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Staying Young and Beautiful

Female face with lot of fruit and vegetablesKeeping fit and taking care of our appearance can be difficult what with air pollution clogging up pores and hidden sugars in our day-to-day diet. However, it is not impossible. There are a few ways in which you can change your dietary regime and cleansing routine in order to stay young and beautiful.

Natural hair removal techniques are a must in your beauty regime. Practise sugar waxing at home, or seek out a professional sugaring salon that specialises this technique and your skin will thank you for it. It can be used on your legs, bikini line and underarms and will leave your skin smooth and healthy. For an added softness boost afterwards, use an all natural moisturizer like cocoa butter generously. This will also help with any blotchiness that may occur.

The most essential way to maintain beautiful skin and to be healthy is to ensure that you are drinking enough water every day. Take a 2 litre bottle of water to work and drink that rather than tea or coffee. You can top up your fluid intake by snacking on water-heavy vegetables like celery or carrots, and fruits such as apples if you don’t have the space for such a large bottle in your work area. Staying hydrated means that your skin gets enough water to form new cells and can keep the epidermis (the top layer of skin) topped up with healthy cells.

As well as drinking enough water, sticking to a daily skin cleansing routine is also a must. You don’t have to pay through the nose for good skin care. In fact, a lot of all-natural skin care products can be found in your kitchen! Apply plain yoghurt to your face (or any part of your body that needs hydrating and exfoliating) and leave for as long as possible. Rinse off with warm water and you’ll notice the difference immediately. You can do this with honey, one of nature’s antiseptics, to help fight acne and spots. Even sugar can be used for more than sweetening your tea! To make your own sugar scrub, mix enough olive oil into brown or white granulated sugar until it forms a paste. Apply all over your body in circular motions and rinse with warm water.

Monitor your stress levels and try to keep them as low as possible. If you’re finding it hard to get a good night’s sleep, feel depressed, or even angrier than usual, it may be down to high stress levels. When you’re stressed your body produces more adrenaline and cortisol. These are both chemicals essential to the fight-or-flight response. Stress can also reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. You may find yourself coming down with colds more often and it taking forever to shake them off. Take time out of your day to practise breathing exercises and to meditate. Light exercise and yoga are not only good for staying in shape but also help reduce your stress levels.

Of course, if I had the secret to staying beautiful, I’d share it… honestly! But in the meantime, these tips should definitely help.

Keep Your Skin Lemony Fresh

I’m a big believer that one of the secrets to great looking is proper cleaning. But if you’re anything like me, and prefer a natural solution to your skin care wherever possible, this video is just for you.

In it, Marina tells us all about a fantastic, natural way to keep your skin clean, using lemons… yes, lemons.

Laser and Non-Laser Skin Resurfacing Options

laser-skin-treatmentOur skin suffers damage over time, from wrinkles to sun damage to acne and so much more.

A common treatment for these issues is skin resurfacing. It’s a procedure in which the skin is smoothed and repaired through various treatments.

There are different methods to accomplish this, by using lasers or other devices. Here’s a look at some of the options.

Light-Based Lasers

Light-based lasers use light energy to target skin issues. They are ablative, meaning they cause damage to the outer layer of skin called the epidermis. There is discomfort associated with these treatments, though topical numbing creams can be used prior to the procedure to avoid that. This medical laser procedure may not be for those with darker skin tones since dark colors absorb light. A well trained technician can avoid issues by using the correct device and setting. Just make certain to speak to them about your concerns prior to treatment.

Radio Frequency Devices

The radio frequency treatment is an option that doesn’t use lasers. Instead, it uses sound waves to treat the deeper layer of skin called the dermis. It bypasses the epidermis, leaving it unharmed, which means it doesn’t carry the risk of infection. This non invasive treatment is considered painless and has a short recovery time. A non-ablative method, meaning it doesn’t damage the outermost part of the skin, works on all skin tones.

Harsh Treatments to Your Skin

Another option that does not use lasers is through an ablative method such as a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Both of these procedures basically exfoliate the skin’s surface. Chemical peels use chemicals to destroy dead skin cells and slough them off. Microdermabrasion uses a device, often in conjunction with crystals, to rub the dead cells from the skin. This method typically vacuums the exfoliated cells away at the same time. Neither method is recommended for mottled or dark skin tones.

Factoring in the Expenses

Lasers are by no means cheap, costing upwards of $100,000 each. While many clinics choose to rent or lease lasers to keep the initial cost down, it still amounts to high expenses each month. That means they have to charge more for the procedure in order to make a profit to recover their expense. Radio frequency devices and equipment for chemical peels and microdermabrasion cost significantly less for the initial purchase and continued upkeep costs. As a result, the clinics can charge less for the procedures.

Complexion Issues

Before undertaking any of the procedures for skin resurfacing, you need to take into account your complexion. The color of your skin and the condition of it play a role in how effective or how damaging the wrong treatment can be to your body. Some treatments are intended for light skin only, such as ablative methods that damage the epidermal layer. Other treatments can harm oily or very dry skin like those that apply heat. Be sure to discuss these issues with your clinician prior to the procedure to avoid mishaps.

Winter’s Here!

In case you hadn’t noticed, winter is definitely here! Cold mornings, biting winds, driving rain – all of which can play havoc with your skin.

For most of us, our normal daily skin care regime just isn’t going to cut it. So, if you’re struggling to keep your skin moisturised this winter, here’s some tips and advice from Hey Fran Hey.