Our lives can be so busy and hectic that certain habits get pushed to the side. Somehow, these also tend to be the habits associated with health, such as eating right, exercise…and skin care! What skincare practices should you absolutely not skimp on?

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Skin is the largest organ in your body, and it is also one of the few that is constantly exposed to the elements –wind and rain, hot and cold, allergens and irritants, and more. In addition, skin is the gatekeeper to the rest of the body; it works to keep harmful things out and to hold beneficial things in. These two attributes together shine a light on how important it is for us to protect our skin as much as we can. If we protect our skin, our skin will protect us. So, what are the main concerns that we need to protect our skin from?

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Did you know that diet can affect skin?

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Colloidal Oatmeal, created by grinding oats into a fine powder, is an ingredient used for dry, itchy or irritated skin. It is also one of the few ingredients that has stood the test of time; oatmeal was used for skin care as far back as Ancient Egypt!

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Glycerin is a moisturizing ingredient that is found in a variety of products from body soap to hand cream. It naturally occurs in vegetable oil but may also be created/isolated chemically.

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Eczema and dry skin often get confused and are often spoken of interchangeably because the results – dry, itchy, irritated skin- are similar, but they are actually different conditions. What are the key differences?

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A burning or stinging sensation, redness or dryness after applying a given product does not necessarily mean that you have “sensitive skin.” This is a common misconception that has many people believing that they have a sensitive skin condition that they may or may not actually have. The reaction may be due to the nature of the ingredients or other external factors. So, what’s the difference between sensitive skin and skin sensitivity?

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Researchers in dermatology have recently begun looking at the potential skin care benefits of a natural ingredient – sunflower seed oil.

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When kids start wearing jewelry, make-up, different clothing materials and new skin care products, it is not uncommon for itchy & rashy skin to appear. It can take time to learn what specific ingredients and substances cause a reaction an individual person.

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We know that rashes and itchy skin are very common in childhood, but what are some specific skin issues that children experience?

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In our early years, skin tends to be more sensitive in general because it is thinner and more delicate. It has yet to develop the heartier protective barrier we develop with age.  You likely know this because skin care products for babies and toddlers so often says “sensitive” and “formulated without…” a few common ingredients in adult products, but here are a few tips for young children’s sensitive skin:

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Did you know that about 1 in 10 kids develop eczema? As you can tell by the statistic, eczema is very common children, often appearing before age 5 (this is true for about 90% of all eczema sufferers). Eczema goes away by adulthood in about half of all people who had it in childhood.

 

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Applying cold to the areas affected with eczema, helps to calm the inflammation and reduce discomfort. Try these methods next time you're eczema is particularly bothersome:

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BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 

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