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This page is a round up of all the best skin care tips - ever (see below).
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This isn't the usual regurgitated list of tips.
These are the ones that can really make a difference to your skin. Each one has details about why it works and how to do it, along with links to further good stuff.
Really - because how useful is "cleanse off your makeup at night"? You know that already.
Check out the skin care tips below instead, and enjoy!
A do-it-yourself facial massage truly has the power to give you an instant facelift.
By concentrating on a few moves that drain lymph and provide 'lift' to your skin, you might be surprised at the results!
The change is temporary, at least in the beginning. But, if done daily these moves will provide lasting results.
You can do them every evening as part of your nightly routine, or every morning to give you a 'lift' for the day - once you have the moves down it becomes easy.
You really can 'lift' your eyebrows and cheeks with the right moves...
This natural anti aging tip is repeated so much it probably has you rolling your eyes. BUT if you get it right it truly can make a difference!
It isn't quite as simple as 'drink 8 glasses a day'...
A dramatic increase is usually needed - along with a couple of important points.
Drinking enough water can provide noticeable results to your skin by improving tone, color, texture and even refining the contours of your face - within 3 - 5 days. It looks brighter and more radiant from within.
Increase your intake to a minimum 3 liters a day. See this article for important details
Want to wake up with younger looking skin?
It's simple: Use a humidifier in your bedroom at night.
You will wake up with less fine lines, and plumper, more hydrated looking skin.
No need for a big fancy one, a small bedside humidifier (such as this one from Amazon.com*) will do wonders.
Try it - you might be pleasantly surprised at how you can improve your skin while you sleep!
Tired of your chin hiding behind a 'soft focus'? Does your skin look puffy/saggy, or does it feeluncomfortable?
You might be dealing with water retention - and by reducing this you can make a dramatic difference to your appearance.
Skin will look more toned and smoothed, and your cheek bones may just reappear!
How to reduce water retention:
This easy mask shows instant results. You might be seriously surprised at the difference you see in the mirror. It really is powerful:
Do you drink coffee in the morning? Good....
Everyone knows that moisturizer is important. But who says you only have to apply it twice a day?
Take a tip from the eternal Joan Collins, and apply moisturizer constantly. She apparently keeps a jar beside each basin to apply it as much as possible when she is at home. Her skin is truly fantastic so that's a tip worth listening to!
*Modification for us 'mere mortals': a jar by every basin may be a bit excessive.
So try this instead:
If your chest and/or neck muscles are tight, they will pull down on your facial muscles.
This causes your face to 'drop', will make you look less relaxed (and thus less 'youthful') and it also constricts nutrient/oxygen flow.
This is often a completely overlooked skin care tip, yet it is one that can make a huge difference. Keep those muscles loose:
A natural anti aging tips list wouldn't be complete without some mention of diet! You know you have to eat 'healthy' so let's not bother with that.
Instead, make sure you are getting enough proteins and good fats.
Ever seen someone who eats a ton of vegetables but not much else (or mostly carbs and not much else... basically someone who doesn't eat enough protein)? Usually, their skin isn't tight or toned or healthy...
Protein is vital as it supplies the amino acids which are the building blocks for your entire body - from blood cells to tissue.
These amino acids have to be eaten as they are not made by the body.
Ensure you are getting adequate complete protein on a daily basis - fish, lean meat, milk, eggs etc.
Extra benefits to eating enough protein are less cravings, better energy, stronger hair and nails... the list goes on.
Some of the best ingredients to use in the anti aging skin care fight are Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs).
These dissolve dead skin cells and oil, penetrate the skin, increase healthy cell turn over, increase radiance, softness, clarity... reduce fine lines and age spots - the list goes on!
Glycolic Acid is excellent for anti aging, pigmentation, skin brightening and general good skin
Salicylic Acid is one of the best ingredients for acne as it can penetrate pores to clear up and prevent breakouts.
Reviews and details about our Glycolic Daily Exfoliator 7.5% here >
Another important ingredient in getting youthful skin is retinol (Vitamin A).
Consistent use will improve your skin's tone, plumpness, pore size and thickness.
Check out reviews and details about our Complete Retinol Cream here >
The important ones such as foundation, powder, bronzer, etc - because they stay on your skin.
If your skin is congested your foundation or other makeup may be too oily or have an ingredient that is causing a reaction.
No amount of cleansing or other treatments will truly help this - the solution is to change the product.
Sleep is important for skin, but your sleep position is extra important for skin!
Not only does your face get squashed for several hours a night if you sleep on your stomach, this position leads to a tense neck and shoulders (see Tip #3).
That in turn pulls your face down - creating saggy, tense looking skin.
The stomach position actually causes a puffy face, and gives a less restful sleep.
Side sleeping is better, but still not ideal...
Try to sleep on your back because:
If you are used to sleeping on your stomach it can be a hard habit to break.
Just be conscious of it during the night, it can take time to "train" yourself into a different sleep position.
One of the most important natural skin care tips is to pay attention to the movement of your skin.
The way you remove your eye makeup is an overlooked but very important point.
Chemical or alcohol based products that cause dehydration, pulling the wrong direction etc, all lead to premature aging of the eye area.
How to prevent this?
Use almond oil (Sweet Almond Oil is best) as your make up remover:
It is possible to get an instant natural facelift with a few moves.
The affect temporary but if you do it consistently it will make a difference to your appearance in the long term.
Lift your eyebrows and cheeks, contour your jawline - all can be done.
This requires a video demonstration to see the moves and the results - check out this page.
One of the best basic skin care tips is to use a wash cloth to gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin.
It is highly effective at removing makeup and grime, and good at getting to hard to sometimes-neglected areas like the side of the nose and temples.
A face cloth is also great to use before cleansing - it gets rid of the first layer of grime so your cleanser can be more effective.
Inflammation is what causes pimples to be red, sore, and obvious.
It is what causes pre-mature aging and uneven, blotchy looking skin.
Inflammation is the main enemy in the fight for healthy, beautiful skin!
Luckily you can use the natural, humble ice cube to make a difference!
TIP - wetting the ice cube first allows it to glide smoother over your skin and prevents the "burn".
One of the best natural skin care tips works to get your system moving and flushes out toxins:
BONUS: this is excellent for getting rid of cellulite naturally!
Try it for a few weeks to see and feel the difference.
Beyond forming the habit of sleeping on your back (Tip #1), you can also make the most of your beauty sleep by using a silk or copper pillow case:
This is an easy way to make your own sheet masks:
This DIY cloth or sheet mask is a great way to get the benefits of these ingredients in a more intense way.
The gauze allow the ingredients to stay in contact with your skin, and it is far less messy to apply!
This is a great natural skin care tip that to refresh tired, puffy eyes and reduce redness:
This works better than the old cucumber slices - it is the inner flesh which has the hydrating and astringent properties you need.
Mashing it allows the cucumber to actually be in contact with your skin, and it is extra refreshing.
EXTRA NATURAL SKIN CARE TIPS: this also works as a pimple spot treatment - apply some to the top of a swollen pimple for at least 20 minutes to decrease swelling and redness.
Apply a healthy layer of Vaseline or Aquaphor at night.
This helps prevent too much moisture/hydration evaporating from your skin, and works as an overnight plumping, skin glow mask.
It can make a huge difference to how your skin looks in the morning - you might be surprised!
When you sweat, pores open. The sweat mixes with any dirt or makeup already on your skin and makes the chances of developing pimples much higher.
Simply wipe your face with some Witch Hazel before hand. Do the same afterwards if you won't be cleansing straight away.
This skin care tip is a very easy and simple one that can be all you need to clear up your skin!
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