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Category Archives: Beauty

Men Facial Skin Care

Men and women have different skin but how can we differentiate between them? Men do not spend much money on cosmetics, facial wash but shave more than women. There are more products for women but there are some for men. However, the publicity of skin care products for men is insignificant compared to women’s.

Here are some good tips that men can follow to ensure good and healthy face. Use facial cleanser once in the morning and once in the evening, try to avoid soap as it can make your skin dry. When shaving, try using mild shaving cream or gel, shave at least 1-3 times a week. Breakouts should be treated with antibacterial products, use sunscreen products with SPF 15 if you are going out on the sun and use moisturizer on dry skin area.

Since men usually shave more then women, but it is not often to encounter problems like ingrown hairs, razor burn or irritation from shaving. Shaving products should not sting actually. When we are shaving hairs off our face, sometimes we tend to shave off the skin without noticing. This is bad as our skin will be irritated.

If you do experience any rash, most likely it is due to the products that you have used before, during or after shaving. Most of the products contain ingredients that irritate the skin such as alcohol, menthol, camphor and peppermint. If one is still facing problems as such, it’s time to move on to a new and different shaving product. Shaving cream or gels that contains emollient ingredients is suitable because it keeps the skin smooth and mosturized. Furthermore, look for ingredients that have aloe, silicone or allantoin which is listed the first five ingredients in shaving products. Products which is ‘alcohol free’ is also important as it will not be irritate the skin while shaving.

Men’s skin is sensitive thus men should be more careful while choosing products for their face and take good care. Hopefully in the future, there will be more skin care products for men with different type of skins.

About SPF Mean with Sun Block

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

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

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

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

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

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

In general, it is best to use sun protection with a minimum of a SPF 15 rating. It is also advisable to apply it liberally and often. Doing so can prevent you from seeing your skin age quickly, not to mention preventing skin cancer.

About Your Skin and UV Radiation

UV stands for ultraviolet light. It is a form of electromagnetic radiation produced as part of the light spectrum by the sun. There are three forms of the radiation, known as UVA, UVB and UVC. Of these three, we are most exposed to UVA radiation. The atmosphere of our planet blocks nearly all of the other two spectrums, which is a good thing since UVA is the weakest of the three forms of radiation.

For most people, the dose of ultraviolet light on an average day is actually quite small, but the effects can add up over time. This is particularly true if you actively seek out the sun through sun bathing and such. Over time, UVA radiation acts upon the collagen in the epidermis of your skin. It does not cause a sunburn, but it penetrates deeply into the layers of the skin and causes damage. The damage can include premature aging of the skin, DNA damage that can result in mutations and possible skin cancer. Because of this, it is vital that you use sun block that is oriented to provide protection against UVA. Most sun blocks are tailored to UVB protection, which simply is not enough protection.

The human body has a natural method of protecting itself from the effects of ultraviolet radiation. You probably already know what it is – tanning. When you tan, your skin color turns to a darker brown shade. The body accomplishes this by producing melanin in the skin, the functional cause of the change of color. The more melanin produced, the darker your skin turns and the more protection there is against ultraviolet light penetration.

So, do you want to block all ultraviolet light from your skin? Oddly, the answer is no. The reason has to do with how your body processes ultraviolet. In nominal amounts, the UV light is actually beneficial because the body uses it to produce Vitamin D. Without Vitamin D, you can develop Rickets or other problems with the strength of your bones.

At the end of the day, getting outdoors is a good thing. It is wise, however, to use a sun block that will protect you from ultraviolet radiation.

Homemade Skin Moisturizers

Ingredients you want to consider when creating your own homemade skin moisturizers are:

Natural plant oils like olive, almond, avocado, and borage oils natural botanicals nutrients like Vitamin A and E antioxidants like Vitamin A, C and E and pure essential oils.

SKIN TYPES

Dry skin is best treated with rich oils such as sesame or olive oil.

Normal to oily skin should be treated with light oils such as jojoba, grapeseed, or avocado

Homemade Moisturizer for dry skin types:

Thoroughly cleanse your skin, and apply olive oil or vitamin E oil directly in the evening.

Olive oil, lemon and eggs are a great (mayonnaise) natural skin moisturizer. Apply and let stand for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

INGREDIENTS

* 1/2 cocoa butter
* 2 tablespoons of beeswax (grated)
* 2 teaspoons of distilled water
* 3 tablespoon of sesame oil
* 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
* 1 tablespoon of olive oil

PREPARATION

* Combine beeswax with water and melt over low heat
* Add cocoa butter and blend
* Gradually add coconut, sesame, and olive oil
* Pour into a glass jar, the mix will thicken as it cools down
* Apply on the body

Coconut oil is rich with vitamins and fats that soften the skin. Cocoa butter combined with coconut oil protect the skin from wind and cold. This moisturizer creates a protective layer on the skin’s surface.

Sesame oil is also a good way to protect from damaging sunrays as it can be used as a natural sun blocker. Olive oil moisturizes and smoothes the skin.

Honey is a humectant which means it attracts and retains water, which moisturizes our skin. Mix 1 •½ tsps. honey, •½ a lemon, 3 tbs. yogurt and a whipped egg white and apply to face. Let stand for 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Mix 1 tsp. each of almond and mil powder along with two tbs. glycerin and a tbs. each of lemon juice and almond oil. Mix all the above and apply once a week.

Melt the following ingredients together over a water bath:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon almond oil, and
1/2 tablespoon beeswax

Directions: In a separate bowl dissolve 1/2 teaspoon borax in 3 tablespoons of heated water. Then slowly add the heated water to oils, and stir until a cool cream is ready.

Ingredients
Sunflower seed meal (finely ground) 1/8 cup
Applesauce 1/8 cup

Recipe
Mix the ingredients into a paste.

How to use
Apply the paste with gentle circular motions into the skin. Allow the paste remain on the skin for about 10 minutes. Then rinse with warm water and gently pat dry.

Homemade moisturizer for oily, acne-prone skin:

Mix 1 medium sized apple (grated) with 5 Tb sp. honey. smooth over skin, let sit for about 10 minutes, and then wash off with COOL water.

Just apply fresh fruit to your face is good. Your skin absorbs the vitamins and minerals. Leave on for 10 minutes or so, then wash off.

INGREDIENTS

* 1/2 cup of almond oil
* 2 tablespoons of beeswax (grated)
* •¼ cup of distilled water
* 1/4 cup of rose water
* 5 drops of galbanum essential oil
* 4 drops of rose essential oil

PREPARATION

* Combine beeswax with distilled water and melt over low heat
* When It is blended, pour it into a blender and blend on low speed
* While the blender is still running, add gradually almond oil, rose water and the rest of the essential oils
* The mix will look like frosting and will slowly thicken as it cools down
* Pour it into a glass jar and use sparingly

This lotion can be used anywhere from 3-5 months, as long as it is kept in a cool and dry place.

Not only will you find these all natural skin moisturizers effective, but these homemade moisturizers will cost you a fraction of what you are probably paying now. More relief, healthier, happier skin…..NOW THAT’S a GOOD THING!

 

Tips to Taking Care of Dry Skin

If you have dry skin, you should care for it by trying to add moisture. There are numerous products out that help care for your dry skin. If you have dry skin on your legs and arms, you should try using a moisturizing lotion daily. Lotions should be applied when you have finished showering; this will help keep your legs feeling silky and smooth. Many people seem to have problems with dry skin on their face, this too requires extra care. The skin on your face is very sensitive, and it is also the most noticed part of your body.

Dry skin needs to be cared for and washed often, but gently. When washing your face, make sure you never use hot water. The deposits in the water are too drying. Adding moisturizer after cleansing your face will help make your dry skin look better. When you wash your face, you should use a soap to care for your skin that is specifically formulated for dry skin.

Home Remedies to Treat Dry Skin

There are many products out there to help you care for your dry skin. There are also some recipes that you can use at home in your own kitchen. Some of those are listed below:

Morning skin rejuvenator and cleanser:

1 teaspoon of orange juice
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of olive oil
3 drops of rose water
4 drops of lemon juice

Mix all of the ingredients together and use as a cleanser in the morning.

Avocado Facial:

Avocado is a naturally rich moisturizer that is perfect for caring for dry skin.

Take one avocado and mash it until it is a creamy texture. You can then apply the mixture to both your face and neck. Leave it on for 15 minutes, and then rinse off as normal. You will instantly notice how soft and smooth your skin will feel.

Things to Remember

You should care for your skin on a daily basis. Try to avoid touching your face frequently throughout the day. This will prevent your natural oils from rubbing off. It is vital that you maintain a daily skin care routine when taking care of your dry skin. This will help maintain a naturally healthy look that you will love.

What Causes Dry Skin?

Under normal conditions, the fluids produced by the sweat glands and other underlying tissues work to keep the skin moist and supple. The sebaceous glands then produce natural oils to help keep these fluids in their rightful places (at the topmost layer of the skin).

Sadly, however, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the eventual drying of the skin. Among these are genetics, age, low humidity, our bathing habits and the harsh chemicals found in most everyday products. Let us take a look at how these factors affect normal skin conditions.

– Genetics. Some people have skin that just does not hold moisture as much as most people do while others may have sweat glands that function less actively than most. For these people, special skin care routines should be followed just to keep their skin from drying.
– Age. It is an undeniable fact that as we grow older, our sebaceous glands begin to produce less oil. This eventually leads to an impaired ability of the skin to hold down moisture.
– Humidity. Low humidity is perhaps one of the greatest contributors to this problem. Do you notice how your skin becomes more prone to drying during the harsh winter months? This is because the cold, dry winter air literally robs the skin of its moisture. To protect skin during these periods, an appropriate skin care routine should be followed.
– Bathing rituals. You may enjoy taking leisurely long hot baths and believe that these help in your total skin care regimen. But has it ever dawned upon you that you are doing more harm than good? This may sound ironic but water can actually rob your skin of its precious moisture. Taking long baths in hot water or taking a bath or a shower several times a day eventually damage the essential proteins in the skin which work to keep it moist and young-looking. Be sure to remember this tiny nugget of information the next time you head for the bath or the shower!
– Harsh chemicals. We commonly use everyday products, which might contain harsh chemicals. Detergents, household cleansers and chemical solvents can definitely damage the outer layer of the skin. So be sure to avoid direct contact with these products the next time you do you household chores.

To maintain a healthy and youthful looking skin, it is essential to take care of your skin properly. Here are some simple skin care tips that you might want to consider:

– Keep you skin moisturized at all times. The best time to lather on your favorite moisturizer is right after taking a bath while your skin is still damp. For maximum protection, choose one with a thick consistency since the thicker the moisturizer, the more oil it contains.
– Limit the time you spend in the bath or under the shower. If you really needed a long warm bath, be sure to lather on your moisturizer immediately after bathing.
– Choose your bath time buddies well. If you chronically suffer from dry skin, consider shifting to milder soaps. Using bath oils and avoiding body scrubs might also help in retaining moisture in your skin.

Tips to Keep Your Normal Skin in Top Condition

For those of you who have normal skin, you are indeed truly blessed! Keep your skin in top condition by using any of the following face packs, which are made from 100% natural ingredients (our mighty fruits and vegetables).

– To give your skin that extra nice glow, try extracting the juice from half an orange or a piece of tomato. Apply this on your face using a lightly massaging action and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash your face with cold water and wipe dry afterwards.

– Another option is to gently rub the inner peel of a papaya onto your face if you wish your skin to take on that extra healthy glow. It is always best to use the peel fresh but you can always store extra pieces in the refrigerator for future use. Just remember to keep them in an airtight container and use them within 2 days.

– Rejuvenating your normal skin can be done in a jiffy! Simply grind one small carrot and extract its juice. Apply the juice on your face, let dry and then rinse with cold water.

– As we grow older, it is inevitable that lines and wrinkles will appear. However, we can delay these from showing! One option is to use cabbage. Simply grind half a cup (approximately 50 grams) of cabbage and extract its juice. Apply it on your face using a gently massaging action. Leave it on for a few minutes, allow it to dry and rinse afterwards with cold water.

– An apple a day helps keep the doctor away. It also helps slow down the development of fine lines and wrinkles! So the next time you eat an apple, be sure to save some peel and use it as a skin cleanser. Rub the inside of the peel onto your face using upward strokes and leave it on for a few minutes. Wash with cold water and pat dry afterwards.

Skin care Tips to Follow in using A Sunscreen

1. Sunscreen should be worn daily whether it rains or shines and not only during the hot summer season but during winter as well. Never assume that the mist, fog and clouds during the cold season will shade you from the sun’s rays. It is estimated that as much as 80 percent of the sun’s rays penetrate through them. A wide brimmed hat and umbrella are not enough to protect you from the UV rays. About 85 percent of the sun’s rays bounce off the sand, concrete, water and snow and onto your unprotected skin. If you spend a lot of time at work exposed to the sun or your office is situated near a window, always provide yourself with some sunscreen protection since UV rays can penetrate through glass.

2. Look for broad spectrum sunscreens. These can be found among the many skin care products in the skin care section of your local stores. A broad spectrum sunscreen can provide you protection against both UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays are blamed for accelerating the aging process while UVB rays are the culprits for most skin cancers. Your sunscreen should have a sun-protector factor or SPF of 15 or higher. This means that it will take your skin 15 times longer to get burned.

3. An ounce of sunscreen should be enough to be applied on your face, ears and neck. Some people even need more. A sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before exposing yourself to the sun so that your skin will have the time to absorb the substance. It is best to reapply it after every two hours.

4. Don’t forget to provide your lips with some protection against the sun. A lip balm or a lipstick that contains sunscreen will be helpful. Some forms of cancer like squamous cell carcinoma can be very aggressive especially when it affects the lips.

5. Your hands should also receive the necessary skin care protection provided by a sunscreen. The thin skin on your hands is very vulnerable to sun damage and this is often the first area on your body that will show the effects of sun exposure.

6. The sun is most harmful between 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. when it is at its strongest. Be sure to avoid exposure during these times.

Therefore, the best way to provide ourselves the necessary protection against sun damage is to choose a sunscreen product with a high SPF and apply it in generous amounts. Be lavish in protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun and use it daily regardless of weather or season. Put that sunscreen on and stay protected.

Tips to Take Care of Your Hands

The skin becomes most vulnerable to chapping during the winter season. According to experts, winter can be the most disastrous time of the year as far as skin is concerned. The dry, cold outdoor air and the decreased humidity in our homes (as a result of indoor heating) combine forces to strip away the natural protective layer in our skin.

No one deserves to suffer from dry, chapped hands. Take a cue from the experts to learn how to protect your hands effectively.

– Wear gloves. As much as possible, protect your hands from the irritating ingredients of household chemicals and cleansers. As you perform your usual household chores such as washing the dishes, doing the laundry or scrubbing the tub, you are unduly exposed to the harmful effects of these common chemicals. And guess who gets much of the beating? Your hands! Repeated exposure to these harmful chemicals leads to the drying of the skin which may even eventually result in chapped hands.

To prevent this, make wearing gloves a habit. Just make sure that you use vinyl gloves since rubber gloves are known to trigger allergic reactions. Plus, the cotton lining of vinyl gloves prevents sweating which may further irritate chapped hands. For drier chores such as dusting, you may opt to use cotton gloves. Wearing these may help reduce friction and prevent further damage.

– Protect your hands from the weather. Extremely cold and hot weathers both take a toll on the general condition of your skin, including your hands. Constant exposure to a cold and windy climate removes precious moisture from your skin. So, please be kind to your skin and your hands. Wear gloves or mittens as you head outdoors during the winter season.

– On hot sunny days, the ultraviolet rays of the sun are the ones to watch out for! Do not forget to wear a sunscreen all over exposed skin with the right sun protection factor (SPF) whenever you go out to have fun in the sun.

– Prefer mild soaps. Do your research to help you choose the mildest soap available on the market today. A mild soap or a liquid cleanser may prove efficient in preventing any further damage to your skin since they do not contain the harsher ingredients found in ordinary soap. As a general rule, stay clear of deodorant soaps. They may not be good for your already damaged skin.

– Lather on the moisture! Revitalize dry damaged skin by smearing on ample amounts of petrolatum (or petroleum jelly) or any mild moisturizer. Both of these can give you sufficient protection against dry skin.

– Say no to hot water. Studies prove that using hot water strip the skin of its natural oils. Settle on using warm water instead.

– Humidify your house. This may not be as effective as the other suggestions given above but every little bit of help undoubtedly adds up, right?

Skin Care Routine

A proper skin care regimen starts with knowing your skin type. There are three main skin types: oily, combination and dry skin. Some people have particularly sensitive skin that requires specialized skin care. The basic way to determine your skin type is by figuring out how much oil your skin has. The best way to do this is to talk to a cosmetologist. If you go to a department store, the people behind the makeup counter can usually help you determine your skin type.

Once you have determined your skin type, pick skin care products that are targeted to your skin type. This will protect your skin and make it as beautiful as possible. Now you are ready to start on your three step skin care routine!

The first step to taking proper care of your skin is cleansing. It can be a challenge to find the right cleanser for your skin, but once you do, you will know it! Stay with this cleanser. Changing cleansers over and over can be hard on your skin. Avoid using traditional soap on your skin. This is drying and harsh and also does little to take the make up off of your skin. Cleanse your face twice a day and not much more. This is frequent enough to take care of the oils and makeup you have, without damaging your skin by over cleansing. Use lukewarm water and a small amount of cleanser. Apply the cleanser using circular movements of your hands. Then rinse with lukewarm water.

The second skin care stem is to exfoliate your skin. This is basically scrubbing your skin in order to remove the dead cells that are present on the top layer. These dead cells are damaging to your complexion, making you look tired and your skin less radiant. To exfoliate, us a scrub once a week in your skin care regimen. Use a scrub with small, gentle grains.

Finally, you need to moisturize your skin. If you have oily skin, you are probably thinking that the last thing you should incorporate into your skin care routine is a moisturizer, but this is not true! Your skin needs some moisture and putting the right kinds of moisture into the skin protects it from becoming oily. When your skin feels tight, you need moisturizer! Once it relaxes, you have used enough!

What about toner? Toners are supposed to remove everything in your skin, such as oil and dirt. They are not necessary, provided a quality cleanser is used, because the cleanser will take care of these problems. But, toners are not all bad, so if you like including a toner in your skin care routine, feel free to do so! But, if a toner seems to make your skin to dry, stop using it!