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.


  • 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!