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If your skin is regularly subject to acne, then you'll know how hard it is to find a good face cleanser that soothes the skin while also repairing and healing acne skin from the bacteria that is the cause of acne.
Regardless of your age, you can get pimples or acne. I'm currently in my mid-late twenties and I still get the occasional outbreak of acne, especially when I find myself too busy and forget my skin care regimen or when my diet isn't healthy.
The first step to prevent acne would be to change your lifestyle to include a healthy and balanced diet, exercise and sleep. But let's move onto finding the perfect facial skin cleanser. How to Choose a Facial Cleanser Fit for You
1. First thing is to ignore the marketing of a product. Fancy colors, packaging, claims and organic labels without the approved USDA logo are all marketing claims to hype up a product. There are certain words and phrases that companies will use to try and make a claim yet be excused of its responsibility under the FDA guidelines e.g. anything that has the words "helps" or even "may" won't do what it claims to do.
2. Avoid sodium laureth sulfate. Most products will contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate which is a big irritant your skin because it is a chemical to form soapsuds and bubbles. We are so used to having foamy lathers in our products that we believe a good product should produce more bubbles. Not true. This is simply a myth. Foam does not equal good cleansing.
3. Avoid products with dyes or colors. One of the main reasons many products don't pass the FDA tests is because it contains dyes or colorants. This is a big no no if your skin is sensitive and especially more so for acne skin. On the ingredient list, if it says anything about "red..", "yellow.." then skip it. It is more likely to cause more irritation.
The Best Face Cleanser that Works For You
When looking for a cleanser, be sure to ignore the hype and marketing of a product. Just because you saw it on TV with some beautiful models does not mean it will produce the same results.
Learning to read the ingredient list and becoming familiar with what is good and bad is a good start to empowering yourself to make smarter choices. You can find a list of the best and worst ingredients for exfoliators to find out how to go about learning.
The Best Way for Clean and Clear Skin
You can use the best facial cleansers all day long, but you can improve the benefits of the product by knowing the process of facial cleansing
Acrylic nails are just as popular today as they were in the 1960's.
When applied properly it can be hard to tell the difference between fake nails and natural fingernails.
Many women feel their nails are not growing or looking as good as they want them too, and having acrylic nails applied is a great way for enhancing how they feel about their fingernails and themselves. They can certainly add to your confidence levels.
It can get rather costly having your fake nails applied at a salon. If you have some time on your hands, you may want to try and apply them yourself. With a little bit of practice you will soon be a pro. You will have your friends and family all lining up for you to do their nails too!
Acrylic fingernails come in a range of colors such as; ivory, pink and peach. You can even buy them with a French manicure look. You also have the choice of choosing different designs of nails, or you can do your own nail art on them. Perhaps stick on some nail art stickers.
How to Apply Acrylic Nails Yourself
First, grab some paper towel.
If you have any nail polish on, remove with this first preferably with a non acetone nail polish remover. Next, give your hands a good wash with soap and warm water, dry thoroughly and gently push back cuticles with an orange stick.
If you're not wearing any polish, give your nails a wipe with the nail polish remover to help remove any traces of oil. Then wash hands with soap and warm water, and gently push back cuticles.
File your fingernails so all your nails are even with the tip of your finger. This is a good length to have your nails, this way they offer good support for the fake nails.
Give your nails a buff; this will help the resin adhere to your natural fingernails and the false nails.
To make it easier for you, lay out all of the fake nails in front of you, each one corresponding to the fingernail it fits to. Each acrylic nail must sit close to your cuticle, not under it or over it. The rounded end of the fake nail is the end you face toward your cuticle.
The false nails should have a number on them; this makes it easier for you when you are doing the other hand.
If they don't fit properly they will look uneven and everyone will be able to tell they are fake. Of course, if it's your very first time, then you are excused.
You may need to file the cuticle end of the fake nail so it fits properly.
It is easier to start with the right hand if you are right handed, or left hand if you are left handed and start with the little finger first.
Put a small amount of glue on your fingernail, get the fake nail and gently press it on your nail, holding for about 10 seconds. If any glue is escaping out of the sides, just wipe it with your paper towel.
Do all the other fingernails.
To make sure your nails have adhered to your natural fingernails, give each one a little twist, just to make sure. If one comes loose, re-glue it.
You will most probably have to cut your acrylic nails to a desired length. I would suggest filing them, as they are quite hard and likely to crack.
You can use a false fingernail cutter, these are specifically designed to cut and shape fake nails.
When you are done, put on a coat of nail strengthener, when dry apply your favourite nail polish color, then apply a top coat to help protect the polish and give a nice shine.
The best part about doing it yourself; you save money, and time.
One thing you have to be careful of when applying your false nails. Make sure if one of the nails lifts, that you glue it back down immediately. If moisture gets in, you have a greater chance of a nail fungus infection happening.
Growing long finger nails can be a difficult thing to do if you are continually dieting. This is because your fingernail growth slows down; as your body is not getting the nutrients it needs to help give you strong fingernails. If you include supplements A and D, and have a diet high in protein, this will help improve growth rate. Vitamins for fingernails can certainly help make a difference to your nail strength and growth. For women, your fingernails will grow quicker before menstruation and during pregnancy.
If you enjoy biting fingernails, you are actually helping increase your nail growth, as biting nails helps increase blood flow to the fingers, yet, biters will never get to enjoy their long nails. Other much more healthier ways to help increase blood flow to the fingernails, is to gently tap them on a hard surface, play the piano or typing.
Fingernails take at least 3 to 6 months to regrow completely, yet during the summer months they actually grow faster than during any other season.
Men's fingernails grow faster than women's, and younger people have a much faster growth rate. Your fingernails grow faster than your toenails, and right-handed persons nails will grow faster than their left hand, and a left handed persons nails will grow faster than their right hand. The little fingernail is the slowest to grow, and the middle nail is the fastest to grow. Over the age of 30, your nail growth slows down, and will slow down if you are stressed. If you are going through menopause, this will also affect your fingernail growth.
Products such as gelatine and hair, skin and nail supplements won't help strength or growth. Long-term use of nail products laden with chemicals will affect your fingernails health and strength. For many women, wearing fake nails is the answer to hiding fingernails which don't grow long and strong. In the long term these will damage your natural fingernails.
Try to increase your own nail growth, give your cuticles a massage with vitamin E, almond oil, or olive oil, buff your nails, use a natural hand cream every day, and put sunscreen on your nails as well as your hands before you go out. Soak your nails in warm olive oil about 10 to 15 min a couple of times a week, to increase your strength and fingernail growth. And help yourself grow long fingernails.
Authored by Amy Hunter and can also be found here: http://is.gd/1pobE2
There are three main types of lip injections in use, fat, collagen, and hyaluronic acid based. Each type has advantages and drawbacks. None of these substances will provide permanent lip plumping. The results from lip injections typically last between four and six months. The substances used in injections gradually break down and are absorbed over time.
Fat transfer is a process where fat is removed from the individual's body, through liposuction or with an incision, and then is injected into the lips. Because the fat comes from the person receiving the injection, it is unlikely that rejection will develop. Fat creates a natural-looking lip. Fat injections do not typically last as long as collagen or hyaluronic acid based injections.
Hyaluronic acid based injections use a clear gel that is similar to the hyaluronic acid naturally present in the body. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for lubricating joints and is also present in the skin. Hyaluronic acid based lip injections bind with water in the body, accenting the plumping effect of the injection. These products typically last about six months.
Collagen is the most common product used for lip injections around the world. The collagen can come either from cows or humans. Bovine-based collagen comes from cows that are raised in a closed herd to prevent contamination. Some individuals are allergic to bovine collagen, so the healthcare provider will perform a skin test prior to injecting the lips. Human based collagen is removed from cadavers or excess skin removed during surgery. No allergy testing is required during this procedure.
Lip injections create fuller lips, which are equated with youth. As people age, it is normal for the lips to become thinner. The procedure is quick and relatively painless. Although the skin around the lips is extremely thin and sensitive, the needles used for injections have a very small diameter, and the patient receives topical anesthesia before the injections.
After the lip injection procedure, it is normal for the patient to have some bruising and swelling for a few days to one week. Possible side effects include uneven lips, trouble moving lips, or bleeding. More common side effects are swelling, itching at the injection sites, and redness. Some people can be allergic to lidocaine, the topical anesthesia used in the procedure. People with active cold sores, scarring on the lips, blood clotting disorders, diabetes, or lupus should avoid lip injections.
Authored by Dawna Theo and can also be found here: http://is.gd/1Z0ruF
Skin on the human body usually regenerates vibrant new skin cells as dead skin cells slough off. As a person ages and skin cells cease to quickly regenerate, the process of dead-skin-cell removal can be helped along with the use of a facial scrub. The term facial scrub often is interchangeable with cleansing scrub, exfoliation, microdermabrasion, herbal scrub, chemical peel, or moisturizing scrub. A facial scrub typically uses chemicals or abrasive substances to help remove and exfoliate the top dry layers of skin, revealing skin that usually is soft underneath.
Some facial scrubs are gentle enough to use every day. These types include moisturizing or cleansing facial scrubs. Other scrubs are harsher and usually should be used only once every two weeks.
Chemical facial scrubs usually contain citric, glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid to soften up and slough off the top layer of skin. This type of facial scrub typically needs to be purchased in the skin-care section of a drugstore, or a dermatologist usually can do the procedure. Chemical facial scrub kits most likely will be sold with a name such as chemical peel, exfoliation kit, or microdermabraision kit. Typically, the instructions on the box should be followed to achieve the best possible result.
Physical facial scrubs typically use abrasive substances such as sugar, sand, ground-up almonds, apricot pits, or tiny beads to scrub and exfoliate the skin. These substances usually are mixed with a moisturizing facial wash or oil. Facial scrubs that contain these abrasive materials usually feel refreshing to the skin as they scrub off the dead skin cells. Caution usually should be taken when using this type of scrub as it may make delicate skin raw and red. Abrasive facial scrubs usually should be used only once every two weeks.
A person usually can make her own facial scrub at home with ingredients typically found in most kitchens. Ground-up oatmeal can be mixed with honey and apple cider vinegar until it makes a paste. The paste then can be placed on the face using circular motions to gently massage the skin. The paste usually should be allowed to soften the skin for about 10 to 15 minutes and then massage once more before being scrubbed off with a washcloth.
Other ingredients that can be added to a homemade facial scrub include yogurt, avocado and banana for moisture, cornmeal and sugar for abrasiveness, herbs and lemon as astringents, and egg whites to tighten the skin.
Typically, new skin will be extra sensitive. Using a good moisturizer can help protect the fresh skin after completing a facial scrub. It also can be important to use sunscreen on new skin to protect it from harmful rays if a patient is spending any amount of time outdoors.
Authored by Allison Boelcke and can be found here: http://is.gd/gQSx8l
A steam facial is a skincare treatment that uses trapped vapors from hot water to cleanse the skin. It is also typically implemented as a means to add moisture to the face and to loosen substances in the skin's pores. Steam facials can be performed either at home over a sink or at spas with specialized steaming machines.
An at-home steam facial generally only requires two main pieces of equipment: a sink or large bowl and a towel. A person fills the sink or bowl with hot water, then bends over and positions his or her face close to the water without touching it. He or she then can drape a towel over his or her head to trap the steam from the hot water so it only penetrates the face. The amount of time the treatment takes can vary depending on the individual and his or her comfort level with the steam temperature, but is commonly around 15 minutes.
A steaming machine can also be used to give steam facials, and is most often used at spas, although a person can purchase a steaming machine for home use. The electronic device consists of a lower water chamber connected to an opening that has a diameter wide enough to fit the face. This can be a more comfortable option than the at-home version since a person’s face is not as close to the hot water source.
Prior to performing a steam facial, someone will typically have to cleanse his or her face to remove any excess oil, dirt, or makeup and prevent clogging pores during the steaming process. To make the facial more relaxing or enjoyable, herbs or essential oils may be added to the water supply before the treatment. A person can then position his or her face near the steam source for the preferred amount of time. Once the facial is completed, the face can be dried off and wiped with astringent to remove any sweat and cool down the skin.
Although steam facials are mostly performed for cosmetic reasons, they can also serve a medicinal purpose. The steam may be useful for soothing cold or flu symptoms, such as sore throats, nasal congestion, or other respiratory symptoms. If a person has more serious respiratory issues like asthma, he or she is usually recommended to consult with a doctor before using a steam facial that contains any herbs or essential oils to ensure they won’t cause irritation or other breathing complications.
Authored by J Beam and can also be found here: http://is.gd/hOISXW
Facial moisturizer is part of a healthy skin care regimen. Choosing the right facial moisturizer for you depends upon your skin type, which may be dry, oily, or a combination of both. Because there are many different types of facial moisturizers that range from expensive to moderately priced, it may take some experimentation to find your favorite.
Though price may be a factor, both expensive and moderately priced facial moisturizers that work effectively can be found. The primary factor to consider in any facial moisturizer is UV protection. Regardless of skin type, a facial moisturizer with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 is essential. Protecting the face, which is exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun year round, is imperative to prevent skin damage caused by the sun. Many, but not all, facial moisturizer products contain UV protectors, so opt for one that does.
Beyond sun protection, your facial moisturizer should be non-comedogenic. Non-Comedogenic means the product does not contain ingredients that are known to clog, or block, pores. If a product contains moisturizing ingredients that clog pores, dirt and bacteria can remain trapped in the skin’s pores, which leads to breakouts. If a product is non-comedogenic, the label will clearly state it.
Skin type plays a role in choosing a facial moisturizer because different skin types require different levels of moisturizing. Dry skin requires more moisture than oily skin and similarly, sensitive skin also requires special attention. Before experimenting with different facial moisturizers, determine which type of skin you have. Dry skin is often marked by dry, flaky, tight, or itchy skin. Greasy spots on the face – especially the nose, chin, and forehead, mark oily skin. Combination skin is a combination of both dry and oily patches.
Choose a facial moisturizer designed for your skin type. Read the label of any product you are considering buying to make sure it is designed for your skin type. Apply facial moisturizer twice daily, after cleansing. If you use a facial toner with your skin care regimen, apply moisturizer after. Allow your facial moisturizer to dry thoroughly before continuing with makeup application. A good facial moisturizer will not only protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun, but also will prevent premature signs of aging and keep your skin healthier.
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