Our skin endures the most damage from overexposure to the sun and the contaminants we put in our bodies like alcohol and junk foods.
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To keep all your organs healthy, your skin being the largest, practice well-balanced nutrition, rehydrate with eight to 10 glasses of water per day and adding omega-3 fatty acids (found in cold-water fish like salmon, herring and tuna) to your diet promotes healthy skin.
Women notice amazing benefits, not only with their skin, but the shine and strength of their hair and nails as well. Rehydration is the key. Don't overdo it with the alcohol and maintain well-balanced eating habits, which include not skipping meals, stop smoking, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and avoid exposure to extreme temperatures and air and water pollution.
Pregnancy also affects the facial and body skin. During pregnancy, your body changes under the effect of an intense production of hormones. Along with this, your skin also takes on a new appearance.
Facial skin may change during pregnancy and appear as what's sometimes called the "mask of pregnancy." This appears as small brown spots that appear on the forehead, the cheekbones, and the upper lip. They are due to a reaction of skin sensitivity to UV rays.
The mask of pregnancy does not affect all pregnant women. You can reduce your risk by protecting your face on a daily basis with a skin care product or sun care product with a high-protection filter and avoiding going outside in full sunlight. You should also wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
Men, just like women, have to take care of their skin. While some people think a touch of grey around the temples and a few laugh lines around the eyes reflect a certain debonair charm, dull, tired-looking skin have never been known to turn women's heads!
The suggested essential oils are readily available at health food stores. Essential oils are not for consumption and must always be diluted in a carrier (such as Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, etc. also available at health food stores) before use. Add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil to approximately 1/8 cup of carrier oil. Mix gently. Keep tightly covered and use as required, preferably at bedtime. Keep out of direct light.
Acne: Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Patchouli, Rosemary, Tea Tree
Aging Skin: Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang
Dry Skin: Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang
Oily Skin: Geranium, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Lavender, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Ylang-Ylang
Normal/Combination Skin: Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang-Ylang
If you’re unsure about using essential oils, speak with a Certified Aromatherapist who can help you make the right choice.