Eat healthy! Antioxidants (vitamins A, C, and E)
help reduce sun damage and fight certain cancers, including skin
cancer. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a
Don't wear your makeup to bed! You can clog
pores and lead to acne. Take it all off before bed with a mild
Don't get intimate with the phone!.
Constant rubbing on the mouthpiece may lead to rashes around the
chin and mouth.
Don't pop the pimples! It will just prolong a pimple's
life and spread infection. To speed up healing,
cleanse your face, then apply a warm compress, such as a clean,
damp washcloth. Then, use a cream or lotion containing a drying
agent. I swear by witch hazel.
Sleep! Most of us don't
get the eight to nine hours we need to avoid sleep deprivation.
Drink water! It will keep you
hydrated, which helps skin look and feel better. Get in 6 to 8
eight-ounce glasses throughout the day -- more if you're a heavy
exerciser. Sugar substitutes are dehydrating, so drink more water if
you're into low-cal liquids.
Exercise! Twenty to 30 minutes of any aerobic exercise
will give you a glow. Exercise increases blood flow, which brings
more nutrients to the skin.
Don't mix cosmeceuticals! When it comes to alpha-hydroxy
acids (AHAs), salicylic acids, antioxidants, and retinoids; mixing a
cleanser from one line with a scrub from another, then a night cream
from yet another, can lead to over-exfoliation and irritation. Stick
with one line of products which are formulated to work together
Check for spots! Any sudden or
suspicious-looking bump, mole, or other growth is reason to see a
dermatologist. A full body check by a professional is crucial.
The American Cancer Society recommends that between the ages of 20
and 40, people have a skin cancer checkup, every three to four
years. Once you hit your 40s, begin having a skin exam, every year.
You should also be doing monthly self-exams to keep an eye out for
changes and growths. (Visit www.cancer.org.)
Use an astringent daily to remove excess oils. Don't use an
alcohol-based products -- if you strip too much oil from your
face, the skin will overcompensate and produce even more oil.
Cleanse at least twice a day with a mild cleanser to help
prevent clogged pores . But don't scrub hard or over wash your
If your face feels tight after washing, then apply a light,
oil-free moisturizer . Avoid mineral oils and cocoa butter.
When choosing makeup, buy oil-free products. Makeup that is
water based and non-comedogenic won't clog pores.
Use a sunscreen that is not oil based, preferably a gel, as
it's less greasy. Be sure to use a minimum SPF of 15.
Apply moisturizer while skin is damp.
Take warm not hot showers. Hot water depletes the skin's
natural moisture, causing dryness.
Skip harsh body washes. Those labeled "antibacterial"
are too drying.
Drink water. Keeping your body well hydrated allows it
to function at its peak.
Open the windows. Let the artificial heat out and the
moist natural air in.
Shave! It gets rid of hair, but also removes dead, scaly
Exfoliate to slough off dead, dry skin cells.
Moisturize to prevent moisture loss.
Try a mask made to soothe dry skin, with softening
ingredients like glycerin.
For a fast, at-home body exfoliation, mix olive oil with sea
salt or sugar. Smooth over skin in circular motions all over the
body, avoiding the breast area. Rinse off in the shower and
apply your favorite moisturizer
Dry brushing your skin before a shower is a great way to
stimulate the natural oil glands in your body. Using a natural
bristle body brush, start at your feet and lightly “brush” your
skin in a circular motion. Follow by a warm shower and slather
your body with your favorite moisturizer
Use a loofah or scrub mitt in the shower, but make sure it
is wet before using it or it will scratch tender skin.
Natural Remedies for Warts
Put a piece of BANANA PEEL, white side toward the wart and
tape it on overnight. Each day repeat until it shrinks.
Strange, yea, but it works
Putting duct tape on a wart for a while will suffocate it
and it will eventually die.
Vinegar. Soak a bit of cotton in vinegar, place it over the
wart, hold it in place with a band aid. The wart should
turn black and tender before it goes away.
Something else that gets rid of warts is non-coated aspirin.
Wet the aspirin, put it on the wart & cover with a band-aid. The
acid in the aspirin will burn off the wart. There is a
slight discomfort, but it works. I got this idea from one of the
assistants in my doctor's office.
Slice an onion and put it on the wart. Wrap it up, and leave
it on for the night. Do this until the warts are gone
Cover the wart with lard! Then cover with a NON
breathable band aid and it will smother the wart.
Just pluck a leaf from an Aloe Vera plant and open it up so
that the gel is exposed. Rub this over the wart and let it dry.
Shaving & Hair Removal
Make shaving easier
An easy way to avoid razor burn after shaving is to moisturize
beforehand. While shaving cream is the most popular method, try
prepping your leg with hair conditioner for a few minutes before
shaving. It will hold moisture on the leg longer and provide a
very smooth shave.
Researchers have found an ingredient in soy milk that can slow
down hair growth. If you're thinking about trying a hair retardant
cream, you might want to give this a try:
Saturate a washcloth in soy-milk. Wipe the areas you want to
control the hair growth on. You can use it anywhere, including the
bikini area and underarms along with the legs and face......
Hand moisturizer For regular,
well-moisturized hands, keep hand cream on your desk at work or
in the car. Apply the cream throughout the day to rejuvenate
your cuticles and keep skin saturated.
Instead of using a cream moisturizer after you bath or shower,
rub almond oil (available at your local health food store) into
your skin for a treat. Combined with a few drops of your
favorite essential oil (peppermint, lavender) it will leave your
skin smooth and supple.
1. CLEANSING ROUTINE
Remove mascara with a cotton swab dipped in cleansing
lotion. To make the job easier keep your hair off your face.
Remove the eye shadow by gently wiping it off with a cotton
ball moistened with cleansing lotion.
Pour a little face cleansing cream into the palm of one hand
and dab it generously over your nose, chin, forehead and
cheeks---using two fingers of the other hand.
Massage the cream into your skin, starting under the throat,
using a gentle upward motion.
Continue massaging the cream up to your forehead, using your
Gently massage the cream from your eyes to your nose.
Massage cream back over the chin, which is particularly
prone to blackheads. Use your index finger.
Remove the cream from the face with tissue pads in each
hand. Start under the chin and work over the cheeks and on to
Toners remove all traces of dirt, make-up or cleanser that
remain after cleansing.
Immediately after cleansing apply toner to the forehead and
cheeks on a pad of cotton
Apply the toner to the crevices around the nose and chin.
Without moisture, the skin will not remain smooth and supple.
The face is exposed to the drying effect of the weather, so
moisturizers -- which form a film over the skin -- contain and
augment the natural moisture.
Using the tips of your fingers, dot moisturizing cream
lightly all over your face.
Press the fingers of both hands into the center of the
forehead and work the cream slowly outwards. Pat the cream
gently around your eyes.
Work the cream around the jaw line, chin and mouth with the
middle fingers of both hands.
Massage the cream over your throat with alternating hands,
using upward strokes from collar-bone to chin