Stay healthy and good looking!

Oily Skin Care Tips

Oily skin can cause several skin problems, including blackheads, shiny skin, makeup that won’t stay on the face, and of course, acne. While there are other causes, oily skin is the most likely.

Many over-the-counter products are made to treat oily skin, but these contain harsh chemicals. Sometimes oily skin care products end up leaving the face dry and rough, which really only causes another set of skin care problems. Some products upset the delicate Ph balance of the skin or skin tone, not to mention that the chemicals in these products are harsh and just flat out may not be safe to use regularly.

Essential Oils for Oily Skin

Citrus essential oils, such as lemon, grapefruit, tangerine and orange, can help with oily skin problems without the harsh effects of using the actual juice from the fruits themselves. Find an all-natural herbal lotion base and add 3 to 4 drops per ounce of the citrus essential oil of choice to the base. Use it on the face in the evening to help prevent oily skin.

Blackheads

Mix an oatmeal paste with unflavored oatmeal, lemon juice and olive oil, using just enough olive oil to wet the mixture. Scrub it onto the face to pull oil from pores and help reduce blackheads. Be sure to wash the face thoroughly with warm water afterward.

Shiny Skin

Mix some lemon juice with warm water and a dash of vinegar and then soak a cotton ball in the mixture and rub it on the face. Allow the skin to dry thoroughly without rinsing before applying makeup or other facial products. This will help reduce shine and may also help with excess sweating on the face that can cause makeup to slide off.

Excessive Sweating

Prior to applying makeup to the face, using a natural and non-scented delicate antiperspirant, such as Dove’s natural products, in the solid form can help with excessive sweating, help reduce shine and actually allow makeup to be applied more smoothly on the face.

Wash Face Gently

Do not overwash the face. Washing the face too frequently can actually cause the body to make more oil because it tricks the body into thinking the face and oil ducts are dry. When washing the face, avoid harsh soaps or chemicals, and settle for more natural alternatives or simply use warm water and a soft washcloth. Do not over scrub, but lightly and gently rub the face with the cloth.

Wear Oil Free Makeup or No Makeup

Wearing oil based makeup when oily skin is a problem only adds to the problem. Wear as little makeup as necessary to achieve the desired look. When wearing a liquid or cream foundation is desired, choose an oil-free foundation and finish with a powder to seal the foundation.

Following these simple, natural tips can help reduce the effects of oily skin and improve skin appearance.

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If your feet have been ignored for a long time and are now sandpaper-dry, callused and unattractive, it may take some effort to restore your feet to a soft, rosy appearance. Treat your feet to extra tender loving care once or twice a week and you’ll soon have feet that can show off your favorite open-toed sandals. If your feet are cracked and painful, see your physician or dermatologist, as he may be able to prescribe topical creams or lotions.

Instructions

    • 1

      Fill a plastic basin with comfortably hot water and stir in a small handful of Epsom salts. Soak your feet for about five minutes.

    • 2

      Rest your feet on the edge of the plastic basin and soften your dry, peeling skin by using a foot scrub. Use a homemade scrub made of 2 tbsp. olive oil and 2 tbsp. white sugar. Massage the scrub into your feet, paying extra attention to calloused, hardened skin.

    • 3

      Loosen any remaining dry skin from your soaked and scrubbed feet with a pumice stone. Rub the stone gently back and forth on problem areas. Don’t scrub excessively, as doing so can cause cuts and scratches. Avoid using pumice if you have blisters or open cracks.

    • 4

      Reapply a foot scrub again to remove skin loosened by the pumice stone. Rinse your feet with warm water and dry them thoroughly with a soft towel.

    • 5

      Massage a generous amount of moisturizing lotion or olive oil into your feet. Rub olive oil or a commercial cuticle oil into your cuticles. Cover your feet with cotton socks and wear the socks to bed for an extra treatment for rough, dry feet.

    • 6

      Buff your toenails with a nail buffer to leave them shiny and smooth. Apply polish to the buffed nails, if desired.

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#1 – Feed Your Skin

They say beauty comes from within, right? Well it’s true, if you eat a healthy, nutrient rich diet, you’re going to have radiant, and beautiful skin.

The antioxidants in healthy foods will help protect your skin from sun damage, keep it tight, and wrinkle free.

Eat These!

  • Berries
  • Fruits
  • Greens
  • Nuts
  • Raw fats

Avoiding foods that make your skin break out helps a lot, this means avoiding sugar, and processed junk foods.

Throw these away!

  • Alcohol
  • Anything containing sugar
  • Deep fried food
  • Processed foods
  • Smoking
  • Wheat

#2 – Water

You probably hear this everywhere, and it’s true. Staying hydrated is important for your skin. This is easy if you eat a lot of nutritious foods, like raw fruits and vegetables, which are high in water. Otherwise, just keep drinking pure, filtered water. I drink 8-12 glasses a day and that feels like enough.

#3 – Relaxation

Stress is one of the worst things for your skin and face. Stressing and worrying makes you look older than you are. So take a few deep breaths whenever you start feeling stressed. You could even take up meditation or yoga, they help, trust me! Take some time to relax, it is as easy as lighting some candles and putting on a face mask!

#4 – Physical Exercise

Exercise keeps the blood flowing, it gives your face a vibrant color and keeps you young. Any exercise will do, as long as you get your heart pumping and your juices flowing. Daily walks are easy to implement and cost nothing!

#5 – Beauty Sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial! During the night, your body regenerates. So if you want to keep looking good, get your eight hours of beauty sleep.

#6 – Natural Care

The chemicals in regular beauty and facial care products can irritate your skin, or make it more sensitive. You can avoid this by using natural products that do not contain harmful substances. There’s a great variety of natural organic face care products nowadays. You could even do as I and make your own products!

#7 – Facial Siesta

Let your face relax from time to time. That means no creams, no make up, no face mask, no soap, no face toner, no nothing! Just your skin and some fresh air, recovering and taking a break from everything.

If you cover these things, especially #1, you will be on your way to a more beautiful face, and who doesn’t want that? Easier said than done, I know. But we can always aim to do our best and remember these important basic face care tips.

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Beauty Tips!

Natural Way To Exfoliate

Sea salt removes dry, flaky, dead skin.

Wet face (or anywhere on the body), apply a couple of tablespoons of sea salt, then GENTLY massagewith a wet washcloth or fingers. Focus on the T-zone and cheeks, but avoid the eye area.

After one or two minutes, rinse with cold water to tighten the pores. It is important to do this regularly, or face-creams will not penetrate.

You can do this maximum once per week.

Fruity Lip Gloss 

2 Tbls solid shortening
1 Tbls fruit-flavored powdered drink mix
35 mm film container

Mix shortening & drink mix together in a microwave safe bowl till smooth!
Place in microwave on high for 30 seconds until mix becomes a liquid!
Pour into clean film container, or any other small airtight container!

Place mix into fridge for 20-30 minutes or till firm!

Dark Circles Under Eyes…

To lighten dark circles under your eyes, wrap a grated raw potato in cheesecloth and apply to eyelids for 15-20 minutes.

Wipe off the residue and apply an eye cream.

Home made Facial Mask

Face mask for dry skin

1. Take 1 tbsp olive oil and mix with 2 tbsp of fresh cream, leave it on the face for 10 minutes and then wash your face with warm water.

2. Mix 1 tbsp of honey with 15 drops of orange juice and 1 tbsp of fuller’s earth and add 1 tbsp of rose water. Mix well and apply on the face, wash off after 10 miuntes.

Face mask for oily skin

1. Mix a tbsp of honey with 1 egg white and apply thickly on the face and neck. Leave for 10 minutes and wash off.

2. Mix 2 tbsp of papaya pulp with 10 drops of lemon juice and leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse well.

3. Take fresh juice of any of the fruits (orange, sweet lime, watermelon or papaya) and apply on the face as a mask. This is very relaxing, it cleanses the skin, closes pores and stimulates blood circulation.

Carrot Facial Mask

Ingredients Needed:
2-3 large carrots
4 1/2 tablespoons honey

Directions:
Cook carrots, then mash. Mix with honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Glowing Facial Mask

You will love your radiant skin after using this recipe…

All you need is:
1 tbsp fuller’s earth
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp mashed papaya

Mix and put on face for 20 minutes then rinse off.

Honey Facial Mask

Perhaps the best facial mask is honey.

Place a cloth in warm water and apply to your face to open the pores. Smear on honey, and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water, then use cold water to close the pores.
Use once a week.

Orange Yogurt Mask

Ingredients Needed:
* 1 tsp plain yogurt (I chose Balkan Style)
* the juice of 1/4 of an orangeStir to mix and then dip fingers into mixture and smooth onto face. The sensation is both cool and relaxing. Leave on for a five minutes and then rinse. If you are feeling sluggish, this is the perfect mask for you.

* Yogurt will cleanse and nourish your skin
* The orange is full of Vitamin C and AHA’s

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The following home remedies for skin whitening, not only lighten the skin tone but promise a lighter complexion. However, best results are only achieved if they are inculcated as a part of daily routine.

1. Bring a shine to your face and remove your tan with a mix of one teaspoon each of milk powder, honey, lemon juice, and half a teaspoon of almond oil. Apply on face and wash off after 10-15 minutes.

2. Oatmeal mixed with yoghurt, tomato juice and applied to the face and kept on for 20 minutes, then rinsed off with cold water, helps to lighten the skin by getting rid of the tan.

3. Slices of raw potato placed on the face helps reduce blemishes and other marks.

4. Lime juice being a natural bleach when mixed with turmeric powder and applied to the face is helpful in lightening your skin tone.

 

 

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How To Get Shiny hair

Your hair is an important part of your appearance. If your hair does not look good, your entire appearance can be ruined. All of us would like to have beautiful, silky, shiny hair. But like a number of other beauty secrets many of us do not know how to make our hair shiny. Different hair textures need different ingredients to make it shiny. Healthy, shiny hair enhances the beauty of a person.
  • Fine Hair : for fine hair look for a shampoo with wheat proteins and polymers. These ingredients coat the hair shaft making it look thicker. Use spray volumizers. These are light enough and will deposit a light mist of shine in the form of droplets without wilting your hair.
  • Normal Hair : for normal hair use a shampoo that has silk amino acids, this softens and repairs hair structure. Lecithin restores hair texture. To add shine you can use gels and creams. First apply the product on your palm, rub your hands together and pat gently on to your hair.
  • Thick and Coarse Hair: Use pomades they will not only make your hair shiny but will moisturize your hair as well.
Tips For Shiny Hair
  • Use heat-activated shampoo
  • Deep condition at least weekly
  • Don’t use a lot of styling products as they can dull the hair by coating it.
  • Use Strawberry hair mask: mash eight strawberries with one-tablespoon mayonnaise. Massage this into washed but damp hair. Cover it with a shower cap and then a warm towel. Wash out with a shampoo and then condition. This mask will give your hair a rich gloss.
  • Increase the shine in your hair by giving your hair a cool blast of air to seal the cuticle after it is completely dry. If the cuticles are ragged then your hair will not shine.
  • For blonde hair use a few tablespoons of lemon juice to your rinse water. This will make your hair shiny.
  • For brown and red hair add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your rinse water.
  • For shiny hair you can also mix one teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. After shampooing, pour the mixture through your hair, but do not rinse. Dry as normal.

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Cleansing is arguably the most important part of your basic skincare routine. Proper cleansing gets rid of old surface skin cells, dirt and dust, grime, make-up and bacteria, and keeps skin pores free of clogs and able to breathe freely.

Cleansing also aids circulation and prepares the skin to receive topically applied nutrients and lipids.

1. Cleanse twice a day, no more. Unless you have exposed your skin to excessive dust, grime or pollution, twice-a-day cleansing is more than adequate for any skin type. Cleansing too often strips your skin of precious natural oils. Not cleansing regularly, particularly before you retire for the night, may lead to build-up and eruptions.

2. Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Do not use soap on facial skin: it can be too harsh and drying and damage skin over time. A too-rich cleanser can clog pores, while a too-dry cleanser can irritate the skin. A cleanser for dry skin should contain nourishing herbs and oils. One for oily skin should include herbs that balance oil production and support clarity. Sensitive skin benefits from an ultra-gentle, fragrance-free, non-irritating cleanser.

3. Always cleanse with tepid water. Hot water dries and damages skin over time, and cold water won’t dissolve and take away embedded dirt and grime as well as lukewarm water.

4. If you use sponges or washcloths, make sure they are clean and soft. They are not necessary for effective cleansing: your fingertips can do just as good a job.

5. Wash your hands thoroughly before you cleanse your face, or you will be working dirt into facial skin. Use a headband to secure hair away from the face.

6. Start by splashing tepid water on your face and neck.

7. Apply the cleanser with your fingertips or a soft sponge, using gentle circular massaging strokes and moving upward on the face and neck. Do not scrub too much…gentle massaging strokes are enough to help improve circulation as well as loosen grime and old surface skin cells. Too much scrubbing will stretch skin and irritate it, especially the delicate skin around the eyes.

8. Rinse with lots of tepid water. Don’t forget to rinse off cleanser from the neck and hairline. Cleanser residue can clog pores and attract dirt.

9. Gently blot off excess water with a soft towel. Do not scrub dry or drag towel along skin.

10. Follow immediately with a water-based toner and a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type to seal in surface moisture and offer nourishment when skin is receptive.

 

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