Tips On Beautiful Skin

TIPS for  BETTER, more BEAUTIFUL  SKIN

Afro-American woman with flawless skin
Afro-American woman with flawless skin

1- WATER, WATER, WATER! – So simple and inexpensive yet SO EFFECTIVE.  Ladies, water is what the bulk of our bodies is comprised of.  It allows so many important cellular functions to take place AND by drinking enough of it, it can offer relief from things like constipation, food cravings, fatigue, dry skin, headaches, excess body fat even water-retention problems.  Without enough water, your body is not flushing out toxins properly.  If toxins are not being eliminated properly, it affects your physiology.  Everyone should be drinking EIGHT to TEN 8oz. glasses of water (preferrably purified) per day.  Try to do this for 3 months and let me know if you have noticed positive changes and more beautiful skin.

2- SUN EXPOSURE– Our sun is a magnificient wonder of nature and indispensable to life.  Being out in the sun is healthy and unfortunately there is too much negative press lately about completely avoiding the sun.  The skin cancer scares have caused the entire population to regress and retract from any sun exposure at all, which is not good.

The truth is, a regular dose of it is necessary for maintaining adequate Vit D levels, which in turn is necessary for a myriad of reasons (but that topic is for another website…).  Anyhow, limit an overdose of sun exposure and when you are outdoors, protect your skin with a good quality sunscreen to block out harmful rays which will decrease your chances of a nasty sunburn.

Years of neglect will, over time, render obvious signs of aging such as sun spots, hyperpigmentation, premature wrinkles, spider veins, etc….

3- EXFOLIATION: Our bodies shed many many many dead skin cells every day.  Many of which are still laying on your body’s skin surface.  If not cleaned regularly, your skin, particularly your face can be greatly affected by these dead skin cells.  They can end up clogging your pores and creating the perfect harvesting medium for bacteria, thus, clogging your pores.  This results in blackheads, pimples and acne.  It is of great importance to exfoliate to rid your skin surface of dead skin cells.  A good cleanser will also allow a little deeper cleansing to ensure some of the stubborn cells still trying to cling on for dear life can be sloughed away as well.  A good exfoliator will get the job done without being too harsh on your beautiful skin.

4- OMEGA 3’s: Now here is one of the absolute best anti-aging and skincare tip around.  Unfortunately, little of us know about the effectiveness of OMEGA 3 fatty acids.

Did you know that upping your intake of omega 3 will help your skin look younger, decrease pimples/blemishes/acne, boost your brain power as you get older, help with inflammation in your body and keeps your heart health is check?  That’s right. Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid and fatty acids are vital for the proper functioning of every cell in your body and that includes your skin.

Omega 3 fatty acids maintain the structure and fluidity of the cell membrane making sure nutrients enter the cell and waste products are removed. They also have the ability to decrease inflammation (which is what acne is…inflammation/infection).  As your body can’t make these fatty acids – it has to constantly replenish them from food intake.

I had once recommended Omega 3 fish oils to our nanny who had serious acne.  I wish to this day I had taken before and after pictures to have been able to prove it to the world.  In just 5 days, the inflammation and redness had decreased so dramatically that my husband asked if I knew how she cleared up her complexion.  He was astounded.  If you have acne, you should seriously consider using the Omega 3’s I recommend below.  Why would you want to medicate yourself and burn your skin with prescription potions?  These can often had serious, permanent side effects. Try the OMEGA 3’s.  There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Omega 3 fatty acids are magic for achieving beautiful skin. It helps in  keeping skin cells moist and strong  which is an essential element of younger looking skin. Recent studies have shown that a diet low in essential fatty acids – and that’s around 99% of US citizens – can lead to dry skin and premature wrinkles.

So if you want younger, blemish-free looking skin, boosting your intake of fatty acids will do wonders for its smoothness and radiance of and help you stay wrinkle free for longer as well as keep pimples and acne to a minimum.  Give yourself 3 months for proven results.

Also, to maximize its effectiveness, be sure to use a fish oil made from small fish (sardines, anchovies, krill).  AND – be sure to look at mg’s of each EFA & DHA ratios.  The higher the better!  The one brand I have found most effective in terms of quality and high fatty acid content is here. I have not yet found a more superior and effective product.  Personally, Omega 3 fish oils are part of my daily supplement intake. This product contains a very high content of DHA and EPA, contains VIT E to prevent oxidation of the oils once ingested.  This means you make use of WAY more fatty acids once you swallow it.  If you choose a less superior product, you will need to take 8+ capsules a day to get the daily requirements of your omega 3 fatty acids AND you will get through the bottle much quicker.  You get what you pay for indeed.

5-ANTI-AGING TREATMENT CREME,: This product is one I CANNOT live without.  I swear by it and so does everyone else who uses this.

Now, if you’re like me and get overwhelmed and skeptical of products people swear by and promote, you are thinking – “whatever, another gimmick and an empty promise in getting results from yet another skincare anti-aging product…”

I am not going to try and promote it first of all because it is what it is. It speaks for itself and all I can do is speak of my experience with it.  One of my very particular clients emailed me one day and I quote:

“My mom went into the Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada’s leading retailer of beauty, health and pharmacy products and services)close to their house the other weekend and the lady at the cosmetics counter measured the moisture in her skin on her face.  I guess highest is 40% and she measured 34% and the woman was shocked!!  Wanted to know what cream she was using (was selling neutrogena).  IT WAS THE PENTAXYL!!  Can we order 2 more tubes… 1 for her and 1 for me when you get a minute?”

As you can see, PENTAXYL, a powerful new cosmeceutical that helps reduce the signs of aging, features an advanced formula that penetrates into the fine layers of skin for maximum results. The ingredients have been shown in clinical studies to significantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase skin firmness and thickness, improve skin discoloration and hydration and even improve skin texture and color. Regular use of Pentaxyl will leave you with a clean, vibrant and more youthful look without injections or surgery. Visible results can be seen within a few weeks.

My skin texture and suppleness has changed so much. That’s how I would describe the change.  I feel as though I have had my skin buffed over and over again.  It’s like it’s been polished and plumped.  It is simply amazing.

Primary Benefits:

-Works on both the epidermis and the dermis

-Contains Three Peptide formulas

-Matrixyl® is based on wound healing and tricks the skin to produce its own collagen

-Reduces the severity of wrinkles and furrows (especially in the brow, forehead and eye areas)

-Increases skin firmness and thickness

-Reduces skin discolorations and increases hydration

-Improves skin texture and color

-Reduces the appearance of stretch marks

***For optimal results apply day and night.  Must warm up cream between your fingers and massage lightly to create a little friction and heat.  It works.***

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Flawless Skin Tips …

Secret to a natural, flawless look

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1. Apply foundation to your cheeks, forehead, and chin using a foundation brush, sponge, or clean fingertips. Blend the foundation all the way to your natural hairline with long, light strokes.

2. Continue blending over the jawline and onto your neck to achieve a natural, seamless look. Check your face and neck in natural light to make sure the foundation is completely blended in all areas.

3. If under-eye circles or red spots remain, do not add more foundation; it can look heavy and cakey. Instead, try a concealer.

Tip: Choose the shade of your foundation carefully. When testing out shades, pick one that matches the tone of your jawline exactly. It helps to use a mirror outdoors to see how shades look in natural light.

Tip: Begin by applying a small amount of foundation then increase amount to achieve the degree of coverage that suits your skin.

Tip: For daytime, mix your foundation with a light SPF moisturizer before applying for a smoother, more sheer application.

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To prepare a smooth canvas for your makeup, always start off with clean, moisturized skin. You’ll find that your makeup glides on and blends more easily.

1. Keep your skin free of buildup by using a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night. When cleansing your face, do so gently in upward motion stokes – do not tug, pull or scrub too hard to prevent irritation.

2. Freshen up your skin with a toner containing ingredients that suit your skin type.

3. Indulge your skin and keep it hydrated with a moisturizer that is compatible with your skin type. Make sure your daytime moisturizer contains SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

4. Treat yourself to an at-home-facial 2 to 3 times a week. Use a mild cleanser, then exfoliate with a gentle scrub that contains exfoliate that are round and non-abrasive.

5. Apply a facial mask after exfoliating. Rinse off thoroughly and get a good night’s sleep!

Tip: Even when you’re steering clear of the sun, or it appears to be a cloudy day, always be sure your makeup foundation or moisturizer contains SPF 15 or higher.

4 Best Ways to Exfoliate Your Face

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Having clear, hydrated, glowing skin is a common goal among many women. However, skin can be quite delicate and suffer from many problems like dry or oily textures, skin conditions or acne breakouts. We have added several beauty tip articles on proper skin care and ways to improve the overall appearance of your skin. We have touched on many skin care products, care routines and procedures that we hope will help.

If  you want your skin to look brighter and better, exfoliation can certainly help!  While most people understand exfoliating treatment processes and a routine skin  care regimen including exfoliation can buff your dead skin cells off and give  you silky results, very few people know how to properly do it. Exfoliation is  often something people think they can only get at a dermatologist’s office or  in a spa. However, you can get similar results right in your own home, every  week. All you need to do is know which products to use and what techniques work  best. Use these helpful tips to help you learn how to use the best technique,  reduce irritation and get smooth results.

Try  Exfoliating Gloves:    The first step to getting great exfoliation results is to learn how to do it. To get the best results and to softly remove dead skin cells, don’t use a hard sponge to exfoliate. A sponge can create breeding ground for bacteria, because they tend to stay damp. You can get great results for       dead skin removal by using exfoliating gloves. Simply lather a cleanser on       them and lightly scrub your skin. Just be sure to rinse the gloves well after each use and let them air dry. Some people prefer to use the most costly methods, like microdermabrasion, but you can get great results using these techniques and a good cleansing product.

  • Don’t’  Scrub Everyday if Skin is Irritated:Remember, you should only be exfoliating two to three times a week. When you exfoliate more than this, you can end up with irritated skin. Most  people are terrified of exfoliating because they do it too often, use harsh products during the process or just don’t know what technique to use. To avoid getting bad results, you can also choose to use a soft rag when exfoliating as well, instead of a hard sponge. Of course, if your climate is warmer and you frequently experience more oily skin issues and oil production or perspiration, you’ll have more dead skin cells and may need to exfoliate more often.
  • Use Specialize Facial Scrubs Only:Be sure to use exfoliate skin products that are specifically designed to be used on the facial areas. If you’ve struggled with irritation after using an exfoliating product on your face, it may be because you’re using a body exfoliant cream instead of a cream designed specifically for the sensitive areas of the face. If you’re confused about which products will work best for you, simply visit your nearest Clinique or Sephora counter for assistance.
  •  Don’t forget to moisturize!Exfoliation can leave your skin extremely smooth and can even give you a  healthy glow. To ensure you get the silky results you desire, always use  moisturizer several times a day if you exfoliate regularly. When you exfoliate,  the dead skin cells are indeed removed. However, your skin can begin to dry out  and get flaky if you don’t keep moisturizer on it at all times and can even  bring on more wrinkles. When you do so, exfoliating can make your skin brighter  and your skin tone will be more even. It can also lead to smaller pores and  reduce the occurrence of pimples.