Intensive Hand Cream Reviews – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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Our hands often betray our age much more freely than our complexion because we are not giving them a daily shot of serums, oils, and moisturizers with scrubs and masks thrown in for good measure. But you can soon fix that with everyday use of a good quality Intensive Hand Cream.

Use throughout the day especially if you have severely dry hands – ensuring you leave a tube by the washbasin, so you always use after washing up or hand washing, and keep a tube in your desk drawer at work or handbag for regular application.

If you do not like the feel of lush, rich cream, go for a lotion instead – these tend to be lighter and thinner and absorbed easier. And always apply a good quality cream at bedtime and wear cotton ‘beauty’ gloves, so your skin gets a massive boost of nourishment overnight.


Neutrogena Hand Creams

Norwegian Formula – Visibly Renew Elasti-Boost Hand Cream SPF20:

This innovative daily hand cream not only gives exceptional hydration but also helps re-establish skin’s suppleness and limit the occurrence of brown spots. It blends Norwegian Formula moisture with active minerals, which help promote skin’s own collagen production. For a visibly smoother and more supple skin, with a fast-absorbing texture that leaves a delicately scented and soft after-feel. Available in 75ml.

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Ingredients:

[PR-015233] Aqua, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Homosalate, Dimethicone, Buthyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Steareth-2, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Squalane, Sorbitan Stearate, Steareth-21, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Linseed Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Sucrose Cocoate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, PEG-8 Laurate, Polysorbate 60, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum.

Finally, A Hand Cream with SPF that I love!

If you are a person who has to work outside or who is out and about a lot during the day, then this is probably the best option day cream for your hands as it has SPF 20 included. I’ve been trying Neutrogena Visibly Renew SPF Hand Cream for the last month and found that it prevents my hands from drying out. The other thing that I like about this product is how quickly it absorbs into the skin, leaving hands feeling soft and moisturized without any greasy effect. I keep my hand cream in my bag – this has got me into a reliable routine of using hand cream throughout the day, and I have to say what a difference it has made to my skin.


Norwegian Formula Fast Absorbing Hand Cream:

The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Fast Absorbing Hand Cream keeps hands hydrated and comforted with its instantly absorbed formula. The light, non-greasy texture is immediately merged into the skin for an instant feeling of comfort and moisturization, leaving no stickiness or residue. Available in two sizes: 75ml and 150ml.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane,Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Panthenol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteth-20, PEG-75 Stearate, Steareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, PV/Hexadecene Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Parfum.

One of the best ever hand creams:

I suffer from very sore dry, chapped hands, but having found this cream made my hands feel protected again. This product is perfect, and so reliable. Now, every time I wash my hands I always use this cream, it absorbs very quickly and is non-greasy. I love what it does for my hands, I have a tube by my kitchen sink & one in the bathroom at all times! Because it’s fast absorbing, I don’t have to worry about what I touch after applying to my hands.


Norwegian Formula Hand & Nail Cream:

The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula® Hand & Nail Cream is a luxuriously rich hand cream that melts into your hands and contains panthenol for complete hand and nail care. Its innovative formula makes nails twice as strong and helps soften cuticles as well as intensively moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Available in 75ml.

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Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane,Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Phytantriol, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitylglucoside, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Trisiloxane, Cetearyl Glucoside, Paraffin, Cera Microcristallina, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, PEG-75 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum.

Softer Hands – Stronger Nails:

I was looking for an intense hand cream that wasn’t solely mineral oil based. This cream has higher levels of glycerin (the “Norwegian Formula”) making it very moisturizing, and the addition of panthenol has made a vast improvement to my brittle nails, they now look shiny, healthy and strong. A small amount can be used throughout the day to really keep my nails in perfect condition. I use it liberally at night, and also I wear cotton gloves to lock in moisture and really feel the benefits in the morning.


Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream:

Originated in1979, this hand cream has been a best-selling product for more than 30 years. Clarin’s offering is simply one of the most luxurious and nourishing creams that we tried, but it also absorbs almost immediately upon application and with no greasy residue.

There are very few creams that deliver on nourishment and absorption so efficiently – this one can even keep mild eczema at bay. The moisturizing base of sesame oil and shea butter is boosted by Japanese mulberry extract to work on minimizing age spots, while myrrh extract is used to strengthen the nails.

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A moisturizer that softens Protects, Hydrates and Strengthens nails and condition cuticles to give a naturally clean, soft and youthful-look to your hand

Almost like an invisible protective glove that cares for the hand and the nails to shield them from the elements, keeping skin soft and silky and reducing the signs of aging.

Hands can become damaged and painful when exposed to the aggressiveness of our daily life, such as the weather, harsh water, and the everyday tasks we perform with them. So take time to care for your hands with Clarins professional, emollient-rich moisturizing hand cream – with soothing Sesame Oil and fortifying Japanese Mulberry.

Performance:

Softens the skin and hydrates.

Protects from environmental damage (the cold, the sun, hard water, and chapping).

Diminishes dark spots.

Regenerates and strengthens the nails.

This non-sticky cream spreads quickly, and the skin absorbs instantly.

To apply, massage gently into your hands, from the fingertips up to the wrist, giving careful attention to the cuticles to ensure the cream is completely absorbed.

Ingredients:

Aqua/Water/Eau, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Myristate, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Heptanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 20, Parfum/Fragrance, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Unsaponifiables, Tetrasodium Edta, Limonene, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Lecithin, Sodium PCA, Tapioca Starch, Dehydroacetic Acid, Palmitoyl Myristyl Serinate, Linalool, Caramel, Disodium Edta, Morus Alba Root Extract, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Geraniol, Eugenol, Tocopherol, BHT, [C1473F]

Clarin’s Class:

When put to the test, Clarin’s products always perform, and this trusted hand cream is no exception, it delivers above and beyond expectations, yes it is slightly more expensive, but you won’t be disappointed with the results.


La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Hands:

This is, without doubt, one of the best value hand creams, this isn’t a luxurious beauty treat, but instead, it’s indispensable for anyone who has irritated, over-worked hands in need of some affectionate TLC. A cream that is so insanely efficient you may wonder how you ever got by without as it soothes and restores the skin’s protective barrier.

Another plus point with this cream is it is so easy to use throughout your day time activities as it isn’t oily or sticky, it’s transparent and fast-absorbing, which is quite rare for a barrier cream. Also, it stays on your hand when in water, better than a lot of other hand creams, and there is much less skin dryness after washing up and hand washing.

 

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It contains no parabens, no perfume, it’s non-comedogenic, 100 percent hypoallergenic and has been tested on sensitive skin. It also has an anti-histamine effect thanks to 4 percent niacinamide, which reduces inflammation and prevents cracked skin. If you have irritated, red, sore skin you will find this cream gives considerable relief.

Apply to clean hands throughout the day as required.

Available in 50 ml

Ingredients:

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Great Value – Quality Product:

I have sensitive skin, and all through the winter months my hands get dry, sore and crack and sometimes even bleed. This hand cream is very soothing, non-greasy with no stinging, as it is not perfumed.

It soaks in quickly and thoroughly and doesn’t have an overpowering smell, making it ideal for everyday and nighttime use.


The verdict On Hand Creams:

For hands prone to chapping and eczema use La Roche Posay. Need sun protection anti-aging protection go with the Neutrogena range.

But Clarins is a cult classic; it’s been sustaining skin, strengthening nails and minimizing age spots for the last 30 years, and shows no signs of stopping.

Have you used any of these hand creams? How did you find it worked for your hands? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com



 

Magic Saksak Silicone Dishwashing Brush Gloves Review

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Magic Saksak Silicone Dishwashing Brush Gloves are the perfect cleaning assistant in your life. These gloves are much more comfortable to use and clean with than standard rubber gloves.

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Dishwashing Gloves:

No more stripping natural oils from your hands at the kitchen sink ever again. Each glove has extended bristles on the palms and fingers that develops a rich lather making them perfect for washing the dishes.

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You can now replace your old style scourer/brush and improve kitchen hygiene while protecting your skin.

Multiple Applications:

The Magic Gloves are ideal for use all around the home:

In the Kitchen/Bathroom

Heat Resistant – Move items from the hotplate

Washing Dishes

Cleaning Fruit & Vegetables

Pet Hair Care – Ideal for washing your pets

Car Washing – Ideal for hand washing the car

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and all general household chores.

 

Heat Resistant:

Up to 160 degrees heat-resistant make these gloves suitable to move hot dishes or to remove oven dishes. The Non-Slip textured surface ensures you get a safer grip and control of all kitchen utensils.

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To prevent things from slipping through the gloves, we have added non-slip lines between the thumb and forefinger.

They are durable and tear resistant yet light on the hands easy to wear and use.

Super Easy To Clean:

When you have finished using them, you just rinse with hot water or for a deeper cleansing they can be sterilized in boiled water, or put into the dishwasher.

easy to clean

The gloves are quick drying and hold no residue, anti-bacterial, and no losing shape, they are refreshed and ready to use.

Warranty:

Made with high-quality silicone. The gloves come with a 1-year warranty. They are strong and durable even after one year of use they retain a perfect shape and will outperform all standard kitchen gloves.

Specification:

Material: Silicone rubber

Colour: multiple colours to choose from.



 

Dry Cracked Hands Treatment – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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The bitterly cold winters wreak havoc with my hands, and they always end wintertime looking like something out of a freak show!

TLC and Moisturiser:

My skin reacts terribly to the cold air and severe winds of the British winter, finding my once smooth skin has vanished before my eyes.

Winter seems to take sadistic pleasure in slowly stripping the natural oils from my feeble hands.

All of my positive efforts for better-looking hands undone in the cruel, harsh winter months, leaving them dry, cracked and crying out for TLC and moisturizer!

There are a lot more options other than your standard hand lotion in the cosmetic department these days. The newest generation of hand creams contains a mixture of occlusives, such as petrolatum, that stops moisture from escaping from your skin; humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, which helps your skin retain water; and emollients, such as oils that can do both of these.

And hand creams these days also contain barrier repair ingredients like ceramides, without the proper proportion of ceramides the skin’s barrier can become compromised, that leads to dryness, itching, and irritation. They also have specialized salts to cover the surface like a glove, which prevents vulnerability from the environment like water and other elements the winter likes to put upon them.

Sensitive Winter Skin:

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Almost everyone experiences sensitive winter skin at least once in their lifetime, and as the hands are the most exposed and overworked member of our body, they are often unintentionally abused. It’s generally at night that the results from a long day are felt, hands become red, chapped, even swollen, the surface breaks and cracks and they might even bleed.

This is extremely painful, and if left without proper care and attention can result in infection from this damaged skin. What starts as an oversight on our part through lack of hand moisturizer can quickly become a medical condition.

Remember, winter skin is dry skin no matter what part of the body it is on! Our hard-working hands become dehydrated twice as fast in winter.

Yes, to keep drinking plenty of water in winter is a good idea, but, it can not replace the lost moisture in the hand tissue when it has become so dehydrated, in this situation prevention really is better than cure!

Washing Your Hands:

Dry winter hand conditions are often agitated even more by the mere act of washing your hands. Of course, we have to wash our hands, hygiene dictates we wash hands numerous times each day; however, do not wash them in hot water, warm water is more than sufficient, and do not let your hands stay wet too long.

Another way to prevent water getting onto your hands is to do all the dishwashing, household chores, washing the car, and pet cleaning, can and should be done while wearing protective rubber gloves, and do remember moisturize your hands after each job to prevent dry, irritated skin from developing. Do this each time your hands are touched by water.

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Avoid all the alcohol-based cleansing gels, as these gels are particularly hard on protective oils that are trying to prevent damage to your hands. If you want beautiful, soft and smooth hands, take care of them and look after them the same way you treat your face or neck.

Dry Cracked Hands Treatment:

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 Intensive Hand Cream Reviews

Your choice of hand creams include balms, lotions, butter, creams, and oils, your decision should be based on what extent your hands are suffering, and on your skin type.

If your hands go from being dry with slightly rough skin to developing minor splits and cracks that are tender or bleeding, then it’s time to move on to more therapeutic moisturizers.

Petroleum jelly is a solid option, or   alternatively, you could pick a thick, creamy moisturizer with a formula that contains denser ingredients such as dimethicone, cocoa, beeswax or shea butter.

You don’t have to keep to one product, you may find something more suitable to keep re-applying throughout the day and use a ‘heavier’ moisturizer at night, the important thing is to get that moisture into your hands daily.

On The Outside:

If you are someone that stays outside most of your day, either due to work or leisure you may have to find additional ways to keep your hands hydrated.

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When preparing to go out, apply your moisturizer, then slide hands into a pair of white cotton gloves, by doing this it will help to keep the moisture in your skin, then put on a second pair of protective winter gloves over the first cotton pair. Your hands will soften while driving, walking, even jogging, etc. and you can keep a jar or tube of moisturizer in your car’s glove box to ‘top up’ throughout the day.

If you are unfortunate to suffer from severe dry hands during the winter months by doing this with the moisturizer and white cotton gloves going to bed, and leaving on overnight, it will bring great relief to your hands, and they will feel amazing again by the morning.

Exfoliate Your Hands:

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The exfoliation process will help remove those dry, flaky dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new smooth skin.

Immediately after exfoliating, your hands will feel smooth and soft again, but you have to apply moisturizer, or you risk your hands starting to dry out all over again.

Treat Your Hands To A Manicure:

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Largely, the hands are the most hardworking part of the human body and warrant being well looked after.

A manicure may be considered a ‘beauty treatment’ but trimming the nails, removing cuticles, exfoliating and moisturizing the skin during a manicure will all help to make your hands look and feel good at any stage of the year, not just the winter months.

So treat your hands once in a while, they deserve it.

If in doubt – see a specialist!

If you are in constant pain due to painful, dry, cracked or bleeding hands and they are not responding to the advice mentioned above, you should arrange to see a dermatologist.

Do you suffer from dry hands in the winter, how do care and look after them? Do you have any other tips for caring for your hands in winter? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com


 

Elemis Cellutox Active Body Oil and Body Brushing Programme Review – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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Looking for a Cellulite Reducer + Help You Immune System? Try Dry Skin Brushing:

Elemis Cellutox

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Elemis Cellutox is technically an oil rather than a cream, but it’s so good that it has quite rightly earned the reputation for being one of the best cellulite treatments around.

As with many Elemis products, its enhanced with essential oils for what can only be labeled as that ‘spa retreat’ scent, containing sea fennel, sea buckthorn, lemon, and juniper.

These work to increase your circulation, this, in turn, is known to help break down cellulite.

Some of the Benefits of Dry Brushing:

Reduce Cellulite

Remove Dead Skin Cells

Increasing Blood Circulation and Lymphatic Drainage

Enhance Radiant Skin

stimulating the nervous system

Developing Muscle Tone

Cleans Out Pores

Body Brushing Cellulite Programme:

 

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This is a 2-step program for tackling cellulite through exfoliating, stimulating, detoxifying and smoothing the body. Firstly use the Body Detox Skin Brush, this helps to Stimulate, Cleanse and Tone the skin. This body brush increases circulation and helps lymphatic drainage to flush away impurities as well as softening the skin and shedding dead skin cells.

Cellutox Active Body Oil:

Step two is to apply the Cellulite and body cleansing oil that Nourishes, Detoxifies, and Stimulates. This powerful blend of Sea Buckthorn, Sea Fennel, Lemon, and Juniper essential oils is the ideal body detox. Perfect when used as part of an anti-cellulite and body cleansing programme. Suitable for all skin types.

Application Steps:

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Do This Daily – To begin with, Dry brush the skin before showering or bathing either in the morning or evening. By having the body dry makes it easier to brush and sweep away the dead skin cells. The bristles can also get a better purchase on the skin to pump and draw away the fluid in the lymphatic system that lies just beneath the skin’s layers. It’s important to remember ‘be gentle.’

Regardless of the texture of the bristles, you need only apply very soft pressure. You don’t want to harm your skin by brushing too hard, and too much pressure isn’t very effective for the lymphatic system.

Start at the soles of the feet and work with long sweeping movements up the legs towards the thighs and buttocks and gently over the abdomen, all the time moving towards the heart, paying extra attention to areas that are prone to cellulite.

Gently complete brushing the remaining areas, the arms, chest, back, and neck.

The Correct Direction of Brushing:

As one of the main benefits is to promote the lymph flow, it’s best to brush in the direction of the flow.

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The photo above shows the direction of flow heading to the primary lymph nodes. Don’t get too confounded with remembering it, but when in doubt, aim for and brush up towards the joint areas, particularly the armpit and the hip/groin creases. When you are get used to dry skin brushing it only takes about 5 minutes to do the whole body.

You can now Indulge in a warm, powerful shower or bath to open the pores.

Dry pat your skin, then pour a small measure of the oil into the palms and gently massage into the body, paying particular attention to those problem areas, especially the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen.

Follow this programme daily to help stimulate and release toxins which can help to improve the appearance of cellulite.

Healthy Tip:

Keeping a healthy lifestyle while coping with a busy routine can be a massive test in today’s environment. The demands and pressure of everyday life can hinder good intentions and lead to a build-up of toxins in the body.

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Choosing simple detox regimes such as drinking a glass of warm water with added lemon or ginger, as well as exfoliating regularly will help cleanse the body, stimulate circulation and remove toxins.

Ingredients of Cellutox Active Body Oil:

Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene, Juniperus Communis Oil, Citral, Tocopherol, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Farnesol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract.


Active Ingredients:
Juniper, Lemon, Sea Fennel, Sea Buckthorn.

Conclusion:

I have to admit I was a little skeptical about dry skin brushing, but there was sufficient evidence to support its effectiveness and the fact that I could purchase the correct brush to use along with the body oil was a huge bonus.

Using the brush took a couple of goes to get used to, but i now body brush before my shower each morning, and it is something I thoroughly enjoy. It makes me feel wide awake and gets my day off to a good start. (Remember – Don’t wet the brush).
Following my shower I use the body oil: It only takes a couple of minutes to apply but is well worth the effort, and I can still feel a difference in the softness of my skin throughout the day and into the evening.
The fragrance of the oil is lovely; subtle and refreshing. I do see an improvement in my cellulite, and my skin complexion is definitely looking healthier. I can definitely recommend this product.

Further Reading: Best Cellulite Removal Treatment

Have you tried Elemis Cellutox or Dry Skin Brushing? Did find it beneficial to your overall health, and did it help to reduce your Cellulite?

I would like to hear your story. Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com

Sisley Cellulinov Intensive Anti-Cellulite Body Care Review

Sisley is a family-owned French luxury beauty label, conceived by Hubert d’Ornano who was one of the first to use botanical extracts and fragrances in cosmetics.

Sisley Quality Products:

The company produces the highest quality skincare and make-up products, blending the best of nature and science. The brand is notable for its anti-aging range, face masks, and award-winning sun care. It is also well-known for its fine perfumes which are created in the tradition of the French ‘haute parfumerie.’

And the great minds at Sisley Research have been working vigorously to produce the latest cellulite-busting cream. Caffeine-enriched and crammed with essential oils, red algae, and longan seed extract to help even the skin’s exterior and roll over dimples, moisturizing, firming, and skin perfecting.

Innovative and comprehensive body care that you expect from Sisley:

A hefty price, yes, but it’s got high-quality results to go with it.

CELLULINOV – Intensive anti-cellulite body care

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Cellulinov is an intensive anti-cellulite* cream which targets the appearance of cellulite thanks to an exceptional blend of vital plant-based ingredients and essential oils, emanating from the latest advances from Sisley Research Labs. Longan Seed, Indian Lotus, and Red Algae extracts are mixed with Caffeine and Cedrol to produce targeted action on the appearance of cellulite. Its creamy, velvety texture makes it ideal for prolonged massage into affected areas.

After four weeks’ you should find that Dimples are reduced, orange peel look on your skin is smoothed, the cellulite is visibly reduced (visually and upon pinching), and the silhouette reshaped. Skin is looking more beautiful: firmer, and feels incredibly soft, as if like new.

* Refers to the appearance of cellulite*

Active Ingredients:

Longan Seed: contouring active ingredient

Indian Lotus extract: contouring active ingredient

Red Algae: contouring active ingredient

*Caffeine,* Cedrol: contouring active ingredients

Soy: promotes collagen synthesis

Alkekengi Calyx: promotes collagen synthesis, anti-free radicals action

Ginkgo biloba Leaf extract: tones

Shea butter: nourishes, soothes, repairs, softens and protects

Sunflower and Rapeseed oils: nourish the skin

*Caffeine is favored in cosmetic products because it effectively enters the skin much more easily than similar compounds. According to research written by the US National Center for Biotechnology information, topical treatment creams containing 3% caffeine in their formulation had a definite effect in reducing cellulite, primarily by preventing excessive increase of fat in cells.

How To Use:

Apply to areas of concern morning and evening, massage until the cream has been completely absorbed.

For Best Results:

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Using on the thighs and buttocks – use both hands to encompass the thighs and apply firm pressure from the bottom of the thigh moving up to the top to encourage drainage. You can then use closed fists or a roller to vigorously massage the affected areas on the thighs and buttocks, using circular strokes.

Using on the stomach: unblock built-up tissue by gently pinching the skin across the surface of the stomach. Then engage the abdominal muscles and, using the palms of the hands, smooth the skin outwards from the navel. Finish with circular movements upon the hips.

Further Reading: Best Cellulite Removal Treatment

Have you tried any Sisley Paris Products? Did any of them help to reduce your Cellulite? I would like to hear your story. Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com


Best Cellulite Home Treatments – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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Many women are embarrassed by cellulite and the consequences of aging on their skin. Creams and lotions alone do not help to alleviate these problems, and plastic surgery is just one step too far for many of us. So what should we do? Give up? No! – The answer to your problems is Home Massagers:

 

Silk’n Silhouette Body Shaping Device – Cellulite Treatment

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It is effortless to handle thanks to the lightweight and ergonomic design, with a Flexible handle grip it’s the most significant innovation in the field of cellulite treatment and streamlined body contours through HT™ technology.

A global leader in aesthetic machines for home use, Silk’n is the brand behind the Silhouette, one of the Best Cellulite Home Treatments available. This is excellent news for anyone who is not a fan of the vacuum and roller suction mechanism – this one operates using three energy sources.

Using HT (Home Tightening) Technology:

This is a combination of bipolar radio-frequency energy, this will help to firm the deeper layers, as much as 10mm down, and LED light energy to reinvigorate the skin, and infrared Heat Technology to enhance the texture of the skin.

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Apply the ‘slider gel’ that is supplied, it is imperative that you apply a layer of gel to your skin before you start the treatment. Using the gel ensures that Silk’n Silhouette effortlessly glides over your skin and prevents your skin from reddening or becoming too hot. In addition to its hydrating capacity, this water-based gel also acts as a conductor.

After applying the gel, you need to move the device over the part of the body you are treating for about 20 minutes during which time you will feel your skin getting warmer. You will find the warming sensation is truly relaxing.

You can do all this and more from the comfort of your own home. Order your Silk’n Silhouette now and begin your journey to firmer, younger and more beautiful skin.

 

*Silk’n Silhouette Slider Gel can be purchased separately*

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A bottle of this slider gel is supplied with your Silk’n Silhouette, if you require more these can be ordered separately. The gel has been specifically designed to help the device glide effortlessly over your skin while preventing too much heat getting onto the skin. The gel is water based and acts as a conductor for the contouring device; furthermore, it provides hydrating properties for the skin.

  • Slider Gel for Silk’n Silhouette
  • Waterbased, transparent gel
  • Acts as a conductor
  • With Hyaluronic Acid
  • Does not contain sulphates, perfume, silicones and parabens

Multi-Settings On Device:

There are three heat settings to chose from – Low, Medium and High.

Opt for the setting feel most comfortable using. Do not worry about burning the skin, the device is fitted with a thermal sensor, and if it measures the temperature over 41 degrees, it will stop emitting heat.

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Silhouette is based on HT™ technology that unites three energy sources: Bi-Polar RF Energy – LED Light Energy and IR Heat Energy. The three energy sources combine forces, penetrating and heating all layers of the skin, from the epidermis to the sub-dermal fat. This causes fibers in the skin complex to contract. Silhouette tackles the cellulite problem from the inside out. You will notice your skin become visibly smoother and tighter, looks younger and feels rejuvenated.

Silk’n Silhouette Offers:


Revolutionary HT™ Technology.

Firms the deeper layers of the Skin.

Reduces Cellulite.

Tightens loose Skin.

Streamlines Body Contours.

Reduces Body Circumferences.

Improves Skin Texture & Elasticity.

Restores Skin’s Balance & Promotes Rejuvenation.

This Device is suitable to use on all parts of the Body – buttocks, upper arms, hips, inner and outer thighs.

Conclusion:

This device has really helped with my noticeable cellulite. I have used it in two places – thighs and buttocks, letting it sit for the recommended 20 minutes at a time about four weeks, and I am very happy now these problem areas have become distinctly smaller, my skin feels tighter, and I am convinced it will get even better in time.

It’s great that I can use it sitting watching the television, even lying down you can also work with it on more areas. I love what I have seen so far and can’t wait to see how much better it will get! I didn’t believe that this technology would be quite this good!

The results I am seeing now allows me to show my legs without the embarrassment that I used to feel.

Have you suffered from Cellulite? Have you tried any home massage treatments? Did any of them help to reduce your Cellulite? I would like to hear your story. Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

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Best Cellulite Removal Treatment – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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It is the one thing that ladies constantly worry about appearing on their bodies, the sight of the dreaded Cellulite! Everyone hates it, and physician’s the world over are on a quest to eradicate the dimpled nuisance that plagues thighs, buttocks, and bellies. Unsurprisingly, misinformation about it is just as common as the condition!

Cellulite For Everyone!

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Cellulite – The name for lumpy, pit speckled flesh, also known as ‘orange-peel’ skin due to the uncanny resemblance! Nearly 90% of women will experience cellulite at some point during their lifetime, some women develop cellulite after puberty, although It’s more prevalent in adult women.

Although not a severe medical condition, your cellulite might leave you feeling upset and even leave you too embarrassed to show certain parts of your body which can be a huge problem especially in the heat of the summer!

All women are susceptible to cellulite, the most common causes are believed to be aging, as the skin loses’ elasticity, also, inactive lifestyle and gaining weight have been linked to the dimples and depressions appearing on the surface of the skin.

If you have only ‘mild’ cellulite, you will see it if you pinch your skin in an area that is receptive to cellulite, such as your thighs. More-severe cellulite will be noticeable without pinching and makes the skin look uneven and bumpy with areas of peaks and valleys.

Cellulite is considerably more common in women than in men due to the different way fat cells, muscle, and connective tissue are spread in men and women’s skin.

In women areas of fat deposits build up and become distorted and force up the connective tissues beneath the skin, all the time strong fibrous cords that hold skin to deep-lying muscles are pulling down thus causing the appearance of the characteristic ‘cottage cheese’ look that changes the appearance to the surface of the skin. Doctors refer to cellulite as Edematous Fibrosclerotic Panniculopathy (EFP).

*Note – Cellulite is completely unrelated to the condition known as Cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection that spreads, and/or inflammation of the skin and tissues beneath.

What Causes It?

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As previously mentioned between 80 and 90 percent of women will probably experience some degree of cellulite. So, why do some people get it?

There are a number of possibilities, one being that it is heredity, specific genes are required for the development of cellulite, gender, metabolism, skin thickness, ethnicity, research seems to show that it’s more common in white Europeans.

We also need to dispel the ‘myth’ that only ‘fat’ or ‘heavy’ people get it, the fact is you can have it whether you are overweight or skinny!

Things that may bring it on are:

Poor diet

Fad dieting

Slow metabolism

Lack of physical activity

Hormone changes

Dehydration

Total body fat

The thickness and color of your skin

It can be harder to detect on darker skin if you do have alight skin tone try a self-tanner, it may help to hide the bumps and dimples and make them harder to detect.

Hormonal factors and age:

It’s likely hormones play a certain role in the development of cellulite.

One opinion is that as estrogen levels in women decrease as they approach the menopause, this causes the blood flow to the connective tissue under the skin to also decrease.

Estrogen regulates the body’s production of collagen when estrogen levels eventually begin to waver and drop during menopause, collagen production also declines.

With limited available collagen means weaker connective tissues and thinner skin, creating near-perfect conditions for cellulite to appear. This is why for a lot of women they first see cellulite’s telltale ‘cottage cheese’ skin as they enter the menopause.

Although female hormones can play a role in adding to this pattern of fat distribution, cellulite is not treatable by hormone therapy.

What Can Be Done About It?

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So, what is the Best Cellulite Removal Treatment? The difficulty concerning cellulite is that even the experts don’t always agree on treatments, remedies, and causes, making it even more challenging to separate the facts from the myths.

Firstly, Cellulite isn’t a serious medical condition, it is a cosmetic problem and treatment isn’t an urgent requirement, many doctors just consider cellulite to be a ‘normal’ occurrence.

There are no diagnostic tests for cellulite, the visible appearance of cellulite is sufficient to confirm that the condition is present.

If you have serious worries about the appearance of your skin, speak to your doctor, dermatologist or plastic surgeon, they may offer treatments and recommend what options are available to you for cellulite.

Treatments Available For Cellulite:

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Sad to say that many places that offer cellulite treatments are only too willing to advertise ‘remarkable’ results. It’s fair to say that most of these treatments do not live up to their lofty claims. Do your research thoroughly if you are considering any treatment or procedure for Cellulite.

No single treatment for cellulite is going to eradicate it completely. The following procedures might improve the appearance of cellulite, some only temporarily!

Although it has been said that weight isn’t a critical factor with regard to cellulite, it is worth bearing in mind that weight loss and exercise can have some effect since the muscles and skin will tighten up as you tone up your body. More defined muscles and a thinner fat layer will make your skin smoother and less puckered!

But, the results and benefits will vary from person to person, your own results depend on how hard and consistently you train, and a change of diet if you are overweight.

Cellulite Diets:

So-called ‘cellulite diets’ that claim to be beneficial in treating cellulite: Promoters of these diets claim that the combination of ‘special’ foods recommended in them can reduce inflammation and increase the circulation in affected areas and so reduce cellulite.

Despite these claims, no studies published in the medical literature have supported these diets. Physicians have reasoned that eating a healthy diet can decrease fluid retention and improve the overall appearance of the skin, but specific diets intended to target cellulite are of no value.

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Laser Treatment and Radiofrequency Systems:

Possibly the most promising medical therapy to combat Cellulite is one that uses both lasers and radiofrequency systems.

The U.S. FDA has approved specific light-therapy devices, these combine suction or massage with light therapy, this will give a decrease to the appearance of cellulite.

TriActive:

One of these treatments is known as ‘TriActive’-this is a procedure that mixes suction and manipulation of the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage with low-level laser treatment to boost collagen, and cooling to break up the fat nodules and cool tissues.

This treatment is over a series of ten to fifteen sessions.

Velashape:

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Another laser treatment is known as ‘Velashape’ and said to be pretty effective, this works by combining laser and massage therapy. A handheld device is pressed on the surface of the skin that uses infrared light to remold the body and diminish layers of fat improve lymphatic drainage and smooth out dimples.

You should begin to see improvement after roughly four treatments. It’s effective on the thighs – front and back, buttocks, abdomen, and love handles.

This procedure requires multiple treatment sessions and maintenance procedures to sustain the improved appearance. This is a non-invasive treatment.

Cellulaze:

A popular and minimally invasive laser treatment that is called Cellulaze. The doctor injects the numbing solution into the area being treated.

He then inserts a laser under your skin, the laser shoots heat in three directions breaking up the uneven fat deposits. This procedure helps to thicken the skin and stimulate collagen production and improve the skin’s elasticity. The thickened skin should lessen the appearance of the cellulite below. You can expect to see a 75% improvement in your cellulite, and this should last for around one year.

Cryolipolysis:

This non-invasive treatment freezes and kills fat cells. Once they are dead, your body easily removes them. This procedure is usually used for body shaping, but any fat removal can improve cellulite. It can take up to three treatments and 3 – 4 months for you to start seeing results.

Cellfina:

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The use of Cellfina was cleared by the FDA-as recent as 2015, it is classed as minimally invasive treatment.

It is a ‘one off’ procedure and the best option for longer-term dimple-free skin and can last for approx’ two years.

Health care professionals perform subcision using a device known as Cellfina. The treatment uses a handheld device to insert a microblade under the skin, the needle-sized device to treat the fibrous tissues that hold your body’s fat together to smooth out dimpling.

It is vacuum-assisted for total control of the depth and area to be improved. Approx’ 20 to 30 individual cellulite dimples are treated during an average 1-hour session. You will begin to see improvement in about 3 days. You’ll have some temporary bruising and soreness to contend with.

The downside: It doesn’t come cheap, you are looking at the cost of some $4K+

Endermologie (or lipomassage or endermology) – Massage treatments:

Various types of machines are available that massage the areas affected by cellulite. The devices use rolling cylinders to gather pockets of skin and apply a vigorous massage inside a chamber to increase blood flow, remove toxins, and reduce any excess fluid.

One such example of massage treatments is Endermologie, a French technique used for cellulite treatment since the mid-1990s. This technique uses an electrically powered handheld device that uses suction, pulls, and squeezes affected areas.

Treatment time typically lasts for 30-45 minutes, and 10-12 treatments are usually required before results can be seen. You will find there is a temporary decrease in the appearance of cellulite, the technique only appears to redistribute the fat rather than permanently alter its form beneath the skin, and studies have shown differing results regarding the effectiveness of this therapy. You will need regular maintenance treatments after achieving the initial result, or the cellulite will return.

At-Home Cellulite Solutions:

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Actually, there is a solution that can minimize the appearance of cellulite for a few weeks. A 30 to 60-minute deep tissue massage can knead the surface of the skin just enough to break up fibrous connective tissue that contributes to skin puckering.

If you don’t have a masseuse, you can mimic the technique at home by frequently using a firm foam roller. Use firm pressure to improve your circulation and plump the skin, which should result in a smoother look.

Alternatively, you can purchase an electric handheld machine to massage the affected area. Massagers can do wonders, massagers will speed up circulation, which will improve the appearance of the skin. There are many kinds of electronic massage machines depending on your preference and budget.

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Another home treatment you can try is ‘Dry Body Brushing.’ This is very beneficial for the largest organ of your body – the skin. It may help to diminish the appearance of cellulite, promote toned and supple skin while assisting in removing toxins from the body.

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Dry Body Brushing encourages better blood flow, this is said to have a plumping effect on the skin which really helps lessen the appearance of cellulite.
It is best to do this before a bath or shower, it will promote your lymph, helping your body metabolize toxins more efficiently, discouraging fluid retention and cellulite (the two are related to each other).

Chose a medium-firm brush, one that’s about the size of your palm, try to make sure it has natural bristles, avoiding synthetic ones.

Start your brush massage with the soles of your feet. Using a dynamic, circular motion. Apply short, fast upward strokes as you guide the brush over your feet and legs. Proceed to brush upwards as you get to the buttocks, waist, stomach and breast areas.

Use a circular motion on the palms of your hands, then short upward strokes as you brush your hands and arms. When you get to the neck, begin using downward strokes, out to your shoulders, and down your back, then down your breasts, stroking toward your heart. Avoid brushing your face.

The most important groups of lymph nodes are in your neck, armpits, and groin. So, if you are short on time and cannot do the whole body, do a few short brush strokes over those areas,
You should try to spend about five minutes a day on dry brushing and look to do it between two to five times a week.

Topical Treatment:

Cellulite Creams and Serums that contain a variety of ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, caffeine, seaweed, and antioxidants, are quite often marketed as the cure for cellulite.

Because cellulite forms below the skin’s surface, it’s difficult to treat topically with over-the-counter creams.

While most store-bought creams may not provide the beautiful results you’re looking for, search for creams that contain caffeine and retinol – Retinol creams that have 0.3% retinol may have the best impact on cellulite as they could help stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, making your skin look tighter, and thicker so reducing the signs of cellulite when applied.

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It will take several months to see any signs of improvement, and these creams do not come cheap.

Retinol treatments are available to buy online. Do read and follow the instructions carefully.

Treatments to Avoid or Consider Carefully!

A procedure is often called ‘Mesotherapy.’ whereby doctors inject chemicals into the fat layer below the skin to help breakdown the fat to make cellulite less noticeable.

The chemicals used in this procedure include phosphatidylcholine, aminophylline, hormones, herbal extracts, vitamins, and minerals. There is little proof these treatments do very much for cellulite.

Most doctors don’t recommend the procedure as there is a risk of infection, swelling, rashes, and lumpy skin.

The Decision:

cellulite firmnessEven though there’s no simple answer for unblemished skin yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t be positive and more confident in your body, cellulite or not.

The important thing to understand from all of this is that living a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle will encourage you to look and feel better about yourself.

It’s amazing that every medical condition can be improved by decreasing stress, eating well and exercising regularly, making cellulite less noticeable is an added bonus.

If you are considering treatment for yourself, talk to a qualified/registered dermatologist or plastic surgeon, find out all that you possibly can from them about the whole procedure, and still do your own research online before making a decision on the best cellulite removal treatment you will use.

Have you suffered from Cellulite? Have you tried any of the treatments mentioned or have you tried any other procedures? Did anything help to reduce your Cellulite? I would like to hear your story. Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com

Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Maintaining Healthy Skin

Olive Oil

Awarded World’s Best Olive Oil award four consecutive years Venta Del Barón Extra Virgin Olive Oil is Made in Andalusia, Spain. A blend of premium Hojiblanca & Picuda olives.

Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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With Spain producing approximately half of the world’s olives, it comes as no surprise that the title of ‘World’s Best Olive Oil’ has been awarded to this Andalusian Extra Virgin Olive Oil for an impressive four consecutive years. Proffered in a beautiful glass bottle with a red wax seal, it contains a blend of highly regarded premium Hojiblanca and Picuda olives. The thick oil has a fragrant fruitiness which builds to a peppery spice on the tongue. You’ll want to savour the complex taste with good quality crusty bread.


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Venta del Barón is a unique Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it takes its name from the legend of the Baron of Santaella.

It comes from the Priego de Córdoba Designation of Origin, situated in the heart of Andalusia; it has a tiny area of cultivation, scarcely 30,000 hectares of hundred-year-old olives, partly inside the Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park. These distinctive characteristics, coupled with a unique microclimate, promise it produces olives of supremely high quality and distinctive character guarantees the oil they produce is worthy of international acclaim, as is the case for Venta del Barón.

The regulative board of the Priego de Córdoba Designation of Origin oversees the quality of the olive oils under their supervision and, particularly, the extra virgin olive oils, whose organoleptic attributes have led to this oil correctly being the standard-bearer for the ‘Mediterranean Diet.’

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The regulative board of the Priego de Córdoba Designation of Origin oversees the quality of the olive oils under their supervision and, particularly, the extra virgin olive oils, whose organoleptic attributes have led to this oil correctly being the standard-bearer for the ‘Mediterranean Diet.’

In the heart of the Sierra de Priego, groups of traditional olive pickers, pick an initial selection of the green olives by hand at the start of the season. The Hojiblanca and Picuda varieties drop onto the sheet beneath the olive tree, fallen branches and leaves are removed, they are then placed into specially designed boxes so that the weight of the olives doesn’t damage the fruit.

Harvesting Olives:

The olive pickers have a name for this called “peinar” (combing) and harvesting of the olives, a tradition that dates back almost 3,000 years.

The Almazara de Muela Olive Mill located in Priego de Córdoba is the destination for all the olive pickers. And so the pressing begins, it is carried out cold, reducing the extraction time and selecting only the best of all the oils, following the strict rules of the Priego de Córdoba Designation of Origin. This pressing is done just a few hours after the olives are picked (less than 10h), to help preserve all the aroma of the olives.

The end result is a dense and luminous oil which represents 10% of what could be extracted by other methods. It is this, the first juice of the virgin fruit, that gives the very best of all the oils. This is then left to ‘rest’ for a fortnight to decant using only gravity, and so become an authentic “Oleum ex Albis Ulivis” – olive oil made from green olives.

Delicious:

The taste of this olive oil brings you the intense fruitiness of green olive with a mix of grass, almond shells, banana and apple and subtle hints of tomato and artichoke.

The first taste you get in your mouth is sweet, followed by slightly bitter and spicy with a nutty aftertaste. All its tasting-olfaction attributes are very complex, balanced and harmonious.

The best aromatic complement for breakfast (with Rustic bread), aperitifs, salads and any dish to which it will bring its distinctive flavor.

What country does your favorite Extra Virgin Olive Oil come from? Do You prefer Extra Virgin Olive Oil over ordinary Olive Oil? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Benefits – Maintaining Healthy Skin

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We are regularly made aware of how good Olive Oil is for our health both internally and externally, even more so Extra Virgin Olive Oil benefits (EVOO).

Which Country Produces the best Olive Oil?

The choice of olive oil is a personal one, based on individual taste and preferences, some might say that Greek olive oil is as tasty as the equivalent Spanish or Italian oil. In truth, few people could spot the difference between Spanish, Italian, Greek or Turkish Olive Oil!

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In the end, preference may come down to the oil’s freshness, quality, and the way one uses it in their kitchen, either for salads, on bread, or as a cooking ingredient.

There is unquestionably a distinction between Olive Oil producing countries, the Olive trees from Greece, Spain, and Italy not only vary in species but are dependent on the local climate and soil conditions which influence the oil’s flavor. But while most people can acknowledge its freshness or even its acidity, the subtle differences between the different types of olive oils which indicate the country of origin may be obvious only to professional olive oil tasters.

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Spain exports significant quantities of olive oil to markets in the US, the UK, Portugal, Australia, France and interestingly, quite a bit of it is sold to Italy! One of Spain’s best sellers is Venta Del Barón Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Awarded World’s Best Olive Oil award four consecutive years and Made in Andalusia, Spain.

The Italian population consumes more olive oil than it produces. To meet demand, it supplements local produce with imports from Greece and Spain. Therefore, what people buy in supermarkets as Italian olive oil may, in fact, have a different country of origin. Nonetheless, Italy markets olive oil very favorably as a ‘national’ product.

Olive oil is mostly used in the food sector, but its other uses include fuel production, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and the manufacture of soaps.

Cooking With Olive Oil:

The quality and flavor of Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s are more desirable for cold food purposes such as salad dressings, and as the finishing touches to soups, dips, pasta or pizza.

But when you are cooking and applying Olive Oil to a stir-fry, or you are cooking other high-temperature dishes or roasts, extra virgin olive oil isn’t as suitable because it has too low a smoke point and will overheat and may produce harmful chemicals; also the nutritional benefits are quickly lost.

This is why it is a good idea to keep a bottle of ‘standard’ Olive Oil in your kitchen to cook with, it is better suited for deep frying or roasting as it has a higher smoke point – meaning that you won’t be carrying the food through the smoke point as the higher temperatures are reached. A fine example is an Olive Oil called La Española.

Smoke Point of various Oils:

Coconut oil: 347°F (175°C)
EVOO: 383°F (195°C)
Safflower oil: 414°F (212°C)
La Española Pure Olive Oil: 446°F (230°C)
Canola oil: 460°F (238°C)

Also, the flavor won’t be as noticeable when cooked at high temperatures, so there is no reason to use the far more expensive ‘Extra Virgin’ grade Olive Oils.

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Established in 1840, La Espańola is an iconic Spanish olive oil brand. Made from fresh olives grown in the Andalucia region in the south of Spain,100% authentic Spanish olive oil is of the highest quality. Each year, this small province produces more olive oil than all of Italy.

This refined olive oil, blended with virgin olive oil creates a cooking oil which is gentle and subtle in flavor.
Without losing the essential properties of olive oil, La Española Pure Olive Oil has a ‘smoking point’ of 230°C and is ideal for heating and thus perfect for grilling & roasting.
With La Española Olive Oil you can savor the essence of the Mediterranean diet in every dish. Taste it for yourself!

Did You Know?

Used correctly Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a great source of what we know as good fat and antioxidants and features prominently in the healthy Mediterranean Diet and has many health benefits.

Made from the first pressing of the ripe olives, Extra Virgin Olive Oil is at it’s most flavorsome, as it is pure and with the minimal processing. In a very similar way to wine, olive oil has a complex variety of flavors to look out for, you can expect to find a balance of fruit, spice, and pepper.

But, a word of advice, unlike wine, you will see that olive oil does not improve with age, so don’t save it for best, use liberally and to prolong the shelf life look for a dark glass container, as light can rapidly reduce the oil quality.

You will notice the color of extra virgin olive oil can vary from a mix of green and yellow to golden green, this will depend on the variety of olives used and the country and climate they were grown in. It is Lovingly referred to as the ‘Nectar of the Gods’.

Topical Skin Care Use:

Olive oil has long had a history of being used as a home skin care treatment. Japan was the highest importer of olive oil in Asia in 2000 – consumers there believe the ingestion and topical administration of olive oil to be helpful for both skin and health.

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It is recommended to use the best certified-organic, non-GMO, cold-pressed, and unrefined extra-virgin olive, such as Venta Del Barón due to the fact it is produced without the use of heat or chemical refining and contains the highest concentration of olive oil’s beneficial compounds. Also, it has zero preservatives or additives that can be harmful to the body.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil offers some benefits to the skin, including vitamins, antioxidants, and antibacterial effects. It is very effective as a moisturiser around the delicate skin surrounding the eye area, plus nourishes eyelashes the same way conditioner works on the hair. Also, for cuticles, olive oil keeps them moist and soft so as to encourage strong, healthy, active nail growth.

However, it should be stated that the research on any benefits gained from the use of Olive Oil on the face and skin is limited.

Benefits of Olive Oil – Face and Body:

As an Antioxidant:

Olive oil works as an antioxidant, which is a chemical compound that guards cells against the effects of free radicals that prevents oxidation. Oxidation, this is a process that produces free radicals, these are chemicals that can potentially damage cells and may lead to heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

When it is applied to the skin antioxidants may prevent premature aging. Also, some research suggests that olive oil may be beneficial when applied following sun exposure and may fight off cancer-causing cells.

Scientists do need to carry out more research in this area to better understand the impact of olive oil’s antioxidant properties on the human skin.

Vitamin Content:

Olive oil contains the fat-soluble vitamins – A, D, E, and K. These vitamins may be useful for the skin.

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The vitamin E oil has been used topically for centuries to treat many skin conditions, these include eczema and psoriasis.

Antibacterial Effects:

Olive oil has shown to have antibacterial properties.

One study looked at the benefits of using olive oil and coconut oil on Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (the most frequent type of staph infection is the boil, pus that develops in a hair follicle or oil gland) on the skin. The results found that both oils displayed antibacterial properties, but virgin coconut oil was found to be more effective at eliminating the bacteria.

Although olive oil can be used to treat bacterial infections, there have been only been a few studies on olive oil’s capacity to control bacteria on the skin, more research is needed.

Moisturizing Effects:

Extra Virgin Olive oil can be applied as a natural moisturizer to soften both the skin and hair.

The EVOO is applied as a moisturizer directly to the skin and then blot off any excess oil; also, the oil can be applied to damp skin to prevent a greasy feeling.

Exfoliator:

To use EVOO to exfoliate the face and body and treat areas of dry or scaly skin, mix olive oil and sea salt to make a scrub.

You should use fine-grained salt on the face and other sensitive areas, and slightly coarser grains on the rest of the body.

People with dry areas may also benefit from applying to the face an olive oil-based face mask. Olive oil can be mixed with ingredients such as egg white, honey, or ground oats, these can help soften and hydrate the face.

To Remove Eye Make-Up:

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Olive oil breaks down any water-resistant substances you find in eye makeup, allowing you to wipe them away more efficiently and with less aggravation to the delicate skin around the eyes.

To remove your eye makeup, just add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil to a cotton ball and gently wiping the make-up around the eyes being careful not to get it into the eye.

Wrinkle Treatment:

Olive oil may be used on the face, it can help prevent early signs of aging on the skin and wrinkles. The oil can be daubed around the eye area at night or following sun exposure taking care not to get it into the eye.

Scar oil:

The vitamins and other antioxidants you find in olive oil may fade scars by helping skin cells to regenerate.

You massage the undiluted oil into scars, or you can mix it with a few drops of lemon juice to treat the areas of hyperpigmentation, where you find the skin has darkened due to scarring.

Olive oil may also be applied to try to prevent or reduce stretch marks, although studies on its effectiveness have found mixed results.

Again, there is very little evidence that applying olive oil to the skin helps prevent or reduce stretch marks.

Personal Care:

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Olive oil is found as an ingredient found in numerous personal care products, these include face wash, body wash, soap, and lotions.

Risks of applying Olive Oil to the Skin:

Children’s skin is extremely delicate, and eczema may develop if olive oil is used on a child’s skin.

Although some studies have shown that the use of olive oil can benefit the skin, as with most products, it may not be suitable for everyone, and ‘patch’ tests should be carried out before applying to the skin.

Using Low-Quality Olive Oil:

Finally, be sure to only choose Organic Olive Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil over blends.

The use of high-quality olive oil is essential, using low-quality oils they may contain additives or chemicals that could irritate or damage the skin.

Have you used Olive Oil on your skin, did you find it to be helpful with a particular skin problem? Does it help your skin to look and feel better? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

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Mediterranean Diet For Health Benefits And Maintaining Healthy Skin

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Generally considered one of the healthiest diets on the planet, the Mediterranean diet can do miracles for your general health and just as crucial for the health of your skin.

Strange then that today we still don’t take this knowledge on board, and include some of these ancient Mediterranean foods directly and easily into our own diets to boost our overall health, in body and skin.

Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet:

A favorite of health professionals, its benefits are backed by a considerable amount of scientific research. Studies have shown that by adhering to the Mediterranean Diet for health benefits and maintaining healthy skin you can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of various diseases, keeps bones strong and healthy, protects the brain and memory, and gives you healthy radiant looking skin.

There is more than good genes, myth and magic lying behind the generally healthy and cared for skin you see among Mediterranean people. They use make-up and skincare products in abundance just like the rest of us. But, they have some excellent skin building blocks in place in the form of great food; the so-called traditional Mediterranean diet.

Your diet can have both a positive and negative effect on the condition of your skin, your body’s largest organ, and the benefits of these ingredients for both the body and beauty.

Your skin will be at its healthiest providing you are getting the nutrients it requires from the food you eat, it is what you eat that plays a significant part in how your skin looks, feels and importantly shields you from daily pollutants.

Also, a recent study published in the ‘British Journal of Nutrition’ advises that following the Mediterranean diet can increase your life expectancy, even for people aged 65 and older.

The Mediterranean Diet – Improve Your Skin:

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Dieticians will happily tell you that what the Mediterranean diet does to improve your health, it can do for your skin also. The condition of your skin is crucial to your overall well-being since this is your body’s primary defense against the outside world. By sticking to the Mediterranean diet can help you enjoy glowing, radiant skin.

This eating plan encourages lots of olive oil, which is full of vitamin E and antioxidants that strive to hydrate and nourish your skin. The occasional glass of Red wine, which is recommended in moderation, contains resveratrol, which can even repress the growth of acne-causing bacteria. And tomatoes, another favorite Mediterranean staple, helps protect skin cells – also helping to prevent cancer caused by sun exposure.

The diet emphasizes eating vegetables, fish, whole grains, and healthy fats – encouraging a high intake of fiber and moderate consumption of meats and alcohol, and lots of antioxidants. Foods that are high in antioxidants will protect and enhance the skin.

One of the worst foods eat for your skin is sugar, it is the cause of inflammation in the body and one of the reasons for the breakdown of collagen in the skin, a fibrous protein that helps to keep the skin firm.

With the loss of collagen, this leads to wrinkles and sagging skin.

A diet that is high in unhealthy processed foods and refined carbohydrates will also accelerate aging of the skin.

Eat A Balanced Diet – Protect Your Skin:

Mediterranean Food

The world-famous Mediterranean diet is considered to be one of the most beneficial diets for your skin.

It is full of antioxidants to help repair skin damage and healthy fats to keep the elasticity of the skin.

The Diet is based on plenty of plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, pulses, and whole grains, other vital components are fish, olive oil and small amounts of red wine. A limited amount of unprocessed meat, eggs, and dairy are allowed, and the diet is naturally low in added sugar, refined grains, and unhealthy processed foods.

A key feature is the healthy sources of fats from foods like fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, and olives. At the same time avoiding foods containing unhealthy fats such as refined vegetable oils, processed meat, and other processed foods.

Many of the foods in a Mediterranean diet have anti-aging properties, that will both nourish and protect the skin.

Below is a list of the foods included in the diet:

Eat Plentiful Amounts:

Vegetables, fruit, pulses, nuts, seeds, whole grains, potatoes, herbs & spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil.

Eat In Moderation:

Poultry, dairy, eggs, red meat, and red wine.

Limit or Avoid:

Added sugar, sugary drinks, refined grains, refined vegetable oils, processed meat, and processed foods.

Caffeine – Coffee is far more popular with people living in the Mediterranean region than tea, Caffeine helps to protect against skin cancer because it prevents a protein that UV-damaged precancerous cells need to divide.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil:

The best-known ingredient in the Mediterranean diet is, of course, Olive oil, a staple part of the diet, giving healthy monounsaturated fats and thought to be one of the reasons to the far superior health of the Mediterranean people. Olive oil is a valuable source of a fatty acid called oleic acid, which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is involved in both aging and many diseases, so reducing it has anti-aging benefits.

Extra virgin olive oil is high in antioxidants, giving further anti-inflammatory properties, as well as protecting against oxidative stress damage in the body. By choosing cold-pressed olive oil and eating some of it raw, on salads, for example, will ensure you receive the highest antioxidant dose.

Olives and Olive Oil

The consumption of Olive Oil is linked to many advantages, these include a healthier heart and reducing the risk of mental problems such as depression and Alzheimer’s.

Olive oil is also an excellent ingredient for homemade beauty products, such as hair and face masks and fantastic natural body oil for both adults and children. It is packed full with vitamin E and antioxidants and is incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for hair and skin.

Oily Fish:

Living near to the Mediterranean Sea, the inhabitants of this region are traditionally fish eaters. Fish, especially of the rich oily variety, is our number one dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for health, beauty, and anti-aging. They have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, protecting those parts of the body most affected by aging (your eyes, the brain, heart, joints, etc.), as well as being an excellent moisturizer and conditioner for the skin and hair.

Both fish and seafood are also a fantastic protein source and provide essentialFish and Veg on a plate nutrients such as zinc and selenium. There is another less well-known anti-aging ‘star ’ to be found in ‘pink’ fish such as salmon, called astaxanthin. It is effective in reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, diminishing wrinkles, improving skin elasticity and so improving your overall appearance.

Plant Super-Foods:

Our Mediterranean neighbors have not only got the fruit and veg portions correct, but are also including an abundance of other plant super-foods in their daily diets, such as nuts, seeds, pulses, and whole grains. For example, nuts form an integral part of the diet and have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, which give them anti-aging powers. Regular consumption is linked to lower cholesterol, reduced diabetes risk, and lower body weight. Pulses and whole grains also regularly feature in Mediterranean cuisine and are just as advantageous for health.

Bread and Pasta:

Bread is always seen on the table in a Mediterranean kitchen as well as pasta, both are very popular but are eaten alongside plenty of lentils, beans and other whole grains such as barley, whole wheat berries, polenta, oats, and buckwheat.

olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Bread and pasta have been unfairly labeled as ‘bad’ or ‘fattening’ foods in recent years. They are however a staple food in many healthy populations, including the Mediterranean region. Freshly baked whole wheat bread is a personal favorite of mine dipped in olive oil (instead of butter or margarine) add a touch of Balsamic Vinegar and black pepper, it’s delicious and it is actually very nutritious, so long as you are not allergic to wheat, gluten sensitivity or are coeliac it should not cause any issues if eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.

Meat, Eggs, and Dairy:

Meat, eggs, and dairy are eaten in small quantities and in their most natural unprocessed forms. Fresh cheeses, of which many are naturally low in fat, such as ricotta, feta, and mozzarella are eaten in reasonable amounts and provide a great source of protein and calcium.

Dairy Products

Sheep’s and goats dairy products are very popular, as well as yogurt, which is a natural source of probiotics for a healthy gut. Meat is far less processed and eaten maybe once or twice a week, not daily! A traditional Mediterranean diet will be low in processed foods, with meals being home-cooked and made from natural, fresh ingredients.

Moderation and Balance:

Meat, eggs, and dairy are eaten in small quantities and in their most natural unprocessed forms. Fresh cheeses, of which many are naturally low in fat, such as ricotta, feta, and mozzarella are eaten in reasonable amounts and provide a great source of protein and calcium.

Tomatoes and Wine

Sheep’s and goats dairy products are very popular, as well as yogurt, which is a natural source of probiotics for a healthy gut. Meat is far less processed and eaten maybe once or twice a week, not daily! A traditional Mediterranean diet will be low in processed foods, with meals being home-cooked and made from natural, fresh ingredients, and enjoyed with a  glass of red wine.

General Skin Conditions:

Some common skin conditions can be affected by the food you eat:

Acne – A study on male acne patients who followed a low-glycemic diet had reduced acne in comparison to a group of men that ate a diet rich in carbohydrates.

Chocolate – this gets a bad report as it is seen as a cause of pimples when in reality acne might be from a high-sugar or high-carb diet, if you can’t resist it, try to eat dark chocolate, in moderation of course!

Rosacea – This can include facial redness and swelling, can be set off by overindulging in rich, spicy foods, excessive alcohol or even hot drinks.

Eczema – People who suffer from eczema get dry, itchy, and red patches on the skin. Dermatologists say foods that can aggravate eczema symptoms include milk, eggs, soy, and wheat, and excess sugar. The Mediterranean diet is very beneficial for people who suffer from Eczema.

Keep Your Skin Healthy:

Eat your colors for antioxidants, include some healthy fats and choose a variety of foods to get the nutrients required to keep your skin glowing not only in summer but all year long.

girl looking at blue sea

Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet; eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables can help to stop the damage that leads to skin aging prematurely.

Many studies also suggest that a diet that contains a lot of sugar or other refined carbohydrates can speed up the aging process!

Excessive drinking of Alcohol dehydrates the skin, if you remove the moisture content from the skin in time, this will lead to wrinkles and signs of aging on the face, simply put, you are going to look older. Drink less alcohol, easy to say I know, but Alcohol is severe on the skin.

Allow your body and skin to enjoy the Benefits of Change:

Even people who now have signs of premature aging skin can benefit greatly from making lifestyle changes.

By changing your diet and bad habits, you will see and feel the benefit to your body and skin.

If you smoke, stop! People who do manage to quit smoking often notice that their skin looks healthier in time. Smoking will dramatically speed up how quickly your skin ages, it also causes wrinkles and a dull, sallow complexion.

By using a high factor sunscreen you are protecting your skin from the sun, and you give it an opportunity to repair some of the damage that may have already occurred.

Apply a facial moisturizer both day and night. Moisturizer traps water in our skin, giving it a more youthful appearance.

The Mediterranean Lifestyle:

clear Med Sea and girl

The Mediterranean diet for health benefits and maintaining healthy skin is far more about boosting your overall sense of well-being and learning how to make healthier food choices without giving up on taste and flavor. What’s not to love about really easy to find and use skin foods that give you an all-around healthy glow, inside and out?

If signs of aging skin bother you, you may want to see a dermatologist. New treatments and less-invasive procedures for smoothing wrinkles, tightening skin, and improving one’s complexion are giving many people younger-looking skin.

How much do you enjoy Mediterranean style food? What food do you find helps your skin look and feel better? Please leave any comments or questions below, and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

jo@yourskincarehelp.com