Maggie’s 5 tips to looking after your skin

This is a great blog from one of our makeup artists Maggie on taking care of your skin!

1. Nutrition

Nutrition is at the top of my list, why? Simply because our bodies need fuel in helping  everything function and work as one, including our skin. We can control a lot of what our skin does just by simply understanding what foods work for us. 1. Vitamins A,E, and C are just a few of the great sources in keeping the skin looking vibrant and healthy. 2. Minerals are as important for the skin as they are for the body and brain. here is a link to help you understand what minerals and vitamins can help you with. http://www.livestrong.com/article/265734-a-list-of-vitamins-and-minerals-and-what-they-are-good-for/

2. Hydrate

It’s easy, it’s free and it’s super important to keeping the skin looking plumped and glowing.  However, did you also know that water is one of the most important things you can intake to help your body function properly according to Chinese medicine. Like Western medicine, you can’t live without it. They both view water at least 70% of the human body and roughly 80% of your blood. Western medicine focuses on the kidneys and the bladder as the critical organs involved in water processing in the body. Eastern medicine according to the laws of the Five Elements water is the element through which all our power and energy is derived it is in charge of our growth and development, our bones, our brains our courage and our Will. This is only a portion of what Eastern medicine believes water function helps with the body. So drink water and consume lots of vegetables and fruit to keep the body and skin feeling and looking it’s best everything coexists together and water helps flush and move everything through our systems.

3. Sweating

Sweating by working out  helps the body purge out toxins that can clog pores and plague your skin with pimples and blemishes. Just remember after you have worked out to wash your face or take a shower to help prevent bacterial or fungal infections that may occur from dirt clogging up your pores. Toning the muscles beneath the skin helps the skin feel and look firmer and elastic in appearance. Toning your muscles may also help to minimize the appearance of cellulite. When you exercise it also increases the blood flow within your body which in return brings circulation up towards the skin which helps carry nutrients throughout the body and in return improves your skin health. And let’s not forget that working out help relieve tension and stress. Sauna’s

Sweating in a sauna is another great way to purge the body of toxins…but knowing how to use a sauna is important so you don’t get sick.  Here is a link to help you understand how to use a sauna. http://dellaterrawellness.com/the-health-benefits-of-saunas-and-what-you-might-be-doing-wrong/ Benefits of using a sauna are immense. Here is another great link to showcase what sweating in sauna’s can help improve when it comes to body and skin health. http://www.coffsnaturalmedicine.com/sauna.htm

4. Rest/Pamper

Yup, the correct amount of body, mind and spirit rest is as important as eating or hydrating. You work Monday -Sunday either in your career or as family or friend and all of interaction can create stress on all levels. It’s important to take time out for yourself by yourself. Get a massage, facials, sleep or run a bath for yourself with NO ONE around and relax is so vital for the body and mind to rejuvenate.

Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes the skin more sensitive and reactive. Skin problems can worsen  and may also react even more to specific foods or environment elements and top of all of that, skin stress can create more stress. Go figure that one. :O Yes your kids, career husband or wife are extremely important but what  good are you if you not fully energized and ready to be 100% present with them. Take the time out for you.

5.  Skin Care Treatments

You probably would have thought skin care treatments would be at the top of my list of things to do to ensure great skin. Well in some cases yes, if you have severe skin problems then seeing a dermatologist should be at the top of your list. However, if that’s not the case, then no, skin care treatments like at home masks, cleanser, toners, serums and lotions are at the bottom of the list. These products are all to help and enhance what is going on natural with your skin. So getting facials and peels are all a part of what your skin is doing naturally. Having a cleanser, toner, serum and lotion are all important products to have for taking care of your skin morning, noon and night.

1. Cleansers are to help the skin be clean by removing dirt, sweat, excess sebum (oils naturally produced by the skin), cosmetics, dead skin cells, bacteria, and any pollutants that come in contact with your skin. Cleansers are much gentler than soap, so all of you that wash your face with hand soap, NOT a good idea. 2. A lot of people I know skip the step of adding a toner to their facial cleansing regimen. It is a very important step because it helps restore the PHbalance in your skin. Which basically means the level acidity. You face need a certain amount of oil to stay waterproof and resistant to infection. Here are 6 reasons on why you should add a toner to your facial cleansing routine. a. Returns your ph balance. b. Helps shrink pours. c. it adds a layer of protection d. It moisturizes e. It refreshes the skin f. It also can percent ingrown hairs. 3. Serums one of the most modern skincare inventions, can really make that extra boost in relatively short period. They are usually water or oiled based and they have a gel-like feel to them. Serums are able to penetrate into all three layers of the skin quickly and effectively because it is made of really small molecules. Serums can me be made for under eyes, face or neck so you’ll need to decide on what you want to use it on. Use your serum after you have cleansed and toned. 4.  Moisturizer is the last product in the processes of your daily facial care. Moisturizers help restore moisture, give back vitamins, and may also contain SPF to help protect from UV rays.

There are a lot of different types of moisturizers on the market, use the brand/product that will target what you’re looking to improve or maintain. For example, fight wrinkles, aging skin, dry or oily skin.

Here are a few of my favorite Facial care companies.
1. Gabriel Cosmetics Inc. – http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/
2. DeVita Natural Skin Care – http://devitaskincare.com/store/
5. proactive – http://www.proactiv.com/?uci=ous111&s_kwcid=TC|1026596|proactive||S|e|22448738538&cid=cov183p260316                                                                                                                                                                                                       04/2013 Face It! by Maggie You’re Worth It
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