Monday, September 17, 2012

Skin Spots

Happy Monday readers! Since The Makeup Examiner began writing the “Manic Makeup Monday” series, just last week, emails have been pouring in from all around the globe with questions about skin care, makeup and products. And as I stated last week, no worries my lovelies, The Makeup Examiner will continue to personally answer your emails.

Before The Makeup Examiner answers this Manic Makeup Monday question, I need to address two topics. Readers have asked if their email is going to be published with their name or without their consent. The answer is no. The other topic that The Makeup Examiner needs to address is products. Many of your questions have been about specific cosmetic products and tools. If The Makeup Examiner has not previously or does not currently use a specific product or tool, I cannot speak to it. Okay, my lovelies enough blah. Are you ready for this Manic Makeup Monday’s question? Drum roll …

This Makeup Monday question comes from Anika D. of Red Bluff, California, USA. Anika asks: “I noticed a brown spot on my cheek. I’m only 22, is this an age spot and how can I get rid of it or cover it up?”

No matter your age, a skin discoloration is reason to go see a dermatologist. As for the likelihood of skin discoloration being an age spot, although they occur most often on areas that have had the greatest sun exposure, such as hands and face, age spots are not common in people under 40. You can cover up the skin discoloration the same way in which you would any blemish and The Makeup Examiner is going to point all of you to the article, “Tips for a fresh, flawless face,” for specifics. As for getting rid of the discoloration, you need to visit your dermatologist to find out specifically what the discoloration is. Anika’s question reminds The Makeup Examiner that it’s time to remind readers about fall/winter skin care.

Just as you change you hair and makeup color palettes for the cooler seasons, you too need a change up in your skin care regime. Now that summer is over we may not be showing as much skin, but we still need to protect it. So here are a few tips to keep your skin protected during the fall and winter months!

Moisturize. Keeping the moisture level up in your skin is important all year-round, but it’s an absolute necessity when the dry, cold air of winter arrives. Opt for moisturizer that protects your skin from the dry air and you still need to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays so no less than SPF 15. Don’t forget lip balm with skin-protecting agents too.

Bundle up. The best way to avoid dry, cracked skin is to put a barrier between the cold air and your skin. Wearing gloves will keep your hands warm and help prevent dry, cracked skin, which is super common in the colder months. Don’t for get to cover the sensitive skin on your ears and neck with a hat and a scarf.

Nourish your skin. Do this from the inside by drinking lots of water, eating green leafy veggies and fruits that are high in antioxidants. Essential fatty acids also provide your skin with a lot of the raw materials that it needs to stay healthy and repair damage, so you can opt to add flax or hemp seed oil to your diet.

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