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If you thought oily skin is difficult to handle then you can hardly imagine the plight that dry skin can cause you. If you were to calculate an average then you would note that 1 out of 32 individuals suffer from various conditions due to dry skin.

When you are dealing with dry skin you need to take care of it on 3 levels: you need to prevent dry skin, eliminate habits that lead to the skin getting dry and lastly reinforce the habits that help to increase the production of oil on your skin.

The first step to helping your skin is to understand the factors that dry the skin.Certain medications, habits like smoking, drinking and even dehydration can cause the skin to get dry.Other common products that lead to the skin getting dry include air conditioners, hot water and heaters.

You also need to consider the effect of your cosmetics and other products that you use on your skin. Wash your face with a cleanser that does not dry your skin; ideally you would need to look for a product that contains glycerin in it to help you maintain the moisture on your skin.

After you wash your face you need to use a toner or an astringent on your skin to help the skin to absorb moisture from the air and the moisturizing products that you use. Ensure that the toner does not contain any alcohol as the latter makes the skin dry and dehydrated.

The sun has a huge impact on your skin and causes a great degree of dryness. In order to protect your skin from the sun you need to use a good sunscreen lotion on your skin. A lotion that has an SPF of more than 30 protects your skin and prevents dehydration.

While protecting your skin is important you also need to pay close attention to nourishing it. Drinking water at regular intervals will increase the amount of hydration in your skin and protect your skin from getting dry and dehydrated.

Using a rich moisturizing lotion or cream on your skin will help to nourish your skin; products like Cocoa butter, Shea butter and olive oil offer your skin the required nourishment. Using a hydrating mask on your skin once or twice a week will add extra hydration to the skin and prevent it from getting dry.

It is extremely important to take care of dry skin in order to prevent early signs of aging from creeping on your skin.

Published in Skin Care
Friday, 29 April 2011 21:11

Clay Masks – For Different Skin Types

A natural skin purifier, clay masks have been used as a beauty product for centuries. It is only recently that clay masks have made their foray into the world of spas. Clay masks can be prepared not only for  the face but for the entire body as well. Clay masks have skin enriching, soothing, softening, nourishing, cleansing, toning and moisturizing properties.

Clay masks can be prepared just as easily at home as it can be at a spa, and you have the added benefit of not having to spend hundreds of dollars for getting the same results. There are special clay masks for the different skin types and to address individual skin problems.

Deep Cleansing Clay Mask for Oily Skin:

To prepare this mask mix one ounce of green clay powder with three tablespoons of distilled water to form a smooth paste. To this add one tablespoon of vegetable glycerin, one drop of geranium essential oil,

two drops of grapefruit essential oil and one drop of juniper essential oil. Apply this mixture in a thin even layer on the face. Once the clay mask shows signs of drying, remove it with cotton balls soaked in lukewarm water.

Soothing Clay Mask for Dry or Sensitive Skin:

To prepare this soothing clay mask, mix together one ounce of red clay with three tablespoons of rose water, one teaspoon of jojoba oil, and two drops each of chamomile and rose essential oils. Mix the above mentioned ingredients vigorously to form a smooth paste.

Apply this clay mask evenly on the face and allow it to sit on the face for about ten minutes or until the mask shows signs of drying out before washing it off with lukewarm water.

Revitalizing Clay Mask for Dull and Tired Skin:

There is no better way to revitalize tired and dull skin than with this particular clay mask recipe. To prepare the mask mix together one ounce of pink clay with three tablespoons of orange flower water.Make a smooth paste.

Next add one tablespoon of vegetable glycerin, one drop of neroli essential oil and two drops each of orange and rose essential oils. Apply this clay mask evenly on the face avoiding the eyes ad the mouth. Allow the mask to become partially  dry and then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Published in Skin Care
Friday, 01 April 2011 23:15

Skin Exfoliation – Some Tips

Exfoliation of skin is very much important to remove the dead skin cells and to build up new cells. Exfoliation helps in making the skin radiant and free of blemishes and pimples. It also helps in reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Here are some tips which you can follow to exfoliate your skin.

Do not exfoliate daily as too much exfoliation is seen to cause the formation of dry skin. It will be enough to exfoliate your skin twice a week.Do not exfoliate dry skin. Exfoliate your skin only after cleansing it by washing thoroughly with warm water.

There are many chemical exfoliants available in the market today. They have alpha hydroxy acid as the key ingredient. The downside of these  products is that they will not be suited for everybody.

But instead of resorting to chemicals, you can also resort to home made natural exfoliation methods. Care is to taken while choosing and using exfoliants as the use of wrong products can cause damage to your skin. You should choose an exfoliation regime depending on your skin type.

If you have  sensitive and acne prone skin, you can use a natural exfoliating mixture made up of honey, lemon and sugar. Massage this mixture all over your skin in circular motions and rinse with warm water. The massaging can be done using a loofah or by using a moist wash cloth.

Another great natural exfoliants can be made by mixing together Epsom salt and petroleum jelly and a few drops of lavender oil. This is found to be very much suitable for people with normal skin.

A scrub made of honey and sugar is seen to be very effective in exfoliating dry skin types.Take one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of sugar and mix it with one tablespoon of coconut oil. Massage this mixture gently on to your face. Rinse off after 5 minutes to see immediate results.

If you have oily skin, then you can remake the above said scrub recipe by using olive oil instead of coconut oil. Washing your face with a solution of baking soda in warm water will also help in the removal of dead skin cells.

Follow up your exfoliation process with a good moisturizing procedure, so to prevent your skin from getting dry.

Published in Skin Care
Thursday, 14 April 2011 20:01

Skin Products For Dry Skin Around The Eyes

Our eyes are the mirrors to the world. The skin around the eye is very tender and sensitive. This is the thinnest skin of the face with no oil glands. Hence it is prone to a host of skin problems like drying and fine lines.

Dry skin around the eyes is a pretty frequent issue faced by many. This may lead to burning, itching, fine lines and a host of other problems.

The market is inundated with skincare products suitable for your skin. However, choose carefully and wisely as many of these products are strong synthetic chemicals with side effects. With the area around the eyes being so delicate, it is prone to this damage. Try to invest wisely in a product which will give you a solution.

Creams containing natural and herbal ingredients are your safest bet as these have minimal or no side effects. When working on the area around the eyes, eye moisturising serums are found to be very effective.

Eye serums: An eye serum works well as it contains one natural formulation. Natural formulations are found to be good in most of the conditions. Petroleum jelly, aloe vera, propolis are some natural substances found in a moisturizing serum. Make sure that your product does not contain alcohol.

Alcohol being a  dehydrant will make the eye area dry out even more. For example, pick up products containing babassu and honey. These will hydrate the skin around your eyes and over a period of time will make it soft. You can also massage that area with a little vitamin E oil before going off to sleep. Try using grated cucumber for cooling and soothing the area around the eyes.

Changes to make: Drink plenty of water as dehydration is always a major cause of drying up your skin. If you are a smoker then try to quit as smoking too leads to drying of skin. Eat a lot of fresh vegetable and fruits as dryness could be a cause of vitamin deficiency. Use a natural product preferably a moisturizing serum which can be easily absorbed and your dry skin will become soft again.

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