Home Remedies For Glowing Skin

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Everyone wants healthy, gorgeous skin. Nobody likes to see blackheads clogging up their pores, or spots erupting all over their face. But not everyone is happy to use just anything on their skin. It could be because you have very sensitive skin, or you just don’t have the money to spend on store bought products. You may even be of the opinion that store bought products are over priced, and refuse to spend your hard earned money on them. Some women I’ve spoken to have expressed their concerns over harmful ingredients that are often used in many skin care products in the beauty industry. Other concerns are what some people have termed the unethical animal testing that’s widely used in the production of many a skin care product.

Well, whatever the case may be, there are many home or natural remedies that can save you all a pretty penny as well as allay all of the concerns mentioned above, if you choose to go down this route!

Lemon is packed full of Vitamin C, and is one of the products you can use to achieve clear and even skin tone. The citric acid contained within lemons helps in the removal of dead skin cells, while promoting rapid cell turn over to give way to fresh, glowing skin. Continued use of lemon on your face will help remove dark spots and lessen the appearance of uneven skin tone.

Tip:

Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice all over your face and neck. Leave it on for anything between 10 to 15 minutes. Wash off thoroughly in lukewarm water, and apply a good moisturizer of your choice. Do this ever 2-3 days and you’ll see a marked change in your skin tone; for the better.

Potato contains potassium, sulphur, phosphorous and chlorine and has a mild bleaching effect and can help those who are grappling with dark patches and/or moderate hyper pigmentation.

Tip:

Squeeze some potato juice into a bowl. Apply liberally all over your face and neck, and anywhere else you’d like to treat. Leave it on as long as is convenient for you. Rinse off in lukewarm water when ready and moisturize liberally. Repeat as often as you like. The good thing about potato is that it’s very kind on skin, and has no stinging or tingling sensation that’s likely to irritate those with sensitive skin.

Sandalwood has been used for centuries as a beauty staple in many an Indian household! It’s not surprising that most Asian ladies have such beautiful, glowing skin. Paired with turmeric, the two make for a very powerful facemask that will help you banish pimples as well as uneven skin tone.

Tip:

Mix sandalwood and turmeric powder into a paste. To bind, you can use a little almond oil, rosewater, milk or witch hazel. Apply the paste to your face and leave for as long as you desire. Then massage for a few minutes, before rinsing off thoroughly with lukewarm to cold water. This method is safe to use very other day or even on a daily basis for smooth, glowing skin.

Honey is a natural humectant and draws moisture into your skin, preventing it from drying. It also enables your skin to retain moisture within the skin layers, keeping it hydrated and staving off the dreaded wrinkles. Honey applied to skin will also leave your skin soft, smooth and glowing.

Tip:

Apply raw honey liberally to freshly washed skin and let it sit on your skin for however long you feel comfortable with. Rinse off with tepid water and moisturize with a moisturizer of your choice. This simple mask is gentle enough to apply once a day.

Baking soda is cheap as chips and has so many different uses, including as a very effective skin care product. It effectively balances your skin’s pH balance and can be used to address skin ailments such as pimples. The fine powder makes it a very gentle exfoliator that can also buff away all the dead skin cells, to reveal fresher, glowing skin.

Tip:

Mix baking soda with a little milk, apple cider vinegar, rosewater, witch hazel or whatever you know works for you. Blend into a smooth paste and lather onto your face. Let the paste sit on your face for as long as is convenient to you, and then thoroughly rinse off in tepid water. Follow with a moisturizer of your choice.

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Benzoyl Peroxide-A review

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Nobody enjoys having less than perfect skin, and that includes me. Like most people out there, once I hit puberty, all hell broke loose and I found myself battling acne from that point on for what felt like forever. My mother, who has near flawless skin, assured me not to stress out over it because it would soon clear on its own. She told me that she went through the same phase, only hers was worse, as it was cystic acne. However, 21 came and went and many years later, I was still battling acne, with no sign of it going away!

Meantime, my skin was progressively getting worse and worse because I was left with unsightly acne marks as well as existent spots. People would annoy me and say don’t squeeze them, don’t touch your face, drink a lot of water, don’t eat crisps, sweets and chocolate…. on and on it went! This mainly from people with near perfect skin, who never suffered with pimples! I remember, one of my cousins, who happens to have the most gorgeous skin once saying to me, “why don’t you sort your face out?!” ….I just thought, wow, charming!

Anyway, over the years, I tried everything under the sun, in vain. You name it, I’ve probably tried it! I went through dermatologists, bought both cheap and expensive products, in vain. I took all manner of skin supplements, in a bid to cleanse myself from within. Nothing helped. I was well and truly at the end of my tether, when I happened upon a skin care discussion thread where everyone was talking about Benzoyl Peroxide being a good acne remedy.

I set about doing further research and finding more reviews, and I must say I was intrigued! Luckily, I was able to find it in a local Boots pharmacy, and for very cheap too. The brand I found was Panoxyl, which came in a face wash and gel set for £10. It came in 3%, 5% and 10% strengths. I have oily skin, which can handle most products, so I decided to go in at the highest strength.

What It Promises To Do

  • Cleans and unclogs pores
  • Clears existent acne blemishes and helps prevent new ones forming
  • Promotes exfoliation of dead skin cells
  • Helps break the cycle that keeps bringing acne back
  • Reduces acne-causing bacteria by drying and peeling skin

My Verdict 

I was amazed! Within about two weeks of using PanOxyl foaming face wash and gel, my face was showing the promise of healing I’d never ever seen before with any other product! I would say my face was about 95% clear, with no sign of new spots forming! I just couldn’t believe it!

The product is easy to use, but I would urge people to start on the lowest strength because I reckon the product works in part due to its drying element. It is so drying on skin, some may even see flaky patches on their face. Also, you have to be careful when you apply it, because it can have a bleaching effect on clothes and bedding! That’s how strong it is.

All in all, this is what I noticed with my skin with continued use of PanOxyl products:

  • Much less greasy skin, which may mean much dryer skin for some
  • Much smaller pores
  • Make up going on my face and blending better
  • A lot fewer acne breakouts
  • Some of my dark marks from acne fading

Warning:

This product may make your skin a lot more sensitive to the sun, so it’s imperative to protect your skin by wearing sunscreen at all times. You need to also avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, and whenever you’re out and about, also wear protective clothing. If you’re a fan of fake tan, you are best off skipping going on tanning beds while using this product, too. Failure to do so may undo all the hard work you put in to reverse all the damage on your skin. Remember that your skin will be sensitive and your newly acquired fresh skin may still be fragile.

To this day, I still swear by this product. It’s a shame that where I now live, I can only get it at 5% strength, which sometimes takes a while to work on my skin. Do you suffer terrible bouts of unsightly acne? Give benzoyl Peroxide a try, you may just be pleasantly surprised. It worked for me, and still does!

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Sugar and Your Skin

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We’ve all heard about the health risks associated with sugar, but if like me, you find hard to kick this habit, you never really give it much consideration. I was recently reading a magazine article on how bad sugar can be for your skin. I was shocked at the amount of damage alone sugar can wreak on your skin. I knew it played a part in bad skin, but apparently I didn’t know the half of it!

Besides potentially giving you a catalogue of skin ailments, consuming too much sugar puts you at the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

So How Can Sugar Adversely Affect Your Skin?

  • Inflammation

Sugar causes a spike in blood sugar levels causing them to surge and then plummet rapidly. This then leads to the sugar content in your system irritating your blood vessels, which in turn leads to inflammation. Inevitably, this causes damage to the skin, which can appear puffy, red, very oily or dry. Any sign of inflammation can lead to break outs. So if you are prone to acne, you may want to cut right back on refined sugars including both white and brown sugar, honey, molasses and maple syrup. All of the above bar white and brown sugar came as a shock to me, because I thought I was being good by cutting out sugar and sticking with these substitutes!

Experts urge you to stock up on foods rich in fibre, protein and healthy fats to guard against a sharp drop in sugar levels.

  • Furthermore, high blood sugar levels can also accelerate the signs of aging by clotting collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, obstructing the normal skin renewal process. Sugar is believed to attack the healthy, supple collagen responsible for keeping your skin wrinkle free. This subsequently leads to dehydrated and dull skin. Your skin becomes depleted of collagen, and when this happens, wrinkles form.
  • Free radicals cause inflammation and disease in your body. Studies have shown a diet rich in sugar to lead to free radicals in your body. To fight free radicals, you need to have a diet rich in antioxidants like fruit and vegetables, in place of sugary snacks and other food items.
  • Sugar can lead to skin rashes as well as yeast imbalances, which are often accompanied by inflammation and redness. Try cutting right back on sugar, and chances are you’ll soon see a marked improvement to your skin health!
  • Sugar is known to draining your skin of all moisture by sucking the water out of your cells. This can lead to dry skin, puffiness and the dreaded dark under eye circles that a lot of women suffer with.
  • Too much sugar plays havoc with your digestive system, and is usually part of the reason behind cramps and excessive gas. Sugar inflames the gut, ferments and isn’t digested properly to contribute anything in terms of nutrients, other than glucose to your body! Cutting sugar out of your diet will lead to better digestion, less cravings and much better skin.

As stated before, you can help your skin health by including lower glycemic-index foods in your diet. This will lead to clearer and more supple skin. Avoid all foods that cause sharp spikes in blood sugar levels such as sweets, sodas, white bread, alcohol, and products made with high fructose corn syrup. Foods such as quality protein foods, reduced-fat dairy products, beans and lentils, and 100% whole-grain versions of bread and pasta will release energy into your body a lot slower and over time without the risk of inflammation and skin irritation.

All these facts have given me food for thought, pun not intended. I realise I could do with cutting right back, but really struggle with not including sugar in my diet! I also crave smooth, glowing and healthy skin, so this is a classic ‘catch 22’ situation for me.

Do you eat a lot of sugary food in your diet? How easy do you find it to cut back on your sugar intake?

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Skin Supplements 2

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I recently wrote an article on the best supplements to take for your skin health. I know that there are varying arguments for and against the use of supplements out there. But I don’t see anything wrong with taking supplements to help your skin, as long as you obviously don’t rely solely on them to provide you with the necessary nutrients. Supplements are not to be used in place of a well-balanced diet, and are in fact an aid to supplement your diet should you decide to go down that route.

As you can tell, I’m a fan of supplements and take some on a daily basis, in particular those designed to help skin health. For as long as I can remember, I have always had issues with my skin. I’d just hit puberty when I suddenly started getting these horrible spots that just wouldn’t go away, no matter what I did to address the sitiuation. Over the years, my acne seemed to change face, escalating to cystic acne right through to hormonal acne. I never thought I’d get rid of it, but I finally did, in part due to use of skin supplements. I learned that sometimes you also have to clean your skin from inside out, after all, you are what you eat, right?

Here are more supplements that your skin could benefit from:

  • Olive fruit extract. This extract helps protect the skin from free radicals and the oxidative damage associated with aging. It also improves the overall health and beauty of skin.
  • Biotin is a member of the B-vitamin family. Research has indicated that nail strength and quality are improved by taking 2.5 milligrams per day.
  • Hyaluronic acid. In essence, hyaluronic acid is one if the skin’s premier moisturizers, as it holds water in the intracellular matrix of dermal connective tissue and contributes to the skin’s elasticity.
  • Rosemary contains active plant compounds like ursolic acid and carnosic acid that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Rosemary can help keep your skin looking vibrant by supporting cell membrane health.
  • Green tea extract. Green tea is a source of polyphenols known as flavonoids, the predominate flavonoid being Catechins are strong antioxidants that promote overall health and protect against free radical damage to the skin. More and more beauty products contain this powerful ingredient.

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The Bes Face Scrub by Skin Type

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We all crave youthful, glowing skin and will go to great lengths to nurture and achieve it. One thing your skin will benefit from is through use of the right facial scrub in order to exfoliate and rid it of dead skin cells, which give it a dull, lackluster appearance. Below are some of the benefits of exfoliating:

  • Removes dead cells from the skin, revealing fresher and glowing skin.
  • It encourages skin cell turnover, brightening your complexion.
  • Stimulates the growth of new skin cells, leading to fresh and more even skin tone.
  • Helps with blood circulation, which in turn promotes healthier skin
  • Sloughs off dry, flaky skin to give you a smoother look
  • Effectively removes dirt and sebum from the skin’s surface and pores
  • Exfoliating skin makes it easier for your skin to absorb skin products. It also helps makeup go on and ‘sit’ better on your skin

Having said that, not all scrubs are good for your skin, and some could even lead to redness, irritation, or even full-blown breakouts. You need to be careful in choosing the right facial scrub that is most ideal for your skin type. Below are some pointers to help you in doing so: 

Normal Skin

People with normal skin do not have as many complications with their skin, as is the case with other skin types. In fact, it means you’re able to use more products than any other skin type, without aggravating it.

For normal skin types, a scrub that contains multiple buffing agents, and can be used every day, is ideal. If you have never used face scrub before, you may want to use your chosen scrub every other day, before progressing to using it daily.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is perhaps the skin type that needs exfoliation the most, as it’s prone to flaky skin. The scrub serves to slough off dead skin cells, thus reducing flakiness. If your skin is dry, you need to be careful not to go with a harsh scrub, to avoid causing further dryness and stripping your skin of its natural oils. The ideal scrub for dry skin is one that moisturizes and hydrates skin as it buffs away the dry layers. Look out for ingredients such as honey, as it draws moisture to skin. Start off by exfoliating once or twice a week and thereafter, lather on a good moisturizer.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is the most difficult to deal with! I should know because this is my skin type. It’s also the type most likely to be prone to blockages and breakouts, as it generates a lot of sebum that then clogs up your pores. When looking for a scrub suitable for oily skin, look for a deep cleansing one that will purify your pores; to guard against clogging, which will ultimately lead to blackheads and spots.

You also want to look for scrubs that minimize oil production. Salicylic acid is a very good ingredient to watch out for. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. With oily skin, you need to be careful not to exfoliate, as it can lead to over production of sebum, which would then cause further problems. Always apply a non-greasy moisturizer afterwards.

Sensitive Skin

Many people with sensitive skin tend to very wary of exfoliating because they fear they might cause or worsen the situation, as their skin doesn’t always agree with a lot of cosmetic products. This skin type is very easily aggravated. But if you have this skin type, you can still exfoliate, you just have to look for gentle scrubs and/or ones that contain enzymes. These are ideal for sensitive skin, as they gently break down the bonds that hold together the dead skin cells. If you have this type skin, you’re best off easing your skin into exfoliating, so try using a scrub once a week until you’re confident your skin can take it.

Do you exfoliate your skin regularly? What product works for you?

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Supplements and Diet For Flawless Skin With A Glow

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Ask any woman and they’ll tell you they’d love to have flawless skin with a glow. Yes, we’d all like that without the hefty price tag that comes with the skincare products and beauty procedures that the industry churns out at an alarming rate. Yet we all seem to have lost sight of the fact that the very best beauty care or nourishment we can treat our skin to is through diet, what we put in our bodies. After all, you are what you eat!

A diet rich in high-quality proteins such as salmon and calcium-rich foods including yogurt is a great way of nourishing your skin from inside out. You would do very well to include a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet, because they’re packed full of protective antioxidants that your skin will thank and reward you for!

In as much as a good diet is good for great skin, you still need further help to you fight the free radicals your skin is subjected to on a daily basis. These free radicals are your number one enemy as they play a huge role in escalating wrinkles, fine lines, and other effects of ageing. Your best bet is to couple a good diet with supplements that promote optimal skin health and beauty.

Below are some of the best, recommended supplements to help you nourish and feed your skin in your quest for flawless, glowing skin and a more youthful appearance:

Vitamin D

Many people have insufficient levels of this important vitamin.

Vitamin D is believed to protect the skin from sun damage and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Kudzu extract

An ancient Chinese and Japanese vine extract that helps support collagen production and the skin’s natural support structure, improving skin tone and firmness.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid pigment that gives salmon its distinctive colour. It’s packed full of antioxidants, helping protect the skin from the free-radical damage linked to ageing.

Tocotrienol

Tocotrienols are a specific form of vitamin E with potent antioxidant properties. A combination of tocotrienols and astaxanthin has been reported to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and discolorations while smoothing and moisturizing the skin.

Lutein

Spinach is a rich source of Lutein and is important for good eye health. Recent studies suggest that the antioxidant properties of lutein may support healthy skin lipids and increase hydration in the skin.

Lycopene

Lycopene is a red plant pigment found mainly in tomatoes and contains impressive antioxidant properties. Lycopene has been shown to improve skin color and radiance, and reduce the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight.

Alpha lipoic acid

Alpha lipoic acid is the universal antioxidant, working with both the fat- and water-soluble parts of cells. The antioxidant properties of alpha lipoic acid have been reported to help reduce signs of skin photoageing.

Calcium

The mineral calcium is vital to the health and strength of all of your bones, including your facial bones. Firm facial bones ensure that your skin doesn’t sag and wrinkle easily.

Vitamin C

In addition to its antioxidant properties, which have been reported to protect the skin from free-radical damage, vitamin C is vital for normal collagen production and the skin’s natural support structure.

Kiwi seed extract

Kiwi seed extract improves radiance, reduces the appearance of fine lines and dark circles, and improves skin moisture.

Armed with all this information, you should be able to enjoy gorgeous, glowing skin should you choose to go down this route. Do you already use any skin supplements that work really well for you?

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Plastic Surgery: Yay or Nay?

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We live in an image conscious age, where everyone wants to look “perfect”. The celebrity and pop culture makes matters worse, as celebrities never want to be caught dead looking less than perfect. The media also doesn’t help matters, as it promotes the celebrity culture at every turn. It’s rammed down our throats just how beautiful and perfect celebrities are. Consequently everyone wants to emulate their favourite celebrities who they hold in high regard.

This has given rise to the quest to seek out more and more daring procedures including plastic surgery, especially those favoured by celebrities. Celebrities in turn have become more and more open about their use of plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures to enhance their looks; or in some cases, even re-shape their features beyond recognition. Celebrities such as Sharon Osbourne see no shame in holding their hands up and talking openly about what they’ve had done.

When I was younger, I used to be dead set against plastic surgery. My dislike of it was compounded by horror stories all over our TVs and newspapers. These horror stories as we all know, range from people being butchered and scarred for life at best, and at worst; losing their lives as a result. A lot of these people sadly have to live with the scars and botched up jobs, as they can’t afford to have them reversed or at the very least, corrected.

However, as I’ve got older; I’ve seen my strong position shift to that of acceptance. I feel that if people have money and they need to change something about themselves that bothers them, then why not? I’m talking here about a situation where someone has something “minor” that affects their confidence, or their health. Like for instance if they have extremely large breasts, that have resulted in chronic back pain; they may opt to have a breast reduction. Or on the flip side, if they are completely flat chested and they feel it affects their confidence; I believe it’s ok to enhance their chest area. I don’t agree with it being used to completely re-shape someone’s features beyond recognition, where it’s clear they are being driven solely by vanity. For me it also raises concern where it’s become an obsession. However, I wouldn’t judge anyone for doing whatever they want to themselves. After all, it’s a free world, and if they’re happy with their new look, why not?

What is your take on this subject? If you could afford it, would you consider having plastic surgery?

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

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I love cosmetics and skincare products. So each time I see something new, I want to try it. If it’s got gorgeous packaging, I’m a goner. I like everything that comes in pretty, girlie packaging. So when I caught sight of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water in one of my local pharmacies, I just had to have it. I thought it looked so pretty, and couldn’t wait to take it home to try it.

This is basically a toner-cum-makeup remover; so forget the fancy name.

What Garnier Says About It

  • Good even for sensitive skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • No rinsing required
  • May be used on the face, lips and eyes
  • Gently cleanses and removes makeup all in one easy step
  • Fragrance free
  • Naturally derived ingredients

I was very happy to see all this on the packaging, the product may as well have been made for me! I also liked the following:

  • Big 400 ml bottle, which is unusual
  • Very affordable
  • The list of ingredients is very short, which means less chance of harmful ‘nasties’ in the product
  • The pretty packaging 

My Verdict

I have only ever used this product a few times, as few as say 2-3 times since I bought it. I really wanted to like it, but Alas! I just didn’t feel as if my skin felt squeaky clean after using it. Usually, after using even the cheapest of toners, my skin glows and just looks….clean. Not so with my Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water! It almost felt like I was using water, maybe mixed with a little glycerine.

What’s more, I’ve also observed that each time I use this product, my skin breaks out! My skin is not the most sensitive, and can usually take a lot of new products. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or whatever, but every single time I’ve used this product, my skin breaks out in unsightly spots that take forever to disappear. I’ve looked at the ingredients again, and can’t work out what’s not agreeing with my skin. So overall, I’d regretfully give this product a 2 star rating out of 5.

Have you seen this product before? If you’ve used it, what are your thoughts on it?

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