Skin Care Tips and Bits
Skin care advice from the experts at UW Health Transformations Jeune Skin Care:
Hydration and Caffeine
For every 8 ounces of caffeinated beverages you consume you will need 16-24 ounces of plain water to replenish your hydration levels. This also applies to alcohol. Don't feel like running to the bathroom all day? Then try our SkinCeuticals B5 Gelwith Hylauronic Acid and nourishing vitamin B5 to help hydrate, plump and repair your skin tissue. Great for all skin types and conditions.
Deep Cleansing with Clarisonic
The Clarisonic SmartPROfile cleansing tool (retails for $265.00) uses patented ultrasonic wave technology to cleanse the skin up to 11 times better than your hands alone, allowing serums and creams to penetrate more effectively. A great form of gentle exfoliation without irritating side effects. Available here at UW Health-Transformations.
Parabens are a great preservative, but due to the bad press they have received, manufacturers have removed them from many skin care products and cosmetics. Keep in mind that most skin care products have some type of preservative in the formula or your products would spoil and smell rancid within 3 months. Ever notice the symbol on the back of a product near the bottom that looks like a can with an open lid with the writing 24 months? That means once it is opened it is good for 2 years.
Are you prone to skin redness, especially from the middle of the forehead, the nose and chin? The center of the face is the most vascular. Unless you have a skin condition like rosacea or have underlying background redness due to Retinol and Tretinoin/Retin-A product use, your skin may be more vascular. Certain things can cause facial redness and flushing - like caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, hot tubs, whirlpools, saunas, hot weather, etc.
Mineral oil in make-up is NOT the same as pigmented minerals that come from the earth. Mineral oil is a common ingredient in baby lotions, cold creams, ointments and cosmetics. It is a light-weight, inexpensive oil that is odorless and tasteless. Other names include white oil, liquid paraffin, and liquid petroleum and white petrolatum. Baby oil refers to a perfumed mineral oil. Most often, mineral oil is a liquid by-product of the distillation of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum-based products from crude oil.
Dry skin (dehydrated skin) is caused by a loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients/moisturizers work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the skin. Petrolatum (mineral oil) and lanolin are common emollients. Where the problem lies is these ingredients can be occlusive, meaning they do not allow the skin to breathe. To occlude means to close up and block off. One of the common concerns regarding the use of mineral oil is its presence on several lists of comedogenic substances.
Mineral oil does serve its purpose, especially in occlusive dressings for wounds on a short-term basis. But for daily use in skin care products and make-up, it can lead to skin irritations, acne breakouts, clogged pores and the like. Think about it… our skin is the largest organ of our body and is meant for protection. All living things need oxygen to live and when oxygen can't get in, bacteria starts to flourish.
Yes, gluten in food can cause serious side effects for those who are intolerant, such as individuals with Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), but it has to be INGESTED. If you happen to be using a product on your skin or hair that has a wheat derivative, it cannot travel to your stomach and intestines unless you eat it. So relax on this one, as too much stress or sweating the small stuff can cause way more harm than gluten in skin and hair care products.
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