Friday, October 28, 2011

Organic or Chemical Exfoliating Products?

As a natural skin care practitioner you may often find yourself in the difficult situation of choosing optimal results or staying to true to your desire to keep nothing but naturals touching your face.

It’s a difficult situation for you. This especially true when it comes to exfoliating products, which have seen major scientific advances in recent years to improve their effectiveness while minimizing side effects.

Now you may want to stay true to your natural roots no matter what, but in doing so you very well may be missing out on more beautiful skin, while potentially setting yourself up for some potentially damaging side effects.

The Problem With Many Organic Exfoliating Products

It goes without saying that there are many benefits to utilizing organic exfoliating products. Nor is there any point in saying that organic exfoliating products don’t get result.

The problem is, many organic exfoliating products come in the form of a scrub containing ingredients that have a likelihood of causing intense facial irritation, and even worse, facial scaring.

How does this happen? It’s simple. Because your skin (or anyone’s skin) was not designed to take the abrasion that most organic exfoliating products use to remove the dead layer of skin cells that cause dull or rough skin appearance an irritation occurs.

Depending on your skin type and sensitivity, you could experience intense dryness, redness or at the far end, permanent scars.

Glycolic Acid: The Problem Solver

This scenario is in stark contrast to an experience one would find using a glycolic exfoliating product. Glycolic acid is the new standard being used by dermatologists across the world for in office facial peels and spot treatments.

Glycolic acid is stronger than salicylic acid, the once king of acne treatments, without the harsh side effects such as redden or dry skin.

This is due to the chemical makeup of glycolic acid that allows the percentage used during a treatment to be precisely controlled. Ensuring the right amount is used to remove the layer of dead skin cells on your face without any harsh side effects.

And unlike most organic exfoliating products, glycolic acid based exfoliants can be found in a multitude of application methods; exfoliating pads, creams and serums all exist.

Decisions, Decisions

Staying true to your skin care beliefs or change them to allow for you to realize more effect exfoliating products with less potential side effects?

It’s a question only you can answer. Hopefully this article helps you to consider whether or not glycolic exfoliating products are right for you.

Monday, October 10, 2011

What to Choose: Antiperspirants

In spite of deodorants class of antiperspirants are considered as drugs. Antiperspirants aim to cease or significantly diminish process of perspiration and thus cut down the damp environment where bacteria develop.

Antiperspirants work to preclude perspiration by affecting sweat gland and as well as blocking the pores with such strong astringents as aluminum salts so that the pores can’t excrete sweat. The clogging of sweat glands decline the volume of sweat released in the underarms.

Antiperspirants are designed to be used for the armpits, while deodorants may also be applied to feet and other areas of body as well. Due to they don’t interfere with sweating which is a natural process of body cooling, deodorants are more desirable to apply.

In spite the fact that according to recent research, antiperspirants contained aluminum salts are safe; aluminium in very high doses has been considered as a neurotoxin and it can adversely impact on the blood-brain barrier and has hostile epigenetic effects.

Aerosol antiperspirants gained popularity due to they dispense a spray without contact with the underarm area. Though, in 1977 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibited the active ingredient aluminum used in aerosols, due to harmful effect of inhalation during long time and whereas, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limited the application of propellants used in aerosols because these gases promote to destroy the ozone layer.

As the popularity of aerosols began to decrease, roll-on forms antiperspirants became more popular. Nowadays, stick form is the most popular type of deodorants.