Friday, September 27, 2013

Sunscreen Facts to Prevent Premature Aging

Sunscreen Facts and Risks
There are a lot of rumors about the health risks of sunscreen.  This article will help you understand the facts about sunscreen, and which safe ingredients to look for in the ones available to purchase for you and your family.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

The amount of protection a sunscreen offers against UV radiation, is termed SPF (sun protection factor). An SPF 15 means it will take 15 times longer to redden than without sunscreen. According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreen is recommended in order to prevent skin cancer, specifically squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma. They also recommend an SPF 15 or higher, however, studies are showing that up to SPF 30 should be adequate. 


You can use sunscreen with high sun protection factors, but it still may not block these harmful rays of the sun. Many sun worshippers believe if they normally get sunburn in two hours, an SPF 20 sunscreen will help prevent sunburn for an extra 20 hours, or 20 times longer exposure. However, there are certain risks that you should be aware of before feeling too comfortable in the sun.

The problem is that many sunscreens do not block the harmful rays of the sun known as UVA radiation. UVA may not cause sunburn but can harm the skin cells and increase the risk of skin cancer.  Sunblock is what to look for instead of sunscreen.

UVA versus UVB Sunscreens

There are two types of ultraviolet light that can affect your skin. 
  1. UVA - This has a longer wave and penetrates the skin's deeper layers. It plays a major role in premature aging and wrinkling of your skin.  Studies report UVA damages deeper skin cells in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur.  Tanning booths primarily emit UVA rays as much as 12 times the amount of the sun.  Those who use tanning salons are at a higher risk to develop skin cancers.
  2. UVB - When exposed to the shorter-waves of UVB, your skin will redden and get sunburned, with damage affecting the superficial epidermal layers.  These UVB rays also contribute to skin cancer.  You will be exposed to UVB mostly between 10AM and 4PM from April to October in the U.S.
Most sunscreen either absorb ultraviolet light with a specific chemical or they block, reflect, scatter and absorb UV light. Rather than focusing only on the SPF to measure the effectiveness of the sunscreen for your skin, other factors should be considered.


  • How sensitive your skin is - You're better off always choosing sensitive skin products, specially safe sensitive skin sunscreen, no matter what your skin type. Usually, these types of sunscreen contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are two very important ingredients in sunblock.
  • How often your apply it - If you apply the sunscreen in the morning and do not apply it after swimming or sweating, the protection is lost. Even if the product lists it as waterproof, it's important to re-apply it.
  • Active ingredients used - Certain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen are the healthy sunscreen active ingredients, while some others may be of concern. For example, PABA was found to increase DNA defects. Padimate O, oxybenzone, dioxybenzone and others have not be tested for safety. Zinc oxide has been shown to protect against skin tumors in mice.

  • FDA Label Regulations for Sunscreen

    The final FDA rules established in 2012 bans "waterproof" claims, instead products can claim water resistant up to 80 minutes of exposure. Also claims of protection over 2 hours are not allowed without specific approval.

    Ingredients in Sunscreen: What to Look For in Sensitive Skin Sunscreen

    The two main ingredients in sunscreen to look for are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These offer broad-spectrum protection without potential harmful and irritating side effects. 


    No matter what your skin type, choose a safe sensitive skin sunscreen that includes these two ingredients, but is free of parabens and other irritating ingredients. In other words, sunscreen should also be hypoallergenic, should not clog pores (noncomedogenic) and be considered as broad-spectrum, which means it protects againe UVA and UVB radiation.
    Remember to use a hat and do not expose your whole body for long periods to the sun without the right safe sensitive skin sunscreen.



    Safe, natural sunscreen

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    Product Spotlight: Glycerine Face and Body SLS-Free Soap

    At Cleure, we’re constantly working to produce the best sensitive skin care products — products that improve your skin by avoiding the use of skin-irritating ingredients. One of our favorites of these products is the Glycerine Face and Body SLS-Free Soap.

    If you have combination skin, you know how hard it is to maintain beautiful, healthy skin. Your nose, chin and forehead might be oily, while your cheeks might be dry. Not very many cleansers are made to improve combination skin, so you’re probably always looking for a natural face wash that won’t dry out your cheeks while not leaving your forehead, nose and chin greasy.

    This face and body soap is a great option for sensitive combination skin. It balances your skin, cleaning it all over without stripping your skin of its natural moisture, so you can have the skin you’ve always wanted. Like all of our soaps, it’s salicylate free and hypoallergenic, perfect for women with skin prone to irritation. Additionally, this bar doesn’t use any parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or propylene glycol, some of the most common culprits of skin irritation. If you’re trying a gluten-free skin care regimen, this bar is safe for your skin as well.

    We’re proud to be able to say that our products are all made in the United States, including this face and body bar. It’s important to us to have control of the ingredients used in the soaps we sell, and making our skin care line here ensures that the products we sell are perfectly formulated for sensitive skin. Additionally, all of our products are cruelty-free. We never test our skin care products on animals.

    All of the ingredients in this soap are rated safe by Skin Deep, the database from the Environmental Working Group that determines whether products are safe for the environment and for your body. To see our products in this database, click here.

    What do you look for most in a sensitive skin care product? Let us know in the comments!

    Monday, September 16, 2013

    Help for Sensitive Skin with Redness

    Diet to help skin redness
    A rosy flush may be attractive for some, but when your skin feels dry and itchy and breaks out or appears inflamed in patches, it's not a pretty picture. Dermatologists refer to one type of redness as rosacea. Rosacea is a common skin condition and mostly affects middle-aged women with fair skin. This article will help you learn the causes of redness and how foods and ingredients in skin care products can increase or reduce redness.

    What causes redness
    Irritating ingredients in products, heredity and certain foods tend to increase redness. Whether it's the soft tissue in your mouth or your skin, one sign of inflammation is redness.  Foods that may cause flare ups or trigger inflammation include:
    • Spicy foods 
    • Hot condiments such as cayenne
    • High fructose corn syrup 
    • Margarine, vegetable shortening, cotton seed oil, regular safflower oil, partially hydrogenated oil
    • Irritating ingredients in skin care such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), plant essential oils/extracts, fragrances, formaldehyde, and salicylic acid. 
    • Alcohol
    • Sun exposure
    • Stress, anger or embarrassment
    • Certain drugs such as corticosteroids, and some blood pressure medications
    Help to reduce redness with diet
    Antioxidant rich foods help keep your skin healthy from inside out.  These include:

    • Dark leafy green vegetables, such as kale, beets, ginger, turmeric and fruits (berries)
    • Aim for whole grains only, avoid white flour, bread and sugar
    • Winter squash
    • Avocados
    • Nuts and nut butters
    • Salmon and other omega-3 rich foods, such as eggs fortified with omega-3, and extra virgin olive oil
    • Drink at least 64 oz of water daily
    Help to reduce redness with skin care
    • Skin care with antioxidants are excellent to help reduce redness and rosacea.
    • Protect your skin from sun exposure with a natural sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide (non-micronized).
    • Soy oil in skin care has been shown to help inflammation, as reported in Journal of Inflammation.
    Skin care to help reduce redness

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    5 Benefits of Gluten Free Skin Care Products for Perfect Skin

    Finding skin care products that don’t irritate our skin can be a huge challenge, even for people who don’t suffer from any type of allergies. Over the last year or two, more evidence has cropped up, showing that gluten in our soaps and skin care products may be causing irritation for many of us. If you’re experiencing red, inflamed skin or lesions, it might be time to try an elimination diet for your skin. Switching to a gluten-free skin care routine may help reduce inflammation and irritation, helping you have the beautiful skin you’ve always wanted.

    A gluten-free skin care routine has a wide range of benefits for your skin, but here are five of our favorite benefits of gluten-free skin care products:

    People who suffer with celiac disease or gluten intolerance have long known that eating gluten affects their skin, but it’s now becoming clear that topical applications of gluten are affecting skin, too. Gluten-free skin care can reduce topical allergies.

    1. Skin that’s experiencing irritation due to gluten usually improves within a week or two of quitting products that use gluten. That means you could feel better in no time if gluten is the cause of your irritation.
    2. Products that avoid gluten also tend to avoid other plant-based chemicals that irritate our skin, such as salicylates and parabens. Products such as our anti-aging night cream plus anti-oxidant avoid a variety of common irritants, meaning that if you’re sensitive to more than one irritant, gluten-free products can help you eliminate all irritants from your routine.
    3. Gluten allergies might be making your skin itch. Changing your skin care routine to one that uses gluten-free products can be a smart way to lose that uncomfortable feeling once and for all.
    4. Switching to non-toxic, non-irritating skin care can make your skin brighter, clearer and smoother. If you’re looking for perfect skin, these types of products are a quick and easy way to get one step closer.

    If you’re ready to try eliminating gluten from your skin’s diet, check out our gluten-free skin care products, makeup, soap, shampoos and conditioners.

    Have you tried gluten-free skin care? Do you think it’s helped your skin? Tell us your story in the comments!

    Sunday, September 8, 2013

    Care for Dry Sensitive Skin

    Most people with dry, dull sensitive skin try to hide behind lots of makeup.  Wouldn't it be nice to have healthy, radiant skin that needs minimal makeup?  This article will help you learn what to do to achieve healthy, hydrated skin.

    Keeping your skin clean and hydrated is what healthy skin needs.  However, between the different environments of home, work and outside, many find it hard to keep the natural moisture at optimal levels for dry skin.  Seasonal changes bring other challenges, for example, during winter, the skin's natural moisture capabilities decreases.  As we age, these factors get worse and need special TLC.  With age, the skin becomes thinner and drier mostly due to decrease production of estrogen and progesterone hormones.

    What You Can Do for Dry Sensitive Skin
    Your daily routine for skin care makes a huge affect on the health of your skin.  Soaps and cleansers with harsh ingredients and vigorous rubbing can damage the delicate layer of the skin that contains the waterproofing barrier of the skin.  Gentle cleansers free of detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) should be used to clean.

    Alcohol free toner with alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) can promote skin moisture.  At the right pH and amount of AHA, it can also make the skin feel comfortable and help boost natural moisture.

    Moisturize with shea butter cream moisturizer for sensitive skin.  This should be free of harsh ingredients such as plant extracts and salicylic acid.

    Dry Skin Enemies

    • Excessive sun exposure without sun protection.  
    • Air conditioned or overly heated rooms.  Use extra moisturizing creams and drink lots of water under these conditions.
    • Skin peels and other salon treatments that may aggravate the problem.
    Best Treatments for Dry Skin
    • If you go to a spa, use steam sauna (never dry sauna which dehydrates).
    • Facial mask with kaolin clay to help add nutrients to your skin.
    • Gentle lotion cleanser to clean your face, that's free of SLS.
    • Moisturizer with day and night cream with shea butter.
    • Always use sunscreen SPF 15 - SPF 30 and wear a hat and sun glasses with sun exposure.
    Cleure Day and Night Cream along with Gentle Lotion Cleanser are the best way to hydrate your skin.  Radiant and healthy skin is possible with the right products.  

    Moisturizer for sensitive skin with Shea Butter








    Friday, September 6, 2013

    Top Tips on Gluten Free Skin Care

    Gluten Free Skin Care is important
    There are many people who are sensitive or intolerant to gluten.  This protein is found in wheat, barley and rye and it can be very dangerous, even fatal, for those with celiac disease.  If people with celiac disease do ingest gluten, it can destroy the lining of their small intestine and prevent other organs from absorbing any nutrients.  The only treatment that's effective is to avoid all gluten.

    Some reports indicate gluten in skin care are a problem due to reactions of people using products with gluten, while other studies report the gluten molecule is large enough that it cannot be absorbed through the skin. However, many people who are sensitive or intolerant to gluten, do report of reactions by using skin care products that contain gluten.  Most physicians recommend using gluten free skin and personal care products for those with gluten allergy and intolerance, although gluten free diet is the most important factor towards managing the disease.

    Your skin is the largest organ in the body and the most sensitive. It's well known that ingredients do get absorbed through the skin. Finding gluten-free facial skin care for sensitive skin can be a challenge.  This article will help you discover why gluten free skin care is important, and which ones are the most important to use for healthy skin.

    Gluten Free Cleansers and Soap
    Cleaning your face is extremely important for a healthy complexion.  Cleansers are used to clean your entire face and body. Even small amounts of gluten absorbed may cause a reaction for those with celiac disease.  Using gluten free cleansers and soaps can make a difference towards avoiding negative reactions.

    Besides celiac disease, some individuals may react with gluten and develop a skin disorder called "dermatitis herpetiformis (DH).  Itchy, blistering rash is common to this skin condition when exposed to gluten.

    Gluten Free Facial Mask and Exfoliating Scrub
    Facial masks like exfoliators, are meant to draw out impurities from your skin and adding nutrients to dull complexion.  Because they are meant to deep clean, it's important to find gluten free facial masks and exfoliating scrubs that are also gentle for sensitive skin.

    Gluten Free Moisturizer
    Moisturizing is a must for all skin types.  The best gluten free hydration is shea butter moisturizer, since shea butter is naturally gluten free, and has several other benefits.  It will not clog pores, and is excellent for anti aging.

    Final Tips for Gluten Free Skin Care

    1. Soybean oil and oatmeal are gluten free, however, you need to make sure products with these ingredients are not processed in plants that produce gluten products.  Cross-contamination is common and may cause gluten allergy.
    2. Always check ingredients.  If you're not sure, contact the manufacturer.
    3. The products that are extremely important to have gluten free include:


    • Lip balm or lipstick
    • Toothpaste
    • Mouthwash

    To be on the safe side, it's best to find a brand that has a complete line of gluten free skin care and does not make products in their plant that do contain gluten.  Cleure products are 100% gluten free and manufactured in a plant where there is no cross-contamination with gluten products.



    Cleure Gluten-free Skin care






    Monday, September 2, 2013

    Tips for Using Oil Free Moisturizer for Acne

    Acne Prone Free Skin
    If you have to hide your face with your hair, because of acne and blemishes, you need help on how to get rid of bad acne.  Several steps and products are important, including keeping your skin hydrated with an oil free moisturizer for acne or for sensitive skin.  Most people with acne have sensitive skin.  Unfortunately, many moisturizers made specially for acne skin make cause inflammation or dryness due to harsh ingredients and make acne worse.

    Step 1: Clean your skin
    An oil-free gentle cleanser is a must two times a day.  Many that are made for acne, may end up being harsh and / or may leave your skin dry or flaky.  Cleure Face & Body Wash is an excellent cleanser for acne skin.

    Step 2: Use Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
    Although your skin feels oily, keeping it healthy and hydrated is important.  Anything too greasy can clog pores.  Clogged pores means unhealthy skin and acne.  Buy a non-comedogenic oil free moisturizer, which means it should not clog pores or lead to acne.  You don't need to apply a heavy amount of oil-free moisturizer, but just a light amount will help hydration.  But make sure your skin is clean.

    Step 3: Weekly Exfoliating Scrub
    A regular weekly use of an exfoliating scrub, will help remove dead cells, allowing new healthy cells to rise to the surface.

    Step 4: Tips for preventing acne skin

    • Avoid oil-based moisturizers and lotions.
    • Don't pick at your pimples or touch them.
    • Make sure to wash your hands before touching your face.
    • Scrubbing your skin too hard can damage your skin and promote acne
    • If you have dry skin with acne, use a moisturizer with shea butter.  Shea butter is hydrating, but won't clog pores.
    • Sunscreen SPF 15 before sun exposure will help prevent oil build up on your skin.
    • Use makeup that is oil free and contains UV protection.
    • Experts have founds foods like chocolate, don't cause acne.  But it makes sense that eating more vegetables and whole grains instead of greasy fast foods or junk foods, only helps your skin towards health.
    Oil free moisturizer for acne