Anti-Aging Health Benefits of Resveratrol?

Recent scientific research in the laboratory has shown that the benefits of resveratrol from the skins and seeds of red grapes include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effect, cellular energy production and cancer cell suppression.

“Resveratrol has been found to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis in a number of cancer cell lines…. inhibit the activity of several inflammatory enzymes…” Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute

“Over the last decade, Sinclair and colleagues including Leonard Guarente at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have published a body of research describing how resveratrol improves energy production and overall health in cells by activating a class of genes called sirtuins that are integral to mitochondrial function. The cell’s power supplier, mitochondria are essential not just for longevity but for overall health.” Science Daily [Read more…]

Smile Without Showing Your Age!

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People often ask me, “Do I really need a unique moisturizer for my eye and lip areas?” This is a great question — though your skin will definitely benefit from applying a full-face moisturizer to the eye and lip areas, the fact is that these areas are very unique compared to the rest of your skin. Not only are eye and lip areas subject to stress from repetitive movements like smiling and squinting, they are also thinner, more delicate, and produce less natural oil than the skin on rest of your face. All of this results in skin that will show signs and symptoms of aging. It also means that skin around the eyes and lips needs more nourishment and hydration to remain healthy and young looking. [Read more…]

Tips for Easy Skin Care While Traveling!

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Flying in airplanes, different climates, air conditioners, heaters, varying time zones all take a toll on your skin while you travel. How do you keep your skin healthy, feeling and looking fresh throughout your time away from home?

Let’s look first at the most common factors that cause your skin to lose its luster:

  • Normal Sleep Patterns Disrupted
  • Inadequate Hydration
  • Environmental Elements such as Soot, Exhaust, Dust, and Allergens
  • Minimal Time to Spend on a Skin Care Routine
  • Inability to Pack Regular Sized Containers of  Skin Care Products [Read more…]

How to Fight the 4 Core Influences of Aging

What are the four core influences of aging, how do they affect what we experience physically, and what we see in the mirror as we grow older?

Why does an Internal + External approach to the battle against the visible signs of aging work the best?

Consumers are increasingly seeking “anti-aging” cosmetic products that treat the visible signs of natural and environmental aging, such as wrinkles, lines, sagging, hyperpigmentation and age spots.  The problem is, products that only focus on treating the signs of aging are not proactive or preventative.  This is what sets Apriori Beauty™ apart from the rest – Apriori Beauty sought to take an innovative approach to targeting the causes of aging, not just the symptoms by introducing the Cellular Age Advantage™, a proactive, internal + external approach that utilizes the Nutrient Reservoir™ to address the core causes of cellular aging! [Read more…]

Skin Perfecting Mineral Powders

When I first heard of Mineral Powder Makeup, visions of Elizabeth Taylor in “Cleopatra” came to mind. She would have her servant girls go down to the Nile River and bring her the most beautiful colors from the riverbanks – or so I thought. Well, how else could she have so many beautiful colors to use for her “look”?

Mineral Powders are quite the trend right now, and with women looking for natural cosmetics, they are in high demand.

Ni’Kita Wilson, a cosmetic chemist at Englewood Lab in New Jersey says, “zinc oxide is FDA-approved as a skin protectant. “It has some anti-inflammatory properties, so you’ll see it in products like diaper-rash ointment,” she says. “Since mineral makeup contains a higher percentage of zinc oxide than traditional makeup, it can be useful in calming irritated skin.” (The Lowdown on Mineral Makeup) [Read more…]

Secret Beauty Ingredient of an Ancient Chinese Princess!

Secrets of ancient beauties may still be useful today! One such beauty was Empress Lu Zhi, who was known far and wide for her beautiful skin. When asked what her secret was, she would reply “Tremella“.

“Empress Lü Zhi (241BC-180BC), wife of Liu Bang, founding emperor of  the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), set great store by Tremella fuciformis. Both in civil life and as empress, she started each day with a bowl of soup made from this edible jelly fungus.”

As I’m feeling a little more ancient with each year,  a little ancient beauty secret is just what I’m looking for!

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Hyaluronic Acid is Your Skin’s AntiAging Friend!

Hyaluronic Acid is a substance that is naturally found within your skin matrix. It works together in between the top layers of dermis, providing support and elasticity from birth through life. As we age, natural production slows down, and contributes to the looseness and sagging of our skin. It is a very important component to have in your anti-aging skin care regimen!

Recent studies are showing that topical application of Hyaluronic Acid contributes to skin regeneration, and acceleration of wound repair. [Read more…]

Hey! Where’d That Age Spot Go??

Hey! Where’d That Age Spot Go??? That’s exactly what I said aloud last week when I realized a large age spot on my right cheek was almost completely gone!

Guess what else I noticed…my cheek has “lifted”!! Woooohoooo!!

What Am I Doing? (Please have your skin checked by your dermatologist at least once a year.)

1. Celloxylin MD 20Ex Acid Peel: Twice a Week

2. Derma Firm Illuminator: 4 – 5 Times a  Week, Spot and Wrinkle Cycles

3. Celloxylin Skin Care + Lifeoxylin Elixir: Daily

Tips to Prolong Your Spray Tan!

Spray Tans by Monstar888

Sunless spray tans are becoming more and more popular for those who want a little additional  “color” in their skin without exposure to ultraviolet rays and sun damage. Here is some helpful information about the tanning solution, how to prepare your skin for a spray tan, and what type of skin care will help your spray tan last the longest time. [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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The Importance of Knowing Your Skin’s pH!

Balanced pH, soothing pH, adjusted pH, and just about all manner of pH is advertised on our daily care products! Does the average shopper know what their skin pH should be and how their daily skin care products changes their pH? “So what”, you say?  this Sicilian Lemon is going to become Limoncello by Martjusha

A while ago, I purchased a pH pencil ~ when you “write” with it on your skin, you can see what the pH, or acidity level is. When I used it, I found that my bar soap was pH ten. When my husband saw this, he took it and started using his soap, shampoo and lotions, testing each of them. Nine, ten, eleven and counting! Most in the nine to ten range. What do those numbers mean? What is acidic or alkaline and what does it matter what the pH is of our skin?fresh whipped cream by Rachelle @ Mommy? I'm Hungry!

pH is a measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a particular substance, in this case your skin. The pH scale goes from 1.0 to 14.0, with the lower numbers being acidic, and the higher numbers alkaline.

The normal, Correct pH of your skin should be right around 5.0 – 5.5.  This is important because one of the functions of our skin is to create a protective barrier to germs! It has what scientists call “immune properties”, meaning that when we come in contact with germs all day long, our skin protects us on the surface from getting infections from them.

The important point to know is that when your skin is out of its normal pH range, your skin’s immune defense can’t work as effectively, taking hours to return to its correct pH – just in time to take another shower!

“The epithelial surfaces form a physical barrier that is very impermeable to most infectious agents. Thus, the skin acts as our first line of defense against invading organisms. The desquamation of skin epithelium also helps remove bacteria and other infectious agents that have adhered to the epithelial surfaces.

Fatty acids in sweat inhibit the growth of bacteria. The low pH of sweat …prevents growth of bacteria.

The normal flora of the skin … can prevent the colonization of pathogenic bacteria by secreting toxic substances or by competing with pathogenic bacteria for nutrients or attachment to cell surfaces.”

What all of  this means is that our skin is like a protective shield against germs, and when we shed dead skin cells, germs go with them. Our own sweat deters the growth of bacteria, and at the correct pH, certain germs can live normally on our skin without causing infections, actually creating substances that kill other potentially very harmful germs when they come along!

The Key:  All of this protection is optimum at the correct pH of your skin. When you shop for skin care products, do you purchase those that are advertised as having a balanced pH? That would mean in the seven to eight range,  more alkaline than your skin should be to do a great job protecting you!!

Do you know the pH of the products you are using? Gorgeous! by JRIDLEY1

Are you taking care of your skin so it can take care of you?

I know I am, because I use Apriori Beauty products, which are pH CORRECT!!

Thanks for stopping by and “Making My Life Beautiful”!

XO Candy

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