Sunday, March 8, 2015

Some Common Fruits to Promote Healthy Skin

You may spend a lot of money on luxury skin care products to maintain a youthful glow on your face. However, healthy skin does start from inside. Why not incorporate some magical but very common fruits in your diet to promote a bright, clean and radiant complexion?

Below are the common fruits that you can simply grab from the produce section of the local market. You may be surprised to find that they are the simplest and inexpensive way of maintaining healthy and youthful skin.

Alleviate skin damage
Key fruit: Tomato

Spring is in the air, finally! As the daylight time prolongs, the chance that your skin runs into ultraviolet rays and harmful radiation gets greater. Most of us know that unprotected exposure to ultraviolet rays can lead to skin damage and wrinkles. Research found that tomatoes can stave off these harmful effects due to an antioxidant tomatoes contain called lycopene. Although tomatoes contain the highest concentration of lycopene, you can get the compound benefits from watermelon, pink grapefruit, apricot, guava and papaya.

Sooth the skin
Key fruit: Avocado

It was found that avocados contain a variety of antioxidants and healthy fats, which can nourish the skin and maintain cell structure and function. In addition, avocados are rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which can deactivate free radicals and is very helpful to the healing of sunburns, inflamed skin and skin sores. While avocados can provide an adequate amount of fatty acid that your body and skin need, they are also high in calories and possibly lead to weight gain if overindulge. A recommended way to consume this fruit is to eat it as a salad topping.

Mitigate visible aging
Key fruit: Citrus

Without any protection, harmful radicals will intrude and accumulate in your skin and they can contribute to visible aging of your skin. Consuming fruits high in vitamin C can keep the youthful complexion on your face. Vitamin C can boost collagen production and formation in your skin. Moreover, they can repair tissues and protect your skin against harmful radicals.  Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, kiwi, berries and cantaloupe. Citrus fruits include oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes. Making these fruits part of a daily diet is necessary because the body cannot produce or store vitamin C. However, it is never too hard to supplement vitamin C. Just squeeze some lemon or lime into your water for a burst of refreshing flavor, which can easily boost your body consumption of vitamin C.

As an added benefit, vitamin C can strengthen your immune system and promote metabolism in your body.

Detoxify the skin
Key fruit: Pears

Pears are a good source of fibers. One large pear has 5 grams of fiber, three of which are soluble fiber. Soluble fiber cleanses the body of toxins that damage skin cells. It will prevent wrinkles and dull skin. Also, because pears are rich in fibers, they can promote weight loss and help you achieve / maintain a slim body figure. To add pears to your diet, you can simply use them as an ingredient in your soup.

Stay healthy and stay pretty!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

5 Steps Facial Skin Care in the Cold Weather

How is your facial skin doing in this chilly weather? Is it as good as in summer? Or does it appear redness? Or does it feel itchy or tight? The following are some basic skin care products that help you maintain the youthful and radiant glow on your face even in this dull cold weather.

In the cold, the dry air sucks the moisture from your skin, which is damaging to the complexion. A very important task for you to keep good skin in the cold is to lock the moisture in your skin. You may think we use moisturizer in winter just the same you do it in summer. However, you may need to use different moisturizers in winter. Find moisturizer that is oil-based, instead of water-based, for your face in winter and early spring. Oil will create a protective layer on the skin that retains more moisture. However, be careful for choosing your oils because not all oils are appropriate for the face. Look for oils like avocado oil, seaberry oil or almond oil. Avoid shea oil or butter because it can clog facial pores.

Step 1: Cleanser

It is a good idea to use different cleansers in the summer and winter just because as moisture in the air changes, the need of your facial skin changes too. In summer, humidity and heat may increase oil production on your face so a cleanser with more foaming is needed to remove excess oil. On the other hand, in winter, as the dry air strip the moisture from the skin, skin is dryer so that mild cleansers are more appropriate.

This product has gorgeous scent of orange and olive oil. Sunflower glycerides melt make-up and grime, leaving no post-clean tightness.

Hint: When washing your face, it is also important to remember that hot water dries out your skin. Use lukewarm temperature water instead.

Step 2: Toner

It is extremely important to moisture your skin immediately after washing to keep and block the moisture from being stripped by the dry air. One of the most important skin care products to have on hand in the chilly months is toner. Not only does toner remove residue that may have been left behind by cleanser, but it is the first step in moisturizing your skin. Apply the right toner will provide the best result for moisturizing skin and will help to close your pores with a protective barrier. However, avoid toners that contain alcohol as alcohol is drying to the skin and can strip vital oil from the skin. Instead, find a toner with no alcohol.

This product contains no alcohol and helps improve dry skin.

Hint: drop 2 or 3 drops of toner on a cotton pad or simply on your balm. And then pat the toner gently onto your face to help the skin absorb the toner.

Step 3: Facial Oil

As I said, oil plays a crucial role in moisturizing your face in the cold weather. And therefore, I usually apply 1 or 2 drops of facial oil onto the face after I put on the toner.

I love the Fresh skin care products because the brand uses natural ingredients which are better for skin to remain refresh and youthful. This product can quickly boost vital moisture in your skin.

Step 4: Facial Essence

I apply facial essence right before I use facial cream to make sure my skin has enough moisture and protection. I felt very fortunate to find the Fresh Rose Hydrating Gel Cream on the other day and have been using it as an skin essence ever since. As it moisturizes my skin, it reduces the appearance of the fine lines on my face. Also, as a bonus, the smell of rose in this gel cream is awesome. I cannot verbally describe how sweet the smell is butI just love it!

Hint: As this product is more like a gel or lotion and it contains less oil than a facial cream, it can also be used in the summer time as a nice moisture.

Step 5: Facial Cream

You may suffer from redness on your face in winter. That is due to the loss of humidity and repeated traipsing from the overheated indoors back into the cold. In fact, many common skin problems, including sensitivity, extreme dryness, wrinkles and redness, are the end results of inflammation. Therefore, in winter, I would appreciate a facial cream that can help me avoid inflammation.

This face cream hydrates, calm skin and visibly reduces redness and sensitivity. In addition, the mega mushrooms used in this product have a long history of enhancing health, boosting resistance to stress, and promoting healthy longevity.

I hope the suggestion above help you have a better skin in this cold weather. In addition to the skin care products, I find a happy mood help the face glow. Happiness is just a natural makeup!