Dry Skin

Causes of Dry Skin and What Can You Can Do About It

Billie Breeden

Most of us will suffer from dry skin at some point in our lives.

What causes dry skin and what can we do about it?

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and essential to good health as well as appearance. What causes dry skin and what can we do about it? Here are just a few:

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Rosacea Awareness

April Is Rosacea Awareness Month

Billie Breeden

New medical research has discovered the red-faced appearance of rosacea may serve as a potential signal for serious but less visible illnesses. But only a small fraction of those suffering from this widespread, often embarrassing disorder are currently being treated. The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to alert the public to the early warning signs of this chronic and conspicuous facial condition now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans.

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Beard Care

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Beard

Billie Breeden

Growing a great beard is no simple task. It takes time, effort and patience. Here are some tips to help you in your beard journey.

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Skin Routine

3 Steps to Uncomplicate Your Skincare Routine

Billie Breeden

Your skincare routine does not have to be complicated to work. In doing some research I found some skincare routines with 10 steps every night! With our busy schedules, who has time for that? 

There are many nights, after a hard day, when you just want to fall into bed and forget washing your face. Please don't do that, but ditch the complicated routine and go for something simple. It is much more important to wash your face at night than in the morning. 

1. Choose a good all-around cleanser. A gentle, water soluble cleanser that washes away substances that can lead to clogged pores and dull skin. When you start with a clean face in the morning it allows the skincare products you use afterwards to work even better. Our Clarifying Face Wash is a perfect cleanser loaded with gentle jojoba beads and alpha acids leaving your skin clean and smooth.

2. Use a face serum or moisturizer. Serums help soften the visible signs of aging for healthier, younger-looking skin. Serums filled with antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients help defend your skin from environmental assault, including the visible effects of pollution. Our Graceful Face Serum contains geranium oil and lavender oil; both powerful antioxidants, and rose-hip oil which is one of natures most powerful anti-aging oils. Apply your face serum at night so it has time to do its job. I use both face serum and moisturizer. I use the face serum at night, and Age Perfect moisturizer in the morning. It is enriched with Vitamin C esters, which are powerful antioxidants, to help support, balance, brighten, and revive dull, dry listless skin. Used daily, moisturizers improve skin’s appearance, helping to keep it feeling smooth, plumped, and soft.

3. Exfoliate at least one to two times weekly. Exfoliants gently remove built-up dead skin for smoother, noticeably renewed skin. Environmental damage and other factors cause the surface of skin to become dull, rough, and uneven. Exfoliating eliminates this buildup, which otherwise would cause clogged pores and uneven skin tone, and worsen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our Organic Tumeric and Neem Scrub is not too oily, not too dry. It contains neem oil which is said to prevent and treat scars from acne. It also contains a high level of antioxidants. Since neem oil is high in fatty acids and Vitamin E, it can quickly penetrate the outer layers of skin. It is extremely effective in healing dry and damaged skin.

Life is stressful enough. Why add more stress by complicating your skincare routine? A simple skincare routine is easier to follow, which leads to more success. If you only have a few products to use, your routine will be much shorter, making it easier to fit in to your busy schedule. 

Stick to one cleanser, one serum, one moisturizer. And don't forget to exfoliate at least one to two times a week. Your skin will thank you for it!

 

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Aging gracefully

Aging With Grace

Billie Breeden

Getting older and aging skin is one thing all women dread. Though beauty isn’t only about preserving youth, aging does have an effect on people’s confidence and self-esteem. We all want to look young as long as possible.

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Because Being Beautiful Should Never Harm You

Because Being Beautiful Should Never Harm You

Billie Breeden
Did you know the average person puts 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day? We absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to. Cosmetics companies and the FDA maintain that these chemicals are safe, and many of them are--in small doses at least. But consider that the average woman wears makeup every day, and you begin to understand it begins to add up. The fact is, no one really knows how certain chemicals affect us over time, or how they react in our bodies in combination. 

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Beard Care Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Beard the Right Way

Beard Care Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Beard the Right Way

Billie Breeden
You’ve decided that you want to grow a beard. Or that you want to get your current beard looking better and feeling better. Growing a healthy, good-looking, and manageable beard takes work. But, it doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to do and what beard care products to use.

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What's All the Noise About Coconut Oil?

What's All the Noise About Coconut Oil?

Billie Breeden

When it comes to coconut oil, all the noise is quite a lot. Coconut oil  is everywhere! As popular as coconut oil is in food, soap making discovered it long ago. And once it was discovered, coconut oil became a standard. As a soap making oil, coconut is many things at once.

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Antibacterial Soap

5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Antibacterial Soap

Billie Breeden

 

As the FDA recently noted, antibacterial products are no more effective than soap and water, and could be dangerous. 

About 75 percent of liquid antibacterial soaps and 30 percent of bars use a chemical called triclosan as an active ingredient. The drug, which was originally used strictly in hospital settings, was adopted by manufacturers of soaps and other home products during the 1990s, eventually ballooning into an industry that’s worth an estimated $1 billion. Apart from soap, we’ve begun putting the chemical in wipes and all sorts of home items such as mattress pads and hand gels as we try our best to eradicate any trace of bacteria from our environment.

Triclosan’s use in home over-the-counter products was never fully evaluated by the FDA—incredibly, the agency was ordered to produce a set of guidelines for the use of triclosan in home products way back in 1972, but only published its final draft on December 16, 2013. Their report,  the product of decades of research, notes that the costs of antibacterial soaps likely outweigh the benefits, and forces manufacturers to prove otherwise.

There are several reasons to stop using antibacterial soap. Here are five of them:

1. Antibacterial soaps are no more effective than conventional soap and water.  At this time, the FDA doesn’t have evidence that triclosan in OTC consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.

2. Antibacterial soaps have the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As a nurse for over 25 years, I can assure you this is a real problem. There are many resistant bacteria, and more are discovered every year.

3. The soaps could act as endocrine disruptors.  A number of studies have found that,triclosan appears to interfere with the body’s regulation of thyroid hormone, perhaps because it chemically resembles the hormone closely enough that it can bind to its receptor sites. There are worries that it could lead to problems such as infertility, artificially-advanced early puberty, obesity and cancer.

4. The soaps might lead to other health problems, too. There’s evidence that children with prolonged exposure to triclosan have a higher chance of developing allergies, including peanut allergies and hay fever. Scientists speculate that this could be a result of reduced exposure to bacteria, which could be necessary for our natural immune system to develop and function properly.
found evidence that triclosan interfered with muscle contractions in human cells, as well as muscle activity in live mice and minnows. A 2008 survey, found triclosan in the urine of 75% of people tested.

5. Antibacterial soaps are bad for the environment. When we use a lot of triclosan in soap, that means a lot of triclosan gets flushed down the drain. Research has shown that small quantities of the chemical can persist after treatment at sewage plants, and as a result, USGS surveys have frequently detected it in streams and other bodies of water. The chemical is also fat-soluble—meaning that it builds up in fatty tissues—so scientists are concerned that it can biomagnify,  appearing at greater levels in the tissues of animals higher up the food chain, as the triclosan of all the plants and animals below them is concentrated. Evidence of this possibility was turned up in 2009, when surveys of bottle nose dolphins off the coast of South Carolina and Florida found concerning levels of the chemical in their blood.

What Should You Do?

There are several other options. There are several non-antibiotic hand sanitizers out there which don't contain any triclosan. READ LABELS.

In December 2017, the FDA issued a final rule regarding certain OTC health-care antiseptic products. As a result, companies will not be able to use triclosan or 23 other active ingredients in these products without premarket review due to insufficient data regarding their safety and effectiveness. Antibacterial soaps and body washes, and fluoride toothpastes are considered OTC drugs. If an OTC drug contains triclosan, it should be listed as an ingredient on the label, in the Drug Facts box. If a cosmetic contains triclosan, it should be included in the ingredient list on the product label.

Try using an organic soap that doesn't contain triclosan or any other toxic or harmful chemicals. Ms. Billie's Skin Care has a full line of organic soaps, from hand soaps, bath bars, and complexion bars. Give them a try. You are going to love them!

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10 Daily Habits for Beautiful Skin

10 Daily Habits for Beautiful Skin

Billie Breeden

What daily habits do we need to have beautiful  skin? Here are 10 great habits that will really make a difference:

1. Use the correct cleanser for your skin type.  For dry skin, use a moisturizing face wash. For oily skin

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