Monday, October 29, 2012

What is Tooth Sensitivity & How to Treat it

What is Tooth Sensitivity & How to Treat it
If on and off, you've had tooth sensitivity to cold ice cream, hot coffee, citrus fruits, or just breathing cold air, your are one of the fifty percent who have sensitive teeth.  You may have gone to your dentist, and still found no resolution.  This article will help you understand what tooth sensitivity is, tooth sensitivity causes, and how to treat it.

What Causes Sensitive Teeth?
The most common cause of sensitive dental pain is damage to the protective layers of the tooth.  Your teeth are covered by a hard surface called 'enamel'.  As long as this layer is healthy, it protects your teeth from cold, hot and acid foods or drinks.  However, if this enamel surface is damaged, it exposes 'dentin'.  Dentin is softer than enamel and when hot or cold foods or drinks contact it, your tooth feels sensitive.  On the root surface, when your gums recede, instead of enamel, a different layer of tooth structure called 'cementum' covers dentin.  Cementum is also soft, and wears easily with aggressive brushing, leaving the dentin covering, which again, can cause sensitive teeth.

Specific causes of sensitive teeth include:
  • Gum disease - Unhealthy gums that bleed easily may cause sensitivity.  Gingivitis (first stage of gum disease) and advanced gum disease (periodontitis) may cause gum recession, exposing the root surface with eventual wear of cementum, exposing dentin, that leads to the nerve of the tooth.
  • Teeth grinding and clenching - Your teeth may wear down and get fine cracks in them from the pressure of grinding and clenching.  These fine, almost invisible cracks can cause sensitivity.
  • Teeth whitening products - If the whitening agent used is too strong, temporarily, your teeth will feel sensitive.
  • Brushing with abrasive toothpaste can cause abrasion of the tooth's enamel or cementum surface, exposing dentin.  
  • Worn, cracked fillings
  • Brushing too hard or using a hard toothbrush
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Sensitive Teeth Treatment 
The good news is that there is treatment for sensitive teeth.  The first step is to find the cause.  Your dentist can help with this step.  He or she may suggest desensitizing toothpaste, in-office treatment, new fillings, crowns, gum treatment, or help for clenching or grinding your teeth.

Concentrated fluoride gel or rinse used daily can also help with sensitive teeth.  It's also very important to use a gentle non-abrasive toothpaste.  Cleure has gentle non-abrasive toothpaste that works well with sensitive teeth, that is safe and effective.  Cleure also has fluoride rinse to help with sensitive teeth treatment.   The fluoride rinse adds a protective layer over receded gums to help with sensitivity.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fountain of Youth Anti Aging Skin Care Tips

Fountain of Youth Anti Aging Skin Care Tips
In order to turn back the clock from aging to youthful skin, let's first understand how this happens.  Your skin is the largest organ in your body with specific functions.  It protects your internal organs, keeps you warm, and cools you down.  Your skin can also be a mirror of how healthy you are.  A dull complexion with fine lines and  discolorations can age you and give the appearance that you're tired or just not feeling well.

No matter how old you are, if you have an effective daily routine of care for your skin, you will enjoy youthful, radiant complexion at any age.

The Aging Skin Process
Every day you shed dead cell, and new cells get generated to replace the old ones.   This turnover of cells slows down as you get older.  New cells are not generated as quickly, and dead cells continue to build up and accumulate on your skin.  If the dead cells are not removed, their build up can make for unhealthy skin.

Not only are new cells not generated as quickly to replace old ones, but collagen breaks down and is not produced sufficiently to keep your skin from sagging.  Collagen is important along with elastin, because they help keep your skin full, and free of fine lines and wrinkles.  This is why it is available in injectable form to help plump up the lips or face.
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Other factors that quicken the aging skin process include:
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Sun 
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pollution
All the above generate 'free radicals'.  These unstable oxygen molecules cause problems inside the cells, that can result in cancer and other health issues.  Stress, specially is an enemy and can worsen certain skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.

Anti Aging Skin Care Home Remedies 

Like anything else in life, it takes good habits to nurture healthy, youthful, age-fighting skin.  The best tips to follow to fight back aging include:
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  • Protect your skin when you're exposed to the sun, specially between 10 AM and 2 PM.  This is when UV rays are strongest.  Use a natural UV sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide with SPF 30, which will block approximately 97%, including UVA (ages your skin) and UVB (causes sunburn).
  • Healthy life style should include exercise, adequate sleep and drinking enough water. These help improve circulation, manage stress and hydrate your skin.
  • Take an anti aging supplement for hair, skin and nails.
  • Use anti aging moisturizer with antioxidants.  Dermatologists agree antioxidants are vital to youthful skin.
  • Clean and moisturize your skin with Cleure sensitive skin anti aging products.  These are gentle and non-irritating. 
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate skin care products.  Many brands exaggerate claims and even use 'natural' on their labels to make profits.  If a brand is new for you, test samples first and then you'll know which is gentle and works for you.  Not to mention the money you'll save.  Cleure offers travel/sample sizes of most of their products.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Top 5 Vitamin E Benefits for Skin

Vitamin E Benefits for Skin
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that has many benefits, but its mostly known for its antioxidant qualities.  This means it helps your body fight against free radicals.  Free radicals cause permanent damage to cells resulting in premature aging, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Vitamin E is also important for the health of the immune system by regulating it. There are different types of vitamin E including eight types of natural vitamin E.  Alpha tocopherol is the only form recognized for humans from the natural type. 

Sources of Vitamin E
There are natural vitamin E sources as well as synthetic vitamin E acetate.  Vitamin E acetate is gluten free.  The natural type may contain gluten, based on the source it's derived from.

Many foods provide a natural source of vitamin E, including:
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  • Wheat germ oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Safflower oil
  • Palm oil
  • Vegetables, such as green leafy ones, avocados
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Cereals
  • Eggs
  • Fruit such as papayas and mangos
  • Nuts
Vitamin E Benefits
Vitamin E has been recommended for treating and preventing heart conditions including heart attack, chest pain, and high blood pressure.  Complications from treating diabetes have also been helped with vitamin E, as well as certain types of cancer.  It's also used for infertility, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies and respiratory conditions.

Vitamin E Skin Benefits & Vitamin E Uses
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Vitamin E acetate (tocopherol acetate) is the type most often used in dermatological products such as skin creams. It penetrates the skin down to the cell level delivering antioxidant properties to help fight damage from free radicals. 

1.  Antioxidants help repair your skin from scar tissue

2.  Provides protection against the sun's ultraviolet rays

3.  Promotes circulation of blood to the scalp, helping to prevent hair loss

4.  Helps retain the natural moisture of the skin, promoting healthier skin

5.  Boosts collagen production, keeping the skin more elastic and younger looking

Monday, October 15, 2012

Natural Exfoliant Facial Scrub for Brighter, Clear Skin

Natural Exfoliant Facial Scrub for Brighter, Clear Skin
If you would like brighter, clearer complexion, it's important to add exfoliation of your skin as part of your weekly routine.   Some may prefer microdermabrasion or peels, but there are gentle and effective facial exfoliating scrubs that work as well, if not better.  In this article, learn why it's important to use an exfoliating scrub and how to use it.

Importance of Using Exfoliating Scrub
Dead skin cells accumulating on your skin makes your complexion appear dull and unhealthy.  As we age, new cells are not replacing old cells quite as frequently.  As cell turnover slows down, and dead cells build up on the top layers of skin, moisturizers cannot adequately penetrate the skin, but sit on top without doing any good.

You can get whole body exfoliation done professionally, but depending on the spa, these can be expensive.  A home exfoliating scrub with a high quality natural exfoliant for sensitive skin, is not only cost effective, but can easily be added to your weekly skin maintenance routine.

How to Use an Exfoliating Scrub
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A clean washcloth, soft brush or exfoliating gloves are the best tools to consider for exfoliating your face and body.  If you go for a brush with a long handle, you can use it to reach your back and shoulders, which are often neglected.

1.  In the shower, start with your feet and massage the scrub into your skin in a circular motion.  Work your way up the whole body.  For your face, use your hands instead of a brush or scrub glove, which may be too abrasive.  Remember to massage into your shoulders and back as well, which may be easier using a brush with a long handle.
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2. Rinse off well with water.

3.  Pat dry and either follow with moisturizer or a kaolin clay mask.  A kaolin clay, dead sea mud facial mask adds needed nutrients to your skin for a youthful, healthy complexion.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Top Myths About Natural Toothpaste

Top Myths About Natural Toothpaste
It's interesting how history tends to repeat itself every so often.  Today we consider natural toothpaste an alternative to commercial toothpaste.  Toothpaste has been around since ancient Roman times when crushed bones and sand were added to teeth cleaners.  Commercially prepared natural toothpaste began to surface as early as 1866.  At that time,  these natural toothpaste or tooth powders made claims that commercially made brands did more harm than good, (sound familiar?).

Truth be told, before processed foods, fast foods, and sugary snacks, people ate fresh wholesome foods, and tooth decay and dental disease was not so widespread, but rather rare.  Due to healthy diet, as long as you brushed your teeth with water, you had clean, pearly whites.

The first creamy toothpaste in a tube was made in 1850 by a dentist and chemist named Dr. Washington Wentworth Sheffield.  The rest is history.  Marketing of toothpaste has become creative in order to sell brands, and with that more ingredients, with some having questionable benefits.

Fluoride Toothpaste versus Xylitol Toothpaste
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One of the most controversial ingredients has been fluoride.  Some claim it causes allergies, while others take it to cancer.   Fluoride is safe and has been shown to help prevent tooth decay.  There is a warning on the back of all toothpaste with fluoride, which is mandated by the Food and Drug Administration.  It warns that if more than used for brushing is swallowed, to contact your nearest Poison Control Center immediately.  This can specially is dangerous for those with small children under the age of 4 years old, who have not learned to spit, and love to swallow the bubble gum flavored toothpaste.

The good news is xylitol is fast catching up as the safer alternative and is safe to swallow.  Studies are reporting that chewing xylitol gum three times a day for five minutes, can decrease tooth decay from 40 - 60 percent.  Xylitol is even safe for diabetics and derived from natural sources such as birch tree or corn.   

Xylitol has another important benefit: by promoting flow of saliva, it helps prevent dry mouth and therefore, gum disease. 

Is Natural Toothpaste Better?
Natural toothpaste brands are called natural because they usually contain several herbs or other so called natural ingredients.  These may include:
  • Echinacea 
  • Tea tree oil
  • Myrrh
  • Clove
  • Peppermint oil
  • Sea salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide
Here is the truth about these commonly used ingredients in "natural toothpaste":

Echinacea - best known as the cure for the common cold, echinacea has been reported to help relieve pain, enhance the immune system, reduce inflammation, and has hormonal and antiviral effects. It should not be taken by those who are on certain medications, including immunosuppressants, and antifungal agents.

Tea tree oil - this potent anti-fungal and antibiotic oil is best suited for athletes foot, toe nail fungus or other fungal infections.  It also contains 1,8-cineole, a skin irritant.  With frequent usage of a product with tea tree oil, dermatitis or mouth irritation may be the result.

Myrrh - derived from the sap of bark of trees, the essential oil of myrrh has been found to help inflammatory conditions, diarrhea, gum disease, and as a natural drug to treat pain.  It appears to be safe in small amounts.  With long term use, it can have side effects, including skin rash and kidney irritation if large doses are taken, such as 2-4 grams.  It may also make a fever worse and can affect blood glucose levels by lowering the blood sugar.  It also has been also shown to stimulate uterine bleeding.  It should not be used if you're on medications for diabetes and warfarin (coumadin), which slows blood clotting.  Taking myrrh can interfere with warfarin, and could increase the chance of blood clotting.
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Clove - also known as eugenal, clove is used commonly as a food flavoring agent.  It also has been used as a remedy for toothache, cough and inflammation of mouth or throat.  You should not use clove if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder.

Peppermint Oil - is attributed for helping variety of digestive problems, and colds, coughs and other conditions.  Possible side affects include: allergic reactions, mouth sores, and diarrhea.

Sea salt - as an ingredient in toothpaste, it may be too abrasive.  There are also concerns about too much salt for those with high blood pressure.  You do absorb ingredients in toothpaste, specially if you have bleeding gums.

Hydrogen Peroxide - commonly can be used temporarily for cold or canker sores in the mouth.  Long term use can cause sloughing of the delicate tissues of the mouth.

Alternative to Natural Toothpaste
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In order for toothpaste to be effective, it should:
  • Help neutralize harmful acids - baking soda is the best ingredient for this
  • Help prevent tooth decay - xylitol is showing promise towards this
  • Help stimulate flow of saliva - xylitol has been shown to promote saliva
Stay away from  toothpaste that claim to be natural, but contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  This harsh detergent dries the tissues, which is not helpful for healthy gum tissue.  Harsh abrasives in many natural or commercial toothpaste can cause tooth sensitivity.

As you can see from the 'natural toothpaste' ingredients listed above, they are really drugs with side effects and drug interactions.  It's best to stay away from them as well.

Use a safe gentle toothpaste with baking soda and xylitol that is safe, even if a child accidentally swallows some. 

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Winter Skin Rehab

Winter Skin Rehab
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Does your skin look and feel like it's had the life sucked out of it?  Summer is over, and you've gone through sun, humidity, vacation and no time for proper skin care.  Nurse your skin back to radiant clear beauty with skin rehab.

Dry, Dull Complexion
Cause: Too much sun exposure without protection can turn healthy skin to dry, dull complexion.

Home remedy: Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to remove superficial accumulation of dead cells.  This allows new healthy cells to surface.  Follow with a kaolin clay facial mask.

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Prevention: Nothing takes the place of proper skin care, to help prevent dry, dull complexion.  Start with a gentle lotion cleanser free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  Use a toner to close pores and finish the cleansing process.  Moisturize with a shea butter day cream.  Use a zinc oxide SPF 30 natural sunscreen when exposed to long periods of sun.

Oily, Shiny Complexion
Cause: There can be different causes for oily, shiny skin.  You may have naturally oily skin, while others may get oily due to hormone changes, stress or due to certain foods.

Home remedy: Use a cleanser formulated for oily skin but that is free of sodium lauryl sulfate or salicylates.  Salicylic acid can be very irritating and eventually may cause sensitivity.   Benzoil peroxide is another product that may be irritating.  Moisturize with a sensitive skin non-irritating oil-free moisturizer or facial lotion.

Prevention:  Spicy foods are said to contribute to perspiration, making your skin look shiny.  Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin A may slow skin's oil production.  Once or twice a week use a mild exfoliating scrub to remove dead cells.  Once a month use a kaolin clay mask.  Loose mineral makeup is non-comedogenic and a good choice to minimize oily shine. 
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Acne, Blemished Complexion
Cause: The bottom line in oily skin is clogged pores which cause accumulation of bacteria.  This results with acne and blemishes.  Some products, including skin care and cosmetics can actually clog pores with harsh ingredients.
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Home remedy: Only use non-comedogenic, sensitive skin care products.  Keep your skin clean with non-irritating products and maintain a regular routine of cleaning your skin.  Minimize oil by using an oil-free facial lotion.  Use an alcohol free toner to minimize oil and to close and tighten pores.

Prevention: Cleaning your skin daily with non-irritating, sensitive skin care products is a must.  Eat wholesome foods that are very low in simple carbohydrates, such as sugar and white flour products, and higher in green vegetables.

Cleure has a complete line of non-irritating, sensitive skin care products for all complexions.
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Friday, October 5, 2012

Top Tips for Skin Dehydration

Tips for Skin Dehydration
Approximately 98 percent of the populations are affected in varying degrees, with symptoms associated with skin dehydration.  Hydrated skin means your skin has adequate amounts of moisture in the tissues.  This moisture is water and not oil.  Your skin will look healthy and youthful when the underlying tissue remain hydrated with trapped water.  On the other hand, dehydrated skin looks dull, dry and unhealthy.  This occurs when your skin is not able to maintain a healthy level of moisture in the tissues.

This blog will help you understand the causes, signs, symptoms and treatments available for dry dehydrated skin.

What Causes Dry Dehydrated Skin?
Several factors may cause skin dehydration, including:

1.  If you don't moisturize, or use cleansers and soaps with harsh ingredients that strip the skin of moisture.

2.  Genetics which may predispose you to eczema, allergies and in general 'sensitive skin', can also cause water loss due to unhealthy skin conditions.
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3. Certain ingredients tend to cause dehydration, with the main one being sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  SLS is found in many cleansers and most soaps.  Not only is it drying, but also harsh and irritating.  It's always best to use SLS free cleansers and soaps.

However, it's a fine line between keeping your skin hydrated with safe, non-irritating ingredients, versus using those with harsh formulas and ingredients.

4.  Another important cause of dehydrated skin is when you are overly exposed to harsh environmental conditions, (wind, cold, sun).

5.  Certain medications or illness may cause your body to become dehydrated and therefore, affect your skin.  For example, diuretics, cold and flu remedies may dry up the mucous and eventually damage the skin's surface as a side effect. Under these situations, moisture escapes or is evaporated, which results with compromised barrier function of your skin.
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Signs & Symptoms of Dehydrated Skin
Dry dehydrated skin may include many signs.   Scaly skin, itchy taut skin, and premature aging are some of the signs and symptoms of dehydrated skin. 

Skin Dehydration Treatment
Dermatologists agree you can have oily or dry dehydrated skin.  This of course, makes sense, since it's about water loss from the tissues.  Even if you have oily skin and use harsh skin products that damage your skin, you can have unhealthy, dehydrated skin.

For oily skin,  you want to choose non-oil water binding ingredients in your products. 

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Certain ingredients tend to bind water and help keep your skin hydrated.  These include:
  • Glycerine
  • Alpha hydroxy acids
  • Shea butter
  • Hyaluronic acid
Shea butter is excellent for keeping your skin hydrated, especially if you have dry dehydrated skin.
Make sure you drink adequate amounts of water to keep your body from becoming dehydrated, as well.  Use non-irritating, safe skin and body care products formulated for sensitive skin, and keep a healthy routine of care for your skin.  This should include gentle cleanser and hydrating moisturizer.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

How to Have Perfect Eyebrows with Makeup

How to Have Perfect Eyebrows with Makeup   

 With nicely shaped, beautiful perfect eyebrows, your face stands out and looks fabulous.  At least once, get your brows professionally shaped and then follow the contour from then on and pluck them yourself.  With a few simple tricks, you can learn how to shape your eyebrows and have beautiful, perfect eyebrows, no matter what you were born with.
Brow Blender
 How to Shape Your Eyebrows
1.  Find an eyebrow pencil shade that matches the color of your brows, and preferably your hair.  A natural look is the best and most attractive shape, rather than fake brows drawn in with pencil, with no natural brows in sight.  With this in mind, gently and lightly with small strokes, fill in any missing areas and even out your brows.

Eye Shadow
2.  Next use loose mineral powder, again matching your brows, and apply it softly over the top to soften and make a natural shape and finish.  Cleure has Loose Mineral Eye Shadow that can double up as eye liner or eyebrow color.

 3.  If you want thicker brows, with an angled brush, wiggle powder between hairs on your brows.
If you want thinner eyebrows, trace an outline on your brow to the shape you'd like.  Take tweezers and pluck the hairs outside of the outline.
4.   Using an eyebrow brush or lash brush, gently brush your eyebrows upwards.  You should end up with a defined and finish look.

5.  Apply hair gel lightly to help keep your brows in place.  You don't need much.  The lash brush or mascara wand can be used to to lightly apply the gel.