Category Archives: Skin Care

Fight Aging with Vitamins

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You know Vitamins A, C, and E found in skincare products are good for the skin while sunrays are bad. Yet, why is this? In a nutshell, here is basically how the, previously mentioned, vitamins impact the skin.

Vitamin A:

treats fine wrinkles, age spots, and rough skin caused by sun exposure

-thickens and stimulates the Dermis – where collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.

-the deposition of collagen

-slows the breakdown of your collagen and elastin from normal aging

– decreases clustering of melanin granules – so it reduces brown spots or pigmentation

 

 Vitamin C:

-Vitamin C found in the form of L – Ascorbic Acid found in skin care products to keep the skin  refreshed looking and youthful

-helps your skin repair itself

-essential to the production of collagen

collagen:  protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength

 

Vitamin E:

-an antioxidant that protects & repairs your skin

  • antioxidants: agents that neutralize the negative effects of free radicals
  • free radicals: molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles

-prevent cellular damage from occurring

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chemical Peel Benefits for Skin Care

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Many people use chemical peels because it provides the skin with a more radiant and youthful appearance. A chemical peel will decrease or remove the following:

⦁ Acne or acne scars
⦁ Age and liver spots
⦁ Fine lines and wrinkles
⦁ Freckles
⦁ Irregular skin pigmentation
⦁ Rough skin and scaly patches
⦁ Scars
⦁ Sun-damaged skin

A chemical peel uses a solution to remove outer layers of the skin to improve the appearance of it. A light chemical peel will remove the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. A medium chemical peel will remove skin cells from the epidermis and from the upper part of the dermis. A deep chemical peel will tackle the epidermis and the upper and mid portions of the dermis. Deep chemical peels are sometimes used to remove pre-cancerous growths.

The effects of a chemical peel are temporary and length of results vary with each individual. Chemical peels will not help with the following:

⦁ Treat deep facial lines
⦁ Tighten loose or sagging skin
⦁ Remove broken capillaries
⦁ Change pore size
⦁ Remove deep scars

Chemical peels can be viewed as a skincare option to be used in a skincare regime. Light chemical peels can be done at home. Mid to deep chemical peels can be done in a spa or doctor’s office. Chemical Peel, Part 2 will feature a tutorial and informational video from Angela, The Beauty Geek, using a light chemical peel at home. Angela has been using chemical peels for years and it has left her with very youthful looking skin.

 

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Chemical Peel, Part 2

Video Tutorial: How To Make A Hydrosol

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Below is a tutorial video explaining how to make hydrosols by Nadia Harper RHN, Holistic Nutritionist and Health Advisor. The video can be found on Making Healthy Choices. A hydrosol is the product that remains after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. A hydrosol can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process.  It can be used for aromatherapy or medicinal purposes. It’s fairly cheap and simple to make.

 

Nadia’s website has written instructions to make a hydrosol, too.

 

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Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin

Lists of Hydrosols

Hydrosol List for Oily Skin

Hydrosols and Floral Waters/Flower Waters: Gentle Ingredients for the Skin

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Hydrosols are the products that remain after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. Hydrosols can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process. Unlike essential oils a hydrosol can be applied directly to the skin without dilution since this ingredient contains some elements of essential oil but to a lesser extent. Often hydrosols do not have a strong smell if any. Frequently, the essential oil and hydrosol may smell very differently from one another. The fragrances of hydrosols are sometimes enhanced by adding synthetic ingredients.

 

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Hydrosols are known by different names such as floral waters, distillates, flower waters, and hydroflorates. Although, some suppliers make a distinction between floral waters/flower waters and hydrosols. According to some manufacturers who make a distinction floral waters are obtained by straining essential oil that has been mixed with distilled water for a certain length of time or by combining grain alcohol with the oil to create an emulsion. If the product is made through this process it will contain even less diluted elements of an essential oil than a hydrosol.

It is often true that floral waters/flower waters do not contain any elements or therapeutic properties of an essential oil. They strictly offer a mild fragrance. It is best to check with the company before purchasing hydrosols or floral water to check their definition of the product. Some suppliers label hydrosols and floral waters as the same thing while others label these products separately.

 

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List of Hydrosols

Hydrosol List for Oily Skin

Daily Common Sense Skin Care Tips

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Never assume every product is right for you

There are ingredients used in cosmetic products that do clog pores and help to create or maintain an acne breakout. Ingredients derived from myristic acid  such as isopropyl myristate which is derived from isopropyl alcohol and myristic acid are common but can be irritating to the skin.  Be mindful of ingredients in a product.

Immediately take a shower after a work out 

Damp hot environments allow bacteria to grow and multiply leading to acne or a skin infection.

Remove makeup before working out

When exercising the pores release bacteria, oil, and dirt when you sweat. However, makeup will block this release and can increase the chances of an acne breakout.

Stop touching the face

Simple but true. Fingers contain countless germs and bacteria. (doorknobs, gym equipment, handshakes, a captured cough or sneeze, keyboards, buttons, etc)  All of this is transplanted to the face every time it comes into contacts with fingers.  It helps to create or maintain acne.

FYI: Ingredients that Clog Facial Pores

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Comedogenicity:  It is the term used to describe how likely an ingredient or product will clog your pores. The internet will find several charts that list several products level of comedogenicity. A high rating of comedogenicity doesn’t necessarily mean the product will  irritate the face or cause acne.  However, acne prone skin chances have an increased chance that acne will occur or become worse.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: A mixture of sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, and sodium salt that is the detergent in everyday products. In extremely high heat and its natural state the chemical compound will produce a toxic fume.

Isopropyl Myristate: A manufactured oil that is created by condensing myristic acid with isopropyl alcohol. It is used as an emollient, lubricant, and to help get rid of head lice. It is easily absorbed by the skin, decreases the greasy feeling of products, and helps skin products to penetrate the skin. It may create a breakout of acne.

 

More definitions for other ingredients can be read in the ever expanding glossary.

 

 

 

 

Bohemian Black Organic Fango Clay for Skin Care

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What is it? dark kaolin clay harvested in Western Bohemia

This is not a complete list of the uses and functions of the clay.

Skin Benefits:

-cleans the pores

-lifts impurities

-removes excess oils

-provides minerals for the skin

-detoxifies the skin

 

Other Facts: contains Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid

 

Related Information:

White Kaolin Clay

Bentonite Clay

Green Clay

Fight Blemishes & Wrinkles with Microdermabrasion

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What is it?

A procedure performed for cosmetic purposes by exfoliating the stratum corneum without affecting the lower skin layers. The thought behind microdermabrasion is the body is signaled that an injury has taken place and must replace the lost skin cells with healthy ones when the stratum corneum is removed or broken up.

What is the point of getting microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion leaves the face looking rejuvinated by undergoing exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.  Fine lines,  light blemishes, acne scars, and blackheads will become lighter or completely disappear. It also unclog pores.

What happens during the procedure?

A tool is placed on the face and moved around. At the same time it sprays and vacuums tiny beads of an exfoliating ingredient such as aluminum oxide, sodium chloride, magnesium oxide, or sodium bicarbonate.

Are there any possible side effects?

The skin will feel dry and tight. Immediately afterward, the skin will become pink and/or, for some, swell which, normally, may last from one to two days. The face will swell due to the vacuuming of the tool used on the face. Also, the eyes may experience discomfort if the crystals get in the eyes. Bruising and (permanent) discoloration may occur if the tool is not used with even penetration or if the skin is penetrated too deeply.

Is there a recovery period after the procedure?

No, you can proceed about your day as normal.

Are multiple sessions neccessary?

The number and frequency of sessions varies with each individual’s preference.

Where can you receive microdermabrasion?

Microdermabrasion can be received at a salon, home, or a dermatologist’s office.

* A moisturizing sunscreen should be used after the procedure as moisture has been removed from the skin.

 

 

Relief for Itchy Skin

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1. Take an antihistamine.

2. Keep the skin hydrated by moisturizing it.

3. Regularly vacuum floors, carpets and wash bed linens to get rid of dust mites.

4. Relieve itchiness with baking soda and baby oil in a bath or washing in the mixture with a shower.

5. After swimming immediately rinse off with water and soap. Then use a moisturizer that has glycerin to seal in moisture.

6. Consume linoleic fatty acids by eating various oils with your food or just use the oils on your skin. The same is true for linolenic fatty acids, too. The oils can be mixed with your typical moisturizer. Just mix together.

 

Oils to relieve itching:

Tea tree oil

Evening primrose oil

Lavender oil

Eucalyptus oil

Chamomile and calendula oil mixed together

. . . . or you can try  using hydrosols to help provide relief to your itchy skin.

 

Hydrosols to relieve itching:

Hydrosols are the products that remain after roots, barks, plants, flowers, or seeds are steam distilled. Hydrosols can also be the remnants of the essential oil making process. Unlike essential oils a hydrosol can be applied directly to the skin without dilution since this ingredient contains some elements of essential oil but to a lesser extent                                               

-Geranium rose: anti-septic and balancing to sebaceous glands

-Witch hazel: anti-septic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory

-Lavender: anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and balancing to sebaceous glands

Ingredients To Help Combination Skin

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-Combination skin is oily and dry skin that produces blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and shiny and oily skin.

-Dry skin becomes worse during the cold season so it’s helpful to moisturize more when it’s cold. It’s beneficial to consume lots of water or some form of liquid.

-Hydrosols can provide moisture without drying skin or clogging pores. Some hydrosols that are recommended for combination skin have astringent qualities which are beneficial for oily skin but not so much for dry skin. You may find that hydrosols noted for being useful for combination skin may act more so as an astringent.

For more information regarding hydrosols click on this link.

Hydrosols for Combination Skin

Cedarwood

Yarrow

Lavender

Geranium Rose

A list of more hydrosols and uses for skin can be found by clicking on the link.