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Natural Skin Care should be a daily part of your routine. Skin that is prone to pimples, acne, blackheads, pore clogging, etc, will need a little extra help to keep excessive oil under control.
Natural care of your skin uses naturally derived ingredients currently existing in or formed by nature, without the use of synthetic chemicals, and manufactured in such a way to preserve the integrity of the ingredients.
Many people who follow these natural products and routines generally make or mix their own products at home, as they are often not found at your local make-up stores.
Many spas and skin care salons are now starting to focus on using more naturally derived skin care products. Hopefully this is a trend that will continue to grow.
By keeping people in the dark about make-up, cosmetic companies continue to mystify their products and make you think that you do not have the knowledge to be in control of your own make-up.
With your new knowledge, we hope to change all of that.
Natural Skin Care products that are water based are gentle and do not over dry the skin.
Cleansers are supplied in creams, milks, lotions, gels and liquid forms and are a mixture of oils, waxes and water that have been formulated for different Skin Types.
Have you ever tried to cleanse your face with milk? This is an Effective Natural Cleanser. Dip a cotton pad into fresh milk and try it out. Once done, rinse your skin with clean water.
If you are using long lasting make-up, pre-clean your skin with an oil based cleanser before using milk. Long lasting make-up is normally silicone based which requires an equally hardy cleanser to remove it.
Face masks have a cleansing skin care action. Using a mask requires you to first identify your Skin Type and then select a mask that contains ingredients that will match your skin.
There are three general forms that masks come in: Clay, Peel and Sheet.
Many skin care products include skin fresheners, toners and astringents which generally contain alcohol and water.
These are used after cleansing the skin to freshen and tone up and remove any traces of dirt or impurities from the skin, as well as restore the skin’s acid and alkali balance.
Regular use of a moisturiser is an important aspect of your Natural Skin Care routine. It replaces water lost from the skin and also prevents the loss of water.
It protects the skin against the drying influences of the environment including the harsh effects of the sun, cold and heat.
Moisturisers can be used under foundations. It keeps make-up moist. Using a moisturiser is particularly important for dry skins.
There are three types of moisturisers:
The sun is the most damaging environmental factor to the health and appearance of your skin.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVA/UVB/UVC) from sunlight can cause permanent damage to the skin causing it to sag, lose elasticity and form wrinkles.
Excessive exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer. Sunscreen, sunblock and SPF-foundations can protect the skin against sun damage - UVB only.
Take extra care when using any synthetic chemical sun protection products.
Melanoma is higher amongst users of sunscreens containing synthetic chemical ingredients - possibly because these sunscreens lack any UVA protection.
There are additional side effects when using sunscreens. Some ingredients (based on their molecular size) in sunscreens can become toxic in the presence of skin and / or light.
The effect of these toxins in our bodies are carefully avoided by worldwide medical publications.
The best Natural Skin Care protection program for the sun is to limit your exposure to not more than 10 to 15 minutes every few days - this includes the sunbed.
Although near impossible in everyday life, total skin protection requires the complete blocking of UVA + UVB + UVC and IRA (Infrared).
Take Care - Sunblock (as per the labelling of many manufacturers) does not mean what it implies. Sunblocks do not block out these light types completely.
Sunscreen's are available in lotions and creams. Some offer protection from direct contact with dirt and pollutants in the air and can help to retain moisture in the skin.
The SPF number indicates the length of time that the product will protect the skin, i.e. SPF15 = 15 hours of sun protection.
This is largely true in laboratory conditions but it does not happen in real life - you are not a guinea pig in a cage, so forget about this.
If you are really into the numbers, then these are the general rules :
For an average size adult, each application translates to about 30 grams (1 ounce)
Sunscreens with SPF reduce the body's ability to make Vitamin D.
From a Vitamin D perspective, 10 to 15 minutes of direct sun every 3 to 4 days (without any SPF sunscreen) is enough for your body to produce enough for itself - anything longer, and the Vitamin D degrades.
Skin protection products that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide ingredients have physical UVA/UVB/UVC reflective (blocking) properties.
When these ingredients are micronised (10-100nm), they have absorption properties. Mixing micronised and non-micronised ingredients broadens the spectrum of these physical (inorganic) sun protection products.
Inorganic sun protection forms the best part of the Natural Skin Care range together with limited sun exposure.
At one point or another, we all have to spend time in the sun. In these cases, use a sunscreen made of non-nanonised Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide*.
* Some essential oils offer SPF too. Click here to see which ones.
As a very rough estimate, about 20% (total volume) of the container must contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to provide a SPF 30 equivalent.
Skin protection products that have chemically synthesised sun protection ingredients protect the skin by absorbing UV radiation.
Some synthetic chemical UVA/UVB absorbers are avobenzone, octyl methoxycinnamate, drometrizole trisiloxane, bisoctrizol (or bemotrizinol) and ecamsule and are all, best avoided.
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