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Dealing with Cracked Skin on the Bottom of the Foot

Having dry and cracked feet is a surprisingly common problem among men and women.

This condition is known as Xerosis and most of the time it’s a superficial issue that’s not linked to any underlying disease. The most common symptoms of Xerosis include calluses and cracks on the soles and heels of the feet, and in some cases, it can even lead to a painful, itchy rash.

There are also instances where dry and cracked skin happens in other parts of the body at the same time as on the foot, and this is usually caused by internal health issues.

Some of the most common skin disorders that lead to dry and cracked skin on the foot include psoriasis, venous stasis (which is a leg vein condition), skin rashes that are a result of allergic reactions, as well as athlete’s foot or tinea pedis.

For children, the most common cause of thick, dry and cracked skin is atopic dermatitis.

Treatment for Dry and Cracked Skin

If you’ve tried all sorts of lotions, creams and balms to treat your dry and cracked foot calluses without any result, then it might be time to see a specialist such as a podiatrist. They’ll be more equipped to tell you exactly what the cause of the problem is and will administer the right treatment.

Podiatrists are also qualified to remove calluses and corns, which will help you avoid future damage, and your feet will look much better as a result. It’s important to add here that extremely dry skin can only get better when prescription-strength creams are administered, and you’ll have to consult with an appropriate physician in order to get that.

Tips for Healthy Feet

Foot Cream

Applying foot cream on a daily basis can significantly improve the appearance of the affected area. Preferably go for a cream that’s high in alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), as this compound works best to lift dead skin cells while improving the skin’s moisture retention levels. Lactic acid and Glycolic acid are both good examples of creams that are rich in alpha-hydroxy.

Lanolin

Lanolin works best for skin that has become so rough that it’s actually cracking. That’s because it offers a moisture barrier that actively improves the condition of chapped and cracked skin. Lanolin is typically sold as an over-the-counter medicine and it’s easy to find on the aisle which stocks products that are marketed to breastfeeding women.

Hypoallergenic Products

If there’s a possibility that the dryness and cracks on your foot are being caused by allergies and irritations then it might be a good idea to use products that are formulated specifically for sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

File or Pumice Stone

The pumice stone has always been a very effective method of getting rid of calluses and keeping the skin on your feet soft when it’s starting to form cracks or dry up. To get the best out of the pumice stone or file, make sure to use it right after you’ve soaked your feet. A loofah sponge will work wonders to exfoliate dry skin on the legs.

ALA and GLA

If you find yourself suffering from dry or cracked skin, consider increasing your intake of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), both of which are essential fatty acids that promote moisture on the skin. This means increasing your intake of foods like canola oil, walnuts, sea buckthorn and flaxseed oil.

Understanding Linden Extract

Linden extract has several health benefits. It has the ability to prevent some forms of cancer and improving the immune system. It is also very effective in calming and detoxifying the body. Other benefits of applying the extract include lowering inflammation and elimination of anxiety. You can as well lower your blood pressure upon application.

What are Linden Extracts?

It is an extract which has been extracted from a tree named linden (mainly taken from its leaves and flowers). The tree has several health benefits which makes it widely used to treat different health complications.  A popular way to use it is to make tea.  It is apparently pretty strong but tasty.  You can even purchase in Tea bags since it is gaining in popularity and fast becoming one of the most popular herbal teas on the market.

What is Linden Extract used for?

Tea itself is one of the most popular ways to ingest it.  The other way is the direct application to the skin from using different products which has it as an ingredient such as shampoos, bath gel, soaps and different types of cosmetic products.

What are the health benefits?

Relieves Anxiety. 

The tea has soothing effects which play a great role in relieving anxiety. If you suffer from different episodes of anxiety and stress, you can access some quick relief.

Prevents Chronic Diseases

It has antioxidants which play a great role in preventing different diseases. Kaempferol and quercetin act as free radical scavengers in the body which can eliminate harmful compounds in the body hence playing part in the elimination of disease causing agents in the body.

Detoxifies the Body

It has P-coumaric acid which is effective in inducing sweating hence making the body reduce toxins from the body. Release of excess salts and toxins from the body will make your skin stay rejuvenated.

Reduces Cold and Flu

If you suffer from cold and flu, linden can help in relieving the symptoms. Flu can cause inflammation of the respiratory tract and the throat. Best way to introduce linden is yet again via tea.

Removes Inflammation

Inflammation conditions such as arthritis, gout and headaches can be treated can help reduce the symptoms. It is also effective in removing inflammation from the blood vessels making you avoid incidences of headaches due to capillary blockages.

Prevents Cancer

Again going back to the fact it has antioxidants which play great roles in the prevention of cancer. Some of the antioxidants compounds  includes coumarin and quercetin which prevent buildup of free radicals in the body.

Improves Digestion

You can avoid constipation and bloating through drinking the tea. Several compounds in the extract play great roles in the prevention of gastrointestinal discomforts.

Is it good for the skin?

Linden Extract is good for the skin. It will make you sweat more efficiently (kind of strange) which in effect leads to elimination of toxins from the skin.  If you have skin which is affected by inflammation and toxins build up, drinking the tea will help in getting rid of the toxins.

It can be used through cosmetic products as an ingredient.  It is used for the sedative agents which will make the skin softer and apparently in some cases minimize the risk of those wrinkles as we get older.  More studies are needed and this article will be updated with better sources.  To learn more on other extracts my main page on making your own body cream using this extracts and essential oils.

What is Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Seborrheic dermatitis, a form of eczema or dermatitis, affects areas of the body that are rich in glands, such as the scalp, face, and trunk. While it’s more common to affect males than females, it’s found in babies under the age of three months (and sometimes between six to 12 months), in young adults, and in the elderly.

If you suffer from seborrheic dermatitis, the following might be why:

  • You have oily skin.
  • You have a family history of psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.
  • You’ve had an organ transplant.
  • You have HIV.
  • You have lymphoma.
  • You have neurological and psychiatric conditions such as Parkinson’s, depression, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, Down Syndrome, or facial nerve palsy.
  • You’ve received treatment for psoriasis with psoralen and ultraviolet A therapy
  • You’re not getting enough sleep.
  • Your life is too stressful.

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What is Rosacea?

At least 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, an incurable but manageable skin condition that affects both men and women.

While it can affect any individual – regardless of gender, lifestyle, or ethnicity, it’s known to mainly affect fair-skinned people or those who blush a lot, more than others. Unfortunately, there is no cure.

However, there is a way to manage the condition. As each case is different, a treatment plan must be tailored to the individual patient by a medical professional.

What is Rosacea?

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Reasons Why Moisturizing Your Skin Is Important

When you’re out and about doing your weekly grocery shop, why not spend a little longer in the health and well-being section? By adding a bottle of moisturizer to your shopping cart, your skin can begin to feel and look 100 percent better. And, as the colder weather sets in, it’s essential that your skin is as well-equipped as it can be. We’ve included  4 reasons why moisturizing your skin is so important.

It Slows Down Fine Lines And Wrinkles

There’s no way to stop the aging process. When you’re beginning to notice more fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your skin, take back control. Invest in a quality moisturizer and start using it daily.

It Helps Your Wrinkles Become Less Noticeable

As mentioned above, there is no way to stop the aging process. We all get older, and the harsh reality is that our skin will become wrinkled due to lesser collagen production. However, the more dehydrated your skin is, the more prominent your wrinkles are. A moisturizer featuring hyaluronic acid can help plump up your skin to make the wrinkles less visible while combating dryness in the process.

It Stops The Weather From Having An Impact On Your Skin

Winter can play havoc with our bodies, but it affects our skin even more. Humidity levels are lower in the winter, and therefore the dry air is known to dehydrate our skin. When it’s (the skin is) dry, there are fewer lipids, and this allows irritants to get into your pores which cause itching, redness, and flaking. An appropriate moisturizer (mostly those containing ceramide and other key ingredients) can act as a barrier,  reducing the risk of this happening.

It Reduces The Risk of Acne Aggravation

If you’re an acne sufferer, moisturizing alongside your everyday acne treatment routine can dramatically reduce the chances of your acne becoming aggravated. In saying that, it’s vital that you choose a moisturizer that’s oil and fragrance-free.

Your Makeup Looks Better

If you’ve ever put foundation or concealer over dry skin, you will know just how much it enhances the flaky appearance. Even if the rest of your face looks perfect, one dry patch can be enough to draw attention to your face for all the wrong reasons. Moisturizer not only helps reduce the dryness in your skin, but it gives the foundation something to stick to and blend into the skin much smoothly. This stops it from seeping into your fine lines and enhancing your imperfections rather than hiding them.  If you do wear makeup and have a condition like Eczema like myself, make sure to read this post where I write about talc and parabens.

We’re bombarded with skincare commercials on a daily basis, and there’s a reason for it. If you’re wanting to fight the signs of aging and keep your skin from becoming dry or irritated, moisturizer can help. However, there’s a common misconception that the more expensive the moisturizer, the more beneficial it is. Without controlled scientific studies, it’s impossible to know whether an expensive moisturizer is any more useful than a cheaper one. The best way to find out is by buying one within your price range and trying it out. If you notice a positive difference in your skin, then stick with it. Trial and error can help you find the best moisturizer for your needs.

Top 5 uses for Patchouli Oil

It has been drilled into us for a long time to always rely on antibiotics and other man-made products for help with our health problems. While they are effective, there are still so many natural products that can offer the same relief. So why not try them first?

Patchouli oil, for example, is one of the many natural products with the ability to treat a range of illnesses and conditions.

Before you reach for the medicine cabinet, find out about the top five, of many, conditions Patchouli oil can help with.  And make sure to read this article to learn how to make your own body butter using essentials oils.

Infections and healing

The human race readily relies on antibiotics and antiseptics to help with cuts, burns and wounds. But did you know there was a far more natural solution? What would you do if the world’s supply of antibiotics ran out? You could turn to Patchouli oil.

It is found in many health stores, helps prevent infection taking hold on wounds and ulcers. In fact, this oil can even reduce the risk of tetanus forming if you’ve injured yourself on rusty metal. Not only does it reduce the risk of infection, but it even speeds up the healing process and helps scars fade. Many people use it for fading scars caused by acne, chicken pox, measles and even boils.

Diuretic

If you’re at risk of developing kidney or gallbladder stones, or even gout, you could benefit from Patchouli oil. Using the oil in its natural form increases both the quantity and the frequency of urine produced. This helps you to lose weight, remove toxins from the body, lower blood pressure, increase your appetite and lower your cholesterol.

Just one natural oil can do the job of 10 different medications, with ease.

Aphrodisiac

If you’re struggling to get that spark back in the bedroom but you’re unsure about trying man-made medications, give Patchouli oil a try. For hundreds of years, this oil has been used as an aphrodisiac. It works by stimulating estrogen and testosterone which can reduce impotency, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, sexual anxiety and more.

Insecticide

If insects are a problem in your home and backyard, it always pays to keep a bottle of Patchouli oil handy. Just a few drops is all it takes to keep those pesky mosquitos, fleas, flies, moths, bed bugs and lice at a healthy distance. You can even wash clothing and bedding in it. It’s that effective that many lotions, fumigants, sprays and incense sticks feature the oil. Just be careful about burning incense indoors as the smell can seep into furniture and even fabric.  You can read this article here where I demonstrate how to make your own insect repellent targeted to Eczema sufferers.

Body odor

If standard deodorant doesn’t work for you, then Patchouli oil could be a good option. It’s sweet and spicy and masks the smell of body odor. Just ensure you dilute it well to avoid the scent becoming too strong and overbearing. Otherwise, the Patchouli oil might be more off-putting than the body odor!

Warning:

While Patchouli oil is beneficial in many forms for many different applications, it is a very potent oil. Too much of it can be very off-putting and unpleasant. Always dilute where possible, and be aware of others around you who may be irritated by the scent.

Benefits of Helichrysum Essential Oils

Very rarely do you find an essential oil that offers so many benefits to the human body. However, Helichrysum is one that should be on everyone’s shopping list. The Helichrysum is a flower or herb native to France, Italy and other European countries.

It’s exceptionally hard to find and the oil produced from the flower is expensive. However, you get what you pay for and you certainly get a lot from it.

It provides so many health benefits, including being an anti-allergenic, anti-coagulant, anti-microbial, antispasmodic, diuretic and anti-septic. Below are just the few of the many benefits of this Essential Oils. Continue reading

Benefits of Sandalwood Essential Oil

Sandalwood has long been used for incense, cosmetics, aftershave and perfume due to its sweet smell, but did you know it has many health benefits as well? Traditionally used in Eastern countries including India for religious ceremonies, it’s a high quality oil with its tree found in India, Hawaii and Australia.

However, due to its health benefits, supply has dwindled for the most pure Sandalwood forms in its efforts to keep up with demand. Due to the demand taking over supply, sandalwood essential oils are now one of the most expensive essential oils on the market and is popular in many home remedies such as body-butters. If you find yourself opting for the sweet scents of this ever popular oil, read below to find out how it may be of benefit to your health. Continue reading

Five Benefits of using Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Who would have thought that a source of food for the Koala Bear could become one of the best natural healers for a variety of ailments?  It’s fair to say that while we share the Australian native Eucalyptus tree with fuzzy, cute creatures, we also reap the benefits of extracting the oil and using it for ourselves as well.

Below are five benefits of eucalyptus essential oil you may not have known about.

1. It’s great for your hair

If your hair is lacking volume and shine, then why not get the eucalyptus oil out? By mixing half a teaspoon with olive oil, your hair will be looking shiny and voluptuous once more. Eucalyptus oil is also used as a natural remedy for head lice, as well as reducing dandruff and an irritated scalp. Continue reading

10 Ways to Keep your Skin Healthier for Longer

There are so many new serums, moisturizers and miracle cures on the market that we often forget to go back to the basics when it comes to skincare. It can be so easy to simply pick up products from the store that offer almost instant results, but did you know proper skincare can be as simple as changing a few things in your daily life? Save money and reap the benefits of natural solutions to your skin troubles. Continue reading