Sensitive skin ingredient tips

Posted by Sally Peoples on March 31, 2011 (0 Comments)

The scoop these days is about facial cleanser ingredients that are irritating to sensitive skin, like sodium lauryl sulfate.  Fragrance can also be a major consideration for sensitive skin and should be avoided if you are allergic or tend to get easily irritated by skin care and makeup products.   Cloud 9 Self-Foaming Cleanser has been formulated without any of the irritating or drying ingredients described below, and in fact has a triple anti-inflammatory ingredient profile that helps soothe skin while cleansing.  Your skin feels clean, yet balanced and not stripped like harsh cleansers.

The following is from an article in Women'sHealth Magazine, by Jill Persia 3/30/11:

"Women are using more anti-aging products than ever before, and the potent exfoliants in them can cause irritation," says Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "So more women are experiencing the symptoms of sensitivity." Keep your skin happy by staying away from the following saboteurs.

The Irritant: Fragrance

What delights your nose can aggravate your skin: "Fragrance is the number one allergen in cosmetics and skin care," says dermatologist Audrey Kunin, M.D., founder of DermaDoctor. And you can credit citrus, floral, and minty scents for making your skin go most berserk. So choose fragrance-free beauty and household cleaning products, and seek out those that have the words hypoallergenic and formaldehyde-free on their labels. "When scent is removed, even more irritating chemicals may be added to make the product smell less offensive," explains Blyumin-Karasik.

The Irritant: Chemicals

In soaps and cleansers
They may leave you feeling squeaky clean, but cleansing agents known as surfactants play a dirty trick on sensitive skin. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh emulsifier that is found in body washes, facial cleansers, and soap; it rids the skin of dirt and oil while breaking down precious lipids, the glue that binds skin cells together, keeping them resistant to dryness and damage.

Some soaps also contain drying antibacterial agents such as tetrasodium EDTA and triclosan. Because sensitive skin is almost always dry, soaping up with moisture-sucking products can lead to itching and peeling, says Blyumin-Karasik. Instead, wash with soaps specifically formulated for sensitive or dry skin; these products contain the relatively mild sodium laureth sulfate.


UV Radiation: Myths and Truths

Posted by Sally Peoples on March 15, 2011 (0 Comments)

 What do you really know about UV radiation from the sun's rays?  Here are some things you may assume, and the facts that have been uncovered over years of study:

Myth:  When the sky is overcast, I am not in danger from UV radiation.

Fact:  While the UV radiation level may be lower than when it is sunny, you are still exposed to UV radiation and need to wear sunscreen.  We tend to forget the sunscreen and stay out longer when the conditions are overcast.

Myth:  I don't need sunscreen protection when I am in the shade all day.

Fact:  Approximately 50% of our UV radiation exposure happens when we are in the shade.  UV rays are reflected from nearby ground and water, exposing us to a reduced amount of radiation, but exposing us nevertheless.

Myth:  I don't need sunscreen in the winter when there is snow on the ground.

Fact:  You may need MORE sunscreen when there is snow present!  According to recent studies, "90 percent of the sun's rays reflect off of the snow, but with every 1,000 feet of elevation the UV radiation intensity increases by 5 percent. Accordingly, when people ski and snowboard at 9,000 feet in elevation, they are exposed to 45 percent more UV radiation than when they're at sea level."*  This also applies to people who may not ski but are living in these snowy conditions or at higher elevations.

*Vail Daily News, Vail, CO March 8, 2011

Myth:  Getting a tan is good for my skin.

Fact:  While your skin needs the Vitamin D that the sun's rays provide, sun exposure is responsible for 80-90% of the skin's aging and can cause skin cancer when exposure is extended.  It destroys collagen in the skin and causes free radical damage to DNA in the skin cells.  Antioxidants are natural free-radical fighters and your sunscreen will be most effective if it contains a strong antioxidant presence, such as African Redbush Tea.

Have a look at Pure & Simple's answer to UV radiation protection in a greasless, water-based spray:



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