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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Great Skin At Any Age

Eat a balanced diet – Yes, we all know that a balanced diet is the healthy thing to do, but did you also realize that a balanced diet helps with the moisture balance and the condition of your skin? Start with a minimum of 8 – 12 glasses of water each and every day, and follow up with lots of fruits and vegetables. Continue with a basic low-fat diet (but don’t starve yourself!) and good-quality protein, and you’ll have a recipe for not only good health, but also great skin!

Be gentle – Use a very light touch on your facial skin at all times. If you’re used to rubbing your face or eyes vigorously (if you have allergies, itchy eyes or sensitive skin) you could be aggravating the condition. The skin on your face is very delicate, and the skin under your eyes is the most delicate of all! Never rub under your eyes. If they itch, try a cold compress or washcloth, or a cotton pad moistened with toner or witch hazel. Aggressive rubbing during your cleaning routine can also cause damage. Use a gentle touch on your face at all times.

Moderation in alcohol consumption – Alcoholic drinks tend to enlarge the blood vessels near the surface of your facial skin, and prolonged alcohol consumption or abuse can damage your skin. The overall health effects can be very negative, and they’ll show up first in your face!

Get your ZZZZ’s – The majority of cell repair and generation performed by your body’s systems happens when you are at rest. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin can’t renew itself. Find the right sleep balance for you by tracking how you feel when you sleep 6 – 8 hours versus 4 – 6 hours over a 7 to 10 day period. When you feel your best for an extended period, that may be the right sleep level and amount for you. Try to ensure proper rest by winding down from the day’s stressful activities so that you can fall asleep easily and rest completely.

Watch out for nature! – Blustery days with lots of wind can cause your skin to become dry and tight. We often protect our skin from winter’s chill winds, ice and snow, but windy days in any season can cause skin damage. If you’re riding in a fast-moving vehicle, or with the window down, make sure to moisturize your skin before and after the ride, especially if you notice any tightness. In fact, don’t wait for the tightness to appear, take extra care with your skin every single day!

Botanicals Facial Cleanser

A facial cleanser cleans the top layer of skin removing makeup, pore debris, and air pollutants that have attached themselves to the skin. It also removes dead skin cells and oil, leaving the skin with a healthy glow.

A well balanced, gentle cleanser that maintains the skins natural PH, is very important to women. Women insist on skin cleansers that not only clean their skin, but make their skin look healthier and younger. That’s why the botanical facial cleansers have gained so much popularity. They are mild, they do not destroy the skins natural PH, and they replace important nutrients to the skin. After only a few weeks of use woman are seeing their skin look younger.

Just as their name indicates, these facial cleansers are made from natural products, rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, and complete with anti aging properties. You will find ingredients such as aloe, coconut, jojoba, papaya, chamomile, orange blossom, yarrow, and even horsetail. No that’s not the tail of a horse, but a very powerful antioxidant herb.

Because these botanical cleansers are so gentle, they can be used daily, both morning and night. Evening cleaning is especially important as your face has had an entire day of abuse. Your make up needs to be removed, you need to unclog your pores, and you need to remove the pollutants that you’ve been exposed to during your daily travels. To complete your facial cleansing you should add a botanical astringent which you should use after using your facial cleanser. You should also add a botanical scrub for exfoliating which you can use two or three times a week.

Botanical scrubs include ingredients such as apricot husks, while the astringents often include ingredients such as tea tree oil or green tea. These natural scrubs will gently remove dead skin and expose the fresh new layer of skin just waiting to reach the surface. The will help keep you skin both free of acne and bacteria which can cause acne.

So how do women really feel about botanical cleansers and related products. Aren’t they like any other cleanser that’s been on the market. A whole lot of hoopla, with basically the same results.

Skin Care Regimen

Typically, a skin care routine consists of the following steps: washing, exfoliating, moisturizing and sun protection. Most people opt to stick to their regimen twice a day, especially when they often stay outdoors, or are exposed to pollutants for long periods of time. Doing your routine in the morning and before sleeping at night is usually the case.

Cleansing unclogs your pores and washes away make-up and dirt accumulation, while moisturizing keeps your skin from becoming dry and prevents premature ageing. Various beauty experts advise daily exfoliation to remove the pileup of dead epidermal cells, but doing it daily may lead to irritation and other skin problems in some people. In a week, once or twice exfoliation is usually enough, but applying sunscreen throughout the day is a must. Protection from sun damage caused by ultraviolet light UVA and UVB is what most experts say as the most imperative step in any skin care routine. Since these damaging sun rays are the number one environmental cause of skin cancer and premature ageing, it never hurts to apply sunscreen or beauty products with UV blockers whenever you are exposed to the sun.

Now that you have learned the basics, your beauty regimen must always be optimized for the type of skin you have-whether it be oily, dry, combination or sensitive. Skin type may vary because of many factors: diet, age and season. Surprisingly, a low-fat diet tends to make your skin dry, while a diet rich in essential fatty acids may improve it. Menopause may also affect your skin type, sometimes turning oily skin into dry skin. During summer, the skin is likely to be oilier, while during the winter season, it is apt to become drier.

For these reasons, determining the type of skin you have and your needs is a must in creating a skin care routine. There are numerous skin care products and cosmetics suitable for a particular skin type, so choosing your products can be fairly easy. But as time goes by, adjusting your routine as your skin changes is a useful idea.

Improve Skin Elasticity

Your skin has two distinct layers called the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is on the surface and contains the pigment, epidermal cells, and proteins. The dermis is the layer located underneath the epidermis and contains the dermal cells, blood vessels and nerves, hair follicles, and oil glands plus it is responsible for providing the nutrients for the epidermal layer. It also contains the connective tissue as well as our skin’s collagen.

Although it is located beneath the epidermal layer, it is changes in the dermal layer that cause the outer skin to wrinkle and loose elasticity as we age. As we grow older, the amount of fat found in our lower layer of skin decreases, our glands produce less oil, and collagen and elastin fibers loose their elasticity. The natural process of cell reproduction in the dermal layer also decreases as we grow older, resulting in a slower rejuvenation of our skin cells. So, now that we know just why this happens let’s talk about the part that is more important to those of us suffering from this affliction, the solution.

Although there is no actual magic pill designed to stop this natural aging process, there are options available to slow down and, in some cases, reverse the signs of aging skin. Of course, surgery is always an option and a face lift can take years off your appearance. However, it is a major procedure and recovery is long and can be quite painful. If this is an option you would consider, make sure to do your research and only go to a board certified plastic surgeon with a well established reputation.

For those looking for a less invasive route, there are a variety of products on the market today that offer an easier and less painful solution, though with less dramatic results. Many of these products contain ingredients like copper, Ginseng, elastin, collagen, and HGH (human growth hormone). These are all ingredients that have been proven to have some level of rejuvenating effects on the skin and its elasticity. Most products are geared toward sensitive skin and are generally to be allergy-free.