Jan

28

By Karen

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Categories: Acne, Anti-ageing cream deception, Chemical free skin care

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The 2 Biggest Skincare Concerns: Anti-Ageing And Acne, And the Most Effective Solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2 biggest concerns most people face is acne, particularly adult acne, and wrinkles and lines that appear as we age. There has always been an interest by the majority of the population in skin care products to help maintain appearance and youthfulness.

An amazing amount of information on all sorts of problems can be obtained from the Internet. Everyone is an expert. But a lot of the information and recommendations sound remarkably the same. Lets sort the wheat from the chaff.

Acne Problems:

Whatever the age of the sufferer, acne is a distressing problem. Usually associated with adolescents, because of hormonal upheaval. The sufferer eventually outgrows the condition. But marks and scars often remain and it is the use of proper treatment that could prevent the aftermath of active acne problems. For some unfortunate individuals, acne can continue into their early 20s. Others suffer the occasional and random outbreak and this invariably happens before an important event.

An oily skin usually accompanies acne problems, and for this reason, proper cleansing is paramount in the acne skin care routine. A soothing wash for acne is to use cheesecloth or cotton bag containing raw rolled oats.  Pure cotton handkerchiefs can also be used for this purpose. Soak in tepid water and rub over the affected area to cleanse and soothes the inflamed skin. Rinse the skin, and pat dry with disposable paper towel to avoid re-contamination. Apply a light, aloe vera based moisturiser sparingly to hydrate and protect the skin from environmental pollution.

Always use a laundered cloth and fresh oats for each wash to prevent re-contaminating the skin with bacteria removed by the previous wash. It is handy to have several cloths in rotation.

Harsh skincare products can dry the surface skin, encouraging the sebaceous glands to produce more oil to alleviate the tight feeling. This, of course, is counter-productive.

Mild, soothing skin care products are the best choice, as they will not irritate. Aloe vera and essential oil based products are a great choice as the natural healing and moisturising plant base will encourage new cellular growth. Unlike mineral oils, that form a coating on the surface of the skin, essential oils will absorb into the skin feeding and nourishing the cells and helping with the healing process.

A Probiotic, taken daily, will help to improve and support the immune system, allowing the body to heal itself. A diet rich in antioxidants foods will also promote healthy skin. Fresh, unprocessed foods allow the body to absorb nutrients that in turn feed the skin. A Probiotic that it also contains super foods will provide a dual role.

Anti-ageing:

Cosmetic houses and manufacturers all have, what they claim, to be the latest, newest, breakthrough research to halt the signs of ageing. Antiwrinkle creams are heavily advertised and marketed, not only to women, but now, to men as well.

These creams usually work by puffing out the fine lines to create a smoother effect on the skin surface. Glycerin is usually the 2nd ingredient after water, on the ingredients list of the majority of anti ageing skin care products. This inexpensive humectant draws moisture from the deeper layers of the skin to be held on the surface by silicon or waterproof barrier. Unfortunately, this process eventually dehydrates the skin, while the waterproof barrier prevents the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins.

Moisturising is most important to obtain a wrinkle free complexion. The choice of a rich moisturiser without harsh chemicals is paramount in obtaining a plump, smooth skin. It is interesting that aloe vera works well here as well because of the plants superior cell renewal activity and moisturising effect.

Fine lines begin when the skin’s natural collagen and elastin begins to break down. This is a natural ageing effect, and will be hastened by sun damage. But, beware of chemical laden sunscreens as they may create more problems than they solve. Some popular chemicals added to sunscreen have been shown to be hormone disruptors in laboratory animals. It is best to avoid sun exposure to the skin in the hottest part of the day, wear protective hats and clothing rather than smothering the skin with creams. We all need vitamin D, and this is best obtained from gentle sunlight rather than a pill.

 

Aug

24

By Karen

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Categories: Acne, Chemical free skin care, DNA Damage, Moisturisers with Sunscreen, Sunscreen, unassessed ingredients

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Beauty Myths: 3 False Beliefs about Skin Care

1. Avoid Moisturiser use for oily skin.

Many women troubled with oily skin are often concerned that using a moisturiser will make their skin oilier. To some extent that assumption could be true, particularly if a mineral oil or synthetic silicone are included in the ingredients of the moisturiser chosen.

Mineral oil is also known as petrolatum, obtained from the petro-chemical industry. It coats like plastic wrap, preventing the skin from breathing or eliminating toxins. During manufacture petrolatum can be contaminated with carcinogens. Dimethicone is a synthetic silicone, which acts the same way as petrolatum. It was first used in the paper making industry. Now it is found in may skin care products and hair conditioners. This chemical has been found to cause tumours in laboratory animals. Look at the ingredients in your moisturiser to find if they are listed.

Moisture and oil are two different body fluids. An oily skin can also be dehydrated, particularly if a harsh, drying cosmetic is used in an attempt to dry out the excess oil. The surface of the skin becomes dehydrated. The more stressed the skin is by continually being striped of the natural acid mantel, the more oil the sebaceous glands with pump out to contend with the problem.

A light moisturiser based n Aloe Vera is the best option as the aloe, with it’s healing and antioxidant properties will help to normalise the skin’s secretions.

Miessence Balancing Moisturiser for normal to oily skin that has a few break-outs and pimples is ideal as the certified organic Aloe Vera hydrates the skin without excessive oil.This creamy moisturiser is also formulated with plant phosphlipids, organic seed butters and oils, organic herbs and flowers has significant lasting effects on the skin’s hydration and smoothness.

The Balancing Skin Conditioner supplies water soluble nutrients to actually feed the skin and as a hydration base for the Balancing Moisturiser to lock in.

Miessence Purifying Moisturiser for acne and  skin is a light lotionwith organic extracts known to sooth inflamed complexions. Plant phospholipids hydrate the skin without clogging the pores or over moisturising.

The Purifying Skin Conditioner of aloe vera infused with organic echinacea, witch hazel, plantain and burdock helps firm and tone the skin. Tea tree assist the Purifying Skin Conditioner to clarify and purify the complexion.

2. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer.

It will come as a surprise to many that little is known about the safety or effectiveness of sunscreens except they appear to prevent sunburn.

There is no data demonstrating that sunscreen alone helps prevent skin cancer according to the FDA. To protect from the sun’s damaging rays, covering up with clothing and hats as a physical barrier and staying in shade where possible is the best advice. Many sunscreen contain chemicals that have cause for concern due to their toxicity when absorbed into the skin.

Approximately 30% of sunscreens and most Moisturisers containing sunscreen use Retinyl Palmitate, a synthetic vitamin A as it is claimed this ingredient slows skin ageing. However recent data indicates that when this chemical is applied to the skin in sunlight it may speed up the development of lesions and skin tumors. Scientists have been aware for some time that vitamin A can increase excessive skin growth and in sunlight can form free radicals that damage DNA.

During a year long study, laboratory animals were exposed daily to the equivalent of nine minutes maximum intensity sunlight. Some of the specimens were coated with a cream containing 0.05% vitamin A concentration while the remaining animals were treated with a vitamin-free cream. Tumors and lesions developed up to 21% sooner in the animals coated with the vitamin A cream.

Reflect Outdoor Balm is a water-free nourishing balm with natural minerals that help reflect damaging ultraviolet radiation. Micro-fine (not nano-particles!) zinc oxide offers protection from harmful rays whilst organic olive oil keeps the skin supple.

3. All products labelled as ‘organic’ really are organic.

There are no regulations regarding the use of the word ‘organic’ when labeling or describing skin care or cosmetic products. In fact the term scientifically refers to any compound that was once living. Loosely translated, leaves and flora material that have been compacted over millions of years to form crude oil is classified as ‘organic’!

Consumers are under the illusion that if a product is labeled and advertised as organic, it is entirely natural with little processing and no synthetic chemical additives. This assumption is entirely incorrect. Some products may include organic ingredients and there might also be ‘certified’ organic ingredients but a closer look at the ingredients label could also show chemicals are included in the formulation and there is no safe guard to warn trusting consumers.

It is worth noting that if the ‘organic ingredients’ are toward the end of the list, they will be in too small an amount to be of benefit.
Another trick used by manufacturers is to list every organic herb in the ‘Aqueous Infusion’ of their product. A closer look reveals this ingredient to be a weak tea of botanicals, boosting the dubious organic claim.

To ensure the organic products you choose are genuinely organic, without the inclusion of chemicals, look for the ‘certification’ logo of a third party, independent body such as the USDA or the ACO. Without a certification, an organic claim cannot be substantiated.

 

Nov

7

By Karen

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Categories: Acne

Acne Treatment Tips

Acne is a hormonal problem. It usually starts in the teenage years and can stay with the poor sufferer well into their 20s and even 30s. I know as I was a victim!

My acne problem was so acute that I was seeing a dermatologist from the age of 14 or 15 who prescribed anti-biotic treatment, six weeks on, six weeks off. He also advised me to get my face sun-burned!

I was convinced that I would eventually trade my pimples for wrinkles!

And that would probably been my fate if I had not taken matters in to my own hands.

By the time I reached my early 20s and with no real improvement in the condition, I was fed up with the lack of progress and the down side of the years of failed medical treatment.

The side effects of the prolonged anti-biotic treatment impacted on the rest of my body. I suffered from thrush, bowel problems and stomach disorders and the acne was never ‘cured’ by the heavily marketed, medical form of treatment. I decided there had to be a better way and found it with research and experimentation.

So here is what I learnt:-

  • Pro-biotic taken daily not only improves acne, but maintains the gut flora and improves the immune system so the body has a fighting chance to heal itself.
  • Chemical laden drug store acne remedies only address the symptoms, not the cause. They are dehydrating and contain possible carcinogenic (cancer causing) ingredients. They also sensitize the skin so it can become more damaged by the sun.
  • A little sun light is a good thing! And I mean ‘a little’ don’t go for the burn. Vitamin D is sourced from the sun… not from a bottle in the form of a pill! Ten minutes before 10am or after 3pm in hot climates is enough. You may need a little longer in winter or at latitudes where the sunlight is weaker.
  • Cleansing is vital. As mentioned above, avoid concoctions from the pharmacy and choose certified organic products. There are no synthetic chemicals in these preparations and the essential oils and plant extracts are healing and soothing.
  • Exfoliate the skin a couple of times a week with a cloth (a handkerchief is good) containing rolled oats soaked in warm water. Rub the cloth over the acne area for several minutes, allowing the milky water to penetrate the skin and the roughness of the cloth to remove the top dead layer of skin. Use only once to avoid re-infection, throw out the used oats and launder the cloth ready for the next time.
  • Use a clay mask 2 or 3 times a week. Clay will actually draw the impurities from the deeper layers of the skin. Always mix the clay with filtered water, apply thickly and lie down until it is set. Rinse with warm water and finish with a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar.
  • Now you have bought the apple cider vinegar… take a tablespoon in a glass of filtered water along with your pro-biotic each day.
  • Don’t squeeze the pimples! I can’t stress this enough, it is tempting, but I have the scars to prove my point. Daub the spots with tea tree oil on a cotton tip or use a certified organic purifying gel.
  • A moisturiser is okay. Even though my dermatologist threatened me with death if I used one. The best choice, of course is a certified organic moisturiser formulated for troubled skin. These products contain the most healing and anti-bacterial herbal extracts and certainly don’t contain mineral oils that will clog the pores, leading to more infections. They will keep the skin supple and avoid dehydration. Excessive sebum (the skin’s natural oil) is the problem for acne, not moisture. That is the reason for a non-oil formulation. One based on Aloe Vera is ideal because of its’ healing and antioxidant properties.
  • Your diet is very important. Cut out the sugar! Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. A salad a day is ideal. Be inventive and consider vegetables you may not have eaten before. Drink plenty of water, 4 to 6 large glasses a day, spread them out and you will get used to the amount very quickly. A little chocolate, the darker the better as it has less sugar and you don’t crave so much, is fine as a treat. In spite of the bad press, chocolate won’t make your acne worse. Fried fatty food, on the other hand is best avoided.
  • If you suffer from those large hard pimples that won’t come to a head, usually the ones on the torso gently massage around them to help increase the blood supply to speed up the removal of the infection. You can use an organic massage oil to prevent friction on the skin and this oil won’t clog the pores. Add some tea tree oil to the mix as an anti-bacterial. Don’t rub too hard as this could rupture the vessel below the skin and cause the infection to migrate to another area. With these horrors, you need to preserve and follow the guides above more strictly.
  • One last bullet… make-up. It really is best to keep the skin free of foundation so that it can breathe as most foundations are silicone based and they clog the pores. Try a Mineral Foundation powder and if you must, a little concealer on the spots. The powder will allow the skin to breathe and eliminate toxins. Be careful with your choice as most mineral powders contain nanoparticles that may penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream. Research is well behind the application of this new technology and manufactures are not required to list on the label of their products that they contain these ingredients. More information can be found on my blog.

Finally don’t stress! It really will improve. I am a living testament. Maintain your skin by always choosing certified organic products. This link will take to the site to purchase no chemical skin care products. The improvement to my complexion since I have been using these formulations has been a marvel. I wish I had discovered them long ago.