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Sep 29 2009

Sunburns – More than just a temporary skin irritation

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn is more than just a temporary skin irritation. In fact, a sunburn can leave a lasting effect each time you get one. The sun’s rays are harmful – and the only way around it is to wear a quality sunscreen.

An alarming fact on the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website states that just ONE blistering sunburn as a child or teen can more than double that person’s risk of skin cancer when they are older. That is a scary statistic!

It is recommended that whenever you will be exposed to the sun, even for short periods of time throughout the day, that you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. This is a year-round recommendation. An SPF of 30 or greater is recommended during the summer months, when the UV Rays are stronger and can cause more damage to your skin. You have probably heard this a hundred times – but don’t underestimate the power of UV rays.

If you are not sure which sunscreen you should choose, check out Advanced Protection SPF 30 by Skin Rx. This formula is lightweight and oil free and also includes anti-aging ingredients such as Vitamin C, E, and A.

If you are treating a sunburn, try this Aloe Soothing Mask which can be refrigerated for a cooling, healing treatment.

Sep 29 2009

Sensitive Skin is a Common Problem – Even for celebrities like Jason Statham…

Jason Statham has sensitive skin.

In an interview with actor Jason Statham, he says “You see, I’ve got such sensitive skin that I can’t have a proper shave because I get a rash. I have to have one of those beard trimmers instead. I also try to compensate for the lack on top.”

While his hard look is (somewhat) due to his sensitive skin, it is hard to imagine that celebrities, what with their glowing perfect skin and all, have any sort of skin issues! That is simply not true, though!

Sensitive skin is quite a common problem. It can be mild to severe and is characterized by symptoms like constant irritation from skin care products, detergents and soaps, and other products; rashes or blotches appear from exposure to the elements (sun, wind, heat, or cold); sensitivity to makeup and cosmetics, and tightening or discomfort without other visible signs.

With the right skin care treatments and elimination of other irritants like heavily perfumed detergents, your sensitive skin can feel a little more “normal”. Skin Rx offers the following products that are perfect for your sensitive skin:

Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser – An oil-free cleanser with healing properties to sooth the skin to relieve itching and inflammation.

Glyco-Lactic Toner – A toner without alcohol which is great for sensitive skin to sooth, rejuvenate, and clarify the skin.

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover – Removes eye makeup without irritation and is free from fragrance and oil.

Sep 29 2009

Rosacea Diet – Foods to Avoid

Spicy foods can trigger Rosacea.

If you are just learning that you have Rosacea, it might be helpful to know that there are certain foods you should avoid which are known to trigger the condition. Rosacea has symptoms such as facial redness which lasts for extended periods of time, pimples, red lines on the face, swollen bumps on the nose, and eye irritation. Obviously you will want to do everything possible to avoid triggering an outbreak of Rosacea, even if it means giving up a few of your favorite foods.

The following foods are known triggers for Rosacea:

Spicy foods – includes foods that are blood vessel dilators such as vinegars, hot sauces, hot spices, various spicy seasonings and peppers (even black pepper) and spiced meat marinades.

Certain produce – includes tomatoes, citrus fruits and citrus juices, raisins, bananas, figs, red plums, peas, eggplant, spinach, avocados, lima beans, and navy beans

Pasta

Certain Dairy Products – includes Cheese, Yogurt, and Sour Cream

Chocolate (sorry!)

Liver

Vanilla

Soy Sauce

Yeast Extract

In addition to avoiding Rosacea trigger foods, you can also use skin care products to keep the condition under control. The right skin care products are made for ultra sensitive skin and contain no irritants. Skin Rx recommends the following products for Rosacea:

Rosacea Kit #1 – Contains Arnica Facial Wash, Soothing Serum, Skin Recovery, Visible Lift Eye Gel, PVA Shammy. This kit is specifically made for highly sensitive skin and works to cleanse, heal, and calm the skin.

Aloe Soothing Mask – Aloe plays a huge role in calming, soothing, and hydrating the skin in this mask.

RosaPlex Skin Serum – This calming skin serum soothes and hydrates the skin while helping to resolve issues specific to Rosacea including flushing and redness, visible capillaries, pimples, and other symptoms.

Sep 28 2009

What kind of makeup is best after laser skin treatments?

postopskin.jpg laser skin treatment immediately post-op picture by tiffanymarlene

Post laser skin is ultra sensitive.

Post laser skin is extremely sensitive and needs more than just time to heal. The right skin care procedures and products are super important!

Laser skin resurfacing treatments remove the outer layers of the skin so you must manage the after effects of such a treatment to ensure proper healing. At this time, your skin is much more susceptible to infections and bacteria.

After your skin is healed, you will also want to wear the right makeup – something you may not have even thought about. Certain makeup products are more irritating than others, and you will want to choose a makeup that is ultra sensitive and all natural for your post laser skin.

Mineral makeup is a great choice because it is all natural and does not cause irritation – even to the most sensitive skin! Also, with ingredients like zinc oxide built in, mineral makeup has sun protection, too.

Skin Rx recommends the following mineral makeup for post laser skin care:

Ultra Sensitive Loose Mineral Base – 7 different shades to choose from, provides excellent coverage and is very long lasting.

Ultra Sensitive Mineral Blush – Several different colors of blush available which provides a long lasting, lovely glow to ultra sensitive skin.

Ultra Sensitive Finishing Powder – A translucent powder which can be used both as a primer before our mineral base or as a setting powder once your mineral base is applied.

Sep 28 2009

What are the characteristics of oily skin?

A man was in his front yard mowing grass when his beautiful, blond, female neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox.

She opened it, looked inside, slammed it shut, and stormed back into her house.

A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox, again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the man was getting ready to edge the lawn, here she came again. She marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions, the man asked her, “Is something wrong?

To which she replied, “There certainly is! My stupid computer keeps telling me I’ve got mail!”

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Large pores are a characteristic of oily skin.

Jokes are funny – bad skin is not!

You are searching the internet for solutions to your oily skin, right? To get to the answers, you must first know the problems. What are the characteristics of oily skin?

Oily skin is characterized by a visible shine (usually by mid-day), large visible pores (especially around the nose), and frequent acne. None of these things are pleasant to deal with.

As you search for products for oily skin, you have probably come across many that will just dry out your face. Using alcohols to dry the oil is just a temporary fix – and it doesn’t last long. Without the right oil control skin products, your skin will likely end up dry and flaky while still breaking out. The products do not treat the underlying problem, nor do they help to shrink those large pores. If you have oily skin and you want to get it under control, there are many products available for you which care simple to use and will make your skin care routine quick and easy. Check out this list of skin care products by Skin Rx made just for you:

Glycolic Facial Lotion – Oily skin does need to be moisturized – believe it or not! This lightweight moisturizer is oil free and works double-duty to fight blackheads and large pores.

Glycolic Oily Kit – With a cleanser, eye cream, and lotion, this oily skin care kit works in combination to cleanse and properly moisturize your skin, minimize blackheads & pores, and fight fine lines!

Acne 3 Step Control System – Three products (cleanser, purifying tonic, acne and oil control gel) work together to clear up acne caused by oily skin and to control the excess oil and sebum on your face.

Need advice on specific oily skin problems? Just post a comment and we’ll get back to you!

Sep 28 2009

Look Your Best, Naturally

Look your best, naturally

low-rez-arnica-facial-wash-8oz---3Let’s face it; most of us use a few cosmetics each day to put our best face forward. Whether you apply in the morning, or touch-up throughout the day, most of us carry around one thing or another to “freshen up.” But wouldn’t it be nice to leave fresh-faced in the morning with nothing but your favorite lipstick?

Below are some simple steps to looking your best, naturally.

  1. Cleanse. Clean skin is the foundation for clear skin. The most important thing you can do for your skin is to clean it every day. By washing your face twice daily – in the morning and before bed – you will be getting rid of the makeup and other residue that can cause acne and skin sensitivity. One to try is our Arnica Face Wash.
  2. Exfoliate. Avoid the dry, dull skin that appears during the fall and winter months by regularly exfoliating. Proper exfoliating can give you that summer glow all year long. At-home microdermabrasion can save you hundreds but ensure you’re getting the most effective treatment possible by comparing crystal counts. Consider trying the Microdermabrasion Kit #5 that includes a jar of our fragrance-free exfoliating crystals (four times more than in-clinic treatments) and our soothing serum to cool your skin.
  3. Polish. Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It helps to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation and improve many other skin conditions. Our Glycolic Facial Polish will buff and polish your skin to smoothness in an instant. Use it three times weekly to remove the dry skin and oil that can clog pores.
  4. Moisturize. It’s important for everyone to moisturize. Even if you suffer from oily skin, you still need to hydrate! Skipping moisturizer will only cause your skin to overcompensate and create more shine. Try our richly hydrating Herbal Moisture Crème.
  5. Protect. Protecting your skin from the harmful rays of sun will not only fight off premature aging, but decrease your chances of developing skin cancer. The higher the sun protection factor number (SPF), the more UV protection you can expect. Use our Natural Sun Protection SPF 30 for UVB and UVA cancer-preventing, high-strength protection against the sun. This non-irritating, oil-free, facial (or body) sunblock also works great for those with sensitive skin.

  1. Polish. Glycolic acid is used to improve the skin’s appearance and texture. It helps to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, hyper-pigmentation and improve many other skin conditions. Our Glycolic Facial Polish will buff and polish your skin to smoothness in an instant. Use it three times weekly to remove the dry skin and oil that can clog pores.
Sep 25 2009

Makeup Tip: Bigger, Brighter Eyes!

Here are a couple easy tips on how to brighten up your eyes and make them look bigger.

Apply concealer on the side of your nose by the inner corner of the eye to cover up darkness.  Use concealer or highlighter on your dark circles as well, but keep to the inner corner-mid eye area to avoid exaggerating of fine lines. This will illuminate the eye area.

Apply highlighter or light (silver, white, light gold, light beige) eye shadow in the inner corner of the eye on upper eyelid and just a touch on the lower eyelids.

Offset redness and open up your eyes by lining inner eye rims with a light nude eye pencil.

Curl your lashes and finish with a black mascara.  When applying focus on the middle of your upper and lower eye lashes. This way your eyes will look much bigger.

At the end of the day, do not retire without first cleansing your skin with a mild facial wash that gently removes makeup and other residue which can add to skins sensitivity.    Skinrxclinic’s  Gentle Eye Makeup Remover,  which quickly dissolves eye make up without irritation, is a must for any vanity.

This is an oil-free,  fragrance-free formulation designed especially for the sensitive, delicate  tissue around the eye area.

Your peeps will thank you!

Sep 24 2009

Top 5 Tips to Avoid Crow’s Feet

If you are looking for ways to prevent crows feet – Skin Rx has these great tips:

1. Avoid excess sun exposure. – It is very important to always wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Even when it isn’t summer, there are harmful UV rays that can cause sun damage to your skin. Wearing sunglasses will help to prevent squinting, which significantly contributes to crow’s feet around the eyes. Wear large enough sunglasses that will cover not only your eyes but also the surrounding area where crow’s feet start to appear. Get a sunscreen with at least at SPF 30. Skin Rx recommends Advanced Protection SPF 30.

2. Exercise and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. – As adults, we all have stress whether it is job related, home related, or otherwise. Negative stress is a major contributor to eye wrinkles and premature aging of the skin. Exercising daily helps to decrease stress as does getting a good night’s sleep. Wrinkles and crows feet can be minimized by taking steps to give yourself an overall sense of well being.

3. Use under eye creams that are rich in glycolic acid or Vitamin C. These specific ingredients have been proven in scientific studies to prevent new wrinkles and decrease the appearance of crow’s feet which have already begun to appear. Try Glyco-Lactic Eye Crème by Skin Rx which contains glycolic acid to repair and renew aging skin around the eyes.

4. If you work on a computer for several hours per day, you should rest your eyes at regular intervals and avoid focusing on the screen for long periods of time to prevent fatigue to your eyes.

5. Steer clear of cigarettes and alcohol. These toxic substances take their toll on your skin and cause premature aging and wrinkles very quickly.

Sep 22 2009

Tips for Treating Sunburn

While Fall is now officially here, the sun is still a threat! Just because temperatures start to cool off doesn’t mean you can’t get a sunburn. And for those of you lucky enough to be in a more tropical location like Florida or the Caribbean, you know that sunburn is something you have to avoid all year long.

If you have gotten out into the sun lately though and need to treat your sunburn, the Mayo Clinic has provided a few great tips:

Tip # 1 – See your doctor for severe sunburn.

If your sunburn seems particularly bad, you should see a doctor. He or she may be able to give you a prescription for Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or Corticosteroid which can ease the pain and swelling.

Tip # 2 – Apply Cold Compresses

Cold compresses or cool water can be applied in a bath or shower or by placing a cloth with cool water directly on the skin. This should help you to feel a temporary relief from the heat of your sunburn.

Tip # 3 – Drink lots of water

To prevent getting dehydrated due to fluid loss which happens through the skin in the event of a sunburn, it is important to drink lots of water and fluids.

Tip # 4 – Apply a moisturizer

When you skin is sunburned, you should apply an intense moisturizing product which does not contain skin irritants. Skin Rx recommends the following skin moisturizer:

Advanced Protection SPF 30 – Not only does this cream have a built-in SPF 30, but it contains an intense moisturizing ingredient called Hyaluronic Acid which will hydrate the skin, soothe your sunburn, and prevent further sun damage to your skin.

Sep 22 2009

How Does Stress Affect Sensitive Skin?

Stress can take a toll on sensitive skin in many different ways and can even trigger flare-ups of certain skin conditions including rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, and acne. If you have allergic conditions like hives, these can be exacerbated with excessive stress and those with acne can experience more persistent breakouts and inflammation. Especially for people with sensitive skin, considerable amounts of stress can wreak havoc on one’s complexion. As if you don’t already have enough to deal with, right?!

Stress has been shown to increase the levels of cortisol in the body, a hormone which increases oil production and can ultimately lead to oily skin with clogged pores and acne. Scientific research has also shown that stress can slow the healing process of the skin. The negative effect stress can have on the barrier function of the skin results in excess water loss which inhibits your skin’s ability to repair itself after it has been injured.

What can you do to combat the effects of stress on your sensitive skin? Besides trying to lower your stress levels, try these products suggested by Skin Rx:

End-Zit Mask – This mask removes dirt and excess oil while maintaining the perfect pH balance of the skin.

Limu Facial Cleanser – Marine algae, aloe, and other ingredients are combined to create a non-irritating facial cleanser to gently remove surface debris and makeup.

RosaPlex Skin Serum – Awarded Skincare Innovation of the Year, this calming serum soothes and hydrates the skin and combats effects of environmental factors and other irritants.

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