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Updated on November 27, 2011


We all want to look like glamor queens and skin care is the first and most important step. Television and magazines bombard us with ads promoting skin care products. I don't know about you but I would have to mortgage my home to buy some of these skin care miracle potions. Besides, who knows which of the skin care products that we read about deliver as promised? One thing I have learned. There are some very good skin care products on the market but more expensive is not always necessarily the best. reasonably priced. I am going to share some things with you that I learned from a dermatologist.

Hydrate your skin. Drink plenty of water. You should drink about eight glasses of water per day. I don't mean to burst your bubbles but, coffee, tea, and sodas do not count. It takes pure H20 to hydrate your skin and to flush impurities from your bodies. Use sunscreen everyday with a minimum SPF 30. I don't care if the sun never shines in your world, do it anyway A couple of good over-the-counter products are Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer (SPF 30), and Cetaphyl UVA/UVB Defense (SPF 50).

You should have a date every single night with a good skin care moisturizer. Apply the moisturizer while your skin is still damp. Did you know when you exit from the shower, you have about 3 minutes to get moisture on your skin? Don't concentrate on just your face and neck. You should moisture your entire body, including the soles of your feet! Above you will see a link to a store that carries wonderful skin care products that don't cost a fortune. Many contain emu oil. That is wonderful for your skin. I will be writing an article on that subject in a couple of days.

What soaps are you using? You should use soaps that are gentle and easy on your skin. If you want over-the-counter, try Sensitive Skin Dove. Another affordable soap is Cetaphyl Gentle Cleanser.

We are familiar with that old adage "we are what we eat." This is very true. Proper diet nourishes our bodies inside and out. Eat your vegetables and fruit, especially, but not limited to, blueberries and oranges. Include dark green, leafy vegetables in your diet. They promote cell regeneration. Did I say (hold your noses) eat sardines, salmon, and tuna?

Some things we need to give up and OMG you probably just now exited my skin care page! But, don't we sometimes have to suffer to be beautiful? I heard that one years ago and am still pondering....Dump the sodas! Replace them with water and green tea, which is instrumental in reducing cellular inflammation associated with aging. Avoid tanning beds at all costs. Self tanning is the way to go. Spray on tans are now popular and some look really great, or you can use the self tanning lotions I used the self tanning lotions for years and had a beautiful year-round tan, without baking my skin. I bought my self tanning lotions from local drug stores and they worked pretty well. Later, I discovered department stores such as Belks carry self tanning lotions that are better quality. I guess I was a self tanning junkie. I received so many compliments when I first started using self tanning lotions, that although using them was somewhat time consuming, I just worked them in as part of my daily routine. Cheers for self tanning! Run from the sun! Skin care is very imortant to me and I have never baked in the sun, period. When you think skin care, don't forget the sensitive skin around your eyes. Buy a great pair of wrap-around sunglasses. You can opt for the expensive ones or go to Target or Walmart and get cheaper glasses that will accomplish the same thing.

Well, after taking some things away from you, may I offer you a glass of wine? Having a daily glass of wine, accompanied by a small salad with fresh garlic, does wonders for the cardiovascular systems, as well as your skin. Gee, I guess I now need to write an article on how to get rid of dragon breath. All you have to do is chew several sprigs of parsley for a few minutes. That should do the trick.

We have one life to live and one skin to live it in. Develop your own daily skin care regimen that best suits your skin type. Whatever you do, make it a daily routine. Nite for now ladies. I have to smother my body in potions and lotions and then get my beauty sleep. Oh, wait. Now I need to talk about sleep. I know. For the younger crowd, I was young once too. It just comes so natural to burn the candle at both ends. However, it will tell on you in the long run. Lack of sleep is not good for your health and it will eventually show through your skin. So get those zzzzzzzzzzz's. Have a regular time to go to bed and stick with it. Back to my beauty sleep, I hope it works. Until next time, get your skin care on!


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