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Jul 18, 2008

Take Care of Your Skin

Your skin is a living organ that constantly regenerates itself.
The outer layer, called the epidermis, is as thin as a pencil line.
It consists of a protective layer of skin cells that continually
shed and give way to new cells. Below the epidermis are the dermis
and hypodermis, two layers that produce the oil and collagen, that
give your skin support, elasticity, and shine. Taking care of your
skin might be very important for you, so before you spend money on
skin products, it is important to know what type of skin you have
and what kind of care it needs.

Know your skin type. Generally there are four skin types: oily,
dry, sensitive and combination.



  • Dry Skin: If your skin has a strong tendency toward
    dehydration, lacks oil, and has few breakouts if any at all, it is
    considered dry. In more extreme cases, dry skin lacks elasticity
    and can be extremely sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold
    temperatures. Wash your face once a day with a rich, creamy
    cleanser and warm water. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin
    dry. Use toner to help with that tight and flaky feeling of
    dehydration. Avoid toners and makeup that contain alcohol as
    alcohol-based products have a drying effect on skin.

  • Oily Skin:If your skin is oily, it usually has a lot of
    shine to it very soon after cleansing and the pores are generally
    slightly enlarged. It is more prone to pimples, blackheads, and
    whiteheads than other skin types and is coarser in texture. Your
    skin tends to attract more dirt than dry skin, so wash your face
    twice a day with a gentle non-foaming cleanser and warm water.
    Rinse with warm water. Use an alcohol-free, hydrating toner to help
    remove additional residue. Oil blotting sheets through out the day
    can help control shine, and it takes as little as 3 minutes after
    lunch.

  • Normal Skin: Some consider normal skin to be Combination
    skin, but it is not. If your skin is marked by oily skin in the T
    zone and dry, taut skin on the cheeks, and changes with seasons
    (dryer in winter, oilier in summer) it is considered normal. Normal
    skins can also be 'Normal-To's' as in normal to oily or normal to
    dry. Wash your face with cleansers that are designed for your
    normal/normal-to skin type. Wipe an alcohol free, hydrating toner
    all over the face. Apply moisturizer more frequently to dry
    skin.

  • Sensitive Skin: Please note that may have sensitive skin
    AND normal, oily, or dry. If your skin has allergic reactions to
    beauty products and is usually sensitive to the sun, wind, and cold
    weather, it is sensitive. Sensitivity can show up in rashiness,
    redness, inflammation, acne, and dilated capillaries. Look for
    cleansers, toners, makeup, and moisturizers that are fragrance-free
    and hypoallergenic. Cleanse, tone and moisturize with gentle
    products everyday. The idea for your skin is to always choose
    products with a soothing benefit. Some common ingredients to look
    for are: chamomile, azulene, bisabolol, allantoin, lavender,
    camphor, calamine, rosemary, thyme, aloe vera etc.

  • Combination Skin: Combination skin is truly two extreme
    skin types on one face. These situations occur when there is acne
    and a lot of oil in one area when the rest of the skin is generally
    not producing oil and dry. Two common examples are a dry skin with
    papular and pustular acne on the cheeks or a normal skin with
    inflamed papular and pustular acne in the chin and mouth area. For
    Combination skins, treat each area appropriatly as described above.
    If the acne is severe, consult a dermatologist or esthetician.

  • Sunscreen is the real fountain of youth. Get into the habit of
    applying sunscreen or a lotion with minimum SPF 15 to 30 protection
    daily. Remember the sun's rays can still be damaging in winter
    months as it reflects off snow. If you don't like taking the time
    to put on both moisturizer and sunscreen, buy a moisturizer WITH
    sunscreen.
  • Use homemade masks to moisturize your skin. They're easy to
    make, and they really work! For instance, a mixture of grapes,
    lemon and egg white is very helpful for oily skin and honey
    promotes the healing of ulcers and burns.

  • Washing your face with plain refrigerated yogurt every night
    makes most acne cases vanish within a few days.

  • Carefully choose your facial scrub to match your pore size. The
    type and size of the grains in the face scrub can actually make the
    difference between exfoliated and irritated skin.

  • Avoid stretching or pulling on the delicate skin near your eyes
    when putting on creams or cosmetics. This delicate area shows age
    markings like wrinkles much sooner than it should when subjected to
    too much rough handling.

  • Never coat your entire face in foundation. Chances are, you
    only need a little bit in areas you are most self- conscious


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  • Wash all cosmetics off as soon as you know you will not be
    going out again and avoid wearing cosmetics whenever possible to
    give your skin a rest.

  • Change the applicators and clean the brushes you use to apply
    make-up on a consistent basis. Bacteria and oils can build up in
    these places and then be spread back on the skin each time make-up
    is applied.

  • Wash your pillowcase often and avoid wearing hair products to
    bed. The combination of hair products and facial oils on the
    pillowcase can cause blemishes.

  • Never pick at a blemish. Many poor results come of picking at
    breakouts, such as scarring, infection, or permanant enlargement of
    the pore. You are also more likely to get another breakout in the
    same place over time.

  • Avoid touching your skin as much as possible.

  • Clean your cellphone and any other device that may come in
    contact with your skin.

  • Oil blotting sheets can help absorb oil through the day so you
    are not tempted to re-apply powder or foundation, or overwash your
    face.

  • Vitamins are essential for healthy skin, especially vitamins A,
    B,and C. Vitamin E helps to improve the complexion when applied
    externally.








  • Over washing skin can make it red and sore.

  • Choose a sunblock specifically meant for your face as some
    sunblocks can cause breakouts unless specifically designed for the
    face.

  • Use caution when using any product containing acids or
    peroxides such as acne creams and fade creams. These increase the
    skins' sensitivity to sun and may cause redness and peeling.

  • Never allow anyone to 'pop' or otherwise break open a blemish.
    This is a very unsafe practice as bacteria and germs can enter
    through the broken skin.

  • Toner can dry out skin if used too often


3 comments:

GH said...

it's really true. thank for your tips

July 18, 2008 at 5:03 PM
Katrina said...

Yes, it is true. Take care of your skin and it will take care of you.

July 23, 2008 at 7:42 AM
stephhutchins said...

You have probably heard about the many benefits of Shea Butter. It is used for many different things such as dry skin, irritation, muscle aches, chapped lips, dry hair, and many more.

Shea Butter is made from the kernel of the Karite tree. Before it is made, the Karite tree produces a fruit. It is a green-orange fruit which is about the size of an apricot. It is deliciously sweet, and high in vitamin C and other nutrients. When the fruit is eaten, there is a kernel left over. This is what is used to make the Shea Butter that we love for our skin!

Shea Butter is more than just great for your skin. Knowing that it is safe enough to eat is important. You no longer have to worry about which kind of cream and moisturizer you can use for your baby's sensitive skin, your chapped lips, or even your face. It is something that can be used for a ton of different things. Thanks, Mother Nature!

For more information about Shea Butter, please visit Purely Shea at http://www.purelyshea.com/

September 19, 2008 at 1:46 PM