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Natural Ingredients That Keep Skin Soft, Flexible, and Resilient

Of course, the modern women knows that wit and ingenuity are our greatest weapons, but we also know its not a bad idea to keep a few tricks up our sleeves for when the going gets tough. Like when it comes to the war against aging skin. That’s when it time to call in the coven for a little witch’s brew. How do you think Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon stayed so young looking for the Witches of Eastwick sequel?

When it comes to magic potions for your skin, nature is your best resource. There are plenty of ingredients bestowed by the good grace of Mother Nature that can keep your skin flexible strong, and resilient.

Coconut Oil
1. Coconut Oil
Not just for monkeys! Coconut oil’s many talents include removing dead skin cells, protecting against sunburns and strengthening epidermal tissue. In fact, research shows that coconut oil can even fight chronic skin disease and curb cutaneous inflammation. You can use this miracle of nature on your hair and skin to remove makeup, cleanse, heal wounds and scars, and prevent razor burns. When taken internally, coconut helps to bring oxygen and nutrients to the cells and wash away toxins, making it indispensable for skin health.

2. Tea Tree Oil
Also known as mealeuca alternifolia, tea tree oil has been used in Australia for hundreds of years to fight inflammation, redness, and breakouts. It is also known as a well-tolerated alternative for people who react poorly to harsh acne treatments. and its hydrocarbons contribute to its anti-bacterial properties. Researchers have found more than 100 different chemical components that are aromatic and capable of traveling through the pores of the skin and mucus membranes, which is why tea tree oil is so effective as a home remedy for acne.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar
This inexpensive skin product can kill pathogens like bacteria, and clear skin problems resulting from gut issues as well as cleanse the skin and prevent acne. It also contains vitamins like magnesium and potassium, which are can be effective detoxifying agents when taken internally because of their ability to improve liver function and balance gut bacteria.

Raw honey
4. Raw Honey
Bring on the sweet stuff for reducing breakouts, healing wounds, fighting allergic rashes, and reducing scars. This unheated, unpasteurized ingredient keep all of its nutrients intact because it is not subject to processing, like other honey. Honey is also an effective antimicrobial and can be used for dressing burns and wounds, and has been used in treatments to heal dandruff, psoriasis, diaper dermatitis and more.

5. Sea Salt
One of the more recent stars of the nutritional world, sea salt is chockfull of calcium, magnesium and potassium that it absorbs from seawater. because these minerals are the same as those found within the skin else in our body, sea salt is an excellent ingredient that can protect, balance and restore skin. Ir contains anti-inflammatory properties to fight breakouts, remove dead cells, balance oil production and help skin retain moisture.

So what potions are you stirring up this week? We would love to know!

Benefits of Adding Rosewater to Your Skincare Routine

woman using rose water
Every year in the second part of May, the Rose Water festival is held in the city of Kashan, the hub of the great Mohammadi Rose. At this time, about 80,000 tourists gather to watch the people of Iran participate in the picking and preparing of rosewater, an Iranian tradition dating back some 2,500 years. Is there anything this stuff doesn’t do?

Benefits of Rosewater
Here are just some of the amazing things rosewater can do for you.

  1. Using rosewater helps skin maintain a healthy pH balance, decreasing the effects of aging and controlling excessive oil.
  2. Rosewater’s anti ‘inflammatory properties can help reduce redness caused skin irritation and help to clear dermatitis, acne and eczema. Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, skincare expert, recommends rose water as a cleanser that aids in “removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.”
  3. Rose water can be used as a moisturizer, helping to hydrate and revitalize skin.
  4. Because of its antioxidant properties, rose water can strengthen skin cells and help to regenerate skin tissue.
  5. The antibacterial properties of rose water can be used to promote the healing of cuts, wounds, and scars.
  6. Rosewater can be a powerful astringent, helping to clean pores and tone skin. Apply after steaming for reduced redness and tightened capillaries.

Uses

  1. The spritz. Dehli based makeup artist Mrignaina Kumar ensures, “A great way to use rosewater is by spritzing it on your face. Rosewater can also be sprayed over makeup to work as a makeup setting product. Fill and empty spray bottle for a refreshing application. (This is what Behati Prinsloo was seen doing on the airplane trip on her way to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in London!)
  2. The Cleanse. To make a cleanser suitable for all skin types, mix a few drops of glycerine to one tablespoon of rosewater and apply it to your face after washing.
  3. To Wake Up Tired Eyes and as a facial toner… To get instant puffy eye shrinkage, soak a cotton ball with chilled rose water and apply to affected area. Do the same to another cotton ball and apply to your skin to tighten pores and tone.
  4. To banish acne. Dr. Rahul Nagar, dermatologist, recommends this recipe for pimple banishment. “Mix 1 tbsp of rose water, apply it on skin and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash with water and reap the benefits.”
  5. Makeup Remover. Hailed as “the best makeup remover ever,” try adding a few drops of coconut oil to rosewater for facial cleansing, It will do wonders to nourish your skin while getting rid of excess cosmetic residue.
  6. Untan. If you are looking to undo the effects of your last adventure in the sun, simply combine rosewater with lemon juice and two tbsp of gram flour to make a paste. Leave on skin for 15 minutes and watch your burn fade.
  7. For relaxation. Rosewater! Take me away! Mix almond oil with rose water for some extra bath time indulgence and stress relief.

Let us know how your rosewater experience went! We love to hear it!

Skip These Inflammatory Foods For Better Skin

beautiful woman in forest
Although it may appear that celebrities are just born beautiful, it seems like a few of them do some work to keep it that way. Tom Brady, Gwyneth Paltrow, Channing Tatum and Penelope Cruz are just a few celebs who use anti-inflammatory diets, adhering to a strict plant- based menu and leaving processed foods, literally, off the table. Besides its numerous health benefits to your internal organs, the anti inflammatory diet is also beneficial to  your skin. If you need proof, just look at the aforementioned Brady, Paltrow, Tatum, and Cruz. Judging by the evidence, this trend may be worth looking into.

Food and Skin
Patricia Farris, MD and author of “The Sugar Detox” says, we’re actually learning that poor nutrition is just as bad for your skin as cigarette smoking. A diet filled with refined carbs and sugar can cause inflammation, which leads to oxidative stress and damages DNA and collagen. Here are some foods that celebrity hunks and hunkettes put on the no- no list.

Rice Cakes
While rice cakes may be kind to your waistline, they cause blood sugar to soar and speed up wrinkle formation. That’s because your body responds to the carbs in rice cakes the same way it does to sugar; it converts them to glucose. Glucose sticks to wrinkle fighters like collagen and can damage them, causing skin to show signs of aging.

Candy
No surprise here. Farris says that “in countries without diets heavy in processed sugar kids go through puberty without acne.” What? If this doesn’t have you cleaning out your candy bar stash, sugar is also really rough on collagen and elastin which keep skin from wrinkling.

Cereal
We’re not just talking Fruit Loops here; even cereals advertised as “healthy” may be harmful to your skin. Although whole grain cereals score a bit lower on the glycemic index than white ones, they still are full of added sugar and can cause inflammation.

Milk
Got pimples? Valori Treloar, MD, and author of The Cleat Skin Diet says, “Milk can be full of growth hormones and growth factors that remain biologically active even after pasteurization. Studies show that they appear to make their way into our blood stream where they can affect insulin, cause inflammation, and ramp up oil production.” Organic milk might be a good alternative, although research has yet to say whether it doesn’t have its own negative impact on skin.

woman eating chips
Chips
Woe to chips eaters. A study in “The Journal of Drugs in Dermatology,” shows a strong correlation between chips and adult acne. Time to put down the Pringles.

Smoothies
Sugar hides in even the healthiest of foods. Although the fruit in smoothies contain natural sugar, it is the juice and frozen yogurts which provide the added sugar that gives smoothies their adverse effect on skin. Your best bet for avoiding the added sugar is to make smoothies at home using unsweetened yogurt and nut milk.

If you are battling with kicking the carb-sugar habit, and want to tell us about your struggles, we’re all ears. And if you’ve got some more foods to add to the list, we would love to hear it!

Omega 3 Rich Foods’ Skin Effects

Apparently Jennifer Anniston is not only beautiful, but smart, and she’s not only smart, she’s smart about being beautiful. Anyone interested in Jen’s eating habits will know that Jen is a firm believer an omega-3, fish oil rich diet. That’s because Jennifer Anniston knows how important omega-3 is for your skin. If you need more proof than Jenn’s face to convince you to put more Omega-3 in your diet, let’s talk about how it affects your skin and how you can get more of it.

fish oil omega 3 capsules woman taking omega-3 pill
What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that the body cannot make by itself, and must be acquired through food. They are crucial for brain function, growth and development and also decrease the risk of heart disease. They are also good for the skin.

How Do They Work?
When we age, cells become thinner and less elastic. The barrier function of the skin is decreased and moisture is allowed to leave the skin causing it to become dry. In addition to this, the number of epidermal cells decreases as well, and the skin is not able to repair itself as efficiently. At the same time, structural elements which support the skin begin to weaken. All of these factors promote wrinkling.

Omega -3 fatty acids enforce the skin cell membrane. The skin cell membrane is the outermost layer of the skin cell and is responsible for monitoring the entrance and exit of nutrients and waste products, admitting them to the skin cell or disposing of them. The skin cell membrane also affects the ability of the cell to stay hydrated. If the skin cell can hold on to water, skin will be more moist and softer, which may prevent or even eradicate wrinkles.

Omega-3s and Sun Damage
Research demonstrates that omega-3 fatty acids can decrease skin damage from ultraviolet light and limit the production of cancer cells caused by UV light. Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties which can heal wounds and treat psoriasis, acne, and atopic dermatitis.

Where Can We Get Them?
The most common food sources of Omega-3s are fish like mackerel and salmon, krill, algae and some plant and nut oils. Omega-3 derived from fish oils are not often featured in topical facial creams due to their undesirable fishy small and the presence of impurities, such as mercury, but facial creams are currently being developed with omega-3 from plants and algae.

If this isn’t enough inspiration for you to incorporate Omega-3 into your diet, just look at Jenni Anni’s face. Tell us how you get your Omega-3s. We love to hear it.

Selecting The Best Oils For Dry Winter Skin

Does anyone remember the 1986 Vaseline intensive Care commercial which starts with a woman saying “Sometimes your skin gets so dry, you can actually scratch the word “dry” right on your hand?” Then the camera pans down, and sure enough, there it is; D-R-Y written plain as day right on the woman’s flaky skin. Is that actually possible? If you’re suffering from dry skin this winter, it is not necessary that you put this barbaric practice to the test to realize it, but hopefully, you are able to do something to relieve it. Let’s talk about the best oils for dry winter skin.

coconut oil

Coconut Oil
Among the many benefits of coconut oil are its abilities to soothe sensitive skin and eczema and to moisturize dry hair. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist recommends it to her clients, straight from the grocery store as a body oil, adding that, “It’s fatty acids make it helpful for anyone with eczema.”

In addition, according to Perry Romanowksi, a Chicago cosmetic chemist, “It’s 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and provide flexibility and strength,” He instructs clients to use it on dry ends, to prevent flyways or for deep conditioning in the shower.

Argan Oil
Argan oil is best at banishing dry skin, dry hair, and reducing fine lines. Extracted from the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E. Joshua Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center explains, “The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy collagen, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen.”

Avocado Oil
The emolliency of avocado oil makes it the perfect weapon against irritated, dry, and sensitive skin Jennifer Linder, MD, says, “The oil is high in Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decreases inflammation.”

Lavender oil

Lavender Oil
A fragrant way of helping the acne or irritation prone skin, lavender oil helps to control the production of sebum and soothe skin irritation and also makes an excellent partner for other skin products. Linder says, “It is thought to help aid in the absorption of active ingredients into the skin.” he adds that lavender oil is also, “a natural antiseptic and disinfectant.”

Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which makes it great for the heart, as well as the skin. Dr. Howard Sobel, MD., recommends it for his patients with sensitive irritated skin, or skin condition like dermatitis and eczema. He talks of its anti-inflammatory properties and mention studies that show that, “if taken daily, it can improve skin conditions such as eczema in just three months.”

Jojoba Oil
Pronounced ho-Ho-ba (accent on the Ho), jojoba oil is technically a wax. However, because its chemical structure is so similar to the natural oil in our skin, it is absorbed easily. It is best for general dryness and contains vitamins B and E, as well as mineral like copper and zinc to make skin stronger.

Olive oil

Olive Oil
Best for those with very dry skin, olive oil, especially extra virgin serves as a great all around natural moisturizer. Dr. Sobel says, “Its super rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. It is also well absorbed by our skin because of its similarity to our natural skin oils and studies show that it may be helpful in prevention of skin cancer.

Get your natural glow on this winter and tell us how you keep your season bright! We love to hear from you!

Using Aloe As A Go-To Skin Cleanser

Woman with aloe vera Those who have seen the movie, “The Campaign,” may remember the bumbling Will Ferrell character, Cam Newton attempting to recite the Lord’s prayer: “Our Father, Art, who is up in Heaven. Aloe Vera be thy name.” Although Cam may have been a little off base, it might not be that surprising if one were to find out that aloe vera is indeed included in the holy recitation. After all, aloe vera has quite a resume. It has been mentioned in the Bible, hailed by Mahatma Gandhi for helping him survive his fast, and praised by Christopher Columbus upon his landing in the New World.

In fact, the ancient aloe vera plant has been credited with everything from clearing up acne to assisting with digestive problems to fighting cancer and, as if this wasn’t enough, it now appears that aloe vera can add a new title to its impressive list; cleanser.

Protecting the Skin
The skin is the largest organ of our body and comprises our outermost, protective layer. This means it is an easy target for pollution, free radicals, and dirt which end up taking their toll, which is why women and men spend so much money and time on products and procedures to reverse the effects. The most basic of these products are cleansers.

Many products have been designed to clean skin, but some people are not so fond of the ingredients that some of them use, and find themselves bewildered by the unpronounceable ingredients on the product label. For those of you looking for an alternative, aloe vera, or products with aloe vera, may be just the solution.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera
Ok. Let’s take a closer look at this miraculous plant. Aloe vera is packed vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that can relieve skin and digestive complications and protect the body from free radicals, bacteria and inflammation. It also contains mucopolysaccharride, which locks in the skin’s natural moisture leaving it hydrated and fresh. Here are three ways to use it on your skin.

  1. Mix a half teaspoon of milk with a tablespoon of brown sugar in a cup. Let sit until the sugar no longer has a grainy appearance. Using a spoon, peel the aloe vera gel from its leaves and add it to the mixture. Spread the concoction on your skin allowing it to seep in for five minutes before rinsing with water.
  2. Spread the plant’s gel directly on the skin without combining it with any other ingredients. The gel can be applied as an overnight mask which should be washed off in the morning.
  3. Mix two smidgens of turmeric, a teaspoon of milk and two drops of rose water. When it turns to a pasty consistency, throw in some fresh aloe vera gel and stir it until it blends in completely with the paste. Apply the mixture to your neck and face and leave it on for up to twenty minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. Tip: Drain out yellow sap and wash off leaves before removing the gel from the plant.

If you tried any of these, we’d love to know how it went! Do you think we should add aloe vera to the Lord’s Prayer? Please drop us a line and let us know!

Foods That Fight Pallor

Your mother falls you the color of your face looks strange. You concur. Lately, you have been noticing a lack of brightness in your eyes and you think your co-workers may have looked a bit alarmed the other day. You’ve heard of heroin chic, but this is a bit extreme. And it isn’t even the wan look that bothers you most. Your energy is low and you find it a struggle to get out of bed in the mornings, even though you slept like a rock. You have no fever or cold symptoms, but you can’t ignore what your body is telling you. What could cause this?

Paleness occurs when there a decreased number of red blood cells in the body result in the lightening the skin tone. Anemia is one of the most common causes of paleness, occurring when the body fails to produce an adequate number of red blood cells. Other causes of pallor include lack of sunlight, exposure to the cold, low blood pressure, blockage of an artery, and low blood sugar. One of the best ways to treat pallor is with foods rich in B-12, iron, and folate. Women between the ages of 19-50 should get 18 milligrams of iron per day and 27 mg if they are pregnant. Here are some great sources.

oysters

Oysters
If you never had them before, here’s the time to try. ( It has been said oysters have other benefits as well.) Mussels, clams, and oysters some of the best sources of iron, zinc, and B12, delivering 3-5 mg of iron per one medium oyster. So, load up at the seafood bar!

Liver
Organ meat, not your thing? Well, you may want to think about changing that. Beef liver is among the best sources of heme iron, or iron from an animal source, weighing in at a whopping 5mgs per slice. If that’s a bit heavy for you, pork liver has, even more, iron and is leaner and higher in vitamin C. Still not doing it for you? Egg yolks and red meat are also animal proteins which contain iron.

Spinach
You would never catch Popeye suffering from weakness and a pale complexion! That’s because he always has plenty of raw and cooked spinach on hand. Spinach is a non-heme source of iron and also offers fiber. protein and calcium. Just one cup is good for 6 mg of iron. Mix it into an omelet, or veggie lasagna!

Beans
They don’t get their reputation as magical fruit for no reason. These babies can contain up to 7 mg of protein per cup. For the best absorption of they non-heme iron, combine them with foods that are high in vitamin C like cauliflower, bell pepper, and broccoli.

beans

Fortified Cereal
Need a good excuse for eating your Wheaties? Check for cereal’s nutritional label for the iron content per serving. If yours offers 90 to 100 percent of the recommended value, theyyy’rrre gggrrreeaaatt!!!!

Be sure to get both plant and nonplant based (heme and non-heme) iron sources for best results. avoid coffee, tea and calcium rich food to improve absorption of iron. If food sources are not supplying enough iron, you may want to consider a supplement.

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Battling Adult Acne

  Women examining acne on her face.

Most of us talk about how we would like to turn back the clock.  Sure, we would all like to look a bit  younger, but there are definitely some things about youth that we are happy to see the back of that denim jacket with the heavy metal patches on it that you wore until it rotted, the self-administered buzz cut, the experiments with green hair dye, and acne.  Yes, if there is anything to be glad about when it comes to aging, it would have to be the end of acne.  But, what if you find yourself having graduated to  adulthood when……THEY’RE BACK! Just when you thought you zapped, squeezed and hid your last pimple, white or black head, they’re back and badder than ever.

Why?

Hormones
Teens are not the only ones whose hormones are aflutter.  According to dermatologist Julia Tzu, MD of Wall Street Dermatology says,”Fluctuation in hormones, such as before one’s menstrual cycle, is the main cause.” Hormonal acne is identifiable by a painful outbreak around the chin neck and back and may occur before your menstrual cycle. High-stress levels can also contribute to hormonal imbalance.  When the stress hormone, cortisol, is released by the body, it is often accompanied by testosterone, a male hormone which leads to the production of more oil, ultimately resulting in more outbreaks.

Using the Wrong Products
If you are prone to breakouts, you should be using products that will not clog your pores. DR. Neal Schultz, of Beauty RX Skincare, suggest looking  for  the words “oil-free”, “non-comedogenic” or “water -based” on the label.

Overcleansing
 Dr.  Rebecca Kazin, MD of the John Hopkins Department of Dermatology says cleansing more than twice a day is too much and can just dry out skin “which can cause it to produce more oil to overcompensate.  Grainy and gritty cleansers  that rub your skin can similarly promote acne.    Try switching to a gentle detoxifying gel cleanser and two is the magic number.

Food
Many of us have heard that there is a direct relationship between chocolate, greasy food and acne, but. before you put down that Hershey’s bar, there is no statistic proof of any of this.  However, you would be well advised to avoid iodine, found in shellfish and greens like kelp and spinach.  Sugary food can also be a culprit.  By raising your insulin level, sugary foods can boost oil- triggering hormones, like testosterone.

Treatment Ingredients

Salicylic Acid
Also known as beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid exfoliates gently to unclog pores.  It is go-to in anti-acne products and can be found in most OTC cleansers and spot treatments and is mild enough to use on your whole face.

Benzoyl Peroxide
This stuff kills acne bacteria whole exfoliating the pores but stick to spot treatment for this one.  It has been known to make skin irritated and should not be used all over the face.

Glycolic Acid
If you are facing the acne meets wrinkles stages, this may be just the thing. It removes dead skin cells on the surface and stimulates the collagen and  hyaluronic acid, improving skin’s texture on the whole.

Retinol
Another godsend for the acne meets wrinkles crowd.  It is one of the most effective treatments for acne and also has collagen building properties, but , be aware, can be too harsh for those with sensitive skin so try testing it on  a small spot on your skin before you commit to it.

Exfoliate
Probably the best thing you can do to fight acne is exfoliated and the best way to so it is with glycol acid.  A glycol cleanser is helpful, but exfoliating pads and serums that really soak your skin are more effective.

Keep Spot Treatment on Hand
As soon as you feel that zit waiting to burst our, zap it with some benzoyl peroxide to start killing bacteria immediately.  Try to look for a gentle formula with soothing ingredients  for adult skin.

In closing, while these treatments are all effective, keep in mind that hormones are some pretty powerful players.  If topical treatment isn’t enough, talk to your doctor.  He may have the best advice on the best course of action.

Choosing the Right Cleanser

women shopping for cleanser.

You are choosing your new facial cleanser. This is a big deal for you.  You’ ve had some very good experiences and some very bad ones. The good ones have been positively life changing and confidence boosting.  The bad ones have made you want to stay home and cry.

You decide to look at reviews.  Oh, the cleanser looks good.  It got 4.5 stars and 3070 customer reviews.  You look at the breakdown. 73% gave it five stars, that’s pretty good, but 5% gave it one star and 4% gave it two stars.  What if you’re in the 5%? Unfortunately, you really won’t know until you buy it and use it, but here are a few helpful guidelines.

The Right Cleanser For Your Skin Type
Bar soaps are generally considered bad for skin because they contain harsh detergents that strip everything from your skin, even things you don’t want to be stripped.  However, if bar soaps are the way you want to roll, gentle bar soaps like Dove Beauty Bar is fine for your skin, although it is not really a soap.  Since they do tend to be drying,  bar soaps would be a better choice for people with oily skin.

Foaming
Foaming cleansers also have a drying effect and are better for people with oily skin.  Since you only need a small amount to work up a good lather, foaming cleansers last the longest.  You may want to avoid a foaming cleanser if you have dry or irritated skin, as they may be too drying for you. However, foaming cleansers are available in gel or cream  and the cream forms may contain oils and emollients that may be less harsh.

Non-Foaming
Nonfoaming cleansers are usually recommended for people with sensitive skin or eczema.  These cleansers are available in lotion and gel forms and are known to be a little gentler; some say too gentle.  Nonfoaming cleansers have often been blamed for being unable to remove sunscreen and makeup.  However, many people swear by gels like Cetaphil, which is known for its suitability to sensitive skin.  It is also good for dry skin and in the morning.

Ingredients
When you do buy a new cleanser, you should definitely check the ingredient list.  Sodium lauryl sulfate can be quite drying, whereas sodium Laureth sulfate is milder and gentler, although it may irritate some people.  However, keep in mind that if the ingredients are listed toward the bottom of the list, the amount may be negligible.

Keep in mind that some people use two different cleansers. They may use lighter cleansers during the winter when skin is dry, and stronger cleansers in the humid summer months.  Some use Lighter cleansers in the morning and stronger cleansers in the evening, when they need to bring in the heavy duty.

In parting, Yancy Lael, author of Glowing:  Soulful Skincare says, “don’t rely on labels to give you the information you need.  Trust only the ingredient list in your gut.”  This may be the soundest advice of all.

Tips For Reducing Skin Inflammation

Women examining her skin

You feel it before you see it.  That familiar burning and stinging feeling. You dread looking in the mirror.  Your reflection confirms your dread.  Your skin is puffy, swollen and covered in red blotches.  This can’t be happening today.  You need to be in work in an hour for a major presentation.  The mere thought of applying any kind of make up to your tender skin  makes you cringe.  Would it be too noticeable if you showed up to work in a ski mask?  Damn that new perfume you bought!  Ok, deep breath, you can handle it.

Believe it or not, inflammation is really a good thing. It’s a sign that your body is protecting itself against bacteria, viruses, and injuries.  However, when the cause of the inflammation is gone, so too should be the inflammation.  Unfortunately, this is sometimes not the case, and chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimers, arthritis and even cancer.

Why Has My Skin Betrayed Me In This Way?
There are a lot of possible explanations for skin inflammation, Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy pollution, second-hand smoke, and sun exposure are all noted causes.  The “stress hormone”  cortisol can also cause inflammation and so can saturated fats, fried foods, refined sugar, and carbohydrates.  But, no matter the culprit,  the root of inflammation is sensitive skin.

The Four Types of Sensitive Skin
  Dermatologist Leslie Bauman M.D. and director of Cosmetic Medicine and Research says there are four types of sensitive skin:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Burning and Stinging
  • Contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants)

Though each of these have different symptoms, there is one commonality:  they all cause inflammation.

The Quick Fix

Green Tea

Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory that brings down redness and puffiness.  It can be applied to your skin in two ways:

  • Boil water and steep 4-6 tea bags for 5 minutes.  Soak a washcloth in tea and rub the cloth on your face.
  • Squeeze water out of teabags and put them directly on your face.
  • You should notice a difference after 5-10 minutes of application.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds which will take the redness out of your skin and soothe itchiness.  It will also fight dryness, reduce pore size, and moisturizes. Here is a good recipe for an oatmeal mask.

  • 2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal ground into powder by coffee grinder/ food processor
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Mix ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes.  Apply to the skin as a mask, leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it with warm water.

For The Long Term

  • Avoid Hot Water and don’t spend too much time in the shower.  It will strip skin of natural moisture. Apply toner and moisturizer immediately after you get out.
  • Avoid Soap Swap them for soap- free cleansers with nourishing ingredients.
  • Avoid fragrances and chemicals These can  be irritating to the skin.  Also, check the amount  skin products your using daily.  If it’s more than 4, consider scaling back.

Now go out there and Enjoy your lovely skin!