Archive for October 2007

1-2-3 Holiday Glow!

October 19, 2007

Christmas

Family gatherings and holiday parties on your agenda? Here are three ways to create the healthy radiance you want for upcoming special events.

1. Be a Smoothie: Exfoliate
Your face signals when dead cells need to be removed–dry patches appear and fine lines seem accentuated. Regular exfoliation is needed to restore luster and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins and absorb moisture. Young skin (20’s -30’s) needs exfoliating every 2-3 days; mature skin has slower cell turnover, so once-a-week is recommended. Daily exfoliation is too much for any skin since new cells need time to generate.

For delicate or problem skin, enzyme masques containing papaya or pumpkin will exfoliate skin without any scrubbing. For normal skin, exfoliant scrubs work best. Since abrasive particles like apricot seed and aluminum oxide can scrape and inflame the skin, use exfoliants with soft grains like grapeseed, jojoba or bamboo. Or make your own scrub from a tablespoon of fine cornmeal moistened with warm water. With ultra-light pressure, move your fingers in small upward circles, avoiding the eye area. Rinse well and follow with a treatment masque if needed. Moisturize with jojoba oil. Nix moisturizers with high glycerin content; glycerin pulls moisture from the skin when humidity is low.

2. Eat Away The Wrinkles.

Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Wrinkle Cure and other ground-breaking skin care books, says: “Perhaps the quickest way to accelerate theaging process is to eat foods or drink beverages that convert rapidly to sugar upon ingestion.” It’s easy to turn down holiday cookies and candies when you imagine a new wrinkle forming with every bite! Substitute raw unsalted nuts, cheese, fresh fruit, raw veggies, plain yogurt, and drink plenty of pure water. One brand of bottled water that’s skin-friendly is Fiji, containing natural silica which also strengthens bones, hair and nails.

Before a big event, follow Dr. Perricone’s 48-hour “face fix” diet. Eat high anti-oxidant foods, especially cantaloupe, blueberries, broccoli, peppers, plus salmon for it’s rich EFA content. It works! And the bonus is that skin-nourishing foods are non-fattening.

3. Create instant ‘candlelight’

Titanium dioxide, a primary ingredient in mineral makeup, is second to diamonds in light reflection, creating soft line-diffusion. When the perfectly-matched shade of mineral foundation is applied, a remarkable lifting effect is visible. Higher quality makeups that contain no carnauba wax, dimethicone, talc or parabens will give you maximum skin benefits.

Though you may be tempted to match your lipstick or eyeshadow to that beautiful holiday sweater or dress, make sure your cosmetics are really your best colors or you will detract from your best features. A professional secret is matching your natural lip color with a slightly darker lipstick. Eyelid color can be harmonized with a powdered shimmer shadow—it’s right when your eyes look brighter.

The final touch? Set your mineral makeup and refresh it for evening with a spritz of fragrant edible rosewater—for extra dew-kissed glow!

 Barbara Carr is a Licensed Esthetician and Mineral Makeup Artist enthusiastically devoted to holistic skin care. Her website is www.naturesface.com.

From Nature’s Face Blog: naturesface.wordpress.com

 

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