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Natural Skin Care Options & Recipes

It seems that (especially for women) switching from regular skin care products to natural skin care versions is one of the toughest natural living steps to take.

It’s hard to break free of the age defying, wrinkle reversing, acne preventing claims of conventional products and switch to a natural option, even though the natural options are often cheaper and work better!

Below are some of my favorite natural skincare recipes to help you make the switch more easily!

Natural Face Wash

I’ve been using the oil cleansing method for a couple of years, and I’d still highly recommend it, but I’ve recently switched to a faster, easier and even cheaper option: Microfiber. My favorite company makes a natural body cloth with silver wound into the thread so it is completely antibacterial. It takes off makeup, food (kids faces, not mine!), dirt, etc. without any soap at all (which is great since soap strips the natural oils in the skin).  It is also completely safe to use on babies and kids (which would be especially helpful for any kids with eczema) and the cheapest/most environmentally friendly.

You can also use pure, organic Liquid Castille soap in water to naturally cleanse the face. A few drops on a wash cloth or in a sink full of water will naturally clean your face.

Natural Make-Up Remover

Microfiber actually works great for this too and removes even mascara without soap or oils.

Plain olive or coconut oil will also remove mascara (even waterproof) and will remove other make-up as well but isn’t as ideal if you have oily skin.

For oily skin- Liquid Castille soap in water will remove makeup without adding oils to the skin or stripping the natural ones.

Lotions and Moisturizers

For most people, pure coconut oil is all that is needed for moisturizing the face. It is naturally full of collagen supporting lauric acid and is easily absorbed by the skin. Even for oily and acne prone skin, coconut oil’s natural anti-bacterial properties make it a great option.

For those with dry skin or who want to prevent aging naturally, a homemade lotion bar is a great (and naturally SPF 5) option. You can even add zinc oxide to make a sunscreen bar if you need the extra protection, or alter into a natural deodorant.

Natural Exfoliators

A sugar/oil scrub is great for most skin types when extra exfoliation is needed. Just mix equal parts oil (coconut, olive, etc.) and sugar (white or brown) and use as a whole body exfoliator.

For more oily skin, plain baking soda can be used to exfoliate skin and remove blackheads or dirt.

Natural Anti-Aging

There are a ton of anti-aging products available but the best options are the ones you take internally. All of the collagen products that are supposed to firm up skin don’t take into account that collagen must be produced internally and is too large to absorb through the skin.

To promote natural collagen production, I’d suggest using coconut oil as a moisturizer and taking Gelatin, Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend and Vitamin C to support natural Collagen production internally.

The Honey Cleansing Method for Clear, Smooth Skin

The benefits of using honey to wash your face

  • Honey gently removes dirt and impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. Foaming cleansers and soaps frequently strip the skin of these protective oils and cause the skin to overproduce oil.
  • The natural antibacterial and probiotic properties of raw honey effectively reduce breakouts and prevent new acne.
  • Since it is so gentle and nurturing to the skin, it is ideal for very sensitive skin, rosacea, and eczema.
  • It works well on all skin types. It balances oily skin and moisturizes dry skin.
  • As far as excellent facial cleansers go, it is much cheaper than store bought options!
  • Although any raw honey works excellently, manuka honey boasts superior antibacterial and healing properties. It is recommended for acne-prone skin.

How to wash your face with honey

Get your hands on RAW honey. It must say “raw” or “unpasteurized” or “unfiltered” on the label, “all natural” doesn’t mean diddly-squat. That supermarket honey in the clear bear is literally processed to death and all of the glorious enzymes and probiotics (yes, probiotics in honey!) and antibacterial properties are destroyed. Look for raw honey at your farmer’s market. If you can’t find it, here’s the raw honey I recommend available online. If you want to splurge, try the potent manuka honey, which contains vastly higher levels of antibacterial properties to heal acne.

This will not remove makeup. Use it in the morning (and evening, if you don’t wear makeup). Take about 1/2 teaspoon of the honey on your fingers. Warm it between your fingers. Add just a few drops of water if necessary to make a spreadable consistency. Smooth it gently on your face.

Rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry. If you have time, you’ll get the best results by leaving the thin layer of honey on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.

Finish with patting a toner on your face for best results. You can make your own by mixing 2 Tbs. raw apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of water or aloe vera and putting this in a jar or spray bottle.

How to Clean Your Face with Coconut Oil

Enter: The Oil Cleansing Method

While it may seem counterintuitive to use coconut oil as a face wash, the oil cleansing method is quite possibly the purest, most effective way to remove dirt, impurities and yes – even oil from your face.

And the idea is actually quite simple. Using the principle of “like dissolves like” – the basic concept is this: the natural oil you massage into your skin dissolves the oil that has hardened on your skin with impurities and/or clogged your pores. When you apply steam from a hot wash cloth to your face, the pores open and the natural oil lifts the dirty oil, which can be easily wiped away. This practice cleans your face, and moisturizes your skin at the same time.

I know – I didn’t believe it at first either. In fact, I did such a remarkable amount of research on the oil cleansing method, how it worked, and what oils to use that I completely paralyzed myself from trying anything because I didn’t know where to start.

But, I still had a dirty face. So, I had to put on my big girl panties and git ‘er done.

Enter: Coconut Oil Face Wash

As you can tell – I’m a big fan of coconut oil for skin care. I use it in a ton of different ways, including as a moisturizer for my body. Since I had previous experience with coconut oil, I was a little bit more comfortable with rubbing coconut oil on my face, and one evening – I finally decided to try washing my face with coconut oil.

Now, I’ve been washing my face with coconut oil for quite a few years, and not only does my skin never feel dry (even in the winter), I also haven’t had a blemish on my face in about 1.5 years. Not. Even. Lying. Using coconut oil on my face was the best thing I’ve ever done for my skin (and my feet – because now I have way more money to spend on cute shoes.)

Why is coconut oil so fantastic for washing your face? Not only is it antimicrobial, full of antioxidants, and super moisturizing, it also has been shown to work well for all skin types. And because it improves collagen cross-linking, coconut oil may help improve stretch marks, scars, and fine lines and wrinkles. Booyah.

Interested in trying coconut oil on your face? Good, I think you should too.

How to Clean Your Face With Coconut Oil

What You’ll Need:

 

  • Coconut oil (I use this organic, unrefined coconut oil. Purchase in bulk here to save money!)
  • A washcloth (I use a Norwex Body Cloth)
  • A face

    What You’ll Do:

  • Step 1: Put about a teaspoon of coconut oil into the palm of your hand
  • Step 2: Warm the oil up in your hands by rubbing your hands back and forth
  • Step 3: Gently massage the oil into your face using small, circular strokes for at least 1 minute
  • Step 4: Rinse a washcloth under very warm water, wring out the excess water, and let the cloth sit on your face for :30 seconds
  • Step 5: Gently wipe the oil from your face
  • Step 6: Repeat previous three steps again
  • Step 7: Admire your clean and moisturized face in the mirrorWant to kick it up a notch? You can add essential oils like tea tree oil (oily skin), lavender oil (all skin types) or geranium oil (dry skin). Simply add 1-3 drops per teaspoon of coconut oil and mix well.

    Tips & Tricks of Cleaning Your Face with Coconut Oil

    First and foremost, if you’ve never used coconut oil on your face, test it on a small section of your skin and see how you react for 3-4 days in a row. Not everyone will react the same to coconut oil – and some people may experience an increase in comedogenic acne. If that’s the case, a different oil will work best using the oil cleansing method, like fractionated coconut oil, which is non-comedogenic. Check out Coconut Oil for Skincare: Everything You Need to Know for a more in-depth discussion regarding coconut oil for skin, and what to do if coconut oil doesn’t work for you.

    Also, don’t be surprised if you experience a minor “detox” reaction with the oil cleansing method. While I didn’t experience this personally, because you are performing a “deeper” clean, you may experience a small increase in breakouts for a week or two as the dirty oil is brought to the surface. Believe me – the clearer skin on the other end is worth it!

    Before & After

    In most cases, you will not need to worry about removing your makeup prior to washing your face with coconut oil. Coconut oil is a fantastic makeup remover, and works especially well with the waterproof kind. In the rare occasion I have a bit of “heavy duty” eye makeup on, I use my Norwex Body Cloth or Makeup Remover Cloth to gently help break up some of the mascara ahead of time. When using the oil cleansing method, it’s ok to rub some of the oil gently into your eyelids, but please refrain from getting it in your eyes… unless you want everything to be blurry for the next half an hour. (Yes, I speak from experience.)

    After you’ve washed your face with coconut oil, in some cases, you will not need to put additional moisturizer on your face. Given that I always had dry skin, I made the mistake of continuing to massage more oil into my face post-cleanse which ended up being too much for my skin. First, see how your skin does without moisturizer. If you end up feeling dry, or want to moisturize your face throughout the day, try this How to Make a DIY Facial Moisturizer.

    I highly recommend using a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner post-cleanse to help freshen skin and remove any excess residue. This has helped my pours tremendously and always removes that little bit of dirt I seem to miss.

    Because the oil cleansing method is a deep cleansing method, it’s best to wash your face with coconut oil no more than once a day – preferably at night before bed. If you feel like you need a bit of freshening up in the morning or after a workout, the DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner works great and will restore your skin to it’s natural pH. I personally only clean my face with coconut oil 3-4 times a week, and simply use water and wipe my face with a Norwex Body Cloth and use my DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner on “off” days.

    Type of Coconut Oil to Use for Skin Care (& Storage!)

    For skin care, I recommend going with an unrefined, virgin coconut oil. I personally use Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil (I get in the gallon size!) or Nutiva Coconut Oil.

    As for storage, coconut oil is solid at room temperature. This means, you’ll need to store your coconut oil in a wide-mouth glass jar so you can scoop it out with a teaspoon or your finger when you’d like to use it. I use these mini Weck jars to store things like coconut oil, baking soda, etc. all throughout the house.

    Using Other Oils for The Oil Cleansing Method

    Coconut oil is just one of the many oils you can use to wash your face using the oil cleansing method. So – if coconut oil doesn’t work for you, you can use the exact same step-by-step process listed above with other oil combinations.

    In fact, the traditional oil cleansing method encourages using a blend of oils because you can reap the nourishing benefits of each. If you’d like to use a blend of oils, I recommend using one “astringent” oil, and one “carrier” oil. Here’s how it’s done:

    Blending Your Oils

    First, you’ll want to choose your “astringent” oil. This oil will do a very good job at cleansing your skin, aka – doing the dirty work. Your two options for this are:

  • Castor Oil: Great for all skin types, but especially acne-prone skin
  • Hazelnut Oil: Great for all skin types

 

Next, you’ll want to choose your “carrier” oil. This oil carries the astringent oil deep into your pours, and nourishes the skin at the same time. The most popular options for this are:

 

 

Now – on to blending your oils! You can mix your oils ahead of time in a bottle depending on your skin type. My general guidelines are as follows:

 

  • Oily Skin: 30% astringent oil, 70% carrier oil
  • Combination Skin: 20% astringent oil, 80% carrier oil
  • Dry Skin: 5-10% astringent oil, 90-95% carrier oil

 

Tips & Tricks on Blending Oils

First, always try to purchase high-quality, organic, and cold-pressed (or pure) oils when purchasing ones to wash your face. These oils will be going deep into your skin, and you don’t want to be taking pesticides and residue along with it.

If you have sensitive skin, I recommend starting with no more than 10% astringent oil. From there, you can increase the amount of astringent oil depending on how your skin feels. It may take a little experimenting to find your perfect blend – and that’s ok!

No matter what your skin type is, it’s best to test any blended oils you’ve chosen on a small patch of your skin – especially if you reacted to coconut oil. If you’re allergic or have a sensitivity to a specific ingredient that is part of an oil – you should not put it on your skin. Capiche?

And finally, if you’re lazy and want the easy route like me, you can use any carrier oil exclusively using the oil cleansing method. My choice is obviously just using coconut oil. Ain’t no shame in my game.

Well what do you know – looks like it’s about time for a coconut oil face wash!

5 Fruits That Keep Skin Youthful

5 Fruits That Keep Skin Youthful

With the passage of time, skin needs more time and care. But getting a spa facial can be an expensive affair.  Why not harness Nature’s own bounty of fruits, waiting for you to discover their skin-pampering benefits? I doubt any cream or lotion can match them!

The five that I have listed here are probably already on your plate or in your bowl, but get them to play a starring role in your skin care routine, and you will get better-than-spa results.

Banana: bananas are loaded with antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin A, B, C, magnesium, potassium, and folate. The fruit heals cracked skin, hydrates and nourishes it beautifully, delaying the signs of ageing. Mashed banana mixed with a little honey is manna for skin.

Avocado: incredibly rich and creamy, avocados readily transfer their moist goodness on to your skin. Peel, seed and mash an avocado. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil. Your hydrating face mask is ready! Apply it all over face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water, and dab face dry.

Papaya: rich in Vitamin A and papain, papaya offers excellent antioxidant benefits, helping skin get rid of toxins and wear a radiant look. Simply apply papaya pulp onto your face and neck, and relax for a few minutes, eyes closed. Wash off with tepid water, followed by a splash of cold water. For deeper hydration, mix some milk and honey into the mashed fruit. Did you know: even the skin of papaya contains skin-pampering nutrients. After peeling, rub the moist inner skin along your face. Wash off. Your skin will feel wide awake and fresh.

Tomato:  Yes, tomato is a fruit! The juice of tomato is nutritional gold. But have you tried tomato-based face masks to tighten and brighten skin? You should. Tomatoes can reduce blemishes and blackheads. They  even out skin tone, and shrink pores. Mix tomato pulp with a little oatmeal, and you have an exfoliating mask. Mix lemon juice with tomato pulp, and you have a cleansing mask. What can be easier—and more effective?!

Strawberries: the antioxdiant power of strawberries helps you defy age. The beautiful berry supports connective tissue, healing the skin from within. Crush 8 to 10 strawberries into a pulp, and mix with 1 tbsp of yogurt. Apply this delicious mask on your face, and wash off after a good 20 minutes. Your skin will feel wonderfully soft and radiant.

Skin Care Myths and Facts

1. The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

A common myth states that a woman’s skin will be the same as her mother’s skin. Although heredity does play a part in one’s genetic make up, all people have free choice. That is to say, if a woman’s mother had dry skin that wrinkled early in life, it does not mean that her daughter will have the same fate. Skin wrinkles are caused by environmental pollutions, smoking, not using a moisturizer, stress and physical habits such as squinting one’s eyes all the time or furrowing one’s brows. In this way, mother’s are right about being careful of making faces. One’s face very well can stay like that. The good news is that wrinkles can be prevented by wearing sunglasses, using a wide spectrum sunscreen, reducing stress/tension, using a daily moisturizer and staying hydrated.

2. Wrinkle Creams Reduce Wrinkles

Unless a wrinkle cream contains retinoids, the cream will not erase wrinkles. Most wrinkle creams are great moisturizers. However, these creams are just moisturizers and nothing else. Moisturizers cause one’s skin to look plump and soft. However, wrinkles will still peak through. Retinoids exfoliate skin and will reduce wrinkles when used regularly. Since a very thin layer of skin is literally peeled off when using retinoids, one must always follow up with a wide spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.

3. Sunscreen Is Not Necessary on Cloudy Days

Anyone who has spent a cloudy day at the beach without using sunscreen can tell you this is not true. The clouds are only thin barriers to the rays of sunshine. However, the sun is still shining every single day. Whether or not there are clouds, sunscreen must be worn everyday to protect from sun damage.

4. You Get What You Pay For

It is a little known fact that the same cosmetic manufacturers that blanket high end department stores with pricey products carry those same products in drugstores. The only difference is the label and the price of the products.

For instance, Lancome Cosmetics owns L’oreal Paris. Lancome does not spend money on the development of two completely different product lines. The company, along with many other cosmetic and skin care lines, will use the same formulas, the same labs and the same ingredients for their department store brands as in their drugstore brands.

5. Squeezing Pimples Will Heal Acne

There are skin care professionals on both sides of the fence about this myth. For those professionals that advise against squeezing pimples, their claim is that infection will spread and usually people pop pimples using their hands or nails which are full of germs. For those professionals that claim it is okay to pop, let it be known that they only advise using an extractor when doing so. An extractor is about the size of tweezers and can be bought at a drugstore.

6. Sun is Good for Acne

Although a little sun can give skin a nice glow and may even clear up a few pimples, major acne will only be aggravated by prolonged sun exposure. For one thing, the drying effect that sun has on skin will only cause the sebaceous glands to be overstimulated to produce more oil. Overstimulated sebaceous glands are the cause of acne, so it is not advised to provoke these sensitive glands anymore with too much sun exposure.

7. Washing One’s Face Several Times Each Day Will Heal Acne

Keeping one’s face clean does not equal washing one’s face several times a day. In fact, it is a good idea to use wash one’s face only at night. In other words, one should use soap and medication only at night. In the morning, one should simply splash water on facial skin and follow up with sunscreen. Washing too often produces the same problems as prolonged sun exposure. When the skin’s natural oils are dried up by the sun or constantly washed off, the sebaceous glands will produce even more oil which will clog pores.

8. Eating Chocolate Will Cause Breakouts

Foods do not contribute to the prevention of, healing of nor the cause of acne and breakouts. Stress, hormones and pollution causes breakouts. In fact, chocolate has been a proven stress reducer, so eat up. Of course, it is not healthy to overindulge in greasy and fatty foods. However, there is no reason to cut out these special treats in an attempt to heal acne.

9. Blackheads Are Really Areas of Trapped Dirt

Blackheads are not the result of trapped dirt. The black coloring is not a sign of dirt either. Black heads are actually open areas of the epidermal that are filled with skin debris, not dirt. Black heads are usually the first stages of acne.

10. All Natural Products are Good for Skin

Shelves are beaming with skin care products that purport to be all natural or made of mostly natural ingredients. First of all, any product that claims to be ‘all natural’ is simply lying. There must be some sort of artificial preservatives to keep the ingredients healthy. Secondly, just because a skin care product is natural does not mean it will never cause an allergic breakout on irritated skin.

For instance, lime juice is great for gently exfoliating skin. However, a large segment of the population are allergic to lime juice when it is used topically. These people may never know of their allergy because the lime juice is fine for their consumption.

There are literally dozens of natural ingredients that are popular in skin care products. Some examples of these ingredients are carrots, avocados, oatmeal, cucumbers. It is best to do a patch test area before using these ingredients on one’s entire face.

Winter 15 design 70s style

The 70’s are back! Think fun and pizazz, flower children and boho. Think basic chic and complexity. The 70’s had everything and this season we are seeing the impact all over the place.

What do you know of the 70s? Maybe more than you understand. Consider exemplary TV indicates like The Brady Bunch and Charlie’s Angels, and all the more as of late, That 70s Show. Yes, there you go. You’re with it now.

In the 70s we had flares. This season we have the wide leg gasp and the boot cut jean.

In the 70s we had kaftans. This season we have free, floaty outlines in tops and dresses, and laborer style tops.

In the 70s we had the maxi dress. This season, the maxi is back.

In the 70s we had borders. This season we likewise have borders, wearing them on our coats, dress and sacks.

In the 70s we had knee high boots. This season, so do we.

In the 70s we had calfskin and denim. This season, composition, hide and softened cowhide is the huge thing.

In the 70s, there was shading all over the place. This season we have lively hues and prints in through and through styling.

I cherish the move from sluggard easygoing as a Personal Stylist, low threw waists to the more fitted look. Waists are higher – at the genuine waist where they ought to be. The look is either layered – long, streaming layers loaded with development and indicating at your shape – or fitted, with the accentuation on taking after the long lines of the body.

One of the champions for me is the accentuation on composition and design: bordering, feathering, thick fun hide coats, beaded packs, thick ponchos and boho styling. You will see long, flower child skirts cooperated with knee high boots. You will see wide leg pants worn with free, streaming coats.

In the more limited looks, surface is still vital. You will see woolen look jumpers and turtle necks worn under styled coats, and sew scarves underneath coats tied at the waist. There is something for everybody this season. Whether you incline toward the more controlled look of pantsuits and pants with curiously large coats or the wild, free soul of boho with prints, designs and skimming layers, you will be at

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Facial Rejuvenation Treatments

The effects of aging no longer have to be noticeable or even permanent, and the skin on our faces can now be rejuvenated thanks to a number of different treatments. Chemical face peels, laser skin resurfacing, light therapy and microdermabrasion are just some of the many options available as skin rejuvenation treatments.

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Modern technology has changed the way we treat our skin. Hereditary, environmental and lifestyle factors no longer have to leave their mark. Undergoing a facial rejuvenation treatment or implementing a specific beauty regimen can help patients attain a healthy, natural appearance.

Peels

A chemical peel is one of the most popular facial rejuvenation options because the results are quick and the treatment lightens and removes fine lines, uneven pigmentation and wrinkles. The treatments vary in strength and are administered by a trained professional. Within a few days, the skin will peel as if it has been sunburnt, revealing fresher, brighter and clearer skin underneath.

Microdermabrasion

Often referred to as a lunchtime face lift, microdermabrasion can iron out wrinkles, reduce the appearance of scars and smooth the skin. Tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin and a light suction is used to remove them along with all of the dead cells. More than one microdermabrasion treatment might be required to get the desired results, but a visible difference will be noted after the first application.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lasers are used in several different facial rejuvenation treatments. At a clinic such as http://www.thelondoncosmeticclinic.co.uk/ you’ll find a number of different laser-related skin rejuvenation treatments that all utilise these high-tech tools. Laser skin resurfacing removes all outer layers of skin that have been damaged and stimulates the production of new skin cells and collagen, improving the skin’s appearance and making it look fresher and smoother.

IPL Photofacial Treatment

IPL or Intense Pulsed Light has become a very common treatment for removing or reducing the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, rosacea, veins, enlarged spots and uneven pigmentation. This procedure has no downtime, making it a great option for anyone who has a busy lifestyle.

Blue Light Therapy

Specifically used in the treatment of acne, blue light therapy is an excellent facial rejuvenation treatment for anyone who has problem skin. The blue light destroys the bacteria that causes this often-painful condition without causing scars or damage, leaving the skin smoother, clearer and less prone to blemishes.

Some Cosmetic Surgery Procedures You Might Not Know Exist

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, most people are aware of the common procedures such as brow lifts and lip augmentations. These procedures have been around for a very long time and have helped millions of people look as good as they would like. They are valuable and useful procedures; however, they’re not the only procedures that you are available from a cosmetic surgeon. While some of the other procedures simply fix aesthetic problems or address cosmetic issues, some also serve functional purposes. Many of the lesser-known features combine form and function in interesting ways.

Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, officially known as hyperhidrosis, affects millions of men and women. Properly diagnosing hyperhidrosis is not a very simple matter, because it depends on your height, weight, location, and many other factors. However, if you feel like the amount you sweat is negatively affecting your life; you are probably suffering from hyperhidrosis.

Cosmetic surgery in Melbourne can solve your excessive sweating problems with a very quick procedure. The sweating reduction procedure involves injecting anti-wrinkle injections into the pores in common over-sweating areas. Most people who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat profusely from their hairline, groin, and/or underarms. A sweat-reduction procedure can treat the problem at any of these spots.

This is one of the easiest treatments; it usually takes about fifteen or twenty minutes. You don’t have to be anesthetized or anything like that.

Frequent Migraines

For decades now, botulinum toxin (Botox) has been used by some medical professionals to reduce the occurrence of migraines in frequent sufferers. For those with persistent migraines, defined as fifteen or more headaches a month with half being migraines, Botox has been shown to be effective. One of the most interesting aspects of the procedure is that medical professionals do not understand how and why it works. There is a theory that the Botox inhibits the production of a certain hormone that leads to migraines, but no one is sure. Botox does not completely eliminate migraines, and it does not work for everyone, but you could definitely experience a reduction in the frequency and the severity of migraines with this procedure.

This is one of the procedures from a cosmetic surgeon that is purely functional as opposed to aesthetic.

Hair Loss

For decades, dermatologists have been introducing hair plugs for those with hair loss; recently, platelet-rich plasma has been shown to regrow hair in many people. All you have to do is go into the office; the procedure is very quick. You’ll have to have the procedure a few times to get the full effect, but you should begin to see hair growing back very quickly.

So, addressing hair loss with platelet-rich plasma treatment is a purely aesthetic decision. You would make this decision because you do not like the way you look bald. That’s not to say your reasoning would be invalid; it is simply what people usually think of from cosmetic surgeons. Migraine reduction procedures, on the other hand, are completely functional; they are not at all what people usually think of. Sweat reduction procedures operate in a middle ground that is functional as well as cosmetic.

Organization for Beauty Bloggers

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When you’re a beauty blogger, you have a lot of products. You start out as someone who loves makeup and beauty tools. You’ve collected mascaras, eyeliners, brushes, and everything else for years and you’re excited to get to share your favorite products with your readers. What you might not expect (or maybe you do and hoped for it all along), is that when you become a successful beauty blogger, companies want to give you products for free. Suddenly, on top of your already huge makeup collection, you’ve got more. And the samples just keep rolling in. For beauty bloggers, who need to be able to feature certain products, staying organized and knowing where everything is at is vital.

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Having ample cosmetic cases, train cases, and plastic storage containers with pull out drawers can go a long way in helping you organize your beauty collection. Thesalonoutlet.com is one great source for finding all the organizational products you could need. Whether you’re looking for a case that locks, rolls, or folds out, you’ll find it all, and more, at thesalonoutlet.com. The great news is that these types of cases are rather affordable. And on top of being affordable already, they help you save lots of money over time. When you’re constantly losing things because you’re unorganized, and having to replace them, the costs start to add up, even when you’re receiving things for free. Nobody wants to be the beauty blogger who has to tell a company she has a contract with that she’s lost or broken their product and needs a replacement. It looks unprofessional and will affect your relationship with that company in the future. Make the small investment in proper storage equipment for your collection and save yourself money in the long run.

Hair extensions as a form of expression.

Hair extensions are in every sense of the phrase a fashion statement these days. Hair extensions have come a long way from when they first came about in the 80s and 90s through the usage from Victoria Beckham that sparked off their popularity. Back then they were just a mild fashion statement, but now they are considered to be one of the heights of fashion and something that a lot of girls will always consider as an option for themselves. Rather than being a functional piece they are now considered to be stylistic especially with so many human hair extensions around now that can actually be styled, and so it is up to you to get the most out of your own hair extensions.

The reason why I feel that these hair extensions can be used as a form of expression is because of the fact that the reason that you initially get hair extensions in the first place is to give yourself a new look and show yourself off drastically. Whilst some people get hair extension to give themselves fuller hair because it is too short or too thin it is still supposed to act as a fashion statement, as naturally it is still an alteration in appearance to change everybody’s perception of you. Therefore, if you are in search of a new way to change your appearance and show who you think you truly are then I would definitely think about the concept of hair extensions as they truly are wonderful fashion statements.

You can express this particular aspect of fashion in several different ways, all of which obviously have the end goal of making yourself look more youthful, beautiful or just in order to make you stand out from to crowd. A lot of people like to show individualism by changing their hair colour purely because it is more noticeable and gives other people the perception that you are just generally a more outgoing person. However, you also need to remember that this can be seen as a ruse to make people believe this assumption but most people see things at face value and just generally appreciate the use of colour as a form of expression.

The way this works in extensions is that they can be coloured, but the biggest change that it will offer to those around you is simply a sudden change in appearance and hair length. A person getting their hair cut into a new style is usually noticeable but not the biggest deal in the world, and not exactly the greatest way of making a statement. However, you also have to remember that growing your hair overnight, making it longer or thicker and giving it a new hairdo is going to be a much bigger deal and throw people off tremendously. This is why it worked so well for Victoria Beckham in the past and is also the reason that it should work just fine for you aswell. As much as other changes in hairstyle are appreciated and noticed unexpected changes are by far the best and most potent form of expression.

 

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How to Make Homemade Skin Care Products for Oily Skin

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Oily skin requires a skin-care regimen that helps combat excess oil and shine without removing too much natural oil from the skin. While it’s tempting to wash oily skin frequently, doing so can dry out your skin, causing redness and irritation. Many commercial products are available to combat oily skin issues, but they contain chemicals that can irritate the skin. You can make skin-care products for oily skin at home, which provides the opportunity to know what ingredients are going into your skin-care products.

Oily Skin Facial Cleanser

  1. Stir 1 tsp. each of lemon juice and yogurt together in a bowl.
  2. Grind 1 tsp. dried oats in a food processor until they are powdery. Mix the oat powder into the lemon juice and yogurt. The oats add an exfoliating component to the oily skin facial cleanser.
  3. Massage the oily skin cleanser into your face and rinse off with warm water. Use daily to wash oily skin.

Oily Skin Facial Moisturizer

  1. Combine olive oil, lemon juice and one egg white in a bowl. Mix the ingredients with an electric hand mixer until they are frothy.
  2. Massage the moisturizer into the skin of the face and neck. Leave the olive oil moisturizer on the skin for 15 minutes.
  3. Splash warm water on the face to wash off the moisturizer. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel. Olive oil moisturizes the skin, while the lemon juice and egg white work to tighten oily skin and cleanse the skin of excess surface oils.

Proper Skin Care

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Whether you are a male or female, proper skin care is important. As we age, our skin becomes thinner and our oil glands become less active. This means wrinkles and dry skin can occur. As the skin becomes more fragile it becomes susceptible to sun damage and skin disorders. The Mayo Clinic lists four things that can be done to properly care for the skin and to keep that youthful glow as long as possible.

Sun ProtectionThe Mayo Clinic states the most important thing that a person can do for their skin is to protect it from the sun. Sun exposure damages the skin and increases the risk of developing skin cancer. It also ages the skin and makes wrinkles more prominent. People should avoid the sun during its peak hours — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and if they do have to get out in the sun they should wear a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor that is 15 or greater. Sunscreen should be applied at least 20-30 minutes prior to going outside and it should be reapplied after being in the water or sweating.

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SmokingPeople who want to treat their skin properly should not smoke. The Mayo Clinic reports that changes occur in the skin of smokers after ten years of smoking. The report also states that smoking makes blood vessels narrow, depletes the skin of nutrients and oxygen and decreases blood flow to the skin. All of this damages collagen and elastin — what gives our skin elasticity and strength. Smoking also produces lines and wrinkles around the mouth. These lines and wrinkles are a direct result of pursing the lips around cigarettes.

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WashingA lot of people really don’t know how to wash their skin. They think taking long showers and baths is good for them when it’s really not. The Mayo Clinic advises that people bathe for no longer than 15 minutes as long baths and showers remove too much oil from the skin. They also advise that people use warm water versus hot water and to avoid soaps that are too strong and ones that contain additives such as perfumes and dyes. They recommend mild soaps such as Dove and Cetaphil. After the bath or shower the skin should be patted dry, not rubbed dry.

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MoisturizeEvery person’s skin is different, yet most can benefit from a daily moisturizer. The Mayo Clinic recommends that people wait 20 minutes after having a shower or bath to gauge whether a moisturizer should be applied. If the skin is tight and feels dry after this time, apply a skin moisturizer. The best moisturizers will contain sunscreen and be low on perfumes, dyes and other additives.

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How to Use Olive Oil for Skin Care

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The olive tree is an evergreen tree in the Mediterranean region. The tree grows to 9 meters tall and takes 15 years to bear fruit. Olive oil has a heavy texture, and can vary in color from a pale golden yellow to dark green. The purest form is “extra virgin,” and it is lightest in color. Olive oil has many antioxidant properties. Olive oil absorbs UV radiation and appears to assist in repairing cells and in preventing cell damage. Olive oil is soothing and healing to all skin types.

Step 1:Olive oil is a fantastic source of vitamin E. Consuming olives or olive oil has been associated with such health benefits as reducing blood pressure, decreasing growth of some cancers, lessening the severity of asthma and arthritis and may actually help maintain a lower weight. Using olive oil externally on your body can also have benefits. Olive oil is now found in many skin care products. The vitamin E found in the olive oil is the key ingredient.

Consuming olives and olive oil has many health benefits.

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Step 2:For hair care, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil to your hair conditioner. Shake well before each use. Use conditioner as usual. Olive oil will provide not only a beautiful shine, but also manageability.

Condition your hair with olive oil.

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Step 3:Olive oil can also help with the area around your eyes. Nightly, place a small amount of oil on your fingertips. Gently dab on the corner of your eyes, your eyelids and under your eyes. Use caution not to get the oil in your eyes. You can also do this to your eyebrows after tweezing or waxing to provide moisture and soothing relief.

Dab the corner of your eyes with olive oil.

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Step 4:For lip care, place a small amount of oil on your fingertips. Rub across your lips to provide moisture and shine.

Moisturize lips with olive oil.

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Step 5:Similarly, take a small amount nightly and rub into your nails and cuticles. This will give a beautiful shine to your nails and keep the nail beds and cuticles soft. Make a sugar scrub and use it on your hands nightly to keep hands hydrated and soft.

Rub cuticles and nails with olive oil.

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Step 6:For foot care, use 1 tbsp. of olive oil in a warm footbath. Soak for 10 minutes, then pat dry. You can also use sugar scrub on your feet daily.

Add olive oil to a warm footbath.

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Step 7:Use sugar scrub daily in shower for continued soft and hydrated skin. You can also use olive oil in a massage.

Apply a sugar scrub daily in the shower.

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How to Use Lemon for Natural Skin Care and Beauty Treatment

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You probably use lemons as flavoring in your food and drinks all the time, but if you’re like most people, you’ve never thought about using them as a natural skin care and beauty treatment. Lemons won’t fix your skin overnight, but they can help treat certain problems and may even help prevent serious skin conditions. Using lemon juice topically for a short period of time doesn’t have long term side effects, either.

For Acne Scars

  • Like smearing toothpaste on pimples, lemon juice is sometimes mentioned as a quick home remedy for getting rid of acne. Unfortunately, there’s little evidence that lemon juice can really make acne vanish overnight. However, lemon juice can help lighten acne scars if used sparingly. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to areas of acne scarring with a cotton swab or pad in the evening after washing with a mild facial cleanser. Avoid getting lemon juice on the rest of your skin – it can be very drying.

For Oily Skin

  • Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic. When lemon juice is used as part of a facial mask, it can help to clear dirt and bacteria on the surface of your skin that can cause pimples and breakouts. Oleda Baker, author of “29 Forever” suggests making a mask from fresh lemon juice and chilled oatmeal. To make the mask, combine 1 cup of cooked, chilled oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Baker recommends using the mask once per week or less. If the lemon juice mask is too drying for your skin, use it once every 10 days to 2 weeks instead.

Lemon Peel

  • Lemon peel, when added to hot black tea may protect your body from skin cancer according to BBC News. Researchers Iman Hakim and Robin Harris of the University of Arizona found that people that drank hot tea with lemon peel had a 70 percent reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Study participants that drank hot black tea without lemon peel only had a 40 percent reduced risk. Drinking tea regularly may also help reduce the risk sunburn too, but more research needs to be conducted in this area.

Lemon Essential Oil

  • Lemon essential oil produced through the vapor distillation process can be used on the skin to help rejuvenate dull skin according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics.” According to Close, the best way to use lemon essential oil on your skin is to mix 1 part lemon essential oil and 10 parts natural carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to clean skin in the evening. Close also recommends limiting sun exposure while you’re using lemon essential oil topically, because it may increase photosensitivity.

Information About Skin Care Therapists

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Skin care therapists work in spas, salons, and doctors offices handling tasks such as massage and treatment of the skin for either health or beauty purposes. An individual interested in becoming a skin care therapist can take advantage of a variety of training programs. A skin care therapist is also known as an esthetician or facialist.

Function

  • A skin care therapist handles many different skin treatments, including chemical peels, facials, hand and foot treatments, and exfoliation of the skin and hair removal. She helps clients treat skin disorders including rosacea, sun damage, wrinkles, acne and dehydration. After evaluating a client’s skin, the therapist helps the client prepare a skin care regimen and select products such as cleansers and face and body creams. She may also keep records of her clients’ preferences and results from treatments so that she can provide personalized service to her clients on subsequent visits.

Working Conditions

  • You may find a skincare therapist working in a salon, spa, physicians’ offices or skin care clinics. Some large salons and spas may employ a team of skincare therapists. These therapists usually perform services in a private room. State requirements usually stipulate that these treatment rooms meet strict requirement for cleanliness. A skin care therapist may work alone, or in large spas, she may be one of many therapists who specialize in particular facets of skin care such as waxing or makeup.

Schedule

  • The location a skin care therapist works in will determine her weekly schedule. In general, she should have a flexible schedule in order to accommodate her clientele. Many clients work during the day and prefer to visit a skincare therapist in the evening or on the weekends. Her work load depends on whether she has a front office staff that helps with her bookkeeping and appointment making or if she has to do it on her own. A therapist who works at doctors’ office, salon or spa, may have a set hourly schedule each week.

Training

  • Skin care therapists can take training programs at a variety of places, including technical schools and community colleges. Most professionals have a one or two year degree in esthetic skin care, cosmetology or other similar studies. After completing studies, she should be ready to pass an exam to receive a state license to practice the care of skin. Therapists learn about the science of skin care, anatomy and physiology related to the treatments they will perform, sterilization techniques, and some basic business practices Being a skilled therapist includes taking continuing education courses on new procedures and techniques.

Pay Rates

  • Most skin care therapists earn between $10 and $19 an hour, depending on where area they live. Therapists who work at high-end spas and salons may earn more. The average yearly income for a skin care specialist starts at around $23,300 and can be as high as $50,000. The amount of experience and training a person has will affect how much they can earn annually. A person with one year of experience can hope to earn as much as $40,000, but having 10 or 15 years experience can bring in $50,000 potentially.

How to Make Skin Care Products At Home

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Many women are interested in making their own skin care products from natural ingredients. This is because there’s a rising interest in organics. Here’s how you join the trend and make natural skin care products at home.

Instructions

  1. Create an almond milk natural cleanser for oily skin. Combine 2 tsp. almond meal with 5 fl. oz. water, and whip the mixture in a blender for 2 minutes. Strain the whipped mixture through cheesecloth to make it smooth, and store your almond milk cleanser in a bottle. Apply the product to your face and wipe it off with soft tissues daily.
  2. Make a honey cleanser, which is appropriate for any skin type. Mix together 1 tsp. honey and 2 tbsp. warm milk. Rub this thin lotion over your face and neck, and massage it with your fingertips. Then, rinse off the cleanser.
  3. Wash with an olive oil cleanser by combining 2 tsp. olive oil and 1 tsp. honey. Apply the product to your face and neck, and wash it off.
  4. Design a lotion to enhance your complexion. Blend together 2 tbsp. almond meal and 5 fl. oz. water for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a non-metal pan, add 24 violet flowers and heat gently. Allow the natural lotion to cool, then strain and bottle it.
  5. Use a natural pimple remedy. Take an orange calendula marigold petal and squeeze it between your fingers, causing it to bruise. Hold the bruised petal to your pimple for 2 minutes, and the spot heals overnight.
  6. Concoct a conditioning body mask that’s suitable for all skin types. Combine the following ingredients in a blender: 2 tbsp. half-and-half, ½ cup chopped pumpkin flesh, 2 tsp. honey, 2 egg whites, ½ a peach (with skin) and 1/8 tsp. instant coffee. Mix on a low-medium setting for 45 seconds, and spread the mask on your skin. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off this skin care product with warm water.

How to Test Skin Care Products

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If you have skin that gets red or breaks out when using new skin care products, you may have sensitive skin. When you try a new product, use a skin patch test to determine if it will irritate your skin. If your skin becomes red, chances are your skin reacted to an ingredient in the product. Before spreading products of the face and body, take the time to test them out first. A skin patch test is easy to do at home, and should be done with each new skincare product you try.

Instructions

  1. Apply a small dab of the skin care product to either the inside wrist or inside elbow. Rub it into the skin thoroughly. Keep the test area small, just in case there is a negative reaction to the product.
  2. Allow the product to sit on the skin for at least 24 hours. Avoid taking a shower within the 24 hour period, since you don’t want to wash off the product.
  3. Check throughout the 24 hour period for redness, burning, swelling or any soreness to the skin patch area. If you do have these symptoms, gently rub off the skin care product using cool water only. Pat the area dry with a towel.
  4. Look at the test patch area when the 24 hours are up. If there was no skin reaction, the product is safe to use on your body or face.

How to Start a Skin Care Routine

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Developing a skin care routine improves the look and maintenance of your skin, your body’s largest organ. Besides keeping you looking great, caring for the skin is a health issue, and one that can prevent signs of aging. Read on to learn how to start a skin care routine that keeps you looking and feeling great for years to come.

Instructions

  1. Know your skin type. Developing a skin care routine is completely dependent on oily, normal/combination, dry, sensitive or even sun-damaged skin. There are many online resources, including helpful quizzes, that allow you to understand which type of skin you have.
  2. Cleanse well. The trick is finding a cleanser that works well for your skin. Once you have found one you love, stick with it. They can be tough to find. Liquid facial cleansers tend to work best. Shy away from bar soaps for your face; they are drying, and aren’t designed to handle the delicacy of facial skin.
  3. Exfoliate. Many people miss this step in their daily skin care routine, but it’s an important step in refreshing the skin as it scrubs away the dead skin cells that can cause pore clogging, dry skin and even acne. For the cheapest, do-it-at-home fix, find a scrub at your drug store that includes exfoliating beads or particles. Exfoliate just once a week.
  4. Skip using a toner. Some people swear by them, but many experts feel that a good cleanser should remove all remaining traces of oil, makeup and dirt. A toner isn’t necessary, but if you really like yours, stick with it.
  5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. No matter what your skin type, it should be moisturized. Even oily skin can benefit from an oil-free moisturizer. The face and body should be moisturized, but special formulas should be used for the face. Your skin will indicate how often you need to complete this step. If it feels tight/dry, it needs a drink. Don’t over-moisturize; it can lead to clogged pores.
  6. Apply sunscreen. Dermatologists agree that sunscreen is the most important aspect of your skin care regimen. Choose a daily moisturizer with UV protection and get two benefits in one. Avoid moisturizers with sunscreen built in at night, as the ingredients aren’t meant to be used 24/7.

How to Use Vitamin C for Skin Care

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Vitamin C helps promote healthy skin care. The best skin care means getting good nutrition into your diet. The asorbic acid contained in vitamin C can be effective in reducing wrinkles. A lot of skin creams contain a rich amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C can play a role in destroying free radicals. Vitamin C plays a natural role in boosting your immune system. It can also be a natural way to repair damaged skin, like scar tissue. Vitamin C also plays a role in the production of collagen as well.
To improve your skin care, it’s best to eat more foods that contain vitamin C. There are a lot of skin creams out on the market. They may, or may not be effective. The best way to promote a healthy lifestyle is doing it naturally. A lot of what you eat, can have a role on skin care. Anti-aging is best done with diet and overall better health. It doesn’t matter what skin creams you take. If you can’t promote a healthy immune system, eventually you’ll suffer the consequences of poor health physically.

Instructions

  1. Eating fruits rich in vitamin C. Fruits in general are rich in antioxidants. For those who are looking to improve the look of their skin, then eat fruits. Fruits should be apart of your everyday diet. Instead of salty snacks, eating fruits rich in vitamin C should be your goal. For fruits high in vitamin C, try rose hip extract. Contains over 1000 milligram. Other fruits very high in vitamin C are blackcurrant, guava, strawberries, lemon, orange, kiwi fruit, clementine, grapefruit, raspberries, cantaloupe, lychees, nectarines, peaches and mangoes. All these fruits contain higher than 30 milligrams of vitamin C.
  2. Eating vegetables rich in vitamin C. Vegetables are also an excellent source for vitamin C. Not quite as rich as fruits, however, still a good source. Anytime you’re making dinner, it’s best to have a vegetable side dish. Peppers are extremely rich in vitamin C. Contains over 70 milligrams. Other vegetables are spring greens, brussels sprouts, broccoli, curly kale, gourd, mange-tout peas, cauliflower, tomato, mustard greens, asparagus, cucumber and green cabbage.
  3. Eating herbs and spices that contain a high amount of vitamin C. You can find a good amount of vitamin C in the herbs and spices that you eat. Fo those who are trying to diet, a lot of times you’ll find foods that lack taste in what you eat. However, herbs and spices help you enjoy the taste of foods, while gaining the health benefits. Herbs and spices that are rich in vitamin C are oregano, chili pepper, basil, cayenne pepper, cloves, fennel, and parsley.
  4. Use vitamin C skin creams. Check with your dermatologist first. Some creams may work, and some cream may not be effective. Depends on other ingredients used in these creams. I think to get the best natural skin look, you need to do it naturally. By not smoking, or drinking a lot. Eating foods rich in vitamins like vitamin C for instance. Also try taking vitamin C supplements. Good diet will go along way to help prevent anti-aging, along with giving you an overall healthier living style.

How to Market New Skin Care Products Projects

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From anti-aging lotion to organic lip gloss, and from blemish concealer to eye cream, the skin care market includes many products, all claiming to be the best for your skin. If you’re considering launching new skin care products, make sure your marketing is top-notch to draw attention in a crowded market.

Marketing new skin care products

  1. Give away free samples at various events and fairs. Everyone loves a free gift and if people like your product sample, they’ll be more likely to buy it in the future. Make sure your sample comes with information on how to buy the product online or in person.
  2. Do make-overs with your skin care line, showing how your lotion or blush or cream can make its users look younger, more radiant and acquire a more even skin tone. Demonstrations give people the chance to try the products on for size and can also attract attention.
  3. Promote any local, organic or otherwise unique angle to draw more attention. Promote your local roots with a beautiful label that lauds your local origins and also touts any organic ingredients. Various local outlets, such as beauty colleges or small gift stores, are also good venues to connect with. Contact your local newspaper with your story. A published article will offer some free publicity.
  4. Use social networking to offer simple and effective marketing outreach online. From Facebook to Twitter, you can promote your special line of skin care products through updates and coupons. Social networking is free and easy to use and reaches younger generations especially. Likewise, make sure your website is top-notch and includes excellent visuals as well as product information and easy ordering instructions.

How to Clean Your Face With Mineral Oil

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Mineral oil, a clear liquid made from distilled petroleum, is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetics and in baby oil. It is effective at removing dirt and makeup from the face while retaining moisture and creating a protective barrier against pollutants.

Instructions

  1. Facial cleansers with mineral oil are available in several forms. Pure mineral oil or baby oil will not create a lather, even if combined with water. Some people find the runny consistency hard to control. Cold cream is solid and easier to apply. It also will not lather because it does not contain surfactants—chemicals that cause a substance to become sudsy. Liquid face washes that include mineral oil and foam up when combined with water can be found at drugstores.
  2. For sensitive skin, apply your choice of mineral oil product with your fingertips. Massage the product in small circles, and keep your eyes closed. Unless specified otherwise, the product can be used to remove eye makeup.
  3. For skin that is not sensitive, the product can be applied directly to dry skin with a wash cloth or exfoliating accessory. Massage the product in small circles. Use only your fingertips around the delicate eye area.
  4. Use a wet or dry cloth to gently wipe the excess mineral oil from your skin. Rinsing your skin with warm water also will dissolve the oil. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. If the mineral oil is not fully removed, rinse again or wipe the area with a wash cloth.
  5. Mineral oil will not leave the squeaky-clean feeling you get from many soaps and face washes that strip your skin’s natural oil. According to TheBeautyBrains.com, the oil provides a barrier between your face and the environment, protecting your skin from pollutants and sealing in moisture.

How to Use Rice Water to Wash Your Face

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While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you can take proactive steps to ensure that your face remains smooth and clear of blemishes and acne. For environmentally conscious beauty-seekers (who may be leery of using commercial soaps and cleansers), consider using rice water to wash your face. In Asian cultures, rice water was not simply poured down the drain once the rice was done. Traditionally, rice water was used as an energy drink, as a starch for cleaning clothes, and for washing the hair and face.

Instructions

  1. Cook a serving of rice according to the instructions on the packet. Typically, for a two to three person serving, boil one cup of rice with two cups of water.
  2. Strain the rice and save the water. Use the rice for your meal or put the rice in the refrigerator for later. Let the water cool.
  3. Soak a clean washcloth in the cooled rice water. Wipe the washcloth on your face and in your hair. Scrub your cheeks and your forehead. Do not press so hard as to irritate your skin, but press firmly enough to remove any dirt and oil. Repeat as necessary.

How to Wash Your Face With Milk

How to Wash Your Face With Milk

Although drinking milk bolsters bones and teeth with calcium, magnesium and protein, helps regulate blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, the creamy beverage also packs plenty of skin-friendly benefits. Calcium-rich milk lends homemade face washes a soothing, normalizing effect, and its vitamin E content helps smooth the skin. Milk, coupled with a few common household items, plays a part in numerous do-it-yourself face washes, each of which caters to different skin types.

Do DIY DillFor an all-natural face wash that caters to all skin types and helps eliminate dead skin cells, turn to milk, aloe and the culinary herb dill. Cut a few lengths of fresh aloe down the center of each stalk, scooping out the gel with a spoon. (You can also use pure aloe-vera gel to save some effort.) Mix about a spoonful of aloe gel with a half cup of milk and a spoonful of finely chopped dill, stirring until the ingredients take on a smooth consistency. Massage the face wash into damp skin for roughly a minute and rinse your face clean with warm and then cold water. Milk and aloe exfoliate and soothe the skin, while dill fights off free radicals, which accelerate the aging process by breaking down the proteins that form skin.

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Abolish OilMix a spoonful of powdered skim milk with an equal amount of honey and stir in a couple drops of apple cider vinegar to create a gentle face wash that helps alleviate oily skin. After the mixture takes on a smooth, creamy texture, gently massage it onto your face in a circular motion. Massage for about a minute or so before rinsing your face with warm water. The addition of detoxifying apple cider vinegar helps this wash reduce inflammation and prevent acne breakouts.

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Scrub for SuccessAlthough face washes help calm and moisturize skin, scrubs slough off dead skin cells and open the pores, offering essential exfoliating properties. Combine a spoonful of milk — go with skim for oily skin or two percent for normal or combination skin — with an equal amount of dry cream and honey. Toss in a spoonful of ground almonds to add a bit of grit. Alternatively, mix equal parts milk and honey with two spoonfuls each of rolled oats and mashed bananas for a gentler scrub that also works as a mask. Massage these scrubs into your skin for a minute or two and rinse with warm then cold water. Use a facial scrub in place of your regular wash about three times per week.

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Make a MaskMilk does more than just wash the skin — all by its lonesome, it makes for a gentle-yet-effective facial mask. Dab a milk-dampened cotton ball on your face and let the milk rest until your skin feels tight. Rinse with warm water for a softening effect. For an easy plumping mask, dampen cotton pads with whole milk and let them rest on your face for about five minutes. To mildly exfoliate, mix a cup of brown sugar with half as much honey and a large spoonful of whole milk or more for a gentler mask. Spread the mixture on your face and let it rest for about 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse your skin clean with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.

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How to Properly Clean Your Face

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Many men assume that only women need to be concerned about facial care; however, maintaining a clean and clear face is important for men too. Healthy skin portrays youth and confidence, which are important characteristics in the workplace and relationships. Follow these steps to maintain a clean and clear face.

Instructions

  1. Select the right cleanser for your skin type. There are three skin types: oily, normal and combination.
  2. Turn on your faucet, allowing it to run until the water is tepid. Wash your hands with soap and then splash your face with water.
  3. Apply the cleanser to your fingertips, a clean washcloth or a facial-cleaning sponge.
  4. Start above your eyes and wipe the cleanser in an upward motion, over your forehead and towards your hairline.
  5. Begin just below your eyes and wipe in a downward motion over your cheeks. Repeat until you’ve thoroughly cleaned both cheeks.
  6. Scrub your temple areas and neck with cleanser.
  7. Rinse your face and neck with tepid water.
  8. Blot your skin with a clean towel until it is completely dry.

How to Get a Natural Tan with Very Fair Skin

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Most people prize bronze skin, but not everyone wants to use tanning products that can leave marks or cause other undesired effects. It can be very difficult for someone with fair or light skin to get a nice-looking natural tan, but it can be done. The key is to limit your exposure to solar rays to reduce the risk of sun damage.

Instructions

  1. Put on sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you go in the sun. Use sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) of around 15. This is to keep your skin from being overexposed while tanning.
  2. Avoid tanning in the bright midday sun. If you do this, you’ll be more susceptible to burns.
  3. Set an alarm of some sort for about 15 minutes and put a towel or blanket out in a sunny part of your yard. Lie down face up at first to tan the front of your body. You actually don’t need to do this in the yard. If you’re going to the beach, you can tan there.
  4. Reset the timer for another 15 minutes after it sounds. It’s now time to flip over and get your back tanned as well. This will give you an even, natural tan.
  5. Get out of the sun when the alarm sounds for the second time. Go inside and shower. If you have to continue to be outside, wear a higher-SPF sunblock. This is to not only protect your pale skin but the tan as well. An amazing tan can easily be ruined by overexposure to the sun because it will turn into a sunburn.
  6. Repeat this process daily for a couple weeks. Even the lightest of skins should show a good natural tan after this time. After you’ve attained the desired results, repeat the steps only for maintenance a couple days a week. This isn’t the quickest or fastest way to get a tan, but when you have pale skin, you must take things gradually.

How to Wash Your Face With Soap

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There are many different kinds of soap available today. Some contain moisturizers, some are antibacterial, and many are scented. If you choose to wash your face with soap, you should typically use a soap that is made for the face rather than a general body soap. The latter is often too harsh to use on the delicate skin of the face. You should also pay attention to your skin’s needs. If you have oily skin, a regular face soap is fine. If you have dry skin, however, the soap will probably dry it out even more. For dry skin, opt for a gentle soap that contains moisturizers, even if you plan on moisturizing after you wash.

Instructions

  1. Run warm water from your sink faucet, and wet a clean washcloth. Gently rub it over your face to open the pores.
  2. Wet a bar of soap beneath the faucet and rub it in your hands to create lather. Spread the lather over your face using circular motions with your fingers. If you are using liquid soap, pump a quarter-sized amount into your hand and spread it over your face using circular motions.
  3. Leave the soap on your face for up to a full minute. If you are using a moisturizing soap, this will help moisturize even more. If you are intentionally using regular soap to dry out oily skin, waiting a minute will also help.
  4. Wet your washcloth in warm water again. Rub the washcloth over your face, paying special attention to areas around your nose and near the hairline, where oil and dirt tend to collect. Rinse the washcloth again in warm water and wash the soap off.
  5. Turn the sink faucet to cold, and splash your face with the cold water. This helps close the pores. When you’ve rinsed all the soap off, gently pat your face dry with a towel.

How to Treat Oily Skin Naturally

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Keeping a complexion smooth and having a youthful appearance is difficult with the best of skin types but with oily skin it is even more difficult. You can wash it, cleanse it, watch after your skin all the time and still get nowhere. Try to treat the oily nature in a natural way to keep it looking youthful and beautiful.

Instructions

  1. Keep your skin clean. Limit washing your skin to two to three times a day but try to keep it free from dirt and grime. These can cause pores to clog and gives acne a foothold. Use hot water as it dissolves the oil better than warm or cold water. Also use a highly mineralized water, not tap water. Choose a soap that is lightly medicated or has antibacterial cleansing lotion in it. Don’t rub the soap into the skin hard as it can help clog the skin pores.
  2. Use a toner on the skin to close those pores. The heat of a summer day and hot water used in washing your skin only serve to open the pores wider allowing more oil to flow out. Close the pores with the toner and for an even better cool feeling store it in the ice box.
  3. Apply an oil-free moisturizer after thorough washing and cleansing. This will help the skin tighten and look younger.
  4. Avoid most acne creams and lotions. They have a drying effect on the skin and causes more oil to be excreted. Use a deep cleaning exfoliant once a week to deep clean the skin if scaliness becomes a problem.

How Often Should You Wash Your Face?

Washing your face seems like an easy task, but washing too much or too little can lead to over-drying, irritation and acne breakouts. It is important to determine your skin type and wash your face accordingly to maintain the best appearance possible.

How Often Should You Wash Your Face?
Normal SkinNormal skin should be washed twice daily. Wash once in the morning with cool water and a mild cleanser to remove any dirt or oil that built up while sleeping. Dry the face and go about your daily moisturizing and makeup application. In the evening, start with a facial scrub if you wear heavy makeup. If wearing long-lasting eye makeup, use an eye makeup remover designed specifically to remove thick mascara and eyeliner. Follow up by washing with a mild cleanser.

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Oily SkinOily skin requires a bit more treatment, as oil and dirt build up in the pores quickly, leaving skin with a greasy look. Wash your face at least twice daily with a face wash designed specially for oily skin. When wearing makeup or moisturizer, use oil-free products that prevent excess oil from building up. Wash your face in the morning, afternoon when possible and again before bed. With your nighttime regimen, use a face wash and follow up with a toner that is designed to remove excess oil and buildup. Toner can also be used throughout the day to absorb excess oil, if dabbing with a tissue does not pick up the excess.

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Dry SkinDry skin requires special care, as washing too often can over-dry it, causing cracking and peeling of the skin. Wash your face in the morning with cold water only; do not use a cleanser. Choose a moisturizer made for dry skin and apply it as directed. Wash your face again at night, this time using a mild cleanser after a makeup remover if you wear makeup. Exfoliate with a mild face scrub a couple of times a week to remove dead skin cells and follow up with moisturizer to replenish the skin.

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Skin With AcneIt is important to handle acne with care. First, determine your skin type — normal, oily or dry — and follow that cleansing routine. Use a soft washcloth when washing your face, as scrubbing hard irritates acne and causes inflammation. Use a facial cleanser designed especially for skin with acne. If your problems persist, purchase an acne cream designed to be dabbed on the acne itself and left on overnight.

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How to Whiten Skin Naturally

Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is when the skin gets areas of increased melanin, causing it to have dark spots. The dark spots make the skin look blotchy. Using natural skin whiteners made out of products normally found in homes, you can lighten your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation without the risks of chemical burns that are associated with some commercial skin whiteners.

Step 1:Wash your skin twice a day with a mild soap and a washcloth. Use the washcloth to rub the soap in the skin and to rinse the soap off the skin. The washcloth mildly exfoliates the skin to encourage the shedding of dead cells.

Wash with mild soap and a washcloth.

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Step 2:Apply a skin-brightening tomato and lime juice mask to the skin every morning before you wash. To make the brightening mask, blend 1 tomato and the juice of 1 lime in a blender. Apply a thin layer of the brightening mask to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes. The extra amount of brightening mask can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. After 15 minutes, rinse the skin with cold water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The tomato and lime whiten the skin and give it a bright appearance. The lime juice may cause a stinging sensation on the skin; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lime juice, and the stinging sensation lessens.

Make a mask with tomato and lime.

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Step 3:Apply a moisturizing honey and lemon juice mask before bed every night, before you wash your skin. To make the mask, mix 1 tsp. of honey with 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Apply the mask to the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The honey moisturizes the skin, and the lemon whitens the skin. The lemon may cause a stinging sensation on the skin while the mask is on; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lemon juice and the stinging sensation lessens.

Mix honey and lemon juice.

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Step 4:Apply organic aloe vera gel to the skin twice a day (morning and night), after washing. Aloe vera gel is a moisturizer that heals skin irritation and lightens the skin.

Apply organic aloe vera gel.

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Step 5:Exfoliate your skin once a week with sugar and olive oil. Mix 1 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tbsp. of white granulated table sugar to make a paste. Use your fingers to gently rub the paste into the skin with a circular motion. Be careful around the eye area to avoid getting the paste into the eyes. The exfoliant removes dead cells off the surface layer of the skin, exposing new, fresh skin and encouraging the growth of new skin.

Exfoliate with sugar and olive oil.

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How to Get Naturally Clear Skin Fast

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Acne is one of the most common things in every day life. dealing with it can be hard specially if your a teenager. Most people go to heavy medication for acne and other products that may damage your body and skin. So what’s healthy ways to getting clear skin? Follow these steps in this article to see noticeable clearer skin.

Instructions

  1. Water!
    Everyone knows the number on thing to clear up acne is water! water, water, water! Water helps clean your body of all the toxins. So cleaning the inside helps the outside look awesome.
  2. Hygiene!
    Hygiene is always important. The number one thing people will acne forget to do is CHANGE YOUR PILLOW CASE! Your pillow case is one of the most dirtiest things on your bed. Because your hair and hair products sit on the pillow from previous night of sleeping and also make up and other people who may lay on your bed bacteria and products go on your pillow and when you sleep it just sits on your face. This is why it’s important to clean your pillow case and wash your face, hair, and body before resting. Be sure to clean your sheets and covers too to prevent any body acne.
  3. Diet and exercise!
    Changing the way you eat and adding more exercise helps a lot. And you probably are asking How? Because exercising gets the blood flowing. Which basically for shorter terms wakes up the skin. Changing your diet helps not only your skin but your body. Remember keeping the inside healthy will show on the outside. So eat those vegetables and fruits.
  4. Moisturize!
    Moisturizing your skin keeps your skin healthy look and also soft. Even if your skin is oily or seems like it does not need moisturizing.Go to your local beauty store and try on some good lotions and find the right one for your skin type.
  5. Avoid harsh chemicals as well!
    Try not to put really cheap facial cleansers on. This might help the chance of getting break outs etc. Before trying any facial cleaners only work a little bit on a small part of your skin. This way if you are allergic or have a reaction to the product its only on a small part of yourself and not your whole face.

How to Shrink Pores Naturally

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If you could use a photo airbrush as a tool in your beauty bag of tricks, nobody would ever know you have pores. But life is not a photograph or a movie and real people have real pores. Pores help the oils we need for hydration reach the skin’s surface. The good news is you can minimize the appearance of your pore size, not with smoke and mirrors, but with basic, consistent cleaning methods and natural products. Those tiny pores which look large to you can also be tightened, making them appear smaller.

Instructions

  1. Wash your face daily, as gently as if it were a baby’s skin. You may not be a baby anymore, but your skin still needs gentle care. Overwashing, or vigorous washing, or scrubbing the skin can damage the pore’s lining and worsen skin pore problems according to chemist and formulator of natural cosmetics, Robert Rister. Apply a cleanser to clean fingertips, not a face cloth to clean. Pat, don’t rub the face dry.
  2. Exfoliate skin twice a week, advises Karen Bruno of WebMD. Visible pores may be simply due to poor exfoliation and improper cleaning. “Too much surface oil and remnants naturally shed skin cells can collect around the edges of pores, creating the illusion of the pores being larger than they really are,” according to Audrey Kunin, M.D. Mix your own exfoliator by mashing 8 tbsp. of oatmeal into warm water. Leaving it whole can clog the drain. For a stronger exfoliant, add 1 tbsp. each of honey, apple cider vinegar and ground almonds. Use a circular motion to exfoliate skin with the mixture. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
  3. Apply a natural astringent or toner to the skin with a cotton ball or face cleaning pad to minimize pores. Use a toner with apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or mint or green tea, and cucumber. Store the toner in the refrigerator, advises businesswoman and former model, Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy. Make your own simple toner with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.
  4. Wear a mask, not to go out, but at home, at night, when you’re alone. Steam clean pores by filling the bathroom sink with hot water. Place a large towel over your head and hover over the sink, allowing the steam to penetrate the skin. Wipe the skin with a cotton ball to remove any dirt. The last thing you want to do is apply a mask over a minuscule object lodged in a pore, because it will erupt into a painful pimple. Apply a mask to your skin weekly. Slather on a thick clay mask to absorb excess oils and smooth skin.
  5. Moisturize skin to keep it healthy and apply it at night only. Hydrated skin looks pleasantly smoother, reducing the appearance of pores. Use an oil-free, non-comedogenic product containing either vitamin C or retinol. These ingredients stimulate collagen production and help tighten and shrink up pores. Other pore-tightening natural ingredients found in moisturizers include aloe, rosewater and cucumber.
  6. Smooth on pore refining gels under foundation before heading out for the day. Gels and creams are also available and they can be used all over the face or just in problem areas, including the forehead, chin, nose and cheekbones. Choose matte foundation to smooth the look of skin.

How to Even African American Skin Tone Naturally

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Taking care of the skin is of great concern to most people. Making sure African American skin has an even skin tone and looks its best can be done naturally without spending a lot of money on expensive skincare products. One of the most important things to remember is that what you put inside of your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. Here are some tips that will help you always put a winning face forward.

Drink Water

  1. Drink lots of water. Most doctors and health care experts suggest drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but you can get in all eight if you plan accordingly. If you make sure you drink at least two glasses of water at both breakfast and lunch, you’ll be halfway there by the middle of the day.
  2. Use sunscreen. Dark spots and freckles often appear on the skin as a result of damage from the sun. Most dermatologists now recommend sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Apply it all over your face and neck.
  3. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that can help even out skin tone. It is a natural fat that is derived from shea trees. Shea butter is often credited with helping fade scars, dark spots, and blemishes.
  4. Watch your diet. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables can help improve the appearance of your skin. Eating these healthy foods can also help protect your skin from free radical damage, according to Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa in his book, Food as Medicine.
  5. Exfoliate your skin. Using an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week can greatly help improve your skin. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells. Instead of spending a lot of money on an expensive exfoliator, try mixing baking soda (1 tablespoon) with water or your favorite facial cleanser. Gently rub it all over your face, rinse it, then follow it up with a moisturizer.

How To Moisturize Skin Naturally

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The skin needs moisture to repair and renew itself. While the skin produces it own oil through the sebaceous glands, sometimes extra moisture is needed. Oily skin produces too much oil, while dry skin does not produce enough. It is dry skin that is most prone to wrinkles, lines and the visible signs of aging. Skin needs to be hydrated either internally or topically to be soft, supple and smooth. Herbs and essential oils are the best natural moisturizers for the skin.

Instructions

  1. Apply camellia oil. Camellia oil is a sweet smelling and edible oil used for cooling in China and Japan. The oil is gentle on the skin because it has no harsh chemicals. Camellia oil has vitamin E, a well-known antioxidant that removes free radicals, which are harmful substances. Free radicals also damage the skin. One of the best things about camellia oil as a moisturizer is that it can block UVB light. The oil can be used as a sunscreen to protect against the harmful rays of the sun, which causes age spots and wrinkles.
  2. Use cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer made from cocoa beans. It is basically a vegetable fat with traces of vitamin E. This oil is often recommended as a way to remove stretch marks and other scars. Cocoa butter is also an antioxidant. The antioxidant property helps to give cocoa butter a natural preservative. Cocoa butter is available as a stick, lotion and cream that can last for 1 year.
  3. Take vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E is a good internal and topical moisturizer. This fat-soluble vitamin is an antioxidant and protects the skin from the damage of pollution and ultraviolet light. Vitamin E also helps with the absorption of vitamin A, another good skin vitamin. Foods rich in vitamin E include tomatoes, almonds and sunflower seeds. As a supplement, the vitamin is available in both synthetic and natural forms. According to the National Institute of Health, the natural version is twice as effective as the synthetic. Vitamin E oil can be applied topically to moisturize the skin and to help fade or remove scars.
  4. Apply baby oil. Baby oil is very gentle oil that is useful for adult skin also. It has no harsh chemicals, although many commercial baby oils contain mineral oil. There are some baby oils that are made of only essential oils. To find a baby oil that has no mineral oil, read the ingredients label before buying.
  5. Add flaxseed to the diet. Flaxseed is a plant that contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are not manufactured in the body. Eating foods with EFA, such as fish, or taking flaxseed oil supplements are the only ways to give the body these nutrients. Applying flaxseed oil to the skin can not only moisturize it, but it also helps with various skin problems, including acne. According to Herb Wisdom, “The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA’s anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties.”

How to Get Natural, Clear, Healthy Glowing Skin

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The health and appearance of your complexion is partly due to genetic factors that are beyond your control. However, you can help achieve a much-coveted clear and glowing skin through a balanced diet, effective skin care routine and healthy lifestyle choices.

Instructions

  1. Follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Daily Food Guide for a balanced and healthy diet. These include 6 to 11 servings of whole grains, 2 to 4 servings of fruit, 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, 2 to 3 servings of dairy foods and 2 to 3 servings of protein foods.
  2. Eat two portions of oily fish, such as salmon, sardines or mackerel each week, as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit skin health.
  3. Drink the recommended daily amounts of fluid, which the American Skin Association lists as at least eight glasses of water. Even minimal dehydration will leave your skin looking dry and dull.
  4. Get outside each day for small amounts of unprotected sun exposure to top up your levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D production is triggered in the skin by sunlight. Do not burn however, and wear sun protection cream if you plan to stay in the sun for longer than 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Cleanse your face at the beginning and end of each day with cleansing cream or face wash. Massage facial moisturizer into your skin after each wash. Pat eye cream gently around the eye area with your ring finger.
  6. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine to help you relax and drift easily into sleep. For example, take a warm bath, then dim the lights and read a light novel for about 30 minutes before retiring. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night as skin regenerates while you sleep.
  7. Engage in moderate, aerobic exercise, such as walking briskly, swimming or dancing, for about 30 to 60 minutes each day. Exercise improves circulation and the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a healthy glow.

Natural Skin Care Remedies for African Americans

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African Americans need to look beyond the makeup counter and drug store facial aisle when looking for skin care remedies. The reason is that while many of the products may be adequate, many are not designed for use with African American skin. African American skin not only contains more melanin that Caucasian and other skin types, but it is also more oily, and quicker to reveal sensitivity to certain products.

Cleansing

  • The best way to treat African American skin is to keep it very clean. African American skin responds well to natural, organic products. Many store-bought soaps contain artificial ingredients that can aggravate the skin. Dark skin will reveal reactions to artificial products through discoloration, which isn’t always apparent with lighter skin. Some of the best organic cleansers for African American skin are shea butter soap, olive oil soap and African black soap. (Black soap can stain your shower though). If you prefer store-bought products, look for a hypo allergic, non-concomedegenic cleaners such as face Aveeno clear complexion cleansing bar. For astringent, use straight all natural witch-hazel (found near the alcohol and peroxide) in the grocery aisle.

Acne

  • African American’s of all ages get acne. To make matters worse, on African Americans, dark scarring can last long after the outbreak. To treat acne on African American skin, you should first avoid using hair oils that run onto the skin, or be very diligent about keeping them away from the face as this is a major reason for acne on African Americans. Regular cleansing as mentioned does wonders for stopping acne. For stubborn outbreaks, dab a bit of tea tree oil of the blemish before going to bed.

Razor Bumps

  • Razor bumps are a difficult and painful problem for African Americans. They occur when freshly cut hairs curl back and pierce the skin resulting in painful and unsightly bumps. The best natural remedy for razor bumps is to stop shaving. When this is not possible, you can make a paste strawberries and sour cream or mix honey, aloe vera, water and crushed aspirin and apply it to the affected areas.

Pigment Issues

  • Many African Americans suffer from discolored and uneven skin tone. Even the smallest trauma or allergic reaction can cause light or dark splotches on the skin. You can treat hyper-pigmentation through gentle exfoliation. Use an oatmeal and honey facial scrub that you mix yourself with equal parts of each ingredient. Other gentle exfoliation treatments are a mask made of almonds that you soak overnight and then grind into a fine paste.

How to Care for Skin With Natural Home Treatments

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Your skin is a mirror of your body’s overall health. Taking care of your skin keeps you looking young and beautiful, and should be a part of your daily beauty ritual. Over-the-counter skin care treatments are often expensive and full of chemicals and artificial perfumes. If you want naturally beautiful skin, natural home treatments are healthy, economical and fun. Read on to learn how to care for skin with natural home treatments.

Instructions

  1. Exfoliate your skin before showering to remove dry, dead cells. Stand in the shower with the water off and gently brush your skin with a soft-bristle skin brush, moving in circular motions toward the heart. That is, begin at your feet working towards your abdomen, at your fingertips working towards your torso and at your back, working towards your stomach.
  2. Wash your body with castile soap instead of harsh soaps that contain strong chemical perfumes, which can dry and damage your skin. Castile soap is usually made with either olive oil or vegetable oil and is scented with natural, healing essential oils, a much better alternative for natural skin care.
  3. Moisturize your skin after your shower with natural almond oil, nature’s best skin care remedy. Almond oil is used as a relaxing agent in aromatherapy, and a pain reliever in massage, but also soothes and softens the skin and can help improve complexion. A little almond oil goes a long way, so don’t overdo it. Purchase small amounts of almond oil and store it in the refrigerator, as it goes bad faster than other oils.
  4. Apply a weekly natural skin conditioner to help combat blemishes, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and deeply moisturize your skin. Place the juice of one whole lime, a quarter cup of whole yogurt and a half of a large cucumber in a blender, and blend until creamy. Apply the conditioner to your skin and allow to set for 20 minutes before rinsing in a lukewarm shower.

How to Use Lemon for Natural Skin Care and Beauty Treatment

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You probably use lemons as flavoring in your food and drinks all the time, but if you’re like most people, you’ve never thought about using them as a natural skin care and beauty treatment. Lemons won’t fix your skin overnight, but they can help treat certain problems and may even help prevent serious skin conditions. Using lemon juice topically for a short period of time doesn’t have long term side effects, either.

For Acne Scars

  • Like smearing toothpaste on pimples, lemon juice is sometimes mentioned as a quick home remedy for getting rid of acne. Unfortunately, there’s little evidence that lemon juice can really make acne vanish overnight. However, lemon juice can help lighten acne scars if used sparingly. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to areas of acne scarring with a cotton swab or pad in the evening after washing with a mild facial cleanser. Avoid getting lemon juice on the rest of your skin – it can be very drying.

For Oily Skin

  • Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic. When lemon juice is used as part of a facial mask, it can help to clear dirt and bacteria on the surface of your skin that can cause pimples and breakouts. Oleda Baker, author of “29 Forever” suggests making a mask from fresh lemon juice and chilled oatmeal. To make the mask, combine 1 cup of cooked, chilled oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Baker recommends using the mask once per week or less. If the lemon juice mask is too drying for your skin, use it once every 10 days to 2 weeks instead.

Lemon Peel

  • Lemon peel, when added to hot black tea may protect your body from skin cancer according to BBC News. Researchers Iman Hakim and Robin Harris of the University of Arizona found that people that drank hot tea with lemon peel had a 70 percent reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Study participants that drank hot black tea without lemon peel only had a 40 percent reduced risk. Drinking tea regularly may also help reduce the risk sunburn too, but more research needs to be conducted in this area.

Lemon Essential Oil

  • Lemon essential oil produced through the vapor distillation process can be used on the skin to help rejuvenate dull skin according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics.” According to Close, the best way to use lemon essential oil on your skin is to mix 1 part lemon essential oil and 10 parts natural carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to clean skin in the evening. Close also recommends limiting sun exposure while you’re using lemon essential oil topically, because it may increase photosensitivity.

How to Wash Your Dog’s Face

A dog’s face is one of her most sensitive areas, and washing it requires special care. Whether you’re cleaning away every last scrap of the most recent smelly and disgusting substance your dog has rolled in, or finishing off her regular bath routine, following clear steps each time you wash her face reassures your dog that she has nothing to fear about being touched near her mouth, eyes and ears. Wash your dog’s face before toweling or blow-drying the rest of her body after bath time. You can use the opportunity to check her eyes and ears for bumps, inflammation or soreness.

How to Wash Your Dog's Face
Step 1:Wash your dog’s face after washing and rinsing the rest of her body if you’re washing her face during bath time. Although you may have used shampoo to wash her elsewhere, don’t use it to wash her face. Rinse out a washcloth covered in shampoo if you plan to use it on your dog’s face.

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Step 2:Comb your dog’s face gently if she’s a breed with long hair on her face, such as an old English sheepdog or Yorkshire terrier.

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Step 3:Soak a clean washcloth in clean, warm water and wring it out until it’s damp. Hold your dog’s face gently under her jaw with one hand and wipe her face with the washcloth in the other hand. Wipe in the direction her fur lies, starting from her nose and working toward her ears.

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Step 4:Wipe the outside of your dog’s ears, and gently remove any dirt that’s trapped on the inner hairs of her ears with your fingertips, but don’t push the washcloth inside.

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Step 5:Rinse and wring out the washcloth as needed while washing your dog’s face. Clean under any folds in her skin, and wipe stubborn spots several times until they’re clean. Avoid roughly rubbing or scrubbing your dog’s face.

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Step 6:Wipe your dog’s face with a clean, dry washcloth when it’s clean, taking care to dry beneath any skin folds. Comb any long facial hair to speed up the drying process.

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How to Properly Clean Your Face

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Many men assume that only women need to be concerned about facial care; however, maintaining a clean and clear face is important for men too. Healthy skin portrays youth and confidence, which are important characteristics in the workplace and relationships. Follow these steps to maintain a clean and clear face.

Instructions

  1. Select the right cleanser for your skin type. There are three skin types: oily, normal and combination.
  2. Turn on your faucet, allowing it to run until the water is tepid. Wash your hands with soap and then splash your face with water.
  3. Apply the cleanser to your fingertips, a clean washcloth or a facial-cleaning sponge.
  4. Start above your eyes and wipe the cleanser in an upward motion, over your forehead and towards your hairline.
  5. Begin just below your eyes and wipe in a downward motion over your cheeks. Repeat until you’ve thoroughly cleaned both cheeks.
  6. Scrub your temple areas and neck with cleanser.
  7. Rinse your face and neck with tepid water.
  8. Blot your skin with a clean towel until it is completely dry.

How to Get My Maltese Dog’s Face Clean

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Maltese dogs are known for white, fluffy fur. However, with white fur comes facial staining. Many Maltese owners have issues with tear stains and food stains on their dogs’ faces. Not doing anything about your dog’s face stains only makes them worse and harder to fix. Clean your dog’s face properly and make a few changes to your dog’s food and water to help prevent deep staining.

Instructions

  1. Pour 3 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide into a bowl. Add enough cornstarch to the bowl to make a thick paste. The cornstarch and peroxide help whiten stained hair.
  2. Put a small amount of the paste on the bristles of a soft toothbrush. Apply the paste to your dog’s face. Avoid getting any of the paste in its eyes. Let the paste dry; then gently rub it off with a clean washcloth. Rinse the face with clean, warm water.
  3. Boil a cup of purified water. Let the water cool down until it’s lukewarm. Wet a clean, white washcloth with the water. Apply a dab of whitening shampoo to the washcloth. Gently clean your dog’s face with the washcloth. Avoid getting the shampoo in its eyes.
  4. Dip a fresh, clean white cloth in the lukewarm water. Gently rinse the dog’s face with the cloth until you remove all the shampoo.

The Best Ways to Wash Your Face

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It is important to pay gentle attention to your skin and know the best products to use on it. You need to know whether your skin is normal, dry, oily or a combination. There are dozens of theories about the best way to wash your face, but there are a couple of ways that may work best for you, such as washing daily with a gentle cleanser or exfoliating with a scrub.

Why You Should Wash Your Face

  • Washing your face dissolves dirt, makeup and oils from the environment and particles that have made contact with your face. It also unclogs pores and removes dead skin. You should wash your face at least once daily to help keep your skin clean, unclogged and to prevent acne. This goes hand in hand with using the correct cleanser for your face. Get a cleanser that corresponds with your skin type. Darker skins are usually more dry and oily then lighter hues.

Materials

  • If you have dry skin, creamy cleansers with moisturizers or oil are ideal. For oily skin, avoid cleansers with cream, oils or moisturizers, and opt for a gel cleanser. For normal skin, choose a gentle, nutrient-rich cleanser, and for combination skin, find a cleanser that has an equal balance of moisturizing and cleansing ingredients. Don’t use bar soap because that will dry out your skin too much, no matter what skin type you have.

Washing Your Face

  • Before washing your face, clean your hands with an antibacterial soap to remove grease and germs that you don’t want on your face, then remove any makeup with makeup remover. Turn the water to warm–not hot–and lightly splash it on your face. Apply about a dime-size dollop of cleanser onto the tips of your fingers. Transfer some to your other hand’s fingers, and then begin to massage the cleanser into your face with your fingertips. Rub in small circular motions, starting at the forehead, then working your way down to the nose and cheeks. Proceed down to the chin, jawline and neck, focusing on each area for about 30 seconds.

    This massage method works well because you are stimulating your circulation around your face. Wash your face like this once a night. Don’t over-cleanse your face because this can stimulate excess oil production. Wash off the cleanser with warm water, then use a clean towel to wipe off the water and residue. Each morning, rinse your face with clean warm water to remove oils that may have built up overnight.

Exfoliation

  • Exfoliation is a way to clean your face to keep it healthy and glowing. Exfoliate your face about once a week to remove the top layer of dead skin cells that may dull complexions. Use a store-bought gentle scrub with small grains or particles that can also provide added nutrients to your skin such as vitamin E and avocado extracts. Massage the exfoliating scrub on your face just as you used the cleanser. Wash off the exfoliating scrub with warm water, then wipe off any water and leftover residue with a clean towel.

How to Have Beautiful Breasts

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Breasts are one of the most sensitive areas of skin on a woman’s body, and, because of the weight caused by the underlying fatty tissue, are susceptible to sagging. In order to have beautiful breasts, women need to pay special attention to this specific body part. Here are some tips to keep your breasts looking beautiful for a lifetime.

Instructions

  1. Exfoliate daily to keep breasts smooth and firm. Use a scrub that contains collagen to replenish skin cells. Gently massage in a circular motion to increase blood circulation and promote breast firmness.
  2. Keep your weight consistent. Do not gain or lose more than five pounds over your lifetime if you want to retain firm breasts. When you gain weight, the skin becomes stretched, and breasts are more likely to sag.
  3. Do isometric exercises to keep breasts uplifted. Bring bent elbows out to your sides at about chest level, and place the palms together. Press the palms together firmly, holding for up to one minute. Do 20 to 50 repetitions daily to maintain firm breasts. In addition, perform push-ups by getting on your hands and knees. Stretch your body forward until your arms are under your shoulders. Press your body up and down slowly, keeping your neck and back straight. Your body should be parallel to the ground as you push up and down. Do 15 to 50 repetitions depending on your fitness level.
  4. Keep breasts and chest out of the sun. Sun damage is the No. 1 factor in wrinkling. Wear sunscreen when breasts or chest area is exposed to the sun.
  5. Lotion the breasts daily with a collagen-based body lotion. In addition, use a firming lotion that contains antioxidants to fight free radicals that might help to age the breasts.
  6. Wear a good, fitted bra. Do not let your breasts hang loose, even when you are sleeping. The weight on the tissue causes it to stretch and sag. Be especially vigilant when doing jumping or running exercises where the breasts might bounce or jiggle. Make sure the bra is supportive enough to hold the breasts in place to avoid stretching the breast tissue.
  7. Use a firming mask on your breasts and decolletage area every two weeks. While the mask dries, wear an old sports bra to hold breasts in place. Remove with warm water, body soap and a washcloth.
  8. Lift your breast with weight bearing exercises. Wholefitness.com recommends doing the flat chest press, incline chest press and cable crossover to have more beautiful breasts. Incline flys and pullovers also work to lift the breasts. Ask your personal trainer to show you correct form when performing these exercises.

How to Clean Pimples on Your Face

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Pimples can greatly detract from one’s appearance. If you have pimples, you don’t have to put up with them. You can take steps to clear pimples off your face and obtain a smooth complexion. To effectively keep pimples off your face, you must maintain a dedicated skincare regime. There are also various treatments available to spot-treat pimples, helping to get rid of them.

Instructions

  1. Wash your face twice daily. If you wish to clear pimples from the area, you must remove sweat, oil and makeup regularly. If you don’t, these substances can clog your pores and lead to pimples. For best results, choose an antibacterial cleanser that contains salicylic acid, an effective ingredient for use on acne-prone skin.
  2. Use an astringent or toner on your face. Place a small amount on a cotton ball and swipe it over your face. Astringents and toners help to maintain skin’s pH balance and eliminate dirt and bacteria.
  3. Try a deep-cleaning mask on your face twice weekly. Masks that contain mud or citric acids are effective at treating pimple-prone skin. These key ingredients absorb excess oil and pull bacteria out from deep within the pores.
  4. Apply acne treatment cream to your pimples. You can find various creams available in most cosmetic and drug stores. Opt for a cream that contains benzoyl peroxide, one of the most effective ingredients for treating pimples. Benzoyl peroxide gets rid of bacteria and excess oil, promoting clean skin.
  5. Mix equal parts baking soda and water into a paste. Apply the paste to the pimples on your face and let it work for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing. Baking soda absorbs excess oil and thwarts bacteria, helping to clean the pimples.
  6. Put lemon juice on your pimples. The natural acidity of the lemon juice will dry out pimple-prone skin and kill bacteria, helping to clear it more quickly.
  7. See a dermatologist. If you are unable to clear the pimples from your face on your own, talk to a dermatologist about prescription medication. There are various oral and topical medications available that can effectively combat your pimples and promote clean skin.

How to Get Smooth Facial Skin

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Smooth skin can be attainable no matter what an individual’s skin type may be. With the proper nutrition and facial cleansing techniques, acne and chronic dry skin can be erased. Exercising regularly and creating a stress-free environment can also reduce chronic skin ailments and reduce acne. Eat a healthier diet high in alkaline-forming foods and stay away from harsh soaps containing fragrances that can strip the face of its healthy glow. Follow the proper cleansing steps to ensure that facial skin stays smooth and healthy.

Instructions

  1. Clean the face at least twice a day to remove dirt, bacteria, cosmetics, and oils that can cause acne. Talk to a dermatologist in order to choose the right facial cleanser for your specific skin type. Avoid body soaps on the face because they contain properties that can strip the natural oils the face needs to stay smooth and hydrated.
  2. Rinse the face with tepid water to remove dirt and oil. Never use hot water as it can strip away too much oil, leaving the face susceptible to dryness and irritation.
  3. Use a clean, soft facial washcloth and add an appropriate amount of facial cleanser to the towel. Rub around the face gently in a circular motion, starting from the forehead and ending at the nape of the neck. Using the hands will work just as effectively as a face towel; make sure that hands and fingernails are clean.
  4. Rinse again in tepid water, making sure to remove all traces of the facial cleanser residue. Gently blot off excess water with a bath towel; do not scrub the skin with the towel.
  5. Follow up the cleansing process by applying a quality moisturizer, according to skin type, with a water-based toner. Seek out moisturizers that contain grapeseed oil and other natural ingredients. Grapeseed oil can work to trap moisture in the skin, creating a smoother face while reducing dryness and irritation.
  6. Use a humidifier to trap moisture into the skin. Keep the humidifier clean to prevent bacteria and fungi buildup.
  7. For smoother skin, eat a diet high in alkaline-forming foods, which include fruits, fresh vegetables, and nuts high in omega-3 fatty acids. Because alkaline-forming foods are digested quicker, they can eliminate toxins that accumulate in your body, which may lead to acne or chronic skin conditions.

How to Clean Your Face With Mineral Oil

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Mineral oil, a clear liquid made from distilled petroleum, is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetics and in baby oil. It is effective at removing dirt and makeup from the face while retaining moisture and creating a protective barrier against pollutants.

Instructions

  1. Facial cleansers with mineral oil are available in several forms. Pure mineral oil or baby oil will not create a lather, even if combined with water. Some people find the runny consistency hard to control. Cold cream is solid and easier to apply. It also will not lather because it does not contain surfactants—chemicals that cause a substance to become sudsy. Liquid face washes that include mineral oil and foam up when combined with water can be found at drugstores.
  2. For sensitive skin, apply your choice of mineral oil product with your fingertips. Massage the product in small circles, and keep your eyes closed. Unless specified otherwise, the product can be used to remove eye makeup.
  3. For skin that is not sensitive, the product can be applied directly to dry skin with a wash cloth or exfoliating accessory. Massage the product in small circles. Use only your fingertips around the delicate eye area.
  4. Use a wet or dry cloth to gently wipe the excess mineral oil from your skin. Rinsing your skin with warm water also will dissolve the oil. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. If the mineral oil is not fully removed, rinse again or wipe the area with a wash cloth.
  5. Mineral oil will not leave the squeaky-clean feeling you get from many soaps and face washes that strip your skin’s natural oil. According to TheBeautyBrains.com, the oil provides a barrier between your face and the environment, protecting your skin from pollutants and sealing in moisture.

How to Get Clear, Smooth Skin

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Everyone wants skin that has a healthy glow. Following a daily regimen can help you get the beautiful, coveted skin you’ve always dreamed of. With the right routine and products, clear and smooth skin is easy to achieve. You might want to start with a specialist that can recommend different products that would benefit your skin type.

Instructions

  1. Wash your face daily with a gentle cleanser in the morning and before going to bed at night.
  2. Treat any blemishes with a special cream or ointment. Try to use a product that is gentle yet effective on your skin.
  3. Moisturize after cleansing and treatment to ensure your skin maintains a healthy moisture level. Use moisturizers designed for sensitive skin.
  4. Apply sunscreen to your face every morning before leaving the house. It prevents aging and sun damage which can occur over time. SPF 15 or higher is recommended.
  5. Exfoliate dead skin cells with a mask or treatment once a week to keep your skin glowing with new healthy cells.

Ways to Clean Out Pores on My Face at Home

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If you want to maintain clear, smooth skin, it is vital that your pores are kept clean. Dirt, oil and bacteria that become trapped within the pores may enlarge them, giving skin a bumpy, uneven look, or cause acne blemishes, such as blackheads and whiteheads. While there are many deep pore-cleaning treatments available at the dermatologists’ office or your local spa, there are several at-home options for cleaning your pores as well, which often prove to be more cost-effective and easier to maintain.

Cleanser

  • To make sure that your pores are clean, it is important that you wash your face daily with a cleanser that is designed for your skin type. Individuals with dry skin should choose a cream-based cleanser, while those with oily skin do better with a foam or gel cleanser. If you have combination skin, with dry patches in certain spots and oily skin in others, choose a mild cleanser that will not exacerbate either condition. Individuals who wear makeup on a regular basis may need to wash their face twice. You can first use a special makeup remover or makeup removal wipe to remove the cosmetics from your face and then wash with your regular cleanser to deep clean the pores.

Steam

  • An easy way to clean your pores at home is to use steam. Steam opens the pores, so dirt, oil and debris that is trapped inside is loosened and easier to remove. It also helps treatment products designed to deep clean the pores penetrate the skin more easily. Taking a hot shower gently steams the pores, but if you are interested in a more concentrated effect, place hot water in a bowl and lean over it. Drape a towel over your head to trap the steam. You will see the best results if you steam your face for two to three minutes. Try doing this once a week, if possible.

Manual Exfoliation

  • To prevent dead skin cells from clogging pores, you should exfoliate regularly. Using a wash cloth to rub the face while using your regular cleanser is a cost-effective way to exfoliate but be sure to wash your face cloth regularly so bacteria does not accumulate. Facial scrubs with fine beads or grains that remove dead skin cells when rubbed against the skin may be purchased at the drug store or cosmetics counter as well. Many companies also make skin care brushes that help exfoliate the skin with regular cleansers. Individuals with oily skin may exfoliate several times a week, while those with dry skin should limit their manual exfoliation to once a week.

Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids

  • Exfoliating the pores from the inside out is the most effective way to keep them clean. Alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) both work as chemical exfoliants to remove dead skin and other debris that might clog the pores. AHAs, such as glycolic, lactic or malic acid, are typically better for dry-skinned individuals, while BHAs like salicylic acid are better for those with oily skin because it helps dissolve trapped oil as well. Those who have combination skin should try to find a product that contains both AHA and BHA. Drug stores and cosmetics counters sell creams, lotions, serums, cleansers, toners and facial masks that contain AHAs and/or BHAs, so choose the product and formula that works best for your skin type.

Pore Strips

  • For severely clogged pores, pore strips may be a good option for deep cleaning. Available at most drug stores, pore strips are pre-cut pieces of material that contain an adhesive on one side. The adhesive is water activated so when you dampen an area of your face with clogged pores and place the strip over it, it adheres to the skin. After the strip dries, you pull it off and the strip will pull out the dirt, oil and debris that is trapped inside the pores. Using an AHA or BHA product following the removal of pore strips allows them to penetrate more deeply.

How to Have Flawless Looking Skin Naturally

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Instructions

  1. The most important thing you can do to keep your skin flawless is keep it clean. This does not mean washing it ten times a day. It does mean that you should cleanse once in the morning, and once before bed. Always remove makeup before you go to sleep, even if the product claims you can sleep in it.
    It’s also important to find a cleanser that works for your skin type. Most mainstream stores will let you return something if it doesn’t work for you. I recommend natural brands like Burt’s Bees or Alba Botanica for keeping the harsh chemicals off your face and out of the environment.
  2. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize, and above all else make sure it has SPF! Look for products specifically designed for your skin type. For example, if your skin is oily, don’t go for something designated for dry skin. Always moisturize around your eyes and mouth before going to sleep. The skin is the most delicate in these areas, and needs as much help as it can get. I recommend Philosophy, Kiss my Face, Korres, and Juice Beauty for great natural moisturizers.
  3. During the day you might notice that your skin is getting shiny. The best way to get rid of that icky shine without washing your face and taking off your makeup is to get some blotting papers. These tiny sheets will absorb the oil and leave your face looking fresh. L’Occitane makes some great rice based blotting papers.
  4. If you do happen to get a blemish, don’t fret, you’ll just make it worse. If you can see a white head forming underneath the skin, take a pin and clean it with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol. Pierce the white part of the blemish gently and ease the infection out. If you press too hard it will leave a mark, so please be gentle to your face. Wipe the pierced blemish with another cotton ball coated with rubbing alcohol. Once it is cleaned out, put a dab of neosporin on it to heal it. If the blemish is much deeper in the skin, try a drying product. I recommend Mario Badescu products for troubled skin.

How to Deep Clean Your Skin

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No matter how often you clean your skin, you may find pimples or blackheads still cropping up. Your skin can often start to look dull and lifeless during cold weather, or even during warm weather if your skin tends to be dry. When these things happen, it’s time for a deep-cleaning. Not only does deep-cleaning your skin refresh your complexion, it’s like a mini spa day at home. Using everyday, natural products make the process inexpensive but effective.

Instructions

  1. Boil a pot of water or fill a sink with steaming-hot tap water. Lay a bath towel horizontally across the back of your head, hold the upper corners, and lean over the pot. If you boil the water, set the pot on a hot pad on the counter. Be careful not to lean in so close that you burn your skin. Let the steam open your pores for five to 10 minutes.
  2. Wash your face with a mild cleanser, working the cleanser into a foam with clean fingertips. Splash your face with warm water. Do not dry your skin.
  3. Sprinkle a quarter-size amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand. Work the baking soda into your skin like you did the cleanser in order to exfoliate any dead cells. Pay special attention to areas with blackheads. Splash the baking soda off your face with cool water.
  4. Apply the facial mask of your choice. Choose one containing clay if your skin is oily. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizing peel-off mask. Allow the mask to dry, then remove it according to the package directions.
  5. Wash your face with gentle cleanser once more, removing the cleanser with cool water. Pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel.
  6. Wipe your skin with astringent applied to a cotton ball. If your skin is acne-prone, look for one containing salicylic acid. If your skin is dry, try rose water.
  7. Apply a moisturizer formulated for your skin type, working it into your skin with your fingertips until none remains.

How to Get a Flawless Complexion

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Clear, radiant skin is often one of the most enviable and illusive beauty traits for women. From acne to wrinkles to discoloration, a number of problems can plague skin and leave women feeling self-conscious and discouraged. However, making small changes to your daily beauty and lifestyle routines can markedly improve your skin’s appearance. Though “flawless” is a standard of perfection that can’t be promised and certainly can’t be achieved in a week, putting extra time, thought and effort into the health of your skin can help you see changes for the better over time.

Protect Your Skin

  • The best and most important thing you can do for your skin is use sunscreen. Even on days when you aren’t hitting the beach, slathering the skin on your face, neck, chest, arms and any other exposed area with at least SPF 30 is a must. Sunscreen not only prevents you from burning; it keeps your skin looking young by protecting it from sun damage and age spots. Many facial and body moisturizers now contain SPF, so you don’t even need to add an extra step to your skin care routine. However, remember that most sunscreens only last about two hours, so you’ll need to reapply periodically throughout the day. Carry a travel-sized sunscreen bottle in your purse so you’ll always be prepared.

Find the Right Skin Care Regimen

  • Not every product type will work for everyone’s skin, so you need to find the skin care regimen that works best for your skin. For example, exfoliators may be an effective way for some people to reduce blackheads and soften the skin, but for others they may irritate or chafe skin. Similarly, toner may restore the pH of certain people’s skin, but for others it may simply dry skin out.

    No matter what your skin type, use a moisturizer to lock in moisture after showering or washing your face. If you have oily skin, find a lightweight moisturizer. If you have dry skin, you can use a heavy-duty lotion, or even petroleum jelly or cocoa butter for non-facial moisturizing.

    Finally, unless you have extremely oily skin, you probably only need to wash your skin once a day. Washing with the correct type of cleanser for your skin type at night is usually sufficient.

Use Makeup Responsibly

  • Makeup is a good way to fake having flawless skin, but can also be a good way to keep yourself from actually having it. Caking on heavy foundations and powders can clog pores and irritate skin, so it’s important to find a brand and product that works for you. In general, try to use the lightest amount of foundation and powder possible to achieve the coverage you want.

    Always test a makeup product on the underside of your forearm before applying it to your face to see if your skin has a reaction. If you develop a rash or acne from a certain product, stop using it and find another one that works for you. Also, clean your makeup brushes using soap or dish detergent about once every two weeks, or whenever the brush has cakey, visible makeup residue. Finally, make sure you take off your makeup every single night before bed — no excuses.

Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • Your lifestyle choices, whether good or bad, are written all over your skin, so it’s important to make healthy choices each day. The most obvious skincare no-no is smoking, which causes wrinkles, discoloration and other premature signs of aging. Sleeping is another big one, as not sleeping enough can lower circulation and make your skin look dull and washed out. Get a solid eight hours a night for a fresh-faced glow.

    Diet can also have a huge impact on skin’s overall health and appearance. Eating a lot of fat or carbohydrates can cause wrinkles, while foods like nuts with high-quality oils and omega-3 fatty acids can rejuvenate and restore skin, reports the article “30 Beauty Tips: Get Rid of Acne for Smooth Skin” on the Women’s Health Magazine website. Foods rich in zinc, antioxidants and vitamin C also increase the health and look of your skin. Drinking eight glasses of water per day is also key, as it increases skin’s elasticity and carries nutrients to the skin.