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Does Your Skin Need a Makeover?

Updated on September 13, 2014

Making Over Skin and Fixing Problem Areas is Easy!

One of the best ways to make over problem skin is to promote healthy skin with a good daily beauty regimen. Acheiving healthy skin is easy and inexpensive when you know the right tools to use and establish a consistent skin care routine.

This lens focuses on effective ways to make over problem skin and turn it into healthy, beautiful skin. You will learn how to fix an imperfect complexion, how to make homemade facials based on your skin type, what the best skin care products are, and ways to eIiminate acne and wrinkles.

I feel very blessed because I am often told I look 10 years younger than I really am. I'd like to attribute these wonderful compliments to the beauty and skin tricks I've learned over the years. Check them out and try them for yourself.

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IMAGINE WHAT A MAKEOVER COULD DO FOR YOUR SKIN

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Makeover an Imperfect Skin Complexion

<Some people are blessed with a beautiful complexion and a blemish free, even skin tone. But for those of us who aren't, there are some great tips for fixing an imperfect complexion. All you need is a little TLC and a good facial routine that will work wonders.

Wash your face with luke warm water and a mild facial cleanser. Check the label on the cleanser as each will tell you whether it is for oily skin, dry skin, or combination skin. Use the cleanser that best resembles your skin's type. A good facial cleanser doesn't have to be expensive to work. Many over-the-counter products work well based on your skin tone and skin care needs.

The best way to check your skin's oil level is to blot a tissue over your "T-zone" which includes across the forehead, down the nose, and over the chin. If oil is left on the tissue, you probably have oily skin. If nothing shows up, then you have dry skin. If there is a little bit of oil, by also dry spots, you most likely have combination skin.

Rinse face with cool water to close up pores (warm water keeps them open and makes them appear larger). Apply a gentle facial mask and let sit for approximately 5-10 minutes, depending on the directions on the container. A good one to try is a firming facial mask that diminishes pores. You can buy this at any grocery store, drug store, or even online.

Rinse face with cool water after mask is finished working, around 5-10 minutes, and gently dry with a clean hand towel. Finish your facial treatment with an oil free moisturizer (if your skin type is oily to combination) or a hypoallergenic moisturizer (if your skin type is sensitive or dry). Do this routine each day for a week to notice great results...but try to stick to it everyday and you'll keep your skin looking vibrant with a glowing complexion.

This facial routine works best at night before bed. Nighttime is when your skin heals and revives itself since you are resting. Try to give yourself some time to complete it each night for a great complexion. You'll truly be happy with the results of your skin's radiant glow.

Helpful Hints:

* Be sure to always take off makeup by cleansing each night before going to bed.

* Drinking lots of water will also help your complexion and even out your skin tone.

* Don't use harsh cleansers or scrub face hard when washing...this can actually damage healthy skin cells and create unnecessary redness.

* Never use hot water when cleansing your face...luke warm water is best to prevent excess dryness and harming your skin.

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Problem Skins Types...How to Remedy Troubled Skin

Oily, Dry, and Combination Skin types

**Oily skin is fairly easy to recognize. Those with oily skin are often prone to breakouts and tend to have large pores creating more blackheads in what's known as the 'T' zone (forehead, nose, and chin). To test and see if you have oily skin, take a clean tissue and blot it over any of these areas. If the tissue shows any signs of moisture or oil, chances are you have oily skin. Other signs of oily skin are shiny skin (even after putting on makeup), thick skin, and dull skin. If your facial skin shows signs of a greasy shine, you probably have oily skin. The one great thing about oily skin is that it shows signs of aging the slowest compared to other forms of skin types.

To remedy oily skin, try facial cleansing products that are oil-free and have no additives. Shine-free facial cleansers are also great for taming oily skin. Be sure to only wash your face a few times a day (with hot water to open up pores and clean them out), although you may be tempted to wash more. Over washing oily skin can actually harm the natural oils in your skin. Follow your cleansing routine with an astringent that will help to combat oily skin. Then, use a mild oil-free moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or higher.

**Dry skin can be easily detected by the flakes of skin and dry patches on your face. Dry skin also tends to have some redness from irritation. Overly dry skin is difficult to deal with because sometimes no matter how much moisturizer you use, the dry patches seem to always reappear. You can also detect dry skin because of how it worsens in the winter, yet looks it's best in the summer time. Skin that's dry will feel tight, uncomfortable, and even a little sore when stretched out or moved is a sure sign of a dry skin type.

In order to cleanse dry skin properly, opt for skin cleansers that offer added moisturizers and are made for sensitive skin. Dry skin thirsts for a cleanser that is rich in moisturizers and gentle to the face. It's not a good idea to use an astringent on dry skin since an astringent will over dry sensitive skin. However, you should follow your cleansing routine with a great enriched facial moisturizer with a SPF of 15 or higher.

**Combination skin is one of the hardest skin types to recognize. People with combination skin tend to have oily and dry skin both and are unsure of how to treat it properly. Those with combination skin show signs of an oily 'T' zone (forehead, nose, and chin) with dry patches on cheeks, sides of nose and around the lips. However, combination skin tones can also have dry 'T' zones. If you have combination skin, it's certain that your skin's tone is never the same from day to day depending on the weather, the exercise you do, and your skin treatment habits.

Cleansing combination skin can be easy with the right products. Facial cleansing products such are great for combination skin that needs daily cleansing with products able to even out skin tone. Combination skin facial cleansers that are aimed at fixing problem skin do so by moisturizing the dry parts of combination skin and removing dirt and oils from oily areas of combination skin. For moisturizing combination skin, stick to facial moisturizers that are oil-free and made strictly for combination skin.

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Makeover Your Skin with a Homemade Facial Mask

For all skin types

<Homemade facial masks are an excellent way to makeover tired, dull skin and are wonderful tools for remedying problem skin areas. Creating your own facial masks at home is cheap and easy. An added benefit of making homemade facial masks is that they utilize natural ingredients that are healthy and nurturing for your skin. Recipes for facial masks can be created right in your own kitchen and work great for oily, dry, or combination skin types.

You Will Need:

Mask #1: Apricots & Olive Oil

Mask #2: Avocado, Honey, & Egg

Mask #3: Lemon & Egg

Mask #4: Strawberries, Heavy Cream, & Honey

Mask #5: Cucumber & Yogurt

Mask #6: Papaya

Mask #7: Apple & Honey

Mask #8: Banana

DRY SKIN:

#1: Apricot olive oil mask -

Mash 1 apricot and add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Mix together. Spread on face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water and pat face dry with a clean hand towel. Finish beauty routine with a gentle face moisturizer geared toward dry skin.

#2: Avocado honey mask -

Mix 2 tablespoons of mashed avocado with 2 tablespoons honey and 1 egg yolk. Spread over face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean hand towel. Smooth a gentle dry skin facial moisturizer over face.

OILY SKIN:

#3: Lemon egg mask -

Mix the juice from a 1/2 of a lemon (squeeze juice out thoroughly) with 1 whipped egg white. Apply to face and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry with a clean hand towel. Smooth a gentle oil-free moisturizer onto face.

#4: Strawberry honey cream mask -

Mix 5 medium, very ripe strawberries, with 2 teaspoons heavy cream and 1 teaspoon honey. Smooth over face and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse face well with cool water and pat dry with a clean hand towel. Apply a gentle oil-free moisturizer when finished.

COMBINATION SKIN:

#5: Cucumber yogurt facial mask -

In a blender, puree a 1/2 of a cucumber. Mix together with 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt. Apply to face and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean hand towel. Finish up with a gentle facial moisturizer.

DEAD SKIN:

#6: Papaya mask -

Peel 1 papaya and remove it's seeds. Chop in a blender until the fruit forms a smooth paste. Apply to face and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse face with warm water and pat dry with a clean hand towel. Finish mask routine with a gentle dry skin facial moisturizer.

ACNE:

#7: Apple honey mask -

Take 1 medium apple and grate it or chop in a blender until very fine. Mix in 5 tablespoons of honey. Smooth over face and let sit for 10 minutes. Rinse face with cool water and pat dry with a clean hand towel. Finish facial routine with a gentle oil-free moisturizer.

ANTI-AGING:

#8: Banana mask -

Mush a 1/4 banana until super creamy. Smooth over face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a clean hand towel. Finish routine by smoothing a gentle anti-aging moisturizer over face.

Helpful Hints:

* Fruits are amazing foods for your face...they enhance and revitalize your natural glow.

* Make sure to always use a moisturizer after a facial mask to keep skin soft and smooth.

* Never scrub skin harshly when applying a facial mask or moisturizer as you could damage skin cells and irritate your face.

3 Ways to Protect Delicate Skin

1. Always use suncreen - sun exposure can prematurely age skin and cause wrinkles.

2. Don't smoke - smoking causes skin to age quicker and depletes it from oxygen and healthy nutrients.

3. Manage stress - stress can make skin more prone to breakouts.

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Makeover Skin by Eliminating Body Acne

Wash regularly and thoroughly to get rid of body acne. Gently scrub your body with an antibacterial soap twice a day to remove dead skin cells and cleanse oily pores. Shower immediately after performing any activity in which you sweat such as exercising, physical labor or work, and even sleeping. However, take care in how much you wash or how hard you scrub your body. The idea is not to wash as often as possible, but to carefully scrub oily pores on the body enough to keep them clean and free from dead skin debris. You do not want to irritate skin. Instead, you want to keep skin clean and dry to promote healthy skin cells and clearer pores.

Exfoliate skin on a daily or weekly basis to eliminate body acne. The skin on your body is much tougher than the skin on your face so it's generally okay to exfoliate your body as often as necessary. Exfoliating is the process of scrubbing off dead skin to reveal new skin and healthy pores. Try experimenting with different types of exfoliation devices such as brushes, loofahs, gloves, and washcloths to find the best way to eliminate your body acne through clearing off old skin cells. Sugar based scrubs are usually gentler on skin than salt based ones and can easily be rinsed off in the shower. Be sure not to irritate skin with heavy rubbing while exfoliating. Instead, let the sugar based scrub do the work while gently rubbing in small circular motions.

Try a medicated cream or gel with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to get rid of body acne. Both of these acne remedies work to dry up over active sebaceous glands, promoting fresh dry skin. However, it is important to only use one or the other when choosing anti-acne products. You do not want to over dry and irritate skin. Simply apply the anti-acne products to acne prone parts of your body after getting out of the shower. Rub in thoroughly for best results. Also, both benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid can bleach clothing so be sure to let it dry thoroughly before dressing. You can use the exfoliating scrub in the shower along with one of these anti-acne products for combating bad acne on your body.

Keep your linens and clothing clean to eliminate body acne. When clothing, bedding, and outerwear is clean and fresh, you decrease the chances of having body acne. Items that are not kept clean can attract bacteria and germs and cause the instance of body acne to occur or flare up. Keeping fabrics clean means doing laundry more often, which can be a task, depending on your busy schedule. Try to wash bedding, including pillows and comforters, at least once a week. Clothing, especially shirts and jackets, should be washed more often, if they touch your bare body. Aim to wash shirts each time after you wear them. The cleaner your clothing and bedding is, the less of a chance you'll attract bacteria to your skin and the more likely you are to effectively keep body acne at bay.

When all else fails, seek the advice of a dermatologist for body acne. Body acne can be resistant to home treatments if it is really bad. A dermatologist, or skin doctor, can suggest remedies for getting rid of body acne that will also prevent future acne flare ups. Sometimes, people with body acne need a more intense treatment such as microdermabrasion or medicated pills and creams. However, because many medical acne treatments can be harsh on skin and body, you should never take or use anything for acne that isn't approved by your dermatologist.

Did You Know that Stress is the Leading Cause of Acne?

Yes, high levels of stress can lead to acne on the face and skin. Skin cells that produce sebum (the oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, causing acne breakouts) have receptors for stress hormones. To find out more, please visit WebMD: Stress and Acne

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