Questions about skin care. 
If you have any questions about skin care products, please feel free to email me,even if you think it may be a silly question.
Thanks and take care,
Norene
executiveskin@aol.com


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Glycolic Acid...what's all the fuss about?  
Glycolic Acid
By Angela Palmer, About.com Guide
Created: February 04, 2009

Definition:
An alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from sugar cane. One of the most well-known and widely used AHAs, glycolic acid is used to smooth wrinkles, fade hyperpigmentation and sun damage, and generally improve the tone and texture of the skin. As such, it is often used in anti-aging products.

Glycolic acid, because of the small size of its molecules, can easily penetrate the skin. It helps loosen the bonds that hold skin cells together, allowing dead skin cells to slough off more effectively. The skin feels softer and smoother, and its overall appearance is enhanced.

Glycolic acid can be found in over-the-counter products, such as cleansers, masks and moisturizers. It is also utilized in stronger chemical peels available at your salon or your dermatologist's office. It can cause sun sensitivity, so you must wear sunscreen whenever you are using glycolic acid treatments.


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Zits… at my age? By Norene Magnuson 
Zits… at my age?
Are you one of those adults who have a few acne breakouts every month around the time of your menstrual cycle? Do you ask yourself “why now, I never had acne as a kid.?” You may want to supplement with 50mg of zinc picolinate, also take one or two B100’s at this time. Acne around the mouth is typically hormonal and these two forms of supplements if taken daily will help decrease annoying breakouts. Acne products are very useful for killing bacteria on the skin which is essential for clear skin.


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Healthy skin...did you know? 
Healthy Hint


Want to look younger and reduce wrinkles?

Here are a few ideas on how to help your skin look better naturally: first, drink lots and lots of filtered water. Next, (you guessed it) eat lots of raw fruits, nuts and vegetables and reduce your intake of processed, packaged foods. You can also stop smoking and reduce your in take of alcohol and caffeine. As always, maintain a good exercise program and reduce your stress (or your facial reaction to stress!).

A few foods to look for that helps your skin are: any organic berries, almonds, olive oil, sardines, omega three oils like fish and flax, alfalfa, kelp, avocados and cucumber. When I eat these foods, especially avocados or the omega three oils from fish, I notice a visible reduction in wrinkles and eye puffiness the following day. Try it, it's a great experiment. Then take note when you eat processed snack foods before you go to bed (although we all don't do that, do we?!?). You will notice puffy eyes and a "hmm I don't look very good today" morning.

Nutrients and supplements to make sure you are getting enough of are: vitamins A/B/B12/C/D3/E, selenium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, grape seed extract, MSM (methylsufonyl methane), primrose oil and aloe vera. These are all great for your skin.

Your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body. Eat the foods the way God made them and your body will reward you with beautiful, young looking skin - now that's a motivator!


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Back acne do's and dont's by angela palmer 

Oily Skin Treatment
Body and back acne is triggered by the same factors as facial acne. However, there are some differences in treatment, especially when it comes to skin care. Knowing how to effectively care for body acne can help prevent breakouts and speed healing.

Difficulty: Easy
Here's How:
1. Choose a gentle cleanser. Traditional bar soaps may not be the best choice, as they can dry the skin and further irritate breakouts. Instead, use a mild, fragrance-free cleansing bar, such as Ivory or Dove. You may also get good results with an over-the-counter body wash made specifically for body acne.

2. Toss out your loofahs, body brushes, and body scrubs. Body acne can't be scrubbed away. In fact, you may be doing more harm than good. Vigorous scrubbing of the skin exacerbates inflammation of the follicles and can worsen breakouts. Your best choice is to carefully wash affected areas with a soft cloth, or with your hands.

3. Try baths instead of showers. Soaking in a warm bath loosens dead skin cells. The sloughing away of cellular debris helps keep the pores open and clear, reducing the chance of comedones. Some estheticians recommend putting a cup of Epsom or Dead Sea salt into the bath water to help heal inflamed lesions. Make sure the acne-effected areas remain submerged under the water for at least twenty minutes.

4. Apply acne creams or topical medications. Topical creams can help speed exfoliation and reduce the number of P. acnes, the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts. If your body acne is mild, you can purchase benzoyl peroxide lotions over the counter. Apply to dry skin twice daily. If your body acne is more advanced, talk to your doctor. He can decide help decide which topical medications will work best for you.

5. Wear loose, natural fiber clothing. Natural fibers, such as cotton, allow your skin to breathe. Avoid tight, constricting clothing and clothing that rubs against the skin. Stay away from scratchy materials, such as wool, as well. These materials may further irritate the skin.


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