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The secret to perfect summer legs

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2010-05-04 11:19

There certainly has been much buzz in recent years regarding healthy alternatives for body care. You have found a lot on the subject here as well.

Some of the details and data can be confusing and, ultimately, mean nothing to the average person. You know I am the biggest fan of organic castor oil, now there is one more reason for you to love it too! A therapeutic grade of organic castor oil has a nice dose of linoleic acid! Want to know the upside?

I've scooped you a simple explanation, without any techno-babble, so you can be on your way to having perfect summer legs, from the OutsideIN!

If you just want your gator-dry legs to be soft and silky-smooth then look no farther than your kitchen!

The answer lies in that bottle of safflower oil sitting on the shelf. This polyunsaturated oil, beloved by cardiologists for being good for your heart, is just as good for your skin, but from the outside in.

This oil is in fact a super moisturizer. "That's because it's very high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid that skin normally makes to keep its moisture level up and barrier function intact," says New York City dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, RealAge's skin expert. Since our body's linoleic acid production gets sluggish as we age, it helps to replace it from the outside.

"In theory, you could use olive oil too, which is also high in linoleic acid, but you'd smell like a salad!"

Here's a tip: just pour some safflower oil into a pretty little squeeze bottle and add it to your toiletries. No one will guess you pinched it from your kitchen cabinet.

Lifestyle from Yahoo
Posted Apr.30, 2010

Winter Skin Care Solutions

Category: Skin Deep
Posted: 2010-01-13 18:21

"The skin is the largest organ in the body, and you need to moisturize it in the winter", advises Neera Agarwal-Antal, MD, dermatologist, Hudson Dermatology (Ohio).

Look for a nourishing moisturizer that do not contain:

- glycerin: only serves to make an impenetrable barrier on your skin
- synthetic scents: can irritate the skin and are usually alcohol
based which further dry out your skin

A glycerine based cream can prevent any nourishing elements in the cream from penetrating into your skin.

Cold pressed, pure, therapeutic grade Castor oil is the most hydrating of all plant oils. Palm'Hydra creams are rich in castor oil and create a protective layer on the skin by naturally improving the texture and health of the skin. It also has a natural ability to calm the inflammation and redness that can present from exposure to the cold weather.

Your lips have skin but there are no oil glands there, leaving them susceptible to dryness and chapping. The American Academy of Dermatology suggest you:

- don't lick your lips - this dries them out even more
- cover them up: with a protective balm and a scarf

Consider having a humidifier running during the months you are heating inside your home and continue to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water during the day.

Castor oil helps your lips too! Palma Lips blend 30% castor oil with wonderful shea butter, and unprocessed pure beeswax - no petrochemicals (parafin) or preservatives. I keep one in my purse, at my desk, in my car, and in my coat pocket!
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