Archive for April, 2010

And is a moisturizer for dry skin enough to fix the problem?

Dry skin is a condition that affects many women, and men. And selecting a moisturizer for dry skin isn’t easy. The first thing to do is to try and find out why your skin is dry.

There’s a range of causes of dry skin. Some of these causes will respond to high quality skin care products, and some will not.

And dry skin can be accompanied by all sorts of other problems such as skin redness, itching and skin sensitivity. And if the condition gets serious it can even lead to more problems. That’s because your skin is the first line of defence against infection from outside, and dryness and cracking can sometimes lead to infections entering.

Dry skin, or what is technically known as Xerosis, can be a serious matter as you can see. If you are suffering from problems that seem to lead to constant itching, cracking, redness and blotchiness then you ought first consider consulting your doctor. Some conditions require the care of a doctor or dermatologist.

There are specific skin conditions which may well require the care of a doctor, for example dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis, to name 3. Each of these can result in dry skin.

The causes of dry skin can be many. For example there are a range of personal and beauty products that will themselves dry out your skin. We have already talked about many of the chemical and petrochemical ingredients used in so many of our personal products including skin care products. Petrochemical ingredients in these types of products, along with various other chemical ingredients can themselves lead to skin problems including dryness.Moisturizer For Dry Skin

And surprisingly some soaps may also cause drying of the skin for the exact same reasons. It is not usually necessary to wash all your body, and harsh soaps can often strip moisture and natural oils from your skin.

As well as soaps some bath oils and foams can also lead to skin dryness.

And some medical conditions as well as medications can also lead to a drying of the skin.

Some of your personal habits may also cause the problem. For instance having baths or showers that are too hot may do this. Too much time in the sun or hot winds can dry your skin.

Often a cold winter can cause or exacerbate the problem, because so many of us like to have the heat turned up high. This often results in a very warm environment with low humidity. Using a humidifier in winter can help.

As you can see dry skin has a number of causes. A good moisturizer for dry skin may well help, but there is more that you can do.

Firstly let’s consider what you need to look for in a good dry skin moisturizer. As previously mentioned the first thing to look for is a moisturizer or anti aging product that does not contain nasty chemical ingredients. The best moisturizer is a natural facial moisturizer that only contains natural ingredients that are known to be safe and are also good for your skin.

It may sound extraordinary but so many of the chemical ingredients found in mainstream moisturizers that you see on the shelves of your local store every day can cause skin problems themselves.

There’s a wide range of naturally occurring oils that make wonderful natural moisturizers, are good for your skin and are perfectly safe. Olive oil moisturizers, Jojoba oil moisturizers and Shea butter moisturizers are 3 great examples, however there are more.

The moisturizing properties of natural ingredients like these 3 have been known for centuries, however in our modern society, which is all about greed and profit, skin care companies use artificial chemical ingredients and petrochemical ingredients to minimize cost and maximize profit. They’re cheap, so they can spend more money on advertising and marketing.

However there are excellent niche natural skin care companies, one in particular, which subscribes to the principle that top quality products should work well without risking your health or your skin. They make a range of excellent natural skin care products utilizing ingredients such as Jojoba oil, live oil and Shea butter which are effective at replacing lost skin oils and maintaining moisture levels.

These products work equally well on all types of skin including sensitive skin, dry skin and oily skin. In fact they don’t need to make a dedicated moisturizer because the ingredients that we’ve previously spoken about are found in all their products, all of which moisturize successfully and all of which work very well for those suffering from dry skin.

If you’re looking for a moisturizer for dry skin there are solutions. When you’re in the bath or shower keep your water temperature a little lower than you might otherwise, make sure your air is well humidified in winter, and use top shelf natural skin care products that will not harm your skin and will moisturize effectively.

And remember, there are dry skin problems which will need a medical solution, so if you consider your dry skin sufficiently serious, and in particular if you have itchy skin that is red and cracking then don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.



Wrinkle free eyes would be on the top of the wish list of every older woman.

Wrinkle free eyes is the goal of just about every woman as she ages. Eye wrinkles, and those dark circles underneath them and crows feet and fine lines just seem to appear around your eyes as you age.

Can you do anything about eye wrinkles or is wrinkle free eyes just a bit of a dream? Lets see.

The first thing to consider is what causes eye wrinkles, as well as those dark circles, crow’s feet and fine lines. Well obviously the principle cause is age, however that is of course taken for granted. But what is it about ageing that causes eye wrinkles, or wrinkles in general?

The general cause of wrinkles in your skin is the gradual loss of collagen and elastin as you age. Collagen and elastin are important skin proteins that are largely responsible for maintaining skin elasticity and suppleness.

Supple and elastic skin is wrinkle free skin, however inelastic skin starts to sag, and it is this sagging that appears as wrinkles.

It’s a sad fact that aging causes the loss of collagen and elastin in your skin. This has been known for some time, and so many years scientists have tried to find ways to replace lost collagen and elastin. To some degree this has been successful, however you need to be careful.
wrinkle free eyes

There are many products that claim to replace collagen and elastin. For example you can buy moisturizers that claim to replace collagen and elastin lost from the skin by adding these 2 skin proteins to the moisturizer. However the reality is that this does not work because the molecule size of both elastin and collagen is too large to enter the skin, and most of it ends up on your pillow.

Then of course there is collagen supplements, or collagen pills. These too do not work because it has been shown that the collagen in the pills does not incorporate itself into your skin.

However it’s also known that the skin can be stimulated to produce more of it’s own elastin and collagen, and the best skin care products seek to improve your levels of these essential proteins not by adding them to the products but by adding ingredients to the products which stimulate the skin to produce more of it’s own. This has been shown to work.

The loss of collagen and elastin is one of the causes of eye wrinkles, however there are also other causes of eye wrinkles that are more specific to the area around the eyes. There are some causes that affects specific areas around the eyes, and can lead to those crows feet and fine lines.

For example there are a plethora of tiny capillaries around and underneath your eyes. As you age and your skin ages with you these capillaries gradually weaken and this leads to some tiny leaks of blood into the skin, particularly underneath the eyes. This is what causes those dark circles.

And fluid can also build up in the same area, and this build up of fluid causes puffiness around the eyes.

Therefore treating those eye wrinkles, and the associated symptoms of skin ageing such as dark circles and puffiness requires an approach specific to tackling eye wrinkles and other symptoms of aging.

There is a product called Eyeliss that has been shown to work exceedingly well in independent tests. It helps improve the drainage around the eyes which reduces the puffiness. It also helps improve the strength of the capillaries so reduces blood leakage.

This however is only part of the solution to obtaining wrinkle free eyes. Improving drainage and reducing eye puffiness and dark circles works extremely well, however it is also important to tackle that loss of collagen and elastin.

There is one product which utilizes Eyeliss as an active ingredient and combines Eyeliss with a range of other active ingredients which seek to tackle all these areas. Some of the ingredients help promote increased production of collagen and elastin in the skin and this is effective in conjunction with the results obtained from Eyeliss, which is also an active ingredient in the product.

This new and revolutionary product for wrinkle free eyes is called the Eye Contour Serum from Xtend Life. Studies have shown that you should see visible results within 2 months.

Xtend Life are so proud of their Eye Contour Serum that it comes with a full money back guarantee. That’s extremely unusual with products such as this and is an indication of the company’s commitment to the quality of it’s product.

This is one of the best ways to obtain wrinkle free eyes. You can do so comfortable in the knowledge that you have a money back guarantee, however judging by the customer feedback from customers who have already use the product it’s unlikely you will need it.



Find out more about the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics today

We have talked about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics before. In fact we use a lot of their information right here to alert readers to some of the problems inherent in so many anti aging products currently on the market today, along with a whole host of different cosmetics and other personal and beauty care products.

So here’s a video that tells you a little more about the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

If you’d like to visit their website to find out more you can do so here.
It may come as a shock to you that the cosmetics, or the anti aging products that you use right now may contain dangerous ingredients. (However the good news is that there are excellent natural skin care products available that do not contain dangerous ingredients).

Sad, but true.



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