Authored by Tricia Ellis-Christensen and can also be found here: http://is.gd/fAx69E
Mineral foundation makeup refers to foundations or base makeups that are usually powder and that are made up of ingredients that are mostly minerals and perhaps cornstarch. There are now many of these foundations on the market. They can range in function, quality, ingredients, price and customer satisfaction. The initial goal when mineral foundation makeup first appeared in the 1970s was to eliminate some of the extra ingredients irritate skin like dyes, binding ingredients, and fragrances. The degree to which this goal has been met very much depends on brand, since some brands do contain minerals or other ingredients known to be irritating to the skin.
While women will want to read ingredient lists on mineral foundation makeup, they may also be interested in knowing how well these foundations work. There is much differing opinion on this subject. Some really think the foundations are superior and others complain they don’t offer as much as is needed, may not work as well for darker skin tones, and aren’t as suited to use on women’s faces if they’re trying to conceal wrinkles.
It may be important to restate that opinions differ, and it’s easy to find claims that trend in the opposite direction. The best bet is to try mineral foundation makeup and determine if it works. Visiting a store that sells one of the brands and having a makeup salesperson apply it would be a free alternative to buying several types and trying them out.
One thing that is arguably an issue with some forms of mineral foundation makeup is that advertising may be deceptive. Some brands use the terms “pure” or “only minerals” and these claims may not be fully truthful. There are makeups that have skin irritants that may be particularly unsuited for people with conditions like serious acne or rosacea. There’s also a common belief that mineral makeup is cruelty-free, and this is untrue of virtually all brands. If the makeup itself was not tested on animals, the brushes may be made of rabbit’s fur.
Another area of concern for many women is sun protection. In this area, most mineral makeups fair very poorly and provide only an SPF of 15. Doctors say this isn’t a reason not to use mineral foundation makeup, but advise that patients use a stronger sunscreen underneath the base.
Buying mineral foundation makeup is usually only the tip of the iceberg in buying mineral products. Many companies have mineral blushes, eye shadow, finishing powders, and may have branched into creating things like lipstick, eyeliner and mascara. Others merely sell foundation as part of cosmetic lines that make other types of makeup, and they’ve clearly found a growing market for these powdered foundations.
Authored by Tricia Ellis-Christensen and can also be found here: http://is.gd/cTNZUK
Mineral makeup refers to a variety of products, most often sold in powdered form, that are used as foundations, blushes, eye makeup, and the like. There are a few companies that are no doubt recognized, like Bare Minerals® and Bare Escentuals® (both the same company) which occupy prominent infomercial time on many televisions and on home shopping channels. These products are also available at large makeup retailers like Sephora, and other more commercial brands like Loreal® have recently jumped on the mineral makeup bandwagon, because of the success of these products.
There are a number of claims about mineral makeup, and like the claims of many other types of beauty products, these must be taken with a grain of salt. First, not all mineral makeups are equivalent, and some may use minerals that are chemically produced rather than present in the earth. Moreover the minerals in the makeup are usually composed of very tiny powder fine flakes of minerals, and in this form, it’s not scientifically proven that they’re any safer to use than liquid forms of makeup. In fact, it’s difficult to know, given the fact that these particles can easily be inhaled, whether some minerals contained in these products are harmful or beneficial, especially with some of the more “cruelty free” or organic brands that routinely don’t test their products on animals.
Nevertheless, there is abundant evidence that some of the less chemically produced forms of this type of makeup do have many fans, and among these fans are a number of dermatologists. Powdered makeup that contains zinc oxide can be very beneficial to the skin because it can calm irritations, and it may help with conditions like rosacea. Some people complain that even with extra coverage benefits for blemishes on the skin, mineral makeup still doesn’t work as well as liquid foundations when trying to achieve an even skin tone. Others love it, and most like the fact that wearing most forms of powdered foundation feels much lighter on the skin.
You do have to watch for some problems with the way some companies market their mineralmakeup. You should also pay attention to its ingredients — the more “pure” forms are likely to contain cornstarch, but other products may contain talc, which is considered unhealthy to inhale.
One brand sold only on television, and not available in retail stores has been notorious for extremely sketchy practices. Offering a much lower “introductory offer,” sometimes as low as $9.95 US Dollars (USD), the company actually bills customers every 60 days at a rate of about $70 USD. There are a huge number of complaints regarding this company, especially regarding trying to cancel this billing. Unfortunately the infomercial that advertises this makeup features several prominent television stars and a few of the winning models from America’s Top Model.
To avoid getting into a contract of this type, which you may have a hard time canceling or being reimbursed for, you should look to the companies that offer mineral makeup in a more standard business way. Products bought on the Home Shopping Network or other shopping channels are usually generous about returns, and numerous retail stores carry tons of varieties. Beware the companies that lock you into a contract where you’ll be committed to purchasing the makeup every two months, unless you’re sure you like it and will need it.
One tip for anyone who wishes to buy mineral makeup is to be aware that most of these foundations offer limited sun protection. Dermatologists are unsure whether such protection is enough. They suggest using a sunscreen higher than the SPF 15 offered by most mineralmakeups. It can be placed underneath powder foundation and protect you better from harmful sun exposure.
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Authored by B. Miller can also be found here: http://is.gd/vR2uJj
Face powder is a type of cosmetic product used to smooth the appearance of the facial skin, and to even out skin tone. It may be used alone, or in conjunction with liquid foundation. Facepowder generally comes in two forms: loose or pressed. Loose powder is generally sold in a small tub, and applied with a powder puff or makeup brush. Pressed powder is sold in a compact, usually with a mirror on one side, and is applied with a smaller powder puff ormakeup sponge.
There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing loose or pressed face powder. Loose powder tends to go on more lightly, and give a more natural look. It is not as portable as pressed powder, however, and is more difficult to apply on the go. Pressed powder gives a more "finished" appearance, and may be a good idea for those who require frequent touch-ups throughout the day. People with oily skin may need to experiment to find which type of powder works best for them.
Face powder comes in different shades to match varying skin tones, and it is a good idea to choose the skin tone that most closely matches the natural skin. This will help the makeup appear more natural; it should be virtually unnoticeable. It may be necessary to use differentface powders for summer and winter, as the skin may become more tan in the summer, or drier and in need of extra moisture in the winter. In addition, some face powders are sold in varying specialty shades to suit different skin needs; for example, a face powder with a greenish tinge will minimize the appearance of redness, while a purple-tinted powder may help the appearance of sallow or yellow skin.
Some types of face powder contain extra ingredients for added benefits, such as SPF ingredients for protection from the sun, or acne-fighting ingredients for those who struggle with breakouts. In general, even if a face powder offers some sun protection, it is a good idea to wear asunscreen underneath the powder. Another options is to use a moisturizer with an SPF rating.
To apply face powder, either with a makeup brush, powder puff, or makeup sponge, it is necessary to start with a clean face. Apply any moisturizer, liquid foundation, or spot concealer first. Then, get a small amount of powder on the makeup tool and brush it onto the face in quick downward strokes. Apply lightly at first, then add more if needed, being certain to blend the makeup around the edges of the face, such as at the hairline, ears, and neck.
Authored by Jessica Hobby and can also be found here: http://is.gd/qkw3pU
Nude lipstick is lipstick that is close to the shade of a person’s natural skin tone. Depending on an individual’s skin tone, nude colors can include very pale colors that are close to white, medium tones which are close to the beige family and light to medium browns for those with dark skin. Wearing nude lipstick is meant to enhance the lips without being too dramatic.
There are a variety of ways to wear nude lipstick. High fashion magazines often show models wearing nude lipstick who have applied smoky or very dark eye makeup. The two extremes are meant to contrast each other. Those who want a natural everyday look may also choose to wear a nude colored lipstick.
Before someone decides on the perfect shade of nude lipstick that matches their flesh tone, they need to decide what kind of lipstick they prefer. Matte lipsticks have little or no shine and do not moisturize the lips. They work best for younger people or people with naturally moist lips that are not cracked or chapped. However, matte lipsticks don’t generally offer as many color options as other varieties.
Crème lipsticks are one of the most common types of lipstick for people who prefer to wear a nude look. They offer a little bit of shine and moisturizing without being extra sparkly. Crème lipsticks are available in a wide range of nude shades and work on almost all lip types and ages.
For people who want extra shine with moisture, gloss lipsticks are the best choice. Glosses are very shiny and are the most transparent of all kinds of lipstick. Because of their transparency, gloss lipsticks typically come in very light colors and are generally worn by adolescents and young woman. For older women who want to benefit from the moisture that gloss lipsticks offer, it is common to apply gloss over a crème or matte to get the best of both worlds.
Finally, shimmer and frost varieties of lipstick can make nude lips sparkle. These kinds of lipsticks are typically crème or shiny, but they have added particles that reflect light. For women who wish to have the nude look without wearing lipstick, they should consider a coat of clear gloss. Regardless of the type of lipstick chosen, it is necessary to match skin tone and avoid any light colors that are too pink, peach or orange. Although these colors are light, they will offer more color than necessary and defeat the purpose of a nude lipstick.
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Topical vitamin A is a medication that is applied directly to the skin to help combat a variety of dermatological conditions. It is also known generically as tretinoin as well as vitamin A acid and brand name Retin-A®. Some of its well-known benefits include reducing the severity of acne and treating skin issues such as dark spots, fine wrinkles, and rough areas caused by sun exposure. Common side effects of topical vitamin A include dryness, redness, and irritation; sun exposure should also be avoided. It's important for patients to discuss their complete medical history with the prescribing doctor to avoid complications.
In order for topical vitamin A to be used, a doctor's prescription is required, and the dosage varies depending on the patient and the condition being treated. It is available as a solution, gel, or cream and is applied directly to the skin. Before application, the skin should be clean and dry, and enough medication should be used to cover the affected skin with a light coating. The cream or gel should be gently rubbed in with the fingertips, and the solution should be applied with a cotton swab or gauze pad. The skin should not be washed again for at least an hour after application.
There are several positive effects of topical vitamin A treatment. It is often used in the treatment of acne, and it works by clearing the clogged pores. It is also supposed to help reduce certain types of damage from the sun such as wrinkles, dark spots, and roughness. It helps improve the appearance of these sun damaged areas by lightening the skin's pigmentation and assisting the process of replacing old skin cells with new healthy ones. For topical vitamin A to achieve maximum effectiveness it needs to be combined with a skin care routine that includes consistent sun protection practices.
Some of the most common side effects of topical vitamin A include dryness and peeling, a stinging or burning sensation, redness, and unusual warmth of the skin. If these effects are severe, or if unexpected lightening or darkening of the skin occurs, it's a good idea to see the doctor as soon as possible. It's also very important to avoid sun exposure during treatment since the affected skin will be much more sensitive and burn easily. The use of harsh skin careproducts during treatment with topical vitamin A may cause severe irritation and should be avoided. It's also essential to discuss one's complete medical history, including medication and supplement use, with the prescribing physician to prevent possible complications.
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Authored by Dan Harkins and can also be found here: http://is.gd/yvGlSz
Several vitamins work in concert to keep skin healthy and vibrant, from vitamins C and E protecting against sun damage to vitamins B and K for maintaining healthy cell production and skin tone. Vitamin A skin care is widely accepted for its part in reducing wrinkles, acne blemishes and helping the other vitamins do their jobs. Without this critical nutrient, the other vitamins would not have the right environment for keeping skin at its optimum health.
Vitamin A is usually produced in sufficient quantities in the body, but supplementation often becomes necessity later in life. Deficiencies can lead to dry skin appearance and contribute to wrinkles. Luckily, most fruits and vegetables are adequately stocked with vitamin A to bolster flagging levels in the body. Multi-vitamins are another common source for the nutrient.
Ointments like the prescription drug Retin-A contain a vitamin A skin care derivative for acne control. Other medications for acne or anti-aging contain other vitamin A derivatives like retinol and beta-carotene. According to WebMD®, a study was presented at the 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology that showed a vitamin-A-based retinol and vitamin C cream reversing skin blemishes from aging. Foods that are high in beta-carotene also have shown success in preventing psoriasis.
Optimizing vitamin A skin care can also improve other bodily functions. This vitamin is also required for night vision and works as an antioxidant to remove free radicals from the bloodstream. It is also necessary for cell maintenance elsewhere in the body, when regenerating bones or repairing damaged muslces.
When vitamin A deficiencies arise, more than dry, chafed skin can occur. Low levels of the vitamin can also lead to abscesses, sinusitis, increased acne and even a loss of weight. Paying more attention to vitamin A skin care may help to avoid other conditions like insomnia or, conversely, fatique.
Though vitamin A skin care typically entails topical applications, those seeking oral supplementation should not take more than 50.72 ounces (1,500 ml) before consulting with a physician. According to Science Daily®, a vitamin A lotion with just 0.4 percent retinol showed success in a 2007 study at the University of Michigan Medical School. The study found that the ointment reversed the effects of wrinkles as well as the onset of ulcerization like acne. Scientists predict that these advances could lead to better overall wound care in the future.
Authored by Emma Lloyd and can also be found here: http://is.gd/WXmXCK
The B group of vitamins includes eight distinct types, which together are referred to as the vitamin B complex. One of these is vitamin B1, also known as thiamine or thiamin. This vitaminis an essential part of metabolism, and it helps ensure healthy eyes, skin, hair, nails and liver. It also is essential for nervous system function, brain function and a healthy immune system, and it improves the body’s ability to withstand physical and mental stress.
Every cell in the body preferentially uses a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) as a source of energy. Vitamin B1 is essential for the metabolic process in which ATP is formed, so this vitamin is extremely important for both physical and mental health. ATP is used more rapidly in cells of the nervous system, brain and immune system, meaning that these cells are more vulnerable to deficiency.
Vitamin B1 deficiency is rare but serious. This vitamin deficiency is most likely to develop in people who abuse alcohol or obtain a large proportion of their calories from sugar. Deficiency can cause fatigue, abdominal pain, abdominal discomfort, depression and irritability. In addition, people who are deficient in B1 are not able to digest carbohydrates effectively. This leads to a toxic build-up of a substance called pyruvic acid, which can cause a disease called beriberi. Symptoms of beriberi include heart damage, confusion, difficulty breathing and reduced mental alertness.
To get the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B1, one should eat a variety of foods each day, including a mixture of two or more B1-containing foods if possible. Animal products that are good sources of B1 include beef and pork, animal liver, eggs and milk. Many plant foods also are good B1 sources. These include legumes such as lentils and beans, whole grains, cereals with whole grains, wheat, seeds, brown rice and nuts. Yeast also is an extremely rich source of B1.
Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin. This means it is generally not stored in the body, and excess amounts of the vitamin are excreted in the urine. Because of this, it is important to ensure that the diet includes a regular supply of foods containing B1.
This vitamin generally is not toxic in high doses, but very large doses of B1 might cause an stomach upset. In addition, some interactions can occur if B1 supplements are taken in conjunction with certain medications. For example, diuretics can reduce B1 levels in the body, and the heart medication digoxin can prevent the use of this vitamin by heart cells. Phenytoin also can reduce the body’s ability to use B1. People who take these medications should consult a doctor to find out whether they need vitamin B1 supplements.
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Authored by Marjorie McAtee and can also be found here: http://is.gd/rStT2v
Vitamin E serum is a product usually made with vitamin E oil. It is intended to moisturize both skin and hair. It may also help to reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. Vitamin E is believed to have powerful antioxidant properties. The vitamin E oil often used in vitamin E serum can contribute to the development of acne in oily skin, so those with oily skincare often advised to limit the serum's use to scarred areas.
The viscosity of most vitamin E serum products means that this moisturizer is typically best applied at night. Users are generally advised that the product can stain bed linens, pajamas and cloth in general. The serum is most often described as tacky and very thick. It can be applied liberally to the skin to help heal scars or minimize the signs of aging. Those with oily skin might be best advised to use vitamin E serum sparingly, by reserving daily application to scars alone and performing a complete application no more often than weekly.
Modern medical science believes that the skin-care benefits of vitamin E are many. Vitamin A and vitamin C are known to offer skin protection benefits by mitigating the effects of sun damage on skin. Some researchers believe that vitamin E serum, applied topically to the skin, can have the most noticeable benefits for skin care. It is believed to contain a crucial compound, alpha-tocopherol, which may help to enhance the antioxidant action of the carotenoids found in other vitamins. This compound is believed to help extend and fortify the effects of antioxidants such as lycopene or beta-carotene, to help support skin health.
Most experts also believe that vitamin E contains powerful antioxidants of its own. Vitamin E serum may help to stifle the skin's normal inflammatory response, speeding healing and improving skin's appearance. It may help to prevent sunburn, and can keep skin moisturized to maintain its optimum appearance. Fine lines and wrinkles usually appear more pronounced on insufficiently moisturized skin, so the regular application of moisturizing vitamin E serum can help keep skin adequately hydrated. Additional supplementation with orally administered vitamins E, C, and A is believed to support and enhance the action of topically applied vitamin E oil, and may also provide a vastly extended range of long-term health benefits.
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Authored by Jessica Ellis and can also be found here: http://is.gd/JsQ5Eo
Scars are permanent or long-lasting marks left on the skin after significant injury. They can be caused by a variety of conditions or trauma, including wounds, acne, or skin-affecting disorders such as lupus. The ability to get rid of scars is still being researched, but several techniques have been shown to be successful in removing some types of scar.
The success of any attempt to get rid of scars will depend on several factors. Age, skin type, severity of the scar, and the individual's healing ability can all influence how well any treatment will work. One of the best methods to deal with scars is to take preventative measures: maintain a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin E, use protective gear to avoid any wounds, and protect damaged skin or acne-prone from the sun. All of these factors can lower the risks of disfiguring scars.
Laser scar removal is perhaps the most effective way to get rid of scars currently in use. Using focused lasers, the fibrous scar is burned off the skin, allowing healthy new skin to grow in its place. Raised scars, called keloid scars, respond better to laser treatment than atrophic, or sunken, scars. For people with severe acne or other facial scarring, laser removal can smooth out the skin layer to make scars considerably less visible, but rarely removes all trace of the scar.
Some people suffer from hyperpigmented scars, or scars that appear darker in color than the rest of the skin. These scars are common in people suffering from chronic acne, and are unfortunately difficult to disguise with makeup. Some hyperpigmented scars respond well to commercial skin bleaches that may reduce the difference in color between the scar and the rest of the skin. Read directions and contraindications carefully before using a bleaching product, as they are not appropriate for all skin types.
For people suffering from sunken scars, also called ice pick or atrophic scars, collagen injections may help lessen the noticeable appearance. Collagen plumps the surrounding skin, and is typically used to treat facial wrinkles. Fat transfer from another part of the body may also be used to smooth skin layers and get rid of scars that appear sunken into the skin.
Some topical treatments, such as microdermabrasion, can help reduce the appearance of minor raised scars. Microdermabrasion involves blasting the skin with tiny crystals that work like sandpaper, etching away damaged skin and encouraging the growth of new skin. Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment because it is done on an outpatient basis, has few side effects, and is relatively inexpensive. Typically, a course of 6-10 sessions is used to smooth out uneven skin and even reduce current acne problems, and each session may cost between $50-$100 US Dollars (USD.)
Trying to get rid of scars can be a difficult and depressing process. Laser treatments are often prohibitively expensive, and do not always get rid of scars. Other products and treatments may work to some degree, but there remains no guaranteed way to remove scars permanently. For people distressed by scars, combining topical treatments with cosmetic products may help give confidence and lessen feelings of unattractiveness. Yet, remember that scars are a record of experience; they can give character to a face or body, and what may appear to one person as a disfiguration may also be a mark of beauty to someone else.
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Authored by K.K. Lowen and can also be found here: http://is.gd/gvEGbK
When choosing a cream for dry skin, you may encounter many options. There are ingredients used in skin creams that you should look for and those you should avoid. Beneficial ingredients include shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamins B5 and E. Selecting a skin cream that will work well for your skin type is also essential.
The first step in choosing cream for dry skin is determining your skin type. Knowing if your skintype is normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive is important because various creams are available for different skin types. Many skin creams are available for both dry and sensitive skintypes. During the winter months, creams may be particularly useful for all skin types because they may keep skin moist for longer periods of time when compared to lotions or ointments.
Vitamin E and vitamin B5 are common ingredients in cream for dry skin because both make skinhealthier. Protecting skin from the effects of drugs, pollution, extreme weather conditions, and ultra violet light are all benefits associated with vitamin E. Dryness, scaling, redness, and itching are all skin issues that can be alleviated by vitamin B5. It hydrates the skin, has anti-inflammatory properties, and can heal acne-wounded or scarred skin. You should have no difficulty finding a skin cream containing these vitamins, but it is still a good idea to check the product’s label to ensure that they are in the list of ingredients.
Other ingredients to look for in a cream for dry skin include shea butter and manuka honey as well as jojoba, grapeseed, and babassu oils. Shea butter preserves skin moisture and prevents drying, and manuka honey has antioxidants and skin-healing enzymes. Jojoba oil moisturizes and nourishes the skin, but it also balances the skin’s natural oils. Grapeseed and babassu oils are both helpful for maintaining skin moisture. You may have trouble finding an inexpensive skincream with all of these ingredients, but the benefits may be worth the cost.
Some creams for dry skin have additives that you should avoid, including fragrances, dioxanes, parabens, and some alcohols. Many fragrances used in skin cream are chemical-based, and theskin can absorb the chemicals into your body. Dioxanes are a common ingredient in skin lotions and creams, but avoiding them is a good idea because some research has shown that they cause cancer. Parabens are commonly used preservatives that prolong the shelf life of skin care treatments, but they also may cause cancer, interfere with the endocrine system, and could potentially cause allergic reactions and rashes. Alcohols such as ethanol, methanol, and ethyl can cause skin to become dry and irritated.
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