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SKIN CARE GUIDE

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Here you will learn all about effective skin care for every part of your body and every condition. While this guide was created for women, men can use many of the suggestions here to get rid of common skin conditions and keep skin aging to a minimum.

  • CAUSES OF SKIN PROBLEMS 

First, let’s cover the causes of common skin problems. Understanding the causes will help you understand how the conditions can be healed or prevented.

  • INFLAMMATION 

Inflammation is a common symptom in practically all skin conditions.

 So, the first question is:  

What Causes Skin Inflammation?

Inflammation of the skin or anywhere in the body is a function of the immune system. It serves to fight infection and help heal injuries.

The immune system can become imbalanced and over-react to things that are not really dangerous to the body. This is what happens during an allergic reaction.

The incidence of allergies and other conditions accompanied by chronic inflammation has been rising and continues to rise. As yet, there is no complete explanation of why that has happened.

Some scientists believe that a super-clean environment during early childhood actually suppresses normal healthy immune system development. Other theories include constant exposure to pollutants, toxins in the environment, imbalanced diet during childhood, over-exposure to allergens during childhood, consumption of cow’s milk and constant exposure to chlorinated water.

  • FOOD-INFLAMMATION CONNECTION 

While those are only theories, there are some things that we know. We know that certain foods contribute to inflammation throughout the body, while others limit inflammation or have anti-inflammatory activity. The inflammatory foods are some of the most popular. They include:

· Bread and baked goods

· Refined grains like white rice

· Pasta made from white flour

There is also an imbalanced intake of omega-6 and omega-3 fats in industrialized societies due largely to modern farming practices. Beef and other livestock are fed corn and grains in order to increase their weight and fatten them up. This makes the meat fattier in general and the content of omega-6 fats, which contribute to chronic inflammation, is much higher than it should be.

Corn oil is popular for cooking. At one time, it was thought to be healthier than other kinds of fat, because it does not contain cholesterol. However, corn oil contains 40 times more omega-6 fats than omega-3s. In today’s world, omega-3s are found primarily in fatty fish, which is not a component of the average person’s daily diet.

Other things that cause skin inflammation specifically include:

· Excessive cleaning

· Failure to use a moisturizer

· Allergens, irritants and toxins commonly found in skincare products

As you read about the specific skin conditions listed below, you will see inflammation mentioned again and again. You have already learned about the causes of inflammation. So, those will not be repeated.

Are you ready to learn about what causes specific skin problems? Here we go! If a section does not apply to you, feel free to skip it.

What Causes Acne? 

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects practically all teenagers and continues to be a problem for many people throughout their life.

The Causes of Acne are:

· Hormonal changes and genetics

· Inflammation

· Bacterial overgrowth

Things that aggravate acne include:

· Excessive cleansing/scrubbing

· Picking or squeezing pimples

· Stress

In addition to the dietary factors that contribute to inflammation, a lack of vitamins A and E may also be involved. Low blood levels of those nutrients commonly accompany the problem, although the actual problem may be a lack of fruits and vegetables in the diet.

What Causes Eczema? 

Eczema is a form of dermatitis, which is literally inflammation of the epidermis. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin, the one that we see. The condition affects approximately one out of nine people.

The only cause of eczema is inflammation. Factors that aggravate the condition:

· Soaps containing sodium laurel sulfate

· Excessive cleansing

· Excessive dryness

· Failure to use a good moisturizer

· Chlorinated water

· Bathing in hard water

· Scratching

What Causes Psoriasis? 

There are many types of psoriasis. The causes are not well understood, although inflammation and a poorly functioning immune system are involved.

One type is caused by prescription medications. Lithium, beta-blockers and statins are some of the medications that can cause drug-induced psoriasis.

The condition is sometimes limited to the armpits, thighs and in recesses or folds of skin. That type is referred to as inverse psoriasis and is aggravated by perspiration and friction.

It is sometimes accompanied by seborrhea, another type of dermatitis. In addition to the skin, it can affect the nails and joints.

Strep infections sometimes precede one of the least common types of psoriasis. But, the most common type is psoriasis vulgaris. It is accompanied by inflamed areas of skin covered with silver white scales called plaques. 80-90% of sufferers have psoriasis vulgaris.

What causes dry skin? 

The medical term for dry skin is xeroderma. It may be caused by excessive cleansing, bathing in chlorinated water, failure to moisturize after cleansing, low humidity such as occurs in winter, sun exposure, wind exposure, etc. It is very common especially in older people. Alcohol, mineral oil and other ingredients commonly found in skincare products can cause or aggravate dry skin.

What causes skin cancer? 

There are several types of skin cancer. Overexposure to the sun is believed to be one of the main causes, although genetics plays a role. Chronic inflammation and free radical damage are involved in all types of cancer.

What causes dark circles and/or bags under the eyes?

Bags or puffiness under or around the eyes are symptoms of inflammation. The causes include a variety of diseases. Mononucleosis, hypothyroidism and trichinosis are among them.

Oversleeping or a lack of sleep can cause bags and dark circles. Allergies and dermatitis are other causes.

Excessive salt in the diet leads to fluid retention, as do hormonal changes that occur during menstruation and pregnancy. The use of alcohol or tobacco causes stress, fatigue and hormonal changes that can lead to fluid retention and swelling around the eyes.

Bags and dark circles are sometimes associated with the normal aging process. As you age, your skin becomes thinner. The skin around the eyes is already thinner than anywhere else on the body.

Blood vessels may start to leak hemoglobin and waste products. Loss of collagen makes the skin more translucent. Thus, the leakage becomes visible as dark circles under the eyes.

*What causes age spots or hyperpigmentation of the hands or face?

Melanin is the pigment responsible for the tone or color of your complexion. Dark-skinned individuals have a higher concentration of melanin.

Melanin is produced by specialized cells called melanocytes. The melanocytes are stimulated by hormonal changes, UV exposure (sunlight) and certain toxins. Although they are referred to as age spots, hyper-pigmented areas are not a normal part of the aging process.

*What causes wrinkles, sagging necklines and other visible signs of aging?

According to a recent dermatological report, older skin contains more free radicals and fewer antioxidants. They say this imbalance is primarily responsible for all of the visible signs of aging, because it leads to free radical damage.

Other factors that are involved in wrinkle formation and sagging skin include:

· Decreased production of collagen and elastin fibers

· Decreased production of new skin cells

· Chronic inflammation

· Low levels of hyaluronic acid, which also plays a role in dry skin

· Dry skin

Other Skin Problems

Boils and carbuncles are minor infections. They are accompanied by inflammation and more common in individuals with acne.

Rough heels and elbows are symptoms of dry skin.

Sagging skin anywhere on the body is caused by failure of the skin’s elastic fibers, usually due to aging and the factors mentioned above.

Stretch marks occur as a result of scarring in the skin’s inner layer or dermis. Basically the elastic fibers stretch as far as they can. Then they become damaged.

Inflammation is involved in allergic reactions, irritations and dermatitis. The ingredients in skincare products are common causes of the inflammation. Most cosmetics include various allergens, irritations and toxins.

What To Do

Now that you know what causes all of these skin problems, you probably want to know what to do about them.

It takes a complete skincare routine.

There are things you should do on a daily basis to help prevent these problems and heal existing ones. Other treatments can be used on an occasional, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, basis to help heal and protect.

You might be surprised to learn that the recommended daily routine is the same for oily, dry and combination skin types. The steps necessary to prevent skin cancer are the same as those necessary to prevent wrinkles.

What you need to do is protect your skin’s health from the inside out and from the outside in.

Here’s the Daily Routine I recommend

  • Cleanse gently and moisturize afterwards 

Cleansing gently reduces your risk of inflammation and can help prevent acne flare-ups. A sulfur-based cleanser may help with acne, because it helps to restore the skin’s natural pH balance, something that other cleansers disrupt.

Whether you have eczema or not, you should avoid cleansers containing sodium laurel sulfate. Whether or not you have dry skin, you should avoid cleansers and other skin care products containing mineral oil. Those ingredients may spur the growth of skin cancers caused by UV exposure, according to researchers.

In general castile soap derived from olive oil is still the best choice. Some of the new soaps contain active manuka honey, which has antibacterial and antifungal activity.

Right after bathing, you should use a good facial moisturizer and body lotion. The best choice is one that contains an ingredient called Xtend-TK , because of its many healing benefits.

In clinical studies,  Xtend-TK has been shown to:

· Reduce and prevent inflammation

· Stimulate the production of new skin cells

· Correct the antioxidant/free radical imbalance

· Improve firmness

· Improve moisture content

The best day creams and body lotions also contain nano-lipobelle HEQ10 and wakame kelp, because those ingredients repair free radical damage and protect the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels.

If you suffer from bags, puffiness or dark circles under your eyes, use an under-eye serum after showering. Ingredients to look for include HALOXYL and EYELISS. They have been shown to decrease bags and dark circles within a few weeks of use. They contain nutrients that stimulate skin growth, support blood vessel strength and reduce inflammation.

If you suffer from age spots or uneven pigmentation, you can use a day cream containing Extra-pone nut grass root. It has been shown to inhibit melanin production. The best whitening day creams will also contain Xtend TK. The increased skin cell production will speed the results, which are typically seen in just a few weeks.

  • Use safe all natural makeup 

The best choice is a brand made from zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and other minerals. They cannot penetrate into the skin or clog the pores. They provide effective protection against sun damage and are easier to remove.

  • Remove your makeup before bed 

Use the same gentle cleanser you use during the day. If your day cream contains grape seed oil, makeup will be easier to remove, because the oil helps to keep makeup out of your pores.

  • Moisturize thoroughly after removing makeup 

For this step, you want a good anti-aging night cream. It should contain Xtend TK and nano-lipobelle HEQ10. You should also look for avocado oil or extract, which has been shown to stimulate the amount of collagen present in the skin.

  • Sleep well 

While you are sleeping, your body produces human growth hormone. If you don’t sleep well, your body produces the stress hormone Cortisol, which damages and degrades your skin’s collagen fibers. A good night’s sleep will also help prevent bags and dark circles. Also a natural eye contour serum will decrease under eye puffiness.

  • Eat right 

You remember all of those foods mentioned above…the ones that cause inflammation throughout your body? You might want to cut back on those. They are really bad for your health. Excess consumption of those foods can lead to heart disease, type II diabetes and cancer.

You should try to eat more fruits and vegetables. Have salmon or another fatty fish once or twice a week. Eat beans, legumes, oatmeal and other whole grains like barley. Remember that whole grain bread is still made with flour. Flour is not really good for you.

  • Take some good dietary supplements 

No matter how healthy your diet, it is impossible to get all of the nutrients you need every day through diet alone. You want a good multi-nutritional supplement and an omega-3 fish oil supplement. Those are must haves.

  • Every Once in a While 

In addition to your daily routine, your skin can use a deep cleansing everyone once in a while. Xtendlife makes a good deep cleansing mask that can be used every two weeks. It contains all natural ingredients like clay extracts that gently pull impurities out of your pores.

If you suffer from dry skin or you don’t to suffer from dry skin, a deep moisturizing (hydrating) mask will be most beneficial to your complexion when used twice monthly. It also contains only safe and natural ingredients suitable for all skin types.

Thank you for taking an interest in our Skin Care Guide.

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In it you will find a more detailed explanation of certain skin conditions and what you can do to either heal or alleviate the problem.

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The SKIN CARE-NEWS Editors

with Margaret Bell, Skin Care Specialist