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Skin care tips

More than anything else, sun protection will help to prevent the aging of your skin, The sun is largely responsible for wrinkling, blotchy pig entation (Lentigines, also called "liver spots"), thinning of the skin, broken blood vessels (telangectasias), dryness, texture changes, uneven color and some sun related skin diseases that make the skin look older. Daily use of sunscreen products with at least an SPF of 15 along with protective clothing such as full-brimmed hats, long sleeved blouses and shirts, and slacks instead of shorts will greatly reduce the aging of the skin and the possibility of skin

cancer. Sunglasses will also protect the eyelids from aging and will help reduce crows feet by reducing the squinting which comes from sun exposure without eye protection. If you are going to be in the sun, then the use of sun protection will help to prevent the aging of your skin. The sun is largely accountable for wrinkling, blotchy pigmentation, thinning of the skin, broken blood vessels, dryness, texture changes, uneven color and some sun related skin diseases that make the skin look older.

Daily use of sunscreen products with at least an SPF of 15 and antioxidants along with protective clothing such as full-brimmed hats, long sleeved blouses and shirts, and slacks instead of shorts will greatly reduce the aging of the skin and the possibility of skin cancer. Facial skin care should also be of concern and sunglasses should be worn while outside. This will protect the eyelids from aging and will help reduce crows feet by reducing the squinting which comes from sun exposure without eye protection.

Always wash your hands with a natural, mild skin care cleanser or soap. When using soap, try to use an antibacterial soap with vitamin E in it. Remember, after washing your hands, you have removed the natural essential oils that help keep your skin soft. Therefore, you should apply a small amount of hydrating lotion to your hands after washing. A hand spa skin care treatment that incorporates gloves and a high intensity, hydrating, and moisturizing skin care lotion or cream should be used once or twice a week for a more intensive hand care routine.

The most important thing that you can do to shelter your skin from damage is by establishing a good skin care regimen. It is very important to clean your skin every day. Deep cleansing is vital as it keeps pores clear and skin healthy. Cleansing products should be as chemical-free as possible. Deodorant soaps should not be used on your face. They clean with harsh ingredients and leave a detergent film behind. This could aggravate your skin and clog your pores. After cleansing you should always add a moisturizing lotion to replenish the natural oils that have been removed.

Facial skin care is a top priority for many women in today’s society. A good recommendation is to not go to bed with makeup on. Makeup left on overnight seeps into your pores, clogs them, and congests your skin. Make sure that your facial skin care routine includes washing your face two times when you go to bed, once to get the makeup off and a second time to wash the skin itself and once again when you get up before you apply your makeup. Keep a treatment and moisturizer on your face, day and night as this will help further moisturize your skin.

Only when you get rid of the dead skin on your face will your beautiful new skin reveal itself and heal itself. A good natural skin care scrub is necessary for healthy clean skin. It will remove dead cells and smooth the skin. The natural skin care scrub should be strong without being damaging. Stay away from scrubs that contain coarse elements like small bits of nut or seed extracts or pumice. They will tear and damage the skin. A good skin care scrub will invigorate you, not hurt you. The "glue" that holds dead skin onto our faces was once soft but hardens as we age. If you’re wondering why your complexion looks dull, it’s because you’re looking at dead skin. Get rid of it! This is the way to heal your living skin. Dead skin prevents oxygen, moisture and nutrients from reaching your living skin. And here's another bonus: The old skin on your face tends to sag and hold wrinkles. Your new baby skin underneath will have a thickened tautness and smoothness you thought was gone. It wasn’t gone. It was just buried. Almost every line of cosmetics sells a scrub. Scrubs can contain oatmeal or bits of almond. Uniformity is also an issue with scrubs. Some warn about abrasive damage to the skin, but the benefits of removing dead cells most likely outweigh the effects of abrasion. Again, see if this works for you.

Moisturizing is important as your face is constantly exposed to elements, which dry out the skin – sun, wind and cold weather. The skin is the largest organ of the human body with several important functions to perform. The skin protects us from the sometimes-harsh external environment (e.g. microbial invasion and physical injuries), regulates our body temperature, provides sensory input and eliminates waste. The skin can lose its ability to perform these functions when compromised or damaged. Moisturizing is an important requirement for great natural looking healthy skin. For a thorough moisture treatment, use skin care products with high amounts of vitamin E, shea butter, squalene, and aloe vera. These types of skin care products work great as an under eye skin care treatment as well as an all-purpose moisturizing lotion. A good skin care tip is to always use a light moisturizer on your face and neck after cleansing. Moisturizing skin care products are also very effective after taking a bath or shower. When selecting moisturizers, it is important to know a bit about them so that you can select the ones that best fit your needs. One of the biggest misconceptions about moisturizers is that these products hydrate the skin. The truth is that moisturizers lock in the skin’s own moisture to prevent dryness and cracking. The more oil a moisturizer contains the more effectively it protects against moisture loss. Moisturizers that come in ointment form contain the most oil because an ointment, by definition, consists of 80% oil and 20% water. This water-in-oil emulsion forms a protective layer on the skin and makes it more “moisturizing” than creams and lotions. Ointments are especially beneficial when humidity is low. Ointments should not be used on areas of the body that tend to get hot and sweaty.

Keep your makeup clean. Replace the sponges in your compact on a regular basis. Now and then, toss the whole works and start fresh -- the average shelf life for cosmetics is 6 to 12 months. Don't buy products so expensive that you'll be heartbroken if you have to throw them away.

Scaly patches of skin can be a disappointment if you are planning to bare your skin. These spots are ‘eczema’, which presents itself in a number of ways, including itching, rashes and thickened brown patches of skin. People who suffer from hay fever and other allergies may be at greater risk of developing eczema.

Keep the affected areas well moisturized using a thick moisturizing cream. You can also try experimenting with a lotion containing AHAs to slough off the thickened skin. Avoid picking or scratching at the patches as this can lead to bleeding and scarring. Visit a dermatologist if the problem persists.

Air pollution can be very harmful to the skin. Areas of your body that are protected show less signs of aging than those that are exposed to the pollutants in the air. The best ways to fight against the effects of pollution are to be sure and use a safe soap morning and night to remove dirt and irritants from the surface of the skin and to protect the skin by using a moisturizer every day. Women can also use foundation which provides additional protection from the elements. There is also growing evidence to support the theory that high pollution levels increase ultraviolet rays which cause skin cancer in relatively young people.

Ongoing research is beginning to show a link between a relatively nutritious diet and improved skin tone. It has been shown that people suffering from malnutrition show obvious signs of increased aging because of vitamin deficiencies but what extent diet plays a role in the overall aging process has yet to be determined (but it can't hurt to eat sensibly). There is unanimous agreement that drinking 8 glasses of water per day improves the beauty of your skin. The proper diet and vitamin intake is vital for healthy skin. By eating the right foods and supplementing your diet with vitamins and minerals you can assure that your body will function to its fullest potential. As a result, you will feel and look younger. Good eating habits can include eating fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and seafood. Try to stay away from processed foods or foods “made in a factory”. Also try to limit your intake of sugar foods like pop and candy or foods that have gone through a frying process.

Frequent weight gains and losses can also dramatically affect the elasticity of the skin. When the weight is gained, the skin stretches to accommodate the excess weight. When a lot of weight is lost, quickly, the skin doesn't have time to accommodate the changing contours and sagging and premature wrinkling can occur. Gradual weight loss should not impact the skin, although a reduced calorie diet can cause the skin to look dull and lifeless unless the diet is well balanced.

Melasma has been considered to arise from pregnancy, oral contraceptives, endocrine dysfunction, genetic factors, medications, nutritional deficiency, hepatic dysfunction, and other factors. The majority of cases appear related to pregnancy or oral contraceptives. The infrequency of melasma in postmenopausal women on estrogen replacement suggests that estrogen alone is not the cause. In more recent experience, combination treatment using estrogen plus progestational agents is being used in postmenopausal women, and melasma is being observed in some of these older women who did not have melasma during their pregnancies. Sun exposure would appear to be a stimulating factor in predisposed individuals. Although a few cases within families have been describe, melasma should not be considered a heritable disorder. Next to sun exposure, smoking is the highest factor in wrinkling. Smokers have more wrinkles than people who don't smoke. Cigarette smoke releases free radicals that break down the vitamin C in the skin and contribute to premature wrinkling. Nicotine also causes small blood vessels and capillaries to contract, diminishing circulation and depriving the skin of nutrients.

Exercise improves blood circulation and improves the tone of the skin, resulting in a healthy glow. It also improves the skin's elasticity, strength and firmness. Exercise is another great way to keep your skin strong and healthy. Exercise encourages capillary performance, which can decrease early aging. It also increases oxygen to the tissues, which helps your skin appear young. With age, extra weight can accumulate in areas under the chin, the neck or cheeks, giving the skin an older look. A combination of healthy nutrition, exercise, and proper use of skin care products can greatly improve the appearance of the skin. Drinking enough water is also important to keep you sufficiently hydrated as your skin is primarily made up of water.

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