Summer is around the corner and as we leave the pandemic behind we can once again make plans to enjoy the season! Summer brings with it unique requirements to keep your skin safe and happy. In this article you can learn some skincare tips to consider whether you want to spend your summer on days by the pool or enjoying pampering spa days.
Stay Safe from the Sunshine
You’ve probably heard it all before; wear sunscreen and avoid too much direct sunlight. What you may not know is that you should be applying sunscreen even if you’re not out and about in the sun. UV rays can damage your skin even when you’re in the shade, so it's best to be safe and apply it regardless of where you are going. Also, remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours as it can lose effectiveness, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. It’s also best not to solely rely on sunscreen; protective clothing will help you stay safe from skin diseases and premature aging. Speaking of clothing, it is a good idea to wear light, breathable fabrics during Summer to keep sweating and rashes at bay.
If you do accidentally stay out in the sun too long during your day by the pool and get a little burned, avoid swimming in chlorinated water for some time as it can cause further irritation. Remedies such as drinking chamomile tea and applying aloe vera gel to your skin are simple ways to help your skin recover from sunburn. Drink lots of water and make sure you don’t wear tight clothing, as it can damage your skin while it heals. Using moisturiser is also important during the recovery period, as long as the products do not contain fragrances or dyes.
Don’t Forget Your Eyes
You will most likely experience the sun’s stronger rays during the Summer more often, so be sure not to forget the damage they can cause to your eye area! Wear sunglasses to prevent constant squinting in the bright light which will cause premature sagging and wrinkles in your eye area. Also, remember that the skin around your eyes is more delicate so it requires specialised eye products to stay hydrated and clear. You may also want to try undereye eye patches to help reduce any swelling or irritation.
Be Kind to Your Skin
If you enjoy more active vacation experiences like hiking, camping and sports, be mindful that your skin is usually more sensitive during hot weather. This makes it more prone to getting bumps, scrapes, bruises and rashes. As a result, you may consider switching to shower and skincare products that cater to more sensitive skin. These tend to be less likely to cause irritation, and will help calm your skin down if it becomes inflamed.
Keeping Oil Under Control
Oily skin can be a stressful problem to tackle at any time, but combined with the Summer heat and the excitement of keeping your vacation on track can lead to more oil production and breakouts. An effective cleansing routine cannot be forgotten, even if you can’t wait to explore or get to bed at the end of a long day.
It’s also important not to go overboard and over-cleanse your skin, as this can encourage even more oil production. If you know you’ll be showering more often due to the weather or swimming sessions, pack a lightweight moisturiser (gels, serums and water-based are often effective). Lightweight moisturisers keep your skin hydrated despite excessive washing or time in the sea, without clogging your pores and making breakouts worse (unlike some heavier creams). Regular (but not excessive!) exfoliation will also keep pores clear of sweat, dead skin cells and oil.
Ready, Set Your Makeup, Go!
Enjoying Summer nightlife or special dinners comes with a unique concern; melting makeup! Excess heat and humidity can cause makeup to shift, smudge or crack. After you first apply your makeup, consider using a setting spray to secure your hard work. Special setting sprays exist that are designed to shield your look from sweat, and some even contain UV protection! Setting sprays even help your makeup look more blended, so it's definitely a win-win. If you have very dry skin, look out for setting sprays with a lower alcohol content. While alcohol helps the setting spray evaporate quickly, it can inadvertently dry out your skin in the process.
It goes without saying that you should increase your intake of water during Summer, especially while on your vacation in Malta. You may get distracted while enjoying your time off and forget to drink water, which may lead to dehydration and dry skin. Keep a small bottle of water with you whenever you leave your home or hotel, and you may even try an app to remind you to drink water regularly.
Cool Showers are Your Friend
Summer vacations may mean showering multiple times a day. It is important to keep skin clear of sweat, and help it stay cool after a long day out in the sun. Showering is also important to wash away chlorine from pool water and salt from the sea. Leaving chlorine on your skin can actually make you tan and burn quicker, so be careful! Cool showers are great for re-energising you as well, and cool water is a simple and effective way of helping skin stay younger for longer.
We hope you have found some of the tips provided in this article to be useful. We wish you some well-earned vacation time that can be spent doing the things you love, while you enjoy happy, well-cared for skin!
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Cellulite is a very common problem for many people. In fact, most people will have some cellulite at some point in their life regardless of age or appearance. It can be a normal part of getting older or experiencing natural hormonal changes. Still, it may affect your confidence and body image, so you may decide you want to find ways to improve the appearance of cellulite. You can take various approaches that can be included in your daily routine, so you may wish to identify which of the following 5 tips suit your needs and lifestyle.
1. Stay Hydrated
A surprisingly simple approach is to drink more water! Being dehydrated can make cellulite appear worse than it actually is, and staying hydrated will have so many other benefits on your health it’s worth a try. In addition to reducing the appearance of your cellulite by plumping and smoothing your skin, water will help improve your physical health. Water can even help you with the other tips on this list, boosting your workout performance and helping you maintain your weight by reducing cravings. Best of all, staying hydrated leads to better moods and mental health.
If you want a pampering cellulite treatment, you may consider spa treatments to help you on your journey. Carisma Spa has treatments specifically designed to tackle cellulite, whether you want to try a one-off cellulite session, or prefer bundles of regular cellulite treatments. These sessions target the abdomen, buttocks and thigh areas; including exfoliation, masks and massage to eliminate excess fat, cellulite, and provide contouring results in record time.
Even spa massages that don’t specifically target the problem can help reduce your cellulite, since the movements stimulate circulation and collagen production which plump your skin and make it healthy and glowing. As an added bonus, massages will ease any physical and mental tension you may have, leaving you feeling relaxed and well.
Exercise can be a good cellulite reduction routine as it firms up your skin and improves your circulation. It can also reduce your total body fat since these fat deposits are the cause behind cellulite. Strength training and aerobic exercise can be useful workouts to tone your muscle and reduce the appearance of problematic areas.
Exercise will also help you feel better about your body, improving your wellness and mental health.
While there are no miracle creams that immediately make cellulite disappear, you may find firming creams, gels or peels help reduce cellulite’s appearance. If you prefer to let these products work overnight, you may even find sleeping masks and night gels that work while you rest. These creams work by temporarily smoothing and firming the skin, so use them in combination with other methods listed in this blog.
5. Balance Your Diet
Diet can play an important part in tackling cellulite. In fact, extreme fad diets may even be contributing to creating or worsening cellulite problems, since they may actually cause worse fat depositing. Ensure what you eat, whether you are dieting or not, is balanced and nutrient-rich. This will help your body produce more collagen and regenerate cells, which are major bonuses when you want to reduce cellulite
Cellulite is a normal problem that most of us will experience, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t tackle it if it is affecting how you feel about your body. Many of these techniques also have positive side effects on your physical and mental wellness, so trying them out will never be a loss!
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Facial products are just as important for men’s skin as they are for women, but you may not be sure what your skin needs or which type of men’s face products to choose when confronted with large shelves stacked with different bottles. It may also be hard to sort through and identify which products are high quality, and contain ingredients or formulas that suit your unique requirements. This blog post will break down various types of products, so take note if some of them sound like they’d be perfect for you!
Addressing Your Skin’s Unique Needs
Your skin type will determine which products you will need, and what type of formula to look out for. If your skin is oily, often appearing shiny even soon after you have washed your face, you may want to include face masks or mattifying creams in your routine once or twice a week. These will control how much oil your skin produces, avoiding extra shine or skin impurities. Oily skin is common in men, since men tend to produce more sebum on average.
Meanwhile, if your skin is dry and regularly feels tight and irritated you will need to pay extra attention to keeping it hydrated, as described in the next section. Dry skin can also be a common problem in men who shave often, as shaving can dry out and irritate your skin. If your skin often feels uncomfortable after shaving, you may opt to use a special men’s shaving cream that helps your razor glide across your skin more gently without damage.
Just like keeping your body hydrated is essential to your health, so is keeping your skin hydrated. Hydrated skin looks plump, healthy and youthful. In fact, moisturising your skin regularly slows down the appearance of wrinkles as you age, and makes them less visible when you are older since your skin is more plump.
If your skin is very dry, you will need an intense moisturiser or a rescue cream to replenish it. If you often get breakouts, it may be best to use a light formula like a gel moisturiser or a specialised oil-free moisturiser to hydrate your skin without clogging your pores. Finally, always try to apply your moisturiser within 30 minutes of showering or washing your face, as this is the time when your skin is most absorbent.
Exfoliate Old Skin
If your skin looks dull, you may need to help cleanse it of old skin cells using an exfoliator or a skin peel. It’s important to exfoliate to remove excess sebum, oil and dead skin from your pores, which helps avoid blemishes like acne or blackheads. It will also help reduce the production of excess oil and even out your skin, helping you look brighter and younger.
Exfoliants are an ancient product that has been around since ancient Egypt, visibly providing immediate results as buildup and old skin are rinsed away to reveal young fresh skin. Blood flow to the skin is also enhanced, and the skin is prepared to be more absorbent to any products your use afterwards. Physical exfoliants contain grains that physically dislodge buildup, while chemical exfoliants use chemical and enzyme ingredients to achieve the same results. This means that physical exfoliants should be avoided if your skin is irritated or sensitive. Chemical exfoliation is also said to have better anti aging results.
Be sure to moisturise right after exfoliating for best results, and because your skin will be dry and sensitive after exfoliation!
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
While especially important during the Summer months, protecting your skin from sun damage should be a year-round habit. Sun damage causes dull, dry, uneven skin. It may cause an increase in clogged pores and reduce your skin’s elasticity making you look older. It can even lead to greater health concerns like skin cancer. As a result, it’s important to include sunscreen in your routine if you will be spending time outdoors that day.
Say Goodbye to Blemishes
Cleansing your face from the regular buildup of oil and pollution is an important part of a men’s face routine as well. Cleansers can come in a milk formula which is ideal for dry and sensitive skin, a cream formula which is intensely hydrating and won’t strip the natural oils away from your face, or a gel formula ideal for oily skin since it cleanses pores deeply of any buildup.
If you work or live in a high-traffic area you may also want to pay special attention to cleansing your skin of pollution. You can regularly use a pollution-targeting men’s face mask and follow up your men’s face care routine with a specialised pollution face cream.
Keep Your Skin Young and Healthy
As you get older, your skin may need more help to remain elastic and smooth. Anti-aging creams will boost collagen production and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and saggy skin. You will also find anti aging products specifically for around your eyes to help reduce undereye puffiness and dark circles. These eye creams are specifically formulated to be gentler and more effective on the undereye area which is more delicate than the rest of your face, more prone to becoming dry and more likely to show signs of aging.
If you do not yet have aging skin, you may opt for creams that prevent skin from showing signs of aging in the first place, that can be found in cream or serum form. Sun damage also accelerates the aging process, so using sunscreen is important. You can even find antiaging products that include sun protection as part of their formula.
As you now know, there are a range of men’s face products that may be suitable for your unique needs. We hope this article has helped you better understand which ones might be perfect for you!
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When it comes to getting a professional waxing treatment in Malta, you might be wondering how such a session differs to at-home hair removal methods. Certainly, professional waxing treatments are easier and quicker but there are various other benefits that may surprise you, so keep reading!
What To Expect from a Professional Waxing Experience
You may be unsure of what to expect from a professional waxing session, or even self-conscious about your body, so it’s important to know what will happen and put your mind at ease. The waxing treatment will usually take place on a comfortable salon bed or chair. The professional esthetician will then prepare your skin, which is important to ensure the hair will be removed painlessly and efficiently, with no damage to your skin.
The esthetician will then apply high quality warm wax to a small area, onto which a strip of cloth will be applied. The strip will be removed quickly while the professional holds your skin to reduce pain and ensure hair is removed completely. The esthetician will work in small sections, depending on the area you want hair removed from. In the case of eyebrow waxing or facial hair removal, they may use tweezers or threading to ensure the final appearance meets your preferences.
Soothing products will then be applied to your skin to help it recover from the waxing process, and leave you with more nourished skin than you had when you walked into the spa!
1. Professional Knowledge
The professional who will perform your treatment during a waxing spa session will be an esthetician who is an expert in skin care. They will know exactly how to take care of your skin to ensure the session will leave you with healthier skin than you had before. They have the expertise to know how to remove your hair in a way that is gentle and will have long-lasting results.
An esthetician also has knowledge of various skin types and needs, so they will be familiar with how to vary their treatment according to your unique requirements. This is especially important for waxing sensitive areas or men’s waxing, since a professional will know how to reduce pain. After all, you wouldn’t want to go through such a session and find that you didn’t remove the hair properly!
Professional waxing is surprisingly fast and comfortable. A professional will efficiently remove hair as painlessly as possible, saving you time and discomfort. A professional can even reach areas that would be uncomfortable or difficult for you to reach, meaning less stray hair left behind or ingrown hairs.
Waxing can be painful and cause damage if done improperly. This is why a professional will hold your skin to ensure you do not get any bruises and that no hair is missed. This will also involve professional wax that is safe for your skin, and you won’t have to worry about accidental burns. Professional waxing treatments involve unique wax that is high quality and nourishes your skin at the same time.
The esthetician will also wear gloves and use sanitised materials, which is a step that is often forgotten at home. These precautions will ensure that no bacteria is transferred to your skin, which will be sensitive and delicate after waxing.
Your unique skin needs will also be taken into consideration, to avoid causing any skin problems. No more uncomfortable rashes and cuts! After all, a professional knows that skin must be properly prepared before waxing, and cared for afterwards, which is often forgotten during DIY home hair removal sessions.
4. Your Skin Will Thank You
Everyone’s body features and hair growth are unique, and a professional will know how to adapt to you to reduce pain and ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are common when removing hair at home, since you may accidentally wax hair in the wrong direction, or use hair removal methods that are prone to giving you ingrown hair. Sensitive skin will also suffer during DIY hair removal, since home waxing kits and creams are harsher and lower quality than professional wax.
In addition to all of these benefits, professional waxing is also more effective in slowing and preventing hair regrowth. A professional will not miss stray hairs, will reach every spot and will not accidentally break hair off, so you can be sure that hair will take the longest possible time to regrow. When your hair grows back after multiple professional treatments, you will even notice that it is becoming lighter, softer and sparser!
To wrap up, professional waxing treatments make a process that is painful and uncomfortable at home into a safe, comfortable experience that will reduce hair growth and benefit you well into the future!
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Acne and problematic skin can have an impact on your self-confidence and image, so it’s important for us at Carisma to help you tackle these problems so you can move forward on your journey to physical and mental wellness. From trying one of our facials in Malta to simple changes in lifestyle, one or more of these tips may be perfect for your needs.
Solving problematic skin begins with some simple lifestyle changes you can try. For instance, always keep your hair pulled away from your skin and make sure any hair products you use don’t get onto your face. Secondly, it’s very important to get a healthy amount of restful sleep. If you struggle with getting to bed, we recommend taking a look at our guide here.
There are some causes, especially hormonal changes in women, that can’t be prevented since they are a normal part of our body’s functioning. Still, you should be careful of creating sudden hormone changes like forgetting to take birth control pills as prescribed. Even starting or stopping a type of birth control can cause unexpected skin changes, but they may also be a solution to acne.
Stress can also be a part of your life you cannot avoid, but for the sake of your skin and your mental wellness, it’s worth trying to reduce the stress in your life since it can make your acne worse. For a full guide on reducing stress in your life, you can read our article about it here.
Finally, while washing your face is a basic and often-cited way to tackle skin impurities and acne, washing your face too often can actually have the opposite effect since it irritates and strips your skin of important oils. Cleansing your face twice a day is usually the recommended amount, but if you’re very concerned with thorough cleansing you may consider trying a facial in Malta with us.
Carisma’s facial treatments in Malta all offer a deep cleansing experience, but some facials are specifically designed to target problem skin. You can try facials that reduce acne scarring, if that is your current concern, or if you prefer you can go to the source of the problem and try an acnipur facial to target every aspect of acne problems, including sebum production and clogged pores.
Since pollution often contributes to problematic skin, you may wish to try a city life facial that addresses pollution exposure, especially if you live or work near busy urban areas.
Changing your diet is another often-quoted remedy for acne, but everyone’s skin is different so don’t necessarily cut out every food that is listed on acne guides. Instead, get to know your skin better by seeing how it reacts when you eat more or less of a particular food. You will slowly realize your unique skin needs and be able to adapt your diet in an effective way. This may not be a quick fix, but it will be important knowledge that will be useful throughout your life.
While many products are available on the market to treat acne, not all will necessarily be right for you. There are some general guidelines you can follow to make sure your skincare product isn’t making your skin problems worse. Firstly, lighter cream or ‘gel’ products are less likely to clog pores and cause blemishes than heavy, thick creams. If you do frequently have clogged pores, remember to exfoliate your skin on a weekly basis, but make sure you use gentle products as recommended on the instructions, so that you don’t exfoliate too often and cause irritation. Face masks for acne are also your friends since they cleanse existing clogged pores and reduce sebum production to reduce future blockages.
While natural ingredients in products are often preferable, be careful of ‘home remedy’ skincare recipes that recommend using raw, undiluted ingredients like essential oils or food items, as these can actually make skin problems much worse or have unintended side effects.
In conclusion, your greatest tool against acne is knowing your skin better and reacting to what causes it problems. This may take some time, but once you understand your skin you can improve its appearance and feel much better, both inside and out. We hope this knowledge is helpful, and provides a boost to your wellness journey and your confidence.
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Many people seem to think that getting a facial is a treat for high-class women who want to pamper themselves or think that getting a facial is a luxury experience done only when on a weekend break or a holiday. In actuality, facials can be very beneficial as part of your regular skincare routine.
In addition, getting a facial for men considers the unique skin needs that men have when performed by a professional. Facial treatments for men can address any number of health needs and skin problems, so you are sure to find one that’s right for you. But first, we at Carisma would like to share some useful information on why one of these facials can change your health and lifestyle for the better.
Relief from Skin Problems
Facial treatments are packed with products and massage movements that address a wide variety of skin problems. If you frequently struggle with clogged pores or acne, for instance, an acne facial treatment for men will address your unique needs. Pores are unclogged and excess sebum is regulated, which means that your skin will not only look cleansed and bright right away, but will be less prone to clogging all over again.
Brighten Up Dull Skin
Skin can start to look dull for many reasons; whether it’s extreme weather or naturally dry skin, having skin that looks and feels dull can be frustrating to deal with. A professional spa therapist can recommend a variety of facials to you if you feel that your skin is looking less than radiant, from hydrating facials for men to a treatment for men with dull or pigmented skin.
Understand your skin better
You may find that many of your skin problems come from not being aware of your skin’s unique needs. Even worse, you may be using the wrong products or have a skincare routine that makes these problems worse. From helping you get to know your skin type, to recommending what men’s facial products you should be using, a spa therapist can help you elevate your daily routine with their expertise. While the facial may help your skin on a short term basis, these tips can help you forever.
Reduce Excess Sweating
If you’re constantly annoyed by excess sweating, a facial treatment can be a great help. Facial massages for men can reduce excess moisture and tighten pores to reduce sweating, as well as cleanse your skin of bacteria. Facials also contribute to improved circulation, which helps reduce high temperatures and reduces your skin’s cooling sweating response.
Soothe Your Tension
Facials are great at relaxing you and releasing your tension. Any luxury facial for men can relax tight muscles and release your stress. Spa treatments are an excellent way to switch off for a while and forget the outside world, and can be valuable breaks from constantly checking screens.
Relieve Razor Burn
Facials for male skin are soothing experiences, calming any irritation that builds up from regular shaving. They can also address ingrown hairs that arise from improper shaving methods, and the therapist can advise you on how to avoid them in the future. The professional spa therapist can even recommend an exfoliator for men that will reduce the likelihood of bumps, beard acne, and ingrown hair.
In conclusion, facials can have a surprising amount of health benefits for men’s skin, whether you try them as a one-off experience or enjoy them so much you include them into your routine. They can be an easy way to include an hour of stress relief on a regular basis, and keep your skin looking and feeling fresh and comfortable.
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It’s never too early to start nourishing your skin to slow down the aging process. But no matter at what stage of your life you begin seeking anti aging remedies, there are various approaches to take. Whether you prefer more natural lifestyle and diet changes, facial treatments and anti aging products, or a combination of everything available to you, you are sure to find useful information in this article.
There are a few lifestyle choices that can actually slow down skin ageing. Avoiding hot sunny days is key, as hot weather increases the production of sebum which clogs your skin. Wearing protective clothing and sunscreen is also essential.
Meanwhile being out in cooler weather promotes better circulation. Winter weather even helps you sleep better, reducing the appearance of dark circles, since it simulates the natural drop in temperature that happens when we fall into a deep sleep.
In a similar vein, washing your face with cold water has many benefits. It reduces stress, inflammation and tiredness, leaving you with tightened skin and pores, without stripping away too many of your skin’s natural oils like hot water does.
In fact, tiredness in general is something to avoid. Staying up late and having an inconsistent sleep cycle means less time for your body to recover and repair. Good rest will improve your circulation, rescue puffiness around your eyes and face, and decrease dryness.
Quitting smoking is also an often-recommended tip to keep your skin youthful. The smoke and nicotine deprive your skin cells of oxygen and nutrition which prematurely ages your appearance.
Exercise and taking time out of the day to de-stress is also incredibly important. Remember to shower right after to help your body recover its energy and wash away skin cells and bacteria.
Food & diet changes
There are some foods that are particularly useful at slowing skin ageing and improving its appearance. Vitamin C is a great place to start. Vitamin C from oranges and lemons will help your skin’s elasticity and collagen production.
Eating foods rich in antioxidants is also helpful to protect your skin from damage. Bell peppers are a good start, as they also help reduce eye wrinkles, but many fresh fruits and vegetables will do.
Omega 3 from fatty fish and fish oil helps your cells renew themselves, avoiding inflamed flaky skin. Surprisingly, avoiding fats isn’t a necessary part of improving your diet to appear younger. On the contrary, fats can help your skin look radiant and bright.
You may also want to consume more foods that contain soy, like tofu or edamame beans, as they help preserve collagen.
Finally, a very popular recommendation is always drinking more water. It’s important to keep your skin hydrated both from the inside (by drinking water) and from the outside by preserving or replenishing your skin’s hydration.
Another way to help your skin stay youthful is having youth boosting facials or treatments that address your skin concerns. For example, a Freshup facial helps firms skin and freshens up skin that appears dull. A Hydra Blue facial rejuvenates dry skin and restores hydration that may be lacking in aging skin.
White lumination facials brighten skin and reduce the appearance of age spots and pigmentation, while Extended youth facials fill in wrinkles and boost collagen production. Even facials that do not necessarily target aging skin stimulate circulation and collagen production through the movements of the therapist’s hands, so a facial treatment may be a great way to treat yourself.
Products can be an important part of your skincare routine. It’s usually recommended to use products like moisturisers both in the morning and before bed, and it’s best to use them right after you’ve washed your skin so that they lock in moisture and are more effective.
Anti Aging moisturisers are specifically formulated to fill in wrinkles, firm and lift the skin, protect you from sun damage, or reduce skin texture problems.
Exfoliation is also very important. As you age your skin replenishes itself more slowly, leading to a build up of dead skin cells which makes skin look dull and dry. An exfoliator helps clear all the skin cells away, revealing the more youthful skin beneath. Make sure to only use gentle exfoliators though, as more intense or harsh exfoliators can make your skin sag.
Gentle, natural exfoliators can have immediate results, improving the appearance and texture of your skin.
It’s never too early or too late to give your skin some love and attention. Whether you decide to simply change up your skincare routine, try a new moisturiser or completely change up your diet, I hope this blog gave you some useful tips that change your life for the better.
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In recent years, Korean beauty treatments have gained a great deal of popularity around the world. Commonly referred to as ‘K-Beauty’ there are quite a few skin regimens that have become famous for their effectiveness. The K-Beauty blackhead method is one of these regimens, and might just be the perfect solution for you if you are struggling with skin impurities and blemishes.
Here at Carisma Spa, we want to make sure you know about current beauty trends that are proving successful, so I’ve compiled a short guide that summarises the K-Beauty blackhead routine.
Understanding Skin Impurities
Skin impurities like blackheads form when your pores or hair follicles get blocked by dead skin cells or excess sebum. They can also be caused by a build-up of bacteria, especially if your skin is irritated or damaged by the weather, for example.
This is why it’s important to use a skincare routine that also reduces excess sebum production, moisturizes and restores skin, and purifies your pores. This way, the underlying cause of the problem is addressed, to make it less likely that these impurities will form again.
The K-Beauty Method
Various versions of the K-Beauty blackhead method exist, ranging from a 3-step method all the way up to a 10-step method! These routines can be condensed down into the main steps below:
Clean Your Canvas
Make sure you start your skincare routine with a clean face! This makes it easier for products to reach deep into your pores since you’ve helped them out by removing some surface oil and dirt from your skin. Try and match the cleansing product you use to your skin type, whether it’s dry, aging, combination or oily skin. If you prefer (or your skin varies in dryness/oiliness) you can use a product that’s suitable for all skin types.
Open Your Pores
Next up, wipe your face with a gentle cloth soaked in warm water. You can even microwave a wet cloth if you prefer, but be careful not to burn yourself (or the cloth)! The warmth opens up your pores and makes any products you use afterward more effective.
Optional: Use a Face Mask
Face masks are a great tool to correct and reduce skin impurities. If you use this routine often, make sure you only include a face mask once or twice a week though, especially if you prefer peel masks or have sensitive skin.
Masks reduce future sebum production and help clean dirt and oil out of your pores, especially if they are designed to target build-up in your pores.
Look out for masks that contain charcoal or clay since they’re more appropriate for tackling impurities. Avoid peeling masks altogether if you have sensitive, damaged, or irritated skin since they can make these problems worse. Try out a gentle face mask if you have these skin concerns.
Use a Cleansing Oil
Surprisingly, an oil-based cleanser is great at dealing with excess oil and impurities! Oil-based cleansers do a great job when it comes to dissolving blackheads, so rub a little cleansing oil over your face for 2-3 minutes, paying special attention to your nose area, or any area that is prone to blackheads.
Rinse your face with a little bit of water, and rub your skin again (some cleansing oil should still remain). After a little while, you can fully rinse your face and the clogged pores will be rinsed out as well.
A pleasant advantage to oil cleansers is that they won’t leave your skin feeling over-cleansed or tight after your skincare routine.
Apply a Serum
After this intense cleansing routine, make sure to replenish your skin’s moisture. Serums are especially useful since they tighten your pores, helping to prevent skin cells and oil from building up all over again. You can find serums for dry skin, aging skin or uneven skin that has discoloration.
Heavy moisturizers should be avoided at all costs to prevent blocking your pores all over again, so opt for a gel-based or lightweight moisturizer if serums aren’t your thing.
Remember, moisturizing your face also means your skin won’t enthusiastically produce excess oil to replenish the moisture itself!
This K-Beauty routine is becoming well-loved all over the globe for its effectiveness. It’s definitely worth trying out if you want to tackle impurities, or even simply wish for a routine that provides deeper cleansing than your current skincare regimen.
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Dry skin can be a very frustrating skin condition to deal with. Your skin can feel flaky, tight, and sore from the lack of moisture, and can impact your confidence. It also makes it difficult to find suitably hydrating face care and makeup products, since they may not be hydrating enough or even make your skin uncomfortably oily.
Thankfully, there are specialised products, facial treatments and natural remedies to help relieve your discomfort and let you enjoy plump, refreshed skin.
Add These Foods to your Diet
Your diet can have quite an effect on your skin, which means that adding these foods can help hydrate your skin and relieve your discomfort as well as boost your health.
Sweet potatoes are an often recommended remedy for dry skin, especially when eaten with their skin. They’re full of Vitamin A which repairs your skin and beta-carotene which protects your skin and keeps it hydrated.
Coconut Oil is a great alternative to vegetable oils for cooking since it’s much healthier. In addition, it can improve your skin both by ingesting it or by rubbing it on problematic areas.
Water is the key to great skin and good health. It’s important to stay hydrated, so keep a bottle nearby at all times to get into the habit of drinking more water. Not only is water hydrating, but it can remove toxins from your skin.
A versatile ingredient that can be eaten in many different recipes, avocados keep skin hydrated and help prevent the signs of aging. They’re incredibly nourishing, so you should definitely include them in your diet.
Oatmeal is a healthy food to wake up to. It’s great at tackling flaky dry skin and redness. It’s also a great breakfast food that can be combined with many other ingredients to keep you feeling fuller for longer, so you’re less likely to snack on unhealthy foods that dry your skin.
Small Lifestyle Changes
You don’t need to completely change your daily routine to tackle dry skin. A few small changes can have a great effect. Incorporating a moisturiser into your shower routine is always recommended, as well as avoiding washing your body or face with water that is too hot. But did you know that moisturiser can be more effective if you apply it to damp skin? So make sure you use it right after you’ve showered or washed your face so that it locks in the hydration and refreshes you longer.
Setting a humidifier on your desk while you work is also a simple solution that won’t mess up your routine. Desktop humidifiers only need to be filled up with water at the start of the workday and you can let them work their magic. They can also improve your breathing if you have allergies or asthma, and counteract the dehydrating effects of being in a room with an Air Conditioner or heater on all day. Plus, they usually come in attractive shapes and colours!
Nothing beats a facial for a powerful boost to hydration, especially facials designed to combat dry skin. A Hydra Blue facial is great at making dry skin radiant again, while a Douceur Marine facial treats redness and soreness to soothe your face. The movements of a facial treatment also have the benefit of boosting circulation and collagen production, so your skin is not only fresher but looks younger too.
Incorporating a moisturiser into your routine is often the first and best-recommended step to tackling dry skin. However, many products contain ingredients that make other skin problems worse, make your skin too oily, or simply don’t hydrate your skin enough. Picking safe, reliable products is important, which is why Carisma recommends products by Phytomer, since they are effective, natural, and sustainably sourced.
If you have combination skin it has probably been an ongoing struggle to find a product that hydrates your dry areas without making your oily areas worse, so you may wish to try an ultra moisturiser that’s oil-free, or an easy-to-apply gel solution that’s great for any skin type. If you feel regular discomfort from skin tightness, a comforting rescue cream may be the ideal solution. If you prefer a more complex routine, then adding a hydrating night cream along with your normal moisturiser can help you get bright skin before you’ve even woken up for the day.
Dry skin doesn’t have to mean constant discomfort or insecurity. You can tackle it head-on in a simple, straightforward way with a few small changes to your lifestyle and diet that will have a positive effect on your wellness as well.
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A Guest Article specially written for carismaspa.com by Olive Goliger
There's an oft-cited statistic that often gets thrown around. Maybe you have heard of it, maybe you haven't, but there's little truth to the statement that says 60% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
Yet even if this is the case, it doesn't necessarily mean that you can be careless about what you put on your skin. Even if products mostly just reach the surface, they still have a significant effect on your skin health. This is why you should be careful about the ingredients that the beauty products in your skincare regimen contain.
To help you out, here are some ingredients that you should incorporate into your skincare routine and ones that you should completely avoid:
Ingredients to look out for
If you happen to have an issue with your skin's moisture levels, you'll benefit from using products with ceramides. A Self article notes that ceramides are one type of lipid found in the stratum corneum, and are particularly excellent at sealing in hydration. They help your skin look plumper and they can even manage some signs of aging.
It's also worth noting that there are prescription creams containing ceramides that are specifically formulated to treat eczema, but ceramides are also found in over-the-counter moisturizers and night creams.
Just like you look for antioxidants in the food you eat, you should also look for antioxidants to put on your skin. Allure notes that they are basically ingredients that protect the skin against environmental stressors like free radicals. It makes sense, then, to make it a point to use products that are rich in antioxidant ingredients to improve your complexion. Case in point, Pretty Me's review of the Asian-favorite Kojic Acid Soap enumerates four powerhouse antioxidant ingredients: Vitamin E, virgin coconut oil, pure coconut oil, and kojic acid. Together, these can give you a brighter, more natural skin tone, deep cleanse and exfoliate your skin, and fade your scars. With continued use of antioxidant-rich products, you can also expect to treat skin ailments like blemishes, freckles, hyperpigmentation, and melasma.
It's not surprising why Vitamin C is all the rage right now. It has the power to counteract and protect against free
radical damage and can brighten dark spots over time. Plus, as noted in our 'Oranges, our best allies' ; post, vitamin C
can also make you look extra radiant and healthy.
Just be sure that the vitamin C product you're going to use come in airless, opaque packaging, as the ingredient is
sensitive to light and can easily succumb to degradation when exposed to sunlight.
Ingredients to avoid
You may have noticed that many skincare products have a paraben-free label. This is because it's a well-known ingredient to avoid due to a research paper that claimed parabens can be found in breast cancer tissue samples.
And while the cosmetic products only use a small concentration, coupled with the fact that EU and FDA regulations mark them as safe to use if they're in the current form, it's still better to be safe than sorry.
Formaldehyde has long been classified as a carcinogen, but it's still being used in many beauty products.
The good news is many retailers are beginning to ban products that contain this ingredient. But Byrdie points out that while it's a well-known toxic ingredient , many aren't privy to the fact that there are also other ingredients that release formaldehyde. You should exercise caution when shopping, as it might just be hiding behind another name.
Mineral oil may be an effective moisturizing agent, but when used on the skin, it can effectively clog your pores. This
is because it's a petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic.
It messes with the skin's ability to fight against toxins, which means that it can also increase the likelihood of acne and other conditions. This ingredient is typically found in creams, lotions, and ointments, so be sure to watch out for it when shopping for products.
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