Posts Tagged ‘anti-aging’

What are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs)?

       
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Alpha hydroxy acids can make your skin look brighter!When you’re looking at skincare product labels, you might have noticed something called alpha hydroxy acids, otherwise known as AHAs. While you probably trust the skincare company enough to go with its ingredient choices, it never hurts to know exactly what you’re dealing with. Here’s the lowdown on AHAs and why you should use them.

According to Allure Magazine, AHAs weaken the fluid bonds that keep skin cells on the surface of your body stuck together, allowing dead skin cells to come off easier. As we age, these fluid bonds get thicker (kind of like glue), meaning the cell turnover process becomes slower and dead cells stick around for longer, dulling our complexions.

So, if you use AHAs, you should end up with more radiant skin that’s not bogged down by dead skin cells. There are many fine anti-aging products on the market, like PETER THOMAS ROTH – Glycolic Acid 10% Hydrating Gel, that use AHAs to deliver you results. They’re also useful in acne treatment products like NeoStrata – NeoCeuticals Acne Regimen Kit.

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

       
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Ingredients for Aging Beautifully

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Antioxidants are key ingredients that fight the signs of aging. Products containing the following ingredients are your first line of defense; Caffiene, Olive Leaf, Mallow Flower, Avocado Oil, Acai Berry.

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurture

       
Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Sensitive skin: Equal parts nature and nurtureChances are you’ve racked up plenty of experience telling the lady at the sales counter whether you’ve got normal, oily, dry or combination skin. But did you know that having sensitive skin isn’t always a result of what your mama gave you?

“According to experts, all of [the] popular high-tech potions and procedures [we use to whip our skin into shape] contribute to a gradual wearing down of the outer layers of skin, leading to an uptick in the number of people who suffer from continual redness and sensitivity issues,” StyleList.com reports.

This means there definitely can be “too much of a good thing” when it comes to exfoliators, anti-aging treatments and especially when it comes to using too many products all at once.

To combat this issue, we suggest talking to a skincare expert to determine your true skin type and sticking only to products designed for your dermis. Most skincare regimens don’t require more than the use of a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and/or night cream.

Un-Wrinkle Makeup-Less Chemical-Free SPF 30 by PTR

       
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Un-Wrinkle Makeup-Less Chemical-Free SPF 30 by PTR This product just launched to the market a few weeks ago.  It’s nice that I have a chance to try it first before it actually “OUT” in the market. This product is really neat! When apply it, not only it goes on smoothly, it also blends well and amazingly match my skin color.  The product is  loaded with peptides and top it of with SPF 30 which is perfect for using alone or as a primer. Price point is $48. The product lasts along way.

Choosing eye creams that are good for you too

       
Friday, March 18th, 2011

Choosing eye creams that are good for you tooNormally when we think of eye creams and all things that are intended to do our skin some good, we never consider that sometimes, the products we choose may result in all kinds of unwanted side effects. However, those with sensitive eyes can take simple steps to avoid using formulas that might rub them the wrong way.

LA Lasik surgeon Dr. Brian Boxer-Wachler spoke with the Huffington Post and reminded ladies that safflower oil is excellent for hydration while caffeine can help decrease redness and UV damage to eyes. Organic soybean oil and grapefruit seed extract are also highly beneficial while alpha lipoic acid and vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate) are excellent for anti-aging properties.

Meanwhile, eye creams should be carefully selected to avoid fragrances and special non-irritating formulas, the news source reports.

Cellex-C Eye Counter Cream is specially designed for the delicate skin around the eye area and contains active ingredients to reduce the visible signs of aging. The formula is easy on sensitive skin and doesn’t generate many side effects as some other treatments might.

Expert skincare tips: How to slow the effects of aging

       
Monday, February 28th, 2011

Expert skincare tips: How to slow the effects of agingEven if some of us don’t make it to a dermatologist on a regular basis, we can still benefit from expert advice geared to help us combat skincare woes that many of us invariably end up facing.

If you wish to be in-the-know when it comes to protecting yourself against the effects of aging, Skincare-News.com provided these helpful hints that everyone should keep in their arsenal of skincare know-how.

“Sunscreen is a must in the fight against aging,” the news source reports. “People should always be honest about their skin care regimen – including any history of smoking and sun exposure. This is vital information for a dermatologist to create an effective anti-aging skin care routine.”

Be sure you’ve got the best skincare technology on your side with a sunscreen product that contains at least SPF 15. Many foundations and moisturizers come with SPF already built in, which is a great way for women to get into the habit of never leaving the house without some sun protection on their faces.

Quell your aging concerns with quality products

       
Friday, February 25th, 2011

Quell your aging concerns with quality productsLet’s face it – aging is a concern for virtually every woman, beginning with oh, say, age 26. Not that most younger ladies have anything to worry about – it’s just that staying fresh-faced has been so deeply ingrained in our culture, it’s hard to imagine going a day without obsessing about it.

According to an Allure beauty survey, 93 percent of females think that there’s more pressure today than ever before to keep oneself looking young. That’s a whole lot of women.

Since this is such a pressing concern, it’s important for women everywhere to be in touch with their confidence and own inner beauty, but it’s also equally crucial for them to have healthy, effective anti-aging methods to turn to once they do become older.

Skin loses its natural elasticity and moisture as you age, so look for face creams that contain retinol or collagen-boosting ingredients. A serum, such as one that contains vitamin C, can be a potent addition to any skincare regimen.

Skin through the ages: An everywoman guide

       
Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Skin through the ages: An everywoman guideYou know your skin is sort of a big deal – it is the biggest organ on your body, after all, and having an out-of-this-world glow can make the difference between feeling beautiful or just so-so.

We wash, we exfoliate, we moisturize, we tone – we drink our eight glasses per day in hopes of achieving that ever-elusive perfect, dewy sheen.

The older we get, the more we have to adapt our habits to our skin’s ever-changing needs. That’s why it’s so important for women of all ages to be equipped with the proper knowledge to respond to the changes taking place in their bodies – the skin of a 20-year-old has different needs than the skin of a 47-year-old, but with the proper techniques, every woman can feel like a queen.

According to StyleList.com, “thanks to technology and all that we know about aging today, firm and glowing skin isn’t something you have to leave behind in your youth.”

That doesn’t mean having youthful skin comes without its own bag of issues, however. Many 20-year-olds are still plagued with occasional blemishes.

New York dermatologist Dr. David Bank told StyeList that young women might look for gentle cleansers that contain alpha hydroxy acid, glycolic acid or benzoyl peroxide, such as Neova‘s Acne Cream.

As you get into your 30s, it’s a safe bet you’ll see less and less of the angry red stuff, but your skin might be less capable of restoring itself. This is about the time when blotchiness, dryness and tiny fine lines begin to appear.

To combat these dulling effects, Dr. Tina Alster recommends focusing on exfoliation and moisturizing, while Dr. Bank mentions that most of the stuff you used in your 20s to fight acne can also still be beneficial for anti-aging purposes. Retinol creams and glycolic acid are especially suited for fine lines and blotchiness, the news source reports.

Those who begin to notice signs of rosacea at this age are advised to avoid a self-diagnosis and to visit a dermatologist. Skin-care professionals usually have the most effective treatments for this inflammatory condition. If you do decide to self-medicate, you can use products such as Phytomer‘s Rosee Visage Toning Cleansing Lotion and Accept Neutralizing Cream.

Women progressing into their 40s may see a marked progression of the aging effects they experienced in their 30s “due to weakening of collagen and elastin fibers, loss of fat and muscles, and coupled with gravitational pull,” Dr. Banks told the news source. “It’s not surprising that you will begin to see signs of sagging eyelids, drooping brows and hollowness under the eyes.”

The best advice is to up the strength of the exfoliation and moisturizing process, opting for subtle dermabrasion formulas with microcrystals and moisturizers with lots of glycerin. Bank recommends looking for formulas with anti-oxidants such as grape-seed extract or vitamins A, C and E, the news source reports.

Women aged 50 and over may begin to see more pronounced wrinkles as the moisture and fat content in their skin begins to wane. At this point, lathering on oil-rich moisturizers is a safe bet for the skin, which isn’t as prone to break-outs as it was years ago. Alster recommends products with collagen-building ingredients, such as retinoic acid, and hydrators like hyaluronic acid.

Bank says there’s something to look forward to in your 60s, which may bring skin less prone to hormonal fluctuations and a more defined bone structure. To prevent the dryness and itchiness associated with this age, look for creams with shea butter or serums with phytoestrogens, the news source reports.

Once you’re in your 70s, you can leave the soap behind. Look for soap-free cleansers that will help you retain as much moisture as you can – adding a vitamin C serum can help you with sunspots. Cellex-C Advanced-C Serum will do wonders for blotchiness and uneven skin tone.

And if there is one thing that you do take away from all of this, remember to always put on sunscreen. Applying SPF 20 or greater can be your number one defense against aging, no matter what birthday you’ll be celebrating this year.

Bad habits to break for great looking skin

       
Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Bad habits to break for great looking skinEven with the best cosmetics and the greatest makeup techniques, it can be hard to achieve a fantastic appearance without a flawless complexion. However, many women may be unaware of several bad habits that are keeping their skin from looking positively perfect.

While women may spend more time in the sun in the summertime, gals should still protect their skin from the dangers of UV rays in the colder months as well. Too much sun exposure may lead to premature wrinkles and dark spots. Allure magazine suggests wearing a sunscreen that contains a minimum of SPF 30, and applying a tablespoon to your face, reapplying every two hours if you are outside for an extended period of time.

Ladies can use a broad spectrum sunscreen, such as B. Kamins Chemist Sunbar Sunscreen SPF 30, to guard their skin against the harmful rays of the sun. June Jacobs Protective Moisturizer SPF 30, a facial moisturizer that also contains SPF, is great for women who don’t want to sacrifice hydration for sun protection.

Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, author of The Skin Type Solution, told the publication that one of the most common skincare mistakes that gals make is using the wrong product for their skin type. However, she shared some insight as to which products ladies should use.

Women with dry skin should opt for a non-soap cleanser that won’t eliminate protective oils, like Dr. Michelle Copeland Daily Cleanser, and then apply a moisturizer that contains trehalose, like Priori Idebenone Moisturizing Facial Cream, to prevent tightness.

If you have oily skin, however, Baumann recommends using a cleanser with salicylic acid, an oil-free moisturizer, and a mattifying toner to reduce shine. Peter Thomas Roth offers a range of products perfect for an oily complexion, such as Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream With SPF30 and Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel.

It may be harder to select products for combination skin, but Baumann suggests using a foaming cleanser for oily skin, applying a lightweight moisturizer and then dabbing a heavier cream on dry spots. Gals with sensitive complexions should stick to fragrance-free formulas, which are less likely to irritate skin, and use milky cleansers that boast high hydration.

When washing your face or applying moisturizer, however, don’t forget to use the products on your neck and chest as well. These areas are exposed nearly as much as your face but boast more delicate skin that needs protection as well.

While premium products can help your complexion look its best, your lifestyle choices will also impact the clarity and texture of your skin. Don’t let bad habits prevent you from achieving a flawless face.

Smoking, drinking too much and constant cellphone use can all negatively affect your complexion. According to Allure, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that every decade of smoking can make women look an additional 2.5 years older.

While many women may have already been aware of the havoc cigarettes can wreak on skin, alcohol may also cause complexion problems. Dermatologist Fredric Brandt told the news source that alcohol increases the level inflammatory agents in the bloodstream, “which can hasten skin sagging over time.”

And, while many gals may not be able to imagine a world where they don’t talk constantly on their cellphones, resting the handset against your face can cause friction, occlusion and heat, which dermatologist Katie Rodan claims can cause breakouts. Instead of cutting off communication, however, women who want a great complexion can consider investing in a wireless headset – you’ll be able to chat without worrying about blemishes.