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Happiest Time of Year??

Merry Christmas
Well this is suppose to be the happiest time of year, but with all the upheaval in our lives and the world today, we are all more stressed out than ever.  According to Dr. Bruce Lipton, “Today, stress is responsible for up to 90% of doctor visits. Chemistry released into the blood by a brain experiencing stress shuts down the body’s maintenance-growth mechanisms, inhibits the immune system and produces emotional distress that adversely affects our behavior and consciousness. Fear, anxiety, sleeplessness, digestive, skin and nervous system disorders are currently responsible for manifesting a massive crisis in healthcare.”
My prescription for stress relief is an energy healing facial treatment and/or a sound energy healing  treatment. You can do both treatments at one time if you wish for a stronger relaxing effect.  Each treatment on its own will help you to look and feel healthier and younger. This will make for a merrier Christmas for all.
A gift certificate for family or friends will show them that you care enough about them and their well being.
Gift cards are available.  Just call or text, or email me.
  630-655-3345      or    Send me an email

 

I have My Skin Buddy in stock for that special christmas present for someone.  This is a hand held tool that has a cleansing mode, ultrasonic mode (helps with product penetration), and LED light for wrinkles, acne, and redness.  Great for home use.
Here’s their website for more info.
If interested, call for your price.

Call or text or email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a joyful holiday!!
Love and joy  Joan Kesman
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Therapy Treatment with my 4 new tuning forks.  15 minutes added to facial.  $25 gift to you.
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Transform Your Face

Transform Your Face With LED


How we look to the world is essentially defined by the beauty of our skin. Is your skin lucid, glowing, and younger looking? The answer to helping your skin to be younger looking and healthy is LED light therapy.  This is skin rejuvenation from within, working from the inside out.

Light therapy is not invasive and no pain involved.  So the treatment follows the scientific inflammation cascade, “The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age, and the more you are prone to skin cancer”. No Inflammation with LED, only helping with repair and building of the skin.

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Here’s what it does help: softens lines and folds, increases firmness and moisture, collagen production, better blood circulation,minimize pores, promote faster healing,  reduce broken capillaries,  reduce pigmentation, skin to look radiant, reduce redness, acne, and more.  It’s great for antiaging and acne both.  At the same time, the Light helps to relax you, so it is stress relieving along with all the healing properties.

The Greeks back in 1500 BC first recorded the healing properties of light to restore health.  Of course the technology wasn’t there yet until 1903 AD.  Dr. Niels Finsen, Danish physician, demonstrated the beneficial effects of various wavelengths of light to treat TB. Now it is used in dermatology, neurology, physiotherapy and more. Years of research have shown that light therapy has a powerful therapeutic benefit to living tissue.

Again in the 1960’s more was found and NASA began using it, then units were made for the facial room.  NASA’s research found that LED’s that produced near-infrared light were shown to stimulate the basic energy in the cells five times more than normal.

So what is LED light therapy?  It’s pulsed light that stimulates and regenerates skin cells and promotes healing using specific light frequencies.  The spectrum is between infra-red and ultra-violet. The light is converted to an electrical energy wave. Because we are electrical energy also, this wave creates more energy for cell division for rebuilding. So you achieve skin rejuvenation from within.

Even after one treatment you can tell a change in your face.  For the best results it is recommended to have at least 1 treatment a week or, even better, 2 treatments a week for 6 to 8 weeks, depending on your skin. I will do a deep cleansing before the light and a mask after at the time of the 1st and 6th treatments.  The treatments in between will be a quick cleanse and just the light after.

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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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Avoid Toxic Skin Care Products

Health, Beauty More Than Skin Deep

Some companies put ingredients in skin care products that can cause cancer or that are associated with developmental problems. Many cosmetics ingredients penetrate the skin. People ingest ingredients used on lips and hands, while we inhale sprays and powders. When risky and unstudied chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high for you and your family.

When you know what’s in the skin care and beauty products that you use, you can protect yourself, while reforming the marketplace. You’ll find product and ingredient safety ratings, health information about cosmetics ingredients and smart shopping tips that you can trust.

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Protect Your Children From Harmful Skin Care Products

Pound for pound, kids are exposed to more contaminants in air, water, food, and personal care products than adults. Immature organ systems are often less capable of fending off chemical assaults. Subtle damage to developing bodies may lead to disease later in life.

 

Parents can make healthy choices by using fewer personal care products for their children, ignoring ad hype and following these guidelines.

Teens use cosmetics. Sometimes lots of them. From hair gels and straighteners to eye make-up, body wash and lotions. Knowing which ones are healthy and which ones aren’t is very important. Why? EWG found that adolescent girls’ bodies are contaminated with chemicals commonly used in cosmetics and body care products. In fact, we detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption.

To make matters worse, teens may be particularly sensitive to exposures to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the complex role they play during puberty – precisely when girls typically experiment with an increasing number and variety of body care products. When we surveyed them, our teen study participants reported using an average of 17 personal care products each day, 40 percent more than an adult woman.

Teens can easily make safer choices by reducing the number of body care products they use, viewing marketing claims with skepticism, and always checking the ingredients for toxins.

We offer a full line of natural skin care products at Skin Care Plus. We offer a free consultation over the telephone and we can ship your personal order anywhere in the world.

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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Many Cosmetic Products Contain Gluten

Avoid Allergens In Skin Care Products

If you have celiac disease, your skin and entire body may respond strongly and negatively to gluten. Certain products, including non-food items, can contain hidden gluten. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed “gluten-free” labeling standards for food products, these standards do not apply to every item that could contain gluten, including cosmetics.

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Research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology demonstrated how difficult it is for consumers to find out whether their beauty products contain forms of gluten. Even though you’re not actually eating cosmetics, even a small amount of gluten in a lip balm could cause a problem — think of how often you bite or lick your lip.

Researchers have raised the question of whether gluten-containing lotions and moisturizers might trigger a response in the skin of a person with celiac disease. The investigation was prompted by case studies of two women who had contact irritation on their skin that went away when they stopped eating gluten in their diet and stopped using beauty products containing gluten.

In beauty products, hydrolyzed gluten is used to make both emulsifiers and stabilizers. This is an area of research that requires further exploration, but people with celiac disease who want to live a gluten-free lifestyle should be aware of the ingredients in their cosmetics. The skin absorbs these ingredients quickly, so the risk is very real. When in doubt, contact the maker of your favorite brands and ask about their position on gluten-free products. Many companies have statements listed on their websites because gluten is a growing skin care issue among consumers.

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 Secrets Of The Celebrities

Top Skin Care Trends In Hollywood

It often seems like celebrities know about the latest skin care products and treatments long before the general public. But mainly that’s because stars have access to the world’s best dermatologists and esthetician. It is these top skin care gurus who are creating breakthrough procedures or testing out newly discovered ingredients. So if you want to be ahead of the skin care game, you’ve got to pick the brains of Sonya Dakar, Dr. David Colbert and Kate Somerville, to name a few. We sat down with the top six celebrity skin care pros and found out what’s trending right now.

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DR. DAVID COLBERT, Celeb Clients Include: Michelle Williams

Next Big Ingredient: “Passion fruit oil and Qusome technology,” says Dr. Colbert. “It’s like a Trojan horse. It tricks the skin into delivering active ingredient deeper into the epidermis.”

Top Tip for Spring: Dr. Colbert recommends scoring an facial oil that includes retinol and vitamin C along with argan, borage seed and marula oil, which will leave the skin soft and glowy.

SONYA DAKAR, Celeb Clients Include: Gwyneth Paltrow

Next Big Ingredient: “There are some exciting plant stem cells bring used in beauty products. Some are derived from plants and fruits that can stay fresh for a long time such as Swiss apples, edelweiss, roses, and date palms,” Dakar shares. “Stem cells help with the growth of new cells and the production of collagen, elastin and protein, which prevent and smooth wrinkles.”

Top Tip for Spring: “While I am a fan of skin oils, spring is a good time to transition to a lighter moisturizer. While oil nourishes skin and absorbs into it, you may also want to layer a lighter lotion on top.”

KATE SOMERVILLE, Celeb Clients Include: Kerry Washington

Next Big Ingredient: “Ingredients that are designed to protect telomeres,” Somerville shares. “A telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosome, which protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration. When the telomere becomes too short, the chromosome reaches ‘critical length’ and can no longer replicate. This means the cell becomes old and dies. When this happens to skin cells, it causes dryness, wrinkles and sagging—the visible signs of aging.”

Top Tip for Spring: “Exfoliate! Look for formulas with fruit enzymes and smooth microbeads for a dual-action exfoliation.”

OANNA VARGAS, Celeb Clients Include: Naomi Watts

Next Big Ingredient: “Phyto stem edelweiss. Plant stem cells are going to really blow up in beauty,” Vargas says. “This one is one of the best because it will stimulate collagen and elastin productionand it’s natural.

Top Tip for Spring: “For spring I always say to focus on detoxing, both inside and out.” She recommends a facial that uses grapefruit, honey and oxygen to detox the skin. And for internal cleansing, she suggests trying “Dr. Frank Lipman’s cleanse. It helps the skin so much to clean out your digestive system—you’ll have fewer breakouts.”

RENÉE ROULEAU, Celeb Clients Include: Demi Lovato

Next Big Ingredient: “Peptide Haloxyl, which contains a combination of amino acids that are stimulating your own detox enzymes to work more efficiently in eliminating accumulation of dark pigment released from the red blood cells, strengthens eye tissue to prevent further leakage,” Rouleau says. “Simply put: it activates the elimination of blood originated pigments responsible for dark circle color and local inflammation.”

Top Tip for Spring: “The change of season from winter to spring can bring on increased breakouts since winter’s dry air can leave the skin with some residual dead skin cell buildup. Then when the temperatures start to warm up, it can bring increased oil flow, which can get trapped underneath cellular layers.

DR. FREDRIC BRANDT, Celeb Clients Include: Kelly Ripa

Next Big Ingredient: Biomimetic Tri-Amino Acids Peptide,” says Dr. Brandt. “This peptide inhibits the production of progerins—which are cell aging markers/mutated proteins that accelerate entry in senescence of the cells—and reinforces skin architecture.”

Top Tip for Spring: “Sunscreen!”

Source: http://www.eonline.com/news/529776/spring-skin-care-trends-six-celeb-esthetician-share-their-top-tips-must-have-ingredients

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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SkinPen Raising Eyebrows In Skin Care Industry

Editor’s Note: We’re reserving judgement on the SkinPen until we can conduct some research on our own. However, you can’t deny that the technology is making waves in the media world at the moment. Like most skin care treatments, time will see if the rewards are lasting and if they outweigh any risks (I’m concerned about the inability to sterilize the needles from some human pathogens).

Healthier Skin Through Technology?

Step aside pricey wrinkle creams, and make room for the latest anti-aging product: the SkinPen. That’s right. One pen, and one hour. That’s all it takes to get new, rejuvenated skin, according to Texas-based Bellus Medical. It’s called the SkinPen, by Bellus Medical, which bills itself as a “dynamic medical aesthetics company.”

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Here’s how it works. First the skin is numbed. When the pen is placed on the face, 12 stainless steel needles create thousands of microscopic incisions. This allows for contraction and tightening, and helps products penetrate the skin.

“You are creating new, healthy collagen from that dermal layer,” clinical aesthetician Marilee St. Louis told ABC News affiliate WFFA-TV in Dallas. “This is so microscopic that you get this huge boost of collagen to heal the wound and thicken up the skin.”

St. Louis says the skin will initially be a little red and puffy, similar to a sunburn.

After three days, however, the skin is better than normal, she said.

“I did it on a Friday, and on Saturday I was back to charity work,” customer Julia Stocker told WFAA. “This has true results, and they are immediate”.

But it’s not just for wrinkles. The SkinPen can treat acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, sun damage and stretch marks, according to Bellus. And it can be used on more than just the face. Patients have received treatments on the neck, arms, hands, legs, abdomen and back.

As for other treatments, microdermabrasion scrapes off the top level of skin, allowing for greater cellular turnover, and a slower aging process. It costs about $150 with a recovery time of three to five days.

Peels entail a chemical solution applied to skin. Over time, top layers of skin peel off, allowing for new skin to grow in. It costs $200 to $300 with a recovery time of three to 14 days.

SkinPen needles create thousands of tiny incisions, creating new collagen. It costs $300 to $400 with a recovery time of one to three days.

“We consider this the next step in micro-therapy,” Bellus Medical CEO and President Joe Proctor told ABC News today. “It’s going to be a little more expensive, but not much.”

Perhaps the biggest difference is the recovery process. “You can get dynamic results with little or no downtime,” Proctor said, adding that SkinPen patients can easily return to work the same day as their treatment.

The number of treatments a patient needs depends on their specific issue. Patients can receive the treatments about a month apart.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/03/skinpen-hailed-as-newest-breakthrough-in-anti-aging-treatment/

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 Cancer Often A Precursor To Other Forms

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Skin cancer has long been considered a silent killer, of sorts. An affected area can start off with very little visual indication, increasing in mass ever so gradually over time. Before a victim realizes how grave a situation they are in, it may be too late. Now, as if that wasn’t enough to worry about on it’s own, new studies are pointing to even more scary facts regarding this widespread type of cancer. It seems those who survive the deadly affliction, even at a young age, may be more likely to suffer again. The statistics are now showing that an initial incidence of skin cancer causes other types of cancers to crop up later in life.

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In a sense, because the skin is the largest organ in the body, it stands to reason that it has a huge risk of incurring some type of cancer – particularly due to its often direct contact with the sun’s deadly UV rays, which have long been known to have damaging affects over time. Skin cancer, the most common form of cancer, has two basic categories. First, there is the ultra-dreaded melanoma, which impacts deeper in the skin, and is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths. Although, if caught early enough, melanoma can be easily cured, especially in today’s world of modern medicine. Melanoma can be caused by sun exposure, but that is not always the case. For example, genetics are always a factor for any potential type of cancer.

Then, there is the much more common non-melanoma skin cancer. This type of skin cancer affects roughly 3.5 million people in the United States each year, and lies much higher on the surface of the skin. Often times this type of cancer does afflict sun exposed areas such as the face, neck, lips and ears. It is not considered to be as deadly as melanoma and just as easily treatable if caught early enough. However, recent studies that looked at thousands of non-melanoma survivors indicate that this type of skin cancer is potentially likely to cause other cancers down the line.

A recent study, published in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention journal, took in data of over 500,000 patients treated for non-melanoma skin cancer. These subjects were followed over the course of about 5 years to determine any long lasting health affects. The results were compared to the overall health statistics of about 8.7 million people who had never suffered non-melanoma skin cancer. As it turns out, those who had been afflicted with the deadly disease were 1.36 times more likely to develop another form of cancer within the aforementioned timeline of study.

Furthermore, the younger the non-melanoma cancer victim, the higher the rate may be of some type of cancer returning. The study found that there were roughly 30 different cancers likely to show up in non-melanoma cancer survivors. These include: melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer, and cancers of the colon, liver, lungs, brain, stomach, prostate, and pancreas. So, what can one do to decrease risk of non-melanoma cancer and the recurrence of other types of cancer?

Researchers point out that there is always a genetic factor when it comes to cancer, in which case there is almost no control over whether or not someone may develop the disease. However, with these new findings that skin cancer can cause other types of cancers later in life, there are a few things to bear in mind. Of course, limiting sun exposure through use of sunscreen, clothing, or simply staying away from places like the beach are all clichéd, yet helpful hints on prevention of skin cancer. However, if one becomes a survivor of non-melanoma cancer, they should stay healthy through exercise and diet. Not only could a healthy lifestyle stave off illness, if there is a return of cancer down the line it will help any victim to be in good shape while battling the potentially deadly disease.

Source: http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/skin-cancer-causes-other-cancers/

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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Facials An Effective Anti-Aging Treatment

Facials Open Pores, Improve Blood Flow, Purge Toxins

Few things feel more indulgent than a great facial. During the 30-to-60-minute procedure, your skin will be steam cleaned, sloughed, and slathered with a variety of nutrient-rich masks, serums, and moisturizers. As your complexion reaps the benefits of all that pampering, your mental health will get a boost as well, thanks to a tension-taming combo of soothing scents, soft music and gentle massage.

Along with squeaky-clean skin and a tranquil mind, you may also leave the spa with a few choice tidbits offered by the aesthetician— everything from the transformative powers of the treatment to at-home skin care strategies. 

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“I call it spa science because there isn’t a lot of science behind many of the claims,” says Doris Day M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Still, she and other dermatologists are fans of the facial, provided it’s under the guidance of a trained professional and customized for your skin type. “Enjoy the process, but take the advice with a grain of salt,” she says. “Think of a facial as a treat rather than a medical treatment.”

We polled women for “facts” they’ve heard at the spa or salon, then asked three top docs to set the record straight. Read on to find out the truth behind that lavender oil and Enya.

Source: http://www.refinery29.com/2014/01/60840/facial-skin-care-lies?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss#slide-1

Learn 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 Health Improved With Antioxidants

Nutrition Key To Skin Care Health

By Gerald Imber, MD

Two scientific terms that have become unavoidable are free radicals and antioxidants. These are now understood to be crucial issues in the health and beauty of one’s skin, so pay attention. Free radicals are charged chemical particles of oxygen that enter into destructive chemical bonds with organic substances such as proteins. The result is an oxidation, or chemical burning, of the substance, which destroys it. Protein is denatured, genes may be broken and dangerous residual substances may result from the chemical changes.

Examples of oxidation in nonscientific daily life include the rusting of an iron grill left in the atmosphere, the quick browning of cut potatoes, peaches or avocados left in the open air. It is interesting to consider that when a sliced avocado or peach is treated with lemon juice (a source of the antioxidant vitamin C), it does not brown. But before we jump to the conclusion we wish to see, immersing them in water inhibits the oxidation as well. Knowledge of all this has been around for a long time, though only recently has the process become a consuming interest of researchers and health faddists alike. At the same time that the destructive capabilities of free radicals were becoming known, many compounds that combat this destructive oxidation were identified. They are known as antioxidants, and include among their number many vitamins that were felt to be healthful even before the reasons were clarified.

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Various activities of daily life have been shown to increase the presence of oxygen free radicals associated with destructive oxidation. Exposure to sunlight is known to lead to oxidative destruction of the skin, including increased incidence of skin cancer and the collagen-destroying processes causing wrinkles. Strenuous aerobic activity has been associated with increased free radical formation. But while athletes produce more free radicals, they may have also developed a more effective method of combating the damage with natural antioxidants. The evidence of free radical production leading to oxidation and tissue damage is real; some of the findings are confusing, and we are only just scratching the surface of understanding a very important mechanism.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been given credit for all sorts of miracles, proven and unproven. It is a potent antioxidant and a necessary component of tissue collagen production. Again, we are advised that normal diets, including citrus fruit, provide adequate vitamin C. Over the years scientists and clinicians have waffled over claims for the ability of vitamin C to prevent colds and lessen the length of time that symptoms persist. It is generally believed that these qualities are overstated or wrong. One study did show vitamin C to be effective in preventing cold symptoms in 50% of marathon runners tested but only a tiny percentage of the general population. Since I’m so set against subjecting one’s body to marathon running, I nearly opted to leave that bit of information out. The significance of all this is confusing.

Antioxidants such as vitamin C are key players in the prevention of cholesterol plaques forming in the arteries and are generally necessary for sustained good health. The importance of vitamin C is well-known for its role in the healing of wounds and maintenance of the integrity of tissues. It is important in collagen synthesis, and its absence causes the disease scurvy, which results in tissue breakdown and open wounds. This was in the past a common condition suffered by sailors during long sea voyages. The association of citrus fruit with prevention of the disease led to British ships carrying stores of limes for consumption on extended passages, hence earning British sailors the nickname “limey.”

Excess vitamin C is quickly and harmlessly excreted in the urine. Most proponents believe that 1,000 milligrams per day is adequate for the desired antioxidant effect. A 2008 study quantified the ability of 1,000mg/day of vitamin C to clean up the free radical in muscle after exercise, but questions whether this is beneficial. I’m confused, and I’m sure you are too. Stay tuned—there is surely more to come.

Everything considered, I continue to recommend, and use, daily supplements of 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C.

Vitamin C has also been shown to be a powerful antioxidant when applied to the skin. This is where real progress is being made. Free radicals derived from metabolic processes interfere with the production and maintenance of collagen in the skin. When collagen fibers are inadequate in number or misaligned, the skin structure breaks down and loss of elasticity and wrinkling result. Vitamin C protects the collagen in the skin and is necessary for new collagen production and wound healing. Free radicals from the environment have also been said to enter the skin and cause tissue damage, though how this happens is a mystery to me. The function of the skin is to keep the outside environment outside. That’s how it works. And the difficulty in getting topical vitamin C into the skin illustrates that fact. But mechanisms aside, vitamin C applied to the skin can work if it can get into the skin in sufficient quantities. We will deal with this issue in depth a bit later in the text.

Vitamin E

Along with the knowledge of the destructive capability of free radicals is the knowledge that they are products of normal metabolism and are neutralized by antioxidants. These antioxidants are either enzymes within the body systems or antioxidants derived from the diet. The diet-derived group includes vitamin E (tocopherol), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), carotenes (vitamin A), and many others. Vitamins C and E are among the major nonenzymatic antioxidants that protect skin from the adverse effects of aging and sun damage, and for this purpose, topical application seems far more effective than oral supplements. We don’t yet know how much is optimal for this function, but we are discovering how to most effectively deliver it to the skin. The fat-soluble vitamin E molecule is too large to penetrate the skin and significantly raise circulating levels, but application of vitamin E to the skin has consistently shown the ability to retard the inflammation from sun exposure and UVB damage and, in fact, reverse the sun damage. There is also a great deal of evidence that vitamins C and E are enhanced in their antioxidant function when applied together. Current conservative advice is that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables should be adequate for normal healthy adults. Daily oral supplements of vitamin E have long been recommended but have fallen into scientific disfavor due to conflicting reports. Some studies claim it promotes cardiac health; others contradict the findings. A 2009 study indicated that most basic studies were universally flawed and suggested that larger (and perhaps larger than tolerated) doses might be necessary to be effective. I no longer encourage taking vitamin E supplements until more information is available. The effect of vitamin E on the skin is another matter. All evidence indicates that it is an important element for maintaining youthful, healthy skin and preventing and reversing sun damage.

Topical antioxidants like vitamins C and E are potent tools for reversing sun damage to the skin. No one doubts their value; the issue is getting the large molecules through the skin, and a great deal of progress has been made on this front. Effective vitamin C serums are available, and they work. But delivering enough of the antioxidant remains a problem; measuring its effectiveness objectively is another. A relatively unexploited but easily documented property of topical antioxidants is their ability to prevent redness from sun exposure. Both vitamins C and E reduce the red inflammatory reaction from the sun when applied half an hour before exposure. This can be documented and crudely quantified, so we have a way of measuring results and comparing them. When C and E are applied together the effect is cumulative, in other words, more effective than either alone. When another antioxidant, melatonin, is added to C and E, the protective effect is many times greater than using C or E alone, or C and E in combination. Apparently, the addition of melatonin eases the entry of the antioxidants into the skin. This breakthrough has made the topical delivery of antioxidants into the skin a more effective reality. The unique quality of the combined antioxidants has been known for a number of years. Whether the reduced inflammatory response translates to fewer skin cancers is not yet clear. What is known is that vitamins C and E, combined with melatonin, drive antioxidants into the skin, and these same antioxidants have been shown to protect the skin from the inflammatory response to the sun and help reverse previous sun damage to the skin.

I think this represents great progress, and a serum containing potent levels of vitamins C and E and melatonin is now an important component of the Youth Corridor program.

Melatonin

Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in the brain and is known to influence the circadian rhythms of the body: sleeping at night, being awake during the day. It has also been recognized as among the most powerful of antioxidants. The ability of melatonin to eliminate free-radical contamination in cellular function has been repeatedly demonstrated. And as noted above, it is very effective as a topical antioxidant in its synergetic action with vitamins C and E. The ability of melatonin to help drive vitamin C into the skin and its anti-inflammatory action have made it a very important ingredient in skin-care products. I believe the combination of vitamin C, vitamin E and melatonin represents the most truly effective way to get enough of these antioxidants into the skin to impede collagen destruction, encourage collagen production, reduce facial wrinkles and undo sun damage.

Natural antioxidants and antioxidant supplements

There are many antioxidant supplements available. Most of these compounds have beneficial properties in their natural state, which should not be overlooked. But the question is whether antioxidant supplements actually provide the help they promise. Systemic antioxidants are necessary to prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, which then becomes layered into artery walls as life-threatening plaque. As recently as June 2009, the American Heart Association declined to underwrite the use of antioxidant supplements for this purpose. It concluded there is not enough evidence that vitamins C or E or beta-carotene supplements are of any benefit, though it encouraged the dietary intake of foods high in antioxidants in the natural state. Foods such as citrus fruits, carrots and pomegranates are high on the long list of healthy sources. Green tea is a great source of the powerful antioxidant group called catechins. Catechins have been credited with improving cardiac health, among other benefits, and many experts encourage consuming multiple cups of green tea daily. Numerous studies show the benefit of these catechins in boosting immune response and protecting against cancer. Green tea extract applied to the skin is active in protecting against skin cancers caused by UVB rays, the most dangerous wavelength in sunlight. There appears to be enormous value in consumption of green tea and its use in skin care preparations.

Decaffeinated tea retains its antioxidant value as well, so you can drink your antioxidant all day, buzz-free. Apparently, green tea is not baked in the production process and maintains more of its active catechins than other types of teas. Green tea has no calories, and though it is admittedly an acquired taste, once you get into it, it tastes great. Over the long haul, it may stain teeth slightly, as does coffee; but the simple expedient of brushing a few times daily seems to neutralize the problem.

Lycopene is perhaps the most potent dietary antioxidant. It is found in abundant supply in tomatoes, carrots and other yellow, red and orange fruits and vegetables. Its importance in cardiovascular health has been established, and one can infer that if it gets into the arteries it will also reach the skin. Here’s the good news about lycopene: It appears to be most effective in the cooked state in tomatoes, and is most readily digested and absorbed in combination with fats such as olive oil and cheese. Which makes an excellent case for pizza.

Coldwater fish supply abundant amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while supplements may not. This does not mean that supplements do not help, simply that there is no evidence of that help. That is not the same thing. In the case of beta-carotene supplements, there is evidence of significant negative impact of high doses on the survival of some cancer patients.

The point of all this is, don’t let any food faddist, vitamin salesman or profiteer fool you. There is no clear, scientific evidence that supplements can do the same job as healthy eating. So, why do I continue to use and suggest vitamin C supplements? The evidence of its effectiveness comes and goes in waves. There is nothing to indicate vitamin C is harmful, and reputable scientific investigators have taken both sides of the question over the years. But one would not be wrong in abandoning vitamin C supplements as well.

Source: http://www.skininc.com/skinscience/ingredients/Antioxidants-Free-Radicals-and-Skin-Care-227888041.html?page=1

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Beauty Rest Promotes Healthy Skin

Many people skip toner in their skin care routine. It can be optional for some skin types but it does help balance out your skin and prepare it for moisturizing. If you decide to use toner, look for ones that are alcohol-free and suited for your particular skin type. Just dab some on a cotton pad, wipe your face and neck and let it air dry.

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Remember, your skin renews itself while you’re sleeping. That’s why it’s so important to get your eight hours of sleep each night.

If you have time in the morning, do some stretching, walking or yoga poses. Doing so can help get your blood flowing, reduce dark circles under your eyes and help you look less puffy. Another great benefit to getting moving in the morning is that you’ll be more alert and it gives your metabolism a boost. If you already work out in the morning then you’re already on the right track. These are some of the things that we review when we assess your skin and lifestyle to determine the best skin care products for your body, age and lifestyle. If you don’t live in the greater Chicago area, we offer telephone assessments, consulting and product recommendations for clients around the globe.

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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