Friday, May 9, 2008

Skin care - Nutrional Guidelines

The following is the list of recognized foods with powerful natural chemicals that will boost your skin capacity to recover and stay healthy. A rich diet will include:

WHOLE GRAINS FOODS: These are great source of fibers, vitamins and minerals.

SPINACH: Loaded with iron and foloic acid; it helps to reduce blood homocystine levels, s substance that may damage blood vessels. If contains phyto-chemicals that help prevent degeneration and protect your skin.

Contain abundant photo chemicals ( good protective substances found in vegetables and fruits) which may prevent skin cancer and balance the immune response.

PROTEIN: If possible include fish and soy products.

NUTS: ( if not allergic) - Nuts are rich in vitamin E, contain protective phyto-chemicals and good fats, all beneficial for your skin.

OATS: - Helps lower cholesterol and high blood pressure but it also contain vitamin E like compounds (tocotrienols), which protect skin.

GARLIC: This protects the heart and skin, has antibacterial and anti fungal properties.

GREEN TEA: This is an excellent source of vitamin C and phyto-chemicals as polyphenols ( 100 times more oxidant power than vitamin C) plus antibacterial properties and prevention of cancer and heart diseases.

TOMATOES: Tomatoes contain lycopene, the most powerful antioxidant among the carotenoids. Also a great source of Vitamin C.

OLIVE OIL: Is a good protective fat, helps absorb beneficial substances in vegetables.

FRUITS: Fruits contain different combinations of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals and antioxidants of great benefit for your body in general and very importantly, for your skin.

ENOUGH FLUIDS: Not less than 8 glasses of water per day, this simple aspect should not be underestimated regarding its impact on the skin protection and recovery.

Healthy eating does not mean less or more. Neither does it mean getting fanatic or cranky about certain foods. It simply means eating correctly and wisely, with understanding. It involves having a positive attitude and holistic approach towards food.

Healthy Skin Everyday

If you follow the below mentioned regimens, you can be rest assured of clear and healthy skin.

Here are very simple routines to follow:

+ You should wash your face once in a day.
+ You should shower or bathe once in a day.
+ When you shower or bathe, don't take a long, hot bath or shower because you will simple end up drying out your skin.
+ Soap less soap, lotions and body cleansers are better for your skin because most soaps actually strip the moisture out of your skin.
+ After one washes the skin, whether you use a traditional soap or a cleanser, the skin is much more susceptible to drying out. When the water evaporates, the skin will dry. So the best time to moisturize is right after bathing.
+ Whether your skin is oily or dry, washing your face frequently, is not going to make better.
+ The best way to keep skin healthy is to avoid sun exposure beginning early in life.
+ Put on a sun screen lotion before going out in the sun to help protect your skin from UV rays. Always use products that are SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 15 or higher.

Any time Skin Care Tips -

Healthy skin is the most important element of a great looking face. It is not only easy to achieve, but also to a great extent you can do it yourself. Simply apply these rules in your life and see the differences:

1. Avoid over exposure to the sun. Sun damage leads to hyper pigmentation (brown spots) which cab develop into serious disease. Excessive exposure can also exaggerate and thicken fine lines.
2. Exercise promotes capillary functioning which can be decrease skin premature aging. It also increases oxygen to the tissues which keeps skin looking young.
3. Eat right.
4. Do everything in moderation. Too much of anything is never a good idea. Stay away from excessive alcohol, smoking, fatigue and decrease facial circulation making you look older.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Your Skin - Nature and Types of Skin

Your skin can be an indication as to whether your health is good or bad. Flushed cheeks will show that there is a fever in the body. If you don't get enough sleep, there may be circles under your eyes. Sometime you can blush when embarrassed and your cheeks will become red. If you are very frightened, your face can become pale. Usually when you are not feeling well, your skin send out that message. Skin has more functions than any other organ in your body. The skin is the body's largest organ, covering the entire body. In addition to serving as a protective shield against heat, light, injury and infection, skin also:
1. regulates body temperature
2. stores water and fat
3. is working as a big sensory organ
4. prevents water loss
5. prevents entry of bacteria.

Know your skin types:

Normal Skin:
i. A skin that does not look shiny or/any oily and does not feel tight.
ii. Normal skin has medium sized pores.

Dry Skin:
i. Dry skin face feels dry after washing.
ii. Dry skin face looks flaky, rough and dull.

Oily Skin:
i. Oily skin feels greasy.
ii. Oily skin looks shiny.
iii. Oily skin pores are clogged.
iv. If make up is applied on oily skin, it ears off after a few hours.

Combined Dry and Oily Skin:

i. The T-zone(forehead, nose and chin) appears oily and the cheeks tighter after washing.
ii. The cheeks look dry and dull.