Rosacea has come out of the closet!

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Rosacea has come out of the closet – that’s the word from Cynthia Bailey MD in her post Celebrities With Rosacea.

What’s new is that celebrities are talking about their rosacea, including Emmy Award-winning Actress Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City. She just created a really great series of rosacea public service announcements that you’re bound to see.

You can see a list of famous people with rosacea at the post, but you will probably be more interested in Dr. Bailey’s protocol for dealing with rosacea. You’ll find her advice in the post.

For my part, I have had great success in dealing with reddened and inflamed skin by using products containing colostrum.

Check out the post to discover who, besides Bill Clinton, makes the list.

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Growing Concern About Synthetic Chemicals In Everyday Use

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

There are chemicals in our cosmetics and skincare products that are known to cause serious disease in wildlife and are suspected of being profoundly harmful to humans. The European Environment Agency, after reviewing 15 years of scientific findings,  is advocating a more cautious approach to their use, as reported in today’s Daily Mail.

Chemicals found in household products may be causing significant increases in cancers, diabetes, obesity and falling fertility, the European Environment Agency has warned.

Among the everyday items containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which affect the hormone system, are food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Daily Mail UK

There are even synthetic chemicals in skin care products that are known to aggravate the very conditions that the products are prescribed to treat. For example, the most-prescribed eczema cream contains a chemical that irritates the skin and can make eczema worse, according to this report in Science Daily.

That’s why I favor natural products, wherever possible, and why I recommend organic moisturizers for everyone, but especially for those with sensitive skin.

 

Aloe Vera Helps Heal Wounds, Researcher Finds

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Here is a good post from ABC News about aloe vera and its benefits. As they say, “no one doubts these days that it works.” Here’s the part I really liked:

It doesn’t take a pharmaceutical company to make it work. The plant does it all by itself.

That’s the way I believe many natural products should be approached. We do not need to find the “active ingredient” in them and isolate it and throw away we-do-know-what other benefits it might have, just to make a product that has a longer shelf life or higher profit margin. Natural combines amazingly complex chemicals into simple packages for us.

Aloe vera is a boon for extra dry skin and sensitive skin.

Sun Safety, Sunscreen Safety?

Monday, May 7th, 2012

It’s a sensitive topic, I know. We are told that we absolutely must use a sunscreen every day, even when it’s not sunny. Yet a recent scientific study suggests that zinc oxide, one of the most common ingredients in sunscreens may actually increase the risk of skin cancer.

Cell toxicity studies by Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T, and his graduate student Qingbo Yang, suggest that when exposed to sunlight, zinc oxide, a common ingredient in sunscreens, undergoes a chemical reaction that may release unstable molecules known as free radicals. Free radicals seek to bond with other molecules, but in the process, they can damage cells or the DNA contained within those cells. This in turn could increase the risk of skin cancer. Science Daily

However, even with this new scientific finding about zinc oxide, the researchers still believe that it is better to use a sunscreen than to go unprotected. You can read more  about sunscreen safety and decide what is the best approach for you. One way or another, we need to protect our skin from sun damage, that’s for sure!

Seaweed For Psoriasis

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Here is a site dedicated to treating dry sensitive skin with preparations made from seaweed.

Check out the  Seaweed Bath Company if you want to try this natural approach to dealing with dry, flaky skin. The testimonials are impressive, and their mission is very clear:

“to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.”

Hurray to them, I say!

 

Chamomile Water Soothes Sensitive Skin

Friday, May 4th, 2012

ChamomileChamomile water is a hydrosol created when essential oil is distilled from chamomile flowers. It contains the water-soluble components of the plant left behind during distillation, as well as some of the plant’s oils, so it has a more complex chemistry that the essential oil. It is also milder in its effects, and is well tolerated by sensitive skin.

You can use it directly on inflamed areas to soothe and calm them, provided you have an alcohol-free product. People find it especially helpful with reddened eyes, and to lighten dark circles around the eyes. Plus it is very refreshing and a delight to spritz onto the face.

It can also relieve dry itchy skin and reduce discomfort.

3 Steps to Brighten Dull Skin – DailyBeauty | NewBeauty magazine

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

if you want to brighten up that lifeless complexion, here are three steps to add to your daily routine, starting today:

Check out this post from Daily Beauty for the details, but the 3 steps are: exfoliate, hydrate and treat. Couldn’t agree more. I just launched my own Treatment Superieure to cover the third step!