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Category Archives Skin Care

Despite the multitude of skin care products on the market, achieving soft, smooth skin is easier said than done. Diet, sun exposure, and poor lifestyle habits can cause skin to lose its natural glow. Choose products specifically formulated for your skin type to fix and prevent dull skin. Many people spend a lot of time, money, and energy on skin…

Skin bleaching products

Skin lighteners often come in the form of a cream and are also referred to as skin whitening or skin bleaching products -- although the latter term is misleading, as bleach is not used. Skin lightening creams are generally prescribed by dermatologists to address pigmentation irregularities, but in some cases they are instead used for overall complexion lightening. Unregulated, mislabeled,…

At home cracked heal treatments

Cracked heels occur when the skin is excessively dry and callused. Diabetes and medical conditions that cause poor blood flow can worsen the conditon. At-home remedies include moisturizers, exfoliants, and keratolytics. Individuals with underlying medical conditions must seek professional treatments. Cracked heels -- also known as heel fissures -- occur when the skin around the heel’s edge dries out, thickens,…

Retin-A for stretch marks

Stretch mark scars are the result of a loss of collagen. Pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss can cause these lesions. Tretinoin (Retin-A) can help minimize their appearance. Tretinoin products should not be used while pregnant. Stretch marks -- which generally appear on the abdomen, thighs, breasts, hips or buttocks -- can be distressing, sometimes unsightly, and often impossible to…

chemical peel woman

Chemical peels improve the look and texture of your skin by reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles, blemishes, and enlarged pores. Though usually used on the face, there are also certain peels that can be used for “spot treatments” to remove stretch marks, or even help revitalize the skin on other parts of the body. In essence, a chemical formulation…

microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is the ultimate exfoliator. As one of the more recent skincare treatments to cross over from Hollywood into the mainstream, this non-invasive treatment is a favorite of many who want a relatively inexpensive and gentle way to refresh their complexion. What is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is a term used for any procedure involving the use of tiny, rough grains or…

DNA Testing for skincare

DNA testing is being used to personalize skin care regimens, with several companies now offering services that tailor product use to skin deficiencies. Some physicians and scientists remain skeptical, as DNA testing has yet to translate into truly customized skin treatments that are backed by clinical evidence. The advent of services like 23andMe and Ancestry.com has heightened interest in learning…

zinc pill

A small amount of dietary zinc is necessary for good health. Approximately 12% of the U.S. population is at risk for zinc deficiency. Zinc is effective at managing dandruff, warts, diaper rash, and preventing sun damage. Zinc is not as effective against acne, hair loss, eczema or psoriasis. Zinc has been touted in the media as a miracle substance that…

Seaweed wrap

Seaweed has many health benefits when consumed, namely as a source of vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory agents. Seaweed wraps may be able to nourish the skin and pull toxins out of the body, but scientific evidence of this is lacking. The medicinal benefits of seaweed have been known for thousands of years. The ancient Romans used them to treat wounds, burns…

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey comes from the flowers of the manuka bush indigenous to New Zealand. It can be consumed like regular honey, or applied topically to the skin and hair. It is used to treat a variety of health conditions, from acne to acid reflux, although studies remain inconclusive. Manuka honey is lauded for its antimicrobial and health benefits. Touted as…

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