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Aveeno Skin Care Products

If you are looking for a skin care line made from natural ingredients to solve a whole host of problems, look no further than Aveen skin care products.

Aveeno skin care products are unique in that the base of their original products is colloidal (finely milled) oatmeal, well known for its ability to relieve many skin conditions. Aveeno skin care products have been used for years to relieve itch, soothe chicken pox and hives, and protect dry skin and conditions like eczema, which benefit from extra moisture.

But Aveeno skin care products are more than just oatmeal. Aveeno has used their knowledge of natural ingredients to expand their line of products to cover a wider range of skin concerns, like acne and aging.

The Aveen skin care products now include a facial care line that incorporates the benefits of soy to improve the brightness of the skin, and improve skin texture and tone. In fact, Aveeno skin care products were the first on the market to include these benefits and make them available to the mass outlets.

Recently, Aveen has also expanded upon their line of soy products to include cleansers, treatments and moisturizers that improve the look of skin affected by acne. Only Aveeno skin care products include both the skin loving effects of soy and an effective blemish fighter. Not only are pimples reduced and the skin gently cleansed, but the skin will also appear smoother and more even, with a reduction of red marks left behind by blemishes.

Though the Aveeno skin care products are extremely effective, they are also very gentle, allowing even those of us with the most sensitive skin to use the products with confidence. Remember, Aveeno was developed originally to be soothing to angry skin conditions. Aveeno has been recommended by doctors and pediatricians as a gentle, natural way to relieve many skin problems without the harsh side effects that can occur with some topical medications.

The newest addition to the Aveeno skin care products is the Positively Ageless Active Naturals line, created for maturing skin. This line incorporates a rejuvenating blend of shiitake and mannentake mushrooms, shown to increase cell turnover, and helping the skin feel healthy and look younger. This line is available with a cleanser, moisturizer with sunscreen, and night cream.

A dermatologist recommended brand for over 60 years, Aveen skin care products have now succeeded in providing skin care benefits for all ages, and have been gentle doing so since the beginning.

Beauty – Is It Really Only Skin Deep?

We are in the age of cosmetology, plastic surgery, implants and a constant barrage from TV and magazines that want to sell us beauty and weight loss products. It is an enormously profitable industry that keeps us spellbound for the next new thing that will take away our wrinkles or firm our skin or help us lose weight.

Unfortunately society all over the world from the deepest, most remote areas of the planet to modern society will judge you by how you look. It is true! We all do it, some more than others. When you are walking through a mall or standing in line somewhere you are assessing people around you. When we are looking for a job we dress to impress. When we go out for an evening we dress to impress. Women usually pay more attention to detail then men.

But there is more to beauty then cosmetics and clothes. If you are very healthy looking then you are more likely to give a good impression. If you are a good listener, helpful or witty and cheerful, people are more likely to want to be around you. Cosmetics and clothing can definitely help but I suggest starting from the inside out.

1) Get plenty of sleep. This is a must. You cannot function properly when you are tired and it will show on your face. If you have a problem with getting enough sleep then you need to investigate the cause and handle it accordingly.

2) Drink plenty of water. Most people are semi dehydrated and don’t get enough water daily.

3) Eat healthy food. Give up the junk and sugar foods. Your metabolism will be working better if you eat regular healthy meals.

4) You may want to consider taking supplements to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

5) Exercise. Our bodies need to move. We have become somewhat of a couch potato society. Have you noticed that when you are lazy you are less likely to want to get up and do anything? Exercising 30 minutes three times a week should help you lose weight and keep healthy.

6) Manicures and pedicures and keeping your body clean will keep you healthy and will be appreciated by others.

7) Keep up with the times on fashion. You don’t want the outdated look.

8) Dress for your age. At 12 you don’t need to look 20, or if your 50, you don’t need to look 18. Be well dressed for your age.

9) If you need help with hair and makeup, find an expert to help you with that.

10) And finally, smile. No one really cares to be near Mr. or Mrs. Grumpy.

Some people naturally do all or most of these things, but if you aren’t one of them then look at what would motivate you to do this. Do you have a spouse you want to look good for? Are you single and want to attract someone? Do you have children or grandchildren you want to be healthier and be a good role model for?

The Great Lingerie Rip Off

What is it with the lingerie designers and manufacturers? They seem to be in partnership with the bathing suit industry in establishing their prices. It seems like the more skin shown and the less fabric used, the more expensive the item!

I went shopping with my fiancé last week, first for lingerie and then for a new swimsuit.
We only bought couple pairs of thongs, a tiny nightie, and a bikini and it was over $200!
I couldn’t have put all of the stuff together and made a t-shirt and it was $200.

Okay, enough of my ranting about the expense of lingerie and bathing suits, it seems they are a necessary evil and we do get the benefit of getting to see our ladies wear them, right?

For us guys it is a hard thing to comprehend because guys are simple. We go buy a pair of boardshorts for the beach for under $50 in most cases and for bed our birthday suit will do just fine. But, we have to understand that our ladies are wired differently and having a nice new negligee to wear makes her feel sexy. The thing that is hard for guys to bear in mind is that the lingerie is not for the guy. Guys, I am talking to you, listen up so you don’t mess up, “the lingerie is not for you!”

Okay, now that we have that straight let’s take a look at our options for shopping for lingerie.

The thing that most guys do without thinking is jump in the car and drive down to the local mall to visit the girls from the Lingerie Bowl, you know the ones with the perfect bodies. On top of fighting traffic and burning $3 a gallon to get there you have to deal with crowds and people looking at you like you’ve lost your mind when you go walking into the lingerie shop by yourself.

So, what’s your other option? You should so what I do and shop online. You don’t have to fight the traffic or the crowds and you don’t have to deal with the annoying sales clerk playing her little “you’re so sweet” routine on you to try to make you buy more than you intended. On top of that you will find a better selection and get the lingerie delivered right to your door. I don’t know about you, but I like option two better. Give it a try and you will never go back to the mall.

It’s All in the Name of Beauty… Baby

From firming the skin, decreasing wrinkles to achieving a healthy glow – we now look towards the healing power of nature for assistance. And, manufacturers have responded to your need in some form or another.

Natural and chemical

However, most commercial skin care products that advertise as “natural” or offer “botanicals” still contain chemicals, emulsifiers and/or synthetic elements. We encounter these chemicals every day in shampoos, cosmetics, creams and don’t even know it. And aside from the skewed advertising, for most people, there is no problem.

However, for others these chemicals penetrate the skin and cause skin irritations and for some, even an allergic reaction. Chemicals do have a necessary place in our lives. But with the multitude of chemicals found in our skin and health care products and even in some of the foods we eat, we should and can find healthier alternatives.

It is not to say that natural ingredients don’t cause allergic reactions and not all natural skin care products fit everyone. But the reality is that anything you apply to your skin ends up inside your body just as if you had ingested it. So, when chosen correctly almost every skin type responds well to natural skin care products.

Being Hip versus Being Educated

While going “natural” in the beauty field is hip, most customers are still attracted to fruity or flowery scents not found in nature.

Yet, this is not the disconcerting issue. What is disturbing is that the beauty industry is becoming two camps. One on the side is the “natural” industry and on the other stands the chemical (mainly traditional skin care products).

What is most interesting is that the chemical camp claims the natural ingredients; natural skin care formulas have no factual basis or scientific legitimacy, a kind of quackery.

The Oxymoron

There is evidence that toxins are eliminated through the skin via perspiration and absorbed through the skin into the body’s circulation system, through hair follicles and sebaceous glands.

The chemicals and toxins found in most commercial skin care products also have a detrimental effect on the environment, although this effect is just beginning to be understood.

It is now acknowledged that while these ingredients are in limited amounts; compound these chemicals in almost every product we use and used daily, its allergy overload.

Whereas Aromatherapy (essential oils and blends have very powerful properties to promote and maintain healthy, beautiful and youthful skin) have been used for centuries for skin and beauty care. Unfortunately in the 19th century, new chemical processes made it cheaper to produce synthetic versions of these oils. These synthetic oils which are found in many of our skin care products have the fragrance but not the therapeutic qualities.

And, essential oils have a proven history of healing and treating many ailments.

The Ingredients are What Counts

Still not a believer? What about those nicotine patches, it’s not the patch that forcing the medication but actually your skin’s natural absorbability.

Scientific research is discovering that many chemicals in personal care products may actually pose potentially serious long-term health threats when used over an extended period of time, as the skin absorbs like a sponge.

We’ve also come to understand that when we inhale the essential scent molecules, our brains release neuropeptides that can have mood altering effects.

Essential oils also have such fine molecular structures, that when mixed with massage oils they easily penetrate the skin. Thus in an aromatherapy treatment the essential oils are able to enhance both your physical and psychological well-being at the same time.

They are oxygenating and help transport nutrients to the cells of our body. Without oxygen, nutrients cannot be assimilated; therefore, the oxygenating essential oils can help us maintain our health.

Other natural ingredients such as honey, considered the super food of the cells, tissues and organs with many vitamins including Vitamin “K” and “H”, Carotene and Folic Acid does offer moisturizing value when applied to the skin.

Then there is Carrot Seed Oil, particularly beneficial for dry, mature skin-types and can help to restore elasticity to the skin and could therefore reduce wrinkles. Hemp seed oil is very close to our skin’s oil as far as fatty acid structure and is easily absorbed by the skin. The list of benefits in natural ingredients can go on and on.

Now again consider the list of chemicals in lotions, creams, shampoos and so on we place on our skin every day.

It’s a New Car, Bob!

There is a lot of hype behind natural. But this is young growing industry is working hard at moving towards a standard of what will be deemed as “natural”. Take for example extracting a component from the plant almost always requires a process that is synthetically derived, should then Green Tea Extract not be considered natural?

But, perhaps the real reason the chemical camp is so upset is because their consumer is becoming educated, asking questions and now have the freedom of choice!

Or maybe they’re upset because the natural industry believes in full disclosure in our products. Or maybe, just maybe after you’ve experienced the feeling of these vital plant substances on your face, you may find it difficult to return to synthetic.