7 Tips for Skin Care & How to Put Your Best Face Forward.

Via on Jan 29, 2013

Relax

From my teens into my late 20s I used to have a really bad skin with lots of zits, dryness and puffiness.

Yoga probably permanently ruined my social life, but it certainly improved my skin condition. To name a few “offenders” that were harming me: smoking, drinking, eating unhealthy food, not exercising and finally, living in an unhealthy environment. I am going to be 39 this year and since I “found” the magic of yoga, my skin has never been better! I think, no matter how old you are, what happens on the inside truly does show up on the outside.

Aging skin is biological rather than chronological. The process can be delayed or even reversed with a holistic, natural approach that includes optimal diet, lifestyle and product choices. Please consult your dermatologist prior to using any new products. Also, please note that this advice is all purely anecdotal, and my goal is to share my path to a clear completion in a genuine hope that it can help you too!

1) Chill out

John Lee Hooker - Chill Out  1995

Stress increases skin problems and often results in wrinkles, zits and blemishes. Besides the physiological effects of stress, when you are under stress, you tend to neglect your skin (we all do). It could be due to a lack of energy or motivation to adhere to the daily skin care regimens. There is no “one-fits-it-all” solution to find your “Zen” place. For me, my daily yoga practice, hike in nature, or simply visualizing the mountains will do.

  • Practice yoga
  • Take a dance class
  • Take a hike or a walk
  • Evaluate your environment. In addition to a toxic work or home environment, environmental pollutants and even food additives can make you anxious.

2) Eating well

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Veggie Face By JohnLeGear

The processed foods can worsen our skin by causing inflammation. To improve your complexion, enrich your day with raw fruits and vegetables and don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce. I gave up a lot of foods by keeping a journal on what triggers my allergies and pimples.

  • Glow with Pomegranates. They are packed with polyphenol antioxidants. Polyphenols fight free radicals and regulate the skin’s blood flow, giving it rosiness. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick.
  • Go nuts! Seeds and nuts also contain vitamins and minerals for healthy skin. Sunflower seeds and almonds are chock full of vitamin E, which combats the damaging effects of free radicals on skin. Zinc is a mineral that influences oil production in your skin, and can help prevent breakouts. Pumpkin seeds, pecans and Brazil nuts are rich in zinc. Flaxseeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, which contribute to skin health by adding moisture and elasticity to the skin.
  • Grains and Legumes. Whole grains and legumes are rich in fiber, which helps flush toxins from your system, and keep your skin healthy. Whole grains and legumes also offer zinc and other minerals which promote skin health. Skin-boosting whole grains and legumes include wholewheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, split pea soup, hummus, vegetarian chili and bean salads.

3) Never go to sleep angry or without washing your face.

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This is really re-enforcing rule #1). Instead of dozing out on Facebook or watching TV, opt out to give yourself 10-15 minutes of transitional time to prepare to go bed. I always spend a few minutes at the end of my day, stretching, reflecting … but only after I have washed my face.

Adopt a “no excuses” philosophy when it comes to taking off your makeup at the end of the day. No matter how late it is and no matter how you are feeling! I don’t wear makeup, but I do wash my face daily. Choose a face cleanser that fits your skin type (see # for my choice).

4) Get some fresh air and vitamin D, but don’t forget the sunblock after 10:00 am.

Get Vitamin D by Anna Sheinman
Get Vitamin D by Anna Sheinman

No, sunscreen isn’t just for summertime! It’s extremely bright here in Colorado; winter sun combined with snow glare can really damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they’re exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside for a long time.

5) Beauty sleep

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This is not a myth. A lack of sleep will cause baggy eyes, wrinkles, stress and unhealthy skin color. If there is one point you can gain from this article, this should be it: Get more sleep! You can always cut a thing or two from your schedule: late night dinner, TV, Facebook, late night phone calls to name a few.

6) Find great skin care products for your face.

If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid using harsh peels, masks, and alcohol-based toners or astringents, all of which can strip vital oil from your skin. Instead, find a cleansing milk or mild foaming cleanser, a toner with no alcohol, and masks that are “deeply hydrating,” rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face. And use them a little less often.

Daily 

  • Wash your face before going to bed (also when you wake  up, if you skin is super oily).
  • I use Naturopathica Aloe Vera for normal to dry skin.
  • Apply toner. I use iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum
  • Apply moisturizer. I use Naturopathica Naturopathica Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream.

 

Twice a week

  • Apply a gentle scrub. I use Naturopathica Oat Facial scrub.
  • Use a rehydrating mask once or twice a week. I use Naturopathica Pumpkin Purifying Enzyme mask.

7) Get a facial.

Relax

A facial is the second most popular spa treatment after a massage. A facial works best when it is part of an on-going program of skin care. It is one of the best ways to take care of your skin, especially when it’s given by an experienced, knowledgeable esthetician. A facial cleans, exfoliates and nourishes the skin, promoting a clear, well-hydrated complexion, and can help your skin look younger. Not to mention the fact that it is relaxing and can reduce stress. I usually ask for referrals from friends and check on-line for specific spa recommendations.

The esthetician can also tell you how she thinks you can take better care of your skin and recommend products. You aren’t obligated to buy anything, but if you like the line, it’s usually worth trying.

I love Devachan Spa in New York. My favorite esthetician is Rita (but all of them are really good) and St. Julian Spa in Boulder. You can get a discount via a Groupon or the spa, if it is offering good deals.

Bottom line: there is no magical solution.

You can apply all kinds of fancy products and hope for results. We can all agree that some of the most effective long-term ways to improve your skin are to chill out, eat well and follow a good daily skin-care regime.

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Ed: Kate Bartolotta

About Anna Sheinman

Anna is a passionate yoga student, a teacher, an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, a bookworm, and an amateur writer who is hopelessly in love with the Rocky Mountains. She is 600+ hours registered yoga teacher and she continues to study with her teachers Chase Bossart and Guta Hedewig in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. Anna has been fortunate to take an intensive therapy course with Mr. Desickchar, Gary Kraftsov and AG Mohan. She enjoys hiking, dancing, skiing, rock climbing, good company, and the vastness of the mountains. Anna currently teaches yoga around the Boulder City area and organizes outdoor yoga retreats, where she teaches in her favorite studio - at top of the mountain. Anna’s life transformation has inspired her to help others on the journey to create healthier and happier lives through the exploration of yoga. Read more about Anna and connect with her on FB or via e-mail: streamoflifeyoga@gmail.com.

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19 Responses to “7 Tips for Skin Care & How to Put Your Best Face Forward.”

  1. Sanjaya says:

    I think this is a great article on skin care. This gave me more information to improve my knowledge too. However I would like to discuss bit on stress. As you mentioned the stress has become the one of the more common cause of skin problems it may be acne, eczema or something else but the most important treatment is the reduction of the stress. Speciaally I have seeing number of young boys and girls who are always in stress due to skin conditions like acne. But this cause further progression of the condition like a wishes cycle.

  2. Thundercows says:

    Relaxing is the hardest thing to do :)
    Only lately I have learnt how to REALLY relax.
    As an easily-excited person by nature, I made myself to learn how to relax, after discovering that stress leads to premature aging.
    Even during very difficult times at work I breath deeply and "take it easy": I am a smart person, I can deal with any situation.
    Did wonders with my life.

  3. So informative things are provided here,I really happy to read this post,I was just imagine about it and you provided me the correct information.

  4. rich amor says:

    Yoga?
    Ahh, I'm impatient man. I hardly stay steady for some minutes. 10 minutes still okay, but more than doohh ;)

  5. Suzie says:

    Pleased to learn Anna's passionate and creative skin care tips! I really found those tips effective for better skin care. I'm having scars in my skin because of sleeping lacking, so trying to concentrate on face scars to get away. Thanks.

  6. SOFLY_Anna says:

    Hi Suzie,

    Thanks for your comments! I hope you will be able to get more sleep and for the speedy healing!

    Best Regards,
    Anna.

  7. I have hair that is a few centimeters after my shoulders and I have blonde wavy hair. Whenever I straighten my hair I can't seem to straighten my layers to frame my face. Tips or links would be very helpful. Thanks!

  8. Luz Barry says:

    Just following these simple steps one can keep good looking skin but instead people run after costly treatment and don't pay any heed to this step.

  9. jhon says:

    this is a great article on skin care. Aging and years of sun damage had really taken a toll on my skin. The skin on my face felt dry, dull and old. The wrinkles on my cheeks and around the eyes were really beginning to look unpleasant and this was getting me frustrated. Desperate for help, I fixed up an appointment with the doctor, who explained the laser procedure to me.

  10. Allwea says:

    Great and extraordinary tips! Skin of our body can be considered as important as any other vital organ in the human system. The Skin and muscles provide an important shelter to the inner organs which are delicate and need to be protected. Apart from its utility in the body system, skin contributes to a large extent to the outer appearance and the beauty of an individual. A healthy and glowing skin is also the indication of the healthy state of the body. Thanks for the wonderful share!

  11. lafeo says:

    nice blog.

  12. Awesome post.
    Thanks a bunch for the tips ;)

  13. wendy anna says:

    thank you for sharing your knowledge .:) ?

  14. Thanks for introducing us with these 7 important aspects of skin care. I am totally agree with you and that's why I want to concentrate on your second point "Eating Well". This is really important to look after your daily diet routine. After-all healthy diet is a key for healthy skin and if you are eating junk food definitely it will lead you to many skin diseases such as acne, facial redness etc. We should avoid junk food and need to include green vegetables and fresh fruits in our daily diet routine. Because green vegetables give us essential vitamins that keeps our skin healthy, and fresh fruits keeps our skin hydrated. So we need to eat healthy food for healthy skin.

  15. paulaking says:

    Good sensible tips. Many people overlook the importance of eating well for skin and hair. Best Paleo Cookbook

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