Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Best Polish Colors For Summer

Nail polish colors are sometimes hard to choose from. There are so many different colors to choose from and it is hard to pick what color will look best on you. I will tell you the most popular nail trends for this summer and which shade to wear for your own skin tone.

The hot nail polish color trends for the summer are coral, metallic, neon's and blues, but not every shade of each color looks good for all skin tones. For each skin tone, I will direct you to the color that will look and compliment your skin the most.

Fair Skin

Coral Polish. For women with light to fair skin, a darker coral will be too much. Go for a lighter shade of coral, like a sweet blush color. It is a lighter coral with orange tones. It will enhance your skin tone, instead of over powering it.

Metallic. Metallic polish on lighter skin can be very hard to pull off. If you have a bold look, it goes great but with the right color. Try for a rose gold shade of polish. It is a pink nail polish, with a gold tone to it. Make sure the polish is very shiny, and not too dark. It will give your skin tone a little added color.

Neon. Neon colors are great to add a pop of color, to a black, white or gray outfit. The best neon color for fair skin is a fuchsia. It is a darker but bright shade of pink. Some fuchsia's even have a hint of purple to them. Every polish line has a fuchsia color.

Blue. Blue nail polish is not something everyone is a fan of. Some people stick to pinks, reds and more natural looking colors, while others like to go for something different. Blue nail polish can be a hard color to pull off, but the best for fair skin is a bright sky blue. The blue is the color of the sky, but with a bright factor to it, instead of the more toned down blue that the sky is.

Olive Skin

Coral. Coral nail polish is a great color for darker skin tones. For olive skin, a melon shade of coral is the best. Melon is the closest standard shade of coral. It is a bit lighter, with an orange tint to it.

Metallic. The best shade of metallic for olive skin is a glittery silver. This gives you a wide variety of options to choose which glitter you like best. There are chunky and thin silver glitters, also silver polish with glitter in it. You can also add the silver glitter over another color, for an added effect.


Neon. Bright colors look great on tanned skin. Try an electric lime green against olive skin. You can use a lighter or darker shade of lime green depending on what you like better. It will really make a statement.

Blue. Blue nail polish looks great with a blue outfit. If your outfit is dark blue, wearing a lighter blue, like an aquamarine, will be a great complimenting color. Aquamarine is a blue with green hues in it. You can have it shiny or more of a matte color.

Bronze Skin

Coral. For bronze skin, you can go with a sparkly coral pink. It is like the normal shade of coral but with added glitter, for some extra sparkle. You can put a coat of coral on, and then put a coat of a glitter polish over it.

Metallic. To compliment your skin tone, and still get the metallic color, try a copper color. Especially one with a shimmer effect. It will make your skin look brighter and more refreshed.

Neon. For a great neon, that will make you look tanner, try a bright orange. You can choose from an orange with a red tint, or a normal orange shade. Make sure it stays nice and bright. The brighter the color, then better it will look with your skin.

Blue. A great blue for you is a midnight blue. The dark color will look great with a lighter blue out fit. If you want to add a little extra, put a dark blue glitter over it.

Deep Skin

Coral. Any shade of coral would look great on darker skin, but if you want something that you will like, try a salmon coral. This color is more relaxed and a pretty pink. It looks great with anything.

Metallic. Doing dark colors, against dark skin sometimes makes your skin look duller. Try a lighter metallic gold polish. It will compliment any black or brown outfit, and make your skin shine.


Neon. All neon colors will make your skin pop. To try something different, use a yellow. It really pops against dark colors.

Blue. For a great blue, go for something rich like a cobalt blue. A dark blue that has a brightness to it looks great with any light colored outfit. 

The color of August is mint green. It is a great light color that can be used for an added pop of color or to tone down any outfit. These are all the nail color trends for this summer. Try one out today, and get a great manicure.