Excessively dry skin can be a serious, but not insurmountable, problem.

Do you suffer from excessively dry skin? If so you’re not alone. Dry skin is a problem that is affecting millions of women, and one of the most irritating skin problems.

Xerosis is the technical name for excessive skin dryness. Xerosis can become evident on different areas of the body, commonly on the scalp, the thighs and the abdomen and the arms and legs. Whilst not commonly encountered on the face it is also possible there as well.

Excessively dry skin can be both unsightly and irritating, and can lead to peeling of the skin, flaking, itching, redness and even cracks which open up in the skin. It can even lead to illness because cracks in the skin can allow for the entry of various nasties like infection.

The skin can feel “tight” as well as dehydrated.

Skin produces it’s own oils. The oils produced by the skin are called sebum, and these are produced in the sebaceous glands. Well moisturized skin is skin with an adequate supply of natural oils.

If your sebaceous glands do not produce sufficient oil the skin can become dehydrated, leading to dryness. This can also be exacerbated by various other contributing factors such as specific skin conditions including dermatitis and psoriasis as well as environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun or the wind. Internal environmental conditions such as excessive heating or air-conditioning can contribute.sexcessively dry skin

And specific medical conditions such as diabetes can also be a risk factor.

It is also quite possible to suffer excessively dry skin as a result of the use of various skin care products and cosmetics which contain chemical and petrochemical ingredients ingredients which of themselves can irritate the skin and lead to excessive dryness.

Poor diet can also contribute.

There are some simple things that you can do to help address problems of excessively dry skin, though if the problem is serious you should always consult your doctor first.

Several easy things to do which may help are to avoid excessively hot showers which can strip some of the oils from skin and to avoid harsh soaps which can do the same. There are some wonderful soaps available made from all natural ingredients which may, of themselves, offer some relief.

And if you live somewhere hot and rely on air-conditioning a lot of the time then make sure there is a humidifier in the room to keep humidity higher.

It’s quite possible to get excellent skin care products which help care for dry skin. However you have to be careful when buying skin care products because these can be the source of the problem rather than the solution.

In fact, contrary to what you might expect, many skin care products contain chemical and petrochemical ingredients which can actually cause skin problems rather than resolve them.

Some common ingredients found in many skin care products, and others, are known to irritate the skin, and to put users at risk of various other health problems. Sodium laurel sulfate is an example of one such ingredient which is found in some skin care products as well as other personal products such as shampoos and conditioners. Studies on sodium laurel sulfate have shown skin irritation in laboratory animals with very low doses of sodium laurel sulfate.

If you suffer from excessively dry skin you need to be extremely careful when choosing your skin care products. In our view high quality natural skin care products that do not use chemical and petrochemical ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate are well worth investigating.

It has been known for many years that there are excellent natural substances that are very effective at promoting skin hydration, and which are entirely safe to use on the skin. Avocado oil, macadamia nut oil and Shea butter are 3 examples of such natural ingredients however there are many more.

Of course these ingredients can be used by any skin care product manufacturer in their products, however the reality is the majority choose not to, not because they are ineffective, in fact they are highly effective, but they are much more expensive than the chemical alternatives.

Fortunately some small niche skin care companies, one in particular, are prepared to manufacture high quality natural skin care products utilising such ingredients in their products, and the results are some extremely high quality in care products which can be extremely useful in combating dry skin problems. The Age Defense Body Lotion from Xtend Life is probably one of the best things you can do to tackle your problem of excessive skin dryness.

Ultimately the goal of any skin care product is to enhance skin moisture levels, to increase the stores of collagen and elastin in the skin and to increase overall skin health. Do this and any skin type, including excessively dry skin, will respond positively.

The natural skin care products of Xtend Life are not targeted at any particular skin type, because all skin types response positively to quality ingredients. For this reason their products are equally effective on the whole spectrum of different skin types.

So there’s 3 simple steps to take if you have excessive dry skin. Firstly visit your doctor for dermatologist to see if the problem is serious, secondly make some simple lifestyle changes and thirdly use high quality natural skin care products targeted at improving skin health.

You may well find that your problems with dry skin dry up.

In fact Xtend Life are so proud of their products that they are even prepared to offer customers a full six-month money back guarantee to ensure that any prospective customers can try the products risk free and find out how good they really are. If you have dry skin we suggest you take them up on the offer of trying the products risk free to see how well they work for you.



Are Anti Wrinkle Night Creams dangerous? Surely not?

Anti wrinkle night creams. There’s quite a few around and it can be a little confusing trying to work out how to choose a good wrinkle night cream from amongst all those available.

Lets have a look at night creams, what to look out for, what to look for, and why you should be extremely careful in your choice.

If you’ve read much of our website you will know that many mainstream skin care and anti aging products contain ingredients which may well be harmful to your skin and to your health. If this is news to you then by all means spend some time browsing our website.

Unfortunately all the same concerns that apply to a wide range of other skin care products also apply to night creams, and those that are often promoted as the best night cream available may in fact be harmful, including some big names.anti wrinkle night creams

Lets consider the Avon Solutions Complete Balance Night Cream. This is a product promoted as a moisturiser and skin care product for people with “combination” skin, or in other words not always dry and not always oily.

Search that product at the Cosmetic Safety Database and you’ll find that on a hazard score from 0 to 10, where 10 equals the highest hazard, this product scores and 8/10, meaning that it is considered by the Cosmetic Safety Database to offer a high health hazard. According to the database concerns include links to cancer and reproductive toxicity, allergies, neurotoxicity and much more.

And if you read the page further you will find a list of the individual ingredients that, in the opinion of those running the database, lead to this score. First amongst them is fragrance, which is scored as an 8/10 for hazard. Note that the database also indicate the presence of a data gap, meaning that not all the data that is necessary is available. This is normal, as the companies that make these products will readily supply data on these products to the Database.

We have written about the health hazards of fragrances in skin care products before.

Thats the bad of Anti Wrinkle Night Creams. Many may contain ingredients that can potentially damage your health. So where’s the good?

The good news is that there are excellent natural ingredients which can work extremely well to combat wrinkles and to tackle a range of other skin problems that result from ageing. Many of these natural ingredients are highly effective, are safe to use on your skin and have been eaten by generations of people. They just happen to be very good at promoting optimum skin care.

However in most cases these ingredients are not used in mainstream products because it is usually much cheaper and easier to use chemical alternatives.

Some examples are Avocado oil, Macadamia Nut oil, Manuka honey, Shea butter and much more. All of these are safe and highly effective producing high quality skin care.

Despite the fact that some companies prefer to use chemical ingredients in their anti aging products, including night creams, there is a handful of companies making high quality natural skin care products that make use of ingredients such as these to produce high-quality anti aging products, including effective anti wrinkle night creams, using all safe and effective ingredients.

Our preference is the Restorative Night Cream from Xtend Life, an excellent New Zealand company that manufactures high quality natural skin care products. This night cream is, in our view, the best night cream available on the market, meaning that it is not only effective to use but also safe to use.

The active ingredients are targeted at improving the levels of collagen and elastin in the skin, reducing the actions of free radicals as well as helping maintain levels of beneficial enzymes in your skin.

Studies have shown that these ingredients are highly effective.

So if you’ve been looking for the best anti wrinkle night cream and why not give the Restorative Night Cream from Xtend Life a try. Believe it or not they actually offer a 90 day money back guarantee on all of their skin care products.



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What causes age spots, and can you fade age spots?

Many women are searching for an effective age spot fader. So today lets look at age spots and see what you can do to fade your age spots if you have them.

Firstly lets look at what causes them.

Age spots are darkened, or brownish spots that appear on your skin over time, both on your face and/or on your body. They can be unsightly and cause distress to some people.

The primary cause of these brown spots, or age spots, use excess exposure to the sun over time.

We have written before about the problems of photoaging before in our article about photoaging. Photoaging is the gradual ageing of your skin due to the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

Of course excess exposure to UV from the sun can cause sunburn. Sunburn can be dangerous and can ultimately lead to skin cancer, which can kill you. However even though many people are now aware that getting sunburnt can be extremely dangerous not so many are aware that access exposure to the sun, over time, even if it does not result in sunburn, can also age your skin and cause age spots or brown spots.

The most likely place for you to find that you are suffering from age spots, or what are sometimes also called liver spots, or to be quite accurate, solar lentigines, are areas of your skin that are generally exposed to the sun. So this is most likely your face, as well as your hands, and other areas of your body that you may have exposed in the past, particularly while sun tanning.

So this can commonly include your shoulders and your back and other areas of your body.

Generally you would expect these brown pigmented spots, (though they can also be different colors, for example black or grey) to appear in people who are older, generally over 40 or 50. Though this is not always the case, they can also appear when younger than that in people who spend large amounts of time tanning.

If you have dark marks on the skin you should consult your doctor. Any dark mark should be thoroughly examined as this can be a warning sign of skin cancer. Whilst many are not it is certainly good advice that all skin marks should be examined by a medical professional.

Assuming your doctor has given you the all clear is it possible to fade age spots away? Is there an effective age spot fader product that will produce results for you? And is it possible to get a product that does not contain harmful chemicals, but which is manufactured of out of safe and naturally occurring ingredients?
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(If you aren’t yet aware that many anti aging skin care products contain dangerous ingredients read our article about dangerous ingredients in skin care products.)

Yes there are natural ingredients which can work to fade age spots. Vitamin E is one of those ingredients. Vitamin E can help reduce the effects of ageing on your skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines as well as help fade age spots.

This may well be because of the potent antioxidant properties of vitamin E.

The natural skin care products of Xtend Life, unlike the products of the major manufacturers of skin care products, do not contain any of the harmful chemical ingredients commonly found in the products you may have on your shelf right now.

Not only that but they work exceedingly well at helping reduce the effects of photoaging on your skin including helping reduce and prevent the appearance of age spots. The manufacturers of these products understand thoroughly that photoaging is one of the major, if not the major, cause of so many of the skin problems which bedevil us, including wrinkles, lines and age spots.

In fact their general skin care products will work quite effectively as an age spot fader as well as producing healthier skin generally. However if you wish to undertake a skin care regime specifically targeted towards reducing the appearance of age spots then you may well find their excellent whitening day cream to be even more effective as an age spot fader.

And we have some other advice for helping prevent age spots as well. Now that you understand the role of the ultraviolet rays of the sun in causing age spots you should also understand the importance of protecting yourself from the sun, particularly during the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest.

This can include using a hat and a long sleeved shirt during the summer, particularly on those hot days.

And it’s even possible to get UVA resistant film to apply to the windows of your car if you are particularly light skinned. Whilst window glass will prevent the entry of UVB, it does not prevent the entry of UVA which causes the damage rendered by photoaging, including liver spots.



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