Good skin care practices are very important. It doesn’t have to be a huge chore, but you do need to have a consistent routine. Use the tips in this article to learn how and why to increase the health of your skin. The time you put into reading this, will not be wasted.
Some lotions and moisturizers can actually be responsible for making your skin condition worse! The key is to be aware of your individual skin type and only use lotions or oils that are specifically tailored towards your needs. Know how oily or dry your skin can get and make your choices based on that information.
If you want better skin, drop the fat-free diet. Believe it or not, your skin actually benefits from eating fats. Try adding a little more fat to your diet. Stick to healthy, unsaturated fats. Foods like olive oil, almonds and fatty fish all contain unsaturated fats that will reduce dry, itchy skin.
Purchase products containing green tea extract to help maintain good skin. Green tea extract helps reduce unnecessary oils in your pores in addition to encouraging proper skin cell regeneration. A final benefit of green tea extract is that it is a natural product and may be best for those with extra sensitive skin.
Whether your skin tone is light or dark, always use sunscreen on sunny days. Not only does over-exposure to sunlight cause skin cancer, it also ages your skin much faster. If you have an especially light complexion, avoid tanning too much. When you reduce your skin’s exposure to the sun, you will reduce years to your appearance.
To treat dry and flaky legs during pregnancy, try mixing one cup of white sugar with one cup of ultra-absorbent canola or sesame oil. Before taking a bath or shower, generously apply the mixture to your legs, and gently massage it in circular motions. This removes dead skin cells, which then allows the skin to more effectively absorb moisture.
Apply sunscreen with a makeup sponge. This will help you to avoid the feel of the lotion on your hands, as well as help the sunscreen spread easily across your body. 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.
If your skin is dry, which might show as being tight and flaky, then your skin-care regime should be for dry skin. To help with this, it is advised that you wash, tone and moisturize, both in the morning and in the evening. Cream cleansers, non-astringent toners and a good moisturizer, are recommended for this skin type.
There are several plant hormones that can help keep your skin looking healthy and help to give you a healthy, youthful look. Most of these are vegetable estrogen and applied over an extended period of time. These hormones have been shown to cause your skin to look much healthier and maintain its youthfulness.
As stated above, a good skin care routine is essential. A consistent routine of good skin care habits is easy to learn with the tips in this article. A skin care routine will increase the health of your skin. Spend some time on it and you will glow with health!
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How to keep your skin looking great!
Invest some time and care!
Everyone wants to have younger looking skin. Unfortunately, even the most expensive skin care products, with all their claims of ‘reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles’, can’t turn back the years. However, don’t despair! There are steps that we can all take to make sure our skin looks vibrant and healthy and stays wrinkle-free for longer. All we’ve got to do is invest some time and care in looking after it.
It is important to understand the basic function of our skin in order to look after it properly. The skin is our body’s largest organ and comprises three major layers:
The Epidermis: This layer has five sub-layers; the outer layer consists of mainly dead cells which are continuously shed and replaced by cells beneath. The epidermis is also responsible for ‘water proofing’ your skin, protecting your skin from potential invasion of microbes and generate new skin cells which move from the deep layer of the epidermis to the outer layer, where they are eventually shed.
The Dermis: Is the ‘middle layer of the skin and is composed of connective tissue containing collagen and elastin. The dermis is thick in the soles and palms and very thin in the eyelids. It contains blood vessels, nerves, glands, and hair follicles.
The Subcutaneous layer: This layer consists of areolar and adipose tissue. Fibres from the dermis extend down into the subcutaneous layer and anchor the skin to it. The subcutaneous layer, in turn, attaches to underlying organs and tissues.
Aging of the skin
There are several factors influencing how quickly our skin ages, ranging from genetic factors, your natural skin type, as well as external factors such as exposure to sunlight, environmental factors and whether you smoke or not. In general, pale skins wrinkle faster than darker skins, which are protected by increased amounts of pigment and lipids.
Another vital factor is, of course, our age. When we are 60, our skin looks and functions very differently at 20 as opposed to.
Below is a skin care plan of how to look after your skin as the decades go by and how to adapt your skin care regime accordingly.
Looking after your skin in your 20s
Your 20s is a great time for your skin. You’ve left behind the adolescence acne and your skin has a radiant, youthful glow and the epidermis is well toned.
This is not the time to be complacent. In your 20s skin cell renewal drops by up to 28 per cent, dead skin cells are not as easily shed and external factors are starting to have a greater impact, leaving your skin slightly duller.
According to dermatologists, 80 per cent of all aging can be directly related to exposure to sunlight. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid the mid-day sun, or if you have to be out in the heat of the day (especially in countries like Australia), than cover up. Penetrating UVA rays will start to damage collagen fibres and elastin coils in your skin.
Smoking one factor you can control and now would be a good time to quite. Smoking inhibits oxygen getting to the outer layer of your skin and has a premature aging effect. In addition, smoking can cause fine lines around the mouth over the years and this is to be avoided – if you want to keep your good looks.
Looking after your skin in your 30s
By the time you get to your 30s skin cell turnover has slowed. Environmental damage from smoke, sunlight and pollution are starting to take their toll on the dermis, causing collagen fibres to loosen so that skin starts to loose its tone and develop fine lines and wrinkles. Subcutaneous fat forms ridges and refuse to bounce back as readily as it once did when you smile. Your first wrinkles may start to appear.
By now you should have established a daily skincare regime that involves exfoliating (two or three times a week), cleansing, moisturising and sun protection for your skin. In your 30s, it’s important to maintain a balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and fish, which are high in antioxidants such as Vitamins A, B, e and c. These Vitamins counteract free radicals in your body that help the skin to repair itself, produce the enzymes that stabilise collagen production, and stay moist and healthy. For further protection, try using a day crÃ¨me, such as one that contains vitamin E, for example: Wildcrafted’s Age Defying Essence.
Alcohol should only be consumed in moderation as it deprives your skin of vital nutrients and may cause your facial blood vessels to become dilated leading to permanent, red ‘spider veins’ on your cheeks and in men often across the nose.
Maintaining well hydrated tissues by drinking plenty of water each and every day (3 litres a day is not at all excessive) is vital to retain moisture in your skin. In addition, you should ensure that you get enough quality sleep.
Looking after your skin in your 40s
In addition, loss of fat in the subcutaneous layer leaves your skin more fragile, whereas the dermis will continue to lose its elasticity. A rich nourishing night crÃ¨me, such as Wildcrafted’s rejuvenating night crÃ¨me, becomes a vital part of your skin care regime.
During this time the stratum corneum (the outer layer of the epidermis) starts to grow even thicker, as dead skin cells hang around for longer. If you are not already using an exfoliant regularly, now is a good time to get into the habit of exfoliating your skin regularly using a facial scrub – 2-3 times a week is all that’s necessary. You could also use a cream containing Rose oil, Jojoba oil or similar, as these contain natural AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and to help remove dead skin cells.
As deeper wrinkles start to form, you may wish to use a complete skin care system, which systematically helps you to nourish and moisturise your skin on all levels. Choose natural skin care products for your daily skin care regime, as you do not want to introduce unnecessary toxins into your system by using products full of unpronounceable chemicals. Quality natural skin care systems, such as Wildcrafted’s range of natural skin care systems should be matched to your specific skin type.
Looking after your skin in your 50s and above
As we reach our 50s and beyond, the hair and nails grow more slowly. Langerhans cells (involved in the immune response, dwindle in number, thus decreasing the immune responsiveness of older skin. Decreased size of sebaceous (oil) glands leads to broken and dry skin that is more susceptible to infection.
In women, after the menopause, decreased oestrogen levels mean that skin lose its plumpness and tone, and it may be left dry, itchy and more sensitive to allergens.
At this stage in your life it is important to take that extra care of your skin’s health. Mature skin is more fragile, prone to injury and infection and bruises easily. As if this was not bad enough, it also takes longer to heal. Taking care of your skin will reduce the aging effect; keep it healthier as well as more resistant to injury and infections. Remember, a face that has a lived in look is much more attractive than a Botox face and character is much more beauty.
A rich nourishing night cream, such as rejuvenating night cream, becomes a vital part of your skin care regime.
As deeper wrinkles start to form, you may wish to use a complete skin care system, which systematically helps you to nourish and moisturise your skin on all levels. Choose natural skin care products for your daily skin care regime, as you do not want to introduce unnecessary toxins into your system by using products full of unpronounceable chemicals. Quality natural skin care systems, such as range of natural skin care systems should be matched to your specific skin type.
Taking care of your skin will reduce the aging effect; keep it healthier as well as more resistant to injury and infections.
These days many consumers treat synthetic ingredients in their skin care as potentially harmful, and so they should.
If you are asking yourself whether natural skin care products are the answer to all your skin care problems? The answer is a definite Yes. I have not come across a single skin problem that can not be addressed equally well using natural skin care products as using any other types. Admittedly, I’ve only been in practice for just over 20 years, however, so far I have yet to see a skin condition that can not be treated using a natural approach, excluding of course emergency medical conditions such as severe 3rd degree burns over large parts of the body, etc
. In an article I can across recently, entitled “Are Natural Skin Care Products the Answer To All Problems?”, the author asks the following questions:
The answer is No natural skin care products do not fix all of our problems. Maybe the author should have asked … so, are natural skin care products to answer to all our skin care problems? – then the answer would have still been No, and neither do any other skin care products on the market today – natural or otherwise.
Not all skin problems can be treated using some topical application – Many diseases such as measles, chickenpox, herpes and many more are diseases, which as part of their symptomatology, have a skin component. To think that using natural skin care products or for that matter a synthetically formulated skin care product could treat this types of conditions is ludicrous.
Sure, combine your internal medication (drug-based or natural) with a good quality, natural skin care product to address the itching, redness and irritation, etc., but don’t think for one moment that a skin care products is going to effect the chickenpox virus or any other infectious disease.
Similarly, skin problems just like any other long-term disorder have a multi-faceted complexity and require a systemic approach to treatment.
If on the other hand we are simply referring to dry, oily, sensitive or mature skin, than there is no need for synthetic chemicals. Nor is this the case in the treatment of dermatitis, psoriasis or similar conditions, unless they are of a genetic origin – then there is very little that can be done other than symptom control, which natural skin care products can do just as well as any synthetic equivalent, if not better.
You see most mass-produced skin care products, whether they are 100 % natural skin care products or have a synthetic component, will not work on any condition that has an internal disease process involved. A hormonal imbalance may cause acne. This acne will persist until the hormonal imbalance is corrected.
Similarly, viral infections can cause skin rashes and they will persist until the viral infection has been addressed. Again, sure use a topical ointment or cream for the rash and yes, make sure it is a natural skin care product, because you don’t need to introduce more chemicals into the body, which it may have difficulty in utilising and/or eliminating.
In the same article, the answers to the above questions states:
100% natural skin care products are really not hard to find. There are dozens of companies that produce good quality, natural skin care products and they can be found using Yahoo, MSN or Google without much difficulty.
Secondly, just because a natural skin care product has a natural preservative does not make them any more expensive. I should know, as we make a large range of natural skin care products and have done so for over 20 years. We supply customers all over the world, as well as our own patients, and over 80 % of our customers have been long-term customers. Some of our products use natural preservatives such as Grape seed Oil or Wheat Germ Oil and neither of these oils are very pricey.
In addition, Essential oils are some of the most powerful antiseptic substances around, some are also have powerful antibiotic properties and if used correctly, they will preserve natural skin care products for at least 2 to 3 years without any trouble. Furthermore, many of our natural skin care and personal care product contain herbal extracts. Herbal extracts are by nature alcoholic and alcohol is a very good preservative. So you see, good quality natural skin care products do not need to have preservatives (synthetic ones) added to them.
This author further states:
Sure, we all know that nature produces powerful substances and some of these are the most potent killers if we are exposed to them – strychnine is an example that comes to mine, but any substance found in nature has the potential to create problems, some more serious than other. Why else would herbalist have to be trained for years if you could take any old tea and drink it to your heart’s content?
That is not the product’s fault, these people unfortunately for them have a hypersensitivity to particular substances and their immune system needs to be treated. DO N’T use a synthetic substitute – the natural substances are just as powerful as synthetic chemicals, why do you think is it that modern medicine still uses morphine-based drugs to treat severe pain?
Natural skin care products that have been properly formulated to target a specific skin care need, are safer, usually more effective and cost no more than their synthetic counter parts.
If you are asking yourself whether natural skin care products are the answer to all your skin care problems? I have not come across a single skin problem that can not be addressed equally well using natural skin care products as using any other types. Maybe the author should have asked … so, are natural skin care products to answer to all our skin care problems? You see most mass-produced skin care products, whether they are 100 % natural skin care products or have a synthetic component, will not work on any condition that has an internal disease process involved. Many of our natural skin care and personal care product contain herbal extracts.
Going simple is the way to do it when it comes to daily facial care. The simpler it is, the safer for your skin. A good skin cleanser is a vital part in your daily routine. Look for a cleanser that does not cause any allergic reactions to you. A good cleanser should be able to pull out dirt from your face with just a few strokes of a cotton ball damped with it.
After waking up in the morning, the best way to wash your face is to splash on a good amount of lukewarm water. Cold or hot water splashes may cause your skin to dry out or break.
Before applying a skin cleanser of washing with lukewarm water, women should take their makeup off first before commencing with their facial care routine. This can be done by using oil to remove make-up.
Exfoliating is Good
To exfoliate is a common thing that most people skip out when it comes to daily facial care routine. But the proper use of an exfoliant will surely make a big difference in both the feel and appearance of the facial skin. To exfoliate is the step wherein one takes out the dead skin cells of the face. Men in general have more youthful looking skin because an exfoliation of dead skin cells happens whenever they shave their facial hair. There are a number of good exfoliating products out in the market today. Choose what is best for you and you are on the road to a youthful looking skin.
Skin toners should always remain an option in your daily facial care routine. Although there people who do not support this skin care product, toners still provide something positive for those who use it. What it does is remove all the traces and residue of make-up and oils left behind by washing and cleansing of the facial skin.
Moisturizers Keep the Skin Looking Young
Most people will definitely agree that a skin moisturizer is an important part of a daily facial care routine. Dry skin is something that will always occur whether in the cold of winter or heat of summer. Therefore moisturizers keep your skin moist and prevent it from drying out. Facial skin all gets wrinkled up with the lack of moisture and will make people look older than they actually are. The skin will show signs that some moisture is needed. A tight skin needs moisture. Wrinkled skin needs moisture. And this is what a moisturizer provides. However, applying the right amount of moisturizer will always be the key. Putting more than what your skin needs will close up pores and may lead to pimples and acne problem. Putting less than what is needed will do you no good as your skin will dry up a few moments.
Protection from the Sun
Planning on going under the sun for a good amount of time? Protect your face with some sun block lotion to keep harmful sun rays from damaging your facial skin.
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You can give your skin the best skin care treatment in the comforts of your own home. All you will need to do is to follow the basic steps. The natural aging process of the skin is something people cannot defy. However, a daily skin care routine can delay this from happening. Another thing that a daily skin care routine can do is to prevent skin problems.
Protection from the Sun
One the most harmful things that hits human skin are the rays of the sun. Sun rays hasten the skin’s aging process. Not only that, it is also the number one cause of wrinkles and signs of aging. The worst part is that it can cause skin cancer.
The unfortunate thing here is that people can never totally shy away from the sun’s radiation. But there are ways to control and manage it. By applying sun block lotion with a skin protection formula of a minimum of 15 daily will certainly be a big help. On a daily basis, an application regimen of every couple of hours will do. More sun block is required when in total contact with the sun’s rays.
The sun’s rays are at its most powerful during the hours between 10 am and 3 pm. At this time, it is best to go indoors. If for any reason people will have to go under the sun during this period, wearing clothes like long sleeve shirts and pants and a hat will help block the sun’s rays to a certain level. There are some clothes detergents and softeners that have skin protection ingredients mixed in them. It may be wise to use these products when washing clothes.
Smoking is something that may be farfetched when it comes to skin care, but some studies have concluded that it contributes to skin aging, particularly wrinkles. The human veins shrink whenever a person smokes making it hard for the blood to flow. Blood carries oxygen to every part of the body, especially the skin. With less oxygen, the skin becomes vulnerable to aging.
Be Gentle on Your Skin
Gentle treatment should help in caring for your skin. Part of this gentle treatment is to bathe your skin in warm water as this relaxes your skin. Use less fragrant soaps as strongly perfumed soaps have the tendency to take out the necessary oils of your skin.
If you need to shave excess hair, do it in a gentle fashion by first applying shaving cream that helps the razor glide on your skin.
When drying your skin, pat drying with a soft towel is the way to go. This method will allow some oil retention on your skin. When your skin becomes dry, apply a lightly fragrant moisturizing cream on it. This method provides the moisture your dry skin needs to absorb, nursing it back to its’ natural softness.
Eating food that is high in fiber and moisture will surely help delay the skin aging process. Fruits and vegetables can provide your skin with the necessary nutrients.
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Maintain a habit of cleansing your face and it will definitely bring in a lot of rewards. When you take good care of your face, you do not just worry about having blemishes such as pimples, blackheads, white heads and even wrinkles, but more than that you will look healthy, fresh and perhaps even younger looking, which is really a great benefit because nobody certainly wants to look old and tired especially when you really are not.
Having a routine that you religiously maintain every single day can certainly bring a lot of advantages so if you do not have a habit yet of cleansing your face, better start now. The first most important thing when taking care of your face is to cleanse it two times a day, one when you wake up and the other one before you go to sleep. After cleansing, use a toner that is alcohol free to hydrate your skin, then moisturize to keep it soft and smooth.
It is important as well to exfoliate once in a while to remove the dead skin cells and to avoid the build- up of dead skin cells that may cause irritation and other kinds of blemishes. Maintaining a good habit of cleansing, toning, exfoliating and moisturizing to keep your face clean and healthy is truly something that you should not miss. But aside from this, there are still other ways to care for your face.
More than having a glowing and fresh skin, it is essential as well to keep your eyebrow lines trimmed, and also your upper lip hair and chin hair tidied. Drink a lot of water to keep your skin hydrated. It is also one way to get rid of wastes and oils. Avoid touching your face as the hands have oils that can clog pores, and also to avoid bacteria. When you have pimples or other blemishes, do not pop them or try to remove them by yourself, instead go and see your dermatologist so she can assist you with the proper treatment.
It is also advisable that you regularly change your pillow case because the oils from your face stays in it, so it would be best to have clean and fresh pillow cases all the time. Part of caring for the face is that you need to pay attention to your lips as well. For this, it might be good to use a lip hydrator to keep your lips moisturized. Another important thing to do when taking care of your face is the need to use sunblock to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. Do not forget to put sunscreen or make- up with sunscreen before exposing yourself to the sun. It is also best if you can bring an umbrella or a hat to protect your face from sun exposure.
Always keep yourself healthy and have a good diet as this can also affect the condition of your skin. Take note of sensitive areas such as eye contour, lips and the like because they need special attention. When removing make- up, use a pH neutral make- up remover so as not to hurt your skin.
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Having a healthy skin begins with its proper care that is why it is definitely important that we pay close attention to its needs while maintaining a regular habit of keeping it healthy, fresh and glowing. When you take care of your skin, it will certainly love you back and you will simply realize it. Protecting yourself from harmful elements whether chemical or natural is without a doubt one of the most important habits that we all need to develop because when you maintain a proper care for your skin, you can definitely expect not to have skin problems such as blemishes, pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, age spots, wrinkles and worst of all cancer.
Before going out under the sun, it is definitely a must that you put a sunscreen with an SPF that is at least 15. Apply it to your skin generously and reapply when necessary. Stay away from the sun between 10am and 2pm which is its hottest, and it might be good as well if you also wear clothes that will protect your skin from the heat, such as a long sleeved shirt and long pants. If you can bring an umbrella or a hat for extra protection, then it is also a good idea.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle to promote a good overall well- being. Avoid smoking. If you are a smoker, quit; and if you are not, do not start at all because smoking can cause wrinkles and can certainly make your skin look old. Manage stress properly and if you can eliminate the causes of stress for you, then better to do so. Have a healthy diet, eat fruits and vegetables that are beneficial for your skin, and of course do not forget to drink a lot of water to keep yourself well- hydrated.
When taking a bath, make sure that you do not overstay under the shower because it may remove the essential oils in your body, and when drying your skin, simply pat it dry. It is also important that you do not use soaps with harsh ingredients because it will definitely hurt your skin. Always keep your skin moisturized to maintain its smoothness and glow.
It may also be helpful if you know your skin very well and know your skin type so that you can be guided about the kind of products that you need to use, as well as the right way to take care of it. If you have a dry skin, it is best if you use warm water for cleansing, then pat dry. Afterwards, use an alcohol- free toner to maintain hydration, then cap it with a cream based moisturizer.
If you have an oily skin, it is recommended that you wash it twice a day using a gentle non foaming cleanser, again use a toner that is alcohol- free to remove the remaining dirt. A light moisturizer is advised for oily skin. When you are out, simply use blotting sheets to control the oil. For normal skin on the other hand, simply wash using the right cleanser then tone and moisturize.
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Estheticians are expected to inform clients with mature skin about the causes of the skin changes. Clients should be made aware about hormone replacement, diet and lifestyle influence. There are many ingredients that are available to meet the needs of mature skin.
One example of an effective formula to combat premature aging is a combination of alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin C ester, DMAE and glycolic acid. Alpha lipoic acide is a vitamin like chemical otherwise known as an antioxidant found in yeast, spinach, broccoli and potatoes. It helps prevent certain kinds of cell damage and restores vitamin levels such as Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Vitamin C ester is scientifically formulated to support natural collagen production, smooth skin, texture and dramatically brighten appearance. DMAE , a naturally occurring substance, is known as “the facelift in a jar” . Glycolic acid which may reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation and improve many other skin conditions including actinic keratosis, hyperkeratosis and seborrheic keratosis.
The following ingredients are also proven to have a positive effect on mature skin and rosacea:
An excellent every day source of help for microcirculation problems. Contains polyphenols, essential oils, salts, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, flouride, vitamins A B &C, and caffeine. It is one of the best antioxidants and provides lipid protection and UV protection.
Dipotassiym Glycyrrhizate (licorice root)
contains sugar, flavonoids, estrogens, amino acids and polysaccharides. It is an anti inflammatory and used to reduce rashes and redness. It is an antioxidant and it lightens the skin because it inhibits tyrosinaze activity (melanin production)
Vegetable oil from green olives, amaranth seed, rice bran and wheat germ rich in vitamins A, D and E.
Extremely high antioxidant and contains natural sea minerals. It helps in improving blood circulation to all parts of the body and therefore removes impurities that are the biggest cause of acne, blemishes, wrinkles and age marks. It also acts as an inflammatory agent that wards off toxins and chemicals from the blood and in turn helps prevents acne breakouts.
An antibacterial, anti fungal, anti inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also considered to be hypoallergenic with the ability to neutralise skin irritants.
Micronized Vitamin E
Quells dryness by helping skin retain its natural moisturizers. Also, vitamin E has the potent ability to neutralize damaging free radicals. Vitamin E significantly reduces the number of unstable molecules created after exposure to cigarette smoke and when it’s used before UV exposure, skin is less red, swollen, and dry.
Panthenol – Vitamin B5
Has natural abilities to moisturize, soothe, heal and regenerate the skin. Provitamin B5 is found in personal care products as is most noted for its ability to function as a humectant–a water-binding substance that attracts and retains water. Therefore, it stabilizes the skin barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the skin. By applying a provitamin B5 formulation to the skin, you will increase its hydration and improve its softness and elasticity,
A natural chemical compound that is produced by many organisms, including animals, bacteria and plants as well as chemically synthesized. It soothes irritated skin, stimulates cell regeneration and moisturizes even the driest of skin.
Gurana (an anti inflammatory and decongestant)
An exotic fruit very high in antioxidants that replenish your skin tissue, restoring the connective tissue in order to eliminate that dry, cracked look. It contains a large number of antibacterial and antifungal compounds. These compounds clean up the appearance of your skin by reducing acne and other skin problems. It is also a natural aphrodisiac.
Rose essential oil
It regulates hormone production and helps to balance them throughout the body. It is one of the best oils to give you shining, fresh and youthful skin.
Do you know what your skin needs to help you make the right decision.
(Tip: Choose one with sunscreen.)
Feel overwhelmed when you want to buy a moisturizer for dry skin? This is not surprising, since there are dozens of choices in pharmaceuticals and hundreds of other cosmetics in department stores and high-end – creams, lotions, ointments, sunscreen, others with scrub. The options range from $ 1.50 basic jar of Vaseline in the bathroom five–ounce $ 500 moisturizer designer. And all intermediate options can make your head spin.
Choosing the right moisturizer may seem confusing, it’s actually very simple if you follow a few rules, says Monica Halem dermatologist, MD, of ColumbiaDoctors Eastside in New York City. Dr. Halem first rule? Do not spend a lot of money.
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Cleaners and humidifiers are the most important products for the skin, especially to soften dry skin. A humidifier moisture sealing work in the outer layer of the skin and drawing moisture from the inner layers of the skin to the outer layer.
The main ingredients are petrolatum sealing moisture, mineral oil, lanolin, and dimethicone. Glycerol, protein, urea, vitamins and helps to draw water into the outer layer of skin.
Some skin moisturizers also contain alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates dead skin, says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and spokesman Skin Cancer Foundation. AHAs are a good option if you have very dry skin.
This may take some trial and error, Halem said, so be patient. Follow these tips when shopping, and if you do not get the results you want, try next time:
Consider the first five ingredients. Look for ingredients such as total assets lanolin, glycerin or petrolatum, says Dr. Fusco. Glycerin is lanolin less likely to cause an allergic reaction, she said. It is also recommended to choose a moisturizer that is made by a reputable company.
GB added sunscreen. Protect your skin from harmful sun damage is one of the best things you can do to keep your skin young to buy a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30. You’ll have to do some research, but increasingly companies offer moisturizers for the face and body cream, says Halem.
This is the right skin type. The skin is thinner and more sensitive, so it is a good idea to use a different moisturizer on your face, you do with your body, and said we recommend to buy one that is labeled “noncomedogenic”, not because Fusco covers the pores. Of course, the choice of the right one for your skin type. If you know you have sensitive skin, it is always a good idea to find marked hypoallergenic cream. If you have oily skin, go with a light oil-free moisturizer. If you have dry skin, get some richer something. And if you have combination skin, go with a light moisturizer all over your face and points the drier areas with heavy cream, Fusco said. Note that you may need a lighter lotion in summer and winter cream or ointment.
Consider using a moisturizer with retinol before bedtime. Retinol is a vitamin for the skin, said Halem. It works by increasing the speed with which are skin cells. You can find it on the counter or by prescription, but used with caution, as it can cause skin irritation, redness of the skin or dry skin.
If your skin is very dry, consider a moisturizer recipe. Against AHA moisturizers contain lactic acid, which softens the top layer of skin and can do a better job if for exchange moisturizers do not work for you, says Fusco. AHA lactic and glycolic acid can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Tell your doctor if you experience burning, irritation, redness, itching or rash.
Another option is protected prescription cream that contains moisturizers that adhere to moisture and says Fusco. Barrier creams penetrate deeper than standard humidifier added.
Once you find the right product, moisturize every day and you can go a long way toward preventing dry skin and even camouflage wrinkles. However humidifier can not get rid of wrinkles – wrinkles start because much deeper into the skin, due to the loss of collagen – you can fill the skin and minimize the appearance says Halem.
Whatever moisturizer you choose, it will work best if applied to wet skin. Think of a sponge, sushi, Fusco said. If you put moisturizer on it, it will go nowhere. But if the sponge is soaked in water and coated with a humectant, a sponge absorbs. Skin operates in the same way, happily licking.