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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Dealing with Oily Skin

All human beings, which include both men and women, have three basic types of skin, which are dry, oily and mixed. Although having dry skin could prove to be just as much a pain as having oily skin, oily skin seems to have many more problems with acne. That is why we humans have combined technology and nature to create a few simple tips on skin care for oily skin.

Use water based products. Oily skin tends to produce an abundance of oil on the skin, therefore, water based products are the best choice for skin care. If one uses creams and/or moisturizers that contain oils, they may aggravate or possibly worsen the condition, usually by giving one blackheads and/or acne. Throughout the summer months, when the weather is hot and sweaty, it would be advisable to use only light makeup or better yet, no makeup at all. Light makeup means using only moisturizers and a blush, or simply adding a dash of natural colored lipstick and/or mascara for the eyes.

Moisture. Oily skins mean having more oil production and less moisture. It is important to comprehend this, as most people thing wrongly that by having oily skin there is no room for moisturizers. Usually people will use soap-based cleansers to clean their skin leaving their skin dry and dehydrated. To really replenish the lost moisture, moisturizers are to be used frequently. By doing so, you will give your skin a more healthy and radiant complexion. Remember oily skin doesn’t necessarily mean you have you an excess of moisture, it just means it is oily and you need to find a middle ground. That’s why keeping the moisture of your skin at a normal level is essential for getting that beautiful looking skin you have always wanted.

Remove Make-up. With modern society requiring us to look our best every day, it is not uncommon to see people putting on makeup before leaving for work, but what happens after work? A lot of people missed this crucial step because they are too tired to do those last important steps after a hectic day at work. Removing cosmetics correctly through the use of cleansing milk (with gentle exfoliating effects) could prove to be a very crucial step; as it not only removes the facial cosmetics, but also rids your face of excessive dirt. Nevertheless, if you don’t wear makeup to work (or at all), you still need to remember that it is important to clean your face before going to bed every night.

Astringents. Astringents are chemical substances that tend to shrink or constrict our body tissue. This is an important step after cleansing and exfoliating your face, as it serves the purpose of closing up the pores of your skin, which in turn prevents dust and other pollutants from clogging them.

Discipline. There is an old saying “having beauty is easy, maintaining it is the hard part”. One should stick to a strict facial beauty care regimen. It is crucially important for those that have oily skin to follow their regular skin care routines. As the only side effect of following such routines is to have continuously healthy and radiant looking skin, not to mention looking younger than ever before.


How Do You Get Beautiful Skin

Remember that there is no magic potion here. No genie in a bottle, either! Most people get good skin courtesy of expensive skin treatments and pricey skin products. Others cover their skin with layers and layers of make-up to hide their imperfections, but if you are serious in your quest of getting that naturally gorgeous glowing skin, here are some tips which may help you.

# Summon the help of the ever-dependable skin vitamins! Beautiful skin is a manifestation of good health. We are in a time where nutrient deficiency is almost a trend, a walk of life. Sadly, we are so very fond of eating junk foods, which do not contain the essential nutrients needed by our body. To correct this, we need to take a closer look at our diet and start doing the necessary changes.

What are the vitamins, which play a vital role in maintaining beautiful skin? Here they are:

Vitamin A. This vitamin repairs damaged body tissues, provides moisture to dry skin and delays the overall ageing process. Among the foods rich in vitamin A are eggs, milk, cheese, butter, broccoli, carrots, spinach and fish oils.

You may also take vitamin A supplements but essential caution should be observed since this vitamin is fat-soluble and any excess amount can be stored in the liver. Hence, there can be a danger of over-supplementation, which may prove to be hazardous to health.

Vitamin B is known to improve blood circulation and skin tone. Essential doses of this vitamin can be supplied by a number of foods such as brown bread, cereals, wheat germ, yeast, yoghurt and green leafy vegetables.

A daily supplement can be taken safely since vitamin B is water-soluble and any excess is simply eliminated from our body.

Vitamin C helps by maintaining the optimum level of collagen, the protein responsible for healing the skin. It gives skin that healthy glow and also helps keep the skin smooth and firm. Among the rich sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries and blackcurrants. Broccoli, cabbage, potatoes and sprouts are also very good sources of vitamin C. Like vitamin B, a vitamin C supplement may also be taken daily.

# Drink up. Water helps by speeding up the elimination of toxins from our body. It is therefore essential to load up on water. For maximum results, make it a habit to drink at least 8 to 12 glasses of water daily.

# Rest. Most of the repair and maintenance of the damaged cells and tissues of the skin occurs while we sleep. So be sure to get enough rest.

# Avoid stress. There are an awful lot of damaging effects brought by stress to our overall state of health. Unfortunately, much of it shows in our face and in our skin. Stress triggers the formation of lines around the eyes and several other skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

# Protect your skin from the damaging effects of the environment. The sun, the wind and other environmental factors damage our skin. As such, we need to do our best to protect it.

Wearing a good sunblock or lotion may do. Just remember to wear one with the correct SPF every time you spend time outdoors.

# Stay away from alcohol, drugs and smoking. Say hello instead to healthy living!


Herbal Skin Care Mechanisms

Aloe vera, which is an extract from Aloe plant, is one of the best examples of herbal skin care product. Freshly extracted aloe vera is a natural hydrant that helps in soothing skin. It also helps in healing cuts and treating sun burns.

A number of herbs are known to possess cleansing properties. Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary herbs, are a few examples of such cleansers. Their herbal skin care properties get invoked when they are combined with other herbs like tea.

Antiseptics are another important part of Herbal skin care. Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennel are good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties. Lavender water and rose water also form good toners.

Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care. Tea extracts are used for treatment of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation.

Oils prepared from herbal extracts present another means of herbal skin care. Tea tree oil, Lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil are some popular oils used in herbal skin care. Some fruit oils (e.g. extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon) find use in shower gels (as a hydrating mix)

Homeopathic treatments and aromatherapies also come under the umbrella of herbal skin care remedies.

Herbal skin care is good not only for the routine nourishing of skin but also for treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psorasis. Most herbal skin care products don’t have any side effects (the most important reason for preferring them over synthetic products) Moreover, herbal skin care products can be easily made at home, hence making them even more attractive. So, herbal skin care is the way to go. However, this does not mean that you totally discard the synthetic products. Some people go to the extent of debating with their dermatologist, if he/she suggests a synthetic product. You should accept the fact that some skin orders might need usage of clinically proven non-herbal skin care products.