Ten Habits for Flawless Skin

02-11-2019


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1. Don’t overdo the use of cosmeceuticals. With more and more beauty potions containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), salicylic acids, antioxidants, and retinoids, mixing a cleanser from one line with a scrub or daytime moisturizer from another, then a night cream from yet another, can lead to over-exfoliation and irritation. This can add up to a real problem, especially for women with olive and darker complexions, who are more prone to discoloration when their skin is irritated.

2. Exercise. Twenty to 30 minutes of any aerobic exercise will give you a glow. Exercise increases blood flow, which brings more nutrients to the skin. But beware — the buildup of oil and perspiration can result in sweatband acne, folliculitis, and prickly heat. The solution: Shower as soon as possible after working out.


3. Exfoliate. By mildly abrading your skin with exfoliating agents, you will remove the surface layer of dead cells. Afterward, fine lines will be less visible and your complexion will glow. A microdermabrasion cloth can do the trick. To find out more about microdermabrasion cloths check out www.youthfulskinsecrets.com


4. Check your body for spots. Any sudden or suspicious-looking bump, mole, or other growth is reason to see a dermatologist. But as skin-cancer rates rise, having a full body check by a professional is crucial — especially for those of us in the baby-oil-and-iodine, pre-sunscreen generation. “People in a high-risk group — having a personal or family history of skin cancer, a lot of moles, fair skin, and/or light eyes or hair — may need regular checkups starting in their teens, and probably no later than age 35, Even if you’re not in a high-risk group, the American Cancer Society recommends that between the ages of 20 and 40, people have a cancer-related checkup, including a skin exam, every three to four years. Once you hit your 40s, begin having a cancer-related checkup, including a skin exam, every year.


5. Eat Healthy Foods. Antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E) — which help reduce sun damage and fight certain cancers, including skin cancer — are essential to your health. A well-balanced diet filled with at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, plus a multivitamin that meets RDA standards.


6. Don’t wear makeup to bed. We all know it, but we sometimes do it anyway. “Layers of foundation, powder, and blusher left on overnight can clog pores and lead to acne or folliculitis,” Take it all off before bed with a mild non-soap cleanser.


7. Handle pimples carefully. Poking, prodding, and popping can prolong a pimple’s life and make the problem worse. Scarring and the spread of infection are two possible consequences. To speed up healing, cleanse your face, then apply a warm compress, such as a clean, damp washcloth. Next, dab on an over-the-counter cream or lotion containing a drying agent, such as salicylic acid, sulfur, or benzoyl peroxide.


8. Get plenty of sleep. Most of us don’t get the eight to nine hours we need to avoid sleep deprivation. The effects aren’t hard to detect — namely, under-eye circles. The solution: Budget in sleep time, including a short afternoon nap whenever you can manage it


9. Drink plenty of water. Yes, drinking water does keep you hydrated, which helps skin look and feel better,” Get in the standard 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses throughout the day — more if you’re a heavy exerciser. Also, many of the new sugar substitutes are dehydrating, so drink more water if you’re into low-cal liquids.


10. Use Natural Cosmeceuticals. To wisely to play it really safe, stick with one line of natural products which are formulated to work together. If you use any prescription products ask your dermatologist to advise you on how to combine prescription treatments with over-the-counter natural cosmeceutical products. For a listing our natural cosmeceutical product line you can check out our online address at http://www.derma-c.com

Ten Habits for Flawless Skin

02-11-2019



Photo Credit: On Pexels. License: CC0


1. Don’t overdo the use of cosmeceuticals. With more and more beauty potions containing alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), salicylic acids, antioxidants, and retinoids, mixing a cleanser from one line with a scrub or daytime moisturizer from another, then a night cream from yet another, can lead to over-exfoliation and irritation. This can add up to a real problem, especially for women with olive and darker complexions, who are more prone to discoloration when their skin is irritated.

2. Exercise. Twenty to 30 minutes of any aerobic exercise will give you a glow. Exercise increases blood flow, which brings more nutrients to the skin. But beware — the buildup of oil and perspiration can result in sweatband acne, folliculitis, and prickly heat. The solution: Shower as soon as possible after working out.


3. Exfoliate. By mildly abrading your skin with exfoliating agents, you will remove the surface layer of dead cells. Afterward, fine lines will be less visible and your complexion will glow. A microdermabrasion cloth can do the trick. To find out more about microdermabrasion cloths check out www.youthfulskinsecrets.com


4. Check your body for spots. Any sudden or suspicious-looking bump, mole, or other growth is reason to see a dermatologist. But as skin-cancer rates rise, having a full body check by a professional is crucial — especially for those of us in the baby-oil-and-iodine, pre-sunscreen generation. “People in a high-risk group — having a personal or family history of skin cancer, a lot of moles, fair skin, and/or light eyes or hair — may need regular checkups starting in their teens, and probably no later than age 35, Even if you’re not in a high-risk group, the American Cancer Society recommends that between the ages of 20 and 40, people have a cancer-related checkup, including a skin exam, every three to four years. Once you hit your 40s, begin having a cancer-related checkup, including a skin exam, every year.


5. Eat Healthy Foods. Antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E) — which help reduce sun damage and fight certain cancers, including skin cancer — are essential to your health. A well-balanced diet filled with at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, plus a multivitamin that meets RDA standards.


6. Don’t wear makeup to bed. We all know it, but we sometimes do it anyway. “Layers of foundation, powder, and blusher left on overnight can clog pores and lead to acne or folliculitis,” Take it all off before bed with a mild non-soap cleanser.


7. Handle pimples carefully. Poking, prodding, and popping can prolong a pimple’s life and make the problem worse. Scarring and the spread of infection are two possible consequences. To speed up healing, cleanse your face, then apply a warm compress, such as a clean, damp washcloth. Next, dab on an over-the-counter cream or lotion containing a drying agent, such as salicylic acid, sulfur, or benzoyl peroxide.


8. Get plenty of sleep. Most of us don’t get the eight to nine hours we need to avoid sleep deprivation. The effects aren’t hard to detect — namely, under-eye circles. The solution: Budget in sleep time, including a short afternoon nap whenever you can manage it


9. Drink plenty of water. Yes, drinking water does keep you hydrated, which helps skin look and feel better,” Get in the standard 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses throughout the day — more if you’re a heavy exerciser. Also, many of the new sugar substitutes are dehydrating, so drink more water if you’re into low-cal liquids.


10. Use Natural Cosmeceuticals. To wisely to play it really safe, stick with one line of natural products which are formulated to work together. If you use any prescription products ask your dermatologist to advise you on how to combine prescription treatments with over-the-counter natural cosmeceutical products. For a listing our natural cosmeceutical product line you can check out our online address at http://www.derma-c.com

Is Your Skin Care As Pure As It Can Be?

01-14-2019

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To achieve a more radiant skin and beautiful complexion, it is vital to use only the purest skin care products, particularly those made only with raw, living and natural ingredients. In this article, I explain why this is the best external skin care possible, which, together with a healthy diet, right lifestyle and a positive mental attitude, helps the skin to become softer, firmer and achieve an unmistakable glow.

From the outset I’d like to emphasize that becoming more beautiful is available to anyone now, regardless of their present health, condition or age, who is willing to create beauty through changes in the diet, external skin care and mental outlook.

What we put on our skin is just as important as the food we eat. The skin is the body’s largest organ and plays a crucial role, not only in the elimination of toxins and in regulating our internal temperature, but also in terms of absorption.

Therefore it is critical to use skin and personal care products that, first of all, are free from toxic chemical ingredients. Some of these ingredients include:

a) Propylene glycol: Found in practically every skin moisturiser, propylene glycol is used as the base ingredient in the manufacture of brake fluid and industrial anti-freeze. It greatly damages and ages the skin. It also causes rashes and dry skin.

b) Lauryl sulphates: These corrosive chemical ingredients used in industry to manufacture garage floor cleaner and engine de-greasing are also one of the main ingredients in practically every major brand of shampoo, bubble bath, face wash, shaving gel & toothpaste. Lauryl sulphates eat away at the mucous lining of the skin, are highly irritant to the eyes and cause urinary tract infections.

c) Parabens: synthetic chemicals which have been linked with breast cancer. They are used as preservatives in many shampoos and personal care products.

Secondly, it is important to use skin care products that are made only with raw, living and natural ingredients such as raw cacao (cocoa) butter and cold-pressed oils. This is because the skin greatly nourishes from the life force, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids present in the natural ingredients.

The benefits are numerous. The life energy in the ingredients is highly nourishing and healing. Antioxidants for example, help to reverse skin ageing and inflammation and help heal scar tissue. Minerals play a key role in beautifying the skin, hair & nails. Sulphur, for instance, is a central component of collagen & connective tissue, which provides elasticity & flexibility to the tissues. Vitamins such as A, C and E are moisturizing, soothing and healing to the skin. Essential fatty acids help to remove toxins from tissues.

To ensure that the life force and all these nutrients are retained, skin care products must be made at temperatures below 40C. If ingredients are heated above this level during the manufacturing process, most of the antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and the life force in the ingredients are destroyed. A good example of this is cold-pressed olive oil, which has long been considered a topical remedy for wrinkles and facial lines. Not surprisingly, olive oil is the best source of raw vitamin E. However, it is also is extremely sensitive to temperature and light and becomes completely corrupted when heated.

Heated oils and fats when used in skin care products –even in the so-called most natural ones- are actually one of the worst offenders to skin beauty. They contain highly toxic transfatty acids, which may be absorbed into the cell membranes, causing them to become porous and weak. Heating oils and fats also leads to the creation of free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that have lost an electron. Collagen, a protein molecule that constitutes 80% of the dermis, is particularly susceptible to free radical damage, which includes wrinkles, lingering scars and stiff collagen

In contrast, cold-pressed fats and oils kept at low temperatures help to beautify the skin, strengthen the cell membranes and restore nutrients to the tissues.

In short, the best external skin care is to use products made using only 100% raw and living ingredients.

The Sweet Side Of Hair Removing: Sugaring

01-14-2019


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There are a number of hair removal methods available today. The most recent and modern is hair removal by laser treatments.

But – Hair removal by laser treatments is also the most expensive of all hair removal methods and contrary to anything you may have heard or read in the past, laser treatments are not a form of permanent hair removal and do cause some unfortunate side effects, including scarring.

As a laser hair removal alternative, many people have chosen to wax their hair from different parts of their bodies. But unfortunately for some, even though they prefer the process, waxing can cause unpleasant side effects as well.

Sugaring is an alternative for people who have had unpleasant skin reactions such as redness or bumps with waxing hair removal.

One of the oldest hair removal methods, sugaring originated in ancient Egypt and continues to be very popular in Middle Eastern countries. Although recent research reveals that females the world over practice sugaring as their chosen method of hair removal.

The hair removal method of sugaring is most often used for legs, bikini lines, and eyebrows (to be done only by a professional), but it is suitable for any part of the body, including the genital area.

Sugaring resembles the hair removal method of waxing, in that a warm mixture is slathered on the skin and then quickly removed, basically pulling hairs out by their roots.

Sugaring is supposedly a less painful hair removal method than waxing … Because the sugar paste adheres only to the hair, not the skin as with waxing. And because you roll it in your hands first, it can never scald the way a hot wax can.

A mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and water, heated to form a syrup, sugaring is hypoallergenic and an ideal hair removal method for sensitive skin.

But do test a small area first just to be sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

Skin irritations are further reduced from sugaring hair removal because the sugar mixture wraps around the hairs and pulls them out by the roots leaving no stubble. You get super smooth skin.

Regrowth is slow so this method of hair removal lasts a few weeks, which is comparable to how long laser treatments last and so makes it a good laser hair removal alternative.

Today there are sugaring hair removal kits that have the proper proportions of sugar, lemon and water already combined. All you need to do is warm the sugaring mixture by placing it in hot water. When it becomes spreadable, simply apply it in the direction your hair grows, cover with cotton strips, allow it to cool and then pull the strips in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

Or – You can make your own sugaring hair removal mixture.

Good for 2 – 3 sessions, this recipe includes ten rounded tablespoons sugar, one half of a lemon squeezed, (taking care not to include any pulp), and 1 tablespoon water. Mix these all together in an old saucepan and stir until it’s completely smooth.

Stir constantly over the lowest heat. At first the sugar will become transparent and air bubbles will appear. Then the mixture will turn a golden brown and smell like caramel. Allow to bubble for about 10 minutes until much smaller air bubbles appear on the surface.

Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool a bit. If it looks and feels like syrup, allow to cool a little longer. When the substance no longer sticks to your fingers, it’s ready.

For the best results, the hairs should be short. Pull the skin that you’re going to treat taut and spread the sugaring paste onto it in the direction the hair grows. Then pull it back in one stroke.

Once the sugaring hair removal process is complete, you’ll feel sticky from what you didn’t remove with your hands. A hot shower will take care of this because the paste is water soluble and warm water will easily melt and wash it away.

It’s also a good idea to rinse the area with cold water to calm and tone the now agitated skin.

Sugaring hair removal is efficient and easy to clean up afterward. But, regardless which type of application you choose to use, it can be quite time consuming and messy.

If hair removal by sugaring doesn’t sound like the laser hair removal alternative method for you, there are a number of other alternatives. Do some research and you’re bound to discover a much more simple way to make hair removal sweet.

Why Pretty Women Have it Better

12-31-2018

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Pretty Women. Do they have it easier than women who are less attractive? Well the consensus is, yes and no.

It’s undeniable that pretty women have certain advantages over women who are considered to be ‘not as pretty’. Pretty women are often times treated better overall because of their appearance, especially by men. It could be in a retail shop, a restaurant, bar and it’s even said that attractive people are more likely to win out over a less attractive candidate for a promotion or even an initial job opening. And the lucky pretty ones can sometimes even talk their way out of a speeding ticket, but that also entails a degree of acting ability. Pretty women can even enter careers that are based solely on looks, such as modeling, that less attractive people can’t ever consider as an employment option.

But there is also a downside to being a pretty woman. Pretty women have the same problems as everyone else. They often also have a harder time attracting a mate. Not a date, a mate. Many men are too intimated to even approach pretty women, no matter how badly they’d like to meet one. And the men that are secure enough to strike up a conversation with a pretty woman often times see her as nothing more than a trophy. Hence the date, not mate statement.

Its been said that many pretty women have self-esteem issues and do not see themselves as ‘pretty’ even though they are told that they are on a regular basis. When they don’t get a sign of interest from a man they see out in a social atmosphere because he is intimidated by her, that is a blow to her ego. Rejection, in general, is a blow to anyone’s ego, however not even being able to even make that initial contact might be an even worse scenario. There are plenty of women who are not only beautiful on the outside, but are also beautiful on the inside, who have yet to be married, have children or find that lasting relationship. Look around at the people you know and see how many couples are made up of men with average looking women. It will probably be more than the couples made up of men with beautiful women.

There are those pretty women who use their looks to their advantage, and a lot of times, take advantage. They may be egotistical and even arrogant. But to be honest, there are egotistical and arrogant people of every stature, not just the attractive ones. And a self-confident, pretty woman does not necessarily equal a conceited, pretty woman. We should all try to keep that in mind.