How to Wash Your Face the Right Way

Posted by Ada Hersko on February 11, 2015 0 Comments

We all know we should be washing your face well and often, but have you been doing it wrong this whole time? Here are some tips on how to wash your face properly:

Use lukewarm water: Using water that is too hot or too cold can break capillaries on your face, leaving your face red and the capillaries permanently broken over time.

Choose a cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type: Using your fingertips, gently massage the cleanser onto the face using upward circular motions. Massaging ensures that dirt is removed and also stimulates circulation. Continue massaging onto the skin for 30 seconds to one minute, focusing on the oiliest areas: The T-zone and sides of the nose. Finally, rinse the face with cold water to close pores.

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skincare. Look for a cleanser that is formulated with ingredients that will help your skin type. 

Do a double cleanse, twice a day: The first cleanse will remove surface impurities, the second will get deeper into the pores.

Always follow with a toner: Washing your face can sometimes be harsh on your skin, but using a toner will balance your skin’s pH levels back to normal, allowing the rest of your regimen to work more effectively and help prevent breakouts. Skin that is unbalanced will always create excess oil or dryness to try to make up for the level upset.

Try using Love Line Platinum - Alcohol Free Toner to soothe skin and enhance the absorption of daily care and repair products.

Don’t rush: Especially on areas with folds, wrinkles, creases (like the sides of the nose). Take the time to work in the product and give a good rinse to make sure you are cleansing the whole face and not missing these harder-to-clean areas. When you have thoroughly cleansed and rinsed, pat dry with a towel.

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7 Foods That Clear Your Complexion

Posted by Ada Hersko on December 17, 2014 0 Comments

While topical solutions for pimples can keep your face acne free, you can actually help your skin along the road to clarity through your diet. What you put in your body reflects how it looks on the outside, after all.

To keep blemishes at bay, try incorporating the following seven foods in your diet:

1. Oily fish like salmon or tuna

Eating fish provides your body with biotin, a B vitamin that, among its many functions, produces fatty acids and metabolizes amino acids (the building blocks of protein). A deficiency of biotin can cause, among other things, scaly skin — which, clearly, no one wants.

2. Chia seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain cell membranes by protecting the skin and providing it with moisture. Chia seeds and walnuts are rich in these fatty acids (great choices if you’re a vegetarian), as are wild bison and oily fish (great options if you’re a meat-eater).

3. Sweet potatoes

Eating a produce-rich diet provides your body with lots of water, keeping your skin and other cells adequately hydrated. And loading up on colorful, deeply-colored fruits and vegetables — especially those rich in vitamin A, like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach — has been shown to enhance skin color and appearance by increasing its yellowness and redness.

4. Almonds

Packed with vitamin E, almonds can help you maintain healthy skin. While chowing down on these nuts can’t replace sunscreen, it’s worth noting that vitamin E may also protect the skin from damage caused by the sun.

5. Sunflower seeds

These little seeds provide an excellent source of vitamin E and help protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body (free radicals in excess can harm body cells, including skin cells).

6. Complex carbs

Processed foods and white flour can increase inflammation and cause acne flair-ups. Replace pasta and white rice with complex carbs like barley, quinoa, beans, and brown rice — foods that are all lower on the glycemic index.

7. Orange juice

Although juice often gets a bad rap, OJ provides fluids to keep you hydrated and Vitamin C, which works as an antioxidant to protect skin and other cells from damage caused by free radicals in the environment and in the body. Vitamin C also helps create collagen, the body’s main structural protein.

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4 Tips for Naturally Healthy Skin

Posted by Ada Hersko on November 10, 2014 0 Comments

Whether you struggle with acne, dry, oily, or aging skin, the one thing that we do know is that radiant, clear healthy skin comes from the inside out.  There is no faking it.  Your skin is a reflection of what is happening on the inside. Your skin is a reflection of your overall health and nutrition.  Here are 4 secrets that are recommended for glowing, healthy skin.

1. Diet Matters

Since beauty comes from the inside out.  What you put into your body affects every cell, tissue, organ, and system.  This includes your skin.  Eating good quality, clean foods is essential for healthy skin.  Toxins is genetically modified (GMO) foods, foods sprayed with pesticides and herbicides, and processed foods leave toxic build up in your body.  This build up can lead to many health issues including rashes, blemishes, eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, dry skin, and wrinkles.

Eating a diet rich in unprocessed, whole foods will guarantee that your body gets all the nutrients and minerals necessary for beautiful skin.  Concentrating on seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as clean, good quality meats and eggs from grass fed and pastured sources is key.  Let’s take a look at how specific nutrients affect the skin:

Vitamin C plays a vital role in the synthesis of collagen, which makes up 70% of skin.  Collagen is the protein responsible for making your skin supple. Foods high in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, cauliflower, tomato, brussel sprouts and cucumber.

Vitamin A helps to rebuild tissue and to smooth out rough skin.  Good sources of Vitamin A are eggs, leafy greens, carrots, pumpkins, liver, and fermented cod liver oil.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which helps to reduce free radicals in your body.  Free radicals are the primary cause of aging in skin.  Foods high in Vitamin E are olives, sunflower seeds, , almonds,  and leafy greens.

Zinc has been shown in studies to significantly improve acne and wound healing.  The best, most absorbable sources of zinc are organs such as kidney and liver, red meat such as beef and lamb, and seafood such as oysters, scallops, and other shellfish.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to reduce inflammation in the body,  to reduce the occurrence of acne and psoriasis, and to promote smoother, younger-looking skin.  Good sources of Omega-3′s are cold water fatty fish (such as sardines, salmon, mackerel, tuna, anchovies, and black cod), grass fed beef, chia seeds, walnuts, broccoli, and spinach.)

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating is a process where you gently scrub your skin to remove dead skin cells to reveal healthy, glowing skin. It’s the dead skin cells  that give skin that dull lifeless appearance.  It is recommended to exfoliate one to three times a week.  Please remember to be gentle.  Being rough can goes more harm than good.  You can also make all natural exfoliants at home without spending tons of money. 

3. Manage your stress

You have all heard the saying that “her worries showed up on her face.”  It’s true.  Stress will affect the look of your skin.  It affect everything about you.  So, what are you doing to manage your stress?  Here are a few simple tips:

  • Take a look at your life and eliminate any unnecessary stresses.  Make the lifestyle changes that you need to be happy.  Only you can do this.  You have one life, so make it a happy one.
  • Get enough sleep.  Did you know that you will die from lack of sleep before you die from starvation?  Lack of proper sleep will not only make you grumpy, it will affect your metabolism as well.  Having a depleted metabolism can lead to digestive issues, weight gain, sleep issues, mood swings, blood sugar crashes, and dull skin.  
  • Move your body.  Regular, moderate exercise does wonders for you.  It lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss, balances blood sugars,  improves your mood, reduces stress, and just plain makes you feel better about yourself!

4. Elimination

Having a healthy digestion and elimination cycle is critical to good skin.  Like I said before, your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside of your body.  If we are not properly eliminating waste from our body, there will be a build up inside.  Your poop is the main avenue for detox in your body.  It’s the bacteria and toxins left after you have absorbed what you need from your food.  Being backed up will cause these toxins and wastes to be reabsorbed.  Who wants this CRAP circulating in their body?

General rule:  Make sure that you are pooping at least once a day.  And this means a good, solid poop.  No rabbit droppings here.  (sorry, gotta be real here!) This ensures that your digestive and elimination systems are functioning properly.  Undigested foods and toxic build up will show up on your skin.  Rashes, acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea have all been linked to improper digestion and elimination.

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The Importance of Exfoliation

Posted by Ada Hersko on August 17, 2014 0 Comments

Exfoliate your way to healthy, glowing skin.

You may be cleansing, moisturizing, and slathering on the sunscreen—but if you’re not exfoliating, your skin isn’t as healthy as it could be.

What is Exfoliation?

Exfoliation refers to the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Exfoliation can be performed mechanically, by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.

Why is Exfoliation Important?

As we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.

Proper exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below. This opens the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin, which makes them more effective. In short, a regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy.

What is the Best Way to Exfoliate?

The best type of exfoliation depends on your complexion and the health and sensitivity of your skin. If you have extremely sensitive skin or severe acne, you will want to choose an exfoliating product and method carefully. A professional esthetician can help you choose the method most appropriate for you.

Most women use manual exfoliation on a regular basis (once a week) and reserve chemical exfoliation for more intermittent use.

If you use a manual exfoliating scrub, choose one with smooth, round granules rather than jagged, rough particles to avoid injuring your skin. Be gentle with the scrub—a light touch is all you need to slough off the dead skin cells. Any more than that and you’re likely to irritate your skin.

If you choose chemical exfoliation, peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids provide a deep level of exfoliation. If you have sensitive skin, you may wish to look for more natural peels that contain fruit derived enzymes.

Healthy, Shining Skin

If you want healthy, glowing skin, regular exfoliation is a must. Limit your exfoliation routine to once a week—over-exfoliating can leave your skin dry, irritated, and damaged. Take good care of your skin and put your best face forward.

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10 Top Tips For Dry Skin

Posted by Ada Hersko on November 18, 2013 0 Comments

What is Dry Skin?

It is a condition in which the skin is unable to retain its moisture or is having low levels of sebum production. It could be natural or due to different environmental factors.

Beauty tips for dry skin: 

Dry skin can be a troublesome, especially in winters!!! However, it could be one of the reasons apart from the others like hereditary, excessive medication and excessive exposure to pollution.

No individual would prefer to keep themselves in a state where the skin is dry and feeling stretchy. So what do you think you can do?

Fret not! Here are a few great and natural dry skin care tips that will help you relieve your parched to thus offer you soft, shiny and hydrated skin.

1. Bath Time Rules

Ensure each day that the time taken for shower is short. Along with this, make sure to shower with warm water as too much hot water on the skin can dry the natural oils, thus drying the skin instantly. It would be suggestible to use soaps and face washes that are gentle as they would help reduce the risk of moisture stripping.

2. After Shower care:

After shower, never rub yourself with a towel to dry, instead pat dry the excess water. This will help you keep your skin soft and supple, helping you cut the risk of skin irritation. As soon as you’re out of the bath, make sure to moisturize! Moisturizer doesn’t add moisture to your skin, however it helps your skin retain the water already present in it. So after bath time is the best time for lotion!

3. The Best Moisture Recipe:

Make sure the moisturizing lotion you use has dry skin friendly ingredients such as dimethicone, which is a silicone that keeps moisture trapped. Hyaluronic acid, mineral oil, as well as petroleum jelly are all claimed to be skin friendly ingredients.

4. Anti-Aging no-no:

Anti-Aging products are a strict no for the dry skin. However, if you are using any, make sure that they are free of  retinoid or AHAs, as these ingredients are considered to be very irritating for the dry skin.

5. Try Fish Oil Pills:

To nourish the skin thoroughly, taking healthy necessary foods and supplements is important. Some oils also work best when taken internally.  Studies show fish oils such as Cod liver oil can help in soothing the dry skin, mainly owing to its omega 3 acids.

6. Treat you Hands and Feet:

Use gloves and socks in winter season to protect your hands and feet from drying. Make sure to moisturize your hands and feet with scrubs and moisturizers designed specifically for dry skin.

7. Don’t Forget your Lips:

Lips are especially prone to chapping, so use a lip scrub to exfoliate and nourish your lips. Even a homemade lip scrub with sugar and lemon is good. Use a good heavy duty lip balm and apply every few hours! Make sure you protect your lips from dust, pollution and the heavy winter winds. They are the most common reasons that leave the lips high and dry.

8. Exfoliate:

Scrub your skin good at least twice a week, if you have sensitive skin then once a week. But get that dead skin off your face. However, make sure to use products that would suit your dry skin along with ensuring that the product is of a high brand quality.

9. Use a Good Sunscreen:

Since dry skin is already prone to wrinkles and aging, the sun can cause more damage. So, having a good sunscreen or sun block on can help your skin look younger. It also is very important to know the right SPF required for your skin tone and type. Seek dermatologist recommendations before using any sunscreen product,

10. See a Dermatologist:

If you try everything and still have extremely dry skin, see a doctor, you may have a problem like eczema and may need medication for it.

Homemade Beauty Tips for Dry Skin care:

1. Mix aloe vera pulp with one spoon whisked cream or homemade curd and one spoon honey. Mix these ingredients thoroughly and apply it on the face for 10 to 15 minutes. Later rinse it off with clean water.

2. Scrub a tablespoon of papaya pulp and apply it on your dry facial skin for sometime. Then rinse it off with normal water.

Regular skin care will help you achieve soft, supple and shiny skin, thus helping you reduce the risk of fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet and rashes.

I hope these dry skin beauty tips help  your skin keep baby soft!

 

 

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