How to Get Healthy Skin and Pretty Hair

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Posted on: 02 August 2016 by Cecilia Jennings

How you and your hair will look is no game of chance. There are all sorts of ways to make your skin and hair shinier, prettier, more eye-catching than it has looked in many a day, and they're best attended to early if you hope to get quick results.

What causes dry skin? One reason is the climate in which we live. Another cause of dry skin is that the sebaceous glands do not manufacture enough lubrication for the skin, so that the skin flakes and dries, is subject to sunburning and chapping, and so has a tendency to develop tiny lines.

In other cases the acid mantle of the skin, which helps destroy bacteria on the skin surface, is removed through continuous use of alkalies or harsh soaps, leaving the skin sensitive to irritation and infection.

In our practice we have encountered a condition for which we have coined the name "city skin"? the drying, flaking, and reddened skin of the city dweller who comes in contact with noxious industrial, and other air pollutants. Your doctor may prescribe specially formulated creams for this condition.

How to take care of dry skin? Dry skins must be nourished with a balance of emollients and oils. When it is fed these ingredients, a dry skin can be beautifully smooth in texture, with small pores and delicate coloring. This process of nourishing the dry skin is called hydrating.

You can care for a dry skin by taking special precautions in cleansing your face. In the morning, wash with warm water and a non alkaline complexion bar or a creamy skin cleanser, lotion, or cleansing cream. During the day, freshen up with a bit of cleansing lotion that does not contain alcohol. At night, cleanse gently with warm water. Don't use very hot or very cold water on your skin.

Girls with dry skins will find this prescription fun for a beauty treatment before a big date: Draw yourself a tub full of warm water that's scented with a teaspoonful of bath oil. Cream your face and neck thoroughly, then soak in the tub.

The combination of steam and cream lubricates your skin and leaves your face silky and soft. Bath oil, while not a permanent lubricant, does leave your body feeling velvety smooth for several hours afterward.

In cosmetics, girls with dry skins should use creamy make ups and cream formula lipsticks. Boys with dry skins will find that their faces feel especially tender and sensitive after shaving. Use moisturised shave creams, and after shaving, a non drying lotion. Or follow up with talcum powder.

Dry skin types also need plenty of Vitamin A. When someone suffers from extremely dry skin, the doctor may prescribe supplements of Vitamin A in capsule form. In addition to healthful foods, fluids also are good for dry skins. Six to eight glasses of water, fruit juice, or milk daily make good sense and good health.

Outdoors, you'll want to take precautions against the drying effects of sun, wind, and weather. Skiers and sunbathers alike know the importance of using a good sunscreen preparation for skin protection.

To put a postscript on the subjects of extremes, ever looked at yourself in a mirror after a week of late studying or partying? The face that stares blearily back at you looks muddy, broken out, and downright decrepit.

No wonder! Your skin needs plenty of sleep and rest. So get smart and add How To Be Prettier Than Everyone to your bookmarks. Plan to give yourself a daily dose of rest, sleep, and exercise for your skin's sake.

The best tip for pretty hair here is don't be over-thrifty. Book an appointment with the best stylist you know; the sort of haircut you can get from him will be an investment. It will make home setting fun instead of a bore.

Ask him to give you the most suitable cut for your type of hair. If you have fine hair he might club-cut it; this means cutting straight across, in sections, which will make your hair more manageable and give the impression of greater body.

If you have thick, coarse hair ask for a tapered cut (this is done by holding sections of hair at right-angles to the head and slithering the scissors along it toward the roots). Tapering slightly thins the hair, giving wave and buoyancy to heavy, thick hair; then it is cut in layers to achieve a definite shape.

A lot is talked about razor cutting, that it is good for the hair, better for shaping, or only for very strong hair, and so on. A real "urchin" cut is better done by razor, as it gives a naturally ragged edge.

But do let your stylist decide on the cut to be used in the first place, he will be guided by the shape and texture of your locks.

Even if you intend to keep your hair fairly long, lots of girls are doing this, and merely want inspiration from your hairdresser as to a different style, let him trim it. In reality he is only shaping (not cutting) your hair, and incidentally, aiding its healthy growth.

A word of warning: Don't ask for an extreme hairdo from your stylist if you know your hair is hard to manage. He can't perform miracles, but he is trained to recognise the types of hair and to advise on suitable styles.

The secret of a happy winter hairstyle, be it long or short, is, of course, to have one that stays put without a lot of primping.

Short hair will stay neat, without bothersome ends, if you have it cut in a definite shape. With longer hair the best idea for a girl is to avoid odd pieces of different lengths. For longer-lasting curls you can add a bit of hairspray, if need be, but be sure to brush it all out of your hair at night.

Nothing marks down the appearance of youthful hair as much as lack of vitality.

Thick, wiry, very curly hair, it's usually dry as well, can be a special headache to its owner after a whole summer of wash-and-drip-dry methods of hair care.

If you've allowed this to happen (well, we all do occasionally), get to it now with regular warm oil treatments and a conditioning cream after every (cream) shampoo. It will do your heart good to see the transformation from dry bush into hair that's smooth and glossy in a reasonable length of time.

Rather than applying a setting lotion, set your hair while it is wet, rubbing a bit of cream dressing on to the wet ends and sliding hair-strands between the fingertips for thorough coverage.

Always roll hair up in large rollers to guard against frizziness, and apply a bit more cream dressing to control your hair when it's dry and before you actually comb it into shape.

Frequent brushing is also a great help.


 

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