Skin Care

Skin Care for you Face
There are so many skin care cleaning products for your face out there it can get quite confusing. Trying to figure out what to use and when to use it requires a skin care manual. There are exfoliation scrubs, toners, tonics, moisturizers, hydrate sprays and cleansers. We need to be careful not to over clean our face as this does more harm than good. Skin care doesn't need to be that complicated. I've broken it down into some basic, simple steps.

In the Morning

Cleanse: If you've properly cleansed your face in the evening all you need to do in the morning is splash your face with warm water. In the evening make sure you use a small amount of cleanser on your face, and use gentle circular motions. A thorough rinse is important to get rid of all the soap residue. Soap residue left on the face clogs your pores and attracts more dirt.

Exfoliate: Proper exfoliation makes a big difference on your skin. This will remove the dead cells on your skin and any left over dirt and oils. For natural at home facial scrubs check out the link below.    
Toner/Tonics: These products are meant to remove leftover soap residue, make-up, dirt and oil. If you've done your job cleaning and exfoliating this step is not necessary. However some toners can help you reduce your pores.

Moisturizer/Hydrators: Keeping your face hydrated through out the day is important. When our skin gets dried out the wrinkles start to form. Proper moisturizer for you face is important.

Facial Masks: These should only be used twice a week. The masks are meant to tighten up your skin and reduce the size of your pores . Fors simple, natural at home masks check out the link below.

Natural Skin Care Regiment
Pamper yourself without all those expensive skin care products. Give yourself your own spa treatments at home for dollars less. Creating a regular skin care regiment is important as you get older. Your skin starts to lose its elasticity, wrinkles begin to form, and skin can become dehydrated.

Exfoliate - Exfoliating your skin removes dead skin cells and stimulates your circulation so your skin gets the vital nutrients and oxygen it needs to renew itself.

Dry body brushing - An excellent inexpensive exfoliation technique. Dry brush you dry skin in the morning before you take a shower. Start at your feet and move up. Use long strokes to brush your legs and arms. Don't forget your stomach and butt.

Hydrate your skin - After you shower apply a coat of oil to help trap the moisture in your skin, which improves its elasticity. I like coconut oil or almond oil.

Natural skin-firming – Pure aloe  or natural products containing vitamin A, vitamin E, and collagen all help tighten the skin. You can also use a natural skin tightening mask.

Drink plenty of water - Hydrated skin is healthy skin, drink eight glasses of water a day.

Eat raw foods - Fruits and vegetables in their purest form are very beneficial for your skin. They're packed with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin growth.

Weight training - Weight training strengthens and tones your muscles. When it comes to skin tightening - toning your muscle is one of the best ways to do this. Make sure you are incorporating core exercises as well.

Practice calisthenics -  All those exercises you used to do in gym class in high school are actually great for skin tone. But make sure you talk with your doctor before starting an exercise regiment.  Not all exercises are good for you personally. Make sure you work your arms and upper body, your core, and legs. Some examples are planks, squats, and jumping jacks.

Get massages - Massages improve circulation which helps toward tightening skin.

Avoid harsh soaps - Products that contain sodium laurel sulfate and related chemicals can actually damage your skin by drying it out.  You want to choose cleansers made with oils. Read your labels!!! If you are exfoliating the natural way all you may need is to use a washcloth lightly on your face then treating it with oil or a lotion.

Sun Protection -  Protect your skin from the sun with spf lotion or better yet cover up. Sun damage does more than make your skin look older - it damages your skin deep down as well, causing it to lose elasticity.

Natural Skin Tightening Remedies
You can tighten sagging skin on your face without painful cosmetic surgery. Tighten sagging skin and remove wrinkles on your face with these natural skin tightening tips and homemade remedies

Daily Astringent
Apply astringents daily to your skin for tightening body tissues. It's one of the best natural ways to make your skin tight. .

Lemon juice
Witch hazel

Mix ingredients together and apply to your skin

Astringent Benefits: Controlling oil, tightening pores, reducing wrinkles

Egg White Skin Tightener Facial

Egg Whites
lemon juice 

Natural Face & Body Scrubs

Basic Baking Soda Scrub  
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of water

Mix to make a paste. Gently rub the paste onto your skin. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes then rinse.

Benefits: helpful in clearing up acne & gentle on the skin,
great at removing dead skin cells and is a great skin tightener

Honey Sugar Scrub 
1 teaspoon (white or brown) sugar
½ teaspoon honey (or olive oil)
A squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Mix well. If the mixture is a little loose, add a bit more sugar. Rub on your skin in a circular motion and rinse.

Honey Benefits: anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal; Honey helps the skin repair itself & reduce inflammation & attract moisture to the skin.
Sugar Benefits: Sugar contains Glycolic Acid a natural alpha hydroxyl which breaks down the glue that holds onto the dead skin cells.
Lemon Juice Benefits: Lemon juice contains alpha hydroxyl acids as well.
Mosturizing Oatmeal Scrub
1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of water or olive oil

Combine ingredients to make a paste. Gently rub it onto you skin in circular motions. Leave on your skin 5 to 10 minutes then rinse.

Benefits: Oatmeal absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while leaving your skin nourished and hydrated. It’s great for those with sensitive skin.
Body Wakeup Coffee Scrub

2 cups of coarsely ground coffee
1 cup of sea salt
3 tablespoons of massage oil (or olive oil)

Moisten your skin and open up your pores in a hot shower. Then rub the mixture onto your skin in wide circular motions. Then rinse off, pat your skin dry with a towel and apply your favorite lotion. This treatment at a spa would cost $80 to $100.

Coffee Benefits: Coffee has anti-inflammatory effects and can boost collagen production.

NOTE: coffee grounds can clog your drain so I would suggest using a mesh drain to catch the grounds.

OR you can skip the coffee for a 
Sea Salt Body Scrub
1 Cup Sea salt
Glycerin (sold in drug stores)

Mix to make a paste. After a hot shower rub the paste onto your body then rinse off.

Sea Salt Benefits: Sea Salts have medicinal value when treating skin conditions and is great for people with dry skin.

More Natural Skin Remedies

Helps unglue skin cells

Ground Fruit Seeds and Nuts
Slough off dead skin cells and prevents ingrown hairs when shaving. Stick with Blackberry & Raspberry seed and ground almonds. Others seeds or shells when prepared have too ragged of edges and can cause uneven skin tones.

Papaya, Pineapples, Pumpkin & Pomegranates
These fruits contain papain and bromelain, enzymes that encourage dead skin cells to become unstuck and they leave the new skin cells underneath alone, much like Retin-A but without the side effects.

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