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  • Aug 27

    17 TIPS on How to Keep Your Skin Beautiful

    written by Bea Kinnear Your Skin & You 5th Edition.

    1. Your skin protects your body, but that’s not all. It’s the face you present to the world. When healthy, it’s a source of beauty. The choices you make every day — what you eat, where you go, how you feel — affect how your skin looks.

    2. Want good skin? Watch your diet. Higher intakes of vitamin C and a lower intake of fats and carbohydrates are associated with better appearance as your skin ages. Changing your diet will help your looks. Eat more fish, fruits, and vegetables to help protect against wrinkles and dryness in aging skin. To avoid breakouts, go for complex carbohydrates (like whole grains and pasta) and healthy protein. (Better still, remove all grains and sugars from your diet and be amazed by the results! Helen Wenley).

    3. Your anti-aging cream may contain vitamin C or E. Put these antioxidants to work from the inside, too. Eating foods rich in these vitamins, plus the mineral selenium, can help protect your skin against sun damage. They may even help reverse signs of aging, like wrinkles and skin discoloration. Taking high quality USANA vitamins should be the top of your list.

    4. Exercise benefits every part of your body — including your largest organ, the skin. Working out improves circulation, flushing toxins from your skin. Better blood flow also brings more oxygen and nutrients and may help your skin produce collagen, which staves off wrinkles. Don’t fret about sweat — exercise may actually help unclog pores. Wash your face right after a workout and avoid tight headbands, which can trap sweat and irritate skin.

    5. Burn the candle at both ends for a few nights, and you may see it reflected in your face: Effect dark circles under the eyes, pale skin, and puffy eyes. Getting 7-8 hours a night will keep your body and skin in top shape. It matters how you sleep, too — rest your face on the pillow in the same position for years, and you’ll get wrinkles where the skin is pressed against the pillow. Solution? Sleep on your back, if you can. (Although we realize you cannot control your body movements when sleeping)

    6. Stretch marks — 90% of pregnant women get them. They should fade after delivery. Weight gain can also cause them. Moisturizers might improve the appearance of stretch marks. Prescription Vitamin A creams or laser therapy can help. Acne is another common skin problem, caused by the extra hormones in your body. Your best bet for avoiding breakouts is to wash your face twice a day and use a mineral oil-free moisturizer. Ask your doctor before using any acne over the counter (OTC) products. (For acne: Again, remove all grains and sugars from your diet and be amazed by the results! Helen Wenley).

    7. Some women develop dark patches — melasma, or the “mask of pregnancy” — on their faces when they’re pregnant. An increase in melanin, the substance that gives skin its color, is responsible for these dark patches. Use makeup or concealer to help cover the dark spots. Melasma usually fades after delivery. Reduce pigment changes by wearing sunscreen at all times and avoiding the sun.

    8. Whether you were a sun worshipper in your teens or now catch some rays inadvertently while gardening, walking, or even driving, chances are your skin has sun damage. Some 90% of all skin damage is due to the sun. As your time in the sun goes up, so does your risk of skin cancer. Protect skin by always wearing sunscreen — even in winter. Hats and long sleeves help, too. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when rays are strongest. (To be sure that you do not suffer Vitamin D deficiency, be sure to take a good quality vitamin D3 supplement. Helen Wenley)

    9. As you age, your skin changes. Your body doesn’t produce as much collagen, and the elastin that allows skin to spring back into place gets weaker. You don’t get rid of dead skin cells or produce new ones as fast. To boost aging skin, exfoliate to remove dead skin, use a non-drying soap, and moisturize often. Use an over-the-counter retinoid to reduce fine wrinkles or ask your doctor about a prescription version. Most of all, stay out of the sun.

    10. Caffeine in coffee and tea is dehydrating, so it may cause your skin to dry out. But a study found that when applied topically to skin, caffeine may help reverse sun damage and lower risk of some skin cancers — in mice, at least. Researchers are now trying to see if topical caffeine protects human skin, too.

    11. Too much alcohol is bad for your skin as well as your body. Alcohol is a diuretic; it causes the body to lose water. That can contribute to dry skin. It also dilates blood vessels. That’s why drinkers often have red, flushed faces — which makes rosacea worse. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, so that skin stays red.

    12. Simply put, smoking is bad for your skin: It’s second only to the sun in causing wrinkles and dry skin. In fact, under a microscope you can see wrinkles in smokers as young as 20. Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin and contributes to the breakdown of collagen. Less collagen means more wrinkling. And yes, pursing your lips repeatedly encourages wrinkles, too. You can’t reverse the damage, but you can stop it by quitting smoking.

    13. Every day, your skin comes in contact with pollution — cigarette smoke, car exhaust, or smoggy air. Keep skin healthy by keeping it clean. Each night, exfoliate with a gentle AHA serum and toner to remove dead skin cells, cleanse with a gentle soap or wash, then apply a quality cream with moisturizers. (Oily skin still needs a moisturizer; look for mineral oil-free products.) Exfoliation might not be possible every night for those with dry/sensitive skin or sensitive skin, but exfoliation should still be done when possible to help the skin.

    14. Cold weather and wind bring on dry, flaky skin and can make eczema and rosacea worse. It’s not just the weather outside — dry heat indoors is harsh on skin, too. Fight back by using a humidifier at home, drinking lots of water, and applying moisturizer throughout the day. Remember the sunscreen when you go out.

    15. Want a tan? Get a safe one: use a bronzer or self-tanner. (But most don’t contain sunscreen, so they don’t offer any protection from the sun.) Remember to reapply sunscreen every two hours. And unless you have persistently dry skin, switch to an oil-free moisturizer to avoid breakouts in humid weather. It’s a good idea to rinse off after being in the pool to get rid of any chlorine on your skin.

    16. It doesn’t take long on a plane for skin to start feeling dry and tight, thanks to low humidity in the re-circulated air. Have a travel plan for your skin that includes drinking water — not coffee or alcohol — and moisturizing before, during, and after your flight. Don’t wear makeup on the flight if you can help it. Keep Intensive Hand Therapy lotion in a clear plastic zip-top bag with your other carry-on items.

    17. Hollywood lives by it: Changing the lighting can change the way you look. Fluorescent lighting can make skin tone appear more red or yellow, while incandescent lighting softens colors and imperfections. Use mirrors with varied lighting to view your skin and makeup under different conditions. That way you won’t look overdone or sallow as lighting changes. You can go more dramatic at night, when lighting is lower.

    For Beautiful skin, use the Beautiful Science of Sensé, because Sensé just makes sense!

    Have a Sensé-tional Day!

    Your Skin and You by Bea Kinnear

  • Sep 11

    We do have to take care that what we believe is correct.  So to help you wise up, this article titled Thirty-one Skin Care Myths has been written by Bea Kinnear Your Skin & You 5th Edition.
    Your Skin and You by Bea Kinnear

    1. Facial exercises tone facial muscles and make a person appear younger.

    The face is the only part of the body where muscles are attached directly to the skin;  there are no facial ligaments and tissue. Constant facial exercise and tugging contribute to additional lines. Actually, wrinkles often form along expression lines caused by facial movements.  You would never want to do anything that moves the facial skin, or over manipulate the skin, especially as it ages.  It would create more wrinkling, increasing the loss of elasticity in the skin.²

    2. Vitamin E minimizes scarring.

    Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps build skin, but there is no evidence that it does anything to help with scarring. There is even some research that suggests it may have a negative effect on scarring.

    3. Cucumbers help reduce puffiness around the eyes.

    The principle ingredient in cucumbers is 90% water with the balance being inert fiber.  They can be soothing and, with moisture, hydrate skin temporarily. The same results can be obtained from a cold compress without the mess of the cucumber.  You are better off to eat it rather than put it on your face.

    4. Skin pores open and close.

    Pores are openings in the skin that allow oils (sebum) to reach the surface. If pores are larger, this can be due to dead cells, genetics or scarring from squeezing blemishes.

    5. The higher the skin protection factor (SPF) rating, the better.

    SPF ratings, soon to be revised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only refer to protection from UVB rays. A person needs sun protection that has chemical and physical blockers, plus antioxidants. A higher SPF also gives a false sense of security and introduces more chemicals to the body. Plus, an SPF of 50 is only marginally more protective than a 40 or a 30SPF. Sunscreens need to be reapplied every 90–120 minutes.  People just don’t do that and pick higher numbers thinking it will give them more time in the sun with more protection.  Don’t forget sweat and water removes  sunscreen.

    6. Layering several products with SPF ratings increases protection.

    You are only protected to the extent of the higher rating of one product. A foundation with an SPF of 10, moisturizer with an SPF of 15 and a sunscreen with an SPF of 20 does not yield an SPF rating of 45.  In this example the SPF 20, if put on last, is the protection.

    7. Topical creams containing collagen can replace collagen.

    There is a lack of impartial, empirical evidence that the topical application of collagen or elastin can penetrate the dermis, even when using nanotechnology. They can provide moisturization to the epidermis, but only injections are conclusively effective.  Don’t always trust the advertising.

    8. Preservatives in skin care products are bad.

    Preservatives help prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi and other organisms that can not only deteriorate a product’s effectiveness and spoil the product itself, but also allow harmful bacteria to get on or in the skin.  Checking out the preserving used is very important especially if the products are all natural or organic.

    9.  Packaging is not important.

    Packaging in skin care is vitally important—not for aesthetic reasons—but to protect the efficacy of the ingredients. Wide-mouth jars, transparent containers and pumps that are not airless all pose problems in keeping ingredients safe and potent.

    10.  Chocolate and greasy foods cause acne.

    Eating chocolate does not cause acne. Hormonal factors, bacteria and skin cells are at the root of problematic skin, and stress can exacerbate flare-ups. Some individuals may have allergic reactions to foods  that could cause inflammation, as well.  The main key is controlling increased levels of the enzyme, 5-alpha-reductase that does or will produce excessive sebum in the pores.

    11. Natural and organic products are always better.

    Buyer, beware! Many natural and organic products are not as they claim. Plus, many times, active ingredients have to be synthesized to be bioavailable and efficacious.  Synthetic compounds can actually be identical to those found in nature and be more effective. Natural vs. laboratory-processed should not lead to an up or down decision about whether a product is good or bad. Not all chemicals are bad, and not all natural or organic ingredients are good.

    12. Using larger quantities of a product will yield better results.

    Less is more. Normally, a pea-sized amount of facial product will do the trick. Excessive amounts can cause your skin problems and waste money.

    13. Blackheads are  caused by improperly cleansed skin.

    Blackheads or comedones are caused by clogged pores, and excessive scrubbing can irritate and further inflame skin. Blackheads often contain, bacteria, oil, and dry and dead skin cells that need to be removed. Products that help dissolve sebum are the most effective.

    14. Drying problematic or oily skin clears up acne.

    The opposite is true. When skin becomes overly dry, an environment is created in which the skin is signalled that is too dry and produces more oil. Use drying products sparingly, and look to lightly moisture oily skin. The goal is to keep skin balanced.

    15. Get a base tan to prevent burning before going on vacation.

    Any tan is a scar, and there is no such thing as a healthy, safe tan. Self-tanners are the safest way to obtain tanned skin, if that is your desired look.

    16. All sun damage to skin occurs before 18 years of age.

    Sun damage continues to occur throughout life, although recent information suggests less than 50% of sun damage happens before a person is 18. ² It is never too late to protect your skin.

    17. Indoor tanning is safe.

    The argument that tanning beds and booths do not cause skin mutations that may cause cancerous lesions to develop is patently false. UVA rays found in indoor tanning lead to deeper, more harmful skin damage. You do not need to have a sunburn to create damage to skin cells.  Tanning beds or lamps puts your skin within inches of the harmful rays.

    18. Antioxidants reverse wrinkles.

    Antioxidants are essential in fighting free radical formation and are important in helping prevent skin damage, but they cannot make present wrinkles go away.

    19. Skin damage and signs of aging can be cleared up quickly.

    If a product sounds too good to be true, you can bet its claims are false. The damage did not happen overnight, and it cannot be magically repaired. Expect at least three skin cycles—a cycle can be between 21–40 days, depending on age—to begin to see measurable results. 3

    20.  All alcohol in skin products is bad.

    Some compounds that contain alcohol can act as emollients, which can decrease the skin’s water loss. Cetyl, benzyl and oleyl alcohol are examples of good alcohols. It is important to know what comes before the OH in chemical compounds.

    21. Sun exposure will improve acne.

    Sun exposure can hide the appearance of acne for awhile, but will lead to skin damage, pigmentation and drying that signals the skin to produce more oil.

    22. Alcohol abuse can cause your nose to become red and bulbous.

    The intake of alcohol can temporarily dilate blood vessels and make skin appear flushed, but in most cases, a large, inflamed, red and bulbous nose is a result of rosacea.

    23.  Skin repair only happens at night.

    A good night’s sleep is certainly helpful to skin health; however, skin repair is ongoing. Inadequate sleep can cause stress, skin puffiness and can slow the natural development of collagen.  Although a well formulated night cream will assist is providing skin repair.

    24. Skin care products can last three or more years.

    Despite a number of claims to the contrary, most skin care products lose a great deal of their potency within 12 months. It is best  to use the entire contents within one year because preservatives do not last forever  and ingredients can get contaminated with bacteria, or they can evaporate.  Especially in jar lid type containers.

    25. Strong scrubs, soaps and abrasives are good for your skin.

    Be careful how you wash your face. Too much scrubbing or too many abrasive products can remove protective oils, create tiny micro tears and contribute to aging, irritated skin. Less is more, and a gentle detergent free cleanser and light moisturizer work well for most people.

    26. Vitamin A thins the skin.

    Actually, the reverse is true. Skin can become thin due to the lack of vitamin A because it helps to create new, healthy and normal skin cells. Vitamin A is arguably one of the most important skin care ingredient. It is one of the few—if not the only—ingredient that is backed by more than 50  years of objective, scientific research supporting its efficacy.

    27. The only form of vitamin C that works is L-ascorbic acid.

    L-ascorbic acid only remains in its most potent state for a limited time. A new era in vitamin C formulations, one of the best antioxidants for your skin, has arrived. There are several forms that have been developed that are not water-based, which means they can better penetrate the skin and remain more potent for longer periods of time.

    28. There is one antioxidant ingredient that is the best.

    Every year, there is a hot, newly discovered antioxidant that is touted as the best, but this is not true. A cocktail of antioxidants provides better results than just one. Seek products containing a plethora of antioxidants.

    29. Skin care products don’t need all those ingredients we see on the labels.

    An inert cosmetic product (no real efficacy) based on one or a couple of ingredients at the most turns out to simply not being well-thought-out.  Where would all the innovation be?  Where would all the efficacy be?  Where are the ingredients your skin needs to help it be healthy?

    30. All Chemicals are dangerous.

    Our bodies, themselves are composed of chemicals and everything we put in or on our body is composed of chemicals. With the right knowledge of chemistry, Cosmetic Scientists can find out which of these chemicals are safe, effective and actually good for us.

    31. Cosmetic Claims are Always True.

    As a consumer you need to be a “Super Detective”.  You need to look at all skin care product advertising as a super sleuth finding clues to a crime.  Why; because ads are not always honest about their claims or the impression they want planted for your mind to receive.  A classic example of this is a product “lifting” your skin.  No skin care cream anywhere can lift skin.  Only a plastic surgeon can do that for you.  Yet over and over again we see advertisements that will offer this or leave you with that impression as part of the creams name.  Some will come right out and declare their cream will lift your skin. That is not true or legal.  One would suspect they find the risk, the massive sales are worth the fines.  You will also see other bold statements that loose the wrinkles without the need of injections, or your eye wrinkles (crows feet) are gone in seconds.  They even show pictures to prove this!  They are not gone, the ingredients inflame the skin to swell and when that swelling has gone down the wrinkles are still there. As the consumer you need to be smarter than the Marketing Agency’s that get paid huge amounts to twist and fool the public with words of promise that public so wants to hear.

    “Separate Truth From Hype”

    Have a Sensé-tional Day!

    Bea Kinnear, Author

    Your Skin & You 5th Edition


    1. LS Baumann and J Spencer, The effects  of topical vitamin E on the cosmetic

    appearance of scars, Dermatol Surg, 25(4), 311–5 (Apr 1999)

    2. WF Berfeld, A lifetime of healthy skin: implications for women, Int J Fertil Womens

    Med, 44(2), 83–95 (Mar/Apr 1999)

  • Jun 8

    Your Skin and You by Bea Kinnear As of 8th June 2011, officials still do not know what is causing the E.Coli outbreak – initially it was thought to be cucumbers, then salad produce, then bean sprouts….But the message is relevant –  Do we need preservatives in skincare? Are 100% All Natural Skin Care Products Really Safe?

    This article has been written by Bea Kinnear Your Skin & You 5th Edition.

    There is currently a massive scare in Europe concerning the contamination of cucumbers by a very virulent bacterium, a variant of Escherichia coli (commonly referred to more simply as E. Coli).

    There is a full report on the BBC web site, but the issue is that there have been over 1,200 confirmed of suspected cases of E. coli in Germany so far, and 18 people have actually died. Cases are also being reported in the UK, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands.

    The bacterium infests the gastrointestinal tract, and can lead to Haemolytic-uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS causes kidney problems and is potentially fatal. More deaths are expected, because many sufferers have already lost kidney function, and more cases are likely before this can be stopped.

    The sickness is not contagious, but may be passed on by an infected person preparing food for others.
    Several countries have already removed cucumbers from the shops, when they have been imported from suspect sources, among them, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and France. Russian officials are even talking about banning ALL vegetable products sourced from Europe!

    So what is the connection between contaminated cucumbers and cosmetics?
    This awful situation in Europe demonstrates the severe problems that can occur when certain bacteria get into the food chain as a result of contamination. Foods that are unpreserved are particularly susceptible, although it is not usually necessary to preserve this type of food, but there are clearly potentially fatal consequences when this happens.

    More and more people are demanding that food be free of preservatives for various reasons and, by a leap of logic, also demand that cosmetics be free of preservatives. Whilst it would not be accurate to suggest that preservatives are totally without risk in either food or cosmetics, there is a massive difference in exposure between the two applications.

    The most common issue with cosmetic preservatives is irritation, but this only occurs in a tiny minority of the population (despite claims to the contrary), and the point of ingredient labelling of cosmetics is to enable those with identified sensitivities to avoid products containing the “rogue” ingredient(s). Sensitisation can be a much worse condition than just irritation but this, fortunately, tends to affect an even smaller minority of the population.

    In the seemingly desperate rush to get away from conventional preservatives, many companies either feel forced to use materials that are much less well-characterised in terms of toxicity and human exposure, or they actively choose to use this tactic as a marketing “advantage”, and broadcast their stance (often by also casting aspersions on conventional preservatives for good measure) in order to attract consumers.

    There are several potential risks involved in failing to preserve a cosmetic properly. These are mostly aesthetic – discoloration, off-odour, visible growth (the black fungus, Aspergillus brasiliensis –often seen in bathrooms – is an excellent example), creams separating out, etc, but there are also health risks involved in applying microbially contaminated products to the skin, especially if the skin is damaged or in poor condition. One bacterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can cause permanent blindness if sufficient numbers enter the eye, and this is a common bacterium, although I am not aware of any proven cases of blindness due to use of contaminated cosmetics, but it remains a theoretical possibility.

    So far, there have been no major issues uncovered with these new approaches to preservation but, as this tactic increases in popularity, the chances of contamination of cosmetics causing a real problem to human health increase.

    I would not be so foolish as to claim that there could be problems on the scale that currently exists in Europe with cucumbers, as it is highly unlikely that deaths would ever result from a contaminated cosmetic product, but an increased risk of adverse effects remains, and consumers need to be aware of the risks that some companies are taking with their health – often the very same companies who are claiming that their products MUST be safe, because they are natural!

    In the use of preservatives, the benefits vastly outweigh the tiny risk. Preservation should not be optional, it is essential.
    Bea Kinnear, Author
    Your Skin & You 5th Edition
    Article posted June 6, 2011 Personal Care Truth or Scare


  • Mar 5

    Your Skin and You by Bea KinnearThe best anti-aging ingredients in skincare post is from Bea Kinnear, a lady who has spent a lot of time researching skincare. Bea is the author of Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    I was watching a favorite T.V. show today, like all shows it seems to me, they advertise yet another skin care product with “amazing” ingredients. Naturally they all sound like they discovered a special ingredient and that no one else has anything which could perform like theirs.

    I decided to go through the best anti-aging skincare ingredients and point out some “amazing” ingredients for you.
    Well I never realized what a tough job that was going to be. Thus I decided to select only a few. Well that didn’t work as you will see because I picked one, then the next one was just as important and excellent so it was hard to decide just which ones I would list.

    The following were chosen because they really do assist in “anti-aging”, smooth beautiful skin as well as healthy skin. Although sunscreen ingredients are the best anti-aging ingredients, I did not list those because you already know that. So, here is my list of the fantastic ingredients that helps towards antiaging when used daily.

    Algae Extracts: These marine plant extracts helps to diminish visible signs of aging. A blend also helps to enhance skin firmness.

    Bearberry Extract: It is a skin brightener and helps to enhance a healthy skin tone and appearance.

    Bisabolo: A natural ingredient that is soothing and has a strong calming effect on skin.

    Shea Butter: A natural moisturizer that actually also has some sunscreen ability. It absorbs quickly, has a softening effect on skin and helps to restore an even tone.

    Calcium PCA: Calcium PCA strengthens our skin’s protective barrier to help guard against the harsh environment.

    Green Tea: Green tea has many benefits but the key ones are the forms of Antioxidants like vitamins C & E. It has amino Acid, that is naturally found in our skin and green tea is also known for its soothing properties.

    Gotu Kola Extract: This extract tightens the skin and increases its elasticity. Its calming agents can speed cell reproduction ( a bonus for the older generation).

    Ceramide 3: This ingredient has been found to reduce roughness, increase water content and protect against irritant-induced dermatitis.

    Irish Moss: Is a rich emollient with hydrating properties. Excellent as a skin softener.

    Cyclomethicone: This has strong moisturization and humectant properties.

    Cyclodextrin: This is what we call an “active” ingredient that acts to help deliver healthful compounds to the cells.

    Decyl Glucoside: This is another blend of some natural ingredients that releases skin surface tension so the foreign substances are easily rinsed away. It is another form of cleansing.

    Disodium EDTA: Metallic ions may remain on our skin from our water, this ingredient is important to neutralize these offending ions.

    Coneflower Extract: This extract is rich in Vitamins A, E, C, iron, iodine and copper. It has strong skin-firming ability and a powerful MMP inhibitor.

    Glucosamine HCL: A derived marine source that firms skin and has calming exfoliating agents.

    Glycine: One of three main amino acids found in collagen. It is a strong moisturizer that can also help stabilize Vitamin C.

    Licorice: Powerful oxidative-stress inhibitor, natural skin brightener and has soothing properties.

    Meadowfoam Oil: Rich in Vitamin C.

    Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Water-soluble Vitamin C It creates smoother and firmer skin.

    Mallow: Reduces the visible sign of aging. This extract has soothing and nourishing ability.

    Mango Butter: Contains nonessential fatty acids naturally found in the body. It is an excellent lubricator and skin

    Olive Leaf Extract: Powerful extract of antioxidants that can help reduce the visible signs of aging while it soothes and moisturizes the skin.

    Panthenol Vitamin B5: Helps to eliminate dry, scaly skin patches and provide fullness to the skin.

    Avocado Oil: Wonderful hydrating oil for dry skin and mature skin.

    Sea Plankton extract: Has calming properties and is considered a cell revitalizer that enhances the skin’s complexion.

    Clary Sage: This extract clarifies, soothes and relaxes the skin.

    Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Oil-soluble vitamin C. Fights free radical damage, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A skin firming agent. A highly efficacious vitamin C.

    Threonine: A Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) that has antioxidant properties and wound healing.

    Tocopherol: Scientific name for Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant and deep moisturizer easily absorbed by skin.

    Undecylenoyl Glycine: From Coconut oil this glycine is a major constituent of dermal-structure proteins.

    Urea: Naturally found in skin and is a NMF. It fosters the skin’s absorption of other nourishing ingredients.

    Grape Extract: A proanthocyanidin (strong antioxidant) that is known to improve, brighten, nourish and enhance skin color.

    Yucca Extract: Rich in Vitamins A,B-complex, C, as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and cooper. An
    amazing natural cleanser with a high saponin content.

    Have a Sensé-tional Day!
    Bea Kinnear, Author
    Note: You can find all these ingredients and more in my book Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    All these amazing ingredients and more can be found in one skincare range. If you would like more information regarding this skincare range I can help you. Please go to Contact Helen and leave your request and details.

  • Mar 5

    Your Skin and You by Bea KinnearThe truth about skincare products post is from Bea Kinnear, a lady who has spent a lot of time researching skincare. Bea is the author of Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    The absolute truth is that there are good and bad products in all price categories.

    The amount of money you spend on skin-care products has nothing to do with the quality or uniqueness of the formula. Any irritant-free toner is infinitely better than a toner that contains peppermint, menthol, essential oils, eucalyptus, lemon, or other irritants, no matter how natural-sounding the ingredients are and regardless of the price or claim. Lots of expensive products are little more than water and wax, and some inexpensive products are beautifully formulated. Spending less doesn’t hurt your skin, and spending more doesn’t help it. It’s all about the formulation, not the price.

    Whatever preconceived notion someone might have or media-induced fiction someone might believe about natural ingredients being better for the skin; it’s not true, there is no factual basis or scientific legitimacy for that belief. Just because an ingredient grows out of the ground or is found in nature doesn’t make it automatically good for skin; and the reverse is also true, just because it is synthetic doesn’t make it bad. Consumers should not necessarily assume that an ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ingredient or product would possess greater inherent safety than another chemically identical version of the same ingredient. In fact, ‘natural’ ingredients may be harder to preserve against microbial contamination and growth than synthetic raw materials.

    People should not interpret even the USDA Organic seal or any organic seal of approval on cosmetics as proof of health benefits or of efficacy.
    (Source: The National Organic Program is a marketing program, not a safety program. Steak may be graded prime, but that has no bearing on whether it is safe or nutritious to eat.

    Women have problems with their skin because they often like what isn’t good for them. For example, you may like getting a tan, but that can cause skin cancer and most certainly will cause wrinkles and skin discolorations. You may like smoking cigarettes, but that will cause skin cells to die and will cause the growth of unhealthy, malformed skin cells. You may like that daytime moisturizer you are using, but if it doesn’t contain sunscreen it leaves your skin wide open to sun damage. What it takes to help your skin be at its best and to function normally and really fight wrinkles or acne or any other skin problem is far more complex than just using what you “like.” This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t like what you use, but do take the time to select from among products that are truly healthy and beneficial for skin. Don’t pick a product just from smell or how fancy the package is, they are just marketing tools to get you to buy. It does not qualify the enclosed ingredients any more than price can.
    Have a Sensé-tional Day!
    Bea Kinnear, Author
    Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    Learn more – the best anti-aging skincare ingredients currently available.

  • Sep 29

    Healthy skinDo you want a temporary skin fix or healthy younger looking skin for life? How much money do people spend on temporary fixes – cosmetics, botox, micro-dermabrasion, fillers and plastic surgery without thinking about providing nutrition for the skin from the inside? There is a now a new word ‘neutracueticals’ to describe taking care of our skin not only from the outside but also from the inside. Neutraceuticals are nutritional supplements that benefit our skin and the longer we take them the healthier and younger looking our skin becomes.

    You may have noticed that more and more companies are providing skincare products that contain herbs, nutrients and anti-oxidants – such as ‘amino peptide complex’, ‘Q10’, ‘feverfew’, ‘retinol’, ‘oatmeal’, ‘soy’, ‘lavendar’, ‘chamomile’, ‘ylang ylang’ as well as genes! The list goes on and on.

    Our skin, being the largest organ in our body does require care. And using products on the outside that are chemical-free and healthy is just as important as what we eat and drink. It goes without saying that our skin thrives on a healthy diet, proper sleep and good clean water. A good quick test to check if you are hydrated enough is to pinch the skin on the back of your hand – it should bounce back quickly when you let go. If not, drink more water.

    Last week I had a BodyTalk appointment with a lovely young practitioner. She asked my age and told me that I look about 10 years younger! I have been supplementing my healthy diet since the year 2000 and I believe it is really making a difference not only to my energy levels but also to my skin.

    Which supplements nourish our skin from the inside and provide us with younger looking skin?

    Calcium with balanced levels of magnesium, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K – helps with cells renewal, lipid barrier protection and antioxidant protection from DNA damage. A deficiency will manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature aging/wrinkling and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers. When there is a calcium deficiency, your body will ‘steal’ calcium from your bones and teeth.

    Antioxidants and grape-seed extract – these have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergy and anti-acne capabilities. They repair aged skin, reduce wrinkles, reduces free-radical damage, have wound healing properties and contribute to a healthy looking, glowing complexion. They stop us from ‘rusting’ inside.

    Omega-3 (from pure fish oils and flaxseed oils) – these block oxidation of skin oil and reduce acne. Without these essential fatty acids, dryness, skin irritation, whiteheads and blackheads will become regular features on the skin. They sooth inflamed skin and help prevent immature aging. They are essential for dry, sensitive skin.

    Minerals – these act as essential co-factors for vitamins and help catalyze many biological processes. Copper together with Vitamin C and the mineral zinc, helps to develop elastin, the fibers that support skin structure from underneath.

    Co-enzyme Q10 – it is better to be taken as supplement than to place it on our skin. It blocks oxidation of the oils in the skin and helps with the health of our skin therefore there is less chance of acne. It fights free radicals and improves the look of wrinkles. A vital nutrient if you are over 50, in so many ways.

    Ginkgo biloba – helps to increase circulation, prevent capillary fragility, improves tissue irrigation and helps to boost collagen formation and create fibroblast.

    Vitamin C – increases collagen production, (including dermal collagen) which is significant for wrinkle reduction, strengthening the skin’s barrier response, enhances the skin’s repair process and reduces inflammation. Lack of Vitamin C can also affect your nail strength and appearance.

    Glucosamine – not only supports healthy joints but a study (American Academy of Dermatology) has shown that glucosamine could prove an effective treatment to reverse the effects of skin cells damaged by UV exposure.

    Lutein – is not only good for our eyes but also contributes to increased skin hydration, elasticity and skin lipid content (according to a recent human clinical study).

    Phytoestrogens – important for preventing skin aging.

    Saw Palmetto – useful in the treatment of acne. Saw palmetto blocks the action of 5-alpha-reductase, reducing the amount of DHT in the skin and thereby reducing the stimulation of excessive sebum. Oral and tropical antibiotics can reduce the bacteria, which oxidizes skin oil. Antioxidants block the oxidation of skin oil and can reduce acne.

    By looking after your skin from the inside, you may never have to pay for expensive skin treatments. Plus you will have the added bonus of more energy, better sleep and better health.

    Further reading
    Bea Kinnear, has written a very comprehensive book on skin care covering skin types to preservatives, hair types to natural ingredients. It will open your eyes to the sometimes ludicrous claims made by many popular beauty products.
    Your Skin & You, 5th EditionYour Skin and You by Bea Kinnear

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging plus more information about self-preserving skincare, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

  • Jun 13

    Are preservatives necessary in skincare? To Preserve or Not Preserve – That is The Question!
    by Bea Kinnear, Author Your Skin & You, 5th Edition

    Obviously, no one wants to be using creams loaded with harmful chemicals, but would much rather “Go Natural” or “Green”, but knowing how and why these skincare products are preserved, or not preserved, is very important to your health.

    Preservatives in skincare are necessary due to creams and lotions being formulated with water to help emulsify the ingredients. This gives the product the incredible texture we know and love. Even though the thought of a naturally preserved product sounds perfect to us, it can provide a haven for yeast, mould, bacteria and fungi. Those natural ingredients we strive for, also produce natural sugars and in a moist environment, plant extracts provide microorganism’s their favourite food source.

    The only time you can typically get away from preservatives, is in products where no water is added. An example of this is thick body butter scrubs, where ingredients are strictly melted and whipped together. They are not emulsified, so water is unnecessary, however, you should still look for some preservatives in these due to the fact body scrubs are used where? In your shower and what is in the shower? Water! Many of us don’t stop to think about it, but when using these products close to water, or dipping your wet fingers into the jar, water has now been introduced and microorganisms can begin to grow. This also includes naturally created shampoos and conditioners.

    There is a downside to purchasing preservative free or naturally preserved products. Preservative free products must be stored in the refrigerator immediately after opening. They must be made in the most sterile environment possible, and I do mean sterile. They should be used up within a few days to a week, despite what you may have been told by the seller.

    Microorganisms require water in order to grow. Having water available for the formula but not available to microbes was the first hurdle of several steps to attain Usana’s Sensé self-preserving technology.

    Constant dipping of fingers, steam from the bathroom or getting any kind of moisture inside the jar, will begin deteriorating the product and bacteria will multiply at an astounding rate unless they are sold in an airless pump.

    Refrigeration will not stop microorganisms from growing; it will only slow the rate a bit (a good example is the food in your fridge). If you are told they can withstand longer periods of time then you could call into question whether or not it is truly preservative free. Sometimes preservatives are left off the ingredient list or are masked under the label “other ingredients” or “fragrance”.

    Natural preservatives, (like essential oils) can buy a bit more time in the way of product life, usually up to 6 months shelf life before opening. After that, the product should be used up within 30 days. There are some natural preservatives known to be quite effective but they are not indestructible to air and water contamination, this essentially can make them ineffective against deterioration or oxidation and thus undependable.

    Essential Oils that have antiseptic properties and are shown to kill bacteria and fungi also can create sensitivities to the skin. Some people are allergic to essential oils and will develop a contact dermatitis or rash. Essential oils can also break down or evaporate every time you go into/open your favourite face cream.

    Grapefruit Seed Extract is a popular preservative natural lines like to use. It is a natural antibiotic, anti-septic and preservative found in many skin preparations. However, this ingredient is not as natural as some think. It is mainly synthetically produced from Grapefruit Seeds under a chemical synthesis involving catalysts and reagents under extreme heat to create the aforementioned extract. It also is known to contain Methylparaben and triclosan in commercial preparations. The natural grapefruit extract has not been shown to provide any antimicrobial protection whatsoever. So typically it is the latter of these two inserted contaminants that are preserving the skincare product not the grapefruit extract. (Note: triclosan is on the Canadian Hot List due to its chemical similar molecular structure to some toxic chemicals like PCBs, and dioxins, page 523, Consumers Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 6th Edition)

    Since Parabens are on everyone’s mind these days, it is very important how you handle your comments about them. Research to date has not proven they cause breast cancer with regard to the U.K. study, that found the presence of intact parabens in all 20 samples of human breast tumors (Source: Journal of Applied Toxicology, Volume 24, Number 1, 2004) (Dr. Darbre interview: BBC News Item 11/01/04). Further research needs to be done to answer key questions on that particular discovery.

    The first question regards the long belief that Parabens flushed out of the body. This discovery of several Parabens in each cancer tissue examined tells scientists that this past belief was not correct.

    The second question is how the parabens got there and most important, were they the cause of the cancer. Until these very important questions can be answered through more research, is it worth the risk of using products with Parabens until we have those answers?

    In any preservative system one question is about how long something can be stored. Shelf life is shorter for jars since lids come fully off and fingers are dipping into the products. Airless pumps, tubes and squeeze bottles don’t allow air to get in and the product is dispensed into the hand, therefore shelf life is extended.

    Not all natural things are necessarily the best thing for you, just as not all chemicals are necessarily the worst. Don’t count on the glamour of the container, the price, comments like “good enough to eat”, “all natural”, “organic” or “no chemicals”! Do your homework!

    Bea Kinnear, Author Your Skin & You, 5th Edition

    For women 40+ who want to live life to the full and stay younger longer

    If you would like to find out which nutritional supplements are recommended for healthy aging plus more information about self-preserving skincare, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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  • May 18

    Our skin’s appearance can make us look younger or older than our real age. How do we prevent our skin from aging? And do we need natural ingredients in skincare to stay looking young?

    A baby’s skin takes 14 days to turnover or replace skin cells.
    20-30 year olds take up to 28 days to replace cells.
    Those of us over 40 can take up to 90 days to experience cell turnover.

    The struggling dermis needs more nutrition to help skin turnover, especially dry skin and all the problems of aging skin.  Over doing exfoliating will cause more harm than good, therefore, only exfoliate when required and dry skin requires it less since it is already in distress. Oily skin might require it more often. Knowing your skin is really key here, but over exfoliating is never the answer.  Nutrition from skincare and supplement products is really important for all skin but especially dry skin and aging skin.

    There are 6 causes of skin aging according to Bea Kinnear (Your Skin and You).

    1. Moisture – hydrated skin fights off toxic products and a toxic environment.
    2. Caffeine – as caffeine is a diuretic, it dehydrates our skin. To balance the drying effect, drink three glasses of pure water to one cup of coffee, tea or soft drink.
    3. Smoking – this also is a dehydrator but also reduces the necessary oxygen flow to the skin. Smoking reduces the body’s supply of Vitamin A and the absorption of Vitamin C, which are both vital to protect our skin.
    4. Sun exposure – ultraviolet radiation damages the many layers of our skin and promotes skin cancer and wrinkles. However we do need to either expose our skin very carefully to the sun so that it does not burn and/or take a vitamin D3 supplement, as vitamin D3 is an important factor in our body’s health.
    5. Soap – it can dehydrate the skin, affecting the PH factor.
    6. Skin care products – one of the major contributors to premature aging are products made with inferior and questionable ingredients. Barrier type products suffocate the skin and inhibit its ability to function properly.

    Natural ingredients in skincareThere is a big push in marketing skincare to make it ‘natural’ and ‘organic’. It up to us consumers to be aware that there are some ‘natural’ ingredients that are irritants to our skin and we do need to avoid them.

    Natural ingredients can be made up of known and unknown ingredients. The two types of natural ingredients are a) essential oils and b) botanical.

    Essential oils are also known as volatile oils and are from the plants that produce fragrances which may cause skin irritations. Some of the many essential oils to avoid are witch hazel, peppermint, jasmine, lavender extract and menthol.

    Botanical ingredients are from the part of the plant that offer a vitamin source. They provide good antioxidants to the skin.

    We also need to be aware of the types of preserving agents used in skincare. Many preservatives have the potential to cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin, and some preservatives do not support the product. Products that come in jars that require finger-dipping may become prone to bacteria.

    Two preservatives to avoid are formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and parabens. The most common names are: Diazolidinyl Urea, Quaternium-15, Imidazolidinyl Urea, DMDM Hydantoin, Methyldibromo glutaronitrile, butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

    All that might sound like a science lesson to you and you may be thinking that this is just too hard. It is reassuring that there are now products on the market that are self-preserving without any nasty chemicals and irritating essential oils. We just have to be on the look out for them.

    If you would like to find about the anti-aging skin care products that I use and recommend, please use the contact form on this site.

    And if you would like to learn more, you can download this document that helps you to understand why the technology of cosmetic scientists and nutrition experts need to have the same goals when developing a state-of-the-art skin care products.

    I also recommend Bea Kinnear’s book Your Skin and You

    Find out which self-preserving skincare products I use and recommend.

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  • Apr 24

    25 Reasons to use Antiaging Eye Cream. I must admit, I have been very slack at applying eye cream and now the wrinkles are starting to show. I have always wondered if there is such a thing as an antiaging eye cream. Thanks to Marie Bertrand, I now know there is. And I now use it too!

    25 Reasons Why I LOVE my Eye Nourisher

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 9:59am

    1. It works on fine lines and wrinkles, thanks to its active ingredient “Centella asiatica”.

    2. It gently exfoliates the eye contour, which is very difficult to do in a normal skin care routine.

    3. When combined with oral intake of a high-quality grape-seed extract (typically 2 tablets in the morning and 2 at night), my Eye Nourisher helps fade the appearance of dark circles in all skin types – caucasian, african american, asian, indian, …

    4. Because of the presence of the Regenisomes, it actually repairs DNA damage around the delicate eye area.

    5. My Eye Nourisher is strongly antioxidant and will prevent future fine lines and wrinkles.

    6. Its texture is light yet moisturizing.

    7. It will not cause milia around the eye contour.

    8. My patients usually start to see results within 3 weeks, when applied twice a day.

    9. It is hypoallergenic and very well tolerated when properly applied (always stay on the periorbital bone and pat, pat, pat all around the eye).

    10. Echinacea helps soothe and calm the delicate eye contour.

    11. It contains vitamins A, C and E – essential for healthy skin cells around the eye.

    12. It is free of added chemical preservatives. (if you don’t quite grasp why that’s important, please refer to my other discussion “The problem with Chemical Preservatives)

    13. The DSR Technology it contains helps prevent the breakdown of collagen, an essential protein for skin’s youthful appearance.

    14. The DSR technology is an acid-free exfoliating technology that includes Glucosamine HCI, algae extract, yeast extract and urea. All natural ingredients!

    15. In clinical studies, the DSR Technology has been shown to improve the appearance of:
    a) fine lines & wrinkles,
    b) superficial and deep firmness,
    c) clarity of the skin and
    d) strengthening of the skin (makes it less sensitive!)

    16. One tube is inexpensive in comparison to other brands (do your research, skin care lovers!)

    17. It is the #1 Treatment Eye Product at my clinic, SkinScience (actually, it’s the only one we carry now, because it works better than anything else on the market)

    18. Patients come back and purchase 2-3 tubes at a time, because they are so impressed with the results! They want to share this great product with their friends & family. I can live with that. 🙂

    19. It’s like food for your eye area: green tea, grape seed extract, whole grape extract, oryzanol (rice bran extract) – what a powerful blend of healthy ingredients!

    20. Two (2) different forms of vitamin C ensure skin cells are protected inside and out.

    21. For aestheticians and spas, my Eye Nourisher can be used to perform a lymphatic drainage of the eye contour before a masque or before a galvanic treatment.

    22. It is perfectly safe to use with a galvanic device, as it does not contain any ingredients that can harm the skin or body when used on a long term basis (contrary to a lot of products out there that are meant to be used with such devices but do contain chemical preservatives).

    23. Just as an FYI, the Regenisomes in this product can be found on the ingredient listing as “Micrococcus Lysate”, which is an extract from a natural source. (sorry for the nerdiness!)

    24. My Nourisher acts on ALL aspects of aging of the eye area.

    25. It is a great product to offer a friend to introduce him/her to an antiaging skincare line.

    I rest my case!

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic |

    Find out which self-preserving eye cream and skincare products I use and recommend.

  • Apr 22

    As we get older our lips lose their colour and become thinner. We could resort to fillers and have those big fat lips you see on girls in TV infomercials or for a natural look you could try these 3 Steps to Luscious, Beautiful Lips quick tips.

    3 Steps to Luscious, Beautiful Lips

    Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 3:27pm
    The first step toward lush, beautiful lips? Keep them soft, and your lip color will go on smoothly.

    1. EXFOLIATE. Because lip skin is thinner than skin elsewhere, it’s prone to dryness and chapping. Before adding color to your lips, remove any dry, flaky skin. Two tricks:

    o Rub a damp washcloth or a wet toothbrush gently over lips.
    o Pick up a gentle exfoliating product that uses RICE BRAN and PAPAYA. This triple exfoliating treatment has rice bran beadlets and papaya extract to naturally exfoliate and smooth the lips.

    2. MOISTURIZE. During the day, before applying lipstick or gloss, rub on a thin layer of lip balm with petrolatum or mineral oil. These ingredients are hearty and won’t wear off easily. Before heading to bed, slather your lips with lip balm — you’ll get maximum moisturizing benefits while you sleep. Try an ANTIOXIDANT LIP BALM, which features natural oils to seal in moisture and antioxidants to prevent damage and dryness.

    3. COMBAT LINES. The muscles around your mouth are used frequently — when you talk, kiss or chew, for example. That’s why fine lines so readily develop along this area. When you apply sunscreen before heading outside, don’t skimp on the skin around your lips (you can even apply a double coat of a DAYTIME MOISTURISER). At night, use a topical anti-aging / DNA repair treatment to build collagen, which helps plump up and fill out fine lines. A great choice is an EYE NOURISHING CREAM or a SERUM INTENSIVE LOTION.

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    Enjoy healthy, plump lips!

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic |

    Find out which self-preserving skincare products I use and recommend.