Saturday, October 3, 2015

How to Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes

Nothing makes you feel as confident as having glowing, radiant skin. Great skin makes you look younger and feel healthier no matter what your age or physical condition. Plus, many ways of taking care of your skin give you the opportunity for some serious pampering. So go ahead--make your skin glow. You deserve to look and feel fabulous.Part 1 of 4: Daily Facial Care Routine
  1. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 1
    Exfoliate your face gently. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, impurities and excess oil while preparing your skin for cleansing and toning.
    • After scrubbing, use a cleanser on your skin. Gently massage your skin in circular motions for a few minutes to promote blood circulation, to remove makeup and to eliminate excess oil, or sebum.
    • Many cleansers contain exfoliating beads or other ingredients that allow you to accomplish both tasks at once. Just avoid cleansers that have drying ingredients like deodorants, colors or fragrances. Also, skip cleansers that have "antibacterial" on the label.
  2. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 2
    Pour some toner onto some cotton batting. Rub the toner over your face until no excess dirt remains.
  3. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 3
    Apply a good moisturizer with natural oils such as rosemary or almond. Massage the cream into your skin for hydration and a dewy look.
    • Use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15 to prevent premature aging from sun exposure.
    • Look for moisturizer containing humectants like glycerin, propylene glycol or urea. Humectants attract water when you apply them to your skin and improve its hydration.
    • Choose moisturizers with alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs improve dead skin cell turnover, which results in decreased dryness, acne, wrinkles and age spots.
    • Switch moisturizers according to the season. In the summer, use a lighter product. In the winter, choose something thicker and heavier.
  4. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 4
    Use the same family of products. If you use 1 brand of cleanser, choose your toning and moisturizing products from the same brand. Taking a unified approach is often better for your skin, because mixed brands don't always interact well with one another.
Part 2 of 4: Caring For the Skin On the Rest Of Your Body
  1. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 5
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    Avoid taking long, hot showers. Sure, they feel great, but they also strip your skin of essential moisture. Especially in the winter, limit your showers to 10 minutes and keep the water lukewarm.
  2. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 6
    Use facial cleansing creams on your neck and chest. These areas are just as vulnerable to wrinkles, dryness and signs of aging as your face is. After cleansing these areas with a facial cream, rub in a facial moisturizer. You can also use a facial mask on these areas once per month.
  3. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 7
    Skip soaps with heavy deodorants. Instead, go with a soap that contains added fat, like Dove, Neutrogena or Oilatum. The added fat leaves a moisturizing layer on your skin after your shower is over.
  4. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 8
    Smear a thick moisturizing cream or balm over your hands and feet at night. Then, cover your hands with thin cloth gloves, and put some socks on your feet to allow the moisture to hydrate your hands and feet.
  5. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 9
    Always use a loofah when you wash your body. Loofahs get rid of dead skin cells and also prevent bumps from ingrown hairs. To make your skin even more smooth, you can sprinkle your loofah with some drops of a cleanser containing AHAs.
  6. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 10
    Spread powder on the areas of your body where skin meets skin. Under your breasts, under your arms and on your inner thighs are good places. The powder prevents chafing, bacterial growth and itching.

Part 3 of 4: Dietary Changes and Supplements

  1. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 11
    Pour soy milk on your cereal or take soy isoflavones. If you choose the supplement, go for 160 milligrams per day. Soy proteins are essential to building collagen and protecting collagen from free radical damage.
  2. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 12
    Take rose hips. These supplements are rich in Vitamin C and will keep your skin looking youthful.
  3. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 13
    Have a good multivitamin daily. Look for vitamins containing 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance for Vitamin A, Vitamin C and the B vitamins. Also, choose foods that are rich in these vitamins:
    • Vitamin A: Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and fortified cereals
    • Vitamin C: Red and green peppers, oranges, broccoli, strawberries, kiwi
    • B vitamins: Lean meat, fish, enriched soy and whole grains[1]
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    Eat garlic. Garlic has a number of potential benefits for your skin. Your skin cells last longer and look more youthful. Garlic may also prevent the growth of cancerous skin cells.
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    Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel are great sources of omega-3s. You can also get omega-3s from walnuts and olive oil.
  6. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 16
    Drink tea. Tea is full of antioxidants that fight free radical damage to your skin. People who drink tea, according to studies, are also less likely to develop squamous cell skin cancer.
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    Have 8 8-ounce (235 ml) glasses of water each day. Water keeps your skin hydrated and flushes toxins out of your body.

Part 4 of 4: Unverified Home Remedies

  1. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 18
    Smear olive oil over dry skin patches including your face, the backs of your arms, your elbows and your knees.
  2. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 19
    Prepare your own homemade toner.
    • Use witch hazel, peppermint and sage as a toner for your face. In a small bottle or a jar, mix 4 ounces (120 ml) of witch hazel with 1 teaspoon each of chopped peppermint and sage leaves. Steep the mixture for 3 days and then apply it to your face after you use cleanser.
    • Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 tablespoon of peppermint, hyssop, yarrow or sage leaves. Steep the mixture for a half hour before straining out the leaves and applying it to your face.
  3. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 20
    Take a nourishing bath. Try some of these add-ins to help itchy, dry skin:
    • 1 cup powdered milk mixed with 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
    • Equal parts sesame oil, wheat germ and apple cider vinegar
    • 1 cup of uncooked oatmeal tied into a pair of nylons or a muslin bag
    • Some bags of your favorite tea
    • 2 cups of Epsom salts (soak in the salts and also rub them over rough areas of your skin)
    • 1 pound (455 g) baking soda and 1/2 pound (225 g) sea salt
  4. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 21
    Wrap ice in a towel and apply it to dry, itchy skin patches. The ice will draw blood to the area to improve circulation and deliver moisture. Just make sure that your skin doesn't get cold or numb.
  5. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 22
    Use aloe vera on extra-dry skin. You can either purchase bottled aloe vera gel or cut the leaf off of an aloe vera plant and rub the gel on your skin.
  6. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 23
    Use grapefruit on rough elbows. Exfoliate your skin in the shower. Then, cut a grapefruit in half. Sink your elbows into each half and soak the area for 15 minutes. The acids will help to smooth your skin.
  7. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 24
    Make your own oatmeal scrub.
    • Grind rolled oats in your food processor or coffee grinder until you have enough ground oats to fill 1/2 cup.
    • Add 1/3 cup ground sunflower seeds, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint leaves and 4 tablespoons of almond meal. Mix everything thoroughly.
    • Combine 2 teaspoons of the oatmeal mixture with a small amount of heavy cream until the mixture has the consistency of a facial scrub. Scrub your face, neck and chest with the oatmeal scrub and rinse thoroughly.
  8. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 25
    Add 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil to your bottle of toner. Grapeseed oil counteracts aging by helping your skin cells to repair themselves.
  9. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 26
    Spritz your skin with water and essential oils. In a small spray bottle, mix a few drops of bergamot, rose or sandalwood oil with some water. Close your eyes and spray the mixture onto your face whenever your skin feels dry.
  10. Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes Step 27
    Make your own face mask from ingredients that you may have in your kitchen. Try any of the following ideas:
    • Whisk 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt with a few drops of sesame oil. Apply the mixture to your face, throat and upper chest and leave it on for 15 minutes.
    • Mash a banana and mix in a little bit of honey. Apply the mixture to your skin for 15 minutes.
    • Combine 2 tablespoons mashed avocado, 1/4 cup whipping cream, 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of calendula petals. Leave the mixture on your face for 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
    • Peel a mango and mash the flesh. Apply the pulp to your face and leave it on for a few minutes to clean and tighten your pores. Then, rinse it off.
    • Bring water to a simmer in a saucepan. Drop an apple into the water and simmer it until it turns soft. Take the apple out, mash it and add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of peppermint leaves. Smear the mixture on your face and rinse it off after 5 minutes.
    • Scramble an egg. Don't use your spatula to break the egg into pieces; leave it in 1 large piece. Place the egg on your face and keep it there until the egg starts to harden. If you have oily skin, use an egg white instead of the whole egg.[2]
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