Skin – The Basics

Weird & Wonderful Tips – The Basics – Part 4

skin care basics

Here is just a little collection of weird & wonderful tips that may help you in your skin care regime.

1 – A good treatment for enlarged pores, acne, or oily skin is a face wash that contains some lemon juice. Use it once a week to improve larger pores or excess oil.

skin care basics2 – If you have been searching for a skin sooth mask to use, a honey mask will do wonders. When honey is applied to the skin, it can treat redness and give the skin a healthy glow. Such masks boost your general appearance, and weekly use can lessen your blemishes as well.

3 – Use a makeup sponge to apply sunscreen. Not only does applying sunscreen with a sponge let you avoid the greasy texture of the lotion, it also helps you spread it more evenly. Dabbing with a sponge will also help the sunscreen penetrate into your skin, ensuring maximum absorption while keeping your hands clean and dry.

4 – You can take care of your skin inside out by eating healthy. Surprisingly, junk food like chocolate does not cause acne. A well balanced diet keeps the body healthy, which is beneficial to the skin. Eat lots of nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. All of these foods contain the proper nutrients to help you have healthy skin free of acne breakouts.

5 – A lip balm that contains SPF is a good way to protect the sensitive skin of your lips. This keeps the delicate tissue of your lips protected from the ravages of the sun’s rays.

6 – Always use a new, sharp razor when you are shaving sensitive skin. If you use a older razor or a bad one it might make your skin more irritated by pulling it out instead of shaving it off. They can be painful to shave with, and it can cause unattractive rashes, irritation and razor burns. Your razor blade should glide over your skin smoothly, effortlessly, and painlessly.

That is it for the 4th part in this series….did you miss the others? Find them here:

Skin Basics #1 – Looking After Your Skin

Skin Basics #2 – The Sun

Skin Care Basics #3 – Why Your Skin Dries Out

Why Your Skin Dries Out – The Basics – Part 3

skin wrinkles

As we get older, our skin ‘dries up’ & wrinkles – despite what any beauty company says, there is nothing we can do about it.

Without getting depressing, look back at a photo of yourself 10yrs ago & tell me it doesn’t ! – Despite all we do, we age.

This is where we enter the ‘Degrees of Aging’ – Trying to fight it is not in vain, we just see changes in degrees.

Those that have used sun screen & have moisturized regularly should see a definite difference to those who haven’t. The same way with those that have regularly exercised & eaten well.

So this post (The Basics) looks at how we can help ourselves going forward for the next 10yrs (how scary!!).

skin wrinkles

 

Your Bodies Chemicals

Your body produces its own chemicals to make your skin soft and supple and hydrating it naturally.

Over time, the chemical estrogen that provides many of these benefits will decline.

That is why older people have dryer, more wrinkled skin.

You can fight the loss of estrogen in a few ways, but the best is probably to use natural estrogen found in many plants. There are a number of plants that contain estrogen, and your body will be able to process that chemical and help to hydrate your skin a natural way.

 

Vegetable’s Aging Secrets

Broccoli and Spinach are just some of the vegetables that contain estrogen, and consuming them daily will help keep the wrinkles out of your skin and provide your outer layer with much-needed moisture.

As a bonus, these foods are great for you, giving you essential vitamins that keep you healthy and vital- another key to looking and feeling great at any age.

You can also use creams that contain estrogen. These applications naturally hydrate your skin and keep you looking great with minimal effort. Watch for creams that have hyaluronic acid and glycerin for the best benefit. And if you have oily skin, you definitely want to do everything you can to keep your skin hydrated.

 

Aging & Fat

Many people are looking to cut out as much fat as possible from their diet.

While this may be great for their body image, a lack of fat can really dry out your skin and cause you to age before your time.

Your body needs the chemicals in fat to give it a healthy glow. Without it, your skin dries up and you can look skeletal.

Particularly, your body needs fatty acids, like those found in Omega 3s.

Foods such as seeds, nuts, salmon and many other kinds of fish all contain this essential fat.

This fatty product works to create suppler, smoother skin. It also reduces inflammation and redness in the skin, creating a more even tone and decreasing skin irritation. Additionally, the fat helps your skin cells rejuvenate faster.

Your cells naturally die and are replaced every so often, and fatty acids are essential to making this process work. These new skin cells are what keeps your skin looking fresh and young.

While the skinny look may be in, cutting all the fat out of your diet will hurt your skin over the long run, and you will be missing out on some of the benefits that these fatty foods can provide.

 

So there you go, another instalment in my ‘The Basics’ range of posts. Until next time…..

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Further Reading:

What is estrogen? – Medical News Today

Skin Care & The Sun – The Basics – Part 2

sun burn and winter sun

sun burn and winter sun

As it is in theory ‘The Summer’ (you never can tell !!) – I wanted to add to my ‘Basics’ range of posts about the Sun…

Sunshine is great for your skin, giving it a healthy tan and enriching your cells with vitamins.

Too much sunlight, on the other hand, can hurt your skin with harmful ultraviolet radiation.

This not only ages your skin, creating wrinkles, burn marks and discoloration, but it can give you skin cancer.

You should ALWAYS use a sunscreen whenever you are going to be out in the sun for very long.

LESSER KNOWN FACT – This is true even in winter months! When the sun is highly visible, even in cold weather, it can still cause radiation to permeate your skin.

For winter weather, use an emollient sun care product.

For the rest of the year, make sure you are using a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more.

You can double your skincare effectiveness by using a skin cream with sun protection, which is readily available in many stores.

This allows you to hydrate your skin while protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays.

Sunscreen is safe to use every day, so even if you’re not sure you will be going outside, you can put some on, just in case.

 

Like I have said before – these posts are ‘going back to basics’ but it really is important. I have made them short in the hope that people may read them.

I know in my youth, I never used sunscreen in the winter !! – I wish I had now.

Skin Care Regime – Some Advice

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careYes we think we know it all – but there lies a danger!

Here is a quick article outlining some of the basics which you may not have seen for some reason; or more likely; you have just plain forgotten!!

 

  • Proper skin care is about more than just looking attractive. You can feel better both physically and mentally if your skin is healthy. There are some helpful ideas in the article below that can get you started on a skin care routine that is right for you. Happy skin is healthy and beautiful.

 

  • Apple cider vinegar is very beneficial for the treatment of pimples. The cider will replenish moisture where acne has dried out your skin. Do it in the morning as you don’t want to put it all over your bed.

 

  • Try alpha-hydroxy treatments to get beautiful skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids are present in several milks, wines, and fruits. These acids help break down protein bonds that make dead skin remain on the surface. Ex-foliate gently to remove dead skin.

 

  • If you suffer from facial inflammation and huge pores, eat watercress. Watercress will also help minimize pore size as well as many other positive health effects. Watercress is as good for your whole body as it is for your skin.

 

  • Use a cotton ball or makeup sponge to apply your sunscreen. The sponge will spread the sunscreen more evenly and you won’t have to touch the lotion. Apply sunscreen with a sponge instead of your fingertips. This allows your skin to fully absorb the product without having to touch your face with your hands.

 

  • Water is very beneficial for the treatment of your skin. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin moist. This counters damaging sun or other factors and will hydrate your skin and your cells will become more hydrated. This is just one thing that will make for healthy looking skin, which in turn will help a person to look healthier, too.

 

  • Check out ingredients on the products you own to stop redness. It’s best to use products with a minimum amount of ingredients. Ingredient overload can wreak havoc on your highly sensitive skin. This can very well make your skin redder. In fact, they could even cause a major break-out.

 

  • Make clothing softer by using fabric softener during washing and drying. If your clothes are soft, they will not suck moisture from the skin. This is particularly useful if you are in a dry environment.

 

  • Always read the label before purchasing a sunscreen. Different sunscreens can contain vastly different things. The best sunscreens that can keep UV rays that are harmful away need to have an ingredient that’s a broad-spectrum one, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Check the label for other ingredients that can irritate skin.

 

  • Foods that contain Vitamin E are a great way to get healthier looking skin and hair. Vitamin E contains many antioxidants that will help ward off free radicals. Papaya and blueberries are a great source of vitamin E. You may also wish to consider greens which are dark and leafy as an additional source.

 

  • Do not hesitate to contact a dermatologist in the event of skin care issues that threaten to overwhelm you. Any skin issue that can’t be resolved at home with a few tried and true methods deserves a trip to the dermatologist. Always consult with an expert when you have exhausted basic good skin care practice to no avail.

 

There you go.

Not an exhaustive list & also not an obvious one either !

Thanks for reading – The Skin Clinic

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Reference/ ‘The Science’:

Skin – Wikipedia

WebMD – Skin Problems

American Skin Association

Looking After Your Skin – The Basics – Part 1

This is the 1st part of a series I will be posting – Skin: The Basics.

I am aware that this may seem a bit ‘sucking eggs’; but I do believe we should start very simply! So let’s begin with probably the most important place when it comes to Skin – The Face.

Your face is the first part of your body where age really starts to show.

If you want to avoid premature wrinkles and signs of aging, then you really have to take care of your face & it’s skin.

One of the best ways to do so is through carefully monitoring your daily cleansing routine.

Woman in splashes of waterWhen you wash your face, use gentle, circular motions. Try to massage it rather than scour it. And you should use your fingers or a soft cloth or pad rather than an abrasive scrubber.

You want to treat your skin as though it is delicate. Even though it seems like it can take the abuse of a rough scrubbing and cleansing, which can leave it with a temporary glow, it will age your face too quickly.

If you are not gentle with your face, then you will stretch out the skin and harm the capillaries underneath.

Use a facial cleanser when you clean your face and start from the neck, working upward. This helps rejuvenate your skin and fight off aging effects over time.

Doing this every day helps your skin look fresh and hydrates it, keeping back the dryness that can lead to wrinkles.

Okay, so we have started very simply….but you would be surprised just how many people forget ‘the basics’.

For those of you that are after a bit more – below is YouTube video that gives you all the basics & a few tips (actual Aloe Vera plant!)…I like this as it is very simple, she uses ‘std’ products & her skin is stunning!! Enjoy!

Until next time – Thanks for reading.

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