Monthly Archives: August 2008

Revealing The Truth Behind Skin Care Myths

Posted for Skin Care On August 25, 2008

The increasing awareness amongst people about skin care is sure a positive sign. But in the quest to acquire more knowledge, they tend to believe in everything that they come across. Thus creeps in myths and false facts….

Here are some myths that I have come across and the actual truth behind them:

• Sunscreen is more that enough to protect skin against potential Sun Damage

Phew! All the ranting about how absolutely imperative is using sunscreen has led people to believe it’s all that they need. But that unfortunately is not the case. Sunscreen is the basic necessity and for complete protection against the sun, you will need to do a little more.

Actually the SPF filters can either absorb the UVA/B radiations of the sun or they can reflect them off. But they are unable to shield rays ranging from 380 to 400, making your skin susceptible.

But you can take care of that part by simply applying an antioxidant skin care product before you slather on sunscreen!

• No Wrinkles = No Aging Signs

Now I wish it were true. But wrinkles are not the only way you can give away your age. Removing wrinkles from your face might give you a smooth skin but that is n guarantee to hide your age. In fact, there are a lot many other features that appear as you age.
• Your skin goes yellowish in color
• Brown spots appear on the skin
• The skin becomes red and broken capillaries become ever so prominent
• Your skin also becomes loose and saggy

There is only one solution: Go for an anti-aging treatment that takes care of all these flaws!

• Only your face needs Anti-Aging Treatments

Again, this is a popular misbelief. A young looking face and wrinkly neck and hands can sure blow the lid and expose your age.

Let this not be the case and make sure you treat you neck, hands and other exposed areas with the same anti-aging treatment.

• Men don’t need Skin Care, it’s for the womenfolk
Yeah… So can say the cowboys. Men say this with a sense of pride. Of course I would have to agree with biological notions that men generally have thicker and less sensitive skin than women. But that’s no cue they can pass skin care completely.

Let me tell you, skin damage, be it because of the sun or other factors see no difference in genders. Both men and women are equally prone to sun damage, susceptible to skin cancers and so on… Therefore it is as important for them as well.

• There is nothing better than Organic Skin Care Products

I sure can’t question the benefits of organic skin care products. But yeah… there can be a word of caution though. Organic skin care products need to be in the purest form. (Read: Don’t go by the cheap rates and check if the product is really organic or not!) Also they need to be used carefully.
And then again, these products take a little time to get results. And if you want to be fresh and glowing at the month end party, you might as well go for a cosmetic!

These are all for now. Wait till next time as I get you more… And meanwhile, if you have any queries or if you are skeptical about something, feel free to share it here!

Byeee

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A-B-C And More ..

Posted for Skin Care On August 22, 2008

Hi,

Your skin is your most valuable asset. Bereft of all make up and accessories, there is just your skin to tell the world how beautiful are you.

Therefore it is essential that you take good care of your skin, nourish it and pamper it…

Here are some basic rules of good skin care, or so to say the A-B-C of skin care.

A: Cleansing!

Morning and night, make sure you cleanse your face. Pour out some cleanser on your palms and massage on to your face in circular motions. Don’t be hard on your skin. Cleansing is a soft and smooth process. Do it the same way.
Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel deep cleanses the face and leaves you with oily and normal skin all fresh and clean.

B: Toning

Cleansing should immediately be followed by application of a good toner. Most often women undermine the importance of toning up their face and move on with their make-up. Actually cleansing opens up the skin pores to remove all dirt and bacteria and remove open till a toner is applied.
A toner adjusts the pH level of your skin to normal in addition to removing any stubborn leftovers. Use a cotton ball to apply the toner in an upward motion. Try using Obagi Nu-Derm Toner that contains natural ingredients and herbs that hydrates your skin and restores the normal pH level.

C: Moisturizing

Moisturize your face and neck after you are done with the cleansing and toning process. Apply in upward motions and make sure your cover every nook and corner of your face. The skin on your face… especially around the eyes is very thin and delicate. So be slow and steady while running your fingertips.

That’s as much for the basics. But in the changing world today… you need to take care of your skin as it survives through pollution, heat and dust, weather changes and all.

Exfoliate

In due course of the day, your skin accumulates dirt and bacteria. And this causes acne, whiteheads and blackheads to appear on your face. The cleansing-toning-moisturizing is a gentle one and removes inlay dirt particles. But for harder stuff like blackheads, you need to scrub your skin at least once a week so as to scrape off all the debris.

Sunscreen

Contrary to popular belief, a sunscreen isn’t something to be used if and when you go out in the sun. In fact, the UVA/B radiations of the sunlight are active all day long and traverse all through. Thus, it is necessary that you apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every 2 to 3 hours!

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Skin Care – For Who???

Posted for Skin Care On August 20, 2008

Hi,

Cosmetic stores are full of colorful packs that hide inside unique skin care formulations. But just when you have that itch to pick it up and add to your cart, stop and look.

Does it cater to your skin type?

Skin type?? Must be normal… I guess!

Yup. This is the answer that I got when I posed this question to some ladies in the malls the other day.

And I’m sure there are still more who don’t have a clue about which category their skin belongs to. Well, before I get you tips and products to enhance your beautiful skin, I’d rather talk about how to decipher your skin type…

To start with, there are 5 major types of skin: Normal skin, Dry skin, Oily skin, Combination skin and Sensitive skin!

Let’s start with the blessed Normal skin types…

As I said, people with normal skin types are blessed with good genes. If you could say the 3Ss, it has to be for them. Soft-Smooth-Supple! Normal skin has a fine texture and is free of blemishes and acne. It has a natural radiance that comes from within.

But that does not mean you can do away with a skin care regimen. As blessed you’re with the skin, so important it is to maintain it. Follow a regular cleansing-toning-moisturizing regimen to that beauty stay where it is.

Now the Dry skin…

The problem with dry skin is the hair follicles refuse to enough sebum to lubricate the skin naturally, hence dryness. It comes close to the texture of normal skin but just that it feels tight and papery without moisture. And yeah due to lack of moisture, there can be fine lines around the eyes and mouth. And this makes the skin more prone to early-aging.

Therefore, you would need to use a rich and creamy moisturizer or soap to compensate for the poor performance of oil glands. But do make sure you rinse off the lather well enough.

The slimy Oily skin…

This compensates for the lack of oil in dry skin by producing excessive oil on the skin surface. The skin feels oily all the time especially around the forehead and nose areas. Plus there can be rough and uneven patches. Glow it will, but it will be closer to slime ;-)

Skin problems may include rise of blackheads and regular acne attacks. Therefore steer clear of any oil based beauty product that’s may hit the markets.

The complex Combination skin…

There is no good thing about it. Infact it takes up all the bad points of dry skin and oil skin type. The T-zone of the face is oily whereas the cheeks remain dry. Sighhh… how I wish there was a combination moisturizer!

Taking care of combination skin is indeed complex. You can do well using an oil-free cleanser in the morning so as to prevent the oiliness during the day. Wrap up the by using moisturizer to soften the dry areas.

And last of all the susceptible sensitive skin…

Easily irritated, highly reactive, red hues and occasional acne attacks- This is what sensitive skin is all about. The skin seems to be clear but any new product used on it may lead to severe reactions. Symptoms include swelling and redness and occasional sprouts of pimples.

A great way out will be abandon soaps n stuff and say hello to hypo-allergenic cleanser that doesn’t have any harsh chemicals. Try and get hold of a good quality organic cleanser.

So there they are. Ascertain what your skin type is as I get you more on what\’s happening in the world of skin care.

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