Monday, August 22, 2011

How Can You Identify Natural Skin Care Products? Tips to Avoid False "Natural" Product Labeling

Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed and confused when shopping for natural skin care products?

I know I have! In fact, these days it seems there are more and more natural skin care products on store shelves with the word "natural" on the label.

What does this mean for us? It means that while our options have increased in number, so has the number of deceptive product labels. It also means that you may be purchasing chemical-filled beauty products without even knowing it!


It is important to remember that your skin absorbs at least a good part of whatever you put on it. So guess what - if you apply chemical substances to your skin, they are eventually going to make their way into your body.... And serious health problems can result. Chemicals in skin care products have been linked to everything from allergic reactions, to hair loss, and even to illnesses as serious as cancer!

And - get this - while most mainstream beauty products contain harmful chemicals that can damage our health, we might not know this right away. The beauty product industry is not regulated to the degree that the food industry is (although there are some changes occurring recently in this area), so you may be shocked to find out that your "natural" shampoo actually only contains 2 or 3% natural ingredients! (The rest is often - you guessed it - toxic chemicals that may harm your health.)

So what can you do to protect yourself from these deceptive labeling practices, and make sure you are getting only truly natural skin care products?

Here are 4 helpful tips for identifying and purchasing natural and organic skin care products:

1. Be sure all ingredients are clearly listed on the label before purchasing.

2. You should be able to identify or at least pronounce the majority of the ingredients. (If scientific names for plant extracts are listed, you should at least be able to identify the words "extract" or "oil" to determine that it is a natural ingredient.)

3. Don't fall for the word "natural" on the front of the bottle - always be sure to check the ingredient list!

4. Purchase from local manufacturers if possible; if not, purchase direct from the manufacturer to ensure the most freshness - all-natural beauty products don't contain chemical preservatives, so their shelf-life may be shorter than their conventional chemical-filled counterparts.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Middle Aged Facial Skin - Tips For Keeping Your Skin Young

When you reach middle age, you should find ways to keep your aged facial skin looking younger and fresh. This is the age where you should start feeling conscious about your looks as you are not getting any younger.

This is also the time when the skin is losing its collagen and elastin which makes the skin sag. It is important to care for your skin and ensure your face still looks attractive. Caring for your face and skin takes only a few minutes a day and it can be a relaxing experience.

Here are tips to keep your aged facial skin firm and youthful:

Always drink at least eight glasses of water. This will help hydrate your skin to make it healthy inside and out. Water will moisturize your skin so that it will be more youthful. It also helps flush out toxins that may harm the skin.

Exfoliate your face regularly using a facial scrub. Apply a toner after cleansing your face with a gentle facial wash. Follow this with a facial moisturizing cream.

It should contain at least a sunscreen protection formula of 15 or more. This will help protect your face from the harmful rays of the skin which quicken the aging process. You should also apply sun block cream half an hour before going outside of the house in the morning and afternoon.

Reapply sun block after every two hours. Put on natural facial masks a couple of times a week. This kind of facial regimen will help keep your aged facial skin looking younger.

The eyes tend to develop lines and wrinkles as you get older. To prevent this, always put on a good natural eye cream around your eyes, especially underneath. Regularly applying an eye cream will protect the skin around the eyes from sagging thus you will not need to undergo expensive procedures such as Botox.

For sagging aged facial skin, rub it with vitamin E. Prick a Vitamin E capsule open and rub its liquid or juice onto the skin. Vitamin E helps protect skin cells from pollution, ultra violet rays of the sun, free radicals and other harmful elements. It lessens fines lines and wrinkles as well.

When going out of the house and into the daylight, always wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover your face from the sun's rays. You should also put on sunglasses to protect the eyes. Such protection will help keep your aged facial skin fresh and youthful looking.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thicken Aged Paper Thin Skin - Tips to Thicken Your Skin So You Look Much Younger

People who are getting older acquire thinning skin. This is because the production of both collagen and elastin in the body is lessened due to age and nutritional deficiencies. In order to have thicker skin again, it is important to re-grow both collagen and elastin. Here are tips to increase their production.

It is necessary to have a healthy diet and take food supplements that are enriched with nutrients in order to thicken thin skin. This will restore the skin's healthy condition.

The vitamins and minerals in both the food and supplements you take will nourish your skin and bring back its elasticity and thickness. Make sure your food contains large amounts of alpha-lipoic acid such as green vegetables like spinach and broccoli, organ meats and red meat that is lean.

Ensure that you do not get stressed as this harms the skin. Stress stops the body from absorbing nutrients. You should also refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking as both these vices also halt the body from nutrient absorption thus making the skin age faster.

There are anti-aging soaps, creams and lotions that help stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin. These products should have ingredients such as Vitamin C ester, alpha-lipoic acid or both.

Both these ingredients thicken and tighten the skin according to dermatologists thus reducing thinning of the skin. These products should be applied daily and according to their instructions. Usually they are applied in the morning and before going to bed at night.

You can also try anti-aging lotions that have ingredients such as Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10, X-tend TK or Active Manuka Honey. According to research, these ingredients heighten collagen and elastin production which help achieve healthier, thicker and youthful skin.

There are anti-aging skin products that do not have enough amounts of ingredients to produce collagen and elastin. Manufacturers say their products contain such ingredients but the truth is, the amount is not that sufficient. This does not produce effective results at all.