Monthly Archives: November 2011

How to deal with large pores

Often, when skin pores become larger, it is often that they appear to be larger rather than actually having increased in size.  Pores, of course, are vital to healthy skin and keep it nourished with the body’s natural oils, but sometimes this process can get out of balance.

Factors contributing to larger looking pores include a buildup of dead skin cells around the edge of the pore, overproduction of oil from the oil glands, and makeup.

Before having to resort to laser treatments, there are other remedies to larger looking pores. Exfoliating to get rid of the dead skin cells will help greatly, but use an AHA gel instead of mechanical exfoliation.  Start with a good retinol cream – retinol is a wonderful product, not only as a wrinkle reducer, but also for its exfoliation properties.

Microdermabrasion exfoliates your skin, of course, but a chemically based exfoliator such as retinol typically works deeper.  We recommend our ReNew Youth™ retinol cream be used each night. With 1.0% retinol, ReNew Youth™ is the most potent retinol cream available with without a doctor’s prescription.

As tolerance allows, in the morning 2-3 times a week, use an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) exfoliator such as the Exfoliate Me™ 10% gel cleanser.  An important note: exfoliation with any product will increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so use a good broad spectrum sunblock every day.

Larger looking pores can be also be cause by your skin’s over-production of oil.  Interestingly, this can happen with skin that needs more moisture as the oil glands over-secrete oil to compensate for dry skin.  Maximum Moisture™, with the highest effective concentration of hyaluronic acid, is an excellent moisturizer; you should use it in the morning after cleansing your face. The formulation of ReNew Youth™ retinol cream includes hyaluronic acid, so you will not need to use it in combination with another moisturizer.

Another factor that can possibly make your pores look larger is makeup. Some foundations may actually increase the apparent pore size; in particular, avoid any liquid makeup. You might experiment with different makeup to see which one works best, and often, “less is more.”

Dry Skin 101 – Learn What Causes It and How to Deal With It

Dry skin not only makes you feel self-conscious, it’s also very uncomfortable. No one wants to spend all day scratching their skin or be kept up at night because it’s so itchy.

Although dry skin may just seem like a significant inconvenience, it can actually be a very serious problem. If dry skin is allowed to get to the point of extensive dryness or dehydration, it can inhibit your skin’s ability to protect your body from environmental toxins and germs.

Fortunately, you don’t have to let dry skin get to this point. By learning what causes this condition and the most effective ways to deal with it, you’ll be able to keep your skin in great shape.

What Causes Dry Skin?

There are quite a few potential causes of dry skin. The best way to pinpoint what’s causing your dry skin is to group the causes in several primary categories.

The first category is your environment. Harsh weather during the winter is a leading cause of dry skin. The intense indoor heat produced by furnaces is also a common cause of this condition.

The second category is the products you use. When your skin is in good shape, it’s protected by a layer of fatty oils. These oils are responsible for keeping moisture in your skin. However, if you start using a product that’s too harsh on your skin, it’s going to strip away these oils and make it impossible for your skin to retain moisture. Even a shower that’s too hot can remove these oils.

Soap is a product that commonly strips away these important skin oils and leaves people with dry skin. In addition to shower soap, dry hands are often the result of frequently washing dishes with soap that’s too harsh. Detergents are another product that can cause dry skin. Washing your clothes with a detergent that’s not sensitive enough means your skin will be continually irritated throughout the day.

Medical conditions are the other category of causes. In addition to actual skin conditions, problems like diabetes, hypothyroidism or malnutrition can all cause dry skin. Certain medications can cause your skin to dry out.

What’s the Best Way to Deal with Dry Skin?

If you discover that a product you’re using is irritating your skin, replace it with a more sensitive option. While this can reduce dry skin’s severity, most people who struggle with this condition need an ongoing routine to keep their skin in the best shape possible.

Using a paraben free skin moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is the most effective way to deal with dry skin. The best face creams for moisturizing and smoothing your skin contain hyaluronic acid. When you hydrate your skin with this type of face cream, not only will you be able to keep it from drying out, but you will also benefit from a noticeable reduction in wrinkles.

Although having dry skin can be frustrating, the good news is you can fix this problem by adopting a daily moisturizing routine!

Just in the Neck of Time

Many women follow a dedicated skin care regimen to take very good care of their facial skin with a variety of anti-aging creams. However, the neck skin area often gets neglected – and all too frequently the looser. sagging skin and neck wrinkles betray their age.  To address the need to firm and tighten neck skin and reduce the amount of sagging, Mango Madness Skin Care is developing a new cream for tightening sagging skin that will be offered under the brand name Necquelle™.

The planned product launch date for this neck tightening cream is November 30 – about 2 weeks away.  Come back then and look for a special discount coupon for a substantial savings.

Glycolic Acid cleanser has multiple benefits

Many people use our Exfoliate Me™ cleansing gel as just a cleanser, but it goes beyond giving your face a good cleaning. The glycolic acid is an excellent skin exfoliator as it removes the uppermost layer of old, dead skin cells.  This exfoliation process is very effective at removing old skin cells that may have covered over skin pores. Since clogged pores are a notorious cause of acne, glycolic acid exfoliation helps keep acne from forming. And because the exfoliation increases your skin cell turnover rate, the healing process is accelerated – this helps diminish existing acne (pimples) faster.

A glycolic acid cream or gel is also very effective for fading age spots and skin discoloration. It helps boost collagen formation and skin elasticity as well. 

Daylight Savings and Skin Care Savings Time

This Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 AM, Daylight Savings time ends, but your chance for savings on anti-aging skin care does not end, because we have a special Skincare Savings promotion for you!

Remember, as we “Fall Back” an hour with our clocks, the Fall weather means drier air indoors and out, so you need to be sure your skin is getting enough moisture. We recommend a good hyaluronic acid moisturizer.  Because it holds 1,000X its weight in water, hyaluronic acid (HA) is the best moisturizer available. And because of its smaller molecule size, HA doesn’t just sit on the surface of your skin, it also penetrates more deeply, where it pulls in moisture. This skin care product not only hydrates your skin, but also gives you a welcome “plumping” effect that will lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Enjoy your younger looking skin, not to mention an extra hour of sleep!