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