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Smart summer skin care

Get back to basics with warm weather skin care tips.

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If you’ve ever noticed how thirsty you get when it’s hot outside, that’s because your body’s natural water content evaporates more quickly in warm weather. It’s not just your mouth that gets parched, however; your entire body, including your skin, can feel the impact of climbing temperatures.

Although it’s often overlooked, skin is an essential organ that needs special attention and care. After all, not only does your skin tell the true story of your health and age, it provides a protective barrier to the rest of your body.

Keeping your skin supple, soft and well-hydrated helps ensure it doesn’t dry and crack, which is just as possible during the warm summer months as winter. Use these tips to create a healthy summer skin care regimen.

Use proper sunscreen. The sun can dry out and damage your skin quickly even on an overcast day, and more so if you’re near water, where reflections can magnify its intensity. Protect your skin from burning and drying out by using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 any time you venture outdoors. Also remember to check the sunscreen’s expiration date to ensure you’re actually being protected.

Moisturize often. Make moisture part of your daily routine, not just when you get out of the shower, but throughout the day.

Shorten bathtub and shower time. It may seem contradictory that spending more time in the tub or shower strips your skin of moisture, but prolonged heat does exactly that. Keep your bathing time brief to minimize the chance of dehydration.

“Although a long, hot shower or a nice soak in a tub is very relaxing, hot water can really dry out your skin,” said board-certified dermatologist and Medline Remedy consultant Dr. Jeanine Downie. “Damp skin helps hydration from your moisturizer lock in, so the best time to apply moisturizer is not when your skin feels the driest but rather after a bath or shower. Be sure to apply a thick coat of lotion immediately after getting out while skin is still wet to help keep skin soft and supple.”

Exfoliate. Take time to regularly exfoliate, which removes dead skin cells and makes it easier for moisturizer to penetrate and reveal healthy-looking skin. Be sure to exfoliate gently and adjust your exfoliation schedule to your skin’s unique needs so you don’t irritate it.

Hydrate frequently. Applying lotion is an external strategy for maintaining your skin’s natural barrier, but you can also keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. When you’re dehydrated, the body pulls water from any source it can, including your skin. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least 8-11 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and keeping a bottle of water on-hand at all times can provide easy, on-the-go hydration.

Consume hydrating foods. Similar to upping your water intake, you can increase your body’s overall water content by eating the right kinds of foods. Many types of produce have a high percentage of water, like berries, melon, cucumbers and zucchini.

6 Causes of Dry Skin

Everyday activities, including some that are intended to improve your overall health, can have a big impact on the condition of your skin.

Bathing too often. A nice hot shower or soak in the tub may be a great way to relax and chase away aches and pains, but that heat strips away your body’s natural moisture. Avoid excess bathing, shorten your showers and aim for more moderate temperatures to reduce the impact on your skin.

Too much chlorine. It’s essential to keep pools safe and clean, but chlorine is a harsh chemical that can be damaging to your skin, hair and eyes. To minimize the impact, take a brief shower as soon as possible after leaving the pool to rinse away chemicals, and apply lotion while skin is still damp for maximum absorption.

Washing your hands frequently. Thorough handwashing is important to keep germs and illnesses at bay, but all that washing can wreak havoc on your skin. If possible, choose a soap that has moisturizing ingredients along with the anti-bacterial agents. Follow up each wash with a layer of lotion to seal in moisture.

“While touching something that you’re allergic to such as chemicals or latex gloves can lead to dry, cracked hands, more often the culprit is handwashing,” Downie said. “In fact, there are several professions where frequent handwashing is associated with the job. In that case, it is best to carry around moisturizer or keep a jar of it next to the sink so that applying lotion after washing your hands becomes second nature.”

Excess hand sanitizer. It may be convenient when you’re not near a sink, but the most effective hand-sanitizers contain more than 65% alcohol, and alcohol is extremely drying. If possible, supplement usage with a sanitizing lotion.

Air conditioning exposure. The cooling relief of an air conditioner may help reduce the natural evaporation that occurs when you’re hot and sweaty, but it also makes the indoor air drier, which pulls moisture from your skin that you probably don’t even notice. It’s easier to maintain moisture in skin before it’s dry and scaly, so use a regular moisturizer as a preventive measure and maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier to moisture loss.

Soaking up the sun. While many people think of sun-kissed skin as a healthy glow, the opposite is actually true. A tan is a clear sign of skin damage, and the darker the tan, the greater the damage. Use appropriate sunscreen when you’ll be outdoors, and when you come inside, use moisturizers designed to reduce chances of irritation of sensitive skin from fragrances or dyes.

More skin care tips from Remedy Dermatology Series Moisturizing Lotion.

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Introducing Emirates’ Business Class loungewear

Emirates’ Business Class loungewear is composed of a super soft premium modal material, which customers find lightweight and breathable.

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 Emirates Business Class customers will now be able to enjoy a complimentary inflight loungewear set which includes a relaxed cowl neck top and drawstring pants, comfortable slippers, and a matching eye mask. The luxurious loungewear is designed to be the ideal ‘flight fit’ – perfect for sleeping in, but also suitable to wear for a social drink at the A380 onboard lounge, or as a casual outfit that takes you from aircraft to arrivals in style.

Emirates’ Business Class loungewear is composed of a super soft premium modal material, which customers find lightweight and breathable. Designed to reflect contemporary athleisure trends, the cozy fabric is in a relaxing shade of light blue, available in two sizes. The botanic fibers and jersey knit style means the loungewear has an elegant drape that flatters various body types, ensuring soft and stretchy comfort above the clouds. Presented in a complementary drawstring pouch, each set contains an adjustable loungewear top and pants, a pair of warm slippers and an eye mask.

Emirates Business Class customers will be offered the loungewear set upon boarding so they can change at their leisure and maximize comfort for the full duration of the flight. On flights of 9 hours or more, Business Class customers will receive the full set with loungewear top and pants, slippers and eye mask, while on flights that have a duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes, customers will receive complimentary slippers and eye mask sets.

The launch of Business Class Loungewear forms part of Emirates’ ongoing investment into elevating customer experience, ensuring customers in all classes ‘fly better’. Recent investments have included a huge retrofit project of 120 aircraft with upgraded cabin interiors, creative new menus and new high-quality ingredients, exclusive champagne partnerships, a new hospitality program for Emirates cabin crew, live TV onboard amidst a vast library of inflight entertainment, complimentary Wi-Fi attainable for all customers, luxurious amenity kits and a world-class wine list.

The multimillion-dollar investment into Business Class loungewear has been in development for more than a year, designed in-house by the Emirates team to be best-in-class for comfort, style and reusability. During the trial period on routes to and from New York and Boston, customers shared highly positive feedback on the loungewear, with sets being taken home by customers to be worn again.

Experience true inflight comfort with Emirates Business Class

When you fly Emirates Business Class, your journey becomes as exciting and memorable as your destination. Choose from a curated selection of regionally inspired gourmet dishes and enjoy the different flavors of the world, and then immerse yourself in Emirates’ award-winning entertainment with more than 6,500 channels of on-demand content for you to explore.

Pamper yourself and stay refreshed with the complimentary travel amenity kit featuring Bulgari products and comfort essentials including a dental kit, double mirror, deodorant, tissues, and a foldaway hairbrush. Relax and unwind in your seat which seamlessly reclines into a fully flat bed with a soft, comfy mattress and a cozy blanket for a good night’s sleep.

With Emirates Business Class, you also get exclusive access to Emirates chauffeur drive service for a seamless, door-to-door experience to and from the airport, available in over 70 cities worldwide. You’ll also get access to Emirates’ Business Class Lounge which offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a well-equipped Business Center, and an array of gourmet dining options and exclusive beverages, allowing you to ease into the next step of your journey.

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8 Essential skincare routines

When it comes to achieving healthier skin, it’s all about making smart, sustainable changes. Here are some of my top tips to help you kickstart your 2024 skincare routines.

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By Hannah Morse, RN

There’s a strong link between skin health and how we feel about ourselves. Improving our skin can significantly boost our self-esteem. However, achieving healthier, more radiant skin is not an instant process – it’s a fulfilling journey.

8 Essential Skincare Routines

When it comes to achieving healthier skin, it’s all about making smart, sustainable changes. Here are some of my top tips to help you kickstart your 2024 skincare routines:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is one of the simplest yet most effective steps to healthier skin. Aim for at least eight glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed.
    Pro Tip: Personally, I always carry a Stanley Cup with me, consistently refilling it throughout the day. It has become such an essential accessory for me that my friends have even created custom “Nash Injections” name tags for the lid.
  2. Maintain a Balanced Diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help your skin glow from the inside out.
    For glowing skin, Sarah Sawyer, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, recommends an anti-inflammatory diet, similar to the Mediterranean Diet plan, that prioritizes whole, plant-based foods alongside lean protein and healthy fats.
  3. Sun Protection: 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun. Do not underestimate the power of a good sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30 every day, come rain or shine. It’s an absolute non-negotiable for safeguarding your skin from damaging UV rays.
  4. Regular Exfoliation: Exfoliating once or twice a week can be a game-changer, unveiling brighter and smoother skin by removing dead cells that mask the natural glow of your skin.
  5. Daily Moisturization: Keep your skin’s moisture levels in check by moisturizing every morning and evening. This helps maintain the essential skin barrier while preventing over-drying and irritation.
  6. Choose Skin-Friendly Products: Your skin is unique and deserves specially tailored care. Opt for products without harsh chemicals that are suited for your skin type. Learn about your skin type to make smart skin care product choices.
  7. Regular Facials: Elevate your skincare routine to the next level by integrating professional treatments such as facials or chemical peels. This approach ensures not only routine care but also addresses specific skin issues with targeted precision, promoting optimal skin health and radiance.
  8. Remember, Consistency is Key: The most crucial aspect of any skincare journey is consistency. A regular skincare routine, no matter how simple, can lead to significant improvements in skin health with time.

Scientific studies have even shown that routine skincare rituals can lower your stress levels. One study conducted by Rodan + Fields’ founders, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, revealed an 83% decrease in cortisol levels (stress hormone) among participants with consistent skincare routines. 76% of participants reported feeling more confident taking selfies – many even reported feeling confident in wearing less makeup saying their “skin looks as good as it feels.”

Incorporating Medical Spa Treatments

While at-home care is an essential part of any skincare routine, adding professional treatments into the mix can truly take your skin to the next level. Medspa treatments, administered by licensed and trained professionals, can offer a range of benefits, from reducing fine lines and wrinkles to improving skin texture and tone.

Botox

Botox, also known as Botulinum toxin, is a non-surgical procedure that has gained immense popularity due to its relative ease and noticeable impact. It’s a great option to consider if you’re looking to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which naturally occur as we embrace the passing years. Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it’s injected, causing temporary muscle paralysis that softens existing wrinkles and prevents the formation of new ones.

  • Rapid Results: When it comes to Botox, you don’t have to play the waiting game. It is quick and easy, with visible effects just 24 to 48 hours after the procedure.
  • Minimal Downtime: Unlike more invasive procedures, Botox requires minimal recovery time. You can literally get a Botox treatment during lunch and return to work immediately after.
  • Customizable to Your Needs: Depending on the areas you want to treat, you can adjust the amount of Botox units used, giving you complete control over the results.
  • Preventative Measures: Regular Botox treatments can actually help train your muscles to move less over time, which can prevent the creation of new wrinkles.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, also known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers,” are substances designed to be injected beneath the surface of the skin to add volume and fullness.

  • Immediate Results: Upon injection, you’ll notice a significant improvement in the fullness of the treated areas.
  • Non-Invasive: For those not ready for surgical procedures, dermal fillers are an excellent choice. Filler injection treatments are quick, in-office procedures that require no surgical incisions or lengthy recovery periods.
  • Tailored to Your Needs: Dermal fillers can be used to address a range of concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to enhancing facial contours and improving symmetry.
  • Prolonged Effect: Depending on the specific product used, results from dermal fillers can last anywhere from six months to over a year, making them a cost-effective treatment option in your skincare routine.

Microneedling

Microneedling, also known as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that triggers the increased production of collagen and elastin, the key building blocks of supple, youthful skin. It’s primarily used for making your skin smoother, firmer, and more toned; an answer for those seeking a natural, radiant glow.

  • Reduces Acne Scars and Stretch Marks: Microneedling is proven to diminish the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks. By promoting collagen growth, it helps your skin to heal and reduce these marks over time.
  • Improves Skin Texture and Tone: Say goodbye to dull, tired-looking skin. Microneedling can help you achieve a smoother and more balanced skin texture and tone.
  • Increases Product Absorption: The tiny channels created by microneedling allow for better absorption of skincare products. Therefore, your favorite serums and moisturizers become more effective.
  • Minimizes Pore Size: By inducing collagen in and around your pores, microneedling can give your pores a tighter, more youthful appearance.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels are treatments that use a solution to “peel” away the old skin, revealing a fresh, glowing layer underneath. This helps reduce discoloration, improve skin texture, and reduce signs of sun damage or aging. Additionally, these types of peels promote healthy skin growth at a cellular level.

Medical-Grade Skin Care

Medical-grade skincare products offer several benefits due to their advanced formulations, quality ingredients, and targeted approach to addressing specific skin concerns.

Here are some key benefits of incorporating medical-grade skincare into your routine:

  • Higher Concentrations of Active Ingredients: Medical-grade skincare products often contain higher concentrations of active ingredients compared to over-the-counter products. This allows for more potent and effective results.
  • Scientifically Formulated: These products are developed based on scientific research and clinical studies, ensuring that the formulations are backed by evidence and designed to deliver specific outcomes.
  • Professional Guidance: Medical-grade skincare products are typically recommended or prescribed by skincare professionals, such as dermatologists or aestheticians. This ensures that you receive personalized advice on product selection based on your skin type and concerns.
  • Targeted Treatment for Specific Concerns: These products are designed to address specific skin issues such as aging, hyperpigmentation, acne, and more. They often contain a combination of ingredients that work synergistically to target multiple aspects of a particular concern.
  • Comprehensive Skincare Systems: Some medical-grade skincare lines offer comprehensive systems that include multiple products designed to work synergistically. These systems may include cleansers, toners, serums, moisturizers, and sunscreens, providing a complete skincare routine.
  • Long-Term Skin Health: Regular use of medical-grade skincare can contribute to long-term skin health by addressing concerns at the root and promoting overall skin wellness. This can result in a more radiant, youthful complexion over time.

Your skin is one-of-a-kind, and it deserves a customized skincare routine tailored to its specific needs. Consult with an expert to discover the ideal skincare protocol designed just for you.

Make 2024 the Year of Transformation

Remember, the journey to beautiful and healthy skin is yours and exclusively yours. It’s unique, just like you. Let 2024 be the year of revelation, the year where you discover the true potential of your skin and the immense boost of confidence that comes along with it.

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Blackbough joins forces with Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Blackbough pledges to donate 100% net proceeds from Kyoto Pink Collection for breast cancer awareness.

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Global swimwear brand Blackbough, has recently taken an important step in the fight against breast cancer, the most common form of cancer with over 2.26 million new cases recorded worldwide in 2020.

In the Philippines, breast cancer is the leading type of cancer, affecting women of all ages. In 2020 alone, 27,163 new breast cancer cases were recorded in the country, resulting in the tragic loss of 9,926 Filipino women, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

In a collaboration to raise awareness about breast cancer, Blackbough has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and finding a cure for breast cancer.

Blackbough has pledged to donate 100% of net proceeds from its Kyoto Pink Collection to BCRF for the remainder of the year 2023. With each purchase from the Blackbough Kyoto Pink Collection, customers are not only choosing a stylish bikini, but are also actively participating in the global effort to raise awareness about breast cancer.

The Kyoto Pink Collection features essential bikini wardrobe staples in a vibrant shade of hot pink. The collection includes the timeless appeal of classic triangle tops, scoop neck tops, and sophisticated underwire bikini tops. When it comes to bottoms, the collection hosts an array of flattering cuts from cheeky, medium coverage, and high-waisted options. Each piece in the Kyoto Pink Collection is designed to embody style and versatility, ensuring you find the fit that suits you best, based on how much you want to flaunt.

Every purchase from the Blackbough Kyoto Pink Collection comes with a complimentary pink breast cancer pin and an information card, which serves as a token of gratitude and a source of information about the beneficiary. By purchasing bikinis from the Blackbough Kyoto Pink Collection, customers are directly contributing to BCRF’s mission to advance breast cancer research. 

Established in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder, BCRF has amassed over a billion dollars to drive its mission of eradicating breast cancer.  Through a unique and streamlined grants program, the foundation identifies the brightest minds in the fields of science and medicine and provides them with the necessary resources to pursue their groundbreaking ideas. This enables researchers to make discoveries and design new approaches to tackle every facet of breast cancer in short timeframes.

The foundation provides essential funding for cancer research on a global scale to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis, and survivorship. As the top-rated breast cancer research organization in the United States, it is supported by brands including Ulta Beauty, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, and others.

Blackbough celebrates diverse body types and backgrounds and hopes to inspire confidence in everyone. Blackbough stands in solidarity with those affected by breast cancer, recognizing the strength and resilience of those currently facing the disease. The company is dedicated to establishing a safe and supportive environment where everyone can join in the fight against breast cancer.

Join Blackbough in spreading awareness, nurturing hope, and making a real difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Visit https://blackboughswim.com/en-ph/collections/the-kyoto-pink-collection to check out the Kyoto Pink Collection and discover the perfect bikini for a good cause.

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