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July 17, 2010

Skin Care Tips for Dry and Mature skin

Are you over thirty-five? Does your complexion look dull rather than moist? Do you have irregular patches of pigmentation, such as black, brown, or lumpy beige spots, or raised, dark brown skin tags? Are there little red lines around your nose and cheeks? Are there deepening lines around your nose; forehead, eyes and between the eyebrows? Does the skin look loose around the chin line and cheeks, as well as the under eye area? Despite dry skin, are there enlarged pores on your cheeks and chin? If you have answered most of the above questions in affirmative then you have mature skin.

Take care of Mature Skin

Care of mature skin

A summary of mature skin would be that, it is the skin that has been used and abused. The factors that lead to mature skin are hereditary (which of course one can’t do anything about), excessive cleaning and massaging of the face, frequent weight gain and loss, drinking (alcohol can seriously impair blood circulation especially around the eye area), too much exposure to the sun, and smoking as nicotine impairs the blood circulation in the skin.

If you have mature skin you will discover that your skin has become sensitive to a lot of ingredients found in skin care products. For example if you used to apply scented moisturizers you might now realize that you are allergic to fragrance in moisturizers. The solution to this particular problem would be to use a fragrance free moisturizer.

Any product you use should be allergy tested. You can apply the product behind your ear or under the jaw and let it remain for a few hours or a whole day to check any signs of an allergic reaction.

Cleansing mature skin is very much like dry skin and similar products are used for both skin types.

Moisture and sun protection

Mature skin needs extra moisturizers and most of the new ones in the market have the added benefit of a firming ingredient in them which makes the skin taut so that your skin feels rejuvenated, but only temporarily. The only way you can change the texture of your skin, permanently, is through a face-lift.

Retin-A and Alpha Hydroxy AcIds (AHAs), can also be used to reverse aging. Retin-A and AHAs are safer than chemical peeling without the risks of scarring, pain or expense if taken under a dermatologists expert guidance and care.

A sunscreen is a must for mature skin, which has already been over-exposed to the sun’s rays.

Toning

Toning can make the skin seem firmer and the pores appear smaller, by creating a slight puffiness around the pores. Choose an astringent around the same guidelines established for dry skin.

Saunas

These are excellent for mature skin to clean the pores and deliver sufficient water to keep the skin soft and moist. The same rules apply for both dry and mature skin.

Masks

Buttermilk deserves special mention as a natural mask because it is rich in lactic acid, a well-known highly effective moisturizer and skin renewal agent.

All products should be allergy tested and applied on sensitive areas on your skin, like the skin behind the ears and under the jaw. This should be left on for a few hours or a day. If any signs of an allergic reaction take place then rinse the area immediately with an oatmeal and cool water solution, and refrain from buying the product.


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July 16, 2010

Skin Care Tips for dry skin

Skin care is a perennial problem, especially for women who have dry and mature skin. Women with oily skin also face a lot of problems, but this post will not discuss oily and combination skin specifically, as in reality most faces have a combination of dry and oily areas. A factor that you should keep in mind is that skin should be treated according to the prevailing weather conditions, which calls for lighter moisturizers in summer and heavier creams in winters for skins prone to dryness. Here are beauty tips to cope with dry skin and to give you healthy, beautiful and clear skin in just a few weeks.

Skincare Tips

Do you need a sunscreen?

Sunscreens play a very important role in the upkeep of your skin. They protect your skin against the sun’s ultra-violet rays, which are of two kinds: UVA and UVB rays. Hence the SPF or sun-protection factor should be 15 or more to protect your skin from both these rays, plus the label on the sunscreen should say that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Some sunscreens have para-aminobenzoic (PABA), which is a powerful ingredient (in sunscreens). But some skins can show an allergic reaction to it. So if you want to avoid PABA, then look for sunscreens which are PABA- free.

Simple dry skin

Are u under thirty-five? Did you have an almost totally acne-free adolescence? Is your skin tight even several hours after washing? Did either one of your parents have dry skin? Does your complexion get ruddy and ‘pink cheeked’, especially in winter?

If you have answered yes to most of the questions, then you have simple dry skin.

Care of simple dry skin

Skin which has lost too much water by evaporation from the cells of the skin is called dry skin. This water-content can be controlled, by providing the skin with natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) such as, lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acids and phospholipids (e.g. lecithin and mucopolysaccharides). These compounds are synthesized and added to commercial moisturizers.

Cleansing dry skin – The best form of cleanser for this type of skin is the rinse-able cream or lotion. It does not remove nearly as much oil as soap, and leaves a non-greasy, natural protective coating on the face that inhibits evaporation of water.

Protection from moisture and sun

Skin has a tendency to lose moisture, and moisturizing creams should be used to help the skin hold water and protect it against sun damage. Dry skin although does not cause the skin to age, but simple dry skin during youth indicates that a woman has the skin type that is at risk for early aging. Such skin is often very fine, thin and particularly sensitive to sun damage. Such a skin type needs ample moisturizing and sun protection.

Toning Astringents – Dry skin can benefit from a properly formulated astringent and not from those brands containing alcohol which tend to dry out the skin. If you read carefully, the ingredients of some astringents, toners and fresheners, may contain moisturizing ingredients like lactic acid, proteins, urea and lecithin which can counteract any drying effects of a dehydrating substance, like alcohol.

Masks

Although paste masks do the same as gel masks, they also absorb oil and water from the skin. This makes them as excellent masks for oily or acne troubled skin but far too drying for dry skin.

Suggestions for face masks – Use one egg yolk, a few drops of vinegar, a few drops of almond or peanut or olive oil and a broken capsule of vitamin E. These should be mixed and applied on the skin and left for 15 minutes and then washed off.

Facial saunas

We would suggest that you put a dry skin nourishing cream or mask and then steam your face. Take a bowl of hot water and put your face at a reasonable distance from it and cover your head with a towel in such a way that it forms a tent over the bowl. You should remain in this position for 5-7 minutes and then splash your face with cool water to close the pores. This should be done once in two weeks. The moist heat of the sauna dissolves excess oil and loosens the upper layer of dead cells and gives a good supply of water to the skin.

These skin care tips will help you keep your dry skin hydrated, leaving it clear, smooth and healthy. The next post will give you tips on taking care of mature skin; for women aged over thirty-five years.


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July 10, 2010

Redefining Eyes – How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

When it comes to applying eye makeup, liquid liner should be applied before anything else. This way, if you have to start all over, you won’t ruin the rest of your makeup. Some women find it tricky to apply liquid eyeliner correctly, but all you need is some practice to get it correct.

How to apply eyeliner

The way you apply your eyeliner can make you look stunning or just clumsy. Therefore, it is important that you perfect your skills by applying eyeliner a few times to practice. Here are some tips to help you apply liquid eyeliner.

  1. Test for colour, intensity and sharpness of line by applying liner to the back of your hand.
  2. Close your eyes and pull your eyelid taut with your fingertip.
  3. Starting at the inner corner of your upper lid, pull the eyeliner brush in a straight, even line as close to your lashes as possible.
  4. For the lower lid, turn the brush vertically to get beneath the lashes and apply liner very carefully.
  5. If needed, use your pointed cotton swabs slightly dipped in eye makeup remover for shaping and perfecting the line.


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July 7, 2010

Benefits of Skin Moisturizers

Skin Moisturizing

If you want plump and healthy looking skin which gives a smooth appearance, you should make it a habit to use a moisturizer regularly. Moisturizers help by trapping the skins natural moisture from evaporating by forming a protective layer between the skin and the air. When this natural moisture gets temporarily trapped near the skin, it gives a smooth and healthy appearance. It also gives relief from dry and irritated skin. However, if you have acne prone skin, moisturizers can cause the pores to get clogged, aggravating your acne. Therefore, if you have oily skin, avoid using too much moisturizer.

There are a number of moisturizers which you can use at different times during the day, or according to your skin type. For example, herbal moisturizers are very light which you can use during the day, so use a light moisturizer before applying make-up to hold it better. Also, if you have oily skin, then you should use a delicate moisturizer which would not make your skin oilier. If you have very dry skin, you would want to use a heavier moisturizer, especially at night to keep your skin moist. Moisturizers also protect the skin from the sun, help improve blood circulation, nourish the skin, reduce the pore size of the skin to prevent dirt and debris from settling down on it and keep the skin hydrated. Moisturizers also protect the skin from free radicals and other environmental factors like wind, air and sunlight. If you want, you can even mix or blend your moisturizer with your favourite moisture cream before applying.

So start moisturizing your skin as a daily ritual and you will keep your skin healthy, plump and hydrated for several years to come. The best time to use moisturizer is right after you cleanse your skin as it will trap and replenish all the moisture and good oils of the skin which are lost during cleansing. You can also use a moisturizer right after you take a bath when the skin is wet.


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