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