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Skin Care – A Complete Guide

Posted: April 27, 2010 in Skin care
We all know that our skin can never look the same all through our life. We could have had great skin in our teens or 20’s, but with each passing year the skin type changes. Here’s what you need to know on how to keep your skin looking fresh for life.

The Teens:

o Even if you endowed with good skin, assure you follow a regular skin care routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing.

o Cleanse your face regularly twice a day, and make use of a good sunscreen.

o If you skin tends to break out or is acne prone, never ignore it and get it checked by a dermatologist as early as possible.

o Maintain a proper diet. Have lots of fruits and vegetables and drink lots of water.

The 20’s:

o Check for any fine lines and wrinkles and keep your skin moisturized at all times.

o Never forget the wonders of sunscreen. Apply it even if you are indoors.

o Cleanse your face twice a day and never go to bed with your make-up on.

o Exfoliation should be a part of your skin care routine. Nevertheless, don’t exfoliate too often. Once in a fortnight is suffice.

o Follow the usual skin care regimen.

The 30’s:

o Your skin needs more care now than ever before. If you have not safeguarded your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, this is when the effects will start showing up.

o Apply a night cream regularly. The skin works effectively in the night. It tends to soak more.

o Never keep your skin dry as it cause a lot of damage. Opt for a good moisturizer that suits your skin type.

o A good facial once or twice a month is advisable to keep the skin fresh and glowing.

The 40’s and 50’s:

o The skin undergoes a lot of changes now. This is when menopause sets in causing more problems, both physically and mentally.

o Adopt a good skin care regimen.

o When it doubt, get the opinion of a good beautician or dermatologist.

o Fine lines and wrinkles tend to become more visible if proper attention is not given to the skin.

o Opt for a good night cream and follow a healthy diet.


Skin Type and Recognition

Posted: April 27, 2010 in Skin care
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Oily Skin:

Oily skin has shiny, thick and big pores. It is due to the over activity of the sebaceous glands. People with oily skin are more prone to whiteheads and blackheads. But, since it has a lot of moisture on its own, it slows the aging process.

Dry Skin:

Dry skin is basically thin and fine pored. It feels tight because of the inactivity of the sebaceous glands. Since very less oil is secreted, it makes the skin look dull and dehydrated. People with dry skin tend to get wrinkles early.

Combination Skin:

Combination skin is the most common skin type. The sebaceous glands are not evenly distributed. It is oily in the T-zone [ forehead, nose, mouth and chin tends to be oily] whereas the cheeks and other portions remain dry, resulting in a patchy skin.

Sensitive Skin:

Both oily and dry skin can be sensitive. It has thin, delicate and fine pores. People with this type of skin are sensitive to certain cosmetics, food, alcohol or even emotional issues.

Recognition of Skin Type:

It is important to know your skin type and use products accordingly. But, many tend to get confused and get into wrong conclusions. Here is an easy way to recognize your skin type.

Clean your skin well with a good cleanser. Do not apply any cream on your face. When you wake up in the morning, before you wash your face, place a tissue paper against it. Press it lightly and take a look at the tissue paper. If the tissue paper is dry, your skin is dry. If it is oily, then you have an oily skin. If it is oily in the T-zone and the remaining areas are dry, your skin belongs to the combination category.

The Benefits of Skin Care

Posted: April 27, 2010 in Skin care
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Night Cream:

Typically, the skin should be left bare to breathe throughout the night. However, for dry or mature skin, after cleansing , apply a small amount of the night cream. Allow it to be for about 30 minutes. You can then wipe it off with a tissue paper because whatever good a night cream has to do, it will do in the first half an hour. It is not required after that.

Face Pack:

A good face pack can cleanse, refresh, rejuvenate, and exfoliate. It deep cleans and helps to prevent clogged pores, loosen blackheads, eliminate dirt etc. It should be used at least twice a week, depending on your skin type. Though there are numerous face packs available in the market, home made packs are the best. You can use honey, sugar, cucumber , cream, vegetables etc, depending on your skin type.


A scrubber or exfoliating mask is basically to remove the dead cells from the surface of the skin and to promote the growth of new cells. It increases the blood circulation by giving a nice glow to the skin. Use it once a week. Scrub a little hard on the places you have blackheads and wash it off later.

Sun block:

Use a good sun block whenever you step out in the sun. The harmful rays of the sun and the pollution can damage the skin immensely. Long exposure to the sun can even lead to skin cancer. Even if you are indoors it is advisable to apply a small amount of sunscreen.


Besides the regular skin care regimen, a monthly facial is a must. Visit a beauty salon that is good in hygiene and assure that the beauticians are experienced enough. Wrong treatment or wrong use of products can prove fatal to the skin. You can also do a facial at home easily with the natural products.


A good diet that includes green vegetables and fruits is as crucial as a facial for a perfect complexion. Drink a minimum of 10 to 12 glasses a day as in helps in cleaning the system. Finally, practice the art of staying happy. No amount of skin care can be beneficial if you are constantly under stress or worrying about something or the other.

Beauty is Indeed Skin Deep

Posted: April 27, 2010 in Skin care
The skin is the body’s first and foremost shield against environmental impurities that can cause premature wrinkles and aging. Hence, it is only fair that we take proper take care to maintain it to the best of our ability. Here are few tips.

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o Rose water can be added to a tub of chilled water. Splash it several times a day, as it keeps your skin fresh and glowing.

o Acne and pimples can be irritating as it can spoil the overall look. Stick to the regular skin care routine and apply crushed mint on the affected areas on daily basis.

o To lighten the visible marks on the face, grind the dry orange peels into a powder form and mix it with a little milk. Apply this mixture to the face to reduce the ugly marks.

o Keep chilled tea bags or cucumber pieces on your eyes for sometime every day. This keeps your eyes fresh throughout the day.

o To remove blackheads, mix lemon and tomato juice and apply it after steaming your face. Never try to fiddle with them, as you may end up having visible scars.

o For great looking hair, mix two yolks of eggs and massage it thoroughly on the scalp. Leave it for around 30 minutes to an hour and wash it off with a fragrant filled shampoo to remove the stink.

o Massage your hands and legs with olive oil every night before you go to bed. This not only softens the skin, but strengthens the nails as well.

o For wonderful looking feet, soak your feet in a basin filled with warm water. Add a little salt and mild shampoo to it. Soak in your feet for at least 10 minutes, to soften and avoid cracking of the heels.

o Exercising is essential for a well-toned body. Make it a point to walk for at least 30 minutes everyday. Use the stairs instead of the lift.

o Finally, eating the right kind of food can often keep your skin healthy and glowing. Remember, the key to a healthy skin is a regulated diet which is the norm all over the world.