Healthy skin care
Feed your face : younger, smoother skin and a beautiful body in 28 delicious days
Jessica Wu.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Tired of wasting hundreds of dollars on expensive wrinkle creams, drying lotions, and zit-zappers that just don't work? Well listen up, ladies. To reallyget gorgeous, you've got to change the way you┬ feed your face. ┬  Cosmetics companies, women's magazines--heck, even most doctors--will swear that food doesn't affect the skin. But celebrity dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu knows that's just not true. After years spent battling her own pimple-prone, "problem" skin (not to mention caring for some of Hollywood's most famous faces), she's learned that what you eat has everything to do with the condition of your complexion. Packed with patient testimonials, un-retouched before and after photos, and celebrity anecdotes from stars like Katherine Heigl, Maria Bello, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Lisa Ling, FEED YOUR FACE is an easy-to-follow, 28-day diet plan that will help you banish blemishes, wipe out wrinkles, shed unwanted pounds, and generally feel better--in your clothes and in your skin. Along the way, Dr. Wu will dish the dirt on her journey from Harvard Medical School to the glamorous Hollywood Hills, while offering realistic, practical beauty and diet advice for women of all ages. Want to soften your crow's-feet? Find out which foods will turn back time. Plagued by pimples? Discover the snacks that will erase stubborn blemishes. Did you know milk doesn't always do a body good? Feel a sunburn coming on? Learn why red wine may save your skin from peeling and flaking. What does a hard-partying rock star eat for good skin? So stop thinking about food in terms of what you can't have: no butter, no red meat, no fat, and no flavor. Instead, discover the foods that will keep you feeling full and looking gorgeous. Follow the FEED YOUR FACE Diet, and you can have pizza. You can go out for Italian, indulge in Chinese takeout, and dine at The Cheesecake Factory (with the help of the FEED YOUR FACE Restaurant Guide). Because you do have the power to change your skin. All you have to do is eat.
The water secret : the cellular breakthrough to look and feel 10 years younger
Howard Murad.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2010.
From one of the world's leading experts on health and skin care - a revolutionary guide that will help you look and feel ten years younger

He has been called one of the "Best Forward-Thinking Doctors" (Vogue magazine) and acclaimed as a "Beauty Genius" (Elle magazine). Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD is one today's foremost authorities on health and skincare, and his philosophies have helped men and women around the world look and feel as young and healthy as possible. With The Water Secret, Dr. Murad shares a new, scientifically proven strategy, cultivated over years of practice and treating over 50,000 patients, to help you look and feel better from the inside out.

The Water Secret will:

  • Reveal groundbreaking secrets to help you take years off your looks, feel better and healthier
  • Debunk health myths through cutting-edge research and tell the truth about how inflammation, hydration, and other factors really affect your health
  • Explain how damaged cells that leak water can sabotage your looks
  • Introduces an integrated, multidisciplinary "Inclusive Health" approach to help optimize cellular strength
  • Give you a complete 10-step action plan with recipes and meal plans to start you on the path to clear skin, fewer wrinkles, more energy, and better overall health

Discover The Water Secret and learn to take control of the process of aging by improving the health of every cell in the body. Begin the program and you will see and feel the difference your healthy new lifestyle will make in as soon as one week!

InStyle ultimate beauty secrets : the best tips, tricks, and shortcuts to create your perfect look
by the editors of InStyle, with Eleni Gage ; designed by Maryjane Fahey Design.
New York : InStyle Books, c2010.
From choosing the best bronzer to creating a sexy, smoky eye, this book will help women of every skin tone achieve a glowing, polished look. Includes application how-tos and shortcuts.
Get positively beautiful : the ultimate guide to looking and feeling gorgeous
New York : Center Street ; London : Little, Brown [distributor], 2010.
According to a recent study, only 2% of women describe themselves as 'beautiful.' ( Dove Global Study 'The Real Truth About Beauty: A Global Report', 2004 ) The media instructs women how to 'look ten years younger,''cover up wrinkles,' or 'get fuller, plumper lips.' And even makeup products play off women's insecurities, promising to conceal perceived flaws, define cheekbones, or make eyelashes fuller and longer. The underlying message? That there's something inherently wrong with the way women look and that they have to spend time, money, and energy keeping up with all the ways they should 'fix' themselves. In GET POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL, makeup artist Carmindy from TLC's hit program What Not to Wear shows you how to change your mindset from negative fault-finding to a positive beauty philosophy. You learn how to find and focus on your best features and how to combat negative thoughts about your appearance. Carmindy demonstrates easy makeup techniques for eyes, brows, lashes, lips, cheeks, and skin, and how to adapt looks to different weather conditions and 'beauty moods.'
Walking papers : the accident that changed my life, and the business that got me back on my feet
Francesco Clark.
New York : Hyperion, c2010.

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It insulates us from the cold, keeps us cool by sweating, and protects us from the environment. Good skin care is essential for everyone.

The skin is structured in three layers:

  • Epidermis is the outer layer of skin and contains 5 sublayers. The bottom layer creates new cells and push already formed cells into higher layers. As the cells move into the higher layers, they die. The top layer sheds about every 2 weeks.
  • Dermis is the inner layer of skin that contains blood vessels, hair follicles, and glands. These glands produce sweat, which help regulate body temperature and sebum an oily substance that helps keep the skin from drying out. Sweat and sebum reach the skin's surface through pores.
  • Hypodermis is a layer of tissue joining the skin to muscles and bones.

Washing your face

Choose a cleanser that is formulated for your skin type.

Wash your hands.

Splash your face with water.

Work cleanser into a lather, massage with your fingertips.

Rinse your face with water.

Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.

Apply a moisturizer.

Knowing your skin type can help you with proper care of your skin. There are three basic skin types:

  • Oily skin contains a lot of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands. It tends to be shiny with enlarged pores. Wash with soap and warm water and cold water to rinse.
  • Dry skin is lacking some of the protective sebum. It looks dry, sometimes flakes, and often feels tight, especially after washing it. Use warm water to wash, rinse with cold water and use a moisturizer.
  • Combination skin is made up of an oily center or a T-zone across the forehead and nose along with areas of dryness on the cheeks. Use a skin cleanser designed for combination skin.

Protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. It is extremely important to apply a good protective product to clean skin. Always wear sun protection with SPF 15 or higher.

Taking care of your skin will give you that beautiful, smooth, healthy look you always want.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff