Healthy Aging Resources

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  • Apr 24

    What is an antiaging skin diet? As I have become older, I have found it harder to control weight gain. Because of this, I began to research what causes this constant battle. Whereas in our teens and early 20’s we have a hunger for carbs however, as we age we do need to be more discerning about the types of carbs we eat. I love the smell of freshly baked bread but that is one of the things I have learned to reduce in my diet and to increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables. As you will read here, not only is a low glycemic diet helpful for weight management but it also keeps our skin healthier and less wrinkled too.

    The Great Skin Diet

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 11:33am

    AVOID HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS ~ Carbs and sugars
    Carbs are found in foods like white bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Not surprisingly, sweet treats, such as cookies, cake and candy, are full of sugar.

    HIGH GLYCEMIC FOODS: Our bodies convert carbs and sugar to blood glucose very quickly. The measure of how long this takes is called the glycemic index. Foods quickly converted to glucose are high-glycemic.

    o If we load up on carbs and sugars, our glucose levels go up. When the glucose level is too high, the body increases its production of insulin to get it back down.

    o So what happens to skin when our insulin levels are too high? Oil production rises and skin cells die quicker. Oil and dead skin cells block pores, which can lead to acne breakouts. Not surprisingly, studies show a correlation between a high-glycemic diet and acne.

    RISK OF WRINKLES: Sugar binds to skin protein, causing wrinkles, a binding process called glycation.

    o After these sugar/skin protein bonds are made, damaging structures called advanced glycation end products — or AGEs, for short — are formed. AGEs destroy collagen (which keeps skin firm), causing wrinkles. Then, free radicals are created, which damage skin cells.

    o Particularly in people over age 35, the effects of glycation become stronger. Diabetics are also highly affected by glycation: they “can have up to 50 times the number of AGEs in their skin as those who don’t have diabetes.

    o Cut down high glycemic foods if you’ve got: Oily skin, acne or wrinkles. Keep added sugar to no more than 10 percent of total calories you consume in a day. Also, limit other types of sugar, including like corn syrup and dextrose.

    o Enjoy clear, wrinkle-free skin by avoiding high glycemic foods ~ you’ll thank me later! 😀

    Marie Bertrand
    Microbiologist and Skin Scientist
    SkinScience Clinic |

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  • 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.