Bad Habits that Harm Your Skin

While you may try to take the utmost care of your skin, there are many habits that people have that actually cause much more harm than is realized. From falling asleep with your makeup still on to taking steamy hot showers, these bad habits should all be stopped as soon as possible if you want to maintain a healthy and clear complexion.

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Hot Showers
Hot, steamy showers are especially tempting during the colder, winter months, but they are something that should be avoided throughout the year. The skin on the face is extremely delicate, and while the hot water may feel soothing on the rest of your body, the high temperatures weaken the capillaries on the face. This then causes redness, as well as dry skin and dehydration, making a cool shower a much wiser option.

Unclean Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes end up accumulating a lot of bacteria, and, if you do not clean them before using them, you will only be spreading this bacteria onto your face, which would significantly increase your chances of an acne breakout. There are many makeup brush cleaners that will do the job fantastically, or you could even wash your brushes with a gentle shampoo once a week, ensuring that they do not transfer any impurities to your skin.

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Sleeping with Makeup On
After a long and stressful day, it is all too easy to fall into bed in the evenings, forgetting to remove your makeup and cleanse your skin. While this may not seem like such a big deal if it only happens irregularly, even just one night of sleeping in your makeup can be extremely detrimental to your skin. Not only does this clog your pores, resulting in increased oil production, but it also dehydrates the skin, while pushing any makeup residue deep into your skin’s layers. As you age, and your collagen production naturally slows down, your pores will not be able to snap back into shape as easily after being enlarged by the impurities delving their way into them, making it absolutely vital to always cleanse and remove makeup before going to bed.

Excessive Alcohol
While you may try to limit your alcohol intake to one or two nights a week, you should still be keeping a close eye on exactly how much you consume if you want your skin to stay healthy. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, leaving it looking dull and rough, while also expanding its blood vessels, which will soon create spidery-looking veins around your nose and cheeks.

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Skipping the Sunscreen
While the dangers of sun exposure are widely known, many still do not appreciate the protection that sunscreen provides. Even on the cloudiest of days, UV rays are still able to penetrate into your skin, and all of this sun exposure will not be doing your skin any good at all. From causing dryness to exacerbating existing skin conditions, to dramatically speeding up the aging process, skipping out on the sunscreen is one of the biggest skin mistakes that you can make.

Your skin is your largest organ, and deserves the very best of care. From keeping it well protected against the sun’s harmful rays to ensuring it has been well-cleansed each and every night, to keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum, any bad skin habits that you may have can easily be replaced by ones that are beneficial to your skin and health.

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Getting Your Skin Crop Top Ready

Crop tops have recently been seen on all of the major runways, with experts predicting that the crop top will be one of the hottest looks for this summer. While there may be a number of different ways to wear and style a crop top, you are most likely going to be baring some flesh, which makes now the perfect time to begin to get your skin crop top ready.

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Exfoliation
While you may exfoliate your face on a regular basis, chances are that you often forget to do the same for your stomach, but this is necessary if you plan on adding a few crop tops to your summer wardrobe. Not only does exfoliating clear away the dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin and lead to a rough complexion, but it also ensures that the skin is able to receive all of the vital nutrients and oxygen that it needs. When it comes to your stomach, there are many exfoliating body scrubs that you can choose from, or you could also opt for dry brush or a mineral or salt scrub, as this will also help in tightening the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Skin-Firming Ingredients
The stomach is an area where many women tend to experience loose skin, but there are a number of ingredients that you can look out for that are able to help with this. Products that contain vitamin A and vitamin E will help in tightening the skin, as will products that contain collagen, as this is the protein that forms the main structure beneath the skin.

Skin Masks
Skin masks are designed to target all sorts of different issues, and while you may not see many that are aimed specifically at the stomach, there is no reason why you cannot use a mask here that is intended for another part of the body. These masks will not only provide your skin with a deep clean and some extra nourishment, but will also work to strengthen the skin, leaving it firmer and smoother.

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Salt Water Bath
Salt water is known to bring about some fantastic benefits, and spending a bit of time soaking in a tub that contains a couple of teaspoons of sea salt can make quite the difference to your stomach. The salt works by drawing out any toxins or impurities that lie within your skin, clearing away anything that may be blocking the production of collagen, and resulting in skin that feels and looks firmer and tighter.

Nutrient Rich Foods
The food that you eat has a huge impact on the state of your skin, and if you are seeking skin that is healthy and glowing, you need to pay more attention to the ingredients that you are putting into your body. Citrus fruits, strawberries and vegetables are great at boosting the body’s production of collagen, while healthy fats add to the skin’s moisture content, helping to prevent your stomach from looking dry, cracked or stretched. From salmon and olive oil to nuts and seeds, try to incorporate as many nutrient-dense foods into your diet as possible.

Before wearing a crop top, you need to ensure that your skin is ready to be shown off, so that you can rock your new look with confidence and style. Whether you dry brush your stomach three times a week, or apply a skin mask to it every few nights, these tips will ensure that your skin remains crop top ready all summer long.

Choosing the Right Cover-Up

If you want your cover-up to look natural and flawless, rather than highlighting those very same issues that you were trying to hide, then you need to choose it very carefully. Not only do you have to pick the shade that will work best with your skin tone, but you also need to choose a formula that best suits your skin type, and, while it may seem difficult to achieve the ideal balance between the two, this is what you need for the most effective cover-up.

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Dry Skin
For those of you with dry skin, it is essential that the cover-up formula that you choose is hydrating, as your skin will need this extra moisture. Usually, the formulas that have the most moisture are either liquid and stick foundations or tinted moisturizers, so pick the one that will give you the level of cover that you need. There are also hydrating powders available, and these are blended with certain ingredients that deliver moisture to the skin whilst providing more coverage than regular powders would.

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Oily and Combination Skin
Powder foundations are usually best for those with oily skin, as well as for those with combination skin and an oily T-zone, as they will help to absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a matte finish. Liquid foundations can also work for oily or combination skin, but you need to make sure that they are oil-free.

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Acne
Using a cover-up is a great way to hide acne, but it can also make your acne worse, so you need to be extremely careful when choosing cosmetic products. Not only should any formula that you use be oil-free, but it should also be hypoallergenic, meaning that it will not cause an allergic reaction, and noncomedogenic, meaning that the formula will not block your pores. There are some liquid foundations that contain salicylic acid, which help to fight your acne while giving you coverage at the same time.

Choosing a Shade
It is not usually a good idea to buy a new shade online for the first time, as it really does help to try before you buy when it comes to cover-up. Many stores will have trained makeup artists that will be able to guide you in choosing a shade, color matching you to a few different options. When testing out different shades, swipe the cover-up onto your jawline, so that you can also compare it to the skin on your neck, which tends to be lighter than that on your face. The color that best matches your skin tone should disappear seamlessly into your skin. However, don’t forget to do any testing in front of natural light, moving to the store window if you have to, as harsh overhead lights can often cast shadows that make it tricky to really see how well a shade suits you.

Navigating through the many cover-ups available in order to find the best one for your skin can be tricky, but you will soon learn what you need to look for and the task will become much quicker. If you are new to using cover-up, it is always a good idea to visit a cosmetics store and speak to a trained beautician, as they will be able to give you some fantastic advice on products and techniques.

Camouflaging Fine Lines

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There comes a time in every woman’s life when fine lines become unavoidable, and so begins the search into all of the different ways to cover them up. From skin care tips to makeup advice, here are some of the best ways to go about camouflaging fine lines.

Invest in a Primer
A primer, one that is silicone based in particular, is fantastic for camouflaging fine lines. A primer is applied as a base, before any of your other makeup, and works by filling in fine lines, wrinkles and other areas of uneven texture. By giving your skin this extra cushion, your subsequent makeup products will be able to lightly sit on top, rather than settling into those lines that you are trying to hide. You will also notice that your makeup products will be much easier to apply, and your overall look will seem and feel much more natural.

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Hydration
Skin becomes drier with age due to changing hormones, and extra dryness will only make fine lines even more visible. Frequently moisturizing your skin will give it the hydration that it needs, which, in turn, will help to keep it looking plump. Drinking plenty of water will also help, as this will hydrate your skin from the inside.

A Tinted Moisturizer Instead of Foundation
It can often be tempting to slather on the foundation to try to hide those pesky lines, but this will usually just make them look worse. A tinted moisturizer will be much more hydrating, and not as heavy, giving you enough coverage without settling into your lines and emphasizing them. You should also pay attention to the areas of your face that do not actually need the extra coverage, and only apply the tinted moisturizer to your problem areas.

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Emphasize Your Eyes
While this may not be so much about camouflaging fine lines, emphasizing your eyes will help to make them the focal point of your face, shifting attention away from any lines. However, make sure to not go too heavy on the eyes, as heavy makeup can easily be quite aging. A simple eyeshadow and maybe some subtle eyeliner is all that you should need.

Cream Instead of Powder
Whenever possible, using a cream-based makeup formula rather than a powder will really make a difference in hiding those lines. While powders are great for setting makeup, they can also draw more attention to your lines. Cream-based formulas will not only do a better job at camouflaging fine lines, but they will also give you a much more natural overall look. This works for everything from a cream blush to cream eyeshadows, and, if you still want to use a powder, you will be able to use it extremely sparingly, since you already have the cream underneath.

Fine lines can be frustrating to deal with, as many makeup products can often make them stand out even more. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, using a primer, and opting for products that are cream-based, you will definitely be able to camouflage those pesky lines.

How to Apply Makeup to Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry skin is the most common skin issue during the winter months, and, as this worsens, skin begins to turn flaky, making it extremely tricky to apply makeup, as well as ensure that your makeup lasts throughout the day. To keep you looking your very best, OROGOLD is here with some useful tips on how to apply makeup to dry and flaky skin.

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Prep Your Skin
If you have dry and flaky skin, you can’t just begin to slather on the makeup without first taking the time to prep your skin, otherwise, your makeup will end up sitting on the skin flakes and caking in dry areas, emphasizing your flaky skin rather than covering it up. Before applying any makeup, you need to try to remove as many of the flakes from your face as possible, and the best way to do this is by using a light exfoliant, followed by a rich and hydrating moisturizer.

Liquid foundation.

Choose a Liquid or Cream Foundation
Once your skin has been exfoliated and moisturized, it is time to apply your foundation. Powder and mineral foundations are best avoided in the winter, as these tend to clog pores, leading to a pasty appearance. Instead, OROGOLD recommends a hydrating liquid foundation, making sure that the foundation is warmed to body temperature before applying it to your face, as this means it will absorb into your skin and blend much more naturally. While some prefer using a brush to apply their foundation, others tend to use their fingers, as this allows you to work the liquid into your skin, avoiding any patches that are still quite flaky. OROGOLD suggests experimenting with both methods to see which works best for your skin.

Woman applying makeup.

A Creamy Eyeshadow and Blush
Just like with the foundation, it is best to avoid powdered versions of eyeshadow and blush, as these will cake up on dry skin, drawing attention to parts that you usually want to hide. A primer on your eyes will help any shadow you apply to last throughout the day, while preventing it from creasing or smudging. Opting for a cream blush instead of a powder will give your skin a natural, dewy, rosy glow, hiding the fact that you have dry and flaky skin.

Woman applying lipstick.

A Perfect Pout
Dry and flaky skin affects your lips just as much as it does the rest of your face, and chapped lips are not what you want when striving for a flawless finish. To begin with, you need to exfoliate your lips, which is easily done with a soft toothbrush. OROGOLD suggests doing this regularly, as you do not want dead skin cells to build up on your lips. Once these flakes have been cleared, make sure that any color that you apply on top is a formula that is hydrating rather than drying.

It’s always quite tricky trying to apply makeup to dry, flaky skin, and, even once you do, chances are that the makeup won’t stay on all day. It is important to be aware of the products that you use and the way in which you apply them, focusing on hydrating and moisturizing products to give your skin the extra nourishment that it needs in the winter.

Makeup Changes for Winter

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You adjust your skin care routine to the colder months, so why leave your makeup routine behind. Every makeup routine should also undergo a few essential adjustments to keep your skin healthy throughout the winter. To help you to do this quickly and easily, OROGOLD has put together a few helpful tips on the makeup changes that you should be making for winter.

Layering
In the winter months, layering should apply to your makeup as well as your clothing. You should be layering your skin care and makeup products to protect your skin as much as possible. If primer is something that you usually forget about, you need to make the effort in the winter to always apply a layer of primer if you are going to be using foundation or eyeshadow. OROGOLD would also suggest applying a hydrating serum before the primer, to give your skin an extra layer of moisture.

Hydrating foundation.

A Moisturizing Foundation
The winter months are extremely drying on the skin, which means that you will need a richer foundation that contains moisturizing and hydrating properties. Formulas that have mattifying properties are also drying, so it is usually best to avoid these in the winter. OROGOLD also reminds you to keep in mind that since you will be spending less time out in the sun, your skin may lighten by a couple of shades, so it is important that your winter foundation takes this into account.

Cream Eyeshadow
If you tend to usually opt for powder eyeshadows, OROGOLD suggests trying a cream eyeshadow in the winter. These dry months will ensure that the cream stays in place, avoiding any embarrassing smudges or creases. Don’t forget that when it comes to cream eyeshadows, a little goes a long way, so apply it sparingly to begin with.

Woman applying lipstick

A Hydrating Lip Formula
Many lipsticks end up drawing moisture away from your lips, so it is essential to make sure that you are using a hydrating lip formula in the winter months. These will ensure that you can still enjoy your favorite shades, but avoid having to deal with pesky chapped lips.

Waterproof Formulas
Depending on where you live, it may be helpful to switch to waterproof makeup formulas in the winter. This means that no matter what you do, whether it be getting caught out in a torrential shower or frolicking around in the snow, you can be sure that your makeup will stay in place.

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Rosy Cheeks
In the summer months, most people will tend to opt for a sun-kissed appearance on their cheeks, giving their complexion a bronzed glow. However, this doesn’t really suit the colder months. Instead, OROGOLD suggests skipping the bronzer and opting for a cream blush, which will give your cheeks a subtle highlight, as well as a rosy glow.

Adjusting your makeup products and routine to better cater to the winter months will ensure that your skin remains fresh and healthy throughout the season. From opting for cream-based formulas instead of powders, to maintaining your skin’s moisture levels, these winter makeup tips will keep you looking your very best.

Choosing Your Foundation

Woman applying different shades of foundation

From tinted moisturizers to loose powders, there are so many different foundations out there, and unless you have chosen the perfect shade and formula for your skin type, you won’t be enjoying the full benefits of a foundation. Here are some of OROGOLD’s top tips for each skin type to keep in mind when choosing your foundation.

Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, OROGOLD would highly advise that you opt for an oil-free foundation formula, as this will prevent your makeup from sliding off your face. A liquid foundation that contains lightweight silicone will help makeup pigments to adhere to it without clogging pores, while a formula that contains salicylic acid will dry up oil-producing glands, minimizing breakouts. Powder foundations are also great for oily skin, as the powder will absorb any excess oil, leaving you with a smooth matte finish.

Dry Skin
Those of you with dry skin should search for a hydrating formula, either a liquid, stick or powder. Liquids and sticks both have a creamy consistency that work well with dry skin, while a hydrating powder will contain ingredients that are able to deliver a certain amount of moisture to your skin, ensuring that it does not dry out even further. Rather than rubbing the product into your skin, OROGOLD suggests using your fingers to lightly press it in, as this should help it to last longer. For those of you who don’t want heavy coverage, a BB cream is another great option, as this is packed with hydrating ingredients and antioxidants, all of which will benefit your dry skin while giving you a light and natural looking level of coverage.

Combination Skin
Foundation can be tricky when it comes to combination skin, but your best bet is to opt for a powder foundation. OROGOLD recommends only applying it to the oilier parts of your face, so that you can matte this out and achieve a smooth overall complexion.

Sensitive Skin
Mineral makeup is the best option for those with sensitive skin, as the majority of these are not only free of skin irritants, but also contain soothing ingredients, such as zinc. Some mineral formulas are very highly pigmented, and this will help to cover over redness, discoloration and broken capillaries. There are also some great mineral pressed powders out there for those of you who find loose powders too messy.

Choosing a Shade
Now that you have determined what type of foundation is best for your skin type, you can move on to finding the best shade for your skin tone. The best way to do this is by dipping a Q-tip into the foundation, applying this to the side of your face along the center of your jawline. If the shade seems to be invisible, then you’ve found your match!

Beauty experts estimate that unless a woman is given the correct tools, only 15% of them choose the best foundation for their skin. To keep your complexion looking naturally smooth and flawless, keep OROGOLD’s tips in mind the next time you are choosing a new foundation.

Best Sensitive Skin Care Tips for Your Lifestyle

Sensitive skin is a challenge in itself to deal with, and, when you factor in all of the different environmental factors that have an impact on the skin, it can be downright confusing to understand how you should be taking care of your sensitive skin. Whether you are a frequent flyer, spend most of your day in the office, or lead an extremely active life, OROGOLD brings you some of the best sensitive skin care tips for each of your different lifestyle choices.

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An Active, Outdoor Lifestyle
Having an active lifestyle, where you spend plenty of time outdoors, is extremely beneficial to your health, but, unfortunately, can play havoc on sensitive skin. Whether it is summer or winter, sensitive skin is much more susceptible to sun damage, and sunscreen needs to be regularly applied. OROGOLD recommends choosing a sunscreen with physical, rather than chemical, ingredients, as these will not irritate your skin. It is also essential that you cleanse your skin after intense exercise, to remove any excess sweat from building up. When it comes to keeping the bugs away, many insect repellents contain DEET, which is a chemical ingredient that can cause sensitive skin to react, so it is best that you stay away from products that contain this. Instead, look for insect repellents that contain picaridin, as this is less likely to irritate and will also keep most insects away.

Woman working in an office.

An Office Environment
Those of you that spend most of your days in an office still need to wear sunscreen, as UV rays are extremely effective at penetrating through glass and damaging your skin. Office environments can also be dry, either due to heating or air-conditioning, so it is important that those with sensitive skin, and even those with other skin types, frequently moisturize throughout the day, to ensure that your skin stays hydrated. A soothing facial oil will also help to lock in the moisture in your skin, and is a great product to use for those who have sensitive skin that is also dry or flaky. Apply this on top of your moisturizer for even greater hydration benefits.

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Frequent Travelers
Whether it is for leisure or for work, frequent travel can severely distress sensitive skin, and the most important thing to remember is to keep it hydrated, especially if you travel by plane. Although you may not be able to pack all of your skin care products, the most important ones to remember are your cleanser and moisturizer. OROGOLD advises that you stay clear of any sample products, whether from the plane or in the hotel, and only use products that have been tried and tested on your skin. It is also important to avoid getting a facial if you are on a short break, as your skin will be much more sensitive due to climate and environment changes. For a skin boosting treat that won’t cause any irritation, OROGOLD recommends opting for a massage instead.

Whatever your lifestyle choices may be, it is important to remember that they will always affect your skin. Rather than having to deal with the consequences of this, take the time to prevent any skin irritation and keep your skin as nourished and hydrated as possible, at all times.

Skin Care for Beach Season – OROGOLD Reviews

Now that beach season is here, many of you will be spending more time out in the sun, baring your skin in the latest swimwear. Rather than feeling anxious about any body issues that you may have, take a look at OROGOLD’s skin care tips for beach season, so that you can confidently strut your stuff on the sand this summer.

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Preventing Breakouts
Baring more skin means that you will be worrying more about breakouts. Although salicylic acid is great as a spot treatment for existing problem areas, OROGOLD recommends using a product that contains glycolic acid. Most breakouts are caused by dead skin cells that are trapped in the pores by a glue-like substance, and glycolic acid helps to dissolve this, not only clearing current breakouts but also prevent new ones from occurring.

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Cellulite
Cellulite is a common body issue, especially as we age. There are plenty of cellulite creams on the market, and although they won’t banish your cellulite for good, they can be effective at reducing the visibility of cellulite. The trick is to regularly massage them into your skin rather than briefly applying a layer, and this will help minimize those dimples.

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Unwanted Body Hair
There are only a couple of methods for permanent hair removal, with laser being the most common. However, this takes a few sessions, and you will be required to stay out of the sun for a couple of days after each treatment, which is why it is usually best to do this in the winter. Laser hair removal is also quite costly, so, for a cheaper method, OROGOLD recommends sticking to waxing or shaving. The only downsides to these are that you will need to do it regularly, and take certain precautions to avoid problems such as razor burn and ingrown hairs. For more information, take a look at our OROGOLD article on how to avoid ingrown hairs.

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Dry Skin and Small Bumps
If you have areas of your dry skin on your body, it is extremely important that you regularly exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells, as these build up on your skin and give you a dull, dry and rough complexion. They also clog up your pores, which then leads to breakouts, and stops your moisturizing products from properly penetrating the skin and working to their full effect. In addition to helping with dry skin, regular exfoliation will also help to prevent any unsightly bumps from forming, commonly referred to as chicken skin, as these are also caused by plugged pores.

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Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are a common issue that can have many women feeling extremely self-conscious, but not able to fork over the big bucks to pay to have them professionally removed. If this is the case for you, OROGOLD recommends using a cotton swab to strategically apply a self tanning bronzing mousse over your light marks, and carefully blend them in.

When it comes to caring for your skin in the summer, always remember that a good self-tan can help to cover up many issues, from an uneven skin tone to the appearance of cellulite. When in the sun, always remember to regularly apply a broad spectrum sunscreen, and don’t forget about protecting your eyes and lips either!

How Sleep Makes Your Skin Healthy – OROGOLD Reviews

The amount of sleep that you get each night, as well as the quality of the sleep, has a huge impact on the health of your skin. From slowing down the aging process by quickly replacing damaged skin cells to reducing the impact of existing skin conditions, OROGOLD explains how a good sleep each night will make your skin healthier than ever.

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Slows Down the Aging Process
Our growth hormones only fully function while we are asleep, and these are the same hormones that repair any damaged skin cells, damage that can be quite severe depending on how much exposure to the sun the skin has had. Without sufficient stretches of deep sleep, your damaged cells will not be repaired, and, instead, all of the small breakdowns that occur daily will start to build up, bringing on signs of aging much quicker.

Reduces Impacts of Skin Conditions
A lack of sleep causes inflammation within the body, which makes certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, even worse. Rather than being a skin disease, psoriasis is actually a sign that the body is too inflamed, and a good quality, long sleep will help to reduce this inflammation. Increased inflammation can also lead to other skin problems, such as acne breakouts and increased skin sensitivity. Since sleep helps to build up and strengthen the immune system, your body will be better prepared to fight infections, meaning that blemishes will clear up much quicker.

Moisture Levels
While you sleep, the moisture levels in your body re-balance themselves. While your skin is able to retain some moisture, any excess water in your body gets processed for removal, meaning that a lack of sleep would result in a poor water balance. This then leads to puffy bags under your eyes in the mornings, as well as dark circles. Dryness and visible wrinkles are also common.

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Complexion
A chronic lack of sleep means that your skin is not able to renew itself and grow, and this leads to a dull complexion. A good sleep each night will encourage quicker your skin cells to grow faster, giving you a healthy glow that even the best of beauty products would not be able to compete with. ORO GOLD recommends investing in a silk pillowcase to boost this glow, and to make all of your night time beauty products work even better.

A quality sleep each night, coupled with good night cream products, should help to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Your night cream should be thick enough to nourish your skin, keeping it moist while your water levels are re-balancing, but should not be so thick that it clogs up your pores, reducing the flow of oxygen into your skin. OROGOLD Cosmetics recommends feeling your face 15 minutes after applying the cream – you should still be able to feel the smoothness of it but should not otherwise be aware of it. If you are, this is a sign that your night cream is too thick. When it comes to how long you should be sleeping for each night, OROGOLD would suggest seven to eight hours, as any more than that can mean that we wake up feeling sluggish, and with puffy eyes.