Natural Womens Skin Care
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Natural womens skin care problems differ from that of children and men, and your skin type may change as you go through various stages of life. All skin care is not created equally!
A woman's appearance on the outside is usually a good indication of her health on the inside. Poor nutrition, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and stress can contribute to overall poor health of the skin. Bad habits such as smoking and consuming high-fat, high-salt diets deprive the body of the important nutrients that the skin needs.
Women have a tendency to retain water, stretching the skin, causing it to look and feel more bloated. To keep water retention under control, it's important for you to drink several glasses of water a day, and limit the amount of salt in your diet.
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Women are more likely than men to undergo skin treatment procedures.
Augmentation, dermabrasion and laser treatments all will change the skin's appearance for a time, but doing this too often will eventually wreak havoc on your appearance.
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Besides emotional ups and downs, wildly fluctuating hormones during pregnancy and menopause can cause changes in a woman's skin.
Natural Womens Skin Care Basics
Taking care of your skin can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be. There are some general guidelines you should follow:
- Cleansing - keeping the skin clean will limit breakouts and blemish-causing bacteria. Its best to use warm water and a natural facial cleanser formulated for your skin type.
- Balance - tighten the appearance of pores, hydrate and protect your skin - reversing the damaging effects of aging.
- Nourish - provide your skin with beneficial and re-generative treatments that aim at epidermal peeling and cellular nourishment.
- Protection - strengthen and stabilize your skin from harmful external environmental elements (pollution, dirt, ozone, shaving etc.
- Beautify - using cosmetics and makeup products that are made of high-quality, natural, botanical and safe ingredients to enhance your own natural beauty.
Regular maintenance of the skin, through daily or periodical natural treatments, is imperative for the success of any natural womens skincare program. Whether you are taking care of your eyes, lips, hair, hands, legs, face or whole body, the same steps apply. Your skin type,
as well as any special needs, should be considered in your natural womens skincare program to guarantee satisfactory results.
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You probably already know your skin type, but if you are unsure - here are some guidelines.
Age and the environment are two factors that contribute to this skin type. As you age, the sebaceous glands within the dermis layer of your skin, slow their production of sebum, your body's natural moisturizer. Your skin's ability to retain moisture lessens as you grow older, caused by the breakdown of the intracellular matrix, the collagen and elastin layer that helps hold skin tissue together. When this layer begins to break apart, it becomes more difficult for your skin to hold in moisture. As moisture escapes, skin becomes drier. Dry skin can also be caused by external influences: arid climates, wind, too much sun, and harsh soaps or detergents.
Those with dry skin generally need not worry about blemishes except for the occasional stray that appears from hormonal changes or stress. Dry skin can look dull and flaky and it can emphasize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Visible indicators of dry skin are: skin that flakes easily and the surface appears taut because pore openings are very tiny.
If you have dry skin, proper care involves retaining as much moisture as possible. One way is to avoid using products containing alcohol because alcohol dries. Recommended ingredients for dry skin include lactic acids, lanolin and glycerin so take time to read product labels.
Natural Womens Skin Care for Dry Skin
Dry skin won't always feel like it needs to be cleansed, but it does, twice daily, morning and night. Using a gentle cleanser made especially for skin that's dry, cleanse using warm, not hot water. Finish off with a cool rinse. It's never a good idea to use hot water to clean any type of skin or to soak in a tub because doing so will only strip skin of its natural oils.
After washing your skin, apply a light moisturizer. Those containing Vitamin E are excellent choices. Consider
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for natural, healthy coverage. Keep skin hydrated by drinking lots of pure water and increasing your consumption of high water content foods such as organic cucumbers and watermelon. Most fruits and vegetables are excellent hydrating foods plus they're excellent sources of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial in helping maintain the skin's intracellular matrix.
Of the three skin types, oily skin is often the most challenging. Oil production is completely natural and is the result of the sebaceous glands located in the dermis or middle layer of skin. These natural oils help keep skin moist and supple. But for some, the sebaceous glands produce too much oil, leading to oily skin.
Most teen-agers have oily skin because this is the time when hormone production is in full swing. But if you've passed your teen years, there are other ways of determining whether or not you have oily skin.
Start by looking in the mirror. Do you notice a sheen on your skin, especially in your 'T-Zone?' The T-Zone starts at the point between your eyes and extends vertically down along your nose all the way to your chin.
First thing after waking, if there's a sheen, chances are good you have oily skin. If your hair is oily, it's another indication you likely have oily skin. If your make-up tends to wear off in a few hours, and you find yourself patting your face with powder to lessen the shine factor, you have oily skin.
Natural Womens Skin Care for Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, you might feel that the best way to combat it is to strip away those pore-clogging, sheen-producing oils. Don't! Although they can cause trouble for your complexion, oils produced by the sebaceous glands are important because they act as the skin's natural moisturizer. Rather than completely remove oil, you need to keep it under control.
Do not use harsh soaps that strip away oil iand cause the sebaceous glands to increase their oil production. They'll instinctively want to replenish the lost oils and you may end up with a bigger problem.
You've got to keep oily skin clean so that pores openings remain clear. Otherwise, dead cells, dirt and other bacteria will clog pores and cause acne. Skin is delicate so always use a gentle natural cleanser and warm, not hot water. Exfoliate weekly with a non-abrasive product to help remove any pore-clogging material or use a natural toner that does not list alcohol as an ingredient. Use natural womens skin care products that moisturize in moderation and according to directions. Make sure the cosmetics and sun protection you use are oil-free. Look for natural womens skin care products with the words 'non-comedogenic' or 'non-acnegenic' on the labels.
You may have a combination of oily and dry skin. Most of you will know whether you have combination skin just by looking at it. The areas that appear shiny likely will have some amount of pimples and/or blackheads. Makeup and other cosmetics usually won't last through an entire day without re-application. Dry areas flake and appear dull and may feel irritated.
Natural Womens Skin Care for Combination Skin
Proper skin care for combination skin is a delicate balancing act. You don't want to over-moisturize the oily areas, which mainly include the 'T-zone' and likewise, you don't want to apply products formulated for oily skin to the dry areas or you risk waking up with skin that feels taut and scaly, especially around the eyes and mouth.
Cleansing twice daily with warm water and a gentle natural cleanser is most important. This helps to remove dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil so they don't block pore openings. Follow with a natural toner that's either water-based or glycerin-based after cleansing to help remove remaining residue. Periodic exfoliating is recommended to remove any remaining dead cells so new skin can take its place. It helps keep skin looking fresh and radiant. Be sure to look for natural womens skin care products that aim to balance different skin types.
Skin care during pregnancy
Take a look at the products you currently use to ensure they're safe during pregnancy. Purchase only products which are 100% natural and labeled safe to use during pregnancy.
Pregnancy can cause normal skin to become oily so you may have to change to natural womens skin care products that combat oily skin or acne. Use natural womens skin care toners and exfoliaters to remove dead cells and deep clean pores. Continue to moisturize skin with natural skin care lotion, especially your growing belly, to reduce chances of developing stretch marks. Keep in mind though that stretch marks are hereditary. So if your mom had them you most likely will too.
Your feet are getting an extra workout so be sure to massage with a natural foot lotion containing refreshing menthol. Pigmentation can occur during pregnancy, increasing the likelihood of sunburn/tan. Never forget to wear a natural sunscreen to protect against ultraviolet rays and sunburn.
Skin care during menopause
Fluctuations in a woman's progesterone and estrogen levels throughout life will cause skin to change. As we age, facial hair may sprout and skin will start to sag, wrinkle and thin. Menopausal skin is also drier due to slowed production of sebum and changing hormone levels may even cause a new round of acne! Random dark spots and broken blood vessels will likely appear. But don't give up on looking younger, new natural womens skin care alternatives are available.
To counter the effects of dry skin, add humidity into the air, take shorter baths or showers and moisturize with natural skin care lotion. As skin matures, and becomes thinner, the risks of skin cancer now increase- so closely monitor moles and other skin discolorations. Most importantly, be vigilant about using
natural sun protection.
Natural womens skin care can be as basic or complicated as you would like, but the glowing results are worth it.
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