The Lowdown on Dehydrated Skin

At some point or another, every person will suffer from a variation of skin irritation. After all, it is important that we pay attention to what our skin is telling us in order to alter our routine accordingly. With this in mind, there are many different skin types and this means that finding the perfect products can be overwhelming and incredibly difficult. From dry and oily skin to combination skin, getting that perfect glow can be a challenge. In fact, dehydrated skin is the latest discovery that is causing sufferers to completely alter their routine. Read on as we go over everything you need to know…

What is Dehydrated Skin?

Unlike dry skin, which is a skin type that people are usually born with, dehydration is often caused by a compromised skin barrier and can be treated with the correct products. In fact, it is possible for people to suffer from oily skin and dehydrated skin simultaneously because the stratum corneum, the outmost layer of the skin, is lacking in moisture and as a result, starts to produce excess oil in order to compensate. As a result, it is not uncommon for acne sufferers to discover that they have dehydrated skin because they have been using harsh oil-banishing products which strip the skin completely and subsequently cause even more oil production.

What are the Signs of Dehydrated Skin?

After washing the skin in the morning and evening, it is important to note how it feels and looks as this can be a clear indication that there is a dehydration problem at play. For instance, if the face feels dry and tight immediately after washing then the moisture is being absorbed faster than it can be delivered and no amount of moisturiser is going to fix it. In fact, if pressing down on the skin creates a wrinkle pattern around the fingertip then that is also a clear indication of dehydration.

How is Dehydrated Skin Treated?

Since dehydrated skin is often caused by the use of incorrect skincare products, the best way to treat it is by condensing the skincare routine in order to find the best way to return moisture back into the skin. After all, a lack of moisture may be the problem, however, simply drinking water isn’t an effective enough solution. In order to treat dehydrated skin, it is important to use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t foam with lukewarm water and then a toner in order to restore the pH balance. This should then be followed up by a moisturiser that is suitable for your skin type, either dry or oily, and an occlusive, a skincare treatment that prevents water loss. In the morning, it is also important to use an SPF agent too in order to prevent sun damage from further drying out the skin.

Although it may sound complicated and time consuming, formulating the perfect skin care routine is easier than it seems. With this said, it is important to assess the products that are used on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are still suitable for your skin as the weather, particularly during the winter season, can affect the skin barrier and make it more susceptible to dehydration. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of The Healthy Living and Fitness team today!

Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

The annual heatwave might be in full swing but our lack of experience with soaring temperatures means that the people of the UK have to make a particular effort to ensure that they don’t develop heatstroke. After all, too much sun isn’t good for you! Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness we want our readers to be able to reap the benefits of the warm weather without any nasty side effects at the end of the day. Read on to find out how to stay safe in the summer heat…

Hydration

On a regular day it is recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of water in order to stay adequately hydrated. With this said, very few people manage to complete this which can put them at risk when the temperatures soar. In fact, once the temperature goes beyond 30 degrees Celsius the experts recommended doubling that number! Hydration is very important in a summer heatwave as it prevents heatstroke and replaces the moisture that we lose through sweat.

SPF

If you know that you are going to be taking in the sun from morning til evening then it is vital that you apply a sun scream with a high SPF. The majority of people associate factor 50 with children when it is in fact perfectly acceptable for adults too, particularly those that are sensitive to the sun. After all, sunburn is no laughing matter. Plus, it is possible to suffer 2nd degree blister burns from sitting out in the sun all day without protection and these are known to scar.

When it comes to the sun it is vital that you take certain measures to protect yourself. After all, there is nothing worse than trying to sleep with painful sunburn at the end of a busy summer day. To find out more information about staying safe this summer, get in contact with a member of The Healthy Living and Fitness team today!

Make Up For Each Skin Type

Since there is more than one type of skin it is important that the products on the market are varied. Of course, this is easier said than done and finding a suitable cosmetic can be a case of trial and error over a long period of time. Luckily the team here at The Healthy Living and Fitness have you covered as we are going to go over each skin type and the suitable products one by one…

Dry Skin

When you have dry skin it is best that you stay far away from any products that are going to increase this dryness, and that includes powder! In fact, any and all powder cosmetics should be thrown into the trash as they are the number one cause of flaky foundation. Dry skin is best suited towards tinted moisturisers in order to provide both cover and hydration at the same time.

Oily Skin

On the other hand oily skin means that the sebaceous glands are working in overdrive and powder based products work to absorb this oil without over drying the skin. Depending on how oily your skin is you may have to apply touch ups throughout the day but you should definitely avoid liquid based cosmetics as these are too wet for your skin type.

Combination Skin

With combination skin it is all about finding a balance. You need a product that fends of dryness whilst keeping oil production at bay which is why BB creams are often the best call. This is because such products are relatively weightless so they will not shift with oil production however they still have moisturising properties.

Sensitive Skin

If your skin flares up easily then you may have sensitive skin and this means that you need to check the ingredients rather than the product type. Most of the time people with sensitive skin need to avoid cosmetics that use harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances as these can be too irritating. Try to find products that contain nourishing and natural ingredients and avoid those that contain parabens, sulphates and GMO’s.

Trial and error means that it can take a long time to track down the product that is most suitable however by looking at what your skin requires in order to be healthy you can find what you need much faster. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!

How to Treat Dry Skin

With winter approaching it is time to get prepared for the dry skin that will wreak havoc upon our lives. After all, the chill of the season is dreadfully bad for us and takes as much moisture as it can from our skin; leaving it coarse, rough and unimaginably dry. Luckily there are a few ways to fight back and The Healthy Living and Fitness team have got you covered! Here is how to treat stubborn dry skin…

Avoid Hot Water

During winter one of the main habits that most people have is taking a hot shower in the morning. Whilst this is soothing, hot water exacerbates dry skin and is an incredibly bad method of showering because the water strips the skin of its natural oils and we need this barrier in order to trap the moisture that prevents dryness. Try to keep the temperature warm rather than hot.

Be Gentle

Dryness is not only caused by winter, it can be a result of irritation which is why you should always treat your skin with care in order to prevent it becoming worse. Use products that are made for dry skin and never exfoliate more than 3 times a week regardless of what the internet says!

Moisturise!

When it comes down to it nothing can help dry skin better than regular and consistent moisturising. After all, dryness cannot be cured overnight and in order to get rid of it you have to invest time into a moisturising routine to see results.

For many people dry skin is the most challenging condition to deal with and is often a part of everyday life. In fact, it can be a nightmare to find products that are suitable for use! Luckily the best beauty salon in Manchester have got you covered! At Buddha Beauty there are a range of vegan friendly moisturisers perfect for soothing dry skin this winter! If you have any tips or tricks when it comes to treating dryness, get in contact with a member of The Healthy Living and Fitness team today!

Tips for Super Soft Skin

Taking care of our skin is something that we all neglect to do at some point of out life. Whether its summer or winter, it is vital that we employ the necessary measures in order to maintain healthy and soft skin. In this blog, the team at The Healthy Living and Fitness are going to give you a few top tip when it comes to achieving the skin you desire…

  • If we all received some kind of incentive for washing our face twice a day like the experts recommend, it is likely that we would all be walking around with clear skin free from impurities. It is ideal that we wash our faces twice day, once in the morning and once a night, in order to remove the dirt collected over night and the dirt collected throughout the day.
  • Make up is a title given to a whole range of beauty products and a shocking 70% of the population will use it on a daily basis however the experts say that wearing make up isnt the problem when it comes to skincare; removing it is. Half of the people who wear make up will not wash it off after a days work which allows the products to enter the pores and cause breakouts when we least expect it.

Do you have any exciting skincare tips to share with us? The Healthy Living and Fitness team love speaking to clients so get in contact and let us know! Make sure to check back for our next blog too!

Movember!

Did you know that 1 in 39 men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer will die? In fact, in 2016 alone, there have been 26,120 reported deaths. These statistics are shocking. Movember is an annual event which takes place during the month of November every year. It hopes to raise awareness about the different cancers which affect men each year, including prostate cancer. Throughout the month-long event, men within the UK grow a moustache in support of the cause. The goal is to ‘change the face of men’s health’.

To show our support, here are 8 odd yet interesting facts you probably didn’t know about moustaches…

  1. Albert Einstein grew and was able to maintain his moustache for over 50 years!

 

  1. The longest moustache in the world is 14 foot and belongs to an Indian man called Ram Singh Chauhan.

 

  1. Human hair, including moustache hair, grows roughly 0.014 inches per day which is 5-6 inches a year.

 

  1. The average man’s face, who doesn’t shave smooth, has between 10-20 thousand hairs.

 

  1. There have only been 4 US presidents who have had a moustache, the last being in 1909. Every other president has been clean shaven.

 

  1. The King of Hearts is the only card in a deck which doesn’t have a moustache.

 

  1. US marine are not allowed to grow a moustache which is longer than half an inch.

 

  1. The first moustache is history is dated back to 300 B.C.

 

Here at The Healthy Living and Fitness, we think that men’s health is very important and urge all men out there to take part in Movember this November; lets raise awareness for a necessary cause and end 2016 on a good note!

What does your skincare routine look like?

Looking after your skin is just as important as showering in the morning or protecting your hair from style damage…yet many people admit their skincare routine is practically non-existent. They will shun the moisturiser but opt for the heat protection spray whilst spending day in day out wondering why their skin doesn’t look like everyone else’s.

There are different skin types, the most common three being oily, dry and sensitive. Whichever category you fall under, your skincare routine will be unique to you.

Everyday Twice a Day

Although it may come as a surprise to some, it is advised that you wash your face twice a day; morning and night. There’s nothing worse for your skin than waking up and leaving the dirt residue you accumulated overnight to sit and multiple throughout the day. Likewise, after a long day you need to remove any bacteria build up, especially if you are a person who wears make up. It is well known that not removing make up can clogs your pores and lead to acne.

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise

Keeping your skin hydrated is important to prevent it drying out and becoming sore, red and inflamed. It is important that you moisturise after washing your face as this process strips the skin of its natural oils; if we don’t replace them with a suitable moisturiser, the skin will suffer and dry patches will form. Dry patches can also cause make up to build up as the skin clings to the moisture in the foundation, leaving unsightly patches.

Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells in order to generate new ones and prevent build ups. It can be very tough and intense on the skin and so it is recommended to only carried it out once or twice a week. A good quality exfoliator can be purchased online fairly easily.

Now you know the basics of how to care for your skin, what are you waiting for? It’s time to say goodbye to the days of breakouts and dryness and hello to a fresh new you; most importantly, it’s time to pamper yourself!

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

You can have a great skincare routine, but did you know you can undo all your diligent work with grimy makeup brushes? Makeup brushes pick up all sorts of dust whilst they’re sitting on your dressing table, as well as all the dead skin cells from your face and neck, oils, bacteria and old makeup you didn’t quite catch when you washed your face. This all builds up and breeds all kinds of germs, which you then transfer back to your face when you do your makeup the next day. Cleaning your makeup brushes keeps them hygienic as well as soft and gentle on your skin. Your makeup will go on better and the brushes won’t feel as scratchy if you keep them clean and supple.

When you decide to clean your brushes, make sure you’re not in a rush to use them, as they need to dry properly before any makeup goes on them especially foundation. At night is best as they will have all night to dry while you sleep. You’ll need some mild soap, preferably a baby soap, as well as baby shampoo, olive oil and hair conditioner. For big soft fluffy brushes, lather the soap bar up with lukewarm water and then swirl the hairs of the brush around on the surface gently. Try your hardest not to get soap and water on the metal part or down the shaft as this cause rusting and eventually the hairs will fall out. Do the same with the smaller brushes, taking the same care, Make sure you don’t rinse with cold or hot water, only lukewarm.

If your brushes are really clogged with gel liner for example, a good swish around your palm with some olive oil should help loosen all the product, then manipulate the bristles gently with your fingers as you run the, under lukewarm water.

As an extra little luxurious finish, you can blob a 5p sized amount of conditioner in your palm and swirl the brushes around in it, again making sure you do this softly. Leave the conditioner resting for a few minutes then again rinse with warm water. Leave all of the brushes to dry preferably overnight and in the morning they will be silky and soft and perfect again.