Cleansing to Protect and Nourish Your Skin

Cleansing Without Compromise

Cleansing helps remove the dirt, oil, and other impurities from your skin’s surface and in your pores. It is the first step in improving your skin’s appearance, preventing blemishes, discoloration, inflammation, and general dullness. It is also the first step in nourishing your skin and protecting the delicate structure that keeps it functioning in a healthful manner!

Crème CleanseWhen cleansing your skin, it is essential you choose a product that is gentle, natural, and devoid of harsh, irritating ingredients. Unfortunately, many cleansing products are designed with soaps and surfactants that can actually strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it tight, dry, and susceptible to irritation. If you’ve ever washed your skin and feel it pull tight against your face afterwards, it’s likely that you have disrupted the natural layer that protects your skin against bacteria and moisture loss. After cleansing, you always want your skin to feel fresh and supple, not tight and dry. [Read more…]

10 Tips for Your Healthy Scalp and Hair

While brushing my hair last night, I started thinking about our scalp, wondering how the layers of skin differ than those on our face. Thoughts of the skin care regimen I do for my face came to mind, wondering what I do to promote a healthy scalp, and how I can better care for it.

Here are two images-  our “basic” skin, and skin layers of our scalp. Surrounding the hair follicle, we can see blood vessels, sebaceous glands, muscles, and sensory nerve fibers. In the scalp image, you can see areas surrounding the hair shaft where it comes through the top layers of skin, with openings for the hair shaft to move and also, where dead skin cells might build up, blocking the sebaceous glands from excreting the natural oils produced or moving down the hair shaft.

With this in mind, you can see where we can do a few things, like we do for the rest of our skin, to help nature keep our hair and scalp healthy.

Skin-Cross-Section hair follicle-illustration

  1. Brush your hair from scalp to tips once or twice a week, gently moving your brush along the scalp to carry your natural oils down the whole hair shaft.
  2. Wash your hair and scalp with natural oil based Hair Therapy Shampoo. Use warm, not hot water, to keep your layer of natural oils from drying out.
  3. Take time to gently massage your scalp while washing.
  4. Use a sugar scrub to lightly exfoliate the scalp of the old skin cells.
  5. Make sure you rinse the shampoo and scrub thoroughly from your scalp and hair.
  6. Apply a Hair Therapy Conditioner, with ingredients that nourish and protect the skin on your scalp and the hair shaft.
  7. IF your hair is very dry, you may want to apply a Hair Treatment Oil while your hair is still damp.
  8. Use your blow dryer on warm, rather than hot, temperature, and hold the dryer 8 – 12 inches from your hair while drying.
  9. If you use a curling or flat iron, try to use the lowest temperature that gives you results, and run the iron through quickly.
  10. Use Gels and Sprays liberally, and only on the hair shafts so as to keep the follicle open.

How does your hair look and feel now? I think with the brushing and exfoliation, your natural oils will do their job better, and the natural ingredients from your shampoo and conditioner will help your hair stay healthy and look fabulous all year long!

Don’t forget a hair trim every 6 weeks or so to keep your ends healthy.

4 Tips for Vibrant Skin with Changing Seasons

If your skin could talk, what would it say to you? “Help me, I’m drying out!” or “I can’t breathe with so many old skin cells piling up all over me!” or “I’m red, itching and burning up! Put out the fire!” or even “I’m feeling old, sluggish and oh, so droopy! I need a quick Pick-Me-Up!

bundled upAs we go from season to season, our skin’s protective function needs to adjust. We go from cold temperatures with the  icy winds of winter and dry heaters blasting in your car and home, to the milder temperatures of spring, a rain shower here and there, and the sun showing its smiling face more often with a little greater intensity. [Read more…]

7 Tips to Prevent and Treat Dry Skin

Winter winds is a major factor for dry skin. Dry skin seems to increase in the windy, cold months of the year. If you are using products on your skin that don’t protect its layer of natural oils, or are not cleansing and exfoliating often enough, your skin will show it. Dry, flaky, itchy skin can be prevented and you can also help it heal with a few steps:

1. Use warm water, not hot, to wash / bathe in – hot water opens the pores, promoting loss of natural moisture. [Read more…]

4 Tips for Dealing with Milia

miliaAs we age, our skin cells turn over slower, setting up a well moisturized skin to accumulate the old cells within the pores. When they do this, it can form a little white bump trapped within the top layer of skin, call milia. Milia usually develops around the eyes and tops of cheeks.

Milia are very common, benign, keratin-filled cysts. Primary milia are typically seen in infants but also may occur in children and adults. Secondary milia develop after trauma to the skin, such as after burns (eg, sunburns), dermabrasion, or in blistering disorders.” emedicine

So how do you get rid of milia and prevent more from developing? [Read more…]

What Do You Do If You’ve Over Exfoliated?

As you age, your rate of dead skin cell turnover slows down and your skin thins. Exfoliation is a must, to keep those dead skin cells moving, providing better absorption of your moisturizers and nutrient serums. At the same time you are walking a fine line of balancing the right amount of exfoliation while protecting your skin’s protective barrier covering.

Mechanical exfoliation is achieved through substances such as walnut shell, sea salts or other forms of “grit” that will massage or rub the dead skin cells off. Chemical exfoliation is accomplished through an acid or a combination of acids that reduce the skin’s pH enough to remove the “glue” that holds the dead skin cell to the skin’s surface.

Overuse of either or both, together with fragile skin, or a sensitive skin condition such as eczema or rosacea, can set your skin up for signs of irritation and inflammation as well as redness, itching, swelling, scabbing, infection and scarring. [Read more…]

3 Tips to Keep Your Nose Looking Pretty!

Is the Tip of your Nose Dry, Red, Burning or Peeling from constant blowing on a tissue? Do you have a Runny Nose from Allergies or a Cold?

Here are my 3 Best Tips for Keeping the Tip of Your Nose Looking Pretty! [Read more…]

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