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Skin Care Expert Emphasizes Hydration

Hydration Helps Avoid Wrinkled Skin

Drinking plenty of water daily is important for overall good health. But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? Water gives your skin a radiant, healthy, younger- looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever. I say, water helps hydrate and detox, so indulge.

The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.

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If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Skin is made up of three layers — the outer layer (epidermis), the underlying skin (dermis) and the subcutaneous fat tissue. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water, skin will lose elasticity and feel rough.

As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. I advise clients to apply a hydrating moisturizer within immediately after leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and open to better absorption than after you cool down.

Of course, part of the equation is to drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin health, but it can’t hurt. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results.

Other Tips For Dry Skin:

  • Avoid exposure to dry air
  • Avoid prolonged contact with hot or chlorinated water
  • Use a gentle cleanser instead of soap
  • Avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol
  • Minimize dehydrating fluids with alcohol and caffeine
  • Moisturize immediately after a bath or shower and regularly throughout the day
  • Use a humidifier
  • Wear a scarf and gloves when going out in cold weather

Of course, all moisturizers are not created equal. We carry a few products that we recommend highly because they are natural and effective. Just give us a call and we can discuss your needs and make a better recommendation to prevent and treat your dry skin.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skin Types Demand Different Care

Personal Skin Care Starts With Analysis

Vibrant, beautiful skin has always been considered an important part of health. But in today’s modern environment, soft, smooth, flawless skin can be difficult to achieve and even more challenging to maintain. Your skin’s health is largely determined by diet, lifestyle habits, and sun exposure, which can sabotage healthy skin and leave lasting effects on skin strength, resiliency, and appearance.

In the early 1900s, four different skin types; dry, oily, combination, and sensitive, were identified and characterized by Helena Rubinstein. Each of those skin types is characterized by its own features and specifications such as:

Dry Skin (Xerosis)
This skin type is characterized by a dull gray-white color, rough texture, and an elevated number of ridges. The oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, which contains wax esters, sterol esters, cholesterol, di- and triglycerides, and squalene is believed to protect the skin from environmental influences and, when production is lower, contribute to dry skin. When the body’s natural oily layer on the skin dries out, the skin is unable to produce enough oil and moisture for the body to replenish the amount being lost. For the most part, the skin is able to replace that which is lost, but sometimes the body’s efforts are not enough and the skin needs more protection.

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Oily skin
Sometimes also known as acne prone skin, Oily skin is particularly common in adolescents and young adults. At this age there is a dramatic increase in sebum production under the influence of the hormones. Oily skin is characterized by the abundance and nature of the sebum excreted at the skin surface by the sebaceous gland, target organ of androgens. It is most frequently encountered in adolescents and young adults. Excess of sebum gives the skin a shiny appearance, particularly on the forehead, the sides of the nose and the chin. In severe cases, various forms of acne can develop. An oily skin is also thick, well moisturized and covered with a protective oily film.

Sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is more common, with more than 40% of people claiming to have such skin. Sensitive skin is generally considered as skin which is easily irritated and probably has a genetic element. Some people with this condition cannot tolerate contact with any cosmetic products, however well-formulated they may be. Sensitive skin can be associated with a medical condition called atopy, where people have an inherited predisposition to eczema, hay fever and asthma. About 15-20% of the population has the genetic ability to develop eczema, asthma and hay fever.

Combination skin
Also known as “mixed” type of skin, this skin form is considered variable when exposed to different external and internal factors such as weather, climate, medicines intake, diet consumption etc.

Source: http://www.healthhotsolution.com/3/category/understanding%20different%20skin%20typesc77530f235/1.html

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Change Your Thoughts To Change Your Life

Inner Peace Promotes Wellness

The world is going through chaotic changes right now, changes that need to happen since we are in the age of peace, the age of Aquarius. That peace starts with us and our thoughts and beliefs. Is your mind cluttered with fears and anger, a lot of negative beliefs? What you think, affects how you feel physically, mentally, and spiritually. Your fear-based and limiting negative thoughts, can actually cause illness in the body and mind.  Science now knows there is a mind/body connection.

A great book to read about this is “The Biology Of Belief” by Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. A quote of his from the book—“Beliefs and thoughts alter cells in your body”. And how do we change our thoughts and beliefs? For a long time it was thought that just thinking and expressing positive affirmations would change all that. It might help some but not enough. A quote again from Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. that explains it best.

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“Our thoughts are mainly controlled by our subconscious, which is largely formed before the age of 6, and you cannot change the subconscious mind by just thinking about it. That’s why the power of positive thinking will not work for most people. The subconscious mind is like a tape player. Until you change the tape, it will not change.”

According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, the fastest and easiest way to change the subconscious is using Psych-K techniques.  This psychological process helps you to communicate directly with your subconscious mind so you can discover your programmed hidden beliefs that could be sabotaging your peace and success.  Psych-K is whole brain integration, a way to work with the conscious and subconscious together.  Studies indicate that 95% of our consciousness is actually in the subconscious. To learn more about Psych-K and the founder Robert Williams, M.A, check out this you tube link.  visit Psych-K       

I have taken the classes and used the Psych-K modalities for years now and have undergone a lot
of changes for the better. It helped me to let go of many of my struggles. I feel peaceful and calm
because of it. It’s a technique that I highly recommend to change those self-sabotaging beliefs thus
changing your life. Please give me a call and I will tell you more.

Skin Care Tips

  • Diet coke causes inflammation in the body. It tends to stiffen the body so you can’t move well.
  • High salt diet can cause acne and clogging in the skin.
  • A zinc deficiency can be the cause of your skin problems

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Avoid These Skin Care Ingredients

Ingredients Dangerous To Skin, Health

Labels on cosmetics and skin care products are a tough code to crack. The industry is so shockingly unregulated that it’s usually impossible to trust the claims that manufacturers place on their products. A word such as natural can be used by anyone for anything. Even organic is misleading. Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s “made with organic” if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.

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The whole industry has a “innocent-till-proven-guilty” approach to skin care products and their ingredients. Unless a chemical used in beauty products is proven to cause harm to human health, it is classified as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe.” This classification is upheld by the U.S. FDA and hardly has the best interests of consumers at heart.

The best thing we consumers can do is read ingredient lists carefully in order to avoid chemicals that are known to be harmful, even though they continue to be widely used. Here is a list of the top 20 toxins to avoid, according to Gillian Deacon’s 2011 book There’s Lead in Your Lipstick: Toxins in Our Everyday Body Care and How to Avoid Them.

Coal Tar: A known carcinogen banned in the EU, but still used in North America. Used in dry skin treatments, anti-lice and anti-dandruff shampoos, also listed as a colour plus number, i.e. FD&C Red No. 6.

DEA/TEA/MEA: Suspected carcinogens used as emulsifiers and foaming agents for shampoos, body washes, soaps.

Ethoxylated surfactants and 1,4-dioxane: Never listed because it’s a by-product made from adding carcinogenic ethylene oxide to make other chemicals less harsh. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found 1,4-dioxane in 57 percent of baby washes in the U.S. Avoid any ingredients containing the letters “eth.”

Formaldehyde: Probable carcinogen and irritant found in nail products, hair dye, fake eyelash adhesives, shampoos. Banned in the EU.

Fragrance/Parfum: A catchall for hidden chemicals, such as phthalates. Fragrance is connected to headaches, dizziness, asthma, and allergies.

Hydroquinone: Used for lightening skin. Banned in the UK, rated most toxic on the EWG’s Skin Deep database, and linked to cancer and reproductive toxicity.

Lead: Known carcinogen found in lipstick and hair dye, but never listed because it’s a contaminant, not an ingredient.

Mercury: Known allergen that impairs brain development. Found in mascara and some eyedrops.

Mineral oil: By-product of petroleum that’s used in baby oil, moisturizers, styling gels. It creates a film that impairs the skin’s ability to release toxins.

Oxybenzone: Active ingredient in chemical sunscreens that accumulates in fatty tissues and is linked to allergies, hormone disruption, cellular damage, low birth weight.

Parabens: Used as preservatives, found in many products. Linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity.

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD): Used in hair products and dyes, but toxic to skin and immune system.

Phthalates: Plasticizers banned in the EU and California in children’s toys, but present in many fragrances, perfumes, deodorants, lotions. Linked to endocrine disruption, liver/kidney/lung damage, cancer.

Placental extract: Used in some skin and hair products, but linked to endocrine disruption.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG): Penetration enhancer used in many products, it’s often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane and ethylene oxide, both known carcinogens.

Silicone-derived emollients: Used to make a product feel soft, these don’t biodegrade, and also prevent skin from breathing. Linked to tumour growth and skin irritation.

Sodium lauryl (ether) sulfate (SLS, SLES): A former industrial degreaser now used to make soap foamy, it’s absorbed into the body and irritates skin.

Talc: Similar to asbestos in composition, it’s found in baby powder, eye shadow, blush, deodorant. Linked to ovarian cancer and respiratory problems.

Toluene: Known to disrupt the immune and endocrine systems, and fetal development, it’s used in nail and hair products. Often hidden under fragrance.

Triclosan: Found in antibacterial products, hand sanitizers, and deodorants, it is linked to cancer and endocrine disruption. Avoid the brand Microban.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skin Care For Aging Adults

Age Gracefully With Proper Skin Care

Americans spend billions of dollars each year on skin care products that promise to erase wrinkles, lighten age spots, and eliminate itching, flaking, or redness. But the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy and young looking is to stay out of the sun. Sunlight is a major cause of the skin changes we think of as aging – changes such as wrinkles, dryness, and age spots. Your skin does change with age. For example, you sweat less, leading to increased dryness. As your skin ages, it becomes thinner and loses fat, so it looks less plump and smooth. Underlying structures – veins and bones in particular – become more prominent. Your skin can take longer to heal when injured.

You can delay these changes by staying out of the sun. Although nothing can completely undo sun damage, the skin sometimes can repair itself. So, it’s never too late to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.

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How To Avoid Wrinkles

Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of these fibers causes the skin to lose its ability to snap back after stretching. As a result, wrinkles form. Gravity also is at work, pulling at the skin and causing it to sag, most noticeably on the face, neck, and upper arms.

Cigarette smoking also contributes to wrinkles. People who smoke tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of the same age, complexion, and history of sun exposure. The reason for this difference is not clear. It may be because smoking also plays a role in damaging elastin. Facial wrinkling increases with the amount of cigarettes and number of years a person has smoked.

Many products currently on the market claim to “revitalize aging skin.” According to the American Academy of Dermatology, over-the-counter “wrinkle” creams and lotions may soothe dry skin, but they do little or nothing to reverse wrinkles. At this time, the only products that have been studied for safety and effectiveness and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat signs of sun-damaged or aging skin are tretinoin cream and carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium (Er:YAG) lasers.

Tretinoin cream (Renova), a vitamin A derivative available by prescription only, is approved for reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, mottled darkened spots, and roughness in people whose skin doesn’t improve with regular skin care and use of sun protection. However, it doesn’t eliminate wrinkles, repair sun-damaged skin, or restore skin to its healthier, younger structure. It hasn’t been studied in people 50 and older or in people with moderately or darkly pigmented skin.

The CO2 and Er:YAG lasers are approved to treat wrinkles. The doctor uses the laser to remove skin one layer at a time. Laser therapy is performed under anesthesia in an outpatient surgical setting.

The FDA currently is studying the safety of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which are widely promoted to reduce wrinkles, spots, and other signs of aging, sun-damaged skin. Some studies suggest that they may work, but there is concern about adverse reactions and long-term effects of their use. Because people who use AHA products have greater sensitivity to the sun, the FDA advises consumers to protect themselves from sun exposure by using sunscreen, wearing a hat, or avoiding mid-day sun. If you are interested in treatment for wrinkles, you should discuss treatment options with a dermatologist.

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Dry Skin and Itching

Many older people suffer from dry skin, particularly on their lower legs, elbows, and forearms. The skin feels rough and scaly and often is accompanied by a distressing, intense itchiness. Low humidity – caused by overheating during the winter and air conditioning during the summer – contributes to dryness and itching. The loss of sweat and oil glands as you age also may worsen dry skin. Anything that further dries your skin – such as overuse of soaps, antiperspirants, perfumes, or hot baths – will make the problem worse. Dehydration, sun exposure, smoking, and stress also may cause dry skin.

Dry skin itches because it is irritated easily. If your skin is very dry and itchy, see a doctor. Dry skin and itching can affect your sleep, cause irritability, or be a symptom of a disease. For example, diabetes and kidney disease can cause itching. Some medicines make the itchiness worse.

The most common treatment for dry skin is the use of moisturizers to reduce water loss and soothe the skin. Moisturizers come in several forms – ointments, creams, and lotions.

Ointments are mixtures of water in oil, usually either lanolin or petrolatum.

Creams are preparations of oil in water, which is the main ingredient. Creams must be applied more often than ointments to be most effective.

Lotions contain powder crystals dissolved in water, again the main ingredient. Because of their high water content, they feel cool on the skin and don’t leave the skin feeling greasy. Although they are easy to apply and may be more pleasing than ointments and creams, lotions don’t have the same protective qualities. You may need to apply them frequently to relieve the signs and symptoms of dryness. Moisturizers should be used indefinitely to prevent recurrence of dry skin.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. According to current estimates, 40 to 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have skin cancer at least once. Although anyone can get skin cancer, the risk is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily.

UV radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. In addition, artificial sources of UV radiation – such as sunlamps and tanning booths – can cause skin cancer. People who live in areas of the U.S. that get high levels of UV radiation from the sun are more likely to get skin cancer. For example, skin cancer is more common in Texas and Florida than in Minnesota, where the sun is not as strong.

There are three common types of skin cancers. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common, accounting for more than 90 percent of all skin cancers in the United States. They are slow-growing cancers that seldom spread to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinomas also rarely spread, but they do so more often than basal cell carcinomas. The most dangerous of all cancers that occur in the skin is melanoma. Melanoma can spread to other organs, and when it does, it often is fatal.

Both basal and squamous cell cancers are found mainly on areas of the skin exposed to the sun – the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. However, skin cancer can occur anywhere. Changes in the skin are not sure signs of cancer; however, it’s important to see a doctor if any symptom lasts longer than 2 weeks. Don’t wait for the area to hurt – skin cancers seldom cause pain.

All skin cancers could be cured if they were discovered and brought to a doctor’s attention before they had a chance to spread. Therefore, you should check your skin regularly. The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, especially a new growth or a sore that doesn’t heal. Skin cancers don’t all look the same. For example, skin cancer can start as a small, smooth, shiny, pale, or waxy lump. Or it can appear as a firm red lump. Sometimes, the lump bleeds or develops a crust. Skin cancer also can start as a flat, red spot that is rough, dry, or scaly. For more, please read the Skin Cancer and Melanoma articles.

In treating skin cancer, the doctor’s main goal is to remove or destroy cancer completely, leaving as small scar as possible. To plan the best treatment for each person, the doctor considers the type of skin cancer, its location and size, and the person’s general health and medical history. Treatment for skin cancer usually involves some type of surgery. In some cases, radiation therapy or chemotherapy (anticancer drugs) or a combination of these treatments may be necessary.

Age Spots

Age spots, or “liver spots” as they’re often called, have nothing to do with the liver. Rather, these flat, brown spots are caused by years of sun exposure. They are bigger than freckles and appear in fair-skinned people on sun-exposed areas such as the face, hands, arms, back, and feet. The medical name for them is solar lentigo. They may be accompanied by wrinkling, dryness, thinning of the skin, and rough spots.

A number of treatments are available, including skin-lightening, or “fade” creams; cryotherapy (freezing); and laser therapy. Tretinoin cream is approved for reducing the appearance of darkened spots. A sunscreen or sun block should be used to prevent further damage.

Shingles

Shingles is an outbreak of a rash or blisters on the skin that may cause severe pain. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After an attack of chickenpox, the virus lies silent in the nerve tissue. Years later, the virus can reappear in the form of shingles. Although it is most common in people over age 50, anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles. It also is common in people with weakened immune systems due to HIV infection, chemotherapy or radiation treatment,transplant operations, and stress.

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, generally on one side of the body or face. A rash appears as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face. The rash develops into small, fluid-filled blisters, which begin to dry out and crust over within several days. When the rash is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to intense pain. Most people with shingles have only one bout with the disease in their lifetime. However, those with impaired immune systems – for example, people with AIDS or cancer – may suffer repeated episodes.

If you suspect you have shingles, see a doctor right away. The severity and duration of an attack of shingles can be reduced significantly by immediate treatment with antiviral drugs. These drugs also may help prevent the painful aftereffects of shingles known as postherpetic neuralgia. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases currently is testing a shingles vaccine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The vaccine they are testing is similar to the one used to immunize against chickenpox. After the shot, some people have had some discomfort around the area of the injection. In addition, a few people have had a low-grade fever. For more information about this study, call 1-800-411-1222.

Bruising

Many older people notice an increased number of bruises, especially on their arms and legs. The skin becomes thinner with age and sun damage. Loss of fat and connective tissue weakens the support around blood vessels, making them more susceptible to injury. The skin bruises and tears more easily and takes longer to heal.

Sometimes bruising is caused by medications or illness. If bruising occurs in areas always covered by clothing, see a doctor.

Keep Your Skin Healthy

The best way to keep your skin healthy is to avoid sun exposure.

  • Stay out of the sun. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is when the sun’s UV rays are strongest. Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies. Harmful rays pass through clouds. UV radiation also can pass through water, so don’t assume you’re safe if you’re in the water and feeling cool.
  • Use sunscreen. Sunscreens are rated in strength according to a sun protection factor (SPF), which ranges from 2 to 30 or higher. A higher number means longer protection. Buy products with an SPF number of 15 or higher. Also look for products whose label says: broad spectrum (meaning they protect against both types of harmful sun rays – UVA and UVB) and water resistant (meaning they stay on your skin longer, even if you get wet or sweat a lot). Remember to reapply the lotion as needed. For more, please read the Sun Protection and Sunscreens article.
  • Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim shades your neck, ears, eyes, and head. Look for sunglasses with a label saying the glasses block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays. Wear loose, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants or long skirts when in the sun.
  • Avoid artificial tanning. Don’t use sunlamps and tanning beds, as well as tanning pills and tanning makeup. Tanning pills have a color additive that turns your skin orange after you take them. The FDA has approved this color additive for coloring foods but not for tanning the skin. The large amount of color additive in tanning pills may be harmful. Tanning make-up products are not suntan lotions and will not protect your skin from the sun.
  • Check your skin often. Look for changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, and spots. If you find any changes that worry you, see a doctor. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests that older, fair-skinned people have a yearly skin check by a doctor as part of a regular physical exam.

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=60686

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Chicago Skin Care Expert Offers Winter Tips

Natural Alternatives For Healthier Skin

As winter approaches, many of us live in climates that require lifestyle modifications. Shorter days and lower temperatures doesn’t have to mean bad news for your skin. We’re offering some food for thought on skin care that will help make this winter more interesting, while making your skin glow. If you have suggestions about your favorite natural alternatives to skin care and overall health, please pass them along and we will share them with our readers (and give you credit of course).

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Emu oil is one of those magical oils for the skin and your entire body. It’s a great moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. It’s also a skin rejuvenator.

Carrot juice really does add pigment to the skin, which means that it adds to your complexion.

Seaweed is an effective facial treatment. It helps detox and open the pores, while nourishing the skin.

Turmeric is a popular spice and a healthy addition to any diet. It boosts circulation and helps people of all ages fight acne.

Milk and honey baths are part of Cleopatra’s legend. Milk is a mild exfoliator and an effective cleanser. Of course, milk also has vitamin A  and vitamin D, which is absorbed by the skin. The mixture also makes your hair shine.

As you know, we always recommend natural alternatives to healthy skin care. Many skin care products can harm you and it’s advisable to have a personal skin analysis to make sure that you are using the best products and practices for your skin condition.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Common Skin Care Mistakes

Chicago Skin Care Spa Emphasizes Personal, Natural Products

Whether you spend just 30 seconds every morning or have a dedicated pre-bedtime ritual, practically everyone has a skin care routine. And while we all have the best intentions when it comes to taking care of our complexion, we sometimes sabotage our skin without realizing it. Your daily habits make a major difference when it comes to preventing damage and premature aging. Renee Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician, shares the eight most common skincare mistakes.

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Leaving skin bare for more than 60 seconds after cleansing.

After cleansing, immediately apply an alcohol-free toner and moisturizer. If you leave your skin bare for more than one minute, it will start to dehydrate as the dry air sucks moisture out of the skin. Perform your skin care routine quickly, and be sure to always leave your toner damp on the skin. This will leave your skin protected, while eliminating the feeling of tight and dry skin.

Not using products formulated for your skin.

The reason you may not see improved results with your skin care products is that they aren’t suited for your skin’s unique needs. Find out what type of skin a product is formulated for. And if “all skin types” is the answer, proceed with caution.

If you’re truly looking for results, it’s imperative that you use products exclusively formulated for the unique needs of your skin.

Caring for your skin blemishes—the wrong way.

Most people will breakout at certain periods in their life, and where they often go wrong is how they treat a blemish once it appears—picking at it, applying spot treatments at the wrong phase of the breakout, and using the wrong treatments on the wrong kinds of blemishes. All of these will result in a blemish lasting longer and leaving a post-breakout red or dark scar than can linger for months. If it’s a pustular blemish, once the whitehead is truly visible, gently squeeze out the infection with your finger and then apply a spot-drying treatment, which will work its way into the skin and eradicate any infection once the infection has been manually removed. If it’s a cystic blemish, which mainly occur in the chin and jaw areas, it is important to remember that cysts will never rise to the surface of the skin. This means no picking! Treat the cyst with Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment, which will help dissolve the infection while also preventing future cysts.

Overusing exfoliating products.

These days, when it comes to skincare products, if it’s not burning or stinging then people think it’s not working. In the quest to look younger and have smoother skin, people are doing too many aggressive exfoliating treatments that are actually injuring their skin. Too much exfoliation can cause a damaged moisture barrier, resulting in flaking, dehydration and inflammation, possible destruction of healthy cells, and a stimulation of melanin activity causing increased hyperpigmentation. Physical exfoliants such as facial scrubs (use ones with round grains) or facial brushes should be used no more than two or three times a week. Chemical exfoliants (including acid serums such as glycolic) should be used three nights on, three nights off.

Not wearing enough sunscreen.

The number one reason why your skin will age prematurely is from sunlight, daylight and UV rays—period. And 78% of those rays come from incidental exposure. These are all the times when you don’t think you’re getting the damaging rays, like driving in the car, sitting in your home or office near windows, or walking outside on a cloudy winter day when people don’t feel like they need sun protection. If you want to prevent wrinkles, wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine, inside or out, is a must.

Using alcohol-based toners or skipping them entirely.

Toners are an important step in a skin care regimen and should be used daily. The mistake people make if they are actually using one is it’s often loaded with alcohol, which will only dehydrate the skin and cause an increase in dull cell buildup. If you’re not using one, it’s usually because you notice that it leaves the skin feeling dry, so you’ll skip it completely and miss out on important skin benefits. Alcohol-free toners should be used after every cleansing because they give your skin a drink of moisture when left damp on the skin before applying moisturizer, they remove drying chlorines and minerals found in tap water, and because damp skin is 10 times more permeable than dry skin. When left damp they can carry the active ingredients of your serum and moisturizer deeper within the skin.

Washing your skin with bar soap.

If you wash with a bar of soap, you immediately strip your skin of all its water, which instantly creates dead skin cell buildup. Then you have to quickly put moisturizer on to put back exactly what you just took out. The binders that hold a bar of soap together have a high pH balance, making it too drying for most skin types. But they also reverse the benefits from any exfoliants that you’re using (AHA’s, BHA’s and facial scrubs) since those are intended to remove dry skin cells. Bar soaps are a no-no, so look for mild, sulfate-free, soap-free gel cleansers.
Overusing moisturizer.

Adding multiple coats of moisturizer to alleviate dry skin is not the same as switching to a creamier consistency. Using thicker coats of moisturizer will only result in clogged pores and a waste of skin care product.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/celiashatzman/2014/08/21/8-common-skincare-mistakes/

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Skin Cancer Threats Often Ignored

Melanoma On The Rise In Most Nations

The awareness of many cancers, including screening and prevention, is on the increase. But some people have a general sense that skin cancer is not quite so serious and somehow less invasive despite the statistics showing otherwise. One in every 8 men and 1 in  every 10 women will develop skin cancer and the number of deaths is continuing to increase year after year. While 97 percent of skin cancer is curable if caught on time, so we also need to tackle the growing incidence in Ireland. May is Melanoma Awareness Month, which is designated to encouraging people to be more proactive about skin cancer detection and more importantly, prevention.

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Even though melanoma can occur in anyone, Irish people have a skin type that is more susceptible to skin cancer. Most have a skin type 1 or 2, which burns regularly and tans with difficulty, which puts them at greater risk. Ireland, for example, is now the fourth worst country in the whole of Europe for skin cancer instances.

Experts say that excessive sun and binge tanning causes 90 percent of all skin cancer rates, so sunscreen and shade is a must in the welcome summer sunshine.  Three-quarters of a person’s lifetime UV exposure occurs during childhood.  With up to 90 percent of UV rays passing through light clouds, care is needed not just on a sunny day, but every day.

“Sunbed” users are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never used sunbeds, but while self tanning cosmetics are now more popular than ever, people who frequently used ultraviolet (UV) tanning in the past are still at a higher risk.

Cheaper sunshine holidays these past few years, are a significant factor in the recent growing rate of skin cancer here.  Because a sun-tan is a desirable characteristic to many, Irish people tend to ‘binge tan’.  They cram intensive sun-tanning into a week or a fortnight’s sunshine holiday, very often without adequate attention to skincare protection.

The best advice is to apply SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen, with UVA and UVB protection, liberally and frequently and at least 20 minutes before heading into the sun.  It is also necessary to beware that some medications also make skin more sensitive to the sun, so people are advised to check this out in advance with their doctor.

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People need to be more aware about checking moles or any skin irregularities or changes and this will contribute greatly to reducing Ireland’s skin cancer rates over time.

While we always support Melanoma Awareness Month, we need to be more aware of the dangers of Melanoma throughout the entire year.  Before you head into the sun this summer, why not contact your local Skin Clinic to have your moles checked out. It could save your life.

Source: http://www.renaissance-skincare.com/how-aware-are-you-of-melanoma/

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Can Your Skin Care Products Cause Headaches and Harm

Skin Care Products Often Contain Harmful Ingredients

Grab a bottle or jar of one of your personal care products and check the list of ingredients. Do you see any words that end in paraben? How about butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), Sodium or potassium bromate?

These are all preservatives used to increase the shelf life of your products to keep them safe from bacterial, environmental and personal contamination. There are currently 58 preservatives that are on the list of EU Cosmetic regulation which are well accepted around the world but not all are used in current formulations, according to Annex V to regulation EC/1223/2009 formerly Annex VI to Council Directive 76/768/EEC. But did you know there is a risk of side effects when consumed in large amounts. So when you use lots of products daily, overtime these chemicals can build up in your body causing imbalances, allergic reactions, illness and more.

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The FDA has classified parabens as “GRAS” ingredients, which means they are safe for use in products according to medical and toxicological experts. Some scientific studies have suggested that butylparaben and propylparaben can mimic the effect of the endocrine hormone, estrogen, when tested at high concentrations in cell cultures and female mice. This effect is sometimes referred to as endocrine disruption. (Mirik Dik Davis and T. Thomas D.B (2002) J. Nat R Cancer Institute 94(20)1578-80).
Preservatives can have side effects:

  1. Biphenyl can cause skin discoloration, headaches and intestinal problems.
  2. Sodium, potassium and calcium salts of benzoic acid can cause hyperactivity in children, allergic reactions.
  3. Sodium and potassium nitrates and nitrites can cause intestinal discomfort, headaches and skin problems. They can also produce nitrosamine, a human carcinogen.
  4. Butylated hydroxytoluene  (BHT) is used in food for its antioxidant properties. Although California has listed butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as a carcinogen, a low intake of  BHA shows no significant association with an increased risk of cancer.
  5. Sodium and potassium bromate can influence the development of cancer.
  6. Mono sodium glutamate can cause headaches and nausea.
  7. Sodium sulfite, sulfur dioxide and sodium bisulfite can cause allergic reactions.
  8. Propyl gallate, an antioxidant, is a food additive that has been linked to cancer in some studies.
  9. Tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) can cause nausea and violent mental agitation.

An easy way to avoid these chemicals is to always look for an expiration date on your skin care products. All Catskill Organic Products are manufactured preservative-free by using an aseptic technique. In this technique, products are prepared under sterile conditions. We also use Vitamin C & Vitamin E which are antioxidants that  keep the oils in the product from going rancid and prevent “free radical” damage. Side effects include firm bright skin and healthy hair.

Source: http://catskillorganic.com/can-your-skin-care-cause-headaches-and-more/

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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U.S. Skin Care Industry Will Top $12.2 Billion By 2018

Natural, Organic Skin Care Products In High Demand

The major driver of the skin care industry is the rising concern and demand for natural and organic skin care products. Growing concern for health and safety, consumer awareness about synthetic chemicals, and rising green consciousness drove the demand for organic and natural skin care products. Another key driver of the skin care industry is increased demand of anti-aging products. This market is benefited by high disposable income of the baby boomers group.

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Skin care manufacturers recognized that valuable opportunities exist in the skin care industry. Skin care product manufacturers are continuously adopting new strategies to gain market share. One of the keys areas for growth involves multifunctional skin care products.

The Market Research Report analysts advise that the biggest challenge the industry faces is to provide good quality products at low cost. Consumers have become price conscious, but at the same time do not want to compromise on quality. Hence it is crucial for the manufacturers to maintain a balance between price and quality. Continuous innovation has also become a challenge for the players in the industry. Regular innovation of products is very important for companies to sustain their successful position in the market.

The study also highlights key drivers of growth in the skin care industry. Consumers use skin care products for long-term application effect, safety concerns and even eco-friendliness, which will certainly be a major skincare trend in the future. Consumers with high incomes are increasingly buying premium products, responding to the improving economy and product innovations from premium skin care manufacturers.

Some of the features of US Skin Care Industry 2013-2018: Trends, Forecast, and Opportunity Analysis include:

  •  Analysis of competitive intensity of the industry based on Porter’s Five Forces model which helps to understand the competitive position of industry players
  • US Skin Care market intelligence with special emphasis on facial care, body and hand care, depilatories, and sun care markets
  • Skin Care Market Size trend (2007-2012) and forecast (2013-2018) with demographic factor analysis are useful to make major investment decisions in region
  • Profitability and Cost Structure Trend Analysis (2007-2012) of US Skin Care market provides the clear picture of market to the investor
  • Competitive Landscape, emerging trend, market drivers and growth opportunity analysis provided helps to ascertain a sound investment decision

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/tgcmgb/us_skincare

Learn more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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