The Significance of Skin Care

The Importance of Skin Care

The importance of skin care has always been of significance below the surface but we often neglect the significance of overall well being to us. It is up to us to reflect upon the nature of its part in our lives. When we go to that important business meeting or that most anticipated interview, we always want to look our very best! And we all know that the first impression is always the lasting impression. So, we surely want to be the best looking that we can be at that very moment!

How can we do that and be prepared???

We can do that by continuous maintenance of our internal and external factors-mind, body and spirit.

Our lives are affected by our balance and if we are out of sync, then it will show!

We can concentrate on positively influencing ourselves by starting off with a daily regimen of praying, meditating and affirming. Skin care can be an add-on to all this ‘wonderfulness’! The first thing people see when they meet you is your face! We want this to be the most positively impactful impression ever!

Now, HOW can we achieve this?

I will start with the first component: the mind. Your mindset is the first place where change for the better begins. If you change your mindset, you will change your life and everything around you and outside you. Envision your life and desired results as if they are already in existence! Imagine yourself with the desired things, people in your life and places you would like to see. It will automatically increase the positive feeling inside you. The same way that stress can be a factor in a facial breakout, is the same way that worry about not having your desired things in your life can cause sickness in your body!

The components are all interdependent and have an impact upon each other!

The next component is the body. Though often underappreciated, our body plays a significant part of our well being by being the brain/center of it. Whatever we put in us will reflect on the outside and this is why nutrients play a huge part in maintaining a healthy body. I know it may sound cliché and we hear it all the time but we must remember to give it adequate rest, plenty of water and keep fluid with exercise! It is important to get as close to eight hours of sleep each night and drink half of your body’s weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds then you should have 60 ounces of water per day. Now, some of this can also be contained in our fruits and vegetables that we supposedly eat on a daily basis! 🙂 Fruits and vegetables contain the source of energy that we need regularly. You can also ensure their cleanliness by rinsing them with apple cider vinegar split with water-half and half. This will help remove possible chemicals on them that may be harmful.

Lastly but certainly not least- the spirit! We can maintain focus and care of our spirit by regularly practicing, in our waking moments and before sleeping at night, prayer, meditation and breathing exercising! Whichever one that you feel most comfortable in your heart doing is what works best to each individual. I happen to do all of them and it helps keep all grounded and in tact. I recently started exploring sun gazing which is proven to open your pineal gland which is where our consciousness is actively stirred. It is said only be done at sunrise and sunset, when the sun is orange colored.

NEVER do this during active times of the day when it is yellow which will cause damage to the eyes.

You can further research this and the ancient findings via the internet! 🙂

I am finding it to be effective in the aspect of realizing that this life that we live is purely an illusion that our conscious has manifested into a physical body to explore, experience and experiment on perfecting the whole journey! This positively affects my well being and in turn, helps me rest, take better care of my body which balances my mind! This, of course, is my personal experience and journey which I have found to be successful. My intent in sharing this is to, hopefully, encourage or enlighten others in caring for a better outlook and inner being WHICH WILL affect your outer being-your skin! SOOOOOOOO, take time to explore, enjoy and edify the inner being to manifest a better outer being!

Peace and better skin from within,

Candice Butler











Chemical peels…What do peels contain?


What Do Peels Contain?

Peel solutions most typically contain either alpha hydroxy acids (an AHA such as glycolic acid), beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid, also known as BHA), tricholoracetic acid (TCA), or phenol as the exfoliating agent. Each of these are categorized by the concentration and the resulting depth of the peel on the skin which can range from superficial (also known as micro or light peels) to medium or deep peels. Results are closely linked to the depth of peel performed. Superficial peels (typically those using low concentrations of AHA or BHA) offer far less dramatic improvement than medium or deep peels (usually TCA or phenol-based) do. Overall, you can expect minor to major improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, skin discolorations, skin texture, rebuilding of collagen, removal of blackheads, and a temporary reduction in excessive oil production (Sources: Cutis, February 2003, pages 18-24; eMedicine Journal, February 14, 2002, volume 3, number 2; Facial and Plastic Surgery, November 2001, pages 253-262; and Dermatologic Clinics, July 2001, pages 413-425).

What Can a Peel Do…and Not Do?

With any peel it is important to know what’s possible so you can keep your expectations realistic and spare yourself disappointment. Chemical peels in any form cannot remove or reduce the appearance of blood vessels on the skin, they cannot change the appearance of enlarged pores, they do not have an effect on keloidal (raised) scarring, they do not work as a face-lift, and they have limited benefit for improving skin discoloration for those with darker skin color. They can make skin smoother, help fade brown spots and an uneven skin tone from sun damage, and generally make skin’s surface look fresher and younger. Having peels done on a regular basis (say, every 6-8 weeks) will lead to collagen stimulation that improves the appearance of wrinkles.

There are definite drawbacks to consider with peels, but this is largely dependent on the type and depth of peel. Superficial peels have few associated risks but also offer less noticeable results. Some redness, swelling, and increased skin sensitivity can occur with superficial peels. You may also experience a period of intense flaking as the old, damaged skin is replaced by fresh, smooth new skin.

When significant results are desired, complications increase proportionately. Medium and deep peel complications can include scarring, infection, temporary or permanent changes in skin color (this is especially true for deeper peels), and cold sore breakouts for those with a history of cold sores. (Sources: Dermatologic Clinics, July 2001, pages 427-438.) For these reasons, many cosmetic dermatologists are forgoing deeper peels in favor of what can be accomplished more safely with light-emitting and laser devices.

Chemical peels are performed by the application of the specific solution that actually dissolves the skin’s top layers, either over the entire face or on specific areas. Often, several shallow to medium-depth peels can achieve similar results to one deep-peel treatment, with less post-procedure risk and a shorter recovery time. Talk to your dermatologist about this option and see if it may be the best approach to take.

AHA Peels

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels use glycolic acid as the peeling ingredient and these are considered superficial to medium peels depending on the concentration utilized. Typically the concentrations range from 30% to 70%. AHA peels are effective in improving skin texture, causing some collagen and elastin rebuilding, minimally reducing the appearance of acne scarring, and reducing the appearance of skin discolorations. Repeated treatments are necessary for all concentrations to maintain results. (Sources: Dermatologic Surgery, June 2002, pages 475-479; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, January 2001, pages 222-228; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88 and September-October 2000, pages 261-268; and International Journal of Dermatology, October 2000, pages 789-794).

Important Note: AHA peels are not medical procedures and as a result are not regulated by the FDA. A physician usually performs higher-concentration peels (more than 30%), but this is not always the case. Lower-concentration peels (20% to 30%), often performed by aestheticians, require repeated treatments to achieve and maintain the results seen immediately after the peel is performed.

After any peel, the practitioner should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen (preferably one whose only active ingredients are titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) to your skin. Skin will be sun-sensitive for a few weeks after the peel, and it makes sense to use sun protection to protect the investment you just made. Don’t bother with peels if you insist on getting a tan, either from the sun or from a tanning bed. A reputable, ethical dermatologist would never offer a peel to someone who is visibly tan or cannot commit to daily sun protection.

BHA Peels

Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) or salicylic acid peels are not as popular as AHA peels, yet they can be equally effective and have specific advantages for some skin types. A salicylic acid solution can work in a way that is similar to a glycolic acid peel, but irritation may be reduced. Salicylic acid is a compound closely related to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), and it retains its aspirin-like anti-inflammatory properties. A deep BHA peel can be superior for many skin types because the irritation and inflammation are kept to a minimum due to the analgesic action of the BHA compound. Salicylic acid is also lipid soluble; therefore, it is a good peeling agent for blemish-prone skin with blackheads. The most common concentrations used today are 20% to 30% (Sources: Dermatologic Surgery, December 2003, page 1196 and March 1998, pages 325–328; and Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2000, pages 51-57).

BHA peels are also the preferred option for those with sensitive skin, including skin affected by rosacea. Note that some people with rosacea cannot tolerate salicylic acid. If you have rosacea, consider experimenting with a skin-care product that contains salicylic acid before considering a BHA peel.

TCA Peels

Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels (sometimes called Blue Peel) in concentrations up to 50% are superficial to medium peels and have been around for years with a history of being effective and safe (Source: Dermatologic Clinics, July 2001, pages 413–425). This type of peel can be used for peeling the face, neck, hands, and other areas of the body. It has less bleaching effect than phenol (see below) and is excellent for “spot” peeling of specific areas. TCA peels are best for fine lines but are minimally effective on deeper wrinkling (Sources: Dermatologic Surgery, February 2004, pages 179-188; eMedicine Journal, December 5, 2001, volume 2, number 12; and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, January 2001, pages 222-228).

Jessner’s peel is a medium-depth peel containing 14% salicylic acid, 14% lactic acid, and 14% resorcinol. Though considered effective and easy to use, there is little research on this method. We do know this peel becomes stronger as more layers are applied. The amount of resorcinol in this peel makes it more irritating than AHA or BHA peels, and it is generally not recommended for those with dark skin tones due to the risk of resorcinol causing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (Source: Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie, MD, 2009, pages 154).

Phenol Peels

Phenol is sometimes, though rarely, used for full-face peeling when sun damage or wrinkling is severe. It can also be used to treat limited areas of the face, such as deep wrinkles around the mouth, but it may permanently bleach the skin, leaving a line of demarcation between the treated and untreated areas that must be covered with makeup. “Although phenol produces the most remarkable resolution of actinic damage and wrinkling among the various [chemical peels]… it also possesses some of the more significant [serious side effects]. Many have abandoned phenol in favor of other agents or laser resurfacing… . Hypopigmentation may occur in all skin types, noticeably lightening patients with darker skin and making lighter-skinned patients appear waxy or pale. A clear line of demarcation may be present between treated and untreated skin” (Source: eMedicine Journal, July 20, 2001, volume 2, number 7).

Buffered phenol offers yet another option for severely sun-damaged skin. One such formula uses olive oil, among other ingredients, to diminish the strength of the phenol solution. Another, slightly milder formula uses glycerin. A buffered phenol peel may be more comfortable for patients, and the skin heals faster than with a standard phenol peel, but it is still a risky procedure that can depigment the skin(Source: On balance, we recommend forgoing phenol peels in favor of laser treatments such as Fraxel.

What About At-Home Peels?

Many women ask us about the number of peels sold online for use at home. These peels often advertise having high concentrations of AHAs or BHA and some contain other peeling agents along with these popular standbys. We cannot stress enough how potentially dangerous these peels can be. If they’re as effective as claimed or if they really contain the amount of acid(s) advertised and the pH is within range for them to work, you could be setting your skin up for some serious damage. In the wrong hands or used incorrectly or too often, at-home peels can cause burns, extremely sensitive skin, discolorations (from loss of pigment), and persistently dry, flaky skin that doesn’t respond to even very rich moisturizers. If you decide to ignore our warnings and try this anyway, proceed with caution.

The other issue with at-home peels is that despite the impressive claims in terms of amount of acid they contain, the pH may be buffered beyond the range needed for efficacy. So yes, the peel you’re considering contains 50% glycolic acid, but because the pH when mixed is above 4, you’re not going to see much in the way of results. The good news? A higher pH like this means the peel poses less risk of causing excess irritation.

The Final Decision

Whether to have a peel and what type to get depends on the condition of your skin, your skin type, and keeping your expectations realistic. Most important is for you to know that a peel isn’t an anti-aging cure-all. For example, peels cannot help with sagging skin and they don’t replace the results possible from cosmetic corrective procedures such as Botox or any of the numerous dermal fillers. Peels are helpful for improving skin tone, texture, and for some cases of hyperpigmentation (brown spots) but for best results, they must be accompanied by daily use of a well-formulated sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater along with a brilliant anti-aging skin-care routine. Now that’s a beautiful combination proven to help you look younger, longer!

Back to the Basics:Do you wash your face properly????

Washing your face is a simple task, right? Believe it or not, many people overlook cleansing and don’t do it properly. However, proper cleansing is essential to the health of your skin and is the first step of any good skin care regimen. This is true for both men and women. Everyone benefits from proper cleansing.

Let’s go over the basics of proper cleansing. The first rule is that plain soap is a big no-no! It is important to find the right cleanser for your skin type. Do you know your skin type? You can easily find out by wiping your face with a clean facial tissue or paper as soon as you wake up. Your skin type is defined by the results below:

  • Normal No oil is present on the paper and you typically have an overall healthy complexion.
  • Dry No oil is present on the paper, but you tend to have flaky skin.
  • Oily You will see spots of oil present on the paper from any part of your face.
  • Combination You will see spots of oil present from your forehead, nose and chin areas, but your cheeks will have no traces of oil.
  • Sensitive You tend to have reddish, dry and tight skin.

Another important factor is using a pH balanced cleanser. These cleansers were created to avoid disrupting the pH balance of your skin. Some cleansers are highly alkaline which lessens the necessary acidic environment of the skin. When this happens, the skin is no longer protected from bacteria and breakouts can occur. A pH cleanser will have a neutral pH of 7 and won’t disrupt this acidic environment. Read the labels of your skin care products to ensure you are using a pH balanced cleanser. Most of the time we do not read our labels! Also, try to use one that does not contain sulfates, which are harsh and harmful to your face….images

Now that you have found the right pH balanced cleanser for your skin type, you need to start off with clean hands. You certainly don’t want to transfer dirt and oils directly to your face. Next, check your water temperature. It should be warm, not hot. Splash water on your face then apply cleanser to your fingertips or a clean facial sponge/washcloth. Using an upward, circular motion, massage the cleanser into the skin. Many people do not cleanse long enough, so be sure to cleanse for at least 30 seconds. Rinse with warm water. Then be sure to blot your skin dry with a towel. Blotting will be much more gentle on your skin than rubbing with a towel. You’re not done yet! Don’t forget to moisturize and apply sunscreen if you are heading outside during the day.

Washing your face really is a simple task. Just make sure to keep these basic tips in mind and your skin will thank you for it!

Remember, LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN!!!!!!!


Skin care flare ups-Rosacea


Rosacea is an inflamation-related skin disorder that manifests on the cheeks and nose area and affects many people. This skin disorder is generally regarded as a chronic one and may appear and disappear with time. However, it’s also very possible that your rosacea may grow progressively worse with each and every flare up.

Exposure to the sun is regarded as being higher among the list of causes for rosacea episodes and ultizing sun block can drastically reduce the unwanted effects of the sun’s rays. One of the most commonly used over-the-counter rosacea treatment methods are sunscreen lotion, generally with a formula of 15 SPF or more. Rosacea sufferers are encouraged to carefully select a sunblock lotion or cream that is designed for individuals with very sensitive skin. All those products and solutions that contain substances including octyl salicylate may cause skin discomfort.
Among the first measures you’ll have the ability to do along with a rosacea treatment is seek to change your daily diet. Whatever you decide to consume and that which you may drink will truly impact whether your rosacea will flare up. Hot and spicy foods have generally been associated with rosacea episodes. If you believe that hot and spicy foods make your skin trouble even worse, then avoid them for a while to test whether it is a real trigger. However, if you think they generally do not really have an effect on your skin, then just continue with your diet changes. Either way, you really should at the very least try staying away from them for two to three weeks to see if you actually see any decreasing of your symptoms.
One other rosacea treatment is the oral administration of a number of prescription antibiotics, retinoid compositions, anti-inflammatories and anti-microbials, or immunosuppressants, which can be available in pill form. These are available through consulting with your dermatologist.
An effective rosacea treatment is targeted toward handling the problem while also accomplishing precisely what it takes to avoid flare ups. Even though there is no cure for rosacea since the cause is unknown, treatments are on the market to manage or slow its signs and symptoms. Vascular laser treatments have turned out to considerably decrease and sometimes remove the redness of rosacea which is so challenging. An additional method which is very beneficial in rosacea treatment is what is called a photofacial which makes use of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technologies. IPL treatment options and Vbeam laser light treatments are generally utilized jointly within more aggressive rosacea treatment programs for their additive effects.
Whatever your approach, it’s important to discuss your challenging skin care situation with a dermatologist in order to determine your best options. Remember, you are the one in control and you are the one who must decide on what path to take to make your redness go away.

Two Main Causes of Acne

Modern dermatology names two main causes of acne occurring on the face: hormonal and dietary.

1.Hormonal conditions cause the failure of androgen assimilation inside the skin which leads to hyperactive work of oil-bags, excessive secretion of oil and as a result skin becomes into oily and porous. This means that the normal amount of balanced hormonal influences in the skin is not properly produced so the oil glands tend to overcompensate for its imbalance.

2.Dietary causes of acne are the result of improper eating habits and by having a tendency to eat too many of one food  group :meat and milk products. A healthy diet balanced with fruits and vegetables as well as required amounts of vitamins will help subdue the underlying causes of acne. Another way to balance your internal temperature for great skin is to drink plenty of water. It is said to have at least half of your body weight size in water ounces per day.

Among other causes of acne is malnutrition and neglect of care for your skin. It isn’t less important to watch over the cleanliness and nutrition of your skin and provide it with necessary vitamins and minerals. Always seek ways to add into your diet minerals such as: for women-magnesium is good for menstrual imbalances or stress and for men: omega oils and fish oils tend to help strengthen your heart and stamina/energy. This is absolutely most important as your skin, on the outside, will reflect what you put inside.

Just keep focused in your venture to nurture your skin! You will not be sorry you took notice!

Love the Skin you’re In!


The effects of stress on your skin!

Many times and more so than often, a lot of our skin care issues stem from having an elevated level of stress in our lives. We have to pay attention to the signs:

1.) Are we having a deadline to meet pretty soon?

2.) Students, is a final exam approaching soon!

3.) Future brides, are your plans turning out to be more challenging than you originally expected?

4.) Teens, is it a new semester and you’re nervous about the new courses or making new friends?

If this is happening and you, all of a sudden, experience a huge breakout on the most obvious spot on your face, then it may be STRESS!!!!

Some things to keep in mind is:

1.) What is happening to your skin?

2.) What can be done to prevent it from worsening?

3.) What can be done to prevent it in the future?

“The mind and skin are connected on many different levels,” Karen Mallin, PsyD, an instructor in the departments of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and dermatology & cutaneous surgery of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Mallin tells WebMD. “A lot of nerve endings are connected to the skin, which wraps around the organs, so as emotions are played out neurologically, they can be expressed through the skin just as stress can be expressed through gastrointestinal symptoms, increased anxiety, or hypertension.Take acne, for example. When you are tense, your body releases stress hormones including cortisol, which may increase the skin’s oil production, making you prone to pimples.”

The best solution, in my experience, to prevent skin issues from worsening during stress-related breakouts is to do very little to the affected area. Try your best to soothe yourself internally by taking in a calming tea such as chamomile or ginger. Then, REST,REST and REST! Try to make sure you are getting, at least,eight hours of sleep, which most of us do NOT do on the norm. Next, try to use a soothing,calming, natural remedy such as mixing one part of oatmeal (maybe one scoop of a powdered drink solution) to two tablespoons of powdered milk. Then, mix in about half of a scoop of water. This will make a thick paste which can spread onto the face. Leave on about 10 minutes and rinse with cool water (not cold). This will soothe,comfort and stimulate it just enough to relax the sebum gland (oil gland) and possibly release some excess impurities below the surface. Afterwards, use a mild, non-alcohol toner followed by an oil free moisturizer without pulling or tugging at that specific area. This should help to accelerate the drying up of the build up of oil and soothe it at the same time.

Now, once you get over this hurdle, you can pay attention to the triggers, in the future, as to what stress-related incidents occurred that led to your breakout. Once you see your life events occur, take the time to concentrate on relaxation techniques such as breathing, yoga, meditation, exercise (but nothing strenuous like cycling; maybe light weight lifting with dumbbells) or even singing, writing or dancing. These activities will help take your mind off the challenge you are experiencing because they, definitely, can contribute to a facial breakout.

Next, you  also want to keep in mind that you should already have in place a regular skin care regimen which contribute your overall skin care health. Take the time to seek skin care solutions that do the basics:

Cleanse- using a mild cleanser made for your skin type. Mostly, cleansing creams and lotions are made for drier skin types while cleansing foams and exfoliating cleanser are used for oilier skin types.

Tone- further cleansing by picking up excess oil and impurities underneath the surface. This is usually done by using a mild toner with cotton pads to gently sweep across the face after cleansing.

Exfoliate- gently buffs off the top layer of dead skin that can accumulate over time

Moisturize- add a level of moisture not oil. There is a difference! Without moisture, your skin over works to make up for what is lost, in the form of excess oil on the surface of your skin!

Protect- using a sunscreen,usually a SPF of 30 or above is recommended

If you are not sure of your skin type or skin products, please make an appointment to have a skin care consultation with a licensed esthetician (specialist).

Remember, love the skin you’re in!



YONIverse~Awakening your spiritual and sexual essence for women

Ladies. Taking care of your complete self is healthy! Not only your face but your sexual energy contributes to wholeness and wellness! Thanks, Anna for sharing!


          The last couple of weeks have been ridiculously enlightening and transforming. My recent relationship has taught me a great deal and brought an abundance of love into my life, yet it stripped me of my independence and the breakup left me feeling broken and scared to stand on my own two feet once more. I seemed to have developed a notion of dependence on an external source, a person, to make me happy and stable. The idea of being on my own terrified me, it was no longer familiar territory, it was distant, lonely, and seemed utterly unappealing. Time passed and I began reclaiming my inner strength; embracing the goddess in me that has been silence for nearly all my life. At this point, I can easily say that I have never been as empowered and determined to blossom into my actualized self as I…

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Sunscreen Awareness

5 Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid
Many sunscreen products contain ingredients that may be hazardous to your health
July 2, 2014 | By Kimberly Day
Sunscreen on Woman’s ShoulderWith summer nearing, you may be thinking of restocking your sunscreen supply. On the surface, the idea of sunscreen makes sense. Skin cancer is the most common cancer. In fact, half of all cancer in the United States is some form of skin cancer, with melanoma being the most serious.

But cancer isn’t the only threat lurking in those UV rays. In addition to skin cancer, extended sun exposure can lead to dilated blood vessels, heat stroke, heat rash, wrinkles, changes in the texture of your skin, freckles and dry skin.

Given this, it may come as a surprise to learn that you need some unprotected sun exposure. When exposed to sunlight, your body manufactures vitamin D, and more and more research has shown that vitamin D is a critical part of overall health.

Even more surprising to you may be the fact that the majority of products on the market designed to protect you from the sun can actually be hazardous to your health.

Sunscreen Ingredients to Avoid

When it comes to sunscreen, one of the first things people look for is the SPF (skin protection factor), as well as the spectrum of coverage that the product offers. The SPF indicates how long the product will protect you from getting sunburned, while the spectrum of coverage tells you if the sunscreen absorbs/blocks UVA or UVB rays.

UVA rays are more likely to lead to premature aging of your skin, while UVB rays are more likely to cause sunburn. For this reason, your best sunscreen option is to find a product that offers “full spectrum” protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

Once you’ve found a full-spectrum product with a higher SPF, you need to take great care in reading the sunscreen ingredient list. More and more research is showing that many of the top sunscreens available may be great at protecting you against external damage from the sun, but are causing damage internally.

There are several questionable sunscreen ingredients, but the five worst offenders are:

Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), including octyl-dimethyl PABA
Benzophenones, especially benzophenone-3
Cinnamates, namely octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC)
4-methyl-benzylidene camphor (4-MBC)
PABA is one of the most common ingredients in sunscreen, but can cause and itchy rash for many people. If you have sensitive skin or if you get a rash after applying some skin products, avoid any product containing PABA.

The next four ingredients on the list (benzophenone-3, OMC, homosalate and 4-MBC),have all been found to contain estrogenic properties when absorbed through the skin.[1]

This means that they not only disrupt hormone production, but they can also negatively affect brain development and reproductive function. Of the four, 4-MBC is the worst offender in this regard.

And get this: These chemicals — particularly 4-MBC –have been found in fish from lakes where hoards of sunscreen-slathered people also swim. This means that the fish on your plate could contain the very same harmful chemicals you just put on your skin.

While more research does need to be done in this area, the findings are worrisome enough to warrant avoiding these ingredients. We are exposed to all kinds of toxins every day, and a higher risk may be associated with cumulative exposure.

Fortunately, there are sunscreens that don’t contain these potentially harmful ingredients. Instead, they rely on zinc oxide as a natural sunblock. While zinc oxide can often be chalky, many recent formulas pair it with natural oils and antioxidants, such as coconut oil, grape seed oil and green tea.

And speaking of antioxidants…

Protect Yourself From the Inside Out

In addition to protecting your skin from the outside, there are a variety of nutrients you can take that will amplify the protective benefits of your skin from the inside too — namely vitamins C and E. Research studies have shown that these antioxidants will provide you with added protection to prevent UV-light induced inflammation, dryness and damage to the skin.

One study in particular found that volunteers who took vitamin C and vitamin E every day for 50 days were able to protect themselves from sunburn more effectively than those volunteers taking one or no antioxidants.[2]

Enjoy the Sun Safely

While sun protection can appear confusing on the surface, hopefully this article has helped put the issue into perspective. First and foremost, yes, you do need some unprotected exposure to sunlight, ideally every day, to help you from becoming vitamin D deficient.

Aim for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your skin tone and geographical longitude. The farther north you are and the darker your complexion, the longer your exposure can be. Just don’t exceed 30 minutes unprotected. If you are fair skinned and/or live closer to the equator where the sun’s rays are stronger, 15 minutes is your best bet.

When looking for a sunscreen to use after your 15 to 30 unprotected minutes, read the ingredients carefully and choose a product that uses zinc oxide rather than the five sunscreen ingredients listed above. And be sure to apply the sunscreen correctly.

According to a June 2002 article from the Archives of Dermatology, most people only apply 20 percent to 60 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.[3]

You need to apply the equivalent of one teaspoon of sunscreen to your chest, back, face, neck, and each arm and leg if these parts of your body are going to be exposed to direct sunlight. Despite your good intentions, you will still burn if you don’t put enough on. Extra sunscreen never hurt, especially on your face, neck and ears.

Lastly, take 1,000-3,000 mg of vitamin C a day, in divided dosages, and 1,000-2,000 IU of vitamin E a day to keep your body protected from the inside out.

And, if after all of these precautions you still end up with a sunburn, aloe vera will help to take away the sting and cool your skin. Another effective remedy is to mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/2 cup of cornstarch in a bath of lukewarm water. Soak as long and as often as possible.

Keep an Eye Out for Skin Cancer

While I’m on the subject of sunning safely, I’d like to make one last point about skin cancer. Early detection of skin cancer equals a 95 percent chance of it being cured. So be sure to regularly check your skin for abnormal or changing spots.

Keep an eye out for:

A spot that has changed in color, size or shape over several weeks or months
A pimple or bump that won’t heal
Spots that are irregularly shaped
Spots that are more than one color (can be black, brown, red or blue)
If you notice any of these signs, talk with your doctor as soon as possible. Better to be safe than sorry.

Remedies for Acne


Acne Remedies

I just watched a video made by a dermatologist with remedies that she recommends for acne:
1.) vitamin A tablets- no more than 1000 grams daily
2.) niacinamide- recommended dose of 500 grams; a good brand name to use is called Naturally Clear
3.) omega 3 fatty acids
4.) virage oil- similar to evening primrose oil which is what i take anyway for monthly regulation of premenstrual symptoms
5.) probiotics- which is what i take every now and then for regulation of diet/fiber supplements
Hope this helps some that experience acne issues and of course, make sure you are having a balanced diet and recommended intake of water daily.

Take good care of your skin that you’re in!