Monday, 13 June 2011

Best Skincare Tips Of All Time

InStyle (US) has put up their 50 best skin-care tips of all time for Spring Skincare. Some of them seem so-so, but some of them were really good. Here are my top 22 picks.

Prevent Ingrown Hairs– Salicylic acid is an effective ingredient for treating ingrown hairs but it can be too harsh. An alternative is facial toner; with lavender extract is great for soothing bumps and minimizing redness.

Boost Your Brows – A great anti-aging is having lush, thick brows. Brows seem to be the thing of the moment. This is something I really agree with. Thick lush brows are the way to go. I really love Benefit’s Brows a-Go-Go.
Try DIY Dermatology – If you get a big pimple, do several cycles of hot compresses then apply a glob of 1 percent hydrocortisone cream for a few hours. It will help deflate the bump.

Treat Sore Feet – In order to prevent blisters, use a silicone-based lubricant. If you are wearing strappy shoes and feel chafing apply a small amount of lubricant.

Soak with Tea – If you have foot odor, soak your feet in very dark black tea. The tannins in the tea change the pH of your skin. How awesome is that?!

Exfoliate Longer – When you want a more intense, deep exfoliation, exfoliate for longer, but not any harder.

Eat Your Water
– Apparently when you eat hydrating fruits and vegetables such as cucumber and grapefruit, the water penetrates the cells better then drinking water. This advice came from Dr Howard Murad. I have just gotten into Murad skincare products and they are amazing.

Choose Good Oils – If you have dry skin this sounds like a really good idea. Once a week give yourself a 15-minute mask made of mashed avocado. Or once a week massage a tablespoon of olive oil into your face instead of using a night cream. This isn’t recommended if you have acne-prone skin though.

Anti-Age with Ice – Now this is something I’ve never heard of before; apparently if you freeze apple juice, the malic acid in the frozen juice is an anti-aging alpha-hydroxy acid. So all you have to do is pass the ice cube gently over the skin for a mini-facelift. I really want to give this one a try.

Clue in to Cukes – Cucumbers are great at soothing. To maximize cucumber’s calming effect, shred it. That will ensure it covers more of your puffy eyes. Another tip is wrapping a grated cucumber in cheesecloth and roll it across your eye area.

Slather Sour Cream – This one is great if you have sensitive skin. Twice a week apply a tablespoon of full-fat sour cream for 20-minutes. It will nourish touchy complexions that are very sensitive, because the lactic acid gently smoothes skin and improves texture.

Add a Hint of Glint – If your sunscreen leaves you looking pale, mix a drop or two of liquid bronzer. 

Heal your Heels – To get rid of calluses, apply some wart remover overnight and pumice away the dead skin in the morning. This is a great tip. I always have bad heels! 

Mix in Sunscreen – If you day cream doesn’t have an SPF, mix in some lightweight SPF lotion.

Soothe with Fruit – if you happen to get too much sun, take a calming bath of warm water, half a gallon of milk and 15 drops of lavender oil. Watermelon is also an anti-inflammatory. A little tip is to puree the fruit and slather it on tingly skin.
Fruit is also making its mark on the skincare world with the launch of the new SUPER skincare range.

Double-Cleanse Your Face – If you are wearing make-up or sunscreen you should first remove everything on your face with a gentle cleanser that’s designed to break down cosmetics. Then you should wash your face with your normal cleanser.

Try a Facial Scrub – A facial scrubber is really good to use a few times a week to remove dead skin cells. Something like the Clarisonic is really good because it only removes the cells that are ready to go, and it doesn’t strip the top level that is important for maintaining moisture and sun protection.

Skip Extreme Heat – Intense heat can exacerbate redness, so to limit the appearance of broken capillaries, skin saunas, steam rooms, and spicy foods.
Pop Pomegranate Pills – You can boost your sunscreen by taking a pomegranate-extract supplement. It can enhance skin’s sun-protective properties by 25%, says Dr Howard Murad.

Mist Moisturizer, Not Water – If you use a mist, make sure you moisturize too. When you sprits your skin, the water evaporates on the skin it creates dryness. Make sure if you mist, your mister has moisturizer or vitamins in it.  

Check the Label – If you are using an anti-redness product the fewer ingredients in the product the better. A great health-food store staple is aloe vera juice mixed with a few drops of jojoba oil. This creates a lipid barrier to prevent moisture loss.

Sponge on SPF – If you don’t like the feeling of facial sunscreen, apply it with a sponge. This helps it penetrate the skin, so it won’t feel as greasy on your skin.
I will be trying most of these out. I wonder how well they will work. I'm not sure if they are the best of all time, but they do look pretty good.

What ones are you going to try out?
Do you think they are the best skincare tips of all time?

Nat xoxo

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