Mallory Sills

When to Expect Your First Wrinkle

Woman examining her wrinkles

Ahhhhh the stress of aging.  None of us really want to get older, once we reach adulthood the inevitable thought of aging starts becoming more of a reality.  Naturally, with coming older is often the association of getting wrinkles – not sure which one is more frightful.  But the truth is, we’re human beings and we’re going to get wrinkles.  Since it’s our reality, we thought we would take a little walk down when to expect your first wrinkle and see what you can actually do about it.  Hey, just because we know it’s bound to happen doesn’t mean we can’t be prepared!

When to Expect It
While every person is different and getting wrinkles and aging skin has so many different contributing factors, most skin care experts suggest that your first wrinkle is likely to appear sometime between the ages of 25 and 35.  It’s likely a big gap in age because of how many different factors contribute to wrinkles appearing.  If you haven’t gotten your first wrinkle yet, ask your family members when they first started getting wrinkles.  Genetics can be a major factor in when your skin starts to obtain wrinkles.  Additionally, take your lifestyle into consideration.  If you smoke or have spent a great deal of time in the sun or don’t get enough sleep these can all be factors that can promote wrinkles to popping up earlier in your life.

Some Preventative Tips
Ok so even if you’ve already gotten your first wrinkle, you’re going to want to do as much as you can to prevent more from creeping in.  Start incorporating (if you haven’t already) some high-quality anti-aging skin care products, make sure you’re constantly staying well hydrated, and clean up your diet.  These are some of the most important lifestyle factors that come into play as they relate to anti-aging skin care and avoiding as many wrinkles as you can.  Of course, practicing safe sun protection should go without saying – but we have to mention it anyways.  Chances are if you start really ramping these things up prior or just as you’re getting your first wrinkle you can minimize the appearance and elongate your time between getting another.

What to Do About the One You’ve Got
Ok, so you’ve got your first wrinkle.  You’re probably thinking “what’s the quickest way to get rid of this?”  While in our search most experts suggest not doing anything too drastic as it’s often not necessary, finding some anti-aging specific skin care treatments can do wonders for eliminating wrinkles now.  With so many options available you’re bound to find something that will fit your needs.  Additionally, even getting on a regular schedule to seeing your trusted aesthetician can be another great addition to your skin care routine.  Often times aestheticians have access to treatments and products that you can’t get from at-home products.  So you’re able to get great results!

Most importantly, remember it’s just one wrinkle!  Make healthy, smart choices with your skin as soon as you can to try to prevent them from popping up as long as possible.

Did you find a product or treatment that did wonders for your first wrinkle?

Mallory Sills

Three Ways To Improve Your Complexion

Woman applying makeup

If we’re really honest, no matter how nice our skin and complexion is we’re always looking for ways to improve it.  Our skin tends to be something that we’re rarely 100% satisfied with.  It got us thinking about what are some ways for us to improve our complexion.  So naturally, we did some research and stumbled about three ways to improve your complexion.  If you’re at a place with your skin where you want to improve it even a tad, try incorporating these things into your routine to see if you see a change!

Pay Attention to Hair and Skin Care Products
You may not realize that your hair care products could be affecting your skin, but they can!  If your skin isn’t at an ideal complexion state, it’s worth looking at the ingredients of the hair care and skin care products you’re using.  A lot of hair care products are found to have a lot of different oils in them that could be negatively affecting your skin.  In addition, your skin care products might not be working WITH your skin as great as it could be.  If you’re using your products regularly and have found you’re still not thrilled with your complexion, it’s worth considering switching to different hair and skin care products and working with different ingredients that may be a better fit for your skin.

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Get Your Sleep Schedule in Check
Many experts have said that sleep disorders are one of the most common health struggles in our world today.  Furthermore, they’ve discovered there’s a major link between sleep and our skin/health.  If you want to improve your complexion, it’s worth taking a look at your sleep habits.  If we’re really honest most of us don’t have a true sleep schedule, we go to bed when we can/are tired and try falling asleep with the TV on and scrolling through our tablets and phones.  Experts suggest that eliminating watching tv and using phones/tablets prior to bed can be a huge help with getting to sleep quicker.  We need our sleep to improve our complexion because while we sleep is when our body works to repair itself.  So when we don’t get enough sleep our skin isn’t able to repair and get to a complexion preference we desire.

Watch What You Drink
We always hear about drinking a lot of water for our skin, but it’s also important to consider any other beverages you may be consuming.  Avoiding sugary drinks like sodas and too much alcohol can be major factors impacting your complexion.  Try not to overdo it on those types of beverages and instead, incorporate as much water and even green tea as you can.  Both are known for having amazing skin care benefits and improving your complexion.  Anytime you drink something, thinking about what impact it could be having on your skin and its complexion.

There are so many factors that come into play with having a flawless complexion, since you know the basics we shared some of the newer tips!

What have you found negatively or positively impacts your complexion?

Mallory Sills

Beating Itchy Summer Scalp

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It’s frustrating for anyone to have an itchy scalp, unfortunately, the summer season tends to cause itchier scalp for many.  If you’re one of those people that tend to feel like their scalp is even itchier in the summer season, we feel for you!  We’re always looking for ways to help you out, so we did a little searching to discover some of the best-known ways to beat itchy summer scalp.  Ready to say goodbye to itchy summer scalp?  We’ve got you covered … The first step to beating itchy summer scalp is determining where or why the itching is being caused.  There are multiple reasons it could be, so you first need to nail that down.

Caused by Dryness
The weather is different in the summer months, and due to environmental factors, it can cause your scalp to become really dry and then turning itchy.  You may notice some flaky patches on your scalp when it becomes really itchy.  If dryness is the cause of your itchy scalp, adding products that have major moisturizing benefits is going to be key to helping beat the itch.  Even adding in things like natural oils (coconut oil, argan oil, etc.) are easy ways to lock in AND add moisture to your hair and scalp.  When using the products for moisture make sure you’re spending extra time massaging them into your scalp to get the full benefits of the products and ingredients.

Caused by the Sun
Another weather factor, but this one’s a bit different.  Typically, you’re probably outside more often in the summer months than winter.  While it’s really fun to be outside and enjoy the warmer weather, the sun can cause your scalp to have that uncomfortable itch.  The heat and just plain sun exposure can have a major effect on your scalp.  To help alleviate and beat some of this, it’s suggested to wear hats or scarves to cover your scalp if you’re going to be outside a lot during the summer months.  In addition, aloe vera and natural oils have been found to be incredible for helping to soothe the scalp when itchy from the sun and help prevent it.

While there can be many other reasons why your scalp is itchy, these tend to be the most common when caused by or during the summer months.  Experts suggest making scalp exfoliation a part of your routine on a regular basis and using products that promote and lock in moisture on the scalp.  Doing things like this on a regular basis can help you avoid even getting an itchy scalp in the first place, or at least help so it’s not as bad!  Similar to skincare, it’s all about maintenance and keeping up with the care of your scalp.  Generally, when we think of our hair we don’t always consider our scalp as a part of our haircare routine, which can also be why we end up with itchy scalps.

Don’t forget about the care of your scalp!  What have you found eases the scalp itch in the summer?

Mallory Sills

Healing Acne Scars

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If you’ve suffered from acne at any point in your life, you may be dealing with the scars from those pesky breakouts.  You’re probably frustrated feeling like that acne was bad enough, who wants to deal with scars also?  We feel you on that one.  Unfortunately, it’s just part of life and acne.  The good news is we’ve discovered some ways to help you in healing acne scars that have been found to have tremendous results for many who have applied them.  We’re just going to get right into them, since we know that’s why you’re here!

STOP Picking
Ok, you’ve heard it plenty of times “don’t touch your face” but chances are you’re still touching your face.  The thing is when you’ve had acne and you’re trying to get any scar left behind to heal, it’s especially important that you don’t  touch.  During the time when your acne scar is healing it’s, well trying to repair itself and likely has quite a bit of inflammation.  So when we pick and touch the area, it can increase inflammation and cause it to prolong or limit the healing process.

Watch the Sun
You’ve heard about being careful of the sun as a general skincare tip to follow, but it’s also been found to have an impact on healing acne scars.  What many have found is that by not protecting your skin from the sun while the acne scars are healing, it can actually cause the scar area to become dark and even avoid it from actually healing.  You’re putting your skin and the scar area under a lot of stress with the sun, which is why it cannot heal properly.

Use Skincare
Many experts also suggest including great skin care into your beauty routine to further assist the healing process.  Particularly looking for products that promote renewal and exfoliation properties.  These factors can help give your skin the extra boost it needs, in a gentle way.  Now if you’re using skincare to help with the healing of acne scars you’re definitely going to want to consult a skincare expert to make sure you’re using something that won’t cause you to have more acne and is formulated to help with what you need help with in your scars.

Getting Professional Help
All acne scars are different and some will still continue to be stubborn even when adapting the above tips, this can sometimes be where professional assistance is necessary.  Luckily, there are a large number of options available now when it comes to healing acne scars.  Treatments like laser, dermabrasion, and even certain fillers can and have been used in the process of treating acne scars.  If you feel your scars are at this level, it’s crucial that you seek the help of a professional that you trust and has experience in healing acne scars in a safe and productive manner.

While acne scars are frustrating, there are definitely more ways now than ever before to help with the healing process. Have you found a technique that helps with healing acne scars?

Mallory Sills

Skincare for Girls with Bangs

Woman with bangs

Bangs have been quite a comeback this season, and while you may love the look of bangs you may also be wondering why your skin seems different when you have them.  We did a little searching and discovered some of the ways that bangs could be causing breakouts to happen.  It’s not typically something you think about when you go in for a haircut, but definitely worth considering!   We’re sharing our must-know skincare tips for girls with bangs so you’re able to enjoy your bangs without any skin problems arising.

Give Your Skin a Break
The thing is our skin AND hair has oil, which is where some of the rise in breakouts can occur when you have bangs.  Since we know that both of these features have oil, it’s suggested by experts that you give your forehead a break when possible (especially at night).  You can do this by simply pulling your bangs back and off your forehead.  It lets your forehead kind of breathe, and not be under hair/bangs that could be adding additional oil to it.  That’s not to say you can never wear your bangs down, just tuck them back when you can.

Avoid Touching!
So many of us are guilty of touching our face more than we should (even though we’ve heard thousands of times to STOP), if you’re anything like us you’re also a little guilty of touching and playing with your hair a lot throughout the day.   When you have bangs, touching and playing with your bangs too much can add even MORE oil to both your skin and hair/bangs.  So…it’s really time to hold back from continuously touching your bangs.  This is especially important when you’re dealing with a lot of breakouts.

Pay Attention to Your Haircare Products
Since your bangs are over your forehead and skin, whatever you’re using in your hair will make its way to your forehead in one way or another.  This goes for shampoo, conditioner, and any other styling products that you’re using on your hair and bangs.  That being said, if you find you’re doing all the other above tips and still struggling with breakouts as a result from your bangs it could be worth trying to switch your haircare products or looking into the ingredients that may be causing your breakouts.  Some experts have also suggested that when you’re applying other products like hairspray or styling mousse to apply them first to a comb and running the comb through your bangs to get the product onto the hair without spritzing all over your forehead.

Naturally, in addition to all of these tips you’re going to want to be sure you’re still going about your typical skincare routine.  We don’t often think of how our haircut could be affecting our skin, so if you have bangs or you’re considering getting them make sure you apply some (or all) of these tips to try to avoid your skin being negatively affected.

What have you found is helpful with skincare in relation to having bangs?

Mallory Sills

Papercuts are the Worst

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We’ve all gotten a papercut at least a few times in our lives, and there’s just something about them that drives us all crazy.  Even though they’re usually pretty small cuts, they hurt!  We’re typically left wondering why, or how, can such a small cut be so painful?  Some scientists have suggested that the reason papercuts hurt so much is because they’re typically on your fingertips, and your fingertips have a lot of nerve endings in them which is why you FEEL more.  We’ve uncovered a few ways that have been found to help you avoid getting papercuts and how to soothe them properly.  Most of us have spent years trying to figure out how to avoid and soothe papercuts as quickly as possible, we finally have some answers!

Prep Your Skin
Many people have suggested that when you know you’re going to be filing a lot of papers or doing a lot with loose paper, to put a nice heavy hand cream on prior to doing so.  Those that have found this helpful in avoiding getting papercuts have said it’s because of the oils that are protecting your skin.  So if you have a day where you know you’re going to be around a lot of paper and shuffling a lot of it around, it’s worth trying to apply a heavy hand cream prior to getting started.  Hey – it’s worth a try, isn’t it?  Extra tip: those that use this method say to apply your hand cream very generously to avoid the cuts.

Soothing the Cuts
If you didn’t have a chance to apply the hand cream prior to dealing with paper and got a dreaded paper cut, we’ve discovered a few ways that have been found to soothe the cuts.  Aloe vera is said to be one of the best ways to soothe a paper cut.  If possible, applying the fresh aloe plant right to the cut is said to be the best but if you don’t have access to an aloe plant the gels that you can purchase at the stores are said to work great also.  Another way to soothe the papercuts is using mint tea bags.  Many people have found that warming a mint tea bag, then letting it cool and applying to  the cut area has given great relief to the users.  Additionally, if you want to soothe your papercut and avoid it from being continuously affected while it’s healing liquid bandages are suggested.  Liquid bandages are great because typically traditional bandages can be uncomfortable on your fingers so a liquid bandage gives you a little more flexibility but also lets your cut heal properly.

Let’s face it, we’re all a little embarrassed to admit how much papercuts actually hurt us because they are such small cuts.  But, we’re all in the same boat.  Thankfully, we now know of some easy ways to try to avoid getting a papercut in the future and soothing the areas so they don’t continuously bother us.

What have you found works with avoiding and/or soothing papercuts?

Mallory Sills

Risks of Using Low Quality Razors

Woman shaving her legs

Most of us want to make our shaving process as easy, hassle-free, and quick as possible.  And if we’re really honest we’d like to spend as little money as possible to get it accomplished.  We want the smooth look, but it’s not always the easiest thing to achieve.  While it’s easy to buy whatever razors are on sale and not really think twice about what kind of razor you’re purchasing or using, let alone whether it’s high or low quality.  Unfortunately, there are some risks associated with using a low-quality razor.  We’re going to share some of the most common risks to get you informed!

Can Cause Razor Bumps 
One of the biggest downsides and risks to using a low-quality razor is it can lead to razor bumps much more easily.  The reason being is low-quality razors tends to dull quicker, without realizing it you could be using a dull razor on your skin and be left with irritation on your skin that can turn into razor bumps.  This is especially important to consider when you’re using your razor for delicate areas like bikini line and underarms since those areas are already delicate and sensitive they can be irritated easily by a low-quality razor and cause you to develop razor bumps.

Can Lead to Razor Burn
In addition to being at risk for razor bumps, using a low-quality razor has also been found to cause razor burn.  The difference is razor bumps are, well, bumps.  While a razor burn is typically when a couple of the top layers of skin are actually burned or removed leaving the skin looking and feeling like a burn.  While removing dead skin cells and exfoliating your skin is really important to your skin’s health and appearance, achieving this with a burn is not the way to go about that.  Often times razor burns will be really uncomfortable and may even itch, leaving the infected area incredibly uncomfortable.

Other Irritations
All in all using a low-quality razor that dulls quickly can really lead to a lot of skin irritations.  Whether it’s a burn, bumps or something else they’re ultimately causing a lot of irritation to your skin.  Because the lower quality razors dull much quicker than higher quality, you’re at a higher risk for developing a skin irritation from the razor.  Often times because we’re in such a hurry when doing things like shaving we don’t pay enough attention to whether or not our razors are actually dull.  Another reason why low-quality razors can be a big  risk for you, especially if you’re notorious for being in a big hurry and not paying quite enough attention to your razor dulling.

Basically, the low-quality razors are giving you the risk of a lot of skin irritations that can be incredibly uncomfortable to your skin.  A lot of it stems from your razor getting duller quicker with the lower quality product.

What do you think of low quality vs high quality when it comes to razors?

Mallory Sills

Skincare Products and Sunburn

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Sunburn can definitely cause problems with your skin. We’ve heard it time and time again, that we need to make sure we’re applying enough sunscreen before leaving the house to avoid getting sunburn.  While many of us are all about treating our skin right and using different skincare products to help keep our skin on point and helping to avoid sunburns, what you may not realize is there are some skincare products that can actually lead to sunburns.  Since we want to make sure you’re prepared and full of proper skincare information, we’re sharing some of the common skincare products that can lead or boost sunburns from occurring on your skin.

Prescription Strength Acne Treatments
If you’re currently using any sort of prescription strength acne treatment, your doctor should have informed you to be extra careful in the sun.  Many of these strong acne treatments have been found to make the user’s skin very sensitive.  Because the skin is in a much more sensitive state than normal, you’re much more likely to be at risk for sunburns than normally.  If you’re using a prescription acne treatment and don’t know what your sun protection needs to be, ask your doctor to make sure you’re protecting your skin as good as possible to avoid developing any sunburns.

Check the Ingredients
There are certain ingredients found in quite a few different skincare products that have been found to create some increased sensitivity with user’s skin.  The major ingredients to look for are bet-hydroxy acids, alpha-hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, just to name the most common.  If you’ve noticed your skin seems to be on the more sensitive side since using a certain skin care product it’s worth looking at the products ingredients and researching to find out if it’s an ingredient that’s known to cause sensitivity.  The thing is when our skin is more sensitive it reacts much differently to the sun, leading to more sunburns or possibility of sunburns.

Exfoliating Products  
While we’ve talked about the importance of exfoliating your skin regularly and all the benefits of doing so, certain facial exfoliation products can lead to too much sensitivity in the skin after use.  Along with facial exfoliation products, other treatments that are extreme exfoliators like chemical peels and lasers can also lead to causing a great deal of sensitivity in the skin.  It’s important that you’re reading the benefits and any warnings when using any type of exfoliating product and/ or going in for more serious skin treatments like the above mentioned.

We’re all about you using whatever skin care products you need in order to feel great about your skin and maintain its health.  However, it’s really important that whatever you use on your skin you understand the ingredients that they’re made with and you’re well aware of any way they could adjust your skin like causing an increase in skin sensitivity.  Because sun protection is so huge and sunburns  can be really damaging you want to be aware of anything that could make your skin sensitive and lead to you developing a sunburn.

Mallory Sills

Improve Your Complexion in the Sauna

Woman in a sauna

If we’re all honest, we’re all eager to find as many ways as possible to improve our complexion.  Our skin is one of those things that we’re rarely truly satisfied with.  Even when our skin is clear we want it even more clear or glowing.  So when we heard buzzing about how the sauna has been found to improve complexion, we were instantly intrigued!  So we did some research to find out just how the sauna can help to improve your complexion to bring you ALL the juicy details, to see if it’s something you want to try out for yourself.

Eliminates Toxins
The extreme heat of a sauna makes you sweat, sweating is said to help your body naturally get rid of a lot of the toxins that are trapped in your body.  Since our skin is the largest organ in our body, and the organ that gets exposed to the most environmentally it can have a lot of negative toxins trapped.  Additionally, the sweating from a sauna has also been found to get rid of a lot of the heavy metals your body may be holding on to that could be causing problems for you.  While your body is eliminating certain toxins in a sauna, it’s also helping to give your blood flow a nice boost and bringing healthy nutrients to the surface.  Since the toxins are eliminated it makes more room for the good stuff.

Gives You a Glow
Ok so we get that saunas make us sweat more than normal (to say the very least), but many people have found that the sweating not only helps to eliminate toxins from your body but also help to wash away a lot of dead skin cells and other impurities on your skin.  The fact that your skin is able to get rid of these things leaves in in a much more glowing state.  Hello JLo glow!  Not only will you be left more glowy, but the texture, color and overall appearance of your skin is said to become much healthier and even.  Basically, since you’re getting rid of a lot of the ‘stuff’ that’s on top of your skin, it allows your skin to get back to its more natural state.

Anti-Aging Benefits
So we know that saunas are great for flushing out toxins and helping give our skin a healthier glow, with all that they’ve also been found to help with anti-aging benefits.  A lot of these benefits stem from the fact that saunas and sweating are said to increase blood flow, which is a huge factor in helping your skin function in a healthier state.  Additionally, saunas and the process your skin and body goes through when sweating are said to give your skin a boost in collagen production throughout your skin.  We know collagen is a huge part of anti-aging and typically we lose collagen in our skin as we age, so the fact that many have found it boosts it – winning!

Have you experienced skin benefits from saunas?

Mallory Sills

Getting Rid of Nail Stains

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We’ve all been there, we chose a gorgeous nail polish color and upon removing it found our nails were left stained.  It’s frustrating, even if you did everything ‘right’ and you still get those stains you’re left feeling annoyed that your bare nails are colored.  Luckily, there are a lot of nail experts out there that have discovered some incredible ways to get rid of nail stains easily.

Buff it Out
Another commonly referenced removal trick is just buffing the stains off of your nails.  Since it’s likely the staining is occurring just on the top layer of your nail, gently buffing your nails to remove the stain.  However, keep in mind this can make your nails weaker since you’re eliminating layers of your actual nail so you may want to follow up your buffing with a strengthening polish (typically in clear) to help seal in your nails and boost their strength a bit.

Baking Soda Mix
Another trick of removing stains is the use of baking soda.  Essentially with the baking soda, you’re going to create a paste-like substance by mixing it with hydrogen peroxide.  Once you mix baking soda and the hydrogen peroxide you’re going to cover your nails with the paste-like substance and let it rest for a few minutes.  Once it’s had a chance to sit on your nails for a few, just rinse it off.  Many experts actually suggest going through this method every month and a half to two months.

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The Lemon Juice Trick
In our search to find some nail stain removal solutions, we came upon quite a few more options than we thought.  One of the more consistently throughout our search was the use of lemon juice.  Many suggest simply squeezing a lemon into a small, shallow bowl and soaking your nails in the lemon juice for a few minutes for easy removal of the stains.  This process may take a couple times to see results, depending on the strength of the nail stains.

Toothpaste
Now if you have nail stains that are new, meaning they haven’t been on your nails for an extended period of time.  Using WHITENING toothpaste has been found to be beneficial in removing the stain.  Literally, all you have to do is scrub the toothpaste on over your nails and the color is said to come off right away.  Again, this isn’t for a stain that’s been on your nails for any extended amount of time and many suggest it actually works best if your nails are stained pink or red from red/dark pink nail polishes.

Did you realize there were so many easy ways to remove the stains from your nails?  We sure didn’t!  It is nice to know that should you have stains on your nails it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming to remove the pesky stains.

Have you ever tried one of these techniques, if so how did it work for you?