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...

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...

Prevention Tips: Makeup & Acne

Who’s excited for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? The much anticipated film has everyone buzzing about it! We’re excited to see our favorites, especially Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and the wonderfully eccentric Effie Trinket. Which got us thinking… How does Effie’s skin stay blemish-free with all that crazy colorful make-up? Seriously, that stuff is caked on! While make-up can help cover blemish and make us feel confident, it is not always a friend to skin. The wrong make-up can clog pores and lead to even more acne. This week, let’s take a closer look at how you can prevent acne caused by your make-up. Here are six tips: #1: Opt for make-up products that list the following: non-greasy, non-comedogenic (or non-acnegenic), hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and oil-free. #2: Certain ingredients may cause irritation and may clog pores easier than others. Fortunately, Acne.org shares a great list of ingredients to avoid. Familiarize yourself with this list and be sure to read labels when choosing products! #3: Avoid products that have fragrance. This may irritate some skin types, especially sensitive skin. #4: If you notice that your skin is itchy and/or irritated after using a product, stop use immediately. #5: Stay clear of concealers and cover-ups that are heavy on the skin. #6: Clean your make-up brushes! These bad boys are loaded with dead skin, dust, and who knows what else. If you are not going to clean them, replace them! Did you get all this down, Effie? We’re ready to take a page out of your skin care guide, anyways! We hope that this information has been helpful, and we hope that...

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