Tag Archive | Skin Care

Child’s Play!

 

Hi there!

 

……” I follow a very strict beauty routine, which 
comprises of a cream cleanser, a toner, an eye cream,
a serum, a day cream, a night cream and a tinted
sunscreen during the day.
It takes me some time to put all these on my face
every morning and every night, all the year round.

For the last six months I’ve been trying to simplify
my whole life.
I want to make things easier and quicker for me,
as well as reducing daily stress.
This is my goal at the moment, and it includes my
beauty routine, too.

I happen to be a natural health addict, so I am
determined to start using not only less but also
more pure products on my face.
That means I’m going to make my own cosmetics
using clean and unrefined home ingredients ……”

Izzy said to me last week, looking really set in her mind.

 

Bumblebee on Yellow Flower

 

Aesthetic Principle

 

You read every day how all these toxic chemicals the
companies use in your skin care products can be
damaging to
your health.
But the only way to avoid all these toxins is to make
your own skin care products.

Certainly there are many reasons to make your own
cosmetics like,

    you have full control of all the ingredients used,
*     you avoid all chemicals, toxins, additives and preservatives,
*     they will be gentler on your skin,
    they will be a much healthier solution,
    they are easy to make in your kitchen,
*     natural ingredients can be more effective on your skin.

The top most important creme to keep the external layers
of your skin smooth, soft, elastic and flexible is a moisturizer.

This vital emulsion will keep your skin well hydrated and
maintain your youthful looks for much longer.

 

Margaritas with Bumblebee

 

Ways And Means

 

Here are a few basic and very simple to make suggestions
for you to try out:

Soothing Cleanser

10 tablespoons pure organic almond milk
5 teaspoons pure organic almond oil
5 teaspoons pure thyme honey

Mix all the ingredients together and store in a bottle.
Apply on your face and neck using a pure cotton beauty
pad,
every morning and every night.
Keep refrigerated.

Refreshing Toner

1 cup pure organic coconut water
1 teaspoon lime juice

Mix the ingredients together and store in a bottle.
Apply on your face and neck using a pure cotton beauty
pad,
every morning and every night after the cleanser.
Keep refrigerated.

Eye Cream

2 tablespoons pure organic coconut creme ( moisturizer )
2 capsules Vitamin E  ( antioxidant, firming )
2 capsules Evening Primrose Oil   ( anti-ageing )

Place the coconut creme in a bowl.
Open all capsules and mix into the creme.
Mix well all ingredients together.
Place in a jar and store in a dry cool place.

Apply the cream every morning and every night.

 

Lavender with Bumblebees

 

Natural Moisturizer

1/2 cup pure organic coconut creme
4 capsules Vitamin E
10 drops pure Lavender or Rose Essential Oil

Mix all ingredients together, place in a jar and
store in a dry and cool place.

Use a small amount of the cream on your face and
neck every
morning and every night.

Quick Exfoliator

Squeeze the juice of 1/4 to 1/2 lemon, depending on
its size, on a pure cotton beauty pad.
Apply on your face and neck.
Leave for 30 to 40 minutes.
Clean your face as usual.

Making your own skin care products will benefit
you in many ways.
Not only you will be putting on your face the most
natural and pure ingredients, but also they will
be the most safe and efficient.

Good luck !!

 

 

 

Comme Il Faut!

 

Hi there!

 

Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies — and
it is first to showing
signs of ageing, which are
inevitable
as we grow older.

 

CommeIl_01 CommeIl_02

 

Soin De La Peau

 

We all want our skin to look as young as possible.
Our skin reflects our internal health.
A healthy lifestyle like,

a)  Not smoking

b)  Moisturising daily

c)  Using SPF 50

d)  Avoid skin irritants

e)  Avoid alcohol & caffeine

f)  Wearing hat & sunglasses

g)  Exercising daily

h)  Getting enough sleep is absolutely important.

 

The priority factor though is the diet for us to enjoy a
radiant
and moist skin.

Our diet should supply all the nutrients our skin needs
to be
healthy and well-nourished.

 

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Savoir – Faire


The most important nutrients
for a fresh skin are:

a)  Silica, as in oats & asparagus

b)  Zinc, as in beef & lamb

c)  Omega 3 oils, as in wild salmon

d)  Selenium, as in brazil nuts

e)  Vitamin A, as in sweet potatoes

f)  Vitamin C, as in broccoli & spinach

g)  Vitamin E, as in nuts & seeds

 

Salmon Seeds

 

Les Masques

 

There are three natural foods which if applied locally
can do wonders
for all skins, male or female.

 

Honey

 

Honey is antibacterial, antioxidant and moisturising.
Mix pure honey with a few drops of lemon juice (vit. C).

Dampen skin and massage circularly.

Leave for 15 min. and rinse with warm water.

 

Coconut Oil

 

Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-fungal
and unclogging the pores.

Mix virgin coconut oil with a little turmeric
(antiseptic, skin lightener).

Massage well and leave for 15 min.

Rinse with warm water.

 

Oats

 

Oatmeal is a cleanser, exfoliator and a moisturiser.

Cook oats in water and when cooled make a mask.

Leave for 15 min. and wash it off with warm water.

 

 

Bella Donna!

 

Ciao!

 

We all search for the miracle treatment that will
rejuvenate our skin and make us look many
years younger.

But beaming health and feeling comfortable
with our body are much more appealing than
any rejuvenation treatment.

 

The Allies

 

1)   Healthy Fresh Foods.
2)   Good Hygiene Habits.
3)   Drinking Enough Liquids.
4)   Natural Air.
5)   Relaxation.

 

The Enemies

 

1)   Unprotected Sun Exposure.
2)   Processed Foods.
3)   Air-Conditioning.
4)   Central Heating.
5)   Cold Weather.
6)   Excessive Make-up.
7)   Caffeine and Alcohol.
8)   Stress.
9)   Ageing.

 

R  e s o l u t i o n s

 

Here are some helpers to keep your skin fresher,
healthier and more youthful.

 

Capsules

 

A)  Choose skincare which includes the following:

*   Retinol to exfoliate and help erase wrinkles.
*   Vitamin C to lighten age spots.
*   Hyaluronic Acid to moisturise dry skin.
*   Peptides for collagen production to tighten
 sagging skin. 

B)  Choose a sun screen with anti ageing agents
and high SPF;  and wear it all day.

C)  To tighten the face skin, freeze pineapple juice;
 then take the ice cubes and rub them softly on
 the face. 
Leave 5-10 minutes and rinse.

D)  To cleanse and soothe the face skin, apply
 pure manuka honey.

E)  To remove age spots, put fresh lemon juice
 on the spots twice a day until they are faded.

 

Two Lemons On a Dish

 

F)  To comfort the eyes, soak two cotton balls in
full fat cold milk and place them over the eyes.
Repeat for 15 minutes.

*   The cold temperature will remove puffiness.
*   The milk fat will moisturise the skin.
*   The lactic acid will exfoliate. 

G)  To exfoliate the body, mix together:

*   Brown Sugar.
*   Olive Oil.
*    Manuka Honey.
*    Citrus Essential Oil.

Rub your body in the shower and rinse well.

Beauty is all about being yourself.
It is all about feeling beautiful, without disguises.

Age is only in the mind!

 

 

 

Mystic Beauty!

 

Salut!

 

Perfection (Tελειότης) is just a philosophical theory with roots
back to the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.

Nothing is perfect in life;  and this includes our skin.
A fastidious skin care regimen though, can contribute to a
healthy complexion.

Apart from our genetic inheritance, external factors like
sunlight and pollution together with our lifestyle can all
accelerate our skin’s natural ageing process.

Gradual skin ageing changes start becoming more obvious
during our forties;  and this process is becoming even
more noticeable in our fifties.

Nothing can reverse this decline.
But there are some tricks which can disguise some of the
damage already done.

 

Secrets of Attraction

 

1)  Exfoliation:

 

Exfoliating your face from time to time will remove dead
skin cells
and rejuvenate your complexion.

Mix,
1 tablespoon fine sugar (exfoliating agent)
1 tablespoon virgin olive oil (moisturizing agent)
1 tablespoon pure honey (anti-bacterial agent)

Apply to your face with circular moves and leave for 3 minutes.
Rinse well, dry and follow with your usual beauty routine.

 

Honey

 

2)  Moisture:

 

Take a Vitamin D3 supplement 1000IU.
According to research, having the right level of vitamin D in
our body will ensure moister skin.

 

3)  Soft Complexion:

 

A face steam will offer us this benefit and improve the blood
circulation.
Steam your face regularly for 5 minutes, dry and follow
with your usual beauty routine.

 

Face Sauna

 

4)  Youthful Eyes:

 

Use a rich anti-ageing eye cream morning and night.
Massage the cream gently around the full eye to
protect from wrinkles and lines.

 

5)  Tender Hands:

 

Our hands always reveal our actual age.
Use this trick on a regular basis.

Rub fresh lemon juice in your hands and leave for 15 minutes.
Wash and follow with an anti-ageing hand cream.
Use the hand cream many times a day.

 

The real secret is to have a very positive attitude towards maturity.

Refuse to accept your actual age and enjoy who you are.

 

 

 

 

Sleeping with the Enemy!

 

 

Hi there!

 

A natural brunette turned blonde with a modern
short cut
showing off her bare square shoulders. 

Although in middle age now, she had an excellent
figure, which
was perfectly displayed by her strapped
fitted dress.

“I like strong men with a sensitive side” she said,
holding
his hand tightly.
“We are a good fit, the two of us” he responded,
squeezing hers.

We put a lot of effort to erase years and look younger,
but if we are not careful we will make mistakes
which will
have the exact opposite effect.

 

The Culprits

 

A)  Clothes:

1)  Wearing very loose clothes makes any woman look 
older and fatter.
No matter what your weight is always wear well fitted clothes.

2)   Wearing pale and dull colours will make you look 
more pale and older.
Try to wear vivid colours to accentuate your strong points.

3)   Our bodies change as we age, so wearing the same bras as 
always makes our body look old.
The correct size bras will improve our posture and our 
clothes will hang better.

 

TeaCup

 

B)  Habits:

 1)  Caffeine and alcohol are dehydrating and diuretic – and 
 this is showing on our skin.
 Stay well hydrated by drinking many glasses of healthy 
 liquids like:  herbal teas, coconut water and mineral 
 water during the day.

2)  As we age our body tissues loosen, so over exercising 
like:  lifting heavy weights
or running distorts our skin tone.
Exercise moderately using the whole body.

 

Shampoo

 

C)  Hair:

1)   As we get older our face skin becomes sallow, so dyeing our 
hair blonde makes us look much older than we are.
Use a light red/brown or a dark blonde hair colour to 
brighten your face, and if you like add some highlights for an 
even fresher and youthful look.

2)   Our hair needs more moisture as our face.
Use richer products for your colour treated hair to keep 
it soft and shiny.

 Lipstick

 

D)  Face:

 1)   Avoid heavy exfoliators on your face because they 
will make it fragile and aged.  
Instead use some gentle facial scrub to freshen your skin.

2)   Use only light make up and concealer to cover under 
eye black circles, otherwise your wrinkles will show 
more and you will look old.

 

 

 

 

 

Cryptic Game!

 

 

Hi there!

 

I grew up worshipping the sea and the sun.
In the summers I used to walk to the beach and
swim and sunbathe for hours.
Fantastic experience!

I do miss those years, but now I realise the
dangers of lying in the sun for so many hours.

My mother was vigilant about her beauty routines.
I remember I used to watch her following a
cleansing/mosturising face ritual every day.

I will never forget her dedication to do everything right.
So I learned from my teen years the benefits of
looking after the skin.

When my mother died a few years ago, people remarked
how young she looked. She was in her 80s but her
face looked fifteen years younger.

 

Bottom Line

 

In our 50s and beyond our skin starts showing the
signs of ageing. Except wrinkling it begins to sag
and droop.

This is not only due to decreased elasticity but also
to decreased bone and muscle mass on the face.
So gravity starts taking its toll.

There is no cure for sagging skin — it is a sign of
natural ageing — but by following a strict care regimen
we can prolong its elasticity.

 

Creme NightCreme

 

The Ceremony

 

1)  Cleanse and moisturise your skin every day,
twice a day, massaging a vitamin enriched cream
well into the skin for better hydration.

2)  Use a Vitamin A or Vitamin C treatment product
 every now and then to help exfoliate your skin
 in a delicate way.

3)  Open a Vitamin E capsule and massage the oil on
your face to protect against further damage.

4)  Always use a Sun Protection cream when going
outside.

 

Pommegranate

 

 

5)  Drink a lot of liquids during the day to prevent
dehydration.

6)  Keep active to maintain good blood circulation,
 and lift objects whenever possible to keep your
 muscles fit.

7)  Eat a healthy balanced diet to maintain the health
of your skin and prevent more sagging.

8)  Avoid all processed sugars in your diet because
they contribute to skin damage.

9)  Do not over drink, and supplement with a good
quality multivitamin.

 

Remember that baking in the sun can add up to twenty
years to our skin, while chronic stress can add up to
three to five years.

Try to avoid both as much as you can.