Acne Treatments Need Better Scientific Research, Says Study – ABC News

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

a new study published in the Lancet found that common acne-fighting products lack proper research in documenting their effectiveness.

“The large number of products and product combinations, and the scarcity of comparative studies, has led to disparate guidelines with few recommendations being evidence-based,” lead author Hywel Williams from the Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology at the UK’s University of Nottingham, said in a statement.

Wouldn’t it be great if the skin care business dropped its “sciency” pretentions?
Here is an article by ABC News that points out the difficulty of doing double-blind clinical trials of skin care products. Without them, there can be (according to the standards of clinical research propagated by FDA) no claim of safety or efficacy in treating diseases. But the skin care industry does not adopt that standard and hides behind phony science that is really just a form af advertising-speak. Even where genuine attempts at clinical trials are made, the data are thin and unconvincing, as this article points out.
I prefer to go with natural approaches that have stood the test of time. Nature is not full of valueless gimmicks. They just do not survive.

Options For Getting Rid Of Cellulite

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Cellulite affects about 90 percent of women of all shapes, sizes, and weights, so we’re not alone in our fight against lumps. The good news? A newly-developed dimple doesn’t mean it’s on your body forever. Here are five ways to smooth out the cellulite.

Here is a helpful article from Endless Beauty about cellulite. I’ve posted about my own experience of getting rid of cellulite, mainly by restricting my fat intake to coconut oil and olive oil. That is what made the long-term difference for me. There are other tips to consider at the Endless Beauty link above. The best information I’ve seen on the internet about cellulite, though, is at The Cellulite Investigation, where you will find in-depth, factual information about all of your options. The site does not promote any product line. It just provides excellent information, much of it provided by readers who share their experience of different approaches to ridding themselves of cellulite.

7 Surprising Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Beauty | Endless Beauty Media

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Coconut oil has gained popularity as a cooking oil, but it is also a powerful beauty product. This household product smells delicious and contains anti-aging and anti-bacterial benefits.

Check out these 7 beauty tips using coconut oil. The article I wrote about the beauty benefits of coconut oil focuses on its anti-aging properties. This post on Essential Beauty lists even more reasons why you might include coconut oil in your beauty regimen. Read more at the Endless Beauty link above.

Why Your Skin Needs A Retinoid—And How To Use It

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Prescription retinoids are the only topical products proven to fight lines and wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. They also increase cell turnover, which helps treat acne, erase dark spots and keep the complexion bright. I use them every day on my face, neck, chest and hands.

Here is a helpful article about retinoids. I have found that prescription-strength retinoids actually work. I cannot say the same for over-the-counter retinol products – same for other wrinkle creams. The only ones proven to work are prescription retinoids.
So if you decide to take advantage of them, you will need a prescription from your doctor, which is a good because there is some essential education involved in using the product safely.
Read more at Dr. Baumann’s link above. above.

Aloe vera and beauty

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Aloe is a surprisingly good moisturizer and is effective in combating wrinkles because the skin absorbs it quickly.
Facial cleanser: Mix with olive oil, rosewater, and a few drops of grapeseed oil in a food processor. Keep it in the fridge.

This looks like a lot of fun. I’ve not thought of mixing rose water with aloe vera, but they are both wonderful for the skin, and so refreshing. I’m going to give this a try.

Sensitive Baby Skin – What To Do

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Skin care is a whole different thing when your baby is born with sensitive skin. It’s not about beautifying anymore, and it is not a simple couple-of-minute routine every day. It can turn into quite an issue.

Unfortunately, doctors do not always get the treatment right. They sometimes shrug the problem off in the hope that the baby will “grow out of it.” Other times, they prescribe medicines that can actually make things worse. In fact, the most prescribed eczema cream contains sodium lauryl sulphate and has been shown to make eczema worse, not better!

So parents often find they have to educate themselves on how to deal with dry sensitive skin. My advice is avoid to all products that contain detergents, fragrances and alcohol, and to try single, high-quality organic products like jojoba oil, or coconut oil, or shea butter, to see which ones give the relief you need.

I was put in mind of this problem by an article I read on WatertownPatch in which a mother describes her experience with her baby who was born with eczema, and what worked for her. She details a really helpful way to make your own non-toxic baby wipes based on jojoba oil and oatmeal. Well worth checking out here because the same recipe will work for grown up faces and hands, too.

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8 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles Naturally – EmpowHER.com

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

In Colette Bouchez’s WebMD article, “23 Ways to Reduce Wrinkles,” she quoted Robin Ashinoff, MD, a dermatologist at the Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Ashinoff said, “Many women as well as men believe that aging skin is inevitable, but with the information and technologies we have today, you really can look as young as you feel.”

WebMD lists 23 ways to reduce wrinkles. EmpowerHER lists 8 ways to do so without medical help. They are all easy to do, and should be a matter of everyday routine if you want to have great skin. Check them out at the link above.

Calendula Can Relieve Dry Sensitive Skin

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Dry sensitive skin can easily become extra dry and need extra care. The trouble is, the “sensitive” part can make extra care difficult to tolerate. Extra products can cause more redness, itching and irritation, so a cycle can start that is difficult to break .

One of the places to look for relief is with calendula, an herb renowned for its soothing, calming properties, but one that has a host of beauty benefits in addition to its therapeutic ones. For instance, calendula is a mild natural astringent, so in addition to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects, it helps to shrink the pores, so they are less vulnerable to infection. The result is fewer breakouts and eruptions. It also supports collagen production, making for firmer skin and delaying formation of wrinkles.

Calendula’s bright yellow petals are the result of the abundant presence of 19 different carotinoids, each of which is a potent antioxidant. But unlike other forms of strong medicine, calendula is gentle, soothing, calming and easy on the skin.  

Calendula can be added to moisturizers to enrich their healing and therapeutic value, and to facial toners, to add to their cleansing and protective benefits. It is an ingredient to look for in the products you use on dry sensitive skin and can help to nourish and heal a wide variety of troubling skin conditions.

Pore Minimizers For Sensitive Skin

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Click through this ebook to learn about pore minimizers that are safe and effective for your skin type…

3 At-Home Recipes for Natural Skin Care | Defy Your Age | Prevention.com

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Why does skin look duller as we age? For one, fluctuating hormone levels during perimenopause promote the buildup of sticky dead cells in your pores. Later, as hormone levels decline, your skin’s natural turnover cycle slows down. Dry skin flakes aren’t sloughed off as readily, which leads to a dull, sometimes ashen appearance.

Check out these 3 recipes for home-made exfoliants – a citrus mask, a tomato exfoliator, and a cinnamon cleanser. Directions for how to make and use them are included in Prevention’s post at the link above. They will be especially useful for anyone with extra dry skin and the build-up of dead cells that usually goes with it. The article tells you how these exfoliants work, from the point of view of the active ingredients, and the really good news is that you don’t have to pay fancy skincare prices for them. You’ll find the ingredients right in your own kitchen.