Archive for the ‘Sensitive Skin Moisturizer’ Category

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.

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.

Relieving Winter Dryness With Safflower Oil

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Dry skin feels itchy and uncomfortable and it only gets worse as winter progresses. You can relieve winter dryness with safflower oil. Safflower oil is a natural seed oil that penetrates deeply into the skin relieving dryness and protecting the skin’s natural moisture.

Safflower oil can be used alone or added to other skin care products. It has a very light odor, it feels light on the skin, and it stays liquid at low temperatures. These three assets make safflower oil an ideal carrier oil for skin care products, whether store-bought or home-made.

Massage oils, bath oils, moisturizing oils, skin creams and lotions all require a carrier oil. It is the base oil into which other ingredients can be mixed. Scented oils, waters, and concentrated skin-healing ingredients are added to the base oil to create finished products. In almost all cases, the base oil makes up most of the formula. That’s why you should pay close attention to the base oil in the products you use.

It is easy to be distracted by ingredients that are listed on a product’s label. Often, they are only present in tiny quantities, put there to raise the profile of the product, not its effectiveness. The base oils are what you are going to put on your body in large quantities, so it is important that they are pure and healthy. They will be listed at the beginning of the ingredients list.

The secret to the skin-moisturizing effects of safflower oil lies in its high linoleic acid content. This omega-6 fatty acid penetrates the skin for a deep moisturizing and soothing treatment. And the same essential fatty acid that makes safflower oil so good for the skin makes it a healthy dietary supplement too. Omega-6 fatty acids are an essential part of the human diet, and because we can’t produce them on our own, we have to get them from food sources.

Whenever possible, I only use products on my skin that are pure enough to eat (this doesn’t work with soap!). They are likely to be absorbed into my body anyway. Safflower oil definitely fits the bill.

Fortunately, organic safflower oil is not expensive. You can use it as a carrier oil or on its own as a topical skin treatment. Just rub it into dry areas and let it soak in for a few minutes. The skin is a big, thirsty organ. Chemicals and synthetic ingredients in skin care products can penetrate the skin and introduce toxins into the body. In contrast, natural oils like safflower oil bring goodness with them when they are absorbed, and that is why I use them for my skin care.

The best time to moisturize is right after a bath or shower. The skin absorbs water in the bath but it quickly evaporates as soon as you get out. Rubbing the skin with moisturizing oils or creams helps to lock water into the skin. Treatment with safflower oil, especially if it is blended with jojoba oil, is an effective, affordable way to relieve winter dryness.

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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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.

A Natural Cure For Dry Sensitive Skin

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Dry sensitive skin is one of the most annoying things a person can have to deal with. It can create uncomfortable itching and unsightly areas that only get worse if they are scratched in an attempt to relieve the irritation. On top of that, many of the things we put on to dry sensitive skin to deal with problems only make them worse. The good news is the problems can be solved once we stop abusing our skin and give it the care it really needs.

However, in their search for relief, people do things that make the problems worse. Scratching is an obvious example. It is very hard to resist scratching your skin if you are being driven to distraction by non-stop itching! But beyond involuntary scratching, the products we use to try and improve our skin can often make it worse.

My experience has been that dry sensitive skin is mainly caused by environmental factors that we can control, rather than by internal factors, such as genes, that we cannot do much about. And that is very good news.

There are 80,000 man-made chemicals in our environment. They are so much a part of our daily lives that we have come to take them for granted. However, their safety has not been established, not even those that are put into skin care products. If your skin is reacting to them, you will find yourself very uncomfortable, without knowing why.

For instance, manufacturers use sodium laurel or lauryl sulphate (SLS) to make soaps and shampoos that really cut grease and give us a “clean” feeling. SLS is used in animal testing labs to create skin irritation; it is used to clean oil deposits from garage floors. If you are using regular commercial soaps and shampoos, there are many chemicals in them, like SLS, that are harsh in their effect, but are selected because they give a temporary impression of benefit. The “fragrances” in many products fall into the same category. These products are packaged and marketed as though they were the gentlest, most nourishing things you could pamper your skin with. They are not! Your dry sensitive skin may, in fact, be the proof of it.

My number one recommendation is that you give your skin a chance to heal itself by liberating it from the attacks of harmful chemicals in your skin care products. Set them aside for a month or two while you try something different.

Consider switching to soap, toner, and moisturizers made from organic, plant-based oils and emollients. They protect, nourish, and moisturize the skin, without destroying its natural resources. Organic oils derived from plants bring rich nutrients to your skin. They can smooth, soothe, and moisturize your skin, leaving it balanced and healthy, without eruptions and flare-ups. They are natural cures for dry sensitive skin.

Often, our skin becomes sensitive because, frankly, we neglect it. That’s why it is so important to have a skincare routine that is easy to follow – every day counts! I recommend just 4 products – a moisturizing cleanser , an all natural facial toner (alcohol-free), an organic moisturizer and a natural exfoliant.

There is no need to use tons of products on your face. In fact, the fewer you use, the better. The key is to switch out of low-quality, synthetic products (no matter how seductively they are packaged) into natural, organic alternatives. That is how you can experience your own natural cure for dry sensitive skin.