The Importance of Skin Care

  • By Maxine Dean
  • 12 Aug, 2017

Known as your biggest organ, the epidermis is incredibly large, highly important, and in need of a lot of care. As the first line of defense for your body, this protective shield is tough but thin, waterproof but able to absorb moisture, strong but soft and in some cases, highly sensitive. Your skin needs proper care and attention in order to fight against outside intruders such as bugs, germs, scratches, abrasions, and other wounds, and of course the different elements such as extreme cold and heat.

The epidermis is also the main protector of the second layer of skin, or the dermis, where many important physical structures such as sweat glands and hair follicles are kept. When kept healthy, your skin will be beautiful, strong, and durable, able to keep you safe from harmful outside agents and healthy both inside and out.

Different Duties of Your Skin

While you know that your skin protects your body from the outside world, this is a general phrase to cover all that the skin actually does. In addition to protecting the dermis and keeping you safe from the elements and outside intruders, your skin also protects against harmful UV rays from the sun, works to repel harmful bacteria and viruses, and even contains a number of cells that support your immune system by constantly fighting unknown substances from entering your body.

The body is assaulted by germs and viruses all day long; while we can still get sick, it is no doubt impressive how much the skin fights off and protects the body from on a daily basis.

How Skin Changes Over Time

When first born, your skin is incredibly soft, pliable, and stretchy. It acts as a plush covering around your entire body that grows and stretches with you. Baby skin heals well, doesn’t leave dark or tough scars, and contains a healthy glow. This is because the skin is fresh and new, free from damage from the elements, man-made products, and activities such as shaving or waxing. While things like sunshine, wind, makeup, and shaving are not bad, there is no doubt that they change your skin, causing it to lose its youthful elasticity and softness.

As you grow, your years in the sun, wind, water, and other elements will change your skin, perhaps making it tougher, dryer, or even more sensitive. The elderly often have very delicate skin that is prone to wrinkles, bruises, and tear or cuts. While this is the natural progression of the epidermis, you can combat this decline by actively taking care of your skin throughout your life.

When well taken care of, people have found that their skin has few wrinkles, remains soft, and even keeps its youthful glow over time. Though you cannot stop your skin from aging, you can slow the damaging effects of age with regular skincare routines.

Regardless of the type of skin you have, you need to know what kinds of skin care products aregood for you. Some people focus exclusively focus on their face when, in actuality, all the skin on the body needs to be cared for. Skin care is important at any age. The earlier you start cleaning, toning, and moisturizing skin, the less your skin will age over time.

Whether you prefer a clean, classic appearance or an elaborate makeup look, being beautiful starts from the inside, it is therefore very important to nourish the skin to make the most of your natural beauty. This makes make-up look better and even if you don't wear a drop of foundation, lipstick, or eyeliner, you can still maintain a fresh and glowing complexion.

Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 12 Aug, 2017

Known as your biggest organ, the epidermis is incredibly large, highly important, and in need of a lot of care. As the first line of defense for your body, this protective shield is tough but thin, waterproof but able to absorb moisture, strong but soft and in some cases, highly sensitive. Your skin needs proper care and attention in order to fight against outside intruders such as bugs, germs, scratches, abrasions, and other wounds, and of course the different elements such as extreme cold and heat.

The epidermis is also the main protector of the second layer of skin, or the dermis, where many important physical structures such as sweat glands and hair follicles are kept. When kept healthy, your skin will be beautiful, strong, and durable, able to keep you safe from harmful outside agents and healthy both inside and out.

By Maxine Dean 10 Aug, 2017
Avocados make a great mask for beautiful skin. Packed with emollient avocado oil, avocados are a wonderful source of  antioxidants and fatty acids to replenish the skin. Honey is a humectant that will draw  moisture from the air into your skin. Honey has some amazing antioxidant properties as well as amino acids, peptide and probiotics to soothe and nourish the skin. The antibacterial qualities of honey also help protect the surface of your skin. 

For skin that needs a little extra TLC, mush half an avocado along with a  with a quarter cup of honey. Apply directly to the skin for at least 15 minutes. Rinse it off using a moist, cool washcloth, wrung out with water. Pat dry and follow up with your usual skin care. For dry or aging skin we recommend a cream packed with skin repairing peptides to prevent, and reduce the signs of aging. 

(Tip: This is a good remedy for moisturizing your hair too although you use one avocado mixed with just a couple of tablespoons of honey for a half hour before rinsing the hair clean with warm water!)
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Philadelphia Skin Care And Beauty Blog | Best Skin Care Advice

By Maxine Dean 12 Aug, 2017

Known as your biggest organ, the epidermis is incredibly large, highly important, and in need of a lot of care. As the first line of defense for your body, this protective shield is tough but thin, waterproof but able to absorb moisture, strong but soft and in some cases, highly sensitive. Your skin needs proper care and attention in order to fight against outside intruders such as bugs, germs, scratches, abrasions, and other wounds, and of course the different elements such as extreme cold and heat.

The epidermis is also the main protector of the second layer of skin, or the dermis, where many important physical structures such as sweat glands and hair follicles are kept. When kept healthy, your skin will be beautiful, strong, and durable, able to keep you safe from harmful outside agents and healthy both inside and out.

By Maxine Dean 10 Aug, 2017
Avocados make a great mask for beautiful skin. Packed with emollient avocado oil, avocados are a wonderful source of  antioxidants and fatty acids to replenish the skin. Honey is a humectant that will draw  moisture from the air into your skin. Honey has some amazing antioxidant properties as well as amino acids, peptide and probiotics to soothe and nourish the skin. The antibacterial qualities of honey also help protect the surface of your skin. 

For skin that needs a little extra TLC, mush half an avocado along with a  with a quarter cup of honey. Apply directly to the skin for at least 15 minutes. Rinse it off using a moist, cool washcloth, wrung out with water. Pat dry and follow up with your usual skin care. For dry or aging skin we recommend a cream packed with skin repairing peptides to prevent, and reduce the signs of aging. 

(Tip: This is a good remedy for moisturizing your hair too although you use one avocado mixed with just a couple of tablespoons of honey for a half hour before rinsing the hair clean with warm water!)
By Maxine Dean 09 Aug, 2017

Just as antioxidants keep your skin looking youthful, they can provide the same effect for your whole body! A healthy diet is important at any age, but becomes critical, as you get older. The truth is that lifestyle diseases that stem from diet and lack of physical activity are killing us.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, almost 900,000 Americans die prematurely every year from lifestyle diseases, which include heart disease, stroke, and cancer and 20% to 40% of these deaths are preventable. More often than not, it is lifestyle choices that dictate these conditions. The World Health Organization reports that lifestyle diseases account for a staggering 70% of all deaths, and that more than ever before diet and lack of physical activity is driving these numbers in both industrial regions and developing countries.

Aging is an inevitable process; it will happen regardless of what you do. However, there are ways you can take the process in hand that offer a bit of a “slow down” of the process in order to avoid many preventable diseases that cause premature death.

 The best place to start? By feeding your body with the foods, it needs to optimize performance and health.

By Maxine Dean 05 Aug, 2017

There are many homemade beauty tricks, but one of the greatest basic ingredients for homemade facials and masks is honey! 

Raw honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes and probiotics to protect and nourish the skin. It reduces inflammation and hydrates the skin to provide moisture due to its humectant properties, meaning it draws moisture from the air into your skin. Raw honey even has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties! 

Raw honey is great for acne-prone skin, especially raw Manuka Honey! When mixed with water, raw honey forms hydrogen peroxide to  kill acne causing bacteria and prevent infection. It may also help control oil by keeping skin moisturized and supple. Honey prevents the skin from becoming dehydrated, which may cause overactive sebaceous (oil) glands. The antioxidant properties of honey help protect the skin from free radicals, allowing the skin to heal itself more efficiently.  

For dry or mature skin, raw honey will provide much needed hydration. Raw honey's humentact properties draw moisture deep into the skin to plump and smooth. The small amounts of alpha hydroxy acids found in raw honey provides gentle exfoliation - just enough to add a glow to your complexion, without causing any irritation. 

By Maxine Dean 01 Aug, 2017

Many people complain about their increasing weight as they age, even though they have tried to eat less than they did years ago. Aging can certainly be accompanied with increasing body weight; however, it is something that can be avoided or at least minimized.

By Maxine Dean 28 Jul, 2017

Many chronic diseases are caused by lifestyle. People tend not to exercise as much as they should; they allow themselves to become overweight, by indulging in unhealthy foods and habits that may lead to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and strokes. The problem with unhealthy and bad eating habits is that they are difficult to turn around. Many people try to change their lifestyle all at once, which is extremely difficult to accomplish. As a result, they often give up all of their healthy habits and resort to the usual negative health habits that they had before they attempted a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes it just takes a few days or a few weeks of trying to live healthy before the individual becomes overwhelmed and gives up. They stop exercising and go back to eating processed foods and junk foods.This is why it is better to change your health habits one habit at a time so that you don’t become overwhelmed and stop trying to be healthy altogether.

Most weight loss programs work if they are done carefully and don’t deprive the individual too much. The same is true of exercise programs. If you choose an exercise that you really enjoy or increase your physical activity gradually, it will be a lot easier to stick to the program so that you don’t become discouraged and quit exercising altogether.

The trick to healthy living is to begin gradually. Don’t try any trendy diet or fitness fad. If you try a fad with gusto, you are likely to respond negatively and you won’t stick with the programs. There are a few simple things you can do to live a happier and healthier life. Start with just these 5 changes in health habits:

By Maxine Dean 11 Jul, 2017

Laughter can be infectious. When you hear the sound of laughter, you can’t help but laugh yourself. When laughter is shared among others, it causes a binding between people and increases both intimacy and happiness.

It is well known that laughter triggers healthy bodily changes and healthy changes in the mind. Laughter can increase your energy level, lessen pain, strengthen the immune system, and protect you from stress. Laughter is the best medicine because it is free, fun, and easy.  

By Maxine Dean 07 Jul, 2017

When we think of the visible signs of aging that we most want to overcome, facial wrinkles are at the top of the list. We are constantly made aware of the major common causes of wrinkles - the sun’s ultraviolet rays, stress, alcohol, cigarette smoking and simply getting older.

However, there are some lesser-known factors that may be contributing to your display of facial creases. These may not have the macro effects of the causes already mentioned, but if you are quite concerned by the appearance of wrinkles you may wish to consider every possible option. One or more of these may be influencing your appearance, so consider running a self-check to monitor their impact.

Sleeping on one side all night

Research has shown that sleeping on one side the entire night can cause creases on your skin to develop. This is because as you press your skin against your pillow, creases may develop on your chest, chins and cheeks.

Unfortunately, as you get older, your skin will no longer be capable of smoothing out or springing back as quickly as when you were still young. Try to minimize the habit of sleeping on only one side as much as possible. You may also opt to use silky soft pillowcases to reduce friction on your skin.

Spending long hours inside the vehicle

It is a common fallacy that being inside the car totally spares you from the harmful rays of the sun. However, if you drive or stay inside the car for long hours you can still be a moving target of the sun’s UV rays. One way to prevent this from happening is to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily when travelling. Wear sunglasses as well to prevent squinting – another wrinkle-maker.

Repeated facial expressions

If you have the habit of frowning or squinting whenever you are trying to express yourself then chances are there are already several grooves forming beneath the surface of your skin. Gradually, these grooves will become obvious marks that are known as wrinkles which are also referred to as laugh lines, frown lines and forehead folds.

Eat a balanced diet

We are made aware from some quarters that over-consumption of meat can be bad for our health. The real problem is if meat is eaten to the exclusion of other necessary food groups, especially fruit and vegetables. When it comes to fighting wrinkles, we often tend to forget about the importance of eating plant-based foods which are loaded with anti-oxidants that fight against premature signs of aging.

 Meat can have benefits to the body’s overall health but avoiding those greens and other colored vegetables can speed up age-related symptoms so skin wrinkles will appear sooner than they should. A great way to combat these wrinkles is to load up your plate with fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables. Remember that you need to be beautiful inside and out!

Washing too much

Cleanliness might be a virtue, but habitually washing too much can have a negative effect on the health of your skin. Over washing your face can deplete its natural moisturizers resulting in dry skin that is susceptible to wrinkle formations.

Some soaps and cleansers contain ingredients which are harsh to the skin, especially if not quickly rinsed off. Make sure to use mild soaps and also avoid applying too much makeup.

 

By Maxine Dean 01 Jul, 2017
There are two forms of sun protection, physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. The biggest difference between the two is that physical sunscreen blocks ultraviolet radiation from penetrating the skin while chemical sunscreen absorbs and deactivates ultraviolet radiation that has penetrated the skin.
By Maxine Dean 21 Jun, 2017
1.   Choose the  Perfect Cleanser !  Acne prone skin needs a face wash that's powerful enough to clear away oil, dirt and dead skin, but gentle enough not to irritate the skin any further.
A daily face wash containing micronized benzoyl peroxide (a form of benzoyl peroxide that is 10 times more effective than the regular benzoyl due to its smaller molecule) can make a world of difference, with blemishes starting to clear in a little as 5 days. Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide kills acne causing bacteria on the surface of the skin and deep within pores, while reducing oil production, inflammation AND redness.

Tip:  Massage the cleanser into the skin, focusing on pimples and leave on for 5 minutes before washing it off.
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