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Health: Hair, Skin & Nails, Part 9

From last week's Health installment: The Lightly Layered Mid-Length: can provide a variety of options with a slightly diagonal cut and layers.

• Color treated hair requires daily moisturizing to prevent the hair from becoming overly dry.

• When using a blow dryer to dry your hair, hold the blow dryer at least 6 inches away from your head, keep it moving at all times, using a cool setting.

Now moving on:

SKIN

Skin is the largest organ on the human body. We expose it to the sun, we don’t moisturize it properly, we spray it with perfume and deodorants, dye it, tattoo it, pierce it . . . it’s a miracle the stuff doesn’t get up and walk away from all the abuse.

A few basics, which if followed, will help you toward your goal of beautiful skin. Don’t go to bed with makeup on. Left on overnight, makeup seeps into your pores, clogs them and congests your skin. On the days you wear makeup, wash your face twice at the end of the day. Once to remove the makeup, and one to clean your skin. Exfoliate daily. Use facial masks regularly, at least once a week. Keep a treatment and moisturizer on your face, day or night. Hydrate your face throughout the day. Fill a spray bottle with distilled water (you can add a few drops of chamomile or rose essential oil) and spray it on frequently throughout the day. I don’t mean drench your skin, simply a gentle mist. You’ll be surprised how incredible your skin feels.

Treat your face gently. Be very gentle when you clean it, moisturize it or apply makeup. This will help to maintain the integrity and resiliency of your skin. The sun is one of the skin’s greatest enemies. Keep your face covered when you’re in the sun. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a big ol’ hat will have you aging beautifully.

Here are some skin tips which will make your life a little easier.

TIPS FOR THE SKIN

• Skin care is a critical step in achieving the best results. As you age, hormones fluctuate, illness leaves it mark, as do the subsequent medications and life leaves its calling card . . . your skin changes, so too must your skin care. Consult a skin care professional as your skin changes. If you stay on top of the changes you can cruise through these times with relatively little pain.

• After the winter months have passed and spring is peaking up from beneath the melting snow, dead skin cells may leave your face looking dull. Use a peeling or sloughing mask to bring back the glow. Try a steam treatment or a nice facial from your esthetician.

• Soften your hands even while you do the dishes. Add a little almond oil (about a teaspoon) to dishwater. The water will soften rough skin while the oil seals the moisture.

• Slough off dead skin cells with a solution made of sea salt and lemon. Brush it into hands with an old toothbrush. Do this twice a week to soften hands and remove discoloration.

• Wash hands thoroughly with warm water, then, using a coarse washcloth, rub briskly. While skin is slightly damp, apply a mixture of one teaspoon honey and one teaspoon olive oil. Place hands in small plastic bags, then in a pair of cotton gloves for thirty minutes. The heat helps the treatment penetrate.

• A neat little trick I picked up from a skin care specialist is this technique for removing blackheads. Combine 1/4 cup boiling water with one teaspoon of Epsom salt and three drops of iodine. Let mixture cool until it's comfortable to the touch. Saturate a cotton ball with this mixture and dab on blackheads. This will allow them to loosen so they can be easily squeezed with a gauze pad.

• If you don’t have a scrub for exfoliation, a teaspoon of sugar or oatmeal will do the trick just fine.

• If you don’t have a mask handy, mashed banana, avocado or plain yogurt will work just fine.

Check in next Thursday for the next installment in healthy hair, skin and nails, thereby enjoying all over health.

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Health: Hair, Skin & Nails, Part 9 Health: Hair, Skin & Nails, Part 9 Reviewed by Candace Salima on Monday, October 06, 2008 Rating: 5