The skin is the largest organ in the body. It defends against disease and infection, regulates temperature and even aids in vitamin production. Keeping skin healthy is crucial for beauty and general health, even if most of us are interested in knowing how to keep skin looking healthy, rather than really keeping it healthy.
The best way to keep skin looking healthy – young, fair, radiant, supple, soft and wrinkle free – is to keep out of the sun.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun bring about a healthy-looking tan, but do much damage to the skin in terms of pigmentation, sunburn and loss of elasticity. These can lead to premature aging in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, dark skin, uneven skin tone, loss of translucency, enlarged pores and dryness. Even the best of genetics, topical skin lightening treatments and oral skin supplements would be of little use if one tans mercilessly and regularly.
Keeping out of the sun helps, but if you cannot avoid it, you will have to ensure that you use a sunscreen. This is especially crucial if sun exposure is for an extended period of time.
Assuming that one is already sensible about sun exposure, how can we then further improve our skin condition? We know that certain oral supplements are effective for good skin health, but which are these supplements and how effective are they?
Supplement From Within
The first group would be vitamins and minerals, essential for proper functioning of every organ.
The vitamins and minerals that can affect skin health include the B-complex, especially B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B12 (cyancobalamine). Overt deficiencies of vitamins B1 and B2 are known to cause special forms of dermatitis (a kind of skin inflammation). B12 deficiency is particularly detrimental to neurons and rapidly dividing cells, including skin cells.
Besides the B vitamins, deficiency of vitamin C, iron and copper also affect skin health. All three are important for the synthesis of collagen, a key structural protein in the skin, which fills the skin and gives it tone.
Vitamin A is critical for the normal life cycle of skin cells. Vitamin A deficiency causes skin to become dry, fragile and prone to wrinkles. On the other hand, excessive Vitamin A intake may cause serious toxicity and should be avoided.
Vitamins C and E, and beta-carotene have been touted as anti-oxidants that reduce free radicals. (Free radicals result in skin degeneration and aging.) However, while free radicals and the role of anti-oxidants are beyond doubt, clinical results have not conclusively proved if supplementary vitamins and other micronutrients improve the skin quality and defy the aging process.
Excessive doses can be just as harmful as deficiencies, so it is best to abide by the recommended daily allowance (RDA).
Oral supplements should go hand-in-hand with topical applications – sunscreen of at least SPF 30, creams (preferably with skin whitening agents) and moisturizer (preferably with skin lightening agents). Compared with topical applications, the effects of oral supplements are slower and more subtle. Consumers have to be realistic about their expectations because results certainly will not be seen in 7 days or 2 weeks.
We recommend a holistic approach to skin health, comprising:
* A healthy balanced diet comprising all food groups as well as vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.
* Keep a happy positive mood. It is well documented that some skin conditions – such as acne and eczema – are more prevalent among the stressed.
* If you smoke, quit smoking. Smoke causes free radicals, damages the microcirculation of skin and also causes staining of teeth and other discoloration.
* Minimize sun exposure and use a good sunscreen on a daily basis.
Article Source: http://articles-4-free.com
Debra Tan is a senior product development consultant at ~SkinWhite Research Labs. Equipped with a team of experienced cosmeceutical researchers, SkinWhite Research Labs is a company that specializes in the formulation of skin whitening products that help to rectify dark skin and pigmentation problems. Please visit their official website for more skin lightening information and tips.
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
By Marc Howlett
The Teenagers' Guide on Treating Acne
Acne is truly one of the big problems faced and most feared by teenagers anywhere around the globe. To some, it is a nightmare to have acne that truly gives very unfavorable effects. It surely lowers a person's self-esteem to express themselves freely and confidently to their families,friends, partners or to anyone. It certainly carries with it physical, as well as, emotional scars made by self-conciousness and embarrassment that made some don't even want to get out of their rooms!
Acne, however, just occurs normally and naturally with teenagers like you so you shouldn't feel so bad and depressed about it.According to recent statistics, 9 out of 10 teens and about 25% of the adult population are suffering from acne.But, acne is just a skin problem that can actually betreated. Doctors and health companies, nowadays, are looking forward to give us the best acne treatments for teenagers. Health tips are also worth tof ollow and made to practice. You should know that prevention is better thana cure! As the saying goes, the best cure for your acne problems is making the constant effort of preventing it to occur in the first place.
There are so many acne treatments for teenagers like you that can actuallybe found inside your home or just right in your garden. Fruits and other herbs are known to men as cure to almost any health problems, one of these is acne. You will surely find it fun to make your own proven acne treatment for teenagers. Making a paste or a mask is actually one of the common procedure teenagers do to treat their acne. You can actually make one with ground orange peel or fresh lemon juice. Another effective acne treatment for teenagers is actually a mixture of tea tree and sweet fennel essential oils added with witch hazel. This is believed to remove the excess oil and dirt on your face and kill the bacteria that cause the unwanted acne. Corn flour mixed with egg white is another great option that you can try to clear that acne in your face. Cucumber, a favorite acne treatment for teenagers,is tested to prevent the appearance of acne. It also refreshes your tired and unhealthy skin.
Right on the counter
When you think home-made preparations are not the acne treatments for teenagers like you, then ‘over-the-counter’ products are more recommended for you. Anytime at the nearest store in your neighborhood, you can buy these non-prescription products that are truly great acne treatments for teenagers. Boys especially prefer these products for it is really awkward for them to put on a facial mask. Benzoyl peroxide is actually the best known acne treatment for teenagers that is available in stores. It works asto dry the skin and eventually encourage it to peel off and form a new,healthier skin surface. It also has antibacterial effects, very good in killing that irritable acne-causing bacteria.
The doctors’s advice
Not all cases of acne problems can be treated by self-made applications or“over-the-counter” drugs. These actually only treats mild to moderate acne problems. Thus, a consultation with your doctor is advisable, especially when you have a severe case of acne problem. Your doctor will surely giveyou more potent acne treatments for teenagers which are actually divided between topical and oral solutions. Topical acne treatments given to teenagers are applied directly on the skin include antibiotic lotions and azelaic acid which is described as a benzoyl peroxide alternative.Meanwhile, oral antibiotics that you have to take in are just some of the recommended acne treatments for teenagers.
marc howlett writes articles for www.acne-support.info and several other leading websites.
Posted by Zakuan R. at 8:11 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2006
I home this will help to be a guide that will help determine what kinds of lesions may be of concern, and what signs your dermatologist will be looking for.
Some lesions you may find on your epidermis will turn out not to be skin cancer, but regardless, they can still be of concern. Though perhaps not the worst thing that could happen to your skin, certain kinds of diagnosis’ can be very important to attend to right away.
If then character of your skin legion is brown or black, it is likely a kind of Pigmented BBC.
One way to diagnose your skin disease is by the appearance of it. If the legion you find is scar-like, it likely falls under the category of Sclerotic BBC. The characteristics of these particular legions are that they appear flat or even depressed, if the border of the legion is not well defined, or if the legion appears shiny—like a scar. However, something like this could just be a traumatic scar and not skin cancer at all.
If you legion is yellowish it may be what is called a Nodular BBC—the majority of these legions will be found on the face. Sometimes they are more pearly colored, they may have a rolled edge, stretching the skin will help you see the legion better, these legions are slow-growing and are almost always on the face. However, there are several other kinds of skin disease that could have similar appearance that is why it is recommended that you always consult your doctor when you find a legion on your skin.
A reddish colored legion on the skin could possibly be Superficial BBC. The legion may have a fine scale, will appear perhaps with a thin, beaded pearly boarder surrounding it, these legions tend to have atropic centers. Depending on if the legion is scaly or smooth, the legion could be one of many different types of skin disease.
As with any cancer, if the illness is identified soon enough, it is more effectively treatable—the same goes for other kinds of skin disease. So you do not want to put off diagnosis or the necessary treatment.
Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for websites on gardening, parenting, fashion, health care and home decor. Her background includes teaching and gardening. For more of her articles on skin care please visit Skin Care.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Anne_Clarke
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Thursday, May 18, 2006
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Monday, May 15, 2006
By Loraine Lesley
Who doesn’t want to look beautiful? Everybody wants to look pretty and fresh. Taking care of your skin is one way to achieve what you hope for. Whether we like it or not, beauty does seem to affect the ease and success of an individual's life. That’s why no body wants to look pale, unhealthy and dull.
Perfect beauty is absolutely what you and all women desire. You can feel good about yourself if you have good look. Thus, skincare, hair care, and other beauty treatments should be on your program then.
You will need some tips in order to make them successful. Here are some skin care treatment tips, given free just for you! Tips for Perfect Beauty.
There is no doubt that your skin needs special treatment sinceit is the body’s largest organ. You may not know how to take good care of your skin, how frequent you should do it, and soon. Keeping the skin moist, elastic, and smooth is one of thebest ways of skin care treatment.
Look at these helpful tipsbelow:
1. The first thing you must know about skin care treatment is to do it regularly. You can start it from the very easy way,like washing your hands and face with a natural soap or cleanser.
2. Which type of skin do you have? Dry, normal, or oily skin?Get to know your type and use appropriate skin care products for the treatment. Consult with your beautician if you’re not sure about it.
3. Eat lots of healthy foods, namely fresh fruits and vegetables which act as great antioxidants. They are substances that prevent damage in the body caused by free radicals.Strawberries, cranberries, blueberries, tuna, and mostly seafood, as well as onions, garlic, and broccoli are great sources of food high in antioxidant.
4. Avoid smoking and stay away from alcohol. They are real skin enemies since they create wrinkles to your skin and making it dry.
5. Carry out proper treatments for your skin: clean your skin with water and free-chemicals cleansing products everyday,scrub your skin regularly to remove dead cells and smooth the skin, and moisturize it with skin lotion and cream containing high amount of vitamin E.
Those tips above are actually only a few of numerous skin treatments. You should maintain your youthful looks by always giving good care of your skin. Consuming vitamins and supplements is also a good way to do it. Don’t forget to drinka lot of water and exercise regularly!
Have a healthy skin, andof course a healthy living!
About The Author:
Loraine Lesley is editor for some Website concerning women. She wants to help women to look beautiful,that’s why her object features practical articles and tips on Skin Care, Hair Care, and more. To discover more of her advice,visit http://www.myskincareonline.com
Posted by Zakuan R. at 5:16 AM
Saturday, May 13, 2006
By Kevin Pederson
1. Silky Aloe Vera Skin Care Body Lotion
1 cup Aloe Vera gel 1-teaspoon lanolin 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil 1/3-cup coconut oil 1/2 to 3/4 ounce beeswax 3/4 cup almond oil 1 ½ teaspoons essential oil.
Use a blender (or food processor) to mix the Aloe Vera gel, lanolin, & vitamin E oil. Microwave coconut oil & beeswax in a glasscontainer on high 30 seconds, and stir. Repeat heating in 10-second blocksuntil fully melted. Stir in almond oil, reheating if necessary. Run blender or processor at low to medium speed, and then pour in melted oils in thin stream. As the oil is blended in, the cream will turn white and blender's motor will start to grind. As soon as melted oils are added and you've achieved mayonnaise-like consistency, stop the blender; add essential oila nd pulse-blend. Do not over blend. Transfer cream to glass jars while still warm - the lotion will thicken quickly. This lotion really absorbs well and leaves no residue on skin. This recipe makes two cups.
2. Oats & Aloe Vera Exfoliant for your skin
1 tablespoon finely ground oats 1 tablespoon finely ground almonds1-teaspoon honey 1-tablespoon Aloe Vera gel Combine ingredients in a bowland stir until well mixed. Apply to face and neck skin after cleansing and before toner is applied, using gentle circular motions. Rinse well with warm water and gently pat excess moisture from face. Follow with facial mask.
3. Aloe Vera Face Mask for Healing and Soothing(Great for sensitive and dry skin, especially after sun bathing)
Ingredients: -3 TBS pure and certified organic aloe Vera juice -1 drop Helycrisum essential oil -1 drop Rose essential oil Combine all ingredients and apply mixture evenly on face and neck. Leave it on for at least 7 minutes and rinse with warm water. Pat dry, and apply the following "healingand soothing" aromatic blend, prepared in advance in a 10-ml bottle filledwith vegetable oil: -1 drop Neroli essential oil -3 drops Lavender essential oil
4. Aloe Vera Skin Toner
Soak a cotton pad with pure aloe Vera gel and use it to freshen your skin and remove excess oil. Use daily, following with moisturizer. This isespecially good for normal and oily skin and is a great overall toner.Dilute the gel 50/50 with spring water if you have sensitive skin. You canalso use the juice of a leaf from your aloe plant. Cut off the amount you are going to use, and put the remainder of the leaf in a plastic bag in therefrigerator. The leaf will keep for about 3 days.
5. Floral Aloe Vera Gel
1/2 cup Aloe Vera gel (available in most natural food stores) 1 tbsp. dried lavender flowers or 3 tbsp. fresh. 1 tbsp. dried calendula flowers or 3tbsp. fresh.
1. Mix together the aloe Vera gel with the lavender and Calendula flowers in an ovenproof glass container, then heat the container gently by sitting it in a hot water bath on the stovetop.
2. Let the mixturecool completely, and then pour it through a clean, fine strainer (to removeall of the solids) into a clean container.
6. Exfoliating Foot Mask
1/2-cup oatmeal 1/2-cup cornmeal 1/2-cup coarse salt 1/2 cup unscented body lotion 4 tablespoons Aloe Vera gel in a large bowl, combine all ingredients.Slide feet into mixture and rub, beginning at toes, working up to heel andankle. Do one foot at a time, rinsing in a separate bowl of warm water.
7. Exfoliating Aloe Vera Face Mask
4 Tbsp. Pumpkin puree 1 Tbsp. Honey 4 tsp. Cornmeal 2 tsp. Aloe Vera gel 2tsp. Pineapple, diced 1 tsp. Green tea 1/2 tsp. Sunflower oil 6 drops frankincense essential oil (optional) 4 drops cinnamon extract (optional)Directions Steep green tea in boiling water. Set aside to cool. In blender or food processor puree pineapple and place in medium-sized mixing bowl. Add pumpkin, honey and aloe. Mix well. Stir in sunflower oil, green tea andcornmeal. Discard the remaining green tea. Add frankincense and cinnamon.Stir. Apply small amount of pumpkin mask to cheeks, forehead, chin and neck.Massage in circular motions gently buffing skin. Repeat. Apply more productas needed. Leave a thin layer of pumpkin mask on face and neck for 15-20minutes. Rinse with tepid or cool water and pat dry with soft towel. Follow with appropriate moisturizer. Store remaining mask covered in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Benefits: Pumpkin enzymes dissolve dead skin cells whilethe cornmeal sweeps them clean. Honey has antimicrobial properties as wellas moisturizes and softens. The result is a beautiful glowing complexion.Use this mask as often as you like.
Kevin Pederson has been managing a number of natural home remedies websites,such as http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com , which have a lot ofinformation on home based natural cures for some of the most common illnesses.
Posted by Zakuan R. at 7:26 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2006
By: Rebecca Prescott
Whilst skin care products generally won't deliver nutrients deep into the actual living cells beneath the superficial layers of the skin, the vitamin E in many products is actually useful. Scientists have found that by applying antioxidants to the skin, free radical damage that would normally occur through exposure to UV light (say, from the sun), can be prevented or at least minimized.
If you'd like to learn more about vitamin E, including more information on vitamin E and burns, scarring, and more, click here. If you're an acne sufferer, and want some help deciding on either an in salon or at home acne facial, check out this article.
Posted by Zakuan R. at 7:20 PM
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
When treating a person for acne, the only way to get results from effective treatments is through various healthy lifestyle changes. This includes the way you eat, sleep, work, play, etc. It is extremely important to focus on all areas that need changing in order for a sustained effort be complete. It is important in the treatment of acne to treat your whole self in as many ways as possible.
One common problem that faces people is stress, and not normal stress. What happens when the body gets too stressed out is the adrenal cortex converts adrenal androgens to testosterone in men and women, resulting in overactive sebaceous glands. Women's ovaries produce 25% of the testosterone while 75% comes from adrenal androgens. When the male or female body is stressed, more adrenal androgen is released causing double the amount of testosterone. This causes the T zone of the face to be oily, while other areas are still dry from dehydration.
Adult acne is sometimes a by-product of stress and/or dehydration. Water calms the "body's stress alarm system". The most important type of acne treatment is to keep the skin from becoming dehydrated.
Clean, pure water is the most important acne treatment in that it is alkaline (pH 7.3) and can be considered a natural treatment or an almost free acne treatment. So the types of lifestyles you live will greater affect whether your body will reject acne or succumb to it.
Here are some tips that have helped other people and hopefully will help you:
Drink at least eight glasses of water per day (10 to 12 is better) to assist your body in getting rid of oil, waste and toxins. Water also helps moisten your skin, which keeps your pores from clogging. Most importantly, water helps relieve stress and relax your body so you can sleep better. Water and sleep help to reduce stress. Reduce coffees, soft drinks, teas and alcohols as much as possible as they are partial diuretics in that they push more water out of the body cell than they put in.
Astringent Natural Soaps and any astringent agents that shrink your skin's pores, such as witch hazel, oatmeal, very cold water, and rubbing alcohol, should be avoided. When your pores shrink, more oils are clogged in the pores of the skin.
Avoid stimulants, like coffee, tea, cigarettes, and excessive sugar from sweets and soda. Anything that affects your entire body, brain, and nervous system -- to awaken it in the morning or stimulate it during the day -- can easily stimulate the sebaceous glands to secrete more oil that has to leave the body via the pores, making your acne worse. Also, stimulants create stress.
Diet affects acne. Be careful what you eat. Try to eat foods as low in fat as possible.
Avoid alcohol considering it may worsen acne. People think of alcohol as a way to relax and relieve stress. It may do this but it also causes acne. Alcohol is an astringent that shrinks the skin pores, making them more prone to clogging. Also, alcohol inhibits sleep, causing more fatigue and stress, which lead to worse acne.
Avoid hot baths as well as very cold water on areas where you have acne. Use warm water well below 98.5 degrees on your skin. Scrubbing and abrasives should be avoided, since they irritate your skin, which should be left intact as a natural barrier against acne-causing bacteria.
Use Parfait Visage or Aquaspirit moisturizing natural facial lotion for dry sensitive skin' as it usually gives the best results for skin with acne. Parfait Visage and Aquaspirit can be purchased online at www.ghchealth.com.
Spend limited time in the sun. You should get 15 minutes to the face and arms daily. The sun does kill bacteria, but it also acts as an astringent to tighten, dry, and clog your skin's pores. Avoid extremely cold weather as well, so you don't freeze and clog pores. Moisturizing your face and body and staying in temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal. We suggest 100% pure Jojoba oil with no preservatives as a moisturizer. Jojoba oil can normally be purchased at GNC stores in the United States and Canada, and in most health stores throughout the world.
Reduce stress in your life. Allow as much time for tasks as possible to avoid time-pressured periods. Sleep seven hours or more per night so you can be alert during the day without a stimulant, like caffeine.
Avoid all hot foods and drinks until they have cooled to body temperature. Spicy-hot foods, too, can worsen acne.
Exercise for stress reduction by swimming in a properly treated indoor swimming pool. Use a Ozone purified pool if possible. Swimming pool water is usually 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well below your body's normal temperature of 98.6 degrees. Thus, it cools your whole body, including the acne-affected areas, while providing excellent exercise to the rest of you to reduce mental stress and physical tension.
Change linens such as wash cloths and body towels after each use, as they are a great place for acne-causing bacteria to grow and be reapplied to the skin later. Wash white facial wash cloths, pillow covers, and personal undergarments daily with Vinegar, tea tree oil or essential oils of Lime, lemon or orange to decrease acne-related bacterial growth. Also use a natural detergent available at Whole Foods or online. Change clothes and sheets frequently.
Moisturizers can be helpful in protecting the skin from dryness. We suggest 100% pure Jojoba oil with no preservatives which normally can be found at GNC stores in the United States and Canada and can be purchased in most health stores throughout the world.
Healthy lifestyles will lead to a healthier skin and a healthier body may require a permanent lifestyle change that will reward you with better general health, more energy, and clearer skin to show the world. Don't be afraid to make changes! The initial affects may be hard to grasp, but you will quickly learn to adapt.
More natural resource tips found right in your home:
Blend a cucumber, apply externally, leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off.
Rub watermelon rind on the acne.
Apply Aloe Vera.
Eat watermelon or drink watermelon juice.
Drink tea made from carrots including the tops and beet tops.
Drink lukewarm water with 2 teaspoons of honey every morning on an empty stomach. This effectively lubricates the intestines. If one does not evacuate the intestines regularly, the toxins either end up in the liver or come out in the skin.
You may want to try the following Homeopathics, Essential Oils or Herbs:
Belladonna— for people who experience flushes of heat to the face or who have inflamed pustular acne that improves with cold applications
Calendula— for skin conditions involving pustules or blisters
Hepar sulphur— for painful, pus-filled acne
Kali bromatum— for deep acne, especially on the forehead, in persons who are chilled and nervous ~ Silicea— for pustules or pit-forming acne
Chaste Tree Berry taken each morning can help prevent premenstual breakouts.
Lavender or Tea Tree Essential Oil can be applied directly to the blemish up to 3x daily.
Posted by Zakuan R. at 8:09 AM
Know Your Skin Type
Before you can select skin care products, you need to know what type of skin you have. Although women often learn these differences as soon as they can hold a bar of soap, many men find the question perplexing. Skin is skin, right? Wrong! Your skin can be normal, oily, dry, sensitive, or a combination. Here's a primer for men on deciphering your skin type.
A Skin Care Routine For Men
Now that you know what kind of skin you have, and you've purchased skin care products to accommodate your skin type, how do you know what to do with them. Many men have a fitness regime, a financial plan, and a daily schedule. But mention a skin care routine and they run for the hills. Skin care is not just for women. In fact, men who exercise regularly are prone to having more skin problems than women who do the same. That's because you're stretching your skin, not cleansing it properly, and not protecting it from elements such as sweat, sun, and wind. But don't worry; taking care of your skin doesn't have to mean spending hours in the bathroom. It just means establishing a simple routine to keep your skin looking and feeling its best.
For more information on natural cosmetics and skin care visit:
http://www.skin-care-support.org or http://www.make-up-cosmetics.com
About The Author
Dr. Group, the founder/CEO and clinical director for the Global Healing Center, heads a research and development team producing advanced, new, natural health protocols and products. To learn more visit http://www.ghchealth.com.
Copyright Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN - http://www.skin-care-support.org
Posted by Zakuan R. at 8:03 AM
Saturday, May 06, 2006
A high percentage of individuals have been tormented by skinproblems like blemishes, rashes, pimples, blackheads and acne.These problems are commonly experienced during puberty or anearly stage in life where people tend to be most sociallyinsecure. Aside from being physical, the effects can also bepsychological. It can drain an individual’s self-esteem andconfidence. Some individuals may continue experiencing acnerelated skin infections decades later and it may eventuallydiminish during early adulthood for most people. There is nowway of predicting when it will gradually decrease or fullydisappear. Pimples, blackheads, and blemishes are among themost common skin infections caused by acne. The infection is aresult of excessive secretions of oil from the skin glands andits buildup when a skin pore is blocked. Upper regions of thebody like the face, chest, back and upper arms are commonly infected.
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Friday, May 05, 2006
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