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Benefits of Aloe Vera for Skin Care

Posted on April 23, 2013 with No Comments

The Aloe Vera plant contains succulent leaves. The gel from the leaves of the plant has numerous benefits for the skin. The plant has anti-microbial properties, due to the chemical agent saponin occurring naturally in it.Aloe Vera

The leaves can be broken and the gel applied or the leaves of the plant can be used in skin care products. Whether used alone or in a combination with other ingredients, Aloe Vera can provide soothing nourishment for irritated skin and promote healing.

Burns And Scrapes

The gel from Aloe Vera leaves has many benefits for soothing skin. One of its most common uses is for sunburn. The gel, when lightly rubbed onto sunburned skin, provides cooling relief from the pain and irritation. It can also help other types of mild burns, such as from touching a hot pan.

Minor cuts and scrapes can benefit from the application of the plant’s gel, which helps to eliminate the possibility of infection and soothe the irritation surrounding the affected area. The leaf of the plant can be broken in two, and the gel can be rubbed directly onto the problem spot.

Acne

Aloe Vera can also help in the treatment of acne. One way it works is because it is an astringent that helps reduce the amount of oil on the skin, yet it is mild enough that it won’t cause irritation. The reduction in excess oil can help to prevent oil and skin cells from clogging pores, which can cause blemishes. It can also help to balance the ph level of the skin, which ensures that the proper amount of acid needed to kill bacteria remains. Bacteria contribute to the formation of pimples by invading clogged pores, causing a response by the immune system that creates a pus filled pimple. By reducing the amount of bacteria on the skin, pimples are less likely to form.

Aloe Vera gel also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks while the pimples are healing. The gel can be used in its raw form for acne relief.

Moisture

Another benefit of Aloe Vera is its ability to moisturize. Dry skin becomes itchy and irritated, requiring moisture to soothe it. Aloe Vera is easily absorbed to provide soothing relief from itching and to moisturize the skin, preventing it from drying out. Common disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, can be treated with the gel, as the relief from itching is immediate and the skin is moisturized.

Facial Masks

Many commercial facial masks, as well as those that can be made at home, contain Aloe Vera. Combined with other ingredients for deep cleansing, the Aloe Vera helps to restore the pH balance of the skin to fight bacteria and infection. It also works to soothe skin that is irritated from many common disorders. Because it is a mild ingredient, when combined with other natural ingredients and used as a facial mask, you get the benefit of soothing relief from acne, eczema, and other discomforts without added chemicals that can cause irritation.

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Category: Acne, Skin Care, Sunburn

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.

Thinking about Skin Care? Some Folks Are!

Posted on August 22, 2012 with No Comments

For the skin care business, this time of year (end of the summer and fall) is typically when volume begins to drop until we get close to the holidays?  Why?  Primarily because the summer is over, most are working on going back to school, and candidly, we’re not “out and about” as much we have been the past 3-4 months.

We don’t sell as much wrinkle serum, body lotion, spider vein cream or cellulite treatments…and sunburn relief products have but gone into hibernation until next spring when the first sunburns start popping up during spring break.

There are some exceptions to this trend for discretionary skin care products however. 

First, if you are in the north, upper midwest, in the UK or one of our customers in Canada, then you are starting to feel the first waves of colder, dryer artic air.  The denseness, low humidity, and higher winds associated with these air masses bring with them a wave of dry, chapping, and irritated skin.  Though it may sound a bit contradictory, we start selling a lot of our moisturizing body firming lotions, Skin Tight in particular…as folks get a jump on moisturization to avoid wrinkles and tight skin.

Second, as I have just learned, a lot of folks stock up as kids go back to school.  Having been in this business for 6 years and seen the trends, I didn’t put 2 and 2 together, but when girls go off to college they spend a lot of money on a lot of things…one of them being skin care.  While they’re not talking about the latest wrinkle cream or psoriasis treatment, they are talking cosmetics, makeup and lotions.  So again, we see a bit of jump as schools crank-up.

Third, for folks who need real solutions to real skin problems and ailments, the flurry of the summer passing allows them to sit down and consider what can or should be done for treatments.  Again, I can attest personally and have direct evidence from the volume of calls we receive in our customer service center.  Spider veins, rashes, eczema, scars, oily skin…you name it.  It seems like everyone put these on hold since the spring and have decided it’s now time to decide what to do and what products work best.

If you have stayed with me so far, thanks…good to meet you and please give me any thoughts – rambling or not.  The point of what I wanted to discuss was skin care is a round-the-clock, annual issue and treating skin problems requires full-time diligence.

If you are a skin care retailer – spa, exercise facility or gym, salon, or product retailer – and you would like help with the direction you should take product-wise or help selling the products you have, give one of our account managers a call toll-free at 888-909-1658.

What Causes Psoriasis?

Posted on April 24, 2012 with No Comments

There are different theories about what causes of psoriasis. None have been empirically or otherwise proven to be the cause of this burdensome disease. Some evidence suggests that it is polygenically hereditary or at least familial as some patients appear within the same families. The most frequently mentioned HLA types with psoriasis are HLA-B13, HLA-B17 and HLA-Cw6.  A relatively small percentage of people are affected with it, but for those who are, life can be miserable without relief. Psoriasis has no gender preference, attacking men and women at the same rate.

Pathogenesis Of Psoriasis

Psoriasis

Common Skin Psoriasis

A determination has been made that psoriasis may be the result of a complement-mediated process in the stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of the epidermis. When there is damage to this layer by some type of injury, antibodies may form as a natural process of the body’s reaction to some damage.

These antigens may then interact with self-antibodies and activate the complement cascade. This will then result in the activation of neutrophils which then release an enzyme that activates more antigens, starting a cycle of repair and calling for more neutrophils. This process causes the thickening and eventual sloughing off of the old skin while the new skin underneath is still in the formation process. Another theory focuses more on hypersensitivity of cytokine stimulation and receptor expression. Much research still needs to be done to come up with a definitive cause which would probably be very helpful in finding a cure.

Who Is Afflicted With This Disease?

As mentioned, men and women alike can have psoriasis. There are certain ages of onset. The early onset is usually around eight years old in children. In adults, the peak age is about twenty-two years old. Older adults are not spared either. Late onset can be around fifty-five. In the U.S. alone, there are between three to five million people with psoriasis. Indians of North- and South American extraction seem to be spared or have an incident of psoriasis so low that it is statistically insignificant. Low incidents have been reported among Japanese, Eskimos and West Africans as well.

Treatment For Psoriasis

Immunosuppressive drugs can send psoriasis into remission. Obviously, the type of treatment prescribed for a patient will depend on the patient’s age. If the patient is a child, he or she will not be subjected to the same chemical therapy as an adult. Other factors to be considered before making a treatment plan are the type of psoriasis that is to be treated. If plaques are only in specific areas like the palms and the soles, this will be handled differently than when the entire body is involved. Also, the kind of treatment cream a patient had received before must be considered.  Several products are available over the counter that have been proven to be effective. Scytera is a tar foam is a popular treatment for psoriasis.  Tar has a long history of improving symptoms of psoriasis while reducing reoccurrence.

Other medical conditions present in the patients play a major role in how psoriasis can be treated. The treatment for the mildest kind of psoriasis, when only a few spots on the body are affected, can be implemented by the family doctor. For the rest of the patients with psoriasis, a dermatologist should be seen. Therapy can include; Ultraviolet Light treatment, PUVA or psoralen and ultra violet A radiation treatment, or the use of an immunosuppressant like cyclosporine as well as cancer therapy drugs like methotrexate. Also, many creams and sprays have been shown effective for retarding symptoms.  Several ingredients that work especially well are Aloe, seaweed extract, and Borage Oil.

Category: Skin Care

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.