Hill Country Cosmetics http://www.hillcountrycosmetics.com Sat, 23 Sep 2017 22:18:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Post-Celebratory Skin Care Tips http://www.hillcountrycosmetics.com/post-celebratory-skin-care-tips/ Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:57:39 +0000 http://www.hillcountrycosmetics.com/?p=1539 The holidays are among us and here in FULL force.  We all equate the holidays with parties, and with those parties we certainly expect to be enjoying some great food and libations! Ahhh, libations…… spiked eggnog, wine, champagne, bourbon, beer, whatever your drink of choice it certainly takes its toll on our skin and can [...]

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The holidays are among us and here in FULL force.  We all equate the holidays with parties, and with those parties we certainly expect to be enjoying some great food and libations!

Ahhh, libations…… spiked eggnog, wine, champagne, bourbon, beer, whatever your drink of choice it certainly takes its toll on our skin and can leave our holiday “glow” looking a bit drab and flat!!!   What are we to do???

Well, here are a few tips to help you manage the holiday cheer and keep your skin looking picture perfect for all the parties and celebrations.

7 Tips For Better Skin

Before we get into to what to do the day after, let’s take care of one of the most important things first:  Wash your face before going to bed!!!  Not removing your makeup and skin care products before bed is the quickest way to age your skin and cause additional skin issues such as breakouts!!!!

  1. Drink lots of water. Alcohol dehydrates you so between every cocktail have a glass of water.  Also, that post-party headache you have the next day is from dehydration so skip the cup of coffee and go for a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon to help flush the toxins from your body.
  2. Soak in an Epsom and sea salt bath to further eliminate the toxins from your body and soothes tired muscles. Finish off with your favorite moisturizer to lock in the hydration and smooth your skin.
  3. Apply a hydrating masque to your face to brighten your complexion for the next party! Even better, put this on while you’re soaking in the tub!!!
  4. Oh these eyes!!! Puffy eyes are impossible to hide.  To help reduce post-party puffiness try placing warm (not hot) tea bags in your eyes for 5 minutes.  Or try cool compresses.
  5. Apply a serum! Serums are loaded with antioxidants, plant extracts, peptides and vitamins.  Serums are more easily absorbed into the skin because of the smaller molecular size of the particles in them.  Serums can help give you brighter, more hydrated, younger-looking healthier skin.
  6. Apply a makeup primer. Makeup primers are no absorbed into the skin and they allow you to smoothly apply your makeup without having it settle in those pesky fine lines.
  7. You are what you eat!! Remember that old saying?  Well it is true.  If you’re feeding your cells unhealthy nutrients like sugar and fat then you can be assured that your skin will show that.  Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables as often as possible and provide the best possible nutrients for your skin and every cell in your body.

We hope that these tips will help you to navigate your post-party holiday celebrations while keeping your skin looking it’s best.   Happy Holidays from us at Hill Country Cosmetics.

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Winter Skin Woes http://www.hillcountrycosmetics.com/winter-skin-woes/ Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:55:16 +0000 http://www.hillcountrycosmetics.com/?p=1081 Winter is a tough time for your skin.  The drop in temperature, combined with low humidity and indoor heating, can strip the skin of moisture and cause dryness and cracking.  If left untreated, dry skin can sometimes lead to dermatitis (an inflammation of the skin), eczema (severe dryness of the skin), swelling and infection.  However, [...]

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Winter is a tough time for your skin.  The drop in temperature, combined with low humidity and indoor heating, can strip the skin of moisture and cause dryness and cracking.  If left untreated, dry skin can sometimes lead to dermatitis (an inflammation of the skin), eczema (severe dryness of the skin), swelling and infection.  However, making a few simple changes to your daily skin care routine in the winter months can help offset this problem.

Humidity

When the relative humidity inside drops below sixty percent, your skin begins to lose moisture, causing you to feel the dryness and itching that irritates so many during the winter months.  However, in humid conditions, the skin can replenish itself by soaking up moisture from the air.  When the humidity drops, your skin loses the opportunity to moisturize itself.  Combine that with low humidity of indoor heating, hot showers and baths and your skin is bound do become dry and irritated.

The top layer of skin the epidermis, along with oil glands produce lipids (fatty substances) that keep your skin from losing moisture and make it soft and supple.  However your skin is constantly losing moisture into the air and bathing strips away these lipids allowing even more moisture to evaporate and dry the skin.

Stay Hydrated!

Ensure that you keep the skin hydrated by drinking eight to ten glasses of water daily which maintains proper water levels from the inside out.  Consider using a humidifier or vaporizer in your home as soon as it gets cold outside, keeping it running until the days begin to warm in early spring. Keeping the relative humidity in your house at about 50% helps maintain hydration of your skin, along with your eyes, throat, nose, and entire respiratory system.

Cool those jets!!!  Bathing in cooler water temperatures is less drying than hot water.  Hot water strips away the natural oils that protect the skin.  A brief shower is better for the skin than sustained immersion in a hot bathtub.  Patients with dry skin should also use milder, non-soap skin cleanser.  Look for soaps labeled “Fragrance Free” (which is not that same as “unscented” since those may still contain perfumes) as these are often more gentle to the skin. Also avoid antibacterial soaps, which are harsh and have no proven medical value over standard soaps and cleaners.  If the skin is especially dry, limit soap use to the armpits, groin and face during the majority of showers.  Avoid products containing alcohol as they also lead to dryness.

The most important thing you can do is moisturize properly.  When choosing a moisturizer, look for lotions and creams containing any of the following emollient/occlusive ingredients: petrolatum, mineral oil, silicon oil, lanolin, ceramides, dimethicone, lanolin, beeswax, fatty acids such as stearic, linoleic, linolenic, oleic, and lauric or carnuba.  These will help trap moisture within the skin and contribute to skin softness, flexibility and smoothness.  Moisturizers are best utilized within three minutes of toweling off after bathing to trap moisture into the skin.  Their use on dry skin is less likely to alleviate dry skin.

Additionally humectants hydrate the outer layers of the skin by drawing water from the environment and deeper tissues to rehydrate the outer layers of the skin.  They also increase elasticity and are best used when combined with emollients and occlusives.  Examples of humectants are: alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid, glycolic acid and tartaric acid as well as urea, glycerin and propylene glycol.

Many skin care lines now offer topical hyaluronic acid gels for additional hydration.  Hyaluronic acid (also known as sodium hyaluronate) is a naturally occurring substance in the skin and joints and acts as a lubricant by restoring moisture.  As a physiologic moisturizer, hyaluronic acid gels treat dry skin by replacing water, an essential component to healthy skin.  Hyaluronic acid is pH neutral and can be used on any skin type.  Use this to hydrate deep within the skin and follow it with a good moisturizer to trap the moisture in.

Dry skin can also be caused by a number of medical conditions such as a change in hormone levels, diabetes, low thyroid levels and malnutrition and medications such as retinoids, antihistamines, and diuretics.

If your dry skin problem is making you miserable, it’s time to talk to a skincare professional or a doctor.  He or she can help you identify the causes and get you the treatment you need.

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