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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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Watch for the Sunburn – Prevention and Relief

Posted on June 21, 2012 with No Comments

It seems every year at this time we put together something about sunburn and sunburn relief.  Well…the late spring and early summer is when we seem to get hit hardest (and exposed the most), so it stands to reason the topic comes up.  Also, considering we manufacture 200+ products, we have a few things on our plate(s), but the first week of summer we are overwhelmed with customer calls complaining about sunburn.  It quickly comes to mind and becomes a “hot topic” when your daughter comes home with burned, blistered shoulders and nose as mine did last week.

I guess the general comment is prevention with a secondary comment on relief.

At the beginning of the year, the sun is not as high in the sky so many of the UVB/UVA is filtered by the atmosphere.  As the summer solstice approaches (and is in fact here), the sun is higher and radiation is more direct.  Meaning, burning happens very fast especially for those fair-skined like myself.  I was working in the garden this weekend then hung-out by the pool for an hour or so with the kids and sure enough my shoulders, back of the neck and stomach were a bit burned.

With that said, prevention comes in the form of keeping covered with light clothing, staying hydrated and using a sunscreen.  Since I don’t like using lotions, I’m particularly fond of the sprays that came out a few years ago.  At first, they were effective but had poor dispersion.  In the past year or so, they work great…especially when applying outdoors.  The point is – you can and will become burned quickly in as little as 15 minutes for most folks especially if you have not established a tan.

Second, once a burn has occurred, treatment is necessary to avoid blisters, pain and to provide general relief.  We manufacturer a sunburn relief product, Regeneval Dermal EM Sunburn Relief…we refer to it only as “sunburn relief”  It’s a combination of menthol that soothes and cools the tissue and emu oil that is used extensively for treating burns and cuts to heal the skin.  My daughter tried it on her shoulders and they felt better immediately, but more importantly helped heal the burn quickly over the next few days.

Another option which has made some headlines recently is the use of black tea.  While I don’t understand the chemistry, it has shown to rapidly diminish the effects of the sunburn.  Apparently you take black tea, soak in water and apply to the skin and affected area.

Bottom line is prevention is the best cure, but there are some effective relief products available.

Idebenone Face Creams: What You Should Know

Posted on September 10, 2010 with No Comments

Idebenone has been in the mix a lot lately if you follow skin care products closely. So we decided to take a closer look at it to see if it can really help your skin. Like everything else we need to start at the beginning. Idebenone face creams have been around for a long time, but until advances in science we didn’t quite understand how it worked. After tons of research the common consensus was that it helped cells reproduce faster causing the effects of aging to slow down and in some cases stop.

It’s antioxidant properties our outstanding which means it is great at fighting free radicals and other environment stresses.

This is the same properties that helps it get rid of wrinkles as well. Researches found out that a great way to transfer the Idebenone into the skin was through a cream with emu oil in it. Emu oil is a carrier oil and carries the Idebenone deep into the skin for faster results.

While doing this it helps give you more vibrant skin. Idebenone face creams are easy to find, but finding one with emu oil in it as well can be a chore. It also uses vitamin C to help repair skin and make it more healthy.

Overall Idebenone has been proven to help smooth, firm and tighten skin around the eyes and facial area. It is great for rebuilding skin that has been damaged by the sun or other external elements, and best of all it is an excellent moisturizer.

Time for Spring Skin Care

Posted on March 30, 2010 with No Comments

With temperatures warming and Spring in the air, its time to consider what you need to do for adequate skin care. A couple of the areas we need to consider are preventing and treating sunburn as well as keeping your face moisturized.

Spring Skin Care

Many dermatologist consider damage by constant or chronic exposure to the sun as one of the most damaging environmental factors on tissue. UVA and UVB rays can burn skin and accelerate free-radical damage from oxidization which is considered a primary cause of pre-mature skin aging.

When out in the sun, you should:

  • Wear light, protective clothing…don’t forget your neck!
  • Use an SPF 25 or better sunscreen. Make sure you cover arms, face, legs and hands as well.
  • Be prepared to treat sunburn with an effective sunburn relief product
  • Keep skin moisturized
  • Drink lots of fluids (preferably non-alcoholic)

While prevention is always the best cure for sunburn, its important to treat sunburn effectively for the skin to recover. Using products that have emu oil can help replenish lost hydration as well as help prevent inflammation and infection. Menthol or peppermint can help soothe itching and burning and provide a cooling relief to the burning. Our recommended product is Dermal EM® Sunburn Relief from RegenVal Labs.

On the flip side, keeping your skin moisturized is important. Wind, heat, salt and dry air can dry tissue making it tight itchy and flaky. The best way to replenish hydration is with lotions that contain hyaluronic acid. It instantly hydrates and moisturizes; and used with firming and anti-aging agents, helps your skin stay smooth soft and young looking. Our recommended product is Skin Tight® lotion from Nourish products.

Emu Oil Benefits

Posted on September 30, 2009 with No Comments

The benefits of Emu Oil are far ranging – from very common use in hair products to skin care.

Emu Oil is what is known as a “carrier oil”. It has the ability to deeply penetrate the layers of the skin (and scalp) unlike many other oils such as Jojoba, Mineral or Argan. This penetrating property allows its healing abilities to treat common skin problems where they start – most often in the dermis layer of the skin.

It is a natural anti-bacterial making it ideal for treating burns, cuts, and wounds (even scars from surgery or injury). It is also an anti-inflammatory having the ability to reduce inflammation, irritation and to soothe itchy and redness.

The video below is a quick overview that discusses some of it’s benefits that include treating skin rashes, acne, abrasions, and stretch marks. It can be used by itself or combined with other lotions, creams and shampoos to generally improve efficacy of the product. There are a range of Emu Oil products available and you can find it as a key active ingredient in many high-end treatments.

Emu Oil has been proven effective for treating:

  • Psoriasis
  • Burns
  • Cuts, lacerations, and incisions
  • Acne and rosacea
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Scalp psoriasis

You can find Emu Oil products by visiting www.skinenergizer.com.