You can have healthy skin!
With new research, new products and new
skin protection advice popping up all the time, it is
hard to figure out the best things to do to improve and
protect your skin. A skin care program is the
combination of skin care products and a routine that
will be most beneficial to the skin. You will first need
to consider your diet and type of life-style since these
two factors play an important role in the health of a
These days we seem to be living in the fast-food age and
the condition of your skin is often neglected. You still
can't beat the old fruit and vegetable diet when it
comes to good health and a good complexion.
Remember to feed and nourish your skin by eating the
proper foods. Give your skin a drink too. Those eight
glasses of water a day your mom always told you to be
sure to drink are essential to maintaining your skin's
elasticity and suppleness, say experts. And don't count
coffee or any of the caffeinated sodas as part of the
eight glasses because caffeine is dehydrating. The water
you choose can be sparkling water, mineral or straight
from the tap. Another suggestion is that you keep a
liter-size bottle close at hand, or simply drink a glass
or two with your meals, and a few in between.
You need to give some thought and consideration to the
type of makeup you use. And be sure to clean your tools
regularly. Things such as cosmetic brushes get dirty and
can carry bacteria and germs and may cause skin
irritations and breaking out. One of the leading
cosmetic authorities suggests that cosmetic brushes be
thoroughly cleaned at least twice a month. A good way is
to soak brushes for about 10 minutes in a dish of warm,
soapy water using mild liquid detergent or baby shampoo.
Rinse and blot excess moisture with a towel and stand
the brushes, handle end down, in a tall glass until they
are thoroughly dry.
Keep environmental pollutants from being absorbed into
the skin with a good moisturizer that also acts as a
skin barrier. Check the labels for those with added
Vitamin A, C and E, which help block the penetration of
A good exercise program such as aerobics can activate
and rejuvenate the skin and improve circulation and
blood flow. Also, body sweat triggers production of
sebum, which is the skin's own natural moisturizer.
One skin care expert has come up with a do-it-yourself
version of a treatment you may like to try. Stir the
juice of half a lemon into one cup of plain yogurt. Keep
it in the refrigerator and apply it as you would a cream
every night before bed. You can even apply a thin coat
of moisturizer over it is you like, after waiting about
five minutes for the yogurt mixture to penetrate. With
consistent use, you should see more even pigmentation
and smoother skin in three to four weeks.
Get serious about stress reduction. Skin conditions such
as acne appear on many people who are stressed out, and
chronic skin conditions then to get worse. Set aside
quiet time to meditate or daydream. Be sure to get
enough sleep. To avoid morning eye or facial puffiness,
sleep on your back so fluid doesn't collect there. And,
you can keep the oil from your hair away from your face
by wearing a head covering or a soft headband when you
go to bed. And keep in mind that too much stress can
affect your overall health as well as your complexion.