Name an ailment, and you will find hundreds of skin care creams, lotions and other products for it. As a result of ongoing research and due to ever increasing demand, the number of skin care products seems to be on the increase. Skin care lotions and skin care creams are the most popular forms in which these products are available, and there always seems to be a debate on which form is better?

Well, there is no definitive answer to this. It seems more like a matter of personal choice. However, greasy creams are surely less popular as compared to the non-greasy (or less greasy) ones. Since the application of skin care creams is easier, they seem to be preferred (over lotions) in cases where the skin care product is not to be removed immediately after application. So, skin care creams seem more popular as moisturisers than as cleansers or toners. For toners, lotions seem to be preferred over skin care creams. There are some skin care creams that acts as toners too, but generally the toners are available in liquid form only. For cleansing, lotions and skin care creams are equally popular; however, the tilt seems more towards lotions.

Creams are known to be most effective in keeping skin moist; hence, the most popular form of skin care creams is moisturisers. Due to the same reason, a lot of people tend to associate skin care creams with dry and sensitive skin. Though it is true to a certain extent, skin care creams are not used only for dry skin, they are also used for making products for oily skin e.g. vitamin A creams and sulphur creams that help reduce the rate of sebum production.

Skin care creams are also used for products that cater to skin disorders especially for disorders that require the application of product over a small localised area. This is again due to the fact that skin care creams are easier to apply (without wastage) on the affected area. However, in cases where skin needs to be washed using a medicine/product, lotion is a better choice. Mostly, the manufacturers too realize this fact, making it easier for you to choose between a lotion and a skin care cream

Eye-creams and anti-ageing creams are other examples where skin care cream is preferred over its lotion counterpart.

Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seed within the fruit of the wild thorny rose bush. Native to Chile, the plant is now cultivated elsewhere in South America with many countries producing the oil. Also found under the name ‘Rosa Mosqueta’, the oil has been used by native people for hundreds of years, but only recently became known to the rest of the world.

The red colored oil can be either solvent extracted or ‘cold-pressed’ – pressing is the really way to go, as there is no chance of any solvent residues remaining in the final product, and it is easier on the environment. The cold-pressed oil is the closest to nature; it has a high essential fatty acid content, and is considered more delicate than other seed oils. For this reasons, pure rosehip seed oil should be kept in a cool place, out of direct light, and should be used within 1 year of purchase. Otherwise the more fragile of the fatty acids could begin to turn bad, and your skin might not be so fond of them.

Rosehip seed oil is an excellent source of natural vitamin E and natural vitamin A, or ‘trans-retinoic acid’. Retinoic acid, the acid derivative of vitamin A, is the active ingredient found in Retin-A or Tretinoin. Retin-A (a pharmaceutical preparation) has been heralded as a wrinkle cure because of its ability to increase skin cell proliferation – or speed the time it takes for your skin to regenerate. In fact, rosehip seed oil has been extensively studied for many of the same actions attributed to Retin-A, and has been shown effective without side effects (like over-drying and peeling – though unlike Retin-A, it should not be used to treat acne).

The first major study on rosehip seed oil was performed in 1983 by a team of researchers at the University of Santiago, Chile. The study’s participants included individuals with diverse forms of skin damage: deep wrinkles and other premature aging, UV damage, radiation damage, acne scarring, burn scarring, dermatitis, and other problems of this type. Rosehip seed oil was shown to have significant, noticeable effects in regenerating the skin, reducing wrinkles and scars, and helping the skin to regain its natural color and tone.

Another later study was conducted on women ages 25-35 with extensive premature aging of their skin. Again, rosehip seed oil significantly reduced the appearance of wrinkles and sun spots after daily application for four months. Research has continued on the oil, with one study noting: “On some skin troubles like superficial wrinkles, chestnut spots and ephelides, good results have been obtained. After 16 weeks of treatment, wrinkles and spots become imperceptible.” The oil has been used to successfully treat a long list of skin related conditions, including: age spots, wrinkles and premature aging, sun damage, scars from acne, burns, and surgery, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, hyper-pigmentation, brittle nails, and even dry and damaged hair.

Besides its regenerative properties, rosehip seed oil is also an excellent moisturizer. This is most likely due to its high essential fatty acid content (fatty acids that the body cannot produce itself), which are necessary for healthy skin. The oil penetrates the upper layers of the skin quickly and, being known as a ‘dry’ moisturizer, does not leave the skin feeling greasy or oily.

As for daily use of rosehip seed oil, it is considered extremely gentle and can be applied undiluted to the skin. It may also be blended with other oils like jojoba and sweet almond, and will still have wonderful effects at 10% of the total concentration. Further, rosehip seed oil makes an excellent carrier oil for aromatherapy – blends with essential oils having skin regenerative and soothing properties are highly recommended.

For improvement of scarring, a simple blend of 20 drops of Helichrysum Italicum per 1 ounce of rosehip seed oil, applied daily to the area, can be helpful. Helichrysum is known for its content of regenerative ‘ketones’. For a more luxurious beauty blend, try the following in 4 ounces of rosehip seed:

  • 5 drops Helichrysum
  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 3 drops Sandalwood
  • 3 drops Neroli
  • 3 drops Carrot Seed
  • 3 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 1 drop Palmarosa
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang

Even simply the Helichrysum and Lavender will go a long way – Lavender oil is very gentle, and is also known to have regenerative properties.

Nowhere more than the beauty industry have we seen the greatest shift with new products springing up all over to match the demands of an increasingly aware public. And with momentum being added by a long list of celebrity it seems things are set to continue. But why should we bother with organic skin care, and who says it’s any better that the usual list of suspects?

“The fact is that around 60% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed deep into the system so we’re being affected as much by what we rub on or rinse through as we are by what we eat or drink” says Pur Natural Skincare director Linda Jones. “Our skincare, like our food, is often imbued with a cocktail of ingredients that offer nothing but a cheaper alternative to the natural ingredients they replace”.

Studies have shown that these little nasties can build up and store themselves in parts of the body you’d really rather they didn’t! But how does organic skincare work?

Linda explains: “In simple terms, if we’re keeping the toxins out and introducing the right mix of naturally beneficial compounds we’re improving and enhancing the skin’s natural repair and renewal rhythm”. So by opting for organic are we fighting a winning battle? Unfortunately things are never quite that simple.

All great breakthroughs have their imitations and with a lack of strict controls on labeling many ‘organic’ pretenders are finding a lucrative niche. It seems that in many cases it doesn’t ‘do exactly what it says on the tin’. So how can we be sure that what we’re buying is the genuine unadulterated article?

“Organic certification is a good place to start” says Pur’s marketing director Simon Ford, “but even here we have to be cautious because by their own admission many certification agencies check paper trails for organic ingredients rather than the actual product”. But unless you have a Caesaresque talent for Latin, reading the label won’t be much help.

“If you want to be sure of what you’re getting you have to read the label” says Simon. “We spend a lot of energy translating our labels into plain English, but if you’re still not sure about something you can phone our ingredient helpline listed on the label and we’ll happily advise you”.

You know that unsightly scarring where the skin stretched during puberty, pregnancy, that time you ate too much over the holidays and gained weight. Even bodybuilders get stretch marks from when their muscles get too big too fast. If you’ve just developed your first stretch marks you’ll probably be unnerved at the reddish purple inflamed look to them, but don’t worry stretch marks will fade over time to a color a few shades lighter than the rest of your skin aiding in their removal.

After childbirth or losing weight your skin will contract to its original size and thus become much less apparent. It will still have a loose feel to it or you may notice that the stretch marks are set lower than the skin around it, giving the area an uneven feel when you run your fingers over it. That’s because the stretch marks are made on the dermis layer of the three layers of skin and as the dermis is continually stretched over time it begins to lose its elasticity and the small collagen fibers within break, creating stretch marks.

Despite their sometimes jagged and grisly appearance there is usually no health risk and it doesn’t impede your ability to function at all. Occasionally the thin skin may tear easily in an accident.

The best way to treat the removal of stretch marks is to catch them at their earliest appearance when they are still reddish in color. Dermatologists have tried using a variety of treatments on the marks, but once they fade they are much more difficult to treat. You can try massaging the marks with Olive oils, Coconut butter or Vitamin E or Vitamin A. Aloe Vera Gel on the skin can help soothe irritation of the recently stretched skin. Exercising regularly is a good way to keep your skin and muscles firm thus preventing stretch marks, and eating foods rich in protein, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C will help promote healthy skin.

Pay attention to application. To apply tanning products most efficiently, begin working on a small area. Then, softly and in an even manner, rub in the product – but not too generously.

If you work your way out to other areas in a swirling, but still gentle and even rub, rather than going in an up-and-down direction, you will stretch your product further and still have the same level of effectiveness.

Getting to those hard to reach areas like your back may require an extra hand.

Diluting is OK. When using these lotions on more sensitive areas like your knees, feet, hands and elbows, either dilute first with a moisturizing lotion or use very small amounts when gently rubbing in.

Rubbing with a make-up sponge applicator works well for these areas, too. Doing this will help prevent build up, irritation and waste.

Remember to use sunblock too! Many tanning lotions do not contain any level of SPF protection. Remember the basics, long and light clothes and high SPF sunblock to protect your skin at the same time.

If you make an effort and follow these tips, a little bit of lotion will go a long way, so slow and steady does it.

  1. Use a skin care system – Putting together a cleanser, toner and moisturizer from what’s on sale at the chain drugstore down the street is a recipe for disaster where your skin is concerned. Use a skin care system with products that are designed and formulated to work together, and you’ll get much better results. Even you die-hard soap and water users could benefit from use of a skin care system. No more guess work about which product is the best for your particular type of skin, or wondering what to do when you run out and your drugstore no longer carries your “favorite” product. Gentlemen, this means you as well!
  2. Eat a balanced diet – Yes, we all know that a balanced diet is the healthy thing to do, but did you also realize that a balanced diet helps with the moisture balance and the condition of your skin? Start with a minimum of 8 – 12 glasses of water each and every day, and follow up with lots of fruits and vegetables. Continue with a basic low-fat diet (but don’t starve yourself!) and good-quality protein, and you’ll have a recipe for not only good health, but also great skin!
  3. Be gentle – Use a very light touch on your facial skin at all times. If you’re used to rubbing your face or eyes vigorously (if you have allergies, itchy eyes or sensitive skin) you could be aggravating the condition. The skin on your face is very delicate, and the skin under your eyes is the most delicate of all! Never rub under your eyes. If they itch, try a cold compress or washcloth, or a cotton pad moistened with toner or witch hazel. Aggressive rubbing during your cleaning routine can also cause damage. Use a gentle touch on your face at all times.
  4. Moderation in alcohol consumption – Alcoholic drinks tend to enlarge the blood vessels near the surface of your facial skin, and prolonged alcohol consumption or abuse can damage your skin. The overall health effects can be very negative, and they’ll show up first in your face!
  5. Get your ZZZZ’s – The majority of cell repair and generation performed by your body’s systems happens when you are at rest. If you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin can’t renew itself. Find the right sleep balance for you by tracking how you feel when you sleep 6 – 8 hours versus 4 – 6 hours over a 7 to 10 day period. When you feel your best for an extended period, that may be the right sleep level and amount for you. Try to ensure proper rest by winding down from the day’s stressful activities so that you can fall asleep easily and rest completely.
  6. Watch out for nature! – Blustery days with lots of wind can cause your skin to become dry and tight. We often protect our skin from winter’s chill winds, ice and snow, but windy days in any season can cause skin damage. If you’re riding in a fast-moving vehicle, or with the window down, make sure to moisturize your skin before and after the ride, especially if you notice any tightness. In fact, don’t wait for the tightness to appear, take extra care with your skin every single day!

The sun and you.

Know your skin type first. This will help you determine the perfect product for you. It will also let you determine the amount of time you can stay under the sun.

Some skin easily burns, peels, tans and some are really sensitive. This can depend also if you are Caucasian, African or Asian. It is better to do some testing and researching first.

Skin needs moisture.

Check the moisture that tanning oil can give your skin. Sun can really dry out your skin to the extent of dehydrating it. So do not forget to moisturize too. There are few tanners that act as tanning agent and moisturizer at the same time.

Also, look for products that are not sticky and feels light when applied on skin. There are some tanning oils with this kind of attribute that you can easily find in the market nowadays.

Strictly for indoor use.

There lots of indoor tanning oils especially designed for use in tanning beds. Although most oils are for outdoor use, some opt for oils because of the moisture that they provide.

Never forget to check the label first that indicates it is safe for tanning bed use because oil can sometimes cause damages to the surface of the bed.

Easy tan

Self tanning oil can help you achieve tan without exposing yourself under the sun. Self tanners can also be used to cover up those tan lines or if you have an uneven tan.

Price and benefits

As much as possible, choose a product based on the benefits that it can give you and not on the price. You may have probably bought the cheapest one, but only to realize in the end that it has very poor outcome.

However, if you really are on a tight budget there are some good drugstore finds or homemade ones.

Tanning oil made at home

These things will really help those budget-conscious beauties and even the ones with very sensitive skin. What is good about these homemade tanning oils is that you know exactly what is in the product. Some might have ingredients that are not really good for the skin.

Survey helps

Ask your friends and relatives for opinions. Some might suggest the best products that they have tried, but keep in mind that what is good on someone does not necessarily mean it is good for you too. It will always depend on your skin type and what your skin needs.

Types of tan

Decide on the kind of tan you want to achieve. Different products also offer different protection for your skin.

As you are exposed to the sun, your skin looses the natural nutrients and your tanning oil should be the one to provide you with the minerals, amino acids and moisture that it needs. Some want their skin lightly blushed, average tan and even complex tan.

Less sun is better

The lesser time you will be exposed under the sun, the better the product is. This is good because you will have less chance of having skin damages caused by sun. Do not stay under the sun too long in order to tan yourself. Overexposing yourself can harm your skin. It is better to tan yourself gradually.

Protect skin from sun-

Keep sun away as much as possible. Use a high SPF, preferably 30, sunscreen regularly. Wear a wide brimmed hat and keep yourself covered with proper clothing. Use big sunglasses that can also give shadow to part of cheeks.

Bleach the skin-

The next step is to use bleaches. You will get prescription bleaches as well as OTC. Consult your doctor about that. Hydroquinone is the most common bleach, but some countries don’t allow its use as bleach. Use Kojic acid or Azelaic Acid bleaches in its place. Use products enriched with Vitamin A derivatives, Vitamin C an other anti oxidants and AHAs. AHAs will peel away the superficial coloration from the epidermis.

Skin Bleaching and precautions-

Don’t use bleach after the color has returned to original. Don’t use bleach on normal skin otherwise it will bleach that part and make it look lighter.

Seasonal skin care differences

Normally the winter months tend to be much colder and much more dry when compared to the summer season when the heat and humidity levels are significantly higher. When our skin is continually exposed to the harshness of winter weather, our skin takes the brunt of this beating, becoming excessively more irritated, chapped and dry. Although the clothes we wear protect most of the skin on our body, many times we often forget to provide protection to our facial area. Don’t assume that just moving indoors is significantly better for your skin. With many people continuously running their home heating system and many also using dehumidifiers, we end up sapping a large portion of the moisture from the surrounding air.

Now if we take a look at the summer months, the temperatures start to warm, our skin is now more exposed to the elements from the simple fact we wear less clothing. Next combine the warmer temperatures with the increased humidity levels. Our natural response to these environmental changes is an increased amount of sweat that our body begins to produce as it tries to cool it self off. The consequence of these environmental and bodily changes is that our skin starts to become much oilier and we also end up more prone to the formation of pimples and other skin blemishes.

For many, swimming is a great way for us to find relief from the heat and easy way to cool off. However it is easy for us to forget that when we swim in a pool we are also exposing ourselves to harsh chemicals and when we go swimming at the beach we have to deal with the affects of salt water exposure which can lead to excessive dryness in our skin.

How to protect our skin during the winter months

It is important to use a sunscreen regularly regardless of what season it is. Many don’t realize that we are just as likely to sunburn in the winter months as we are during the summer. We should use a sunscreen and moisturizer combination or a facial make up product that has a minimum SPF rating of at least fifteen. Make sure you also protect your lips by wearing lip balm or a lipstick that includes sun protection.

We should try and maintain a consistent level of moisture within our skin and in our home or work environments. We can add moisture to the air inside of our home by using a simple humidifier. If you do not happen to own a humidifier you can just place a metal pan filled with water near the radiator or what ever heat source you have near by. It’s a good idea to keep a few plants in your home or office since they naturally help to moisturize the surrounding air. As for adding moisture to our bodies, we can easily do so by using an emollient based soap, cream or lotion.

Another simple thing we can do to help out our skin is to take shorter warm showers. If you use hot water while showering or taking a bath, you end up striping away your bodies natural oils. Taking long showers or bathes also causes us to lose even greater amounts of our natural body oils because we stay submerged in water for to long. If you take bathes frequently it would be wise to add a simple moisturizer to your bath water.

We should attempt to reduce how often we our apply toner after using our facial cleansers. Only use a toner product that has no alcohol or a low level of alcohol content. We also need to gently exfoliate our skin using a simple washcloth or soft scrub in order to remove any dead skin cells as well as stimulate the formation of new skin cells.

How to protect your skin during the summer months

We need to ensure that our skin is receiving significant protection from the effects of the suns ultraviolet rays which contain harmful radiation. We can do so by simply applying a sunscreen product with an adequate SPF rating. We can also wear sun protective clothing which has been specifically designed to protect against UV rays. You should also seek shade whenever possible while outdoors. Lastly it is important to note that the sun is at it’s strongest, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Anywhere between those hours is when we should take extra precautions for protecting our skin from the sun while outdoors.

Our excessive sweating also means we have an over abundance of realize oils which can clog our pores. When can combat this by using a cooling cleanser containing salicylic acid to help keep any skin blemishes under control. We should also use cleansers containing eucalyptus or menthol extracts since they feel good to the skin and also help keep our pores clean and open.

Red moles on skin are normal and they should not have any other colours in it. If the red moles retains their shape of 6 mm without becoming bigger or if they do not have any round or oval border around them then we can safely ignore them. If it is exposed constantly to sun then their behaviour changes and might become a cancer threat. Avoid scratching the red moles on skin since it might cause irritation and subsequently lead to melanoma.

As early as possible efforts should be made to check whether the red moles in the skin changes in size or colour. For an effective cure, early detection is very important. Since melanoma is a skin cancer and once it metastasizes, the spread to other parts of the body could not be stopped and it might even lead to death.

There are some natural certified organic treatment which tries to eliminate moles without scarring, tissue damage, or surgery. One among them is Nevi No More, which is produced from essential oils, and plant extracts organically grown.

The active constituents of this medicine claims to eradicate and defeat melanomas and moles. The manufacturers claim that results can be seen within a couple of days and once they are eliminated, there is no reported incidence of recurrence on the skin.

Any organic treatment should not contain any chemicals such as herbicides or fertilizers.

When this medicine is applied on the skin to treat the mole, nourishment is provided to the skin. Since these medicines are by nature lipophilic, it gets absorbed in the blood stream.

Whenever a product is described as hundred percent natural but not containing the word “organic” it implies the inclusion of toxins such as pesticides or chemicals in the products. Care should be taken to avoid such products. They may harm the skin in the long run. There will be further health complications and hey might fail therapeutically. Medicines, which are organic and have sufficient pharmaceutical strength, will be effective to cure the problem. Care should be taken before applying medicines for red moles on skin.

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