Monthly Archives: May 2011

Causes of Acne | How to Get Rid of Acne

Two leading causes of acne are bacteria and clogged pores. Normal, healthy skin receives sufficient oxygen that the growth of bacteria is prevented, since skin bacteria cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment. When your skin pores become blocked, typically from excess accumulation of dead skin cells than remain on the surface, oxygen is unable to reach the lower levels of your pores, At the same time, oil in the pores builds up. These two factors cause bacteria to proliferate. As a result, the follicle becomes irritated, inflamed and fills with fluid consisting mostly of dead white blood cells that had fought the bacteria.

Clogged pores are caused by several conditions. One is an inherited factor where dead skin cells do not slough off from follicles normally. This causes an accumulation of oils and additional cell buildup. This creates “microcomedos,” which are the beginning of acne problems if appropriate skin care remedies are not utilized.

One effective solution to both of these causes of bacteria is to use a daily exfoliation gel cleanser to make sure that dead skin cells are adequately removed so that they cannot block pores and create the accumulation of oils or bacteria. This will help you get rid of acne.

Ask our Esthetician for Free Skin Care Advice

Mango Madness Skin Care has a staff of online estheticians that are there to help you with your skin care questions. There are many skin care products on the market and the choice of which products are best for you can be daunting. Often, customers will purchase more skin care products than they need, when the best choice is a smaller number of products suited most appropriately for differences in age, skin type, lifestyle, and special conditions. Equally as important as the correct products is a proper routine for your skin. This takes some diligence, so you’ll want to be sure you are doing the right things for your skin.

Whether your challenge is dry skin or you need the best acne advice, our esthetician is at your disposal via e-mail and the consultation service is completely free. Contact us now to discuss your skin care problems, desired outcomes, special problems, and receive good advice from a trusted professional about both the proper products for you and the proper regimen to use.

Strategy for younger looking skin

With the passing of time, years of exposure to environmental conditions gradually impact the health and smoothness of our skin.  In particular, sunlight is responsible for most of the aging. Collagen naturally becomes less dense with age, and this factor causes skin to form lines and creases.

There are three basic practices for combating these aging factors and begin to offset the effects of time and recapture your younger looking skin. The first is to exfoliate your skin on a regular basis; this will allow the body to heal itself by encouraging the growth of new skin cells. Several scrubs, gels, and exfoliators are available to help you achieve this result. These include glycolic acid in one of several concentrations and mechanical exfoliation using an abrasive material such as microdermabrasion preparation (more aggressive) or a face scrub with amber crystals (more gentle). If you have dry skin, the abrasive techniques are more suited to you. If you have oily skin, you may want to try a glycolic acid.

The next step is to use a proven wrinkle reducing product containing effective dosages of either peptides or retinol. These have been clinically demonstrated to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, especially when used as part of a dedicated skin care regimen. A good deep wrinkle smoothing cream will help rebuild your skin’s collagen and reduce wrinkles.

The third practice is to moisturize your skin at least twice a day.  The best face cream moisturizer available contains hyaluronic acid. This compound is found naturally in your body and is known not only to help repair skin damage, but also to provide better moisturizing by holding 1,000 times its weight in water.

Hyaluronic acid repairs skin damage and moisturizes

Your skin, your joints, and your eyes all have a significant amount of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). It helps lubricate your joints, comprises the vitreous fluid inside your eyes, and is a major component of your skin.

Also known as sodium hyaluronate, HA helps repair damaged tissue and promotes the growth of new skin cells.  It is particularly helpful and necessary for repairing damage from too much sun.  When you get sunburned, your skin makes less HA, and your skin cells stop thriving. This leads to thinner, less healthy-looking skin. A good hyaluronic acid moisturizer will help restore your skin’s health.

Hyaluronic Acid has been called a “fountain of youth,” after scientists discovered that it is responsible for scarless healing of skin wounds in babies prior to birth.

As a skin moisturizer, Hyaluronic Acid is known for its ability to hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture. Look for it in your face cream.

A skin care regimen in very important

Even the best and most effective skin care products will not give you optimum results and better skin unless you incorporate them into a diligent daily routine. We recommend the line of paraben free skin care products from Mango Madness Skin Care.

Cleansing is the first step and one for which many women are using inappropriate products. Be sure you use a gentle and genuine soap (not a detergent type cleanser).  Many cleansers that we call soap are technically not soap (and will use terms such as “cleansing bar”). Be sure to read the ingredient label. You should cleanse your face twice daily with a quality facial cleanser such as Rose Hip Seed Oil.

Don’t forget to exfoliate! It’s one of the most important aspects of a skin care regimen and many women skip this step.  Two to three times a week, use either a paraben-free glycolic acid based cleanser or exfoliator (such as Exfoliate Me™ or Exfoliation Plus+™). Alternatively, and especially if you have dry skin, use a gentle facial scrub such as Oh Honey! with amber crystals or a microdermabrasion product.

After cleansing and/or exfoliating, apply a potent wrinkle cream such as ReNew Youth™ or Peptide 6™ on a daily basis. For maximum benefit, use ReNew Youth in the evening and Peptide 6 in the daytime.

Hydrate your skin: after you apply your wrinkle cream, follow it with the best moisturizing ingredient on the market, hyaluronic acid. We recommend Maximum Moisture™ hyaluronic acid cream applied twice a day.

Finally, remember your sunblock and use it every day – even if you are not planning to be out in the bright sunlight for a long time.  Sunlight causes about 80% of skin aging and its effects are cumulative over your lifetime. Be sure to use a full spectrum, UVA/UVB sunblock with a SPF of at least 30. The best sunblocks contain titanium dioxide.

Join us for Nurses Night Out

Today is National Nurses Day and to support these vital healthcare professionals, Mango Madness Skin Care is participating in the Nurses Night Out celebration at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The event is tonight (Thursday) from 6 to 9 pm.

This exciting evening will feature live entertainment, free beverages, and a chance to win prizes. The event is free to all nursing professionals.  Don’t miss it!

All “soaps” are not soap!

Most bars of “soap” that you purchase and may be using to cleanse your face are technically not soap, but contain detergents.  What’s the difference?  Soaps are gentler than detergent bars, which are too harsh for your skin and can strip away essential oils.

Unless you are using soap and not detergent on your skin, you risk irritation and dryness of your skin.  Legally, detergent cleansers cannot be termed “soap,” which is why many detergent cleansers do not use the word “soap,” but will typically call their products “bars.”

Soaps are typically composed of primarily natural ingredients and simple formulas. Detergents usually contain synthetic ingredients and are chemically complex.

An excellent and gentle soap-based facial cleanser is rose hip seed oil.

Free Shipping and 90-Day Money Back Guarantee

Did you know that Mango Madness Skin Care offers a 90-Day back guarantee on all skin care products, PLUS Free Shipping? This is a great way to try our wrinkle creams, moisturizers, and exfoliation products risk-free. In a hurry to start having smoother, younger looking skin? We have Same Day Shipping (before 3pm ET) via USPS Priority Mail – and it’s still free!