Winter Skin Care: Don’t Forget Sunscreen

Is it cloudy or cold in your neck of the woods today? This week in our winter skin care series at Alpha Skin Care, we are sharing about the importance of wearing sunscreen year-round. Read on to learn how and why to protect your skin!

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5. Don’t forget sunscreen!

When you think of sunscreen, you probably think of grabbing your swimsuit and beach towel to head for the pool. On cold and cloudy days when the beach is out of the picture, you may not even consider sunscreen. But don’t be misled by dropping temperatures or clouds! You absolutely need sunscreen year-round. The sun’s rays are just as strong and damaging in the winter and get even stronger when you include the reflection of UV radiation off of snow!

If you still need convincing, both the World Health Organization and the US. Department of Health and Human Services have identified Ultralight Radiation as a human carcinogen. It is a main cause of skin cancer for more than a million Americans each year. 95% of the UV rays that we are exposed to in our lifetimes are UVA rays. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply and increase the appearance of skin wrinkles and aging. Sun damage cumulates gradually over time and yields lasting consequences for your skin and health.

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So pull out the sunscreen! Alpha Skin Care has great options of moisturizers that include SPF 15 and SPF 30. These should be applied and reapplied daily, even if you don’t plan on being outside or if it’s cloudy. UVA rays can penetrate through clouds and through glass in your car’s windows. If outside, choose the shade, wear broad-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.

It is never too late to start wearing sunscreen year-round. Start the habit today! Go to neotericcosmetics.com for more information about Alpha Skin Care sunscreen options.

 

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Winter Skin Care: Exfoliate the Right Way

At Alpha Skin Care, we know that winter can make caring for your skin extra tough. We want to give you everything you need for skin care in any season to be a breeze! We are in the middle of a blog series sharing winter skin care tips and are excited to talk to you this week about something we are passionate about here – exfoliation!

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4.Don’t scrub – Exfoliate the right way!

No matter how many cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens you are using, if you are not exfoliating, your skin is missing out! Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface, increasing cell renewal and polishing the surface of your skin. Even the most beautiful skin can look dull and lifeless without regular exfoliation.

Many people turn to harsh scrubs or loofahs to exfoliate their skin but this can do more damage than good, especially in the winter months. Scrubbing and rubbing dry irritated skin only causes further irritation and rawness. A gentler option that is perfect for every season is a chemical exfoliant or a product containing Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

aha-product-imageAlpha Hydroxy Acid is one of our cornerstone ingredients at Alpha Skin Care and we offer multiple AHA products for every skin type – in gels, serums, creams, and lotions. Choosing an AHA product for exfoliation rather than a harsh scrub or loofah will be much more gentle and effective for your skin in the winter, as well as year-round. Some of the benefits of AHA exfoliation include:

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  • Fewer wrinkles and lines
  • Smoother, softer, brighter skin
  • Increased cell renewal
  • Treats acne, dry skin, and clogged pores
  • Treats hyperpigmentation and irregular pigmentation
  • Increased collagen formation and skin thickness
  • Increased effectiveness with other skin products

The older we get, the slower our bodies are to shed skin cells and generate new ones; consequently, exfoliation becomes increasingly important. Try an Alpha Skin Care AHA exfoliant today! Be sure to follow the instructions on the package if you are new to Alpha Hydroxy Acids or visit www.neotericcosmetics.com for more information.

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Winter Skin Care: Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

At Alpha Skin Care we know that winter weather is not fun for your skin. Not only is it colder and drier outside, but heating systems dry out the air inside, too! The third post in our winter skin care series is one of the simplest secrets to healthy skin: humidify and drink water.shutterstock_499435507

 

3. Drink Water and Humidify Your Living Spaces

When the weather is cold, we tend to drink less water andhorizontal-water-with-lemon instead turn to hot cocoa, holiday lattes, and teas. But our skin needs all the help it can get and the water you drink keeps your skin cells hydrated. If you just can’t bear the thought of cold water in the winter – try warm water with a little lemon for a refreshing and hydrating winter drink.

Do you have a humidifier in your home? In your office? If so, you know the difference it can make! Humidifiers put moisture back into the air and have so many benefits to your overall health. Humidifiers  help treat dry skin and chapped lips by adding much-needed moisture to the air and to your skin.  

humidifier-steamConsider putting a humidifier by your bed when you sleep, or at your desk at work where you spend most of your time. We guarantee that your skin will be less dry and itchy! Not to mention, humidifiers also soothe symptoms that come with colds, allergies, and the flu – such as dryness and irritation in the nose, eyes, throat, and sinuses.

More water and humidifying yourshutterstock_65824384 living spaces are the perfect complement to Alpha Skin Care moisturizing products – the perfect recipe for nourished, healthy, and beautiful winter skin!

For more information and to find our products, please visit www.neotericcosmetics.com.

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Winter Skin Care: Amp Up Your Moisturizers

Alpha Skin Care is aware that dry skin can be uncomfortable and irritating for our customers through the winter. We are in the middle of a blog series sharing helpful ways to update your routine and avoid dry skin this winter. Now onto number two!

2. Amp Up Your Moisturizers

winter-woman-moisturizerThis week’s winter skin care tip is all about getting the best out of your moisturizer. A good moisturizer is important to have year-round, but is especially critical in the winter when the dry air zaps the hydration out of your skin.

One of the most important ingredients to look for when choosing your moisturizer is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant or moisture-binding ingredient. When applied to the skin, it is the one of the most extraordinarily beneficial ingredients for all skin types.

Hyaluronic acid can carry up to 1,000 shutterstock_233357407times its weight in water, making it an incredible agent for helping your skin retain moisture. Ever wonder why a baby’s skin is so dewy and pillowy? Babies are born with high levels of hyaluronic acid in their skin. Alpha Skin Care formulates our products with high levels of hyaluronic acid to deliver the best moisturizer we could come up with!

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How and when to apply a moisturizer is also important to consider. It is best to apply your moisturizer after toning or using an exfoliant, as your pores are clear and your skin is primed to receive the maximum benefits. Be sure to apply twice a day – in the morning and at night.

 

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The skin around the eyes is fragile, sensitive, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show signs of fatigue and age. The skin around your eyes is different from the skin on the rest of your face; so, naturally it needs special care. Be sure to find an eye cream that includes hyaluronic acid to apply in the morning and before bed!

Alpha Skin Care formulates moisturizers and other products with naturally powerful ingredients that really work! For more information or to find our products go to www.neotericcosmetics.com. 

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Winter Skin Care: Avoid Long Showers and Hot Baths

Do you change your skin care routine as the seasons change? Winter brings with it drier air and colder temperatures – both harsh conditions for your skin. Alpha Skin Care is aware that dry skin can be uncomfortable and irritating for our customers through the winter. Over the next month in a series of blog posts, we want to share some helpful ways to update your routine and avoid dry skin this winter. Let’s get started with number one!

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1. Avoid Long Showers and Hot Baths

The first tip is to avoid taking long hot showers or baths. As tempting as it can be to soak for hours in the bath after being outside in the cold, try and remember that the longer and hotter the exposure to water, the more moisture your skin is going to lose. The outermost layer of your skin contains oils and skin cells that help your skin retain moisture. That layer takes a beating in the shower because hot water and soap strip away the skin’s oil barrier.

hot-showerWhen you step out of the shower or bath, you may notice signs that your skin is drying out – redness, itchiness, or tightness. Dry winter air doesn’t help the problem so try to keep your water temperature lukewarm and your showers less than ten minutes long. If you keep the thermostat on your water heater low, you won’t even have the option to turn your water up too hot when you’re in the shower. Low temperatures, quick exposure, and a good moisturizer immediately after the shower will help keep your skin soft and moisturized!

At Alpha Skin Care we formulate products with naturally powerful ingredients that really work for beauty you can see and feel. We want to give you everything you need for healthy, radiant skin – and nothing you don’t! For more information or to find our products, go to http://www.neotericcosmetics.com.

 

 

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Skin Care in Your 20s

When you think of your 20s, what comes to mind? The importance of forming a good skin care routine? Me neither!

I think of independence and adventure, the perfect mix of freedom and responsibility. But your 20s is also the ideal time to start eating right and taking care of yourself. Skin care is a huge part of that. Just a few good habits can truly make a lifetime of difference for healthy and glowing skin.

Whether you are in your 20s or have a daughter who is, take note of these 6 simple habits that your skin will thank you for later!

  1. Wash and moisturize daily – As hard as it can be to feel motivated to wash your face at night when you’re tired, it’s worth it! It is critical to remove makeup, pollutants, and bacteria to clear out your pores before applying a moisturizer. The moisturizer you choose should include hyaluronic acid – a humectant that draws water to the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.alpha_prod-shot_skin-kits_norm_1280
  2. Wear sunscreen EVERY DAY – Skipping sunscreen is the biggest mistake you can make for your skin! It takes less time than brushing your teeth and can save you money in expensive anti-aging treatments that sun damage will result in. Wearing SPF 15 daily decreases your risk of melanoma by 50 percent!
  3. Eye cream is worth it – A moisturizing eye cream with antioxidants and hyaluronic acid will do wonders keeping the sensitive skin around your eyes hydrated and preventing collagen damage. Don’t forget sunscreen and sunglasses during the day, too!
  4. Avoid smoking – Everything about smoking is harmful for your skin. Each cigarettedont-smoke constricts blood flow and starves your skin from oxygen, inhibiting circulation and breaking down collagen and elastin. The repetitive motions you make with your lips and brows to smoke actually increase lines and wrinkles. Lastly, the toxic cloud you exhale falls all over your face increasing breakouts and skin damage.
  5. Get enough sleep – When you are sleep deprived, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. Stress hormones can increase inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. Not getting enough sleep also results in poor water balance, leaving puffy bags under your eyes, dryness, and more visible wrinkles.
  6. Diet and exercise matter – Your skin benefits from a healthy lifestyle, too. Exercise increases blood supply to skin, leaving it healthier and glowing. Try to pack as many antioxidants as you can into your diet for a healthy glow – berries, beans, and dark chocolate are great! Limit dairy and sugary carbohydrate food as they can worsen acne.afri-amer-diet-exercise

It may be hard to believe that these 6 things can have such lifelong impact but believe it! Your healthy and glowing skin will thank you for years to come.

For more information and easy access to helpful products, go to www.neotericcosmetics.com.

 

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Cause an Affect!

 

NEW2ASC_1200x628_CncptA (003)Alpha Skin Care (formerly Alpha Hydrox) recently launched a new campaign called Cause an Affect.  The phrase ruffled a few feathers for being grammatically incorrect. Actually, the play on words is deliberate and anchored in meaning.  Yes, we were having a little fun but the phrase is also true and accurate.

The idea of a cause and effect is pretty straightforward.  It is a relationship between events or things. One is the result of the other and there is an outcome.

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For example:                                                                                                                                     The boss was busy. Her secretary took a message.  OR
Since school was canceled, we went to the mall.   That’s cause and effect.

 

Cause an Affect is different.  Cause means to make something happen; something that brings about an effect or a result.  Affect means to cause change.  It also means to stimulate or activate.

So Cause an Affect means to:                                                                                                           To make something happen; to have an effect                                                                             To bring about change                                                                                                                         To stimulate a result

That’s Alpha Skin Care!  That’s what we do; we cause on affect on your skin!  At Alpha Skin Care, our passion is creating products with naturally powerful ingredients. Our products feature glycolic AHAs, retinol, hyaluronic acid and hydroquinone in percentages that make them highly effective. These ingredients help improve all kinds of skin concerns like wrinkles, dryness, acne, dark spots and uneven tone.  You can expect to see and feel fresh, healthy, younger-looking skin in just days with Alpha Skin Care.  With regular use, you will continue to see results.

Isn’t it time to Cause an Affect on your skin?  Try Alpha Skin Care!

For more information visit our website at http://www.neotericcosmetics.com/shutterstock_178086950

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