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The Difference Between Hydrating and Moisturizing Your Skin

Skincare Tips Promote Anti-Aging

Editor’s Note: The following article explains the difference between adding water to the skin (hydrating) and using a barrier on the skin (moisturizing). Toners are more for skin balancing and helping product to absorb better.  They do have hydrating qualities depending on the ingredients but serums are the very best products for hydrating.  Pevonia has safe and effective hydrating serums such as Timeless Repair Serum with caviar and pearl extract, Elastin Intensifier, and Collagen Intensifier.

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By Jane Kolade, November 05, 2016, via HEALTH

I keep getting inquiries as the difference between moisturizing and hydrating. It’s an interesting question since both words are often used interchangeably, and it would seem they are the same. But are they? Well, not really. You see hydrating products are formulated to increase water content to plump up the skin while moisturizing products keep the skin soft and pliable by preventing water content in the skin from evaporating. But I thought I’ll discuss a little more here and to begin, let’s look at what exactly is moisturizing and hydrating.

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Moisturizing makes skin soft and smooth. Moisturizing aims to form a barrier film on the skin’s surface to prevent moisture loss. This makes the skin feel softer and smoother. Moisturizers generally work in two ways with two types of ingredients. First, you have the humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, sorbitol, propylene glycol, lactic acid, and colloidal oatmeal, which work by attracting water molecules to the skin. And second are emollients, like sweet almond oil, apricot oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter, which work by softening skin and forming a protective layer on top, to prevent water loss by coating the skin with an oil-based substance to trap moisture in. Generally, the drier your skin, the thicker the moisturizer you need as they can help banish dry patches, flakiness and even fine lines. And in theory, a moisturizer should protect your skin from water loss until you wash your face but we know this does not always happen for various reasons, one of which is environmental pollution.
Hydrating makes skin plump and supple.
The upper layers on the epidermis needs a supply of water to make sure they are kept plump and smooth. Hence, hydrating facial products are designed for this purpose to increase the water content of the skin. They usually contain occlusive agents that keep moisture from leaving the skin and humectants that attract more moisture to the skin. So in a sense, hydrating products are often said to be moisturizing as well. However, to me, hydrating means the actual replenishment of moisture or water to skin cells. Therefore, you should replenish moisture to your skin first before you have your moisturizing skincare products applied.

Your skin needs to be hydrated and moisturized.
Going by the structure of our skin, we need both hydrating and moisturizing products applied on our skin. However, does this necessarily mean you need to apply two different products? Well, not so because many moisturizers these days are designed to be water-based, containing mostly water-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid with some oil. But say if your skin is very dry, it would be better to use two products, such as a hydrating toner or hydrating serum followed by a richer moisturizer.

Skincare Tip: Apply moisturizer to increase hydrating benefits.
Personally, I only use a hydrating toner prior to using my facial oil and moisturizer. I always ensure that I apply the products while my skin is still damp. You might like to know that applying moisturizer to a damp face helps to lock in the water from the upper layers of the skin, and prevents evaporation. The moisturizer will also help seal the hydrating benefits from the toner deep into the skin.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Foods That Promote Healthy Skin

Beat Dryness, Wrinkles With Nutrition

Give your topical creams some backup, and care for your face naturally. Nutritionist Dana James shared the good things to eat for a flawless complexion.

Papayas: They contain lots of vitamin C and serve as an exfoliant when applied topically. You will see several skincare products that contain papaya because of its numerous benefits to your skin.

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Avocados: A good source of biotin, avocados help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. When applied topically, they can hydrate parched skin. Create a moisturizing mask. Pit the fruit, puree the pulp, and pat it on your face. The oil acts as an emollient. It also contains beneficial vitamin E.

Green Tea: High on the list of skin-friendly beverages thanks to its impressive storehouse of polyphenols. Aim for four cups throughout your day.

Tomatoes: A German study found that lycopene-rich tomato paste helped participants prevent sunburn when they combined it with olive oil, daily for ten weeks. Besides being a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are considered a high-carotenoid fruit. These nutrients may help slow down cellular damage from free radicals.

Salmon: Salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity, so you’ll have fewer fine lines.

Eggs. Protein helps repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. Eggs, a complete source of protein, also contain biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.

Pomegranates: When applied topically, this antioxidant-rich fruit may help skin create more collagen, while speeding healing.

Walnuts: Looking to add Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet but not a fan of fish? Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which help put shine in your hair and aid in making skin smoother and younger looking.

Beans: Another protein source, legumes help repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. During digestion, protein breaks down into amino acids, the building blocks of cells. Amino acids help to speed the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen.

Skin Care Plus uses the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skincare News via http://www.rd.com/health/beauty/8-essential-foods-for-beautiful-skin/

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skin Care Expert Emphasizes Hydration

Hydration Helps Avoid Wrinkled Skin

Drinking plenty of water daily is important for overall good health. But what about drinking large amounts of water for proper skin health? Water gives your skin a radiant, healthy, younger- looking complexion, while others say it has no effect on skin’s appearance whatsoever. I say, water helps hydrate and detox, so indulge.

The fact is that skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body. your skin is made up of cells. And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.

If your skin is not getting the sufficient amount of water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Skin is made up of three layers — the outer layer (epidermis), the underlying skin (dermis) and the subcutaneous fat tissue. If the outermost layer of the epidermis doesn’t contain enough water, skin will lose elasticity and feel rough.

As water is lost in large quantities every day, you need to replace it somehow. The unfortunate truth about drinking water and skin is that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin. I advise clients to apply a hydrating moisturizer within immediately after leaving the bath or shower. The skin is still porous and open to better absorption than after you cool down.

Of course, part of the equation is to drink more water. Drinking at least 8 glasses a day will help rid the body and skin of toxins. Everyone will not agree that water consumption will improve skin health, but it can’t hurt. Many people often report that by increasing their water intake, their skin has a more radiant glow. Those who suffer from acne have reported the same results.

Other Tips For Dry Skin:

  • Avoid exposure to dry air
  • Avoid prolonged contact with hot or chlorinated water
  • Use a gentle cleanser instead of soap
  • Avoid using skin care products that contain alcohol
  • Minimize dehydrating fluids with alcohol and caffeine
  • Moisturize immediately after a bath or shower and regularly throughout the day
  • Use a humidifier
  • Wear a scarf and gloves when going out in cold weather

Of course, all moisturizers are not created equal. We carry a few products that we recommend highly because they are natural and effective. Just give us a call and we can discuss your needs and make a better recommendation to prevent and treat your dry skin.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skin Types Demand Different Care

Personal Skin Care Starts With Analysis

Vibrant, beautiful skin has always been considered an important part of health. But in today’s modern environment, soft, smooth, flawless skin can be difficult to achieve and even more challenging to maintain. Your skin’s health is largely determined by diet, lifestyle habits, and sun exposure, which can sabotage healthy skin and leave lasting effects on skin strength, resiliency, and appearance.

In the early 1900s, four different skin types; dry, oily, combination, and sensitive, were identified and characterized by Helena Rubinstein. Each of those skin types is characterized by its own features and specifications such as:

Dry Skin (Xerosis)
This skin type is characterized by a dull gray-white color, rough texture, and an elevated number of ridges. The oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, which contains wax esters, sterol esters, cholesterol, di- and triglycerides, and squalene is believed to protect the skin from environmental influences and, when production is lower, contribute to dry skin. When the body’s natural oily layer on the skin dries out, the skin is unable to produce enough oil and moisture for the body to replenish the amount being lost. For the most part, the skin is able to replace that which is lost, but sometimes the body’s efforts are not enough and the skin needs more protection.

Oily skin
Sometimes also known as acne prone skin, Oily skin is particularly common in adolescents and young adults. At this age there is a dramatic increase in sebum production under the influence of the hormones. Oily skin is characterized by the abundance and nature of the sebum excreted at the skin surface by the sebaceous gland, target organ of androgens. It is most frequently encountered in adolescents and young adults. Excess of sebum gives the skin a shiny appearance, particularly on the forehead, the sides of the nose and the chin. In severe cases, various forms of acne can develop. An oily skin is also thick, well moisturized and covered with a protective oily film.

Sensitive skin
Sensitive skin is more common, with more than 40% of people claiming to have such skin. Sensitive skin is generally considered as skin which is easily irritated and probably has a genetic element. Some people with this condition cannot tolerate contact with any cosmetic products, however well-formulated they may be. Sensitive skin can be associated with a medical condition called atopy, where people have an inherited predisposition to eczema, hay fever and asthma. About 15-20% of the population has the genetic ability to develop eczema, asthma and hay fever.

Combination skin
Also known as “mixed” type of skin, this skin form is considered variable when exposed to different external and internal factors such as weather, climate, medicines intake, diet consumption etc.

Source: http://www.healthhotsolution.com/3/category/understanding%20different%20skin%20typesc77530f235/1.html

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Facial Serums Make A Difference

Serums, Cleansers Critical To Healthy Skin

In the past, I’ve talked about skin cleansers and toners. Cleansers are probably the most important product to use on your skin. If they are too acidic or too alkaline, they tear down the skin, making it irritated and more sensitive. Scrubs can cause the same type of skin damage.

The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you are prone to skin  cancer.

Your skin is a complex organ that serves as a protective barrier. It’s aging not only affects how old you look, but the thinning of the skin exposes you to infections and environmental chemicals and UV radiation.  So you need to know your cleanser. (You can bring it in and I can check it out for you. Know too, that Pevonia’s cleansers are the proper PH.)

Step #2 is skin toner. Toners balance the skin and they also remove tap residue. Depending on your water supply, this residue can cause breakout and problems on the skin.

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On to the third step in your home care routine which is a serum, (also called intensifiers, concentrates, elixirs, and boosters). Clients ask me if they really need a serum. The answer is YES.  The appropriate serum can make a dramatic difference on your face. It can make your skin look and feel younger, help tighten pores, calm redness, hydrate, diminish wrinkles, help acne, lighten, and more.  The best thing about specialized serums, is that they have powerful, concentrated, active ingredients that absorb quickly to deliver these ingredients.  The gel-like product is usually water based so it doesn’t clog your pores.

When you want to target specific skin concerns, serums are the way to go. Not only do they offer targeted results, but they strengthen your cells and give them nourishment and help repair. The one serum I like best, especially in the sun, is Vitamin C Concentrate by Pevonia. It helps prevent and repair sun damage.

These concentrates need to go on immediately after cleansing and toning. The skin needs to be very moist for the serum to be massaged gently (up and out movements) into the skin of the face, neck, and upper chest. If you don’t have toner, then leave your face moist with water (distilled water if possible). A creamy lotion or cream moisturizer over the top is usually recommended to keep serum from evaporating before it delivers its targeted ingredient.

Whatever your skin care concerns are, you can see faster results using the appropriate serum. Not all serums are created equal since manufacturing practices vary from brand to brand. Pevonia has my serums of choice because they are safe and effective.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Protect Your Skin From Melanoma

Screen For Skin Cancer On Melanoma Monday

Melanoma is not the most common form of skin cancer, but it is the deadliest. One in 50 Americans will develop malignant melanoma and around 10,000 people will die from it this year. And it’s not just a disease that affects the elderly. In fact, melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer in young adults between the ages of 25 and 29.

The back is the most common site for malignant melanoma. It’s hard for us to detect since we can’t see areas near the spine and shoulder blades as well as other parts of our body. It’s also difficult to cover that area with sunscreen without asking for help. As such, melanoma on the back is typically diagnosed later, which makes treatment more challenging.

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Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, although those with light skin who sunburn easily have a higher risk.

What Does Skin Cancer Look Like

Actinic Keratoses (AK). These dry, scaly patches or spots are precancerous growths.

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  • People who get AKs usually have fair skin.
  • Most people see their first AKs after 40 years of age because AKs tend to develop after years of sun exposure.
  • AKs usually form on the skin that gets lots of sun exposure, such as the head, neck, hands, and forearms.
  • Because an AK can progress to a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), treatment is important.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). This is the most common type of skin cancer.
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  • BCCs frequently develop in people who have fair skin, yet they can occur in people with darker skin.
  • BCCs look like a flesh-colored, pearl-like bump or a pinkish patch of skin.
  • BCCs develop after years of frequent sun exposure or indoor tanning.
  • BCC are common on the head, neck, and arms, yet can form anywhere on the body, including the chest, abdomen, and legs.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment for BCC is important. BCC can invade the surrounding tissue and grow into the nerves and bones, causing damage and disfigurement.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer.

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  • People who have light skin are most likely to develop SCC, yet they can develop in darker-skinned people.
  • SCC often looks like a red firm bump, scaly patch, or a sore that heals and then re-opens.
  • SCC tend to form on skin that gets frequent sun exposure, such as the rim of the ear, face, neck, arms, chest, and back. SCC can grow deep in the skin and cause damage and disfigurement. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent this and stop SCC from spreading to other areas of the body.

Melanoma. The deadliest form of skin cancer.
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  • Melanoma frequently develops in a mole or suddenly appears as a new dark spot on the skin.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial.
  • Knowing the warning signs of melanoma can help you with early detection.

Skin Cancer News via https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/types-of-skin-cancer

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Foods That Build Collagen Can Prevent Wrinkled Skin

Foods That Build Collagen & Elastin After Age 50

Collagen and elastin help keep your skin firm. You may develop sagging skin with age as your skin loses its natural elasticity. Intrinsic aging is a natural part of the aging process that reduces collagen and elastin production in your skin. Extrinsic factors such as repetitive facial expressions, sleeping positions, smoking and sun exposure can prematurely age your skin and lead to sagging. Extreme or rapid weight loss may also contribute to sagging skin. Physical activity can help by toning the muscles beneath your skin. Drink plenty of water, exfoliate and moisturize your skin to improve and prevent sagging.

While foods that build collagen and elastin are beneficial at any time of life, it becomes particularly important to get enough of these foods after age 50. At that point, your body begins producing less collagen and elastin, which can result in loss of elasticity and firmness in your skin and facial features.

Vitamin C: Your body uses vitamin C to make collagen and elastin, proteins which help keep your skin firm and supple. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps support your immune system, so you get both beauty and health benefits from foods rich in this vitamin. After age 50, you should concentrate on a variety of fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C. Citrus fruits — like oranges and grapefruits –red peppers, strawberries and sweet potatoes all contribute a significant amount to your vitamin C intake.

LysineLysine is an amino acid that your body uses to build collagen. It is an essential amino acid, which means that while your body needs it, your body cannot produce it by itself. Instead, it is provided exclusively by your diet. Red meats, cheese and nuts are all high in lysine, but they can also be high in fat. If you are over 50 and struggling with weight as well, try soy products, which are also high in lysine but lower in fat.

Manganese: Your body needs manganese to increase production of collagen and elastin, especially when healing wounds. If you are over 50 and have also had surgery that has left scarring, manganese will help your skin and help you heal. Your diet should provide a small amount of manganese — 2.3 milligrams for men and 1.8 milligrams for women. Eat foods like pineapple, pecans, whole grains and leafy greens, which are high in manganese. Unorthodox foods like seaweed and other sea vegetables are also high in manganese.

CopperYour body needs the essential mineral copper to knit together collagen and elastin to form strong skin. Copper, like manganese, is found in a wide variety of foods, although it is most concentrated in meat from animal organs, shellfish, nuts and seeds. Whole grain foods, like breads and pastas, are also high in the mineral. Copper is less frequently found in fruits and vegetables, but you can get reach your recommended daily intake by adding nuts and seeds — such as cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds — as well as lentils and mushrooms into your diet. Consume 0.9 milligram of copper daily for healthy collagen and elastin production.

Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. It is produced by the skin and other parts of the body. When you are young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why young children have such lovely shiny hair and smooth skin.

More foods that can help us generate collagen include:

Soy products  such as soymik and cheese contain an element known as genistein. The presence of genistein gives soy products their collagen production qualities, as well as helping to block enzymes that tend to break down and age the skin.  Just about any soy product contains enough genistein to be helpful, including soy products that have been developed as substitutes for meat products.

Dark green vegetables are also excellent examples of food containing collagen producing agents. Add drak green leafy veggies such as spinach, cabbage and kale to your diet every day. They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein. You need 10 mg to get results – which equates to about  4oz. of spinach or 2oz. of kale. Recent French research suggests this will boost skin hydration and elasticity, fighting wrinkles. Rich in Vitamin C,  regular consumption of kale, spinach,collards, and asparagus help to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and to utilize the protein effectively.

Beans help your body produce a vital anti-aging substance called hyaluronic acid. Aim for at least two tablespoons of beans each day – broad or butter beans make a great substitute for mashed potatoes.

Red fruits and vegetables also are excellent sources to up the collagen content of foods in the diet.  The presence of lycopenesl in these types of foods helps to act as antioxidants, which in turn increases collagen production. Try adding red peppers, beets, and fresh or stewed tomatoes to the diet. Also include sweet potatoes, carrots and more.  Research from Dr Ronald Watson at the University of Arizona has found that the antioxidants in red, yellow and orange foods build up under the skin creating extra UV protection. “The effect is so strong that eating six portions a day for about two months will build a natural barrier equivalent to a factor four sunscreen,” says Dr Watson.

Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables are natural  sources of collagen production.  You should try to include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberries into your daily diet.

Prunes  One of the biggest causes of skin aging is attack by substances called free radicals, that break down healthy skin tissues.  Antioxidants helps neutralize these free radicals before they can do any damage – and prunes are the fruit containing the absolute highest level of antioxidants. Blueberries are a close second. Eat five to six prunes, or a small basket of blueberries, daily to get a great health boost .

Omega Acids also help to create an ideal environment for collagen production. Fish such as salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega fatty acids.  Nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts contain healthy amounts as well.

Flaxseed is a major sources of the healthy fat omega-3. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer made from this and other fats so, the higher your omega-3 intake the stronger that layer is, and the plumper your skin cells are – which helps disguise lines and wrinkles.  Mix it into smoothies or add it to balsamic vinegar and use it as a salad dressing, but try to have a tablespoon each day.

Foods that are rich in sulphur content are also important to collagen production. Among these are green and black olives, fresh cucumbers, and fresh stalks of celery. Working in conjunction with the sulphur, vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A also aid in keeping collagen levels high. Try adding raw carrots, fresh cantaloupe and baked sweet potatoes to the diet for an extra boost.

Turkey contains a vital skin-friendly protein called carnosine  that slows down a process in the skin called cross-linking. When this happens, fibres grow into the collagen of the skin making it stiff and inelastic. This then stops it snapping back when you do things like smile, laugh or frown – and this is what causes smile lines or crows feet.  Eat turkey two to three times a week.

Chocolate  is really is good for your skin. In studies in Germany, it was found that after drinking a cocoa-packed drink, blood flow to the skin was boosted (meaning it gets higher levels of nutrients and moisture). It also seemed to be more protected against UV damage – the number-one skin ager. Only dark chocolate contains enough antioxidants to have effects, though.

Manuka Honey is a special honey from New Zealand with unique healing properties. It has been used in skin care for centuries by the Maori people of New Zealand and it’s easy to understand why. When used topically, Active Manuka Honey can restore and rejuvenate your skin. It supports the skin cell renewal process and assists in the formation of stronger collagen protein. As an added benefit, active manuka honey is rich in antioxidants and helps to reduce blemishes.

Rose hips are one of the plants extract that can present a rich source of collagen. They  contain a high level of vitamin C, which is good for the production of collagen.

Avocado Oil  If you want to know how to naturally produce collagen, you need to use face masks or creams that contain avocado oil. Avocado oil is deeply hydrating and highly compatible with the natural oils in your skin. Avocado oil is high in plant steroids,  which help to reduce blemishes and age spots. It also helps to regenerate and rejuvenate skin damaged by free radicals. Avocado oil is important because it is scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production and it increases the proportion of soluble collagen in the dermis of your skin. And don’t forget to include fresh avocadoes in your favourite salad and soup recipes.

One of the key points to keep in mind is that it is possible to provide everything your body needs to produce collagen by eating a balanced diet. By including some of the foods mentioned here, you will soon begin to see a difference in the quality of your skin tone, as well as have an improved sense of overall health. So toss those  collagen creams out and start shopping for foods that will actually help you re-grow the collagen you have lost.

Most anti-wrinkle creams contain collagen and elastin, and won’t do anything for you, since that these two ingredients are too dense to enter our skin.

Skin Care News via http://www.livestrong.com/article/485132-foods-that-build-collagen-elastin-after-age-50/

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Skin Replaces Itself Every Month

Avoid Toxic Foods, Skin Care Products To Promote Healthier Skin

Every year, the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries make billions of dollars from moisturizing creams and skin care products that contain tons of harsh chemicals. While no one in their right mind would leave tons of toxic chemicals in an organ like the heart, millions of women have been brainwashed into thinking that it’s ok to leave tons of harsh chemicals on their face or skin.

Change Your Diet

What the cosmetic industry won’t tell you is the fact that fountain of youth is in your garden and you can wear it for life. Foods high in antioxidants, bioflavonoids, phytochemicals and micronutrients can significantly reduce the damage of free radicals and toxins at cellular level. Also, people age, simply because there are not enough new cells to replace damaged, old, and dying cells. Many nutritionists and researchers believe that more than our genetics, our chosen lifestyle is what can accelerate aging process.

In fact, one of the most amazing studies were conducted by Harvard research study in early 1990’s showed how important antioxidants are to living cells and tissues in the human body. Soon afterwards, extensive studies were conducted on antioxidants and secondly how groups of antioxidants work even better together, and are so much more effective in slowing aging process, fighting cancer and beating free radicals.

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a. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C: Organic citrus fruits, pineapple, papaya and dark green leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli are amazing source of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, phytochemicals and micronutrients. In fact, research has shown that organic berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries) wage war against molecules known as free radicals that can harm brain cells and brain function. Antioxidants in berries have strong anti-aging properties and can fight against chronic diseases such inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and heart disease.

b. Various groups of antioxidants can even work better together: To stay younger and have more energy add various groups of antioxidants including Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Vitamin E, Glutathione, Bioflavanoids, Lutein, Lycopene, Coenzyme Q10, Zinc, Copper, Managese, and Vitamin A to your diet. In fact, beta carotene and vitamin A in carrots are an amazing source of antioxidants. Leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli are amazing source antioxidants, in particular, vitamins C and E.

c. Organic Green/herbal tea has powerful antioxidants. Avoid sugary beverages or drinks like coffee that are high in caffeine or toxic additives like high fructose corn syrup: Green and herbal teas are amazing source of antioxidants, whereas black tea, coffee and sugary drinks are high in free radicals. Keep in mind that many herbs imported from China have also high levels of aluminum, lead and arsenic. Even green tea (not real ones) with so many health benefits can be contaminated with high levels of fluoride.

d. Omega 3 fatty acids found in wild salmon, nuts ( walnuts or cashews), olive oil, flaxseed, sesame seeds, avocado and hemp seeds: In fact, omega 3 fatty acids (found in wild salmon, nuts, olive oil, flaxseed, sesame seeds, avocado and hemp seeds) are an important factor necessary for neurological development of mothers and growing babies. Omega 3 fatty acids are also necessary for promoting proper brain formation, increasing intelligence, excellent eyesight, healthy skin, strong nerves and the alleviation of depression. Keep in mind that eating wild salmon and taking fish oil (omega 3) supplements are VERY different. In fact, most omega-3 fish oil supplements are made from FARMED salmon that have high concentrations of PCB, toxins and mercury. Also, other seafood like tuna, swordfish, shark or sardines have high amount of mercury and other toxins that can accelerate aging and lead to many other health issues. Currently, wild sockeye salmon (0.09 mercury) is considered the lowest mercury fish. Find out why fish oil made from farmed salmon isn’t good for you: http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/fish-oil-supplements.php

e. The ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is very important: The imbalances between omega 3 and omega 6 in Western diet that can result in many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammation, diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases. These autoimmune issues can affect the body’s functionality to replace old dying cells with new ones. According to many scientific studies, human body has evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 of approximately 1. However, many nutritionists and experts believe that this ratio should be even higher, like 3 to 1. But based on the Western diet, the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is more like 1/15-1/25. So in conclusion, omega 6 causes inflammation (which accelerates aging) where as omega 3 can neutralize inflammation and in most Americans, the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is 25 times higher than it should be. The primary sources of omega 6 in Western diet are red meat, dairy, corn oil, hydrogenated (partially hydrogenated) fats and oils, canola oil, soy oil, and margarine.

Foods That Promote Aging

a. Sugary beverages, energy drinks, sodas, or drinks like coffee that are high in caffeine or toxic additives like high fructose corn syrup can accelerate aging.

b. Fried foods, foods high in omega 6, processed foods, foods that are nutritionally depleted (like GMOs, conventional foods, foods high in sugar, artificial additives and preservatives and foods that are pesticide ridden) can promote and accelerate aging. In fact, by looking at someone’s skin, you could tell that if they are eating too much French fries or fried foods.

c. Avoid smoking cigarettes or drugs like marijuana: Stop smoking Monsanto’s Roundup, since 90% of tobaccos in US are GMOs. Beside Roundup, cigarettes have more than 4,000 harsh chemicals and other toxins such as bleach and ammonia: Keep in mind that drugs like marijuana have free radicals that can accelerate aging.

d. Eliminate your use of skincare products, skin lotions and cosmetics that can have tons of harsh chemicals: The cosmetic industry has been making billions of dollars from paraben and petroleum based products that have tons of harsh chemicals and cancer-causing carcinogens. What is even more shocking is the fact that millions of women or even men spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on miracle creams or botox injections that do supposedly promise younger looking skin and anti-aging properties. Find out why Toxic ingredients in anti-aging creams like ‘Meaningful Beauty’ are not ‘Meaningful’ or ‘Beautiful.’

I have always encouraged our readers to pay attention to the ingredients in their skincare products and educate themselves about the reality of botox injections. In fact, the botox injections are not as safe as they seem to be and the so called anti-aging botox is a neurotoxin made from botulinum toxin that paralyses the muscles of face. Click here to find out how we actually are putting by-products of crude oil known as Petrolatum on our skin – a known cancer-causing carcinogen according to EU. In addition, most pharmaceutical drugs or even drugs like marijuana have free radicals that can accelerate aging.

Drink Clean Water

At least, two thirds of our body is made of water. You shouldn’t necessary wait and drink water when you’re thirsty. Don’t expect for your skin to be glowing, if you don’t drink enough water. Water can flush out toxins and free radicals out of your body and can promote weight loss. Keep in mind that there could be more than 60 different chemicals in your drinking water including chlorine and fluoride. So, it’s very important to have access to clean/filtered water, in particular, reverse osmosis.

Cleansing, Stress, Exercise

a. It’s very important to have a good cleansing diet on a regular basis, so your body can get rid of free radicals, toxins and heavy metals. Lemon fast diet (one glass of water, one freshly squeezed organic lime and a spoon of organic maple syrup) is one of the best ways to clean your body, in particular, your colon. Drink green smoothies full of fiber and enzymes at least once a day and get extra fiber by adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. It’s great to add herbs like mint, basil and tarragon to your diet for cleansing.

b. Constant stress and anxiety and not getting enough sleep can also promote accumulation of toxins and free radicals. So, try to relax by meditating or practicing yoga.

c. Exercising is a great way to get your blood circulation optimum. Exercising can relax your muscles, so you can sleep better at nights. Through perspiration, you can also get rid of heavy metals like lead, aluminum and mercury. So, it is very important to exercise and get rid of toxins in your body through perspiration.

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Prevent Wrinkled Skin With Antioxidants

Prevent Wrinkles, Promote Anti-Aging With Nutrition

As we age, it’s normal for our skin to gradually lose its elasticity and thin out. This is part of the skin’s natural aging process. However, there are a variety of factors that can cause the skin to start aging at an accelerated rate. A big part of premature skin aging is a result of free radical activity in the body.

Free radicals are molecules that are produced by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation, including radiation from the sun and other sources of UV rays, including tanning beds. Free radicals are also produced when your body breaks down food.

Antioxidants are naturally occurring substances that may provide protection against the effects of damaging free radicals on the cells in your body, including your skin. Antioxidant ingredients are already promoted in a number of skin care products available both over-the-counter and by prescription, and are being actively studied in clinical trials for a variety of medicinal uses.

1. Vitamin E
Vitamin E (tocopherol) is an antioxidant that is present in the skin and found in various foods, such as vegetables, seeds and meat. It helps the skin look younger by boosting collagen production and in turn reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Unlike other vitamins, skin derives more of its benefits from vitamin E better through topical treatments than through oral supplements. Vitamin E is available in two forms: alpha-tocopherol (alcohol-based) and alpha-tocopherol acetate. The latter does not penetrate the skin as easily, so make sure you’re reading the labels closely to get maximum benefit of the vitamin E.

2. Lycopene
Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, is a carotenoid found in red fruits and vegetables. It is, in fact, responsible for their red color. In addition to being a healthy choice for your diet, it’s a great choice for improving skin texture because it promotes collagen production and reduces the DNA damage that leads to wrinkles. To get the most benefit from this powerful antioxidant, you can either take a daily supplement or look for skin care products that contain it in topical formulas (lycopene is easily absorbed by the skin).

3. Green Tea
Green Tea has become one of the new age food heroes — a helpful ally in preventing everything from heart disease and cancer to skin aging and weight gain. The full range of heath benefits may take decades to define, but research on its impact on human skin is reasonably well developed. The secret ingredients are chemicals called catechins, which are antioxidants that can clear cell damage on the skin and repair wrinkles, blemishes or other impurities. When applied to the skin, green tea can reduce sun damage by reducing inflammation and tackling free radicals. (It doesn’t block UV rays.) When choosing a tea, its helpful to know that green tea has over five times the amount of catechins as black tea.

4. Coffee Berry
As an ingredient in anti-aging formulas, coffee berry prevents collagen damage, reduces wrinkles and protects the skin against damage. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leading to more youthful looking skin.

5. Resveratrol
The antioxidant resveratrol is compound that is commonly found in grapes, nuts, fruits, and red wine, among others. (11) Separate studies have shown that when topically applied, resveratrol protects against UVB-mediated cutaneous damage and inhibits UVB-mediated oxidative stress.

6. Grape Seed
Grape seed is extracted from vitis vinifera and is rich in proanthocyanidins, which belong to the flavonoid family. Proanthocyanidins are potent antioxidants with strong free radical scavenging activities. Grape seed extract has been shown to be an even stronger scavenger of free radicals than vitamins C and E.

7. Genistein
Genistein is an isoflavone derived from soybeans with the capacity to inhibit UV-induced oxidative DNA damage. Genistein, either topically applied or orally supplemented, was shown to effectively protect human skin against UVB-induced skin photo-damage.

8. Niacinamide
Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is a powerful antioxidant that has shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory and depigmenting properties. It has also shown to improve the texture and tone of the skin, as well as reduce fine lines, wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation.

9. Vitamin C
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient that can only come from the healthy fruits and vegetables that contain it. Vitamin C is usually touted for its cold-fighting power, but it’s also under study for its impact on preventing and reversing aging skin.

It works in two ways: as an antioxidant, as well as a booster of collagen formation — both of which are important to preserving and maintaining skin’s youthful appearance. (19-21) However, boosting your intake of vitamin C-rich foods does not appear to impact your skin to any measurable degree, so cosmetic companies are hard at work to study whether it can be absorbed through the skin directly via topical creams and lotions.

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The Most Common Skin Care Concerns

Skin Influenced By Age, Ethnicity, Environment, Heredity 

Conditions that irritate, clog, or inflame your skin can cause serious problems. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance. Here are the key facts about some of the most common skin problems:

Acne: This is the most common skin condition that affects human beings. While it mostly affects teenagers who are undergoing hormonal changes, many adults suffer with acne as well. Acne ranges in severity, requiring topical treatment in some individuals and systemic treatment in others. Acne can cause scarring as well. If you have mild or moderate acne, you may be able to treat it with cleansers, soaps, or astringents that are widely available over the counter. You can also use alpha-hydroxy acids (such as salicyclic acid) or benzoyl peroxide. If you have a more severe case of acne, you may require systemic treatment, which includes the administration of oral antibiotics, oral vitamin A compounds, or hormonal therapies. Your personal skin care treatment depends upon the cause of your acne, which can include bacteria, genetics, hormones, clogged pores or a combination of those factors.

Age spots or freckles: Age spots or liver spots (lentigines) and freckles (ephelides) are commonly caused from sun exposure. Age spots can occur in all skin types, typically arising later in life; freckles usually occur in people with fair skin. There are several ways to treat each, including hydroquinone and tretinoin. However, hydroquinone is not suitable treatment for persons with darker skin. If you have darker skin, you should plan to use a treatment that contains Kojic acid or vitamin C.

No matter who you are or what your ethnicity, your skin will require different care as you age. You will likely experience increased dryness, changes in facial contour, changes in hair growth, and decreased sweating. These are the impacts of the aging process. However, several treatments have proven effective. These include alpha hydroxy acids and vitamin A.

Dark skin: If you are African American, Native American, Asian, Hispanic or Southern European, you may want to avoid certain treatments. Those with sensitive skin should be especially cautious. If you use products with alpha-hydroxy acids, hydroquinones or tretinoin, you may risk hyperpigmentation (chemical reactions that can cause the creation of extra pigment, which may result in darker spots). If you have darker skin, you should plan to use a treatment that contains Kojic acid or vitamin C.

Eczema: This itchy, irritating skin condition comes in many forms and can be triggered by a variety of factors, including allergies, environmental factors, or family history. The raised, inflamed skin can appear anywhere on your body, including your face, legs, arms or neck. It can be treated with coal tar, steroid creams, or topical immunomodulators (TIMs), a class of anti-inflammatory drugs that are non-steroidal. For worse cases of eczema, you may require oral antibiotics, antihistamines or oral corticosteroids. As with other skin conditions, be sure to receive a proper diagnosis from a dermatologist for proper treatment guidelines.

Hives: Red and sometimes itchy bumps on your skin. An allergic reaction to a drug or food usually causes them. People who have other allergies are more likely to get hives than other people. Other causes include infections and stress. Hives are very common. They usually go away on their own, but if you have a serious case, you might need medical help.

Melasma: There are a number of treatments for this discoloration condition, also known as chloasma, which causes brown or tan patches on the face and neck. The condition is aggravated by sun exposure, but does not cause redness or swelling. If you think you have melasma, but you have not visited a dermatologist, it is important to receive an official diagnosis before beginning any treatment. This condition is most common among women who are on birth control pills, pregnant, or taking hormone replacement therapy. However, men also get melasma. This condition is commonly treated with hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, L-ascorbic acids (vitamin C), or mandelic acid. To ensure effective treatment, you should use a sunscreen at all times.

Moles: Growths on the skin. They happen when cells in the skin, called melanocytes, grow in a cluster with tissue surrounding them. Most people have between 10 and 40 moles. A person may develop new moles from time to time, usually until about age 40. About one out of every 10 people has at least one unusual (or atypical) mole that looks different from an ordinary mole. They may be more likely than ordinary moles to develop into melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Because of this, you should have a health care professional check your moles if they look unusual, grow larger, change in color or outline, or in any other way.

Rashes (basic dermatitis): Dry and itchy skin; Rashes on the face, inside the elbows, behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Your doctor will help you develop a good skin care routine, learn to avoid things that lead to flares, and treat symptoms when they occur.

Rosacea: This skin disease causes an array of symptoms, including redness and puffiness on several areas of the face, including cheeks and nose; in later stages, rosacea may cause small, visible blood vessels on the face, bumps or pimples on the face. Before seeking treatment, you should be officially diagnosed with this chronic condition, for which there is no cure, but there are available treatments. Rosacea can be treated with topical metronidazole, retinoids, azelaic acid, salicylic acid, mandelic acid or vitamin C. Oral antibiotics may be effective in more severe cases. It is important to realize that rosacea is a condition that can worsen if treatment is ignored or delayed. You should consult with your dermatologist to determine what treatment will work best for you.

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The two most common types are basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer. They usually form on the head, face, neck, hands, and arms. Another type of skin cancer, melanoma, is more dangerous but less common.

Wrinkles: Your skin changes as you age. You might notice wrinkles, age spots, and dryness. Sunlight is a major cause of skin aging. Cigarette smoking also contributes to wrinkles. The wrinkling increases with the number of cigarettes and years a person has smoked. Many products claim to revitalize aging skin or reduce wrinkles, but the Food and Drug Administration has approved only a few for sun-damaged or aging skin. Various treatments soothe dry skin and reduce the appearance of age spots.

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