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Beyond Vanity: Skin Care is Imperative to Health and Wellness

beyond-vanityWhile feminists and critics sneer at beauty for being only “skin deep”, the continuous growth of the cosmetics industry proves that an increasing number of people are really taking effort, time, and money to invest on various beauty regimen and skincare. Nowadays, women are not the only ones who get conscious of their looks, but even some men, particularly the younger generation, have become advocates of pampering skincare.  Skin care goes beyond vanity and is more important then you think.

Some people, however, are too absorbed in their busy lifestyles that they have no more time left to engage in proper skincare. Economy also plays a great deal on why people would refrain from availing those skincare services being offered in the media. The hard times take its toll on your skin. It is no longer as supple as that of a baby and has become thinner and wrinkled with age. Your skin is drier due to less oil production from the sebaceous glands and the decrease in the number of blood vessels has made your skin lackluster without youthful glow.

Bacteria:

There is more to skincare than just a case of vanity. Unknown to many, all human beings, whether healthy or not, probably have some Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin. These bacteria, simply called staph, are usually found in your nose or throat and may not really cause much problems except for minor skin infections. The skin serves as the body’s first barrier against these bacterial infections. This is why it is important to have healthy skin in order to ward off bacterial infections. Once the skin is broken, cut or wounded, you are at risk for infection. Once these bacteria gets to burrow deeper into your skin and penetrates your body into the bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs, and heart, these seemingly harmless bacteria can become life-threatening.

History showed that most cases of fatal staph infections in the past have occurred in people who have been in the hospital or those who are suffering from chronic illness and faltering immune system. However, recent development proves that an increasing number of otherwise healthy people who have never been in a hospital are also acquiring these lethal staph infections.
Moreover, the usually powerful antibiotics no longer have an effect in fighting against certain strain of destructive bacteria that have evolved over time. Although as of now, most staph infections are still manageable and can be successfully treated, sooner or later, there will come a time that a new and deadlier strain of these bacterial infections will become resistant to most currently available skincare and medications.

Sings of Bacterial Infections

The signs and symptoms of bacterial infections depends on the condition and affected area of the infection as well as the nature of illness if it is a direct infection from staph bacteria or from toxins produced by the bacteria. They may range from mild skin infections to food poisoning, deadly pneumonia, surgical wound infections, and endocarditis which is a lethal inflammation of the heart valves. Most skin infections caused by staph infections include the following: boils , cellulitis, impetigo, scalded skin syndrome, follicilitis, hordeolum, among others.

Most skin problems would require clinical care by medical professionals but it helps to take note of the following tips:
· Make sure to always clean and cover areas of skin that have been injured.
· Do not share towels, sheets, clothing until the infection has been fully healed.
· Do not touch to avoid spreading it to other parts of your body.
Always remember that cleanliness and good skincare hygiene is not just a form of vanity but it is a way of keeping your skin healthy and strong to be able to protect you in warding off bacterial infections as well as preventing many skin problems.

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Face-Washing: The Core Of A Good Skincare Regimen

face washingThe act of washing one’s face is one of the fundamental steps that a person can take in the realm of skincare, such that its place as the cornerstone of a skincare regimen is hardly arguable. This is a basic act, one that does not require too much effort or time to be expended in doing it, and really just asks that the person have a reasonable level of manual dexterity and access to a supply of clean water. Washing your face also happens to be one of the very few things that dermatologists are not going to dispute each other over, simply because it works the way it should. Granted, it is advisable that it not be the only part of a skincare regimen, but it does form an integral component.

People should take care to make sure that their hands are clean prior to washing their face, if only because it would be the logical thing to do. Since people are going to be using their hands to wash their face, it would be sensible to make sure that the hands are as clean as possible, to avoid doing damage when the action is supposed to be preventing damage. Aside from the prerequisite water, rinsing the hands with soap can help clean off any visible dirt and acts as a preliminary measure for getting rid of bacteria that might be on there.

Hot water is not advisable for washing your face with. This is a common mistake, particularly because it is a simple matter to confuse hot water with warm water. In reality, warm water is best used because it opens up the pores, allowing the water to flow in and wash things out. Hot water can do this as well, but has the potential to cause damage to the skin, especially if the skin is sensitive. Some people also advocate the use of cold water to close the pores afterwards. The use of cold water for rinsing closes the pores and prevents dirt and other irritants from entering the skin again.

Applying skin cleanser is advisable in between the warm and cold treatments, giving it the chance to seep into the pores and do its job. Applying such topical treatments on closed pores reduces their potency, so rinsing the skin with warm water is advisable. Small amounts are also best, particularly if the skin is sensitive. Cleansers and other topical treatments are best used from the forehead down, unless the instructions specify otherwise. Sensitivity to the cleanser should also be noted, because not all of them follow the same potencies and strengths. In some cases, using smaller amounts helps, but for others, switching to another product completely is the better option.

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Plastic Microbeads and Why They Have Been Banned

The plastic microbeads used inside exfoliants, face wash, toothpaste, deodorant and more have now been banned by the U.S. gov’t. Manufacturing plastic at such a tiny scale and then disseminating them by the tens of thousands into nearly every American home turned out to be a really, really bad idea. Our wastewater treatment plants are not designed to breakdown these plastic microbeads. They do not biodegrade, so they stay in the ground and waterways virtually forever.

Microplastics may be small, but they’re causing big problems for our environment and our health. These tiny pieces of plastic used in personal care products are designed to go down the drain and into our lakes, rivers, and oceans — by the billions every day. They absorb toxins in the water, are eaten by marine life, and can make their way up the food chain all the way to our dinner plates.

Thanks to our Community members flexing their citizen muscles, by 2017 it will be illegal to sell a personal care product containing plastic microbeads – a huge victory for our waterways and public health. This policy provides a precedent setting model for the rest of the world to replicate and is an important stepping stone to tackling plastic pollution in our oceans.

The Aloe Source Jojoba Radiance Cleansing Polish

So what do you do now that your favorite exfoliate is now discontinued? Look into our Jojoba exfoliating cleanser.
Our Jojoba Radiance Face Wash is created with genuine jojoba microbeads that gently exfoliate while dissolving completely in water. It’s one of the few non-plastic exfoliating cleansers on the market with an affordable price.

 

 

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Best Sunburn Remedies for Relief

HEAL AND SOOTHE EVEN THE MOST SUN-SCORCHED SKIN WITH THESE SUNBURN REMEDIES

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Yeah, sunburns happen! Maybe you forgot to reapply sunscreen at the beach or you stayed longer than you’d planned. Or maybe you didn’t get even coverage. Whatever happened, the result is the same: You’ve got a hot, painful, red, itchy burn, and you need sunburn relief.

So how do you get relief from your sunburn? To help replenish and repair sunburnt skin, follow our simple sunburn remedies.

 

SHOWER OFF

If you’ve been lounging by the pool or beach all day, we advise taking a cool shower as soon as you get home. The cool water will soothe your sunburn and help to remove any chlorine or salt on your skin, which can further dry out sunburned skin.

COOL DOWN

If your burn is localized (like, say, you missed a spot while sunblocking up), cold Arctic Aloe Chilling Mist ($30) is just what the doctor ordered. We suggest that you store it in your ice bucket or refrigerator for a refreshing burst of hydration. The coolness, aloe vera with and hydrating properties of the hyaluronic acid to give your skin the moisture it needs all help soothe the skin and make you a much happier camper.

DRINK UP

Sunburn is a burn. It sounds like stating the obvious, but we often don’t think about the fact that we really, truly, seared our skin. As with any other thing that burns your skin is dried out, and your body is dehydrated too. Keep yourself full of H20, which is necessary to heal your damaged skin.

INDULGE IN SOME ALOE

Aloe vera is many peoples go-to when they have sunburn. It’s cool, soothing and seems to suck the sting and redness right out of your sunburn. Treat your burn as needed until it heals with an aloe vera lotion that is formulated with a concentrated blend of aloe vera and other essential nutrients. We recommend our Nourishing Aloe Body Lotion ($24) because of it’s nutrient-rich formula of aloe vera, cucumber, shea butter, wheat protein and green tea to soothe, moisturize and protect sunburnt skin.

*SKINCARE TIP: Keep your aloe lotion in the refrigerator for added relief.

PROTECT YOUR POUT

The sun’s rays are drying on the delicate lip tissue. To comfort and protect your lips start with a hydrating balm with aloe vera and reapply regularly when outdoors. The Aloe Source Lip Therapy ($8) keeps lips hydrated using a blend of reparative natural waxes and coconut oil cushion the lips and create a protective barrier, while stabilized aloe vera and allantoin nourish and soothe.

LESSON LEARNED

Don’t make the same mistake twice. After you’ve gotten burned, it takes 3 to 6 months for your skin to return to normal. When you get a sunburn and the top layer of skin peels off, the newly exposed skin is more sensitive than ever. That means you’ll burn even faster than you did before if you’re not careful. Be smart about your sun exposure and protect yourself with sunscreen, hats, and clothing.Hydrate and protect skin and lips after exposure to the sun. Stabilized aloe vera, shea butter and other key ingredients help moisturize and sooth skin, along with provide extra nourishment and comfort for dry irritated skin caused by dry air, sunburn, tiredness and pollution. The Summer Essentials Kit ($72) has all the must-have products you need for sunburn relief.

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HERE COMES THE SUN!

 

This summer keep your skin cool and hydrated!

Arctic Aloe Chilling Mist is more than just a personal cooling product. It combines the soothing and enriching properties of aloe vera with the hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid to give your skin the moisture it needs. Arctic Aloe Mist can be used to keep your skin hydrated while lounging by the pool, on the boat or throw in your bag for a quick cool down anytime.

It will return the moisture to your skin that hard water and UV light can take away. Simply mist your entire body for a cool and refreshing treat.

QUICK TIP: Store it in your ice bucket or refrigerator for a refreshing burst of hydration.

*Arctic Aloe Mist does not contain sunscreen, so when using it outdoors, be sure to use it in conjunction with a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

 


CUSTOMER REVIEWS
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LisaM ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

MY NEW FAVORITE

As much as I love the heat of summer, I hate worrying about how flushed and dry my skin gets when it’s hot. The aloe mist keeps my skin cool and hydrated. Perfect for those long days lounging by the pool! 😉

CarrieL ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

SUMMER MUST HAVE!

I love this stuff!!! This is a must try for everyone…It keeps you cool and hydrated ….I have sensitive skin…and this feels great!!!


 

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Happy National Pomegranate Month: A Fruit Packed With Skin Care Benefits

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The pomegranate is a powerful fruit high in vitamins an minerals making it ideal for skin care.

DID YOU KNOW THAT NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL POMEGRANATE MONTH?

Perhaps it’s about time that the fruit got some recognition. If you thought the pomegranate is relatively new, think again. The fruit is believed to have originated in the Middle East and introduced to Egypt in 1600 BC. Spanish settlers introduced Americans to the pomegranate in the late 1700s. Today it is recognized as a super fruit, because of its superior skin care properties.

The fruit looks like a red apple, but is full of shiny red seeds, hence the name pomegranate which means ‘seeded apple’ in French. The easiest way to get to the seeds out is to whack the fruit against a hard surface a few times and then slice it in half.

INSIDE AND OUT, POMEGRANATES ARE A GIFT OF MOTHER NATURE.

People who are health conscious know that the fruit of the pomegranate is not only delicious, it is rich in vitamin A, B, C and E and a variety of minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium along with a high content of fiber. This combination makes is not only beneficial for everyone’s health, it is also ideal for skin care.

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Indulge your senses with nuances of pomegranate, passion flower and pear. This body kit made up of the Pomegranate Body Wash and Pomegranate Body Lavish is a perfect combination to clean and hydrate skin.

In skin care, the pomegranate is a sought after ingredient as the fruit is packed with antioxidants, vital in fighting all kinds of aging sings. The oil of the fruit ensures elastin and collagen production, giving aging skin a young and smooth look.

As skin gets older, it loses moisture, making pomegranate oil particularly welcome. The oil penetrates not only the outer layer of the skin but the inner layer as well, thus effectively moisturizing skin and locking in moisture. In addition, the pomegranate oil promotes good blood circulation and skin regeneration. This is good news for skin. While it renews itself, the formation of wrinkles, fine lines and age spots are delayed.

It’s not only dry skin that benefits from the pomegranate though, the oil of the pomegranate is just as beneficial to oily skin or combination skin. Young skin is often oily skin that frequently suffers from acne breakouts, or is scarred due to acne. This type of skin will do well with a pomegranate oil treatment or products containing the oil as it purifies the skin and has healing properties.

Where it comes to sun protection, the better creams will contain pomegranate oil, as this is completely harmless in comparison with other products that contain a lot of chemicals.

In addition to keeping skin young and healthy, pomegranate oil can also be used to treat minor cuts and bruises or to treat scars and stretch marks to become less visible.

Over the years the pomegranate has proven its worth. Whether you like to eat the fruit, or seek out its precious oil, your skin will benefit from the pomegranate.

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