Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Top 5 Tips for Shopping on Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving has a tradition of being called Black Friday and earned the reputation of THE bargain shopping day of the year.  Below are a few tips on how to stay stress-free while getting the best Black Friday deals for your money.

1.  If there is a major special on one item within a small window of time, be warned of the risk of being mobbed.  Usually, these types of specials bring hundreds of people hoping to a product or products at a major deal and it can truly be a shopping frenzy.  For example, Walmart advertised this year that within 1 hour, you're guaranteed to get in stock items.  What people don't realize is that if they go back the next day, the store will be re-stocked and the prices will be pretty much the same.

So stay safe, and stay away from these types of specials.

2.  Visit the store very early before the crowd shows up.  The early bird will get the best bargains on Black Friday without the hassles of long lines at the checkout counter.

3.  Plan and have a list of essentials you'd like to focus on, instead of browsing for anything.  Just browsing may cause you to buy things you really don't need.  Planning saves time and money.

4.  Don't be in a rush and start the shopping with a relaxed attitude.  And do remember, the sales are 99% of the time continued for the entire time until 12/25th, and not just for Black Friday.

5.  Shopping on the internet is an easy and relaxing option to the crowded malls and stores.  Let your fingers do the searching at the convenience of your home.  Most of the time, online retailers offer free shipping during the holidays or with a minimum purchase.

Whether you're shopping for furniture, clothes, or personal care and cosmetics.  The internet has it all.  Cleure for sensitive skin care products has great once a year specials you can purchase without leaving home.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Best Home Remedies for Acne

Adult acne prone skin care
A person's self confidence is easily injured with acne on the skin.  There are many blogs addressing adult acne treatments, but you may not be aware there are home remedies you can try to help reduce acne.  This article presents a combination of the best acne home remedies that have been shown to really work towards helping you enjoy clear skin.

1. Always use a gentle cleanser.  Harsh, irritating soaps and cleansers and excessive washing can irritate your skin.

2. Shampoo your hair frequently if you breakout around your hairline.  Make sure to use a SLS free shampoo.

3. Use an oatmeal SLS free soap.  It helps balance the pH and is soothing to your skin.

4. Avoid resting your hands, cell phone or other objects on your face.  Germs are plentiful on objects or your hands, so keep them away from your face.

5. Don't pick or squeeze blemishes.  This can cause infection or scarring.

6. Yogurt contains acids in it that are antibacterial. Honey also has antibacterial properties.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of low-fat or non-fat yogurt with 1 tablespoon raw honey.
  • Apply the mixture with a cosmetic pad or your fingers.  Let it dry like a mask for about 10-15 minutes.  Wash off with a soft washcloth gently with luke warm water.  Follow by rinsing with cool water.
  • Moisturize with an oil free facial lotion or moisturizer for acne skin.
  7. Apple cider vinegar is said to be helpful for many ailments.  The reason is that it acts as an antimicrobial agent, balances the pH of your skin, and it's an astringent to help dry excess oil.
  • Wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
  • Mix 1 part apple cider vinegar to 3 parts water.  Apply it with a cotton ball directly to acne.  Let it dry and reapply as needed during the day or leave on your skin at night while you sleep.  
  • Wash your face between each application.
  • Use a acne skin moisturizer afterwards.
8.  Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and the citric acid helps exfoliate or get rid of dead cells.  It's a natural astringent and will help dry your skin, and reduce any redness.
  • Use fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  • Apply with cotton tip applicator or cotton ball.
  • Let dry.
  • Rinse with luke warm water, followed by cool water.
  • Moisturize with oil free facial lotion.
9.  Steam can help clean your skin pores and reduce acne.
  • Boil filtered water in a large pot.
  • Let the water cool slightly.
  • Place your face over the bowl, with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam.
  • Keep your position unless it gets too hot, if you can for 5-10 minutes at a time.  
  • Pat your face dry with a soft towel.
10. Use rice powder over makeup, or by itself, to help remove excess oil.

11. Make sure your pillow case is clean.  Your face touches it every night and it even rubs on your face.  A clean pillow case can help prevent breakouts.





Friday, November 8, 2013

Problem Skin: Why It's Skin Deep


Sensitive Skin Care Products
Your skin helps protect you from the outer world and harm, but it is not impenetrable.  In fact your skin does absorb what is applied to it, including skin care and cosmetics. It's important to learn about problem skin care and how to prevent sensitive skin from becoming a problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "It is estimated that more than 13 million people in the United States are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin.  Dermal exposure to hazardous agents can result in a variety of diseases and disorders, including skin diseases and systemic toxicity."


How Your Skin Care and Cosmetics Get Absorbed 
The spaces between your skin cells are filled with substances such as fats, oils or waxes known as lipids.  Chemicals can penetrate your skin through these lipid-filled spaces as you apply a product to the surface of your skin.  A second way is that chemicals are absorbed from cell-to-cell. And a third pathway is through your body glands or hair follicles. Ingredients in products that are applied to your skin are absorbed as they are transported from the outer surface of the skin into the skin and the body via one of these three pathways. How much or how fast ingredients are absorbed depends on the following:
  • If your skin is damaged
  • How hydrated or dry your skin is
  • How irritating or hazardous the ingredient is
  • How often you apply the chemical or ingredient
Types of Problem Skin from Absorbed Ingredients
Problem skin can include symptoms of:
  • Itching
  • Pain, burning
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Small blisters, pimples, acne
  • Dry, flaky, scaly skin 
There are a variety of types of problem skin:
  1. Contact dermatitis - If caused by an irritating ingredient (irritant contact dermatitis), your skin will appear inflamed whenever you use the product.  With an allergic contact dermatitis, the ingredient affects your immune system which is then triggered to respond causing symptoms to your skin. 
  2. Rosacea - Your skin may appear flushed, break out with pimples and appear red with this type of problem skin.  Dermatologists don't know the cause, but harsh acidic types of ingredients should be avoided.
  3. Burning and stinging - Again the cause is not known, but dermatologists know certain harsh ingredients contribute to burning and stinging.
  4. Acne - Oily skin with clogged pores can result in acne.  As dead cells build up and skin is not cleaned properly, bacteria builds up causing problem skin.
How to Help Reduce Problem Skin
To help improve problem skin, what you use and apply to your skin frequently is very important. Sensitive skin care products should be formulated to help bring about the health of your skin free of irritating and harsh natural or chemical ingredients.  Cleure skin care and personal care products are gluten free, botanical free, salicylate free, paraben free and fragrance free to help bring about healthy, youthful, and radiant skin naturally.