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One, Two, Three to Healthy Glowing Skin November 01 2015, 0 Comments

What Causes Wrinkles

The thought of turning back the clock is appealing when we think of preserving a youthful appearance. If only we could keep our healthy skin, hair and body shape while we carry forward the wisdom we have discovered through the years. Well, with today’s anti-aging consciousness, laboratory studies and the right products we can design a skin care routine that will not only prevent or stall our skin from aging, but will also repair and restore damage already done.

Wrinkles are caused by a few factors. Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN cites four main factors to aging skin. As we age, the natural oils that keep our skin looking healthy and young begin to decrease. The absence of these natural oils makes the skin appear drier while the fat in deeper layers of the skin begins to diminish leaving the look of sagging skin and pronounced lines.  Repeated exposure to ultraviolet rays also breaks down the collagen which gives our skin its elasticity making it less strong and flexible. This loss of collagen causes repeated facial expressions to leave their mark as smile lines, frown lines and squinting begin to form deep grooves beneath the skin. Without its youthful bounce, the skin above forms to the grooves and creates wrinkles. And finally, the most avoidable cause of aging skin is smoking which robs the skin of oxygen and accelerates the aging process far sooner in those who smoke than those who do not.

 

Rejuvenate Your Skin With Exfoliation

Despite the above factors that are unavoidable, there are a few things we can incorporate into our weekly or daily routines to help prevent wrinkles.

Wash your face daily. Exfoliate twice weekly. Our skin sheds 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute. This is incomprehensible, but most of the dust in your house is dead skin cells. Without exfoliation these dead skin cells clog our pores rapidly leaving our skin dull, dry looking and unable to breath. Exfoliate twice weekly and you will see the glow return with a more youthful appearance.

While there are many products to purchase or formulas you can make at home to assist in exfoliation, problematic skin should avoid products with oils. Those who suffer from acne can benefit from keeping the skin extra clean but most acne sufferers have oily skin and adding to it can prevent the acne from healing. If you follow this regular routine you will see less pronounced wrinkles, a brighter complexion and your pores minimized.

Toner: It's For Beautiful Skin

Using toner is an essential step in keeping your skin cleansed but it also helps to exfoliate. Toner does a deep cleaning of the pores on the skin which helps prevent break outs and restores a healthy glow to your face. Dermatologists suggest the use of toner as a way to shrink pores. For those with oily skin toner is especially helpful in removing dirt and grime and should be used twice daily.

Because our skin is acidic using soap on your face alone actually disturbs the PH balance. But by using toner right after you quickly restore it to a healthy balance.  

Now that your skin is clean keep it moisturized inside and out. Drink plenty of water to rid your body of toxins and keep your skin plump while you use a good moisturizer during the day with sun protection to prevent exposure to ultra violet rays.

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Don't Go To Bed Without It

Although it is tempting to just skip your night time routine of cleansing and moisturizing, it is crucial. New skin production occurs between 10pm and 2am every single night. Night cream is specially formulated with anti oxidants to protect and nourish your skin during this process.

With the vast selection of products on the market there are a few standards to maintain when it comes to choosing the right ones for your skin. Be a label reader. Anti oxidants, or vitamin enriched skin care products, are key ingredients to look for when choosing the best skin, body and hair care products. Anti-oxidants protect against free radicals which break down your skin structure. Treat your skin to organic products with the most natural ingredients.

For the healthiest looking skin become religious about these routines. Choose moisturizers and products that are suited to your skin type. Daily, first cleanse, use toner, and moisturize with eye cream, face cream, night cream and then, exfoliate twice weekly. Be good to your skin. Give yourself the treatment your skin deserves!


Anti-Aging Benefits of Royal Jelly February 16 2015, 0 Comments

Royal Jelly Benefits Discovered in the 1800’s

Royal jelly is a creamy white substance that is produced by honey bees. Its benefits were discovered in the 1800’s and since then its application for humans has evolved into health benefits by producing it in supplements and skin care and cosmetic products.

While it may sound romantic, the way it is produced and its purpose are not so much. Basically the little worker bee secretes royal jelly from its throat glands to feed bee larvae during the first few days of their life but then reserves it for the larvae that will become Queen bees. Queen bees that feed on this substance are known to live up to seven years while the worker bee lives for only seven weeks. This is what lead researchers to believe that royal jelly may have health benefits for humans also.

So what make this substance so special for queen bees? One of the key ingredients is a protein called royalactin. The protein content in royal jelly is 13% with key vitamins like Vitamin A, E, C and B. It is also packed with hormones, enzymes, fatty acids, sterols, DNA, RNA, gelatin and immune proteins to protect them against infection.

Royal Jelly Crowns the Queen

So with all these great ingredients it was very natural for researchers to wonder about the health benefits to human who use royal jelly. It has been discovered by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that royal jelly has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that may also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is also attributed to a number of other health benefits that have not been proven. The estrogen-like properties have been said to improve infertility, relieve menopause and prevent osteoporosis but there are no studies to prove so. It is also know to have health benefits for asthma sufferers, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, pre-menstrual symptoms, stomach ulcers and kidney diseases.

Royal Jelly Makes a Comeback to Skin Care

With these benefits in mind, royal jelly has been found in high end skin care products since the 1950’s as an anti-aging ingredient. Because of its cost US skin care producers moved away from using it but recently royal jelly has been coming back to those who produce natural and organic skin care products. It is more widely used in Europe and Asia.

Its thick white paste makes it easy to add to skin care products because its lack of color does not alter the finished product and desired appearance. It’s most favored use is in face creams, eye creams, body creams, lip products, foundations and hair care.

Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Aging?

Although all the ingredients found in royal jelly support anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits, there is no substantial research to support this belief. It may protect against sun damage, it may reduce fine line and wrinkles and improve skin texture and firmness. It also may moisturize and condition the skin.

Royal Jelly Safety?

As for its safety, women who have had breast cancer may want to exercise caution because of the natural phytoestrogens. The University of Michigan also discovered that royal jelly can trigger allergic reaction in some people who also are allegeric to bees, poplar and conifer trees. But the quantity of royal jelly used in cosmetics and skin care has caused few allergic reactions and skin irritations. All in all, royal jelly is safe to use if found in your skin care and cosmetic products