Friday, 27 January 2012

Tips for Clear, Beautiful Skin:

Beautiful Skin At Any Age :
Beautiful skin can be marred by acne which affects about 85% of teenagers and can be seen in 60% of adults as well. It is most likely to be seen during periods of hormonal changes such as puberty and menopause (or in women starting or stopping birth control pills).
Elevated hormone levels can cause the sebaceous (oil producing) glands to form greater amounts of sebum (oil). These glands are attached, under the skin, to the sides of each hair shaft, and together form a unit called a follicle. The opening of the skin is referred to as a pore. The oil produced is necessary to lubricate the hair and skin. Most of the time the oil glands produce the right amount of sebum, and the pores are fine. When excess oil production is triggered, the pores can get clogged and bacteria begin to multiply, which leads to acne. Sometimes the pore is so blocked that it ruptures the skin and spills the contents into the surroundings. This causes inflammation, irritation and results in the deep "underground" pimple we know as an acne nodule or cyst.
Recent studies have shown that the typical Western diet contributes greatly to the incidence and severity of acne. Our diets are rich in refined carbohydrates and sugars. This triggers our bodies to produce a surge in insulin. It also causes an excess of male hormones which encourage the skin to excrete more oil and subsequent abundant growth of bacteria. Studies have shown that populations not fed on a Western diet are virtually acne-free. Yet when they move to cities and change their diet, they begin to experience acne for the first time ever. 

Tips for Clear, Beautiful Skin:
Cleanse twice daily. It is not necessary to wash your face every hour, as this can strip off too much oil from your skin and trigger over-production to compensate.

  •  Maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  •  Eat organic whenever possible. Your body does not need the extra hormones and antibiotics found in typical meats, chicken or even farm-raised fish.
  •  Refrain from touching the area.
  •  Take care to keep hair sprays and gels on your hair but off your face.
  •  Use a moisturizer if you need one. You don't have to dry out your skin to treat acne.
  • Try an over-the-counter homeopathic remedy.
  •  Some dermatologists offer a new laser treatment (SmoothBeam) which can help to clear acne in a few monthly sessions.Beautiful skin is pleasurable to behold. Following these steps you can help create and maintain beautiful skin throughout your life.
Skin cleansing. Good skin cleansing is the best way to avoid or treat acne breakouts. Wash your face with a mild cleanser two or three times a day. Don’t wash too often or the skin may become dry, aggravating the problem. A shielding lotion can minimize the loss of moisture and it won’t wash off.
IMPORTANT: Do not take any acne medications or over-the-counter treatments without checking with your health care provider. Some of these are not safe for pregnant women to use. 

Sun protection. Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy. Good sun protection is very important at this time. Sunlight can darken pigment changes in your skin and increase your chances of getting "mask of pregnancy." Use a good sun block, cover up, and wear a hat when outside. Limit the time you spend outdoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

Make-up. Cover-up and foundation can help hide dark streaks or spots on the skin. Avoid make-ups that contain mercury. Look at the label to see if the make-up contains mercury.

Stretch marks. You won’t be able to avoid stretch marks entirely. It will help if you gain only the recommended amount of weight (usually 25 to 35 pounds), and do so slowly. Using a quality shielding lotion may help the skin retain moisture and stay supple, minimizing the effects. Stretch marks usually fade and become less noticeable after delivery.

Moisturizers. Moisturize your belly and your breasts to reduce itchiness and dry skin. To avoid skin irritation, use an unscented high-quality shielding lotion that won’t wash off and can protect against environmental irritants, like household cleansers and air pollution. Use mild soap when washing. Avoid hot showers or baths. They can dry out the skin.

Excessive heat. Heat can intensify itchiness and rashes. When you go out in warm weather, wear loose-fitting, cotton clothing.

Sunscreen - Protecting Your Skin
The sun emits two different kinds of ultraviolet waves: UVB are shortwave rays that cause the reddening of the skin, UVA are the long-wave rays that accelerate the aging of the skin. A good sunscreen protects you from both of these rays. Three key ingredients to look for are PABA derivatives, benzophenones and avobenzone (or zinc oxide/titanium oxide). 

Tennis players need to use water-resistant or sweat proof sunscreen. This should be applied 30 minutes before you play so it can absorb into your skin. You should always use an SPF rating of 15 or higher. When choosing a sunscreen, be sure to look for the Skin Cancer Foundations's Seal of Approval. This will guarantee that the product meets the highest standards for safety and effectiveness. 

Hats with screens and SPF clothing are also a great way to protect yourself. Solumbra is a clothing company that now produces outfits with an SPF of 30. A regular white cotton t-shirt has an SPF of 5. That means you can easily tan/burn through your shirt. Washing your clothing in RITIT brings that SPF up to 30. 

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