Facial & Skin Care

Ongoing list of facial and skin tips that is occasionally revised and edited and added on to.

General Facial Care

  • Have a facial care routine. Use a toner and mild cleanser/clarifying wash. Look for natural ingredients such as essential oils and gentle preservatives and non-petroleum and plant stem cells and antioxidants
  • Ideally, you should wash your face twice a day every day. However, more realistically in the morning you may only have time to sprinkle water on your face. At night, you will probably be able to more thoroughly clean your face. Start with a cleanser, then a toner, and then a moisturizer. Once a week give yourself an at home facial and exfoliate.
  • Drink a sufficient amount of water every day. According to the site page http://www.dwlz.com/WWinfo/water.html you should drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water a day or 2 quarts.
  • Getting sufficient sleep also helps your skin recover and complexion improve.
  • Avoid touching your face. Your skin is porous and will absorb any dirt on your hands and it will cause irritation.
  • Consider the FaceYogaMethod.com

Cleanser

  • The first step in cleaning your face. Wash your face every night with a cleanser. The pre-moistened cloths that are sold are probably not sufficient for removing make-up alone. Should probably use them with a cleanser.
  • Using both cold and warm water on your face also helps cleanse it.  Cold water is probably better as it increases circulation to the surface of the skin.
  • A face brush or a spin brush for the face should help. Make sure you wash the face brush so it has no bacteria.
  • Realistically, in the morning you will probably not have time for a through face cleansing and should sprinkle water on your face with your hand(s).

Toner

  • After face is clean, apply using a cotton pad. Consider using an organic cotton pad as pesticides can get on your face with a non-organic cotton pad.
  • After using a toner your face should be 100% clean.
  • Try to avoid an astringent toner as they have alcohol which can make your skin tight and lead to red spots
  • I have used witch hazel as a toner.

Face Massage

  • After your face is clean and before the moisturizer is applied, you can give yourself a face massage with oil
    • apply oil to your face first and then massage
  • Each oil has its own benefits
    • Aloe Vera oil is very healing
    • Jojoba Oil helps with anti-ageing and is very moisturizing
    • Rose Hip Oil also helps with anti-ageing
  • I like the face massage videos on YouTube by OlgaToja
  • DrEricZ.com has a very thorough essential oil database and explains the many uses of essential oils, some can be used on the face for anti-ageing

Moisturizer

  • Apply after cleanser and toner.
  • Consider or search online for a natural facial moisturizer.
  • Use a paraben free lotion.
  • As per a December 2016 newsletter email from DrHyman.com his favorite skincare line is Annmarie Skin Care (annmariegianni.com) as it has no parabens, petrochemicals etc. and has natural and safe ingredients.

Facials

  • Should give yourself a facial every week.
  • Aim to give yourself egg white facials at least twice a week. Simply place egg whites in a small mixing bowl and whisk. Apply to the face with a cotton ball and wash off after about twenty minutes. Egg white facials help with acne prone skin. Egg yolks can be applied to the hair to add shine as well as the whites.
  • Give yourself a steam facial at least twice a week. Boil water on the stove and then remove the pot and place a towel over your head and enjoy the steam for about twenty minutes.
  • You can use coconut oil on your face. You can buy coconut oil at stores like Trader Joes and or GNC. Just take a small amount on your hands and rub on your face in an upward direction. With your face you always want an makeupupward direction to prevent wrinkles. Coconut oil acts as a disinfectant and when applied to the hair and then rinsed it adds shine.
  • Olive oil can also be applied to the face and massaged and then rinsed out of hair for a nice natural shine.
  • Search youTube for at home facials
  • If you can afford a salon facial, get one regularly, possibly even every week. They include at least five steps and are very relaxing.

Exfoliate

  • Search for a natural exfoiating scrub.
  • Use a small amount once a week after cleansing and toning. Apply moisturizer and serum after exfoliate.

Supplements

  • Collagen Type I and III helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can be purchased at stores like The Vitamin Shoppe and GNC and of course it can also be purchased online.
  • Omega-3s help with heart and brain health and also support skin health. Make sure not buying a brand that is very chemical and or synthetic/artificial. Seek plant based and natural ingredients
  • Always make sure you shave your skin well. A patch of poorly shaved skin can come across as unattractive.

Make-up

  • Consider mineral powder make-up foundations as they contain antioxidants that combat free radicals. Some antioxidant ingredients are pomegranate, white tea, and sea kelp.

Acne

  • Some may be interested in a treatment from a dermatologist such as Isolaz (R) deep pore purification, acne therapy, solta.com, acne-resource.org, American Dermatologist Association SoltaMedical (TM), isolaz.com
  • A good skin care tool is whitehead and blackhead remover if you have acne. I purchased one from the Vitamin Shoppe a few years age from SowGoodBeauty.com and found it very helpful. You should avoid touching your face or pretty much never touch your face as that ruins your complexion. Wash the whitehead remover with rubbing alcohol and use gently. The flat loop is for blackheads. Q-tips can also be used.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Look into ayurvedic skin types. If you are a pitta skin type (like myself) using neem face products twice a week can help with acne. There is even a neem toothpaste. Chewing on fennel seeds after a meal can help too. I tried this and did not like it that much, the fennel seeds taste like licorice. Avoiding spicy foods is also good and try to eat  sweet watery fruits like melons. Amla berry is also good for pitta skin types as far as I know. Pitta skin types are usually pink, reddish, heat inflammation, sun sensitivity, freckles and crave spicy foods. Saw on Dr Oz.

Anti-Ageing

  • The sun is the biggest culprit of pre-mature ageing, but also pollution and smoking can damage cells and introduce free radicals. Wearing sun block everyday is a great anti-ageing tip.
    • avoid the sun from 10 am to 2 pm when it is hottest
    • reapply sunblock every 2 to 3 hours when outdoors
    • drink plenty of water when it is hot outside
    • if you do get sunburn apply aloe vera or calamine or cool compresses to the affected area and take a cool bath
    • As per the American Academy of Opthalmology wear sunglasses that block as much UV-A and UV-B rays as possible as the sun can harm your skin and eyes possibly causing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration
    • wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Topical antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, selenium, zinc and tea polyphenols may provide additional protection against skin damage from the sun (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2003; 48-19). Search for daily facial moisturizers with these ingredients.