Recently mySkin.com asked skincare enthusiasts to share their skincare tips on how they achieve great skin. We got an overwhelming number of responses! We picked 7 of them that we believe are most original and interesting that you can try at home today!
It’s so enjoyable to have hot baths, especially in the winter. But watch out! Dr. John Anders of Anders Medical Corp, a Toledo, OH based dermatologist told us, subjecting skin to excessive heat exposure during the winter month may feel wonderful to stand under a steaming shower, but too much hot water wreaks havoc on the skin and can precipitate troubling conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Dominque Tinkler, Product Development and Education Manager for Mitchell Group reminded us to stay away from sugar –loaded foods like candy is one thing, but avoiding the hidden sugars in food can be trickier. Manufactures frequently hide sugar ingredients in prepared food labels by using different names. Watch out for any word that ends in “ose” such as dextrose, maltose, glucose and fructose, it is still sugar. By cutting out sugar you’ll see both skin and health improvement. Instead of rewarding yourself with a candy bar, think of rewarding yourself with new improved skin and a longer, healthier life.
On the other hand, Beauty publicist Lauren Hilton pointed out that that plain white sugar is actually a great exfoliator! It works best for the face and body, on dry and sensitive or oily skin. All you need to do is lather on some basic white sugar and scrub away.
A great tip from skin specialist Ande Akinrelem, Managing Director for i Medspa: A good skin care regimen should combine effective cosmeceuticals for use at home, while in-office procedures such as facials, microdermabrasion and light chemical peels can be done once or twice a month to promote healthy, glowing skin. Laser treatments are also a great and safe option to target more significant issues such as sun damage, wrinkles and skin laxity.
According Andrea DeSimone, a do-it-yourself expert in skincare, three at-home practices can get your skin radiance like never before:
1. The Ayruvedic practice of self massage is used to increase circulation and hydrate the skin.
How to: To practice this at home, raid your kitchen cabinet for the olive oil, and massage your body and hair before getting into the shower. Apply evenly and briskly to stimulate circulation. Wash as usual.
2. Make your own face mask with banana, oatmeal and yogurt. This recipe is great for all skin types! The saturated fat in the yogurt is great for hydration, as is the banana, and it has a very gentle enzymatic exfoliation. The granulation of the oatmeal works as a gentle exfoliant.
How to: Mash 1 ripe banana. Mix thoroughly with 1 tablespoon almond meal or oatmeal. Add in 2 tablespoons plain high fat yogurt. Spread onto face and neck. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes then remove with warm water.
3. Create a homemade, gentle body scrub for all over exfoliation:
How to: Saturate finely granulated Epson salts with sweet almond oil. Scrub it up then rinse!
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