Besides taking care of your inner beauty every day, it’s important to nourish your skin as well. After all, this is part of the body that holds everything together, so when your skin is not healthy, everything else suffers. That’s why I share a lot of information about skin care, and want to help you to learn more about taking care of your skin.
Skin is a big issue for everyone, but even more for women like me who are...um...getting *older*. Here are the most common skin problems, plus solutions and remedies to try out.
Dry, Flaky Skin
This is one of the biggest skin issues that people have to deal with, especially during the winter time. However, there are many other causes of dry skin including food allergies, harsh ingredients in beauty products, stress, and age.
Dr. Javier Zelaya, Board certified dermatologist and owner of Skinworks Dermatology & Medspa, offers some of these skin-saving solutions:
* Avoid harsh antibacterial soaps – use moisturizing body washes instead
* Moisturize IMMEDIATELY after showering
* Sleep with a humidifier at your bedside nightly
* Drink plenty of water
* Supplement your diet with fish oil or flax seed oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids and eat foods rich in vitamin E such green leafy vegetables and wheat germ
I would recommend reading this article over at the Free People blog for natural, homemade remedies for dry skin.
Just like dry skin, there are a variety of reasons why you have acne. Hormonal changes, pollutants and dirt that clog pores, unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, and even hair products that come in contact with your face can cause those nasty red bumps.
I can’t believe that even at my age, I still have the occasional acne breakout. I usually get it around the chin area, but realized that I have a habit of cupping my chin when I’m in front of the computer reading.
Cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis, keeping your hands away from your face, and cleaning your cell phone can help keep dirt and bacteria from accumulating on your face. It’s also important to wash your face every night before you go to bed.
You can try products like the acne treatment lotion from Isomers Skin Care, which combines salicylic acid with plant stem cells to help restore your skin. By the way, did you know that salicylic acid has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes and treating many skin ailments?
Erika Katz, beauty expert and author of “Bonding over Beauty”, shares this DIY cranberry mask recipe to help detoxify the skin. Cranberry juice not only helps with acne-prone skin, but it can be used to treat psoriasis or oily skin. Plus, cranberries help reduce skin inflammation, redness, and itchy, irritated skin.
* 1 cup fresh cranberries
* 1 cup seedless red grapes
* 2 teaspoons grapefruit juice
* 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
To Make: Mix ingredients until it becomes a paste. Cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes to let the mixture thicken. Remove from the fridge and let sit for about 10 minutes before applying to the face.
Sun spots can appear on various parts of the body, but are more bothersome when they’re on the face or hands because they can make you look old. I’ve had sun spots on my face for quite some time now, but actually never paid any attention to them until people - mainly estheticians - started pointing them out to me.
There are a variety of solutions to get rid of sun spots on the skin including lightening creams, laser therapy, chemical peels, and dermabrasion. These types of treatments can be harsh if you have sensitive skin, so my best advice is to simply protect your skin when you go out in the sun for an extended amount of time by wearing a hat, staying under an umbrella at the beach, or applying a lotion or moisturizer that contains SPF. I’m not too keen on sunscreen because many of them contain toxic chemicals, but I do use a mineral foundation with SPF 25.
In the following video, certified clinical herbalist Deserie Valloreo shares a very simple home remedy that you can use to eliminate sun spots. I think I may try this out!
Do you have any solutions or remedies to share for these types of common skin problems?
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