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Olive Oil For Skin – Pros And Cons

Olive oil-based products are very affordable and convenient for skin care. Olive oil is known to be very effective when it comes to solving skin problems. But, just as any other edible substance-made skincare product, olive oil also has its pros and cons.

Pros:

• It can be very beneficial, especially if you have dry skin.
• Vitamin E helps to reduce wrinkles by maintaining skin elasticity.
• Collagen production can increase after using olive oil.
• Scars heal faster than usual.
• Vitamin K helps you get rid of dark circles under the eyes.
• Phenols, a compound found in olive oil, helps to reduce inflammation of skin.
• Squalene can be found in olive oil in small amounts, but it balances sebum production in skin.
• Vitamin A, an antioxidant, helps your skin to regenerate and improve its elasticity.

Cons:

• It’s not recommended for people with very oily skin.
• It can cause pimples and blackheads if it’s used to often.
• During winter, it can be used on a daily basis, but using it on a daily basis during the summer is acceptable only if you apply it to your hands, not the face.

Tips For Preventing Acne

Whether or not you have acne, it is very important to take care of your skin in order to prevent or reduce their appearance. It is important to wash your face at least two times a day – this way you will eliminate all dead cells, impurities and extra oil from your skin’s surface. Use mild soaps; harsh ones can cause too much damage to an already inflamed skin.

1. Moisturize – Many acne-preventing products contain ingredients that dry the skin, so moisturizing it should become your daily routine. Find a moisturizer that matches your skin type.

2. Makeup – Try not to use too much makeup. Wear it only when necessary. Foundation, powder and blush only make things worse. If you’re wearing makeup, wash it off very carefully and precisely, so your skin can breathe. Also, when choosing cosmetics, look for oil-free products.

3. The hair – Products you put on your hair can easily find their way to your face. These products block the pores and irritate your skin. Choose a gentle shampoo or conditioner and try not to use hair spray very often.

4. Hands off – Avoid touching your face as much as possible. Also, try not to prop your cheek or chin on your hands. You can easily spread bacteria by doing this and irritate your sensitive skin.

5. No sun – Try to avoid the sun whenever you can. Too much sun can damage your skin and create a surface ideal for acne development. If you’re already using acne medications then you must have known that some of these products are sun-sensitive.

Basic Skin Care Routines

Skin care products are cosmetic products that you buy when you want to improve or slightly alter the look and health of your skin. When it comes to skin care, you should remember that, although there are thousands of skin care products available out there, you don’t need all of them. Your purchase of skin care products should be based on your particular type of skin (because skin care products are differently formulated for different skin types).
After you’ve determined your skin type, the next step is to know some general routines in regards to skin care. A few of those basic routines include moisturizing, exfoliating, cleansing, protecting, toning, masks etc.

Moisturizers are complex chemical compounds that are specifically designed to increase the hydration of the skin (the content of water in the skin itself) by minimizing evaporation. Their basic purpose is to provide protection for sensitive skin, improve the texture and tone of skin etc. Moisturizers should be applied to all skin types, just make sure you purchase the ones that are formulated specifically for your skin type.

Exfoliating is a process of removing old, dead skin cells in order to improve the appearance and health of the skin. Exfoliation is most often achieved by mechanical means such as sponges, brushes and other types of abrasive materials, but it can also be achieved by certain chemical means, such as enzymes derived from fruit and various types of acid.

Cleansing is an essential routine that needs to be performed on a daily basis by all skin types. Depending on skin types, water based cleansers, oil based cleansers or soap can be used.

Protecting your skin from the sun is a skin care task that should be taken seriously. The sun can cause skin cancer, as well as sunburns, drying of the skin and other kinds of dangerous skin damage. Sunscreen comes, most often, in the form of lotions, creams and gels.

Toners are products that are generally used after cleansers, in the purpose of restoring the natural PH of the skin, or removing any traces of cleansers. Depending on the type of your skin, you should use toners with alcohol if you have oily skin and without alcohol if you have dry or normal skin.

And finally masks are skin care treatments applied to the face in the purpose of exfoliating, hydrating and transporting various useful chemicals to the skin. Masks can be divided into several categories, such as sheet masks (primarily popular in Asia, suited for all skin types), clay based masks (restricted to use on oily skins), and peel masks (not intended for people with dry skin).

Pros And Cons Of Oily Skin

Although many people think that oily skin has no advantages, just as any other type, such skin has its pros and cons. Many people with oily skin believe that dry skin treatment methods are simple; on the other hand, those with dry skin have the opposite opinion. The truth is that it’s hard to say who the “winner” is when it comes to easiness of treatment. Regardless of that, here you’ll read something more about the pros and cons of having oily skin.

Advantages

Better tanning – Naturally oily skin makes it easier to tan and also needs lesssun-tan oil. But, don’t forget to put sunscreen because your oily skin won’t protect you against UV rays.

Reducing fine lines –Oily skin can hide visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles. You could appear much younger than those with different skin type.

Soft skin –If you have oily skin one thing is certain – you won’t need to spend lots of money on specialized products. Your skin produces extra oil which provides a natural glow without using any additional products. Also, your skin will be softer due to a natural moisturizer.

Disadvantages

Acne risk – Dermatologists say that the main reason for acne is the clogging of pores by oil. The logic is simple – more oil means a higher risk of pores clogging.

Constant care – Oily skin requires extra care and more frequent washing. If you skip the process of cleaning your skin, especially before sleep, the oil will continue to build up, thereby clogging the pores and creating a surplus of oil on your face. This will also make the application of make-up more difficult.

Shiny face – Some might say that this is the biggest disadvantage of oily skin. Just a little oil will give your skin a natural glow, but if there’s a lot of it, your skin will shine – that’s inevitable. Unfortunately, dermatologists are against constant use of products for skin drying. It might not seem that way, but by doing this you can actually increase the oil production.

Get Rid Of Eczema

There are many products out there that offer the right solution for your skin problems. Eczema can be really stubborn and resistant to many creams. Also, many of these so-called solutions can make the situation even worse. So, it’s time to go back to Mother Nature and see what miracle solutions she has to offer us.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil benefits not only your skin, but also your teeth, hair and overall health! Just one tablespoon of coconut oil a day and the results will be visible in a heartbeat. A coconut oil lotion helps with itching and pain caused by eczema and also cools down the problematic area.

 Magnesium Baths

Water is no friend of eczema for most people, but there are some who enjoy taking long hot baths. If this happens to be the case with you, magnesium baths and other types of detox baths can be helpful in healing skin.

Sea Spray

If you have wet or oozing eczema, drying your skin can actually provide better results than just trying to moisturize it. The best way to do this is to use salt and magnesium spray (or so called, sea spray). People tend to feel relieved after spending time at the beach. And it makes sense because vitamin D and salt from the water are great for skin healing.