Skin Care Science: Oatmeal Soap and Vitamin D Supplement

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Oatmeal Soap and Vitamin D Supplement

Oatmeal Soap

Colloidal oatmeal, a common ingredient in skin and bath products, contributes exfoliating, soothing and moisturizing properties. Oatmeal soothes skin irritation and itchy rashes, such as those that occur with contact dermatitis, eczema and poison ivy. It also helps relieve sunburn pain when used in the bath or applied directly to burned skin.
Irritation Treatment
Colloidal oatmeal controls itching by restoring moisture to the stratum corneum layer of the skin, and you can use oatmeal soap instead of traditional bar soap for eczema. (The Nemours Foundation suggests adding oatmeal to bathwater to relieve itching from chicken pox). 
Acne Treatment
Oatmeal soap is beneficial for anyone with oily or acne-prone skin, as the oatmeal absorbs oil without over-drying. Oatmeal has astringent properties and helps draw oil out of the skin. Using oatmeal soap can restore the skin’s natural pH and will not interfere with the effectiveness of other skincare products or acne treatments.
Exfoliating
Finely ground oatmeal is a natural exfoliant gentle enough to use every day. By exfoliating dead skin cells, the soap will unclog your pores and improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Removing accumulated dead skin also enables moisturizers to penetrate to deeper layers of the skin, so they can be more effective at combating dry skin and preventing premature aging. Reduce the frequency of exfoliation if you experience redness or irritation after using oatmeal soap. Oatmeal soap is appropriate for all skin types and is gentle enough to use as often as needed.

Side note: I have been using Trader Joe’s Oatmeal soap for years now. I feel refreshed and certainly moisturized after every used. You can purchase it for about $1.69 for two bars, talk about great natural skin care for a bargain!

Vitamin D Supplement

(usually combined with Calcium or Magnesium supplements as seen in photo above)

Vitamin D can be found in small amounts in a few foods, including fatty fish such as herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna. To make vitamin D more available, it is added to dairy products, juices, and cereals that are then said to be “fortified with vitamin D.” But most vitamin D – 80% to 90% of what the body gets – is obtained through exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D can also be made in the laboratory as medicine.

Vitamin D is used for preventing and treating rickets, a disease that is caused by not having enough vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency). Vitamin D is also used for treating weak bones (osteoporosis), bone pain (osteomalacia), bone loss in people with a condition called hyperparathyroidism, and an inherited disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) in which the bones are especially brittle and easily broken. It is also used for preventing falls and fractures in people at risk for osteoporosis, and preventing low calcium and bone loss (renal osteodystrophy) in people with kidney failure.

Vitamin D is used for conditions of the heart and blood vessels, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is also used for diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and tooth and gum disease.

Some people use vitamin D for skin conditions including vitiligo, scleroderma,psoriasis, actinic keratosis, and lupus vulgaris. Vitamin D in forms known as calcitriol or calcipotriene is applied directly to the skin for a particular type of psoriasis.

It is also used for boosting the immune system, preventing autoimmune diseases, and preventing cancer.

Because vitamin D is involved in regulating the levels of minerals such as phosphorous and calcium, it is used for conditions caused by low levels of phosphorous (familial hypophosphatemia and Fanconi syndrome) and low levels of calcium (hypoparathyroidism and pseudohypoparathyroidism).
Sun exposure is an easy, reliable way for most people to get vitamin D. Exposure of the hands, face, arms, and legs to sunlight two to three times a week for about one-fourth of the time it would take to develop a mild sunburn will cause the skin to produce enough vitamin D. The necessary exposure time varies with age, skin type, season, time of day, etc.

It’s amazing how quickly adequate levels of vitamin D can be restored by sunlight. Just 6 days of casual sunlight exposure without sunscreen can make up for 49 days of no sunlight exposure. Body fat acts like a kind of storage battery for vitamin D. During periods of sunlight, vitamin D is stored in fatty fat and then released when sunlight is gone.

Older people are also at risk for vitamin D deficiency. They are less likely to spend time in the sun, have fewer “receptors” in their skin that convert sunlight to vitamin D, may not get vitamin D in their diet, may have trouble absorbing vitamin D even if they do get it in their diet, and may have more trouble converting dietary vitamin D to a useful form due to aging kidneys. In fact, the risk for vitamin D deficiency in people over 65 years of age is very high. Surprisingly, as many as 40% of older people even in sunny climates such as South Florida don’t have enough vitamin D in their systems.
Nevertheless, vitamin D deficiency is more common than you might expect. People who don’t get enough sun, especially people living in Canada and the northern half of the US, are especially at risk. Vitamin D deficiency also occurs even in sunny climates, possibly because people are staying indoors more, covering up when outside, or using sunscreens consistently these days to reduce skin cancer risk.
Before taking any supplements, consult your physician for dosage and frequency of intake. Usually supplements are more effectively when taken with food. Please note that supplements will not replace your ultimate source of Ca, Mg or Vitamin D.
-[Sources: Sandra Ketcham (LIVESTRONG.COM Author) and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Databese Consumer Version]-
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March LookBook 2014

My First Ever LookBook Blog Post + YouTube Video

Click HERE: http://youtu.be/BtsC2krcmZA

Hi everyone,

As you all probably read on my last blog post, March is my birthday month. In the attempt to celebrate my entrance to thee quarter-life —- I wanted to purge on artistic projects not only as a present for myself but to also show appreciation to everyone who has supported and show me love! To show my appreciation and to also showcase my passion for passion, it has led me to create my first ever Look Book! 

If you guys are not familiar with what a look book is, this of it as an outfit diary! Someone like me will put together outfits and show where the fashion items came from. Some people take these look books very seriously, as per sponsorship reasons or to make themselves more “branded” as for me…I simply love dressing up and love sharing it with you guys. I have been getting lots of comments on Instagram and suggestions from peers as well thinking “that it would be a good idea” for me to try creating my very own look book. 

http://youtu.be/BtsC2krcmZA

So please go ahead and click the link above before you refer to the outfit details below. Enjoy! :)

PS Right below this blog’s tagline/biography is a “COMMENT ME” tab, please leave me some feedback. Tell me which outfit is your favorite or you can also simply SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel and we can converse via YouTube comments. 

Again, thanks for watching!

Look #1: LA in the Bay

Disclaimer: This is a very similar outfit as my Birthday Attire as these picture were taken the same exact day but AFTER my haircut :)

Top: Los Angeles top from Ross Stores

Bottom: skinny Jeans from an unknown boutique from LA

Clutch: Gifted from Philippines (“Baguio City” is where my sister and baby niece currently resides)

Watch: Film Watch by Casio

Shoes: Madelline Cut-Out Booties from Ross Stores

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Look # 2: Red Glam, Red Glam

Since the last outfit was very laid-back, I wanted to show you guys a more glamorous outfit. By pulling a bold color and a bold print together, this made my over-all outfit very trendy and definitely head turning. Paired with a neutral tone shoes, it gives this outfit more of a classy touch. I am wearing my (all-time favorite designer) Vera Wang pumps that I pretty much wear at every event I wanted to look classy and mature. Lastly, the oversized black envelope clutch ties this outfit all together with the black matching the pants’ tribal print!

This would be perfect for nights that you would like to go out but do not necessarily want to wear a dress. The bottoms that I am wearing in this outfit is a cross between velvet leggings and a jogger. The velvet texture of the tribal leggings also makes this outfit very wearable. It also has pockets where you can conveniently tuck away IDs or lipstick for each retouching.image

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Top: red off-shoulder crop top from Tobi.com

Bottom: tribal Leggings from Ross Stores

Heels: nude pumps by Vera Wang 

Bag: black envelope design clutch from H&M

Watch: Film Watch by Casio

Look # 3: Floral Kimono Chic

This last look is very spring forward. It is definitely more wearable on a casual day like say going to the movies or grabbing coffee with friends. This outfit definitely embodies the current “Californian” trends at the moment: 1) folded up denim 2) cut out heels 3) floral kimono 4) layers of arm candy. This outfit shout out “I am girly and i like it” so I love this outfit very much just because it is down-to-earth, timely and needless to say - very California!

Top: Tobi.com and Floral Kimono from debshops.com

Bottoms: skinny jeans from Unknown boutique from LA

Shoes: nude pointed heels by Jennifer Lopez

Watch: Fossil

Accessories: H&M (arm candies), statement necklace by Rue21

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Click on the “COMMENT HERE” tab right below the tagline of this blog and tell me which outfit you like the most! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel in case you haven’t already (www.youtube.com/justjescah).

I hope you guys enjoy my first ever Look Book!

xo, 

Ica

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Treasure Hunting Success at etsy.com

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I & V Chain Necklace by MD13jewelry 

I requested a customized order for this necklace and was pleasantly surprised how fast the response was from the shop owner. I ended up getting “I & V”, my boyfriend’s initial and mine. I actually thought it was pretty clever and metaphoric as well that Vivek and I are both interested in clinical research and IV fluids are predominantly used for rehydration, therapeutic purposes…essentially to bring people back to “life” in hospitals. I think there’s a hidden meaning to that :)

The necklace came out very unique, eloquent and just plain lovely. I know that I will be now wearing this every single day. I love the subtle and vintage font of the engraving as well. There’s something so sentiment too about getting a handmade jewelry, it just makes it even more special…knowing that someone just spent a little bit more time on your requested piece. I am so glad I stumbled upon your shop on Etsy! Also, what better way to ensure the rarity of this necklace than by sending me the engraving template! I love the little keychain she made out of it as well. Overall, this is my new favorite jewelry piece now. I am so happy.

With regards to packaging and delivery, I can instantly tell that MD13jewelry took the time to color coordinate her wrapping (all black!). A sweet hand-written note was included along with again this free gift and business cards. I think it shows true passion and professionalism when businesses take time and make their products presentable with proper branding. This will also be perfect to gift to friends and family. No need for extra gift wrapping!

Looking forward, I also think this necklace will be perfect in the spring and summer time when I tend to layer many chain necklace to add to my favorite bohemian look. This would go well with any beaded or gold accent jewelry. As festival season is right around the corner, I will definitely make use of this in my outfits. It is also not flashy or unprofessional looking. It is very subtle and perfect to wear to the office or even a formal event.

If you like personalized and handmade jewelry, please do check out MD13jewelry on etsy.

Here’s the link to the store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MD13jewelry

xo Jescah

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