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Dr. Zein Obagi: Facial Exercises & Remedies

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Many of us spend time at the gym, but we're forgetting to workout the muscles in our face! Dr. Zein Obagi of the Obagi Skin Health Institute was here with exercises to keep our faces firm and toned, and helpful remedies for summer skin problems.

While many of us spend a lot of time in the gym getting our bodies in shape, we may be missing one body part that really could use a good work out. Our face! Dr. Zein Obagi of the Obagi Skin Health Institute www.obagiskin.com is here today to teach us some exercises that will keep your skin looking young, firm and toned as the rest of you.

Exercises:

1. Warm up

  • With your knuckles, apply pressure all over your face.
  • Apply as much pressure as you can.
  • Concentrate on problem areas.
  • Continue for one minute


2. Forehead lift

  • Depress your eyebrows with your fingertips
  • Lift your eyebrows to strengthen and tone the muscles.
  • Repeat 10-20 times


3. Crow's Feet Stretch

  • Put forefingers from both hands outside of your eye.
  • Attempt to close your eyes
  • Resist to strengthen the muscles around the crow’s feet
  • Repeat 20 times


4. Cheek Tightening

  • Put your fingertips in front of your ears and stretch the skin back
  • Inflate your cheeks with air
  • Roll your fingers forward
  • Squeeze the air out of your cheeks.
  • Repeat 10-20 times


5. Mouth Firming

  • Open your mouth wide
  • Using two fingers, begin at the top of your mouth.
  • Apply pressure and slide your fingers to the side of the mouth.
  • Repeat, beginning at the bottom of the mouth
  • Continue to the side of the mouth
  • Repeat 10-20 times.


6. Neck Tightening

  • Open your mouth wide, and then close tightly, extending the lower lip slightly.
  • Position your forefingers under your chin.
  • Slide fingers all the way down to the collar bone.
  • Keep your neck very tight.
  • Repeat 10-20 times


2. How to treat acne yourself

?1. Make a cinnamon and honey mask

Honey is sticky, and cinnamon is spicy, and it seems like they’re both things you’d want to avoid getting near your skin. Surprisingly, while it may sound strange, honey and cinnamon make a (literally) killer combo when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, so it can help stop bacteria from getting out of hand. If it does, the honey is a natural anti-biotic, ready and waiting to wipe the little buggers out.

You will need…

  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • paper towels

Directions:

Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until they are thoroughly blended and have formed a sort of paste. Apply the mask to your face (or spot treat) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off completely, and pat your face dry. This is a sticky mixture, so make sure you have some paper towels at on hand.

ASPIRIN

While aspirin is primarily taken internally, it’s also a topical acne powerhouse. Known scientifically as acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin’s chemical makeup is incredibly similar to the world’s most popular pimple zapper: Salicylic acid. Topical aspirin works to reduce the swelling and redness that come with a large pimple or cyst. Mash up one uncoated aspirin with a couple of drops of water until you form a thin, viscous paste. Apply the mixture to problem areas for five to 10 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.

TEA TREE OIL

Like honey, the oil extracted from tea tree leaves is known for its incredible antibacterial properties. This powerful concentration helps diminish inflammation and scarring, and is known for its heavy, eucalyptus-like aroma. Apply on pimples with a cotton swab nightly.


3. DIY sunburn relief. Dr. Obagi and hosts to create these sunburn remedies

  • ?What to do if you have a sunburn?? You need a CAP
  • Cornstarch
  • Aloe
  • Potatoes

Cornstarch/baking soda for fighting burns

Cornstarch, with its cool, silky texture, is a good way to naturally soothe your sunburn. Like milk, it is one of those things that you probably have lying around your house regardless of whether or not you planned on sizzling out in the sun. If you don’t have cornstarch, try some baking soda for quick relief. Both can diminish the pain and lessen the blazing red appearance of the burn.

You will need…

  • Cornstarch or baking soda
  • Cool water

Directions:

How much cornstarch or baking soda you need will vary depending on how big of an area you want to cover. Whichever one you are using add cool water-not cold- little by little until it has reached a paste-like consistency. Smear the paste gently over your burn and leave on until the heat or pain has let up some. Rinse off completely.

ALOE!?

Aloe vera gel is a go-to remedy for sunburn. It’s cool, soothing, and seems to suck the sting and redness right out of your face. Because aloe is useful for a number of other ailments (such as acne or heartburn) it’s handy to have a plant growing in your house. They’re easy to maintain, free from any additives, and you won’t have to keep running out to buy more from the store all the time once it’s big enough. If you would really rather prefer not having the plant, getting some good quality aloe vera gel from the store is the next best thing-it’s also more practical for treating larger areas. Time to create your DIY sunburn remedy!

You will need…

  • An aloe plant with thick, juicy, leaves
  • Enough store bought gel to cover your burn

If using the plant, slit several big leaves down the middle, not cutting all the way through. Spread them flat, and lay on your burn. You can also squeeze the gel out. If you’re using gel that’s already been extracted, apply however much you need to your sunburn. The plant is usually more practical when treating smaller areas, while the purchased aloe gel is easier to spread over a big burn. A combination of both works as well.

Potato paste

Another remedy for sunburned skin that can be found in your kitchen is potatoes. These root vegetables have been known as a pain reliever throughout the years, working particularly well on minor skin irritations and soothing scratches, bites, and burns, as well as possibly reducing inflammation. Some people feel that the juice of the potato works the best, while others feel just slices are sufficient. Try both, and see which one is the best remedy for your sunburn.

You will need…

  • 2 potatoes
  • A grater, blender, or knife
  • Cotton balls, cotton pads, facial tissue, or gauze

Directions:

Wash and scrub your potatoes thoroughly, and then either grate them over a bowl or cut them up and put them in a blender. There is no need to remove the peels. If you’re using a blender, give them a whirl until they’ve become quite liquid. If they seem too dry, you can add a small amount of water. Pour out the mixture, soak cotton balls thoroughly in it, and apply to sunburn. An easier perhaps more effective method would be to soak gauze and lay it over the burn.

If you’re using a grater, grate the potatoes over a bowl and apply the pulp, trying to get as much juice as possible. You can also try simply slicing the potatoes, and lying the slices directly on your burn.

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