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The Many Benefits of Raw Honey

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Do you ever yearn for a simpler time? A time when you could eat your breakfast of cereal, milk, and orange juice unaware of the possible health dangers? In a world where food that you once thought nutritious is now regarded as possibly fatal, and foods that were once considered dangerous are now hailed as superfoods, it’s hard to tell what’s what. So let’s check on the status of good old honey. Honey has been used as a folks remedy throughout history. How does it measure up to today’s standards?

Honey
If you are a fan of honey, you will be pleased to hear that its reputation remains untarnished. It is still a very popular food, and unpasteurized honey is even used as a medical treatment for wounds in some hospitals. However, when honey is manufactured, it is heated. While this improves the texture and color, and removes excess crystallization, it also destroys much of the honey’s beneficial properties. That’s why you may be interested in the many benefits of raw honey.

Raw Honey Benefits

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Source of Antioxidants
Raw honey has antioxidants called phenolic compounds, and some types of honey are just as potent as fruits and vegetables when it comes to protecting the body from cell damage by free radicals. Honey can help to prevent the oxidative effects of free radicals such as aging and cancer, and the polyphenols in honey may also help prevent heart disease.

Antibacterial and Antifungal
If you have hydrogen peroxide in your bathroom cabinet, it may come as a surprise to hear that it also can be found in honey. Raw honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which kills unwanted fungus and bacteria. Hospitals in Europe have been able to fight Staphylococcus aureus, an antibiotic resistant bacteria, using Manuka honey. Different types of honey have varying degrees of antibiotic qualities.

Heals Wounds
Honey’s germ killing properties also make it useful in medical settings for the treatment of wounds, and researchers believe that these properties go beyond honey’s natural hydrogen peroxide content. Studies have shown Manuka honey’s ability to decrease time in which wounds heal and reduce the probability of infection. However, you should know, this Manuka honey is medical grade before you begin slathering your store bought honey on open cuts.

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Packed with Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients are plant compounds that help to protect the plant, often shielding it from UV radiation, and may do the same for humans. Phytonutrients have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and since honey is derived from plants, it too is rich in phytonutrients. However, it should be pointed out that these nutrients disappear when honey is processed.

Helps Digestion
Honey has been proven as an effective treatment for Helicobacter pylori, which is a common cause of peptic ulcers which often occur in the digestive system. One or two teaspoons of honey taken on an empty stomach may soothe pain and assist in healing.

What do you use raw honey for? Let us know what you know about this sweet healer.

Scar Treatment Options

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In movies, good guys scar in a fashionable attractive manner, usually in the form of a pale line strategically placed to make the character look rugged and cute at the same time. However, life is not a movie and we don’t all get so lucky. While some of us may have the good fortune of possessing the perfect scar, others of us spend our lives trying to visualize ourselves scar-free.

Although there is no method for scar removal as yet, there is hope; there are ways to lessen the appearances of scars, and you may even end up turning your less than perfect scar into something straight out of a movie. Here’s a look at scars, what they are and options for treatment.

What Is A Scar?
Scars are natural parts of the healing process of the body, usually resulting from wound repair in the skin and other tissues. Scars can be the results of diseases, accidents, surgeries, or skin conditions, such as acne.

How Do Scars Form?
Scars form when the dermis, a thick, deep layer of skin is damaged. The body forms new collagen fiber to mend the damage, but the new tissue is of a different texture and quality than the original. When the damage has healed, a scar forms.

Hypertrophic to Keloid scars
Although most scars are pale and flat, sometimes the body overproduces collagen and the scar is raised. These kinds of scars are most common in dark-skinned and younger people.

Pitted scars
Other scars have a sunken appearance. These scars result when underlying structures supporting the skin, such as fat and muscle, are lost. Pitted scars are communal the results of surgery or acne.

Stretched skin
Scars appearing as stretched skin occur when the skin stretches rapidly, as in during pregnancy or when skin is under tension while healing.

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Scar Treatment Options
While scars cannot be removed completely there are some ways of minimizing their appearance:

  • Topical Treatments
    Although many commercial skin care products such as vitamin E and cocoa butter cream claim to heal scars, they are not effective and should be avoided.
  • Surgery
    There is no specific surgery that can guarantee scar removal, but there are surgical procedures which can be used to change the shape of a scar, or diminish its appearance. In the cases of keloid or hypertrophy scarring, surgery is not recommended because there is a possibility of recurring scars, and even more severe scarring as a result of the surgery.
  • Steroid Injections
    Repeated steroid injections can help to flatten the scars appearance, thus softening the look of keloid or hypertrophic scars.
  • Radiotherapy
    Low dose radiotherapy can be used to prevent the recurrence of hypertrophic and keloid scarring, however, it is only recommended in extreme cases because of its association with long term side effects.

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  • Dermabrasion
    Dermabrasion is the removal of the skin’s surface using special equipment. While it may be useful on a raised scar, it may not be as effective when the scar is sunken.
  • Laser Resurfacing
    Dermabrasion’s laser manipulating cousin, traditional dermabrasion involves removing surface layer of skin with the use of lasers. More modern types of lasers may be able to work on the collagen in the dermis without skin removal. This advancement would require less down time than the more conventional resurfacing methods.
  • Filler Injections
    Fillers can be used to raise sunken scars to match the level of the surrounding skin. However, it is to be noted, that the effects of fillers are temporary and may need to be repeated regularly.

What is your experience with scar treatment? Let us know what you recommend.

Beware These Bleaching Ingredients In Your Skincare Products

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One would like to think that society is moving forward; that we are beyond the point of endangering our health for our beauty; that we have come a long way from the days of using white lead to lighten our faces (as the ancient Romans did) or lead sulfate to remove our freckles (Rome circa 15th-18th century). But maybe we’re not as forward thinking as we would like to believe. While the days of full face whitening may be over, many women still use skin bleachers to fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots., and some of these products contain harsh chemicals. Here is a list of some of the chemicals you may not want to see on your skin cream label:

Hydroquinone
If you use skin lightening creams, you may have noticed this ingredient popping up on the label. Hydroquinone is a melanin inhibitor that works by preventing the production of skin pigments. Although it may look as if it is working in the beginning, long-term danger may await. Hydroquinone has been known to cause permanent skin discoloration, and has hence been banned in many countries.

Mercury
Mercury is another ingredient that often looms large in skin lightening products. However, while it may serve to lighten your skin, it may also be doing damage to your kidneys. Mercury in skin products can cause scarring, discoloration, and rashes, and has also been found to break down the skin’s resistance to bacteria and fungus.

Steroids
Banned in most countries without a prescription, topical steroids can cause skin thinning and fungal infections, and long term use can even lead to serious internal diseases. Steroids have also been associated with folliculitis and rosacea.

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Parabens
These preservatives are most often used to extend the shelf like of beauty products, but they have also been found to be carcinogenic. Parabens have not only been associated with an increased cancer risk, and they can also interfere with the endocrine system. Reports show that paraben can have an estrogen-like effect on the body which may disrupt the reproductive system.

Phthalates
Similar to paragons, phthalates are also carcinogenic in nature and should especially be avoided by pregnant women.

Fragrances
They smell lovely, but they may not leave your skin that way. Fragrances can be highly toxic and have an adverse effect on the central nervous system, possibly leading to irritability, hyperactivity, and depression.

Natural Alternatives
So now that you’re sufficiently scared of your skin lightening treatment, you may be wondering if there are natural alternatives, and the good news is; yes, there are! Plant testing has revealed a number of all-natural ingredients that suppress melanin production without the side effects of chemicals. Look for products including such ingredients as licorice, mulberry extract, arbutus, kojic acid, Emblica and vitamin C next time you are looking for a pigment reducer for effective results without the negative side effects.

What natural products do you use for hyperpigmentation? Let us know how you’re staying safe while looking gorgeous!

Beauty Tricks For Days When You Are Short On Time

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You wake up in the morning, and no matter what time it is, it’s not enough time to get ready and go to work. You look hopelessly look at your array of makeup products, and head out the door, silently hoping your Korean aunt never finds out about this. As you get in your car, you struggle to apply your mascara in the rearview mirror, looking longingly as the Starbuck’s recedes in the distance. Finally, you make it to your building, catch a look at yourself in the lobby mirror, and see….a hot mess. If you’re a busy woman, you’re always short on time, but you can’t afford to look your best. When it comes to beauty shortcuts, you need to take ’em wherever you can get ’em. Here are a few beauty tricks you may want to take advantage of.

Exfoliate Before the Foundation
We all know haste makes waste. Do something quickly and you may have to redo it; you need to get it right the first time. That’s why you need to exfoliate before you apply foundation. Sure, it a may seem counterintuitive to add a step in order to save time, but, as foundation wearers will testify, bases are sure to highlight any patch of dryness on your face, making it necessary to take off the foundation, slather on moisturizer, and start from scratch. Makeup expert Jane Park says, “It (pre-exfoliation) saves time because of your lipstick, makeup, everything goes on smoother after. ” Park uses a konjac sponge for exfoliation gentle enough to use every day. Simply, dampen, smooth it over your face and you’re set for a flawless application.

Use a clear sunscreen as a primer, moisturizer, and facial SPF
We’re always being warned of the importance of applying an effective sunscreen daily, but thick formulas can take ages for the short of time beauty maven to rub in, leaving that telltale white residue marking you as a makeup amateur. Fortunately, newer formulas solve that problem, by offering a sheer consistency that eliminates the chalky whiteness altogether. Even better, because the sunscreen is hydrating, you can skip moisturizing. The sunscreen provides enough hydration to sub for the moisturizer, or you can mix it with your base makeup for extra protection.

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Multifunctional Mascara
If you’re used to doing full face makeup, this hack will give you the basic effect in a fraction of the time. Instead of doing brow, shadow, eyeliner, and mascara keep things to a minimum by just focusing on your brows and lashes. Use a tinted brow gel to embolden your brows while keeping them tame and use a mascara with multiple wand functions so you don’t have to layer on multiple formulas for a finished look.

Go Monochromatic
It’s great to experiment with contrasting makeup if you have the time. For days when the time is short, multipurpose sticks are a great option. Just dab the color on straight from the tube or use your fingers to apply it to your cheeks, lids, and lips. You’ll find these colors are so sheer and easy to use, you can apply them sans mirror!

Dry Shampoo and A Blow Dryer
Dry shampoo can be a big time saver, but you need to do it the right way. Although you may think you can spritz some dry shampoo on oily roots and be done, hairstylist Jacob Rozenberg says that this will result in large patches of powder that will take ages to absorb. He advises spraying the dry shampoo a minimum of eight inches away from your head, letting it sit for 60 seconds, and then distributing it through your hair with a brush or blow dryer while using your fingers to rake the powder through for even application.

Do you have any time-saving beauty hacks for us? We’d love to hear them! Let us know how you cut your prep time and manage to arrive flawlessly.

Seven Daily Wellness Habits

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It’s true that sometimes the emphasis on self-improvement can be a little, well, much. After all, maybe you don’t want to improve, or maybe you’ve already improved, thank you very much, and if you get any better you may just start losing friends. While we don’t want people to stop ‘liking’ you on Facebook because of your glowing positivity, you may want to take a look at this list. You may actually find some things that are a little naughty, and even if you don’t, you and your friends can have fun discussing how much you don’t need to do them.

Coffee
Here’s a habit that most of us have mo trouble keeping, in fact, some of us might claim it’s more difficult to stop. Carlene Thomas, RDN, actually makes no bones about preferring it more traditional “health food” options. “My daily ritual during summer is two beverages- a green smoothie and a really good cafe latte from my Nespresso machine. A morning cafe latte is something I truly enjoy and crave, while a green smoothie is a great way to clear out my fridge and fit in more greens.”

Breakfast
The most important meal of the day should always be tops on your list, and not so hard to swallow. After all, what could be better than food to wake up to? Scott Keatley, RD, says, “My favorite daily habit is breakfast.” He points out that research shows that spending just 15 minutes devoted to making mindful food choices can lead to more satisfaction throughout the day and that breakfast is a great way to kickstart your metabolism in the morning.

Limit Technology
What? Turning off my computer and phone is supposed to be good for my mental health? While no one is suggesting that you miss important phone calls and emails, it has been shown that excessive attachment to technology can lead to isolation. One study of human behavior reported an indirect correlation between the use of social media and happiness. Taking a break may lead to some relaxation and more spare time.

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Reflect
So, this may sound a little heavy to you, but, really who couldn’t benefit from a few minutes of quiet thought? Carley Sweet, INHC, says, “I take five to ten minutes a day to reflect on what’s going on. I struggle with anxiety, so finding time to go to a quiet spot and just chill really helps me to stay level-headed.”

To Do List
The organization can be key to sanity. Cynthia Pong, JD, says making a to-do list keeps her focus. She says, “my favorite daily habit which helps me manage my stress, stay organized and be productive- is making a to-do list. It sounds basic, but writing things down can go a long way in keeping you sane.” She says just remembering what you have to do can be stressful enough!

Yoga
Not for everyone, but a life changer for some. Calli De La Haye, co-founder of Kali murti Yoga makes sure to find a place for it in her busy day. “I have a 10-month-old daughter, so I have to roll with how the day is going, but this is my savior for staying calm and finding some peace at the start of my day.”

Cooking
While the kitchen may be a disaster area for some, it’s a salvation for others. Says Pat Connelly, founder, and CEO of Cavity, “I cook dinner every night. I try new things and I eat beautifully organic and seasonal foods. It calms me there is something wonderfully methodical about cooking every night….. It helps me unwind from a long day.”

What do you do to stay maintain wellness daily? Let us know which habits keep you on the ball!

Famous Men Who Turn 50 This Year

Ah, the benchmark ages. Sure, every age is another notch in the belt, but there is something about hitting those multiples of ten that really make us take account of where we are in life. If you’re less than excited about turning fifty, well, you know what they say, misery loves company, and, while you may be down in the dumps, it looks like you’re in some pretty good company. Let’s take a look at some of the celebrities hitting the five-o benchmark this year, and not seeming too bothered about it at all.

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Vin Diesel
Fast, furious and fifty, Vin Diesel is in the prime of his life! Vin, nee Marc Sinclair, is best known for his role as Dominic Toretto in the “Fast and Furious” film series and is also a producer for this and other franchises. Formerly linked to “F and F” co-star Michelle Rodriguez, Vin is now happily settled. He and current partner, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez, are proud parents to Hania Riley, Vincent Sinclair and daughter Pauline, named in honor of fallen “F and F” alum, Paul Walker. He is also godfather to Walker’s daughter, Meadow Rain.

Will Ferrell
If you’re going to turn fifty, there’s not a much better guy to do it with than Will Ferell. From his riotous impressions of George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live to his hilarious portrayal of Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman 1 and 2,” there are not many people who can say they’ve had as much of an impact on the world of comedy as Will Ferrell. Married to Swedish actress Viveca Paulin, Ferrell is the father of children Magnus, Mattias, and Axl and is the recipient of two Emmy awards for his work on SNL and as a sketch comedy producer for “Drunk History.”

Paul Giammati
From his first high-profile role as Kenny “Pig Vomit” Rushton in Howard Stern’s private parts.to “Sideways” to “American Splendor” to ” Love and Mercy” to “Downton Abbey,” there is no movie starring Paul Giamatti that he has not done justice to. Residing in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York Giammati is married to Elizabeth Cohen with whom he raises a son, Samuel, born in 2001. A Yale graduate, Giamatti is a two-time Golden Globe and Emmy Award recipient, and currently stars in the Showtime series, “Billions.”

Jason Statham

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Jason Statham
When it comes to tough guys, it doesn’t get much smoother than Jason Statham. The Derbyshire English native, often playing the beloved antihero, is best known for his roles, in “Snatch,” ” The Expendables,” and ” Fast and Furious 6 and 7.” While a tough guy in movies, Statham is quite the ladies man off screen. After his relationship with model Kelly Brook fizzled out in mid-2000, Statham has been dating model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley since 2010. They announced their engagement in 2016 and are currently expecting their first child.

Turning 50? Who are you most happy to be doing it with? Whether it’s a celebrity or otherwise, we hope you have some pretty good company on this benchmark occasion!

Two Products That Can Help You Fight Aging

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With all the products out there, it may seem to you that your bathroom has become something closer to a chemistry lab than a bathroom. You are no longer simply the makeup artist, but the subject of a mad science experiment designed to determine what works best on your skin, regardless of negative side effects. Redness, breakouts, rashes, all in the name of the science of beauty. While many of us chalk up failed experimentation to trial and error, there are some things that no women’s cache of makeup should be without. Two of these products are serums and sunscreen.

What Are Serums?
All moisturizers, whether anti-aging or otherwise, should contain a blend of antioxidants, and ingredients for skin replenishment and restoration. Good serums are marked by a high concentration of these ingredients and also by the distinctive texture of the ingredients they contain. Serums should apply smoothly and have a lightweight feel despite their powerful contents.

Tips on Serums
Serums usually address a variety of issues, including wrinkles, environmental damage, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone.

If you’re looking to safeguard your skin from visible effects of pollution, look for something with a high antioxidant concentration. Antioxidant superstars include retinol, vitamin C, and vitamin E. If you are sensitive to retinol, a vitamin C and peptide containing formula will work well.

Extra sensitive skin prone to redness will benefit from a redness relief formula with ingredients like ceramics and glycerin.

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For large pores, bumpy skin and signs of aging, look for something with niacinamide and hyaluronic acid which will smooth the surface of the skin without a greasy feel.

Serums should be applied twice a day and can be used with or without moisturizers, depending on your skincare needs.

Sunscreen
The first step in any serious anti-aging routine is an SPF rated 30 or higher, and lots of it. That means daily application whether or not the sun is out. And, remember, UVA rays can penetrate glass, so that means that even home, car and office do not provide cover from the damaging rays of the sun, so apply whether inside or out with due diligence.

Tips On Sunscreens
To maximize the benefits of sunscreen, you may want to consider the following:

  • You probably don’t want to apply a typical “beach” all- over body moisturizer to your face. A facial moisturizer with built-in sunscreen will give you the protection while also providing the hydration and anti-aging ingredients that your face requires.
  • Look for a facial moisturizer/sunscreen based on your skin type. Creams work best on dry skin, while fluids and gels are best for oily skin. Those with combination skin should look for a lotion of gel.
  • Antioxidants work well with sunscreen. Look for sunscreens with vitamins C and E, soy, grape, pomegranate am green tea.
  • Sunscreen should be the last skincare product you apply in your am routine. Applying products over sunscreen will make it less effective. If you are layering sunscreen, start with a facial moisturizer with SPF protection, followed by a primer containing sunscreen and topped off with a pressed powder with added protection from the sun.

What do you look for in your sunscreen and serums? Let us know what works best for you to combat aging issues.

Antioxidants and Skin Care

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Are antioxidants the new religion? Since the superpowers of the oxidation fighters were revealed, we follow groundbreaking news about antioxidants on social media with the same rabid enthusiasm that we follow the Brangelina divorce or the newest celebrity posts on Instagram. Antioxidants are our lifeline against aging, judging from the amount of attention antioxidants are getting, this attribute may be more valuable than reservations at the Ivy. So for those of you for whom the latest skin care breakthrough headline is more enticing than the latest celebrity baby bump reveal, here is some eye opening information on antioxidants and skin care.

Vitamin C and E and Selenium
According to research, vitamins C, E, and selenium not only protect skin against sun damage and skin cancer, they may actually reverse wrinkles and discoloration associated with the aging process. Karen E.Burke, MD, PhD attributes these results to the ability of this trio to speed up the natural repair system of the skin and prevent further damage. The doctor recommends supplements containing 400 international units of vitamin E, 1,000 to 3,000 milligrams of vitamin C and 100 to 200 micrograms of selenium daily to reap the glorious benefits of this healthy triumvirate.

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CoEnzyme Q10
CoEnzyme Q10 is an antioxidant which occurs naturally in the human body, promoting cell growth and protecting against cancer. Age-related decreases in the levels of CoQ-10 in the body are thought to be associated with aging, and a study published in the Biofactors Journal found proof that applying 0.3% concentration of the antioxidant may help to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Applied topically, this antioxidant may be able to aid the skin in the prevention of sun damage. A study found subjects who applied a 3%-5% concentration of alpha-lipoic acid to their skin, starting at a rate of once every other day and gradually increasing to daily application, showed noticeable improvement in changes in the skin brought on by the sun.

Retinoic Acid
If you’ve been doing your homework, you already know that retinoic acid is the active form of vitamin Q in the skin, and is also typically referred to as the “gold standard” in skin care. Used topically, retinoic acids, often branded as Renova or Retin-A, effectively treat age spots, wrinkles, and rough skin caused by the sun’s rays. A study published in the Journal of Dermatological Science revealed findings that retinoic acid treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles by restoring the elastic fibers responsible for keeping skin firm and tight. Although dermatologists once believed that use of this antioxidant increased skin’s sensitivity to the sun, they now believe that it actually protects the skin from further damage. However, because high concentrations of retinoic acid have been associated with peeling and redness, Burke recommends starting at a low concentration (0.01% in gels and 0.1% in creams) and applying it every two to three nights to introduce it slowly to the skin.

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Flavonoids (Green Tea and Chocolate)
We saved the best for last. Research suggests that the flavonoids in green tea can protect from inflammation and cancer, and a German study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who drank cocoa with a high level of flavonoids had smoother, softer skin than those who drank a lower flavonoid version of the liquid chocolate. Although the results so far seem promising, Burke says more research needs to be done to prove the effectiveness of flavonoids and to determine the best dose, but, in the meantime, you are more than welcome to experiment.

Are you a believer in antioxidants? Let us know which ones you are most faithful to and why. We love to learn from you!

Improve Your Skin’s Surface With Lightweight Oils

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We all know that skin dries out as we age, so it may seem like a no-brainer to assume the best way to fight aging is to apply the oiliest, thickest moisturizers to our moisture starved faces. And indeed, we have all heard the tales of someone’s grandmother who religiously applied petroleum jelly to her face nightly and never looked a day over 35. In fact, the lovely Marilyn Monroe was said to have generously applied layers of the stuff, but then again, Marilyn never did make it see how effective it was as a wrinkle fighter when things got serious.

However, regardless of Marilyn’s experience, or lack thereof, it seems like many women find thick moisturizers somewhat smothering, especially in the heat. For those who prefer lightweight oils, here are some that you might be worth checking out.

Moringa Oil
Moringa oil is derived from Moringa seeds and is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Regular users will be rewarded with a glowing complexion without the greasy build-up of a heavier formula.

Tamanu Oil
Don’t let the thick consistency fool you. Tamanu oil penetrates the skin quickly and provides a full day of hydration when applied to damp skin. It also contains hydrating Omega fatty acid, known to promote the growth of healthy new cells, and its antioxidant properties can prevent wrinkles and sun damage.

Baobab Oil
Baobab oil traces its distinguished lineage to the baobab tree, responsible for producing fruit with the highest levels of antioxidants in the world. However, since the tree blooms but once a year, and only in the farthest reaches of Australia, Africa, and Madagascar, the oil tends to be on the pricey side. If you can get past the sticker shock, it may be well worth it. Baobab is similar to the oil our skin creates naturally and is rich in Vitamins A, D, E, and F and is known for keeping skin drying out without greasy build up.

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Jojoba Oil
You may know jojoba oil as being the closest oil to the oil our skin creates naturally, however, surprisingly, it is not an oil at all. According to aromatherapist and educator, Charlynn Avery, “Jojoba oil is not actually an oil, but a liquid wax, and it is considered universal in application. This means many different skin types can benefit.”

Argan Oil
Pure argan oil is often recommended for those with oily skin because of its high content of vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids. Sources at Dermatology Review report that the oils help to control the production of sebum and contains antioxidants which remove damaged skin cells while increasing elasticity. It should be noted that those with nut allergies should proceed with caution when using argan oil, as it is derived from nuts of the Argania Spinosa tree.

Rose Hip Oil
While Rose hip oil is slightly heavier than the other oils on the list, it has a high amount of linoleic acid, which acne sufferers often have too little of, which makes it very effective for fighting breakouts. That along with its essential fatty acids and antioxidants is enough to qualify for any list of recommended skin care products.

What do you think? Are lightweight oils the way to go? Let us know which lightweight oils are among your favorites.

Developing A Skin Care Routine Based On Your Skin’s Needs

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When it comes to relationships, you know you need to consider the needs of your partners in order form a loving, solid, lasting relationship. But what about when it comes to your skin? Your skin has needs too. Are you listening to your skin? What is it trying to tell you? Are you giving it the attention it requires to perform at its peak and feel special and adored at all times? When it comes to developing a skin care routine, you need to take the needs of your skin into account in order to form a nurturing, healthy bond. Here are some tips for determining the right way to meet the needs of your skin for a more fulfilling relationship.

Simple Routine
An essential routine should be followed by everyone, regardless of skin type. A good general morning routine should consist of a cleanser, followed by and exfoliant, and topped off with a hydrating moisturizer with a built in SPF. An evening routine is basic repeat of the morning, only the SPF component of the moisturizer is not required. Daytime and nighttime moisturizers can be applied around the eyes as a substitute for eye cream, but if an additional eye cream is used, choose one with sunscreen for daytime application and one without sunscreen for the night, as with the moisturizer.

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Advanced Routine
If a specific skin issue needs to be addressed, such as signs of aging, uneven skin tones, large pores, and breakouts more advanced action may be called for. If this is the case, your routine may look something like this:

  • Cleanser
    A gentle cleanser should be applied first to remove debris and allow your skin to receive the maximum benefits from your other products.
  • Toner
    Toners contain replenishing ingredients to hydrate and refresh the surface of the skin after cleansing. They also smooth and calm skin, minimizing redness and the appearance of dry patches. Those will oily skin will notice tightening of the pores after repeated toner usage.
  • Exfoliant
    Exfoliants remove dead skin build up for noticeable skin renewal and elimination of dullness. Choose products with AHAs to exfoliate the skins surface, and BHAs which go deeper to penetrate oil that can clog pores and worsen the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Acne Treatment (If Needed)
    If acne is an issue, a topical treatment with benzoyl peroxide is recommended to kill bacteria and prevent new blemishes from appearing. Use after exfoliation with AHAs and BHAs for maximum benefit.
  • Skin Lightening (If Needed)
    If dark spots and discoloration are a problem, skin lighteners with hydroquinone can fade spots within 8 to 12 weeks of use. Ongoing use will help to maintain results, as will the use of a broad spectrum sunscreen.
  • Serum
    Serums are packed with antioxidants and anti aging ingredients to help protect your skin from environmental damage. Apply twice daily to keep skin looking young and radiant.
  • Anti-aging Moisturizer (With Sunscreen For Daytime, Without For Night)
    Every skin type can benefit from a good moisturizer. When used daily, moisturizers, whether in cream, lotion, or gel form, work to hydrate skin keeping it plumped and noticeably younger.
  • Targeted Solutions
    Targeted solutions are optional products that can be used as an extra step to calm or hydrate skin, absorb an excess of oil, or address a certain issue, such as those related to aging. Examples of targeted solutions include facial masks, lip care, and mattifiers.

What do you do to make sure the needs of your skin are being met? Let us know! We love to hear from you!