Showing posts with label skin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skin. Show all posts

21/09/2022

Skin exfoliation - what are the benefits and how to do it effectively?



 Skin exfoliation is a procedure that gives many advantages and can be done both in a beauty salon and at home.

 

The beneficial properties of exfoliation can be manifested provided that it is done with the right gestures and products.


 

Exfoliation - a basic procedure for the beauty and health of the skin

 

Over 1 million dead cells are eliminated from our skin every 24 hours .

 

Eventually, dead skin cells build up, mix with the skin's sebum , and clog pores, causing blackheads, acne, and more generally, skin imperfections and a dull complexion.

 

Exfoliation accelerates the elimination of dead skin and activates cell regeneration.

 

Exfoliation stimulates microcirculation , which improves the skin's radiance and promotes its health, elasticity and radiance.

 

Body exfoliation prevents ingrown hairs, especially after waxing.

 

It also softens the skin and evens out the complexion.

 

Therefore, exfoliating both the face and the body is an essential procedure for healthy and beautiful skin .

 

How to exfoliate effectively?

Mechanical exfoliation , the best known and most used, consists of combining a creamy texture with fine grains - sand, salt, particles of fruit pits or even micro-particles that exfoliate the top layer of the skin.

 

Exfoliation is complete when performed with massaging movements.

 

By massaging the fine particles on the skin, dead skin is removed.

 

Body and face exfoliation should be done with different types of products because the skin is not the same in these two places.

 

Facial skin is much finer, the exfoliant particles must be much finer and more delicate to avoid irritation.

 

For the body, the exfoliating particles  can be larger.

 

For effective exfoliation, it is important to perform slow and circular massage movements for 2 to 3 minutes.

 

The skin should not be scrubbed hard, as this will not make the exfoliation more effective.

 

It is recommended to exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week.

 

Exfoliating products are key to complete skin care.

 

It is recommended to choose products with the most natural composition possible and those that are targeted according to the needs and type of the skin: hydration, detox, anti- aging and wrinkle care.

 

References:

https://www.passeportsante.net/fr/Actualites/Dossiers/DossierComplexe.aspx?doc=bienfaits-gommage


13/09/2022

Between summer and autumn - how to take care of your skin?



 The sunny summer is leaving to give way to the colorful and beautiful autumn. The hot rays are replaced by the cold breeze of the wind, and the salty waves of the sea by the sweet drops of rain. 

 

With the change of weather comes the time for a change in skin care . Tired of the sun, heat and salt, she must be prepared for the cold months. But how?


 

Keratinocytes are skin cells that make up most of the outer layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. They are the only cells in the human body that can make vitamin D from its precursor, 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC), and convert it so that the body can use it.

 

Vitamin D plays an important role in skin barrier function and skin cell growth. It supports the skin's immune system, which acts as the first line of defense against harmful pathogens. Therefore, taking the vitamin is a great preparation for autumn. 

 

The same goes for collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body, accounting for 75% of the skin's dry weight.

 

Some research shows that taking collagen supplements can have a number of benefits for the skin, including reducing the depth of wrinkles and increasing hydration.

 

The next step on the way to healthy skin is getting enough vitamin C. It acts as a powerful, skin-protecting antioxidant and is essential for collagen production .

 

The skin itself contains very high levels of vitamin C - some studies have found a concentration of up to 64 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams of the epidermal skin layer.

 

Not surprisingly, studies show that increasing vitamin C through supplementation can improve many factors of skin health, including skin hydration.

 

Vitamin C can improve skin barrier function and help reduce water loss, which in turn prevents skin dryness.

 

Another good helper in skin care is fish oil . It contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), two essential fatty acids that have powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Fish oil supplements can also help increase hydration.

 

References:
8 Best Vitamins and Supplements for Dry Skin. Healthline - https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamins-for-dry-skin


26/08/2022

How to take care of the skin in diabetes?



 When the body does not produce enough insulin to break down and use the carbohydrates supplied with food, the level of glucose in the blood inevitably rises.

 

For diabetic patients, monitoring and regulating blood sugar levels is vital. High blood sugar levels  in the body have many negative effects on organs and nerves.


 

In addition, high blood sugar levels in diabetic patients also have a negative impact on skin health.

Manifestations of diabetes on the skin


Diabetic patients often experience very dry, tight and itchy skin. 

The body tries to eliminate excess glucose  through the urine. With frequent urination, a large amount of fluid is released and the skin becomes dry.

 

Dehydrated skin is much more susceptible to infection , as bacteria can penetrate through the microscopic dry cracks on the skin 's surface .


High blood sugar also damages nerves in the skin. Minor injuries are felt only later or not at all by patients. Sometimes severe inflammation of the skin and underlying tissues develops , such as diabetic foot.

 

The lack of insulin has an inhibitory effect on the normal growth of skin layers, making it difficult for wounds to heal.

 

All of these factors contribute to diabetic patients having vulnerable skin that requires special care.

 

With dry skin, daily hydration is an important factor. Chronically dry skin that is prone to inflammation requires special care. Many diabetic patients have  dry, itchy sores.

 

When the skin tightens from dryness and the itching becomes unbearable, patients injure the site and lesions appear. Bacteria and other pathogens can pass through the damaged skin barrier and cause infection.

 

Instead of succumbing to the itching, it is recommended that we apply skin care creams. Diabetic patients should use moisturizing creams.  It is important that creams contain vitamin E and substances that help preserve the skin's natural moisture, such as jojoba oil.

 

Skin creams are preferably fragrance-free, and it is essential that they are free of irritating chemicals that can aggravate the problem, so certified organic products should always be chosen.


Patients with sensitive and dry skin, including diabetic patients , should not spend too much time in the shower or bath. It is well known that excessive time in the shower or bath dries out the skin .

 

Long showers remove part of the fat layer of the skin, which protects it from external pollutants and pathogens .

 

Patients with diabetes should take only short showers or baths, use pH-neutral shower gels, and use moisturizing skin care products after each shower or bath.


Because the skin of diabetic patients is drier, it is easier for foot and nail fungus to penetrate the skin barrier.

 

That is why diabetic patients should pay special attention to regular foot care procedures .

 

This includes:

  • Short daily foot baths
  • Foot care lotions with a neutral pH
  • Carefully drying the spaces between the toes, where bacteria and fungi easily multiply due to the moist environment.

This susceptibility of patients to fungal skin infections  means that, especially during the summer swimming season in both indoor and outdoor pools, there is an increased risk of contamination and infection.

 

It is important to use flip-flops when using public pools and showers so that bacteria, viruses and fungi cannot penetrate the skin .

 

References:

https://www.cuerpomente.com/salud-natural/tratamientos/piel-diabetes_10375


15/08/2022

Natural oils for healthy and beautiful skin



Like other organs in the body, the skin needs nutrients to perform its functions and look smooth and vibrant.

 

It needs a variety of minerals, vitamins , amino acids and fatty acids, which must be obtained from food, but we can also nourish the skin externally with natural cosmetic ingredients.


 

The more you age, the more nourishment is needed for the skin, because its ability to repair itself decreases and care becomes more important.

 

After the age of 30, it is recommended to include a nourishing cream in skin care to prevent dryness, wrinkles  and lack of elasticity.

 

What is the benefit of nourishing creams?

The natural ingredients that nourish the skin are those that contribute to the regeneration of epidermal cells and strengthen the natural protective barrier formed by lipids (fats) that prevent dehydration and dryness.

 

That is why nourishing creams are more concentrated and thick.

 

It is recommended that they be applied in the evening on cleansed skin in order to be effective as long as possible.

 

They can be applied to the skin with a gentle massage for 3-5 minutes, applying liberally to the driest or darkest parts of the body.

 

It is not recommended to use creams containing paraffins or other petroleum derivatives, which are the main ingredients of a very large number of creams, along with various synthetic additives.

 

Therefore, they are also not the best products for the skin.

 

What ingredients should face creams contain?

There is a huge variety of fatty plant substances or skin metabolism stimulants that can be included in natural nourishing creams due to their ability to restore the physiological balance of the skin , prevent moisture loss and protect the skin from external aggressions:

  • Sweet almond oil - obtained by pressing almonds and is very rich in oleic acid and vitamins A and E. It is particularly suitable for treating dry and irritated skin.
  • Borage oil - stands out for its richness in oleic, linoleic and linolenic fatty acids. Its use is suitable for treating dry and dull skin.
  • Rosehip oil - obtained from the seeds of Rosa rubiginosa . It is characterized by a high content of linoleic and linolenic acids, which regenerate skin tissue, improve its appearance and delay the symptoms of premature aging .
  • Avocado oil - obtained from the pulp of the fruit and has moisturizing, protective and regenerating properties, making it one of the preferred ingredients of many manufacturers of natural nourishing creams.
  • Wheat germ oil or rice, corn or other cereal oil - in addition to vitamin E and carotenoids , it contains unsaturated fatty acids and phospholipids, which makes it often used as an active ingredient with a nourishing effect in preparations for the care of dry, wrinkled and sagging skin .
  • Shea Butter - A pasty consistency, this vegetable fat is obtained from the seeds of Butyrospermum parkii . Its richness in saturated fatty acids makes it an ingredient particularly suitable as a protective agent against environmental aggressions. It also activates blood circulation and removes surface irritations.

All these oils also contain vitamins , antioxidants and chemical compounds that act synergistically and stimulate skin regeneration.

 

Natural cosmetic products may also contain plant extracts with active ingredients that have various beneficial effects on the skin, such as extracts of calendula, red algae, Mimosa tenuiflora , hops, horsetail, hypericum, centella asiatica or Prunus africana , among many others.

 

References:

https://www.cuerpomente.com/salud-natural/belleza-natural/ingredientes-cosmeticos-naturales-nutrir-piel_8952


The material is informative and cannot replace consultation with a doctor. Before starting treatment, you must consult a doctor.


05/08/2022

More facials in the summer months

 


Skin boosters

Skinbusters gradually hydrate the skin in depth and improve its elastic properties. They can be used on women and men, with treatment areas covering the skin of the face, lips, neck, décolletage and hands.


Before starting the procedure, the injection site can be anesthetized locally with an anesthetic in the form of a cream. Through a fine needle  , the product is deposited at the dermis level to hydrate the skin and correct wrinkles. The effect is visible immediately after it is performed. After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort such as redness, itching, tenderness or bruising at the injection site, which usually disappears in 1-2 days.



It is usually necessary to apply 3-5 procedures , and the effect lasts for about half a year. Skinbusters are used in combination with fillers, mesotherapy, botox, etc.


Botox 

The application of botulinum toxin (Botox) is a non-surgical method for treating mimic wrinkles in the face area (forehead, around the eyes, between the eyebrows) and some other areas. It is a neurotoxin from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.


When botulinum toxin is injected into the area of ​​the facial muscles, there is an inability to voluntarily contract the muscles of the face, as a result of reversible blocking of nerve impulses to the muscles. Botox is injected only into the dynamic wrinkles that are produced when muscles contract and when different emotions are expressed - joy, anger, surprise. An example of such are: horizontal forehead wrinkles, angry wrinkle between the eyebrows, crow's feet wrinkles around the eyes, neck and décolletage wrinkles. 


Before the procedure, it is assessed whether the patient is of a suitable age for botulinum toxin injection. The area to be treated can be numbed by applying a numbing cream and the face is outlined and marked with points where the botulinum toxin should be injected. In this way, it relaxes the relevant muscle group and the maximum effect is achieved. The neurotoxin blocks the transmission of the nerve impulse from the neuron to the muscle fiber.


After the procedure, the injected areas should not be massaged or pressed, during the first 4 hours one should not lie down or bend the head. In the next 72 hours at least, cosmetic products and procedures should not be applied, nor should alcohol be consumed. The duration of the effect depends on the type of muscle, the effect usually lasts from 4 to 6 months. With each subsequent application, the effect is 1 year. 


Fillers

Dermal fillers can be used as a non-surgical method for smoothing wrinkles , hollows, filling bags under the eyes, shaping the cheekbones, increasing the volume of the lips and their contouring, smoothing scars.


There are two major groups of dermal fillers – natural and synthetic. Fillers composed of natural products - mainly hyaluronic acid - have a much lower risk of causing an allergic reaction. The effect is immediate , and the duration is from half to a year. Hyaluronic acid breaks down in the body over time and maintenance is therefore necessary. 


Before placing a filler, a consultation with a dermatologist is required, who assesses the necessary amount and depth of application to achieve the desired result. After that, an anesthetic cream is applied, followed by the essence of the procedure – the injection of the dermal filler.

 

The duration varies around a few minutes depending on the amount of areas being treated. After the manipulation, the effect is immediately visible, as there may be bruises and swelling at the injection site, which subside in a few days. Patients return to their daily activities without the need for a recovery period. 


In cases where fillers are not sufficient for a given correction, they can be combined with Botox, peeling and laser procedures for the best result. 


Mesotherapy

Mesotherapy can be performed on patients of any age . In the years of puberty, it is used to fight acne or acne scars. After the age of 20, this type of procedure can be started to hydrate the skin, fight pigmentation and the earliest signs of photoaging. 


The manipulation is almost painless and caused slight discomfort. A local anesthetic may be used during the procedure. Mesotherapy for the face is a minimally invasive procedure and a complex of useful minerals and amino acids is introduced through repeated injections, which are delivered to the mesoderm. A slight bump (papule) forms at the site of the sting, which disappears completely within a day. The result is firming, improving the elasticity and appearance of the skin, smoothing fine wrinkles. Facial skin looks younger and fresher. 


The duration of the procedure is about 20-30 minutes, depending on the area being treated. The procedure improves blood circulation , increases metabolism, restores the elasticity of the skin, by stimulating the production of elastin and collagen, effectively rejuvenates it. Adverse reactions are possible such as redness and slight swelling in the treated area, itching, burning, which disappear within a few hours to 1-2 days. 


Contraindications for performing the procedures are pregnancy and breastfeeding, infections in the treated area, allergies to certain ingredients. Depending on the condition of the skin and the relevant problem, the dermatologist evaluates what substances are most suitable to introduce and what types of procedures to combine for a natural and beautiful skin appearance.


29/07/2022

8 Natural Moisturizers For Dry Skin

  By Sandra Bishop 

Aloe Vera leaves make an excellent natural moisturizer.

Checked your hands lately? If you’re like many folks in October, they’re starting to crack. Welcome to the change of seasons, folks, in which cool air leads to dry skin and a run on moisturizers for the face and the body.


You could go that route too – but you could also try one of these natural moisturizers, with ingredients easily bought with your weekly groceries. Do that, and you could potentially skip these dangerous ingredients in skin care products.

Don’t get us wrong, a moisturizer can save your life (well OK, save you a lot of pain) when dry skin sets in during the coldness of winter. It’s just that we like natural moisturizers here at Natural Health Source because, well, they’re natural. They may save you a little money too, if they’re in your kitchen at the moment. So give them a shot – you may find you prefer natural moisturizers to their drugstore competition.

Think About These Natural Moisturizers

Honey – Yes, honey. We know it’s sticky, (and please keep it away from your keyboard!), but organic honey is packed with anti-bacterial nutrients that help unclog spores and may fight acne where it hurts. It’s also rich in antioxidants that may help reduce wrinkles, blemishes and the general wear and tear on your skin that adds years to your appearance.

For Use: Mix two tablespoons of honey with eight tablespoons of water until it’s a paste. Then apply it to your skin, let it dry, and gently wash off with warm water.

Buttermilk – Wanna save money on skincare products? Try buttermilk – it’s high in lactic acid, which you’ll often find in expensive cosmetics because it helps with cell turnover. New cells means younger skin, and those cells are already bathed in the many nutrients found in buttermilk.

For Use: Dip a facecloth in cold buttermilk and apply to your face for five to ten minutes. Now rinse it off.
Olive Oil – A staple of the Mediterranean Diet, olive oil is packed with antioxidants and natural acids that may help reduce sun damage on your skin.

For Use: Add a few tablespoons of olive oil to a couple drops of lavender essential oil to a bath. Then get in and enjoy!

Castor Oil – Castor oil makes a great natural moisturizer. That’s because it’s high in fatty acids that quickly absorb into the skin. The linoleic acids in castor oil help it lubricate dry patches from the inside-out, and help form a barrier so moisture locks in.

For Use: Get raw, unrefined virgin coconut oil. Rub it between your hands to liquify it and apply to your skin.

Shea Butter – There’s a reason shea butter shows up in so many body washes and skin care products – it’s awesome. It’s high in A and F, both of which help skin plump and reduce dryness. Like Argan Oil, shea butter is made from tree nuts (the Shea tree), and it’s a natural moisturizer that may help protect your skin from the elements.

An avocado peel may help reduce dry skin on the face.

With sun damage being the leading cause of visible ageing, that’s definitely a good thing.

For Use: First, verify your shea butter has not expired. Assuming it hasn’t, slather it all over your skin and enjoy!
Avocados – They’re good for your heart and poetry for your brain. But apply avocado to your skin and a funny thing happens; it will help lubricate every layer of your skin. That’s because avocado is packed with healthy fats, along with vitamins A, D and E, which have anti-aging properties. Do it for your brain and your heart, and your appearance as well.

For Use: Eat a ripe avocado, but leave a little of the cream inside the peel. Then, rub the inner peel lightly on your face. Let the residue sit for 15 minutes. Now rinse it off with warm water.

Cucumbers – Cucumbers are a great way to hydrate your body on a hot summer day. They also make a great natural moisturizer (yes, cucumbers). The reason? They’re packed with skin-friendly nutrients magnesium, potassium and vitamins A and E. Cucumbers promote blood circulation, which helps your skin, bones and nails. The vegetable may also help fight wrinkles and you can even use them to get rid of eye bags.

For Use: Slice up a cucumber and put a slice over each eye to help address puffiness in that area. You can also puree cucumber to make a hydration mask if you stick it in a blender and add a few drops of honey.

Aloe – Soother of sunburns, aloe also makes a great natural moisturizer and can hydrate your skin without making it greasy.
For Use: Cut and peel an aloe leaf to reveal the gel within. Now apply it on your skin.

Skinception Cold Pressed Cosmetic Argan Oil

Argan Oil can be used to moisturize skin and condition hair.

Finally, don’t forget one of the best natural moisturizer in natural skin care. Peruse this website long enough and you’ll know what we’re talking about – argan oil, which is packed with beauty-friendly nutrients like essential fatty acids, vitamin E and natural antioxidants. They combine to make ‘liquid gold’ – just one litre of Skinception Cold Pressed Cosmetic Argan Oil takes an entire season of output from a single tree.

The result is something magic; a natural moisturizer you can use to protect your skin in a challenging environment, like extreme heat or intense cold.

Slather Skinception Argan Oil on your hands and you’ll see what we mean.

Granted, we’re biased. But we believe in Skinception Argan Oil. You can use it to moisturize your skin and condition your hair. Heck, you can even use it to strengthen your nails. You may also find it helps save you money, as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner rolled into one.
Try Skinception’s Argan Oil as an entry point into natural skin care. It may be one of the best natural moisturizers out there, and it comes with the reassurance of the Skinception name and a 97 day money-back guarantee.

We also like the fact that it’s pure argan oil – and not diluted. And, of course, that it’s hand-made by the Berber women of Morocco, who perfected the extraction technique over 3,500 years, and in a fair trade co-op, with health and education benefits for the women who make it.

Good for your skin, good for your soul. That’s why we like Skinception Cold Pressed Cosmetic Argan Oil!