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Anti Aging Foods for Youthful Skin and a Healthy Body 00

Anti Aging Foods for Youthful Skin and a Healthy Body

Anti Aging Foods for Youthful Skin and a Healthy Body

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As we age, our bodies go through various processes inwardly. We have cells that are supposed to go through a certain stage and then die off. Sometimes though, these cells don’t die. They can become damaged and are then breeding grounds for diseases – including cancer – and multiply rapidly. One way to combat that damage is by ingesting foods that are rich in antioxidants. But foods that have plenty of antioxidants aren’t just good for fighting back against diseases. They fight aging, too – and can keep you feeling physically young. You might not have realized yet how potent food is in the fight to help you keep your youthfulness. But foods like fruits contain powerful doses of vitamin C, which is known to fight against both disease and aging. You might not be able to prevent growing older, but you can prevent the side effects of aging – like poor skin tone and weakened health. Starting today, you can use anti aging food to keep your body healthy and young inwardly and outwardly. Have plenty of fruits like cranberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries as part of your every day diet. Some vegetables are good anti aging protectors, too. Have a few servings of carrots, sweet potatoes and romaine lettuce for the benefits these foods offer against aging. Leafy green vegetables contain a multitude of benefits against aging. They contain calcium and potassium, are rich in beta carotene and lutein, which helps battle aging in the eyes. For strong bones, look for foods rich in the vitamin K. Some examples of these foods are kale, turnip greens and spinach. Vitamin K helps the body’s heart health as well as bone health. You’ll see lots of advertisements that go hand in hand with aging, telling people to consume lots of calcium for healthy bones – and while it’s true that you do need calcium for healthy bones, you can’t overlook the benefits of protein in an anti aging diet. You’ll want healthy meats as your protein, though. Avoid red meats that can cause problems for your heart and opt instead for lean meats like poultry. Fish should be a staple in your meals because of the Omega 3 properties it contains. Eating plenty of filling foods like whole grains to help battle aging – because they have a lot of fiber, which can protect against certain cancers. Whole grain...

Anti Aging Solutions Are More Than Just Skin Deep 00

Anti Aging Solutions Are More Than Just Skin Deep

Anti Aging Solutions Are More Than Just Skin Deep

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Though it often shows up first on the face, not all aging is readily visible. When we get older, a lot of the aging takes place on the inside of the body and affects our organs, our joints and even our emotions. Your anti aging solutions should be covering all these areas. We don’t feel like we’re aging – so it’s always a surprise to look into the mirror and wonder where all those years we see reflected back at us came from. You’ll find a huge supply of products geared toward anti aging and wrinkle removal for the face, but since aging affects the body from head to toe, you also need to know how you can have a solution against other types of aging. Of course, the first step you should do starts inside. Make sure that you’re eating the right foods. Choose foods that offer anti-aging benefits. Eat plenty of protein and have a diet rich in calcium for your bone health. Stay hydrated and take natural supplements if you need to so that you get the vitamins your body needs to properly function. Exercise to keep your muscles and bones supple and use toning exercises to firm up your muscles. Stay away from any body products that contain alcohol in the base, because this causes the skin to dry out. If your hands show signs of aging, you can use hand treatment that can lighten age spots and lessen wrinkles. These products usually contain vitamin C as well as licorice. One technique that helps fight against aging hands is the use of light therapy – much like you’d find at a dermatologist’s office, except you can purchase these lights yourself. Another problem that can go hand in hand with aging is joint problems. You can get stiffness and pain associated with aging – but there are many products that can help your joints have the mobility they once had. You can find gels, capsules and creams manufactured as anti aging products that can help you have a solution to stress on your joints that come from getting older. As we age, our joints can become inflamed. Usually there’s no reason you can pinpoint behind the stress and inflammation on the joints – it just happens – but what you can do is take preventative measures to keep your joints healthier. By taking inflammation formulas, you...

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Anti Aging Skincare Advice for Men

Anti Aging Skincare Advice for Men

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Anti aging used to be an industry just targeting women. It was more of a beauty niche for those who wanted to look and feel great about themselves. Now, men make up a hefty portion of the anti aging industry, and manufacturers have responded with products just for their gender! Anti Aging Skincare for Men Wrinkles don’t just happen to women – men get them, too! And they’re no happier about seeing fine lines around the eyes and mouth than women are. But it’s not a wrinkle issue – skin becomes discolored and blotchy and it gets dry, making a man look much older than his years. Men, just like women, need to watch their skincare regimen as they age. First, you want to start by feeding your skin from the inside out. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals so that your skin cells have a fighting chance. Men generally have to shave their face, so this can be extra harsh on them. You have to maintain supple skin and soften it so that it remains hydrated and plump. There are many skincare products that you can get to complete a skincare regimen for men. Washing your face is a must – whether you’re wearing a three-piece suit to the office or working outside in a labor-intensive job. We all have dead skin cells that need to be sloughed off. Once in awhile you might also want to use an exfoliant. This doesn’t have to be a daily skincare routine, but it can be a few times a week. Cleanse and exfoliate so that you can then apply moisturizers that hydrate and plump up your skin. When you moisturize your skin, make sure you use a separate eye cream and body cream from what you use on the rest of your face. The eye cream is for more delicate areas, and the face creams are more delicate than body creams. You can get an anytime moisturizer or split your regimen up into a day and night routine, depending on how your habits are. Ideally, you’ll wash and moisturize twice a day. In the morning, you’re washing off the dead cells that have appeared during the restoration process overnight. At night, you’re washing off the free radicals you’ve encountered during the day. Make sure you choose the right skincare products for you based on...

How to Look Younger with These 7 Simple Tricks 00

How to Look Younger with These 7 Simple Tricks

How to Look Younger with These 7 Simple Tricks

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Men and women are frantically searching for “Fountain of Youth” remedies to make them look as young as they can. Unfortunately, many are choosing medical treatments rather than searching for more healthy alternatives. There are some things you can do to look younger besides opting for injections of Botox or invasive surgeries like liposuction and facelifts. Take a look below at some of the “gentler” ways to seem younger than you really are: Dress Your Age – Almost nothing makes you look older than you are than attempting to dress in the same style of clothing that your daughter or granddaughter wears. Dress your age and appear younger than you are. Sleep Your Way to Youth – Your best sleep happens during what is called the “rejuvenation hours.” Your face won’t reveal as many lines and your eyes won’t be as puffy. If you’re in a habit of waking up at 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, try meditation or take the natural herb, melatonin before turning in for the night. Your Diet Can Make You Younger — Obesity can become a problem as you grow older because of a slower metabolism. Keep your weight on track, make your skin glow and your blood healthy by eating foods with beneficial properties. Exercise Regularly – Nothing benefits your overall health like having an exercise regime that you enjoy and perform on a regular basis. No matter what exercise you choose, getting your body moving can drop the years from your body and mind. Use Makeup Sparingly – You’ll appear to be much younger than you really are if you use makeup more to enhance your natural assets rather than attempting to cover up the flaws. Get a professional makeup artist to show you how to apply your makeup in the best and most flattering way. Choose the Proper Hairstyle – Are you still wearing the same style you had in the 70s – or is your hair dull or gray? Do yourself a favor and visit a professional hairstylist and let him or her design a style that fits your face and coloring. Break Those Bad Habits – If you smoke or drink too much alcohol, cut down or quit if possible. Too much alcohol will dry out your skin and smoking will rapidly age your entire body. In your quest to feel and look younger, don’t forget your...

How to Slow the Aging Process with These 4 Simple Tips 00

How to Slow the Aging Process with These 4 Simple Tips

How to Slow the Aging Process with These 4 Simple Tips

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As you get older, you start to notice some of the signs of aging.  One of the first changes that becomes apparent is that your skin starts to wrinkle, sag, and get drier.  You may also notice that you put weight on in different places. And as you age there are also changes in your joints that might make it more difficult for you to maintain your independence and mobility.  You may also see changes in your mental health. While you can’t completely stop the aging process, there are things you can do that will slow it down so that you can maintain your independence and live a full and happy life in your senior years. Here we’ll take a look at four areas where you can create a lifestyle that will slow the aging process and support you in having a full life. #1 – Make Sure You’re Getting the Right Nutrition The earlier in life that you honor good nutrition the longer you can stave off the signs of aging.  Nutrition is critical to helping prevent disease and increasing your years of life.  It can also help you to look and feel younger. Antioxidants It’s important that you fill your diet with as many antioxidants as possible.  These are chemicals that help your body to fight off environmental oxidation that can lead to faster aging. Antioxidants are found in high amounts in these foods: Blueberries Broccoli Green including kale, spinach, turnip, and mustard greens Strawberries Tomatoes Apples Red grapes Beans While these are foods that have a high concentration of antioxidants, they can be found in a wide variety of foods.  You’ll especially find antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, but some are even found in meat, poultry, and whole grains. Avoid Processed Foods If you eat a diet that consists of foods that aren’t processed including fruits, veggies, lean meats, dairy products, and whole grains you’ll be in the best shape. Processed foods, on the other hand, contain little or no nutrition and often are high in calories from sugar, salt, and fat.  You’ll want to avoid eating processed foods as much as possible.  Processed foods contain: White flour White sugar Trans fats Artificial colors Artificial flavors Preservatives Artificial sweeteners These are all things you’ll want to avoid in order to slow down the aging process. These foods cause your body to experience inflammation, which is responsible...

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Reduce Blemished Skin with These Basic Skin Care Tips

Reduce Blemished Skin with These Basic Skin Care Tips

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When you have blemished skin, it can really do a number on your self-esteem.  It’s not easy to look at yourself in the mirror without feeling frustrated and just wanting the problems to go away. And while there’s no magic cure for blemished skin, there are things you can do to help reduce blemishes from acne. There are several different types of blemishes in this category including pimples, cysts, and blackheads. Reduce Blemished Skin Some basic skin care tips can help you to reduce blemished skin and improve the quality of your skin overall.  Let’s take a look at some simple ways you can see better skin when you look in the mirror. Gentle Cleansing Because acne is associated with oily skin, many people use harsh cleansers to try to dry out the oil.  In actuality, this does the opposite of what you want it to do.  When you over dry your skin, it actually stimulates it to produce more oil. And as you develop dry skin, your skin begins to flake and the dead cells can actually become debris that clogs your pores even further.  This can actually make an acne problem worse. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t cleanse it – just that you should make sure to use the proper type of cleanser.  Look for cleansers that are free from alcohol which can dry the skin. Look for cleansers that are free from sulfates and labeled alcohol-free.  These are going to be less harsh and keep you from developing flaky, dry skin.  You should also look fro cleansers labeled for sensitive skin that don’t contain harsh fragrances. It’s important to wash away oils and dirt from the day, including makeup.  Make sure to cleanse your skin in the morning when you wake up and again before you go to bed.  Use a clean washcloth and make sure that you get all of your makeup removed. Keep Skin Moist Often people with oily skin or acne think that moisturizing your skin is going to make it worse.  However, with proper cleansing and the right moisturizer, your skin will actually benefit from adding it to your skin. The key is to use moisturizers that are oil-free.  You need to keep your skin from drying out, but you don’t want to add products to your skin that will clog your pores and cause acne to develop. When you don’t add...

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Why You Should Treat Facial Skin Differently Than Body Skin

Why You Should Treat Facial Skin Differently Than Body Skin

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Do you use the same products on your face that you do on the rest of your body? If so, you are probably not aware of what it is doing to your skin. Different areas of your skin should be treated differently, as each area has unique characteristics that require special attention. Most areas of our skin are made up of three layers: the epidermis (the outer-most layer), the dermis (the middle layer) and sebaceous glands (where sebum, or the production of oils, occur). The two exceptions – soles of feet and palms of hands – lack sebaceous glands and should therefore be treated differently than all other areas of our skin.  And just as our hands and feet require a special regimen, our facial skin must be cared for differently than our body skin. The products we use on these separate areas should cater specifically to the needs of each, individually. Therefore, a heavy hand cream should not be used on the body and a body butter should not be used on the face – simple fact: just like skin differs amongst people, it also differs from place to place on our own bodies. Several factors contribute to the differences in skin care needs each area requires: The Environment: What area of our skin is constantly being exposed to sunlight, air pollutants, and let’s not forget…our hands? If you answered, “Face,” you’re right! Lucky for our arms, legs, feet, stomachs and backs, they get protection most days out of the year. Our face on the other hand, does not have this luxury and is therefore, the first to succumb to these harmful environmental effects.  Other environmental factors such as smoking, excessive drinking and those that hasten fatigue and stress, can also contribute heavily to skin conditions such as premature aging and acne. Epidermal Thickness: The thicker the epidermis, the heavier and harsher a treatment it can endure. Our palms and soles are the thickest area of our skin, followed by our body and finally, our face.  Our facial epidermis is approximately 0.48 mm thinner than our body epidermis. In comparison to our body skin regimen, our facial cleansers and moisturizers require a much lighter and gentler product. Sebaceous Activity: I’m willing to bet that anyone who reads this has probably heard of (and likely detests), the “T-zone.” Why? Because it’s evil! Only kidding — but in all actuality,...

Carrier Oil Benefits for Aging Skin 00

Carrier Oil Benefits for Aging Skin

Carrier Oil Benefits for Aging Skin

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Carrier oils, also called base oils are plant or vegetable oils that are commonly used to carry the benefits of essential oils and other ingredients into the layers of skin.  Carrier oils tend to be better suited for certain skin types, and this article will discuss the top  carrier oils that are best for mature/aging skin. Avocado Avocado oil is an excellent carrier oil because it is easily absorbed by and penetrates deep into the skin. It has been shown to significantly increase the amount of collagen, which provides the skin’s structural foundation.  Avocado oil contains a high amount of sterolins which are known to reduce sun/age spots and help to heal scar tissue. It is a thick and heavy oil, so it is best used in conjunction with lighter feeling oils in products. Borage Borage oil is a perfect choice for dry, mature skin. It is rich in the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, which helps to maintain and replenish moisture in the skin. Additional essential fatty acids help keep cell membranes flexible and slow water loss from skin cells. It also contains tannins, which provide a skin tightening and toning effect. Borage oil also promotes the production ofprostaglandin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that helps calm irritated skin. Evening Primrose Evening primrose oil is extremely high in linoleic acid, which is scientifically proven to be a very effective antioxidant. This means evening primrose helps to destroy free radicals, and protects skin against free radicals’ damaging effects.  Evening primrose oil helps stimulate the production of collagen and boosts new cell formation.  It is a good moisturizer, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Rosehip Seed Rosehip seed oil is a potent oil for mature skin as it works to fight the signs of aging in a number of ways. It is a natural source of both vitamin C and retinols, so it has powerful antioxidant properties, helping to protect against free radicals. It moisturizes and repairs tough, dry skin. It has been proven to increase cell turnover, which helps to fade age spots, scars, UV damage and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.  Rosehip seed oil absorbs easily and penetrates deep into the skin to hydrate and moisturize. It can be used directly from the bottle as a moisturizer. Look for anti-aging products that contain one or more of these carrier oils to best soothe, treat and protect aging...

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Anti Aging Tips For Vibrant And Young Looking Skin

Anti Aging Tips For Vibrant And Young Looking Skin

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Preventing and treating wrinkles requires work both on the inside and outside of our bodies.  Our skin is our largest organ, and is easily affected by the nutrients (or lack of nutrients) we put into our system as well as the things such as pollution and UV rays that we expose the outside of our bodies to. Therefore, it requires both internal and external effort to get the smooth, healthy skin we’re looking for. Here are some anti aging tips to help you look your best. Be as aware of what goes in your body as what you put on your body. This means to eat plenty of fruits and leafy greens. The antioxidants in these foods help to strengthen skin tissue. Also eat foods high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, like salmon, olive oil and flax seeds. You can also take fish oil supplements if your diet is lacking in the omega fatty acids. This will help protect the top layer of skin that holds moisture in and prevents dry skin. Also reduce your intake of sugar and processed foods. These cause inflammation, which is a disruption in the normal production of skin cells. Drink plenty of water. At least 6-8 full glasses per day, preferably more. This keeps skin hydrated from the inside out and results in a supple appearance. Reduce sun exposure.  Ultra-violet (UV) rays are the biggest contributing factor to aging skin. Sun causes our skin to lose collagen and elastin, which are the foundational structures of skin cells. This leads to saggy, wrinkled and dry skin. UV exposure also leads to sun spots and creates rough skin. Use anti-aging skin care products. Look for products that contain additional antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E. These help to protect against the damaging effects of free radicals. Also look for other proven anti-aging ingredients including peptides, hyaluronic acid, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and alpha hydroxy acids.  If they contain carrier or essential oils that have been shown to benefit aging skin, that’s a bonus as well. Consistently follow a good skin care regimen.  If you want to see the best results, then you need to properly care for your skin with your high quality anti-aging skin care products. Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day. Be sure to apply your anti-aging serum and any other targeted treatments daily as well. Once a week use a gentle...

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Can You Stop Wrinkles and Fine Lines from Forming?

Can You Stop Wrinkles and Fine Lines from Forming?

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Our culture places a high priority on maintaining a youthful glow, and praises those who have smooth, even skin, whether it has been obtained naturally by eating well and taking care of themselves or by not-so-natural means, like cosmetic surgery or Botox. Not taking genetics and family history into account, a question most want to know is ‘Can You Stop Wrinkles and Fine Lines from Forming?’ The often-disappointing answer that most don’t like to hear is no. Everyone will at some point develop wrinkles and  fine lines as they age – it is simply a natural part of aging. Wrinkles and fine lines will develop, and will become more evident over time as the strength and elasticity of skin naturally breaks down with age. The good news, however, is that there are things we can do to help slow the aging process down. Eat right – eating a healthy, balanced diet can be an excellent first step to beautiful skin. Taking in the proper nourishment, including omega fatty acids and healthy fats help our bodies run more efficiently, which in turn promotes proper circulation, meaning blood can travel to the skin layers to promote the generation of healthy new skin cells. Drink right – 6-8 glasses of water a day are recommended. Reduce or cut out completely high sugar drinks such as soda and wine. Replace these with herbal tea to provide further benefit to your body. Get a limited amount of sun exposure – sunlight is an important source of vitamin D, so we do need some sun exposure. The problem is that we often get too much sun. The more sun exposure one’s skin has, the faster it will age. Go for a healthy balance – wear protective clothing including hats and sunglasses, and use sufficient amounts of sunscreen that is reapplied regularly. Get plenty of sleep – this may be anecdotal, but many experts say that getting at least 7 hours of quality sleep each night can contribute to having better skin, along with better physical and mental health. Quit smoking – do this not just for the health benefits, but also to reduce the puckering of the lips around a cigarette that lead to those deep lines around the mouth. Quitting smoking will also greatly improve blood circulation, so more of the vital nutrients in blood can reach developing skin cells and promote healthy cell...

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How do Anti-Aging Creams Compare to Serums

How do Anti-Aging Creams Compare to Serums

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The anti-aging products market is an enormous industry, as we all try to recapture the dewy, youthful skin of years gone by.  There are specialized cleansers, moisturizers, creams, serums and targeted treatments all available for us to choose from to fight the dreaded signs of aging. For the longest time, anti-aging creams were the standard – a formula based on tried and true moisturizers that have additional anti-aging ingredients added. Anti-Aging Creams But now serums are making a mark on the industry. Initially used only by aestheticians and dermatologists for advanced skin care, they’re now available for our daily use at home and claim to give faster more visible results than creams. What are the differences between anti aging creams and serums, and which is the best choice for you? Creams are soothing, rich and designed to provide the extra moisture that aging, sun exposure and environmental toxins have stolen from the skin over time. Today’s anti-aging creams are specially designed for the face and neck. Creams also come in formulas that are suitable for each skin type. Choosing a cream for your skin is very important. Retinal, which is a vitamin A derivative is an excellent anti-aging ingredient. This is found in anti-aging creams at all price points. Vitamins C and E Vitamin E are also popular antioxidants in anti-aging creams. Cream moisturizers for day-wear need to have a high sun protection factor (SPF), while night creams don’t need this feature. Anti-Aging Serums Serums are a more liquid consistency, pumped out of a tube and applied to the face and neck. As with anti-aging creams, the key ingredients in most serums are Retinal (Vitamin A) and peptides. It’s the delivery of peptides that are rapidly absorbed into the skin that gives the noticeable changes. Peptides act on the collagen levels, which make the skin appear fuller and cause wrinkles to be less visible. Many serums contain specialized ingredients such as argireline, which works on the skin much like Botox does, but without the toxins. Argireline relaxes the muscles, which smooths out wrinkles. Serums with high concentrations of this argireline claim up to a25% reduction in fine line and wrinkles after 30 days of continuous use. It is also said to reverse the effects of sun damage on the skin. A drawback to serums is that you must use them daily to see the best results, as this is...

How Your Skin Changes Throughout The Years 00

How Your Skin Changes Throughout The Years

How Your Skin Changes Throughout The Years

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As you age, you’ll notice you go through a number of skin changes. Thankfully, by using natural products and taking care of your skin you can help your skin look radiant, no matter how young or old you are! The teen years can be some of the most distressing times with skin problems. Hormones can cause skin sensitivity, redness and of course, the thing that teens everywhere worry about, breakouts.  Clear, smooth skin seems to break out overnight and can be the cause of great angst as a teen. Moving from the teenage years to the early 20’s most people notice improvements and fewer breakouts. While protection from the sun and moisturizing is still very important during these years, most won’t need specialty products for issues like wrinkles in their 20s. As you move into your 30’s, you may notice some wrinkles and laugh lines may start to appear. If you’ve had a lot of sun exposure in your youth, sun/age spots may pop up as well. Hormonal changes due to pregnancy may cause a resurgence of breakouts and more oily skin, with some experiencing rather dry skin after giving birth. Gravity starts to be more evident in your 40’s and beyond and facial skin can sag, especially around the eyes, jawline and neck. Facial skin becomes thinner as we age as well, and so problems such as wrinkles, age spots, broken blood vessels, etc. seem even more pronounced. These age-related skin changes aren’t guaranteed, though. For instance, with proper nutrition, hydration and using natural facial care products you can keep your skin looking plump, soft and smooth even longer. Just because you may be a certain age, there’s no reason your skin has to appear aged, and you don’t need to undergo a surgeon’s knife to keep your youthful appearance! The earlier you begin to look after your skin the better condition that it will be later in...

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Healthy Skin Care in 4 Easy Steps

Healthy Skin Care in 4 Easy Steps

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There are four basic steps that must be taken for healthy skin care: cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting. It is important to address each step so that your skin is cared for properly and so that it looks and feels as healthy as possible. There are other specialty steps that you can take if you have specific concerns like crow’s feet or age spots, but those will be discussed in another article. Healthy Skin Care Steps: The first step is cleansing your skin. This is an important foundation step because if your skin is not clean, your pores can become clogged, which can lead to pimples.  Choose a gentle cleanser made for your skin type that won’t strip your skin and leave it dry. You can use cream based cleansers, liquid soaps, handmade bar soap (which is much more gentle than store-bought ‘detergent bars’. You can even use oil to clean your face. Yes, oil! As strange as that might sound, many people use oils like rice bran or olive oil to clean their face. Cleaning helps to dissolve makeup, remove dirt, oil and grime that can build up on your face throughout the day. Be sure to clean your face at night before bed, so you don’t have all that dirt sitting on your skin and clogging pores during the night.  Some people, especially those with oily skin may opt to also clean their face in the morning. To clean your face, gently massage the skin in small, circular and upward motions. Cleanse both your face and your neck. Do not rub too hard, and do not tug on your skin. Rinse with warm, not hot water, and gently pat your skin dry. Remember that the skin on your face is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body, so be sure to treat it gently. The second step is toning. Toner helps to balance the pH of your skin and remove any last traces of makeup and dirt.  Put a little toner onto a cotton ball and gently swipe across your face, avoiding the eyes. The next step is moisturizing. A moisturizer helps to soften and soothe your skin and replace natural oils that are removed from the cleansing step. They also help to lock moisture into your skin. To apply moisturizer, take a small amount and gently massage into skin using gentle, upward...

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What Causes Wrinkles and How to Help Prevent Them

What Causes Wrinkles and How to Help Prevent Them

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Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, although that doesn’t necessarily make them welcome in our lives. The earlier we start to wrinkle, or the more pronounced the wrinkles are, the older we look. We’re quick to seek miracle cures or consider cosmetic surgery, but do we even know how wrinkles develop? Could knowing what causes wrinkles be the key to preventing them in the first place? The dictionary defines a wrinkle as ‘a slight line or fold in something, especially fabric or the skin of the face’. This ridge where the skin is no longer flat is a result of a number of factors, which include genetics, smoking, sun damage, dehydration, and lack of nutrients. The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, which is the outermost layer that we can see, the dermis, which is the middle layer, and the subcutaneous layer, which is the innermost layer. Throughout our youth, our skin is plump, firm and has a healthy glow. Over time, our dermis loses collagen, which are proteins that keep cells plump and healthy. It also decreases in elastin, which are fibers that give skin its elasticity. This leads to the thinning of skin, and makes it harder for the body’s moisture to reach the epidermis. The fatty subcutaneous layer also decreases, which means the support structure for skin cells begins to sag and droop. So the innermost layer does not provide support, and the next layer up, the dermis, doesn’t have the ability to stretch and stay taut, so the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis will naturally fall prey to gravity and cave into the area in which there is no support structure. The combination of these factors lead to the development of wrinkles. There are additional factors that lead to the development of wrinkles: Smoking – smoking decreases blood circulation, which reduces the amount of blood that goes to the skin. Sun damage – UV exposure causes inflammation, which is an inability for a cell to function properly. Sun damage is the #1 cause of accelerated skin aging. Repeated sun exposure can lead not only wrinkles, but also sun spots and skin cancer. Poor diet and lack of water – not eating right or drinking enough water won’t allow proper nutrients to get to skin cells, so they are unable to replenish and protect themselves from damaging free radicals....

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How Your Living Environment Effects Your Aging

How Your Living Environment Effects Your Aging

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The environment in which you live and work in has a considerable affect on the condition of your skin (and other aspects of your health) that determines how well you will age.  Living in a harsh environment places additional stress on your skin. As the sun and the weather causes damage, it also tends to make a person age faster than someone who is protected from the elements. Living in a sunny climate might feel good, but it can wreak havoc on your skin. Overexposure to the sun can dry out the skin, making it appear leathery and dry. This type of skin often looks much older than it actually is.  We’ve all seen people who have been “sun worshipers” and spent way too much time outside without skin protection. They tend to look old and wrinkly much earlier, despite their skin being dark and tan. This alone is all the more reason to remain hydrated and use sunscreen and moisturizers to protect the skin against aging. People who live in colder climates and spend more time indoors will be less likely to have dry, leathery skin, unless they visit tanning beds. However, indoor air can be quite dry as well, which can lead to dry, itchy skin. It’s important to stay hydrated and moisturized when living in a colder climate, but especially when going outside, where cold temperatures and wind can lead to chapped, dry skin and lips. If you live and/or work in a highly polluted environment or one where you’re exposed to smoke, this can also cause a variety of skin problems. Your skin can become clogged, leading to breakouts and making the skin appear dull. If you’re a smoker yourself, the poor circulation that comes from smoking can lead to blotchy, uneven skin, among other complications. Regardless of the type of environment in which you live and work, it is important to take good care of your skin by eating well, drinking a lot of water, cleaning, toning, exfoliating with gentle products and using a moisturizer that’s made for your skin type. Avoid excessive UV ray exposure and stay away from polluted areas. If you smoke, then stop immediately. These tips will help you combat the effects that your environment can have on your...

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How to Treat Dry Skin Naturally

How to Treat Dry Skin Naturally

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Dry skin can be frustrating and difficult to deal with, trying to find the right products or treatments to combat the tight, flaky skin. Try these natural ingredients and tips to combat dryness and help transform dry skin to soft, smooth, and radiant. Dry skin is caused by a lack of production of sebum, or oil, which is the skins’ natural moisturizer. The lack of sebum decreases the skin’s ability to retain moisture, so dry skin is often dehydrated as well. Dry skin often appears delicate, with fine, small pores. It can develop unsightly flaky or ashy patches that can peel. Dry skin can be triggered by menopause or other hormonal changes. This type of skin needs a lot of moisturizers and protection. Tips to help with dry skin: Bathe less often. Sometimes bathing every other day can alleviate dry skin. Use warm, not hot water in the shower or bath. Use mild cleansers instead of harsh, drying ‘detergent bars’. Use moisturizers regularly. Natural Ingredients May Also Help Look for products with the following ingredients, as they may help combat dry skin: Humectants – these ingredients attract moisture from the air, draw it to the skin and ‘lock’ the moisture into the skin. Examples of humectants include: Vegetable glycerin Honey – try making a simple honey facial mask once per week to gently exfoliate flaky skin while also moisturizing. Vegetable oils – examples of vegetable oils that are beneficial to dry skin include: Avocado oil Rice Bran oil Argan oil Olive oil Rose Hip Seed oil Coconut oil Butters – these natural butters help to restore moisture deep into the skin and lay a protective barrier down on top of the skin to help moisture from escaping. Examples include: Shea butter Cocoa butter Essential Oils – these are essences taken from plants, flowers, roots, trees spices, citrus fruits, etc. Examples of essential oils used in formulas to combat dry skin include: Jasmine Neroli (Orange Blossom) Chamomile (both Roman Chamomile and German Chamomile) Rose Otto Lavender Sandalwood Geranium Though it can be difficult to find products that work effectively on dry skin, this article has provided a number of tips and natural ingredients to try in your efforts to combat ashy, flaky and dry skin. Reading the ingredient listing on products or making your own skin care products to include the ingredients listed above may be an easy way to...

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Top 5 Vitamins to Help Improve Your Aging Skin

Top 5 Vitamins to Help Improve Your Aging Skin

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We often hear about the vitamins we should be taking or getting through the food we eat, but what about the vitamins that we should put on our skin? Scientific studies have proven a number of vitamins to be very helpful in fighting signs of aging when applied topically (directly onto the skin). This article discusses five of the top vitamins used in age fighting skin care: vitamins A, B3, C, E and K. Vitaman A A powerhouse when it comes to anti-aging ingredients.  Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to be the only chemical capable of reprogramming a skin cell that has already been changed or damaged.  This means that using products containing vitamin A can not only protect against future skin damage, but it can normalize the skin’s function and correct existing sun and age spots! Vitamin A derivatives are antioxidants, and they work to counteract damage caused to the skin by free radicals.  So when vitamin A is applied to the skin, it helps to create healthier cells while stimulating collagen production which leads to firmer, stronger and smoother skin. It increases blood flow and circulation, which leads to a more even skin tone. Vitamin B3 Also called niacinamide or nicotinamide. Niacinamide has been shown to be effective and well tolerated by all skin types.  For aging skin, vitamin B3 is beneficial in a number of ways: it improves the skin’s moisture barrier, boosts collagen production, strengthens the outermost layer of skin and reverses dark spots. Vitaman C A highly effective antioxidant, fighting off free radicals. It too, stimulates collagen production, which leads to a firm foundation and support structure for the skin. This means less saggy skin to worry about. Studies have also shown that vitamin C can reduce or reverse damage caused by UV exposure, lightening or eliminating the appearance of sun spots on the skin. Dermatologists love vitamin C, as many state that it helps to increase the effectiveness of their in-office treatments, such as skin peels and microdermabrasion. Vitamin C has also been shown to work in tandem with vitamin E to boost sunscreen’s protection factor, so look for products that combine these two vitamins. Vitaman E In addition to being a great partner to vitamin C for sun protection, has certainly earned its nickname, ‘the protector’. It not only protects against free radicals and protects collagen and fibroblasts, but also deeply...

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How Antioxidants Help You Keep Your Youthful Appearance

How Antioxidants Help You Keep Your Youthful Appearance

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As we age, our skin is one of the first things to show the signs of aging. Wrinkles, sagging skin and age or sun spots all reveal our true age or worse yet, make us appear even older than we are! Thankfully, there is a type of ingredient in skincare products that can help minimize or possibly reverse the signs of aging. What is this type of ingredient? Antioxidants. Popular Foods Containing Antioxidants Blueberries Bell Peppers Walnuts Spinach Strawberries Beans Kale Apples Cranberries Prunes Antioxidants are used (among other things) to improve the condition of skin and reduce additional skin damage from occurring. The most popular antioxidants used for skin care are the vitamins A, C and E. Scientific studies have shown that antioxidants help to reduce the signs of aging and in some cases, even reverse some of the damage that has already occurred. Sun damaged skin in particular has been shown to improve when antioxidants have been applied directly to the affected area. Antioxidants work by attacking free radicals, which are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd number of electrons that can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Free radicals can damage cells, and cause the cells to work ineffectively or die. Antioxidants protect skin cells by attacking these free radicals. Some powerful ingredients to look for in anti-aging skin care products include green tea extract or grape seed extract. Green tea has been shown to reduce the size of pre-cancerous skin lesions due to one of its active ingredients, catechins. Grape seed extract has shown to reduce inflammation of the skin and in addition it helps to strengthen blood vessels, which helps with the circulation of blood. Grape seed extract is twenty times stronger than vitamin C and fifty times stronger than vitamin A. Because of these properties, grape seed extract is a popular inclusion in many skin care products. It is possible to look younger than your years and keep a healthy, youthful appearance until your older years. Eat right (including foods high in antioxidants), exercise, and take care of your skin by using antioxidant-containing skincare...

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Give Yourself a Facial Massage for Anti Aging Benefits

Give Yourself a Facial Massage for Anti Aging Benefits

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One alternative to cosmetic surgery for toning and soothing dry, wrinkled and saggy skin is facial massage.  A massage not only applies skin-nourishing oils and essential oils to help hydrate and replenish skin, it also stimulates circulation and helps detoxify the skin. You can give yourself a facial massage or you can have a partner help You will need approximately 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil that is suited for your skin type. Jojoba is good for all skin types, and evening primrose oil combined with jojoba is an excellent base for facial massage.  Add to this oil 3 drops of essential oil: carrot seed, geranium, patchouli and neroli are all excellent anti-aging essential oils. First, cleanse and tone your face. This removes all impurities and will allow the benefits of the oils to absorb into the skin. Then place a few drops of oil onto your fingertips and proceed with the following facial massage movements: Hold your fingertips at your jawline. Using a sweeping, upward motion, draw your fingers up to your forehead. Be sure to avoid your eyes. Use gentle pressure, and do not tug or pull on the skin. Repeat this movement several times, always working in an upward motion. Then apply more oil to your fingertips and place the fingers of both hands in the center of the forehead. Draw your hands outward toward the temples. Use more pressure than you did in the first massage. Repeat this move several times, keeping pressure firm but not so hard that it pulls on the skin. Next, place your fingertips on either side of the nose, using more oil on the fingertips if needed. Following the cheek bones, run your fingers across the cheek bones up and out to the temples. Do not use as much pressure as you did with the forehead massage. Repeat this move several times. Finally, finish up with the original movement of gentle, sweeping strokes from the jawline to the forehead. Repeat this three times, using less and less pressure each time. Take some deep breaths and continue relaxing for a few moments before continuing with your day. Facial massage is a quick, easy pampering treatment with potent anti-aging benefits that anyone can do in the comfort of their own home. Try facial massage for a few weeks and see the difference that it can...

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Feel Younger and Look Great with These 4 Facial Exercises

Feel Younger and Look Great with These 4 Facial Exercises

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One of the biggest signs of aging is saggy, drooping skin. It is a natural part of the aging process, but it is one that can be quite distressing and often leads people to consider cosmetic surgery to correct the sagging skin. It can, however, be fairly easy to help ward off this natural sign of aging, just by exercising the face and neck for a few short minutes on a daily basis.  Follow a basic facial muscle exercise program and it can help keep the facial muscles taut and toned. Of course, this is not foolproof, but can certainly help keep the signs of aging at bay. Complete these facial exercises in addition to using quality anti-aging skin care products each day. Sit upright with your eyes open. Pull the eyebrows and facial muscles up and back. It should have the affect of pulling your ears back as well. Hold to the count of five and then slowly release.  Repeat this move ten times. Sit upright looking straight ahead with your eyes open. Look up as far as you can without moving your head. Then look down, all while keeping your head still. Repeat ten times. Sit upright and lean your head back until you’re looking at the ceiling. Keep your shoulders and head relaxed. Pucker your lips as much as you can, as though you’re trying to kiss the ceiling. Hold for 5 seconds, then bring your lips back into the widest smile you can make. Hold this for 5 seconds. Relax, then bring your head back into an upright position. Repeat 5 times. Finally, a simple and easy exercise is just to smile more often, the bigger, the better! Get the muscles around the mouth used to moving upwards in a smile instead of down in a frown and not only will you feel better but your muscles will be strengthened against drooping...