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Hot Ingredient – Turmeric

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This common spice is getting out of the cupboard and into your skin care products. For centuries turmeric was and is still currently being used for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is now being put into skin care products, namely eye care and anti-aging products. It can treat fine lines and dark circles, and is a powerful antioxidant. You may also see turmeric in sunscreens for its antioxidant properties.

It is also successful in treating blackheads and has skin lightening benefits which will even out skin tone, making it effective for post acne scarring. Because turmeric is anti-inflammatory it is beneficial for most skin types, especially oily and acneic skin. Turmeric is also very healing so it will help repair extreme skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. If this product is mixed with a carrier oil such as jojoba it can eliminate spots caused by eczema. Turmeric has many beneficial uses; you can make turmeric into a paste like texture and it will effectively treat cuts, scrapes and diaper rashes. You can also take turmeric in a pill or powder form for added health benefits.

Here are a few products containing turmeric that offers:

Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Facial Mask will work wonderfully if you could benefit from skin brightening and hydration, which is most of us.

DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate with Turmeric Root. Try this if you want to firm and strengthen skin, prevent puffiness and wrinkles around the delicate eye area.

Alchimie Forever Nd YAG Antioxidant Skin Repair GelNormal to oily skin types will love this product because of its gel like texture. Enriched with antioxidants this moisturizer will protect your skin against all those nasty environmental aggressors. Guys, this will also work great for you to use after shaving to cool the skin and prevent irritation.

Jurlique Purifying Foaming CleanserThis cleanser will give oily skin types a refreshing and clarifying cleanse without over drying the skin. It also contains antioxidants to protect the skin and prevent irritation.

It is always fun finding new products to try, so go and have some fun!

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5 Types of Dermatitis: Symptoms and Solutions

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Dermatitis appears in many forms- some of which can be a bit difficult to decode. Is it a rash? Hives? Simple irritation? Here is my guide to help decipher different types of dermatitis.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is also known as eczema and is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that can occur anywhere on the body but is mostly predominant on the neck, inner arms, or backs of knees. Atopic dermatitis flares up occasionally and may have dormant states where it’s nearly invisible. The cause of this skin disorder is unknown but is related to stress, asthma and immune system dysfunction. Atopic dermatitis can be extremely itchy and appears red and flaky. Persons affected by this skin disorder should not use harsh soaps or cleansers, can use hydrocortisone creams to soothe the area, and use healing ointments to promote skin repair.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is the type of dermatitis caused by an allergen. Allergens can include perfume, cosmetics, hair color, weeds such as poison oak or poison ivy, metals, rubber and other synthetics. This type of dermatitis can occur anywhere on the body, depending on the contact with the allergen. The irritation resolves in two to three weeks. Irritation can be alleviated with the use of soothing topical ointments.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Similar to allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis is caused by synthetic irritants such as soap, detergents/fabric softeners or other synthetics. Irritant contact dermatitis is characterized by red, itchy, dry patches which bear a resemblance to a burn. This type of dermatitis resolves on its own within two to three weeks. Irritation can be alleviated with the use of soothing topical ointments.

Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis occurs on the face and usually affects the areas around the mouth and chin. Perioral dermatitis may have a rosacea-like look and is characterized by red bumps, itchy skin, flaky skin and pus-filled bumps. To treat perioral dermatitis a gentle antibacterial wash and soothing ointment may be used. Acne medication may be used on the bumps as well. There is no known cause of perioral dermatitis but irritants such as harsh cleansers, detergents, make-up, or fluoride products may be the culprit.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

One of the most common forms of dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis occurs on oily areas of the body such as the face, upper chest, and back. It can also appear on the scalp as dandruff and in infants as cradle cap. Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by greasy flakes, itchy skin, redness and inflammation. Seborrheic dermatitis can be treated with medicated shampoos that contain coal tar, and with anti-inflammatory topical preparations, soothing ointments and hydrocortisone cream. 

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Determining Your Skin Type

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In a world where skin care products are so specialized, it can be a bit confusing knowing what to look for and which ones will work best for you. Not to fear, your answer is here! Half the battle is knowing what skin type you Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serumhave. To make it simple, we’ll discuss the three most common types.

Dry Skin:

Dry skin is generally characterized by smaller pores on and around the nose and forehead. This type of skin needs the most moisture. Under moisturized, dry skin can experience some oiliness when it needs hydration. Overly dry skin will work harder to produce the oil it craves, once properly hydrated, the oil subsides. Rough patches and flakiness can be exfoliated away with a scrub or peel. Extremely dry or inflamed skin can be calmed with products containing soothing ingredients such as chamomile.

What to look for: Creams rich in oils, such as Jojoba and Avocado, Glycerin, Lanolin and Shea Butter.

What to avoid: AHA’s and BHA’s with high concentrations. Acids typically make the skin drier.

Pevonia Botanica is a great line for dry skin. Formulated with botanicals and gentle ingredients, this line is wonderful at hydrating and protecting delicate skin.  For a glimpse into the regimen, you might try the Pevonia Your Skincare Solution Dry Skin Pack.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum are amazing for strengthening and hydrating dry skin. Just squeeze open one little capsule and you will see and feel a difference!

For mature dry skin Tensage Advanced Cream offers hydration, collagen building, and wrinkle softening.

Combination Skin:

The most common type of skin is combination. Skin that is combination will have medium to large pores on the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. This skin tends to see some oil in the T-zone and is drier on the cheeks. Balancing the combo type can be tricky. Sometimes using two types of products can be most effective. Such as using dry skin products on the cheeks and products for oily skin on the forehead, nose and chin. When unbalanced, you will see congestion, black or whiteheads and occasional breakouts.

What to look for: Gentle cleansers, oil-free hydrators, spot treatments, balancing products.

What to avoid: Super-moisturizing oils, soap–based cleansers, waxes that can clog skin, Alcohols.H2O Plus Face Oasis Cleansing Water

Vichy Neodovial GF Skin for Normal to Combination Skin will help firm the jawline and reduce the appearance of fine lines! This moisturizer is richer in texture so it’s perfect for winter months.

Need a pick me up? Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist will not only balance your skin with the scent of fresh roses. It will also set mineral make-up!  Can be used just in the morning or all day as a refresher.

H2O Plus Face Oasis Cleansing Water is an ultra-foaming, oil free, liquid cleanser that will work wonderfully with a cleansing brush to help balance out combination skin.

Oily Skin:

Oily skin tends to have larger pores throughout the T-Zone and cheeks. It’s most common for this type to be blemish-prone, however all types can experience pore congestion such as black or whiteheads and breakouts. Controlling oil and acne are the main concerns for oily skin. Moisturizers and foundations with a matte finish will help to keep shine at bay. Acids will help exfoliate, heal blemishes and kill bacteria. Keep in mind, over-use of acids can strip the skin making it too dry resulting in an over-production of oil to compensate which can create more breakouts. Over time, the use of oil-free moisturizer will help balance hyper-active oil glands and bring skin back to manageability. Using an enzyme exfoliant 2-3 times a week is also an effective way to keep skin cells turning over and clear acne.Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

What to look for: Salicylic Acid (BHA). gel formulations, Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid (AHA), and matte finish products.

What to avoid:  Scrubs with beads than can infect and spread acne bacteria, stripping the skin with too much acid.

Have oily skin that needs help with anti-aging as well as clearing acne? Suki Balancing Day Lotion boosts collagen synthesis, and calms inflammation. It’s a multi-tasking, age fighting moisturizer.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel is a peel that will help with acne scarring, fine lines and moisture. Pineapple and Papaya enzymes are natural exfoliants that will help smooth your skin without causing infection to existing acne.

Gel cleansers are ideal for oily skin. Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel is going to brighten, clarify and exfoliate all in one! Address fine lines and wrinkles while you do a deep pore cleanse and wash away dirt make-up and impurities.

Winterize Your Skin

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair CreamStressed and dry winter skin from caused by freezing temperatures is never fun! Protect your skin and give it the extra attention it needs. Whether it be your entire body or specific areas, you can use an extra duty product to calm your winter skin woes.

Look for a rich emollient type product that will deeply hydrate and coat the skin. Usually these products will be rich in Vitamin E, natural oils, Aloe Vera, ceramides & can sometimes even offer Antioxidant protection as well. A few examples would be the Ultra Repair Cream from First Aid Beauty or Dermud Nourishing Body Cream by AHAVA.

Skin Condition: Psoriasis

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What is Psoriasis?Many people these days have different skin conditions to treat, however differentiating and understanding each condition is not always easy. Psoriasis is a major skin condition that affects an estimated 7.5 million Americans according to the National Psoriasis Foundation. Having any skin condition is not only uncomfortable but very stressful.

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. There are 5 different types of psoriasis listed as: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular & erythrodermic. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque. The usual symptoms of this type Psoriasis are usually raised red patches or lesions which are covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells. This condition can appear anywhere on the body, but is not contagious.

Prevention is a major aspect of treatment. Psoriasis triggers can be different for each individual however, there are some more common or known triggers. The first known trigger is stress. Stress can actually activate a first time flare up or aggravate an existing condition. The second known trigger is injury to the skin. For example: vaccinations, sunburns and even scratches on the skin can trigger a reaction. Medication can also be a big trigger and can easily be disregarded when contemplating trigger factors. Some of the many different medications that have been found to trigger a reaction are: Lithium, Antimalarials, Inderal, Quinidine and Indomethacin. NeoStrata Therapeutics Psorent Topical

Other known triggers such as weather, diet, and allergies can play a big role in a Psoriasis flare up. Although there is no known cure for psoriasis, there are ways to alleviate symptoms.

Treatments will generally consist of topical or internal solutions. As the severity of each case and treatment options will vary from one person to the next, it is recommended that each individual consults with a licensed physician for professional opinion before use of any product.

Thalgo Plasmalg Marine GelIt is also important to understand that many times an individual will go through various products before they find one that best suits them. You can find products on our site ranging from cleansers to shampoo and even body products. Some of those include Therapeutics Psorent Topical by Neostrata and Plasmalg Marine Gel by Thalgo. We hope after this read you’ll understand this condition better. We also want you to know we are always here to help and wish you all the best on the road to healing!

Source: National Psoriasis Foundation

NEW! Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

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You gave the feedback and Obagi listened! They now have a wonderful new moisturizer for all skin types to really complete the Obagi line. The Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer is formulated to provide long lasting hydration protection for up to 8 hours. It contains Hydromanil, which is an advanced ingredient that retains water and gradually delivers moisture to the skin. It can be used morning and night, and will become a must have product for those who are on the Obagi Nu-Derm system and may be experiencing any dry or flaky skin. Even though the product is super hydrating, it is hypo-allergenic and non-comedogenic so it will not clog pores and works especially well for those with sensitive or irritated skin types.

Winter Hands

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Our hands are something we tend to forget about treating, even though we use them for everything we do! During the winter months, they can get cracked and extremely dry. To combat this issue I recommend using L’Occitane Shea Butter One Minute Hand Scrub two to three times a week to keep hands well exfoliated and help products better penetrate the skin. Follow up by moisturizing up to 6 times a day to keep hands from cracking in the winter months. I recommend using L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, it will help protect, nourish and moisturize your hands.

Your hands also age quicker than your face. To keep your hands looking as young as you are, always remember to treat your hands with the same great products you use on your face, neck and décolleté and as always don’t forget the SPF!

Hot Product: ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream

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Do you have sensitive skin and find it hard to find a good moisturizer? Well rest assured, ATOPALM is here. Their Intensive Moisturizing Cream is not only great as a facial cream; you can use it for your body as well. It’s a unique, paraben-free cream for dry and sensitive skin that helps to restore the skins’ protective moisture barrier, leading to softer and healthier skin.

Finally! A facial cream has been made for sensitive and dry skin that aids in restoring the natural lipids from your skin barrier which are depleted by harsh skin treatments, making it perfect for use after microdermabrasion. Intensive Moisturizing Cream leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Don’t just take my word for it. Try it for yourself and you’ll see that ATOPALM Intensive Moisturizing Cream is one of the best 2 in 1 creams for sensitive and dry skin.


Juara Skincare

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We’re always excited to offer natural product lines at Amongst our favorites is Juara Skincare. Founded by four unique, modern women, Juara brings different cultures and worlds together offering a new spin on skincare. Juara has been shaped by Eastern and Western influences.

From body and hand lotions and creams, body scrubs, cleansers, masks, soaps, gels and oils, Juara Skincare has so much to offer. We’re fans of the intoxicating candlenut scent many of their products contain.

Being a natural product line, Juara is 100% vegetarian and no animal testing is ever conducted. Juara products are paraben-free and contain no artificial colorants, sulfates, or pthalates. Common ingredients in Juara products include: avocado, banana, candlenut, cinnamon, coffee, ginger, milk, rice, sandalwood, tamarind, and sweet black tea. All of these ingredients have unique purposes and benefits for the skin.

Regardless of your skin type or skin concern, Juara products are available to help! Whether you have sun damaged or aging skin, breakouts, sensitive skin, rough skin or are just looking to take preventative measures for your skin, there is a suitable Juara product for you.

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There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, inverse, pustular and erythrodermic, however plaque psoriasis is the most common form. While most people may think it is a skin condition, it is actually an immune system deficiency. The immune system protects the body from infections and diseases. In patients with plaque psoriasis, certain immune cells are activated and produce too much of a protein called tumor necrosis factor (a.k.a TNF), it’s protein produced by the body in response to infections. This protein can cause skin cells to grow too quickly. In turn, the skin cells build up and form raised, red patches often with silvery scales, known as plaques. Plaques can be painful, itchy and in some cases can even bleed. They can appear anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the elbows, knees, scalp and back. Although this is a disease of the immune system, there are certain factors that may trigger psoriasis such as:

• Injury to the skin- skin infections, inflammation or excessive scratching
• Over exposure to sunlight (sunburn)
• Streptococcal infections
• Medications
• Emotional stress
• Smoking and alcohol
• Hormone changes

Here is a breakdown of the types of psoriasis:

Guttate Psoriasis: This form of psoriasis appears as small, red, individual spots on the skin. Guttate lesions usually appear on the trunk and limbs. These spots are not usually as thick as plaque lesions.

Inverse Psoriasis: Is found in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, and in other skin folds around the genitals and the buttocks. This type of psoriasis appears as bright-red lesions that are smooth and shiny. Inverse psoriasis is subject to irritation from rubbing and sweating because of its location in skin folds and tender areas.

Pustular Psoriasis: is characterized by white blisters of noninfectious pus (consisting of white blood cells) surrounded by red skin. There are three types of pustular psoriasis. It may be localized to certain areas of the body, such as the hands and feet, or covering most of the body. It begins with the reddening of the skin followed by formation of pustules and scaling.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis: is a particularly inflammatory form of psoriasis that affects most of the body surface. It is characterized by periodic, widespread, fiery redness of the skin and the shedding of scales in sheets, rather than smaller flakes. The reddening and shedding of the skin are often accompanied by severe itching and pain, heart rate increase, and fluctuating body temperature. People experiencing the symptoms of erythrodermic psoriasis flare should see a doctor immediately.

If you have any of these signs or symptoms we recommend contacting your physician for best treatment recommendations. There are many oral drugs that can be prescribed by a physician to treat psoriasis. If prescriptions fail or you would like to steer clear of unwanted side effects, there are also more natural remedies like herbs, vitamins, sunlight, and ocean water. Some of the ingredients known to help are aloe vera, fish oil, Vitamin D, dead sea salts and cayenne.

While there is no cure for psoriasis, there is hope in topical and systemic medications. Topically, some effective ingredients are; salicylic acid, coal-tar ointments, and retinoids. carries a variety of products that can help. Neostrata Therapeutics Psorent Topical is clinically-proven solution designed to help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis such as itching, scaling, flaking, redness and irritation. Avene Professional Akerat S Psoriasis Skin Cream is recommended for localized rough, thick and scaly areas on the scalp and body. This body product helps relieve and prevent the recurrence of itching, flaking and scaling. PCA SKIN Dry Skin Relief Bar is a mild facial bar suitable for all types of dry skin conditions particularly psoriasis and eczema. Tarsum Shampoo/Gel from Summers is a therapeutic scalp product. For a relaxing and calming treatment try one of the Ahava Mineral Bath Salts. No other natural substance contains a greater concentration of skin rejuvenating minerals than 100% pure Dead Sea salt crystals.

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