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Ways to Lighten Up Your Dark Private Skin

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Skin Care Tips

Like most of us, you’re probably concerned about the ravages of time and the effects that aging may have on your appearance. Here we will guide you through some of the basic, everyday skin care techniques that will help you maintain youthful looking skin.

Not all of these techniques will suit the needs of everybody, but, hopefully, if you keep reading you may find some tips that you can utilize in your daily skin care regimen.

The correct way to cleanse, moisturize and exfoliate

There are tried and tested ways for you to properly care for your skin, from the right way you cleanse your face, to the best moisturizers and sunscreens.

How you care for your skin will be utterly dependent on the type of skin you have. You’re probably already aware what category you fall into, whether that’s: normal/combination, oily, dry, sensitive or sun-damaged.

In any case, whatever skin type you have, following these steps will make taking care of it so much easier.

Cleansing

Simplicity is the key here. You need to find a good cleanser that responds well with you particular skin type and stick with it.

You can find plenty of good cleansers at the drugstore. There’s no need to spend top dollar on a fancy wash. Try to avoid bar soaps as they tend to dry out the skin. If you’re organically minded, you can cleanse with milk or yogurt (who knew?).

Here are some tried and tested cleansing tips:

  • You must be careful not to cleanse too often or you run the risk of over cleansing your skin. Most experts today agree that you only really need to wash your face at night to remove makeup and sunscreen, which can clog up your pores.
  • In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water will do just fine. Maybe if you have super oily skin you can cleanse your skin again in the morning. Do not wash your face with only hot or cold water, as both can cause broken capillaries.
  • Make sure to remove eye makeup with a proper makeup remover. Remember, the area around the eye is very delicate, so don’t rub or pull too hard. You can also use olive oil as an effective, natural makeup remover.
  • If you happen to have dry skin, consider using a cold cream like Pond’s, which is full of natural ingredients. Simply apply the cream, then wipe off, no water is needed.
  • Most women prefer to use the water method to cleanse their skin. Just use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a fingernail sized bit of cleanser, then rinse with cool lukewarm water.
  • Many skin purists believe tap water is bad for your skin as it contains harsh minerals and additives like fluoride and chlorine.

Exfoliate

This is the step most people skip in their weekly skincare routine. But if you start exfoliating your skin properly, you’re going to notice an almost immediate difference.

How much you should exfoliate is up for debate. Some women look dewy and fresh with minimal effort, while others will have skin that gets scaly very quickly. So if you look red or irritated after a scrub, maybe once a week will be fine. But if this is not the case, then you should exfoliate every day. One of the many secrets to gorgeous skin is proper exfoliation. Getting rid of the dead skin and those annoying flakey bits can transform an ashen complexion into a dewy one.

Types of Exfoliation

When choosing an exfoliation method, it’s important to remember that you want to treat your skin as gently as possible. Micro tears are not good for the skin. So although Salt scrubs are indeed very popular, choose one’s with tiny crystals like the one’s found in basic table salt.

Here are some typical exfoliation options:

A facial scrub

Scrubs work by manually removing dead skin. A great scrub should contain an exfoliant (think sugar or salt) and an oil (think olive, coconut, almond jojoba). If you have sensitive skin, you should test the product out on your neck before subjecting your face to the chemicals and irritants. Make sure to follow with a moisturizer after using a scrub. There are many facial scrubs on the market from which to choose from, so it’s important to try and find the right one for you.

AHA Peels and Creams

Peels work to brighten the skin by removing dead skin cells with alpha-hydroxy acids (or AHAs).

AHAs are glycolic and lactic acids derived from natural products including milk, tomato and sugarcane. They work as a mild exfoliant, breaking down dead skin cells and helping create new cell turnover. If you use these often you’ll be left smoother skin, a clearer complexion, and fewer blackheads.

Use AHAs once a week in the form of chemical peels or daily in the form of a moisturizer or topical cream. AHA’s are also great for treating acne.

BHA Peels and Creams

Beta-hydroxy acids ( or BHAs) are very closely related to AHAs Another term for them is “salicylic acid.” These come in the form of creams and are great for anti-aging and also acne.

A washcloth

Try putting a dab of cleanser and just a sprinkle of white refined sugar on a damp washcloth and massage the skin in a circular motion. Then, after a quick rinse, any sign of dead skin will have been removed. If you happen to have dry skin, try extra virgin coconut oil.

Chemical peels

A monthly chemical peel can be very pricey indeed, although, the hour it takes to get one can take a year off your face. If you can’t afford the price tag of a monthly chemical peel, try some over-the-counter peels that work over the course of a month.

Retinoids

Retinoids (such as Retin-A or the more moisturizing Renova) also work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells while also generating collagen in the skin. Collagen is basically the skin’s structural fiber. As we age, it breaks down, creating lines and large pores. Skincare experts disagree on many things, but most consider retinoids to be a miracle skin saver.

How to Exfoliate

Chances are if you don’t exfoliate daily or weekly, your skin will be covered in dead skin cells that are mucking up the surface of your skin and causing your skin to not only look dull, but older too. Also, without proper exfoliation, moisturizers won’t soak in effectively. Here are some of the best exfoliating tips:

  • The best time to exfoliate according to experts is in the morning. Apparently, our skin repairs itself at night, therefore, the morning is the perfect time for scrubbing away those dead skin cells.
  • Exfoliate with a great scrub once or twice a week. Do not, however, over-exfoliate or use products with granules that can tear at the skin. Rub the product in a circular motion 30 seconds and then rinse off with lukewarm water. Never use hot or cold water!
  • Consider some natural products for exfoliating. A baking soda paste made with (yeah, you guessed) baking soda and distilled water will gently cleanse your pores and skin. You could also try mixing a pinch of brown sugar with coconut oil in the palm of your hand to form a wonderful natural scrub.
  • To save time, mix in a fingernail-sized amount of your favorite facial scrub into your cleanser and do it all at once.
  • There are some fantastic scrubs on the market, but a washcloth works (almost) as well and is more budget-friendly.
  • A great skincare brush will come in very useful indeed. Basically a tool for cleansing the face, you can use it with your favorite cleanser to deep clean your pores.

Moisturize

A basic rule of beauty and anti-aging is that if you have dry skin, you should invest in a basic moisturizer.

So, you’d like to know how much should you moisturize? Well, your skin will tell you that. When your skin feels tight, it’s crying out for moisture. But be careful not to over-moisturize – this can clog pores.

While there are many, many moisturizers out there, which can be overwhelming, nothing beats a good oil for your skin. You can use extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil or jojoba oil.

Sunscreen

The number one cause for wrinkles, as I’m sure you are aware, is sun damage, so it’s very important to use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF from your early years on, It should be used even on cloudy or winter days. A great little trick is to purchase two moisturizers: One for the night and one for the day that includes UV protection. Don’t use moisturizers with sunscreen at night, the ingredients are not meant to be used 24/7 and can aggravate the skin. When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it contains Mexoryl.

Are Eye Creams necessary?

Hmm, well, maybe. Some experts will strongly recommend eye creams. The thought being that the skin around the eyes contains no fatty tissue and is therefore very thin and susceptible to wrinkles. Special eye creams are formulated to “thicken” this area. Yet other experts claim your daily lotion works around the eyes just as well.

Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel at your very best. Try to make sure you’re eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and anti-aging isn’t absolutely clear – but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might lead to younger looking skin.

Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress levels can make your skin appear tired looking and more sensitive. This may lead to acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin – and a healthy state of mind – take steps to manage your stress. Try to set reasonable limits, scale back on your to-do list and, most importantly of all, make time to do the things you enjoy doing. The results might be more dramatic than you could have imagined.

Don’t smoke

Smoking will make your skin look older and also contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This will deplete the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to healthy skin.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin – the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking – such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep the smoke out – ca contribute to wrinkles.