As we grow older and are constantly exposed to the UV rays of the sun our skin starts to appear dry and dull. This is the result of the outside layer of the skin getting excessive build up and is not exfoliated on a regular basis. Build-up is especially noticed after we have spent the summer in the sun. It’s more apparent to women since we realize that our make-up doesn’t look as fresh and our foundation begins to fade within a couple of hours. Our make-up and foundation is actually being absorbed into the accumulated dead skin cells, which gives a very tired and unhealthy look to the skin.
To keep your skin vibrant and healthy on a regular basis, you must have a regimen that incorporates exfoliation and nourishing the skin. Your regular skin care program does not have to be a department store or drugstore solution. You can prepare an all natural skin care program right from your kitchen table and manage to get the same results if not better results that your store bought product promises.
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You should exfoliate at least 2-3 times per week (daily is even better) to keep the skin’s healthy glow. One solution for exfoliating the skin in an inexpensive way is to use sugar. Yes, Sugar! Glycolic acid which is found in most AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) products is from sugar cane. You can benefit from glycolic acid by using sugar for exfoliation.
Simply mix ½ to 1 teaspoon of sugar in with a small amount of your favorite skin cleanser. Wet your face and massage the cleanser/sugar mixture over your face for 1-2 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove this mixture and you will instantly feel a difference in your skin.
Give your skin a refreshing drink with a simple nourishing facial mask. The ingredients are powerful and can be found in your kitchen. Combine one or more main ingredients with a liquid ingredient to make a wonderful facial mask. Base your ingredient choices on the health properties of each item.
Honey – It is a humectant (which draws in moisture) and it has antibacterial qualities that also stimulates and smoothes the skin.
Mango – Provides natural fruit enzymes which also exfoliates the skin and the oil in mangos help moisturize.
Avocado – A naturally rich moisturizer has essential fats and oils.
Oatmeal – Moisturizing and slightly exfoliating
Milk – Enzymes and Lactose acid to exfoliate and milk fat to condition the skin.
Aloe Vera Gel – Healing and softening.
Egg White – tightening and conditioning.
You will want to follow your treatments with your favorite hypoallergenic moisturizer. For best results, these treatments can be done 2-3 times a week to help keep your skin youthful and vibrant.
Pro skincare tip
When in doubt, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Your skin can never have too much hydration, after all.
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