Month: March 2016

Learn How to Use Body Scrubs To Remove Dead Skin Cells & Improve Skin Health

Body ScrubsExfoliation involves the use of a body scrub to remove dead skin cells that cause your skin to look rough, wrinkly, dry, and patchy.

How to Use Scrubs to Exfoliate Skin (Instructions)

  • Select a Scrub that Includes Healthy Ingredients
  • Take a Bath or Shower first (Yes, you can use soap before applying the scrub).
  • Then, after the bath or shower, start the Exfoliation Process
  • Make Sure that your entire body where the Scrub is being applied is wet with water.
  • Move away from the water to apply scrub. Be careful to not slip, body scrubs contain oil and are slippery. (A non-slip surface is needed when stepping in and out of the shower or bath).
  • Take two scoops of the scrub and rub it into your skin in a circular motion. It should feel good to your skin and not cause pain. Use the same pressure that you would use to apply lotion to a baby’s body. Keep it gentle.
  • After you rub the scrub all over the skin, step into the water and gently rinse off the scrub leaving the oil behind. Note: Only a top quality body scrub leaves behind oil that actually sticks to your skin. Don’t use a wash cloth, just your hands as you wipe away the scrub (salt).
  • After rising all grit (of the salt) from the body, turn off the water.
  • Pat the body dry with a towel; don’t rub the skin. You want to let the oils soak into your skin.
  • Enjoy your new skin!

Repeat the process twice a week for smooth and exfoliated skin.

How Does The Scrub Benefit The Skin You Are In?

  • Unclogs Pores by removing dirt and grime
  • Rejuvenates Skin by Repairing it
  • Slows down the “aging of the skin” process
  • Makes Your Skin more able to retain moisture because you remove the dead skin cells that block moisture
  • Softens Skin
  • Promotes Spot Free Skin
  • Promotes Skin Elasticity

Lastly, choose a scrub that includes healthy and natural ingredients that add nutrients and antioxidants to the skin. First, view all of the scrubs of interest and look closely at ingredients, size, cost, place of origin, and any associated health benefits. When you look at a body scrub, review the ingredients and determine if those are the ingredients that your skin needs. Look up ingredients and become educated about any product ingredients, associated risks, and health benefits. The FDA is working diligently to keep consumers informed about associated risks of some ingredients.

Skin Care Secrets of the Ancients

Skin Care Secrets of the AncientsLooking into the mirror one morning after an exceptionally hectic weekend, I noticed with shock that the youthful skin I had always taken for granted was starting to reveal signs of aging.

My first reaction was the fatalistic acceptance that nothing could be done about it, since we’re all destined to age. But there’s also a side of my character that refuses to yield to the seemingly inevitable. I intuitively knew there must be a way to slow down the process of aging skin, and possibly even reverse it as well. Thus began my quest to find a solution to combat the relentless hands of time. I began by searching for everything I could find on the Internet related to skin care and anti-aging.

As I’m conscious of my health, I wanted to find a system that was natural and non-invasive, and which would also be affordable in regard to nurturing my skin on a daily basis. My research led me into areas of anti-aging and skin care which were not only enlightening and informative, but also quite surprising.

One of the most fascinating facts I discovered, was that our ancestors developed a system of skin care based on natural ingredients and remedies that was incredibly effective in preserving and promoting healthy radiant skin. Skin care treatments were a common practice in the ancient world in China, Japan, India, Greece, and most regions of the Middle East, and were given as much attention then as they are today.

The ancient Egyptians for example, were famous for developing elixirs for the skin using ingredients such as moringa oil, plant resins, and milk. Though they may have lacked access to our modern-day technology, their inherent wisdom and skill pertaining to nurturing and maintaining youthful looking skin through entirely natural means was truly amazing. Fortunately for us, the ingredients and methods they used have been passed down through the ages, allowing us to apply the same time-tested techniques to achieve a level of skin care unmatched by modern-day beauty products.

Encouraged by these findings I experimented daily with a variety of natural methods and ingredients used by the Ancients, until I found the optimum combination that gave my skin the same glowing radiant appearance I enjoyed as a young woman. The end result was the creation of a formula which implements an array of the same natural ingredients and methods used by our ancestors so long ago.

When I initially began experimenting with various natural ingredients and methods used by the Ancients, I had no idea where my project was going to lead, or what to expect. Even though I’ve always been an advocate of the natural approach to skin care, I was still a bit skeptical whether a system based on methods applied thousands of years ago could truly be effective.

Soon after starting the program all lingering doubts vanished when I noticed my skin becoming softer, firmer, and more supple. To my delight the overall texture and tone also radiated a lustrous glow which evoked compliments from family and friends. My skin also adopted a smoother, silkier, more refined quality which I hadn’t experienced since my youth.

I tend to have extremely dry skin, and prior to applying the formula I was constantly applying moisturizing cream to my face. After implementing the system the dryness disappeared as my skin became naturally hydrated and resilient. In addition, the fine lines and wrinkles which had started to appear on my forehead and at the corner of my eyes became dramatically softer and less pronounced, and on certain areas of my face vanished completely. This inspired me to find answers as to why these ingredients administered in a particular sequence and combination were so effective.

What I discovered is that in addition to being inherently better for your skin and health in general, they also work in unison holistically, enabling your skin to replenish and restore itself. One example of how this restorative process takes place can be found in one of the key ingredients used in the formula, which is recognized as being transdermal in nature.

The transdermal, penetrating aspect of this particular ingredient transports other essential elements used in the formula deep into the various layers of the skin, nourishing and revitalizing it on a cellular level. The result is skin that not only looks and feels younger, but which is rejuvenated daily by the process.

After several weeks of using my formula I realized my skin had been transformed. The first signs of aging which had initially caused me concern had been replaced with healthier, younger looking skin. The results far exceeded anything I could have imagined or hoped for when first starting the program. I was thrilled to have come across this simple, yet powerful method of preserving and replenishing my skin which has now become part of my daily routine.

 

Tips for Oily Skin

Oily SkinFirst let’s bury the myth that certain foods increase the oil production in our skin. There is no proven evidence that this occurs. It is a known fact that when there is a change in hormone levels the skin tends to become oilier and triggers outbreaks of acne. Usually this is more common for teenagers and young adults. However, some women tend to notice oily skin prior to their menstrual periods. It is not uncommon for pregnant or menopausal women to have bouts of oily skin as well as those on certain types of birth control pills.

Fear not, knowing the do’s and don’ts for treating oily skin, including some home remedies will not only treat the problem but your wallet with much happier.

Do’s

  1. Use slightly acidic, gently PH balanced, skin cleansers in the morning and evening. The key here is that the protective acid in the cleanser keeps bacteria from entering the body through the skin. Most soaps that are alkaline based leave the skin exposed to bacteria.
  2. Exfoliate your skin by using apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. Apply this at bedtime with a cotton ball and leave on for 5 – 10 minutes. Rinse completely with cool water, not hot water which opens the pores allowing bacteria and dirt to congregate. This is also a great acne treatment for oily skin.
  3. Use cleansers which contain salicylic acid. These cleansers not only will treat oily skin but penetrate the pores and help remove fats that clog the pores which lead to blackheads.
  4. Citrus fruits and cucumbers are a great home remedy for fighting oily skin and refresh the skin. Mix lemon juice and cucumber juice and pat onto the face. Once dry, rinse face with warm water followed by a cool rinse.
  5. Another home remedy is to use egg yolks. No we are not making an omelet. Using a cotton ball, dab the egg yolk to the oily parts of the face. After 15 minutes rinse off with cool water.
  6. If you must wear foundation then select one that is ‘oil-free’. This will alleviate clogging the pores and creating a shine on the face. Powder blushes are recommended over cream formulas.
  7. Washing your face during the day may be difficult especially for women who wear makeup. An alternative is to use blotting papers. These absorb the excess oily on the skin without irritating the skin. Blotting paper contains a small amount of powder which can even out skin color.

Don’ts

  1. Avoid using creamy or milk products that deposit unneeded oils on the skin.
  2. Sleeping on a dirty pillowcase that has absorbed dirt and grease will wind up on your face. To keep your freshly washed face clean, remember to change your pillowcase frequently.
  3. Although moisturizing sounds appealing they actually will clog the pores resulting in acne. Instead use a gel or serum with anti-aging ingredients.
  4. Avoid using sunscreens that are cream-based which will make oily skin greasier. Look for sunscreens that are powder based.
  5. Avoid the urge to over wash your face. Oily skin isn’t a result from poor hygiene so excess cleaning will not help with oily skin. Washing your face too much can deprive your face of the essential oils that serve as a natural barrier to irritants. Washing your face twice a day and using blotting paper in between will ensure that your face does not become red and raw.
  6. Avoid picking at pimples which can spread the infection to other parts of the face. Resist the urge to touch your face or lean on your chin and cheek. Clean hands are the best defense for this.

Practicing the aforementioned do’s and don’ts will lead to healthier oil free skin.

 

Best Remedies to Get Rid of Dark Circles

Selecting Skin Care ProductsDark circles are a common sight on most people. As we grow older, many of us seem to have dark circles that vary in severity. People tend to blame lack of sleep as the cause; however, your dark circles could be caused by many other factors –

  • Stress
  • Lifestyle – Habits like smoking and drinking can also be a contributing factor
  • Fluid Retention – Caused by pregnancy or gaining weight
  • Abnormal skin pigmentation
  • Hereditary
  • Sun exposure
  • Consuming too much salt
  • Allergies

While there are several reasons that can contribute to the unsightly bags under your eyes, it is important to understand the cause of it. In severe cases, getting rid of the circles is not enough as that way you are only getting rid of the physical manifestation of the cause. However for most of us, the stress of everyday life and work tied up with inadequate or irregular sleep patterns is the main cause. In these cases, your eyes don’t just show the dark circles, they tend to make your eyes looks puffy, tired and sleepy.

There are plenty of over the counter creams and ointments that you can use, however, fashion and lifestyle blogger Nandini swears by a few ruses she picked up from her grandma and mother while she was growing up. These tricks are simple and the best part is that they are natural and easy on your pocket.

Cucumber – Cucumbers are quite good at revitalizing and calming our eyes, while they are also known for their skin lightening properties. Place sliced and chilled cucumber pieces on eyes and relax for 10-15 minutes. Repeat this process twice daily for a week or so. Another option is to apply cucumber juice mixed with equal amount of lemon extract and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off. The cleansing and skin lightening properties of lemon are in addition to the benefit of cucumber.

Almond Oil – A mixture of almond oil and vitamin E oil applied on your dark circles before bedtime is what blogger Nandini recommends to fix for dark circles.

Cold tea bags – Chilled green tea or chamomile tea bags are a great way to reduce dark circles, puffiness and eye bags. All you need to do is chill your used tea bags in the refrigerator for 10 or 15 mins and put them on your eyes for 5 minutes. Your eyes will instantly feel revitalized with noticeable difference within a week. Make sure to avoid this if you are running a fever or have a cold.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes have natural whitening properties, which are helpful in lightening dark circles. Using a concoction made of a teaspoon of tomatoes juice mixed with half a teaspoon of lemon juice for 10-15 minutes once a day for 2 weeks shows substantial results.

Potato – A potato is another natural bleaching agent and using the extracts of grated raw potato on your eyes really helps clearing dark circles.

Rose water – Rose water has multiple uses which benefit almost all skin woes. Using rose water for dark circles is no exception. Simply soak a cotton ball in rose water (slightly cold for best results) for a minute and place the soaked cotton ball on your eyes for 10 minutes while you relax. This foolproof method is another go to remedy for Nandini. She makes sure to include this in her daily beauty regimens before sleeping as it also helps her relax.

Mint Leaves – Mint leaves will not only help you get rid of your dark circles, but will actually help your eyes to feel calm and re-energized. Take 5 or 6 mint leaves and crush them. Use the crushed leaves like a mask on the affected area and keep it on for 10 minutes. Wipe carefully with cold water. Mint leaves can also be used with tomatoes.

There are plenty of natural remedies to cure your dark circles. While you use any or a combination of these ingredients, it is important to remember that a major contributing factor for dark circles is sleep deprivation, stress and other lifestyle habits. Make sure to include adequate sleep, de-stress and if possible practice yoga either at home or at a class.