Gentle Exfoliation!

Dear Sensitive,

When done correctly, exfoliation, or the removal of dead cells from the outermost epidermal layer, helps keep pores clear and skin looking fresh and radiant. Unfortunately, many exfoliating products actually do more harm than good.

Exfoliation can be done two ways: mechanically, with a scrub that buffs away dead skin cells, or chemically, with a peel or mask that dissolves them. The problem with many scrubs is that they rely on sharp material like walnut shells, which cause tiny little tears in your skin, to exfoliate. Ouch!

Chemical exfoliation may be even more damaging to sensitive skin, as the acids commonly used in peels and masks (alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, glycolic, etc.) can cause burning and redness, not to mention thinning of the epidermis over time.

According to aesthetician Evan Healy, founder of the Evan Healy line of holistic skin care products, it is possible to effectively exfoliate without the use of rough scrubs or acid-based peels. She recommends natural clay, a “universally skin-friendly material” that “acts to effectively draw impurities out of tiny dermal pores and absorb excess oil and dead cells” without disrupting the skin’s protective layer. Healy adds that clay can also “refine skin texture, minimizing the appearance of large pores.” Bonus!

The Evan Healy line features two wonderful clay masks, and you can also make your own. Just mix a teaspoon of dry clay (sold by the ounce at Community Pharmacy) with enough of any liquid (water, hydrosol, milk, etc.) to form a paste. Apply the mixture to your face using your fingers or a brush. Relax for ten minutes or so, then rinse. Smooth! You can also experiment with adding other ingredients, like essential oils or honey, to your mask. The possibilities are endless and your skin will thank you!

Do you smell that? | Fighting Foot Odor

Have you ever suffered from foot fungus or strange smells coming from your skin or feet? Ever wondered what you can do to defeat the stink and get back to having healthy odorless skin? Look no further!  We have many products to help.

Tea tree oil is a common and effective ingredient used to prevent bacterial- and fungal-related odor. We have two great products with tea tree oil that can help treat and prevent the conditions that cause body and foot odor. Four Elements Fun-Gal salve is ideal for treating and preventing fungal infections on feet and hands. With a base of olive oil and beeswax, it goes on smooth and doesn’t leave an oily residue behind. It also has a pleasant herbal smell. A small tin lasts for months.

The second product that is helpful is the Nutribiotic Tea Tree Foot and Body Powder. This is a talc-free powder that absorbs moisture and fights odor with tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract.  It is an easy and inexpensive way to control foot odor and prevent fungal infections. Both of these products can also be used to treat odor on other parts of the body such as your hands.

Remember, by drinking plenty of water to keep hydrated and letting your skin breathe, you will have healthy balanced skin that you don’t feel the need to hide.

By Lance Holm
Cooperator, Community Pharmacy
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For more information please visit:
www.http://veriditasbotanicals.com/

Flawless Face Tips

I’m going to lots of holiday parties and I want my skin to look flawless. Any ideas?

Signed, Festive in Franklin

Dear Festive,
Tis the season for socializing, but dry winter air can really sap the life from your skin. Fortunately I have some recipes that will leave you glowing like a Christmas tree for less than the price of an eggnog latte.
If you have a few minutes and a food processor, you can make this facial mask adapted from wholeliving.com. Papaya and yogurt help dissolve dull skin, and honey helps retain moisture.
1/2 cup diced papaya
1 tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tsp. honey
Combine ingredients in food processor until smooth. Apply mixture to clean skin and leave on for 8-10 minutes. Rinse, pat dry, and finish with a gentle moisturizer. For an even easier but still effective mask, omit papaya and mix yogurt and honey in a bowl. No food processor required!
I also like this recipe from realsimple.com. Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, banana helps moisturize, and lemon juice brightens the skin.
1/2 tsp. spirulina powder
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Whisk ingredients together and apply a thin layer to face. Leave on for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water. Don’t use more than the suggested amount of lemon juice, as it can be irritating.
If you’d like to use a facial mask but would rather not make your own, I highly recommend Evan Healy’s Green Tea Clay. This deeply cleansing mask draws impurities to the surface, and the clay stimulates blood flow to leave you looking like you just stepped out of the spa. I also love Even-Tone Brightening Serum by Suki; used regularly, it really works to fade spots, scars, and discolorations.

Ask Kitty Magoo: Gentle Exfoliation

Dear Kitty,

Is it possible to exfoliate my face gently? Most scrubs and peels are too harsh for my skin.

Signed,
Sensitive in Seneca

Dear Sensitive,

When done correctly, exfoliation, or the removal of dead cells from the outermost epidermal layer, helps keep pores clear and skin looking fresh and radiant. Unfortunately, many exfoliating products actually do more harm than good.

Exfoliation can be done two ways: mechanically, with a scrub that buffs away dead skin cells, or chemically, with a peel or mask that dissolves them. The problem with many scrubs is that they rely on sharp material like walnut shells, which cause tiny little tears in your skin, to exfoliate. Ouch!

Chemical exfoliation may be even more damaging to sensitive skin, as the acids commonly used in peels and masks (alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, glycolic, etc.) can cause burning and redness, not to mention thinning of the epidermis over time.

According to aesthetician Evan Healy, founder of the Evan Healy line of holistic skin care products, it is possible to effectively exfoliate without the use of rough scrubs or acid-based peels. She recommends natural clay, a “universally skin-friendly material” that “acts to effectively draw impurities out of tiny dermal pores and absorb excess oil and dead cells” without disrupting the skin’s protective layer. Healy adds that clay can also “refine skin texture, minimizing the appearance of large pores.” Bonus!

The Evan Healy line features two wonderful clay masks, and you can also make your own. Just mix a teaspoon of dry clay (sold by the ounce at Community Pharmacy) with enough of any liquid (water, hydrosol, milk, etc.) to form a paste. Apply the mixture to your face using your fingers or a brush. Relax for ten minutes or so, then rinse. Smooth! You can also experiment with adding other ingredients, like essential oils or honey, to your mask. The gentle exfoliation possibilities are endless and your skin will thank you!

Meow!