Beauty is a quality that portrays good-looking skin, it gives great pleasure & satisfaction to see.
It makes you attractive & boosts your confidence.
This is no wonder extreme care is taken by women to ensure it is obtained and maintained at all costs.
For most women, part of their morning and evening skincare routine involves applying creams, moisturizers, tonics, lotions, and serums.
All these are done to combat the signs of aging, and to maintain youthful looks and beautiful skin!
People are so engrossed with their beauty that it has taken an awesome shape in the world economy in form of the beauty industry.
There are many enterprises and organizations taking part in selling beauty products.
These range from your next-door beauty salon to multi-billion premium branded marketing organizations spread across 150 countries around the globe.
Your skin is the first thing that people notice about you and that is why a proper skin care routine is so important.
There are many products that claim to help improve skin tone and promote a flawless complexion.
The truth is that, there’s no such thing as instant results.
An effective skin care routine is one that is done consistently over a period of time before results will begin to develop.
So, what can a woman do?
How can you combat environmental pollutants, the effects of solar radiation, and the drying effects of air?
How can you be sure that you are doing the right thing for your skin to be healthy inside and out?
Well, keep reading to find out how…
Some women probably do not realize what they are putting on their skin.
In fact the average woman applies about twelve cosmetic products on her skin daily.
Most of which contain harmful chemicals & may actually be encouraging what they are trying to prevent.
If possible, use products that are natural or close to natural, especially sulphate and paraben free cosmetics.
Parabens are synthetic chemical preservatives that are widely used in personal care products.
These are shampoos, conditioners, hair styling products, make-up, facial masks, skin lotions and creams, and deodorants.
You also see them in baby lotions, shampoos, and other personal care products for infants and children.
These harmful substances are in many food and pharmaceutical products and researchers are beginning to find them in human breast tumours.
Several studies have challenged their toxicity & questioned their long-term effects on humans.
Using products that are natural, can eliminate your risk of exposure to this harmful chemical.
Do you have sensitive skin?
Then it would be best to try a little sample of cosmetic products to ensure their safety.
This is because products including soaps that have harsh ingredients may irritate and dry up your skin.
Dry or cracked skin can be very unbearable as well as the discomfort of tight red skin.
Rich, moisturizing body creams eliminate soreness and redness and help to add moisture back to dry skin.
If your lips tend to become chapped in the winter months or wind burnt at other times, using lip balm or lipstick will help to protect them.
The harsh chemicals in your foundation make up & bacteria that come with the sponge (if the foundation you are using is not newly opened) sometimes lead to skin irritation.
Since some brands of make up do not mention the harsh chemicals that are present in their products.
For some people, using alcohol-based and oil-based facial wash or toner, cause inflammation of their skin, so, test all these products.
A dermatologist is often consulted for matters relating to acne or other skin disorders, especially when they are severe.
Preventing acne breakout is not easy.
That is why even when you think everything is under control, the acne still shows up every now and then.
Also, the lack of time to maintain an acne-free routine daily may contribute to more breakouts.
Use moisturizing body lotion in order to replenish your skin’s natural moisture, which is often stripped in today’s harsh environment.
Unclean hands carry undesirable microorganisms that can cause more harm to your skin.
It is rather safe to keep your hands or any other object from your face to avoid the inflammation of the acne & scarring of the skin.
Minimize the use of cosmetics over pimples as beauty products can conceal your pimple break out which increases the risk of infection.
Some hair products slide down to your face when you sweat and the chemical-laden fluids irritate the already affected area of the skin.
Use some type of exfoliation product, which will help remove old skin cells and particles from your skin once in a week.
This will expose the healthy cells and rid your body from the old ones.
We all love the sun. Some people love being in it and getting a beautiful tan.
The truth is you can harm yourself with too much sunshine.
UV rays cause skin cancer and makes your skin age faster than it should, contributing to unsightly wrinkles.
If possible, avoid constant sun exposure and tanning beds.
In addition to being dangerous where health is concerned, these may also lead to early signs of aging.
Everyone loves a suntan, but there is no reason to sacrifice your skin or your health in order to achieve it since self-tanning lotions are available.
These products had a tendency to turn the skin orange, but improvements have helped to give self-tanning products a more natural look.
Remember to test it by applying to a small area on your body just to make sure there is no irritation.
Water hydrates your skin and hair as well as flushes toxins out of your body.
Stay hydrated with plenty of water! Not soda, caffeine or any other type of liquid, even if it is low in calories.
Soda (even diet soda) has a high concentration of salt (sodium), which retains fluids while you need fluid that will hydrate and flush your body free of toxins.
Make sure you are drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day!
This includes any beverages, fruits, and vegetables with high water content.
People living in hot climates or are involved in active sports or heavy physical activity and sweat a lot, need to drink more water.
People who drink large amounts of water are less likely to suffer from scars, wrinkles, and soft lines.
They won’t show as many signs of aging as those who drink little amounts of water.
Here are more benefits of drinking water….
Everybody feels stressed sometimes, but when it becomes chronic, it can have serious consequences on your health.
Stress is known to be harmful both emotionally and physically to you.
Dry skin, wrinkles, and acne are some of the ways that stress can manifest itself on your skin.
Finding a stress-relieving activity that works best for you and using it on a daily basis is a great idea!
Research has proven that restful sleep relieves stress.
The more time you put into sleeping yields immense benefits for not just your skin, but your overall wellbeing.
Stress causes changes to the proteins in your skin and reduces its elasticity; it leads to repeated furrowing of your brow.
This loss of elasticity can contribute to wrinkle formation which then leaves a mark on your face.
Although there is no conclusive proof that antioxidants keep skin from aging, experts do agree they have the ability to ‘capture’ free radicals & may protect you from certain diseases.
Antioxidant-rich foods offer benefits for both internal and external health, giving you a healthier, glowing complexion.
According to Susan M. Kleiner, R.D., Ph.D, a leading nutrition authority on eating for strength & eating foods rich in antioxidants:-
“There’s no substitute for getting nutrients through food. Your body absorbs and assimilates them far better than in supplement form.”
Eating healthy equals younger looking skin.
Drinking a cup of orange juice and eating one raw carrot provides twice the RDA of vitamin C & beta-carotene.
The RDA for vitamin E is harder to meet, especially for those on a low-fat diet.
Kleiner suggests following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid & eating 3 to 5 servings of vegetables and 2 to 4 servings of fruit each day.
Choose at least one citrus fruit, such as an orange, a tangerine, or a grapefruit, for vitamin C.
To increase beta-carotene intake, eat at least two orange-yellow or leafy green vegetables each day.
Many cosmetics don’t have enough antioxidants to be totally effective by themselves.
So, it is best to ‘feed’ them to your skin through a healthy, antioxidant-rich meal for a younger-looking skin.