February, 2015 | Smooth Beauty Skin

mti0oduxmjywmdk5nza4otm4-1083782 Mineral oil, a clear liquid made from distilled petroleum, is one of the main ingredients in many cosmetics and in baby oil. It is effective at removing dirt and makeup from the face while retaining moisture and creating a protective barrier against pollutants.

  1. Facial cleansers with mineral oil are available in several forms. Pure mineral oil or baby oil will not create a lather, even if combined with water. Some people find the runny consistency hard to control. Cold cream is solid and easier to apply. It also will not lather because it does not contain surfactants—chemicals that cause a substance to become sudsy. Liquid face washes that include mineral oil and foam up when combined with water can be found at drugstores.
  2. For sensitive skin, apply your choice of mineral oil product with your fingertips. Massage the product in small circles, and keep your eyes closed. Unless specified otherwise, the product can be used to remove eye makeup.
  3. For skin that is not sensitive, the product can be applied directly to dry skin with a wash cloth or exfoliating accessory. Massage the product in small circles. Use only your fingertips around the delicate eye area.
  4. Use a wet or dry cloth to gently wipe the excess mineral oil from your skin. Rinsing your skin with warm water also will dissolve the oil. Pat your face dry with a clean towel. Your skin should feel soft, not oily. If the mineral oil is not fully removed, rinse again or wipe the area with a wash cloth.
  5. Mineral oil will not leave the squeaky-clean feeling you get from many soaps and face washes that strip your skin’s natural oil. According to TheBeautyBrains.com, the oil provides a barrier between your face and the environment, protecting your skin from pollutants and sealing in moisture.

tumblr_mdgjycayvw1rwy1hh-5904874 While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, you can take proactive steps to ensure that your face remains smooth and clear of blemishes and acne. For environmentally conscious beauty-seekers (who may be leery of using commercial soaps and cleansers), consider using rice water to wash your face. In Asian cultures, rice water was not simply poured down the drain once the rice was done. Traditionally, rice water was used as an energy drink, as a starch for cleaning clothes, and for washing the hair and face.

  1. Cook a serving of rice according to the instructions on the packet. Typically, for a two to three person serving, boil one cup of rice with two cups of water.
  2. Strain the rice and save the water. Use the rice for your meal or put the rice in the refrigerator for later. Let the water cool.
  3. Soak a clean washcloth in the cooled rice water. Wipe the washcloth on your face and in your hair. Scrub your cheeks and your forehead. Do not press so hard as to irritate your skin, but press firmly enough to remove any dirt and oil. Repeat as necessary.

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Although drinking milk bolsters bones and teeth with calcium, magnesium and protein, helps regulate blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, the creamy beverage also packs plenty of skin-friendly benefits. Calcium-rich milk lends homemade face washes a soothing, normalizing effect, and its vitamin E content helps smooth the skin. Milk, coupled with a few common household items, plays a part in numerous do-it-yourself face washes, each of which caters to different skin types.

Do DIY DillFor an all-natural face wash that caters to all skin types and helps eliminate dead skin cells, turn to milk, aloe and the culinary herb dill. Cut a few lengths of fresh aloe down the center of each stalk, scooping out the gel with a spoon. (You can also use pure aloe-vera gel to save some effort.) Mix about a spoonful of aloe gel with a half cup of milk and a spoonful of finely chopped dill, stirring until the ingredients take on a smooth consistency. Massage the face wash into damp skin for roughly a minute and rinse your face clean with warm and then cold water. Milk and aloe exfoliate and soothe the skin, while dill fights off free radicals, which accelerate the aging process by breaking down the proteins that form skin. 8a785c8a-a472-45bb-84c6-888e4b6ed529-7330416 Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media Abolish OilMix a spoonful of powdered skim milk with an equal amount of honey and stir in a couple drops of apple cider vinegar to create a gentle face wash that helps alleviate oily skin. After the mixture takes on a smooth, creamy texture, gently massage it onto your face in a circular motion. Massage for about a minute or so before rinsing your face with warm water. The addition of detoxifying apple cider vinegar helps this wash reduce inflammation and prevent acne breakouts. a618c35c-e860-4574-bd16-1196571f92eb-7492333 Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media Scrub for SuccessAlthough face washes help calm and moisturize skin, scrubs slough off dead skin cells and open the pores, offering essential exfoliating properties. Combine a spoonful of milk — go with skim for oily skin or two percent for normal or combination skin — with an equal amount of dry cream and honey. Toss in a spoonful of ground almonds to add a bit of grit. Alternatively, mix equal parts milk and honey with two spoonfuls each of rolled oats and mashed bananas for a gentler scrub that also works as a mask. Massage these scrubs into your skin for a minute or two and rinse with warm then cold water. Use a facial scrub in place of your regular wash about three times per week. 983ea15a-b0a2-4072-8163-a6d6ad24bb1a-9066966 Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media Make a MaskMilk does more than just wash the skin — all by its lonesome, it makes for a gentle-yet-effective facial mask. Dab a milk-dampened cotton ball on your face and let the milk rest until your skin feels tight. Rinse with warm water for a softening effect. For an easy plumping mask, dampen cotton pads with whole milk and let them rest on your face for about five minutes. To mildly exfoliate, mix a cup of brown sugar with half as much honey and a large spoonful of whole milk or more for a gentler mask. Spread the mixture on your face and let it rest for about 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse your skin clean with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer. 5e79b3ff-2ef4-422d-bc69-d90edaa9b9a4-9097426 Masha D Trujillo/Demand Media htwf-9165068 Many men assume that only women need to be concerned about facial care; however, maintaining a clean and clear face is important for men too. Healthy skin portrays youth and confidence, which are important characteristics in the workplace and relationships. Follow these steps to maintain a clean and clear face.

  1. Select the right cleanser for your skin type. There are three skin types: oily, normal and combination.
  2. Turn on your faucet, allowing it to run until the water is tepid. Wash your hands with soap and then splash your face with water.
  3. Apply the cleanser to your fingertips, a clean washcloth or a facial-cleaning sponge.
  4. Start above your eyes and wipe the cleanser in an upward motion, over your forehead and towards your hairline.
  5. Begin just below your eyes and wipe in a downward motion over your cheeks. Repeat until you’ve thoroughly cleaned both cheeks.
  6. Scrub your temple areas and neck with cleanser.
  7. Rinse your face and neck with tepid water.
  8. Blot your skin with a clean towel until it is completely dry.

how-to-get-a-tan-with-fair-skin-wideplayer-7940205 Most people prize bronze skin, but not everyone wants to use tanning products that can leave marks or cause other undesired effects. It can be very difficult for someone with fair or light skin to get a nice-looking natural tan, but it can be done. The key is to limit your exposure to solar rays to reduce the risk of sun damage.

  1. Put on sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you go in the sun. Use sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) of around 15. This is to keep your skin from being overexposed while tanning.
  2. Avoid tanning in the bright midday sun. If you do this, you’ll be more susceptible to burns.
  3. Set an alarm of some sort for about 15 minutes and put a towel or blanket out in a sunny part of your yard. Lie down face up at first to tan the front of your body. You actually don’t need to do this in the yard. If you’re going to the beach, you can tan there.
  4. Reset the timer for another 15 minutes after it sounds. It’s now time to flip over and get your back tanned as well. This will give you an even, natural tan.
  5. Get out of the sun when the alarm sounds for the second time. Go inside and shower. If you have to continue to be outside, wear a higher-SPF sunblock. This is to not only protect your pale skin but the tan as well. An amazing tan can easily be ruined by overexposure to the sun because it will turn into a sunburn.
  6. Repeat this process daily for a couple weeks. Even the lightest of skins should show a good natural tan after this time. After you’ve attained the desired results, repeat the steps only for maintenance a couple days a week. This isn’t the quickest or fastest way to get a tan, but when you have pale skin, you must take things gradually.

86fbefed37516570_how-to-wash-face-preview-8865099 There are many different kinds of soap available today. Some contain moisturizers, some are antibacterial, and many are scented. If you choose to wash your face with soap, you should typically use a soap that is made for the face rather than a general body soap. The latter is often too harsh to use on the delicate skin of the face. You should also pay attention to your skin’s needs. If you have oily skin, a regular face soap is fine. If you have dry skin, however, the soap will probably dry it out even more. For dry skin, opt for a gentle soap that contains moisturizers, even if you plan on moisturizing after you wash.

  1. Run warm water from your sink faucet, and wet a clean washcloth. Gently rub it over your face to open the pores.
  2. Wet a bar of soap beneath the faucet and rub it in your hands to create lather. Spread the lather over your face using circular motions with your fingers. If you are using liquid soap, pump a quarter-sized amount into your hand and spread it over your face using circular motions.
  3. Leave the soap on your face for up to a full minute. If you are using a moisturizing soap, this will help moisturize even more. If you are intentionally using regular soap to dry out oily skin, waiting a minute will also help.
  4. Wet your washcloth in warm water again. Rub the washcloth over your face, paying special attention to areas around your nose and near the hairline, where oil and dirt tend to collect. Rinse the washcloth again in warm water and wash the soap off.
  5. Turn the sink faucet to cold, and splash your face with the cold water. This helps close the pores. When you’ve rinsed all the soap off, gently pat your face dry with a towel.

natural_oilyskinremedies1-7295022 Keeping a complexion smooth and having a youthful appearance is difficult with the best of skin types but with oily skin it is even more difficult. You can wash it, cleanse it, watch after your skin all the time and still get nowhere. Try to treat the oily nature in a natural way to keep it looking youthful and beautiful.

  1. Keep your skin clean. Limit washing your skin to two to three times a day but try to keep it free from dirt and grime. These can cause pores to clog and gives acne a foothold. Use hot water as it dissolves the oil better than warm or cold water. Also use a highly mineralized water, not tap water. Choose a soap that is lightly medicated or has antibacterial cleansing lotion in it. Don’t rub the soap into the skin hard as it can help clog the skin pores.
  2. Use a toner on the skin to close those pores. The heat of a summer day and hot water used in washing your skin only serve to open the pores wider allowing more oil to flow out. Close the pores with the toner and for an even better cool feeling store it in the ice box.
  3. Apply an oil-free moisturizer after thorough washing and cleansing. This will help the skin tighten and look younger.
  4. Avoid most acne creams and lotions. They have a drying effect on the skin and causes more oil to be excreted. Use a deep cleaning exfoliant once a week to deep clean the skin if scaliness becomes a problem.

Washing your face seems like an easy task, but washing too much or too little can lead to over-drying, irritation and acne breakouts. It is important to determine your skin type and wash your face accordingly to maintain the best appearance possible.

e4fb86a4-4c6a-4ab8-bfee-54302e3d5854-2098590 Normal SkinNormal skin should be washed twice daily. Wash once in the morning with cool water and a mild cleanser to remove any dirt or oil that built up while sleeping. Dry the face and go about your daily moisturizing and makeup application. In the evening, start with a facial scrub if you wear heavy makeup. If wearing long-lasting eye makeup, use an eye makeup remover designed specifically to remove thick mascara and eyeliner. Follow up by washing with a mild cleanser. 3bd256d2-2b36-4574-bd58-73719b457ac0-4458430

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Oily SkinOily skin requires a bit more treatment, as oil and dirt build up in the pores quickly, leaving skin with a greasy look. Wash your face at least twice daily with a face wash designed specially for oily skin. When wearing makeup or moisturizer, use oil-free products that prevent excess oil from building up. Wash your face in the morning, afternoon when possible and again before bed. With your nighttime regimen, use a face wash and follow up with a toner that is designed to remove excess oil and buildup. Toner can also be used throughout the day to absorb excess oil, if dabbing with a tissue does not pick up the excess. 54d7429b-381d-4594-96fa-4eb2c6057c13-2052678

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Dry SkinDry skin requires special care, as washing too often can over-dry it, causing cracking and peeling of the skin. Wash your face in the morning with cold water only; do not use a cleanser. Choose a moisturizer made for dry skin and apply it as directed. Wash your face again at night, this time using a mild cleanser after a makeup remover if you wear makeup. Exfoliate with a mild face scrub a couple of times a week to remove dead skin cells and follow up with moisturizer to replenish the skin. bd873b00-fe90-4ee0-a02a-cbd9d4139af5-9950533

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Skin With AcneIt is important to handle acne with care. First, determine your skin type — normal, oily or dry — and follow that cleansing routine. Use a soft washcloth when washing your face, as scrubbing hard irritates acne and causes inflammation. Use a facial cleanser designed especially for skin with acne. If your problems persist, purchase an acne cream designed to be dabbed on the acne itself and left on overnight. 2f822f97-316f-447b-b50b-21826906b2f7-6425525

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Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation in the skin. Hyperpigmentation is when the skin gets areas of increased melanin, causing it to have dark spots. The dark spots make the skin look blotchy. Using natural skin whiteners made out of products normally found in homes, you can lighten your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation without the risks of chemical burns that are associated with some commercial skin whiteners. Step 1:Wash your skin twice a day with a mild soap and a washcloth. Use the washcloth to rub the soap in the skin and to rinse the soap off the skin. The washcloth mildly exfoliates the skin to encourage the shedding of dead cells. aa022262_xs-3627351

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Step 2:Apply a skin-brightening tomato and lime juice mask to the skin every morning before you wash. To make the brightening mask, blend 1 tomato and the juice of 1 lime in a blender. Apply a thin layer of the brightening mask to the skin and leave on for 15 minutes. The extra amount of brightening mask can be stored in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. After 15 minutes, rinse the skin with cold water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The tomato and lime whiten the skin and give it a bright appearance. The lime juice may cause a stinging sensation on the skin; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lime juice, and the stinging sensation lessens. 87460810_xs-4362174

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Step 3:Apply a moisturizing honey and lemon juice mask before bed every night, before you wash your skin. To make the mask, mix 1 tsp. of honey with 1 tsp. of lemon juice. Apply the mask to the skin and leave it on for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse the mask off with warm water. Wash skin with a mild soap and a washcloth. The honey moisturizes the skin, and the lemon whitens the skin. The lemon may cause a stinging sensation on the skin while the mask is on; this is normal. With regular use, skin becomes accustomed to the lemon juice and the stinging sensation lessens. 78460361_xs-4219975

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Step 4:Apply organic aloe vera gel to the skin twice a day (morning and night), after washing. Aloe vera gel is a moisturizer that heals skin irritation and lightens the skin. 200266781-001_xs-6481552

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Step 5:Exfoliate your skin once a week with sugar and olive oil. Mix 1 tbsp. of olive oil with 1 tbsp. of white granulated table sugar to make a paste. Use your fingers to gently rub the paste into the skin with a circular motion. Be careful around the eye area to avoid getting the paste into the eyes. The exfoliant removes dead cells off the surface layer of the skin, exposing new, fresh skin and encouraging the growth of new skin. 78652777_xs-8623793

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get-clear-skin-fast-naturally-2031985 Acne is one of the most common things in every day life. dealing with it can be hard specially if your a teenager. Most people go to heavy medication for acne and other products that may damage your body and skin. So what’s healthy ways to getting clear skin? Follow these steps in this article to see noticeable clearer skin.

  1. Water!
    Everyone knows the number on thing to clear up acne is water! water, water, water! Water helps clean your body of all the toxins. So cleaning the inside helps the outside look awesome.
  2. Hygiene!
    Hygiene is always important. The number one thing people will acne forget to do is CHANGE YOUR PILLOW CASE! Your pillow case is one of the most dirtiest things on your bed. Because your hair and hair products sit on the pillow from previous night of sleeping and also make up and other people who may lay on your bed bacteria and products go on your pillow and when you sleep it just sits on your face. This is why it’s important to clean your pillow case and wash your face, hair, and body before resting. Be sure to clean your sheets and covers too to prevent any body acne.
  3. Diet and exercise!
    Changing the way you eat and adding more exercise helps a lot. And you probably are asking How? Because exercising gets the blood flowing. Which basically for shorter terms wakes up the skin. Changing your diet helps not only your skin but your body. Remember keeping the inside healthy will show on the outside. So eat those vegetables and fruits.
  4. Moisturize!
    Moisturizing your skin keeps your skin healthy look and also soft. Even if your skin is oily or seems like it does not need moisturizing.Go to your local beauty store and try on some good lotions and find the right one for your skin type.
  5. Avoid harsh chemicals as well!
    Try not to put really cheap facial cleansers on. This might help the chance of getting break outs etc. Before trying any facial cleaners only work a little bit on a small part of your skin. This way if you are allergic or have a reaction to the product its only on a small part of yourself and not your whole face.

670px-minimize-the-size-of-your-pores-step-1-version-2-4693919 If you could use a photo airbrush as a tool in your beauty bag of tricks, nobody would ever know you have pores. But life is not a photograph or a movie and real people have real pores. Pores help the oils we need for hydration reach the skin’s surface. The good news is you can minimize the appearance of your pore size, not with smoke and mirrors, but with basic, consistent cleaning methods and natural products. Those tiny pores which look large to you can also be tightened, making them appear smaller.

  1. Wash your face daily, as gently as if it were a baby’s skin. You may not be a baby anymore, but your skin still needs gentle care. Overwashing, or vigorous washing, or scrubbing the skin can damage the pore’s lining and worsen skin pore problems according to chemist and formulator of natural cosmetics, Robert Rister. Apply a cleanser to clean fingertips, not a face cloth to clean. Pat, don’t rub the face dry.
  2. Exfoliate skin twice a week, advises Karen Bruno of WebMD. Visible pores may be simply due to poor exfoliation and improper cleaning. “Too much surface oil and remnants naturally shed skin cells can collect around the edges of pores, creating the illusion of the pores being larger than they really are,” according to Audrey Kunin, M.D. Mix your own exfoliator by mashing 8 tbsp. of oatmeal into warm water. Leaving it whole can clog the drain. For a stronger exfoliant, add 1 tbsp. each of honey, apple cider vinegar and ground almonds. Use a circular motion to exfoliate skin with the mixture. Rinse off after 10 minutes.
  3. Apply a natural astringent or toner to the skin with a cotton ball or face cleaning pad to minimize pores. Use a toner with apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or mint or green tea, and cucumber. Store the toner in the refrigerator, advises businesswoman and former model, Gaelle Lehrer Kennedy. Make your own simple toner with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water.
  4. Wear a mask, not to go out, but at home, at night, when you’re alone. Steam clean pores by filling the bathroom sink with hot water. Place a large towel over your head and hover over the sink, allowing the steam to penetrate the skin. Wipe the skin with a cotton ball to remove any dirt. The last thing you want to do is apply a mask over a minuscule object lodged in a pore, because it will erupt into a painful pimple. Apply a mask to your skin weekly. Slather on a thick clay mask to absorb excess oils and smooth skin.
  5. Moisturize skin to keep it healthy and apply it at night only. Hydrated skin looks pleasantly smoother, reducing the appearance of pores. Use an oil-free, non-comedogenic product containing either vitamin C or retinol. These ingredients stimulate collagen production and help tighten and shrink up pores. Other pore-tightening natural ingredients found in moisturizers include aloe, rosewater and cucumber.
  6. Smooth on pore refining gels under foundation before heading out for the day. Gels and creams are also available and they can be used all over the face or just in problem areas, including the forehead, chin, nose and cheekbones. Choose matte foundation to smooth the look of skin.

maxresdefault-8453162 Taking care of the skin is of great concern to most people. Making sure African American skin has an even skin tone and looks its best can be done naturally without spending a lot of money on expensive skincare products. One of the most important things to remember is that what you put inside of your body is just as important as what you put on your skin. Here are some tips that will help you always put a winning face forward.

  1. Drink lots of water. Most doctors and health care experts suggest drinking at least eight glasses of water a day. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but you can get in all eight if you plan accordingly. If you make sure you drink at least two glasses of water at both breakfast and lunch, you’ll be halfway there by the middle of the day.
  2. Use sunscreen. Dark spots and freckles often appear on the skin as a result of damage from the sun. Most dermatologists now recommend sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Apply it all over your face and neck.
  3. Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that can help even out skin tone. It is a natural fat that is derived from shea trees. Shea butter is often credited with helping fade scars, dark spots, and blemishes.
  4. Watch your diet. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables can help improve the appearance of your skin. Eating these healthy foods can also help protect your skin from free radical damage, according to Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa in his book, Food as Medicine.
  5. Exfoliate your skin. Using an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week can greatly help improve your skin. Exfoliating sloughs off dead skin cells. Instead of spending a lot of money on an expensive exfoliator, try mixing baking soda (1 tablespoon) with water or your favorite facial cleanser. Gently rub it all over your face, rinse it, then follow it up with a moisturizer.

best-facial-moisturizer-3410973 The skin needs moisture to repair and renew itself. While the skin produces it own oil through the sebaceous glands, sometimes extra moisture is needed. Oily skin produces too much oil, while dry skin does not produce enough. It is dry skin that is most prone to wrinkles, lines and the visible signs of aging. Skin needs to be hydrated either internally or topically to be soft, supple and smooth. Herbs and essential oils are the best natural moisturizers for the skin.

  1. Apply camellia oil. Camellia oil is a sweet smelling and edible oil used for cooling in China and Japan. The oil is gentle on the skin because it has no harsh chemicals. Camellia oil has vitamin E, a well-known antioxidant that removes free radicals, which are harmful substances. Free radicals also damage the skin. One of the best things about camellia oil as a moisturizer is that it can block UVB light. The oil can be used as a sunscreen to protect against the harmful rays of the sun, which causes age spots and wrinkles.
  2. Use cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer made from cocoa beans. It is basically a vegetable fat with traces of vitamin E. This oil is often recommended as a way to remove stretch marks and other scars. Cocoa butter is also an antioxidant. The antioxidant property helps to give cocoa butter a natural preservative. Cocoa butter is available as a stick, lotion and cream that can last for 1 year.
  3. Take vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E is a good internal and topical moisturizer. This fat-soluble vitamin is an antioxidant and protects the skin from the damage of pollution and ultraviolet light. Vitamin E also helps with the absorption of vitamin A, another good skin vitamin. Foods rich in vitamin E include tomatoes, almonds and sunflower seeds. As a supplement, the vitamin is available in both synthetic and natural forms. According to the National Institute of Health, the natural version is twice as effective as the synthetic. Vitamin E oil can be applied topically to moisturize the skin and to help fade or remove scars.
  4. Apply baby oil. Baby oil is very gentle oil that is useful for adult skin also. It has no harsh chemicals, although many commercial baby oils contain mineral oil. There are some baby oils that are made of only essential oils. To find a baby oil that has no mineral oil, read the ingredients label before buying.
  5. Add flaxseed to the diet. Flaxseed is a plant that contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are not manufactured in the body. Eating foods with EFA, such as fish, or taking flaxseed oil supplements are the only ways to give the body these nutrients. Applying flaxseed oil to the skin can not only moisturize it, but it also helps with various skin problems, including acne. According to Herb Wisdom, “The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA’s anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties.”

how-to-get-clear-healthy-glowing-skin-naturally-6660309 The health and appearance of your complexion is partly due to genetic factors that are beyond your control. However, you can help achieve a much-coveted clear and glowing skin through a balanced diet, effective skin care routine and healthy lifestyle choices.

  1. Follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Daily Food Guide for a balanced and healthy diet. These include 6 to 11 servings of whole grains, 2 to 4 servings of fruit, 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, 2 to 3 servings of dairy foods and 2 to 3 servings of protein foods.
  2. Eat two portions of oily fish, such as salmon, sardines or mackerel each week, as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which benefit skin health.
  3. Drink the recommended daily amounts of fluid, which the American Skin Association lists as at least eight glasses of water. Even minimal dehydration will leave your skin looking dry and dull.
  4. Get outside each day for small amounts of unprotected sun exposure to top up your levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D production is triggered in the skin by sunlight. Do not burn however, and wear sun protection cream if you plan to stay in the sun for longer than 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Cleanse your face at the beginning and end of each day with cleansing cream or face wash. Massage facial moisturizer into your skin after each wash. Pat eye cream gently around the eye area with your ring finger.
  6. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine to help you relax and drift easily into sleep. For example, take a warm bath, then dim the lights and read a light novel for about 30 minutes before retiring. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night as skin regenerates while you sleep.
  7. Engage in moderate, aerobic exercise, such as walking briskly, swimming or dancing, for about 30 to 60 minutes each day. Exercise improves circulation and the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a healthy glow.

76648798_xs-3063088 African Americans need to look beyond the makeup counter and drug store facial aisle when looking for skin care remedies. The reason is that while many of the products may be adequate, many are not designed for use with African American skin. African American skin not only contains more melanin that Caucasian and other skin types, but it is also more oily, and quicker to reveal sensitivity to certain products.

  • The best way to treat African American skin is to keep it very clean. African American skin responds well to natural, organic products. Many store-bought soaps contain artificial ingredients that can aggravate the skin. Dark skin will reveal reactions to artificial products through discoloration, which isn’t always apparent with lighter skin. Some of the best organic cleansers for African American skin are shea butter soap, olive oil soap and African black soap. (Black soap can stain your shower though). If you prefer store-bought products, look for a hypo allergic, non-concomedegenic cleaners such as face Aveeno clear complexion cleansing bar. For astringent, use straight all natural witch-hazel (found near the alcohol and peroxide) in the grocery aisle.
  • African American’s of all ages get acne. To make matters worse, on African Americans, dark scarring can last long after the outbreak. To treat acne on African American skin, you should first avoid using hair oils that run onto the skin, or be very diligent about keeping them away from the face as this is a major reason for acne on African Americans. Regular cleansing as mentioned does wonders for stopping acne. For stubborn outbreaks, dab a bit of tea tree oil of the blemish before going to bed.
  • Razor bumps are a difficult and painful problem for African Americans. They occur when freshly cut hairs curl back and pierce the skin resulting in painful and unsightly bumps. The best natural remedy for razor bumps is to stop shaving. When this is not possible, you can make a paste strawberries and sour cream or mix honey, aloe vera, water and crushed aspirin and apply it to the affected areas.
  • Many African Americans suffer from discolored and uneven skin tone. Even the smallest trauma or allergic reaction can cause light or dark splotches on the skin. You can treat hyper-pigmentation through gentle exfoliation. Use an oatmeal and honey facial scrub that you mix yourself with equal parts of each ingredient. Other gentle exfoliation treatments are a mask made of almonds that you soak overnight and then grind into a fine paste.

home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-acne-6512090 Your skin is a mirror of your body’s overall health. Taking care of your skin keeps you looking young and beautiful, and should be a part of your daily beauty ritual. Over-the-counter skin care treatments are often expensive and full of chemicals and artificial perfumes. If you want naturally beautiful skin, natural home treatments are healthy, economical and fun. Read on to learn how to care for skin with natural home treatments.

  1. Exfoliate your skin before showering to remove dry, dead cells. Stand in the shower with the water off and gently brush your skin with a soft-bristle skin brush, moving in circular motions toward the heart. That is, begin at your feet working towards your abdomen, at your fingertips working towards your torso and at your back, working towards your stomach.
  2. Wash your body with castile soap instead of harsh soaps that contain strong chemical perfumes, which can dry and damage your skin. Castile soap is usually made with either olive oil or vegetable oil and is scented with natural, healing essential oils, a much better alternative for natural skin care.
  3. Moisturize your skin after your shower with natural almond oil, nature’s best skin care remedy. Almond oil is used as a relaxing agent in aromatherapy, and a pain reliever in massage, but also soothes and softens the skin and can help improve complexion. A little almond oil goes a long way, so don’t overdo it. Purchase small amounts of almond oil and store it in the refrigerator, as it goes bad faster than other oils.
  4. Apply a weekly natural skin conditioner to help combat blemishes, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and deeply moisturize your skin. Place the juice of one whole lime, a quarter cup of whole yogurt and a half of a large cucumber in a blender, and blend until creamy. Apply the conditioner to your skin and allow to set for 20 minutes before rinsing in a lukewarm shower.

natural-skin-care-remedies1769322272-sep-6-2012-1-600x400-8080534 You probably use lemons as flavoring in your food and drinks all the time, but if you’re like most people, you’ve never thought about using them as a natural skin care and beauty treatment. Lemons won’t fix your skin overnight, but they can help treat certain problems and may even help prevent serious skin conditions. Using lemon juice topically for a short period of time doesn’t have long term side effects, either.

  • Like smearing toothpaste on pimples, lemon juice is sometimes mentioned as a quick home remedy for getting rid of acne. Unfortunately, there’s little evidence that lemon juice can really make acne vanish overnight. However, lemon juice can help lighten acne scars if used sparingly. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to areas of acne scarring with a cotton swab or pad in the evening after washing with a mild facial cleanser. Avoid getting lemon juice on the rest of your skin – it can be very drying.
  • Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic. When lemon juice is used as part of a facial mask, it can help to clear dirt and bacteria on the surface of your skin that can cause pimples and breakouts. Oleda Baker, author of “29 Forever” suggests making a mask from fresh lemon juice and chilled oatmeal. To make the mask, combine 1 cup of cooked, chilled oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply the mask to clean skin and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse the mask off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Baker recommends using the mask once per week or less. If the lemon juice mask is too drying for your skin, use it once every 10 days to 2 weeks instead.
  • Lemon peel, when added to hot black tea may protect your body from skin cancer according to BBC News. Researchers Iman Hakim and Robin Harris of the University of Arizona found that people that drank hot tea with lemon peel had a 70 percent reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma. Study participants that drank hot black tea without lemon peel only had a 40 percent reduced risk. Drinking tea regularly may also help reduce the risk sunburn too, but more research needs to be conducted in this area.
  • Lemon essential oil produced through the vapor distillation process can be used on the skin to help rejuvenate dull skin according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics.” According to Close, the best way to use lemon essential oil on your skin is to mix 1 part lemon essential oil and 10 parts natural carrier oil like jojoba or coconut oil. Apply the mixture to clean skin in the evening. Close also recommends limiting sun exposure while you’re using lemon essential oil topically, because it may increase photosensitivity.