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Skin Response to Beauty Products: 1st Action or Reaction?

Skin Response
Skin Response
Dilemma about action and reaction explained.

Skin response simplified.

Skin response occurs through extensive nerve supply designed for every situation- the temperature, wind direction, subtle movements of the hair strands, and even the fight or flight reaction. Such an excellent nerve supply tends to feel every touch, even of the water. Naturally, this will bring about a ton of sensations while cleansing, nourishing, moisturizing, and more.

The skin response occurs differently to sun exposure1, and various beauty products; this response is different from person to person and from time to time. While applying a beauty product to the skin, one may feel soothing, dryness, and redness. Is this an action or reaction?

Why do we feel natural products are more on our skin than others?
Why my skin feels sensitive to certain products?
What is the difference between the action and reaction of the cosmetics products?

Our skin comes into contact with various environmental factors, including pollution, synthetic chemicals, weather changes, masks for covid protection, etc. These factors interact a lot with the skin’s protection mechanism resulting in increased skin permeability, loss of water, dehydration, and loss of skin-friendly oils. Age and genetics also play some role in this process.

I feel dry skin after a shower or washing my face. Action or Reaction?

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Taking a shower or washing your face even with just the water is supposed to remove some dirt, grime, and oil. Adding a soap, shower gel, or face cleanser will remove additional particles from the skin. Unavoidably, this process will also lift and remove some skin-friendly oils and the outermost layer of skin cells, causing a feeling of dryness; this is an expected part of the skin cleansing process. A shower gel from nature-derived substances may help reduce dryness. Read more about skin facts here.

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A moisturizer followed by cleansing can help dry skin. Avoid occlusive emollients like mineral oils, beeswax, or petroleum, which can cause contact dermatitis.

For excessive dryness, try oil-based cleansers such as Face Massage and Body Massage before water-based cleansing.

It feels different after using this new cream or lotion. Action or Reaction?

A typical and expected skin response is to new stimuli. Skin’s activity also depends on how dry it is, how the product is applied, and how long it stays on the skin. Many people describe “relieved,” “tingling,” and “pulling” sensation. If the skin becomes red, itchy, or swelling develops, there may be a reaction or irritation to the skin.

Nature-derived ingredients may cause a transient feeling of warmth or redness when first applied. Such feeling is an expected action as the nature-derived ingredients stimulate skin cells to repair, rejuvenate, hydrate, and regenerate. Typically, this feeling resolves over time as the skin’s natural protective barrier restores.

On the other hand, products can use a combination of synthetic chemicals to inhibit irritation. Such products often create a layer of synthetic chemicals on your skin without action.

I used different types of products but did not see results; why?

Nature creates elements in a slow and controlled fashion. Products made using nature-derived ingredients produce practical results and provide long-term benefits. Using nature-derived products and adapting to organic living is crucial in achieving and maintaining a well-cared skin. Every person responds differently to the environment and beauty products, and therefore, we believe that setting reasonable expectations and changing the entire lifestyle is critical to success in skincare.

While it is customary to expect “results,” consider an alternative approach.
As our slogan suggests, “Stay Beautiful…Naturally!” it is vital to maintain your beauty, tone, vitality, and radiance rather than focusing on reversing the changes in their entirety.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know.
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Reference:
1) https://www.skincancer.org/blog/ask-the-expert-does-a-high-spf-protect-my-skin-better/

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Low Carbon: 1 Striking Change in Beauty world.

Bamboo Forest

Low Carbon: 1 Striking Change in Beauty World.

Bamboo Forest

We discussed low carbon energy resources, carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions, and nature’s impact in our previous post- Conserving nature: Kusum’s pledge. We also discussed easy steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint without spending hours trying to figure out complex calculations.

Most biological activities, human, animal, microbiological, or plant-generated, result in carbon production. Human activity, particularly manufacturing, transportation, heat, and electricity generation, contributes to most carbon production.1

Low Carbon Energy

Today’s post aims to explain our core business principles and help other businesses take action to reduce their carbon footprint.

1)Lovely for the skin. Good for nature.


Kusum’s ingredients fundamentally support nature conservation. Read more about it here. The points discussed here are in addition to the uniqueness of our products.

2) Location.


Kusum’s location is strategically selected to reduce sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution-related resource utilization. Our unique proximity to population, port, cultivation, and talent allows us to drastically reduce carbon emissions related to our day-to-day operations.

San Francisco Bay

For example, we purchase locally cultivated ingredients as much as possible. Our employees live close to their respective job sites, many of them within walking distance, allowing them to work without driving. Air shipping produces a significant amount of carbon dioxide. The port within a few miles from us enables us to utilize ground/ocean shipping as much as possible.

3) Clean energy. Strategic utilization.

Industry

Kusum operates to optimize energy utilization during off-peak hours. This step reduces energy generation and distribution-related loss. Kusum’s operations use solar power whenever possible. Starting 2022, Kusum will use wind-generated electricity for the rest of the energy needs resulting in 100% electricity from green resources.

4) Energy efficient operation.

In addition to using energy-efficient, energy-star products, Kusum’s operations use natural sunlight and LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs for lighting and induction heating elements for improved heat conduction. Our low voltage, direct current equipment reduces voltage regulation-related energy loss.

5) Enhanced supplier selection.

Kusum’s suppliers share the same business ethics and support nature conservation, using cleaner energy resources, reducing waste, and promoting recycling.

6) Demand oriented manufacturing.

Low carbon production best occurs when the production amount is just as much as the demand. We adhere to demand-oriented manufacturing to reduce excessive energy spent transporting and storing supplies and finished products. It is common in the beauty industry to deeply discount leftover inventory (causing overutilization) or throw away excess inventory (inefficient resource utilization). Our unique business practice of demand-oriented manufacturing minimizes the waste of finished products.

7) Maintaining Product consistency.

Creating products with consistent results over continued, long-term use is vital to healthy skincare. The beauty industry often confuses consumers by creating new products, new packaging, and adding tweaks to existing products to create a market attraction. Such business practice is more prevalent than perceived and, unfortunately, leads to increased production, resource utilization, leftover inventory, and waste.

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For example, new holiday baskets every year, where do the leftover ones go?

8) Improved packaging, reduced packaging.

Kusum’s products utilized glass, recyclable PET and aluminum containers, and recyclable dip tubes. Kusum’s primary packaging is sturdy enough to withstand the shipping process; this allows us to use less shipping material. The overall packaging design and clear instructions keep recycling as simple and effective as possible.

9) Hailing natural beauty while supporting a good cause.

Low Carbon Resources 101

Kusum Cosmetics has partnered with Green America to help create a socially and environmentally sustainable society.

10) Clean beauty with clean air.

Green Forest

At Kusum Cosmetics, the clean beauty concept goes beyond creating and promoting sustainable products. We encourage the cultivation and preservation of one of the valuable natural resources- the trees.

Why trees?

Trees help reduce land erosion and sudden shifting with the forces of nature. Trees help remove carbon dioxide to store carbon within their structures. Trees provide a home to countless living creatures. Trees offer shade shelter and add biodiversity to our planet. Trees help capture rainwater and reduce flooding. Kusum Cosmetics has partnered with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit organization that plants trees in six regions of 42 countries. In 2021, the One Tree Planted organization planted 23 million trees on over 86,000 acres2. Planting and cultivating trees in their natural habitats helps us reduce our carbon footprint and low carbon energy utilization.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know.
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Reference:
1) https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/carbon-footprint-calculator/
2) https://onetreeplanted.org/pages/2021-recap

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Hair- The most noticed attraction.

Hair-our most noticed treasure.

Hair is our most noticed treasure on the face; hair is seen even before eyes and lips. Our hair boasts extreme flexibility and adaptability without causing discomfort. In other words, hair can be shaped, colored, and given various shapes. Hair is a complex blend of proteins and is more robust than a strand of copper wire1.

An average person sheds about 100 hair strands every day. Excessive hair loss can occur due to improper diet, lack of sleep, illness, hormonal imbalance, heat, and chemicals.

The hair follicle can receive nourishment through the bloodstream and directly through the scalp skin. It is vital to provide balanced natural nutrition to hair to maintain its natural density, shine, color, and flexibility.

Coloring our hair appears to be an easy way to express ourselves. About 75% of women colored their hair in 20152, and more men are choosing to dye their hair. We know a lot about hair color, iron/blow-dry, and hair cut; let’s learn more about factors that help keep our hair healthy.

Skin Cleansing Top 5 Tips

Our hair can be hydrated, moisturized, and nourished by cleansing and conditioning. Gentle cleansing helps hair remove unwanted dirt and debris, and conditioning helps maintain hair’s natural shine and keeps hair untangled.

An ideal hair cleanser produces gentle foam that lifts the dirt off the hair strands and the scalp without excessively removing hair and scalp-friendly proteins. Many hair cleansers and shampoos contain surfactants that create a large foam upon contact with water and rubbing action. Sadly, excessive foam is more of a foe than a friend to the hair and scalp.

Similarly, an ideal hair conditioner provides nature-derived conditioning agents that help hair maintain its natural color, shine, flexibility, and thickness. Hair conditioners commonly contain polymers, acrylates, and silicones that stick to the hair strands without nourishing them. Furthermore, such a layer of chemicals often produces itching and irritation.

Haircare is simple; cleansing, conditioning, and oil or serum application. Read more about it in our earlier blog here. Natural oils, nature-derived surfactants, and conditioners help strengthen hair follicles and help fight against common causes of hair loss. These naturally occurring substances also prevent hair color loss.

Many people who color their hair find the need to repeat hair color within a few weeks of an application. Shampoos and conditioners filled with synthetic materials strip off the hair color by changing the pH of the hair and scalp. The same reaction strips the hair of its natural color and shine and renders it brittle.

Kusum Cosmetics offers a complete hair care line made with naturally-occurring substances in a delicate combination to serve ideal cleansing, conditioning, and oil application.

Chic Hair Bath is a fusion of herbs, Pro-Vitamin B5, and oils known for scalp health, strengthening hair roots, and helping promote healthy hair growth.

Plush Hair Conditioner 2

Plush Hair Conditioner is a delicate combination of organic Argan, Avocado, Macadamia, and Rosemary oils with Rapeseed derived conditioner providing natural, long-lasting conditioning and shine to your hair.

Hair Nourisher

Hair Nourisher is a gentle fusion of venerable oils in just-right proportions for flawless hair. Hair nourisher is an excellent beard nourisher as well!

Haircare products from Kusum offer antifade color protection to minimize color loss from natural hair and color-treated hair.

A simple hair care routine will help you improve your hair health. In addition, good sleep, a healthy diet, and stress reduction play a vital role in hair and skin health. You can read more about diet and skin and hair health here.

We hope that you found this post informative and valuable. Feel free to share our beautiful pearls with others. Use this link- https://kusumcosmetics.com/blog.

Reference:

  1. Yang FC et al. The structure of people’s hair. PeerJ. 2014: 2:e619.
  2. https://www.madison-reed.com/blog/25-fun-facts-about-hair

Hair

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The Best Untold Story of Shelf Life: Part 1.

The Untold Story of Shelf Life

It is usually a sensational experience to stroll through the beauty products section of a supermarket. One can see well-stocked shelves full of eye-popping colors and containers of all sizes and shapes. The products are made in bulk and stored in a warehouse to ensure the supply meets the demand. This waiting period is called shelf life. Product preservation ensures the products maintain their intended form and effectiveness while awaiting a buyer.

Cream

A simple explanation of shelf life is the amount of time a product remains usable in a sealed (unopened) form. Virtually every product has some shelf life. Beauty products are no exception.

The shelf life depends mainly on its ingredients, container design, storage conditions, and use. Advances in manufacturing and storage, chemistry, engineering, and our ability to synthesize resistant structures have improved the shelf lives of most products.

Beauty and cosmetic products can have a shelf life of three years or more. In general, products made with synthetic chemicals and a higher amount and number of preservatives would have a longer shelf life. If you are reading this, we need not discuss such products and the impact of harsh chemicals and preservatives on the skin and the environment!

What is the shelf life of organic beauty products? Many people ask. Is a product with longer shelf life better? Do some people wonder why the shelf life of beauty products with a higher amount of natural and organic ingredients is shorter?

Let’s delve into the basics.

Yogurt

Organic means produce grown without chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulators, antimicrobials, or similar compounds. Organic produce is grown on soil that is unexposed to prohibited materials for at least three years.

Well, how does being organic or natural change shelf life? Not much. If a product is made with organic or biological substances and contains synthetic stabilizers and strong preservatives, it can have longer shelf life while preserving the “organic” or “natural” label.

A simple example would be apples treated with a resistant coat vs. apples treated without any such treatment. The apples treated with synthetic antimicrobial and coated with wax or similar material will resist forces of nature and stay fresh for a more extended period. However, apples treated without any such treatment would easily get spoiled once plucked.

With this understanding, let’s explore further. What is the ideal shelf life of a beauty product?

Thrive Body Massage 2

Oils, being fatty acids, are naturally resistant to spoilage and microbial growth and typically last two to three years. Once water or water-containing ingredients are added (typically in creams and lotions), the shelf life reduces drastically. Preservatives are generally required for water and water-containing products to minimize microbial growth.

Alcohol is the most common preservative used in beauty products. Alcohol is readily available, cost-effective, and has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. Alcohol is the most common cause of skin irritation from the use of beauty products.

Salt, Citric acid, and Potassium Sorbate are food-grade preservatives used for centuries to preserve water-containing products. Newer, bio-based preservatives have revolutionized our ability to protect beauty products without adding harsh chemicals.

What happens after a beauty product is opened?

Microbial contamination occurs once a product is exposed to air or fingers or applicators get into it. Also, the oxidation process starts, and the effectiveness of ingredients starts to change. Using a product within 30 to 45 days of opening generally provides the most intended benefit.

Glow Face Massage 2

Let’s reverse the course. Is a product with one-year shelf life more effective than a product with a three-year shelf life?

It depends upon the ingredients. As we discussed above, if a product is 100% oil, it might remain effective for two to three years.

How can I quickly access the quality of beauty and cosmetic products?

The front label of a product, also known as the principal display panel is the most visible part of a beauty product’s packaging. We recommend reading and understanding the ingredient label on the side or back panel regardless of the print on the front label. Some products may have one or two ingredients derived from nature, thus claiming it to be natural and the rest of the ingredients being harsh chemicals and strong preservatives.

Another commonly seen labeling practice is to mention an attractive element on the front panel (such as “made with real almond oil”) where the advertised ingredient is relatively tiny. A prospective buyer may easily misunderstand the product as natural and containing a significant amount of advertised ingredients.

While there are regulations to protect the buyer, buyers should do their due diligence and ensure they fully understand what they intend to use, including product ingredients; this is the easiest way to ensure you get the product you intend to purchase.

A simple example would be reading the label of a shower gel. Are you getting natural soap or just a mixture of foaming agents?

Many foaming agents (also known as surfactants) are naturally derived, but too much foam can strip the skin of its friendly oils. Is it made of high-quality oil (such as organic Olive oil) or a mixture of different oils if you are getting natural soap? The ingredient declaration label provides such vital information. Have you felt dry and itchy skin after a shower? Time to read the ingredient label of your favorite shower product!

In summary, the shelf life of a beauty product depends upon its ingredients and type and number of preservatives used, container design, storage conditions, and method of use. Alcohol and other harsh chemical preservatives help achieve a longer shelf life while causing skin irritation, dryness, and itching. Well-known food-grade preservatives such as salt, citric acid, and potassium sorbate and newer bio-based preservatives effectively replace harsh chemical preservatives. Oil products generally have a longer shelf life, even without any preservatives. Reading and understanding a product’s ingredients label provides excellent insight into reality.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfactant

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Organic Cosmetics

organic cosmetics

Key Insights

  • “Organic” Explained.
  • Organic Lifestyle.
  • The Case for Organic Cosmetics.
  • Features of Organic Cosmetics.
  • How to Spot Organic Cosmetics.
  • Your Contribution to nature.
  • Summary.

What is Organic Meaning?

A simple definition of Organic would be any substance derived from a living matter. A broader definition of Organic would be any substance derived from a living thing without synthetic chemicals, engineered processes, and unnatural habitat.

The Organic Lifestyle.

Organic means food material for most people. However, eating organically derived foods, living a least burdensome lifestyle, and conserving energy is part of a natural lifestyle.

How can we help the environment by using organic cosmetics? How do I spot natural products?

Are you excited? Keep reading.

The Case for Organic Cosmetics

Chic Hair Bath

The market for Cosmetics and Beauty industry grows by five percent every year. There is ever increasing demand for skin care and beauty products due to increasing population, awareness, and desire. The industry cannot meet this demand by using only natural elements. Therefore, synthetic chemicals that simulate the effects of naturally occurring substances are extensively used in making cosmetics, beauty, and skincare products. These are produced in mass, cost less, and have a longer shelf life, a win-win for the manufacturer! The extensive use of synthetic chemicals in food, skincare, and the environment surrounding us is known to increase the risk of ill health.

Features of Organic Cosmetics.

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Organic cosmetic products use naturally occurring substances and gentle preservatives. These provide natural effects and help you take good care of your skin and hair in the most natural form.

How to Spot Organic Cosmetics.

Serene Face Cleanser

It is a common belief to accept a product as “natural” or “organic” because the front label reads “all-natural,” or the company has the word “organic” in its name.

We suggest reading the entire product label carefully. More information on product labels are here, and here. You will be surprised how quickly you can spot ingredients, preservatives, and sourcing of the ingredients, just by reading the entire label. Reading the product label takes less than a minute and worth it. Make an effort.

Organic cosmetics generally use natural oils, butter, fragrances, and food-grade preservatives. Organic ingredients are marked with asterisks (*) symbol and explained as “Organic” or “USDA Certified Organic” at the end of the ingredients section. The products that have a single ingredient may carry a “Certified Organic,” “USDA Certified Organic,” or similar certification. Finally, the website of the manufacturer has additional information on their products, ingredients, sourcing methods.

Organic Cosmetic companies may use Cruelty-Free, or No Animal Testing policy, Vegan contents, ethical sourcing of their materials, and avoid harsh chemicals in their products.

Your Contribution to Nature.

When you purchase organic cosmetic products, you contribute to preserving natural cultivation, ethical farming, and responsible sourcing. As the demand for organic products grows, such contributions have a significant impact on conserving nature. There is nothing better than leaving beautiful earth for our generations!

Summary

Organic living is more than eating something that is labeled “organic” in some way. Adapting to a natural lifestyle and its principles helps you live better and conserve nature. Organic cosmetics reduce harmful impact on you and the environment by using naturally occurring substances and preservatives.

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The Skin and You.

The Skin and You

Great looking skin requires commitment and dedication; it is not a miracle. Genetic composition plays a role only to a certain extent. What is so special about the skin and you? What is a skincare routine? Excited to find out more?

We discuss basic aspects of keeping your skin happy, healthy, and satisfying. Happy reading!

Key Insights
> Assessing your skin type> Skincare products- What, when, and why?
> Why do I need a skincare routine?> Fragrance in cosmetics
> Steps for fundamental skincare> Power of patience and observation
> Skincare routine flashcard> Suggested reading
Skincare routine

Dedicated skincare routine pays off big time!

Our skin is a complex organ. It needs tender loving care from inside and out. Read more about skin facts, fun, myths, and more in our recent blog post.

Skincare is a unique part of caring for our bodies. A healthy diet provides the necessary tools to nourish the skin through the bloodstream. But, the rest depends on your ability to develop a dedicated skincare routine. How do you define a skincare routine? Before answering this question, we must know a bit more about our skin type.

Assessing your skin type

            What is skin type?

            The skin is generally defined as normal, dry, oily, and combination type. Skin tone has no major relation to skin cleansing.

Skin typeFeeling
Normal skinFeels little stretched, dry or oily
Dry skinFeels tight and scaly
Oily skinThin, shiny oily layer, clogged pores
Combination skinSome dry and some oily areas

            Dry skin is prone to early wrinkle development. Oily skin is resistant to wrinkles and sagging as the oils provide a natural moisturizing effect. Oils help connective tissue between skin cells stay healthy.

            What about “sensitive skin”?

            There is no standard description of sensitive skin. But, the skin is sensitive when irritation or inflammation of the skin occurs by using a product, environmental exposure. Sensitive skin is particularly challenging to care for. It may take some time and a detailed observation for you to find out if you are allergic to a particular product or one of the ingredients. 

            The most common cause of skin irritation is chemicals, colors, dyes, and fragrances added for improving a product’s appearance. Synthetic preservatives, phthalates, sulfates, urea, and others cause skin irritation. One may have to opt for non-irritating formulas when choosing cosmetic products. Example here.

How to test for sensitive skin?

            A patch test on your inner forearm is a simple method to test your skin’s sensitivity to a new product. If no reaction noted in 24 hours, it is wiser to apply the product behind one of the ears and check further in 24 hours. If no reaction occurs, it is safe to use the product. Avoid confusion by testing one product at a time.

            The skin and you- periodic assessment

            Skin’s interaction with skincare and cosmetic products is dynamic. Sensitivity may develop over time and present weeks to months after you start using a product. Make a detailed observation of how your skin feels and appears when changing brands, product categories, or even newer versions of your all-time favorite product!

Why do I need a skincare routine?

The skin and you skin cleansing

Basic Skincare Routine:

  1. Cleansing
  2. Complexion Balance
  3. Moisturizing

            Your skin will remain plump and glowing longer with a dedicated skincare routine. Taking good care of your skin will delay the appearance of wrinkles, uneven tone, and other skin issues. Also, a beauty routine allows you to watch your skin daily and pick up issues earlier. Prevention is better (and cheaper!) than cure; prompt attention to a skin problem will save you money and hassle in the long run.

            Benefits of skincare routine

            Are you determined to take care of your skin? A dedicated skincare routine provides counteraction to various harmful factors affecting your skin. This balancing act is important to maintain youthful skin. A complete skincare routine will achieve passive exfoliation, resurfacing, rejuvenation, and moisturizing.

            Great looking skin is the easiest way to boost your confidence, all year round. Remember those compliments from friends and others to you well hydrated, well-rested, supple skin?

Steps for fundamental skincare

            Skincare’s goal is to tune up the skin’s complexion and appearance, and extra details to areas needing more work.

            Develop a habit.

            Keep the routine simple. Add twists to adapt to changes in your lifestyle and seasons. Follow the routine daily. In the end, our skin will reward you!

            Cleansing the skin.

            It is the washing of your skin. A good cleanse removes dirt, and chemicals without harming the skin’s structure, moisture, or friendly oils. Cleansing the skin twice a day, particularly the exposed areas are essential to avoid clogged pores and uneven tone. The choice of cleanser depends on your skin type. 

Skin typeCleansing productMechanism of action
Normal skinNon-irritating face wash or Micellar waterThe mild foaming action helps remove dirt and particles. Micellar water soaks up dirt and oil without dryness. This is a soap-free option but check the ingredients for unwanted chemicals. 
Combination skinFace wash and oilFace wash for oily areas.Oil for dry areas.
Dry skinNon-irritating face wash, Cream or lotionChoose a product with an emollient to provide extra moisture.
Oily skinSoapface washDeep binding of oil particles along with debris.
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A pH neutral, non-irritating face wash is suitable for all skin types. USDA Certified organic ingredients provide natural cleansing.

            Be generous with water. Do not rub hard with a towel. Use a fresh washcloth made of cotton and pat dry the skin. Spend a few minutes observing your skin as it dries completely. You will be able to pick up issues early if you are observing daily.

            A face wash should leave your skin just clean with slight hydration. Your skin should feel just a bit dry but not super dry. If excessive dryness occurs, reduce the amount of product.

            Complexion balance

Well pampered skin

After a thorough cleansing, the skin should be nourished with nutrients and moisturized to remain soft and plump.

            After a thorough cleansing, the skin will need replenishment to recover and repair. This is achieved with skin toning. A skin toner refers to specific nutrients that are delivered into the skin for better absorption. Several agents are listed below.

Type of tonerFunction
Alpha-lipoic acidRemoves dead cells.
Hyaluronic acidDeep moisturizer helps with fine wrinkles.
Vitamin C & EProtects against damaging factors.
Aloe veraEvens out skin surface while moisturizing.

            Skin serum and more

            Like skin toners, skin serums deliver dedicated agents directly into the skin that fights irritation, inflammation, and dryness. The table below lists several agents.

SerumFunction
Hyaluronic acidIt provides hydration, prevents skin cracking.
Stem cell formulationStimulates buddying skin cells.
Colloidal oatmealCalms irritated skin.

Pure Hyaluronic acid- Deep moisturizer.

Moisturizing the skin

            Cells of the outermost layer of the skin tackle exposure to pollution, dirt, and excessive sun exposure. Also, these cells cope with atmospheric and temperature changes. A moisturizer provides hydration to these cells and keeps them soft. A moisturizer also helps keep friendly oils and tissue network that keeps the skin cells together. A lotion is commonly used as a moisturizer. 

            Our skin cells lose the ability to keep moisture as they age. The ability of our skin to retain moisture reduces as we age. This is true for all skin types. So, we recommend a moisturizer for year-round use. A moisturizer such as Hyaluronic acid provides a deep moisturizing effect. Deep moisturizer is particularly helpful if daily activities and excessive washing create dry skin.

Skin TypeMoisturizer to consider
Normal or CombinationLotion (balanced water and oil)
DryCream (Oil-based)
OilyGel (Water-based)
Excessive dry area, frequent washingDeep moisturizer
Daytime Kindle Body Lotion

A well-balanced body lotion.

What is the role of fragrance?

            What is a fragrance in cosmetics?

According to U.S FDA, fragrance imparts odor to a product. In reality, fragrance results in attraction and plays a significant role in the marketing of a cosmetic product. Natural fragrances are derived from the essential oils and used in small quantities to provide aroma to a cosmetic product. 

            How to check for fragrance in a cosmetic product?

Manufacturers are not required to disclose details of the fragrance (type, natural or synthetic). Some manufacturers list the exact substance used as a fragrance while others label “Parfum/perfume” or “Fragrance”. Take care while reading the ingredients to identify potential allergens. The back panel label of the product lists all ingredients including fragrance.

Product Label

The back panel label of this body lotion clearly mentions all of its ingredients.

            The truth about “unscented” products.

            Many cosmetic products are labeled “unscented” or “hypoallergic”. A common belief is that such products do not contain any fragrance or perfume in it and are safe for use in people with allergies to fragrance. But, these products often contain a small amount of fragrance (a.k.a. masking fragrance) to hide the unpleasant smell of other ingredients. Be sure to read the ingredients and perform a patch test before using such products.

Less is more.

            All-in-one products.

            Cosmetic companies often label an all-in-one solution to promote a single product. However, one is satisfied if a product is tailored to one’s skin type. Consider using a product with a relatively small amount of ingredients to minimize irritation. Choosing a product with a single main ingredient is often more effective!

The Power of Patience and observation.

Once you start using a product, it takes time for your skin to change its appearance. The time frame varies anywhere between two to eight weeks. Observe changes and compare them with photos taken before starting the product and every week. This is the best way to test the effect of a product on your skin. 

In summary, a well-treated (rather pampered!) skin will offer a great reward. One must be patient but it pays off!

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Skin Facts, Fun, Myths and More!

Skin Facts
Skin Facts
Let’s learn about our skin today!

We want to talk about taking good care of our skin, the largest organ of our body! And, we will discuss skin facts, fun information, myths and more. Happy reading!

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Key Insights
* Skin Layers and their importance* A touch on diet and the skin
* Interesting facts about our skin* Common factors affecting our skin
* Terminology for Cosmetic products* Suggested reading
  • Have you ever wondered how skin manages to protect our inside organs? 
  • How about protecting our skin from various external factors? What are these factors?

The ways of nature are wonderful. Let’s face a bit of a challenge and learn!

Why the skin exists?

The skin protects internal organs by providing a dry barrier.

Our skin protects against mechanical injury, heat and cold injury, microorganisms, radiation, and chemicals.

Skin Facts- Single Organ, Many Roles.

Our skin also regulates the temperature of our body by sweating.

It also responds to the temperature changes by changing the pattern of its blood flow.

Fine hair on the skin increases its sensitivity to fine touch.

The skin helps in making vitamin D. Nerves of the skin detect touch, heat and cold, and pain sensations.

The structure of the skin contains specialized cells called Melanocytes that are responsible for skin tone.

The versatility of Our Skin

How does our skin manage to perform so many functions? The answer resides in the layers of the skin!

Layers of the skin
Layers of human skin concept illustration

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* The skin has three main layers. The outermost layer is the epidermis. It has many layers of cells with the oldest cells on the outside and the youngest cells on the inside. The epidermis also provides a dry, waterproof barrier.

* The second layer is the dermis. The dermis has connective tissues, hair follicles, and sweat glands.

* The third layer is the hypodermis or subcutaneous tissue. The hypodermis has fat cells, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The nerve endings also live in this layer.

Underneath these layers lays the muscle of the skin. The muscle causes movements of the skin such as shivering and feeling of tense skin during cold weather.

Skin Facts and Fun

1) The skin is the largest organ of our body.

2) The skin covers about 2 square meter area of our body on an average.

3) It has more than 250 million cells.

4) It weighs 10 lbs. and has more than 10 miles of blood vessels.

5) The skin varies in thickness. The thinnest skin (0.2 mm) is present on the eyelid and thickest on the feet (1.5 mm). But, repeated friction increases the skin’s thickness by forming a “callus”.

6) The skin sheds the outermost cells (about 40,000 old or dead skin cells every minute). Our skin renews itself completely every 30 days.

7) The skin’s pH is acidic, ranging from 4.5 to 5.5. This acidity helps our skin fight against many dangerous pathogens.

8) Our skin is home to more than 1,000 kinds of microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses.

9) Any breakage of the skin heals with dense, fiber-like tissue (fibrous tissue) called a scar.

10) Skin represents your health, dietary pattern, and mental status. Read further on diet and skin health below.

Factors affecting the skin

Our skin receives nutrition through the bloodstream. The skin needs sunlight to make Vitamin D. Several factors affect our skin health.

The table below simplifies it.

Skin Facts- Sunlight helps the skin make Vitamin D.
Factors Affecting Skin Health
Internal factorsEffect on the skin
Inadequate sleepLowers skin moisture
Stress, anxietyChange in hormone & oil production
High fat, low fiber dietDecreased smoothness
Excessive sugar in the dietIncreased acne and eczema
Vitamin C, Omega-3 Fatty Acid in the dietIncreased Collagen, and smooth, shiny skin
External factors Effect on the skin
Sunlight exposure (10-30 minutes/day)Vitamin D production
Excessive sun exposureSunburns, cancer, and radiation damage
Chemical exposureDryness, irritation, inflammation, cancer
Repeated injury/frictionScar formation, Callus (thick skin)

A touch on diet and the skin

Our body shows pretty much what we eat.

A healthy diet helps the skin fight aging. Vitamin C, Omega 3- fatty acids, Zinc, and Vitamin E are well known for skin nourishment.

Healthy foods.

Skin Facts- Skin friendly foods!

But, a diet rich in trans fats, sugar and decreased activity adds oxidative stress on the skin. This stress makes the skin age faster and causes wrinkles early.

Yum but not so good.

Skin Facts- Yum but not so good for the skin! 

Stress, anxiety, and lack of sleep affect skin health by reducing moisture and causing dryness, wrinkling and sagging.

Myths about the skin

Now we know a bit about the structure of the skin, its functions, and its favorite nutrients.

We also learned what factors affect our skin in good and bad ways.

Let’s look at several myths about skin and skincare treatments.

1) Creams claiming anti-aging substances can keep the skin looking young.

The cosmetic industry is a $532 billion industry.

Our markets are filled with thousands of products claiming various anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging capabilities.

The cost of the product is driven by the brand name, marketing, and appearance of the product.

Most of such claims are untested, unproven and has no scientific data behind them.

2) Cleaning the skin with antibacterial soap is better than regular soap.

The skin is home to many microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses.

Many of these creatures are useful and take part in skins’ function.

Some of these microorganisms even protect us from other harmful bugs.

It is not possible to keep the skin completely free of bacteria or other organisms; it is not necessary.

Keeping your skin clean with regular soap is just fine.

Good and frequent hand washing prevents most infections.

3) Hot water provides better skin cleanse.

We feel great while taking a hot bath, don’t we?

Actually, hot water will strip the skin of its natural protectants (such as oil) and leave your skin very dry.

If your skin looks red after a wash, the water was too hot. Simple.

Skin Facts- Use lukewarm water for cleaning the skin.

4) Rubbing hard with a scrub means better exfoliation.

Ideal exfoliation removes the most superficial layer of the skin.

Hard and repeated rubbing of any type of scrub will injure the younger, budding cells.

The young skin cells give you that great look but you end up damaging them by friction!

The best exfoliation is the gentle one.

5)The price tag of a product speaks for its quality.

The brand name, aggressive marketing, and popularity drive the cost of a product.

Remember that gorgeous looking bottle with a shiny label claiming the ultimate cure?

You do. Remember its price tag of $130 for 0.5 Oz product?

A good cosmetic product is driven by the quality of its ingredients and how it helps reach your goals without causing harm.

Now, there is a price tag to this achievement and there is a reasonable method to assess the quality of a cosmetic product without having to use it.

A proper understanding of the label of the product is essential to identify a good product. 

6) If a product is labeled “natural” or “chemical-free”, it must be good for me.

First of all, one needs to determine if you are allergic to any ingredient listed on a cosmetic product.

Natural or not, allergic reactions can be serious and therefore carefully read the back panel for a list of ingredients.

A label claiming chemical-free has a vast definition (or lack of thereof) and does not exclude chemicals introduced in its base ingredients.

Improperly preserved, “natural” products can promote bacterial growth. As a result, it may cause problems for you. 

In general, reading the label thoroughly helps you understand the content and quality. It also helps you set your expectations out of using the product.

Make sure to thoroughly read the label on the backside of the product. Why?

Because it is the most important source of this information!

Read more about how to analyze a product label here.

Cosmetic Terminology

Last but not least, we want to discuss several terms used in the cosmetic and skincare world and their meaning. 

* Acidic- normal skin pH ranges between 4.5-5.5. The neutral pH is 7. Any number lower than 7 is acidic. What is pH?

* Alkaline- any pH number greater than 7 is Alkaline.

* Anti-oxidant- a substance that reduces free-radical damage. In reality, most cosmetic products claiming to be “anti-oxidant” are not proven by scientific means. Avoid such marketing words while evaluating a product.

* Emollient- a substance that increases water levels in the skin, also known as a moisturizer. An example here.

* Essential oil- an oily substance extracted from the plant while preserving its fragrance.

* Flavonoids- substances found in pigmented fruits, vegetables, nuts, and the seeds. Some claim they possess anti-oxidant properties.

* Fibroblast- a cell responsible for collagen production and keeps the skin plump.

* Fragrance- a natural or chemically produced compound used as a scent.

* Free radicals- substances generated in our body by excessive sunlight, smoking, pollution, and unhealthy diet causing skin damage.

* Fruit enzymes- mild substances derived from fruit for gentle exfoliation by breaking down keratin of the skin. An example here.

* Humectant- a moisturizer.

* Gel- a thin, pasty substance/product. An example here.

* Lotion- a thin product made with water, oils, and butter for application on the skin for moisturizing, and improving dryness. An example here.

* Cream- thicker product compared to lotion, particularly for very dry skin. An example here.

* Body butter-Shea or other butter for dry skin, and areas with naturally thick skin (palm of hands, sole of feet). An example here.

* Body balm- a cream without water!

* Serum- a deep moisturizer. An example here.

* Toner- a product claiming to improve skin tone and texture. They come in all forms- creams, serum, oils, lotions, and gels!

* Hair oil- various oil preparations used to promote hair health and growth. An example here.

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In summary, our skin is a showcase of our body and taking good care of our skin is essential for well being.

We hope that you found this blog post informative and useful. Don’t forget to routinely visit our blog and share it with your family and friends. Feel free to leave a comment below!

Disclaimer- This website and any of its content, comment, writing or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest a medical, legal or professional advice, opinion or service. The information shared on this website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.