Helping your skin receive what it needs and doesn’t need, from N to Z

I hope you all enjoyed the last blog post. To coincide with the last blog I posted, this is a continuation of that same article. The first half of the article was A to M, so now I will finish off with N to Z.

N. Neuromodulators. Neuromodulators, also known as botox, is used to smooth lines in your forehead and eye area by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscle. If done correctly, your face will have a relaxed look, but if done incorrectly your face can become permanently paralyzed. 

O. Ozone. Ozone pollution from the decreasing ozone layer, does not help our bodies inside or out. Twenty minutes of high ozone exposure is a big factor in premature aging. Use a product with alkylguanine transferase in it. It has an enzyme in it that repairs ozone induced damage on the skin. Ozone pollution is only common in large cities, or places that have factories, so many people do not have to worry about this on a daily basis.

P. Pores. As we get older, sun exposure damages the fibers that help keep skin smooth and firm, causing pores to expand. In a shower, allow the water to get as hot as you can handle it, so the stem opens up your pores. Then use an exfoliant to clean your skin. After you get out, use an anti-aging mattifying lotion.  

Q. Q-10. Q-10 is an antioxidant and hydrator that strengthens the top layer of the skin, which helps it seal in moisture. It is also an anti-inflammatory.

R. Retinoids. Retinoids are a vitamin a derivative, that increases cell turnover and stimulates collagen production. The collagen production helps smooth skin, treat discoloration, and acne. Do not use every night at first, because there can be some irritation. Use a few times a week, and to ease into it.

S. Stem cells. Stem cells can regenerate indefinitely, and repair tissue they reside in. By apply stem cells from a plant, it can help you get your skin to act younger, which in return can help it look younger.

T. Tanning beds. Tanning beds are used to get UV rays into your skin, which makes it darker, but they also can accelerate the aging process of your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer. Instead go a more natural route and use a self tanner. You will have healthier skin and look younger, longer.

U. UVA & UVB rays. UVA rays cause aging in the skin and UVB rays cause burning in the skin. Both can cause skin cancer. Keep your skin safe, and use sunscreen everyday.

V. Veins. Veins can come from all sorts of contributions. The best fix is sclerotherapy, a procedure where a dermatologist injects the veins with saline. Injecting it causes the veins to collapse, and the blood to be rerouted. To help prevent spider veins, wear compression stockings or support hose. 

W. Water. Most people do not drink enough water on a daily basis, and water is what keeps your body running smoothly. Drinking to much water can be a bad thing as well. Over hydrating can flush out essential vitamins and electrolytes from your blood system. Drink 6-8 8 oz. glasses of water each day.

X. Extra Credit. Most creams do not combine moisturizing, firming or working all day into one. But now there is an all in one anti-aging cream. This Miracle Cream works for the face, neck, and eyes all day or night to firm skin, smooth wrinkles, and hydrate. 

Y. Yogurt. Yogurt has tones of pro-biotics and immune boosting cells, that when used on skin it hydrates and promotes good bacteria growth, while minimizing bad bacteria growth. You can use any type of yogurt on your skin as well.

Z. Zinc oxide. Sunscreens made from zinc help provide broad spectrum protection. They sit on the surface of your skin, instead of soaking in. This in turn makes them safer, more effective, and great for people with sensitive skin. 

I really hope you enjoyed this article and are learning a lot of great facts. Keep reading our blog for more great articles and tips.


Shape Magazine: Your Skin, A to Z. January/February 2013. Author: Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig


Helping your skin receive what it needs and doesn’t need, from A to M

There are many products that your skin needs, and may not receive because you do not know what they are or because you did not know it effected your skin. I found this article that had some great notes in it and I wanted to share it this week. I have added some of my own input as well. I hope you find it very informative.

A. Antioxidants.  Antioxidants are the 2nd best thing to help fight against anti-aging. They help to fight against the effects of UV light exposure and cigarette smoke. Use products daily that contain vitamin c, green tea, or extract. These ingredients will give you the antioxidants you need to help protect your skin from unwanted exposure.

B. Bio-energy. Bioenergetics, which is a communication between cells, slows down over time. This results in an older appearance, and skin that doesn’t respond to rejuvenating ingredients. Use any anti-aging products that help reduce wrinkles, and have a heavier moisturizer. 

C. CC creams. BB creams (beauty balms) were the big thing in 2012. They have a combination of sheer coverage, moisturizers, and sun protectors.The new thing is CC (color and correct) creams. They offer more hydration and anti-aging ingredients. Look for products that contain vitamin c. It helps to soften fine lines, firm skin, and increase the natural glow of your skin.

D. Vitamin D. Vitamin D is responsible for the intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate. The best way to get vitamin d in your skin is by taking supplements, or by sunlight. Apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, and enjoy some sun. The sunscreen will not block out any vitamin d absorption. 

E. Exfoliation. Exfoliation is very important, especially during the dry, winter months. Exfoliating removes dead skin cell build-up. If you do not already exfoliate, you need to ease into it because it can cause dehydration and irritation of the skin.For your face, find an exfoliate that is made for sensitive skin, and start out by using it once or twice a week. For the rest of your body, buy a lufa. Use with your normal soap of body wash twice a week at first and increase when you can.

F. Fractionated lasers. Normal lasers used in the skin, burn off the top layer, which can result in a long healing process and possible scaring. These lasers only treat a portion of your skin. The beams of light, trigger the natural healing process and growth of healthy cells. The cost is high, but in 2-3 sessions, it can even out skin tones, shrink pores, and increase collagen production, which reduces wrinkles. 

G. Glycolic acid-peels. If lasers aren’t your thing, try a peel. These peels are used to remove dead skin cells, but it is used for brightening your skin and clearing acne. To receive the best results, you will need about 4-6 sessions. If peels sound to scary, then try a problem skin facial instead. It will help to remove acne, and discoloration of the skin.

H. Hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found in the skin and is used in facial creams. It is used as a softener and traps water into the skin. If it is injected, it give youthful volume to the face.

I. Idebenone. Idebenone is an antioxidant found in some anti-aging and intensive repair serums. It is significantly better and more effecting than vitamin c and e.

J. Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is a hydrator used in face and body creams. It is a natural oil, that’s chemical make-up is similar to one found in our skin, so it is easily absorbed.

K. Vitamin k. Vitamin k is used in under eye creams, along with vitamins c and e to reduce dark circles. It does so by stopping leaking blood vessels. 

L. LED devices. LED lights are used to transmit low levels of light onto skin to help treat wrinkles and dark spots. The red light can be sued to help firm and smooth skin. Over time, LED light can help improve the signs of anti-aging. 

M. Melanin. Melanin is a substance that gives skin its color. If you have dark spots or discoloration, this can be from an over exposure to UV rays or light. Do not go in tanning beds, and when you are going to be exposed to UV light, wear sunscreen.


I hope you found this article as informative as I did. The rest of the article will be posted some time next week. Thank you for all of your support and kind comments. It really is greatly appreciated. 


Article from Shape Magazine: Your Skin, A to Z. January/February 2013. Author: Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig.

Finding Your Perfect Lipstick Match

Lip gloss who? Lipstick is back and in popular demand. All of the hottest celebs are wearing great shades for all different occasions. Shades from pinks to reds to nudes can be used to transfer a day time look into a night time look. Here are some great tips for picking the right lipstick for your skin tone, to match any occasion.

1. Pinks. Pink lipstick is great to show off a girly, sweet, fun side. It is really important to first choose a lipstick that covers well. Then know which shades to use to match your skin tone. For fair skin, use a lipstick that has a gloss to it and more of a light bubblegum color. For medium skin tones, try a rose color. It is a bit deeper but not bright. For darker skin tones go for more of a fuchsia. It will really pop against your skin tone.

2. Berries. Berry colored lipstick is more of a dramatic look, that can be used to dress up a casual outfit. It is really important to know the right shades, because if you use the wrong color, it can end up making you look washed out and drained. For fairer skin, go for a raspberry color. It will have a hint of brightness, and still give a dramatic effect. For medium skin tones, go for a blackberry color, that has a sheer effect. The sheer effect will help to tone down the darkness, and highlight your skin. And for darker skin tones, go with a plum color.

3) Reds. Everyone loves a great red lip, but some reds aren’t for everyone. To fully pull off the red lips, you have to have confidence, a great color, and smooth application. A ruby red with an opaque look is great for fair skin. An orange-red is great for a medium skin tone because it really enhances a natural tan. And a brown based red, like a brick red, is great for enhancing a dark skin tone.

4) Nudes. A nude color can be great to tone down a look, or for a more simple appearance. Picking the right shade can be hard, because if it is too light it makes your mouth disappear, but if it is to dark, it doesn’t give off the nude look. For lighter skin tones, you need a nude that has a pink base. It give a natural feel to your lips, and the pink base will highlight your face. For a medium skin tone, find a nude with a peach base. The peach will go well with a tan, and still look natural. For darker skin, a honey or caramel color works best. They have some color to it, but not enough to over power.

If your looking for something completely different and very in, try a poppy lip. The poppy lip is a combination of red, orange, and pink that is perfectly balanced. Use it to add a pop of color to any outfit.Try these different lipstick ideas out, and experiment to see which look fits you best. Maybe you will like all three!


Fixing Distressed Winter Hair

Everyone has a problem with there hair when winter comes around. Its flat, dry or has lots of static. If you have ever wondered how to fix your distressed winter hair, this is the post for you. Here are 5 main winter hair problems and how you can help to fix the problem.

1. Flatness. Every women loves to have big voluminous hair, and sometimes the winter weather does not allow this to happen. During the winter months, the air becomes drier, and has less moisture, all because there is less humidity. The humidity tends to just effect those who have finer hair. You can help your hair out by using a thickening shampoo in the shower. They are made to add bulk to your hair, without the extra product to weigh it down. When you blow-dry your hair, use lightweight styling products that come in a liquid form. It will make it easier for you to blow-dry your hair with volume, and the lightweight products formula won’t weigh down your hairstyle. 

2. Dryness. In the summer months, the heat makes your scalp produce more oil, which keeps your scalp hydrated and your hair shiny. During the winter months, the cold air will dry out your scalp, and using hot styling tools drys out your hair even more. When you shower, switch to a shampoo and conditioner that adds moisture to your hair. And every other week you should go in a salon just to get a scalp treatment and style. The scalp treatment allows time for the scalp to retain moisture, and give you healthier feeling and looking hair.

3. Flakiness. Do you feel like since the weather has become much colder, your scalp is much more flaky then normal. This is because your going from a warm house, to a cold climate on a daily basis. It causes your skin to flake faster than normal, especially on your scalp. Try using a shampoo with natural based products. Lather your hair and leave the shampoo on for about 2-3 mins then rinse. Follow with a natural based conditioner. Wash your hair every other day, and on the off day, use a dry shampoo before you brush your hair. It will soak up the oil that the skin flakes attach to.

4. Static Hair. While you keep warm when your outside using winter apparel, when you go inside to take it off, your hair becomes a static mess. This is because dry hair strands, attract to positively charges, and when you remove your hat, it causes them to repel, which gives you the static in your hair. The natural oils in your hair help prevent static, so try to not wash your hair as much. Wash it 3-4 times a week, and you can always use a light amount of hair spray or water to smooth down the stragglers.

5. Split Ends. Split ends are the result of damaging your hair over and over again. It can be from the weather conditions, over use of hot styling tools, and from not getting your hair trimmed enough. The best way to fix split ends is by getting a hair trim every 4-6 weeks. A trim is only less then an inch of hair being removed. There are products that help get rid of split ends, but all they do is camouflage them for a few days. The only way to get rid of them is by cutting them off. So visit a salon every 4-6 weeks to get rd of your split ends. 

Do these things to help minimize the winter distress on your hair. Thank you for all of your support.