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'THE SECRET TO HEALTHY SKIN
SKIN CARE IS ONLY NATURAL
I have tried for many years, probably from the age of about 17 years old, to keep my skin in the best condition, mainly because I was so sick and people noticed from the outside what you were like. So, I thought well, no one can see how sick you are on the inside, then it makes sense to try and make the outside look good. This is what I have tried to do and now at the age of 53 years, I am getting told that I look at least 10 years younger. Quite a complement to someone who is terminally ill, isn't it.
I feel quite proud of myself that I have, regardless of how sick I have been internally,still been able to look good from the look of my skin. I just keep looking after my skin from a simple point of view. I don't buy expensive products just the basic, cleanser, toner, exfoliator, moisturiser. I have the occasional facial when I can afford it, but usually it is just your every day things.
I have never used soap on my face. I read from an early age that this was not a good thing, so I have a strict routine, that does not include soap. I just feel that I want to keep my beauty routine simple, natural , soothing and comforting. This can be done just by buying the regular products without going overboard with your spending. This is what I have had to keep in mind.
I have listed some of the ingredient that we find in our skin care products here, which may give you a idea of the type of products to buy if you are like me and have to kee the prices down to keep within your budget. I would also like to point out that I do use a lot of the products that I will mention myself, most of them are under $40, some under $20, depending on what is a good amount for your budget.
NATURAL PRODUCTS THAT DELIVER
I have listed here some of the natural ingregients that I have found that really have delivered on their promises and make your skin and body feel the way it should, which I think is important. Because if you are paying for a product you want it to give you the satisfaction of delivering to you what it says it will.
OLIVE OIL ;
Now, we all have heard of olive oil.It is rich in anti-oxidants. Did you know however, that the olive oild was used by the ancient Egyptians for their bodies but not only that they also used it in hair massage. Olive oil is composed of essential fats and is also rich in Vitamin E. This is very important also because it is highly moisturising to our skin, so if you are buying something for very dry skin be sure that it includes, Olive Oil. For us oldies, you will be pleased to hear to it is a good anti-ageing tool. Something that happens after menopause is that our skin changes, not always for the good, so it would be good to remember olive oil being good to help those wrinkles that are tell tale signs that "we are getting older"
Another benefit of Olive Oil to remember, if you are pregnant, this is mainly for the pregnant ladies.It is thought that this can be beneficial in aiding the expanding tummies, of ladies who are expecting a baby, to help in preventing those terrible stretch marks that appear. So remember girls, when you become pregnant, use something that has Olive Oil.
(A couple of products that are good are : Olive Tree Organic Moisturising Face Lotion, which is great if you have sensitive skin, like me, very soothing, Olive Tree Moisturising Face Mask, this is great if your skin feels tired, it is just wakes it up and freshens, especially after one of those late nite outs the night before. Olive oil is great in hair products as well,Try Olive Oil Organic Daily Shampoo, and there is also a Hair Mask as well,This is a terrific product. I was advised to use this after I came out of hospital once. My hair was so limp and just felt "just yucky". This just makes it feel alive again. Just try it, you will see what I mean.
HONEY;Until I did a bit of research, I used to only think of honey on my toast. I wonder how may of you did the same thing. Well, I have some other news for you, honey is good for a lot of other reasons as well.
Honey has many healing powers I found out and is a very good hydrating tool. It also assits with anti-ageing, something I didn't know until recently. It is loaded with vitamin B and C and the things called Amino Acids. It is also good in healing in antiseptic properties and is an anti-oxidant as well, which is something again I didn't know, Now here is something that is very interesting, honey can assist with healing little nick or cuts you may get from time to time. Did you ever think of putting honey on a cut? I know I have never thought of that one. For one thing, it i very sticky, You can also use it on stressed skin, another reason I found it hard to get my heard around.
Manuka Honey, who has heard of this particular variety of honey? It is actually from New Zaland. It is thought to be the most healing honey of all. It is derived from the bees that feed from the Tea Tree Plant. It actually combines the antibacterial properties of honey with anti-fungal tea tree.
(A couple of products that I would suggest here are Burt's Bee Honey, and Shea Butter Body Butter. If you are having trouble finding a good hand cream also give a product called Huni Manuka Honey All Day Hand and Nail Cream, this is great if you have soft nails, helps to really nourish them.
Yes Milk. Legend tells us that many years ago Cleopatra, a beautiful egyptian Princess, bathed herself in Yak's milk every day to soften her delicate skin. Now, do you think she kept her skin looking beatiful just bathing in milk? Well, we still use it in various forms, so maybe she was on to something afterall. We do know now that milk is still used in softening and healing. We also know that all kind of milk are exfoliating. There is a very hight content of both Vitamin D and A in cow's milk (remember that all you ladies a little older than the rest for anti -ageing reasons) However, goat's milk is wonderful for reactive skin. It has a ph similar to that of our own skin, mking it so much gentler on the more delicate complexions. The other good news is that it is hight in Vitamin A and B1 and also lactic acid.
A bit of trivia news people who suffer from (Psoriasis or eczema) often find that goat's milk helps their skin condition
You may not be aware of this but Lanolin is the closest substance to the skin's natural sebum,and "Ella Bache', which is a very well known expert on skin the best products for our skin, They have been using Lanolin since the 1930's. It is used as a moisturiser and I was told by one of the experts at an Ella Bache' salon I visited, this is he case because it has a close affinity with our skin. The means that it can allow it to protect out skin more efficiently. I just visited their shop, I didn't buy any of their products, too expensive for my pension budget.
Lanolin is a fatty substance, that is derived from the sheep's wool. Although it has extremely healing and softening properties, it's highly protective properties which means that it is much more nurturing to dry sensitised skins.
Just in case anyone is concerned that Lanolin is an allergen, Medical Grade Lanolin, is the only cosmetic ingredient that is safe enough to place on the mouth of a newborn baby. In fact,you would be more likely to have some kind of allergic reaction to a woollen jumper.
In fact, in the 1960's, Lanolin came under fire for causing allergic reactions. " Apparently, there was an increase in the use of pesticides in the farming industry, and this had been affecting the actual quality of the lanolin that had been used." Today, however, it is good to know that Lanolin is processed differently and goes through a refining treatment to remove any impurities".
I haven't personally used oatmeal as a facial, but I have been told by by my own beautician that it is a trememdously versatile ingredient. It is good to use when your skin feels very parched and makes your complexion look dull. No lady wants to have dull skin now, do we. It is also very good to use if your skin is very sesitive and reactive and is good for mild dermatitis and even ezema. She did say though if your skin was very bad with dermatitis or the ezema is bad, then it would be wise to consult your doctor, or even perhaps your may have to see a specialist dermatologist.
It has a unique amino acid balance that means that it an be used in a liquid form, and this makes it suitable to be used in skincare.