic exercise or resistance training (45).
After the diet, the women who did the resistance training maintained their muscle mass, metabolism and strength. The others lost weight, but also lost muscle mass and experienced a decrease in metabolism (45).
Lifting weights is important for building and retaining muscle. Higher amounts of muscle will result in a higher metabolism.
Some health commentators have even dubbed it “the new smoking.” This is partly because long periods of sitting burn fewer calories and can lead to weight gain (47).
In fact, compared to sitting, an afternoon of standing up at work can burn an extra 174 calories (48).
If you have a desk job, try standing up for short periods to break up the length of time you spend sitting down. You can also invest in a standing desk (49, 50, 51, 52).
Sitting for a long time burns few calories and is bad for your health. Try to stand up regularly or invest in a standing desk.
6. Drink Green Tea or Oolong Tea
Green tea and oolong tea have been shown to increase metabolism by 4–5% (53, 54, 55).
These teas help convert some of the fat stored in your body into free fatty acids, which may increase fat burning by 10–17% (56).
As they are low in calories, drinking these teas may be good for both weight loss and weight maintenance (57, 58, 59).
It’s thought their metabolism-boosting properties may help prevent the dreaded weight loss plateau that occurs due to a decrease in metabolism.
However, some studies find that these teas do not affect metabolism. Therefore, their effect may be small or only apply to some people (60, 61).
Drinking green tea or oolong tea may increase your metabolism. These teas may also help you lose weight and keep it off.
7. Eat Spicy Foods
Peppers contain capsaicin, a substance that can boost your metabolism (62, 63, 64).
However, many people can’t tolerate these spices at the doses required to have a significant effect (65).
One study of capsaicin, at acceptable doses, predicted that eating peppers would burn around 10 additional calories per meal. Over 6.5 years, this could account for 1 pound (0.5 kg) of weight loss for an average-weight male (66).
Alone, the effects of adding spices to your food may be quite small. However, it may lead to a slight advantage when combined with other metabolism-boosting strategies (67).
Eating spicy food could be beneficial for boosting your metabolism and help you maintain a healthy weight.
8. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Lack of sleep is linked to a major increase in the risk of obesity (68, 69).
This may partly be caused by the negative effects of sleep deprivation on metabolism (70).
Lack of sleep has also been linked to increased blood sugar levels and insulin resistance, which are both linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (70, 71, 72, 73).
It’s also been shown to boost the hunger hormone ghrelin and decrease the fullness hormone leptin (74, 75, 76).
This could explain why many people who are sleep-deprived feel hungry and struggle to lose weight.
Lack of sleep can decrease the number of calories you burn, change the way you process sugar and disrupt your appetite-regulating hormones.
9. Drink Coffee
Studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee can boost metabolism by 3–11%. Like green tea, it also promotes fat burning (77, 78, 79).
However, this seems to affect lean people more. In one study, coffee increased fat burning by 29% for lean women, but only 10% for obese women (80).
Coffee’s effects on metabolism and fat burning may also contribute to successful weight loss and maintenance (77, 81).
Drinking coffee can significantly increase your metabolism and help you lose weight.
10. Replace Cooking Fats With Coconut Oil
Unlike other saturated fats, coconut oil is relatively high in medium-chain fats.
Medium-chain fats can increase your metabolism more than the long-chain fats found in foods like butter (82, 83, 84, 85, 86).
In one study, researchers found that medium-chain fats increased metabolism by 12% compared to long-chain fats, which raised it by just 4% (87).
Due to the unique fatty acid profile of coconut oil, replacing some of your other cooking fats with it may have modest benefits for weight loss (88, 89).
Replacing other cooking fats with coconut oil may help boost your metabolism slightly.
The Bottom Line
Making small lifestyle changes and incorporating these tips into your routine can increase your metabolism.
Having a higher metabolism can help you lose weight and keep it off, while also giving you more energy.
There’s perhaps no better elixir than soaking in warm water after a long day. Many of us can attest to the relaxing benefits of unwinding with a hot bath, but did you know it can also help improve your health?
Most ancient cultures have long believed in the healing effects of water. Similar to mindfulness, the Japanese practice of engaging in public baths known as “sento” is used as a way of cleansing both the body and the mind. While we don’t have public baths in the States, we may be able to get the benefits in the privacy of our own homes. In fact, in a modern Japanese home, this is known as “furo.”
That’s right, your own bathtub may be key to literally washing your pain away. Hot water is healing with passive heating
The therapeutic ritual of bathing culture in Japan involves more than just cleansing yourself of physical dirt. From “onsens,” or natural hot springs, to sentos (public baths) and furos (private baths), soaking in these healing waters are a way of purifying from the day-to-day spiritual grime.
“Your skin releases endorphins in response to the soothing warm water the same way that endorphins are released when you feel the sun on your skin,” says Dr. Bobby Buka, a dermatologist based in New York. He explains that submerging ourselves in hot water can be both therapeutic and reinvigorating because blood flow increases to the skin.
A warm bath can also improve breathing. The temperature of the water and pressure on your chest increases your lung capacity and oxygen intake. A growing body of research has shown that passive heating, like spending time in a sauna, can also reduce the risk of having a heart attack, improve blood sugar control, and even help lower your blood pressure.
In one eye opening study published earlier this year, researchers collected data from 14 participants and found that soaking in an hourlong hot bath burned as many calories (around 140) as a 30-minute walk. This is because the warm water makes your heart beat faster, giving it a healthy work out. They also found positive anti-inflammatory and blood sugar responses which can protect against illness and infection.
An hourlong hot bath may help:
• reduce risk of a heart attack
• improve blood sugar control
• lower your blood pressure
• burn 140 calories
• protect you from illness and infection
Let’s not forget about the best benefit: pain reduction
Bathing in a sento is a unique cultural and communal experience in Japan. They claim that the hot water from their natural springs can improve blood circulation, calm the nervous system, and help relieve intense pain. While hot spring water isn’t readily available in the States, science shows that we can obtain similar benefits by soaking in a hot tub or visiting a sauna.
“Stress causes the muscles of the body to contract,” says Dr. Mark Khorsandi, a migraine surgeon in Houston, Texas. “A hot bath can relieve those symptoms and keep the muscles loose.” Stretching and moving in the water also provides a low-impact workout for discomfort in muscles, joints, and bones.
This has been true for Alaina Leary, 24, who regularly takes hot baths to help manage chronic pain from living with Ehlers-Danlos, a disorder that affects the connective tissues. When she was first diagnosed at the age of 9 in 2002, she recalls feeling extremely breakable. “I was slower than other kids. I had trouble running [and] walking one foot at a time.”
After working with different physical and occupational therapists, she began using warm baths during pain flare-ups. In the evenings, she would set aside time to ease into the tub and let her muscles relax.
Many people who have chronic illnesses report feelings of depression and despair. Khorsandi says hot baths can provide physical comfort and contentment, and can ease the blues that are associated with chronic pain.
Improve mindfulness with an Epsom salt bath
She remembers feeling pins and needles in her hands when she initially found out about her illness back in 2012. “I went through a period of depression after getting diagnosed, not knowing if I was ever going to feel better.”
Through trial and error, she discovered that doing gentle yoga and soaking in weekly baths lessened the constant aches in her joints and muscles. After filling the tub with Epsom salt, she set her phone nearby and listened to guided meditations. Soaking in dissolved Epsom salt can help with muscle soreness and stress, allowing for even greater relaxation.
She now uses her time in the warm water for practicing mindfulness. “One of the things I learned from having an autoimmune disorder is that there is no cure. And not only is there no cure, you’re really kind of on your own in terms of what’s going to make your body feel better,” she says.
Paying closer attention to the sensations in her body has helped Sherman feel more present, in spite of her illness. Now, several years after being diagnosed, she’s noticed significant changes in both her physical and emotional well-being. Restorative bathing like onsen, sento, and furo involves transforming both the mind and soul to have deeper, more meaningful experiences.
“The meditations have taught me that using water is a way of washing off your day and releasing energy.”
Checkout The Best Skin Care Gift Sets for Beauty Lovers
By Adetoun Adeyemo. October 23, 2018. 10:13am
Whether you’re shopping for a skincare-obsessed friend or you’re tempted to try a new regimen for yourself, these gift sets offer the perfect solution. Each contains the essentials for a fully fleshed-out beauty routine—in one convenient package. Here are a selection of our favorites.
For the person who’s always complaining about their dry winter complexion, Kate Somerville’s Hydration Heroes set is a no-brainer. It comes with a full-size cold cream cleaner + makeup remover, a full-size Wrinkle Warrior Plumping Moisturizer + Serum, Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Visible Dark Circle Eraser, and Wrinkle Warrior Pink Plumping Mask.
Whether you’re buying for yourself or a La Mer-addicted friend, this four-piece collection is the perfect way to splurge. You’ll get a 1 oz tub of Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream, a tube of Cleansing Foam, Renewal Oil, The Treatment Lotion, a cute pouch to boot.
Fans of the all-natural skincare brand will want to get their hands on the daily essentials set ASAP. It includes Tata Harper’s Repairative Moisturizer, Rejuvenating Serum, Regenerating Cleanser, Hydrating Floral Essence,Resurfacing Mask, Replenishing Nutrient Complex, and a Restorative Eye Crème sample.
A four-part system for those looking to up their anti-aging game. The set includes a Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Moisturizer, a Custom-Repair Moisturizer for night time, a Custom-Repair Serum, and a Custom-Repair Eye Treatment.
A three-piece set from Estée Lauder’s cult-favored Advanced Night Repair line, including: Global Anti Aging Cell Power Crème, Synchronized Recovery Complex II, ANR Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery.
Dealing with spots can be bad enough, so the annoying aftermath can feel like metaphorically rubbing salt in your wounds, but unless your skin is damaged to the deep layers of the dermis, these reddy-pink or brown marks will eventually disappear.
While patience is key, there are some ways to speed up the fading of discolouration that remains after a spot. Try these tips for a brighter-faced future:
Always wear sunscreen
Try to avoid prolonged sun exposure as it will make the skin’s healing process slower, and wear a broad spectrum SPF daily to prevent the marks from appearing more obvious. UV exposure stimulates pigment production, causing spot scars to darken, so sun protection really is key to fading discolouration.
Exfoliate with AHA and BHA
What-HA? AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic and lactic acids (think anti-ageing), while BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, refers to salicylic acid (think anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory) and both AHA and BHA are exfoliants that will promote a more-even skin tone. A combo of the two will help to encourage the rejuvenation of the skin, without you having to scrub your skin red-raw and cause more damage. We recommend using the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser (£34, murad.co.uk) daily which helps improve cell-turnover.
Pick vitamin C-loaded products
Another non-scary acid that works wonders on complexion clarity is ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. This free radical-fighter aids inflammation and fades pigment patches. Two skin-brightening serums powered with vitamin C that are equally recommended include the Ren radiance Perfecting Serum (£35, liberty.co.uk) and the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster (£23.50, feelunique.com).
Repair your complexion
Rosehip oil can work wonders when it comes to calming, soothing and repairing damaged skin, so much so, it’s been used to increase healing time following the treatment of burns. Try MV Organics Rose Plus Booster (£72, Cultbeauty.co.uk) it’s full of high quality essential oils (including rosehip and jojoba), just add a couple of drops into your moisturiser to help fade stubborn spots.
Get professional resurfacing facials
Talk to a dermatologist about treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and microdermabrasion, which can be highly effective in reducing scars and wrinkles more than at-home exfoliation can. For an easy way in, try the Elemis BIOTEC Skin Resurfacer Facial, available at The House of Elemis and Elemis Spas nationwide.
I absolutely hate falling asleep with my makeup on. I despise it so much that. I want to assume everyone feels the same way — which I quickly learned was not the case. Fun fact: By wearing makeup to bed back then that I would wipe off my best friend’s lingering eyeliner while she slept.
Years later, not much has changed. Of course, I’m only human — a human who sometimes falls asleep on Saturday night between tossing off my shoes and taking a preemptive dose of Advil. In these rare cases, I make up for it with these handy peel pads.
By the time I wake up — in a cold sweat and panicking because I certainly did not drink enough water the night before, I might add— I race to the bathroom in search of my skin plan B (no, not that one). Enter: Neogen’s Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Pads. These non-drying, exfoliating pads are so effective that within 10 minutes I can convince everyone that I successfully achieved a full eight hours of shut-eye — without the gross, dry, cakey, and irritated feeling of waking up in last night’s makeup.
About the size of my palm, these pads are the K-beauty secret you never knew you needed. Slip your fingers into the pad’s pouch and start gently sweeping it across your face — from forehead all the way down to your neck. The textured gauze pad not only (gently!) physically exfoliates your skin but uses lactic acid and lemon extract to chemically brighten and rejuvenate skin almost instantly. But it doesn’t stop there. Flip the pad over and use the softer, quilted side to give skin an added dose of the peel’s gentle magic. Rinse, then stare at your refreshed skin like you didn’t just greet the new day with your contour still intact.
While , Dr. Nazarian believes the worst culprits are oil-based foundations and primers, which are “less-breathable and more pore-clogging than other products.” And leftover makeup residue (especially of the oil-based variety) can also “inhibit the absorption of skin-care products by creating a barrier that prevents beneficial ingredients from penetrating the skin’s surface,” says Dr. Gross.
But every now and then we all slip up and fall facedown on our pillow in eyeliner, mascara, and whatever else. When that happens, Dr. Nazarian suggests you nip the effects of last night in the bud by effectively removing all traces of your makeup first thing in the morning — and doing a little damage control.
Moral of the story? Sleeping in any kind of makeup can have negative effects on the skin I can wipe away some evidence of last night’s events with a lemon-fresh peel pad.
Neogen Dermalogy Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon, $27, available at Sephora.
One Beauty Product Khloé Kardashian Always love Buying from Amazon
Adetoun Adeyemo| September 15
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Reality TV stars…they’re addicted to Amazon just like us. One celeb fan of the unbelievable convenience of having anything you could possibly want right at your fingertips and free two-day shipping to boot? Khloé Kardashian.
“I’m not going to sugarcoat it—I am ADDICTED to Amazon! I constantly buy things that I definitely don’t even need. It’s basically the best/worst thing ever, LOL,” Kardashian shared on her app, as reported by Glam.com.
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On her app, Kardashian shares her give current must-buys in her Amazon cart, and we, of course, zoned in right on her beauty pick: EBP Medical 24K Gold Bio-Collagen Facial Mask ($8). According to the brand’s Amazon page, the sheet mask helps to brighten, moisturize, minimize pores and stave off wrinkles, while helping cells regenerate and repair.
Not only does this $8 buy pack a punch, but Kardashian said she swears by it before going on camera. “I’ve been obsessed with gold masks lately! I’ll give myself a facial with this collagen-infused version the night before a big shoot so that my skin is plump and moisturized,” she said.
In addition to the skin care mask, you can also find eye masks in Kardashian’s Amazon cart. “I experience HORRIBLE migraines, so I was told these freezer packs might help. I ordered a few to see which would feel the best on my face before I decide which one to keep,” she said. The product that met her criteria? PerfeCore Eye Mask, which at $19, is not only great for cold therapy, but it also helps to reduce dark circles and eye bags. Judging from many five-star reviews of the product, Kardashian isn’t the first one to discover this secret. Count us on on adding both to our own carts.