Five Steps to Clear Up Your Sensitive Skin Naturally

Sensitive skin doesn’t respond to the same skin care regimen as everyone else, does it? Many of the products on the market today that are marked as hypoallergenic aren’t safe for sensitive skin because of some of the ingredients they contain and a lot of the mainstream regimens aren’t good for sensitive skin either. What can you do to clear up your skin if your skin is sensitive? Thankfully, there are steps you can take to clear up your skin naturally without spending a lot of money or time doing so.

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Five Steps to Clear Your Skin

1) Hydrate Your Skin – Drink Water

It seems like such a simple thing to do, but this is a key step that many people overlook when they are looking for answers to achieving clear skin. Anyone who desires clear, healthy, and glowing skin needs to drink at least 8 to 9 eight-ounce glasses of water per day to get the benefits of hydrated and beautiful skin.

2) Change Up Your Diet

The foods you eat really do make a difference in how your skin looks! Simply by eliminating or cutting back on some of the foods in your daily diet can make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin.
What foods should you avoid or cut back on?

  • Processed foods
  • Refined sugar
  • Gluten and wheat
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine – coffee and soft drinks
  • Carbohydrates
  • Foods high in fat and salt
  • Drinks high in sugar

What should you eat?

  • Whole, raw fruits and vegetables
  • Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Organic foods whenever possible
  • Lean meats
  • Legumes

3) Adopt a Healthy Skin Care Regimen

Taking proper care of your sensitive skin must be done daily. You need to cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect yourskin with products that are truly hypoallergenic and safe.

4) Choose Truly Hypoallergenic Products

Even products that are marketed as safe for sensitive skin can contain ingredients that are harsh and unsafe for our type of skin. Check the ingredient list to make sure it doesn’t contain things like parabens, salicylate acid, fragrance, and petroleum ingredients, to name a few.

5) Get Natural Skin Care at Home

There are a lot of products you have right in your own pantry or refrigerator that you can use to clear up your skinnaturally and keep it looking great. Take some time to research natural beauty recipes for your sensitive skin – you may be surprised at what you can find. It’s an inexpensive way to treat your skin well and achieve clear, beautiful skin.

Sensitive Skin Can Be Beautiful

Healthy clear skin is possible! It’s a matter of changing your lifestyle just a bit in the area of diet and skin care, but the changes are well worth the reward of beautiful skin!

Truly, the changes you’ll make in lifestyle for your skin will benefit your entire body and overall health too, which is a good thing, right?
Adopting a balanced diet, drinking water, and paying attention to what you put on your skin are all steps that will benefit you not only in the short term, but in the years to come as well.

MRochell is the the creator of www.MySensitiveSkinCare.com which offers a free eBook on safe, natural solutions to rosacea, skin care tips and other chronic skin problems. Get update from http://www.facebook.com/mysensitiveskincare

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Homemade Facial Scrub Recipes

Previously we looked at Homemade Lip Balm, and How to Make Facial Masks. Now it is time for homemade scrub!

Although there are many excellent commercial facial scrubs, they can also be quite expensive. Anyone can create a homemade facial scrub, usually from household items or those that are easily obtained, that works just as well to sooth and exfoliate the skin. The most important thing to know about facial scrubs, of any kind, is that they should not be applied more than every two weeks. Overuse can result in dry, red, irritated skin.

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DIY Facial Scrub

Honey Egg Facial Scrub

Start with two egg whites. Separate the eggs, just as you would for cooking, retaining the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until they are foamy. Fold in a fourth cup each of olive oil, whole milk and honey. Add chickpea flour, a little at a time, until you reach a paste consistency. The mixture can be scented with essential oils, but it is not necessary. Lavender or rose scents are appealing.

Spread the honey egg facial scrub over your face, while rubbing it into the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Let the facial scrub remain on the face for approximately 5 minutes. Saturate a soft washcloth with warm water. Use the washcloth to remove the facial mask. Give a final rinse to the face to remove any remaining scrub.

Each individual ingredient benefits your skin in different ways. Olive oil adds nutrients, moisture and softness to the skin. Chickpea flour reduces puffiness. Honey adds nutrients and cleans out pores. Eggs firm the skin and milk acts as a moisturizer.

Sugar Facial Scrub

Almost everyone has white sugar in their kitchen cupboard. It is healthier to use on your skin, as an exfoliate, than to eat. The lovely oils smell delectable and leave your skin moisturized. This simple scrub is quick and easy to make. Choose between almond oil, olive oil or sesame oil, as desired.

Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup oil. Mix the two ingredients until they are fully mingled together, yet still a bit grainy. This facial scrub is primarily for the face and neck areas, but can also be used in the shower on elbows and knees. Always avoid the eye area when using any facial scrub, not only can it irritate the eye, but also the delicate surrounding skin. After the sugar facial scrub has remained on your skin for 5 minutes, rinse it off completely.

Oatmeal Facial Scrub

Oatmeal has long been used as an exfoliate ingredient in commercial, as well as homemade, scrubs. It leaves the skin smooth and silky. Feel free to extend this oatmeal facial scrub into the shower to use on legs, arms or other areas that may need some tender repair.

Place a half pound of glycerin soap base, found at craft and hobby stores, into a sauce pan. Heat, but do not boil, the soap base on medium-low heat. When all the base is melted, let it cool before proceeding. Chop ¼ cup oatmeal in the blender, until fine. Add to the blender the soap base, 1 tablespoon honey, ½ teaspoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon sweet almond oil. Blend the ingredients until a paste is formed. Spread the mixture over the face and gently rub around the forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck. Let the oatmeal scrub remain on the face for about 5 minutes. Rinse with clear water, until all the scrub is removed.

Tips

Place any remaining scrub into an airtight container and put it into the refrigerator. Before the next use, place the bottom of the container in a sink of hot water. This will soften it, as well as warm it up so it is more comfortable on your skin. Remember to apply and rub the facial scrub into the skin gently. Never over work it. Let the scrub ingredients do most of the work. After all, when the job is finished the skin should exhibit a healthy glow, not damaged, red splotches.

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6 Top Footcare Tips

Our feet have to handle abuse on a daily basis. There’s very little respite until the end of the day when we can, with relief, kick our shoes off.

It’s important to look after our feet. As a piece of advice that might seem obvious, but it’s easy to ignore, which we do all the time! Our body has a way of telling us if there’s something wrong, and you can usually tell when your feet require some much needed TLC. Here are a few tips that might help with the care of your feet.

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1. Wash your feet every day. Scrubbing in the shower doesn’t count here, as your feet don’t get the sufficient soaking that they need. Wash your feet in warm, salt water for 10 minutes or more, and it serves to ease away stress while cleansing and deodorising. Be wary not to soak your feet daily, as this can dry out the foot’s natural oils.

2. Dry skin. Many people will experience dry skin on their feet most of their lives. At best, it can be a mild irritation, but at worst it can lead to physical pain, especially if the hardened skin cracks. Use a pumice stone to remove the hardened skin before it becomes too severe, while giving your feet a good soak.

3. Trimming toenails. There is a correct way to cut your toenails that will help to avert such ailments as in-growing nails. Cut straight across the nail, as cutting down into the corners will lead to in-grown toenails.

4. The right shoes. Buying the right shoes for your feet is essential for their wellbeing. Choose your footwear based on how they would fit after being worn for long periods. Of course, there are shoes that don’t take comfort as a priority, and worn occasionally there should be few problems. A great tip is to buy shoes later in the afternoon after your feet have swollen a little, which is normal – don’t panic!

5. Sun block. When enjoying the day out in sunny weather, particularly on the beach or spending a lot of time in flip flops, your feet are at risk from sun damage. Your feet need as much protection as the rest of your body, so be sure to apply sunscreen and keep it topped up throughout the day.

6. Professional help. If you find that you are struggling with any foot complaint, such as infections or pain, do consult your doctor or chiropodist. Even the odd twinge can be an early indicator of infection.

With these tips you should be able to keep your feet in good working order, but always seek professional advice when needed.

 

Rainbow’s End has a great choice of footwear from brands such as Marco Tozzi, FitFlop and Heavenly Feet shoes.

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