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02-03-12 wrinkle  cream

Investing in the right wrinkle cream

Aging is inevitable, but a good wrinkle cream can help delay the onset of aging signs and even help reverse existing damage. An ideal cream needs to accomplish three key functions: perfect, prevent and protect. Skin types and needs vary, so be careful when choosing you skin cream. Make sure you choose a product that is right for you.

01-26-12 Nuts Backgound

The right foods for an anti-aging diet plan

Did you know that certain foods have anti-aging properties? Eating to combat aging means more than just eating healthy – specific foods contain nutrients that can boast anti-aging benefits. Going Nuts about Berries and Beans One of the most effective ways to combat the signs of aging is to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. Berries are a great natural source of antioxidants and your diet should include plenty of fresh berries like blueberries, cranberries and blackberries. Nuts and fish are also very effective in combating the effects of aging as well as improving your overall health. Beans are not only a very high source of protein; they are also extremely rich in antioxidants. In fact, just half a cup of dried red kidney beans provides some of the richest levels of antioxidants. Try and have a bean-based meal three to five times a week. Melons are not just a great low-calorie food, they are chock-full of vitamins. One cup of cantaloupe will cover almost all your vitamin A and C needs for a whole day. Watermelon is another good food to add to your diet as it contains lycopene, which is known to have antioxidant properties. A real

Banish Under-Eye Circles

Under-eye circles, whatever their cause, can add unnecessary years to your face and take away from your overall appearance. Regular skin care products or even makeup rarely help and can even aggravate the problem further. This is because the under-eye skin area is very delicate and requires specialized treatment. Some of the best steps to take care of the under-eye area include the following: Clichéd as it may sound, sleep is the best cure for tired eyes. If you are not rested, all the cures in the world will come to naught. So, the first step is to ensure that you are getting your required quota of shut-eye. Experts recommend grabbing an additional nap midday to look even better for a special evening event. In case you are unable to get enough rest or just need an extra lift, try “resting” your eyes further with cotton balls dipped in rose water, tea bags that have been refrigerated a while, or even cucumber or potato slices. Apply for three to four minutes, and you will see an instant difference! Include an under-eye cream in your beauty regimen. It is important to be extra gentle when washing or moisturizing the under-eye area

1-25-12 Olive Oil

Top 10 tips to avoid aging

Different people age differently. How fast or slow your skin begins to wrinkle is a function of your genes, your lifestyle, eating habits, living environment as well as other contributing factors. Some of these factors are within your control, while others are not. This article examines the top ten ways to help you slow the clock and look young for as long as you can. Minimize sun exposure in peak afternoon hours, and make sure that you use a protective sunscreen on all exposed skin whenever you step out of your house. Avoid drastic weight fluctuations and dietary restrictions. Staying within 5 to 10 pounds of your ideal weight ensures that your skin will not sag or stretch needlessly. Fad diets also deprive the body of essential nutrients and may cause skin damage in the long run. Make sure to drink enough water and juices. Hydrated skin looks and feels softer to the touch, making you look younger. Don’t underestimate the power of the good fats found in olive oil, almonds, salmon, avocado, flaxseed, and walnuts. Included judiciously in your daily diet, these lend a much-needed glow to an otherwise dull complexion. Avoid prolonged high-impact aerobic exercises like jogging or

01-27-12 skincare products

Cosmeceuticals, the science of beauty

Cosmeceuticals are a combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. There is a large population of aging people that are living longer and are willing to pay good money for proven ways to lift their sagging skin and remove their wrinkles. Cosmetics alter the surface of the skin by changing the color or appearance of the skin. Cosmeceuticals in contrast alter the way the cells of the skin grow and perform. This is the primary difference. Cosmetics are purely topical application that affect the outer layer of the skin in appearance. Cosmeceuticals penetrate the skin and influence the functioning of the skin’s cells to enhance your appearance. Cosmetics have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. Both men and women have been applying plant-derived topicals to their skin to make themselves look better. But it has only been for the past 30 or 40 years that scientists have understood what is going on in the deeper layers of the skin. Interestingly, the cosmeceutical industry owes its birth to advances in `wound healing’ by biotechnology companies. It was found that the same skin recovery principles that caused wounds to heal also apply to anti- aging and other skin care treatments. When

1-25-12 Famale Face with Wrinkles on Her Forehead

In skin care, collagen proliferation is the key to wrinkle reversal and prevention

Collagen research conducted in 2010 at the Institute of Chemistry in Gdansk has uncovered new findings on this master protein. There are more than 15 different types of collagen in our bodies. One specific type was the focus of this particular research, the collagen protein in the skin that ages over time. After 16 years of studying collagen, researchers concluded that the biologically active types of collagen, which incorporate themselves into the matrix of the skin’s connective tissue, are the most likely to have anti-aging properties. Without collagen, humans would not exist. Collagen makes up one quarter of our total body protein. The protein was first discovered by the ancient Greeks, who gave collagen its name. It comes from the Greek work kollo. It was initially used it to bind things together. They would boil animal collagen in water to create a sticky glue-like substance. In fact, the glue we use today is derived from the same kind of collagen isolated and boiled by the ancient Greeks. In 1954, Indian scientist G. N. Ramachandran discovered that collagen has a triple helix structure. You may be familiar with the double helix structure of a DNA molecule. Collagen, however, has an additional

01-27-12 Portrait of young beautiful woman applying cream

Do I need anti-aging products?

One of the questions our beauty advisor gets asked very often is Do I need anti- aging products? There are actually 2 questions in this one – How do you define anti-aging products? And is there a specific age at which you need to start using anti-aging products or treatments. This article seeks to answer both. First and foremost anti-aging products though synonymous with anti-wrinkle creams, technically cover all products that help prevent, minimize or cure signs of age related deterioration. Using that definition, even the sunscreen that you apply to your baby’s skin is an anti –aging product as is the moisturizing bar of soap you have been using since you were 5 years old. Inherent in this definition is the answer to the second question as well. The skin needs to be protected against damage every day, from the day it comes into existence. All damage is in some ways age or time related. The intensity of the required protection on the other hand is something that requires further exploration. In matters of skin care, it is safe to say that less is more. The less you can do with, the better are the chances of your skin

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Wrinkle formation and prevention

For most people, wrinkles are one of the first physical manifestations of the ageing process. In this article we try and explore how wrinkles form including the role of genetics, environment, skin color and what we can do to minimize their appearance. Role of genetics Genetics are the single biggest determinant of our skin structure and texture. In fact up to 50% of the way we age can be attributed to the genes we inherited from our mother or father. To explain, the quality and color of the skin we have is largely due to genetic influences. The lighter the skin we have, the thinner it usually is. Thin skin is more prone to wrinkles. Again, dry skin  mean fewer oils which in turn means lesser Vitamin E reserves. Vitamin E is known to be a natural wrinkle inhibitor which makes dry-skinned more prone to wrinkles. Be it a turkey neck or puffy eyes there is nothing we can do but work with what we have inherited. But thankfully, there is another 50% of skin aging that we do have control over. Read on. Environment The environment we subject our skin to plays a major role in aging. Of all

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Ingredients to look for in anti-aging products

Effective ingredients are what make some anti- aging products better than others. They each have their own unique properties and when used properly in combination with other ingredients, they can have wonderful rejuvenating effects. It is always best to recognize what you are applying to your skin, so review these ingredients and you will better understand the anti-aging products you purchase. Argerilene – This is scientifically known as acetyl hexapeptide-3. The name might not mean much but this is a protein derived from the botulinum toxin (botox) and has some wonderfully restorative properties for the skin. It helps to inhibit excessive wrinkle formation caused by muscle contractions around the eyes and forehead. Hyaluronic acid – This is a component of the skin that is naturally occurring but decreases with age. By including it in anti-aging products it stimulates the growth of new cells in the skin that support its structure. The skin also produces hyaluronic acid when there is excessive sun exposure as it tries to heal the skin. Retinol – A derivative of Vitamin A, retinol is essential for proper growth and repair of the outer most cells of the skin. It is used in topical creams to treat

01-27-12 Green Tea

Why is green tea good for the skin?

We have all heard how green tea is good for us. It is a well-known antioxidant and has become an ingredient in many topical skin care treatments. A closer look at the compounds in green tea reveals that the polyphenols in the green tea have a great impact on our bodies and on our skin. Polyphenols are a group of chemical compounds that have a lot (poly) of phenol (carbolic acid). Different types of polyphenols are responsible for the bright colors in fruits and vegetables. So, it is thought that the polyphenols in fruits and vegetables are some of their healthiest components. Here are three ways that polyphenols in green tea have a positive impact on your skin. Preventing Acne Acne is essentially an inflammation in the pores of your skin from the buildup of dirt or other substances. Green tea extracts have an anti-inflammatory effect and aide in the treatment of acne. A 2009 study in the Journal of Drugs and Dermatology reported that, when patients with acne were given a topical solution of green tea extract twice daily over 6 weeks, there was a 58 percent reduction in the patient’s acne. They concluded that the green tea extract