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Thursday, October 15, 2009

How To Moisturize In Winter


Winter may well be your preferred time of year with all the holidays and festivals. While the white snowy fields with glistening and glittering stars in night amazes us, the days with all the snowfall gives an impression of a fairy tales. The big feast, bonfires, hot chocolates, makes winter everyone’s favorite season. However, winter has its own downturn too. The harsh winter winds are vile in wreaking havoc on the skin and no wonder even a person with a healthy skin experiences dry and flaky skin during winter. Actually, you need to take care of the skin to provide it protection from the windy, dry, and cold winds of winter. You don’t have to stay indoors most of the time in order to provide protection to your skin. You just have to take care of few things and winters will become all the more wonderful for you. Read on to know how to moisturize in winter and keep it soft, supple, and flawless during the harsh winter weather.
 
Tips For Moisturizing In Winter 
  • The first and foremost thing, which you have to keep in mind, is that you need to take a well balanced diet and drink enough water. With all the festivals and holidays, our diet goes out of window and we tend to binge on oily and junk foods. Since in winter we don’t feel much thirsty, we tend not to drink the usual eight glasses of water. Remember to drink enough water to keep you hydrated.
  • Apply a high quality moisturizer preferably from Clinique, Olay or Estee Lauder day care moisturizer with vitamin E on your skin just after you have taken the bath. It helps in locking the moisture in your body for a longer time.
  • If you cannot avoid going out in winter, wrap yourself with a long sleeved sweater and coats to combat harsh, cold wind of winters.
  • Follow the regime of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing even during winters. It will help you keep your skin healthy. In winters, dead cells generally accumulate on the skin, and by following this regime, you can keep your skin healthy.
  • Wear sunscreen during the winters too as harmful sunrays may make the skin rough and dry.
  • You could also keep your home’s environment warm by running a humidifier inside the house.
  • Before you take bath, you could also apply oil preferably mustard, coconut, or olive oil on your skin. Warm a little amount of oil and generously apply it on your skin and massage it on the all the body parts. Now take bath how you normally do. It will not only keep your skin moisturized but will also keep the moisture intact for whole day.
  • Don’t take very hot shower and instead go for shower with warm water. You could also opt for bathing during nighttime as you will be in the warm environment only and your skin will not have to combat cold wind.
  • Never use soaps especially during winter. Use a moisturizing bathing lotion, which contains glycerin or olive oil.
  • Protect your lips with a good lip balm. You could also apply a little mustard oil in your navel at the time of sleeping to keep it moist and from getting chapped.
  • Some people suggest taking vitamin E supplements to keep the skin from drying. Taking omega-3 fish oils pills also help in combating dry skin.
  • You could also use Shea butter or Cocoa butter to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
  • You could also apply a mixture of almond oil and honey on your skin to keep it moisturized. Add few drops of honey in almond oil in 1/3 to 1 ratio and apply it on the skin. Rinse it if it feels too sticky otherwise keep in on your skin.

Facial Tips and Tricks:

  • Choosing a facial mask requires one to pay keen attention to the skin type and purchase a facial mask in accordance with the skin’s needs. These few minutes dedicated to finding the right kind of facial mask is what will spell the difference for the freshened and revitalized look to your face.
  • The other great benefit of commercially available facial masks is that they require minimum effort on your part as all the beautification, detoxification and exfoliation work is done by the active ingredients of the facial masks.
  • A facial mask is a unique and instantaneous way to complement the daily skin care routine and adds to the breathing power granted to the pores of the skin when combined with the beauty regime of cleansing, toning and moisturizing.
  • Whether your facial is the mask variety or cream-and-wash kind, take care that it must not be done too frequently as this can endanger the ph balance of your skin. Applying a facial mask should be restricted to a weekly procedure and correspond to your skin type to ensure the most positive beautifying effect to your face.
  • If you have a dry skin, look for facials that will replenish the moisture needed by your facial skin and go in for products that offer coco or shea butter, lanolin, Vaseline, natural or scented fruit or nut-extract oils for extra nourishment. Fruit extracts like strawberry, peach, apricot and banana with milk components are believed to rejuvenate and hydrate dry skin.
  • Choose a facial that will soften the upper derma layers and improve its color, clean and contract, intensify circulation of blood so you get that healthy, youthful glow on your face.
  • Always thoroughly cleanse your skin to receive the maximum benefit of a home facial and include the neck area for massaging and treating during a facial too!

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Before you start up doing facials, the first and foremost thing to do is to identify your skin type. The five major types of the skin are Oily skin, Dry skin, Normal skin, Combinational skin and Sensitive skin. After analyzing your skin type, follow the facial treatment, as under, according to your skin type needs.

When you get the facial done for the first time, go to a qualified beautician, who can assess your skin type and recommend an appropriate facial.

Some of the basic and effective facials to stay beautiful…!

Acne facial:
It is intended for handling of acne. Particular masks and emulsions are used to dry skin complaints like pimples, clean blackheads and lighten acne scars. Sometimes a beautician may use high frequency current to dry the pimples.

Bio lift facial:
A particular biologically prepared mask is used for stiffening the loose skin at the age of forty plus. Better consult your Dermatologist for the right prescription of the mask.

Fruit facials:
Fruit mash like papaya or other fleshy fruit and vegetable juices are used for this kind of facial. The advantages of a fruit facial are attained on regular use at initial stage. It's advisable to take a patch test with the fruit or fruit juices to check if your skin is allergic to that particular fruit /vegetable juice. Or else you will end up with skin complaints.

Aroma facials:
Facial massage can be done with aromatic oils used for massage purposes. Different oils carry different benefits for your skin. Therefore, the kind of oils used depends on individual needs. For example, eucalyptus oil improves skin elasticity. Likewise every oil is having it's own healing effect for you skin.

Gold facial:
This is a clinical treatment and uses special methods of massage. The treatment encourages lymphatic drainage and removal of wastes and toxins. The main ingredients are gold cream and gold gel. These contain 24 carat gold, aloevera, wheat germ oil and sandalwood. The gold facial helps to improve blood circulation, skin elasticity, rejuvenates the skin and helps in delaying the formation of lines and wrinkles.

Pearl facial: The precious pearl and whitening dehydrated moisturizing cream is used along with sea oil and a sea scrub. Research has revealed that pearls contain a combination of natural substances that help to improve rejuvenation of the skin cells. This treatment is ideal for pigmented skins, provides hydration to the skin and makes the skin firm, soft, smooth and young.

Nutrition for your skin.

Here’s a daily nutritional plan that your skin will love you for.

healthy eating

  • 2 cups of raw fruit
  • 2 1/2 cups of raw vegetable
  • 3 ounces or more of whole grain products
  • 6-8 glasses of water
  • Reduce coffee or tea intake to 2 cups or less.
  • Avoid drinking liquids 2-3 hours before bed to reduce puffiness.
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): Omega 3 and Omega 6.
  • Reduce saturated and processed fats.

Facials at Home


Facial is one of the most effective home remedies to pamper your face. This happens to be a beauty treatment for attributing the skin of the face with an active rejuvenation. The womenfolk are generally very much conscious about their facial care and beauty and always go for facial treatments in the well-known salons or beauty parlors. Here are few home facial tips to have the refreshing facial treatment within the comfort of home. It is true that there is nothing like a refreshing facial under experienced hands. There are different types of facials available and they are mainly based on the respective skin types, such as, oily, dry, combination and sensitive skin. There are also several procedures, by means of which the facials are undertaken and the constituents or the key elements vary according to the nature of the problem faced.

Some facials are meant for regaining the natural smoothness of the skin of the face, there are also some, which help in removing the sun tan for restoring the natural complexion. Some of the facials also help in removing the blemishes and spots and the dark circle in the skin. There are also certain facial treatments that help in prevention of pimples, acnes, blackheads and aging of skin. In most cases, going for facials under professional hands happens to be an expensive affair. They not always spell good effects also. The best type of facial is the one which is done at home by means of herbal ingredients. They can be done once in a week or twice a month and leave a healthy mark on your skin. The basic facial in home works out well on oily dry and combination skin.

Here are the home facials tips will mainly deal with mere homemade face packs that suit the different kind of skin. One just needs to understand the true nature of her skin and then take the essential facial measures. Here is an outline on the basic ingredients required, the procedure and the different home facial tips. If you want to remove facial hair then the facial hair removal should be done before the facial. There are few steps for conducting an ideal facial at home. Here is a brief overview on it.
Requisites for Home Facial

Lukewarm water
Skin cleanser
Exfoliant
Cotton balls
Skin tonic
Skin mask (you may also use some of our natural recipes)
Optional 1 chamomile tea bag or ¼ cup of chamomile tea
Clean towel 

Steps
Before you start
Timing. Set about 30 minutes for this activity. Select the place where you will do your facial, preferably your bathroom or bedroom. You will need to lie down for the mask and will need a chair to sit down for the other steps (you may also stand if you wish).

Organization: Make sure that you have everything that you will need in one place. This is a relaxing activity, so make sure you have everything handy and no last minute rushes.  


Steamy stuff. You will steam your face to open the pores and let the impurities out. You can put about 5 cups of water to boil. You can use only plain water or add some herbs such as chamomile, lavender, calendula or other calming herbs. You can also use a couple of drops of chamomile, rose or lavender essential oil (just 2 or 3 drops; you do not want to irritate your eyes). If you have roses at home, you can put rose petals in the water.

Make the chamomile tea and put some ice cubes to make it cold. If you do not have the tea, simply use cold water. Submerge two pieces of cotton; you will use them to relax your eyes during the mask.


   The Process
Clean your skin: Make sure that there is no makeup left. Clean gently around your eyes and use circular motion.

Exfoliate: Apply your exfoliator with gentle circular movements. Rinse with water.

Steaming time: When the water is boiling, lower the temperature if you are using a steamer. Or put the water in a bowl and bring it to the place you are going to do the facial. Put a towel over you head to preserve the steam and lean face over the bowl, about a foot away. The steam has to feel nice, although at moments it may feel overpowering. If you feel a burning sensation, stop! The temperature is probably too high for you or you are too close to the bowl. Keep the steam going for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Extraction: We all have black and white heads. The steam eliminates a lot of them, but if you see any visible black heads, this is the time to get them out. You may cover your nails with cotton if they are too long. You will use only your fingers or a special extraction tool to press around and get the impurities out. Most experts do not recommend touching pimples because you may spread the infection or make it bigger and leave scars later on. Be gentle. Apply toner on your skin using cotton or a sprayer.

The mask: You may select your mask according to your skin needs: if you have an oily skin, a purifying mask will be great; if you have dry or normal skin, or in winter time, a deep moisturizing mask will be better.

Apply the mask all over our face, lie down if you like and put soft music on. Place the cotton balls on your eyes. Leave the mask on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Relax.

Take the mask off with lukewarm water and apply toner again. Proceed further by applying your regular moisturizer and eye cream. If you are going to be expose yourself to the sun, apply sun protection.

Have a calming drink such as a warm decaffeinated tea or just plain water.

Frequency: Depending on you skin type you may do a facial every week or every other week.








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