5 DAILY TIPS FOR HEALTHY AND RADIANT SKIN
The human body is full of water -- it's 55 percent to 75 percent of what we are. Water flushes toxins out of the body, allows our cells to absorb nutrients, and keeps our digestive processes moving smoothly.
Cleansing is the most basic element of any skin-care routine. It not only removes excess dirt, pollutants and pore-clogging oil from the epidermis so it can remain blemish-free, but it also preps the skin for any subsequent products you'll be using, so active ingredients (like vitamins or sunscreen) can penetrate and be most effective.
ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
Essential fatty acids, or EFAs, are an important component of any healthy diet. They help to build up the lipid-based cell membranes that hold in water and nutrients. In the case of the skin, those lipids also form an oil barrier that protects the skin from UV damage and pollutants.
Without EFAs, skin-cell membranes and that overall protective barrier can't work effectively. The skin ends up overly exposed, dehydrated and prone to produce a more harmful type of sebum, leaving it dry, inflamed and blemished
Every time the sun strikes your skin, the skin produces pigment that scatters and absorbs the rays. The result means your skin is defending itself from harmful radiation. This is why
Sun Protection is a must.
Antioxidants are widely believed to be beneficial for both cardiovascular health and cancer prevention. They're found in all sorts of foods, including fruits, vegetables, seafood and oils. Antioxidants' free-radical-fighting activities destroy molecules that can damage healthy cells, and as it turns out, they're as great for skin cells as they are for every other cell in the body.
MAKEUP HYGIENE TIPS
START WITH A FRESH FACE
Wash your face each morning before applying makeup to avoid trapping any dirt or bacteria in your pores. Once your face is nice and clean, you can begin your normal makeup app
SHARING ISN'T ALWAYS CARING
If possible, avoid sharing makeup with friends, especially lipstick or any kind of eye makeup. Pinkeye and cold sores can be easily transmitted through these beauty products.
WIPE IT DOWN!
If you must try on beauty products at a department store, ask for a disposable applicator or wipe products like powders and lipsticks with a ssue. There have been cases of women picking up staph, strep, and even E. coli from department store makeup.
CLOSE UP AFTER CLOSE UP
After applying makeup, make sure to gently close any containers and bottles you’ve used. Never leave products open, as that can allow bacteria to get in.
STAY COOL AND DRY
Storing your makeup at an appropriate temperature is necessary to keeping it bacteria-free. Room temperature is best, as bacteria tend to grow in warmer temperatures. Moisture may also lead to the growth of bacteria, so store makeup in a dry area.
Use isopropyl alcohol to clean tools like tweezers or lash curlers. Don’t forget to clean your brushes and applicators, as well. A little soapy water is usually enough to do the trick.
WASH YOUR HANDS
Before dipping your fingers into a tub of lip balm or moisturizer, make sure your hands are clean. Fingertips open carry germs and bacteria.
Sharpen pencils and liners before every use to get rid of bacteria that may be sitting on the surface.
REMOVE MAKEUP BEFORE BED
Before turning in for the night, be sure to wash your face and remove all makeup products. Leaving it on
can lead to breakouts and trapped pores.
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
Three months is usually a good timeframe to hold onto makeup. Powders last longer than liquids, and mascara is the most important product to replace regularly. Furthermore, if you’ve had an eye infection
recently, we recommend you dispose of your eye makeup as it may still be carrying the bacteria.