There is a lot of nutrients packed in a tomato that you can just grab at the supermarket that benefits your skin! They contain vitamins that your skin need including:

– Vitamin A

– Vitamin C

– Vitamin K

– Antioxidants, lycopene

-Dietary fibre

– Iron

– Calcium

– Zinc

 

1. Shrink Your Pores

Tomatoes are an astringent which helps to reduce the size of your pores to make them smaller.

Mix a tablespoon of tomato juice with 3-4 drops of lime juice. Use a cotton ball and spread gently all over your face in circular motion. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

2. Cure Acne

Vitamins A and C are regularly found in acne medication and these two vitamins are also available in tomatoes.

If you have mild acne, cut the tomato in half and rub it all over your face. For severe acne, you can use fresh tomato puree as a mask. Take one tomato and make it into a puree and rub on face. Leave it on for an hour. Rinse and apply moisturizer. Do it on a regular basis.

3. Remove Blackheads

Tomato works as a repellent substance and reduce blackheads while the avocado oil has antiseptic and moisturizing effect. When these two products are combined together, it makes a very good skin care product.

Mash tomatoes and add avocado oil or mash up some avocado as well, mix together and apply it on face. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash with warm water.

4, Reduce Inflammation

Tomato cool the skin and neutralize the skin surface, while the yogurt gives the skin a much needed protein, making it more soft and supple.

Add half a tomato and mash it with 2 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply the mixture on face, neck, hand and feet for 20 minutes and wash off.

There’s a lot of goodness packed in one cucumber! Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need everyday, including:

– Vitamin B1
– Vitamin B2
– Vitamin B3
– Vitamin B5
– Vitamin B6
– Folic acid
– Vitamin C
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc

1. Cucumbers for energy 
Cucumbers are full of vitamin B and carbohydrates that can provide energy which can last for long periods.

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2. Cucumbers for smoother, younger looking skin
The photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten and firm up the outer layer. What you can do is try rubbing a slice or two of cucumber on the problem area for a few minutes. To tone skin and tighten open pores, you can try using cucumber as a toner. You can either mix it with Apple Cider Vinegar, and with a few drops of Lemon, honey & aloe vera gel or use it alone. This can help you achieve more youthful and radiant skin.

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3. Cucumbers fade dark circles & reduce puffy eyes
Cucumbers have the ability to quickly and easily reduce the appearance of dark circles. Due to the antioxidants and silica present in cucumbers, they can rejuvenate the skin and fade dark circles. A common tip is to place 2 cucumber slices on both eyes and let it rest for 20 minutes while relaxing your eyes.  Due to the large amount of ascorbic acid in cucumbers, they can also reduce water retention and overall puffiness!

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4. Cucumbers cure your hangover!
Cucumbers contain sugar, vitamin B and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients that the body lost. If you eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed, you will wake up feeling refreshed and free from headache and an awful hangover.

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5. Cucumbers freshen your breath
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30s. The photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth which is the culprit of bad breath.

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6. Cucumbers treat sunburn 
If you are guilty of staying out in the sun a little too long and are dealing with sunburn, cucumbers have cooling effects on your skin, and is a very gentle and easy method to soothe and calm your skin, speeding up the healing process.

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7. Cucumbers treat cellulite
Cucumber can reduce the unsightly dimples on your thighs. Mix half a cup of ground coffee with some cucumber juice and a tbsp of organic honey to make a paste. Apply it to the affected area, and gently massage for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will appear smoother and long term use will help to reduce cellulite 😀

 

Time passes fast and summer is here. The weather is getting hotter and we are more inclined to stay indoors with the air conditioner on. Our skin, being the outermost layer, is the first to be affected by our external environment and temperature changes. In fact, high temperatures have a hugely adverse effect on our skin. Collagen and elastin, in charge of maintaining elastic and resilient skin, are destroyed due to high temperatures, resulting in a skin appearance that is dry and lusterless. The damaged collagen can no longer support our skin, causing us to wrinkle! To make matters worse, the use of air-conditioner also dries our skin, causing it to age. This is why mist toners come in handy during summer. It is an effective skincare product that gives an instant cooling effect for skin that is affected by intense heat.  It also moisturizes our skin immediately.

 

Benefits of Mist Toners

A facial mist provides hydration that exhausted skin needs. When sprayed onto our skin, tiny particles of water penetrate into our inner layers, supplementing the moisture required. It also forms a thin layer of protective moisture, giving us fresh and moist-full skin. 

Apart from that, a facial mist helps to calm sun-damages skin. It lowers the skin surface temperature, soothing delicate skin. By maintaining this moderate temperature for a while, it delays the skin’s premature ageing process.

A facial mist also freshens us up and lightens our moods. We will be refreshed and revitalized by the pleasant and calming fragrance. An instant glow will be created by the little water particles, making us look more youthful.

 

Proper use of mist toners

Many people complain that the use of facial mist toners actually steals the moisture from our skin, resulting in even drier skin than before. In actual fact, this problem stems from the incorrect usage of a facial mist. Today, we will teach you the correct usage of a facial mist so you can reap the amazing benefits and achieve youthful looking skin.

Before applying, be sure to use a tissue to clean off a film of dirt, oil and other pollutants so that the mist can be better absorbed.

When applying, place the mist toner 20cm away from your face and spray. If you spray it too close to your face, the mist forms dewy drops, which are too large for your skin to absorb entirely. Spraying it further away keeps the air around you moist, creating a better environment for your skin.

After applying, it is important to protect the moisture. It is a common mistake to skip this step, causing your skin to feel dry after a while. We recommend that you apply some moisturizer to lock in the moisture and keep your skin hydrated for longer periods.

Other Useful Tips

1.    Moisture saver
Spray the mist toner right after cleansing your face. Your skin usually feels dry after cleansing. This is because the cleanser removes the protective oil on your skin. By using a facial mist, you can preserve the moisture in your skin effectively. At the same time, the mist acts as a booster, allowing skincare products to penetrate into your skin easily.

2.    Reduce water retention
If you often worry about water retention, worry no more, because your facial mist can also be used for reducing water retention. Soak a cotton pad with mist and place it on your eyelids. We promise you will look and feel fresher after just 5 minutes.

3.    Water mask pack
Wet a sheet of dry mask (or even cotton pads!) with your facial mist and place it on your face for 10-15 minutes. This is an inexpensive homemade mask pack that gives your skin instant hydration and revitalization.

 

 Mist Toners: Porcelain's Deep Hydrating Lotion is great for hydration in summer

Porcelain’s Soothe – Deep Hydrating Lotion

Porcelain’s Deep Hydrating Lotion is perfect for summer weather. It is a lightweight facial mist toner that tones, hydrates, soothes and revitalizes dull skin.

It is made from all natural ingredients such as rose and jojoba oils and Vitamin E, which fights against free radicals and prevents cellular damage, while Damascena Rose extracts, hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate deeply hydrate the skin and improve its natural resilience.

With an infusion of botanicals and vitamins, it is gentle and calming with a fresh floral scent. It combats environmental damage. It also hydrates the skin without overly moisturizing it, keeping your skin hydrated and refreshed, even in summer.

1.) DMAE or Dimethylaminoethanol

This natural compound, found naturally in the skin of fish (especially wild salmon) is known for providing
excellent collagen support to the outermost layers of skin (the most important since this is what shows on the surface). The results are tighter, firmer skin and a great reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. It also is known for helping to reduce age spots (liver spots), and is a well known memory and concentration enhancer.  It can be taken as an oral supplement and applied topically to the skin.  A good skin care regimen which contains both DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid is the Revitol complete skin smoothing system.

2.) Alpha Lipoic Acid

This natural acid is a very potent antioxidant that eliminates free radicals, one of the primary factors in the aging of skin and breakdown of skin elasticity. When applied externally and taken internally as a skin supplement, it can dramatically improve skin’s appearance within a matter of just a few weeks.

3.) Vitamin C

Well, Vitamin C truly is the miracle cure vitamin! Topical Vitamin C protects the skin from sun damage, and even helps reverse the effects of photodamage (sun damage) on the skin. It protects from sun damage (in conjunction with a sunscreen of course), by neutralizing free radicals. Vitamin C is actually the only antioxidant that is proven to increase the production and synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C is an absolute must-have in your skin care regimen regardless of your skin type.  We recommend you take an oral Vitamin C supplement, as well as apply a topical vitamin C serum or something that contains pure vitamin C.

4.) Retinol

Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A. It helps the skin regenerate and rejuvenate in a healthy manner and is especially effective on sensitive skin since it does not cause redness or peeling.

Using a combination of these four very effective natural skin care products, you can’t help but see a
noticeable difference in your skin. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly start receiving compliments like
“have you been on vacation?”, or “wow – what are you using on your skin?”. This stuff is that good. Give it a few weeks, you’ll see a huge improvement.

5.) Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the most important antioxidant in the body that protects cell membranes and prevents damage to membrane-associated enzymes. It can be found in vegetable oils, especially sunflower oil, whole grains such as wheat germ, brown rice and oats, as well as nuts, dairy products and meats.

New laboratory research has shown that as an antioxidant, vitamin E helps inactivate free radicals. There have also been numerous studies that show that topical natural vitamin E, also called d-alpha-tocopherol, reduces sunburn cell production, chronic UV-induced damage and the production of cancer causing cells. Previous studies have demonstrated that regular vitamin E supplements, taken in conjunction with vitamin A supplements, were associated with a 70 percent reduced risk for basal cell carcinomas.

Who says we have to accept dull, wrinkled, broken out or uneven skin? You will never go back to a normal skin care routine once you’ve found the right natural skin care products!

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The ideal of eternal youth will never fail to drive some of the most expensive skin care and scientific research. At this point, it is still an inevitable process unavoidable by no one. However, there is a glimpse of hope in slowing down the aging process by taking adequate amounts of anti-oxidants. In this entry, let us share with you how antioxidants are able to aid in fighting free radicals – one of the causes of aging.

Free Radicals

They are unstable electrons that are by-products which tend to react quickly with other electrons to gain stability. There are 2 ways they can be formed. First, when the cells in our body uses oxygen, it begins a chemical reaction chain which will result in the formation of Free Radicals. The second way which they are formed is during metabolism and when fighting against any viruses and bacteria present in the body.

Our body is designed to deal with these free radicals. However, when there is an insufficient amount of antioxidants or an excessive amount of free radicals in the body, our cells will be damaged and structure of our DNA changed, resulting in aging.

We have often seen how a piece of sliced apple turns brown within minutes due to oxidation. This is very much the same like the free radicals inside our body. But if this sliced apple is coated with orange juice, an antioxidant food that contains Vitamin C, the sliced apple will be able to prevent oxidation for a much longer time.

Thus, to effectively protect our cells against these free radicals, the intake of antioxidants are especially important. Not only do antioxidants break off these chain reactions, they also act as scavengers to neutralize the effects of the free radicals.

Here, you will find some sources where you can derive 3 great antioxidants!

Vitamin A

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Peaches
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries

Vitamin C

  • Orange
  • Lime
  • Kiwis
  • Strawberries
  • Green leafy vegetables

Vitamin E

  • Nuts
  • Whole grains
  • Vegetable oil

Other antioxidants include food that are rich in phytochemicals. Found in fruits and vegetables, phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants which has antioxidant properties. It is also able to help improve the body’s immune system while reducing the risk of cancers. Some  common types of phytochemicals includes Flavonoids, Lycopene, Lutein and Lignan which can be derived from food like Tea, Soy, Oatmeal, Barley, Broccoli, Watermelon and Rye.

Free radicals are also present in the air as well as the food that we consume. Therefore, it is increasingly important for us to include antioxidants in our daily diet. Not only will it help to fight against aging, it can also greatly reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Taking food rich in antioxidant goes a long way. Start to include them in your diet if you have not and you will still be able to flaunt your youthful look irregardless of your age!

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