Dead Skin Cells – Are They A Problem?

About Our Skin

The human skin is a complex organ. It consists of several layers, which are involved in a range of functions, from defence against external pathogens to temperature regulation. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and renews itself every 28 – 30 days.

In an earlier article, I provided a detailed description of the various functions of each of the layers that make up the skin, so I will not discuss these here. This article however, will look at the potential problems dead skin cells can cause if a proper skin care regime is not followed.

Skin Structure Review

The structure of the skin is basically divided into two general layers, the dermis (link to previous article) and the epidermis. The latter is divided further into 5 layers. The layer at the very surface of the skin is called the Stratum corneum, which consists mainly of dead skin cells.

Dead Skin Cells

The body sheds these dead skin cells of it’s own accord, however, exfoliation through the use of skin brushes, luffah’s or exfoliant skin care products, helps to stimulate new cell growth and reduces build up of dead skin cells.

So, how do dead skin cells impact the skin’s health? As the dead skin cells build up on the surface of the skin, they have the potential to act as a barrier to absorption of nutrients from nourishing creams and lotions; they also have the potential to block sweat glands, which can result in white heads, black heads or acne.

Of course you do need a certain amount of dead skin cells to cover your skin, however, it does not need to be very thick to execute it’s function as a barrier. If the rate of skin cell production/death is higher than normal, as for example is psoriasis, the body is unable to shed old cells quickly enough for the new cells to replace them. As the new cells push their way to the surface of the skin, the old cells create a build up of dead skin, which appear as raised patches.

Under normal circumstances, every minute of the day we lose about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells off the surface of our skin – that’s about 4 kilograms per year of dead skin cells. In fact, much of the dust in a house is to a great extent comprised of our dead skin cells.

Effective regulation of dead skin cells

There are basically two reasons for using a daily skin care regime. The first is to keep the skin clean and the dead skin cell layer to a healthy minimum. The second reason is to provide the skin with nutrients and nourishment for optimum functionality.

As aforementioned, using a natural exfoliant skin care product is a great option to gently remove some of the dead skin cells and provide some nutrients at the same time. Following the exfoliation using a cleanser to remove deep-seated dirt and stale oils from skin pores and wrinkles is a necessary next step. This is not just to remove dirt etc., but also helps to keep microbes down, as many of the natural skin cleansers utilise essential oils, which are anti-septic in nature and thus help reduce the chance of skin infections.

Once the cleansing has been completed, it is time to close the pores of the skin to prevent dust and other environmental particles from entering the open pores. This is where a natural toning lotion is ideal. Being formulated to contain astringents and other nourishing ingredients, toners will prepare the skin for the final step – Moisturising.

Moisturising your skin is critical. Moisturisers provide essential nutrients for the skin and at the same time help the skin to retain moisture, preventing dehydration of the skin and acceleration of skin cell death.

Implementing a good daily skin care regime will not only help to remove excessive dead skin cells, but will provide the skin with moisture, nutrients and assist it in its defence against microbial infections.

Source by Danny Siegenthaler

Lifewave Aeon Patches – A Review From Someone Who Uses Them

Lifewave Patches were introduced to the public back in 2004 by David Schmidt, Inventor & CEO. The first year the company introduced Energy Enhancer and has since introduced Silent Nights, Glutathione, Carnosine, Ice Wave, SP6 and in January 2011, Aeon.

In this review I will tell you the benefits of the Aeon patch plus I will give you a firsthand account of how it has benefited me personally.

The Aeon patch is an “Anti-Stress” patch.

Are you aware of how bad stress is on your body? When your body is under stress it will cause your body to age quicker. Not only is it visible by the wrinkles on your face, just think what it is doing to your organs.

Stress causes inflammation in the body. Long term inflammation causes damage to tissues in the body. The key to slowing the aging process is to reduce inflammation.

Signs of Aging due to stress:




Wasted Muscle


and a long list of others………..

How does the Aeon patch work?

The patch is placed on one of five different acupuncture points on the body. The two most common spots are Conception Vessel 6 (an acupuncture point) which is located about three fingers width below the belly button or at the Governing Vessel 14 (an acupuncture point) which is located at the base of the back of the neck, where the C7 vertebra protrudes (the bump at the base of your neck).

In simple terms, the patch causes a bio-chemical reaction in the body. This reaction causes temperature changes in the body which in turn reduces inflammation.

What changes occur with the Aeon Patch?

Reduced pain and inflammation

Improved Energy

Improved skin quality

Reduce stress and inflammation

Improvement in organ function

My experience with the Aeon Patch.

I have been using the Aeon patch for the “Anti-Stress” benefits. The spot I like to use is at the base of my neck, Governing Vessel 14 (see above). My experience has been when I put the patch on I immediately feel a relaxing sensation go through my body. Kind of like a peaceful feeling.

I’m in my forties so thankful I’m not having any of the problems that are associated with aging. But I am using the patches to slow down the aging process, and that is what will happen with these patches.

Less stress on the body means less inflammation.

Anti-aging is about having youthful energy, vibrant health and being pain-free.

Source by Katrina Rooker

What is a Functional Cosmetic and How Do These Products Work?

Cosmetic consumers are a smart bunch. For years, the cosmetics industry plied its buying public with a huge range of skin creams, anti-wrinkle treatments and a host of other products, all promising to miraculously regenerate aging skin into dewy, soft skin in the first flush of youth. The bitter truth was that many of these products didn’t work, and consumers got tired with parting with their hard-earned cash on pots of cream that just didn’t work.

That was until a new type of cosmetic came along that seemed to have much more to offer than just good moisturising properties – functional cosmetics.

Prevention and symbiosis

The buying public is much smarter than advertisers would have you believe. They understand that prevention is far better than a reactive approach to enhancing and maintaining their good looks. This is why more consumers are adopting functional beauty regimes to reverse the signs of aging. Nearly half of skincare sales are in facial, hand and body care, and it is a market worth billions of pounds every year. In recent years, reports have shown that there has been a shift towards cosmetic products with health benefits, rather than just aesthetic value. The rise of functional ingredients backed by scientific research has been a contributing factor in creating this ground shift. Ingredients including vitamins, minerals and essential oils have all been increasingly incorporated into cosmetic products with the aim of imparting sought-after functionality. The theory is that functional cosmetics aren’t just good for fighting off the signs of aging – they’re good for your whole body.

This symbiotic approach to functional cosmetics isn’t just a fad that means manufacturers add the latest ‘natural’ ingredient to their product and market it as a miracle cure for wrinkles. The hype is actually backed up with hard, scientific facts and a plethora of research into the properties of a wide range of plant extracts, often taken from plants referred to as ‘super-herbs’.

Collagen – the perfect example of functional cosmetics at work

Take, for example, the subject of collagen. The principal protein in connective tissue, collagen is a fibrous, structural molecule that provides strength and elasticity to tissue, skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones. Synthetic collagen is a miracle for clinical cosmetics, but the discovery of Functional Keratin by scientists working on the research and development team of an anti aging skin care company in New Zealand is just as miraculous for the functional cosmetics industry. Functional Keratin has been found to elevate the production rate of not only the body’s collagen, but elastin as well. It works in harmony with the body’s natural biological systems to stimulate the natural growth of both collagen and elastin, encouraging it to work naturally, rather than relying on an injection of synthetic collagen or using a product that has synthetic collagen as an active ingredient. And it seems to work far more effectively than any synthetic substance the scientists can come up with.

Having the ability to simply grow your own collagen at a much higher rate eliminates the need for taking collagen injections, thereby removing the introduction of a synthetic drug into your system. The increase in structural tissue that is naturally produced will be enough to make a real difference in skin tone and condition. Some products also contain an ingredient that will raise the amount of hyaluronic acid present in the skin, improving the texture of the skin.

This is why the interest in functional cosmetics is growing, and expect to see this currently unknown phrase cropping up in articles, advertising and packaging across the board. Functional cosmetics, up until now primarily associated with cosmetic dentistry, has made the leap into the wider market and is promoting a more natural way of fighting the signs of aging skin and combating wrinkles – not through synthetic means but by working in synergy with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. This holistic approach is bound to be popular with a public who are becoming increasingly wary of synthetic products that promise the earth, but rarely deliver results.

Source by Allen Masters

Healthy Facial Skin Care – How to Have a Beautiful and Healthy Face

Healthy skin is important to everyone. Your face is the most important part of your body, because its what every looks at first and great facial skin is the first step to creating a fresh, beautiful appearance. Your face requires the proper skin serums and a daily regimen to keep it fresh and beautiful. The most important thing to remember when choosing a facial skin care regime is to choose products that do not contain harmful chemicals. Chemicals, like botox or collagen, my have an immediate effect on the skin, however, in the longer term they will leave your skin facial muscles weak, and cause the skin to sag, or develop dark circles under the eyes. An organic chemical free skin care regimen, will use only natural ingredients to aid your skin in developing natural defensives it already has to promote skin health.

Choosing a Cleanser

When choosing a cleanser, be sure to look for one that does not contain abrasive chemicals, like used it soap, because it will overly dry your skin and eventually cause wrinkles. You will want to look for a cleanser that contains Aloe Vera and some Green Tea to natural remove free radials and toxins.

Daily Moisturizer

Aloe Vera and Jojoba is essential for maintaining good health and skin. Jojoba is an amazing ant oxidizing agent, which is throughout our body in order to boost the immune system. Human skin also contains wax esters for which production steadily decreases with age, causing the skin wrinkles. The extract from Jojoba Nut contains alpha, delta, and gamma Tocopherol, which are all forms of vitamin E. Unlike “oil in water” skin formulas which evaporate when they reach the skin’s surface, Jojoba fluid penetrates the lipid layer forming a non-greasy layer with exceptional transepidermal water control. Jojoba prevents stretch marks thanks to the elastic effect on the skin. It should also be applied after exposing the skin to the sun, because Jojoba contains curative properties which will reduce inflammation and prevent flaking.

Source by Marios Miquel

The Meaning Of True Beauty

Unlike the traditional concepts, beauty is not just defined by humans. What comes to your mind when you see a Bugatti parked in your street (though let’s face it, that doesn’t really happen. Ever!!)? “Wow, what a beauty!”.

For this article, we have decided to focus on the physical aspect of beauty and ignore the rest for now. Beauty in our case is the quality of being pleasant especially to look at. Beauty in not limited to a specific gender. However more often than not it is used when it comes to women. A common misconception is that woman use makeup to look beautiful. That is not true. Natural Makeup can enhance your features so it just brings to notice your plus points and minimizes your negatives. That does not mean that it makes a woman beautiful. Beauty is not defined by physical attractiveness alone. Makeup is very common now and is an important part of our everyday regime. In fact for some people make up might me as important as oxygen. But for everyone out there who loves makeup, a small warning – do not over do it. The best way to go about using makeup is to try to make it look simple and elegant. The natural makeup look is the perfect one to try out this season.

For men, words like handsome and striking are a more common occurrence. However that does not deter us from the fact that both men and women may possess beauty. And yes this again is not limited to physical attributes. Some may perceive a person to be a beauty based on a random act of kindness done by said person. Some may even consider you to be a beauty based on the way you talk or cook or act and the list goes on. What we’re trying to say is that beauty is not just what you look like, it’s what you are and what you do with what you are.

Kindness, Selflessness and other such acts are bound to get you the title of a beauty in the eyes in the same way that having a nice face and figure will. It just matters on the people who are looking AT YOU. Some people place a lot of importance on the physical aspect of beauty whereas other place more significance on the spiritual one. In the end it is just about the type of people who are around you and the qualities that you yourself possess! It isn’t wrong if people place more importance on physical beauty because that is what we see about a person at first glance.

Source by Nick S Curtis

Short Bob Haircuts – Pros & Cons

This style of haircut is a blunt cut even with the edge of your ears all around your head. With this hairstyle you have a choice of bangs or brushing the front across to the side.

In the know about short bob style haircuts

• The best popularity of this hair style was during WW1 in France when in 1915 women ambulance drivers chose the hairstyle for sanitation reasons and convenience

• It became popular in the U.S. in 1918 when the famous ballroom dancer Irene Castle wore a short bob cut and changed ladies looks during the 1920’s. Most women kept their hair long so cutting it short made them feel they had made some steps toward equality and independence from men.

Pros of short bob style haircuts

• Looks good on many facial structures

• Works with different textures of hair such as thin or fine hair layered using a short bob cut to give the appearance of more volume and dimension.

• Highly fashionable

• Easy to shampoo and let dry

• If you participate in sports or have an active lifestyle these haircuts is a great choice. It makes it easier for swimmers to tuck their hair under their swimming cap

• These haircuts do not require extensive styling

• If you work in a job that requires you to wear a hairnet this shorter style is easier to tuck under a hair net. With a short bob hairstyle, you do not have to worry about long strands of hair coming out of the hairnet

• These short haircuts are ideal for those that live year round in a hot climate, as it is comfortable and cooler on your neck.

• It is a great style for summer and spring

Cons of short bob style haircuts

• It limits a woman’s styling options

• Some with natural curly hair stated the short hairstyle made their hair unruly.

• It is very short in the back so it is difficult to tie any of your hair back with hair clips or ribbons.

• Although these haircuts can go with most face styles those with an oblong shaped face, having a short bob cut is not very flattering to them. The hairstyle tends to accentuate the chine and elongate their face and neck.

• Once you have your hair cut this short it can take time to grow back because of the angled cut.

• When these hairstyles do begin to grow back the back of your hair will be shorter than the sides so you may need to go to a beauty salon for trims on the sides until your hair is even all the way around.

Source by Lora Davis

Shag Past and Present – History of This Great Hair Style

The shag hairstyle is a youthful cut where you have short and layered hair. Mostly hair is layered at the crown of the head rather than below. As an option you could add bangs to the cut which you should be able to push off your face. The look should allow you to tuck hair behind your ears and keep them in place with barrettes. Today’s shag could be a variation with more layers towards the bottom of the cut or longer length.

In recent years, the most outstanding and noticed shag hairstyle was Meg Ryan’s in IQ. The flirty short shaggy bobs were a variation which really motivated a number of us youngsters waiting at our stylists with her picture, queuing up for a similar look. Though it may look real neat and trendy, you need a stylist with ‘shear magic and eye for styling’ to get you the right look. He should know exactly where to layer your hair depending in your face and features; where to thin out thick hair and give volume to thin hair. A shag hairstyle is the most versatile haircut giving you the option to style it in two to three different ways! You could add bangs on one side, both sides, keep it long or short, keep it messy, styled or carefree and the best is you can manage them at home without the need to buy every styling product in the market.

Paul McGregor had invented the Shag hairstyle and gave it to Jane Fonda in the movie Klute . Farrah Fawcett wore it in the famous Charlie’s angels television show and it became a phenomenon of sorts. Shag is the classic hairstyle of the ’70s and considered one of the ‘coolest’ as it was worn by the heart throbs of that time. David Bowie, Rod Stewart, everybody who was anybody had the shag hairstyle. During the ’80s, adaptations of the shag hairstyle were worn by the heavy metal rock bands who wore their hair in long shag cuts. The shag hair style was the ultimate unisex style and women and men were both wearing it with élan.

Another theory suggests that in the 1960’s men had begun wearing their hair long after the hairstyle Process brought in the 1920s by the African Americans. In the 1970s when hairstyles were changing and the process style was fading, men were habituated to wearingh their hair long. So, in the 80s, they let their hair grow at the back of the head while keeping them shorter at the top. This was the first form of the shag hairstyle worn by men which was soon adapted into various styles.

The 70s was an era of the youth, the end of the Vietnam War added in making it the turning point for them. Platform shoes, disco dancing and the Beegees; this new found youth was perhaps the reason for the emergence of this carefree, youthful and messy hairstyle- the Shag hairstyle.

Source by Jason Hughes

Colored Multifocal Contact Lenses

Contact lenses are a good alternative to traditional eyeglasses. They are normally placed on the cornea of the eye. A variety of colored contact lenses (both prescription and non-prescription) are available in the market today. They work better than any eye make-up. Like conventional contacts, certain colored contact lenses are also used for astigmatism or bifocals.

Colored multifocal (or bifocal) contact lenses are becoming very popular for several reasons. Besides correcting near vision and distant vision, they can totally change the color of eyes or can serve to improve dark or light eye color. Since the lens is used for two distinct purposes, multifocal contacts are designed in various ways. In some styles, near and far corrective parts are seen on the same area of the lens. But in some other designs, the two parts are placed away from each other.

There are mainly three common styles – the alternating, simultaneous, and concentric vision styles. In an alternating lens, the distant visual correction is fixed on the top half of the lens, while the near visual correction is on the bottom. This arrangement enables you to look up to distant objects, or look down to read a book. In the simultaneous bifocal lenses, the two corrective parts of the lens are placed very close to the center (almost at the pupil). In a concentric lens, the distant vision part is near the perimeter of the lens, while the near corrective is close to the center.

Among the many choices for colored contacts are visibility tints, enhancement tints, opaque color tints, and light-filtering tints. Visibility tint lenses do not affect your eye color. Enhancement tints are used for the purpose of improving the eye’s natural color. Opaque tint lenses are designed to alter eye color, and consist of several tiny colored dots to attain the color change. But, center part is left clear for vision purposes. Light-filtering tints are designed to enhance certain colors and diminish others.

Source by Eric Morris

Best 6 Natural Eye Remedies

A late night out, the common cold or shedding a few tears quickly remind us of the fact when we look at our eyes in the mirror. Raising a family creates a need at one time or another for mothers to work their magic on sore and irritated eyes. Quick natural eye remedies from our kitchen are very handy. Mothers and women will appreciate this convenient option.

Women are constantly seeking quick tricks to alter their overnight flaws as they arrive unwontedly on our face. Our eyes tell us quickly when they do not feel right and so does the mirror. Quick remedies are the trick. Getting into the car to buy the remedy is not fast enough and when the store is closed, there is no access. What could be easier than a walk to our kitchen?

Eyes are very susceptible to swelling because they are such sensitive receptors.

Did you know that the eyes are the most sensitive body organs, yet they are continuously exposed to pollution and dust amongst other things? We take this for granted and hardly pay attention to them until they throb or swell or ooze liquid warning us that something has distressed them.

Nature once again provides us with its simple support. Regrettably, city living too often distracts us from natural remedies until we remember that it is our most basic ally and that we can turn to it for virtually anything.

If you have puffy, swollen, red, tired eyes or conjunctivitis then these simple remedies will be just what the doctor ordered for your home. They are handy and fast and are available when you least expect a puffy or red eye. Mothers, take a look and see how easy these quick fixes made in our kitchens are.

Try these quick easy home made natural eye compressors and rinses below.

Eyes Compress with Apples – a compress for swollen, puffy eyes

-Place a heaped teaspoon of grated apple between 2 squares of gauze

-Place each square over the closed eyes

-Lie down for 20 minutes

-To remove, rinse with warm water.

Eye Rinse with Parsley – a rinse for tired eyes, helps to clear conjunctivitis

-I handful of fresh parsley

-750ml (3 cups) of water

-Rinse the parsley well

-Place parsley in a heatproof dish

-Boil water and pour over the parsley

-Leave to cool and to infuse for several hours

-Strain through a fine sieve or muslin cloth

-Fill an eye bath with the cooled liquid

-Rinse the open eye, blinking a few times

-If necessary, use several times a day

Eye Compress with Potatoes – a compress for swollen, puffy eyes

-Grate a raw potato

-Strain its juice through a muslin cloth

-Soak 2 cotton-wool pads / balls in the juice

-Place on the eyelids for 20 minutes

-Rinse with warm water

Eye Compress with Eggs – a compress to revitalize tired eyes, puffiness

-First, bath the eyes with cool water

-Then dab beaten egg white on the skin around them

-Leave to dry for a few minutes until the mask hardens

-Remove by rinsing off with warm water

Eye Soother with Chamomile Tea Bags – soothes red, tired eyes

-Moisten and cool the tea bags

-Place over your closed eyes for 10 minutes

Instant Eye Soother

-Place 2 cooled tea bags over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes

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Source by Kiki Bakker

Laser Hair Removal: The SHR-Technology

The SHR technology is the latest technology of permanent laser hair removal. Since it is relatively new to the market, many potential customers ask questions about the innovative method. How is the process of a SHR treatment? Is it painless? What should I do? These questions and more will be answered below. However, it is recommended to take personal information from a dermatologist or esthetician in your environment.

What does the term “SHR” stands for? It stands for “Super Hair Removal”. The developers took this name, because it’s the most effective method for removing unwanted hair until now. Although it is comparable to the laser hair removal or the IPL method, but you will notice significant differences in the employment.

Super Hair Removal is considered as a painless hair removal method

This kind of pulsed light treatment is absolutely painless. Only at very hairy body parts, it can happen that you feel the pulses of light and some warmth. Have felt the slightly unpleasant tingling, the total retail after treatment with the IPL or laser treatments method is not usually given. Like other laser hair removal methods, also in this case a thin layer of contact gel is applied, which is to cool the treated area. Of course, this contributes also to the aforementioned pain.The SHR method ist compatible with every part of your body, except the immediate surroundings of the eyes.

Every hair and skin type is suitable with the SHR treatment

Other than the laser and IPL method, you will have here the advantage that the skin and hair color won’t play a significant role. While previous methods were with a light complexion and dark hair, the condition for successful treatment, it means that must be fulfilled for the SHR method no specific skin type. Of course, light skin and dark hair still does best with the treatment, but in the SHR-technology is not only the melanin “attacks”, but equally the protein of the stem cells. For this reason, it should pose no difficulty to treat people with dark skin and bright, fine hair.

Of course there are some points that they should do before and after treatment: First, do not expose your skin, for at least two days prior to treatment, to strong UV light. Solarium or aggressive sunlight should be taboo, so painless, successful hair removal can be guaranteed. After the treatment you should avoid the sun or the tanning bed as well, because the skin is after the SHR procedure (like after all other high-energy hair removal processes) very sensitive. Besides, your body is not affected, so you can pursue your usual tasks safely. If you still go in the sun, you should choose a sunscreen with a high sun block factor.

Unwanted side effects can be easily be avoided

As you can see, in the SHR method compared to other hair removal methods to be considered rather uncertain, because the process is so pleasant and uncomplicated. However, you should take the advice of your dermatologist in each case seriously, so that there wouldn’t be any side effects and you can determine everything for the most effective results, for a long run smooth, beautiful skin.

Source by Alessandro Reichgruber