Articles Tagged: Skin care tips

Food Products to Avoid at All Costs for Healthy Skin

Posted on March 10, 2015 by Ella Fedonenko

It’s always interesting to read about the latest super food or leafy greens that we should consume to better our health and to achieve a healthy, glowing complexion from the inside out.

But sometimes … it’s good to get a healthy reminder about the unhealthy items we should avoid eating most of the time. What you eat directly affects your largest organ — your skin. Depending on what you eat, you can create skin conditions like acne, aging and thinning. A poor diet will cause inflammation, which causes oxidative stress, which ultimately damages your collagen and DNA. In other words, try to avoid these products or do your best to consume them only occasionally.

Sugar = danger … all the danger: It’s one of the worst things for your health and your skin. It also happens to be the product that ages us the most. Additionally, it weakens our immune systems. An overabundance of sugar in your system will expedite your skin’s production of wrinkles. Consume naturally occurring sugars in fruit rather than processed candy.

Fried anything = oil: Fried foods are … so tasty. However, they are fatty and create oil buildup.

Alcohol and Caffeine = sap hydration: Alcohol dehydrates you. As a result, the less water in your body, the less of it can get to your skin. Alcohol also is known to cause vasodilatation (or widening of blood vessels and arteries), which in turn exacerbates rosacea (a recurring inflammatory disorder that affects facial skin and causes a reddish appearance). Caffeine is a diuretic, and thus it dehydrates.

Processed snacks = sugar and salt: Processed foods often contain too much sodium and sugar. And as previously mentioned, sugar will increase wrinkle production, weaken your immune system and affect quality of your skin.

Cereal = refined sugar: Even so-called healthy cereals contain high levels of refined sugar. Make sure to check the label.

Salt = bloating: While some salt is good for you, it can wreak havoc on your skin. It contributes to bloating due to trapping water in your tissues. Remember that a lot of what you eat contains salt already.

Winter Skin Care Tips

Posted on December 17, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

Winter months may present more challenges for keeping your skin soft and smooth than any other time of year.The cold and wind, the artificial indoor heat, the lack of fluids and even the sun can do a lot of damage to the delicate skin of your face – and your hands, body and feet. So right now, with the winter upon us, it’s time to switch to your winter beauty routine.

Let’s start with a simple change to your facial cleansing and moisturizing products. For your winter cleanser, choose a milky or creamy product followed by an oil rather than a water-based moisturizer. Oil will leave a protective layer that locks the moisture in better.

To really nourish your skin and enjoy a wonderful soft and supple texture, add a few drops of vitamin E oil to your bubble bath or apply directly to your skin.

Moisturizers are not just for your face, during the winter and throughout the year. The cold, dry air will play havoc with your hands which have fewer oil glands and is thinner than most other areas of your body.

Wear gloves and find lotions that contain glycerine. These products work well on your feet, as well. Use an exfoliant, from time to time, to remove the dead skin cells and allow the skin to better absorb the moisturizers.

Winter sun (combined with the glare of the snow) can be harmful and damaging to your skin. So do apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and any part of your body that might be exposed. And re-apply often.

As for the soothing warmth of the indoor heaters and dryers, balance them with several humidifiers, placed in different rooms, to add more moisture back into the air and keep your skin from drying, cracking and peeling.

An additional word about the joys of coming into the heat after a period of time out in the cold. Warm is better than hot. As good as it sounds, “a nice hot bath” is really not so nice for your skin. It helps draw the moisture away. Instead, keep the water warm and add some oil, as suggested above, and soak only for 15 minutes or so.

And finally, if your skin is feeling dry, tight or uncomfortable, avoid harsher treatments such as alcohol-based toners or clay-based masks. Find products that are hydrating rather than those that remove the moisture from your skin.