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Why Vitamin C is Good for Hair and Skin

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, has many amazing and potent benefits for your health in general. It is said to improve your immune system, healthy heart function and even prevents cancer. Although it is readily available, there are so many people who still suffer from Vitamin C deficiencies which may lead to symptoms like nosebleeds, bleeding gums and a weak immune system among others.

 

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I did some more research and I found out that this vitamin does wonders to your skin and hair. It is an antioxidant and it also contains properties that help in boosting collagen production in the skin. Which means it helps in promoting skin elasticity, thus helping to minimize the presence of fine lines and wrinkles on your face. It also helps in boosting collagen production in our hair, which is very important for the growth and health of the hair.

Since this vitamin is beneficial for the skin and hair, then we need to make sure we take get enough of it. Here are 3 ways to do so.

 

Use the right beauty products

Using the right beauty products for our skin and hair helps. It is best to shop around to find the best products for your skin and hair type. Vitamin C hair products are great in removing mineral buildup accumulated on the surface of the hair. So look out for shampoos that include it.

Vitamin C serums are also available to promote thick hair, get rid of dandruff and improve hair growth. So shop around to find the right serums. Beauty stores like Capital Hair and Beauty stock hair and skin products from various brands.

 

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Take more fresh fruits and vegetables that are high in Vitamin C

Eating or in some cases drinking Vitamin C rich foods is one of the easiest and most common ways to enjoy the benefits.

Citrus fruits like lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime are rich in Vitamin C. Dark leafy greens like spinach, kale and turnip greens make a really good source as well. So does Broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes.

 

Apply Vitamin C rich fruits topically

You don’t only get the benefit of Vitamin C on your skin from the fruits and vegetables you eat, you can also derive those benefits by topically applying them on your skin. Applying the juice of fruits high in Vitamin C, like the citrus fruits and tomatoes, directly on your skin can do wonders.

The juice of some citrus fruits, most especially lemon or lime, can be a little too harsh for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin, then the best way you can go about it is to mix a little water to the juice before applying it on your skin. Once you’ve applied the juice on your skin, leave it to dry for about 20-30 minutes then wash off with cold water and pat your face dry.

The Vitamin C in the juice makes the skin glow. If you were suffering from acne, the juice helps to reduce the inflammation and heal the cuts caused from a burst pimple.

These are just some of the benefits of Vitamin C for the skin and hair. Do you have any tips to share? Please drop them in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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6 Best Anti-Ageing Skincare for Women

Yesterday, while typing this 6 Best Anti-Ageing Skincare for Women post, I thought about how quickly the days have gone by. As I watched my kids play, my mind flashed back to the day they were born. They have grown so much since then and I have grown too.

Time waits for no one and as the years go by, it can start taking a toll on the skin. I noticed a couple of fine lines and I knew that I had to do something about it.

As women, we get engaged in so much work from our careers, pregnancy and childbirth, responsibilities at home and taking care of the family. All this can get you stressed out and add more to your years.

 

 

 

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But who doesn’t want to look young and untouched by time? I’ve tried a couple of natural treatments that have helped my skin look radiant and youthful. Here are 6 of my favourite anti-ageing skincare treatments and routines.

 

Moisturize regularly

If you want to have youthful skin, it all starts with making sure that your skin is well-hydrated. Beautiful skin loves moisture, so you need to make sure that you moisturize regularly, especially on dry days.

Moisturizing your skin day and night will help you get rid of those fine lines which are often times the first signs of ageing.

 

Exfoliate

It’s not only the wrinkles what will make you look older. Exfoliating your skin at least once or twice a week will help transform dull skin. This is because exfoliating will help you remove the dead skin cells from your face and reveal new radiant skin.

But take note: don’t exfoliate too hard and if you have sensitive skin, I advice you make use of natural exfoliants like baking soda, brown sugar or oats. Also, make sure you apply a moisturizer each time you exfoliate.

 

Milk baths

Yes, milk can do wonders for your skin. Milk rejuvenates your skin. It contains Vitamin E which feeds your skin giving it that wonderful glow.

Add a few cups of milk to your bath water and soak yourself in the bathtub. If you don’t have a bathtub to soak in, you can dip a wash cloth or a ball of cotton into the milk and dab the milk on your face. Your skin will thank you for it, and you can thank me later!

 

 

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Potato face pack

Who would have thought that there are so many benefits hidden within the potato? Potatoes help regenerate collagen which is responsible for skin elasticity. This will also help to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.

To prepare a potato face pack, all you have to do is to extract the juice of a raw potato and apply the juice on your skin with a cotton ball. Allow the potato juice to stay on your skin for 15 minutes, then wash off with cool water.

 

Avocado mask

Avocados are known to have potent medicinal properties. It fights off free radicals and helps to boost the production of collagen. Collagen production helps to diminish wrinkles and fine lines.

For the avocado mask, mash an avocado and apply the paste on your face. Let the paste lie on your face for 10 minutes then wash off the paste and pat your skin dry with a towel.

Lemon juice

Lemon juice contains high levels of Vitamin C making it excellent for removing blemishes and age spots that appear over time with age.

To experience the benefits of lemon, squeeze its juice into a container and apply the juice on your face or only on the troubled area. If you have sensitive skin, make sure you dilute the lemon juice with water as the juice may be harsh on your skin. Leave the juice on your skin for 10 minutes and rinse off.

What do you think of these anti-ageing skincare tips?

 

How to Get Kissable Lips

Lips, by far, are one of the most neglected parts of our beauty routines. Even I was a victim of this. But with conscious practice, I made sure that I pamper my lips as much as I do the other parts of my body. Who doesn’t want kissable lips right?

 

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When you don’t take care of your lips, they get chapped, dry and dark. This will throw your overall appearance off balance. When you try and use lipstick to cover it, it’ll get caked up or hidden in the cracks. And that’s so much worse!

If you want to have appealing and kissable lips then it’s time to show them so love.

 

Exfoliate

Just the way you have dead skin cells on the skin on your face, the same goes for your lips. Exfoliation helps to remove the dead cells and reveal new and fresh skin. When you exfoliate your lips, it makes your lips smooth, brighter and plump.

There are so many exfoliating scrubs specifically for your lips. However, I’m a great fan of natural products you can get straight from your kitchen cupboard.

Sugar makes an excellent exfoliating scrub. It not only removed the dried and dead skin from your lips, it also nourishes your lips and make them extra soft.

Apply your favourite lip balm or a dollop of Vaseline on your lips. Take a pinch of sugar and pat it all over your lips. The sugar will stick to the balm or Vaseline. Next use your fingers to gently scrub your lips. If you don’t like the feel of sugar on your lips, you can use an old toothbrush and brush your lips with water. This gives the same effect as exfoliating with sugar. But make sure that you don’t scrub too hard and injure your lips.

 

Stay hydrated

To have those lush, plump lips, you need to make sure that you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Of course, staying hydrated depends a lot on the environment as much as how much fluid you take into your system. To be on the safe side, always make sure you drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.

 

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Don’t lick your lips

Dry lips are usually the beginning of unhealthy looking lips. Unknown to many, in an attempt to keep your lips moist, there is a tendency to lick your lips. It sounds pretty logical as saliva is liquid which will keep your lips moist. However, that is a huge misconception.

Licking your lips can make your lips very dry. The elements contained in your saliva makes your lips dry up quickly.

 

Moisturize

For kissable lips, moisturizing balms must be your best friend. Moisturize your lips daily, especially immediately after exfoliating or accidentally linking your lips so that your lips don’t dry out. If possible, moisturize multiple times a day to maintain lush lips.

One hack I use while moisturizing my lips is to apply a little water to my lips before applying a generous amount of lip balm or more Vaseline to my lips. This will help lock in the moisture longer.

Don’t think moisturizing your lips is something that is restricted to day time use. Make sure you moisturize every night too. In fact, I advice you be extra generous with the lip balm or Vaseline at night.

 

Do you have any others ways of achieving kissable lips? Please share in the comments section.

 

 

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