How to Get Your Best Summer Selfie

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Summer is the perfect time to show off your natural beauty…and post a selfie au naturel. Going foundation-free comes with great skin perks.  Start building your selfie confidence now so you’re ready to go naked (from the neck up).

STEP 1: Stick to your personal regimen. If you have existing concerns that make you camera-shy, follow a daily skincare routine (and be patient). Try UNBLEMISH Regimen to break the acne cycle, or REVERSE Regimen to tackle the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone. Remember, attempting to hide imperfections with layers of foundation can actually aggravate skin (or even trigger acne or sensitivity), whereas taking a time-out from cosmetics frees your pores from product build-up.

STEP 2: Exfoliate to reveal a fresh ‘you’. Dull, flaky skin is a no-win situation. Daily exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells to give your complexion an instant reboot. A gentle facial massage (while applying moisturizer, for example) can also help boost your natural radiance.

STEP 3: Skip the photo filter—and take five. Before you snap a selfie, use SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment to rescue dry, chapped and red-looking skin in just 5 minutes. Dimethicone and allantoin fortify the skin’s natural moisture barrier and reduce signs of sensitivity, while optical filters neutralize the look of redness.

STEP 4: Say hello, bright eyes. Leading up to your makeup-free photo session, give your peepers a little TLC with REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream. Peptides help minimize the look of crow’s feet and reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Plus, optical filters visibly brighten the eye area—so you can skip the concealer.

STEP 5: Smile. Put your best pucker forward by applying ESSENTIALS Lip Shield. This smooth, hydrating formula keeps lips feeling soft and youthful-looking, while adding SPF 25 sun protection.

No matter where you are on your journey to a healthy-looking complexion, try skipping the foundation for just a day and see how great it feels to give your skin a fresh start.

What type of sensitive skin do I have? My skin is not dry, chapped or red all the time, but I notice occasional sensitivity.

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Q: My skin is not always dry, chapped and visibly red but I notice occasional sensitivity. What type of sensitive skin am I?

Dr. Katie Rodan: Like many people, you may have mildly sensitive skin. Possible environmental triggers of sensitivity include: cold weather, heat, wind, and sun exposure; razor burn; skincare products and in-office cosmetic procedures. Trying to determine if there is a correlation between your occasional flare-ups and one of these factors is your first step in prevention.

Itchy or tight skin? Your products or cleansers might be too drying, which can strip the skin’s natural moisture barrier and cause sensitivity. Look for moisturizers that include ceramides, lipids, cholesterol, allantoin, and dimethicone to help rejuvenate your skin’s protective barrier.

Burning or stinging? Your skin may be reacting to a specific ingredient, or you could be experiencing product overload. Give your skin a product “holiday” using only a very mild cleanser and moisturizer. This will minimize the number of products your skin is exposed to, giving it a chance to heal. If your symptoms continue, see a dermatologist who can do a patch test in order to pinpoint an ingredient you may be allergic to.

 Blushing or red-looking skin? 

Visible redness may be your skin’s way of reacting to external triggers like extreme weather, sunlight, hot showers, cosmetic procedures, or razor burn. Cleanse your face with cool water and try bathing in tepid water to help reduce the appearance of sensitive skin.

When occasional sensitivity strikes, rescue your skin with SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment. This multi-tasking formula with RFp3 peptide technology helps heal dry, chapped or red-looking skin. Dimethicone and allantoin fortify the skin’s barrier to relieve dryness and reduce the signs of sensitivity, while optical filters neutralize the look of redness in just 5 minutes.

If you experience dryness, cracking or visibly red skin on a regular basis, break the cycle of sensitivity with the SOOTHE Regimen. This collection of products combines clinically tested OTC active ingredients with peptides to shield against environmental aggressors associated with dry, red-looking, sensitive skin.

Start your journey to a more comfortable, healthy-looking complexion today.

Fact vs. fiction: Fair-skinned people always have sensitive skin

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FICTION. While all ethnicities are more or less equally prone to sensitive skin, having light-toned skin does not mean that you are destined to suffer from sensitivity. As Dr. Katie Rodan notes, “Despite all the studies, the medical and scientific communities’ ability to predict who will be sensitive to what is still not very good.” While genetics do play a role, there are many other external factors that can trigger sensitive skin.

Skin tone, or color, is actually linked to how our skin reacts to the environment and how it shows signs of aging. Fair skin is at a higher risk for melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer), yet all skin tones and types need protection from the sun to look good and stay healthy.

Your skin and its sensitivity are unique to you—based on a combination of factors, like age, hormones, climate, and skin hydration and more. Common scenarios related to sensitive skin include:

  • Cosmetic Intolerance. Many people who suddenly exhibit dry, chapped, cracked or red-looking skin without any prior history of sensitive skin are really experiencing intolerance to cosmetic products, even ones they have used for some time. It can come on suddenly; your skin can no longer take the products you’re using, so it reacts by flaring up.
  • Stress. Let’s face it…the many forms of stress that we deal with every day can wreak havoc on the skin’s protective barrier function, making skin more likely to show the signs of dryness and damage. When skin is stressed, it literally loses water at a greater rate, jeopardizing its natural ability to repair and renew itself, which perpetuates a cycle of sensitivity.
  • Environmental changes. Traveling from a warm, moist region to a dry climate with cold temperatures, low humidity and wind results in skin that’s likely to become sensitive. Anytime the barrier function is weakened, the skin leaks moisture and its natural defenses are compromised, allowing irritants to enter. Travel tip: SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment is a multi-tasking formula that reduces visible redness in 5 minutes and fortifies the skin’s barrier to relieve dryness—so you can rescue your skin on-the-go.

No matter what the cause of sensitivity, you can take daily steps to help your skin find its equilibrium. Avoid harsh or chemical exfoliants, rentinoids, alcohol, fragrances and chemical sunscreens. Look for gentler ingredients like dimethicone, allentoin, oatmeal, chamomile, lipids, vitamins C and E and green tea, to name a few. SOOTHE Regimen shields against the biological and environmental aggressors associated with dry, chapped, cracked, sensitive skin to help restore a healthy-looking, even-toned complexion—no matter what your skin tone.

Get the most from your sunscreen: What you need to know

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Our modern-day “love affair” with the suntan began nearly a century ago as a status symbol of leisure, wealth and beauty. But today, with so much knowledge of the sun’s power to harm and prematurely age skin, we’re turning to safer, sunless alternatives, and embracing the ultimate answer to this beauty paradox—protection and prevention with broad spectrum sunscreen.

But did you know not all sunscreens are created equal? Understanding how they work is key. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, so now is the perfect time to boost your sunscreen smarts:

  • Use a broad spectrum sunscreen. It blocks both types of the sun’s rays: UVB (responsible for sunburns) and UVA rays (the deep, aging kind) from penetrating skin.
  • Double the SPF doesn’t equal double protection. The SPF number refers to the sunscreen’s ability to block out UVB rays only. When applied as directed, SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks about 99% of UVB rays.
  • Apply liberally every two hours. To achieve the full SPF benefit, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using one ounce (a shot glassful) of sunscreen on your body and one teaspoonful (size of a quarter) on your face. If applied too thinly, an SPF 80 can act like an SPF 3.
  • Ingredients matter. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are active ingredients in mineral-based sunscreens, like SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen, which physically block both UVB and UVA rays and are gentle enough for sensitive skin. Acknowledged by experts and the FDA, chemical blockers (like avobenzone) absorb well into skin and offer excellent protection against UVA rays.
  • Check the expiration date. Fresh ingredients make sunscreen more effective. Keep your bottle in the shade and avoid leaving it in a hot car, as excessive heat can break down the active ingredients.
  • Apply rain or shine. While UVB rays are at their peak midday, UVA rays are present from sunrise to sunset and can penetrate your skin even on cloudy days—who knew? We recommend applying broad spectrum sunscreen every morning, 15-30 minutes before heading outside.

Get to know your ideal sunscreen and combine it with other sun protection measures to stay ahead of melanoma. Wear a broad-brimmed hat and protective clothing when you step out of the shade. Even better, stay out of the sun altogether and use ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan for a healthy, natural-looking glow—and show off your sun savvy.

Share this article during Melanoma Awareness Month, so others can become sun smart too.

How do I tell if I have sensitive skin?

For some people, sensitivity means red-looking skin in severe weather, or the appearance of bumps and redness after using a new soap or skincare product. For others, razor burn strikes after every shave. Or sometimes stress makes their skin go wild.

For the 70% of Americans who report having sensitive skin, there may be any number of underlying causes—from heredity to lifestyle or the environment. Where does your skin fit in?

The first step to a healthier-looking complexion is assessing your skin and identifying triggers that bring on sensitivity. Whether you face chapped, dry, cracked or red-looking skin every day or only on occasion, find the SOOTHE solution that works for your skin.

Click here to answer a few questions to help your skin find its comfort zone.