Friday

a close-up picture of a woman showing her adult acne on the face
All Photos: ShotPot

Acne can cause serious damage to your self-esteem and even make you feel isolated when you are a young teenager. During this period of your life, you dream of growing up and having perfectly smooth skin with no blemishes and zits, only coming to the conclusion that it does not always happen as you wish. Acne won't disappear magically when you jump off your teenage carriage. Acne is a permanent condition of skin for up to 22% of women, and 3% of men. A state that continues to remind itself throughout the majority of adult life.


What is the Actual Difference Between Teenage Acne & Adult Acne?


Simply saying, adult acne is a skin condition when the hair follicle under the skin is getting clogged by sebum and becomes inflamed. It is the same acne that occurs in teenagers but affects people older than 18 years. Just like teenagers, adult acne is commonly characterized by inflamed, painful pimples and bumps, filled with pus. The condition tends to affect the lower half of the face, cheeks, and cheekbones.

Due to the severity of the process, skin scarring, called post-acne, often follows after the cyst is gone. Post-acne scars may be connected with physiological side-effects of acne conditions. That's why it is recommended to treat the acne scarring after the inflammatory process is stopped. Still, it is often a long-lasting and difficult treatment.

What are the Psychological Effects of Adult Acne?


Some studies show that adult acne is directly linked to anxiety and depression disorders in adults. Skin imperfections, blemishes, and scarring can negatively affect self-image and may impair social life. Self-isolation and low self-esteem have a major impact on mental well-being in adults. A wave of anger, followed by hopelessness and frustration further intensifies the feeling of anxiety. 

a close-up picture of a woman showing her adult acne on the face

What are the 5 Main Causes of Acne in Adults?


Of course, many different reasons cause adult acne. It is important to understand what triggers your acne to find the best possible acne treatment for your condition. Here are the 5 most common causes of acne.

#1. Hormonal Disbalance

The number one reason and the most common reason that causes acne is hormonal fluctuations. For example, most women experience facial breakouts in the second half of the menstrual cycle. The skin inflammations often calm down when menstruation starts. This skin condition is caused by the hormonal changes in a woman's body. Adult hormonal acne may be connected with weight gain, the high levels of cortisol, and usually, is more difficult to treat. 

#2. Stressful Lifestyle

We are slowly approaching the second common cause of adult acne also known as stress. High levels of stress is always linked to low immunity in adults, which is directly affecting the inflammatory process in the body. Stress-relieving activities, such as outdoor exercise, family time, naps, and meal preparation may help you to put your stress levels under control. Thorough skincare may help you to battle your acne topically, but the balance between your body and mind will provide a much more long-lasting solution to this skin concern.

#3. Unhealthy Diet

Thankfully, no scientists have ever proven a link between adult acne and chocolate. So, you can still enjoy a few pieces of black chocolate per day. However, it might be time to stay away from dairy. More specifically,  low-fat dairy products may provoke inflammatory issues, spiking the levels of insulin in the blood. A well-balanced diet, as always, is a way out of this situation. 

a close-up picture of the couple with acne and acne scarring

#4. Facial Hair Removal

We all want to have smooth, hair-free skin, but instead, we get painful ingrown hair and inflamed follicles. To avoid these issues, try substituting your razor and waxing strip strips with less invasive hair removing methods like intense pulse light or laser treatment. These methods are costly, but they don't promote the hair ingrowth process. If shaving and waxing are your favorite methods, then don't forget to use an aftershave with Salicylic or Glycolic acid.

#5. Hair Care Products

I know it is the last thing you'll consider when it comes to understanding the adult acne causes. But, if your skin tends to break out on your forehead, along the hairline, around your cheeks and jawline, it might be your hair care products. Some of the ingredients in hair products may be the reason for clogged pores, as they are designed for your hair, not your skin. Artificial fragrances, often found in hair care products, can promote allergies and skin irritations. To minimize the impact on your acne-prone skin try preventing your hair and products from falling on your face. Also, invest in high-quality hair care products, made from natural ingredients with the least amount of harmful chemicals possible.


You are Not Alone in Your Adult Acne Battle


The takeaway of the story would be simple — you are not alone! Seek support on the forums and social media groups, where people discuss their adult acne battles. You will be surprised how many people go through the same period as you. Another major piece of advice — don't concentrate on your pimples. Most of the people around you don't notice skin imperfection, especially once they learn to know you. Stay positive, treat your skin with love, and the first changes will follow promptly.

Sunday

womanns back with v neckline and necklace
Photo: Anastasiya Lobanovskaya

The neckline is something that can make or break a look. Experts say that if you buy a neckline dress that suits you, then for a perfect look you should also choose the correct necklace. Matching the right necklace design with the right neckline is equally as important as applying eyeliner in the right way.

Before you buy silver necklace or a gold one, you should know the neckline of the outfit you are going to wear it with. Yes, different types of necklace designs suit different types of necklines. Of course, it is not a phenomenon, but it is always nice to know which type of necklace you should wear on a specific neckline. And here are a few tips, that will help you solve this fashion puzzle.

1. Necklace for a Halter Neckline:

The halter neck makes your neck look thinner. That is why carry such a necklace with it that will fill the area. Think about the inverted V neckline, which is basically the same as a halter design. With such necklines, necklace designs with thin strings or chains and large pendants or puffy look good. You should wear a floral round style necklace, it will give you an elegant look.

woman with a statement necklace on her neck
Photo: Mídia

2. Necklace for Asymmetrical Neckline:

The asymmetrical neckline is in trend nowadays. This type of neckline provides you with a stylish look to your complete outfit. In Asymmetrical necklines both the sides of the shoulder are designed unequally. For these asymmetrical necklines, you can prefer a heavy silver necklace. Apart from this, you can also choose a long pendant chain necklace which will give you a gorgeous look.

3. Necklace for a Boat Neckline:

This neckline is broad and ends on both sides of your shoulders. For this neckline, a long and bold necklace will look best. Apart from this, you can also try a multi-layer long necklace with it. By wearing this type of necklace the open part of your neck will look very stylish and confident. You can also wear a collared necklace set, it is very much in trend nowadays and gives you a classy look.

woman with necklace
Photo: Felipe Tavares

4. Necklace for High Neckline:

If you opt for an outfit with a high neckline, then you should go for a bold and heavy necklace with a big pendant. Such a necklace is going to boost up the look of the chosen outfit, together with your mood. Not a big fan of statement necklaces? You can always choose a necklace design that ends just above the neckline of your outfit.

5. Necklace for Collar Neckline:

Nowadays there is a trend for Peter Pan collar necklines for dresses, party wear outfits, and even wedding function dresses. The most important thing about this neckline is that you can wear any of the necklaces you want. If you want, you can wear a multi-layer necklace design inside the collar, this will provide you with a fashionable look. If you are going to a party function, then you can wear a heavy crystal necklace on it. They are super-trendy at the moment and always look on point.

An unusual necklace gives your outfit a very elegant look. You should follow the right way to style it and pick the right type of neckline that will suit the necklace as well. Hopefully, with the above-given tips, you can look beautiful and stylish on every casual and formal occasion.

Guest Post

Friday

woman in a studio with natural light wearing shapewear set and posing on the floor
Photo: Anna Shvets

Too many words have been said about the shapewear, but it still doesn't receive enough praise for its simplicity and versatility. Shapewear always stays hidden underneath the layers of clothing, and little to no people like to be talking about it. That's in vain, after all, it is one of the most versatile types of undergarments. Shapewear in all sizes, colors, and shapes like no other piece. It can be worn underneath an outfit and even styled like outerwear. Isn't it fascinating? 

However, it is not always easy to find the best shapewear that will perfectly fit your fashion needs, and emphasize the qualities of your body.  With so many variants on the market to choose from, it may be hard to stop your eyes on a particular option. In this post, we are going to try to discover which shapewear pieces are the most versatile and will work best for most people and wardrobes.

undentified woman wearing shapewear shorts

#1: Shapewear Shorts

Let's begin with the most popular shapewear piece — high-waisted body-shaping shorts. If you ask your friends and relatives, all of them will admit to wearing shapewear shorts. Of course, like any other shapewear, shorts came in several models and level controls. The shorts have the power to sculpt hips, support the inner thigh part, slim the tummy area, and get rid of muffin tops.

undentified woman wearing shapewear bodysuit

#2: Body-shaping Suit

Buying wholesale shapewear is a good way to flatter your outfit. And, if you are not sure what shapewear to use underneath your today's look, try a win-win body-shaping suit. It is an undergarment that will take care of every area: support the breast, smooth the volume on the back, flatter belly, and muffin tops, and slim the upper part of the legs.

undentified woman wearing shapewear leggings

#3: Shapewear Leggings

I believe every woman loves and wears leggings. They don't just smooth the skin, and flatter the curves, but make the whole workout experience more pleasant. Pick a high-waist model that will support your abdomen muscles during the session, and opt for neoprene fabrics. This special material will make your body sweat more profoundly, which always results in better results. 

undentified woman wearing shapewear leggings

#4. Waist Trainer

Waist trainer wholesale is probably one of the most controversial, but nonetheless, popular shapewear pieces. It is a waist-shaping garment that is very similar to a girdle, and it is used to hold the body's core and slim down the waistline. It may not be for everyone, but a waist trainer is worth mentioning, as its popularity grows each and every day.

undentified woman wearing shapewear bra

#5 Breast Shaper

And, lastly, a few words about the breast shaper, or shapewear bra. Make sure to go for a bra with soft padding, and wide straps for the best comfort support. Another important thing to look for is a lightweight material that will not be visible underneath the clothes but will allow your skin to breathe freely. You'll be able to wear such bra shapers underneath any outfit for most fashion occasions.

vintage handwatches
Photo: Alex Guillaume

Are you familiar with the Radium Girl story? The first time I heard about it was a few years ago when I stumbled upon the 'Radium Girls' movie trailer on Youtube. Only a few years later, I could enjoy the movie and take a deeper look into this heart-breaking story. However, there is always a ray of light at the end of the tunnel, even in a story like this.

collage from vintage newspaper articles about radium girls

Who were Radium Girls?

Radium Girls were a group of female workers hired by the United States Radium Corporation in the early 1920s. In these factories, women performed various tasks. They included handling the chemical element radium and applying radium paint onto dials for a glow-in-the-dark effect. Unlike owners of the factories and scientists, who were familiar with the effect of radium, women workers were not aware of the danger.

But radium and its wondrous properties, discovered by Marie Skłodowska-Curie, were used not only in the production of watches and airplane instruments. It was aggressively promoted as a miraculous beauty ingredient. Soon, radioactive face creams and the famous energizing tonic Radithor overwhelmed drugstore shelves. Beauty and medical brands couldn't miss a chance to capitalize on this discovery.

a picture of energy drink radithor

As a result of the "lip, dip, paint" technique, which Radium Girls used to paint dials, more than 50 women had died of radioactive poisoning. Although, the exact number of people, who suffered from the impact is unknown. The radiation sickness and even death caused by the radium exposure didn't affect the popularity of radium watches and other radioactive products.

The final dot in the case was put in the spring of 1938 when the justice ruled in favor of workers. The whole case of Radium Girls holds a revolutionary place in labor in the field of human health and the movement of labor rights. It turned the system upside down, establishing the right of the individual worker to sue big corporations and the occupational disease labor law. All thanks to the courageous women, human rights activists, and other caring people, who were not afraid to fight for their rights.

a cast of the Radium Girls movie

In 1938, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act finally outlawed several dangerous products and fake medical devices, including radium-containing drinks. The Center for Human Radiobiology was founded thirty years later in 1968, where scientists collected medical information, and samples, and provided examinations for living dial painters. This research made an extensive contribution to health physics and radiology.

The Takeaway

What is the takeaway of this story? I believe there are multiple things we have to learn from it. First, we should fight for our rights no matter if we are going to win. It is important to stand up for yourself, and for the people around you who need protection. Second, capitalism has its own ways and morality, when it comes to financial interest. We should be smart and responsible for our health. And, third, even the saddest story can teach us something important. The Radium Girls epopee must become an unfortunate example that can guide millions.

Thursday

a close-up picture of two hands which are holding an apple in one hand and bitten donut in another
Photo: Andres Ayrton

It isn't new that you must eat good food to look great and be healthy. The beauty and health of your skin are strongly dependent on the quality of the food you regularly consume. Fresh vegetables and fruits, various nuts, and some fish will be beneficial for your complexion, while junkie food plays the main antagonist of your skin's health. So, I invite you to dive deeper into the world of nutrients and superfoods.

What should I eat for good skin?

A well-balanced diet that includes a healthy amount of calories and nutrients is considered to be the best for the overall health of the body and skin. At least, it is what most healthcare professionals and medical dieticians claim to confer health benefits. Here is what a healthy diet for glowing skin should include, according to the WHO (World Health Organization):

  • Fresh Fruits & Vegetables:

Fruits and fresh veggies contain most of the vitamins, microelements, and fibers for healthy skin. That's why they should be a key part of your daily diet. Generally recommended to consume at least 400 g. of vegetables and fruits per day, excluding starchy roots (potatoes, turnips, parsnips). They include vitamin A, also known as beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and folic acid, which reduces levels of homocysteine. Fruits and veggies also include magnesium and zinc.

a close-up picture of a cut in half fruits laying on a silk
Photo: Sunsetoned

Why is vitamin A good for the skin? 

  • Vitamin A normalizes the function of the cells;
  • Normalizes oil production in the skin, improving its condition;
  • Assists in collagen production;
  • Reduces skin pigmentation by normalizing tyrosinase.

You can find Vitamin A in carrots, mangoes, papayas, and leafy vegetables, such as spinach, and maize.

Why is vitamin C beneficial for the skin?

  • It is a potent antioxidant, so it protects skin from free radicals damage;
  • Reduces pigmentation by inhibiting melanin production;
  • It also reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

The best sources of Vitamin C are red peppers, spinach, broccoli, strawberries, and citrus fruits.

a picture of three wooden spoons filled with different grains
Photo: Roman Odintsov
  • Nuts, Oils & Unprocessed Grains

Whole grains, healthy oils, and nuts are rich in mono- and polyunsaturated fats, zinc, selenium, antioxidants, and other advantageous elements. Unlike refined carbohydrates contained in white flour, popcorn, and rice cakes, unprocessed grains can improve your skin complexion by combating inflammation and skin damage. And nuts like almonds are filled with antioxidants, which, as you already know, combats skin-aging free radicals.

Are healthy fats good for your skin?

Particular fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6 play the role of building blocks for our body and skin. They also help our bodies to absorb other nutritional elements like vitamins A and D.

  • Omega-3 keeps the skin elastic and thick and moisturized;
  • It reduces inflammatory processes, improving acne and skin irritations;
  • Fatty acids make the skin less sensitive;
  • Omega-6 helps stimulate skin and hair growth;
  • They also help to regulate the activity of skin oil glands.

Healthy fatty acids can be found in seafood, walnuts, soy, algae, vegetable oils, and avocado dark chocolate.

a close-up picture of a cake with a fork in it
Photo: Polina Tankilevitch

What foods are bad for your skin?


While some types of food are good for the skin, other types of food might contribute to several skin and health conditions. When choosing your diet, it is best to avoid certain foods that aren't good neither for the skin nor for your health in general. Here are foods, that ruin the beauty of your skin:

  • Sugar, sugar-sweetened drinks;
  • Natural sweeteners like honey, syrups, and agave;
  • Paste, white flour, refined grains, pastries (refined carbs);
  • Salty snacks;
  • Fatty meat, butter, cream, cheese (unhealthy fats);
  • Caffeine;
  • Alcohol.

Is sugar harmful to the skin?

The short answer is yes. Consuming a lot of sugar can be harmful to the skin. However, most people are unaware of the negative effects of sugar on health in general, and skin in particular. Sweet food and refined carbohydrates instantly absorb into the blood and facilitate insulin production. And high levels of insulin aren't good for those who struggle with acne

Hormone insulin activates another hormone — androgen, which accelerates skin cell growth and boosts sebum production. A well-balanced diet, which includes low-glycemic food and doesn't raise sugar levels in the blood, may reduce inflammation and the appearance of acne.

How do "Bad" Fats Affect the Skin?

Saturated and trans fats are considered to be bad for the skin. These enemies of good health increase the risks of various heart diseases and inflammations (redness, acne, eczema.) Doctor Doug DiOrio states that foods that contain processed flours and trans-fats cause inflammation in the body, making the skin more vulnerable to damage.

a close up picture of three caffeinated drinks on a table
Photo: Nathan Dumlao

Why are Caffeine and Alcohol Bad for the Skin?

Most people know the feeling of thirst after a noisy party the night before. We experience a similar feeling after a shot of a potent caffeinated drink. It is all because caffeine and alcohol dehydrate our bodies and skin. Alcohol is a known diuretic — a substance that increases the production of urine.

Dehydration is the main reason for skin sagging and premature aging. Thirsty skin appears less thick and youthful, it loses its natural glow and elasticity. The loss of moisture leads to regeneration difficulties, making it harder for the cells to grow and develop properly. Therefore, it is best to avoid overconsumption of alcohol and caffeinated drinks.

The Takeaway

We are what we eat, and so is our skin. The food we love and want may not be what your skin needs at this moment. It will be beneficial for you and your skin to find a healthy compromise, which will make a dramatic difference in the appearance of the skin. Try incorporating healthy foods for skin and other healthy skincare habits slowly, but surely. In a short period, you and your skin will experience the first positive changes, and you will not want to go back to fast food and pastries.

bride and groom are hugging and posing in a filed
Photo: Trung Nguyen

2021 has changed the wedding scenario for all of us. Nonetheless, we all desire to look uber-chic in the wedding gown. If you’re planning to get married soon, then we’re here to show you the best 8 Bridal Trends for 2021 Weddings so that you can shine on your D-day!

1. Short Dresses

This dress is perfect if you’re planning to have a casual and intimate ceremony, and want to look chic. Also, you can flaunt your shoes wearing this dress. It’s suitable for all types of functions, be it a reception, dinner, or bridal shower.

2. Ruffles

If you like carrying something voluminous, then this is definitely going to have all your guests hooked. Opt for frills with extra detailing. You can go with a ruffled skirt as well, which could be a great addition to your mermaid silhouette. Well, if you don’t want to dive in maximalist ruffled gowns, then you can opt for a streamlined ruffled gown.

3. Florals

Absolutely nothing can beat a floral gown. They’re so colourful and pretty, that will definitely make you look gorgeous. Pastel florals are the best and can subtly enhance your overall wedding look. And if you’re planning to have your wedding in spring, then florals can be a great option to consider.

floral wedding dress hanging on the balcony
Photo: Fidel Hajj

4. Off Shoulder Sleeves

If you want to look classy and attractive and want to look graceful, then definitely try this out. This comes in every wedding gown style, be it a mermaid gown or a grand ball gown. It’s perfect if you want to show off your neckline or your collar bones.

5. Pants

If you want something sleek to flaunt your figure and want to look different, then this can be a perfect choice. It can be carried well with a crop top. If you’re looking for classy pants or jumpsuits to wear to the wedding, then you really need to check this out!

6. High Slits

Well, if you want to show some skin, then these high slits can become your wedding dress. And if you want to opt for a more daring option, then you can go with a thigh-high slit. This will highlight your best features and make you look glamorous.

a close-up picture of a wedding dress embelished in feathers
Photo: Sophie Wust

7. Feathers

This design can never go out of style and has always been in trend! An embellish designed feather gown will make you look ethereal and classy. Its gorgeous detailing will add glamour to the entire look.

8. Transitional Pieces

If you’re confused and don’t want to splurge on something extra, then this can be a great option. These transitional pieces are there in the designers’ store everywhere. It allows you to get two unique looks to carry off at two different functions at no extra cost. Win-win!

The Takeaway

I hope these wedding dresses will give a glimpse of the current wedding trends. Besides these trends, pick something which actually fascinates you and are eager to wear it at the wedding! What’s your favourite 2021 wedding trend and why? Tell us in the comments section below!

Author Bio:


Aayushi is a content writer at F and B Recipes. When not writing, she can be found creating a list of “Things That Make Me Happy” or coming up with creative Food Blog Names.

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Guest Post

Tuesday

woman is laying in the bed and looking to the camera
Photo: Monstera

You've probably heard about the "beauty sleep" so many times that this phrase stopped making actual sense to you. But, despite all the prejudice, the "beauty sleep" saying is a real thing. Sleeping the right amount of hours per day is an important ritual that will help you to maintain both internal and external health. And, as you know, the key to external beauty lies deep within.

What is the "Deep Sleep" Phase?

Sleep is a state of full relaxation to your muscles and mind. Still, during this time, your body does a very important job of cleaning and repairing your systems, including your internal organs and skin. The deep phase of sleep is characterized by the natural rise of growth hormones, especially in children and young adults. As a result of the hormonal rise, the cells also show an increased production, repairing stress and UV damage. 

As you can see, the "deep sleep" phase can also be called the "beauty sleep". It is the holy grail phase of the whole night, as the skin repairing processes happen only during this time. Other benefits of the "deep sleep" phase also include strengthening the immune system, stress relief, and restoration of energy levels.

a close up picture of woman's feet
Photo: Владимир Гладков

How Long Should the "Beauty Sleep" Last?

The naturally occurring question is how long should you sleep to get the necessary amount of beauty rejuvenation? It all depends on your age and lifestyle. Healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of nighttime sleep. But it is not only about the quantity, but the quality of sleep matters as well. Building healthy sleep habits are just as crucial for your appearance as sleep longevity. Sleep hygiene includes going to sleep and waking up at the same time, before bed relaxation, limit caffeine and alcohol intake.

Sleep deprivation is one of the worst enemies of your skin's good looks. It leads to premature skin aging, puffiness, dark circles under your eyes, and fine lines on your face. Not getting enough sleep may also be the cause of increased levels of cortisol in your blood, which also has a negative impact on your overall health.

a picture of a woman in the bed
Photo: cottonbro

How You Sleep Is Also Important

The way you lay on your pillow at night also affects your skin. The horizontal position negatively affects the fluid flow in the body, that is why we all struggle with swollen faces in the morning. Although side sleeping is good for column relaxation, it can lead to fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It is also bad for the décolletage area. 

The best position for the face is to sleep on the back. This way you won't be touching your pillow with your face skin, so it will stay cleaner, fresher, and won't be strange-looking in the morning. A silky-smooth, clean pillowcase can also minimize the negative impact of rubbing on your skin. It is not as harsh as cotton and may prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

woman massages her face with jade roller
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

You have probably heard that the biggest organ of our body is our skin. On average, the surface area of a human's skin is between 1.5–2.0 square meters, and this is a mind-blowing fact! Skin is a barrier between the environment that surrounds us and the internal organs of the body. Therefore, it requires a lot of care and attention, as it carries out such an important function.

Various external factors such as mechanical damage, sun damage, pollution, and internal factors like hormonal changes and aging put our skin through a lot of stress. Add a lack of hydration and poor nutrition to all of this, and you'll cause irreversible damage to the skin. Thankfully, we live in a wonderful time and have a lot of different tools, ingredients, and treatments that allow us to both prevent skin damage and repair it. And here are five simple steps to do so.

woma massages her face
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

Step 1 | Lymphatic Drainage 

The very first step is to drain all the puffiness and trapped liquid out of your tissues. And, one of the best ways to do so is to do a special type of therapy, called lymphatic drainage facial. It is usually done by professionals, but you can hold a low-key massaging session yourself. This facial treatment will drastically reduce skin puffiness, redness, and even promote better blood circulation for a refreshed face. 

Step 2 | Reduce Inflammation

The cold must follow right after you apply heat to your skin. Hot and cold therapy is an excellent way to calm the skin inflammations, tighten and brighten up your facial skin. It also has a powerful anti-aging effect on your skin. When done regularly, hot and cold skin therapy strengthens up the immune system, promoting growth and repair of the skin cells.

face mask and jade roller are laying on marble table
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

  • Chill your skin with cryotherapy:

Cryotherapy is a facial procedure that involves having liquid nitrogen evenly spread all over your face. Such a facial instantly shrinks enlarged pores, soothes, and refreshes your skin. The procedure will take only 2 to 3 minutes of your time, and is considered to be safer and gentler to the skin, compared to chemical peels and mechanical exfoliators.

  • Or DIY ice cube facial:

If cryo facial isn't available for you, you can DIY this cold and hot procedure yourself. Freeze a few chamomile or cucumber ice cubes and use them on your skin right after the hot shower. Cold face roller or a few minutes of the cold shower are going to be a great alternative to professional cryotherapy as well.


Step 3 | Hydration & Nourishment

All facials and skincare procedures are going to leave your skin thirsty. That's when deep hydration and proper skin nourishment should follow. Skin serums induced with vitamins, creams, beauty oils, and toners are going to rejuvenate the skin, lock moisture in, and calm down irritated skin. Choose skincare products that are high in antioxidants, they will prevent skin stress and speed up the recovery process.

hand is holding face massager
Photo: Polina Kovaleva

Step 4 | Microcurrent Workout

Your facial muscles need a regular workout just like any other muscle in the body. Microcurrent technology, which has been used since 1980, is going to non-invasively stimulate your facial muscles, tightening, and toning them up. The microcurrent facial is completely painless and can be done by a professional esthetician, or at home, with the help of a portative microcurrent device. A long-term microcurrent treatment not only stimulates your facial muscles, but can also reduce the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles, without harming your muscles and skin. 

Step 5 | LED Light Facial

And, lastly, a few words about the LED light facial. It uses a variety of wavelengths of light, including red and blue light, but does not use ultraviolet rays. Blue light is known to heal damaged skin, suppress levels of cortisol, and treat acne, while red light is used for anti-aging properties. The whole procedure is going to take up to 30 minutes, and you’ll need a few LED light sessions to see the first results.

Thursday

woman wearing black bridal dress posing on a coast

White is undoubtedly one of the most versatile colors. It fits absolutely anyone and can be combined with so many other colors in one beautiful ensemble. You can't go wrong choosing white, especially when it comes to a wedding dress. Yet, there is another trusty color that works just as great as white. Can you already guess what color I am talking about? Let's face it, the black is always the new black nothing can substitute for its elegance. Moreover, you can always rely on this color or its absence if you prefer to call it this way.

So, if your nocturnal instincts push you towards the dark side, or you plan to have a themed wedding ceremony then my today's post is for you. Here are some of my favorite black bridal dresses from elegant lace ornaments and bohemian wedding dresses to voluminous Victorian-inspired ensembles. And which one is your personal favorite?

gorgeous black mermaid bridal dresss

1. Dark Mermaid

Let's begin with the open-back black mermaid dress. It has sleek lace-covered sleeves and a long tail-like skirt. This dress is going to look fascinating on an hourglass figure highlighting curves and waistline. Nocturnal brides who love simple silhouettes and lace will adore this wedding dress.

woman in black bridal chiffon dress is posing on the snow

2. Odile from Swan Lake

Odile is the secondary antagonist in the Swan Lake ballet. Her dark entity inspired me to pick up this gorgeous black bridal dress with a voluminous chiffon gown. The top part features a deep-v-neck neckline under the thinnest coat of intricate lace. Looking stunning and radiates an edgy vibe.

woman is posing on a beach, wearing a black, boho-inspired bridal dress.

3. Moody Boho

The next dress you'll want to wear even after the wedding ceremony, as it is a very wearable, boho-inspired ensemble. It is going to be perfect for the beach wedding ceremony, and after, you can wear it casually or revamp it for a night out.

woman in black bridal dress with flower crown on her head is posing in a field.

4. Beauty in Modesty

This floor-length, draped gown is an ideal choice for the beginning of the spring or the fall time. Its modest silhouette and lace-covered sleeves are ideal for romantic brides. And the black color makes the dress versatile for various wedding themes.

a woman in a balck tulle bridal dress is posing in the field

5. Gothic Princess

Moody, and dark, this dress is made for a sad Gothic princess who enters a dreamy and obscure dream wedding. This black gown needs nothing to make your dark look complete. It is obsolete in its simplicity. Loose hair and smokey eye makeup are going to be your best friends for this dress. And, for the comfortable ceremony, opt-out for a pair of flats.

a woman in a simple black weding dress is posing in the field

6. Free-spirited Energy

Another perfect option for an outdoor wedding ceremony. This deep-v-neck black wedding dress is covered in tassels and has a loose cut. Exactly what you need if you aim for an ethnic vibe for your ceremony. When I see this dress, I imagine a private wedding somewhere in the middle of an immense grassland.

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7. Gothic Sweetheart

The sweetheart neckline is one of the most delicate and the most popular choices for a wedding dress. It elongates the neck, accentuates the décolletage area. Combine it with a billowing tulle gown and a pair of drop earrings. You can also add a baroque necklace to your neck as a final Gothic touch.

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8. The Black Queen

If the Gothic Princess wears a black tulle gown that looks like cotton candy, then The Black Queen rocks a full Victorian attire for her wedding. The boat shoulder neckline is covered in retro lace, Juliet sleeves, royal embroidery all over the gown, and, of course, a layered mantle that completes the look. Such an ensemble will fit a wintery fairytale wedding.

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9. Dark Elegancy

If you always wanted to wear a big, fluffy dress for your wedding but also wanted it to look "alternative", then you will definitely like the next dress. It combines all of the classic elements like a sweetheart bodice and fluffy skirt. Still, the pitch-black color makes this dress look edgy enough for a Gothic-inspired wedding.

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10. Gloomy Fairytale

And the final dark beauty is an a-line dress with a 3-d floral lace and a bateau neckline. If Disney's Maleficent planned a glamorous wedding, she would go for this black bridal dress without any doubt. My favorite detail is a sexy slit on the side, which allows you to show some skin. A black diadem decorated with raw gems is a mandatory accessory for this dress.

Sunday

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Congratulations, your skin is finally clear and free of the annoying pimples and acne. Now, when they are completely gone, the only problem left is scarring. Certainly, you can cover skin imperfections with a layer of makeup. However, makeup will not camouflage uneven skin texture, it will only make it look more prominent. The only real solution is actually to make the scar less visible naturally or fade it away. Acne scars tend to get less visible with time, but it is possible to quicken up this process. Still, before starting any treatment, it is best to understand the real reason behind scarring and the removal mechanism.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation or PIH is the medical term used to describe the dark mark and skin unevenness left after the acne is gone. In the beginning, the scar looks red, turning dark brown or even purplish with time.  If you have a darker skin complexion, then you are more prone to get darker acne scars. Usually, the pigmentation lasts somewhere between three to five years, though it may stay for longer periods of time. 

Severe acne scarring may be more common when the surface of the pimple is damaged by scratching or "popping". This promotes inflammation and causes the skin to raise more pigment melanin onto the surface of the skin, as the body tries to protect the sensitive area. The higher level of melanin leaves the skin with dark spots in the place of post-acne.

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What are the Most Common Types of Acne Scars?

While most acne scars are flat, and pigmented, some of them may appear higher or lower on the skin. This creates an uneven texture on the surface of the face, which is harder to conceal. Therefore, preventing acne before it begins is very important. If the acne process has already begun, it is crucial to treat it at an early stage, before the appearance of deep scarring.

Other acne scars, which are commonly called hypertrophic scars, are even more visible on the skin, as they are more raised and developed. They are even harder to battle, but nothing is impossible. Though, you may need a little help on the side, and a well-planned course of scar treatment.

Best Post-acne After-Care and Treatments

Now, when we know that it is important to start the treatment early in the healing period when the acne pimple is not inflamed anymore, it is completely healed and flat. To speed up the healing, use anti-inflammatory remedies like Hydrocortisone and Vitamin E. Both of them reduce inflammation and swelling, preventing the forming of the actual acne scar. Avoid using any damaging procedures during this stage, as they can lead to more pigmentation and scarring. Don't forget to consult your dermatologist before starting any kind of skin treatment.

Once your skin is completely healed, has no sign of inflammation, you can start using other remedies like Vitamin C. It is a potent antioxidant that prevents melanin synthesis or melanogenesis, and so it reduces hyperpigmentation. Retinol and Hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine will stimulate collagen synthesis, and it will even out post-acne skin bumpiness. 

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Best Ingredients that Help Reduce Acne Scars

Some skin care ingredients may help you on your way to even skin. To make them work better, pair them with regular face moisturizer. One of the best ingredients that improve skin texture is Mandelic Acid. This ingredient also plays a huge role in the cell renewal process.

Another great acne scars treatment is Azelaic Acid. It has a very gentle, but very effective exfoliating nature. It is even recommended for people with Rosacea. For severe cases of acne scarring, and for keloid scars, use a powerful combination of Retinoids and Hydroquinone.

How to Maintaining Scar-Free Skin?

Maintaining scar-free skin is yet another battle for healthy skin. The most important rule here is a potent sunscreen with an SPF. Invest in a good-quality product with at least SPF 90, and don't forget to re-apply it regularly. Post-acne skin is sensitive and prone to sunburn. Plus, UV exposure may make the pigmentation more severe, so it is crucial to protect your skin from the sun.

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  • Develop a Skin Care Routine, and Stick to It
Now, when the acne is gone, we want to avoid relapse, and a thorough morning and evening skincare routine is going to prevent new blemishes and pimples from reappearing. Consult your dermatologist and develop your personal routine that suits your lifestyle and skin type. Stick to the routine and don't skip the steps.

  • Cleansing And Moisturizing is a Must
Give special attention to the cleansing process in your routine. Skip the harsh scrubbing, opting for gentle chemical peels. Use them once a week to release your skin from the dead cells, refreshing its appearance. Follow the cleansing with a rich moisturizer in the evening, and SPF-based cream for the daytime.

  • Check your skin regularly with a Dermatologist.
It is important to stay in touch with your dermatologist throughout the whole healing process. A professional doctor will help you with wound healing, tell you if you need any additional topic treatments, and do extra exams if necessary. It is important to check in with your dermatologist regularly, even after your acne is completely gone.

Hopefully, their skincare tips will help you during your acne treatment process. Remember to don't pick on your skin and squeeze the pimples, even if they annoy you too much. Prevention of acne and acne scarring is better and easier than cure. 

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