Why is Skin Care Important?
Beauty and skin care go hand in hand, especially for those who want to show off their “best face” (and skin) with confidence. If you have beautiful skin, you feel good both inside and out. Aside from that, people will easily notice you if you have healthy, glowing skin.
Starting good skin habits at an early age will contribute to younger looking skin in our older years later. Good eating habits of healthy organic foods will also contribute to more beautiful and younger looking skin. Besides good daily habits of serious skin care, there is also the very strong advice of doctors and dermatologists to never smoke and always use skin protection when exposed to the sun.
Beauty is not just a facial issue because serious skin care must include all your skin from head to toes. The absolute worst thing we can do to our skin is unprotected sun exposure. Doctor Gross goes on to say that 90% of the skin’s wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin are caused by unprotected sun exposure. Therefore, doctors highly recommend always wearing at least SPF 30 sun protection products all the time. This habit is especially important at an early age for those with the most sensitive skin.
The reasons for our skin changes when we age have directly something to do with skin collagen breaking down. There are several reasons why this happens, but there are now ways to reverse some of the damage done. We can do things to prolong and even make some skin reversals of damage that will take off years without the expensive medical treatments. There now are proven products out there with collagen repair that will improve the condition of damaged skin. Retinol and organic skin care antioxidants such as green tea extract and vitamin C are also affordable and proven to bring back the beauty of your skin without having to use harsh or expensive products.
Aside from beauty skin care repairs, there is also the importance of your daily facial cleansing habits. Many now are aware that there are very few soaps properly balanced for facial skin use. Many will dry out our skin and only the soaps or cleansers made just for facial washing should be used. Over washing is also bad for our face and skin because it will only remove much of the skin’s natural oils that should never be removed. Lukewarm water is recommended as well because hot water can break down capillaries.
One more very important point for serious beauty skin care is exfoliation at least once a week. A lovely home skin kit is affordable and easy to use for anyone. It is important though to use small-grained exfoliates and not large grained because the large grains can cause more damage more than it can help. With small-grained exfoliate usage once a week, a glow will come back to your skin. Moisturizing is also very important to keep that glow going. It is important to moisturize for all skin types except skin with acne issues. Depending on your skin type, moisturizing will vary on how much or how little you use.
Beautiful skin does not take much to get back, and you only need just a few good products and good habits of commitment. It does not take long to start treating your skin with kindness and in return, softness and beauty will be yours to show off. A little effort will go a long way off and the glow will show.
And so, if you really want to take care of your skin and your face as well, just follow these 8 critical rules or tips in caring for your skin.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
One of the most important rules in taking care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. As mentioned before, 90% of skin damage is caused by the sun or extreme heat. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots, and other skin problems as we get older, also increasing the risk of skin cancer. That is why you need to follow the tips below to make sure that your skin gets protected in case of exposure to the sun.
For a complete sun protection:
Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and higher. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours or more often if you are swimming at the beach or perspiring from exercising outdoors. The sunscreen you’re using doesn’t need to an expensive brand, just choose the one with valuable feedback from its users.
Seek shade where possible. Avoid the sun between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. because this is when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an added layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing that is specially designed to block ultraviolet rays. You can even use a cap or use a scarf or any type of cloth that can protect your face when out in the sun.
Don’t ever forget to put on sunscreen even if the day is cloudy or cold outside. If you’re heading to a beach or around reflective surfaces like snow or ice even if it’s not summer, lather your skin up with some more sunscreen with SPF of at least 30.
Since we’re on the topic of the sun, always keep yourself hydrated because a well-hydrated body means well-hydrated skin. So, drink lots of water daily, at least 6 to 8 cups, if not more. Also, eat lots of fruits and vegetables that have a high-water content such as watermelon, cucumber, orange, strawberry, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. Again, although it has been argued that the water you drink will never reach the skin because most of this liquid always passes through the kidneys, the correlation between a healthy and well-hydrated body and healthy skin is not subject to debate.
Smoking causes your skin to look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin and this decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin, the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke can contribute to wrinkles. If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit beginning today. Consult your physician for treatments to permanently stop smoking.
Be Gentle on Your Skin
Daily bathing, cleansing, and shaving can take a toll on your skin, so be gentle on your skin.
Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use lukewarm instead of hot water.
Avoid strong bath soaps. Strong soaps can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild soaps or body wash.
Shave gently. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion, or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture stays on your skin.
Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. The association between diet and clear and healthy skin is quite clear, and some research even suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Consider a low-sugar diet since this can keep insulin levels down, allowing cells to maintain a healthy balance. Don’t eat too much spicy and fermented foods, salt, citrus fruits, and fried food. Blander foods are better for skin health such as rice, oatmeal, and applesauce.
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin as well as a healthy state of mind, take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
Golden Rule for Women
Make sure you always remove your makeup before going to bed. The skin needs to breathe overnight. Since makeup prevents that, leaving it on overnight clogs the pores which may cause blemishes and blackheads. Makeup remover is very affordable, but you can also make your own homemade DIY makeup remover. Just put some olive oil on a cotton pad and gently massage the oil onto your face to get rid of the makeup and dirt. In relation to removing your makeup, don’t forget that exfoliation is indispensable. At least once or twice a week, exfoliate your skin to remove the layers of dead skin. This is sure to leave you with a healthier glow and brighter skin. You can also apply a paste of walnut in powder form with yogurt to exfoliate your skin, as the antioxidants present in walnuts help remove dirt and promote radiant skin.
Running, jogging, yoga, and about any form of exercising will give your body the necessary blood circulation, and accelerate the cleansing process of your entire body. You will notice a glow on your face after working out. If you are running after time, just take a brisk walk around the block. Despite your exercise routines, don’t forget your skin care regimen before and after a workout. Apply a toner to help minimize oil production before heading out. Exfoliate after, and then apply shea butter or olive oil to moisturize the skin.
Do try to sleep at least 7 – 8 hours every night. If you don’t get enough sleep every night, your skin gets tired just like you and it will sag, and this is the major cause of your bags under the eyes. So, don’t risk it. You can also apply honey on your face twice or thrice a week to naturally soothe and heal your skin. Never forget to wash and moisturize your face before going to bed. For dry skin, use milder cleansers that are free from alcohol. Apply lots of moisturizers, and avoid hot water as it dries out the skin excessively. When washing the face, use only lukewarm water.
Although we did say 8 rules or tips, here are additional rules for better-looking skin.
Do not ever attempt to pop your pimples because it can lead to more swelling, redness, and even scarring. If you feel a pimple is on its way, just clean the area with rose water, and place a chilled green tea bag for 10 minutes over the area. Also, if you wear glasses or sunglasses, make sure you clean them frequently to keep oil from clogging the pores around your eyes and nose.
Don’t ever neglect your jaw line and facial muscles. For just 5 minutes a day, perform a few facial exercises. You can jut out your lower lip in such a way that wrinkles are created on the chin and then lower your chin to your chest. Another exercise that works wonders is to look up towards the ceiling and pout. It stretches out the muscles to make the skin firmer.
Why is Washing the Face that Important?
Washing or cleansing your face seems a very basic chore, but we all consider skipping this step from time to time or maybe we just forget. If that happens, and you don’t wash your face, you’ll end up with premature skin aging.
Your skin is exposed to many different types of stressors throughout the day. As your largest organ, it is important to make sure you are taking care of it, and most especially your facial skin.
Since your face is not covered by clothing, it is naturally open to receiving the most abuse from the outside world from a variety of sources such as UV exposure, arid or humid climates, harsh air conditioning or heating, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants.
To help protect the skin from environmental damage, it creates a moisture barrier of a waxy or oily substance called sebum. While sebum is beneficial to your skin, if it stays on the face too long without being cleaned off, it can mix with makeup, dirt, debris, sweat, and other skin waste. This may cause a blockage of skin follicles leading to acne, blotchy skin, irritation, and overall unhealthy looking skin.
Washing the face maintains clear skin. Excessive dirt builds up on the surface can cause blockages of the follicle, trapping sebum, sweat, and dead skin cells. The lack of sebum on the surface of the skin allows bacteria to penetrate the follicle causing inflammation. The final result is acne. Proper skin cleansing clears pores of debris to prevent dirt buildup, allowing the sebum oil to reach the skin surface unimpeded, and thus, decreasing the chances of a breakout.
Washing the face removes build up and boosts hydration. A common benefit of facial cleansing is the removal of dirt, oil, and other unwanted debris. Throughout the day the skin on your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old or dead skin cells. Daily facial washing removes these impurities to give the skin a fresh look. Without washing, your skin would be covered with a thick layer of dirt and grime that will make it difficult for other products to penetrate the skin properly. Regular facial cleansing, along with the use of a good moisturizer, is also an important factor in helping the skin maintain a proper level of hydration. Dehydrated skin looks and feels rough, wrinkled and aged. Cleansing helps manage pH levels of the skin and enables sufficient water and product retention.
Other Benefits of Face Washing Regularly
- Regular cleaning is essential to keeping your skin looking radiant and healthy.
- Cleansing helps anti-aging products and treatments to work properly.
- Cleansing helps maintain proper pore size.
- Cleansing encourages proper skin hydration and prevents the production of excess oils.
Common Face Washing Mistakes
Unfortunately, no matter how good the intentions are, many people still make washing mistakes which only give the opposite from positive skin health:
Using the Wrong Cleanser. Choosing the correct wash cleanser for your skin type is a make or break moment in your skincare routine, according to many top estheticians and dermatologists, and the most common mistake committed by many. Using the wrong one can hinder the efficacy of any products you apply afterward, not to mention causing irritation. As a general rule of thumb, those with normal to dry complexions should opt for a more hydrating, creamy cleansing lotion, while oily or combination types can use foaming or gel cleansers. The safest way to avoid over-stripping your skin is to pick a sulfate-free formula and look at the size of the suds, particularly when using gels or foams. If the cleanser lathers the same way as your shampoo, then it’s way too strong. You want it to be slightly frothy and not super bubbly.
In line with this is not buying the correct products to suit the seasons. No doubt you have a favorite beauty product. Maybe you love it because it’s so fresh, it smells great and is soft on the skin. But the seasons and weather around you don’t stay the same and your products will be altered by the climate. That’s why you need to adjust your face washing routine depending on the season. The humidity and heat of summer make you sweat more than the dry cold of winter.
Find out which cleansers are best for each season and use these to always stay one step ahead of the weather. Don’t get attached to just one product. The ideal face washing product will remove impurities, makeup, and dead skin cells without stripping your skin’s natural oils. Find a cleanser that will do the job without it being too light, as those might require a double wash to get your face really clean. You should also avoid extremely abrasive products because they cause your skin to become irritated and dry.
Applying Cleanser Incorrectly. It’s not just a matter of slapping some water on your face and adding a dollop of wash. If you’re using a cleansing lotion, make sure to apply it on completely dry skin and rub it in for a few seconds, as you would with a moisturizer. This gives the oils in the cleanser a chance to break down the oils in your makeup and on your skin. After this, wet your fingertips slightly to help emulsify the product. On the flip side, stronger gels or foams should go on wet skin so that they don’t dry out your complexion. If you’re using a wash made to combat breakouts, just let it sit on the skin for one minute before rinsing off with lukewarm water. This gives the active ingredients time to do their job and kill any acne-causing bacteria.
Pay attention to the lukewarm water as rinsing off with hot water negates any cleansing you did prior to rinsing. Water that’s too hot will dry your skin, while cold water won’t let your pores open. Tepid or lukewarm water is the best water temperature; not too hot and not too cold.
Forgetting to Wash Your Face in the Morning. You may be diligent about washing your face before you sleep at night, but what about in the morning when you wake up? Do you just amble over to the coffee machine each morning and forget to wash your face because you’re thinking, “Well, I’m taking a shower later anyway.” Even if your skin doesn’t feel dirty, don’t forgo a morning stop at the sink. You’re getting rid of the natural oils that have built-up overnight, as well as any residue from products you applied before going to bed. This gives you a clean slate so that whatever you use in the morning, and most importantly the sunscreen, can penetrate and work effectively. Wash your face when you get up in the morning even if you’re going to shower later in the morning unless you’re the type to shower immediately after getting up.
Not Wiping Off the Makeup. The good news on this aspect is that most cleansers on the market effectively remove makeup, so there’s no need to make makeup removal a separate step in your routine. However, the bad news is that there is a little elbow grease required. After you rinse off your cleanser – but before you dry off your face – it’s important to use either a washcloth or facial sponge to thoroughly wipe off the makeup from your skin. Makeup doesn’t just dissolve when you wash your face since it has to be physically wiped away.
Using a Washcloth that Isn’t Too Soft. It’s okay to use a washcloth, but be careful as to the type of washcloth you’re using. Do opt for a baby washcloth, which will be softer and less likely to irritate your skin. But do not ever scrub your face with it. Even a little irritation from washcloths can lead to post-inflammatory pigmentation in the long run. This translates to dark spots, especially for those with darker complexions. And as always, always use a fresh washcloth every time you wash. A damp washcloth is a breeding ground for bacteria. And since we’ve just mentioned bacteria, it’s just as bad to wash your face if your hands are dirty. This one is quite gross when you think about it, so please, before washing and cleansing your face, you should wash your hands to make sure they are clean before you put them on your face. From door handles to your cell phone, your hands could have bacteria on them from the various surfaces you’ve touched throughout the day, which is why you should always give them a good rinse before washing your face.
Rubbing Your Face When Drying. Once you’re done washing and cleansing, resist the urge to rub your face dry. This can cause inflammation and this may lead to unsightly irritation and redness. Instead, gently pat dry, pressing the washcloth or towel against your skin until most of the moisture is absorbed.
Skipping a Step in Washing. Does your skin feel tight or stripped after you wash your face? You’ve likely missed or forgotten a critical post-cleansing step. Once you’re clean and dry, make sure to apply a serum or moisturizer within 60 seconds from rinsing your face. The water you’ve just washed with hydrates the skin, but it instantly starts to evaporate. By applying a hydrating product immediately after, you not only get the benefits of the product, you’re also locking in the moisture you got from washing.
Relying Too Much on Wipes. Cleansing wipes are very convenient if you’re on a road trip or when at work, but sadly, they’re not a substitute for legitimately washing your face. They smear dirt, makeup, and oil across the skin, rather than actually removing it. It would be like applying a cleanser and then not rinsing it off. Make facial wipes the absolute exception, not the rule. If you just can’t give them up, they’re best suited to help remove stubborn eye and other makeup, but always follow up by washing your face.
Exfoliating Too Much. Daily exfoliating is not only unnecessary, it can do more harm than good. It takes two weeks for cells to make their way from the base of the skin to the surface, and another week or two to accumulate and make skin start to look dull. A weekly exfoliating session is more than enough to keep your skin glowing. Since most face scrubs and chemical exfoliant are based on a cleansing agent, there’s no need to make this a separate step. Simply just swap out your regular cleanser for an exfoliating option.
An additional common mistake many, especially teenagers, do is using a soap-based product to wash the face. Perhaps economics has a say in this since it may be a way to save money by just buying one product and use soap to both bathe and wash the face. However, never substitute a soap-based product for a non-soap cleanser. Soap-based products strip the skin of natural oils and leave skin irritated, dry, and more likely to be inflamed. Non-soap cleansers hydrate the skin and replenish the skin barrier, so the skin is much healthier. You don’t have to nix any bar cleanser such as Dove, for instance, since this is a non-soap cleanser. However, do read the label before using a product that looks like soap. Do more research about the soap products that you’re currently using or planning to use to know what their effects are on the skin.
Now that you know what are the common washing mistakes are, make sure to follow the tips mentioned above. By doing so, you can ensure that your face gets the proper care that it needs and you’ll be able to achieve, clear, bright and healthy skin. It may mean that you need to exert more effort but it will all be worth it in the end.
Yogurt contains bacteria, but the good kind. Naturally, if you’re a fan of yogurt then you likely eat it all the time. Just take a peek at the labels of every yogurt brand and you’ll see the phrase “live cultures” or “probiotics” on those labels. Those are basically just different-sounding names for bacteria.
Chances are you probably already know this, but it bears repeating that the health benefits of yogurt go beyond its high levels of protein and calcium. The “good” bacteria found in yogurt helps fight inflammation in the gut, neutralizing some toxins and helping to block out others. In simple terms, this good bacteria helps balance the “ecosystem” of the digestive system, which can easily be thrown out of balance, and ultimately leading to a faster and more efficient digestion. But while medical scientists have been publishing studies about bacteria and gut health since the 1990’s, they’re just discovering how this anti-inflammatory food can also be hugely beneficial to the human skin.
Based on many key studies conducted and published beginning in the 1990’s, both internal and external applications have been shown to affect the skin in a significant way. In short, the good bacterium in yogurt can actually help in the anti-aging process and also helps with chronic skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and even eczema.
At the forefront of much of this research is the connection between the foods we eat, how we digest them, and the impact they have on our complexion. The body’s digestive system and the skin are actually very closely connected. Refined carbohydrates and foods that are devoid of fiber really seem to slow digestion and gut motility. When that happens, it creates a shift in the type of bacteria that live in the gut. The molecules that are supposed to be kept inside your gut lining are actually seeping out into the bloodstream, and that can trigger system-wide inflammation and increase inflammatory markers in the skin. You will see these “inflammatory markers” manifest themselves as acne, redness, dry patches, and other skin abnormalities.
The reason a yogurt face mask gives you glowing and youthful skin is all because of those healthy and wonderful nutrients that are present in yogurt. These nutrients are skin-friendly, and that is what makes a yogurt face mask so effective.
Here is a list of at least the 4 main nutrients in yogurt that help rejuvenate skin and make it healthy and flawless.
Zinc. In 100 grams of yogurt there is approximately at least 1 mg. of zinc. This mineral is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, being an astringent, and facilitating cell reproduction and tissue growth. Zinc also helps in regulating sebum, which is produced by the sebaceous glands, thereby curing acne and pimples.
Calcium. We all know yogurt is full of calcium; but did you know that the majority of your epidermis consists of calcium? Thus, the supplementing calcium in yogurt helps in healthy and effortless skin renewal and preventing the skin from getting dry and dehydrated.
Those ‘B’ Vitamins. Yogurt is replete in vitamins B2, B5 and B12. It is the vitamin B2, or riboflavin, that ensures you have glowing and healthy skin. Riboflavin helps keep the skin hydrated, protects the skin cells from the damage caused by free radicals, helps in cellular regeneration and growth, and plays a role in the manufacturing of healthy cellular fats. A single cup of yogurt offers you 20 to 30 percent of your daily recommended amount of riboflavin. As a footnote, it’s worth noting that vitamin B12 is now seen as the main factor in the fight against a so-called misnomer disease called “cancer” which is actually nothing more than a deficiency of vitamin B12.
Lactic Acid. This is one of the main nutrients in yogurt, and it also forms one of the key ingredients in several skincare products. Lactic acid is a great exfoliate and skin moisturizer. It also works as an anti-aging agent by reducing the visibility of wrinkles and preventing new wrinkles and fine lines from forming.
Skin Benefits You Get From Yogurt
Now that we know all about the different nutrients that make yogurt so fantastic for the skin, let’s take a look at all the benefits you can reap by using yogurt as a facial mask as part of your beauty regimen.
Moisturized and Hydrated Skin
If you think your face is looking dull and tired, don’t worry. Gently apply natural yogurt on your face through circular motions. The lactic acid present in the yogurt will help hydrate the skin, thereby getting rid of the tired look.
A simple yogurt face mask applied two or three times a week – or daily if you wish – will leave you with soft, supple skin and save you on the high cost of beauty products. To indulge in a yogurt facial, follow these steps: First, wash your face. When you’re finished slathering and splashing, smooth some creamy, natural yogurt over your face and neck. The yogurt will lock in the moisture from washing your face. Let the mixture refresh your skin for about ten minutes, and then rinse it off.
Brighter Skin. The lactic acid present in yogurt inhibits the production of an enzyme called tyrosinase. This bad enzyme is responsible for the production of melanin, and melanin is what causes your skin tone to darken. When melanin production is inhibited, you end up with a brighter and glowing skin tone.
Yogurt is a great skin exfoliate. The lactic acid present in yogurt is the natural alpha hydroxyl acid that helps remove dead skin cells. Lactic acid does not irritate the skin and also ensures proper removal of dead skin cells. This, in turn, stimulates the cells to renew faster.
Blemish-Free and Flawless Skin
If you use yogurt as a facial mask at least on a daily basis, you can destroy the bacteria that cause acne and pimples. The zinc present in yogurt reduces skin inflammation and also aids in reducing the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands. The probiotics in yogurt completely destroys the bacteria in the skin. The different nutrients and components of yogurt blend well together to help in getting a blemish-free skin. If you already have acne, pimples, or blackheads, rub a dab of the creamy yogurt stuff into acne-prone areas. Let the yogurt work its zit-zapping magic and then rinse it off after 30 minutes. Or you can use an alternative formula by adding a tablespoon of olive oil to three to four tablespoons of yogurt. Apply the mixture to your face for about 30 minutes before rinsing off. Do this every three times a week.
Say Goodbye to Dark Circles Under the Eyes
Yogurt as a face mask could be just what you really need to get rid of those persistent and unsightly under eye dark circles. The zinc present in yogurt helps to lighten blemishes and scars and also brightens the skin tone. Using a yogurt face mask regularly will help to get rid of those dark circles under the eyes once and for all.
Younger Looking Skin
A yogurt face mask contains potent antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging your skin. The components in the nutrients in yogurt can delay the onset of wrinkles and fine lines by using this mask regularly. It is also the lactic acid present in yogurt that prevents your skin from prematurely aging. When used regularly, yogurt has mild bleaching powers that can smooth out discoloration that may give a premature aging look to the skin. Reduce blotches and age spots associated with sunburn by rubbing a few tablespoons of yogurt mixed with a squeeze of lemon juice onto skin for 30 minutes, and then rinsing off the mixture. Repeat three times a week.
The lactic acid in the yogurt has great antifungal properties. Thus, a yogurt face mask is a good way to combat any fungal infection. You just have to use the face mask for up to 4 times a day until the infection clears up, and you are good to go back to using the yogurt once daily.
The zinc present in yogurt is the key to soothing sunburns. It will help alleviate the burning and itching sensations that sunburns cause. You actually don’t need anything else. If your face has become badly sunburned, just apply some natural yogurt as a face mask. The zinc will help reduce the redness and inflammation and also help in balancing the natural oils on your skin. It is also said to suppress the UVB-induced production of melanin. For really bad sunburns, you can add a few drops of soothing chamomile essential oil to about a handful of organic yogurt. Rub the calming concoction over your sunburned skin and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
You have the option of using natural and plain yogurt on its own. But if you want to improve on the formulation of your yogurt face mask, you can combine it with other skin-friendly ingredients. Some of the ingredients that you can use to enhance the effect of your yogurt face mask to improve its potency are:
Grated Carrots. If you have dry skin and want it to look healthy, soft, and moisturized, add some grated carrots to the yogurt and apply it on your face. It will rejuvenate the skin and give a natural sheen that will make your skin look attractive.
Lemon Juice. This is a great addition to the yogurt if you have oily or dull skin. It will help clear clogged pores and exfoliate your skin. The lemon juice helps to even out skin tone and make the skin look brighter.
Honey. To make your skin supple, add some honey to the yogurt face mask and apply on your face. Honey is a natural humectant and will lock the moisture within your skin and prevent it from getting dry. This reduces the chances of wrinkle formation. Also, honey has antibacterial properties that will help to fight pimples and acne.
While yogurt is somewhat of a natural moisturizer and exfoliate that is quite affordable compared to the more pricey lotions and serums sold commercially, there are still important things to remember, such as:
While yogurt for your face mask is great for your skin, there are a few precautions you need to take. If you have sensitive skin, you may experience a slight tingling sensation when you apply the face mask. However, if your skin is ultra-sensitive, you could experience a stinging and burning sensation. If such a reaction occurs, wash off the face mask immediately with water. Get an allergy test done. You could be allergic to the lactic acid or probiotics present in natural yogurt.
In case you are allergic to dairy products or alpha- and/or beta- hydroxyl acid, unfortunately you will not be able to use yogurt face mask. Try searching for an affordable moisturizer or exfoliate with exactly or almost the same ingredients found in yogurt.
When buying yogurt to use as a face mask, make sure you choose one that is plain, organically produced, and replete with fat. You definitely want a full-fat yogurt to ensure your skin gets all the moisturizing and nourishment it deserves.
As an addition, yogurt isn’t just used for the face. This is another most noteworthy function of yogurt for other parts of the body. The skin infections like athletes’ foot or ringworm can be soothed and removed if yogurt is applied to the place of infection. This is the best natural solution of yogurt since the probiotics in yogurt can actually help for this purpose. There is no denying the fact that the best natural friend of infected skin is yogurt. After this detailed discussion, there should be no doubt in your mind about the usefulness of yogurt for the skin. So try it at home and enjoy the great effects in your skin. You can buy yogurt at your local supermarket or find it at the grocery section at a nearby mall.
One of the beauty regimens a lot of women swear by is the regular use of night creams. Women who take extra care of their skin make sure they find time to apply night cream before going to bed right after freshening up and preparing for a relaxing night’s rest.
Many think of night creams as the perfect pre-sleep pampering product. These creams are believed – and have been proven – to moisturize, repair, and rejuvenate the skin after a stress-filled day. In other words, night creams are skin boosters. So, if you want healthy and glowing skin, then applying a night cream before bed should be a part of your nighttime routine.
What Are Night Creams?
Ever since skin care products came into existence, night creams have been around. As such, there are no definite sources that cite or mention when the night cream first came into existence, as well as who should be credited for its formula or concept. As early as 1874, people were already using creams; cold creams, to be specific. Vanishing creams, on the other hand, first came out in the 1890s.
At that time, cold creams were used at night as a facial or skin cleanser. Vanishing creams, in the meantime, were used during the day, to protect the skin and to serve as face powder base. The most popular brand at that time was Pond’s.
The cold cream became known as a night cream in the early part of the 20th century.
In its early days, the night cream had a water-in-oil-emulsion composition. To make the cream less greasy, its formulation was later changed to oil-in-water emulsions. In addition to this, manufacturers also started including ingredients like lanolin and certain vitamins that help repair the skin.
This is what a night cream is all about. It is a skincare cream that intends to repair, regenerate, and restore the skin while you are resting or sleeping. It gives tired skin the moisture it needs to recover and rejuvenate after being exposed to stressors like pollution and too much exposure to the sun.
A night cream is a slow absorbing moisturizer, which is why it must be applied at night before going to bed. It takes several hours before it penetrates the skin.
Additionally, a night cream has anti-aging agents such as retinol and glycolic acid. So, it can also help restore the youthful glow of your skin.
Compared to the day cream, a night cream is thicker. This does not bother those who use it though because it does its job while you are asleep. By the time morning breaks, it has already penetrated your skin and you will feel fresh and youthful. Some describe the feeling they get every time they wake up as like “having new skin.”
Benefits of Using Night Creams
Night creams make your skin feel and look new. But it has several equally important benefits, too. Here are some of them.
- As it is absorbed into your skin, the night cream focuses on the dry parts and hydrates them. Therefore, every day you wake up to will see your skin becoming smoother.
- Night creams are soothing, so they’ll make you feel relaxed.
- Regular use or application of a night cream will help increase the amount of collagen on your skin.
- Aside from helping you achieve an even complexion, night creams also improve skin texture.
- According to reports, researches, and studies, night creams have antioxidants. As such, the body’s cell renewal process is faster and more efficient.
- Night creams are good for all skin types, even for those with oily skin. People with dry skin will benefit from the creams’ hydrating and moisturizing powers while oily-skinned users will benefit from the reduced sebum production.
- Regular use of a night cream will help minimize fine lines, aging spots, and wrinkles, among other signs of skin aging. All the antioxidants and vitamins, as well as the collagen, it contains will help you look and feel younger.
- Night creams also protect and tighten your skin so it does not sag.
- Using a night cream every night before going to sleep will bring back the elasticity of your skin, so you’ll look fresher and younger.
- Night creams help nourish your skin so it maintains its fresh and youthful flow, and so it doesn’t look and feel tired.
If you regularly – and properly (follow directions) – use a decent quality night cream, you’ll feel new and rejuvenated every day. And you’ll have a pleasant and positive outlook, making you feel happier, healthier, more confident, and successful.
8 Best Night Creams for Different Skin Types
Now that you know what a night cream is and what its benefits are, it’s time to talk about choosing one that suits your skin’s needs.
Not all the night creams available in the market are made for your skin type. If you have oily skin, you need to choose one that’s created for such skin type. Choosing one just because you like the brand or its packaging will not help you achieve your skincare goals.
Here are eight examples of the best night creams for different skin types. Find the one that’s perfect for you:
SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry – For Dry Skin/Combination Skin
Perfect for dry skin but can also be used for those with normal or oily skin. So, it’s good for all skin types. Those with combination skin can also benefit from this night cream. Even if your skin is one part dry and one part oily, you’ll enjoy the overnight benefits of this nighttime skin-refining moisturizer.
SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Dry will give your skin the glow it needs. Additionally, it also works for those prone to blackheads.
Although a bit expensive, users swear by the immediate results this night cream produces.
Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream – For Skin Prone to Acne
If you’ve always had problems with acne, this is the ideal night cream for you. This oil-free formula is suited for all skin types, but especially for those with pores that easily clog, as well as for women with acne problems. It contains ingredients that help revitalize the skin, making it firmer and more elastic.
The Seaweed Night Cream also helps stimulate cell growth, refine the texture of your skin, making it softer, smoother, and healthier. It also hydrates the skin so that it looks and feels good.
Olay Age Defying Classic Night Cream – For Oily and Combination Skin
Olay is known for producing world-class skin care products that deliver what is promised. This night cream is no exception.
The Age Defying Classic Night Cream is, according to some users, “the perfect night cream” because it is ideal for both oily and combination skin. And it is effective in making your skin look firmer. Regular use of this cream will make you not only look but also feel years younger.
Additionally, this classic night cream is not harsh or too strong because it does not irritate the skin even if you use it every night.
This age defying night cream is also easy on the budget.
Zelens Marine Complex – For Very Dry Skin
This “deep restorative cream” was formulated by skin care expert (particularly in plastic and reconstructive surgery and skin cancer) Dr. Marco Lens. It contains ingredients that combine antioxidants, anti-aging agents, marine actives, proteins, anti-inflammatory elements, liquid exfoliants, and hyaluronic acid, among others.
Some users describe it as something like fluffy whipped cream, so it’s light and silky when it touches the skin.
The Zelens Marine Complex Night Cream is perfect for dry and very dry skin. It’s rich, refreshing, and calming. You’ll feel pampered every time you use this night cream.
This night cream, however, is a bit pricey. But if you’re willing to invest in skin care, this should be your number one choice.
Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream from The Body Shop – For Dry Skin
This nourishing night cream is perfect for all skin types but is best for dry skin. Formulated with vitamin E, this rich night cream also has wheat germ oil and plumping hyaluronic acid. It works best as an overnight moisturizer and replenishes the skin; bringing it back to life and making it feel softer and smoother day after day.
This night cream; although a bit greasy; smells good and is proven to be effective. It’s also quite affordable, too!
Aveeno Positively Ageless Restructuring Treatment Cream – For Sensitive Skin
Aveeno is known for its products for sensitive skin like this treatment/night cream. Its hydrating qualities make it an effective moisturizer and skin rejuvenator. It feels light but works well in making the skin feel softer and smoother.
The night cream absorbs into the skin quickly, so you’re sure to feel its effects after several applications only.
A lot of users also like the sweet smell of the Aveeno Positively Ageless Restructuring Treatment Cream.
Shiseido White Lucent Multibright Night Cream – For Skin with Dark Spots
Brighter skin will be yours in no time if you regularly use this night cream from Shishiedo. Using SAKURA Resist Technology and Super Hydro-Synergy Complex +, this night cream effectively hydrates skin, keeping it moisturized throughout the night.
Likewise, this dermatologist-tested night cream reduces dark spots, uneven skin, and acne scars, especially when used with laser spot removal products and whitening cosmetic procedures.
With Shiseido’s night cream, waking up looking renewed and radiant is now possible.
Elemis Biotec Skin-Energising Night Cream – For Aging Skin (Due to Menopause, Stress, or Medication)
When a woman reaches her 40s and 50s, her skin slowly changes because of menopause, stress, medication, and other factors related to aging. It uses a skin energizing formula that effectively makes skin look energized, recharged, and youthful.
The formula contains brightening and exfoliating acids, electrolytes, and minerals that help repair and renew cells; it increases cell energy. Elemis’ bio-energy complex also helps rejuvenate the skin and makes it softer and smoother.
Now that you have an idea of which night creams are suited for your skin, you might think that you’re ready to purchase one. But no, not yet. Before going out to spend your hard-earned money, you should consider several things first, the foremost of this being your major skin problem. Yes, you may have dry skin, but you also need to rule out that it’s the only concern you should focus on. Likewise, it is essential to know if you have allergies as certain night creams might not be suited for you.
Knowing things like this will help you determine which ingredients to look out for.
Using a night cream is ideal for anyone who wants to achieve a healthy and useful skin. This is important nowadays because today’s environment is extra stressful and polluted. De-stressing the skin is essential to make sure that it does not permanently absorb all the negative elements that surround you during the day.
The effects of the night time cream are more effective if complemented by the regular use of a good day cream. Day creams help protect the skin from damaging elements like pollution, UV rays, stress, and even makeup (which contains a lot of chemicals). Most day creams contain SPF and also act as sunscreens, which are needed to protect your skin from damages brought about by free radicals, photo aging and the harmful rays of the sun, and again, from makeup or cosmetics.
Night creams will provide additional protection for your skin once evening sets in or as you prepare for a restful and relaxing sleep.
With these two skin protectors, you’re guaranteed to have youthful, glowing, and healthy skin all day every day. As a result, you’ll feel good all over and your life will shine with positivity.
For the majority of women (and even some men today), getting a professional facial treatment is a delight. There’s nothing like being pampered in a cozy beauty spa salon bed and getting the face steamed, pores cleaned, and even a facial massage.
Unfortunately, most of these facials are expensive, not to mention the fact that it can be hard to find spas and salons that use natural products and ingredients instead of chemical-heavy facial treatments.
Experts recommend getting a facial treatment every 4-6 weeks, but that can be hard on anyone’s wallet, not unless you’re a Hollywood A-lister or an online influencer that does nothing but try to look beautiful.
Remember that – and this depends on your skin type – you only need a thorough facial treatment at least once every two months, once a month at the most. Because this is the time that your face is in a somewhat rough condition and needs to get rid of whatever it absorbed from the sun, sweat, and grime around their environment, not to mention all those dead skin cells you need to get rid of. A facial treatment, even if it’s a DIY home facial, can be equated to having a monthly tune up and oil change for your car every one or two months.
Even if the steps may seem to be tedious and reach into the 8’s, remember again that it’s only once every month or two, so you can always find time for this home treatment even in your busy schedule. Given also the fact that you’re doing it at home removes the wariness of traveling some distance to a spa or salon.
Facial treatments are an important key to healthy, glowing skin. If you truly want soft, supple, healthy, and glowing skin, you need to have a facial treatment from time to time. However, instead of setting the wallet on fire every month, why not go for DIY facial treatments at home. By regularly performing at-home facials, you not only get the same kind of professional treatment and effect from the expensive ones, but you can even improve the look of your skin tone, enjoy deep cleansing benefits, and experience overall rejuvenation. Giving yourself a DIY home facial treatment is a gorgeous form of self-love and a great way to get to know your skin.
It doesn’t take rocket science to see how essential a facial treatment is. So, how do you properly do a facial treatment even before mixing those facial concoctions?
DIY Facials You Should Try
Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Gentle Hydrating Face Treatment
You only need ½ cup of raw ground oatmeal, ½ cup water, ½ cup milk, and 1 tablespoon of honey. Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Let cool and apply to face. Rinse off after 15 minutes. This mask manages breakouts and moisturizes your skin. It can also help reduce inflammation, but just make sure to use lukewarm, not hot water, when you put it on your skin. It’s clear that the ingredients used are inexpensive and fun to do at home, and what the ingredients do:
- Honey can make your skin moist and soft and can help break apart excess sebum.
- Milk can help make your skin moist and is anti-inflammatory, so it will calm down redness.
- Oatmeal can gently exfoliate your skin.
- Water thins out the mask, so you can apply it evenly to your face.
Milk and Unflavored Gelatin Face Mask
You can also use honey or tea tree oil in the absence of gelatin. Or you can mix in all these 3 ingredients together with ½ cup milk and 1 tablespoon honey. You only need a small gelatin packet and 3 drops of tea tree oil. Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 10 seconds. Let cool and apply to face and rinse off after 15 minutes. Here’s what the ingredients actually do:
- Honey can make your skin moist and soft and can help break apart excess sebum.
- Milk can help make your skin moist and is anti-inflammatory, so it will calm down redness a little bit. But with this mask, the primary focus is to make the mask a spreadable consistency.
- Tea tree oil can be both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which can help acne.
- Gelatin can dry and clean out your pores.
Honey, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg Breakout Prevention Face Mask
You only need 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons, honey. Mix ingredients until smooth. Apply to face and rinse off after 15 minutes. Patch test this recipe before applying to entire face as some skin types react to cinnamon. This main ingredient can be very irritating to the skin. So this would definitely be a mask to patch test before you actually use it. But once you’re sure it won’t upset your skin, it’s okay to try. The nutmeg is going to be slightly exfoliating, which is going to open up the pores. Since pores are two-way streets, it allows the other ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. While it won’t necessarily clear a breakout that’s already happened, this mask might help prevent future ones.
Here’s what the ingredients actually do:
- Honey can make your skin moist and soft and can help break apart excess sebum.
- Cinnamon has some antibacterial properties, which can help prevent acne.
- Nutmeg can help gently exfoliate.
Banana Hydrating Face Mask
You only need 1 teaspoon butter milk, 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and half a banana, mashed. Mix all ingredients until smooth. Apply to face and rinse off after 15 minutes. This mixture fights blemishes, clears pores, hydrates skin, rejuvenates the skin, fades scars and age spots, and tightens skin. Be careful not to get the lemon juice in your eyes because it could sting. Here’s what the ingredients can do:
- Lemon juice can be slightly antibacterial, and a little exfoliating.
- Honey can make your skin moist and softer and can help break apart excess sebum.
- Buttermilk helps make your skin moist and is anti-inflammatory, so it can calm down redness.
- Bananas have enzymes in them that can help break down bonds between dead skin cells on the surface of your skin. In short, the fruit is mildly exfoliating.
- Greek yogurt can be soothing and hydrating, much like milk.
- Cocoa makes the mask easier to apply.
A note about the lemon juice. Unless you have an open sore, these masks are going to be working at the most superficial levels of the skin. These are not really deep chemical peel kind of treatments where you have stuff that’s ripping its way down well into the dermis and epidermis, and that’s where you’re going to get the sudden mega pH change. When you do use citrus on your face, you should make sure it’s completely washed off before you go in the sun, so you don’t get a chemical burn, and don’t get it in your eyes.
Coffee Grounds and Essential Oil Face Mask
All you need are 1 teaspoon coffee grounds, 2 teaspoons coconut oil, and 5 drops geranium essential oil. Mix ingredients until smooth. Apply to face and rinse off after 15 minutes. Coffee wakes up your skin, and geranium oil brightens your skin and lightens dark spots. In reality, caffeine does have some positive effects. It can be absorbed to some extent through the skin so you may have a little bit of an effect on some of the skin cells, and even on some of the most superficial blood vessels. That gives you a little bit of a vessel tightening and constricting effect, which is going to diminish any slight swelling or puffiness under the eyes. Remember that this is a mask, even though it looks a little like a scrub, so don’t rub or scrub this on your skin. You can actually add a little more coconut oil or honey to make it a more mask-like consistency and to give your skin the benefits of those ingredients as well.
- Geranium facial oil can brighten your skin, and make it softer.
- Coconut oil can be slightly antiseptic and will help moisturize your skin.
- Coffee grounds could slightly reduce swelling or puffiness.