Posted on May 25, 2009 with No Comments
I just got back from 3 days at the beach, and as usual and am looking for remedies for a bad sunburn on my nose.
Finding relief for the burning and peeling go back to when I was a kid growing up in Orlando. My Dad, who was a dentist, always had an Aloe plant in the backyard and sent us scrambling to peel open the leaves and wipe the gooey insides on our face.
It felt soothing and seemed to make everything OK until it started to dry – making our skin tight and dried-out. Aloe and lidocaine have since become popular ingredients helping soothe and cool sunburns all over the planet in OTC products. And, while the healing effects have become widely known, we have found there are options to heal and treat you can consider, especially of the burn is severe (which mine is borderline!)
I have written several times about emu oil. It is a very popular remedy in Australia and somewhat in New Zealand. It is one of the few oils used in skin care products that is considered a “carrier” oil – meaning it is capable and has properties to penetrate to the subcutaneous layer of the skin. While this may not seem too important, many creams and lotions do not have a carrier oil – primarily because of expense (it’s not cheap). The benefits, as they say, out way the costs. The ability to penetrate deep greatly improves it’s – and other ingredients its formulated with – efficacy or effectiveness. Especially when considering sun burn remedies, getting to the lower layers of tissue is paramount.
With that said, emu oil, does several other things. First it is widely used to treat burns in general. It is a natural anti-bacterial, helping wounds to remain sterilized and fighting off infection, a primary concern to fight infection. It is a natural moisturizer, antiseptic and promotes healthy skin cell and collagen renewal. This helps prevent scars and improves elasticity and pliability of tissue.
If combined with vitamin e and menthol, as with my favorite remedy for bad sunburn, Dermal Em, you you get the soothing and cooling relief with the benefit of the healing power and regenerative qualities needed to avoid tightening, itchy or excessive peeling.
While there is plenty of discussion as to the difference between “bad” and “severe”, the fundamental premise of treatment is the same:
- Drink plenty of fluid to avoid dehydration and to maintain body fluids
- Provide no open wounds, keep the affected area moisturized, clean and sterilized, if possible
- To relieve pain, itchy and soreness, products based with with emu oil, lidocaine or menthol (peppermint, spearmint) can help with the “heat”.
The best remedies for a bad sunburn I have found combine emu oil, vitamin e and menthol. The skin gets some relief with a light cooling sensation to burned tissue (I like the smell also), and the vitamin e and emu oil do a great job helping heal the burn.
Posted on April 16, 2009 with No Comments
The A4M Brazil Congress on Anti-Aging is scheduled for August 14-15, 2009 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new Anti-Aging congress will take place at the prestigious Palacio das Convencoes Anhembi. It will be held with the full endorsement and support of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM).
Anti-aging medicine is a medical specialty founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment, and reversal of age-related diseases. The aim of anti-aging medicine is to extend not only the human lifespan but also the quality of life and to limit the debilitating affects of aging.
The global anti-aging products market is projected to be worth $115 billion by 2010, growing at a compounded annual rate of 9.14% and the South American market presents remarkable growth opportunities. Douglas Emslie, Group Managing Director, Tarsus Group
Visit http://www.anti-agingevents.com/saopaulo/ for more information.
Posted on April 14, 2009 with No Comments
I guess we have all been deluged with advice on keeping our complexion smooth and soft. But here are a couple of ideas, in fact reminders, to increase softness while reducing premature aging and wrinkles.
- Keep it Clean – Pores enlarge and become clogged when dirt and oil become trapped. Microscopic bacteria and
fungus can grow enlarging the pore’s size and compounding the problem. Wash your face daily with an herbal-based cleanser that is not harsh on the skin. Avoid makeup and cosmetics periodically. My wife generally takes a day or two every few weeks not wearing makeup and she says it works great.
- Moisturize – While this seems pretty obvious, moisturizers, especially at night, reclaim lost hydration. Some creams can irritate and are fairly ineffective at reducing dry skin. I’ll review several products in later posts.
- Treatment – If you have chronically dry skin or have had excessive sun exposure, products with Hyaluronic Acid work very well at providing “instant” moisture – fighting skin rashes, dryness, and problems like rosacea and acne.
- Exercise – While exercise in general is a given, toning specific parts of you body can help greatly with overall skin tone and care. Consider and exercise for the neck that builds muscle and improves your flexibility. A diligent regimen will make you feel better, reduce injury and pain and will help guard against wrinkled or sagging skin on the neck.
Pretty basic, uh? The trick is consistency and adjusting your regimen to your skin type and any specific problems you might have. I’ll make a few recommendations for enlarged pores and wrinkles later.
Posted on April 14, 2009 with No Comments
If you’re in the spa or MedSpa business, you need to consider attending the New York Show – April 26-28, 2009. IECSC (International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference) has four shows scheduled this year. They are regionally located to cut down on travel costs – NY, Las Vegas, Illinois and Florida. Each conference has education tracks set aside for specific interest – Medical Aesthetics, Spa Business and numerous workshops and educational programs.
There are expected to be over 200 exhibitors and lots of info for dealing with the weakened economy, expanding services and improving sq/ft ROI. Costs range from $70 for a single workshop to $500 for a 3-day pass to all programs. Go to http://www.iecsc.com/ny/ for more information. General admission to the floor is free. There is a very nifty interactive PDF with schedules, details, and registration information.
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