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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Skin Care Secrets that Can Rejuvenate and Revitalize Your Skin

WATER – THE MOST IMPORTANT SKIN NUTRIENT Water is a very low-cost way to improve your skin quality, and the effect is fast. Just one week after increasing your water intake you can see fewer wrinkles and minor blemishes. Water has two functions that lead to better looking skin. First, it helps flush toxins out of your body which can show up as blemishes on the skin. Second, it plumps up the skin so wrinkles don’t form or are less noticeable. Drink plenty of water.

VITAMIN C – THE SUPERSKIN VITAMIN. Vitamin C rich foods such as citrus fruits (oranges), strawberries, tomatoes and cabbage, and this vitamin is critical to the formation of collagen – a key element of the connective tissue that keeps skin firm and prevents it from breaking. This leads to more resilient skin. This is something simple you can try at home – toss in a few sliced pieces of oranges, pears or strawberries in a little lemon juice and sweetener for a refreshing slush. Combine with some yoghurt in a blender and you get the world’s best smoothie!

VITAMIN B3 – NIACIN.- THE SKIN REJUVENATOR Meat, fish, poultry, legumes and grains are rich in Niacin, an essential nutrient for skin. Chicken in particular, provides a complete array of amino acids to fuel the growth of fresh new skin cells.

VITAMIN A FOR A+ SKIN TEXTURE

Papaya’s and yellow-dark green vegetables such as carrots provide a nice beauty boost because vitamin A is one of the vitamins that most directly contribute to keeping skin’s texture youthful. You could say that a carrot a day – loaded with fiber and beta carotene (precursor to vitamin A), plays an important role in maintaining smooth, healthy skin and keeps blemishes away! Try carrot juice, instead of orange, at breakfast once in a while.

FIBER – SUPER SKIN IS ALWAYS STRESS FREE. Studies suggest that oats and some cereals include fiber help to balance blood sugar level and even control stress levels. And any stressors can precipitate skin eruptions. Less stress helps in improving skin tone. Choose oatmeal or oat-based cold cereals for breakfast a few times a week, and wheat / oat enriched breads and muffins. Here is a great tip – Tomatoes are year round skin helpers, because they provide all of the above mentioned nutrients in one easily available source.

MORE FOODS FOR SUPER SKIN.

One cup of low-fat yogurt is enriched with an ample amount of protein, zinc, folacin, B12 (important for healthy blood and skin tone) and riboflavin, important for providing energy to skin cells. A single serving of potatoes (6-8 oz) provides an ample amount of vitamin C, B vitamins, especially folic acid, iron, copper, niacin, and fiber. Whole-grain breads, available at health food shops are rich in fiber, zinc and B vitamins.

 

Homemade Natural Skin Care

The best skin care treatments available today can be found in your local grocery store, in the produce section. 200 years ago our ancestors practiced the secrets of homemade natural skin care; long before Mary Kay or Avon came on the scene turning natural skin care into a multi billion dollar industry.

Honey is probably one of the oldest and most often used products in homemade natural skin care, as it has been used as a beauty product since the days of old and still continues to be used today in both manufactured and homemade natural skin care products.

The Morning Buzz Body Scrub

I recently used a homemade natural skin care recipe that includes the use of honey. This recipe is really quite simple, but extremely effective. The ingredients are :

  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • ¼ cup of freshly ground coffee, 2 Tbsp.
  • wheat germ, 1 Tbsp.
  • grape seed oil,
  • ¼ cup buttermilk, and 1 egg white.

Simply combine your buttermilk, honey, grape seed oil, and 1 egg white into a clean bowl. Mix these ingredients thoroughly while slowly adding the coffee and wheat germ, being careful not to allow the mixture to clump up. Make sure to mix until the scrub reaches a smooth and creamy texture, but having just a slight grit to it. It works best to apply this mixture while taking a shower or bath, using a body sponge or moist wash cloth to aid in the exfoliation process.

The ingredients for homemade natural skin care are many. You can find many good homemade natural skin care recipes online. Search for the term homemade natural skin care and see the incredible possibilities and money saving techniques available.

 

Do’s and Don’ts Regarding Skin Care

Sun – Just how much is good ? Baking in the sun sure may feel great and you may enjoy getting roasted. A chocolate tan may look gorgeous, but spending too much time in the sun may not be a great thing to do as your skin can develop wrinkles.

But this does not mean you should scrupulously apply sun screen all over your body and stay indoors all tihs time. Sunlight is the only source of Vitamin D – a very, very important vitamin that is necessary for healthy living. For the right amount of time you should be spending in the sun everyday, you might want to consult your doctor.

The Wind : Ever experienced the exhilaration of driving in a convertible on a gorgeous day ? Sure the wind in your hair feels great, but the wind may also dry and toughen the skin on your face. To protect your face on a windy day, you might want to wear a ski mask or a scarf. Applying a moisturizer that is right for your skin may also be a good thing to do.

The skin also loses moisture in dry air – whether cold or hot. You might want to use a humidifier or indoor plants ( as they emit water vapor ) in winter.

Quit smoking ! If you ever wanted yet another reason to quit smoking right away, then here is one – nicotine acts to constrict blood vessels and hinders the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells. And it may also emphasize crow’s feet.

Love steaming hot showers ? Well, some wise man said that all that feels good may not be good at all … or something to that effect. That does seem to be true in a few cases at least. Hot showers and baths may deplete moisture from your skin. Almost paradoxically, the longer you soak the more moisture your skin loses.

On the other hand, cooler showers may be a lot better for your skin. And that is true in freezing winters too ! Also, saunas make your skin feel tight not because they improve your skin’s texture but because they dry your skin ! Also, electric blankets may also promote loss of water from the surface of the skin of the skin if they are set at too high a temperature.

Dieting ? Go easy on diuretics. Dieters sometimes use diuretics – pills for water reduction. And these too dry the skin and make it lose its moisture.

Poor nutrition and physical inactivity affect the skin too.Your skin needs adequate nutrition and a healthy blood flow. Exercise is vital for proper blood flow to your skin. So being sluggish and living on junk foods may not be good if you want to keep your skin looking healthy and young.