George’s Cream Supports Canada Tourism Commission

George’s Cream is so excited and honored to participate in the recent Canadian Swag Bag promotion (Made In Canada products) for the Canada Tourism Commission in Washington, DC and New York City.  We are so pleased to hear that so many people love our brand!

As per Immedia PR, “The feedback from each of the Canadian Tourism Commission partners and journalists were very very positive…In fact – at each event, at least one guest had made reference to Oprah’s Favorite Things – and said it was like getting a bag full of Canada’s favorite things.  We couldn’t agree more.”

See below for a few pictures from the recent events:

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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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