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Who Else Wants Eternal Beauty?

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart

~Kahlil Gibran

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How many people worry about aging? How many people say “Oh, another birthday, let’s not mention it, at my age I would rather lose count ….” ? Is this what Hollywood has done to mankind? Perhaps magazines? Don’t waste another year, celebrate, you’re BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Don’t you know beauty doesn’t age? Did you know beauty comes from within? When we’re happy, we glow and attract people who are positive and see our inner beauty, which magnifies our outer beauty as well, causing it to stand out while brightening the world we live in! Smile all the time, even when a birthday is approaching, have fun and cherish every moment, your skin will appreciate it too!

Little Secrets about Beauty

POSITIVITY

Positive and optimistic attitude is important and associated with youth, why you ask? According to statistics, it shows younger people have not experienced real life challenges, therefore they may appear happier and more upbeat, making them look younger than what they are … I disagree, there have been many instances where an individual faced a life threatening obstacle, illness, or some type of traumatic experience, but that very same individual chose to feel the pain and release it, leaving room for personal and spiritual growth, equating to a positive outlook in life, and eventually moving on. So, why not begin today, and try to do out best in loving ourselves, our age, our soul, and by doing so, let’s smile, the more you smile, the younger you look!

SLEEP

Dark circles, bags, or both? Don’t rush to a plastic surgeon yet, begin by changing your sleeping patterns. You may see a dramatic change from how you feel, to your complexion. Did you know lack of sleep dehydrates the skin? Causing breakouts, uneven color pigmentation, or/and dark patches in the eye area? Begin today! Promise yourself this now, you’ll do the very best in setting an earlier bedtime, by leaving your laptop on the desk, turn your phone off and don’t watch t.v, meditate, and drift your thoughts and mind toward a deep, sound sleep. Like everything, this too is a learned behavior, you may call it a learning process. Begin today, your goals towards wellness and a more beautiful you!

EXERCISE

Did you know another secret to vibrant looking skin is exercise? Yes, you heard right, exercise helps you feel better about yourself, but it also helps your skin release any toxins via sweat glands. Don’t forget epidermal elasticity, by exercising regularly your body releases natural hormones making your face, neck, and all over appearance look and feel firmer. Give it a try! Exercise your way to beauty!

DRESS TO IMPRESS

Look in your closet, what do you see? Do you like your wardrobe? Or is it time for an update? How do you look and feel? Keep up with changing times and trends! It feels good to look good! Meaning, wearing clothes that fit you, not too loose nor too tight! You deserve to feel and look your best in a casual setting, work environment, or special event, dress to impress yourself! When a person feels good, he or she may smile more, igniting and projecting their inner beauty to the outside world. Life is beautiful, not only due to nature, or things in it, but also because of people who actively make themselves part of it. Live a beautiful life, don’t settle for just “being” there, …. you are meant to SHINE!!!!

These are a few of the many secrets to eternal beauty. Beauty comes from within, make your uniqueness stand out! Your are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Thank you for reading! Feedback is appreciated! And as always, please “Pass the Blog”!!!

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Back to Basics – How to achieve a glow from the inside out.

1. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables.Five daily servings of each is the recommended requirement. There’s no substitute for the vitamins and minerals in food, and you’ll give conscientious about eating healthy, unprocessed, non-junk food. Fruits and vegetables provide necessary substances called phytochemicals, which you can’t get from nutritional supplements. They lower cholesterol, flush out carcinogens, boost the immune system, and reduce the effect of aging.

2. Take a high-quality multiple vitamin every day.
Please do not use a substitute for food, but as a supplement. Vitamin-A stimulates healthy cell growth, Vitamin-C helps oxygen flow to the skin, and Vitamin-E helps fight acne. B vitamins aid the production of collagen in the skin and are essential for healthy hair. Vitamin-B2 (riboflavin) in particular helps prevent oily skin and strengthens the nails. Biotin can help prevent scaly skin and dermatitis and helps the body process protein, which is what your skin, hair and nails are made of. The minerals included is most multivitamin supplements are also important. Zinc promotes healthy skin and hair; selenium preserves the elasticity of the skin. Your body needs to process these nutrients through digestion. A moisturizer loaded with Vitamin-C, magnesium, and ginkgo biloba may sound healthy, but it won’t make up for a nutritional deficiency. You can’t feed your skin on the outside what is missing on the inside.

3. Fat in moderation is a well-kept but invaluable beauty secret.
Fat helps your body (and skin) utilize protein. This isn’t to say that you should load on cholesterol-raising saturated animal fats. You shouldn’t. But  your body does need unsaturated fats from vegetable oils like olive, corn, safflower, or canola, every day. So don’t deprive yourself of that vinaigrette on your salad – a tablespoon of olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, a dab of Dijon mustard – it’s good for you. Enjoy it!

4. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
The best way to keep your skin hydrated is to moisturize, from the inside out. Since the human body, like the earth, is made up of approximately 70 percent water and water accounts for 70 percent of our skin weight, it makes sense that we need to continuously replenish our precious bodily fluid and keep our cells hydrated. Sport drinks, sodas, coffee, alcoholic beverages, will dehydrate your body.

5. Exercise
Daily exercise will get your blood flowing and stimulate the oxygen flow to feed the skin. The minimum amount of aerobic exercise necessary to maintain good health is 20 minutes, three times a week. Avoid taking quick shallow breaths, try to breath deeply and from the diaphragm (i.e. yoga breathing).

6. Don’t drink too much coffee, tea, or alcohol.
moderation is key, if any one of these are your vice, keep them to a minimum. They are considered diuretics that dehydrate the body and restricts it of Vitamin-B which helps keep nails hard, hair thick, and skin luminous. A deficiency of Vitamin-B can result dry, thin skin.

7. Don’t smoke.
If you won’t quit for health reasons, maybe vanity will motivate you. It’s been scientifically proven that smoking wreaks havoc on your skin, and nicotine-stained teeth are hardly attractive. Smoking (and drinking) depletes the body of Vitamin-B and damages the capillary walls, which deprives the skin cells of oxygen. The elastin fibers, which keep skin supple, thicken and fragment in smokers’ skin, much like skin that’s been overexposed to sunlight. Smoking also stunts the growth of collagen, and loss of collagen can lead to wrinkles. Nicotine retards cell growth in the skin and reduces the blood supply, which also slows healing. Both tar and nicotine cause artificial aging of skin, much like the sun, your skin ages at three times the normal rate. If you smoke, you age it at four times the normal rate. The combination factors out to 12 times normal. Do you really want that?

8. Use sun protection every day.
Conscientious use of sunscreen will prevent up to 90 percent of the skin damage caused by ultraviolet rays.

9. Get your fair share of shut-eye.
Lack of sleep can dehydrate the skin and cause flaky patches, pale or ashy skin, brittle nails, and hair loss, not to mention puffiness around the eyes.

10. Laugh. Relax. Enjoy life.
Laugh as much as possible! Did you know stress causes an increase production of cortisol? Cortisol is a hormone in the body secreted by the adrenal glands, it is also referred to as the stress hormone, higher and prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream have been shown to have negative effects such as :

  • Higher Blood Pressure
  • Decreased Bone Density
  • Blood Sugar Imbalances
  • Lower Immunity
  • Suppressed Thyroid Function
  • Decrease in Muscle Tissue
  • Increase in Abdominal Fat


Relax, don’t sweat the small stuff! Most importantly “Enjoy Life”!!!!!

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Want radiant, beautiful skin? It may be easier to achieve by following a few simple steps.

The following skin care guide will help you obtain that healthy glow.

Facials – An exquisite facial includes most of the treatments mentioned below, often with a lovely facial massage techniques. hat a great beginning to any new skin care regiment with Professional help guiding you through product selection, great advice, and beneficial services.

Steam Treatments – A steam treatment not only hydrates the skin, but it opens pores and detoxifies. Most of the times during a professional facial, the Specialist will steam you while cleansing and toning you. However, you could boil some distilled water at home, add various herbs or oils ( this is called aromatherapy), draping a towel over your head as you sit above the steaming water. You may steam in the shower as well, you may use it as a cold remedy by adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil.

Cleansing – You should wash your face morning and night with a gentle cleanser, depending on your skin type. Water alone cannot remove impurities, which clog pores. Many experts recommend using a “soap-free cleanser” in order to maintain the skin’s natural balance. When drying your face, blot gently.

Toning – Astringents and toners are used after cleansing the face; they remove dirt, make-up and even cleanser residue caught in the pores. A toner balances the pH levels of the skin. Many professionals suggest using alcohol-free toners to promote skin hydration. Rosewater is a great natural toner.

Exfoliate -Exfoliating products are designed to remove dead cells, promoting new skin cell growth. Facial exfoliation can be done with scrubs, masks, peels, and enzymes. You should not exfoliate every day but once to three times a week at most. Always consult with your Skincare Specialist in order to achieve optimal results. Microdermabrasion is a machine used to remove dead cells, it uses special crystals in order to do so, this service is a bit more invasive than exfoliation products, but very effective.

Masks – There are different facial masks for different skin types and problems. Some claim to moisturize dry skin, other claim to erase wrinkles, while still others claim to eliminate blemishes. While these products may work, facial masks are described by many experts as the most optional step in a skin care regime. Regardless of how beneficial they are, applying a facial mask can be refreshing, giving you a moment to pamper yourself physically and mentally.

Moisturize – Healthy skin is hydrated skin. Apply a good moisturizer day and nigh; when the skin is too dry the body compensates by secreting more oils which could make your skin greasy and prone to blemish. Night moisturizer should be thicker than your daily cream. But don’t rely on moisturizer alone; dry skin is a good indication that your body is dehydrated and needs more water.

Protect from the Sun – The media often portrays healthy individuals as being tan. Unfortunately too much sun exposure can be damaging and dangerous. The Melanoma Center says melanoma, the most dangerous of skin cancers, is “the second most common cancer in women between the ages of 20 and 35, and the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25 to 30 (“Melanoma Statistics”). The sun contains Vitamin D, and what a better way to attain this other than soaking it in for 5 minutes a day? It is uplifting and invigorating. But too much exposure also causes sun spots and reduces the skin’s elasticity, advancing the effects of age. To protect yourself be sure your sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 15 or greater. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply if you are in the sun for more than two hours at a time.

A Healthy Lifestyle– Healthy skin care starts with a healthy lifestyle. Everything from the food we eat, water we drink and the amount of sleep we get, influences the way our skin looks. Stress reduction is also important.

Water– The importance of water can’t be emphasized enough. If the body becomes dehydrated the skin is one of the first organs to suffer. Dehydration causes loss of elasticity, which causes premature aging and wrinkles. Drinking water cleanses the body, washing away nasty toxins that may manifest in your complexion. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to promote beautiful and supple skin.

Vitamins – Vitamins A, C, E, and beta carotene are antioxidants that repair damaged skin and strengthen blood vessels. Vitamins work best from the inside out and in their finest form are fruits and vegetables. (Vitamin A: apricots, asparagus, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, spinach, tomatoes, etc. Vitamin C: cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit, orange, raspberries, strawberries. Vitamin E: green beans, chick peas, sweet corn, sweet potato, avocado. Beta Carotene: carrots, squash, yams, peaches, apricots, spinach). If you feel your diet lacks vitamins taking a daily supplement is imperative, consult with a physician before making changes to your diet.

Omega-Three’s – Foods rich in omega-three fatty acids (fish, nuts, and leafy greens) nourish the skin. Incorporating omega-three fatty acids aides this process, enabling a healthy radiant skin. Deficiency of the omega-three’s has also been linked to premature aging. The benefits of omega-three’s can prevent serious illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, and possibly breast cancer. Omega-three dietary supplements are available if you are unable to get enough through your daily diet, however check with your doctor first.

SleepCatching some Zzzzzz’s…. getting at least 8 hours of sleep is difficult. Everyone needs beauty sleep, the body and skin heals and regenerates itself at nigh. With healthy sleep habits, the skin has time to rejuvenate, prevent dark circles under the eyes, which is a typical result from sleep deprivation.

Exercise – Cardiovascular circulation is necessary for glowing skin, not only for the body but for the face and neck as well. An excellent source in promoting good circulation is with regular exercise, and of course a healthy lifestyle.

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.