Thursday, February 28, 2008

Dry Skin Solutions Guide

Dry Skin Solutions Guide

Dry skin solutions guide tackles the problems associated with the type of skin that is usually defined as dry. The skin will tend to flake off and lack moisture. This is because the sebaceous glands are not producing enough oil to lubricate the skin. Some of the causes for this can be related to the environment:

* Detergents and harsh soaps - these remove the lipid and moisture from your skin. Avoid antibacterial soaps and many shampoos

* Weather - Your skin gets dry in winter because of low temperature and humidity. If you live in a desert environment high temperature and humidity are factors

* Air Conditioning and central heating - If you have central air conditioning and heating they reduce the humidity and cause dry skin

* Hot Showers and baths - hot water breaks down the lipid barriers in your skinSome Other things that may cause dry skin are:

* Dehydration - Not drinking enough liquids, profuse sweating during exercise, sever diarrhea and vomiting can cause loss of fluids

* Drugs and alcohol - Prescription drugs like antihistamines and diuretics along with caffeine and alcohol dry out the skin

* Thyroid Disorders - If you thyroid does not produce enough thyroid hormones this can lead to a reduction in the production of oil gland and sweat.

* Psoriasis - Thick scales characterize this malady along with the buildup of rough, dry skin cells

Regular Skin Hydration

Dry skin care becomes essential should you observe that your skin cracks easily and thus demands regular hydration from the inside by the use of fresh water and from the outside by applying mists, and additionally, it necessitates being moisturized with lotions or even rich hydrating emollients. What's more, you'll usually also involve performing dry skin care if you chance to be living in frigid climes which cause your skin to age faster, leading to drawn as well as flaky skin.

As a matter of fact, if you have dry skin, you would need moisturizing the dry skin which is among the principal varieties of dry skin care involved and which in addition to includes being forced to wash your face and also applying emollients that are particularly made to refresh dry skins. As a matter of fact, putting on a good nighttime cream is crucial to suitable dry skin care although then again, you will be able to take heart from the fact that dry skin rarely results in acne or pimples and so will not demand anti-acne skin care.

Crucial dry skin care involves taking showers and baths in tepid water, and not bathing or showering for more than ten minutes at the most, while also insuring using moisturizers directly after having dried off from taking a shower, or even after having washed your hands. Moreover, salutary dry skin care also expects the use of moisturizing hand soaps in addition to body soaps, and you also need to use stronger ointments or creams in the frigid winter time of year although in the summer you need to use more friable lotions.

Remember. Apply night creams and moisturizers at night if you suffer from dry skin. Make sure that you get on a good regimen and apply moisturizers and bath oils at least once every day. Pay close attention. You need to drink a lot of water every day all through the day. Avoid using products that contain alcohol. Just be following these simple rules, your skin will begin to lose its flakiness and will take on a comfortable glow.

Beauty Skin Care

Beauty Skin Care by Maya McMahon

As a woman, it can sometimes seem impossible to find the right beauty care to maintain clear, attractive skin. If we are not experiencing difficulty from acne flare-ups, we are combating dry skin and potential wrinkles. Ongoing practice is the only was to achieve touchable, appealing skin all the time.

Cleansing Your Skin

Beauty skin care involves cleansing your skin twice daily, everyday. When you forget to wash your face at night and leave your makeup on, your pores become clogged and your skin is unable to properly rejuvenate itself. Use a gentle cleanser with no alcohol or harsh detergents and warm water to wash your face. Gently rub your face dry with a soft towel made from natural fabrics. Do not rub or use hot water that can irritate your skin.

The Three Step Method

Many popular regimes use the three step method of cleansing, toning and moisturizing because it is the most effective. After you cleanse your face gently, a toner is used to remove excess oil and unclog your pores. Once your pores are fully cleansed, a light moisturizer is applied to your face. This routine should be done once in the morning and once before bed for optimum results.
For your body beauty care, a gentle body wash works well to get rid of dirt and grime from the day. Your body should be cleansed once a day. After taking a shower or bath, apply a body moisturizer to your skin while it is still slightly damp to seal in the moisture. Instead of using a toner for body beauty skin care, you should periodically exfoliate the skin on your body with a loofah or bath sponge to unclog your pores.

Too Much of a Good Thing

While regular cleansing is an essential element of a successful program, you can do too much of a good thing. When you wash your face or shower more than twice a day, you are stripping your skin of essential oils and making it overproduce sebum to make up for the loss. The result can be dry skin or dry skin with breakouts. The best practice is to wash your face twice daily and shower once each day.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

There are good and bad ingredients in the skin care products you choose. For example, you should always avoid stringent products that contain alcohol, such as toners and cleansers. Your beauty regime should use non-comedogenic moisturizers that do not contain heavy oils that clog. Everyday skin care ingredients that are beneficial for your skin include aloe vera, witch hazel, chamomile, green tea and Vitamin E. Choosing products with the wrong ingredients can be an ugly recipe for disaster that causes breakouts, dry patches, clogged pores or even an allergic reaction. The best routine is the one that work well for your type of skin. It may take some trial and error, but with a bit of knowledge it should be easy to have healthy, good-looking skin most of the time.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Home Made Facials

Home Made Facials

I started making facial masks after reading several books on natural cosmetics. Common ingredients used in home made facials are eggs, lemon, milk, honey, cucumber, tomato, essential oils and lots more fruits, herbs and other ingredients.

The assumption I had was that home made cosmetics, being all natural and preservative free were much safer than the commercial masks you found in stores.

That may be true especially for a person with very sensitive skin. But preservatives actually make cosmetics safe to use. Preservatives kill or at very least, inhibit the bacteria, mold, viruses and nasty things that would otherwise thrive in the cosmetics we use.

Commercial preparations usually contain some preservative or other to make these products safe for use. Some of the very high end cosmetic formulations are packed in sterile capsules to do away with or at least, minimimize, the need for preservatives.

If you make your own skin care for use later in the week, chances are, unless you are anal about sterilizing everything and freezing every batch once it has cooled, thawing it only when you are going to use it, and keeping your cosmetics away from the raw meat in the freezer, eventually, you could find yourself using contaminated home made cosmetics, which could lead to a skin irritation.

I used to make my own skin care but found all the precautions I had to take such a hassle, now I buy mine off the shelves. Even if you make your facial products for immediate use, you have to be careful about using only the freshest ingredients.

A mouldy fruit or anything that is spoilt can lead to disastrous results on your skin. Then there is the safety of the ingredients used in your skincare products. I once told a pharmacist about the lemon remedy I was using on my pimples.

She was horrified. Lemons are highly acidic. Lemon juice is pH 2. Sulphuric acid is pH 1. Lemons can cause a nasty acid burn if you are not careful. We had a discussion about this. She told me about a customer who showed up with an acid burn. Turns out, she had a sunburn. Back in Australia, she would soothe that sunburn by rubbing cut cucumber over her skin. The juices would ease the sunburn.

This time around, she was unlucky. The cucumber she used was more acidic than the ones she was used to and she ended up with a really nasty acid burn. Though cucumber is soothing, cucumber contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids as do most fruit and some of the other ingredients used in homemade beauty recipes.

You see, in home made skin care, the exact chemical makeup of the ingredients you use may vary, leading to unpleasant results if you are unfortunate. That is why, everytime you make any facial mask, test it on the inside of your wrist first, before you let that mask touch your face. I was lucky. The lemon facial I did helped clear my skin by killing the bacteria, without burning my skin. The pharmacist said I was fool hardy.

As did my cousin who has been making her own beauty products for years already. Lemon can thin the skin. It is so acidic. The pharmacist thought the other things, like the almond meal I mixed with the lemon juice helped neutralize the extreme acidity.

Also, when I used freshly squeezed lemon juice directly on my face, I would dilute it with water first. Yet the books I read with home made beauty recipes often include lemon in their recipes. After all, lemon has lightening properties. Lemon juice is often used to lighten freckles. Lemon was even recommended in a book by a former model, for use as a toner.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Natural Skin Care Secret - The Magic of Jojoba Oil

Natural Skin Care Secret - The Magic of Jojoba Oil by Kristin Miller

There are some natural ingredients that are so wonderfully and simply effective they are worthy of a little exploration. One of those ingredients is Jojoba Oil.

Nope - it's not pronounced "joe-joe-bah" - it's "ho-HO-bah". Jojoba oil has many uses and a rich, wonderful history.

Plus - it's relatively inexpensive and easy to find. So really - does it get much better than that?
Jojoba oil comes from the crushed seed of the Simmondsia Chinenis shrub that is found mainly in the deserts of the southwestern region of the United States and northern Mexico.

Used for centuries by Native Americans, the oil has many uses including cosmetic, medicinal and nutritional purposes.

One of the special qualities about Jojoba Oil is that it not really "oil" but it is comprised of liquid wax esters.

Sebum, a liquid wax ester found naturally in human skin, acts to waterproof and protect both hair and skin, keeping skin from becoming dry and brittle.

It also can control the growth of microorganisms on the skin. Because Jojoba is so similar to sebum, it easily can emulate the same functions.

Jojoba has many benefits:

It is easily absorbed in the skin.

It is hypo-allergenic.

It does not clog pores.

It contains many key nutrients and minerals including: Vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, plus silicon, chromium, copper and zinc.

It also contains a high level of iodine - which could contribute to its antibacterial/antifungal properties.

Some of our favorite uses of Jojoba are:

Skin moisturizer.

Especially good for face. Look for it as a main ingredient in skin products. It is found in almost all Garden Girl moisturizing products - body butters, body lotions, face creams, face masques and scrubs, hand cream, foot cream, body scrub and baby lotion. It truly is a wonderful emollient.

Hair repair.

Jojoba is fantastic for hair. Tame flyaway hair or even repair dry or damaged hair with just a couple of drops. It takes only a little to add a little shine and smooth hair. I say this from experience - after having used more than a couple drops. Not good. So stick with 2 or 3 drops.

Eye make-up remover.

Jojoba is the best eye make-up remover that I have found. You can pay big bucks for some fancy products, but nothing works as well as Jojoba, in my opinion. And it is much less expensive.

Soak a cotton ball with Jojoba, and gently wipe off make-up. The bonus is that once your make-up is gone, you can gently pat the excess oil back into your skin around your eyes for added moisturizing. PLUS it is a great conditioner for your eyelashes.

Cuticles.

Excellent cuticle oil. You'll be amazed at how quickly ragged, dry cuticles can be revived with a few drops of Jojoba oil.

Dry lip revitalizer.

Tired of globbing on thick, greasy lip balm that never does the trick? Try a few drops of Jojoba. You'll be amazed!

How a Sauna Can Help Your Skin

How a Sauna Can Help Your Skin by Thomas Oak

Perhaps you have heard this before, but your skin is, indeed, the largest organ in your body. Every day, you expose it to pollution, poor food choices, stress, topical substances such as makeup, and more.

Of course, there are many detoxification systems on the market that can help cleanse your skin, but one of the best ways to detoxify your skin, from the inside out, is by taking a sauna.

Experts state that a sauna session can do more to clean, detoxify, and simply "freshen" your skin than anything else. In addition, it can help you reduce stress, and your skin also shows the effects of stress on its surface.

This is not only beneficial to your skin, but it's a great way to relax and rejuvenate all over as well. It's no wonder, then, that some of the most famous people, including celebrities, use one as a regular part of their beauty routine.

If you make a sauna session a part of your beauty regimen, it de-stresses you and also helps your skin rejuvenate. It can unclog your pores, and generally give you a cleansing from the inside out.

It is most advised to those who have skin problems such as dry skin, oily skin or acne. Some even do a session before they go to sleep every day, especially if they live in an environment where their skin is exposed to a lot of pollution and needs a thorough, deep cleansing. Still others do this every week.

There are some exceptions to doing this. If you have particularly sensitive skin, have asthma, or you are pregnant, you should not participate in a sauna until you have checked with your doctor.
One pleasant way to give an extra boost to your sauna routine is to add an essential oil to the water you are going to use to make steam.

The essential oil you use should be beneficial to your skin, or be of a type you particularly like and find soothing or calming. For example, those with normal skin do well with oils like mandarin orange and lavender. If you have dry skin or oily skin, eucalyptus or lemon oils are good choices for essential oils. Chamomile and rose oils are helpful to those with dry skin.

And if you participate in a session, you can utilize a facial or body mask to further cleanse skin while your pores are open. It may also be advisable to have a massage afterwards for even more relaxation and de-stressing.

You can also opt for a quick shower to wash off all of the taxes that have been flushed from your skin, to feel truly refreshed.

Once done, your skin will feel smoother and tighter. You can do this instead of having a skin peel, other skincare technique, or even a simple facial cleansing. Some skincare procedures use harsh chemicals, and are quite expensive.

In some cases, these procedures can also damage your skin, whereas a sauna will not. You can buy a relatively inexpensive home sauna kit or opt to use them at your gym or local spa.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Oily Skin And Puberty

Oily Skin & Puberty by Louise Forrest

Most of us do not look at our skin at all, except on our faces. It is only then it is realized that there is a little more oil on the face, and then we look at our arms and find we have oily skin.
Oily skin is generally present after puberty begins, and the transition to teenager starts. Oily skin also starts during the hormonal changes that take place when people enter the post-menopausal stage. In some people, it is present for a variety of other reasons, which includes diet, climatic conditions, and lifestyle.

Oily skin takes mainly because of the changes in hormonal activity within the body. In the young, it is because of a small subset of cells in the hormone change, which triggers a reaction on the body's immune system that there is a problem on the skin, and the skin, alerted, as an early warning system, gets more white blood cells to that area, and the oil glands also started producing oil in excess. The excess oil is sought to be released via the skin route, and thus begins the journey of the oily skin. Since the body oil is exposed through the pores, with the skin having taken what is necessary for it, the skin pores open to let the excess oil out.

On contact with the environment, some of the oil evaporates, but since it has been received in excess, it forms a form of a blister, or scales, and thus people with this hormonal imbalance get pimples, acne, blackheads, etc., on the face or scales in the folds of the skin, especially in the abdomen, armpits, or the legs.

These symptoms of oily skin disappear once the hormonal change has completed its transition. And slowly the oily skins returns to normal color.

The problem that presents itself is when oily skin, with it pimples, acne blackheads, happens to a teenager, it creates an immediate impact on that person. That is the age, when the teenager is reaching out and learning the cycle of life, and also the various means of attraction between the opposing sexes. This is inherent in all human genes, and should not at all be surprising to anybody. Nature has made us all this way.

The first treatment that anybody having this oily skin problem is first to restore their self confidence. The teenagers must be made aware that they are not alone in this phenomenon, and that millions others suffer from the same problem. A look at various websites should assure to some extent your teenager.

The second is to be clean physically; A regular bath with warm water at least twice a day; use of a soft soap which has less detergent, and more oil removing properties, use of moisturizers which contain less oil, and also less alcohol base and conditioners which contain some palliatives to ease the itching sensation, etc. A large number of them are available, and they should be used, after carefully going through their contents. The very fact that a large number of lotions, ointments, creams, are available, should indicate to the affected that they are part of a very large group; otherwise there would not be so many facial products available for their condition!
Diet control should be practiced. Regular exercise and cleansing of the outbreak area with warm water, 2 to 3 times a day should help.

However, if you are not satisfied, you can and should consult a dermatologist who possibly can explain better, and help you in this condition.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Facial Skin Care Products

Facial Skin Care Products by Gail Leino

Facial Skin Care Products are available for a range of skin types and purposes. The most common skin types are Normal, Oily, Dry and Combination. It is important to pick a facial skin care product that won't aggravate the type of skin you have causing irritation, inflammation and redness.

Facial skin care products are available to treat specific or combinations of conditions. There are products with astringents like witch hazel in them to help tighten skin, Alpha-Hydroxy Acids to help the skin's sloughing process, Antioxidants for the encouragement of new skin growth, and UV blockers to protect the skin from the Sun's damaging rays and other types of skin care products. There are some skin care products made solely for the eyes. Since the skin is a sensitive area with thinner skin it is prone to its own special problems, wrinkles, bags and darker areas.

A big problem can be sinking of the eye and skin around the eye as you age. There are also products that help to puff up skin that starts to sag as the collagen production in the skin slows down. Acne skin care products are cleansers or lotions meant to be placed on the skin right after washing and they usually involve continual treatment of skin even after the acne goes away. Some acne products are Benzoyl Peroxide, Resorcinol, Salicylic Acid, and Sulfur. Each is designed to attack a specific cause of acne, excessive oil production, clumping of skin cells, and acne causing bacteria.

A clay facial mask once a week removes impurities and draws oils and bacteria out of the skins pores to leave the skin cleaner. It also helps to soothe the skin reducing redness and dry patches and lifting away dead skin cells. You can finish with a little astringent Witch Hazel to help close up the pores.

Herbal Skin Care

Herbal Skin Care by Katya Coen

The Best in Skin Care

Today skin care is taken to a new level, and many people consider herbal skin care to be the best choice when considering natural skin care. These natural skin care products provide revitalizing nutrients and anti-oxidants that help keep your skin beautiful and ageless. Herbal skin care contains all natural herbs, with no added preservatives and no additional oils. Some of these products are known for their anti-aging properties, making this type of skin care the very best in keeping you looking young and giving you the most beautiful skin you have ever had. Herbal skin care is not only used to improve the look of your skin, but it also improves the health of your skin, special nutrients help moisturize and revitalize your skin leaving you with a clean, clear and beautiful finish.

What Makes Herbal Skin Care So Special?

Today there are many skin care products out there and buying the one for you can get a little confusing. But, with all the products around today one of the truly best choices are the herbal skin care products that do not add any animal fats, excess oils, or anything that might cause irritation for people with sensitive skin. Since everyone has a different skin type, herbal skin care is perfect because it can provide each skin type with the nutrients it needs to stay beautiful.
Most of these skin care products also provide a powerful sunscreen to protect your delicate skin from harmful UV rays. Most people do not realize how sensitive their skin is from the sun, a good sunscreen is important to keep your skin protected from cancer causing UV rays, and most cosmetics and skin care products do not carry enough protection in their formula. You can even grown many of the herbs used in these types of skin care products in your very own garden. Chamomile, lavender, sage, and lemon balm are all easily grown in your home garden or even in a few flower pots.

Herbal Skin Care and the Health of Your Skin

Herbal skin care helps your skin function properly. With all that your skin goes through in one day, you need something that will replenish and renew your skin. UV rays, stress, and pollution - all of these result in damage done to your skin. Natural skin care contains vitamins that heal your skin and leave you looking your best. Your skin is ever growing and changing, and it needs the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy, just like any other part of your day to day life you should take special care when it comes to your skin.

Natural skin care products can be found at your local beauty supply store or online, but be sure to read the labels carefully, so that the ingredients are all natural, and contain no added preservatives or unnecessary oils or fatty acids. Some companies that sell these products claim that they are 100% natural, but it is a good idea to read the labels so that you are absolutely sure that they are completely and 100% natural. Remember that skin care is important and you should never neglect to care for your skin properly. It will keep you happy, healthy, and beautiful for years to come

Thursday, February 7, 2008

4 Natural Steps To A Healthier Skin

4 Natural Steps To A Healthier Skin by Paul Okoh

A summary of 4 simple steps that will lead to a much healthier skin.

1. Reduce Your Sugar Intake

I bet you did not know that there is a link between sugar intake and aging. Well too much sugar is one of the main causes of premature aging. It works this way;the more sugar we take in the more sugar we have in our bloodstream. Sugar molecules attach to protein molecules and damage the protein molecules. By attaching to the protein molecules new types of molecules are formed. These molecules denature skin collagen, damage cartilage and ligament and enhance loss of elasticity. Wrinkles are also formed and sagging of the skin commences.

Putting the above into consideration it becomes very necessary to reduce our intake of sugar. To achieve this I know will be very difficult for some people. To make it simple the best method to use is a gradual reduction of your daily sugar intake. For starters you can reduce the amount of sugar you add to your cup of tea or coffee. Also you can cut down on your intake of soda, sweetened dairy products and pastries.

2. Accelerate Your Digestion

As you might have heard healthy skin is is a function of a good digestive system. To accelerate or rev up our digestion we should incorporate enough fibre into our daily diet. Studies have shown that most people only consume half the amount of their daily fibre requirement.
To increase your fibre intake you should try these;

i. eat beans and legumes,

ii. eat prunes,

iii. take high fibre snacks like dried fruits, seeds and nuts

iv. eat at least one apple everyday

v. add whole grains to your diet, always choose grain products over refined products.

3. Take Essential Fats

What are essential fatty acids? As the name implies they are simply fats your body cannot live without. They are used in the synthesis or formation of hormones, cell membranes and many other chemicals used in the body. These essential fats fight inflammation, keep the heart functioning properly amongst other important functions. They are also particularly important to people with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and acne, and also for people with dry skin. To get more essential fats, eat more of cold water fish. Salmon is also a very good source of essential fatty acids. Also it is wise to consider the use of fish oil supplements.

4. Exercise To Improve Blood Circulation

Do you live a sedentary life? Sitting at your desk all day? Be warned that inactivity affects the skin and may enhance acne, cellulite and loss of muscle tone. Inactivity also promotes bloating and puffiness.

One of the best ways to improve the health of your skin and your overall health is to exercise. Exercise improves the blood circulation which is very essential for good health. So how do you improve your blood circulation?

A few quick steps to this are;
i. Get a skipping rope

ii. Start visiting your neighbourhood gym.

iii. Once in a while get up from your desk and stretch

iv. Take a long walk.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Simple Facts About Skin Care

Simple Facts About Skin Care by Louise Forrest

One of nature’s wonders is the skin that appears on everything. Some of the trees, if you were, and people do, pierce the balk, some kind of liquid oozes out. Plants? Yes, same thing. Animals, fish of various varieties all have skin.

The reptiles too have it, but they change their skins once in a while! Would not all of us wish to have that facility!! Name any animal, it has a skin.

The skin has been provided to protect the blood vessels, the flesh, the muscles, the organs and other parts of the body. It has its own characteristics, as it is covered with, I don’t know the exact size, so I will use nano cells. The first sign of an external attack is that on the skin.

An ant bite and you are immediately alerted by the skin. You reach out to remove the insect, and you find that that area becomes red and itches. You scratch, getting temporary relief. But within minutes, say 5 or so, it goes away, that itch. Why? The skin has alerted the blood stream, and the WBCs (white blood cells) are rushed to the spot and the immune system takes care.

So too with cuts, bruises, minor burns to mention a few. The same immune system takes care of it, and slowly a scab forms, and after some time, it falls itself, revealing the same color of skin that was there earlier. If it was a little deeper or much deeper cut, you would have a scar to show for it. So the skin itself is the protector and surgeon as well. Of course if the cut is very, very, deep, the surgeon or physician would pull them together and put stitches to heal the wound. But normally nature takes its own course.

Also the skin and the blood vessels are a sign of abnormality. If your wound does not heal itself, or the blood does not coagulate quickly, you MAY have diabetes. Diabetics generally are told to avoid any, repeat any accident which may bruise or cut the skin. If there are patches that persist, you may be suffering from a skin ailment, or the body is signaling that something is wrong, and you would have to take precaution.

Skin care is as important as any other part of the body. Some would go to the extent of saying that without that skin, you would not have a body. Very true and very apt indeed.

You must take regular baths or showers. If it is cold weather, do not use hot water, use instead tepid or just above normal temperature shower or bath. Don’t just turn on your shower and step outside after washing with soap. Let the body have some time. The skin absorbs water, and if you are using hot water, your body defense system shuts down the pores of your skin to prevent burning or scalding. Too cold a bath, and again, to maintain the body temperature it requires, the skin closes its pores. Strike a balance.

Use soft soaps, not the hard ones. Choose a soap that is gentle on the skin, low in its harshness, has enough moisturizer to keep your skin healthy. What’s wrong if you use baby soap? It’s very mild in its removing dirt, and has enough moisturizer for you as well. After the bath, don’t immediately start rubbing yourself down. Once in a week or all right, once in two weeks, take an oil bath.

Rub oil all over your body, allow it to soak for about half an hour and then take a shower or a soak in the tub. Rinse clear the oil by using soft shampoos. When you come out, you would feel healthy and alive. Oil is secreted by glands under the skin’s surface, and just like the lube you put in your car, apart from the water in the radiator, it cleanses itself, and gets back the store of oil that is generally generated on its own by the other body organs.

All these keep your skin health, glowing and you feel nice.If you notice any patches, white, grey or whatever color, remember it. If it persists, you should see a medical practitioner. Same is true of the lumps that you may find.
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