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Try Meditation for Beautiful Skin

Calm and peaceful woman meditating at home

Beauty gurus are throwing around the latest creams and beauty treatments. Nutritionists are shoving in our faces the latest diets and super foods, to guarantee long and healthy lives. Fitness gurus are coming up with fitness routines meant to strengthen our bodies.  While having a balanced diet, active lifestyle and appropriate skincare routine can help us achieve our skincare goals, there is one thing missing.

With the current state of the world becoming more and more stressful and making us more prone to anxiety, we are looking for ways to make our bodies, minds, and souls healthier. The stress is taking its toll on our physical and mental health, and we are looking for a break to recharge.

Taking care of our minds and souls, taking care of our emotional health is becoming crucial in feeling and looking good, inside and outside. And one way to do that is by incorporating meditation.

But what is meditation exactly?

Meditation and Its Benefits

It is impossible to control everything in our lives, but what control is the way we react to them. According to Buddhism, that is the way to go and meditation is one practice that helps transform the mind. By improving clarity, concentration and calmness, we are able to achieve mindfulness and change our perspective on life.

Meditation is a set of techniques meant to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focus. Meditation is a thousand-year-old practice and has been used worldwide as a religious practice, but many people are practicing it now independent of any religion. By practicing meditation, one can achieve a deep state of peace, calmness, and awareness.

Infographic on the benefits of meditation

It is proven that meditation can not only improve mental and emotional health but also physical health:

  • Reduces stress
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves emotional health
  • Improves self-awareness
  • Lengthens attention span
  • Reduces memory loss
  • Makes us more kind
  • May help against addiction
  • Improves sleep
  • Helps with pain management
  • May decrease blood pressure

It’s evident that the various ways that meditation can improve not only our general well being but also our close environment. By being calmer, less anxious and kinder, we are improving the relationships with those around us.

One may feel that meditation means concentration and requires mental effort. To a certain extent, meditation practice does require these, but in a different way. Meditation does not require to concentrate on a particular object or idea for a long time – keep reading to find out what type of concentration is needed during meditation practice. Meditation is not simply an exercise. By having the correct posture and breathing does not mean you are meditating. And lastly, meditation does not require mental effort – but rather introspection. Meditation is basically an effortless activity.

Types of Meditation

If you are a beginner, all the types of meditation and how you can best get started may confuse you. Before delving into how you can meditate, let’s have a look at the 4 main types of meditation.

  • Mindfulness meditation – Mindfulness refers to paying attention to what is happening right here and right now. For example, you can focus on your breath, the feelings in your body, or you can listen to relaxing music.
  • Mantra meditation – A mantra can be a sound, a word or a phrase that you repeat it in order to bring your mind and body to a deep state of rest.
  • Energizing meditation – In energizing meditation, breath is manipulated in order to do certain body movements. If you are looking for a boost of energy in the morning or during the afternoon, this is the way to go!
  • Compassion meditation – As the name says, compassion meditation focuses on being kind and loving. Focus on loving yourself as well as showing love and kind ness to the others. This helps improve self-love, as well as empathy.

How to Meditate

One of the best parts of meditation is that you can do it anywhere. A meditation session can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, all depending on your needs. If you are a beginner, this basic exercise will help you get started and see immediate benefits to your mood.

  1. Sit/lie comfortably.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Do not focus on breathing – rather, simply breathe normally
  4. Now focus on your breathing and how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation
  5. Notice how your body moves – from your nose, shoulders, to your chest, ribcage, and stomach.
  6. Do not change the way you breathe during this exercise – just simply focus your attention on the way it naturally happens
  7. It’s ok for your mind to stray away – as soon as you notice, make sure to focus back on your breath

This is a simple meditation exercise that you can start with. You can practice with 5 minutes to start with, and then take it from there, for longer periods of time. If you are in need of some help, there are some very popular smartphone apps that can guide you through meditation sessions of various lengths.

Looking for a more energizing meditation? Maybe you do not like to drink coffee in the morning, but you are looking for a way to wake up faster? Or you are in that afternoon slump and are looking for a pick-me-up? While it’s so tempting to go for a shot of espresso or a can of energy drink, think of the effects they have on your body. And then give energizing meditation a try.

You do not need a lot of time – even 30 seconds are enough.

  1. Sit with your back straight. Put your feet flat on the ground (if you are sitting on a chair) or in lotus-style post.
  2. Hold out your right hand, with your thumb and finger in a “V” shape
  3. As fast as possible, block youth right nostril with your thumb and exhale out of your left nostril
  4. Switch to block your left nostril with your finger and exhale from your right nostril
  5. Inhaling comes naturally, so keep your focus on exhaling.
  6. Every other second switch from one nostril to another.
  7. Keep doing this for 30 seconds or even a minute.

Woman pinching her nose while meditating outdoors, near a lake

The Benefits of Meditation for the Mind and Soul

No doubt that meditation is an amazing tool and more people should incorporate it in their lives. Just as we are focusing on doing our daily run, or getting the right intake of greens and water, we should focus on our spiritual side. We should focus also on what we are feeding our mind and soul. Are we taking care of ourselves inside and outside?

Meditation is so powerful not only because of its benefits, but because it’s free, can be done anywhere and for any amount of time. As long as it’s done with meaningfulness and consistently, just like any other healthy habit in our lives.

Anxiety and stress start out in our minds but can lead to many physical problems, such as illnesses, burnout, and shortening our life span. By having a daily meditation routine, one is becoming calmer, pushing anxiety away. The simple act of focusing on our breathing can instantly calm our entire body. Starting your day with a 5-minute meditation session sets out the tone of the day. A day where you are a better version of your self, more rational, more calm, less irritable, kinds to the others and more empathetic.

In the midst of our stressful daily lives, between jobs and side hustle, families and bills to pay, meditation is an escape. Do you know how you are going away on an exotic island to take a break from work and recharge our bodies? Well, meditation can do the same to your mind. Your mind can break away from reality for a while and let your thoughts go to a peaceful place and time. Let your mind be on a vacation, far away. This is an opportunity to leave behind the painful thoughts, the emotional labor of daily life and let yourself recharge.

Woman meditating at work to de-stress

Those 5 minutes that you dedicate to meditation can be crucial in helping you deal with life. By reducing stress and anxiety, meditation helps you be more focused on what is actually happening. By being less stressed, you are able to come up with clear solutions to your problems.

The Benefits of Meditation for the Skin

We have already seen previously that meditation has so many benefits. One of the most amazing ones is how it reduced stress and anxiety and improves self-awareness and emotional health. But have you ever wondered about the physical benefits meditation can have?

Stress is wreaking havoc on our bodies and minds, stealing our joy and youth. And that quite literally. Stress can cause premature aging of the body, and its impact on the skin is the same – it can induce breakouts, tire the skin, and even lead to wrinkles. When you are stressed out, your body produces the stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol blocks the supply of oxygenated blood to the skin, meaning that stress literally damages the skin, by dehydrating it and making it more sensitive. And this can lead to wrinkles, breakouts, irritations, and inflammations.

Now, meditation is being more and more embraced worldwide as a holistic approach to well being. Meditation can save the day and give back our health. And we may even say that it can play a major role in saving and improving our skin too. Because skin care is part of health care.

There is actual scientific proof that meditation helps with skin care. This study from the University of Sheffield shows how meditation truly helps. Researchers compared two groups of people suffering from psoriasis. One has used meditation regularly and one has not.  This study showed that the group of psoriasis sufferers who used meditation healed four times faster than those who did not use meditation. On top of this, meditation also improved depression, quality of life and reduced skin shame. If this is not proof that meditation works, I don’t know what is!

By meditating just a few minutes per day you will be able to increase the oxygen delivered to your brain. More oxygen means rejuvenated skin, and cell and tissue repair. Plus, all the energy brought by the meditation practice will give you an extra glow inside out. As meditation also improves your blood pressure and sleep, you will be able to be more rested – and this, in turn, is having beneficial effects on the skin!

The environment around us today is not doing our health and skins any good. We are buying the latest creams for our skin, to repair the damage that comes from inside and outside. We are desperate for quick fixes but it all ends up the wrong way. In this day and age, there is one cure that can dramatically improve our lives and our health. And that is to start from the inside, from our souls and minds. Having an internal balance and good emotional health shows and have a real effect on our physical health, not only on our minds and attitudes.

So many of those who care for their skin are seen as superficial narcissistic by doing so. But our skin is the biggest organ and should require most of our attention. On top of having a rigorous skincare routine and chugging your 2l of daily water intake, how about some meditation? Why should we not do the best we can for our skin? Why not try to incorporate even 5 minutes in our lives for meditation? Such a small effort, done consistently, will become a habit from which we will reap immense rewards.

So, are you going to give meditation a try?

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How to Save Your Skin from Premature Aging

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While aging is inevitable, premature skin aging is something that you can definitely avoid.

How?

By following these tips…

Understand the Importance of Cleansing

If you are worried about skin aging, then, if you haven’t already done so, it will only be a matter of time before you end up investing in a plethora of different anti-aging products.

This is all well and good, but none of those products will make much of a difference unless you cleanse your face before applying them.

From dead skin cells and dirt to sebum and other impurities, all of these unwanted particles quickly build up on the surface of your skin, blocking up your pores. As you can imagine, applying skin care products over the top of this will mean that those products are unable to properly penetrate your skin, since there are so many things in their way.

Infographic on cleansing out skin pore

While cleansing is key to keeping your skin youthful, you do also need to make sure that you are using the right cleanser.

Go for something quite mild and gentle, and stay away from any harsh foaming cleansers.

Why?

Because while they may create quite a satisfying lather, they also often strip away all of the skin’s natural oils. Yes, you want a cleanser to clear away any excess oils on your skin, but it should still leave some behind. These oils are so important when it comes to protecting your skin from harm, especially as your skin ages.

Exfoliate to Speed Up Cell Turnover

Do you know what your skin cell turnover process is?

Well, your skin is constantly creating new skin cells, with this happening deep within your skin. As the skin cells mature, they are pushed upwards, and eventually reach the surface of your skin. Soon after that, they die off, after which your body sheds them and replaces them with the newer skin cells that are next in line.

When you are young, your cell turnover process is quite fast. For babies, it takes just two weeks, and then extends to about a month for teenagers. Between the ages of 20 and 40, your cell turnover rate slows down to about 42 days. Once you’re in your 50s, it slows down even more, and can often take up to three months.

What does this decline in cell turnover mean for your skin?

It results in the following:

  • Duller and drier skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots

This is where exfoliation comes in…

Whether you decide to exfoliate physically or chemically, exfoliation has the effect of speeding up your skin cell turnover.

Of course, in order to experience this, you need to be exfoliating regularly.

How often should you be exfoliating?

This all depends on your skin type…

Ideally, around two or three times a week, although you may find that exfoliating once a week is enough if you have particularly sensitive skin. 

Keep Your Skin Protected from the Sun

It is no secret that sun protection is important, but this becomes even more so if you are trying to protect your skin from premature aging.

Why?

Well, for starters, up to 90% of visible skin aging is caused by the sun. 

Imagine how many wrinkles you might have been able to avoid if you had been diligent about sun protection all your life!

Don’t worry, it’s not too late to start now…

The sun’s UV rays damage the collagen and elastin in the skin. Both of these are important structural proteins that are responsible for how smooth, firm and tight your skin is.

While you have likely already experienced quite a bit of damage, protecting your skin from the sun now will prevent that from worsening.

How should you protect your skin from the sun?

With a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30. That’s a great starting point. 

Infographic on why sunscreen is important every day

You should also take other sun protection measures, such as:

Wondering if there’s anything you can do about the sun damage that has already been caused?

Yes, there is. This is where antioxidants come in…

Nourish Your Skin with Antioxidants

The sun’s UV rays cause the formation of free radicals in the skin, and these are what damage the skin’s collagen and elastin.

However, free radicals can be triggered by so many other factors too, from pollution to certain cosmetic ingredients to various lifestyle choices, such as smoking or alcohol consumption.

What exactly are free radicals?

They’re basically unstable atoms. They are unstable because they are missing an important electron. In order to heal themselves, free radicals go around attacking other cells to try to steal their electrons. This then turns those cells into free radicals too, causing a vicious cycle of damage.

Antioxidants are the only way to counter all of this…

Antioxidants contain several spare electrons. When they come into contact with a free radical, they donate an electron to it, therefore healing and neutralizing it. This then turns those free radicals back into healthy cells, preventing them from causing any more damage

Many antioxidants can also work to reverse some of the damage that free radicals have already caused to the skin.

You probably want to know which antioxidants you should be using to experience these benefits…

Pretty much every antioxidant will do some good for your skin, but here are some of the best:

  • Vitamin C – not only is vitamin C an antioxidant, but it also helps to increase your skin’s natural production of collagen (which slows down significantly with age)
  • Vitamin A – one of the most potent anti-aging ingredients out there, vitamin A not only has antioxidant properties, but also repairs the skin’s cellular structure, re-balances oil production, speeds up cell turnover and boosts collagen production
  • Niacinimide – also known as vitamin B3, this antioxidant reduces the appearance of the visible signs of aging while also increasing skin hydration
  • Green Tea – packed with polyphenols that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects
  • Resveratrol – protects against damage caused by UVB rays, while also protecting the skin’s collagen
  • Lycopene – reduces DNA damage in skin cells while increasing collagen production and improving the skin’s texture
  • Grape Seed – contains powerful proanthocyanidins, which have been shown to be even stronger than vitamins C and E when it comes to neutralizing free radicals 

One thing to keep in mind is that antioxidants work even better when they are combined. This is why it is always best to ensure that your skin care routine contains multiple antioxidants, as this will have an even greater effect in protecting your skin from premature aging says Angie, a professional esthetician.

Give the Skin Around Your Eyes Some Extra Love

The skin around your eyes can be up to ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face. It also contains far fewer oil glands, making this area so much more susceptible to dryness, as well as the visible signs of aging.

This is why many people often develop fine lines around their eyes before these appear on other parts of the face.

The best way to prevent this is with the use of eye serums and creams.

These will keep the skin around your eyes moisturized and hydrated, giving your skin cells everything they need in order to thrive.

Beautiful woman looking at herself in handheld mirror

You are probably thinking…

Can’t I use my regular serum and moisturizer for this?

You can, but these will often be a thicker formula than the skin here needs. Being so thin and delicate, you would be best off with a specialized formula that will allow this sensitive skin to properly breathe.

Plus, specialized eye serums and creams will also contain a few extra ingredients that the skin around your eyes would benefit from, such as caffeine and vitamin K.

If you want to give the skin around your eyes an extra moisture boost, consider using eye masks like the 24K Collagen Eye Renewal Mask. It’s formulated with skin-loving ingredients like lavender oil, collagen and gold to really smoothen and illuminate the eye area.

Not only is using eye masks super effective, it also easy to use and luxuriously pampering.

Eat A Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet

The phrase “you are what you eat” couldn’t be more true when it comes to skin care…

The food that you put into your body has a huge effect on the health and appearance of your skin. If you are eating a poor diet, it doesn’t really matter how many high quality topical skin care products you use – your skin will never be able to truly thrive.

This becomes even more important as you age…

The food that you eat can help to boost your skin’s slowing functions, keeping your skin looking youthful for so much longer. 

So, what should you actually be eating?

It goes without saying that a fresh diet featuring plenty of whole foods, and with few refined, processed foods, is what is going to be best for you.

However, here are a few more detailed tips:

  • A five-a-day rainbow – five portions of fruits and vegetables a day is a must, and these should feature a rainbow of different colors. Each color signifies the presence of different antioxidants, which is why a variety is so important
  • Minimal processed sugar – when you consume sugar, this causes your insulin levels to spike. Not only can this lead to acne, but sugar also destroys the collagen and elastin in your skin, leading to premature skin aging
  • Healthy fats – while some fats are bad, some are vital when it comes to healthy skin. The fats that you will find in oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds contain essential fatty acids that keep your skin elastic, smooth and supple
  • Don’t crash diet – weight fluctuations are common with age, but these not only lead to stretch marks on the body, but also sagging skin and wrinkles on the face. Many diets are also lacking in certain nutrients, resulting in your skin suffering even more
  • Stay hydrated – your skin struggles to retain moisture as it ages, making it so important that you keep your skin fully hydrated from within 

Catch Up on Your Beauty Sleep

It’s called beauty sleep for a reason

Many people don’t realize that their skin doesn’t sleep when they do. Instead, while you are asleep, your skin is working hard to heal and regenerate. Your REM stage of sleep is when this happens the most, with your skin producing a high amount of collagen and elastin at this time.

As you can imagine, this is something that you should be trying to encourage as much as possible.

How?

By making sure that you are getting enough quality sleep each night. Ideally, you should be sleeping for between seven to nine hours, although the amount of sleep that you need does slightly drop as you age. So long as you wake up feeling refreshed and energized, then that’s a sign that you have had a good sleep.

Want to give your skin some extra support?

This is where a night time skin care routine comes in handy…

Skin care products designed for night use will contain ingredients that support all the jobs your skin does during the night. Some of these ingredients, such as retinol, are not suitable for daytime use, making a specialized night time skin care routine a must if you want to protect your skin from premature aging.

One other thing that can help is ensuring that your pillowcases are made from silk or satin.

Why?

Because as you move your head around your pillow during the night, most fabrics end up tugging at your skin. This causes friction, which leads to accelerated skin aging.

With a silk or satin pillowcase, your skin will simply glide over the fabric, with no friction being caused.

Nobody wants to deal with fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and everything else that comes with skin aging, especially when this is happening earlier than it should. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to protect your skin from premature aging, so make sure that you get started before it’s too late!

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THE GOLD TREND IN SKIN CARE

Woman Wearing Gold Gown

Although gold-infused skin care products may seem slightly extravagant to some at first, there is no denying the increasing amount of research that points to the benefits that gold can have on the skin. From improving elasticity to boosting circulation, it would seem as though the gold skin care trend is not going to be dying down anytime soon.

 

Ancient Roots 

The trend of using gold for skin care is one that has ancient roots, and can be traced all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians, when Cleopatra used to use a gold mask at night to brighten her complexion. Gold was also used for many skin care purposes in Ancient Rome, as well as in Ancient Chinese medicine. Each of these cultures believed in the healing properties that gold could have, and used the ingredient in multiple ways.

 

A Boost to Circulation 

One of the key benefits to using gold-infused skin care products is the huge boost that it will give to your circulation. Since gold contains ions that are fantastic at conducting heat, it is able to draw heat to the surface of the skin when it is applied, stimulating the circulation and nourishing the overall complexion. By doing this, it is also able to help soothe skin allergies, reduce acne, increase the skin’s moisture retention and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes.

 

Basal Cells and Aging

Gold is often infused into many high end anti-aging products, and for good reason too. When gold particles are absorbed into the skin, they activate the skin’s basal cells, which are responsible for controlling skin elasticity. By activating these basal cells, the gold is able to keep the skin feeling and looking smoother and tighter for much longer.

 

Skin Cell Renewal and Rejuvenation 

Thanks to the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that gold has, it is able to enhance the rate at which oxygen enters into the skin and pores. This helps with everything from inflammatory conditions to skin elasticity, and also speeds up the skin cell renewal process. It also increases the rate at which toxins are secreted from the skin, which is important as these toxins would have otherwise built up and led to a rough and dull complexion.

 

The gold trend in skin care looks to be one that is only just picking up steam. However, while there may be many benefits to gold-infused skin care products, keep in mind that all skin care products are not created equally. This means that, if you really want to experience the very best results, you need to ensure that you are purchasing your products from a reputable brand that you can turn to if you ever need any advice or tips.

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SUGAR AND SKIN AGING

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While sugar can often be incredibly satisfying, we all know that too much of this sweet substance can be a bad thing. However, in addition to leading to everything from obesity to infectious diseases, sugar also hugely contributes to the aging process, causing wrinkles and sagging skin far earlier than you would have otherwise experienced.

Glycation 

When sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers, this process is called glycation, and is something that you will want to minimize as much as possible. This is because, once the sugar is attached to the collagen, it weakens the collagen, causing the fibers to lose their flexibility or strength. This means that the skin becomes less elastic and smooth, and is much more susceptible to everything from wrinkles and fine lines to sagging and sun damage. In addition to sugar, there are other carbohydrates that quickly convert into glucose once they enter your bloodstream, leading to glycation, and these include breads, starches, pasta and potatoes.

 

Insulin Resistance and Dark Patches 

Each time you eat sugar, your body releases insulin, which enables the sugar to be stored in your cells to be used later. Over time, with a diet high in sugar, you are likely to end up with insulin resistance, as well as Type 2 diabetes. One of the symptoms of insulin resistance is dark patches and skin tags. These are often referred to as common side effects of aging, but, if you cut back on the amount of sugar that you consume, you will be far less likely to experience them.

 

How to Minimize and Prevent Sugar Damage 

The first step to preventing glycation from occurring is by cutting back on your sugar intake. This includes sugar in all of its forms, whether it be granulated, high fructose corn syrup, or cane sugar, as they all have the same effect. You should also look into vitamin supplements, especially B1 and B6, as these are able to minimize the damage that is caused when sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibers. Vitamin C is also incredibly useful when it comes to damaged collagen and skin healing, but, rather than taking a supplement, try to increase your consumption of vitamin C-rich foods instead, making fruits and vegetables such as oranges, red peppers, kale and broccoli a main part of your diet. Another fantastic ingredient for fighting against glycation is alpha lipoic acid, also referred to as ALA. While it can be taken both as an internal supplement as well as applied topically, try to do both if you are looking for maximum results.

 

There is no denying the impact that sugar has when it comes to skin aging, making it important for you to pay close attention to your sugar consumption if you have any aging concerns. From choosing healthy foods and drinks to increasing your antioxidant intake, working to prevent sugar damage now will definitely pay off in the long run.

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BEAT CELLULITE WITH THESE SIMPLE TIPS

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Cellulite is caused when fat cells within the body accumulate and expand beneath the skin, pushing against the tissue and resulting in an uneven appearance. While cellulite is most commonly found on the thighs, buttocks and arms, it can occur anywhere on the body, but there are a few ways in which you can try to beat it for good.

 

Regular Exercise 

One of the most effective ways to beat cellulite is by stimulating your lymphatic system, as this is what is responsible for draining your body of toxins. When your lymphatic system is running optimally, it is able to prevent any fibrous tissues from hardening under the skin, which stops cellulite’s dreaded dimples from appearing. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep your lymphatic system stimulated, with research showing that exercise, and breathing heavily, can increase lymph activity by between 10 and 30 times its resting rate.

 

Body Brushing 

Dry body brushes are widely available, and while it may add on a few extra minutes to your daily skin care routine, the results will be more than worth it. A body brush should be used on dry skin, just before you shower, with circular motions that begin at the ankles and work their way up to the heart. Body brushing has many benefits, including a boost to blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which, as mentioned above, is great for banishing cellulite.

 

Drink the Right Amount of Water 

Water is essential when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, as this prevents your cellulite from storing toxins. By keeping your body adequately hydrated, it will then be able to flush out toxins effectively, leading to smoother, healthier skin. However, drinking too much water can cause swelling underneath your cellulite, exacerbating the problem, so try to stick to around 1.5 litres a day.

 

Stabilize Hormones 

Your hormones are largely responsible for the formation of cellulite, especially the female hormone oestrogen, which encourages your body to store excess fat around your hips, buttocks and thighs. For those who have higher-than-average oestrogen levels, cellulite can be an annoying side effect of this, but, fortunately, there are many ways in which you can work to stabilize your hormone levels. Foods from the brassica family, which includes kale, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, contain the nutrients needed to detoxify oestrogen molecules, while also providing a boost to liver detoxification. Foods from the allum family, which includes onions, garlics, leeks and chives, are also great for this, as they contain a number of amino acids, as well as quercetin, a powerful antioxidant.

 

Cellulite can be extremely frustrating to deal with, and while there may be many cellulite-busting creams out there, many of these will not have the effect that you desire. Instead, try to beat your cellulite from within, working on boosting your lymphatic system, as well as your body’s natural detoxification process, as this will give you long-lasting results.

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GOOD HYGIENE IS THE BEST SKIN CARE

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Maintaining healthy and happy skin does not need to be complicated, as all you need to really do is practice good hygiene. From keeping your environment clean to washing your face each night, these hygiene tips, when followed consistently, will have a noticeably positive effect on your skin.

 

Change Your Pillowcase Every Other Day 

Changing your bedding once a week is usually adequate, but the skin on your face is much more delicate than the skin on your body, leaving it far more susceptible to bacteria. Try to change your pillowcase every other day, as this will go such a long way in bringing you the clear complexion you have always wanted.

 

Keep Your Environment Clean 

In addition to ensuring that your bed linen is always clean, you should also pay attention to the environment around you. Everything from your mobile phone to your sofa can carry unbelievable amounts of bacteria and germs, all of which are transferred onto your skin each time you come into contact with them. Begin by making a note of every single surface that your skin comes into contact with, and then come up with a new cleaning routine that takes them all into account.

 

Cleanse Each Night 

Over the day, so much dirt, bacteria, sweat and more ends up building up on the surface of your skin, and, unless these are washed away, they will only end up settling into your pores and causing so many unwanted issues. Use a mild cleanser that will not irritate your skin, and make sure to thoroughly cleanse your face each evening before you go to bed. Once done, gently pat your skin with a towel until it is still damp, and not dry, and then apply a layer of moisturizer. Doing this over damp skin will help to trap in the excess moisture, keeping your skin hydrated. While many people do cleanse in the morning as well, over-cleansing can also lead to problems, so as long as you are cleansing before you go to bed, and are sleeping on clean bedding, simply washing with water in the mornings should be adequate.

 

Use a Separate Towel for Your Face 

Towels are known for harbouring bacteria, which is one reason why you should have separate face and body towels. In addition to this, body towels are also usually of a rougher texture, and this is far too harsh for the delicate skin on your face.

 

While obtaining a healthy, natural glow can often seem quite complex, you can easily nurture a smooth and clear complexion just by practicing good hygiene. If you implement each of these tips, while continuing on with your usual skin care routine, you will no doubt begin to notice some improvements in your skin’s health very soon.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EMOLLIENT AND A HUMECTANT?

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Emollients and humectants are two common types of ingredients that are used in skin care products, but they both have quite different functions. From the moisture-attracting properties of humectants to the skin-smoothing benefits of emollients, here are a few of the differences between the two.

 

Humectants

Humectants are quite unique substances, as they are able to bond with water molecules, which then increases the moisture content of your skin. They attract water from the environment towards your skin, making them hugely effective when it comes to hydration. When it comes to the different humectants out there, glycerin tends to be the most commonly used, and this is because it is one of the most effective humectants when it comes to water binding. Other humectants include hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, and some sugars.

 

Emollients

Emollients are moisturizers that are able to soften and smooth the skin without actually adding any moisture to it. They do this by spreading themselves out across the surface of the skin, forming a layer of protection that then helps to prevent any moisture loss. They are also able to fill in any gaps between skin cells, which then helps to make the skin much more flexible, while greatly improving its appearance. Emollients tend to be categorized into two types, oil-based, and water-based. While the oil-based ones are heavier and slightly greasier, these are perfect for those with dry or dehydrated skin, whereas the thinner water-based emollients are great for normal or oily skin.

 

Combining Emollients and Humectants 

As you can see, emollients and humectants both perform quite different tasks, so while each one will no doubt be beneficial to just about every skin type, they are most effective when combined and used together. Fortunately, many skin care products out there already do this for you, and you are likely to find that the majority of high quality serums and moisturizers will already contain both emollients as well as humectants.

 

Choosing a Product that Contains Emollients and Humectants

When it comes to choosing a product that contains both emollients and humectants, it is usually best if you are able to test these out on your skin first, before making your purchase. Some emollients, as well as humectants, can leave a slight residue behind on the skin, so it is always a good idea to see how your own individual skin reacts to this before investing in a new product.

 

Emollients and moisturizers are both fantastic for the skin, and should be used on a daily basis in order to experience the very best results. Whether you do this in the form of a moisturizer, a serum or a skin oil, consistency is definitely key, so be sure to make this a regular part of your skin care routine.

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THE SWIMMER’S SKIN CARE GUIDE

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Regular swimming sessions can really boost your physical and mental health in so many different ways, but the chlorine and chemicals found in pool water can actually be quite detrimental for your skin. If you tend to go swimming on a regular basis, here are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that your skin stays in the best shape possible.

Shower Before Swimming  

While showering after swimming might be common knowledge, having a shower before jumping into the pool is also extremely beneficial. By making sure that your skin cells, as well as your hair shafts, are fully wet and hydrated before swimming, they will end up absorbing much less chlorine while you are in the pool.

Shower and Moisturize After Swimming 

After you are done swimming, a shower is essential, as this will prevent any chlorine from lingering on your skin. The chlorine that you will have come into contact with in the pool can also quickly lead to chlorine-induced dryness, which is where the moisturizing comes in. A cream-based moisturizer is best, and this should be applied immediately after your shower, as this will help to prevent any dry, flaky patches from appearing. A product that contains plenty of antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E, will be even more beneficial, as these vitamins will help your skin to quickly heal from any damage that has been caused.

Stay Hydrated  

One of the best methods for swimmers to care for their skin is by making sure that they are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, as this helps to accelerate the skin’s natural detoxification process, meaning that any chemicals that have been soaked up can quickly be expelled from the body. The extra water that you are drinking will also help your skin to stay hydrated and supple from within, meaning that there is less chance of experiencing any dryness or roughness.

Use a Chlorine-Neutralizing Cleanser 

A standard shower is usually enough to clear the skin of chlorine after swimming, but, if you still feel as though you have chlorine remaining on your skin, it could be worth investing in a chlorine-neutralizing cleanser or soap. These are specially formulated for swimmers, and are especially useful if you only have time for a quick shower after swimming.

While a few short swimming sessions will not make much of a difference to your skin, frequent exposure to chlorine, and other pool chemicals, will, which is why it is important to stay one step ahead. From using chlorine-neutralizing products to keeping your body hydrated, these tips will ensure that your skin does not suffer in the long term after regular swimming sessions.

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HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TYPE

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Just about every skin care product out there is formulated for a specific skin type, meaning that unless you know what your skin type is, you are likely using products that are not best suited to your skin. While everybody’s skin is definitely unique, there are a few ways in which you can determine your overall skin type so that you can then learn how to better care for it.

Examine Your Skin After Cleansing 

A simple way to begin to determine your skin type is to first cleanse your skin thoroughly, using a mild cleanser, and then gently pat it dry. Rather than applying any other products afterwards, leave your skin bare, and then examine your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead after half an hour, to see if any oil has built up. Do this again after an additional thirty minutes, making a few different facial expressions to assess whether or not your skin feels tight, dry, patchy or oily. If you have just a small amount of shine on your forehead or nose, you likely have normal or combination skin, while those who have quite a bit of shine, on the cheeks as well, would be classed as oily. If your skin feels quite dry, then this would point towards a dry skin type.

Use a Blotting Sheet 

You can also use a blotting sheet to try to determine your skin type. All you need to do is gently pat a blotting paper over different arts of your face, holding it up to the light each time to see how much oil you have managed to blot off. If there is barely any oil, this would mean your skin is dry, whereas if you have picked up a bit of oil from your forehead and nose, this would be normal or combination. If your blotting paper comes away saturated with oil each time, then this would indicate that your skin type is oily.

Examine Your Pores 

Taking a close look at your pores is another way to gain a better understanding of your skin type. Those who have normal skin tend to have pores that are barely noticeable, while those who have oily skin usually have larger pores, and these will often end up clogged due to the excess oil that is being produced. Those with dry skin would have small pores that often feel quite tight, whereas those with combination skin tend to have larger pores around the nose, but smaller pores around the cheeks and other areas of the face.

Once you have worked out what your skin type is, this will enable you to then give your skin a much higher level of care. Each skin type needs to be looked after in a different way, so make sure that the products and techniques that you are using are tailored to your skin’s exact requirements.

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ACHIEVING RADIANT, HEALTHY SKIN

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A healthy, radiant complexion can often seem impossible to obtain, but this really does not need to be the case. From exfoliation to nutrition, here are a few tips to help you to achieve the skin of your dreams.

 

Exfoliation 

Exfoliation is essential when it comes to a healthy complexion, and the key here is to be consistent when it comes to the amount that you exfoliate. Exfoliation sloughs away the dead skin cells that settle on the surface of the skin, which hugely contribute to a rough and dull complexion. This allows the fresh, young skin cells beneath to be revealed, while speeding up cell turnover, which is the rate at which new skin cells are created. There are a number of different methods of exfoliation, each with its own set of advantages, so even if one method has not worked for you, try researching the others to find what works best for your skin.

 

Brighten Up 

While exfoliation is great for removing dead skin cells, the fresh skin cells underneath can also often do with a bit of a boost. There are many ingredients that can help with brightening the skin, but vitamin C is one of the best, as this can help with everything from age spots to sun damage. Vitamin C can be found in many different products, from serums to moisturizers, but try to choose one that combines it with other antioxidants for maximum benefit.

 

Hydration 

Hydrated skin cells look plump and fresh, while dehydrated ones take on a dull, dry appearance. Even if you do not feel as though your body is dehydrated, it is extremely possible that your skin could do with a boost of hydration. To begin with, ensure that your body is sufficiently hydrated from within, by drinking plenty of water and eating a diet that is high in moisture-rich foods. You should also be hydrating your skin from the outside, using a hydrating moisturizer and hydrating facial masks at night.

 

Nutrition 

The ingredients that you put into your body have a direct impact on the health of your skin, and while a healthy and balanced diet is key to radiant skin, there are certain skin-boosting foods in particular that you could be eating more of. Blueberries are one of these, as this antioxidant-rich fruit is bursting with vitamin A and C, and can help to clear acne and uneven patches on the skin. Kiwis are great for preventing wrinkles, while dark chocolate with a high flavenol content can keep skin hydrated while protecting it from sun damage. Salmon is another food that is great to add to your diet, as it is extremely rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which really nourish the skin, while avocados can really help when it comes to anti-aging.

 

A radiant, glowing complexion does not come naturally to many people, and does require a bit of work. From keeping your skin constantly hydrated to knowing which foods to eat, these tips are easy to follow and will make a huge difference to the health of your skin.