Common Skin Care Mistakes.
Treat Your Skin The Right Way
You think you can hydrate simply with water.
It may seem simply but actually water contains large amounts of salt which may easily settle on the surface leading to the opposite effect – to dry the skin. If you want to hydrate you should use thermal sprays as they have the best hydrating action. Thermal water contains minerals and elements which are useful – it moisturizes and soothes the skin, preventing it from feeling tight and dry. Recent clinical research show that the mineral-rich water fortifies the skin, restores the pH balance and protects the skin against external aggressors like pollutionn for example. Applying thermal water in the form of a spray is easy and simple – spray it on the skin and after a minute wipe dry.
You think you can use your friend’s or mother’s skin care products.
Yes, you can use these products but only if they are appropriate for your type. Using the wrong skin care products is the most common skin care mistake. A recent research show that 64 percent of the women do not know what exactly is their skin type as well as that 37 percent of the teenagers use the wrong skincare and makeup products. For example if yours feels tight and dry in the morning and during the day it simply means that is dry; if you are prone to sudden rashes and burns it means it might be sensitive; if appears too oily and greasy may be mixed or oily.
- You think you can nourish by applying Vitamin E ampule.
It is true that vitamin E has excellent nourishing and moisturizing properties but when it is applied in the form of oil solution it may seriously irritate the skin and cause the appearance of rashes and small dark spots. Vitamin E added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in the anti-aging of skin. It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce the risk of sun damage to cells as well as reduce the production of cancer-causing cells but you should remember that the concentration of the ampoule should not be more than 5 % otherwise it may cause serious side effects.
- You think all of the essential oils are harmful for oily skin.
Absolutely wrong. Only the mineral oils may clog the pores and cause irritation to the skin. Almost 78 percent of the skin care products contain essential oils which have different field of acting – one hydrate the skin; others nourish the skin making it look younger and cleaner. For example jojoba oil, olive oil, aloe vera are recommended for those women with combination or oily skin.
- You thing that the scrub with natural particles is better than the ones with synthetic granules.
Just the opposite. The edges of the synthetic particles have been processed and they won’t cause trauma. Limit the usage of sea salt only form your knees, heels, elbows but never exfoliate skin or neck with sea salt.
How Facial Skin Reveals Health Problems
The color of your skin can reveal different health problems, from iron deficiency (anemia) to insufficient sleep and dehydration.
- Dull complexion – if looks dull this may suggest: anemia, stress, decline in energy, too much smoking. If your complexion is dull you should drink fresh carrot juice everyday and at least 1.5 liter mineral water. Regular exfoliation is essential to brighten a dull complexion.
- Yellowish complexion – yellowish complexion may suggest: liver problems, heart problems, high blood pressure, improper diet, dehydration, spleen deficiency, jaundice . Drink 3-4 glasses of fresh lemon juice, carrot juice, 2 liter mineral water to keep your body hydrated. Do facial masks with honey twice a week to nourish it.
- Reddish complexion – a reddish face may suggest: poor blood circulation, vitamin and mineral deficiency, heart problems, high temperature, full blood vessels, Rosacea, contact dermatitis. Eat as many fresh vegetables and fruits as possible.
- Dark circles around the eyes – dark circles around the eyes may be a symptom of insufficient sleep, anemia, vitamin deficiency, kidney problems, nasal congestion, fluid retention, chronic sinusitis, dehydration.
Four Things That Can Seriously Harm
Many skincare products and hair care products contain harsh chemicals that can seriously harm skin and hair. For instance, many shampoos containing chemicals dry the hair and often cause dandruff. Some facial cleansers contain harsh ingredients that may destroy the enzymes that trigger absorption and lubrication and this often leads to oversensitive skin, dry patches, redness and even rashes. Skin care products containing harsh chemicals encourage it to produce more oil which can be a big problem for those with oily or combination skin. Those with sensitive or dry skin should always be very careful when buying new products – they shouldn’t contain harsh chemicals. Look for products with natural ingredients, essential oils and vitamins. The most common harsh chemicals in skincare products and hair care products are:
Propylene Glycol – common ingredient in face creams and lotions, it’s known to cause skin allergies and to denaturate the skin’s protein;
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate / SLS/ – used in shampoos, soaps, cleansers, it’s known to cause premature aging and poor air;
Fragrances - used widely in skin and hair care products, a fragrance may lead to skin irritation, headache, rash and hyperpigmentation; Mineral Oil – widely used in facial cleansers and clarifying lotions, it’s known to clog the facial pores and to enlarge them;
Synthetic Colors – widely used in skin and hair care products to make them colorful, known to cause allergic reactions and serious rashes;
Triethanolamine (TEA) – used in skin care products to adjust the pH, known to cause allergies, dryness and eye irritation.
Choose products very carefully to avoid unwanted reactions. Look for hypoallergenic products that contain no harsh chemicals. Mineral Makeup is an excellent choice for example. Remember: what you put on is immediately absorbed into your blood stream.
Over cleaning the face
Excessive cleaning of the face is a common blunder. If you cleanse your face more than twice a day you can seriously harm it. Excessive cleaning can dry out causing it to produce even more oil witch can be a big problem for those with oily or combination skin.
Many women, especially those with oily and acne-prone skin use products containing harsh chemicals, toners containing alcohol and even soaps to cleanse their face because they think that it is the only way to keep their skin clean but that is very wrong. Over-cleaning may result in even greater oil production, more breakouts, rashes and irritations. Excessive facial cleaning and scrubbing cause inflammation, irritation, over drying of the skin and can exacerbate acne.
Washing your face twice a day (in the morning and in the evening) with the appropriate for your type products should be enough to keep it clean and healthy. There is no need to use products with harsh detergents to achieve radiant and clear skin. Find out what works best for you and never skip to cleanse your face. Use a mild facial cleanser and apply a toner, depending on type and on the needs. Use a moisturizer to keep hydrated and wear a sunscreen to protect from the harmful UV rays. If feels taut and tight after you have cleansed your face this may be a sign that you may be over-cleaning it.
We have said this hundreds of times and we will say it again – sun radiation can seriously harm. Wearing a sunscreen is a must, especially during the summer months. It’s essential for preventing sun damage and lowering the risk of developing skin cancer. UV rays not only cause premature aging but also can cause skin cancer, freckles, brown spots, dull complexion and so on. It’s essential to wear a sunscreen with SPF at least 15 everyday even during the winter months to protect. Excessive sun exposure often leads to rashes, itchiness and dryness if your skin isn’t protected. The sun radiation breaks down collagen and elastin production causing sagging of the skin and wrinkling. Wearing sunscreen now would definitely deliver benefits later in life.
Overuse of makeup
Overuse of makeup products can seriously harm your skin because most of the products contain harsh chemicals that may irritate and cause allergic reactions. Cosmetics easily become contaminated with bacteria that may cause serious skin problems – rashes, redness, swelling, itching and even scarring. Overuse of makeup may even lead to premature aging as cannot breathe naturally. If you wear makeup everyday it may clog pores and cause a blackhead to form.
Is The Solarium – Tanning Good And Safe
Solariums, also known as sun-beds or tanning booths are a good way to achieve amazing tan for short time. A solarium is a device emitting ultraviolet rays used to produce a cosmetic tan. They emit a UV ray that is somewhat similar to the sun. The users lie down on a UV bed or stand in front of a panel over their skin.
Solariums are often advertised as a way to “pre-tan” for the summer, protecting from burning in the sun. They not only help us to maintain an all-year-round tan, but also cure some diseases and correct the appearance of the skin. Recent studies shown that the solarium tanning is less damaging than the sun tanning, although safe sunbathing doesn’t exist.
They are appropriate for every skin types, except those with hypersensitive skin. The proportion between the UVA and UVB rays is balanced which reduce the risk of damage to a minimum. The maximum exposure time is usually from 5 to 20 minutes. The buttons inside the cabin allow you to correct the power, to control the ventilators and even to listen your favorite songs.
the benefits of solarium tanning:
- The exposure to UV light leads to production of vitamin D in the skin
- Solarium tanning help acne by drying out the skin
- Cannot burn
- Solarium creates a continent amount of UV in a given time
- Increase blood circulation
- Shorten the time of sunbathing
- Speed up the process of skin getting brown
- Increase the risk of skin cancer
- Cause premature ageing, because UVA rays destroy the collagen and connective tissues beneath the superficial layers of the skin
- Eye damages
- Skin irritation and blistering
- reduce the collagen levels
- Increase the pigmentation
What cosmetics to use when solarium tanning?
Here the sunscreen is useless. There are specially designed products for solarium tanning. They don’t contain a protective screen, but attract the UV rays to the skin, ensuring an even and fast tan. The products for solarium tanning not only ensure an even tan, but also moisturize and nourish the skin.
- A solarium isn’t appropriate for people under 16
- Always wear protective goggles when using solarium – they cornea and the conjunctive may easily become inflamed
- Don’t use perfumes or deodorant before a solarium
- Take of your jewelry and watch
- Use professional cosmetics
- Start with exposure not more than 5 minutes and work up your way to the maximum exposure time in about one month
- Never stay for more than 20 minutes
- Never visit a solarium twice a day
- Protect your hair when using a solarium
- Always apply a protective lip balm
- Exfoliate your body before solarium tanning
- Sun allergy
- Expanded blood vessels
- If you are pregnant or breast feeding
- If you have open wounds
- If is hypersensitive
- If you are sunburned
Save And Protect From The Pollution
The pollution is a real enemy. Day after day it acts and ages skin prematurely. Your face, neck and hands are at highest risk. Your skin can protect itself from the pollution but if the pollutants stay on for a longer period that can change skin’s structure and cause serious problems.
The air pollution not only irritates your lungs but also affects the way you look. When we breathe in air pollution, very fine particles easily enter our lungs where they can cause many serious problems – breathing problems, asthma, and nausea. High polluted air irritates the lungs, cause nausea, coughing and chest pain, damages blood vessels, affects the immune system. Air pollution seriously affects the skin – it increases the oxidation of the sebum, causes pimples formation, allergies and rashes. Air pollution can also aggravate health problems for the elderly and others with heart or respiratory diseases. Smoggy air may lack moisture and cause skin dehydration.
The pollutants cause premature aging of the skin as they “suck out” the oxygen from the skin cells and looks dull and sagging. The complexion becomes grayish, rashes appear and small pimples form. Despite causing premature aging, pollution can also cause skin allergies, diseases, pigmentation, eczema and even acne. Pollution damages as it increases the free radicals and the effect of the UV radiation, it decreases collagen and elastin production, resulting in a rough skin texture, clogged pores and fine lines.
That’s why you should follow a strict skin care regimen to keep healthy and good-looking.
Cleansing your face every night is a must no matter what your type is. Avoid washing your face with water from the sink as it contains high levels of chlorine that dry out and damage it. Use mineral water to wash your face, just as Beyonce does – she never uses water to cleanse her face. Twice a week exfoliate your face and do a peeling mask for deeper cleansing.
Face creams and body lotions containing antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins, hydratants will help you fight with the air pollution.
- Eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible to supply yourself with vitamins, minerals, fruity acids.
- Drink plenty of mineral water – at least 1.5 liter to keep your body and skin hydrated.
- Drink green tea as it contains powerful antioxidants that will destroy the free radicals.
- Always protect yourself from the UV rays – wear a sunscreen with high SPF every day, even during the winter months.
- Never skip the moisturizer – it acts as a barrier between skin and the environmental pollutants and moisturizing at the same time.
- Always remove your make up in the evening and cleanse your face with the appropriate type products.
- Look for a cleanser and moisturizer containing antioxidants.
- Steam your face once a week to cleanse in deep and to open the pores.
- Do a face mask – hydrating or purifying twice a week.
- Avoid eating fatty and spicy foods.
- Drink one glass of red wine at night – it acts as an antioxidant.
Six Common Skin Problems In Teenagers
During the teens years skin is plump, firm and strong but unfortunately it’s more prone to frequent breakouts and blemishes – pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, large pores, acne. During puberty the skin begins to produce more oil (sebum), hormonal changes occur, your body begins to produce more hormones – Androgens.
The teenage years are the best time to begin a healthy skincare routine. A teen’s daily skin care regimen should consist of cleaning, toning, moisturizing, exfoliating, sun protection.
Common skin problems in teens are: acne, pimples, excessive oiliness, blackheads, whiteheads, large pores, hyperpigmentation, post-acne scars.
1. Common Problem: Acne
Acne is the most common skin problem among teenagers. 75 percent of the teenagers from ages 13 to 18 are affected, at least occasionally by acne. The most common form of acne among teens is Acne Vulgaris – it starts when the excess oil (sebum) and dead skin cells clog up the facial pores, the hormonal changes are also to be blamed. Acne can be composed by variety of skin lesions: blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, red spots, zits, pus-filled pimples. In most cases acne in teenagers is caused by a hormone imbalance, genes, stress and improper skincare.
Acne can be very depressing for a teenager but fortunately there are products, treatments and procedures that may help heal acne. The dermatologists usually prescribe:
- Antibiotics – used to kill acne-causing bacteria
- Accutane – an oral retinoid that is very effective in severe cases of acne
- Corticosteroid injection – used only in severe cases of acne. It is an anti-inflammatory medication that is injected into the inflamed acne lesion.
- Benzoyl Peroxide – probably the most effective and widely used acne medication. It’s available in lotions, creams, cleansers, gels.
- Salicylic Acid – helps unclog pores and prevent blemishes.
Every acne-sufferer should use specially designed creams, cleansers, lotions for acne-prone skin. Look for skincare products containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyl Acid. Wash your face daily at least two times with a mild cleanser that cleanses deeply without drying it. Regular exfoliation is a good way to keep healthy and glowing and to prevent acne as the dead skin cells combined with excess oil on the surface may lead to blemishes and breakouts.
An estimated 89 percent of the teenagers have pimples outbreak at some point. A pimple usually begins to form when skin cells clump together causing a plug, then the excess oil being produced by the oil glands starts to build up beneath the plug. Dermatologists believe that the main cause of a pimple formation is the increased production of male hormones called Androgens combined with the presence of bacteria on the skin’s surface. Pimples can flare up at any time and unfortunately most of them leave a red scar behind.
What you can do to prevent pimples:
Follow a strict skincare regime. Cleansing and toning your face is the best way to treat and prevent pimples. There are many cleansers, exfoliators, creams, lotions containing active ingredients that cleanse the skin deeply and dry out the pimples. It’s crucial to select a facial cleanser that is suitable for your type. If you have many pimples you may want to use a facial toner with alcohol as it dries out pimples fast but be very careful. Look for a toner with Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid.
Your best choice for a cleansing mask will be a clay mask as it draws out impurities and removes the excessive oil, which is very beneficial for those with combination or oily skin.
3. Excessive Oil Production
As we said early, during puberty the oil glands begin to produce more sebum (oil) due to hormonal changes. Excessive oil production may cause clogging of the pores, blackheads, whiteheads, enlarged pores, pimples. Excessive sebum production usually appears on the T-zone – forehead, nose and chin as these areas contain more oil glands than the other areas. Fortunately there are products specially designed to control the excessive oil production. They reduce and control the excess surface oil and prevent clogging of the pores. Main ingredient in shine/oil control products is Nordihydraguaiaretic Acid as it reduces the sebum production.
4. Blackheads and Whiteheads
The presence of blackheads and whiteheads is a common skin complaint among teenagers. Blackheads can affect every skin type and every age, especially those with oily and combination skin. Blackheads are caused by hardened masses of sebum (oil) trapped in the pores. They are direct result from skin facial pores becoming clogged with oil, dead skin cells and dirt. The blackheads (open comedones) usually appear on the T-zone and the whiteheads show up as tiny white spots around the eyes.
What you can do to prevent blackheads and whiteheads: the best way to prevent and treat blackheads is to exfoliate regularly – once or twice a week. When exfoliating you remove the dead skin cells, the impurities on the skin’s surface that usually lead to breakouts and blemishes. Regular exfoliation encourages new, healthier skin cells to form, unclogs pores and prevents further breakouts. Another alternative for dealing with blackheads are the pore strips that pull away oil and build up dirt from the nose, chin and forehead. It’s crucial to cleanse your face and to remove your makeup in the evening and in the morning, to keep clean and free of blackheads.
5. Large Pores
Puberty can cause enlargement of the facial pores due to the increased production of oil. During puberty the skin begins to produce more sebum and the pores have to enlarge in order to be able to handle the increased output. Pores appear enlarged when they are clogged, dilated, infected and that’s why the best way to keep your pores small and less visible is to keep clean all the time. Often the pores get clogged with dead skin cells, dirt, oil which makes them appear more prominent and that’s why regular skin exfoliation is essential in order to remove the dead skin cells and to allow to produce new, healthier cells. Use a mild exfoliator to remove the dead skin cells twice a week, but make sure it’s appropriate for your type. Using a pore minimizing (refining) products should be an essential part of your care regimen to keep your facial pores under control. These products target the production of sebum deep in the pores, clear away debris and reduce the size of the large pores.
6. Post-Acne Scars
As we said most of the pimples leave behind a red scar. The post-acne scars can be divided into two categories: physical scars and pigmented scars. The physical scars tend to cause an indentation in the skin’s surface, the pigmented post-acne scars usually appear as inflamed red mark, spot on the skin’s surface. Squeezing or picking at a pimple always increases the chances of scarring.
Microdermabrasion, chemical peel, laser resurfacing are all very effective in removing post-acne (post-pimple) scars, but such treatments are appropriate only for very severe scarring. There are many “on the spot” treatments containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Kojic Acid, Glycolic Acid that clear up blemishes and reduce the appearance of post-acne marks.
Useful Tips for Teens:
- A complete skincare routine now is the best step in creating a lifetime of healthy habits and preventing future skin issues.
- Never use oil-based makeup products because they may clog your facial pores and cause breakouts.
- Look for non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic products.
- Consult a dermatologist – he/she may prescribe you some medicines that might help you.
- Never squeeze or pick at a pimple as doing so may spread the inflammation and leave an ugly red scar behind.
- Look for oil-free moisturizer.
- Look for a gentle, non-comedogenic gel or cream cleanser.
- Always apply a moisturizer in the morning, even if the skin is oily or combination.
- Do a cleansing face mask once or twice a week to keep clean.
- Always wear a sunscreen or sunblock with SPF at least 15, even during the winter months to protect from the sun’s harmful rays.
- Exfoliate your face once or twice a week with a gentle cleanser to remove the dead skin cells.
- Avoid rough scrubs as they may make condition worse.
- Remember: the damage that occurs now is what will be evident when you get older.
- Choose skin care products and makeup products that are appropriate for your type.
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, fish, whole grains.
- Avoid eating chocolate, greasy foods.
- Don’t smoke.
- Drink plenty of water – at least 1.5 liter a day to keep skin and body hydrated.
- Avoid touching your face with dirty hands – you can transform bacteria and cause inflammation.
- Avoid using products with fragrance as this may increase the possibility of allergies and irritations.
Six Deadly Sins Of Skin Care
SIN #1. SMOKING
You cannot smoke and expect to counteract the effects it has on your skin with face creams, serums, masks. Smokers get wrinkles because of the repetitive action of pursing their lips and squinting, and the carbon monoxide from cigarettes reduces the supply of blood and oxygen to the skin, which diminishes its ability to repair and rejuvenate. So the only thing you can and must do is to stop smoking – in a few months will recuperate.
SIN #2. DRINKING ALCOHOL
When you drink alcohol skin’s capillaries dilate, leaving it blotchy. Drinking alcohol also dehydrates you and slows cell renewal, leading to a dull complexion and potential long-term damage. The professionals advise to take vitamin C every day, to drink water and eat fruits rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin A – all essential to help the body recover from boozing.
SIN #3. OVER-PLUCKING YOUR EYEBROWS
Eyebrows are vital in balancing your facial features and that’s way over-plucking is like a bad haircut – it makes your features appear harsher and gives you that surprised look. So stay away from the tweezers. You should let the hairs regrow for at least three weeks if not more. After a month of abstinence get your eyebrows professionally reshaped, then you can keep up the maintenance at home.
SIN #4. PARTYING TILL THE BREAK OF DOWN
As anyone who has ever looked in the mirror after just a few hours’ kip can testify that beauty sleep is no myth. After a day defending itself the skin’s energy reverses- nutrients, water, minerals and vitamins are naturally depleted. Skin needs sleep in order to replenish these reverses and look fresh. If you don’t have enough time to sleep a proper skincare is essential. Use night cream rich in vitamins, that’s the only way to keep beautiful and healthy.
SIN #5. TOO MUCH SUN-BATHING
Around 90 % of the skin aging is environmental, so sunscreen is essential. UV light damages the skin. The direct sunlight combined with aging leads to wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet, discolorations and coarseness. In other words skin looks tough as old boots. These are many lotions and creams that speed up skin’s renewal process.
SIN #6. OVERZEALOUS SKIN CARE
Over-cleaning can cause problems and harsh exfoliation can scratch the surface of the skin, which leads to irritation. Harsh astringents that contain alcohol strip the skin of its natural sebum, which will in turn send sebaceous glands into overdrive, creating more oil. Greasy or heavy creams, meanwhile can block pores and exacerbate spots. If it is already irritated you should avoid exfoliating as well as excessively perfumed products for at least a week.
SIN #7. Biting the cuticles and nails
Never nibble your cuticles and nails. If your cuticles are very dry use cuticle oil, Vaseline or almond oil – they all help smooth the cuticles and hands. Apply cuticle oil in the morning and in the evening and always keep your nails polished. Carefully push back cuticles twice a week using an orange stick but don’t cut them. Use a quality hand cream or moisturizer and apply it every time you need. There are some nail polishes that you can use to prevent nail and cuticle biting.
Revlon Cuticle Oil – it keeps the cuticles supple and soft and instantly moisturizes dry cuticles. (6.50 $)
Sally Hansen Cuticle Oil (4.50 $) – it enhances nail strengths and vitality, keeping your cuticles soft and well moisturized.
Orly No Bite Nail Polish (3.75 $) – it is a fast and effective bad tasting nail polish formulated to stop nail and cuticle biting.
SIN #8. Not removing the makeup at night
Not removing the makeup at night is the biggest deadly sin of skincare. It can be very damaging – the makeup clog your pores and breakouts may occur more frequent and most importantly won’t be able to breathe. During the night skin needs a break and that’s why it’s essential to remove the makeup and cleanse your face every day.
SIN #9. Over-bleaching your teeth
Over-bleaching your teeth may cause serious problems. Most of the teeth bleaching products contain oxidizing agents / hydrogen peroxide, carbonate peroxide/ to lighten the shade of the tooth can seriously damage the teeth – to increase the tooth sensitivity, to cause irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth.
If you bleach your teeth more than once a week, they will probably become overly sensitive and the tooth enamel can be weaken or seriously damaged.
SIN #10. Squeezing your pimples
Squeezing is a common way for many people to deal with pimples and cysts but it can seriously damage the skin. Never squeeze your pimples – squeezing of the delicate facial tissue often result in ugly scars and cause other pimples to form, you can spread bacteria and oils to the skin’s surface. Squeezing pimples sometimes may even leave open holes on your face, that are very difficult to remove later.
Instead of squeezing cleanse your face thoroughly and apply a face mask. A tonic containing alcohol will dry the pimples but use it carefully.
SIN #11. Applying too much makeup
We all have even seen a woman with too much makeup and we all know how it looks like – funny, unnatural and ugly. If you apply too much makeup, especially during the day your face will look like a mask. Maybe the reason for doing so is that you don’t know how to apply the makeup properly. Sometimes a light foundation that matches to your tone and a little bit of blusher and lipstick is enough. Never apply more than one layer of foundation and be careful with the blusher.
SIN #12. Not cleansing your face in the evening
A daily facial cleansing of the face is essential. That’s the only way to keep clear, glowing and healthy looking. No matter how little time you have in the morning or how tired you are in the evening don’t forget to cleanse. The skin becomes very dirty and oily during the day, due to the environmental pollutants – smoke, dust, greasy makeup etc. Choose a cleanser that suits your type.
Favor products for sensitive skin, especially if it is dry products with harsh ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can do harm on certain skin types. Once you have found a cleanser that’s the proper Ph start using it in the morning and especially at night to remove the dirt.You shouldn’t use soaps on your face – they can be very harsh on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin, using soap can dehydrate your skin.
The Effects Of Smoking On The Skin
Smoking is one of the worst things that we can do to our bodies. The health effects of tobacco smoking are related to direct smoking, as well as passive smoking and secondhand smoking. Smoking contributes to the risk of developing heart disease, increase blood cholesterol level etc. Not only does it increase the risk of cancer and heart disease but it you have a family, passive smoking can also damage the health of the people closest to you.
Smoking is bad not only for your health, but also for your beauty. It decreases the flow of blood to the skin, leaving your complexion dull, promotes wrinkles and fine lines, deprives your skin of oxygen and robs your body of essential vitamins. That’s why smokers in their 30s have as many wrinkles as non-smokers in their 50s. Those who smoke every day get more wrinkles all over their face because of the nicotine – it constructs the tiny capillaries that nourish the skin. Smoking ages skin faster than anything else apart from sun damage. Smoking contracts your blood vessels and therefore doesn’t allow enough oxygen to reach the skin’s surface, resulting in dull-looking skin.
The effects of smoking are significant:
- bad breath
- dull complexion
- wrinkles appearance
- yellow teeth
- weak hair
- enlarged pores
- broken capillaries
- premature aging
- coarse skin all over your body
- reduction of the collagen
- smoking thins the skin
- alter your body shape
- smoking reduces the body’s store of vitamins
- loss of elasticity
- prolonged smoking causes dry skin
Vitamin C, pine-apple, brewer’s yeast
The grayish color of the skin is among the many problems of the smokers. If you want to look fresh, “attack” the problem internally. Eat fruits rich in vitamin C and foods containing zinc. They stimulate the formation of collagen which is important for the skin. Eat wheat, oat flakes and fish – they are the main source of zinc. The pine-apple contains the substance called “bromeline” – it deprives your body of the toxins. To replenish the lack of vitamin A eat lettuce and carrots. Vitamin E is “responsible” for the youth.
Exfoliating – removes the dead skin cells that make your complexion dull. When exfoliating you remove the clogged dirt in the pores, improve the blood circulation and stimulate the production of new skin cells.
Facial – it will return the glow and the freshness.
Hydrating cream – it regulates the moisture balance and avert the evaporation of the moisture
Cocktail of vitamins – it will increase the protection of the skin and will saturate it with oxygen. Vitamin A is important for the renovation of the skin and the decrease of the wrinkles. Vitamin C – for the free radicals, Vitamin E – for the immune system.
Night cream – corrects the damage while you are sleeping.
Nourishing nail oil – smoking causes discolouration of the fingers and nails on the hand used to hold the cigarette.
- consume a daily diet of healthy food
- eat many fresh vegetables and fruits
- eat fish and chicken
- take vitamin C daily
- drink at least 1.5 liter mineral water daily
- limit the alcohol and caffeine intake
- exercise regularly
- apply nourishing creams every day and use a night cream
- products should contain retinol, vitamins and antioxidant.
Patches – they give a constant supply of nicotine. You should follow a stepped programme to help reduce gradually the amount of nicotine.
Gum – lets you control when and how much nicotine you want
Lozenges – help you if you need varying amounts of nicotine
Inhalators – they are small plastic tubes that allow you to suck nicotine.
Mistake 1 – Washing your face with soap
Soaps dry. It’s true that they make the skin absolutely clean and bright, they remove the blackheads, but the true is that the soap harms skin. The soap stimulates the secretion of the sebaceous glands, which means more blackheads formation after every cleansing.
You had better use a tonic, cleansing lotion or gels that are specially designed for facial cleansing.
Mistake 2 – Not removing the makeup in the evening
There is no need to say how harmful this is – the deep-rooted during the day dust, powder, mascara, makeup and the natural skin secretions remain on the skin during the whole night and the result is a sad consequences – clogged pores, pimples formation, acceleration of oils and most importantly cannot “breathe” .
The reason for not removing the makeup usually is the late going to bed. That’s why you should keep a pack of wet cleansing wipes on your bedside table or you can simple remove the makeup earlier. Cleanse the face with cleansing milk, tonic or gel, apply night cream and enjoy a calm night.
It’s the same and for the boys – the facial cleansing isn’t just for the girls.
Mistake 3 – You don’t use an eye cream
The eye area is the first to show any signs of ageing. In this area the skin is most delicate and forms wrinkles easily. Applying an eye cream is especially essential for those over 25. That’s why you should choose appropriate for you eye cream and apply it both in the morning and in the evening.
Skin cancer occurs from mutations in healthy skin cell’s DNA, which causes the cells to start growing uncontrollable. The skin is made up of three different types of cells, the squamous cells, basal cells and melanocytes. Squamous cells are located just below the surface of the skin with basal cells beneath them and melanocytes beneath the basal cells. Depending on the skin cells that are affected by the cancer, this will determine the type of cancer it is and the treatment.
Signs & Symptoms
Basal cell skin cancer usually develops from sun-exposure and may occur on the scalp, ears or face. Its appearance may be that of a waxy bump or a scar-like lesion that is flat and brown or flesh-colored. Squamous cell skin cancer also usually occurs from sun-exposure although it is more likely to occur on the lips, face, hands or ears. This type of skin cancer appears either as a flat crusty and scaly lesion or as a red and hard nodule. Melanoma can affect the skin anywhere on the body as well as a mole. This form of skin cancer usually appears on the neck, truck or head of men and the lower legs of women. It may appear as a mole that changes in size, color or feel, a large brown spot that has speckled darker spots or a small sore that appears raggedy-edged with parts of it white, red, blue or bluish-black. It can also appear on the mucus membranes of the nose, mouth, anus and vagina as a dark lesion.
A physician usually diagnoses skin cancer by first doing a thorough examination of the skin and then performing a skin biopsy. This consists of the physician taking a sample of the affected skin and sending it to a lab for testing. This is usually sufficient for determining if it is cancerous and what type it is. There are two stages of skin cancer, local, where the cancer has not spread and is only affecting the skin and metastatic, where the cancer has spread to other parts of the body besides the skin. Depending on the type of cancer that is diagnosed will determine the treatment.
Skin cancer that remains localized is often treated by simply removing the area of growth. This can be accomplished by excisional surgery where the physician cuts away the cancerous skin and surrounding skin, laser treatment, which vaporizes the growth and curettage and electrodessication, which is done after the growth has been excised to destroy any remaining cancerous cells. More serious cases of skin cancer are often treated with chemotherapy, radiation, biological therapy or photodynamic therapy.
Individuals should wear sunscreen whenever outdoors, avoid extreme sunlight, especially during the middle hours of the day, wear clothing that protects the skin from the sun, examine the skin regularly for any changes, including the back and avoid the use of tanning devices such as beds and lamps. If moles are located where they are prone to continuous friction, they should be removed.
Top Products For Your Skin
The market today is flooded with all sorts of products to enhance the quality of people’s lives. This includes all types of health supplements and beauty products. Out of these, skin care products have the lions share. Keeping the skin young and healthy looking is top priority for many people. After all, nothing shows a person’s age and health in the way skin can. Therefore, manufacturers have responded to this demand by creating a whole host of products for skin care. The problem is that not all of these products are created the same.
Naturally, some will be superior to others. The trick is to find the one suitable for you.
Basically, skin care products can be divided into two main groups. One type will serve a medicinal purpose, to take care of blemishes such as acne and pimples. The second type is designed for the skin itself. The primary purpose of this type of product is to make the skin as young and healthy as possible. Unfortunately, not all of them are capable of accomplishing this. In this article we will be focusing on the second type of skin care products. The following are some helpful tips in finding the best skin care products.
The water factor
Many skin care products today use water as one of their main ingredients. The problem with this is that the presence of water can actually hinder the skin from getting the necessary nutrients. Therefore, make sure water is not high on the list of ingredients. If possible, choose one that does not use water at all.
Rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, is widely used in many skin care products today. This is especially true with skin care products designed to kill bacteria. It may be effective for this type of purpose, but on the other hand, it is highly irritating for human skin. It will also dry the skin to unacceptable levels. However, it may difficult to find alcohol in the list of products. A basic rule of thumb would be to look for any ingredient that ends with the letters “ol.” If it does, then it most likely will contain some form of alcohol.
Cleaning agents are also known as surfactants. There are many chemicals which come under the description of a surfactant. These chemicals can be found in many common household items such as dish washing soap etc. The purpose of any surfactant is to cleanse the surface and get rid of any oil and dirt. This is fine when used on pots and pans, but not for the skin. Many skin care products use these chemicals. The names of some of them would be potassium, Ammonium bromide, sodium lauryl sulfate etc.
The point of all this is that it is best to stay away from skin care products which are mostly, if not all, chemical based. Therefore, the best skin care products are the ones with natural ingredients. So what are the natural products to look for in skin related products?
To start with, there are the old favorites such as aloe vera and coconut oil. These two products have been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years in some cultures to protect and preserve the skin. They keep the skin young and healthy by providing it with nutrients and moisture. Aloe vera and coconut oil has also been known for their ability to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
As time went by, researchers discovered more and more natural products useful for skin protection. Some examples would be CoQ10, macadamia nuts, grape seed oil, tea tree oil, babassu, cocoa butter, manuka honey, avocado oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. Honey, the kind that is eaten, is also used in many skin care products due to its excellent anti-bacterial qualities. The bottom line is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have much control over the manufacture of skin care products. This means manufacturers can add just about anything they want in their product. This is all the more reason why it is better to go with natural ingredients for the best skin care product.