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Skin Care
Your skin is the largest organ on your body, made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids and different minerals and chemicals. If you're average, your skin weighs about six pounds. Its job is crucial: to protect you from infections and germs. Throughout your life, your skin will change constantly, for better or worse. In fact, your skin will regenerate itself approximately every 27 days. Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ.

» CAUSES

* Faulty diet- Refined foods like white flour, sugar and products made with them, tea, coffee, and soft drinks deplete energy, bring about wrinkles, unattractive skin and premature aging.
* Lack of healthy blood- Healthy blood adds a glow to the skin and keeps it well-nourished, moist, and free from dryness and roughness.
* Inadequate cleansing- Very often, our skin looks superficially clean; but they really are not. Dirt and dust particles can hide in the pores of the skin and clog sweat and sebaceous glands. Proper cleansing not only removes all the dust, dirt and make-up, which accumulate during the day, but also stops the oil-secreting sebaceous glands from getting clogged.


» PREVENTION
Many skin infections like Scabies and ringworm spread through a lack of personal hygiene. Clothes and other personal items belonging to an infected person house the fungus or virus that causes the skin infection. When these objects are shared, it can lead to the spread of the infection. Poor personal hygiene too can provide bacteria or fungus with the ideal environment to flourish. Reusing the same pair of socks repeatedly can cause a person to contract athlete’s foot. It is therefore, important to follow proper hygiene practices on a regular basis. However, it is important to note that there are also several skin diseases like Melanoma and Hyper pigmentation that are unsightly but are not caused by poor hygiene.

» REMEDIES
Naturopathic remedies for acne include Vitamin E, Vitamin A, brewer’s yeast, and benzoyl peroxide cream. Keep skin clean with hot and cold compresses. Diet is also important. Eat high-protein food and fish. Drink plenty of water. Avoid oily foods (such as pizza), saturated fats, dairy products, processed sugars, and caffeine.

To treat psoriasis, first wet the skin, and then rub in some Vitamin E, mineral oil, or Vaseline petroleum jelly to keep the moisture in. Do this a couple times per day. Avoid perfumed off-the-shelf moisturizers. Diet is also important when treating psoriasis: drink more water, drink vegetable juice, eat fruits and fish, and take a Vitamin D supplement. Reduce the stress in your life and get more restful sleep.

To prevent athlete’s foot, wear cotton socks with powder inside to absorb moisture. To treat it, soak feet in hot water with 20 drops of tea tree oil to kill bacteria. Take zinc, vitamin B, vitamin E, and vitamin C to boost the immune system. Garlic, an antifungal which also boosts immunity, can be used to treat a yeast infection. Also try tea tree oil and lavender extract, and echinacea. In addition, acidophilus capsules bring balance to the intestinal tract.

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Skin care tips,
Protect yourself from the sun -- use sunscreen and avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10 and 2.
Get adequate rest and nutrition.
Wash your face twice a day and put on the proper treatment product. I'm amazed when women tell me they don't wash their face in the morning.
Don't neglect certain areas of the skin. Elbows, heels, neck, and decolletage need moisturizing, and your scalp and the tops of your feet need sun protection.
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For me, the best way to protect the skin is enough rest and sleep. Just like any other organs in the body, our skin can also get stressed out; hence, it needs proper relaxation as well. Also, intense exposure under the sun can damage the skin which, sometimes, the ill effects are not irrevocable anymore. So what these guys are saying here are very true...we have to take good care of our skin. A healthy skin means a healthy body.
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Facial skin care starts with identifying your skin type, dry, oily or sensitive. Your skin type will determine the skin care products which most effectively help reduce the effects of aging. Follow the links below to find your specific skin care regimen.

Dry Skin Care Specific Regimen
Oily Skin Care Specific Regimen
Sensitive Skin Care Specific Regimen

You should cleanse your skin a minimum of twice a day if you have normal skin, in the morning to remove the oils that build up overnight and in the evening to remove makeup, sunscreen and the normal daily skin irritants. Wash your hands thoroughly to avoid transferring bacteria. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser, using circular motions. Dermatologists recommend using an upward and outward motion to stimulate the skin.

Exfoliation is a technique to remove the natural buildup of dead skin cells. As these dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of your skin they produce a dull look. Toners which best promote skin renewal include glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids or beta hydroxyl creams. Alpha hydroxyl acids are very effective in promoting the growth of elastin and collagen. Alpha hydroxyl acids increase sun sensitivity so sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is a must.

Toning removes the residual cleansers used in exfoliation and helps rebalance your skins pH level. The best toners will remove oils, dirt and makeup left during cleansing. The most effective method is to gently pat on your toner with cotton balls using a gentle upward stroke. If you use a high quality cleanser toning may not be a necessary part of your regimen, unless you have very oily skin.

Anti aging creams and moisturizers are essential tools to improve skin appearance and reduce wrinkles. Cleansing and moisturizing are necessities in your skin care regimen. This means you should get the best products your budget can afford.

Research has shown retinol increases skin thickness, making skin appear fuller and younger. Retinol becomes ineffective when exposed to light and air opaque packaging with small opening will keep your moisturizer from becoming ineffective.

Moisturizers are most effective when applied while your skin is still moist. This means you should apply your moisturizer within 3-5 minutes after cleansing while your skin is still moist.

Jojoba, squalene and lanolin are most similar to sebum (skin’s natural moisturizer) and are less likely to clog pores. They are also most compatible with your skin’s biochemistry.

Moisturizers with antioxidants also prevent damage caused by free radicals. Antioxidant creams also deteriorate with exposure so look for containers which are opaque with small openings.

Sun exposure is recognized as the leading cause of skin aging and damage. Unless you live in a cave exposure is inevitable, so take the necessary precautions. The most highly recommended sunscreens have an SPF 30.

Since cleansing, moisturizing and sunscreen are the foundations of facial skin care, buy the best products you can afford. We recommend the following products.
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