Skin Care: Five Everyday Habits that May be Ruining Your Skin

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“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.” –Author Unknown

A lot of people might not have known this, but the skin is the body’s largest organ. In this regard, we must take extraordinary measures in order to preserve its integrity and keep it as healthy as possible. After all, it serves as your body’s protective barrier so you must ensure that it is functioning optimally. Although the skin is known to regenerate itself even when pushed a little too hard, it can only put up with so much abuse. In this regard, it is best to review your daily habits and see if any of your rituals or routines may be affecting it.

What might seem like a fairly innocuous regimen to you might already potentially be damaging to your skin. With this in mind, it would be in your best interest to take a look and review at some of the everyday habits you might have that could be destroying your skin:

1.) You never moisturize

You might think that moisturizers are just the latest skin care gimmick, but they are actually more important than you think. Moisturizing every single day is integral to skin care and especially after you shower. A lot of your body washes and scrubs contain skin-drying ingredients so in this regard; infusing your skin with post-shower hydration is paramount. After all, radiant young skin is the result of moisturizing daily.

2.) Failing to remove your makeup before bed

We get it; at times you might be too exhausted to be bothered in removing your makeup. However, know that this is particularly harmful and detrimental to your skin as well as to your eyes. Getting some shuteye while leaving your makeup on would create a favorable environment for bacteria to breed. As a result, you will be prone to developing acne and even eye infections. Moreover, you would effectively be transferring this same bacteria onto your pillows that even if you do sleep with a clean face, you will only be exposing yourself to the germs and bacteria.

3.) You do not shower after a workout

Typically, it is inadvisable to shower immediately after a workout as you need to allow your body some time to cool down. However, after some time has passed, it is best if you take a shower—especially if you had a particularly vigorous workout. Refusing to shower would mean you are enabling your skin to trap sweat, bacteria, and dirt in your pores which would soon develop into breakouts, rashes, body odor and acne.

4.) You rarely exfoliate

It might sound like a fancy word and might even sound a little intimidating, but this is an important aspect of skin care. While it is not visible to the naked eye, your skin has a lot of dead skin cells, and as a result, you have a sullen and dull skin appearance. Regular exfoliations aid you with this apart from simply promoting cellular turnover for healthier skin. Exfoliation does not have to be expensive either, as you can simply mix baking soda and water as an alternative to over the counter products.

5.) You Cannot Stop Touching Your Face

Remember that your hands come in contact with almost all of the objects you interact with every day. With this in consideration, just think of how much bacteria and germs it comes in contact with. In this regard, your hands should not touch your face as you would be transferring it to your face. Any little innocent activity such as swiping your bangs from your forehead, rest your chin on your palm or rub your eyes, you are transmitting these bacteria to your skin. Considering this, it is best to keep your hands off your face as much as possible and always wash your hands with antibacterial hand soap first.

 

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Skin Care 101: Five Natural Ways to Maintain a Glowing and Youthful Skin

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“Glowing skin is a result of proper skin care. It means you can wear less makeup and let the skin shine through.”-Michel Coulombe

A well-regarded doctor has once said that healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness. In this regard, healthy, radiant and beautiful skin is not only to enhance one’s aesthetics but to improve one’s health as well. Indeed, possessing skin that is both glowing and youthful has been known to be a bastion against aging and having your age reflect on your façade. Unfortunately, for most women, this would take a great deal of effort and commitment. For this reason, they hoard on skin care products such as Belo cancer free products that promise them a more youthful radiance—each one promising to be more efficient than the last. While some of them do have meritorious effects, none of them can really compare to the results of adopting a good skin care regimen.

So, while the proverbial fountain of youth remains non-existent, it might be a good idea to know how to properly take care of your skin. Listed down below are some of the things you can do for a more youthful and radiant skin:

1.) Hydrate

This article cannot stress the importance of consistently hydrating every now and then. Water does not only replenish lost electrolytes and keeps the body hydrated, but it ensures that your skin looks its best as well. Even with the smallest amount of dehydration, your body functions less optimally. So, if you do not wish for your skin to look loose, saggy and flaky, hydrate and drink water regularly.

2.) Eat foods rich in antioxidants

When it comes to fighting aging and disease, antioxidants are the best resources you can count on. This is because antioxidants would effectively reduce inflammation and damage which are both causes for wrinkles. Good sources of antioxidants would include dark chocolates, organic green tea, blueberries, raspberries, acai berries, goji berries, spinach, purple grapes and the like.

3.) Opt for natural skin products

An excellent skin care regimen would not be complete without skin care products. However, you should not just choose these products indiscriminately and be a little meticulous with the ingredients contained in them. Many skin care products can be particularly harmful especially if they contain harsh chemicals. With this in consideration, it is best to choose cosmetics, moisturizers that only use natural products. Similarly, before purchasing any product, do a quick research of its ingredients first.

4.) Limit your sun exposure

While small amounts of sun exposure can be advantageous to your skin, letting yourself bake outside would damage it. Indeed, a good dose of vitamin D every single day is beneficial, but that does not mean you should forego any sort of skin protection against the sun either. When you are heading out, be sure to wear a pair of sunglasses and apply sunscreen with a good SPF.

5.) Get enough vitamin C

A diet that includes vitamin C has been associated with smooth, youthful skin as a result of fewer wrinkles. In fact, research has shown that skin exposed to vitamin C for a significant amount of time could yield up to eight times more collagen than those that were not. Collagen is necessary to reduce the typical signs of aging and is an essential building block for elasticity. People conscious about wrinkles would also be pleased to know that collagen is known for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines upon one’s visage.

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Aging Woes: How Can I Get Glowing Skin?

The fastest and easiest way to achieve glowing skin is by using Photoshop. The right filter and a couple of brush strokes will erase the imperfections. It will bring out any hidden glow. Unfortunately, you cannot Photoshop real life. You have to face your zits, pigmentation, blackheads and dry skin. These things are natural to everyone, but they contribute to a lifeless and lackluster skin.

Besides these issues, you have to face the truth – you are not getting younger. The signs will show in your skin. Glowing skin is a sign of youth. Thus women aspire to retain their youthful glow using a Belo product. If you are feeling down because of your less-than-flawless skin, it’s never too late to make some changes.

Here are foolproof things you can do to improve your skin’s condition:

Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize

You MUST wash your face daily. The step is crucial because impurities and dirt cling to your face every day. Skipping to wash your face before going to bed allows the gunk to settle on the skin’s surface. When mixed with dead skin and natural oils, the dirt will build up and cause acne.

Washing the face twice a day using a facial wash or cleansing oil prevents buildup and acne. However, too much washing will strip the natural oils on the face. Follow up with an alcohol-free toner like the Skin Hydrating and Pore Minimizing from Belo to bring the skin’s pH balance to normal levels. Most importantly, moisturize. A lightweight moisturizer with SPF works best in the morning. At night, you can use water or gel-based moisturizing treatment to hydrate the skin. Women with dry skin will do well with cream-based moisturizers.

Make Time for a Scrub

Youthful skin is a comes easy in your teens. Skin cells regenerate every 28 days for people under twenty. Once you pass your 20s, it’s another story. It gets worse once you reach your 30s and 40s when skin turnover is every forty days.

A slower skin regeneration allows the dead cells to pile up which contributes to the skin’s dull appearance. To slough away dullness, include exfoliation in your regimen. There are different ways to exfoliate. You can use a scrub or a facial sponge with your daily cleanser. You can also try natural exfoliators such as oatmeal, brown sugar and coffee grounds. The coarse texture will help reveal the healthy skin underneath.

Watch Your Intake

The condition of the skin reflects the internal organs’ condition. If something is wrong, your skin will bring out what’s inside. The same goes with everything that comes in the body. If you intake excessive amount of fatty, salty and unpleasant food, your skin is likely to act up. Too much oil and fat can lead to acne. Too much salt will cause bloating and retain water. Other food causes allergies. Hence, a great skin is a sign of good health.

Switching your focus from tedious skin care to improving the quality of health is the real secret to glowing skin. Focus on what you consume. Prioritize your intake of nutritious food. Eating natural and unprocessed food will surely clear the impurities in your skin.

Other than food, make sure you are getting enough fluids. Moisturizers can mask and retain the skin’s moisture. However, water intake is more powerful and effective in improving the skin’s condition.

Sleep!

The skin repairs itself at night when we’re asleep. If you always lose sleep don’t expect a glowing skin. Try to complete the sleep cycle each night. Sleep for six to eight hours daily and expect gradual results.

If you want glowing skin, you need to make lifestyle changes. There are thousands of products in the market that guarantees flawless and perfect skin. But instilling lasting habits will go a long way than any product would. Choose to make your skin glow not just for a day, but until your later years.

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