Fall and winter can be brutal on the skin. It’s that time of the year when all our skin issues seem to resurface, particularly those that include redness and that itch.
Yes, I am talking about eczema, rosacea, and dryness in general. The majority of people in Canada suffer from sensitivity and have sensitive skin. This can be soothed and prevented. Sensitive skin guys: you do not have to suffer through the winter. YOU CAN DO SOMETHING!
There are many things you can do to soothe sensitive skin during cold seasons:
1. Avoid extremely hot water
This tends to dehydrate the skin and wash away all the natural oils.
2. Take it easy on the soap
Never use soap on the face, but you know that right? Now, about the body… this might sound awfully disgusting for some, but try to soap only the crucial areas. Arms, belly, back and legs don’t need to be scrubbed with a sponge and soap. Not on a daily basis anyway.
3. Moisturize right after you shower
I think of it this way: rinsing the dishes right away or letting them dry for 20 minutes, then trying to get rid of the grime. Same idea… if you let the skin sit with no moisturizer, it’s going to dry up right away. Dryness leads to scaly skin, scaly leads to flaky, flaky leads to redness which itches… Don’t let it happen!
4. Use the right moisturizer.
Mineral oil based moisturizers don’t do much. They sit on top of the skin and yes, they prevent water loss like a film of plastic, which is great if you produce water from within (hint: you don’t), but they won’t add any benefits to the skin. We all need a moisturizer that saves our skin! That delivers nutrients and keeps our skin young and radiant. If you are unsure on what to use, ask an esthetician. She knows how to guide you and help you find the perfect moisturizer.
Published by: Maria on November 21st, 2012 | Filed under Healthy Skincare
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This article has been summarized. The original article can be found here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/What-common-chemical-was-found-2413383.S.119516548.
A chemical commonly used in topically applied skin and body care products. Dr. Mercola reported this week on a study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology that 99% of 160 breast tissue samples tested from mestectomies contained Parabens (n-propylparaben, methyparaben, n-butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylaraben).
“You know more about the ingredients in your dog’s flea collar than you know about the toxicity of whatever you’re putting on your skin”, argues David Walling, a senior scientist with Natural Resources Defense Council, Washington, D.C.
In 1938 the FDA granted “self-regulation” to the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Fragrance Association. Isn’t that like the Fox guarding the hen house? The vast majority of some 100,000 chemicals now on the market in topically applied commercial products have never been tested for toxicity, with nearly 70 percent estimated to be contaminated with chemical impurities linked to cancer, and now obesity.
We are creating new disease symptoms that cannot be diagnosed. Physicians who practice environmental medicine estimate that chemical sensitivity affects up to 50% of today’s population. Over time, people succumb to malignancies, lymphomas, neurological, vascular and other diseases.
Recent studies by dermatologists at the University of California confirm that skin absorption is a major route of entry. Chemicals absorbed topically are undiluted and unchanged because the digestive tract is by-passed. Research has discovered that significant amounts of chemical ingredients , including mutagenic and carcinogenic substances, like Parabens and many others, penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream directly. A 15 minute hot shower you absorb more chlorine than drinking 8 glasses of tap water.
Parabens found in the majority of skincare products contain synthetic estrogen, a major factor in the growth and development of breast cancer. It has been found that parabens can accumulate intact in the body from the long-term, low-dose exposure.
Every morning women (and men) ready themselves for the day, they look good, smell good and have just exposed themselves to on average over 200 chemicals.
But also BUYER BEWARE, products labeled “natural” or “non-toxic” may not be safe at all. I will add to the post regarding this.
It is time for Practitioners to start taking a bigger and urgent role. I am now working on a huge mission with integrative medical doctors and gynecologists with a specific protocol and education on this very subject in turning the tide on this wide spread danger.
Published by: Maria on November 6th, 2012 | Filed under Uncategorized
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