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Posted by Styling Souls Blog Administrator on February 13, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Skin Care Tips:

A dry brush exfoliation can be done in the morning before you shower. It eliminates dead skin cells and allows the skin to detox (skin is the largest organ of elimination).Dry brush exfoliation  improves lymph and blood circulation and tends tp decreasepuffiness. An added benefit is that the gentle pressure is calming to the nervous system. To give yourself a dry brush exfoliation, you'll need a soft, natural bristle brush.

Invigorate Sluggish Circulation – Poor circulation can inhibit healthy glowing skin. Try these to imporve circulation:

Take a quick break to go outside and walk around the block.

Booka massage appointment.

Close your door and stretch.

Goto the gym.

Start each morning by stretching.

Get a skipping rope.

Avoid Excessive Sun: Wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, even if it's cloudy or you don't planon spending a lot of time outdoors. If you sweat a lot or go swimming, reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours (even if the bottle says the sunscreen is waterproof)

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, which decreases blood flow. This starves the skin of oxygen and nutrients, such as vitamin A, that are vital to skin health. Smoking damages collagen and elastin fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. Lastly, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking, such as pursing your lips whil inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke may contribute to wrinkles.

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin, so keep it gentle:

Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm rather than hot  water.  Your oil not only keep you soft and subtle , but keeps you waterproof.

Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps  strip oil from your skin. Choose mild cleansers. Your shampoo should be ph balanced and can be used as shower gel or facial cleanser.  Check out Nioxin.

Shave  with care. Protect and lubricate your skin, by applying shaving cream, lotion, gel or even your hair conditioner before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.  Do not store your razor in the shower.  Great place for bacteria to grow.

After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin,  then moisturize dry skin. Find a moisturizer that fits your skin type and makes your skin look and feel soft.

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne still isn't clear but, some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in fats andcarbohydrates may promote younger looking skin.

Drinklots of water.  Water is very important inkeeping the largest organ of the body refreshed and hydrated.

Stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. Takes steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The resultscould be life changing.

Try witch hazel as a natural alternative.Witch hazel is well-known for its soothing powers on the skin. When your skin feels rough or blistered, witch hazel is a great natural way  to make it feel better. It can be used to both clean the skin and to soothe it making it a great toner. This makes products with witch hazel perfect for many different types of irritation and skin conditions. The herb is also a useful for naturally treating eczema and psoriasis.

Don’t pop pimples. Pimples heal faster if you just leave them alone, and they dont look so big and red either. You push bacteria deeper into the skin when you pop pimples. Best thing to do is not touch themat all.  Try these instead:

1.       Use an oatmeal  mask throughly to cleanse your face. Mix either oatmeal  with enough rose water to make a soft paste that spreads easilyon the skin. Rub it on your skin with your fingertips, paying special attention the problem areas. Leave to dry for about 15 minutes and then rinse off with cold water.

2.      Apply grated potatoes as poultice to treat skin blemishes, wrinkles, boils, acne scars, blackheads and whiteheads

3.       Make a paste of neem leaves with turmeric powder. Apply on affected area. Wash it off after 20-30 minutes with lukewarm water,

4.       Heat a  cup of tea, drink the tea, but put the tea bag on your problem area.  The tannic acid in tea will pull out infection causing your acne, boil or inflammation.

Weird and unusual Skin treatments:

Duct tape for blackhead removal.  Ouch!


Hemorrhoid creams are great remedies for puffiness under the eye and also for fine lines. When using for eye puffiness, carefully smooth in to thepuffy area, let it absorb into the skin, and then apply make-up as normal.

A weird but wonderful home remedy for tightening the skin; is Pepto-Bismol. The ingredients in Pepto work well as a facial tightening masque. Remove the application with warm water. This also works great for aiding in the removal of cold sores.




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