Yearning for beautiful soft and supple skin is very common. There are very few people who are blessed with soft, supple and flawless skin. It is just a routine skin care for such people. Majority of the people do suffer from some skin problem or the other. There is constant search for natural skin products to combat most of the common problems like dryness, pimples and acne. The product made of natural ingredients is safe, mild and extremely effective. The natural ingredient can be used directly if available nearby. The only hitch is the time which people do not seem to have and they find it convenient to buy is from a store. The process involved in making the beauty product takes time and one has no patience to prepare one and use it. Caution is required while buying the natural facial skin care product to see if all the ingredients are truly natural or not.
There are endless benefits in the usage of the natural products for skin care. Using masks is one of the ways to keep the skin soft and smooth. It works very well as an anti aging process as a mask tightens the skin on the face. There are special masks to deal with specific problems. Different compositions of natural elements are used for different problems. It is always useful to educate oneself with the benefit of various products.
Diet and life style affect the skin to a great extent. Many a times it is not realized that a very commonly used home product can cause allergy of the skin and inflammation is noticed. There are foods which can build up the skin resistance. It is best to recognize the cause and then avoid the allergy creating article from the daily life. Take help from a dermatologist to recognize the cause.
Since ages skin diseases have been treated by the natural remedies that nature has provided us with. One of the most common plants that is used for treating skin diseases is Neem. The use of Neem for treating skin diseases is prevalent in India especially from the early times and we should all learn the benefits of Neem and bring to use in our lives as well. Neem also has many other medicinal benefits. It is also used as the basic ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines. It is used as a drug against many infections and inflammations. The best part of using this natural herb is that it does not have any side effects.
The leaves of this herb are used in a large number of skin medicines, oils, creams, and soaps. Many fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and fungal infections of vagina and mouth can be very effectively treated with Neem. It can be used for treating acne as well. The use of Neem removes scars from the skin and also makes the skin glow. There are endless benefits of Neem when used for treating skin. The treatment of acne using the leaves of this herb can be done in a very simple way. The leaves of the herb are taken and crushed to make a paste and then simply applied on the infected area. The regular use of such a paste on the whole face keeps the skin young and beautiful.
This wonder herb has the ability to purify the blood as well. The consumption of this plant removes all traces of toxins from the blood and keeps you healthy. The pure blood also keeps the skin clear of any acne and other skin infections. The cosmetic brands are also selling formulated Neem products at very high rates, so why not use this herb at home and that too free of cost.
All of you undoubtedly yearn for a flawless, radiant and unblemished skin. A healthy and so called flawless skin does not come from moving a magic wand. It comes from just the right and timely skincare, healthy eating and staying happy. If your diet lacks vitamins and zinc in particular, it will show on your skin. On a similar stride, lack of niacin, biotin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid etc. can cause severe skin issues.
Okay, it is human or better put women’s tendency to look out for some beauty products in addition to healthy eating. Natural skincare treatment stays way ahead of all cosmetic products. Natural ways of skincare are unmatchable. Orange, yogurt and oatmeal paste works well on all skin types. It may even be used to fight aging. A blend of olive oil, tomato, cucumber and turmeric is also held to be much benefiting in making your skin more beautiful. Likewise almonds, mint and gram flour can be applied on the face to give it a fresh and rejuvenated look. Another very commonly used and appreciated mix is that of lavender, chamomile, green clay, baking soda and rosemary. It is equally useful and leaves your skin as beautiful as never before. Smearing on a mix of egg white, honey, vitamin E oil, jojoba oil and beeswax will provide you with a naturally glowing skin. There are many others that target specific problems as in acne, lines, crinkles etc.
Natural beauty products are available in the market as well. You must speak to an expert before buying them, though as they may not always be what they declare themselves to be. Plus, when the homemade masks and even scrubs are so simple to form and show double better the results, why not just quickly make one and bask around in the glory of radiating skin?
Are you fed up with skin care products that are loaded with chemicals and that blind you with their temporary short term effects? If yes then give it a thought, a mere thought of consideration of natural products that are easily available and that have beautifying capabilities. There are so many natural skin care products that will make your skin smooth, radiant and youthful by genuine ways. Products with mineral oil, fragrances and alcohol should be avoided. There are different natural treatments that must be followed for best expected results.
You can use the easiest lime juice formula to keep your skin healthy and fresh. It even helps to cure pimples. You can even use the skin of peach as it has tendencies which help in improving skin complexion. It frees pores and tightens muscles which prevent sagging tissues. Natural beauty masks are also a good option for a glowing skin. These masks improve a dark and dull complexion by removing all embarrassing blemishes from the skin. Natural cleansing lotions cleanse and purify pores of skin. A mask made by using cabbage can counteract wrinkles and dryness by giving your skin a flower like bloom. Tangerine juice is also valuable for a glowing complexion and scars free skin. Watermelon juice helps in removal of blemishes naturally. Tomato, cucumber and apples are also used as natural agents of skin care that fights skin problems and leaves you with a soothing skin. Almonds are also a great option when applied in form of a paste as it helps in softening of skin. It even bleaches and nourishes skin and keeps the face refreshed. Yogurt is also a very vital natural beauty aid which helps in keeping smooth complexion and healthy and fresh skin.
There are so many other grand mothers’ tips that are being used extensively these days by almost all. So just pick up the tips that feed your needs.
Many people say they have sensitive skin because:
- Certain skin care products, or household products that contact their skin, cause stinging, burning, redness, and/or tightness.
- Although they have no visible effects after contact with a product, it always makes their skin feel uncomfortable.
Dermatologists, doctors specializing in skin, consider the diagnosis of sensitive skin when they:
- See skin reactions such as pustules, skin bumps, and/or skin erosion.
- Observe excessively dry skin, which doesn’t adequately protect nerve endings on the skin and may lead to skin reactions from cosmetics or skin care products.
- Notice a tendency to blushing and skin flushing, which may also be signs of sensitive skin.
If you have purchased manufactured skin care products or facial masques (masks), then you have probably used chemical products designed to mimic natural ingredients. These chemical products are sometimes harsh and can do as much harm to delicate skin as they do good. Sometimes it is more beneficial for your complexion to use a facial product using fresh, natural ingredients whenever possible.
All skin types benefit from exfoliation (removal of dead skin cells), and moisturizing ingredients. Some skin care products are designed to specifically exfoliate and moisturize and can be used by all skin types. others are best for those with sensitive skin.
Herbs, fruits, dry fruits and some vegetables are generally used to make natural facial products. At times, certain cereals might also be used to prepare them. Since natural products are free of chemicals, you don’t have to worry about the side effects as well. Moreover, on using them, your face will radiate a natural glow that can, perhaps, not be seen when you use the shop-bought beauty products.
Specific guidelines are lacking, but most “skin-friendly” products contain:
- Only a few ingredients
- Little or no fragrance
- Methyl paraben or butyl paraben preservatives
If you have sensitive skin, avoid products containing:
- Antibacterial or botanical ingredient
- Skin-penetrating solvents such as ethanol and propylene glycol; opt for nonpenetrating ingredients such as polyethylene glycol
Sensitive skin tends to be thin and delicate with fine pores. It flushes easily, is prone to broken capillaries, is frequently allergic and can easily break out in a rash. There are many degrees of “sensitivity” in the skin, from very sensitive to slightly sensitive. Pay attention and identify and determine the resistance of your own skin.
Many people have sensitive skin today due to the overload of chemicals found in most store-bought products. Sensitive skin can be temperamental and does not take well to harsh treatments. It reacts to many environmental factors in an aggressive way, it gets red, swollen or itches because of exposure to the sun, wind, too cold or too warm water, alkaline water and many others. It may react easily to many ingredients in cosmetics, and in extreme cases, to even substances around the house. Some of the reaction of sensitive skin can be confused with some skin conditions such as: rosacea, eczema or sun damage. So you should consult a skin professional if you think your skin is temperamental.
If you have sensitive skin, never fear, with proper care, you can help your skin to find the right balance and look great for many years. First, your skin needs to be clean. Use a very gentle product twice a day, followed by a light toner. Your toner should be alcohol-free. You need to use a rich, but water-based
moisturizer. Avoid greasy products, lanoline, mineral oil, and other ingredients that may block your pores and cause black heads or pimples.
Although your sensitive skin is delicate, you may still use hydrating masks and a very gentle exfoliant once a week. Avoid steam during facials, and in general, avoid drastic temperature changes. Hot baths, saunas and steams may cause broken capillaries in your skin.
If you get professional facials, always tell your esthetician before starting that you have sensitive skin. She may not be able to extract as much as needed, but it is better than irritating your skin. Facial massages are good for you, because it stimulates circulation and relaxes the muscles. Be sure to have facials in a reputable day spa or medical spa where hygiene is paramount. If you have extremely sensitive skin, you should visit a dermatologist.
It is important to drink water to keep your system clean and hydrated. You need to pay attention to your diet to help your skin find the right balance. Try to eat fresh foods rich in nutrients. Some supplement of Omega-3 may benefit your skin. You can also consume this oil in flax seeds or salmon; among others. Choose butter over margarine and a little of butter or olive oil is good for your skin.
The objective of using a mask is to protect, soothe and combat inflammation and irritation on the skin. Sensitive skin needs very refreshing and calming ingredients that will not shock or irritate it. At home you may use Aloe Vera with a couple of drops of blue chamomile essential oil. To calm your skin, use natural products that contain calming ingredients like chamomile, oatmeal, cornflower, milk and licorice.
What is the Derma Roller or Skin Needling?
Recently, while walking around at the 2009 Beauty Expo in Long Beach, CA, I noticed a large number of booths selling these small rolling devices, covered with many short needles. Curious whether these were new parenting tools to scare unruly children or for skincare, I decided to research it further. The cosmetic representatives claimed these new facial rollers could increase collagen production and reduce wrinkles.
The derma roller is a very small rolling device that contains 192 micro points made of surgical steel. While it goes by different names, ‘skin needling,’ ‘dermaroller,’ or ‘meso roller,’ among many others, it appears to be a simple and natural method that promises to prevent skin aging, restore collagen, smooth out scars, pitted skin, and stretch marks - or your money back in some cases.
Research On Skin Needling
The skin needling device is used along with your normal skincare routine to remove acne scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, fine lines. Representatives say it can even help with big pores, black heads, and white heads. This micro needling or skin needling anti-aging technique is also used to perform collagen induction therapy (CIT). Studies show that when this device is rolled over the skin, it creates small puncture wounds which cause the body to produce collagen in an attempt to heal the skin. Our collagen production falls dramatically after about age 35 or so.
How the Derma Roller Works
Published instructions say when you roll this device over the skin it creates small puncture wounds into the top layer of the skin. This puncturing will then cause a type of wound-healing reaction for the dermal layer to begin production of collagen fibers, elastin, and other skin cells that helps to fill in lines, wrinkles, remove stretch marks and fill in deep pitted scars – also allowing the derma roller to be a great acne scar treatment.
In addition, the derma roller allows for optimum absorption of any anti-aging cream you may use afterwards. Each time you use the derma roller, the collagen building effects continue for weeks- smoothing stretch marks, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
Unlike other skin rejuvenating techniques, the derma roller doesn’t require downtime for healing. And, unlike chemical or laser peels, the derma roller can be used safely by women and men of color because it doesn’t affect skin pigmentation.
In 1994, Dr. Philippe Simonin, a Swiss Dermatologist, performed a study on 600 people divided into two groups - the skin-aging group and the scar reduction group. Published results found that in the skin aging group there was a 40% significant improvement and an impressive 60% improvement in scar reduction group.
Another doctor, Dr. Andre Camirand, a plastic surgeon from Canada, found that skin needling improved the texture and depression of scars and also improved over-all skin color and texture. He also found this remodeling process can go on up to 12 months from each treatment.
Further study results by plastic surgeons and dermatologists claim in that addition to reducing the appearance of sun damage and wrinkles, (such as crows feet), skin needling can help lessen or remove stretch marks, cellulite, acne scars, surgical scars and smooth out pitted skin and dimpling.
In addition, it allows maximum absorption of your best wrinkle creams or any anti aging creams. Each rolling session can stimulate collagen to reduce wrinkles and scars - like a mini-instant face lift.
~ R. Dupree
By: Van Le |
The cosmetic industry brings in billions of dollar annually, and every day, thousands of consumers meticulously search for the perfect shade of foundation, concealer, or powder to match our skin. We analyze the front of the product, looking closely at the color, packaging, and eye-catching designs, but rarely look at the back of the products. The few times that we turn the product over to look at the back labels, we often only read the directions for use and our eyes almost never make it down to the ingredients list. Recent trends have pushed consumer awareness of potentially harmful cosmetic ingredients, specifically parabens.
Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetic products, and they prevent the growth of microorganism such as mold and fungus. They are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid and commonly labeled in beauty products as methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparabens. Parabens have been widely used in makeup without regulation since the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) does not have the authority to approve cosmetic products, however, there have been recent studies that suggest parabens may be linked to breast cancer. The FDA notes that the Cosmetic Ingredient
Review, an industry-sponsored organizations that looks at the safety of cosmetic products, states that methyparaben, propylparaben, and butylparabin are all safe to when used alone up to 0.4%. Companies that use parabens often use a combination of several parabens in their products, however, industry experts still insist that they are safe. Companies often use parabens because they are cheap and extend the product’s shelf-life.
The Breast Cancer Fund is an organization dedicated to eliminating environmental factors that can lead to the disease, and according to its website, conducted a study in which high amounts of parabens have been extracted from biopsy samples of breast cancer tumors. The website also states that “parabens have also been found in almost all urine samples examined from a demographically diverse sample of U.S. adults,” suggesting that our skin absorbs the parabens.
As a result, organizations such as the Breast Cancer Fund are spearheading campaigns to increase consumer awareness and urge companies to eliminate parabens from their products. “Think Before You Pink” is a campaign that reveals names of companies who claim to support the fight against breast cancer, but actually use ingredients that are linked to the disease in their products.
Since there is currently not enough scientific proof to show that parabens are harmful to the body, the FDA cannot ban its use, however, many consumers are taking the precautionary route by choosing products that contain natural ingredients. The argument over the safety of products containing parabens continues. Although physical beauty is only skin deep, cosmetic products containing parabens can seep beyond the skin and harm our bodies.
Van Le is a staff writer for the CSU Daily Titan and writing intern for Vivoderm Laboratories in Los Angeles, California. She is currently pursuing a Journalism degree at California State University, Fullerton.
For the latest findings on natural skincare, you can also link to http://bestorganicnaturalskincare.com
With the chilly winds already bidding adieu it’s time to take out those sporty shorts and T-shirts for a stroll on the beach or a run in the park You’ve done the push-ups and the crunches in anticipation for the skin-revealing days ahead. You want to look your best, and taking good care of your skin is a part of that. So you spent most of the winter indoors, watching too much TV or gaming? Say goodbye to those baggy eye circles and dull skin by treating yourself to a detoxifying skin mask or a facial scrub and gear up for summer!
Men’s skin care products have always been available, but you may not know much about them yourself. Everyone from late night television hosts to media publications bring up skin care topics and recent dermatological advances have made the skincare market even larger and more complicated. Sorry guys, just when you were comfortable with cologne, now you have to exfoliate! With busy lives and building stress, it may be difficult for today’s modern men to retain the facial charm of their younger days.
Keeping that youthful appearance
Our skin is the largest organ of the body and requires special care. As the saying goes, “A healthy mind in a healthy body’” which means paying attention to your skin is essential to overall health. While it’s expected for women to buy skin care products, men are more laid back and seldom pay attention to facial skincare beyond daily shaving or grooming. Factors like pollution, stress, UV- rays and sun burns can cause severe damage to the inner pores which in the long term results in wrinkling, clogging and drying of the skin. As men reach their 30s and 40s, the skin gets dulled due to the daily process of shaving, excessive time outdoors and exposing the skin to different elements that can lead to blotching, which ultimately takes its toll on overall appearance of the face.
If you desire to protect your skin from further damage, right use of skin care products is essential to retain youthfulness. Once you become familiar with the basics; cleansing, toning, moisturizing - it’s not difficult at all, it’s all about setting up a routine.
Facial skin care
Proper skin care depends on the type of skin you have. Our skin can be categorized into many segments such as oily, dry, sun damaged, and sensitive. With the markets offering an ample pool of products to choose from, it’s always a struggle for men to see what suits them best. It’s always good to go organic. Try natural products when possible as the chances of side effects are less and the natural balance of the skin is retained. Before we plunge on to using these products here’s some basic things we can do to keep the aging process delayed.
Regular light exercising, thirty-minute cardio, brisk walks, yoga and other meditation techniques will calm down the adrenaline levels, keeping your skin blemish-free. Eight to ten glasses of water a day aids metabolism and helps your body flush toxins. In a nutshell, an exercise routine is the first step to fight off the signs of aging.
How to Cleanse your Face
I’ve got one thing to say - stop using soap on your face. Many advanced cleansers out there improve your complexion and don’t strip the natural moisture away. Begin with warm water; wash the face with pore refining cleansers that break down the accumulated grits and dirt without drying the skin. Morning is the best time for cleansing, to remove the dead skin and uneven patches that accumulated overnight. Shaving after you shower will reduce rashes, and makes the outer skin layer soft and gives you a smooth finish.
Using Facial Masks
If you have oily or acne prone skin, mud or clay-based masks are great for balancing out your skin. Dry skin will benefit from hydrating masks made from glycerin, honey and oils. Green tea masks are great for soothing skin.
Hydrating and moisturizing
The next most common facial masks are those that either hydrate or moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling silky, smooth and nourished. They will restore the suppleness of your skin by replenishing the water content. Hydrating and moisturizing masks can be used two or three times a week, depending on the dryness of your skin. For those will oilier skin, try a gel based, non-oil mask.
There are no miracle quick-fix homemade solutions. It’s all patience, gracefulness and the right attitude that gets you the results! Reminds me of that comedy ‘The Wedding Crasher’…It all starts with a shave! So, if you want to turn heads with your spiffy new looks this summer – treat your face to the right products.
Ravi Thiagarajan is a freelance writer and intern for Vivoderm Laboratories in Los Angeles, California. He has published numerous articles for the leading newspaper The Times of India, local affiliate Anand Plus.
For more information and latest findings on natural skincare link to http://organicskincareinfo.net or