Kristals Tips: Rosacea Symptoms and How to Handle Them

Rosacea is a common skin condition whose cause is as yet known. Rosacea symptoms basically involve a redness on the cheeks, nose and chin that can arrive at any time, and it can show on other body parts like arms too.

If you don’t get it treated, you can also get bumps and pimples, and your nose can even get swollen with excess tissue: the comedian W.C. Fields had this, and Googling images of him will clearly show you this is NOT a good look to have.

So what can you do to handle your rosacea symptoms without going crazy? We brought in Kristals beauty and skincare experts to cover fundamental ways to handle them.

Kristals Tips: Rosacea Symptoms and How to Handle Them

According to estimates, as many as 16 million Americans suffer from it—and nearly half a million people have it around the world. While it comes and comes, it rarely heals itself on its own.

One of the first steps in dealing with rosacea symptoms is having a dermatologist examine you. They are usually experts in diagnosing this condition and having them check you out is crucial because other conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and seasonal allergies, among others, can produce similar symptoms – but would require different methods to alleviate them.

A number of different medical treatments can help manage—but not cure—rosacea symptoms. These include:

  • Pulsed light or lasers to remove visible blood vessels
  • Beta-blockers
  • Azelaic acid and metronidazole to control bumps and swelling
  • Lower-dose antibiotics like Oracea
  • Paying attention to foods and lifestyle issues that can trigger it, including spicy foods and stress. To manage stress, try meditation, exercise, and proper sleep (when you sleep is when your body heals itself).
  • Daily use of sunscreen seems to help with controlling outbreaks, since sunlight can often trigger rosacea symptoms
  • Studies also suggest that moisturizers with kinetin (a plant-derived cytokinin or substance that promotes cell division in plants) may also help people with minor rosacea symptoms
  • Stick to clean beauty – the more natural ingredients you put on your skin (and fewer synthetic ones), the better (same goes for what you eat)

Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Between the hype swirling about new “miracle” ingredients and complicated lists that may feel like you need a Ph.D. in chemistry to decipher, it’s hard to know what actually works. How do you decode the lists of anti-wrinkle cream ingredients on products you find at the store?

We’re bringing in the Kristals beauty & skincare experts to see what they recommend as the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients – so you can cut through the clutter and get to the good stuff, whether you’re choosing a cream, moisturizer, or serum.

Kristals Tips: Best Anti-wrinkle Cream Ingredients

Retinol

This vitamin A derivative has proven effects to stop wrinkles while boosting collagen and elastin production. Retinol is one of the very best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients you can find.

Here’s a small selection of what Kristals offers with retinol:

Antioxidants

These are specific vitamins like vitamin C, A and E that fight the free radical oxygen molecules that age our skin. Some of them even help stimulate collagen (hello, vitamin C!) and promote the repair of skin cells.

A lot of Kristals products have antioxidants plainly because they are immensely powerful. Here are a few:

Peptides

These proteins help bind moisture to promote hydration and seem to have positive effects on improving intercellular communication to help skin cells repair themselves. On labels, you’ll see them referred to by their specific names, like Tetrapeptide-26, Tetrapeptide-7 and oligopeptide.

A few stellar Kristals products contain peptides – let’s highlight the following:

Niacinamide

Derived from vitamin B3, niacinamide is great for treating dark spots or discoloration that comes from sun damage or simply the passage of time, in addition to being an anti-aging wonder. It’s also helpful for treating skin inflammation and acne.

Anti-wrinkle Kristals products with vitamin B3 include:

Hyaluronic acid

This is a highly recommend moisturizing agent that dermatologists recommend time and again, since hydrated skin usually looks full and radiant.

There you have it: 5 of the best anti-wrinkle cream ingredients so you can make sure your skincare investments are worth it and you can get the results you seek!

Kristals Tips: Common Beauty Blunders to Avoid

Common beauty blunders – we all make them (even the beauty and skincare experts at Kristals have made them at some point!). Sometimes they happen out of ignorance, other times we listen to bad advice from celebrities (hi, Snooki and Gwyneth Paltrow!) or even from well-meaning friends. Or we read a headline but not the whole article or misunderstand what the piece is actually saying.

But that’s okay. Here at Kristals we’re here to help! Read on for the common beauty blunders you never have to make again.

Kristals Tips: Common Beauty Blunders to Avoid

Conditioning the Wrong Spots

Start working in conditioner around your ears and take it to the ends. Don’t apply it all over like do would with shampoo, since the hair close to the roots is healthy and doesn’t need it, not to mention that the extra product there can actually wear your hair down.

If you want that va-va-voom volume, skip this one of the common beauty blunders and only put conditioner from your ears down.

Not Knowing Your Skin Type

This is huge, and people often dive in and try different substances that others rave out without checking to see if they’re a fit. And an online quiz is NOT how your figure out your skin type.

See a dermatologist and then grill him or her about what to look for on ingredients lists for sunscreens, antioxidant serums, exfoliators and moisturizer. Also see if they have lifestyle tips that fit your type of skin.

Meanwhile, this will help you know your skin type and if you already have an idea, these are for you:

Using Eye Cream for Puffy Eyes

Since these creams have hydrating agents, they may actually make the puffiness puffier—NOT the goal.

Instead, see if you can find a light eye gel that contains caffeine, use potato slices, or simply apply an ice pack for 15 minutes to bring down the puffiness.

Too Much Bronzer

Take it easy. You want a glow, not to be glowing like you were exposed to radiation in a screwy science experiment.

If you can get out in the sun (with sunscreen!) you’ll get a naturally bronzed look, and healthy skin glows naturally.

Knowledge is power – now you don’t have to make these common beauty blunders anymore! Go you!

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 5 Things to Stop Doing When You Have Oily Skin

Sometimes, the solutions to certain problems is stopping certain things, and oily skin is one of them. That’s because we often engage in habits or practices that make the problem worse. So putting a stop to those is key to improving oily skin. So stop these 5 habits and your skin will improve, no matter how oily it is, Kristals Cosmetics experts advise.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 5 Things to Stop Doing When You Have Oily Skin

Overwashing

You see that oil on your face and you want it gone, we get it. But washing several times a day can eliminate the skin’s natural oils that actually help keep it moisturized and instead give us a dry face.

Worse yet, getting rid of those oils will trigger the body to produce more oil because it will sense dryness—a vicious skin cycle.

Alcohol-based Toners

They can be as bad as overwashing in terms of stripping away good oils and consequently spiking overall oil production, causing more breakouts to boot.

Cleaning creamy

Pass on creamy cleansers and instead pick one with salicylic acid, glycolic acid or one with a water base.

Slather on a bunch of stuff

Some folks try several products at once—that can make things worse.

Instead, see your dermatologist, who can help with a chemical peel or maybe a prescription medication that reduces oil production.

Meanwhile, streamline your routine: a cleanser, toner, spot treatment for blemishes, and a good moisturizer are all you need. For oily skin, try the rose quartz line from Kristals Cosmetics:

Hands off

Wiping your face with your hands can get bacteria and dirt into your pores, causing more problems like acne breakouts. If you absolutely must touch your face, be sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitizer beforehand to minimize transferring bacteria to your face.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 4 Skincare Habits You Need to Start

While great skin can simply be the results of genetics, personal beauty consultants or simply Photoshop, the rest of us can make a big difference just by changing what we do every day—and being consistent. Kristals Cosmetics experts will be skipping over the basics like washing your skin only twice a day, using sunscreen and moisturizer to go a bit deeper while still offering ideas that are easy to work into your routine.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 4 Skincare Habits You Need to Start

Focus

Some people with wrinkles will apply a top-notch ingredient like retinol to their whole face, risking irritation. It’s better to apply the retinol just to wrinkles. Or if you have combination skin, user a toner with AHAs or BHAs only to the oily area, skipping over the other areas that don’t need it.

Get regular facials—from a pro

If your budget permits, your dermatologist may be the best source for this. Meaning no disrespect to spas or your best friend’s DIY facial recipes, it’s best for a pro to guide you on what’s best for your skin when it comes to facials, which could involve some light peeling or other treatments that fit you best.

Don’t wanna blow cash on that? We’ve got some DIY mask recipes here and more here.

Antioxidize

Make sure your skin gets plenty of antioxidants. While diet provides antioxidants when you eat fruits and veggies, so far no clinical evidence suggests food or vitamin capsules will benefit the skin. So try a vitamin C serum in a dark container (this keeps in stable) like the AMBER Multi-Vitamin C Brightening Serum from Kristals Cosmetics (which also contains retinol, vitamin E, and powerful red algae) and a good moisturizer formulated for your skin type.

Some moisturizers have retinol (a vitamin A derivative) and vitamin E, both key antioxidants that benefit the skin by fighting free radicals that can damage skin.

Be fishy, then go nuts

Salmon, tuna and nuts are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which keep inflammation under control, including skin inflammation. These foods also help protect against heart disease and protect against colorectal cancer.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

 

When you choose a facial moisturizer (or one for the body), you are really looking for a product that can do multiple tasks at one time. At the top of the list here at Kristals Cosmetics are sun protection, moisture management, and protection from free radicals. Ideally one lotion or cream should be able to do it all, but you can layer products if necessary.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: What to Look for in a Good Moisturizer

  1. Sun protection

The sun is crucial for life (and for vitamin D production) but it can also be your skin’s worst enemy, according to the skincare and beauty researchers at Kristals Cosmetics. Sun exposure not only leads to wrinkles and “age spots,” but also contributes to potentially deadly skin cancer.

Check the label of any facial moisturizer for an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 for daytime wear. Be sure you are getting broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UBV rays. Commonly available and naturally sourced sun-protective ingredients include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients may leave a white cast to your skin, so choose a thin formulation that can be easily absorbed over a heavier cream.

  1. A moisturizing/humectant combination

Dry skin will look older than supple skin, and will also feel tight and possibly even itchy or irritated. Moisturizing ingredients will help to prevent the skin from losing its all-important existing moisture. These include plant oils like coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, silicones, and animal oils (like lanolin).

Humectants attract additional external water to the skin; look for sorbitol, glycols, glycerin and sodium PCA to do this job.

A good body moisturizer with these ingredients is the ROCK CRYSTAL – Supreme Body Butter, available in Love Spells and Free Magic scents, from Kristals Cosmetics. These body butters are rich in African shea butter, beeswax, and glycerin to leave skin supple and soft from the neck down.

  1. Antioxidant power

Found in fruits, vegetables, and other naturally occurring substances (and which you can also take in vitamin supplement form), antioxidants are indispensable for preventing some of the damage that is done, daily, by unavoidable free radicals.

Tocopherol (vitamin E), lycopene (a carotenoid found in red produce), green tea, coffee berry, resveratrol (from grapes), grape seed, genistein (from soy), niacinamide (vitamin B3), vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol), and l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are all powerful antioxidants used in skincare products.

Often, antioxidants are used in combination with each other, including in our Kristals Cosmetics line of moisturizers. For example, the GOLD 24K Gold Eye Perfecting Cream from Kristals Cosmetics includes vitamin E together with vitamin A to erase fine lines and generally combat premature aging.

Another great option is the AMBER Multi-Vitamin C Hydration Cream from Kristals Cosmetics. This cream includes vitamin C and vitamin E to effectively correct skin tone and fight wrinkles.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 3 Home Remedies for Better-Looking Skin

While many people think that the secrets to great skin are always found in the beauty counter, you may find a few helpful options no further than your kitchen counter. With that in mind, here are a few home remedies for beauty and skin concerns to try that we love at Kristals Cosmetics.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: 3 Home Remedies for Better-Looking Skin

#1 Honey
Raw honey is chock-full of nutrients, antioxidants, and other beneficial substances, explain the scientists from the research team of Kristals Cosmetics, which specializes in creating organicallypo innovative skin care products based on natural elements.

You want to look for the raw kind of honey that hasn’t been pasteurized or heat-treated so you can get the full benefits of the phytonutrients. You can spread a teaspoon on your face, wait 15 minutes and then rinse to use it a DIY moisturizing mask. If you want to get at the gunk in your pores, you could mix 2 tablespoons of raw honey with 2 tablespoons of jojoba or coconut oil. Then you apply the blend to your face, but be sure to steer clear of the eye area.

#2 Baking Soda
You probably already have a box in the fridge to keep it smelling fresh, but you can also blend 1 tablespoon with 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Once a week, you can brush your teeth with this mixture, let it sit for five minutes and then brush with regular toothpaste. The goal here is a brighter, whiter smile.

You also can add a bit of baking soda to water to try as a quick spot treatment for pimples that pop up so as to dry them out.

#3 Tomato
To shrink down big pores, take half of a seeded tomato and 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Puree the tomato thoroughly, then add the yogurt and blend well. Add the mix to your skin and leave on between 5 and 10 minutes. After you rinse off this DIY mask gently, moisturize your skin.

Quick Guide to the Ultimate Pamper Evening with Kristals Cosmetics

Turn on some relaxing music.  Light a scented candle.  Prepare for a long bubble bath.  You deserve the best pamper evening.  A time you gift yourself, away from all the worries and craziness of your busy life.  Here are 4 Kristals Cosmetics pamper evening essentials for the perfect one with gemstones to revitalize your skin from head to toe.

Quick Guide to the Ultimate Pamper Evening with Kristals Cosmetics

#1 Kristals Cosmetics Diamond Select Anti-Gravity Spark Eye Mask

What better time to close your eyes and enjoy an eye mask than this?  Cleanse your face, and apply the Kristals Anti Gravity Eye Mask under your eyes. Gently massage the emulsion into your skin.

As you relax in the tub for 15 minutes, this mask will be working on this very sensitive area of your skin defying gravity and deeply moisturizing thank to the anti aging properties of diamonds. Its pure diamond powder will also promote cell turnover and reduce lines around your eyes.

#2 Kristals Cosmetics Diamond Select Anti-Gravity Spark Mask

While you’re at it… why not restore the elasticity of your face as well?  Use Kristals Diamond Anti-Gravity Spark Mask.  Infused with pure diamond and collagen, this mask will not fail to  brighten, lift, firm and restore the resilience of your skin. You can leave it on for 15 minutes as well and then peel both masks off together.

#3 Kristals Cosmetics Rock Crystal Performing Body Polish Free Magic

The next step of your perfect pamper evening would be to exfoliate your legs, knees, arms and elbows with the sumptuous Kristals Cosmetics Rock Crystal Performing Body Polish – available in the scents Free Magic and Love Spells.

In addition to rock crystal powder, this luxury body polish is formulated with all-natural sea salt and almond, jojoba and sesame oils to help you remove dead skin cells and moisturize your skin in one single step.

#4 Kristals Cosmetics Pearl Neck & Chest Extra Firming Mask

Right before you take a quick shower to rinse off the body polish, is the perfect time to apply Kristals Cosmetics Pearl Neck & Chest Extra Firming Mask to your neck and chest.  This unique mask combines pearl powder and kaolin clay.

Both ingredients are known to restore the balance of your skin in this often overlooked areas. Leave the neck and chest mask on until dry.  Then rinse your body to reveal an unbelievably healthy, sensual soft and youthful skin.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: How to Make Your Makeup Last Longer

Have you ever wondered if you can end your hectic day looking as fresh as the moment you hit the door in the morning?  Here are 6 tips from Kristals Cosmetics skincare experts that will help you make your makeup last longer.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: How to Make Your Makeup Last Longer

1. Go Oil-Free

There’s a reason why coconut oil and argan oil are used as and in makeup removers (psst… never sleep with your makeup on!).  Foundations and other makeup products formulated with oil make it way more likely for it to slide out of place and gradually fade away as the day progresses.  Choose oil-free formulations instead.

2. Prime Up!

Why?  A primer creates a barrier between your moisturizer and your foundation.  It locks in that moisture and prevents your makeup from being absorbed by your skin.

3. We Heart Waterproof

Opt for a waterproof alternative, to prevent tears or sweat from smudging your mascara.  Waterproof mascara comes handy when you’re out exercising.   Another advantage of going waterproof, is that its formulation will help you keep your lashes curled up longer!

4. Long-Wear all the way!

As a general rule, pick your makeup products wisely.  Read labels, do your research and purchase eyeliners, foundations and everything in between that promises to stay put all day long.

5. Powder It

Gently apply some translucent powder over your face, to make sure your makeup look stays fresh longer. The trick here is not to overdo this and pick a light powder or you’ll end up looking cakey. Another great tip is to “bake” your concealer.

Simply use a beauty sponge and dampen it with setting spray.  Next, use it to pick up the translucent powder and cover over the area where you applied concealer. Wait a couple of minutes and dust the excess off.

6. Spritz, Spritz, Spritz

Last but not least, get a hold of a high quality setting spray.  Think of setting spray as hair spray for your face.  Spritz 3 times over your makeup look, and get ready to look your best all day, or all night!  MAC, Makeup Forever and Urban Decay all have highly-rated setting sprays to consider.

Now over to you: what are your tips to make your makeup last all day?

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Is Your Skin Stressed Out?

Under pressure?  The side effects of a hectic life include increased cortisol production.  Your skin usually pays the price and will be sure to communicate your stress levels.  Here’s a list from Kristals Cosmetics experts of the main stress signs to watch out for, and how you can manage them.

Kristals Cosmetics Tips: Is Your Skin Stressed Out?

#1 You’re breaking out

This stress hormone, cortisol, is also responsible for other hormonal imbalances, such as testosterone.  That extra testosterone increases oil production which clogs pores and combined with bacteria causes acne breakouts.

Pssst… try facial mapping to heal your breakouts too!

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  When stressed, make a habit of cleansing your face the right way, twice a day, to control its amount of oil and kill the bacteria causing your pimples.

We suggest the DIAMOND Anti-Gravity Gentle Foaming Milk from Kristals Cosmetics.  This gentle 2-phase milk-to-foam cleanser with real diamonds cleans, hydrates, and frees your skin from pollutants and makeup residues. Follow this step with the ROSE QUARTZ Oil Free Spot Treatment from Kristals Cosmetics to heal and dry your acne.

#2 Your Face Feels Tighter than Usual

Another signal of stress that quickly shows on your skin are dullness and dry skin.  If your face is not usually that dry and you’re feeling it tighter than normal when you smile, chances are your skin is getting dehydrated as a result of stress.  Blame cortisol, once again.

It is the culprit for the skin’s inability to hold on to water. Moisture loss can easily be detected by a sudden lack of glow in your complexion.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip: Skip hot showers because hot temperatures strip skin’s natural oils. Instead, shower warm and apply a rich face cream – such as Ruby Super Facial Nourishing Cream – while your skin is still damp to lock in that moisture. Last but not least, schedule some time to pamper yourself and relax while using Aventurine Collagen Booster Mask from Kristals Cosmetics.

Psst… go here to read about aventurine’s skincare benefits.

#3 You look Flushed all the time

Have you been worrying a bit too much about redness lately?  Stress can also trigger flushing due to rosacea flares or increased blood flow.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  Pure gold has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties. We recommend the daily use of 24K Gold Facial Perfecting Serum from Kristals Cosmetics.

#4 Your eyes look super tired

Lack of sleep and chronic tension will tax the sensitive skin around your eyes, causing dark circles and puffiness.

Kristals Cosmetics Tip:  Hit the sack earlier!  While you rest, sleep with your head slightly up to decrease inflammation.

In the morning, schedule some time to apply fresh cucumber slices over your eyes.  These constrict the blood and lymph vessels that bring fluid to the eye area. Lastly, use Sapphire Retinol Firming & Lifting eye cream from Kristals Cosmetics followed by under-eye concealer.