Dec 8, 2014

Skin Care Regimen For Beautiful Skin



To have beautiful skin you must give it your utmost attention. Some people come with naturally beautiful skin while others have to work hard at attaining it. But, even with this natural skin beauty, you must also maintain that skin for it to remain lovely.

These tips are basic skin care procedures to have that skin you desire. They are tried and proven and have been done by millions of people around the world.  Follow these tips and your skin will love you.

Daily skin care regimen

Cleansing the skin


The first step in renewing the skin is to cleanse it. Cleansing takes a little technique that many people may not know.

  1. The first step in cleansing is to remove all make-up if any. Using a cold cream or make-up remover is best. The cold cream is mostly used at night because of its replenishing and moisturizing capacities. Some makeup removers contain alcohol which dries out the skin. Unless you have oily skin, it's best to stay away from alcohol based skin care products.
  2. Washing the face. You do this at least once everyday. When is the best time to actually foam the face? In the Evening after a hard day's work where you collect debris from pollution. Use a mild soap or foaming face wash to lift dead skin cells and debris, rinse and pat dry.
  3. In the morning all you need to do is plash plain tap water on the face; pat dry or leave to air dry. Alternatively you can use replenishing or moisturizing wipes to lift dead cells from the face and cleanse your pores.
photo of rinsing the face


How to cleanse the face

  • Whether using a disposable towelette or removing cold cream, you must remember these tips. Follow your cheek bone structure in an upward movement. Circle the orbit (never use these on your soft-skin of the eyes) moving from the bridge of the nose outward, coming around the forehead and back around. You then clean the forehead in an upward movement. 
  • When foaming or scrubbing the face the same rules apply.
  • When rinsing the face all you need is to cup the water with both hands and splash on your face. Never rub your face when rinsing. Keep splashing water on the face until all foam is gone. 
  • Pat dry the face or leave to air dry.

Toning the Face

Using a toner will remove dead skin cells, cleanse pores, remove dark spots and even out skin tone. Your skin will look fresher and bright. Using the same upward movement, use a toning towelette or cotton moistened with your favorite toner, do this after you have cleansed the face.

Remember to have an idea of your skin type so you will know what toner is best for you.


Moisturizing the face

The next basic step in your regimen is to always moisturize. Depending on your skin type and the type of toner, your skin may dry out after toning. It's best to use a moisturizer which will add back moisture to the skin. Use a moisturizer that "locks in moisture". That is, a moisturizer which does not evaporate, but one that will last a long time.

Tips

  • Use water based (oil free) moisturizer for oily skin and all other skin types
  • Oil based moisturizer for dry skin
  • Sensitive skin should keep away from moisturizers with fragrance and paraben

Special skin care regimen


Your skin care routine must not stop there. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing will not give you the 100% effect you need for a totally beautiful skin. That is just the beginning. Here are some addition measure you need to add to your regimen.
  • Use a gentle scrub at least once per week to remove dead skin build up. Keep away from apricot or walnut seeds as these will ear the skin leaving micro damages that will show up after a while. I will tell you how to make your own scrub in another post but for now you can use slough that has glycolic acid or alpha hydraulic acid. 
  • Masks. These are used about twice per month to help cleanse the build up within your pores, tighten and rejuvenate your skin. Natural facial masks are usually best and can be done at home.
  • A treatment. Demanding on your need you can either do a daily treatment such as vitamin C or a facial peel treatment which is prescribed by your dermatologist. Before you decide on any skin treatment, know your skin type first, next do an analysis, then decide on your treatment. What does your skin need?

- Scars may require a microdermabrasion. This works on all skin types and is particularly used to reduce stretch marks, wrinkles and scars caused from acne.

- Pimples may require an acne treatment, or pimple serum to remove sebum (is that's the case). Pimples can be caused from irritants so you must determine the cause of your pimples beforehand.

- Clogged pores may require a deep pore cleanse or a visit to your aesthetician who will know exactly the kind of treatment for your pores.

- A glycolic peel is done at your beauty therapist. This is done to remedy sun damage, skin discoloration and clogged pores.

Treat your skin well and your skin will love you!


Dec 4, 2014

Benefits of Water For Your Skin

Benefits of water


Now we all know that drinking water is good for you. Why? Because we have been hearing that from our grandparents and now scientists have said so. We are encouraged to drink several glasses per day. This varies with each person based on their need. 

Without water we die and to a lesser extent we dehydrate. Dehydration speeds up the aging process because without water nutrients cannot perform their functions in the body. 

Here are some reasons why water is good for your skin:
Helps removes toxins from our bodies.
Helps reduce chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.
Water keeps the blood flowing freely. This allows nutrients to be distributed throughout the body. Oxygen is essential to us as and water is the main source of carrying this oxygen.
Water keeps the cells healthy by way of allowing the blood to feed our cells with nutrients.
Drinking water keeps the joints supple, thus preventing some problems such as herniated disks, humps, spinal curvature, and other joins conditions.
Assists with digestion.


Water Temperatures For You

Cool or cold water

It is believed that cold water increases metabolism bringing back your body to its natural temperature. This might be true because when we drink water that is of a lower temperature, our internal temperature drops. It is natural for us to fight this lower temperature to get back to 98*, that’s why we tremble when we are cold; our bodies are trying to stay warm.
However, cold water also increases mucus and affects our sinuses. So this might not be a good idea.

Warm water, on the other hand…

Flushes our bodies of toxins, especially if drunk first thing in the morning
Breaks up fats in the stomach and intestines. Have warm or hot water with meals to reduce the coagulation of fats in the body
Increases body temperature so that our bodies can burn fat

Water on the outside - Tips

Water is not only good for the inside but outside as well. 
Splashing water on the face will instantly hydrate you. 
Rinsing the face with cool water will keep you cool. 
Rinsing the face with warm water will reduce oil buildup. 
Keeping a mist bottle with you with spring water, use it to mist the face occasionally throughout the day.


Why drink water for the skin?

Drinking lots of water is great for aging because water reduces toxins. Toxins are disease causing agents which speed up aging. 
Water quenches thirst. When we thirst it’s a sign that we need fluids or we are dehydrated. If we are dehydrated, fluids are pulled from the skin. Drinking water helps put back the fluids we lose when we dehydrate.
Remember, dry skin causes wrinkles. Water rehydrates the skin both from the inside and out.
Keep hydrated and your skin will thank you!



Nov 16, 2014

Sensitive Skin Type

What is sensitive skin?


Everyone has a different skin type. This simply means that we all have different texture, tone and sensitivity to elements.

Sensitive skin types usually cannot handle harsh or synthetic materials, or fragrance based beauty products. I have super sensitive skin and most of the time I have no idea what causes the itching, rash or pimples. My skin itches almost constantly.

I just found out that I cannot use Dove moisturizing body bar, yet I use the Dove body wash with no problems. 

My face is another matter. If I am not careful I get pimples easily and large painful bumps. Sometimes the item may even leave a dark tight blotch like a burn mark on my face. I cannot use certain soaps on my body and using anything like soap is a total no-no for my face.

Here are some sure signs that your skin is sensitive (when come in contact with certain materials):

  • itching
  • tightness
  • burning
  • rashes
  • pimples
  • redness
  • and even swelling

What to do


The first thing I do when I am dealing with the irritations is make a note of everything I had been using. Sometimes what I do is stop using everything, start over and make a note of when I get irritated and what may have caused it.

Irritants aren't always things we use. I once had weird looking rash on my skin and found out it was caused by the pollen from a plant in the yard! So you must also check for stuff like that.


Here are some tips:

  1. Avoid using harsh chemicals. Use a glove and cover as much skin as possible.
  2. Avoid skin care products with paraben (a preservative used in beauty products)
  3. My own rule is that if you can't read the ingredients or understand them, then maybe they have no place on your skin. In other words the bath and beauty products you use should have ingredients that you can recognize easily.
  4. Keep the skin moisturized
  5. As the article stated keep the PH of your skin balanced by reducing the amount of chemical s you use or keeping hormone levels in check.
  6. Using mild products specifically made for sensitive skin
  7. Wash the hair often and reduce the amount of chemicals you use in it. I found that when my hair needs washing my face gets pimply because the sweat from the hair run down may face.
  8. If you have to use certain hair care products, change the bed linen often (or at least the pillow cases).
  9. Avoid using the same face towel more than once. I prefer to let my face air dry. Paper towels can be too abrasive sometimes and they tend to leave the skin too dry. The secret with using the paper towel is to damp it with a rose water diluted solution.
I hope these tips were of help. These are my personal tips and I have found they work. Good luck with keeping your skin healthy and beautiful.

Nov 12, 2014

Tired Eyes - Quick Remedies


I'm a writer and I often work days and nights, getting little sleep. There are many moments I have to just close my eyes, remove my glasses and just rest the eyes for a few minutes then go back to work.







Your eyes are a part of your face and they are important to your beauty upkeep. Now if your eyes are constantly tired, then you will start squinting and eventually the skin around the eyes will start to wrinkle. Sometimes when your eyes are tied they also get dark circles and puffy. We don't want that.

What causes tired eyes?


Tired eyes is simply eye strain. It is caused from excessive reading, writing or staring at the same thing for an extended period. This includes computer screens and your phones. My eyes get very tired when I play games.

This is not a serious condition, though it is quite uncomfortable. The good thing is, you can do something about it, at home.

When your eyes get tired:
  • They may itch
  • Most likely burn
  • You may lose focus
  • It will be hard to go out into the sun
  • They get watery
If you work in any condition where you need to focus on a phone or computer screen all day, it's likely you will have this quite frequently. 

Don't despair, here are a few tips:
  1. Keep a few slices of cucumber in your fridge and place them over the eyes when they feel tired.
  2. Cool a potato in the fridge, keep it there for that reason. When your eyes get too tired to focus cut two slices and place over the eyes. If you feel that the potato is pulling on the eyes, don't worry, it's only doing its job.
  3. Use a cool towel and place over the eyes.
  4. A warm cloth will also work.
  5. Try to take a nap.
  6. Use artificial tears if your eyes dry out.

Remember that keeping the yes healthy is all a part of being beautiful. 

Nov 11, 2014

How To Have Beautiful Skin Naturally


When we talk of skin care we immediately think of the face, but, what of the rest of the body? We often spend hours trying to make our face glow and treat the rest of our body like it doesn't matter. We cover up most of the time so we believe that because others aren't seeing it, it is not important. Having beautiful skin all over makes the woman feel beautiful. In this article I am talking about both facial skin care and body skin care.



A few years ago I did some beauty courses with a couple of cosmetic companies. The one I remember most is with Avon. I was an Avon sales rep who wanted to specialize in skin care products, so I did some courses. As I remember it, skin care is not limited to the face, it also extends to the hair, feet and the rest of the body.

In this article I am focusing on the body, not the feet, face or hair, just the skin where we cover and pay little attention.

Skin Care Secrets

Shower or Bath?
Why? What does it matter?
It matters. There is a difference as we all know but why, how and when we take a bath or shower can produce different results.

Bath

It's approaching winter and the time when you stock up on lotions and moisturizers because your skin starts to dry out. Many people have never taken a bath while some see it as wasting water. Well let me tell you that a bath maybe the best thing you can do for your skin during the winter months. And you may ask, why not a shower? A shower washes away dirt and debris but it also washes away essential oils from your skin thus drying it out more easily. A hot shower will do that. The difference with a bath, though hot/warm is that you can add essential oils. When you take a soak the skin softens again and it's easier to exfoliate and replenish with the oils from the bath.
Never use soap in your bath. If you have a soap free foam that's fine. Soap lifts away dirt but it also lifts away oil and dry out your skin. Your bath should consist of essential oils and bath salts. You really don't need anything else in your bath. You don't have to use a bubble bath. The bath salts will help to lift away dirt.....by the way how much dirt does your skin have anyway?!
If you don't have or can't afford bath or essential oils use olive oil. Olive oil is rich in anti oxidants and is a very powerful moisturizer.
Your bath water should not be hot but comfortably warm. Soak for no more than 20 minutes or until it becomes luke-warm. Never wait until the water is cold.
Never use an abrasive material in the bath. Your skin has softened so it is better to use a soft cloth or sponge to exfoliate. This is a good time to pay attention to your feet!

No Bath? No Problem - Winter
Can't take a bath in the winter? No problem. Take a very quick warm shower. Don't lather too much. When you get out of the shower, DO NOT towel dry. Apply olive oil to wet skin. You will be surprised how soft your skin feels.

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During the warmer months you can take your shower all you want. During the heat your skin loses a lot of fluid and oils BUT the upside is that your skin produces more oils than it actually loses. The amount it keeps or loses all depend on you.
While you do wish to wash away dirt, debris and dead skin cells you must keep in mind that you need to retain some of the natural oils found in the skin. Taking a short cool shower might be the best thing for your skin during the warmer months. Using a moisturizing wash or foam (I still say stay away from soap) keep the shower short and brisk. This is the time to use an abrasive cloth like a shower pouf, loofah or other exfoliating material to help lift away dead skin cells.

After Bath or Shower

Pat dry or air dry. Don't ever rub your skin dry as this action will only serve to further dry out and irritate your skin. For best moisturizing apply body oil to damp skin just after taking a bath or shower. For many it is not necessary to moisturize after shower during the warm months.