Monday, November 26, 2012

8 Reasons Why You Should Not Use Natural Skin or Personal Care Products

If you have sensitive skin you may think natural products are what you should use.  The word "natural" on any label conjures up feelings of nature, health, and back to basics of what's good for you.  This is why many well-known brands have "natural" on their labels.  However, does this marketing ploy motivate you just to buy the product, or are there any actual benefits or even adverse effects from such a product?

1.  Cosmetics and personal care products are not regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).  As long as medical claims are not made on the label, brands may add any information to help sell their product.

2. Most of the plants and herbs used in personal care, skin care and cosmetics consist of:
  • Dried leaves
  • Dried roots
  • Extracts
  • Essential oils
3. Plants and herbs, like all living things from nature, get rancid over time, unless they are used up quickly or kept for a short period of time in a refrigerator.  Months and years usually are not associated with long shelf life of truly natural plant derived ingredients, unless they are preserved.  The preservatives are usually strong, but they do not have to be on the label, as long as the plant was soaked in it, and it was not a separate ingredient.

4. Plants are usually sprayed with pesticides.  Even organic ones.

5.  Plants have been used for centuries for healing of particular ailments.  When prescribed by a trained professional, herbal medicine can be used as treatment alternatives.  Western pharmacology was derived originally from plants.

6. All plants have side effects, similar to their chemically derived synthetic drugs.  This also means they may have side effects, cause allergies and other problems.

7. Anything that is applied to the skin (creams, lotions, patches) or applied through the mouth (toothpaste, mouthwash, medications under the tongue) are all absorbed.

8. Examples of a few plants can give you an idea of how important it is to use plants only as prescribed by a trained professional, instead of potpourri fashion in over-the-counter skin care and personal care products:
  • Lavendar - In aromatherapy lavendar may help with anxiety.  When taken in extracts, it may cause headache, changes in appetite and constipation. Applying lavender oil to the skin can cause irritation.  Reports have been given that it may mimic estrogen. (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)  
  • St. John's Wart - Its flowers and leaves are used to make medicine.  Most commonly used to treat depression, heart palpitations, moodiness, menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome and other conditions. Do not take if you're taking Xanax, Elavil, birth control pills, and a host of other drugs.   (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database)
  • Tea Tree Oil - Derived from leaves of the tea tree, it may be helpful for topical application of athelet's foot, fungal infections of the nails or mild to moderate acne.  It may cause dryness, itching, stinging, burning and redness. (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database) 
  • Aloe - Science shows aloe can be used as a strong laxative.  It used to be regulated by the FDA as an OTC laxative. It may help with burns and abrasions. There is not enough scientific evidence to support aloe vera for any of its other uses such as claimed in skin care products. Use of topical aloe vera is not associated with significant side effects. (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database) 
  • Calendula - Calendula is a plant. The flower is used to make medicine. Calendula flower is used to prevent muscle spasms, start menstrual periods, and reduce fever. It is also used for treating sore throat and mouth, menstrual cramps, cancer, and stomach and duodenal ulcers.
    Calendula is applied to the skin to reduce pain and swelling (inflammation) and to treat poorly healing wounds and leg ulcers. It is also applied to the skin (used topically) for nosebleeds, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, inflammation of the rectum (proctitis), and inflammation of the lining of the eyelid (conjunctivitis). Calendula may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking calendula or any products with herbs or plant ingredients. (Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database)
As wise consumers, it's important to understand what you are absorbing into your body.  Before you choose a product with "natural" on the label with added herbs, do your homework.

 Cleure sensitive skin care products are made free of any herbs or plants, except butters, such as shea butter or mango butter.  All ingredients are safe and effective to bring about radiant skin, healthy hair, and beautiful smile. 

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Stages of Sensitive Skin Aging - Preteens to over 55 Years Old

Stages of Sensitive Skin Aging
In our different passages of aging, different signs let us know how healthy our skin is.  Throughout the various stages of life, different factors affect aging towards preventing aging skin, or causing premature aging.

Knowing the signs, and knowing what to do about them, can mean healthy youthful skin throughout your life.

Pre-teen Skin (younger than 12 years old)
When you hear "your skin is soft as a baby's", they usually mean just that.  Baby skin is soft and perfect.  In fact, up to puberty, the skin is still mostly soft and smooth with very small, almost un-noticeable pores.  At this age, a clean start with education to help your child learn good habits towards skin care can prevent skin problems and premature aging later.

1.  Use a sensitive skin gentle cleanser to clean, never harsh soap with drying detergent sodium lauryl sulfate.
2.  Apply non oily natural sunscreen SPF 15 with sun exposure.
3.  Good habits for skin care means clean at bedtime, and on waking.
4.  Keep your house free of sodas, do keep an abundance of vegetables, healthy snacks and fruits.
5.  Have your child drink adequate amounts of water.
6.  Test new products on the inside of your pre-teen's arm or small area on the face for any signs of burning or irritation.

Puberty to Age 19 Years Old
As hormone levels change, the condition of the skin may change to acne or blemishes.  This is a crucial time, because if the treatment consists of harsh long term use of prescription steroids, antibiotics or acne medications, the skin can pay the price.  

Skin care routine described above for pre-teens should be followed for this age group as well.  If acne medication is needed, it should be used temporarily to bring the condition under control.  For cleanser, use sensitive skin cleanser for oily skin, dry skin or combination skin, which ever is appropriate for your skin type.

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A gentle facial exfoliating scrub and mask can help remove dead cells and clear pores.  This allows new healthy cells to surface.  An alcohol free toner also helps to close pores. 

Age 20 Years Old to 40 Years Old
If you over expose your skin to the sun, eat fast foods and processed foods, smoke or indulge in alcoholic drinks excessively, fine lines and minor wrinkles may appear.  Your skin may also begin to look dull.  Focus on healthy diet, take Hair, Skin & Nail Supplements, and take care of your skin daily with non-irritating sensitive skin products which should be:
  • Fragrance free
  • Paraben free
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate free
  • Free of botanicals, such as plant extracts.  
Plants often are sprayed with pesticides and have side effects.

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Over 50 Years Old
If you took care of your skin from pre-teen age, your skin should be in good condition.  If you didn't take good care of your skin, it's not too late.  Healthy skin means beautiful, radiant skin.  Follow all the advice above and make sure to also manage stress with a balanced life style. 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Holiday Tips for Sensitive Skin Pampering to Relieve Stress and Skin Flareups

Sensitive Skin Pampering to Relieve Stress and Skin Flareups

The holidays are a joyous season for family, shopping and lots of socializing.  Along with the fun, challenges often pop up that can be stressful and may manifest with sensitive skin symptoms. The following are helpful tips to find balance between all the stressful activities that revolve around the holidays.  Why not leave the kids with family for a few hours or a day, and splurge on self-care to rejuvenate and pamper yourself. This time will give you more energy to celebrate through all the shopping, cooking, decorating and other holiday activities.

1.  Take care of your body
Focusing on the right basic nutritious foods can help minimize stress.  Eating food that are high in sugar and simple carbohydrates are tempting during the holidays.  But if you stick with eating fruits, vegetables, non-processed, hormone free meats, and the healthy type of carbs in moderation, such as whole wheat crackers or carbs, you'll stimulate the release of chemicals that promote relaxation.  Adding pounds to your weight is also stressful.  Eating right and planning for it, is the key to staying healthy and keeping stress free.

2.  Schedule an at home massage or a day at the spa
Whether you decide a relaxing day at a beautiful spa or an at home massage, your body will feel fantastic.  During the holidays, many spas offer special packages you can take advantage of.  You can spend all day at a spa along with a 50 minute massage for around $100 and up, depending on the spa.  It's less expensive to have an at-home massage, which can range between $75 - $95 for an hour. 

3.  Get a manicure/pedicure 
While shopping at the mall, look for a nail salon or day spa, and relax for a manicure/pedicure.   This gives you a chance to get away from all the shopping crowds while you soak your stress away in a warm foot bath.

4.  Steamy, bubble bath to soak away stress
There is nothing like soaking into a bath full of hot water with bubbles. Light a candle, listen to holiday music with a glass of your favorite wine, hot chocolate or tea and unwind.

5.  Get a hair and face makeover
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For a holiday-inspired look, specially if you're planning many social activities, seek a professional to get a personalized hair and makeover.  While you're getting your makeover, you'll learn new tips and tricks to brighten up the holidays. For sensitive skin, don't use the cosmetics the makeup consultant has, but take your own sensitive skin cosmetics.  Many of the cosmetics used by the salons are irritating and may cause sensitive skin flareups. 

6.  Remember what the Holidays are all about
In the traditions of Judeo-Christian religions, the holidays (holy - days) are originally meant to celebrate with family and give thanks and appreciation for life.  Being materialistic has taken the place of this original meaning.  Many end up spending way too much, eating too much and being overly stressed.  Keep the balance by keeping in mind your priorities of what it's all about.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Natural Easy Remedies for Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin can be serious.  You may experience minor irritation to severe reactions such as hives, rashes, burning and stinging.  We live at a time where we want quick fixes.  Typically, you may have visited a dermatologist for your sensitive skin symptoms, who usually recommend antibiotics, steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs.

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Natural Easy Remedies for Sensitive Skin
 If you want to fend off sensitive skin with all the horrible symptoms associated with it, let's see what it takes to have healthy skin:
1.  Remember the saying, "you are what you eat".  Researchers have evidence that what we eat does play a huge role in our health.  Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and what we eat, does make an impact.  For healthy skin, make sure you drink plenty of water, stay away from sugary soft drinks and simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, and white flour.  Eat meals rich in green vegetables and low fat meat.  You'll be surprised how quickly you get over the sugar addiction, once you stop eating it for a few days.

2. Quit bad habits such as tobacco, recreational drugs or excessive alcohol use.  These habits rob your body of essential nutrients that can lead to unhealthy skin.

3. Learn to relax more.  Take long walks in fresh air, exercise, get a massage, and learn to laugh more.  These help you manage daily stress that everyone faces, which again, can lead to very unhealthy skin.
Easy Remedies for Sensitive Skin Care
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1. Clean your face with non-irritating cleansers suited for your skin type (dry, oily, combination).  Many skin care products, even those recommended by dermatologists, contain irritating and harsh ingredients that can lead to sensitive skin. 

2.  Give yourself a facial with a gentle facial scrub and mask.  Use weekly for oily acne prone skin, or monthly for other skin types.  A gentle facial scrub helps remove accumulated dead cells, allowing new cells to surface.

3. Use non-irritating skin care, such as Cleure sensitive skin care products, instead of jumping from one brand to another.  This can be expensive and exposing your skin to harsh ingredients.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Is What's in Your Makeup Bag Causing Your Sensitive Skin

Is What's in Your Makeup Bag Causing Your Sensitive Skin
The cosmetic industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Most women shop by either price or brand, with little regard to ingredients.  According to the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD), sensitive skin affects millions of people.  Sensitive skin types result in rashes, hives, rosacea, allergies and irritation.  The AAD attributes many of these sensitive skin symptoms to irritating ingredients in cosmetics and skin care.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate cosmetics or skin care,which means women need to know what’s in their makeup and skin care or face the consequences of sensitive skin.  This is particularly important since sensitivity can lead to allergy that eventually may lead to chronic illness.
Some of the ingredients that can cause and increase the risk of sensitive skin include:
  • Pthalates – Found in nail polish, hair sprays, soap, toys, personal care products, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), can cause hypersensitivity to the immune system resulting in severe allergic reactions.  They are also known as ‘endocrine disrupters’ in the body, meaning they may have an impact on sex hormones.  Risk of diabetes, overweight and high blood cholesterol levels are also linked to pthalates (WebMD).
  • Triclosan – Used in mouthwash, cosmetics and personal care, this antimicrobial can contribute to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics.
  • Oxybenzone– This common UV filter is a synthetic estrogen, can penetrate the skin, cause allergic reactions and interact with hormones. 
  • Plant extracts – Cosmetics and skin care products often labeled as ‘natural’ contain numerous plants.  Plants may be sprayed with pesticides, contain undeclared preservatives to minimize rancidity and have side effects.  It’s not about what crop is in your product, but how safe the ingredients are.
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  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) – Find it in your toothpaste, shampoo, makeup remover and other products.  Has a drying effect, can cause canker sores and is a strong detergent that can irritate your skin and scalp.
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  By choosing products based on safe ingredients and effectiveness, you can have healthy, problem free skin while slowing the aging process.   Cleure has a complete line of fabulous cosmetics for day or glamor night time beauty.  All free of potential toxins and formulated for sensitive skin.   


Monday, November 5, 2012

Natural Face Cleanser for Dry Sensitive Skin

Natural Face Cleanser for Dry Sensitive SkinThe purpose of a cleanser for sensitive skin is to wash away dirt, oil and makeup without side effects. A soap-based cleanser with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) can result in irritated skin, stinging, or dry skin.  With that in mind, there is no need to spend a lot of money on cleansers.  However, you do want a cleanser that is gentle, soap-free and suited for your skin.  Some cleansers strip the skin of hydrating sebum.  This leaves your skin flaky, irritated and dry.

Some cleansers can be too harsh, specially if you have dry sensitive skin.  For dry sensitive skin, a gentle lotion cleanser that is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic works best.  Attention to ingredients is a must while choosing sensitive skin products.  Stay away from detergents such as SLS or herbal ingredients.  Many herbal ingredients may be sprayed with pesticides or have strong preservatives added to prevent rancidity or mold.

Make sure not to overwash.  For oily skin, it's ok to wash morning and at bedtime.  For dry skin, use lukewarm water and wash with fingertips.  In the morning, splashing water on your helps helps wake you up, which is all you need.

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Sensitive skin needs special care, Cleure has a non-irritating face cleanser gentle lotion specially formulated for sensitive dry skin.