CoQ10 for healthy skin

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Coenzyme Q10, also known as Ubiquinone is naturally occurring and is found in most living organisms. CoQ10 is ubiquitous in humans and varies in levels with most of it found in  organs with a high rate of metabolism, such as; the heart, kidneys and the liver. It is a vital factor in the synthesis of ATP (cellular energy production) therefore essential for all human tissues and organs.

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Telomeres: Our Cellular Timekeepers

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There are many speculations in regards to contributors to cell ageing. One of the studied theories is; accelerated ageing may be due to increased telomere shortening – when cells divide around 50 times, they will enter a phase in which they no longer behave as they did when they were younger.

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Probiotics for our skin health…

 

 

Probiotics for a health skin

Probiotics for a health skin

Probiotics are live microorganisms that may confer a health benefit on the host.

We share a complicated relationship with bacteria. It exists on our skin, in our intestinal tract, urinary tract, among other places. Too much bacteria can make us very ill, but too little can also make us more vulnerable to illness.

With so many skins showing signs of stress and barrier impairment due to environmental factors and over use of harsh skin care ingredients that have a negative effect on our skins natural flora, should we use Probiotics in skin care to improve our skins health? Continue reading

Corneotherapy – skin recovery therapy

Stratum Corneum – protecting our internal environment

When looking at skin care products to protect skin while also allowing the skins natural processes to play their part in functioning as our largest organ, doesn’t it make sense to look at the skins natural functions and mimic them as closely as possible in skin care products.

Previous posts have discussed a few important Vitamins that play a role in healthy skin function and as our diet is lacking in these crucial nutrients, it makes sense to provide them topically, but what about the in-between bits? The cream that acts as a vehicle for these active vitamins?

If you look at what the skins major role is, it is one of ‘protection’ from outside influences that can potentially cause harm to our inner environment. When considering skin care products therefore; we need to mimic the natural protective function of the skin, while delivering actives to ‘feed’ the living cells.

The outer most layer of our skin, the Stratum Corneum, acts as a protective shield however, many products and environmental factors leave this barrier inadequately defending our internal body structures by having a detrimental effect on the membrane that covers is a part of the Stratum Corneum.

Ingredients containing the correct chemical composition need to be similar to that of the skins membrane and their structure needs to be identical without modifying the natural membrane structure of the skin.

It is now known that products containing certain ’emulsifiers’ which are used to combine the oil and water in skin care products may prove to be an inadequate consideration as they change the structure of this crucial membrane.

So, what is the alternative? Well, unfortunately Mother Nature has provided us with only a few natural emulsifiers such as Lecithin and egg yolk and these are unable to perform when  manufacturing at a commercial level. Ingredients like; Posphatidylcholine will stabilise the oil and water in products and also mimic the skins natural membrane, providing the protection of skin cells and allowing our skin to function correctly.

Many skin conditions can be corrected just by repairing the barrier function of the skin and it is now recognised as a priority when Dermal Clinicians are looking at treating certain barrier impairment conditions. The term ‘Corneotherapy‘ is now used when we treat many dermatological cornification disorders and you will now start to see the focus shift to this in many skin care clinics.

A German skin care company, Dermaviduals, known for its innovative products, specialises in products that provide the skin with DMS – Derma Membrane Structure science using ingredients that are skin identical.

Obviously, all Skin Care professionals will now need to incorporate Corneotherapy into their clients home care prescriptives and clinic treatment regime.

I love this industry and the innovative companies and professionals that strive to achieve a healthier, happier and more gorgeous skin for our clients.

Have you tried Corneotherapy? I would love to hear your thoughts…………….

A happy, healthy skin!

Vitamin A in Skin Care

Retinoids are classified as compounds with the basic core structure of Vitamin A and play a very important role in many skin conditions including Ageing. When applied topically the oxidised metabolites of Vitamin A will convert to Retinoic Acid which has an influence on cell function by altering gene expression patterns and have shown to be highly effective when use to treat skin conditions such as; acne, sun damage and psoriasis. Retinoids or Vitamin A have a normalising effect with these altered skin conditions although may take a small amount of time to adjust with some negatives associated. Some of these are:

irritation, redness, itchy and sensitivity.

These side effects are usually transient and once the skin adjusts the benefits far out weigh the negatives.

I have used Retinoids to treat many aggressive skin conditions and it is the gold standard when treating an acne or photo damaged skin.

When you think of Ageing, think of Vitamin A, as this is the secret to maintaining your skins cell turnover. Normally we see cell turnover slow as we age, so using a topical product containing a retinoid ingredient will help reverse the effects of slow cell differentiation.

I would love to know if you have had great results when using a product containing Vitamin A. Drop a comment and let me know what products are your favourite….