Summer Skin: Safe, Healthy and Hydrated

14 Dec

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Make sure to have a plan before leaving home.

Summer is here! That means plenty of outdoor events and activities. But be careful, and don’t let the summer fun become a summer nightmare.

Make sure to get the family involved in the planning before leaving home, this way everyone will be aware of wearing the proper clothes, protecting the skin from the sun and staying hydrated.

It is essential to wear the proper attire during summer days to avoid sunburns and rashes. Try to find clothing made from jersey or cotton. These are breathable materials that help to keep the body cool during hot days. Make sure to avoid clothing made of polyester or nylon because, even though they may look nice, they are not breathable materials. Look for light colored fabrics when choosing outdoor attire like pastels, as they will absorb less heat than a darker color. There are numerous great options in the marketplace that provide UVA/UVB protection to enjoy the outdoor summer fun without the worry.

To avoid sunburns during a summer day, make sure to apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen on every family member 30 minutes before sun exposure, this will allow the product’s ingredients to fully bind with the skin. Wear a hat and shades between 10 am and 3 pm, when the sun is at its strongest, and don’t forget about the hidden areas on the body like the back of the head, ears, hands and feet. If planning strenuous or water activities, use a product that is water resistant, and make sure to reapply every two hours. Strenuous activities during summer months can lead to substantial water and electrolyte loss. To prevent dehydration from happening, it is essential to keep the body hydrated. Don’t leave home without the cooler full of hydrating drinks and foods. Plain water is good, but adding a little low-sugar hydrating powder or fresh fruit to cold water will infuse flavor, and it might encourage the family to drink more often. Don’t forget that eating fruit is also an excellent way to stay hydrated. It is crucial to stay away from sugary drinks like sodas, as they can act as a dehydrating agent and increase thirst.

Once the family gets home, make sure to remove any sweaty or wet attire as quickly as possible. This will help prevent body rashes and skin irritation. Make sure to use a body wash free of harsh sulfates, parabens, added colors and dyes, as these types of ingredients can irritate the skin. Look for products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter, which will soothe the skin and make it feel amazing after a long, fun, active day. Summer months are always a fun time to spend with family and friends, and these simple tips will keep the body healthy and safe all summer long.

Tips to Keep Your Hands Healthy and Youthful-Looking

09 Aug

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For good skin care, the hands have it.

Are your hands looking as healthy as they should be? Let’s explore some different hand creams and tips to keep your hands in tip-top shape.

Our hands are our number one tool for work and expression. They are busy most of the day doing something. And they can be quite the focal point for others to look at. Are your hands looking as healthy as they should? Are you taking extra precautions to make sure they are representing the rest of you to the best of their ability? Let’s explore some different hand creams and tips to keep your hands in tip-top shape.

One of the quickest ways to show someone your “true” age is through your hands. How they feel and how they look is very important. Have you ever shaken someone’s hand and were startled by how rough and gruff it felt? Or, have you experienced the exact opposite and felt something so smooth and soft you thought they must live in a pair of gloves? Our hands are our number one tools. And above and beyond any other body part, they are exposed to very harsh chemicals, dirt and the sun.

Think about how many times we clean our hands in a day just to remove dirt and germs. Our hands are always exposed to the elements and weather conditions. And the cold, wind and sun, above all, can damage our hands and cause them to age prematurely.

The palms of our hands are much thicker than the thin skin on the back of our hands. As we age, our collagen and elastin is compromised and we experience the loss of fat. When this happens, the veins on the back of our hands tend to stand out more, our knuckles are more pronounced, we develop spots, fine lines and even wrinkles. So, what can we do? Invest in a good hand cream or lotion and make you use it several times throughout the day. It won’t improve the structure of your hands, but it can help them look better.

There are many different kinds of hand creams and lotions from which to choose. Focus on what is most important to you. Are your hands too dry, cracked and wrinkled? Or, are you starting to notice those pesky dark spots? Here are a few good options to explore.

Moisturizing Hand Creams

The hands need moisture as much as any other part of the body. This is due to their constant exposure to harsh chemicals, the weather and especially the damaging UVA and UVB rays of the sun. Repeated washing throughout the day compromises our skin’s natural moisture barrier, causing hands to become dry and, unfortunately, older looking than they should. When the skin and cuticles become dry, little cracks can form on the skin which can open the door to infection. Added moisture helps to plump the skin, which in turn makes them look more youthful. A moisturizing hand cream that contains Aloe vera, shea butter or olive oil are great choices to keep your skin hydrated, soft and smooth.

Tip: Definitely opt for creams instead of lotions, as they are a bit thicker and richer in texture and tend to be much more hydrating then a lotion.

Sun Protection SPF for Healthy Hands

SPF is a must when it comes to protecting your hands. Even minimal daily exposure to the sun can lead to long-term damage, and potentially skin cancer. Think about all of those little moments in the sun, walking your dog, driving to the market, riding your bike or mowing the lawn. By using a hand cream with at least SPF 30, you can help minimize the potential damage. The key to protecting the skin from the damaging rays of the sun is reapplication during the day. If you have washed or rubbed your hands, chances are you’ve compromised the effectiveness of your hand cream.

Tip: Keep a bottle of SPF-infused hand cream in your handbag and in your car to ensure you always have protection on hand. No pun intended. Yes, just minimal exposure to the sun while driving on a daily basis can negatively impact the appearance of the back of your hands. The same can apply to walking your dog or that bike ride first thing in the morning. Prevention is key.

Anti-aging hand creams are becoming more popular in an attempt to improve the appearance of some of the damage that we already have on the backs of our hands. Besides wrinkles and creases in our skin, we also have to be concerned with age and sun spots. To help improve the look of aging skin, choose hand creams or lotions that contain retinol or alpha hydroxyl acids. These ingredients will exfoliate the skin to help remove dead skin build-up. By revealing the younger skin cells beneath, your skin will definitely look and feel more youthful.

Some Top Tips for Healthy Hands

No matter what kind of hand cream or lotion you are looking for, always check to make sure it contains antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. And don’t forget to eat antioxidant-enriched foods to nourish the living skin. Citrus fruits are my personal favorite.

  • Keep your favorite hand cream next to your sink, and get in the routine of applying right after you wash your hands.
  • Be sure to massage your cream into your nails and cuticles to keep them hydrated.
  • Invest in travel-sized products and keep them everywhere. At your desk, in your purse, gym bag, nightstand and even in the cup holder in your car.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking will make your skin, including the skin on your hands, look older and more wrinkled. And if that isn’t bad enough, it can also stain your fingers and fingernails.
  • Wash your hands with warm water, not water that is too hot, as the extreme temperature can strip your skin of its healthy oils.
  • Wear gloves when working with your hands to protect them from harsh chemicals, dirt, detergents and anything else that could scratch or puncture your skin. Protection from infection is very important.
  • Apply your favorite hand cream just before bedtime and sleep wearing cotton gloves. You will wake up to softer, smoother hands. Keep your hand cream on your nightstand so you never forget.

If you’re going to go to the trouble of adorning your hands with sparkly jewelry and bright nail polish colors, then it’s important to practice these few little extra steps to keep your hands protected, soft, smooth and more youthful-looking.

Investing in a good hand cream is a great way to keep your hands looking and feeling softer, smoother and more youthful. Healthy hands down!

What to Do About Hormonal Skin Conditions

09 Aug
 Posted by Herbalife Nutrition
As always, cleanse and hydrate.

Whether you’re 20 years old or heading into your 60’s, there are certain hormonal skin changes that all women will experience.

Women and hormones go hand in hand. Throughout the various stages of life, whether it’s puberty, pregnancy or menopause, our bodies experience significant changes due to hormonal fluctuations. These changes in our bodies can bring about many different changes in our skin. Whether we are 20 years old or heading into our 60’s, there are certain hormonal skin changes that we will experience.

For most of us, when we are in our 20’s and 30’s, our skin is pretty healthy. Our collagen and elastin levels are positive and are continuing to produce. We usually don’t have any major wrinkling or discoloration, and our skin maintains a very youthful appearance. But when our hormones start to fluctuate, we begin to experience hormonal skin changes. And I’m not just talking about menopause. What are these changes and what can we do about them?

As we age our skin changes, and some of these changes occur at the hands of our hormones. Hormones, simply put, are chemical messengers that are produced in our ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid glands. And they can affect certain tissues of the body.

Women can chalk up many skin concerns to the effects of hormones, and there are countless manufacturers who market and sell products to women in hopes of countering these hormonal changes. Yes, menopause seems to be the most popular, but these changes can occur well before menopause strikes. Women in their early 20’s can experience the negative effects of hormones in various changes in their skin.

Most Common Hormonal Skin Conditions

Blemishes and Breakouts

Unfortunately, one of the very first hormonal influences on our skin comes in the form of pimples. You may experience just a few small pimples or some major breakouts. In either case, these breakouts seem to appear at just about the same time as your monthly friend. This is probably the biggest skin problem that young women face, because in our 20’s and 30’s the body tends to be in reproduction mode. This is directly related to our hormones. These breakouts will be most prominent on the lower cheeks, chin and along the jawline. But they may also appear on the tops of arms and on your back as well. To help clear up acneic skin, use an OTC anti-acne product. If the problem is serious, see your dermatologist to pinpoint the actual cause and determine the best solution for you.

 Oily Skin

During that certain time of the month when your hormones are going a bit bonkers, you may notice your skin is starting to look and feel greasy. These monthly hormonal changes encourage our oil ducts to produce a lot more oil than we would like. So, with our monthly period also comes excess oil production and buildup on our skin. Is there something you can do to help? Absolutely. Cleanse your skin with a gentle facial cleanser designed for oily skin. Look for one that doesn’t just remove excess oils from the surface, but one that will also help to reduce sebum production as well. And keep some blotting papers on hand to help remove the oil as a quick fix between cleansing.

Itchy, Dry Skin

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you may remember your skin feeling dryer and more uncomfortable than normal. This is very common for most women and also very normal. Your skin is stretching to accommodate your little bundle of joy, and also to allow for some expected weight gain. With that stretching and pulling of the skin sometimes comes a bit of dryness and itchiness. Keep your skin moisturized with a rich, hydrating body lotion. This will keep your skin more flexible and help alleviate the urge to scratch. Apply your body lotion immediately after your bath or shower when your skin is still damp.

Hyperpigmentation

Another hormonal skin condition that seems to go hand in hand with pregnancy is hyperpigmentation, or discoloration of the skin. To be fair, hormones and sun exposure are the main causes of the discoloration, which shows up in our skin in the form of melisma. You may notice the skin on your chest, armpits and certain areas of the face begin to darken during pregnancy. Any birthmarks or existing scars may also begin to darken during this time. Much of this discoloration will fade after the baby is born. But you’ll need to be patient, as it may take some time for your hormones to level out and for your skin to change back to its pre-pregnancy state.

Hyperpigmentation doesn’t only apply to those who are pregnant. Keep in mind that if you’re taking birth control pills, you too may notice some darkening of your skin. Speak to your dermatologist about skin care products that will help to lighten these dark spots by inhibiting melanin production. It’s the melanin that provides pigment to the skin. Some drug products are available to address hyperpigmentation and other skin discolorations. Ask your doctor about the right product or treatment.

All women will experience hormonal skin changes. Nutrition and skin care won’t address changes in hormone levels or the skin conditions they cause.

Eating a nutritious diet, living a healthy, active lifestyle and practicing a daily skin care regimen, are good steps for any woman to take. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.

8 Instant Mood Boosters to Help You Feel Happier

02 Sep
Posted by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA – Vice President, Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness 0 Comment
A quick workout can change your outlook.

If you’re looking for simple ways to raise your happiness level, try one of my quick mood boosters to help you feel more positive—right now.

I often find myself running around trying to balance my busy schedule. I’ve realized that sometimes I need to take a time out to boost my mood and recharge my energy level. If you’re like me, you’ve been in a situation where a busy lifestyle gets the best of you. Next time your demanding schedule has you stressed out and desperate for a break, give one of my eight instant mood boosters a try. You’ll discover how the simple things in life can truly have a positive impact on your day.

8 Mood Boosters to Lift You Up

1. Practice belly breathing

Practice conscious breathing by inhaling through your nose, letting the air expand into your tummy, then breathing out through your mouth. Whether you’re at work or running around on a busy day, taking a break for 5-10 conscious breaths can calm your mind while giving you a rejuvenating timeout.

2. Schedule a stretching break

Instead of taking a coffee break, try taking a stretching break. You can do simple neck rolls and arm stretches from the comfort of your office chair, as you stand on the phone, or wherever you are! Simple movement throughout the day can refresh your mind and relieve muscle tension.

3. Get organized wherever you are

Stress can be self-inflicted, sometimes caused by misplacing or losing your belongings. Boosting your mood starts with relieving your stress level. Carve out some time in your schedule to get organized—whether you’re at home, at work or in the car. Just a few minutes to get things in order each day can lead to a better mood over all.

4. Try coordination drills

Improved health involves your body and your brain. Doing exercises that involve working your upper body and lower body at the same time, such as lunges with a shoulder press, will speed up your workout and give your brain power a boost! Next time you work out, try a few moves that challenge your coordination.

5. Smile often

Your body releases endorphins every time you smile, even if you’re faking it! Spend time every day consciously smiling at people. It will instantly boost your mood and give your face muscles a workout. The added bonus is that your smile may improve the mood of other people, too, because they’ll probably smile back at you!

6. Take a power walk

You may think that a two-minute walk can’t possibly impact your mood or your health. But a fast paced walk, even if it’s just for a few minutes, can improve your cardiovascular health. If you only have a few minutes, make time for a quick, brisk walk. By doing something different (and stepping outside if you can), you may be able to reduce stress. Try to accumulate at least 30 minutes of walking throughout the day. If you have time for a longer walk, try one of my power walk routines.

7. Do a workout for your skin

Quality skin care products can positively impact your appearance, thereby improving your mood. Give yourself a two-minute mini-facial at home by exfoliating with your favorite scrub and massaging moisturizing cream onto your face. When you dedicate a little extra time to your appearance, it can help you feel confident—and I believe that a little face massage with the correct products is the easiest workout ever!

8. Try a quick interval routine

Try an interval workout using some old school moves: complete 30 seconds of four simple exercises. You will give your energy level a boost by releasing endorphins into your blood stream, no matter the length of your workout. Here’s a simple interval routine to try:

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We live in a fast-paced world that can feel stressful at times. Once you become overwhelmed with stress, it can start interfering with other areas of your life and can have a negative impact on your health. Many times, we take care of others around us and put our own needs last on the list. This is especially true if you have a family to look after.

It’s important to take good care of your mental and physical well-being. Though it can be a struggle to find balance in life, I hope my eight fitness mood boosters help make you feel great.

Get Your Heart Pumping for Healthy Looking Skin

28 Feb
Posted by Herbalife Nutrition
Exercises like running promote heart health.

Your heart health is a major contributor to the overall appearance of your skin. Let’s look at some ways to keep

your heart healthy and your skin glowing.

Looking and feeling your absolute best is a common desire. If you are healthy on the inside, you can often tell just by looking in the mirror. Unfortunately, the opposite is true as well. Your skin is a true reflection of what is going on inside of your body. And while you may be consumed with beauty products and the latest fashions to enhance your appearance, sometimes you cannot discount the importance of simply taking care of your body from the inside out. Your dietary choices, daily supplements, water intake and overall healthy, active lifestyle are all essential steps to healthy looking skin. Cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting your skin are also essential steps to take in pursuit of a more youthful looking appearance.

When it comes to your skin, believe it or not, your heart is a major contributor to your overall appearance. There is a direct link between a healthy heart and healthy skin. Let’s take a look at just how important your heart is when it comes to achieving that healthy, youthful glow.

When looking at the cardiovascular benefits brought on by your day-to-day activities or exercising regimen, you probably aren’t thinking about your skin. But you should be. When your heart is really pumping, you can be sure that it’s helping to deliver oxygenated blood and nutrients to the living layers of your skin. Your skin contains a very intricate system of blood vessels that help transport oxygen and nutrients to those cells that contribute to how your skin looks. When your blood flow is improved and that oxygen-rich blood is delivered to both your skin and muscles, you experience that awesome post-workout glow. It’s a bit of a flushed look that gives you rosy cheeks and a more youthful appearance. All thanks to your heart!

Your heart helps boost collagen as well. When it’s working hard and improving circulation and blood flow, the added blood, oxygen and nutrient supply that are delivered directly to the skin also help to improve your collagen production. And we all know how precious collagen is when it comes to skin. It helps to keep your skin plump and provides it with a smoother looking appearance. Collagen is key to a youthful appearance. It’s a protein that’s made up of amino acids and it makes up approximately 30% of the proteins found in your body. When it comes to your skin, collagen helps with the renewal of skin cells and is important for the skin’s elasticity. It’s also key for skin suppleness and firmness.

The heart is responsible for healthy circulation for the body as a whole. And it’s that circulation that keeps your skin looking more radiant. But it’s not just about increasing your blood flow to deliver oxygen and nutrients. It’s also about carrying away waste products from your working cells. Those waste products can include free radicals, which are a cause of early aging, other disorders of the skin and the body as a whole. It’s all about helping your body to flush out the cellular debris from your system in the name of looking and feeling your best. Consider it a way to cleanse your skin from the inside out.

As an added bonus and another reason to get your heart pumping, a healthy heart is great for your hair, too. That improved blood flow that does wonders for your skin can also be beneficial to your hair. It can help to keep your hair stronger and looking healthier. That same oxygenated blood and nutrients help to stimulate your hair follicles, too. When this happens, it can help promote hair growth.

Remember, one of the most important things about exercising and getting your heart pumping is that it helps to alleviate stress. Lower stress levels help you to relax, sleep better and keep your skin from taking on that brow-furrowed, stressed-out appearance, which definitely can age you. And less stress has been known to keep hair from becoming brittle and falling out.

So, in the name of beauty, here’s to staying fit, exercising more to keep your heart as healthy as possible and reaping the wonderful rewards a healthy heart has to offer. Not only internally, but externally as well. A healthy heart = healthy skin.

9 Steps to Achieve the Natural Beauty Look

03 Jun

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Go barefaced for beauty.

Mastering the natural beauty look is about using makeup sparingly and strategically, so that your natural skin and best features come forward.

Some of today’s most gorgeous celebrities are frequently caught on camera with little or no makeup—and they don’t care. These “barefaced beauties” have decided to emphasize clean, fresh skin and have adopted a natural beauty approach when it comes to cosmetics. It’s no coincidence that for the last few years runway models have been appearing deliberately barefaced. It’s a trend that’s here to stay. The latest look shows models with beautifully enhanced brows and an ethereal glow, but they’re certainly anything but plain. Ladies, wouldn’t we all love to capture that beauty that doesn’t seem to come from a bottle?

If you want to go for a natural look, start by taking a good look at yourself in the mirror. Take careful stock of your features. Think about the final look you want to achieve. Natural beauty techniques can highlight the areas you like and downplay the areas you don’t. It’s all about allowing your natural complexion to shine through.

Here are some ways you can achieve a luminous natural look.

Start with a clean pallet.

The first step towards a natural look is to start with a fresh, clean face. Choose a facial cleanser that is best for your skin type. Wash thoroughly using warm water. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and make sure you have removed all traces of makeup. Even the slightest makeup residue, especially around the eyes, can drag your look down. So if you need to use makeup remover please do.

Exfoliate and Moisturize

A good exfoliation is another sure-fire way to get started. By removing any excess dry skin from the surface your skin will not only have a more youthful glow but, your skin care products will be able to penetrate better as well. And, best of all makeup will go on smoother and look fresher throughout the day. When skin isn’t moisturized it looks dull and drab. Be sure to use a daytime moisturizer with SPF to keep skin hydrated and protected during the day and a rich replenishing night cream for bedtime.

Go light with coverage

Less is always more when you are capitalizing on your natural beauty. For a super sheer look, skip the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturizer. Use your fingertips to apply in small areas, starting with the center of the face and working your way to the edges. If you want to stick to solid or liquid foundation, apply it with a brush, stroking from the center of the face outwards and blending well.

Bronzer and blush

Use a bronzer and/or blush to emphasize features. Bronzers provide a warm sun-kissed tone to skin. They’re a great way to create a natural glow. You can either dust bronzer along the T-Zone and cheekbones, or you can add it to your entire face. Apply bronzer lightly to the areas that are most frequently in the sun’s glow, such as the bridge of your nose, cheeks and forehead. Bronzer can replace a blush, or you can apply a very fine layer of blush over the bronzer. The most important thing to remember with bronzers is that less is more.

Illuminators

Illuminators or highlighters contain reflective ingredients, such as mica or other minerals, to catch the light. Apply with a large Kabuki or stippling brush. Start with a very small amount and increase as needed. If you want to find your best features to highlight, step into the natural light to see what parts of your face capture the light. Maybe it’s your cheekbones, bridge of your nose or chin. Focus on those areas. I always add a little highlight to my cupids bow.

Concealer

First, make sure your concealer matches your skin color. You may need a lighter shade for underneath the eyes, or use a concealer with blue undertones. It’s important to only . dab concealer on blemishes, spots and red areas, not around, to prevent a halo effect. Gently blend to achieve the natural look. Some people find fingertips work as well as a concealer brush when applying.

Eye makeup

Use eyeliner and mascara lightly. Bold liquid eyeliner does not belong in the natural beauty regimen. Instead, use an eye pencil in a velvety brown and do what’s called tight lining: apply your line directly in between your eyelashes and on the underside edge. Use a brush to gently lift your lid and draw the pencil across the underside edge. Remember my favorite tip: curl your lashes with an eyelash curler, and then apply mascara.

Eyebrows

Pay careful attention to your eyebrows. First, get them in shape and clean up stray hairs. Using a soft eyebrow powder and small brush, carefully fill in the bare spots with subtle color that matches the natural color of your brows. Finish with a brush-on gel to keep your brows perfect all day long.

Lips

Avoid shiny gloss and chalky lipsticks. Instead, use a neutral or sheer gloss and skip the lip liner. Apply a lipstick that’s a few shades darker than your natural lip shade. Wait a few minutes then wipe it off. It leaves a bit of stain behind that really looks like your bare lips, only better. My favorite tip is to find a shade of lipstick that is the same color as my tongue. Sounds crazy but it looks totally natural with a bit of a punch.

What You Can Do to Maintain Healthy Skin

14 May

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An even tone indicates good skin health.

There are many different tests that we can take to determine heart health, brain health and overall health. But what about skin health? The last time you went in for your annual checkup, did your doctor give you an update on the overall health of your skin? Probably not. Sure, we can get our skin evaluated in search of abnormalities to proactively defend against skin cancer, but what is healthy skin? And what does it look like?

Just about every marketing campaign we see for skincare products focuses on healthy, beautiful, radiant, younger-looking skin. Of course, we all want that. But how do we know exactly what to look for to ensure we’re on the right track? Do you know how your skin stacks up on the healthy meter? Here are some signs of both healthy and not so healthy skin that you can look for.

Identifying and Maintaining Healthy Skin

Your Largest Organ

When your skin is healthy, you don’t even realize that it’s there. Sound crazy? Your skin is your largest organ and when it’s healthy and functioning at its best, you truly don’t even think about it because you just don’t feel it. But when your skin becomes itchy or tight, you notice it. If you’re experiencing a burning or stinging sensation, then you know things have gone awry. But don’t panic just yet. There are several things that could be the culprit.

The weather and extremes in temperature could cause discomfort. Think icy cold wind or sunburn. Perhaps it’s a new skincare product you’re trying for the first time. Sometimes your skin is allergic to certain ingredients, and in some cases those ingredients are just too harsh. There are skin conditions, such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis that can cause uncomfortable sensations as well as visible redness, rashes or even breakouts. If you find your uncomfortable skin condition not improving or worsening, you should consult your doctor or dermatologist so that they can help you get to the root of the problem.

How Does It Feel?

If your skin is healthy, it’ll feel soft and smooth to the touch. It will have a glow to it that gives it a radiant appearance. It’ll be free from skin conditions like acne, blackheads and clogged pores. It won’t be overly dry, and it won’t be too oily. When you’re trying to achieve a smooth texture, it’s a good idea to always properly cleanse your skin twice a day. And to help with the overall softness and smoothness, exfoliating is a must. Choose a facial exfoliating scrub that contains gentle ingredients like Aloe vera and antioxidant vitamins. A good scrub will help to decongest clogged pores and remove the dead skin cell build-up from the surface. The result? Softer, smoother and healthier looking skin.

How Does It Look?

When you’re examining the color of your skin, it’s important to note that it’s less about the actual color of your skin or your skin tone than the consistency in the color. You want to pay attention to any skin spotting. If you see lighter patches or darker patches, then you know your color consistency is out of whack. If you notice any dark spots on the skin, or dark circles under and around your eyes, then you know your skin needs a bit of help. There are several things that can contribute to your skin coloring, including allergies, unprotected sun exposure, hyperpigmentation and hormonal influences. And remember, your skin does its best regenerating while you’re resting, so get plenty of sleep. Remember, it’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason.

How Do You Feel?

The appearance of your skin can be a direct reflection of what’s happening on the inside of our body. It’s a reflection of your overall health. What you put in your body and what you put on your body are equally important. The healthiest skin always starts on the inside with a nutritious diet. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries and strawberries, aren’t just delicious. They are fantastic for your skin. So are walnuts due to their fat content, which make for a great snack. And, of course, green leafy veggies are high in nutrients and contain antioxidant vitamins as well. It’s important to eat as healthy as you can, and avoid junk food at all costs.

We also need to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Kick the bad habits once and for all. Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol, as these habits can be damaging to the skin. Get plenty of exercise, always wear SPF when going outdoors and drink plenty of water to keep your body and your skin well hydrated. If you’re healthy on the inside, you’ll look healthy on the outside.

Everyone wants to have healthy, youthful-looking skin. A healthy diet, an active lifestyle and healthy skincare habits are imperative to the overall look and health of your skin. You’re never too young and it’s never too late to start using antioxidant-enriched skincare products to keep your skin looking and feeling its absolute best. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin every morning and evening before bedtime can positively impact the overall appearance of your skin. So, in the name of healthy-looking skin, get started today. Remember, healthy skin is always the most beautiful skin.

Face Cleansing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

01 May

 Posted by Jacquie Carter – Director, Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training  0 Comment


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Wash with lukewarm water for best results.

Are you using the right products and methods to wash your face? Here are some ways you can improve your face-cleansing routine.

When washing your skin, you need to make sure you avoid mistakes that can ultimately do more harm than good. Improper face cleansing can lead to dry, oily, irritated skin, or even break outs. Here are some common face-cleansing mistakes you may be making, and some simple ways to make a difference in the appearance of your skin.

Five Face-Cleansing Mistakes

Choosing the Wrong Cleanser

The skin on your face is delicate, so you want to avoid products that are too harsh or loaded with irritating detergents and deodorizers. Keep your bar soap for your body only and look for a facial cleanser that specifically targets your skin type. Oily, dry, sensitive, breakout-prone, you name it, there’s a cleanser available for you. The right cleanser will help remove dirt, oil, makeup and impurities without compromising your skin’s natural barrier. It won’t strip away healthy oils and, as a result, your skin will feel smooth and hydrated post-cleansing.

Using Cleansers with Irritating Ingredients

Read product labels and know what is and isn’t in your cleanser. Avoid products with known skin irritants, including parabens and sulfates. Sulfates can cause dryness, redness and irritation. In fact, many people are allergic to sulfates and don’t even realize it. Look for soothing and hydrating ingredients like Aloe vera, as well as antioxidant vitamins.

Cleansing with Extreme Temperature Water

The best water temperature for your skin is lukewarm. Extremes in temperature can result in unwanted effects on the skin, including capillary damage. Hot water can disrupt your skin’s moisture barrier by stripping away protective oils. When this happens, your skin can become dry or have the reverse effect and kick your sebum production into high gear, resulting in oily skin.

Rinsing Incorrectly

When your cleanser isn’t rinsed away, it can build up on the surface of your skin. This buildup leads to clogged pores and breakouts, and your skin may feel dry, irritated and tight. So, be sure to give yourself extra time to thoroughly rinse off your cleanser.

Not Moisturizing

Serums and moisturizers should be applied immediately after cleansing and toning your skin. Toner helps restore balance to your skin, while serums and moisturizers help restore much-needed moisture. Apply your products while your skin is still damp. If you wait too long and your skin becomes dry, it makes it more difficult for your moisturizing products to sink in. When this happens, you may notice your skin feels oily or even sticky to the touch.

Bonus Tips:
    • When applying cleanser to your skin, massage in a gentle, circular motion. This will help remove debris from the surface and stimulate circulation.
    • When drying your skin with a towel, pat, don’t rub. You don’t want to pull or tug at the skin, as this can cause redness and irritation.
    • Use a clean towel, not the family hand towel. Germs and bacteria on the skin can wreak havoc with your complexion.
    • When showering, save facial cleansing for last. By waiting until the end of your shower, you will be sure to remove all traces of shampoo and conditioner that may have been deposited on your skin.

Here’s to healthy, youthful-looking skin.