The best clay mask for your skin

If you have oily to combination skin, clay masks are your skin’s best friend. Even normal skin can benefit immensely from the right clay mask. Apart from providing pore shrinking and oil controlling benefits, clay masks can deep clean every skin type and brighten it up. But, using a clay mask effectively requires a little more care than just applying it and rinsing it. You must know the right clay mask for your skin to reap maximum benefits.

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Choose the right clay for your mask:

Please don’t pick up mask based on other’s reviews and comments. Just as that not everyone has the same skin care requirement, not all clay are same. Always choose the right product for your skin, according to your skin type and the care you need. Do a good research and find out which clay will suit your skin type and condition the best.

Here’s the guide:

Bentonite clay: Considered to be most useful as it efficiently extracts impurities from the skin. It comes from volcanic ash that has absorbed nutrients from the earth through the ages. It has been used as a therapeutic and cosmetic clay since 2500 B.C. This is a very popular clay for skin benefits because of its superb absorbing capabilities. This is a great clay for oily skin since it can suck up all that excess sebum easily. When mixed with water the molecules are charged and attracts toxins out of your face to the clay. Since bentonite clay swells when mixed with water, making it a highly porous substance, it can absorb more than its initial mass. With its tightening, acne-clearing, and impurity-absorbing abilities, this is a go-to for many skin concerns. This also goes for any skin ailments involving bacteria and fungus and conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Significant improvements can be seen among acne sufferers after using it twice a week on problem areas. You’ll notice that your pores will appear smaller because the clay pulls out blackheads, leaving the pore tightly closed preventing further plugs from forming with regular use.

Use for:

  • Acne
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening
  • Skin detoxification

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French Green Clay: This is your staple for exfoliation and pore-tightening on top of oil-absorption. It is also called Illite Clay or Sea Clay. Did you know that the green color comes from the amount of decomposed plant material and iron oxide? This unique color is the determining factor in the quality of the clay. It should never be gray or white, it should be green. It not only does it drink up oils, but also boosts microcirculation. The tingling sensation on application is the sign of boosting circulation.

Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening

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Fuller’s Earth Clay: This is another powerful absorber of oil and impurities. On top of its acne banishing benefit, it is known for working well for addressing hyperpigmention, as it has mild bleaching properties. When combined with rose water and used as a mask, it helps boost circulation. This is recommended for people with oily skin since it can be quite drying but it wouldn’t hurt for normal skin if used once a week following b a good nourishing moisturizer.

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Kaolin Clay: They come in a few different colors—white, yellow, red, and pink are the more popular ones, all of which vary in their abilities.

  • White kaolin clay is the gentlest and thus great for sensitive dry skin. It doesn’t absorb so much as it does soften with super gentle bits for a mild exfoliation.
  • Yellow kaolin clay is slightly more absorbent and exfoliating but still remains gentle enough for sensitive skin. This can be more circulation-boosting, so you’ll probably find it in a lot of brightening masks.
  • Red kaolin clay has the most absorbing powers of the bunch and is best for oily skin. This is a great addition for acne/detoxifying masks for the face or body.
  • Pink kaolin clay is pretty much a mixture of the white and red kaolin clays, making it an idea balance for those with sensitive skin that needs a bit of oil-suction and gentle exfoliation.

Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening
  • Skin detoxification

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Rhassoul Clay (Red Moroccan clay): This ancient clay is mined from Morocco and is rich in minerals. This clay is the perfect magnet for pulling out all those impurities—sebum plugs, blackheads. It doesn’t, however, leave you dry because of its elasticity and texture-improving effects. It’s gentle enough for daily use in small doses. It makes a heavy-duty exfoliator mask when mixed with crushed oats or almonds,

Additional tips: Rhassoul clay is great for both skin and hair. It is absolutely fabulous for absorbing excess build-up on hair, sebum around hair follicles restoring volume, and shine.

The best Spas across the globe utilize the toning and enriching benefits offered by Rhassoul and now it’s just as easy to enjoy this splendor within your own home. High in Silica, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium content, this clay is surely one of the finest treasures for the pampering of your skin.

. Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Pore tightening
  • Skin detoxification

Umbrian clay – Originally found in the small idyllic town of Nocera Umbra, Italy, this charcoal-toned, ultra-fine and mineral-rich clay works to give you a balanced and pure complexion that glows. Umbrian clay masks work great on normal, oily, combination, dry and even sensitive skin types. This clay mask multitasks as a daily deep cleanser, instant purifying mask and spot treatment to reveal a more refined complexion. This clay restores balance and reduce swelling and any blemishes or skin irritation.

Use for:

  • Exfoliation
  • Deep cleaning
  • Boosting skin circulation
  • Excess sebum
  • Skin detoxification

Beauties! Make the best use of what Mother Earth has offered us. Share your thoughts and tips on clay masks for us to know more. Happy skincare!

 

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Banish body acne!

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Have you ever stayed away from the lovely dress or top just because your body zits are definitely not worth a show-off? Have you ever gone through the nightmare of pesky acne on your back and chest?

Let’s talk about bacne and chestne. And how to get rid of them so that you can banish the bane forever!

It’s just acne, but the pain, discomfort and embarrassment of having less than perfect skin can certainly make you feel depressed.

What is this acne?

Yep! It’s a kind of details you already know perhaps. Acne is a skin condition that produces inflamed breakouts on your skin. The breakouts occur when your skin’s sebaceous glands, which produce the sebum (oil) become clogged by dead skin cells or an abundance of sebum. When clogging occurs, bacteria can develop, and these bacteria are at the root of acne’s inflammation. Whether you call them zits, pimples, blackheads or whiteheads, acne breakouts tend to be one of two major varieties:

  • Acne vulgaris: This is the more common form of acne, which exhibits itself in blackheads or whiteheads.
  • Acne cystic: This severe form of acne occurs when the clog is deep within the follicle. It manifests itself in the form of red bumps, pustules, nodules and cysts on the skin. These can be very painful, and they can also cause deep scarring.

Let’s take a look at what causes this severe acne and how you can combat it.

What Causes Bacne and Chestne?

There is no scientific explanation for what causes back or chest acne!

Acne appears on the areas of body where the sebaceous glands are most dense. Most acne sufferers, a full 92%, experience facial acne. The back and chest are also problem areas for people with acne, with 60 percent of sufferers reporting breakouts in these areas

Acne on your back and chest, or “bacne” and “chestne”, as some call it, tends toward the more severe types of acne, causing more pain, scarring and even extreme embarrassment. Most dermatologists agree it is more difficult to get rid of these and the chance of recurrence is remarkably high.

  • Back acne tends to occur around puberty when the sebaceous glands start functioning. When too much sebum is produced, pores and hair follicles can become clogged, attracting bacteria. This can lead to acne.
  • Stress, oily and sugary foods, excessive sweating and even genes have roles to play in the causes of back acne but the exact reason of the outbreak and recurrence is hard to be pin-pointed.
  • There is also no scientific proof that back acne is developed from tight clothing, excessive sweating and heavy backpacks. Yes, they contribute to make it far worse.
  • Poor hygiene doesn’t cause blemishes, but can deepen the problem. Practicing good hygiene can help prevent acne, especially body acne. Cleansing your skin daily and exfoliating weekly can help prevent pores from becoming clogged.

The tips that can help you to get over this pestering issue

Do not keep sweaty or dirty (read, unwashed) clothes close to your skin for long.

You know this. I know this. And still—it happens.

Sweat that sits on your skin for too long makes a perfect cocktail with your sebum, dead skin cells and clog your pores. Keep wiping the affected area with a soft cloth or towel or cleansing wipes (the ones suitable for acne-prone skin) as you sweat.

Caution: Remember to be gentle. Rubbing your acne can worsen the situation.

Always use washed undergarment, top and a fresh towel.

It’s tempting to want to recycle your clothes for a second wearing, especially, if you see the clothes hardly dirty enough to wash or was too busy or forgot to do laundry. But you must resist! For the sake of your skin! Hard but worth the effort.

Use soap or wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide

Don’t use a creamy, moisturizing body wash. Wash with a product with salicylic acid. It binds with the sebum and washes out the every trace of it.

Benzoyl peroxide is an ingredient that I don’t recommend for face acne because it can be irritating and dries you out. But for body acne, use a benzoyl peroxide wash. I’d suggest a 10 percent benzoyl peroxide wash. You apply the product, leave it on for a couple of minutes and then wash it off.

Avoid getting any hair conditioner/mask, heavy moisturizer or self-tanner on your back and chest.

These might not directly cause your bacne/chestne, but they may aggravate the problem and even prevent it from clearing up as fast as possible.

  • While using hair conditioner or mask, wash your body LAST, after you’ve already dealt with the hair stuff because even rinsing out a conditioner or hair mask may leave a film on back.
  • If you moisturize your back regularly stop using any creamy products. Opt for gel formulae or oil-free moisturizer specially formulated for acne-prone skin.
  • Self-tanner is a strict no-no unless you can find a super-light formula. You can try fast-drying gels.
  • I should probably also mention sunscreen. Opt for the ones that will not break you out. Choose the ones for acne-prone skin.

Details of the guide on how to select the right sunscreen :

“Read this before buying sunscreen”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/read-this-before-buying-sunscreen/

Exfoliate by using a sponge or a loofah.

Get rid of dead skin, because dead skin clogs the pores, and then that, together with oil and bacteria, is what makes the acne scenario difficult. However, don’t scrub too hard, or you’ll increase irritation.

You can also use gel-base gentle scrub. Make sure they are not creamy and is meant for acne-prone skin.

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Use sunscreen

Exposure to sun makes any spot scar, it makes pigment stay in your skin. So if you do have bacne, it’s going to make it stay. So you really have to wear sunblock over your back, not just for protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun, but also to prevent that bacne from scarring.

Details of the guide on how to select the right sunscreen :

“Read this before buying sunscreen”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/read-this-before-buying-sunscreen/

The shouldn’t–miss points:

  • Excessive washing: Acne isn’t the result of dirty skin, so there’s no need to scrub your back four times a day. Do keep your back clean washing with a suitable produce once a day and exfoliate gently once or twice a week.
  • Popping pimples: As tempting as it is to get rid of pus-filled zits by popping them, you should avoid squeezing acne blemishes. Picking can cause further inflammation and force the pus deeper into your skin.
  • Unproven home remedies: Oatmeal, nettle, mint, lemon juice, aloe vera and vinegar and numerous other kitchen stuffs have also been thought to be able to stop acne. However, most of these products has been medically proven to work, and some may even cause further irritation to your skin.

If you’re going to conceal with makeup,

  • Concealing pimples on your chest is way harder than working with facial ones. The main thing is to make sure you’ve got a concealer that’s an exact match to your skin tone.
  • The other thing you want is a super-fine brush. Like, not even a concealer brush, something like a lip brush! That will help to camouflage the blemish only and not the entire area surrounding it. That only draws MORE attention to your issue.

Stress, Diet and Body Acne

If you’ve had acne, you’ve probably heard that you can cut down on your breakouts by controlling two simple things in your life — your diet and your stress level. This isn’t always the case, though.

  • Some people believe their acne is aggravated by specific foods — such as chocolate, peanuts, shellfish and fatty foods — there’s no scientific evidence that supports this. If you suspect that a certain food is making your acne worse, you can avoid that food. It’s always a good idea to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Not only is a balanced diet important to an overall healthier self, but it’s also good for the health of your skin.
  • The other advice to reduce stress to clear up acne, frankly, may not have a big effect. Normal, everyday stress doesn’t cause acne; however, chronic stress can make it worse. In fact, it is one of the chief contributors to adult acne. Stress can worsen acne because it affects your body’s hormone production. When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands produce more cortisol, and this change in hormone levels causes your sebaceous glands to produce more oil. This excess sebum in your skin makes it easier for your pores to become clogged. Although you can’t live a completely stress-free life, there are ways you can reduce your stress levels.

 

Now, it’s your turn to talk to me:

Ever been plagued by the bacne/chestne curse?

What do you do to clear it up?

Read this before buying sunscreen

We all know how important SPF is for preventing not only skin cancer, but also the photodamage that causes signs of premature aging of your skin. No matter what season it is, sunscreen is a vital step in your daily skin care regimen.

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To find out what sunscreens are best for your skin type, keep reading.

Why You Need It? – in a nutshell: Sunscreen blocks UV rays from penetrating your skin. This helps prevent skin cancer and even signs of aging, including dark spots, change in texture, and fine lines and wrinkles. Every day our skin is exposed to UV radiation — even on a cloudy day — which is why sunscreen should be an essential part of your morning skin care routine. For best results, here’s what you should look for in finding the right formula for your skin type.

Before you proceed, keep in mind the points discussed in,

“The sunscreen facts the SA won’t tell you!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/the-sunscreen-facts-the-sa-wont-tell-you/

Choose the right sunscreen and enjoy the maximum benefit!

For Oily Skin: Go with an oil-free option. Physical sunblock ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can make a formula more thick. So, your best bet might be to opt for chemical sunscreens that use avobenzone and oxybenzone with a lightweight consistency. Many of the lighter formulas must be shaken and can even help mattify your complexion.

When you have oily skin, grabbing a basic sunscreen off the shelf can make your skin worse, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. The gel sunscreens are most often ideal for oily skin. Look for phrases like oil-free, water-based and noncomedegenic — meaning it’s unlikely to clog your pores.

For Combination Skin: If you’re worried about a greasy-looking T-zone, opt for a sunscreen for oily skin types. Otherwise, finding your optimal sunscreen can come down to the consistency you prefer. Newer formulations now have a more transparent application, as opposed to the traditional white film that sunblock has been associated with.

For Dry Skin: Look for creamy formulations with added moisturizing ingredients like glycerin and ceramides to protect your skin. Numerous moisturizers are used in sunscreens; popular ones include lanolin, oils, and silicones such as dimethicone. Moisturizing sunscreens are often formulated as creams, lotions, or ointments, so look for these terms on the label.

For children’s skin: The sensitive skin of babies and children is easily irritated by chemicals in adult sunscreens. PABA and oxybenzone in particular have been associated with skin reactions. The physical sunscreens zinc oxide and titanium dioxide tend to be better tolerated by children and people with sensitive skin. These can usually be found in sunscreens for babies and children.

Caution: Many sunscreens for kids come as sprays. Spray sunscreens should not be applied directly to the face; sprays should be misted into the hands, and then spread on the face.

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For allergy-prone, acne-prone, and rosacea-prone skin:

  • Patients with allergy-prone skin or conditions such as rosacea should avoid products containing preservatives or fragrances, as well as those containing PABA or oxybenzone. Again, the ingredients least likely to cause skin reactions are the physical sunscreens, as well as those made with salicylates and ecamsule.10 Allergy prone and rosacea patients should also avoid sunscreens containing alcohol.
  • Patients with acne, however, may find gel formulas, which usually contain alcohol, more drying and less likely to aggravate acne. Acne-prone patients should avoid greasy sunscreens (often marketed as “creams”), since they may aggravate breakouts; the UVB filter ensulizole has a lighter, less oily consistency than most other chemical sunscreens.
  • People on topical acne medications, which tend to be drying, may find gels too irritating on their sensitized skin and may benefit from a light lotion or cream base. Since some acne medications increase sun sensitivity, making wearers more vulnerable to burning and skin damage, rigorous daily sun protection is especially important.

For people with melasma, a history of skin cancer, or very fair skin: For patients with a blotchy brown discoloration of the skin called melasma, those who have had skin cancer, or those who are very fair, sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ is recommended daily for extra protection. The re-application every two hours is of utmost important for these individuals.

For darker skin tones: Individuals with darker skin who rarely burn may feel they do not need to use sunscreen. But in spite of absence of visible damage, they still face the damage from exposure to the sun’s harmful UV radiation. Darker-skinned people may also be wary of using physical sunscreens, especially titanium-based products, because they can look chalky and white on the skin. Newer preparations, however, tend to be micronized, which means the particles are small enough to allow them to blend in and disappear into the skin. Chemical sunscreens are also an option. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15+.

Did you find the post useful? What is your favorite sunscreen? Feel free to share all your news and views.

Face Mist – The variety!

Do you use a facial mist?

Don’t you love the misty air at the seaside? Like crazy me, do you stand near any fountain or water jet and love to soak the light mist?

But what most of us don’t know is this has a lovely effect on the skin.

Facial mist sprays are just what they sound like: misting bottles or aerosol cans filled with a liquid designed to soothe, moisturize, relax or rejuvenate your face. They may contain sunscreen, minerals, antioxidants or other ingredients that nourish and protect your skin.

Of course, for the mist effect to work, the main ingredient in all of those little bottles must be water. Some products contain mineral water and others use plain old H2O. You can use them if your face is feeling parched after a dehydrating plane trip, if your makeup has begun to wilt during the day or if you simply want a little spritz of something cool and refreshing.

But before you stock up, here’s a primer on what’s available, what suits your need.

And another important point is, to use them correctly.

Read more about it:

“Face mist – Why? and How?”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/face-mist-why-and-how/ 

Not all facial mists are created equal

That’s because some are actually straight thermal or mineral water. These are the old-school mists that have been around for ages

  • Thermal water

Sourced from springs deep underground, thermal water is steeped in good-for-skin trace elements and minerals. Specifics vary depending on the spring the water comes from. Naturally rich in the mineral calcium and trace element selenium (an antioxidant), La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water has been proven as an anti-irritation treatment for very sensitive skin. Avène is another brand with a popular, soothing thermal water spray for sensitive skin. Or even Evian, which is quite popular!

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Then there are the new-generation sprays, which have water but also hydrating ingredients like essential oils, botanical extracts or glycerin.

  • Distilled water

Distilled water itself is fine for basic hydration, but look instead for one infused with nourishing botanical extracts, essential oils and other ingredients to boost hydration. Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner calms skin and spirit with aloe and lavender; Dermaglow Energizing Beauty Mist, has a oil-balancing mineral complex plus hyaluronic acid; all-natural Pangea Organics French Rosemary with Sweet Orange Facial Toner for dry and mature skin has moisturizing glycerin and sweet orange, rosemary and frankincense oils.

  • Hydrosols

Herbal or floral water now has a oh-so-scientific name, hydrosol. Made by steam-distilling plants or flowers to extract their “essence,” they’re a more potent brew than infusions. Doesn’t this sound so straight-out-of-chemist’s-lab?? Rose water, distilled from rose petals, is the skin-softening base of Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Tonic and a significant constituent of amazingly fragrant, natural Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence. Both of these mists also make skin glow with additional botanical extracts, essential oils and hyaluronic acid.

  • Fruit-based face mists

All-natural Éminence Neroli Age Corrective Hydrating Mist for mature skin is a moisturizing blend of coconut milk and coconut water, plus essential oils and anti-aging Swiss-apple stem cells. Caudalie Grape Water Soothing Moisturizing Spray made of water extracted from organic grapes via osmosis, feeds skin with potassium and vitamin C, and helps it hoard moisture with polysaccharides.

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Let me hear from you..

Do you use a facial mist? Yes? Which one? Tell us!

Are You Washing Your Face the Right Way?

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This article was so packed with tips that I couldn’t wait to publish this.

We all wash face and hardly bother if there is a right or wrong way to do it.. but there are small tips which can change the way you clean your face!

Here are a few of the most interesting things I learned about cleansing:

  • Don’t over-wash: There’s no medical reason that you must clean your face throughout the day. It’s generally a good idea to get rid of pore-clogging dirt, oil, sunscreen and makeup, and to slough off the dead skin cells… but once or twice a day, maximum, is sufficient. If you wash too much, you can strip away your skin’s protective oils—so consider whether you really need cleanser in the morning, or if your skin might be better served with just a splash of water. (Really! I got this from a leading dermatologist!!). Salma Hayek uses just splash with water. The 47-year-old gorgeous attributes her youthful complexion to once-daily cleansing.
  • It’s okay to clean with micellar cleansing waters: This are getting popular lately (via France). Totally okay if you want to make them not just your makeup remover but your regular cleanser

Get all your queries about micellar solutions cleared.

“Micellar water! mystery solved..”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/micellar-water-mystery-solved/

  • The best cleansers are generally soap-free, pH-balanced cleansers: That’s because they’re the least likely to strip or irritate. But oilier types can get away with foaming and gel cleansers.

If you have oily or combination skin, read this link to know more about the best ones you can use:

Read this before you pick moisturizer for your oily skin!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/read-this-before-you-pick-moisturizer-for-your-oily-skin/

  • Dry your face with paper towels if you get sever acne: Great little tip for acne. Unless you’re using a clean one every time, fabric towels can harbour and transfer bacteria back and forth to your face.
  • Lymphatic drainage massage can help with acne AND dry skin: Make light circular motions on your face as you cleanse; a renowned facialist, I got the chance to talk to, swears that moving in a downward direction from forehead to chin helps lymph and toxins to be expelled. Moving upward from chin to forward helps bring nutrients to the skin to aid dryness. Anyone tried it?
  • The Clarisonic might not be everything: Some users I spoke to loves it; the other thinks it’s purely marketing gimmick and want to stay clear as possibly too vigorous a cleanser. A gentler option if you do want a cleansing tool is the Foreo Luna.

Cleansing helps with conditions like acne and giving skin that all-important healthy glow. That’s because a good wash helps to remove some of the dead skin cells that contribute to a dry, pale look when they build up on the surface. Cleansing also prevents dirt, makeup and sebum from clogging pores and causing breakouts.

Incentive: Some cleansers contain moisturizing or medicated ingredients that stay on the skin to help with eczema, rosacea and acne.

Superfood for skin, hair, nails

Sometimes, on our eternal quest to get healthy hair, nails and skin, we try everything. I mean everything! Lotions, potions, elixirs, all sorts of “miracle” products. The moment one is launched with a too-good-to-believe claim, we rush to hoard. Maybe some of them work, maybe some of them don’t. But we overlook one important aspect far too often on this journey, and that’s our diet.

The kitchen cupboard is more important than the toiletry cupboard when it comes to look and feel good!

Beauty comes from within and it really is true. No amount of topical creams will make us shine the way our happy, nourished life cells will. With that in mind, I’d like to point out a few key diet changes that we can all ( that too, easily!) make to improve our look and health, or just prolong them.

There are certain foods, vitamins and minerals that we can consume to specifically boost the health and strength of our hair, skin and nails. I’ve put together a quick, easy to follow list of vitamins and minerals that beautify and rejuvenate your hair, skin, and nails. Check it out!

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 is important for hair growth, keeping your hair silky smooth, and hydrating your scalp. A lack of omega-3 can lead to a dry scalp and hair which in turn causes dandruff.

Yes, it is a FAT. There… I say it and perhaps you squirm away. Don’t! It’s an absolute essential in our never ending quest healthier body image. Not just any fat will do. Imagine the fat from deep fried processed food versus seafood and fish; you know which one is healthy!! We need the right kind. We need OMEGA 3! Meat and fish lovers rejoice, for omega 3 is plentiful from the right sources. Vegetarians, you might have a harder time finding large enough sources, but they are out there in rich amount.

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Protein: A protein rich diet is essential for keeping your hair and nails strong and healthy because both your hair and nails are both composed of the structural protein, keratin. The outer layer of your skin is also composed of keratin.

Hair specifically, is made up of mostly Keratin Protein. That’s the reason you see variations of Keratin on lots of hair products, to make you think you’re getting enough protein from your products. That’s one thing we could definitely eat though! Again, we need to focus on the right kinds of protein, and avoid the wrong kinds. The right kinds work in harmony with our bodies, and promote healthy cell repair and activity, while the wrong kinds can work against our bodies, and promote inflammation and degenerative functions.

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Zinc: Zinc plays an important role in the formation of your connective tissues and helps regulate the production of new proteins that are the building blocks of gorgeous hair and nails. A deficiency in zinc may result in hair loss, hair dryness, and brittleness.

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Biotin: Biotin is often used to strengthen damaged, thinning, and splitting hair and weakened nails. It also fights against sun damage. Like zinc, not ingesting enough biotin can lead to hair loss and brittle hair.

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Copper: Copper is a mineral that promotes shiny hair and enhances your natural hair color.

Iron: Iron is a mineral that helps cells carry oxygen to your hair follicles. An iron deficiency can lead to anemia and major hair loss especially for women.

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Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps produce a conditioning substance (sebum) for the scalp, which keeps hair looking and feeling healthy, and keeps your skin from getting too dry.

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Vitamin C: Vitamin C is critical for blood circulation to the scalp and also contributes to the blood vessels that feed hair follicles. Not enough Vitamin C can result in hair breakage.

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Vitamin D: Vitamin D is mainly important for strengthening weak nails and research is beginning to show that it is essential for hair follicle health.

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Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a miracle for your skin. It prevents UV-induced damage, is anti- inflammatory, heals wound, reduces wrinkles and age spots, heals chapped lips and cold sores, and moisturizes skin. It also leaves your hair shiny and protected from the sun.

Not to forget:

Avoid sugar: Anything too sugary is going to cause digestive problems, and everything is related when it comes to internal problems. Having trouble with our foods can lead to having trouble with our skin, hair, scalp, nails, but more than that, our body functions, even our sense of well-being.

Supplements: Supplements can be important too. Our soils just don’t hold the minerals they used to, and unfortunately due to over-farming, that means our foods aren’t as nutrient-dense as they should be. That means we should get supplements to compensate. There is a huge difference between a synthetic vitamin supplement and a natural one. Be self-aware. Before taking any supplement, get your nutrition checked by an expert.

Luckily, these items are very common and many of us eat them on a regular basis. There are also many other foods that contain valuable vitamins and minerals that are good for your hair, skin and nails so don’t worry if you aren’t consuming everything on this list. I hope you enjoyed this article and can’t wait to start trying some new beauty super foods!

Disclaimer! I am by no means a nutritionist, doctor, dietician, or personal trainer. I present these facts based on science, research and having an open mind to the possibility that I don’t know everything. Feel free to test these recommendations on yourself, but do not go against your own doctor’s advice. Be aware of your body and pay attention to personal reactions from food. That is honestly the very best advice you could ask for when it comes to nutrition.

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Face mist – Why? and How?

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I, like most of the people, is just in love with face mists!

The benefits

  • Some sprays are marketed as being able to temporarily give you a dewy glow if your skin is feeling dried. They can temporarily change the appearance of your skin by providing moisture and nourishment, and, since they’re usually cool and pleasantly fragranced, they can help you feel good.
  • Others designed by cosmetic companies may help set or refresh your makeup.
  • In hot weather, a moisturizing face spray with botanical extracts and essential oils can soothe and refresh heat-stressed skin of all types, including oily. Mist your face liberally as needed.
  • In the winter, a spray can help skin absorb serum or moisturizing ingredients better. Mist cleansed skin, and while skin is still damp, apply serum, then moisturizer.
  • Aromatherapy, the use of essential oils extracted from plants, might be another reason to use a facial mist spray. Many alternative medicine practitioners say certain scents can be effective against depression, anxiety, insomnia or exhaustion, although in some cases scientific evidence is inconclusive. If you choose a facial mist for this reason, be sure to read the ingredients list carefully. Several essential oils, such as cinnamon, can cause irritation or breakouts when applied to the skin.

Be careful about:

  • Overusing facial sprays: When you mist your face, the water evaporates, which can dry your skin — think of the way your lips become chapped if you lick them too often.
  • Ingredients: Some added ingredients might dry your skin out by stripping away the protective layer of oil, or sebum.
  • Sunblock: Also, keep in mind that, although a sunscreen-containing mist is probably better than no sunscreen at all, a mist might not cover your skin thoroughly enough to really protect you from the sun. (as compared to a proper sunscreen cream or gel

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The way to use a thermal or mineral mist is to…

1. Hold it about five or six inches away from your face and spritz.

2. Let it sit for maybe a minute or so, and then (Most IMPORTANT) blot off the excess with a tissue.

Yes, there’s a WRONG way to use face mists

If you use a spray without essential oils, saccharides or hyaluronic acid, all of which help skin retain moisture, “don’t let it dry on your face,” advises Amanda Matcham, Skin Therapist at International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica Canada. That’s the wrong way to use your spray because, “as water dries on the skin, it evaporates and draws some of the skin’s existing moisture out with it.” Unless you’re applying moisturizer immediately afterward, spritz your face, wait a few seconds, then pat off the excess.

Other ways to use your facial mist

So besides the method mentioned above (as a mid-day skin-refreshing pick-me-up on top of your makeup), there are a few other applications for these handy products…

1. Under your moisturizer

I have GOT to start doing this. I guess you have already got umpteen advices that it’s verrrry important to apply your body lotion on damp skin straight out of the bath or shower. The moisture gets locked in better that way. So why aren’t we doing the same thing for our faces?

This was another tip that I picked up very recently. After cleansing, give your skin a thorough mist and then without patting dry, apply your moisturizer of choice straight on top. Because you’re trapping the water with another product, it doesn’t matter which type of facial mist you use here.

2. To get a “smooth and glowing finish” with your makeup

Doesn’t “smooth and glowing finish” sound like a most-coveted thing to have? The way to get it is (you guessed it..) with a facial mist. Apparently, for every layer (of moisturizer, primer, makeup) that you put on your skin, you can mist. MAC’s facial mist is called Fix + is an eternal favorite with most people but the market is flooded with options lately!

Aim to saturate your skin but not make it dripping wet… and then layer on your other products as normal. If you try this, let me know if you think it makes a difference!

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3. To set your makeup and remove the powdery finish

Most makeup artists absolutely despise the look of a powdery, makeup-y complexion. Over-matte, powdery skin is anything but natural-looking. As the last step to cut out the chalky matte-ness and make face look more like you are not wearing makeup… just healthy, dewy, normal skin use a suitable face mist.

If you try this, you’ll want to make sure you’re using a hydrating spray and also one that’s dispersing the water in a fine, even mist instead of big squirts. Don’t hold the spray too close or it’ll make your makeup melt and smear.

Tell me:

Do you use a facial mist? What is/are the most useful use/s of it according to you? Got any other ways you like to use your mist? Tell us!