Other Practical Tips

Written on February 26, 2015 by mctreve

1. Drink lots of water. Our body is composed of 75% water. We need to keep our cells hydrated to keep the skin supple and to prevent the cells from aging fast.
2. Use sunscreen. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Increasing cases of skin cancer are reported every year. Use SPF 15 for 15 20–30 years old and use SPF 35 and above for those more than 30 years old.
3. Watch what you eat. Eat a healthy balanced diet every meal. Avoid fatty food, which is rich in Omega 6—this clogs the arteries that might cause further sickness.

Need a Tan – Don’t want all that sun

Written on February 19, 2015 by Avatar

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Sunless tanners contain chemicals that activate the melanin in your skin to promote seemingly all natural skin tones as if it were exposed to the sun. If compared to sunbathing or artificial tanning in beds, this might be safer for the first is the major cause of skin cancer in the world and the second is also showing problems with skin cancer and other skin maladies, Sunless tanners work by having ingredients that activate the melanin producing cells in the skin to give it a sun-baked tone as with sunscreens, they have different levels of tanning or color and the more you use, the darker you may become.

Skin Care Compound Update (Alpha-Lipoic Acid)

Written on February 12, 2015 by Avatar

alphalipoic.jpgAlpha-Lipoic Acid is more advertised as a miracle in a jar again for its anti-aging properties and is considered as a universal anti-oxidant for it can be dissolved by both water and oils allowing better absorption into cells and tissue. It may be the best protection from ageing to date and is newer than all the other compounds on the market that are hailed to reverse the signs of aging while promoting rejuvenation of the skin. It also has the benefit of allowing the better absorption of other anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C making it act as a promoter of reviving dead or dull skin.

The Sun’s Rays and Your Skin

Written on February 5, 2015 by Reuben

sunsuvThe sun is one of the many factors that allowed life to evolve on our planet thanks to it’s wondrous powers of life. The sun’s rays allows the human body to synthesize vitamin D which is vital for survival, activated in the skin in some way that has been programmed in our genes through millions of years of evolution. The sun is the giver and also the taker of life for it has the ability to give life, as with trees and plants, but also has the ability to kill such as the case of over-exposure to it’s harmful rays. Years of pollution has resulted in a gaping hole in the earth’s poles that is growing year by year increasing the amount of UV rays from the sun that gets through to us causing many a debilitating diseases. Skin cancer results from over-exposure to the sun’s UV rays that turns skin cells into cancerous ones due to damage in their genetic materials. The bad thing is that a severe sunburn today, can haunt you in fifteen years or so, the damaged DNA lying dormant in wait for the prime time to propagate and spread to other skin cells. Please tell me more! »

Baking Soda Can Save the Day

Written on January 29, 2015 by Victoria

We have been talking a lot about home-made remedies recently and, luckily, there is just no end to what we can do with original ingredients and materials, right from home. If your skin is particularly oily and acne prone for example, you can make another effective face mask from your kitchen with just two inexpensive items- baking soda and water.

Just mix baking soda (not powder) and water until a paste is formed. Apply on your skin and leave for about 2o minutes, then wash off. The baking soda sucks out oils and dried out existing pimples at the same time so you get a two in one action. If you have sensitive skin though or you feel itch and tingling, wash off before the 20 minutes is up.

This is a natural way to control oil production on your face and dry out pimples that have popped out too. Remember though, if you have serious acne issues it is best to see a doctor.

Skin Tanning the Natural Way – Risky

Written on January 22, 2015 by Avatar

tanningbooth.jpgCelebrities have glorified the skin tone which is product of exposure to the sun making it more a fashion statement rather than a measure of their skin’s health. There are tanning lotions which get your skin to a specific color that may be desired but unknown to many, these products have to be used in conjunction with sunscreens for they do not have active UV protection and can be compared to dyes for your clothes allowing equal skin tone to where ever the product is applied. Skin tanning without tanning lotions is becoming dangerous that not many skin care professionals recommend it.

Extrinsic Aging of Skin

Written on January 15, 2015 by Reuben

This type of skin aging is more associated with environmental factors such as pollution which can not only irritate skin but cause it to age prematurely. Extended exposure to the sun is one way to assure hasty skin aging. It can also cause the nasty condition we all know as sunburn, a bit longer and you may even get skin cancer. Pollutants in the air can also cause cells on the skin to die as well as artificial pollution such as work-related exposure to toxic chemicals such as ozone, a by product of laser printers and photocopiers. There are even some chemicals in laboratories and factories that not only harms the skin but internal organs, with some so toxic they can irritate the skin in minute amounts.
There are a lot of creams and lotions that contain ample amounts of anti-oxidants that blocks anti-oxidants and don’t forget your sunblock or better yet, select skin care products that have built-in sun protection. These cosmetics come as effective and cost effective alternatives to get your skin looking good all over and best of all you get too look younger without any drastic changes to your lifestyle.

Skin Care Compound Update (Kojic acid and Beta-Hydroxy Acid)

Written on January 8, 2015 by Avatar

kojic1.jpgKojic Acid is a fungus derivative and has similar effects to hydroquinone. It works best as a lightening agent and has the ability to inhibit the production of melanin.
Beta-hydroxy Acid, Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Retinol
Beta-hydroxy Acid is more commonly known as salicylic acid, it has been used to treat extreme UV exposure from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It promotes exfoliation and improves overall texture and it has the good ability to penetrate oil-laden hair follicles reducing acne. This is very irritating for sensitive skin so consultations should be done with a dermatologist so it should be treated same as alpha hydroxy acids.

Health Warnings and Advisories – Doing Little

Written on January 1, 2015 by Avatar

uvwarning.jpgPeople are some of the most stubborn living beings on earth for statistics show that almost 30% of all adults still go outdoors without using ample sunscreen in spite of well publicized warnings of the damage skin and the resulting skin cancer can cause due to over exposure to the sun. About 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year and a few thousand will result in death from skin cancer alone. Even repetitive warnings are not heeded by adults and also children who need more protection for their skin. Research is showing that severe sunburn in childhood can increase the likelihood of contracting skin melanomas and the other forms of skin cancer in adult life. So heed those ads and warnings, they are in fact for your safety and health.

MSG the unsung hero of food

Written on December 25, 2014 by Reuben

There was a time when there was a major battle between supporters and those who oppose the use of food additives in food that we eat. But unbeknownst to many from both sides, food that they consider safe do contain the food additive in a form or another without them even knowing about it. In countries/regions of the earth where food is more of a necessity rather than a luxury(who doesn’t eat by the way) it keeps us all fed with the savory flavor of the best food that money can but.
We’re not talking about the thousand dollar plate order of Kobe Beef but cuts from all parts of the bull combined and made into sausages that anyone could appreciate. We all worry about msg when the US education system feeds kids meat treated with pink slime(ammonium) to make it palatable. From bags of chips to cup noodles, most of these products are the culmination of years of use and study regarding the way we eat and how to make food more desirable to more people. Ever wonder why we crave for a bag or two of chips? You could be sure msg has a hand in that and that continues to this day. Sure they have taken out the MSG content in their ingredient tables/charts but they have merely substituted it with another term name which makes it harder to spot. Have you ever scanned the things used in that bag of chips you are about to partake in? anything with glutamate in it is sure to be msg. And that’s a fact!