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The Best Cure For Acne – Bar None!

I’ll try to put this lightly – I am sick of your acne. Please don’t be offended. I mean well, honestly. I rode on the acne thrill ride for far too long myself. “It’s gone! It’s back. I’m up! I’m down. It’s gone away again, yea! No, it’s coming back…I Wanna Get off Already!”

I went to doctors and specialists. I tried over the counter and under the counter products. I watched infomercials, subscribed to acne magazines, and spent way too much money on soap. I finally found the best cure for acne, and promptly put it at the top of my “Things I never want to hear, speak, or even think about again” list. Unfortunately, shutting it out is impossible even with my acne cured. Why? Because of your acne. That’s right! The fact that you and so many others still have acne means I’m up to my ears in acne treatment ads and products!

I have to do something to help. Partly for selfish reasons, but mostly because if you still have acne you’re not curing it right! I have a feeling you still think acne is brought on by dirt and oil, giving you the impression that chronically washing your face will do the trick. I’m willing to bet you’re currently using some kind of “special” soap exclusive for acne ridden skin. Am I right? If so, don’t worry. We’ve all been there…

You’re simply misinformed about acne (as most people are). Acne doesn’t have to be such a big deal in your life, just take it from someone who knows. The reason you still have to pick up “face wash” while grocery shopping has more to do with the groceries you purchase than any germs on your face. I’ll help you out with a few tips on foods to stay away from to avoid causing breakouts. For starters:

-Refined Sugars:

You can probably find refined sugar in your pantry or refrigerator right now. Cookies, doughnuts, ice cream, soda, mayonnaise, and salad dressing all contain refined sugar. If you can’t cut it out of your diet completely, take it in moderation please! Your skin will thank you for it.

-Caffeine:

Caffeine is an easy one. You can find it in coffee, soda, chocolate, tea, and so on. Caffeine has its negative and positive aspects, so I wouldn’t recommend extracting it from your diet completely but again… in moderation.

-Hydrogenated Oils:

A common example of hydrogenated oil is margarine. You can also find it in many cooking oils, such as vegetable oil, and in peanut butter.

-Fast Food:

I don’t think I need to elaborate much on this one. It’s harder for me to think of ways fast food isn’t bad for your skin than ways that it is. I would advise you to eat as healthy as possible if you really want to cure your acne.

As I said before, acne isn’t that hard to handle if you know what you’re dealing with. There’s really no need to stock up on products to treat it when you can simply rearrange your grocery shopping a bit!

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Men’s Skin Care Routine – What You Should Know

Men’s skin care might seem like a strange topic to some men. Maybe, it would seem strange a few years ago, but not nowadays. Actually, today more and more men are realising the importance of men’s skin care, therefore you may come across tons of man skin care products in the markets, along with the beauty products for women.

What procedures does male skin care routine involve?

Men’s skin care is very similar to the skin care for women, though the male skin differs from that of a female. However, men’s facial care includes the following important parts:

Cleansing

Like female skin care, men’s facial care also starts with cleansing procedure. For this purpose it is recommended to use water soluble cleansers. This cleansing procedure helps to remove the dirt, pollutants, grease and excessive oil from the skin, preventing the pores from clogging. Male skin tends to be oily by nature; that is why cleansing is all-important for men to provide the proper skin care. This procedure should be done at least once every day. But it is much better to cleanse your face twice a day: in the morning and in the evening before going to bed. Attention: Applying soap on the face is not recommended.

Shaving

We cannot imagine men’s skin care without shaving procedure. So shaving foams/gels/creams, as well as, after-shave lotions are also important among men’s skin care solutions. Professional men’s skin care requires a proper choice of shaving equipment and remedies. While choosing shaving products men should especially take into consideration their skin type (because the level of oiliness may vary from person to person). You should avoid alcohol-based after-shave solutions. Also to provide skin care for men one should apply only high-quality razors. In this case, it is recommended to prefer swivel-head razors which are known to reduce cuts.

Besides the good quality of these products and equipment, it is also important to apply them in the right way. Particularly be gentle while using a razor. Try not to scratch it against your skin.

Moisturising

Due to regular shaving, the male skin can easily become dehydrated. So every man should have moisturisers among his skin care products. Though some shaving foams/gels themselves have an in-built moisturising effect, it is recommended to use a moisturising gel or cream after shaving.

Sunscreen

Though a man’s skin is less sensitive to UV radiation, they should also apply a sunscreen remedy. For this purpose you may use any male moisturiser with sunscreen effect.

Natural male facial care products

You may use special men’s solutions based on natural ingredients such as aloe vera, sea salt and coconut, as well as antiseptic oils – lavender, tea tree oils etc.

As you see, men’s facial care is not as hard as you consider. You need to spend just a few minutes a day, in order to have a healthy skin forever.

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Simple Beauty Tips For Girls In Middle School

When you think of sixth grade, you think about your first year in middle school. You are out of elementary school and everything is bigger, older and more exciting. This is the time to explore your personality and discover new things. For a young girl it is also the time to experiment with make up. There are three simple beauty tips for girls in middle school that should be implemented before they start to experiment on their own.

First of all, seeing a young girl wearing a lot of make up can be unsettling, especially for parents. Usually these girls are never shown how to put make up on, or they have been forbidden to wear make up so they apply it after they leave the house. Instead of forbidding the use of make up, it is probably better to take the time teach her how to apply make up properly, and assure a look that is age appropriate.

When you are are young there is no real need for heavy foundation. The best product for a young girl is a tinted moisturizer. This gives light coverage that will even out skin tone and hydrate skin. There are even tinted moisturizers that contain an SPF, which protects skin from sun damage. After applying the tinted moisturizer, if there are blemishes that need a little more coverage then teach her to apply a small amount of concealer to the spot. Less is more when applying the concealer. They should be taught not to pile on the concealer, because in the end, the mountain of flaky make up will more noticeable than the original blemish.

The second product that is great for young girls is brown mascara. Wearing black mascara is a little intense, but the brown is soft enough to add just a little bit of color and length to the lashes. It also makes the color of your eyes stand out and you don’t need to use a lot to create a more dramatic look. The biggest mistake comes from using a black or very black mascara, and applying too much of the product. If they keep applying the mascara the lashes get heavy and clumpy. Also, if they finish applying the mascara and decide to go back after it has dried and apply more, they get a spider leg effect around the eyes. This provides a more dramatic look, but not in a good way.

The last product that is great for girls is tinted lip gloss. This gives a little color and shine, and makes them feel as if they are older. A couple shades darker than the natural lip color is perfect for this age group. Using a darker lip gloss or lipstick looks unnatural on a young girl, and if applied incorrectly it can look sloppy and messy. Also, using a darker gloss or lipstick is more likely to stain everything it comes in contact with.

Teaching beauty tips for girls in middle school can instill confidence and provide them with the sense to know what looks good, what is appropriate and what is too much.

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Causes of Adult Cystic Acne

Many people get puzzled as to what the causes of adult cystic acne may be, especially because this is a condition that has always been linked to teenagers only. The truth is that even adults who have never had any problems before can experience a sudden attack with little or no warning.

And so the question is what would be the possible causes of adult cystic acne?

Actually there are quite a number of reasons why an adult would suddenly and unexpectedly find themselves with this uncomfortable condition.

Hormonal imbalances are a common cause of acne in adults. Research has clearly shown that when the hormone balance in the body suddenly changes acne can result. These findings seem to be supported by the observation that pregnant women and those going through menopause are the ones who seem most likely to suddenly develop pimples.

These are the two groups of adults who usually go through the most radical changes in the levels of hormones. It is believed that this triggers an equally sudden increase of sebum in the pores of the skin and this is what causes cystic acne to suddenly break out.

On other occasions sufferers of this condition tend to bring it on themselves. They do this when they start pricking on blackheads and whiteheads on their skin. This is usually done using the nails on their fingers. This results in damage and the spread of bacteria and if the resulting infection is serious and widespread enough, then a severe case adult cystic acne could be the result at the end of the day.

Exercise is a good thing not only for the body but also for the skin. However too much of it could result in acne. If your exercise routine is sudden and drastic probably in the hope of cutting down a lot of weight very quickly, this could result in sudden changes in the hormonal make-up of your body causing a sudden outbreak of acne even if you are fairly mature and well past the age where this condition is common.

Sometimes the hormonal changes caused by a woman’s menstrual cycle can be enough to trigger a serious bout of acne. Already we know that many women will tend to develop a pimple or two a few days before they have their monthly period.

This is usually caused by the body’s estrogen levels decreasing at a time when her progesterone is on the rise. This hormonal imbalance may cause the sebaceous glands to produce much more oil than normal and this is what produces the pimple or two. However in extremes full-blown adult cystic acne could result.

On other occasions the environment and toxins that the body is exposed to could result in adults getting acne. When toxins and wastes accumulate in the body and are not expelled in good time, problems are inevitable.

Usually the body has quite a number of ways of getting rid of toxins which includes processing through the kidneys, liver, colon, small intestines and so on. This brings us to yet another cause of acne in adults.

If for some reasons one or more of these “cleansing” organs is not working properly, then what will happen is that the toxins will accumulate in the body and when the usual methods of expelling them become inadequate, the body will try and flush out the “poison” through the pores on the skin. Naturally what will happen next is that sores and painful pimples will start to appear on the surface of the skin. This is of course acne.

Yet another cause of adult cystic acne is a condition called Polycystic Ovarian syndrome. This is a disease that affects up to 10 percent of all women where irregular menstruation is one of the most common symptoms. Women with this disease will tend to have serious imbalances in their hormonal levels and when this is treated the acne will usually disappear.

Surprisingly even certain medications are known to cause adult cystic acne. Medications that are anti-epileptic and anabolic steroids are amongst a few of them.

Even physical pressure and friction on the skin can cause Acne in adults. This includes the straps of a backpack that is way too heavy or even playing the violin where the instrument is placed next to the jaw or chin.

All these are just some of the many causes of adult cystic acne and this condition is certainly not limited only to the very young.

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Organic Skin Care Tips for Dry Skin

Dry Skin

Characteristics:

People with dry skin may complain of a parched dry feeling and an overall lackluster appearance. This skin type does not produce the necessary natural oils and moisture to obtain a natural healthy glow which can be disheartening for people who want great skin. Dry skin often feels very tight and dry and often appears to be flaky, scaly, and rough. The biggest problems with this skin type are the onset of premature aging, the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles at an earlier stage in the progression of the skin’s life. Another characteristic of dry skin is very small pores. Fortunately, dryness of skin is often caused by non-hereditary origins: primarily environmental factors, exposure to harsh chemicals, poor choice in skin care products and excessive bathing. Dry skin is best in climates with warm temperature and high humidity and does not react well to cold weather or any low humidity climates. In colder areas or during the winter months, dry skin will have even less moisture than the low amount it is already used to; causing chapping, chaffing, irritation and redness. As with all skin types, make sure to avoid excessive heat and make sure to protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen and UV protection.

Organic Skin Care Recommendations:

Moisturizing is very important for dry skin. You have to moisturize the face and body every day, sometimes numerous times a day – this is where it is imperative that you use products without harsh chemicals because you are going to be reapplying lotions and moisturizers so often that even a small amount of harsh and carcinogenic chemicals in each application will add up. Remember to avoid any cosmetic or beauty products that use harsh chemicals because this may be what is causing the gradual drying of your skin and only use organic skin care products. It has even been suggested that tap water contains chemicals which dry skin may be sensitive to. Simply switching to organic skin care products could bring your skin to a normal and balanced skin type. Also, make sure to avoid excess heat and hot showers as this may exacerbate your situation. With very dry skin, you could even apply an herbal facial elixir underneath a creamy organic moisturizer in cases of extremely dry skin. This is known as moisturizer layering (much like you layer an outfit) and is popular in any area where outfits are layered during the brutal winter months. Moisturizing masks and night masks are recommended for dry skin types up to twice a week (or as needed). Make sure you are applying enough moisturizers to the areas around the eyes because they are often first to develop wrinkles. Furthermore, smoking is worse for dry skin than all other skin types (except maybe environmentally damaged skin). Also, you should avoid any and all use of soap, which is extremely drying, on your face and body; if you refuse to drop soap completely (as some people do) then make sure to use creamy soaps with organic yogurt or milk and/or organic oatmeal soaps. Dry skin loves the soothing and nourishing effects of oatmeal on the face and body and even taking milk baths in oatmeal during the winter months can help to ease the drying effects of cold climates on skin. To prevent irritation when drying, make sure to pat yourself dry instead of rubbing your skin which can cause chaffing and flaking. You will need to exfoliate numerous times a week to scrub off dead skin cells off the surface layer of your skin; sugar and oat scrubs work great for dry skin types. This will also help the moisturizers penetrate your pores and get into the lower levels of your skin. Simple and light all natural toners, such as rosewater or an organic green tea and vinegar toners, are recommended for dry skin. Try to shy away from overwhelming astringents because they may further strip oils and moisture from the skin. As with all skin types, make sure to avoid excessive heat and make sure to protect your skin from sun damage by using sunscreen and UV protection.

Recommended Organic Herbs:

Calendula

Comfrey Root

Fennel

Geranium

German chamomile

Hyssop

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Marsh mellow root

Neroli

Patchouli

Roman chamomile

Sandalwood

Ylang-Ylang

Recommended Organic Ingredients:

Aloe Vera

Baby Oil

Green Tea

Honey

Jojoba Oil

Milk

Oats and Oatmeal

Olive Oil

Vegetable Glycerin

Yogurt

To see more articles of this type, you can visit http://www.giddyorganics.com where you will find articles and organic skin care tips for all of the seven major skin types.

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Beauty Tips For Women of All Ages

No matter if you are a teenager, young adult, baby boomer, or a more mature woman, some beauty and fashion tips never change. You can keep yourself looking and feeling great with only a little bit of time and a small amount of effort.

Even if you aren’t accustomed to wearing makeup, some products are so simple to use that it should only take you a few moments to try them out and decide if you like them. Try these beauty tips for women of all ages for a lovely look that is fast, fabulous, and easy to achieve.

1. Use lip gloss or ChapStick to keep your lips soft, moist, and kissable. Use a product with sunscreen (like Softlips or Blistex) to prevent getting sunburn on your lips (a truly awful experience if you’ve never had it).

2. If you want only a basic, natural look using minimal makeup, go with mascara, neutral colored eye shadow, and lip gloss or lip tint. This is a great everyday look for women who only have a few moments to get ready for the day.

3. To make your eyes “pop,” apply dark colored eyeliner, such as brown or black, to both your upper and lower lash line. This look works well with mascara and eye shadow, and especially a smoky eye look. Please note – dark eyeliner can make you look older, so keep this in mind based on the look you are trying to achieve.

4. Protect your skin with a tinted moisturizer containing SPF 15 or greater (like Murad). You can still blend in the imperfections in your skin tone while protecting yourself from the UV rays. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the rest of your exposed skin if you are planning to be out in the sun.

5. Wear a hat on exceptionally hot days or as a fun fashion statement. If you’ve ever gotten sunburn on your scalp, you’ll quickly accept the benefit of wearing a hat to protect the top of your head and your face. Some hats even offer built-in UV protection (like Wallaroo).

Depending on your own personal preferences, you can enhance your look with other classic beauty moves, such as using colored eyeliner, experimenting with foundation and bronzer, or even applying false eyelashes for special events. Mascara and lip gloss are two basic beauty elements that work for any woman, but the more interested you become in makeup, the more you can enjoy the wide and wonderful world of cosmetics and beauty goodies.

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Age-Appropriate Skin Care

Skin requires different care at different ages and for different skin conditions. A teenager’s skin doesn’t need the same care as that of a mature adult, and a baby’s skin doesn’t need the same care as that of a teen. But chronological age is not the only factor to consider when determining the age of skin and the care it needs. The real age of the skin that determines the care it needs is based on other factors. For example, a woman in her twenties who has skin that has suffered major sun damage may very well see her skin wrinkling. She would benefit from wrinkle-reducing skin care products that are usually marketed to older people.

Any illness or surgery that alters the body’s chemistry also alters skin care needs, regardless of the chronological age of the body. Women who go through early menopause or must have a hysterectomy at a young age for whatever reason will find that their skin benefits from the use

of topical estrogen creams.

The first thing that you need to know about the type of skin care products that you need to use is the type skin that you have. Skin is classified into several different groups according to the production of sebum:

Normal skin is neither dry nor oily. Normal skin is clear, soft, and smooth with a healthy glow. (Normal skin is what all of us are striving for.)

Oily skin is exactly what the name implies. Oily skin is indicative of overproductive sebaceous glands. Oily skin appears coarser because the pores are usually enlarged, and oily skin is also more prone to clogged pores, blackheads, and acne.

Dry skin is the opposite of oily skin. The sebaceous glands do not produce enough oil and the skin does not retain enough moisture. The skin appears to be dry and flaky.

Combination skin is skin that has both oily patches and dry patches.

The products that you purchase for skin care need to be age-appropriate, but the age that you need to consider isn’t your chronological age, but rather the “true” age of your skin.

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Natural Homemade Beauty Tips – Most Effective

In this piece of writing, I will be discussing some important and easy to apply natural homemade beauty tips. These natural homemade beauty tips are very common and you can easily implement them from the comforts of your home.

You must have heard from many people that your appearance if directly proportional to your everyday diet. In other words, we can say that the diet you consume is responsible for your overall appearance. When it comes to the beauty aspects, consumption of vegetables and fruits can play a vital role. Some of the vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, carrots, oranges, and apple are the most highlighted ones in order to take good care of your hair, nails, and your skin.

To keep your skin hydrated, you must wash you face and other parts of your body on frequent basis. However, this way, you would only be able to take external care of your skin but in reality, your overall appearance is dependent upon both internal and external things. In order properly maintain your internal organs; you must drink 8-10 glasses of water on everyday basis. Consumption of water in sufficient amount helps in cleansing of the body from inside and if your body is cleansed from inside then it would have positive impacts on the external parts of your body as well such as hair, nails, eyes and skin.

Sufficient amount of sleep is also very much important. Lack of sleep can be a reason behind the formation of dark circles, dull skin and sometimes, formation of the acne over your skin as well. Consider taking sufficient amount sleep in order to eliminate consequences which I have just discussed in this paragraph.

Lastly, apply natural products or homemade formulas over your skin and other parts of the body. Some of the products which are available in the market are manufactured with the help of synthetic chemicals and some chemicals are reactive to the skin. So, to avoid harsh or negative consequences, always consider applying natural or homemade products on your skin and other important part of the body, such as hair, nails, eyes, ears and etc.

Above mentioned are some very common natural homemade beauty tips which you can follow and implement from the comforts of your home with ease. The best part associated with all these tips is that they all are cost effective but at the same time, result oriented as well.

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Acne – What Kind Of Soap Should You Use?

Acne treatment is a tough job for one who has it. They want acne to disappear overnight. But that does not happen. Soap has a role in treatment of acne. Some patients use soaps that peel off the skin and make it very dry assuming that acne will be treated faster. Does that really help or irritate the skin further? Some patients want to feel the skin soft and use soap with moisturizer. Some want the soap to have good perfume and want to feel good after washing. What kind of soap works well for acne patients? Let us find out.

Let us begin with the simple question- why do we use soap? We use soap to remove all the dirt, grime and impurity from the skin. Every other factor such as perfume etc. is secondary. Does your soap emulsify all the dirt and other impurities on your skin? Do you feel that your skin looks very clean after washing? If yes, that soap is right for you if you have acne. What about soap that removes more oils from the skin and makes it dry to very dry? This kind of soap is used because many people believe that oil or sebum alone is the main cause of acne. Please note here that sebum is one of the causes of acne, but by itself it cannot cause acne. If the gland opening is clear the excess oil/sebum will flow away and no acne will form. Therefore stop irritating your acne with harsh soaps. A moisturizer has no role to play in acne treatment. It keeps the moisture in and keeps skin hydrated.

Try to use a neutral soap with pH of 7. Acidic soap will cause unnecessary irritation. First look at the main function of soap, which is cleansing property. Think of perfume etc. later. Wash your face gently twice a day and dry the skin. Apply your topical medicine after that. It will reach the depth of skin faster.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.

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Anti Aging Skin Care Products – The Layering System

When using anti aging skin care products, to get the best results, use the layering system. Exactly what is the layering system? It involves developing a daily skin care routine using several different products within a given line.

Below is a step-by-step guide to using the layering system to achieve your most beautiful look.

Next time you purchase anti aging skin care products from your favorite manufacturer, buy the following: cleanser, serum, eye cream or gel, daytime moisturizer with UV protection, foundation in a shade to match your skin tone, and a night time moisturizer.

Each morning, wet your face with warm water and wash it with the cleanser. Pat your skin dry, and apply the eye cream with gentle tapping motions. This and the neck area consist of the most delicate skin. Speaking of the neck area, treat it as an extension of your face, and care for it in the same manner.

The next step in the layering system: using circular motions, apply serum to face and neck. A little of this goes a long way, so all you’ll need are a few drops. Once the serum has dried, apply the anti aging moisturizer with the UV protection to entire face and neck area. Not only will this step help erase fine lines and lessen the depth of wrinkles, but it will prevent you from acquiring any further damage from the aging effects of the sun’s rays.

The final step in your layering system morning routine is to use the foundation you’ve chosen to even out any skin flaws and to further boost the effectiveness of skin rejuvenation.

Your night time routine will consist of the same steps as above, but with the omission of the foundation and the UV moisturizer. For bedtime, you’ll use the special night time cream instead.

Using the anti aging layering system, within just a few weeks, you’ll notice that your skin has a firmer texture, more even coloring, and a definite lessening of the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Enjoy your routine by making it a time to pamper your way to gorgeous skin.

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