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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Different Skin Types and Their Care

1. Dry skin

To avoid any sort of skin problem, one should drink at least eight to ten glasses of water a day to keep dry skin well hydrated. Along with it, eat a high quality healthy diet rich in fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables; get some exercise and the secret 8-hour sleep daily to get a healthy skin.

Home remedies for dry skin :

– Do not expose yourself to sun too much, as well as to too much air conditioning.

– Reduce how often you wash your face to maximum two times a day, and if possible use slightly tepid water.

– Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they cause dehydration. Also do not smoke, as smoking deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients making it dry and flaky.

– Avoid using a commercial highly perfumed soap. Instead, use non-detergent, neutral-pH products to cleanse your skin.

– Massage your face every night before sleeping with a good hydrating moisturizer, and be generous in the areas surrounding the eyes.

– For cracked skin on fingers and feet, use a cream rich in vitamin E and aloe vera. Massage in well.

2. Oily skin

Oily skin is the least vulnerable, and it ages least of all. The best thing to do is to take measures to keep the skin pores from being clogged and forming acne.

– Follow strictly the experts’ advice – clean your face two to three times daily with a good medicated soap, one, which works well with your skin.

– It is best to use water based non-comedogenic product that effortlessly and effectively dissolves sebum.

– Use an oil free moisturizer to maintain a shine free complexion. It will also help if you use tepid water to clean face as it loosens the dirt easily.

– Before applying make-up, use an antiseptic day cream which contains benzyl peroxide as it reduces sebaceous secretions.

Home remedies for oily skin :

– Cucumber juice works great on oily skin. Before applying make-up, rub it on the excessively oily parts of your face and dry it thoroughly.

– It is very important that you definitely remove all make up before going to bed. Gram flour mixed with curd acts as an effective cleansing milk which cleans open pores.

– Be cautious about your diet if you have an oily skin! Go for a protein rich diet, but restricted in sugar and salt. Take plenty of leafy green vegetables and fresh fruits. Cut down on animal fat, fatty foods, alcohol and junk food.

– It is advised that you reduce consumption of iodized salt.

– Do not miss out on the 8-10 glasses of water daily to keep the skin hydrated and to flush out toxins.

– Exercise is also a must. Exercise works magical on any skin as it boosts circulation, encourages blood flow, and cleans the skin from within.

3. Sensitive skin

This is a very unpredictable skin type, and one needs to be extra cautious while dealing with it. Almost anything and everything can react to it.

– It is always advised to use the simplest and purest products – colour free, alcohol free, fragrance free and preservatives – a complete no-no.

– If using any new cosmetic, it is very important that you patch test it on your skin three to four times initially. The best parts are small areas like behind your ear or on hands. Go for it only if there is no skin reaction.

– Limit exposure to sun. While going out it is important to use a sun block because sensitive skin can easily get discoloured or age spots may appear. Use a sunscreen with only physical ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which deflects the UV rays rather than absorb them.

– Try to use only natural or homemade products – they are best. Fresh and natural!!

– If you have sensitive skin, keep skin clean always. Wash your face maximum twice a day with a natural pH balanced cleanser.

– If going to a party, use only those cosmetics, which are hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic.

– Always use cosmetics that do not contain many ingredients. The more the number of ingredients, the more the probability of it causing a reaction.

– Do not forget to drink plenty of water to detox for making your skin glow.

– Eat a well balanced diet that includes fresh fruits, green vegetables and nuts.

– Daily exercise to get that radiant glow from inside

– While washing face, avoid steam or very hot water. Hot baths and steams lead to broken capillaries.

Essential Foods that Will Help You Achieve Beautiful Skin

Fish – Overall, fish is a much better food then most meats and poultry as it is low in saturated fats and rich in nutrients and minerals, and contains high levels of mega three fatty acids – awesome for the skin.

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is essential for protecting your skin against the effects of aging and the environment. Eat lost of Kale, broccoli, spinach, squash and carrots for a healthy dose of vitamin A.

Flaxseeds – Another great source of omega-3 is found in flaxseeds. You can ground flaxseeds and eat them with yogurt or cereal – great way to start the day.

Vitamin E – Try eating more hazelnuts and almonds to get your source of vitamin E, which will help clean out toxins and protect the skin against free radicals.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C can be found in many fruits and vegetables, but can also be purchase as a supplement in the form of ascorbic acid. There are so many health benefits to vitamin c, but one of the main ones is healthier skin. There is a lot of evidence to suggest is helps decrease wrinkles and fine lines.

You will also want to take up a daily skin care routine with high quality products.

Skin Care Guide for Men

### Liquids
The reason you’re feeling so groggy first thing in the morning is that your body is trying to flush out that half a keg of beer you triumphantly managed to get down your gullet – and your body needs 8 parts of water for every 1 part of alcohol to do this successfully.

Whilst on your night out try and alternate every 2 beers / drinks with a tall glass of water (either still or sparkling will do) this will lessen the severity the ‘morning after’ plus it will help flush out the alcohol and any other toxins. First thing in the morning try and drink a sports drink, preferably one that contains electrolytes as this will both quench your thirst and replenish lost nutrients.

** TIP **
Substitute caffeine (i.e. coffee and energy drinks) with pure apple or cranberry juice. Coffee is a diuretic and will, albeit give you a short lived boost, have you visiting the bathroom (and losing liquids) more often than both your Grandparents combined.

### Hydrating Clay Mask
To regain vital moisture and nutrients lost, plus get back that fresh looking face – use a clay based facial mask. Apply the clay mask before breakfast, this will not only hydrate your skin but clear up any blotchiness and uneven tones, and in all your “maskliness” will guarantee you as the topic of conversation around the breakfast table. Leave the mask on for around 20-30 mins (or until completely dry), then remove with warm water and pat dry with a towel. Your skin will now feel smooth, supple and soft.

** TRY **
Murad Hydrating Gel Mask

### Wash, shave, tone and moisturise

1. Wash
Using a face wash such as Lab Series For Men Multi-Action Face Wash, with its super-foaming cream cleanser and gentle exfoliating beads will leave your face glowing and free from grime and impurities.

2. Shave
With your skin feeling slightly tender, if possible use an electric shaver versus its razor counterpart, as they can strip many layers of skin and leave your skin feeling very sensitive and may cause unnecessary redness.

3. Tone
Toners and astringents are great solutions to improve skin tone (even colour) plus reduce the size of pores. Apply a small amount of the toner evenly using cotton wool / pads and covering the entire face. Have a look at Murad Clarifying Toner 150ml a great toner (containing glycolic acid).

4. Moisturise
When it comes to a moisturiser make sure you choose one that is non-greasy, easily absorbed, and contains at least an SPF 8, like Zirh Defend – Facial Moisturiser (to prevent premature aging and protect the skin). An additional ingredient to look out for, that is highly beneficial to your skin, is glycolic acid (found in sugar cane) which is a natural exfoliant and moisturiser. Apply a small amount of moisturiser and evenly spread to cover your entire face, using gentle circular motions to rub it in.

### – Puffy Eyes
Only a few hours of sleep will leave your eyes puffy, tired and bearing an uncanny resemblance to Fester from the Adams Family. After moisturising, apply a small amount of Skin Doctors Instant Eyelift which will, as the name suggests, instantly lift away the signs of aging, tired and puffy eyes.

### – Conceal
The final step to ensure completely healthy looking and even toned skin is to use a light concealer. This is a great little trick that is both time efficient and highly effective in achieving a fresh looking complexion. Apply a small amount of the concealer and ensure that it is rubbed in completely. Make sure and apply the concealer after putting on any clothing and wash your hands thoroughly to prevent any rubbing off onto your garments. Alternatively, a powdered concealer may be used where instead of cream, a powder is gently patted onto your skin – and can be topped up throughout the day.

How To Get Clearer Skin

When you select a brand of acne medicine, it’s important to read the instructions on the container. That’s because there are side effects that can result from taking acne medications. You need to be aware of what the side effects are so that if you should experience a side effect, you can decide if it’s worth using it.

If you only have a mild case of acne, there are acne preparations that specialize in reducing the number of black kids and whiteheads on your skin. It might be very beneficial to you to choose this type of acne treatment.

You also might want to select an acne medication containing sulfur. That’s because sulfur has been used for many years effectively for fighting pimples.

Before you visit your local drugstore to search for acne medications, be sure to do your part in controlling your acne by keeping your skin very clean. There are special products available for acne sufferers to help keep your skin clean.

Many people have benefited by using special herbs for their acne condition. Even though these herbal remedies have not been approved by the food and drug administration, that doesn’t mean that some people haven’t been helped by using these products. So you might want to check out herbal remedies.

This is not a complete list of acne medicine choices, but it will give you a feel for the acne medicine that’s out there for you.

However, it’s best not to fight your war with acne by yourself. That’s why you should go to a doctor. For example, instead of trying to pop your pimples yourself, which only spreads them and scars your face, your doctor will use special sterile instruments to drain your pimples. This will help reduce scarring.

Doctors often have samples of acne medicine that they will give to you for you to try. That way you can try various brands to see which one is best for you. You will probably find your best choice of acne medicine a lot faster by seeking medical care instead of searching for the right choice by yourself.

There are acne medications that you can only get if your doctor prescribes one or more for you. You just might find that antibiotics are the solution for you and you can only get them with a prescription. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions when using antibiotics since over using them can lead to antibiotic resistance.

Doctors can also prescribe both Accutane and Sotret. These are very powerful acne medications, but do not use either one of these medications unless you’re positive that you will not be getting pregnant while you are using them. They both cause birth defects!

Your doctor might want you to try topical retinoic acid. It’s one of the biggest breakthroughs in acne treatment of all time! A form of vitamin A, it now comes in a slow-release form to help prevent irritation of the skin. Retinoic acid works by unplugging pores and reducing the amount of whiteheads and blackheads on your skin.

Although there are many acne medications available to you that you can get on your own without a doctor’s prescription, you would be wise to seek medical advice for your acne.