Archive for June, 2009

Can You Cure Spider Veins?

Posted on June 21, 2009 with No Comments

If we are to pick an answer, between yes and no, for this curative question, we will be forced to say ‘No’ – though this answer needs some explanation.

Spider veins are not completely curable, or, better said, the source or cause is not easily cured. Most dermatologist and physicians agree undue pressure on the walls and valves due to weight, damage from sun or free-radical exposure, and hormone changes are primary causes.

While your diet and an active lifestyle have been shown to lower the chances of vein problems, creams and treatments can heal and cure localized symptoms – either through laser treatment, spot saline injections or with vitamin k creams and formulas. Once individual capillaries are flushed of coagulated blood, repaired or cut-off from trapped blood flow, in a sense it has been “cured” – at least the visible symptoms.

The appearance of protruding or visible spider veins are a condition that appears just below the surface of the skin,and as the name suggests, this medical condition is generally a result of damage to the veins caused by pressure, poor valve health or malfunctioning valves in capillary “feeder” capillaries.

More often than not it is treated like a cosmetic concern, and as we well all know, cosmetic problems have a bigger tendency of recurring.

Claiming Complete Cure

There is a huge difference between claiming a complete cure and actually eliminating an ailment. Many of the treatment option with regards to spider veins claim that they can cure spider veins completely. This might just be a true claim, but the point is that, they don’t promise that damage won’t recur in the same area which has been cured or in different parts of the body.

As of now experts cannot promise the sufferers anything more than the fact that they can diffuse the redness or bluish color that accompanies spider veins and many a times, get rid of damage altogether. As aforementioned, this does not mean that patients will be completely rid of them.

Magic Cures

Let us be very clear in this respect. There are no magic cures for spider veins. Spider Veins cream are getting to be quite popular these days. They have been found to be effective in getting rid of spider veins because of the curative properties of Vitamin K.

However, even such creams should not be thought of as a magic cure as their efficacy is entirely dependent on the seriousness of the condition.

More importantly, such creams have to be used over a long period of time and that too regularly, for any hope of getting rid of broken capillaries or seeping blood.

Prevention is the Best Idea & Remedy

For whatever its worth, to prevent spider veins is a better idea then curing them. In the end if they do show up, one of the most effective ways of treating them is through minor surgical procedures.

One of the best ways to prevent the formation of spider veins is through regular exercise and putting prime importance on your diet. At the end of the day, the prevention bit is pretty simple, though difficult to follow. It’s your body’s overall health that counts. Everything else is secondary.

Tips for Smoother Skin – Part II

Posted on June 15, 2009 with No Comments

In the first post on smoother skin, we talked about the “top 3″ of proper care – cleansing, hydrating (moisturizing), and treating. Each are equally important to prevent enlarged pores, avoid rashes and keep your complexion soft and smooth.

Not to get to detailed, but we (the consuming public and manufacturers) can break down each of these areas and take a closer look at some things that work and some that don’t – and why.

There are a lot of skin care products for smoother skin – they come in a wide range of applications, mix of ingredients and a multitude of bases. The market has been segmented to the extreme as everyone looks for the miracle product that will make us look younger. Cream, abrasions, exfoliators and moisturizers all vie for the dollar you are going to spend.

But do they work?…do they help?…really? Well as a researcher, formulator and manufacturer, I would argue that it depends on the ingredients and what your goal is. I’m ot trying to talk in circles, but that’s what it boils down to.

For instance, moisturizers have been considered a regimen staple going back a long time. I remember my Mom applying a mask every night. The general purpose is to rehydrate the tissue. Even years ago, we recognized dryness and tightening and believed re-hydration was good. In fact, it was and is. The cool thing now is we have so many more effective ingredients than 40 years ago.

In the past 10 years, the most popular ingredient for moisturizers has become Hyaluronic Acid. It has found its was into wrinkle creams, solutions for skin rashes, burn treatments, and for chronic or acute drying. It is naturally found in our cells and becomes increasingly depleted as we age.

Many biologist and dermatologists believe it is the accumulated effects of free-radical damage that causes us to lose and produce less hyaluronic acid. If so, it certainly is a convenient response to why tissue becomes thin, dry, and wrinkled as we continue to age. So, to re-hydrate and moisturize look for creams or serums with Hyaluronic Acid. The effects are almost immediate.

Another couple of ingredients to loo for are Aloe and Emu Oil. Aloe most of us are familiar with. It makes a great base for a cream – especially serums. Its widely used in beauty and anti-aging products – working well for facial and wrinkle solutions, especially as an eye smoother.  One of the challenges older men and women have is neck wrinkles.  Particlularly sun damage and natural aging can show premature wrinkles on the neck giving the appearance of unsmooth skin.  If this is what you are experiencing, look for the best neck cream that can add moisture and reduce the sagging wrinkles at the base of your neck.

Emu oil is less well known, but has become a premier (and fairly expensive) ingredient for pitted acne scar treatment, burns, and stretchmarks. I’ve put up a few posts regarding Emu Oil, and at the risk of oft repeating myself, it is great. It has been used for years in Australia and New Zealand for wound healing. It deep moisturizes, and clinical studies have shown it is super-effective at both repairing and improving the complexion. A pretty good combo.

So, there are a few things you should look for when considering products for smoother skin. Each help soften, reduce enlarged pores, help retian moisture, and in some cases, help purify tissue to rid bacteria, oil and dirt.  Another idea you should consider is using skin tightening exercises for the stomach if you have been dealt the hand of flabby skin on the tummy.  These exercises will help give you smoother skin by improving and strengthening underlying muscle and connective tissue.  They will also help improve tissue flexibility, thus tightening the abdominal area.

Oily Skin Cleanser

Posted on June 14, 2009 with No Comments

Oily deposits often accumulate on the forehead, nose, and around the chin where the greatest concentration of sebaceous glands exist on the face. An oily skin cleanser can help regulate oil production and give your complexion a softer, healthier look.

Forming the signature “T” across the brow, down the nose and nostrils, and extending to the chin and neck, sebaceous glands secrete sebum. Heredity plays a pretty significant role as does heat, humidity and products you may or may not use on the facial area – even aging is thought to be a cause.

Oil can combine with dirt and left-over product residue to clog pores that can then lead to acne and sometimes rosacea. You can effectively clear oil skin with a mask, cream, toner or wash. The key ingredients to look for are Zinc or alpha hydroxy.

Zinc naturally, also known as Zinc PCA or Zincidone in its complex form, is well known for controlling oily skin. It helps regulate sebum on applied areas and is effective for use in cleansing and “purify” pores. Alpha Hydroxy behaves in a similar fashion. It is often an active ingredient in exfoliating products such as microdermabrasion creams and for acne care.

A little bit of research can help you find the best oily skin wash – there are several available that are effective. The key is to understand that getting and keeping an oil-free complexion may also require watching what you eat and considering the effects of the environment on your facial tissue.

Foods high in saturated fats are known to invigorate the sebaceous glands. For some, dairy products may not be your friend either. As I mentioned, high humidity and heat play a role as well.

An oily skin cleanser should be considered part or a well-rounded regimen that focuses on tissue health. Keeping your complexion free of dirt and unhealthy makeup is a great start. Using a purifying moisturizer at night works well also.

Anti wrinkle creams can help, though we recommend serums vs. creams. The best are based in Aloe rather than water and often contain ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid that improves hydration without the use of a cream base to address dryness, aging or wrinkles.