I often get the sense that my friends have an almost mystical faith in moisturizers. While they avoid taxis and stagger home from Costco with 10 pounds of rice, they have faith that a $300 moisturizer is the key to beautiful young skin. If only it was that easy.
First, a little back story. Water is essential for healthy skin. It promotes normal metabolism and keep skin cells organized and flexible. The mission of a moisturizer is to simply help the skin maintain a healthy water balance. The most basic water and oil formulas act like Saran Wrap to prevent evaporation of water from the skin. And the simplest moisturizers will do just that. But there are three affordable and effective ingredients which crank up water attracting and holding powers in a moisturizer. Hyaluronic … Continue Reading… →
I’ve been getting some pushback from blog visitors who are getting annoyed with the price tag on the products and techniques I am recommending– and they’re right.
This is no time to throw money around. To lower overall beauty costs, effective and super affordable personal care products can be made in your own kitchen. Natural ingredients like lemon juice, honey and oatmeal are packed with active agents including fruit acids, antioxidants and soothing colloids.
But before you squeeze a single lemon or crack an egg, you need to organize your kitchen cosmetic set-up. While the basic rules of simple cooking apply to homemade skin care formulations, these freshly made products are preservative free. This definately lowers our exposure to chemicals, but it can raise risk of bacterial contamination. To stay safe take … Continue Reading… →
What do Kim Kardashian, Leann Rimes and my neighbor Erica have in common? Like almost 8 million Americans they all have psoriasis. This chronic skin condition is caused by a dramatically increased speed of skin cell growth leading to red splotches coverd with silvery scales. Itchy, dry and painful it usually pops up on the torso, hands, elbows, and legs. Unlike eczema, its found on the outside rather than on the underside of joints.
Like so many health problems, doctors don’t really have a good handle on the causes of psoriasis. It seems to be genetically driven and about 30% of people with psoriasis have at least one family member with the condition. Psoriasis flare-ups have been linked to wheat, stress, weight gain, strep infection cold weather, smoking and heavy drinking. Psoriasis can also cause joint pain and swelling and up to 30% … Continue Reading… →
Answer: Despite our best intentions, sunburns happen. Its all to easy to forget to reapply sunscreen during the day and by the time the sun goes down, you’re red and achy. To deal with the sunburn I suggest assembling a little sunburn emergency kit in advance. You need just five affordable and easy to find items:
2. A real live Aloe Vera plant
3. A jar of Shea butter
4. A box of Quacker’s Oatmeal
5. Green tea bags
Here’s the drill: When you realize that you’re fried, take two aspirin. This will reduce the inflammation which is the root of the pain and damge to your skin. Then fill a tub with lukewarm water and swish a handful of oatmeal into the water. Get in and soak for 20 minutes. Oatmeal is one of … Continue Reading… →
While I’m not that impressed by the power of six glasses of water/day, I am in awe of the value of oatmeal. There are literally hundreds of peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate the benefits of oatmeal, both inside and out. As part of a breakfast, fiber rich oatmeal is low in sodium, fat free and can lower cholesterol. And its not just for breakfast. I use it in meatballs, meatloaf, muffins, quick breads and of course cookies.
In skin care, oatmeal is a superhero. It’s high in anti-oxidents, can reduce inflammation and is a terriffic moisturizer that never leaves your skin oily. You can make an effective face mask by blending one tablespoon of oatmeal with an egg white for oily skin or with an yolk for dry complexions. Oatmeal is used … Continue Reading… →