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  • 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
    moisturizer.

    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.

  • 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 18

    Have you considered living beyond 70? Recently I took part in an online poll asking participants why they were interested in nutrition. It was interesting to note the responses. The younger people tended to vote ‘looking good’ while the older ones were swayed to “staying healthy”.

    Are you interested in nutrition primarily to lose weight, to look good, or to stay healthy/avoid disease?
    option 1: I just want to look good
    option 2: Don’t care how I look, I want to stay healthy
    option 3: Want to stay healthy; looking good is a fringe benefit
    option 4: Want to look good, staying healthy is a fringe benefit

    What would your vote be?
    There are a few things we can do to look good – what we wear, how our hair looks, what make-up we use, how often we smile, getting anti aging treatment to try to slow down the aging process; which are all very fleeting. If we had a nose shape we did not like or scars, or other physical problems, then looking good maybe a priority. Or maybe you just don’t care how you look – you don’t give it a thought.

    I voted option #3 because when we are healthy we look and feel attractive; we have a zest for life that others are attracted to. When we look after ourselves because we care about ourselves, it naturally flows into caring about others. Once we lose our health, it can be very difficult to regain it – it is easier to prevent than to survive.

    People who look after their health tend to be happy, have more energy and vitality, have better sex lives, have no problems with sleeping, have healthy glowing skin, and have stronger hearts and healthy livers, as well as good brain function. Because of that, they have an optimistic view on life, so they tend to enjoy themselves. They spend their money on good quality (organic if they can afford it) fresh food, top quality nutritional supplements, environmentally “green” products and other health foods and herbs.

    I am now in my late 50’s and my Doctor rarely sees me. When my mother was the same age, she was on High Blood Pressure medication and suffered from arthritis. I don’t have either of those ailments.

    While genetics plays a part in how we age, our lifestyle is a big factor in healthy aging. The establishment would rather have you believe that your genes control your health while glossing over the far more important point that it is your diet that controls the expression of your genes.

    Some of the detrimental lifestyle factors are:
    1) Stress – continual stress without rest
    2) Poor nutrition – lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, too much red meat, too much sugar/high glycemic food, too many processed foods
    3) Lack of exercise
    4) Lack of sleep
    5) Negative attitude
    6) Poor oral health

    The earlier we start investing in our health, the brighter and more fulfilling our lives can be.

    What do you want to be doing when you are 70 plus?

    The decisions we make today and are in the habit of doing daily affect us now and into the future. How much respect do you place on your own well-being?

    Many people do not think when they eat and drink – it is not a priority for them to ensure they have a healthy lifestyle. When we continually eat high-GI foods, drink sugar-flavoured drinks, reject exercise, live in constant stress mode, how long do we think we can keep on doing that?

    How do you want your life to be in 10, 20, 30 years and more? Who do you want to be with? What do you see yourself doing for fun?

    Doctor Huber recently wrote:
    “There are 80 year old people in nursing homes and there are 80 year old people on golf courses. Do you think they both made the same lifestyle choices? I don’t.
    I hear people say “well, you gotta die of something.”
    Well yes you do but before you die you have the choice of deciding how enjoyable those last 20 years of your life will be.
    Unhealthy choices do not typically lead to a sudden stop at the end of the line. They typically lead to years of decay and painful erosion as you lie helpless in ICU beds and nursing home beds until the final end comes.
    The quality of your life from this day forward to the end of your life is decided TODAY by the choices you make.
    You and you alone can choose to follow a less common path, one that requires some planning and some inconvenience to arrive at rarified air where only the truly conscious exist.
    You’ll meet some really cool people there and I look forward to making your acquaintance.”

    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 staying healthy, please request my free eBook, by completing the form on your top right.

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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 | www.skinscience.md

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

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