Mallory Sills

Clear Skin Advice For Tweens

Teen with flawless skin looking in the mirror.

Achieving clear skin as a tween isn’t always the easiest thing.  With the changes that are happening in your body, diet, and everything else it can sometimes feel nearly impossible to keep or get clear skin.  Fortunately, there are some ways for tweens to get a handle on their skin and help to achieve clearer skin without feeling too frustrated or embarrassed about it.  We’re sharing some of the best tips we’ve discovered to help your tweens get clear skin as they start a new year of school.

Get On A Schedule
One of the most important things when it comes to having clear skin is getting on a true skin care routine.  As tweens are new to taking care of their skin in the skin care route, it can be difficult to get them on track but it’s SUPER crucial that they do.  Getting tweens to cleanse their face two times per day is going to help immensely when it comes to having clear skin.  Morning and night cleansing is the best route according to experts, make sure you tell your tweens that washing their faces MORE than twice a day isn’t necessary and can actually backfire.  Not only will getting them into a routine help them get clear skin now, but it also helps to set them up for their skin care journey throughout life.  Although make sure your tween isn’t washing their face TOO roughly, scrubbing isn’t necessary.  Setting them up with the right techniques and skills are going to help down the line, too.

Use The Right Products
When it comes to tween skin it’s delicate and changing, which is also why they’re more prone to breakouts.  Make sure you’re getting your tween the right skin care products to use for their new skin care routine.  Purchasing products that include salicylic acid OR benzyol peroxide are going to help clear up breakouts and prevent them as much as possible, according to experts.  In addition to the skin care products, any type of makeup products your tween is using should be gentle and noncomedogenic.  This type of makeup is designed to NOT clog pores – crucial to preventing breakouts.  Also, make sure your tween gets in the habit of removing any makeup before going to bed.

Healthy Habits
There are a ton of ways to help prevent breakouts from happening but a lot of it also comes down to teaching your tween healthy skin care habits.  One biggie for tweens is touching their faces, try to encourage your tween to avoid touching their face too often.  While it’s a habit for ALL of us to get into easily, it’s also a really easy way to spread bacteria and dirt that can cause breakouts.  Then comes the picking, avoid  face touching in general!  Of course, we can’t forget the relationship between what we eat and our skin.  Avoiding as much grease and sugar as possible can play huge roles in clear skin, especially a tween.

Do you have any clear skin advice for tweens you live by?

Mallory Sills

Caring for Cuts and Other Skin Tears

Women with bandaid

Getting a cut or skin tear is never a fun situation.  No matter how big or small the cut is, it tends to feel like it happens in the most inconvenient places and seem to take forever to hear.  Caring for cuts and other skin tears is something that does take a little finesse and knowledge, to make sure you’re doing it properly.  Anytime we have a cut or tear on our skin, if we don’t allow it to heal properly we can be left with a scar or our skin just not looking like it once did.  To make sure you’re well prepared, we’re sharing some of the best tips for caring for cuts and other skin tears.

First Things First
The first thing that’s suggested by experts when it comes to caring for these types of skin problems, is to control any bleeding that may be occurring.  Before covering it or applying any type of ointment, make sure you’ve controlled any and all bleeding.   Once you’re able to control any of the bleeding that’s happening, you can get a better idea as to how deep or severe the cut/tear actually is and will help you know what steps to take moving forward.  After you’ve controlled the bleeding and gotten an idea as to how severe the cut is, it’s crucial that you cleanse the area that was injured.  Cleansing the area will help to eliminate any bacteria or dirt that could be in the now open wound and make sure you’re clean before applying any sort of bandage on top of it.  Once the area has been cleanses, pat and let it air dry.  Be careful not to rub the infected area, as it can cause a lot more damage and irritation.

Consider The Dressage You Use
Once you’ve completed the above steps, it’s time to get to cover your wound.  You’ll want to use a bandage that allows the skin to breathe, experts say opt for something that allows and promotes moisturized healing.  If the cut/tear isn’t very severe, you may just need some antibacterial ointment and a secure bandage on the area.  However, if it’s something that’s a bit more significant it’s advised that you apply a bit of gauze to the area prior to adding a wrap or bandage to give your skin more of a barrier from the bandage/wrap.

It’s said that if your skin is super dry, you don’t have enough hydration in your body or are on certain medications you may be more prone to acquiring skin tears and cuts more regularly.  In this case, it’s suggested that you pay extra close attention to how much water you’re drinking and making sure that you’re keeping up with applying moisturizing products to your skin regularly.

The more moisture in your skin the less likely it is to tear or develop a cut.  Naturally, you want to be as cautious sanitary as possible when it comes to caring for cuts and skin tears. Have you found something specific that helps with caring for these types of skin problems?

Mallory Sills

Drink Green Tea For Better Skin

Women drinking green tea

It seems like most of us are obsessed with discovering new ways to improve our skin.  Even when you have great skin, you’re looking for the next best thing to make it even better or to just simply maintain it.  There are SO many different skin care tricks, tips and products out and in our access now.  Some are natural, some are product based, but it’s safe to say we have options.  One skin care tip that isn’t new but certainly gaining popularity is the idea of drinking green tea.  We’re diving into why you may want to drink green tea for better skin, now!

It’s Packed With Antioxidants
One of the major benefits of green tea is that it’s been found to boost some major antioxidants, specifically the antioxidant referred to as polyphenols.  These particular antioxidants are known to be great at fighting free radicals.  Free radicals are caused from many different sources including the environment and stress, to name a couple of the most common.  Since green tea is made up of such a powerful antioxidant, it’s been found to be incredibly beneficial in boosting the body’s levels of antioxidants and immunity.  This being said, it’s great for any skin problems that can be caused by free radicals and/or immunity problems.  In addition, the free radical blocking has also been found to help with anti-aging benefits.

It Calms The Body
As if the free radical and anti-aging properties weren’t enough, green tea is also known for being great at helping drinkers reduce stress.  The reduction in stress levels is AMAZING for your skin.  Many people suffer from acne caused by stress, among other skin conditions that are stress related.  In addition, it helps tremendously to reduce inflammation in the body.  Inflammation can attribute many, many skin problems in the body.  Some of the most common skin problems that are massively impacted by inflammation are eczema and psoriasis.  Green tea really helps to calm the body both emotionally and physically (through the reduction in inflammation).  Talk about major perks, right?

A Few Extras
While you’re probably already ready to go buy and start drinking green tea, there’s a few more benefits to your skin.  Green tea has also been found to help reduce sun damage in the skin, by healing the body from the inside out and improve the overall texture and moisture levels in the body.  Did you think it could get any better?  Basically, it works to heal the body and helps switch its overall appearance and health.

Wow!  It’s safe to say that there are some majorly amazing benefits to drinking green tea.  Who knew just adding some green tea to your daily routine could have such positive effects on your skin?  Well, there is a reason green tea has been such a respected and practiced form of health for so many years!

Do you drink green tea?  If so, have you noticed a change in your skin as a result?

Mallory Sills

Sleep And Skin Recovery

Women sleeping

Beauty sleep is, well…beautiful in more ways than one, because really don’t we all love to sleep?  It’s really difficult to go about life and do everything you need to do when you’re tired.  But do you also notice you start to look different when you’re not getting enough sleep?  There’s actually been a lot of research and information coming out recently on the link between sleep and our skin’s recovery.  While there are countless reasons to get more sleep at night, there’s also actually a lot of truth to the term beauty sleep.

Increased Inflammatory Cells
One of the major side effects of not getting enough sleep has been linked to it causing an increase in inflammatory cells that occur in the body.  This increase isn’t a good one.  In fact, often times this increase can make already existing skin problems even worse and start to negatively impact your skin’s natural appearance.  So you know how when you’re not getting enough sleep your skin seems to lose its color and suddenly looks duller?  Yep, this is why!  In addition, these inflammatory cells actually start to effect the natural collagen you have in your body – meaning they break the collagen down (not a good thing for anti-aging!).  Finally, one of the negative effects of increased inflammatory cells is that the inflammation in the body begins to impact your body’s immune system.  If you have a skin disease or disorder, the impact on your immune system can send your skin into a frenzy.

Rebalance Time 
Ok, so when you’re asleep your body works to recover and repair itself.  So when you’re NOT getting enough sleep your body doesn’t get the opportunity to do it’s thang – if you catch our drift.  Typically, while we’re asleep our body goes through a hydration balancing process.  This is a huge factor as to why when you haven’t gotten enough sleep you may notice your under eye area looking puffy or acquiring dark circles – your body hasn’t had a chance to rebalance the hydration and moisture in your body that blocks those things from happening.

Aging Struggles
Like we said, your body works on repairing itself when you’re asleep so this is a big one for anti-aging factors.  While our body is asleep it produces growth hormones and repairs any cells that need repairing.  Naturally, when you’re not getting enough rest and enough of the deep sleep time your body doesn’t get the chance to make any of this happen.  Ever notice how you or someone you know who doesn’t get enough sleep tends to look older?  Bingo!  This is exactly why.  So really, getting enough shut eye is amazing anti-aging practice.

We get it, getting enough sleep can seem nearly impossible to actually make happen sometimes.  Life gets crazy, stress levels are high, and it can sometimes feel like there’s no time to get to sleep at an early time.  But, your skin and your body is depending on it!  Do yourself a favor and make it a priority to get more shut eye in!

Have you noticed changes in your skin due to more sleep or lack of sleep?

Mallory Sills

Professional Advice For Glowing Skin

Woman with glowing skin

Is there anything quite like glowing skin?  We couldn’t really think of much else that makes us feel like total glamor girls, or more confident.  Since our skin is the largest organ in our body it shows SO much about our health, how we take care of ourselves, and so much more.  And let’s face it, when our skin is glowing we feel a little more confident than when it is not.  Most of us idolize our favorite celebs for their (what seems like) effortlessly glowing skin.  So what’s the real deal with getting glowing skin?  We discovered some of the best professional advice for glowing skin and we’re sharing ALL the gorgeous deets with you now.

Consider Your Lifestyle
While there are countless beauty products at our access now more than ever before, our lifestyle habits truly play a huge role in our skin’s health and appearance.  Lifestyle habits like your sleeping patterns, diet, exercise and so on play major roles in how your skin actually looks.  Studies have found that sleep disorders are among the most common health problems in the United States today, meaning most Americans aren’t getting enough sleep.  Getting enough sleep is crucial to your skin’s health and appearance, because when we’re sleeping is when our skin is working to repair itself.  So when you don’t get enough sleep your skin doesn’t get that chance.  In addition, not drinking enough water or drinking too much alcohol or caffeine can play major roles.  Not eating enough fruits, veggies and other healthy foods can also have an impact.  Experts have even found that not dealing with stress in a healthy way, or having too much stress in your life can affect how your skin looks.  They’ve found incorporating meditation and exercise to be really beneficial to this.  So take a look at your lifestyle habits and determine where you can make some adjustments to better your skin’s glow.

Be Strict with Your Skin Care
Of course in addition to having healthy lifestyle habits, being strict with your skin care and the skin care products you use is also a huge step according to experts.  It’s not about just purchasing the cheapest option you can find, it is your largest organ after all.  Use high-quality products that boost ingredients that are truly healthy for your skin.  In addition, be strict with yourself on maintaining a skin care routine that you can stick with and will truly be beneficial.  Don’t skip steps just because you’re feeling a little lazy that day.  This means cleansing, toning and moisturizing EVERYDAY (really, twice a day), and exfoliating 1-2 times per week.

Incorporating these habits and rituals are going to play major roles when it comes to having the glowing skin you desire.  Experts continue to suggest the same tips and advice over and over with all of these details.  It’s not necessarily about having a super complicated routine, but having a routine that you can actually stick to and is something that will truly benefit you and your skin.

What professional advice for glowing skin have you heard and applied?

Mallory Sills

Natural Ways To Remove Makeup

Woman cleansing skin

Removing your makeup every night before bed is one of the most important skin care tips we can suggest you live by.  It’s SO, SO important that you remove your makeup every night – seriously!  If you’re on board with us and you know you need to remove your makeup nightly, but you’re really keen on using products that are more natural we’ve got some great information for you.  There are countless makeup removing products available on the market right now, more than ever before.  However, unfortunately there are a lot of makeup removing products that use harsh chemicals and ingredients that aren’t so natural.  We’ve discovered some natural ways to remove makeup, so you’re taking care of your skin by removing the makeup and not using anything that could be damaging to your skin or health in any other way.

Oils!
Many skin care experts have discovered that the use of different natural oils can be incredibly great at removing makeup.  The bonus of natural oils is that they’re multi-use and have SO many benefits for your skin and health.  Most suggest using olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oils to remove makeup with.  It may take a little experimenting to figure out what oil is going to be the best fit for your skin and its needs, because some are extremely moisturizing and your skin may not love the extra moisture as much.  Basically, all you do with any of these oils is take a bit and apply it all over you face, including the eye area and let it sit on your skin for a minute or so.  Once you’ve allowed the oil to sit and do it’s thang, use lukewarm water to gently wash away the oil and your makeup will come along with it.  You will likely want to use a soft cloth with this process, and make sure you’re being gentle on your skin especially the very delicate eye area!  Once you’ve done all that – continue on with your normal cleansing and skincare routine.  Once you cleanse the skin you will eliminate any additional oil left over.

Unlikely Foods
You may be surprised to hear that milk, cucumber and yogurt have all been found to be incredibly healing and natural ways to remove makeup from the skin as well.  Yogurt and milk are known for being soothing and moisturizing to the skin.  If you’re considering trying yogurt it’s suggested to just apply some plain yogurt to your skin with cotton, gently rubbing it on your skin and rinsing it off with cool water.  Milk is a similar application (or removal process) as yogurt, and you can even add a little drop of almond or coconut oil to the milk if you’d like.  Using cucumber is said to be really beneficial for those who suffer from acne or other inflammatory skin conditions as it’s very soothing and calming.  To use cucumber as a remover, you mash it up to create a paste like substance and add either milk or a little olive oil and rub the mixture all over your face.

Have you ever tried a natural makeup remover that worked?

Mallory Sills

What Your Lip Color Reveals About Your Health

Woman with beautiful lips

You’ve likely heard before that our skin can reveal a lot about your health, but there’s been a lot coming out to show that your lip color can reveal different things about your health as well.  It’s becoming more and more aware that our internal health and state of health shows signs in other ways, like our external appearance(s).  It’s said that telling a person’s health by their lips is something that’s been practiced for quite some time in traditional Eastern medicine.  Experts suggest that the natural, healthy color of lips should be pink so if the color ranges outside of that it could be an indication of other problems.

Light Pink
While you want your lips to be a natural pink, if they’re a very pale pink it’s been found that it can actually be a sign of anemia.  Essentially, your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells and the best first step is to increase your intake of vitamin C and foods that are rich in iron.

Purple Edges
If you notice the edges of your lips are a purple color, it’s been found to mean that your body isn’t balanced fully.  The dark purple edge lip color can also be included with feeling different body temperature changes.  Experts suggest that to help this, you need to really make sure you’re eating a healthy balanced diet that are easy on anything that’s too strong in flavor or temperature.

All Over Purple
You may notice lips that are purple all over (not just the edges), what experts in this area of health say is this is actually a sign of digestion problems.  To help with this, obviously you’re going to need to get your digestion system on track which means incorporating more fiber and try avoiding anything that’s overly processed, greasy or too much dairy to try to clear things up for yourself.

Purple/ Green
While this is a color that can arise/change to become prominent to show health problems, it’s also something that can occur when you’re exposed to very cold weather.  Before worrying, pay attention to how often this color of lips is showing up.  If it is consistent, experts have said that it’s something that could be happening with your lungs and/or heart – if this is the case it may be worth seeking your medical professional.

Super Red
You want pink lips, but if they’re red (abnormally red) then it’s something that can be showing us some different signs.  Most experts have suggested that red lips are an indication that your liver is actually overly functioning, which isn’t necessarily good.  You’ll want to ask your medical professional for assistance if you’re experiencing this.

Did you realize there were so many variations of lip colors?  We were shocked to discover some of these!  But, it’s a great way to learn a little more about your health and your body.  There are so many ways for us to determine our true health condition.

Have you ever noticed a lip color change and find out what the reason behind it was?

Mallory Sills

How to Make Everyday Life More Glamorous

For some reason, there’s a stigma around being glamorous and living a more glamorous lifestyle.  Most of the time when we think of being glamorous we think of the mega-rich and famous, but why is glamour only reserved for them?  We believe anyone can live a glamorous life if they want to, it’s not just about your bank account or how much you spend.  It’s really more of a lifestyle!  Since we think everyone deserves some glamorous elements into their lives, we thought we’d come up with a few fun ways to make everyday life more glamorous to get you inspired.

Woman having coffee

Create a Glam Space
Let’s face it, we don’t all have the bank account to back up renovating our homes to look like something the Kardashians would live in.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t create our own little glam spaces.  If you want a little more glam in your everyday life, think about the areas of your home you spend the MOST time in.  What are some little touches or changes you can make that add a little more glam to them?  Maybe it’s getting fresh flowers weekly, or adding a picture that makes you feel glamorous to your bathroom wall.  It doesn’t have to be anything major, but those little things are really amazing ways to make your everyday life feel a bit more glam.

Plan Your Mornings
Remember when your parents told you to pick out your outfit for school the night before?  We somehow lost sight of that as we got older.  But the fact is there are a lot of benefits to actually planning your morning routine the night before.  Getting every little detail you can into place can help your mornings go so much more smoothly and help you feel like a princess.  Plan out what you can for your breakfast, lay out your outfit, get everything in order for yourself so when you wake up it’s already done and you can just enjoy the process of getting yourself ready for the day in leisure.  That’s pretty glamorous if you ask us!

Woman getting ready

Celebrate  More
Something that we noticed about those iconic glamorous ladies is they always LOOK like they’re celebrating, they may not necessarily be celebrating a specific occasion but honestly…do we need a special occasion to enjoy life in a celebratory way?  We didn’t think so.  So why not start looking at different ways to celebrate yourself, your job, and any little thing that makes you happy.  It’s a great way to feel like a glamour queen and really doesn’t have to be complicated.  Maybe it just means you have a glass of wine and a bubble bath one evening, or getting some fresh flowers for yourself, or something else that brings joy and relaxation to your day.

Honestly, adding glamour to your life doesn’t have to mean spending a ton of money or even being super complicated.  They can be small little touches that make the biggest differences in you feeling like the glamour queen you are inside.

How do you add more glamour to your everyday life?

Mallory Sills

Moisturizing After Showers & Baths

Woman applying moisturizer

You’ve probably heard thousands of times by now how important moisturizing is to your skin’s health and overall appearance.  If you haven’t…it’s super important.  While we often hear of moisturizing in terms of applying moisturizers to our face and neck area, it’s just as important to apply moisturizers to the rest of your body.  We know, we know it sounds like a lot to be applying moisturizer to your entire body all the time – but trust us you’ll thank us later for informing you.  If you’re like us, you’re wondering when the best time to apply moisturizers to your body is.  We got ALL the details to share with you.

Dermatologists and other skin experts suggest the best time to apply moisturizers to your body is right after you get out of the shower or bath.  When you apply moisturizer immediate following your bath it’s said that the moisturizer actually helps to really lock in the water and moisture to your skin keeping it even more hydrated.  Now, you’re not going to want to necessarily apply the moisturizer when your skin is still soaked from your shower or bath.  So to eliminate some of the water from your skin, it’s advised to actually pat dry with a dry towel.  Patting versus rubbing will help to make sure you’re not irritating your skin, which is highly possible when you rub your skin with a towel to dry.  Pat dry and get rid of most of the water, once you’ve done that apply the moisturizer to your body.

When you’re moisturizing your body, it’s important that you’re not missing any areas.  Especially focusing on the areas that tend to be prone to dryness like elbows, knees, hands, and feet – get them all!  Now is the time to lock in as much moisture and hydration as you possibly can so use that to your benefit and get all the areas that you find are drier than others.  Of course, you’ll want to focus on your whole body, but the areas that are drier you may want to do two applications to.

Depending on your skin type, you’re probably going to want to use a moisturizer for your body that’s much thicker and heavier than the type of moisturizer you use on your face.  In fact, most experts suggest using different moisturizers since the skin on your face is different than the skin on your body.  Opting for moisturizers that are specially formulated for the body are great to help you make sure you have heavy duty moisturizer that’s going to do the job you’re looking for.  If you really want to get the most out of moisturizing after your shower or bath, you’ll exfoliate your body on a regular basis to eliminate the dead skin cells and such.  Using things like dry brushes are easy ways to get some exfoliation in during your shower or bath so you’re able to immediately follow up with the moisturizing process.

Do you moisturize your body after your shower or bath?

Mallory Sills

Staying Cool in the Heat

Woman sitting in a field

It’s that time of year when the temperatures are consistently high throughout a lot of the United States and it’s hard to stay cool a lot of times.  Especially if you’re trying to enjoy the warmer weather before it gets colder, you probably want to spend as much time outside as you can before you can’t hang out outside too much.  We did a little search to discover some of the best ways to stay cool in the heat because we wanted to know and figured you did too!

Cover Your Skin
Not only is covering your skin important for sun protection on your skin, but it’s also a really great way to stay cool in the heat.  Normally we feel like if we wear LESS clothing it will help us feel cooler but it’s actually not the truth.  When our skin is exposed to the sun we feel and get hotter, while if we actually cover our skin from being exposed to the sun it’s more like being in shade and helps us stay much cooler than the other way around.  In addition to covering your skin, wearing light colored clothing is also a great help to staying cool.  Darker colors tend to almost absorb the sun and heat, while lighter colors just feel lighter and don’t do the same thing.  Opt for lighter color clothes and clothes that are lighter weight.

Avoid the Hottest Times of the Day
The sun is at its strongest during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, with that being said it’s advised to stay indoors or at least in the shade as much as possible during those hours.  Since the sun is at its peak then, your chances of getting over heated are much greater.  Be safe and plan activities that are taking place outdoors around those hours as much as you can to try to avoid any problems that may be related to the heat.

Woman holding a bottle of water

Drink Up!
One of the most important factors to staying cool and hydrated in the heat is drinking a TON of fluids.  Even if you don’t ‘feel’ like you’re thirsty or need to drink, keep drinking fluids to stay hydrated.  Keeping your body hydrated is really a huge factor in staying cool and not falling into heat-related illnesses.  Even if you drink a lot of fluids normally, drink more when it’s really hot outside.  Most importantly, don’t wait just until you’re thirsty before you drink water.  Often times if you only drink water when you’re thirsty you’re already on the verge of dehydration.

If you’re spending any amount of time in the heat, it’s really important to make sure you’re planning accordingly.  Stay safe and don’t push yourself too much to do physical activities, that are often where people get into trouble with their health.  Follow the suggested tips above and plan your days as much as you can according to taking care of yourself in the heat.

What do you find helps you stay cool in the heat?