Saturday, 4 August 2012

How To Care For Some Common Skin Problems


While we all strive to have beautiful, healthy skin it’s more difficult to obtain it when you have problematic skin that’s difficult to get under control. However, even the most difficult skin can be improved with a few simple tricks. Here are a few things that you can do at home and without much hassle or expense.

Dry Skin
If your skin is dry it can feel itchy and look white. At times you may even feel a burning sensation that simply won’t go away. You can improve your skin and normalize it by doing the following.
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      Drink More Water- It sounds easy, but so many people forget to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. The intake of H2O revitalizes and refreshes your skin by delivering the proper nutrients to all of your organs. If you like to work out or if it’s hot, you should drink even more because you’re constantly sweating and getting dehydrated which will in the long run dry out your skin.
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      Reduce The Heat- This goes for the shower and the heat in the home. Although it feels good to take a hot shower in the winter, it’s important to remember that the scalding water while soothing, is actually stripping your skin of its natural oils. Indoor heating works in the same manner turn down the heat and throw on a cozy sweater instead.
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       Go Fragrance Free- Products such as soap, detergent and perfume that contain a fragrance should be tossed out in exchange for ones that are natural and/ or fragrance free. The perfume in these products dries out the moisture of your skin without you even realizing why it’s happening.
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      Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize- No matter how much you’re in a rush, whether or not you’re going out or how the weather is, you must apply a moisturizer every single day and night without fail. Just be sure to select a moisturizer, serum or lotion that is made specifically for dry skin so that you get that extra dose of moisture. Lotions and moisturizers should also be free of perfumes.

Acne
Having major acne on any part of your body is acceptably and expected as a teenager. However, it’s downright annoying as an adult. Short of getting laser treatments here are a few ways you can clear up your skin.
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      Go Oil Free- Make sure to use only cosmetics, moisturizers and cleansers that have been made for people with oily skin. You don’t want to add more oil to your skin and there are many products out there that use natural oils to benefit the product and consumer.
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      Cleanse And Exfoliate Regularly- Cleansing your skin twice daily, once in the morning and once at night is a great way to remove any dirt and oil that’s had a chance to accumulate on your skin. Exfoliating once a week will remove dead skin cells, blackheads and additional oils so that your skin will look fresher and healthier. Again, be sure to use only products that are made for your skin type.
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      Fight Back!- Using products that contain Salicylic Acid will unclog your pores and reduce inflammation. It’s one of the best ingredients that you can use to fight acne.
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      Eat Right- Staying away from fried or fatty foods as well as red meat will help to improve your complexion. To look and feel your best, eat more fish, especially salmon and load up on fresh fruits and veggies.

Dark Under Eye Circles
Raccoon eyes can make you look tired and older than you actually are. While some people get them because they’ve had a late night out, others have them all the time and this is when it becomes a problem. It may take a few days, but it is possible to get rid of them.
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      Get Some Sleep- Studies show that eight hours of sleep is necessary for a food nights rest. The right amount of sleep not only makes you sharper and more energetic, it also reduces your chances of having dark circles in the morning. If you are sleeping enough and still see the circles then try elevating your head by using two pillows instead of one to help the blood flow. You should also be sure to sleep on your back rather than your side or stomach because gravity will pull down at your skin and make your eyes puffy.
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      Don’t Rub Your Eyes- Often times, people who have allergies rub their eyes a lot and this is one of the worse things that you can do. Your eye area is made up of very sensitive skin and lots of tiny little capillaries. If you constantly touch or rub the area for any reason you can damage it and make the circles darker. Taking allergy medication may help to stop the itch and improve your looks.
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      Chill It- Applying a cold compress is a great way to constrict the blood vessels. You can do this for five minutes a day using a mask, the back of a cold spoon or a wet, cold cloth.

Eczema
One of the more painful skin problems out there is caused by eczema. The disorder makes you appear to have silvery grey scales and angry red blotches. In more severe circumstances the affected area can also bleed from time to time. A few remedies are:

Dive Into Oatmeal- Studies show that eating and bathing oatmeal can help to soothe people who suffer from eczema. Oatmeal is hydrating on its own but adding a little olive oil will also help to sooth the inflammation.

Take Vitamin E- One of the best vitamins that you can take for your skin whether or not you have eczema is vitamin E. This super vitamin nourishes the skin and works to reverse damage done to it. Eating foods that are rich in vitamin E is also a good idea, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take the pill because you will never be able to take in vitamins from a healthy diet the way you pack them in, in pill form.

Go Natural- Wearing synthetic fabrics such as polyester can irritate the area more than it already is so try to wear natural fibers such as cotton at all times. In addition to this, it’s also important to use a natural moisturizer on your skin several times a day. It’s important that the lotion is natural because you don’t want all of the chemicals in the product to aggravate your condition and make it flare up.

Throw The Fabric Softner Out- Like people with dry skin it’s important that you use only fragrance free detergents, soaps and beauty products so that you don’t get worse.

Depending on the extent of your skin disorder, most of these suggestions should work. If you see that you need more help, head on over to your dermatologist to see what else you can do.
This post was written by Aleya who is the owner of Spontaneous Chick where you can find skin care posts as well as beauty product reviews and tips.



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