Thursday, November 10, 2011

TSA approved skin care products? Marketing gimmick? Or better products for airplane travel?

Recently, I received an e-mail from a source requesting to submit the "best products that are TSA approved". (Transportation Security Administration) for their readers. Better products you can carry on to an airplane.

Belonging to all sorts of skin care associations, this was the first I heard of this. I googled the request and found no skin care products approved by the TSA. What I did find, are websites named around this ploy that their products were better because they are TSA approved. In fact, one website had it's name and product name related closely to air travel, with a picture of an airplane for their logo (I'm not one to name names). One product line claimed "our products will get you through security check quicker".

Giving benefit of doubt. I read the ingredients of the products and found none of them to have an edge for poor quality air in a plane. Nevertheless, the products were 3.4 ounces or less and non-aerosol.

I decided to contact the TSA directly and spoke to a helpful agent. I asked her if there were skin care products approved by the TSA for travel after explaining my confusion. Her answer to me was: "The TSA does not endorse, select or give any type of approval to skin care products. As long as the products are 3.4 ounces or less and non-aerosol in a clear bag-they are approved to carry on a plane at security check".

So, next time you are packing for a trip via airplane-you don't need to use a particular skin care line to get you through security check any quicker than your current favorite brand. Nor will a skin care line with a logo of an airplane on it get you points and extra smiles from an agent at security check out.

Happy, safe traveling!

By Sandy Alcide founder of Motion Medica skin care. A non-mainstream skin care line without the fluff.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Difference between body and facial lotions?

I'll be brief and straight forward: Yes.

Body lotions are richer in emollients than facial moisturizers. Notice how a person tends to breakout with pimples on the face rather than the tops of hands, arms and legs? The skin condition between our face and body are different.

Have you ever seen a body lotion marked as "non-comedogenic"? You see this a lot on cremes and moisturizers for the face. Ingredients in facial and body lotions can be similar, but the concentration of certain ingredients, mostly emollients, are higher in body lotions, hands, arms and legs tend to be drier than the face. Products that contain "oil" in both facial and body lotions should not be used. Oils will clog the pores of the face leading to possible breakouts of white/blackheads and pimples. Oils in body cremes may make your skin feel soft but they tend to lay on top of skin rather than absorbing into skin for proper hydration.

A product you can apply both on face and body? You can apply facial moisturizer on your body especially where skin may tend to breakout like the chest, back and shoulder area. Never apply body lotion or hand lotion on your face.

A new moisturizing body lotion with Citrus, White Tea and Lactic Acid softens and reduces dry skin. It absorbs quickly with no after greasy feeling. Algae derived from seaweed will condition dehydrated skin with Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) to increase skin elasticity for dry skin. It's paraben and oil free. Click here to read more > Citrus & White Tea Blossom Body Lotion

Body lotions-keep them on the body where they belong.

By Sandy Alcide, founder Motion Medica skin careCopyright 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

What not to do to your skin in winter

Ever hear of Hydrotherapy? It's a widely suggested technique for skin care. However, by eliminating this technique and keeping your skin care regimen simple-you can have soft, glowing skin in the most harsh winter months.

Working With Winter Skin Ailments – What To Do and What Not To DoPosted By Ann Sandretto Comments (0)
Friday, October 14, 2011

Winter is coming and with it comes dry skin. Skin care professional, Sandy Alcide, has some great tips for facial skin care. Here’s what she says:

Around the country, climates vary. Winter is coming and our skin experiences are similar. Your skin is dealing with strong winds, indoor heaters, cold dry air, rain, snow sleet. You get the idea. Skin can become dull and dry – but have no fear. Your skin’s prevention of winter ailments are simple.

What NOT To Do:

There is a new buzz word going around in skin care called “Hydrotherapy“. It’s even suggested and used by skin care professionals. What is “Hydrotherapy“? They suggest you start your day with a hot steamy shower and when you finish showering switch to cold water for a few seconds. Then, repeat the process for 2 minutes. This technique claims to revitalize your skin by stimulating the flow of blood through skin.

What it actually does is “shock your skin” and the hot water dries the skin. Going from steamy hot to cold water can cause broken blood vessels. Your water temperature should be lukewarm. If you want your skin revitalized by stimulating blood through it – exercise.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!

If your skin is itching or you have dry patches, it’s because the dry air of winter causes the moisture in the top layer of your skin to evaporate quickly. Use an extra dose of moisturizer for these areas. Never use pure oils on your skin. This will clog your pores and only make your skin feel soft, but it’s temporary as your skin can’t really absorb them well for hydration. Use a good quality moisturizer specifically for dry skin. Anything else will leave your skin incapable of warding off dry skin.


At least twice a week exfoliate to remove dead skin cells which work as a barrier for moisturizers to penetrate your skin. Dry indoor heat plays havoc on the natural sebum our skin produces which makes skin lose water in the lower dermas layer of skin. In the winter you have more dry skin cells that need to be sloughed off. Those dry flaky patches are proof of this. Simply applying moisturizer on them will not cure it. You need to exfoliate them off and then apply moisturizer. Do not use exfoliators that contain nut shells or fruit seed as inexpensive exfoliating agents. This will abrade delicate skin tissue.


Another suggestion going around in the skin care industry is to use hair conditioner on your body in the shower for dry skin. Hair conditioner is formulated for hair-not skin. If you want a film on your skin and a cause for possible breakouts than hair conditioner will do it. After showering or bathing, pat your skin dry and use a body creme. Motion Medica has launched a new body creme with lactic acid that breaks up dead skin cells with emollients to hydrate skin without oil and parabens.

And, yes, I admit I have a habit of repeating myself. Drink lots of water, continue with a healthy diet and use a sunblock on sunny days and as a skin protectant from extreme weather conditions-if you decide to go for a run or power walk outdoors in 10 degrees don’t use petroleum jelly, use a sunblock.

Keep it simple and your skin will be soft and radiant in the coming winter months.

For some more facial skin care tips, read what Sandy says about “How To Give Yourself A Facial – The Correct Way”

Sandy Alcide – Founder Motion Medica skin care
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Is your "natural" bronzer toxic or non-toxic?

Consumers may be spending more time and money than necessary to avoid products that are "unnatural" and, therefore unsafe. This comes to the controversy over the ingredient-bismuth oxychloride, a chemical compound found in products labeled "natural". This ingredient is popular in mineral powders, bronzers, blush, eye shadows and nail polish.

What is bismuth oxychloride and what is it used for? Bismuth oxychloride is a synthetically prepared compound derived from natural elements. Oxygen and chlorine (oxychloride) is being approved for use up to certain concentration levels in cosmetics in many products. So, the questionable element is bismuth. Bismuth is a natural metal. It's actually a non-toxic heavy metal approved for use as a color additive in cosmetics by the U.S. FDA. It is also widely used for it's ability to create a shimmery look and silky feel in addition to its ability to adhere to skin.

Why all the conflict if approved for cosmetics? Bismuth is in the same family of elements as arsenic, and thus resembles bismuth. Another concern by opposers of the compound is that it is listed in Material Safety Sheets (when handling the ingredient in the raw), that bismuth oxychloride can cause skin irritation. This may be the reason why some people feel they are sensitive to mineral powders, when it's actually this ingredient sensitizing the skin. Also, by applying the mineral powder and blushers more than twice a day to "fix up" their make-up may intensify the sensitivity.

Approved by the FDA, cosmetic consumers will continue to see bismuth oxychloride on the list of ingredients found in many make-up labels. It is up to the individual if she will continue to purchase these products with this ingredient. Persons with sensitive skin should try to avoid it. If you absolutely love your cosmetics with this ingredient in it and the side effects are of no concern, then continue with your favorite brand.

By Sandy Alcide, founder Motion Medica skin care. A division of Fitness Botanical Skin Care Co.
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Your face does not get all the anti-aging attention!

A rather frequently asked question to me: Why Does the Face Get All The Anti-Aging Attention? My answer: "It doesn't".

Read my recent article in Always New You, the publication for today's modern, mature woman and find out what else the eye is drawn to even with flawless face skin.

Click here: Always New You

Is it sunburn or sun damaged skin?

As a contributing writer for the publication Always New You. Please read my recent article Is It Sunburn or Sun Damaged? Most persons mistake it as a mere sunburn. Click Here: Always New You

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Confusing information about exfoliating blackheads

Many people are sometimes confused about new information they hear about or read. A popular day time television show recently e-mailed me about how they wanted to do a segment about "exfoliating blackheads". I replied, "Although I appreciate the offer, I can't provide you with any information because this will worsen peoples' skin with this ailment". I don't know if it ever aired, I haven't had time to watch day time television in many years.

So why should you not use this skin care method with blackheads? What exactly is blackheads? They are the result of excessive oil and dirt in our pores. Medically defined as, "open comodone", are usually the first stages of acne. They may or may not develop into skin inflammation and infection = a pimple.

The "black" of the blackhead is not dirt. The oils blocking your pores when exposed to air, oxidize causing oil to become solid. The blocked pore reflects light and looks black.

Getting rid of blackheads is easy. You are only removing clogged oil from pores. Exfoliating them will not get rid of them but will irritate it and cause acne. Blackheads need to be extracted-correctly. If you don't know how to extract blackheads visit a skin care specialist. The most important element in not having blackheads is preventing them to occur. This is where exfoliating your skin comes into a major role among one of the benefits of exfoliating.

Buying a cleanser and buying an exfoliating wash is not necessary. Simply use a 2-In-1 exfoliating cleanser with the correct ingredients. One that has exfoliating agents that will not abrade delicate skin tissue incorporated into the cleanser with salicylic acid-and other natural ingredients that will promote healthy skin is even better. Use one that avid exercisers use because avid exercise promotes more excessive oil and dead skin cells.

Hard scrubbing with excessive motion will not only irritate your skin but will worsen the condition. Scrub gently with warm water in a circular motion and you'll see greater results. Using a facial brush of any kind, even when it comes with the product is not only unnecessary but will cause irritation. Blackhead strips have minimal effect and have been found to cause excessive inflammation because only the surface of the blackhead is removed. Not getting "into" the pore leads to pimples. A strip can't do this.

Adhere to a regular routine of cleansing, for both face and body. A daily exfoliater is not necessary in addition to other skin care steps. The best exfoliater only needs to be used 3-4 times a week. This will clean away excess oil and dirt and dead skin cells that trap these into your skin. You'll also help give your skin a radiant boost and prevent anti-aging. For ladies, avoid wearing excessive make-up and make-up that is not water based. Allow your skin to breathe. Never exfoliate more than once a day. Too much of a good thing can be bad for your skin.

Visible results of clear, blackhead free skin will result if you use the above suggestions. Give it a try.

By Sandy Alcide, founder of Motion Medica skin care.
Sandy is a published author about effective skin care and President of the American Athletic Skin Care Association-Raising Awareness Among the Rise In Melanoma Among Outdoor Athletes.
Copyright 2011 all rights reserved.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Second thoughts about Safe Cosmetics Act 2011

"I own my words. Even if I have to occasionally eat them". I took this pledge with Blog With Integrity. Rather than deleting my original post about the new Safe Cosmetics Act 2011; I am admitting I hastily agreed with it until I read the Act in full. I agree with some of the new Act. I certainly don't disagree about synthetic chemicals in cosmetics and skin care that can cause cancer but congress went a bit over-board into misleading persons that natural ingredients, even cold pressed essential oils from fruit should be banned if not properly listed on the ingredients label. One essential oil they are opposed of is Orange Essential Oil. I can't write about this any better than Michelle Rhoades on her blog The Hive. Click here for her informative article.

The new HR 2359 bill for Safe Cosmetics Act is now publicly available and you can read it here.

There are lots of petitions from credible organizations who support all natural ingredients that are opposing this bill. When you click on the link to read about the new bill you can support or oppose it.

By Sandy Alcide founder Motion Medica skin care

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Safe Cosmetics Act- finally!

On Friday June 24Th, 2011 the announcement was made introducing The Safe Cosmetics Act, H.R. 2359. Considering I was active in this campaign, this was great news to me. I've had additional information sent to me that I can now finally share with consumers.

I give Washington due credit for giving the FDA recall authority for products misbranded, adulterated or otherwise fail to meet safety standards.

Why am I excited about this? Besides the well-being of the consumer it gives smaller companies who followed strict procedure before the law was passed due credit over the big companies who felt invincible to follow strict procedure. Ironically, many consumers seem to trust the ad campaigns in slick glamour magazines and commercials, from the big skin care and cosmetic companies and don't take the smaller companies seriously.

This year's bill included changes signed to ease any potential burdens a small cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers and clarify intent of the bill.
"The health risks caused by harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde, in cosmetic products demonstrate the pressing need to see the products we use are safe. The Safe Cosmetics Act is critical to ensuring that personal care products do not compromise the health of the workers and consumers". Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis said.Key provisions in the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 include:

* Post market testing. Requires the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct annual random sample tests for pathogens or contaminants in cosmetic products. (I love this).

* Cosmetic companies will be required to register with the FDA.

* The FDA will establish a list of ingredients prohibited from being used in cosmetics. (Europe has been doing this). This includes carcinogens and reproductive and developmental toxins (often disguised by another ingredient name). Your favorite model and/or actress, doctor who is endorsing your favorite cosmetic or personal skin care brand may not realize the product has toxic ingredients). There is a skin care line always on television commercials with two dermatologists endorsing and taken credit for developing the product line. I wonder how they disguised one ingredient that is common household bleach. This line targets acne sufferers.

* The FDA will have recall authority for products that are misbranded, adulterated or otherwise fail to meet the safety standard. The FDA will be able to order ceasing of distribution of any cosmetic or personal skin care product. (Uh-oh, some big companies are scrambling to figure out what to do to avoid this).

Now you can feel a bit at ease knowing the government will be providing help to you. Many consumers don't have time to read and study up on the ingredients they apply on them. And, they shouldn't have to. I'm quite glad this Act went into effect. I hope you are too.

By Sandy Alcide founder Motion Medica skin care
Copyright 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Lotions & potions to reduce cellulite now targeted for athletes

With daily exercise and great nutritional diets-athletes are not cellulite free!

You may think this is a bit unfair but even with great lifestyle habits cellulite is predominate in woman over 30, and as young as woman in their twenties.

Cellulite refers to fibrous tissue and subcutaneous fat that causes dimples in the skin. Fats and toxins that build-up in the body usually accumulate in thighs and buttocks.

Expensive specialty lotions that claim to remove or reduce the appearance of cellulite is not needed!

Any regular skin softening product and method will have the same effect as these expensive products and you'll get an added bonus of saving a lot of money.

How do you help the appearance of cellulite without the potions?

To help with the appearance of cellulite keep your skin soft by massaging it with a product that has alpha hydroxy acids AND sloughs off dead skin cells (exfoliater). Follow with a body cream that has no oil in it.

If you really are bothered by your cellulite with all the working out and proper nutrition you discipline yourself to; liposuction is another temporary surgical method but could be risky and costly.

By Sandy Alcide, founder Motion Medica skin care.Copyright 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How pore clogging ingredients are tested and what to avoid

Comedogenic: pore clogging; cause of blackheads and pimples.

How do labs test skin care and cosmetic ingredients for their levels of comedogenic? On the inside of a rabbit's ear. But, this cute little critter's ear differs from human skin. It's histologically ( a branch of anatomy that works with tiny structure of animal and plant tissues.) Oh, never mind the scientific rhetoric.

Also, overlooked by big skin care companies when testing ingredients is when one ingredient is tested, it may not clog the pore. But when it's used with a mixture of other ingredients, it can clog the pore. It's safe to say "once you add one ingredient to another, you'll get a different ingredient".

Comedogenic ingredients are of an emollient nature, (softens skin), and this is not essential for oily skin that tends to have a high amount of natural lubrication.

Here are some known pore clogging ingredients for oily skin types, when used with a mixture of other ingredients.

Olive Oil
Cocoa Butter
Mineral Oil
Pure Coconut Oil
Sesame Oil
Pure Corn Oil
Jojoba Oil

If you don't want blackheads, (and who does), skip the use of a skin care product or cosmetic with these ingredients.

By Sandy Alcide. Cosmetic Biochemist. Founder of Motion Medica skin care.Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Is your skin care regimen taking over your life as a fitness junkie?

We love to get a good workout in. Whatever your sport or activity is you encounter sweat, dirt, dry heat climate conditions, sun exposure, poor indoor or outdoor air quality. So, you want to save your skin that goes through the wringer as you encounter all these elements.

Many active persons are confused how to nurture this special skin type. You may try all sorts of products to help with getting your skin skin refreshed, clean and protected. No need to have a confusing array of products or additional time consuming steps when it comes to your skin.

Rather than cleansing your face and then applying an astringent to maintain skin's health, use a cleanser that all ready contains a load of herbal astringents-eliminating the extra step of applying an astringent. After your workout, cleanse with a cleanser that contains ingredients that not only will eliminate the sweat but has antimicrobial properties to ward off pimples and excessive oil without causing skin to become dry.

With a rapid turnover of dead skin cells, who has the time to use a brush on their skin that can abrade delicate skin tissue, and, have to use it on a daily basis? Use a 2 In 1 Exfoliating Cleanser-it will cleanse AND exfoliate dead skin cells all in one cleansing and you only need to use it 3 times a week. Not once a day.

Protect the skin before a workout. Apply a topical antioxidant before a sunscreen and your skin will thank you for the added protection by revealing a much radiant, acne free appearance without worry of skin damage from the sun and skin cancer.

During the meltdown of a hot sweaty workout, ditch the towelettes and grab a convenient botanical mist formulated to get you feeling refreshed and kills nasty acne causing bacteria until you can hit the shower.

Let your skin go through the wringer during a great workout without being preoccupied about the consequences.

Sandy Alcide has written for Fitness For Men, Bare Essentials, Bicycling, Fitness, San Diego Fitness, SCW Fitness, Beauty & Lace, Ms. Fitness. Alcide collaborated with author Dr. John Daniels to write Mainstream Skin Care Line vs. Atypical Skin Care.
Copyright 2011. All rights reserved.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The skin care product no athlete should ever own

I frequently read fitness magazines where the skin care editor suggests using a certain product or products with this ingredient to protect the skin or moisturize it.

The product/ingredient?

Mineral Oil or Petroleum Jelly. Here's the definition of mineral oil: A distillation product of petroleum ( a liquid by product of petroleum to produce gasoline and other petroleum based product from crude oil.) esp. one used as a lubricant, moisturizer or laxative.

Mineral oil is a substance of relatively low value, and it is produced in very high amounts. Refine mineral oils are aromatic oils (commonly used in candles), based on aromatic hydrocarbons-not to be confused with essential oils. Essential oils is a concentrate from plants and use a cold pressed method for extraction, not alcohol.

Although the skin care editors are only trying to be helpful, they may not realize what mineral oil/petroleum jelly actually does to your skin. In brief:

Mineral oil and other petroleum products coat the skin with a slick film that makes your skin feel soft and supple. But, it's not your skin you're feeling, it's the mineral oil. Underneath that slick surface, you have clogged pores that can't release toxins from perspiration, reduces dead skin cell turnover rate (trapping dirt and sweat), and can't naturally absorb moisture from the air. This is what mineral oil is ultimately doing to your skin.

Mineral oil fools the skin that it has adequate moisture from the air and your body naturally stops producing its own natural safe oils. This can lead to pre-mature aging of the skin and a dry weathered appearance.

Your skin basically become dysfunctional and can't do its job properly as the body's largest organ.

Why do some people suggest petroleum based products? Mainly to protect skin in cold, dry weather and as a moisturizer. The two main products usually containing mineral oil are sunscreens and moisturizers.

You don't have to use a sunscreen or moisturizer with mineral oil-even if suggested in a credible magazine. Take the time and read the ingredients. Mineral oil is usually listed in the top of ingredients.

Good advice? Avoid products with this in it and you are sure to discover a long term benefit to your skin. Remember-mineral oil does not moisturize or protect your skin in any way. And sunscreens containing mineral oil actually attract sun's harmful rays.

By Sandy Alcide, founder Motion Medica fitness skin care.Copyright 2011.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A shocking thing 88% of athletes do to their skin

Time pressed athletes who can't get to the shower after a workout use baby wipes.

Baby wipes contain water, mineral oil, alcohol, propylene glycol, artificial fragrance and methyl and propyl parabens (chemical preservatives). These disposable cloths are made from non-woven fabrics similar to those used in dryer sheets. Most brands are still using the same technology and ingredients when baby wipes were first developed in the late 1970's.

Fitness junkies endure sweat mixed with excess oil, salt and in some activities-dirt. Do baby bottoms endure this?

Most athletes don't realize the swiping motion of baby wipes and sport wipes can push sweat, oil and dirt back into your open pores that naturally open during intense exercise to expel sweat. This leads to possible clogged pores and breakouts. Most just cover the odor and don't kill germs in sweat.

Luckily, from new research there is a convenient botanical mist with active ingredients to kill bacteria in sweat, absorb excess oil and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and clean smelling until you have time to hit the shower.

Of course nothing takes the place of actual cleaning with a cleanser. But for time pressed fitness lovers this is a whole new way to achieve your quick fix for a shower rather than a make-shift alternative.

By Sandy Alcide, founder of Motion Medica fitness skin careCopyright March 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Is it acne or rosacea induced by exercise?

Flare-ups of acne during exercise is commonly mistaken for rosacea induced by exercise. Poulopustular is red bumps, often, but not always pus filled. Another side effect of rosacea is bright redness on the face accompanied with red bumps, particularly on the cheeks. Most people assume this is acne-but it's not.

One main trigger of rosacea is brought on by exercise. In addition to red bumps skin conditions can also include dryness, burning and itching. The actual causes of rosacea induced by exercise are unknown, but some possibilities for this form of allergy, can include long term exposure to UV rays, using benzoyl peroxide for acne and chemical peels.

To help flare-ups, if possible, it's best to exercise in a cool climate with limited or no intense sun exposure. Heat and blood and oxygen rushed to the skin's surface during cardiovascular activity attributes to the flare-ups. Of course you can't avoid these conditions brought on by exercise but there are a few preventive measures you can take.

Before exercise avoid eating food high in spices. Drink plenty of water during exercise in intense heat conditions. Avoid using products containing benzoyl peroxide, alcohol and for women, don't wear make-up during exercise as this is an irritant to this skin type prone to rosacea and can contribute to flare-ups.

There is no cure for rosacea. Products containing anti-inflammatory properties and soothing ingredients like aloe vera will help when applied prior to exercise. Products, for internal and external use claiming to cure rosacea induced by exercise are untrue.

By Sandy Alcide founder of Motion Medica fitness skin care Copyright 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Friday, February 25, 2011

Melanoma On The Rise for Athletes

An overlooked category of persons are at the highest risk of melanoma-athletes.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a kind of skin cancer. It's not as common as other types of skin cancer-but it's the most serious of concern.

Melanoma affects the skin only but it can spread to your organs and bones if not treated and cured in the early stages.

Causes of Melanoma

When spending too much time in the sun without the correct protection against harmful ultraviolet radiation as most athletes do, causes normal skin cells to become abnormal. The abnormal skin cells grow out of control and attack tissues around them. Weekend warriors and avid outdoor fitness lovers may think they are protecting their skin against skin cancer, but not all sun screens are suitable for long term exposure and sweat repellent.

Athletes who don't have melanoma that runs in their families tend to think they are safe with the average sunscreen, or using none at all. This is a dangerous misconception.

Symptoms of melanoma is a change of an existing mole or other uncommon skin growth, even a birthmark you have since childhood. The mole can change color, be lumpy, rounded, ooze fluid or sometimes bleed.

When your doctor checks your skin for melanoma a sample tissue from the mole will be taken and a pathologist will check the tissue for cancer cells. In some cases, a very thick cancerous mole may leave a scar and additional surgery will be needed to remove the scar.

The countries that have the highest amount of melanoma among athletes are Australia, United States, Canada and The Netherlands.

A sunblock, known as a "physical block" that completely blocks ultraviolet radiation, and does not absorb into the pores of the skin must be used by the outdoor fitness person. Z-Cote, a transparent zinc oxide professionally recognized in the dermatological community must be in the sunblock. A sunblock that does not absorb into the skin, even with sweat expelling from pores, will help not to clog the pores possibly leading to breakouts. One reason, some athletes opt not to use a serious sun protector.

The Advanced Protection SPF 30 is a leading seller among athletes who are serious about avoiding melanoma and used by doctors.

The new American Athletic Skin Care Association is also working to bring awareness to this skin ailment for athletes.

By Sandy Alcide founder of Motion Medica fitness skin care.
Copyright 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The importance of exfoliating your skin

Athletes and weekend warriors have a higher dead skin cell turnover rate. If you, or someone else, finds your skin to appeal dull, lackluster with occasional or frequent breakouts, chances are you are not exfoliating enough with the correct product.

Exfoliating is the most easiest and common natural way to remove dead skin cells without chemical peels or costly microdermabrasion. It will actually give you better results when done frequently.

The best time to exfoliate is after a sweat induced by exercise. It will open your pores during exercise so you will need to exfoliate within a short period of time after exercise.

This will remove dead skin cells that can't be seen by the human eye and leave your skin's surface clean and ready for new skin cells to regenerate. Time constraints with our busy workout schedules needs the convenience of an exfoliater that also contains a cleanser. Exfoliating agents alone will not clean the skin.

Use an exfoliater that will not abrade delicate skin tissue and contains no chemicals that get get into your bloodstream via open pores. Never use a brush on your delicate facial skin unless you want broken capillaries and exfoliating agents that contain aluminum will eventually make its way into your bloodstream.

The Tenacious Champion AHA/BHA 2 In 1 Exfoliating Cleanser is one of the most highly recommended exfoliating cleanser on the market for fitness lovers.

Do this treatment on a twice weekly basis and, in this world of judging, will give a healthy look to healthy skin.

Copyright Sandy Alcide, founder Motion Medica fitness skin care.