Expose the Truth About Skin Care

08.23.2012, 16:11 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Skin Care

Expose the Truth About Skin Care

As you sort through managing a proper skin care regimen and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you’re not always equipped with the correct information. Lucky for you, we’ve tackled a handful of common myths that you might encounter in your quest for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Say What?

Myth #1—Skin should feel tight after you wash. That means it’s clean!
If your skin feels tight after cleansing then you have stripped the skin of all of its water, causing dead skin cells to build up on the surface.1 To combat this, avoid strong cleansers like bar soaps. Remember that what you cleanse with is the foundation and most important part of your skin care routine.

Myth #2—Consuming greasy foods and chocolate will make your skin breakout!
You may have heard this and even passed it along to your kids. While this myth might inspire you to eat healthier, there is no evidence that supports this claim. Food does not contribute to the prevention of, healing of, or the cause of acne break outs.2

Myth #3—Smoking is only bad for your lungs. It has nothing to do with your skin!
Wrong! Not only is smoking terrible for your lungs, it also makes you look older and may contribute to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outer layer of the skin, and depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are essential to skin health.1 The easiest way to avoid this is to quit smoking!

Myth #4—The more you use a product, the less effective it is.
Many people believe that your skin becomes resistant to a product over time, which is also false. Your skin is continually renewing itself—old, dead skin cells are constantly pushed to the surface as new, fresh cells are being created every day. In normal, healthy skin, cells are regenerated approximately every 30 to 40 days.3-5 So, eventually, the skin cells you’ve transformed to become healthy will naturally die and fall off. However, when you alter your regimen, you may affect the healthy cell renewal process.

Myth #5—You don’t need sunscreen. Your makeup already has it!
Just because you’re wearing makeup with SPF doesn’t mean you’re protected. Studies indicate that you would have to wear 14 to 15 times the amount of makeup a typical person would wear in order to achieve the SPF on the label.6 Therefore, it’s important to use a sunscreen in addition to your makeup, even on cloudy days.

Now that you’re armed with accurate information about skin care, we want to hear from you. Toothpaste fights acne? Your hair will grow back thicker after you shave? Leave us a comment with some of the other skin care myths you’ve heard. If we can’t debunk it, maybe someone else can!

References: 1. Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin. Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-care/SN00003/. Updated December 6, 2011. Accessed August 8, 2012.
2. Food does not cause acne. AcneNet Web site.
http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/acne_and_diet.html. Accessed August 20, 2012.
3. Grove GL, Kligman AM. Age-associated changes in human epidermal cell renewal. J Gerontol. 1983;38(2):137-142.
4. Weinstein GD, McCullough JL, Ross P. Cell proliferation in normal epidermis. J Invest Dermatol. 1984;82(6):623-628.
5. Farage MA, Miller KW, Maibach HI, eds. Textbook of Aging Skin. Berlin, Germany: Springer; 2010:280-282.
6. 9 skin care myths. WebMD Website.
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/9-skin-care-myths. Updated July 21, 2009. Accessed August 8, 2012.

As you sort through managing a proper skin care regimen and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you’re not always equipped with the correct information. Lucky for you, we’ve tackled a handful of common myths that you might encounter in your quest for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Say What?

Shedding Light on Dealing With Dark Spots

08.23.2012, 16:06 CDT | Posted In: Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Shedding Light on Dealing With Dark Spots

Some of us may admit that we grew up baby oil tanning before we knew better! Now we have a better understanding of skin care, but that doesn’t mean we’ve found a cure for every skin condition. Once we reach a certain age, almost all of us face some discoloration when we look in the mirror. Certain factors cause skin to become darker (hyperpigmentation); it begins with an increase in melanin, the substance which regulates the body’s pigment.1 Primarily, hyperpigmentation is caused by exposing the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.1 Dark spots appear in instances of melasma, scarring, and sun damage. We’ll look closer at each case and some tested treatments.

Behind the pregnancy mask
Hormonal changes during pregnancy lead to hyperpigmentation known as melasma, AKA “the mask of pregnancy.”1 About 70% of pregnant women develop freckles or light brown patches.2 Many mothers breathe a sigh of relief when they hear that melasma frequently clears up after the baby is born. But if it doesn’t, talk to your dermatologist. He/she may have products to suggest based on your situation.

Lighten the burden of treating scars
Acne scars can often develop in areas where blemishes have been present. Those with deeper skin tones may notice darkening within the scars, while people with lighter skin tones may show redness. Scars consisting mainly of collagen (a protein fiber normally found in the skin’s second layer) are the body’s way of repairing itself.3

Spot the early signs to lessen sun damage
Fortunately, an early diagnosis—and early treatment from your skin care physician—can level the playing field, reducing the severity of the appearance of dark spots and sun damage. Be aware that sunblock should be re-applied every 2-3 hours if you’re outdoors. People frequently believe sun damage builds up from many sunny days at the beach or pool. In fact, sun exposure is often experienced in the car! Whether commuting or on a road trip, you could help prevent further discoloration by re-applying sunscreen before you get back behind the wheel.

You can always talk with your skin care physician about your specific condition and concerns. When it comes to dealing with dark spots, doctors and dermatologists have been recommending Obagi Nu-Derm® as a solution for decades. Nu-Derm includes prescription-strength hydroquinone, the dermatologists’ gold standard in helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Awareness and prevention are valuable tools—combine them with your dermatologist’s recommendations to improve skin tone, and to keep further damage at bay.

References: 1. Hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and your skin. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/hyperpigmentation-hypopigmentation. Accessed August 2, 2012.
2. Tunzi M, Gray GR. Common skin conditions during pregnancy. American Academy of Family Physicians Web site.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p211.html. Accessed August 2, 2012.
3. Coping with acne: your care plan. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/acne-scars. Accessed August 6, 2012.

Some of us may admit that we grew up baby oil tanning before we knew better! Now we have a better understanding of skin care, but that doesn’t mean we’ve found a cure for every skin condition. Once we reach a certain age, almost all of us face some discoloration when we look in the mirror. Certain factors cause skin to become darker (hyperpigmentation); it begins with an increase in melanin, the substance which regulates the body’s pigment.1 Primarily, hyperpigmentation is caused by exposing the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.1 Dark spots appear in instances of melasma, scarring, and sun damage. We’ll look closer at each case and some tested treatments.

Quick, Mom!

08.23.2012, 16:02 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Mom putting on makeup with daughter

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close, and the fall and school season are fast approaching! That means busy mornings trying to get everyone out the front door on time and less time to go through your usual morning beauty routine. But just because you’re a busy mom doesn’t mean you have to cut corners to feel beautiful. Make looking great less of a chore with these time-saving beauty tips to help you look refreshed and radiant all day long.

Twice as nice
You’ve mastered the art of multitasking; why not use products that also do double duty? Use lip balm to smooth wayward brows or a peachy lipstick to double as a cream blush. Mascara isn’t just for lashes—wipe excess clear or light brown mascara off the wand with a tissue and brush softly through your eyebrows to groom or fill in sparse brows.

Hair tease
Forget about hiding your hair under a hat. Instead, try a chic headband to cover up your roots or hide the frizz, or slick your hair back into a ponytail to keep your hair off your face while still looking fresh. If you don’t have time to shampoo in the morning, use a dry shampoo, an invention we think was made specially for busy moms! Simply spray or sprinkle the formula on your roots, massage it around, and you’re good to go—it absorbs the oil in your hair instantly.

Caffeine perk
Sometimes a boost of caffeine is all we need to get our day started. And not just in our coffee mugs! For those bags under your eyes, freshen up with ELASTIderm® Eye Serum—formulated with the boosting power of caffeine, this cool, refreshing eye serum helps reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness to perk up tired eyes.

We know parenting isn’t a Monday through Friday job, but when Saturday rolls around, be sure to take some time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. A quick nap or a mani/pedi may be just what you need to feel good. Because moms, you deserve it!

Do you have any other beauty tricks that can help you get out the door quickly while looking fabulous? Share by commenting below!

 

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It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close, and the fall and school season are fast approaching! That means busy mornings trying to get everyone out the front door on time and less time to go through your usual morning beauty routine. But just because you’re a busy mom doesn’t mean you have to cut corners to feel beautiful. Make looking great less of a chore with these time-saving beauty tips to help you look refreshed and radiant all day long.

Become a Lean, Mean, Beauty Machine

08.17.2012, 9:53 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty

Become a Lean, Mean, Beauty Machine

It’s no secret that exercise can make you feel stronger, healthier, and more confident, but working up a sweat can do more for your body than just help you squeeze into your favorite outfit. Regular exercise is one of the keys to achieving and maintaining beautiful, healthy-looking skin. These fitness tips will get you moving toward a higher level of beauty, inside and out.

Work It Out

Exercising can help improve your mood and boost your energy, which can help you work more efficiently.1 Increased physical activity can also reduce acne-causing stress hormones while increasing blood circulation,1 to give you that healthy, energetic glow. Additionally, a good workout may help you sleep better, which allows your body to release growth hormones that can help repair damaged skin cells.2

However, in the midst of a hectic schedule, finding the time to hit the gym is not always an easy task. Developing a fitness routine is a gradual process that requires patience and dedication to avoid overexerting yourself. If you haven’t gone for a jog in several years, you can’t expect to begin training at marathon levels. Try easing yourself back into a steady workout routine with these simple guidelines below. Of course, you should always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

  • Beginner: If it’s been a while since your last trip to the gym, getting back into the groove with beginner-level exercises is a good place to start. Gradually building your fitness and endurance levels with simple activities for about 20 to 30 minutes 4 days a week is ideal to make sure you don’t strain or injure yourself. In addition to a light strength-training routine, consider beginning with some aerobic exercises such as walking briskly, swimming, or bike riding.
  • Moderate: Once you’ve gotten used to staying physically active throughout the week, it may be time to tackle a few more involved exercises. Yoga is a great way to target all parts of your body to help you lose weight while increasing blood flow, helping manage your health, and aiding sleep.3 By taking up a sport you really enjoy, like tennis or golf, you’ll also help lower your average stress level, which may be reflected in the overall appearance of your skin.
  • Advanced: Time to kick up your fitness routine another notch? By doing advanced activities like running or weight lifting, you’ll reach your body’s peak performance—you may even notice the added benefit of truly radiant skin. However, during any intensive activity, it’s important to be cautious. Increase the intensity of your routine in small, incremental steps and take time to warm up and cool down. As with all levels of exercise, make sure to drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated and replace lost fluids.4

To ensure that you get the maximum skin benefit from exercise, remember to cleanse your face regularly to remove the oil and sweat buildup. Avoid wearing makeup when you train in order to minimize the chance of breakouts. With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way toward more beautiful, glowing skin.

Leave us a comment below sharing the steps you’re taking toward obtaining your fitness and healthy skin goals.

 

References:
1. Mayo Clinic. Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676. Updated July 23, 2011. Accessed July 24, 2012.
2. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your guide to healthy sleep.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pdf. Updated August 2011. Accessed July 9, 2012.
3. Mayo Clinic. Yoga: tap into the many health benefits.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/yoga/CM00004. Updated January 16, 2010. Accessed July 24, 2012.
4. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Healthy skin matters.
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Kids/healthy_skin.asp. Updated January 2011. Accessed July 16, 2012.

®/TMs are trademarks of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. or its affiliates. Any other product or brand names are trademarks of their respective owners. Distributed by Obagi Medical Products, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

©2015 OMP, Inc. 10/15 DM/OBG/15/0222

It’s no secret that exercise can make you feel stronger, healthier, and more confident, but working up a sweat can do more for your body than just help you squeeze into your favorite outfit. Regular exercise is one of the keys to achieving and maintaining beautiful, healthy-looking skin. These fitness tips will get you moving toward a higher level of beauty, inside and out.

Work It Out

See Yourself as an Official Obagi Ambassador

08.13.2012, 18:14 CDT | Posted In: Obagi Stories, Promotions

See Yourself as an Official Obagi Ambassador

After receiving an incredible response from last year’s Obagi Ambassador Search, we’re opening the search for our 2013 Ambassadors. Will you be one of the people who best represents the Obagi brand?

Share your passion for Obagi and tell us how it has impacted your skin and your life for a chance to represent a brand you love! When it comes to talking about our products, we know you—our loyal users—say it best. We’re looking for people like you to tell us a personal Obagi story.

By submitting your story, you have the chance to be selected as 1 of the 6 lucky Obagi users chosen to become an official Obagi Ambassador! Everyone who enters has a chance to win FREE Obagi products through their skin care physicians for an entire year. And new to the program this year, everyone who enters also has a chance to be 1 of 50 winners in a drawing for ELASTIderm® Eye Product.

Coming very soon, we will be opening up the polls to the public! This means you and your friends get a chance to vote for your favorite story and for the person you think should be the next Obagi Ambassador among the chosen finalists!

Go to www.obagi.com/ambassadorsearch to submit your story or to find out more about the Obagi Ambassador Search. You’ll also have a chance to read the stories submitted by our current Ambassadors!

The deadline for submissions is September 3rd, 2012, so don’t delay—enter today! It’s a great opportunity to share your success story and win FREE Obagi products.*

Enter now to become the next Obagi Ambassador at www.obagi.com/ambassadorsearch.

Good luck!

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*Winners will receive Obagi products of their choice (retail value up to $2,000) for a maximum of 1 year.

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After receiving an incredible response from last year’s Obagi Ambassador Search, we’re opening the search for our 2013 Ambassadors. Will you be one of the people who best represents the Obagi brand?

Share your passion for Obagi and tell us how it has impacted your skin and your life for a chance to represent a brand you love! When it comes to talking about our products, we know you—our loyal users—say it best. We’re looking for people like you to tell us a personal Obagi story.

Pore-fect your skin!

08.13.2012, 12:13 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Pore-fect your skin!

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to your pores. And in today’s world where high-definition TV makes even the tiniest skin blemish larger than life, enlarged pores have become a new target in the quest for perfect skin. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of your pores—they are the opening to our oil glands and tend to become more noticeable as we age. Also, contrary to claims made on labels for many skin care products, you can’t actually shrink your pores. But there are things you can do to minimize their appearance and help restore an even-looking complexion.

Keeping it clean
The key to making your pores appear smaller is to keep them clean. Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to wash away dead skin cells and prevent oil from building up. Excess oil can clog your pores—making them more visible—and can also cause acne. And no good comes from having pimples. In fact, picking at or squeezing a pimple can cause trauma to the skin, which may permanently enlarge the pore.

The truth about toners
We’re always being asked, “Do I really need to use a toner?” The fact is, toners play an important role in your skin care regimen by getting rid of any remaining makeup residue or excess oil that sits in your pores. They also help adjust your skin’s pH balance so you have just the right amount of oil to protect your skin without causing blockages. Many people love the fresh feeling after using a toner, and others maintain that their pores feel tighter! Choose an alcohol-free toner, such as the Obagi-C® Rx C-Balancing Toner, to prepare your skin for the next step in your skin care routine without drying out your skin.

Less is more
If you can’t fix it, covering up large pores sounds like the next logical solution. But caking on the foundation can actually make it worse. Foundation can pool in pores, making them more noticeable. Instead, prep your skin with a primer before you apply the foundation to create a perfectly smooth canvas—much like how spackle fills in holes on a wall before you start painting! And always remember to wash off the foundation before going to bed.

So next time you’re poring over your pores, remember, taking care of your skin as a whole with a regular skin care regimen will not only help you maintain beautiful, healthy-looking skin, but it’ll also help you achieve that look of pore-fection!

How to Keep Your Healthy Glow

08.06.2012, 13:32 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

How to Keep Your Healthy Glow

Whether you’ve just received the good news as a first-time mom or are adding to your family again, we’re here to help you enhance your healthy glow in the coming months. Pregnancy can also come with acne, pregnancy mask, and stretch marks. If you’re looking to take a proactive approach to addressing those less flattering skin conditions, consider these helpful tips as you get ready for your little one to arrive.

Managing pregnancy acne
That motherly glow associated with pregnancy is a bit of a double-edged sword. Your body starts pumping significantly more blood and increases hormone production during pregnancy. This increased circulation contributes to that rosy tint to your skin.1 However, more hormones can also lead to oily skin and acne.2 To help manage oily skin, wash your face with mild cleansers to keep your skin fresh and clean. Your physician may have additional suggestions for treating your acne depending on your situation.

Dealing with hyperpigmentation
Hormonal changes may lead to hyperpigmentation, where skin becomes darker.3 “Pregnancy mask,” AKA melasma, is a form of hyperpigmentation that frequently accompanies pregnancy. About 70% of pregnant women develop this,3 with freckles or light brown patches around the face or body. But don’t worry! “Pregnancy mask” can clear up on its own a few months after giving birth. If it does not clear up, talk to your skin care physician about using the Obagi Nu- Derm® System. The Nu-Derm System should not be used during pregnancy or when a woman is lactating; however, it is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sun damage and may be a great option once your physician has given you the go-ahead postpregnancy!

Avoiding stretch marks
Stretch marks affect about 90% of mothers4 on areas of the body that tend to grow larger during pregnancy. Additionally, these lines tend to stick around, despite fading a bit after giving birth. Many women swear by lotions containing vitamin E, aloe vera, olive oil, or cocoa butter to help fade stretch marks. But remember, you don’t have to be embarrassed about stretch marks—wear them as a mother’s badge of honor!

As you adjust to the joys of your new baby, it’s important to take time for yourself as well. A mani-pedi, foot massage, or trip to the spa can do wonders. Your loved ones and neighbors want to help out—accept an offer to watch your child for a few hours, then soak in your well-deserved rejuvenation!

References: 1. WebMD. Skin problems of pregnancy.
http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/skin-problems-of-pregnancy. Accessed July 19, 2012.
2. Mayo Clinic. What’s the best way to treat pregnancy acne?
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-acne/an02106. Accessed July 2, 2012.
3. American Academy of Family Physicians. Common skin conditions during pregnancy.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p211.html. Accessed July 2, 2012.
4. Mayo Clinic. Stretch marks.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretch-marks/DS01081/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs. Accessed July 19, 2012.

Whether you’ve just received the good news as a first-time mom or are adding to your family again, we’re here to help you enhance your healthy glow in the coming months. Pregnancy can also come with acne, pregnancy mask, and stretch marks. If you’re looking to take a proactive approach to addressing those less flattering skin conditions, consider these helpful tips as you get ready for your little one to arrive.

Wake Up to Beautiful, Healthy-Looking Skin

07.30.2012, 9:38 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Woman sleeping, head on pillow

Ever wonder how Sleeping Beauty had such beautiful, glowing skin? Turns out she knew the beauty secret of a good night’s rest! In fact, during the hours you’re sleeping, your body is hard at work renewing and repairing your skin cells.1 A simple bedtime skin care routine can help boost these processes so you can go to sleep dreaming of beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Enjoy your beauty sleep
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing—catching some much-needed Zs every night is one of the easiest and best ways to help achieve better-looking skin. While you may be out cold, your body is working the night shift repairing skin cells.1 So try to give yourself a restful 8 hours of sleep every night. Not only will this help your skin, but you’ll also feel better in the morning, refreshed, and ready to start the day.

Wash the day away
After a long, busy day, it may be tempting to just crawl into bed and go to sleep without washing your face. But the fact is, your skin has been exposed to a day’s worth of makeup, excess oil, pollution, and other environmental elements, which can lead to breakouts and other signs of skin damage. Washing and exfoliating will help remove everyday impurities and open up your pores. If you’re too tired to wash your face before you retire, perform your skin care routine at 7 or 8 pm. Earlier is better than never!

Hydrate your skin
Regardless of your age, keeping your skin well hydrated is a vital aspect of any bedtime routine. Believe it or not, simply drinking an adequate amount of water may also do wonders to help make your skin appear brighter when the morning rolls around.

Taking care of your skin at night is just as important as in the morning. While washing your face is usually the first step in any skin care routine, the products you use at night may differ from those you use as part of your morning ritual based on your skin care needs. Ask your doctor about an appropriate skin care regimen such as the Obagi Nu-Derm® System* to get the skin care you need, morning and night. So you can wake up to beautiful, healthy-looking skin!

Reference:

  1. National Institutes of Health. Your guide to healthy sleep. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pdf. Accessed July 9, 2012.

 

 

 

®/TMs are trademarks of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. or its affiliates. Any other product or brand names are trademarks of their respective owners. Distributed by Obagi Medical Products, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

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Ever wonder how Sleeping Beauty had such beautiful, glowing skin? Turns out she knew the beauty secret of a good night’s rest! In fact, during the hours you’re sleeping, your body is hard at work renewing and repairing your skin cells.1 A simple bedtime skin care routine can help boost these processes so you can go to sleep dreaming of beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Eat Your Breakfast and Wear it, Too!

07.24.2012, 9:23 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Health & Beauty

Eat Your Breakfast and Wear it, Too!

Have the luxurious, pampering comfort of a day spa with homemade skin care solutions using everyday kitchen ingredients! Whether you’re on a budget or want to help enhance the effects of your regular skin care regimen, homemade face masks and scrubs are great ways to help add moisture and a fresh-looking glow to your skin.

Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite do-it-yourself face mask recipes—complete with protein and whole grains, this breakfast mask is packed with nutrients that are good for your skin—and easy to make!

Honey Oatmeal Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt

Directions

  1. Place dry oatmeal in a blender or coffee grinder and blend until fine. Transfer ground oatmeal into a small bowl.
  2. Add the honey to the finely ground meal.
  3. Add yogurt to the honey and oats.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients into a thick paste. Add more honey as needed to smooth the mixture.
  5. Spread the mask on your clean face. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Warm a small towel by running it under hot water and place the towel over your face. Allow steam to work and then thoroughly rinse off.

For that extra touch of indulgence, place 2 slices of cucumber on your eyes and enjoy the cooling effect.

So put your cell phone away, let the laundry pile up for a change, and kick back to relish this moment all to yourself. You deserve it!

Try this recipe and tell us what you think. If you have a special DIY skin care treatment, share it with us and perhaps we’ll try it and feature it on our blog one day!

Have the luxurious, pampering comfort of a day spa with homemade skin care solutions using everyday kitchen ingredients! Whether you’re on a budget or want to help enhance the effects of your regular skin care regimen, homemade face masks and scrubs are great ways to help add moisture and a fresh-looking glow to your skin.

Makeup Made Just for You

07.18.2012, 11:43 CDT | Posted In: Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty

Makeup Made Just for You

With temperatures rising and the sun shining brighter than ever, summer is a great time to change up your makeup routine. Everyone’s complexion is different, so working with colors that complement your skin tone can create a naturally beautiful, glowing look for the summer.

Here are some suggestions on how to bring out the best of your skin tone and look radiant this summer, no matter your complexion type!

Dark skin
When looking for a pop of color, anything with a hint of purple, like fuchsia lipstick or blush, can complement the richness of your complexion. However, you can also achieve a more subtle, sultry chic with a shade of deep red such as crimson, maroon, or scarlet. If you’re really looking to wow the crowd with a modern appeal, try out an ultra-cool metallic bronze that shimmers and shines against dark skin tones.

Medium skin
A classic red lip is always in—especially for those with medium skin tones! Try anything from a true red to cranberry shades that work well with your golden undertones. For a healthy glow, try an apricot-colored blush, which pairs perfectly with your medium complexion.

Fair skin
When you’re working with fair skin tones, you essentially have a neutral palette that will allow even the most muted colors to have stunning contrast. To highlight the color of your eyes, consider applying a little champagne eyeshadow, which will offer a hint of dark shading. You can complement this eye color with ballerina-pink blush for rosy cheeks. As for a great lipstick shade, go for a bubbly pink or a coral to bring out the rosiness in your cheeks.

So whether you’re attending a casual picnic at the park or a fun night on the town, find a glamorous style that works with your skin tone and set the perfect base with Obagi Professional-C SerumTM 15% to accentuate your natural beauty this summer. Appropriate for all skin tones, this amazing antioxidant Vitamin C serum leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and prepares your skin for any look.

With temperatures rising and the sun shining brighter than ever, summer is a great time to change up your makeup routine. Everyone’s complexion is different, so working with colors that complement your skin tone can create a naturally beautiful, glowing look for the summer.

Here are some suggestions on how to bring out the best of your skin tone and look radiant this summer, no matter your complexion type!

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