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.


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 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.

Recommended Sin Care Product: 

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.

Nov 6, 2014

Natural Anti Aging Tips

About your skin

The older you get the more sensitive the skin gets. Your skin gets dryer which means it starts to wrinkle. Your skin also starts to get very thin as it loses elasticity.
The skin is made up of three layers and as we all know, is the largest organ in the body. The first layer is the one we see every day known as the epidermis. The second layer is the dermis and the third layer is the hypodermis.
  • Epidermis: This layer of the skin is where our skin pigments are stored. In other words, this layer determines or skin tone. It also protects the other layers from damage and it’s waterproof.
  • The dermis contains the hair follicles, sweat glands and connective tissue. It’s actually tougher than the epidermis and is elastic by nature. The dermis is where the collagen is stored.
  • The hypodermis contains fat and connective tissue.

Beautiful skin
Source: By NqkoiSi [CC BY 3.0] via Deviant Art
Our skin produces its own natural oils which keeps it supple and moisturized. These oils gives our skin its natural glow. However, washing and cleaning causes these oils to be stripped away and in so doing we must replenish the skin to keep it from drying put.Wrinkles are formed from the drying out of the skin and the older we get the less oils the skin produces. Other factors that cause aging of the skin are pollution, smoking, alcohol, free radicals, lack of sleep, dehydration, bad nutrition and illnesses. (Will tell you what to use on your skin in another post).
Aging of the skin has little to do with your actual age and more to do with how well you treat your skin and take care of your body. Keeping the skin looking young will make you look younger and this is where maintenance comes in. Here are some tips on how to keep the skin looking younger as you age.
  1. Stop smoking! If you smoke it is likely that you will get squint lines and lines around the mouth. These lines will make you look much older than you actually are. Smoking also gives your skin a dullness which also makes your skin look aged. The carcinogens from tobacco smoke have a negative effect on your skin and make cause more serious issues than aging alone. Keeping away from smoking will add years to you and your skin.
  2. Reduce your alcohol intake. Alcohol dehydrates you along with all the other issues associated with it. Dehydration affects the skin ore than you realize. If you are dehydration you skin wont get enough moisture to keep it supple.
  3. Drink lots of water. As mentioned above you want to keep hydrated so that your skin does not dry out.
  4. Eat a healthy diet. A balanced nutrition with lots of vitamin C, Calcium and Vitamin E.
  5. Fight diseases. Free radicals are disease causing agents. You must ensure that you keep healthy and your skin will also be healthy. One way to fight free radicals is by taking supplements that are designed to help keep disease away. One such supplement is pycnogenol - Source Naturals Pycnogenol 100mg, 60 Tablets.
  6. Get lots of rest. Being tired and stressed allows your skin to become dull. During sleep your skin rejuvenates and will adopt a natural glow. The more rest you get the better the skin will look and feel.
  7. Exercise. This is no joke. A few minutes per day will help your body eliminate toxins and toxins are bad for your health. In addition, exercise helps to tighten the muscles and in so doing tightens the skin as well. Exercise also helps to make your cells healthy and healthy cells will make you healthy.
  8. Stay positive and smile. A smile a day will keep stress lines away. Frowning causes lines in your forehead. Anger causes lines around the eyes and mouth. Smiling and being happy reduces stress lines.
  9. Use only gentle products on your skin. Know what agrees with your and stick to that. If something irritates you stay away from it.
See post on  Skin Care will help you achieve the skin you want.

What is Organic Skin Care

This term is very popular and many people will only use things that are labeled organic. The term applies to the use of organically made cosmetics and skin care products. However, it is not yet approved by the FDA, but is accepted by consumers and may differ by label.

A manufacturer of a skin care product may use organic on the label to mean that there are organic products among the ingredients, while another may mean that all the ingredients are organic. When checking you labels make sure the difference is defined. The label must tell you the percentage of organic materials used in the processing.
What does organic really mean?
aloe vera plant
By carrotmadman6 from Mauritius [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Organic is simply chemical free. In terms of farming and the use of farm grown products in cosmetics, it means that the items used are free from synthetic materials such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers. These produce uses natural means of keeping away pests and the use of natural manure to assist with growth.

In the cosmetic industry products can be 100% organic which means that absolutely no synthetic material is used; 95% organic which means that most ingredients are organic but a small amount of ingredients are synthetic; and 50% organic which simply means that half of the ingredients are organic vs synthetic. Always check your label to know how organic your product is.

Synthetic materials may include fragrances, colors and preservatives so you can also look for these ingredients on the label. In another post I will tell you how to know which ingredients are synthetic and which are natural as the label may not tell you so.
So to define, organic skin care is the use of non chemical/synthetic free products on the skin to help you look and feel more beautiful.

Nov 3, 2014

The Skin

The skin is the outermost and largest organ of the body, and is also the most exposed. It protects the body tissues form external elements. The skin can be one of the most sensitive organs yet it is the strongest. Known for its natural elasticity, the skin stretches to fit you whatever size you become.

As I mentioned, the skin protects the body from external elements such as heat, cold and chemicals. In addition to be waterproof, the skin produces it own antibacterial to protect it (us) from infection. It also produces vitamin D which is an essential nutrient not only for the skin for our own growth and development.
Anatomy of the skin
Anatomy of the skin

The skin is made up of several layers and each layer serves it own purpose:
  • The epidermis is the outermost layer and is the part of the skin which holds the pigment melanin. Melanin is what gives us our skin tone. This part of the skin is waterproof and protects the other part of the skin from outside elements.
  • The dermis is just below the epidermis which contains the sweat gland, connective tissues and hair follicles.
  • The hypodermis is the third layer is made up of connective tissue and fatty tissues.
The skin is an important organ and must be cared for every day. We cleanse the skin and keep it supple so that it will last for years. After all, we have to wear it every day for the rest of our lives.