What do our Skin Pores do?

What do our skin pores do? Some people have large pores and search for skin care products to reduce their size. Others have non-visible pores, their skin always looks smooth and soft. Then there are those whose pores, for a multitude of reasons, become blocked, fill with dirt, oil and “sludge”, and are visibly darker or infected.

If you want to truly learn how to care for you skin, you need to start with your pores. What exactly are they and what do they do?

There are 2 kinds of pores, or tiny openings in matrix fashion, all over the skin of your body. The first is a sweat gland, which makes sweat, allowing you to regulate your body’s temperature and attract the opposite sex. The second is an oil gland, which produces oil to naturally maintain your skin’s surface protective barrier and keep it soft.

Your pores also absorb the ingredients of your skin care products, or not – if your pores are blocked with old skin, oil and dirt. A good foundational understanding of the anatomy and function of the magnificent skin pore will hopefully help us care for our skin more intentionally.

On the PersonalCareTruth.com website, I came along a wonderful post written by Amanda Foxon-Hill titled “What are pores?” Just click on the <- this title and jump over to her excellent description of pores, a wonderful graphic of the anatomy, and discussion of their functions. Thank you Amanda for such a great post! I really enjoyed it and am sharing it with my readers today.

Health and Beauty Benefits of Raw Honey

I’ve been reading here and there about the health and beauty benefits of raw honey. In particular of interest to me have been the antimicrobial and healing properties raw honey provides.

http://honeyfanatic.com/1341/but-i-really-dont-like-honey/

If you’re interested in the culinary attributes of honey, Bev, from her blog “Honey Fanatic” shares the many flavorful and palate enhancing nuances of honey. I never knew there was so much to know about honey!

For personal care uses of raw honey, the site  Personal Care Truth  shares why honey lasts forever, and how to use it to enhance your beauty. Great article written by one of their cosmetic chemists, Lise M. Andersen.

If you try a honey masque, let me know how you liked it!

Bone Broth – Tried it yet?

Bone broth is gaining popularity among those seeking healthy living, wellness and disease prevention. I began to seriously think about trying some when someone asked me what I thought about it for aiding healing of Crohn’s and Celiac’s diseases.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_broth

Pot of Bone Broth Simmering on the Stove

Dr. David Samadi recently posted about bone broth:

“Bone broth is made by boiling animal bones, herbs, and vegetables into a flavorful, bone-marrow filled pot. Experts believe bone broth helps with digestion, joint pain, memory, and dull skin. “

In his post about Bone Broth Cocktails, he discusses the many benefits from drinking this magical broth, which includes an excellent source of minerals, healing the mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract, decreasing inflammation throughout the body, and boosting the amount of collagen and elastin available to our joints, skin and nails.

My Whole Foods Market has started selling it by the cupful, in chicken, turkey and beef varieties. Today, I waited and waited for it to be readied for serving until I could wait no more as my frozen items in my shopping cart were melting. I am intent on trying it. Not sure about the cocktail unless it is a hot toddy before going to bed. Now that sounds very relaxing, comforting and probably a very good time to drink it, as your body may absorb the nutrients better as you rest though the night.

Have you tried bone broth yet? If so, what are your thoughts, why do you drink it and what health or beauty benefits are you experiencing?

You (almost) Can’t Have Enough Vitamin D

You (Almost) Can't Have Enough Vitamin D

Good news coming from researchers at the Mayo Clinic this week on Vitamin D and the potential for toxicity we’ve all been worried about. As information correlating sun exposure and skin cancer has been widely disseminated, and the use of sunscreens with SPF of 30 to 50 and more are increasingly used, Vitamin D levels have been seen to decline. The easy fix is to take Vitamin D supplements, but the fear of how much is too much has gnawed on my conscience. [Read more…]

Personal Tissue Regeneration Options are Coming Soon!

Personal Tissue Regeneration Options Coming Soon.

Recent findings in the field of tissue regeneration research may be life changing for many. Those  with damaged tissues such as diabetic foot ulcers, burns, loss elasticity in tissues providing structural support of internal organs, or even loss of organ tissue, have hope for regenerative options from manipulating their own tissue cells. [Read more…]

Why Night Skin Cleansing is a Must

Why is night cleansing a must?

It’s late, your exhausted, and just want to jump into bed and fall asleep. “I’ll wash my face in the morning and put on fresh makeup then,” you say to yourself. You think it’s not a big deal, probably because you don’t see the results of your inaction immediately. In reality, it IS a big deal. Over time not washing the day’s “soil” from your face will lead to all kinds of not so pretty results!

In the pictures below you can see how beautiful and healthy a clean, open pore is on the surface and underneath your skin. You can see the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to your skin to give it a vibrant, healthy glow. [Read more…]

Skin Fat Cells Protect Us from Infections

That little bit of pudge, your “baby face,” or having pinch-able cheeks may keep your skin healthier, it seems. Researchers have found that “fat cells below the skin help protect us from bacteria.” In the January 2nd, 2015 issue of Science, the results of a study conducted by scientists at UC San Diego School of Medicine was published showing immune factors within the fat cells beneath our skin.

http://www.seabuckthorn.com/sbtskinhealth.htm

Human Skin Cross Section

The usual immune response comes from our body’s ability to produce white blood cells containing a host factors that scavenge and fight bacteria and other germs. This research has shown our fat cells also have germ fighting capabilities. [Read more…]

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurveda practice that has not been thoroughly researched by the current scientific community, but has those with gum issues very interested in this practice.

The very simple process of Oil Pulling explained:

  1. Purchase virgin, organic coconut or sesame oil.
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    Coconut Oil
  2. Perform first thing in the morning, before you put food or liquid into your mouth.
  3. Place 1 teaspoon of oil into your mouth, swish around and “pull” through your teeth.
  4. Do this for 10 – 20 minutes.
  5. DO NOT SWALLOW the OIL, as it is said to be full of toxins drawn out of your tissues which could make you sick if swallowed.
  6. Spit out the oil within the time frame given when the oil is thin and white.
  7. Rinse with salt water or warm water.
  8. Repeat  anywhere from once a day / several times a week, to twice a day / every day.

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Eating Raw Foods for Beautiful Skin

Have you seen before and after photos of someone who has increased their water intake to 4 liters a day? She does look much more hydrated and her skin does show a more youthful appearance I must admit. When I saw the photos I wondered what the difference is to our skin when we switch to more raw foods to consume the highest levels of natural vitamins and minerals. Would it show a difference like the water did? Why not give it a try.

So I did, and still do. I also decided to go as sugar free as possible, too. Food is much tastier I will say, and I crave fruits and veggies now. When I do eat my old favorite-must-have-every-day chocolate, or a sweet, it gives me a headache. Even gluten free treats. Sigh. So no more of those.

Here’s a typical day for me – [Read more…]

A New “Soak and Seal” Treatment for Eczema

Eczema is such an irritating and stressful skin condition. It can be so painful and leave young and old open to infection and cause great emotional stress. When I read about a new treatment for this condition, I wanted to share with you. It is maybe not so much new as it is different and does require a good deal of effort and discipline, requiring strict adherence to a specific protocol for several weeks to give it the best chance of success.

Eczema

From National Jewish Health in Denver comes research with promising results for children with Eczema, also called Atopic Dermatitis: [Read more…]

Is it Acne or Yeast Infection?

Chest and back acne can be difficult to control, particularly if there is a concurrent infection that mimics acne. The yeast, Pityrosporum, creates a folliculitis when commonly used acne treatments set up the skin for its growth. Although it looks a lot like acne, there are a few things to note that will lead you to suspicion it is something else.

  • Itching (also known as pruritis)
  • Comes about after prolonged oral / topical antibiotics to treat acne
  • Worsens with antibiotic usage, heat, humidity, stress
  • Does not respond to typical acne treatments (acid peels, acne washes, topical retinoids)

[Read more…]

My Recipe for a Healthy, Vibrant, Radiant Appearance

We want the vibrant glow of health in our skin and appearance, right? That beautiful radiance comes from inside – be it your disposition and thoughts, and physical health, together with a relaxed style life. All of these are affected by what we choose to eat. No, this is not another post about a new diet, cleanse or fast. Today, I would like to chat with you about seeing your physical self as the home of your “joie de vivre” spirit, personality, and character.

I would like to encourage you to take care of your bodily home. To nourish it with fresh, colorful nutrients and minerals so that it looks pristine, and functions optimally, in which you can put your very best self forward every single day to your family, friends, colleagues and the world!

Beginning about eight weeks ago, I began to eliminate foods known to be the commonly identified allergens, which can cause us to gain weight. My post “Which Hidden Food Allergies Might be Making You Gain Weight?” identifies food with gluten, dairy, corn, chocolate, tomatoes, eggs, soy, peanuts, beef, processed or cured meats, seafood, citrus, yeast, bell peppers, eggplant, potatoes, sugar, and caffeine as common culprits.

My every-few-day-headaches are gone, I’ve shed 8 pounds, have more energy, clarity of thought and feel much happier. Twenty seven more pounds to go! [Read more…]

Alternative, Complementary, Naturopathic, Conventional or Integrative Medicine?

Natural MedicineYou’ve seen the commercials about yogurt with added probiotics, maybe drinking a protein shake with added good bacterias and digestive enzymes.  How about that cup of herbal tea or eucalyptus for that cold? Have you browsed the herbal remedy section at your local health food store, looking for something natural to cure what you have? Chances are you might already know what Complementary and Alternative Medicine is all about then!

The National Institutes of Health  defines CAM as:

“a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered to be part of conventional medicine. While scientific evidence exists regarding some CAM therapies, for most there are key questions that are yet to be answered through well-designed scientific studies—questions such as whether these therapies are safe and whether they work for the purposes for which they are used.” [Read more…]

Basal Cell, Squamous Cell Skin Cancer and Melanoma – What’s the Difference?

basal cell carcinomaBasal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It is slow growing and easily treated with a small percentage spreading internally. It develops on the skin, most commonly the head and neck, growing from the deepest layers of the epidermis, in areas most exposed to the sun.

Squamaous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer.

Squamous cell carcinomas tend to grow and spread more than basal cell cancers. They are more likely to invade fatty tissues just beneath the skin, and are more likely to spread to lymph nodes and/or distant parts of the body, although this is still uncommon.” [Read more…]

Anti-Aging Formula

Dr. David B. SamadiEvery Sunday I wake up early so I don’t miss Sunday House Call on Fox News, where two excellent physicians, Dr. David Samadi, and Dr. Marc Seigel,  share health and wellness tips, discuss medical topics and always provide advice for living a longer, healthier life.

Here is the Samadi Anti-aging formula (for a longer life – taken from his Facebook Page):

If inflammation is the reason why we age, then reducing inflammation should prolong our life. I will stand behind this formula and I promise you it will help you clear all the free radicals: [Read more…]

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