Why Skin Care Is Important

Skin is your body’s largest organ. It serves as a protective barrier between your insides and the rest of the world, helps regulate body temperature and acts as a filter. Skin exists in a constant state of growth, with old cells dying as new cells are forming. It’s affected by every aspect of your life, from what you eat to where you live. Healthy skin is better able to fight signs of aging, heals much faster and staves off potential disease better than unhealthy skin.
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Appearance

  • Proper skin care is vital if you’re concerned about your physical appearance. Unhealthy skin tends to appear sallow and dull, whereas healthy skin appears full and vibrant. Wrinkles develop with more ease and sink deeper if your skin is dehydrated and unhealthy, and it can result in uneven patches that have a mottled color. When skin is unhealthy it loses elasticity, which can make it sag and appear thin.

Health

  • Proper skin care is not only about looking good, it’s about staying healthy. Poor skin care habits can lead to rashes, sores, acne and wrinkles. Unhealthy skin is more susceptible to disease, infection and is more likely to scar after an injury. Proper care is particularly important for people who experience skin issues, such as psoriasis, or have skin allergies.


Keeping Skin Healthy

  • Skin is constantly growing and changing, so you have to remain vigilant in caring for it. Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, and maintain a balanced diet to provide the vitamins and minerals your skin needs. Stick with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein for the best results. Always make sure to use sunblock if you’re going to spend time outside.

Proper Skin Care

  • Proper skin care means cleansing it properly. Skin needs moisture to survive, so avoid using hot water when you wash your face, as the heat sucks moisture from your skin. Try using warm or cool water instead. Also, avoid harsh or chemical-heavy soaps, as they strip moisture from your skin while polluting it. Keep your skin moisturized by applying lotion within a few minutes of bathing. If you have a problem with dry skin, use an oil-based lotion on the problem area several times a day.

Skin Care and Pregnancy

  • Proper skin care is important for health and appearance during a pregnancy. Unhealthy skin can cause an unhealthy body, which in turn can cause an unhealthy baby. Healthy skin is more pliable and will minimize the stretch marks that typically occur in the later stages of pregnancy.

Is Your Diet Aging You?

Simple strategies to keep you young, inside and out.

Did you look in the mirror this morning and think, “Wow, I look great!”? Or did you think, “When did I get so old?”

If it was the latter, you might want to take a look at your refrigerator, kitchen cupboard, and dinner table for one of the culprits.

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Aging happens to all of us, of course. And there’s no way to put the brakes on it, no matter what the latest “nutraceuticals” may claim. But an unhealthy diet can send your aging process into overdrive and leave you looking years older than you really are. And, it probably isn’t doing the inside of your body any favors, either.

Quality Counts

Timothy Harlan, assistant professor of medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, a former restaurateur known as “Dr. Gourmet,” and author of Just Tell Me What to Eat!, says, “There’s an incredible amount of evidence that says that eating junk puts your body into an inflammatory state. Poor-quality foods, like trans fats, cause inflammation — and aging is basically a chronic inflammatory state.” Harlan asks: “Can you look older because you’re eating crap?” And he answers: “Absolutely.”

For example, too much sugar and processed carbohydrates in the diet can lead to the production of what are called AGEs — advanced glycation end products. “These are associated with a number of diseases, like heart disease and diabetes,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a nutrition policy consultant for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy. What’s more, she says, “they also damage the collagen and fibers of your skin.”

But it’s not just your looks that are on the line. Eating more than you should of foods that ramp up inflammation — or that clog your arteries or pack on extra pounds — can be bad news, from head to toe.

Foods to Limit

  1. Potato chips and French fries. Anything that’s deep-fried in oil is laden with trans fats, which contribute to inflammation throughout your body. According to the American Heart Association, you should keep trans fats to less than 1% of your daily diet.
  2. Doughnuts and sugary pastries. These pack a multiple whammy. Often they’re high in trans fats and, of course, they’re packed with sugar, which is also linked to inflammation. And they produce those wrinkle-generating AGEs Giancoli talks about.
  3. Hot dogs, bacon, and pepperoni — any processed meats. Sad to say, the meats on your favorite home-delivery pizza and ballpark dogs aren’t doing you any favors. They’re high in saturated fats and also contain nitrates, both of which contribute to the inflammatory process.
  4. Less-than-lean red meats. The key with meat is to keep it lean to minimize saturated fats, which are big producers of inflammation and no friend of your arteries. The USDA’s 2010 dietary guidelines recommend eating a variety of protein foods, including lean meats. The American Heart Association suggests that you keep saturated fats from all sources (not just red meat) to less than 7% of your daily calorie intake.
  5. Alcohol. This is a tough one: Some alcohol may be good for you, but too much can absolutely age you prematurely. “Research says there’s a sweet spot for alcohol,” Harlan says. That’s one drink per day for women (such as a 5-ounce glass of wine or 12-ounce glass of beer) and two for men. If you drink, on average, one or two alcoholic drinks per day, that may be good for your heart. More than that and you may be revving the aging process and its associated diseases such as liver disease and certain cancers. If you don’t drink, health experts don’t advise you to start. And if you do drink, talk to your doctor to make sure your drinking is in line with your particular health concerns.

More importantly, Harlan says, eating a diet rich in high-quality foods can reduce inflammation and help keep you looking your best. “It’s very clear that following a Mediterranean-style diet reduces the risk of a number of illnesses associated with aging, like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.”

Foods to Favor

Harlan and Giancoli are both reluctant to pick out a list of “superfoods” that help to keep you looking young and healthy.

“There are people who have these theories that foods that are very high in antioxidants somehow slow the aging process. And there is some scant evidence of that in animal models,” Harlan says. “But don’t just pick out a few foods and focus on them. The minute you start talking about individual foods, people lose sight of the big picture.”

So stay away from fad diets that are all about salmon and acai berries, he says. “I want you to eat lots of broccoli and sweet potatoes and salmon and chickpeas and good-quality chicken. Eat a healthy variety of foods and that will keep you looking your best.”

That’s not just one opinion. In general, many sources are now saying that a traditional Mediterranean style diet — rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein — is your best option for overall health.

Another important factor, Giancoli adds, is eating wholefoods, closest to their natural state as possible. “Don’t just eat plants; eat them pretty close to how they were when they came out of the ground or off the tree,” she says.

So instead of “superfoods,” here’s a list of five foods that are key elements of the Mediterranean diet and are examples of the kinds of foods you need to be getting more of.

  1. Romaine lettuce. Plain old Romaine salad is high in vitamins A and C, antioxidant vitamins that help battle inflammation. Other dark leafy greens that should be on your list include broccoli, spinach, arugula, watercress, escarole, and endive.
  2. Tomatoes. Along with watermelon, grapefruit, guavas, asparagus, and red cabbage, tomatoes are particularly high in the antioxidant lycopene.
  3. Salmon. As with other marine fish such as tuna and herring, salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which fight inflammation.
  4. Lentils. Beans are one of Harlan’s favorite sources of protein and are loaded with fiber and antioxidant vitamins. Try black beans, split peas, limas, pintos, and even fat-free refried beans. “Your skin is essentially made of protein, so if you don’t get enough healthy protein in your diet, your skin will reflect that,” Giancoli says. “Along with fish, beans are a great way to get it.”
  5. Oatmeal. Studies have found that whole grains such as oatmeal, whole wheat breads and pastas, brown rice, couscous, and quinoa help to reduce inflammation. “These also have B vitamins in them, like thiamine and riboflavin, which are important for skin as well,” Giancoli says. “Deficiencies in them cause rashes and scaly skin appearance.”

And you have to keep eating healthy to stay looking good. “Skin sloughs off all the time, so you need regular incoming doses of vitamins, nutrients, plant chemicals that we call phytonutrients, healthy fats, and proteins,” Giancoli says. “If you’re not getting enough of the good stuff on a regular basis, you won’t be able to produce healthy new skin cells in the way that you should.”

If you eat a diet like this, will you look better in the mirror? “That depends,” Harlan says. “I looked pretty ugly in the mirror before! But if you eat healthy, you are absolutely going to look better.”

read more:http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/is-your-diet-aging-you?page=3

Skincare tips to get a beautiful complexion

Radiant and flawless skin is what every woman wants. And here are some new skincare tips to get a beautiful complexion.

It’s known that drinking eight glasses of water a day, using SPF, and having a solid cleansing routine are essential, but the Association of Professional Hair and Makeup Artists reveals their top five tips for radiant skin, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Here are five tips that you may not have known about:

1) Flip your pillow case: When you sleep, you drool, perspire and sometimes sweat. This goes directly onto your pillow case and sheets, so it’s a must to keep your pillow clean.

To keep it clean, every two weeks you should vacuum it with a turbo brush. Then wash it on hot (or follow care instructions), shake the pillow out and let dry naturally in sunlight. This regular cleaning will help reduce the bacteria, and nasties in the pillow.

During the week, between washing the sheets, turn your pillowcase inside out and upside down, so that you are getting the side that your face hasn’t been touching. You will be able to notice that this makes a difference in getting clearer skin.

2) Steam up your shower: Going to the spa for a facial is one of the best things you can do for your skin. No matter what type of skin you have, steam is one of the spa’s secret tricks while giving you a facial. It opens your pores, and the gentle heat brings blood to the surface of your skin, which helps it naturally repair itself.

When you’re going to take a shower, turn the temperature hotter than normal, and shut the door for a few minutes. This allows the steam to build up. Once it has a good amount of steam, you have created your own steam room. Take your shower as normal, and over time, your skin will start glowing like never before.

3) Wash your face for longer: You know you should brush your teeth for two minutes, so give the same kind of attention to your skin. When you wash your face, do it for at least two minutes. This allows the cleanser to really do its job, and get into your pores.

4) Don’t touch your face: You touch your face more than you know. The National Health Institute of Bethesda found that people touched common objects an average of 3.3 times per hour and their faces 3.6 times per hour. If you get bacteria on your hands and then touch your face… the bacteria is now on your face. And bacteria cause imperfections.

Touching your face is a harder thing to stop doing than you think, as it happens naturally. How often do you move your hair out of your face? How often do your rub your eyes, or hold your hand up to your face when you sneeze? But the pro tip here is to make a concerted effort to not touch your face and use anti-bacterial gel or wipes to kill all the nasties.

5) Keep your hair clean, and out of your face: Your hair, especially if you have fringe, can lead to spots. The natural oils in your hair can build up and then transfer onto your face. If you use products on your hair, this can also lead to imperfections.

You’re not going to change your hairstyle or stop using products. So the solution is two-fold. First, when you’re at home, push your hair behind your ears, get your fringe off your forehead, and ponytails are your new best friend.

The second is to use products on your hair that will be better for your skin, especially like organic, natural products, as these tend to be gentler on your skin.

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Homemade Beauty Recipes

Natural skin care doesn’t have to cost a fortune. So, let’s do it.

Homemade Exfoliator

You’ll need: sea salt, almond oil and grapefruit peel
Sea salt has deep cleansing and therapeutic properties, which are good for aches and pains. Almond oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidant vitamin E, softens and nourishes skin. Grapefruit peel has an uplifting fragrance and is known to stimulate the lymphatic system, helping move areas of sluggish circulation.

Directions: Grate the peel off a grapefruit and mix with the oil and salt. Run bath and soak for a few minutes. Pat yourself dry and rub scrub onto your dry skin, concentrating on problem areas, such as your elbows and back of your upper arms, then wash off in bath. Stay in bath to reap the benefits of the therapeutic properties of the dead sea salt minerals.

Homemade Face Mask

You’ll need: avocado and honey
Avocado is perfect for dry or mature skin and avocado oil is rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Honey is incredibly nourishing and anti-inflammatory so helps with senstive skins.

Directions: Mash one avocado with a tablespoon of honey and smear evenly over the face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.

Homemade Hand Mask

You’ll need: a handful of brown or white sugar and olive oil and honey
Sugar is a great gentle exfoliator and will buff hands and smooth skin. Olive oil is rich in essential fatty acids, is highly moisturising and has natural cleansing properties. Honey is nourishing and anti-bacterial.

Directions: Combine the ingredients and spead over hands. Wring hands together to exfoliate, paying attention to the back for the hands, wrists and lower arms. Gently rub the mixture around the cuticle area. Wash off.

Homemade Make-Up Remover

 

You’ll need: a palmful of olive oil
Olive oil is rich in essential fatty acids and highly moisturising and has natural cleansing properties.

Directions: Spread oil all over your face and gently massage in small circular movements. Lay a hot damp flannel or muslin cloth over your oiled face and relax for 5 mins allowing the oil and steam to work together. Gently wipe excess oil from your skin with cold cloth.

Homemade Hair Conditioner

You’ll need: a cup of coconut oil
Coconut oil has been traditionally used as a hair conditioner to moisturise and protect from the sun’s harmful rays and has a softening and soothing effect on the hair and scalp.

Directions: Massage into the hair and scalp making sure the ends of the hair are covered. Wrap hair in a warm towel and leave on for 20 minutes. Wash with shampoo and condition as normal.

NV-902 Diamond Dermabrasion Scrubber For healthy glowing

beautiful skin

It provided a non-surgical skin refinish procedure, by using sterile diamond heads to abrade or rub off the top skin layer, then vacuuming out the particles along with any dirt and dead skin back up.

Diamond Microdermabrasion
The diamond microdermabrasion provided a non-surgical skin refinish procedure, by using sterile diamond heads to abrade or rub off the top skin layer, then vacuuming out the particles along with any dirt and dead skin back up. This procedure removes skin debris, imperfections, blemishes, wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation on the skin. Moderate usage of diamond microdemabrasion, accompany with skin products that penetrate through top skin layer that reach the dermis level, helps to replenish natural nutrients, restore cell activity, and promote skin health. The results after diamond microdermabrasion treatment is usually a healthy, glowing, beautiful skin.

NV-902 Diamond Dermabrasion Scrubber For healthy glowing beautiful skin

 

The Biggest Loser’ Diet

What Is the Biggest Loser Diet?

You, too, can be The Biggest Loser by following a diet and fitness program similar to that used by contestants on the NBC TV show of the same name. There are no televised temptations of cheesy pasta or gooey brownies for home dieters, no diet pills or personal trainers — just a healthy diet and plenty of exercise.

This is a low-calorie diet based on TheBiggest Loser pyramid of 4-3-2-1 (four servings of fruits and veggies; three of lean protein; two of whole grains; and one “extra”), along with good old-fashioned exercise. Eat a diet based largely on fruits, vegetables and lean protein, add a heavy dose of physical activity and you will lose weight, lower cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and become stronger and more energized.

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Tufts University obesity clinician and researcher Michael Dansinger, MD, developed the weight loss program accompanied by dietitian and chef Cheryl Forberg, RD, and trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels, working with writer Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, PhD.

Over the course of the 12-week program, you can expect to eat small, frequent meals containing plenty of fiber and protein, for fullness without too many calories.

“We emphasize the quality of the calories so you can meet your nutritional needs [and] enjoy more natural, healthy whole foods and lean proteins that will help you deal with hunger before it happens,” says Forberg.

And you won’t be eating any “appetite stimulating” white foods like bread, pasta, or potatoes. Keeping daily food logs, watching portion sizes, and drinking 48-64 ounces of water each day round out the basic plan.

You can also count on daily workouts, starting at 30 minutes and increasing to an hour. The book contains a detailed cardio and strength-training program that increases in intensity for a “fat-busting boost.” You’ll also find plenty of tips and inspiration from former contestants throughout the book.

Sounds simple enough, but when you don’t have a personal trainer pushing you, as the TV contestants have, how do you stay motivated? You can join The Biggest Loser club for online support, meal plans, recipes, customized fitness information, a journal, and more for about $5 per week. Biggest Loser cookbooks and fitness books are also available for purchase.

read more: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/biggest-loser-diet

10 Steps to Glowing Skin

Try a Kitchen Facial

 

1.Try a Kitchen Facial

The time is always right for a soothing and moisturizing facial. An at-home treatment designed by a leading holistic skin-care expert offers the perfect recipe for a healthy glow — and inner calm.

2.Get Steamy

When your skin is at its most dried-out, pale, and tired, a steam treatment can bring back an unseasonably healthy glow.

3.Start the Day with Coffee

A skin-softening body scrub made from coffee grounds and aromatic plant essences is a traditional treatment that’s used in Thai and Balinese spas, and it’s a luxurious way to start the day.

4.Seal in the Moisture

For a vibrant complexion, use the toner, good for all skin types, on clean skin before applying your favorite moisturizer.

 

5.Rub It In

This simple massage brings blood to the surface, clears out puffiness, and reduces fatigue in the skin.

6.Sip Some Soup

The natural ingredients in this cold soup help maintain moisture and balance skin for a natural, supple complexion.

7.Brighten It Up

This mask exfoliates and stimulates circulation in the face, resulting in a warm, rosy glow.

8.Sport a Healthy Tan

These self-tanners and bronzers are not only safer than sunning, they also nourish the skin.

9.Firm Up

Using weekly, a firming clay mask (also called a mud mask) results in a smooth, supple, deeply clean complexion.

10.Eat Well

Here are our favorite recipes featuring lycopene, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, minerals, and zinc to keep you looking good.

11.More Natural Beauty

Natural, healing treatments to bring out your true beauty.

NV-902 Diamond Dermabrasion Scrubber For healthy glowing

beautiful skin

It provided a non-surgical skin refinish procedure, by using sterile diamond heads to abrade or rub off the top skin layer, then vacuuming out the particles along with any dirt and dead skin back up.

NV-902 Diamond Dermabrasion Scrubber For healthy glowing beautiful skin

 

 

 

 

 

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Attention !! How to Lift Sagging Skin Naturally?

    Over time, gravity takes a tremendous toll on the skin and drags it down, causing skin to sag, but gravity is not the only cause. The causes of sagging skin are a decrease in collagen production, a decrease in skin cell production and free radical damage from the environment. You can incorporate habits into your daily routine to boost collagen and new cell production and fight free radicals.

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Instructions

1. Always apply lotions and creams with firm upward strokes. Areas such as the neck and the jawline are among the first places that skin sags. Incorporating upward strokes whenever you apply cosmetics can make a difference over time.

2. Separate the white of an egg and whisk gently. Apply the egg white to the face and neck and allow to dry for 15 minutes. Egg whites tighten the skin and are more effective than many lifting serums. Egg whites not only lift skin because of their natural astringent capabilities, they also refine and close large pores.

3. A popular remedy among celebrities to lift skin is hemorrhoid cream. Hemorrhoid cream contains shark liver oil and yeast which shrinks tissue and firms the skin for a lift within minutes. It is widely known for treating under eye bags, but it can also effectively shrink all forms of sagging skin. Snow Drift Farm, a youthful living website, suggests adding a dab of hemorrhoid cream to your moisturizers for skin that is firm and youthful.

4. Take a silica supplement. According to the article “Silica and Your Body,” silica hold moisture in the skin and is the main component of collagen. Silica plumps and lifts sagging skin on the face and body.

5. Eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables. Remember that one of the causes of sagging skin is free radicals in the environment. Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene. These antioxidants fight free radicals found in the sun and pollution and repair skin damage.

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