How To Do A Facial Massage?

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Massaging the face is essential for youthful looking skin especially for the 40 and above. An effective way to counter wrinkles, massaging is a slow process and its results are obvious only if it is continued for a period of time.

It is not a magic potion which can bring a change overnight and one has to be patient with it.

However, there is no doubt that massage reduces unattractive fleshiness, tightens facial tissues and muscles and increases blood circulation.

Once you have lines and wrinkles, you can only get rid of them by plastic surgery. Massage and facial exercises can help prevent new lines from forming but cannot remove the old ones already on the face.

By toning up the muscles and nourishing them, you can prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming.

Remember, whether you have a lumpy, flabby, withered or sallow skin, your face can regain the appearance of youth under the action of your own fingers.

Lines and wrinkles usually appear on the forehead, temples, eyes, nose, cheeks, chin and mouth.

Facial exercise protects facial muscles from slacking. Even if you are very good looking and young, as time passes your facial muscles will become loose, slack and creepy.

If you are young and smart and beautiful, doing facial exercise will prevent you from the slackness of face muscles when you grow old and if you are an old aged person then this will minimize the plasticity of you face muscles.

Facial exercise will make your face skin wrinkle free and shiny. This will tone your facial skin and give you a youthful look. At the same time, after performing the exercise, you will feel calm and relaxed

Massage is effective only if the skin is clear. Do not forget to remove all traces of make-up otherwise skin pores will be blocked by particles of dirt. All blackheads should be removed.

If the skin is oily, then remove oiliness by applying cleansing milk. Fresh lemon juice is also very effective in removing excess oiliness. If skin is dry, use a good moisturizer before massaging it.

If the skin is oily, it is advisable to use some astringent lotion. Apply Vitamin E cream before a massage, but the quantity of this cream should be enough only to give sufficient greasiness to the skin so that the hands and fingers move smoothly on the face.

After having cleaned the skin, press it with light but firm fingers, putting a little pressure while applying a good cream. Trained fingers can hold the skin firmly and apply even pressure.

With the passage of time, visible defects like wrinkles, flabbiness and dead cells are greatly reduced and a fresh and young look is restored.

Massage should start from the neck upwards and end at the forehead or temples because all veins and tissues get an increased blood supply by this process.

The skin around the eyes is delicate. So it is advisable to apply cream on this part without pressing it. Cream takes 15 to 20 minutes to get absorbed by the skin, so massage should continue that long.

Wipe off extra cream with a cotton wool swab soaked in water, preferably rose water.

The best time to massage the face is before going to bed.

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Art of Massaging

  • Slow Massage – This is the most common method of massage. The secret is to massage slowly and patting/vibrating the skin. Using the fleshy part of your fingertips, press the skin lightly but firmly. The process starts at the base of the neck at a slow speed. The speed increases as the fingers move upwards. Stroking gives rest to the nerves and the vibration is useful in subduing pain that might be caused by massaging.
  • Fast Massage – The front half of both the palms are used to massage at speed, taking care to make a circular motion upwards.
  • Pressure Massage – This is a method when pressure is applied by finger-tips. This is effective for removing pouches beneath eyes.
  • Stroking Massage – Chubby cheeks are stroked with the tips of fingers. If the nose is broad, strokes are applied from the nose to the temples on both sides.
  • Pinching Massage – the skin is held, as in pincers, between the thumb and fingers. Such a massage is effective for a double chin and wrinkles on the jaw.
  • Friction Massage – The movement requires pressure on the skin while it is being moved over the underlying structures. Fingers or palms are employed in this movement. Hard movements are usually employed on the scalp while light movements are used on the face especially on the neck.
  • Piano Playing Movements – This exercise develops facial muscles and makes them firm. It should be done on the entire face, especially the cheek area, with your fingers. The movements must be supple yet brisk.

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Facial Massage for Acne Treatment

Facial Massaging combined with proper diet and common-sense tips, there will be a drastic improvement in your skin condition.

Facial Massaging Steps:

  1. Wash your hands, especially your fingertips, thoroughly.
  2. Now with your thumbs firmly gripping your jaw-line, proceed to pressing with the free four fingers the upper jaw line working from the center outwards. Do 2-3 sets pressing firmly.
  3. Now press the areas directly above the jaw line in the same center-going- outwards-direction firmly 2-3 times.
  4. Do this working upwards till you reach the forehead line. If done correctly you should see little specks of dead skin on your face.
  5. In a feathery motion, pinch at the entire face for as long as you desire (1-2 minutes) using all the free fingers in firm actions grasping the skin.
  6. Now, in a downward-scraping motion using the finger tips, rub the jugular veins located at the sides of the neck (6-8) times, and then massage the outer part of the chest right next to the armpits in a firm circular motion ensuring you breathe deeply as well. According to the Egyptians this simple procedure has a marked effect on alleviating bags and crow’s feet from the eyes and directing the flow of toxins away from the face.
  7. Wash your hands with soap and rinse the face with cool water only-gently but firmly.
  8. Wipe your face dry with a paper towel or a towel you use only for your face and nothing else. Keep this towel in an exclusive location and wash it every other day.

Now, for an external acne treatment regimen, this procedure is quite effective.

Combined with such internal acne treatment procedures based on a proper diet of your Juicy fruits, some roots and leafy vegetables and if desired but highly recommended, occasional juice fasts or exclusive mono-meals of seasonal fruits.

Facial massaging will be very useful as a means of controlling acne and delaying facial aging as apparent in crow’s feet and wrinkles from the outside.

When performed correctly, it does enhance facial tone and structure not unlike costly plastic surgery. So, put your fingers to work and lovingly massage and sculpt your face with facial massaging while all the while becoming acne free starting today.

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Discover Almond’s Health Benefits And Skin Care Recipes

 

Do you like eating some almonds for a snack? Are you aware its health benefits? How about some beauty recipes or skin recipes using almond as one of its ingredients?

For a start, almond is a highly nutritious, effective health-building food both for the body and mind. It is also a valuable food remedy for common ailments.

More people are calling almonds their favorite nut-and they are putting their almonds where their mouths are.

From roasted and seasoned almonds in creative, portable packaging to almond granola bars, energy bars and breakfast bars to entrees and vegetable dishes, almonds are found in a variety of new food products.

One reason for their popularity may be their health benefits. Studies have shown that almonds as part of a balanced eating plan can lower LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol and can help promote a healthy weight.

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In addition, almonds are packed with the antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, protein and fiber. They also contain calcium. So, it’s no coincidence almonds have become a favorite ingredient and the healthy snack of choice.

If you are looking for the best variety, then choose the thin-skinned sweet variety. This almond is best for used and one of the best nut and seed to consume. Eating without skin is the best way to eat it.

The distinctive flavor and satisfying crunch of almonds make this nut a prime ingredient in candies, pies, cakes, treats for salting, toasting, and dipping in various kinds of icings.

Marketable products of almonds are almond butter, which tastes like and resembles peanut butter, almond flour, almond extract, an oil extracted from the nuts that is used as a potent flavoring, almond flour – used like flour in cakes and pastries, and almond paste –  used in the preparation of confections and candies.

Did you know that you can have a milk alternative using almond? To do this, simply grind the blanched almonds to a smooth paste, add sugar according to your taste and boil in water.

This almond milk preparation gives the consistency of milk, a healthy alternative drink, full of vitamins and nutrition.

Take note, almond milk is more digestible than cow’s milk. Therefore, if you are lactose intolerant, then this is your best bet.

Likewise, this nutritious drink is good for children. What are you waiting for, try this alternative and replace your ordinary dairy with a more healthy option.

Aside from almond milk, there’s also an almond butter, another variation out of almonds.

This is advantageous to the elderly for them to have the right amount of proteins needed in their diet.

As previously mentioned, almonds are easy to digest even if it is high in calorie content and its other ingredients.

Almonds are used as a health benefit due to the cholesterol free fatty acids that reduce the risks of heart disease.

Vitamin E is beneficially concentrated in almonds, which reduces the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, acting as an antioxidant—further reducing inflammation.

We suggest growing your own almond trees for enjoyment, entertainment, and health benefits from eating the almonds, as well as the exercise that is spent in growing your own trees.

Check these health benefits of almond:
  • A useful food remedy for anemia as it contains copper, iron, and vitamins.
  • It helps you to have healthy heart and lowers cholesterol.
  • Useful in preserving the vitality of the brain.
  • It strengthens your bone health.
  • It strengthens the muscles and prolongs life.
  • It lowers the risk of weight gain.
  • It protects you from diabetes and heart disease.
  • A handful of almonds, approximately 7 to 10 taken at nighttime with or without hot milk are beneficial in the treatment of constipation.
  • Eating almonds regularly will strengthen sexual power and restore sexual vigor.
  • To those with skin diseases, pulverize few leaves of wild almond with water and cream and apply to affected parts.
  • External application of almond oil in case of irritation and itching will ease the pain.
  • A teaspoon of almond oil, with few drops of fresh white onion juice, ginger juice, taken thrice daily for a fortnight is useful in whooping cough, bronchitis and asthma.

 

Isn’t almond amazing?

If almond is good for the body, then it is also good for your skin, right?

Therefore, here are other ways almond can be beneficial for you skin:

  • Face pack made from almond paste mixed with milk cream and rose bud paste is an effective beauty aid.
  • Prevents premature appearance of wrinkles, black heads, pimples and dry skin.
  • Massage the scalp with a teaspoon of almond oil mixed with Amla juice and massage over the scalp for remedy for falling hair, thinness of hair, dandruff and avoids untimely graying of hair.

In addition, have a treat for your skin using almond or almond oil as one of the ingredients in the skin care, beauty recipes you will find below.

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Almond Oil Wrinkle Cream

You will need:

1 tbsp. of an infusion of comfrey leaves OR 1 tbs. of a decoction of comfrey roots

1 tbsp. lanolin

2 tsp. sweet almond oil

2 tsp. water

2 tsp. cod liver oil

 

You have to:

Melt lanolin and almond oil in a double boiler. Add water and allow it to cool.

Mix in cod liver oil and comfrey.

Apply gently to face and rinse off after 5 to 10 minutes.

This is a rich moisturizer that boosts the water-holding capacity of your skin and helps plump out wrinkled areas.

Infusion: This is a beverage made like tea, by pouring boiled water over plants and steeping to extract the active ingredients.

The normal amounts are about 1/2 to 1 ounce of plant to one pint of boiled water. You should let the mixture steep for 5 to 10 minutes, covered, and strain the infusion into a cup.

Decoction:

This preparation allows you to extract primarily the mineral salts and bitter principles rather than vitamins and volatile ingredients.

The normal amounts are about 1/2 ounce plant to 1 cup water.

Bring ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for up to 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and steep the mixture with the cover on the pot for a few minutes.

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Almond Rosewater Body Lotion

You will need:

¼ cup rosewater

¼ cup glycerin

2 tbsp. witch hazel

1 tbsp. almond oil

 

You have to:

Mix together rosewater and glycerin.

Add witch hazel and almond oil.

Stir completely to dissolve.

Pour into a pretty bottle.

Note: Rosewater can be purchased at some health food stores or pharmacies, also carried at most middle-eastern or Indian specialty groceries or specialty cooking stores OR… you can try your hand at making your own rosewater)

 

Almond Salt Scrub

You will need:

1/4 cup almond oil

1/2 cup salt

1/4 cup almond milk

Approx. 1 1/2 oz. melted glycerin soap

Almond fragrance oil

 

You have to:

Stir well. Place in clean dry container.

To use, place approximately 1 tablespoon of scrub in palm and add enough water to make a soft paste.

Massage into skin. Rinse well.

 

Almond-Honey Scrub

You will need:

2 tbsp. crushed almonds

1 tbsp. honey

 

You have to:

Mix the ingredients.

Leave on the face for 5 minutes.

Rub in well, and then rinse.

 

Almond-Mayonnaise Scrub

(For Very Dry Skin)

You will need:

1/4 cup almonds

1/8 tsp. mayonnaise

 

You have to:

Grind almonds in blender until they form a meal.

Whirl in mayonnaise.

Vinegar-Rinse your skin

Rub or scrub gently and thoroughly.

Leave on skin for about 10 minutes.

Rinse off and follow with a Vinegar Rinse.

 

Oatmeal and Almond Scrub

You will need:

¼ cup finely ground oatmeal

¼ cup finely ground almonds

 

You have to:

Stir well. Place in clean dry container.

To use, place approximately 1 tablespoon of scrub in palm and add enough water to make a soft paste.

Massage into skin. Rinse well.

 

Almond-Butter Hand Softener

You will need:

1 tbsp. almond oil

1 cup butter

 

You have to:

Mix the ingredients well.

Before bed, massage the mixture into your hands, and then cover with white cotton gloves.

Wear all night while sleeping.

 

Almond Cleanser

Grind almonds to a fine powder in a blender.

Wet face and then rub on almond powder.

Rinse well.

Store the powder in a tightly sealed container.

 

Beeswax-Almond Hand Cream

You will need:

¼ cup beeswax

½ cup almond oil

½ cup coconut oil

¼ cup rosewater

 

You have to:

Melt the beeswax and coconut oil over a double boiler.

Add the remaining ingredients and heat until well mixed, several minutes.

Pour into a container while still hot since it does harden as it cools.

This makes about 1½ cups.

 

Vanilla And Almond Soap

You will need:

1/3 cup whole almonds

¼ ounce bar Castile soap

¼ cup distilled water

1 tablespoon almond oil

1/8 teaspoon vanilla fragrance oil

 

You have to:

Grind the almonds to a fine powder in a food processor or coffee grinder and set aside.

Shred the soap and set aside.

In a heavy saucepan, bring the water to a boil; then reduce heat to a simmer.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the almond powder, almond oil, and vanilla fragrance oil, stirring until well blended.

Spoon the soap into a mold and let set for five hours or until hardened.

 

Lotion Bar

You will need:

2 oz. Olive Oil

2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil

6 oz. Beeswax

Essential Oil or Fragrant Oil of your choice (optional)

 

You have to:

Just melt the wax and oils in a double boiler

Scent if you wish and pour into whatever small mold you like.

Allow to harden.

 

Almond Orange Body Lotion

You will need:

1/8 tsp. borax powder

1/2 cup almond oil

1 tsp. coconut oil

1 tsp. grated beeswax

2 tbsp. honey.

3-4 drops essential orange oil

 

You have to:

Make as for Mint Body Lotion

There you have it! Indeed, almond is valuable for your health and your skin. You can consume it just as it is, as a milk or butter, use for cooking, baking, as a home remedy or even as an ingredient for some beauty skin recipes.

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How To Use Olive Oil For Your Skin Care?

 

Due to the great number of benefits, olive oil has been ranked among the top nutrition provider.

Olive oil has been widely used in your salads as well as many other things. It is one of healthiest components to make your food taste better.

It has been widely used in soaps making it mild and very skin friendly. It also helps to moisturize your body by the use of this oil in the soap.

This oil comes directly from the Mediterranean Region and it has become so famous that it has been used in all the continents. It is a favorite among all the health conscious people.

Having beautiful skin just seems to be the proverbial never-ending quest of women.

One only needs to visit the local supermarket or beauty shop to see the wide array of skin products that are supposed to provide the secret to youthful skin.

Many of these products promise rejuvenation and revitalization of the pores, making the skin blemish-free and silky white.

Many of these products cost a fortune but the buyers keep on coming just to attain their goal of having the perfect complexion.

But unknown to many, one of nature’s best kept beauty secrets might be found sitting on a shelf in one’s kitchen pantry.

Organic skin care has already been used by many because of its natural ingredients that can help the skin feel and look healthy, without the harm of other rough, harsh, and strong skin care components.

For many years, the earliest of cultures have seen the potential of olive oil when it comes to organic skin care.

First cultivated by the Greeks over 4,000 years ago in Crete, olive oil was an integral part of the Minoan economy, and was often kept in large settling tanks.

The Greeks then quickly learned that this organic oil had amazing properties.

Aside from being a flavorful food source, olive oil was also used to heat oil lamps and to make soap.

It was not long before the Greeks, together with other Mediterranean women, used it as a skin moisturizer and ointment for soothing dry skin and sunburns.

Olive oil was also used as a skin highlighter, allowing the user to emphasize the curves and shapes of the body.

In terms of actual health benefits, the consumption of olive oil has been shown to stimulate bone growth and calcium absorption. Tests show that the oil helps prevent cancer, diabetes, and skin aging.

Studies also show that the consumption of olive oil results in favorable effects on cholesterol regulation and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol oxidation.

Olive oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic, and anti-hypertensive properties.

Since olive oil is rich in antioxidants, it is speculated that its use may help counteract the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Studies in Japan have also proven that the antioxidants in olive oil help in neutralizing free radical damage.

While olive oil is not a sunscreen and does not prevent UV rays from penetrating the skin, using it as a cosmetic does help in protecting the skin against acquired aging and damage from the sun.

Being an excellent organic skin care product, olive oil is also a superior moisturizer and humectant. It can attract moisture from the air and binds it to the skin.

Skin conditions such as eczema and acne respond well to skin care products containing, or made with olive oil, because of the anti-bacterial properties of this organic oil.

So before buying the latest and most expensive chemical-based skin care products, consider using natural skin beauty enhancers that contain olive oil.

Aside from its proven effects as a beauty product, olive oil can also be massaged onto the cuticles to restore nail strength and resiliency to the nail bed.

In addition, olive oil may also be used as an all-body moisturizer when it is added to bathwater.

Massaging it into the hair and scalp will also restore the head’s crowning glory.

Indeed, olive oil is such a gift of nature that allows women to regain their youthful skin.

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Olive Oil Home Made Recipes

If you want to have smooth and fine nails olive oil is the best solution. Dowse your nails in a cup of olive oil for 30 minutes and find the best results.

Apply Olive oil liberally on your hands. To avoid spreading it elsewhere, wear cotton gloves. This method helps you to get a smoother and softer skin.

Olive oil is the best solution for chapped lips. It does wonders to your lips.

To have beautiful, lustrous, shiny, silky and dandruff free hair, olive oil is the best bet.

You can apply a good amount of oil on your hair and cover it with a shower cap for 30 minutes, later shampoo it.

 

It is a great moisturizing solution which makes your skin softer and smoother.

To make yourself an interesting bathing solution you can add 3-4 tbsp. of olive oil with a few drops of essential oil.

You can make an excellent night cream by using 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup vinegar, and 1/4 cup water.

This helps to lighten your skin, kill bacteria and makes your skin smooth and clear.

 

It can work as a cleansing cream if you have dry skin.

Apply olive oil and then scrub with a good amount of sugar. Later, wipe the sugar off your face with a wet and warm cloth. One of the easiest ways to get facial done.

 

Soften your feet by applying olive oil on your feet.

Mix in bowl 1 egg, 1 tsp honey, 1/2 tsp olive oil and few drops of rose water. Use this as a mask for dry skin. Once applied keep it for some time. Later, rinse it off with warm water. Dab it dry.

Make a paste by mixing some mashed apricots and warm olive oil. Apply this paste all over your face and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it off with water.

 

The benefits of using olive oil for shaving are huge. 

It is such a natural lubricant that the right kind of razor will slide right across your face giving you smooth and soft skin and still getting the job of cutting the growth from your face.

 

And the best part is that your skin may actually start to look younger after using olive oil to shave with over the long term.

One nice thing about it is that you don’t have to use high-quality olive oil.

You can buy the inexpensive low-grade olive oil that doesn’t taste very good from your local supermarket to shave with. A bottle will last a really long time.

You can kiss your shaving cream goodbye.  You can also leave out aftershave if you so choose.  Your skin should feel great without it.

Below are some additional homemade recipes you can prepare using olive oil. Use some precautions and check with your doctor if you have any allergic reactions to the ingredients.

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Olive Oil Cream

 

You will need:

1/2 tsp. borax

2 tsp. boiling water

4 tbsp. petroleum jelly

4 tbsp. olive oil

 

You have to:

1. Dissolve borax in boiling water.

2. Melt petroleum jelly and olive oil over low heat until liquid.

3. Add borax mixture.

4. Stir to mix thoroughly.

5. Remove from heat.

6. Beat as the mixture cools to emulsify.

7. Store it in the refrigerator.

 

 

 

Olive Oil Shaving Cream

 

You will need:

1/4 cup stearic acid

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 cup hot water

1 tsp borax

2 tbsp. grated soap

 

You have to:

1. Melt stearic acid and oil in the double boiler until clear liquid forms.

2. Mix hot water, borax, and soap and stir until the borax and soap are dissolved.

3. Pour the soap solution into a blender and blend well for about 1 minute.

4. Slowly pour the melted stearic acid mixture into the soap solution.

5. Blend on high until a smooth cream form.

6. Pour into a clean container and allow to cool completely.

7. To use, soften your beard or legs with warm water and then apply the shaving cream. Use a sharp, clean razor.

 

Carolina Cleansing Cream

 

You will need:

3 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup lard

1/2 tsp. tincture of benzoin

Several drops peppermint extract

You have to:

1. Mix well in a clean glass bottle.

2. Apply to face with fingers.

3. Remove with tissues.

4. Keep in a cool place.

 

 

Lotion Bar 

 

You will need:

2 oz. Olive Oil

2 oz. Sweet Almond Oil

6 oz. Beeswax

Essential Oil or Fragrant Oil of your choice

 

You have to:

1. Just melt the wax and oils in a double boiler.

2. Scent if you wish and pour into whatever small mold you like.

4. Allow to harden.

 

Egyptian Facial

 

You will need:

1 egg beaten

1/2 tsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. flour

1/4 tsp. sea salt

1 tbsp. whole milk

 

 

You have to:

1. Mix all the ingredients together until creamy and blended.

2. Spread mixture over the face and neck.

3. Leave on 15 minutes.

4. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry

 

 

Lady Godiva Body Scrub

 

You will need:

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp. light olive oil

2 tbsp. fresh whole milk

 

You have to:

1. Mix together all ingredients into a smooth cream

2. Before bathing, gently massage the mixture all over your body to increase circulation and remove dry, flaky skin.

3. Rinse with warm water and moisturize.

4. Store in refrigerator, discard if milk sours.

 

 

Scented Salt Body Scrub

 

You will need:

3 cups fine sea salt

3/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup sweet almond oil

Essential oils as desired

 

You have to:

1. Mix salt, olive oil, and almond oil in a glass bowl.

2. Add an essential oil such as peppermint, for scent.

3. Store it in a tightly sealed glass jar.

4. Leave on for five to 20 minutes, then rinse.

 

This scrub is perfect after a bath or shower while the skin is still warm and damp. Massage a tablespoon or two onto the skin in small circles.

 

* Note: Do not use any equipment with copper, aluminum or Teflon finishes because these will react with the ingredients. Stick with stainless steel, glass, ceramic or plastic.

Also, if the scrub is used on children, the elderly, or if pregnant, check with an aromatherapist concerning the use of essential oils.

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How To Use Honey For Your Skin Care?

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Honey by itself is an amazing gift of nature. It is wonderfully therapeutic when taken internally.

It has been used for centuries to promote internal and external healing. Used as a food it can give you energy.

Externally, it can be particularly useful. For starters, it is a natural antiseptic.

It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Another characteristic of honey is that it will attract and retain moisture. It also acts as an anti-oxidant.

The nectar collected from the flowers is transformed into honey to dress upon some of the most mouth-watering desserts.

With the passage of time honey has continued to be one of the main ingredients for skin care.

It has maintained its importance due to the beneficial factors. The healing capacity of honey is astonishing, making it one of the favorite components for home remedies.

A large portion of honey is made up of protein, with other nutrients, including carbohydrates, minerals, B-complex vitamins (including bioflavonoids), and vitamins C, D and E.

Honey has many good properties like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, chlorine, sulfur, iron and phosphate.

The Vitamin B complex, as mentioned above like B1, B2, B6, B5, and B3. There is a presence of copper, iodine, and zinc in small quantities.

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Honey is very good for your skin due to its properties.

You can use honey for the face mask as it treats your skin very well. It nourishes your skin by the essential properties present in it.

It is very good to remove wrinkles from the face and works as an anti-aging remedy.

Honey is able to maintain moisture which helps your skin remain soft and supple.

The hydration quality of the honey proves to maintain the skin’s elasticity, smoothness, and softness. The presence of antioxidants in honey protects you from UV rays.

Here are some homemade recipes using honey that you can try but be cautious. Test first if you have any allergic reactions to the ingredients.

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Honey Recipes for the Skin

Honey Cleanser

Mix 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. finely ground almonds with 1/2 tsp lemon juice.

Rub it on your face. Rinse it with warm water.

Honey Toner

Make a concoction of 1 tbsp. honey with peeled and de-seeded apple.

Apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse it with cool water.

Honey Facial Mask

Mix 1 tbsp. honey, 1 egg white, 1 tsp. glycerin and in proportion add flour to all the ingredients to whisk up a smooth paste.

Spread this paste all over your face including the neck and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.

For A Pleasing Bath

To have relaxing bath add 1/4 cup honey to your bath water and ease out in that smooth and silky water.

A Smooth Conditioner

Mix 1 tsp. honey with 1 tsp. vegetable oil and 1/4 tsp lemon juice.

This mixture is very natural conditioner to be rubbed on every part of your body which is dry.

Leave it on for 10 minutes and later rinse it off.

Acne Reliever

Mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1/4 tsp salt. Use a cotton ball to soften the blemish by applying constant pressure.

Apply honey with the help of cotton and leave it for 10 minutes. Wash it and pat it dry.

Lip Care

The use of honey on chapped lips is a great hit.

Body Scrub

Use 1/4 cup freshly ground coffee, 1/4 cup buttermilk, 2 tbsp. wheat germ, 2 tbsp. honey, 1 tbsp grape seed oil, 1 egg white. Mix buttermilk, honey, grape seed oil and egg white.

Keep adding coffee and wheat germ to this mixture slowly to avoid any lumps.

Apply this paste all over your body when in bath helping in exfoliation.

Rinse it completely and pat dry to see the effects.

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A Sweet Treat with Honey for the Skin

For the ultimate natural all round healing potion, try Honey. Thanks to Cleopatra’s milk and honey baths, Honey has become a favorite with one and all to be used in a beauty regime.

Beside Cleopatra, there were other beauties from the past, who swear by honey being an indispensable ingredient in beauty treatments.

Pollution, dirt, and other chemical agents in the air make the skin lose its ability to retain water, making it look dry, wrinkled and aging the person bit earlier.

The natural hydrating and antioxidant properties of honey trap and seal the moisture, rejuvenate the skin, cleanse the complexion leaving it soft and supple.

Honey in its purest form is suitable for all skin types’ even sensitive skin. Beauticians suggest using honey abundantly for a radiant complexion.

Skin care products like baths, shower gels, face creams, skin lotions, moisturizers, body scrubs and even newborns products contain pure honey.

Treat yourself to some simple natural skin care remedies with honey at your home –

Mix ¼ cup of honey to your bath keeps your skin soft and supple.

– For dry skin, mix 1 tsp. honey, vegetable oil each and ¼ tsp. of lemon juice. Pat it on dry areas of your skin, leave for 10 minutes and rinse with water.

– Make a moisturizing mask with 1 tsp. of honey, 1 egg yolk, ½ tsp. almond oil and 1 tsp. yogurt. Apply on your face, neck and other parts of your body. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with water. Your skin will feel moisturized and polished with tightened pores.

– For the silky-smooth skin, mix ¼ cup of honey and 3 tsp. of rosewater. Apply to face, neck avoiding sensitive areas around the eye. Massage well and rinse with lukewarm water and enjoy the sensation of an all different skin.

– Open the pores on your face by place a cloth dipped in warm water. Smear honey on your face for 20-30 minutes. Rinse first with warm water and then cold water to close the pores.

– Indulge your skin with the paste of 1 tsp. of honey, 1 egg white, 1 tsp. glycerin, and flour. Smooth it over your face, throat, leaving it on for 10 minutes and then washing it off with warm water. Your skin will feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

– Mix 4 tablespoon of whole milk powder and 2 tablespoons of honey make an excellent baby bath.

Besides all these, there are still many simple recipes that you can do with honey. You can use it as one of the ingredients or just as it is.

 

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What Are The Essential Facial Skin Care Tips You Can’t Live Without?

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Facial Skin Care Tips

Facial skin care is more a matter of discipline than anything else.

It is not as complicated as some think. With the right attitude and discipline, one can actually create a facial skin care routine that will help bring about that healthy glow.

Below are just some top tips for you to start.

1. Never sleep while still wearing make-up

This is perhaps the most cardinal rule when it comes to facial care. Make-up that is left on overnight can clog the pores and trap the dead skin cells inside with the hair follicles.

This may cause blackheads and even acne when not treated early. In addition, chemicals on the skin will prevent the skin from regenerating and breathing while you are asleep.

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2. Good Night Sleep

They did not call it beauty sleep for nothing. Having the right amount of sleep can actually help the skin regenerate.

This is also the time when the skin can breathe in from going all day with make-up.

3. Balance Diet

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can help the skin stay supple and soft. In fact, foods that are rich in Vitamin C and E are good for the skin as it serves as excellent anti-oxidants.

4. Moisturize

The skin on the face needs to be kept moisturize all the time as this is the part of the skin that is often exposed to the sun and the harsh environment.

Moisturizing the skin will help prevent the appearance of wrinkles and lines that may let you appear older than you really are.

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5. Always keep your skin clean

Although you would not really know for sure if your skin is clean or not, it is always a good idea to practice a little bit of hygiene just so that you can prevent your skin from the onset of acne.

 

Although some people may survive with only water as facial wash, most people would use soap or cleansers to help keep their skin clean.

Experts recommend that people use mild cleansers on their faces. Remember that the face is very sensitive to irritations.

Women who wear make-up should also include toners, moisturizers and make-up removers in their regimen. These are essentials in keeping acne and pimples at bay.

Well, very simply, a facial skin care routine can follow the following 4 steps:

 Cleansing

 Toning

 Exfoliating 

 Moisturizing

 

Cleansing is the first thing in facial skin care routine. Cleansing helps in removing dust, pollutants, grease and extra oil from your skin, thereby preventing damage to your skin.

Just spot your face and neck with a good cleansing lotion or cream and gently massage it into your skin using upward strokes.

Use a soft face tissue or cotton wool to wipe your face in a gentle patting fashion, do not rub.

Cleansing should be done at least twice a day. It could be in the morning as part of complete facial skin care routine and evening on a standalone basis.

Water soluble cleansers are the best for inclusion in your facial skin care routine.

Toning is the next in a facial skin care routine. However, this is the optional part of the facial skin care routine.

Mostly, proper cleansing can compensate for toning. Toning helps remove all traces of dirt, grease, and excess cleanser.

Instead of making it part of your daily facial skin care routine, you can use toning occasionally such as when you have been exposed to the particularly harsh environment or pollution.

Exfoliation is again, kind of, optional step in everyday routine for facial skin care.

However, exfoliation is necessary at least once a week or twice, depending on the skin type and the environmental conditions.

Exfoliation finds its place in facial skin care routine because of the natural tendency of the skin to replenish the skin cells every 3 or 4 weeks.

 

As a facial skin care technique, exfoliation helps in removing the dead skin cells that block the pores, thus assisting the skin in the natural process.

Beware, excessive or harsh exfoliation can cause damage to your skin. So, you need to balance it out.

The next thing in facial skin care is moisturizing.

In fact, moisturizing is the most important part of facial skin care routine. Moisturizers prevent your skin from getting dry.

Dry skin is really undesirable since it cause the upper layer skin to break, leading to dead skin cells. Again, use light upward strokes to make the moisturizer more effective.

Moisturizers work the best when applied on the warm and damp skin. So do not try to remove all the moisture in the previous steps of facial skin care routine.

6. Use Sunscreen

The sun’s harmful ways can bring much damage to the skin. In fact, the sun is the number one culprit when it comes to wrinkles and fine lines.

It is also the one responsible for the appearance of brown spots, not only on the face but also on the shoulders and on the back.

The sun can destroy the skin’s natural protection.

It may not be visible when you are young but the effects will definitely be seen in later years.

There is also, of course, the danger of developing skin cancer from direct rays of the sun. As uncommon as it may seem, tumors can actually develop on the face.

This is the reason for putting on sunscreen whether you plan to stay outside for long or not, whether it is summer or winter is highly recommended.

It is important that you put sunscreen every day, even when you are not planning to go to the beach or to go out.

Experts recommend the use of sunscreens that have SPH 15 or higher for all day protection.

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Choosing a Facial Skin Care Product

Talking about skin care, ‘facial skin care’ seems to top the chart. There are loads of facial skin care products available in the market.

The most common facial skin care products are the ones that are used as part of daily routine. These include things like cleansers and moisturizers.

Toners and exfoliation ones are well known too but not many people use them as such.

The general classification of facial skin care products is based on the following:

Genderthere are facial skin care products for men and there are facial skin care products for women

Skin Typefacial skin products for oily skin, facial skin care products for dry skin, facial skin care products for normal skin and facial skin care products for sensitive skin

Agefacial skin care products for old and facial skin care products for young

Skin Disorderi.e. facial skin care products for the treatment of various skin orders like eczema, acne etc.


That is your starting point for choosing a facial skin care product that suits you. A good way to start is by determining your skin type first.

Also, note that the skin type changes with age, so the facial skin product that suits you today, might not suit you forever.

Hence, you need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of your facial skin care product.

Taking great care of your facial skin is easy once you establish the right routine.

Sticking to a regular cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing schedule can help you achieve a flawless, smooth complexion that glows with health.

Every person’s skin is unique, so developing your facial care regimen will be likely to require some trial and error.

Knowing thoroughly what different kinds of products do, and what your skin type needs, can help you create the ultimate skin care plan custom designed for your individual complexion.

The first thing to consider when choosing skin care products and coming up with your treatment plan is your skin type.

If you often notice flaking, find your skin is easily irritated, or feel that you are prone to premature wrinkles, you probably have a dry skin type.

If you are vulnerable to acne and blemishes, or find that you constantly need to powder your nose to keep shine at bay, you have an oily skin type.

If, like many people, you have pimples and grease in some areas and irritation and flaking in others, you have combination skin, which usually requires the most individualized care.

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Keep your skin type in mind when buying the four products that will make up your skin care routine.

You will need a cleanser to use twice daily, an exfoliant to use a few times per week, a moisturizer to use as needed, and one intensive treatment for weekly use.

The cleanser should wipe away dirt, makeup, and excess oil, and will keep your pores free of clogs.

The exfoliant will slough away dead skin cells that can cloud your visage, and exfoliating will help keep your skin looking youthful and vibrant.

The moisturizer will tackle dryness, redness, and irritation so that you can maintain a silky smooth texture and a fresh, dewy look.

The intensive treatment should be a commercially available or homemade mask that will tackle your biggest skin problem.

The facial skin care products are available in various forms i.e. creams, lotions, gels, masks, and others.

And a lot of people try to pit one against the other in their discussion on which form is best.

However, one can’t really rate one form as better than another form. What suits you and whatever you are comfortable with is the best form of facial skin care product for you, really.

Nevertheless, it’s important to note that these products work differently for different people.

So, the best thing is to try the facial skin care product on a small patch of skin (e.g. ear lobes) before actually going ahead and using it.

For your cleanser, look for a product free from alcohol or other potentially drying agents, and choose the gentlest product possible.

It should be strong enough to cut through excess grease, but not so strong that it strips your face of the natural oils that keep it resilient.

Your exfoliant should be especially designed for facial skin, the most delicate skin on the body. So, don’t try to make your body scrub do double duty on your face.

The moisturizer you pick must be non-comedogenic to keep your complexion clear, and should be water based for maximum effectiveness. Use your moisturizer only when you notice redness or dryness.

For people with dry skin this may mean applying a thin layer after every cleansing, but for others it might mean occasional spot treatments.

Use a mask treatment once a week for a luxurious, deeply penetrating solution to your skin problems.

You can find a mask recipe or premixed product for any issue under the sun.

Whether you’re dominant skin trouble is acne, dryness, or visible wrinkles, or if your skin is in great shape but could use an infusion of nutrients, you will be able to find a treatment ideal for your skin.

 

Another important consideration is the state of your skin.

If you are suffering from a skin disorder of any kind, it is best to seek the advice of a dermatologist before you actually make your selection and start using a facial skin care product.

Once you have selected the facial skin care product for yourself, you also need to ensure that you use the facial skin care product in the right way.

Follow correct procedures for application, use the correct quantity and make the facial product a part of your skin care routine.

 

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What Are The Tips And Secrets For Serious Skin Care?

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Do you have any skin care tips or skin care secrets?

What does it involve in serious skin care?

Taking care of your skin is serious in itself. There is no need to wait for much damage before getting serious in taking care of the skin.

Whether you have healthy young looking skin or one that is damaged by the sun, you need serious skin care.

It is never too early to start worrying about your skin and to find ways to take care of it.

It’s all about prevention

Serious skin care should not only involve ways to combat the aging process when it has already settled in but also to prevent the onset of the aging process.

One must remember that serious skin care does not just involve a fight but also prevention. This is actually something that people should also inculcate.

Serious skin care does not look for the remedy but for ways to prevent the problem from starting.

This means that everything you do from removing your makeup and washing your face to putting different kinds of medication is classified under serious skin care.

It’s all about commitment

Serious skin care will not amount to anything without the firm commitment of the people who subscribe to the regimen.

This means that there is no room to vacillate. You cannot just start one regimen and then decide to stop after. Consistency is also needed in order to see great results.

This is especially true with skin care that aims to prevent the onset of aging. This involves blind faith as you will not be able to see the results of your efforts until after several years when you grow old and everybody around you have wrinkles and you do not.

 

It’s a global process

It is not enough that you just take care of one part of your skin and ignore the other parts.

Serious skin care involves every aspect of skin care and encompasses every skin part in our body, from the face to the feet, even to the hardest to reach corners of the body.

This is perhaps the mistake of most people who take care of their faces but largely ignore the legs or the abdomen.

They only take care of the parts that are visible. This should not be the case as the entire skin needs taking care of. Every part of the skin ages.

Of course, it is also right that you take extra care more on the parts that are visible as these are the parts that are often exposed to the sun but this does not mean that you will scoff the others.

 

Top 10 Skin Care Tips

Healthy skin is really one of the most important ingredients for beauty-enhancement.

So let’s see what these top ten skin care tips are:

1. Know your skin type

This is important because not every skin care product suits everyone. In fact, all the skin care products specify the type of skin they cater too.

 

2. ‘Drink a lot of water’

This will not keep your skin moist but will help in overall upkeep of your health and in turn your skin. It might seem a bit awkward to some, however, this is an important skin care tip.

 

3. Cleanse your skin regularly

Some suggest doing this  1 to 2 times daily. This is a very effective skin care tip that helps in getting rid of the dirt and other harsh elements from your skin.

Cleansing is especially important when you have been out of your house and hence exposed to pollutants, dust and others.

This skin care tip also advocates the use of lukewarm water for cleansing because hot and cold water or both can cause damage to your skin.

 

4. Be gentle, after all, it’s your skin

Don’t scrub or exfoliate too hard or too often. Similarly, don’t apply too much or too many skin care products. It’s a must-to-follow skin care tip.

 

5. Keep your skin moist at all times

This is one of the most important skin care tips.  Don’t let your skin get dry. Dryness causes the outer layer of your skin to break, leading to a rough and unattractive appearance.

Use moisturizers or emollients. Moisturizers work best when applied while the skin is still damp.

 

6. Avoid the use of soap on your face

Soap should only be used from below the neck. This might be a small but important skin care tip.

 

7. Use sunscreen to protect yourself from sun’s harmful UV radiations

You can use day-time moisturizers that have sunscreen built into them. Use them even when it’s cloudy.

UV radiations are known to cause skin cancer, so follow this skin care tip without fail.

 

8. A bit of exercise and good sleep are essential too

This is not just for skin care but for your health as a whole.

Lack of sleep can lead to the formation of wrinkles below your eyes and lack of exercise can cause your skin to slack.

Moreover, exercise and sleep also help in beating stress.  So besides being a skin care tip, this is also a health care tip.

 

9. Treat skin dilemmas with care

This skin care tip is about not ignoring any skin dilemmas.

Consult your dermatologist before you go on to use a skin care product, lest you do end up harming your skin even more.

 

10. Beat the stress

The harmful effects of stress are known to everyone, however, sometimes stating the obvious is essential too. Hence, this skin care tip found its place here.

Yes, stress harms skin too. So, take a break or indulge in a warm bubble bath or just get good sleep.

 

 

Celebrity Skin Care Secrets

We all would love to know what celebrity skin care regime our favorite actress or singer is using.

But before you get all upset and anxious, it is best to remember that most of the photographs we see in magazines have been touched up.

And if you and I were subjected to a top to toe makeover courtesy of some of the best therapists in the world, we would look like a celebrity.

Skin care can be very expensive and our idols probably pay more for their cosmetics than we spend on our mortgage.

But, you do not need the most expensive products. You just need to adopt a total skin care regime and include all areas of your life.

Here are some of these skin care secrets:

1) Eat a healthy diet

Starvation or faddy diets will not give you great skin. We need good fats i.e. omega 3 and 6 to keep our skin in tip top condition.

 

2) Stop smoking and entering smoky establishments

With the latest laws preventing smoking in a lot of public places, this does make life easier.

 

3) Cut any addictive behavior

Alcohol, caffeine and sugar addictions will stop you having skin like your favorite celebrity.

 

4) Drink more tea

Green tea, oolong tea, and other herbal teas are all great for your skin and body alike.

 

5) Eat your berries

This is not just strawberries. Increase your consumption of blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, cherries and raspberries too.

 

6) Eat more nuts

Indeed, consume more nuts including walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts. This can be your snack or add it to your recipe.

 

7) Add some spice

Instead of salt, add spices to your food for flavor and extra nutrients. Skin loves cinnamon and oregano.

 

8) Grow your own sprouts

Sprouted beans are not just a fad. They are simple to grow and they are proven to provide more nutrients than a lot of the more common vegetables.

 

9) Add watercress to your salads

This tiny plant is full of vitamin A and C – no wonder a lot of actresses like to drink watercress soup.

 

10) Treat yourself to a facial

Well, you may not have a celebrity’s budget, but you can act the part for a day or weekend at your local spa.  Relax and enjoy having someone pamper you all day long.

 

11) Protect your skin always

Although most famous celebs enjoy their holidays, take note that they always carry sun hats and glasses.

This may be for protection against the paparazzi but it is probably the damage from the sun’s rays that they are more concerned about.

When it comes to celebrity skin care, ignore most of what you read. Eating one food all day long does NOT give you great skin.

Dieting to resemble a malnourished child is also not a recommended skin care solution.

There you go, with lots of tips that you can do yourself to take care of your skin to be a celebrity in your own right.

In the end, these tips are not really secrets, these are more of common sense and practical measures to take care of your body and your skin.

Beyond using skin care products, being healthy inside and out should also be your priority and consideration.

 

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How To Use Seaweeds For Skin Care?

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There are many benefits of seaweed and you don’t have to limit yourself to just using seaweeds for skin care, though it can be great for that too.

Another thing to take into consideration is that skin care with seaweed does not just mean applying seaweed to the outside of your body.

We all know that what we see on the outside of our bodies actually begins on the inside.

What are the benefits of using seaweeds?

Adding seaweed to your diet can provide many nutritional benefits that will make your whole body healthier… and that will show up on your skin too.

Another benefit of some varieties of seaweed is that they can help you cleanse your body from the inside out.

You may have heard of clearing toxins from your system by doing a colon cleanse.

There are some varieties of seaweeds that can be used jut for that purpose. Again, you can start on the inside to improve the look of the outside.

 

 

You can also use seaweeds in other forms like creams, soaps, and wraps.

Kale, for example, can not only be added to many of your foods to get even more of a health benefit, it can also be used as a body scrub.

Several varieties of crushed algae have been used for creating facial masks and scrubs.

Another seaweed that has been used as a beauty treatment is Carrageenan. This Irish seaweed is used to thicken creams used in cosmetics.

Bladderwrack is used to help remove cellulite by applying this cream to those trouble spots.

Other benefits of seaweed to your appearance can be to thicken your hair and prevent hair loss.

Many people claim that by taking a seaweed supplement made from Nori, you can not only slow down any hair loss but you can also improve the strength and the rate at which your hair grows.

To get the hair growth benefit, though, you must actually eat the seaweed you don’t just apply it to your head.

Since it comes in supplement forms or it can be added to many dishes you already eat, it is a simple thing to get more of it into your daily diet.

 

Another popular use for seaweed is a seaweed wrap.

If you enjoy going for spa treatments, you will have no doubt heard about this.

A seaweed wrap can help your skin in many ways, but it doesn’t just stop at making your skin look better.

Since it can tone, moisturize, oxygenate, and detoxify your body it can also help with other issues such as arthritis relief, help heal strains, increase circulation and even help with weight loss.

You can have a wrap just on your face or a full body wrap. These will usually last anywhere from one to one and one-half hours.

Afterward, you will feel and look relaxed and rejuvenated. These are just some of the skin care with seaweed benefits you can get from this amazing sea vegetable.

You can use it to make your skin look good on the outside by improving the health on the inside.

 

Seaweed Wrap

If you are looking for a great way to unwind at the spa and loose a few inches at the same time, then consider a seaweed wrap.

Seaweed wraps are becoming more popular than ever and after you experience one, you will understand why.

Most of these wraps are conducted at spas and massage centers, however, you can also try one at home.

Whether you venture to the spa for your wrap or choose to enjoy it in your own home, your results will be fantastic.

If you are curious about why seaweed is used for a wrapped procedure, then you might want to get the facts on seaweed.

 

Seaweeds actually provide more than half of the Earth’s oxygen. They are one of the most primary life sources.

The interesting thing about seaweed is that it absorbs all of the great things from the ocean.

Through osmosis, it absorbs copper, iron, potassium, zinc, and iodine. It also absorbs many vitamins.

It is small wonder then that seaweed can do so much for our bodies as our own plasma is extremely similar in composition to seawater.

 

With our bodies being made of mostly water, seaweed is a welcoming product for our skin. Most wraps use seaweed algae from the Brittany Coast of France.

Spas will order the substance from France to use in their centers. Companies who sell seaweed used for wraps are able to maintain the natural elements of the seaweed. These elements help the wrap do its job.

Most women try seaweed wraps for their relaxation aspects. Seaweed wraps are much more useful than simply for relaxation.

 

A wrap can stimulate your circulation, making your blood flow better. It can also increase your metabolism, allowing you to have more energy and to lose weight more easily.

 

One of the main things a seaweed wrap does for your body is that it gets rid of toxins.

It is a gentle form of detoxification for your skin and your body. It will help with cellulite, sagging skin, stretch marks, and water weight loss.

 

You can think of a seaweed wrap as a total body cleanser. It cleanses both inside and out.

The wrap works by absorbing the vitamins and minerals that the seaweed contains naturally.

 

The minerals absorbed are taken in by the skin and help break up fatty deposits in your body. It will make your skin look and feel supple and smooth.

You may want to know what to expect when going in for a seaweed wrap.

Most spas will lead you to a private room. The lights may be dimmed and soft music may be playing.

 

 

The lighting and music will help you relax and enjoy your treatment. Your wrap specialist will ask you to either remove your clothing or put on a disposable bikini.

After you undress, the specialist will smooth seaweed paste all over the treated area.

When the paste is applied, the specialist will then wrap the area with warm thermal sheets.

These sheets are very relaxing. You will then relax for up to 45 minutes. The specialist will remove the sheets and you will rinse the seaweed off of the treated area.

 

After receiving seaweed wrap at a spa or after doing it yourself at home, there are a few things you should remember.

Since the wrap is removing toxins from your skin, you should be sure to drink extra water for 24 hours after your wrap.

Drinking water is a great way for your body to replace the toxins with something useful and healthy.

Be sure to drink about 4-6 extra glasses to get your body back on track.

Not only will drinking more hydrate your body, but it will also allow your skin to stay smooth and supple longer.

 

If you would rather not try a seaweed wrap on your entire body, you can try localized treatments.

If you are only concerned with your legs, you can get a seaweed wrap for your legs alone.

You can also do a seaweed face wrap. Any part of your body can be used in the treatment process.

These treatments will improve the firmness of your skin as well as help you with other problems.

For the best results, salon specialists suggest getting a seaweed wrap once a week for at least six to eight weeks. This can be a bit costly, but after all, beauty is not cheap!

Although another option is to find a do it yourself seaweed product in your beauty store. Then, simply follow the procedure and you are good to go.

If you are looking for a new or alternative beauty regimen, why not try using and incorporating seaweeds beauty procedure?

 

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How To Naturally Take Care Your Skin?

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Natural skin care is caring for your skin in a natural and chemical-free way. Caring skin naturally  advocates enabling the skin to take care of itself without any assistance from synthetic chemicals.

It is about inculcation of good habits in the way you lead your day to day life. A lot of natural skin care measures are actually the same as those for body care in general.

Washing the face daily is sometimes not enough. Some get facials done while others regularly visit their dermatologists for consultation.

There are also some who are forever undergoing some kind of medication to help keep their face blemish free. This can eat up a lot of the money that they earn.

Remember that facials and consultations are not cheap. They can be mightily expensive.

But why go with the medical when you can do it in a natural way?

From the day you are born, your skin requires much care to remain smooth and healthy. It begins with soap to keep you clean.

Then, there are creams, powders, and ointments to keep diaper rash from your bottoms.

During the first few years of your lives, your skin will do well with soap for cleaning and the occasional lotion or cream for moisture.

Then, come the teen years. Raging hormones bring out the oily skin, the pimples, and a host of other conditions.

It’s important to understand that everything that comes in contact with your body affects your health and the condition of your skin.

That’s why choosing natural skin care products and ingredients are important. The liver filters the toxins and poisons from the food you eat, but whatever you place on your skin is directly absorbed.

This includes deodorant, lotions, gels, cleansers, toners, make-up, perfumes, and more.

As you age, your skin becomes more sensitive, and you need to be even more careful with the beauty treatments you use.

The constant concern and the nagging issues about skin have led to awareness among people concerning their skin.

As a result, several skin care product manufacturers have inculcated natural substances as opposed to synthetic materials in their product formula.

The harmful side-effects of synthetic substances have been known to be instant irritation in some cases and long-term effects in some others.

This is where the natural skin care products step in. The variety and effectiveness of these natural products render the synthetic substance products worthless.

The skin is probably the first place that indicates a body’s health. If you are unhealthy and unwell from within, it is bound to appear on your skin especially your face.

However, this may not be true in all circumstances where acne or pimples may dull the facial skin despite good health.

All natural skin care products have a strong following and for good reason. These particular products only use ingredients that are natural and proven to not only be effective, but gentle on the skin.

The obsession with such products is so widespread that just about every skin care line out there now has all natural skin care versions of its most popular products.

Many parents turn to all natural skin care products for use on their children and even young babies.

However, it is important that you do a patch test when trying out a new product, although the majority of all natural skin care products are fairly safe for all skin types to use.

Perhaps, the cosmetic industry has made great advances in all natural skin care products.

Not all products may work for you and some products focus on specific areas so, it is important to do your research and to test the market to discover what is right for you.

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Natural Skin Care Tips

Below are some of the ways that you can take care of your skin without spending so much.

1. Exfoliation in the shower

Exfoliation is one of the things that help keep your skin, smooth and silky. The process removes the dead cells from the skin, thereby preventing the buildup of dead cells in the pores.

Exfoliation can actually be done before you take a bath every day. You just need a dry brush. Make sure that it has soft bristles. Otherwise, you will end up irritating the skin.

Brush in circular movements to also help in the circulation of the skin. This process, however, can only be done in certain parts of the body. Sensitive areas like the face may only be irritated.

2. Use fruits and veggies

Cliché as it is, fruits and vegetables really do have properties that help in keeping the skin healthy.

There are fruits and veggies that you can put directly on your skin like the tomato and the cucumber.

Of course, eating an apple a day will definitely keep the dermatologists away as apple contains natural nutrients that are really good for the body, especially for the skin.

High fiber fruits like bananas are also highly recommended as they are able to improve on digestion and metabolism.

3. Water

The best and the most viable solution to maintain a healthy skin is the use of water. Our bodies are primarily made up of water.

Thus, consuming sufficient water and washing the face with water will significantly help to stay hydrated and to maintain healthy and glowing skin.

Lack of water or dehydration may cause toxins that will be removed through the pores on the skin. As a result, the first step to maintaining a healthy-looking skin is to drink water and thus stay hydrated.

Not only will water help you in washing your face, drinking lots of it will also help you get rid of the toxins in the body.

In fact, one of the secrets to having great skin is drinking lots of water. Experts recommend at least 8 glasses a day. For people who have digestive problems, about 10-15 glasses are already enough.

4. Exercise

Another way to get rid of the toxins in the skin is to regularly do physical activities whether they like working out in the gym or doing sports activities.

5. Avoid sugar

Do you know that sugar can actually make your skin sag and develop wrinkles? This happens when the excess sugar goes to the bloodstream and sticks to the protein.

 

A good sleep is also instrumental in maintaining good health and in beating stress. As a natural skin care measure, a good sleep delays slacking of skin.

Beating stress is another natural skin care therapy. Stress causes overall damage to body and health.

Drinking a lot of water, getting a sound sleep and exercise has already been mentioned as stress busters.

Indulging in a warm bubble bath, listening to music and playing your favorite sport are also good ways of beating stress.

Yoga is yet another way of beating stress; it is fast gaining popularity amongst the masses.

Avoid excessive exposure to the sun by wearing long sleeved clothes, hat and umbrella. This is another natural skin care strategy. Sunscreen lotions are also recommended as necessary.

General cleanliness is another inexpensive way of natural skin care.

Daily shower, wearing clean clothes and sleeping on a clean mattress or pillow are all part of general cleanliness.

After all, clean skin is the key to keeping the skin disorders at bay.

A lot of traditional and homemade natural skin care products are also known to be very effective. Such measures are not only natural and easy-to-follow but also relatively inexpensive.

 

It’s important to understand that everything that comes in contact with our body affects our health and the condition of our skin.

That’s why choosing natural skin care products and ingredients are important.

The liver filters the toxins and poisons from the food we eat, but whatever we place on our skin is directly absorbed.

This includes deodorant, lotions, gels, cleansers, toners, make-up, perfumes, and more.

As we age, our skin becomes more sensitive, and we need to be even more careful with the beauty treatments we use.

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Why Use Natural Skin Care Products

Before we get into the reasons to use natural skin care products, let me share with you some basic skin information.

Skin is also called the epidermis. Believe it or not, it is the largest organ of the body.

There some different types of skin that people can have. Normal skin is neither dry nor oily, nor is it sensitive. Dry skin needs to be moisturized to retain in natural quality.

Oily or greasy skin will need to be cared for with products that will reduce the oils on skin without harming the face.

Combination skin is usually a combination of oily and dry skin.

Finally, there is the sensitive skin type that usually requires special care.

 

General reasons why you should use only natural products:

1) The first reason is that some products may be harmful to your skin.
2) Some ingredients may cause cancer, skin irritations, and may cause or worsen acne flare-ups. Some of these ingredients are parabens, alcohols, and mineral oil.
3) For the animal lover, Natural products are cruelty-free. No animals are used to test the products.
4) Natural products are free from synthetic ingredients, fillers, and preservatives.

 

Natural skin care products are terrific for the skin. They have nothing artificial, no fillers, preservatives or fragrances.

If you want to smell nice, use cologne or perfume. Fragrances in skin care products can cause irritations and allergic reactions.

It’s better just to use a dab of your favorite fragrance then have it in your skincare products, especially for long-term skin health.

 

Are natural skin care products the answer to all problems?

When it comes to skin care products, you will find that a lot of people are very particular about using only natural skin care products.

They treat all the synthetic products as harmful to the skin.

So, are natural skin care products the answer to all of our problems?

What if a natural skin care product is not available for the treatment of a particular skin disorder?

Are the synthetic skin care products so harmful that they should be banned?

Different people have different answers to these questions.

However, the reality is that due to the presence of synthetic preservatives, it’s really tough to find a natural skin care product that is 100% natural.

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There are natural skin care products that have natural preservatives, but their cost might be detrimental.

Moreover, such natural skin products have a shorter shelf life and hence are not preferred by the manufacturers of natural skin care products.

Some people carry a wrong notion that since natural skin care products are natural, they cannot cause any harm to the skin.

The suitability of a skin care product is not based on whether it is synthetic or natural. An unsuitable natural skin care product can harm you in almost the same way as a synthetic one.

So, use natural skin care products, but be open to synthetic ones too. You might need them when a natural solution is not available.

 

Your selection of a natural skin care product should be based on 3 factors:

check-blueThe skin type (dry, oily, normal, sensitive) of the person who will use that natural skin care product

 

check-blueThe climatic conditions in which it will be used, for example, hot and humid condition would warranty the use of oil-free natural skin care products


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The process for application or use of the natural skincare product

A good natural skin care product can seem useless if not used in the proper way.

 

You can also make natural skin care products by yourself, by using the recipes that are readily available on the internet and in the books at book stores.

Natural Skin Care – Right from your Kitchen Cabinet

 

Easy-to-use natural skin care is safer, less expensive, and can be as easy as opening your kitchen cabinet, coupled with a few minutes of preparation.

Healthy, radiant, glowing skin is something every person wants. Yet, few of us even think to use what’s really the best for out skin: natural skin care products.

The answers to achieving radiant, glowing complexion are within arm’s reach.

Many of the items in your kitchen right now can provide natural skin care that’s even better thank those expensive, chemical filled products that cost an arm and a leg.

 

Here are a just a few natural skin care solutions for you to try. You’ll be very pleased with the results:
arrow_prcvirFor a great moisturizer try olive oil. This healthy fat is good for you and is great for your skin. You can also use it to soothe sunburned skin.

 

arrow_prcvir Once a week, rub your skin with baking soda while in the shower, for a smooth, silky feeling. You can also do this on your face to remove blackheads.

 

arrow_prcvir Vinegar can work wonders for smelly feet and armpits. Mix water and vinegar 50/50 and use in place of deodorant. It will keep the unpleasant sweat smell away, without any irritation. As for your feet, if you suffer from athlete’s foot, a week of vinegar foot bath will help a lot, sometimes completely get rid of your condition.

 

arrow_prcvir Fresh tomatoes are great for the oily areas of your face. Please make sure to try the tomato juice on your arm first, as your skin may be sensitive to it. Rinse thoroughly immediately after using the tomato juice.

 

arrow_prcvir Egg yolk mixed with honey makes for a really great mask. Put on your skin, leave it on for 20 minutes, and rinse off. It is also excellent for sensitive skin. Honey gives a tingling sensation, so if you are sensitive to that, use the egg yolk alone.

 

arrow_prcvir Another use for egg yolk: for those with eczema. Use it instead of soap. It doesn’t smell great, but it will heal your damaged skin.

 

arrow_prcvir A great treatment for dry skin is avocado. Mash it, smooth it onto your face and rinse off after 20 minutes.

 

Use of organic fruits and vegetables is also popular as a natural skin care procedure.

Some essential oils, herbal oils, are useful too and are known for their moisturizing and antiseptic properties

However, using a natural skin care product does not mean that you can exercise carelessness with other aspects of skin care.

These products should be used like supplements to the following essential recommendations: healthy eating habits, regular exercise, drinking a lot of water, and cleanliness.

This will then form a perfect and completely natural skin care routine that will help maintain a healthy beautiful skin for longer time.

 

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What Is The Best Skin Care For Oily Skin?

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It’s imperative to first understand the cause behind oily skin. Put simply, oily skin is a result of excessive production of sebum, an oily substance that is naturally produced by the skin.

As is known to everyone, an excess of everything is bad. So, excessive sebum is bad too.

It leads to clogging of skin pores, resulting in accumulation of dead cells and hence the formation of pimples or acne.

Moreover, oily skin spoils your looks too. Thus, it is as important as the skin care for other types of skin.

Oily skin can be really tricky to take care of because one wrong move can spell disaster for the skin.

One must remember that among the basic skin types, oily skin is perhaps the most sensitive and easily triggered.

Although having oily skin will lessen the possibility of developing wrinkles and lines early in life, one will compensate by being prone to acne, pimples and all sorts of blemishes.

Over-activity of the sebaceous glands makes it more likely for the pores in the skin to get clogged.

Clogging of pores with grime, dead skin cells, and bacteria trapped inside can result to swelling and red bumps.

The basic aim of oily skin care is the removal of excessive sebum or oil from the skin.

However, oily skin care procedures should not lead to complete removal of oil.

Oily skin care starts with the use of a cleanser.  Nevertheless, not all cleansers will work.

You need a cleanser which contains salicylic acid like beta-hydroxy acid that retards the rate of sebum production. Cleansing should be done twice a day and even more in hot and humid conditions.

Most of the oily skin care products are oil-free. However, it is always good to check the ingredients of the product, before you actually buy it.

This is especially important if a product is marked as ‘suitable for all skin types’, instead of ‘oily skin care product’.

This is also dependent on the degree of oiliness, if you aren’t too oily, so some of these ‘suitable for all’- type of products might be work for you too.

For extremely oily skin, only oily skin care products are suitable. Your skin care routine can include an alcohol based toner for an extremely oily skin.

This can be the second step in your oily skin care routine just after cleansing. Take note also that excessive toning can harm your skin.

The next step in your oily skin care routine can be a mild moisturizer.

Again, the degree of oiliness of your skin will determine whether you need to include this in your oily skin care routine. If you do decide to include a moisturizer, be sure to use one that is oil-free, wax-free and lipid-free.

You could also use a clay mask like once a week, as an oily skin care measure.

As far as the oily skin care products go, you might need to try out a few before you arrive at the one that is really suitable for your skin.

In case these measures don’t give you the desired result, consult a good dermatologist for advice.

Your dermatologist could prescribe stronger oily skin care products like vitamin A creams, retinoids, sulfur creams , which can help counter the problems of oily skin.

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Oily Skin Care Tips

Below are some additional tips that will help you take care of your oily skin.

1. Choose what you put in your face

Oily skin can be very sensitive to irritation. This makes choosing the products that will not irritate the skin all the more difficult.

For despite having products that are made especially for oily skin, there are skin types that are very allergic to some ingredients.

It is also recommended that people with oily skin refrain from using cosmetics and skin care products that are oil-based or those that are oily.

Using oily products will only add to the oil already on the skin. They should instead use water-based products that are easily removed.

2. Wash your face

Another solution to a problem is the frequent washing of the face.

This is done to prevent the build-up of oil on the skin which in turn will prevent the occurrence of acne.

Basic hygiene is the single best solution to acne problems in oily skin.

3. Remove Makeup

Another reason why pores are clogged is the interaction of chemicals and oil on the skin.

To prevent this, avoid sleeping while there is still makeup on your skin. This is actually a no-no for all skin types but all the more important for people with oily skin.

4. Be consistent with your treatment

In taking care of oily skin, it is important that you are consistent with your treatment. Most people with oily skin will probably be asked to use cleansers and then toners.

Astringents are also popular as it helps exfoliates the skin and remove dead skin cells on the surface. Moisturizers are sometimes forgone because the skin is oily and moisturized as it is.

Homemade Facial Skin Recipes for Oily Skin

Homemade natural skin care products don’t contain any additional chemical ingredients that could potentially irritate or harm your skin.

The only prospective problem may lie in people who are allergic to certain food ingredients.

This is easily overcome by substituting the offending food or ingredient with another similar ingredient. For example, if you are allergic to strawberries you could substitute a cucumber instead.

Not only do homemade skin care products cost a lot less to make, you can easily experiment with what works best for you without breaking the bank.

Let’s face it, some of the products on the market cost a small fortune! It is frustrating to buy a product for $20 and find out it either doesn’t work or it can’t be used because it causes a breakout.

It’s much easier to head off to the kitchen, mix up a small sample batch of something and give it a try.

You will find that some recipes have to be mix up just prior to use as they don’t store well, but the majority of recipes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week allowing you to mix up a small batch to save yourself some time.

The following recipes are great for people with combination/oily skin that tend to break out with acne and blackheads. Why not give these a try and see how they work for you?

 

Facial Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin

You will need:

2 tbsp cornstarch

2 tbsp glycerin

1/2 cup distilled water

 

To prepare:

1. Mix the ingredients together until smooth.

2. Pour into a jar and place the jar in a double-boiler pot. Do not use direct heat on the jar.

3. Bring the water in the outer pot to a boil and heat the mixture until it is clear and has thickened.

4. If it thickens too much, add a bit more water.

5. Remove from heat and let cool.

This is a good all-over facial cleanser and should keep for 7 to 10 days.

 

Green Tea Skin Toner

You will need:

1 teabag of green tea

1/2 cup boiling water

 

To prepare:

1. Let the tea bag steep for 2 to 3 minutes in the hot water.

2. Remove the tea bag and let the water cool.

3. Pour into an empty toner bottle or something similar with a small opening.

4. Use with cotton pads like you would a regular toner.

5. If you wish to, you could also add a 3 or 4 drops of tea tree essential oil.

Tea tree oil is a great antiseptic for pimples, while the oil helps to moisturize the skin.

 

Facial Scrub

You will need:

1 part baking soda

1 part water

To prepare:

1. Mix together into a paste.

2. Gently scrub blackheads for 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Rinse off. Use once or twice a week.

This facial scrub is good for blackheads.

 

Natural Scrub for Oily Skin

You will need:

1 part sea salt

1 part lemon juice

 

To prepare:

Mix into a paste and gently scrub face for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse off.

Interestingly, you would think this would be very drying to your skin, but it actually leaves your skin feeling clean, refreshed, and soft.

Use once a week to remove dead skin cells.

 

Deep Cleansing Mask

You will need:

1/2 of a peeled, pureed cucumber

1 tbsp plain, natural yogurt

 

To prepare:

1. Mix ingredients together and apply to the face (avoid eye area).

2. Let dry for 20 minutes.

3. Rinse off with warm water.

Use once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells and refresh your skin.

 

Other Natural Way to Avoid Oily Skin

 

arrow_prcvirTo avoid oily skin apply fresh smashed tomatoes on your face.

 

arrow_prcvirFacial Mask: Blend 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/2 cup mashed apple into a smooth paste. Apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes, later rinse it.

 

arrow_prcvirYou can apply mud packs or clay masks on your face which help in soaking oil from the skin. This may provide a temporary relief as the long term effects are inconclusive.

 

arrow_prcvirEgg Mask: Blend 1 egg white, 1 teaspoon camphor spirit, 1 tablespoon skim milk powder and a drop of mint essential oil. Before applying the mask, apply odorless castor oil. Apply the mask, keep it for 15 minutes; wash it off with warm water to be rinsed by apple cider vinegar and water or witch hazel solution.

 

arrow_prcvirCucumber Mask: Grate a cucumber and keep it in the fridge. Apply this grated chilled cucumber on your face for 15 minutes. Use this at least twice a week for a clean and clear face.

 

arrow_prcvirCucumber can also be used in juice form mixed with lemon juice. Apply this mixture half-an-hour before you take a bath. The proportion would be 1/2 a tsp each of cucumber and lemon juice.

 

arrow_prcvirGet a facial sauna by using herbs such as lemongrass, licorice root and rosebuds. Keep it in simmer, 2 to 4 tablespoons of fresh or dried herbs in 2 quarts of water. Once you see the steam cover your face over it. To entrap the steam, cover your head with a damp towel and be in that position for 15 minutes. Later wash your face with cold water and dab it dry.

 

As you can see, making up your own natural homemade skin care recipes can be quite simple and convenient with the right ingredients in the house.

After all, if you have to run out to buy some cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and others, why not just stock up on what you need to make your own facial skin care products instead? At least you’ll know exactly what’s contained in each product.

Just remember to throw away the old stuff after 7 days and make a fresh batch for the following week. Your skin will thank you for it.

Surely, you have loads of options on how to take care an oily skin. It’s in your hand to manage it carefully or else your chances of getting acne are high.

With some patience  and proper skin care appropriate for oily skin, you can conquer this problem.

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How To Maximize The Efficiency Of Sunscreen?

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Know some facts of sunscreen and how to properly use it for your protection.

Sunscreen, when used properly, works much akin to a thin and almost invisible bulletproof vest that contains organic molecules that absorb, scatter, and reflect UV rays, thus protecting you from a silent killer called the sun.

Over-exposure to UV rays means a significantly increased risk of skin cancer, which is the world’s most commonly diagnosed cancer.

In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, someone in the United States dies every hour from melanoma—the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Yet, 90% of skin cancers are preventable if we are proactive about properly protecting ourselves from over-exposure to UV-rays from the sun.

Among the simplest, most effective preventative measures we can take is by properly and regularly applying sunscreen.

Two decades ago, sunscreen was relatively unheard of, whereas today it has become part of our common jargon. Heightened awareness of skin cancer and the importance of sunscreen, even sun protective clothing have, in ways, only further confused us and perhaps even caused us to ignore the warnings.

Have you ever wondered why there have been occasions when you slapped on a pound of sunscreen before hitting the lake only to return home burnt to a crisp?

The problem is, we are told to use sunscreen but we aren’t instructed on how to properly apply it to maximize its efficacy.

Unlike a bulletproof vest, however, sunscreen must be re-applied in order for it to properly provide protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Consider the 30-20-2 rule: Apply SPF 15+ sunscreen to your skin at least 30-minutes prior to going outdoors even on cloudy days.

Then, reapply within the first 20-minutes of being outside to reinforce the protective barrier the sunscreen provides and then apply sunscreen consistently in two-hour intervals.

For children under 18, sunscreen must be applied every hour. The reason sunscreen works in this way is based on the mechanics of our skin.

Our skin works much like a sponge does. The top layer of our skin, called the epidermis, absorbs sunscreen, forming a protective layer on the skin that blocks UV rays from reaching the melanocytes or “pigmentation cells” that lie deep within the skin.

Your skin—the largest bodily organ—reaches its saturation point after approximately two hours, thus leaving you unprotected and causing sunburn and/or other skin-related damage. Hence, it is imperative that sunscreen must be reapplied in order to enhance its protective powers.

Alas, not all sunscreen products out on the market today work proficiently. To deliver the optimum level of protection, sunscreen must have sufficient amounts of essential ingredients.

In other words, when choosing a sunscreen product for your family, take a look at the bottle. Make sure it contains proven effective agents such as zinc oxide and Parasol 1789.

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Furthermore, make sure the product is a broad-spectrum formula, meaning that it blocks both UV-B and UV-A rays. If the sunscreen is not a broad-spectrum formula, do not buy it.

You are not being sufficiently protected nor “covered” if your sunscreen does not clearly indicate that it protects from both UV-A and UV-B rays.

The significance of a broad-spectrum sunscreen cannot be over-emphasized. UV-B and UV-A rays have varied effects on your skin, your immune system, and your body as a whole.

 

UV-B irradiation disrupts the melanocytes (the cells deep beneath the epidermis of your skin responsible for your pigmentation), causing them to release the “redness” known as sunburn.

Any change in the color of your skin as a result of over-exposure to the sun is a sign of damage, even if your skin tends to “tan” as opposed to burning.

 

When this occurs, your melanocytes are trying to tell you that normal, healthy cells have been severely disrupted and therefore are attempting to compensate for that damage.

On the other hand, damage to your skin caused by UV-A irradiation is far more serious. UV-A rays are especially harmful as they penetrate deeper, breaking bonds of DNA which lead to cancer.

You typically do not see the immediate effects of UV-A rays, but they are the chief culprit behind photo-aging and wrinkling in addition to actinic keratoses, a precancerous skin condition.

Damage to your cells as a result from over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun or from a tanning bed is un-repairable.

Consider the following analogy: Have you ever left a basketball outside in the hot summer sun for a lengthy period of time? And after you retrieved the ball, you immediately notice that the elasticity of the ball is weakened—it feels “rubbery” and never quite “bounces back”?

This is exactly what happens to your skin as a result of prolonged UV-A exposure. Both UV-B and UV-A rays have cumulative effects and coupled together often lead to melanoma skin cancer.

 

Thus, make sure you understand “SPF” when purchasing a brand of sunscreen, and do not be fooled by those that claim to deliver a high level of protection.

For starters, “SPF” stands for sun protection factor or “sunburn protection factor”.

The way SPF works can be best described by the following example: An SPF 20 sunscreen is only allowing five out of every 100 UV protons to reach your skin. In other words, it is blocking out 95% of the UV rays from reaching your skin.

 

That being said, dermatologist-oncologist Sancy A. Leachman, director of the Tom C. Mathews Jr. Familial Melanoma Research Clinic at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, recommends an SPF 15 sunscreen as ideal for daily, year-round use.

Yet, if you are planning a long, leisurely day at the lake (or even a marathon day on the ski slopes), you will want to opt for an SPF 30 sunscreen and be sure to apply the 30-20-2 rule so as to prevent a painful reminder of your day of recreation.

In reality, sunscreen usage among Americans today has decreased by nearly 60%, according to a recent report by the American Academy of Dermatology.

Could the lack of sun safety behavior be contributing to the ever-increasing skin cancer incidence and mortality?

Certainly, the world’s most common cancer could be easily prevented if we are proactive about choosing effective sunscreens and properly, proactively maximizing their efficacy.

Just visit the pharmacy section of your local store, and you quickly realize that buying sunscreen can be confusing as there are so many choices.

Do you buy the one with SPF 15 or 60?  How much should you apply?  And what exactly does “broad-spectrum” mean?

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Chemical Compounds in Sunscreen

It is important when looking for sunscreen products, to choose those that provide protection against UVA and UVB rays.

You need to protect the surface of the skin and underneath the skin. Keeping the collagen and elastin intact will keep the surface of the skin safe from burning rays and Cancer causing rays.

The dangers involved in using most brands of Sun Care Products and the dangers of exposure to the sun

A big problem with the sun care industry is that in their attempt to provide higher SPF levels, they have had to increase the chemical compounds in sunscreen to allow prolonged safe exposure to the sun’s rays.

A team of experts from the University of Southern California has found that sunscreen can do more harm than good once it soaks into the skin, where it actually promotes the harmful compounds it is meant to protect against.

The research team found that three commonly ultraviolet (UV) filters: octomethoxycinnamate, benzophenone 3, and octocrylene eventually soak into the deeper layers of the skin after their application leaving the top skin layers vulnerable to sun damage.

UV rays absorbed by the skin can generate harmful compounds called reactive oxygen species (ROS) which can cause Skin Cancer and premature aging.

The researchers found that once the filters in sun screen soaked into the lower layer of the skin, the filters react with UV light to create more damaging ROS. Many of the top name brands fall into this category.

 

The Solution

These are the ingredients of pure, safe sunscreen products with no chemicals:

-They contain safe ingredients for UVA and UVB protection.

-Anti-aging elements to protect the top of the skin as well as the collagen and elastin underneath the skin

-Vitamin C and Magnesium which promotes healthy development of collagen and elastin

-Peptides which are protein strands that enhance the skins own ability to build collagen and elastin.

 

Breakthrough in Sunscreen Technology

A new breakthrough in sunscreen technology, called Helioplex, combines two FDA-approved sunscreens and delivers highly effective stabilized UVA and UVB protection to shield from both forms of UV damage.

Sunscreens containing Helioplex, such as Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 55, offer strong, stable protection to shield skin against both UVA and UVB rays.

 

Tips When Buying Sunscreen

In what follows, you will get the answers as to what you should look for in a sunscreen:

1. Broad-Spectrum

Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect your skin from the sun’s two main types of ultraviolet rays – UVA (the dominant tanning ray) and UVB (known to cause burning).  Neither one is safe, though, as they both contribute to aging in your skin and eyes, as well as skin cancers.

So if you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, you will be protecting your skin from burning, skin cancer, wrinkling, and another aging of the skin.

2. Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

The SPF refers to the level of blockage against UVB (it does not include UVA) rays that the sunscreen provides.  So the higher the SPF is, the longer you can stay in the sun before you burn.

For example, an SPF 30 means you can stay in the sun longer before you burn than if you are using a sunscreen with SPF 15.

However, this does NOT mean that you can stay in the sun twice as long.  Instead, it means that the SPF 30 would block out approximately 97% of the UVB rays, and an SPF 15 would block out approximately 94% of UVB rays.

If you are highly sensitive to the sun, then you will want to use sunscreen with higher SPF.  However, those sunscreens with SPF 100, for example, will not block 100% of the UVB rays.  No sunscreen does that.

Many physicians recommend their patients use products with SPF ratings of 30-45 if they will be spending extended time outdoors.  Products with SPF 15 can be effective for incidental sun exposure, and can be found in many face moisturizers.

3. Water Resistance

If you will be sweating outside or swimming, you want something that stays on your skin better, and that is less likely to drip into your eyes.

 

Once you buy your sunscreen, there are a couple things that you need to know about its application:
1. Slather It On

Most people do not put enough sunscreen on.  The SPF level you get from your sunscreen will depend on how thick you put on your sunscreen.

The less sunscreen you put on, the less protection your skin is actually getting.

A good guideline for adults is to use an ounce to cover the whole body.

 

2. Put it on before you go outdoors

It takes time for the sunscreen to absorb into the skin and begin working properly.

 

3. Reapply often

No matter what level of SPF you are using, you should always reapply your sunscreen every 90 minutes to two hours, or sooner if you have been sweating or swimming.

Hopefully, this article is helpful enough for you to understand what type of sunscreen should you buy and how to make the most of its effectiveness.

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How to Take Care of Your Hands?

How do you take care of your hands to keep and maintain them pretty? Maintaining beautiful hands is important for maintaincludeyouthful look at any age.

Your hands get the most exposure and show your age the most, so care of them is care for your age.

Knowing how to maintain your hands as you age is the best way to make sure they look your best and that you, in turn, look your youngest and best.

 

Hand Care Tips

 

As you enter your 20’s, your hands look young and healthy for the most part. These are your skin’s glory years as they are likely yours as well.

This is the best time to start preventing the effects of aging because you don’t yet have to worry about treating the effects that are already there.

 

Premature aging is most often caused by exposure to the sun. In your 20’s is the best time to begin protecting your hands. At least twice a day, use a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15.

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If you are going to be outdoors in the sun for long periods of time, apply a sunscreen with a UVA blocking agent in it. UVA rays are what cause brown spots and wrinkles.

 

About once a week, exfoliate the skin on your hands by using a facial scrub. Removing old dead skin will help the daily moisturizer you are applying to penetrate deeper into your skin.

 

Finally, apply an over the counter lightening skin cream nightly to your hands. This will fade minor brown spots and discoloration that may already be infiltrating the skin on your hands. Beware, though, if you are not using your sunscreen, the spots will reappear.

 

As you enter your 30’s, your estrogen levels will begin to drop. This drop will cause more dryness in your hands than you experienced in your 20’s.

In addition, this is the time when the first signs of photoaging may occur (loss of tone in your skin or blotchiness). There are still steps you can take.

 

Each morning, when you get up, apply a moisturizing cream with a sloughing agent (lactic acid, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid). This will help to keep dead cells from accumulating on your skin’s surface. After you moisturize you will need to layer on the sunscreen.

 

Again, the sunscreen should have an SPC of at least 15 and contain either transparent zinc oxide or Parasol 1789. You will also tend to lose moisture during the night. To prevent this, apply an emollient serum to the backs of your hands about a half an hour before you go to bed.

 

Lastly, to fade out any brown spots that have begun to show, apply a prescription bleaching cream after checking with your dermatologist, in the morning and then some sort of vitamin A derivative in the evening.

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As you reach your 40’s you skin will begin to thin out, which is a normal part of aging due to a loss of collagen in the skin.

You will begin to notice more veins, wrinkles, and sun spots on your hands if any of them look strange or change shape or color, see a dermatologist.

 

If you are in your 40’s you will want to change to a hand cream that contains whey protein, which has been shown to help the production of collagen.

 

Also as always, don’t forget to put on a layer of UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen. In an effort to help produce collagen as you sleep, apply a nonprescription retinol cream or Renovo.

 

If serious wrinkles and spots continue to appear on your hands, you may have to resort to in-office dermatological procedures.

 

Consult your doctor before making any decision about serious treatments. Many of these procedures can help reverse some of the effects of aging that all the measures discussed simply cannot prevent.

 

It is your face that probably gets noticed first, but your hands get the most exposure: the most exposure to people, the sun, and the elements. Because of that exposure, your hands are what is going to display your age.

 

Hand Massage: The Secret to Having Unimaginably Beautiful Hands

Most people are vain about their hands. This is because they are, aside from the face, what is apparent first and foremost to other people.

 

It is likewise pleasant to see hands that are clean and white. Hands which are dirty and neglected are a disgrace and may cause people to form negative opinions about their owner.

 

It is, however, difficult to maintain the softness and cleanliness of one’s hands. This is obviously because they are the ones being used to help oneself around.

 

They clasp, grip, clamp and hold on to anything and everything that they need to. As a result, they have become the receiving end of abuses that are too many to mention.

 

Taking care of one’s hands goes beyond washing them whenever they are soiled and applying beauty aids like moisturizers and lotions to them for maintenance.

 

Caring for them also includes allowing them to rest whenever they need to and making sure that they are in good condition all the time.

 

The process called giving hand massage has also become one of the options one could try out to be able to give his hands proper care.

This allows blood to circulate better through them. It also serves the purpose of allowing them to rejuvenate and to regain their missing vitality.

 

Giving hand massage to one’s hands is something that would prove to be beneficial, and how to give hand massage is as easy as 1-2-3.

 

The first step that needs to be undertaken is pouring half a teaspoon of vegetable oil or any massage oil of your choice onto the palm of one’s hand. Rubbing the substance should make it cover the entire area of the palm.

 

After doing this, the oil should be spread around the hand of the person being massaged. Light stroking movements should be used.

 

The next step involves moving the thumbs away from each other from the center of the hands towards the outsides several times, then between the tendons on the back of the hand and towards the wrist.

 

Then, taking each finger between the finger and the thumb, circular or twisting movements should be done up and down each finger.

 

The third step involves turning over the hand being massaged. The same routine of moving the thumbs away from each other from the center of the palm is to be done while applying more pressure this time.

 

After this, circular movement using the thumbs is to be made all over the palm of the one being massaged. The last step includes holding the hand of the one being massaged while sliding a hand up the arm.

 

This is to be done several times before finally proceeding to give hand massage on the other hand.

 

Giving hand massage to one’s hands is something that is bound to give a priceless experience to them. It is easy, healthy and beneficial aesthetically speaking.

 

Techniques such as giving hand massage are able to lend new lives to tired, beaten, overused hands as they are parts of the body which deserve a little more pampering than what they actually get.

 

Giving hand massage is for people who want to have unimaginably beautiful hands, and this is the benefit giving hand massage is able to offer to hands that are in dire need of tender loving care.

 

 

By taking proper care of your hands you will be able to look your best, and maybe even look younger than you thought you could.

 

So take care of your hands, no matter what your age, and enjoy the benefits.

 

Know The Fact: What Are The 16 Acne Myths To Be Aware Of?

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Do you know someone who has some skin concern like acne? What are those acne causes and some acne myths?

Zits or pimples may appear harmless but it can ruin a person’s social life and can even destroy his self-confidence.

For one, it is disfiguring and can mar even a beautiful face.

Understanding Acne

What is acne? Certainly, most of us know what it is, simply because we have had to experience it at one time or another in our lives. But, in case a definition is needed, here is a short one.

Acne is a dermatological term that includes clogged pores, pimples, and lumps or cysts that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders, and upper arms.

Acne occurs most commonly in teenagers but is not limited to any age group, afflicting even adults in their forties.

This disease has many varieties, and although none are life threatening, the more severe cases of acne can be disfiguring, leaving permanent scars on affected areas.

The physical changes in body tissue – or lesions – which acne causes are described in five ways: comedos, papule, pustule, nodule, and cyst.

Further, these terms denote range or severity with comedo (also known as blackheads and whiteheads) at one end and nodules or cysts at the other.

As stated above, acne is most common among teenagers, affecting teens between the ages 12 and 17.

Usually, these mild cases are cleared up with over-the-counter treatments and the acne goes away by the early twenties.

It also should be noted that although acne affects both girls and boys equally, there are some distinctions.

Young men are more likely to have severe, long-term acne while women can have reoccurring or intermittent acne well into adulthood due to hormonal changes and cosmetics.

 

 Acne Myths

Many of the problems facing those who are trying to deal with acne are the pervasive sources of misinformation out there regarding the causes of acne.

Despite the numerous valid sources of information on and about acne that are now available, these myths persist and are passed on by word-of-mouth to those unfortunate enough to suffer from the disease.

Rather than finding solutions and treatments to alleviate the symptoms, problems are often compounded.

Ill-advised treatments based on these myths can have less than effective results and can often do further damage in the case of severe acne.

In light of the influence that these myths can have on both understanding acne in general and the courses of treatment, in particular, it would be wise to start with a quick overview of some of the more common myths that are out there, dispelling the misinformation with the truth about them.

After this, we can move on to the question of what the actual causes of acne might be.

 

Myth #1: Acne is caused by poor hygiene.

It doesn’t matter how often, how ritually, you scrub your face and other areas affected by acne.

This has no bearing on either the status of current a breakout or the creation of new problems.

In fact, this sort of rigorous regimen of washing and scrubbing can actually irritate skin and make the acne worse, not better.

Though you may have heard so from well-meaning parents growing up or some other misinformed person, acne is not caused by poor hygiene.  This doesn’t mean that hygiene isn’t important.

In some way, good hygiene can help reduce the effects of acne if used in conjunction with acne treatment products.

Rather than frequent, harsh washing, it is generally recommended that you wash your face twice to three times a day with mild soap and then pat it dry – don’t scrub dry.

 

Myth #2: Acne is caused by diet.

“Don’t eat chocolate, it will give you pimples!” “They say that eating greasy foods can give you zits. Most of you have heard these and other similar statements before, right?

What they are saying, in effect, is that what you eat can cause acne. But, what they are saying isn’t true. It is a myth, one of the most popular ones actually, about the causes of acne.

Extensive scientific research has been conducted, searching for possible correlations between one’s diet and a possible cause of acne, and have not found anything conclusive.

However, each of us is different. Some people notice that breakouts are worse after eating certain foods and the kinds of food differ with each person.

For example, some people may notice breakouts after eating chocolate; while others have no effects with chocolate.

Instead, they notice breakouts occurring after they drink too much coffee or caffeine.

These are just examples but they might be worth heading. If there is some sort of food or drink that might be affecting your acne, then cut back and see if that helps.

 

Myth #3: Acne is caused by stress.

Stress is not a direct cause of acne but it is true that some types of stress can cause the body to produce a hormone called cortisol, which can irritate existing acne.

Indirectly, some medication that we take to alleviate or control extreme stress or emotional problems like depression can be factors in the production of acne. In fact, some medicines have acne listed as a possible side effect.

 

Myth #4: Acne will go away on its own.

This is generally not true and acne needs treatment in order to be cleared up.

With the selection of acne treatment products available today, there is no reason not to investigate and find what has the best results for those concerned.

In some cases, a dermatologist should be consulted and other forms of treatment can be pursued.

         

Myth #5: Tanning clears up the skin.

In fact, this has the reverse effect. At first, it may seem that the latest bake in the tanning bed or sunbathing has improved your complexion, but in fact, the tan may only have masked or covered the acne.

In reality, the sun can make the skin dry and irritated and this can lead to more breakouts.

On another note, if you do tan, make sure that you are using a sunscreen that doesn’t contain oils and other chemicals that might clog up your pores and cause acne to get worse. (Look for noncomedogenic or nonacnegenic on the label.)

 

Myth #6: Popping Zits Will Make Them Go Away Faster

Again, though this seems true, it is another myth.

Rather than speeding up the process of healing, this action actually prolongs the situation as popping the whitehead caused the bacteria inside to be pushed deeper into the skin, which allows more infection to grow, and ultimately leads to scarring.

 

Myth #7:  Only Teenagers get acne.

The truth is that about 25% to 30% of all people between the ages 25- 44 have active acne.

So, the idea that acne is only a problem for teens is yet another myth.

 

To get familiarize on these myths and avoid them, check them again on another angle although they are almost the same as mention above.

Let’s take a look at some popular beliefs about acne to dispel any other rumors …

 

Myth #8: Is it true that increased stress spreads acne?

Not exactly! What is true is that ultimately stress can have a very minimal or minor influence all by itself.

It cannot actually cause acne, but it can influence reoccurrences of acne as stress increases the body’s creation of a substance called cortisol that in turn causes your sebaceous glands to produce increased amounts of sebum oil that can be blocked in pores.

Note, however, that some medications people take when trying to deal with or treat stress can have a large influence on acne as the result of medication side effects.

 

Myth #9: Acne is contagious, true or false?

No! No one can “catch” acne; it is non-communicable.

 

Myth #10: You’ll outgrow acne, so just leave it alone – myth or truth?

This is false. Acne strikes all ages and is treatable, but shouldn’t be left alone to possibly worsen.

 

Myth #11: Being out in the sun helps acne, right?

In the long run, no. The sun may appear to help clear up your blemishes and redden your skin, thus lessening the overall reddish effect of the targeted acne area when it was outstanding.

However, rays from the sun can cause skin damage and actually irritate skin more, worsening any existing acne problems in the process and clogging more pores as skin cells dry up and slough off quicker than normal. So, use caution and sunscreen here!

 

Myth #12: Sweating helps clean out your hair follicle areas, myth or reality?

Another myth. In reality, strenuous activity can temporarily increase your body’s oil production that can actually worsen acne problem areas, causing recurrence or intensification.

 

Myth #13: Acne problems are directly proportionate to sexual activity, or lack thereof; true or false?

False, this is another myth. Just because teenagers are going through hormonal changes, does not mean that this has anything to do with acne.

Both are separate issues. It is the same with adult acne and sex – two entirely different issues.

 

Myth #14: People with acne are dirty and don’t wash enough.

No! This is another myth. Acne is the result of a buildup of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria in a closed pore. Period. Dirt is not even a factor in the equation.

 

Myth #15: Acne is only on external issue or surface deep; people shouldn’t make such a big thing out of it, myth or reality?

Myth. In reality, yes, it basically is only on your skin and underneath the surface a little bit.

However, the effects run much deeper than that in many instances.

More than 50% of those suffering acne problems reported negative comments and other feedback from members of society, regardless of whether or not there was any scarring left for others to see afterwards.

And resulting internal depression and low self-esteem can be harmful emotionally not only short-term but over a person’s lifetime.

Thus, acne can indeed be a very big issue requiring healthcare treatment and support.

 

Myth #16: OK, myth or reality: there is a cure for acne?

Myth. Although there is no cure at this time, there are many treatments available that do a great job. As the saying goes, “Prevention is the best medicine.”

However, there is no need to suffer in silence with all the options available on the market today for all price ranges.

In fact, you can check this article for natural home remedies for acne: What Are The Natural Remedies For Acne You Can Apply?

 

After covering these myths, it is important to note, that these are not all of the myths that are out there, circulating in the popular health magazines and on the Internet. No, not by a long shot.

There are dozens more where these came from. Be very careful about researching the topic and deciding what sources to trust.

 

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What Are the Risks And Alternatives Of Tanning?

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Are you into tanning? If so or even thinking of doing so, read this post first. Find out the risks, possible addiction and some alternatives that you can do instead.

Are there risks in tanning?

One of the main causes of skin cancer is exposure to harmful sunrays.

If you thought that getting tanned at tanning salons was safer than the sun, please think again before visiting any salon.

Tanning beds and sunlamps are as dangerous as the sunrays.

Most of the bulbs used in the salons emit both UVA and UVB radiations that are also found in the sunlight.

And, they are responsible for both Melanoma and Non-melanoma types of cancers.

Exposure to tanning bulbs also reduces your body’s ability to repair the damaged DNA, which is caused by UV radiation.

Tanning, not only may cause cancers as the ultimate harm it can give but also prematurely ages the skin.

How many of you realize that tanning is body’s response to the damage of the skin?

Every time, you get tanned, you accumulate skin damage. There is no such thing as safe tanning.

Unfortunately, the cosmetic trends are pushing more women to tanning salons. More people are inviting cancer for the sake of the tanned look. Melanoma can kill if not diagnosed earlier.

Regrettably, the young population is not changing its behavior about getting tanned.

As they accumulate skin damage over the years, getting affected by skin cancer at later stage of their life is increasing.

Despite the warnings, many people continue to tan. They still believe that having a tan makes them look healthy, but it is actually the opposite.

A tan indicates that your skin is trying to protect itself when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

This UV radiation is what contributes to premature aging such as wrinkles, cataracts in the eyes, skin cancers, and altered immune systems.

 

What kind of UV radiation exists?

There is UVA, UVB, and UVC radiation.  UVA is the longest wavelength, and UVC is the shortest wavelength.

UVC is not a concern when it comes to tans and sunburns, as most of it gets absorbed by the ozone layer before getting to the earth.

 

What does UV radiation do exactly that causes so much damage?

The UV radiation penetrates the skin, which can damage and cause mutations in the cells of the skin.

UVA penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, but both are dangerous for the cells of your skin.

Studies have shown that both types of rays are responsible for contributing to the aging of people’s skin and eyes, as well as resulting in skin cancers.

UVA rays are now known to be even more dangerous than originally thought. Still, UVA has been known as the one associated with tans and UVB with getting sunburns.

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What do tanning beds use?  

Tanning beds often emit high levels of UVA, even higher than the sun emits.

Despite tanning salons telling their patrons that tanning this way is safer, it actually is not.

In particular, children and teens need you to teach them these dangers as they are at even more risk.

Because their bodies are still growing, it puts their cells in even more danger of mutations.

 

What about Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is produced in your body when you are exposed to the sun’s rays.

It is especially important in preventing osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones), but it is also important in improving your immune system functioning.

Those living in northern climates are more at risk of Vitamin D deficiencies.  But, you can get Vitamin D from some food sources, as well as supplements.

Those living in northern climates are more at risk of Vitamin D deficiencies.  But, you can get Vitamin D from some food sources, as well as supplements.

However, many people still believe, and many salons will try to convince you that tanning is a healthy way to get your Vitamin D.

Fortunately, a study was done at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London, has shown that you can still get adequate levels of Vitamin D by slathering on sunscreen with an SPF 15.

Some of the UVB rays pass through the sunscreen, allowing your body to produce Vitamin D.

Therefore, the tanned skin does not represent health.  It is the body’s way of trying to protect itself from UV radiation.

Whether you use the sun to tan or use tanning beds, you are putting your body at risk.

If you want to ensure you get adequate Vitamin D levels, it is healthier to take supplements.

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Is it Possible to be Addicted to Tanning? 

Some healthcare professionals have gone on record stating that tanning is the new addiction.

After all, when you crave something so much that you will do it even when you know it is not healthy for your body, then that is classified as an addiction.

In the case of tanning, you know that the ultraviolet rays of the sun and tanning beds can cause wrinkling and sagging skin, age spots, and even skin cancer, but you still do it.  And much more continue to do it too.

In fact, the numbers of people tanning continue to increase, despite being aware of the risks and dangers it poses.

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Other than enjoying the color that a tan brings, there are other reasons why people say they tan:

Their mood is better

In fact, many tanning salons will advertise that tanning will lessen the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a form of depression that usually emerges in the fall and winter months when there are fewer sunlight hours.

However, this is not an effective treatment as SAD requires visible light (not the ultraviolet light from a tanning bed) to enter through your eyes using a special SAD lamp.

 

They feel relaxed

Related to the improved mood, is also the relaxation that is reported that tanning brings.  Studies have also confirmed this.

There is a release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones when exposed to ultraviolet radiation (UV).

 

They want to get the Vitamin D

Getting your daily dose of Vitamin D is not a common reason that people will give for tanning, but tanning salons will definitely tout this as a reason to use their services.

The truth is that sun exposure or tanning beds are not safe ways to get your Vitamin D.

Consider eating fortified dairy products or taking a supplement, this is an inexpensive and safer way than the use of UV radiation.

 

Could there be another reason why some people are hooked on tanning?

Studies continue into the reasons why people continue to tan, even though they know that the ultraviolet radiation is damaging to their bodies.

Some researchers also believe that some tanners suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). This is a body-image disorder where they think that their bodies are unflattering in some way.

The reality, however, is that they do not perceive their bodies accurately in the same way others would describe their physical appearance.

Dermatologists have found that tanning makes the skin give off endorphins. These opioid compounds make a person feel good.

They are the reason endurance runners report “runner’s high.” Could there really be such a thing as tanner’s high?

Various reports suggest that frequent tanning may be a type of substance. Research says the idea came from skin cancer patients who couldn’t stop tanning.

Thus, it appears that tanning is like an addiction for some people.  Based on the information above, do you think that you could be one of those who are addicted to tanning?

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I Still Want a Tan – What Should I Do?

If despite all the warnings, you are still insistent that you want a tan, there are some safer alternatives to baking in the sun.

The best way is to fake it!

Fortunately, this allows you a safer way to get the warm glow you are seeking.  There are two main types of fake tans you can get – bronzers and sunless-tanning products.

 

Bronzers

Bronzers are applied to anywhere you want more color – your face, neck, arms, legs, stomach.  You simply wash them off at the end of your day.

Bronzing products come in powder, spray, or stick forms.

It is not always easy to find one that you like, so if possible, seek advice from a professional in the cosmetic industry to help you choose.

Bronzers can get on your clothing if you are not careful, so you want to be aware of that.  Certain types may dry on your skin, but powders can rub off onto your clothing.

Sunless Tanners

Recent research shows that while DHA or dihydroxyacetone provides only minimal SPF protection against the sun’s shorter-wave or UVB rays, higher DHA concentrations that turn the skin darker may provide extra protection against the sun’s longer-wave or UVA rays.

As previously mentioned, UVA and UVB are linked to premature skin aging and skin cancer.

But you can’t assume you’re adequately UV-protected just because your skin turns darker.

At best, the DHA in self-tanning lotions offers protection equivalent to an SPF of only 2 to 4.

The Skin Cancer Foundation maintains that SPFs of 15 or higher are required for adequate protection.

Hence, even if a product has a high concentration of DHA, it must also contain an SPF 15+ sunscreen if you want to be properly protected.

And remember, even if the lotion contains such as sunscreen, the protection lasts only a couple of hours, not for the duration of the color change.

The term self-tanner is the same as sunless tanners.

Sunless tanners contain the chemical, dihydroxyacetone (DHA).  Like any chemical being applied to your body, you will hear controversy surrounding its safety.

In general, it is said to be safe for using it to get a “tan.”  It is also approved to use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Tanning Safely

How do you tan safely? Self-tan with a Sunless Tanning Lotion! You get great golden tan without the dangers of sun burns or cancer.

Here are some things to keep in mind when using sunless tanners:

1. Be prepared to try a few different kinds to find one that you like

If you find one that you like the first time, you are very fortunate!  It is normal to have to test a few different kinds to find one that matches your skin tone.

This is because you may find some that make you look yellow or orange, and you do not want that.  With patience, you can find one that you like that looks natural.

2. Beware of the mist

You can find sunless tanners in lotions, gels, and sprays, for example.  Just be careful, if you are using a spray, that you are not breathing in the mist.

3. The color lasts about five to seven days

This is normal as you shed dead skin cells regularly.  In addition, if you are exfoliating, your tan is not going to last as long as you remove the top skin cells.

It is also advised that you moisturize the areas, that you have applied sunless tanner too, to prevent less sloughing off dead skin cells.

However, do not do this for at least four to six hours after applying the tanner, otherwise, you could end up with poor results.

4. Prepare your skin before using the sunless tanner

Make sure to have a shower or bath, shave, and exfoliate your skin using a loofah before applying the tanner.

Do not use any deodorant, and do not use lotion on your body, as this will prevent the tanner from absorbing well.

But, you can put a little lotion on your heels and hands as these areas tend to be very finicky to apply tanner to and can often appear too dark if you apply too much tanner.

 

Wrapping Up

To conclude, if you really want some sort of tan, the safest method is to use bronzing products or sunless tanners.

The information provided above will help you get that glow you are looking for, without the damaging rays from the sun or tanning beds.

Indeed, not all popular as what some experts and celebrities promote are exactly great.

Choose what is best for your health and for your body, both inside and outside. Look beautiful without damaging your entire well-being.

 

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