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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.

 

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.

Great Skin Care Tips

1. One to two times a day you should cleanse your face with warm water. You should do additional cleansing after every heavy activity. Cleansing is important to get rid of the dirt and harmful pollutants that you are exposed to during your daily activities.

2. To maintain your skin’s elasticity and moisture balance it is very important to drink lots of water. Water is essential to radiant and healthy skin. Water also has many benefits for the rest of the body as well.

3. One of the most essential skin care steps is to figure out what your skin type is. This is the basis for finding the right skin care products for your needs. The ingredients of skin care products are based on skin type, so even if they look the same the ingredients are always different.

4. To remove dead skin cells exfoliation is important. However, never use too much exfoliating products since this will cause harm to your skin rather than helping you achieve healthy skin.

5. To achieve healthy skin an important product is moisturizer. Your skin will dry out if it isn’t properly moisturized. Scaly skin not only doesn’t look good, but it is unhealthy too. When the skin is a little wet it is the best time to apply your moisturizer since it will help lock up the water in your skin which prevents it from drying out as fast.

6. There are different ingredients in soaps that can cause irritation or harm to your face. For this reason you shouldn’t use soap on your face. No matter what your skin type is you can find a variety of facial cleansers. Experiment and find the best cleanser for your needs.

7. When you go outdoors you should use lotions that have Sun Protection Factor or SPF. Whatever the condition of the weather, you should always protect your skin from the harmful UV radiation. Even when it isn’t sunny there are ultra violet rays. Even without noticing it you can become overexposed.

8. Getting a good nights sleep is very important to having healthy skin. You should always find time to sleep even when you have a hectic schedule. Eye wrinkles can result if you don’t get your proper amount of sleep.

9. While stress can be unavoidable it is important to find time to relax. You can help alleviate stress by taking Vitamin B complex. Another good option to relieve stress is to start an exercise routine.

10. If you have a skin disorder it is important to seek professional advice. Always talk with a dermatologist before jumping into using any products.

 

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.

 

Tips to Caring Skin after a Wart Removal

If you are planning on having one of your warts removed, you are advised to examine the care that is needed, after your wart or warts have been removed.
Perhaps, the first step in caring for your wound, which was likely created after your wart or warts were removed, is to know what you need to do.

If you are having your wart professionally removed, by a dermatologist or by your family doctor, you should be provided with detailed information. In addition to detailed information, there is also a good chance that you would also be sent home with supplies. These supplies may include, but are not be limited to, bandages, pads, and antibiotic cream.
Although you can receive the best after removal care advice from a physician, you may not be able to get that information. If you are performing your own at home wart removal, you will need to familiarize yourself with the proper ways to care for your wounds.

This can easily be done with the internet.  Online, you should be able to find a number of different medical websites. These medical websites are likely to contain information, tips, and advice for those who just had a wart removed. Of course, you are advised to be cautious and consider where you are getting your information from, but if it is from a reliable place, you will want to follow the instructions given to you.

Whether you get information, on caring for your wart wound, from the doctor who performed the removal or the internet, it is likely that you will be provided with similar instructions. Perhaps, the most important instructions to follow is keeping your wounds clean.

Depending on the type of wound you have, which will also depend on the wart removal method used, you may have a small wound or scab. If this part of your skin is not properly cleaned, on a regular basis, it may become infected. In most cases, simple soap and water should be enough.
In addition to keeping your wound or scab clean, you will also want to keep it covered.  This will help, not only to keep it clean, but it should also prevent an infection from forming. When covering the area, it should be enough to use a regular bandage. It may also be a good idea to apply antibiotic cream on the spot. However, it is important to remember that some wart removers, such as some freeze-off wart removal products, caution you against using any skin creams, at least for a certain period of time. It is not exactly sure why this is, but you are advised to follow all direction, especially if you purchase an over-the-counter wart remover.

Once your wound has started to heal, a scab may begin to form and new skin may start to grow. When this occurs, it is important that you leave everything alone. In fact, that is why it is advised that you always keep the area covered. Picking or even touching the area could not only create an infection, but it could also hurt the healing process. If the healing process is interrupted, you may end up developing a permanent scar. With wart removal, there is always a chance that a scar could develop, but it all depends. To lesser your chances of having a scar, you need to refrain from messing with the scab or new skin that begins to develop.

If you notice any complications, such as a wound that will not heal or one that is extremely painful, you may want to consider seeking medical advice.  Although the problem may only be temporary or minor, it is still nice to be on the safe side. Not everyone thinks about the complications associated with wart removal.  If you do, there will be a better chance of nothing going wrong.

Easy Way to Look Younger

The first thing you need to do is keep your skin clean, wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once more at night. Do not use harsh soaps, choose a mild aloe vera based soap and pat your skin dry, do not rub because rubbing can cause irritation which can lead to other skin problems. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to maintain a healthy diet and do some exercise because exercise not only stimulates the heart but all the other parts of the body as well.

When you are going outdoors you should always protect your face with a sun block because the sun is responsible for such symptoms as wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation, dryness, texture changes and uneven skin color and makes the skin look older. You might also consider wearing sunglasses as they will protect the eyelids from aging and will cause you to squint less, which is what causes crows feet because of exposure to the sun without eye protection.

One of the simplest ways to looking younger that does not require any sort of creams or lotions is to smile, as your face tends to conform to the expression that you carry most of the time. If you are continually scowling you are most likely to develop wrinkles between the eyes, furrows that come from a frowning facial expression and lines that seem to turn down at the corners of the mouth. You should try and have a smiling, relaxed, pleasant expression on your face so that your face can take on that happy expression so you won’t look so severe and it will definitely make you look younger.

There are many skin care products that are said to make the skin look younger such as Oil of Olay Age Defying Lotion, Retin-A and Alpha hydroxyl acids. Oil of Olay Age Defying Lotion can be bought at your local drug store or supermarkets and is one of the safest products that can be used without any side effects. Retin-A which is a rather popular age defying product is said to be very effective in the improvement of the appearance of the skin, but there are some side effects such as skin irritation and peeling and unlike Oil of Olay it cannot be bought without a medical prescription. Another favorite is Alpha hydroxyl acids, which has proven to have remarkable results in giving the skin a younger look and it does not have any side effects as the prescription products.

 

About Exfoliation

The very outer layer of your skin is actually dead skin cells. Your skin creates new cells underneath and the old ones on the surface slough off on their own. This occurs each and every day, whether you notice it or not. Sometimes this dead layer will build up on the surface of your skin and you will notice your skin has a dull look to it. You may also find you are more prone to blemishes, if the dead skin cells clog your pores. Getting rid of these skin cells will promote healthy skin. To exfoliate, you can choose one of these methods: chemical or abrasive. Chemical exfoliants usually contain some form of mild acid, such as alpha hydroxy or salicylic acid. The acids work to slough off the dead skin cells. These actually come in different strengths and can be applied on their own, or in conjunction with an abrasive exfoliant.

Abrasive exfoliants are creams or liquid cleansers that contain particulate matter, such as ground botanicals, jojoba beads or groundnuts. The use of the abrasive will physically remove the dead skin cells. The particulate matter can come in many different sizes and the type you choose will depend upon the application. You don’t want to use the same abrasive on your face that you would use to exfoliate your feet.

Start your exfoliation with clean skin. Wet the skin with warm water and apply the exfoliant. Rub gently in circles with your fingers or a facial sponge, avoiding the under eye area, as this skin is too delicate for exfoliation. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry. Apply a toner to help balance the pH of your newly exposed skin cells. Follow this with a moisturizer. Your skin may tingle for fifteen minutes or so after the application, especially for your first couple of times. After that, your skin will become used to it. With the chemical exfoliants, discontinue their use if your skin burns too much after application. Exfoliation only needs to be done once or twice a week. Since you have exposed new skin cells to the surface, it is very important that you use a sunscreen if you will be outdoors.

You can choose to purchase an exfoliant, or you can make your own. Some great home products for exfoliation include ground oats, cornmeal, yogurt, honey or buttermilk. A mixture of ground oats and yogurt would be a combination of an abrasive and chemical (oats for the abrasive and the lactic acid in the yogurt is the chemical).

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.

 

Natural Organic Skin Care Types

Skin care products or treatments that are made from natural ingredients grown in places with soil high in nutrients are natural organic skin care products. Anything natural, ranging from plant extracts to roots, flowers to natural oils from leaves and barks and many other sources can be used to make organic skin care products.

Organic products are widely used for the same purposes just like common skin care products and they are used for every part of the body too as well Skin Care.

Facial Products

Natural organic skin care products are used for the same and better needs than the commercial inorganic products. Cleansing, toning, moisturizing, reducing dark circles and wrinkles, fighting against pimples and acnes, reducing cracking and dryness and all other sorts of skin problems are common uses for natural organic skin care products.

Natural cleansers, organic moisturizers and toners, face packs and skin creams, spot remedies, organic scrubs, organic and chemical free washes and soaps, organic and herbal shampoos and cosmetics such as foundations and powders, organic lipsticks and blushers, shimmer creams and even organic lip balms are some of the most famous and widely used natural organic skin care products. These products ensure a clear complexion of the skin at all times in addition to reducing wrinkles and keeping the face clean and clear.

Body Products

A product that comes from natural plant sources can be considered organic if it is not grown with synthetic pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones, fertilizers or other substances. The main reason for this is that besides facial and so on these products are widely used for body rejuvenation. Obviously, when these products are used for rejuvenating they are exposed to the skin for more than at least two hours.

In these situations a common commercial product would not usually be useful, especially when you are refreshing, body cleansing and scrubbing to keep the skin alive and beautiful at the same time. Products for this range that are natural organic skin care products would contain nothing more than aloe vera, lavender, jojoba, olive oil, rosemary extract and many more Beauty Tips.