Archive for the ‘Dry Sensitive Skin’ Category

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.

Sticky: Colostrum For Dry Sensitive Skin Conditions – Amazing Results!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

People with very difficult skin conditions got  immediate relief from redness and discomfort when I added colostrum to my organic moisturizer.  One friend had been unable to put his elbows on a desk or table, they were so sensitive. He has taken every option his dermatologist provided, but to no avail. Then, we tried my cream, with a lot of colostrum added to it. Bingo! Immediate relief! Were we surprised – and delighted.

I had read about colostrum’s benefits for the skin, but I was still astonished by how fast and effectively it worked.  So, I went further, and tried it out extensively on all sorts of different skin conditions. The results were consistent. Colostrum is a godsend for difficult skin.

Here is what Anthony Kleinsmith Ph.D. has to say about it:

first milking bovine colostrum is an amazing natural resource of substances necessary to support the development and repair of cells and tissues, including, among other things, the cystine necessary to generate the antioxidant glutathione; assure the effective and efficient metabolism of nutrients; and maximize functioning of the immune system.

You can read much more about the science of colostrum in this post on Dr. Kleinsmith’s blog.

If you have dry sensitive skin, I recommend you look for products containing a significant amount of colostrum. My own ultra sensitive creme could be just what your skin needs.

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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