Natural Soaps - The Way To Proper Skincare

September 25, 2010 by vivowriter · Leave a Comment 

anti-aging-face-150x150 Natural Soaps - The Way To Proper SkincareSoap is an important part of one’s beauty regime. Cleaning the skin is very important as the dirt and dust that accumulates on the skin in the entire day is very harmful and creates hazards for the health and for the beauty. Skin should be kept clean and free from germs to make it look young and beautiful. Soap is an important cleanser and should be chosen carefully.

Most chemical soaps available in the market contain harmful chemicals that dry the skin excessively making it rough and dry.  These soaps actually contain detergents in them and are not to be used on the skin. One needs to take great care of the type of soap he or she uses and it should choose according   to the weather and the requirements of the skin. Natural soaps and cleansers are the ones that do not contain these harmful substances and are made of natural and herbal products. Soaps and face washes that contain a part of moisture milk are ideal for the usage on skin that is overly dry. The best soaps are the ones that contain natural components like Lavender, chamomile, Aloe Vera, milk and honey. They protect the skin essentially well. Antiseptic elements in soaps like neem, clove and basil makes the skin protected from bacterial and fungal infections. Face washes that do not lather are essential for washing of the mild skin on the face because they do not have in them the detergent part of the soap that is what is used to form lather. There are innumerous fake natural soaps available in the market.

Merely falling for an attractive packing or fragrance could lead you into taking grave chances with your skin. Soap should be chosen very carefully and getting natural is the best way of keeping away from skin hazards.

Glowing Skin With Natural Facial Cleansers

July 30, 2010 by vivowriter · Leave a Comment 

natural_soap-copy-150x150 Glowing Skin With Natural Facial CleansersThe search for methods to have a wonderful skin is endless. Everything that you have done is resulting in unsatisfactory results. Do you know what to do next? Well, there are many things that can be done to have a glowing skin. Try to use natural soap for your facial cleansing and make it a vital part of daily skin care regime.

Natural facial cleansers are the most sought after beauty products for individuals battling skin related problems. These beneficial products can be brought from market or can be made at home with natural ingredients. Various anti acne and anti aging products are obtainable from market that has been prepared with natural herbs, moisturizers and cleansers. Most effective skin cleanser for all types of skin is a mixture of papaya and milk. It also lightens the skin texture and acts as an excellent lubricant when applied. Another Vitamin C enriched facial herb is Orange. A proportionate blend of orange with milk not only makes your skin smooth but also combats acne outbreaks.

Acne soaps and anti-aging boosters can be prepared at home with natural ingredients. It is not only fruits that deliver desired results but vegetables can also be used to fight skin issues. Carrot is a good cleanser or moisturizer and a facial scrub can be prepared by mixing it with milk. This scrub exfoliates skin gently and makes its texture smooth and soft. Avocado and oatmeal are other two natural products that can safely be included in daily skin care regime. Both these products when mixed with milk provide excellent results.

In addition to natural facial cleansers, you can also make use of natural moisturizers, scrubs, toners and astringents for making your skin soft and glowing. The most amazing thing about herbal products is that they are free from all kinds of side effects. However, you should check for any skin allergies owing to skin’s sensitivity to certain ingredients.

Natural Soaps – Much More Than Routine Cleansers

July 21, 2010 by vivowriter · Leave a Comment 

facial-skincare-150x150 Natural Soaps – Much More Than Routine CleansersThe primary reason to take a shower is to get clean but what if your soap contains zero cleansing agents? A whooping majority of synthetic soaps are made up of unsavory constituents like preservatives, scents, detergents, animal fats, parabens, mineral oil and other similar ingredients. These chemical-based soaps also contain such ingredients that lead to the formation of extra fluffy lather. The side effects of these ingredients are alarming!

Prolonged usage of these ghastly ingredients may lead to the build-up of deadly carcinogenic cells in the body. Mild effects may include skin irritation, redness and swelling. After having read the above, don’t you think there is worth in using a natural soap?

A natural soap is a soap in the literal sense of the term. Natural soaps are eco-friendly in nature. They are equipped with all the essential cleansing properties and are absolutely free from all kinds of unsavory ingredients.

You will be glad to know that these natural soaps are readily available. The apparent benefits of natural soaps have made them so popular with skincare freaks. These natural soaps offer innumerable choices as regards type, flavor, size and price. Although natural soaps are advantageous for all people, those with acne must essentially use specifically designed natural acne soaps. These purposely created soaps help an acne sufferer to fight acne head-on!

There is an added benefit of using a natural soap and that is its pleasing scent. Have you heard of something called ‘Soap aromatherapy’? The essential plant and fruit oils present in natural soaps produce therapeutic and stress-relieving effects. That is to say that natural soaps offer much more than simple cleansing. They help you to relax, unwind and fight tension. This is what is better known as soap aromatherapy.

With so many benefits of using a natural soap, who would not want to buy one?

The Benefits Of Using A Natural Soap

June 6, 2010 by vivowriter · Leave a Comment 

Many of you may have heard your grandparents of great grandparents say that they made soaps on their own. Wow! How good would that have been! Your skin texture will depend a great deal on the type of soap used by you. Some soaps act in a mild way on the skin, some, on the other hand act very harshly. If you want your skin to be velvety and smooth on touch, you will have to select the right soap for your skin. Usage of soap, mild or harsh, on facial skin is usually discouraged by experts but the remaining body needs a good soap.

Some will shiver at the idea of soap manufacture at home but let it be crystal clear to you all that it is not as hard a job as you take it to be. Natural soaps, in fact are way better in improving the texture of your skin. Natural soaps are generally see-through and not opaque as other soaps. On the very fundamental level, a natural soap will essentially consist of butter, beeswax, plant oils, almond oil, glycerin, coconut oil, vitamin E, canola oil, powdered herbs and fragrance.

Using an all natural soap can provide relief to those dealing with acne and other such problems. Usage of herbal or natural soap will also make the user relatively less infection prone.

Also, if you take the word ‘soap’ to be a bar, you need to recheck as natural soaps come in different forms. These can be liquid or solid, foaming or non-foaming, rectangular or oval, big or small- there are many kinds of natural soaps available these days. You will, without doubt, be astounded to find the number of natural soap manufacturers. It is up to you whether you want to purchase a natural soap or make one yourself! In case you want to opt for the latter, best of luck!

Natural Soaps are Best

June 1, 2010 by vivowriter · Leave a Comment 

Everyone is just going the herbal way so why should you stick to the harmful synthetic ways of skin care? Have you ever thought of freeing yourself form the trap of chemical loaded product? If not, think now. Just give it a thought that when natural products are easily available and are beneficial then why to go in for the synthetic ones? Natural products are made from various herbs, fruits and vegetables that provide nourishment to skin and help to get rid from blemishes and acne. These products include natural facial masks, face gels, moisturizers, body lotions, natural soaps and many more. The natural soaps are bars made from extracts of different organic materials. These soap bars are free from chemical preservatives and have no side effects or ill effects on skin.

There is nothing we can like more than a bar of natural soap while taking bath. Natural soaps prevent parched feeling your skin gets when you use a synthetic soap rather they hydrate and moisturize your skin. A natural soap contains several ingredients like coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil and aloe Vera gel. Some natural soap bars even contain almonds, tea tree oil, flower extracts and leaves of essential herbs. These soaps not only clean the skin but also make the skin silky, smooth, moisturized and fresh. These soaps are mostly handcrafted and are used for both face and body.

Some natural soap even contain rice bran oil, soy oil and palm kernel oils, exfoliating oatmeal, seaweed and various emollients like jojoba oil and hemp seed oil. Organic soap bars have amazing natural scents of lavender, patchouli, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, citrus, chocolate, orange, strawberry, sandalwood, exotic species and other herbal treasures. These natural soaps help to prevent acne, psoriasis, eczema and other skin problems. Don’t delay. Just choose and grab the one that would suit you best.

Natural Soap and Dry Skin Tips

August 8, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

natural_soap___essential_shea_butter_collection-150x150 Natural Soap and Dry Skin TipsIf you are one of those who buys a great smelling moisturizing soap at a department store on a cold, dry, winter day, run a bath and try to soak away
your dry itchy skin only to find that you felt worse than before and suffered that deep down-in-the-skin itch.  It may be the artificial fragrance, color or
preservatives (or something else) causing a negative reaction in your skin. If you tend to have these reactions, you may want to try a natural soap.

Hot summer days and dry winter air and central heating can zap moisture from your skin and may leave you with dry, itchy, irritated skin. Pay attention
to these suggestions for preventing and treating dry skin:

Natural soap can be made from many ingredients, but generally, take the form of a solid and and oil along with essential oils or natural plants - this can
be beeswax, shea butter, coco butter, coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and a myriad of natural fragrances and essential oils, such as rosemary,
lavender or orange.

·    Liquid soap tends to dry skin more than bar soap.

·    Hot showers tend to dry skin. Try turning down the hot water a bit when showering.

·    Try soaking in the bath for a short time. While you soak, your skin is being hydrated.

·    Apply moisturizers as soon as possible after showering/bathing while the skin is hydrated to help trap in moisture.

·    Use moisturizers with little or no water in the ingredients. Many lotions and moisturizers list water as the main ingredient which is evaporated soon

after applying.

·    Avoid harsh soaps. Antibacterial soaps can be especially drying. Commercial soaps often extract the beneficial glycerin and add synthetics that

contribute to dry skin. Try using natural soap.

·    Adding lots of olive oils and other good oils to your diet aids in keeping skin moist and supple.

·    Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated.

·    Use a humidifier in your home.

·    Wear natural fabrics such as cotton next to your skin.  Cotton sheets are also a good choice.  Synthetic fabrics (and wool) next to your skin can
cause irritation.

Top Ingredients to Avoid in Soap and Shampoos

July 31, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Top Ingredients to Avoid in: Soap

BHT - Type of Concerns: Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

DMDM HYDANTOIN - Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns: Formaldehyde.

FRAGRANCE - Type of Concerns: Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity.

METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE - Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

TRICLOSAN - Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Endocrine disruption, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

TRIETHANOLAMINE - Type of Concerns: Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

PABA (PARA-AMINOBENZOIC ACID) - Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Biochemical or cellular level changes.

Top Ingredients to Avoid in: Shampoo

BHA - Type of concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

COAL TAR - (not to be confused with Pine Tar. Pine Tar comes from Pine Trees. Coal Tar comes from the Coal Industry). Type of concerns: Cancer, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

DMDM HYDANTOIN - Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

FRAGRANCE - Type of Concerns: Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity

OXYBENZONE (BENZOPHENONE-3) - Type of concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Enhanced skin absorption, Biochemical or cellular level changes.

PARABEN - Type of Concerns: Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Endocrine disruption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources.

SODIUM METHYLPARABEN - Type of concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Biochemical or cellular level changes

SALICYLIC ACID - Types of concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Multiple, additive exposure sources, Enhanced skin absorption.

TRIETHANOLAMINE - Type of Concerns: Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

Top Ingredients to Avoid in: Shaving Cream

BENZOCAINE - Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

BHA - Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

BHT - Type of Concerns: Neurotoxicity, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs).

DMDM HYDANTOIN – Type of Concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Contamination concerns: Formaldehyde.

FRAGRANCE - Type of Concerns: Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity.

SALICYLIC ACID - Types of concerns: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Multiple, additive exposure sources, Enhanced skin absorption.

SILICA - Type of Concerns: Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Biochemical or cellular level changes.

TRIETHANOLAMINE - Type of Concerns: Cancer, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive).

Controlling Sweat

May 31, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Does Everyone Sweat Like Me?

Almost every one sweats as a normal reaction to stress such as heat and exercise. However, some people sweat excessively underarms, on the hands or the feet, causing severe social and psychological embarrassment. These people suffer from a condition known as primary focal hyperhidrosis. It affects one in twenty people worldwide. Some people are so embarrassed by this condition that they never seek help from their medical doctors.

Sweating Is Treatable

Contrary to what many believe, excessive sweating is treatable.

Traditional therapies include:

  • antiperspirants (applied on top of skin);
  • surgical removal of sweat glands;
  • severing the sympathetic nerves linked to the sweat glands (sympathectomy);
  • blocking the sweat glands with small galvanic electric currents (iontophoresis).

Although effective for most people, removal of sweat glands can lead to scarring in the underarms and other complications. Similarly, sympathectomy, which also is quite effective, carries the risk of unintended surgical side effects and rebound sweating in previously unaffected areas (compensatory hyperhidrosis). Iontophoresis requires repeated treatments regularly. The effect is rarely complete and it is inconvenient for most people.

In addition to these choices, some people can benefit from taking medicines (anticholinergics) by mouth that block the neural transmitters controlling the sweat glands. Although effective for many people, this therapy has the severe drawback of causing side effects in other body systems such as blurred vision, dry mouth, bloatedness and constipation.

Conquering Your Sweating Problem

A recent development has revolutionised the treatment of sweating problem. This is using botulinum toxin (Botox ® ) to inactivate the sweat glands. Botox ® , which has rapidly become one of the most commonly used anti-aging remedies, also blocks the sweat glands. It completely stops sweating in the area where it is placed with the help of insulin needles.

Since it is applied locally there are no widespread side effects. It works for almost every one. Each twenty-minute injection session can stop sweating for six to twelve months - so, most people can get satisfactory relief with one or two Botox ® sessions each year. For most people, this therapy is a delightful change, liberating them from daily worries of sweating in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Bottom Line on Soap and Cleansers

March 29, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

The Bottom Line on Soap and Cleansers

Soap is the simplest type of surface-active agent - surfactant - and works by making fat and oil water-soluble and easily removed by wiping or washing. Made from fatty acid salts, soaps clean by reducing the surface tension of your skin with anionic agents such as carboxylate, sulfonate and sulfate ions which are potenial irritants.

At one time, it was thought soaps caused irritation by removing only fat from the outermost layer of the skin, but research indicates that soaps damage affects both the fat and protein structures of this top layer. This can cause unpleasant skin reactions and lead to a rougher skin texture. More bad news: the soap salts that emulsify dirt and oil are by nature alkaline and will raise the skin’s acidic pH as well as provoke swelling of the skin surface. Some studies have shown long-term use of a neutral or alkaline surfactant, such as soap, can increase the amount of bacteria on the skin, while swelling can lead to cellular damage or even breakage. Soap salts can also remove natural moisturizing factors and disrupt the skin’s protective barrier. The fatty acids in soap can have harmful effects too, by plugging follicles (pores) and causing acne.

Soaps may also contain fragrance (often to mask the strong odors of surfactants) and sometimes dyes or pigments. These ingredients can be irritating for people with sensitive skin.

Superfatted Soap/Beauty Bars

* Reduce dryness with lanolin, tallow fat, coconut oil, sweet almond oil or glycerin
* Can plug hair follicles
* Disturb the skin’s natural pH
* Can cause dryness and irritation due to anionic surfactants
* May leave a residue on skin

Dermatological Bars/Cakes

* Chemically different from soaps
* May contain additives to minimize the effect on skin’s pH
* May include emollients to reduce dryness
* May contain anti-acne ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide

Liquid Cleansers

* Generally mild and less irritating
* Often contains glycerin, cetyl alcohol or propylene glycol
* Not considered soap, as they have no fatty acids or alkalis
* Have a pH similar to normal skin
* Rinse off well, decreasing potential for skin reactions
* May contain anionic, non-ionic or silicone surfactants
* May leave a fine moisturizing film on the skin
* Effective in removing cosmetics
Anti-Bacterial/Septic Washes

* Similar to liquid cleansers
* Used to treat acne
* May contain alcohol, antiseptic or antibacterial agents such as benzoyl peroxide
* May reduce the presence of bacteria on the skin
* Active ingredients can dry and irritate

Emulsions

* Milky liquid cleansers, cold creams and cleansing creams
* May contain a mixture of mineral oil, petroleum, water, and some waxes
* Often gentle on skin
* May plug follicles
* Do not usually affect the skin’s pH
* Wash and moisturize the skin

Facial skin care tips and cleansing

February 18, 2009 by admin · Leave a Comment 

Most cleansers, makeup, and other beauty products are full of harsh synthetic chemicals that may be harmful to skin. Natural solutions for healthy skin care are better for you, support a cleaner environment and natural techniques work at least as well.

Essential oils are some of nature’s best helpers in almost every aspect of health. Many times more potent than dried herbs, essential oils contain all the healing properties of a plant in a very concentrated form. For this reason, they are best used in tiny amounts and are often diluted for skin care.

Sea salt is the world’s most mineral-rich exfoliant. The minerals in sea water are known to nourish and heal skin. The same minerals can be found in unprocessed, mineral-rich sea salt, and the coarseness of salt makes it a perfect exfoliant. Try the following whole-body sea salt scrub.

- 1 Cup Sea Salt

- 2 Tablespoons Apricot or Almond Oil

- 5-6 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil

1. Put salt in a bowl and add the oils.

2. Mix well.

3. Store in covered container until ready to use.

This recipe is best used in the shower after washing. Rub a small handful of the salt scrub all over your body in brisk circular motions. Afterwards, use a moisturizing anti aging skin care product.

Fatty oils restore skin’s moisture and flexibility. Part of the benefit of the salt scrub recipe is the apricot or almond oil it contains, which leaves a nice glow and moisture in the skin.

Using an oil cleansing method, surprisingly, is a simple and effective way to clean your face. Using olive oil, castor oil, and hot water leaves a lasting glow. Fatty vegetable oils can be used as moisturizers, makeup remover, cleansers if you want to stay all natural.

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