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What is acne? (infographic)

Found a fabulous infographic about acne from Besskincare.com. Enjoy!

What Is Acne (And What To Do About It)?


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Stock up on this cooling, soothing, healing lotion made with certified organic olive oil, rosemary and lavender. Has a fresh herbal scent that is absolutely heavenly.

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When I’m out, I study people’s skin – not in a judgmental manner but in more of a “what can I do to help?” kinda way. I have to admit that I see a lot of bad skin out there – acne and premature aging everywhere. This really isn’t necessary because we have the knowledge, tool and products to control these conditions.

The three biggest infractions against skin health are:

TANNING BEDS – Might seem obvious to some but with the rise in popularity of the Jersey Shore, I think people need to be reminded. It looks unnatural and screams ‘I have sun damage!’. You will age prematurely with fine lines and leathery skin.

CIGARETTES – I know most people don’t smoke but for those who do – beware – you will likely develop droopy skin because it breaks down elasticity. This is not a good look.

BAD SKIN PRODUCTS. There are so many people with acne it makes me wonder how the gazillion dollar skin care industry could be failing so many people. It is caused by the over production of sebum, an internal thing that can be treated externally. You need the right cleanser, toner, exfoliant and light moisturizer. You also need to ditch the make-up. It is a vicious cycle of the make-up creating zits and wearing the make-up to cover up the zits. My philosophy is that if you are using the right skin care, you don’t need cover up or foundation. It doesn’t make sense that the same companies that are creating “miracle” skin care products also want to sell you foundation….?????? Put your skin on a make up and bad petroleum product detox and get the skin you’ve always wanted – low maintenance and stunning.

I think people are going to the wrong places for help. Everyone has different skin so it is best to get samples of products first and try them out instead of spending a fortune on stuff you can’t use. This is especially important for those with sensitive or problem skin. Don’t trust that because it is in fancy packaging with a high price tag that it is going to do anything for your skin. Chemicals should only be added to formulas when it is absolutely necessary and not as cheap filler. Read your labels and make sure that the majority of the ingredients are botanical rather than synthetic petroleum-derived.

p.s. Cocoon Apothecary samples will be available online next month

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Antioxidants are essential to an anti-aging skin care routine.  They play an important role in fighting and preventing free-radical damage, a process in which a molecule missing an electron attacks healthy skin cells. It is believed that free-radicals are the cause of all aging and age-related diseases. Antioxidants scavenge for free-radicals and basically kill them.

Antioxidants occur naturally in plants as a self-preserving system. Most plant oils contain vitamin E, explaining why you can leave vegetable oils out on a shelf for years and they remain in pristine condition.

Using natural products is a surefire way to get large doses of antioxidants on your skin. Botanical ingredients are packed with vitamins E, A, carotenoids and polyphenols. Some of the highest sources include soy bean oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, rosehip oil, and sea buckthorn oil.

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I embrace New Year’s as an opportunity for a fresh start and resolutions are a big part of this. I have a huge list this year so I’m categorizing. 

Here are my 2010 New Year’s resolutions for taking care of my skin.

1. I will drink more water. It plumps up my skin with hydration and cleanses my system so that I don’t break out. 

2. I will eat foods high in essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants and avoid wheat and dairy. Nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables are beauty foods – they  give my skin a healthy glow.

3. I will moisturize morning and night with an organic cream (obviously Rosey Cheeks). Facial cream locks in moisture, protects skin, fights free-radical damage and supports functions such as collagen production.

4. I will drink more green tea. It is packed with polyphenols to keep skin wrinkle-free.

5.  I will exfoliate. I will scrub my face in the morning with an upcoming Cocoon product (yes, we have a scrub being launced soon), or a facial brush or even a wash cloth.  I will use a clay mask every 2 to 3 days to detox my pores. Exfoliating is almost equal to moisturizing for keeping skin young. It helps speed up skin cell turnover which tends to slow down with aging.

6. I will not squint or frown or raise my eyebrows. I know this sounds crazy but you can control these facial expressions. I will remember to wear sunglasses.  I will smile more.

7. I will not worry or get stressed out as this can contribute to wrinkles. I will practice yoga and be mindful of where my thoughts are.

8. I will exercise outdoors daily. This delivers fresh oxygen and nutrients to skin.

I hope that everyone has a great 2010 full of healthy habits and free of crappy products!

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