Product and Skin Care News

Acne and Wrinkles

We hear from lots of customers who have been using benzoyl peroxide products such as Pro-Active, and who have been spending a fortune on anti-wrinkle creams, yet still are having huge problems with acne, dryness, flaking and wrinkling. The solution is a fairly simple one once you understand what's going on with your skin. As we get older, our skin becomes drier and thinner, plus as our hormones change, we begin to lose essential estrogen and collagen that help keep our skin plump and elastic. The benzoyl peroxide completely strips the skin of all moisture. Then the heavy ingredients in many anti-wrinkle creams end up clogging the pores and making acne worse. The trick is to nourish your skin to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles while unclogging your pores. Our recommendation for this common problem is as follows:

1. Studies have shown that moisturizing dry skin improves acne. Therefore, start by cleansing your skin with a mild hydrating cleanser such as our Olive Oil Cleanser, which is also a good antioxidant.

2. Choose acne products that contain salicylic or glycolic acids rather than benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid will unclog your pores and the glycolic acid will exfoliate and stimulate your own collagen production. Most products in our Glysa Clear product line contain both salicylic and glycolic acids.

3. Our peptide serums Argiracol and Renacol are lightweight, yet very moisturizing and contain wrinkle reducing peptides. They are completely oil free in order to prevent pore clogging, but contain a revolutionary peptide called Renovage to hydrate and increase skin elasticity.

Hats Off to Our Website Developer!

This is a little off-topic, but I am sure many of you have noticed that our website has a beautiful new look. This creation is by Carol Garcia of Oha Web Studio. Just to let you know, Carol has created not only this wonderful website, but also a powerful product database that makes it so easy for us to make changes to our product line. This database is attached to the website and eliminates the need to purchase a very expensive shopping cart. I am sure that those of you who have e-commerce websites can appreciate this feature. Also, if some of you have ever checked out a web designer and noticed that all their websites look exactly alike, then you need to contact Carol. She will design a completely original website with your needs and products in mind, not some copycat website that looks exactly like someone else's. We are so happy with Carol's website design and database. Please keep her in mind should you ever need a new website of any kind.

Lycopene Consumption May Help Prevent Sunburn

Consuming lycopene-rich tomato paste may protect against sunburn and sun-induced skin ageing, British researchers have reported. Subjects who consumed tomato paste were found to have 33 per cent more protection against sunburn, compared to the control group, researchers from the Universities of Newcastle and Manchester presented in April 2008 at the British Society for Investigative Dermatology.

The research taps into one of the newest trends in nutritional foods - the "beauty from within" segment, which is predicted to become a strong niche over the next few years.

The researchers recruited 20 people and randomly assigned them to receive 55 grams (five tablespoons) of standard tomato paste with 10g of olive oil daily, or just olive oil, for 12 weeks. NutraIngredients.com has not seen the full data.

The skin of the volunteers was exposed to UV light at the start and end of the trial, and the researchers found that the tomato paste-supplemented group had 33 per cent more protection against sunburn, than the olive oil only-fed group. This level of protection was equivalent to a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 1.3, said the researchers.

The benefits of the tomato paste were attributed to the lycopene content, which may neutralise the harmful effects of UV light due to the excess production reactive oxygen species (ROS) which can damage important skin structures.

Skin samples taken from the subjects indicated that the tomato paste-supplemented individuals had higher skin levels of pro-collagen, a molecule which gives the skin its structure and loss of which leads to skin ageing and lack of elasticity.

Co-researcher Professor Lesley Rhodes said: "The tomato diet boosted the level of procollagen in the skin significantly. These increasing levels suggest potential reversal of the skin ageing process. This is in addition to the significant reduction in sunburn.

"These weren't huge amounts of tomato we were feeding the group. It was the sort of quantity you would easily manage if you were eating a lot of tomato-based meals.

"People should not think that tomatoes in any way can replace sun creams, but they may be a good additive. If you can improve your protection through your diet then over several years, this may have a significant effect."

Fighting Age Spots

As we age, many of us are affected by age spots (actinic keratoses) that most frequently appear on the face, arms and hands and are caused by UV exposure.

Although unsightly, age spots are usually harmless. They are also very difficult to get rid of. A few options that may help lighten or remove age spots are:

  1. You can ask your doctor for a prescription bleaching cream that contains hydroquinone. These creams can be used alone or in conjunction with retinol to gradually help fade the spots over time.
  2. You can try over-the-counter creams containing glycolic acid to fade age spots. We sell a 30% Glycolic Cream that may be beneficial for this purpose.
  3. Chemical peels such as the ones we carry can gradually fade age spots. A chemical peel involves application of an acid to burn the outer layer of skin. Anyone undergoing chemical peel treatments must take protective measures when going out into the sun. Please keep in mind that with any cosmetic you need to be patient, as it can take several months to see positive results.
  4. Dermatologists use several methods to remove age spots. One such method is the application of a freezing agent to age spots. However, this procedure can pose a slight risk of discoloration or scarring. A safer method would be dermabrasion. This procedure sands down the surface of the skin. Depending upon how deep the dermabrasion is, temporary redness and scabbing can occur. Laser or light therapy will also fade age spots, although this type of procedure is usually very expensive and may require several visits.

Overall, prevention is best. To prevent the majority of age spots, use a good sunscreen and limit UV exposure.

Aging Beautifully

Oprah.com listed five things a person can do to slow down time and look fabulous.

Click here to read what those five things are.

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