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Category Archives: Beauty

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.

Tips to Keep your Skin Protected From The Sun

One of the main causes of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV rays). These rays are invisible, and are produced by the sun. Most often skin cancer is the result of overexposing your skin to the sun. UV rays cause this skin cancer because they create changes in the skin cells; tans and sunburns are direct examples of this. Most cases of skin cancer are preventable, and you can reduce the risk of yourself getting skin cancer by taking some simple yet extremely important steps. Select shaded areas for outdoor activities; wear clothing that will cover up your arms and legs; or apply sunblock to the areas of your skin that might be exposed to the sun.

If you are not sure what coverage to use, for example sunblock or protective clothing, it is best to go with the latter. Wearing protective clothing is one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Unlike sunscreen, protective clothing can give you continuous protection throughout the day, and you don’t have to deal with the oiliness that sunblocks and sunscreens leave behind on your skin. There are special companies, like Sunveil Protective Clothing for instance, that manufacture protective clothing that will still let your body breath with out suffocating you under long sleeves and pants.

So if your out in the sun enjoying the heat, don’t forget to cover up and protect your skin from those harmful UV rays!!

Keep Your Skin Healthy

The skin is the body’s largest organ, wrapped around our structural frame it consists of 800,000,000 cells. The skin has a thickness of 1.27 mm (one-twentieth of an inch) and weighing two and a half kilograms (six pounds)

This thin covering protects us from the elements, controlling heat and cold and offering a sensor for pain and pressure. The most important role of the skin is that of elmination. It is through the skin that impurities and metabolic waste from the body is eliminated (about a half a pound a day.)

It is important to realize that the skin not only expels toxins but is also sensitive to substances that are placed on the skin. On average (depending upon the substance ) the skin will absorb approximately 60% of what is applied to it.

This means that through the skin, absorption will occur in the blood, tissues and cells of the skin to circulate through the blood to all cells and tissues of the body.

Many prescription drugs are applied this way, for example, skin patches for estrogen and progesterone ( hormone regulation.) Because so many cosmetic products are chemical loaded, skin creams, insect repellants, cosmetics, hair products and perfumes should be chosen carefully and be as free of toxic chemicals as possible.

Within that group just mentioned there are chemicals that are considered carcogenic, some are known hormone disruptors, some chemicals ( particularly in perfumes or artificial fragrance) aren’t listed on the label as they are be considered”trade secrets”. That can open the door to putting almost anything in skin care products without having to make any disclosure whatsoever.

You woudn’t consume toxic chemicals in your food so why would you want to put them on your skin?. It only makes sense not to as this compromises the very thing that it was designed to do, remove toxins.

As humans we haven’t changed from what we are but the technology for our very existence has and it’s killing us. Our food supply has been altered to death, the skin care products we use are nothing more than chemicals.

That’s not what we need, as in the past everything was naturally organic and for time immortal that is what will always benefit us the most.The body recognizes and can convert ingredients that are truly natural as nutrients, that will never be the case with synthetic anything.

SPF Mean with Sun Block

Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer suffered by people. This is maddening to many medical professionals because preventing skin cancer is not only possible, it is simple. When you are going to be outside for a significant amount of time, you should wear sun screen or sun block. For those of us who don’t have nearly as much hair as we used to and would like to have, a hat is advisable as well.

As you might know, not all sun protection is created equally. There are a number of factors that go into how much protection it provides you. The first is time. If the block is only good for one hour, you need to re-apply it accordingly. The second factor is the SPF of the product in question.

So, what is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. You might have been expecting something more scientific, but there you are. SPF comes in different levels designated by a numeric system. Generally, anything under SPF 15 isn’t really worth buying because it provides minimal protection at best. SPF of 15 up through the high twenties provides a better shield against the damaging rays of the sun, but still lets a certain amount of penetration. SPF 30 or above offers the best sun protection.

On the technical side of things, SPF is not just a random number assigned by the producers of sun screen. The number actually represents a measurement of time, although loosely so in my opinion. The measure of time is determined by calculating how long you can stay out in the sun without any protection before getting a sun burn. The SPF designation is then a multiple of that time if you were the sun protection product. Let’s look at an example.

Assume you can stay out in the sun for 10 minutes before getting sunburned if you wear no protection. A sunscreen with a SPF 20 rating would then be representing that you could stay out in the sun for a 200 minutes or twenty times the period without sun protection.

As you probably noticed, there are a few problems with this calculation. First, you don’t know how long it takes for your skin to get burned and probably don’t want to find out. Second, the calculation assumes you don’t go in the water or lose coverage because of sweat. This is why it is best to reapply sun block every couple of hours or immediately after going in the water despite what the product may represent regarding being waterproof.

In general, it is best to use sun protection with a minimum of a SPF 15 rating. It is also advisable to apply it liberally

How to Look Stunning in Your 50s

1. Lighten up. Even out skin tone and ward off the effects of menopause on your skin with regular treatments using skin-lightening products.

2. Vitamin C based skin care products are very popular means of anti aging skin care. However, these seem to oxidize very quickly (which makes them harmful for the skin). So store them properly. If the product turns Yellowish brown, it means that vitamin c has oxidized and the product is no longer suitable for use.

3. Avoid the use of strong, chemical based products on your skin. Natural skin care products are a good option. Use of organic skin care products (home made or commercial) can be a very effective anti aging skin care measure

4. Work it overnight. Night time is the best to combat wrinkles and loss of tone and moisture. Invest in a good night cream, applied after cleansing and toning, to promote regeneration.

5. Challenge yourself. Just like Madonna, always think of ways to reinvent yourself. Start from the inside and it will flow outward. It’s not too late to try a new exercise, a new spiritual path, anything that will stop you from falling into a rut.

6. Enlist the help of a natural skincare expert to examine your skin, point out trouble spots, and monitor the condition of your skin. A dermatologist can also help you understand your particular skin type, and recommend skin care products that would work best for you.

7. Many studies have been done over the years demonstrating the healing and physiological properties of bovine colostrums. Colostrums helps the immune system to function more efficiently, maintain peak performance and fight acne causing bacteria.

Colostrums supplies growth factors (hormones) as well as stimulating the endocrine system to keep producing its own supply of hormones. Research strongly indicates that the combination of growth and immune factors in colostrum works together to create a potent anti-aging effect, including tighter skin, and regrowth of cells and tissue of organs that normally decrease in size with age.

Daily supplementation on Bovine Colostrum allows the body to have improved resilience against any type of stress. Overall health and well being is accomplished when the body has all of the necessary factors it needs for defense, healing and repair.

If you have special skin issues, such as stubborn acne, rosacea, or extremely sensitive or oily skin, the best thing to do is to seek out the advice of a professional dermatologist.

Taking care of your skin will reduce the aging effect; keep it healthier as well as more resistant to injury and infections. Remember, a face that has a lived in look is much more attractive than a Botox face and character is much more beauty.

Dermatitis-prone Skin Care Tips

In the medical field, the term dermatitis is often used to refer to any inflammation or swelling of the skin and is sometimes used interchangeably with the term “eczema”. This skin condition is usually characterized by unbearable itching. For those afflicted with dermatitis, scratching serves as the main and perhaps the only, source of relief. It is said that the itching only gets much worse as the condition progresses that you cannot help but scratch the affected areas even more.

However, scratching only tends to worsen the condition. While it may bring temporary relief, it may also irritate your skin and lead to the formation of tiny oozing bumps. And it does not end there. As long as you are afflicted with the condition, your skin will continue to itch and you may also continue to resort to scratching. This invariably leads to infection.

To treat this kind of skin problem, you need to know what is causing it. Most of the time however, a person afflicted with dermatitis doesn’t even know what is setting it off! But no matter what might be triggering the condition, there are some general strategies that can bring you the much-needed relief from all the itching. Follow these suggestions to save your skin and your sanity, as well!

1. Cool it down! Cold compresses offer great relief from the itch and actually help in drying up the rash. To make a good compress, fold a handkerchief or a piece of bed linen up to eight layers thick and dip it in cool water or in Burrow’s solution. Put the cloth on the rash for 10-15 minutes every hour. Another great alternative is to use whole milk compresses. It is medically proven that the protein in milk does wonders in relieving the itch.

2. Calamine lotion, anyone? While applying calamine lotion is not very elegant (it shows on the skin!), this time-tested remedy can effectively fend off the itch. For best results, apply it thinly on affected areas 2-3 times a day.

3. Try hydrocortisone cream. Using hydrocortisone cream may be effective in treating allergic dermatitis than in irritant dermatitis.

4. Take an oral antihistamine. While over-the-counter antihistamines may cause some drowsiness, they can definitely provide you some relief from the itching. Just be cautious when you take antihistamines during the day if they make you drowsy.

5. Seek relief with oatmeal. The next time you take a bath, try adding a little oatmeal to your bath water. For best results, use colloidal oatmeal since it dissolves better. Or you can also try adding baking soda (dissolved in 1 cup warm water) to your bath for a more soothing bath experience.

Tips to Determine Your Skin Type

Skin types according the medical point of view are classified into three basic types”You may have a combination of them such as normal to oily, or normal to dry”:
1- Oily Type.
2- Normal Type.
3- Dry Type.
Each of these types has its own products to take care of it.

Let’s break it down. Each skin type is characterized by different things such as texture, oil production, and frequency of breakouts.

People with dry skin do not suffer many breakouts, and rarely ever have blackheads. This is because oil promotes breakouts by closing pores and blackheads are caused by the increase of oil production from the Sebum glands”Glands in the skin that produces an oily material called Sebum”. If your skin is dry, you are not producing very much oil, therefore, you aren’t prone to as many episodes.

If you have a dry skin your skin may have nearly visible pores, and you may feel dry and tight after washing. Most people with dry skin are fair skinned, and often develop facial lines earlier in life. This skin type also burns easily.

People with normal skin occasionally suffer form breakouts, and can have blackheads that appear mostly in the t-zone “this is the area on either side of the nose and on the forehead”. Pores often appear visible in the t-zone, and the skin may feel tight after washing, but will soon become comfortable with oil in t-zone.

The skin coloring is usually fair to medium, and a few lines may appear early on mostly around the eyes. This skin type when exposed to the sun, usually burns, then tans.

Lastly, People with oily skin often suffer from frequent breakouts with blackheads. The pores are often enlarged, and after washing the face may be oily, with the nose and forehead quickly becoming shiny.

The skin coloring is often olive to dark. Facial lines are usually very few to none in occurrence, and oily skin usually stays preserved longer and does not age as quickly as do the other skin types. When exposed to the sun, this skin type rarely burns, but rather tans easily.

Now you are capable of determining your skin type. So, you can easily find products developed specially for you. You will find a number of products on the market dealing with each of these skin types, as well as for combination skin. Once you find your acne regimen of products that work stick to it. You will be on your way to control your acne.

Homemade Face Masks

You can use some natural ingredients found in your kitchen to whip up a face mask that will have your skin looking smooth, glowing and toned in just a few minutes. Ingredients such as eggs, almonds, honey, cucumber, avocados, skimmed milk and fruits and vegetable can be used to make simple face masks that actually work wonders for the skin. It is also important to use ingredients that are best suited to your skin, as some people are allergic to such things as milk, eggs and nuts among other things, so be sure to choose the right ingredient that suits your skin type best.

Some homemade face masks have been known to give excellent results, but some say the secret to getting the best results out of your homemade face mask is relaxation. When you are giving yourself a face mask treatment you should not be doing the dishes or ironing your clothes, you should put up your feet and watch some television or read a good book. This way your face and your whole body will be benefiting from this process. Also in order for face masks to be really effective you should do this procedure once a week, don’t think that you can do it just one time and you will see a great improvement, you have to follow up and in time you will notice a vast improvement in your skin.

The best recommended homemade face masks are those that are gentle on the skin, such as the yogurt and strawberry face masks, the recipe calls for three tablespoons of yogurt and three large strawberries. After you have whipped them together, you simply apply it to your face and put your feet up and relax for about ten minutes, then rinse it off with water. The yogurt is supposed to clean and nourish the skin while the strawberries help exfoliates the dead skin cells.

Home Remedies for Skin Allergies

Guide to skin care :

1) Water – drink two to three litres of water daily to detoxify.

2) Have a rich diet full of vegetables, fruits. Increase the fibre content in your daily diet. Avoid excess refined sugar, sweets as it damages collagen in skin and makes it lose its elasticity.

3) Invigorate your sluggish lifestyle. Come on, get moving!! Go to the gym or just stretch.

4) Restrict intake of alcohol and caffeine.

5) Keep stress at bay.

6) Go for a daily skin care regime- i.e. cleanse, tone and moisturize.

7) Apply a moisturizer to hydrate your skin externally. A homemade moisturizer is a mixture of cucumber, juice and buttermilk.

8) Go for an exfoliation once a fortnight either at a professional salon, or at home. It helps remove dead cells and revitalize the skin through blood circulation. Oatmeal combined with mashed apple is an excellent home scrub

9) Do not forget to apply sunscreen with a SPF of minimum 15 at least 10 minutes before going out of house. If you get a suntan, relieve yourself with a mixture of curd and cucumber juice.

10) Use cosmetics depending on your skin type. Learn about your skin type first and then try commercial products.

Skin care is not as difficult as it looks to be.

Thus, the ABC of a beautiful and radiant skin – balanced diet, hydration, cleansing and protecting it from sun and wind should be a part of your daily skin care regimen.

Some popular herbal remedies for skin care :

Water : Drink a minimum of 8-10 glasses of water daily to detoxify the body. It naturally hydrates the skin and gives that young vibrant look.

Turmeric : This is the basic grandma’s remedy – just apply fresh turmeric paste along with curd and gram flour on to your face. Your complexion clears up within a few days, as turmeric is very good for skin health.

Tea extracts : It is a natural antiseptic and is useful for skin acne.

Neem, tulsi : Drop some neem leaves into your bathtub, and you will feel the difference in your skin within a few days. If you have any external skin rash, infection, just apply a paste of neem or basil leaves to heal up, as they have excellent anti-bacterial properties, clear up pimples and acne; and keep the skin naturally invigorated.

Sandalwood paste : It soothes the skin, cools it and moisturizes it naturally.