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Winter beauty: 15 rules of winter skin care and hair care

Winter-Skin-Care-Snow-WomanWinter season can be extremely stressful for our skin and hair due to low temperatures and harsh, freezing winds outside, as well as drying-low humidity resulting from heating inside. These can cause dry, flaky, chapped and irritated skin, dry hair and itchy scalp. Here are some tips to help your skin and hair feel more comfortable during winter:

1. Buy a humidifier. Humidifiers give off get more moisture in the air, which helps prevent your skin from drying out. For best indoor comfort, health, and beauty, a relative humidity of about 45% is ideal.

2. Winter sun, combined with snow glare, can damage your skin.30 minutes before going outside, apply a sunscreen lotion to skin that may be exposed to maintain a good protection from the UV rays. Choose a product that combines oil-based moisturizing cream with sunscreen.
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3. Protect your beauty from the wind and cold: wear scarves, gloves, hats and hoods.

4. Moisturize and protect your lips with natural lip balm with SPF 15 or higher. Don’t lick your lips, as it makes chapped lips even worse.
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5. Hot water removes the essential oils of the body that maintains the balance of a normal skin. Take warm rather than hot showers and stay in the water a shorter amount of time. As well, wash hands in lukewarm, never hot, water.

6. Use a creamy moisturizing cleanser or a mild soap when bathing. Do not rub your skin with a towel, instead, softly pat it dry. Apply moisturize while skin is still damp to seal in moisture.

7. Use moisturizer that’s oil-based, rather than water-based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture than a cream or lotion. Moisturizers that come in ointment form contain 80% oil.

8. Avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners, as they strip skin of protective natural oils. Use mild, milky cleansers, toners with no alcohol, and hydrating masks.flower-in-snow-winter-skincare Pay attention to elbows, hands and feet, which tend to be drier than the rest of the body.
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9. Exfoliate at least once a week using a gentle natural scrub. This will remove dead cells and allow the skin to absorb extra moisture. It’s best to scrub skin when it’s dry.
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10. Nourish you skin by adding a few drops of jojoba oil or almond oil into your bath.
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11. Hydrate your skin from within by drinking at least eight glasses of water per day. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks, which are dehydrating.
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12. Avoid blow drier. Hot air dries out your hair and scalp and can irritate your skin as well. If you can’t imagine your life without blow drier, buy ionic ceramic hair dryer.  Ionic ceramic hair dryers offer less blow dryer related damage, and reduce dryness, frizziness, and flyaway hair related to static electricity.
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13. Omega-3 fatty acid may moisturize your body from the inside and soothe super dry skin. Good sources of Omega-3 are: flaxseed oil, walnuts, and cold water oily fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines.

14. Make sure you get enough vitamins A (can be found in liver, cheese, eggs, cold water oily fish, carrots, red peppers, mango, melon and apricots), C (parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, oranges, lemons, and Brussels sprouts) and E (olive, soya, and corn oil, nuts, seeds, and wheat germ), which are powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals.

15. Exercise regularly. This keeps you fit, stimulates blood circulation and rejuvenates your body!
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Tighten up your skin: Natural homemade remedies for wrinkles and sagging skin

face-massageAs we age, skin loses it’s elasticity and firmness. We notice wrinkles and our skin tends to sag. It can be caused by gravity, stress, weight loss, smoking, exposure of the skin to pollutants and UV rays. Unfortunately, there is nothing to reverse the aging. However, there are natural treatments that can help reduce wrinkles and tighten up sagging skin:

Vitamin E anti-aging face mask recipe:

  • 2 capsules – Vitamin E
  • 1 tbsp – Kefir or plain yogurt
  • ½ tbsp – honey
  • ½ tbsp – lemon juice

Mix the ingredients. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

face-maskTurmeric anti-aging face mask recipe:

  • ½ tsp – turmeric powder
  • ½ tbsp – honey
  • ½ tbsp – sour cream

Mix very well. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes. First, rinse off with lukewarm water. Make sure to clean well your eyebrows and the opening of your nostrils. Now, turn the water ice cold, and rinse off a second time to close the pores.

Rejuvenating mask recipe:

  • 1 tbsp – grated cucumber
  • 1 tbsp – Kefir or plain yogurt

Mix the ingredients. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Facelift mask recipe for oily skin:lemon-slices

  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp – powdered milk
  • 1 tbsp – witch hazel
  • Juice of 1 lemon

raw-egg-yolkMix the ingredients until smooth. Apply the mixture on your face and neck for 15 minutes. Use the leftover mixture along with warm water to remove the mask.

Anti-wrinkle banana mask:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 mashed banana
  • ½ honey
  • ½ sour cream

Mix the ingredients. Apply on face for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Anti-aging aloe mask recipe:

  • 1 tbsp- aloe vera juice
  • 1 tsp – mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp – honey

Mix very well. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse off: first, with warm water, then, with cold.

Anti-aging apple mask recipe:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 tbsp – olive oil
  • 1 tsp – honey

Bake the apple in an over or in a microwave. Mash it and mix with other ingredients. Apply the mixture on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.apple

  • Almond oil, coconut oil and castor oil also have the ability to tighten the sagging skin. Take some oil and massage it on your skin on regular basics.
  • Try to apply apple, pineapple, grape or lemon juice on your face for about 10 minutes.
  • Make fruit ice cubes to use for the face.
  • Eat lots of fresh fruits and raw vegetables that will provide vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants and keep your internal body replenished. Stay away from refined sugars and junk food.
  • Dietary supplements for tightening a sagging skin involve vitamin C, vitamin E and MSM (methylsulfonyl methane).
  • Keep the skin hydrated and smooth by drinking ample amount of water.
  • Exercise regularly! Exercise that gets your heart rate high enough for 20 minutes or so (enough to make your skin flushed and sweaty) is a great way to rejuvenate your body.
  • Here is a simple toning exercise that you can do everywhere, several times a day: Squeeze your buttocks as hard as you can for a count of three, then release. Repeat 10 times.
  • Practice face yoga.
  • Get massage or learn self-massage.
  • Get fresh air.
  • Get enough sleep.

Look gorgeous!

Biorhythms of beauty: Best beauty care depending on the time of day

woman-clockWhat is ideal time for a facial? What is the best time for epilation? Our body has its own internal clock, and the beauty care should take into account these biorhythms. So…

8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Metabolism is active.  Great time for beauty care! Clean your skin, moisturize and apply a day cream for your skin type.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Ideal time for hair care: haircuts, hair color, hairstyling. It is easy to conquer even dry, flyaway hair.

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The best time for facials! At this time, you are also less sensitive to physical pain: epilation, eyebrow threading, or beauty injections.

9 p.m.
Remove your make-up. Your skin needs relaxation and a breath of fresh air. Prepare a warm relaxing bath. Use a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells. Apply a night cream.

11 p.m. – 4 a.m.
Regeneration of skin cells and activation of anti-aging processes. Regeneration of cells is eight times more active during deep sleep than during any other time of a day. For the sake of your beauty, go to bed till 11 p.m.

Now, about the time when beauty procedures become almost ineffective:

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
At this time, your skin is very sensitive and vulnerable. Do not experiment. Wait till 6 p.m.

After 11 p.m.
Have not applied your night cream yet?  Do not waste an expensive product now: your skin is sleeping already, and the cream will be useless.

What is your acne on face telling about your health?

acne-womenDo you know that acne is not just a skin problem? Positions of acne on face can tell if something wrong happens with your internal organs:

Acne on forehead may be related to digestive system, urinary system, or adrenal gland.

Acne between eyebrows may be related to liver or problem with Lactose digestion.

Acne around eyes may be related to allergy. This kind of acne may also be caused by cosmetics or eyeglasses.

Acne on cheeks may be related to problem with lung, digestive system, gum or teeth.

Acne on temples may be related to problem with liver or gallbladder.

Acne on ears may be related to problem with kidney. This kind of acne may also be caused by your hair-care products or using cellphone for a long time.

Acne on nose or above lip may be related to problem with heart or genitourinary system.

Acne on chin may be related to problem with ovary or hormonal imbalance.

Usually, spots on one side of your face tell about problems with an internal organ on the opposite side. For example, acne on right side of a chin may be related to inflammation of a left ovary.

Coconut oil health and beauty benefits

coconuts-on-beachCoconut oil, sometimes known as coconut butter, is made by extracting oil from dried coconuts.  Virgin coconut oil doesn’t contain any dangerous hydrogenated or trans-fatty acids. Health benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of capric, caprylic, and lauric acids, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, etc.

Health benefits of coconut oil

  • Coconut oil strengthens the immune system. It helps in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as influenza, cytomegalovirus, hepatitis and even HIV.
  • Virgin coconut oil balances out-of-range cholesterol levels in the body.
  • Coconut oil helps reduce risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Coconut oil helps reduce risk of cancer.
  • Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar.
  • Coconut oil enhances weight loss. Fats contained in coconut oil are easily converted into energy quickly, thus giving it no time at all to accumulate in the body. Coconut oil also speeds up metabolism, and boosts energy and endurance.
  • Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing anxiety and stress.
  • Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.
  • Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of important nutrients.
  • As coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important nutrients (including minerals, such as calcium and magnesium), it helps in getting strong bones and teeth.
  • Coconut oil helps in preventing liver, kidney and gall bladder diseases.

Add coconut oil to your daily diet! It can be a healthy alternative to butter or margarine. It is also ideal for frying foods, as it possesses a high smoking point. Moreover, coconut oil is very stable, and has a long shelf-life.

Coconut oil for a healthy hair
Virgin coconut can give you stronger, shinier and healthier hair.  It strengthens your hair shaft and root, reducing split ends and hair breakage. Coconut oil is the best hair treatment for dry, damaged hair and itchy scalp. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs.

Coconut oil hair treatment recipe:

  • Scoop out some coconut oil into a cup. Put the cup in a pot with warm water to melt the oil.
  • Pour some of the warm oil into hands and run your fingers through your dry hair.
  • Coat your hair with the oil. Use just enough so that the oil will penetrate the hair, without leaving an oily or greasy look. Use more oil at the ends, less in the middle and near the roots.
  • Put on a shower cap. For very dry hair, leave the treatment overnight; for oily or normal hair, leave it for an hour.
  • Wash out hair with a gentle shampoo. Skip using a conditioner.
  • For dandruff treatment, combine coconut oil with two-three drops of tea tree, rosemary, geranium, or cedarwood essential oils.

coconut-oilCoconut oil for a healthy skin
Virgin coconut oils will moisturize and nourish your skin using only its pure natural ingredients, without any preservatives, chemicals or solvents. It improves skin lipid levels, increases hydration, reduces roughness and scaling, and fights viruses and bacteria.

Deep skin moisturizing and conditioning treatment:

  • Shower and exfoliate all over your body.
  • While still in the shower take some virgin coconut oil and rub between your palms to melt the oil.
  • Massage the oil onto your skin.
  • After covering your body in coconut oil, rinse off in warm water.
  • Step out of the shower and use your towel to gently pat dry your skin. This will leave a nice thin layer of coconut oil on your skin.

Do this treatment right before going to bed, several times a week, and you would not experience any dry itchy skin symptoms – even during the cold dry winter months.

  • Virgin coconut oil is safe to use as a facial moisturizer. It does not clog pores. Moreover, it can help reduce acne symptoms.
  • Coconut oil is gentle enough to use as eye makeup removal, and it can lubricate the skin for shaving.
  • Coconut oil make it a great topical remedy for rosacea, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and diaper rash.
  • Coconut oil makes great massage oil. It is easily absorbed by the skin and promotes healing. It will make your skin soft, shiny, smooth, and mmm… yummy!

Homemade baths: Aromatherapy, milk, oil and salt bath recipes

milk-bath-spaBalancing Epsom salt bath recipe

  • 2 cups – Epsom salt
  • 3 tbsp – baking soda
  • 8 drops – essential oils

Choose 3 or 4 oils from these essential oils: cedarwood, chamomile, cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, mandarin, melissa, neroli, orange, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, ylang ylang essential oils.

Mix the ingredients very well. Add to tub of running water.

Energizing salt bath recipe

  • 1 cup – Epsom salts
  • 1 cup – sea salt
  • 3 drops – eucalyptus essential oils
  • 3 drops – rosemary essential oils
  • 3 drops – peppermint essential oil

Mix the ingredients and add to tub of running water.

Relaxing minty bath oil recipe

  • 1/2 cup – castor oil
  • 1/2 tsp – spearmint oil
  • 1/2 tsp – orange oil

Blend the ingredients together in a bottle by shaking them up, and add to warm bath.

relaxing-bath-candlesHoney and oatmeal milk bath recipe

  • 1/2 cup – powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup – finely ground oats
  • 1/2 cup – honey

Mix the ingredients, and add to warm bath.

Skin-softening bath recipe

  • 1 cup – buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp – Epsom salt
  • 1/2 tbsp – olive oil or canola oil
  • 3 drops lavender or geranium essential oil

Mix the ingredients and add to tub of running water. Soak for 15 minutes or so, relax and enjoy!