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Facial Skin Care Tips For Your Type Of Skin

With all the skin care tips, advice and information today, you might think it's very confusing! All you want is what is best for your skin. It may be overwhelming for you to try to keep up with the constantly evolving technology.

You may also have large pores, sun damage, facial wrinkles or fine lines that require special attention.

Skin care tip #1 - your skin is unique. If your best friend uses "the most powerful product," it may do nothing for you, or you might even have a reaction to it. Before you consider buying any over-the-counter skin care products, there are a few basic facts about your skin you must know.

 

Your skin concerns. Do you want preventative maintenance to avoid premature aging? Do you have a skin problem, such as persistent acne, age spots, melasma or rosacea? Do you have eye puffiness or under eye bags that will require special care?

Your personal habits. Are you a smoker? Do you spend a lot of time in the sun? Do you take a daily vitamin? Do you consume a well-balanced diet? All these factors will affect how you should care for your skin.

Skin care tip #2 - One of the most essential beauty building blocks is one's physical health. You should incorporate some simple, but very positive lifestyle habits as: exercise, water drinking and nutritious eating.

Skin care tip #3 - The basic steps to a flawless face consist of two key elements: cleansing and moisturizing on a regular basis.

 

Mike Zanov received his medical doctor degree at the age of 25 at St. Pitersburg University in Russia and then completed dermatology training there. Now he is a practicing dermatologist.
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A Holistic Approach to Winter Skin Care

 

Winter is the season when Vata rides higher than usual in most people's physiologies. Increased Vata can result in dry flaky skin, chapped lips and dry, brittle hair.

 

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Dress warmly, in layers, and wear a hat, scarf and gloves when you go out in cold weather.

 

Here are some ways to keep Vata dosha in balance and prevent Vata-associated skin problems:
Avoid exposing skin to harsh winter elements such as freezing temperatures and drying cold winds. Wear a natural lip balm to protect your lips. A light layer of ghee (clarified butter) can also work as natural lip protection.

Protect facial skin from both cold winds and drying air from heaters with a rich natural moisturizer. Apply the moisturizer at least twice a day, once after your cleansing routine in the morning and again before you go to bed. Always apply moisturizer on clean skin, preferably after you apply a natural water-based toner. Your hands can also benefit from the application of a rich moisturizer in winter.

Three or four times a week, offer dry facial and body skin additional lipid support with a replenishing oil. Choose a nourishing base oil such as almond. Add six-eight drops of a Vata-pacifying pure essential oil such as lavender or neroli to two ounces of the base oil, and mix well. Apply to skin damp from the bath or shower to seal in hydration. Test first to make sure you are not sensitive to the essential oil you choose before you apply it on a regular basis.

The pre-bath warm oil ayurvedic self-massage, called abhyanga, is a must-do in winter. The massage not only keeps your skin silky-smooth, it also tones the muscles, calms the nerves and aids circulation. Pat excess oil off with a paper towel before you step into the bath or shower, and exercise care because oil can be slippery. Choose a nourishing oil such as almond or sesame oil for the massage.

The skin on your feet tends to dry and crack more in winter. Treat your feet to a relaxing soak at night, three times a week. A quick foot bath can be made in a large, wide-mouthed bowl with warm water, sea salts, Epsom salt and two or three drops of your favorite aroma oil. After the soak, rub in an herbal lotion or some shea butter or some almond oil on your feet. The foot soaking and massage rituals will not only keep your feet looking good; they will also help you ease into sleep faster.

Do not bathe or shower in very hot water. Comfortably warm water is much gentler on your skin. Do not bathe more than once a day if your skin is very dry.

Do not use harsh soaps to cleanse, as they will strip your skin of precious lipids. Use a non-soap cleanser or very mild soap to cleanse. Give your skin lipid support from within by including soaked and blanched almonds, soaked walnuts, whole milk, fresh cheese such as paneer, and ghee (clarified butter) in your daily diet. Drink a cup of warm milk laced with 1/4 teaspoon ghee at bedtime for a daily boost of lipid support from within. Eat fruits and vegetables high in water content at every meal. Zucchini, lauki squash, tender asparagus, tender greens, and carrots make excellent vegetable choices. Sweet juicy berries, cooked apples and sweet grapes are good fruit choices. Drink lots of warm water through the day.

Ayurvedic herbs such as Amla provide concentrated nourishment to the deeper layers of the skin. Amla is the richest known natural source of vitamin C and offers potent antioxidant support. Take the Amalaki Rasayana on a regular basis to replenish skin from within. Remember that a holistic approach yields the best results and the longest-lasting results. Try and incorporate as many of the above suggestions as you can to keep Vata dosha in balance and your skin looking smooth, soft and beautiful through the dry winter months.

Note: This ayurvedic information is educational, and is not intended to replace standard medical care or advice.

 

Shreelata Suresh is a yoga instructor who lives in the Bay Area. She writes for various publications on yoga, ayurveda and Indian culture. For more articles on ayurveda and premier ayurvedic products, please visit http://www.ayurbalance.com.

 

Skin Care and the Physiology of the Skin

The largest organ of the human body is the skin. It protects our bodies from the environment, maintains body temperature, excretes waste matter, gives sensory information to the brain and regulates body moisture. We think about our skin more than any other part of our bodies, and we manifest that attention by investing our emotions and about 6 to 20 % of our disposable income into our skin (Lappe, 1996). It is worthy to consider, then, how cosmetic products affect our skin. In this article the psycho-social impact of cosmetics will be examined as well as why cosmetics are deemed necessary. The physiology of skin, how cosmetics affect skin function and the effects of synthetic and natural cosmetic ingredients on the skin will also be considered.

Our society is preoccupied with the "culture of beauty" (Lappe, 1996) which includes the notion that our skin must always look young and appear free from blemish.

The Psycho-Social Impact of Cosmetics
Our psychological well-being is often closely enmeshed with perceptions of how our skin appears to ourselves and others. We define our self-image to include the visible representation of our skin to others, so as a result, it has become the "primary canvas on which our cultural and personal identity is drawn" (Lappe, 1996). Cosmetic companies set aside concepts of natural beauty so that flaws such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles are brought to the fore, influencing our spending habits in pursuit of flawless skin.

In the animal kingdom, most male species are endowed with colourful physical attributes so that a less colourful, but wisely camouflaged female mate will be attracted to it. Humans do not have equivalent ornamentation, so women use cosmetics, specifically make-up, to decorate their faces to attract prospective mates.

The Need for Cosmetics
A cosmetic is any substance which, when applied, results in a temporary, superficial change (Anctzak, 2001). We use a myriad of cosmetics on our skin, from moisturizers to lipstick. Make-up alters our visual appearance by enhancing our facial features through the artistic application of colour. It can beautify the face and be used to express our sense of self to others. Make-up can hide blemishes, scars, under-eye circles or even out our skin tone. It can boost self-esteem, make us feel more attractive and increase our social acceptability in some social situations. Using make-up can contribute to a well-groomed image, which positively influences our confidence, self-esteem, health and morale.

Skin care cosmetics treat the surface layer of the skin by providing better protection against the environment than skin left untreated. Creams treat the skin's surface by imparting moisture to the skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin. It also forms a thin barrier which traps moisture underneath, thereby preventing the evaporation of water from the skin's surface. Creams also accelerate the hydration of skin cells on the outer layer, giving the skin a temporarily smooth, plump appearance. Exfoliants improve the appearance of the skin by sloughing away flaky skin, blackheads and some dead skin cells. Astringents improve skin tone and texture by swelling the pore walls so dirt and debris do not collect within. Soaps loosen particles of dirt and grime by dissolving the greasy residue left on the skin from natural skin oils, creams and make-up.

The Physiology of the Skin and How Cosmetics Affect Skin Function
Skin is made up of three main layers: the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis (see picture).The epidermis is the only layer we can see with our eyes and as we age, remarkable changes occur which are hidden from our view. For instance, the skin gradually thins over time, especially around the eyes. Some cosmeceuticals can minimally re-thicken the skin, but the process of thinning is inevitable. Elastin and collagen, located in the dermis keep the skin resilient and moist, but with ageing these fibres break down to create lines and wrinkles. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation accelerates this process, and since few cosmetics can actually reach the dermis, the idea that a cosmetic can reverse this process is unfounded. The best way to prevent fine lines and wrinkles is to limit our exposure to the sun and ultraviolet radiation.

The skin is a highly complex, dynamic tissue system. One square inch of the skin is composed of 19 million cells, 625 sweat glands, 90 oil glands, 65 hair follicles, 19 000 sensory cells and 4 metres of blood vessels (Lappe, 1996). The outermost layer of the epidermis is called the cornified layer, and is made of sheets of keratin, a protein, and squames, dead, flat skin cells. It is our barrier against dehydration from the environment. It receives its primary supply of moisture from the underlying tissue, since constant contact from the external environment tends to dry out the skin's surface.

 

When the skin is exposed to dry conditions, the cornified layer can become dry, brittle, firm and if untreated, it can crack and lead to infection. Creams create a waxy barrier to prevent dehydration and keep the skin moist and supple. Underneath the cornified layer lie six more layers of the epidermis responsible for cell generation. The life cycle of skin cells within this layer takes approximately 28 days, so it may take three to four weeks to observe any changes at the skin's surface from using a new cosmetic.

The skin surface is also home to millions of healthy micro-organisms which increase our immunity to pathogenic, or disease-causing bacteria. Thus, our desire to sterilize the skin also destroys beneficial bacteria, such as streptococcus mutans, and micrococcus luteus . Toners, for instance, are beneficial in keeping bacterial populations down, thus reducing acne flare-ups resulting from microbes which invade and proliferate in the pores. Overuse of anti-microbial agents can produce harmful results when too many beneficial bacteria are destroyed, allowing pathogenic bacteria to multiply unchecked on the skin.

 

The skin also produces antimicrobial proteins, two of which are called defensins and cathelicidins, which increase when the skin is damaged. Perspiration, necessary for the maintenance of internal body temperature, also excretes a germicidal protein called dermicidin to combat bacteria producing body odour. Deodorants also assist in keeping the bacterial population down, thus decreasing the odours produced as they feed on the waste matter excreted by the sweat glands. Research has shown that people who wash excessively are more prone to infection and eczema as a result of 'washing" away natural bacteria and germicides too frequently (Awake!, 2004).

The Effect of Natural and Synthetic Cosmetic Ingredients on the Skin
A natural substance is any plant or animal extract, rock or mineral which is obtained from the earth (Antczak, 2001). An artificial or synthetic substance is a substance which has been modified through chemical reactions in an industrial process (Antczak, 2001). We use a myriad of cosmetics on our skin, but before we use these beauty aids, three essential questions should be asked:

What is the composition of the cosmetic? Why is each ingredient used? Do the ingredients have positive or negative effects on the skin and body? (See glossary) Many products claim to be safe or even may appear to be safe, but beyond the short-term benefits of using the cosmetic, are there any long term effects from daily absorption of its use? Skin used to be considered an impermeable barrier, but transdermal drugs have proven that the opposite is true; the skin allows many substances to pass through its layers into the bloodstream.

Several factors affect the rate with which the skin will absorb various cosmetic ingredients. The condition of the skin, such as whether it is dry or damaged will increase absorption. Cuts, acne or abrasions also increase absorption. Other ways to absorb cosmetic ingredients is to inhale them, such as with hairspray or talcum powder, or through the mucous membranes. Moist substances are most readily absorbed and powders are absorbed the least by the skin. Many products claim to address a skin issue, such as acne or dry skin, but contain ingredients which exacerbate these problems.

 

For instance, acne treatments may contain comedogenic, or pore-clogging ingredients. Creams that are supposed to treat dry skin may actually strip the skin of its natural oils which are useful in preventing dryness. Some contain chemicals which seep through the skin and dissolve skin oils and defat the skin (Lappe, 1996). A growing trend is chemical sensitivity, which can develop at any time, even after long term use of the same product. The ingredients in many cosmetics cause 20% of the population (U.S. data, Erickson, 2002) to develop the symptoms of chemical sensitivity. Natural cosmetics emphasize more traditional skin treatments with few of these harsh effects, acknowledging that short term beauty does not balance with long term hazards to health.

The health of the skin is dependent on sound nutritional practices, healthy living and effective, safe protection on its surface. The organic make-up co. can help you achieve healthy, radiant skin by offering a complete line of cosmetics and makeup composed of all natural ingredients, with no animal, synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients. Our products are made fresh for you once we receive your order, and contain preservatives such as tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and other plant oils with anti-microbial properties.

We invite you to give our natural products a try. Our cosmetics and make-up are developed on the basis of sound, scientific principles and the physiology of the skin. Our products will convince you on their own merit, since they are natural, vegan, and an excellent alternative to conventional make-up and cosmetics.
Please contact us at www.organicmakeup.ca for further information.

References:
- Anctzak, Gina & Stephen, Dr., (2001). Cosmetics Unmasked, Harper Collin, London. - Erickson, Kim, (2002). Drop Dead Gorgeous, Contemporary Books, USA. - Lappe, Marc Dr., (1996). The Body's Edge, Henry Holt & Co., New York. - Purvis, Debbie, (1989). The Business of Beauty, Wall & Thompson, Toronto. - Awake! Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Canada, February 8 2004. - The Organic Makeup Company can be located at http://www.organicmakeupcompany.com

 

Lori Stryker has been researching and developing all natural skin care and make-up for the purpose of offering men and women safe natural cosmetics for everyday use. She brings to her research a specialist in human biology from the University of Toronto, coupled with a professional home economics degree and an education degree from the University of British Columbia, fusing chemical and biological knowledge with food family and textile sciences.

 

Basic Skin Care

 

Healthy, beautiful skin is possible to achieve, but elusive to many. Despite the myriad of advertisements claiming that one cream or one product can give you the smooth, clear, wrinkle-free complexion that most people hope for, skin care is in fact a complex process grounded in real science and human physiology. Many factors contribute to our need for skin care products, so abstaining altogether from them is not healthy for our skin either. Healthy skin begins with a basic knowledge of your skin type, and how to keep it clean, nourished and protected throughout the year. It also requires a consideration of our overall diet and nutritional status.

There are four basic steps to successful skin care: cleansing, toning, moisturizing and special needs such as make-up.

 

Our skin types are genetically determined, but can vary depending on the following factors:
diet environment, such as climate change or pollution stress or anxiety cosmetics and skin care products illness or trauma hormone levels, such as during puberty, pregnancy or menopause exercise levels age degree and length of sun exposure

To determine your overall skin type, use this simple blot test. Press one ply of a dry tissue onto your face for ten seconds, then remove and examine the results. Balanced skin is damp with no traces of oil. Dry skin has no oil or moisture residue on the tissue. Oily skin has left oily and possibly dirt traces on the tissue. Combination skin has oily and dry marks on the tissue.

Dry Skin
This skin type is characterized by:

dry, flaky patches and is easily chapped feels tight across the forehead, cheeks and chin itchy and easily irritated sensitive bruises easily can appear powdery or scaly prone to fine lines and wrinkles

Dry skin is a result of decreased sebum production, the skin's indigenous oil, which is important in keeping the skin moist and lubricated. Consequently, this skin type has less of an oily barrier, allowing water to evaporate easily through the skin. This process can be worsened by detergents, heating or air conditioning, pollution, inadequate skin care, certain chemical ingredients in cosmetic products, overexposure to sun and wind and overuse of soaps and alcohol-based products.

Helping to 'restore' dry skin involves protecting the skin with creamy, oil-based products and avoiding harsh soaps, scrubs or products which contain alcohol. The Organic Make-up Company recommends its line of gentle, all natural products, specifically: oatmeal soap, floral toner once or twice per week, rich formulation moisturizer in avocado, calendula or jojoba and facial oil in geranium or avocado at night.

Oily Skin
This skin type is characterized by:

overall shine enlarged pores coarse texture acne spots and comedones (blackheads) sallow complexion tendency to repel and run make-up resistance to fine lines and wrinkles

Oily skin is the result of excessive secretions of sebum. It can be exacerbated by poor health, or a diet high in saturated fats and sugar. Emotional upset or stress can also trigger more sebum deposits on the skin. Oily skin is worsened by hormone level fluctuations, alcohol-based products and harsh soaps, both of which dry out the skin, thereby activating the oil glands to produce more sebum. Comedogenic ingredients, such as mineral oil and other ingredients which are derivatives of petroleum block pores and can lead to acne spots.

Regular cleansing aids in the removal of bacteria and waxy oils from the pores. Oily skin responds well to alcohol-free toner and a lightweight, natural moisturizer. Try the following products from The Organic Make-up Co. to help 'normalize' oily skin and reduce significantly the frequency of acne break-outs and blackheads: Wild Oregano or Chamomile & Calendula soap, acne-prone toner once or twice per day, regular moisturizer in calendula, jojoba or grapeseed for daytime and acne-prone facial oil at night. A gentle exfoliant once per week, such the dual action exfoliant system offered by The Organic Make-up Co. will help loosen and remove blackheads.

Balanced Skin
This skin type is rare, and is characterized by:
a creamy colour thickness smoothness firmness few irregularities or blemishes an even distribution of the skin's natural oil dryness with age

Balanced skin is worsened by many of the same factors which can afflict other skin types. Any skin care product offered by The Organic Make-up Co. will benefit this type of skin.

Combination Skin
Most people have combination skin, with oily areas focused around the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Other areas of the face can at the same time be very dry. All of the products offered by The Organic Make-up Co. are gentle and effective enough to treat combination skin, but if you have problems with acne, follow the recommendations for oily skin.

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin is not a skin type, but rather a skin condition which has developed from a skin type. Anyone can develop sensitive skin, often due to hormonal changes caused by menopause or pregnancy. This condition can also develop from allergies to cosmetic ingredients, foods or environmental factors. Many ingredients made from animal products, petroleum or synthetics are known allergens for the skin.

The characteristics of this skin condition are:

blotchy, reddened skin broken capillaries high cheek colour itchy, easily irritated skin chaps and burns easily prone to break-outs and rashes

This condition is worsened by ordinary soap, synthetic, animal or petroleum-derived ingredients, astringents, harsh exfoliants or drying masks, extreme temperatures and climate changes. Use only mild, soothing formulations on sensitive skin. If an adverse reaction occurs to any product, such as a burning feeling, discontinue its use immediately. The Organic Make-up Co. has found that the following products have given those with sensitive skin relief and effective skin care: oatmeal soap, calendula or jojoba moisturizer, hand lotion in calendula and balanced facial oils for night-time.

Climate Change and Skin Care
Healthy skin is slightly acidic, due to the acid mantle which covers it. The acid mantle is a combination of sebum and perspiration designed to protect the skin from the environment. Each day we lose 850 ml of water through perspiration, so drinking water is helpful to replace this lost fluid. During the summer, water loss is more rapid, and humid conditions accelerate water loss through the skin as the body attempts to cool itself. As a result, sebum production increases, collecting on the skin and clogging pores. For many, this process results in breakouts, so regular cleansing with a mild soap is recommended.

A good skin care regimen during the summer months is the following:

Cleansing with a natural, vegetable soap such as chamomile & calendula or lavender. Exfoliate with the dual action gentle exfoliant system. Hydrate your skin with acne-prone toner or floral toner, depending on skin type. Moisturize with sweet almond or grapeseed moisturizer, regular formulation. Massage any face oil offered by The Organic Make-up Co. at night. Keep lips protected and moisturized with sunblocker lip balm, lip gloss in natural crimson or lip colour palette in strawberry jam or brick red. Cover up to reduce the amount of exposure to the sun with a wide brimmed hat, long and loose fitting clothing. Ninety percent of skin cancers are due to sun damage.

Skin is exposed to very dry environments during the winter months. Heated homes and offices, wind and extreme temperatures increase the amount of moisture lost through the skin. Dry, chapped and flaky skin and lips are not uncommon during this season and are symptoms of unprotected skin. During the winter months skin needs more protection and lubrication to inhibit moisture loss. In addition to regular cleansing and toning, moisturize the hands, face and neck during the day with a richer cream, such as The Organic Make-up Co.'s avocado or carrot tissue in rich formulation face cream. At night, gently massage geranium or avocado face oil. Keep lips protected with any lip product from The Organic Make-up Company.

Any skin care discourse which does not include a discussion of nutrition is lacking a fundamental principle of healthy skin care. Good health and beauty are synonymous. For instance, a clogged and spotty complexion can be linked to a diet high in saturated fats and sugar. Sensitive skin may become worsened by poor digestion or inadequate absorption of nutrients. Dry flaky skin may reflect a diet low in fatty acids or vitamin E. Skin that does not heal quickly may be low in vitamins A, B6, C or zinc.

A healthy, varied diet helps the skin defend itself against infection, cell damage and premature aging. Increasing your daily intake of fresh, raw vegetables and fruit adds vitamins, antioxidants and water to your diet, all essential elements for healthy, glowing skin.

Beautiful, radiant skin is within everyone's reach. Knowledge of your skin type and how to care for your skin all year round, using all natural cosmetics, combined with a diet rich in fresh, wholesome foods will help you achieve the skin you have always wanted.

Visit our website at http://www.organicmakeupcompany.com for a full range of natural skin are and make-up cosmetics. Our products are made fresh for you once we receive your order. We do not use any animal, petroleum or synthetic ingredients in our cosmetics. They are simply fresh, natural and beautiful.

 

Lori Stryker has been researching and developing all natural skin care and make-up for the purpose of offering men and women safe natural cosmetics for everyday use. She brings to her research a specialist in human biology from the University of Toronto, coupled with a professional home economics degree and an education degree from the University of British Columbia, fusing chemical and biological knowledge with food family and textile sciences.

 

Summer Skin Care

 

Healthy skin is slightly acidic, due to the acid mantle which covers it. The acid mantle is a combination of sebum and perspiration designed to protect the skin from the environment. Each day we lose 850 ml of water through perspiration, so drinking water is helpful in replacing this lost fluid. During the summer, water loss is more rapid, and humid conditions accelerate water loss through the skin as the body attempts to cool itself. As a result, sebum production increases, collecting on the skin and clogging pores. For many, this process results in breakouts, so regular cleansing is recommended.

A good skin care regimen for most skin types during the summer months is the following:

1. Cleansing with a natural, vegetable soap or soap-based cleanser.

2. Exfoliation, not exceeding once or twice per week

3. Hydrate your skin with an alcohol free, natural toner or fill a clean, sterile spray bottle with filtered water and mist over the face after cleansing or exfoliation.

4. Moisturize with a light, all natural moisturizer. Creams and lotions with petroleum based ingredients tend to clog the pores unnecessarily.

5. Massage a face oil or moisturizer into the skin at night. Massaging serves to increase circulation to the skin, which helps the natural rejuvenation processes which take place during sleep.

6. Keep lips protected and moisturized with a lip balm, lip gloss or lipstick, preferably containing a natural sunblock such as titanium dioxide.

7.Cover up to reduce the amount of exposure to the sun with a wide brimmed hat, long and loose fitting clothing. Ninety percent of skin cancers are due to chronic sun damage and eighty percent of wrinkles arise from photoaging.

Any skin care discourse which does not include a discussion of nutrition is lacking a fundamental principle of healthy skin care. Good health and beauty are synonymous. For instance, a clogged and spotty complexion can be linked to a diet high in saturated fats and sugar. Sensitive skin may become worsened by poor digestion or inadequate absorption of nutrients. Dry flaky skin may reflect a diet low in fatty acids or vitamin E. Skin that does not heal quickly may be low in vitamins A, B6, C or zinc. A healthy, varied diet helps the skin defend itself against infection, cell damage and premature aging, especially during the summer months. Increasing your daily intake of fresh, raw vegetables and fruit adds vitamins, antioxidants and water to your diet. Take advantage of the increased variety of fresh foods available during the summer, since a good diet is one of the essential elements for healthy, glowing skin.

References: - The Organic Makeup Company can be located at http://www.organicmakeupcompany.com

 

Lori Stryker has been researching and developing all natural skin care and make-up for the purpose of offering men and women safe natural cosmetics for everyday use. She brings to her research a specialist in human biology from the University of Toronto, coupled with a professional home economics degree and an education degree from the University of British Columbia, fusing chemical and biological knowledge with food family and textile sciences.

BOTOX vs. ALL-NATURAL SKIN CARE

BOTOX vs. ALL-NATURAL SKIN CARE
On April 15, 2002, the FDA approved Botox® to treat frown lines. Botox® was first approved in December 1989 to treat two specific eye muscle disorders, "Blepharospasm" and "Strabismus" and subsequently approved in December 2000 to treat Cervical Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder contractions.1

To gain the approval for use with frown lines, a clinical study involving 405 mostly women over 50 with moderate to severe frown lines were injected with Botox® cosmetic and after 30 days frown lines were evaluated. The frown lines were eliminated for approximately 120 days at which time re-injection was required. The FDA guidelines were injections to incur no more frequently than once every three months and the lowest effective dose should be used.

The study highlighted the following common adverse side effects:
Headache Respiratory infection Flu symptoms Droopy eyelids Nauseous Less frequent but adverse reactions in approximately 3% of patients included pain in the face, redness at the injection site, and muscle weakness. While the adverse reactions were termed temporary, they could last months.

The FDA approved Botox® as a prescription drug, thus, requiring medical supervision. The actual name for Botox® cosmetic is Botulinum Toxin Type A; it's actually produced from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. What actually occurs is an injectible form of sterile purified toxin, in a very small dose, is injected into the affected muscles to block and release the chemical acetylcholine that would otherwise cause contraction in the muscle. The toxin actually paralyzes the injected muscle.

Interestingly, the Botulinum Toxin has been known for centuries. As early as 1895, a professor (Emile Pierre van Ermengem of Ellezelles, Belgium) identified the original toxin from Bacterium Bacilus Botulinus. It was later renamed in the 1920's as Botulinum Toxin Type A, generic name Botox®, which is a registered trademark. Dr. Herman Sommer, at the University of California San Francisco subsequently provided the data sufficient for future medical studies.

In the 1950's, Dr. Vernon Brooks2 discovered that the Botulinum Toxin, when injected directly into an active or hyperactive muscle included the release of acetylcholine from motor nerve endings, thus, inducing a temporary paralysis of a targeted muscle. In the 1960's and 1970's, Dr. Alan Scott, M.D. of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Foundation began effectiveness testing with monkeys to determine if the drug might have effective therapeutic modalities.

For the next 20-30 years, Dr. Scott collaborated with Dr. Schantz of the University of Wisconsin to further develop product samples.3

In the late 1970's, Dr. Scott formed a company named Oculinum, where he continued to study the drug with monkeys and in 1978 received permission from the Food & Drug Administration to test on human clinical studies. In 1988, Allergan acquired the rights to distribute Dr. Scott's Botox® Toxin Type A product. The current manufacturer, Allergan Inc., is located in Irvine, California.

Current side effects in actual applications are as follows (as a % of total side effects):

Upper Respiratory Infection - 11% Neck Pain - 11% Headache - 11% Drooping Eyelids - 21% Eye Dryness - 6% All others - 40% While Botox® is the rage today, alternatives for professional skin care, such as the all new NutriMinC RE9 anti-aging skin care system from IH Distribution LLC, is an excellent alternative. More information can be seen at www.ihdistribution.com. IH Distribution's products are all-natural, botanically-based, pH correct, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, NEVER tested on animals, contain no animal products or by-products, made without mineral oil and formulated without dyes or chemical fragrances.

The idea of injecting your face every three months, at a cost of up to $1,200 per injection, with toxins, given known side effects and the significant discomfort of the injections, from a product continually tested on monkeys should drive consumer's research to other alternatives.

Webster's dictionary confirms toxins are "any of various poisons produced by microorganisms and causing certain diseases" or "any poisons secreted by plants or animals".4

Copyright © IH Distribution LLC, 2004 No material may be use without the expressed permission of IH Distribution LLC

1. FDA T02-20 April 15, 2002

2. Schantz, EJ, Historical Perspective EDS. Therapy with Botulinum Toxin New York, New York, Marcelle Dekker Inc. 1994

3. Schantz EJ, Johnson EA, Botox® Toxin Persp Biomed 1997; 40 (4) 317327

4. Webster's New World Dictionary and Thesaurus, Copyright © 1966 by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

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Woman-to-Woman, a Skin Care Guide

Woman-to-Woman, a Skin Care Guide
Due to the cycles in a woman's lifespan, her skin is different than a man's skin. Specifically, women have thinner skin than men which makes exposure to the sun critically more important to a woman. Always use skin care products that have sunscreen at least SPF8 level. The skin on the arms, back, and legs should be protected whenever the skin is exposed to the sun. Typically, the critical hours are 10am until 4pm, however, the closer to the Equator, the more critical the SPF level and exposure time.

 

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Your skin type. It is oily, dry, normal, sensitive, or a combination? Your skin complexion. Do you have fair skin that burns easily or light to medium that may burn? Or do you have a medium tone that usually tans or a darker complexion the only rarely burns? Or is your complexion so dark that you never burn?

It is said that women are said to age more quickly than men and the sun exposure issue is a major factor. The sun's penetrating UVA rays on under protected skin allow the sun's penetrating UVA rays to more quickly and deeply damage a woman's thinner skin. As a result of western women's dress, melanoma develops on different body areas than men. Because fashion dictates, women often wear skirts, the most common site for serious skin issues is the lower legs. In men, melanoma is most commonly found on the back. To protect yourself from skin cancer, remember to cover all exposed skin at all times.

A woman's skin also tends to change color and texture with age; while sun exposure is responsible for many of these changes, others are caused by the dynamic hormonal variations that occur around and during menopause. The hormone estrogen is responsible for maintaining the bony framework beneath the skin and helps keep the skin soft and resilient and works to keep a vibrant, healthy facial complexion. The issue of hormone replacement therapy is front and center in the news today. The use of all-natural progesterone creams provides many or all of the benefits hormone replacement therapy does, however, with natural products and without many of the side effects. More information about natural progesterone replacement can be found at www.realprogesterone.com.

A woman's skin is the largest organ of the body. It functions as a barrier to prevent the intrusion of toxic substance, provides a first line of defense against bacterial, viral, and fungal organisms, acts as a thermostat in regulating body temperature and acts as a sensor for stimuli through touch. Great looking skin begins early in childhood but requires careful attention throughout life to guarantee beautiful, healthy skin as an adult. IH Distribution provides a complete, all-natural skin care line including makeup and sun screen with products that are developed in Switzerland for the spa industry and can be ordered at www.ihdistribution.com.

 

Pure. Natural. Beautiful from IH Distribution. IH Distribution specializes in health areas such as acne skin care, anti-aging cream, anti-wrinkle cream, hormones and natural hormone replacement therapy, natural progesterone cream and skin care cream. We offer beauty care products such as natural cosmetics, facial products, skin care products, eye make up and dermatologist approved cleansing products.

 

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