Friday, June 10, 2011

Coffee & Plum Exfoliation

1 Tablespoon of fine ground coffee
3 Plums
1 Teaspoon of Honey

Benefits of Ingredients:
Coffee exfoliates and revitalizes your skin. It also has anti aging benefits
Plums are a very effective antioxidant
Honey is an excellent humectant

Mash the 3 plums into mush. Mix the plums with the teaspoon of honey. Finally add the tablespoon of fine ground coffee. Apply the mix onto your face gently. Let it sit for 10 minutes then scrub off delicately.

This little DIY recipe will help you get rid of old dead skin cells.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Four Skin Care Tips to Remember

There are 4 simple tips we want to give you that will help is you skin care regimen.

First and foremost, wear sunscreen. Sunscreen serves two really good purposes. It helps to protect our skin from extremely dangerous and deadly cancers and it also helps prevent our skin from aging so fast.

Daily application of sunscreen is quite common, but we have all made little application mistakes that leave our skin exposed to those harmful UVA & UVB rays. We must make sure that we apply sunscreen to all areas of our skin that will be exposed, such as our feet, chest, hands, neck, and even our ears. If you are going to be swimming or will be sweating a lot, you should apply sunscreen at a minimum of every 2 hours (once an hour preferably). We would recommend you use a sunscreen that has no less than an SPF rating of 30. One common myth you should remember is just a myth is that cloudy days are supposed to be safer from the sun. They are NOT safer! Some studies have shown that sunburns are more easily obtained on cloudy/overcast days than on sunny days.

One of the most simple tips for all of you is to sleep. Sleep is FREE skin care. Good restful sleep helps to keep you from becoming exhausted and exhaustion helps to show age lines more than most anything else. Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project, suggests lack of sleep has a significant effect on our energy level and our happiness. She adds that setting a specific bedtime, ensuring your room is dark, chilly, and clutter free, avoiding activities that make you alert, all will help provide you with an environment conducive to a sound sleep.

Do you know what the three minute rule is? It is a lot simpler than you think. Simply remember to moisturize within three minutes after showering or bathing. Damp skin helps to lock in moisture and there is no better time then when you are still somewhat damp yourself. It still is necessary for you to find out which moisturizer is right for your skin type.

Would you ever brush your teeth with a brush that is dirty? The same should go for all of your beautifying brushes. These brushes create an ideal environment for bacteria.  Good Housekeeping gives us a tip to rinse them with water and then add a drop of gentle shampoo to create a lather. Next, wash them well and use a clean dry towel to ring out the water and allow them to air dry. For liquid  product tools, Bella Sugar  suggests that we make sure to wash these tools daily and for those tools we use with powder products we should clean them every two weeks.

Our final tip for you is to eat foods that have skin healthy nutrients. Just remember, whatever is good for your health is good for your skin. Vegetables like spinach and broccoli are rich in Vitamin A that helps with cell production and turnover for smoother skin. Salmon, tuna, and trout are some of the fish that contain high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids that help battle inflammation. Inflammation produces free radicals that in turn contribute to aging by attacking collagen. Vitamin C, which is most common in oranges, lemons, and grapefruit are very important in the production of collagen. Protein packed foods like chicken and pork contain zinc and iron. Zinc helps with cell synthesis and exfoliation, so our skin does not have that dull appearance. Iron is needed by our red blood cells to carry oxygen to the skin. That helps to give our skin that glow we all want.