Waking Up Aging Skin Cells

As we age, our cells get sleepy, slowing down, becoming less efficient at performing their youthful productive processes. When it comes to skin cells, this means less collagen, elastin and more aging skin.

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Aging and Youthful Skin

Much of the focus of treating aging cells has targeted oxidative stress. Overproduction and accumulation of free radicals causes inflammation throughout the body as we age. A new study has shown that the production of free radicals in our youth may be beneficial, but as we age, produces the symptoms of aging seen especially in our skin. [Read more…]

Hold It In, Smooth It Over and Lift It Up!

Your skin is your body’s natural “girdle”, keeping your internal “everything” held in and together, protected and flexibly able to move. Just look at a young child or teenager and you see no wrinkles, sagging or flapping in the wind.

The years go by. The clock ticks away and the internal components that give our skin its elasticity and “spring back into place” flexibility wane. We see the signs when we look in the mirror – which we do less of as we get older. Ahem.

You know my love for the Classic Hollywood Musicals, and this topic brings to mind “Two Week With Love“. Have you seen it? Jane Powell stars as an ‘almost’ eighteen year old, on vacation with her family at a resort where she encounters many young people just a wee bit older than she, and a handsome “older gentleman” who she’s smitten with. The problem: She’s the only one who still is not wearing a corset, and EVERYONE knows it! Her mother stays strong in not allowing it, and her father intervenes – with something only a man would select – an orthopedic corset that locks up when you bend! I’ll let you enjoy it for yourself – it is one of my all time favorites.

I share the story because it always made me want to wear a pretty corset like the one she did her “Corset Song” in, and look as smooth and “lifted” as she. The difference in how her dresses looked pre- and post- corset were remarkable and certainly presented her figure in a much more flattering image. [Read more…]

Skin Perfecting Veil: Sheer Mineral Coverage Without Foundation

Scientists are now beginning to understand the reasons that young skin has a distinct “glow from within” character that fades with age. Skin is a complex organ consisting of multiple layers and pigments that affect the way light is absorbed, reflected and scattered.

Ultimately, the amount and color of light reflected by skin determines how skin looks to the human eye. Skin that is uneven in tone and texture reflects light irregularly, creating areas of contrast that draw attention to fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven pigmentation.

Age Related Changes in Skin Structure

Skin Pigments ~ In young skin, the light absorbing pigment, melanin, is diffuse and evenly distributed with age. Environmental damage causes melanin to build up and become unevenly distributed, resulting in age spots and areas of hyperpigmentation. [Read more…]

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