Lifestyle Tips For Wrinkle Prevention March 1st, 2018

Using a great wrinkle cream can make a huge difference in how you look, but we recommend you don’t stop there!

These lifestyle tips will also help you maintain great-looking skin.

Overexposure to the sun causes wrinkles. You can prevent that from happening by staying indoors between 10 am to 4pm. When you do go out in the sun, make sure you have sunscreen on that will protect you from BOTH ultraviolet A and B rays.

When washing you face, use mild soap. Choose brands that have moisturizers as part of the ingredients.

Smoking is a big no-no. Studies have shown that this activates premature aging or what is better known as photo aging, which is why someone in their 30’s can look like a person that is already in their 50’s. Smoking is a very hard habit to kick, we definitely know that, but we stress it here because it’s so important, for you skin and your overall health and wellness in general.

If you drink alcohol, kicking the habit, or at least reducing it, is a good idea too because apart from health related problems, alcohol causes dehydration. If the body does not have enough water, the skin becomes thinner making is sag. This is why drinking lots of fluid is good. Ideally this should be 8 glasses of water a day as this plays a key role in maintaining healthy skin complexion.

Aside from water, you should also maintain a proper diet. You should include 5 servings of vegetables and a serving of fruit in your daily meals. Some examples of these that are rich in antioxidants include asparagus, brussel sprouts, broccoli, cantaloupe, guava, papaya and pineapple.

Other things that can be used in your diet which are good for your skin include olive oil, nuts and whole grains. Fish is great as it contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

To complete your diet, you may also consider taking some supplements. They should at least give you sufficient amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E as these protect us from free radicals.

Exercise. This will not only make your muscles stronger, this will also help you maintain glowing skin. Doing your daily exercise will keep your blood flowing, bringing oxygen to your skin.

Finally, try to avoid stress! Things like meditation and deep breathing can help.

Know Your Ingredients! March 1st, 2018

The ingredients are what enable a product to do what it does. So let’s talk about ingredients for a few moments.

The most regulated part of the cosmetic industry is the ingredient list. Since 1978, cosmetic companies in the U.S. have been required to:

  1. List all the ingredients in their products
  2. List all the ingredients in the order of their concentration, from highest to lowest.

The problem though is that there are thousands upon thousands of possible ingredients that go into cosmetic products. Ingredient lists can be very long and technical. It would take an entire education for consumers to educate themselves on so many ingredients, which is why most people default to just trusting the claims the product makes.

We here focus heavily on studying the research behind all the ingredients in wrinkle products, and determining if the ingredient profiles live up to the product claims. In all too many cases, they sadly do not.

The good news is that we’ve done a lot of this work for you, and publish a top 10 list of the most effective wrinkle products currently on the market.

However, we still think it would be good for you to learn about the ingredients of whatever wrinkle cream you use.

While we subscribe to special services and research journals and things like that to gather the latest information and knowledge (which can be expensive and time-consuming and technical to read), we did find a simple and easy resource that most people can use for reference, which is a book titled “A Consumer’s Dictionary Of Cosmetic Ingredients”, by Ruth Winter. You can pick it up at a bookstore.

Another note:

A question we are often asked is if expensive products are always better than inexpensive ones. The answer is NO! There are many pricey products on the market that are not worth their weight at all. However, at the same time, as a general rule, we’ve found the best products are on the pricey side, and the reason is that a very good ingredient profile is usually expensive to produce.

So while NOT all expensive winkle products are good, most of the good ones are somewhat expensive, because the ingredients are likely expensive to include.

Is Dry Skin Getting The Best Of You? March 1st, 2018

Do you find your skin constantly getting dehydrated during the day? The answer to your dry skin may be as easy as a quick spritz from spray bottle. “Misting” is particularly hot right now in the skincare world because it is quick, cheap, and most importantly- it works.

That is, if the mist has the right ingredients.

You are going to want to research the ingredients found in the product you plan on purchasing, depending on what you are using your mist for. Mists are typically composed of liquids aimed to refresh, hydrate, and soothe the skin. However, if a mist is more water-based, then the mist will have a de-hydrating effect once the water evaporates.

Most products are a combination of oils, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, even SPF, to keep the skin moisturized as well as protected from free radical damage. Additionally, they can be used beneath your moisturizing cream, or periodically throughout the day. Mists can help with skin irritation, and unlike many similar products, the right facial mists will keep pores unclogged. Many forms of facial mists are also used before or after applying makeup to help the makeup set.

More Tips For Treating Dry Skin

Dry skin is something we all have to deal with at one point or another. Depending on your location, genes, and how consistently you care for your skin, dryness can be a particular struggle that has many negative side effects. These side effects may include acne, redness & irritation, peeling, and even scarring. It is such an unfortunate dilemma because properly moisturizing your skin has never been easier!

 

 

 

Here are 3 more ways to make sure your skin stays hydrated throughout the day:

  1. Use a humidifier! If you live in a colder, lower-humidity climate, you may want pay attention. These machines, (no matter where you live) will produce amazing benefits for your skin by keeping it hydrated no matter what time of year. Try sleeping with the humidifier on in your room to make sure those harsh winter winds don’t take the moisture away from your skin!
  2. As many of us know, dry skin doesn’t exclude your scalp! Dandruff is a condition millions of people suffer from on a daily basis. Some forms of dandruff are triggered by oily skin, however majority of people with dandruff have it because the air is too dry, and their skin. There are a range of anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners, but make sure to gently massage these serums into your scalp instead of scratching them in. Being gentle with your hair and scalp may be the factor that maintains the moisture needed to rid your hair of the flakes.
  3. Skip on the hot water! In beauty, we know hot water opens your pores and is the ideal temperature for water to be when cleansing. But if your skin is feeling too dry, hot water is simply too much for skin to handle. Using lukewarm water as opposed to scalding hot water will keep a level of hydration within your skin that is usually washed away when hot water is used. So whether you are in the shower, or just washing your hands before dinner, be cautious of how hot the water is so you can treat your skin accordingly.

Important Ingredients: Niacin March 1st, 2018

Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is an organic compound which is one of the 80 essential human nutrients necessary for normal body functioning. Although our body synthesizes a miniscule amount of niacin naturally, it cannot produce the amount needed to avoid pellagra (niacin deficiency) so therefore we have to incorporate foods, and possibly supplements into our diet to obtain a substantial amount of vitamin B3.

This vitamin, found in common cooking ingredients such as beets or fish, and even mixed into modern energy drinks, has been popularized for a variety of reasons. You may have heard about its ability to detox the body, or how it niacin can lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol which can reduce chances of cardiovascular events, but niacin is far more powerful than we are led to believe, and may just be what your skin has been looking for.

 

 

Free Radical Prevention

Decades ago, the Swedes began conducting niacin treatments for patients who were either mentally ill (from diseases such as Alzheimer’s), or suffering from drug/alcohol addiction. They would have the patients fast, and consume niacin for days at a time. Over the course of those days, they would place the patients in a sauna or steam room, and have them literally sweat the free radicals out of their brain and body.

The experiments resulted in an 80% patient recovery rate, which is, to say the least, astounding. Most importantly, the patients remained mentally healthy, and clean or sober. The reason the tests were so effective is because the niacin drained years of heavy metals and free radicals out of the brain, which allowed the patients to think clearly, and logically.

But How Can Niacin Help My Skin?

So now you know that niacin has incredible benefits for the body and mind, but what can it do for our skin?

There is a water-soluble form of niacin called niacinamide, or nicotinic acid. Topical creams containing niacinamide have been shown to block the inflammatory actions of iodides known to cause inflammatory acne, but that’s not all! Just like niacin’s effect on the mind, niacinamide reduces free radicals caused from oxidation, so your skin will be well protected and healthy, not to mention youthful.

*Make sure to apply a decent moisturizer after you use a product containing niacinamide. The niacinamide typically has a drying effect, so counteracting the dehydration is recommended

Hyaluronic Acid March 1st, 2018

Hyaluronic acid is a substance native to our bodies and is a key component of connective tissue. Largely found in our eyeballs and between our joints, hyaluronic acid is nicknamed “nature’s moisturizer” for its ability to moisturize the skin and lubricate joints. Because of hyaluronic acid’s positive effect on the body, it has become somewhat of a treasure in the medical field, especially in skincare.

 

Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it promotes retention of moisture. To be exact, hyaluronic acid will draw moisture from your environment, and can hold up to 1000x its weight in water, making it one of the most powerful humectants in existence. It is located mainly in the deepest layer of the dermis (the area underneath the top layer of skin) and will increase the water content of the outer layer of skin, known as the epidermis. This will properly increase your skin’s moisture content and prevent moisture loss as well.

 

Since hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in our bodies, when it is incorporated into our system, our body does not react to it negatively. Injections of hyaluronic acid have therefore become a great treatment for joint pain, as well as joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. Hyaluronan injections are often an effective, safer alternative to patients whose only other option is surgery.

Hyaluronic acid can also be utilized to heal skin wounds, and is commonly used in fillers to plump the skin and eliminate wrinkles. You may catch hyaluronic acid or hyaluronan on the ingredient list of your everyday moisturizing or anti-aging cream. When applied topically, hyaluronic acid has very effective hydrating capabilities, and has even been shown to plump the skin and smoothen wrinkles.

 

Whether injected into the body, or taken orally, the benefits of hyaluronic acid are quite astounding. It is because of hyaluronic acid’s potent effects that many brands have used it in products such as supplements, topical creams, and makeups.