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Capsaicin for Skin: What You Should Know

Believe it or not, but hot peppers have healing properties. Capsaicin found in hot peppers is used in a number of topical skin treatments, as it can relieve pain. In fact, we use capsaicin in our ThatZit! formula. View image | gettyimages.com   Before you get too excited, it is important to know that capsaicin can be just as dangerous as it is healthy. This week, we want to point out a few pieces of information that you should know about capsaicin. We’re here to educate! #1: Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, which makes it more of an irritant than a healer. It is used to produce a burning sensation. Too much of this can irritate a condition further! It is important to always use a low dose. NOTE: Aidance products only incorporate a tiny amount of this ingredient, as it can cause a burning sensation in large doses, and carefully blend it with soothing moisturizers. #2: Capsaicin is known to temporarily relieve pain on the skin’s surface by blocking the sensation of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain. #3: Capsaicin has been known to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, and more. #4: Capsaicin must be handled and used carefully, as it can cause burning to areas that you do not intend it to. For example, keep it away from your eyes and other sensitive areas of your body. #5: Capsaicin is not for everyone. It is important to speak with a medical professional before you use capsaicin on your condition. To learn more about... read more

Caring for Winter Skin

During the winter months, dry skin can leave you feeling itchy and flaky! If you have not been taking good care of your winter skin, your skin may be suffering. This week, we have some tips to add to your skin care routine. Healthy, moisturized skin CAN survive the winter! View image | gettyimages.com #1: Use a moisturizer. It is so important to choose an oil-based moisturizer for your face, body, hands, and feet. It helps to seal the skin, preserving the moisture in the low humidity. #2: Wear sunscreen. Yes, sunscreen is still a must in the winter! Protecting your face is especially important when you are out and about. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. #3: Shower like a skin care pro. Did you know that showering/bathing everyday can strip your body from its natural oils? In the winter, you may want to wash up every other day. If you can’t do that, use warm water (hot will dry out your skin faster!) and limit your session to 10 minutes or less. When you get out, moisturize while you are still damp to preserve the moisture. #4: Cure cracked hands and feet. Hands and feet are usually the first to suffer from the cold! Aside from using your oil-based moisturizer, you should also protect your hands with mittens while out and wear warm, comfortable socks and shoes to keep your feet toasty. We’ve got a few more weeks of winter ahead. Use these tips to your advantage now and your skin will be feeling healthier in no... read more
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