How to Deal with Acne Scars

One of the peskiest skin imperfections are acne, which are caused when the oil and dead skin cells fill and clog up your pores. There are various names people call these imperfections, such as blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, zits, blemishes etc. but each of these are different types of acne which can leave marks and scars if not treated properly.


How to Look and Feel Great This Summer, Inside and Out

Have Healthy Skin

It happens every year, spring comes along and we rouse ourselves from a winter spent hibernating indoors and hiding under layers of clothing. We blink, step outside, catch sight of ourselves in a shop window and immediately flee back inside, promising ourselves that we won't go back out into the world until we look good enough to be seen without multiple layers of clothing covering us up.

Skincare tips for New Yorkers

In terms of city living, New Yorkers have it made. The culture, the food, the architecture, the parks and the people make NYC one of the greatest cities in the entire world. However, that's not to say there aren't a few disadvantages of living in the Big Apple. 

For one thing, city-dwellers are exposed to numerous pollutants, carcinogens and other toxins, which wreak havoc on health and appearance. In addition to the long-term effects of these toxins, one problem with the air in New York and other major cities is that it seriously affects the health of the skin. 

Thankfully, there are ways to safeguard your skin from the hazards of the city. Keep reading to find out how. 

How the City Affects Skin

First of all, it's important to understand how the air in major cities affects the skin. As a result of pollution from car exhaust, impurities in tap water, factory emissions, soot, ash, UV rays and other factors, New Yorkers often experience effects that include premature aging, drying, acne breakouts and skin that loses its overall luster. And while there may be no way to avoid the hazards associated with the air, there are ways you can protect yourself and repair some of the damage. 

Protecting Your Skin

To protect your skin from airborne toxins, the right products are essential. Some skincare formulas are packed with unnatural dyes, fragrances and other chemicals, which can only exacerbate the problem and further damage the skin. Thankfully, other products are designed to protect skin from the dangers of free radicals, as well as repair some of the ill-effects associated with these substances. DDF Skin Care products, for example, are formulated with antioxidants, hydrating emollients and other ingredients, which reduce free-radical damage and leave the skin softer, smoother and healthier. 

Also, it's important to keep the skin clear of as many toxins as possible. As a rule, cleansing twice per day is recommended, or more often if you spend large quantities of time outdoors. When washing your face, remember these guidelines:

  • Don't scrub. While exfoliating treatments are a great way to reveal fresher, younger-looking skin, they shouldn't be used as a part of your everyday routine. Instead, use a mild cleanser and gently wash the skin in circular motions. 
  • Use toner, as it removes residue left behind after washing. 
  • Moisturize. To combat effects like drying and aging, be sure to use moisturizer every day. In the winter, it may be a good idea to use a heavy moisturizing cream, while the warmer months only require light hydration. 
  • Use sunscreen. Even when it's cold and/or cloudy, SPF 30 or higher should always be a part of your skincare routine. 

Protect and Repair Your Skin, from the Inside Out

A balanced, nutritious diet is a great way to ensure healthy skin. Plus, the antioxidants found in fresh fruits, vegetables and other natural food sources will help protect and repair the oxidized damage associated with free radicals. For optimal skin health, be sure to incorporate these items into a balanced meal plan:

  • Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C. Think citrus fruit, berries, leafy greens and other colorful fruits and vegetables. 
  • Cruciferous vegetables. Veggies like broccoli, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and are therefore necessary to healthy skin. 
  • Nuts. Almonds, cashews, pecans and other nuts contain high amounts of vitamin E, which has been shown to promote skin health. 
  • Whole grains. By providing a mineral called selenium, whole grains can help improve skin's health, appearance and elasticity. 
  • Hydration. Water is essential to skin health. Be sure to drink bottled water or purchase a purifier for your tap, and drink 8-10 glasses each and every day. 

Although living in NYC can be hard on your skin, the tips here will help prevent and repair damage, as well as improve the skin's overall health and appearance. By taking the proper skincare precautions, you can rest easy in the city that never sleeps, knowing you're protected.  

 Jill Kelly is a healthy New Yorker, or at least trying to be! Jill has lived in Manhattan for 8 years after moving from her childhood home in New Jersey. Jill is an avid fitness participant who enjoys biking, yoga, and jogging. She is also one for cooking herself, healthy or unhealthy :) 

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Finding a Day Spa That Meets Your Cosmetic and Relaxation Needs

How to Choose a Spa

When the environment, work, kids, and all of the other stressors in life begin to show in your face, it might be time to visit a day spa. Spas have a lot to offer. Whether you need a massage, pedicure, facial, or a place to just take a few laps in a pool, spas might have what you want. Take the time to do something you do not usually do. Sit down, and think about what you would like.

How to Do a Foot Spa at Home?

foot spa

Your feet are the most neglected parts of your body. We never realize the importance of our feet until they are too tired. Aching feet poses many problems like improper body posture, cracked heels, corns and many more. There is nothing more relaxing than a pedicure. Hence, your feet also needs proper care and pampering every once in a while.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Spray Tan


Happy Summer! Now that 4th of July has come and gone, swimming pools are open and we can officially wear crisp summer whites. Whether you are a girl-on-the-go, a hot mama, or simply cannot spend as much time lounging poolside with your gal and guy pals as years past (sigh), a spraytan may be the best solution for your white legs.

Spraytans are a time-efficient and predictable cosmetic alternative to UV sunlight. Instead of spending hours outdoors building a base tan that could eventually result in a painful sunburn, awkward splotches, or undesirable tan lines, a 20-minute appointment will deliver a flawless, even tan. Here are my tips for keeping your tan in tip-top shape for summer.

ASTUTE APPOINTMENT-MAKING: Schedule your spray tan appointment after the worst of the hurricane weather has rolled through your area. Your first priority is to stay dry for 8-12 hours post-tan (times vary based on solution). This dry period immediately following your tan allows the solution to set into your skin. You can, and will, show raindrop marks if you get wet – spots like a leopard. Do not forget to carry an umbrella in the rain!

SUN SAFETY: Ask your spray tan professional if the formula used contains SPF. Many solutions do not protect against UV rays, and if that is the case, make sure you lotion up for your bikini debut. Spray tan’s will not protect you against sunburnt skin and harmful UV rays.

KEEP COOL: Avoid extreme heat and sweating before your first shower. Try relaxing in the AC, or in front of a fan so that your tan doesn’t run and create streaks on your skin. If you do sweat a bit, not to fear – blot the problem area, i.e. underarms, the backs of your knees, the crooks of your arms, with baby powder to stop the sweating before it restarts.  Any residue will rinse off in the shower, smoothing over any imperfections that may have arisen.

LUBE UP: Use a light moisturizer twice a day to keep the formula locked into your skin. Moisturize only after you shower. The more you moisturize, the longer your tan will last. If a rich and thick lotion will cause you to sweat more in the heat, steer clear. The increased perspiration will wear on your skin and the color will lose its brilliance quicker. Keep lotion light to retain your radiance.

When it comes to sun protection, do your best to use conventional rub-in sunscreen, rather than a can of sprayscreen. Although it won’t make or break your spray tan, the pressure of aerosols can affect how your tan wears. If you are really focusing on longevity, it will pay off to use classic lotion.

QUICK DIPS: Limit your time in the water. The harsh chemicals used to treat pool water, as well as the salt in seawater, will gradually fade your tan. Avoid hot tubs – heat, chlorine, and pressure from the jets are especially dangerous to your spray tan. Relax into the jets for too long and you will begin to notice tan-colored foam surrounding you, along with discolored areas of your body!

Be confident about your luminosity – bring on the white denim and teeny bikinis!

Info: Author: Meghan Curran Webiste: 

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The Best Nutrition Tips For Long, Healthy Nails

Healthy Nails

 Fingernails are composed of a protein called keratin. Their normal rate of growth is around 1.5 inches a year.

However, if your nails aren't growing as fast as you would like them to, one possible reason is that you're not getting the right nutrition to promote nail growth. In this article, you'll learn which nutrients help fingernails grow, and how to add more of them to your diet.


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