Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Healthy Skin Is a Healthy You

A lot of people don't realize that our skin is the largest organ of our body. The health of your skin is one of the most important aspects to leading a long, healthy lifestyle because it protects you from daily contact with harmful bacteria, viruses, the sun's rays and other dangerous elements.

On the other hand, healthy skin can generate vitamin D when exposed to the sun - an important vitamin for the body's functions - and can assist in maintaining a healthy body temperature. Also, healthy skin can help us react to changes in our immediate environment through the feelings of pain and pressure.

Due to these circumstances, it's crucial to take proper care of your skin. It's great that we cleanse our bodies through showers and baths, soap and body wash, but is there more we can do to improve the health of our skin and fight the aging process? Of course! And it doesn't require spending hundreds of dollars.

There are various suggestions that industry professionals have in skin care endeavors: protection from the sun through sunscreens and protective clothing, don't smoke, treat skin gently, eating a healthy and nutritious diet and properly manage stress.

Although these are common sense, inexpensive and dependable methods, one growing trend in the world of skin care and beauty is the adoption of mud masks (also known as facial mud masks).

For those in the know, there are numerous variations of facial masks, such as cucumber, cactus, light therapy and glycolic. It seems, however, a lot of beauticians and health experts are recommending mud masks because they are mined from regions where there are no contaminants, an important aspect to skin care health since we constantly touch chemicals.

How do they work? Mud masks remove dirt and oil from your pores, while also exfoliating skin and eradicating dead skin cells. In addition, many acne patients have begun to use clay masks because oil and dead skin cells clog pores and are the leading causes of acne. What should be mentioned is that many are enhancing the mud mask experience too.

It was reported that mud masks are being combined with other natural ingredients. For instance, there are articles suggesting adding honey to mud masks, while other experts recommend buying mud masks that have aloe vera, witch hazel and jojoba oil. Most of these mud masks contain anti-bacterial ingredients that can certainly make your skin look and feel better.

Aside from improving your skin health, applying facial masks is also soothing, calming and relaxing!

Here are some tips to using a face mask:

- When you have the mask applied, lie down on the sofa with your feet up and relax for 10 to 15 minutes doing absolutely nothing.
- Choose an old wash cloth or rag, soak it in warm water and cover it on your face (be sure to allow the cloth to absorb the mud).
- Use a separate wet cloth to completely remove the mask.
- Massage your skin for five minutes.
- To really improve the skin, it is best to do this a few times a week for two to three weeks.

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