Healthy Skin – Eternal Lifestyles Live Healthy, Live Long, Live Young Wed, 09 Dec 2015 07:38:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Prevent Bags Under Eyes Mon, 06 May 2013 11:05:00 +0000 Do you wake up every morning and just want to scream when you see bags under your eyes…again?

Chances are, you’re probably not doing everything you can to make under bags under the eyes a distant memory.

Even if age and genetics are putting you at a disadvantage, there are changes you can make to your lifestyle that will put up an impressive fight.

From eating better to how you sleep, here are the top lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent bags under your eyes.

Get more sleep: It can be really hard now days to get enough sleep with the Internet and so many other devices vying to get our attention, but even if our environment is changing, our bodies are not.

We all know when you don’t have enough sleep, your skin looks extra pale. This is because the blood circulation in your face isn’t at 100% because of your lack of sleep.

Our bodies still need a solid 8 hours a night to recover and recuperate, and as you guessed, prevents bags from forming under the eyes.

Cut your salt intake: Salt is never good in high amounts and if you love eating salty foods, but are having consistent problems with bags under the eyes, chances are your salt intake is to blame.

Eating it too much salt can make your body retain more water. It can also depress the blood circulation in your body, causing puffiness around the eyes.

Exercise regularly: Exercising is another great way to get your blood flowing, which can prevent puffy eyes from returning every morning after you wake.

A simple cardio session each day for 15 – 30 minutes can produce huge results.

Sleep with your head raised: It may not be the most comfortable position for many people, but sleeping on your back with your head raised is a great way to prevent puffy eyes.

With your head elevated, you’re preventing blood from pooling around the eyes.

Quit smoking: Smoking is another cause of bags under the eyes. The nicotine in cigarettes can limit the body’s ability to circulate blood, which can have a direct effect on the circulation around your eyes.

Increase Vitamin K: Another big thing you can do to prevent bags from forming is to increase the amount of Vitamin K you’re getting.

Leafy greens such as kale and Swiss chard contain high amounts of these vitamins and can do a great job at preventing bags. Eating a small salad everyday full of greens is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough of this vitamin.

Also, look for under eye creams that contain Vitamin K so that the vitamin will absorb directly into the problem are.

Avoid allergens whenever you can. You may not have allergies per say, but allergens can also be the cause of puffy eyes.

It may not be fun making lifestyle changes for something like puffy eyes, but if you’re serious about getting rid of them for good, these are the best ways to make that a reality and prevent bags under eyes naturally.

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Age-old Methods that Stop Wrinkles in Their Tracks Thu, 02 May 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Nobody likes to age, and the ancients weren’t so different than us in that way. Sure, they didn’t have the luxury of living as long as we do, but for the years they were alive, they were just as obsessed with prevention of aging as we are.

Many of their anti-aging treatments were not lost with the passage of time. From recovered recipes to treatments handed down from mother to daughter, here are some of the most effective anti-aging beauty treatments from ancient times.

Ancient Egyptian face serum: Many of you may already know how obsessed the Egyptian culture was about staying young.

Some of the recipes for their anti-aging serums have been recovered (discovered in the 1500’s and preserved till this day). One such anti-aging treatment that’s supposedly quite effective contains a slew of interesting, if not common, ingredients – gum of Frankincense, wax, Moringa oil, cyperus grass and fermented plant juices.

A modern-day equivalent to this recipe is the following:

  • 1 teaspoon of sweet almond oil,
  • 2 drops of essential oil of Frankincense and
  • 1 drop of rose attar (a popular Egyptian oil that has skin strengthening properties)

This Egyptian face serum is to be lightly massaged at night onto a cleansed face.

Tip: If you’re new to essential oils, they can be procured at any local health food store.

Secret weapon of Japanese Geisha: In Japan, where Geisha are lauded for their beauty, staying young and beautiful for as long as possible is essential.

White camellia oil is an oil geisha have been using for centuries on their skin and hair. This rapidly-absorbing oil can eliminate wrinkles, hasten hair growth, strengthen nails, improve skin texture and it can even get rid of every woman’s arch enemy – stretch mark.

Where to find: Camellia Oil – 100% Pure, 8 oz

Olive and Coconut oil: Both of these naturally-derived oils have been used and loved by cultures all over the world for generations, and they’re applied to the body in similar ways.

These oils can be massaged into the face to prevent wrinkles, and all over the body as a surprisingly effective sun screen.

Bonus: Warmed up and applied to the hair, olive oil and coconut oil are also excellent hair conditioners, especially for curing brittle dry ends (just be careful not to use too much).

Warm milk: Whether you soak in a tub of it like Cleopatra (mixed with aromatic flowers and her favorite oils) or use a small amount on your face, cultures for thousands of years have used milk to prevent aging.

Thanks to its high fat content and vitamins like vitamin A and E (which are very moisturizing), milk remains one of the best natural anti-aging products you can get in the grocery store, or anywhere else.

Mayans and avocados: While you may not know a lot about the Mayans beyond their calendar, archaeologists have discovered one thing about then — they were fans of the avocado for beauty and anti-aging prevention.

Avocado oil itself is a great for the face. It won’t clog pores and it can hide pre-mature signs of aging.

Bonus: Applied to the hair, avocado is a wonderful conditioner.

Sometimes looking to the past can give us some great answers to modern questions, and this is definitely the case with ancient anti-aging treatments. From the Egyptians and Japanese to the Mediterranean cultures and Mayans, taking a look at naturally-derived ingredients can do wonders for your skin.

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Easy Ways to Make Your Skin Beautiful Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:53:48 +0000 Ahh, there’s something alluring about a beautiful woman with glowing skin. As a man, I love to see those lovely ladies looking good, and I have no doubt the ladies like a man that takes care of his skin as well!

Did you know that it’s actually pretty easy to keep your skin healthy and beautiful? Here are some things you can do:

Eat Up — The best way to keep your skin looking good is to eat the right foods.

Tomatoes and cantaloupes will help to fight off the free radicals that will wear out your skin.

Citrus fruits like limes, lemons, oranges, and grapefruits will produce collagen to keep your skin firm and fresh.

Green tea will prevent inflammation and sun-induced aging.

Dark greens will keep your skin producing healthy skin cells and

Fish like salmon and tuna will give your body a ready supply of Omega-3 fatty acids to protect your skin!

Drink Up — Drinking enough water is the key to having healthy skin, as water will promote the elimination of wastes.

If you don’t get enough water, your skin holds in the sweat – holding in the toxins as well. Drink enough water and let your sweat cleanse your skin!

Add some skin health-boosting herbs or a green tea bag to your water, and it will do wonders for your skin!


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Care For Your Face — Using commercial face masks can be a good way to keep your face looking beautiful, but why not make one at home?

Mash up a banana with an avocado and some honey, or use yogurt and cucumber if your face is very oily. Add some jojoba oil into your face mask, and you’ll find your face has never looked better!

Go with a natural exfoliating scrub of brown sugar, and use a damp hand covered in the sugar granules to scrub away your dead skin cells.

Sleep for Health — If you don’t get enough sleep at night, you can bet that your eyes will look puffy and those dark circles will form around your eyes.

Sleeping enough will not only keep your face looking good, but it will give your body the chance to repair the damage the sun and pollution has done to your skin. Make sure to sleep at least 7 hours a night, and you’ll be amazed at how great your skin looks!

Apply Right — For those who like to use commercial creams, lotions, and skin care products, use them wisely.

Apply creams to your face when it’s damp – not wet – as damp skin soaks up nutrients like a sponge. Use non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) creams and makeup, and make sure to use warm water to wash your face instead of cold or hot water.


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Cleansing Your Face the All-Natural Way (with things you can pronounce) Sun, 14 Apr 2013 11:48:39 +0000 The skin on our face breaks out for a ton of different reasons –stress, hormones, the things we eat, as well as makeup (which can clog our pores) and touching it excessively with our hands. Whatever the reason you might breakout, it’s easy to cleanse your skin gently and all-naturally in a cost-effective way. And you can also do it with things you can actually pronounce, which is more than most drug store cleansers can say.

Facial astringents are a great way to get rid of any dirt that might be in your pores and dry up zits and pimples. But a lot of them can leave sensitive skin feeling dried out and raw, which only then gives you another problem to deal with. So instead of arming yourself with an astringent and then facial lotion to moisturize afterwards, prepare yourself a gentler remedy.

You can make a great substitute for those store bought concoctions by brewing a bit of black tea (about a cup of it that you can keep stored in a container of some sort) in some warm water. Let the tea bag steep for a few minutes before taking it out. Then add about one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Use a cloth or cotton ball to apply to your face like you would any other astringent.

Black tea is great for drying up acne. It pulls toxins out of your pores and lets your skin breath and heal. The lemon juice is great for helping to reduce redness, and apple cider vinegar will give your skin a nice glow as well as make it soft to the touch. The combination of all three packs a powerful punch against any facial impurities you might suffer from. And if you’re trying hard to get rid of a pesky pimple, keep applying the mixture to it every time it dries out for about an hour or two. It should slowly shrink down and then disappear within a day or two.

Another way to cleanse your face is to use an all-natural, home-prepared face mask. You can find several of these through a simple internet search for any kind of skin. However, a great one for just about any skin type is one that just uses all-natural honey and lemon juice. This is something usually better prepared in small amounts for each usage. It takes a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of lemon juice, mixed together in a small container. Apply the mixture to your face after gently washing off any makeup or grime with warm (not hot) water. Coat your entire face and let sit for roughly fifteen minutes and then wash off with warm water. Your skin should feel refreshed and soft, and significantly less red (if that was a problem) and acne should be less noticeable. Honey works a lot like black tea, drawing out the toxins in your skin. Paired with the redness-reducing power of lemon juice, it’s a fabulous way to pamper your face. And the mixture shouldn’t dry out your skin the way a lot of store-bought face masks do, so you won’t feel the need to moisturize with chemical-ridden lotions afterwards. Talk about a complete win.

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