Tuesday, 13 May 2008



SKIN is somehow an important part in our body , especially face . Well , lots might have problem with it especially pimples! Euuu~~ nobody like it , yeah . It’s a nightmare.

There are three MAIN step to get a nice radiant skin. Make sure you are well discipline . I know it is not that easy (as for me) to follow all the rules and tips given .

1. Cleanse:

At least wash your skin twice a day , which is in the morning and before you go to bed . Wash your skin thoroughly on a daily basis to remove the dirt, debris, pollutants, and perspiration that accumulates on a daily basis. Removing all the dirt before going to sleep is very important , as it is one of the cause for pimple .

Oil gets caught at a pore's opening, and when it hits the air, it oxidizes and turns dark, forming a blackhead . When oil can't escape a plugged-up pore, a small white cyst, known as a whitehead , may form. Either a blackhead or a whitehead can become infected, producing the inflammation and redness of an acne pimple.

But the raging hormones of youth aren't the only cause of problem complexion. External oils on your skin—greasy cleansers, hair products or cosmetics, or even oils you encounter at work—may cause pimples. Stress plays a part, too. Some researchers say that chemicals released by the skin during stress can worsen inflammation.

Dry or sensitive skin : use only warm water to wash your skin and use a mild natural cleanser every few days.

Normal or oily skin : be sure to wash with a gentle cleanser on a daily basis.

Toner : Why you should use toner after cleansing your face? It is to close your skin pores . Want your skin to looks smooth and soft without any obvious pores on it ? Then applying toner after cleansing , inshaAllah it might help.

2. Moisturize:

Unless your skin is very oily, you will want to use a moisturizer everyday to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Your skin needs moisturizer all year long as both the indoor winter heat, and summer sun can be equally damaging to your skin.

Dry or sensitive skin : Extra Moisturizer might be useful for this type of skin especially during winter .

Normal or oily skin : you might find out using moisturizer during summer might make you skin become a bit oily , and maybe caused some small pimples to pop out . So the best suggestion is for you to use Light Moisturizer instead of the normal one or Extra .

3. Protect:

Use a sunscreen when possible, regardless of whether or not you plan on spending much time in the sun. The sun's rays are very damaging and if you get in the habit of applying sunscreen. Below are few factual and tips about sun protector . I believe most of us don’t even know what is the different between , UVA , UVB , sunblocks and sunscreen . So read! ;)

UVA (ultraviolet-A): long- wave solar rays of 320-400 nanometers (billionths of a meter). Although less likely than UVB to cause sunburn, UVA penetrates the skin more deeply, and is considered the chief culprit behind wrinkling, leathering, and other aspects of "photoaging." The latest studies show that UVA not only increases UVB 's cancer-causing effects, but may directly cause some skin cancers, including melanomas.

UVB (ultraviolet-B): short-wave solar rays of 290-320 nanometers. More potent than UVA in producing sunburn, these rays are considered the main cause of basal and squamous cell carcinomas as well as a significant cause of melanoma.

Sunblocks and sunscreens: Sunscreens chemically absorb UV rays, sunblocks physically deflect them. Sunscreen has long blocked UVB effectively, but until recently provided less UVA protection.

SPF (sun protection factor): measures the length of time a product protects against skin reddening from UVB, compared to how long the skin takes to redden without protection. If it takes 20 minutes without protection to begin reddening, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer -- about 5 hours. (Actually, it may take up to 24 hours after sun exposure for redness to become visible.) To maintain the SPF, reapply sunscreen every two hours and right after swimming.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends SPF's of at least 15, which block 93 percent of UVB. While SPF's higher than 30 block only 4 percent more UVB, they may be advisable for sun-sensitive individuals, skin cancer patients, and people at high risk of developing skin cancer. They also allow some margin for error if too little sunscreen is applied.

While SPF is the universal measurement of UVB protection, no comparable standard exists for UVA. Scientists worldwide are working to develop a standardized testing and certification method to measure UVA protection.

Broad-spectrum protection: The phrase indicates that a product shields against UVA as well as UVB. It does not guarantee protection against all UVA wavelengths, however. Most broad-spectrum sunscreens and sunblocks with an SPF of 15 or higher do a good job against UVB and short UVA rays; if they also contain avobenzone, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide, they should be effective against the entire UVA spectrum.

**(All the information about UVA , UVB , sunblocks , sunscreen and broad spectrum protector is provided by Charles H. Booras MD )

Anyway ,it might be a bit hard to find UV protector here especially in winter and the SPF provided is not as high as those you can get in Malaysia or USA . So its either you buy it in Malaysia and bring it here as much as you think enough for a year long or just let your skin follow the nature (hehe , just being sarcastic ) .

But somehow , when you are here in UK , especially when it is your first year here , your skin type changes as the weather changes . It happen to me…it might happen to you too, maybe .

So the only solution is change your Facial Foam’s type . Normally winter will make you skin dry , so you will need extra moisturizer . While Summer is a bit hot , it make your skin become oily especially at the T-Zone . But anyway all these syndrome will normally apply to certain people only (such as me , that’s why I;m mentioning about it here) .

Hope all tips help! ;)

‘A group of the Companions of the Prophet were waiting at the door for him , so he prepared to go out to meet them . There was a vessel of water in the house, and he peered into it, smoothing his beard and his hair.

(Aishah said ) I asked him :O Massenger of Allah, even you do this?

He said : Yes , when a man goes out to meet his brothers , let him prepare himself properly ,for Allah is beautiful and loves beauty .’

(Makhool reported from Aishah ra)

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