Does milk really do a body good? Cleopatra supposedly thought taking milk baths daily would maintain her gorgeous skin. Was it all for naught, or was the Queen of the Nile onto something?
Milk is an excellent source of lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). But lactic acid already exists in our cells, so the body recognizes and accepts it more readily than it would a fruit-derived AHA. For the same reason, lactic acid creates less inflammation as it assists in new cell growth than other AHAs.
But don’t go jump in a milk bath just yet – homogenized milk will show little to no effect on the skin. Why? Unfortunately, the milk has to sour before the lactose in it can be converted to lactic acid. And no amount of skincare benefits are worth smelling like old cheese all day.
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Olive oil is one of the most popular ingredients in cooking, but if you’ve never used it for beauty, you’re in for a treat. Believe it or not, Rachel Ray’s pet ingredient is not only a necessity in any pasta dish, but also great for your nails, lips, hair, and skin. Why? Olive oil is rich in squalane, a natural emollient that penetrates skin without leaving a greasy film behind. Beyond that, it’s packed with Vitamins A & E and a number of polyphenols that already make it a popular inclusion in beauty products – you only have to read reviews like these Polyphenol-Rich Olive Oil reviews to see for yourself how popular it is! Check out the below list for 15 inventive ways to get gorgeous Italian-style:
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Us beauty addicts all work hard on keeping our faces beautiful every day – but what about making sure the rest of our bodies are gorgeous? Here are some tips and tricks for taking care of your scalp, elbows, knees, and more of those neglected areas you probably don’t think about beautifying often:
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If you’re having any sort of skin troubles, chances are a friend or family member will come to you with some sort of natural wonder cure. There are some home remedies that work wonders for some, but there are plenty of substances no one should put on their face. They can cause dangerous skin reactions, worsen the problem you’re having or decrease skin’s health over time. Here are some regular household products that Delray Beach dermatologist Janet Allenby says you should never use for skin care.
Lemon Juice and Citrus
Put this in your tea, not on your skin. Citrus is highly acidic, very drying, and can cause contact dermatitis, a skin condition that can result in dryness, itching, loss of moisture, and itchy rashes. Not to mention that going out in the sun after having citrus on your skin can cause blistering.
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We’re back with another beautiful #TheSkinProject post, and this week we’re talking about toner. (We mean toner for your face, not for your printer. Nerd.)
Toner is a controversial and highly misunderstood subject, much like attention deficit disorder or celebrity baby naming conventions. The bulk of the confusion comes from the broad use of the term “toner” to apply to anything you dab on with a cotton ball after cleansing. Soon, skincare companies started using “toner” interchangeably with “astringent”, which is the harsher, alcohol-based version of toner meant to reduce oil and tighten pores on those with very oily or acne-prone skin. Consequently, toner started to receive a bad rap for “drying your skin out”.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that there are so many varieties of toner, chances are one will work well for your skin type – it’s more about which product you’re using than what it’s categorized under. With that in mind, you should choose a toner based on 2 things: 1) your skin type; and 2) what your goals are.
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