Living in a fast pace city, we may not always be able to dedicate sufficient time for treatments. Despite that, we still want to keep our skin looking smooth. So here are some tips on how you can get your own skincare products right in your home!

1. DRINK YOUR DAY AWAY

While most people think drinking water is just going to be making them visit the washroom every few minutes, in truth, it helps your skin a lot. By drinking at least 12 glasses of water every day, it helps to detoxify your skin. It helps to wash out all the toxins in your body.

2. WASH AWAY THAT MAKEUP

Always remember to wash away the makeup on your face before you go to sleep. Sleeping with your makeup on would be one of the ways to get your pores clogged up. Adding on to that, sleeping with your makeup on will cause your skin to look dull and lifeless.

There is a simple way to make your own makeup remover at home. This would be all that you need!

–          ½ cup of Extra virgin olive oil

–          One bottle of aloe vera or filtered water

–          A couple of cotton pads

Instructions

Pour the oil into the bottle of water and shake. Because oil doesn’t mix with water, you need to immediately use after you shake. That’s it! You’ve got your own makeup remover at home.

3. PICK THE RIGHT CLEANSER AND EXFOLIATE

Remember to pick the right cleanser that is suitable to your skin type. Do not use normal soap as it might cause your skin to be dry. Also, do remember to exfoliate at least twice a week. However, if you do have oily skin, you might have to exfoliate more than twice.

You can make the cleanser and exfoliate at home! Here is what you need for the cleanser!

–          1/8 ground roasted almonds

–          2 tablespoons of milk

–          1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Just combine all the ingredients together until you get a paste. Then just gently cleanse your skin with it. There you go, your very own cleanser!

But wait, you can also make your own face scrub! All you need is coffee! Yes, you read it right, COFFEE! Coffee is a natural exfoliant and it makes your skin softer. All you need to do is ground some coffee or use the leftover from your morning’s coffee, add a tablespoon of water and mix well. Then just rub gently on your face and pat your skin dry. Your face will feel soft and smooth after!

4. GET YOUR BEAUTY SLEEP

When you don’t get enough sleep or rest, it’l start to show on your skin, especially on your face. When you don’t get enough rest, blood vessels begin to dilate and that’s when you start getting dark eye circles! Also, your skin will start to sag and become really dull. So the trick is to always get enough sleep and now we all know why they call it beauty sleep.

So there you go, you have your very own skincare products in the vicinity of your home. You can do all this after a long day st work. Give it a try!

Teenage is a time when all of us have issues with our skin, isn’t it? The reason this happens is that our bodies change, develop or evolve the most during teenage years. The changes our body goes through in these years (13 – 19) are hormonal changes.

At times these hormonal changes, in turn, give rise to skin problems. For example, acne is a problem mostly all teenagers suffer from. Due to such problems, or because you don’t want to face such issues, skin care is a must. Skincare measures, again, differ depending on age and sex of a person.

If you take care of your skin right from the beginning, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have a clear and healthy skin throughout your teenage years. The natural skin care tips mentioned in the paragraphs below are simple, yet very helpful. Simple hygiene at times can do wonders for your skin, and protect it from all problems, even in later stages of life.

Understand Your Skin Type

Understanding your skin type is the first step towards taking care of your skin. The other skin care tips will depend solely on what type of skin you’ve got and so will the type of cosmetics you pick up. Your skin type will also determine the skin problems you are prone to, and also the intensity of care you need to take. Usually, it’s not difficult to know your skin type. You can know if it’s oily or dry just by observing it for a few days. If you are still unsure, you can contact a skin specialist.

Cleansing

This is one of the most important skin care tips for teenage girls, and for all other women out there too. Cleansing your face is very important, at least two to three times a day. Cleansing helps clean all your pores and all the dirt from your face. If this dirt gets settled on your face, it’s going to block your pores and lead to blackheads. It’s even worse if your skin type is oily. In that case, you will have to cleanse your face at least 4 times a day with cleansing milk and then wash it with face wash. Using a scrub once in a while will add to the clearing of pores and eradication of settled dirt.

Diet

Following a good diet is also very important if you want to have a clear skin and is perhaps the best skin care tip for teenage girls. Teens tend to fall prey to bad eating habits and devour a lot of junk food, but you need to learn where to draw the line. Drinking a lot of water will surely benefit you in more ways than one. It’ll help in keeping your skin clear and smooth. Some foods also help in fighting acne, such as apricots, carrots, oranges, broccoli and strawberries. Foods like these contain vitamins that are essential for good skin.

 

Exercise

Exercise is another important factor that helps to maintain good skin. Though this isn’t one of the direct skin care tips, it is very important if you see its benefits for healthy skin. When you exercise, you sweat and in this process, you let out a lot of toxins. If these toxins stay inside your body, they’re bound to show their effects on your skin which is not what we want, do we? So, exercise a little throughout your teen years to add to skin care.

Now that you know these skin care tips for teenage girls, you can start taking care of skin soon. Remember, skin problems can turn into serious issues if you don’t take care of them in time. Maintaining hygiene at all times is necessary if you want to stay away from all these problems, or if you have them and want to bid them a final goodbye.

If you find that your skin is thin, turns red, gets irritated, swells, flakes, and suffers from blemishes easily, you likely have sensitive skin. By understanding your skin better, you will know what ingredients and treatments to go for and avoid. Read on to find out how to care for sensitive skin in humid climates!

Types & Causes of Sensitive Skin

Sensitive Skin in Humid Climates: A Guide

Most sensitive skin types fall under four categories: Rosacea, Acne, Burning & Stinging and Contact Dermatitis which includes Allergies and Irritants. Our recommendations below are meant for general skin irritations. More severe conditions like Rosacea and Eczema usually require oral prescriptions.

Common Causes of Sensitive Skin

Acne can be caused by hormones and/or genetics. Usually, they form because of a combination of excessive sebum production and high levels of P.acnes bacteria. Apart from hormonal fluctuations and genetics, using the wrong skincare products and/or lack of proper cleansing can increase breakouts. These congest pores, leading to whiteheads and blackheads. When P.acnes bacteria infect them, pimples and acne form, causing inflamed, painful and sensitive skin.

Rosacea is a chronic sensitive condition and may be caused by genetics, vascular instability and sun exposure. People with this condition experience pimples, flushing, broken vessels on the face and uneven skin.

Burning & Stinging can be caused by a myriad of irritants, the most common of which being AHAs, Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Azaelic Acid and Benzoic Acid. Its actual cause has not yet been determined and triggers differ from person to person. E.g. Person A may react to Glycolic Acid but not to Lactic Acid and Person B may react to both.

Contact Dermatitis can be caused by either irritants or allergies. The latter may be caused by environmental or dietary factors, and/or topical ingredients. Allergens can cause increased redness, swelling, burning and itching, amongst others. Irritants may include chemicals, body fluids, environmental factors and mechanical factors, e.g. friction and pressure.

Active Ingredients & Their Concentrations

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Government regulations dictate that product ingredients must be listed in descending order of concentration. For ingredients with less than 1% concentration, they can be listed in any order. Hence, we can see that most products have Aqua or Water listed as their first ingredient.

Active ingredients account for products’ benefits. For example, a proper sunscreen should contain an appropriate amount of Zinc or Titanium Dioxide. We don’t need active ingredients to be listed as the first or second on the list as they aren’t usually needed in high concentrations to be effective. But also ensure it’s not listed as the last few ingredients! A product claiming to be an antioxidant, for example, should not have L-ascorbic Acid at the end of the list.

Parabens Or Not

There has been debate over the past decade on whether parabens are bad. Parabens, in the forms of Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben and Butylparaben, are widely used in all cosmetic products as preservatives. They prevent the growth of microbes and/or bacteria to extend our cosmetic products’ shelf lives beyond 2 months. They also keep products safe for use, without having to worry about potential infections.

Alternatives like DMDM Hydantoin have been offered, but in some formulations, parabens remain more effective alternatives. Hence, they’re probably still here to stay for a while.

“All Natural” Claims

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There is no firm regulation that dictates what “natural” means. Neither are there rules on the percentage of ingredients that has to come from natural sources for it be labelled as such. Many products claim to be natural although it contains only one or two such ingredients. Some “natural” ingredients constitute only a small percentage of the actual product makeup.

Did you know? Natural products may contain chemical substances too. Although they aren’t necessarily all bad, read the ingredient list carefully to ensure they do not use any chemical additives. These products tend to have a much shorter shelf life too.

Organic Claims

Likewise, there is no firm regulation for products claiming to be “organic”. Even if the product has a minute percentage of an organic ingredient, it can claim to be an “organic” product.

Marketing Terms & Techniques You Should Know

Terms such as Hypo-Allergenic, Dermatologically Tested, Allergy Screened and Fragrance-Free are commonly found on many products’ labels. In reality, these terms are vague and unspecific. There are no known industry standards of measurement and no legal definition to them.

Are All Chemical Ingredients Bad?

Most compounds in their natural states cannot be formulated into skin care products. They have to be chemically altered before they can be used. By enhancing these natural ingredients, they become more stable and safer for the skin. Moreover, advances of technology in cosmetic formulations have enabled formulators to create exciting new ingredients to benefit consumers.

Have you learnt more about how to care for your sensitive skin in humid climates yet?

Women are more active and confident than ever before and in each decade of our lives, care and attention will bring out the best in our overall look. Keep these basic hair and skin care strategies in mind, celebrate your features and enhance the natural beauty of your hair and skin and you’ll be radiant for decades to come.

What Do You Do with Grey Hair?

Why not embrace it! We will all go grey in time; and now we have head-turning examples of gorgeous greys like Stacy London, Jamie Lee Curtis and Sharon Stone, all beautiful proof that grey can be completely charming!

Five Tips to Help You Go Grey in Style:

•    Get a flattering short salon cut and let your old dye grow out, consider having your stylist add highlights and lowlights to make the transition less obvious. Highlights or a mix of colors appear less harsh than one solid color and will soften your facial features.

•    Keeping your hair styled is a positive statement about you; your greys will become your look.

•    If you are naturally blonde and your greys have a yellow hue, use a blue-base shampoo to minimize yellow tones.

•    Use a conditioning mask to keep your hair moisturized and shiny.  A flat-iron will give your hair a sleek look and reduce the frizzy appearance of greys.

•    A salon cut will volumize thinning hair but don’t go short just because you’re over 50, long hair can be beautiful at any age, you know what suits you best.

If you are a member of a senior home you’ll have the benefit of excellent advice; talk with your salon stylist; she (or he) will be able to suggest the most flattering styles for you.

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Naturally Radiant Skin for Women Over 30

If you’re 30 plus, your skin care routine shouldn’t have to change all that much but if you don’t have a routine, it’s not too late to start one. Skin cells don’t regenerate as quickly as they used to so practicing good habits and being kind to your skin will help you fight the effects of aging and keep your skin looking radiant.

Six Common Sense Strategies for Radiant Skin:

•    Don’t smoke: Smoking will prematurely age the skin. As we age, skin’s elasticity is reduced and skin cells aren’t rejuvenating at the rate they once were. Protect not just your skin but also your whole body from the damaging effects of smoke.

•    Sunblock and no more tanning beds: Try to avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm when the rays are the strongest. Freckles, age spots and blotchiness can be the result of too much sun exposure. If you love a bronze summery glow, invest in a good quality bronzing lotion applying the thinnest layer after a shower and exfoliating treatment, allowing color to appear gradually.

•    Check for skin abnormalities: Fair skinned people are at higher risk for skin cancer and if you notice worrisome changes in your skin consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

•    Hydrate your skin regularly: Drink lots of water to rehydrate and repair the damage that our skin suffers daily. Water is essential to good health and the best place to start is with what we take in.

•    Good nutrition will show: On the topic of health from the inside out, our nutritional choices are critical to the health of our skin. Eat foods as close to their natural unprocessed state as possible for example; include fruit, vegetables, grains and follow the recommendations on the food pyramid. Your skin will reflect the way you feel.

•    Anti-aging products: Investigate anti-aging products with your doctor or skin care specialist, there are many products both prescription and non-prescription that will help you protect your skin and maintain the best possible skin health.

Remember that beauty is not found in the color of your hair or the number of lines in your skin, but rather it radiates from inner joy; care for your skin from the inside out, set your own hair trend to suit your unique personality and smile about it!

There are so many skin myths and legends out there and with everything you see and hear, our heads often get cluttered with information. It’s time to forget all of that and grasp the fact that your skin may be suffering due to everyday mistakes that you can literally change in a flash. Skin care is a lot more complex than making sure you’re using the right products for your skin type and getting regular facials–it’s often the little things that make all the difference in the world. With the pointers below, you can easily transform your skin by simply changing your everyday activities.

If your skin is dry, washing it in the morning could actually make things worse. Instead, rinse with only water in the morning, and wash your face with cleanser at night. If you wash it with only water, you’ll still be cleaning it rather than stripping it of its natural oils.

When you work out, if you get too hot and sweaty, watch out. If you’re sweating it up in your Bikram yoga class, the temperature may trigger hyper-pigmentation, especially areas on your face that are already red. If you’re prone to redness, try an alternative type of yoga and definitely stay out of the sauna.

How often do you wash your pillowcase? If you’re having an issue with acne, your pillowcase may be to blame. They collect oil, bacteria, your lotion residue, and even dead skin cells–when you rest your face against all of that, the grime gets right up into your pores. Change your pillowcase once or twice a week to ensure that you’re not making your skin issue any worse.

When you don’t sleep, your skin will look duller, drier, and it will be more prone to wrinkles. If you have trouble sleeping, take a warm shower before bed to raise the body’s core temperature, ultimately making you sleepy. Since hot water tends to dry out skin, make sure you moisturize it right when you get out of the shower.

You know the rumor that birth control helps your skin? Well, that’s not always true. Oral contraceptives can actually upset your skin since the hormones in it make pigment cells more sensitive to the sun–resulting in blotchy and unattractive skin. Try switching to a low-dose estrogen formula and always, always wear sunscreen.