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Anti-aging Vitamins: Adding Supplements to Your Skincare

0Comment 30 January, 2019 read more

As you age, your skin can show the evidence of how you’ve lived. Sun damage, laugh lines, wrinkles, and a dull complexion are all common, if not inevitable.
However, we’re inspired by celebs who’ve taken aging in stride. Helen Mirren, who’s now 73, is known for her sassy approach to aging. Even when she was 30, she said, “It used to drive me crazy that the ads promoting skin products were using pictures of 15- and 16-year-old girls.” 59-year-old Allison Janney has said, ”There are a lot of things I’m noticing as I get older. I’m trying to grow old gracefully and embrace it, but I also want to fight it and do little things here and there to help.”
When it comes to caring for your skin’s health, there are two approaches. You can treat it directly with topical applications of nutrient-fortified products; or, you can work from the inside out with multivitamins, skin-based supplements, and a healthy diet.
Let’s break down which approaches are most effective, which vitamins can improve your skin now, and how to preserve your radiance as you age.


What’s the Deal with Skin Nutrition Supplements?

Skincare supplements, known as nutricosmetics, offer the promise of an improved external appearance by consuming elixirs, capsules, or tonics.

They came on the scene about 12 years ago. However, the claims made by the products usually aren’t reviewed by the FDA, and scientific “studies” can involve as few as eight people, as in the case of one dermatologist’s research on pomegranate supplements and a pomegranate lotion.

Back then, a critical response was, “They are unlikely to hurt you, but they may hurt your pocketbook,” said a Mount Sinai School of Medicine clinical professor of dermatology. That sentiment is still being repeated today. “Taking [skincare] supplements is not going to replace a healthy diet,” said Dr. Vivian Bucay, M.D., of the University of Texas Health Science Center.

What Vitamins Does Your Skin Need?

Whether you’re considering a supplement that’s targeted to your skin’s health or a multivitamin to help support your overall well-being, there are a couple things to consider.

First, some vitamins are water-soluble, which means that your body will use what it needs and get rid of the rest. Taking these vitamin supplements won’t cause any harm. Common water-soluble vitamins are Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins.

On the other hand, lipid-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D, E, and K are stored in the liver and fatty tissues. Because they’re eliminated more slowly, excessive intake can put you at risk of toxicity.

While all these vitamins are important to healthy and radiant skin, a smart approach to adding vitamins into your skincare routine is to begin with a dermatologist or physician testing your current vitamin levels. This can inform you as to what supplements can be most beneficial.

Especially for those who don’t have the best diets, are on strict meal plans, or have digestive problems, multivitamins or skincare vitamins can be a helpful way to help your skin shine from the inside out.

Using Vitamins Topically

You skin can get an immediate boost by using vitamins externally with creams, serums, and moisturizers.

Here are some key vitamin additives to look for in your skincare products:

Vitamin A: Also known as retinoids, vitamin A is a widely recognized wrinkle-reducer that can also repair hyperpigmentation and help build your skin’s collagen. Studies show that after seven days of using a 1 percent topical retinol, subjects saw some reversal in the skin’s age appearance. However, when use of topical retinoids is discontinued, the skin returns to its baseline, so regular use is necessary to sustain the improvements.

Vitamin C: As one of the best antioxidants, Vitamin C can limit the damage and wrinkles that result from excessive sun exposure. After topical use of vitamin C (3-10% solutions) for 12 weeks, subjects saw decreased wrinkling, increased production of collagen, and smoother skin. Results may vary, however, because those who have a high dietary intake of vitamin C could see little to no effect from topical application. Even though the natural form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, has the best absorption, it degrades from air, heat, and light, which means that a product’s nutrition could vary widely.

Vitamin E: This strong hydration vitamin is often incorporated into many natural moisturizers to fight dry skin. When applied topically, vitamin E can fight inflammation, minimize sun damage, reduce free radicals, and repair scars, burns, and stretch marks.

Essential Fatty Acids: Omega-6 and omega-3 are a critical part of maintaining youthful skin, preventing both wrinkles and sun damage while increasing collagen and skin elasticity. It’s currently thought that the best way to achieve skin benefits from essential fatty acids is through topical application.

Best Foods for Your Skin

In addition to vitamin-based cosmetic products, a healthy diet of  vitamin-rich foods can have a significant long-term effect on your complexion.

Dermatologist Kenneth Mark, MD, recommends the following foods as the top five choices for diet-based skincare.

1. Salmon: The pink color of salmon comes from astaxanthin, which is “thousands of times more potent than Vitamins C and E.” Plus, it contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help your skin stay moisturized and youthful.

2. Green Tea: With specific antioxidants called catechins and polyphenols, green tea can improve skin’s elasticity and help protect against sun damage.

3. Blueberries: They have a rich vitamin profile, but they also contain a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanins, which can contribute to firmer skin and decreased free radicals.

4. Kale: This super-green has a healthy reputation for a reason. It’s rich in the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which can minimize sun damage and help repair the effects of free radicals.

5. Carrots: The beta-carotene that makes carrots good for your eyes can also help your skin.



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The era of ‘well care’

0Comment 22 January, 2019 read more

Beauty and the eats: how gourmet cosmetics morphed into ‘well care’

Has anyone else noticed that their bathroom shelf has become almost indistinguishable from their fridge of late?


Now don’t get me wrong, beauty has long borrowed from the food industry but it seems to have reached fever pitch this year – so that, browsing the Sephora website, as Hillary Bonhomme writing for New Food Economy points out, feels like shopping for groceries.

From avocado jelly masks, watermelon glow moisturizers and kale-infused cleansers, the latest launches certainly are bringing the produce aisles closer to the cosmetics shelves than ever – and, of course, we have the wellness movement to thank for that. Superfoods, a key component of skin care for as long as I have been working in this industry have gone stratospheric.

And you don’t need to take our word for it – for, where there’s cash to be made, there’s a private equity firm – and Strand Equity recently snapped up superfood-based skin care brand Youth To The People. At the time of the acquisition, Seth Rodsky, Strand Equity Co-Founder and Managing Partner, was quoted as saying, “We are continually searching for emerging brands that are about to make a splash in the marketplace. Youth To The People is creating something truly innovative by infusing superfoods into its skincare products and we are thrilled to support the company in its next stage of growth as it carries out its mission of bringing natural, plant-based skincare to the masses.”

But there’s more to it than throwing in a handful of acai. So let’s connect the dots here. With the likes of spirulina, coconut et al forever linked to clean eating, they are also becoming synonymous with ‘safe’. And therein lies the motivation behind this almost universal adoption of the wellness language. Consumers see ‘kombucha’ and ‘chia’, and they think ‘harmless’.


For in an era where teen make-up is alleged to contain asbestos and baby powder is said to cause cancer, don’t we all want to know a bit more about what we’re putting in and on our bodies?

“The implication is that if food ingredients are used, the products are healthy and ‘cleaner’ than those with synthetic ingredients,” Amarjit Sahota, Founder of Ecovia Intelligence told New Food Economy. “It suggests the products are better for human health, and the environment.

In a nutshell, the gourmet cosmetics trend has evolved, it’s no longer about the wondrous things these ingredients can do to our skin, but about what they’re not doing to our bodies. In short, it is part of the wider transparency movement.

And, argues New Food Economy, it now goes even further still – we not only want our beauty products to come without a side of risk – and the inclusion of everyday foods help us to feel that they are – but we also want them to actively make us healthier (note, not just look better, be better).

So in reality, it’s no longer simply a marriage of the food and beauty industry but now the pharma industry has jumped into the bed too. And that’s also why we’re seeing a proliferation of dropper-style bottles and prescription-strength topicals emerge. Enter the era of ‘well care’, described by Bonhomme as the place ‘where the shady world of nutrition research meets the aspirational universe of beauty products’. Sounds delightful. See you there?

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Professional body cosmetics

0Comment 22 January, 2019 read more

The way of life of a modern person and the environment often cause the body to exist in a state of stress, which, as a rule, entails many problems. And if for everyday care it is quite enough to use simple products, which are quite enough on store shelves, then to deal with serious complications (loose fading skin, increased pigmentation, cellulite, etc.) it is simply impossible to do without professional cosmetics for the body.

The way of life of a modern person and the environment often cause the body to exist in a state of stress, which, as a rule, entails many problems. And if for everyday care it is quite enough to use simple products, which are quite enough on store shelves, then to deal with serious complications (loose fading skin, increased pigmentation, cellulite, etc.) it is simply impossible to do without professional cosmetics for the body.


Special features

The term "Professional body cosmetics" should be understood as a wide range of skin-care products of various means that have been developed in order to combat the serious problems of the epidermis. In contrast to the daily (care), professional cosmetics in its effects can be attributed to therapeutic drugs. Provided the procedures are carried out with the use of such agents in the conditions of a salon or a specialized institution, their effectiveness can be evaluated.

If you compare professional cosmetics with conventional cosmetics, it is easy to notice a number of fundamental differences: 

• Increased concentration of active ingredients, for example, extracts, natural oils, etc .;

• A balanced combination of components, contributing to a deeper penetration of the drug into all layers of the skin for accurate exposure to the problem area;

• Narrow-focus action (deep cleansing, massage products, moisturizing, body shaping, etc.).

Requirements

All professional cosmetics for the face and body due to the high concentration of the components are used exclusively in the dosages indicated by the manufacturer. The use of such tools by well-trained specialists in salons or specialized centers is connected with this factor.

Professional cosmetics stores offer for sale products that have passed a strict standardization with the exact indication of all components of the product.

Professional cosmetics for body care are produced by companies equipped with their own research laboratories. This requirement provides a procedure for testing manufactured products, and also allows you to confirm their effectiveness and safety.


Classification and use

All cosmetic products for professional use are divided into those applied by area of ​​application and direction of action, these are:

• Cosmetics - is issued for the care and preservation of the effect of the procedures obtained in the salon. The main purpose is to moisturize and nourish the entire surface of the body, as well as create a protective layer on the skin;

• For the décolleté zone - delicate products aimed at deep hydration, tightening and combating possible defects that occur on delicate areas of the skin;

• For legs or hips - products designed to combat stretch marks (striae), cellulite, sagging, etc. They contain special components that effectively solve problems of this kind;

• For feet - these are products that cleanse and nourish the rough skin of the feet, as well as help in getting rid of corns, cracks, calluses and other defects, such as excessive sweating, fungus, etc .;

• For hands and nails - such products are primarily used to restore water-salt balance, nutrition and protection of these parts of the body most affected by injuries and harmful effects.


Recommendations

If you decide to buy professional cosmetics for the body in the online store, it is important to know exactly which area of ​​the body is a problem and needs treatment.

It is unacceptable to use funds for any one zone, if they were developed for another, since, at best, it is more likely to achieve the desired effect.

Like other products, cosmetics or their components can cause an allergic reaction. This factor is purely individual, however, before applying, consultation with a specialist will help avoid unpleasant consequences.

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Thread lifting with meso threads

4Comment 21 May, 2018 read more

Nowadays, a fresh and well-kept face is no longer the prerogative of the media or the financially secure people. Modern technologies, used today in cosmetology, that can get back youth to the skin have become more available and are deservedly gaining increasing popularity. Among such methodologies, we can allocate the procedure - facelift with meso threads.

How it works.

The development of new, effective ways of age-related changes corrections is ongoing. Meso threads used for facelift (according to the opinions of specialists and patients who have undergone this procedure) are one of these tools that can, in a non-surgical manner, actually stop the natural course of the skin aging process.

Tightening with meso threads is performed in the following way: at first, thin flexible needles (0,2 – 0,3 mm)are installed under the skin, in the epidermal layer of the problem area in a certain direction. After this, the needles will be removed. The setting itself is safe, however, in order to avoid complications, it can only be done by a specialist who has the relevant qualifications.

The procedure is conducted under local anesthesia and lasts about an hour. There is no discomfort after it, small swelling and traces of micropunctures pass quickly.

As a result, a subdermal foundation is formed. It gives an obvious effect of skin tightening. The effect lasts for about two years.


Evidence

Meso threads are made of polydioxanone. It is a biodegradable (self-absorbable) material with hypoallergenic and antimicrobial properties. It doesn’t cause rejection; there are no hematomas or edemas after using them.

Thread lifting with meso threads is indicated in the following cases:

- Tangible evidence of the aging processes of the facial skin (shallow wrinkles, flabbiness, etc.);

- Pronounced nasolabial folds, deep wrinkles in the forehead area, inter-brow furrows;

- Saggy skin of the belly or chest as well as the femoral area, etc., as a result of pregnancy or rapid weight loss; - To intensify the effect and prolong the action in combination with other anti-aging procedures.


Contraindications

Despite the advantages and safety using meso threads is not suitable for everyone. Cases in which it’s better to refrain from the procedure:

* Febrille illnesses, infectious or any various illnesses in an acute form;

* Skin inflammations or neoplasms;

* Any stage of oncology;

* Any blood diseases or diseases of the circulatory system. 

Common recommendations

If we look at the effect of using meso threads for face lifting before the procedure and after it, of course, it will be obvious. However, must be taken into account the fact that technique is aimed at people whose age changes have not yet acquired an irreversible, pronounced character.

That is why this procedure is mostly shown to women of relatively young age, who already need face-lift and strengthen the oval of the face, as well as if there is a need to improve the structure of the skin.

For older women a face lift with a meso threads is recommended as an addition to preserve skin tone and increase the duration of the effect after a circular facelift with a surgical method.

After the introduction, within half a year, as a result of hydrolytic decomposition, the meso threads will be completely absorbed. As a result, the connective tissue of the skin slightly condenses, forming the so-called "frame", which will hold the contour of the face for up to two years. And after this period cosmetologists recommend re-tightening.

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Era: 2000s

2Comment 21 May, 2018 read more

The 2000s, what a great decade that was when Paris Hilton ruled with her straight blonde hair, candy pink clothes and not forgetting, a time when Kim Kardashian was her assistant! There were loads of beauty trends and they're coming right back on the scene.

 

1. Love your Lips


First up, the noughties was a time when the nude lip ruled. So nude in fact, sometimes a really light concealer would be applied!

 

Forget the lipsticks that prevailed in the 90s, say hello to lip gloss. It was made famous by the Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie duo. Think pink for the gloss or crystal clear

 

2. Let your Hair Down


For hairstyle, it was all about the poker straight hair - the straighter the better. It would always be cut to the shoulder, or just below and slightly feathered at the front to frame the face. A sweeping side fringe was also commonly requested at the hairdressers!

 

When it wasn't worn down - the ponytail was the only way to put it up. And this came in two forms, either high and really slicked back or high with spiky flyaways at the front (very Cameron Diaz). To achieve this look, mousse and plenty of hairspray was the way forward.

 

3. Flaunt your Eyes


Eyeliner was a BIG thing, especially black eyeliner. Either apply a thick black eyeliner, or just a lot of it, a la Kelly Osbourne. A kohl pencil was preferred over an ink version. Apply to the top and bottom eyelids and smoke outwards.



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