How Environmental Toxins Play a Role in Your Skin Health

How Environmental Toxins Play a Role in Your Skin Health

 

Environmental toxins come in many forms: liquid, gas, solid, or a combination, and have a sneaky habit of making their way into things you use or are exposed to every day. Environmental toxins are substances that exist in or are introduced (usually as a result of human activity) into the environment that have a harmful effect on your health in both short and long term capacities.

 

Any of the vital natural resources we rely on as humans can become polluted, like water, soil, and air. Without realizing it, we are using and consuming these resources and the toxins they contain, which cause negative effects in our health over time. In cases of severe pollution, negative effects may become more noticeable faster than in cases where pollution is absorbed or ingested in smaller amounts over time.

 

Regardless, environmental toxins pose a threat to your health, but not just internally. Air pollution poses one of the largest risks to the health of your skin and can cause visible issues through exposure, whether it’s infrequent or repeated.

 

Keep reading to learn more about how air pollution harms your skin and what you can do about it.

 

Where Does Air Pollution Come From?

 

Air pollution originates almost entirely from man-made sources, though there are a few natural origins of air pollution. Natural sources are specific to certain parts of the world (though things like wildfires and natural gas releases can technically occur anywhere in the world) and you’re much more likely to be be exposed to air pollution through man-made sources.

 

Pollution naturally occurs as a result of wildfires, volcanic eruptions, natural gas pockets, and dust carried by wind. These occurrences are far more infrequent than synthetic pollutants, and are less of a risk or concern depending on what part of the world you live in. Of course, they are a big threat to those that are near and are at risk of being exposed to them, but they are less likely than the sure threats of certain synthetic human-produced pollutants.

 

Sources of man-made pollutants include, but are not limited to:

 

Cars, planes, and other fossil fuel-powered transportation
Agricultural practices involving pesticides, fertilizers, and harvesting dust
Manufacturing facilities, energy plants and other factories
Cleaning chemicals
Burning wood in homes or outdoors
VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) in things like paint and construction materials
And more.

You can be exposed to air pollutants both indoors and outdoors. The severity of the pollution depends on your location and daily activities. People in rural areas are more likely to be exposed to a high volume of wood burning pollution and agricultural byproducts, whereas people living in cities and other urban environments are more likely to be exposed to a higher concentration of industrial and fossil fuel pollutants.

 

How Air Pollution Harms Your Skin

 

Air pollutants can cause varying degrees of damage to your skin depending on the specific toxins and compounds you’re exposed to, how often you’re exposed to them, and the effectiveness of any protective or regenerative measures you take to combat them.

 

Damage can range from premature aging, acne, inflammation, and irritation to chronic skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. In severe cases, long-term exposure to pollutants can cause serious forms of skin cancer.

 

This is why it’s so important to take preventative measures and try to limit exposure. There is no avoiding it entirely, so doing what you can to counteract the effects of pollution and protect yourself are vital in maintaining your skin’s health in the long-term.

 

How to Protect Your Skin From Environmental Toxins

 

Making sure you’re getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet is a great way to help combat air pollution damage to skin. A diet high in vitamins C & E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids can help fight free radicals that are harmful to your skin. Consider adding supplements to fill any gaps in your diet, and consult with your physician to get recommendations and learn the potential side effects of any

 

You can (and should) also apply antioxidants topically to aid in the fight. Vitamin C serums are perfect to help fight the oxidative properties of toxins in the air.

 

It’s also important to cleanse your skin at the end of each night to erase the pollution your body has encountered throughout the day. An almost-invisible layer of grime is present even if you haven’t worn makeup or other products in the last 24 hours. Regular exfoliation can also help gently remove layers of skin that have been exposed to physical and chemical pollutants.

 

You should also aim to replenish collagen in your skin, as toxins can break down your natural collagen and decrease elasticity and firmness over time. This happens as you age anyway, but toxins can contribute to premature aging. Preventing significant rapid loss of collagen due to repeated, unprotected exposure is the best countermeasure against air pollution’s damaging effects.

Want to Age in Reverse? Learn More About Laser Treatments for Anti-Aging

Want to Age in Reverse? Learn More About Laser Treatments for Anti-Aging

Lasers are one of many modern technologies that can be used to our benefit–but did you know they’re very effective when used for skin care? More and more people are seeking laser treatments to reveal youthful-looking, healthy skin and to erase the flaws right off their face. For laser newbies, it might sound scary or dangerous, but these procedures are perfectly safe and produce great results for those that want to slow or reverse signs of aging.


What is laser treatment?


Laser treatments use focused light to penetrate the skin, removing or repairing skin irregularities both on and under the surface. It varies in intensity based on the exact type of laser being used. Laser treatments are performed by trained professionals in medical spas, dermatology clinics, and plastic surgery clinics and should not be attempted by amateurs. While the lasers are perfectly safe if used in the correct application with safety measures, they can cause serious harm if not handled appropriately.


What kind of skin concerns do laser treatments address?


Laser treatments can help a whole host of skin issues! This goes way beyond anti-aging: because there are so many different kinds of laser treatments, there is an equally diverse number of skin concerns that they can be used to fight or repair. 


Here’s a quick list of some of the things that laser treatments can help with:


  • Uneven pigmentation or hyperpigmentation
  • Spider veins
  • Blemishes
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne scars
  • Treatment-resistant melasma
  • Surgical or injury scars
  • Sun damage
  • Hair removal
  • Tattoo removal
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Skin texture
  • Loose skin

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but it should give you a good idea of the types of skin issues that could benefit from laser treatment. If you have a skin concern that isn’t on this list, talk to your dermatologist to see what type, if any, could be helpful in treating your specific condition.


Types of Laser Treatment


There are two main categories of laser treatments: ablative and non-ablative.


Ablative lasers work on the top layer of skin, using an intense light to remove a very thin layer and stimulate the skin underneath. This works well to remove flaws on the surface, like sun damage, texture issues, and deep scarring, as well as reduces moderate fine lines and wrinkles. This is a more aggressive, invasive type of lasering and is often used in resurfacing procedures.


A slightly more mild option is a non-ablative laser treatment. Non-ablative lasers work by heating up the skin at a deeper level than ablative lasers and therefore don’t harm the surface, making this a much less invasive option for certain skin issues. Heating up the subsurface skin tissue stimulates collagen production and can help with acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and mild wrinkles or fine lines.


Either of these treatments can also be fractionated. Fractionated ablative or non-ablative laser treats only an evenly distributed percentage of an area of skin instead of the whole area all at once. It quite literally only uses a fraction of the laser’s area. Fractionated lasers create targeted, precise, self-healing micro-holes in the skin to treat the area at the most effective level.


There are also other types of non-invasive lightwave treatments that will help your skin look better from the inside out. BroadBand light therapy can reverse visible signs of aging and acne by stimulating skin at a deep level, much like non-ablative laser treatment. Intense Pulsed Light therapy (abbreviated as IPL or colloquially known as photofacial) pulses intense light waves into the skin to reduce discoloration and repair sun damage.


Side effects of laser treatment


Before you schedule your first appointment for laser treatment, you should be aware of potential side effects. Laser treatments can induce some uncomfortable and unappealing side effects before you see the final results and may be shocking if you aren’t fully prepared before undergoing treatment.


Potential side effects include (but are not limited to):


  • Redness
  • Itchy skin
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Acne
  • Blistering
  • Oozing
  • Burns
  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Eye injury
  • Change in skin color
  • Bruising
  • Peeling or flaking

Some of these symptoms–like peeling and flaking–are perfectly normal and to be expected as part of the healing process after receiving laser skin treatment.


Others should be addressed with your dermatologist and/or primary physician right away. Things like infection or eye injury should always be taken seriously as soon as you notice symptoms, as delaying treatment can sometimes result in long-term complications.


Severity of symptoms will differ depending on which type of laser treatment you receive because of the varying levels of intensity of treatment. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours in mild cases to several weeks for more extreme treatments.


What’s the best laser treatment for anti-aging?


That depends! Everyone’s skin is different and what works well to tackle your aging concerns doesn’t necessarily work for someone else’s, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Both ablative and non-ablative lasers can treat common signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, and texture at different levels of progression.


Ablative lasers treat more acute conditions and produce more dramatic change with fewer treatments. Non-ablative treatment may require more sessions to achieve the desired result but will cause less discomfort and milder, more temporary symptoms than ablative lasers. 


A big factor to consider when determining which laser treatment is right for you is the recovery process. Treatments using ablative lasers may require more intense recovery measures and may be more disruptive to your everyday life than treatment with non-ablative lasers. 


Potential recovery measures for laser treatment include making sure skin stays hydrated, using cold compresses to alleviate swelling, avoiding sun exposure, and diligently using sunscreen. 


In the case of more intense ablative laser procedures, many patients opt to take a few days (or weeks) off of work. This is due in part to the dramatic appearance of the skin while undergoing the healing process and can also be beneficial to focus on following post-procedure orders to protect your investment in your skin and ensure best results.

The Dangers of Sunscreen: Why You Should Avoid These Ingredients

The Dangers of Sunscreen: Why You Should Avoid These Ingredients

There are two main types of sunscreen: chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation and converting it into heat, while physical sunscreens work by reflecting or blocking UV radiation. Both types are effective at protecting against UV damage, but chemical sunscreens have come under scrutiny in recent years for their potential health risks.

Chemical Sunscreen

These active ingredients in chemical sunscreen can be problematic for a number of reasons. Oxybenzone and octinoxate are both endocrine disruptors, meaning they can interfere with the body's hormone production. Octisalate, octocrylene and avobenzone are all photo-sensitizers, meaning they can increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight. And finally, homosalate has been shown to disrupt the body's natural production of vitamin D.

Oxybenzone is an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can interfere with the body's hormone production. It's been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen in the body and can also act as The UV radiation before it can damage the skin.

Homosalate is a UV filter that absorbs UV radiation. It has been shown to disrupt the body's natural production of vitamin D and may also act as an endocrine disruptor, meaning it can interfere with the body's hormone production.

The proposed concentration limit of 2.2 percent for oxybenzone and 1.4 percent for homosalate is based on the fact that these ingredients are not safe in the current amounts used.

 

U.S. sunscreen manufacturers are legally allowed to use these two chemicals at concentrations up to 6 and 15 percent, respectively, and hundreds of sunscreens manufactured in the U.S. use them at concentrations that far exceed the European Commission's recommendations. These ingredients are all systemically absorbed into the body after one use according to studies published by the FDA, (Matta 2019, Matta 2020), according to studies published by the FDA, which also found that they could be detected on the skin and in the blood weeks after no longer being used (Matta 2020). Previous studies detected many sunscreen ingredients in breast milk and urine samples (Schlumpf 2008, Schlumpf 2010). In addition, it's possible for sunscreen users to inhale ingredients in sunscreen sprays and ingest some of the ingredients they apply to their lips, so the ingredients must not be harmful to the lungs or internal organs.

Safe Alternatives- Physical sunscreen

Physical sunscreens work by reflecting or blocking UV radiation. They are typically made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which are both effective at protecting against UV damage. However, physical sunscreens can be difficult to apply evenly and can leave a whitish cast on the skin. They also need to be reapplied more frequently than chemical sunscreens. But overall, physical sunscreens are considered to be more safe and effective than chemical sunscreens. So, if you're looking for a sunscreen that will protect you from UV damage without any potential health risks, a physical sunscreen is your best bet.

So, what's the bottom line? When it comes to sunscreen, be choosy about the ingredients and don't overdo it. Your health—and the health of the planet—will thank you.

 

Know your AHAs and BHAs

Know your AHAs and BHAs

AHAs and BHAs are types of hydroxy acids. You can find both acids in a variety of:

  • cleansers
  • toners
  • moisturizers
  • scrubs
  • peels
  • masks

The purpose of both AHAs and BHAs is to exfoliate the skin. Depending on the concentration, a related product may remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, or it may remove the whole outermost layer.

Still, neither type of hydroxy acid is “better” than the other. Both are highly effective methods of deep exfoliation. The differences lie in their uses.

AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid. BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid.

AHAs are water -soluble acids made from sugary fruits. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. After use, you’ll likely notice that your skin is smoother to the touch.

On the other hand, BHAs are oil-soluble. Unlike AHAs, BHAs can get deeper into the pores to remove dead skin cells and excess sebum.

Although AHAs are often marketed as safe for all skin types, you’ll want to take care if you have extremely dry and sensitive skin.  You may need to gradually work up to daily use to avoid irritating your skin.

 

BHAs, on the other hand, are primarily used for acne and sun damage. These products go deep into your hair follicles to dry out excess oils and dead skin cells to unclog your pores. Because of these effects, BHAs are most suitable for combination to oily skin. Lower concentrations may be used to help calm sensitive skin. You may also have more success with BHAs if you wanted to reduce rosacea-related redness.

 

All AHAs yield significant exfoliation. Still, the effects and uses can slightly vary between types of acids. Your selected AHA should have a maximum concentration between 10 and 15 percent. Apply new products every other day until your skin gets used to them. This will also reduce the risk of side effects, such as irritation.

No matter which AHA you choose, the strong exfoliating effects make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Wear sunscreen every morning to prevent burns, age spots, and increased skin cancer risks.

 

Lactic acid is another common AHA. Unlike other AHAs made from fruits, lactic acid is made from lactose in milk. It’s also known for its significant exfoliation and anti-aging effects.

 

Tartaric is another type of AHA. It’s made from grape extracts, and may help alleviate signs of sun damage and acne.

 

Citric acid is made from citrus fruit extracts. Its main purpose is to neutralize the skin’s pH levels and to even out rough patches of skin. Citric acid makes a good serum or toner used before applying a moisturizer. It may even help work with sunscreen to provide maximum UV protection.

 

Malic acid is a type of AHA-BHA crossover. It’s made from apple acids.

 

Mandelic acid contains larger molecules derived from almond extracts. It can be combined with other AHAs to increase exfoliation. Used alone, the acid may improve texture and pore size.

 

Using BHAs

 

Salicylic acid is the most common BHA. Concentrations can range between 0.5 and 5 percent, depending on the product at hand. It’s a well known as an acne treatment, but it can also help calm down general redness and inflammation.

 

Citric acid while primarily classified as an AHA, some formulations of citric acid are BHAs, too. Rather than even out your skin’s pH levels, this type of citric acid is primarily used to dry out excess sebum and clean out dead skin cells deep in your pores.

 

Don’t mix face acids

  • Don’t use salicylic acid with any other acid at the same time. Extreme skin irritation may occur when mixed.
  • Avoid salicylic acid with products that contain niacinamide.
  • Don’t use glycolic acid or lactic acid in combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C). This will cause the ascorbic acid’s benefit to disappear even before it begins to work.
  • Avoid using AHAs with retinol.

 

AHAs and BHAs, if these actives are used at too high of a concentration or too frequently, they can irritate your skin and compromise the skin barrier.

Some Ugly Truths About Retinoids: They Can Weaken Your Skin's Barrier Function

Some Ugly Truths About Retinoids: They Can Weaken Your Skin's Barrier Function

Dermatologists don't — and can't — argue there. In my opinion, [retinoids'] benefits are more about the skin's appearance," says Dr. Katta. "The compounds in retinoids can help boost collagen, but they're not necessary for healthy skin. The most important factor in maintaining healthy skin is about protection and promotion." Research shows that although retinoids thicken the skin overall, they thin the skin barrier, the built-in protective layer that guards against invading pathogens and environmental aggressors and locks in moisture.

 

How Does Retinyl Palmitate Form Vitamin A?

 

The different retinoids have slightly different functions and benefits.  All the retinoids are converted into retinoic acid in the body. Retinoic acid is the main ingredient that has a direct biological effect on the skin. Retinoic acid is a metabolite of vitamin A and is responsible for most of the benefits to the body and skin. 

Retinoic acid is available as a prescription treatment known as tretinoin or Retin – A. Tretinoin can cause skin irritation including excessive peeling, redness, and photosensitivity which limits its use.

 

EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which rates ingredients based on toxicity. Retinol can rank anywhere from six to nine out of 10, making it a "high concern" ingredient. For reference, lead and formaldehyde — two undisputed toxicants — earn 10s.

 

 

The overall product or ingredient score in Skin Deep is calculated from information drawn from the nearly 60 integrated toxicity, regulatory and study availability databases," Leiba explains. "Retinols get a high score in Skin Deep because government testing has shown that, on sun-exposed skin, these chemicals can increase the risk of skin lesions and other skin damage."

 

Again, there is no definitive evidence that topical retinoids lead to cancer or reproductive toxicity, but the evidence we do have is pretty much on par with that of  parabens. (Read: Not agreed upon by professionals, requires more research.) So what's the difference between potentially-toxic parabens — largely shunned by both indie brands and drugstore giants as a precaution — and potentially-toxic retinoids?

 

The Best Alternatives to Retinol for Your Skin

-Bakuchiol

-Niacinamide

-Vitamin C

-Peptides.

 

The Truth About Natural Sunscreen Ingredients

The Truth About Natural Sunscreen Ingredients

Sunscreen is essential for protecting our skin from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. However, the claims made from some of these natural ingredients are proved to not be as effective as we thought.

UVA and UVB Rays

UVA and UVB are the two types of ultraviolet radiation that come from the sun. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, causing long-term damage such as wrinkles and age spots. UVB rays affect the surface of the skin, causing short-term damage such as sunburns. Both types of rays can lead to skin cancer.

 

The efficacy of natural ingredients- Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is one of the most common ingredients used in sunscreens. Even though zinc oxide is a chemical, sunscreens that contain zinc oxide are often referred to as natural, or physical. This means that the ingredient does not penetrate the skin but rather block the sun by sitting on top of skin.

Surprisingly, not all sunscreen ingredients protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide, however, does. “It’s a photostable, broad-spectrum sunscreen, so it has one of the broadest UVA coverages of all the sunscreen ingredients.

“Zinc oxide can be ‘micronized,’ meaning it’s processed into very small particles, so small that the preparation appears clear when applied on the skin.” Non-micronized formulations, she explains, are often less cosmetically elegant and are more opaque or white. So, if you’ve ever applied a sunscreen that left a white, powdery cast on your body, it most likely contained zinc oxide as a key ingredient.

Carrot seed oil

Carrot seed oil does have health benefits, but protection from the sun is not one of them. Carrot seed oil has an SPF of 38 but it does block the harmful UVA and UVB rays, and should not be used on it's own as a sunscreen.

Red raspberry seed oil

Red raspberry seed oil is a natural sunscreen with an SPF of around 28 to 50. However, it has not been proven to be effective against UVA rays. Because raspberry seed oil doesn’t offer UVA protection — which is responsible for 95 percent of UV rays — raspberry seed oil alone isn’t recommended as a sunscreen. Given its other beneficial characteristics, however, it can be used as a healing agent for other skin conditions.

Almond oil

Almond oil does have SPF, but it’s not very high. The SPF of almond oil is only 2 to 6. This means that you would need to apply a lot of almond oil to your skin to get the desired level of protection. Almond oil is also not water-resistant, so it’s not a good choice for activities like swimming or sweating.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil has an SPF of around 4 to 6. The Mayo Clinic also mentions that coconut oil only blocks 20 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet rays compared to sunscreen’s 97 percent.

It’s imperative that a sunscreen provides either UV-absorbing or UV-blocking protection to be effective. There is not one scientific study proving coconut oil, or any other natural oil for that matter, provided any adequate UV-absorbing or UV-blocking protection. But as far as zinc oxide (the main ingredient for sun protection in these DIY recipes), mixing active cosmetics isn’t as simple as adding the recommended amount.

Shea butter

Shea butter has an SPF of around 6, also not enough protection against harmful UVA rays. However, shea butter is known for its high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins, an ideal cosmetic ingredient for softening skin. Shea butter also has anti-inflammatory and healing properties.

Bottom Line

There are many natural ingredients that can be effective for sunscreen. Some of the most popular include zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and avobenzone. Each of these ingredients has its own unique set of benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to choose the one that is best suited for your needs. Zinc oxide is a physical barrier against the sun's rays, making it a good option for those with sensitive skin. It is also effective at blocking both UVA and UVB radiation. Titanium dioxide is another physical blocker that is less likely to cause irritation. It is not as effective as zinc oxide at blocking UVA radiation, but it is better at blocking UVB radiation. Avobenzone is a chemical blocker that protects against UVA and UVB radiation. However, it can be unstable in sunlight and can cause skin irritation. Ultimately, the best natural sunscreen ingredient will depend on your individual needs and preferences.

 

The Best Anti-Aging Essential Oils

The Best Anti-Aging Essential Oils

If you're looking for an effective way to reduce the signs of aging, you may want to consider using essential oils. Essential oils can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and other signs of aging. They are also a great way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. In this article, we'll discuss the benefits of using essential oils for anti-aging care. We'll also provide a list of the top oils to use for this purpose.

Essential Oils for Anti-Aging: What You Need to Know

Rosehip oil is a great anti-aging oil. It is high in essential fatty acids, which help to nourish the skin. It is also rich in antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals. Rosehip oil can be used on its own or combined with other oils such as jojoba oil or evening primrose oil.

Jojoba oil is another great anti-aging oil. It is rich in beneficial fatty acids and vitamin E, which helps to nourish the skin and protect it from damage.

Grapeseed oil is another great anti-aging oil. It is rich in vitamins C and E, which help to protect the skin from oxidative damage. It is also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, which help to keep the skin hydrated.

Avocado oil is another great anti-aging oil. It is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E and carotenoids. It is also high in monounsaturated fats, which help to keep the skin hydrated.

Evening primrose oil is another great anti-aging oil. It is high in gamma-linolenic acid, which helps to reduce inflammation. It is also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, which help to keep the skin hydrated.

 

The anti-aging properties of essential oils have been well known for centuries. Essential oils offer a natural and effective way to help improve the appearance of aging skin.

Here are 10 of the best essential oils for younger-looking skin:

 

Helychrisium italicum, also known as helichrysum oil, is a great anti-aging essential oil. It helps to improve the appearance of aging skin by reducing inflammation and promoting healing. Helichrysum oil is also known for its ability to reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles.

 

Neroli essential oil is another great anti-aging essential oil. It helps to improve the appearance of aging skin by reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Neroli oil is also known for its ability to reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage. There are several properties that make Neroli oil a savior to acne-prone skin, including antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Patchouli essential oil is hailed for its use in skin cell regeneration. Blessed with umpteen active ingredients and anti-bacterial properties, it facilitates wound healing, effectively reduces wrinkles, scars, blemishes, and other signs of aging.

 

Rose essential oil has anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing properties which can help with stress-related conditions in more mature skin types. It is usually extracted by gentle steam distillation from Rosa Damascena, the Damask Rose.

 

Lime essential oil is a powerful anti-oxidant agent that helps delay the signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. It also brightens the skin, evening out the skin tone.

 

Geranium essential oil is an astringent, which helps to tone and tighten the skin. It is also known for its ability to improve the appearance of wrinkles.

 

Lavender essential oil is not only great for relaxation, but it also has anti-aging properties. Lavender oil helps to improve the appearance of aging skin by reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It is also known for its ability to reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage.

 

Myrrh essential oil is another great anti-aging essential oil. It is high in antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals. Myrrh oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

 

Frankincense essential oil is perfect for anti-aging as it firms and tightens the skin. Helps with inflamed skin and reduces swelling and redness.

 

Carrot seed oil is high in antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Carrot seed oil is a great choice for those with sensitive skin.

 

The Top 5 Essential Oils to Reduce Age Spots

Age spots, also known as liver spots, are dark patches that typically form on the skin as a person gets older. While they are not harmful, many people find them to be unsightly and want to get rid of them.

 

There are a number of essential oils that have been shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of age spots. Here are the 5 best essential oils for reducing age spots:

 

1) Lavender essential oil – Lavender oil is another great essential oil for reducing age spots. It helps to improve the appearance of aging skin by reducing wrinkles and fine lines. It is also known for its ability to reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage.

2) Sandalwood essential oil – Sandalwood oil is another great essential oil for reducing age spots. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, which can help to reduce the appearance of age spots.

3) Frankincense essential oil – Frankincense oil is another great essential oil for reducing age spots. It has astringent properties, which can help to reduce the appearance of age spots.

4) Rosemary essential oil – Rosemary oil is another great essential oil for reducing age spots. It has antimicrobial antioxidant properties.

5) Lemon essential oil – Lemon oil is another great essential oil for reducing age spots. It is high in vitamin C, which can help to reduce the appearance of age spots.

 

The Benefits of Using Essential Oils for Skin Care

Essential oils are a great natural alternative for those looking for effective skincare solutions. Here are some of the benefits of using essential oils for skin care:

 

1) Essential oils are packed with antioxidants.

2) Essential oils can help to fight free radicals and delay the signs of aging.

3) Essential oils can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and sun damage.

4) Essential oils are anti-inflammatory and can help to soothe inflamed skin.

5) Essential oils are gentle and natural, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin.

6) Essential oils can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

7) Essential oils are affordable and easy to use.

8) Essential oils can be used alone or in combination with other natural skincare products.

9) Essential oils are versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes, including skin care, massage, aromatherapy and more.

10) Essential oils are a safe and natural way to improve the appearance of your skin.

 

If you're looking for a natural way to reduce the appearance of age spots, there are a number of essential oils that can help. Lavender oil, sandalwood oil, frankincense oil, rosemary oil and lemon oil are all great choices. In addition to reducing age spots, essential oils offer a number of other benefits for skin care, including anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. So if you're looking for a natural way to improve the appearance of your skin, using essential oils is a great option.

The Wonders of Plant Extracts for Anti-Aging

The Wonders of Plant Extracts for Anti-Aging

The best plant extracts for anti-aging can be found in nature. These extracts have been shown to have powerful effects on the skin, helping to reduce the signs of aging. Some of the most effective extracts include: 

Aloe vera, Green tea, Yellowdock Root, Seabuckthorn oil, Bladderwrack, Oregon Grape Root Extract, Borage Oil, Shitake Extract, just to name a few. 

Each of these plant extracts has been shown to have powerful effects on the skin, helping to reduce the signs of aging. Using a combination of these extracts can provide thee best results for anti-aging.

As we age, our skin begins to show the effects of time and exposure to the elements. wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots can all make us look older than we are. While there are many products on the market that claim to reduce the signs of aging, not all of them are effective. In fact, many of them contain harsh chemicals that can damage the skin.

 

Thankfully, there are plant extracts that have been shown to be effective in reducing the signs of aging. Each of these extracts has its own unique properties that help to improve the look and feel of the skin. By using a combination of these extracts, you can achieve the best results for anti-aging. Some of the benefits of using plant extracts include:

 

-reduced wrinkles and fine lines

-improved skin elasticity

-reduced age spots and other signs of sun damage

-improved complexion

-reduced inflammation

-hydrated skin

 

Some of the most effective plant extracts for anti-aging include:

Aloe Vera- is a succulent plant that has long been used for its healing properties. Aloe vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains antioxidants that can help to protect the skin from damage.

Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from free radicals. Green tea also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the signs of aging.

Yellowdock Root is a plant that is rich in antioxidants and minerals, including zinc. Yellowdock Root can help to improve the appearance of skin blemishes and reduce the signs of aging.

Rosehip oil is a natural oil that is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. Rosehip oil can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, and can also help to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.

Bladderwrack is a type of seaweed that is rich in nutrients, including antioxidants and minerals. Bladderwrack can help to improve the skin's elasticity and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Seabuckthorn oil is a natural oil that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Seabuckthorn oil can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, and scars.

Oregon Grape Root Extract is a plant extract that is rich in antioxidants and minerals, including zinc. Oregon Grape Root Extract can help to improve the appearance of skin blemishes and reduce the signs of aging.

Borage oil is a natural oil that is rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid. Borage oil can help to improve the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, and can also help to improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.

Shitake Extract is a plant extract that is rich in antioxidants. Shitake Extract can help to reduce the signs of aging, as well as to improve the complexion.

 

To use plant extracts for anti-aging, you should select a few that have the properties that you are looking for. For example, if you are looking to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, then you should choose an extract that is high in anti-oxidants. If you are looking to improve skin elasticity, then you should choose an extract that is high in Omega fatty acids.

 

The benefits of plant extracts for anti-aging are clear. By using a combination of extracts, you can achieve the best results for your skin. Plant extracts are natural, effective, and safe. They are a great way to reduce the signs of aging without using harsh chemicals. They are a great addition to other anti-aging ingredients, such as peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamins. So, if you are looking to reduce the signs of aging, consider using plant extracts. Your skin will thank you for it!

 

 

Silver carp collagen serum: One of the best way to boost collagen levels

Silver carp collagen serum: One of the best way to boost collagen levels

Collagen is known as the "beauty protein" because it helps keep skin looking young and healthy. Collagen production naturally decreases with age, which is why so many people turn to collagen supplements and serums to help boost collagen levels and improve skin health. One such supplement is silver carp collagen serum, which is made from a type of fish that is high in collagen. Silver carp collagen serum has been shown to improve skin elasticity, hydration, and overall appearance.

There are many ways that one can boost their collagen levels. Some ways include eating foods high in protein, doing strength training exercises to build muscle mass, using anti-aging serums that help to boost collagen levels, and using moisturizers with hyaluronic acid.

Silver carp collagen serum is most compatible with human absorption because the fish that it is made from contains high levels of collagen. Silver carp collagen serum has been shown to be one of the best ways to boost your collagen levels, due to the high amount of collagen that is found in the fish.

Another reason that silver carp collagen serum is so compatible with human absorption is that the fish from which it is derived is a cold water fish. This means that the collagen in the serum is already broken down into smaller peptides, making it easier for the body to absorb. Additionally, silver carp are a freshwater fish and they are not exposed to as many toxins as other types of fish. This also helps to make the serum more compatible with human absorption.

The bioactive components in silver carp collagen can help improve skin firmness, which naturally reduces Wrinkles. Additionally, the amino acids that are found in silver carp collagen serum help to promote synthesis of collagen, which can prevent the formation of wrinkles.

Silver carp collagen serum has been shown to be one of the best ways to increase your natural body's level of collagen because silver carp produce is a type of fish that contains higher than average amounts of this amino acid and peptide which makes them more compatible for human use when compared to other types of cold water fish like salmon or trout.

 

February 18, 2022 — LISA STRONG
What is Hyaluronic Acid?

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear, gooey substance that is naturally produced by your body.

The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue and eyes.

Its main function is to retain water to keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.

Hyaluronic acid has a variety of uses. Many people take it as a supplement, but it’s also used in topical serums, eye drops and injections.

Roughly half of the hyaluronic acid in your body is present in your skin, where it binds to water to help retain moisture.

What are the benefits of hyaluronic acid applied to the skin?

Hyaluronic acid plays a key role in wound healing.

It’s naturally present in the skin, but its concentrations increase when there is damage in need of repair.

Hyaluronic acid helps wounds heal faster by regulating inflammation levels and signalling the body to build more blood vessels in the damaged area.

Applying it to skin wounds has been shown to reduce the size of wounds and decrease pain faster.

Hyaluronic acid also has antibacterial properties, so it can help reduce the risk of infection when applied directly to open wounds.

What’s more, it’s effective at combating gum disease, speeding up healing after tooth surgery and eliminating ulcers when used topically in the mouth.

More HA benefits

  • anti-aging
  • moisturizing
  • wound healing
  • anti-wrinkle
  • increases skin elasticity
  • can treat eczema
  • can treat facial redness

What is the most effective Hyaluronic acid serum? 

We recommend keeping the HA concentration below 2 percent. Why?

The benefits of hyaluronic acid on the skin has to do with its molecular weight and concentration. In this case, size matters! The molecular weight refers to its mass, or how big the HA molecule is. This is measured in something called unified atomic mass units — daltons, or kDa for short. 

They found that treatment with 130 kDa HA was the most effective, increasing skin elasticity by 20 percent. Both the 50 and 130 kDa groups had significant improvement in wrinkle-depth and skin roughness after 60 days. All the other molecular weights still improved elasticity and skin hydration, just less so.  

There are some varieties of HA that are a bit controversial, and increased percentage levels are actually linked to inflammatory skin diseases like psoriasis.

Bottom Line!

A very low molecular weight of 50 and 130 kDA HA and 1.5% concentration has the ability to penetrate the skin most effectively.

January 24, 2022 — LISA STRONG
What is 'Maskne" and how to prevent it!

What is 'Maskne" and how to prevent it!

What to know about maskne skin conditions

Generally, “maskne” is an umbrella term for several skin conditions that can stem from wearing a face mask or covering.

It can include:

  • Acne. Acne happens when your pores become clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and dirt. It can cause pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads. It is more likely if you have a history of acne, it but can affect anyone. It seems to be most common in people using surgical masks and some types of respirator.
  • Rosacea. If you have rosacea, wearing a mask may cause flareups. This can lead to pimples and redness.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis. Occurs when you’re allergic or sensitive to the material of your mask. It can result in a red rash, along with irritation and blisters. It is the most common type of mask reaction and often affects the cheeks and the bridge over the nose. Symptoms range from dry, scaly patches to skin ulceration.
  • Atopic eczema. Also called atopic dermatitis, skin symptoms can appear or worsen in people whose skin is sensitive due to eczema, because of the irritant effect of wearing a mask.
  • Periofacial dermatitis. This is a condition where small pimples develop around the eyes and mouth. It can happen while wearing a mask after using cosmetics or corticosteroid creams or for no apparent reason.
  • Folliculitis. Folliculitis, or an infection of your hair follicles, causes bumps that look like an acne breakout. You might also experience itchiness or pain.
  • Urticaria. Welts, or hives, can result from the downward pressure of some types of masks or from contact with allergens, such as latex, in those who are susceptible. Pressure urticaria can appear at once or within 24 hours. Allergic urticaria usually appears at once and disappears within 24 hours after removing the trigger.
  • Seborrhoeic eczema. In this type of dermatitis, greasy yellow scales develop, mainly on the scalp, forehead, eyebrows, and in folds around the nose and lips.

Because maskne can involve various skin conditions, the exact cause of your symptoms may vary.

In most cases, maskne is the result of clogged pores. You already have oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells on your skin. But when you wear a mask, these substances can build up more and block your pores.

A mask also traps humidity due to your breathing and sweating, which may increase the risk of acne.

Another possible cause is friction. The material of a face covering can rub against your skin, leading to chafing and irritation.

Or you may be sensitive or allergic to the material of your face covering. Some masks are pretreated with chemicals or feel rough on the skin. Similarly, washing a mask in a scented detergent may lead to irritation.

 Washing your face regularly.
  • once in the morning
  • once at night, before going to bed
  • after sweating or wearing a mask

When washing your face, use lukewarm water. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Avoid rubbing your skin as this may cause irritation.

Use a gentle exfoliating cleanser with anti-bacterial ingredients. Such as tea tree oil, lime oil and clary sage oil, to mention a few.

 Use gel serums that contain Hyaluronic acid and anti-bacterial ingredients. Along with a lightweight moisturizer.

Skip the makeup while you’re treating maskne. Beauty products such as foundation, concealer, and blush can clog your pores and prolong healing.

January 18, 2022 — LISA STRONG
What is the most effective polypeptide for your skin?

What is the most effective polypeptide for your skin?

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4.

This polypeptide was developed by the corporations Sederma SA and Proctor & Gamble and originally named Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, but later renamed to Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 to reflect a correction in the data on its molecular structure, according to research. It is also included in many commercial formulas under the trademark of Matrixyl.


Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 is a pentapeptide, synethsized chain protein created by linking five amino acid peptides. This chain creates a response in the dermis of the skin that stimulates collagen and elastin fibroblasts, developing fibronectin (FN) and glycosaminoglycans (GAG), according to research. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 is a small molecule that penetrates the skin easily and is structurally similar to the precursor of collagen type I. It is thought that pentapeptides can communicate with a cell and program it to do specific things, including repair work.

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 is considered to be as effective against wrinkles as retinol, but less irritating. "One study found that Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 was as effective as retinol in repairing sun-damaged skin but was devoid of side-effects. Most other studies showed at least some improvement in various objective and subjective measures of wrinkles."

Independent in vitro studies (unlike most studies available on Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, which have been done by P&G, originators of Matrixyl) demonstrated an increase in synthesis of Collagen I by 212%, Collagen IV by 100 to 327% and Hyaluronic Acid by 267%. Collagen I is predominant among the 19 forms of collagen found in the human body; therefore increasing production of Collagen I has a very dramatic effect on rebuilding the skin. Six month in vivo studies showed mean wrinkle depth was reduced by 17%, surface area containing deep wrinkles was reduced by 68%, surface area containing moderate wrinkles was reduced by 51% and skin roughness by 16%.

January 13, 2022 — LISA STRONG