Archive for September, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Read This Before Buying a Healing Cream for Eczema

If you have ever had eczema or know someone who does, please let us know what you think of this video. We have had a number of people who have reported great results when using our product, Jeans Cream as a healing cream for eczema. Through researching the skin online, however, we have seen that many eczema sufferers will find a healing cream that works to heal and soothe their skin for a while, and after using that same product over and over, the itchy red rash will return. It must feel frustrating to keep searching for answers and finding only temporary or limited solutions.

That’s one of the reasons we find this blog so interesting. Many people believe that the skin and the gut are connected. The woman who made this video is the blogger at PrimitiveMommy.com. She has made the connection between skin and gut for herself through personal experience. She has discovered that much of her eczema problem, as well as her son’s, stems from an intolerance to certain foods like eggs, kale and spinach. After cutting these food triggers out of her diet, her eczema has dramatically lessened in severity.

Watch the video and see what she has to say. Then, let us know what your perspective is on this issue. Have you discovered any allergic cause to your skin challenges as well?

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April in the above video strongly encourages people do not use steroid creams. There are a few reasons for this. The skin develops resistance to the steroids over time, and stronger steroids with harsher chemicals need to be used to help the skin absorb the medicine. Often, steroid creams – instead of simple healing creams – have unhealthy or painful side effects such as: thinning of the skin, easy bruising, burn marks on the skin, liver and kidney damage, permanent dilation of some blood vessels, and a weakened immune system.

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At one point somewhat recently, April had such a bad outbreak of eczema, that she had to keep bandages on her hands and arms. Rather than resort to steroidal creams, she took a look at her eating habits to explore how her skin may just be reflecting issues going on inside her body. And, indeed – April discovered a number of allergies, including those mentioned above. Once these foods were removed from her diet, her skin got night-and-day better.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Dr. Laura Thompson on Radiation Side Effects

Dr. Laura Thompson speaks about radiation side effects in this short Gaiam video.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three Ways to Prevent a Sunburn

sunburn pWhile a certain amount of sun each day can enrich our sense of wellbeing and help our bodies produce valuable Vitamin D, no rx we also know that overexposure to UV rays can lead to different forms of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. So, we figure it’s better to avoid a sunburn altogether and to circumvent the need for sunburn relief entirely. But how do you avoid sun damage besides lathering on tons of sunscreen repeatedly throughout the day or by staying indoors and missing all the summer fun?

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We’ve scoured the Internet to find what people are recommending, and we’ve found that it is possible to have some summertime fun while still taking great care of your skin. Here are a few ideas we came across.

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1. Plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late in the day. We all know the pain of falling asleep in the midday sun, or getting caught outside at high noon without a hat. The sun can be searing at that time. And experts tell us that our chances of getting a sunburn go way down after 4pm. So, if you’re planning to go to the beach, weed the garden, take a hike or do yoga in the park, try to schedule these things outside of the hours of 10am-3pm.  Your skin will be much better off and you’ll completely avoid the need for sunburn relief after getting burned.

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2. Cover your body. Even a sheer fabric can add some light protection from the sun. Whenever possible, when you’re outside in the summer sun, wear a hat, put on a light cover up over your shoulders and thighs, or stay in the shade. The less skin exposed to the sun for a prolonged amount of time, the better.

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3. Use a mineral based sunblock like zinc oxide. You’ll have to really rub it in because it’s bright white. But don’t let that stop you. And remember those hard-to-reach places like the back of your neck, the back of your knees, your elbows, and the tops of your ears. If you’ll be wearing sandals or flip-flops, be sure to give your feet a good slathering of sunscreen also.

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4. Protect your eyes. While too much sun on your eyes wouldn’t require you to use any kind of cream or salve for sunburn relief, your eyes still can hurt a lot after being exposed to the bright rays for too long. Get yourself some good sunglasses and wear them while driving, playing and relaxing outside this summer.

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If you do these things, your body will thank you and you’ll have far less damage and risk of getting cancer. You’ll also maintain your look of youth for far longer. We’ve all seen that leathery appearance people get when they’ve spent year after year under the sun’s harsh glare. So do what you can to protect your body by limiting your time in the sun and caring well for your skin.

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