Blue Lizard Blog — skin care

Feed Your Skin This Thanksgiving

Nov 16 2016 holidays skin care Thanksgiving

As you busily prepare for your family’s Thanksgiving feast for next week, don’t forget to take time out to care for yourself. We often get so caught up in the holidays and all the shopping, meals, parties and obligations that we neglect our health. With all the rushing around, exhaustion will kick in and you’ll start to feel sluggish…and where does that show up first? Your skin! Your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside, and if you aren’t taking care of yourself – eating poorly, skipping meals, not getting enough sleep or forgetting to wash off makeup...

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Tricks and Treats to Save You From Scary Halloween Skin

Oct 27 2016 breakouts costume Halloween makeup skin care

Whether you’re planning to dress up as Harley Quinn, a zombie or a witch, a big part of the costume will be the makeup. While creative makeup can really make a costume, it can also be harsh on your skin. To avoid scary post-Halloween breakouts, here are some tricks and treats that will help to minimize the damage from thick, oily Halloween makeup. Don’t buy makeup at a Halloween store. Makeup kits mass marketed at big box stores and Halloween stores might be hypoallergenic, but not non-comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and cause breakouts. Instead, purchase professional or...

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How to Use Sunscreen with Makeup

Sep 28 2016 Blue Lizard Face makeup skin care sunscreen

Most women have regular skincare and daily makeup routines, but many may be leaving off one important piece - sunscreen. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays must be a regular part of your daily routine. Can cosmetics and beauty products offer reliable protection, or is it possible to use sunscreen in combination with makeup? Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, says, "Makeup does not provide enough coverage. You need seven times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to get the sun protection factor on the label. No one does this." So the short answer...

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Decoding a Sunscreen Label

Jul 22 2016 skin allergies skin care sunscreen sunscreen label zinc oxide

With so many different types and brands of sunscreens available on the market, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. It’s important not to fall for fancy packaging and false claims pictured on products but instead to know how to read a sunscreen label and to know exactly what you are getting. To make it easier for consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has simplified the rules for sunscreen labels. The primary guidelines concern Sun Protection Factor (SPF), broad spectrum coverage and water resistance. There is additional information on the labels to help...

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Could You Have Skin Allergies?

Apr 27 2016 dermatitis rash skin allergies skin care

Allergens are everywhere. They can be disguised as innocent little plants – like poison ivy – or sweet smelling perfumes. They can be airborne and land on your eyelids. They can come in the form of cigarette smoke or chemical sprays. They can be seasonal with the arrival of pollen or they can be hidden in your home, mattress or carpet as dust mites. All of these things can trigger an allergic response that causes sneezing, eye watering, stuffiness and more. Skin allergies are sneaky, too. Anything that comes in contact with your skin can trigger a skin reaction that...

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Nutrition to Support Healthy Skin

Apr 22 2016 nutrition skin cancer skin care

Did you know that your diet can affect your skin? Foods that keep your body healthy can also keep your skin healthy. It’s important to eat a well-balanced diet that includes protein, simple and complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Eating junk food like candy, baked goods and sodas can cause breakouts and so can too much caffeine. Too much fatty protein can cause dull, puffy skin and dark under-eye circles, while too many salty foods can cause puffy skin and aggravate breakouts. Five A Day Enjoy five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables everyday to fuel your body with...

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Is This Rash Serious?

Apr 12 2016 dermatitis rash skin care

If you have a red, scaly rash that itches like crazy, you probably have a form of contact dermatitis. When your skin comes in contact with something it doesn’t like – poison ivy, for example – it becomes inflamed, sometimes to the point of blistering. If the inflammation continues over time, your skin can even become cracked and scaly. There are several different types of dermatitis including contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. Contact dermatitis The most common type of dermatitis is contact dermatitis, which can be caused by an allergic reaction or skin damage from an irritant. Common...

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Skincare for Men

Mar 29 2016 men skin care sunscreen

Healthy skin is something we should all strive for, no matter what our gender. Many women have a regular skincare regimen, but a lot of men are woefully negligent in this area. Just a few simple changes to your daily routine can immensely improve the health of your skin. Avoid razor burn Men do have one problem, however, that is gender specific: ingrown hairs resulting from shaving. As you shave, the blade cuts the whisker at an angle that is so sharp the course hair can actually pierce the skin as it curls in on itself. It can become inflamed,...

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How to Use Sunscreen with Makeup

Mar 21 2016 makeup skin care sunscreen

  We all want to present our best face to the world. Many women have their favorite skincare and makeup routines that they swear by, but the most important thing is  to start with healthy skin and strive to keep it that way. Unless you live in a cave and never go outside, protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun must be part of your daily routine. Do cosmetics and beauty products offer reliable protection, or is it possible to use sunscreen in combination with makeup? Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, says "Makeup does not provide enough...

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Understanding Rosacea

Jan 14 2016 rosacea skin care skin conditions sun safety

  Rosacea is a common skin condition that affects approximately 14 million Americans. Its symptoms are usually patchy redness and inflammation, especially on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. It often starts between the ages of 30 and 50 and affects more women than men. Because symptoms start slowly, rosacea may be at first mistaken for sunburn. What causes Rosacea? The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown. The basic process seems to involve dilation of the small blood vessels of the face. Currently, it is believed that rosacea patients have a genetically mediated reduction in the ability to dampen facial...

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