Monday, December 31, 2012

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Make up brushes are not cheap, but actually an investment.  High quality makeup brushes can last for years, making it worth your while to spend a bit more for the better ones.  Proper care is important to get a good to great return on your investment.  It's important to clean your brushes, because it also helps you maintain healthy skin.
It's a good idea to clean your brushes about once a week.  Brushes can accumulate the following on the bristles, that you apply to your skin:
1.  Old makeup
2.  Bacteria
3.  Dirt and debris
4. Dead skin cells

If you have sensitive skin, it's specially important to clean your brushes regularly.  Acne skin is another skin type that can benefit from clean brushes.  Keeping an extra set of brushes, you will always have a clean one to use.

How to Clean Your Brushes

- Always hold the brush with the bristles pointed downwards, to help prevent water from getting into the handle.

- Use warm water or tepid water instead of hot.

- Use a mild shampoo or liquid soap, such as Cleure Shampoo or Face & Body Wash Liquid Soap.

-  Apply the shampoo or liquid soap to the palm of your hand and swirl the bristles in your hand and with your fingers clean the bristles.  Rinse and repeat, until the water runs clear.  Or in a glass or plastic bowl, add the shampoo or liquid soap and swirl the bristles and rinse, until water runs clear.

-  Lay the brushed down on their side on a paper towel to dry.  This again, will help prevent water from running down the handle.

-  Shape the bristles before laying them on their side to dry.  Usually it takes 24 hours of drying time.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Home Remedies for Dry Skin


Home remedies for dry skin may be the right option for moisturizing your face.  Finding the right moisturizer for dry skin may seem an easy product to find.  Store shelves are filled with jars of creams and lotions to help with dry skin.  However, the wrong choice may lead to itching, rashes and even very dry skin.

Most moisturizers for dry skin, even expensive ones, may contain harsh, irritating additives and botanicals that may be allergy causing and cause your skin to dry out even more.  The following are some simple tips for home remedies for dry skin:

1.  Apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin.  This helps to lock in moisture.

2.  A rich cream such as Cleure Day Cream with shea butter, helps to sooth sensitive dry skin.
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3.  Cleure Night Cream contains shea butter and anti-aging ingredients to help seal moisture and hydrate as you sleep.

4.  For very dry skin, use emu oil which has been purified and has the seal of the American Emu Association on it for clarity and pureness.  This noncomedogenic oil penetrates deep into your skin to hydrate without causing breakouts.  Emu oil is also excellent for dry cuticles or dry, scaly heels.

5.  Keep a bottle of Cleure Body Lotion next to your bed, so it's the first and last thing you apply each day to your legs, arms, feet and other dry skin.

6.  Avoid clothing that make you itch.  The cause could be the fabric, your detergent or fabric softener.  Irritating your skin with harsh ingredients can worsen dry skin.  Stick with 'fragrance free' and 'dye free' detergents and fabric softeners meant for sensitive skin.

7.  Drink lots of water.  Dehydration contributes to dry skin.

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8.  Oatmeal helps soften dry skin.  Bathe in it and use Cleure Unscented Glycerine Face & Body Bar with Oatmeal to clean your face and body.  Stay away from cleansers and soaps with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  This harsh ingredients has been linked to dry skin.

9.  Hot water tends to dry skin.  Opt for warm water instead.

10.  Tobacco and excessive alcohol are bad for your skin. 

11.  Exercising is good for dry skin, since through sweating, natural oils are released to the surface of your skin.

12.  Healthy skin requires that you get enough rest.  Sufficient rest requires you get approximately eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Friday, December 21, 2012

How to Erase Age Spots

Those flat brown spots that appear on the body are known as age spots.  They are most noticeable when these age spots appear on the neck, hands, and face.  Although these age spots are harmless, they may be a sign of more serious health conditions.

Cause of Age Spots
Free radicals are the main culprit that cause damage and aging to skin cells.  The brownish pigment, (also called lipofuscin, liver spots, or aging pigment), results from the breakdown and absorption of damaged cells.  The factors that contribute to age spots include:

1.  Over exposure to the sun
2.  Poor diet
3.  Lack of exercise
4.  Poor liver function
5.  Unhealthy skin
6.  Age and heredity

Each of these factors should be addressed to help prevent premature aging and the resulting age spots.  Years of exposure to the sun appears to be the primary cause of these spots.  What happens is that melanin, the pigment in the upper layer of skin, becomes clumped or concentrates in particular areas appearing as brown spots. 

Treatment for Age Spots
1.  Medications in the form of bleaching creams (hydroquinone, retinoids) and steroids may gradually help fade the spots.  This may take months to show results, and is not without side effects.  These ingredients can be highly irritating and can result in itching, redness, burning or severe dryness.

2.  Safe and natural broad spectrum sun SPF 30 protection with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide is a must with sun exposure. 

3.  Laser therapy is used to destroy the cells that produce melanin.  After several sessions over months, you may notice gradual fading of the spots.  The negative side of laser therapy is result of discoloration of your skin.

4.  Applying liquid nitrogen, which is a freezing agent, to the age spots is another method to destroy the extra pigment.  This may result in permanent scarring or discoloration

5.  Dermabrasion helps sand the surface layer of your skin.  A rapidly rotating brush is used to remove the skin surface, allowing new layer of skin to grow and take its place.  Irritation and discoloration are usually expected, which may be temporary or be long lasting. 

6.  Chemical peel uses an acid to burn the outer layer of your skin to remove the age spots.  Several treatments may be necessary before your see any results.  Again, irritation and discoloration may result temporarily or be long lasting.

7.  Over-the-counter fade creams and lotions are also available for lightening age spots.  These can be expensive and you may have to continue to use these long term.  Since the ingredients are frequently retinoids, hydroquinone or deoxyarbutin, these too may cause skin irritation.

Prevention of Age Spots
Natural Sunscreen SPF 30
The best way to prevent age spots is to start at an early age to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation of the sun with broad spectrum sunscreen.  Your routine should be to use a natural sunscreen at any age.  If you wear makeup, use makeup with zinc oxide and an SPF rating of 15 - 25. 

Cleure offers natural sunscreen SPF 30 with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as well as makeup with sunscreen.  All products are made in the USA, are paraben free, salicylate free, hypoallergenic, fragrance free and made specially for sensitive skin.

Cleure loose mineral Foundation and Total Cover Concealer, along with other great natural makeup, are the safe way to erase age spots. 




Sunday, December 16, 2012

Best Sensitive Skin Care Daily Routine

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Sensitive skin is common and can result in a variety of skin conditions.  The main four types of sensitive skin that are recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology, include:
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Stinging and burning skin
  • Allergies (dermatitis)
Even within these four categories of sensitive skin, there are variations.  Store shelves are full of generic sensitive skin care products.  Unless you find the right skin care products for your sensitive skin, you may find trial and error leads to more irritation and frustration.
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Step 1
The best skin care routine should start with cleansing to clean the skin of debris and dirt gently without drying the skin of natural essential oils.   No matter which category of sensitive skin you are in, stay away from cleansers or soaps with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  This harsh detergent is irritating and can cause allergies.  It's added to soaps, shampoos and toothpaste for foaming.  Clean your skin two times a day with a gentle non-SLS cleanser or facial bar. 

Step 2To remove dead cells and allow new healthy cells to surface, use a facial exfoliating scrub about once or twice a week.  Once you find a gentle non-irritating scrub, continue to use it, and discontinue any that cause irritation.

Step 3
A facial mask with kaolin clay and dead sea mud is a wonderful product to add vital nutrients to sensitive skin.

Step 4
Always moisturize your skin, even if you have oily acne skin.  However, it's important to use a non-clogging and non-irritating moisturizer for your skin type.  For example, acne skin would do better with a oil-free facial lotion.  According to the National Eczema Association, it's important to moisturize within three minutes of cleansing.  Moisturizing is important because it helps protect and to keep water from evaporating from your skin.  Keeping your skin hydrated is vital to healthy skin.  Even for oily skin, before applying makeup, always moisturize.

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Step 5
Natural sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the safest and most effective broad spectrum sun protection.  Always apply sunscreen when exposed to the sun, during summer and winter.  The times when your skin is most apt to damage from ultraviolet rays is between 10 AM to 3 PM.  

Cleure has a complete line of non-irritating sensitive skin, personal care and cosmetics products.  All products are made in the USA and are fragrance, gluten and paraben free, and ecologically responsible.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Skin Cancer Risk Increases with Indoor Tanning

It's glamorous having a bronzed sun-kissed glow all over your body, specially in the winter months.  Whether you get that glow of suntan from skiing, the beach or a tanning salon, there are vital information that you need to know.  This is specially true of your tan is bought through a tanning salon.  A recent report released by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce reveals that information given at tanning salons is either out and out false or not accurate.

The erroneous information includes claims of health benefits from indoor tanning.  The truth is that indoor tanning that exposes you to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is 74 percent more likely to lead to melanoma, compared to those who have never used indoor tanning.

The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has strict guidelines that tanning salons must follow.  Unfortunately many fail to comply.  For example, the FDA recommends indoor tanning be limited to no more than three visits in the first week.  However, most salons don't make this clear and may not even require any intervals between tanning sessions.

Another unfortunate and alarming report is that many tanning salons target teenage girls.  They may offer student discounts and specials for homecoming or advertise back to school coupons.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there has been a dramatic increase in melanoma in the last 40 years.  Between 1970 and 2009, melanoma has increased eight times among young women and four times among young men between the ages of 18 to 39.

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How to Prevent Skin Cancer 
1.  Don't go to tanning salons

2.  Try to avoid the sun between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM

3.  Use a safe sunscreen SPF 30 with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

The Safe Way to Get Your Glowing Skin
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Cleure Natural loose mineral Bronzer can give you the instant face and body sun-kissed bronze look in minutes.  Apply it using Cleure Kabuki brush and you'll love the summer-ready, healthy-looking glow. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tips for Winter Sensitive Skin Care

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If you have sensitive skin, any abrupt changes in climate may make a difference.  With heaters running inside and the cold weather outside, even healthy skin can dry out.  Typically, sensitive skin does not do well with certain ingredients, specially if they are irritating or known for causing allergies.

Moisturizing and keeping your skin hydrated should be the #1 priority during winter.  However, the right products for sensitive skin free of irritating and harsh ingredients are even more important.

Fragrance, alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and parabens are just a few ingredients to stay away from in your sensitive skin products.  The following are a few ingredients you should look for:

* For the best facial cleanser, choose one that is a lotion type, specially if you have dry skin.  It should also be a sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free cleanser.

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* Oatmeal helps retain water and soothes the skin.  

* Glycerin (glycol) has many benefits for sensitive skin.  It helps with hydration and restoring the normal protective barrier of the skin's outer layer.  Glycerin is also known to help improve skin elasticity and help with damaged skin.  It also acts to moisturize dry, rough, scaly skin.

*  For the best sensitive skin moisturizer and lip balm, choose one with shea butter.  It helps protect from harsh weather as it soothes and moisturizes without clogging pores.

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The bottom line is to make sure you keep your skin gently clean and moisturized.  Using the right sensitive skin products is crucial.  A humidifier can help maintain the moisture balance of your skin, and may be something you should consider to use at nighttime.