Comedogenicity (Clogged Pores)

Retail store cosmetic shelvesA comedogenic ingredient means that it clogs pores. It does so by increaseing production of keratin in hair follicles. Keratin is the key material making up the outer layer of human skin. This doesn’t always happen quickly, and it can take months of using a product before clogging is noticeable. One client may have no reaction, while another may have excessively clogged pores in a few weeks.

Here is a list of comedogenic ingredients that can potentially clog your pores:

  • Acetylated lanolin alcohol
  • Butyl stearate
  • Cetearyl alcohol and ceteareth-20
  • Cetyl acetate
  • Coal tar
  • Cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Ethylhexyl palmitate
  • Glyceryl-3 diisostearate
  • Isocetyl alcohol
  • Isopropyl isostearate
  • Isopropyl linolate
  • Isopropyl myristate
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Isotearic acid
  • Linoleic acid
  • Laureth-4
  • Lauric acid
  • Linseed oil
  • Myreth-3 myristate
  • Myristyl lactate
  • Myristyl myristate
  • Octyl palmitate
  • Oleic acid
  • Oleth-3
  • Oleyl alcohol
  • Olive Oil
  • Peg-16 lanolin
  • Polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate
  • Squalene
  • Steareth-10
  • Stearyl heptanoate
  • Xylene

Remember that not everyone responds the same way. If your skin is congested, (your esthetician can help you determine this), take a look at your skincare products and see if they contain some of the culprits.

This is a list of noncomedogenic ingredients that have been proven not to clog pores.

  • Butylene glycol
  • Cholesterol
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Dimethicone
  • Emulsifying wax National Formulary (NF)
  • Glycerin
  • Iron oxides
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Methylparaben
  • Oxybenzone
  • Petrolatum
  • Propylparaben
  • Squalane
  • Specially denatured (SD) alcohol
  • Talc

TIP: Go to Skin Deep Magazine (published by Associated Skin Care Professionals) cosmetic database for more information on skincare ingredients www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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8 Tips To Staying Healthy At Work

secretary using cell phoneMany jobs today require people to sit at a desk the entire day. Unfortunately, human beings are not built to sit in one place for endless hours. When you sit for a long time, muscles burn less fat and blood flows slower. This leads to a slow metabolism, which in turn results in weight gain. Sitting in one place for too long has been linked to medical issues like: high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, increased insulin production (which can lead to diabetes), back pain and muscle breakdown, poor circulation in the legs (which can lead to swollen ankles), varicose veins, and blood clots.

Your health is of the utmost importance. Don’t let your job harm it.

Try these eight easy tips to get the circulation going and increase your metabolism:

1. If you are chained to your desk, alert your supervisor that every 30 minutes you are going to get up and stretch.  You can still wear a headset or work on your computer when you do this.

2. Instead of sending coworkers emails, walk over to their desk and talk in person.

3. Avoid the co-worker’s desk with the endless candy bowl.

4. Avoid taking lunch at your desk.  Even if you have only 30 minutes, make the effort to go to another location to eat and try to take a short walk around the parking lot.

5. Drink 8 – 10 glasses of water, which gives you the sensation of being full.  It will help you avoid snacking all day because you are bored.

6. If you must snack, stay away from the vending machines and bring in healthy snacks like raw carrots, celery, and fruit.

7. Schedule meetings in a conference room, not at your desk.  It gives you a chance to walk somewhere.

8. Maintain good posture at your desk by sitting straight up and consider taking a yoga class.

Your health is of the utmost importance; don’t let your job harm it. Be proactive and make the best of your situation with these 8 easy tips to increase your metabolism in the office. You will be happy that you did.

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Exfoliation

gorgeous black woman clean her skinExfoliation is a skin care therapy in which the outer layers of dead skin cells are gently sloughed off with the use of an abrasive tool or product. Any area of the skin can be exfoliated, but it is important to use products intended for your facial skin type. By speeding up the skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells, exfoliation helps prevent pimples and blackheads, which develop when pores and sebaceous glands are blocked by built-up debris. As we get older, our cellular turnover slows, causing dullness of the skin; exfoliation also addresses this problem.

Types of exfoliants

There are four ways to exfoliate:

  1. Using a tool that scrubs, like a loofah or washcloth.
  2. Using a cleansing product that contains abrasive particles.
  3. Using a product that contains gentle exfoliating acids, like alpha-hydroxy, beta-hydroxy, or salicylic acids.
  4. Using a product that contains enzymes, which digest dead skin cells, and are gentle and non-abrasive on the skin.

The first two options require rubbing action on the skin. The last two do not. Instead, the product removes the outer layers of skin by reacting chemically with dead skin cells.

Professional exfoliating

Professional exfoliation is often more intensive than home treatments, and can include options such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Ask your esthetician about treatments that may be beneficial for you.

Finding an esthetician

Your skin care treatments should be provided by a properly trained professional. Don’t hesitate to ask your skin care therapist about her background, training, and experience—especially as it relates to the treatment you are considering.

CREDIT: Associated Skin Care Professionals, Media Corner 2014
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