Moisturizer: A Recipe for Supple Skin
A cocktail of different ingredients is needed to soothe dry, scaly skin. Find out how they work in Groupon's guide to moisturizer.
Oily skin is generally considered a beauty problem—but in fact, oil is a major ingredient in making our skin look its best. A coating of natural oils secreted by the pores typically protects the outermost layer of the skin, a thin sheath of cells called the stratum corneum. But when there's not enough oil, the cells dry out and shrivel, causing flaking, roughness, and wrinkles. Moisturizers aim to make up for this drought by locking water molecules into the skin.
The simplest moisturizers are occlusive agents such as petroleum jelly, which form a physical barrier to keep water from escaping. Though great for rough elbows and chapped lips, occlusive agents are usually too greasy and heavy to be used on the face. Instead, commercially produced moisturizers often feature emollients such as lanolin, which flow into and fill the spaces between cells to make skin look suppler and smoother. Some emollients are oil-based, and form a protective coating similar to occlusive agents, but for skin that's already oily, a lighter, water-based emollient can work without leaving behind greasy residue.
Another common ingredient, humectants, attract moisture from the air and keep it bound against the skin; glycerin is an especially popular option. Humectants are especially important for aging or extremely dry skin that doesn't produce enough moisture on its own. Besides these skin-softening substances, many moisturizers will also include specialized ingredients, such as a sunscreen that blocks UV rays or vitamins intended to even out skin tone and make up for not bathing in enough vegetable juice.
An important consideration, especially for oily skin, is whether or not a moisturizer will exacerbate acne. Although some products bear the label "noncomedogenic"—from comedone, a scientific term for blackheads and whiteheads—the truth is that most modern facial moisturizers will not clog your pores. Instead, the most important consideration should simply be how it feels on your face.
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Simi Beauty Salon for Electrolysis's hair-removal specialists aim to permanently remove hair on the face and body using small electrical currents. Without puncturing the skin, the technician inserts a tiny probe into the unwanted hair follicle.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
While I was on the course I started getting ideas for opening up my own beauty salon, and put together a business plan. I’d always had an interest in beauty. In the beginning I was a little bit scared, but the day I got the keys to my shop it felt so good.
What do you love most about your job?
My favorite parts of my job include the ability to work independently and the people I work with. It’s great to work with people that care about their company.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"I love how I never feel like you're rushing me out the door to take your next client."
Inland Empire Laser Hair Therapy helps stem the tide of hair loss for men and women by offering personalized treatments intended to create a head full of stronger, healthier tresses. The center's cosmetic laser system increases circulation throughout the scalp, providing a steady supply of fresh oxygen and nutrients to any beleaguered follicles. This improved blood flow can not only slow hair loss, but also rehabilitate hairs and jump-start growth over time, all without resorting to invasive procedures or magical beanstalk extracts. By incorporating dermatologist-formulated shampoos and conditioners into the treatment regimen, clients can accentuate the benefits provided by laser therapy alone.
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