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Your Journey to Wellness

Want great skin, hair, nails? Want an overall improvement in your health and appearance? It all boils down to simple basic practices. Good nutrition being a key factor. We just can't stress this enough guys- YOU ARE WHAT YOU CONSUME. This applies to everyone. Eat clean and gradually watch almost every other thing fall into place. Natural Cosmetic products are great and would yield even better results with consistent practices when your diet is just about right. In this way, you're feeding your skin both on the outside and inside. Perfect combination in our opinion... Absolutely! Our mission is to create more awareness on the immense benefits of healthy skin practices, food habits, exercises and total self love. Rightttt! Not Narcism, just genuine healthy self love evident in the way you care for yourself for total well being  :)

Nature has provided us with a lot of good stuff. Why not use them? So get in here guys! Let's explore together....

Ever wondered on natural and totally safe ways of taking care of your body: both by topical applications and nutrition? Natural recipes you can actually cook up in your home? It sure saves your pocket too. GoodSkinGuru brings you several well documented, tested and proven natural recipes  to help you get the skin you love.

-Some natural ways to cleanse your skin-

Honey Cleansing: When dealing with honey, we mean pure natural honey- nothing less. Honey in its purest form, is packed with powerful antioxidants that help fight off bacterial infections. This keeps the skin in a healthy and blemish-free state. As a basic cleanser, simply dab honey on face using finger tips. leave on for 3-5mins and rinse off. Honey is also an essential ingredient in a host of skin care products. It is particularly useful for those suffering from acne and blackheads. Honey is mild enough to be used on any skin type. In the past, there has been some reports by a few people of the darkening effects of honey on their skin. While this is possible, we'll like to tell you that the goodness of honey on the skin totally outweighs the bad( darkening, as reported). Honey contains high levels of glycolic acid- one of the most potent alpha- hydroxyl acid great for dissolving dead skin cells on the skin's surface for a more radiant and even toned complexion.
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Oil Cleansing : You care for your pores? Jump in here. Oil cleansing is very essential in dissolving dirt. Generally, there is some tendency to avoid oil because oil is believed to clog pores right? Well, true! But then again, what will be best to dissolve oil if not oil itself? Got it?....right!!! Oil dissolves oil. So as long as it is used in moderation in the right amount needed, you will be perfectly fine. Oil cleansing is best effective when done at night as it works hand in hand with the skin's own process of rejuvenation for a radiant morning glow. How to use: First of all, use oil cleanser to wash face or using your finger tips, simply dab oil and massage oil into face. Then, soak up a clean face towel in hot water. Gently squeeze off water from towel and spread on your face. Allow to cool off on face for about 2 mins. Repeat process three times. 
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Yoghurtcontains lactic acid for mild exfoliation of the facial skin. Also has calming properties for those with sensitive skin.
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Cleansing grainsgreat examples are grounds oats and ground almonds. These could be used for fast yet very natural effective methods of cleansing. It can be mixed with water or milk and used as an exfoliating cleanser right in the morning before applying a face cream/moisturizer. Can also be used as a mask. Almonds are great remedies for those concerned about uneven skin tone and stretch marks is used in a variety of beauty recipes.
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Which ever cleansing method you decide to use, ensure you do so with warm water NOT hot water). After cleansing, sprinkle/rinse face with cold water to close (minimize the appearance of) the pores to prevent the re-entry of bacteria and other environmental pollutants that come in contact with our skin on a daily basis. 
Now you're done cleansing! what next?

Exfoliate!

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You get stressed out, worked up, get home late, barely have enough time to get through with the day's activities. You wake up, take a quick shower and zoom off to continue from where you stopped the previous day. And Oh at this point, proper skin care is just the least of your worries. 


Don't we all get those times in our lives where we feel life's activities taking a toll on us? Obviously, the bad news is that the skin, being the largest organ of the body, simply reacts negatively when neglected. You notice a dullness in complexion, dryness, flaky/patchy skin and occasional breakouts. What are you missing? Regular exfoliation!!! 

If you must maintain a radiant complexion, regular mild exfoliation should be your best friend. It is absolutely important. Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to practice this. Well, now you know :) Read on...


During sleep, your skin goes through a process of rejuvenation and cell renewal. Old skin cells are being replaced by new ones. Hence, it only make sense that you scrub off the outer layer of dead  skin cells to reveal the fresh new layer else, you stand the risk of dull patchy skin. Also, if you have struggled with dark spots, age spots and stubborn acne scars, exfoliation is the answer. 


Exfoliation serves the purpose of sloughing off dead skin cells thereby clearing out your pores and helping your skin to retain moisture even better. Just imagine how rubbing lotion feels on a smooth surface as compared to a rough surface. Exactly!


Now, here comes the twist. Regular exfoliation will generally help to keep your skin smooth and baby soft but the type of exfoliating scrub you use can be adjusted to match up with your skin needs. GoodSkinGuru brings you several recipes on natural exfoliations(oats, sugar, grains, lemon for less sensitive skin) and even recommend products based on your skin type and concern. We do the work for you. All you got to do is click on your skin concern or skin type, be informed and enjoy the benefits... We carry the mineral face scrub in our range of natural skin care line. The mineral face scrub is essentially made of fruit acids and exfoliating beads that will gently but evenly give your skin the effective wipe it needs for a natural beautiful skin glow.

For whole body exfoliation using natural exfoliants, you can pick a day every week to practicing this one technique of exfoliation. You'll notice a difference in your skin almost immediately.Now you can imagine the effect this will have on your skin over time....flawless!

There are two main types of exfoliation: physical and chemical.
Physical exfoliation is when you use a grainy substance to physically rub on your skin in order to mechanically take the old skin cells off.  Body and face scrubs made from salt, sugar, nuts or ground apricot pits are popular exfoliation ingredients.  You could also use a more gentle physical exfoiliant like cornmeal, ground oatmeal or a muslin cloth. 
Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, is when a fruit acid or milk acid is applied to the skin of which breaks down the adhesive substance holding the dead skin cells to your skin, thereby allowing them to be rinsed away.  However, since this is an acidic substance, it can cause a slight tingling or burning sensation when used in high enough concentrations especially for those with sensitive skin. This process is often called a peel or peeling mask.   

Either way, when we exfoliate the skin by any of these two methods mentioned above, we reveal a layer of younger, smoother skin cells underneath.  This smoother skin texture (generally with clearer appearance, and a rosy glow) makes us look younger.  The effect is temporary, of course, because our skin is constantly producing new cells, and readying the old ones to slough off. For this reason, exfoliation has to be regularly done.

Tone it up people!

Confused on what type of toner to use for your skin? Every natural based toner could be just about right for any skin type because they all do the same job of minimizing the appearance of pores while prepping the skin for the application of a face cream/moisturizer. Except of course you are of the sensitive skin category. Then you may want to be a little more specific in choosing your toner. But then, wouldn't you love to kill two beds with just a stone? Uhunn...right! In other words, think carefully.... what particular skin concern bothers you the most? Acne? Eczema? Blackheads? Uneven skin tone?  Skin dullness? or have you got great skin already and you're simply looking to maintain it... for more radiance? 


The aforementioned questions should guide you on how to go about your quest for a good toner specific to your needs.


Bad news is quite a number of synthetic skin toners do more harm than good to your skin. Going the natural route is always best in this case. Here comes the good news, you can make your own toner using ingredients already available in your kitchen as long as it is properly stored in the refrigerator if you intend to use it over a time period. A major challenge for you may be proper preservation. Thus, we suggest that these toners are made freshly everytime you need them else you stand the risk of spoilage and bacterial contamination. Better still, get our Refreshing Toning Mist- a simple vitamin rich formula that will surely give you a vibrant skin tone everyday without any hassles.

After years of research and experiments, goodskinguru has come up with different types of toners for different needs. Refer to our section on ways to deal with specific/common skin concerns/problems.

Face Mask  

Do you need one?
  • Yes darling, we all do!!! Basic Skin care  generally comprises of CURATIVE, MAINTENANCE and PREVENTIVE measures. A lot of people are of the opinion that when you're done fighting take for example acne, you're just done and so you should leave your skin alone. Umm...not exactly true. Skin care is not anti-biotics As long as you use natural and safe skin care products, you can keep using them at your discretion( perhaps less amount that you would normally use) even after it tackles your concern. At this point, it becomes a preventive measure.
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How Often?
  • Never overdo it! Applying mask in moderation is very important when it comes to getting the skin radiance you so desire. The number of times you apply a face mask in a week depends on the type of face mask being used. Most dermatologists and beauticians advice using somewhere around 1-3 times a week depending on the mask. Some are mild enough to be used on a daily basis.  For example, a clay mask should be used no more than 2x in a week, a cinnamon exfoliating mask -no more than 3x in a week on average,  while banana-avocado mask or a honey mask can be used everyday. So, identifying your skin's needs or concerns is the first step. Then, we can help you figure out what mask will work best for you.
What function?
  •      All masks serve the function of clarifying your pores. In the the course of our daily activities, the skin is constantly  being exposed to dirt, bacteria and a host of other environmental pollutants. Some of these get into the pores and clogs the hair follicles leading to inflammation, acne and eventually, blackheads. So, it is essential that you take out time to practice this pore purifying ritual.  Regular practice leads to pores that are rid of dirt thus appearing smaller and guess what! you look younger and radiant all the way. Get that glow!!!

Yummy foods for yummy skin!

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Here are some amazingly rich foods you should include in your diet if you want to have clear beautiful skin. For the purpose of simplicity, we will classify based on nutritional contents/benefits-

Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and hence you should consume Vitamin A rich foods together with fats for maximum absorption and distribution within the body. Leafy Green vegetables(kale, spinach)- abundance of vitamin A and K. Vitamin A is a very important vitamin for skin cell regeneration. Sweet potatoe, Carrots and Beetroot juice are other great sources of Vitamin A.

B complex vitamins
Ranging from vitamin B1-B12, these water soluble vitamins all have their unique benefits to the skin. Vitamin B3 commonly called niacinamide is the most commonly used in the cosmetic industry due to its outstanding benefits on the skin some of which include brightening skin tone, hydrating skin, fading dark spots and prevention of wrinkles/premature aging.  The B- complex vitamins are contained in most of the foods we eat ; rice, poultry, seafood, bananas, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, potatoes and fortified cereals, liver and egg yolks, Okra (high content of folic acid- an important component in building cell DNA), bananas and many more. According to the  dermatological research done in 2005 by Bissett et al, the a
nalyses of the data revealed a variety of significant skin appearance improvement effects for topical niacinamide(vitamin B3): reductions in fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness, and skin sallowness (yellowing). In addition, elasticity (as measured via cutometry) was improved.

Vitamin C
Simply put, this vitamin can be summed up as "food for the skin". Being a potent anti-oxidant, vitamin C will keep your skin younger looking for a longer period. It is primarily involved in the biochemical pathway that synthesizes collagen and elastin. Hence, a good supply of vitamin C either via concumption or topical application will provide a range of benefits that help to keep the skin bright, tighter and wrinkle-free. In a nutshell, the incorporation of vitamin C into your diet and skin care is a must if you want to achieve a glowing beautiful skin. Good sources include citrus foods(orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, mandarin), banana, broccoli, spinach, kale and lots more.

Healthy Fats
Fatty acids are extremely important to keep the skin well-hydrated and are thus key elements in every natural skin care diet. Essential 
fatty acids like omega-3s and omega-6s are the building blocks of healthy cell membranes. These polyunsaturated fats also help produce the skin's natural oil barrier, critical in keeping skin hydrated, plumper, and younger looking (WebMD). Research suggests that essential fatty acids also diminish the inflammation associated with acne as well as reduce sun sensitivity in those with photodermatitis. Cool stuff! Foods like Avocado and Olive oil are packed with healthy fats and offer amazing benefits to the skin. These could also be applied topically on the skin in form of face masks for n immediate skin plumping effect.

Other foods that are beneficial to the skin and thus, should be regularly consumed include: mixed nuts, black pepper, soy milk and Onions ( rich in silica. maintains collagen hence great for skin and hair. Do not forget to drink MORE WATER and LESS SODA while you're at it :)
Substitute your regular soda and carbonated drinks for more naturally sourced fruit juices. Your skin will thank you!
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Stay youthful and wrinkle free with these super foods:

nSalmon:
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This fatty acid helps to calm skin inflammation to avoid skin break out/ blemishes. Salmon also contains a chemical called astaxanthin, which gives the fish its pink hue. This chemical can have the same helpful effect on your skin, giving it a youthful  and radiant appearance.

Yellow peppers:
 Rich in vitamin C-helps prevent free radical damage on the skin.

Eggs:
 Contains lean proteins to help build your collagen and prevent skin sagging.

Whole grain barley
 Contains an important mineral called selenium which protects skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Studies thave shown that ultraviolet rays from the sun is one of the leading causes of premature wrinkling of the skin.

Vitamin and Mineral Power

Antioxidants can improve cell function; increase collagen production; improve elasticity; create healthier, younger skin cells; and reduce sun damage ... but the improvement takes time. Like a healthy diet, the more potent the antioxidants used, the healthier the results.

​Black currants, cherries, cantaloupe, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, peppers and spinach are among a growing variety of foods found to contain surprisingly high levels of disease-fighting antioxidant compounds, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study published in theJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2004. This study is one of the largest, most comprehensive analyses to date of the antioxidant content of commonly consumed foods.

Battling with Oily Skin???

Do not be alarmed! Every skin is meant to produce some amount of sebum (skin oil) from specific glands found on the epidermal(outermost) layer of the skin. These glands are called the sebaceous glands and the oily/waxy matter they secrete serves the purpose of skin lubrication. Studies have shown that in actual fact, these help to keep our skin looking younger up until our later years. 
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Now we have been able to establish that skin oil secretion is not, in itself, a bad thing. However, the rate at which sebum is secreted by these glands vary from person to person and and for different skin types with the caucasian skin type generally secreting less sebum on average compared to those of black decent. Every other race falls somewhere in between this wide range. 

Some people suffer from dry scaly skin due to less oil secretion while others are more prone to acne and large pores due to excessive oil secretion. Then comes the need for oil regulation and pH balance. For those with dry skin, the key is to use a moisturizing or moisture balancing face wash or cleanser and follow up with a moisturizer rich in essential fatty acids. In addition, drink water often to ensure your skin stays hydrated all day long (applies to everyone).

For people with oily skin on the other hand,  here are a few tips that could help you tackle excessive skin oil production:
- Use a moisture balancing face wash or cleanser 2x daily
- Include a toner in your daily skin care regimen. This is absolutely important as it could also serve as a moisturizer in some cases where you do not want to apply a moisturizer at that moment. Our Refreshing toning mist does this beautifully well t be your skin looking vibrant, refreshed, oil free yet hydrated all day long.
- Use a face mask ( mud or clay mask most preferably) at least 3x every week. This is another important step in tackling excessive oil production. Masks help to absorb and pull out as much oil as is necessary to ensure your pores stay clean all in a bid to avoid clogged pores which eventually could result in breakouts/acne and large pores.
- Use a light weight moisturizer with a serum like consistency. You do not need a lot of moisturizer for your skin to stay hydrated. Avoid anything that makes your face feel heavy. Chances are, that may be too much for your skin. Moisture is important as it  "tricks" our sebaceous glands to produce less oil than the usual but avoid overloading your face with too many layers of face cream, make-up as well as every other thing applicable to the face. The simpler the routine, the better.
- If you must wear some make up for the day, you can sprinkle a tiny amount of rice flour over your face for a finishing touch. Rice powder is a great oil absorber.


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