Vitamins for the Perfect Skin

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The end of the semester is within view, but we still have a few weeks to go before we can throw our lectures notes in the fireplace and just kick back while listening to the embers crackle.  The last few weeks of every semester are always plagued with term papers, projects, and finals.  We try to avoid it, but the late nights spent studying are inevitable.  These sleepless nights are bound to take a huge toll on your skin.  Although your mind will be fried, here are some vitamins to keep your skin looking at its best.

Vitamin A is associated with fortifying bone cells, which are important for the health of your hair and skin.  Course, dry, blemished, and itchy skin can be traced back to low levels of vitamin A in the body.  The consumption of liver, carrots, and sweet potatoes, foods that are rich in vitamin A, can prevent these problems from developing.  Vitamin A is also found in topical forms, such as lotions and night creams.  It protects your skin from premature aging.  As college students, we don’t want to roll into class looking like we’re fifty.

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Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, can hydrate your skin and reduce redness.  Inadequate amounts of B3 in the body can result in dry or scaly skin, possibly even dermatitis.  Vitamin B3 can be found in under the name “niacinamide” in lotions, creams, and serums and in foods, such as fish and peanuts.  The dry, winter air can really draw out the moisture from your face, so don’t be remiss about getting enough B3.

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Vitamin C is the master of aging prevention.  It plays a major role in collagen production.  Below the epidermis, collagen has the task of preventing the skin from sagging.  A vitamin C deficiency will produce coarse skin and will prolong the amount of time it takes for wounds to heal.  Many fruits, especially citrus fruits, are packed with vitamin C.  Having wrinkles when you’re in your twenties doesn’t sound appeal at all.

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The vitamin that is often associated with skin health is vitamin E.  This vitamin aids in evening out your skin tone and softening the texture of your skin.  Color discoloration is common for people, who aren’t getting enough vitamin E.  Many topicals designed for skin health contain vitamin E.  Seafood, nuts, and seeds are also full of it.  Vitamin E will keep your skin healthy and radiant.

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We all know that the end of the semester is a very stressful time, but your health should always come before your studies.  Taking your vitamins will take your skin to new heights, but don’t forget about the basics: getting sufficient amounts of sleep, eating well, and drinking water.  When the last week comes, you’ll be rolling into your finals with the freshest face.

Summer Skin Savers

We’ve all heard about swapping heavier mosturizers for lighter ones and wearing sunscreen at the beach, but what else do we need to know to adjust our beauty routines to the heat? No one wants to look greasy or smudge their eyeliner with sweat (we all do it!), so we’ve compiled some summer beauty tips to keep you looking fresh!

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  • Less is more. Summer isn’t the tip for standout red lips or heavy smoky eyes. By piling on too much makeup, you’ll make your skin more likely to become oily. Stick with minimal foundation, light blush or bronzer, soft shadow and liner, and mascara. If you can, use eyeliner and mascara only on your top lid, because the bottom lashes and under-eye area are more prone to sweat and smearing. For lips, opt for a peach, nude, or light pink shade.
  • Powder is your friend. We’re all fans of Clean and Clear’s oil-absorbing sheets, but using them too often can strip away your skin’s natural moisture, causing you to become more oily! While it can be tempting to re-apply foundation throughout the day to make up for what you’re blotting away, a loose powder will help trap your skin’s natural oils in, which will prevent you from unnecessary grease. If you’re not covering up blemishes or evening your skin tone, try using more powder and less foundation for a healthy, sun-friendly look.

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A Jeanius Idea

You’ve seen feature articles about denim in magazines – it’s not just pants and skirts anymore! Jackets, belts, shoes, and even dresses are made in all styles and washes by some of the most prominent designers and brands. Distressed denim has made a comeback since the 90’s, and even denim button-down shirts are suddenly cool. You may even have heard about the “Denim and Rose” collection at Bobbi Brown, which released a glittery eyeshadow shade called Denim Sparkle last summer.

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But with its new color palette, M.A.C. takes the denim trend one step further. Today, the iconic beauty brand launched the “Jeanius” collection, which includes denim-inspired beauty products of every variety.

Like Bobbi Brown, M.A.C. has included eyeshadow in the collection as well. But these aren’t your ordinary shadow boxes – the powders are pressed into a stitched-looking pattern to resemble jean pockets! The shadows even have a metallic rivet attached for the authentic jean look. The pigments are available in two shades (washes?) of blue, and are also available in white and black. Continue reading

Fall Philosophy

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The approach of fall is evident: the leaves are falling, the days are getting longer and 8 a.m. classes seem to start in the middle of the night. But for me, fall is signaled by what is found in Sephora. I can always go there and smell my favorite fall scents from Philosophy. The brand adds pumpkin spice muffin, candy corn and caramel apple scents to its Shampoo, Shower and Bubble Bath line in the fall. These multitasking products are only $16–not bad to wash both your hair and body. And for Halloween, you can purchase the candy corn and caramel apple scents as a Halloween set for only $20. The best thing about the Philosophy line is that their scents are designed to only last until the end of the shower. No lingering smell means you can put on perfume afterward without having to worry about the scents mixing. Enjoy your favorite fall treats without the guilt.

Marc Jacobs Tackles Skin Cancer The Only Way He Knows How

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Marc Jacobs is becoming more than a designer. The Marc by Marc Jacobs and Jacobs by Marc Jacobs diffusion lines have made the icon’s clothes more accessible and have turned a former Perry Ellis employee into a gossip blog sensation. Using his celebrity, and celebrity friends, Marc Jacobs brings us the “Protect The Skin You’re In” collection of t-shirts. The collection features celebrities such as Marc Jacobs, Erin Wasson, Heidi Klum, and Victoria Beckham among others.

The shirts can be purchased only at Marc by Marc Jacobs stores with the surprisingly low cost of $35. All proceeds will go to the NYU Cancer Institute for skin cancer research.

Zeno Magic

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Being a stressed-out college student means we are all prone to breakouts, and in the winter our skin is at its driest. It can be hard to treat pimples with topical treatments, which tend to dry out skin even more. However, I invested in a Zeno and for $89, I feel like I have a mini dermatologist in the palm of my hand. The Zeno is a hand-held device with a tip that heats to a certain temperature. The heat decreases inflammation and safely destroys the bacteria inside the pimple. This device is costly, but after the recommended use of 2 times daily for 2 and a half minutes, you see results. The pimple is either drastically reduced in size or gone completely. I think it’s a safe way to quickly eliminate pimples without scarring and without drying out skin. I was originally intimidated by its scary beeping and heated tip, but the results made it worth it! After using it for several months now, I feel like I have much more control over my skin. This is a great investment for people who have mild to moderate acne (the kind with a raised white bump). The Zeno allows me to quickly and painlessly thwart pimples before they become worse. No more cover up sticks or messy creams for me!

What alternative ways do you use to treat breakouts?