Monday, September 24, 2012

How to Pick a Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

Personal hygiene is very important for every aspect of your body.  The skin is the most exposed to the surrounding environment and your face is the most delicate.  A clean skin is a healthy skin.  But what you clean with is very important.  Cleansers clean the palatte of your face so you can apply makeup on clean, fresh skin.  Adding makeup on top of old ones only looks caked up and makes your skin unhealthy.  Even if you don't wear makeup, a clean complexion looks bright, radiant and healthy.

Listen to What Your Skin Tells You
Morning and evening cleaning should be part of your daily facial cleansing routine.  Your skin can give you feedback if the cleanser you're using is the right one for you.  A good checklist includes:

  • Does your face feel overly dry after using it?
  • Irritating skin is another key factor to look for after use of a cleanser.
  • Are there ingredients that are too harsh or allergy producing in it, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, alcohol or parabens?
  • Is the cleanser hypoallergenic and promises not to clog pores?
If your skin feels refreshed, clean and hydrated, you've found the right cleanser for your skin.  An easy way to test a cleanser is to try it on the inside of your arm.  This part of your arm is more delicate than other parts of your skin and a good area to start with.  

Sensitive Skin Cleanser
If you have sensitive skin, it's even more important to decide on the right cleanser.  Sensitive skin is prone to allergies, rashes, acne and other skin conditions.  Without proper cleansing, dead cells build up, inflammation results and skin problems begin. 

Before you decide to try a new cleanser, follow the simple guidelines below:

1.  Decide on what you are looking for in a cleanser.  If you have dry skin, you should look for a gentle lotion cleanser.  A lotion cleanser will be more moisturizing .  Make sure it does not contain the skin drying ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). 

If you have acne, use a cleanser that cleans thoroughly without SLS.  Many of the acne cleansers are too harsh and can deplete your skin of nutrients.  By keeping your skin clean and healthy, you're less likely to have breakouts.  A weekly gentle exfoliating scrub following cleansing is also helpful towards clearing acne.

2.  If you use makeup, choose a cleanser that cleans makeup.  After using the cleanser if you notice it thoroughly cleaned off makeup, it will also clean your skin of other substances such as debris and sunscreen.

3.  Use an alcohol free toner after using the cleanser with a cotton pad.  The purpose of a toner is to clean any left over residue the cleanser left behind.  Seeing some residue on the pad is ok, but it it's heavy with makeup or other residue, then the cleanser may not be cleaning adequately.

4.  Stay away from cleansers with dyes, fragrances, parabens or other harsh ingredients.

Types of Cleansers

There are several types of cleansers, such as:
  • Medicated - most medicated cleansers are made for acne prone skin.  These most likely contain anti-microbials and harsh ingredients.
  • Soap-free cleansers - these can be in facial bar form or other forms.  Soap-free cleansers are more gentle and non-irritating.
In general pick a gentle cleanser free of irritating, harsh ingredients, no matter what your skin type.  Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands, before washing your face.

At Cleure.com you can find the right gentle cleanser for your skin, no matter what type of skin you have.


Friday, September 21, 2012

How to Make Feet Soft

Feet that are rough, dry, cracked and have sand paper like heels are not only unattractive, but can also be painful.  It is really not a confidence booster to show unattractive feet to others, no matter how attractive your shoes or sandles are.

With a little extra care, in a very short time, you'll be proud to show off your soft and smooth feet.  This article will offer simple foot care tips to follow towards that goal.

1.  Let your feet soak in warm water.  You can use a commercial foot bath or a bucket.  Just relax and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes to help your feet get soft.  Some recommend adding 3 tablespoons of baking soda to the water to help loosen dead skin.

2.  Next gently remove rough skin and dead cells with the help of a pumice stone.  Rinse the stone often to unclog it so it can effectively remove the dead cells.

3.  Trim your nails with a nail cutter.

4.  With a foot file clean corner of nails that appear dark from accumulation of dirt.  A nail brush can also be used to clean under the nails. Use soap for a final cleaning of any residue of pumice stone and debris.

5.  Rinse your feet with warm running water. Dry your feet with a soft towel.

6.  Cleure Emu Oil is the greatest moisturizer for dry, cracked feet.  Massage it on your feet and remember the bottoms as well.  Use extra amounts on to the most affected, such as cracked skin.  If you're apposed to emu oil, which is from the emu bird, use a creamy moisturizer, such as  
Cleure Body Lotion or Cleure Night Cream.  Both of these products have shea butter which is an effective deep hydrating cream.

7.  Wear a pair of socks to help the moisturizer penetrate into your skin.  It's best to leave the socks on overnight while you sleep.  If your feet feel uncomfortable sleeping with socks on, leave them on for a few hours during the day.  Your feet will feel fantastic once you remove the socks.  They will feel smooth and soft.

8.  Repeat the foot care once a week or every other week or as you notice areas of dryness or cracking.

9.  You'll also benefit from moisturizing and the sock routine after showering. 

10.  See a podiatrist, if you continue to have calluses or corns on your feet that cause discomfort.

Monday, September 17, 2012

10 Best Anti-aging Tips

1.  Your skin is the largest organ in the body and acts as an important barrier to protect you from the environment.  The hazards it protects you from include:
  • Sun's harmful rays 
  • Winter's cold and summer's heat
  • Bacteria and virus that daily may have an opportunity to attack your body
  • Trauma 
Just from the few examples above, it's easy to see that it is vitally important to keep your skin healthy.  To help protect your skin from over exposure of the sun's rays, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.  Protection from UVA rays are crucial, since these are the ones that penetrate deep into the skin and cause collagen and elastin damage.  These are the layers that help prevent aging.  The best sunscreen ingredients to look for are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.  These two super hero sunscreen ingredients are reported to protect again UVA and UVB rays (rays that cause burning).  Cleure has a natural sunscreen SPF 30 with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for all skin types.  For makeup, look for mineral makeup with either zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or both to help with sun protection. 

2.  We all know how soft a baby's skin is and that aging skin may have many wrinkles, sags and appear dry with age spots and dark circles under the eyes.  As we age, the skin becomes thinner and dries.  How severely your skin ages depends partly on how you contribute to its wellness or deterioration.  Genetics certainly plays a part in how your skin ages, but so do controllable factors that can cause wear and tear such as:
  • Smoking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Sun exposure
  • Neglect or poor skin care
Dry skin or at best combination skin, is typical as you age.  Anti-aging moisturizer that works the best and recommended by dermatologists, should include anti-oxidants.  Anti-oxidants include vitamins A, E and C.  They help fight free radicals, which are the culprits that promote aging.  Use a rich hydrating anti aging night cream, and lighter moisturizer as day cream.

3.  A makeup makeover can help freshen and make your face look younger.  There are certain tricks when applying makeup that can help minimize the appearance of aging.  Use mineral makeup, but apply it lightly.  A heavy slather of liquid or powder concealer or foundation can accentuate cracks and lines on your skin.  Instead, apply your moisturizer first (this can also act as primer), then a light application of foundation.  For concealer, always dab it on instead of rubbing it on.  Don't forget your eyes, instead frame them with flattering, natural looking eye liner and shadow.  Your eye brows should be shaped and filled in and in neatly in place.  Use soft shades that compliment your complexion and use mascara to highlight your lashes softly.  Thick, clumped mascara is not very flattering.  A magnifying mirror can help get those unwanted hairs from under the brows and to apply your makeup correctly.  Apply lipstick that stays on your lips, instead of bleeding.

4.  Surface stains on teeth can give the appearance of aging.  Use a non-abrasive toothpaste that brightens your teeth and helps remove surface stains.  Toothpaste with harsh abrasives can cause sensitivity.

5.  Dark circles under the eyes can also make you look older.  It may be that you just need rest and extra sleep or there may be other causes, such as thinning of the skin under the eyes with age.  A good concealer can help camouflage dark circles and age spots.  Make sure to dab and not rub the concealer on and choose one that best matches your skin.  Make sure to wear sun glasses to help protect the delicate skin around the eyes from the sun.  Squinting can increase lines and wrinkles over time.  Cataracts can be prevented or delayed with the use of sun glasses.

6.   Thin hair can age you.  Thinning hair can look fuller with added volume.  Use a volumizing shampoo that is free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  SLS tends to dry the scalp and may cause allergies.  Get some tips from your hairdresser on how to give the appearance of added volume through your next hair cut and style appointment.  Some women and men look absolutely marvelous with gray hair, while others look older and washed out.  Decide where you belong and find a hair color that suits your complexion.

7.  Your daily skin routine is one of the most important keys to minimize aging.  Early and daily measures can help reduce skin aging.  Moisture and hydration is extremely vital as is exfoliating regularly and following with a mask to add nutrients to your skin.  An exfoliating scrub helps remove dead cells and allows new cells to surface.  Cells are said to shed about every 21 days.  Daily cleansing may not remove all the dead cells.  As they stay and accumulate on the skin, blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads can be the result.  Alpha hydroxy acids and fruit acids can be applied to help the aging process.

8.  Supplements formulated for healthy skin, hair and nails can also be helpful to promote collagen and to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

9.  Omega-3 fatty acids can help fight wrinkles and aging by keeping your skin healthy and radiant.

10.  Your hands can look crinkled and dry, aging you prematurely.  Shea butter body lotion is excellent for moisturizing your whole body.  For very dry skin, emu oil is a great non-greasy moisturizer.  Emu oil is also great for dry cuticles and heels.  A pumice stone can be used to remove some of the dead skin after soaking your feet.  Follow by applying shea butter body lotion or purified emu oil.

Sensitive Skin Products: Ingredients and Benefits for Aging Skin
One of the chief benefits of choosing Cleure gentle, yet effective and safe sensitive skin products is the list of ingredients. By using only non-irritating ingredients, you are able to nourish your skin, which goes a long way towards fighting the signs of aging. Because the products are free from harsh chemicals and rich in anti-oxidants, anti aging ingredients, Shea Butter, and many other vital nutrients, aging skin will regain its youthful appearance.

Choose Cleure Sensitive Skin Products

When you visit www.Cleure.com, you’ll find a vast inventory of sensitive skin products, which can successfully address the signs of aging, acne, and many other skin issues. Day Cream Moisturizer, Anti-Aging Night Cream, gentle lotion Cleanser, and many other products are ideal for all ages and many problem skin conditions. Visit Cleure today and bring back vitality and youth to your skin.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cause, Treatment and Prevention of Acne Breakouts

Acne can be a problem and appear at any age.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and it affects 40 million to 50 million Americans.

Acne prone skin is usually associated with puberty, but adult men and women can break out with the typical signs and symptoms of acne, which are pimples and clogged pores (blackheads, whiteheads) at any age.  Acne skin can be embarrassing and show up without any warning.

This article will help you learn all about acne and how to reduce it's occurrence and the damage it may cause to your skin.

What Causes Acne and Risk Factors
You are predisposed to acne due to certain factors. The following are major factors for cause and risk factors which may worsen acne:
  • Increased production of oil by skin's oil glands
  • Clogged hair follicles that release oil
  • Specific bacteria, called P. acnes, that grow within hair follicles
  • Rising hormone levels in teens, pregnancy, or during menstruation
  • Squeezing and picking pimples
  • Genetics (family history of acne)
  • Using oily skin care and makeup products that clog pores
 Most effective acne treatment consists of addressing these factors with products, antibiotics, lasers, or over-the-counter skin care products.  Of course, genetics you can't do much about, but you can help your skin become healthy and reduce acne with a little knowledge and the right products.
 
Foods That Cause Acne

According to some studies foods with high glycemic load, such as refined sugar, and processed snacks may worsen acne.  A low glycemic diet helps keep blood sugar stable and under control.  Food allergies may also be associated with adult acne.  Chocolate has not been shown to be a major factor, but the sugar in that bar you love, is what can cause your skin to break out.

Foods That Help Acne and Natural Acne Treatment
The following are nutritional ingredients that have been shown to help reduce the effects of acne (University of Maryland School of Medicine).  Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any supplement or natural herb for long periods:
  • Zinc - 30 mg 2 times per day for a month then 30 mg per day.  However, high doses can cause vomiting and other health concerns.
  • Niacinamide - 4% topical gel applied 2 times per day for 2 months.
Steps to Preventing Acne
Since we know that clogged pores and increased production of oil can cause acne, it is important to use the right skin care products with the proper routine to help clear and prevent acne.
  • Use a cleanser made for oily skin.  Many acne products contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.  These are highly irritating ingredients.  You may find temporary relief, but you may end up with other side effects.  Cleure has an SLS free cleanser that is paraben free for both oily and combination skin that is great for sensitive skin and acne prone skin.
  • An alcohol free toner is needed next to balance the pH of your skin and help close pores.
  • Exfoliating scrub used 2 times per week to help remove dead cells and allow healthy skin cells to surface.
  • Oil-free moisturizer is important, to hydrate your skin.  Even acne skin needs a moisturizer, but you need an oil-free moisturizer for acne skin.
Effective Acne Treatment 
Your doctor may prescribe retinoids as a topical medication to help reduce inflammation and unclog pores.  But studies report of side effects with this medication. Your skin may become irritated and peel, turn red, flake and grow dry.

Antibiotics may also be prescribed.  This can be oral or topical.  Long term use of antibiotics may lead to growth of resistant bacteria.  Benzoyl peroxide is another topical medication, but it too, has been said to be very irritating for long term use, specially if you have sensitive skin.  Benzoyl peroxide can cause peeling, burning, itching, and redness.

The best effective acne treatment is to see your doctor for the immediate short term remedies.  For long terms follow the steps listed above for preventing acne with Cleure products for a more gently, safer approach.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Types and Cause of Sensitive Skin

Cleure Mineral Mascara
Surveys indicate millions of people suffer with some type of sensitive skin.  Your skin may itch, break out in blemishes, flare up with red patches, and  other signs and symptoms.  It can be expensive purchasing different brands (some being very expensive) that promise relief, only to find the same symptoms appearing.

Once you learn about the different types of sensitive skin and the best treatment options, it will make it easier to purchase the right non-irritating products that are best for you.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there are four types of sensitive skin with all having one similar common trait: inflammation.

Sensitive Skin Type 1: Acne
Oily skin with clogged pores, make a breeding ground on your skin for bacteria to cause break out and acne.  High levels of bacteria P. acnes is usually found in this type of sensitive skin.  Treatment may include antibiotics, anti-bacterial products, tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids. You may also be told to use skin care products with salicylic acid, since this is an anti-inflammatory ingredient, typically found in Aspirin.  The problem is that these ingredients may work on some without side effects, but for sensitive skin, they may be highly irritating.

Since we know clogged pores and oily skin are the cause of acne, it's crucial to practice and maintain a regular effective skin care routine to control oil and keep pores clean and tight.  It's also important to use sensitive skin care products for acne prone skin with non-irritating ingredients.
Oil-Free Facial Lotion
  • Use an SLS free cleanser or facial bar for oily skin to clean your face two times a day.
  • Use an alcohol free toner to balance the pH of your skin.
  • Twice a week use a gentle exfoliating scrub to remove dead cells and keep pores clean.
  • Moisturize with an oil-free facial lotion

Sensitive Skin Type 2: Rosacea
Although the cause of rosacea is unclear, the common appearance of flushing, red patches and pimples are common.  Treatment may include sulfur, antibiotics, salicylic acid, and herbs such as green tea and chamomile.

Skin with rosacea is an inflamed condition.  Inflammation is a response to unhealthy skin or tissue that your immune system perceives as injury, infection or irritation.  This protective reaction is marked by redness, swelling and a host of other reactions.  To minimize inflammation choose sensitive skin care products that are non-irritating.

The risk for the presence of inflammation is high with unhealthy skin.  With a routine of care for your skin that keeps it clean, you can begin to enjoy healthy skin.  Follow the routine listed above for acne skin, but use the exfoliating scrub only once a week or less, and then increase as you need to.  Keep it simple and keep it clean with non-irritating products for sensitive skin.

Sensitive Skin Type 3: Burning and Stinging
Dermatologists are not sure as to what mechanisms cause burning and stinging.  Certain ingredients, however, are associated with these types of reactions: lactic acid, azaelic acid, benzoic acid, glycolic acid, vitamin C and AHAs.  Although these ingredients have benefits, if you suffer with burning and stinging, you may want to stay away from these ingredients.


Sensitive Skin Type 4: Contact Dermatitis (Allergies)
Allergy to an ingredient that causes irritation is one type of contact dermatitis.  The other type is an ingredient that may cause irritation, but it does not involve an allergy.  For example, your eyes may tear from a particular brand of mascara.  Skin patch testing may be prescribed by your dermatologist to determine if it's an allergy to a particular ingredient in the mascara. If it's not an allergy, it could be a harsh, irritating ingredient that is causing your tearing.  If you continue to use the product, it may end up as an allergy.

Many organic 'natural' products can lead to contact dermatitis, because they contain essential oils, fragrances or plant extracts that can eventually cause an allergy.

Cleure sensitive skin care products are formulated with non-irritating ingredients to help prevent various types of sensitive skin.  You deserve healthy skin.  With the right sensitive skin care products and routine, you can have beautiful skin, free of irritation.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Best Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin


There is no one condition that describes sensitive skin.  But dermatologists all agree no matter what type you have, you will need to keep your skin hydrated, preferably with a face moisturizer for sensitive skin.  If you don't choose your moisturizer carefully, you may develop "very sensitive skin", partly due to harsh ingredients in products.

Survey taken in 2007 of 994 adults in the USA, reported approximately half have sensitive or very sensitive skin.  When you consider the whole population in the USA, it's astounding to think that half of the population may have sensitive skin or very sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin typically may itch, get easily flushed, develop rashes, or get inflamed.  Although there may be medical conditions associated with sensitive skin, many may only be reacting to an ingredient in a cosmetic or skin care product. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the cause of many sensitive skin conditions, such as rosacea, burning and stinging are not known.  However, there are certain ingredients that are know to aggravate these conditions.

Good Moisturizer for Acne
The cause of acne is oily skin with clogged pores that harbor certain bacteria called P. acnes.  Many skin moisturizers can clog pores and lead to whiteheads and blackheads.  Some may contain tea tree oil.  Be careful selecting moisturizer for acne prone skin.  Tea tree oil used long term may cause sensitivities and irritate your skin.  This is a natural potent anti-fungal ingredient.

Other ingredients that may be irritating when used over long periods of time include salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoids.  A good moisturizer for acne prone skin should offer the following:
Moisturizer for Acne

  • Oil-free
  • Not clog pores
  • Free of salicylic acid
Best Moisturizer for Rosacea
You may experience flushing, pimples and broken vessels on your face with rosacea.  Genetics, bacteria, sun exposure are some theories for the cause of rosacea.   Dermatologists agree that anti-inflammatory ingredients taken long term or as a mainstay, are the way to prevent or worsen this condition.  However, the typical anti-inflammatory ingredient most often used in skin care is salicylic acid, which is highly irritating, when used long term.

Best moisturizer for rosacea should include the same features as for acne skin, but it does not have to be oil-free. A moisturizer for sensitive skin with shea butter is effective.  Shea butter has been known not to clog pores and it softens your skin without irritation.

Cleure offers sensitive skin care products that are non-irritating and will not clog pores.  They are free of salicylic acid, parabens, yet help your skin appear clear and radiant.