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Your skin is the first line of defense against disease and infection as it helps to protect your body from all the contaminants we come across each day, and gives protection against the ultraviolet rays. As useful as the skin is to us, it is also the first organ that shows signs of aging. While we might have lived without things like wrinkle creams or moisturizers when we were younger and more resilient, as we age some degree of skin care is inevitable. Keeping your skin healthy should be the most important part of your beauty routine.

Skincare Dos

Wear sunscreen

As much as everyone loves to feel the sun on their skin, it’s good to protect yourself from the direct rays of the sun. UV rays can cause wrinkles and skin cancer, so apply sunscreen whenever you are going to be in the sun, even if only for a little while. Skin around the face, chest, neck and hands, are the most sensitive to UV rays and yet these are always exposed, so make sure to always apply sunscreen to these areas.

Eat healthy foods

Vegetables and fruits are packed full of antioxidants which are chemical compounds that cam help in breaking down cancer-causing free radicals in the body. Free radicals also cause cell damage to the skin. Include colourful vegetables and fruits in every meal for healthy and glowing skin. Also take a lot of vitamins C, E, A and beta carotene.

Treat your skin gently

Contrary to some recent news, scrubbing the skin or exfoliating too often is not good for your skin. Be very gentle when massaging cleanser into your face. Do not rub but go in upward circular motions until whatever you are using is properly absorbed. The skin loses its elasticity as you grow older, so avoid rubbing or pulling it to prevent sagging.

Exfoliate only to remove dead skin cells

The skin renews itself by generating new cells and shedding the old one at the surface so exfoliation helps to remove the dead skin cells. But if you have dry skin, ensure that you do not over-exfoliate because it may become flaky and unattractive. Exfoliating once or twice a week is okay for people with dry skin. People with oily and normal skin however, can exfoliate more frequently; up to 3 or 4 times per week. Make sure to use a gentle exfoliator that is appropriate for your skin type and again, don’t over do it.

Drink plenty of water

Water flushes out toxins and improves circulation. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water to keep your skin looking soft and supple.

Get enough sleep

Apart from the fact that lack of sleep tells on your skin, it also affects your overall health. If you are always tired you are not at your most productive anyway, so why not call it a night and get the rest you need? Sleeping well will not only help to reduce your stress levels but it will also give your skin time to regenerate itself.

Apply eye cream

The skin around your eyes is some of the most sensitive, delicate skin on the entire body. Take care of it by applying a nightly eye cream.

Always moisturize

Moisturized skin is happy skin! Your skin will naturally plump up after applying moisturizer which helps to straighten out the wrinkles. Apply moisturizer when your skin is still damp from your shower or bath – this will lock in moisture and keep your skin looking plump and healthy all day long.

Skincare Don’ts

Don’t smoke

If you need motivation to quit, just take some time to examine the skin of long-term smokers. No offense to them, but even a smoker will admit that it will make your skin yellowish and unattractive with lots of wrinkles around the lips. So quit. Today. Your skin will thank you for years to come.

Never use body soap on the face

These types of soaps are meant for use below the neck. Only use cleansers that are made for the face because they are much gentler on delicate skin.

Don’t be sporadic about your skincare

Cleanse and moisturize every day to offset the pollution and other toxins your skin is exposed to on a daily basis. When you apply skincare products, use them properly. Five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the evening can make a huge difference for your skin over a lifetime.

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8 Easy Beauty Hacks From The Kitchen

You don’t need a cabinet full of pricey beauty products to achieve glowing skin and shiny hair. Instead, head to the kitchen for some clever beauty hacks. Here are 10 fabulous foods and beverages that can pull double-duty both in the kitchen and as part of your beauty routine:

Try Cucumber to Send Undereye Bags Packing

Cucumbers are more than simply a delicious addition to salad. Cucumbers are packed with ascorbic acid which helps reduce puffiness and undereye bags. In addition, cucumbers contain approximately 90 percent water which gives the delicate eye area a moisture boost.

Moisturize Hair and Skin with Honey

Honey, especially the raw variety, is chock full of nutrients that nourish hair and skin. Honey has antibacterial properties and imparts lasting moisture when used as part of your hair and skincare routines. Try a simple honey mask for both hair and skin — simply slather raw honey onto clean skin and damp hair and rinse after 20 minutes. This is a fabulous beauty treatment to do when soaking in the tub, which brings us to our next kitchen beauty hack.

Get Smoother Skin with Milk

Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in milk, honey and rose petals for soft skin. The Queen of the Nile was on to something — milk baths are fantastic for softening dry skin. Add two cups of whole milk to warm bathwater and soak for at least 20 minutes. Milk contains lactic acid, which works to exfoliate and soothe the skin. For a quick moisturizing toner, apply cold milk to face and rinse off after 10 minutes. Skin will feel tighter, softer and more refreshed.

Try Lemon for Clearer Skin

Lemon juice is a natural astringent and is ideal for acne-prone skin. For a refreshing natural toner, dampen a cotton ball or pad with one part lemon juice mixed with one part water. If you find this ratio too harsh, reduce the amount of lemon juice. Applied regularly, a lemon juice toner may also work to gradually lighten skin discoloration.

Fight Excess Oil with Tomato

One of the most surprising ingredients in some natural acne washes and soaps is tomato. The acidic nature of tomato cuts through oil while the vitamins and antioxidants nourish skin. Try using the juice of a tomato as a toner applied to skin with a cotton ball. For even more oil-fighting power, spike your tomato toner with a few drops of lemon juice.

Soothe Sunburned Skin with Black Tea

Spent too much time in the sun? Try a black tea compress! While it’s best to avoid the burn altogether by practicing safe sun habits, the tannins in black tea may help soothe a sunburn and facilitate the tanning process. Soak black tea bags in warm (not hot) water for a few minutes, wring the bags out to get rid of excess water and gently rub on burned skin, no need for rinsing. Another way to reap the rewards of black tea is by simply tossing a few tea bags under running water and having a soak.

Scrub Away Dry, Flaky Skin with Sugar

A sugar scrub is a quick, easy remedy for dry, flaky skin. There’s no need to spend money on pricey exfoliating products when you’ve got sugar in the kitchen! When making your own sugar scrub, all you need is a carrier oil. For dry skin, opt for olive oil. Lighter oils like jojoba and grapeseed are ideal for all skin types. There are no hard and fast measurements when making a scrub – simply add sugar gradually to two tablespoons of oil until you achieve a thick, gritty consistency that isn’t too dry. To use, apply to damp skin when in the shower and scrub using a circular motion, then rinse.

Whiten Your Smile with Strawberries

For a whiter, brighter smile, snack on strawberries. Strawberries are naturally acidic and help whisk away deposits on teeth that can make your smile look less than dazzling. For a natural teeth whitening treatment, make a paste of mashed strawberries and baking soda. Apply the mixture to teeth and wait five minutes, then rinse and brush with your regular toothpaste.


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