Apply Nighttime Skin Products in The Right Order

nighttime-skincareBefore bed, you wash your face, then clean your skin with an astringent, then add night cream and eye cream. Good. Done. Right? Wrong. Did you know that putting on products in the wrong order can actually effect how they perform? The general rule to follow is to go from thin to thick. That’s just one of the tools that will help your nighttime routine have you radiant in the morning.

Here are the right steps for maximum perfection.

  1. Cleanser. While it’s easy to just use a makeup remover cloth, which just skims the service. A cleanser removed buildup of dirt and oil. Use the makeup remover if you must, and then the cleanser. The beauty experts suggest exfoliating for a thorough cleanse at least once a week.
  2. Toner. Many people skip this step. It’s actually one of the most important in the evening because it gets rid of any impurities on your skin and acts as a second defense against dirt and grease. This is an especially good product for people with oily skin.
  3. Serum. Use a skin serum with Vitamin C as an ingredient. It has been shown to stimulate new collagen in the skin. Some people use multiple serums for different areas of the skin – wrinkles, crow’s feet, neck. Remember layering here, and apply the ones with the thinnest consistency first.
  4. Night Cream or Moisturizer. Apply this soon after other face products because moisturizers and night creams lock in moisture and hydration. And should you use a moisturizer or night cream? Skin repairs itself in the nighttime hours, which is why night creams are heavier since their absorption rate can work over the course of 8 hours.
  5. Eye Cream. This should be applied in the morning and at night, beauty experts advise. And don’t skip eye cream. Consistency is the key to maintaining eyelids and the skin around the eyes.

As with any products, everyone’s different, so finding what works for you is the icing on the cake for optimal beauty effect.



The Top 10 Celebrities with the Best Skin

Celebrities may seem glowy and flawless in every situation, however for many, this is just the result of expensive beauty products, a talented makeup artist, handy airbrushing and flattering lighting. However, for dedicated celebrity spotters like us, it’s easy to pick out the ones who are either blessed or work at having superb skin:

  1. Lucy Liu

At 47, this actress has maintained her glowing skin very well. According to Lucy, foregoing caffeine is one of her beauty secrets. Instead, she drinks a lot of water. (We guess she hasn’t seen the research that shows that caffeine is chock-ful of antioxidants and when prepared with the right concentration in a cream, can even help minimize the appearance of cellulite.)

  1. Liv Tyler

Liv’s skin seems so flawless and uniform that she sometimes looks like the “after” version of a shot worked heavily in Photoshop. But shots of her without makeup suggests this is just how she looks—lucky her! She also is a huge fan of sunscreen, which is a smart idea to prevent wrinkles and discoloration.

  1. Reese Witherspoon

Reese is a fair-skinned beauty who also doesn’t scrimp on the sunscreen, which is why she practically looks like the young starlet who charmed the world in Legally Blonde back in 2001.

  1. Halle Berry

Still spectacular in her 40`s, Halle has been a star since the early 90s and doesn’t look much different from when she first burst on the scene. The secret to her spectacular skin is textbook care: she regularly uses cleanser, moisturizer and eye cream. She also makes sure to get a facial once a week that uses lactic and malic acids, along with an oxygen mask.

  1. Ashton Kutcher

At 38, he still retains much of that boyish look he had when he became a heartthrob on That 70s Show. While some speculate his smooth skin comes from some Botox, his overall look suggests he’s using exfoliators regularly, with maybe some microdermabrasion treatments. Regardless, it’s clearly working for him.

  1. Jennifer Love Hewitt

Though she’s close to 40 (age 37), Jennifer still looks spectacular. Some of her beauty fixes are unconventional (like toothpaste for acne), but mostly she sticks to the staples of exfoliation and moisturizers.

  1. Ryan Reynolds

The Deadpool star turns 40 this far, but still looks as baby-faced as he did during his Van Wilder Days. Is it natural or did he have some help? Some dermatologists suspect he’s had some Botox, maybe some fillers—but it also looks like he protects himself from the sun and does regular skin maintenance.

  1. Beyonce

Beyonce seems blessed with perfect skin, but she also works at it, smearing Aquaphor on before going to bed for maximum moisturizing. She also uses plenty of sunscreen and stays hydrated.

  1. Hayden Panettiere

Hayden is still young, but judging from her routine (sunscreen, water, proper cleansing) and just how she looks, she is well on track to maintaining that fresh-faced look well into her forties and beyond.

  1. Nicole Kidman

While she’s not 100% the stunning beauty from 1991’s Days of Thunder, Nicole is quite close. She credits this to her organic diet, swimming, Aquaphor and Crème Le Mer.



How to Handle Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin condition whose cause is as yet known. It basically involves a redness on the cheeks, nose and chin that can arrive at any time. If you don’t get it treated, you can also get bumps and pimples, and your nose can even get swollen with excess tissue: the comedian W.C. Fields had this, and Googling images of him will clearly show you this is NOT a good look to have.

According to estimates, as many as 16 million Americans suffer from it—and nearly half a million people have it around the world. While it comes and comes, it rarely heals itself on its own. One of the first steps in dealing with it is having a dermatologist examine you. They are usually experts in diagnosing this condition and having them check you out is crucial because other conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and season allergies, among others, can produce similar symptoms.

A number of different medical treatments can help manage—but not cure—rosacea. These include pulsed light or lasers to remove visible blood vessels, beta-blockers, azelaic acid and metronidazole to control bumps and swelling, along with lower-dose antibiotics like Oracea.

While it’s best to work directly with your dermatologist to handle rosacea, you may want to pay attention to foods and lifestyle issues that can trigger it, including spicy foods and stress. In addition, daily use of sunscreen seems to help with controlling outbreaks, since sunlight can often trigger rosacea. Studies also suggest that moisturizers with kinetin (a plant-derived cytokinin or substance that promotes cell division in plants) may also help people with minor rosacea.