And they did it!! George’s Cream is so proud to support the Alberta Children’s Hospital’s “2014 Hockey Marathon For The Kids” from May 4th – May 14th which raised over 2 million dollars. We are happy to be a part of this great cause! Get all the details here.
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:
While we can escape freezing temperatures by hibernating with hot cocoa and a pile of magazines, it’s nearly impossible to hide our skin from the harsh, dry weather. The overall lack of humidity in the air pulls moisture out of the skin quicker very quickly. In order to remedy this, we’ve gathered some pampering tips for your skin that will leave you feeling like you’ve just stepped out of the spa. Well, almost.
1.Turn it down a notch
If you’re like us, then you love long hot, heavenly showers when the temperatures are less than ideal outside. Although it feels great, the steamy water opens your pores and dehydrates the skin, making this whole dry skin situation much worse. Trade those lengthy showers for shorter ones with warm water. When you get out, pat (don’t rub!) your skin dry and apply lotion when your skin is still slightly damp, which will help to lock in moisture.
2. Choose the right products
For the body: Many soaps can be very drying because they strip the skin of natural oils. Stick to creamy moisturizing formulas. As for lotion, use products that have antioxidants and plant-based oils, which will nourish and protect the skin. We recommend a rich body lotion or moisturizing cream like George’s Cream which has shea butter, macadamia seed oil, honey, and vitamin E.
For the face and neck: Make sure you’re using a gentle, hydrating facial cleanser. A harsh formula may work for your skin during the summer months, but you need a mild one in the winter so that it won’t dry or irritate your skin. Use a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid, which will help lock-in your skin’s natural moisture and restore lipids.
3. Polish and brighten
Exfoliation is key. It keeps your skin smooth, which helps products to really sink in and work better. It’s normal for skin to regenerate by shedding old, dead skin cells, but sometimes it needs a little help in this department. If dead skin cells aren’t sloughed off, then thick, dry skin can form. Prevent this from happening by exfoliating once or twice a week, but be gentle! Too much exfoliation can aggravate your skin and can make the situation worse. For your body, pick up a pair of exfoliating gloves, which can be used with your body wash, and get to work! It’s literally the greatest thing ever.
4. Treat yourself
Applying a hydrating mask once or twice a week which will work wonders in the skin-repairing department. Or, channel your inner Martha Stewart and make your own. For super soft and hydrated skin, just combine 1/2 ripe avocado, one teaspoon of plain yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. (You can also use this on your hair)
5. Don’t forget the lips
A simple lip balm with spf will work wonders, ensure you apply it daily.
6. Up the ante
Make sure you’re drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water a day. We’re told this all the time because it’s good for overall health, but staying hydrated packs a huge punch in the form of skincare benefits. Also, incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your diet will help enable your skin to retain it’s own moisture. Eat a lot of salmon or take the easy route by taking a fish oil supplement daily. Unless you happen to really enjoy salmon, in which case, be our guest.
I’ve always had some eczema on my left hand and this year it covered my hand. The skin was so tight it hurt to make a fist. It looked so awful I would try to hide it at meetings.
While in Maui, the humidity made it go away. But it roared back almost as soon as we deplaned back in Calgary.
Then my wife reminded me of slathering your cream on at night and covering it with a cotton glove. Last night was the third night I did the glove thing and this morning I have matching hands. They both look healthy.
Your cream works as well as Maui does. For a fraction of the cost. (Though Maui was way more fun. )
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.
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.
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!
Eczema 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.
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.