Do You Really Need a Night Cream?

Night Face Cream – Is it Really Necessary?

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Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is great, but sometimes that isn’t possible.  Cosmetic’ companies lead us all to believe that we need a closet full of products to turn back the clock. Reality tells us however that the clock is ticking, and you can do your best to take care of your skin, but don’t waste your money on products that aren’t necessary. A night face cream is a good example.
Night face creams are lauded as cosmetics that shed years off your visage and bring back youthful vibrancy.  We’ve all heard commercials tell us that night face creams are formulated to penetrate your skin while it’s regenerating itself during sleep.  Is it possible, is it true?

Night cream are usually more hydrating and a bit thicker in consistency than day facial moisturizers, and they do not contain SPF like many day creams do. But as long as you are applying a moisturizer at night, it doesn’t matter if it’s a day or a night cream.

Cosmetics companies companies allege that your skin absorbs more nutrients while you sleep but there is little evidence this is true.  But if you do wake up feeling a bit dry or you don’t mind spending extra money, feel free to splurge on a night cream, but it is not necessary. If you’re happy with your day cream, go ahead and use it at night.

A few things to keep in mind as you weigh your choices:
1. Pick a cream that’ll work with your skin type. You definitely want to add moisture while you sleep (it’s the best time to do so since you can look greasy for a bit without being in public), but oily or combo skin will need less hydration than dry skin.
2. Focus on your biggest concerns. Whether it’s acne, uneven skin tone, fine lines, or wrinkles, there’s a product for you. Just make sure you find the right one.
3. Give it some time. Most night creams are not going to miraculously transform your skin in one night; they take days and even weeks to show off their full effects. So be patient, and don’t forget to apply the product every night.
4. Get enough sleep. If you’re only in bed for three hours, that night cream isn’t getting much time to work its magic. Aim for seven to eight hours of shut-eye; it’s better for your health and looks, and gives your products ample skin time.

Finally, if anti-aging is your goal check out Sausage Tree Cream which has been shown promise in clinical research for use in anti-aging.

Which Acne Home Remedy is Best for You?

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Anyone can find an acne home remedy that works, but no single acne home remedy works for everyone. Here are 10 home remedies for acne that work, with clear guidelines for getting the best results.

Summary:

  • Everybody who has acne can find a home remedy, but most home remedies don’t work for everyone.
  • Listerine kills acne bacteria, but don’t try it if you have chemical-sensitive skin.
  • Some people who have rosacea get better after they use corn starch as face powder.
  • Stopping all carbonated beverages, including diet sodas (mineral water is OK), sometimes stops break outs.
  • Eating 2 tablespoons (about 30 grams) of salsa every day can relieve acne on dry skin, although eating too many tomatoes can make oily skin oilier.
  • Nicotinamide supplements can be very helpful for common acne, but aren’t a good idea for rosacea.
  • Vinegar sometimes helps other acne products work better.
  • Zinc oxide protects against sun and also reduces inflammation, although not everyone looks better after using it.
  • Milk of magnesia both conceals pimples and reduces inflammation.
  • If you break out after you have been in the sun, the problem may be cocoa butter or shea butter sunscreen.
  • A splash of water in your face temporarily works just as well as moisturizer.

1. Listerine.

Listerine is the world’s best known antibacterial mouthwash. Invented by American doctors Joseph Lawrence and Jordan Wheat in 1879, Listerine was first sold as a floor and wall cleaner for surgical theaters and operating rooms. In the early 1900′s, it was sold for stripping wax off floors. And since 1914, it has been sold as an antiseptic.

The makers of Listerine will always find new uses for their product, but the makers of Listerine do not officially recommend it as a face wash for acne.

Listerine Gold is about 27% alcohol, and flavored Listerine (orange, peppermint, or vanilla) is about 21% alcohol. It takes about 40% alcohol to kill bacteria on contact, but Listerine also contains essential oils of eucalyptus and thyme. The combination of essential oils with alcohol is enough to kill germs on your face the same it kills germs in your mouth. If you have managed to clear up your skin with other treatments, dabbing Listerine on your skin with a clean cotton ball—don’t put a used cotton ball on the mouth of the bottle of Listerine on the mouth of the bottle the rest of your family will use for mouthwash, that’s gross—will keep excessive bacterial growth from reappearing.

Listerine is OK for preventing acne breakouts on sensitive skin, but the eucalyptus and thyme extracts can cause breakouts on allergy-prone skin. You should not use Listerine on your skin if you chemicals in general make your skin break out. You should not even use Listerine as a mouthwash if you have very sensitive skin, since it can cause breakouts at the corners of your mouth.

2. Argo corn starch.

Some people report that dusting the face with Argo corn starch at night, without using any other products, helps control rosacea. The way Argo corn starch probably works is by chasing away the tiny mites that live in the skin of some, although not all, people who have rosacea. The corn starch is abrasive to outer shells of the mites, and they literally hop off the face. Corn starch won’t work for other forms of acne, and it won’t work for everyone who has rosacea, but for some people, it stops rosacea outbreaks in about a week.

3. Stopping diet sodas.

Since everyone knows sugar is bad for your health, some people who have acne switch to diet soft drinks. However, sometimes it helps to stop diet soft drinks, too. Probably the phosphoric acid in diet soft drinks interferes with the action of friendly, probiotic bacteria in the colon. Stopping the consumption of diet drinks allows these bacteria to “train” the immune system to respond to infections with less inflammation, and the immune system causes less inflammation in the face. Results are not guaranteed, but it costs nothing to try, and you may see changes in your complexion in about a week.

4. Salsa, preferably with extra chile peppers.

Salsa is a mixture of fresh tomatoes with varying degrees of onions and chopped chile peppers. Some people who have rosacea break out when they eat chile peppers, so if you have rosacea, you should avoid it. Some people who have acne on dry skin, however, see blemishes clear up when they start eating about 2 tablespoons (25-30 grams) of salsa every day.

The way salsa works is by activating the trigeminal nerve that lies underneath the cheeks. Too many peppers can make you cry, but just right amount of peppers can help keep your skin moist. The additional moisture opens pores so sebum and bacteria flow out. Eating much more than about 2 tablespoons of tomatoes a day, however, can increase sebum production on oily skin, so don’t overdo it.

5. The B-vitamin nicotinamide.

People with common acne, the kind that takes at least a day or two to break out and that is caused by oil in pores, sometimes respond very well to taking nicotinamide supplements or to a product called Nicomide T-Gel, which is applied directly to the skin. People who have rosacea, which comes on within minutes of changes of temperature and is mostly limited to the cheeks of the face and the nose, should avoid it.

6. Apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar can soothe the skin, but its real use is in acidifying the skin so other acne products can work. If you have been trying a skin peel that just doesn’t peel, try blotting a tiny area your face with a clean cotton ball dipped in apple cider vinegar first. Let the vinegar dry, and then try just a dot of your face peel on the skin you have pre-treated with apple cider vinegar. If your skin does turn red and irritated after 30 minutes, then you can pre-treat the rest of your face and use the product on a wider area of skin. Be sure to rinse your skin well. Acne is not attractive, but neither is running around smelling like a pickle factory.

7. Milk of magnesia.

Milk of magnesia is good for relieving redness and irritation in pimples. It also makes them less noticeable on white skin, although if you have dark brown or black skin, it just changes their color. Place a dot of milk of magnesia directly on the pimple after your cleanse your face in the morning and it will be less irritated all day.

8. Avoid cocoa butter and shea butter skin repair lotions.

Some people who have never had acne in their lives break out after using sun screens or skin repair lotions containing cocoa butter or shea butter. Just as some people are allergic to chocolate or to nuts, other people are allergic to cocoa butter or shea nuts, used to make shea butter. If you stop using the product, however, the breakouts will go away in a week or so.

9. But use zinc oxide sun blocks.

Zinc oxide is great for protecting the skin of the face from sunburn. It also provides zinc, an important nutrient for the skin, directly to the skin. Zinc helps reduce the intensity of inflammation around pimples, and also reduces the production of whiteheads and blackheads. The only drawback to using zinc oxide (and combinations of zinc oxide and titanium oxide) in sunscreens is that they can leave dark brown or black skin looking unusually white. The effect wears off in about two days.

10. Keep your skin hydrated.

Let’s suppose your personal budget has absolutely no money left over for buying moisturizers, and you want to help keep your pores open by keeping your skin moist. What can you use? Try water!

A splash of water on your face, blotted just enough to keep the water from running off your face, temporarily increases the moisture in your skin by about 500%. This is more than any moisturizer can do for you, although the effect only lasts an hour or so. Repeatedly splashing your face 4 or 5 times a day, however, can make a big difference in keeping it soft and smooth, if you don’t wear makeup.

These 10 acne home remedies work on just about any budget. But why not take the next step and try an acne treatment system with a money-back guarantee like Sausage Tree Cream?

Skin Health First

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“At Last – Fat That You and Your Skin Can Love”

In our society a simple 3-letter word “fat” grew to become a notorious villain. The fact is however, that to live a healthy life and… to show off your beautiful complexion we need to recognize the “good” from the “ugly”. I hope the short story below will help you in this process.

Eating right means diet with no fat – RIGHT? WRONG!

Eating the RIGHT kinds of fat is essential for optimal health as well as good skin tone. Most of our diet is full of too much saturated fat and not enough of the essential fats that we call essential oils. The essential oils are those that promote clear and healthy skin and are also good for your heart.

Saturated and mono-unsaturated fats are not necessary in your diet; the polyunsaturated fats or oils are essential for your health and to maintain youthful, radiant and healthy looking skin.

The polyunsaturated oils provide two essential fats: Omega 6 (linoleic acid) and Omega 3 (alpha-linoleic acid). If these essential fatty acids are processed using heat (as fried and cooked or baked at high temperatures) they change to trans-fats and liberate free radicals which can damage skin and local tissues. These transformed fats are not good for us and interfere with liver metabolism, increase the likelihood of heart disease and inhibit our immune system. So avoid processed or fried foods, which change the structure of these essential fatty acids (EFA).

The body cannot manufacture EFA, so they must be supplied by the diet. EFA are necessary for the proper functioning of all tissues and for tissue repair, especially the skin since the EFAs hold skin cells together in a water tight seal and retain moisture.

The best source of EFA is fish (among the best is salmon and herring) and flaxseeds (linseed). Also a diet high in nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and pumpkin seeds will help to supply the necessary EFAs. Taking Omega 3, as a supplement such as cod-liver oil will help to support the proper function of the brain, vision, facilitate learning and prevent mood swings. These oils also help to control blood cholesterol, improve immunity, reduce inflammation (also in skin), moisten dry skin and support the body’s water metabolism.

Omega 3 (alpha-linoleic acid) is converted by the body into gamma-linoleic acid (GLA) and may then proceed to the pathway responsible for the synthesis of prostaglandins. These prostaglandins keep blood thin (inhibit platelet aggregation), lower blood pressure, aid water metabolism, decrease inflammation, improve nerve and immune function and help to balance blood sugar. This group of fats is present in seeds and their oils. The best source of seed oils are pumpkin, hemp, sunflower, safflower, sesame, corn, walnut, soybean and wheatgerm oil. Evening primrose oil and borage oil are the best-known sources of Gamma-linoleic acid and may be taken as supplements.

Both these two fats Omega 6 and Omega 3 (linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid) are essential for healthy skin since they work together to keep skin smooth and soft and help the cells to retain the appropriate amount of water. Adequate EFAs also help to reduce the dehydrating effects of heat, wind and other environmental factors. If you have a deficiency of EFA the health of your skin deteriorates, the skin becomes dehydrated, itchy, dry and inflamed and you will be more prone to skin infections.

EFAs help wounds to heal more quickly (acne scars), strengthen capillary walls and prevent enlargement of sebaceous glands that in turn may become over active resulting in a higher chance for acne. EFA also help to balance hormones and increase blood flow to the skin.

To ensure an adequate intake of EFA in the diet eat plenty of fish, nuts, seeds and their oils. Have seeds ground up and sprinkled on your salads or into your cereals, even dip your fish or meat into the oil extracts. Make sure the nuts, seeds and oils are stored in air-tight containers to prevent them from turning rancid and producing damaging trans-fats. You may also take an EFA supplement.

USE THE “GOOD FATS” TO FEED YOUR SKIN

EVENING PRIMROSE MASK

This mask nourishes skin and reduces inflammation. It can be used for all skin types but is especially good for dry, skin or acne damaged, scarred and sensitive skin. Evening primrose is rich in gamma linoleic acid and contains all the therapeutic properties of the essential fatty acids; and helps rebalance sebaceous secretions. Use the mask one a week or as desired.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons all natural, plain yogurt
  • Potato starch
  • 2 capsules of evening primrose oil
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey (organic if possible)
  • 2 capsules of vitamin E
  • Rosewater (may be bought in natural food stores as rosehydrolat). This is to be used after the mask

Open the capsules of evening primrose and vitamin E and place the oils in a bowl. Add all the other ingredients except the rosewater. Add enough water to make a good mask consistency. The paste should be the consistency of chocolate icing on a cake, easy to spread but not “leaky”. Apply the mask to a clean face and neck and leave to absorb for 20 minutes. Relax.

Rinse off with warm water and pat-dry delicately preferably with a cotton towel. Finish by toning your skin with light floral water such as rosewater. Discard any remaining mask and make a fresh batch for each treatment.

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