For a healthy and youthful appearance, there is no substitute for beautiful skin. A flawless complexion, all by itself, can make you look many years younger than you actually are.
Achieving healthy, glowing skin actually begins on the inside, when you drink a steady supply of pure water, which hydrates and plumps the skin—filling in pores and wrinkles. Water also balances the oil sitting on the surface of the skin to help prevent acne breakouts, flushes toxins from the body and delivers nutrients to your cells. Eating fresh vegetables and fruit is another way to increase water consumption; many are comprised of more than 75 percent water. Also, fruits and veggies that are high in vitamins A and C help increase production of collagen, a protein that aids in keeping skin firm and elastic.
Of course, cleansing and moisturizing the face are the basics to daily care, but sometimes they’re just not enough. Indoor heat in the winter can be incredibly drying to the skin—resulting in overall dryness or dry, flaky patches. And in warmer weather, skin may be damaged by overexposure to the sun, chlorine in swimming pools and even skin care products that contain harsh synthetic ingredients (synthetic fragrance being the most frequent offender). But using facials and masks made from pure, natural ingredients is an excellent way to counteract the damage done to the skin and to revitalize complexions.
Facials are cleansing beauty treatments that typically involve several steps, and they’re often performed by professional aestheticians in a spa or salon. Applying a face mask, however, is usually one of the steps in a facial. Both facials and face masks have specific functions, such as acne reduction, soothing and balancing, moisturizing, pore reduction or lifting and toning. A typical salon facial usually includes a mild cleanser, exfoliation, steaming, a toner, a face mask and a moisturizer. A complete facial can take around 30 to 45 minutes while a face mask can be done in 10 to 20 minutes.
by Kathy White • Photography by Jenna Northcutt