Great Advice To Help Your Skin Care

My advice is nothing new, but I hope it will reinforce that what you’re already reading on this really does work.

  1. Wear a high quality, high SPF sunscreen every single day, no exceptions. Slather it on extra thick on your neck  décolletage, which frequently get ignored. Don’t forget your lips. Yes, even wear SPF in winter! Reapply frequently.
  2. In addition to wearing SPF, wear broad-brimmed hats & big sunglasses. Keep your skin out of the bright mid-day sun.sun glass
  3. Don’t do anything to your face that will damage your capillaries. Suffering a few un-squeezed blackheads in your 20s is so worth it to end up with porcelain skin in your 40s.
  4. Do not smoke  expect that your skin won’t eventually suffer the consequences. 🙂
  5. Get a great dermatologist early. Go often. Get everything checked out. If you don’t like your dermatologist, keep searching until you find one you like. I see mine twice a year.skin cream
  6. If your dermatologist recommends it, start a prescription retinoid as young as possible. I started using Retin-A in my early 20s, highly buffered. It’s like magic for me.
  7. Use the gentlest option available to you in every skincare category. The gentlest cleanser, toner, masque, lotion, natural oil (Argan Oil, coconut oil, etc ) etc. The idea is to avoid inflammation. Be gentle!arganoil
  8. Don’t hesitate to use Botox, IPL, professional peels, or anything else you need. Only under the supervision of a highly regarded, appropriately credentialed dermatologist, of course! Do it as soon as you see the need for it. Don’t wait for the situation to become dramatic  then expect your doc to work miracles.
  9. Eat mindfully. Take your omega-3s, and anything else recommended by your MD.

Natural Oil’s For Skin Care

  • Raw honey (can be used as a mask or even as a gentle face wash — just wet your face with warm water and scoop out a little bit.) Honey prohibits bacteria growth (so it’s a food that truly can keep forever), and has even been proven to speed wound healing partly due to its natural hydrogen peroxide content, which is very cool. I like raw honey especially because it includes the pollen and propolis which are exfoliating, and it hasn’t been heated or filtered, so the full benefits of the honey’s natural state are retained.

Facewash with Raw Honey

  • Lush’s “Angels on Bare Skin” scrub — ground almonds, kaolin clay, and lavender.

kaolin clay mask

  • Coconut oil. Smear it on your face after washing, let it sink in for a bit, then towel off the excess before you head out the door. Also works on cuticles.

coconut oil

  • Argan oil. I bought a little bottle of Argan oil at Whole Foods to use on my cuticles, face and hair. A little goes a long way, and my face didn’t seem to like it, but it’s great for my fingers and for the ends of my hair.Argan oil for skin & hair

Drinking Water Can Help Removing Forehead Wrinkles

I used to have a big Asian skincare routine and I actually found when I simplified it I saw better results. Asian skin care are usually big on hydration and nourishing the skin.

Drinking water and staying hydrated has made the biggest improvement in my Forehead Wrinkles. I can tell immediately if I am dehydrated by the lines in my skin.

While you are right about severe dehydration causing severe symptoms, I wouldn’t so strictly say it has no effect on skin before it has a direct one on your brain.

When you stop drinking water and a body feels a lack of it, it concentrates urine so you’d pee in dark yellow-orange, smelly urine. Next step is to extract water from the body cells… skin included. This is done so you have enough volume of liquid in your veins. And loss of water from brain cells happens as an absolute last measure, when the body can’t do anything to stop it.

There is a test we do, called skin turgor – pinching slightly the skin atop of the back of your hand, or belly. If you’re dehydrated, a kind of lump forms and stays for a second or two. If your not, the skin goes back to the way it was instantly. And this happens way before a person develops any noticeable “brain” symptoms.

So, drink water, folks!

Skin Care Routine for Dry Skin

Last week, I received an email from a reader enquiring about dry skin care routine. here are the few lines from her message:

So I’ve been having a battle with my skin for a few years now and after a good 5 years battling cystic acne (which I now know was from using colorstay foundation) I can’t seem to beat my dry skin! I’m 24 and I have sensitive skin which is dry with a very flaky chin and slightly flaky nose and forehead. My routine right now is rinsing my face with warm water in the morning, I wear sunscreen every day too. I use the OCM method with just argan oil in the night time and then put either Vaseline, avene rich compensating cream or lush skin drink on. I also use an exfoliating wash 2-3 times a week and I purchased FAB radiance pads today too.

dry skin

Here’s what I have suggested her:

I’d say skip the exfoliating wash. Physically exfoliating flaky skin tends to make it so much worse for me. It ends in a viscous cycle of scrubbing the flakes, things are good for a few hours and then even MORE flakes.

The FAB radiance pads seem to be ok and the AHAs will help exfoliate gently. However, some people say glycolic acid sorta burns, so I’d imagine it could sting a bit on the dry flaky parts. I’d suggest starting off slowly (1-2x a week) at first. And maybe even waiting until you get the really dry bits healed up before incorporating them into your routine.

At night, Use argan oil as SERUM before moisturizer after OCM and then put a thin layer of vaseline over that. It will help seal in moisturize over night and should help heal the really dry spots.

One thing I usually recommend is EltaMD intense moisturizer. It’s supposed to be a daytime friendly alternative to vaseline.

Want to know more about best oil for OCM? Check out this post about choosing Best oil for OCM

[Reblogged] Reap The Advantages Of Natural Argan Oil

I just read an entire article on argan oil and I wish I read it sooner because argan oil is amazing. I’m actually going to do an entire write up on argan oil now because I never knew how great this oil was.

One notable effect is that it can inhibit melanin to help treat Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.

Taken from the article “The antioxidant and reducing properties of argan oil provide additional benefit to the cells via the reduction of oxidative stress in the absence of melanin. Melanin has a free radical scavenging property in pigment cells. In conditions where melanin is decreased, such as in cells treated with argan oil or in melanocytes deprived of melanin such as in OCA2 cells, oxidative stress inhibitors may provide protection from oxidative damage”

Source: http://sharmamukesh.hubpages.com/hub/Reap-The-Advantages-Of-Natural-Argan-Oil

Acne Finally Gone! Turmeric Works Wonder

I had acne in high school (since I was 18). It may be hard to tell from the pics but around the chin and cheeks I was getting hard cistic acne. Some of it was so deep it wouldn’t even reach the surface. I also had it on my back and butt. https://i0.wp.com/i.imgur.com/ozvz1Aq.jpg I even changed my diet, stayed away from sugar, etc., but that was not working. Then I came across the Turmeric masque remedy while searching for natural remedies to get rid of acne, and after 2 months I have no acne at all and the scars are beginning to fade. Here is after picture:- https://i0.wp.com/i.imgur.com/7KSAGWe.jpg

Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and has awesome health benefits, and apparently if you stick with it, 2-3 times per week for about 2 months, it is suppose to clear up your acne and help fade acne scars because of it’s natural skin lightening properties. Turmeric made into a paste and applied to acne-prone areas can destroy the acnes bacteria that cause inflammation and remove excessive oil from the skin. Turmeric possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which are both beneficial in treating acne. I hope this will work for you as well!

Edits:- I had a little breakout (hormonal) the last few days so I’ve been following with 50/50 mix of neem and argan oils as moisturizer after cleansing. I find it really helps to clear up blemishes without making me all dry and flaky and gross the way BP spot treatments have in the past.

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Argan Oil by SheerArgan

Ed

Argan Oil as a Serum Before Moisturizer.

Lots of anecdotal tradition in my family for using vitamin E for scars and skin repair. Oils have some occlusive properties, but primarily act as emollients. Therefore, I started using argan oil as a Serum before moisturizer and it helped my skin texture immensely. Since it’s a dry oil AFAIK, it doesn’t linger on the skin. It’s moisturizing and doesn’t cause pimples. I put them around my eyes. The only oil that doesn’t break me out.

argan oil for face

Also I found that pure Argan oil can help people with mild acne as the oleic acid found in the oil helps promote healthy levels of sebum production.

Wouldn’t just pure argan oil from like Amazon be better? The 100ml bottles go a loooong way! And without colour and fragrance (those would be enough to break me out anyway).

So If you want to give argan oil a try, but you feel overwhelmed by sheer number of products out there. How can you make sure the oil you’re buying is good quality?

My sister and I did our research and painstakingly negotiated with dozens of Moroccan exporters to be able to supply our pure argan oil (aka Argania Spinosa) at an affordable price without gouging our customers (think Josie Maran prices! $96.00 for the exact same product!). Ultimately end up with Sheer Argan’s pure argan oil as our regular argan oil importer.

 

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Perfect Skin Care Tips by Various Beauty Bloggers

I am always on the hunt for perfect skin care ideas by beauty bloggers that I’ve never heard. The beauty blogger in me is always up for sharing these insights with other beauty lovers. Check out these beauty tips by bloggers following me. If you have any beauty idea that can help my readers, please share it via comment box below.

#1. How to get rid of blackheads:- Blackheads are tricky. They come from dirt getting into open pores. Best thing you can do is go get extractions ( washing your face, steam it then use a metal stick to poke out each black head) then start using a proper toner and moisturizer.

If you don’t want to get extractions, use a good exfoliate once a week, followed by a mud mask. It should open up your pores then detoxify them.

#2. How to make skin lighter:- Use an exfoliating oil-free cleanser, astringent toner , vitamin c dark spot removing serum (for evening and brightening your skin-tone), an oil-free moisturizer and follow with an oil-free sunscreen. Make sure you use a more abrasive exfoliate once a week to even out your skin tone.

#3. How to get rid of blemish spot after acne:- Scaring is very common after acne, try a vitamin C serum, and make sure you always use sunscreen since the sun will make them worse.

#4. A good body moisturizer :- With body moisturizers you can use most things, try to get something with Vitamin E and Argan Oil. You have to like the texture of what you’re using, so make sure you feel it first.

#5. When to use accutane:- Are you VERY oily? If so you can use accutane. It will make your skin dry and dehydrated, so make sure you use a hydrating enough moisturizer and something like midnight recovery concentrate to balance out your moisture barrier.

#6. Good weekly regimen to take care of eczema on face:- Don’t exfoliate using a physical exfoliant, get something that exfoliates on a chemical level, or something fruit enzyme based. This will gently remove the dead skin without scrubbing and irritating further. Use a very gentle cleanser without alcohol, a milky toner, and a hydrating moisturizer. If you want to go in further send me a message and I’ll give you an exact list of products I would recommend.

#7. How to get rid of scars because of chicken pox:- Are you oily? For the scaring use a vitamin c serum for dark spots. Use an oil free cleanser and lotion, that should help with your excess oiliness. Also if the scarring is also texture and not just discoloration, make sure you’re using an abrasive scrub once a week.

#8. How to get rid of sunburn:– Aloe vera is pretty much the best thing that you can do, also shea butter is great for that kind of thing.

#9. How to get rid of stretchmarks:- Stretchmarks can never be removed by beauty products. You can prevent them by using a hydrating body moisturizer. But strechmarks are a white scar, so lack of pigment. Laser is the only treatment. Sorry.

#10. Improve Skin Elasticity:– Using a serum. Something with hylaronic acid is great.

#11. How to get rid of yeast :-  Use a non-scented cleanser because yeast can oftan spawn from over perfumed products. Make sure you shower as soon as you can after sweating.

#12. How to correct thinning hair:– This is tough. That’s a genetic issue, there are scalp treatments that help to create a good environment for hair growth. But if your mother’s father is bald, you probably will be too.  If you use a lot of hair gels, try to give your scalp time to breath, that can also cause thinning.

I’d love to see more ideas and comments on these skin care tips…

Routine Skin Care Need To Be Done Twice A Day

1) The broken skin: Apply a layer of polysporin or neosporin (topical cream that promotes rapid healing) on your face three times a week (I recommend doing it in the evening) until the skin heals – space it out.skin care 2) Wash with a mild cream cleanser every morning and evening, not a bar soap, not anything with bursting beads or grains, a cream cleanser with salicylic acid, Clearasil makes some really great ones.skin cream   3) Once all open wounds have healed begin acne cream, benzoyl works for some people but a sulfur based cream will be more effective, again, Clearasil makes this. Use the acne cream only once a day, again I suggest in the evening so it has time to sink in over night.skin care cream2 4) You need to moisturise son! Your face is fucking dry, so get a gentle oil free moisturiser, one made for acne prone skin (make sure this doesn’t have acne fighting products in it however). Use this at least four mornings a week but also use your discretion, four times a week may be too often.skin care cream 5) Don’t touch your face.skin care cream1 6) Sunscreen all the time, because acne treatment will make your skin more susceptible to sun burns.skin care creams 7) Your skin will never be 100% clear, but neither does it have to be this bad. skin care cream3 8) If you miss washing your face one day don’t panic, and don’t double up on products the next day either.skin care cream4 9) If your moisturiser, cleanser, cream, etc… doesn’t seem to be working (and give it at least four weeks before arriving at that conclusion) switch it up. Try a different brand.skin care cream5

[INFOGRAPHIC] Argan Oil Benefits

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Liquid Gold from Morocco, the Numerous Benefits of Argan Oil For centuries women of the Berber tribe in Morocco have used Argan oil as a wonder cosmetic, a nutritional supplement, and even as a favorite ingredient in foods. Because Berber women are noted for looking younger and healthier, word of their beauty secret spread. In recent decades people all over the world have embraced this fabulous, natural treatment for hair, nails and skin. The uses for Argan oil are nothing short of extraordinary, but what imbues it with such nourishing properties? With twice as much as vitamin E as olive oil and essential fatty acids such as omega 6 and omega 9, this versatile and healing oil improves skin, hair and nail health almost instantaneously. It also contains other impressive compounds, ranging from squalene and carotenes to phenolic, steric and palmitic oils.