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Biggest Retinoid Myths

Retinoid or retinols – you can easily be confused. Some people claim that these two terms refer to the same things – other claim otherwise. There are plenty of false information on the internet about retinoid, and here we bring you some of the biggest myths that can be read these days.

No 1 – Retinol, retinoic acid… Never mind, they do the same thing.

This is only half truth. Prescription formulas contain retinoic acid, the magic ingredient that fights visible aging. On the other hand, nonprescription alternatives need to be converted into retinoic acid by the skin at the cellular level. Although retinol and retinoic acid basically do the same thing, studies have shown that retinol is more gentle and more suitable for the skin.

No 2 – Retinoids cause sunburns.

This is probably one of the biggest myths out there. And it’s totally false. It’s true that retinoids break down in sunlight, which is why they are bottled in opaque packaging and are still best worn at night – to make sure they aren’t rendered inactive. So, they won’t cause sunburns. But, they don’t make the skin prone to sunburn either.

Skincare Tips For Men – Part Two

Men have wrinkles, too

You probably won’t see a man with an anti-age cream, but men also need to think about this problem in time. A retinol cream as a part of your daily routine in your 20s will be very beneficial for you in the future. Wrinkle-fighting ingredients make the skin more sensitive to the sun, so use it at night in order to prevent any possible problems that may occur.

Quit smoking

Smoking is one of the top three reasons why your skin is turning yellow. It decreases circulation and collagen production, so the skin loses its natural coloring and ends up looking sallow and pale. Smoking can also lead to fine lines around the lips and other signs of premature aging. Not to mention other serious diseases and health problems smoking can result in.

Skincare Tips For Men – Part One

Men tend to neglect their skin due to a very popular belief that only women are allowed to use skincare products. Men also have sensitive skin, and harsh weather conditions can damage it, causing redness, rush, acne and similar problems. In this article we bring you some tips all men should follow if they want to have nice and healthy skin.

Use moisturizer

A splash of cold water in the morning in combination with a good moisturizer is a great way to start a day. Right immediately after cleansing, daily lotion should become your habit. Apply moisturizer when skin is still slightly damp to help seal in moisture. There are two types of moisturizers – oil and water based. If you have normal skin, oil based lotion would be just fine for your skin. But, if you have dry or flaky skin, a water based product is something you should look for.

Hydrate

Using lotion in the morning is only one part of the equation – your skin still needs to be moisturized throughout the day. In order to keep your skin and body well hydrated, try to drink six to eight glasses of water every day. Stay away from alcohol and caffeine, because they’re harmful for the skin – they can cause severe dehydrating effects.

How To Treat Sunburns

Besides nice and hot weather, summer also brings us some unpleasant things we have to deal with. One of them are sunburns. Sunburns look bad, hurt, peel and inflict long-lasting, wrinkle-including damage. Children are especially sensitive and, when we compare them to adults, kids exposed to the sun have a double risk of melanoma.

Act quickly

You should get away from the sun and start treatment as soon as you feel the tale-tell tingling of a burn or you see any sign of skin reddening. If you notice that your skin is changing color into pink, immediately find shelter from the sun, because on the contrary you’ll have a big problem.

Moisturize

After a cool shower or bath, slather on a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeat this step frequently to make peeling and flaking less noticeable. Consider using products with vitamin C and vitamin E – they can limit skin damage.

Hydrate

Try to drink extra water, juice or sports drinks for a couple of days and watch for signs of dehydration (dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, sleepiness and dizziness). Pay attention to children, they are especially vulnerable.

Don’t wait to medicate

As soon as you notice signs of sunburns, take a dose of ibuprofen and keep taking it for the next 48 hours. It cuts back on the swelling and redness that is going to occur and it might even prevent some long-term skin damage. Acetaminophen will only treat the pain, but it does not have an anti-inflammatory effect like ibuprofen.

Assess the damage

Most sunburns (even those that cause a few blisters) can be treated at home. But if a blistering burn covers 20% or more of the body (that’s a child’s whole back, for example), seek medical attention. Anyone with a sunburn who is suffering fevers and chills should also look for medical help.