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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

    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.

  • 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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