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There are many tips on what to drink to live a healthy lifestyle. This can include orange juice, carrot juice and the like. But did you know that there is something extremely beneficial, and vital for our body that we definitely need to consider drinking every day? You guessed it! Water!!!

How Much?

It is well known that water helps in maintaining our hydration and keeping our organs in tip-top shape. In fact, it is recommended that men need roughly 13 cups (3 liters) of water a day while for women, it is recommended to drink about 9 cups (2.2 liters) of water a day. This of course depends on the temperature of the climate, how active the individual is, and so forth. Well that’s all nice and dandy, but what’s in it for your skin care for African American skin?

Consequences Of Lack Of Water

First off, let’s look at the negative effects if the recommended amount of water is not consumed daily. Since your body is constantly renewing itself, it needs the energy to continue on. Water, is one of those sources of energy. Also, water is constantly flushing out of your body from sweat, breathing, urine, and bowel movements. Because of this, you definitely need to constantly be replenishing your body. Some risks that you may have if your water intake does not equal your output are higher health risks, a slower metabolism, and constipation. Lastly, and this is the one consequence that may hurt us the most, our skin appears more wrinkled. How is this possible? Your skin is made up of plenty of water, and works as a protective barrier to prevent further water loss. If there is not enough water to help the skin do its job, the skin will appear drier, making it susceptible to wrinkles.

Benefits Of Water

With all the negative consequences in mind, there is no surprise that water does in fact bring many benefits to our health (and our skin of course). But focusing on just our skin (since we are all trying very hard to prevent wrinkles from forming), drinking more water will improve our hydration. Being hydrated means having the appearance of plumped skin, with the fine lines and wrinkles filled, and having a brightened complexion.

It is clear now, that staying hydrated can bring benefits to a black skin care regimen. So next time you’re out and about, try to squeeze in a couple more glasses a day. Stay refreshed, and you will stay beautiful.

Parece que todas las celebridades tienen la piel que es perfectamente radiante algo que parce es imposible para el resto de nosotros de lograr. Aunque nadie tiene la piel perfecta, podemos mostrarle cómo conseguir piel con increíble luminiscencia que siempre vemos en los medios de comunicación. En el cuidado de la piel afroamericana, siempre estamos buscando maneras de eliminar la piel opaca, y promover una piel hidratada y brillante. La mejor manera de lograr esto es exfoliar, exfoliar, exfoliar!

Nuestra piel está constantemente generando nuevas células, lo que deja las células muertas de la piel para amontonarse en la parte superior de la piel. La exfoliación elimina las células muertas de la superficie y revela nueva y piel fresca. Este proceso, de deshacerse de la vieja piel, y revelar piel nueva puede solucionar muchos problemas de la piel y es necesario en su régimen de cuidado de la piel. Exfoliación maquinal y exfoliación con sustancia química son los dos tipos de exfoliación que se pueden utilizar para tratar la piel. Ambos son efectivos, pero funcionan de manera diferente, así que aquí está la diferencia:

Exfoliación maquinal acaba con las células muertas de la piel mediante el uso de una herramienta o un producto que tiene cualidades abrasivas. Al frotar la herramienta o producto en la cara, la fricción se desprenderse de la epidermis, la capa más externa de la piel. El truco es usar algo que no va a ser demasiado abrasivos e irritar la piel. El uso de un producto o herramienta que causa mucha fricción en realidad va a contrarrestar sus esfuerzos para lograr un cutis radiante. Comience con productos para la piel morena como el jabón de Clear Essence llamado Medicated Cleansing Bar Extra Strength. Es un jabón para la cara y el cuerpo que es ideal para la exfoliación diaria. Herramientas de lavado de la cara son también muy eficaces a la frotación de la piel vieja, pero tenga cuidado de no ser duro cuando se utiliza este tipo de aparato. Hay una cosa tal como demasiada exfoliación, así que presta atención a su piel y sólo use herramientas de limpieza intensa, según sea necesario.

Exfoliación con sustancia química pretende hacer lo mismo que la exfoliación maquinal: revelar piel fresca por la eliminación la piel muerta. La diferencia es que la exfoliación con sustancia química utiliza las propiedades de los productos químicos para hacer el trabajo. Un ingrediente común usado en este proceso es el ácido láctico, o AHA. AHA puede penetrar más profundamente en la piel, y trabajar más rápido que cualquier exfoliación maquinal. Es un ingrediente muy poderoso de cuidado de la piel morena, ya que elimina la piel vieja y la acumulación mientras que estimula la producción de nuevas células de la piel. En este artículo, nos centraremos en cómo la exfoliación puede reducir la piel opaca, pero AHA también se puede usar para tratar otros problemas de la piel como el daño del sol y las arrugas. Clear Essence tiene toda la línea de productos utilizando la AHA, que se conoce como la línea de cuidado de la piel contra el envejecimiento (Anti-Aging Skin Care Line). Exfoliantes con sustancias químicas pueden ser sumamente útiles cuando intentando lograr un cutis radiante.

Ahora que los beneficios de la exfoliación son claras, elija un método que funciona para usted, y empezar a trabajar hacia esa piel brillante. Hasta la próxima vez las damas, siempre recuerde … “Piel fresca, sólo labios!”

Wrinkles are a major issue concerning women in today’s society. It is evident that the longing for flawless, young and desirable skin is a daily burden. Plastic surgery seems to be the only solution in this day and age, and even this, can leave lasting austere problems in the aftermath. However, with trillions of “natural” anti-aging products being released by the thousand, there still appears to still be no sufficient solution. So, out of all the natural anti-aging products, which is proven to be a solution to this dire problem?

Almond oil

As simple and almost effortless as this may be, this straight-forward solution is actually oblivious to many of society. Almond oil is proven to compress and cleanse the skin in order to reduce the appearance of visible lines and wrinkles while nourishing at the same time. It allows what used to be a ‘tired and drained’ appearance to now become a soothed and young layer by stripping the old dry cells and revealing fresher skin beneath. By immediately soothing away lines also, the prevention of any damage or problems to the skin is increased and in this way allows the skin to be moisturised and refreshed.

Sweet almond oil in general can repair signs of aging and is proven to allow the skin to carry a larger amount of moisture removing wrinkles in the easiest way possible. As proven the best choice for skin treatment, almond oil is highly recommended.

Vitamins A, C & E and Water

Eating the right foods and drinking enough water are essential to gaining desirable and flawless skin. I’m sure it is fairly obvious that wanting the perfect skin and binge eating and drinking sugary substances e.g. “Coca Cola”and “McDonalds” isn’t the right way of going about it. Vitamins A, C & E in particular are the essentials in everyday life, just by eating simple vegetables and fruits more than usual for a consistent period of time are bound to make your skin flourish, and also improve your body as an added bonus. Berry fruits are especially high in vitamins and anti-oxidants as this prevents wrinkles from appearing. Also, oily fish are beneficial as they moisturize the body from the inside…just by being eaten with a lovely marinade or however you desire. Vitamins can also be applied topically for the same effects. Try Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C line to add natural ingredients into the skin and prevent aging lines and wrinkles. Our Swiss Complex Collagen with Vitamin E Creme is a great moisturizer to replenish the skin with essential vitamins. From Clear Essence’s exclusive Adure Line, all three vitamins A, C and E are used within the Adure Natural Fairness Creme. 8-10 cups of water are expected to be consumed daily as this is how much the body desires in order to reduce any type of wrinkle.

Coconuts and Juice

By massaging coconut oil on the face each night, one can naturally and easily remove wrinkles. Like almond oil, it nourishes and moisturizes the skin allowing old skin cells to turn into fresh and developed skin. By mixing rose water, glycerine and lime juice in equal parts into a ‘face mask’ applied overnight and then washing in the morning with lukewarm water allows the mixture to seep in and moisturize every pore whilst sleeping.

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Aging is inevitable, and as we get older, the effects of aging on our bodies becomes more apparent. Generally, our skin starts to age while we are in our twenties, but it should take several decades for that aging to catch up to us and become visible. Today, however, the effects of aging are usually all too visible for everyone to see.

Common effects of aging on the skin are wrinkles, age spots, and dryness. As we age, our skin produces less oil, which leaves our skin vulnerable to the climate and, therefore, extreme drying. People also generally experience thinner skin due to skin fat loss, which leaves skin with less volume and fullness. Unfortunately, gravity also has its effect, and begins to pull everything down. Clear Essence Alpha Hydroxy Line gives an immediate lift while building collagen, elastin and hydration and removing dead skin cells.

Contrary to popular belief, there are ways to combat the appearance and severity of skin aging. First and foremost is the regulation of sun exposure. Direct sunlight is one of the biggest contributors to premature aging. To avoid the effects of sun damage, wear an SPF of 15 or higher every day and wear protective clothing. The sun is potent all year long. Also, avoid false sunlight and UV rays in tanning beds and sun lamps. Such lights can prove even more harmful than normal sunlight. Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 is the perfect protection from harmful sun rays throughout the year and also aids in maintaining beautiful skin tones. Try Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk with SPF 15 to stay protected while evening out dark spots, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tones.

Cigarettes are arguably the biggest contributor to deep wrinkles and premature aging after sun exposure. Prolonged smoking and inhalation increases the number of visible fine lines and wrinkles, skin takes longer to heal, and pigmentation and age spots become apparent. Nicotine constricts the blood vessels and decreases oxygen flow to the skin, essentially cutting off a healthy nutrient supply. The best thing to do to combat the signs of aging that cigarettes create is by quitting.

If you have heard the myth that facial exercise will maintain facial health in the future, you should probably stop now. Studies have shown that repetitive facial motions only serve to increase fine lines and wrinkles in the future. Also, try to mix up your sleeping positions. If you always sleep with your cheek on the pillow in the same way, your skin will wrinkle easier as you age.

One of your best defenses against aging skin is a healthy, balanced diet. Keep your diet loaded with essential oils, fish, olives, nuts, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, total fats (as opposed to saturated fats), water, tea, reduced-fat dairy products and supplements such as Zinc. Furthermore, keep your skin hydrated at all times. This will aid in the skin’s natural defense system against damaging free radicals. To help hydrate your skin, try one of our Clear Essence Skincare Moisturizers that will lock in excess water to keep skin smooth and firm.

So, although we will all eventually experience aging, you can slow the process. Just be smart about what you are putting in your body, and be aware of what you are exposing your skin to.

 

http://www.headtotoehealthcare.org/library/Aging_is_inevitable.pdf

Have you ever read, “pH balanced” on a product and wondered what it meant? From irritation, dryness, to acne, let’s discuss how pH levels can either resolve or cause further distress to your skin.

Our skin is naturally designed to fight infection and environmental stresses and its ability to do so is affected by its pH level. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline it is. On a scale of 1-14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, 7 is considered a neutral reading for your skin’s pH. Our skin has a thin, protective layer on its surface, referred to as the acid mantle. This acid mantle is made up of sebum (free fatty acids) excreted from the skin’s sebaceous glands, which mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the skin’s pH, which ideally should be slightly acidic at about 5.5.

Many factors can interfere with the delicate balance of the skin’s acid mantle, both externally and internally. As we age, our skin becomes more acidic in response to our lifestyle and our environment. Everything that comes in contact with our skin (products, smoking, air, water, sun, pollution) can contribute to the breaking down of the acid mantle, disrupting the skin’s ability to protect itself.

Diet plays an important role in determining our internal and external pH levels. It is important to note that a food’s acid or alkaline formation in the body is not the same as the pH of the food, itself. In an interesting paradox, foods that are considered acidic before digestion (like lemons) become alkaline-forming in the body. Most animal products, which are alkaline prior to digestion, are considered acid-forming in the body. According to dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf, “We need our diets to be less acidic than alkaline, otherwise internally, we become too acidic.” This means that an ideal diet consists of consuming an abundance of alkalizing foods such as leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, tomatoes, carrots, and soybeans.

Maintaining the Acid Mantle – Optimal pH Skin Care 
The acid mantle is an effective form of protection, but if your pH level is too alkaline or too acidic, the mantle is disturbed and skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema , and rosacea may result. A skin care product may claim to be pH balanced, but you can verify the actual pH of a product by using an at-home pH testing kit (available at most drug stores). A physician also can determine your skin’s surface pH level and saliva tests will accurately indicate your body’s overall pH level.

Cleansers 
Most cleansers, including bars and detergent soaps, tend to be too alkaline for the skin, as they strip away natural oils causing dryness and irritation.. Skin that is too alkaline can be more susceptible to acne because a certain level of acidity is needed to inhibit bacterial growth on the skin. You may have noticed that many cleansers and shampoos are now avoiding the use of sodium laureth sulfate, which has an approximate alkaline pH level of 10 and can be very drying and irritating to the skin. Choosing mild cleansers and toners, such as our Blemish Control Wash Formula and Lemon Plus Vitamin C Multi-Active Toner, that are slightly acidic (close to 5) will benefit all skin types in properly maintaining the acid mantle.

Acids
At the opposite side of the spectrum, skin treated with products that are overly acidic also can be problematic. They too can over-strip natural oils, which can temporarily disrupt the lipid barrier of the skin. Ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, retinoic acid, beta hydroxy acids, and amino fruit acids, if not used properly, can weaken the skin’s natural defenses to bacterial infection and environmental damage. Most over-the-counter products are buffered, making them suitable for everyday use. However, it is still important to pay careful attention to your skin when using any acidic product. If your skin starts to look dry or red, if it becomes more sensitive, or if you notice an increase in breakouts, you may be using a product to strong for your skin, or you may be applying it too often. Clear Essence Alpha Hydroxy Line has a perfect balance that will fight signs of anti-aging and keep skin looking radiant. As stated,  be sure to test products on a patch of skin other than your face to be sure that your skin does not have a reaction to these ingredients.

Choosing Good-for-Your-Skin Oils & Moisturizers 
As we age, the amount of oil or sebum naturally produced by our skin decreases, influencing the acid mantle and its ability to protect the skin. Using effective moisturizers helps rebuild this important barrier. Oils that work particularly well with the skin’s natural oil secretions include jojoba, coconut, argan, and olive oils. Try Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Olive Oil Soap which moisturizes the skin while removing dirt and bacteria. For cold winter days, add Clear Essence Specialist Skincare Body Oil to a bath or directly to the skin for added hydration.

Antioxidants & Sunscreens 
Topical antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E, and green tea) are important in maintaining the acid mantle in two ways. First, they fortify the cells so they can function optimally, and second, they protect the cells from environmental stresses and oxidation. Vitamin C in the form of l-ascorbic acid is acidic by nature and has a low pH, so while not considered a pH-balancing antioxidant, vitamin C formulations can be used safely and beneficially on the skin as long as they are not used at the same time as other acidic products. Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Smoothing Cream is a vitamin C lotion that brightens the skin while preventing future damage. The daily use of sunscreen defends the acid mantle by shielding the skin cells from sun damage and increasing the skin’s ability to protect itself. There is a large variety of sunscreens available for all skin types but it’s important to remember that it should be applied daily, without fail, even if you’re not outdoors. Try Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 for a hydrating and protection formula that smells great!

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We’ve all been there. We indulge during the holidays, then resolve to treat our bodies better in the new year. This year, do something for yourself that you’ll actually want to stick with by pampering, protecting, and preparing your skin for the year ahead.

The holidays are a time to let loose and enjoy, but if your skin is flecked with unsightly blemishes after too many sweets, you may be looking for a solution. A great cleanser to help restore the brightness to the skin without drying it out is Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula.

Simply looking to get back that beautiful body? There’s no need to stress when you have products such as Adure Stretch Mark Brightening Cream and Adure Tummy Flattening Gel on your side. Designed to rejuvenate the resilience of your skin while smoothing away cellulite, you can achieve a flawless figure again.

If you’re still worried that you need a little something extra to get your glow going, ditch that regular multivitamin and turn to Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C line. These unique skincare products are comprised of a full dose of healthy vitamins and minerals to make all your skin care resolutions possible.

As your body’s largest organ and its first line of defense, your skin can sometimes reveal a medical condition that’s affecting you. Whether you have red skin that’s hot to the touch, skin bumps that itch, or a skin rash that just looks unusual, changes in your skin are nothing to ignore. What is your skin trying to tell you about your health? When are over the counter products suitable and when should you seek medical attention?

Here are some of the most common skin symptoms and why they might occur.

Skin Symptom No. 1: Red Skin

Here are possible causes of red skin:

  • Rosacea. This skin condition is characterized by redness of the face. It tends to get worse with stress, extreme weather conditions, and physical activity, and after using certain skin products. Rosacea should be treated according to a prescription from your dermatologist.
  • Flushing. Your face can flush from taking certain medications, having a fever, drinking alcohol, or simply eating a really spicy meal or steaming beverage. Strong emotions can also cause you to flush, as can going through menopause or experiencing extreme temperature changes.
  • Dry skin. Skin that is extremely dry can become reddened and may result in dermatitis. Red skin from dryness may also look like a skin rash. To combat dry skin this winter try Clear Essence My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15. This all natural lotion will hydrate skin before it becomes cracked and flaky.

Skin Symptom No. 2: Skin Rash

Here are possible causes of a skin rash:

  • Dermatitis. This umbrella term includes many types of skin conditions, including contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis stems from an allergy to something that you’ve touched, including anything from poison ivy to laundry detergent to a furry pet. Eczema, another type of dermatitis, looks like a dry red rash and can appear anywhere on the body. Serve conditions such as eczema and dermatitis should not be treated with over the counter products but rather medicated formulas prescribed by a dermatologist.
  • Hives. Also called urticaria, hives are allergic reactions to something you’ve touched or ingested, such as a food or a medication. They appear as raised red areas that are itchy. Allergies can be dangerous and should seek medical attention immediately.
  • An illness or infection. Viral infections such as measles and chickenpox can result in a red skin rash across the body. The rash can blister or just appear as flat red spots that break out throughout the body. Fungal infections, such as jock itch and ringworm, can also cause skin rashes, as can some sexually transmitted infections.

Skin Symptom No. 3: Skin Bumps

Here are possible causes of skin bumps:

  • Keratosis pilaris. This sometimes-itchy skin condition is defined by tiny bumps that give the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The bumps may be red in color or flesh-toned, and they most often occur on the thighs and upper arms.
  • Acne. Excess oil and blocked sebaceous glands in the skin result in these bumps that are often red in color, but may also be white when filled with pus, or the color of your skin. Acne can occur on the face, shoulders, chest, or back. To treat acne and rid the skin of excess dirt, oil and bacteria, use Clear Essence Blemish Control Wash Formula. This minty formula will dry out excess oil and leave the skin clean and ready for treatment.
  • A skin allergy. Many skin allergies can result in skin bumps, including contact dermatitis, eczema, and hives. These bumps can be red, patchy, scaly, swollen, blistering, or itchy, and can appear anywhere on the body.

Skin Symptom No. 4: Discolored Skin

Here are possible causes of skin discoloration:

  • Psoriasis. This inflammatory skin condition results in patches of discolored skin anywhere on the body. These patches can be red, silver, white, or pink in color. Psoriasis flare-ups appear as thickened areas of skin that are covered in scales.
  • Vitiligo. This condition causes cells to stop producing pigment, the substance that provides skin with color. As a result, white patches of skin can appear anywhere on the body, but most often are first seen on the face, arms, hands, or feet.
  • Melasma. This condition causes areas of skin to become darker than normal — generally a brown color that spreads across the face, usually on both sides in the same pattern. It often occurs in women who are pregnant or taking medications containing hormones, such as birth control pills or hormone replacement drugs. To fade this discoloration use Clear Essence Medicated Fade Cream which lightens dark patches on the skin. Melasma eventually goes away with Clear Essence’s Fade Cream, the results can be seen in only 4 to 6 weeks!
  • Lentigines. These are small, flat, irregular, darkened areas, often on the face and hands, and are related to sun exposure.

Skin Symptom No. 5: Dry or Scaly Patches

Here are possible reasons for dry patches:

  • Inflammatory skin conditions. These include psoriasis and the various forms of dermatitis mentioned above. These skin conditions often result in patches of skin that appear very dry, cracked, scaly, and red.
  • Dry skin. You may experience dry patches on the skin simply from a lack of moisture. Dry skin patches may start to flake or peel, itch, or crack. For dry skin try Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk which is a hydrating lotion with a silky smooth texture. Also our My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15 is the perfect thick body cream for drying skin that lacks moisture.
  • Skin cancer. Patches of skin that are dry, red, scaly, and rough — or in any way unusual in color or texture — could actually be skin cancer.

If you spot a suspicious or unusual skin symptom, consult a dermatologist. Whether a minor inconvenience or a condition that needs medical attention, it’s better to be in the know than to risk the health of your skin.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/5-common-skin-symptoms.aspx

Healthy skin is visibly soft, supple, and moisturized. But when it loses moisture after skipping frequent application of creams and lotions and drinking plenty of water, skin can become visibly unhealthy by looking dry, and scaly. Severely dry skin can even begin to crack! When your skin is so dry that it forms gaping, painful cracks you need to add moisture, stat.

Dry Skin Solution No. 1: Baths and Soaks

Mere water will strip your skin of its natural, essential oils. But that doesn’t mean that soaks and baths can’t still be soothing for dry, cracked skin — you just have to add back those moisturizing oils your skin craves.

Adding a few drops of a natural oil, like mineral, almond, or avocado oil, will help heal dry, cracked skin.  Add Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Oil to hydrate damaged skin during a relaxing soak in the tub. Active ingredients include Mineral Oil, Licorice Extract, Germ Oil, Soybean, and Annatto Oil to replenish the skin with natural substances to rid the sink of dryness. However, it’s important to limit those baths and showers to only a short time, no longer than 5 to 10 minutes with water that is only warm, not hot — hot water will only dry out the skin more.  Adding oatmeal or baking soda to the bath — about one cup for a tub full of water — will also assist in soothing the skin and locking in moisture.

Dry Skin Solution No. 2: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

As soon as you get out of the bath, gently pat skin dry with a towel — don’t rub or remove all of the water. Next, apply a few drops of a natural oil, such as our Skin Beautifying Oil that can be applied to bath water or directly on the skin, or a rich moisturizing cream all over your body. This will help seal the moisture in. Clear Essence Skincare Collections offer many moisturizing lotions and creams to keep skin feeling silky and smooth all day. Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk is an all-over moisturizer which can also be applied to the face to create a flawless skin tone by fading dark spots and hyperpigmentation. This velvety, creamy formula also hydrates skin leaving it supple. Clear Essence Skincare Solutions also includes the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15. This body lotion is thicker and contains all natural ingredients and adds an abundance of moisture to dry areas. We recommend using the My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion to maintain even skin tones that have been achieved using other Clear Essence Skincare Products. Our formula contains SPF 15 to help keep the skin protected from the sun and your complexion even.

For VERY dry, cracked skin, petroleum jelly is also an inexpensive option. Rub in the petroleum jelly and let it saturate the skin; if cracks are on the hands or feet, smear those areas well and cover them with cotton gloves or socks to hold the petroleum jelly in place overnight while you sleep.

Dry Skin Solution No. 3: Pumice With Caution

In general, pumicing or filing dry, cracked skin isn’t a good idea.

Limit the use of pumice stones and similar tools when dealing with damaged skin. Also only use these type of treatments on heels and feet. On feet, where there’s repeated trauma, dead skin can build up. That is where pumice stones or files can remove extra layers of dead cells so that the moisturizing cream can fully penetrate the layers of the skin.

Dry Skin Solution No. 4: Super Glue

Dermatologists actually recommend using a dab of Super Glue on cracked skin to promote healing and prevent further drying or splitting. The active ingredient is the same as that of liquid bandages and other medical adhesives used to close cuts and wounds.

First, make sure the skin crack is cleaned. Then, squeezing the edges of the crack together, apply a bit of Super Glue — enough to hold it closed. Hold the edges together until the glue dries to make sure the crack doesn’t open.

The best medicine for dry, cracked skin is prevention. To prevent painfully dry, cracked skin, apply a daily moisturizer, such as Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk or My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion, all over the body. With daily use, your skin will thank you during the harsh winter season.

No matter how careful we are, accidents happen. Whether it’s a toddler bumping his head on the sharp corner of a coffee table or an adult slipping up with a kitchen knife while slicing vegetables, injuries — and often lingering scars — are bound to happen. Though total scar prevention may be impossible after a cut, there are things you can do to lessen the severity of any lasting marks.

Scar Treatment: The 411 About Scars

The first thing to know is that scar formation is a totally normal part of the healing process. “When the skin is injured, collagen production goes into overdrive to fix the wound as fast as possible,” says Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and founder of the Art of Dermatology LLC in New York City. “This healing tissue doesn’t contain all of the normal parts of skin, so it looks different.”

The appearance of any given scar depends on a number of factors. The shape, size, and depth of the wound contribute to the way a scar looks, as do the amount of blood that can get to the area, your skin color, and your skin thickness.

There are three main types of scars. Normal scars are relatively thin, small, and flat. Hypertrophic scars are red, thick, and raised. Keloid scars are also raised, often dark or red, and, unlike hypertrophic scars, expand beyond the contours of the actual wound. Keloid scars tend to be genetic and can be hard to control or predict, says Dr. Krant. They come from an overproduction of collagen and can be treated by injecting steroid medication into the affected area . Consultation with a medical professional is the best route when dealing with a keloid scar.

Scar Prevention: Dos and Don’ts

There are steps you can take — and mistakes to avoid — to help heal skin with as little residual scarring as possible. “The key to lessening scarring is to decrease the amount of work the body has to do to heal the scar,” Krant says. Here’s how:

  • Get stitches if needed. Cuts that are spread apart or are deep often heal better when they are stitched by a medical professional. Keep in mind that stitches must be sewn as soon as possible, while the injury is fresh. If too much time elapses, the wound may become contaminated with germs or bacteria, and a doctor may not want to stitch it closed because of the threat of infection. Also, the wound may start to partially heal, which can hinder successful suturing. If in doubt about whether stitches are in order, see a doctor in a timely manner and let him decide the best treatment for the wound.
  • Keep the wound moist. Apply petroleum jelly to the wound and cover it with a non-stick bandage. This can speed healing and minimize scarring, says Krant.
  • Massage the wound. Massaging a scar daily with a lightening cream, such as Clear Essence Medicated Fade Cream, can help reduce visibility of existing and new scars. Make sure to really massage the skin in order to improve circulation and blood flow while assisting in healing the affected area.
  • Avoid the sun. Keeping the scar away from sunlight can help minimize discoloration.
  • Let it heal naturally. Don’t use hydrogen peroxide too frequently as it can cause continual irritation and slow the healing process. And don’t pick at scabs. “Scabs are nature’s biologic dressing,” Krant says. “Picking off a scab repeatedly when a wound is trying to heal will slow healing and increase scarring. ”
  • Be patient. Healing takes time — possibly a long time. The first phase of healing takes three months, followed by a second phase that lasts another three months. At one year after the injury, the scar has basically formed, but even then it will still change and appear different a year after that. “The truth is, scars never stop changing and improving unless they are keloid scars, which continually worsen unless treated by a physician,” Krant says.

If you have dry skin, you know that lotions and moisturizers, such as Clear Essence Skin Beautifying Milk and My Natural Beauty Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15, help. But can certain dietary choices combat dry, itchy, scaly skin?

“The most important part of the skin barrier is lipids, including phospholipids, free fatty acids, cholesterol, and ceramides,” says Amy Newburger, MD, an attending physician in the Dermatology Department at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Medical Center. “Skin without enough fat in it has a protein predominance and is kind of like a mess made just of twigs with no glue between them.” Water easily escapes through a barrier without lipids, allowing skin to become dehydrated.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids are necessary for the production of intercellular lipids — the “glue” between the “twigs” in the stratum corneum, or surface of the skin. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect on irritated skin. Two types of fatty acids that are “essential” — that is, they must be obtained through the diet — are omega-3s, and omega-6s.

Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish like salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines, as well as flaxseed oil, some types of eggs, and grass-fed beef. Evening primrose oil and borage seed oil, which are high in omega-6s, help hydrate the skin and prevent water from evaporating, says Leslie Baumann, director of the University of Miami Cosmetic Medicine and Research Institute. “If you don’t like fish or are pregnant and can’t eat it, omega-3 supplements are a good option.” Most Americans get enough omega-6s through their diet because they’re contained in corn and safflower oils.

 

Vitamins and Minerals for Dry Skin

“Vitamin C is necessary for the function of the enzyme that causes collagen to form,” says Dr. Newburger, “and collagen acts as a sponge for moisture.” Clear Essence uses this natural vitamin within its Lemon Plus Vitamin C line. Clear Essence Lemon Plus Vitamin C Smoothing Creme is a thick and velvety cream that can target dry patches and leave a smooth and hydrated complexion.

Newburger adds that copper and zinc are also necessary. Together, vitamin C, zinc, and copper keep collagen denser, which in turn allows for plump, hydrated skin. “Any good multivitamin with trace minerals in it contains zinc and copper,” says Newburger. Zinc has also been found to have anti-inflammatory effects, which is vital for maintaining smooth skin.

Caffeine, Alcohol, and Dry Skin

While consuming caffeine is unlikely to dehydrate you, it does make the blood vessels constrict, which is why it’s used in eye creams (to reduce puffiness). “Long term, this means a reduced amount of blood flow and nutrients though the tissues,” warns Newburger. “And if you don’t have healthy circulation, you won’t have age-appropriate cell turnover.”

In the case of alcohol, Michele Murphy, a registered dietitian at NewYork Presbyterian–Weill Cornell Medical Center, explains that although it’s a diuretic, you’d need to be severely dehydrated to experience any noticeable changes. “The average person having a glass of wine with dinner every night and maintaining adequate fluid intake is unlikely to see any real difference,” she says. 

Don’t Overdo It

If you’re already eating a balanced diet with sufficient fats, adding more fats or taking supplements is not necessarily a quick fix for dry skin. “If you’re deficient in fat or certain vitamins, it does have the potential to affect the look or feel of your skin,” says Murphy. “But supplementing beyond what the body needs has not been shown to improve skin.”

 

http://www.everydayhealth.com/dry-skin/healthy-skin-diet.aspx

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