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Category Archives: Beauty

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.

Step by step Clear Acne Fast

Step One: Use A Gentle Cleanser To Wash Face
If you go to the store you will see dozens of facial cleansers, pick one. The important thing to remember is to pick a facial cleanser that has the right balance of PH for you and your skin. This takes time and a bit of experimenting because if you choose the wrong one, you are likely to end up with oily or dry skin.

If you want to save some time and money, look up reviews on beauty websites or forums. Usually you’ll be able to find people with the same kind of skin as you. You can message them and see how other products effected them. You can also read their review of the products they have been recently using. This will surely save you a lot of money, time, and breakouts.

Step Two: Exfoliate Your Skin Two Times A Week
When you exfoliate your skin you are removing the dead cells that lay on your skin. You shed skin daily so its important to exfoliate at least two times a week. This will eventually lead you to have smoother, radiating skin that will be easily recognized by others.

Another option you have is microdermabrasion. This will go deeper in the surface of your skin and remove the dead top layer of the epidermis.

Step Three: Try A Toner
Using a toner will restore your skin to the proper ph balance it once was. This will prevent breakouts, acne, and redness. The toner is used to close up pores that may have open during your cleansing process. This will reduce the amount of pores that store extra oil and build up until you breakout.

Step Four: Sunscreen Daily
It is important that you remember to apply sunscreen whenever you are going outside. You don’t need to glob it on, but a tiny amount will do. Skin cancer is one of the top 5 diseases that kill in America.

Always make sure that your sunscreen has a sp of 15 or greater. The sun also tends to dry your skin out easy, so remember to apply a moisturizer of some type to your skin frequently.

Step Five: Be Picky About Your Moisturizer 
Always make sure to provide your skin with nutrients and moisturizer to prevent it from flaking and cracking. A good moisturizer will keep your skin smoother and supple to the core.

Must know about Skin Type

Moisturizing your skin is the third step in a skin care solution. Chilling your moisturizer in warm weather and warming the moisturizer in cool weather helps your skin to absorb the moisture more readily.

Another important part of a skin care solution is protecting your skin in extremely hot or cold climates. Extended sun exposure can lead to serious skin problems. A skin care solution can help ease the symptoms of various skin conditions. Dry skin, a common skin condition, can be caused by many factors. Dry skin can affect the entire body. Dry skin can be mild, moderate, or severe.

Finding the Right Products Will Help You Develop a Skin Care Solution
Lotions, balms, sun protect ants, cleansers, moisturizers, and many other products exist to relieve and cure skin conditions. Readily available products can often relieve most mild cases of skin conditions. Living with dry skin or other skin conditions can be annoying and frustrating. Finding the right skin care solution may take some time and effort; however, the benefits of working on your skin’s health far outweigh the difficulties in finding appropriate skin care products.

Stretch Mark Healing

The normal production of the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in our skin, collagen, is disrupted. Our skin is stretched thin and loses its elasticity. At first, due to the dilation of capillaries, the stretch marks may appear pink or red-colored. While trying to heal the wounds, the production of collagen is increased in the overstretched tissue, resulting in the familiar scars.

A lot is said about the prevention of stretch marks, but what can we do to remove them if they are already formed? Can we get rid of them? Or should we just learn to live with them? Let’s take a look at some of our best options:

–In the early stages, when stretch marks are still pinkish, apply several moisturizing creams and oils to make them less intense while they are maturing. Massage the area daily with body oil. Olive oil is said to be the best. Vaseline also works, any cream rich in vitamin E, different types of butter, cocoa butter, coconut butter and shea butter being the best.

–Micro-dermabrasion can also help. It is a skin-freshening technique that helps repair skin conditions. The micro-dermabrasion technique abrades the skin with a high-pressure flow of crystals, which stimulates the formation of new collagen and elastin. This causes the attenuated epidermis to heal more effectively, making stretch marks heal and become much less noticeable.

–You can also use medicines known as retinoids, which are derived from Vitamin A. Vitamin A is known to stimulate collagen renewal underneath the skin, healing the tears gradually.

–Creams containing alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) can be of some benefit also. AHAs are usually derived from fruit. They are actually fruit acids. These creams can improve your skin texture and color by increasing cell regeneration. AHAs remove the top layer of cells causing healthier ones to come to the surface. This will help improve the appearance of the stretch marks.

–You can also use laser light as an expensive but effective treatment, if used during the early stages. Dermatologists use a pulsed dye laser to fade red marks. A new type of laser has been used more recently, that can fade away mature light-colored marks. This type of therapy requires multiple treatments. Also, some pain may be involved, although it’s minimal. A few patients with darker skin tones have been reported to have some post-procedure pigmentary alteration, which is usually temporary.

–If the stretch marks appear on your belly there is a final solution, plastic surgery. During this procedure much of the skin below the belly button is removed. Stretch marks in this area are also removed with the skin.

Skin Dryness

Dry skin is very reactive to the environment and hates extremes of cold, heat and wind. It tends to peel and has a tendency to premature ageing with the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles. There is a difference between a dehydrated skin and a dry skin. While the dehydrated skin is simply thirsty, dry skin needs extra care in adapting a beauty regime to nourish the weakened corneal layer. While dealing with dry skin, your objective should always be to restore tone to the lipids in the corneal layer.

Every dermatologist’s advice: you must cleanse according to your skin type. Dry skin must be cleansed without removing the skin’s protective film. So you should opt for a thick milk cleanser and rinse with flower water. Your moisturizing cream should be rich in repairing agents containing ceramides, which reduce the salt content and slow down the evaporation of water in the skin.

Face Masks for dry skin:

1. Mix 2 tablespoons honey with 2 teaspoons milk. Smooth over face and throat. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

2. Mash apricots mix it with warm olive oil to form a paste. Apply it on your face and leave it for 10 minutes, then wash off.

Some helpful tips for dealing with dry skin:

1. Drink one and half litre of water every day to retain the hydration rate of your skin cells. Also, it benefits your overall health.

2. Maximize the effects of hydration by adding the essential oil, angelica, to your day and night creams.

3. Make sure to abandon water based cleansers.

4. Try iris flower, as it is excellent for retaining moisture in the skin.

5. Always opt for creams with ceramides.

6. Eat a balanced diet including fresh fruits and vegetables.

7. Stay away from soft drinks, sugar and other junk foods.

Raw Food Diet

It is believed that a raw food diet has the ability to feed our skin with the vital nutrients to give us the radiant look. As raw food did not go through the cooking process, much of its living enzymes and vitamins are still intact, hence eating raw food is able to provide our skin with moisture. And, we all know that well moisturized skin is more resistant to wrinkles formation.

The condition of our skin is a good indication of our internal health. Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to get ample vitamins, fiber and minerals into your body. As you diligently add raw food to your diet, you will gradually notice your face showing a healthy glow and radiance.

Much has been said of the efficacy of vitamin C in skin care products to reduce wrinkles. Wouldn’t it be better to take it directly from natural food source? Vitamin C is crucial for fair, radiant and beautiful skin. A lack of vitamin C in our body results in skin problems such as dark spots, freckles and wrinkles. Foods rich in vitamin C includes custard apple, orange, longan, kiwi, guava, strawberry, pomelo and papaya..

So, just what is considered a raw food diet? Well, a diet is considered a raw food diet if it consists of at least 75% raw, uncooked fruits, vegetables, sprouts, etc. It is believed that raw and living foods contain essential food enzymes, which are thought to be destroyed in the cooking process, i.e. heating foods above 116°F.

Generally, raw diet eaters have a particular technique to prepare foods. These include sprouting seeds, grains and beans; soaking nuts and dried fruits; and juicing fruits and vegetables. The only form of cooking that is sometimes used is the dehydrator, which blows hot air through the food but never reaches a temperature beyond 116°F.

You may be wondering by now if you have to follow the regimen so strictly? Of course not. However, it is beneficial to incorporate some of these techniques and ideas into your diet. If you have the habit of snacking at work, you may want to eat carrots instead of cookies and chips. Though it may not be that good a comfort food, it certainly gives you better health benefits and beautiful skin. Nowadays, pre-packed salads or sliced fruits are easily available in the supermarkets, so there really shouldn’t be any more excuses for not having time to prepare raw food.

Right Facial Cleanser Product

Different items are geared towards individuals with oily, dry, or combination skin.

Furthermore, some products are designed for individuals with acne problems and contain medicated ingredients to fight breakouts and blemishes.

Other products are designed simply to clean the skin and are perfect for use in individuals without acne problems.

Before you begin the search for the best facial cleanser product for your skin type, contact your dermatologist.

He or she will be able to find a cleanser that will control any potential problems you may have and ensure your skin and clean and healthy.

Some products that work to control acne are available over the counter whereas others require a prescription.

Determine your needs before choosing a product.

Some individuals want a product with exfoliating properties, whereas others want a product that can effectively remove makeup and not leave a residue.

In addition to a simple cleanser, you may want to invest in other products that will allow you to pamper yourself with home facials .

An unexpected place to find skin care essentials is the cosmetics counter of your favorite department store.

Many popular cosmetic companies now produce a line of the best products geared towards a variety of skin types for facial and other treatments..

Ask a representative for more information on these products.

Many companies perform facials using their items so customers can experience them first-hand.

These high-end potions perform cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating tasks, but often come with a hefty price tag.

If you are looking for an excellent cleanser without denting your budget, check out the skin care aisle of your local drug store.