Herbal Facial Mask

Reduce Signs Of Aging with the Vivoderm Anti-Aging Mask

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Many of us do not realize how good we have it until it’s going or gone.  Unfortunately, this applies to skincare as well. In your 20’s, your skin is at it’s most supple, plump and wrinkle-free. While you might suffer from occasional bouts of acne due to hormones, collagen stores are plentiful and there’s not a crow’s foot in sight. The most you may have to do is cleanse, tone, apply sunscreen and get on with your day. But make no mistake, doing something is preferable to skipping a skincare routine all together. Doing nothing can really backfire as you age. Preventative care is what you are aiming for now.

By your 30’s the skin might start to show signs of aging, depending on how much time you spent in the sun and how little you did or did not follow a skincare regimen in your 20’s. Crow’s feet might begin to show around the eyes, and laugh lines may appear around the mouth. Sun spots and hyper-pigmentation can also be a new cause for alarm. These new signs of aging will appear not only on your face, but on your hands, neck and decolletage area as well – anywhere that gets constant sun exposure will be at risk. Collagen levels also begin to drop in your 30’s and 40’s and skin will slowly begin to thin and sag. If you make an extra effort to care for your skin from an early age, then you can do much to prevent the early signs of aging.

If you were not one to start early with a skincare regimen and have noticed those small signs of aging creeping up, never fear. There is a lot you can still do to prevent future skin damage and even repair or reverse your age spots and wrinkles. Besides your basic daily skin care routine – cleansing, toning, moisturizing – it is important to also use a few anti aging skin care products. Nowadays there are many different products and treatments available in the market to prevent signs of aging. Some products might be laden with chemicals, acids and other ingredients promising fast, extreme results. It is up to you and perhaps your dermatologist to determine the products that will be most effective for your skin type.

Custom-blend, powdered herbal facial mask

Vivoderm is natural-based skincare line that always recommends using products that are as gentle and chemical-free as possible. One of the most successful products in the Vivoderm Natural Skincare line is the 100% herbal Anti-Aging Mask.

This mask and the entire Vivoderm line was developed over 40 years ago by the Vivoderm founder, holistic dermatologist, Dr. H. Adhami, and used on thousands of patients in his private practice. *

Dr. Adhami believes the best treatments will help revitalize and repair your skin, not chemically burn or peel it away.  The Vivoderm Anti-Aging Mask is 100% herbal and natural and does not contain any chemicals or preservatives. Instead of peeling away the top layer of damaged skin, the way a chemical acid or peel would, the anti-aging mask allows the skin to heal and regenerate naturally with the absorption of pure enzymes and vitamins. The most powerful anti-aging herbs found in nature; Marshmallow, Rosemary and Aloe Vera, reduce inflammation and soothe skin while Lavender and Mint purify and refine the appearance of pores.  Two powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E and Green Tea along with other therapeutic essentials, repair free-radical damage.

And unlike pure clay masks, this self-mixed facial mask uses actual pulverized herbs along with natural pro-active enzymes and vitamins to reduce age spots and discoloration, boost vitamin intake and provide nutrients and anti-oxidants to your skin. It can also be custom-blended to suit your changing skin needs. If you need more moisture or a pick-me-up, blend the herbal mask powder with plain yogurt. If your skin is oily, use water, toner or witch hazel to change the consistency and effect.

This mask was also designed to increase cellular turnover, skin circulation and perk up and invigorate dull, damaged skin. The medium-grain texture of the blended herbs creates a natural exfoliate to help remove top-layer dead skin cells and create a smoother skin touch and feel. Gentle exfoliation also minimizes pores and discolorations, purifies the skin and removes black heads. Natural yogurt enzymes act as a gentle skin lightener; minimizing sun, acne and pregnancy spots while protecting skin against future damage.

We believe after the very first use you will start noticing the difference in your skin to reveal a radiant, fresh and more youthful complexion. Full size kits, refills and sample kits are available at www.vivoderm.com

* After regular use, many patients reported a dramatic change in their skin. Finer lines, smoother skin, smaller pores and reduced discolorations were typical effects.

• Size – 3.2 oz.
• 100% natural and herbal and contains no preservatives or chemicals.
FULL KIT comes with convenient porcelain mixing bowl and scoop.
• Actual dry pulverized herbs – not a clay mask.
• No animal testing. No parabens.
• Mix with equal amounts of water, toner or yogurt before use.

ANTI – AGING FACIAL MASK INGREDIENTS 
Ingredients: Avena Sativa (Oat Flour), Secale cereal (Rye Flour), Starch, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Althaea officinalis (Marshmallow), Anethum Graveolens (Dill), Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender), Mentha arvensis (Mint), Origanum vulgare (Oregano), Yogurt Powder, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Cuminum (Cumin), Ocimum basilicum (Basil), Green Tea, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Calcium Panthothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine-HCL (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin H).

NATURAL SKIN PRODUCTS FOR SUN PROTECTION

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Sun Protection and Photo Aging

“Photo-aging” is the term used to describe the damage that is done to the skin from prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV radiation The amount of photo aging that develops depends on different factors such as a person’s skin color and their history of long-term or intense sun exposure. Studies have shown that repeated ultraviolet (UV) exposure breaks down collagen and impairs the synthesis of new collagen. The sun also attacks our elastin causing the skin to become loose, wrinkled, and leathery.

young lady applying sunscreen at the beach

Ultraviolet radiation penetrates the layers of the skin. Both UVA and UVB rays cause damage leading to wrinkles, lower immunity against infection, aging skin disorders, and cancer. However, they appear to damage cells in different ways.

UVB rays are the main cause of sunburns, and primarily affects the outer skin layers. UVB is most intense at midday when sunlight is brightest. Slightly over 70% of the yearly UVB dose is received during the summer. Only 28% is received during the remainder of the year.

UVA rays penetrate more deeply and efficiently. The intensity of UVA rays is less dependent on the time of day and season of the year than UVB rays. For example, you receive only about half of your yearly UVA dose during the summer months, with the balance spread over the rest of the year.

Almost all dermatologists and doctors agree, sun protection products should be worn year round. It is important to apply sunscreen diligently during the summer months as it is most intense at this time. But just because you’re a mountain dweller, don’t think you can avoid the sun’s rays there either. UV rays are almost twice as harsh at higher altitudes.  Combined with the reflective snow surface, high altitude sun can damage skin at a surprisingly fast rate and cause just as much damage as sun burns on the beach.


Sunscreen Product Facts

  • Broad spectrum only should be used.
  • SPF is only related to UVB protection and does not provide a reference to the UVA protection in the product.
  • All sunscreens will have UVB protection, which is reflected in the SPF.
  • If skin sunburns in 10 minutes, a properly applied sunscreen SPF 15 means they will burn in 150 minutes
  • Physical screens reflect light whereas chemical screens absorb UV converting the energy into heat
  • SPF15 blocks 87.5% of UVB and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB.

If you are looking for the best all around protection against UV rays, Zinc Oxide is your best choice. Zinc has a superior ability to protect your skin from UVA radiation. So, it is the natural, organic star of the skin care products available today. Zinc may leave a slight ‘white-cast’ on your skin, but considering the alternative chemical-laden, inflammatory or allergy-inducing options for sun protection today, zinc is an excellent choice for sensitive skin. Scientists are currently working on a “micro-fine” version of zinc to eliminate this effect without changing the power of the sunscreen itself.

Zinc Repairing Facial Cream

Anti-Acne, Sun protection SPF 15

Always look for a sunscreen product that is dual-spectrum, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are the rays that cause wrinkles and skin aging, while UVB rays produce tans and burns. Applying sunscreen to not only the face but body is important. Sunscreen should be applied daily and even multiple times during the day depending on your outdoor activities. Sun protections no lower than SPF 30 should be applied to the face and body.

Many may also be unaware they can EAT for sun protection! Natural anti-oxidants from fresh berries, green tea, spirulina and many other foods act as natural barriers to the harmful effects of the sun.

The Sunscreen Product Debate – Potentially Harmful Ingredients of Sunscreens

You may be wondering, “How effective are sunscreens in protecting the skin against UVA and UVB rays from the sun? How harmful are their ingredients? Do sunscreens damage more than they protect?” Many have reported the very ingredients in sunscreens that offer sun protection, have also been found to have adverse side effects

While the debate between whether sunscreens are safe or not continues, chemical watchdog, the Environmental Working Group reported 84% of sunscreen products are harmful to consumers.

The bottom line is this. It is up to you as the informed consumer to research all skin care and sunscreen products you use, not only for efficacy but for safety as well. You only have one body, do your best to protect it and treat it well. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and take necessary precautions and measures to increase your natural sun protection factor and avoid future skin damage.

The Healing Power of Shea Butter

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We all know that hydration is crucial and that drinking plenty of water optimizes the functions of the body. What some people forget is that the body needs not only to be hydrated from the inside but also from the outside. With the summer sun sapping moisture from your skin, it’s the perfect time to introduce ultra-moisturizing shea butter treatments into your skincare regimen.

Shea butter comes from nuts of karite trees, which are only found in the wild in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa. It is said Cleopatra used to smooth shea butter onto her body to counteract Egypt’s scorching climate. Centuries later, people around the world turn to this versatile skincare ingredient for all manner of applications from soothing scrapes to treating parched hair.

closeup of shea butter and shea nuts

Shea trees can live for 300 years, but they produce nuts only once annually. It takes about 15 to 30 years for karite trees to bear high-quality fruit that is later crushed and boiled to obtain a yellowish-colored fatty extract. According to the American Shea Butter Institute (ASBI), this product, which is rich in vitamins A, E, and F, is a superior moisturizer that contains remarkable healing properties for a variety of skin ailments, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It is also used to fortify and protect cell membranes, fade scars, minimize the appearance of stretch marks and wrinkles, improve hyperpigmentation, offer natural protection from harmful ultraviolet rays, and even relieve sinus problems. Shea butter is known as one of the most effective skin healers and moisturizers ever created. Originally used by African healers thousands of years ago, shea butter remains one of nature’s most potent skin rejuvenators and hydrators.

The ASBI recommends using the cold pressed shea butter that does not contain chemicals or preservatives. The ASBI classifies products as A, B, C or F. Class A is premium shea butter while class F is poor quality shea moisturizer. Pure shea butter is also edible and has long been used for cooking in many parts of Africa. Unrefined 100 percent shea butter is available at health food stores throughout the US.

This deeply nourishing product also has a low melting point, and it penetrates quickly when it comes in contact with the skin without leaving behind any greasy residue. Shea butter’s ease of use and myriad benefits have made it extremely popular and a darling on spa menus. Shea butter is high in oleic acid – a deeply moisturizing essential fatty acid that comprises the trademark thick texture. It’s also an ideal carrier for essential oil blends and mixes well with other oils such as fractionated coconut, jojoba and safflower.

While shea butter is effective on the body, it can also help people put their best faces forward and be a saving grace for those with troubled skin. Studies have shown it to be a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It decreases any acne flare-ups while naturally hydrating the skin, hence normalizing the sebum production to avoid future outbreaks – leaving the skin less oily.

Shea butter works well on all skin types, even sensitive skin. In addition, it boasts cinnamates and other compounds that may help inhibit enzymes that contribute to the inflammatory response.

The delicate and wrinkled eye area can benefit greatly from using shea butter to plump the skin around the eye area and help erase crow’s feet. Because the eye area does not have many oil glands, the skin around the eyes easily dehydrates without the ability to reproduce oil. The use of shea butter in eye cream provides a rich and healing source of hydration to penetrate the neglected eye area, keeping it supple and helping it retain moisture.

 

Also look for shea butter in your all over body creams and body butters. Shea butter and Coca Butter is used to help skin of all types heal and regain moisture levels and leave a silky finish. In addition to treating the delicate eye area, lips and lip lines can also be improved with shea butter. Not only does shea butter nourish the skin but it is also used to treat troubled tresses. Warm shea butter can be applied to the shaft of the hair to heal, protect, and penetrate every strand to make hair shinier, softer, and stronger. This treatment is perfect for people with dry, damaged, or over-processed hair as it promotes restructuring of the hair shaft. It’s beneficial to those who have been exposed to the sun and ocean, or extreme elements that are damaging and drying to the hair.

No matter what your outdoor preference is this summer –whether it is swimming, hiking or simply sunning – be sure to include versatile shea butter in your skin care treatment plans!

Stay Radiant and Young with Natural Anti Aging Skin Care

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If you want to stay youthful and beautiful without the help of botox or surgery, then stick with the basics.  These include: staying out of the sun, eating a balanced diet, giving up alcohol and smoking and moderate exercise.  But, still you may find that your skin needs something extra that you are unable to provide. There are many different anti aging skin care products available to choose from and we know from experience, the options can get overwhelming. With so many trends coming out – acids, peels, peptides, collagen, serums, bio-cosmetics, lasers, micro-needling, etc.  What is popular this month is sometimes found to be harmful the next. antiagingpackage

Signs of aging are natural and inevitable. Unfortunately, if you do not take proper care today, your skin will appear much older by sheer neglect tomorrow.  If you were one of the few youths who lived in a cold climate or stayed indoors quite a bit, then you would now be blessed with fewer wrinkles and age spots. Many others weren’t so lucky.  Countless numbers of baby boomers and Gen-X’ers slathered on the baby oil as we baked in the sun day after day on those long carefree summers.

To combat past damage and prevent future damage, most skin care professionals suggest a basic daily skin regime.  This includes: cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting. Weekly exfoliation and facial masks are also suggested to keep skin at it’s most optimal.

  1. Cleanse your skin every morning and before bedtime to reduce dirt and oil buildup. Always remove your makeup each night.
  2. Tone:  Follow up your clean skin with a Ph balanced, acid-free toner to keep your skin it’s in optimal range – not too oily and not too dry.  Spritz or apply with a clean cotton pad.
  3. Moisturize:  Always give your skin that extra bit of hydration to prevent fine lines and wrinkles. (Even oily skin needs a light moisturizer to prevent excess oil production).
  4. Protect:  Apply an SPF or natural sunblock facial moisturizer every day you are planing to be outdoors or in the sun.
    Be sure to include your neck and chest area!

No magic potion will keep you looking young forever.  However, with the daily use of good anti aging skin treatment products you can slow down the process of aging and help keep your skin soft and supple.

That’s why Vivoderm believes in sticking with the basics when it comes to your skincare as well.  Simple, herbal and botanical products with ingredients you can pronounce and recognize are what we strive to create. 100% herbal facial masks made only of pulverized herbs, vitamins and natural acids, facial creams with healing, botanical ingredients and natural emollient oils.

Vivoderm Natural Skincare provides a great anti aging package at an affordable price which includes our Anti -Aging Facial Mask, Intense Moisturizer or Zinc Repairing Facial Cream, Green Tea Toner, Rosemary and Chamomile Cleanser, and our Anti Wrinkle Cream for the eyes. These products have been designed to repair and regenerate skin by renewing, healing and protecting your skin – bringing back lost vitality.  All Vivoderm skincare products are made from natural ingredients that promote skin health. The products are free from chemicals and preservatives and hence are safer for your skin than cheaper drugstore brands.

Try it out for yourself and see the difference!

Winter Foot Care with Vivoderm

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For much of the country winter is in full swing. While we are bundled up, staying warm and wearing thick winter boots, the last thing we tend to think about is our feet. Taking care of your feet is just as important as your hands or face – since feet are the reason most people are able to perform their regular activities. Caring for your feet starts with wearing comfortable shoes. With proper footwear you will alleviate pain and help to avoid any kind of foot ailments like blisters or bunions. When wearing winter boots be sure to allow space for extra thick winter socks or tights. Once you have great fitting shoes you need to have a great foot care regimen as well. Since your precious tods are mostly covered up right now, you don’t need to worry much about expensive pedicures and designer polish – but it will help to give your feet some basic TLC. When spring finally does come around, your toes will be ready to shine.

An easy, weekly foot care regimen will be helpful for you to keep your feet smooth and soft. Use natural skin care products so that you can give your feet the best foot care possible. Remember, your skin absorbs 97% of the chemicals and ingredients it comes into contact with. Using natural ingredients and essential oils over chemicals will help maintain a healthy body too.Vivoderm Foot Care

Begin your foot care regimen by soaking your feet in a tub of warm, soapy water. You can add creamy moisturizing soaps, sea salts, baking soda, and essential oils so that you can relax completely and moisturize your hard-working skin. Use a liquid soap which is made from natural elements. Then, use a loofah or a scrub brush over all foot surfaces to make your feet squeaky clean. Once there is no trace of dirt or bacteria, you can trim toenails with nail clippers and gently push back cuticles with a rubberized orange stick if needed. If you suffer from foot odor or excessive sweating, then use an anti-bacterial soap so that you can reduce bacteria and the smell that accompanies. Keep your toenails short so that there is no dirt accumulation. Essential oils like peppermint and rosemary are also excellent for reducing bacteria as they are mint-based, anti-microbial and create a nice refreshing tingling sensation. Soak and slough off dead skin for up to 20 minutes.

Once you have removed your feet from the bath, pat dry with a soft towel. For the last step, you need to moisturize so that you don’t have cracked or dry feet. The skin moisturizer should be applied to all areas of your feet and ankles so that it is absorbed by the feet skin completely. Among different natural moisturizing products opt for Vivoderm’s foot cream which is made of natural cocoa butter. It is very effective and leaves you with soft and smooth feet. The cocoa butter foot creamsoap with natural ingredients is a light and super-absorbent formula that also works well as a diabetic foot cream. Using the foot cream daily will help keep your feet baby smooth through the rest of winter. If you suffer from extremely cracked and dry feet then you can also add the Vivoderm intense moisturizer as a once a week treat. For extra absorption, apply moisturizer at bedtime then wear a clean pair of socks overnight as you sleep.

During the day, keeping your feet clean and dry as possible is essential for winter foot wear. Once your feet are back in boots, try to wear wool socks when possible to wick excess moisture away from your feet and keep your winter boots dry and fresh. For athlete’s foot, use a cornstarch or medicated foot powder daily.

With these simple steps, your feet will stay soft and fresh and ready for those summer sandals before you know it.

Almond Oil and Skincare

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Chamomile Body ButterYou can find almond oil in many natural skincare products today. Vivoderm uses Almond Oil in most of its natural facial lotions and body creams. The Vivoderm Chamomile Body Butter is a thick, rich all-over skin hydrator, perfect to protect your skin against for the cold, dry weather of winter.


Grown in the wilderness of Brazil, the tree and bark of the bitter almond tree (Prunus amygdalus amara) was used for tanning, while the fruit and nut was used for cooking and frying. In those times, nuts were sorted out and the bitter ones were used for ethenic oils in perfumeries and for the creations of industrial usages. almond-oils

Due to the bitter acid of the nuts and the potential harm of constipation that was caused by the acid, especially in children, trees were cultivated to create a higher percent of sweet-tasting almonds. The almond trees originally started in minor Asia and then moved to China, the Mediterranean region, Spain, Malaga, Valencia, Island of Mallorca, southern France, southern Italy, Messina, Greece, North Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, southern Russia, and the United States.

Bitter almonds (Geren amygdalus amara) consist of 30 to 50 percent fatty oils; 20 to 30 percent egg white; three to five percent sugar; two to three percent emulsion, lipase, and enzymes; and two to four percent amygdalin acid glycoside, which is converted into choline, asparagine, and vitamin C. Sweet almonds (Amygdalus dulcis) consists of 30 to 60 percent fatty sweet almond oil, 20 to 30 percent glucose, 10 percent saccharose, and two to three percent emulsifying and enzymatic properties. It is used in food, cosmetics, cough syrup, and other pharmaceutical preparations. A very small amount of bitter almond oil is still used in the bakery, pastry, candy, and liquor industries as it enhances and stimulates the taste of many products. In the preparation of food, almond oil can be used in salads and for cooking. A small amount of almond oil is often used to enhance flavors.almond-oil

In the cosmetic industry, almond oil has many positive usages, including skin conditioning and enhancing the feel and penetration of facial creams, body lotions, hand and foot care, fragrance ingredients, soaps, cleansing products, hair care products, bath oils, sun tanning products, and makeup. The development of skin and body care products has unlimited possibilities with which to use almond oil to create a large variety of personal care products.

For corrective purposes, almond oil – as a carrier oil – is a neutral oil, therefore, it is used in many supplement recommendations. For muscle soreness and leg cramps, almond oil can be combined with a few drops of birch, borage, eucalyptus, evening primrose, ginger, lavender, peppermint, or wintergreen oils and rubbed on the ache or pain. To ease cramps in the calf muscle, rub the blend on the calf and flex the foot several times.

Blending lavender and chamomile oils with almond oil as a carrier can offer relief against sunburn. Almond oil as a carrier for chamomile oil is a remedy for many unpleasant occurrences.

Almond oil as a sedative is used in the pharmaceutical profession due to the following amino acids: alanine, magnesium, phenylalanine, and vitamin F. It is soothing and mollifying as a medicinal substance. Used internally, almond butter is tolerated by diabetics.almond-oil-2

In many cases, the end price of a product determines the quality of the product. The purified almond oil used in cosmetic manufacturing is produced by grinding the kernel and pressing the oil out, whereby the bulk can be dried and used as abrasives in face and body masks or sold as sweet almond meal or sweet almond seed powder.

To take advantage of sweet almonds, there are several water-soluble extractions available: sweet almond flower extract, sweet almond bark extract, sweet almond bud extract, sweet almond fruit extract, and sweet almond fruit water. A sweet almond leaf cell extract was found to be a highly potent antioxidant skin protector. For hair conditioning, a combination of sweet almond protein and oil is very effective. One of almond oils biggest benefits is that it keeps the skin and hair looking great. It is considered a mild hypoallergenic oil that is safe for sensitive skin. When using the oil directly on the skin, which is done in some instances, it is wise to warm the oil to body temperature before use for better penetration into the skin. By combining almond oil with different essential oils, not only is the power of these oils tripled, but it also enhances the penetration since almond oil is considered an essential carrier oil in the skin care industry.

Folklore has offered many ideas and usages for the nut, which, of course, were never medically proven and registered. A few of these usages include helping to control ultraviolet radiation damage due to unprotected outdoor activity, helping to treat psoriasis and eczema, delaying general signs of aging, treating dark circles under the eyes, and helping with earaches in children.

Almond oil has a light, pleasant feel, but many people will reject the direct use of the oil as it leaves an oily look and feel to the skin.

There are nearly 20 different almonds worldwide. With the improvement of technologies and harvesting, processing techniques for California almonds are now used all over the world. California sweet almond oil can be blended with other oils or used by itself in major cosmetic production with unlimited benefits.


Author: Dr. Dieter Kuster. Originally published in Dermascope Magazine, Dec 2016

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Herbology 101

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Herbal skincare

Herbology, which is also known as herbalism and herbal medicine, is the study and use of plants for medicinal purposes. Herbology and botanical studies can incorporate many different paths, including basic herbal pharmacology, physiology, nutrition, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and flower essences. Modern herbalists can use all or some of these options to heal a wide variety of traumas, diseases, and infections.

History

Most modern medical and pharmacological practices can trace their roots to ancient herbalism or traditional medicine in some form or another. In India, the practice of Ayurveda dates back thousands of years and emphasizes plant-based treatments, hygiene, and body-mind balance. Egyptian papyri dating back to 1550 B.C.E. have also been found to document medicine with a catalogue of useful plants and minerals. The Chinese and Greeks developed their own versions of herbal pharmacology around the first century C.E. with extensive herbal prescriptions and a new focus to treat the cause of diseases rather than the symptoms. In the Middle to Dark Ages, medical treatments became a strange combination of folklore, religion, and herbalistic practices that may or may not have been effective.

Modern Herbalisim

Modern invention and the scientific method took over many industrialized nations in the 18th and 19th centuries and quickly pushed aside traditional medicine and herbalist practices. Only those nations that did not develop economically stayed rooted in the old ways of healing. Herbalists were soon considered antiquated and their herbal treatments were passed over for chemical compounds and prescriptions. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, approximately 25 percent of modern drugs used in the United States have been derived from plants. Chamomile

As a result of the rush to modernize society, many people in the new millennium are seeing destructive repercussions, including a prevalence of diseases and toxicity that did not exist before. The desire to return to how it was before has fueled a new interest in natural systems and the health benefits of organic living, sustainable farming, and herbalism.

Methods of Practice

Today’s certified or master herbalists will likely have been trained in one of the hundreds of professional schools or apprenticed under a licensed tutor or mentor. Most students focus on specific regional areas to become expert and their training should include in-depth botanical studies of native and non-native plants, diagnosis and treatment of conditions, and preparation and dispensation of herbal medications. Cultivating, harvesting, prepping, and storing are key factors to learning the best methods of preserving medicinal properties. Remedies can be prepared and administered as tinctures, salves, ointments, essential oils, teas, compresses, capsules, or tablets.

Herbal treatments can also be used alone or in combination with standardized scientific methods to supplement treatments, depending on the condition and diagnosis. While the debate about science versus nature continues, it is up to the individual to determine the method of treatment that is most beneficial for them.

by Rachelle Dupree, marketing and communications director for Vivoderm Natural Skincare
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Treating Skin With Avocado Oil

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As the end of summer officially draws to a close, many of us will be putting away those warm weather sandals and tank tops and replacing them with cool weather gear that covers and protects our skin. But no mater what part of the country you live in – warm or cold, there are still plenty of reasons to keep using your moisturizers to help your skin stay hydrated and soft.

Vivoderm Natural Skincare prides itself on using the bVivoderm Body Butter with Avocado Oilest natural ingredients it can source in all of it’s skincare products. One of those key moisturizing ingredients is Avocado oil. We use it in our Body Butter and Foot Cream as well as our Anti Wrinkle Treatment.

Avocado oil is an exclusive oil that has the capacity to enter the upper skin layers. It is valuable for its effects on wrinkled and dry skin and it is also a great oil for diaper rash. It contains high amounts of mono-saturated fatty acids and vitamins as wells as anti-oxidants and Omega 3’s. Avocado oil is extracted from the flesh of the fruit by the cold extraction method. Hence, the oil retains all the aroma and flavor, nutritional value, making it absolutely ideal for skin healing and hydration.

There are many skin care benefits that you can receive by including avocado oil in your daily regimen. If you have blemished or sun damaged skin, thanks to it’s high vitamin content avocado oil can help you to reduce and reverse blemishes. Vitamins A,E,D, B1, B2 and K are beneficial for all over skin and body health. Avocado oil contains high doses of Omega-3s, which are highly effective in protecting the skin from UV rays, therefore decreasing the chance of being sunburned, preventing the appearance of age spots and reducing the risk of skin cancer.

Scientific studies have recently shown how important collagen is for Vivoderm Avocado Skincarekeeping your skin firm and youthful. Collagen is the main structural protein in various connective tissues in our bodies and skin. As we age, the collagen tissues flatten and stretch – causing wrinkles and sagging skin.

Avocado oil has been shown to help increase collagen production naturally. It aids in hydrating and plumping up skin cells and forms a natural cushion to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging.  It can be used, as a very effective and natural skin moisturizer. Avocado oil penetrates to the deep layers of the skin and stimulates collagen production therefore, improving the softness and elasticity of the skin and reducing it’s dryness. Avocado oil can be also beneficial for people with such skin conditions as psoriasis and eczema, relieving the itchiness of the skin.

So, if you want your skin to have more firmness and a smooth appearance, you will get excellent results with products that contain Avocado oil. Using avocado oil separately can be beneficial but when it is combined in a lotion or cream then its effects can be enhanced greatly to help treat dry skin and signs of aging.

Vivoderm makes a highly effective foot cream and Chamomile body butter which is ideal for treating dry, cracked feet and scaly skin. The thick and rich texture leaves your feet and body smooth and soft. Our Anti Wrinkle treatment with natural avocado oil, will reduced wrinkles and your increase collagen production.

So, if you are looking for a great skin moisturizer to help transition your feet, body and face from summer to fall and into winter – give Vivoderm a try!

Lavender: The World’s Smallest Medicine Chest

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Detail of garden lavender flowers

Detail of garden lavender flowers

Lavender is a hardy, fragrant shrub that has narrow leaves and grey-blue flowers and can grow to a height of three feet. While the aroma of lavender can be found throughout the entire plant, essential oil can only be obtained from the flower. Originally grown in the mountains of Europe, in poor but well-drained soils, lavender is now grown worldwide. However, the primary aromatherapy producers are France, Bulgaria, Croatia, and Russia.

HISTORY

The word lavender often conjures wonderful images of purple colored fields in the south of France. Sometimes referred to as the Swiss army knife of herbs, lavender has been used throughout history. The Persians, Greeks, and Romans all used lavender to disinfect their sick rooms. The term lavender is derived from the Latin word ‘lavare,’which means to wash. With its many cleansing capabilities, lavender was the Romans’aromatic and medicinal choice for scenting their bathwater and making ointments to heal the body.

During the Great Plague, lavender was part of four thieves’ vinegar, a mixture that was said to be used with great success by grave robbers in order to avoid contracting the deadly disease. It also has a long history in the development of modern aromatherapy. Maurice Gattefosse’s observation of the dramatic healing effect of lavender oil when he burned his hand in a laboratory accident led him to research essential oils in Bunch of lavender on a white background.greater depth. Dr. Jean Valnet used lavender oil to treat serious burns and war injuries when he was a French army surgeon. The medicinal use of lavender, especially in essential oils, continues today with good reason.

There are many different varieties of lavender, some of which are considered more important because of their specific properties. The most common plants are spike lavender (Lavandula spica), French lavender (Lavandula stoechas), and true lavender or English lavender (Lavandula officinalis or Lavandula angustifolia).

CHEMISTRY

To truly understand lavender, its chemistry needs to be explored, including linalyl acetate – an ester that is anti-inflammatory – and linalool, an alcohol that gives lavender its antiseptic properties. When buying lavender for clinical uses, true lavender 40/42 is required, with the numbers representing the required minimum percentage of these two particular pieces of chemistry. In comparison, Bulgarian lavender has a gentler aroma and has linalyl acetate and linalool in percentages of 38/40. It is important to know the country of origin of any of the essential oils being used in the spa because its location of growth, climate, harvesting techniques, and distillation temperature all determine its chemistry and, therefore, its properties.

For example, a dry and hot summer will create a higher percentage of esters than a damp summer would. Furthermore, Alpine lavender is always higher in esters than plants grown at lower altitudes. Alpine lavender also has a more camphorous smell, but it is more useful for treating respiratory conditions. The chemistry of this oil is also unique in a different way.

It not only has the ability to have its own action enhanced by other oils, but, in turn, it also heightens the action of the oils it is mixed with. In the process of custom blending oils for a client, lavender should be considered in most blends for its ability to bring a blend of oils together in their action and aromatic odor.

USING LAVENDER IN THE SPA

Of all the essential oils used in clinical aromatherapy, lavender is undoubtedly the most versatile, with a wide range of properties from analgesic to antiseptic. It is an essential oil that should be in every first aid kit in every spa. As a sedative, lavender is very effective;
when used as an inhalation at night, it will aid in sleep. A small amount of lavender oil can be massaged onto the throat to relieve a cough. The sedative action of the oil will calm the cough. Lavender will also relieve many forms of headaches if massaged onto the temples. For best results, combine it with peppermint and eucalyptus in a cold pressed oil and gently massage it onto the temples and the back of the neck.Aromatherapy oil

Another popular use for lavender is in the relief of muscle and joint pain. Because it is considered an analgesic, it is best used in a massage treatment or in a bath and should be combined with other analgesic oils, such as rosemary, black pepper, clove, and peppermint. Muscle pain, menstrual pain, and arthritic pain can all benefit from the application of the oil, resulting in reduced inflammation and the calming of the central nervous system. As an antiseptic, it is also soothing and anti-inflammatory, thus making it very useful for many skin conditions. Its delicate aroma also lends itself to being blended in creams and lotions, usually in a dilution of one percent to two percent.

In the spa, lavender is very valuable in the treatment of acne. As an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it not only inhibits the bacteria causing the infection, but also calms the redness associated with acne. Furthermore, it can be blended with ylang ylang to help reduce sebaceous flow. Lavender can also help in many cases of eczema and blends well with chamomile and peppermint to calm the skin. When using lavender for its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, be sure to use it in low dilutions of less than one percent.

One of the most important properties of lavender is its ability to restore unbalanced states, whether of mind or body, to a place in which healing can occur. With summer just around the corner, consider lavender for its insecticidal properties. When combined with oils such as lemon, citronella, eucalyptus, and tea tree, it makes a great mosquito repellant, as well as a lotion for the treatment of insect bites. Lavender can also be used to alleviate sunburns and sunstrokes when prepared in a light lotion, cold compress, or cold gel.

It has been used for centuries to protect clothes and linens from moths. When combined with oils such as myrrh, lemongrass, and tea tree, lavender can be used as fungicidal for the treatment of athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.

MIND AND SPIRIT

Lavender flower and extractLavender oil is useful for relieving stress. Stress that becomes counterproductive on a physiological level involves either the sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic hyperfunctioning is triggered more by physicalstress while parasympathetic hyperfunctioning is caused more by emotional stress. Lavender oil will inhibit both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system functions. By selectively inhibiting either sympathetic or parasympathetic nervous excess, lavender can assist responses to unproductive stress of any kind.

Salvatore Battaglia quotes Peter Holmes as suggesting the use of lavender in acute crisis situations dominated by sudden, unpredictable, and spontaneous features. Holmes also states that lavender can promote personal renewal in every way by washing away past habits and opening clients up to new possibilities. (1) It helps by producing inner acceptance of a painful situation, easing fear, and creating the strength that allows people to move on.

Lavender has been the focus of many clinical trials and is being used in hospital wards as a massage oil, a vapor to help dispel anxiety, and an alternative to orthodox drugs to help patients sleep. Gabriel Mojay equates lavender with Virgo, the astrological sign. He speaks of the characteristics of Virgo to include oversensitivity and inhibition, using lavender to “calm the nervous anxiety that results in shyness and embarrassment.”(2)

Lavender should be used wisely because, while a small amount is calming, too much can be stimulating. Always remember that as popular as lavender is, it is not everyone’s favorite aromatic oil, but if it is blended well with other oils, clients will greatly benefit from its amazing, medicinal properties.

 

 

References
1 Battaglia, S. (2003). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. Brisbane: International Centre
of Holistic Aromatherapy.
2 Mojay, G. (1999). Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance
with Essential Oils. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press.

Author Trish Green, director of sales and marketing for Eve Taylor North America, has been an educator for 40 years. She is an international speaker, educating aesthetician across the United States and Canada. As a CIDESCO aesthetician and a homeopath, she specializes in the wellness approach in her aesthetic practice, offering a unique approach to the treatment of clients in the spa.

Dermascope Magazine, July 2016

Sweet Almond Oil In Skin Care Products

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Sweet Almond Oil is an ingredient commonly found in natural skin care products with a wide array of uses. Almond oil is typically used as a base, blended with water or hydrosols, to create skin creams, lotions and other skin care products. Almond oil also used as carrier oil for mixing or diluting pure essential oils. It is extremely beneficial for the skin. It is great for all skin types and helps in easing itching, irritation and dryness. It can be blended for aromatherapy as massage oil – easing muscle pain and inflammation. It is inexpensive and is absorbed in the skin fairly quickly and works well for all skin types.

Natural Almond Oil consists of Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B, D and E that improves the skin health to a great extent. Personal care therapists use it for pedicures and manicures as it aids in softening the skin. This oil has also been used effectively for reducing stretch marks. It can be used for face massages which will help to enhance your complexion and reduce dry skin and fine lines. Facial creams that contain Almond Oil soften the skin and reduce wrinkles and dry patches. Due to the high vitamin content, you can also use this oil for reducing under eye dark circles.

Natural ingredients to promote healthy skin

Natural ingredients to promote healthy skin

Sweet Almonds are the almonds that we typically eat. The almonds are pressed – much like olives – to create the oil, which can then be used as a skin care ingredient or even for culinary uses. Contrary to popular knowledge, the almond is not a nut but actually a drupe, or what is called a “stone fruit,” like a peach that grows with a soft fleshy outer shell surrounding a hard inner shell with a seed inside. Presently, the largest producer of almonds is USA, most of which comes from the state of California. Spain too is known for its high quality almonds.

Among different natural skin products almond oil is one of the best natural moisturizers to help nourish and soften the skin. Almond oils act as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. By helping your skin stay healthy you obtain a more youthful look. So, you should always go for a natural skin moisturizer that contains sweet almond oil or a similar natural oil, like jojoba or coconut, etc.

Vivoderm is dedicated to creating the most natural products containing the purest ingredients. We use almond oil along with many other natural oils in almost all of our natural face and body creams, including our Intense Moisturizer, Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream and Body Butters. All designed to moisturize dehydrated skin and provide a boost of natural vitamins to help make a more beautiful and healthy you!

A Look Inside Lactic Acid

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April Anti Aging Mask vivodermby Rhonda Allison

(Excerpts from April 2016 issue of Dermascope magazine, featuring the Vivoderm Anti-Aging Mask).

Milk has been used throughout history to care for the skin. Many people are familiar with Cleopatra’s fabled milk baths and, as it turns out, numerous other noble women throughout history followed suit. These women realized the youth-preserving benefits that milk provided the skin. Milk is immensely rich in nutrients, including proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and, of course, the ingredient that is responsible for its cell-regenerating abilities: lactic acid.

Today, lactic acid is used in aesthetics and skin care to deliver a host of benefits to the skin and correct signs of aging, acne scarring, dehydration, discoloration, and more.

What is Lactic Acid?
L-lactic acid is a keratolytic alpha hydroxy acid that is also known as ‘milk acid.’ It is gentler than glycolic
acid and provides exfoliation without provoking irritation. It also softens the skin, increases desquamation, stimulates cell regeneration, improves the skin’s texture, and has natural brightening abilities.

(Chemical / Technical Details)

Lactic acid is also chiral in that it contains two optimal isomers. Essentially it has two parts: a left-handed part and a right-handed part. This is why lactic acid is often accompanied by an ‘L.’ This letter denotes the
chirally-correct molecule of the acid is being used. The ‘L’ form is absorbed more easily by the skin and increases the overall performance.

The body naturally produces lactic acid during normal metabolism and exercise. When the demand for energy spikes in the body, such as during strenuous or power workouts, glucose is broken down and oxidized to pyruvate, which then stimulates the production of lactate. This process is beneficial because it helps ensure energy production is maintained. Even during rest, lactate continues to be produced as a result of metabolism in red blood cells that lack mitochondria.

Some research has even shown lactate to play an important role in early-stage development for brain metabolism and as an energy source for the brain in the metabolism of neurons.

L-lactic acid is an important alpha hydroxy acid that may be used in peels, facials, and homecare regimens to help correct the signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, some acne and acne scarring, uneven tone and texture, and more.

While many alpha hydroxy acids are derived from fruit, lactic acid is most-commonly derived from fermented milk or sugar (or yogurt) and is considered a non-toxic, active, and organic substance.

Common Uses for Lactic Acid

Although L-lactic acid may be used to help correct numerous skin issues, it is particularly beneficial in the treatment of aging. It also works well for sensitive skin and skin of color, which may be more prone to dryness, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and discoloration. Acid selection will, of course, always vary by person and should be chosen based on specific skin type and goals.

In treating aging skin, L-lactic acid really shines. It stimulates cell turnover and collagen production to firm sagging skin, sheds pigmented cells, brightens the overall tone, and delivers hydration beyond the surface. Because of its exfoliating capabilities, this acid allows for more efficient penetration than other pro-youth ingredients.

It also increases dermal and epidermal thickness, thus revealing more firmness and less fine lines and wrinkles. While lifting epidermal cells, lactic acid stimulates the synthesis of collagen and hyaluronic acid at the cellular level, resulting in smoother and younger-looking skin. In the treatment of acne, L-lactic acid helps to loosen follicle impactions, reduce corneocyte cohesion, and thicken the corneum layer. It also helps stimulate cell turnover and tissue regeneration while delivering important hydration and brightening benefits.

For hyperpigmentation and other sun-induced discolorations, L-lactic acid is beneficial for many skin types and provides exfoliation and skin-brightening support. It is also gentler than glycolic acid and typically does not induce skin irritation.

When properly used, L-lactic acid is an invaluable tool in the treatment room and at home to correct the visual signs of aging, effectively treat acne, and brighten and even the skin tone. Taking a daily milk bath is not necessary, but a daily dose of lactic acid will provide many benefits for your skin.

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NEW Shipping and Payment Options on Vivoderm.com

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Due to current increases in USPS Priority shipping costs and increased security needs, Vivoderm is now offering multiple ways to pay and ship your orders.

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Customers now have the option to choose a lower cost, first class shipping. This first-class option is also now trackable online – to avoid lost or misplaced orders. First-Class Mail® is a fast, affordable way to send lightweight packages – saving the customer up to 50% in shipping costs.  NOTE: First class parcels can be NO HEAVIER THAN 13OZ.  Most orders will arrive in 1-3 business days, depending on location. If your order contains multiple items weighing more than 13oz, the shipping with automatically default to USPS Priority / Flat Rate.

All orders over $60 still ship for free!

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Vivoderm uses every security method available to make sure your data is safe. To add to our customer security efforts, we now offer PAY WITH AMAZON.

Pay with Amazon makes it easy for current Amazon customers to pay on the Vivoderm site using information already stored in your Amazon account.

Pay with Amazon saves you from:

•  Having to create and remember yet another password
•  Typing out payment and shipping information
•  Wondering if your personal information is safe and secureonline payments
And of course we still offer standard credit card payment options through our secure server or through PAYPAL.

We hope these changes will making your shopping experience with Vivoderm more enjoyable!

Stay Pimple-Free With The Best Face Mask For Acne

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ANTI ACNE Facial maskThere are a number of anti acne face masks available in the market these days. These face masks can be found in many different formulas to aid in preventing new acne breakouts and healing old marks or scars from previous eruptions. So, how do you choose the best face mask for acne and skin healing if you want to get the best results for yourself?  If you suffer from sensitive skin and want to treat your skin in the gentlest manner then herbal and natural face masks will be best to prevent irritation and inflammation. Herbal facial masks can also be helpful for those with normal to oily skin as they are less apt to cause excessive irritation or chemical burning.

Most beauty stores stock multiple forms of anti acne face masks but they may contain parabens or harmful chemicals that are not good for your skin in the long run, as they can cause further damage. When using products that contain natural ingredients, you can clean your skin gently and let the inflamed skin tissues reduce and heal gradually. Comfrey, chamomile, calendula are natural herbs that reduce inflammation and redness. Powerful enzymes found in oat flour and rye flour hydrate and soften the skin and hair follicle to help dissolve trapped oil and exit the pores.

The Vivoderm Anti-Acne Facial Mask was developed by a holistic dermatologist years ago and used on thousands of his patients since, with great success. Some have even called this mask “miraculous” for healing and preventing acne. Take a look at the attached before and Acne Before and Afterafter photos for the actual results. This customizable, herbal mask is completely natural – made of pulverized herbs and lactic acid (from yogurt) – and does not contain any chemicals whatsoever.  Once blended and applied, the mask enters the skin pores and unplugs them by clearing out (or pulling) all the impurities as it dries. Moreover, the antiseptic properties of many of the herbs, including Rosemary and Lavender, help in clearing out the bacteria which causes the acne in the first place. Lactic acid helps to reduce dark marks and scars. This acne treatment will remove dead skin cells slowly and produce smooth and blemish free skin with continued use.

For best results, you can use the mask up to 3 times a week. If needed, the mask is all natural and gentle enough to be used daily.

  • Good for teenagers and adults with acne.
    • For all skin types, especially those with adult acne or Rosacea.
    • Stimulates cell growth, reduces inflammation.
    • Prevents scarring and balances oil production.
    • Helps strengthen the capillaries and has a rejuvenating effect.
    • Increases circulation which promotes health and repair.
    • Removes dead skin cells and repairs blemishes without drying the skin.
    • Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic and cellular regenerator.
    • Rosemary, Lavender, Dill, Mint, Aloe Vera, Green Tea, and Vitamins C and E absorb impurities and oil, detoxify and refine pores, reduce inflammation and thoroughly exfoliate.
    • Angelica —anti inflammatory, stimulant, tonic.

 

Uses of Glycerin in Natural Skin Care

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glycerinPopularly referred as glycerol, glycerin is an odorless, sweet tasting liquid which is utilized in different beauty and cosmetic products. It is highly popular because of the different advantages that it can offer for natural skin care. It is obtained from a mix of fat that is obtained from water and vegetable oil.

Glycerin has water-drawing capacity and is non-toxic in character. It draws moisture in the skin and lets it stay nourished and moisturized. It is safe for using in skin care products and used for babies and children. It is a versatile component as it never loses its chemical constancy when combined with other elements.

Glycerin is known for its various advantages that it offers for treating dry skin. It protects chapped skin and aids in creating a smooth skin layer. It draws adequate quantity of moisture that is needed for moisturizing dry skin. This ingredient is used in soaps, creams and body lotions. It is very mild and has no side-effects. It also helps in reducing skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

Even those with oily skin can use moisturizers or a cleansers containing glycerin without excess drying effects that other products may produce. Glycerin has the capacity to reduce the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles and helps in guarding against bacterial infections. You can use glycerin or products with glycerin on a regular basis to keep skin plump and moisturized.

Many of the Vivoderm facial creams and body creams contain glycerin; including the Cocoa Butter Foot Cream, Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream and Intense Moisturizer among others.  If you are looking for natural products with glycerin that combat acne, try Vivoderm’s Zinc Repairing face cream. It helps to retain the skin’s moisture and reduce the signs of aging thanks to natural sunblock properties that reduces wrinkles and sun damage. Fifteen percent zinc also aids to reduce acne breakouts and heal acne scars.

Herbal Facial Masks and Proper Skin Care

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The secret to proper facial cleansing and radiant skin is to get rid of any dead cells and toxins not thrown off naturally by the skin; remove all makeup, dirt, grime and chemical pollutants; clear out clogged pores and eliminate infection-causing bacteria without stripping away the skin’s natural oils and hydration.

Treating and Preventing Sunburn

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Playing in the sun is not fun if you have to deal with sunburn afterward.  On long, hot summer days, we are all tempted to spend the day relaxing poolside or at the beach, and most of us have suffered the consequences of too much sun exposure.  The desire for the perfect golden tan can sometimes lead to sunburns, which is very harmful for the skin.  If you suffer from acne, a sunburn can further damage your skin and cause permanent scarring.Vivoderm Sun protection

Sunburn is a delayed inflammatory reaction when the skin is exposed to excessive ultraviolet radiation.  Symptoms of mild sunburn, including redness, tenderness and pain, often occur a few hours after exposure, and can last for several days.  The pain, itching and peeling is the skin’s reaction to excessive UVA and UVB ray exposure.  Although the skin needs time to heal, there are some remedies and treatments available to help the skin repair itself.

Get out of the sun

It may sound simple enough, but we often do not realize we are sunburned until it is too late. Since it is a delayed reaction, the full extent and severity of the burn may not appear until up to 12 hours after exposure.   Stop your sun exposure by seeking shade from trees, umbrellas, hats, etc.  Drink lots  of water, since sunburn causes dehydration.  Get some immediate relief for the pain by adding baking soda to a cool bath, and wear loose clothing that does not stick to the body.

Reduce the pain

Anti-inflammatory medicine such as Advil or Ibuprofen can help relieve the redness and pain associated with sunburn.  Aloe vera is a popular treatment for sunburn thanks to its ability to moisturize and repair the skin.  Apply a moisturizing cream containing Aloe vera, and if possible, apply the gel from the actual plant to the affected areas.  Once the burn heals, the skin will begin to peel and may become itchy.  Fight the temptation to pick and scratch, which can irritate the skin a slow the healing process.  Instead, keep the skin moisturized by applying a moisturizing lotion, which can reduce itching.

Prevent sunburn

The best way to deal with sunburn is to not get one.   Sunburn may only seem harmless and temporary, but can have lasting effects on the skin and overall health.  Serious sunburn can cause blisters, shock, lead to cancer and even death if left untreated.  Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays by applying sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.  Wear loose, protective clothing and avoid staying outside for too long during peak hours (10am to 4pm), when sunrays are harsh.  Choose a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, and use sun-protection products that contain zinc oxide, an inorganic ingredient that can deflect UVA rays.  Try Vivoderm’s zinc cream, a natural product that can be used as a nontoxic sunscreen with 15% Zinc Oxide.

(2009 re-post) Van Le is a staff writer for the CSU Daily Titan and writing intern for Vivoderm Laboratories in Los Angeles, California. She is currently pursuing a Journalism degree at California State University, Fullerton.

JULY SPECIALS: 25% Off

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JULY SPECIALS: 25% Off Zinc Cream, Body Butter and Foot Cream (including bundles)!

Zinc Repairing Facial Cream

Anti-Acne, Sun protection SPF 15

 Protect and heal your skin this summer with our Zinc Repairing Facial Cream, 15% Zinc Oxide to provide your skin with natural sun protection and anti-acne fighters for those hot, oily-skin days.

Our Chamomile Body Butter and Cocoa Butter Foot Cream, will soothe your sun-soaked skin and soften dry, calloused feet for those summer sandals.

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Vivoderm Zinc Cream protects delicate facial skin

Vivoderm Anti Aging Daily Moisturizer

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Dermascope magazine featuring The Vivoderm Anti Aging Daily Moisturizer January 2015.

“The Anti Aging Daily Moisturizer by Vivoderm is a new, oil-free facial moisturizer infused with comfrey, aloe vera and vitamin E to erase wrinkles and fine lines and heal aging skin. This gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer is super lightweight and ideal for normal to combination skin types. It provides potent natural ingredients for skin moisture and balance. St. John’s Wort and Rosemary supply anti-aging and antioxidant benefits while sage and grape seed soothe and tone the skin.”

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Vivoderm Founder Discusses Acne Treatments

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The founder and creator of Vivoderm Natural Skincare, Dr. H. Adhami, was recently featured in the November 2014 issue of DERMASCOPE MAGAZINE, in response to questions about the cause and treatment of severe to moderate acne – specifically a teen with severe acne and scarring.

EXCERPT:  “I do not recommend her to use any topical products with acids.  Acids will gradually destroy the top layer of the skin, in turn making the skin thinner, destroying the collagen, and worsening the scarring. I recommend natural products such as masks, containing powerful healing, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory herbs such as oregano, cumin and marshmallow.”

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LNE and Spa’s Best Product for 2015

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LNE_Best_NomineeVIVODERM is nominated again!  Each year, The Les Nouvelle Esthetique & Spa Educational Committee selects four nominees—based on rave reviews from LNE & Spa readers and attendees of The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa—for each of 38 categories to honor outstanding products and equipment in the world of esthetics and spa.

Zinc Repairing Facial Cream

Vivoderm Facial Zinc Cream

Votes start November 7 and will end December 8 at midnight EST (one vote per category per IP address per day).

PLEASE show your support and use the following link to cast your vote for the VIVODERM ZINC REPAIRING FACIAL CREAM in the WELLNESS category: http://www.lneonline.com/wellness/

Coconut Oil and Natural Skincare

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This week marks the official start of fall. This might make some of you happy and others sad. So as the summer draws to a close, we transition from hot, humid days, to cooler, dry temperatures. Our summer clothing will go to the back of the closet and slowly be replaced with cozy sweaters and boots.  And like our clothing, our skincare products should also be rotated to reflect the changing climate and needs.

One of the best transitional skincare ingredients is COCONUT OIL. Many of you may have been using this wonderful oil all summer for light hydration and summer sunning. The unmistakable aroma of coconut embodies the summer experience of relaxation, while the silky texture feels like pure indulgence as it sinks into your skin.

Coconut oil for skin hydration and healing

Coconut Oil provides excellent healing and hydration for skin all year round

COCOS NUCIFERA, as the coconut is scientifically known, was believed to have originated in the tropics of the South Pacific, but managed to spread across the globe thanks to its very useful ability to float. Over time and across the oceans, the nut washed ashore to other similar climates, allowing the natives to use the seed, nut and palm for numerous dietary, medicinal and practical purposes. The coconut fruit offers more than just a relaxing experience. As one of nature’s most nourishing fruits, coconut can revitalize skin from the outside and inside.

Used in combination with other rich emollients, coconut oil, provides the perfect base for your skincare needs in cooler weather. Using coconut oil in your diet, helps to strengthen the connective tissues in the skin and keep it pliable and smooth. You can get the beneficial antioxidant properties by  using coconut oil in your salad dressing or cooking as wells as drinking coconut water. Both help the skin prevent infection, increase radiance and fight free radicals.

Coconut oil contains mostly fats, which make it ideal for skincare treatments. Acting  as an emollient that naturally softens, restores and moisturizes.  It also helps protect the skin for the aging effects of free-radicals.

BENEFICAL PROPERTIES OF COCONUT OIL

  • Forms a protective barrier against moisture-loss and re-hydrates the skin cells
  • Prevents brittle, dry hair, hydrates the scalp and limits breakage
  • Helps heal chronic dermatitis and psoriasis – reducing inflammation and itching
  • Reduces scarring caused by acne or skin eruptions
  • Eliminates dead skin cells and reduces flaking, improving the quality and appearance of skin

Modern biochemists also consider coconut oil to be an antioxidant due to its stability and resistance to oxidation and free radical formulation.  Extra virgin coconut oil is the preferred ingredient in the Vivoderm skincare products for dry to extremely dry skin, such as our INTENSE MOISTURIZER, CHAMOMILE BODY BUTTER AND ANTI AGING EYE CREAM.

As the temperature cools, the humidity drops and pulls more moisture from your skin than in the summer months. Re-hydrating is crucial to keeping your skin soft and plump.

HYDRATE YOUR SKIN

After each bath or shower, be sure to re-hydrate your skin with an all-over body butter or lotion; this will prevent dry flaking and scaling skin. Include a super-rich, facial moisturizer and eye cream to your skin care routine each time you wash your face to reduce wrinkles, dryness and flaking and your skin will glowing in no time.