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Best Time To Use Anti Aging Skin Care Products

Many teenagers and young women in their early 20’s are asking when they should start using wrinkle cream or anti aging products.

There really is no hard and fast rule to this. There are a good number of reasons that you need to consider and think about first.

For example, if you have dry skin, are already showing fine lines or are genetically leaning towards early wrinkles, then you can start to use anti aging cream.

However, for many women (and men) at this age range, the best skin care thing that you can do to prevent premature aging. But wrinkle creams are not necessarily the answer to your wrinkle prevention regimen.

There are many things that you can do now that will mean a big difference on whether or not you get premature wrinkles or not.

Some Of The Things You Can Do Now

Good Healthy Diet
When we’re young, it’s easy not to think about eating healthy at all. For example if you’re in your early teens, living away from home for the first time can greatly change your eating habits. Food like unhealthy pizza, junk food or Mcdonalds are so much easier to avail of. You may not realize it yet, but this unhealthy diet will bite you in the long run.

Always strive to eat healthy food. Get yourself acquainted with fruit and veg that are high in antioxidants and are therefore, good for your skin.

Stay Away From The Sun
Hours and hours sunbathing, enjoying the summer sun, as fun as it is, is not good for your skin at all. If you must do this, make sure you’re properly protected. Also know that many sunscreen do need to be reapplied every few hours or so although you can now get sunscreen with 24 hour protection as well.

Moisturizers
This you can do at a young age and is a good wrinkle prevention regimen. I would advice however to use a natural organic moisturizer if you can afford it. You really don’t want to slather your face with so much chemicals at an early age.

Sunscreen…. Sunscreen…. Sunscreen
This is one of the most important aspects in an anti aging skin care routine. You MUST NEVER MISS this ever if you want to look young for your age when you’re in your 40’s. The sun, as good as a sunny day may feel like, is your skins worst friend and you don’t want to be caught without protection when it sees you.

Learn How To Destress
Stress can be a great deciding factor in how quickly we age. When we are under immense stress, the body release hormones which in turn contributes to the degeneration of our cellular functions. And once this happens, you can be sure that the collagen boosting function of the cells is greatly reduced as well.

This is why one of the best life skills we can learn, not just for skin care but also for our overall health, is how to destress. Learn how to meditate. Start doing yoga. Find a hobby or activity that can recharge your energies and make you feel good. All these things can help you destress when there are a lot of environmental stressors in your life.

In this way, you can help your body heal and it can recover quicker as well.

 

Ways to Make Homemade Natural Beauty

Quick Fact
People often tend to get confused between face packs and face masks.

Masks are nothing but peel-off products that are non-setting. They do not dry or harden on the skin, and are also applied for a longer duration. They have a gel or cream-like texture.

Face packs on the other hand are clay masks that dry after application. They harden after applying and need to be washed off. Face packs can be easily made at home whereas, face masks are ready-made products.
Beauty may not be just skin-deep, but it sure has a lot to do with the skin. Cleansing, toning, and moisturizing are, or rather should be every girl’s beauty mantra. As a result of pollution and other environmental hazards, one’s skin is constantly subjected to harsh conditions. Your natural beauty does not always have to be enhanced with the help of cosmetics and visits to the parlor.
A healthy diet along with a proper exercise routine and of course, lots of fluid intake, is the first step for naturally beautiful skin. In addition to this, your kitchen can provide you with various possibilities to make your own face packs, instead of using artificial products that are full of chemicals. Before we get into describing the various face packs that you could try out at home, here is something that you should know.
For Oily Skin
The most typical characteristic of this skin type is shininess, as there is excess production of sebum, which is a natural skin lubricant. People with oily skin need not worry about wrinkling and other signs of aging. However, blemishes, pimples, and blackheads are problems that need to be taken care of.
Cucumber Face Pack

Homemade Cucumber Face Pack
Ingredients
Cucumber juice, 1 tbsp.
Mint juice, 1 tbsp.
Peppermint extract, ½ tsp.

Directions
Mix all these ingredients and apply the paste evenly over your face and neck. Leave the face pack on for 15 minutes. Once it dries off, wash your face with lukewarm water.
Banana Face Pack

Homemade Banana Face Pack
Ingredients
Banana, 1
Honey, 1 tbsp.
Lime juice, 1 tsp.

Directions
Mash the banana and mix it with honey. Then add lime juice, and apply the mixture on your face. Leave the face pack for 15 minutes, and rinse with a cool washcloth.
Papaya Face Pack
Ingredients
Papaya pulp, 2 tbsp.
Lime juice, ½ tsp.

Directions
Mix the papaya pulp (contains papain – an active exfoliant) with lime juice (has astringent properties) and apply on your face and neck. Wash this off with lukewarm water, once the pack has dried completely.
For Normal Skin
Normal skin is characterized by no breakouts, clear complexion, and small pores. It would not be incorrect to say that this is the least problematic type of skin. Acne may not be a cause of worry, but normal skin also needs to be taken good care of in order to avoid signs of aging.
Orange and Milk Face Pack

Homemade Orange and Milk Face Pack
Ingredients
Orange juice, 10 drops
Fresh milk cream, 1 tbsp.

Directions
Mix both the above-mentioned ingredients, and apply the mixture evenly on your face. Orange is known for its toning and astringent properties. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, which helps to prevent early aging of the skin. Leave it for about 20 minutes, and rinse it off with cold water.
Lettuce Face Pack

Homemade Lettuce Face Pack
Ingredients
Lettuce leaves, 2
Lemon juice, ½ tsp.
Olive oil, few drops

Directions
Dip the lettuce leaves in olive oil, and sprinkle lemon juice over it. Place these leaves on both sides of your face. Cover this with a towel dipped in cold water. After 15 minutes, wipe your face with cotton soaked in milk. Rinse with warm water.
Apple-Vinegar Face Pack
Ingredients
Egg, 1 (for the yolk)
Apple, ½ (peeled and sliced)
Oil, 2 tbsp.
Honey, 1 tbsp.
Vinegar, few drops

Directions
Mix all the ingredients, and blend them to make a paste. Apply this on the face, and leave it on for ten minutes. Once the pack dries, wipe it off with a cold washcloth.
For Dry Skin
Dry skin basically lacks moisture. It feels rough, and the fine lines on the skin become more visible. Scaling and itching may occur in addition to red patches on the skin.
Honey and Egg Yolk Pack

Homemade Honey and Egg Yolk Pack
Ingredients
Egg yolk, 1 tsp.
Honey, 1 tsp.
Olive oil or Vitamin E oil, few drops

Directions
Mix one teaspoon of egg yolk with one teaspoon of honey. Then, add a few drops of the olive oil/vitamin E oil and apply this evenly all over the face. Make sure to avoid the sensitive area around the eyes. Olive oil is a natural moisturizer and cleanser for the face. Keep the pack on for half an hour and rinse. Pat dry.
Vitamin E is a great antioxidant which helps to make the skin look younger and healthier.
Milk Face Pack

Homemade Milk Face Pack
Ingredients
Runny honey, 1 tbsp.
Powdered milk, 1 tsp.
Aloe vera gel, 1 tsp.
Essential oil, 2 drops

Directions
Mix the ingredients well, and apply the paste over your face. Aloe vera benefits the skin in multiple ways. For centuries it has been used to treat skin problems, and also enhance beauty. It is an essential ingredient to get rid of dry skin, as it is very hydrating and naturally restores the skin’s moisture. Leave it for 15 minutes, and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat dry.
Almond Face Pack
Ingredients
Almonds, 10
Full cream milk, 4 tbsp.
Oatmeal, 2 tsp.
China clay, 2 tsp.
Lemon juice, 1 tsp.
Mashed avocado, 1

Directions
Make a mixture of all the ingredients. China clay is used as it acts as a mild exfoliating agent which helps to get rid of skin impurities. Apply the pack on the face, and leave it on for 20 minutes. To wipe it off, use a damp cotton wool, which has been dipped in cold milk, and splash your face with cold water.
For Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin type is highly reactive to chemical products. The individual experiences irritation and itching on usage of certain cosmetics and other toiletries. In certain cases, even environmental conditions may adversely affect sensitive skin.
Yogurt Face Pack

Homemade Yogurt Face Pack
Ingredients
Natural yogurt, 1 cup
Oatmeal, ½ cup

Directions
Mix the yogurt and oatmeal, and apply it evenly on your face. Leave it for 10-15 minutes, and wipe it off with a washcloth that has been steamed in the microwave. Be careful that the cloth is not too hot. Yogurt is a very good soothing ingredient for sensitive skin.
Egg and Oil Face Pack

Homemade Egg and Oil Face Pack
Ingredients
Egg, 1
Honey, 1 tsp.
Olive oil, ½ tsp.
Rose water, few drops

Directions
For this face pack, mix all the ingredients and make a paste. Next, apply this paste evenly on your face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave the pack on for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
Cucumber-Apple Face Pack

Homemade Cucumber-Apple Face Pack
Ingredients
Cucumber, ½ (chopped)
Apple, ½ (chopped)
Oatmeal, ½ cup

Directions
Finely grind the oatmeal in a blender. To this add the chopped cucumber and apple, and blend until you have a smooth paste. Apply the paste and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and then splash some cold water on your face.
Not everybody is fortunate enough to roll out of bed and look drop dead gorgeous without batting an eyelid. But this does not mean that each of us needs to spend a large part of our money or salary on beauty products and salons. Sometimes, those prolonged visits to the parlors may not actually enhance the skin, but cause it to age faster, because of the number of chemicals that are applied to make you look gorgeous within minutes.

When looking for face packs and other ways to get beautiful skin, have you ever come across the suggestion, “be happy”? In addition to eating healthy and drinking lots of water, the way our skin looks also depends on how we feel on the inside. Stress and worry are major causes of skin damage. Along with these face packs and other beauty rituals, to get that flawless complexion, be happy! ‘Cuz happy girls are the prettiest.
Note: In some cases, you might tend to be allergic to certain fruits or nuts, which are ingredients in these homemade face packs. Although it may not have caused any allergy if consumed internally, it is better to keep a sharp lookout for any changes or reactions, so that you can alter the face packs to suit your skin. Consult your beautician beforehand, if required.

Skin Care and Anti-Aging Treatments for You

Anti-aging skin care refers to the slowing down process that humans go through. It also indicates finding a method to reverse the effects of aging. The idea is to increase or extend the life and youthful appearance of the skin. Aging is a natural process that negatively affects the collagen and the elastin tissues that are present in the skin. These tissues are primarily responsible to maintain the firmness and the elasticity of the skin. Due to aging and the constant wear and tear the skin starts to lose its elasticity. This in turn results in the loss of moisture and leaves the skin looking dull and dry. Other signs or aging are wrinkles, dark spots, fine lines and the likes

The manufacturing and supplying of anti-aging products related to skin care, nutrition and fitness is now a booming industry all across the world. The use of natural ingredients in the anti-aging segment is increasingly becoming popular and this phenomenon is showcased in the skin care segment as well.

Honey is a natural ingredient that is used extensively in the manufacturing of anti-aging skincare products. Honey contains an acid by the name alpha-hydroxy that acts as an anti-bacterial. This acid helps the aging skin retain the moisture content. Aloe Vera is another soothing and available ingredient that helps in combating the signs of ageing. Aloe Vera contains 75 essential nutrients that help in stimulating cell growth as well as repairs the damaged skin. Sugarcane is known to contain glycolic acid. This acid initiates the generation of collagen that helps in plumping the skin cells hence when applied on the skin straightens out the wrinkles. Glycolic acid effectively treats the acne formation. Green tea is a potent source of anti- inflammatory and reduces pores and the puffiness around the eyes.

Plant based essential natural oils helps in moisture absorption and retention without clogging the skin pores. Natural oils like jojoba or olive oil are known to have lipid profiles that are similar to the natural oil found on the human skin. The grape seed oil is an excellent source of antioxidant and allows the skin to absorb the nutrients, minerals and vitamins. This prevents aging and provides the skin with a radiant glow.

There are numerous easy remedies that can be made at home to cater the anti- aging skin care routine. In addition to all the treatments one needs to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol and also follow a healthy lifestyle.

 

Face Lift Exercises for You

There are many celebrities who have gone under the knife, paid a lot of money, and gone under the knife to look beautiful and hide their age. But some of their surgeries have gone wrong. I am not saying that it happens all the time, but why take the risk? We all wish to find an easier way to get what we want; and beauty is also part of it. And in all that jumble, not once we take the natural route.

As a young child, our skin is soft and tender, and doesn’t have any kind of wrinkles or age lines. However, as we grow older, our skin begins to lose its elasticity. This brings the horrors of wrinkles, laugh lines, and age lines on our face. Hence, many people turn to plastic surgery for answers. But there are many facial exercises that can help you bring back the suppleness in your skin. Why go for risky, painful surgeries when you can easily do these face lift exercises at home?

Lips

The exercise should be done at least 3 to 4 times a week. To know how this exercise is performed, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Sit in a chair, and keep your back straight the entire time.
  • Keep your mouth closed with the teeth touching together.
  • Now smile as wide as you can but keep your lips closed.
  • Hold this pose for about 5 seconds, and relax.
  • As you relieve the first pose, immediately pucker your lips.
  • Stretch outward as far as you can, and again hold for about 5 seconds. Relax again.

Cheeks

The exercise should be done at least 3 to 4 times a week. To reduce laugh lines around your lips, this exercise is the perfect solution. To know how this exercise is performed, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Sit in a chair, and keep your back straight the entire time.
  • Next, suck your cheeks inward.
  • You will suck them (make a face like a fish), and hold for about 10 seconds now.
  • Relax your face. Perform the exercise 10 times.

Neck

The neck and throat are the worst places to get saggy skin. The exercise shows you how easy it is to get rid of it. To get the best results, follow the exercise mentioned below.

  • Sit in a chair, and keep your back straight the entire time.
  • Close your eyes, tilt your head back, and face it towards the ceiling.
  • Now move your jaw as if you are chewing a gum, but don’t open your mouth. Do it 20 times.
  • Bring your head to the right side and chew for 20 times.
  • Again do the same on the left side. Bring your head back to normal position.

Throat

In this area, the skin tends to sag the most and can be difficult to manage. To perform the exercise, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Sit in a chair, and keep your back straight the entire time.
  • Now look up towards the ceiling, and pucker your lips.
  • You will stretch them outward, and hold the pose for about 10 seconds.
  • Relax, and come back to normal position. Repeat 5 times.
  • Next, you will look towards the ceiling again and bring your tongue out.
  • You will try and touch your chin with it. Hold the pose for 10 seconds.
  • Bring the tongue back inside. Do the exercise 5 times.

Eyes

Perform the exercise at least 3 to 4 times a week. To know how this exercise is performed, follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Sit in a chair, and keep your back straight the entire time.
  • Look towards the ceiling with your eyes, as far as you can.
  • Now bring your eyes back to starting position.
  • Look towards your left with your eyes, and take them as far as you can.
  • Now move your eyes towards the right side.
  • All the while, your head will be in one place. Repeat 10 times.

Forehead

This exercise works on reducing the lines on your forehead. The unwanted frown lines can be easily worked on with the following exercise.

  • Sit in a chair, and keep your back straight the entire time.
  • For the forehead, frown as much as you can to bring your eyebrows closer.
  • Now lift your eyebrows upward as far as you can, and open your eyes wide open.
  • Hold these positions for 5 seconds each.
  • Repeat the exercises 10 times a day.

Jawline

The exercise will help lift the drooping jawline, and help tone it.

  • Sit in a chair, and keep your back straight the entire time.
  • Slightly tilt your head backwards, and bring your lips together.
  • Purse the lips as tightly as you can, and hold it so for 5 seconds.
  • Relax, and come back to normal position.
  • Do this exercise for 5 times each day.

Sagging skin, whether it is near your eyes, neck, chin, or jawline, is not attractive. These exercises can help you get some relief from the unwanted lines and flaws. As they help lift the face without surgery, they are one of the affordable methods to get a natural looking skin. Trust me, after looking at some botched up plastic surgeries, I sure love these exercises even more.