Whether it be a small basic cosmetic pouch, or an elaborate beauty-salon-in-a-case, every woman has it. The beauty kit is essential for daily survival, as some may say. Women carry it with them wherever they go.
But some overdo it. Let’s be honest – when was the last time you used that lipstick at the bottom of the pouch? How about that purple eye-shade duo? It’s time to clean-up your beauty kit. Keep what you use on a regular basis; toss out (at least back to the dresser) those you rarely do. Here’s a list of the essentials:
Moisturizer. To save on space, keep a small tube or bottle. One that incorporates sunblock with at least SPF 15 is a wise choice. A small tube of hand cream is also a must.
Cleanser. You need to clean your face at least twice a day, most especially during warm climate or if you have oily skin. Have with you a small tube of your facial cleanser. Hypoallergenic facial wipes are also a convenient choice.
Blotting paper and facial tissue. These come in handy during greasy emergencies. Make sure to keep a pack at all times.
Lip balm. Choose a product that offers moisturizing as well as sun protection.
On top of these essentials, add your cosmetics: face powder or foundation; 2 of your favorite lipsticks (at the most); lip liner; 1 waterproof mascara; blush-on, eye makeup and eyeliner; cosmetic sharpener; makeup brush for cheeks and eyes; and a small bottle of your favorite scent.
You might do your best to take care of your skin, but aging is still inevitable, or is it?
Based on the claims of numerous anti-aging products you would think that beauty product companies have already found the fountain of youth, but the truth is that even the best anti-aging products and treatments cannot really reverse the aging process. What the best products and treatments can do for you though is to slow down the aging process and repair what is possible. Still, these products are indeed worth looking into since they do deliver the result they promise – a more youthful ageless skin.
If you are looking for the best anti-aging products in the market though, be warned that most of these products are pretty expensive. This is especially true for the more effective cosmetic treatments administered by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. But hey, saving up for a product and treatment that actually works is a lot better than wasting your money on cheap ones that do nothing but add chemicals on your skin.
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June 26th, 2015 in
Is time taking a toll on your skin? Starting to see the fine lines of aging around your eyes and mouth? As we age, collagen levels in our skin decrease resulting in a loss of elasticity and wrinkled skin. Loss of elasticity causes sagging, and the skin is not as firm as it once was. There are many collagen skin care products available, but do they help?
It really depends on the specific formulation of the product, and how well it penetrates the layers of the skin. Many skin care lines contain collagen, but most sit on top of the skin, and do nothing to help collagen reproduction deep in the facial tissue, where it is the most beneficial.
Collagen is like the “building blocks” of your skin. Picture a dense network of cells that are connected by fibers. This is the foundation on which everything is built.
The most effective collagen skin care treatments will penetrate deeply into the underlying layers. This encourages new production of collagen, which will produce firmer skin with diminished lines and wrinkles. Skin tone and elasticity will improve dramatically.
So, how do you know what the best quality products are? Choosing skin care treatments that are all natural is the best choice. Moisturizers and anti aging treatments containing marine collagen complex are excellent, and will provide optimum results.
Why is this? When combining marine collagen complex with polypeptides, the skin has better absorption capabilities. Polypeptides work to break collagen down into smaller molecules, which allows the treatment to work deep into the layers of the skin.
Enough of the scientific talk – you want a product that works. When you visit your local chain or drugstore, you will find dozens of products containing collagen. Your job is to find the best quality skin care treatments containing the right ingredients. This can be overwhelming!
What to look for? Natural ingredients that include marine collagen complex, peptides and hyaluronic acid. A skin care product containing these essential ingredients will product amazing results in the firmness and smoothness of your skin.
Be smart – don’t believe that any product that lists collagen in the ingredients is effective. If it doesn’t contain a good balance of the natural nutrients your skin needs, it isn’t going to work. It’s that simple!
There are some wonderful and effective collagen skin care products out there, but choose only the best. Don’t waste your money on products that are inferior. Your skin (and everyone who looks at you) will notice the difference. Isn’t that what you really want?
What are the 7 worst ingredients in skin care products? They’re ingredients you should always avoid, either because they’re harmful to your skin in the long run – or worse, strongly suspected of being dangerous.
First a confession: It’s hard to make a legitimate “7 Worst” list. There are a lot more than 7 bad ingredients. And exactly how do you measure the worst? Put a panel of seven top scientists together, and they’d probably have seven different opinions. It reminds me of those “Top 10 skin care” lists you often see, especially at the beginning of a new year. I never believe those “Top 10″ lists. I think they’re mostly fiction, created to help sell product for whoever makes up the list.
The difference is this: My 7 Worst Ingredients list includes facts (not just my opinion) on why they’re included. And hey, if I manage to leave out a real loser, let me know. I promise to add to my list.
So here goes:
1. Petroleum jelly. No, it’s not a terrible hazard. I include it because it’s so common, it’s got so many names for basically the same chemical, and it worsens the main problem that people use it for – dry skin. It’s also called petrolatum, mineral oil, liquid paraffin and paraffin wax. It’s a petroleum byproduct that coats the skin to keep in moisture. It clogs the pores and strips the natural oils from your skin (causing chapping and dryness, making your skin dependent on more, always more).
2. Fragrance. Two problems. First, it can mean so many things; the term “fragrance” can refer to 4,000 separate ingredients, many toxic or carcinogenic. Second, if you like some fragrance, please, please, use a little perfume or body spray – much safer than rubbing these unknown and potentially dangerous chemicals into your skin.
3. Triclosan: Antibacterial, widely used in skincare products and deodorants (also weed killers). Triclosan has been found in public water supplies and may contribute to creating strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, due to its wide use in skincare products.
4. Polyethylene glycol (PEG). Widely used emulsifier (keeps incompatible liquids in suspension) and humectant (moisturizer). Suspected of interfering with reproductive hormones and of being carcinogenic.
5. Parabens. Mostly listed as methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and ethylparaben – all preservatives in skincare products (including moisturizers). May cause allergic reactions and skin rashes, and possibly interfere with the body’s endocrine system. Accepted by the FDA, but under ever-growing challenge as new studies come in.
6. Alcohols. Ethanol, ethyl alcohol, methanol, benzyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol and SD alcohol. All very drying and irritating to your skin. Petroleum-based alcohols all fit this description. Vegetable-based alcohols, actually waxes, are safe and effective skin care ingredients.
7, Dioxane. Derived from coconuts. Widely used in skincare products. The most serious problem is that it can contain high concentrations of 1,4-dioxane, considered a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer.”
The most important fact to know about my entire list of 7 Worst Ingredients is that they aren’t necessary. I don’t use a single skin care product that contains any of them.
I used to put on foundation that eventually irritates my skin. Most people with the same experience view foundations, and make-up in general, to be an additional â€œdirtâ€ on the face that one will have to clean up at the end of the day. I later realized this should not be so.
One of the good foundation products I used that didnâ€™t irritate my skin came from Artistry. This product line provides all-organic, pharmaceutical grade skin care items. I later learned that the foundation actually provides additional protection, like oil control ingredients, anti-oxidants like Vitamin E, and sun screen with SPF 15.
Alpha hydroxy skin care products have become incredibly popular over the last few years. One reason for this popularity is that these products have shown positive results for one of the most common dermal problems people face, especially as they grow older. That problem is wrinkles. What may surprise some people is that while these products seem to be new, the essential components of alpha hydroxy (AH) products have been around for many centuries.
The active ingredients in alpha hydroxy skin care preparations are the various acids that are found in them. These acids come from fruit and milk sugars, and include such acids as lactic acid. These acids, as you might imagine, are fairly easy to produce with modern technology. In addition to the acids, products will usually have other ingredients in them. It is often the addition of these other ingredients (such as perfumes and base foundations) that can lead to higher prices for products. It is possible, however, to find good quality products at reasonable prices.
Alpha hydroxy skin care products came into being through research on wrinkles. There was a time, and this still happens today, when those who had wrinkles, especially facial wrinkles, were bombarded with advertisings that promised far more than they could deliver. Research on AH acids showed that there were possible benefits that could be observed and measured. This was much better than the hyped products of yesteryear, which often had little or no scientific backing. Today, you can find good quality AH products in such formulas as toners, cleansers, moisturizers, and masks.
When it comes to the actual chemistry of the AH acids, the acids are derived from various fruit and milk sugar compounds. The most commonly used are lactic acid and glycolic acid. These are popular choices because they penetrate the skin easily. Because of their popularity they are also some of the most studied and researched of the many different types of AH acids. The complete list of AH acids that are often found in skincare items include: Glycolic acid (which is made from sugar cane), lactic acid (from milk), citric acid (from citrus fruits such as lemons and oranges), malic acid (from pears and apples), and tartaric acid (from grapes).
There is really no mystery behind the process of how AH acids work. They work mainly as exfoliation products. What this means is that they allow the outer layer of dead skin cells to be released so that new skin cells can begin to grow. There is also some evidence that these acids may also encourage the stimulation of new collagen and elastin growth. AH acids are also reported to help improve wrinkling and rough skin if the products are used for a sustained amount of time. The amount of time is dependent on the product but one month to three months is normal.
In general, alpha hydroxy skin care products will work best when they are in a concentration of 5-8% and in the pH range of 3 to 4. It should be noted that cosmetic makers are not required by law to provide concentration level information on the labeling of their packaging. However, as a rule of thumb, having the alpha hydroxy acid listed as the second or third ingredient on the ingredient’s list makes it more likely it contains the proper concentration. Concentrations above this amount can only be administered by medical professionals.
Consumers should understand that AH products may have side effects. The two most common are skin irritation and sensitivity to the sun. The second is the main reason that most AH products contain sunscreen within the product or have a label stating that it does not contain sunscreen along with a warning that you should provide your own sunscreen when using the product.
The usual symptoms of irritation include itching, burning, and pain. As for sun sensitivity, there is the possibility that using AH products can increase sensitivity by as much as 50% in some people. This can cause sun burn in a short amount of time. It is very important that all persons using alpha hydroxy skin care products use a good sunscreen.
When shopping for AH products, it is best to choose a single product with the proper level of AH acid in it and then to avoid using any other cosmetics or products that contain additional acid. This will reduce the likelihood of irritation.
Remember, sunscreen is very important and should be used generously when you are using alpha hydroxy skin care products. The choice in sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 15 for UVB protection and should also contain titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide for UVA protection.
Be it white or black skin, skin care products require as components the following – Cynergy TK, Phytessence Wakame and Coenzyme Q10. All these components help in building your skin cells by providing all the necessary vitamins and minerals and hence they need to be present in skin care products if you plan to use them because, when the collagen content in your skin starts depleting your skin will develop wrinkles, sagging, etc which are signs of aging. If you want your skin to look healthy and attractive using such components is very essential.
Separate lines of treatment for black and white skin are advertised in the market regarding various products. You should not be fooled by the likes of this. You need to understand certain basic issues regarding this. The basic Skin types are sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin and skins with disorders. The color of the skin is not the issue at all in treating skin disorders. Whether black or white your skin is skin. All these products need not treat the diseases with different treatments for different colors of skin. You will find that the basic ingredients in these products designed for different colors of skin are all the same if you compare them. From this it is conclusive that skin color does not affect the treatment given to the skin.
If you take the right steps in examining what each of these components will do, you will be able to decide on the product that is most suitable for your skin type and that will guarantee you the best results. If you want to choose black skin care products make sure that you choose ones that contain all the above mentioned ingredients and see that it suits your skin type more than the color. You need to be cautious in exerting your choices as a wrong choice will affect your skin badly.
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May 15th, 2015 in
If you walk into any department store you will always see huge counters full of skin care products beautifully packaged and glamorous sales assistants ready to take your money. You will also notice that the most popular brands are the ones you regularly see advertised in magazines. This may come as a surprise, but you are not going to find the world’s best skin care products in these popular stores.
Some of the most well known skin care companies use the cheapest synthetic ingredients in their products and are the most expensive. These chemicals are dangerous to your health and do nothing to enhance your skin.The reason for this is that too much money is spent by the Skin Care Companies on advertising and not enough on product development. There are very few regulations preventing the use of chemicals in skin care products. Some of these chemicals used are listed as follows.
#1 Dioxane is a synthetic agent sourced from coconuts. It is easily absorbed by your skin and known as be cancerous.
#2 Mineral Oil, also known as petrolatum, liquid paraffin or paraffin wax. It does nothing but clog the pores of your skin, preventing toxins from being eliminated and causing acne. Mineral oil causes skin dryness leading to the appearance of early aging.
#3 Alcohols with various names such as ethanol, benzyl, isopropyl, ethyl and methanol. These alcohols strip your protective layer of the skin known as the acid mantle allowing bacteria and viruses to enter your body. Dryness and irritation is another problem.
#4 Parabens known as methyl, butyl, propyl and ethyl are used as preservatives. They can cause allergic reactions, rashes, problems with your endocrine system and cancer.
#5 Fragrances all consisting of various chemicals.
As you can see, products with the above chemicals are definitely not the world`s best skin care products. Your skin is your largest organ and is like a huge sponge absorbing anything that is applied to it. Once anything is absorbed by your skin it will enter your blood stream to be carried through the rest of your body.
So, if you were to discover the world’s best skin care products, what would you be looking for? I would suggest company integrity, chemical free ingredients processed so as not to destroy any essential ingredients, scientifically researched ingredients to enhance and feed your skin, the latest technology in skin care a couple of years ahead of the mainstream, ongoing scientific research, only the very best natural ingredients used, nothing spent on advertising, not found in department stores, manufactured and sold directly from the factory to eliminate the middle man and a money back guarantee.
This is a very brief overview of the world’s best skin care products
More information can be found on my Website so please click on the link. You have nothing to lose, only the chemicals.
There is no reason why men should not treat their skin with top natural skin care products the same as women. We men need to move away from the idea that its our feminine side coming out and start realising that the collagen and keratin that makes up a women skin also makes up ours.
Choosing top natural skin care products especially designed for men is the basic first step. Although made from that same basic ingredients, men’s and women’s skin reacts slightly differently to the ageing process and contains different amounts of collagen and keratin. In fact men’s skin is slightly thicker. This mean that we take longer to show the signs of ageing but when it starts it takes no prisoners! Wrinkles appear quickly and they dig deep.
By using one of the top natural skin care products for men we can delay the decline and slow the wrinkles but we have to pick the correct products. There are so many skin care for men products claiming to turn back the years with added collagen that it is easy to get confused. Let’s stop the confusion and cut to the chase. These products don’t work.
Here’s the science bit. Collagen is a long chain molecule made naturally by cells. It provides strength and elasticity to skin amongst other things. Collagen degrades as we age and this is what causes sagging jowls and deep wrinkles. Collagen is too big to be absorbed by the skin and synthetic collagen is not recognised by the cells. Seems like a hopeless case. Here is the answer.
Follow these three simple steps and you will encourage your body to naturally start making collagen at higher levels thus giving your skin more elasticity and less wrinkles. Step 1 – Drink plenty of water. Step 2 – Eat a variety of fresh fruit and veg every day. Step 3 – Try to stay out of direct sunlight.
Add to these simple steps a top natural skin care product containing natural vitamin E, witch hazel and grapeseed oil amongst other ingredients and you will be well on your way to regaining your youthful glow.
Following extensive research I came across one completely natural skin care product for men that completely blew me away. It contains something called Cynergy TK. This substance containing functional keratin is being hailed as the closest thing to a miracle ingredient in reversing the signs of ageing. If you want more information follow through to the website and find out the details today.