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06-11-2006
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when you are young, your skin cells recycle rapidly so you don't actually need to do anything close to what an adult has to. You're young and that's when your natural beauty grows, and it only comes once in a lifetime. Using suncreen and face wash is great. But face mask and all other stuff? I don't think they are that nesseccary. May be it's just me. I did not wear makeup until 17, did not do any exfoliate or mask until 16 and my skin were perfect. It got broke out after I use the products. So I would say not to go overboard. Your skin is young and premature and still very delicate.

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14-05-2008
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I'm 18 years old now. and not only about 2 months ago did I start using sunscreen and boy did it help clear up alot of my acne helping to clear up my face. I also didn't start drinking water regularly until the beginning of this year. and i must say it does make a difference. I mean I still have some blemishes but no way near as i used to. and I admit I recently bought a powder to even tone my skin but I mean it makes me feel good and gives my skin a healthy look!! cant wait for 30 years to see if all this will be worth it. god Ile be 48!! but Ile be looking like Im 29!! woooot!! lol.

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Wearing sunscreen in the UK?? It's barely sunny here at all. I've never really used it, but i'm thinking that perhaps i should now. Are you supposed to use it all year round?

Also, does it replace the moisturiser? Surely you can't moisturise then apply sunscreen?

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I started at the age of 12 I think... I did this thing - cleanser, toner, cream my mom bought me for teenage skin. That time most my classmates didn't even think about it.
And now I'm getting awful breakouts if I skip using my cleanser or toner even once... I'm 23 and I still have breakouts, spots etc. from time to time, so I think that the main reason for good skin would be genetics and not the way you take care of your skin (but it's important as well, I'm sure). My mom has oily acne-prone skin and so do I

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This topic isn't referring to never having acne but taking care of the skin while one is younger to have the skin be in good condition when older. Too much sun ages someone's skin even with good genetics. I also think it matters to take care of ones' skin since skin is the body's largest organ. I don't think we usually think of our skin that way though, but it does things for our body that we need just like other organs.

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This topic isn't referring to never having acne but taking care of the skin while one is younger to have the skin be in good condition when older. Too much sun ages someone's skin even with good genetics. I also think it matters to take care of ones' skin since skin is the body's largest organ. I don't think we usually think of our skin that way though, but it does things for our body that we need just like other organs.
it's true, sure we need to take care of skin, but I've noticed that some people have nearly flawless skin since their teens, no matter what skincare they used or even if they didn't use any... so genetics has something to do with it. also habits are nearly as important as cosmetics and skincare etc. - good eating habits, sleep, no smoking (my friend stopped smoking and in few months her undereyes circles and puffiness just dissapeared! too bad I smoke )

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it's true, sure we need to take care of skin, but I've noticed that some people have nearly flawless skin since their teens, no matter what skincare they used or even if they didn't use any... so genetics has something to do with it. also habits are nearly as important as cosmetics and skincare etc. - good eating habits, sleep, no smoking (my friend stopped smoking and in few months her undereyes circles and puffiness just dissapeared! too bad I smoke )
Isn't that enough of an excuse to quit?
It's a dirty habit!

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Isn't that enough of an excuse to quit?
It's a dirty habit!
I couldn't agree more, it's an awful habit But the most I could stay away from a cigarette was 2 days, it's really hard to quit, but I'm working on it and hopefully will quit soon

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Drinking lots of water is really good for ur skin!
That has never been documented. If you drink more than 4 litres of water a day for a long period of time, you will damage your kidneys.

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it's true, sure we need to take care of skin, but I've noticed that some people have nearly flawless skin since their teens, no matter what skincare they used or even if they didn't use any... so genetics has something to do with it. a )
I know, and that's kind of annoying since I still get acne. At least oily skin ages well.

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it's true, sure we need to take care of skin, but I've noticed that some people have nearly flawless skin since their teens, no matter what skincare they used or even if they didn't use any... so genetics has something to do with it.
Genetic has lots to do with it. If you have bad skin it's very hard to make it look good, I have friends who sleep with make up on and smoke and don't take care of their skin and still have perfect skin. No matter how much I take care of my skin it still doesn't look good, id I smoke one cig ( I hate them anyway so it really doesn't matter) it shows on my face or if I don't take my make up off properly ( I would never sleep with it on no matter how tired I am) I get spots. It's so frustrating to see they do nothing to take care of their skin and it still looks perfect.


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Wow, Im not the only one:

Im 12 years old

-Practise walking in 3 inch high heels at home.
GURL! you scare me. my future daughter wouldn't get anywhere NEAR high heels til she's at least 15.

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Water And The Skin
While it's true that no documented effect and/or evidence has been shown about water and it clearing up skin I thought I'd copy something from my chemistry textbook about their opinion on Water and the skin.
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There is one essential nutrient no person can live without, and that is water. In order to function properly, the body and skin both rely heavily on water. Water composes 50 to 70 percent of the body's weight. Drinking pure water is essential to the health of the skin and body because it sustains the health of the cells, aids in the elimination of toxins and waste, helps regulate the body's temperature, and aids in proper digestion. All these functions, when performing properly, help keep the skin healthy, vital, and attractive.
The amount of water needed by an individual varies, depending on body weight and level of daily physical activity. The following is an easy formula to help you determine how much water is needed every day for maximum physical health: Take your body weight and divide it by 2. Divide this number by 8. The resulting number approximates how many 8-ounce glasses of water you should drink every day. For instance, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink 10 glasses of water a day. If intense physical activity is performed daily, add two extra glasses of water to the final number. This will help replace extra fluids lost while exercising.
It is estimated that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Research suggests that the benefits of water on human health and functioning are many.
  • Even mild dehydration will slow metabolism by as much as 3 percent.
  • Drinking tons of water can help stop hunger pangs for many dieters.
  • Lack of water is the number-one cause of daytime fatigue.
  • A 2 percent drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and can cause difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page.

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I am 14 too and I am actually very lazy, Plus I am unsure about a few beauty things

for example what is the difference between moisturize exfoliate and cleanse - and what actually are they?

Also are body lotion and body moisturizer the same thing?

Thanks

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I am 14 too and I am actually very lazy, Plus I am unsure about a few beauty things

for example what is the difference between moisturize exfoliate and cleanse - and what actually are they?

Also are body lotion and body moisturizer the same thing?

Thanks
Again, from my textbook for aestheticians...dont get confused, there's a lot of info.

Cleansing

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Cleansers come in many forms and should be used twice a day. (I dont necessarily advocate this, I think once a day, in the PM is enough, in the AM, just splash on some water, toner, treatment, and moisturizer and SPF.) Cleansers that rinse clean with water and are not too harsh are the best choices. Soap is not usually recommended, as it can leave a film on the skin and can be quite alkaline, causing dryness. Cleansers for all skin types and conditions come in three basic forms: face washes, lotions, and creams.

A face wash is a detergent-type foaming cleanser with a neutral or slightly acidic pH. Many people are accustomed to the foaming type of bar soap and want that "squeaky clean" feeling. Face washes rinse off completely, leaving the skin feeling clean, but often a little tight. Clients with oily or combination skin like foamy cleansers. For acne-prone skin, an antimicrobial agent can be added to kill bacteria. Recommend these washes with caution because they can overdry the skin. This often leads to an overproduction of oil in the skin and can exacerbate acne.

A cleansing lotion is a water-based emulsion for normal and combination skin. For dry skin, milky cleansers that contain more oils or emollients that soften the skin are recommended. Cleansing lotions can be applied with damp cotton pads or the hands and can be removed with a damp soft cloth, cotton, or sponges. Additional ingredients can be added to cleansing lotions to suit certain skin conditions such as sensitivity, dehydration, or capillary problems.

A cleansing cream is an oil-based emulsion used primarily to dissolve makeup and dirt. It is suitable for basic skin cleansing twice a day on very dry and mature skin. Cleansing creams are considerably heavier than cleansing lotions. Cleansing cream should be used with a sponge or a soft cloth, otherwise there may be a residue left on the skin. Cleansing creams should be followed by a toner or another cleanser that is strong enough to remove any residue.

Cleanser Benefits

As a recap, cleanser benefits include the following:
  • Cleaners dissolve makeup and dirt to unblock pores and prepare the skin for other products.
  • Milky cleansers have emollients that soften dry skin.
  • Cleansers contain ingredients to counteract various skin problems.
  • Additional ingredients can help certain skin conditions such as sensitivity, dehydration, or capillary problems.
Exfoliants

The term exfoliation refers to the peeling or sloughing of the horny (outer) layer of the skin, also known as the corneum. An exfoliant is an ingredient that assists in this process. Many different types of peeling and exfoliation treatments are available, ranging from brushing treatments and light enzyme peels to strong surgical peels that can be administered only by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. Alphahydroxy acids (AHAs), gentle scrubs, and peeling creams all exfoliate dead skin cells that clog pores. Removing cell layers from the surface of the skin can treat a variety of problems.

Exfoliation can cause irritation and damage to the skin and capillaries if overused or used incorrectly. Use caution when exfoliating the skin. It is important to note that the aesthetician's domain is the superficial epidermis, not treatments that involve the live layers of the skin below the epidermis.

There are two types of basic exfoliation treatments: mechanical and chemical.

Mechanical exfoliation is a method of physically rubbing (a bad choice of words, never rub or pull your skin) dead cells off of the skin. Examples of mechanical peeling treatments include granular scrubs, such as those made with almond meal or jojoba beads, or treatments that use a brushing machine. The movement of the brushes or scrubs removes cells from the surface of the corneum. Granular scrubs for normal to dry skin are usually recommended two times per week.

Exfoliation Benefits (Mechanical or Chemical)

The removal of dry, dead surface cells can help the skin in the following ways.
  • It makes the skin smoother.
  • It facilitates the extraction of matter that clogs pores.
  • A faster cell turnover rate brings cells to the surface more rapidly.
  • It improves the skin's ability to retain moisture.
  • It helps product penetration and facilitates a more effective delivery of ingredients into the epidermis.
  • The skin is smoother and not as rough, which makes the application of makeup easier.
  • The mechanical treatment used in exfoliation stimulates blood flow.
Chemical Exfoliants

In chemical exfoliation, dead skin cells or the intercellular "glue" that holds them together is dissolved by chemical agents such as AHAs and enzymes. AHAs penetrate into the skin and dissolve the intercellular glue or cement. In contrast to AHAs, enzymes only digest the dead cells on the surface. Superficial enzyme peels are very gentle. You might consider using them when mechanical exfoliation is not appropriate.

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