Anti-Aging

Lemon water benefits and recipes have been floating around the internet for a while, and many are considering the habit of drinking lemon water in the morning as a simple way to boost your health and mood, too!

Not only it is a sour and refreshing drink which comes with a host of benefits, but also lemon water is loaded with anti-oxidants that replenish and rejuvenate the skin.

No wonder then so many cosmetic products today contain substances derived from lemons as their active ingredients.

Here, we list a few of the advantages of the mildly colored drink.

Lemon water benefits for skin

Lemon Water Benefits

1) Smile Without Wrinkles

Vitamin C is essential for the smooth functioning and strengthening of the immune system. It also helps in the building up of collagen, a protein that helps in maintaining the structure of all connective tissues, including those on the skin.

Thus, consuming lemon juice ensures that your skin remains gaunt and prevents it from loosening.

In the long run, drinking it will guarantee that you are insulated from wrinkles, furrows, and blemishes; rendering your skin youthful for a longer duration.

2) Flush out the Toxins

Lemons contain a host of detoxifying agents, which aid the body in excreting toxins from the system, instead of letting them build up on the skin.

Besides, lemon water benefits also include being a diuretic; that is, it generates urine in the system, which is a primary source for excretion of toxins.

Consequently, your skin gets shielded from many adverse effects and maintains its charm. You can also detoxify your skin by rubbing lemon juice on your skin, though this may cause a slight burning sensation due to the citric acid content.

3) Kill the Radicals

Free radicals pose a danger to the body since they bind with living cells and reduce their functionality, thus compromising the working of the entire tissue build up).

Like most vegetables and fruits, lemons are rich in antioxidants, which are essential for the body since they help in eliminating free radicals.

On the skin, free radical build up could lead to the acceleration of the ageing process since it causes wrinkles and lines by weakening the connective tissue.

Thankfully, antioxidants present in lemon water help eliminate these free radicals and keep the skin unsullied.

4)  For Doc’s Sake!

Often, doctors and cosmetologists recommend consuming drinks with lemons to combat minor skin defects like blackheads and acne. They usually recommend that it be had in the mornings (right after waking up) since this is the time when the antiseptic properties of lemons work best on the body.

They can also prove very useful in fading scars that have been left behind after an accident.

You can also use lemon extracts in the treatment of burns by rubbing them on the skin since the slight acid content in lemons helps in providing a neutralizing reaction and soothing the burnt area.

Besides, thanks to the high vitamin C content, drinking lemon water can also help in the prevention of skin infections.

The above-stated lemon water benefits make lemons a key ingredient in promoting healthy living and slowing down the ageing process. When consuming lemon water, make sure to swish with water to remove any acidity left on your teeth.

Candy Evans is a fitness aficionado and has been writing articles on health and fitness since she was 18. Candy believes in doing her bit to spread awareness about healthy living, and she does it through her writing, one article at a time! is a contributor at LeanOnLife. She is a fitness aficionado and has been writing articles on health and fitness since she was 18. Candy believes in doing her bit to spread awareness about healthy living, and she does it through her writing, one article at a time!

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This is a guest post courtesy of Christina C., the lead esthetician at Silver Mirror Facial Bar.

We all want to fight off any visible signs of aging, but many of us aren’t necessarily doing it properly. Many people will do the bulk of their anti-aging skincare routine in the evening before they go to bed, but the truth is there is a lot you can do in the morning.

What better way to ensure you maintain a youthful, radiant glow through the day than by putting the work that you’ll get to show off all day?

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Here are some proven techniques that you can invite to your morning anti-aging routine.

Have a Fruit Smoothie

Smoothie

There are some important compounds in certain fruit that help strengthen your skin, boost its production of healthy skin cells, and protect it from photoaging. Things like antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and other minerals have been shown to have anti-aging properties to protect your youthful skin.

So first thing in the morning, make yourself a smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, oranges, papaya, guava, and other fruits that are high in those minerals.

Apply Natural Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Before you set out for the day, you should always apply sunscreen to your face and your neck. Most of the damage to your skin that you will accumulate in your life comes from UV radiation from sunlight, so you should have sunscreen on even if you are sitting inside by a window.

Find a good, natural sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher and comes with moisturizing properties. Avoid anything that says it has ingredients like retinyl palmitate, retinol, and especially oxybenzone as they have been linked to causing skin damage.

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Use Natural Oils

There are some good natural oils that can be very beneficial to your skin’s health. Coconut oil and olive oil are both excellent sources of antioxidants, which was mentioned above as being great for anti-aging.

You don’t have to use both these oils, however, so pick which one you like best. Coconut oil can be massaged into your skin after washing your face in the morning as a natural moisturizer, while olive oil has good natural protection against sun exposure.

Give Yourself an Acupressure Massage

Acupressure

Speaking of massaging, after you wake up you can give yourself a quick acupressure massage.

Take your index and middle finger and apply light pressure between your eyebrows, on each temple, and then the joints of your jaw while lightly clenching your teeth. Rotate the fingers on each spot for around 10 seconds.

This quick massage helps relax the muscles in the area and smoothes the skin there to prevent them from wrinkling due to tension caused by stress.

Apply Eye Cream

Eye cream

The skin around your eyes are usually the first part of your face to show wrinkling, due to you rubbing your eyes, smiling, crying, and other sources of stress on the skin.

Even as early as your 20’s, you should be applying eye cream around your eyes to help strengthen the skin there and fight off wrinkles from forming. Do it in the morning when you get up to help keep the skin around your eyes protected when you are out in the sun, smiling, laughing, and feeling stressed. That’s when your skin will need the help.

You can start with a lighter cream that also moisturizes and fortifies your skin with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and antioxidants.

Christina C.

Christina C. is the lead esthetician at Silver Mirror Facial Bar on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NYC. She has over 18 years of experience in the beauty and spa industries, both as an educator for top skincare and makeup brands, as well as a highly sought-after esthetician providing high-end facials. Silver Mirror Facial Bar has been a natural step in Christina’s journey as it encompasses results-driven facials and treatments in a dynamic and skincare-loving environment. Connect with Christina on Twitter.

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We all want to look good, but a lot of us do not know how.

And because no one is perfect, some women opt for makeup to hide their unattractive features. However, do you have to put on layers of makeup to look attractive?

As many suffer from various skin problems, I believe that the key to solving such problems is to understand the causes, and know how to cure them without damaging your skin.

Here are the Five Common Skin Conditions and How to Treat Them

#1 Eye Bags

When you think of it, eye bags are not a skin condition but is an obvious issue that is common as well.

Eyebags typically occur due to weakness and a lack of sleep. A normal human requires about seven to eight hours of sleep per night. The sleep should be uninterrupted as waking up during the night or sleeping at random intervals can also be bad.

Other than that, weakness can also cause these bags to appear. While you can usually treat them by sleeping properly and having a healthy diet, you can enhance the process by using different face massages and creams to treat eye bags.

Placing a cold spoon under your eyes for a couple of minutes could do the trick. You can also try using green tea bags, and cucumber, simple, yet powerful home remedies for a quick cure.

#2 Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a sign of aging and typically appear in the 50s or early 40s, but some of us begin to have these even in our 20s. They also appear due to frowning and can be visible on the cheeks, forehead, and neck.

Wrinkles can be difficult to get rid of, and many people turn to specialists to undergo laser treatment to remove wrinkles. However, if it is just the beginning, you may be able to get rid of wrinkles by using simple ingredients like vitamin C, which is great for stimulating the collagen production in your skin.

There are also products available in the market that claim to fight wrinkles. However, be careful about what you apply to your skin.

The best way ever to deal with wrinkles is to delay their appearance by living a healthy lifestyle; using a sunscreen every single day, applying a moisturizer, and using natural recipes for treating wrinkles are the best ways to enjoy a beautiful and healthy looking skin.

#3 Acne

Adult acne

Acne is among one of the most common skin problems around the world. 90% of all people will face acne at some point in life.

Acne happens due to some reasons including hormonal changes, and dietary habits. In some cases, it will disappear on its own. However, it may leave marks that need intervention to get rid of.

Tea tree oil is an excellent way to get rid of acne and acne marks, without the need to expose your skin to harsh chemicals. According to reports, tea tree oil is as effective as benzoyl peroxide, which is used in most acne creams, but with no side effects, as if using benzoyl peroxide.

Other than this, make sure to use products that are designed for acne-prone skin  (usually labeled as noncomedogenic); so that you do not cause a breakout.

A straightforward tip is to keep your skin clean and remove your makeup before going to bed, in order not to let dirt or oil accumulates in the pores and cause breakouts.

#4 Moles

Moles are very common and can be found on any part of the body. While they are usually considered normal, some of them can get very big in size and rise as well, causing pain and other issues.

Most doctors recommend getting moles removed before they grow any bigger.

#5 Venous Issues

Varicose veins disease infographic

Venous diseases usually occur due to issues with the blood flow. These diseases typically cause the veins to swell and turn purple or blue. This makes the skin looks very unattractive, and the condition can be painful as well.

Most venous diseases can be treated with medication but some may require endovenous laser therapy. If you or someone close to you is facing such diseases, then make sure to find more information on endovenous laser therapy. It is a painless procedure that can help you get rid of the problem.

If you have any of these five problems, then make sure to get them treated. Looking good could be as simple as paying attention to what you put on your skin and by living a healthy lifestyle. So rather than hiding your skin condition with makeup, make sure to treat your skin.

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