MOISTURIZERS

GUIDE ON CHOOSING MOISTURIZERS

Moisturizers are hydrating solutions that are essential to restoring the health and beauty of your skin.

They are essential skin care products that you should use every day. This is regardless of your skin type.

The function of a moisturizing cream is to retain moisture in the face. Regular use will help to increase the hydration of the skin.

If you have dry skin, you should pay extra attention to the type of moisturizing creams that you use. Even if you have oily skin, you cannot do without moisturizing cream.

MoisturizersDevita Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer work by trapping the moisture that is already on the face. This increases the penetration of water into the skin and reduces the rate at which water evaporates from the surface of the skin. They help to plump up the skin cells making the skin appear smoother.

The key ingredients in these hydrating emulsions are oil, water and probably some sunscreen agents.


There are basically 2 types of moisturizing creams:

WATER BASED MOISTURIZERS

Water-based moisturizing creams contain mostly water with some oil. This is the most common type in the market today. Water-binding ingredients are often added to improve the water binding properties of these creams.

Adovia Day Moisturizing Cream is a day cream that is both water-based and hypoallergenic. It has been dermatologist tested and approved. It contains Dead Sea Minerals, Aloe Vera as well as all natural UV protection. Protect and moisturize your skin with this daytime moisturizer.

OIL-BASED MOISTURIZERS

Oil-based moisturizing creams have more oil and some water. They tend to leave a greasy film on the skin. Do you have oily skin? Avoid these types.

Olivella Moisturizer Natural Oil  is an oil-based moisturizer made from 100% virgin olive oil. Olive Oil is a naturally rich source of antioxidants Vitamins A and E. Antioxidants repair damage caused by free radicals and protect against premature aging. This night moisturizing cream is the perfect all natural, anti-aging concoction that nourishes and rejuvenates your skin while you slumber.

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE YOUR MOISTURIZER?

Choose your moisturizing creams according to your skin type.

Do you know your skin type?

If you do not, you may want to pause and analyze your skin type first.

There are also moisturizing creams formulated for the day and those meant for the night. The difference between night creams and day creams is the consistency of the moisturizing creams as well as the nutrients that have been added to the cream.

A day cream gives one just the right amount of nutrition your skin needs to make it through the day. It is usually lighter and soaks quickly into the skin. Sunscreens agents may be added to protect the skin against sun damage. Sunscreens can also be used as a day cream since most sunscreens contain the same moisturizing ingredients.

A night cream replenishes and restores anything you’ve lost during the day. It may contain more emollient, hydrating and moisturizing ingredients such as oils. These are beneficial for healing the skin’s protective barrier and replenishing lipids (fats). They are meant for the night as it would appear greasy if applied during the day.


Well, have you found out your skin type?

Yes? Great! Let’s proceed.

Do you have oily or acne-prone skin? Be very careful of the type of moisturizing cream that you use. There are some that will clog up pores and triggers acne.

Do you use acne medicines that contain drugs such as benzoyl peroxide? These tend to be drying on the skin. You would need to apply some moisturizing cream to prevent the skin from peeling.

Do you have dry skin? Choose a thicker moisturizing cream. The more dry your skin, the thicker the moisturizing cream that you should use.

Today’s moisturizing creams contain a lot of ingredients. The most important ingredient to look out for is an ultraviolet (UV) filter, commonly found in sun screens.

Sunscreens are a must. They are essential for protecting your skin from sun damage. It will also lower your risk of developing skin cancer.

Many facial moisturizing creams contain SPF which will both moisturize and provides protection from the sun. These are definitely a better choice over traditional sunscreens.

Do not put normal moisturizing creams on the skin around the eye as it is more sensitive. Use eye creams instead.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY YOUR MOISTURIZER?

Follow the simple steps outline below.

APPLICATION

  • After washing the face, pat it dry.
  • While the skin is still damp, dot the face with your chosen moisturizing cream.
  • Spread the cream throughout your face with an upward, circular movements.
  • Do not neglect the neck area. Use the same moisturizing cream as the one used on your face.

 

Pustules

Definition and Treatment of Pustules

Pustules are small, inflamed, pus-filled, blister-like acne lesions on the surface of the skin.

They are most commonly seen in acne, although they can be a sign of any infection involving the skin.

Pustules appear on the skin as small, raised, reddened areas that typically have a whitish center. They may or may not be painful or tender to the touch.

Pus is caused by the breakdown of inflammatory cells produced by the body to fight infection. Typically, pus forms during the course of a bacterial infection.

Although neutrophils (type of immune system cell) initially engulf and kill bacteria, they themselves are eventually broken down and become a major constituent of pus.

All types of bacteria that cause disease are capable of producing infections that lead to pus.

Pustules are relatively common occurrences in acne sufferers. They may occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly in the usual acne areas such as the face, chest, the shoulders, the back, and over the breastbone), and in areas of increased sweating such as the groin and armpit.

Causes of Pustules

Sebaceous glands can usually be found in places of the skin where there is hair. However, it could also be found in other parts of the skin which is hairless.

There are some parts of the body where there are no sebaceous glands. This will include the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands.

Sebum is a fat-based oil which helps to moisturize your skin and your hair.

If there is no sebum, your hair would become thin and brittle. Without sebum your skin would become dry and leathery.

Sebum also allows the skin to retain its suppleness and maintains its resistance to water.

The function of the sebaceous glands is to produce sebum.

For various reasons, your sebaceous glands could become over active and excessive amounts of sebum are produced.

The sebaceous follicle is flooded with these excess sebum. A portion of this excess may combine with dead skin cells and bacteria leading to the formation of hardened plug.

The P. Acnes bacteria will lead to inflammation of the area around the follicle. Pustules are thus formed.

The inflamed area has a pink or reddish appearance. Sometimes the acne lesion contains a cap or white head.

Treatment of Pustules

Some pustules treatment methods include:

  • Wash your face with a mild soap or facial cleanser and water twice a day
  • Choose facial cleansers with salicylic acid which will help to remove the excess sebum from the infected areas and breaks down the hardened plugs.
  • Use topical antibiotics according to a dermatologist’s prescription
  • Use topical retinoids according to a dermatologist’s prescription
  • Use topical benzoyl peroxide to help counteract the acne bacteria as well as removes the excess sebum
  • A dermatologist can perform an acne surgery. This will relieve the acne lesions and treats them in a sterile setting.
  • Use oral prescription acne medicines such as antibiotics to fight the infection. Oral contraceptives can be used for women to help reduce the frequency of outbreaks.

Pustules contain pus which is a substance consisting of sebum, bacteria and dead skin cells. Although unattractive, it will usually clear up after 2 to 3 days of proper treatment.

Popping or squeezing a pustule is not advisable. It can worsen the condition and increase the length of time to recovery.

The affected area on the skin may remain red, bruised or scabbed red, bruised or scabbed for an additional 3 to 5 days. If not done properly, it can lead to further infection and scarring.

If any acne surgery needs to be done, it should be done under the supervision of a physician or aesthetician and in a sterile environment.

If you feel bothered by the unsightly appearance of pustules, use a concealer to cover up.

The Adovia Blemish Treatment Concealer is both a concealer as well as a pimple treatment. It contains salicyclic acid and other minerals that will help heal your skin while evening out your skin tone. The super-opaque skin crème camouflages redness even while it helps treat the blemish with healing minerals and ingredients.

Although pustules are inflammatory acne, it is not alarming and it is not the most severe form of acne. They can be completely treated.

Skin Care for People with Acne

The key to skin care for people with acne is to have a strict skin care regime.

Maintain a good skin care routine, use appropriate good skin care products that have been formulated for acne prone skins and your skin condition will improve.

COMBINATION SKIN CARE ROUTINE

PROVIDE BALANCED ATTENTION TO BOTH OILY AND DRY AREAS

The key focus of a combination skin care to provide a balance of different attention to the needs of the dry and oily patches.

If your face is partly oily and partly dry, you’ve got combination skin and there are several ways to care for it so that you can keep both types balanced and looking good.

The centre panel or T-zone refers to the skin that covers the forehead and from the nose down to the chin. This area is prone to oiliness.

Therefore it has to be given the same treatment as that of an oily skin. The proper skin care products that are meant for oily skin should be used in these areas.

The skin that is on the other parts of the face are tends to be dry and may even be flaky. This is due to insufficient moisture.

This area needs to be given the same treatment as that of a dry skin. The proper skin care products for dry skin should be used in these areas.

There are some combination skins that don’t follow the T-zone pattern. They have patches of dry and oily skin in other arrangements.

You can use the following method to check and ensure you know where the oily areas of your skin are.

 

  • Wash your face with a foaming cleanser.
  • Pat it dry.
  • Do not apply any toner or moisturizer to it for the next ½ to 1 hour.
  • Press a tissue to your face an hour after washing it.


Any greasy patches on the tissue show the oily areas.

Use the following steps a guide to help you develop a proper skin care routine for your face.

 

COMBINATION SKIN CARE STEPS

There are 4 basic steps in the combination skin care routine.

REMOVE EYE MAKE-UP
The 1st in your combination skin care routine is to remove your eye make-up. Use an eye make-up remover that is oil-based.

 

  • Gently wipe away all traces of eye make-up. Be gentle as this area is delicate and prone to dryness.
  • To remove any stubborn eye make-up, dip a cotton bud in the make-up remover.
  • Splash your face with some cool water. This oil will be rinsed away excess oil.


Are your using ordinary mascara or waterproof mascara? Choose appropriate products designed for the removal of the type of eye make-up that you are using.

CLEANSE
The 2nd in your combination skin care routine is to cleanse your face.

In the morning, choose a lathering cleanser.

 

  • Massage a little of the facial wash onto damp skin. Focus on the more oily areas of your face.
  • Leave the facial wash on for a few moments. This will help to dissolve the grime and dirt.
  • Rinse off with some cool water.
  • Gentle and thorough cleansing will help to keep the oily areas clean and clear the pores on the nose.

 
In the evening, choose a creamy facial cleanser.

 

  • Apply some cream cleanser onto the skin
  • Massage well. Concentrate on the dry areas of the skin.
  • Wipe off using cotton pads.
  • This will help to keep the dry areas of your skin clean. It will also help to soothe the skin daily.


Choose appropriate skin care products designed for your skin type.

TONE
The 3rd in your combination skin care routine is to tone your face.

Use 2 different types of facial toners.

For the oily areas, use a clarifying toner to dry up the oil, tighten pores and prevent blemishes from forming.

Use a mild toner for the dry areas.

Sweep the toner over the skin with cotton pads.

Choose appropriate skin care products designed for your skin type.

MOISTURIZE
The 4th in your combination skin care routine is to moisturize your face.

Use a good moisturizer on the dry areas. Moisturizers work by either increasing the penetration of water into the skin or by reducing the rate at which water is evaporating from the skin surface.

Use 2 types of moisturizer.

In the day, use a light moisturizer with solar protective featuresDevita Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer.

In the night, use a nourishing night cream.

 

  • Dot the face with chosen moisturizer.
  • Spread the moisturizer over the entire face with upward circular movements. Concentrate on the dry areas of the skin.
  • Use a tissue to remove any excess moisturizer from the oily parts of the face.


Choose appropriate skin care products designed for your skin type.

 

OTHER COMBINATION SKIN CARE TIPS

Here are some other combination skin care tips:

 

  • Look for products that normalize your skin, such as those that contain alpha hydroxyl acids. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) are derived from fruit, milk and sugar cane and have anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to the skin they help remove dead skin cells (exfoliate), giving you a younger appearance.
  • Use oil-absorbing makeup on oily areas to control shine.
  • Use a sunscreen with SPF30Loving Naturals Sunscreen SPF30 - 5 Oz to protect your skin from the sun’s burning rays.

OILY SKIN CARE ROUTINE

THE AIM OF OILY SKIN CARE
IS TO KEEP THE OIL PRODUCTION AND ACNE UNDER CONTROL

Do you have oily skin? Give it the most gentle oily skin care routine.

The characteristics of an oily skin are an oily skin surface and open pores. It has a tendency to have outbreaks of acne, blackheads and pimples.

Oily skin usually has an unhealthy and sallow appearance. The over-active sebaceous glands cause excessive production of oil or sebum. This is the skin type that is most prone to acne.

Be gentle and do not treat oily skin types too harshly. Over-enthusiastic treatment will over-stimulate the sebaceous glands. It will encourage the sebaceous glands to generate more sebum. However the surface layers of the skin remain dehydrated and dry.

The best oily skin care routine is to make use of skin care products that will gently cleanse oils from the surface of the skin and unclogged pores. At the same time it should not damage or cause the skin to dry out.

The part of the skin that is visible needs water, not oil. Water will help it to remain supple and soft.

Boosting your skin’s moisture levels and controlling excess oil will ensure a beautiful clear complexion.

  • Aloe Vera Moisture Cleanser, 1 oz
  • Moroccan Rose Facial Toner, 1 oz
  • Gentle Aloe Facial Scrub, 1 oz
  • High Performance AHA, 1/8 oz
  • Daily Solar Protective Moisturizer 30, 1/4 oz
  • Daytime Nutritional Moisturizer, 1/4 oz
  • Italian Tomato Leaf Mud Masque, 1/4 oz

An inexpensive way for you to try out the products before buying them in larger size. Packaged in a handy key ring tote, you can use this as a travelling kit too.

 

BEWARE! ACNE ALERT!

If you have oily skin, you would be more prone to acne. Acne is distressing. Some other factors that trigger acne are:

 

  • Genetic, as in it runs in some families
  • Change in hormonal levels during adolescence – this results in excessive production of sebum
  • Stress
  • Poor skin care
  • Poor lifestyle


Careful oily skin care will help with acne control. Do not pick at your pimples. This can cause permanent scarring.

Here are some use acne treatments for your consideration. Use OTC acne medicines. Today’s formulations contain ingredients that are very successful at treating this skin problem.

There are skin care products with tea tree oil. These have proven very effective in treating acne.

If these aren’t successful, consult your doctor who may be able to prescribe some stronger acne medicines or refer you to a skin specialist or dermatologist.

Looking for skin care products that will help you to take care of your oily skin and control your acne problems? Try this Acne Be Gone! Kit and incorporate the products into your oily skin care routine. It helps to naturally relieve the symptoms of acne, gets rid of dirt and bacteria without overdrying and leaves skin more clear, smooth and attractive. Products included in the Acne Be Gone! Kit:

 

  • 2 Adovia Mud Soaps
    If you are suffering from acne, you need a soap that is not too harsh so that it doesn’t irritate your skin, but also one that will dry and remove acne blemishes. Our Dead Sea Mud Soap helps to treat acne by using natural minerals carefully extracted from Dead Sea water and mud. This mud soap also effectively removes dirt, bacteria and impurities, thereby reducing the chances of further outbreaks. Contains natural oils that moisturize the skin without leaving it oily.
  • Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts for Acne TreatmentUse our 100% Natural facial salts to improve your complexion, refresh and firm your skin while leaving it cleansed and toned. Adovia fine grain Facial Salts are uniquely formulated to gently exfoliate acne prone skin while removing oil and bacteria known to clog pores and cause skin to look dull. These salts will infuse your skin with Dead Sea minerals while removing dead skin cells, leaving your face radiant, smooth and refreshed. Pores are tightened and circulation is increased, leaving a firmer, suppler complexion. Great for oily and acne prone skin.
  • Adovia Mineral Facial TonerRefresh and firm your skin with Adovia’s Alcohol Free Mineral Toner which is formulated to refine the pores and stimulate the skin without drying or flakiness. A perfect finish to your daily cleansing routine, Adovia Toner is a refreshing splash of minerals. It’s formulated with a patented active complex of Aloe Vera and natural Dead Sea Minerals to enhance the skin’s natural pH balance and leave it refreshed and supple. This mineral toner tightens pores, rebalances the skin’s pH, and removes unwanted shine.
  • Adovia Purifying Mud MaskPerfect for removing oil and toxins in Acne Prone skin – this unique Purifying Mud Mask gives your complexion a refreshed and radiant appearance. Formulated with Dead Sea Black Mud and Bees Wax, this all-natural acne treatment mask boosts cell renewal, revitalizes your skin and minimizes the pores. An all natural combination of Pro-Vitamins B5 and E rejuvenates and refreshes your skin.

 

The Acne Relief Combo is the smaller version of our famous Acne Be Gone Kit. This kit includes the basics that you need for natural acne treatment and relief. If you are unsure, try this and see the relief that it brings to your oily and acne prone skin before you get the Acne Be Gone Kit.

 

OILY SKIN CARE ROUTINE STEPS

There are 4 basic steps in the oily skin care routine.

 

REMOVE EYE MAKE-UP
The 1st step in your oily skin care routine is to remove eye make-up.

While most areas around the face are oily, the skin that is around the eyes tends to be more dry and delicate.

 

  • Soak some cotton wool with an eye make-up remover that is non-oily.
  • Hold the cotton wool over the eyes. Leave it for a few moments. This will enable it to dissolve and remove the make-up that is on the eyelids, lower and upper lashes.


Are your using ordinary mascara or waterproof mascara? Choose appropriate products designed for the removal of the type of eye make-up that you are using. Adovia Eye Makeup RemoverAdovia Eye Makeup Remover quickly and gently remove waterproof eye makeup without causing any irritations. It leaves a refreshingly gentle feeling as the rich and soothing moisturizer melts into the skin.

CLEANSE
The 2nd and most important step in your oily skin care routine is facial cleansing.

 

  • Splash tepid water on your face
  • Use a good facial cleanser and work up a good lather. Avoid using ordinary soap which will strip away your skin’s moisture. It will dissolve and remove the dirt, grime and oil accumulated throughout the day.
  • Using your fingertips, massage gently over damp skin
  • Carefully rinse with a lot of warm water.


Choose appropriate skin care products designed for your skin type.

If you have oily and acne prone skin, try the Adovia Dead Sea Mud Soap. It gently cleanses away oil, bacteria and dirt particles, leaving the skin purified, detoxified and fully cleansed. Enriched with century old Dead Sea mud, it removes dirt and cleanses your skin, while simultaneously infusing it with minerals essential to keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. This soap has been found effective at relieving acne.

TONE

The 3rd step in your oily skin care routine is facial toning.

 

  • Soak some cotton wool an astringent lotion.
  • Wipe over the whole skin. This will provide refreshing and cools the face. Continue until the cotton wool is completely clean.


Does the toner irritates or stings your face? Yes, switch to a product with a gentler formulation.

Alternatively, dilute your existing toner with some distilled water. Distilled water should be available from the local pharmacist.

Adovia Dead Sea Mineral Facial Toner is formulated with a patented active complex of Aloe Vera and natural Dead Sea Minerals to enhance the skin’s natural pH balance and leave it refreshed and supple. A perfect finish to your daily cleansing routine, it will tightens your pores, refreshes and tones your skin and removes unwanted shine.

MOISTURIZE
The 4th step in your oily skin care routine is moisturizing.

Oily skins do need a moisturizer too. Choose a moisturizer that is gentle and light. It will help to keep the moisture level in the uppermost layers of the skin. Water helps to keep the face supple and soft.

As part of your oily skin care routine, choose a moisturizer that is made of light and watery fluid. Do not choose a thick moisturizer.

Allow the skin to absorb the moisturizer for a few moments. Use a clean tissue and press it over your face to absorb the excess moisturizer. This will help to prevent a glossy or shiny complexion. The way to take care of oily skin is by improving your skin’s moisture levels and controlling any excess oil.

Choose appropriate skin care products designed for your skin type.

Madara Deep Moisture Gel is an extra light emulsion that is oil free. It is really suitable for oily skin as it eeply hydrates, firms, and regulates excess sebum. It nourishes your skin with natural plant vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids and other biologically active substances.

BODY CARE

TAKING CARE OF THE SKIN ON YOUR BODY IS NECESSARY

Body care is highly recommended for a complete skin care routine.

Although the skin on your face receives the most attention, the skin on your body should not be ignored.

The secret to a beautifully maintained body is to lavish the same care on it as you would do on your face.

Are you taking good care of the skin on body?

Evaluate by asking yourself the following questions:

THROAT
Is the skin on your neck rough and grey?
Do you apply moisturizers on your neck?
Or does your skin care stops at your face?

CHEST AND BACK
Is your chest and back prone to acne breakouts?
Do you protect this area of your skin from the harmful rays of the sun?

ARMS
Are your elbows grey and dull in tone?
Is the skin on your arms soft and supple, or rough and dry?
Do you need to remove hair that is on our underarms?
Have you found the best method of hair remover that suits you?
Have you found the solution to underarm freshness?
HANDS
Do your hands need moisturizing care?
Are your nails neatly filed and shaped?
Are your nails in need of a manicure?
Do you need to stop biting your nails?
Learn how to take care of the skin on your hands with these tips.

LEGS
Are your legs free from stubbly hair?
Is the skin on your legs smooth?
Are you prone to cellulite?

BIKINI LINE
Do you need to remove hair that is on your bikini line?
Have you found the most suitable method?

FEET
Do you have hard skin, corns and calluses on your feet?
Are your toe nails neatly trimmed?
Do you use a foot cream regularly?
Learn to take care of the skin on your feet with these feet skin care tips.


What are your answers to the above questions? Did you find that you have been neglecting the skin that is on your body?

Just by taking a daily bath is insufficient for taking care of your body.

Here are some additional body skin care tips that you should consider in your daily care of the skin on your body.

Find out more about the different skin care products for the body that you should be using for taking care of your body.

Indulge yourself in some of these body treatments and you feel the difference it make to your skin.

Adjust your body care routine according to the seasons. Consider these winter skin care tips during the cold season.

PAPULES

DEFINITION AND TREATMENT OF PAPULES
 

DEFINITION

The term “papules” is derived from the Latin word “papula” which means a pimple.

Dermatologists and all other physicians call any small solid rounded bumps on the skin a papule. This distinguishes it from a vesicle which contains fluid or pus and a macule which is flat and even with the surrounding skin.

Acne papules are one type of acne blemishes. The symptoms of acne are very visible, easily seen – a number of whiteheads or pimples covering the skin, causing discomfort ranging from mild to quite painful.

One of the most common symptoms of acne is papules. There are other types such as pustules, macules and cysts that are usually larger and more difficult to treat.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A PAPULE?

Papules have the following appearance:

 

  • Small, solid raised bumps on the skin
  • Color – brown, purple, pink or red
  • No visible pus of any kind – unlike whiteheads or blackheads which has a more visible center.
  • Size – may vary in size but usually have a diameter of less than 1 centimeter (less than 3/8 inch across).
  • Usually painless, but may become tender and irritated if touched. When scratched, they may open up and become crusty and infected.

 

Papules may have different shapes and are sometimes associated with other features such as crusts or scales. What distinguishes them from pustules or pimples is the absence of pus. Many dermatologists consider them as a middle step between a non-inflammatory and inflammatory lesion.

HOW ARE PAPULES FORMED?

 

Although papules can be appear at any part of your body, it is very commonly found the nose, neck, face, back and chest due to clogged sebaceous follicles. These follicles produce oil and hair around the nose and on other parts of body, and when they clogged with dead skin cells and bacteria causes to an acne.

Papules begin with a hair follicle and some dead skin cells. If dead skins cells are not removed from the surface, they can form clogs in the follicles. Once a hair follicles is clogged, it can plug the entrance to the follicle and prevent the oils formed there from escaping and oxygen from entering. This creates an environment where bacteria can multiply and cause inflammation. Enough pressure from this build-up can break the follicle walls and spill bacteria into skin. What you see is the characteristic red bump or zit on the skin.

TREATMENT OF PAPULES

Most papules heal quickly and on their own. They do not usually result in scarring, since they are not a deep type of blemish. However, squeezing a papule can worsen the inflammation and result in it becoming a more difficult lesion to treat.So do not try to squeeze or pop a papule. It will worsen the condition and cause scarring.

Papules can be treated using topical as well as oral acne medicines.

Some of these topical treatment methods include:

 

  • Warm water compresses – it should not be hot
  • Antibiotics – includes Clindamycin (Cleocin T and Clindets), or Erythromycin (Akne-Mycin, A/T/S, Emgel, Erycette, Erygel, Erymax)
  • Retinoids – includes Adapalene (Differin), or Retinoic Acid (e.g. Retin A)
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Benzaclin Gel which contains Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Benzamycin which contains Erythromycin and Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Azelaic Acid (Azelex)
  • Acne Surgery by a well-trained expert

Oral acne medicines such as:

  • Antibiotics such as Tetracycline, Minocycline, Doxycycline, or Erythromycin
  • Birth Control Pills for women

 

Skin Care Routine

Maintaining Your Skin Hygiene, Towards Healthy Skin

Healthy skin comes from having a good daily facial skin care routine. Your skin is able to cleanse, heal and even renew itself. How effectively it does these things is partly governed by how well you take care of it.

Having a good daily skin care routine is very important to the health of your skin, an essential step towards having a good complexion.
Take a good look at the way you are taking of your skin daily. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is your skin having frequent acne outbreaks?
  • Do you need to review the way you take care of your skin?
  • Are you using the wrong skin care products daily?
  • Do you need to simplify your skin care routine to prevent frequent facial acne outbreaks?

Did you find yourself answering “yes” to all or some of the above questions?

If “yes”, review your facial skin care routine against the information below.

A good skin care routine should be simple to follow. It should not take more than 20 minutes of your time each day. Do it two times a day, once in the morning and another time at night.

DAILY FACIAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE

There should be 3 basic steps in your daily facial skin care routine.

CLEANSE

Regular cleansing is important and when done properly, it serves the following purposes:

  • Removes dirt and grime
  • Remove excess oil on the surface and skin pores
  • Aids the cell renewal process

Use creamy cleansers or water-soluble creams or gels with tepid water or wipe-off lotions.

Do you have oily skin? Use natural acne soaps or foaming facial cleansers meant for oily and acne prone skins.

TONE

Facial toners improve the skin’s texture when applied to oily skin after cleansing.

Do you have dry skin? Use alcohol-free facial toner. Or stop using toner altogether. Your skin will begin to improve. If you really must use a facial toner, try rosewater.

MOISTURIZE

Use moisturizers that are water-based.

Do you have frequent outbreaks of pimples and blackheads? Try a light, oil-free moisturizer.

Use upward and outward strokes to apply strokes to apply moisturizer.

These are the 3 basic steps. However you should tailor your skin care routine according to your skin type.

Not sure about your skin type. Read this article. It is full of information and guide you to determine your skin type.

WEEKLY FACIAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE

EXFOLIATE

Exfoliate only once a week. Over buffing will over-stimulate and cause irritation to the skin.

Facial scrubs or exfoliators contain fine grains which help to remove dead skin cells. It should be massaged gently into the skin and then rinsed away thoroughly. Your skin will soften with weekly use.

Choose a good facial scrub that is suitable for your skin type.

MASK

Simple clay and mud based cleansing masks are messy but effective for improving the skin condition.

Rich cold creams are good moisturizing masks for sun-exposed or dry skin.

Apply the mask over your skin. Leave the cream on the skin and let the skin absorb as much of the cream as possible. Wipe off the excess with soft tissue.

  • Put some of the mask into your hand first.
  • Then stroke it over a clean, exfoliated skin, avoiding the eye area.
  • Relax for at least 10 minutes.
  • Rinse the face mask off thoroughly with tepid or warm water.

Learn more about the different facial masks and choose one that is suitable for your skin type.

Acne Control

How to Prevent and Control Acne

Acne can affect anyone but with good acne control habits, the severity of the condition can be reduced. The seriousness of the acne condition varies from person to person.

Some people suffer from very serious acne conditions. Others are more fortunate as they only have a mild attack. There are also the very fortunate few who do not suffer from the condition at all.

While we cannot totally prevent acne, there are steps that we can take to keep acne under control. Proper treatment will also prevent scarring.

Here are some tips on how to control acne outbreaks and prevent repeated flare-ups.

Acne Control Tip #1: Develop a good Facial Skin Care Routine

A good daily facial skin cleansing routine is important for healthy beautiful skin. Be gentle with your skin as your skin should not be over stimulated. Over stimulation will lead excessive oil production.

A certain amount of discipline and patience is required here. Improvements will not happen overnight and usually come in small quantities. Over time, you will see significant improvements to the skin.

Use facial scrubs once a week. This will help to remove dead skin and prevent the clogging of pores.

Give your skin a treat by going for a facial once a month. If you find facials at salons too expensive, try this do it yourself home facial.

Acne Control Tip #2: Choose the correct Skin Care Products

Analyze your skin type before choosing the correct facial skin care products. This is important as the inappropriate skin care product can be damaging to the skin.

For example, moisturizers are important for all skin types. However, if you have oily skin, you should avoid moisturizers that are too thick. This will aggravate the skin condition and it would be difficult to keep acne under control.

This article is an excellent guide choosing the different types of facial skin care products.

Acne Control Tip #3: Do Not Pick Your Pimples

Do not pick your pimples as picking or squeezing your pimples, blackheads or whiteheads will lead to scarring and damage to the skin.

Instead of keeping the acne condition under control, it will cause the condition to worsen. The affected area will become more irritated and inflamed.

Acne Control Tip #4: Keep Your Hair Away from Your Face

If you tend to have serious acne outbreaks, try to keep your hair (including your fringe) away from the face. This is especially so if you have a lot of pimples on the forehead.

If you must use hair spray or hair gel, be sure to keep it away from the face. Oily hair sprays and hair gel will aggravate the acne condition.

Acne Control Tip #5: Remove Stale Make-Up

Remove all make-up and thoroughly cleanse the face before going to bed. Stale make-up will lead to clogging of the skin’s pores.

Acne Control Tip #6: Use Clean Towels

Always use clean face and bath towels. Dirty towels contain bacteria which will make the acne condition worse.

Acne Control Tip #7: Change Pillow Cases and Bedsheets Frequently

Change pillow cases and bed sheets often. Dirty pillow cases and bed sheets contain bacteria which will be harmful to your skin.

If your acne condition is bad, change your pillow case at least every other night. This is to prevent bacteria from coming into contact with your face.

Acne Control Tip #8: Wash Cosmetic Brushes Frequently

Wash cosmetic brushes regularly with warm soapy water. Throw away old brushes. Do not use expired cosmetics.

Acne Control Tip #9: Exercise Regularly

Exercising regularly will help to improve blood circulation and overall health. When the body sweats, it is getting rid of waste from the body.

After exercising, try to shower soon after the body has cooled down sufficiently. Sweat combined with the skin’s oils will trap dirt and clog the skin’s pores.

Acne Control Tip #10: Reduce Stress

Too much stress will have a negative impact on your health and your skin.

Is your life too stressful? Review your lifestyle and look for ways to reduce stress.

Are there activities that will help to take away of the stress of life? After a hard day’s work, put on some soothing music, lie back and relax for 15 minutes.

Read this article to learn more about the effects of stress on the skin.

Acne Control Tip #11: A Balanced Diet

A healthy diet is essential for better control of acne problems.

Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and water. Fruits and vegetables introduce fibre into the body system and help to remove waste from the body.

Water hydrates the body and prevents dry skin.

Read this article to learn more about maintaining healthy diets and move towards your goal of having healthy skin

Acne Control Tip #12: Get Plenty of Sleep

Get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep can make your acne condition worse, leads to puffy eyes and dark circles under the eyes.

Read this article to learn more about the effects of lack of sleep on the skin.

Acne Control Tip #13: Minimize Sun Exposure

Minimize sun exposure and remember to use a good sun tan lotion. Use a day moisturizer that has sun block ingredients.

Read this article to learn more about sun protection measures that you can take. They will reduce your skin problems and help you to retain your youthful complexion.

If you are going for outdoor activities, use a sunscreen with SPF30 to protect your skin from the sun’s burning rays.

Acne is usually caused by a combination of factors. While some of these factors are external, some are internal. It could even be hereditary. It may not be possible to completely prevent acne. However, much can be done to control the outbreak of acne and prevent the formation of pimples.

Even if you do have an outbreak of acne and blackheads, permanent scarring can be prevented with proper acne treatment.

Find out more about the different types of OTC acne medicines or prescription acne medicines, how it works and the side effects.

Skin Care for People with Acne

The key to skin care for people with acne is to have a strict skin care regime.

Maintain a good skin care routine, use appropriate good skin care products that have been formulated for acne prone skins and your skin condition will improve.

This article will help you to formulate a facial skin care routine that is appropriate for your skin type.

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The Acne Be Gone! Kit has been shown to be equally effective for acne treatment for men, women and teenagers. It is comprises of the following popular and effective acne products:

  • 2 Adovia Mud Soaps
  • Adovia Exfoliating Facial Salts for Acne Treatment
  • Adovia Mineral Facial Toner
  • Adovia Purifying Mud Mask

Looking for a natural topical acne control product?  Try Echinacea drops!

Effects of Alcohol

THE EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL ON THE SKIN

Ending the day with a small drink can be relaxing. But what are the effects of alcohol on the person? Are they all harmful? Or does alcohol have any good effects on the body?

There have been some studies done which suggests that drinking alcohol in moderation can raise your good cholesterol level. The good cholesterol or HDL helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

However, excessive intakes can have detrimental effects on your health.

Alcohol dilates the blood vessel in the skin. Every time you have a drink, the blood vessels will dilate and remain permanently dilated until they lose their tone.

Excessive drinking of alcohol will lead to the development of telangiectasias or chronic dilation of the capillaries and a permanent flush on the face.

Alcohol also worsens acne rosacea, a skin disorders that is characterized by redness, flushing, pusheads and pimply bumps and telangiectasias.

Alcohol also depletes the body of vitamin A, an important anti-oxidant.

Alcohol has negative effects on the skin which can summarized as:

  • Causes broken capillaries
  • Aggravates acne rosacea
  • Causes malnutrition
  • Causes craving and loss of control and affects personal grooming and skin care

The effects of alcohol can be broadly categorized into 2 different categories:

  • Physical Effects
  • Psychological Effects

PHYSICAL EFFECTS

    Liver: hepatitis (inflammation)

  • Liver: cirrhosis (liver hardening)
  • Brain: memory loss, hallucinations, fits, confusion and loss of intellectual ability
  • Stomach: heartburn, gastritis (inflammation), ulcers and bleeding, cancer
  • Obesity: alcohol supplies calories
  • Mouth, throat and oesophageal (gullet) cancers
  • Pancreas: pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
  • Heart: damage to heart muscles and heart failure
  • Reproduction: impotence and infertility in pregnant women. It may cause retardation, stunted growth and behavioural problems in the child.
  • Malnutrition: alcohol robs the body of B vitamins
  • Osteoporosis: thinning of the bones
  • Nerves: cramps, tingling and weakness
  • Addiction: delirium tremens (“shakes”) and fits

PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS

  • Affects the mood
    There is initial euphoria and aggression, then anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
  • Affects the intellect
    It impedes the person’s sense of judgment, leads to poor memory and loss of inhibitions. The consequence is antisocial and dangerous conduct.
  • Affects the co-ordination
    Poor co-ordination results in increased risk of accidents.
  • Psychiatric problems
    There is increase in risk of suicide, paranoia, morbid jealousy, sexual problems and hallucinations.
  • Addiction
    There is a dependence on alcohol leading to craving and loss of self-control. If you need help dealing with withdrawal symptoms, find out how picamilon supplements can help.

The detrimental effects of alcohol more than outweigh its health potential.

Facial Cleansers

GUIDE ON CHOOSING FACIAL CLEANSING SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

Facial cleansersas the name suggests, cleanse your skin from dirt, grime, oil, sebum and bacteria.
There many different types of face washing cleansers available in the market today. A good one should be gentle but yet is able to clean, protects and nourish.
Before you start to choose one for yourself, it is essential that you analyze and find out your skin type.
Well, have you found out your skin type?
Yes? Great! Let’s proceed.
Firstly, there are lathering facial cleansers and non-lathering ones.

LATHERING FACIAL CLEANSERS

Lathering cleansers Adovia Natural Acne Soap contain detergents to help wash away the dirt and grime. Depending on the type of detergent used, lathering cleansers may be classified as either soap-based or soap-free.
Soap is a mixture of animal or vegetable fat and alkali salt. Soap-based cleansers are alkaline and tend to leave a residue with hard water.
Modern day lathering cleansers use synthetic detergents made from petroleum products. They are sometimes referred to as “soap-free” cleansers. These cleansers are less alkaline than soaps and work equally well in hard water as well as soft water.
The pH level of the cleanser can be adjusted to the pH of the skin so that the acidity of the skin is not damaged. Certain water-binding ingredients and oil may be added to make the cleansers less drying.
Lathering cleansers could come in the form of facial washes or cleansing bar soaps. They produce a nice lather and are ideal for very oily skin and will keep the skin refresh. They will help also help to clear the skin’s pores and prevent the outbreak of blackheads, acne and pimples. Avoid ordinary soap as it is too drying for most skins.
In the market today, there are lots of lathering cleansers formulated for the different skin types.

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NON-LATHERING FACIAL CLEANSERS

Non-lathering facial cleansersSeacret Facial Cleansing Milkcan be cream cleansers or cleansing lotions. And yes, they do the job of cleansing your face even though there is no lather.
Non-lathering cleansers contain oil, water and an emulsifier. It is the oils that help to dissolve make-up and dirt from the surface of the skin.
Non-lathering cleansers are ideal for dry or sensitive skin. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, the oil in the cleansers can add to the skin’s oil and causing outbreaks of acne and pimples.
Depending on your personal preference, some people may feel that it is not clean enough if there is no lather. Do not fret. There are lathering cleansers formulated for sensitive skin. You would need to shop around a bit.