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Skincare Benefits of Oxygen

       
Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Skincare Benefits of OxygenCells need oxygen to survive, and skin cells are no different. The unfortunate effects of smothering skin under layers of makeup– or, even worse, sleeping with makeup on– are well known, but it turns out that topically applying skin can help it stay fresh, youthful, and healthy.

Oxygen was first found to help heal people with severe burns. Oxygen gas, which is naturally present in a stable, bonded form, helps increase cell turnover and speeds up cellular metabolism. This makes it helpful for anyone that wants to maintain healthy skin.

Oxygen Therapy vs. Oxidative Damage

Oxygen isn’t always friendly to skin. Oxidative stress, an imbalance between reactive forms of oxygen and the body’s ability to neutralize them, leads to free radical damage. This damage is partially associated with signs of aging, including dull, sagging, and wrinkled skin. Oxygen therapy doesn’t contribute to this kind of skin damage, since is uses stable diatomic oxygen molecules rather than unstable, unpaired oxygen atoms.

How Oxygen Is Delivered to Skin

Hospitals have access to oxygen tents and gas tanks, but these aren’t remotely practical for home use. Fortunately there are skincare products containing oxygen on the market that offer it in a stabilized liquid form, which converts to oxygen gas once the product is applied. This lets users get the benefit of fresh, oxygenated skin without having to resort to gas tanks and expensive trips to specialty spas.

Antioxidants and Oxygen

Much has been made of antioxidants when it comes to fighting aging and preventing free radical damage. One of the benefits of using skincare products that contain oxygen is that they can be combined with antioxidants like vitamin E, botanical ingredients, or other compounds that have their own skin-saving virtues. In the end, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds– improved skin health with oxygen, and prevention of free radical damage.

Maintaining healthy skin means protecting it from damage and providing all of the nutrients it needs, including oxygen. By thoroughly cleansing skin every night to remove oxygen-blocking debris and clear out pores, and applying oxygen-containing skincare products afterward, you can have a brighter, clearer, more youthful complexion.

Skincare Benefits of Pumpkin

       
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Skincare Benefits of PumpkinWhen most people think of pumpkins, they think of all the delicious foods they can make in the kitchen. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads, and pumpkin soup are just a few of the wonderful dishes many love to enjoy. Others might think of the fall, pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns and roasted pumpkin seeds. However, there is a little beauty secret behind the orange shell. Pumpkins are excellent for the skin! Who knew? Many cosmetics brands know and incorporate pumpkin into their exfoliating masks and lotions. There are lots of different ways to use pumpkin on the skin and produce a glowing complexion. Listed below are a few ways pumpkins can help give anyone gorgeous, glowing and flawless skin.

1. Erases Blemishes

For those who are acne-prone, the struggle with blemishes is all too familiar. It can be very frustrating to deal with the everlasting effect of a pimple. Unsightly scars and pimples may seem like they will never go away, but they can. It is best to apply pumpkin to the face once the pimple is on its way out. This will help diminish the potential for scarring and more pimples. Vitamin E, which is found in pumpkins, is notorious for providing relief and healing effects to the skin.

2. Controls Oily Skin

When applied as a paste or a mask on the skin, pumpkin can have a positive effect for those who struggle with oily skin. Due to the amount of zinc found in pumpkins, they hold the ability to absorb a lot of the excess oil on the skin and prevent excess production.

3. Eliminates Dry Skin

People who suffer from dry skin have a difficult time with exfoliating the dead skin cells. Pumpkin naturally completes the exfoliation of the skin. There are natural enzymes as well as really strong antioxidants found such as beta-carotene. Alpha hydroxy acids are also found and can soothe dry skin tremendously. Antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C add more nutrients to the skin and soften dry skin as well. The application of pumpkin isn’t just for the face. Those with dry and cracked hands and feet can really benefit from applying a mask to those areas as well. This is primarily because pumpkin holds the ability to hydrate and soften the rough, dry skin so well.

These are just a few of the many different ways that pumpkin can adequately benefit the skin. The next time a pesky pimple rears its ugly head, head for the grocery store and grab the best pumpkin available!

Anti-aging Tips By Age

       
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Anti-aging Tips By AgeLet’s face it, we all get older. You can kick, cry, and scream that you don’t want to say good-bye to your youthful appearance, but that won’t stop the calendar from moving forward. However, by taking a proactive approach and starting an anti-aging routine when you’re young, you can hold on to those youthful years just a little bit longer. We’ve taken the liberty of breaking out simple routines based on age to help you get started.

- If you’re in your 20′s
Lucky you to still have a youthful face. However, that youth can also be a curse if you don’t take the time to think about anti-aging. Right now you should be wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to save yourself a lot of grief later one. Additionally, skip the tanning beds. Self tanners are getting better than ever and they won’t give you wrinkles.

- If you’re in your 30′s
While in your 30′s, water may quickly become your best friend. Keeping yourself hydrated is one of the easiest ways to keep skin looking young. In addition, make sure that you’re using a daily moisturizer and taking plenty of vitamin D (at least 1,000 IUs per day).

- If you’re in your 40′s
Anti-aging in your 40′s isn’t just about healthy skin; it’s also about a healthy you. Be sure that you’re eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and cut back on the processed sugar. Regular exercise will also give you a healthy glow. If you haven’t started yet, then it’s time to use retinol to minimize fine lines around your eyes.

- If you’re in your 50′s
This can be a busy age where sleep takes a back seat to higher priorities, but this will wreak havoc on your skin. Make sure you carve at least 8 hours of shuteye a night for yourself. Additionally, consider start using hyaluronic acid if you’re noticing fine lines around your mouth; this product will help hide them.

- If you’re in your 60′s
Starting to worry about anti-aging in your 60′s isn’t too little too late; after all, it’s never too late to start taking proper care of your skin. At this age, the right eye make up can hide drooping eyelids and use products with white or green tea extracts to help fight swelling. Additionally, check that the air in your home isn’t too dry; the lack of moisture is bad for your skin.

Using Retinol 101

       
Friday, August 29th, 2014

Using Retinol 101You’ve heard of retinol as a skin care revolution, but is it right for your skin? This compound, also known as Vitamin A, is added to skin creams and potions as an anti-aging miracle, with beauty-boosting properties that range from unclogging pores to boosting collagen and reducing fine lines to evening discoloring and smoothing skin. Read on to learn more about whether you should use retinol and how to find the right product for you.

Experts say that retinol is the single most important skin care ingredient to combat the effects of aging. However, although it really works, it may take time for you to see a dramatic effect. Retinol is best used as a long-term method to protect the youthful look and feel of your skin, not as a fast fix measure to hide damage that has already occurred. Most dermatologists recommend that women start using retinol in their 30s, and definitely by the time they hit 40, for maximum protection against the effects of aging.

While the strongest forms of retinol are available only with a prescription, you should first test out an over-the-counter version to see if you like the results. Look for brands that specifically list retinol high in the ingredient list, as related compounds may be less effective.

Start off by using a small amount of retinol at night in conjunction with a moisturizer to see how your skin responds. Because retinol increases skin cell turnover, some users may experience redness and stinging, particularly with frequent use. If you have sensitive skin, start out slow and discontinue use of this product if you experience irritation or discomfort. These symptoms are more likely to occur with the prescription form of retinol.

An important caution, particularly for those who begin using retinol products in their 20s, is that the compound can actually thin skin over time. This makes you more susceptible to the effects of sun damage, which is not only dangerous but will counteract any anti-aging effects you’ve gained from use of the product. Make sure to always wear SPF on your face, especially if you’re using retinol products.

Dermalogica Training

       
Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Dermalogica TrainingThis week we were so excited to have our Dermalogica training here at Beauty Bridge! The Dermalogica line is super popular with our customers and has many different products to address pretty much any concern one could have. Our trainer, Ariel, was extremely knowledgeable and is both an esthetician and a Dermalogica teacher who teaches at the Institute in New York. She made everything really easy to understand and even gave us some pointers on her favorite product concoctions as the products can be combined in many ways.

The line has eight systems, all made to address concerns of the client that falls in that category and all can be boosted by products from a different range. The line was founded by an esthetician so it focuses on skin health. This means there are no fragrances, mineral oil, chemicals, lanolin or any other ingredients that could compromise the skin or cause allergic reactions. In fact some of the products smell so good you would want to bathe in them!

The most basic system, and the one Ariel suggested we start with, is the Daily Skin Health. The products in the line are the essentials for your everyday skin routine. They keep your skin clean, healthy and moisturized so you can then tackle more intense concerns like aging or breakouts.

The next line is the Age Smart. This line aims to slow down the process of aging before it starts. It has scientifically advanced ingredients that have been proven to stop aging triggers before they start. This line contains retinols, which we all know are the holy grail of ingredients for skin aging, that have been buffered so they do not cause any stinging, peeling or irritation.

The Ultracalming line contains wonderful ingredients like Lavender and Chamomile to soothe the skin and can be used pretty much by anybody but is most beneficial to ultrasensitive skin. We especially loved this line for the wonderful smell and universal usage.

The Medibac and Clear Start lines are both for acne and Ariel said they can both be mixed and matched since sometimes the Medibac line is a little bit stronger than the Clear Start. The Medibac is generally more for adult acne while the Clear Start is for teenage acne. I especially loved the Clearing Booster from the Medibac line because you can add it to any moisturizer and it automatically makes it an acne fighting product.

The Chroma-White line is truly wonderful. It brightens any pigmentation without being harsh or damaging the skin which can lead to premature aging. It does not bleach or lighten the skin, rather brightens it so it is suitable for all skin colors and types. With this system however we were told you have to be very patient since pigmentation is one of the harder things to get rid of in the skin.

Dermalogica also has bodycare products, suncare and moisture tints, all made to compliment the effects you are getting from your skincare products.

We truly enjoyed our training with Ariel and learned a lot about this wonderful line. We can now diagnose and make skin recommendations to all of our wonderful customers and maybe do a little shopping for ourselves!

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

       
Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other
Neocutis- A Brand Unlike Any Other

Neocutis is a line of skin care specifically formulated for its anti-aging effects on the skin. Neocutis products have been thoroughly researched and developed by credited Swiss scientists using the very latest in product development technologies.

PSP

PSP stands for Processed Skin Cell Proteins and was discovered first for its wound healing properties. PSP can also be used as an active ingredient in cosmetics and skin care products such as Neocutis, making the Neocutis skin care line the newest generation of naturally balanced products available. PSP produces a balanced combination of polypeptides and skin nourishing proteins which utilizes the power of cytokines and human growth factors for advanced skin revitalization.

Melaplex

Melaplex is another active ingredient found in Neocutis skin care products. It is a proprietary blend of skin brightening ingredients which diminishes dark spots and uneven skin tone, restoring the complexion to a more youthful state of clarified brightness. Melaplex is a combination of four key ingredients that help target pigmentation spots in the skin:

• Phenylethyl Resorcinol

• Leucine

• Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

Melaplex has been clinically tested and proven to improve skin tone by forty three percent in a twelve week, twice daily application.

Rosaplex

Rosaplex is a redness balancing formula that boosts skin’s natural ability to reverse and prevent redness in the skin. Redness can be caused by acne, rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. The latest research confirms that the skin’s own innate immune system can cause redness and is linked to an over production of anti-microbial peptides. Neocutis products containing Rosaplex restores the skin’s balance and boosts the skin’s defense against redness by combining:

• Sodium Dextran Sulfate

• Zinc PCA

• Caffeine

• Sodium Glycerophosphate

• Glycerin

Rosaplex helps to manage and diminish redness in the skin, blemishes and blotchiness and delivers results in less than eight weeks with twice daily application.

Vita-Plex C

Vita-Plex C assists in managing oxidative stress which increases the activity of free radicals on the skin. These free radicals directly contribute to aging of the skin. Vita-Plex C neutralizes free radicals and supports regeneration with its anti-oxidant properties. Anti-oxidents in Vita-Plex C include hydrophilics and lipophilics blended with an amino acid metabolite which preserves cellular preservation.

Neocutis products are an extremely advanced line of anti-aging and restorative skin care products that target and treat many of the symptoms and signs of aging most often reported by dermatologic patients. Often Neocutis is recommended as a preferred alternative to more invasive treatments such as acid peels or laser skin resurfacing.

Quick skin firming tips

       
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Quick skin firming tips

Regardless of your habits or genetics, signs of aging are inevitable. While it’s natural for skin to start to sag over time, there are ways to keep it looking supple. Follow these simple tips to defy gravity and give your complexion a lift:

Your ultimate nighttime skin routine

       
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Your ultimate nighttime skin routine

There’s a reason it’s called beauty rest: The hours between your head hitting the pillow and your alarm going off are crucial for your skin to repair itself. Skin cells regenerate, toxins are released through your pores and, by morning, your complexion is rejuvenated.

While it’s inarguably important to get enough sleep, you also need to consider your nighttime skin regimen. Products that you apply before you catch some Z’s have the ability to seep even deeper into your skin while you snooze. So follow these steps before you hit the hay and you’ll wake up with that sought-after natural glow:

Clean surface
First thing’s first: You need to wipe away your cosmetics with a proper makeup remover. If you wear waterproof eyeliner or mascara, you’ll need an especially potent solution.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s critical to wash the dirt and oils off your face before bedtime to avoid clogged pores and breakouts. Not only that, but clearing your face of any impurities enables your moisturizer to absorb more effectively. If your skin is especially dry, look for an oil-based or creamy cleanser that can help to maintain moisture. The being TRUE Restoring Deep Cleanser is formulated with gamma linolenic fatty acids, which restore lipid balance and lock in hydration for supple, smooth skin.

Remember to rinse with cool to lukewarm water instead of hot, which could promote dryness as well as a feelings of tightness. Oily skin types should look for a gel cleanser with ingredients that can help to control oil production overnight. Then follow with a clarifying toner to ensure that any traces of oil or dirt are removed.

Twice a week, all skin types should use an exfoliator after washing, unless the cleanser has one built in. Scrubbing away dead cells promotes turnover, meaning a renewed, radiant complexion.

Wage war on wrinkles
If you’re fighting the effects of aging, your nighttime skin routine will play a major role in your efforts. Dr. Melvin Elson, a clinical professor of dermatology at Vanderbilt School of Nursing, told Prevention magazine that because your body temperature rises while you sleep, anti-aging solutions have a better chance of working more effectively as they can sink deeper into the skin. Choose a powerful product that’s formulated with retinol, which has been proven to make fine lines, wrinkles and age spots fade away. Dr. Patricia Farris, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University School of Medicine, advised in Prevention applying retinoid treatments before bedtime as UV rays can compromise their effectiveness during the day.

Diminish dark circles
Shadows under your peepers make you look tired, even if you aren’t. So before bed, dab on an eye cream infused with vitamin K. According to Prevention, a study by Elson found that women who used one every night for three months saw their undereye circles recede by 33 percent. Exuviance Brightening Bionic Eye Creme not only has vitamin K, but also vitamin A, polyhydroxy acids and cooling cucumber extract to target puffiness and shadows as well as brighten the overall eye area.

Pump up the hydration
Moisturizer is a must in any skincare routine, but especially before you hit the hay. While you’re sleeping, your body temperature rises and you sweat out a significant amount of your skin’s water content. In winter, this is even more of an issue as the air is naturally dry. Dermatologist Dr. Murad told Beautylish that it’s crucial to use a rich cream that has ultra-nourishing ingredients, like glycerin or shea butter, which act like a moisture magnet.

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

       
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

How stress is sabotaging your beauty

There are obvious reasons to avoid stress, as it can do some serious damage to your body. Did you know that it affects your appearance as well?

Between work deadlines, social obligations, paying bills and taking care of other responsibilities, sometimes it’s inevitable to feel overwhelmed. However, you might want to consider ways to keep your calm once you realize the potential impact on your complexion. Here are just a few ways that stress is sabotaging your skin, hair and nails:

Wrinkles
It’s no secret that stress can affect mood and energy levels, but it also makes you look olde. Daily Makeover explained that when you’re under a lot of pressure, your body continually churns out cortisol, a hormone that can break down collagen – not to mention also make you gain weight. When your cortisol levels are high, it’s more difficult for the skin to reproduce elastin and repair damage, leading to faster formation of wrinkles. Dr. Doris Day told Woman’s Day that it can be helpful during a particularly stressful day to stop and take a deep breath, thereby relaxing the muscles in your face to prevent fine lines.

Puffy eyes
One of the major negative effects of stress is that it can disrupt your sleep, and as a result, you end up with tired, puffy eyes. Daily Makeover noted that when you don’t get the deep sleep you need, your body is unable to rid itself of excess liquids. Therefore, that fluid ends up settling in the undereye tissue, causing dark circles and bags. It’s crucial to get an adequate amount of shuteye, but when you still need some extra help, use a moisturizing eye cream and a yellow-based concealer to fake an awake look.

Breakouts
Unfortunately, you’re also more likely to get pesky blemishes and breakouts when you’re tense, which can be frustrating and exacerbate the problem. According to She Knows, one of the other effects of a spike in cortisol is increased oil production and an inability to control inflammation. Therefore, you’re a lot more likely to see redness and clogged pores. Skincare expert Lavinia Borcau recommended looking for cleansers and toners that are formulated with green tea or chamomile, both natural anti-inflammatories.

Dry skin
If your skin is looking flaky and feeling dry, stress might be the cause. Borcau told She Knows that when you’re especially strained, your skin can’t hold moisture as effectively. She suggested using a rich cream that contains shea butter and avocado oil. Not only will your complexion feel softer, but these ingredients can also act as a barrier from irritants, free radicals and bacteria in the environment.

Damaged nails
Your digits are also dealing with negative impacts when you’re under pressure – and not just because you might be nervously biting your fingernails. Dr. Flor Mayoral, dermatologist and clinical instructor from University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Fla., said that many people make a habit of pressing their fingers over their thumb nail, leading to a raised ridge in the center. On top of that, your nails may become weaker, peel or even begin to show white horizontal lines. When they’re looking particularly brittle, nix the lacquer for a week and brush on a strengthening treatment.

Hair loss
Is your hair starting to shed? Daily makeover explained that hair loss is another issue that can be caused by anxiety. Your hair follicles immediately go from a growth phase to a resting one. Dr. Mayoral noted that the “fall-out” phase that follows typically lasts for up to three months after a stressful time, and it can take six to nine months for the hair to re-grow. In the meantime, switch to a shampoo that can energize your scalp and a nourishing, thickening conditioner.

Foods and drinks that age your skin

       
Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Foods and drinks that age your skin

You probably already know that certain superfoods can make your skin look healthier, younger and more radiant. But were you aware that other foods and drinks can actually age you? Certainly, anti-wrinkle products, a rich moisturizer and a powerful concealer can help you to reduce or hide any flaws that come with time. But in order to help stall the aging process from the inside out, try limiting your intake of substances that could seriously sabotage your skin.

Sugar
There are a multitude of reasons to limit your sugar intake, but in an interview with Discovery Fit & Health, Dr. Nicholas Perricone explained that excess sugar can actually lead to the kind of inflammation that accelerates aging. He noted that when blood sugar spikes, “glycation” happens, which involves the sugar adhering to collagen. As a result of this proves, the skin becomes more stiff and prone to wrinkles. It’s not just your typical candy bars and desserts that cause these effects, either: Dr. Perricone pointed to refined carbs like white pasta, bread and rice as other major culprits.

Foods such as white pasta, bread and rice act the same way as sugar, according to Dr. Henry Lodge, who told Care2 that these refined carbohydrates can cause a dramatic rise in blood sugar levels and glycation. Additionally, they promote insulin resistance, which happens when too much insulin is released and your blood sugar levels crash. You don’t need to cut out carbs completely – just opt for whole grains, which digest slower and won’t cause blood sugar to suddenly soar or drop.

Alcohol
You might want to think twice before picking up that second or third drink. Dr. Oz reported that excessive alcohol consumption can hinder the body’s production of vitamin A, which is crucial to the skin’s cell turnover and the production of collagen, which is key to a youthful complexion. Additionally, he revealed that when alcohol is broken down in the body, it expands the blood vessels that allow blood to flow to your face, causing redness and puffiness. Over time, alcohol continues to make blood vessels widen, and can eventually lead to permanent red patches similar to rosacea or broken capillaries.

Salt
Our bodies need salt for survival, but too many shakes can add years to your face. Neal Schultz, a dermatologist, told Shape magazine that excess salt can cause you to retain water, which leads to a swelling effect. This can translate to a puffy face, which makes you look old and tired. Shultz noted that this is especially common around the eyes as the skin there is thin and delicate. Sodium also dehydrates you, which can promote dry, tired looking skin.

Coffee
Even though you drink java to feel awake and alert, too much of it can dehydrate you, causing you to look more tired. Dr. Deborah Wattenberg told NBC News that since caffeine is a diuretic, coffee, soda, tea and energy drinks don’t allow your body to hold on to the water it needs. This causes your skin to look old and shriveled instead of supple. Try to stick to one cup of joe a day, and even less when it comes to sugary soft drinks.

Saturated Fat
Saturated fat isn’t just damaging to your heart and your waistline – it could also make your skin age faster. A study by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a 17-gram increase in daily intake of these fats was linked to a more wrinkly face. Related research by the International Health and Development Unit at Monash University found similar adverse skin effects, particularly as a result of butter consumption. Try to avoid fried and processed foods, which are loaded with these unhealthy fats.