7 Steps to Great Skin – Step 7: Choosing the Right Moisturizer

Posted by on Jun 20, 2012 | 4 comments

As we age, that lustrous, dewy complexion of our youth can seem very far away indeed. Proper skin care, including well-chosen moisturizers, can help to retain, or regain, that bright, youthful appearance that we all long to have. Moisturizers serve many purposes in keeping your skin looking great. A good moisturizer will both hydrate your skin AND seal that moisture in. Depending on your needs, it may also provide a long term improvement in the overall condition of your skin, healing existing skin damage, and preventing future skin damage. Here are various ingredients that can be found in...

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7 Steps to Great Skin – Step 6: Exfoliation

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 | 3 comments

What is exfoliation? Exfoliation is the process whereby your skin sheds dead cells, enabling younger ones, generated deep in the epidermis, to migrate upward to replace them. This shedding of dead skin cells unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, and helps reduce acne breakouts. As we age, the process tends to slow down, resulting in rough, dull looking skin. Why is it important? Getting rid of dead cells helps soften wrinkles and brighten skin. It also increases your cell turnover rate, resulting in a clearer, smoother, more even-toned skin. In addition, exfoliation improves penetration and...

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7 Steps to Great Skin – Step 5: Cleansing

Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 | 2 comments

RJ Thomas, from All Health Help, has graciously offered to write a post for my 7 Steps to Great Skin series describing how you can improve the condition and appearance of your skin through proper cleansing. Thank you, RJ! Siobhan * * * Why We Need To Cleanse Daily Cleansing of the skin is extremely important if you want it to look healthy and radiant. If cleansing is not done daily, the pores may begin to get clogged with dirt, oil and impurities which can eventually lead to acne breakouts. By cleansing the skin daily we make sure that the pores remain clear. Finding A Cleanser When looking...

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7 Steps to Great Skin – Step 3: You Are What You Eat

Posted by on Jun 15, 2012 | 9 comments

As you may have noticed, I started a 7 part series, 7 Steps to Great Skin quite a while ago. Suddenly, life got busy, and I never got around to finishing it. Step 3 was always planned to be “You are what you eat”. So you can imagine how happy I was when Daisy Raybould, of Revitalize Your Health offered to write this article for me, since it fits so well into my series. Thank you, Daisy! Siobhan * * * 5 Foods To Help You Achieve Beautiful Skin Everyone wants beautiful skin; some women spend hundreds of dollars for expensive creams and lotions that promise to make their skin soft,...

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7 Steps to Great Skin – Step 2: The Importance of Fresh Air and Exercise

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 | 7 comments

Why do we exercise? For most of us, it’s because we want to feel good, and we want to look good. What’s not so obvious, though, is that exercise is as important to the condition of our skin as it is to the condition of our bodies. When comparing the skin of athletes to that of non-exercisers, researchers found the athletes’ skin to be denser, thicker, more elastic, and stronger. Increased blood flow When you exercise, your cardiovascular system rushes freshly oxygenated blood to the surface to feed your muscles. The same high oxygen content also plumps up your skin making...

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7 Steps to Great Skin – Step 1: Why Sleep Matters

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 | 0 comments

Ahh… sleep! Get enough sleep, and you’ll wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to face the day. Do it regularly, and it may help your skin look years younger. The Three C’s: Cortisol, Collagen, and Cell Turnover What is Cortisol, and how does it affect my skin? Cortisol (hydrocortisone) is a hormone which is produced by the body in response to stress. Strong and immediate links have been found between sleep deprivation and increased levels of cortisol. High levels of cortisol have been linked to breakdown and dysfunction in every tissue in the body, including...

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