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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How to get the maximum benefits of your face cream

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If you think you’re doing everything right, you might be surprised to learn that you could be applying your face cream better. And with a few small modifications you can make the most of the jar in hand.

Applying your face cream correctly boosts hydration in your skin that lasts long and also helps the other beneficial ingredients like the anti-aging ones work well.

Hey! Remember, all these tips and techniques goes well for facial moisturizers too!

Shop smart

First of all, ask yourself what is the target of the cream you are buying. The most important rule when choosing face cream is to make sure it is appropriate for your skin type and your skin’s needs. Talk with the Sales assistant about your requirement, read the ingredients, do some research and then, go ahead.

For example, along with requirements like anti-aging or depigmentation, a basic requirement most of us want is moisturization. Hydration starts with ingredients known as humectants. They are important for longer lasting moisturization. Humectants to look for in the composition of a cream include glycerin, hyaluronic acid, and propylene glycol. Check the ingredients list before you buy any moisturizer and make sure it contains at least one humectant.

Clean your face

No matter what time of the day you apply the face cream, you need to wash your face. This is to get rid of sweat, grime, makeup etc. This will allow the cream to penetrate into your pores and work its magic. You may be diligent in makeup removal, but are you using the right cleanser to put your skin in optimal condition for skin renewal is important. Look for a cleanser that contains the right ingredients. Ingredients like antioxidants for protection, salicylic acid to help clear your pores (in case of oily skin), and witch hazel, which acts as a natural astringent adds extra boost to your skin care

To keep the canvas clean don’t forget to exfoliate regularly.

Clean fingers

The fingertips are dirt magnets. Not always visible but they pick up microscopic dirt and germs easily. So, apparently, no matter how clean your fingers are, clean them before you apply face cream.

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Timing Is Everything

The best strategy is to apply moisturizers when skin is freshly moist. This moist state is most accessible immediately after towel drying. The same effect is achieved if you pat the cream after applying toner before it’s completely dry.

Layer Strategically

You get more functional utility out of your skin care products when you layer products that work together in the best most effective order. The rule of thumb is to start with the thinnest consistency products and work your way up to the heaviest. Serums go on first, followed by oils, then creams. The one exception is sunscreen, which should be applied last

Measuring Depends On Personal Requirement

There is no ideal measurement for how much face cream you need. A little trial and error is necessary to determine the optimal amount of product for each specific product and situation. If you’re unable to rub in all of the product, then you’ve probably used too much. On the other hand, if you’re not able to easily spread the lotion everywhere you need it, you need to use more. This amount might change from time to time depending on the cream you are using, the condition of your skin and external factor like season.

Don’t Ever Neglect Your Neck

When you apply your cream, there’s no reason to stop when you reach your jawline. Using the same product on your neck and decollate is highly recommended because all of these areas will show signs of lack of care or aging.

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The Right Technique of applying and massaging face creams

Apply in Gentle Upward Strokes: As you age, gravity pulls your skin downward, causing sagging and wrinkles. To combat this, experts suggest applying moisturizer in upward strokes. It may not be enough to reverse the effects of gravity, but it, to some extent, prevents further sagging. Dab moisturizer on face and then gently and evenly spread moisturizer of choice on your face and neck in upward and outward movements

Massage: A gentle massaging technique increases circulation, helps minimize puffiness, and ensures that your skin absorbs the most moisturizer it possibly can. Starting from the center of your chin, massage slowly up your jaw line in gentle, circular motions, ending at the lower ear. Repeat twice. Then, starting at the corners of your mouth and using the same small, gentle, circular motions, massage along the base of your cheekbone, ending at the middle ear. Again, repeat this twice. Repeating the same motion, massage from the side of your nose, over your cheekbone, ending at your temple. Repeat two times. Finally, use a gentle, upward motion to massage your neck using the left hand to massage the right side of the neck and visa versa. If it is not possible to complete the entire technique every time you apply cream, try to do it once, preferably at night.

Activate energy points. Press gently and hold for up to 1 minute on the outer eye (by the top of the cheekbone), cheek (under the cheekbone, by the jaw) and chin (under the corners of the mouth). It helps to rejuvenate your face.

Some Useful tips:

  • Always apply face cream or a moisturizer before applying the foundation even if your skin is oily.
  • If your foundation disappear within few hours of application, or drags when you blend it that means that probably your skin needs more moisture.
  • If your skin is prone to breakouts or is prone to acne choose a cream containing alpha hydroxy or benzoyl peroxide.
  • Make sure the cream is appropriate for your skin type.
  • Don’t use heavy and too thick cream even if your skin is very dry.
  • Always apply calming or hydrating face cream after exfoliation, because exfoliating causes the skin to dry out and needs more moisture.
  • Never use heavy creams or moisturizers around the eyes as these could irritate your eyes.
  • Many brands offer day and night face creams that work together to achieve best results.
  • Always make sure the cream is well-absorbed into the skin before you apply makeup.
  • In case you find layering products cumbersome, choose a cream with sun protection (at least SPF 15 or higher), during days to prevent any skin damage induced by sunrays.

Don’t miss this post:

“Do you apply eye cream correctly?”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/do-you-apply-eye-cream-correctly/

Don’t miss to leave a comment if you think the information was useful. Happy skincare beauties!

Do you apply eye cream correctly?

With the title of the post, I risk being asked, “What?! Now even a simple eye cream needs a specific application technique?!!”

Yes, even an eye cream has correct application technique. Now, let’s rake brain for a short introspection. An average woman tries numerous brands and ranges of eye creams; if it doesn’t work, do we ever wonder whether it was at all applied correctly? Why some people get better results with same products? Is correct usage ever taken as a probable reason?…. To be honest, the answer would be “no” in most cases.

What you read below might change your understanding forever.

The Right Product

Determine your primary concern and choose your product accordingly. Dark circles, crow’s feet, or puffiness, there are specific ones for target issue.

For wrinkle prevention, reach for a cream with retinol, collagen or antioxidants. Be aware that retinol products are strictly for night use as retinol increases your skin’s sensitivity to UV radiation.

If tired and/or puffy eyes are your main concern, look for a gel formula or an applicator with a cooling roller ball and tightening ingredients like caffeine.

Looking to divert attention from fine lines? Try an eye cream with illuminating particles and vitamin K. Illuminating particles provide a cosmetic effect.

The Right Base

Apply eye cream on clean skin. Dirty, oily or skin with makeup is not ideal for applying eye cream. Wash or clean your face with a suitable product before applying eye cream.

The Right Order

For applying products on skin, the rule of thumb is apply your skincare from lightest product to heaviest, that way the heavier products can penetrate through the lighter ones to be properly absorbed. The aim is to get any skin care to absorb properly into the skin so it can work under the surface. Applying your eye cream at the wrong stage of your skincare routine can be unfavorable. So, going by the rule, if you’re eye cream is richer and denser than your moisturizer, apply after it. If it’s lighter than your serum, apply before.

The Right Way to take the Product:

Good if it’s a pump because it ensures the formula remains untouched by air or hand and hence remains effective for a long time. But in case the package is a jar, never ever dip your fingertip. No matter how clean it is, it might contaminate the cream. Use a spatula or a bud.

Tip: I transfer a little product (say to last me a fortnight) to a small sterile jar and refill once required. This way the product in the main jar is exposed to air less frequently. If you do it, make sure the refill jar is clean and sterilized.

The Right amount of product

A little is good, more is not better. If you cake on the product, it won’t make it more effective. It will, however, creep into your eyes and irritate them. Just dab a little on your ring finger, then dot it on your brow bone and about a half inch underneath your eye. That’s all! If you feel it hasn’t covered the whole of the desired area, take a little more. Don’t take a lot and pile the product on.

The Right finger:

The best way to put on an eye cream is to tap it in with your fourth finger. The muscles in this finger are generally weaker so they’re not likely to pull or rub on this delicate area. You want light pressure for application.

The Right Temperature:

This strictly depends on the consistency of the cream and target purpose. If your eye cream is gel in consistency and is targeted to de-puff or relieve fatigue, apply it cool. Putting your eye cream in the fridge is great way to de-puff eye swiftly. But if the cream is thick, creamy and heavily moisturizing or anti-aging, rubbing it mildly between your fingers with warm it and activate the ingredients.

The Right Area of Application:

The ‘eye area’ is the entire upper brow, outer crow’s-feet, and under the eye.

Start on the inner aspect of the brow and go around the entire eye area. All of the eye-cream enthusiasts I know. They all focus on undereye bags and darkness or crinkly creases. But If you don’t take a proper care of the brow area, it can get dry and loose and wrinkled. So if you want to keep everything firm and smooth give attention to the entire “eye area”.

DON’T miss:

The outer edge: It’s important not to neglect certain areas of the eye that are prone to aging. The corner of your eye extending out to your temple is where crow’s feet will occur. So use the eye cream all the way out to just before the hair line. Additionally, there’s no harm in extending a little below the lower lid to the top of your cheek as the skin is fragile there too.

One thing to be careful is to avoid applying your cream too close to your lash line. Dot it on your brow bone and about a half inch underneath your eye. The cream will slowly spread as your skin heats up and can seep into your eyes. You find is illustrated below.

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The Right pressure:

You should be gentle. How gentle? Like you are handling a piece of 3000-year-old silk. Words like ‘tissue thin’, ‘delicate’ and ‘fragile’ goes well to describe the area.

The Right Motion:

Being gentle is of utmost importance. Soft massage and patting are both great. You can press the cream in, you can try light, sweeping strokes.

For extra de-puffing, gently press the eye cream around the entirety of the orbital eye bone. Don’t forget to gently press at the side temple, a pressure point.

DON’T pull at your skin. The skin under the eye is more delicate than the rest of the face. So if you’re really moving your skin around when you rub cream in, you’re probably doing it too hard.

The Right Direction of the Massage

Follow the illustration to massage in the right direction:

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The Right time to absorb

Give your eye cream about a minute (or longer, if possible) to absorb before you put makeup on top of it. That way, your powder or concealer won’t cake up from the extra emollient in the eye cream.

What about you? Have you been doing this eye-cream thing right all along?

Make your skin (and wallet!) thank you!

Often our pesky skin issues leave us disturbed beyond limit. The best thing we do is splurge on “better” (read, costlier) products. More products, more experiments, may be more chemicals, sometimes more disaster and anxiety, but often the a simpler and amazingly economic approach is all you need..

Keep reading! And adopt these practices too. Your happy skin (and happy pocket!) will be thanking you!

Situation:

Piled on dollops of expensive and much hyped hand and foot cream but still find them drier-than-Sahara! Have you ever faced such a situation? Most of us have.

Solutions:

  • Use a salt or sugar scrub regularly on your hands, palms and feet and it will help you to avoid the build-up of dead, hardened layers of skin. Mix some sugar or salt in with some olive or coconut oil, and the scrub will gently exfoliate the skin and moisturize it at the same time. If you are too busy for a DIY recipe don’t forget to try the ready-to-use scrubs flooding the market. . If you have layers of dead skin, no emollient will be able to reach the fresh skin beneath and hence the eternal disappointment of dry skin.
  • For stubborn hard dead skin of feet – A good tip is to remove all the dry and hard skin from the soles and sides of your feet, using a pumice stone and the file. Removing the hard skin will also remove the unpleasant cracks and instantly improve the health and the appearance of your feet and create a clean layer for the creams and oils to be soaked in.
  • Nothing like an occasional massage with oils like olive oil, almond oil, sesame oil or coconut oil or a thick emollient like Shea butter. Apply the oil, massage in and cover with socks and gloves, so you can leave it all night and it will quickly bring back that smooth and soft feel to your hands and feet.
  • Does the term “petroleum jelly” sound tacky? In fact, it is not. At night, once you put your usual foot or hand cream, you can put a thin layer of the jelly which seals the cream and helps the skin to absorb it well. Good if you wear cotton socks or gloves to maximize the effect.

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You also might like to read:

“Fingernail care: Do’s and don’ts”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/fingernail-care-dos-and-donts/

“Tips to make your toenails and feet feel Fabulous!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/tips-to-make-your-toenails-and-feet-feel-fabulous/

Situation:

Hundreds of bucks for body scrubs but still not sure if it did anything specifically better than the others.

Solutions:

  • Make your own body scrub with body wash and raw brown sugar – Brown sugar isn’t just good for baking. You can also use it as a body exfoliator. Just take your favorite body wash and pour some brown sugar into the bottle, and then scrub away. If it’s too harsh of an abrasive for you (you’ll be able to tell if it’s making your skin itch slightly), mix in some honey or coconut oil.
  • Give your shower a proper pick-me-up with this energizing java scrub – Don’t throw away those coffee grounds after your morning pot of coffee! Instead, save them and make this DIY Coffee Body Scrub. Combine 1 cup coconut oil, ½ cup sugar, 1/3 cup coffee grounds, 2-3 tablespoon olive oil and mix well. Done! the good news is that you can even store this!

Situation:

Jars of cool gels for the puffy eyes you wake up with. I know, I know, how can you do away with it? Doesn’t all need a glam good-morning selfie?

Solutions:

  • Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory. Refrigerate a small container or tube of it, and then gently massage a few cool drops under your eyes in the morning to bring down morning puffiness.
  • Plunge a spoon in ice water, and then press the back of the spoon on your puffy lids with gentle pressure.
  • You can also use cold tea bags like green or chamomile tea to reduce swelling of puffed eyes. Leave them on your lids for 5-10 minutes. The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties of the tea will do the work.
  • Soak a cotton ball in cold, unsweetened milk. Squeeze out some of the excess milk from the cotton ball before pressing it to your puffy eyes. Additionally, it moisturizes and nourishes your delicate eye-area.

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Situation:

Have to get hold of the latest volumizing lip gloss. I want to have a full pout!

Solutions:

Read the following post for a perfect pout

“Perfect lips! The care tips revealed!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/perfect-lips-the-care-tips-revealed/

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  • Scrub your lips gently, dab some peppermint oil. Wait for 5 minutes, dab and repeat the oil. Repeat this for 3-4 times. Full pout is all yours. This process might cause little tingling effect as the lips skin is quite sensitive compared to skin of body. You can substitute this with cinnamon oil.
  • Use cinnamon powder to scrub lips – Add cinnamon powder to any natural oil (olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil) or petroleum jelly and use it as your lip scrub.
  • Use makeup for full pout – Shimmery glosses, lining lips, using concealer around lips, so many are the ways to fake a fuller pout.

Did you find this interesting? Let me know through comments. Don’t forget to add more tips and tricks.

Soft hands, at home

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Here comes the worst season for skin, the Winter!

Of all the skin horrors, that scares many of us the most are the dry, chapped hands. The skin on our hands is actually taking the menace of managing the household and other chores, which means taking all the detergents, soaps, other cleaning products, water. This can actually cause our hands to look discolored, wrinkly and rough. And unfortunately we are not patient or persistent to take care of our hands.

Hands end up in getting less than 10% of the care our face generally gets. But people notice your hands right after your face. Did you know that?

If you really want to keep your hand healthy and soft, I have a 3-step care routine for you. By following some basic tips and using these 3 extremely easy home remedies, you can get the soft hands you always want! But again, persistence is the key! Nothing can be achieved if you discontinue after a couple of days.

Step 1 – 2 Minutes to Soft Palms – Scrub

Is it possible to soften your hands in 2 minutes? Oh, yes it is! Why not give your hands instant pampering and refreshment! This wonderfully simple scrub will leave your hands feeling 10 times smoother in just over a minute.

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Directions:

• Simply put the sugar in the palm of one hand and slowly pour the olive oil into it. Using your other palm start rubbing the scrub into your palms and hands.

• Massage your fingers, inner and outer parts of your hands with gentle squeezing and circular motions for about 1 minute. Then relax your palms and let the scrub sink in for another minute.

• Done! Simply wash out your hands with warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. The hands would be petal-soft.

• The basic principle is simple; the olive oil moisturizes and hydrates skin and the sugar exfoliates and sloughs of old rough dead cells. •

You can substitute olive oil with coconut oil which has higher concentration of fat and unique antibacterial properties to soften and heal skin.

Step 2 – Thorough Moisturization.. again and again..

This is the most important step for keeping your hands soft.

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• Moisturize your hands after every wash, and keep small bottles around your regular haunts to ensure you always have near you.

• Look for moisturizers that contain shea butter, or cocoa butter or hemp oil, B vitamins, and retinol. These are all beneficial for keeping your skin soft long after you’ve applied the lotion.

Step 3 – Overnight Treatment

Try an overnight intense softening treatment using only 3 items:

• During the night, we actually afford a good 6 – 8 hours of great opportunity to take some extra care of our hands. Invest in a good hand cream. Massage a adequate amount of the cream once you are ready for bed.

• If you have very dry hands, let the cream sink for 5 minutes and then top it with a light layer of Vaseline.

• No need to worry about the mess, slip them into soft cotton gloves and Good Night.

Continue this 3-step regimen for at least a fortnight and you will know the difference.

As you take care of hands, don’t forget the nails.

Fingernail care: Do’s and don’ts

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/fingernail-care-dos-and-donts/

Tips, too precious to miss:

Love Glove:

• Detergents and cleaning agents contain harsh chemicals that can damage the thin skin on your hands, making them look dry, discolored and wrinkled. Whenever possible, make sure you use gloves when the cleaning! It might seem quite a chore in the beginning but once a habit you will reap the benefits.

• The same goes for dusting or gardening. Dust and soil can have drying effect on hands. So, gloves again.

• Take a good hand cream and apply before going to bed! Top it with a light layer of Vaseline. Slip them into soft cotton gloves. Your hands will thank you in the morning!

Lovely hand, inside out:

• It’s true beyond doubt that what you eat, that is put inside, is what will reflect on the outside. Eat nutrient-rich natural foods for glowing skin. Foods like fruits, green vegetables, nuts, will give you the necessary nutrients to give your skin a natural glow.

• Not drinking enough water can cause your skin to get dry, rough and patchy. Our bodies are made up of 70% water so if you’re not getting enough water, it will show up on your skin first. If you drink water only after you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.

Massage:

• When applying palm scrubs or hand cream, you can also massage your hands together in a gentle relaxing manner. Gently massage your fingers, palms and top of your hands. This will help the ingredients sink in and also improve blood circulation

Bye-bye pigmented patches:

• Are your hands discolored, darker than your face and aged looking? Slather on the Sunscreen! You’d be surprised how many people apply sunscreen on their faces, but fail to adequately protect the skin on their hands. Before you head out, generously apply sunscreen on your hands reaching every corner. And yes, washing your hands means you need to reapply!

Don’t miss, this post on patchy skin. These remedies work for hand or any part of the body.

4 absolute easy habits to keep patchy skin away!

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/4-absolute-easy-habits-to-keep-patchy-skin-away/

Moderate temperature of water:

• Beauty experts will tell you how bad hot water is for your skin. Washing frequently in hot water can dry out the skin on your hands and encourage formation of wrinkles.

• But not too cold! On the other end of the scale, extremely cold water isn’t good for your skin either, it can break the tiny capillaries under your skin making it look discolored, pale or unhealthy. It also dries out skin and not moisturizing can cause premature aging.

Warnings:

• Keep in mind any skin allergies or conditions. If you have painful rashes or lesions go to a dermatologist without delay.

• Test out lotion on a patch of skin before you apply to your entire hand. Discontinue use of any product(s) if it irritates you.

Don’t forget to leave a feedback with your pretty hands!

7-step plan to revive tired and neglected facial skin

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Be it a long festive season, or, a bout of illness, or, some long travel, or maybe, a few weeks of extreme hectic schedule, it’s always our facial skin that bears the brunt.

If your skin feels and looks dull, there are a few simple beauty and health tricks that can get you glowing and clear-skinned and minimize all signs of fatigue in no time.

Introducing a 7-step plan that will work best to revive tired and neglected facial skin.

Step 1: Internal cleansing

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No external treatment works unless you are healthy from inside.

To clean your system, you don’t have to punish yourself with some unrealistic diet plans. Just eat healthy; this is how:

  • Try to eat a selection of different-colored vegetables and fruits like – grilled tomato, bell pepper, steamed spinach and mushrooms, a few slices of cucumber, papaya, make a healthy diet that is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. Don’t forget to eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables; they are good sources of nutrients to prevent pale skin and dark eye circles.

Cheater’s trick: Make your diet interesting with some healthy smoothies.

4 unbeatable Smoothie recipes

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/06/27/4-unbeatable-smoothie-recipes/

  • Have lean protein like chicken but never miss out oily fish like salmon and tuna as they are rich in omega 3 fatty acids to nourish and moisturize skin from inside. Snack on Vitamin E rich almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds to make your skin vibrant and glowing.
  • Avoid coffee, tea and sugary, fizzy drinks as these will all contribute to your skin looking lackluster and fatigued. Avoid all caffeinated beverages since caffeine interferes with the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C and iron, both strongly linked with dewy hydrated skin. Instead, sip warm water with lemon throughout the day, or enjoy a herbal tea such as green tea, dandelion root or peppermint, which will assist with the digestive process and lead to clear skin.

Cheater’s trick: If you really need caffeine to get you through the day, limit yourself to no more than 2 small cups of coffee, tea or other caffeine containing beverages a day. And, don’t forget to take an extra glass of water with each cup of caffeinated drink to compensate the dehydration.

  • Avoid anything that contains sugar, as it causes inflammation and also contributes to puffiness.
  • Pay utmost attention to how much fluid you drink every day since your body needs to receive adequate hydration to maintain healthy skin. Make sure to drink about 8 glasses of clean pure water daily. If regularly done, will leave your skin and eyes sparkling.

Step 2: Treat the outbreaks

This might not be a problem for all but in case you have some angry rashes or outbreak of any nature that insist to stay beyond a couple of days, consult a dermatologist. It might be makeup induced, any food allergy or a more serious concern than we generally perceive to be.

I am putting this high in the list because, none of the further steps are advisable if you have outbreaks. We often tend to ignore or treat them ourselves just to make the problem worse. So, a stitch in time saves nine.

Step 3: Exfoliate

A sure way to revive dull skin is to exfoliate. Exfoliating is essential for getting rid of dead skin cells and revealing fresh skin. Using a gentle scrub on your face instantly make you feel much more awake and refreshed.

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  • It will help blood circulate to your cells while at the same time sloughing away any dirt that might be clinging to the surface of your skin.
  • Exfoliation should also be a regular part of your skincare routine if you want to brighten sallow skin. Scrub your skin 3 times a week to remove dead cells and reveal brighter looking skin that is supple.
  • I would recommend to use a facial scrub that contains natural skin brightening ingredients such as milk (lactic acid), papaya (papain), mulberry (arbutin) or licorice extract (glabridin), to name a few.
  • Make sure that the facial scrub is gentle and you massage it with a light hand. Going overboard with scrub will do you more harm than good. Remember, a little is good, more is not better.

Step 4: Increase circulation

You need to boost your circulation to increase blood flow to the cells and restore your skin’s vitality. This will also help perk up your lymphatic system and flush out the fluids and toxins that are causing the dull skin and puffiness. This is a major step to restore skin radiance.

  • Start a day by drinking a mug of warm water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into it to boost circulation.
  • Make routine of daily physical exercises as it not only improves blood circulation which will help your skin revive the healthy glow but also to improve overall health.
  • Turn to massages as they are highly beneficial for boosting your circulation. You really don’t have to rush to a beauty therapist to indulge in an expensive massage. Instead, massage your cleansed face gently for 5-10 minutes with a nourishing cream every alternate day. You can also use any of jojoba, almond or olive oil for a good nourishing massage.
  • Use light but firm upward strokes for the cheeks. Gentle outward motion for forehead. Use gentle but firm pressure and take care around the eye area not to drag the skin. Instead, use a shiatsu-like pressing motion around the orbital bone. Being gentle but firm is the mantra.

Step 5: Pamper with a face mask

Facial masks treat your particular skin type or condition. So, choose wisely and use regularly.

For instance, if you’re dry or dehydrated, the facial mask should hydrate your skin. If your skin is red or inflamed, the mask should calm and soothe. If your skin is oily and congested, the facial mask can help draw out impurities from the skin.

Depending on what they are made of, they can do the following:

  • tighten and tone the skin
  • hydrate the skin
  • nourish the skin
  • draw out impurities
  • help blemishes heal
  • calm and soothe the skin
  • rejuvenate the skin

Step 6: Follow a strict skincare routine

No matter how good the products you are using are, nothing will show its result unless it is done regularly. Don’t over-complicate your routine; just make sure you don’t miss the following.

  • Cleansing (twice a day)
  • Exfoliating (2-3 times a week)
  • Toning (twice a day, post cleaning and exfoliating
  • Moisturizing (twice a day, post toning)
  • If you are past mid-twenties, preferably use an eye cream
  • Don’t forget to include your neck and décolletage in your skincare regimen
  • Always apply sunblock. Use an SPF 20+ that is broad-spectrum coverage to protect your skin from damaging UV rays.

Step 7: Refresh yourself

As a midday pick-me-up, or whenever you feel like a burst of hydration, spritz your face with a facial mist. Keep it on your desk and spray regularly throughout the day. Simply mist it over your face, holding it about 20 centimeters away. The mirror will tell you the effect!

To know more:

Face mist – Why? and How?

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

Face Mist – The variety!

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/face-mist-the-variety/

 

Do you think you can add some more tips? Please leave a comment!

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Young skin, forever!

How many times have you spend a good few extra bucks for the anti-aging cream which has collagen and promises to make your skin youthful in no time?

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Collagen face creams and masks are quite in vogue these days. But how effective are they? Unfortunately, apologies to burst the bubble, it makes little or no sense to use these creams since the contained collagen molecules are too large to penetrate and absorb into the skin. However, luckily, there are some key effective ways to stimulate collagen production in your system through an intake of some beneficial nutrients simply by implementing them into your regular diet.

What is collagen?

Collagen is connective tissue that creates a mesh holding everything together from our skin and bones to organs. You can easily imagine this as the cement holding the bricks of the wall together.

How does collagen affect skin?

When collagen production is strong, it makes us look young by making skin firm and by giving it ample elasticity. Collagen is naturally present and produced by the body but as we age, collagen production slows down causing young looking skin to lose that firmness and elasticity resulting in aging skin and wrinkles.

What should we do to boost collagen production naturally?

The best thing to do is create a natural environment that stimulates collagen production for younger looking skin. I’ve made an absolutely handy list of collagen power foods to get your skin to plump up again. Integrate the below foods into your regular diet to effectively boost collagen production and de age from the inside out.

Collagen production thrives in a high antioxidant, omega fatty acid and mineral diet. Take a serious look at some nutrients that your skin loves.

Also, don’t forget to read:

“5 “Super”-foods to keep ageing away!”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/5-super-foods-to-keep-ageing-away/

“Superfood for skin, hair, nails”

https://lifestylishly.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/superfood-for-skin-hair-nails/

Now comes the Collagen power-foods! If you find the chemical names of some nutrients distressing, just remember the sources!!

Selenium – Protects skin from sun damage and promotes glutathione production. Glutathione is a super powerful antioxidant that reduces deterioration of collagen and elastin by neutralizing free radicals, which damage cells and age skin.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Red meat
  • Grains
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Liver
  • Garlic

Zinc – Reduces dry skin, inflammation in the skin and promotes skin cell growth and maintains collagen and elastin.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Turkey
  • Horsetail herb
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Kiwi
  • Potatoes
  • Dark green veggies (kale, spinach, collards, asparagus, broccoli, peppers)
  • Red and orange fruit and veggies (tomatoes, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits papaya)

Omega fatty acids – Fight dry skin and provide an ideal environment for collagen production.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, almonds
  • Salmon, tuna
  • Avocados
  • Flax seeds
  • Soy foods
  • Canola oil
  • Beans

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Vitamin A – Repairs skin and acts as an antioxidant.

Source:

  • Carrots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Dark Leafy Greens like Kale
  • Apricot, Mango
  • Sweet Red Peppers

Vitamin C – Helps collagen formation by fighting free radicals produced.

Source:

  • Brazil nuts
  • Citrus fruits like lemon, oranges, sweet lime
  • Sprouted seeds
  • Red fruit and veg (carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe citrus fruits, papaya, tomatoes)
  • Dark green veg (kale spinach collards, asparagus, broccoli, peppers)
  • Kiwi
  • Potatoes

Vitamin E – Stimulates collagen production.

Source:

  • Leafy greens like spinach
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Almonds
  • Tofu
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Avocados
  • Shellfish like shrimp
  • Olive oil
  • Broccoli

Catechins – Phytonutrients that act as antioxidants and prevent the breakdown of collagen.

Source:

  • Green Tea
  • Cocoa
  • Blackberry, raspberry, cherries
  • Red wine

Anthocyanidins – Phytonutrients strengthen collagen by linking the fibers together.

Source:

  • Dark berries like raspberries, blackberries, cherries, blueberries, black currant, acai.

Silica – A mineral that heals connective tissue.

Source:

  • Horsetail herb
  • Oats
  • Millet
  • Barley
  • Cucumber
  • Potatoes

Genistein – Stimulates collagen production and blocks enzymes that break down and age skin.

Source:

  • Soy milk
  • Cheese
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Tofu

Lycopene – Acts as antioxidants increasing collagen production and protecting skin from the damage induced by exposure to sun rays.

Source:

  • Red/orange vegetables – red peppers, carrots, beets, tomatoes, red cabbage
  • Guavas
  • Watermelon
  • Papaya
  • Grapefruit
  • Asparagus
  • Mango

Sulphur – Supports collagen production.

Source:

  • Olives (green and black)
  • Eggs
  • Crabs and scallops
  • Apricots
  • Chicken and turkey

If you can add an antioxidant rich anti-aging face cream to this diet and your skin is assured to look firmer and hence, younger. As mentioned at the beginning of the article Remember, collagen creams will moisturize but are not the ideal solution for wrinkle reduction or prevention due to the large molecules. Antioxidant rich creams, on the other hand, will reduce dryness of skin, fine lines and as well as reduce inflammation.

So, let’s have the best approach to fight ageing, eating judiciously and adding a suitable skincare regime!

Please write back if you find the article interesting and informative!