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Skin Care Basics – How to Properly Care for Your Skin 00

Skin Care Basics – How to Properly Care for Your Skin

Skin Care Basics – How to Properly Care for Your Skin

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The three basic steps in your skin care routine are cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Depending on other skin concerns like blemishes or crow’s feet you may have a few additional steps to take but these are the three skin care basics you should follow twice per day. But how do you follow each step? Our facial skin is thinner and more sensitive than the skin on the rest of our body, so you must take care not to tug or pull too hard in order to avoid damaging our facial skin.   3 Skin Care Basics   Cleansing When cleansing, use a gentle, natural cleanser that easily cleans away dirt and grime without stripping the skin of natural oils. Apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and neck with light, circular strokes. Gently massage into the skin in an upward motion. Don’t pull down or tug on the skin. Rinse with warm, not hot water and pat your skin dry. Toning Next, apply toner to a cotton ball and gently swipe across your face to remove any makeup or dirt that the cleanser missed. Again, go in gentle, upward strokes, avoiding the eyes. Moisturizing Finally, select a moisturizer that is right for your skin: oil free for oily or combination skin, or a heavier, hydrating cream for dry skin. Take a small amount and, just like with the other steps, massage into your face and neck using gentle, upward strokes. If you apply a targeted treatment such as eye serum or blemish cream, gently dab it on with your third (ring) finger, as that is the weakest finger on your hand. Using that finger will ensure that you’re applying products with as little pressure as possible, especially around the delicate eye area. Just remember to sweep up and out when applying anything to your face – don’t help gravity by pulling down on your skin. Following the three skin care basics by treating your skin gently while you clean, tone and moisturize will help to ensure that you won’t be doing any damage to your face during your skin care...

Anti Aging Treatments by Skin Type 00

Anti Aging Treatments by Skin Type

Anti Aging Treatments by Skin Type

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We are each born with (some may say blessed or cursed with) different skin types. Walk down any aisle of a boutique and you’ll see shelves of anti aging treatments designed for skin types you’ve never even heard of! It is easy to get confused and overwhelmed. In this article we’ll give an overview of the types of skin types so you can assess which type you have and then get to focusing on what you need to do to help fight the signs of aging. Normal Skin This seems to be the skin type that many wish they had.  If your pores are small, your skin appears smooth, has a nice glow to it and is balanced between not too dry and not too oily, then you likely have normal skin. The purpose of anti-aging treatments with normal skin is to preserve the normalcy of the skin as long as possible. Avoid harsh chemicals that may lead to skin sensitivity, and be sure to use products with antioxidants to keep skin protected from free radicals. Oily Skin Oily skin appears to have an oily sheen, pores are enlarged, and blackheads and/or pimples are common.  For oily skin, serums can be preferred over heavy moisturizing creams. Look for serums with vitamin C, as this powerful antioxidant goes to work on brightening dull skin.  Retinol is a great ingredient to use because it accelerates cell turnover, which prevents pores from getting clogged from dead skin cells sticking to the skin’s surface. It treats acne while also fighting the signs of aging. Vitamin B3, or niacinamide can also be used to improve skin’s elasticity while reducing the appearance of blotchy skin. Combination Skin This is when skin appears to be a combination of normal or dry in some areas and oily in others, such as across the forehead, nose and chin. You may need to use different products in the different regions of your skin: moisturizing for dry areas and products that absorb oil while avoiding clogged pores in the oily/acne prone areas of your face. Look for products in the Oily Skin category above for that area of your face. Dry Skin Dry skin has pores that are almost invisible, with a complexion that is dull, dry, rough and flaky. Fine lines and wrinkles really stand out with dry skin. Moisturizing is key for dry, aging skin. Look for serums...

Top 5 Essential Oils for Natural Skin Care 00

Top 5 Essential Oils for Natural Skin Care

Top 5 Essential Oils for Natural Skin Care

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Essential oils are the natural plant essences extracted from flowers, leaves, fruits, peel, seeds, bark or roots.  Each essential oil has unique properties and many have been used for centuries to treat everything from burns and rashes to infection. Here are the top 5 essential oils for natural facial care. Essential Oils Clary Sage – Clary Sage is an earthy, herbaceous essential oil that is suitable for all skin types, but is most often used in formulas for oily or combination skin. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help sooth reddened, inflamed skin due to breakouts, while it also balances oil production and tones the skin. Clary Sage is also wonderful for aging skin. It helps with cell regeneration, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Geranium – Geranium is one of the best skin care essential oils, great for all skin types, but especially for oily and aging skin. Geranium has a delicate, rose-like scent that has a soothing effect. It has astringent and antiseptic properties and helps to balance oil production in the skin.  It also helps to smooth wrinkles and calms broken capillaries. Lavender –  Lavender is one of the most well known essential oils, with a soothing, familiar scent.  Though it is a strong antiseptic, it is gentle on the skin.  Lavender was the first essential oil proven to help heal burns and it is noted to regenerate skin tissue. It balances oil, evens out skin tone and does an excellent job of hydrating dry skin.  Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used neat, meaning the oil can be applied directly to the skin, rather than needing to be diluted in a carrier such as olive oil first. Rose – Rose is a great essential oil for skin care not only for its rich scent but also because it has proven to increase skin elasticity and hydration. This means it is great for aging skin as it can help ward off fine lines and wrinkles.  Rose is also good for dry and sensitive skin, as it soothes, protects and locks in moisture. Its high levels of Vitamin C help repair uneven skin tone and Rose essential oil is said to also reduce the appearance of acne scars. Tea Tree –  Tea Tree is one of the strongest essential oils in terms of its antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties. This medicinal smelling...

How to Fight Aging Using Essential Oils 00

How to Fight Aging Using Essential Oils

How to Fight Aging Using Essential Oils

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In the quest for youthful skin, many resort to drastic measures such as Botox or facelifts, perhaps without realizing there are more natural (and less expensive!) ways to treat and protect aging skin and help restore a fresh faced glow without going under the knife. One of these ways is by using essential oils. Essential oils are natural plant essences that are taken directly from the plant, herb, tree, root or resin. There are thousands of essential oils, each with special benefits and properties. Many essential oils are excellent for mature skin, including carrot seed, neroli, palmarosa, patchouli and rose otto. But how do you use these to nourish your skin? The easiest way is to purchase high quality skin care products that include these essential oils and go about your everyday skin care routine.  This ensures you’re getting the benefits of these oils without any additional steps or expense. Another method is facial massage. To do this, add just a few drops of your chosen essential oil(s) to a carrier oil selected for your skin type.  Place a few drops of the carrier oil + essential oil blend onto your fingertips and gently massage into the skin in a circular motion. Always remember to massage in an upward and outward motion. Apply gentle pressure to the temples, across the forehead and from the sides of the nose out towards the cheeks. Facial steams using essential oils are a great way to open up the pores and detoxify the skin. Steaming also assists in the removal of dead skin cells and helps to moisturize the skin. Pour boiling hot water into a bowl and add 5-10 drops of essential oil(s). Place a towel over your head and create a tent over your head, which should be placed near the rim of the bowl, but not too close to the water. The towel helps to capture the steam underneath the tent.  Keep your eyes closed and remain under the tent for 5 minutes. Pat your face dry and let it cool. Then apply toner, anti-aging serum and moisturizer. Finally, another way to use essential oils in the quest for younger skin is to diffuse mood-lifting essential oils such as orange, grapefruit, bergamot or geranium into the air. These essential oils help to reduce stress, and elevate mood. This in turn helps you to relax the forehead and smile more, both...

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How to Determine Your Skin Type

How to Determine Your Skin Type

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Beauty and skin care products are often marketed by the types of skin that they’re best used for – oily skin, dry skin, etc. But how do you know what type of skin you have? It’s important to know the kind of skin you have so that you can buy products that are formulated especially to work on your specific skin concerns.  Below is a list of questions that you can ask yourself to determine which type of skin you have. Dry Skin Are my pores almost invisible? Is my complexion dull? Does my skin feel rough? Does my skin feel tight and dry? Has my skin lost its elasticity? Do wrinkles and fine lines seem to stand out on my face? If you answer yes to most or all of these questions, you likely have dry skin. Normal Skin Does my skin appear smooth? Does my skin have a radiant glow? Is my skin a balance between not too oily and not to dry? Are my pores hardly visible? If your answers are yes, then you’ve likely got normal skin. Oily Skin Do my pores look big? Does my skin look oily/shiny? Do I have blackheads and/or pimples? These are the most common indicators of oily skin. Combination Skin Does my skin appear different in different parts of my face (such as oily across the forehead, nose and chin and normal or dry on the cheeks)? Does my skin look shiny? Do my pores look enlarged? These are signs of combination skin. Note that you may need to use different products and/or treatments on different areas of your face if you have combination skin. Sensitive Skin Does my skin look red or inflamed? Does my skin react to certain ingredients in products? Does my skin itch or burn? Do I have patches of dryness on my face? If you answer yes to most or all of these questions, you likely have sensitive skin.  You may be reacting to an ingredient in your facial care or makeup products.   Try to determine which ingredient(s) are causing you to react and avoid using products that contain that ingredient. Now that you have an idea of the type of skin you have, you can look for products made just for your skin type, to help it look and feel as radiant as...

What You Should Know About the Different Types of Skin 00

What You Should Know About the Different Types of Skin

What You Should Know About the Different Types of Skin

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Knowing what skin type you have is critical to caring for it properly and to keep your skin looking its best.  In this article you will learn about the different skin types so you can easily determine which type of skin you have.  As skin changes over time and as a result of many factors, including age, stress, diet and environment, you may want to refer back to this article again and again to see if your skin type has changed. First up is normal skin.  This skin type is actually pretty rare, especially after puberty.  Young children have ‘normal’ skin, which is easy to recognize by the natural glow and color, softness and plumpness.  This type of skin does not have acne, wrinkles or enlarged pores.  It has good circulation and is even colored and smooth.  Many people long for ‘normal’ skin and use their skin care routines to help their skin take on the appearance of healthy, normal skin. Next is dry skin.  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 oftentimes dry skin is also dehydrated.  Dry skin can be caused by menopause or other hormonal changes.  Dry skin can develop unsightly flaky or ashy patches that can peel. This type of skin needs a lot of moisturizers and protection, as it is easily affected by environmental factors such as sun and wind. Dry skin often looks delicate, with fine, small pores. Oily skin can be easy to recognize, as it can have a shiny appearance and enlarged pores.  Oily skin is caused by excessive sebum production.  It can be accompanied by acne, blackheads and blemishes, but this is not always the case.  It is possible to have oily skin without blemishes. Oily skin can be brought on by over-cleaning, such as scrubbing with harsh cleansers or soaps and using astringents that contain alcohol.  This can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, making skin even more oily than before. Combination skin is the most common skin type. This is found in people of all ages and is characterized by a patchwork of normal, oily and dry skin.  The T-zone, which is across the forehead and down the nose and chin, creating a ‘T’ is oily, and often has blackheads.  The cheeks...

Do You Recognize These Top 4 Signs of Aging? 00

Do You Recognize These Top 4 Signs of Aging?

Do You Recognize These Top 4 Signs of Aging?

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It’s inevitable, we’re going to get older, and along with it, our skin is going to age. This doesn’t mean we have to look our age, though and we don’t have to resort to plastic surgery to have a healthy, youthful glow. Most signs of aging are brought on by lifestyle choices such as smoking, sun bathing and poor diet. This means that we have the opportunity to prevent a lot of premature aging! Thankfully, there are plenty of anti-aging skin care products on the market today that help to repair and even prevent additional skin damage from occurring. This article discusses the top 4 signs of aging. Read on to learn more about the signs of aging you might be experiencing. Fine lines and wrinkles – Over time our skin naturally thins. The levels of collagen, which provide the support foundation for our skin also decrease. Unless we use products that boost collagen production, our skin will continue to thin and wrinkles will become deeper and more pronounced. Saggy skin – another drawback to losing collagen is that our skin starts to sag. Without that support system that collagen provides, skin can’t stay firm and plump. Bags start to form around the eyes, and many start to develop jowls or ‘turkey neck’, which is where the skin of the neck becomes saggy and wrinkled like the neck of a turkey.  It can be difficult to remedy saggy skin on the neck without cosmetic surgery, so it is best to regularly use firming and collagen producing products on your face and neck even before the sagging becomes noticeable in order to keep the sagging at bay. Age and/or sun spots – A direct result of too much skin exposure, sun or age spots start as small, lightly discolored splotches on our skin – typically on noses, cheeks, forehead and the tops of the ears – all places that are prone to repeated sunburn and peeling. They may start out as small and barely noticeable, but with continued exposure to UV rays, they can grow, darken and become quite unattractive.  Be sure to use sunscreen daily and also treat sun spots with products high in antioxidants as they can help with cell turnover and also prevent pigment from attaching to cells, which helps keep the sun spots from getting darker. Blotchy, uneven skin tone – This is when parts of...