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As you “Climatize”, make sure you “Moisturize”!

Posted on August 27, 2012 with No Comments

Given the temperature hit 87 degrees this weekend (in Atlanta), the idea of moisturizing my skin was hardly at the top of my list as I worked through my garden.  But, when I asked our staff what would be the best topic for today’s blog entry, they responded overwhelmingly that its time to talk about moisturization.  Glad I asked.

Now I’m a planner, but I often don’t think too far out ahead.  But our staff does – thank goodness.  They said we are already getting calls from customers who are starting to experience dry skin from cooler temperatures and low humidity.  At first, I thought this was a bit hard to believe, but as I worked through the garden and realized what a few crops were still “on the vines”, I realized this would probably be the last batch since nightly temps have dipped down in the 60′s and are expected to begin trending down as we move into fall, shorter days and the beginning of footbal season.

For many of us, dry skin is just something we all deal with; for other others it can be a chronic problem that leads to a variety of related skin problems and brings with symptoms that may include flaking, cracking, skin rashes, and painful itching.

Surprisingly, even when the weather is warm and humidity is high, those that suffer with chronically dry skin may still have problems.  Most often these problems are related to under-producing sebaceous or sweat glands.  Typically these glands secrete natural oils that help moisten tissue.  Heredity, illness and medications can affect natural secretions and some skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema will exasterbate already sensitive or dry skin.

As they say, the time is now to begin considering your options, especially if dry, cold air inflames your skin conditions.  For our customers, we have several recommendations (of course, we’re a skin care manufacturer?!)

First, if you are looking for a general moisturizer with no fragrance, we recommend Nourish®’s Emu Oil Lotion.  As a general purpose moisturizer it gets “5 stars” by our customers – it goes on smooth and absorbs quickly.  It has several natural oils that don’t leave your skin feeling greasy and penetrates deep into the skin (many products don’t by the way) to get the maximum moisturizing effect.

Second, if you want moisture + skin firming/tightening benefits, we recommend Skin Tight®.  Skin Tight® is one of the best selling body firming lotions available.  In addition to being a great moisturizer, it helps tighten flabby, loose or sagging skin.  It’s used by young and old for firming and is especially popular for those on weight-loss programs for tightening loose skin after trimming-down.

If you’re looking for a lotion/cream for your hands, our most popular and effective product is Younger Hands® Cream.  While the name belies its benefits, it does have firming and lightening benefits as well as being a super-moisturizer.  Its very popular with folks in their 40′s, 50′s and 60′s (and on up) because it helps smooth wrinkled hands while fading dark spots – liver spots, age spots, etc. But…it is equally popular with younger folks as a general hand lotion for fighting dryness during the winter.

I’m sure the topic of moisturizing your skin will come up again several times as we move into the fall and winter, but this is a good starting place for those who are concerned.  Later in the year we’ll discuss several “tips and recommendations” keeping your skin from drying-out…stay tuned!

All of these products can be purchased directly online at SkinEnergizer.com…or you can call toll-free 888-909-1658.

What Causes Age Spots?

Posted on February 14, 2012 with No Comments

What causes age spots? The cause of spotting, discoloration and dark spots can be explained by the assaults on skin from the natural elements, like the cumulative effect of sun exposure. The sun causes the increase in melanocytes in the skin, therefore darkening the skin tone. In general, this darkening is temporary and when removed from sun exposure, these melanocytes disappear and the suntan begins to fade. As people age, repair systems in the body do not perform at their optimum any longer. Some brown spots are left behind on sun exposed areas. The sun is not alone in getting the blame for age spots. The same damage you get from the sun, you can also get from tanning beds or tanning lamps.

Age Spots on Hands

Age Spots on Hands

Why Do People Get Age Spots?

This focuses more on the aging process itself. The older the body gets, the more work it had to do over the lifetime of the person to keep him healthy. This means that when potentially harmful material enters the body, lysosomes ingest the offending substances. This phagocytosis produces left-over “garbage” of brown pigmented, lipid-laden granules called lipofuscin. In itself, lipofuscin does no harm. It is only evidence of increased free radical formation in the body and decreased enzymatic action to neutralize the free radicals.  With less neutralization of free radicals, there is less repair of sun damage and the affected skin has parts where melanocytes are permanently anchored.

Who Gets Age Spots?

Generally people over the age of forty are the ones to get these age spots, or liver spots as they used to be called. This was a misnomer, since the spots have no connection at all to the liver. The proper name for this condition is solar lentigo.  Solar lentigines are mostly found on those body parts that are exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. This makes sense, since the exposed areas are where the melanocytes are and where repair is necessary.

Are Age Spots Harmful?

The age spots themselves are not harmful at all. They are just a side effect of aging and can be treated with bleaching or whitening skin care products, with procedures and treatments or can be left alone and accepted.  Actually, the agent of what causes age spots, the sun, is the harmful influence. The only problem in the presence of age spots is a cosmetic one. Ladies especially, like to have unblemished, even skin tones. Solar lentigines give a spotted look no one wants. These spots can be on the face, arms and hands. Sometimes they are present on legs as well. The back of the hands, arms and the face is where the most efforts to have them removed are concentrated.

Is There A Treatment For Age Spots?

Age Spots on the Face

Age Spots on the Face

In order to lighten age spots to make them faint enough to be hardly noticeable, age spot creams to bleach the affected area are available with a prescription. This is a time consuming process. It takes months to get the desired results. While under this treatment, skin must be protected with sun block since bleaching creams make the skin even more vulnerable to UV rays. Dermabrasions and chemical peels focus on removing the upper layer of the epidermis. This process includes removing the entire layer of skin along with the pigmented portions. It is a procedure that leaves the skin red and tender until a new skin layer grows. More expensive treatment possibilities are laser treatment and cryotherapy.

What is an Alpha Hydroxy Exfoliator?

Posted on September 16, 2010 with No Comments

We have heard a lot lately about alpha hydroxy, our main question is can it be used as an exfoliator? AH has been popular in the anti aging family for some time now. It is used in everything from serums to lotions, to help rebuild damaged skin. It is an acid much like glycolic or lactic acid, the only difference is it is made from fruit. But our question is can it be used as an exfoliator.

The simple answer is yes, the way it works is by getting rid of the top layer of dead skin cells. By doing this it helps stimulate new cell growth. This can be done by using a product with alpha hydrody in it for periods of time. It is used in small percentages as too not burn or irritate the skin. It will also make your skin more sensitive to UV light so make sure you use sunscreen if you are going to be outdoors for long periods of time.

In only a couple of weeks you will notice your skin looking and feeling younger. AHA can be found in everything from serums to face masks and all result in a more youthful appearance. Another thing AH is good for is reducing dark spots on the skin such as age spots or freckles as well. So next time your looking for an anti aging product look for a good alpha hydroxy exfoliator for younger looking skin.  Read this article to learn how alpha hydroxy works on acne.