Baby Skin Care – Treating Cradle Cap and Nappy Rash Naturally

According to Loyola University, the average one-month-old baby is bathed four times each week and shampooed three times. Commercial Baby Skin Care Products are loaded with chemicals, fragrances and detergents that dry out sensitive skin and often cause skin rashes in babies and young children. As a result more products are applied with a further de-hydrating affect on your precious baby’s skin. For a natural approach to Baby Skin Care newborn babies need only an occasional bath in warm water and no soap or shampoo is needed. If you are treating cradle cap, nappy rash or skin rashes in babies, then use only natural baby skin care products.

We recommend looking after your baby’s skin with Natural Products that are organic relief for your baby’s skin and scalp and won’t dry out skin. Baby skin care products should have a pH 5.5 and be free of Sodium Lauryl sulphate, soap agents and fragrances.

Over 75 percent of newborn babies get nappy rash within the first months after birth. Nappy Rash most commonly occurs due to bacteria and detergent residues that are not completely rinsed off when nappies are changed and/or washed. It is important to keep your baby’s sensitive skin clean and well hydrated and if nappy rash does occur, we feel natural skin care products and natural treatment of nappy rash and skin rashes in babies is imperative, giving your baby the best organic start in life.

The standard medical treatment for skin rashes and nappy rash is cortisone cream. Fortunately, some paediatricians prefer not use such strong steroids purely for cosmetic reasons. Try Pure Organic Aloe Vera to nourish, moisturise and protect your baby’s sensitive skin. Organic Aloe Vera will gently re-hydrate the most sensitive skin, without fragrance, colour, SLS or gelling agent added. Apply with every diaper/nappy change and don’t rub in; allow a few minutes to dry. The lotion will absorb naturally and allow for much loved nappy free time. We recommend washing the nappy area with clean water each diaper/nappy change then patting dry before applying Aloe Vera lotion. Without a powder base this baby skin care treatment insures no concerns of inhalation. Apply a barrier cream to protect your baby’s sensitive skin. A natural baby skin care barrier cream protects against further dehydration and assists in keeping nappy rash and skin rashes in babies at bay. Apply with every diaper/nappy change.

Aloe Vera has a pH factor very close to that of the skin and it helps to restore the skin to its natural pH. Six antiseptics naturally contained in Aloe Vera soothe nappy rash, baby skin rashes, inflammation and irritated skin and reduce the chance of further infection. Aloe Vera is a mild anaesthetic, antibacterial & antifungal, containing anti-inflammatory fatty acids. These components have shown to assist in relieving itching, swelling, redness and pain. Aloe Vera is a natural moisturiser, fragrance and oil free, perfect for baby skin care products and treating cradle cap, nappy rash and other skin rashes in babies.

Cradle Cap is a thick, yellowish, crusty rash that forms on the scalp and sometimes the eyebrows of babies. Cradle Cap can be found on newborn babies skin, on toddler scalps and if persistent cradle cap can still be found on pre-schoolers. Cradle Cap is not dangerous, only unsightly. Cradle Cap in babies and young children is caused partly by an over production of oil. We suggest, if harsh detergents are used in baby care products and used daily, the bodies natural oil production is stimulated to counter act the drying effects of these so called ‘gentle’ baby care products. Instead, apply Aloe Vera products directly onto the skin, just a fine mist at a time but apply regularly to soften cradle cap crusts, then after bathing rub gently with a towel or a soft hair brush to remove cradle cap crusts. Several attempts may be needed.

Organic Aloe Vera Natural Skin Care Products [] are ideal for baby skin care. Aloe Vera is natural skin treatment that will gently re-hydrate the most sensitive baby skin. Aloe Vera will cleanse, repair, moisturise and protect the most sensitive skin without fear of petroleum by products, SLS, fragrance, colour, gelling agents or fillers added.

40% of our customers use our natural skin care products to replenish challenged skin. Non-irritant and gentle enough for sufferers of allergy, hay fever or asthma.

Choosing the Right Anti-Aging Skin Care for Your Skin Type

How many times have you looked in the mirror and wondered how old people think you are? When was the last time someone saw an old photo of you and commented on how little you have changed? Is it time to start looking at some sort of anti-aging skin care?

It’s a real crime that even though all of your body can change and age over the years your skin is the biggest tattletale when it comes to age. It’s not as if we can hide it either, so we need to start looking at ways to combat the signs of aging. Using anti-aging skin care treatments are a great first step.

Anti-aging creams

Most of us are aware of the different skin creams that are available. These are really just a form of moisturizer that contains a few extra special ingredients like AHA, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin C, and retinol.

Some creams come with the added protection of a sun block and have a tint added to help hide skin blemishes while protecting and re-hydrating the skin. Some are available as concentrated serums, which contain certain beneficial ingredients at higher doses to make them work faster to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Buying the right anti-aging skin care cream for your skin type.

There are so many types of skin, from the dry to the oily, the sensitive and those that have a combination of all skin types. Younger skin also needs different treatment to older skin but fortunately, most skin care creams have which skin type they are suitable for clearly labeled on them. So let’s look at a few of the different skin types and the creams that are most suitable.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is skin that is easily irritated and choosing the wrong skin cream can leave your skin looking inflamed and irritable. In some severe cases you can also end up with rashes, dermatitis and eczema. If this sounds like you then you need to be on your guard when looking for a good anti-aging product for your skin.

Most people will advise that you look for anti-aging skin care products that have the reputation of being organic and natural. But the reality is that there are ‘natural’ skin creams for all types of skin, some of these are pretty potent, so make sure that you read the label properly.

One of the worst ingredients for sensitive skin is salicylic acid. It is a potent ingredient used in many acne prone skin preparations because it easily breaks down dry scaly dead skin. This makes it great for treating blackheads, whiteheads, warts and psoriasis, but lethal for skin that is easily irritated.

Skin creams that are labeled as being suitable for sensitive skin are often lighter in texture and feel than regular creams, this does not make them less effective, just less irritating.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin I bet that you were told that it was OK because you would age less quickly than those with dry skin. To a point this is true, which is why most anti aging skin care treatments focus on moisturizing, but oily skin still needs help as we age so those creams that are light and contain retinol or AHA are usually fairly suitable. Serums are actually a great idea for oily skinned people because you get the benefit of the ‘special ingredients’ without the bulk and grease of the cream base.

Normal or younger skin

If this covers you then you are pretty lucky in that you can pretty-much use whatever you like without dire consequences. Younger skin does require less moisturizing than older or drier skin, so just try a product for a month and see how you feel about it. If you like it continue with it, if it makes you break out in blackheads or it just feels too thick, then discontinue using it and try something else.

Anti-aging skin care for men.

The beginning of the 2000’s saw a huge increase in the amount of anti-aging skin care products aimed at men. Biologically there is little difference between the skin of men and women so it makes sense that the same creams would work for both sexes, however men do have a tendency toward having greasier skin than women so a lighter cream will work better in most cases.

Fortunately as the demand for male skin care products has grown, so has the variety of products available and it is possible to get anti-aging skin care products that are very ‘manly’ in look and fragrance, but that are also light enough to be absorbed without irritating the skin.

Of course, along with anti-aging skin care creams, living a lifestyle that is healthy and eating the right types of foods should also be included in any anti-aging plan.

S. Brooks is a specialized researcher focusing on providing valuable information & solutions for every day issues.

Three Skin Care Habits to Break and Nine Habits to Make

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is a complex, highly dynamic system that plays a very crucial role to our general well-being. Our skin is also a reflection of our overall health. Our skin is our body’s protective layer and it needs care and attention.

Starting a healthy skin care routine and breaking those habits that are detrimental to the skin is the first step towards an overall state of well being and beauty.

The most important bad habits to break are:

Bad Habit #1: Dry Shaving
It is important to note that shaving legs and underarms dry can cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. The skin should be softened with shaving cream prior to shaving. In addition, hand soap is not recommended as a softener. Soap has a tendency to dry out the skin, dull your razor, and invite cuts. Additionally, when shaving, long strokes are less stressful to the skin than short strokes. Consider a shaving cream rich in emollients and after shaving, apply a mild body lotion to soothe the shaved area.

Bad Habit #2: Ignoring Incidental Sun Exposure
Sun exposure is the biggest factor in causing wrinkles, age spots, and dullness. While you may think that just walking to the car or running your daily errands on a sunny day doesn’t count as sun exposure, you’re wrong. Everyday before you leave the house, you should apply a SPF lotion, whether it be in your makeup or in your day cream, don’t leave home without it.

Bad Habit #3: Avoiding Exfoliation
Exfoliation of the skin brings out great results. This method of cleansing removes dead skin cells that have developed on the outer surface, and enhances circulation to the skin surface. Exfoliation will reduce blotchiness and even out the skin tone. How much you exfoliate in a week’s time is dependent upon your individual skin type. However, all skin types need some sort of an exfoliation treatment in their skin care regime. Add a little cornmeal to your cleanser or consider dead sea salt for a great scrub.

Nine Habits to Maintain
The following habits are actual recommendations shared by most dermatologists as a complete skin care regime.

Good Habit #1: Avoid Too Much Cosmeceuticals
Numerous experts agree that the markets are bombarded with skin care products containing ingredients such as alpha-hydroxy acid, antioxidants, salicylic acids and retinoids. These chemical agents, that are supposed to be beneficial to the skin can sometimes be detrimental and cause damage. A lot of women shopping for a skin care product will try different products from different manufacturers. Combining skin care products from different manufactures can be harmful to you skin. Your cleansing cream and moisturizer may contain chemicals that will interact with each other thus causing irritation, and this could very well be a major component for those with sensitive skin. Additionally a complete skin care line from the same manufacturer is designed to work together to get the most benefit from the product.

So good habit #1 is to stay with one type of skin care product line. Shop for skin care product lines that are chemically formulated to work together. In addition, if you are using any prescription skin care products, talk with your doctor about which over the counter products are safe. This would also apply to any type of prescription drugs you are taking.

Good Habit #2: Hydrate both internally and externally. We all know that drinking water does keep you hydrated internally, but did you know it also hydrates the skin. So, get in the standard of 6 to 8 eight-ounce glasses throughout the day.

If you drink a lot of low-cal liquids, drink more water to avoid dehydration. Most of the new sugar substitutes today are dehydrating.

Good Habit #3: Consider a Healthy Exercise
Exercise is great for a beautiful skin. Women that exercise regularly have a healthy glow to their skin. Exercise increases blood flow and circulation thus bringing nutrients to the outer layer of the skin. In addition to a natural glow to your skin, there is a great deal of benefits associated with exercise as you probably know.

Good Habit #4: Intimate with the Phone? Don’t Be!
When talking on the phone, leave a safe distance between your mouth and chin to the mouthpiece. Touching the mouthpiece with you mouth and letting it rest against your face or chin may to lead to rashes or pimple breakouts. Although, I do not know if this has been scientifically proven, it just makes sense that you wouldn’t want the germs or dirty objects up against your face. In addition, if possible try to avoid letting other people use your cell phone or visa versa. You should sanitize your cell phone and your landline frequently. Rubbing alcohol would work for sanitizing.

Good Habit #5: Examine Your Birthday Suit for Spots
When it comes to skin care, any sudden or suspicious-looking mole, bump or other growth on the skin is a reason to see a dermatologist. As skin cancer rates skyrockets having a full body check up by a professional is recommended if you are unsure of any spots or growths on your body.

In addition, those who belong in a high risk group, meaning having a personal or family history of skin cancer, a lot of moles, fair skin, or light eyes or hair, should consult a specialist for a regular check up. The regular examination should start in their teens and probably no later than age 35. However, even if you do not belong in a high risk group, it is still recommended that between the ages of 20 and 40, people must have a cancer-related check up. The check up must include a skin examination every three to four years. Once you hit your 40s, start undergoing a cancer-related examination with skin exam every year. Aside from that, it is advisable that you do monthly self-exams in order for you to keep an eye out for changes and growths.

Good Habit #6: Eat Healthy Foods
Healthy foods refer to those that help your skin and body fight against the bad forces outside and inside. You must consider antioxidants such as vitamin A, C and E as they are highly beneficial for sun damaged skin and fight certain cancers, including skin cancer. Along with a healthy diet consider a multivitamin that meets the RDA standards.

Good Habit #7: Avoid Wearing Your Makeup to Bed at Night
We all know this rule, but have you thought about how detrimental it is to your skin. Leaving foundation, powder or even blusher on your skin overnight clogs skin pores. Additionally, your skin doesn’t breathe all night long and therefore can not replenish and rejuvenate. Clogged pores lead to pimples, blackheads, and blemishes.

When cleaning your skin prior to bedtime, use a good cleanser, followed by a toner and moisturizer. There is no need for your cleanser to have glycolic acid or alpha-hydroxy acids as it is not on your face long enough to actually work. Consider a facial peel whereas the hydroxyl acids or glycolic acid is on the face long enough to be effective.

Good Habit #8: Hands off Those Zits
The best way to get rid of a zit is to leave it alone. Picking, poking, and squeezing just prolong its life. In addition, by picking at the blemish you may cause scarring or spread infection. The best way to get rid of a pimple is to apply a warm compress and dab on an over the counter cream or lotion containing a drying agent such as salicylic acid, benzyl peroxide, witch hazel or sulfur. In addition there are some wonderful home made remedies to reduce outbreaks and clear your complexion.

Good Habit #9: Rest and Get Enough Sleep
While I am not sure of how many studies have been done on skin care and sleep, the signs of not enough sleep based on my own experience are: under-eye bags and dark circles under your eyes. In addition, stress plays a factor on skin care, for instance of eczema has been linked to stress. The benefits of sleep on the body and the skin are exponential and necessary for good health and great skin.

Sleeping position will affect your skin. Sleeping in the same position year after year will naturally cause wrinkles. However finding the right pillow that decreases creasing on the face will reduce premature aging.

As presented there are a lot of habits that we often times ignore, thinking that they don’t play a significant role in our lives. If your main goal is attaining beautiful skin and general well-being, then a healthy lifestyle, and skin regime is worth maintaining. Our daily habits impact our health and our skin.