On week 319 we are sharing recipes that are fun and you can enjoy making with friend and family. At our home, my husband and I love making potions, creams and folk remedies and we share with friends and family also we keep stock for presents. I grew up with a mother that show me many ways to create these products and I made a living for a while selling them, I showed my daughter and she grew up making them, selling them also, so much came from it, enjoy and share, thank you for your time and interest we truly appreciate it.
It is vital to be informed and careful about possible compound interactions before using any DIY recipes. Like anything, nature has its own contradictions as well. Please use your discretion and do a small test when in doubt, always remember to consult with your health practitioner, have fun and enjoy and like I said before please share.
Use of Turmeric to correct hyper-pigmentation
Mix a little amount of turmeric with cucumber juice or lemon. Apply this to the pigmented area of your skin.
Leave it for ten to fifteen minutes and wash off. Do this for a few days and gradually normal color of your skin will return. Lemon is a great astringent. Turmeric is an antiseptic and antioxidant that helps skin challenges such as this.
Anti-Wrinkle treatment for ideal skin
Whisk the tomato juice with an equal amount of milk. Store this mixture in the refrigerator. Apply this pack routinely twice a day. Leave this on your face for 10 minutes. This works as one of the best natural home aid for Skin Care.
Honey and milk
For dull and dry skin: Honey and milk are soothing and nourishing for skin care. These are the things which come straight from the breakfast table. One can apply our traditional moisturizer to the skin. It not only lightens complexion but also helps keep skin healthy and moist, aside from the Lactic acid in the milk helps the skin with a light resurfacing. It is very effective for dull and dry skin. Ghee can also be used as a moisturizer. Both ghee and malai can be used as a night cream.
Malai is an Indian cooking ingredient. It is made by heating non-homogenized whole milk to about 80°C (180°F) for about one hour and then allowing it to cool down. A thick yellowish layer of fat and coagulated proteins forms on the surface, which is skimmed off. The process is usually repeated to remove most of the fat. Malai has about 55% butterfat. Buffalo milk is thought to produce better malai because of its high-fat content. Buffalo milk with fat contents varying from 5 to 12% is heated and boiled and then allowed to cool up to 4 degrees Celsius for best results. Similarly, cow’s milk with milk fat from 3 to 5% is boiled and cooled to make malai.
The banana-honey face pack
Whisk together two tablespoons of honey, two teaspoons of glycerin, one egg white and one mashed banana to form a smooth consistency. Gently massage your face with this pack. The fingers should follow a circular movement while massaging your face.
Then coat your face with the remaining mixture. Leave it for fifteen minutes and wash off your face with water. This homemade face pack not only rejuvenates your skin but also give it a supple feel.
The banana-honey face pack: Whisk together two tablespoons of honey, two teaspoons of glycerin, one egg white (use pasteurized egg) and one mashed banana to form a smooth consistency. Gently massage your face with this pack. The fingers should follow a circular movement while massaging your face. Then coat your face with the remaining mixture. Leave it for fifteen minutes and wash off your face with water. This homemade face pack not only rejuvenates your skin but also give it a supple feel.
Soften cuticles with honey: Whisk together three tablespoons of almond oil, 3 tablespoons of raw linseed oil and 3 tablespoons of honey. Use this mixture to massage your nails and fingers.
Cucumber cleanses the skin and helps to soothe the skin and bring back the glow of the skin. Scrubbing the neck with cucumber removes the dead skin cells. Apply grated cucumber or cucumber juice on the dark neck.
Gently scrub the neck for a few minutes Wash it off after 15 minutes
Lemon Juice – The citric acid present in the lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. If you have sensitive skin, you will have to dilute lemon juice for this purpose. Apply lemon juice to the dark skin of the neck using cotton ball Leave it there for 10-20 minutes and wash it off with water. Do not expose the skin to sunlight after applying lemon juice.
Avocado-Honey Moisturizer A moisturizer is an anti-aging must. By helping your skin retain moisture and acting as a temporary filler for wrinkles, it makes your complexion look smooth. Dr. Ordon says that his patients love this recipe because it makes their skin look and feels dewy, and youthful.
Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of fresh cream 1/4 avocado 1 tablespoon honey
Directions: Place all three ingredients in a blender and puree into a smooth cream. Apply it to your skin and leave on for at least an hour. Rinse off with warm water.
You may think cornstarch can only be used to thicken your gravy, but it’s also useful in easing itchy, dry skin, it works miracles for chicken pox or itchy rashes. Make a paste and apply to skin let it dry and remove with a wet warm cloth and apply Aloe Vera Gel. Sprinkle a handful in the bathtub and have a soak, if you can, do not rinse, pat dry and wait a few minutes before you apply moisturizer, I highly recommend Coconut Oil.
Adding oatmeal to your bath will soothe your skin. The oats are packed with vitamin E, a nutrient vital to healthy skin. Oatmeal is also used as a folk remedy for treating dry, chapped hands. Rub your hands with wet oatmeal instead of soap. Dry your hands with a towel, then rub them with dry oatmeal. Vinegar. Try this folk remedy for chapped hands: Wash and dry hands thoroughly, then apply vinegar. Put on a pair of soft gloves and leave them on overnight.
Mayonnaise straight from the jar will make hair soft and shiny. The egg nourishes brittle hair with protein, while the vinegar gives it body and bounce.
Try this mixture to regain supple hair: Mix one teaspoon powdered brewers’ yeast with four ounces of apple cider vinegar to create an after wash rinse. Pour it over wet hair and let stand at least a minute before rinsing. Dry skin
For a homemade scrub, mix ground oats and honey. Rub all over your face—especially your nose, make sure you scrub gently. The scrub part of the mixture will remove dry, scaly skin while the honey seeps in as a moisturizer. Rinse completely off and pat dry, and your skin will be glowing and baby soft. Only use this remedy once a week.
For super dry skin, use olive oil. Rub it in prior to a bath or shower. You may substitute peanut, sesame or sunflower oil.
A quart of milk in a hot bath is a luxury as well as a skin toner. It’s a trick nearly as old as time.
Puffy, tired-looking eyes?
Used teabags make excellent eye cosmetic After dunked, drain it and place it over your closed eye (one for each) and hold it there for a few minutes. Redness, soreness, swelling and irritation will disappear like magic.
Bug Off Citrus Butter
One way to keep pesky little critters fully controlled
1/2 cup Cocoa butter
1/2 cup Coconut oil
1/2 cup Shea butter
1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil 1 tsp vitamin E oil
Place the Cocoa butter, Coconut oil, and Shea butter in a large glass jar or glass measuring cup.
Place inside a pan with about 2 inches of water. Heat over medium heat until everything melts completely, stirring gently with a wooden spoon or chopstick. Remove from heat and add the sweet Almond oil, essential oils, vitamin E, and citronella oil. Mix thoroughly.
Place the mixture in a sanitized jar.
Chill in your fridge for about an hour. The mixture should be firm, but not too hard. once the mixture is chilled, use your mixer or hand mixer to whip it to a smooth consistency.
Sweet Chai Tea Bomb
At last the soothing comfort of spicy Chai Tea for you for your bath! You got to love it, don’t you agree? YumYum body. You can also use Green Tea powder. Clove Oil is very strong and can be too much for sensitive people so use very small amount.
You may not need the Witch hazel if the honey does its job, I use it in batches that seem too dry. I like the round bomb mold best for this recipe.
1 cup of Citric Acid
2 cups baking soda
3 tablespoons kaolin clay
1/4 cup organic brown sugar
3 tablespoons sweet Almond Oil
2 tablespoons Organic tea powder
2 tablespoons honey
10 drops or less for sensitive skin do a patch test when the full mixture is done
5 drops vanilla essential oil
Witch Hazel to bind
Place the dry ingredients in a glass bowl and work with gloved hands until there are no lumps.
Add the sweet Almond oil, honey, and the essential oils to a mixture, and blend with a whisk. Test the consistency with your hands. The mixture should hold together when squeezed. If it feels crumbly, spritz in some witch hazel to bind. Pack the mixture firmly into the mold Set aside for ten minutes then tap lightly on the back of the mold to release it, enjoy.
Banana, Strawberry, Kiwi, and Honey Face Mask
When it comes to face masks for oily skin is this simple yet very nourishing natural solution.
Ingredients: 1 ripe banana, 3 Strawberries 1 tablespoon of honey, 10 drops of lemon juice and Kiwi slices for the eyes.
You should mix the banana and honey in a bowl. Then, add the lemon juice and combine them. Once the mixture is ready, apply it on your face and let it work its magic for about 15 minutes. In the end, rinse with lukewarm water and wipe your complexion with a washcloth.
Cucumber, Egg White, Lemon, and Clay Mask
This mask is just perfect for cleansing clogged pores. As its name suggests, you’ll need the following ingredients: 1 tablespoon of egg white, ½ teaspoon of clay, a few drops of lemon juice and 1 egg white.
Add all these ingredients together and mix them until a smooth paste is formed. Then, apply the mask on your face, but make sure to avoid the eyes area and leave it for about 20 minutes. Finally, rinse with warm water.
Strawberry and Yogurt Facial
You should know that the yogurt will help exfoliate your acne prone skin.
Ingredients: 4 ripe strawberries, 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt
Firstly, wash thoroughly the strawberries, then use a fork to mash them. Add the plain yogurt and stir until it becomes smooth. Then apply this mixture on your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Use warm water for rinsing.
Homemade Juice Mask
Both lemon and strawberries have natural astringents that are perfect for fighting acne.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 cup of strawberries, 2 egg whites, 3 teaspoons of honey and 4 drops of essential oil.
You should mash the strawberries with a fork until they form a smooth paste. Then, add the lemon juice, honey, and egg whites and mix them together. Apply the formed mixture on your face and let it stay for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water and a warm cloth.
Oatmeal Face Mask
For this mask, you’ll need 1 tablespoon of honey, some oatmeal, and 1 egg yolk.
You should take a small bowl and mix there the egg yolk and honey. Then, add slowly some oatmeal so that you create a thick paste. Apply the mask on your face and neck and let it sit for about 15 minutes. In the end, rinse with warm water.
Apricot, Yogurt and Clay Mask
This is an amazing natural face mask because it nourishes your skin and regulates its oiliness. We recommend using it once or twice a week. You can easily create it with the following ingredients: ½ teaspoon of clay, 1 apricot and 1 tablespoon of yogurt.
Firstly, you should peel the apricot. Then add it into a blender and mash it. Add the yogurt and clay and blend them together until a paste is formed. Apply it carefully on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. Then rinse with warm water.
Turmeric and Yogurt Face Mask
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons of rice flour, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder and ½ cup of plain yogurt.
Mix all these ingredients until they form a smooth paste and afterward apply the mixture on your face and let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Then use a wet cloth for rinsing.
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This is week 274, we are sharing an ancient procedure that has been used for thousands of years in many cultures. I grew up with it. Our NANA, She was Mapuche and Quero Indian and she used cupping to help us with ailments from pains to fevers and so much more. It is an amazing procedure and it really works for so many conditions. When I lived in China, I started back on it and learned that they use it for Cosmetic purposes also, and WOW it does create very substantial results. The procedures are used for Cellulite, wrinkles, and scars to reduce fat deposits for facelifts and many other treatments.
We recommend for you to get the work done by a professional and to consult your health practitioner before you embark in any health-related treatments. Acupuncture Doctors will be glad to tell you all the benefits and contradictions of cupping. Enjoy and share the post with others, they are life-changing in many ways, please visit our social media site and share and like if you do is so very important for Blogs, thank you for your support.
Definition of cupping
The word cupping was derived from the Arabic verbs “ Hajama” and :Haj’jama” by that they mean to minimize or to restore to basic size or to diminish in volume. In Arabic is a verb “ahjama” which means TO withdraw or retreat from an attack.
Ancient Cupping Tools Carved on Stone
History of Cupping Therapy
Cupping Therapy has been around for thousands of years. It developed over time from the original use of hollowed out animal horns (the Horn Method) to treat boils and suck out the toxins out of snakebites and skin lesions. Horns slowly evolved into bamboo cups, which were eventually replaced by glass. Therapeutic applications evolved with the refinement of the cup itself, and with the cultures that employed cupping as a health care technique.
Animal Horns Cupping
Ancient Cupping Tools
For the most part common information found to consider the Chinese to be responsible for the beginning of cupping, however, the earliest records found date back to the ancient Egyptians around 1500 B.C. In translations of hieroglyphics in the Ebers Papyrus, the oldest medical textbook shows in detail the use of cupping for treating fever, pain, vertigo, menstrual imbalances, weakened appetite intestinal illness and many other conditions that helped to accelerate healing crisis.
After the Egyptians, cupping was introduced to the ancient Greeks, where Hippocrates, the Greek doctor, Father of Modern Medicine and cupping advocate, he viewed cupping as a remedy for almost every type of disease, he mentions it in the 400 BC In fact, other Greek physicians used the strong suction of cupping to restore spinal alignment by reducing dislocated vertebrae from protruding inward.
The earliest recorded evidence of the use of cupping came from the famous alchemist and herbalist, Ge Hong (281-341 A.D.), who popularized the saying “Acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured.”
Though little known here in North America, this form of treatment is still popular through Asia, the MiddleEast, Finland South America and many other countries. Cupping in these various places, it is called by many names including Ba gwan, giac hoi, bekam, buhang, ventosa, bentusa in South west Asia. In the middle East, it is commonly referred as hijama, hejamat, and badkesh among many others.
The process involves using glass or ceramic cups, metal bells, bamboo tubes, animal horns, and nowadays silicone and a wide variety of other tools. However, recently the use of glass jars, plastic, and silicone are more popular, the common procedures from acupuncture practitioners is to use a cotton saturated in alcohol or medicated oil and ignited, this is place a side the container to heat it, lowering its internal pressure, the cup is immediately placed on the skin, and as the air inside cools, it creates a vacuum effect which makes the cup stick in a vacuum suction to the skin. Blood immediately rushes to the area, creating a natural body response ( the cup is never heated on a person’s body).
There are two types of cupping: wet and dry.
The Dry Cuppingsession Usually this dry type of cupping is offered as part of a series and is used along with another therapy, and is applied to the back neck and shoulders, rarely to the limbs.Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the blood will flow better to the areas that are starved of oxygen.
More and more practitioners are using plastic or silicone cups versus glass ones
The Chinese expanded the utilization of cupping to include its use in surgery to divert blood flow from the surgery site. In the 1950’s, after much extensive research, a collaborative effort between the former Soviet Union and China confirmed the clinical efficacy of cupping therapy. Since then, cupping has become a part of government-sponsored hospitals of Traditional Chinese medicine.
In time cupping spread to ancient cultures in many countries of Europe and even the Americas. Throughout the 18th century, European and American doctors widely used cupping in their practices to treat common colds and chest infections, often in the form of Wet Cupping.
Wet Cupping, also known as Artificial Leeching and Hijamah in Muslim societies, is where the practitioner makes tiny incisions in the skin to dredge the blood or poisons out.
By the late 1800’s, cupping became less popular and was severely criticized and discredited by the newly established scientific model of medicine. Since cupping was a surface treatment, with this new medical paradigm, which had shifted away from hands-on manipulative therapies for the most part.
Cupping therapy gradually became reduced to a mere curiosity and history of the past, for the most part collecting dust on practitioners’ shelves. In 2004 Cupping re-emerged as a hot new celebrity trend in the limelight of a New York film festival, where actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s, Jennifer Aniston and other celebrities backs revealed their fresh cupping marks. Countless celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, and Denise Richards followed suit and became fast adopters of this hot new cupping trend. Unfortunately, some of the Hollywood buzz viewed the celeb’s cupping marks as simply bruises and rolled their eyes at its potential healing benefits.
Over the past three years, however, a handful of new studies have shown it helps relieve back, neck, carpal tunnel and knee pain among many other benefits. One thing is certain, and that is cupping is a powerful healing modality that can complement many healthcare modalities ranging from spa treatments to medical massage and physical therapy.
Vacuum massage has a beneficial effect on the body:
it improves the blood circulation and lymphatic drainage;
it increases the supply oxygen of tissue;
it accelerates the metabolism;
it facilitates the removal of toxins from the body;
it improves the immunity.
Increased local qi and blood circulation to the skin
Drawing nutrients to the surface
Enhancing absorption of lotions or serums
Let’s talk about cupping in the beauty world, for cellulite, facelifts, Wrinkles, general circulation, edema, inflammation and improving blood circulation to the skin and by gently stimulating the fibroblast cells, which produce natural collagen and elastin, your skin will reveal a healthy glow and plump those fine lines.
Facial cupping is said to clear heat and serves as a method of detoxifying the skin: it also drains stagnant fluids and eases puffiness.
Cupping is used either as a stand-alone treatment or as an addition to acupuncture facial treatment, facial cupping has benefits far beyond reducing fine lines and sagging jowls.
While traditional cupping can leave marks on the skin, facial cupping does not is very gentle. Cosmetic facial cupping is completely painless and is not an irritant to the skin it must be done preferably with oil or a very rich emollient cream. Cupping can be a unique way to prolong the wellbeing of skin and of the deterioration of the skin.
The time of the procedure itself takes anywhere from 15 minutes to half hour to perform depending if it is combined with other methods and the therapist that performs the procedure. After applying a rich lotion, cream or oil, a small cup is either placed for a few seconds over a deep crease to increase blood flow to the area, or it is moved along the face and down the neck to drain lymphatic fluid and stimulate blood flow. Cups are placed over acupuncture points on the face for short periods of time to stimulate them as part of the overall treatment this procedure is best done by a professional due to the fact that they know the points and the amount of suction so you don’t create a bruise and be unhappy with tis great treatment.
Done properly, cupping therapy will bring collagen to the surface and increase blood flow, reduce puffiness, dark circles and diminish fine lines. But the benefits go beyond just cosmetic, facial cupping can be very beneficial to drain nasal sinuses and the lymphatic system.
When increased of local blood supply it will bring nourishment to the muscles and skin and allow for toxins to be carried away via the veins and the lymphatic system and voila no more puffiness.
Is a movement in the beauty industry that is taking us back to non-surgical and more non-invasive beauty methods with astounding results.
Cosmetic Facial Cupping is a wonderful and effective alternative to chemical, Laser or surgical facelift.
Cupping therapy is a very safe, comfortable and effective treatment for many health challenges, with roots in ancient medical practice, in cultures as diverse as Egypt, Greece, Rome, Aztec, Native American, China and much more. The current influence of Traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional Ayurvedic medicine has seen a reintegration of this healing therapy.
There are many methods of cupping, including stationary, dynamic, massage, bio-magnetic and facial rejuvenation cupping, among many others. This modality can be integrated into other bodywork or received as a stand-alone treatment for stubborn conditions and orthopedic injuries. In many applications, the results from cupping protocols are comparable to other expensive and painful treatments.
The gentle pulling action of massage cupping fully engages the parasympathetic nervous system, allowing the body to surrender into deep relaxation. A sense of lightness, warmth, and relaxation often last for hours—or even days—after treatment, I personally love it.
Using suction and negative pressure, a vacuum is created, lifting skin, muscles, and connective tissues. The slow movement of the cups is able to penetrate deep into the muscles and fascia, releasing rigid soft tissue, massaging fascia, and gently loosening adhesions to break up and drain stagnation while increasing blood and lymphatic flow. A cupping treatment offers many of the benefits of deep tissue, lymphatic drainage, sports massage, abdominal massage and myofascial release not possible using tissue compression.
A WORD OF WARNING
If the Massage Cup is left in one area too long, a temporary cup mark or bruise can occur and it won’t be the result you are wishing to accomplish so it is best to exercise care easy does it. If you are concerned about how your skin might react, test the product on a part of your body that is not readily exposed. use it for longer than two seconds on each area of your skin, then gradually increase the time to no longer than one minute as you gain experience and here we are speaking of a message, not continuous suction.
Do not use the face cup on pimples, blemishes, open lesions, sunburned or broken skin or on skin inflammation use your common sense.
Drink plenty of water to help your body release toxins by itself.
On a therapeutic level, cupping is beneficial for many health conditions including:
High blood pressure
Migraines and tension headaches
Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
It is also beneficial for the treatment of pain, disorders of the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems and to support detoxification.
The increased circulation of blood and lymph, drainage of waste and the loosening of adhesions improves the appearance of varicose veins, scar tissue, and stretch marks and lessens the appearance of dimpling on the thighs, hips, and buttocks associated with cellulite.
Digestive function cupping therapy as a whole may be enhanced by abdominal cupping procedure. This is a very gentle treatment that stimulates the organs and the secretion of digestive fluids, and increases peristaltic movement and promotes better nutrient absorption overall.
The respiratory system responds very well to cupping therapy and breathing can improve for those with asthma. Sinus congestion, infection, and inflammation are directly relieved by the loosening and draining effects of the cups.
Stubborn and painful joint conditions may benefit by the stretching of connective tissues with cupping procedures, it creates an increased circulation and improved secretion of synovial fluid, thereby releasing congestion and stiffness and improving the range of motion in most cases.
Facial rejuvenation therapy has been practiced in Asia, Europe, and Russia for generations.
Cupping aids in detoxification. When the body is subjected to food additives, preservatives, and other external toxins that it is unable to break down and release, the toxins often become stored in the body, increasing an overall sense of malaise or muscle and joint pain.
It is recommended to drink lots of water when you are doing cupping procedures to aid moving toxins out of the body easily.
The suction process of cupping therapy pulls cellular debris and toxic waste to the surface, where it is released through the skin or picked up by the blood and lymph for elimination.
Whether looking for improved flexibility, more vitality, enhanced immune system, increased digestive function or to support detoxification, consider a contemporary cupping treatment and experience feeling lighter and more energized.
Cupping Body Massage System includes superior medical grade silicone cups. These hand-squeezed vacuum suction cups are based on the healing success of Ancient Chinese Cupping.
First, apply plenty of lotion or oil to the area to facilitate smooth movement and that will help avoid bruising.
Is recommended to start with the softer cup. Begin by squeezing the cup in the middle to create a very light suction. Place the cup’s lip to your skin and release make sure you do this gently and don’t grab to much skin and do not keep the cup in one place with a big suction it may cause a bruise, Move the cup over your skin using straight-line, circular and zigzag movements to massage the area for about eight minutes at a time. Drain the area by moving the cup toward the nearest lymph nodes.
Lymph glands draining direction of Head
Doing this technique doesn’t require any special preparation. The results are dramatic and best done on a consistent daily basis, after the third week be patient start slowly and increase to an everyday routine or at least four times a day, is recommended to start twice a week for the first week and a third day the second week is best to start slow and increase the amount of time so your body can adjust. The massage should not be painful, squeeze the cup so it is comfortable for you.
Gradually increase suction to stimulate circulation, remove stagnation, and release built up “sludge.” Once your skin has become more elastic graduate into the use of a hard cup. Continue to use the softer cup for more sensitive areas such as the arms, stomach, and inner thighs. The hard cup can be used on the back or other less sensitive areas always remember to do the massage in the direction of the Lymph nodes direction for drainage.
There are 2 silicone cups in the Bellabaci Facial Massage System. Start with the softer cup, graduate onto the harder cup after a few weeks once your skin becomes elasticized enough.
Apply cleanser, cream or nourishing oil to your face and neck, to facilitate smooth movement.
Squeeze the cup in the middle, then place the cup’s lips to your skin and release. Congratulations you’ve just given yourself your first Bellabaci kiss.
Massage according to the diagram provided.
Tone your skin afterward.
Use 2-3 times a week for best results.
In Bellabaci Facial Massage System There are two superior grade medical silicone cups. It is recommended to start with the softer cup, graduate onto the harder cup after a few weeks once your skin becomes elasticized enough so you don’t create unnecessary pulling of the tissue.
To start, apply a generous amount of cleanser, cream or nourishing oil to your face and neck, to facilitate smooth movement. We recommend our Bellabaci Skin Get A Life Genie, a powerful treatment lotion that turns into a luxurious oil, this treatment contains the modalities of Homeopathic and Aromatherapeutic complexes to stimulate skin renewal and repair.
By Squeezing the cup in the middle, and then placing the cup’s lips to your skin and release you are on your way. Congratulations you’ve just given yourself your first Bellabaci kiss. Now, remember to keep the cup moving to avoid bruising!
Massage according to the diagram provided on the box.
Tone your skin afterward. Use 2 – 3 times a week for best results.
When improving blood circulation with the Facial Massage by gently stimulating the fibroblast cells, natural collagen and elastin are produced and improved you must have consistency. Your skin will show a healthy glow Massage the face and neck according to the diagram provided. Apply your favorite toner and anti-aging moisturizer after the Facial Massage completion and enjoy your well-toned glowing skin.
How to work on Broken capillaries, also known as Telangiectasia, it can negatively have an influence on one’s confidence levels. Broken Capillaries become visible between the ages of 30-50 and sometimes much earlier. The tiny vessels are you find just under the surface of the skin are delicate and can be bruised or damaged quite easily so is best to be gentle with them. Pressure or one of the mentioned factors below may cause them to dilate and break. Once broken, they veins remain that way and for the most part, cannot constrict back to their normal thickness or repair themselves for so many reasons.
Main Causes of Broken Capillaries:
Excessive Alcohol Consumption
Using too hot of water in the shower or when washing the skin
Excessive harsh rubbing of the skin
Certain medications such as sinus medications, cortisone
Related skin disorders or complications such as Rosacea or Acne
High Blood Pressure
Allergies (causing excessive sneezing, thus putting pressure on capillaries) and many other reasons
What else contributes to broken capillaries?
Broken capillaries become more prominent as you get more mature because your skin gets thinner due to some collagen loss and there forth with it becomes easier to see the veins. Some conditions can also be hereditary if your parents had problems with telangiectasia rosacea; chances are you may have the experience yourself.
When you have excessive consumption of alcohol over a long time you can increase the blood pressure, causing the veins into dilating. The repeated dilation may lock the veins in that position. Broken capillaries may also indicate liver issues.
What you can do apart from using sunscreen, lowering alcohol use, adding gentler facial products and in general being more conscious about is overall behavior. The many options of treatments offered to rid of broken capillaries are sometimes painful and expensive. Some of the testaments offered include Sclerotherapy and laser/IPL treatments and more. Results are not truly guaranteed and for the most part repeated sessions may be required if the results are not accomplished.
How you can treat your broken capillaries more easily and naturally.
One easy way out is to use your Facial Bellabaci Cup set combined with our innovative formula of products designed for this purpose, The Skin Get a Life Genie. The negative pressure from the cup allows new fresh blood and oxygen to help the damaged capillaries, immediately improving the redness, you will notice that as you use your cup, you will observe the vein that looks blue will become red, and then lighter until everything disappears. It almost feels like an illusion as it disappears before your eyes. The Homeopathic Synergies and Aromatic oils in the Genie will also assist to strengthen your skin and reduce visibility and occurrence. Make this a part of your daily routine, just a few minutes per day and your skin will continuously repair itself, also addressing the thickness of your skin by regenerating collagen.
IMPORTANT!!!! DO NOT CUP ON OR OVER ARTERIES
Arteries carry oxygenated blood throughout your body and cannot be impeded or occluded. Very Important that you take note of the are you are wanting to cup and ensure that you avoid the arteries.
In some areas, the arteries are deeper and are not as worrisome, but in the following areas, the arteries are superficial or closer to the skin and must be avoided as you would occlude the artery if cupped.
Common Carotid (Front/Side of Neck)
Brachial Plexus (Bend of the Elbow)
Femoral Artery ( In the Groin Area or the inside fold of each leg at the pelvis)
The back side of the knee at the bend
Abdominal Aortic Artery
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On week 271 we are sharing authority information on Rosacea, this condition affects millions of people throughout the world. In some places, they never heard of it or at least don’t know that a condition that is affecting them is qualified as Rosacea and we learned after much research that it has to do with diet and stress management. My experience as a makeup artist for over four decades is that stressed out actors and people in general in stress mode eventually they are presented with different kinds of skin challenges mainly related to inflammation, inflamed nervous system and inflamed digestive system will create heat and acidity and it will exit the body in majority through the skin, yes that is correct our skin is a major outlet for toxins, that is the great function of the skin other than protecting us from the elements aside from looks and etc. otherwise we probably get really toxic, so these facts lead us to share with you what we have experienced to work for managing Rosacea. I personally don’t believe in incurables since I am a Cancer survivor and dedicated over 50 years to research and learning about the connection between body mind and spirit, in any case, everyone is different and always when in doubt consult with your health practitioner.
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Rosacea is a chronic and persistent condition in which the skin on a person’s cheeks, nose, chin, eyelids, or forehead becomes inflamed and red, often producing small pimples and noticeable blood vessels. While there is no cure for rosacea, it can be controlled with lifestyle approaches and, occasionally, medication.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptom of rosacea is red skin on the face. Specifically, rosacea can cause:
Small red bumps or pustules (but not acne) on the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin
Small, spider-like blood vessels on the face
A red, bulbous nose
A tendency to blush or flush easily
A burning or stinging feeling in the face
About half of people with rosacea develop ocular rosacea – burning, irritated, or bloodshot eyes – which can lead to conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the inner eyelids.
What are the causes?
The exact cause of rosacea is still unknown, but it appears to run in families. The disorder is more commonly seen in descendants of Celtic cultures or Northern Europe, especially in those with fair complexions. A number of factors appear to contribute to blood vessels in the skin dilating, and worsen the symptoms of rosacea, including:
Coffee and caffeinated beverages
Hot foods and beverages
Sunlight or a history of sunburns
Certain drugs, such as corticosteroids and some blood pressure medications
Who is likely to develop rosacea?
Rosacea is more common in women, people with fair skin, people between the ages of 30 and 50, and people who tend to blush easily.
How is rosacea diagnosed?
There is no one test for rosacea. Physicians usually diagnose it with a physical examination and by asking the patient about his or her symptoms and medical history.
What is the conventional treatment?
Conventional physicians typically recommend lifestyle approaches to minimize flares of rosacea. These include:
Avoiding triggers that worsen rosacea
Protecting the face from winter weather with a scarf or ski mask
Using only cleansers, moisturizers, cosmetics, and other products that are hypoallergenic and won’t clog pores or otherwise irritate skin
In addition, physicians may prescribe certain medications to control rosacea. These include topical creams and gels that contain antibiotics (such as metronidazole); oral antibiotics (such as tetracycline, minocycline, and doxycycline), and the acne drug Accutane (Isotretinoin). Laser surgery may also help reduce redness in severe cases.
What therapies does Dr. Weil recommend for rosacea?
In addition to the lifestyle measures mentioned above, Dr. Weil recommends the following therapies.
Stress reduction: Chronic stress often first manifests in the form of various skin conditions. Stress relief techniques such as the Relaxing Breath can be helpful.
Supplements: Supplement with gamma-linolenic acid, which improves the health of the skin. Good sources include evening primrose oil and black currant oil. Take 500 mg twice a day of either, and expect to wait at least six to eight weeks to notice results. Anti-inflammatory herbs such as ginger and turmeric may also be effective; these can be added to foods and/or taken as supplements.
Consider topical preparations that utilize natural anti-inflammatory constituents, such as medicinal mushrooms.
Dr. Mercola contribution to Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic, progressive disorder which is often distinguished by flare-ups followed by remissions. The condition isn’t life-threatening, but it can certainly be life altering due to its effect on your personal appearance. According to the National Rosacea Society, over 75 percent of people with rosacea feel the condition has affected their self-esteem. Many rosacea sufferers are uncomfortable in public settings and avoid social activities.
Among those with the most severe symptoms, a majority feel rosacea has adversely impacted their professional careers, and almost half of that group has missed work due to their condition is a huge contributor to a lack of self-esteem.
Who Has it and Who is Most Likely to Get it?
The disorder is more common among women, but more severe cases are seen in men. That could be because men don’t seek help for the condition as readily as women do.
Over 14 million Americans have rosacea, and as Baby Boomers enter the target age to develop the condition (ages 30 to 60), the number of sufferers will continue to grow. You know it’s a widespread condition when major cosmetic companies are marketing products specifically designed to conceal redness.
Even though the number of rosacea sufferers is on the rise, less than a quarter of Americans– including many with the disorder — have any knowledge of the condition.
How to Recognize Rosacea
Frequently, rosacea begins as redness on your cheeks, nose, chin or forehead. Occasionally, you might see it on your neck, ears, scalp or even your chest. This early stage redness often comes and goes, and can be confused with simple flushing.
If the condition progresses unchecked, the redness will become deeper in color and more constant. Blood vessels may appear on your face. You might notice pimples or other bumps on your facial skin. If your condition is severe, your nose may appear swollen and bumpy with excess tissue, a condition called rhinophyma.
Your eyes may also feel irritated, water frequently, and appear bloodshot.
Other warning signs to look for include:
Burning, stinging, itching or a feeling of tightness in your face
Rough, dry appearance
Raised red patches
Facial edema (swelling)
Possible Causes of the Disorder
The underlying cause of rosacea has remained a mystery within the mainstream medical community, however, theories abound.
One theory suggests the condition may be the result of oversensitive blood vessels in your face.
Another theory attributes the disorder to mites (Demodex folliculorum) which naturally live on your skin. Rosacea sufferers have more of these mites than people without the condition.
Genetics (family history) may play a role.
There may even be a connection between rosacea and a stomach infection caused by the H. pylori bacteria.
Is Rosacea the Result of a Malfunction of Your Immune System?
Recent studies conducted by Dr. Richard Gallo of the University of California, San Diego, and an international team of researchers show promise in uncovering, in my judgment, the most likely source for developing rosacea — a dysfunction of your immune system.
Dr. Gallo’s research has found that specific immune system proteins might bring on the condition of rosacea. These proteins may trigger rosacea symptoms while they are in the process of protecting your body.
Your immune system generates natural antibiotic proteins to fight disease and help you stay healthy. These proteins go after harmful bacteria and set in motion other protective immune system responses within your body. These defending agents can be stimulated into action by either irritation or infection.
Researchers are looking into whether the action of a specific immune system protein called a cathelicidin, which has both antimicrobial and proinflammatory properties, might cause the development of rosacea in certain individuals. Some of the symptoms of rosacea, like skin inflammation and enlarged blood vessels, are associated with cathelicidins. Cathelicidins are made active by a specific enzyme, SCTE (stratum corneum tryptic enzyme).
Studies have revealed rosacea sufferers have an unusually high amount of cathelicidins in their skin, as well as elevated SCTE. For these patients, it appears the chronic production and activation of cathelicidins does not inhibit bacterial growth but instead may trigger the symptoms of rosacea.
Treatment for Rosacea
While traditional medicine has been writing prescriptions for antibiotic pills, topical ointments and worse to help alleviate the symptoms of rosacea, I’ve been successfully treating the underlying cause of the condition for years.
In addition to the doling out of potentially dangerous medications, an entirely too much mainstream emphasis has been placed on eliminating the triggers for rosacea symptoms, rather than investigating the fundamental cause of the disease.
Some of these “triggers” include healthy pursuits like exercise and exposure to sunshine. Others are often unavoidable, like hot weather and shifts in temperature from hot to cold.
I would never recommend a rosacea patient forego all exercise and sunshine in the hopes of not triggering a flare up. The “cure” in this case is ultimately much worse than the disease.
You will want to normalize your insulin levels and one of the best ways to do this is to make certain your intake of foods that will raise them like, sugar, bread, pasta, rice, corn, and potatoes are kept low. Ideally, it would be best to measure your fasting insulin level to determine if you are eating inappropriate amounts of these foods. Ideally, your fasting insulin level should be 3 or lower.
This will also help to normalize your insulin level and overall improve the performance of your immune system.
Eliminate Trans Fat and Processed Foods
Most people don’t realize that most of the fats in your skin cell membranes are exclusively omega-6 fats. If you consume processed foods that are loaded with damaged omega-6 fats, they will be incorporated into your cell membrane and predispose that skin cell to an increased risk of diseases like rosacea and skin cancers. You should make certain that you have a good source of omega-6 fat from organic pumpkin, sesame, or sunflower seeds, or their cold pressed oils, fermented cod liver oil.
Optimize Your Sun Exposure and Vitamin D Levels
When you have appropriate levels of vitamin D, your body will produce over 200 antimicrobial peptides to fight any infection in your body. If for whatever, reason you are unable to receive regular sun exposure, then you will want to take a high-quality vitamin D supplement and measure your vitamin D level so it is around 50-70 ng/ml.
Eat for Your Nutritional Type
Eating the right foods for your individual needs is your best defense against disease. When you fortify your body with the nutrients it requires, you strengthen your immune system and prepare it to do its job.
Your body was designed to protect and heal itself. Give it the help it needs in the form of the proper fuel for your nutritional type.
Control Emotional Stress
Uncontrolled emotional stress can seriously compromise your immune system. Stress is also a trigger for rosacea flare-ups if you already suffer from the disorder.
I have found that energy tapping techniques work remarkably well in resolving emotional challenges.
If you suffer from rosacea, or if you’re a Baby Boomer not interested in becoming a statistic of this chronic and incurable condition, I strongly encourage you to consider prevention as well as alternatives to costly medications that carry the risk of overuse and dangerous side effects.
Think of it this way:
Science is proving rosacea is caused by a malfunction of your immune system.
Your immune system is your key to freedom from disorders and disease.
A strong, well-functioning immune system starts with the nourishment you put into your body and your ability to manage emotional and psychological stress.
Rosacea is a type of facial skin inflammation. Medical experts still don’t know exactly the series of reactions that cause rosacea to develop, but since it seems to be triggered by heightened inflammation levels and an overactive immune system to some extent, following an anti-inflammatory diet (possibly including an autoimmune-type protocol) helps many people control the severity of their symptoms.
What causes inflammation, the underlying cause of rosacea, in the first place? A number of factors likely contribute to the development of rosacea, including:
problems with blood vessels in the skin
inflammation/abnormal inflammatory reactions within the skin’s connective tissue
reactions and side effects to certain medications
subtypes of rosacea seem to have a genetic factor and might run in families
people who have light, sensitive skin and light eyes are more likely to have rosacea (including those of northern or western European descent). In fact, some reports show that only around 4 percent of rosacea patients are of African, Latino or Asian descent, yet in European countries like Sweden around 10 percent of all adults have rosacea
it’s also seen more commonly in women than in men (with some reports showing that three times as many women suffer from rosacea than men)
One 2009 analysis done by The Dermatology Outpatient’s Clinic of Jagiellonian University School of Medicine in Cracow found that among 43 women and 26 men with rosacea, factors that most triggered rosacea skin changes were: stress (58 percent), sun exposure (56.5 percent), alcohol (33.3 percent), exercise (29 percent), drinking coffee (21.7 percent) and hot meals (20.3 percent).
6 Natural Rosacea Treatments
Identify Any Triggers in Your Diet
Since rosacea already makes skin sensitive, many people find that simply addressing the noticeable symptoms — for example, by using harsh chemical creams, prescriptions, light therapy and various lotions — actually, winds up making skin symptoms even worse. For some people, these rosacea treatments can lower signs and symptoms, at least temporarily, but they don’t address the root cause of the problem.
Many experts recommend thinking of rosacea as a “whole-body problem” as opposed to just one of the skin. Inflammation stemming from gut-related problems seems to be an especially important issue and a root cause of skin disorders. Your skin is ultimately a reflection of your overall health, after all: how well you digest nutrients if you have any sensitivities or allergies, how well-balanced your hormone levels are, if you’re getting enough sleep, etc.
Many studies have found an association between skin disorders — including rosacea, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis — and inflammatory gastrointestinal tract disorders. An overactive immune system that causes autoimmune reactions is likely a major contributor to both skin and digestive disorders, including leaky gut syndrome, ulcerative colitis, SIBO symptoms, Crohn’s disease and celiac disease. People who suffer from these disorders show heightened levels of immunoreactive neurons within their tissues and blood vessels that cause inflammation to progress. This inflammation has the power to change the structure of microbial (bacteria) populations that normally colonize the skin and protect it from damage, redness, and rashes.
Since inflammation that shows up on your skin can be a clue that you’re experiencing inflammation within your gut, identifying food triggers is an important first step. The best way to tackle rosacea at its root is likely to approach your diet differently; focusing on anti-inflammatory foods and removing common allergens (at least temporarily to track reactions) can make a huge impact on skin disorders by positively affecting gut health and getting rid of yeast and bad bacteria.
Foods for addressing rosacea include:
Organic vegetables and fruit — These contain anti-inflammatory compounds, antioxidants to lower oxidative stress and sun damage, and vitamins and minerals that help rebuild healthy skin cells. Leafy greens and orange/yellow fruits and vegetables are especially beneficial since they provide carotenoids that fight damage from sun exposure. Why is choosing organic important? Whenever you can, reduce your exposure to toxins and chemicals that can trigger skin reactions by buying organic.
Healthy fats — Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts, and seeds (like flax seeds and chia seeds) can all help reduce systemic inflammation within the gut. These are also important for helping with stress management and proper hormone production (plus they help keep you full for longer, so you’re less likely to crave processed foods that can trigger symptoms).
High-quality “clean proteins” — The immune system needs enough quality protein to work properly, but some types are most likely to trigger reactions than others. Wild-caught fish like benefit-packed salmon (which provides anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids), cage-free eggs (assuming you don’t have an allergy), grass-fed animal products and legumes are all smart choices.
Anti-inflammatory foods and herbs — Turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, etc.), carrots, tomatoes and green tea can all help specifically combat skin inflammation, according to studies.
The foods you want to avoid if you have rosacea include:
Anything that causes allergies — If you have any food allergies or sensitivities that are going unnoticed, this can contribute to leaky gut syndrome, which kicks off autoimmune reactions. Allergens can be different from person to person, so doing an elimination diet can help you narrow down what might be causing symptoms for you personally. Some common allergens include gluten, nuts, shellfish/seafood, dairy or eggs (but allergies can really be caused by any food such as nightshade vegetables, a type of stone fruit, citrus, FODMAPs, etc.).
Alcohol and caffeine — Coffee, other caffeinated drinks, and alcohol seem to worsen some people’s rosacea symptoms, especially redness and flushing. This differs from person to person, but it’s worth seeing if your symptoms improve when you cut back on both.
Sugar and processed foods — Sugar is known to worsen inflammation, increase oxidative stress, irritate the gut lining and aggravate skin disorders. Added sugar is found in a high percentage of processed, packaged foods, along with artificial sweeteners/ingredients, preservatives and texture stabilizers that can kick off allergic reactions.
Conventional dairy products — Many people find that eliminating conventional cow’s dairy (including yogurt, cheese, milk, ice cream, etc.) helps decrease skin-related symptoms.
Fried foods, trans fats, and hydrogenated oils — Refined vegetable oils that are high in omega-6s are pro-inflammatory. These include corn, soybean, safflower, sunflower and canola oils. Fried foods are also hard on the digestive system and can aggravate gut damage.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Anyone with rosacea-type symptoms, or any form of regular redness on the skin, should be careful about regularly using sunscreen on sensitive areas of the skin (especially the face). UV light seems to aggravate rosacea symptoms and can cause inflammation that is linked to its onset.
Studies show that daily skin-care regimens, including the use of a sunscreen, offers significant benefits against flare-ups. While getting exposure to the sun is important for vitamin D production within your skin, it’s best to keep your face well-protected. The sun is considered one of the most strongly aggravating factors of rosacea, according to some studies. Just be careful about the sunscreen you choose, since studies show many sunscreens are toxic and therefore can make symptoms even worse.
Use Natural Moisturizers and Cosmetic Products
Clinical assessments observing the skin’s barrier and hydration levels indicate that moisturizing rosacea-prone skin can help restore the skin’s barrier. When patients regularly cleaned and moisturized dry, rough, patchy skin, they found that noticeable symptoms, discomfort and overall sensitivity of skin improved.
It might be tempting to avoid using moisturizer on your skin if you have oily, red or sensitive patches and are also prone to acne breakouts, but a non-chemical and naturally antibacterial skin moisturizer like coconut oil can provide essential acids to the skin without causing breakouts or further irritations. Wild plants rich in natural oils (including coconuts, aloe and many that are used to make essential oils) are commonly used to treat skin diseases around the world and have been the go-to methods for treating skin problems for centuries. Natural rosacea treatment products tend to be less irritating and are also cheap, safe and easy to obtain compared to prescriptions.
If you do want to try to cover up your rosacea with cosmetics because you feel self-conscious, just be careful since many commercial makeup products can further aggravate rosacea symptoms. Buying gentle and organic cosmetics limits a number of harsh chemicals you put on your sensitive skin. You can always ask your dermatologist for help choosing gentle cosmetics too.
Manage Stress Levels
Aside from all of the physical symptoms that rosacea can cause, many people also feel mentally and emotionally challenged by this skin condition. A high percentage of rosacea sufferers report feeling less confident due to their appearance. Ongoing facial blotchiness, bumps, and redness can be really hard to handle emotionally (similarly to suffering from acne), but unfortunately stressing over the condition is only likely to make it worse.
Similarly to acne breakouts, stress is known to be a common trigger of rosacea that can bring on flare-ups. Try your best to control stress in your life for two reasons: first, because stress makes autoimmune reactions and inflammation even worse, and secondly because you’re likely already under enough added stress when dealing with a rosacea flare-up. Remember that you can’t always completely avoid symptoms appearing and shouldn’t feel guilty if flare-ups still occur. At the same time, you’re also not totally helpless and likely have a lot of control over how severe your symptoms get, so try to focus on feeling empowered instead of embarrassed and find ways to bust stress in your life.
Educate yourself about the disorder, learn more about rosacea treatments and be open-minded to trying new approaches in order to help you feel more in control. Use stress-reducing techniques like exercise, meditation, healing prayer and journaling to try to soothe yourself as much as possible. Keep in mind that despite what some people might assume, rosacea has nothing to do with poor hygiene and is caused by internal factors, so being open and honest about your condition can help you feel better and gain support.
Side Effects of Rosacea Medications:
If you do decide to use prescription rosacea treatments or antibiotics, it’s usually best to try a topical one used on the skin, as opposed to antibiotics capsules taken internally that can affect gut health in negative ways. Antibiotics work by reducing bacteria that contribute to the problem, but they not only kill “bad bacteria” in your body, they also kill “good bacteria” living in the digestive tract that is needed for proper digestion, nutrient absorption, immune defenses and more.
Because skin damage from rosacea can be progressive, some dermatologists prefer that medications be continued with an antibiotic for more than a year. However, this poses risks considering antibiotics have dangers when used often and long term. Ongoing use increases the likelihood of antibiotic resistance forming, which means the medications can stop working. Pigmentary deposition is another problem, which results when the skin turns abnormal pigments (usually very light) permanently.
Try Supplements and Essential Oils that Can Help Rosacea
Many supplements and essential oils can help fight inflammation that is the root cause of rosacea. Herbal remedies offer a safe and effective way to cure different kinds of skin diseases, even for sensitive skin, which is why they’ve been used in places like India, Asia, and Australia for thousands of years. Even today, more than 80 percent of people in India depend on traditional health care treatments and use various plant-based products for curing skin-related problems!
Many natural plant extracts, spices, and herbs do more than just lower red, inflamed breakouts; they can also be effective for fighting bacterial growth, yeast, fungus, signs of aging, wrinkles, stretch marks, and hyperpigmentation. They seem to help speed up circulation and therefore wound healing by improving blood flow to the affected area, reducing the presence of bacteria that can aggravate the skin thus preventing cell death of healthy cells.
Some of the best essential oils and supplement rosacea treatments for reducing skin inflammation include:
Aloe vera gel (used topically on the skin)
Raw honey (used topically on the skin)
Essential oils: Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, chamomile, rose, rosemary, and thyme essential oils have all been found to fight skin inflammation and help treat sensitive skin. To treat the area, simply rub three drops of oil on three times daily mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Always combine these with a carrier oil (including coconut or jojoba oil) and apply to the affected area no more than twice daily. Perform a skin patch test first and then start gradually to test results, making sure you don’t experience an allergic reaction.
What Should I Look For?
According to Western Medical System
According to Robynne Chutkan, MD, a gastroenterologist
A number of lifestyle and environmental factors can trigger a rosacea flare-up, including your diet. Although rosacea affects your skin, what you eat can play a big role in managing your symptoms, according to Robynne Chutkan, MD, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor in the division of gastroenterology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and author of the book Gutbliss.
“The relationship between the gut and the skin is fascinating, and rosacea is a prime example of how they interact,” explained Dr. Chutkan. “As a rosacea sufferer myself, I’m particularly interested in this.”
Although factors that cause rosacea to flare up vary from person to person, in the following question-and-answer session, Chutkan shed some light on the link between diet and rosacea. She also provided rosacea diet tips that may help keep your symptoms in check.
The gut is a hollow tube that runs the length of the body, from the mouth to the anus, so think of the digestive tract as the inside of the skin,” Chutkan said. “It’s helpful to think that way. Really, the two are very connected. I’m not the first, and I’m sure I won’t be the last, to comment on that observation.”
A bacterial imbalance in the gut can show up on the skin and worsen conditions like rosacea, she added. “For those with bloating and GI upset who also have rosacea, there is a clear correlation between bacterial overgrowth and this skin condition,” she explained. Certain foods, frequent antibiotics, steroids, and antacids are among the factors that can upset the delicate balance of bacteria in the gut and lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria and a shortage of the good bacteria. Chutkan explained that identifying the cause of a bacterial imbalance is key to improving rosacea symptoms.
A 2008 controlled study conducted by researchers in Genoa, Italy, looked at 120 patients from a dermatology clinic with rosacea and 60 people that didn’t have it,” Chutkan said. “They found that a significant percentage of the rosacea patients had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or SIBO. There was a higher prevalence of this bacterial overgrowth among the rosacea patients than in the control group as well as the general population.”
Q: What are some common food triggers that can cause rosacea to flare-up?
“Alcohol seems to be a universal trigger for people with rosacea,” Chutkan said. “Some people find dairy worsens their symptoms. Others say soy or artificial sweeteners trigger a flare-up. Caffeine also affects some people.” think of it this way foods that have the acidity to their nature are probably a NO.
Chutkan’s advice is two-fold. “It’s a good idea to avoid things that kill off good bacteria like antacids [because], if you block stomach acids, you get the overgrowth of bacteria in the digestive tract. You should also avoid the starchy and sugary foods that encourage the overgrowth of bad bacteria species.”
Q: What foods should I eat to help control my rosacea?
Leafy greens and other high-fiber foods, such as legume, asparagus, and kale, in genera,l green organic vegetables can help create an environment in the gut that allows good bacteria to grow, Chutkan pointed out. “We are talking about cutting out process foods like cake, ice cream, and sugar making changes that will have other health benefits,” she said. “There are also probiotics that are very useful, but it’s more about diet and eating the kind of food that will encourage the growth of good bacteria and discourage the growth of bad bacteria.”
Q: Is there a specific rosacea diet?
Although there’s no specific rosacea diet due to the fact that every individual is different, Chutkan noted that two diets limit starches, sugar and other foods that may lead to the overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the gut. “I looked at what was written in the medical literature about the anti-inflammatory diet for skin,” she said. “This diet excludes refined sugar, complex carbohydrates, and high levels of saturated fat. It encourages nutrient-dense foods, such as deeply pigmented fruits. It also encourages eating good sources of omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon and chia flax seeds.” that is a contradiction.
Another diet that may promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut is the Paleolithic or Paleo diet, added Chutkan. “It’s an early low-carb diet, in which people eat as cavemen or women did before the advent of fire,” she said. We consider this diet extreme and is a great amount of vegetarian and vegan so what are they support to do? “You cut out sugar and processed grain ( that means no bread) and eat unlimited amounts of animal protein, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds. You avoid peanuts and as well as Milk products of any kind.. yogurt from coconut milk is excellent, goat yogurt also a good choice ” Chutkan noted the Paleo diet is popular among endurance athletes.
Q: Why do hot liquids seem to make symptoms worse?
The facial blood vessels of people with rosacea may dilate too easily. This increased blood flow near the skin surface can make the skin look red and flushed. “Extreme temperatures do not cause rosacea, but this can make the condition worse by dilating the blood vessels and increasing blood flow even more, so the skin appears even redder,” Chutkan explained. Alcohol increases blood flow also and the heat rises up so the head will hold more flushing, have you notice that a hangover gives you a headache? and at the same time nausea? Well, there is inflammation and acidity.
Q: Why do citrus fruits and spicy foods seem to make rosacea symptoms worse?
“Citrus fruits release histamine, which can aggravate rosacea; spicy foods aggravate rosacea by causing dilation of the tiny blood vessels under the skin,” Chutkan said. “It’s important to remember, however, that rosacea triggers are different for everyone,
Q: After making dietary changes, how soon can I expect to see an improvement in my rosacea symptoms?
“What I tell my patients is that they didn’t develop this condition overnight — they developed it over their lifetime,” Chutkan said. “There must be a shift in the bacteria in the gut towards more beneficial species and less of the not-so-good species. You can’t cure rosacea overnight, but over a period of time, you can really see improvements again everyone is different.”
Q: What about craving foods that have been eliminated from the diet?
“If things do clear up after making healthy dietary changes, and you find that you are really missing something, you can reintroduce it and see how you react,” Chutkan said. “It’s important to do this with one food at a time in order to evaluate your body’s response.”
Rosacea can vary substantially from one individual to another since are individuals. According to a consensus committee and review panel of 17 medical experts worldwide, rosacea always includes at least one of the following primary signs, and various secondary signs and symptoms may also develop.
Primary Signs of Rosacea
Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and go and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.
Bumps and Pimples
Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are absent and burning or stinging may occur.
Visible Blood Vessels
In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin.
Other Potential Signs and Symptoms
In many people with rosacea, the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as ocular rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and swollen, and styes are common. Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help.
Burning or Stinging
Burning or stinging sensations may often occur on the face. Itching or a feeling of tightness may also develop.
The central facial skin may be rough, and thus appear to be very dry.
Raised red patches, known as plaques, may develop without changes in the surrounding skin.
The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, most commonly on the nose. This condition, known as rhinophyma, affects more men than women.
Facial swelling, known as edema, may accompany other signs of rosacea or occur independently.
Signs Beyond the Face
Rosacea signs and symptoms may also develop beyond the face, most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.
Subtypes of Rosacea
The consensus committee and review panel of 17 medical experts worldwide identified four subtypes of rosacea, defined as common patterns or groupings of signs and symptoms. This includes:
Subtype 1 (erythematotelangiectatic rosacea), characterized by flushing and persistent redness, and may also include visible blood vessels.
Subtype 2(papulopustular rosacea), characterized by persistent redness with transient bumps and pimples.
Subtype 3 (phymatous rosacea), characterized by skin thickening, often resulting in an enlargement of the nose from excess tissue.
Subtype 4 (ocular rosacea), characterized by ocular manifestations such as dry eye, tearing and burning, swollen eyelids, recurrent styes and potential vision loss from corneal damage.
Many people experience characteristics of more than one subtype at the same time, and those often may develop in succession. While rosacea may or may not evolve from one subtype to another, each individual sign or symptom may progress from mild to moderate to severe. Early diagnosis and treatment are therefore recommended.
How is Rosacea Treated?
When appropriate, treatments with lasers, intense pulsed light sources or other medical and surgical devices may be used to remove visible blood vessels, reduce extensive redness or correct disfigurement of the nose. Ocular rosacea may be treated with oral antibiotics and other therapy.
Cosmetics may be used to conceal the effects of rosacea. Green makeup or green-tinted foundations can be used to counter redness. This can be followed by a skin-tone foundation with natural yellow tones, avoiding those with pink or orange hues.
Fresh cucumber blended into a facial mask may help with rosacea. Gently smooth the mask on your face, and leave it for a half an hour or so. Rinse the face completely with cool water, once the 30 minutes are up. You typically will see progress within a month of daily use. One of our favorite cucumber masks is Beauty by Earth.
A mild compress with chamomile oil might help lessen the redness associated with rosacea. Debora Yost recommends using this to help handle rosacea-related flare-ups. Cool the resultant mixture in the fridge. Dampen a soft fabric in this mixture whenever you start to feel a flare-up and place it on your face for fifteen to twenty minutes. Some individuals are sensitive to chamomile, particularly when they have responses to daisies, marigolds, and ragweed, and should avoid using chamomile.
Lynne Paige Walker and Ellen Brown, in “A Woman’s Complete Guide to Natural Healing,” propose a fresh apple mask as a tender, natural method to look after this continual skin condition. Smooth the resultant mask on your face, and leave it in place for about 15 minutes. Once the mask has dried, rinse it away with cool water. It is suggested that one use this every single day.
In Janice Cox’s novel, she recommends this herbal remedy as an effective method in dealing with rosacea. Mix together two teaspoons of turmeric powder, four teaspoons of coriander powder, and one to two tablespoons of fresh milk until the combination turns into a smooth paste. Keep the concoction in the fridge. Once prepared, utilize the paste as a facial mask two times a day for ten minutes.
Some individuals who have rosacea report that horse chestnut helps with this condition when used in a cream. You can use it on the affected area two times each day.
In addition to the significant health advantages of aloe vera, it’s also capable of helping with rosacea. While it efficiently helps to get rid of rosacea, aloe extract can heal so many skin problems. Aloe vera can be used both orally and topically to take care of rosacea. It is suggested that aloe vera is used for this condition two times a day.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a strong generator of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help to get rid of rosacea naturally. You can directly use tea tree oil on the problem area.
Rubbing green tea over the area of skin with this condition is yet another way to help. Green tea has anti-inflammatory, anticarcinogenic, and antioxidant properties that work brilliantly to take care of rosacea. Green tea can be simply used by you just as chamomile is above.
Oatmeal is one of the lesser known, but exceptional, options for rosacea. Oatmeal soothes and reduces redness, itching, and functions as an agent to get rid of rosacea.1 Take a little water in a cup and add 2 tablespoons of oatmeal. After that, apply the oatmeal on the affected region.
Rose Hip Oil
Rose hip oil is a well-known treatment for many skin problems, for example, blisters, scars, sunburns, eczema, and more. It also works well to help with rosacea. You ought to use several drops of rosehip oil on the contaminated area every day.
A cold compress is an extremely powerful approach which helps to reduce redness. To obtain a cold compress, you must soak three chamomile tea bags in a little bowl of boiling water for 10 minutes. After that, place the bowl in the fridge. You can use chamomile tea or one of the other options above if you need to obtain a cold compress. It works amazingly well.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains anti-inflammatory properties. You can either drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day or apply it to the skin. You can always do both for extra benefits!
Internal Treatment Options
Flaxseed oil provides essential fatty acids which assist to reduce inflammation. Take 1 Tsp. 3 times a day. Alternatively, you could take flaxseed oil in soft gel form.
Cat’s Claw helps to reduce food sensitivities by re-establishing a healthy intestinal environment. Take this 3 times each day (approximately 500mg each time). Don’t take this herb if you’re pregnant, nursing, on blood thinners, or if you’re an organ transplant recipient.
Zinc also helps you to fix your skin in a number of ways. Take 25 milligrams twice per day with meals.
Gotu kola helps to promote healing of the body’s skin. Take 3 times each day (approximately 100 mg).
Grapeseed extract assists in collagen formation, it is antioxidant, and also anti-inflammatory. Take this 3 times each day (50 mg).
Red clover is considered as one of the safest natural ways of dealing with rosacea. It moderates redness and reduces irritation. Red clover tea should be taken by you twice per day to obtain the desired effect.
Licorice extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory for skin cells, according to a 2008 study at the University of Science and Technology. That’s because licorice root (aka sweet root and licorice) has coumarins, flavonoids, phytosterols and glycyrrhizin, which all reduce rosacea’s redness.
When applied topically, feverfew prevents blood from pooling in capillaries, based on a 2010 University of Louisville study.
This travel kit combines four extremely effective products that are designed to treat and calm rosacea symptoms.
* Cleansing Complex, 2oz
This cleanser incorporates a balance of bio nutrients, antioxidants and mild resurfacing ingredients that thoroughly cleanse the surface and pores of the skin without stripping essential natural oils.
* Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus, 0.5oz
This advanced serum combines Vitamin C, Olive Leaf Extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin A for excellent antioxidant and healing properties. This serum is excellent for treating rosacea, cystic acne, insect bites and some forms of dermatitis.
* Hydra-Cool Serum, 0.5oz
This refreshing serum combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bio nutrients. Providing lasting hydration this serum also calms, soothes and cools the irritated skin.
* SPF 25 Treatment Sunscreen, 5 sample packets
This revolutionary lightweight cream combines powerful antioxidants and sunscreen actives which have been clinically proven to reduce UV-induced redness by more than 53 percent in 24 hours.
The GlyMed Plus Rosacea Skin Essentials Kit has everything you need to beat rosacea! With eight amazing GlyMed Products that work to soothe and balance rosacea, reducing redness and irritation, this kit is the perfect way to improve the problematic skin condition.
Each GlyMed Plus Rosacea Skin Essentials Kit Includes
Gentle Facial Wash – gently purifies the surface of the skin while nourishing the skin with protective antioxidants and nutrients
Living Cell Clarifier – promotes a clear, vibrant complexion with a blend of active ingredients that neutralize bacteria and unclog pores for clear, beautiful skin; removes discoloration
AHA Accelerator – soothes and hydrates the skin while stimulating the skin’s natural repair process
Intense Peptide Skin Recovery Complex – targets age signs and damaged skin to stimulate cell activity and quicken the healing process, reducing redness, irritation, and symptoms of rosacea
Mega-Purifying Cleanser – powerful cleanser that removes unwanted impurities from the surface of the skin down to the pores
Rosacea Relief – relieves irritation and inflammation associated with rosacea while neutralizing its causes for long term clarity
Ultra-Hydrating Enzyme Masque – dual-action masque that infuses the skin with moisture while using botanical enzymes to enhance the skin’s natural regeneration process
Photo-Age Protection Cream 30+ – broad spectrum protection against eh harmful rays of the sun that also hydrates and treats rosacea
On week 253 we would like to talk about Paula Begoun. If you are the kind of person that likes to know what is in the ingredients of what you eat, use on your skin or anywhere on you or family members body, you would love to meet Paula Begoun. She has a site where you can find out what the ingredients of most of the products on the market contain.
I personally like to know what the cosmetic industry says is really what they say it is or if I can avoid harsh chemicals that after time and time of usage may be working against a bigger picture.
She is very accurate and has lots of integrity, let’s read what she has to say, and if you need to check a product you can use the links we provided and get your own answers and enjoy the whole site.
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Paula Begoun is the creator and innovative force behind Paula’s Choice skin care and cosmetics. Her informative website, that includes reports on skin care and links to video demos, is Cosmetics Cop. She is the author of 18 best-selling books including Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me, Blue Eyeshadow Should Be Illegal, The Original Beauty Bible, and Don’t Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me. Paula’s books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.
Her work as a nationally-recognized consumer expert for the cosmetics industry has led to repeat appearances on CNN, as well as programs such as Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, and Dr. Oz.
Paula’s Story: In Her Own Words
From the very beginning, my goal has been to help women find products that will give them the skin they’ve always wanted—whether you use my Paula’s Choice products that I developed and formulated or those from another brand. I have the unique distinction of being the only cosmetics company founder in the world who recommends products other than my own.
I created Paula’s Choice as a result of my own frustrations when I was a teenager trying to find products for my problem skin and then, later in life, for wrinkles and skin discolorations. My complexion was a mess and, like many of you, the skin-care products I used either didn’t help or made matters worse.
Paula’s Choice is a comprehensive collection of skin-care and select makeup products that meet my strict criterion for excellence based only on what published research shows is effective. My products are guaranteed to exceed your expectations.
I provide state-of-the-art formulas that are always fragrance-free, ecologically responsible, and never tested on animals. I invite you to let my years of research and acquired knowledge benefit your skin. With Paula’s Choice, healthy, youthful, radiant skin is a result you can count on!
In the early 1990s, Begoun began work with a team of cosmetic chemists to develop her own line of cosmetics and skin-care products. She claims that her products offer results based on published, peer-reviewed research and that her extensive research of the cosmetic industry provided her with the expertise necessary to develop these formulations. In 1995, Begoun began selling her products online. This has led some consumers to question the objectivity of her product reviews. As to counter to these concerns, Begoun claims that Paula’s Choice is one of the only companies that recommends products other than their own.
Begoun remains a consultant for dermatologists, plastic surgeons, major cosmetics companies, news and industry insiders. She positions herself as an internationally recognized authority and consumer advocate for the cosmetics and hair-care industries and routinely appears on news and talk shows, including CNN,Oprah,The Dr. Oz Show,and The View.
If you are looking for the latest information on product ingredients and safety these to links will take you for a journey that not only connect you to your power that is to choose what you pay for and what is in the products you consume, pretty powerful if you ask me, we wish for all of you to skim the milk sort of speak in the sense that what product companies tell you it may not be so much of the bottom line, and you the consumer have the right to know, don’t you think? so here we go.
This book helps women find products that make them look great without spending a fortune. From drugstores and home shopping to department stores and catalogs, Paula Begoun and her team review the hottest skin-care and makeup products major cosmetic and skin-care lines. Regardless of the price tags, there are good and bad products in almost every line and with the turn of a page, readers can get concise reviews and fast answers in this completely revised edition. A user-friendly rating system makes it easy to find items worth trying. Paula also includes skin care basics and tips on which ingredients to look for so you get the results you want.
The all-new third edition of The Original Beauty Bible is Paula Begoun’s most comprehensive book yet. Exhaustively researched, this refreshingly honest guide cuts through marketing hype to educate consumers on all aspects of beauty, including how to assemble a state-of-the-art skin-care routine, choose a cosmetic surgeon, and apply makeup like a pro. It provides the latest research and information on every imaginable cosmetic innovation, with a special emphasis on skin-care ingredients, and explains the pros and cons of all types of cosmetic surgery and corrective procedures in an engaging, easy-to-understand style. Covering the most critical topics in beauty in a factual, no-holds-barred manner, and packed with money-saving tips, The Original Beauty Bible affirms Begoun’s reputation as “The Ralph Nader of Rouge.” For readers of all ages, it’s the ultimate guide to smart beauty.
Silicone-enhanced film-forming agent. Also, functions as a binding agent so products adhere better to skin. See film-forming agent
A large group of ingredients typically found in haircare products, but that also are widely used in skin care products, particularly moisturizers. Film-forming agents include PVP, acrylates, acrylamides, and various copolymers. When applied they leave a pliable, cohesive, and continuous covering over the hair or skin. The film has water-binding properties and leaves a smooth feel on skin. Film-forming agents can be weak skin sensitizers, but this almost always depends on the amount used; lower amounts generally are not problematic.
It creates the gloss for skin care, makeup and hair products
ACRYLATES/STEARETH-20 METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER
Synthetic polymer that blends steareth-20 with one or more forms of methacrylic acid. Functions as a thickening agent. See thickening agent
Substances that can have a soft to hard wax-like texture or a creamy, emollient feel, and that can be great lubricants. There are literally thousands of ingredients in this category that give each and every lotion, cream, lipstick, foundation, and mascara, as well as other cosmetics products, their distinctive feel and form. The various combinations of thickeners play a large role in whether or not you prefer one product over another.
Is absorbent,adhesive, artificial nail builder,binder,emulsion stabilizer, film former, Hair fixative, suspending agent- nonsurfactant, viscosity increasing-aqueous, it gives the emollient feel.
What is the term ACTIVE INGREDIENT?
Ingredient in a cosmetic, drug, or pharmaceutical product considered to have a pharmacological effect. In the case of cosmetics, the effect on the skin must be documented by scientific evaluation, approved by the FDA, and adhere to FDA regulations. In addition, the amount and exact function of each active ingredient must be approved by the FDA. Active ingredients include such substances as sunscreen ingredients, skin-lightening agents, and anti-acne ingredients such as sulfur and benzoyl peroxide. The FDA also specifies that the active ingredient list must be first on a product label. See inactive ingredient
Component of DNA that carries genetic information to the cell. See DNA
Abbreviation for deoxyribonucleic acid. DNA is found in all cells. It is the primary component of genes—and genes are the means by which cells transmit hereditary characteristics. DNA is the basis for all genetic structure; its components include adenine (A), guanine (G), thymine (T), and cytostine (C). It is the mapping of these substances that makes up the genetic code of all human traits and cellular functions. DNA is also the genetic material that is required for all cellular division and growth. Including DNA in a skin-care product is pointless because it cannot in and of itself affect a cell’s genetic elements. The formation of DNA is a complex process within the cell that requires a multitude of proteins and enzymes for it to have an effect on the body’s genetic material. It is also doubtful that you would want to ever put anything on your skin that could affect genetic material, particularly via a cosmetic for which there are no safety or efficacy regulations. Beyond that, any successful attempt to affect what DNA does would potentially create a significant risk of cancer.
Adenine (sometimes known as vitamin B4) combines with the sugar ribose to formadenosine, which in turn can be bonded with from one to three phosphoric acid units, yielding AMP,ADP and ATP. These adenine derivatives perform important functions in cellular metabolism. Adenine is one of four nitrogenous bases utilized in the synthesis of nucleic acids. A modified form of adenosine monophosphate (cyclic AMP) is an important secondary messenger in the propagation of many hormonal stimuli. Adenine is an integral part of the structure of many coenzymes. Adenosine(adenine with a ribose group) causes transient heart block in the AV node of the heart. In individuals suspected of suffering from a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), adenosine is used to help identify the rhythm. Certain SVTs can be successfully terminated withadenosine.
A Large group of ingredients typically found in haircare products, but that also are widely used in skin care products, particularly moisturizers. Film-forming agents include PVP, acrylates, acrylamides, and various copolymers. When applied they leave a pliable, cohesive, and continuous covering over the hair or skin. The film has water-binding properties and leaves a smooth feel on the skin. Film-forming agents can be weak skin sensitizers, but this almost always depends on the amount used; lower amounts generally are not problematic.
Like Glycerine it binds and adds moisture.
ADVANCED GLYCATION END PRODUCT
Advanced glycation end products, also known as AGEs, are caused by the body’s major fuel source, namely glucose. This simple sugar is essential for energy, yet it also can bind strongly to proteins (the body’s fundamental building blocks) and form abnormal structures (AGEs) that progressively damage tissue elasticity. The glucose itself isn’t damaging, it’s what happens when glucose transforms into AGEs that’s the problem. Refined sugar from our diets is a major source of AGEs, and more research is revealing a diet high in sugar causes the body to age faster Wow! we knew that sugar was bad for are health now we know to what extent and that includes a high glycemic index so think about fast food!!! (Source: Cosmetics & Toiletries, June 2011, pages 438–444).
Once AGEs are generated, they begin a process that prevents many systems from behaving normally by literally causing tissue to cross-link and become hardened (Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, March 14, 2000, pages 2809–2813). In skin, this damage occurs to collagen and elastin, the chief ingredients responsible for skin’s firmness and ability to bounce back when stretched. AGEs also cause inflammation within the body, which is believed to play a widespread role in how we age and become more prone to disease.
The theory is that by breaking these AGE bonds you can undo or stop the damage they cause. There are studies showing aminoguanidine and carnosine to be AGE inhibitors that can prevent glucose cross-linking of proteins and the loss of elasticity associated with aging and diabetes, but many other substances are potential candidates as AGE-inhibitors as well.
One study examined over 92 substances and 29 of them showed some degree of inhibitory activity, with 9 compounds proving to be 30 to 40 times stronger than aminoguanidine (Source: Molecular Cell Biology Research Communications, June 2000, pages 360–366). Carnosine, in particular, is considered a very good inhibitor of AGEs.
AGEs and free-radical damage may be inextricably linked (Sources: European Journal of Neuroscience, December 2001, page 1,961; and Neuroscience Letters, October 2001, pages 29–32), but none of this has been shown to have relevance when it comes to topical application of these substances when they are included in cosmetics.
It is possible in the future that skin-care products will be formulated with ingredients proven to effect the formation of AGEs when applied topically. For now, eating a low sugar diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients is the best approach.
Has a phytoestrogen component (Source: Phytochemistry, March 2000, pages 605–606), but can also be a skin irritant (Source: Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, page 69).
When used externally, Sandalwood oil or Sandalwood paste (made from mixing water with Sandalwood powder) has a calming, cooling effect on body and mind. It helps relieve fever and burns and stops excessive sweating. In general, it relieves Pitta dosha and helps balance the body after overexposure to the sun. The oil or the paste can help heal skin diseases such as infectious sores, ulcers, acne, and rashes. Sandalwood powder helps smooth and cool the skin and can be made into a paste, lotion or soap for cleansing, calming and hydrating sensitive or aging skin. Sandalwood acts as a disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant and sedative. It is bitter, sweet, astringent and cooling. Sandalwood balances the circulatory, digestive, respiratory and nervous systems. –
The Sultan of Mysore declared Sandalwood to be a royal tree in 1792. Every Sandalwood tree is still under the protection and ownership of the Indian government today, even when grown on private land. The individual who owns the land receives 75% of the proceeds in return for planting and protecting the tree until it reaches maturity. Due to an increased demand in medicines, perfumes, and cosmetics that contain Sandalwood oil, and due to the decreased availability as smugglers cut down trees and export them illegally, prices have skyrocketed in recent years. At this time it is illegal to export the wood from India, although the oil can be exported.
Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) is a traditional remedy for leg vein health. The tree is also commonly known as horse chestnut or conker tree. It tones and protects blood vessels and may be helpful in ankle edema related to poor venous return. Utilized extensively throughout Europe as an anti-inflammatory agent for a variety of conditions, in addition to being used for vascular problems. The plant is taken in small doses internally for the treatment of a wide range of venous diseases, including hardening of the arteries, varicose veins, phlebitis, leg ulcers, hemorrhoids, and frostbite.
Horse chestnut is an astringent, anti-inflammatory herb that helps to tone the vein walls which, when slack or distended, may become varicose, hemorrhoidal or otherwise problematic. The plant also reduces fluid retention by increasing the permeability of the capillaries and allowing the re-absorption of excess fluid back into the circulatory system.
The seeds are decongestant, expectorant, and tonic. They have been used in the treatment of rheumatism, neuralgia, and hemorrhoids. A compound of the powdered roots is analgesic and has been used to treat chest pains. Extracts of the seeds are the source of a saponin known as aescin, which has been shown to promote normal tone in the walls of the veins, thereby improving circulation through the veins and promoting the return of blood to the heart.
Algae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000 different known species. In cosmetics, algae act as thickening agents, water-binding agents, and antioxidants. Some algae are also potential skin irritants.
Other forms of algae, such as Irish moss and carrageenan, contain proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium. Most of these are beneficial for skin, as emollients, anti-inflammatory agents, or antioxidants. However, claims that algae can stop or eliminate wrinkling, heal skin, or provide other elaborate benefits are unsubstantiated.
Algae is not a critical ingredient in skin-care products. Although it does have a positive function.
Agar is a plant and one of the uses is for making medicine.
People take agar to lose weight, especially in Japan. In Japan, agar is called “kanten,” and it is the main ingredient in “the kanten plan” or “the kanten diet.”
Agar is also used to treat diabetes and constipation.
In dentistry, agar is used to make dental impressions.
In manufacturing processes, agar is used as an ingredient in emulsions, suspensions, gels, and certain suppositories.
Here is how it works
Agar contains a gel-like substance that bulks up in the gut. This stimulates the intestines and creates a bowel movement. That’s why agar is commonly used as a laxative.
Agar’s bulking effect also explains its use for weight loss. Agar tends to make people feel full, so they might stop eating earlier than they otherwise would. Some people think this reaction will lead to weight loss. But so far, there is no reliable scientific evidence that supports this weight loss theory.
AGARICUS BISPORUS EXTRACT
An extract of mushroom that is thought to help regulate skin cell production by inhibiting cell growth, particularly for use in psoriasis, but research in this regard is mixed (Sources: Free Radical Research, January 2006, pages 31-39; and British Journal of Dermatology, January 1999, pages 56-60). Internally, there is research showing it can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and colon cancer cells (Source: Cancer Research, October 1993, pages 4627-4632).
Agaricus Bisporus has substantial amounts of Vitamin D which is good for your health. Eating the mushroom raw is discouraged because of the presence of carcinogenic hydrazine derivatives, albeit in small quantities. These unhealthy derivatives are reduced significantly by cooking.
This mushroom contains Potassium and Sodium too. The body requires potassium in the processing of carbohydrates and proteins in different ways to build muscle. It also plays a role in how the heart works. It also regulates the acid-base and contributes to the overall health of the body. Apart from the Agaricus Bisporus mushroom, potassium is also in present in meats, fish, soy, and vegetables. Potassium is a necessity in the body and therefore its deficiency can cause different diseases. When potassium falls short, blood pressure slightly rises, the heart beats get abnormal and the body muscles feel weak.
Agaricus bisporus, more commonly known as the white button mushroom, is one of the oldest and most popular fungi in the Western diet. It is a regularly added to salads, stir-fries, pasta, sauces, soups, pies and breakfasts. It is cultivated around the world for culinary purposes. In addition to its own unique flavor, eating this mushroom may provide important health and nutrition benefits when made a regular part of the diet. History Human beings have been consuming white button mushrooms since Ancient times. According to Dr. Michael Murray and Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, authors of “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods,” ancient Egyptians believed that the Agaricus bisporus species of mushrooms held the key to immortality, while Ancient Romans revered the mushroom as one of the foods of the gods. During the 1600s, the French began to cultivate Agaricus bisporus, using dark underground tunnels beneath Paris that are still used for mushroom growing today. Cultivation of mushrooms began in the United States during the 1800s.
In addition to the nutritional benefits of this mushroom, it may have useful medicinal properties that support health and well-being. In a study published in “BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine” in 2011, researchers studied the effects of Agaricus bisporus on human immune cells in vitro. Agaricus bisporus significantly stimulated immune activity, specifically cytokines and enzymes that are responsible for inflammation. Researchers concluded the medicinal value of Agaricus bisporus was likely due to the carbohydrate-based chemicals called mannogalactans. Because this research was performed in laboratory cells, more clinical research is required to confirm the effects of these mushrooms in humans. However, eating Agaricus bisporus regularly may have a health effect on your immune defenses.
Once referred to as liver spots, these brown skin discolorations are also not related to age, any more than they are to the liver. The skin can develop brown patches for many reasons, but the characteristic small ones on the hands, arms, chest and face are caused by sun damage. These are possible indications of precancerous conditions and should be watched carefully for changes.
Age spots — also called liver spots and solar lentigines — are flat tan, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun.
Age spots are the result of an excess production of melanin, or skin pigment. Doctors don’t always know why age spots develop. Skin aging, sun exposure, or other forms of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure, such as tanning beds, are all possible causes. You’re most likely to develop age spots on the areas of your skin that receive the most sun exposure, including:
•the back of your hands
•your upper back
AGRIMONIA EUPATORIA LEAF EXTRACT
Research shows this plant extract inhibits the hepatitis b virus and has antioxidant properties. Whether or not it has a benefit when applied topically is not known. There is no research showing it to be effective for cellulite. (Sources: Phytotherapy Research, April 2005, pages 355-358 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, January 2005, pages 145-150)
Other Names: Agrimony, Agrimone, Agrimonia, Agrimonia eupatoria, Aigremoine, Church Steeples, Cockeburr, Cocklebur, Da Hua Long Ya Cao
Agrimonia, (Agrimonia Eupatoria) commonly called as agrimony, is a flowering plant of the rose family, native to the temperate regions of Northern America, Europe, and Asia. Its name agrimony came from the Greek word Agermone meaning healing to the eyes and Eupatoria from Mithridates Eupator, a Pontus king famous for having invented a complex ‘universal antidote’ against poisoning. Thus agrimony from whence its name was derived, has long been valued as an important herbal medicine through the ages. Agrimony was once considered a panacea or “all-heal” for illnesses.
Early Greeks used agrimony for the treatment of eye disorders and brewed leaves and seeds are used to treat stomach disorders such as diarrhea and irritable bowel movement.
Agrimony concoction is also used in ancient Greece for the treatment of kidney, liver and gall bladder problems.
During the middle ages, agrimony was used to treat wounds to promote healing.
In Austria, agrimony was used to treat respiratory ailments, liver, kidney and bile problems.
In ancient Northern Europe, it was used as an antidote for poison and snake bites.
In Northern America, Indians used agrimony for fever, ague, and gastrointestinal problems.
Agrimony was used as an astringent to treat skin eruptions, sores, pimples, and wounds. A decoction is mixed to the bath to wash the skin.
Extract from agrimony mixed with oil was used to treat gout and arthritis. A decoction is likewise drunk with wine is said to relieve the symptoms.
Culpeper, a noted English herbalist in mid- 17th century wrote about agrimony being used as a healing herb both for external and inward wounds. Agrimony mixed in baths was used to heal skin wounds and sores while a decoction of agrimony taken internally, sometimes with wine may heal bruises, hurts, and discomfort.
Agrimony is also used as a gargle to improve bad breath, cure sore throat and drunk to relieve a cough.
Herbalists from the 17th century including John Gerard recommended the use of agrimony for the treatment of jaundice or diseases of the liver.
Antibacterial And Free Radical Scavenging Activity Of The Seeds Of Agrimonia Eupatoria.
In a study done in Phytopharmaceutical Research Laboratory, School of Pharmacy, The Robert Gordon University, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, the n-Hexane, dichloromethane and methanol extracts of the seeds of Agrimonia eupatoria have been assessed for antibacterial and free radical scavenging activity.
Acronym for alpha hydroxy acid. AHAs are derived naturally from various plant sources and from milk, but 99% of the AHAs used in cosmetics are synthetically derived. In low concentrations (less than 3%), AHAs work as water-binding agents. At concentrations greater than 4% and in a base with an acid pH of 3 to 4, these ingredients can exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together.
The most effective and well-researched AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid. Malic acid, citric acid, and tartaric acid may also be effective, but are considered less stable and less skin-friendly; there is little research showing them to have benefit for skin.
AHAs may irritate mucous membranes and cause irritation. However, AHAs have been widely used for therapy of photodamaged skin, and also have been reported to normalize hyperkeratinization (over-thickened skin) and to increase viable epidermal thickness and dermal glycosaminoglycans content, all of which lead to younger-looking skin.
There is a vast amount of research that substantially describes how the aging process affects the skin and that demonstrates that many of the unwanted changes can be improved by topical application of AHAs, including glycolic and lactic acids. Because AHAs exfoliate sun damaged cells from the surface of the skin, and because this layer imparts some minimal sun protection for skin, there is a risk of increased sun sensitivity when using an AHA. However, wearing a sunscreen daily eliminates this risk.
Note: AHAs are of little benefit when added to rinse-off products, as their contact with skin is too brief for them to function as exfoliants or absorb into the skin.
AHNFELTIA CONCINNA EXTRACT
Algae are very simple, chlorophyll-containing organisms in a family that includes more than 20,000 different known species. In cosmetics, algae act as thickening agents, water-binding agents, and antioxidants. Some algae are also potential skin irritants. For example, the phycocyanin present in blue-green algae has been suspected of allergenicity and of causing dermatitis on the basis of patch tests.
Other forms of algae, such as Irish moss and carrageenan, contain proteins, vitamin A, sugar, starch, vitamin B1, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and calcium. Most of these are beneficial for skin, as emollients, anti-inflammatory agents, or antioxidants. However, claims that algae can stop or eliminate wrinkling, heal skin, or provide other elaborate benefits are unsubstantiated.
Algae is not a critical ingredient in skin-care products. Although it does have a positive function, it isn’t the miracle ingredient it’s often made out to be.
AJUGA TURKESTANICA EXTRACT
The only research about this plant indicates that it may have anabolic steroid properties (Source: Eksperimental’naya i Klinicheskaya Farmakologiya [from a Russian scientific journal], May 1997, pages 41–44). There is no other research showing this to be of benefit for skin.
A plant is used in the treatment of heart disease, muscle aches, and stomach problems. Plant extracts and isolated compounds possess a broad spectrum of biological, pharmacological and medicinal properties, such as anabolic, analgesic, antibacterial, antiestrogenic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, antileukemic, antimalarial, antimycobacterial, antioxidant, antipyretic, cardiotonic, cytotoxic, hypoglycemic, and vasorelaxing activity. The extract is offered for stimulation of aquaporins – for human skin hydration in cosmetology. The plant has hepatoprotective properties.
Fundamental constituents of all proteins found in the body, such as alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, cystine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, and valine. Some of these amino acids can be synthesized by the body; others (known as essential amino acids) must be obtained from protein in the diet.
In skincare products, amino acids act as water-binding agents, and some have antioxidant properties and wound-healing abilities as well. Amino acids can be combined with other ingredients that have cell-communicating ability to work in unison to fight wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Alaria esculenta is an edible seaweed, also known as dabberlocks or badderlocks, or winged kelp. It is a traditional food along the coasts of the far north Atlantic Ocean. It may be eaten fresh or cooked in Greenland, Iceland, Scotland, and Ireland. It is the only one of twelve species of Alaria to occur in both Ireland and in the Great Britain.
Aubrey® has always been the leading manufacturer of natural skin care products. Although there are many petrochemical-laden anti-aging products on the market today, Aubrey® is committed to educating the public on healthy, natural alternatives. Alaria Esculenta, a type of nutrient-rich kelp, has many anti-aging and firming properties. Alaria Esculenta grows mainly in the Northern Atlantic. It is known for its long, golden-brown fronds, and its unique ability to withstand harsh waves. It is found just beneath the surface of the water and is known around the North Atlantic region for its nutritional value.
Alaria Esculenta extract is a clinically proven, effective ingredient for use in natural anti-aging products, and can be found in Aubrey®’s Revitalizing Night Crème and Revitalizing Moisturizer.
Found in egg white, and can leave a film over the skin. It can constrict skin temporarily, which can make it look smoother temporarily, but it can also cause irritation and is not helpful for skin.
The albumins (formed from Latin: albumen “(egg) white; dried egg white”) are a family of globular proteins, the most common of which are the serum albumins. All the proteins of the albumin family are water-soluble, moderately soluble in concentrated salt solutions, and experience heat denaturation. Albumins are commonly found in blood plasma and differ from other blood proteins in that they are not glycosylated. Substances containing albumins, such as egg white, are called albuminoids.
A number of blood transport proteins are evolutionarily related, including serum albumin, alpha-fetoprotein, vitamin D-binding protein and afamin
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Albumin is the most common protein found in the blood. It provides the body with the protein needed to both maintain growth and repair tissues.
Plant with antimicrobial properties. Its high tannin content can cause skin irritation (Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 2000, pages 307–313).
Alchemilla is a herb. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
Alchemilla is used for stomach problems, mild diarrhea, diabetes, water retention, swelling (inflammation), and muscle spasms. Some people use it as a gargle for sore mouth and throat.
Women use alchemilla for heavy or painful menstrual periods or for symptoms of menopause.
Some people apply alchemilla directly to the skin to stop bleeding; improve wound healing; or treat ulcers, eczema, or skin rashes.
More technically known as aluminum chlorhydroxy allantoinate, alcloxa has constricting properties that can be irritating for skin.
“Alcohol,” the term, refers to a group of organic compounds with a vast range of forms and uses, in cosmetics and in other areas. For skin, there are good alcohols and bad alcohols, corresponding roughly to high-molecular-weight alcohols and low-molecular-weight alcohols, respectively, as we explain below. When fats and oils are chemically reduced, they become less dense fatty alcohols (like cetyl alcohol), which can have emollient properties or act as detergent cleansing agents. There also are benign forms, including glycols, which are used as humectants to help deliver ingredients into the skin.
Alcohols with low molecular weights—the bad-for-skin alcohols—can be drying and irritating. The alcohols to be concerned about in skincare products are ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol (when one or more of these are listed among the main ingredients; tiny amounts aren’t a problem).
In addition to being drying and irritating, these alcohols can generate free-radical damage and disrupt skin’s protective barrier. Alcohol helps ingredients like retinol and vitamin C penetrate into the skin more effectively, but it does that by breaking down the skin’s barrier—destroying the very substances that keep your skin healthy over the long term.
Alcohol immediately harms the skin and starts a chain reaction of damage that continues long after it has evaporated. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection found that with regular exposure to alcohol-based products, cleansing becomes a damaging ordeal—skin is no longer able to keep water and cleansing agents from penetrating into it, thus further eroding the skin’s barrier.
There is actually a significant amount of research showing denatured alcohol (ethanol) causes free-radical damage in skin even at low levels. Small amounts of alcohol on skin cells in lab settings (about 3%, but keep in mind skincare products use amounts ranging from 5% to 60% or greater) over the course of two days increased cell death by 26%. It also destroyed the substances in cells that reduce inflammation and defend against free radicals, and actually caused more free-radical damage.
If that weren’t bad enough, exposure to alcohol causes skin cells to self-destruct. The research also showed that these destructive, aging effects on skin cells increased the longer the exposure to alcohol; that is, two days of exposure was dramatically more harmful than one day, and that is only a 3% concentration.
When alcohol ingredients are at the top of an ingredient list, they are problematic for all skin types; when they are near the bottom of an ingredient list, they aren’t present in a high enough concentration to be considered a problem for skin.
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