Skin & Hair
Great health is first noticed on the
outside of your body with your skin and hair. Learn how to look
after your outer nutrition for a healthy glow no matter your
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How To Have Great Skin
Great skin is
something that nearly everyone can cultivate. Our skin is affected
- Inner nutrition - what we eat and drink
- General health and well-being
- Emotional health, and
- Outer nutrition - how we take care of our skin
While we can't alter our genes, we can improve our skin by making
the necessary adjustments in the areas we can influence. Read on to
discover the basic components of a healthy outer nutritional plan
for your skin. If you seriously want great skin the very first thing
to do and wear a hat and good quality sunscreen when out in the
sunshine. Having said that, let's move on to understand the next
three basic foundations to great skin.
If you want your skin
to look and feel great, careful cleansing is very important. This
should be done first thing in the morning and last thing at night to
remove pore-clogging dirt. Don't cleanse enough and you could find
yourself prone to spots. Cleanse to often and you could be stripping
away essential oils and be susceptible to dry skin or even eczema.
Understanding your skin type (normal, dry or oily) and using a
cleanser to match is the best foundation for great looking skin.
Remember to rinse your face with warm water after using a cleanser,
as any residue will continue to work on the skin if not completely
Our grandmothers used soap and water…isn't that good
enough? Soap is not very good at removing makeup because it does not
contain enough oils to dissolve the staying power that most
cosmetics have today. Remember the 'tight' feeling after your have
washed your fact with soap? Soap can be very drying on your skin and
may wash away essential oils. Another reason not to use soap is that
it is not matched to the natural balance of our skin. Soap is
generally alkaline, whilst skin is naturally acidic.
second step to great outer nutrition for your skin is to tone.
Toners are designed to remove any last traces of cleanser, while
also helping to tighten and refine pores and prevent the build-up of
dead skin cells. After toning your skin should fee and look
revitalised and refreshed, and ready to be moisturised. Again you
will need to apply a toner that matches your skin type.
third foundation step is to apply moisturiser to help restore the
moisture loss caused by the drying effects of sunlight, central
heating, wind, cold and pollution. A good daytime moisturiser would
contain a sunscreen and will be easily absorbed into the skin. At
night you should use a richer, more nourishing cream, as this is
when your skin more readily absorbs moisture.
plethora of products on the market and the myriad of additives…. the
most important ingredient of any moisturiser is water! If water is
just splashed on the skin it will not say there. Moisturisers are
basically oil and water emulsions which contain a humectant (a
substance added to another to make it moist), which attracts water
and helps 'fix' it in the upper layers of the skin.
that is lost firm the skin needs to be replaced quickly so that the
surface of the skin is kept both soft and smooth. The living cells
in the layers need water so that they will not shrivel up and die. A
moisturiser can protect the skin by providing a barrier between the
skin and the external environment. It also prevents the loss of
moisture from the deeper layers of the skin.
who have oily skin use a moisturiser? Moisturisers are particularly
recommended for people with dry skin but everyone can benefit from
using a moisturiser. You simply need to ensure that you choose the
correct moisturiser for your skin type. People with oily skin should
choose a moisturiser that hydrates their skin whilst helping absorb
any excess oil.