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Skin Care and Beauty Trends

Product Ingredients Driving Consumer Preferences

More and more people are concerned about the impacts of skin care products and their ingredients on their health and the environment. Destructive practices and fraudulent claims are tougher to conceal in the age of social media. That single force could be the most dynamic issue in the skin care industry in the foreseeable future.

As we have explained in our blog before, many skin care products can harm you. In fact, many contain petroleum products and other harmful chemicals. Many skin care products contain ingredients that are known carcinogens, while others dehydrate your skin and cause other forms of damage to your overall health. Some creams and lotions contain collagen from livestock, which the food industry consider a specified-risk material for mad cow disease. Other skin care products include petroleum-based ingredients.

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Regulations in the skin care products industry are weak and oversight is even weaker in most countries. Your best bet is to do your research. Learn the issues that concern you and shop wisely, while informing your friends and family of the hazards. The risks are real.

Other skin care trends? According to their beauty blog, Marla Malcolm Beck, founder of M-61 Laboratories, thinks that personal technology will change the skin care industry drastically.

“They will eventually develop an app that’s kind of like a FitBit for your skin,” she says. “It will tell you everything that you need to know about your skin that day: the water levels, collagen levels, and on and on. Because, your skin is different from day to day.”

Then, things will get really interesting. “The app will be hooked up to a 3-D printer that’s equipped with different skin-care ingredient cartridges,” Beck says. “It will be able to cocktail products for you and then print them, so every day you have exactly what you need for your face.”

Dermatologist Craig Kraffert, MD, of Amarté Skin Care, says the days of heavy sunscreen may soon be behind us. And, who wouldn’t want their SPF to glide on as smoothly as moisturizer?

“The FDA is under huge pressure to look at and make a decision on new ingredients,” he says. “Once they do, it will give us a ton more options. It may be that [it will be] easier to make more elegant sunscreen products — meaning people won’t mind using them, and they may work better.”

Your beauty products are about to get smarter. “There’s going to be a big amount of influence from the pharma and nutritional worlds,” says Smitha Rao, VP of product development for StriVectin. “We know that when you apply antioxidants or…peptides intelligently, it turns on and turns off very specific genes.”

Formulas — not just ingredients — will get more effective. “Formulations will no longer just be ‘delivering’ the active ingredients to the skin,” says Rao. “They’ll work to improve the efficacy of the products.”

Ling Chan, founder of Ling Skin Care, agrees. “I see more exciting ingredients on the horizon that will be ‘smart’ and custom — ingredients that can deliver results according to our individual skin type and ailment.”

Organic skin care ingredients will soon be mixed with lab-created ingredients to create new hybrid products.

“In skin care, it will be about the marriage of ‘What is the best extract I can get out of botanical ingredients?’ and ‘How can I combine that with the best that science has to offer?’” says Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica. “Consumers are already very aware of what ingredients are good. We’ll be able to…design our own peptides and know what amino acids we can put together.”

And, Rao says: “We know what active ingredients are most important to your skin. We can use plant biotechnology to harness the best of what’s in a good thing, and make it better. It’s ‘science with a soul.'”

We’re already starting to see hybrids: makeup products that contain skin-care ingredients. But, they’re about to get huge. “We’ve moved on to the idea that every cosmetic…needs to have skin benefits,” says King. “We’re looking at skin care, 24/7 — not just through skin-care products.”

Yannis Alexandrides, MD, a plastic surgeon and founder of 111Skin, agrees. “We’re quickly seeing the line between cosmetics and treatment become blurred,” he says. “New-ingredient technologies that have been proven successful in medicine are beginning to be used in cosmetics.”

And, SPF is just the beginning. You’ll be able to use foundations, concealers, lipsticks, and more with powerful skin benefits, like anti-aging and acne control.

The stereotypical day spa may be a thing of the past. “The idea of a spa that is only about relaxation, chocolate facials, and rose petals in the bath is dead,” King says. “Women, and men, are becoming less and less interested in that.” American spas are about to become more “hardcore,” as she says, like their European counterparts. “If you go to a health spa in Europe, you’ll see no fluffy robes or slippers.”

This means serving up the goods, and nothing but the goods. “Women are now saying, ‘Give me the latest, greatest thing that is going to give me those visible results,’” King says. “The modern woman wants to…bring down her stress levels and take good care of her skin. These new-and-improved spas will do just that.”

Ling thinks so, too. “I see the skin-care industry becoming more niche,” she says. “Rather than the conventional, large day spas, spa owners will specialize in one or two treatments. It will be about catering to very specific needs.” We’ll take that over a chocolate facial any day.

Skin Care Tips and Trends via http://www.refinery29.com/new-skin-care-trends#slide-4

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 Secrets From Glamour Girls

Models Share Top Tricks For Glowing Skin

Contrary to popular belief, not all models are born with glowing skin. They deal with complexion quirks like anyone else—and they’re often made ten times worse thanks to the amount of makeup they have to wear on the job. Although models are genetically gifted, they’re not immune to acne, puffy eyes, dry skin, and a host of other beauty problems.

For models, having anything but a glowing complexion is simply not an option. “Taking care of their skin is not about being vain or wanting to feel good—it’s an investment in their career,” says Samantha Wright, an esthetician at Dangene, a skin clinic in New York that counts A-list models and actresses among their clients.

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Understandably, models approach skin care a little differently than many of us—their jobs depend on it. Here’s what these professional beauties do to keep their skin in peak condition.

They make a plan—and stick with it.
Fashion Week happens in the spring and fall, but models prep all year ‘round. “I recommend people prepare months in advance before any large event,” says Dr. Jennifer MacGregor, a dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City. “I usually start people six months out, but three months is okay.” Along with a topical skin-care regimen, she may recommend lasers (such as Fraxel or Permea) to address more challenging issues, such as hyperpigmentation.

They think of ALL of their skin.
Models never know when they’ll need to wear a plunging neckline or backless dress on the runway. That’s why their skin care doesn’t end with their face. “We can focus on the body, smoothing out the chest and the back—even the stomach,” Wright says. An appointment at Dangene starts with a head-to-toe evaluation, followed by customized treatments that could include mole removal, microdermabrasion, or a collagen-boosting LED session. “We might do an acid wash to get rid of all the dead skin cells,” Wright explains, “so when a model walks down the runway, she glistens, shines, and is flawless.”

They build a relationship with their dermatologist.
Dermatologist Dr. Jeannette Graf often answers questions via email or text, teaching her model clients how to treat mini-emergencies at home. Make sure your powder room is stalked with the lotions and potions you need to treat a blemish, calm your skin, or get an immediate glow.

They know what to do when zit happens.
If models break out before a big shoot, they have a couple of treatment options. “If it’s a deep cyst, they can come in for an emergency cortisone injection,” says Dr. MacGregor. By reducing inflammation, these shots reduce the size and redness of even the biggest blemish. For smaller breakouts, Dr. MacGregor recommendsNeutrogena On-the-Spot acne treatment. “It’s a more mild benzoyl peroxide that won’t cause as much irritation,” she explains. (For more on battling blemishes, read this.)

They make their facials count.
“Even models get stressed out,” says celebrity esthetician Joanna Vargas. “They’re running around and not eating well.” When this happens, Vargas gives models a Power Peel treatment. First, a mild fruit acid and paprika peel gently resurfaces the skin. Then, models sit under a healing LED light before oxygen is sprayed to brighten the complexion and destroy bacteria. “They look perfect without us having to do a lot of intervention,” Vargas says. And for a model, that’s just a perk of the job.

Source: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/5-habits-of-models-with-gorgeous-skin-99332953963.html

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Surgeon General Issues New Warning About Tanning, Skin Cancer

Most Skin Dangers Completely Avoidable

Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It’s a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it’s coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a “major public health problem” and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ultraviolet light is a major cause. It comes just two months after the Food and Drug Administration announced it will soon require labels on tanning beds and lamps warning against use by anyone younger than 18.

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But more action is needed, because skin cancers in the United States, unlike many other cancers, continue to rise, the new report says. Nearly 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer each year, at a cost of $8.1 billion, the report says. About 63,000 cases are the most serious kind, melanoma, and about 6,000 of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning, the report says. The report says ultraviolet radiation exposure from indoor tanning is “completely avoidable.”

In an interview, Lushniak said it is time for additional states to join the several that have banned indoor tanning by minors and the 44 with some kind of restrictions. The report also calls for individuals — of all skin colors — to follow the usual advice for minimizing sun exposure, including using sunscreen, hats and shade. It also says everyone from schools to businesses to urban planners have roles to play in providing shady spaces and making it easier for people to protect themselves. The report does not say we should all live in caves. “Enjoy the great outdoors,” Lushniak says, “but take steps to protect your skin.”

There’s some evidence some people are listening to some of the warnings: Indoor tanning use by teens dropped in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says 12.8% of teens younger than 18 admitted to indoor tanning in 2013, down from 15.6% in 2009. The World Health Organization called indoor tanning devices cancer-causing in 2009. It says that tanning laws are linked to less tanning in teen girls. The report “is a major step forward in the fight against the epidemic of skin cancer, but the value of this step will be measured in the follow up,” says Tim Turnham, executive director of the Melanoma Research Foundation.

The Indoor Tanning Association did not immediately return a call for comment. In past statements, the industry group has disputed the WHO position that tanning devices cause cancer and has also said use by teens should be up to parents, not government.

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Summer Skin Care With Natural Masks

Natural Skin Care Tips

Genetic factors, oily skin and hormone changes are all major causes of acne. Intensive skin care during summer is different than what it is in other seasons. You should protect your skin against sun-rays and moisturize it regularly. Skin is usually exhausted during summer; the rising temperature helps secretion of oil for those who have oily skin. With sweat and dust, blisters are more likely to appear on the skin. Constantly taking good care of your skin by cleaning and applying moisturizers and masks could be the best skin care solution.

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Here are four natural masks that can be easily prepared in your kitchen and will help you take care of your skin this summer:

Sweet potato mask for dry skin 

Ingredients:
1 steamed sweet potato
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp. ginger (You can use green tea if not available)

Steam sweet potato and mash it well with honey very well. Then add milk and ginger. Mix all ingredients until you get a dough. Apply the mask on your face and neck for 20 to 25 minutes. Then rinse it with warm water. This mask will moisturize and protect your skin from wrinkles. You can store the rest of the mask in the fridge to use it later.

Yeast and honey mask for all skin types

Ingredients: 
1 tsp. honey
2 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. sweet almond oil (for dry skin)
3 drops of lemon juice (for oily skin)

Mix honey with yeast in warm water. Apply the mixture to your face except for your eyes for 30 minutes then rinse your face with warm water. Repeat the mask twice a week until your skin gets better. Then make it once a week. Make sure to rinse your face before applying the mask and moisturize your skin with a cream after every mask. 

Orange and oat mask for oily skin

Ingredients: 
2 tsp. fresh orange juice
3 tsp. oats
1 tsp. white honey
1 tsp. egg whites

Mix all ingredients together. Then apply the mixture on your face and leave it to dry completely. Start massaging your skin in round motion. Then rinse your face and continue peeling. You can repeat the mask once a week.

Corn flour and rose water mask for all skin types

This mask is used to whiten and renew your skin. It is also a treatment for burnt skin
Ingredients:
3 tbsp. rose water
½ cup cold water
1 tbsp. corn flour


Stir corn flour with cold water and rose water on the stove for one minute to dissolve until it gets thick. Then put the mixture in the fridge to cool. Apply the mask on your face for 30 minutes. Rinse it with warm water and then with cold water to change temperature. This mask will provide you with a whiter and fresh skin. 

Skin Care Plus uses and recommends 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, Wheaton and St. Charles.

Skin Care News via: http://www.arabnews.com/news/581571

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Natural Skin Care And Nutrition

Skin Care Heavily Influenced By Nutrition

There are 10 human body systems that work simultaneously to maintain our health. The integumentary system is the only system that is located outside of our bodies. This “exterior” system is our skin. Nutrition is the basic foundation to skin care and a great way to prevent many problems in the first place.

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There are foods that strengthen the integumentary system. Eating foods from all five food groups is a start, but knowing which foods are best will keep you looking your best, while helping to make you feel good. Eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water will help your skin in many ways. Vegetables and fruits have more water in them, including polyphenols, which is an anti-inflammatory that improves heart health and slows down aging. Vegetables and fruits also are fat-free, while providing nutritious calories. Some other foods that have a positive effect on your skin include:

Eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water will help your skin in many ways. Vegetables and fruits have more water in them, including polyphenols, which is an anti-inflammatory that improves heart health and slows down aging. Vegetables and fruits also are fat-free, while providing nutritious calories. Some other foods that have a positive effect on your skin include:

• Avocados. Good source of biotin, which prevents dry skin;

• Green Tea. Good source of polyphenols;

• Tomatoes. Slows down cellular damage;

• Salmon. Improves skin elasticity;

• Eggs. A complete source of protein and contains biotin;

• Walnuts. Contains omego-3 fatty acids which create smoother skin and shiny hair; and

• Beans. Repairs and regenerates skin cells.

Experiment for a few months to see if increasing your water, vegetable and fruit consumption will benefit the look and feel of your skin.

Source: http://www.hillsdale.net/article/20140327/News/140329112#ixzz2xHWpZkhn

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SkinPen Raising Eyebrows In Skin Care Industry

Editor’s Note: We’re reserving judgement on the SkinPen until we can conduct some research on our own. However, you can’t deny that the technology is making waves in the media world at the moment. Like most skin care treatments, time will see if the rewards are lasting and if they outweigh any risks (I’m concerned about the inability to sterilize the needles from some human pathogens).

Healthier Skin Through Technology?

Step aside pricey wrinkle creams, and make room for the latest anti-aging product: the SkinPen. That’s right. One pen, and one hour. That’s all it takes to get new, rejuvenated skin, according to Texas-based Bellus Medical. It’s called the SkinPen, by Bellus Medical, which bills itself as a “dynamic medical aesthetics company.”

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Here’s how it works. First the skin is numbed. When the pen is placed on the face, 12 stainless steel needles create thousands of microscopic incisions. This allows for contraction and tightening, and helps products penetrate the skin.

“You are creating new, healthy collagen from that dermal layer,” clinical aesthetician Marilee St. Louis told ABC News affiliate WFFA-TV in Dallas. “This is so microscopic that you get this huge boost of collagen to heal the wound and thicken up the skin.”

St. Louis says the skin will initially be a little red and puffy, similar to a sunburn.

After three days, however, the skin is better than normal, she said.

“I did it on a Friday, and on Saturday I was back to charity work,” customer Julia Stocker told WFAA. “This has true results, and they are immediate”.

But it’s not just for wrinkles. The SkinPen can treat acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, sun damage and stretch marks, according to Bellus. And it can be used on more than just the face. Patients have received treatments on the neck, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.

As for other treatments, microdermabrasion scrapes off the top level of skin, allowing for greater cellular turnover, and a slower aging process. It costs about $150 with a recovery time of three to five days.

Peels entail a chemical solution applied to skin. Over time, top layers of skin peel off, allowing for new skin to grow in. It costs $200 to $300 with a recovery time of three to 14 days.

SkinPen needles create thousands of tiny incisions, creating new collagen. It costs $300 to $400 with a recovery time of one to three days.

“We consider this the next step in micro-therapy,” Bellus Medical CEO and President Joe Proctor told ABC News today. “It’s going to be a little more expensive, but not much.”

Perhaps the biggest difference is the recovery process. “You can get dynamic results with little or no downtime,” Proctor said, adding that SkinPen patients can easily return to work the same day as their treatment.

The number of treatments a patient needs depends on their specific issue. Patients can receive the treatments about a month apart.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/03/skinpen-hailed-as-newest-breakthrough-in-anti-aging-treatment/

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Skin Care Tips From Mayo Clinic

Protect Skin From The Sun, Bad Diet

Don’t have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with these basic tips from the Mayo Clinic. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five skin care tips.

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1. Protect yourself from the sun: A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer. For the most complete sun protection:

  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

2. Don’t smoke: Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

3. Treat your skin gently: Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

5. Manage stress: Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Skin Care News via: http://www.mayoclinic.org/skin-care/art-20048237

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Skin Care Ingredients Cause Concern

Skin Care Products Demand Research For Safety

Each year, new skin care brands enter the market and cloud the waters with product claims that can make your head spin. Many offer new, magic ingredient and others depend on attacking established, scientifically proven ingredients. Here are some facts to help you cut through the confusion.

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Vitamin A. If there is a universal ingredient in skin care that has received unprecedented support, it is vitamin A. As early as 1938, researchers have documented both the need for vitamin A in skin care, and its role in constructively ameliorating photodamaged skin. Some websites, blogs and brands indicate that vitamin A is a known human reproductive toxicant. Yet, much research shows that vitamin A is safe for use in cosmetics. In fact, vitamin A is alleged to be one of the most effective—if not the most effective—ingredient in anti-aging skin care.

Propylene Glycol. A much-maligned ingredient, propylene glycol is safe for use in cosmetics. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s (CIR) National Toxicology Program, there is negligible, if any, concern related to its use. In fact, it is safe to eat. This ingredient comes in two forms: vegetable sources and synthetic sources, such as petroleum. It is safe in cosmetic use and no toxicity was found at dose levels used in skin care. The concentration in cosmetic preparations is normally under 2%. The CIR stated it is safe in concentrations up to 50%.7 There is no scientific evidence or truth to the assertions that, in the form and dose used in skin care, it causes cancer, or brain, kidney or liver damage.

Parabens. One of the most controversial and researched preservatives are parabens. Health concerns include links to the development of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity, as well as immunotoxicity and neurotoxicity. Parabens are nature’s way of providing self-preservation for many naturally occurring fruits and vegetables, including blueberries, strawberries and carrots. Parabens have been deemed safe, after multiple studies by the FDA, the Japanese Ministry of Health and the European Commission. Parabens do not accumulate in the body. Parabens have been the subject of much misinformation, rumor-mongering and unfounded hype about their dangers based on a few poorly designed studies.

Mineral Oil. The highly refined, pharmaceutical-grade of mineral oil has no adverse effect on the stratum cornium. Mineral oil has been shown to improve skin softness and is a safe ingredient that removes excess oil and can help dissolve comedones. Its value in treating oily skin is unquestioned. The claims that today’s pharmaceutical-grade mineral oil is carcinogenic are false with no data to support them.

Disodium EDTA. Disodium EDTA and its salts are used as chelating agents in cosmetics. The typical concentration is less than 2%. The CIR expert panel recognized this ingredient as safe. A definitive research document on the safety of disodium EDTA was published in the International Journal of Toxicology.

How do you separate fact from fiction, fear-mongering from science, marketing hype from truth? Ask the right questions and follow up with a persistent search for independent, third-party scientific documentation. Too much of what is communicated to skin care professionals comes from individuals and companies driven by self-interest. Demand proof of claims and, if someone is attacking an ingredient’s safety, seek out the other side of the assertion.

When searching for information, do not stop at the first few sites that come up. Take the time to look deeper as you search for information. Visit sites that are founded in scientific research, chemistry and toxicology. Seek out information outside of the traditional skin care organizations, company information and websites.

Source: http://www.skininc.com/skinscience/ingredients/Ingredient-Hysteria-and-Misconceptions-238484541.html?page=1

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Skin-Lightening Products Contain Mercury

Beware Of Toxic Skin Care Products

Editor’s Note: You have heard us talk about the importance of natural and organic skin care products. This article underscores the importance of buyer beware.

Infamous for poisoning the kidneys and brain, mercury is a potent, silent destroyer of healthy cellular function. Mercury compounds can be readily absorbed through intact skin – inducing toxic, dermal effects. As a melanotoxin, mercury compounds are capable of decimating melanosomes, which are tiny “balloons” in the skin that consist of melanin. There’s a dangerous practice going around regarding the manufacture of skin-lightening, “beauty care” cosmetics.

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Many skin-lightening products, anti-aging lotions, and acne creams contain unprecedented levels of mercury. This mercury is rubbed directly into the skin, where it is readily absorbed into the body. Mercury levels are reportedly so high in some skin products around the world that the FDA has issued a public statement warning consumers not to use skin creams, beauty products and lotions that might contain mercury.

In a new report from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, hundreds of skin-lightening products from around the world were found to contain extraordinary levels of mercury that exceed FDA standards 10,000 to one.

The FDA limits companies to 1 ppm mercury in cosmetic products. Some of the products being tested at the Loma Linda University reach 10,000 ppm of mercury.

The products are typically marketed as anti-aging treatments, capable of removing freckles, wrinkles and blemishes. These same formulas are often used as acne treatments. The toxic metal mercury abounds in these skin creams, labeled alternatively as mercurous chloride, calomel, mercuric or mercurio.

“Even though these products are promoted as cosmetics, they also may be unapproved new drugs under the law,” says Linda Katz, M.D., director of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors.

Charles Lee, M.D., a senior medical advisor at the FDA, states, “Exposure to mercury can have serious health consequences. It can damage the kidneys and the nervous system, and interfere with the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.”

Furthermore, mercury from these skin creams can be breathed in or accidentally swallowed. Infants can receive a toxic dose if they touch parents who use these creams. A little one is prone to come into contact with the cream and put their affected hands and fingers into their mouth, and thus begin ingesting high traces of mercury.

Many of these mercury-containing beauty products are imported into the US and are sold online. In the study from Loma Linda University, 549 skin-lightening products were purchased from 32 different countries. This included online sales from countries like Taiwan, Japan, China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and the US. Using a portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, the researchers screened the products for mercury exceeding 200 ppm.

Of the products purchased in the United States, 18 products were found to contain mercury levels exceeding 1,000 ppm – a truly toxic dose. Overall, 6 percent of the 549 products tested from around the world contained mercury in excess of 1,000 ppm. Nearly half of those products contained over 10,000 ppm mercury.

A 39-year old woman from Northern California sought medical attention when mercury toxicity symptoms began setting in. Found to have more than 100 times the average amount of mercury in her urine, the woman showed symptoms of mercury poisoning, including weakness, insomnia, pain in the extremities and severe headache. According to the California Department of Public Health, the woman and her husband had used an unlabeled mercury-containing face cream for three years. Brought in by a relative from Mexico, the cream was found loaded with mercury. The husband and their four-year-old child also had high levels of mercury in their urine. The problem, mercury, was isolated.

In another case, a teen had come down with mercury poisoning symptoms. In just months, the fatigue penetrated him. The Texas Department of Health couldn’t find the source of contamination in the teen’s environment, including paint, soil and indoor air tests. The family continued to look for solutions and finally realized the answer. The teen regularly used an acne cream called “Crema de Belleza-Manning.” After laboratory testing confirmed that the product contained 6 percent to 10 percent mercury weight (labeled as mercurous chloride), the teen stopped use and saw improvements.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/043630_cosmetic_products_mercury_contamination_heavy_metal_toxicity.html#ixzz2rEmUukGW

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Skin Care Tips For Winter

Hydration, Sun Screen Key Objectives

Harsh winds and central heating pull the moisture from our skin, leaving us prone to wrinkles. As the weather gets worse, here are some tips to protect your skin from the winter elements:

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1. Moisturize: Our skin’s barrier function is less effective in winter which makes it more challenging to keep skin hydrated. To combat water loss, look for natural moisturizers that have the ability to hold and attract water in the skin.

2. Drink Warm Water: Water helps plump up the skin but a cold glass from the tap just isn’t that appealing if it’s cold outside. Not surprising then that, during winter, we tend to drink much less than the recommended daily 1.6 litres of fluid for women and two liters for men. Warm water is a great hydrator but if you can’t stomach it, drink white tea instead. Studies have shown that extracts in white tea strengthen the skin’s elastin and collagen content.

3. Avoid Long, Hot Showers: There’s nothing nicer than languishing in a steamy shower but your skin won’t like it. Long, hot baths and showers strip the skin of its protective oils, allowing moisture to escape. Keep showers short and warm, not hot, and as soon as you step out of the steam, while your skin is still damp and pores open, apply moisturizer. Put your moisturizer in a sink of hot water while you’re showering. It will feel warm and soothing as applied and it also will be absorbed more easily.

4. Sunscreen: UV rays are still a factor in winter, especially with snow around to reflect light. Use a broad spectrum SPF no lower than SPF25 to protect against rays.”

5. Oatmeal Therapy: Dry skin can feel itchy but scratching can damage skin and encourage fine lines to form into deeper wrinkles. Colloidal Oatmeal has an ­anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and ultra-hydrating action on the skin. The beta gluten in oatmeal leaves skin feeling like satin. Products are available that contain colloidal oatmeal. Or make your own.

6. Extra Eye Care: The fine skin around the eyes can get extra dry and sore in winter, leading to deepened crow’s feet. As always, pay special attention to this region of your face with cleansers, moisturizers and serums. Apply and remove lotions and makeup gently so as to avoid stretching this sensitive skin.

7. Wrap-Up To Avoid Moisture Loss: It sounds obvious but wearing scarves, hats and earmuffs will help avoid moisture loss. Go easy on exfoliant. We all know it’s essential to exfoliate to remove dead skin cells, which allows moisturizer to penetrate deeper but go easy in winter. Excess exfoliation damages the natural hydro-lipidic barrier, which can promote dehydration.

8. Good Fats: Fats are essential for healthy and nourished skin, but be sure to choose healthy (mono-unsaturated) ­varieties. Fats in nuts and avocados are great for a healthy complexion. They have antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium.

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