Friday, October 14, 2016

Natural Treatment of Acne

When we are young we dreamed of the day that we will be teenagers. Then low and behold that time comes and so does acne. Our first reaction is to panic from this embarrassing and burdensome problem and the overwhelming fear that you won’t have any control over your breakouts. But with a few simple tips this fear can be conquered.

Before calling for an appointment with the dermatologist, there are natural remedies that can be just as effective as medications. With the right nutritional balance and proper skin care is all your body needs. By following these simple tips you are taking the first steps to help heal your acne. In about 4 weeks you should see a noticeable difference.

Tips for Acne Free Skin:

Apply a honey mask – by applying this to your face one or twice a week, the antibacterial properties will disinfect and heal minor blemishes. This is great for those of us with sensitive skin.

Use acne soap – wash your face twice a day with a sulfur based soap specifically designed for acne. Get into a routine of washing your face when you first wake up in the morning and then again before going to bed. A gentle rotating motion is recommend and be cautious not to scrub your face. In addition, use a soft washcloth in place of one that is rough. Avoid overwashing your skin as this will encourage your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, thus creating an increase in acne.

Clean hair – long hair or bangs are stylish but hair contains oils that can add to acne breakouts. Pull your hair off your face and wash it everyday and after sports or strenuous workouts.

Eat your carrots – if your mom’s also trying to get you to eat your carrots it’s because of the beat-carotene (Vitamin A). Vitamin A prevents acne by strengthening the protective tissue of the skin.  This vitamin is crucial for the maintenance and repairs of tissue that skin and the mucous membranes are made of and helps reduce the production of sebum. Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, is needed to rid your body of toxins.

Take you vitamins – your skin is a vital organ that is usually neglected. Depending on nutrition, acne can be a signal that there is something wrong on the inside. When the body does not receive the proper nutrition it rebels by producing excessive sebum, clogging pores, and reduces the ability for your skin to fight bacteria and heal.

Makeup – many makeup products on the market today may contribute to clogging your pores thus causing more pimples and blackheads. Use a water-based makeup if you must wear makeup.

Avoid squeezing – resist the temptation to pick, squeeze, rub or touch your blackheads and pimples. These actions increase the sebum production and rupture the membrane below your skin. This can in turn cause an infection and spread the sebum underneath your skin resulting in more pimples.

Clean pillow case – when your face lies on your pillow case it is absorbing the oils from your skin and collects dirt and oil. Keeping your sheets and pillow cases clean will decrease breakouts.

Foods rich in Zinc – zinc are an antibacterial agent that is necessary element in the oil-producing glands of the skin. Diets low in zinc may actually cause acne breakouts.
Getting into a good skin care routine takes time and dedication. You will need patience as results will not happen overnight. But with time you should see positive results.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Home Remedies to Fade Age Spots

As we get older our bodies go through may changes. We have more aches and pains, our bones become more brittle and to top it off we start to develop age spots. 

Age spots, also known as liver spots, are flat blemishes on the skin associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Ranging in color from light brown, red, or black and vary in size. They usually appear on the skin areas, such as the face, hands, shoulders, arms, forehead and scalp if bald, that have been exposed to the sun. Generally most common in adults older than age 50, however, younger people can develop them too if they spend a lot of time in the sun.

The name, liver spots, was once incorrectly believed to be caused by liver problems. But these spots are physiologically unrelated to the liver. Starting around age 40 our skin is less able to regenerate from sun exposure.

Although age spots in the majority of cases look like cancerous growths, they pose no threat and require no treatment. In some cases they have been known to obscure the detection of skin cancer. Many people consider them unsightly and choose to have them removed despite being a benign condition. The most common treatments are by laser removal, electrosurgery and cryotherapy.

The big question is whether or not we can safely and naturally fade our age spots. I have found some natural home remedies that can help fade dark spots over time.

Lemon Juice: apply lemon juice to your skin and let dry for about a half hour then wash off. For sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with water, rosemary or honey. Repeat this remedy twice daily for about two months to see positive results.

Castor Oil: using a cotton ball, apply the castor oil to the affected area and gently massage the areas for a few minutes. Leave on for a few hours then wash off. Repeat this treatment once in the morning and then again in the evening.

Aloe Vera: known for its healing and skin regeneration properties, this is an excellent treatment for getting rid of dark spots especially when caused by the sun. Gently rub aloe vera juice on the spots, leaving on for about thirty minutes, then wash off with cold water. Repeat this process twice daily for one month to see results.

Apple Cider Vinegar: has been used successfully as a natural remedy to fade dark spots. Dilute the apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water. Apply the solution to dark spots for a few minutes then wash off. Apply once a day for several days to see desired results.

Honey and Yogurt:
when combined these two ingredients produce a bleaching agent that can help fade age spots. Mix one part each and apply mixture to the skin. Leave on for about an hour.

Depending on your comfort level for trying natural home remedies, there are also over-the-counter products available on the market to help lighten your age spots. At Perfume Aromas, we carry a wide range of skin care products for all skin types. We also provide the best customer service for your online shopping experience. Visit our website today!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Eliminate Those Bags Under Your Eyes

There are mornings that when I look in the mirror even though I got a good nights’ sleep my eyes are telling a different story. If you have this same issue, I will provide you with some helpful hints to helpful eliminate those bags under your eyes.

By just changing or including a few simple steps in your daily routine can make a huge difference on the appearance of your eyes. I have followed these tips and the results have been tremendous.  

Tips for eliminating bags under your eyes:

•    Before retiring for the night, be sure to wash your face with soap and water or special makeup remover to eliminate your eye makeup. Leaving eye shadow and mascara on overnight may cause the eyes to water and can cause a case of morning-after puffiness.

•    If you sleep on your side or stomach, try switching to your sleeping on your back. Adding an extra pillow under your head helps with gravity that is causing fluid to collect under your eyes and creating bags.

•    Reduce the amount of salt in your diet. The area around your eyes is the prime candidate for water that is finding its way from other parts of your body that are low in sodium. Having a meal high with a high salt content will show the next morning under your eyes.

•    Limit your alcohol consumption. An occasional glass of wine is fine but if you plan on tying one on be sure to drink water and apply a moisturizer before you go to bed. Alcohol can actually pull the water out of your skin and weaken the delicate area around your eyes leaving them with a sunken look.

•    Those of you that are plagued with allergies, watery puffy eyes are common. Most over-the-counter medications that you take for your allergies may dry up the itchy running nose and can also dry up puffy eyes. This is not to say that you should use these products if you don’t have allergies to eliminate your puffy eyes.

•    Smoking can dry and weaken the skin on your face. This includes your eyes which may appear to be droopy and wrinkled.

•    When out in the sun protect your body from the sunlight, this includes your eyes. UV rays can make the skin around your eyes sag or wrinkle. Wearing sunglasses and hats and using a sunscreen protects your face from harmful rays.

•    There are many eye creams on the market today that can help reduce puffy eyes. Try a few to see which one works best for you. However, don’t believe the myth of using hemorrhoid cream to alleviate the bags under your eyes it may actually irritate the skin around your eyes.

•    Using a cold compress can ease eye puffiness. You can also use cucumber slices or cooled tea bags. The idea here is the low temperature does help with swollen eyes.

Beautiful woman tea bag therapy for tired puffy eyes

•    Lastly, use a concealer if you have dark circles under your eyes. Select one that matches your skin tone and apply it by lightly patting it on, avoiding rubbing it in.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Properly Applying Essential Oils

There are many benefits to aromatherapy, but how you apply the essential oils will have a huge impact on their healing effectiveness. Let’s explore the proper way to apply essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated and therefore it is not recommended to apply them in their pure form directly to the skin. Using a small amount of oil diluted in water will provide better results.

Aromatherapy can be achieved by several different methods. Knowing how to properly use essential oils in different applications will lead to greater benefits.

•    Baths – adding aromatherapy oils to your bath water is an easy way to achieving their health benefits. By simply adding a few drops to the bathwater and blending before you submerge yourself, the aroma will trigger your olfactory senses. This is turn will help to increase your circulation and bring help to bring out physical harmony.
•    Lotions/Creams/Salves – by adding a few drops of fragrant oil to your favorite lotions, for example cocoa butter or shea butter will stimulate healing properties. To create your own fragrant blend, apply to any unscented lotion.
•    Aromatherapy Vapor Inhalation – this is the foundation of aromatherapy treatments. Steam inhalation is a great way to alleviate sinus or respiratory issues. Add five drops of aromatic oil to steaming water and inhale the aroma using a towel tent; this will keep the aroma from escaping.
Chinese Woman at wellness massage with essential oils Stock Photography
•    Aromatherapy Massage – this is one of the most popular methods of aromatherapy. By blending drops of fragrant oil with your favorite lotion (e.g. almond, cocoa butter or shea butter) can affect the body both psychologically and physiologically depending on which essential oil you use. To energize the senses, peppermint is great whereas lavender is more of a relaxing scent. Essential oils used during massage trigger the olfactory senses. Some oils may also be absorbed into the skin and the blood stream to produce healing effects.
•    Compress – by adding a few drops of your preferred oil into a bowl of warm water, immerse a washcloth into the blend and wring out. Use the washcloth as a compress by applying to the area of the body that needs pain relief. Warm essential oil compresses are great for sore muscles, forehead and stomach pains and menstrual cramps.
•    Dishwater/Clothes Washer/Dryers – the anti-bacterial properties of essential oils can dramatically promote greater hygiene. By adding a few drops of lemon to your dishwater will clean the dishes and makes the kitchen smell great. Use Purification essential oil in the laundry to kill bacteria and germs found in clothes. The same can be done for the dryer by applying the oil to a wet towel or from a mist spray bottle directly into the dryer.
•    Cleaning/Disinfecting – apply a few drops of lemon, spruce, or fir oil on a dust cloth or ten drops in water in a spray bottle to polish furniture and to clean and disinfect kitchens and bathrooms.

These simple tips of the proper way to use aromatherapy essential oils can lead to a more relaxing and healthier lifestyle. At Perfume Aromas, you will find a nice selection of aromatherapy products.  Visit our website today!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Naming New Perfumes

Like many of us we stand at the perfume counter drawn by the name of a particular fragrance. We don’t stop to think how the designers came up with these names; our main concern is how it smells. Naming a perfume is a process just like creating the fragrance itself. Taking a particular market segment into consideration the marketing company writes up a brief that suggests what the fragrance should smell like. With this information in hand the advertisement team sets out to create a name for that fragrance. Keep in mind that over the years not all perfume names have been brilliant.

There are two elements of a name.
1.    How does the consumer feel about a perfume’s name? The goal here is to make the consumer feel good enough that they want to possess the fragrance with that particular name. The higher prospect that the consumer gets a good feeling from the name will increase the likelihood that they will purchase the item.
2.    The next element involves the bond between the fragrance itself and the name it is given. Take for example Coty’s ‘La Rose Jacqueminot’, it actually smells like roses.

The consumer should be able to relate the name with the scent that the fragrance evokes. It’s a good practice not to name a perfume after someone. The use of personal names might tend to only have a strong bond with only those women that possess the same name. There have been some very successful personal names but those tend to come from the larger design houses like Estee Lauder and Charles Revson (Revlon). Names that refer to special holiday or seasons may also have a negative result. Women may not think to wear a perfume that has Christmas in its name during the spring and summer months and may discourage non-Christians from purchasing the perfume.

Trendy names tend to capture the moment of a particular event. Celebrity perfumes fall into this category as their star presence may be for today but forgotten tomorrow. Marketing to an audience who is unaware or indifferent to this type of event usually results in poor sales.

Keep in mind that the name alone of a perfume does not guarantee sales. It requires a great perfume, a marketing plan and financial backing. The name of a perfume is important and can be a positive factor in making perfumes sales. Successful designers know that it is essential to spending the time to develop a fragrance name. A good name will link itself to the perfume and from there the consumer can associate with the fragrance. A stronger bond is created when a consumer can match the name with the fragrance. Names that are universal in origin tend to give more years to make sales than those that are trendy.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Establishing an Effective Skin Care Routine

Growing up I was inundated with the amount of information that was available for establishing a good skin care routine. After all the suggestions, advice, which products to use and other recommendations I put a guide together that I shared with my children.

This guide is directed for oily or spot prone skin but can be modified for dry or combination-type skin.

1. The first step is to resist the temptation to touch your face. By simply touching your face with your hands you are transferring a myriad of bacteria to it. Dirt will get trapped in the pores which can then lead to an outbreak of unattractive pimples. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water and dry with a face towel. If you use oil-resistant paper only use it once, otherwise, you are transferring the oil and dirt back to your face.

2. Buy skin care products after you determine your skin. This is extremely important so that you don’t buy products that are ineffective or may worsen the condition. Keep in mind if you have any specific issues, such as acne.
  • Normal skin is smooth and firm to the touch with small to medium sized pores. It  doesn't get too dry or too oily, and it only has the occasional blemish.
  • Dry skin feels very tight and flaky in areas. It can look rough and bumpy and rarely gets oily.
  • Oily skin is visibly shiny and actually feels slightly wet to the touch. Large pores that are noticeable and prone to blemishes are a common trait of oily skin.
  • Combination skin has oily areas around the nose, chin and forehead. Dry areas can be found on the cheeks while the rest of the face is normal.
  • Sensitive skin has reactions to cosmetics, becomes irritated when the weather changes, and burn very easily. Products need to be thoroughly tested before applying.
3. Never squeeze, pick or pop your pimples. This can make the situation worse and may leave behind scars.

4. Arm yourself with the essentials for your skin type. Cleanser, toner, moisturizer, exfoliate, cotton pads, and a face mask. Opt for gentle or sensitive cleansing products that will remove excess oil and promote healthy, clean skin without the use of harsh chemicals.

5. Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day. Once in the morning before putting on makeup and then again at night before going to bed.

6. After cleansing your face, apply a toner with a cotton pad to restore your skin’s natural pH levels. This makes your skin more resistant against bacteria and micro-organisms.

7. After cleansing and toning, apply a moisturizer. Don’t avoid this step even if you have oily skin.

8. Exfoliating face wash should be used once or twice a week in place of your daily cleanser. Exfoliator is essential as it removes dead skin cells which can leave your complexion looking dull and can clog pores.

9. Apply a face mask on a regular basis. Peel-off masks are best for blemished skin, whereas rich, moisturizing masks are best for dry skin. This is a great time to pamper yourself.

10. Stick to your routine. Sometimes a negative effect will appear at first but your skin needs time to adjust to this new routine of being treated and the products being used.

11. If your skin is not responding after one month’s time try different products that will give you the desired results.

By following these simple skin care guidelines you will see noticeable results with minimal effort and time.

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Reasons to Give Perfume as a Gift

Picking out perfume to give as a gift can be a daunting task. If you are looking for a gift that is both personal and luxurious then you can’t go wrong with perfume.

In this blog I will outline some the reasons why you should give perfume as a gift which will help make the gifting process a little bit easier.

Why perfume makes a great gift:

•    Perfume for the most part can be extremely personal to the wearer based on their favorite scents and the reactions to individual body chemical. Some women have a ‘signature scent’, which are usually her favorite fragrance and the one she wears the most often. But don’t be intimidated by that as most women will be delighted to add another fragrance to their collection. The notes found in perfume come in a wide variety and by having several different scents ensures that she will always have the right perfume for any occasion. Daytime scents tend to be lighter and floral-based, whereas fragrances for evening may be a little heavier, such as musk and vanilla. Don’t get caught up in the myth that you shouldn’t have too many fragrances. If properly stored perfume will last a long time.

•    Knowing a few guidelines when selecting a perfume as a gift will ensure you make the right choice. Take in consideration the age of the woman receiving the perfume and what scents she usually favors. Knowing what the main elements are of those fragrances, then select something that is similar but yet new. Younger women lean toward the trendy popular designer perfumes usually endorsed by celebrities. Check out the advertisements in magazines to see what is popular to get your ideas. Older women tend to prefer the more classic fragrances, the ones that have been around for a while.

•    When you look at a list of beauty products, perfume is usually listed towards the bottom. Perfume is in many cases considered a luxury and not part of an essential beauty regime. When you give perfume as a gift you are giving that person the freedom to branch out and try something new. It also lets her know the importance of adding perfume to her daily routine and evokes confidence to include it as a crucial addition to her list of beauty products.

•    Many of the popular perfume styles come in specially priced value gift sets. Depending on the manufacturer, these usually include body lotion, shower gel and roll-on scents. This will ensure that she can pamper herself with all the essentials.

•    If you are looking for a romantic gift then you cannot go wrong with perfume. By choosing a luxurious multi-piece designer perfume set, fragrance gift basket or even a single bottle of perfume shows her how much you care.

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