anti-aging skin care
Hydration is one of the most important issues of skin. And, we use toners, serums and moisturizers to help our skin look supple and hydrated. But, our skin has its own method of keeping itself hydrated. So, the question is what actually keeps the skin hydrated?
- Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily. You can go for more too.
- Eat dinner 3-4 hours before you sleep. And, keep the dinner extremely light. And, no carbohydrates in the dinner.
- Replace butter and mayonnaise with mint chutney. Its more yummy and delicious and gives a flavor to your snacks.
- Drink tomato, amla (Indian gooseberry), ginger or spinach juices.
- Sesame seeds and dry fruits and nuts are recommended in the daily diet but don’t over do them.
- Coconut water, lemon juice, vegetable soups, kabuli chana soup, buttermilk, ice tea without sugar, lemon mint juice are some of the drinks which will fulfill your need of liquids.
Emu oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6, 7 that are anti-inflammatory and repair the lipid barrier. Results: smoother, softer, more radiant skin; scars and stretch marks fade; relief from eczema, dermatitis, dry skin [Source: MVOrganics]
|My Cactus Brush (don’t ask me if they are real Cactus bristles) [Price: Rs 945]|
- extremely soft and glowing skin
- gets rid of Cellulite
- removes dead skin cells thereby avoiding flaky skin
- helps in the skin regeneration process
- improves skin elasticity
- improves the blood circulation in the body
- improves the lymphatic system of the body which helps in getting rid of the body wastes and toxins from the skin
- it opens up the clogged pores (though pores getting clogged on the body is little difficult)
- tones up the skin and the muscles
- Start from the toes and move towards the ankle by moving the brush in circular motions. Proceed to the knee in the same circular motions. Once you reach the knee, proceed towards the hip joint along the thighs repeating the same circular motion with the brush.
- Once you reach the hip joint, repeat the whole process again starting from toes to hip joint for a finishing touch. Instead of circular motions, this time you can go for long quick strokes with the brush in the upward direction. Don’t forget to always work towards the heart.
- Repeat this with the other leg.
- Now, coming to the stomach area, proceed towards the heart using circular motions horizontally covering the hip, waist and then, the thorax (diaphragm) region. Repeat for second time using the circular motions only.
- Work with circular motions on the upper shoulder region but towards the direction of the heart (that is downward).
- Breasts should be done carefully because the skin is more sensitive. Use light hand on the breasts and avoid the nipples completely. Gently brush in the direction of the breast.
- For hands, start from the palm and move in the circular motions towards the shoulder balls. Once you reach the shoulder, again repeat the whole procedure using long quick strokes (just like the leg) for a second finishing touch.
- Repeat with the second hand.
- Now, come to the back. It is very difficult to dry brush the back even if you have a long-handled brush (which is recommended). Start from the buttocks in circular motion and proceed horizontally to the point where you can no longer repeat the same movements. Then, start with vertical movements along the spinal cord in long quick strokes because circular motion is not easy and moving horizontal is impossible. If you can get someone to do it, that would be great. Finally, end the back brushing by thoroughly brushing the upper shoulder on the back which is the area which is most likely to be forgotten and has most of the flaky skin. Avoid the neck, though.
- Long-handled so that you can easily reach the back.
- Natural Bristles instead of Synthetic as they are softer and gentler on the skin and don’t tear the skin.
- The bristles also provide an acupressure massage during the routine.
Take your lather farther by pairing this handy brush with your favorite shower gel or soap. Leaves skin massaged, smooth, and soft. Pour a small amount of body wash onto wet bristles and brush over the skin in circular movements.
- It became more smooth and more glowing.
- I think I had little cellulite patches on my thighs before which I now see are no more so yes for that too.
- Earlier, I had the impression that dry brushing helps in weight loss but I was wrong, it toned up my skin so my frame looked better, the shoulders and thighs, specially.
- It does make me feel more awakened if I dry brush myself in the morning and it is a very relaxing routine too.
- My skin flakes very easily especially on the back and more specifically, the upper back and shoulder region and the stomach area. And, if I don’t dry brush everyday, the skin starts flaking off. It did happen whenever I stopped my routine so it was like a wake up call to go back to dry brushing.
- The oils get absorbed more quickly.
- My breasts were more firmed up.
- Dry patches on the skin are gone. I had a dry patch on my right leg which is not dry any more and the elbows and knees do not trouble me with the dryness.
|I have a bad habit of removing labels *feeling sheepish*|
I had bought it for culinary purposes but unfortunately, it expired without getting completely used up and I don’t think I’ll ever buy it for culinary purposes ever again coz it gives too much of a nutty taste and smells very strongly of peanuts and I don’t fancy the so-called aroma. Anyways, so I thought I would use it up for skin before the oil turns rancid. Well, here you might argue that it has expired but vegetable oils (not hydrogenated) don’t really go bad so easily so if its only external usage, I don’t really mind. Of course, I’ll never eat it. So, how did it fare for my skin.
Its major component fatty acids are oleic acid (46.8% as olein), linoleic acid (33.4% as linolein), and palmitic acid (10.0% as palmitin). The oil also contains some stearic acid, arachidic acid, arachidonic acid, behenic acid, lignoceric acid and other fatty acids. [Wikipedia]