In the present age soft, smooth, clear, attractive and glowing facial skin is rare. If you have one, you are indeed blessed. But you can not achieve the beauty of your skin without proper care. However, the fresh youthful look can be maintained with a little hard work. Normally, worries and tension coupled with the climatic effect put profound impact on the skin and many women look aged even in their prime.
How to Make Your Skin Glow in Minutes
How to put radiance back into your skin? As well as those healthy lifestyle habits we all know we should be following (lots of water, fruit and veg, enough sleep, exercise – you know the sort of thing), the key to glowing skin, according to Boots scientific skincare advisor, Steve Barton, is exfoliation and hydration. Regular exfoliation ensures optimum light reflection as it removes skin-dulling dead cells, plus it makes your skin more receptive to your moisturiser.
A 15-minute treatment that will result in soft, glowing skin. Easy to make at home, luxurious to use and quite a lot less expensive than the beauty salon. Here's how you do it:
1. Assemble the "Things You'll Need".
2. Rub a piece of cut papaya flesh on your face and neck.
3. Let the rubbed-on papaya sit for 15 minutes.
4. Rinse off with warm water.
5. Rinse again with cool water. This will close the pores.
6. Pat your skin dry with a towel. See "Tips" for this method.
7. Touch your face and feel the difference. Your face should feel and look much more radiant.
8. Touch up with Quality moisturizer .
Always pat dry with a towel. Rubbing can easily break the small capillaries under the facial skin and cause redness and fine "spider lines" if you have skin prone to this. Rubbing may also cause bacteria to spread; theoretically, this might lead to spreading pimples, although acne is more likely to be caused by dietary or genetic afflictions.
A face massage is very essential after a woman crosses the age of 40. It is an effective way to counter wrinkles. Massage is a slow process and its results are obvious only if it is continued for a period of time. It is, indeed, not a magic potion which can bring a change overnight. One has to be patient with it. However, there is no doubt that massage reduces the unattractive fleshiness, tightens the tissues and muscles and increases blood circulation.
Massage is effective only if the skin is clear. After having cleaned the skin, apply a cream and massage the skin gently. With the passage of time, all the visible defects like wrinkles, flabbiness and dead cells vanish and a fresh and young look is restored. Massage should start from the neck upwards and end at the forehead or temples because all veins and tissues get an increased blood circulation by this process. The skin around the eyes is delicate. So it is advisable to apply cream on this part without pressing it. Cream takes 15 to 20 minutes to get absorbed, so keep on massaging until the cream is absorbed. Wipe off extra cream with a cotton wool swab soaked in water (preferably rose water). Do not forget to remove all traces of makeup otherwise the pores of the skin will be blocked by particles of dirt. All blackheads should be removed. If the skin is oily, remove oiliness by applying cleansing milk. Fresh lemon juice is also very effective in removing excess oiliness. If the skin is dry, use a good moisturizer before massaging. If the skin is oily, it is advisable to use astringent lotion. The best time to massage the face is before going to bed. Apply Vitamin E cream before a massage but the quantity of this cream should be enough only to give sufficient greasiness to the skin so that the hands and fingers move smoothly on the face.
Art of Massaging
This is the most common form of a massage. The secret is to massage slowly and patting/vibrating the skin. The skin is pressed lightly with the soft fleshy tips of the fingers. The process starts with slow speed from the neck. The speed increases as the fingers move upwards. Stroking gives rest to the nerves and the vibration is useful in subduing pain caused by massaging.
The front half of both the palms are used to massage at speed making a circular motion upwards.
In this method, pressure is applied with the fleshy tips of fingers. This is effective for removing the pouches beneath the eyes.
Chubby cheeks are stroked with the tips of fingers. If the nose is broad, strokes are applied from the nose to the temples on both sides.
The skin is held as in pincers by thumb and fingers. Such a massage is effective for a double chin and wrinkles on the jaw.
The movement requires pressure on the skin while it is being moved over the underlying structures. The fingers or the palms are employed in this movement. Hard movements are usually employed on the scalp while light movements are used on the face especially on the neck.
Piano Playing Movements:
This exercise develops the facial muscles and makes them firm. It should be done over the whole surface of the cheeks with the fingers.
Look After Your Skin Yourself: The first step for skin care is to clean it properly. Perspiration, grease, dust, stale make-up, dirt and bacteria all collect on your skin and must be removed completely. Clean the skin with a cleansing cream, milk or lotion or just plain cold cream. Remove cleanser with tissue, damp cotton wool or a small damp Turkish towel. Always follow your cleansing routine by toning your skin with a mild skin freshener, a stronger astringent lotion or with a medium strength skin tonic. Toning removes any greasiness which may remain after the cleansing preparations. If you intend to use make up, it provides a smooth and clean texture.
Nourishing is an essential part of any beauty routine except for the very young skin. Dirt, dust, hot and cold weather, cosmetics and even sunlight all tend to dry out the skin robbing it of moisture and oil. Skin foods attempt to put back some of this nourishment. It is not necessary to use a thick, heavy skin food every night. If you do not like a greasy face when going to bed then it is easy to choose a light, easily absorbed skin food which will disappear in minutes. Many of the newer liquid skin foods fall into this category. If you feel you need a richer, heavier cream, use it when you are in the bath.
A facial is the quickest way of reviving faded skin, livening and refining the complexion. It leaves the skin soft, smooth and glowing with vitality. The most luxurious way of having a facial is to go to a beauty salon. A facial does a thorough job of relaxing jangled nerves so that you feel fresher, look younger and be relaxed. If you get no time or cannot afford the luxury of regular salon treatments, the best thing to do is to give you a facial at home. Choose a time when you can be undisturbed and quiet. Get everything ready before you start so that you can relax and enjoy it. A regular facial once a fortnight is a good habit. It will ensure a youthful and fresh skin for a long time. For a quick home-facial, the following routine should be followed:
Tie your hair away from the face and neck or wear a bandeau.
Cleanse your face and neck with cleansing milk and wipe off first with a facial tissue and then with a wet towel.
Apply cream in dots all over the face and propel it thoroughly then massage your face and neck in an upward direction.
Prepare a face-pack suited to your skin type and apply on face.
When it is dry, wash your face and neck with cold water, keeping your eyes closed. Dry your skin and apply skin tonic.
If you have an important date, use skin tonic after the facial then apply moisturizer and make up.
You should now choose a face mask suited to your skin type. A mask is a beauty treatment. On a thoroughly clean face, spread a fairly thick layer of the mask of your choice avoiding the area of the mouth and a large circle round the eyes. Then lie on your back and keep the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes until it is dry. Remove the mask with warm water and absorbent cotton or face tissue. Do not talk after you have applied the face mask.
Home-made Massage Cream:
Heat together four tablespoons of sunflower (or safflower oil) mixed with 4 tablespoons of lanolin. Then slowly add heated rose water to it. Now add a tablespoon of camphor oil to make a really invigorating massage cream. To make this cream lighter mix two tablespoons of petroleum jelly.
Home-made Massage Oil:
Mix half cup of almond oil and half cup of castor oil together. Add one teaspoon of camphor oil. Shake well and use.
Melt 2 tablespoons of lanolin, 2 tablespoons of almond oil and 1 tablespoon of apricot oil then add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Apricots are very rich in vitamin A. Or use the World's No. 1 Anti Aging Serum, Anti Wrinkle 55 14k Gold Serum
Mix the following ingredients and use as an anti-wrinkle lotion:
2 tablespoons cucumber/mint mixture
4 drops peppermint extract
A pinch alum powder