Posts Tagged ‘Skin Care’

Emu Oil

Emu oil has been used for centuries to help heal dry skin. The Aborigines, who used it so long ago, knew about the healing properties contained in this oil. One thing the Aborigines used emu oil for was arthritis. Yes, you guessed it. Emu oil has anti inflammatory benefits for the body. Not only does it heal, but it also shrinks and reduces inflammation in the body. It does this as well as ibuprofen but yet without any of the negative side effects.

As the emu oil is used on the skin, it is rapidly absorbed and used by the body. The fact that it has a similar ph to our body makes it a great moisturizer for our skin. It also does it’s job without leaving an oily residue behind and (bonus!) it’s noncomedogenic (non pore clogging). It helps with many other issues as well. It’s been shown to reduce acne scars, acne, burns, cracked skin, gout and psoriasis. It has also been shown to help aid in sunburn, insect bites, scars, rosacea, foot fungus, cuts, athlete’s foot and even dandruff.

Products that use emu oil make wonderful moisturizers for your dry skin. They also improve wrinkles and help put a nice barrier of protection on your skin. Athletes have found that emu oil is good for sore joints. They use it on sore muscles, sports injuries and tendonitis.  The healing and repairing property of this oil is why we use it in our products for you. Make sure you get some belly oil for any scarring  or wrinkles you might have and some eczema oil for any skin sensitivities or disorders. These two will be a great addition to your skin care regimen.

Alternative Uses for Baby Oil

Baby oil is such a great product for your baby. It moisturizes their skin and keeps it healthy and glowing. Using organic oils that do not have preservatives or irritating fragrances will not cause any type of skin rashes. You can use it on your baby to treat common skin condition such as dry skin, eczema, cradle’s cap, and psoriasis. Using baby oil will not only soften and replace moisture, but you can gently give your baby a warm massage. There are many other wonderful uses for this type of oil. You do not have to be a baby to use oil, and here are some alternative uses for baby oil.

One of its great uses is for moisturizing your skin. However, it is also great to be used as massage oil. It is warming to the skin and very relaxing. When you are using it for massage oil, you are also moisturizing your skin. It keeps in the moisture better than a lot of lotions. Some massage oils are heavily fragranced with irritating chemicals. Baby oil is hypoallergenic and is made with natural ingredients that will not cause your skin to become itchy or red.

You can also use it as an organic cleaning product in your home. You can polish leather material such as on a pair of shoes or handbags. Other household uses for this, are for polishing wood furniture, stainless steel, and chrome appliances. You just use a soft wash cloth with a few drops of the oil on it to polish items and furniture around your home. It can be used as a cleaning product and is great for wiping down shower doors in the bathroom. It helps to remove soap scum and other residue.

At some time or another you have probably found your jewelry tangled together or have had small chains end up in knots. You can use baby oil to untangle jewelry by dropping a few drops on the jewelry to untangle it. It is also great to fix zippers as well. Some zippers can get stuck or can be hard to zip up or down. You do not have to throw out another pair of expensive jeans or a handbag because of a stuck zipper. Simply put the oil on the zipper and it should be easy to use.

It is great for a beauty product. You can use it to wipe off makeup such as eye shadow, mascara, and eye liner. It easily wipes off makeup without irritating your skin. In addition, it is great for shaving. If you have sensitive skin or suffer from razor burn, using baby oil instead of soap or shaving cream will stop the burn and irritation.

Baby oil has such wonderful uses that can be used for your baby, yourself, and around your home. It can be used to moisturize you and your baby’s skin, and it acts like eczema oil. There are other alternative uses such as cleaning and repairing. It should be a staple household product and can be used whether you have a baby or not.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Skin Care and Sunscreen

Winter is coming to an end, and families are gearing up for spring break, outdoor activities, and summer vacation. The best part of winter coming to an end is that the sun shines brightly and our days last longer. It is just as important to take care of your skin in the winter and keep it moisturized as it is to protect your skin from the sun during the spring and summer if you are outside for long periods of time. Applying sunscreen should be a part of your routine during any season of the year when you may be exposed to the sun for a long time. Sun light is good for you and provides vitamin D so you don’t need sunscreen unless you are in the light for long periods of time. Protecting our skin from over exposure to the sun will prevent sun damage, skin cancer, and wrinkles.

Finding the right sunscreen to use can be hard because there are so many different brands, SPFs, scents, and types such as oil, lotion, or gel. Some can cause allergic reactions, may not protect well, feel too greasy or sticky, and some may cause a person’s eczema to become very irritated. Other types may be waterproof while some are not. Sunscreen can be made with chemicals that can leave your skin feeling dry or cause a skin rash. It is also common for sunscreen to be mixed in with a woman’s foundation or cover up.

Sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 should be applied on your arms and face both in the winter and summer if you are exposed to the sun for hours on end. If you are in the sun for a long period of time, it is important to reapply every three to four hours if you have fair skin. One application in the morning may not be enough to protect you throughout the day, depending on your skin type, if you are in direct sunlight at a sporting event or on the beach for example.

If you are prone to getting rashes from lotions or creams, you should use hypoallergenic sunscreen that is natural and chemical free. There are natural sunblocks that are made for people who have eczema or very sensitive skin. If you do have a flare up after applying, you can treat the irritation with eczema oil or lotion. It is especially important to use hypoallergenic lotions on babies because their skin is so sensitive. You may need to try out different organic hypoallergenic brands before you get the right one. Unfortunately, you may experience an eczema flare up or skin rash if the brand you use doesn’t agree with your skin type.

If you are having problems finding a sun block that won’t irritate your skin, be sure to have some protection from the UV rays such as a hat. The sun can be good for eczema, but you shouldn’t overexpose yourself or stay out in the direct light for long periods of time. Wearing sunscreen and protecting your skin will keep it healthy and looking great. Sun light provides vitamin D that isn’t naturally made in our bodies. Sun light is good for you and healthy, but it should also be balanced in your life. Over exposure can damage your skin. However, being responsible and spending some time in the summer light will make you healthy and provide vitamin D.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Makeup for Eczema

Wearing makeup can enhance your best features and make you feel glamorous and beautiful. It can boost your confidence and cover up any skin imperfections or blemishes. For those of us who have eczema or severe dry skin, makeup can be a burden. It can dry the skin out more or cause annoying flare ups and other irritations. Searching for the right products for your skin, whether you have eczema or not, can be time consuming and is often a trial and error process. When searching for cosmetics, you should look for makeup that is noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic. You can still have eczema and wear makeup when you use the right type of cosmetics.

If your eczema is mostly on your face and around your eyes, you may not be able to wear eye shadow. You can still curl your lashes to make your eyes more open and your eye lashes more noticeable. Curling your eye lashes can even make them look longer. If mascara isn’t too irritating, you may just want to put on some mascara and leave off the eye shadow. However if you experience a lot of irritation, you can enhance another part of your face where there isn’t eczema such as your lips. If you are only wearing lipstick, wear bright colors that draw the attention to that area of your face and away from your dry skin condition.

Foundation can be made in many different ways and come in forms such as powder, wet powder, and liquid. A lot of foundations are now made with moisturizers, and that is recommended for people with dry skin. If the liquid cover up doesn’t worsen your eczema symptoms, then you can comfortably and beautifully wear it. Other makeup brands create their powders and cover ups with minerals. Mineral makeup is healthy for your skin and does a great job covering up imperfections. A great tip for looking at cover up is to look for products that are talc free. Some eye shadows can also be found talc free that you can wear that may not cause your skin any harm.

If you apply makeup and experience a flare up or it dries your skin out more, then wash off the product immediately. You can treat flare ups and really dry skin with eczema oil or lotions. If you are having problems removing eye makeup or foundation, try using organic olive oil because it works great for removing it. Finding products that are hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic should reduce any flare ups or other skin irritations. The difference between these two products is that hypoallergenic is made specifically to reduce allergies. It is made with natural ingredients that aren’t harsh or irritating. Noncomedogenic makeup means that it won’t clog your pores which makeup can often do. You can find other skin care products such as lotion or sunscreen that is also noncomedogenic.

When you are looking for makeup to wear every day and you have eczema on your face, keep in mind to look for natural products that are labeled hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and talc free. These should be fine for your skin, but you won’t know until you try them. If you notice irritation, stop using the product. Most people also say that mineral based organic makeup is less troublesome for their skin. If a flare up does occur, be sure to treat it properly and keep your skin moisturized.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Differences between Rosacea and Eczema

Two skin conditions that share some of the same symptoms are rosacea and eczema. The conditions can cause irritation, low self esteem, and embarrassment at times. However, if you have either one you shouldn’t feel embarrassed and you should remain confident. To determine if you have rosacea or eczema, there are differences that will let you determine which condition you may or may not have. Here is a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two conditions and some ways in which to treat them.

One difference between the two conditions is where the rash or flare up is occurring. Eczema can flare up on all parts of the body ranging from the hands, feet, face, and other locations. Rosacea on the other hand only appears on the face near the nose, forehead, cheeks, and eyes. If you are experiencing dry skin and irritating flare ups on other parts of your body and not on your face, you most likely have eczema and not rosacea.

The skin conditions when they are flaring up can look similar in appearance. The skin will turn red for both, but eczema is typically more dry and scaly. Eczema will have an intense itching sensation that can produce fluids, blood, inflammation, and flaky skin. Rosacea will also cause inflammation but will also show dilated blood vessels, red flushing on the face, pimples, dry eyes, styes, and increased sensitivity around the eyes.

Both skin conditions are common yet treatable. Eczema occurs when people have very dry skin and anyone can suffer from it. Rosacea is usually found with people who are fair skinned and only affects a certain part of your body unlike eczema. There are similarities and differences with the skin conditions, yet they can be treated very similarly. One of the best ways to treat both conditions is to keep your skin moisturized. For people with rosacea, it is more important to moisturize the face unlike eczema where you need to moisture most of your body that has dry skin.

Treating both should be done with organic products that don’t have harsh chemicals and maintaining a healthy diet. Eating the right foods with natural moisturizers and vitamins can make a difference in the amount of flare ups you will have. Eczema can be treated with moisturizers such as lotion or eczema oil. Rosacea can be treated with facial moisturizers and topical creams. You shouldn’t use the same moisturizers to treat both conditions. Rosacea needs to be a salt mineral base and eczema needs to be more vitamin based.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Chlorine’s Effect on Eczema

Our skin is our body’s number one defense against germs or getting sick. It is a protective layer that keeps us healthy and protects our organs. There are so many factors that affect the health and condition of our skin. Having eczema can make this a little more challenging because the moisture that we need isn’t produced as it should be.

There are a lot of external factors that affect an eczema flare up such as weather, lotions, makeup, soap, and laundry detergent. One factor that you may not realize that is so harmful to your skin condition is water. Most, if not all, city water is treated with chlorine. Chlorine however is hurting us and not helping our water. Here are some of the effects of chlorine on our skin and eczema.

First and foremost, chlorine dries out your skin. This is bad for people who have eczema because their skin already is naturally dry and has hard time maintaining moisture. It can also dry out your hair as well. Swimming pools have a lot of chlorine in them to ward off bacteria, and everyone has probably had that dry feeling after a day of swimming.

There isn’t as much concentrated chlorine in your bathing water, however over time the chlorine’s effects really add up against your skin because the levels of chlorine are still pretty high. After showering you can feel itchy, dry, and notice a rash. This is an uncomfortable feeling to have every day.

Showering is more harmful than swimming in a chlorine treated pool. The hot water from your shower opens your pores, to cleanse, but the toxic gases caused from the steam and heat are easily absorbed by your skin. In addition to drying you out, you can prematurely develop wrinkles. To ease the itching feeling after your shower, you can use lotions or eczema oil to alleviate the irritation and bring some moisture back. There is also an option to install chlorine free showerheads. Chlorine free water is the best defense against atopic dermatitis and wrinkles.

There are other harmful effects of chlorine in the water you bathe in and the water you drink. Chlorine is used to fight off bacteria in our water, yet it causes so many other detrimental health problems. In addition to causing atopic dermatitis or making it worse, it has also been known to cause cancer. If you drink tap water that has been treated with chlorine you run the risk of hurting your bladder, stomach, and breasts. It can also really flare up asthma attacks which are commonly associated with eczema. Chlorine, over time, can damage cell tissues.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com/.

Natural Makeup Remover

Wearing makeup is glamorous, it makes women feel beautiful, it makes them look great, and it can be fun to try out new styles and colors. Applying foundation, lipstick, mascara, and different shades of eye shadow is easier than removing it at the end of the day. Waterproof mascara is especially hard to remove because it is meant to withstand water. However, all makeup should be removed at the end of the day or before you go to sleep. Sleeping with makeup on will clog your pores which cause acne and black heads. It can also cause eye infections. If some makeup removers with chemicals in them irritate your skin, here are some natural makeup remover alternatives that will be sure to remove all makeup from your eyes and face.

Foundation can be removed very easily. You can remove it by washing your face with lukewarm water and an organic soap. If the water is too hot, you may start to notice that your skin will get dry. Organic soaps don’t have any chemicals or synthetic materials in them that can dry out or irritate your skin. After you remove the foundation you can use some type of moisturizer or aloe vera to keep your skin free from aging and wrinkles. This isn’t a necessary step for removing makeup, but it is a good beauty tip for keeping your skin youthful and having a beautiful glow. Not to mention properly moisturized as well.

Eye makeup is harder to remove than foundation, and sometimes soap and water doesn’t properly remove it. It is important to remove all eye liner, mascara, and eye shadow because the skin around your eyes is so sensitive that it can dry out or become irritated very easily. Also, leaving eye makeup on can lead to eye infections. There are a lot of different products that you can use to remove eye makeup. Cosmetic departments sell eye makeup remover that can be very costly and are not made with natural ingredients. It is better to use natural skin products because they are less harsh on your skin, and they don’t contain chemicals. Some house hold, natural ingredients are not only inexpensive but better for your skin as well.

A common household ingredient that every family has in their kitchen is olive oil. Believe it or not, this organic cooking product can be used to remove eye makeup. Less common oils that also remove makeup well are jojoba oil and mineral oil. After using oils to remove makeup, rinse your eyes with water so you won’t be left with an oily residue or oily feeling. Another product that will protect against wrinkles and work great is baby oil or natural baby shampoo. Another age old product that is made from a plant is witch hazel. Alcohol free witch hazel is good to use because it won’t sting your eyes. When using it, be sure to keep your eyes closed to avoid a very uncomfortable feeling if it happens to get in your eyes.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

Aloe Vera, It’s not just a Plant

Aloe vera is a plant that has been around for centuries. It is a perennial plant that has leaves filled with a yellow gel like substance that can be used for organic medicinal purposes. It can be found in very warm climates such as South America where it is grown in mass quantities. Aloe vera contains a lot of nutrients and vitamins that heal both internal and external problems. It can also be used internally by drinking it or externally by rubbing it on your body where it’s needed. The plant has many uses and can be used as a beauty product or for medicinal purposes. Cleopatra has even been noted in history as using it as part of her daily skin care routine. Here are some of the many uses and benefits of aloe vera.

There are a lot of beauty uses that aloe vera can be used for. Perhaps the most common use for the plant is for treating a sun burn. The plant extract helps your skin heal, brings back moisture, and relieves some of the itchiness and redness. Acne can be a serious skin problem for teenagers and adults. If it is left untreated it can become out of control and leave acne scars on your face and body. Rubbing aloe on your pimples will reduce the redness and swelling and will prevent future breakouts. Using aloe is safer than chemically processed creams that can discolor or dry your skin out. It is always safer and more beneficial to your health to use natural skin care products.

Cleopatra used the plant to keep her skin looking glowing and youthful. Aloe can be used to reduce the signs of wrinkles and aging of your skin. Besides making your skin look youthful, you can create a beautiful glow by exfoliating. The plant is found in most organic body scrubs and masks. You can also make your own scrubs by combing aloe vera, lemon juice, and brown sugar. You can substitute sea salt for brown sugar and make a salt scrub. The plant extract is known for bringing a lot of moisture to your skin. It is a great extract for treating eczema or as a lotion. In addition to bringing moisture back into your skin, it also reduces scarring and stretch marks by speeding up cell reproduction.

There are many uses for treating health problems as well. You can treat health problems internally or externally with the plant extract. If you are experiencing stomach pains or have problems going to the bathroom you can drink it. You can find the plant extract at health stores that come in the form of pills and drinks. By drinking the aloe you can also treat heart burn, stomach ulcers, low blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, and help with asthma. If you prefer not to use medicines daily from a doctor, this organic treatment will improve health conditions and leave you feeling healthy. For some people, medicine prescribed by a doctor can cause allergic reactions, side effects that leave you feeling worse, or cause long term affects from the synthetic materials. Aloe vera is a natural plant, the extract is organic, and doesn’t contain chemicals that will be harmful to your body.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

The Uses and Advantages of Witch Hazel

Beauty products and remedies for acne or other type of skin products can range from normal lotions and oils to more creative products like mud masks, mayonnaise, or other house hold products. Our mothers and fathers have passed on age old ways to cure a zit or another type of skin imperfection. Do you use toothpaste to dry out your skin or avocadoes to moisturize it? A common house hold products that can be used as a beauty product among many other medical type reasons is witch hazel. It has been used for centuries and it has many uses. Here are different ways you can use witch hazel and the advantages it has for your skin.

Witch hazel was first used by North American Indians and the southern American area because it is made from a plant found in that area. Its early uses were to help stop hemorrhaging or internal bleeding, sprains, eye inflammation, skin inflammation, and tumors. The plant extract has been known for centuries that it is one of the best products to use an astringent.

One of the biggest advantages of witch hazel is that it is organic and is made from the plant extract so it can be used both internally and externally to treat ailments. You can drink it, gargle it in your throat or rinse your mouth with it, and use it as a douching liquid. You can find recipes for teas where you can add witch hazel which will probably make it taste better if you need to drink it for curing an upset stomach. Gargling it will help sore throats heel faster and feel better. Rinsing your mouth with it will act as an organic mouthwash.

Externally, you can use it to treat skin imperfections, cuts, veins, hemorrhoids, insect bites, and bruises. Whatever you need to treat, you just rub the witch hazel on the area. Most witch hazel you find at the drug store is made with alcohol which can dry out your skin or be too irritating. Depending on what you are using the product for you may not need the alcohol in it.

You can buy alcohol free witch hazel that is more effective for treating eczema or really dry skin, toning your skin, or cleaning a cut. The alcohol free is a better choice for kids because the alcohol can really hurt if you are cleaning a cut. If you aren’t treating acne but are using it for a beauty product on your face, I would recommend the alcohol free so that you won’t dry your skin. When treating burns or severely dry skin this is the best choice because most alcohol free witch hazels also have additives, like Aloe Vera or essential oil which help to moisturize. It can be used to tighten pores and tone your skin that will will make your skin have a beautiful glow.

This product should be kept in your home as a common household ingredient. In addition to treating skin imperfections, inflammation, or internal problems, there are other common uses for it. You can use the product to treat razor burn, alleviate pain from a wind or sun burn, taking off make up, and reducing the swelling from a pesky bug bite.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

Protecting Your Baby’s Skin in Winter

Winter conditions such as dry winds, cold temperatures, snow, and rain can be harmful for your baby. It is common for babies and young children to get sick in the winter because of decreasing temperatures and the flu season. The harsh winter weather alone can cause damage to your baby’s skin. Their skin is so sensitive and can become irritated more so than adults’ skin. Cold winter air and dry, heated indoor air can cause irritation and dryness of the skin making eczema flare ups more frequent. Here are some ways to protect your baby’s skin during the winter.

When bathing your baby, be extra cautious of the water temperature. You should always practice safe bathing techniques, not just in the winter. The temperature should be lukewarm, a mixture of hot and cold water. Cold water will making your baby uncomfortable and water that is too hot can dry the skin out more or burn their sensitive skin. Also, use soap made from natural products that aren’t too heavily scented. Unnatural products can contain harsh chemicals that could make a winter rash worse. Moisturizing after bathing is smart because the skin is clean. It is common for babies to suffer from eczema, so using eczema oil will help to prevent that.

You may be surprised to know that babies can regulate their body temperature just as well as adults can. Don’t dress your baby in too many layers trying to keep them warm. If your baby becomes overheated they may develop an irritating heat rash. Keep your baby warm with jackets and blankets. Dress your baby in material that can breathe a little such as cotton. Dress your baby as you would dress yourself. It is common to add an extra layer of clothing to your outfit to stay warm, but only layer up once.

Adults and babies are often irritated by chapped lips during the winter. It may not seem like your baby’s lips could get chapped because they appear moist from drooling, teething, or having a pacifier. You can use a lip balm on your baby but make sure it isn’t the kind that has a tint of color. Find an organic brand that won’t cause irritation. Using lip balm will add a protective layer that will heal or prevent chapped lips.

To protect your baby’s hands and feet, which are often exposed to the outside elements, you can use gloves and socks. Wearing gloves will protect your baby’s hands from cold winter winds. When skin is exposed to wind, cold air, and other elements, the skin can become very dry. A lot of heat is also lost through the tops of our heads. Find a cute, little beanie or hat for your baby to wear. Unlike adults, some babies don’t have a lot of hair to keep the tops of their heads warm.

About the Author: Melanie Nader is the founder of the Homestead Company which makes premium quality natural skin care products including eczema oil and diaper ointment made with the finest 100% natural ingredients. For more information, visit http://www.homesteadcompany.com.

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