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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 12:05 pm    Post subject: long lasting mosturizers Reply with quote

Anyone knows which are the basic ingredients in this type of mosturizers?
Thanks for the answers!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2004 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a moisturizer to be long lasting, it requires ingredients that hold/accumulate moisture well and do not escape from the skin too quickly.
Some examples include colloidal oatmeal, Sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid. Also useful are the 'barrier-forming' ingredients that seal in the moisture - e.g. dimethicone.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2004 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for your answer!!! I'll look for those ingredients :)
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:45 am    Post subject: Simple application and drinking water Reply with quote

I've just spent the last few hours buying/reading the DIY Anti-Aging Infopack and then reading/following the discussion here.

I don't know if you cover this in your diet/nutrition pack, but I have found that few people drink an adequate amount of water daily. My doctor told me that once your brain acknowledges that you're thirsty, you are already dehydrated. It's not severe, but your body needs water and one should try not to allow this to happen. I have a combination of very oily skin (T-zone, acne prone) and very dry skin (psoriasis and eczema not bad now, very bad as a child & teen) all of my life. I've tried every possible combination of whatever my dermatologist recommends, that being said. One should drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily remembering that coffee, tea and alcohol are dehydrating. For every cup of those liquids you have, you should drink an equal amount of water.

In the winter time my skin is so dry that I feel as if one could follow me around by the trail of dead skin I leave behind. Bathing in too hot water is very bad, but particularly if you have dry skin. Yes, it feels good, but warm water and not too long is the key. I had a spell when my skin was so bad that my doctor told me that I was not to bath. I used bottles of bottles of Cetaphil lotion.

When applying moisturizer your goal is to seal in whatever moisture you can. When you bath, you strip your skin of its natural barrier to seal in moisture, body oil. I exfoliate adequately (sealing in dead skin - not what you want) when you bath. I use one of those rectangular nylon clothes with liquid cleanser-not soap and buff myself completely twice. 1st time loosens the dead skin, 2nd gets rid of most of it-don't go crazy and scrub too hard. That's why I gave up my bath brush, it was too abrasive. Then I dry myself by patting, my skin is still very damp. I like a lotion with a little AHA that exfoliates and seals in the moisture at the same time, unscented if you have allergies like me works best. Scents can be very hard on sensitive skin. Be generous with the lotion. I have to wait 5 or 10 minutes to dry off enough and allow the lotion to penetrate the upper layer of my skin; otherwise I end up with more moisture on my clothes than my skin.

So in summary, drink 8 glasses of water daily, don't take too hot showers, exfoliate, and seal in moisture. If you don't think your moisturizer is doing a good job, you might consider adding a dab of Aquaphor. I think Aquaphor was developed as a neutral base to deliver medication in ointment form. I know lots of people find it too heavy and greasy, but a tiny bit bulks up moisturizer. Its ingredients are petrolatum with mineral oil, ceresin, lanolin alcohol, panthenol, glycerin & bisbolol. I suppose a dab of petroleum jelly would work too. I never put Aquaphor anywhere that I'm likely to get acne. It's too heavy.

As an aside I have been using this as an eye cream for years. I use the lightest dab on my index figure and then tap my index figure against my ring figure I then dab under my eyes.

The other thing I thought I might add is that using too strong a solution of BP on acne prone akin can exacerbate the problem. I found that 2.5% was too little, but 10% is too strong. I now use 5%. Even so cleanse and exfoliate. A good steam is helpful too or for you exercisers, take off any makeup before you work up a sweat, it can clog up your pores. If you exercise outdoors use a sunscreen that doesn't clog your pores or wear a large billed cap. This being said, I still have the occasional nasty zit. I've decided my acne is hormonally driven. I tell myself there is something good about menopause. I firmly believe I will no longer break out. Itís been over 30 years.

Like most people I fall victim to the next quick fix. So use a little good sense and try hard to not give in to that tendency. This is the sum total of my life time journey in trying to deal with my bad skin.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 6:50 am    Post subject: caveat and questions about shea butter and vitamin K Reply with quote

I forgot to say that I'm not recommending any of the products that I mentioned and have no affilation with the manufacturers. It's just my experience and the things that work for me.

A friend of mine really likes shea butter for sealing in moisture and I haven't tried it instead of the Aquaphor yet. What do you think?

I also have a question about the effectiveness of Vitamin K in reducing puffiness. Can I have your opinion please? thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:04 am    Post subject: Re: Simple application and drinking water Reply with quote

Guest wrote:
I've just spent the last few hours buying/reading the DIY Anti-Aging Infopack and then reading/following the discussion here.

I don't know if you cover this in your diet/nutrition pack, but I have found that few people drink an adequate amount of water daily.


Yes, I do cover moisturizing in this article smartskincare.com/bestpractices/moisturizing.html and in the Skin Rejuvenaton Infopack. And, you're right, adequate intake of fluids is one of the things to do to keep the skin well moisturized.
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