Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Simple skin care tips

To understand skin care routine, it is necessary to get to know the function of the skin. Nowadays environment’s pollution causes problems for our skin. Being the largest part of the body skin it is like a shield between the outside world and the structure within our bodies. Also, skin regulates the body temperature with the help of perspiration.

Skin works to destroy the toxic waste products and remove water from the body. Skin absorbs sunlight to produce vitamin D, which is vital for our bones. Due to the nerve ending under the skin people aware of heat, cold, pain and other senses. Thus, skin condition is very important for our body health. So, we need to know how to take care for our skin. Skin care could vary from basic cleaning routine to complex anti-aging procedures. Get started with these tips.

- Be aware that sun exposure causes wrinkles, age spots and dry skin. So you need to protect yourself from the sun rays.

- A good diet is important; a healthy diet leads to a healthy skin.

- Also, you should sleep enough as skin restores itself during sleep.

- In addition, deep breathing is very important due to our skin needs oxygen that blood cells carry to every part of our body.

- Be aware that smoking makes your skin look older and promotes wrinkles as smoking harms collagen that give your skin elasticity. The best way to protect your skin is to quit smoking.

The most efficient skin care routine includes the cleansing, toning, moisturizing and conditioning procedures. Generally the skin care, surely, depends on the skin type. Cleansing is the most important aspect of skin care. It is obligatory to clean the skin pores and peel off the dead cells that cause blockages on the skin's surface. The daily cleansing routine should be followed with toning. The toning promotes the stimulation of the skin, pores and enhances the blood circulation. Moisturizing procedure keeps the moisture in the skin, whereas conditioning restores the skin acid balance. Right skin care procedures and healthy lifestyle can keep your skin healthy and help you to fight with age-related problems.

Friday, October 21, 2011

4 rules for selecting the right exfoliating products

The world of Cosmeceuticals (the industry name for all the wonderful products you use to combat your skin conditions) is filled with an overwhelming amount of choice. From scientifically developed facial toners to organically cultivated facial scrubs the dizzying array of exfoliating products on the market today can confuse even the most in-tune facial fanatics.

And in no area is this confusion more apparent than in the world of exfoliating products where you can find yourself staring in awe at the number of ways there are to remove the dead skin, oil and other debris from your face. With all the scrubs, creams, serums, exfoliating pads and peels in your face, you might be wondering where to start!

Now before you go walking away with a cart full of exfoliating products or perhaps not as extreme, with the wrong product, you’d be happy to know that selecting the right exfoliating product isn’t that hard if you follow these easy rules!

Rule 1 – Know your facial type

Ask any Dermatologist why most at home skin care treatments fail and they will tell you that, “the person wasn’t treating themselves with the right product for their skin type.” Knowing your skin type will ensure that you are selecting the right product, since most exfoliating products come with a system indicating the skin types that should use the product.

Rule 2 – Don’t forget a cleanser and toner

Exfoliating products are the heavy lifters in any skin care treatment, so don’t wear them out by making them remove the surface oils and debris on your face. A good cleanser and toner will ensure that all surface oils and debris on your face are removed, ensuring your exfoliating products can work to remove those dead, dull layers of skin.

Rule 3 – There’s no need to get physical

There are two primary types of exfoliating products, physical and chemical, that you’ll find on the shelf today, but only one that you should consider; chemical. While in theory the idea of little “balls” working away to remove dead skin cells sounds great, in reality physical exfoliating products use abrasives which have been known to leave scars and cause intense facial irritation. Whenever possible use a chemical exfoliant!

Rule 4 – Glycolic acid is the king

Dermatologist recommended, glycolic acid is the latest and greatest chemical exfoliant that been proven the most effective way to exfoliate your face without the harsh side effects of physical exfoliants or salicylic based chemical exfoliants. You’ll pay a little more, but the more beautiful, healthier looking skin will be well worth it!

Hopefully these four rules will help you select the right exfoliating products. We know it’s sure helped us. On to more beautiful skin!

Friday, September 23, 2011

What to look for in anti-wrinkle eye creams

Tips for picking out the best anti-wrinkle eye cream for your skin.

The skin near the eyes is the most sensitive and delicate on the face. Therefore it must be cared for gently and with care and concern. Many beauty products are even too harsh for this area of the face, but there are specialty products, such as under eye wrinkle cream that is designed with mild but active ingredients.

Because the eyes are in one of the most active areas of the face, they also happen to be in an area that gains the most wrinkles. But there are plenty of under eye wrinkle creams and beauty products designed to tackle under eye wrinkles, dark circles and the puffiness that is associated with either aging or just being dehydrated and not getting enough sleep. Typically, a daytime eye cream would aim to target puffiness and dark circles, whereas a nighttime eye cream would likely be for anti-aging purposes.

Mild moisturizers can be used in the area around the eyes, but specialty anti-wrinkle eye cream will almost always be better, as it provides better hydration and protection. Many creams have ingredients in them that combine to target existing signs of the past such as wrinkles and fine lines, while also helping to prepare skin for the future by repairing cells and stimulating growth of collagen.

There are many different variations of under eye wrinkle cream, based on skin type, desired results and ingredients. The best anti-wrinkle eye cream for you is one that does not cause irritation, redness or damage to your skin and one that you will actually want to use day in and day out.

There is no one size fits all anti-wrinkle eye cream, but you can start by looking for one that is based on your skin type. First, determine whether you have oily, normal, dry, combination or sensitive skin. (Skin type is determined by your skin’s ability to make oil, a capability that decrease with age.) Then, start reading labels and find out what the ingredients are in the product. Remember that more expensive ingredients don’t necessarily translate into a better quality cream, but it could mean a higher concentration of the same ingredients.

Whereas in the past, wrinkle creams were primarily targeted at women, nowadays, there are formulas that work effectively for either gender. Don’t be fooled by packaging and perfumes. Instead, get down to the ingredient list to find out what you’re really buying and what the true differences are.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer green masks. Part 2.

For problem skin.
Take the clean cotton bag and make small holes. Fill it with a mixture of ground fresh leaves and flowers of camomile, thyme and nettle, leaves of strawberry, cowberry, raspberry. Warm the herbal bag on the dry pan. Then cool a little and put on the cleaned face. Keep the bag on the skin until cooling-down. Warm the bag again and keep on the face twice more.
This procedure gives the great effect on the problem skin and skin with acne.

For withering skin.
Grind fresh leaves of plantain. Mix 1 tablespoon of plantain gruel with 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of boiled water. Apply the mixture on the face and keep for 15-20 minutes. Then wash the mask with warm water.
This mask has the tonic and regenerating effects.

Mix in 1 teaspoon leaves of mint, dill, lime flowers, camomile, and rose petals. Pour the mixture with 2 glasses of boiling water. Then filter the decoction and apply the herbal pulp on the skin and put the napkin wet in the decoction above. In 20-30 minutes wash the mask with warm water and then rinse the face with cool water.

For baked skin in the sun.
If you spend too much time in the skin and skin was burned, then use this recipe. Grind and mix in equal parts fresh leaves of plantain, flowers and leaves of calendula and grated carrot. Apply the mixture on the places burned with sun and keep not more 30 minutes. Then wash the mask with cool water.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer green masks. Part 1.

Summer green masksSummer, motley grass, rich flowers... So we should use this great season to prepare grassy cosmetic masks. In this period such masks will bring the highest use for your skin.

For normal skin.
Mix 3 tablespoons of chopped salad, 1 tablespoon of fat sour cream and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture on the face and neck with thick layer and keep for 20 minutes. Then wash the mask away with warm water and then cool water. Wipe the face with a cotton pad wet in strong tea.
This mask gives freshening effect to skin. Make this mask 2-3 times a week if skin is weather-beaten or hardened.

For dry skin.
Mix in1 tablespoon chopped leaves of mint and dandelion. Add 1 tablespoon sour cream and 1 teaspoon honey and grind everything till homogeneous mass. Apply the mask on the face and neck and keep for 20 minutes. Then wash with cold water.
This mask has nourishing, moistening and tonic effects.

For greasy skin.
Mix 100-120 ml of natural yogurt with chopped thyme and mint (take in 1 teaspoon of greenary). Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of dry yeast and 2 teaspoons of starch. Mix everything carefully and apply on the skin for 15 minutes. Then wash with warm water.
This mask has antiseptic, binding and tonic effects. It regulates the sebaceous glands activity.

Antiseptic oil.
Mix 200 ml of vegetable oil with 2 tablespoons of chopped thyme in the dark pan. Kepp for 2 weeks in the dry dark place.
Use this oil to lubricate damaged places (acne, appearance of skin rash, herpes or mosquito bites) on the skin every day, in the morning and evening.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Facial masks from calendula. Part 2.

For oily skin
- Mince 1 sweet pepper cleaned from seeds. Blend it with 1 tablespoon of salt. Pour 2 tablespoons of calendula petals with a glass of boiling water. Infuse it till getting cold. Then filter the infusion and mix the calendula gruel with pepper. Apply the mask on the face and keep for 5-7 minutes. Wash the face with warm water and apply any moistening cream. This mask can be used as a light peeling and also it moistens and vitaminizes skin.

- Knead 1/2 cup of raspberry and mix with 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of calendula decoction, prepared like in previous recipe. Apply to the face with cotton pad. Keep for 25 minutes. Then wash your face with warm water and apply any nourishing cream. This mask cleanses, freshens and nourishes oily skin.

For withering skin
- Mix 1 tablespoon of calendula petals, 1 tablespoon of camomile flowers, 1 tablespoon of mint and 1 teaspoon of rosemary leaves. Chop all components and pour with 1 liter of white dry vine. Keep in the dark place to infuse for 2 weeks and then filter. Wipe the face with this lotion every evening and then apply your nourishing cream. This lotion will help to remove early wrinkles.

For acne skin
- Pour 2 tablespoons of fresh calendula petals with 1 glass of boiling water. Keep to infuse for 30 minutes and then filter. Add some starch in the infusion stirring slowly. When the mixture becomes like thick sour cream, apply it to the face and wait for 15-20 minutes. Then wash with warm water. This mask removes skin irritation and soothes skin.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Facial masks from calendula. Part 1.

These small yellow and red flowers make us glad for the whole summer. And also these flowers can be useful in skin care. Calendula is effective antimicrobial and antiphlogistic remedy. It moistens and tones skin greatly. Moreover, calendula infusion helps to fight against acne and pimples.

Use fresh calendula petals in summer, and change them for dry petals in autumn and winter. If you get more infusion than you need for chosen recipe, then don’t pour it out. It can be kept in the fridge and used as a lotion.

For normal skin
- Make smaller 3 tablespoons of fresh calendula petals and 3 leaves of currant. Pour it with 1 glass of boiling water and cover with a lid. Crush 1/2 cup of black currant with a wooden spoon. Add calendula infusion to currant and mix carefully. Apply the mask to the face and keep for 10-15 minutes. Then wash the mask with warm water. This mask gives elasticity to skin.

- Cook porridge from 3 tablespoons of rice without salt. Pour 2 tablespoons of calendula petals with rice-water. Keep getting cold. Take 2 tablespoons of cherry without pits and knead berries. Mix rice, cherry and calendula infusion, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and mix again. Apply the mask to the face and in 10-15 minutes wash it off with warm water.

For dry skin
- Knead 3-4 plums with a wooden spoon and keep in the fridge for 10 minutes. Pour 3 tablespoons grinded fresh calendula petals with 1 glass of boiling water, cover and infuse for 5-7 minutes. Then filter it. Mix plum with calendula gruel and apply to the skin of the face for 10 minutes. Then wash the mask with warm water. This mask has emollient and tonic effects.

- Pour 2 tablespoons of calendula petals with 1 glass of boiling water and keep in the warm place. Filter the infusion when it gets cold. Knead 1/2 cup of cherry and mix with steamed petals, 1 tablespoon of any vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of calendula decoction and mix again carefully. Apply the mask to the skin for 10-15 minutes. Take it away with cotton pad and wash the face with warm boiled water. This mask moistens and softens skin very well.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Save your skin after garden works

It's spring and garden works have already begun. Sure you enjoy open-air works. Right now you make everything to provide yourself with natural food. But there is one minus - we get tired of it very much. Don't worry! There are many easy homemade recipes for hands and feet tired from hard work in the garden. You will need these means if you have even a couple of beds.

At first, care about overworked hands and make warm bath from starch glue. Boil 1 teaspoon of starch in one glass of water. Dilute starch glue in 1 liter of warm water. Keep your hands in the solution for 15 minutes and then apply any nourishing cream. Make these baths every other day, until skin will become smooth and soft.

Also you can make a great cream for hands. Mix 1 yolk with 1 tablespoon of honey and 5 tablespoons of oatmeal. Apply this cream on the hands in the evening before sleep. It also returns softness and elasticity to skin.

Here is the recipe against goose pimples on the elbows and knees. Take 2-3 potatoes, 1 tablespoon of milk and any fruit or berry juice. Boil potatoes and make potato mash. Add milk, juice, mix carefully and apply on the knees and elbows. Wrap them with food tape and above with towels wet in the hot water. Hold this compress for 15 minutes and during this period wet towel in very hot water 2-3 times to keep the mask for knees and elbows warm.

Now it’s time to care about your tired legs. I offer the recipe of mint compress. Pour 2 tablespoons of mint with 1 glass of boiling water in the morning and leave to infuse till evening. Wet two long elastic bandages in the mint infusion in the evening and wrap legs from feet to knees. Lie on the bed put legs on the pillow and wait for 15-20 minutes. Then take bandages away.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Express masks for facial skin

Express masks for facial skinIf you are going to any holiday party, you want to be beautiful, fresh and merry. Make express mask for your facial skin to remove the traces of spring beriberi and tiredness. It is advisable to make this mask in the day of party. But you can care of your skin the day before and effect will be visible.

For normal skin.
Put sauerkraut on the gauze napkin with openings for nose and eyes. Then move the napkin on your clean face. In 15 minutes take the napkin away and rinse your face with cool water. Then apply light moistening cream. You will see how skin is shining after this mask and wrinkles are smoothing. The easiest variant of this express mask: simply wet the napkin in sauerkraut pickle and keep on the face for 15 minutes.

For dry skin.
Melt 1 teaspoon of beeswax and add ground egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of brandy and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix everything carefully and apply on the face with brush. Keep for 15-20 minutes and then wash the face with warm water. This express mask will make complexion better, soften and clean skin.

For oily skin.
Beat up white of one egg and mix with 2 tablespoons of ground fresh cucumber. Apply the mixture on the cleaned face and neck. Keep for 20 minutes. This mask softens skin very well and makes complexion better.

For withered skin.
Mix in 1 teaspoon of vitamin A and E; add one yolk and a pinch of salt. Mix everything carefully and apply on the face skin with brush in three movements with 5 minutes interval. Keep on the skin for 5 minutes and wash with warm water. Such mask tones skin up and enriches it very well.

For all types of skin.
- Grate potato and squeeze juice. Apply potato gruel on the face and keep for 15 minutes. Then wash your face with cool water. This mask has smoothing effect.

- Dilute 1 teaspoon of salt in 1 glass of hot water. Wet thin terry napkin in the solution and put on the face for 15 minutes. This effective mask-compress gives the traces of tiredness away.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring care of your feet

Spring care of your feetGive your feet attention and special care in spring, using of expert advices and simple recipes.

If you have dry and cracked feet due to weather conditions or you are tired from a long working day, simple spa-procedures at home will help you and your feet to relax!

The best treatment for your feet is to fill the tub or any other container with warm water and dilute 1/2 cup of sea salt there. You can also add rose or lavender petals in the water. Some drops of peppermint oil are also a good addition for improving of blood circulation.

Keep feet in the spa bath for 10-20 minutes and then wipe feet dry with a towel. Apply good moisturizing lotion (preferably with mint) and massage your feet. As an alternative you can apply a mixture of honey, rosemary and mint on your feet!

Mix ¼-½ cup of honey, a branch of fresh rosemary and some drops of peppermint oil and then apply the mixture on wet feet. Let the mixture soak before you wear slippers or clean socks (or even better go to bed, relax your legs and continue reading your favorite book or magazine).

If you have dry and rough feet, then exfoliation is the best solution for this problem. Pumice is also good as a great natural scrub. The great recipe of feet skin scrub is the mixture of honey, sugar, and grape oil.

Mix about 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of grape oil. Apply this mixture for cleansing and softening the feet.

Wrap feet up with warm damp towel and leave for 10-15 minutes. Then wash away the mixture, apply moisturizer and wear cotton socks. Your feet will thank you in the morning!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sensitive and dry skin care rules

Sensitive and dry skin care rulesDry skin is the most common type of skin for women, which, alas, leads facial skin to premature aging. Skin dryness leads to loss of tone, and chronic hunger is the surest way to premature aging. Here are the basic rules you should follow to keep your skin young and healthy.

Rule 1. Avoid extremes.
Do not wash your face before going out, especially in the winter. Also, avoid hot or very cold water when washing - it dries your skin. After washing, but rather instead of it, use a cleansing facial lotion. A lotion gently and effectively removes dirt and makeup, leaving your skin hydrated, and that is exactly what we need right now.

Rule 2. No alcohol!
Eliminate cosmetics containing alcohol solutions. Even your lotion or toner should not contain alcohol. It is best to use a special lotion for dry skin, which contains chamomile extract that calms the skin, and lactic acid - a powerful moisturizer that keeps the right acid balance of skin.

Rule 3. You need some feeding.
Dry skin just needs extra hydration and nutrition. In the morning and before going to bed always use a moisturizer. It moisturizes and rejuvenates the epidermis, compensates the shortage of water in the skin, and protects it from moisture loss. Apply a tinting cream or powder only onto a moisturizer or a multi-protecting cream which you should use as a foundation primer.

Rule 4. Another sip.
If you feel that throughout a day your skin needs extra hydration, do not wash it with water. For this purpose use special cosmetics such as moisturizing emulsion. These preparations are good because they leave no oily sheen on the face, they prevent sweating, and also are essential when traveling or in the middle of the working day, especially if you're in a room with air conditioning.

Rule 5. Around the eyes.
The thinnest skin on the face is the skin around the eyes, so this area requires particular attention. An eye contour cream should always be included in the program of dry face daily care. Be careful when putting the cream on the area around the eyes. Do not stretch the skin.

Rule 6. Masks.
Make time for doing facial masks at least once a week. A mask is an extra care for your skin, and it will be thankful to you for that care. A mask is able to improve skin’s ability to absorb moisture; it enriches the skin with oxygen and minerals. Do not forget that the mask can be washed off with warm water only.

Dry skin needs to be given special attention, because in order for it to perform protective functions in relation to the tissue again, and for having a feeling of comfort and softness for a long time, it needs our care and assistance.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Treating a staph infection before it spreads to your wallet

Treating a staph infection before it spreads to your walletUnless you're one of the few and the proud with health insurance, chances are that you'd do everything you possibly can to avoid a trip to the doctor's office. Now more than ever do we need to be vigilant when it comes to taking steps to prevent Staphylococcus Aureus and its quest for world domination.

New trends such as Bikram Yoga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are sweeping across the country, and along the front lines with them is Staph. Although they both may be a great ab workout that'll get you and shape and all that, the nature of both of these activities make them nothing short of a hotbed for the growth and spread of Staph microbes. Bikram, or "Hot Yoga," is practiced in a room heated to around 105 degrees. To exacerbate matters, most people wear the bare minimum of clothing while they're practicing. Not only does this leave very little to the imagination to those around (and god forbid, behind) you, but it leaves anyone with Staph bacteria on them (1 and 4 people have it) to spread it to an open wound on yourself. The increased temperature will only promote faster growth of the bacteria, simply fueling the fire.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, although not done in a room heated to 105 degrees, is much worse, since it involves a consistent level of physicality that often leads to open wounds. The fact that your body is already physically drained by the end of each session provides the Staph bacteria with much less resistance on its quest to form new colonies.

Easy ways to prevent this include keeping your skin protected with clothing or anti-bacterial lotions that are specifically made to prevent staph. Also, if you happen to be bleeding, it'd be best to simply leave for the day, or at least wear a band-aid. Even though you don't think you may have an infection, you can be one of the 25% who naturally carries it. Also, exfoliating your skin regularly with natural acids such as orange peels or using a hot compresses with crushed garlic can prove to be cheap and effective ways to prevent or curb an infection.

If you do start to see an infection forming, however, hot compresses on it with alcohol. Vinegar has also been proven to work, and is a great alternative to those who don't want to deal with the sting or scent of alcohol. If the infection is worse, then it is obviously time to see a doctor, but it's important to take every step beforehand to avoid this point. The frequent use of antibiotics in the last century practically put Darwinism in fast motion for Staph bacteria, allowing the surviving strains to go on to pass their antibiotic resistant DNA on to future generations.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Skin care during radiation therapy

Skin care during radiation therapyUndergoing radiation therapy can be a traumatic experience, and the last thing you want is to compound your worries with anxiety about the burns you're about to sustain on your chest.  The deterioration of the tissue surrounding the breast is more destructive psychologically than any regular sunburn – because of the breasts' role as a signifier for a woman's sexuality, damaged skin on the breast can be associated with the deterioration of one's sexuality as well as their conceptions of their identity.  The stress caused by this coupled with the existing anxiety from the breast cancer itself can be enough to actually slow down your recovery, even opening oneself up to complications.  Therefore, it's a good idea to minimize the amount of damage done by the radiation as much as possible.

Although the burns from radiation therapy are similar to regular sunburns, they're different in the sense that radiation therapy is only gamma or x-rays instead of the full spectrum of light that gives you sunburn.  Because of this, treatment for radiation therapy differs slightly from a regular sunburn.

The first thing that you'd want to do after you begin radiation therapy is to keep the affected area clean and dry (don't use any lotions without first consulting your physician), washing it with lukewarm water (never hot or cold) so blisters or an infection do not form.  Look for places on the skin that are red and/or are swollen – these most likely are indicative of an infection, and will not only be painful, but can complicate things if you go on to get a mastectomy and breast implants to repair the excised tissue.  Try applying vitamin A or D to the area, and try wearing no bra and baggy clothes to reduce the amount of contact that could be irritating the skin.  If the problem persists, you can always see your physician for a topical cream or antibiotics.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Winter problems of tender hands

Winter is a serious test for our skin, especially in such vulnerable places as face and hands. But if we take a very intensive care of the face, it is somewhat different with our hands. Mostly, all care is reduced to applying a moisturizing cream a couple of times a day, but this is not enough, especially during a cold season! There are two main factors of saving the skin in winter: a reliable protection plus intensive moisturizing!

Protection
All means for hands skin protection are good, and all they need to be applied – both gloves (and mittens in the bitter cold), and protective creams (ointments).

A protective cream, which usually consists of glycerin, beeswax, olive and vegetable oils, cocoa, oregano and wheat germ, as well as cedar oil, badger fat, etc. can be a real godsend! A cryoprotective cream works as peculiar "bio gloves”. It creates a thin protective layer on the skin surface. Under this cream the skin continues to breathe and retain its natural moisture. It is not a problem to choose a suitable cream; you should just pay attention to a special note "protection from the cold" mark.

Care
A comprehensive care, including nutrition, moisturizing, and masks, is also necessary.

- The easiest and universal procedure for hands care is the following: spread a thick layer of a cream or oil (olive) and put on cotton gloves. Of course, it is more convenient to do it at night.

- Pay special attention to the selection of cleaning agents: a mild cream soap, soap in liquid form – these are the products that your hands need to preserve the purity, and, at the same time, these means do not desiccate the skin. After washing your hands with soap, apply a moisturizing cream.

- Detergents and hot water is the number one enemy for the beauty of hands at any time of year. Therefore, all the household works demanding their use should be done with gloves on.

- It is good to do softening baths with chamomile and green tea, hand masks made of honey, olive oil, fatty cheese and egg yolks, or boiled potatoes, on a weekly basis.

- For micro cracks and rough hands it is very useful to steam hands in warm water in which rice or potatoes were cooked. Such water has an antibacterial and softening effect. Do not wipe hands after doing the bath.

And, one more important factor! It should be in mind that beauty vitamins - A, E and C- help to protect and preserve a healthy condition of skin not only being a part of ointments and creams, but also in our daily menu!

Vitamin A is the main fighter against dryness and peeling of skin. To make up for its deficiency in the body, you must eat dried fruit, carrots, and bananas. It is also contained in sour cream, cream, and rosehips. Vitamin E prevents from cold-related aggravation of skin diseases. Much of it is contained in nuts, in sunflower, olive, and corn oils, and in oatmeal. Vitamin C strengthens immunity of the whole body including skin; it is contained in citrus fruits, kiwi, and cabbage.

We will do a big favor (including the skin of hands) concerning protection from outside irritators if we add olive oil to our diet. It is especially good because of containing fatty acids just in the form as they are in the body, so they are very easily digested.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Winter masks for facial skin

In winter we should make facial masks as often as possible. Especially it is important to make moistening masks, minimum twice a week. But if you feel that your skin is dehydrated, then make special masks oftener.

Remember that winter masks have more effect, when they are warm. Try to apply mask on the neck too. Generally neck skin is drier, than facial skin, so moistening masks will be great for it. Here you can find some recipes of winter masks. You can choose one mask and make it permanently for the great effect. But also you can alternate these masks with each other to make your skin glad.

Banana mask. Knead ¼ of banana and add ½ teaspoon your nourishing cream, 3 drops lemon juice and 3 drops olive oil. Mix everything carefully and apply on the face and neck for 15 minutes. Then wash the mask with cool water. This mask moistens skin greatly.

Mask from oatmeal. Mix 2 tablespoons oatmeal with 2 teaspoons honey and 1 tablespoon strong tea. If the mixture is too thick, add some boiled water. Warm the mixture on the steam and apply on the face and neck with thick layer. Cover face with paper napkin and towel. Keep the mask for 20 minutes and then wash the face with cool water. This mask nourishes, moistens skin and gives elasticity back.

Carrot mask. Grate one carrot and mix with 2 tablespoons of potato starch and one yolk. Apply the mask on the face for 15 minutes. Wash with warm water. This mask makes skin color better, smoothes wrinkles and raises resistibility of the skin to unfavorable environmental conditions.

Herbal mask. Mix in 1 teaspoon of dried herbs camomile, plantain and mint. Pour the mixture with 1 glass of boiling water and boil for 10-15 minutes. Filter the decoction and add 1 teaspoon potato starch. Apply the nourishing cream on the face and above it apply warm herbal mixture. Keep the mask for 20 minutes. Wash face with warm water and apply the nourishing cream again.

Protective cream. Mix 1 teaspoon zinc ointment with 1 teaspoon any vegetable oil. Then add 2 teaspoons lanolin cream and mix everything carefully. Save this cream in the cool place. Use protective cream every day instead of your day cream.

Herbal compress for peeled skin. Pour 1 tablespoon dry herbs camomile or mint with 1 glass of boiling water, wait for 10 minutes and then filter the infusion. In this time make the mask. Mix 1 yolk, 1 teaspoon oily vitamin A and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Wet the napkin in hot herbal infusion and put on the face for 2-3 minutes. Then apply the mask for 15-20 minutes and wash face with warm water.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Protect your skin from winter frosts

Only rich nourishing day cream can protect your skin in winter. But it should be not very thick. If your cream is too thick and it is imbibed slowly, then you should dilute it with any purified vegetable oil.

It is a good way in winter. Cold oppresses the actions of skin oil glands. That’s why it is necessary to use "rich" creams in winter. Read labels of cosmetic means attentively. If you see the note: "For cold weather", then choose this cream. Such creams are also called as "barrier".

As for lips skin care in winter, nourishing balsam and hygienic lipstick are the best of all. If you can’t be limited with these means, then choose "rich" toned lipstick and apply it above the hygienic one.

To nourish and to moisten lips, buy any kids oil and apply it on the lips at night. Also you can apply kids oil above lipstick for additional protection before going in the street. Attention! Do not use vaseline for lips care in winter. It is a mineral oil, which dries skin heavily.

Actually barrier between skin and cold wind is thicker, and then it is better. So don’t forget about foundation cream and powder. Apply foundation cream with wet sponge to make cream layer even. You’d better to use compact powder (but not loose one), because compact powder has oil.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The secrets of skin care in winter

Cold weather, and especially frost with wind, is the serious test for skin. In a fact, our skin withstands very high temperature better than low one. That’s why we need to care about skin more carefully in winter time.

You’d better to refuse from washing at all for the period of strong frosts. Use cosmetic milk, facial washes and tonic for morning skin cleaning. Remember the main thing: all these means must be free of alcohol. Even if you have oily skin, frost has already dried a little your skin. That’s why skin doesn’t need in spirit-based means.

Also you should finish the day right too. Removing make-up and making evening skin cleaning, use light means, which do not destroy skin’s natural protective barrier (this barrier protects skin and also kills bacteria and microbes on it). Such means, for example, are cosmetic milk, any vegetable oil, soft tonics and lotions, which have many moistening components.

The law of winter skin care is skin nourishing in the evening and moistening in the evening. It is so, because moisture, contained in any cosmetic cream, turned into small ice crystals.

There is one secret, which will let you to avoid this law. Put one thin layer of night cream under day moistening cream. In this care moistening components "covered" with day cream layer. They do not contact with air and have enough time to reach inner skin layers before going in the street. Actually, wait for 30 minutes or better an hour after applying a cream on the skin.