OROGOLD on Caring for Pale Skin

Attractive young woman with pale skinWomen with pale skin can consider themselves to be blessed as it is very easy for them to boast of fair and radiant complexions. Some of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood such as Nicole Kidman and Anne Hathaway have pale skin. However, without the right skin care routine, pale skin can begin to look ghastly within days. One of the biggest problems with pale skin is that it is very delicate. As a result, it needs constant supervision and care. Pale skin is also known to be the most vulnerable to the harmful UV rays of the sun. Some of the main challenges faced by people with pale skin include flaccid or limp looking skin, whiteheads and thin wrinkles. For all of you who suffer from similar problems, we have put together a few tips on caring for pale skin.

Fill your diet with Vitamin C
Having a diet which is rich in Vitamin C is one of the best ways of preserving the defenses and the quality of your skin tissues. Vitamin C can be found in all kinds of citrus fruits such as oranges, strawberries and kiwis as well as things like fresh herbs, green leafy vegetables and bell peppers.

Sunscreens are a must
Pale skin is very prone to sun damage and it burns quite easily as well. As a result, people with pale skin simply cannot skip out on a broad spectrum sunscreen that offers SPF 30 sun protection. Try and ensure that the sunscreen also contains ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Sunscreens are the first line of defense and you should be applying them once in every two hours spent under the sun. However, it is important not to forget to protect the delicate skin on the face by wearing a broad rimmed hat and sunglasses.

Oil free make-up removers
Using oil free make-up removers is very important for those with pale skin. This is an ideal way of removing makeup because it suits the sensitive skin and also doesn’t add to the oil content of the skin.

Harsh products can torment and damage
It always helps to consult the dermatologist before trying out any new skin care products. People with pale skin suffer from skin sensitivity and harsh products can end up causing a lot of damage to the skin. Moreover, using too many skin care products isn’t recommended for people with pale skin either. In fact, many people end up realizing that the simpler their skin care routine is, the better their skin looks. Ideally, you should cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser once in the morning and once at night and use a moisturizer two times a day – once in the morning and once at night. The only other thing that your skin needs is proper sun protection. Apart from this, you really don’t need anything more for your skin.

Regular exercise
Regular exercise is an effective way of giving yourself a natural glow. Exercising helps you to enhance the flow of blood to your skin and this makes your skin glow and seem beautiful.

No smoking
Make sure that you stay away from smoking. Smoking prevents the blood from reaching your skin. This makes your pale skin seem ghostly and dull. In fact, nothing could be worse than smoking when it comes to people with pale skin.

Moisturize your skin
Moisturizing your skin is very important for people with pale skin. Since the pale skin is considered to be very delicate, it can easily be affected by the harmful free radicals present in the environment or the harmful UV rays of the sun. In most cases, this leads to a loss of moisture which ends up making the skin look dull and dry. Moisturizing the skin is the best way to make sure that it looks hydrated and youthful.

OROGOLD – All About Pores

Showing Details of Pores on Woman's FaceIt is impossible not to talk about pores whenever you talk about skin care. Love them or hate them – there’s just no two ways about it. Almost everyone has an opinion about their pores. Some find them to be way too big while others constantly complain about their pores looking ugly or getting clogged. In fact, strike out the part about loving them. Till date, we simply haven’t heard of people talking about how they love their pores and find them to be so special. But what are these pores? What’s with the hype about pores? Should you really be giving them so much attention when it comes to skin care? How can you minimize your pores? Well, these are just some of the questions that this Pores 101 tries to answer.

Any average human body is believed to have about 5 million hairs. This essentially means that the human body consists of approximately 5 million pores. Each pore basically acts as a shelter for your hair follicles as well as your sebaceous glands. These pores are believed to be the gateway for the natural oils in your skin, the sebum. Sebum travels from inside your skin through the follicle and exits your body through the pores. It also picks up dead skin cells and dirt along the way. Therefore, it would be safe to say that your pores act as the mediums that allow the flushing mechanisms of your body to work effectively.

The size of your pores is usually determined by your genetics as well as the color of the skin. People with white colored skin can expect to have smaller sized pores while people with dark skin usually have larger pores. The type of skin also plays a major role in the size of your pores. Dry skin is usually associated with smaller sized pores whereas oily skin usually features larger pores. That being said, it is possible to control the size of your pores and minimize their appearance temporarily. One of the first things that you need to do is ensure that you cleanse your pores on a regular basis. This helps you to ward off problems like blackheads, pimples and whiteheads. You also need to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis in order to ensure that you keep your skin younger and healthier and your pores within control. Another way of minimizing your pores is by using facial toners.

Under ideal circumstances, the human body should be able to shed off the entire top layer of its skin once in every 21 to 28 days. This helps in regenerating the new skin cells. However, due to problems like smoking, sun damage and damage from free radicals, this process might slow down and cause the layer of dead skin cells to sit on your skin’s surface. This becomes worse if you have oily skin.

The ideal way of ensuring that your pores stay clean is to exfoliate your skin once in every 2 to 3 says. This helps you to ensure that your pores stay under control and that you don’t have to worry about them causing all sorts of skin problems and issues. If you have dry or sensitive skin, try and stay away from the harsh exfoliants and try to use ones that contain natural ingredients only.

OROGOLD on Caring for Middle Eastern Skin

Middle Eastern woman with beautiful skinMiddle eastern women are famous for their beautiful looking skin. The people of middle east are considered to have the most beautiful skin in the world. Some of the most beautiful TV personalities of the world have middle eastern features. Among the most famous examples of middle eastern skin include Shakira and Paula Abdul. According to some studies, Middle Easterners enjoy the youngest looking and healthiest skin in the world. This type of skin is also known to face signs of aging at a much later age with wrinkles usually not beginning until one crosses the age of 40. However, despite all these advantages, Middle Eastern skin is also known to be very susceptible to problems like dark circles and puffy eyes. Dark patches and pigmentation are other problems that many Middle Eastern women complain of. Here are a few tips for caring for your middle eastern skin.

Use suitable skin care products

Skin care products that contain Kojic Acid or Arbutin are known to be amazing in terms of dark patches on the skin and dark circles under the eyes. Women with Middle Eastern skin should also ensure that they add a quality eye cream that is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin K into their skin care routine.

Maintain your personal hygiene

Personal hygiene is very important for people with Middle Eastern skin. Things like removing make-up before sleeping, cleansing your skin every morning and night, removing the dirt and oils from your face before sleeping and exfoliating your face at regular intervals is very important. This helps to ensure that your skin has the requisite cleanliness that it needs to breathe.

Protect your skin from the sun

Protecting your skin from the sun is extremely important. One of the reasons why women in the Middle East enjoy great skin is that they usually keep their faces covered while out of the house. Sun exposure can lead to premature aging. If you must go out in the sun, make sure that you choose broad spectrum sunscreens which offers SPF 30 sun protection and cover up your face as much as possible.

Take care of your diet

Eating fresh food is very important for women with Middle Eastern skin. One of the main reasons why people in the Middle East enjoy better skin is that they eat fresher food when compared to those in the west. This helps to improve their overall health and nourish their skin from within. It is also important to maintain a balanced diet, add a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables into the diet and stay away from food items that torment your skin.

Use moisturizers religiously

Using moisturizers on a regular basis helps the skin to retain its moisture and maintain a smoother texture. Women with Middle Eastern skin should apply moisturizers right after stepping out of the shower.

Take care of your sleep schedule

Since dark circles are one of the main skin issues for people with Middle Eastern skin, ensuring a proper sleep pattern is very important. Sleep deprivation is sure to lead to dark circles if you have Middle Eastern skin. Make sure that you sleep for 8 – 9 hours every night and try to maintain fixed sleeping and waking times.

OROGOLD on Caring for Asian Skin

Young Asian women with good skinThis week we will be exploring caring for different skin types based on ethnicity. While we all have skin that is very similar, it is also different. Our ethnicities give us differing backgrounds which play a role in our skin. Someone living in Europe will have common skin issues or routines that different from someone from Africa. We will begin by looking at Asian skin. Asians are particularly famous for their flawless skin. While Asian people tend to have smoother skin when compared to their European and North American counterparts, they are also known to have larger pores. As a result, Asian skin is frequently prone to acne and irritation. To combat the large sized pores, dermatologists across the world suggest Asians to exfoliate their skin on a daily basis in order to even out their texture and minimize the appearance of pores. Moreover, since Asian skin gets irritated easily, skin care products that contain fragrance or alcohol are not suitable for Asians.

Weather also plays a huge role when it comes to Asians and their skin. Extreme weather fluctuations mean that proper protection is required all throughout the year. Hot summers can end up causing oily skin caused by excessive oil production in the skin. This leads to acne, breakouts and larger pores. On the other hand, the winters end up leaving the skin high and dry. Irritations, lack of moisture, premature aging and cracking are extremely common during the winter months.

Another problem with Asian skin is that it scars and spots easily, particularly as skin blemishes heal themselves. The best way to ensure that these scars and spots disappear with time is to follow a proper skin care routine that suits Asian skin.

Preparing the skin for cleansing

Asians need to follow a two step cleansing routine. The first step requires one to use liquid removers to get rid of makeup and dirt from the skin. The second step involves using a mild oil based cleanser and washing the skin with lukewarm water.

Exfoliating the skin

Asian skin is known to commonly have large sized pores. As a result, dead skin cells and dirt tend to accumulate on the outer layers of the skin. Therefore, exfoliation at regular intervals is extremely important. However, this doesn’t mean that one needs to scrub their entire face area rigorously. It is better to focus on areas that need the most exfoliation and scrub the remaining areas gently.

Using specialized skin treatments

This step requires one to use serums, conditioners or creams to treat different kinds of skin issues. Most specialized treatment solutions contain special ingredients which get into the deeper lying areas of the skin and work their magic from within. The texture of these products might include liquids and gels to emulsions and creams, but the end results they offer is quite similar. Serums are highly useful when it comes to treating fine lines and wrinkles and for areas that have sensitive skin, such as the area around the eyes.

Moisturizing the skin

This step helps one to seal and lock the moisture content in their skin. Those with oily skin would be better off with emulsions. The best way to apply moisturizers (cream based) is to warm the cream in the palm before applying it onto the skin. The heat helps the product to get absorbed easily. There are several products that also create a heating effect upon application that can be found in the market. These products are ideal for Asian skin.

Using Turmeric

Asians are famous for their use of turmeric in skin care. In fact, using turmeric is believed to rank among the most popular beauty secrets in Asia. Applying turmeric on the skin helps to restore its suppleness and also get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.

Keeping the skin hydrated

Skin care products can keep the skin hydrated from the outside, but internal hydration is also known to be equally important. The hot and humid weather of Asia makes drinking water even more important.  Make sure that you are drinking at least 10 – 12 glasses of water every day.

OROGOLD Describes the Correct Way to Cleanse Skin

Woman cleansing her faceOne of the best and simplest parts of a skin care routine is cleansing your skin, the moment you get up and right before you go to sleep. However, as simple as this routine might seem, many people are known to get it horribly wrong. What’s there to cleansing the face, you ask. All you need to do is slap some soap on your face, scrub and then rinse with water, right? Wrong! Here are a few tips on how to properly cleanse your skin.

The Correct Method
Before you learn about the right way of cleansing your skin, you need to know that the water you use for cleansing should neither be hot, nor be cold. It is always best to use lukewarm water for cleansing. Don’t forget to tie your hair before cleansing either.

  1. Wash your hands. Make sure that you wash your hands with soap and get rid of the germs and dirt that accumulate there. Remember, you would want to avoid your dirty hands coming in contact with your face to save it from the dirt and bacteria.
  2. Remove the make-up. Remove your make-up using a mild make-up remover. Make sure that the remover is suitable for your specific skin type.
  3. Put some water on your face. Splash some lukewarm water on your face to make it wet. This helps you to open your pores and prepare your face for cleansing.
  4. Apply a mild facial cleanser. Pour a small amount of the cleanser on your hands and use your fingertips to rub the cleanser all throughout the face. Make sure that you cover your facial areas such as your forehead, cheeks, chin, nose and neck. Use a circular motion to gently massage the entire face for about 1 minute.
  5. Rinse away the cleanser. Use cold water to remove the cleanser and splash water on your face until you remove the cleanser completely. This should also help you to improve your blood circulation and open your pores.
  6. Pat dry. Pat your face dry with a clean towel until all the water has been taken off your face.
  7. Apply a toner and follow it with a moisturizer. Don’t forget to ensure that you apply the moisturizer on damp skin.

This is all there is to the perfect cleansing routine. Follow these tips and you should be able to maximize the benefits that cleansing has to offer to your face. However, before you sign off don’t forget to learn how to choose the right cleanser. After all, using a cleanser which has the right ingredients can make your skin care routine doubly effective.

Choosing the right cleanser
Make sure that you choose a cleanser according to your type of skin. For example, women with oily skin should choose cleansers that absorb oil. Similarly, women with dry or sensitive skin should go for cleansers that moisturize and nourish the skin. There are all sorts of cleansers that you can choose from, irrespective of whether you’re looking for an oil free, non-comodegenic, non-acnegenic and hypoallergenic cleanser. What’s most important is that you also look at the ingredients that these cleansers have to offer. Try to use cleansers which include ingredients like essential oils, vitamins, AHAs, collagen, Resveratrol, salicylic acid and glycolic acid.

OROGOLD Brings You Princess Di’s Beauty Secrets

Princess Diana

The Princess of Wales passed away seventeen years ago, but she will always be remembered for her kindness, exceptional beauty and unique fashion style. When it comes to popularity, she was probably one of the most photographed and interviewed women of all time. Her beauty was not only great in the terms of physical beauty, but also in terms of an inner strength and glow that were reflected in her eyes and the way she approached life. Even after seventeen years the secrets to Princess Di’s beauty are still inspirational. Many women are still eager to learn more about her beauty routine.

 

Royal Beauty

The Princess loved fashion and followed a healthy lifestyle. Before she became member of the royal family her style had been that of a beautiful, young kindergarten teacher wearing pretty blouses and skirts. As a Princess she slowly developed her own fashion and beauty style. She had smooth, sensitive skin and her daily skin care routine consisted of regular make up removal, cleansing with mild glycerin soap and applying toning lotions and moisturizers. One of her secrets was using the correct foundation and concealer to create that beautiful skin. The key to her flawless skin was also in her constant care and in quitting bad habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol.  Lady Diana used make up moderately to highlight her beautiful blue eyes and naturally white skin. She loved to put on only light makeup, used black pencil for eyes and a mascara with some pink blush on her cheeks. Lady Di was fond of experimenting with different colors and used lipsticks to go with her mood. She knew how to make her own style which is why she was considered a fashion icon in the 20th century. Even with fame and fortune, she remained kind and sacrificed herself for children and people who were struggling to survive in Africa.

 

One of the biggest lessons we can learn about beauty from the Princess is to remain true to our natural looks by using make up only to accentuate our best features. This is exactly what Lady Di did when she amazed the world on her wedding day. Although she had her own makeup artist to advise her, she did not experiment too much with her natural beauty. One of the beauty secrets we learned from the Princess must certainly include elegance. Elegance which comes from both personality and physical beauty. To achieve this a woman should work on herself and always keep in mind that although beauty is a gift, it needs constant care. If you want beautiful skin that glows, your most important skin care treatment should be the same as Princess Di’s beauty secrets:

  • Clean your face at least twice a day
  • Use facial masks with natural ingredients that you can make in the kitchen
  • Remember to always remove makeup in the evening
  • Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
  • Get enough quality sleep and exercise
  • Highlight your eyes or your lips, not both
  • Apply SPF every day
  • Use a good moisturizer on your skin

OROGOLD on the History of Royal Skin Care

Skin care has always been an extremely important subject among royals throughout history. Different civilizations and different royals have had their own preferences when it came to skin care, but royals from almost each and civilization were known to be obsessed with beautiful looking skin. And if the pictures and documents are anything to go by, most royals actually had beautiful skin. Here are some of the royal skin care secrets. Hopefully, you will find something worth adding to your own skin care routines.

Skin care started around the year 10000 BC, when the royalty of Ancient Egypt began to use ointments and scents to soften their body and mask their odor. This soon trickled down to the local populace and cosmetics became a highly integral part of Egyptian hygiene. Some of the basic ingredients used in Ancient Egypt for skin care include aloe, olive oil, rosemary, chamomile, lavender, almond oil and thyme. Around the year 4000 BC, the royals of Egypt began to use malachite (copper mineral paste) and galena mesdemet (copper and lead ore paste) on their face to give it color. They also used a unique combination of copper ores, ochre, almonds, oxidized copper, ash and lead. Royals carried their makeup in small boxes and kept them under their chairs in parties and social events.

Chinese PrincessAround the year 3,000 BC, the Chinese princesses used gelatin, beeswax and gum to stain their fingernails. Black and red were considered to be the colors of royalty and women from the lower classes were barred from using bright colors on their nails. Around the same time, the royalty in Ancient Egypt transformed their skin care methods following goddesses of beauty such as Queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti. It is believed that some of the tricks used in Ancient Egypt in this era was the use of gold in skin care, bathing in milk, rubbing the skin with aloe vera, the use of pumice stones to exfoliate the skin and the use of herbs and plant compounds as eye shadows.

Around the year 1,200 BC – 500 BC, the Shang Dynasty started a new era in the history of China. The country had already managed to build a developed society and most practices of the Ancient Chinese culture blossomed during this time. It is believed that the first lip powders and facial powders saw their way into Chinese society around this time. Great stress was put on the face and secrets of Chinese medicine were used in skin care. It is also believed that royals from the Shang and Zhou dynasties opted for a natural and healthy look. However, this look soon gave way to skin lighteners, face powders and makeup pallets.

Grecian QueenThe Archaic Period (750 BC – 500 BC) in Ancient Greece was one where Greece was considered to be one of the most developed societies in the world. Grecian royalty easily rivaled their Chinese and Egyptian counterparts in terms of skin care and beauty. In fact, their proximity to Egypt meant that trading routes were developed between the two countries and that items of skin care were exchanged. Egypt was known to import things like fruits, vegetables and nuts and share their recipes for skin care and techniques for sewing seeds. The use of Kohl to highlight the eyes was quite common among Greek women. Greek royals were also known for their berry red colored lips and their use of white lead or chalk to give their skin a lighter appearance. Wigs were not as common as Egypt, but some royals were known to use wigs to give their hair a thicker look. Dyes made out of henna were extremely popular with Grecian royalty as well.

Imperial China (361 BC – 206 BC) saw China transforming into the Qin dynasty. It saw the first of emperors in China and the emergence of Imperial China. The renowned Imperial Court was populated by concubines, court ladies and noble men and this gave the ideal platform for the development of cleansing regimes. According to reports, the first skin care routine in China was developed by an Empress, who was desperate to keep her skin youthful in order to compete with the other beautiful women in the court. She also recorded her methods so as to share them with other women in court. These books were believed to be the first written records of a skin care system. The empress based her methods on the age old methods of skin care and used herbal medicine, natural products and cleanliness to ensure that her skin looks young and beautiful. She believed that using cleansers made from seaweed and jelly fish would do wonders for the face and special massage techniques could help in boosting blood circulation and ensuring that the skin looks beautiful.

The Roman Republic (500 BC – 30 BC), best known for the size of its empire, was also famous for its skin care and sense of personal hygiene. However, the Roman tendencies for grandeur made them focus more on external and sensual pleasures rather than on advancing science and philosophy. Roman royalty were famous for their hygiene and the queens, princesses and royal concubines were famous for coming up with new skin care methods to cleanse their skin and make it look beautiful. Apart from the novel Roman bath system (the very first example of indoor plumbing), the Romans were also known to use skin lighteners and crocodile dung to keep their face soft and supple. Romans also used a number of natural substances to create moisturizers and lotions and rubbed them onto their skins to get soft and smooth skin. Honey, beeswax and plant oils were the most commonly used ingredients.

Royal woman with red hair, beautiful wide collar and pearls in her hair doThe Elizabethan Era (1500 AD – 1599 AD) saw yet another transformation in terms of skin care. Under the rule of Queen Elizabeth I, England actually saw an expansion which allowed it to create colonies all over the world. These expansions and the wide scale developments in science and culture also helped to redefine skin care and beauty as new and improved practices were opened up to the empire. Queen Elizabeth was herself known for her flawless looking skin and her elaborate skin care routines. She was considered to be the first woman of her time to use a made-up appearance. Painting her face with a white powder that was made of carbonate, hydroxide and lead and using red paint to color the cheeks and lips was extremely common in this era.

Another piece of history worth mentioning is that of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria ushered a new age of modesty. Pale looks were still in fashion and women were constantly cautioned to stay out of the sun because of the damage it caused to their skin. Zinc oxide and lampblack eye shadows were used and delicate appearance was considered to be the need of the hour. To this effect, women rubbed their faces with lemon juices, drank vinegar in hopes that it would give them a pale complexion and pinch their cheeks to give themselves a feverish glow.

As is clearly evident, skin care has played an integral part throughout history and it continues to do so. Yes, modern day methods have evolved significantly, but they are entirely based on the practices and the use of natural ingredients of the bygone era.

OROGOLD Presents Salad Ingredients for Blemish Free Skin

5 Salad Ingredients for Blemish Free Skin InfographicFlawless skin and younger looking skin are things that everyone dreams of having, but very few actually manage to achieve. Some of us are blessed with blemish-free skin from the word go, but the rest of us need to put in that extra bit of effort (a lot of effort, actually) to ensure that our skin remains blemish-free and looks healthier. Now, you’ve probably heard a lot about what skin care products to use and which ingredients to search for when you’re on the hunt for blemish-free skin. But, did you know that using the right skin care products isn’t going to be enough. You also need to ensure that you balance out your skin care routine with the right kind of food. Luckily for you, eating the right food is quite simple. And you can easily eat the right stuff by adding a simple salad into your diet. All you need to do is add the right ingredients and you should be able to do wonders to your skin in no time at all. So without any further adieu, here is a list of the top 5 ingredients for blemish-free skin.

Radishes

Radishes are known to be extremely healthy for your skin care as well as your health care. They are extremely rich in dietary fiber, which is essential to maintain the pace of your body metabolism. Radishes are also known to be extremely rich in Vitamins A, B9, and C which help to treat your skin disorders to a great extent. Furthermore, radishes are known for their disinfectant properties and antioxidant content as well.

Spinach

They did not associate spinach with those bulging muscles of Popeye the Sailor for nothing. Spinach is yet another ingredient that is known to work wonders not just for your skin, but also for your health and your body. Spinach is considered to be a powerhouse of antioxidants and it does wonders with anti-aging. It is also rich in Vitamins A, C, E and K; all of which are associated with blemish-free skin. Finally, eating spinach allows you to ingest a high mineral content in your body, thereby strengthening your skin tissues and leaving you with glowing skin.

Arugula

Arugula is a green leafy herb that is commonly used in salads. The chlorophyll present in arugula leaves is known to help in detoxifying your skin and the beta carotene present in the herb helps your body to fight skin cancer. Arugula is also known to be extremely rich in folate and Vitamin K. Finally, arugula is considered to be low in oxalates (oxlates are things that usually interfere with the body’s calcium absorption process).

Walnuts

Walnuts are a major source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are extremely important for your skin as they help you prevent acne, reduce redness and inflammation and give you healthy and glowing skin. Moreover, walnuts are also known to be rich in B Vitamins and we all know how important B Vitamins are for the human body.

Safflower oil

Safflower oil is usually known for its lubricating properties, meaning that it acts as a protective barrier for your skin and helps you to prevent the loss of moisture. Safflower oil works in tandem with your skin to soothe skin problems, reduce roughness and also get rid of dry skin. Furthermore, safflower oil is also known to be very rich in linoleic acid (an Omega-6 fatty acid) that helps your skin maintain its glow.

As boring as these ingredients might sound, you can actually turn them into a tasty salad. If you don’t consider yourself to be quite crafty in the kitchen, stay tuned for some delicious salad recipes.

OROGOLD Explains Work Out Skin Care Dos and Dont’s

Work outs and exercises are known to be one of the best ways of ensuring that your body remains fit and healthy and that your organs function normally. One of the biggest benefactors of regular exercise is your skin. Exercises are known to stimulate body processes and regulate body functions. It also causes a lot of sweat which allows your body to release its toxins, open your skin pores and rejuvenate your skin cells. As a result, your skin ends up looking healthier and younger. However, you must understand that there are several work out skin care dos and dont’s that you need to take care of. Remember, the ultimate difference between making your work out routine effective or ineffective for your skin could be one of the points mentioned below.

Fitness girl drinking from bottle of water

Work Out Skin Care: Dos

Avoid tanning at all costs

Your skin pores are known to open up after a rigorous work out. This makes your skin much more susceptible to the harmful UV rays of the sun and direct exposure to sunlight could result in tanning. One of the most important post work out skin care solutions is to ensure that you avoid direct sunlight at all costs. Cover your face with a scarf, wear sunglasses, wear a broad rimmed hat and use sunscreens to block out the harmful UV rays that affect your skin.

Be gentle on your skin

Make sure that you are gentle on your skin. Don’t scrub yourself to make your body feel clean after sweating. Yes, you might feel better, but it could end up being a disaster for your skin, particularly if you suffer from sensitive skin. Use gentle cleansers to clean your body and a gentle shampoo to rinse your hair. We like OROGOLD Vitamin C Cleanser to remove all the yucky stuff from our skin after a work out. This should do the trick, irrespective of how sweaty you have become.

Stay hydrated at all times

It is extremely important to ensure that you stay hydrated all through your work out. Rigorous exercises lead to loss of moisture from your body in the form of sweating. You need to ensure that you replenish your body fluids by drinking adequate water. You should also replenish your body with healthy food and a proper diet.

Stay disciplined

Make sure that you work out every single day. It doesn’t help to take a break when following a proper work out routine. This becomes even more important when you’re a beginner. Doing something consistently, no matter how big or small it is, definitely helps your skin a lot. For best results, don’t end up overexerting yourself either. Ideally, you should be looking at 30 minutes of cardio exercises on a daily basis and strength training 2 – 3 times a week for a couple of months until your body becomes accustomed to regular exercises.

Always listen to what your body has to say

In your zeal to look younger and fitter, don’t put too much of stress on your body. Your body knows what is best for it. If you feel uncomfortable or you feel that you need rest on a particular day, skip exercises and take a break. Although it is not wise to take breaks in your routine, overdoing is not a healthy way of exercising either.

Always wear comfortable shoes

Invest in a pair of comfortable work out shoes to give your back the necessary support while exercising. This is particularly important if you plan to stay in shape and not get bogged down after rigorous exercises.

Use the right skin care products

Using the right skin care products is extremely important after exercising. Refrain from using soaps to wash your body and always use a gentle cleanser that offers you with hydrating effects. It is also important to use a moisturizer that not only hydrates your skin, but also offers you with SPF 30 sun protection.

Young man working out and getting sweaty on a stationary bike

Work Out Skin Care: Donts

Don’t be hard on yourself

Your ultimate aim should be to age with grace. There are so many factors apart from your genetics that take a toll on the state of your skin. Don’t make it worse by being hard on yourself. Concentrate on taking care of your skin and your body rather than obsessing about things that simply cannot be changed.

Control your hands

Resist the temptations to wipe sweat from your face using your hands or your gloves. Always soak some cotton balls in a facial toner and use them to wipe your sweat. Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after exercising.

Never bathe with hot water after work outs

A hot water bath might do wonders to help you get rid of your exhaustion and loosen your sore muscles. But it ends up causing havoc on your skin. Hot water baths end up stripping your skin of its vital oils, thereby leaving you dry and itchy.

Don’t get stuck on the treadmill

Most newbies in the world of work outs prefer to follow the same routine at the same intensity. As a result, they end up spending too much time on the treadmill. This habit gets reinforced as the work out becomes easier and the body adjusts to the monotonous work outs. You might be fooled into thinking that you’re actually benefiting from the routine, but truth be told, your muscles have adjusted themselves to the challenge and your body stops to benefit. Make sure that you mix up your routine and intensity by jogging outside, using an elliptical machine or cross-training on the bike.

Remove your sweaty gym wear as soon as possible

You need to ensure that you strip off your sweaty gym wear as soon as you’re done exercising. Sweaty gym clothes are a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause a lot of damage to your skin. So, don’t skip on those showers after a work out.

 

Now that you’ve  become aware of all the dos and dont’s of work out skin care, you should easily be able to create your own skin care and work out routines. Don’t forget to carry essential things like a water bottle, a fresh pair of clothes, your gym shoes, a gentle cleanser and some sunscreen moisturizer.

Lose the Flab to Get Fab: Exercises to Tone and Tighten

There are exercises that don’t just help you lose your fat, but they also help you to boost your calorie burn, get a sleeker body and build some extra muscle. Each exercise involves multiple muscles of your body and burns more calories than single focused exercises like biceps curls. Moreover, each of these exercises also help you to build your posture, shape your body and get rid of that unsightly flab. So check out a few exercises that help you lose the flab to get fab.

Woman doing lunges on the beach with weights

Standing Lunges

Lungers are an extremely effective way of toning your butt and thigh area. All you need to do is stand on your feet, keeping them apart from each other at a shoulder’s length. Next up, place your Ieft foot forward, keeping the forward leg centered over the ankle and ensuring that the knee doesn’t  go beyond the toes. Push off with your heels in order to maintain your balance. While coming back to your normal position, focus on straightening the knee and the hip. Then follow the same procedure with your right leg and keep repeating the routine as directed.

Legs up at 90 degrees from ground for crunches

Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch

The Legs Up Straight Arm Crunch helps you to tone your abs. This routine can also be performed with the help of a dumbbell if you’re looking to make the exercise more challenging. Start off by lying on your back and maintain your leg posture at 90 degrees from the floor.  Straighten your arms (use a dumbbell if you wish to) and then curl upper back and your shoulders off the floor with the help of your abs. You also need to pull your arms all the way to the ceiling. Hold the posture for a second and slowly lower your shoulders back towards the floor. Don’t forget to ensure that you keep your legs and arms straight all through your exercise.

Bridge and pike exercise on yoga mat

Bridge & Pike

The Bike & Pike routine starts off by lying back on the floor with the right knee bent and your heel placed on the floor. The left leg should always be placed straight out. Next up, raise the hips and your back to create a bridge with your body. Hold your posture and then lower your hips on the floor. Follow this by crunching your abs and raise your upper body as well as your left leg to an angle of 45 degrees to create a V shape. Lower your chest down on the ground, allow your hands to fall behind your head, but ensure to keep your leg off the ground. This entire routine is considered as a single set. You need to complete the routine about 30 – 45 times, in sets of 10 – 15.

 Beginning position for leg raises

Lying Leg Raises

The Lying leg raises helps you to tighten and tone the skin around the lower abdominal area. Start off by lying flat on your back and then raise your legs to an angle of 90 degrees. Maintain the posture of your legs and keep them as straight as possible while you lower them in front of you till they almost touch the floor. Lift them back again to the 90 degree position and continue the routine. Remember, your legs should not touch the floor, but should come quite close to touching it when you bring them down in front of you.

 

Donkey Side Kick

Start off with a table top position and lift your knees a few inches off the ground, balancing your weight on your hands and your toes. While your leg is still bent and your right foot is flexed, raise the right leg to the side until the inner thigh becomes parallel to the ground. Extend the leg and kick before returning your legs to the starting position. Repeat the routine 10 times with your right leg and another 10 times with your left leg.