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Allergies and Cosmetics

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Have you had an allergic reaction to cosmetics before? The reason that you have a bad reaction is due to the ingredients in the cosmetic. Even with the high volume of women who test out the cosmetics before it is put before the public, there are still a lot of women who can still suffer allergic reactions to the ingredients in the cosmetics.

An allergic reaction may take you off guard. This is especially true for women who have worn makeup for many years and out of the blue have a bad reaction to one. It only takes one ingredient to cause an allergic reaction.

To avoid really bad allergic reactions you need to look for any difference in how your skin looks or feels. Pay close attention to these differences. If your skin starts to feel itchy, flaky, or dry stop using the cosmetic.
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Some allergic reactions start off innocently as dry skin. However, if you continue to use the cosmetic the dry patch of skin will cause more severe allergic reactions. This can be anything from hives, to peeling skin, or even rashes.

If you have a severe reaction to your cosmetic you should consult your doctor. They will normally prescribe an ointment to apply to the skin. Depending on how severe the reaction is, they may also have to prescribe shots and skin peels. It is imperative to stop using the cosmetic that caused the reaction immediately.

To avoid allergic reactions from happening in the first place you can take some precautions. First, buy natural wholesale cosmetics that are free from harsh chemicals. Natural wholesale cosmetics are made of all natural ingredients, which is much easier and nicer on the skin.

Natural wholesale cosmetics often times have natural essential oils that can also help sooth the skin. For example, tea tree oil has a natural anti-inflammatory property that can help sooth and treat skin problems. It is also appropriate for skin cosmetics because it helps to firm skin and tighten pores.

Don’t immediately put your cosmetic you buy on your face. For the first use, always test out your cosmetics on your arm before you test them out on your face. Testing a small patch of skin for any allergic reactions will help you avoid showing up to work the next day with rashes across your face.

The Wart Challenge

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Warts, once associated with wicked witches, are particularly challenging to deal with. You need to kill the center of the wart or it just keeps coming back. Doctors can freeze the wart, which really burns it, or cut the wart out. Either process can require several visits to the office.

There are many chemicals readily available over the counter that try to burn off warts. Another way is to treat the wart yourself using natural essential oils. Treating the wart yourself saves you repeated visits to the doctor, but does require considerable time and effort on your part.

To kill a wart, you need to use a natural essential oil with anti-viral properties. Cypress is the best, but Lemon, Lavender, Melissa, Oregano, Thyme, Tansy and Tea Tree (Melaleuca) also work well. These oils burn the wart, but will also burn the healthy skin, so care needs to be taken to keep the oil only on the wart. Less than a drop is all you need.

Adults should use the oils straight. For children under 12, dilute the natural essential oil in Apple cider vinegar; using 5 drops of oil in 2 teaspoons vinegar.  Apply to the wart using a Q-tip and avoid getting it on the surrounding skin. Sometimes you can use a dropper and just touch the tip of the dropper to the wart without squeezing it, as even one drop can be too much for a small wart.

Warts are pernicious, and you have to keep at them until the core or root is completely gone, or they will just come back. The best time to work on your wart is right after a bath or shower when the skin has  softened. Scrape off as much of the hard, dead surface as you can, then re-apply your natural essential oil.

Other treatments that work well on warts include smothering the wart by covering it with a piece of duct tape. The tape needs to be left on for several weeks without removing it. Warts on the hands can respond well to this method.

Warts on the feet, usually Plantar warts, are much harder to get rid of. Cutting a small piece of garlic the size of the wart and taping or bandaging it securely to cover the wart can burn difficult warts. Doing this overnight can be particularly helpful, but some find this method painful.

No matter which method you choose, the key to getting rid of warts is persistence. Remember to cut or scrape off the dead parts of the wart before re-applying your chosen remedy. You can use tweezers to pull out as much of the core as you can, and then cut it off. It can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 months to completely get rid of a wart, so don’t give up!

Natural Ways to Seek Your Fountain of Youth

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

We are all searching for our own fountain of youth to be rid of facial wrinkles.  Even though wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process, having them can make us feel tired and old. Luckily, there are several natural ways to reverse this aging process right in your own home.

In learning how to reverse the effects of aging, first we should understand why wrinkles occur.  Wrinkles in the skin are caused by many things.  Some of the major culprits for causing wrinkles are: routine and constant facial expressions, simply growing older, damage from the sun, lack of hydration, smoking, or making contact with other free radicals like pollution.  The following suggestions may help to reverse some of the signs of aging.

First, let’s talk about beauty regiments.  Regularly washing your face and using age-appropriate skin care are the first steps.  The cleaning and moisturizing of the face is an anti-aging process in itself. Keeping your skin clean actually sheds off old skin and literally keeps your face younger and fresher.

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But what about doing more than just cleaning/moisturizing skin? When the basic regiment is not enough, consider using organic essential oils as part of your quest to anti-aging. The usage of organic essential oils is more commonly called “aromatherapy.”  Aromatherapy can use organic essential oils to help reduce fine lines because these essential oils are loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and calcium for the skin.

To apply organic essential oils, carrier oils are needed.  This is because essential oils are too concentrated for direct application to fine lines and wrinkles.  Age-defying organic essential oils can be found in most health-food and drug stores or where aromatherapy products are sold.

Another approach in finding younger skin is through the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles. Long term prevention of winkles starts by doing small simple things.  Some preventative methods are, using sun screen, drinking more water, and living a healthier lifestyle in general.

Because the sun can cause damage to the skin, using sun screen lotions on your face will help prevent wrinkles.  UV rays can harm the surface of your skin and penetrate several layers deep, making sun screens paramount for younger looking skin. Some dermatologists recommend using sun screen lotions that are gentle on delicate facial skin.

So how can drinking water prevent wrinkles? A lot of the sagging that occurs in skin can be due to a lack of hydration.  Drinking more water can rejuvenate saggy skin and keep wrinkles from appearing.

In general, healthy living will help keep wrinkles from showing up whither this is done by using anti-aging treatments, avoiding sun damage, or increasing your body’s hydration.