Peptides for a Younger Looking You

Ever wondered what those magical ingredients were in your anti-aging products and what they actually did to decrease aging’s effects on your skin? Peptides are one of anti-aging’s most desired ingredients, because of the effects they have on the natural support structures within your skin. They are short sequences of amino acids linked by peptide bonds that are similar in structure to proteins, but shorter in length.

Peptides

They play a significant role in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Collagen and elastin are the flexible lattice within the skin that helps maintain its structure and youthful elasticity. Some also block the transmission of nerve signals to facial muscles. [Read more…]

The Precious Layers of Our Skin and Why They Need Protecting

I’ve just returned from a visit to my Dermatologist, and started to think about the different layers of our skin and how skin cancers or age spots form. What is each layer made up of and what does it do? We know there are three main layers – the Epidermis (top layer), the Dermis (middle with everything that keeps our face “up”) and the Hypodermis (the base).  Although this may be a little scientific to understand, I hope to provide a description of what each layer of our skin is made up of and how our skin protects us!

Mammal skin diagram - 2001 by fatboygotsick

Human Skin is composed of 3 distinct layers, the Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis, each of which plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin structure and function!
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When Should I Start Using Anti-Aging Skin Care?

skin-tonerWhen should I start using anti-aging skin care products? How does my skin and appearance change as I go through life? What can I do to slow it down, or prevent it from showing these changes?

Great questions I’m asked often, most recently by a beautiful 20-something as we were chatting about the biggest problem she has with her skin right now. Surprisingly, it was the beginnings of eye and lip wrinkles!

Here’s a short description of what you can expect to see in your skin as you blow out more birthday candles every year! [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…]

HOW to Sleep to Prevent Wrinkles!

Woman sleeping on pillow

No doubt about it, a great night of sleep – and enough of it – is fabulous for wrinkle prevention! In my post “What does Sleep do For Your Skin” is shared that deep sleep helps your body produce more of its own collagen and elastin. What’s the best way to sleep to give yourself the greatest chance of a good night of deep slumber?

When you consider that wrinkles develop from a combination of loss of skin elasticity and repetitive movements, the light bulb goes on! Deep sleep helps with skin elasticity from the inside, and while getting that deep sleep, you lie in bed night after night in a favorite position. [Read more…]

Do You Have 10 Minutes for a Face Lift?

Apriori Beauty™ Presents  “THE ULTIMATE  10 MINUTE FACE LIFT”!

So called “beauty gadgets” are earning a popular place in the cosmetics industry.  Why?  Because they work!  Here we breakdown the benefits of four different technologies on the market – ultrasound wave, vibration, FIR, and galvanic ion technology – to help you understand what they do!Customized Facials, Professional Skin Treatments by Skin By Char

Ultrasound Wave Therapy | Ultrasound wave technology uses sound waves that are greater than the upper limit of human hearing.  These waves generate approximately 5 million vibrations per second and generate heat that raises the skin temperature by 0.5 – 1.0°C, benefiting skin in the following ways: [Read more…]

Know Your Skin Care Acids

Most anti-aging skin care products today contain a variety of acids, meant to continuously get rid of dead skin cells for a fresher skin appearance. I personally like to have a treatment product that does an intense exfoliation on an occasional basis, and my daily skin care to be filled with ingredients that nourish and hydrate my skin all day long.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHA) are highly effective anti-aging ingredients, clinically proven to reduce the signs of photoaging. When applied topically, AHA’s and BHA’s are known to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin tone, elasticity, and hydration, and reduce hyper-pigmentation.

The A&B’s of Hydroxy Acids

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

  • Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are organic acids found naturally in plants (Glycolic Acid) or sour milk (Lactic Acid). They may also be produced synthetically for use in cosmetic applications.  They are widely known for their ability to improve the appearance and texture of aging skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and scarring.  When topically applied, AHA’s work on both the dermis, and epidermis to improve skin health and appearance.
  • On the surface, AHA’s help dissolve the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together, encouraging skin cell sloughing, from the epidermis and reducing the build up of dry, dead skin cells (a process known as keratinization).  Moving deeper into the dermis, AHA’s effectively reduce the signs of photoaging  by improving the quality of elastin fibers, increasing collagen density, and increasing dermal thickness.
  • In other words, the acids work to cause the sloughing off of dead skin cells, which helps promote the elasticity and firmness of your skin.  It also helps to keep it from thinning and becoming translucent, where you can visibly see blood vessels by encouraging the thickness of your skin.
  • AHA’s also make the skin more receptive to moisturization from topically applied products.  Because their small molecular size allows for increased skin penetration, Glycolic and Lactic Acids are the most effective and commonly used AHAs.  Other AHA’s used in skin care formulations include Malic Acid, Citric Acid and Tartaric Acid.

Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

  • Similar to AHA’s, BHA’s are organic acids that are commonly used in skin care preparations to treat the signs of aging, acne, and psoriasis through chemical exfoliation.  When applied topically, they are also known to support improved skin barrier function, increase skin thickness, and promote collagen synthesis.
  • Unlike AHA’s, BHA’s are lipid rather than water soluble, allowing them to penetrate the skin through follicles and aid exfoliation within pores.  This property makes BHA’s particularly useful in the treatment of oily skin, or for those suffering from clogged pores and acne.
  • BHA’s also have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that make them effective in addressing common dermatological problems. The most commonly used BHA is Salicylic Acid.

What Alpha-Hydroxy Acids and Beta-Hydroxy Acids should you be looking for in your exfoliation products?

Skin aging – characterized by wrinkles, sagging, hyperpigmentation and dryness – is a major dermatological concern, and there is a growing demand for products that provide anti-aging benefits.

I would like to introduce you to an acid peel which has the following ingredients and works this way:

  • AHA’s and BHA’s~ Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, and Salicylic Acid reduce the effects of photoaging by promoting exfoliation and improving skin structure and function.
  • Glycolic Acid ~ an AHA derived from sugar cane. Due to its small molecular size, Glycolic Acid has an excellent ability to penetrate skin where it both promotes exfoliation in the epidermis and improves skin function in the dermis.
  • Lactic Acid ~ an AHA that is slightly milder than Glycolic Acid.  Similar to Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface.  It also helps reduce the signs of environmental aging, hyperpigmentation and scarring.
  • Encapsulated Salicylic Acid ~ an oil soluble BHA that promotes healthy skin cell shedding inside of pores.  The unique encapsulation process is a FIRST IN THE INDUSTRY! Encapsulation allows for both effective delivery of high levels of Salicylic Acid, and continued release throughout the day.  Exfoliation improves skin appearance, while the anti-inflammatory calms and protects.
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine ~ a stable form of Glucosamine, N-Acetyl Glucosamine is an integral part of the connective tissue that holds cells together and supports cell membrane structure.  Both gentle and effective, Glucosamine acts on the desmosomal linkages that hold skin together directly without damaging them.  This results in an improved ability for skin to shed dead skin cells. Studies have also shown that N-Acetyl Glucosamine is effective at inhibiting melanin production, thus reducing hyperpigmentation via topical use.
  • Aloe Vera and Cucumber Extracts ~ Soothes and protects skin to prevent long-term irritation.

This innovative, new product is the Celloxylin MD 20Ex Acid Peel. This peel allows you to have the ability to address the visible signs of aging without the cost or risk associated with professional acid peel treatments. Using the highest active levels possible without a prescription, Apriori Beauty has created a highly potent, proprietary 20%acid complex to produce immediate, visible results in the comfort of your home!

I met a woman the other day who was fanning her face as she was working, because she was feeling the burning effects of the acid peel she had received the day before. She was so relieved when I told her about the new in-home peel – she won’t be burning anymore and she will save a lot of money with the 20Ex Acid Peel!

Another note is from my personal esthetician. If you are using products that cause you skin’s pH to be in the higher end (8-11), your face will feel more burning when the peel brings the pH down to 3.6.  If you are using products that maintain your skin’s natural pH of around 5.5, your will feel very little or nothing (like me!) when your peel brings it down to 3.6. Using pH correct products not only protect the skin’s acid mantle, it also promotes your skin’s  protective barrier immune function. That’s a another post to come!

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Oh, Your Beautiful Skin!

Have you ever wondered what each layer of your skin is made up of and what it does? We know there are three main layers –Mammal skin diagram - 2001 by fatboygotsick

  • Epidermis – top layer
  • Dermis – middle layer  (with everything that keeps our face “up”)
  • Hypodermis – the base layer

That’s about all there is to the simplifies version, yet with more and more information about toxic ingredients in skin care products, and the abundant choices of sunscreens and makeup, it is a good idea to gain a little more knowledge about your skin and what each layer does.

Human Skin is composed of 3 distinct layers, the Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis, each of which plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin structure and function!

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What Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?

Beautiful skin as you age comes from great skin care routines, protection from environmental factors that accelerate skin aging, good nutrition, adequate hydration, and getting plenty of sleep. Wait a minute….. Sleep affects your skin?

Sleeping Baby by And3rei

“Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer agrees. “During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production inversely peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated,” he says. Collagen 1 production firms the epidermal/dermal junction so evaporation is reduced and water retention is maximized, he adds.”

While you sleep, your skin produces more collagen which gives it the support to counteract the forces of gravity. During the night, you may have a radiant heater or air conditioner running, resulting in your skin’s evaporative water loss.  This contributes to dry skin, especially if you don’t use a high quality night cream, or you don’t keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking water.

“As the body settles into the fourth and deepest stage of rest – often called Delta Sleep (which precedes REM, the last stage of sleep) – growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair. Limited or restless sleep can cut into this crucial restorative process. “Intermittent waking sleep is nowhere near as beneficial to skin health,” Lancer says.”

In order to give your skin the greatest opportunity to repair, rejuvenate, produce collagen and stay hydrated you need a good 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. There are a few things that can help you get the best night of sleep:

  • Try to go to bed and awaken at the same time each night and morning.
  • Avoid foods and drink that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine.
  • Create a comfortable environment in your sleeping area – sheets, blankets, room temperature, low noise, and minimal lighting.
  • Perform activities that promote relaxation several hours before bedtime like reading, a warm bath, a little yoga and meditation are great for creating physical and mental calmness.
  • Thinking positive thoughts and looking forward to something good.

What did I miss????

What do you do to relax before your fall asleep?  Do you have a special routine or something you drink or eat that helps you get a good night’s rest? Leave a comment and share!

May your nights be peaceful and your sleep rejuvenating!

Do You Need a Skin Care Routine?

Are you a soap and water gal?  A bar of soap and a washcloth is all you’ve used for as long as you can remember?

That was me, too!  Every Saturday night, we used a white bar of soap that smelled really, really soapyLovely green soap and dish by sunshinesyrie (not perfumed), scrubbed ourselves all over, hard, with a rough wash cloth, and voila, we were clean enough to wear a dress with white gloves to church the following day!  What I remember the most was how dirty the water was after I got out of the bathtub, and how dry my skin felt for several days after!

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