Skin Care in your 30’s

 

Dear 30 Something

Dear 30 Something

Dear 30 Something

This is the age group where you will really start to see many changes with your skin. Many women notice an increase in signs of ageing and changes with colour of the skin.  Continue reading

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Menopause and skin changes

 

Skin Changes & Menopause

Skin Changes & Menopause

Another question from one of my gorgeous followers, Marcia:

I am going through Menopause, what Vitamins can I take/use to help with my skin changes?

Marcia, there are so many things happening with your skin when you go through Menopause but to answer your question simply I believe that consuming a plant-based diet and minimising processed foods will make a huge difference. Continue reading

Vitamin C for your skin

Did you know, when you apply topical Vitamin C to your skin it can provide more than twenty times the amount of Vitamin C that is found normally in skin? We need to topically apply Vitamin C on a daily basis as the levels we need cutaneously can not be reached by ingestion and sun exposure depletes 2/3 of any stored Vitamin C.

So how does it work in the skin?

Chronic insults to the skin such as sun exposure, smoking, pollutants etc, will lead to cumulative damage and will result in premature ageing and put the skin at risk of many skin diseases.

All of these insults will also contribute to the generation of reactive oxygen species,Vitamin C, which is an anti oxidant will neutralise these free radicals which damage the skin.

Along with its antioxidant properties, Vitamin C influences the production of collagen by activating collagen gene regulation. This is great when considering ageing concerns such as lines and wrinkles.

There are so many Vitamin C products on the market today and consumers should be educated that not all preparations of topical Vitamin C are effective. Penetration of this vitamin in products must be considered and if an analogue is used, it must also convert to active Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) so it can be used within the cell. Cosmetic chemists have to formulate products and take these factors into consideration.

Skin Care professionals are able to prescribe products that will contain active Vitamin C and provide the skins with the benefits mentioned, whereas, more than likely when you purchase a product that is not prescribed by a professional, it will not contain the correct percentage of active or delivery science and therefore not provide your skin with the  benefits.

I recommend using a product containing Vitamin C every morning, because we expose our skin to so many factors that produce free radicals throughout the day. Sitting in front of a computer screen, some lighting, everyday pollutants and of course, UV exposure will all produce reactive oxygen species. Vitamin C also works synergistically with Vitamin E and together they provide a great network to maintain cellular health.

Do you use a skin care product containing Vitamin C? I would love to hear the benefits you have experienced from your products………..

Vitamin C in your skin care

Peptides in Skin Care

 

So, what are Peptides? Simply, they are chains of amino acids that create proteins.

Why do we need Peptides? Skin is mainly made up of proteins and these proteins are either damaged by environmental factors and lifestyle or with chronological ageing.

Peptides in skin care products may mimic or imitate some of the skins biologic processes to stimulate repair or inhibit the acceleration of skin ageing.

Certain amino acid chains with specific lengths and sequences are known to stimulate human skin cell growth in vitro and it is good to know that many of these peptides have made the transition from research into practical application within professional skin care lines.

Signal peptides stimulate proteins within the dermis, therefore, our two specific target dermal proteins; Collagen & Elastin are stimulated giving our skin a more youthful appearance for longer. Another benefit of a signal peptide is that it can down regulate an enzyme that breaks down these dermal proteins as we age. Collagenase is a crucial enzyme when we consider wound healing, however, as we age and with the help of lifestyle and environmental factors, this enzyme can accelerate the breaking down of collagen leaving us with wrinkles and lines.

Carrier peptides stabilize and deliver metals such as copper for wound healing processes within the skin. An important antioxidant required to combat Free Radical damage within the skin, Superoxide dismutase requires copper as a cofactor while there is also an enzyme necessary for collagen and elastin production that also requires copper.

There are literally thousands of peptides (too many to list) available now and many have a specific place within our products to encourage a more youthful and healthier skin.

Do you use a product that contains peptides? I would love to hear what you think…….

A graph detailing the benefits of a trademarked skin peptide, Matrixyl & Matrixyl 3000 on skin wrinkles