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If you’re like most people, you pay more attention to skincare for your face than you do body skincare.

We show our faces to the world every day, so it’s natural to be more concerned about how our skin appears there.

Our body skin is often under wraps under our clothes. Out of sight, out of mind so to speak!

As the weather warms up and we choose more skin-baring fashions, we start to think about our body skin again. Here at CV Skinlabs, we recommend keeping the body’s skin in mind all year round. That’s because the skin is the largest body organ and if most of it is unhealthy, it’s going to affect your overall health.

This becomes more and more apparent with age. As we noted in last week’s post, aging skin can become problematic in our later years.

Let’s examine the reasons why body skincare is just as important (if not more so) as face skincare, and then we’ll give you a few tips to start taking better care of your body skin today.

Why Is Body Skincare Important?

The face is not the only area that is vulnerable to skin issues like cancer, age spots, acne, rosacea, eczema, dry patches, and more. All of these can develop on the body’s skin, too.

For this reason alone, it’s a good idea to regularly moisturize and care for the body’s skin. But it goes beyond that.

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and scientists are learning more every day about how the health of the body’s skin affects overall health. Certain skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema can put you at a higher risk for heart disease, for example.

If you have inflammation in the skin—a common condition—it not only accelerates skin aging but can also increase total body inflammation. Inflammation overload is linked to many of today’s most difficult diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

Poor care of the body’s skin can cause problems down the road including dryness, itching, redness, and a breakdown of the outer skin barrier, which can lead to difficult and painful skin infections.

Preventing these sorts of issues as we age is a lot easier than trying to cure a skincare problem later on.

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7 Tips for Better Body Skincare

Just as you may brush your teeth twice a day and eat a healthy diet, taking regular care of the skin all over your body contributes to better health habits in general.

1. Cleanse

Whether you shower or bathe, cleansing your skin is always the first step in body skincare. Depending on your skin type (oily or dry), choose a clarifying or moisturizing body wash and apply it with a loofah or washcloth. Gentle scrubbing can help exfoliate dead skin cells and allow younger ones to emerge from underneath.

Body Skincare Tip 2. Exfoliate

Though cleansing helps slough off some of the dead skin cells, it doesn’t get them all. You’ll notice smoother and more radiant skin if you exfoliate a couple of times a week. Use a skin brush before you step into the shower or bath, and/or choose a body scrub that will help renew your skin.

When choosing your body scrub, be sure to avoid those with harsh nuts and microbeads. These can cause microtears in the skin that increase your risk of inflammation, infections, and breakouts.

Choose a gentle body scrub that contains exfoliating ingredients along with moisturizers and always apply it to clean, wet skin.

3. Moisturize

This is the most important step in body skincare and one many people neglect. Your body’s skin needs moisture as much or more than the skin on your face. Particularly as you age, the skin on the body can begin to struggle to hold onto moisture and may need it more often throughout the day.

Choose a product with real, nourishing ingredients (like our CV Skinlabs Body Repair Lotion) and then apply directly after you emerge from the bath or shower. Your skin will still be a little moist, which will help it hold onto the lotion.

If your skin is looking/feeling dry, step up your moisturizer application to twice a day.

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Body Skincare Tip 4. Shave with Care

If you’re shaving your skin, it’s important to do it the right way. Otherwise, you could end up with redness, inflammation, and irritation that’s not good for your skin.

Follow these tips for a healthy, skin-sparing shave:

  • Shower first. The water will soften your skin.
  • Apply shaving cream. Don’t skip this step or substitute soap. Shaving cream is formulated to properly protect your skin.
  • Take it slow. Moving the razor too fast can result in cuts.
  • Move the razor with the grain to reduce irritation.
  • Apply our Rescue + Relief Spray afterward to help soothe the skin and reduce the risk of inflammation.

5. Protect Your Skin

Whenever you expose your skin to the elements, it’s important to protect it. In the winter, your clothes do the job, but as the weather warms up, don’t forget to apply sunscreen.

Critical areas include the tips of your ears, neck and decolletage, forearms, and hands. If your stomach, legs, or feet are exposed, protect them too. If you don’t easily burn, you can go for a few minutes in the sun to get your vitamin D, but keep your sunscreen with you to apply for those longer exposure times.

Have you incorporated body skincare into your daily routine?

 

Featured photo by Andrea Piacquadio.

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How do you reduce stress over the holidays?

There are a lot of options, but here’s one you may not have thought of: start a daily gratitude practice.

Many Americans Want to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Several surveys show how much stress Americans suffer over the holiday season. A 2021 poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) showed that Americans are five times more likely to say their level of stress increases rather than decreases during the holidays.

Top concerns included:

  • finding and affording gifts
  • worries about having to work long hours over the holiday season
  • concern about getting sick (particularly with COVID-19 in 2021
  • anxiety over family gatherings

Another 2021 survey from health marketplace Sesame found similar results—three in five also said their mental health was negatively impacted by the holidays, with 60 percent reporting increased anxiety and 52 percent reporting increased depression.

Reduce Stress During the Holidays: Typical Coping Mechanisms

You’ve likely heard about some of the common recommendations for dealing with holiday stress. They include:

  • Be realistic: Don’t expect the holidays to be perfect. Try to be flexible and manage your expectations so that you can enjoy yourself no matter what happens.
  • Take care of yourself: Don’t neglect yourself during this busy time. Try to stick with your exercise routine and continue to eat a healthy diet the majority of the time. Go to bed and get up at the same time as well so you can get your 7-8 hours of sleep.
  • Say no: Stress often results from making too many holiday commitments. Be very particular about those you agree to, and don’t be afraid to say “no” to the rest.
  • Set a budget: Financial stresses are real during the holidays. Set a budget and stick to it. Consider handmade or second-hand gifts where they may be appreciated or appropriate.
  • Create relaxing surroundings: Use calming music, candles, lights, open windows, and aromatherapy to create a calm, relaxing atmosphere in your home and workplace.

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Reduce Stress During the Holidays: Try Gratitude

Another good way to cope with holiday stress is to start a daily gratitude practice.

According to research, participants who practice gratitude experience reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. They also tend to have stronger heart function and to be more resilient to emotional setbacks and negative experiences.

Research also shows that gratitude reduces toxic emotions like anger and irritation. It helps us to sleep better because it tames those racing thoughts we often have before bed. It can even strengthen the immune system, which can help us stay well over the holiday season.

Some research connects gratitude with a higher volume of grey matter in the brain—in other words, it may make you smarter!

Gratitude Can Even Benefit Your Skin!

The studies we’ve been particularly excited about are those that show gratitude can help improve the condition of your skin.

In a 2021 study, scientists found that feelings of thankfulness may reduce inflammation, which is a key factor in creating skin problems like dryness, acne, eczema and rosacea flare-ups, and dullness.

Gratitude reduces stress too, and we know there is a direct relationship between stress and the onset of aggravation of many skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis. It also helps you sleep better, which helps improve skin repair.

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Gratitude Exercises to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

If you want an effective way to cope with stress this holiday, incorporating a gratitude practice in your routine may be one of the best things you can do. If you’re not sure how to get started, try these exercises.

Start a Gratitude List or Journal

Every morning, evening, or whenever you can carve out 5-10 minutes, write a list of the top five things you’re grateful for that day. It could be as simple as “being alive,” “having enough food to eat,” or “having a nice place to live.”

As an alternative, take 5-10 minutes to journal about those things you are grateful for. Maybe your daughter hugged you that day, or you got a pat on the back at work. Remember to be thankful for the simple things.

Create a Gratitude Jar

This is a good way to get the entire family involved in a gratitude practice. Have everyone write down one thing they’re grateful for each day and then drop the paper in a gratitude jar.

Then gather over a meal or at the end of the day and pull the papers out of the jar. They are likely to spark positive conversations that help you all to relieve some stress.

Find a Gratitude Rock

This is all about reminding yourself to be grateful throughout the day. Find a rock or stone that you like—one that speaks to your personality somehow. Then keep it with you throughout the holidays. You can even make it into a piece of jewelry if you like.

Every time you clutch it in your hand or see it on your desk or table, pause to think about at least one thing you’re grateful for. It can be as simple as the sun shining down on you at that moment.

Use a White Board

This is another good family activity. Put a whiteboard up in your home somewhere everyone can see it. Then every day, write one of the following prompts (and any others you can create yourself) at the top of the board, and encourage family members to respond.

  • I’m grateful for these three things I hear:
  • I’m grateful for these three blue things:
  • I’m grateful for these three friends:
  • I’m grateful for these family members:
  • I’m grateful for these three things in my home:
  • I’m grateful for these three books:

Write a Letter or Email

This can be a very powerful gratitude exercise. Write a letter or email to someone you’re grateful to have in your life. Explain why you are grateful for them and thank them for who they are. Then mail or send the letter. This activity was found in studies to enhance levels of life satisfaction and happiness.

Be Grateful for Yourself!

We are often our own worst critics. You can boost your self esteem and energy by taking a moment to write down those things you appreciate about yourself. It may feel strange at first, but give it a try.

All you have to do is along with your regular gratitude list, write down at least two things that you appreciate about yourself. Maybe you are glad that you are a hard-working person, or that you have a big heart. Maybe you are grateful that you were patient with your child today, or that you pushed yourself to exercise when you didn’t really feel like it.

We Are Grateful for You!

As part of this post, we want to express our gratitude for you, our customers! Many of you have shared your stories of how our products have helped heal, repair, and restore radiance to your skin.

Please know that we appreciate your support. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

How do you cope with holiday stress?

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The pandemic lockdowns saw people taking a turn away from being so obsessed and focused on their looks. For some, pants were traded in for PJ’s or sweats, and bothering with the everyday routines and requirements to fit into a beauty consumed society was unnecessary. Our dogs didn’t care if we shaved our legs or not so long as they got to sleep with us on the couch. Everyone is looking for a simple and lasting solution now that lockdown is over, and that’s where dermal fillers shine.

As the pandemic gets closer to being under control, people are heading back to the workplace. Simultaneously, people have started to realize the stress of the last year and a half has taken a toll on their appearance. As unfortunate as it is, stress is one of the leading factors for wrinkles, especially those that appear on the face.

Now that everyone heads back to the office, they don’t want to give up their enjoyment from all the extra time. Of course, they like skipping those daily skincare routines and time-consuming makeup rituals, but they still want all the advantages.

As a result, there is a growing demand for easily accessible in-office treatments that offer results that last. Everyone wants all the benefits without spending precious moments out of the day with lotions and creams. That’s where treatments like fillers come in.

Dermal Fillers History And Advancements

Dermal fillers aren’t as well-known as other wrinkle-fighting procedures like Botox. Still, they are rapidly gaining traction in the cosmetic procedurally industry. Especially considering there are new advancements in the types of fillers available. So, while the world was stuck in lockdown, developments were happening behind the scenes in the aesthetic treatment industry, including things like the FDA clearance of new therapies.

Derma fillers have been around for quite a while, beginning in the eighties. Bovine collagen is the first to have been FDA-approved for cosmetic injection. However, the industry has come a long way since then.

At the beginning of the 2000s, the FDA approved Hyaluronic Acid as a cosmetic filler. It was a significant advancement in the industry and led to other synthetic fillers being developed.

In the beginning, offices primarily used fillers to offer plump-pouty lips and fill-in lines on the face. However, as we go on, doctors are still advancing the techniques they use with hyaluronic acid. For example, in 2020, doctors in South Korea began using fillers to sculpt the face with a more subtle style, rounding foreheads and highlighting the cheeks.

Another advanced method for using hyaluronic acid is by flooding the skin with multiple injections to create a glowing, hydrated look. Because this acid is something, we make naturally but lose as we age, injecting it can help the skin become more elastic and increase collagen production. In addition, these types of injections hydrate the skin.

Little To No Downtime Is A Must

Many people seek out these treatments because they don’t want to waste time on daily beauty regimes. So, it’s not surprising that they are looking for cosmetic procedures that offer little or, better yet, no downtime.

Derma-fillers fit the bill. There is no downtime at all; you can resume normal activities directly after you have your injections. Generally, these procedures are minimal when it comes to pain. However, after, there may be some noticeable swelling and even a small amount of tenderness, especially right around the injection sites.

Don’t schedule your injections right before a photoshoot or significant event. Still, it’s nothing you’re going to need to hide inside the house over either.

Dermal Fillers Booming Market

The dermal filler market shows a compound annual growth rate of 10.8 percent from now into 2028. Increased demand for minimally invasive procedures is helping to fuel the growth. Another factor pushing the market upwards is investments made in research and development within the industry.

RHA fillers, for example, are the first considerable advancement in about a decade in the dermal fillers market and will likely help add to the growth in the overall market.

Understanding Different Dermal Filler Procedures And Products

There are numerous brands and types of dermal fillers on the market. Understanding the difference between them and which one is best for what procedure is a big task. Dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, or other trained professionals in the cosmetic procedural industry are the best source of information regarding the correct type of filler for a specific procedure.

Dermatologists use different fillers for distinct types of procedures. So, it’s more important to know the type of procedure you want. For example, some fillers help smooth out wrinkles and fight against the predominant signs of aging. As a result, they provide an overall fuller and more youthful look to the skin. In addition, they can help give a more vibrant glow by deeply hydrating facial skin, leaving it looking dewy and young.

Doctors often use firmer structural dermal fillers to add volume and contours to the face giving it a more defined shape. These fillers can even be injected into other areas of the body.

Lip fillers are also still a hugely popular option, as the big pouty lip look doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. However, that’s not the only type of lip filler there is. Lip fillers can offer a softer and more smooth appearance simply designed to revitalize the lost fullness of the lips that happens as we age.

The most important thing you can express to your provider is the results you desire. Because they know the products and techniques far better than anyone else, knowing your goal will help them guide you to the right product. For example, suppose you are going for the over-filled pouty lips. In that case, you want to ensure you tell the dermatologist that upfront, otherwise you may end up severely disappointed in your results. Often this look is achieved over multiple sessions and injections.

Regardless of which type of procedure you are considering, make sure you schedule a consultation with your selected provider. These professionals are the ones that are going to be able to help you make the most informed and successful decision regarding your cosmetic procedures. They want to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

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How to Improve Your Daily Beauty Routine

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The start of a new year is the perfect time to re-evaluate things— your job, your diet, and even your daily beauty routine. We find this process of reflection and goal-setting (making resolutions, if you will) helpful when trying to maintain a healthy, balanced life.

Balance is important to us because we believe it is the foundation of wellness. Some people define wellness as eating right or being fit, but we believe it’s more than that. It’s about living a well-rounded life full of healthy activities, loving friends and family, and enjoying the little things like eating a piece of chocolate (or pizza) every now and then. This is also the approach we take to ensure we have a healthy daily beauty routine.

Feed, Fortify, and Finish your Daily Beauty Routine

A healthy skincare and beauty routine should not be a burden. It shouldn’t restrict you from wearing the makeup looks you love, but it should be balanced. If one of your resolutions for the next year, month or week is to improve your beauty routine, we would like to introduce you to our Feed, Fortify, Finish approach to skincare and makeup. The overall idea is that healthy skin is achieved from the inside and out, and your daily beauty routine should reflect this. Watch the video below to learn more about Feed, Fortify, Finish from Jane.

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