How Wrinkles Are Formed March 1st, 2018

It is always nice to look at a baby’s flawless skin. There are no lines, no signs that a pimple has ever been there, and actually, the skin is perfect.

Oh my, where have those days gone for us!

So, getting on our topic, to understand what causes wrinkles, we must first know about the layers of our skin. Here they are:

1. Epidermis

This is the outer layer of your skin. Amongst many things, it protects the inner layers from any dangers in the outside environment.

2. Dermis

This is the skin’s second layer. This contains its structural elements, which is the connective tissue. There are many types of connective tissue. Each has different function. Collagen, for example, gives the skin strength. The glycosaminoglycans are the proteins that give turgor to skin. The elastin fibers create the elasticity of your skin.

Also, between the dermis and epidermis is the dermal-epidermal junction. This is an important feature as it interlocks and forms fingerlike projections which are called rete ridges. These increase the area of the epidermis which is exposed to the blood vessels and need nutrients. The blood vessels in the dermis feed nutrients to the epidermis through the rete ridges.

3. Subcutaneous tissue

This is the skin’s bottom layer. And the subcutaneous tissue contains the fat cells. You know what those cells are for? They supply insulation to your body and they also make your skin full and plump.

The formation of wrinkles…

How then do wrinkles form and develop as we age?

There are a number of reasons for wrinkles. Here are some of them:

Through time, the epidermal cells become thinner. As a result, your skin looks thinner.

The epidermal cells also become less sticky. This means that that there are more chances for the moisture in your skin to be released than maintained, which causes dryness. The decrease in the epidermal cells is actually 10 percent per decade. And as people age, the cells divide slower. For this reason, the skin cannot cope as quickly as it used to in order to repair itself.

In the dermal layer, less collagen gets produced as we age. The elastin fibers also wear out. Such factors cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. The rete ridges, meanwhile, flatten out. This causes the skin to be fragile. And so the nutrients that the epidermis needs are not met accordingly.

As for the subcutaneous layer, the fat cells get thinner as we age. This results in more wrinkles and sagging.

And many outside factors can cause wrinkles, such as smoking, rapid weight loss, and especially overexposure to sun, which is a big factor.

Because so many factors contribute to wrinkling, one of the things we look for in wrinkle creams is how the ingredients address the different causes of wrinkles, and how many of the different causes the ingredients work on. The more, the better.

How To Stop Aging Skin In Its Tracks March 1st, 2018

When it comes to aging skin, most consumers are under the impression that the only way to fix it is to undergo cosmetic procedures. While such methods often times do the trick, sometimes they require additional procedures to correct any mistakes.

This doesn’t only affect your wallet, but it can also be very time consuming. But what would you do if you could stop aging skin in its tracks? What if there was a way to prevent your skin from further aging while at the same time improving its appearance.

Many of the external causes of aging skin are determined by products you use on your face. Harsh alcohol-containing products tend to dry out the skin. Dry skin makes the once plump skin cells become shriveled ones. In return, you are left with fine line and wrinkles. In order to stop this from happening, or continuing to happen, a proper anti-aging regimen should be implemented into your daily routine.

The perfect anti-aging treatment will include all of the following components: anti-wrinkle cream, skin tightening serum, under eye treatment, moisturizer and a de-hyperpigmentation agent. Of course, one must take into consideration that not everyone has the time nor patience to apply 5-6 different products, twice a day. That being said, a quality “all-in-one” anti-aging treatment will cover all of those bases in just one simple application.

“All-in-one” creams or treatments, rather, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, depending on how often you apply it, and the active ingredient in the wrinkle cream itself. A treatment that contains DMAE as one of its main active ingredients will not only reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but it will also help minimize all of the other aspects of aging skin such loose skin and photo-damage.

An all-in-one treatment that comes highly recommended by dermatologists is LifeCell Anti-Aging Treatment. This product helps reduce the signs of aging as well as slow down the aging process. LifeCell’s formula contains some of the most potent anti-aging ingredients. Ubiquinone, is a super anti-oxidant that boosts your body’s ability to produce collagen and elastin. Making the skin look younger, healthier and virtually wrinkle-free.

Another important and active ingredient in LifeCell is Ascorbyl Palmitate. It’s basically Vitamin C in its stable form. It hasn’t been exposed to oxidation. The benefits of Vitamin C include promoting collagen synthesis, photo-protection from ultraviolet A and B, lightening of hyper-pigmentation and improvement of a variety of inflammatory dermatoses. A product such as this, can help your aging skin. It’s almost as if you’re stopping the clock!




Having Facelift Second Thoughts…? March 1st, 2018

So you’re considering a facelift…You’ve checked your finances; concluded it’s in your budget. You even came up with the perfect excuse for your boss as to why you need two weeks off of work. Everything seems to be in your favor, but have you done your research? And by research, I don’t mean what medical school your cosmetic surgeon attended. As important as that is,  when considering a procedure as invasive as a facelift, one must make it a priority to look into what other patients who have undergone the same procedure have experienced.

The number of facelift procedures being performed each year is always increasing. And with the steady stream of controversy surrounding highly popular “branded facelifts”, it’s no surprise that more and more facelift procedures, along with the practitioners of said procedures, are falling under investigation.

Journalists for The New England Journal of Medicine surveyed 850 women who underwent a facelift in 2012. Their results concluded that 82% of patients had to wait 10-12 weeks to see complete reduction of swelling, minimizing of  incision scars and fading of bruises. 10% didn’t see these results for 8 months. Only 8% of patients saw proper healing within four weeks. Of these 850 women, 297 required further surgical revisions and 459 needed cosmetic fillers to even out any dents left on their face once the swelling had subdued.

It’s quite common for those who undergo any type of cosmetic procedure to want to conceal it from those who aren’t immediate family or close friends. No one wants their coworkers to know they went under the knife. Everyone wants to appear as if they’ve aged gracefully. Going back to the work place after being absent for two weeks, with a scar as thick as a shoelace behind your ear, is an immediate tell tale sign that you’ve had some work done. Even if you do keep your hair down, to hide the aforementioned scar, how are you going to conceal that new puffy face you’ve acquired on account of post-surgery swelling?

We all want to age gracefully. Everyone secretly wishes to get asked if they’re ten years younger than they really are.  Plastic surgery is not the only way of achieving it. Studies have shown that topical anti-aging treatments can begin to produce results within 4-6 weeks of continuous use as long as they contain quality ingredients. The Johnson and Johnson Consumer Products Laboratory, conducted a four month study on Deanol. Anti-aging creams and treatments containing Deanol (DMAE) have been proven to tighten the skin, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and improve the underlying muscle tone.

The study conducted was carried out over four months. Within that timeframe, 87% of test subjects saw a reduction of fine lines, an improvement in lip shape and fullness within 6 weeks. 74% of test subjects saw improvement in their under-eye dark circles, nasolabial folds and loose neck skin within 8 weeks. The study showed that application of Deanol was well tolerated and peeling, burning, itching, dryness or stinging was never an issue amongst those tested. None of these positive effects regressed during a two week cessation of application. Anti-wrinkle creams have come a long way. They’re slowly, but surely becoming facelift alternatives. With results such as the ones stated above, the need for invasive surgery is no longer prevalent. The key to go about this in the right way is finding the anti-aging product containing Deanol, that is best for you.

A highly reviewed and well-ranked anti-aging cream is LifeCell All-in-One Anti-Aging Treatment. Deanol is one of its main active ingredients. Not only does it provide the long-term results mentioned earlier, it contains light-reflecting micro-technology that gives you an instant wrinkle reducing effect in just 17 seconds of application. After conducting our own review of this product, we determined the company’s claims to be truthful and we were able to achieve the results promised. Make sure to read our full review on LifeCell, as well as our reviews on other anti-aging creams! You’ll be sure to find the one that is right for you.




Exercise and Skincare? March 1st, 2018


Exercise has a ton of incredible benefits for your body. It is proven to stimulate brain activity, to repair damaged cells within the heart and other organs, and, of course to help you lose weight.

But what if I told you exercise actually aids in fight against aging skin? Well, surprisingly, it does!

There are many reasons your skin ages. Free radical damage, collagen deficiency, and stress are among the top causes for accelerated aging. It is therefore important to make sure you regulate your diet, take supplements, and train your body to react properly when these problems occur.

What Exactly is Stress?

It’s much easier said than done to just “not worry” about things. As we know, stress happens everyday in our lives, whether we like it or not. While it is wise to calm down, and worry less about the things we have no control over in life, exercise is also the answer to dealing with stress.

When we are faced with a tough decision, we stress, and a chemical called cortisol is released in our body. This hormone sparks a vast production of a chemical called sebum within your hair follicles, which, when overproduced, blocks the follicle. When the follicles are blocked, this causes dead skin cells to build up, which then creates acne and inflammation.

Stress and Exercise

Exercise will lower the level of cortisol in your body. Since cortisol produced by stress harms your skin, exercise will relieve stress. With relieved stress, the levels of sebum will be more natural, leaving pores clearer, and skin healthier. Not to mention, exercise will produce an overall sense of well-being due to the awesome benefits it serves the brain and body.

Easy Ways to Minimize Pores & Rid the Skin of Blemishes March 1st, 2018

blemishA splash of cold water to the face can do wonders, but for those with particularly sensitive skin, you may need a bit more attention if you plan on avoiding large pores and blemishes.

Blemishes come in many forms- old scars, pigmentation, acne, and oil-clogged pores. They can make you feel dirty, and above all, unconfident about your appearance. Properly fighting a blemish can be difficult if unguided, luckily we’ve compiled a few tips to help you deal with your blemishes.

 

Cleanse!

 An obvious tip, but still necessary to bring up- cleansing your face at least twice daily is the most important of all tips. When we say cleanse, you don’t necessarily have to use a cleansing product, however in addition to a thorough washing, we recommend using a oil-free rejuvenating facial cleanser. Look for one with antioxidants as well!

 

Soak your washcloth in lemon and pineapple juice.

*If you have sensitive skin, be sure to apply a nice moisturizer before trying this tip. After drenching your washcloth, place the cloth firmly on your face for at least one whole minute.  Having some pulp in the lemon and pineapple juices is fine, and you may feel a bit of a tingle. After a minute, rinse your skin with warm water. Perform 2-3 times each week. This tip will cleanse and shrink your pores.

 

Ice Compresses.

Like we said above, cold water can do wonders! After making sure your pores are properly clean and unclogged, gently applying ice compresses to your skin is a great way to minimize your pores instantly. For easy application, place a layer of plastic-wrap over your ice tray, and punch a popsicle stick into each cube before freezing.

 

Exfoliate with a light scrub.

 For people with acne, you want to be careful with your product choices. Exfoliating scrubs aren’t always intended for acne-prone skin, and if chosen incorrectly, could result in further breakout. If you’re new to skincare, and are dealing with acne, try a product that contains salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These 2 ingredients are proven to aid blemished skin. Some creams will have exfoliant beads, and others may not. Depending on how sensitive your skin is will determine how often you should exfoliate.

Above all, don’t touch your face!!!