Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tips to Get Rid of Wrinkles Under the Eyes

Tips to Get Rid of Wrinkles Under the Eyes
Stop premature aging
As we age, it's natural for the gradual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  The area under the eyes are delicate and wrinkles appear when elastin and collagen break down in the skin.  There are a few types of treatments available to get rid of wrinkles under the eyes.

1.  Botox injections involve Botulinum neurotoxin that are injected into the muslces under eye wrinkles.  The neurotoxin blocks a chemical called acetylcholine from being released.  This results in the muscles becoming paralyzed, forcing the skin over the muscle to remain flat, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles.  There are side effects to Botox injections, and it's something that will have to be repeated regularly.  At some point too much of a good thing may look un-natural.

2.  Chemical peels help loosen the outer layer of the skin, causing the old skin cells to peel off.  New smoother skin cells form that look smoother.  If you have sensitive skin, the chemicals used can be irritating to the skin.

3.  To get rid of wrinkles fillers can be injected under them.  These fillers can range from collagen, fat substances or synthetic options.  The fillers fill the space lost by the deterioration of collagen and elastin.

4.  Lasers are another form of treatment for wrinkles.  The laser destroys the superficial layers of the skin, causing new smooth skin cells to surface.

All of the methods above have side effects and do have to be repeated, as needed.  Cleure sensitive skin care products help prevent premature aging and help reduce wrinkles without irritating ingredients.  With proper care of your skin, healthy, smooth, radiant complexion will result.

Eye Repair Gel to get rid of under eye wrinkles
Eye Repair Gel to get rid of under eye wrinkles
Cleure Eye Repair Gel is excellent for helping to reduce puffiness under the eyes and fine lines.  Cleure Night Cream and other sensitive skin care products help you achieve the flawless skin your deserve.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Healthy Skin with Sensitive Skin Cleanser

Healthy Skin with Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Healthy complexion has a glow about it.  Specially if you have sensitive skin, the first step in caring for your skin is choosing a high quality sensitive skin cleanser.  If your skin is dull with flaky patches and breaks out, it can be reversed to a beautiful, clean and fresh skin with the right sensitive skin cleanser.

Statistics report one out of five people suffers with sensitive skin, yet most of the products sold target normal skin.  There are a few different types of sensitive skin, including:
  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Burning and stinging
  • Allergies (contact dermatitis)
With the right cleanser you can look in the mirror and see:
Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Sensitive Skin Cleanser
  • An even, glowing complexion 
  • Skin that is free of red spots and flaky patches
  • Brighter, firmer skin that is soft to the touch
  • Protection against harmful environmental factors
  • Preventing premature aging
The best cleaner for sensitive skin should include the following:
  • Free of irritating ingredients, such as parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Help remove dead cells, allowing new skin cells to surface
  • Keep your face hydrated with moisture instead of drying it
 Cleure has specially formulated cleansers for all types of sensitive skin:
- Gentle Cleanser for dry skin
- Glycerin Face & Body Bar for combination skin
- Face & Body Wash for oily skin

All Cleure skin care products are free of salicylates, parabens, irritating ingredients, and made in the USA.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

What is Toothpaste Made of

What is Toothpaste Made of
Toothpaste makes our breath fresh and our mouth feel clean.  Cavemen used tree resin to clean their teeth.  Ground up animal bones were also used to clean teeth.  Toothpaste as we know it was made available in the early 1800s.

Today you'll find a variety of claims on toothpaste labels, such as SLS free toothpaste, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, hydrogen peroxide toothpaste, tartar control toothpaste, natural toothpaste just to name a few. Are these types really different? Toothpaste are typically made of certain ingredients that make it the paste that it is.  However, there are many variations, with some more effective than others and some even counter helpful to healthy teeth and gums.  This article will explain what toothpaste is made of to help you distinguish between the different types.

Ingredients in Toothpaste:
1.  Water - toothpaste contain between 20-42% water.  This helps it from drying out.

2.  Abrasives - most brands contain at least 50% abrasives.  This may not be a good thing, since abrasives can make your teeth sensitive.  It's preferable to find a non-abrasive toothpaste. The best abrasive is baking soda in the right percentage.  Baking soda has many benefits, including balancing the pH of saliva and removing stains.

3.  Fluorides - most often found active ingredient in toothpaste are fluorides.   Toothpaste sold in the United States have 1000 to 1100 parts per million fluoride.  There are three types that are used:
  • Sodium fluoride (NaF) is the most common source of fluoride in toothpaste
  • Stannous fluoride (SnF2)
  • Monofluorophosphate (Na2PO3F)
4.  Surfactants - typically sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is used as the surfactant.  This is a detergent that also acts as the foaming agent in the toothpaste.  This is a harsh ingredient and it's better to find and use an SLS free toothpaste.  Studies has reported of it causing canker sores and irritation to the delicate tissues of the mouth.

5.  Antibacterial agents - Triclosan is one of the antibacterial medications used in toothpaste.  Unless you have active gum disease, you may benefit from using this type of toothpaste for a limited time.  However, long term use may cause more problems than benefits by promoting antibiotic resistant bacteria.

6.  Flavors - mint is the most common flavor along with peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen.  Natural toothpaste brands often use more exotic flavors made from anise, fennel, lavender, and other plants.  These types of essential oils may cause allergies and tissue irritation.

7.  Remineralization - some toothpaste are formulated to help remineralize enamel (outer surface of the tooth).  Calcium phosphate is typically the ingredient used.

8.  Humectants – humectants give toothpaste texture and help to retain moisture to keep it from drying out.  Glycerin, sorbitol and water are common humectants.  Xylitol is the best type of humectant since it has multiple benefits, including increasing the flow of saliva, which helps prevent dry mouth, and also has been shown in early reports, to help prevent tooth decay.
9.  Thickeners – carrageenan, cellulose gum, guar gum and xanthan gum are common thickening agents.  For those with celiac disease who want to avoid gluten, xanthan gum is a safe alternative.  Irritation from this ingredient is rare, with the most common side effect being bloating or gas.  This would normally occur by ingesting large quantities of xanthan gum, which would be much higher than what is usually used for toothpaste.  Those allergic to soy or corn may want to choose a different type of thickening agent. If inhaled in powder form, xanthan gum can  cause respiratory distress.
10.  Preservatives – to help prevent microorganisms from growing in toothpaste, certain preservatives are added.  These may include sodium benzoate, methyl paraben, and ethyl paraben.  Between the three common preservatives, sodium benzoate is the safest.  Some “natural” toothpaste use citric acid.  However, overdose of citric acid may cause such side effects as stomach cramps, vomiting and nausea.
11.  Sweeteners – to improve the taste of toothpaste, specially those containing the horrible taste of sodium lauryl sulfate, such sweeteners as saccharin, stevia or xylitol are added.  The best form is xylitol, since it does have many benefits for a healthy mouth, as stated earlier.

12.  Coloring agents – artificial dyes and coloring agents are not uncommon in most commercial toothpaste.  Titanium dioxide may also be used to make toothpaste white.  It's best to avoid toothpaste with artificial dyes and coloring agents.
Natural SLS Free Toothpaste
Natural SLS Free Toothpaste
It's important to know what you're absorbing into your body through your toothpaste.  Don't choose toothpaste based on flavor, but how safe and effective it is, as well as taste.

Cleure Natural Toothpaste is formulated to help remineralize teeth naturally without harsh ingredients such as SLS or antibacterial ingredients.  It is gentle enough for sensitive teeth and proven to be non-abrasive. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Many Benefits of Emu Oil

The Many Benefits of Emu Oil
The many benefits of emu oil have been studied for years in Australia.  Although further studies are needed, the reports so far are promising, including benefits such as helping with arthritis pain, anti-aging, healing scar tissue and others. 

Emu is an ostrich-like bird that is a native of Australia.  The bird has many uses including their naturally lower-fat meat, leather used for variety of purposes, and of course the oil. The oil is obtained from the layer of fat under the emu skin when the bird is being processed for food. The oil is then either rendered or refined and purified. It's important to distinguish between "rendered" versus "refined" emu oil.  Rendered is filtered and may be contaminated.  Whereas, refined means sterilized and deodorized.  Make sure to always purchase the refined quality. 

The following are emu oil uses and the many ways that it can be beneficial:

1.  The oil is easily absorbed through the skin.  Studies by Dr. Robert Nicolosi, Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention at University of Massachusetts, suggest the delivery of various needed properties of cosmetics and medications can be directly delivered to the blood stream easier with emu oil than other oils.  Because it is easily absorbed, using it during massage can help with sore muscles.

2.  Compared to other oils, emu oil is much less comedogenic and greasy.  It is excellent for extreme dry skin.

3.  Helps reduce inflammation, swelling and pain associated with arthritis.  Studies show that during a 3-month study, emu oil had eliminated all inflammation caused by arthritis joint swelling.  Improvements in pain and swelling were noted within 14 days of topical application.

4. Emu oil is hypoallergenic which makes it specially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.

Refined Emu Oil
Refined Emu Oil
5.  Studies have shown emu oil to have healing properties for scar tissue, even greater than aloe vera and Vitamin E. 

6.  Some claim emu oil is the fountain of youth for skin care.  It has skin regenerating properties, because it contains antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E.  Since it easily penetrates the skin, it helps reconstruct collagen, which supports elastin to smooth away wrinkles and tighten your skin.

7.  The emu oil is high in omega-3s and has been suggested for topical use on the scalp to fight against hair loss.  Emu oil is high in linolenic acid, which helps prevent hair loss while stimulating hair growth and hair follicles.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

7 Easy Tips on Skin Care for Adult Acne

Adult Acne Skin Care
If you suffer with adult acne prone skin that is not getting better, it's advisable to see a dermatologist.  If the cause of your adult acne is bacteria along with inflammation, then antibiotics may be necessary for a certain limited amount of time.  However, if you don't take care of you skin, you'll have to depend on your dermatologist and medications for a very long time.  This may not be a good thing, since over use of antibiotics may give rise to strains of bacteria that become resistant to antibiotics.

Follow the steps below to help your skin fight acne:

1.  Since germs, sweat and dirt can be a breeding ground for more bacteria, be careful what touches your acne prone skin.  Touching your face after working on keyboards, or holding phones, pencils and other objects can irritate and aggravate your acne.

2.  Keep your skin clean with a gentle cleanser free of sodium lauryl sulfate.  Don't wash your face more than two times a day.  Once in the morning and once before you go to bed is sufficient.

3.  Use oil-free moisturizers that are non-comedogenic on your face.  If not labeled as non-comedogenic, cosmetics, sunscreens and other products can clog your pores.

4.  Do not pick or squeeze at whiteheads, blackheads or acne.  This can worsen the problem and even leave scars.

5.  Certain drugs, according to Mayo Clinic, can cause acne.  These are corticosteroids, androgens or lithium.

6.  Use a gentle exfoliating scrub weekly to remove dead cells.  When dead cells accumulate on the surface, so may bacteria.

7.  Only use non-irritating, gentle sensitive skin products.  Some acne products contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as active ingredients.  Although these may temporarily help, they may also irritate sensitive skin.

Sensitive Skin Acne Products
Sensitive Skin Acne Products
Cleure has sensitive skin acne products for all skin types. Use them daily to help with free and clear skin.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

10 Easy Anti Aging Skin Care Tips

Easy Anti Aging Skin Care Tips
Our environment, daily stresses and how we take care of our skin can add lines and wrinkles around our face and neck.  Options to get rid of these signs of aging is to experiment with expensive anti aging skin care, go under the knife or try Botox.  However, there are other ways that you can camouflage crows feet, fine lines and wrinkles.  This article will help you learn how.

1. Play it safe in the sun.  No matter how good it feels in the sun, remember that your skin hates the sun and it can make those wrinkles appear sooner than you'd like.  Always protect your skin when exposed to the sun.  A sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the safest and most effective of the sun block ingredients.

2. Use a gentle cleanser that is the right one for your skin type and does not contain harsh ingredients that may irritate your skin.  Stick with sensitive skin care products such as cleansers free of sodium lauryl sulfate.

3.  Follow cleaning your skin with an alcohol free toner.  This finalizes the cleaning of your skin, closes pores, and helps balance the pH.

Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
Sensitive Skin Moisturizer
4. Moisturize daily, even if you have oily skin.  Use an oil free moisturizer for acne prone or oily skin. 

5.  Give yourself a facial with a gentle exfoliating scrub to remove dead cells on a regular bases.  A facial mask with kaolin clay and dead sea mud can help add needed nutrients to your skin.

6.  Accentuate and bring focus on the eyes.  No matter what shape your eyes and eyebrows are, they can be improved with makeup.  Use an eye pencil or loose mineral powder instead of a liquid liner to shape your eyes.  Liquid liner can appear too harsh.  Start at the inside of the top lid, and line it to the outside edge.  You can add a line lightly on the bottom.

7.  Highlight your eyebrows with a soft eye brow pencil or loose mineral powder shade that matches your hair.

8.  Plump up your lips.  Thin lips can make you look older.  Many opt for Botox to plum up their lips.  This treatment is not a one time procedure, but has to be repeated often and can be very expensive. After many injections, it can look very unnatural.   Lip tatoos usually look fake.  

Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Sensitive Skin Cleanser
Lipstick shades that are a shade or two darker than your own lip color work best to give the appearance of fuller lips.  Use a lip liner first to create your lip line, then apply lipstick or lip gloss. Best natural lip gloss is another great trick to plump up your lips.  It can create an illusion of fuller lips with the shine.

9. Establish a skin care routine that your skin feels comfortable with.  If you're using the wrong products, you'll see and feel it on your skin.  The right products will show results and your skin will feel healthy.  Once you skip routine of proper skin care, you will see problem skin develop.  Just think what would happen if you totally ignored your car, and just put gas in it.  Your skin needs care.  It's best to use sensitive skin care products.  These are free of irritating ingredients.

10.  Drink plenty of water.  Dehydrated skin looks dull.  Your lifestyle and what you eat will also play an important role in keeping your skin looking young and beautiful.  Tobacco and excessive alcohol are also enemies of youthful looking skin. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Ingredients You Don't Want Going into Your Skin

Ingredients You Don't Want Going into Your Skin
If you need sensitive skin care products, it's easy to get confused with all the brands claiming to offer such products.  Most labels have long lists of ingredients.  It's hard to tell what's good for your sensitive skin and what's not.  Not all long chemical words are bad, and not all short ones or those with plant names are necessarily good.

Below is a list of ingredients that have the potential to be irritating and should be avoided, specially if you are looking for sensitive skin care products:

  • Acetone
  • Alcohol
  • Aluminate sulfate
  • Ammonium chloride
  • Barium sulfate
  • Bee pollen
  • Boric Acid
  • Bronopol
  • Camphor
  • Cyclamen aldehyde
  • Dimethyl ether
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Eugenol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Fragrance
  • Fumaric acid
  • Galbanum
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lanolin
  • Lavender (mimics estrogen)
  • Menthol
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone
  • Methyleugenol
  • Mineral oil
  • Mint
  • PABA (sunscreen ingredient: para-aminobenzoic acid)
  • Plant extracts
  • Plant essential oils
  • Propylene glucol
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic acid
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) (used for lathering, foam)
  • Sodium tallowate
  • Sodium thioglycolate
  • Sulfur
  • TEA-lauryl sulfate
  • Thioglycolate
  • Urea
  • Witch hazel
Sensitive Skin Care Products
Sensitive Skin Care Products
Cleure has sensitive skin products that are void of irritating ingredients.  Instead of experimenting trying different products, which can be costly to your pocket book and your skin, Cleure offers trial sizes to test.  

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Products That May Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

Products That May Be Doing You More Harm Than Good

Keeping your body and your home clean can help minimize spread of bacteria.  But with the popularity and regular use of antibacterial soaps and other such products, you may cause more harm than good.

Bacteria killing ingredients, such as soaps with triclosan, or lip glosses, household cleaners, sponges, deodorants and shampoos just to name a few, fill store shelves.  Unfortunately, the constant use of these triclosan products, or similar chemicals, can produce stronger, more resistant bacteria.

Triclosan is one of the most common antibacterial chemicals used in hand cleaners, household products, personal care, cosmetics and other products.  The dangers of triclosan are surfacing and reported in recent studies.  Epidemiologist Allison Aiello from University of Michigan School of Public Health concludes "Triclosan has a specific inhibitory target in bacteria similar to some antibiotics."  This means with constant use, bacteria that are exposed to triclosan products for long periods of time can cause mutations, making the bacteria resistant to antibiotics.

Triclosan dangers are not limited to our bodies, but it is also showing up in 60 percent of America's streams and rivers, as reported by Rolf Halden, from the Center for Water and Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sensitive Skin Care Products
Sensitive Skin Care Products

Specially if you have sensitive skin, it's best to go the traditional route of washing your bodies with safer, non-irritating, non-antibacterial products.  Avoid triclosan dangers and lift dirt, oil and microbes with safe sensitive skin care products and rinse with water.  Avoid triclosan containing products and when you need antibiotics for serious infections, you won't increase the risk of being exposed to resistant bacteria.

Triclosan & SLS free natural toothpaste
Triclosan & SLS free natural toothpaste
Cleure offers sensitive skin care products that are free of triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate or other irritating ingredients.