Who is the fairest one of all?
1. Easy breezy beautiful Cover Girl model, Queen Latifah
2. Jada Pinkett Smith accredits her flawless skin to drinking 8 glasses of water a day
3. Jennifer Lopez has a skin regimen which consist of liquid 14kt gold
4. Vanessa Williams praises skincare company, Proactiv for reviving her troubled skin
5. Holly Robinson Petes’ Fresh Thyme Facial Steam creates her luminous look
Drum roll, envelop please and the winner- will be announced right after this commercial break (I couldn’t resist it). Actually, there is no competition. All of the ladies are stunning, talented and posses beautiful skin. What works for some might not work for others.
Start with these simple questions:
Do you have healthy and radiant skin? Do you feel embarrassed or ashamed about how your skin looks? Or, do you simply love the skin you’re in? Let’s take a look at simple steps to treat and enhance our beauty, starting with basic skincare. See how everyday household items and savory recipes have a place on your face.
Some people are undoubtedly blessed with beautiful skin. Others have problematic skin dating back to their teenage years and others rebel against properly caring for their skin. However, there are many different things that contribute to healthy or troubled skin such as: balanced diet, stress, products, genes, natural hormones, oils from our hair and environment.
Personally speaking, I don’t have the time or patience to endure the pronunciation and history of fanciful products or the pushy salespeople dressed in black from head to toe (what’s up with the attire?) and especially the overall cost of the skincare line which comes with a cute reversible tote bag with your purchase of $75.00 or more!! Then they want to add you to their mailing list to ensure you don’t miss out on all of the other pricey hard to pronounce stuff that’s due out in early spring. Allow me to simplify your life, it’s called, SKINCARE 101:
5 Key Steps to Bring Dull Skin Back to Life
Cleanse: to rid the skin of dirt, makeup and oils
Steam: to open the pores, increase blood circulation and deep-cleanse the skin
Mask or Peel: to further remove residue deep within the pores and to nourish and replenish the skin with essential vitamins & minerals
Tone: to tighten the pores and prepare the skin for moisturizing
Moisturize: to replenish the skin with fluid and finely coat it with a protective film
Apple Cider Vinegar: Besides having amazing healing properties, apple cider vinegar keeps skin supple. It’s heavy concentration of enzymes helps peel off dead skin cells. It breaks down fat and helps food digest properly.
Carrots: Maintain the outer layer of the skin to prevent premature aging
Citrus Fruits: Hold the skin cells together by forming collagen. Collagen cannot be added to the skin topically, which is why fruits and fruit juices are such an important part of the daily diet.
Garlic: Helps combat wrinkles and restores tissue
Wheat Germ: If you want to get rid of pimples quickly and efficiently, make sure to include two or three tablespoons a day in your diet. Add it to cereal, yogurt, and cottage cheese.
Skin Types & Tips
What is acne? Acne is a term used to describe whiteheads, blackheads and pimples.
What causes acne? Build up of oil and dead skin in a pore.
Papierdoll Tip: Avoid touching your face. Shampoo hair regularly and keep it away from your face. Wash your face twice a day with warm water. Change your washcloth every day, as bacteria can grow on damp cloth.
Oily Skin: The oiliness of your skin can change from day to day, depending on the sun, the wind, the time of year, and the weather. Often a chronically oily skin has coarse pores and pimples and other embarrassing blemishes. It is prone to blackheads. In this type of skin, the oil producing sebaceous glands are overactive and produce more oil than is needed. The oil oozes and gives the skin a greasy shine. The pores are enlarged and the skin has a coarse look.
Papierdoll Tip: The best way to clean oily skin is by washing a few times a day with plain soap and water. Use hot water when washing your face. Hot water dissolves skin oil better than lukewarm or cold water. When cleansing, massage your face well with your fingertips, using an upward and outward motion. Be careful not to rub soap into the skin; it can clog pores.
Dry Skin: can occur at any age and for many reasons. In general, skin becomes drier as we age; it is drier in winter months than in summer months, and drier in low-humidity climates than in high-humidity climates. Skin is not dry because it lacks oil, but because it lacks water.
Papierdoll Tip: Pat your skin dry with a towel- rubbing can irritate skin. Avoid using astringents because it contains alcohol. Avoid hot water because it removes your natural skin oils more quickly. Apply a lotion or cream right after bathing while your skin is still moist. This will make bathing a moisturizing experience, rather than a drying experience for your skin.
Combination Skin: If your skin is oilier on your forehead, nose, and chin than on your cheeks and around your eyes, you have “combination skin.” And the oiliness and dryness can change, too, depending on the time of year. Skin is usually drier when the weather is cold. Oily skin can become rough and irritated in the winter.
Papierdoll Tip: If you wash your face with a mild soap two or three times a day, you’ll get rid of the extra oil on your forehead, nose, and chin. If your face is too dry on your cheeks and around your eyes, you can use a lotion to help soften those areas. (Don’t apply any moisturizing lotion to the oily parts of your skin, though; it will make your skin even oilier.)
Sensitive Skin: is thin and delicate. Flushes easily. Frequently allergic, can be rashy.
Papierdoll Tip: Screen and read labels very carefully before using any unfamiliar product
Vitamins: Lack of vitamins can make skin lifeless, blotchy, dry, or oily. Healthy skin requires a variety of vitamins to keep it resilient.
Papierdoll Tip: Consider Vitamins A-D
Vitamin A- Evens out skin tone and diminishes fine lines
Vitamin B- Regulates oil secretion and prevents extreme oiliness
Vitamin C- helps heal scar tissue, cuts and bruises; protects against UVA/UBV rays
Vitamin D- Moisturizes and conditions skin
Sunscreen: is topical lotion that helps protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, and which reduces sunburn and other skin damage, ultimately leading to a lower risk of skin cancer.
Papierdoll Tip: SPF 15 or greater formula to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
*UVB- rays are the sun’s burning rays, which have an immediate harmful impact on skin.
*UVA- rays are the sun’s silent killers. You don’t feel them but they are the primary cause of skin cancer and wrinkles!
*If you spend unprotected time in the sun, your skin ages at three times the normal rate
Other Important Factors
Smoking/ “Smoker’s Face”-Smoking constricts blood vessels, restricts oxygen uptake, gives a gray color to your complexion, and literally eats up vitamin C. It leads to puckering around the mouth and fine squinty creases around your eyes. If you smoke, your skin ages at four times the normal rate.
Exercise- Daily exercise will get your blood flowing and stimulate the oxygen flow to feed the skin.
Stress relief- Too much of anything that’s not good for you, will eventually caus
e distress. Reduce or eliminate any areas of havoc and heartache as fast as you can!
What is T-Zone? There are more oil glands in the nose, chin and forehead (T-Zone) than anywhere else.
What should I do if my skin problem persists?
Papierdoll Tip: Don’t panic but definitely see a dermatologist
Top 5 Skincare Picks
The Body Shop- Tea Tree Products
No worries, if all else fails we can put our money together and hire a photo touch-up artist to ensure our skin looks great at all times- just like the celebrities!
Cleansing Oatmeal & Honey Paste
Finely grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor. In a small bowl, combine honey, yogurt and add ground oatmeal. Mix thoroughly until it has a paste-like consistency. Smooth over face and neck and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. Can be applied everyday, preferably in the morning.
Carrot, Avocado & Cream Nourishing Mask
Combine ingredients in a bowl and spread over face and neck. Relax for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
Apricot Oil & Sugar Hand Exfoliator
Combine ingredients and immediately rub the mixture on hands. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry and moisturize.
Peppermint & Rosemary Facial Steam
Pour boiling water in a large bowl and let cool slightly before adding the essential oil. Being careful not to burn yourself with the steam, put face over bowl and cover your head with a towel, allowing vapors and steam to accumulate for 10 minutes.