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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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Skin Cleansing Top 5 Practical Yet Simple Tips

Skin Cleansing Top 5 Tips

Our weekdays are busy; weekends are busier! We mostly find ourselves racing against time. We cannot forget attention to our skin. Today’s discussion will focus on the top 5 practical yet simple skin cleansing tips.

This post will also answer several commonly asked questions:

1)How do I cleanse my skin?
2)What is the best cleanser for my skin?
3)What should I look for in a skin cleanser or face wash?
4)How can I clean my skin naturally?
5)How to thoroughly cleanse skin?
6)What is the best face cleanser?
7)Are skin cleansers good for your skin?

1) Skin cleansing twice daily.

Our skin is constantly remodeling. The skin lays collagen-building blocks during the resting period (A.K.A. sleep), and old skin cells are shedding during this time. Excess sebum collects over the skin cells at night. Therefore, before beginning the day, skin cleansing is essential to remove the overnight shedding. 

Our skin is fighting against various environmental factors (heat, cold, sunlight, pollution, etc.) and accumulates dirt, grime, debris, and some more dead cells. Suppose these impurities stay over the skin for a long time, clogged pores, and interrupt the skin’s barrier function. Before the skin begins necessary repairing during our sleep, removing these unwanted substances from the skin is vital.

We recommend skin cleansing twice daily, once in the morning and before bedtime.

2) Avoid long hot showers.

We all love hot showers, especially during the winter, and we also like to take a shower for a long time, don’t we?

One may ask- Does hot water cause itchy skin? Why do I feel itchy after a shower? Why do I get a rash every time I take a shower?

A prolonged shower and hot water will strip the skin of its natural protectants (oils) and leave the skin dry. Dry skin will easily breakdown and open the skin barrier. An open skin barrier will cause nerves to get irritated; this irritation manifests as an itching sensation. Scratching on the irritated skin acts as an entry point for fungi, bacteria, and viruses into the skin. 

Using hot water for a shower suddenly increases the skin’s local temperature, and our body attempts to correct it by sending more blood in that area; this causes redness.

Solution: Keep showers short, use high-quality soap, and use lukewarm water.

3) Pat dry your skin rather than scrubbing it hard with your towel. 

Skin requires tender loving care. Ideal exfoliation removes the most superficial layer of the skin. Hard and repeated rubbing of any scrub will injure the younger, budding cells. The youthful skin cells give you that great look, but you end up damaging them by friction!

The best exfoliation is the gentle one.

4) How do I clean the skin and nose folds?

Skin folds are areas where the skin is lax and folding. The skin folds allow more significant movement of underlying organs and add flexibility to joints. Examples of skin folds in our body are eyelids, back of the ears, neck, underarms, breast, back, groin, and folds over all the joints. 

Due to the presence of higher temperature and moisture, fungi love to grow in these folds. Keeping the skin folds clean is essential to avoid skin infection and damage. One may spend double the time cleansing a skin fold than the skin over the rest of the body. 

Be sure to dry skin folds entirely at the end of cleansing. Apply a natural moisturizer in these areas; it should not be sticky or greasy.

5) Water, Water, Water

An average adult should consume 2.7 to 3.7-liter of water(up to 130 oz as per R.D.I.- Recommended Dietary Intake) daily. Water requirement fluctuates with the activity of our body and the season of the year. Summers and strenuous exercise (hiking in summer) may require more water than a walk on a cold winter day. 

What does water do for my skin?

Seventy percent (70%) of our body is water. Water helps skin cells stay moist and hydrated. Adequate moisture and hydration promote skin elasticity and helps skin look younger for a long time. 

How do I know if I am drinking enough water? 

Simple. Check the color of your urine! 

A well-hydrated body will discard excess water, and the color of urine will be clear to light yellow. A darker color means you need more water.

Q & A Time!

1)How do I cleanse my skin?

Perform skin cleansing twice daily. Use a natural, pH-balanced, gentle cleanser. Use lukewarm water. Rub gently. Pat dry the skin. Pay special attention while cleansing skin folds.

2)What is the best cleanser for my skin? How to thoroughly cleanse my skin?

Use a natural, pH-balanced, gentle cleanser or natural soap. Use lukewarm water to moisten the skin before applying the cleanser and remove the soap or cleanser after gently rubbing. Skin cleansing is that easy!

3)What should I look for in a skin cleanser or face wash? How can I clean my skin naturally? What is the best face cleanser?

Check the back panel of the bottle or package for ingredients. Look for familiar names; avoid synthetic cleansers. Serene Face Cleanser TM is an example of a natural, gentle, pH-balanced cleanser. For the skin of the body, use Organic, plant-based shower gel.

4)Are skin cleansers good for your skin?

For effective skin cleansing, you will need a cleanser to bind sebum, dirt, grime, and unwanted oils and remove them from your skin. Using just water will not do the job. 

Again, use a natural, pH-balanced, gentle cleanser or natural soap. If you notice skin irritation, excessive dryness, or rash, reduce the amount or change the product.

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Avocado oil for skin and hair

avocado oil for skin and hair

There is so much California when it comes to Avocados! From macro to micro to nano, the avocados provide some of the rare elements. Let’s look at the benefits of avocado oil for skin and hair.

Avocado oil for skin and hair

Did you know?

1) Avocado oil is derived from the pulp and not the seed.1
2) Avocados grow year-round.
3) Avocado oil has a high smoke point- 482 F (250 C).
4) Hass variety of avocado yields emerald green oil when cold-pressed.1 The color of this oil is so brilliantly green, even shaming the emerald.
5) Less than one percent of California’s soil is suitable to grow avocados. Nevertheless, rich soil, fresh coastal air, and California sun make them unique.2

Avocado oil for skin and hair- what is so special?

Avocado oil contains:
1) Vitamin K (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, diminishes reactive oxidative species formed during UV exposure),
2) Vitamin C (rich with antioxidant properties, stimulates collagen production, fight against UV damage),
3) Vitamin B( reduces skin inflammation, reduces age spots and discoloration, helps prevent collagen fiber loss that supports skin, helps prevent skin sagging),
4) Vitamin E (radical scavenger- reduces injury from free radicals and oxidative stress).

Haas avocados

Avocado oil, high in monounsaturated fatty acids, boasts many skin-friendly properties.
*Oleic acid- skin permeability enhancer
*Palmitic acid- emollient- soothing and softening of the skin
*Linoleic acid- skin barrier effect and wound healing effects.

Avocado oil is rich in potassium that helps moisturize the skin to support new skin cells and heal scars and hyperpigmentation/blemishes.

Common questions answered

1)Is avocado oil suitable for the face?

Yes, one ounce of avocado oil contains 3.6 mg of Vitamin E and 146 mg of beta-Sitosterol. These exert potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity to fight signs of aging.1

2) What are the benefits of avocado oil for the skin?

High Vitamin E, Potassium, fatty acids, lecithin, and other nutrients stimulate collagen production and moisturize the skin. The Daytime Kindle body lotion contains skin-friendly oils including avocado, grape seed, and raspberry seed oils.

3) Is avocado oil good for dark circles?

Yes, vitamins E, C, magnesium, and others help nourish the skin around the eyes and reduce dark circles. The same principle applies to skin wrinkles around the eyes. Be sure to use high-quality unrefined organic avocado oil.

4) Is avocado oil good for hair?

Avocado oil is naturally acidic, so is our scalp. Avocado oil permeates deep into the scalp and provides nutrients directly to hair follicles. This action results in excellent hair growth. Avocado oil also has fabulous hair strand lubricating and detangling properties. High-quality hair conditioner such as Plush Hair Conditioner utilizes organic avocado oil that provides much-needed nourishment to the scalp, hair follicles, and conditions growing and existing hair strands.

Kusum Cosmetics is all about healthy living and taking great care of our skin and hair. We offer complete hair, face, and skincare products using high-quality organic ingredients. If you are new to the organic world, we encourage you to visit our blog posts to learn more about our philosophy, harmony with nature, and crafting unique products that are gently combined to provide their natural benefits. You may find our posts on organic living, organic cosmetics, and skin massage, and simple organic skincare interesting.

Reference:

1) https://californiaavocado.com/avocado101/about-california-avocados/the-california-difference/

2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avocado_oil

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Rosehip Seed Oil: New Insights.

Rosehip Seed Oil

The world of skincare and cosmetics is full of various oils. At times, it becomes difficult to know each of them well. It is vital to learn about the essential properties of each oil for its proper use for skincare. This blog post discusses Rosehip seed oil and its benefits on the skin.

Skin-friendly contents of Rosehip seed oil

Rosehip Seed

Rosehip oil is rich in provitamin A, also known as beta-Carotene. It contains tretinoin, also known as all-trans-retinoic acid. Once again, non-GMO, organic, and cold-pressed Rosehip seed oil has 700% more all-trans-retinoic acid giving excellent antiaging and regenerative benefits to the skin.1

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Rosehip oil is rich in essential fatty acids, particularly linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). Taking a good-quality multi-vitamin by mouth enhances the effectiveness of Rosehip seed oil on the skin.2

Phytonutrients rich oil.

What are Phytonutrients?

Simply put, phytonutrients are substances naturally produced by plants. The phytonutrients help plants fight against various infections, including plant fungi, bacteria, and viruses, with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Rosehip oil is rich in various phytonutrients that help the skin develop a robust anti-aging and anti-inflammatory response to day to day exposure to harmful substances.

A natural skin vitaliser.

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Rosehip seed oil reduces skin pigmentation and discoloration. With its naturally high vitamin A and E content, Rosehip seed oil protects the skin from photoaging (skin damage from sun exposure).

Research shows stimulation of the skin’s collagen layer with Rosehip seed oil; this helps the skin remain plump and healthy. Stimulation of collagen improves skin elasticity and firmness.3

Other benefits of Rosehip seed oil.

1) Natural exfoliant, giving the skin a glowy and radiant look.

2) Increases skin cell turn over, moving younger cells towards the surface.

3) Phytosterols in Rosehip seed oil acts as lock-in moisturizer.

4) Rosehip seed oil is gentle and suitable for all skin types.

5) The Procollagen effect of Rosehip seed oil promotes the healing of scars, stretch marks, and fine lines.

6) Just like in plants, phytonutrients boost skin immunity and fights against skin infections and acne.

Good to know stuff.

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Rosehip seed oil in Kusum Cosmetics products is cold-pressed from non-GMO, organic rose seeds. INCI name for Rosehip seed oil is Rosa canina seed oil. Using products that use non-GMO, organic, and cold-pressed Rosehip seed oil is the key to fetch the most benefits. We recommend using complete organic skin care for all of your skincare needs.

We answer your questions!

What does Rosehip seed oil do for your skin?

The fatty acids and vitamin A are excellent and natural skin moisturizers. Fatty acids lock-in your skin’s natural moisture preventing it from drying. The Procollagen effect improves skin permeability, skin regeneration, and elasticity.

Is it ok to put Rosehip seed oil on your face?/ How do I use Rosehip Oil on my face?

Yes! Rosehip oil is a natural skin revitalizer. For best results, use a stem cell containing product twice daily. apply gently and do not rub. allow the product to sink in for about five minutes.

Is Rosehip oil comedogenic? Does Rosehip seed oil clog pores?

If you have acne-prone skin, we suggest using a small amount. We also suggest using a high-quality, organic cream formulated specifically to penetrate deeper without clogging pores. It is vital to achieving good face cleansing before applying the oil or cream to the face. Use a pH-neutral, gentle organic face cleanser.

Can Rosehip oil replace my moisturizer?

Rosehip oil is a natural moisturizer with a lock-in moisture effect. Yes, it can be used as a natural moisturizer. We suggest using a stem-cell containing cream for an enhanced effect.

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

Disclaimer-This website and content, comment, writing, or authors/contributors/writers do not provide or suggest 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.

Reference:

1) J Concha et al. Effect of rosehip extraction process on oil and defatted meal physiochemical properties. Journal of the Americal Oil Chemist’s Society. 83 (9):771-775.
2) Lin TK et al. Anti-inflammatory and skin barrier repair effects of topical application of some plant oils. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 19 (1):70.
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_hip_seed_oil

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Leaving Your Happy Nest: Evolve from Engineered to Natural.

Leaving Your Happy Nest

Key Insights:

  • Fundamental Distinction.
  • Why Change?
  • Essential Evaluation of Contents.
  • Setting Reasonable Expectations.
  • Summary.

Wow! It smells amazing. The product is smooth and sank into my skin right away. The fragrance lasted all day. Of course, it displayed at the forefront. This impression is reasonable. But, let us dig deeper to see how and why.

Fundamental Distinction.

Every substance, natural or engineered, is a chemical, after all. Nature creates elements in a slow and controlled fashion. Engineered items are produced with the intention of mass production and quicker supply. One example is a high concentration of a chemically generated fragrance that lasts all day.

Why Change?

The effects produced by natural substances on our skin are generally well tolerated. Cosmetic products created using natural elements produce subtle but effective results and provide long-term benefits.

Essential Evaluation of Contents.

A quick review of product contents is sufficient to identify the amount of natural and engineered substances. Look for common and familiar names. The elements produced organically are marked with an asterisk (*). We cover this in detail here.

Setting Reasonable Expectations.

Naturally cultivated substances tend to have subtle fragrance in standard concentration. One may expect a natural product to smell far less than the one with synthetic fragrance. This adaptation takes time, but in return, you will have satisfying results.

Summary.

Staying close to nature is a fundamental principle in good quality skincare. Understand the distinction between engineered and natural substances and prefer natural elements where possible. Setting reasonable expectations when making a switch is crucial.

How do you feel after reading through this brief discussion? Let us know. We hope that you found this post informative and useful.

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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.
Serene Face Wash Front

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.