Skin Care

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By: - at February 19, 2013

How to Get Healthy Glowing Facial Skin Without Breaking the Bank

The three main components in maintaining a clean and healthy glowing face are cleansing, gentle exfoliating, and moisturizing. It is very important to use the right ingredients or moisturizers according to which type of skin you have.

Natural Gentle Facial Cleansing

Oily skin:
You can make your own gentle cleanser by using one or a combination of any of these natural ingredients; apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, oranges, tomatoes, pineapples, and grapes. All of these are gentle fruit acids that can be used to make a natural facial cleanser for oily skin. You will have to see which combination will work best for you, because everyone is different. It is important to use lukewarm water and rinse well. Hot water irritates and over-dries the skin, and cold water does not thoroughly cleanse. I like to use baby washcloths; they are soft and inexpensive and work great.

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If the food ingredient cleanser idea freaks you out, there are some really good inexpensive products on the market to do the job instead. These include: Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash, Purpose Gentle Cleansing, Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser, and Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. All products have excellent ratings and are all under $10. If you are someone who tends to have breakouts, a great product for you to try is Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. This product will cost you around $6. People with oily skin will need to cleanse a lot more often than someone with dry to normal skin, at least once a day.

Dry skin:
Dry skin needs ingredients that soothe, heal, and moisturize. Aloe Vera, green tea, milk, and honey are all good choices for dry skin. Again you will have to see which combination will work best for you. I myself have dry skin. I only cleanse my face with Aloe Vera and green tea/honey mixture about 2-3 times a week. I use just plain lukewarm water on a baby washcloth the rest of the time. To cleanse with my mixture I just brew some tea (strong like 4 tea bags in a mug) and a few drops of raw honey, stir and then let it cool down. I add about a teaspoon of Aloe Vera to the mix and stir.

dry skin

Now it is ready! I just simply take my baby washcloth, dunk into the mix, and gently in a circular motion cleanse my face. Again it is very important to rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Here are some good inexpensive products on the market in case you want an alternative option: (Do Not Over-Cleanse!!!!)

Gentle Facial Exfoliation Before Bed
Facial ExfoliationUsing a soft-bristle infant hair brush or soft-bristle toothbrush is a cheap substitute for an expensive exfoliater.

Exfoliate with just lukewarm water and the brush, or use a tiny bit of ground coffee, ground almonds, ground oatmeal, or baking soda (or a combination of some/all of these) with the brush and water. You will have to figure out which works best for your skin.

Moisturize According to Skin Type
If you have dry skin: Some natural moisturizers for dry skin include coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, aloe vera, and honey. Remember, a little itty bitty teeny amount of coconut and olive oil go a long way. Do not "over-oil". Also, as with the ingredients for the natural facial cleanser, you may have to play around with various combinations of ingredients to determine what is ultimately the best combination for you. Or you may find that just a singular ingredient from the list works the best for you. The good news is that these are all harmless natural ingredients so there is no reason to worry about trying them (unless of course you have some sort of skin allergy or what-not). It is best to use organic, only because there are no trace pesticide chemical residues of any sort.

Eucerin Aquaphor is a great product for dry skin. It is inexpensive and has many uses. Its main ingredient is Petrolatum, and the other ingredients are very minimal. They are Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol. I have dry skin and like to use a very small amount on my face and lips when I get out of the shower. I gently rub a pea-sized amount between my fingertips and using one hand at a time (right hand for right side of face, left hand for left side of face) gently massage side of face with fingertips in a circular motion until product is absorbed (note: your face may feel a little greasy for a short while but it will go away!) I also use this product to get rid of the dreaded "under-eye make-up smudges" that happen after showers or upon wakening. Just take a soft, damp (not wet) microfiber cloth, wrap it around your index finger with about a half pea-sized amount rubbed into the cloth over the finger, and very gently daub away the smudge; taking extra precaution to avoid getting product into eyes, and also trying not to pull or stretch the skin around the eye area. I also love to use this product on my feet, knees, and elbows. It works wonders on extremely dry, cracked skin. It is a godsend in the winter months!

If you have oily skin: You still should moisturize. Pick an oil-free light facial moisturizer specifically for oily skin. Use a very conservative amount if you have very oily skin. Everyone should moisturize after a hot shower or exfoliating.

Natural Foods That Help Your Skin

Did you know that certain foods can have a direct and positive impact on the beauty of your skin? Vitamins, minerals and nutrients in foods can help our skin regain its youthful complexion.

During the summer it is very easy to get lots of sunlight and regenerate our bodies while basking in the suns' rays. We really need a little something that will make us feel beautiful and irresistible. The good news, from my perspective, is that eating certain foods can bring on that glow sensation brought on from sunlight! Here are my top 5 tips to look good and feel good.

1)  Hydrate!
If your skin starts to dry out along with your mouth during the day, then you may not be drinking enough water. Hydration, in addition to having an impact on our performance at work, has an impact on the appearance of our skin. To always have a soft and well hydrated skin, make sure to drink at least 2 liters of fluid per day. Water is of course the best option because it contains no calories unlike many other drinks.

2)  Eat foods rich in vitamin C
Foods rich in vitamin C protect our cells against premature aging and against damage caused by free radicals. In addition, contributing to the formation of collagen, vitamin C is known to help maintain the integrity of our skin and heal wounds. Food sources of vitamin C are very numerous and deficiencies are rare nowadays.

Improper use can lead to scurvy, however, a set of symptoms including skin hemorrhages, bleeding gums and delayed wound healing. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin C daily will give flexibility and elasticity to your skin.

Main sources of vitamin CMain sources of vitamin C:

  • Peppers
  • Papaya
  • Kiwi
  • Orange
  • Mango
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Strawberries

3)  Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
The appearance of our skin could also be linked to our consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, which mainly known for their heart health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids can help keep skin looking and feeling moist. They also play an important role in the formation process of the skin cells and are essential to maintaining the integrity of the mucosa.

Rejoice, only two to three fish meals per week are needed to achieve our omega-3 needs!

linseedMain sources of omega-3:

  • Fatty fish (salmon, trout, herring, mackerel)
  • Walnuts
  • Linseed
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed oil

4)  Eat foods rich in antioxidants
You know the free radicals, highly reactive molecules that are involved in the development of age-related diseases? Also called "oxidants", they attack healthy cells in the body by oxidation. How do we limit the production of these oxidants? Eat a ton of food rich in antioxidants so you can reduce the impact of free radicals on your skin, and the rest of your body.

Main sources of antioxidantsMain sources of antioxidants:

  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Pecans

5)  Eat healthy!
There is a direct correlation between mood and diet. By eating healthy food your mood will be balanced.  Have fun with your diet and as long as it is balanced and healthy ... you will have more energy and look better, I guarantee it!

Conclusion
It is important to remember that healthy skin starts from the inside. It is crucial to eat right with the proper vitamins. Vitamin E is a VERY VERY important substance for healthy, glowing, radiant skin. Foods with the most Vitamin E include sunflowers seeds, nuts, oils and some leafy greens. There are many other important nutrients and substances that are beneficial to healthy skin and tissue.

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Among these are omega 3 fatty acid, zinc, selenium, biotin, co-enzyme Q-10, B vitamin complex, vitamins C and A. It is also very important to drink plenty of water and green tea. Finally, avoid overexposure of the sun and use sunscreen when necessary.


 

 

 

 

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