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Beat the Summer Skin Oily Blues

3 Jul

Do you dread summer because you feel like your skin becomes its own oil manufacturing plant? Is it much worse than other times of the year? You scrub your face and apply drying agents, but it doesn’t help or gets worse? If you have oily skin or acne prone skin, summer can be tough.

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Summer Fun Affects Skin
The heat, the humidity, the sunscreen, the sun, and exercising with all those elements in play can wreck havoc on  your challenged skin issues. It’s true; the fun of summer can make skin more oily and breakouts worse. On top of that, summer is also a time when you may also relax your healthy diet regimen, eating and drinking foods that acerbate your skin condition.

Over-Cleansed Skin Effect 
When skin is oily, the oil worsens, or pimple breakouts increase, there is a tendency for many people to try to fix it by washing the face more or using drying products and soaps. However, the opposite happens. Over cleansing your face and using drying products, such as toners, pimple treatments (especially those heavy with chemicals), and harsh soaps/face washes makes the skin worse. Your body responds when your skin is over dried by making more oil to compensate. But, it overcompensates and makes too much oil. A vicious cycle begins of washing, applying skin treatments/ointments and skin cells registering dryness and vamps up oil production. You need to break the cycle to get your skin in balance. soap

Two Things To Firmly Hold in Mind
Before I get into the specifics of making oily and acne skin better during summer, you need to firmly put two things in your mind and hold to them. One is you need to keep to a regimen, not matter what. Secondly, you need to work on the problem from the inside out as well as topically. It’s the inside out that most people have trouble with and balk at. For one thing, it may require some diet changes (for the better). We’ve been mentally conditioned for years from the medical community that diet doesn’t affect the skin. This is bad information. Makes me crazy to even think that this was the propaganda from doctors for generations. Yes, let’s be clear, diet does affect the skin. Hello! Scurvy! This is just one disease doctors should have used to put two and two together: If you don’t get vitamin C, you get scurvy and one of the effects is hemorrhagic skin papules, not a pretty sight.

Enjoy Summer Fun and Keep Pimples and Oil under Control

Have A Regular Cleansing Regimen and Stick to It. Wash your face twice a day with mild cleanser, especially in the evening. DO NOT GO TO BED WITH MAKEUP ON! Never, ever. I prefer you use an organic cleanser. Use warm/lukewarm water. Do not use hot water on your face. Only time you would wash your face more than twice a day is after exercising. If you swim, rinse the chlorination off with lukewarm water, but don’t wash, and apply a proper moisturizer. If you use a sunscreen, remove it as soon as you come indoors by gently cleansing. Regularly use a very mild exfoliator. You can use a mild one daily. Don’t use a toner; they are of no benefit to the skin. And for oily skin and acne prone skin, they are too drying. They can cause the vicious cycle mentioned earlier.

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Take Ice and Rub Over Your Face. You want to calm and cool your skin. I take an ice cube to my face twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening before going to bed. I do it for other reasons that oily skin, mature skin…. It’s great for sending to fresh oxygenated blood to the skin. Fresh blood contains nutrients. I hold the ice in a washcloth or hand towel, and travel it over my face and neck. You can also put ice water in a basin and dunk your face it. I think that’s more work. Just don’t hold the ice too long on one spot. If you have a pimple though, you can leave the ice on it for a few seconds to help calm it, and help reduce its size.

Use a Moisturizer. I know this can make some of you cringe at the idea. Moisturizer/oil on oily, acne skin?? But, a really good moisturizer balances the oils on oily and acne prone skin. We, of course, love argan oil for this. Our Argan Serum is our top seller, five years out (it also has effective essential oil). Whatever, moisturizer you use, make sure it doesn’t block pores or have unnecessary ingredients, such as preservatives or bactericidals. Lotions often have these. Again, that’s one of the reasons we created our acne line, so as not to have unnecessary ingredients that can make acne worse.

SpinachEat as Many Fresh Fruits and Vegetables as Possible. Everyday single day eat your veggies and fruits, especially include dark green leafy vegetables. Some of them are kale, spinach, dandelion greens, and lettuces other than iceberg. But, anything fresh is good. Eat them raw, steamed, or roasted to change it up, and keep your palate interested. If you eat something bad, i.e, not good for skin, cleanse your body by eating fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as you can. For example, you go to baseball game and eat hot dogs, nachos, etc. and drink beer or soda. For next few days, stick with a fresh fruit and vegetable diet. Buy or make green health drinks.

water-2.jpgDrink Water. Everyday day drink water. Researchers say you need to drink half your body weight in ounces everyday. So, if you weight 150 pounds you need 75 ounces of water every day. This is if you are not doing anything. So, if you exercise you will need more. And I think it’s good for acne prone skin to drink more, to make it healthy again. If you are dehydrated, your skin will suffer. The body will want to protect vital organs first when dehydrated, so will pull hydration from those parts of the body that it deems as not as important, such as the skin. Don’t include other beverages in this, especially alcohol.

Change Your Pillowcase Daily. If you don’t have that many pillowcases, cover your case with a soft towel. Oil that is produced overnight get transferred to your pillow either from your face or hair. Bacteria begins to grow. At night the bacteria can make it’s way to your face.

Exercise. Exercise helps in many ways. Nutrients get distributed throughout the body more efficiently. It helps to control stress; stress makes acne worse and overstimulates oil glands. Exercise removes toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps the body fight “invaders.” Exercise also keeps your weight in control; studies have shown link between being overweight and acne. Just remember to gently cleanse face afterwards and rinse face in cold water or use ice cube treatment.

Limit Sun Exposure. The thought used to be that the sun helped acne and oily skin. But, that’s not so. The sun is not good for these to conditions. The other thing is if you also use a sunscreen you compound the problem. Sunscreen can create oils or attract dirt. And then, there’s the detrimental effects of direct sun on problem skin. Sun blocking hats are the best; those with UVB ratings. However, you may want to enjoy some sun activities. So, be reasonable and create a balance. sunTake every effort to limit sun exposure on your face. But, also enjoy those sun activities you enjoy. Maybe you have an activity, such as playing kickball that you can switch to doing in the evening. Just remember to gently cleanse your face afterwards and follow with cold water splashes or ice cube treatment.

There you  have it, a cleansing regimen, a super healthy diet, water, exercise, and keeping a balance between enjoying the things of summer you love with the realistically maintaining healthy skin. Yes, sometimes it does come down to what is more important your skin or forgoing something that will make it worse. Oh, one other thing: Don’t squeeze those pimples.

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Do You Know Dry Skin’s 2nd BF?

26 Jan

With winter comes dry itchy skin.  And if you live in a semi-arid place, such as Colorado where I live, part of the lifestyle here is overcoming dry skin and dry sinuses.  BTW, a few of other lifestyle adaptions that one needs to consider when crossing the border to live in Colorado are spandex (for cycling and running), a bicycle, a dog, a Subaru (diehard Coloradoans), and an orange/blue fashion palette (diehard Bronco fans…).  Gaining in popularity is tebowing (the official greeting stance when meeting friends on the street…).  Waning  are the cowboy hats, boots and spurs; the new couture is spandex, cycle helmet, and high-end athletic footwear.  Love Colorado; I digress though.  

Dry skin’s 2nd BF is a warm air vaporizer or humidifier.  They not only help with dry skin, but also help to keep the sinuses clear.  Place one in your bedroom; they start at around $35.00.  Some vaporizers have a cup  to put in a few drops of essential oils that will dispense into the air when the vaporizer is running.  Eucalyptus is great for colds, lavender for sleeping.

A high quality organic oil moisturizer is dry skin’s number 1 BF.

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Top 6 “Must Do” for Healthy Skin and Beautiful Face

25 Jan

Beautiful skin comes naturally to very few of us.  Even those who appear to have beautiful skin from a distance, have their flaws revealed when up close or after the make-up is removed.  Healthy and beautiful skin naturally needs help to get and maintain it.  Here to help you with it are our top 6 must do’s.

1. Drink water daily.  Water hydrates and removes toxins from the body. 

2. Eat fresh vegetables daily, especially dark green leafy ones.  They are filled with skin loving nutrients that help to combat wrinkles, dryness, and pimples.

3. Eat fresh fruit daily, especially fruits high in Vitamin C.  The body doesn’t make or store vitamin C, so it needs to be replenished regularly.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps to fight against dryness and wrinkles.  Vitamin C is key to building collagen.  Collagen helps keep skin firm and helps the skin to repair itself.

4. Cleanse your skin daily.  But don’t over cleanse or use harsh soap detergents.  Doing so will strip the skin of vital oils, causing wrinkles to form easier and/or breakouts.  Rinse face with cool to very cool water to tone the face.

5.  Get omega 3 into your diet on a regular basis.  Omega 3 is not made by the body and needs to be supplied.  Omega 3 fights inflammation, aids in preventing dryness, and gives skin a glow.

6. Moisturize your skin regularly.  Even oily and acne prone skin need hydrating.  Be sure to use high quality products that do not contain petroleum based ingredients, chemicals, or dirt attracting ingredients.

See our blog on the “Top Ten No-No’s for Beautiful, Healthy Skin.”

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The Top 10 No-No’s for Beautiful, Healthy Skin

7 Sep

Beginning around age thirty, skin begins to lose its youthfulness. Collagen and elastin cells lose the capacity to regenerate.  For people with skin problems, the onset can even be earlier.  Considering that most people will live beyond their eighties–there are many years of living with your skin– it’s better to age gracefully than age fighting.  One of the best ways to age beautifully and gracefully is eating healthy.  This is even more important for the skin because it receives nutrients last.  Eating healthy begins with reducing or eliminating certain foods, ingredients, and other harmful substances from the diet that either deplete the body of nutrients and/or are detrimental to the functioning of the liver. 

Beautiful skin starts from inside the body. While products applied to the skin, facials, and other “outer” body skincare regimens are important, they cannot do it alone–no matter the marketing message.  Even surgery, Botox, and other skin manipulating processes do not give permanent results, and worse they make the skin look artificial. 
Here are the no-no’s to eliminate or reduce for healthy and beautiful skin.  Of course, they are the same things to stay away from for a healthy body.
  •  Alcohol – Dehydrates the skin and leads to increased wrinkles.  Alcohol also makes the liver work harder in removing toxins. The toxins that don’t get removed eventually end up on your skin.  Alcohol retains fluid and causes puffiness around the eyes. There are some suggestions that alcohol can cause hormonal changes in the body as well. 
  • Tobacco – Filled with chemicals and toxins.  Decreases oxygen in the blood; the skin needs oxygen–remember the skin receives nutrients last so if it’s not getting enough oxygen wrinkles will start to appear quicker than they would have.  You can also tell women who smoke or smoked for a long time by the wrinkles around their mouth.
  • Salt – Too much salt and the body will retain fluid.  This leads to puffiness around the eyes.  There’s some suggestion that salt encourages cellulite.
  • Processed Foods – Do not have enough and varied nutrients for the body.  The body needs a variety of nutrients to keep it in tip-top shape.  If your diet mainly consists of processed foods then you’re not getting enough nutrients.  The further away a food is from its original source, the more nutrients that are lost.   For example: fresh vegetables have more nutrients than frozen.  Frozen have more than canned.  Since the skin receives nutrients last, the skin could possibly end up not getting any nutrients.  So, foods that are fresh are the best; food that comes in boxes are the worst.  Foods preserved with nitrates and other chemicals are also bad for the skin.
  • Hormone and Antibiotic Containing Foods – Foods that have had hormones and antibiotics added in the production.  For example, dairy cows that have been given hormones and antibiotics; the same with factory-raised meats.  These ingredients get passed onto your body and can disrupt in on many levels, not to mention the stress on the liver they cause.
  • Fast Food – Where to begin?  Fast foods have usually too much salt, sugar, chemicals, residual hormones, transfats, and antibiotics.  Besides having chemicals from the preserving process, the flavors in the food are usually a chemical composition.
  • Caffeine – Caffeine is a diuretic, so it dehydrates the body, especially too much caffeine.  Dehydration dries out the skin, which increases the probability of wrinkles.
  • Granulated Sugar and Corn Syrup – Too much sweetener inhibits collagen and elastins production.  Advance glycation end product (AGE) is a result of glucose in the bloodstream attaching to proteins and creating harmful molecules.  The AGE’s damage adjacent proteins such as collagen and elastin fibers that keep skin firm and elastic.  Sugars also reduce antioxidant levels. Antioxidants are especially helpful for the skin and especially for acne, eczema, psoriasis, and seborrhea.
  • Hydrogenated Oil/Transfats – Found in margarine, fast food, potato chips, corn chip, candy, and many other snack foods. Hydrogenated oils create free radicals in the body and put a strain of the liver’s detoxifying capacity.  Free radicals also helps to create the scenario for cancer.
  • Soft DrinksSweetened and Artificially Sweetened – Soft drinks like fast food–where to begin?  The phosphorus in many of these drinks is becoming a health concern because phosphorus can upset the balance of calcium in the body, causing a calcium deficiency. The sugar-sweetened drinks have too much sugar and the artificially sweetened ones have too many chemicals to be body friendly.  There are other chemicals that flavor and color the drinks, putting too much strain on the liver.  One of these chemicals used for coloring and flavoring is coal tar.  These ingredients lead to clogged pores and aging the skin.  Diet sodas may also contain high amounts of sodium.

Yes, there is life after giving up or greatly reducing these substances.  These substances are not only bad for the body/skin, they limit the enjoyment of life.  

Yum Mini Facial

31 Aug

The face like the rest of the body loves a bit of pampering.  What better way to dote on the face than with a mini facial.  These facials takes no more than thirty minutes and can be done at least once a week.  We’ve designed two–one for dry or mature skin and one for oily or blemish prone skin.  Combination skin can use either.

MINI FACIAL – DRY OR MATURE SKIN
Prepare two large bowls of water.  In one large bowl add hot water (distilled or spring water would be great) with slices of lemon or oranges. This is for steaming the face. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil, or dried chamomile, lavender, rose petals or  a combination of the above.  Pour in the other bowl cool water with a few ice cubes, lemon, orange, or cucumber slices.  Set aside a hand towel or washcloth.

Begin

  • Start with a gentle cleansing of the face.
  • Steam the face. With a towel over your head, sit or stand so that you face is over and above the bowl.  Don’t be so close that it burns.  Keep your eyes closed.  Stay for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Gently exfoliate with a gentle scrub.  If you don’t have any, make your own with some sugar and almond oil or olive oil.  If you have a gentle face cleanser, mix some of it with a little sugar.  Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  • Wet the hand towel or washcloth in the cool lemon/orange water, wringing out excess water.  Place on the face (eyes closed).  Now’s the time to lie back, relax, and soak-up the coolness.  When the cloth starts to warm, immerse it again in the cool water. Repeat several times.
  • Rinse face in cool water; pat dry, and apply hydrating serum.
  • Feel radiant.

MINI FACIAL – OILY OR BLEMISH PRONE SKIN
Prepare two large bowls of water.  In one large bowl add hot water (distilled or spring water would be great) with slices of lemon and a couple drops of tea tree essential oil.  In the other bowl, add some cool water with a few ice cubes.  Set aside a hand towel or washcloth.

Begin

  • Start with a gentle cleansing of the face.
  • Steam the face. With a towel over your head, sit or stand so that you face is over and above the bowl.  Don’t be so close that it burns.  Keep your eyes closed.  Stay for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Using an extracting tool, extract any blackheads or white heads.  Sterile extracting tools can be purchased at drug stores; it’s the safest way for extracting pimples.  Don’t squeeze them.
  • Gently cleanse the face again.  Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Wet the hand towel or washcloth in the cool, wringing out excess water.  Place on the face (eyes closed).  Now’s the time to lie back, relax, and soak-up the coolness.  When the cloth starts to warm, immerse it again in the cool water. Repeat several times.
  • Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and mix it in ¼ cup cool water.  Using a cotton ball, dab your face with the vinegar to close pores. You could also use a couple drops of tea tree essential oil mixed in ¼ cup of water, or pure witch hazel.  Rinse with cool water.  Pat dry.
  • Moisturize with acne serum.
  • Feel beautiful.

Options
For both facials, instead of steaming over a bowl of hot water, you could wet a hand towel or washcloth in warm water (add the other ingredients to the water).  Wring out the excess water from the towel, and lay it on the face.  Repeating several times.

Lay a cucumber slice on each eye under the cool hand towel or washcloth.

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