George and his two granddaughters sledding in Sylvan Lake Alberta

George and his two lovely grandchildren, Paige and Sarah promoting George’s Special Dry Skin Cream and having a blast with their new ski doo in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. 

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Dont Scratch! Try these tips when you get the urge to scratch from eczema

The urge to scratch for eczema sufferers may be like an oasis beckoning a desert wanderer.  It can be very challenging to avoid.  Of course, you know that scratching is bad for you and will only make the eczema worse but you might not be sure what to do.  Consider the following helpful strategies.

Keep the areas with eczema covered

If the eczema is on the back of the knees, which is a common spot, you can wear pants to cover them.  Wherever it is you can keep clothing on top of it.  This will make it more difficult to scratch.

Cut your nails

One way to help avoid scratching is to take away the nails that allow you to do it.  Cut your nails as low as they can go so that you will not be able to effectively scratch the eczema.

Do something else when you get the urge to scratch

When you feel the urge to scratch then try to occupy yourself with something else.  It might be about occupying your hands.  For instance, you can sew or type on the computer.  Try to think about something else as well.  The urge will often get better if you can distract yourself.

Wear gloves

Some people wear gloves to help avoid scratching.  This might serve a dual purpose if the eczema is on your hands because you will not be able to scratch it with your gloved nails and you can’t get to it.

Reward yourself for not scratching

You might want to reward yourself when you successfully resist this urge.  You can give yourself a special treat for instance if you go a whole day.  You can even have a buddy to keep track of it with you.

Consider medicine

Different medications such as Cortisone creams can often help with this.  If it is bad the dermatologist can prescribe something as well. A word of caution: these are usually not meant to be used continuously without break. They can thin the skin and cause other problems.  Make sure that you use them correctly and with the doctor’s advice.  Do not use it for longer than recommended.

Lotions and Creams

A lot of people find that lotions can help with the dryness and the eczema itself.  It might help you feel less itchy.  Try Georges Cream Special Dry Skin Cream or Light Moisturizing Lotion today. It works!

Georges Cream Special Dry Skin Cream and Georges Cream Light Mositurizing LotionEczema can be very uncomfortable but it is important to do all you can to avoid scratching.  Use the above techniques to help you with this.  Share below any additional tips you’ve found to be useful in stopping the urge to scratch from eczema.

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Do you really know the ingredients in your beauty products?

Who really understands what their favorite beauty products are composed of?  Sure, there is an ingredient list on the package that tells you exactly what is in the bottle, but do you really know what the ingredients are and what they do?

There are quite a few commonly used ingredients that you may have seen before without really knowing why they are being used and how they benefit you. Our goal is to help shed a little light and broaden your ingredient horizon by sharing with you why we, cosmetic chemists, formulate with certain ingredients.

1. Anti-inflammatory: Ingredients that reduce inflammation and mitigate the inflammatory responses (redness, swelling, pain, itching).

Common anti-inflammatories: bisabolol, allantoin, sea whip extract, aloe, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, Beta glucan, calendula

2. Antioxidants: A group of ingredients that reduce free radicals and their damage on the skin. These ingredients can be natural or synthetic and work well when used in combination. There are also antioxidants that help protect the ingredients in the product from degrading. These offer no true skin benefits.

Common antioxidants for skin benefits: superoxide dismustase, tocopherol, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, resveratrol, grapeseed extract, coenzyme Q10, green tea

3. Humectants: Ingredients that draw in water from their surroundings. Humectants promote hydration because they create a moisture barrier on the surface of the skin.  In high humidity areas, humectants draw water from the atmosphere but when the humidity is low, the humectant can pull water from within the skin increasing water loss leading to drier skin.

Common humectants: glycerin, sorbitol, hyaluronic acid, panthenol, butylene glycol

4. Peptides: Chains of amino acids (less than 50) that help regulate many biological functions by interacting with cells. Synthetic peptides can mimic those naturally occurring in the body to assist with various functions like cell communications and hormone activity.

Common peptides: palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, hexapeptide-8, acteyl octapeptide-3

5. Occlusives: A term for ingredients that form a barrier (like a shield) on the surface of the skin to prevent moisture from escaping (the technical phrase is reducing transepidermal water loss, or TEWL). Essentially they trap water in the skin and work in tandem with humectants to increase improve skin moisturization.

Common occlusives: petrolatum, dimethicone, cocoa butter, beeswax, mineral oil, lanolin, squaleneGeorge's Cream productionFollow George’s Cream on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube today!

Helpful Skin Care Tips for Healthy Skin

Your skin is constantly being exposed to external factors such as sun, extreme weather conditions and pollution, all of which can potentially cause damage.  Additionally, we should also be paying attention to internal factors. It’s no secret that the food we eat has a direct impact on our health and wellbeing, so much so that certain foods can actually improve the appearance of your skin! Further proof that a healthy skin care routine should start with what we put into our bodies.Achieving your perfect complexion begins with eating well. Eat antioxidant rich foods. When the cells in your body use oxygen, they create a by-product called free radicals. It’s free radicals that can cause the skin to wrinkle, sag and age. Free radicals happen to be linked to diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Antioxidants work to fight free radicals and reduce the damage they can do to your health.  Supplements are okay, however they are easily found in some of your favourite fruits and vegetables. Foods such as blueberries, salmon and leafy greens are often called “superfoods” because of their high amounts of antioxidants and great health benefits. Next time you’re cooking, be sure to include a wide variety for a meal that is not only delicious, but helps you look your best as well.

Some other antioxidant rich foods are:

Citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli and dark leafy greens such as kale- These foods contain high levels of Vitamin C, which helps prevent wrinkles and dry skin.

Avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil- Each provides Vitamin E to help keep skin hydrated.

Sweet potatoes, carrots and squash- All have beta-carotene to help improve acne, wrinkles and skin dullness.

Tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon- The antioxidant Lycopene, which helps prevent sunburn, can be found in these foods.

Remember to always stay Hydrated- Drinking plenty of water is also vital to maintaining healthy skin. Drinking water throughout the day helps skin retain moisture and prevents it from drying out. If water isn’t your beverage of choice, try adding in frozen slices of your favourite fruit. They will act as ice cubes, keeping your drink cold, and as they melt the juice will naturally flavour your water.

Just as there are foods that can help, there are foods that can harm your skin. Bad eating habits can result in skin problems such as acne, bloating and oil build-up.

Foods to be mindful of are:

Sweets- Cakes, cookies, candy, soda and other foods high in sugar can cause skin to look dull and blemished. If you have a sweet tooth, try substituting in naturally sweet fruits, which incidentally may contain antioxidants.

Fried Food- Grease and fat can cause excess oil build that leads to unhealthy looking skin and blemishes. Try to limit the amount of fast food and chips you consume.

Salty Food- An excess of salt in the body can cause bloating, which can lead to tired and puffy looking skin. To avoid this, monitor the salt content of food and stay within the recommended daily percentage set by Health Canada.

Healthy skin inside and outLastly, moisturize daily with George’s Cream, offering two specialty skin care products (George’s Special Dry Skin Cream and George’s Light Special Moisturizing Lotion) created to relieve the dry skin problems and a number of chronic skin conditions as well as tips for healthy skin inside and out.

While a healthy diet works to build skin from the inside out, your skin still needs additional help. External forces, such as sun and the weather, work against your skin, damaging its natural moisture and appearance. George’s Cream Special Cream and Moisturizing Lotion, when used daily, can restore this moisture while gently soothing dry sensitive skin.

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be as simple as moisturizing daily, drinking water and eating right. Load up on your favorite fruits and vegetables and watch your skin improve!

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Ten Best Holiday Movies

So you’ve got your holiday menus planned (appetizers—check, dessert—check, check, check!) as well as your unofficial seasonal anthems lined up, but what about your favorite festive movies? We had a major debate and finally agreed on the following list of the top 10 best holiday movies of all time. Take a peek-see at our list below and be sure to tell us what you think:

Home AloneHome Alone

White ChristmasWhite Christmas

A Charlie Brown ChristmasA Charlie Brown Christmas

The Muppet Christmas CarolThe Muppet Christmas Carol

Rudolph The Red Nosed ReindeerRudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

A Christmas StoryA Christmas Story

Miracle On 34th StreetMiracle On 34th Street

The Santa ClauseThe Santa Clause

Bad Santa

Bad Santa

Elf

Elf

What’s your favorite movie to watch this time of year?
Happy Holidays!

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Five Tips On How To Detox from Head to Toe

About once every two months or so, you begin to feel like you need to reboot your system.  Does it seem like that movie theater popcorn you splurged on, your ritual Friday night cocktail and any other chemicals you’ve put into your body are just screaming to be let out. When this anatomical cry for help occurs, we’ve found that giving our bodies a little cleanse is always the doctor’s order. From juice cleanses to eating raw foods for a weekend to simply catching up on sleep, there are several easy and effective ways to give your body some TLC in a time of need.

Here are five remedies that we can promise will leave you feeling refreshed, restored and cleansed:

1. Eat right and eliminate the bad stuff.
Trying a raw food cleanse—which means spending a few days eating only fresh fruits and vegetables and nuts—is a great way to jump start the cleansing process. While some people may think this sounds extreme, it is so beneficial to your health! Our bodies ingest many hormones, chemicals, and unnecessary fats in a daily diet that includes meat, dairy, and processed foods. Eating organic, unprocessed, raw foods for a few days will allow your body to eliminate toxins and other unhealthy foods from your body. You will also be giving your system more fiber and nutrients…double bonus. To start, try whipping up a green smoothie and ensure you are drinking lots of water, if you go the raw food route. And if it seems like a stretch, you can create your own cleanse by eliminating alcohol, caffeine and animal products. Look at it this way: any increase in fruits and veggies does a body good.

2. Switch up your workout. 
If you’re feeling bored or uninspired by your workout routine, try changing things up. Take your morning run from the treadmill to the great outdoors and breathe in some fresh air. Swap out your weekly circuit training for a Zumba class. Above all, try taking a yoga class at least twice a week as well. Getting your body into twisting positions naturally detoxes your internal organs and helps with digestion and elimination.

3. Get more sleep.
Spend quiet weekends catching up on sleep and notice the huge difference it makes in all aspects of your life. Getting enough Zzz’s naturally restores and refreshes your body, lowers your blood inflammation proteins, increases creativity, and reduces stress, just to name a few (Huffington Post). And consider this: If you are trying out new diets or workouts like we’ve recommended above, your muscles won’t be able to build back up after exercising, and your digestion system will not work efficiently without enough sleep. Eliminate those under eye circles—and the stress in your life!—by logging in a few extra hours with your pillow each night.

4. Brush it off.
If you’ve never heard of dry brushing, you are missing out on a great detoxifying secret. Since your skin is the biggest organ in your entire body, it holds a lot of toxins hostage…until you release them, that is. Sweating is one way to release these toxins, and dry brushing is another. When your skin is dry, preferably before you shower or bathe, use a salt scrub, sugar scrub, or a body brush and give your entire body a good rub. Then rinse all those dead skin cells and impurities off afterward. Studies show that this boosts circulation and aids your lymphatic system in removing even more toxins from the rest of your body.

5. Treat yourself to a massage.
Say it with us: Ahhh. Not only does a deep tissue massage feel amazing, it also releases toxins from your muscles and therapeutically cleanses your body of stress and impurities. In fact, massage is actually considered a form of medicine. Don’t have the budget for a spa treatment? Get your boyfriend or bestie to give you a back rub and return the favor for them too. Just be sure to drink lots of water afterwards to speed up that detox process.

These five tips will help to cleanse your body physically, but you should also notice mental clarity and get a little peace of mind. To bring the process full circle, we would like to recommend giving yourself a little mental detox too.  Make a long-term list when you start any kind of get-healthy plan so that you can be sure you’re sticking to the lifestyle you want. Write out your goals, even if it is as simple as “book a massage.” Put that list somewhere you see it every day, like your bathroom mirror, and take a peek when you feel like you’re getting off track.

Will you try any of these tips for detoxing from the inside out? What tips do you have for rebooting your lifestyle?

We would love to read what all of our wonderful George’s Cream readers have to say, so be sure to leave your tips, tricks and stories in the comments below.