Tuesday, January 21, 2014

5 Foods That Give You Better Skin

Your skin is the first thing people see and your body’s first line of defense, so why not take care of it? What you eat has a major effect on all organ function, but each food affects our organs differently. Skin healthy foods are all around us — it’s just a question of choosing the right ones. Some of the best foods for your skin are:
  1. Cabbage: Surprisingly, cabbage is chock full of Vitamin C — even more than oranges. Vitamin C is a super anti-aging nutrient that helps heal damaged skin and minimize the appearance of dark lines, promoting brighter, smoother skin. Cabbage also has a lot of Vitamin A, which helps smooth fine lines, leaving smooth, taut skin.
  2. Lemons: Any food that aids in the functioning of the liver will promote better skin. The liver is the primary detoxifying organ in the body. Lemons aid with digestion by increasing the secretion of bile from the liver. They also are a great strengthening agent for the liver’s enzymes. This particular food leaves us with a clearer or purer complexion.
  3. Strawberries: Just like with cabbage, the most prominent anti-aging agent in strawberries is Vitamin C. Strawberries have more Vitamin C than oranges and grapefruits. Vitamin C fights free radicals that can damage and break down collagen, which can lead to fine lines. By eating strawberries, you can promote growth of collagen fight wrinkles and age-related dry skin.
  4. Pumpkins: Pumpkins are full of carotenoids which are wrinkle-fighting plant pigments that help neutralize free radicals in the skin. By fighting free radicals, you’ll slow the aging process. Pumpkins also contain Vitamin C, E and A that help to cleanse skin.
  5. Whole Grains: Whole grains can be found in many different food products, such as bread, pasta and cereals. Rutin and B Vitamins are found in whole grains and promote clear and moisturized skin. These nutrients are present in whole grains because they are unprocessed. White breads and white pastas lack these important nutrients because of the addition of preservatives and many nutrients are removed through the act of processing. Buckwheat has a lot of the antioxidant Rutin, which helps combat inflammation-related skin damage. Another great component found in whole grains, wheat germ, contains a lot of B Vitamin Biotin which assists cells in processing fats and toxins.

At Cleure, we recommend eating a healthy diet full of foods that boost the health of your skin. For those of us who can’t always get these skin-healthy foods, it’s important to take a healthy skin supplement so your skin gets all the nutrients it needs.

What’s your favorite food for healthy skin? Let us know in the comments!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Self Help for Sensitive Skin Care

The skin is the icing on the cake of the human body. It functions to protect us from infection, trauma and the environment. Genes can certainly play a role, but how you treat your skin can go a long way towards how it reflects your body's health. For example, dry, flaky skin patches can have a connection to autoimmune disease. Beautiful, radiant skin should be clear, smooth and glowing with health. Taking proper care of sensitive skin is very important and can even make a difference in your overall health. Follow these simple steps below and you will promote problem free skin.

Skin Anatomy 101
The skin, which is the largest organ of the body, is composed of 3 main layers. The deepest layer, known as the subcutaneous layer, helps cushion and insulate. Larger blood vessels and nerves are located here, and this is where temperature regulation of the skin and body takes place.

The next layer above is the dermis. This is made of collagen and elastic fibers and is the environment for hair follicles, nerves, secreting glands and smaller blood vessels.

The top layer is the epidermis which contains old dead skin cells that shed about every 2 weeks, depending on your age, with new cells taking their place.  The epidermis also contains sebaceous glands that produce an oily waxy substance called sebum.  How well your skin stays hydrated is controlled by these glands.  They can cause clogged pores with people with oily skin that results in acne.

Self Help Tips for Sensitive Skin
If your skin becomes dry, flaky or too oily, problem sensitive skin results.  Moisturized, clean skin is the key to a healthy skin, no matter what type of skin you have.

When properly taken care of, the 3 skin layers do exactly what they're meant to do and you get to enjoy and show off your beautiful skin.  The following are what you should and should not do with your skin care:
  • Harsh soaps and detergents can affect the dermis and not allow maintenance of skin hydration.  Your skin will appear dull and dry even if you use a daily moisturizer. Choose a gentle sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) free cleanser for sensitive skin.
  • If dead surface cells are not cleared regularly, pores can get clogged resulting in acne. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub as part of your sensitive skin care routine, can help remove dead cells, making room for healthy cells.
  • Drinking adequate amounts of water also helps maintain skin hydration.
  • Protect your sensitive skin with a natural Sunscreen.   Non-irritating broad spectrum sunscreen should contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as the active ingredients.
Sensitive Skin Safe Sunscreen


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Skin Care During Pregnancy

Some women can look absolutely beautiful — glowing, even — during pregnancy. Their skin shimmers and they radiate elegance and grace.
For other women, though, pregnancy hormones wreak havoc on the skin. Pregnant women often break out with acne, rashes or bumps that can be incredibly embarrassing. To make this hormonal fluctuation even more difficult, many of the ingredients found in over-the-counter acne products aren’t safe during pregnancy. Look at the ingredients for any acne product you’re thinking about trying and find the best acne skin care for your needs.
Ingredients to avoid while pregnant:
  • Benzoyl peroxide
  • Salicylic acid
  • Retinoids
Another major problem women face during pregnancy is called “pregnancy mask,” which shows up as patches of dark skin on the face. These patches typically appear after exposure to sunlight. There aren’t many treatments for pregnancy mask, but avoiding the sun and wearing a safe sunscreen while outdoors is an excellent place to start.
And of course, there’s the stretch marks that plague almost any woman who’s ever given birth. There are a wide range of opinions on how to avoid these, but keeping your abdomen moisturized with a plant-based butter, such as cocoa butter, is a great idea. If stretch marks still appear, there are a variety of options after pregnancy for reducing their appearance.  Emu oil is one excellent option.  The benefits of emu oil are well documented and it's safe for those with sensitive skin. It also helps with scars and works wonders for reducing stretch marks.
How are you caring for your skin during this stage in your life? Leave us a comment to let us know!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tips on Applying Eye Makeup


Hypoallergenic eye makeup
Even if you don't wear makeup, a little eye makeup applied the right way, can get you lots of compliments.  Whether you have skin problems or not, always use hypoallergenic eye makeup or eye makeup for sensitive eyes.  Follow the directions below for all the simple tips you'll need for gorgeous eyes.

1.  Conceal imperfections
Make any dark, under-eye circles or discolorations around or under your eyes disappear with a dab of concealer.  Using a brush or your finger, apply cream concealer lightly and gently where skin shows imperfections.  Gently blend and soften, never rub.  The right shade should match your own skin tone.

2.  No crease allowed
Dust lightly over the eye lid with a loose mineral rice powder.  Cleure Rice Powder helps minimize oil, acts as setting powder and helps makeup stay on longer.

3.  Eyeliner should be used next.  You can use loose mineral powder or a soft pencil eyeliner.  Liquid liners usually don't look natural or soft.  Try to line your eyes as close to the lashes as possible, starting from the inner corner to the outer corner.

4.  Apply loose mineral eyeshadow using one to three shades.  Always blend for a natural look.  Sweep across your eyelid to the brow with the lightest shade.  Medium color should be applied to the lid only.  The darker color is added to the crease.

5.  Using a light shade, highlight the browbone from mid-brow outward.  Remember to blend always.

6.  Outline your brow with loose mineral shadow that best matches your hair color.  Blend with a brush.

7.  Finish with hypoallergenic mascara.  Wiggle the mascara wand back and forth on your lashes.  Wait a few seconds before applying, if needed, a second coat.

Best mascara for sensitive eyes

Friday, January 3, 2014

Help for Winter Dry Skin Blues

Emu Oil
If you have dry skin, winter will magnify the problems associated with this condition.  You may notice your skin getting cracked, itchy and uncomfortable. Freezing temperatures, dry air from your heater blasting in every room, and low moisture in the air, can cause your skin to appear drier and not healthy at all.  Protecting your skin properly during winter, can help keep your skin healthy all year long.
Helpful Tips for Winter Skin

The following steps will help you prevent winter skin blues. Whether you have heathy or sensitive skin, the tips will keep your skin from getting too dry during winter months.


  • A portable humidifier can help prevent over drying of the environment and add moisture to the air.
  • The right dry skin moisturizer goes a long way towards helping your skin maintain hydration.  Emu oil is wonderful for dry skin and it won't leave a greasy feel residue. Shea butter in a night cream is also great for deep moisturizing while you sleep.
  • Don't strip your skin of natural oils with frequent showers or washing with hot water and soaps with harsh detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).  A gentle cleanser helps clean and keeps your skin soft and supple.  Limit your showers to no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Make sure to use plenty of a safe sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Most dermatologists report a bread-spectrum sunscreen up to SPF 30 should be sufficient.
  • Stay away from skin products with fragrances and other irritating ingredients.
  • Protect your face with soft scarf or other protective wear before braving cold and wind.


Shea Butter Moisturizer
Dry Skin Body Lotion