Smooth Beauty Skin — Part 2

Salt water dries skin and salt also has natural antiseptic properties–this is why if you’ve ever had a small cut on your body and you went for a swim in the sea, you may have later noticed the cut seemed to be healing faster. According to mostlyherbs.com, this is because salt water is naturally antiseptic. For people who have facial pimples or other cuts or blemishes on the skin, washing the face with salt water may promote faster healing. Step 1:Wash your face as you normally would, with soap or a facial cleanser. Rinse it well in warm water and pat to dry with a towel. Washing your face with a cleanser before applying salt water rid the face of dirt and some oil, making the salt water wash more effective.

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Step 2:Place a tbsp. of table salt or sea salt in a bowl. It doesn’t really matter which salt you use, although sea salt is generally coarser and will take longer to dissolve.

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Step 3:Fill the bowl with warm water and let the salt dissolve. Dip a clean wash cloth in the bowl and wipe the salt water over your face.

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Step 4:Let the salt water stay on your skin for several minutes. You can wait until it dries if you choose, although this is not necessary.

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Step 5:Rinse the salt water off with warm, clean water and then pat your face to dry it. Repeat this later in the day, such as before you go to bed at night.

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Lemon is used in many natural kitchen cleaners and deodorizers, but it’s also great for the skin. It contains Vitamin C, and its acidic nature makes it a natural astringent for skin that is prone to acne and blemishes. For mature skin, lemon acts as a skin lightener, so it’s an effective home remedy for fading away age spots.

  1. Cut a fresh lemon in half.
  2. Squeeze some juice from one half into a small bowl.
  3. Soak a cotton ball in the lemon juice and wipe your whole face with it. You could also directly rub the cut-open lemon onto your face.
  4. Allow the lemon juice to sit on your face for 2 minutes.
  5. Rinse the lemon juice away with lukewarm water.
  6. Pat your face dry with a towel.

Washing your face with coconut oil may sound strange but it’s part of a regimen known as the oil-cleansing method. Essentially the method dictates that by mixing two different types of oils together you moisturize and cleanse your skin in a completely gentle manner using ingredients that are 100 percent natural. You can use this procedure even on the oiliest or most blemished skin because it is so gentle it won’t irritate your pores and cause more breakouts. Step 1:Mix a designated amount of coconut oil and caster oil for your skin type in a jar. For example, if you have normal skin, use two tbsp. of each in a jar. If you have oily skin, use one tbsp. of coconut oil and three tbsp. of castor oil. If you have dry skin, use three tbsp. of coconut oil and one tbsp. of castor oil.

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Step 2:Screw the lid of the jar on tightly and shake it well. Pour a small amount into your palm. Massage it slowly into your pores, taking your time. Make sure that you don’t leave any oily patches on your skin, but rub all the areas in.

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Step 3:Take a washcloth and submerge it in water that is as hot as you can stand having on your face. Wring it out and place it on your face for two to three minutes. The heat will further open your pores. Remove the washcloth from your face.

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Step 4:Massage your pores again for a a minute or so, making sure that you reach all areas of your face. Take a clean wash cloth, cover it with warm water and wring it out. Gently wipe the remaining oils from your face.

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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.

Acne strikes people from adolescence through middle age. As worrisome as pimples, zits and blackheads can be for teens, it can be worse to find yourself with adult acne. Take the first line of defense against acne by washing your face properly.

  1. Pull your hair back from your face with some type of headband.
  2. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap so that your hands don’t transfer more acne-causing bacteria to your face.
  3. Run water until it’s lukewarm, and then splash your face with the warm water to ready it for cleansing.
  4. Keep soap from clogging your pores with a fragrance free, non-comedogenic soap specifically made for faces. Clogged pores keep your skin’s oils from reaching the surface of the skin, which causes acne.
  5. Get a couple of squirts of facial soap, which will probably amount to slightly larger than a quarter size. Pump bottles make applying face cleanser easier.
  6. Rub the soap into your skin gently, moving your fingers in a circular motion for at least 30 seconds. Clean hands work much better than loofahs or harsh cloths that can irritate your skin and make acne worse.
  7. Rinse your face with cool water by cupping the water in your hands and lifting it your face. Do this several times until all traces of soap are gone. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chemical peels involve the use of alpha hydroxy, trichloroacetic or phenol acids applied to the face to correct skin discoloration, acne or other imperfections. Chemical peels often take off the outer skin cells to remove wrinkles and blotches to expose fresh skin underneath, all in an attempt to increase collagen production and give the recipient a more youthful appearance. After receiving a chemical peel, the skin may be sensitive and require a special procedure for cleansing.

  1. Wait until 12 to 24 hours after a chemical peel to wash your face. Use a gentle cleanser that contains no salicylic or alpha hydroxy acids or other harsh chemicals. A soap such as Dove Cleansing Bar or an all-natural facial cleansing cream will work best. Use your fingertips to wash your face lightly. Do not use a washcloth. Wash twice a day to increase oil production.
  2. Apply the ointment you were prescribed by your doctor or esthetician after each cleansing procedure. If you were not prescribed an ointment, use at least a 50-SPF sunscreen to protect your skin.
  3. As the skin flakes and begins to peel, continue to wash twice daily, but be gentle. Do not remove the skin, but let it fall off naturally. You can use a washcloth at this point with a mild face wash to lightly exfoliate the dead skin.
  4. Continue to use 50-SPF sunscreen after each cleansing treatment. The face will be bright red for 7 to 10 days following a peel. You can usually apply makeup again from 7 days to 2 weeks after a peel to camouflage the redness.

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.

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.

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.

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. Michael Gann/Demand Media 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. Michael Gann/Demand Media 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. Michael Gann/Demand Media 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. Michael Gann/Demand Media 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.

Tone, brighten and smooth skin using fresh, natural ingredients for a homemade face pack. Face packs are beauty recipes you can create in the comfort of your own home, apply to a clean, washed face and reveal beautiful skin. Pamper yourself and continue to maintain your fresh face with beauty tips to enhance your skin long after using a face pack.

  • This face pack will smooth dry skin. To make, peel and mash a whole cucumber in a bowl. Strain and add 1 tbsp. of sugar, then mix well. Place the bowl in the refrigerator until cool. Apply it to your face your hands. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse with cold water and pat dry with a towel to reveal beautiful smooth skin.
  • This face pack tightens and brightens with its creamy, cool texture. You will need 1 tbsp. of honey, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice and one egg white. Whisk the ingredients in a bowl until the mix takes on a smooth, creamy texture. Apply the pack to your face with your fingertips; gradually build up a good layer. Leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse your face with cool water and pat dry with a towel. The pack will smooth away oily skin and patches, revealing a brighter face.
  • This face pack is great for combination skin. Make a pack with 1/2 cup of powered, dry peas, mixed with 3 tbsp. of curd and the juice of one lemon. Then add 1/2 cup of papaya pulp; mix well. Clean your T-zone with an astringent, then using a cotton ball, dab milk around the rest of your face. Apply the pack and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water, and pat dry with a towel.
  • Reduce puffy, red eyes with eye packs, or combine with face packs for a full facial. Cucumber slices reduce puffiness. Chill them in the refrigerator for an extra cooling sensation. Grated potato can brighten like cucumber, too. Otherwise, tea bags work nicely on red, tired eyes. Take two tea bags and submerge them in warm water for just a moment. Place them in the freezer for around 10 minutes, then place on eyes.
  • Fill an ice cube tray with rose water and freeze. Rub the cubes on your face in your T-zone to shrink pores and reduce blackheads. Use rose water cubes any time of day or just before bed. After a nice steam bath has opened your pores is an ideal time to use this pore reducer as well.
  • Keep any unused pack refrigerated for up to one week after making. Simply wrap the bowl you made it in with cling film or saran wrap, and you can use it later in the week for a second treatment.

Lemon is used in many natural kitchen cleaners and deodorizers, but it’s also great for the skin. It contains Vitamin C, and its acidic nature makes it a natural astringent for skin that is prone to acne and blemishes. For mature skin, lemon acts as a skin lightener, so it’s an effective home remedy for fading away age spots.

  1. Cut a fresh lemon in half.
  2. Squeeze some juice from one half into a small bowl.
  3. Soak a cotton ball in the lemon juice and wipe your whole face with it. You could also directly rub the cut-open lemon onto your face.
  4. Allow the lemon juice to sit on your face for 2 minutes.
  5. Rinse the lemon juice away with lukewarm water.
  6. Pat your face dry with a towel.

Smooth, blemish-free skin gives a feeling of confidence, but often hormones and genetics make us more susceptible to acne. Though these may be beyond your control, improving blemishes for softer, smoother skin is often just a matter of changing basic habits. Chemical treatments and prescriptions are most commonly advertised for maintaining a clear complexion, but these can often be harsh and expensive; natural methods instead provide desired results in a way that also avoids the side effects and expense of chemical treatments.

  1. Keep your skin clean. Wash your face twice per day, morning and night, with mild facial soap. Look for an oil-free, non-comedogenic cleanser that won’t irritate or overdry your skin, such as Eucerin Dermopurifyer, Cetaphil Gentle Skin or Neutrogena’s Transparent Facial Bar. Use clean, bare hands to wash instead of a washcloth that may irritate your skin, and pat dry with a wash cloth. Keep hair pulled back while sleeping and avoid touching your face. Oils and dirt on your hands transfer to your skin and cause blemishes.
  2. Avoid behaviors and habits that make blemishes worse. Picking at existing acne can cause infection in pimples and increases the chance of acne scarring. Avoid fatty, sugary foods. According to Dr. John Wolf, chair of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, these foods can cause blood sugar and insulin levels to fluctuate and exacerbate acne problems.
  3. Steer clear of oily products near your face. Greasy hair waxes, oily moisturizers and thick cosmetics may make acne worse. Use a light, water-based hair products and pin your hair away from your face. Use a pea-sized drop of oil-free, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic moisturizer if needed. Choose mineral powder foundation and cosmetics instead of heavy, greasy products.
  4. Limit stress by exercising, talking friends or family members, or listening to music. According to Dr. Denise Metry, an assistant professor of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine, stress stimulates hormones. This leads to skin glands producing excess oil which causes acne breakouts.
  5. Exercise and eat healthy food to improve skin quality. Exercising regularly improves blood flow, reduces stress and eliminates harmful toxins from your body. Vitamin A keeps your skin smooth and supple. Liver, green leafy vegetables, eggs, butter, cheese and orange and yellow fruits and vegetables contain Vitamin A. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects skin and repairs skin damage, and is found in citrus fruits, broccoli and peppers. Vegetable oil, sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, blueberries and papaya contain Vitamin E, which protect skin and prevent cell damage. Foods containing niacin, such as lean meats, fish, eggs and enriched bread, pasta and cereal also promote healthy skin. Take a multivitamin supplement each day to support nutrition and skin health. Drink at least 64 ounces of fluids every day as well: staying hydrated is vital for healthy skin.

Here are a few tips to get that amazing smooth and clear skin you’ve always wanted.

  1. The first and in my opinion the most important step to have smooth and clear skin is personal hygiene. Get the cleansing lotions, the makeup removing wipes, moisturizers, and facial scrubs. Keep your skin clean is going to help out a lot. And with that be sure to wash your face every morning and every evening (depending on what time you shower)
  2. You are going to wash your face with warm water and then apply cleanser. Scrub your face with the cleanser for about 30 seconds and then wash off the cleanser. After that apply moisturizer.
  3. When you get back or are done with your makeup for the day wash your makeup off and use the make up removing wipes to keep your pores from getting clogged or infected.
  4. Be sure to also stay in shape, healthy skin starts with a healthy body. This will make your skin firmer and tighter and give your skin a healthier look. Be sure to also keep hydrated.

If you want smooth underarm skin and you’re not into waxing or laser hair removal, never fear — with the right razor, products and shaving technique, your armpits will be smooth and beautiful. Whether you want to flaunt a sundress or an evening gown, flawless pits are essential. Preventing razor bumps and ingrown hairs isn’t impossible if you take a few extra moments in the shower. The key to making your armpits look smooth and beautiful is treating your skin well.

  1. Lather a bath pouf with mild soap and scrub your armpits gently in a circular motion. Do this every day to keep your skin exfoliated and smooth, and to help prevent ingrown hairs.
  2. Rinse the soap from your armpits to wash away dead skin cells. Lather them again with the same mild soap.
  3. Hold your arm above your head so your skin is taut. Shave your armpits with a fresh blade on a multi-blade razor. Use one with a moisturizing gel strip for extra softness. Shave slowly and gently, downward at first, then upward.
  4. Rinse your armpits and pat them dry with a soft towel. Do not rub, as this can cause irritation.
  5. Wait until your armpits are dry before applying an unscented, hypoallergenic deodorant. Use a clear gel to prevent the unsightly deodorant marks that white sticks can leave behind.

When you look at someone you may not immediately think, Gee, that person looks healthy. But if they don’t look healthy, you notice right away. One of the first things that tells us whether someone is healthy is body size, as neither those who are too heavy nor too thin look vibrant. Other barometers are hair and skin.

Fortunately, there are ways to find balance in your health and improve your appearance at the same time.

ExerciseExercise is one of the best things you can do to give yourself a healthy look, as it not only changes your body composition by cutting down on body fat and building muscle mass, but it improves the appearance of your skin. A report published in the Journal of Peer Reviewed Science told of a study where participants looked at photos to determine which subjects looked the healthiest, and the ones whose skin had the most color were chosen. The study concluded that skin color affects attractiveness. There is a reason for that: Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, creating a natural, healthy look. It can also thicken the skin, which helps protect it from aging.
If you are not used to exercise, start by walking, then work your way up to walking briskly for 30 minutes at least five times per week. Doing resistance exercises, such as weightlifting or working with resistance bands, helps build muscle and tone the skin, which is also a great indicator of good health. HairWhether you have a lot of hair or none, the key is to look groomed, as nothing can take away from a healthy body and toned, smooth skin like a bad hair day. If you are balding and just have patches of hair, keep it neat and trimmed. If you have longer locks, make sure you take the time to condition your hair to prevent the dry, frizzy look that can be translated as “unhealthy.” Most hair damage comes from the sun and hot styling products, such as hair irons and straighteners. Over-perming or coloring can also damage hair. Take the time once or twice a week to give your hair a hot oil treatment to keep it conditioned and give yourself a scalp massage every time you shampoo. SkinAs mentioned above, skin tone and coloring is very important in a healthy appearance. Skin texture also plays a role. Smooth skin is a sign of health and vitality, and one of the best ways to get smooth skin is through exfoliation. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells on the outer layer of skin and makes it appear softer and smoother. Products on the market that act as exfoliates contain salicylic or beta-hydroxy acid, and glycolic acid is another common ingredient to look for when selecting an exfoliating product. You can also exfoliate your skin at home with simple table sugar. Just add a tablespoon to a palm full of your favorite body wash. Using the palm of your hand, gently rub the mixture over the skin to help loosen and remove dead skin cells. Don’t stand directly under the water as you do this, as the sugar will dissolve. Rinse completely when finished, and use as often as you like. You can also add oatmeal or coarse sea salt to a cleanser, but don’t use sea salt more than once a week, as it can have a drying effect on skin. After your bath or shower, always use a light moisturizer to trap water in the skin. No need for expensive moisturizers, as simple olive, almond or sesame oil will work great. SmileDon’t neglect your teeth, because a bright smile makes everyone look healthier. Be sure to brush and floss twice daily, and pay attention to your gums. See your dentist at least every six months for a regular cleaning and to prevent any larger problems from developing. Good NutritionLast but not least, the key to looking healthy and having great skin is good nutrition, as the health that is apparent on the outside of our bodies starts from within. Eating a diet rich in antioxidant fruits and vegetables helps the cells function properly and slows the aging process. Berries, peppers, broccoli, sweet potatoes and leafy greens are a few examples of foods high in antioxidants. See the resource below for a more complete list of antioxidant-rich foods as identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Years ago black skin care products were hard to find, now, you can find them almost anywhere. Manufacturers are even making cosmetics to match the skin tones of women of color. But where can you find natural skin care and makeup products? Some can be found right in your kitchen. Rediscover your grandmother’s skin care recipes and tips to uncover your natural, beautiful black skin.

  • Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer. It reduces the appearance of stretch marks and hyperpigmentation and smooths rough elbows and knees. Use cocoa butter twice a day to for best results. Products formulated with cocoa butter can be purchased at discount or drug stores, and pure cocoa butter can be found at health food and organic stores.
  • Exfoliate your skin to reveal a layer of fresh, smooth skin. Put a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt in a bowl, and add enough orange juice to make a paste. Apply to skin by rubbing gently in a circular motion. Rinse with cool water to tighten pores. Moisturize with cocoa butter to complete the facial.
  • Sugar is another natural exfoliant. Mix a few tablespoons of sugar with water to make a paste. Apply this to wet skin and let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse with cool water. Use cocoa butter as a moisturizer.
  • For smooth, beautiful skin use a honey moisturizer. Mix equal amounts of honey and plain yogurt in a bowl. Apply a generous amount of it to your skin while bathing or in the shower. Rinse well after letting the mixture sit on your skin for five to ten minutes. Apply a moisturizer after this treatment.

Nourish your skin from the inside out to enhance its beauty. Discover what supplements keep your skin glowing, smooth and healthy. According to Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSc, founder and director of the National Institute of Whole Health in Boston, “Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”

  • Restore your skin from sun damage, wrinkling and aging with vitamin A, for a smooth, glowing complexion. This vitamin is necessary for repairing skin. Dr. Arthur Perry says that vitamin A “is the only thing that can reverse some of the signs of aging—other things kind of hold it at bay.” Eliminate dry skin conditions like psoriasis with vitamin A. Take the RDA recommended amount of vitamin A of 2,000 IU, taking too much can be toxic.
  • Create glowing, healthy skin by taking 300 mcg biotin daily. Biotin is the most important of the B vitamins for your skin.

    Take 30 mg vitamin B3 (niacin) daily to retain moisture in your skin.

    Help heal your acne when you take 300 mg vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) daily. Lit-Hung Leung, M.D. discovered when 10 g of vitamin B5 are taken for acne, the facial skin pores become noticeably smaller in one to two weeks and continue until the skin is very smooth and beautiful. See a dermatologist first before taking this dosage.

  • Over 80 percent of your skin is made of collagen, a protein. Stimulate the collagen in your skin by taking vitamin C supplements. Keep your skin looking supple and younger with vitamin C and reduce or prevent wrinkles.

    Dr. Peter Pugliese, skincare expert, says that vitamin C is the most important water-soluble biological antioxidant. Take 800 mg to 2,000 mg of vitamin C daily with flavanoids, for better absorbency.

    Take 400 IU of vitamin E daily to reduce sun damage, improve skin texture and to prevent wrinkles.

  • Take a zinc supplement daily of 15 mg, especially if you have acne. Zinc restores the skin’s oil supply to a normal level.

    Protect your skin from sun damage with 200 mcg selenium each day.

    Take 1,000 mg (one tablespoon) of flaxseed oil or 1,000 mg of fish oil daily for a dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Omega-3 keeps your skin moist, smooth and younger looking.

    Rebuild your skin cells by taking 200 mg Alpha-Lipoic Acid daily. Alpha-Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant more powerful than vitamin C and E.

  • Avoid taking more than the recommended dosage of vitamin A–this supplement is toxic in higher doses.

    Dr. Mehmet C. Oz and Dr. Michael F. Roizen, authors of “YOU: Staying Young”, suggest how to take vitamin supplements, “Take half in the morning and half at night to keep a constant vitamin level in your blood during the day.”

    Quit smoking or increase your daily vitamin C dosage up to 2,000 mg if you smoke cigarettes. Smoking depletes vitamin C.

    See your doctor before taking vitamin B5 if you’re taking antibiotics or tetracycline. Vitamin B5 interferes with the absorption of these drugs.

    Drink one half your weight in ounces of water each day to moisturize your skin from the inside out.

Japan is an area that places a great deal of importance on beauty, and Japanese women often incorporate beauty tips into their regular routines to look youthful, pretty and fresh. Some beauty techniques have been passed down for generations in Japan while others have come into use with the advent of new technology. These beauty tips provide Japanese women with the soft, bright skin, smooth feet and sleek hair that they are known for.

  • Japanese women use both diet and topical skin treatments to achieve smooth, supple skin. According to China Town Connection, “one of the most common Japanese skin care methods is known as the Okinawan diet,” which is high in antioxidants and vitamins. The diet focuses on consuming vegetables, seafood and fish, tofu, soymilk, tempeh and yogurt. Green and oolong teas are also consumed. According to Oprah.com, Japanese women also eat “collagen-infused foods, and drink a combination of collagen and water to achieve clear, smooth skin.” As for topical treatments, ultraviolet light-treated nightingale droppings have been used for centuries to clean and lighten the skin. Japanichi reports that nightingale droppings “contain protein, a degrading enzyme for fat, and a whitening enzyme, which act on scurf and fat to help remove all traces of dirt and gently exfoliate dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft, smooth and whiter.” Nightingale treatments usually come in a powdered form that is then mixed with water or as a facial soap to be used as a mask or cleanser.
  • Japanese women take very good care of their skin, including the skin on their feet. To remove the dead skin cells that can cause rough patches on the feet, they use an unusual treatment in which they dip their feet into a small pond or tubs filled with “doctor fish.” The fish are toothless, and they use their mouths to suck the dry skin cells off of the feet, leaving the skin soft and smooth. According to CNN Go, “the fish are particularly recommended to people suffering from skin diseases such as eczema or psoriasis.”
  • Japanese women are known for their soft, straight hair, which many women achieve through a Japanese hair-straightening technique known as “thermal reconditioning. ” According to Hair Boutique, “the system was designed to create a non-coating, straightening system that uses the heat oxidation process to seal in and rebuild hair from the inside out through a combination of patented chemicals and irons that reach 356 degrees to achieve sleek and silky straightness.” A protein conditioner is applied to the hair, followed by a retexturizer, a solution of thioglycolate. A roller-ball dryer then adds heat and softens the hair. A hot ceramic straightening iron completes the process by thermally restructuring the hair with heat as it glides over 1/8 inch sections at a time. The process restructures the hair’s protein bonds; the results can last for many months.

Glowing, smooth, fair skin like that modeled by celebrities such as Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Rossellini might seem unattainable. But for those without the money for weekly facials or expensive night creams, following a few simple beauty rituals can drastically improve the look and feel of your skin. As with most beauty regimens, consistency offers the best results, so try to follow this routine on a regular basis.

  1. Wash your face every night with a moisturizing cleanser. While this might sound like something everybody should know, many women skip this step. Washing your face helps remove impurities and make-up that can clog your pores and make your skin look less clear and glowing. Use warm water to help loosen dirt along with a dime-size amount of your cleanser, and then rinse with cool water.
  2. Use a night cream to help skin repair itself and rejuvenate; this will help to give you a dewy, smooth look. Many women do not manage to get the nightly eight hours of sleep recommended by doctors, but night creams can help you fake a well-rested look. Night creams work better than potions used during the day because “your body’s temperature rises slightly at night, which helps skin better absorb lotion” according to Kevin Taylor, a scientist at P&G Beauty.
  3. Exfoliate on a regular basis. Use a facial peel with a gentle fruit-based acid, such as the Glycolactic Skin Renewal Peel Mask from REN Skincare, that offers an exfoliating process without leaving you with reddened, dry skin. You can also exfoliate on a daily basis by rubbing a handful of sugar on your skin while it is wet, according to make-up artist Carmindy of the TLC channel’s “What Not to Wear.”
  4. Use sunscreen on your skin on a daily basis. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. To protect yourself from cancer and ensure your skin stays fair and smooth, apply sunscreen or beauty products containing sun protection to your face and other exposed body parts at least 30 minutes before leaving the house.
  5. Eliminate break-outs by diligently following an acne-fighting routine. Use salicylic acid-containing products such as Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Eliminating Gel or Clearasil Ultra Pimple Blocker Pen to help clear up the occasional flare-up. If chronic acne is a problem, consider using one of the complete acne control systems such as the Proactiv system or the Loreal Derma Expertise Adult Acne Regimen.

Care for your assets — literally. A smooth, ripple-free behind is what you want to show off in your tight yoga pants, in your bikini at the beach or even when you’re caught exposed in the buff.

What you do to care for your backside at home matters. The skin of your butt may be an afterthought, but it deserves the same attention as more visible parts. A spa session may help smooth the skin of your buttocks, but it’ll cost you. Perform the same ritual at home for a fraction of the price.

Use a sandy scrub designed for your body, such as one with brown sugar, and apply it with a bath loofah or damp washcloth to the skin of your behind. Work in circular motion with gentle pressure to help get rid of dead skin and small bumps. Rinse the scrub off thoroughly, and pat dry.

Use a product with seaweed extract, which includes numerous vitamins and minerals. These products are also highly moisturizing, helping disperse fatty deposits. Apply a generous amount and massage slowly to let it sink in. Glycolic acid-containing moisturizers are another choice that can help fight the bumps caused by an overproduction of protein around the hair follicles.

If your skin is particularly dry or dimpled, repeat the exfoliation process one to two times per week. Otherwise, once every couple of weeks is enough for this sensitive area. You can apply firming cream as often as the product recommends — usually once or twice daily.

Regularly working out improves circulation to all muscles, including those deep inside your behind. Cardiovascular exercise, such as power walking uphill or dance class, can help activate your glutes — the muscles of your buttocks. When these muscles are strong, the skin sits more smoothly over them. Strength training with moves such as bridges, lunges, squats and step-ups also helps build these muscles so the flab diminishes and a smoother, more muscular bum appears.

Handheld electronic massagers can stimulate the skin and muscles of the buttocks with electrical impulses. Improved circulation can help perk up your butt’s skin and potentially smooth it out. A professional massage, or one you do yourself in the shower or bath, may help break down lumpy areas. Fists or palms apply the firmest pressure.

If you’re waiting for exfoliation, exercise and massage to kick in, take temporary smoothing measures. Self tanner gives the appearance of smoother skin by eclipsing some visible veins, cellulite and bruises. Apply it after an exfoliating session, though, for the smoothest, most even application. Form-fitting undergarments can also create the appearance of smooth skin under tight clothing. Shaping tights and pants can lift the bottom, and make it look toned and bump free.

As you feel your skin or your partner touches your skin you want it to feel smooth, silky and also you want to have healthy skin. Especially in the summer time when you are heading to the beach, you want to have beautiful touch me looking skin. When someone touches your skin it triggers your brain to release more of the chemical dopamine, which lowers stress levels and improves your mood. Your body can be silky smooth from head to toe if you follow these steps.

  1. First rule to remember is everyday after a shower you should use a hydrating lotion to lock moisture into your skin. Of course you should use a different lotion on your face then you do on your skin.
  2. The regimen you should follow for your face can really vary from person to person, so there is no one size fits all here. Since there are many different types of skin out there you need to focus on your personal skin to help keep it in its best possible condition. when shopping for face creams, cleansers you want to make sure you get the right one. Never use regular bar soap on your face which can dry it out and leave it dull.

    You should also use a face exfoliating cream once a week to remove dead skin cells and show off beautiful glowing skin. Apply a facial moisturizer on a daily basis. if you are in the sun often or even go outdoors for just a little bit, make sure it includes a SPF. The earlier you take care of your face, the longer it will look young and vibrant. Also use an eye cream around the delicate eye area.

  3. These are spots many of us miss as we do our skin regimen, but these are often some of the most sensual places to be touched. Besides that they are often exposed for others to see, so we should want them looking their best. You should use a body scrub on these areas once a week. Make sure you use a gentle exfoliater to these areas. Since these areas tend to have few oil glands they are prone to dryness, so you don’t want to over do it.

    Also you want to do it the right way which is by gliding your hand back and fourth instead of rubbing it in, which causes to much friction. Now when you are done it is time to moisturize. You should extend the face creams down to this area since these areas are often exposed to the sun and require a good cream. Remember that a thick or rich cream will not be absorbed well on the chest and the neck areas. Consider using a anti-aging product with a SPF on your face and down to your neck and chest to protect it.

  4. You want to have smooth beautiful looking arms and remember your arms are shown often all year long. You should use a body scrub on your arms once a week. If you choose to remove the hair from your arms be careful how you do it. The hair on your arms tend to be finer then the hair that grows on your legs and bikini area, so waxing is less painful on the arms. you want to also beware that you could get red bumps from shaving your arms that are often hard to treat.

    Everyday after a shower you should use a hydrating lotion to lock moisture into your skin.

  5. Legs actually have very few oil glands on them, so they tend to be dry. You should keep them hydrated well with a good regimen. Start the regimen in the shower with a body wash containing oil, since it also helps us to shave our legs and get a smoother finish. Wait until the end of your shower to shave your legs to allow them to soak in some moisture and make it easier.

    Also you should exfoliate your legs at least once a week to help remove dead skin. When you down with your shower pat dry your legs and then apply a good hydrating lotion, cream or body butter.

  6. These areas tend to produce more oil then other areas on your body which can also mean more break outs. To help reduce any backne or even buttne then follow this regimen. Wash these areas with a salicylic body wash. of course it can be hard to reach these areas so use a loafah or another tool made for reaching these areas. Many times people miss these areas because they have problems reaching them, but since they are more likely to break outs you should never skip them.

    Exfoliate the areas at least once a week as well to remove any dead skin cells and uncover fresh beautiful skin. If you have frequent break outs in these areas then you can use the same zit zapping medications and treatments you use on your face on these areas. You can even use face masks on these areas and follow the same rules you would use on your face. Use a hydrating lotion on these areas when you are done.

  7. The stomach can be a very sensual sex area on your body. Don’t let hair get in the way! Many women forget to shave the line leading down your belly button and it can be unappealing for many men. When you shave this area it can lead to ingrown hair which are also unsightly so be careful. You may chose to wax this area as well as your bikini area to make the hair grow back slower.

    However if you decide to go with the good old fashioned, (and less painful) shaving then just swipe a presoaked formulated to eliminate ingrown hair and bumps and also soothe redness. After you are done moisturize the area well to keep it smooth and less irritated.

  8. Make sure you pay special attention to certain areas which tend to be dryer then other areas. Your elbows, feet, and knees need a little extra attention. For an added moisturizing lift to your weekly skin care regimen try this awesome all over softening treatment. Start by warming up your bathrobe in the dryer and get it ready for you to put on.

    Massage a blend of emollient vegetable oils like avocado, calendula, neroil, etc. all the way from your neck down to your feet. You can buy premade versions that work just as great. Put on your bathrobe and relax for about an hour. Then take a shower as you normally do. You will have silky smooth skin. The oil seals in moisture as the heat from the bathrobe will help the oil penetrate into your skin. You will love how great your skin feels after this awesome treatment!