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Common Skin Care Myths

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With an increasing emphasis on beauty and age defiance in North American society, everyone seems to be seeking ways to make themselves appear younger by taking better care of their skin. While it is true that skin is one of the keys to a healthy, youthful appearance, not all skin care treatments that are proposed, or even that are popular, are effective. Here are some of the top myths when it comes to skin care.

Acne.

Acne is the bane of everyone from their teenage years and onward. There are so many false rumors out there concerning acne that an article could be written on them alone. To start with, acne does not cease miraculously when you are out of your teens. In some people, acne is a perpetual problem and will continue throughout their lives. Many of the false ideas about acne are extremely detrimental to people who are afflicted with the condition. Acne is not a sign that an individual does not wash their face. In fact, many individuals with acne will be told this by their peers and the result will be extremely counter-productive; they end up washing their faces too much. The dryer skin does not clear out the acne problem, instead it exacerbates it. Acne may be aggravated by certain foods in an individual’s diet, but rarely are the “suspect foods” (chocolate, French fries, or pizza) the main trigger. Finally, remember that acne can be treated by several types of medicine on the market today-and effectively- so it is all right to go to your doctor and consult her about acne treatments.

Tanning.

Tanning is often advertised as adding a warm, healthy glow to your skin. The truth is, nothing is worse for your skin than direct exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays that are necessary to tan, whether you are on a bed or in the sun. Tanning may help to get rid of formed acne, but it will not prevent new pores from clogging. Tanning has little benefits beyond immediate aesthetic appeal, and in the long run it will prove harmful to your skin. It is best to use sun block whenever you are out in the sun.

Moisturizers.

Many people think that moisturizers will help in making their skin appear more youthful by getting rid of wrinkles. This is not the case. Moisturizers will help to lubricate the skin and lessen dryness, but they will not serve to repair the microscopic damage at the cell level that wrinkles represent.

Skin Care Ingredients.

For many years, top beauticians have placed slices of cucumber over the eyes of their clients in order to reduce skin damage and swelling. Today, you will find many products on the shelves that depict a cucumber or slice of cucumber and claim to include cucumber extracts that will help rejuvenate your skin. The fact is that it is not any particular mineral in the cucumber that is beneficial to the skin, it is the fact that cucumbers are mostly made of water, which leeches into the skin during the process and gives the appearance of re-invigoration.

All of these myths are used today to help sell products, Keep in mind that your skin will look great if you just keep in mind there are things on the market that wont really help your skin. The Myths of skin care are all over and we just added a few so take some time to look into some more information. Here are some links to some sites that have more great information!

http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/myths/_/beauty-myths

http://www.prevention.com/beauty/worst-skin-care-advice

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Vitamin C Skin Care – The Challenge

Vitamin C is often regarded as a wrinkle fighter or an anti-aging agent. The main objective of ‘Vitamin C skin care’, in scientific terms, is to increase the synthesis of collagen (a structural protein that is found in skin). The additional benefit is related to its capability of countering free radicals which cause damage to the skin.

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The Challenge:

Vitamin C skin care, however, faces a major challenge today. This is related to the oxidation tendency of skin care products. On coming in contact with any oxidising agent (e.g. air), the Vitamin C in the skin care products, gets oxidised; thus making the Vitamin C skin care product useless (in fact counter-effective). The oxidised Vitamin C imparts a yellowish-brown colour to the  skin care product. This is something that you need to check before buying a Vitamin C skin care product. Even after you buy a  skin care product, you need to store it properly and keep checking that it’s still good to use (i.e. it hasn’t attained a yellowish-brown texture).

The manufacturers of Vitamin C skin care products have tried to deal with this (oxidation) problem in multiple ways (and research on Vitamin C skin care products is on the top of their list). One such method of retaining effectiveness of skin care products for a long term is to keep a high concentration (say 10%) of Vitamin C. However, this makes the  skin care products even more expensive. The Vitamin C skin care products are already pretty inexpensive and making them even more expensive will throw the product manufacturers out of business.

Coming up with a Solution:

The other way is to use Vitamin C derivatives (like ascorbyl palmitate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate). These are not only more stable but also inexpensive. Even though the derivatives based products are not as effective as the Vitamin C skin care products, their stability against oxidation is a very desirable feature that makes them very attractive. Moreover, these are known to be less irritating too.

Talking of effectiveness of Vitamin C skin care products, it’s important to mention that not everyone responds to Vitamin C treatments. So it’s not a magic potion in any way. If you don’t see a noticeable difference in your skin, it might be because of your skin not responding to the treatment (and the skin care products might not be at fault, at all).

As more research goes on, one can only keep our fingers crossed and wait for a complete solution to the challenges faced by ‘Vitamin C skin care’today.

 

 

 

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Beauty Sleep: Wake Up Looking Younger Every Day

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Just how important is beauty sleep to our skin? We all know eating healthy foods and keeping skin clean with a regular skin care regime is important, but is beauty sleep just an “old wives tale?”

According to a recent article by BeautyWorldNews.com, sleep is not only important, it is also most effective if you pair it with a skin care regime to focus on replenishing, repairing and renewing your skin.

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The Aloe Source – Vitamin C Antioxidant Kit

To Repair your skin while you sleep, the article author Dr. Vish Banthia, (founder of ZendyBeauty) recommends you boost collagen. If you didn’t know, collagen is actually a protein that makes up the connective tissues of the human body. As we age there is a loss of collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin. Dr. Banthia suggests to “apply vitamin C to help promote build-up of collagen.” This powerful antioxidant has been shown to minimize fine lines and, in some cases, even out pigmentation.

The article then went on to recommend The Aloe Source Vitamin C Antioxidant Crème ($40). This luxuriously rich crème hydrates parched skin, while a stabilized vitamin C complex and Aloe vera provide antioxidant benefits for a glowing, youthful-looking complexion.

To take the full advantage of all the regenerative properties that vitamin c and Aloe vera offer, we recommend you use it as part of our Anti Oxidant Kit. The kit allows you to really repair fine lines and wrinkles while evening out skin tone. Plus, you’ll love the fresh scent. For best results, apply twice daily, after cleansing and toning by massaging 1-2 pumps of the Vitamin C Antioxidant Complex. Allow the complex to dry completely. Then, follow with the Vitamin C Antioxidant Crème.