Mallory Sills

Achieving A Beautiful Fall Glow

fresh face woman in fall

Typically when we hear ‘glow’ with think of it in terms of a summer glow, but who says we can’t have a glow in the fall months?  We’re all about achieving a glow all year round, especially in the fall season.  Generally, the weather starts to change the weather becomes cooler and gloomier which is even more reason to want a little extra glow boost.  So naturally we’re sharing tips to achieving a beautiful fall glow this season so you don’t have to stop enjoying glowing skin after the summer months.

Eat Balanced
Most of us typically want to gravitate towards those comfort foods in the fall season, they feel…comforting and we’re all starting to get into that hibernation mode a bit.  But the thing about some of those comfort foods is they can be a little too oily and probably don’t have enough of the essential nutrients our skin needs in order to really get that glow in our skin.  Eating a balanced diet, filled with a lot of fresh fruits and veggies is going to be incredibly helpful when it comes to achieving a glow this fall season.  You’re especially going to want to look for foods that are loaded with Vitamin C and other essential minerals your skin needs in order to function properly and give you that glow.  Try to avoid too many processed or greasy foods and incorporate more of the fresh food groups.

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Drink Up!
The weather is changing, and even though the temperatures are cooling down doesn’t mean you should ease back on how much water you’re drinking.  In fact, you need to be drinking the same amount of water, if not more during these months.  Since the climate becomes drier it has a major impact on your skin, but when our skin is dry it’s not really glowing – right?  So making sure that you’re staying well hydrated is going to be a crucial part of achieving that glow this fall season.  Even if you think you’re drinking a lot, most people still aren’t getting enough water in their systems on a daily basis.  Evaluate how much water you’re actually drinking and see where you can add in to make sure you’re getting enough.

Moisturize Like Crazy
We couldn’t leave out moisturizing when it comes to achieving a glow this fall season.  Like we’ve mentioned, your skin is probably going to get more dry and flaky.  One of the best ways to combat that is to apply moisturizers like crazy and generously.

woman in sauna exfoliating

Of course, one of the major aspects in getting a glow any time of the year is exfoliating your skin on a regular basis.  Because our skin tends to be more dry this time of year, using an exfoliating product to eliminate those dead skin cells is going to do wonders for giving you that hydration and exfoliation.  Just remember to use an exfoliating product that’s gentle on your skin and accommodating any skin changes you may have this time of year.


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Why You Should Moisturize Daily

Moisturizing is such a major part of your skin care routine, if you’re not already moisturizing daily, you’re going to find out why you should moisturize daily.  This time of year we all tend to experience a lot more dryness when it comes to our skin, hair and even nails.  But when we let that moisturizing step be skipped over we can experience some skin problems down the line.  If you are moisturizing on a daily basis, you may be wondering why you’re actually supposed to – but kudos to moisturizing anyways!  Without any more chatter, we’re just going to get right into why you should moisturize daily to give you all the details.

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Helps With Your Makeup Application
If you’ve ever tried to apply makeup to dry skin you get what we’re saying here.  We all want to be able to apply our makeup in a way where it just seems to glide on over our skin, but if our skin is dry and lacking moisture it’s not able to do that.  This is why so many makeup artists actually apply moisturizer to their clients’ skin before applying makeup – it really helps to create a barrier in a sense where your makeup just goes on so much smoother and easier.

Helps With Wrinkles
Have you ever noticed the people that tend to look older and have more wrinkles also tend to look like their skin is lacking moisture?  Well, that’s because often times it is!  When we moisturize daily it actually helps to prevent wrinkles and give your skin that nice plump appearance because it’s well moisturized and hydrated.  If you go without moisturizing on a daily basis, it’s actually been found that you can develop more wrinkles and even make the wrinkles you have be more pronounced.  Yikes, right?

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Get That Glow
Moisturizing your skin isn’t just about the wrinkles though, it’s also incredibly helpful, even crucial, to really give your skin that added glow.  When you skip moisturizing on a daily basis, you’ll likely notice your skin begins to look more dull and even flaky.  This is because adding moisture to the skin gives your skin the nourishment and hydration it needs to glow and avoid that dry flakiness that can arise without it.

Aids With Acne
Many people are afraid to apply moisturizer when they’re prone to acne or suffering from acne breakouts, but in fact moisturizing has been found to help soothe acne.  This is because if your skin becomes too dry without the moisturizer you can cause even more irritation to the skin, making the acne even worse.  Of course, if you are prone to acne or dealing with acne problems as it is you’re going to want to be sure that you’re sticking to a moisturizer that’s good for sensitive skins and non-comedogenic.

And of course, if you’re not applying moisturizer to your face daily you will begin to notice that your skin becomes super dry and even may become itchy.  Not too fun, right?

Have you experienced a difference in your skin when you moisturize daily?

Mallory Sills

Fall Moisturizing Tips

woman in fall leaves

The weather is starting to change, and that means so is your skin and its needs.  The climate tends to get drier in the fall months, and our skin is exposed to much different elements than it is in the summer time.  You know moisturizing your skin is crucial to healthy skin, and since the weather is drier odds are your skin is going to need some extra moisturizing happening to keep it in check.  We’re sharing some of our favorite fall moisturizing tips to help you keep your skin moisturized and healthy all fall season long.

Avoid Drying Your Skin More
Ok, so we’ve established that the weather and climate tend to be on the drier side during the fall months.  This means you’re going to want to avoid doing anything that can cause your skin to potentially be even more dry.  Basically, avoid taking super-hot showers and consider switching cleaning products to something more gentle or using gloves when you clean.  These everyday activities can cause your skin to become even more dry and vulnerable, which is the last thing you need when you’re already trying to avoid extreme dryness from occurring.

Woman applying sunscreen

Protect Your Skin
You’ve probably gotten in the habit from the summer to apply SPF products, and you should definitely continue that habit!  However, as the temperatures decrease and the weather changes in a different way than what you’ve been used to in the summer it’s suggested that you protect your skin.  Not sure what we mean?  Well bundling up plays a huge role in protecting your skin the fall months.  Since you may still be spending time outside, it’s important that you’re catering to the changes like higher winds and lower temperatures.  Layering your clothes, throwing on gloves and scarves can be a huge help with this.

Don’t Forget to Exfoliate
If you’re not feeling quite as moisturized as you’d like this fall, you may want to consider either incorporating exfoliating into your skin care routine or switching it up.  Exfoliating is a major player when it comes to healthy skin care habits, because it eliminates dead skin cells and increases cell production.  This is really helpful for keeping your skin moisturized and healthy.  If you’re already exfoliating but feel like something is still off it may be time to switch your exfoliating product to something different.

Woman applying moisturizer

Layer Your Moisturizer Over a Serum
When it comes to our skin care products, the order in which we apply them is just as crucial as what we’re actually applying. That’s right, it’s not enough to just use great skin care products – you also need to use them properly. To really lock in the moisture, apply a lightweight serum BEFORE your moisturizer. Experts suggest to apply your skin care products from lightest or thinnest to thickest, which likely means that your moisturizer is going to be the last product you put on in terms of your daily routine. Applying a lightweight moisturizer (or a rich cold cream) over your serum leaves your skin feeling softer and more moisturized, and this is particularly beneficial when dealing with lower temperatures and cold weather locations.

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Limiting Alcohol Consumption For Better Skin Health

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There’s something about going out for drinks with friends, or having a few glasses of wine to unwind from the day that never seems to get old.  It’s part of the world we live in, odds are you ask or get asked to “go out for drinks” on a fairly regular basis.  While we love a good cocktail now and then, we’ve also come across some information that relates alcohol consumption to our skin and it has us thinking twice about going out for drinks on a fairly regular basis.  Not sure what we mean?  We’re talking about limited alcohol consumption for better skin health to give you all the details.

It Causes Dehydration
You may be thinking that because alcohol is a liquid it’s hydrating you, but the truth is it does the exact opposite.  This plays a major role in our skin’s health because we want to keep our skin as hydrated and moisturized as possible, so when we drink too much alcohol we’re losing a lot of that.  If you’ve noticed when you’ve had quite a bit of alcohol, the next day your skin appears drier and less plump…this is because of the dehydration it causes.

The Sugar Consumption Factor
Another thing you may not realize when consuming alcohol is the fact that most alcohol/drinks have sugar in them.  Sugar has been found to cause some negative effects on your skin, primarily increasing inflammation and causing cell damage which can play major roles in the aging process of your skin.  It’s suggested that if you are going to drink alcohol try to pay attention to the amount of sugar you’re in taking and avoid super sugary drinks.  If you’ve had a lot of sugary drinks, it’s been found that you can actually get a sugar hangover on top of your alcohol hangover…sounds bad right?  Often you’ll notice your skin looks sallow when this happens.

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The Salt Intake
In addition to the fact that many types of alcohol and drinks consist of sugar, many also contain a decent amount of salt.  You probably know that when you eat too much salt you feel bloated, well the same thing happens when you drink too much salt.  Drinking drinks with a lot of salt in them can cause your skin to actually appear bloated and swollen.

It’s obvious that certain factors in alcohol and drinking it on a regular basis can wreak havoc on your skin, but of course we’re not expecting you to never drink alcohol again.  Being aware of what your drinks contain and how they could negative impact your skin’s health is a huge step.  In addition, try decreasing the amount you drink alcohol to a more limited amount.  This way you’re still able to participate in the social aspect of it, but you’re not going to put your skin health in any negative place.  Don’t forget to make sure to drink a TON of water anytime you’re drinking alcohol to keep your body hydrated and flushing the alcohol out of your system quicker.

Mallory Sills

Repairing Summer Sun Damage

Now that summer is officially over (we know, we’re sad about it too) it’s time to focus on repairing your skin from any summer sun damage you may have been exposed to.  Even if you do your best to keep your skin protected from the sun, it can sneak through sometimes.  However, it’s important to repair your skin as soon as you can after the damage has been done so you don’t have to deal with the problems later on in your life.  Sun damage is known to be the leading cause of wrinkles and aging signs to pop up in our skin – since we know you want to avoid that keep reading as we share tips for repairing summer sun damage.

woman exfoliating face

Skincare experts are always talking about exfoliating, with good reason!  Exfoliating your skin is a really incredible way to eliminate build up and dead skin cells.  When you’ve been exposed to sun damage, exfoliating can play a major part in helping you get a fresh start with your skin.  When you remove dead skin cells it’s been found that it can help to accelerate the cell production in your skin…meaning it can help accelerate the repairing process for your skin.  If you’ve been exfoliating your skin, you may want to think about finding a new exfoliating product to really get your skin on track and help with a fresh start.  If you haven’t been exfoliating…now is the time to start!

Give Your Skin Key Nutrients
As you’ve been exposed to sun damage, your skin is going to really need some major repairing and nourishment.  It’s likely that your skin got a little dry and was exposed to a lot of free radicals throughout the summer months.  To get your skin back in check and repaired, experts suggest incorporating creams and serums that are loaded with key nutrients that help with the repairing process.  This means looking for skin care products that have vitamin C, E, green tea, to name a few.  Look for products that are made to really give your skin a boost of antioxidants.  They will really help to repair your skin in a powerful way, as well as help to lock in moisture again.

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Make An Appointment
Even if you’re really great with your at-home skincare routine and using great products, this is a great time to schedule an appointment with your favorite skincare professional.  Getting a really great facial and/or peel can really give your skin that extra boost of repairing it needs.  The bonus to getting a facial from a professional is also the fact that they have access to professional strength products that can give you that deeper repairing.  Since we’re out of the summer months, transitioning to fall is the perfect time to start fresh with your skin.

Spot Treat
If you notice you have some little spots around your skin that are the result of sun damage, enlist the help of specific spot treatments to really improve and repair those areas of the skin.  Typically, these will be serums that are loaded with vitamin C to (likely) lighten and brighten those areas that have been damaged from the sun.

Mallory Sills

Rejuvenating Fall Skin Care Routines

woman fresh face in fall

If you’ve been using the same skin care products all year round, you may want to reconsider.  As the seasons change, the weather changes and our skin is affected differently throughout the year.  This holds especially true for the transition between summer and fall.  If you haven’t already noticed, your skin is making some adjustments.  Since your skin may be changing a bit, that means it’s time to switch up some of your skin care habits along with it.  We’re sharing some tips for rejuvenating fall skin care routines to help you keep your skin on point all fall long.

Change Your Moisturizer
The weather tends to get quite a bit more dry in the fall months, especially compared to the summer, which means you’re going to need more from your moisturizer this time of year.  To accommodate this, it’s a great time to adjust your moisturizer.  Most experts suggest enlisting in a moisturizer that’s heavier and creamier to really get the moisture locked in when the weather gets so much drier.  It can help combat any flakiness that can often occur this time of year.  In case you didn’t get our point…get a different moisturizer.

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Exfoliate, Exfoliate…Did We Say Exfoliate?
Seriously though, since your skin is likely going through some adjustments now is the absolute perfect time to get serious about exfoliating your skin.  This doesn’t just mean the skin on your face, but your entire body (lips included).  Dry brushes and body scrubs are amazing to really help rejuvenate and refresh your skin as it’s been through a lot over the summer months.  It’s almost like a really great way to re-boost your skin to get it ready for the fall months ahead.

Adjust Your Skincare Products
Just like it’s suggested to change your moisturizer this time of year, it’s really a great time to re-evaluate all of your skin care products and adjust accordingly.  If your skin tends to get more dry this time of year, but is more oily in the summer, those are two completely different needs from skin care and you should use products according to your skin.  As you know (since we’ve talked about it), we’re big advocates of using skin care products that are formulated to suit your skin’s type and needs.  Otherwise, you’re just not getting the most out of your skin care products.  Creating a more personalized skin care routine is going to be a major life saver for your skin and really help rejuvenate as we make our way into the fall season.

Anytime the weather goes through a significant change your skin often goes along for the ride with it.  This is why the change of seasons is a great time to take a look at what skin care products you’re using and adjust them to suit your skin so you don’t have to deal with any skin issues that can cause you frustration.  Staying ahead of the game and keeping your skin in check before it gets out of hand can eliminate a lot of stress.

What are you going to do to rejuvenate your fall skin care routine?

Mallory Sills

Choosing the Right Face Mask

woman with face mask

Using a face mask on a regular basis is a highly suggested and emphasized skin care step by experts everywhere.  If you’ve been following our articles for a while, you know we’re all about face masks as well.  Face masks are great for so many different skincare concerns and can be incredibly beneficial to taking your skin to a new level.  Although you know that face masks can be incredibly beneficial to your skin care routine, you may be confused when it comes to actually choosing one.  We decided to break down a few tips to consider when choosing the right face mask for you.

Consider The Steps Involved
Since there are so many different mask options, that also means some masks involved different steps in order to use them properly.  Read the directions and decide whether or not the mask’s instructions are something that you’re comfortable with and really willing to do.  They often require different timing, and may even suggest you use them with certain products.  If the mask’s steps aren’t realistic for you and your lifestyle, odds are you’re not going to use it as often as you should and therefore you’re not going to get the best benefits from them.

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Determine Your Skin’s Type & Needs
Before you purchase any face mask, you need to make sure you’re looking at masks that are going to work WITH your skin type.  Just like any other skin care product, if you don’t use something that’s formulated for your skin type, it can have reverse effects on your skin.  In addition to considering your skin type, you’re going to want to think about what your skin needs from a mask, what are you looking to achieve from using a face mask exactly?  You need to first answer those questions before moving forward in choosing the right face mask for you.  There are literally face masks for pretty much any skin condition, so it’s really up to you and your skin to minimize the selection.  It can feel overwhelming when choosing a face mask because of all the options, figuring out these details will cut out a lot of options right away.

Research The Ingredients & Brand
When it comes to skin care there are so many different brands and ingredients, it can be incredibly overwhelming when it comes to actually choosing.  Make sure you’re using a brand that’s respected in the industry and doesn’t use any ingredients that you’re not confident in.  If you’re someone who feels strongly about using products that are natural, make sure the brand holds that same standard.  With so many options available, you’re sure to find something that fits with your standards and will give you the results you’re looking for in a face mask.

Of course, the great thing about a face mask is it isn’t a permanent thing – if you don’t love the face mask you purchase you can always purchase another one the next time.  Do your research, ask others for their experiences and you’re sure to find the perfect mask for you.

Mallory Sills

Steps to Clear Skin

woman touching face in mirror

Having clear skin is undoubtedly a goal for all of us.  Let’s face it, no one WANTS to deal with breakouts and acne.  It can be a little confusing at times to figure out what steps to actually take when it comes to achieving clear skin.  We’re all about eliminating the overwhelming and keeping things simple and real with you, so we have some of the best steps to clear skin that we’ve found to work wonders.

Get Your Cleansing Routine On Track
We know you’re already cleansing your skin daily (right?), but what many experts have continued to suggest is that many people are still making some mistakes when it comes to cleansing their skin.  The biggest problem is using the wrong cleanser for your skin type, this is crucial to achieving clear skin!  If you use a cleanser that’s not designed for your skin type, it can actually cause you to have reverse effects from using it.  In addition, don’t be so rough!  Cleansing your skin should be a gentle process, that means not using water that’s TOO hot and not putting too much pressure on your skin as you cleanse your skin.

Watch Your Makeup
Makeup and the makeup applicators you use can play a huge role in breakouts and your skin having some irritations.  It’s important that you make sure to use makeup products that aren’t going to clog your pores, and aren’t expired.  In addition, you’ve GOT to get into the habit of actually washing your makeup brushes.  We know, it doesn’t seem like it’s really ‘that’ big of a deal to NOT wash them but trust us.  Think about it this way, when you use your makeup brushes when you have a breakout that bacteria is getting into the brush, as you continue using that brush you continue spreading that bacteria all over your skin.  Do yourself a favor and make it a routine to wash your makeup brushes on a regular basis.

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Clean Up Your Habits
Odds are you’re not getting enough water on a daily basis, and might even be eating food that’s not doing your skin any favors.  If you fit into those categories, it’s time to get serious about cleaning them up.  Increasing your water intake and cleaning up your diet can really do wonders for achieving clear skin.  In addition, if you find you’re in the habit of picking and touching your skin a lot – STOP!  It’s honestly just a bad habit that can make your breakouts worse and even cause permanent scarring.  Keep your hands off, drink your water, and eat a well-balanced diet.  Seriously, your skin will be glowing!

Having clear skin really doesn’t have to be overly complicated.  Of course, all of this goes with the intention that you’re also using quality skincare products that are formulated to work with your skin’s type.  If you find you’re still struggling with getting clear skin, it could be worth talking to an expert about to see what further changes you need to make.

Mallory Sills

Look Good “Almost” Naked

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Ok, before you panic, no one’s saying you have to take a naked selfie Kim K style.  But we are saying we want you to feel more confident in the skin you’re in!  We get it, feeling confident and like you look good “almost” naked seems like it’s only reserved for the models and celebs of the world.  But the truth is, we ALL can and SHOULD be able to look and feel good “almost” naked.

Embrace Your Shape
Here’s the deal, we can all spend hours and hours (which we already have) focusing on what our bodies AREN’T but why not switch that mindset and focus on what they ARE?  If you really want to look good “almost” naked the first thing you have to do is really embrace and appreciate your own body shape.  That means no comparing yourself to anyone else, but truly taking a few moments to love the skin you’re in.  We can spend more time bringing ourselves down, or turn that into love and appreciation.  Really looking good comes down to feeling more confident in yourself.  Yes, we know it’s so much easier said than done, but even just acknowledging that the body you have is amazing is a step in the right direction.

Wear Things That Make You Feel Good
Ok, so since we’re talking “almost” naked here, we’re going to assume you’re going to be wearing SOMETHING.  Whatever you’re choosing to wear, even if it’s being fully clothed, experts suggest that wearing things that make YOU feel good is a major thing.  Think about it, when you put something on that makes you feel ‘blah’ you don’t feel good, therefore you’re not looking your best.  Also, understanding YOUR personal shape and choosing clothing items that flatter/enhance what you love most about your shape can be another major hurdle/help when it comes to looking good “almost” naked.  Focus less on ‘hiding’ and more on celebrating what it is you enjoy most about your body.  So whatever you choose to put on your body, make sure that it makes you feel great.  Skip anything that doesn’t hold up to that test, and you’re sure to look good and feel good.

Make Yourself A Priority
When it comes down to really looking good, you need to feel good they really go hand-in-hand.  Doing things for yourself plays a huge role in how you look and feel naked, almost naked, and even fully clothed.  This means making time for exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep and relaxation.  When we don’t take care of ourselves and leave ourselves off the list of priorities, we start to feel worse and worse about ourselves, and in turn we don’t like the way we look.  Make it a priority to make yourself a priority – we promise it will make a major difference.

These are merely just a few suggestions to get you started, of course, it’s a process to feel good and look good “almost” naked.  Now is your time to shine!

What do you find helps you look good “almost” naked?

Mallory Sills

Techniques That Reduce Stress

Most of us all struggle with dealing with stress in our lives.  We definitely live in a high-stress society that almost feels like we’re wrong if we’re NOT stressed out.  But the truth is, stress has a lot of negative effects on our bodies and health overall.  It’s incredibly important that we find ways to handle stress, so that we don’t reach a breaking point and suffer major consequences from NOT limiting our stress levels.  While we can’t change society, and the everyday stress that can come along with it, there are techniques that reduce stress that you can adapt into your daily life.

Make Time For YOU
When you live a busy life (as we all do) it can be difficult to feel like there’s any time at all for yourself, let alone time to relax.  But…you HAVE to make the time.  The thing is if we don’t make the time for ourselves, no one else is going to do it for us.  Make it a non-negotiable to make time that’s dedicated to YOU.  It doesn’t have to be hours upon hours every day, but you should do something for yourself on a daily basis.  Even if it’s going to the gym, or going on a walk – whatever it is that you enjoy and brings you a little relief to your life.  Figure out what you want to start doing for YOU, and determine ways to incorporate them into your daily life.  Schedule them if you need to, but make them a priority.

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Stay/Get Active
One of the best ways that experts have found to reduce stress is to exercise regularly.  Getting your body moving and stimulated physically has been found to help you take your mind off of the stressors in your life, and focus on something else for a bit.  That ‘escape’ allows you to disconnect and really do something that benefits your health, wellness, and bring stress levels down by quite a bit.

Eliminate What You Can
The truth is, there are some areas of our lives that bring us stress that we can eliminate if we wanted.  If you’re experiencing a lot of stress in your life, it’s time to realize what brings you unnecessary stress and find a way to either distance yourself or eliminate them as much as you can.  Maybe it just means spending less time with certain people.  The point is, you know where your stressors are coming from and there’s no problem with figuring out ways to distance yourself from the things that aren’t bringing you positivity.

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Get Into A Healthy Habit/Routine
Most of us have a tendency of getting into some bad habits and routines (or lack of), it’s been found that when we incorporate more structure or routine into our lives (especially in the morning and evening) we’re able to feel more organized and less stressed.  In addition, when we’re stressed we often want to go to things like sugars, caffeine and other food groups that don’t necessarily do us any favors.  Instead of going for the junk food right away, resist the urge and instead focus on maintaining a healthy well-balanced diet.  You’ll feel better, your body will love you for it and you’ll have so much more energy.

What techniques do you use to reduce stress?