Monthly Archives: May 2012

Hey….does that itch?

Here are some excellent summer skin remedies.

Did you know that tea tree oil is a natural remedy for the reduction of inflammation and bacteria on skin and can be effective in treating some acne?  Yes…when used topically it has been proven to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide with fewer side effects.  It can be found in gel form, among other topical application forms.  Try it someday.

For those of you active folks that suffer from occasional athlete’s foot tea tree oil has also found to be an effective treatment for relief of symptoms.  It can be found in lotion, cream and powder form.  Garlic has also been found to have anti-fungal properties and can be applied directly to the feet in crushed form.  Talk about smelly…..

Don’t you HATE summer mosquito bites?   I do. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples and can provide relief from bites and stings when applied topically.  Witch Hazel applies topically also has some anti-itching properties and tones the skin without drying it out.  There are some other herbs that may also help relieve the itch used topically including arnica, lemon balm, and stinging nettle.  Funny name, huh?

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How’s your tummy?

Did you know there are some natural remedies to help with stomach discomfort?  Yes it’s true.  If you suffer from occasional constipation, diarrhea, indigestion or heartburn there are some natural ways to combat these irritating symptoms.

Fiber such as psyllium relieves constipation by adding bulk.  When taking fiber make sure to drink plenty of liquids.  Senna is a traditional remedy found in some supplements and teas; sometimes in combination with other herbs that promote healthy digestion such as ginger.

Probiotics can help prevent virtually any type of diarrhea, whether caused by infection, contaminated food or water, antibiotics, or chronic gastrointestinal conditions.  If you suffer from lactose intolerance lactase enzymes can prevent diarrhea if taken before consuming dairy products.

Probiotics can also help to prevent indigestion, heartburn and gas/bloating.  In addition digestive enzymes taken before or with meals can increase your ability to to digest food.  Look for an enzyme supplement that contains a combination of enzymes.  For relief after you have already eaten try papaya enzyme (which can be especially effective if it also contains licorice).  These can promote better digestion.

As always consult your physician with any questions before taking any supplements.  Cheers to optimal tummy health!

Microdermabrasion. Slough Off and Renew!

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic technique that uses a mechanical medium for exfoliation to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells from the epidermis. It is a non-invasive procedure and may be performed in-spa by one of etant’s very skilled professional estheticians.

After microdermabrasion, skin will be much more sensitive to sun exposure. It is best to keep out of the sun and wear sunscreen at all times after the procedure.  Microdermabrasion recovery time may be as little as one to two days.

Microdermabrasion may be performed to decrease the appearance of superficial hyperpigmentation, and photo-damage, as well as diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and shallow acne scars. Removing the dead skin will aid in the penetration of skin care products by up to 50% and make-up will go on much more smoothly.

If you haven’t tried it yet you should think about booking an appointment today. With summer on the horizon it is a great time to try micrdermabrasion and give that glowing complexion a head start for summer!

Summertime..summer is time for sun. block.

Today’s sunscreens do more than block the rays that burn, they should also protect against the invisible rays that cause damage.  Sunscreen should also contain antioxidants to further protect the skin from free radical damage.  Vitamin C, vitamin E, alphalipoic acid, green tea and grape seed extract are all examples of excellent antioxidants you can find in sunscreens today.

For sunburn relief after any prolonged sun exposure the use of moisturizing lotion with antioxidants as well as soothing ingredients such as aloe vera and calendula is recommended.

For sun blocking the most skin friendly sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.  These substances do so by providing a physical barrier on top of the skin rather than chemicals that penetrate the skin surface and can possibly cause irritation.

It is recommended to look for natural, water resistant sunscreens with at least an SPF of 15 or higher.  This information is dedicated to my friend Bernadette.