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SKINCARE TIPS & MISCONCEPTIONS

Skin care secrets for healthier-looking skin.

NATURAL WAYS TO KEEP SKIN HEALTHY

FOODS FOR HEALTHY SKIN

One of the top tips for healthy skin care is to eat healthy foods. Here are some of the best foods for healthy skin.

  • Foods containing Omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. Tuna, mackerel, herrings, and sardines)

  • Foods containing Vitamin A or beta-carotene (e.g. Sweet potato, carrot, mango, and spinach)

  • Foods containing zinc (e.g. Beef, peanuts, roasted pumpkin)

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables

  • Water

  • Tea

HYDRATION

Skin hydration is very important, especially for people with dry skin. Drinking lots of water is one way of keeping skin hydrated. Water also helps bring nutrients to the skin. It's important to avoid dehydrating drinks, like colas, coffee, and alcohol. Cold weather and hot water can dry out skin, so these should be avoided as much as possible. People with dry skin should always wear a sunscreen, even during winter.

SLEEP AND SKIN REJUVENATION

Getting a good night's sleep is important for healthy skin care. As people sleep, skin rejuvenation takes place and the cells undergo a process of repair. This is important because this is the time when the skin is restored and recovers from any harm it has suffered during the day. To help your skin stay healthy, you should ensure you get at least seven (preferably eight) hours of sleep a night. Make-up can interfere with the skin's rejuvenation process, so all make-up should be removed before going to bed.

NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS

Natural supplements can keep your skin looking healthy. Anti-aging supplements can help prevent signs of aging. Natural supplements can also help fix some common problems. Here are some of the best natural and anti-aging supplements for healthy skin

  • Primrose Oil

  • Omega-3

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin E

  • Zinc (to help heal damaged skin)

HERBS

Herbs can be useful in maintaining healthy skin and for treating problem skin. Here are some tips for herbal skin care, including tips for facial skin problems.

  • Aloe vera is good for all types of skin.

  • Dry skin. Make a facial sauna with comfrey or calendula. Drink chamomile, dandelion, or peppermint tea.

  • Oily skin. Apply witch hazel onto the skin to absorb oil. Make a facial sauna using lemongrass and rosebuds.

  • Acne. Tea tree is very good for treating acne

NATURAL HERBAL CLEANSING

Herbs can also be useful in general cleansing of the skin of different types. Effective skin cleansers can be made using vegetable oils.

For a toner, use rosewater for dry skin and witch hazel for oily skin. You can also infuse herbs and use the water as a toner.

ANTI-AGING TIPS

Although many of the tips already covered can also be considered anti-aging tips, here are a few more tips to help prevent the aging of skin and wrinkles.

  1. Avoid exposing your skin to the sun. If you need to go out in the sun, use a sunscreen and wear a hat.

  2. Avoid exposing your skin to heat (this includes hot water).

  3. Learn to relax your face.

  4. Quit smoking.

HEALTHY SKIN

By following the skincare tips, the tips for healthy skin, and the anti-aging tips outlined in this article, your skin will feel great and look healthy.

SKINCARE MISCONCEPTIONS

FACIAL EXERCISES TONE FACIAL MUSCLES AND MAKE A PERSON APPEAR YOUNGER.

The face is the only part of the body where muscles are attached directly to the skin: there are no facial ligaments or tissue. Constant facial exercise and tugging contribute to additional lines. Actually, wrinkles often form along expression lines caused by facial movements.

VITAMIN E MINIMIZES SCARRING

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps build skin, but there is no evidence that it does anything to help with scarring. There is even some research that suggest it may have a negative effect on scarring.

 

CUCUMBERS HELP REDUCE PUFFINESS AROUND THE EYES

The principle ingredient in cucumber is 90% water with the balance being inert fiber. They can be soothing and, with moisture, hydrate skin temporarily. The same results can be obtained from a cold compress.

SKIN PORES OPEN AND CLOSE

Pores are openings in the skin that allow oils (sebum) to reach the surface. If pores are larger, this can be due to dead cells, genetics or scarring from squeezing blemishes.

THE HIGHER THE SKIN PROTECTION FACTOR (SPF) RATING THE BETTER

SPF ratings, soon to be revised by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only refer to protection from UVB rays. A person needs sun protection that has chemical and physical blockers, plus antioxidants. A higher SPF also gives a false sense of security and introduces more potentially harmful chemicals to the body. Plus, an SPF of 50 is only marginally more protection than an SPF of 15; an SPF of 30 has only 2% more protection than an SPF of 15, and a 40 has only 1% more than a 30. Sunscreens need to be reapplied every 90-120 minutes.

LAYERING SEVERAL PRODUCTS WITH SPF RATINGS INCREASES PROTECTION

You are only protected to the extent of the higher rating of one product. A foundation with the SPF of 10, moisturizer with an SPF of 15 and a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 does not yield an SPF rating of 45.

There is lack of impartial, empirical evidence that the topical application of collagen or elastin can penetrate the dermis, even when using nanotechnology. They can provide moisturization to the epidermis, but only injections are conclusively effective.

 

NATURAL AND ORGANIC PRODUCTS ARE ALWAYS BETTER

Buyer, beware! Many natural and organic products are not as they claim. Plus, many times, active ingredients have to be synthesized to be bioavailable and effective. Synthetic compounds can actually be identical to those found in nature and be more effective. Natural vs. laboratory-processed should not lead to an up or down decision about whether a product is good or bad. Not all chemicals are bad, and not all natural or organic ingredients are good.

Using larger quantities of product will yield more better results.

Less is more. Normally, a pea-sized amount of facial product will do the trick. Excessive amounts can cause skin problems and waste money.

MINERAL OIL IS BAD FOR YOUR SKIN

Today's cosmeceutical-grade mineral oil is a far cry from the industrial type that was previously used on skin. It is a very effective ingredient in helping remove excess oil from the skin. Oil attracts oil, and the modern mineral oil formulated for use in skin care has a different molecular weight and will not harm skin or clog pores. Mixed with kaolin-fine clay-it makes a potent cocktail to assist in controlling oil production in problematic skin. Vitamin A is the best ingredient to normalize skin.

PRESERVATIVES IN THE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS ARE BAD

Preservatives help prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi and other organisms that can not only deteriorate a product's effectiveness and spoil the product itself, but also allow harmful bacteria to get on or in the skin. Although there is concern about the use of parabens, the research is not definitive that the topical application leads to harmful accumulations. Parabens are found throughout nature; for example, many fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, are naturally full of parabens. But further study is needed.

 

PACKAGING IS NOT IMPORTANT

Packaging in skin care is vitally important- not for aesthetic reasons- but to protect the efficacy of the ingredients. Wide-mouth jars, transparent containers and pumps that are not airless all pose problems in keeping ingredients safe and potent.

 

CHOCOLATE AND GREASY FOODS CAUSE ACNE

Eating chocolate does not cause acne. Hormonal factors, bacteria and skin cells are at the root of problematic skin, and stress can exacerbate flareups. Some individuals may have allergic reactions to foods that can cause inflammation, as well.

 

BLACKHEADS ARE CAUSED BY IMPROPERLY CLEANSED SKIN

Blackheads are comodones are caused by clogged pores, and excessive scrubbing can irritate and further inflame skin. Blackheads often contain dirt, oil and dry and dead skin cells that need to be removed. Products that help dissolve sebum are the most effective.

 

DRYING PROBLEMATIC OR OILY SKIN CLEARS UP ACNE

The opposite is true. When skin becomes overly dry, an environment is created in which the skin is signaled that is too dry and produces more oil. Use drying products sparingly, and look to lightly moisture oily skin. The goal is to keep the skin balanced.

 

MINERAL OIL IS COMEDOGENIC

Cosemeceutical-grade mineral oil is not comedogenic. The myth is that industrial-grade mineral oil and lubricants are the same as those used in cosmetic ingredients. So-called medicinal white mineral oil has met stringent safety standards. To remove sebum plugs in the follicles, an oil-based substance is needed. Water-based products cannot melt or remove sebum plugs.

 

GET A BASE TAN TO PREVENT BURNING BEFORE GOING ON VACATION

Any tan is a scar, and there is no such thing as a healthy, safe tan. Self-tanners are the safest way to obtain tanned skin.

 

ALL SUN DAMAGE TO THE SKIN OCCURS BEFORE 18 YEARS OF AGE

Sun damage continues throughout life, although recent information suggests less than 50% of sun damage happens before a person is 18. It is never too late to protect your skin.

 

INDOOR TANNING IS SAFE

The argument that tanning beds and booths do not cause skin mutations that may cause cancerous lesions to develop is patently false. UVA rays found in indoor tanning lead to deeper, more harmful skin damage. You do not have to have a sunburn to create damage to skin cells.

 

ANTIOXIDANTS REVERSE WRINKLES

Antioxidants are essential in fighting free radical formation and are important in helping prevent skin damage, but they cannot make wrinkles go away.

 

SKIN DAMAGE AND SIGNS OF AGING CAN BE CLEARED UP QUICKLY

If a product sounds too good to be true, you can bet its claims are false. The damage did not happen overnight, and it cannot be magically repaired. Expect at least three skin cycles- a cycle can be between 21-40 days, depending on age- to begin to see measurable results.

 

ALL ALCOHOL IN SKIN PRODUCTS IS BAD

Some compounds that contain alcohol can act as emollients, which can decrease the skin's water loss. Cetyl, benzyl, and oleyl alcohol are examples of good alcohols. It is important to know what comes before the OH in chemical compounds.

 

SUN EXPOSURE WILL IMPROVE ACNE

Yes, sun exposure can hide the appearance of acne for a while, but will lead to skin damage, pigmentation, and drying that signals the skin to produce more oil.

 

ALCOHOL ABUSE CAN CAUSE YOUR NOSE TO BECOME RED AND BULBOUS

The intake of alcohol can temporarily dilate blood vessels and make skin appear flushed, but in most cases, a large, inflamed, red bulbous nose is a result of rosacea.

 

SKIN REPAIR ONLY HAPPENS AT NIGHT

A good night's sleep is certainly helpful to skin health; however, skin repair is ongoing. Inadequate sleep can cause stress, and skin puffiness and can slow the natural development of collagen.

 

SKIN CARE PRODUCTS CAN LAST THREE OR MORE YEARS

Despite a number of claims to the contrary, most skin care products lose a great deal of their potency within 12 months. It is best to use the entire contents within one year because preservatives do not last forever and ingredients can get contaminated with bacteria, or they can evaporate.

 

STRONG SCRUBS, SOAPS, AND ABRASIVES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN.

Be careful how you wash your face. Too much scrubbing or too many abrasive products can remove protective oils, create tiny micro tears and contribute to aging, irritated skin. Less is more, and a gentle cleanser and light moisturizer work well for most people.

 

VITAMIN A THINS THE SKIN

Actually, the reverse is true. Skin can become thin due to a lack of vitamin A because it helps to create new, healthy, and normal skin cells. Vitamin A is arguably the most important skincare ingredient, bar none. It is one of few- if not the only- ingredients that are backed by more than 50 years of objective, scientific research supporting its efficacy.

 

THE ONLY FORM OF VITAMIN C THAT WORKS IS L-ASCORBIC ACID

L-ascorbic acid only remains in its most potent state for a limited time. A new era in vitamin C formulations, one of the best antioxidants for your skin, has arrived. There are several forms that have been developed that are not water-based, which means they can better penetrate the skin and remain potent for longer periods of time.

 

THERE IS NO ANTIOXIDANT INGREDIENT THAT IS BEST

Every year, there is a hot, newly discovered antioxidant that is touted as the best, but they have not been proven. A cocktail of antioxidants provides better results than just one. Seek products containing a plethora of antioxidants.

 

Information provided by: Reference Skin Inc.

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