Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Home Remedies for Dry Skin

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Dry skin just can't seem to retain moisture.  Within minutes of washing, your skin can look flaky, itchy and feel rough and even raw.  Heredity, aging, certain medical conditions, cold climates and harsh soaps can be some of the causes for your dry skin.  This blog will help with home remedies for dry skin hydration.

How to Keep Moisture in the Skin
The following are helpful ways you can try to prevent dry skin:

1.  The right sensitive dry skin moisturizer can seal in the moisture, keeping your skin hydrated. Shea butter moisturizer helps, but for extreme dry skin emu oil is perfect.  Emu oil penetrates your skin without leaving a greasy feel.  You do have to be careful when purchasing emu oil. Some are not purified properly and may be contaminated.  The best emu oil has been purified and has the seal of the American Emu Association on the bottle.  This means each batch has been tested for purity.

2.  During the winter months, us a humidifier.  It will help prevent evaporation of moisture from your skin's top layer.

3.  Stay away from soap or cleansers that contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  This foaming detergent ingredient can cause dryness as well as allergies.  Always choose SLS free soap.

4.  Never over-scrub or use a rough washcloth to clean your skin.  Gently clean with your hands or a very soft washcloth.

5.  Avoid harsh irritating ingredients such as fragrance, parabens, and products with salicylic acid.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

How to Exfoliate: Fast Track to Smooth, Youthful Skin

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If you look in the mirror and see a rough, dull complexion, it's time to learn how to exfoliate. Just like any other part of our body, or for that matter any living tissue, our skin renews itself frequently. Old cells grow old, die, fall or slough off and are replaced by new, healthy cells. Unhealthy, problem skin with clogged pores along with age can slow down the replacing of dead cells with new healthy ones. You can help the process with a quick, at home gentle exfoliating scrub.

Types of Exfoliants
There are a few ways you can exfoliate away dead cells:

  • Mechanical exfoliants sand off dead skin cells.  Some products use harsh abrasive substances, while others gently loosen old skin cells.  A gentle facial scrub is your best choice from this type of exfoliant.
  • Chemical skin exfoliants use acids to dissolve dead cells.  Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is one of these types of chemicals.  It can be derived from fruits or milk.  
  • Beta hydroxy acids (BHA) are also known as salicylic acid and are often recommended for aging or acne skin.  This type can be very irritating, specially to sensitive skin types.
In concentrated forms, the AHA and BHA chemicals can be harsh and irritating to sensitive skin.

How Often to Use Exfoliants
How often to use an exfoliating scrub depends on your skin type.  If you have acne prone skin, you can use a gentle exfoliating scrub up to four times a week.  Dry skin should only exfoliate once or twice a week, or even once a month.

How to Use an Exfoliating Scrub
If you need to exfoliate frequently due to your skin type, you could leave the scrub in your shower.  Using an upward, circular motions, gently massage the scrub into your skin.  Don't over-scrub, but let the exfoliating particles do their job.

You don't need to wash or cleanse before using a scrub.  Wash off exfoliant with warm water, then pat your face dry with a soft towel. It's essential to hydrate your face with a moisturizer for sensitive skin.

No matter what your skin condition, a gentle exfoliating scrub can leave your skin soft and youthful.  You can also complete your home spa routine with a facial mask with kaolin clay and dead sea mud to add vital nutrients to your skin.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Five Tips for Slowing Premature Aging

Getting older may be a fact of life, but there’s not a woman out there who wants to see yet another wrinkle appear on her face. While it’s unavoidable that our skin will develop wrinkles from time to time, there are a few things we can do to slow down the visible signs of aging and maintain our youthful look for as long as possible.

Here are our five best tips for slowing premature aging:

  1. Use sunscreen — You probably know this one already, but UV exposure is the biggest cause of skin aging. Excessive sun exposure and tanning bed use is a recipe for premature aging. Limit your exposure to the sun and apply a safe sunscreen as part of your morning routine each day — even in the winter and while driving.
  2. Watch what you put in your body — What you eat and drink is just as important for skin health as the products you apply to your skin. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated and avoid drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, which will dehydrate your skin. Foods rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are great for repairing your skin, so make sure your diet includes these foods, such as olive oil, salmon and pine nuts.
  3. Take advantage of supplements — There are a variety of supplements out there to help you have healthy, youthful skin. Healthy skin supplements have important ingredients that your body needs to fight free radicals, which cause wrinkles. Look for supplements that have Vitamin A, C, D3, Biotin and more to promote healthier skin. Some vitamins for healthy skin, such as our Hair, Skin & Nails Supplement, also offer benefits for your hair and nails, too, so find a product you’ll love.
  4. Stop smoking — If you currently smoke, quitting now can spare your face needless wrinkles. Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, limiting the amount of oxygen and nutrients that find their way to your skin. For tips on quitting smoking, check out the CDC’s smoking cessation resources.
  5. Invest in a day and night routine — Preventing wrinkles isn’t easy. You’ll need to invest your time in finding great products that help you have the beautiful skin you want. Look for anti-aging products with proven ingredients that won’t irritate your skin. You’ll need a day cream, a night cream and other products with anti-inflammatory and collagen-promoting properties to really slow premature aging.

What do you currently do to prevent premature aging? Let us know in the comments!