Is Your Daily Shower Ruining Your Skin?

Do you take one shower per day? Once a week? Or even twice a day? I once had a male friend who claimed he took three showers per day! He did live in a country with very humid climate though. But no matter how many showers you take, you may be doing it all wrong!

According to a new Women’s Health article, you should try to stay away from hot showers. Hot temperature water strips all the natural oils from the skin, leaving it dry and damaged (which we all don’t want!). When the skin is dry, it becomes itchy and eczema may develop. It works the same way how you’ve been told many times that you shouldn’t shampoo your hair everyday since it strips the natural nutrients and oil from the fibers.

So what is the perfect temperature you should be using every day? The answer is lukewarm temperature. This is particular hard for me because I love taking hot showers in the morning to wake me up, and then another one right before bed. But now I might have to rethink this habit if it’s causing harm to my body.

But there is good news! Hot water is good for your face! Hot water opens up your facial pores and help clean out all that nasty stuff trapped in there (Yuck!). Be sure to moisturize afterwards because it will dry out your face as well. I recommend a product like SwissZell serum that naturally nourishes your skin.

So how many times a day do you shower, and how warm do you like the water to be?

Chinese Men Are Not Happy With Their Skin According to New Survey

A recent survey conducted in China by Mintel has discovered that about two thirds of Chinese men are not happy with their current skin condition. Many of them have cited that enlarged or blocked pores are their main concern. Chinese women on the other hand have very ritualistic cleansing habits, with 72 percent using some form of facial cleansers on a daily basis. However only 50% of Chinese men in cities use facial cleansers regularly (which may be the reason why many of them are not having the skin that they desire).

This means two things though. One, there’s a huge market for cosmetics companies to enter at the moment. Other countries like USA and Japan already have an advanced (and saturated) men skincare market, with plenty of instructional/education and marketing. Two, Chinese men are realizing the importance of good skin, something that may have been looked upon as feminine in a past era.

The good news for the 2/3 of Chinese men that are unhappy is there are plenty of information and products out there to optimize your skin. But not everything is right for everybody. Something developed for African American skin may not react well with Asian skins. Here are my personal advice for these Chinese men:

1. Experiment with different brands and products until you find the best one for you. This is usually the hardest part because you spend the most time picking and choosing. But you have to see it as an investment into your body’s health and appearance. Think about it this way, once you discover what works for you, all you have to do is keep with it and be less stressed with your perfect skin!

2. Try brands that are developed to for your race. For these Chinese men, I would recommend trying Japanese brands which are available in stores like Watsons. Gatsby and Shiseido are extremely popular internationally as well as Japan. The best thing is that they are made with Asian customers in mind. Different races have different skin. This also means they have different needs. Find the brand that promises to deliver to their needs.

3. Do your research. Before just going out and buying all the stuff on the shelves, spend some time doing your research. It will save you time and money. There are always new products in development, techniques to use and routines to follow. For example, did you know that tomato cells are good for the skin? Click here to find out even more about that.

4. Ask for advice. It never hurts to ask for help or a second opinion. I don’t mean asking a sales lady at your local shopping center. I mean asking a professional who knows about skin. This is most likely a dermatologist or someone who use to have bad skin but now it has improved. Getting advice from people who always had good skin is usually not recommended since they never try different products. It doesn’t hurt to learn from someone who has gone down the same road as you.

5. Quality is important. Not all products are created equally. You know the old saying “you get what you pay for”. Well that is very true when it comes to cosmetics. Yes, some brands names more expensive because of the branding. But also keep in mind that they have more money to spend on research and development, and also try to deliver a good product that meets the standards of the brand.

Original Article: Yahoo News

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My Skin’s Journey

Here is a fact of life that I’ve learned after being on this earth for 30 some years: Good Skin is Not Easy! Yes, some people (even your lucky friends or siblings) may have effortlessly flawless skin, but I was not a member of that exclusive group. Like with most people, my awkward teenager years were filled with oily skin, acne, and a self-conscience attitude. What’s even worse was that I would look at the people with the perfect complexion and then hid into my inner sanctum of envy and shame.

I asked myself, why couldn’t I be like them? Just go about my day and not worry about a blemishes and wrinkles? What was I doing wrong? Everyone and everything would tell me different things were causing my skin troubles. Unhealthy lifestyle, stress, milk, and even my favorite, chocolate may have been playing a role in my facial downfall.

I told myself this was all natural and that I would somehow outgrow this phase of my life. I hoped that leaving college and starting my career would magically release me from my shackles. That was not the case. It even got worse during my first job, as my long hours, expensed lunches, happy hour binges, and lack of sleep showed on my face.

Eventually I said: Enough is enough! I had to take control of my life, and by that I meant my skin!

So how did I do it? I stopped making excuses for myself first.

I did some heavy research on all aspects that may impact your skin, and then changed my lifestyle around it.

Here are some things I focused on:

  1. Build a routine and stick to it no matter what! Bad skin comes from laziness. Tell yourself that every time you want to hit the sack before you remove your makeup. This means cleanse your face daily, remove makeup before bed, exfoliate on a cycle, and apply sun screen when stepping outside.
  2. You are what you eat. Yes it’s such an old cliché, but it’s true. This is the hardest part for most people. But the tradeoff is huge. Avoid food that fried, salty, sugary etc. If you’re wondering if it’s bad for your skin, it probably is. Not only does a balance diet improve your skin, you will feel more energized and look skinnier as well. Eat fresh foods, vegetables, and health foods like rice and oatmeal.
  3. Stay active and hydrated. Your body and your skin need water to operate at its peak. If your workday doesn’t allow for a gym session, add small things in your day to compensate. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around the office every hour to get your blood circulating. Trade that fifth cup of coffee for some water instead.
  4. Invest in your skin. Just like with friendships and relationships, you have to nurture your skin. This means reducing stress whenever possible. Be aware that stress affects your skin, and remind yourself of that whenever you’re feeling not your best. Treat yourself to some spa time if necessary. It’ll pay off in the end.I also always look into new natural ways to nourish my skin. I joined the SwissZell team after being introduced to the product by my friend who used it for one year. It uses the stem cell of tomatoes to help rebuild the cells breakdown with age, stress, and wear. It may sound like science fiction, but many researchers believe that cell therapy is the wave of the future for health and skincare. You can read more about it by going to their main website here.

Now my skin is much better, and my confidence has grown three sizes like the Grinch’s heart.

I often heard that people in Alcoholics Anonymous refer to themselves as alcoholics long after they kicked their habit. It’s to acknowledge that they always fall back into their old ways if not careful. I think that always holds true to skincare. One long club night or a stressful day at work can schedule a reunion with your old pal, Mr. Pimple.

However, knowing that you have control over it gives you the power to combat it. Be patient. Be aware of your lifestyle. Be beautiful, inside and out.

-Queenie Y (regular SwissZell Blogger)

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