Easy Ways to Minimize Pores & Rid the Skin of Blemishes

blemishA splash of cold water to the face can do wonders, but for those with particularly sensitive skin, you may need a bit more attention if you plan on avoiding large pores and blemishes.

Blemishes come in many forms- old scars, pigmentation, acne, and oil-clogged pores. They can make you feel dirty, and above all, unconfident about your appearance. Properly fighting a blemish can be difficult if unguided, luckily we’ve compiled a few tips to help you deal with your blemishes.

 

Cleanse!

 An obvious tip, but still necessary to bring up- cleansing your face at least twice daily is the most important of all tips. When we say cleanse, you don’t necessarily have to use a cleansing product, however in addition to a thorough washing, we recommend using a oil-free rejuvenating facial cleanser. Look for one with antioxidants as well!

 

Soak your washcloth in lemon and pineapple juice.

*If you have sensitive skin, be sure to apply a nice moisturizer before trying this tip. After drenching your washcloth, place the cloth firmly on your face for at least one whole minute.  Having some pulp in the lemon and pineapple juices is fine, and you may feel a bit of a tingle. After a minute, rinse your skin with warm water. Perform 2-3 times each week. This tip will cleanse and shrink your pores.

 

Ice Compresses.

Like we said above, cold water can do wonders! After making sure your pores are properly clean and unclogged, gently applying ice compresses to your skin is a great way to minimize your pores instantly. For easy application, place a layer of plastic-wrap over your ice tray, and punch a popsicle stick into each cube before freezing.

 

Exfoliate with a light scrub.

 For people with acne, you want to be careful with your product choices. Exfoliating scrubs aren’t always intended for acne-prone skin, and if chosen incorrectly, could result in further breakout. If you’re new to skincare, and are dealing with acne, try a product that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These 2 ingredients are proven to aid blemished skin. Some creams will have exfoliant beads, and others may not. Depending on how sensitive your skin is will determine how often you should exfoliate.

Above all, don’t touch your face!!!

4 Tips to Avoid Acne

Woman with AcneMost of us have experienced acne at some point in our lives, some worse than others. When puberty hits, acne can be a serious problem for some people. Eventually many grow out of it, but for some it is a life-long battle.

Regardless, it is important to know why some of us are so susceptible to getting zits and how to successfully eliminate them. Below are 4 tips, precautions if you will, on how to protect your skin against getting acne.

Keep Your Hands off of Your Face

Touching your face is possibly the worst thing you can do before, during, and after an acne breakout. The obvious problem is the bacteria your hand holds-no matter how clean you think your hand is. A pimple is an infection, so when you constantly touch those infections, they become infected further from the bacteria on your fingers.

Also, touching your face causes inflammation and will increase oil production. This makes it easier for acne to occur, and harder for the pimple to heal itself. Lastly, if you do get acne, do not pop the pimples. This will cause scarring and could damage the skin if forced.

Clean Workout Equipment!

Whether it be traditional weight lifting, yoga, or pilates, the cleanliness of your equipment is crucial. Dirty gear such as mats, machines, and sweaty clothes can cause breakouts and other infections to occur.

When sweat rubs against your skin, it causes what is referred to as frictional acne. So if you’re reusing equipment, or planning on using gear that isn’t yours, it would be in the best interest of your skin to clean them off before using.

Ease Up On Your Cellphone

Cellphones collect and carry an enormous amount of bacteria throughout the day. Acne can be caused by the amount of bacteria from your ears alone! Add in all of the other things that come in contact with your phone such as your pocket, hands, and tables, and your “clean” cellphone can turn quite ugly.

The big areas where your phone can cause a breakout are your cheeks and chin. A simple tip to avoid these unnecessary pimples is using a few clorox wipes to clean the earpiece and screen. Also, try not to rub your phone on your face so hard as that will cause oil to produce, and pores to clog.

A Quick Rinse Before Sleep

The time when you sleep is a critical time for your skin to repair itself. However, if your face is still covered with makeup, or hasn’t been washed thoroughly, your skin will suffer great consequences.

Before bedtime, be sure to wash your entire face with hot water, then, splash cold water on your skin to close your pores. The catch is, do not dry your face by rubbing your towel on your skin. Instead, pat down your face softly, so that your face will be hydrated throughout the night, and any bacteria on the towel will not be pushed into your pores.

 

7 Foods for Thought

Whether you’re trying to stay awake at the office, focus in school, or are concerned about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is much to gain from knowing which foods are nutritionally best for your brain. Here is a guide to navigate through to the core ingredients which will help your mind day to day and with long term health as well.

1) Fish

Fish offer a valuable source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids which stimulate brain growth and activity. It is also proven that people who incorperate omega-3 into their system have slower mental decline as they age, and have enhanced memory during later years in life.

2) Blueberries

Blueberries are full of antioxidants which protect the body and brain from harmful free radicals. Like fish, they also reduce the severity of dimentia as well as Alzheimer’s disease. Lastly, blueberries may improve learning and muscle function, and even help you see better in the dark!

3) Nuts & Dark Chocoloate

Nuts and dark chocolate contain powerful anti-oxidants such as vitamin E, which lessens cerebral decline as you age. Dark chocolate also has caffeine which will keep you awake, alert, and concentrated.

4) Avocado

Mixing avocado into your diet will produce blood flow, helping your mind function. Avocado will also reduce cardiovascular disease by lowering your blood pressure.

5) Eggs

Eggs play a vital role in improving memory function due to a nutrient called choline found in the yolk. In addition to the multitude of vitamins found in eggs, the protein content is more significant than that found in other protein sources such as meat.

6) Beets

Beets contain nitrates which increase blood flow in the brain which results in improved mental performance. Beets also contain zero cholesterol and have unique anti-oxidants along with many nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

7) Breakfast

Yes, breakfast isn’t a particular food, but the point is no matter what you eat, breakfast has benefits which will help you throughout the day. Eating breakfast will result in improved short term memory and attention. One study has even shown that students who eat breakfast perform better than students who don’t.

How Wrinkles Are Formed

It is always nice to look at a baby’s flawless skin. There are no lines, no signs that a pimple has ever been there, and actually, the skin is perfect.

Oh my, where have those days gone for us!

So, getting on our topic, to understand what causes wrinkles, we must first know about the layers of our skin. Here they are:

1. Epidermis

This is the outer layer of your skin. Amongst many things, it protects the inner layers from any dangers in the outside environment.

2. Dermis

This is the skin’s second layer. This contains its structural elements, which is the connective tissue. There are many types of connective tissue. Each has different function. Collagen, for example, gives the skin strength. The glycosaminoglycans are the proteins that give turgor to skin. The elastin fibers create the elasticity of your skin.

Also, between the dermis and epidermis is the dermal-epidermal junction. This is an important feature as it interlocks and forms fingerlike projections which are called rete ridges. These increase the area of the epidermis which is exposed to the blood vessels and need nutrients. The blood vessels in the dermis feed nutrients to the epidermis through the rete ridges.

3. Subcutaneous tissue

This is the skin’s bottom layer. And the subcutaneous tissue contains the fat cells. You know what those cells are for? They supply insulation to your body and they also make your skin full and plump.

The formation of wrinkles…

How then do wrinkles form and develop as we age?

There are a number of reasons for wrinkles. Here are some of them:

Through time, the epidermal cells become thinner. As a result, your skin looks thinner.

The epidermal cells also become less sticky. This means that that there are more chances for the moisture in your skin to be released than maintained, which causes dryness. The decrease in the epidermal cells is actually 10 percent per decade. And as people age, the cells divide slower. For this reason, the skin cannot cope as quickly as it used to in order to repair itself.

In the dermal layer, less collagen gets produced as we age. The elastin fibers also wear out. Such factors cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. The rete ridges, meanwhile, flatten out. This causes the skin to be fragile. And so the nutrients that the epidermis needs are not met accordingly.

As for the subcutaneous layer, the fat cells get thinner as we age. This results in more wrinkles and sagging.

And many outside factors can cause wrinkles, such as smoking, rapid weight loss, and especially overexposure to sun, which is a big factor.

Because so many factors contribute to wrinkling, one of the things we look for in wrinkle creams is how the ingredients address the different causes of wrinkles, and how many of the different causes the ingredients work on. The more, the better.

Even Men Want Healthy Looking Skin

men's skincare for anti agingSkincare for Men

For the past decade, men’s skincare has been one of the largest growing segments of the multi-billion dollar skincare industry. Slowly but surely, more  dudes are beginning to take pride in their appearance, and the statistics suggest that the majority of men want to look younger.

For many men, taking care of their skin may not be the most “manly” activity, but more women are starting to prefer well-groomed gentlemen over the rugged outdoorsy type. While women don’t find over-grooming attractive, shedding a few years off of your appearance is something that all women can appreciate. This has not only given men a reason to care about their skin, but it has encouraged some to feel more comfortable about being well-groomed man. In fact, a recent poll from Glamour magazine reported that 6 in 10 men admitted to taking their significant other’s skincare products!

This makes sense. Typically, men only visit the skincare section of a store if they have a particular problem they are trying to solve, such as acne. This has yet to change completely, however, in addition to acne, fellows are beginning to discover that there are easy ways to smooth out the laugh-lines on their forehead and to get rid of those dark circles from over-working at the office.

The Difference Between Men & Women’s Skin

Many people fail to understand the differences between male and female skin. Collagen, the most abundant protein in our body, is the main component of connective tissue. Along with elastin and hyaluronic acid, collagen is the most important skin-element that keeps our face looking healthy and tight. Both men and women experience a slow depreciation of collagen production with age. Year by year, the percentage of collagen lost gets higher. And because men produce more androgens than women (such as testosterone), male skin is thicker and provides increased protection from collagen and elastin degradation. However, necessities such as shaving can damage and burn the skin, since shaving exposes the face to free radicals such as UV radiation.

Free radicals cause oxidative damage to cells in the body, resulting in accelerated aging. As collagen levels decrease with age, free radicals run rampant on the skin, producing wrinkles, age spots, and sagging. These free radicals include alcohol, food preservatives, and many pollutants in the air. Oh, and the cigarette smoking doesn’t make skincare any easier.

Men need a product that can get the job done. Clearly there is an interest in being skin-conscious, and many men have shown a desire to look younger. Luckily, we found a product that is perfect for ANYONE who is trying to prevent or reduce the appearance of age signs.

It’s called LifeCell. LifeCell is an All-in-One Anti-Aging Treatment designed to replace nearly every skincare product you would need in your daily regimen. Composed of some of the most potent anti-aging ingredients, LifeCell will get rid of dark circles under eyes, reduce wrinkles, and protect your skin from free radical damage.

LifeCell is called an “all-in-one” treatment because it is much more than just an anti-wrinkle cream. In addition to eliminating wrinkles, LifeCell works as a de-hyperpigmentation, intensive firming, hydrating, antioxidant, and under-eye cream! Here are a few active ingredients found in LifeCell that speak for themselves:

Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C)- Proven to stimulate collagen production in the skin, ascorbyl palmitate is widely used in the skincare industry to reduce wrinkles, tone skin, and reverse DNA damage.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-3- This peptide inhibits neurotransmitter release, which tightens and firms the skin. Studies have shown that acetyl-hexapeptide-3 can reduce wrinkle depth up to 60% after just 30 days of treatment.

DMAE (deanol)- Deanol reduces deep-set wrinkles and fine lines, and has also been shown to alleviate under-eye puffiness, and tighten sagging neck skin.

Ubiquinone- Another popular ingredient in the anti-aging industry, ubiquinone is nicknamed a super-antioxidant for its capability to destroy free radicals and rejuvenate the skin.

This formula stimulates collagen synthesis to help renew the delicate eye area while light reflecting microtechnology softens the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

For men concerned about aging gracefully, this is the product you’ve been waiting for. At the time of print, the manufacturers of LifeCell were offering a special promotion to try LifeCell for 30 days. Within minutes, you will notice the incredible effects LifeCell will produce, and the results will only improve with time.

5 Foods For Guaranteed Weight Loss

The most important thing in regards to your weight and overall health, is your diet. However, there are many reasons you would gain weight; stress, lack of sleep, and toxic chemicals which alter our ability to regulate metabolism. So, as you can see, fatty foods aren’t always the main reason a person gains pounds.

In our research, we have discovered a few foods which are proven to shed unwanted pounds, and keep weight controlled. Here, in no particular order, are 5 foods that are guaranteed to help you lose weight:

1. Black Beans

Black beans contain a high source of protein, while maintaining a low saturated fat content. Black beans are also packed with antioxidants which help the body during the process of weight loss. When fat is burned, free radicals are released through a process called oxidation. The antioxidants found in black beans reduce the amount of stress put on the body during oxidation, and keep your energy and metabolism levels high. Higher metabolism=quicker digestion.

2. Grape Fruit

Because of grapefruit’s low glycemic index, high fiber content, and low amount of calories, it lowers the level of insulin in the body. Since insulin stores fat, and because lower insulin promotes the consumer to feel full quicker, it’s apparent that grapefruit actually does help you lose weight. Grapefruit is also a strong source of protein, and because the fruit is 90% water, that is another component which helps you fill up easily so you eat less.

3. Red Pepper

Red pepper is known to regulate your appetite, and reduce cravings toward salty and fatty foods. Studies have shown that spices such as red pepper and cayenne pepper contribute to weight loss as well. The amount of heat added to food from these spices raise your body temperature, causing you to burn more calories.

4. Eggs

Eggs contain numerous vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and macronutrients, all which contribute to burning fat. Protein is one of the leading fat burners in eggs, with its ability to raise your metabolism, causing your body to use more energy. This process enables the body to burn calories while digesting the protein. Another reason eggs are able to burn fat is the amino acid found in them called leucine. Leucine decreases lean tissue loss and increases fat loss.

5. Salmon

Salmon is rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids which can be a weapon in the fight against weight gain, proving that just because a food may have fat in it, that doesn’t always mean it’s the bad kind of fat. What many people don’t know is omega-3 helps stimulate enzymes which transport fat to areas of the body that can use the fat as energy. Paired with a proper exercise regimen, foods rich in omega-3 such as salmon, are a strong help in losing weight.