Skin Types

Understanding Your Skin Type

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When determining skin type, two different conversations quickly surface. There is the more beauty-focused skin type discussion that refers to how our skin feels, how much oil it produces and how it reacts to products (think: normal, dry, oily, etc.) and then there is the skin type discussion that focuses on how our skin reacts to the sun and its susceptibility to skin cancer symptoms (think: fair, medium, dark, etc.) Both branches of the skin type conversation root back to our genetics.

We are born with the skin we have and cannot do much to change its natural properties. That’s why understanding the nature of our skin — in all its forms — is important for keeping it healthy and looking good.

Below, we take a look at the two kinds of skin type and explain how you can determine and care for your individual type. For our purposes, we are going to refer to the two branches as “sun exposure skin type” and “beauty skin type.” But even though we are dividing them, it’s important to remember that every feature of our skin is intimately connected, and the way our skin reacts to beauty products may be closely related to how it responds to the sun.

Fitzpatrick Skin Type (Sun Exposure Skin Type)

The most widely used system for determining skin type and how it will react to the sun is the Fitzpatrick scale. Created by Harvard dermatologist, Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, in 1975, the scale was developed to determine the response of skin types to ultraviolet light. Dermatologists realized that looking at hair and eye color alone as a way to predict skin sensitivity to the sun was ineffective. They made this scale inclusive by looking at how patients’ skin reacted to the sun and cataloguing responses into a general scale.

The scale is divided into six different skin types. Check out the different indicators for each type to determine which category your skin falls into.

Once you know where you fall on the scale, it’s important to know how to care for your skin type:

Type 1: Type 1 skin types need to be the most careful in the sun. With the least amount of melanin in your skin, you are the most vulnerable to skin cancer. Try to use a sunscreen with a SPF of 30+ and seek shade whenever you are out in the sun. Be sure to check your skin head-to-toe each month for suspicious spots or moles.

Type 2: Type 2 skin types are also very susceptible to skin cancer and should practice precaution in the sun. While your fair skin will tan occasionally, it is good to wear a SPF of 30+ when in the sun and avoid being in direct sunlight for extended periods. Be sure to conduct regular, head-to-toe skin checks each month as well.

Type 3: As a type 3, you may burn at the beginning of the summer but tan easily afterwards. Your medium to olive skin tone is more protected than types 1 & 2 but it still requires a strong SPF of at least 30+ to stay safe. Try to check your skin for moles and spots every month, or at least every three months, to prevent skin cancer.

Type 4: Your medium-brown skin tans easily and rarely burns. You are less likely to get skin cancer, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Use an SPF of at least 15+ every day and avoid direct sun exposure.

Type 5: Type 5 skin tans very easily and seldom burns. Skin cancer is more rare for your skin type, but when skin cancer does occur it is usually detected at a later and higher-risk stage, usually on areas not directly exposed to the sun such as the palms of the hands. Use an SPF of 15+ while outside, and perform skin checks at least every three months to ensure that nothing goes undetected.

Type 6: As the darkest skin type, you almost never burn and tan very easily. But just because you never burn, doesn’t mean you are free of skin cancer risk. Still practice caution and use an SPF of 15+ to prevent damage to skin cells. Like Type 5, you are also more at risk for skin cancer in less exposed skin areas. Check your skin often for any changes or suspicious moles or spots.

 

Beauty Skin Type

Now that you know how your skin fairs in the sun, it’s time to identify the other factors that define your skin, specifically the skin on your face. While most skin exhibits features of multiple categories, having an idea of how your skin normally behaves will help you know how to care for it and which products to use.

To gain the best idea of which skin type you have, wash your face first and let it dry. Don’t put any products on it for an hour and see how it acts naturally. This will give you a good indication of its true nature.

Normal skin type

Normal skin is not too dry or oily; it falls in that desirable in-between place. Your skin normally has an even tone and a soft texture, with little flakiness. You may get an oily T-zone (the central area of your face including the chin, nose and the part of your forehead above your eyebrows) in hot weather, but generally, this area is oil-free. Lighter lotions and serums are ideal for your skin type because you don’t need much heavy product to keep your skin feeling great.

Dry skin type

Dry skin is characterized by small pores and an overall feeling of tightness. It often has more visible lines, less elasticity and a duller complexion. Moisture is key to caring for dry skin. Use lotions or creams to nourish your skin cells. If your skin feels dry but you still get breakouts, then you don’t have truly dry skin. Your skin may be feeling dry from the products you’re using.

Oily skin type

Oily skin tends to have larger pores, and a shiny, thicker feeling complexion. Blackheads and pimples are more common with this skin type. If you blot your face with a tissue and oil stays behind, then it’s likely that you have oily skin. Cleansing the face often and avoiding heavy creams and emollients is advised for minimizing the appearance of oil.

Combination skin type

While most of us have combination skin to some degree since there are more sebaceous glands around our nose, this skin type is marked by a consistently oily T-zone with dryness in other areas of the face. This is the most common skin type, and people with combination skin should consider using different products for different areas of the face to keep the skin balanced.

Additional Skin Type Factors

There are a few other features that contribute to skin type. It’s good to take these into account as well when figuring out what kind of skin you have.

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin reacts easily to products and can breakout in rashes or become itchy. This is more likely in fair to medium skinned people but any skin type can have sensitivities. If you have sensitive skin, avoid harsh products and search for products that don’t clog or irritate the skin.

Acne-Prone

Skin can also be acne-prone. Acne of all kinds can occur at any age and on any area of the skin. Oily skin types are more likely to have acne but it can occur with all skin types. Consult a dermatologist to find an acne product and care routine that works for your unique skin problems.

Understanding all of the features of your skin may seem like a lot of work, but it is the best thing you can do to care for it properly. Once you understand how your skin responds to different elements, you can zero in on what products, treatments and safety precautions are ideal for you.

What kind of skin do you have? What are the best ways you’ve found to care for it? Let us know in the comments.

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).

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.

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.

Facial Moisturizing for Summer

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Summer Skin Care

Moisturizing Summer Skin Care

One of the questions we hear the most in the skincare industry is, “Do I still need a facial moisturizer in the warm, summer months?”

The answer is undoubtedly “Yes!”

You want to pay attention to texture and formulations, but ALL skin types – even oily skin – still need to hydrate and moisturize in the summer.

And don’t forget, there IS a difference between body lotions and facial creams – never mix the two.  Heavier formulations of body creams could cause your delicate facial skin to break out or hyper-react.

Let’s break down some of the most common skin types and what  types of moisturizer or facial cream to use.

1. NORMAL SKIN

Most normal skin reflects the changing seasons, loosing hydration and becoming more dry in the winter months and slightly more oily or hydrated when the summer comes.

Excessive indoor heating, warm baths and less humidity during winter months will require heavier, richer facial creams usually blended with a base of oil.  So, alternatively, normal skin will require a lighter moisturizer.  Look for water-based versions or vitamin-rich serums or ceramides.  Ultra-light facial lotions will absorb well into the skin while limiting excess oil production.  Water-based lotions should included natural ingredients calm sun-damaged inflammation, such as chamomile, Calendula and Aloe vera.  Also look for Vitamins E and A for natural anti-aging properties.

2. COMBINATION / ACNE-PRONE SKIN

Similar to normal skin, but oily in the T-zone, combination skin may require using two different moisturizers if your skin type is very unbalanced.  Stick with the same water-based moisturizer on the whole facial area as for normal skin, but use combinations of herbal properties for the oiler-T-zones of the forehead, nose and chin.  For instance, on the normal-skin areas of the cheeks and neck, use the lighter formulations with natural anti-redness and sun-healing herbs mentioned above like Aloe vera and Calendula or Oatmeal.  Then for the T-zone, choose herbal ingredients that help keep excess oil and breakouts in check – like lavender, rosemary and green tea.

3. OILY SKIN

Despite the false myth that oily skin doesn’t need any additional moisture – the opposite is actually true.  Even oily skin responds with more balanced oil production when you ADD moisture.  Choose a lighter Vitamin infused serum or herbal formula that does double duty for oil production and anti-aging including Vitamin E, A, C and Rosemary.

4. DRY SKIN

To keep flakiness and wrinkles at bay, dry skin types still demand a heavier version of facial moisturizer for summer – a richer cream vs. a light lotion or serum. You might continue to use the same brand or formulation from your winter skincare routine, but spritz your face first with a refreshing toner or witch hazel to help dilute the cream and increase absorption.  Choose herbal formulas that help your skin fight free-radicals and sun damage with natural Zinc Oxide and Vitamin E and C.

And as always, NO skin care facial routine would be complete without SPF or sun protection.  The Vivoderm Zinc Repairing Facial Cream combines natural Zinc Oxide sun protection with an oil-based moisturizer and natural herbs to provide 15 SPF coverage for your daily routines.  For longer sun exposure, use a higher SFP, like 50-60 when possible.

Cleansing And Toning: An Essential Part of Your Skin Care Routine

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A daily skin care regimen is essential for keeping your skin hydrated, clean and protected. And for this you must include cleansing and toning as an important part of your beauty skin care routine. It is absolutely important to determine the type of skin before using any product. This needs to be done because the product you use should be according to your skin type so that you can get the best results. Your beautician or skin care professional will assist you in determining your skin type.

Cleanser and Toner for Healthy Skin
Daily and cleansing and toning is vital

 If you suffer with dry skin, you should go for a cream based cleanser. However, if you have oily skin then opt for a facial cleanser with natural ingredients like rosemary and chamomile. Wash your face in lukewarm water so that it will open the clogged pores and help in cleaning the impurities. Apply the cleanser gently and rinse with cool water so that the pores are closed again. After cleansing use the toner. It helps in removing any residue cleanser from your skin and balances skin pH levels. If you have dry skin then go for an alcohol free toner. Apply the toner with the help of a cotton pad with gentle strokes.

If you are looking for a good package deal then go for Vivoderm’s cleanser and toner package. The face cleanser from Vivoderm is alcohol and acid free. It is gentle cleansing cream which helps in maintaining the natural moisture balance. The cleanser is also excellent for removing eye make up. Your skin will feel fresh and soft after you follow it up with the toner which is made of green tea extract and grape seed.

Herbal Skin Care With Vivoderm’s Natural Products

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Herbal skin care products are the best choice when taking care of your skin. Treating your skin with over the counter creams and lotions might be harmful as they contain harsh chemicals. However, with Vivoderm you have nothing to worry about. It stands for everything natural and organic. The skin care products are all made from natural elements that are extremely beneficial for your skin health. Their facial masks are 100% herbal and all natural, with no chemical formulas whatsoever.  Vivoderm dedicates itself to producing products that will help to repair and maintain your skin without the use of any chemicals.

100$ herbal anti aging facial mask
Vivoderm’s 100% herbal anti aging facial mask

The originator of the herbal, natural skin care line worked as a holisitc dermatologist for many years dedicating his life to producing natural products that reflects his philosophy. He believed that nature is the ideal supply of nourishment and healing and hence he always used natural elements like rosemary, chamomile and comfrey in the products. Vivoderm has experimented with and researched the most effective medicinal plants from across the world to create successful combinations for skin healing.

Vivoderm also offers specials and discounts on their line from time to time so that consumers can buy them at an affordable rate. Buying the packages like the anti-aging mask kit will help you to save up to $5  – $ 20 at times. You can use this anti aging skin care product if you want to infuse your facial skin with new life. By using the Vivoderm natural products you will be able to diminish lines and discolorations. With the 100% herbal, anti aging and anti acne facial masks, you will get a porcelain mixing bowl and scoop along with the pack. Before buying any of our products you can also try out the skincare sample kit offered by Vivoderm. This kit consists of the anti-aging mask along with our most popular body and facial creams.

Facial Cleansers Important for Beautiful Skin

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Dirt, dust, oil and grime affect your skin. Hence, it is extremely essential for cleansing the face. A facial cleanser aids in unclogging the skin pores and prevents any breakouts. A good cleanser must get rid of all the impurities without damaging the natural moisture balance of your skin. It should not leave your skin dry as most soap would do to your skin.

Without proper cleansing your skin will become full of germs and microorganisms. This will lead to acne, blemishes and infections. For a clean and healthy skin, you need to incorporate a cleanser that will help to eliminate the toxins and bacteria from your skin. It will exfoliate your dead skin cells and improve the skin texture. The best cleanser for you would be the one which contains natural ingredients and is free from artificial fragrances and preservatives.

Natural Facial Cleanser by Vivoderm
Facial Cleansers Help Prevent Dull, Dry Skin

There is an absolutely mind-boggling range of face cleansers available these days in the market. So, how do you choose? One great way to narrow the choices is to choose a natural product  – like the face cleanser from Vivoderm. It is a gentle cream cleanser, make for all skin types and cleanses your skin thoroughly drawing out impurities from your skin. It is infused with vitamins and botanicals which will leave your skin hydrated. It contains chamomile and rosemary and is free from alcohol and acid. The best part is that you can use it daily followed by the skin toner also available at Vivoderm.

A regular face cleansing routine will ensure that your skin does not become dull. The skin cleanser will help you to stay protected from skin problems like pimples and acne. So, go ahead and get your natural cleanser today and start seeing more beautiful skin!

Herbal Facial Cleanser For Clean And Soft Skin

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Our facial skin has an essential role in our overall appearance. One of the main tasks for you is to maintain the health and beauty of your facial skin. You must have heard that cleansing, toning, and moisturizing is essential part of your daily beauty regimen. However, achieving the benefits from the routine will largely depend on the products you choose for yourself. Moreover, if you have oily or super dry skin, the first line of attack can be an excellent herbal facial cleanser.

Vivoderm Natural Rosemary Facial Cleanser
Vivoderm Natural Facial Cleanser

You do not have to opt for expensive cleansers that contain harsh chemicals. It is always better for you to use natural ingredients. Most women who want to avoid these harsh products choose to go for natural home based ingredients such as milk, honey, lemon and yogurt. Each of these items is an effective facial cleanser for which can be easily created from home. However, using these at home can sometimes be messy and full of hassle. Hence, you can opt for Vivoderm’s face cleanser. It is natural and gentle and cleanses your skin thoroughly and is an excellent eye makeup remover.

Vivoderm’s skin cleanser is infused with vitamins that help to keep your skin hydrated, clean and soft. It contains natural ingredients such as chamomile and rosemary which is extremely beneficial to balance the skin and keep cellular turnover high and provides excellent hydration with powerful antioxidant properties.  Use the cleanser twice daily to get the desired results for yourself. So, take care of your facial skin by using a natural cleanser everyday.

The Advantages of Using Natural Skin Care Products

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VIVODERM Natural Acne Treatment Package

VIVODERM Natural Acne treatment package

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Hence, healthy and beautiful skin can be noticed immediately. There are different ways to take care of your skin to make it soft and clear. However, some methods prove to be more beneficial than the others. Natural skin care products trumps over others every time if compared with over the counter products that contain harsh chemicals.

If you are looking at a skin care product that is infused with chemicals you will find a list of unfamiliar additives. You might not be sure about these chemicals and its long-term effects on skin. Chemicals strip the skin of all its natural oils and hence they do not have the desired effects on your skin. These skin care products have unhealthy irritants and unnecessary additives that cause skin damage. However, if you are choosing natural skin care products then you should know that it is infused with organic compounds that help in replenishing the skin.

You must always buy skin care products that are hypo-allergenic. Since, only organic ingredients are mixed in natural products it is easier for the skin to absorb all the nutrients. Your skin will not have undesirable effects to organic compounds. Hypo-allergenic products are an absolute must for people with highly sensitive skin.

The best part about using natural skin care items is that they are not manufactured at the expense of animal welfare. You can use natural products with a clear conscience and confidence because you will know that they have not been tested on our furry little friends. And, hence if you are in search of natural beauty products then nothing can be better than Vivoderm. It uses completely organic ingredients and is strictly against animal testing.

The Importance of Moisturizing Your Feet

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During winter time dry skin and rough feet are a common condition among most individuals. Our skin naturally dries up because it loses its moisture. Hence, it is very important to moisturize your feet regularly. It is also very important to keep your feet clean before you apply any kind of moisturizer. The Vivoderm Cocoa Butter Foot Creamis  a natural foot lotion and moisturizer that is wonderful for dryness on the feet and around the ankles.

Treating Feet and Moisturizing
Treating Feet and Moisturizing with Vivoderm

When deciding on a good foot cream, always choose for moisturizers that have natural ingredients which help to exfoliate your dry skin and moisturize it from within. You can consider choosing to apply cocoa butter for providing a soothing relief to your cracked and tired feet. The Vivoderm foot moisturizing cream is light yet rich in texture to allow maximum absorbtion and keep feet fresh, smooth and soft. The soothing cocoa butter works effectively on your feet and is also helpful for diabetics who suffer from extreme dryness to give perfect smooth feet.

Before you start using any cream or lotion you must identify your skin condition. This will help you to buy the right cream or moisturizer for yourself. Our foot moisturizer contains natural ingredients such as glycerin, avocado oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, comfrey and rosemary. These are all herbal ingredients that are very effective on your skin unlike those available in the market which usually contain harmful compounds or ingredients. Another benfit to helping keep your feet soft is to go for regular foot spas or pedicures if you want the best looking feet in town. So, what are you waiting for just go ahead and get yourself the best quality moisturizer for your feet!

Natural Facial Toners: An Integral Part of Daily Skincare Routine

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Facial Toners or astringents help to remove the oil from the skin. Most are made from alcohol, water and other ingredients such as witch hazel, salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Many women have the wrong conception that it reduces the size of the skin pores. Facial toners actually get rid of the excess oil and take out the impurities that usually lead to breakouts and blemishes. Toners help in rejuvenating the skin by increasing the blood circulation and improving the skin tone. They also reduce the overall oil secretion and help prevent blackheads and whiteheads.

However, many dermatologists say that if you maintain a daily beauty routine and clean your face properly, then you may not need to use a toner. Some facial astringents may contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol, so you must look for products that are made from natural ingredients and more gentle to delicate skin. If your toner contains alcohol then you must know that it can lead to skin drying and possible flaking. So, when possible, choose alcohol-free brands that come with natural ingredients such as green tea extracts and grape seed. You can feel comfortable using these natural facial products daily because they are less abrasive. Toners with natural herbal astringents and minerals also help to purify the skin.

Tips: Do not abrasively rub it into your skin when using. If you have a delicate skin then you might use a toner mixed with rosewater or some other hydrosol. Make sure your face is completely cleansed before use. You can also choose to make your own little mix customized to your skin type. Try this one for normal skin: Blend two tablespoons of watermelon juice, one tablespoon of rosewater or witch hazel and two tablespoons of distilled water together and then dip the cotton ball into the mixture and then apply it on the face. Ahhh, refreshing!

Special Skin Care After 30

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After the age of thirty, chances are that you are searching for the best skin care products in the market that will make your skin look young and fresh again. Don’t panic if you have begun to notice fine lines and small wrinkles developing – you are not the only one.  Unfortunatley, this is just part of the process of aging. With time, your skin will loose its elasticity and that plump collagen cushioning will flaten and sag if you don’t take proper care of your skin.

Many people, in desperation, start trying different products or “miracle cures” to make up for the neglect they gave to their skin in their twenties. If youa re currently in your twenties, it would be wise on your part if you start paying attention to your skin and treating it with care. Some of the natural reasons for your deterioration in skin quality are season change, hormonal change and age.

To treat your skin right, before doing anything you must determine the skin type. You can find great online quizes to determin if you are oliy, dry or combination or look for the Fitzpatrick scale for skin tone and color.

Now that you know your skin type it is time you start taking care of your skin. You must practice some daily skin care routine so that your skin remains smooth and soft. A daily routine should include cleansing, toning and moisturizing. If you have dry skin, then opt for a cream based cleanser. Make sure you practice your skin care routine at least twice daily.

If you see that your skin is showing signs of aging then you should also look for herbal anti-aging products which are best for you during this time. Herbal products may not work as fast as some chemical-based products – like acid peels – but they are usually less abrasive and more effective over time. So, there is nothing to freak out about.

One more thing…also take into consideration excessive sun exposure. Your skin is not that strong that it can resist the harmful rays of the sun. With time and too much sun, your skin will darken and tan – and wrinkle. Always apply a sunscreen every time before you go outdoors.

many women today have also jumped into getting botox as soon as they see the first wrinkle. This will only prevent your skin from healing and balancing itself naturally and will create an older appearance faster than before. Try out a daily skin care routine and some herbal face packs and creams before you take drastic cosmetic measures and you will surely get desired results over time. There are so many great herbal, natural products available in the market from which you can choose today. For detailed analysis you can also consult a dermatologist for your individual needs.

Daily Beauty Regimen for Healthy and Glowing Skin

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Your skin health will depend on a balanced diet, required physical exercise, proper nutrition and hydration and a daily skin care routine. By following a simple guideline that includes 4 easy steps you can enhance your skin health to a great extent.

Cleansing: The first step to your beauty guide should be cleansing your skin on a regular basis. By cleansing you can remove all the dirt from your skin as well as other impurities that clog the pores of the skin. This should be done at least once a day with a non-irritating and mild cleanser that is suited for your skin tone. Be careful when you choose your cleanser as that should not strip your skin of all the natural oils.

 Toning: Use a toner as it is very essential to keep your skin cool and rehydrated. You will be left with refreshing skin throughout the day. Toners help in removing dirt, oil, makeup that the cleanser has not managed to remove. Use a toner that is absolutely free of alcohol as it dries up the skin.

Exfoliation: This process helps in removing dead cells that have accumulated on the skin surface. Ensure that the exfoliant you are using is not granular, as that can damage your skin. If you want to enhance the rejuvenation procedure of your skin, then use exfoliants that have alpha or beta hydroxyl acids. This helps in wrinkle prevention.

Moisturize: The final step that you must do is moisturizing your skin. Your entire body requires nutrients and hydration. Your skin should be daily treated with a moisturizer for daytime use that has SPF properties that would provide you with sun protection. At night use a moisturizer that would be better absorbed by your skin.

These 4 basic steps can help you get back your skin health. Each step is essential as part of your daily beauty guide. You must choose your products well so that it suits your skin type.

Quick Skincare Tips for Fall

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Cool weather and falling leaves signal the time to get your moisturizing skincare routine in place for the upcoming winter.  Yes, autumn is a time of transition and your skin suffers if you do not properly take care of it. Not only do you have to repair skin damage from the effects of the summer sun, you also have to prepare it for the coming winter months. Now that it is officially fall you will have to make changes to your skincare routine.

Although your skin remains covered during this time it is always proper to treat your skin so that it can look absolutely beautiful. The first thing that you need to do is analyze your skin type. If you already suffer from dry skin, for your fall skincare regimen, maybe you need to change your shower gel and select a soap-free one, which is hydrating for your skin. A creamy body wash is absolutely ideal for this time. Using an oil-based scrub is most beneficial because you get the benefits of exfoliation along with hydrating oils. You also need to moisturize daily so that you can keep dry skin at bay. The ideal time to apply your moisturizing lotion would be after you have taken a shower to allow skin the maximun absorbtion benefit.

And don’t forget your sunscreen lotion. It is still a daily essential and you must use a minimum of SPF 15 every time you go out in the sun. Never forget to include feet care in your skincare routine. This will ensure that you can shift back to your sandals when the time comes without any hassle. Indulge yourself by purchasing a new hand cream and moisturize your hands daily so that you can have soft and supple hands throughout fall and into the winter.

Skin Care Tips During Winter

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Those with dry skin have to be very careful during the winter months. Winter can be harsh on dry and sensitive skin. Due to the sudden change of temperature and lack of humidity, the skin loses its moisture pretty quickly. Hence, the skin needs special care during this time of the year.

Choose products that provide you nourishment and hydration. Keep skin clean and free from pore-clogging sweat and dirt. Use lukewarm water when you are taking shower. This ensures that natural oils in the skin do not get stripped away. Use products during your bath that comes with a neutral pH index. Avoid using soaps that are colored or fragrant as they tend to contain more chemicals than emollients.

Homemade Facial Cleanser Works Best for You

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A natural facial cleanser will nourish your skin and clean it thoroughly. It is a good option for people with sensitive skin. If you are trying to avoid the harsh chemicals of store-bought face masks go natural and choose to opt for herbal cleansers. You can even whip up something at your home if you like.

If your skin pores are clogged no cleanser or moisturizer is going to work on you. AHA is found in different types of food products which you can incorporate in your daily diet. They include milk, pineapple, lemon juice, sugar, tomatoes, and vinegar.

SUPER SKIN IN FOUR SIMPLE STEPS

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While we can all appreciate a good concealer or botox, ignoring the underlying problems by covering them up is no answer. Truly beautiful skin can only come from a good basic skin care routine.Clear, beautiful, healthy skin doesn’t just ‘happen,’ it comes effort and a good skin care routine. Surprisingly, many women today rely on cosmetics and surgical procedures to hide or repair the damage that has occurred from years of improper skin maintenance.

Most dermatologist and skin experts recommend consistently following a daily skin care routine. This does not have to be complicated or time-consuming.  Your daily routine can be performed in as little as five to ten minutes.

Four Simple Steps

* Cleanse
* Tone / Treat
* Moisturize
* Protect

Why Should I Look Out For Parabens and Sulfates? (Pt 2 of 2)

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Many consumers today have spent vast amounts of money to improve their appearance. Cosmetic surgery  and the topical skincare industry are multi-billion dollar businesses.  It’s a simple law of economics that the higher the demand, the more skincare manufacturers will flood onto the marketplace. When demand for cheap, readily available products is high, quality ingredients tend to take a backseat over inferior, more accessible ones.

Unbeatable Natural Skincare!

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banana-mask1Face is undoubtedly the most prominent of all body parts. More than any body part face commands daily and effective skincare. Facial skincare is a three steps easy way. Deep facial cleansing, facial nourishing and facial moisturizing are three steps to a great facial skin.

Herbal Facial Products for All Skin Types

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dead-sea-mud-maskEvery one wants to have blemish-free skin that can catch any one’s eye. You will be overwhelmed to know that it is possible to own such skin type with natural skin care treatments. Yes, it is true that with these treatments anyone can look beautiful and blemished free. Generally, these problems arise due to lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the body. Vital body nutrients like biotin, pantothenic, niacin, riboflavin, etc, are required to have a healthy glowing skin.

Treating Your Skin With Natural Skin Care

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One of the most important parts of our body is skin and each one dreams about having a glowing and beautiful skin. Your skin protects you from all the harmful toxins present in the air. It is also a good source for absorbing essential nutrients for the body. Your skin is a vital organ of the body and that is why it needs maintenance and regular natural skin care regime.

Four Step Natural Facial Skin Care for Men

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Today more than ever, men are concerned with skin care and taking care of their skin. Most skin care lines are geared toward women and concerns that women have with skin health, while few are geared towards men’s skin health. The following are easy and fast tips for men to follow to start taking care of their skin, without the confusion of too many products or steps. Men’s skin care should include a daily face wash, a mild facial scrub, proper shaving techniques, and a moisturizer containing sunscreen.

Daily Skin Regime For A Gorgeous Complexion

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By Van Le | Beauty may only be skin deep, but having a great complexion makes life a lot more pleasant. The key to having great skin is finding a skin care regimen that tailors to your skin’s individual needs, and following this regimen daily. It does not have to be complex and complicated—in fact, simpler is better since you will need to follow the same steps twice a day .

The first step is to do your homework. Determine what your skin type is, and find a product line that works well for you. There are many resources you can use either online or through your local library to help you determine your skin type. Look for published works by dermatologists or skincare experts who have created their own skin typing quizzes or online calculators such as this one: http://www.biobalance4women.com/skin_type.html. There are even sunscreen and UV calculators to help you find the best sun protection for your skin type. A product that works perfectly for your friend or sister may not produce the same results for you. Luckily, most products now specify which skin type it works best for. Also, there are several herbal skin care lines on the market whose products contain all-natural ingredients that work well with most skin types. When experimenting with new products, keep track of those that are effective and more importantly, those that irritate your skin so you can stay away from other products that contain similar ingredients. Ultimately, creating and maintaining a great complexion comes down to three simple steps: cleanse, tone, moisturize.

Cleanse

Finding a cleanser that works well for your skin is the foundation of having great skin. Some prefer to use a heavier cream cleanser during the winter months and a lighter cleanser through the summer, while others use the same product year-round. Wash your face twice a day, massaging the cleanser in a circular motion to remove dirt and excess oil, which can clog your pores. Proper cleansing at night also removes all traces of makeup and allows your skin to breath freely. Remember to change your pillow cover regularly, since the dirt and pollutants can transfer to your face while you are sleeping.

Tone

Even after washing your face with a cleanser, some traces of dirt and stubborn makeup may remain on your skin. A toner will completely remove any leftover dirt or residue left by the cleanser, reducing the chances of infections. Some cleansers may change the skin’s pH, and a toner will help bring the skin back to the proper level. Toners are also excellent in prepping the skin for the next step, moisturizing. Dip a cotton ball into your favorite toner and apply across the surface of the face, being careful not to get too close to the eyes.

Moisturize

Moisturizing daily will help the skin stay hydrated and produce a healthy glow. Lack of moisture can lead to wrinkles, fine lines, and can produce premature signs of aging. A moisturizer will restore the skin of all the natural oil stripped throughout the day and during the cleansing and toning process. The right moisturizer depends on your individual skin type, and will help your skin produce a natural glow.

Weekly, bi-weekly and monthly skin care products and processes such as masks, peels and facials are great to help revamp and rejuvenate your skin; however, a great complexion starts and ends with a proper daily skincare regimen.

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.

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