Friday, February 29, 2008

Ingredients - What stuff are you using???

It’s absolutely amazing what a trifle daily regimen will do for your skin. I see people, who are not even middle-aged, but look like they’re quickly approaching fifty. Now, I seriously doubt anyone wants to appear older than they truly are. Looking 25 at age 35 is quite desirable. Fortunately you do have some say in the aging process. Along with the appropriate diet and life style, your aesthetician can develop for you a personal skin care regimen to keep your skin looking health, young and vibrant. It’s really not difficult and you do not have to spend lots of money to do it. The main concern at-hand is skincare ingredients. What stuff are you using?
Since skin type varies from person to person, and our faces and bodies require varying skincare ingredients. Don’t glance at a skin care line and assume it’s outstanding because of the brand name, or some hyped ad you saw on TV. Check out the ingredients on the label before you buy it and ask a professional to help you find what is better for your skin. Different skincare ingredients have different effects on your skin know why:

  • Sodium Laurel Sulfate: is used in household products such as detergents, shampoos, etc. Some disolveable aspirins, and bubble baths for its thickening effect and its ability to create a lather.

  • Paraben: are used as preservatives in food, cosmetics, sunscreens, shampoos, and many other products, it can cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis in individuals with paraben allergies. Parabens were found in samples of breast tumors.

  • L-Ascorbic Acid: AKA Vitamin C is a life enhancer that must be renewed every day. Its most well known effect is to protect tissues from tissue damage caused by free radicals (pollution, UV's, medication, smoke, illegal drugs, alcohol), promotes wound healing and is essential to repair collagen, strengthen capillary walls, reduce redness, protects against blood clotting and bruising.

  • Hyaluronic Acid: holds hydration 1000 times more than water helping the skin with more elasticity feeling softer. It plays an important role in tissue dehydration, lubrication and cellular function. It is produced in the body naturally.

  • Hydroquinone: decreases the formation of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment in skin that gives it a brown color. A topical application in skin lightening to reduce the color of skin as it does not have the same predisposition to cause dermatitis as Metol does. Do not use hydroquinone topical on skin that is sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated, or on an open wound. It could make these conditions worse. Wait until these conditions have healed before applying. Use for 3 months then discontinue to use for 3 months. Avoid its use during summer time.

  • Kojic Acid: a natural product derived from a mushroom. It has been successfully used to lighten pigment spots and skin discoloration and considered as a kind of popularly specialized inhibitor for melanin. At present, it is assigned into various kinds of cosmetics for curing freckles, spots on the skin of elder men, pigmentation and acne.

Products found OTC are not effective as pharmaceutical grade skin care line and the reason why are INGREDIENTS. What stuff are you using?????????

Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter vs. Skin

The weather outside may be unsightly, but your skin doesn't have to be. How to banish dry skin and give your winter skin care regimen a boost.

WebMD FeatureReviewed by Louise Chang, MDFor many people, the cold clear days of winter bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortable dryness to the skin of the face, hands, and feet. For some people, the problem is worse than just a general tight, dry feeling: They get skin so dry it results in flaking, cracking, even eczema (in which the skin becomes inflamed).

Sound familiar? Read on to get WebMD's top 10 tips for boosting your winter skin care regimen, so that your skin stays moist and healthy through the winter months.

1. Seek a Specialist

If you go to your local drugstore, you'll be hard put to find a salesperson who can give you good advice not only because they aren't skin care professionals but also because OTC ( over the counter ) products aren't effective as pharmaceuticals products and the reason is: ingredients! That's why going to an esthetician or dermatologist even once is a good investment. Such a specialist can analyze your skin type, troubleshoot your current skin care regimen, and give you advice on the skin care products you should be using.

2. Moisturize More

You may have found a moisturizer that works just fine in spring and summer. But as weather conditions change, so, too, should your skin care routine. Find "humectants," " emollients," a class of substances that attract moisture to your skin.

3. Slather on the Sunscreen

No, sunscreen isn't just for summertime. Winter sun -- combined with snow glare -- can still damage your skin. Try applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your face and your hands (if they're exposed) about 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply frequently if you stay outside a long time.

4. What are you using?
If your facial skin is uncomfortably dry, avoid products that can strip vital oil from your skin. Use a cleansing gentle cleanser, a toner with no alcohol (never use products that contain alcohol because it breaks the natural skin's barrier causing break-outs and dryness), masks that are "deeply hydrating," such as complex of Vitamin C, rather than clay-based, which tends to draw moisture out of the face.