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Do you have skin-irritating toxins in your clothes?

One of our CV Skinlabs team members recently told us about her experience. Read on to find out what happened to her, and why you may want to be more aware of how your clothes may be affecting your skin…and your health!

I Suffered a Skin Rash Because of Toxins In Clothes

“I recently got chemical burns on my arms from either a sweater or a shirt I bought,” our team member told us. “I’m not sure which—the shirt seemed to have a strong odor, but the irritation really showed up after wearing the sweater.”

The clothes were both from a well-known fashion brand that is widely available at locations like Marshalls and TJMaxx. “I haven’t researched yet what it is that caused it,” she continued. “Could be formaldehyde, but it is a thickening of the skin with bumps that wants to be itchy.”

Turns out she was right about formaldehyde. Wrinkle-free and shrinkage-free fabrics often release formaldehyde as a byproduct of the chemicals in them. Anti-cling and anti-static clothes, waterproof, and perspiration-proof items can release formaldehyde as well. And as you probably know, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.

Toxins in Clothes: Formaldehyde

According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), formaldehyde resins can be found on a range of textiles as it makes fabrics easy to care for.

Formaldehyde levels in clothing have been decreasing in recent years—in 1984, 67 percent of items tested in government studies had levels greater than 100 parts per million (ppm), but from 2003 on, less than 2 percent of items show this concentration of the chemical.

That’s because most manufacturers in America have switched from using formaldehyde urea and melamine formaldehyde—which release more formaldehyde during storage and use—to dimethylol dihydroxy ethylene urea and its derivatives, which release lower levels.

Nevertheless, there are still individuals that can have allergic reactions to formaldehyde in clothing. Plus, a lot of the clothing we buy is not made in the U.S. Clothing items from other countries like China are not subject to any formaldehyde standards, so they could contain more formaldehyde.

Other Toxins in Clothes

Formaldehyde isn’t the only toxin in clothing, though. There are several others, including the following:

PFCs

The same types of chemicals added to cookware to make it non-stick may also be added to clothing to make them last longer, resist wrinkles, and repel oil and water. Teflon and other per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) accumulate both in nature and in the human body, where they can affect the hormone system.

Labels that contain the words “Gore-Tex” or “Teflon” may signal the presence of these chemicals. Moisture-wicking workout clothes and outdoor clothing are more likely to contain them.

Today, many manufacturers are avoiding these chemicals in their products. Look for the “PFC-free” label.

Phthalates

These are plasticizing chemicals known for making materials more durable and flexible. They have been linked to hormone disruption, reproductive problems, type II diabetes, asthma, and allergies.

A 2012 investigation from Greenpeace found phthalates in 31 of the clothing items they tested (141). The clothes were purchased from 29 countries and regions around the world. Two of the products were manufactured for Tommy Hilfiger, while another was for Armani and one for Victoria’s secret.

Phthalates have also been found in jeans, raincoats, and artificial leather products.

AZO Dyes

These are cheap and colorful dyes used in some clothing that can trigger allergic reactions, hormone disruptions, and even tumor formation.

Certain types of azo dyes are banned or restricted in the U.S., but they may still be found in brightly colored sports t-shirts, visibility safety vests, weather handbags and jackets, and accessories like gloves and wristwatch straps.

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Sensitive to Chemicals in Clothes?

If you find that you’re suffering from rashes and irritation after wearing certain clothing, it could be that you’re allergic to chemicals in the clothing, but it could also be that you’re allergic to certain synthetic fibers.

Synthetics like polyester, rayon, nylon, spandex, and rubber don’t breathe as well as natural fibers. They can make you sweat more, increasing the contact between your skin and the clothing, and potentially causing more friction that can lead to rashes.

Particularly if these items are tight-fitting, you may experience more irritation. Look for redness, scaly skin, or itchy areas within minutes to hours after you put on your clothes. If you notice them, try avoiding those clothing items to see if your skin clears up.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins in Clothes

If you think your skin may be sensitive to toxins in clothes—or you simply would prefer clothing with fewer toxic chemicals—follow these tips.

  • Beware of “Made in China” labels. These may contain chemicals as they are not regulated in the U.S.
  • If you live in areas with high temperatures and high humidity, they can increase the release of toxic chemicals as well as increase your skin’s chemical absorption. Be more selective in what you wear.
  • Choose natural fibers whenever possible. They are typically better for your skin and your overall health. Find a list of these below.
  • If you’re particularly sensitive to highly pigmented clothing, you may be allergic to the dyes. Choose light-colored garments with less dye in them.
  • Avoid items labeled “wash separately.” They are likely to contain a high level of dye that may irritate your skin. Also avoid those labeled as “wash and wear,” “permanent press,” “no-iron,” or “dirt repellant,” as they likely have chemicals in them that may irritate your skin.
  • Research the manufacturer you’re buying from. See if they are conscious about the ingredients they use to make their products.

Natural fiber clothing includes:

  • Cotton (preferably organic)
  • Flax
  • Hemp
  • Silk
  • Wool (preferably organic)
  • Other fabrics, like alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, mohair, and ramie

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Heal Your Skin from Rashes Caused by Toxins in Clothes

If you’ve suffered from redness, irritation, or rash caused by toxins in clothes, try these steps for healing it fast.

  • Wash the skin thoroughly with a gentle cleanser.
  • Calm the irritation and inflammation with our Rescue + Relief Spray. It has natural cooling and anti-inflammatory ingredients that can provide instant relief.
  • Moisturize immediately with our Calming Moisture and/or Body Repair Lotion. They both help calm, hydrate, and nourish irritated skin.
  • For more inflamed rashes, apply our Restorative Skin Balm and cover them with a bandage. This award-winning balm repairs chapped, traumatized skin so that it looks and feels healthy again.

Have you suffered reactions from toxins in clothes?

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Brushing our hair is something we all do, so it’s more of a mechanical activity than anything else, at this point. However, it turns out that brushing your hair is a very important action that can keep your hair free of tangles and make sure your hairstyle looks attractive. Brushing hair also massages the scalp and boosts the blood flow, which can help the hair and scalp stay healthy. Now that you know the importance of brushing, you might be thinking of ways to get even more benefits and prevent any cons like breakage and fallout. So instead of just grabbing the brush and tugging, you can try out these few tips that will keep your hair healthy and beautiful:

The Proper Technique

Let’s start with the basics and go over the proper brushing technique. Experts recommend starting slowly from the tips of your hair and moving toward the scalp—this is a great technique to avoid breakage. This way, when you run into knots, you’ll be able to handle them gradually. Also, if your knots are particularly stubborn, just apply some conditioner and work the knot out slowly. Once all the knots are detangled, start your brush at the top of the scalp and go down to distribute all the scalp oils evenly. Proper brushing is not a complicated process, yet any effort you might exert is worth the results.

If you stress out your skin with chemical treatments, bleaching, scalding water and poor water quality, you will make it fragile. Instead of ripping through it with your brush, follow the above technique to prevent further damage and stress.

Take Small Sections

Have you ever watched Disney’s Aladdin? Well, you probably remember Jasmine brushing her gorgeous heir by using a distinct technique. What Jasmin did right was take a small section of hair in one hand, hold it flat against the palm and run the brush along the palm. This sectioning of the hair prevents breakage but also accidental tugs that can pull the hair from the scalp.

The Right Tools

It’s crucial to use the right tools when pampering your hair. There are many brushes on the market today, none of which are created equal, so be smart when choosing your tool. For one universal tool, opt for top-notch detangling hair brushes which offer great hair care for all types of hair—wet, dry, thin, thick, young, old, straight, wave and curly hair. These brushes provide a pain-free haircare experience which is especially important for kids who don’t like to have their hair touched.

Wet Brushing

If you’re usually brushing your hair when it’s wet, it’s crucial to know that water weakens the hair, causing it to stretch when pulled. When brushing wet hair, you risk breakage that will later result in annoying fly-away strands. To minimize damage, angle the brush upward to lessen the pressure and make the strands less likely to break.

Don’t Overbrush

You might be eager to make your hair as beautiful as you can but it’s possible to overbrush it and damage your locks. The damage to your cuticle (the outer layer of the hair) results in dry and dull hair. The best care is to be moderate and brush just enough to remove knots and spread the oils all over the hair. Forget about those 100 strokes a day!

Frequency Of Brushing

Most hair experts recommend you brush your hair in the morning and in the afternoon. This is the best way to distribute natural oils throughout the hair and provide the best prevention for knots. The frequency of brushing also depends on the hair type. Curly hair should be only brushed a few times a week, mostly after you wash it and apply conditioner. The conditioner will allow the brush to slide easily and prevent damage. If your hair is very long, though, you might need to brush more frequently to avoid knots and tangles.

Don’t Stress About Shedding

It’s completely normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. When you consider that you have about 100,000 follicles, 100 strands is not a lot. Hair falls out naturally and is replaced with new growth, but if you notice a significant loss and not new growth, talk to your doctor.

Use these tips and techniques to take good care of your hair and handle it properly every time you grab a brush. It might take some effort, but it will be worth it!


Author Bio

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics.

In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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Discover The Top Trends To Embrace And Avoid

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Before you head to prom you’ll need to decide on what you are going to wear, how you’ll do your makeup, and which hairstyle is the most flattering. It’s not an easy decision which is why you need to start getting organized early.

Of course, all of this revolves around choosing one of these fantastic prom dresses. But, before you start shopping you should be aware of the latest trends and which ones to embrace and which to avoid.

That can seem strange. After all, most people want to follow the latest trends. But, prom photos are something you’ll be looking at for the rest of your life. What’s trendy today may look very dated or even hilarious in a few years. That’s probably not how you want to remember your prom.

Keep Your Make-Up Simple

Whatever the latest trend with makeup the best approach is to keep it simple. Use your usual lipstick but take it a grade or two brighter if you want. It will embolden your normal look. Adopting the latest trends in lipstick can be accommodated provided you keep your eyes more neutral. Sticky to a classic smoky look or light pastels. It really is timeless and will ensure you look fabulous.

In the same vein, don’t be tempted to thicken your eyebrows. It’s trendy at the moment but when you’re young less is definitely more. Keep it simple.

Choose Your Accessories Wisely

One of the biggest trends at the moment is bold bright colours. Adding a neon pink or orange clutch bag will ensure you’re on trend. But, you’re almost certain to hate the look in a few years.

Neons and bold colours have been popular in the past, there’s a reason why they have been out of fashion for years. Avoid accessorizing with bold colours.

Instead, opt for sparkles. This is still on-trend and it’s one style that is unlikely to ever go out of fashion.

Go For The Ponytail

Check out any fashion show and there will be ponytails. This is one classic that never goes out of fashion. That’s because it’s stylish and practical. A ponytail is a good choice, braids are not. Of course, this does depend slightly on how you normally style your hair.

Adding The Bling

The greater the bling the greater the cringe in the future. Bling and excessive amounts of patterns, such as animal print, can appear to be a good fashion trend to follow but they aren’t. Boosting the bling and the boldness of your outfit is guaranteed to be less fashionable within a season or two. If you’re planning ahead you could even look dated before the prom arrives.

The bottom line is simple. Prom is your chance to shine and you need to choose the clothes that you feel comfortable in. That doesn’t need to be the latest fashion trends. In many cases, the classics are often a better choice and you’re much less likely to regret it.

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You’ve probably noticed that drying hands more often leads to dry hands.

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we’ve all been washing our hands a lot more than usual.

That means we’re drying hands more often too, and over time, that can cause our hands to turn dry, flaky, chapped, dull. They may even develop ugly calluses or open cracks and sores.

We’re here to help. Check out our tips for how to keep your hands soft and smooth.

Using Air Dryers When Drying Hands Leads to Dirtier Hands!

Over the past several years, we saw a lot of restrooms switch from supplying paper towels to installing air dryers instead.

It seemed like a great idea. Air dryers cost less money over the long-term, create less waste, and still do the job of drying your hands (though they take a little longer).

Many people also thought that air dryers were more hygienic too. After all, there were none of those dirty paper towels lying around.

But then some new studies came out showing that theory to be flat-out wrong.

In a 2012 study, researchers concerned about the proper hand-drying process reviewed data from 12 studies and found that paper towels “can dry hands efficiently, remove bacteria effectively, and cause less contamination of the washroom environment” than air dryers.

They went on to notes that from a hygiene standpoint, paper towels were superior to electric air dryers.

Paper Towels Are the Best Thing to Use when Drying Hands

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, researchers again wondered which method (paper towels or air dryers) might be better at helping to reduce the spread of the illness.

In 2021, scientists published a study in which they examined virus transmission in the hospital environment following hand drying. The participants used 3-5 paper towels for an average of 12 seconds or dried their hands with a jet air dryer for about 10 seconds. Then the scientists checked for germs on their hands and on an apron they wore.

The results showed that both the jet air dryer and the paper towel significantly reduced bacteria contamination on the hands, but that the contamination on the apron was much higher after using the jet air dryer.

In other words, the jet air dryer blew the germs from the participants’ hands onto the front of their bodies, where they could then cross-contaminate other surfaces. Indeed, the scientists found that for all samples, there was a significantly higher level of surface contamination following hand drying with the jet air dryer than with the paper towels.

This was only one study and it was a small one, but there have been others suggesting the same thing. In 2018, for instance, researchers tested the bacteria spread by hot-air hand dryers and found that many kinds of bacteria, including potential pathogens and spores, could be deposited on hands exposed to these dryers. Further, the spores could be dispersed throughout the building.

Bottom line: when possible, use paper towels to dry your hands. Of course, when you can, choose 100 percent recycled, non-toxic, biodegradable versions.

Drying Hands Creates Dry, Chapped Hands

While we’re doing all this handwashing and trying to avoid germs, our hands are taking a beating.

The outermost layer of the skin is composed of oils and wax that protect us from germs and toxins while trapping and holding moisture in the skin.

This natural barrier is broken down every time we apply soap and suds up our hands. That soap gets rid of unwanted germs, grime, and debris, but it also breaks down the natural oils and strips them away.

If you’re not careful to address these issues after washing, your hands will soon become dry, red, cracked, and painful. If you already have a preexisting skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, your symptoms may be worse.

Handwashing and Drying Hands Tips to Avoid Germs and Keep Hands Soft

We need to regularly wash and dry our hands to keep ourselves healthy, but we also want to avoid dry, chapped hands.

To do that, follow these tips:

1. Use a gentle cleanser.

You may not always have access to your own cleanser, but as often as you can, choose a cream-based brand that is made without fragrances, harsh chemicals, and sulfates. These will irritate the skin further and make it more difficult to maintain soft, smooth hands. Look for one with gentle detergents and moisturizing ingredients.

2. Wash with warm, not hot water.

Hot water is a lot better at stripping away oil than warm or lukewarm water, and all of them work equally well at killing germs. So dial the temperature down.

3. Wash for at least 20 seconds.

Soap and water need time to eradicate any germs, so take a deep breath and relax. Most of us hurry through washing our hands, but that can leave more germs behind than you may expect.

4. Pat dry with a towel.

Sometimes you won’t have access to a towel, but whenever you can, choose the towel over the air dryer. In some cases, you could take napkins with you into the restroom and use those to dry your hands.

Then pat—don’t rub—dry. This helps to avoid disrupting that outer barrier further, and also leaves a little water on your skin, which is best for the next step.

5. Apply a moisturizer immediately.

This is the step most people miss when washing their hands. That’s why we recommend you take our travel-size Calming Moisture or Body Repair Lotion with you wherever you go. Apply it right after you dry your hands.

This will help that outer layer recover the moisture it just lost, and will also add a layer of protection to your skin. It is the best way to avoid chapped, cracked skin. Apply, apply, apply!

Whatever moisturizer you use, avoid those with petrolatum, fragrances, alcohols, and other harsh ingredients. These will not provide adequate moisture.

If you have no way to wash your hands and you want to use a hand sanitizer, apply your moisturizer immediately after the sanitizer dries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol to kill germs, and alcohol is very drying.

6. Use a moisturizing balm overnight.

Particularly during cold and flu season when you’re washing your hands more often, it helps to apply a deeply moisturizing balm overnight.

We suggest our Restorative Skin Balm. It helps to trap moisture while promoting healing and softening dry, rough skin. After washing and patting dry, apply it all over your hands, then don’t get your hands wet again until the next morning. For more moisturization, wear a soft pair of cotton gloves or even socks to bed to seal in the moisture.

7. Use a humidifier overnight.

If you live in a dry climate, a humidifier is a good thing to have in your bedroom. It will moisturize the air overnight while you sleep, which will keep your hands from drying out. This is good for the skin on your face as well!

Have you heard that drying hands with a warm-air dryer can spread germs?

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If you’re looking forward to gardening this summer, but you’re worried about an eczema flare-up, this post is for you!

Gardening can help you live a healthier, more stress-free life, but not if it causes skin problems. Unfortunately, for those with eczema, that’s often what happens.

Does that mean you have to avoid gardening and give up all its benefits just because you have this skin condition? We certainly hope not! Below, we provide several tips that can help you enjoy your garden, flare-free.

What Causes an Eczema Flare-Up?

According to the National Eczema Organization, common triggers for eczema include:

  • Dry skin: When your skin gets too dry, the outer barrier is compromised. That means irritants, microorganisms, pollution, and more can make their way into the deeper layers of skin, triggering a flare-up.
  • Irritants: Everyday products and some natural substances can irritate your skin and lead to a flare-up. Examples of common irritants include soaps, detergents, surface cleaners and disinfectants, synthetic fragrances, metals, cigarette smoke, certain fabrics like wool and polyester, and even Cocamidopropyl betaine, which is used to thicken shampoos and lotions.
  • Harsh skin care products: Skin care products that contain harsh ingredients like fragrances, preservatives, formaldehyde, dyes, mineral oils, sulfates, and more can irritate and damage the skin, leading to a flare-up.
  • Stress: Emotional stress can be a trigger for eczema, though scientists aren’t sure why. We do know that the skin is sensitive to our psychological states via the nerves, hormones, and immune system.

Why Does Gardening Cause an Eczema Flare-Up?

Reviewing the list above of common eczema triggers, you may have noticed that gardening wasn’t listed. So why does gardening sometimes cause a flare-up for some people?

All we have to do is look a little more closely at what is involved in gardening, and how the tools we use and the air around us may irritate the skin.

Common triggers for an eczema flare-up when gardening include the following:

  • Pollen: We usually garden in the spring and summer, when many plants are releasing pollen into the air. Eczema is often linked with allergies, so being exposed to these allergens can trigger a flare-up.
  • Plant chemicals: Some plants contain chemicals in their leaves, stems, and flowers that can be irritating to sensitive people. It’s so common that florists are known to often get dermatitis from clipping chrysanthemums and tulips. Plant sap can also cause irritation and rashes.
  • Harsh chemicals: As noted above, harsh chemicals in cleaners, detergents, and skin care products can trigger eczema. There may be harsh chemicals in the gardening products you’re using as well, particularly if you’re applying pesticides.
  • Sweating: Sweating on its own can irritate the skin. After it evaporates, it leaves behind a salty residue that can worsen the itch.
  • Clothing materials: If you’re wearing gloves or clothes that you then sweat in while out working in the garden, you could be irritating your skin with the materials in those items.
  • Water: Believe it or not, water can be an eczema trigger in some cases. When you’re gardening, if you’re wetting and drying your hands multiple times, that can break down the skin’s protective barrier, making it more likely that irritants will work their way into the skin and cause a flare-up.
  • Minor skin traumas: When you’re working in the garden with your bare hands, you can cause micro-tears and scratches from digging, handling gardening tools, and other activities that can lead to a flare-up.

Summer Sun EczemaDoes the Sun Help or Hurt Eczema?

Studies show that exposure to UV radiation from the sun may be helpful to those with eczema. This is why phototherapy (UV light therapy) has been used as an adjunctive treatment for eczema for many years. It works by exposing the skin to controlled bursts of UV rays for a specified period of time.

It is important, however, to realize that while some sun exposure can be helpful, too much can be harmful. The ideal exposure time depends on how sensitive your skin is to sunlight. As a general rule, 10-30 minutes of sunlight exposure several times a week is thought to be helpful for most people.

Excessive sun exposure, however—particularly if it causes a sunburn—can do more harm than good, exacerbating eczema symptoms.

7 Tips to Prevent an Eczema Flare-Up While Gardening

To enjoy your gardening activities this summer while still taking care of your skin, try these seven tips.

1. Wear Non-Irritating Gloves to Prevent Eczema

First, don’t garden with bare hands. There are too many risks that you will come into contact with irritating substances that could lead to a flare-up.

Second, take some time to find gloves that will not irritate your skin, even if you get sweaty. Look for those made of natural materials like cotton. Avoid those made of rubber or plastic. It may also help to stay away from those with a lot of printed designs, as they contain coloring agents that may be irritating to the skin.

Third, remove your gloves now and then to allow your skin access to some fresh air. This can cut down on sweat irritation.

2. Apply Some Restorative Skin Balm Before Gardening

One of the main reasons the skin suffers while gardening is because of the risk of skin barrier breakdown. Sweating and consistently rinsing your hands irritates and dries your skin.

Try applying our Restorative Skin Balm to your hands before you put on your gloves. It can help keep your skin moisturized and happy while you’re working. It contains castor oil, which is often recommended to treat eczema. The active component in castor oil is ricinoleic acid, which helps tame inflammation and provides pain-relieving effects.

You can also use the Restorative Skin Balm as an after-gardening balm to help your skin recover from any micro traumas it may have endured while you were working.

Best lip balm for eczema: Use the same balm on your lips before you go out to prevent drying and chapping!

3. Watch Your Sun Exposure

Limited sun exposure can be a good thing, but overdoing it can increase your risk of problems. It’s easy to get involved in what you’re doing and forget how long your skin has been exposed.

Check the UV index in your area before you go out. Try to avoid gardening in the middle of the day when the sun is most intense. Instead, go out in the morning or evening to reduce your risk of a flare-up.

Gradually extend your gardening time. Start by working for only 15 minutes, then move up to 30, then 45, etc. Give your skin time to build up its natural defenses.

Finally, apply sunscreen when you need to. It can be particularly important on sensitive areas of the skin like on the ears (to avoid ear eczema), nose, back of the neck, and scalp.

Cooling Spray Eczema4. Keep Yourself Cool and Refreshed

It’s not just excessive exposure to the sun that can trigger a flare-up—so too can excessive heat. If you get too hot while you’re working, your skin is more likely to get irritated.

That means you want to do everything you can to keep cool while you’re gardening.

How to keep cool while gardening:

  • Take cool water with you and sip regularly. Use an insulated bottle to keep the water cool.
  • Covering your skin can be a good idea, but only if the fabrics are breathable. Good options include cotton, bamboo, and silk.
  • Use our Rescue + Relief Spray. Take it with you in your gardening tools tray or belt. When you start to get warm, spritz it on your skin. It will help cool you off while giving the skin helpful anti-inflammatories that can help prevent an eczema flare-up.
  • Shed layers: Dress in layers so you can shed some as you warm up. This can also help keep you cool.
  • Take a break: No matter how much you’d like to finish what you’re doing, put your self-care first. Take a break when you need to, and go inside and cool off.

5. Know What You’re Using and Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Before you use pest control products, plant foods, and fertilizers, know what you’re exposing yourself to. Many gardening products can cause rashes and skin burns if you’re not careful.

Read the label carefully. Choose products that are less toxic if you can. Then follow all the precautions when it comes to applying the products. If the label suggests you cover your skin, for example, make sure you do so. Otherwise, don’t use the product.

When using fertilizer, wear gloves, then wash your hands when you’re finished and apply some lotion afterward to care for that barrier. (We recommend our Restorative Skin Balm or Body Repair Lotion.)

6. Keep Your Hands Away from Your Face and Your Ears

As you’re working in your garden, sap, pollen, chemicals, and other materials can gradually build up on your skin or gloves. Then if you touch your face, you can easily transfer those materials onto your skin and even into your eyes.

Try to stay aware of what you’re touching, and stop yourself before putting your hands on your face or even your ears. Ear eczema is a common condition that causes irritated, itchy skin on the ears and sometimes even in the ears.

Get used to using your arm if you need to scratch. Better yet, take some clean tissues or paper towels with you and use those to scratch an itch if you need to.

7. When You Finish Gardening, Shower and Change Your Clothes

This is one of the most important steps if you want to avoid an eczema flare-up, but one that most people don’t think to do.

While you’re working in the garden, pollen, chemicals, plant materials, and more get onto your skin, clothes, and hair. To give your skin the best chance of remaining healthy and happy, it’s best to jump in the shower and wash all this off once you’ve finished for the day.

Then dump your clothes into the laundry and put on some clean clothes. These steps will help to reduce your exposure to all those elements that may trigger an eczema flare-up.

How do you avoid an eczema flare-up when gardening?

Photo by Matteo Badini from Pexels.

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Some skin care solutions aren’t solutions at all.

If you stayed out too long or your sunscreen wore off and now you have a sunburn, there are some things that you should not do if you want your skin to heal well.

Keep in mind that a sunburn is a sign of damaged skin. The last thing you want to do is damage it more, but some so-called skin care solutions can do just that.

Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Put Sunscreen On Your Sunburn

Some people think that if you put sunscreen on a sunburn, it will help prevent further damage from that burn.

But sunscreen is not a sunburn treatment, it is a sunburn preventative—and not a bulletproof one at that. Most sunscreen only offers partial protection from the sun, so you can’t rely on it to protect your skin after you’ve been burned, or to help limit the damage.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: Your best bet is to get inside and treat your sunburn right away. (We’ll talk about how to properly treat it below.) That doesn’t involve using more sunscreen but applying cooling and healing products that will help limit the damage and promote healing.

If you can’t go inside right away—maybe you’re hiking or playing a softball game—your best approach is to cover the burn immediately with some type of clothing. It may be too hot to do so, but if you don’t, your skin will continue to burn, and the damage could be significant.

Put on a hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, or whatever you need to cover the burned area until you can get inside. You can also use an umbrella if you have one.

2. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Apply a Vinegar Compress to a Sunburn

This is a common Internet recommendation. The idea is that the anti-bacterial properties of the vinegar will help prevent infection and protect the wound from bacteria.

Try this once, though, and you’ll be likely to question this recommendation. Vinegar is naturally acidic, and it can burn if you place it on a tender sunburn. That may result in even more damage to the skin than you already have.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: Instead, use pure aloe or a milk compress to immediately take the heat out of a sore sunburn. If it’s particularly painful, take an anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen, and spray on some of our Rescue + Relief Spray. (It’s even better if you store it in the refrigerator.) It has turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory, and aloe, as well as cooling ingredients to help calm and soothe burned skin.

3. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Eating Foods Like Tomatoes and Strawberries

These healthy foods contain vitamin C and other antioxidants that are good for you and your skin, but to imagine that eating them will protect you from sunburn is to set yourself up for suffering.

Yes, eating these foods will offer a small amount of protection, but it’s not a reason to skip sunscreen. The sun’s UV rays are intense, particularly during the summer months, and will overpower the natural defenses in your skin if you don’t take extra steps to protect it.

There’s also a myth that squeezing the juice from a tomato or applying tomato slices on the burn will help relieve redness. Again, this is a bad idea. Tomatoes are acidic and will only make your burn sting more.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: Always use a safe sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect your skin. Those formulas with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the safest for adults and children.

4. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Apply Butter to a Burn

This is an old remedy that was used decades ago, but it’s no longer helpful today (and probably never was). You want to cool the burn to speed healing, and butter can create more heat in the skin.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: As noted above, apply cooling treatments like cold water, milk compresses, and our Rescue + Relief Spray, which is aloe-based. A bag of frozen veggies can also work well.

5. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Coconut Oil

Like butter, coconut oil can trap heat on the skin, prolonging inflammation and making your sunburn worse. Coconut oil is an effective moisturizer that you may want to use as your sunburn heals, but be sure to avoid it until that point. Use light, cooling options instead.

6. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Hot Showers

Some people believe that taking a hot shower can soothe the pain of a sunburn. Hot water, however, like butter and coconut oil, can make the burn worse. It not only adds heat to an already overheated area but can also dilate the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin and increase your level of pain. Use cooling options instead.

7. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Shaving Cream

Normally, shaving cream feels cool and fluffy on the skin. Some shaving creams do have moisturizing properties, too, but many contain chemicals that might irritate and inflame the skin. Any shaving cream is also likely to aggravate blisters if you have them.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: In addition to cooling the burn with cool water, frozen peas, milk compresses, and our Rescue + Relief Spray, follow our treatment recommendations below.

How to Properly Prevent and Treat a Sunburn

Instead of falling for Internet myths, follow these tips to help prevent and properly treat a sunburn:

  • Protect with clothing: Use hats, shirts, pants, socks, and more to protect your skin from the sun. Keep in mind that some light materials will allow UV rays through, and yes, you can get sunburnt through some clothes, so consider applying sunscreen as well.
  • Protect with sunscreen: Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more that includes zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Don’t forget to reapply every couple of hours, and more if you sweat or get wet.
  • Watch your exposure: Your skin will naturally adapt to the sun over the summer, but you need to give it time. Gradually increase your exposure to the sun. Avoid spending long periods outside—even when wearing sunscreen—at the beginning of the season.
  • Protect after a burn: The instant you notice that your skin is burning, take action. Put on some clothes, get into the shade, and/or go inside.
  • Cool the burn: As soon as you can, cool the burn with the methods we listed above. This can help limit the damage. Then continue to cool the area by taking frequent cool baths or showers and reapplying cooling compresses.
  • Take an aspirin: You may want to take an aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling.
  • Use a moisturizer with aloe: Once you’ve cooled the skin down, apply a cooling moisturizer right away. Those that contain aloe can help encourage healing. We recommend our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion, as both contain aloe as well as other anti-inflammatory ingredients. Continue to reapply several times a day.
  • Drink extra water: According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a sunburn “draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body.” Drinking extra water can help you prevent dehydration while giving the skin the moisture it needs from the inside out.
  • Don’t pop any blisters: If your skin blisters, don’t pop them! These can help protect you from infection, so simply leave them be until they heal.
  • Take extra care: While your skin is healing, continue to apply your anti-inflammatory moisturizer, and be extra careful to protect your skin when you go outdoors. Wear clothing that covers the burn—tightly woven fabrics are best.

What sunburn treatment myths have you heard?

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Gel nail polish has made our lives a lot easier with long-lasting, great-looking nails. They’re not as easy to peel off, scratch, or get ruined making them perfect for everyday use. However, there are times when you can harm your nails if you don’t take proper care of them.

 

If you wear gel nail polish, here are 10 mistakes to avoid:

 

 

Not moisturizing your nails and cuticles

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Many people don’t understand the importance of moisturizers when it comes to nails. In fact, nails need to be moisturized just as much as your skin.  In order to make sure your nails get the proper hydration they need, use natural oils such as argan, jojoba, or almond oil to moisturize the nails and cuticles.

 

However, make sure you don’t use moisturizer or oils on your nails or cuticles right before you use gel nail polish. This is because the gel nail polish will not stick or last as long as it should.

 

Peeling or picking off gel nail polish

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There’s a whole tactic to removing gel nail polish without ruining it and without causing harm to your nails. However, peeling or picking it off can be very harmful to your nails. Gel nail polish usually lasts around two weeks; however, it is common that it starts peeling before that.

 

If it does, do not try to peel it off yourself as you’ll have to wait for the entire nail to grow back to be able to have a clean slate. Removing gel nail polish without ruining it or damaging your nails requires professional help.

 

Leaving a gel nail polish for too long

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While the gel nail polish is supposed to last longer than normal nail polish, it should not be kept on for longer than two to three weeks. it is quite tempting to keep them on for longer, especially if they haven’t peeled or cracked, but it can lead to harmful bacteria.

 

Not giving your nails a break between application

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Getting a back-to-back gel nail polish application can really affect your nails on the long run. With instant application, your nail can become dehydrated which leads to breakage. Before you get your next gel nail polish, make sure that a professional examine the health of your nails and gives you the green light to prevent your nails from getting damaged.

 

 

Applying a really thick layer of gel manicure

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Via: Fashion Kit – Gel nail polish mistakes

One of the common gel nail polish mistakes is that the surface will seem uneven. This usually happens when a really thick layer is applied as it will glob up in certain areas and become difficult to flatten out. When it’s not applied in an even coat, it could end up ruining your entire gel manicure as it will start lifting easily.

 

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