{Licorice Root in Skin care}

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Licorice Plant 

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is a leafy green plant which yields small purple to pale blue flowers. It also grows long roots which can extend down well over a foot sometimes. These roots yield the characteristic flavor we know as licorice. The root is boiled down and the water evaporated in order to produce licorice extract.
Licorice has been used for many thousands of years to treat skin ailments.

Licorice contains various cosmeceutical compounds:

Glycyrrhizic acid 
It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory activity because it has been found to mimic cortisol in our bodies. Cortisol is a steroid hormone which is released in our body in response to stress. It regulates and reduces inflammation in the body, so by glycyrrhizin mimicking cortisol it is indirectly having an anti-inflammatory effect.
This has also been shown  to reduce swelling, redness and itching  in dermatitis (eczema).

Licorice also contains a compound called glabridin which is a phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are plant derived compounds with biological activities comparable to the human hormone oestrogen. It is well known that oestrogen stimulates the body to make collagen and hyaluronic acid – two essential components of the skin which form an important part of the connective tissue and keep our skin looking young.

Glabridin does more than just providing anti-aging properties! It is also inhibits the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase which is known to be a key enzyme in determining the color of our skin and hair. Some people suffer from discoloration of the skin – examples include age spots or hyper-pigmentation. 
Skin lightening cosmetics are in hot demand all over the world.. 
Luckily, naturally-occurring compounds such as glabridin have been found to be successful at lightening the color of skin. Studies have shown that glabridin also prevents UV-B induced pigmentation and exerts anti-inflammatory effects on the skin.

Sounds like a miracle herb right? So what more can this miracle herb do for my skin?  
Liquorice also contains a compound called liquiritin. This chemical is particularly useful for treating melasma which is a tan or dark skin discoloration and is particularly common in women, especially those who live in areas of intense sunlight exposure, are pregnant or are taking oral contraceptives. 
Unlike glabridin, it doesn’t effect tyrosinase but causes depigmentation by other mechanisms. 

So not only is licorice anti-inflammatory but it also contains compounds that enhance skin penetration, provide skin lightening properties and treat melasma.

{Winter Skin Solutions}

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Boost Your Skincare Regiment
Cold temps and blustery winds bring  many skin concerns that go far beyond just dry skin, your basic daily skin care routine just isn't enough. 
Here's how to keep the skin on your face and body soft and supple all season long.

Dry Skin
If you use a lightweight lotion in the summer, switch to a heavier cream and do not contain any alcohol. Apply every time you shower or wash your face while skin is still damp, and use lukewarm water (not hot, which can irritate skin), keep your shower as short as possible, and choose gentle, fragrance-free soaps or cleansers.  in the winter You don't need to scrub your body, it removes the skin’s natural oils.

Sensitive Skin
Sensitive skin can get inflamed very easily during harsh winter months, causing raw, red cheeks in paler complexions and long-lasting hyper-pigmentation spots in darker ones. Choose products that are free of colors and fragrances, not just face and body washes, but detergents and fabric softeners, as well. Find a soap-free, non-foaming face wash that you can try wipe off with a soft cloth rather than rinsing with water.

Chapped lips
Dry skin on cheeks is not the only issue in winter, it’s also commonly manifests itself as chapped, cracked lips, as well. A natural lip balm with cocoa butter, vitamin A and E, and beeswax, will help soothe and repair broken skin and make them soft and smooth.

50 or Older
Even if you never had dry skin, chances are you'll notice a change as you get older. The sebaceous glands on the body that produce oil actually slow down and shrink after middle age, but we usually don't alter our bathing habits. We continue to scrub ourselves head to toe, and that's when we experience eczema or severe dry skin for the first time in our lives. If you have dry, itchy patches that were never there before, switch to a gentle facial cleanser and body wash, and slather on a heavier moisturizer, head to toe after showering or washing your face.

Eczema or Psoriasis
Conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis  are prone to winter flare-ups, when it's hard to keep skin moist. Again -Keep showers short and luke-warm, and pat yourself dry (rather than rubbing) with a towel and apply a rich moisturizer immediately. Experts recommend keeping stress levels low (and i can vouch for that) and getting a flu shot, since these conditions may be linked to immune function. In fact, there was study  done that found the skin's ability to retain water is reduced during stress. The lack of sunlight in the winter can make psoriasis worse. In severe cases, phototherapy with UV light, two to three times a week, may help.

{Clearing Clugged-Up Pores Help Prevent Acne}

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Clear healthy skin starts with clear healthy pores. Find out how to keep your pores clear and what to do when they get clogged.

What pores are?
Pores are so small that as many as 65 can be found in one square inch of skin. In healthy, normal skin, pores are generally invisible, neither clogged with dead skin cells nor plugged with sebum. Pores are like miniature gateways, letting materials in and out of our skin.
Allow sweat and oil out. Technically, pores are the openings to hair follicles and sweat glands, through which sebum and sweat are expelled.
Allow other substances in. Although skin prevents many harmful substances from penetrating the body, scientists are discovering that some substances in particular, retinoids, fat-soluble vitamins, nanoparticles and certain hydrating agents can penetrate the skin via pores to a certain degree.
How pores become enlarged
Pores fill with oil, dirt and dead skin. If a pore’s contents become greater than the size of the pore, it will stretch. An enlarged pore may become a whitehead (closed comedone) or blackhead (open comedone). Most often seen in very oily or acneic skin, these pores are typically found along the nose, chin, forehead or back. 
Unfortunately, once a pore is stretched, it won’t shrink or disappear even with rigorous cleansing. Instead, with proper skincare, you can maintain pore clarity, causing pores to appear smaller. 
A quick way to minimize the look of pores? Splash your face with cool or cold water in final face rinse which will cause the small surrounding muscles to tighten, making pores seem less visible.
Care for clear pores
Wash. Keeping skin clear of excess oil minimizes the risk of pores becoming clogged with sebum, dead skin and dirt. Look for cleansers containing natural Glyolic Acids .
Clarifying Cleanser deep cleans with salicylic acid to kill acne-causing bacteria. Gentle Foaming Cleanser lathers up, featuring Tea Tree to remove oil.
Extract. Another method to keep pores clear is by manually extracting blackheads and comedones from skin. However, proceed with caution — improper removal “can spread bacteria to other pores, leading to new breakouts
Instead of expelling the blackheads yourself, schedule an appointment for a facial with a dermatologist or licensed esthetician, who can safely and effectively perform the extractions.
Scrub. Consider using a scrub to exfoliate the dead skin that clogs pores. Scrubs often have ingredients like fruit peel extracts or ground nut shells for this purpose. But if you use scrubs too frequently, they can be drying and irritating. As a result, your skin produces more oil in an attempt to replace it.
And that’s exactly what you don’t want, because too much oil can clog pores. Twice a week  apply a scrub, such as Clarifying Scrub to slough off rough, dead skin.
Deep-cleanse. Deep-cleansing masks are another option to keep pores clear. Loaded with purifying clay, herbs and mud, they draw out impurities and lightly exfoliate, leaving skin smooth and clear.
Although they won’t technically remove blackheads, clarifying masks will keep them from becoming larger or more noticeable, especially if used weekly. 
Try Clarifying Clay Masque, which features an exfoliating  ingredients like Willow bark as well as kaolin clay, it clears pores of excess sebum and keeps their size to a minimum.
Hydrate. Hydrate and nourish with Clarifying Light Moisturizer featuring Sulfur, Burdock, Tea Tree and Willow Bark to keep skin clear and healthy
Makeup to minimize pores
Sure, your instinct might be to slather on thick makeup to camouflage enlarged pores, but doing so can actually add to the problem! Here are some better makeup options.
Pass on foundation. Even mattifying foundations seem to call more attention to pores
Use pore-minimizing treatments or primers. They’re lightweight and create the look of smooth skin. 
Apply oil-absorbing powder. This provides a soft, smooth finish to skin and banishes any oily shine.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

{Fund On Etsy Campaign Update}

Friday, June 26, 2015

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