Women is...: Spring Cleaning: Put Your Best Face Forward

Spring Cleaning: Put Your Best Face Forward

Skin care products have come a long way over the past century. Today's complex "cosmeceuticals"�� with their vitamins, enzymes and super acids�� are a different breed from the moisturizers and astringents that hit the market in the early 1900s. What women of 2000 dab, slather, and rub onto their faces is definitely not the cold cream our grandmothers used to use.

Yet despite the scientific advancements of skin care formulations, many women don't bother with even the basics for their faces. We book our monthly manicures and take trips to the spa for a massage, but when it comes to treating our faces, we often think that a little soap and moisturizer will suffice.
For A Fresh Face

Here are some basic do�s and don'ts to help you face the future with healthy, youthful skin:

* Keep the sun out�� slathering on sunscreen and staying out of the sun is the best favor you can do for your skin. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15. Using a moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen is also smart.
* Balance out�� a diet chock-full of fruits, veggies and whole grains can also help reduce the harm of sun exposure. Older women may want to check with their health practitioner about the benefits of taking vitamin supplements such as selenium and vitamin E.
* Rinse out your system�� besides eating well, you should be drinking plenty of water. Try to make a habit of having eight glasses of water a day. If squeezing fresh lemon or lime juice into it will help, then do it! At the same time, cut down on your coffee/caffeine consumption. You'll notice a marked improvement in the condition of your skin.
* Chill out�� a long week at work and a few nights of tossing and turning can definitely leave you looking worse for wear. Both stress and lack of sleep can leave your skin looking dull and sallow. In fact, both have been identified as contributing factors in adult-onset acne. Incorporate stress-busters, such as yoga, exercise, and afternoon naps into your daily regimen.
* Butt out�� ever wonder why smokers often look five to 10 years older than they actually are? Internally and externally, smoking takes a tremendous toll on the body. Elastic tissue, which keeps your skin tight and smooth, is visibly damaged by cigarette smoking.
* Toss out�� dirty, clogged makeup sponges and brushes are full of bacteria and often lead to breakouts. You should replace inexpensive cosmetic sponges often. Also, wash your makeup brushes weekly using your daily cleanser, making sure to rinse well.
* Take the grime out�� toxins, makeup, air-borne particles and pollutants should be removed from your skin using a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Avoid harsh cleansers, astringent and abrasive scrubs�� they often hurt more than they help.

Many women enjoy facials to get their faces fresh and clean but you don�t have to pay a fortune at a salon for this treatment. Using our Flower Petal Steam Facial, you can pamper yourself in the comfort of your own home.