Winter Care for Your Skin – Tips for a Healthy Skin in the Winter Season

The holidays are just around the corner and many of us are most likely starting to get giddy about gift shopping, family get-together and other exciting activities that the season brings. Let’s not forget, however, that winter is also here. And yes, it would be the best time of the year to bond with the kids – go skiing, ice skating or simply just go to your yard and enjoy the snow. While these activities sound a lot of fun, keep in mind that the winter season is also when your skin needs the most care from you.

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Winter brings about dry and cold air, which can cause damages to the skin, leaving it dry, itchy and irritated. But you won’t let this stop you from enjoying the season, will you?

Here are some helpful tips for you on how to take extra care for your skin this winter season

1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

This season requires the most moisturization for your skin. Since the cold air can constantly dry your skin out, you should have a moisturizer handy so you can apply it on your skin even when you’re on the go. It’s best to apply moisturizer evenly on your skin after shower and the reapply throughout the day whenever needed. Creams or ointments are more recommended in the winter as compared to lotions.

2. Don’t forget your sunscreen

The cold season does not eliminate the need to apply sunscreen to your skin. Bear in mind that while you don’t often feel the sun during the winter season, it doesn’t mean that you’re safe from its harmful UV rays. Make sure you apply a good amount of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher to all exposed areas of your body.

3. It is a good time to invest in a humidifier

You might want to consider investing on an air humidifier at this time to combat the effects of dry winter air.

4. Winter dress up

Wearing appropriate winter clothing is also very important to keep your skin safe from the harmful effects of low temperatures. Make sure you wear a soft, breathable material on the inside and then cover up with a nice warm sweater. Don’t forget to get a pair of gloves or mittens that will not irritate your skin.

5. Eat healthy and keep yourself hydrated

Dry skin can sometimes be remedied with food and supplements that are rich in omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids like fish oil or flaxseed oil. Don’t forget to drink lots of water too!

These tips could help you and your skin get through the winter season with flying colors! If your skin continues to show severe dryness and irritation, make sure to contact your health provider for proper prescription.

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Warming Up For Fall

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Lavender is one of the most adaptable essential oils for creating aromatherapy blends or fragrances. It adapts well to rich floral oils like rose otto or strong herbaceous oils like camphoraceous rosemary. The aromatherapy benefits of lavender are equally adaptable. The addition of lavender can make a rich, sedative, floral blend more refreshing and uplifting, and it can make an invigorating, herbaceous blend more soothing.

Lavender Balancing Aromatherapy Blend

Use this bath salt blend to find balance at the end of your day.

Ingredients
7 drops lavender essential oil
7 drops bergamot essential oil
1 drop patchouli essential oil
1 drop juniper berry essential oil
1 teaspoon of jojoba oil
2 ounces (1/4 cup) dry bath salt

Directions
1. Combine all ingredients.
2. Sprinkle in warm water. Let dissolve 5 minutes before entering water.

Uplifting Bath and Body Oil
With its balancing properties this versatile aromatherapy blend can be used for a luxurious bath or natural skin nourishment.

Ingredients
3 ounces grapeseed oil
1 ounce apricot kernel oil
9 drops geranium essential oil
9 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops lemongrass essential oil

Directions
1. Combine all ingredients.
2. Use 2 to 3 tablespoons in warm bath water. Or apply as a nourishing body oil to damp skin after showering.

 

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Is Glycan Essential to the Skin?

Glycans: Is this the Sugar the Skin Needs?

Glycans play an important role in intercellular communication, metabolism and skin structuring. These carbohydrates are considered complex because they are not found in the food that we ingest, but rather on the cell surface. This could be the very reason why it has been associated with the promise of youth in the cosmetics industry. For quite some time now, the industry had been constantly researching the benefits of glycans in terms of improving the skin’s appearance.

Read more info here: http://www.thehealthyskinblog.org/glycans-is-this-the-sugar-the-skin-needs/

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A Look on Clay

The Lowdown on Clay

Clay, with its rich content in minerals, is making a comeback as a powerful healer and skin beauty treatment. Benefits are backed more by a history of successful use that stretches back to ancient times than by scientific studies. However, one claim that is solidly backed by science is that some clays have powerful antibacterial properties. Discover the different uses and benefits of clay.

Find out more info here: http://www.thehealthyskinblog.org/the-lowdown-on-clay/

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What Harms Your Skin Harms Your Body

Are your skincare products toxic? Shampoo, soap and lotion

We talk so much about minimizing our exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins by eating healthy and organic food – avoiding certain ingredients, using organic utensils, etc. However, it should also be considered that everything that we put on our skin may expose us to more toxins. Our everyday skin care products like shampoo, soap and lotion may actually contain chemicals that can still cause harm to our bodies no matter how healthy we eat. Get to know the chemicals that you need to avoid when choosing your skincare products.

Read more here: http://chriskresser.com/toxic-skincare-products-soap-shampoo-and-lotion

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Building Beauty from the Inside Out

Have you ever seen a termite infected house? If you have, you will have noticed the wood eaten away and the beams lose their ability to hold up the home. As a result, everything begins to sag.

Age to your skin is much like the termites of the house. Your skin needs healthy support structures to look beautiful from the inside out.

What makes up the framework of your skin?

  1. Collagen

o   Collagen is the main structural component of your skin

o   80% of the dry weight of skin is collagen

o   At age 21 collagen starts to decrease 1% every year

o   Damaged by age and UV light exposure

o   Supported with Collagen Supplements

  1. Elastin

o   Provides skin its elasticity

o   Can shape and recoil skin and hold water

o   Sun changes elastin to lose its elasticity

o   Hyaluronic acid supplementation and Vitamin C

 

The Inside Out Rebuilding Skin Program

o   Contains Supper Collagen to build your skins natural collagen levels

o   Contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin C to build elastin

o   Tremella the skin miracle mushroom has been used as a beauty secret by Chinese Empresss Lu Zhi (241BC-180BC) used tremella soup as part of her beauty regiment.

o   Still used as beauty product in China and Japan

o   Increase Skin Moisture Retention

o   Prevents age related breakdown of the micro blood vessels in the skin

o   Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

o   Contains enzyme that is powerful skin antioxidant

o   Turns on body’s collagen producing cells

o   Clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

o   Increase Skin Elasticity

o   Also Strengthens Hair, Nails and Bones

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The Battle Against Stretch Marks

I probably don’t have to explain further what stretch marks are. They don’t hurt, they’re not cancerous or anything – so we don’t really care what they are, we just want them gone! Right ladies?

But just for the sake of being somewhat scientific about this, well, I should say embarrassing marks… They are formed when the skin is pulled due to rapid growth or stretching. For many people, stretch marks begin to appear in as early as their puberty period. Since this is the stage where a boy or a girl grows really quickly, the skin also has the tendency to get pulled drastically, causing fine lines on the body – hence, we have our so-called stretch marks. Although the skin is usually fairly elastic, when it’s overstretched, the normal production of collagen (the major protein that makes up the connective tissue in your skin) is disrupted.

Most girls and women will have stretch marks at least once in their lifetime. They may appear to be purplish or reddish lines at first, but they will eventually lighten and if you’re lucky, they may disappear over time. However, for someone who wants to flaunt her new bikini every summer, this may not be that much of a consolation. I guess you would all agree if I say that the only consolation there is to this is if we actually are able to find a remedy. So how do you get rid of stretch marks? Is there really a way to do so?

Perhaps you’ve tried all those expensive creams out there that promised you “stretch marks be gone in X number of days”. The sad reality is, you’re still here right now, trying to find that one ultimate answer to your suffering self-confidence. Some of you may already be considering some laser treatments to get rid of your stretch marks – but for those who really don’t have the bucks to spare, there’s always the natural and alternative solution.

Stretch Mark Crème is a naturally powerful formula designed to visibly diminish the look of stretch marks. Argan Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Shea Butter intensely condition skin, helping increase elasticity and resiliency. Hyaluronic Acid, also known as nature’s moisture magnet, has the ability to attract and bind moisture to skin, promoting a softer, smoother, subtler appearance. Full-spectrum Vitamin E provide the benefits of alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols and tocotrienols for unparalleled skin nourishing benefits that promote self-healing.  Non-irritating, non-greasy and lightweight, this formula helps diminish the look of stretch marks and helps prevent new ones from forming. This formula is consumer tested, clinically tested, dermatologist tested, hypoallergenic, 100 percent vegan, paraben-free, gluten-free, retinol-free and GMO-free.

The product is backed up by clinical trials and reviews from people who have actually tried the product for themselves.

In an 8-week consumer test, derma e®Stretch Mark Crème was shown to significantly diminished the look of stretch marks, improving texture, color and overall appearance.

Visibly diminishes stretch marks:

• 82% reported improved texture / smoothness

• 73% reported improved color

• 73% reported improved overall appearance

Reconditions skin:

• 100% felt fully moisturized

• 92% felt softer

• 82% looked smoother

So ladies, no more having to feel miserable during the summer time just because you can’t wear that bikini you saved up for the entire year. No more having to torture your skin by using those sunless self-tanners excessively just to cover up your stretch marks temporarily. You can now say goodbye to wasting your money on products that make your stretch marks all but invisible! Try the Stretch Mark Creme now! Enjoy a 20% discount off the retail price here at Web Vitamins.

 

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Skin Glow from Eating Healthy

Skin glow from fruits and vegetables ‘more attractive than a tan’

Glowing Skin from a healthy diet

Glowing Skin from a healthy diet

 

According to the research team, including Carmen E. Lefevre of Leeds University Business School and David I. Perrett of the University of St. Andrews, both in the UK, studies have shown that skin coloration plays an important role in facial attractiveness. There are two primary ways in which skin coloration can occur, the researchers say: melanization, or tanning, and ingestion of carotenoids – organic pigments found in an array of colored fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apricots, oranges, mangoes and spinach. Research has suggested that the yellow skin coloration created by dietary carotenoids is perceived as a “healthy” glow, but the team notes that it is unclear how this type of coloration influences perceptions of facial attractiveness.

 

 

 

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281734.php

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The Skin’s Flora

 

 

MICROBIOTA – THE SKIN’S “FLORA”

The Skin's Flora

The Skin’s Flora

Our skin is a balanced ecosystem. Since it was colonized by billions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and mites at the dawn of the evolution of hominids, many species of microorganisms have lived in symbiosis with our skin mantle cells. Science’s efforts to identify our colonizers have revealed how essential these microorganisms are for the health of our skin. The most natural way to healthy skin is to help maintain the balance between all these microorganisms. Although it may be difficult to credit, only 10% of the cells of the body’s skin, intestines and mucous membranes are human. Most of them are of microscopic organisms that belong to the microbiota, the set of all foreign microbes that live in our body, especially in the digestive organs and the skin. For example, each square centimetre of human skin contains approximately one million microorganisms from a hundred different species. Together these form the skin’s microbiota (traditionally called the skin’s “flora”).

Learn more info here: http://www.thehealthyskinblog.org/microbiota-the-skins-flora/

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