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ANTI -AGING PRODUCTS AND INGREDIENTS: DON’T GET CREAMED BY FALSE HOPE IN A JAR.
SEPARATING THE SKINCARE HEROES FROM THE ZEROES
Here's what is certain: There are no firming or tightening products whose results can duplicate what you derive from in-office procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, lasers, or cosmetic surgery. Board - Certified Denver plastic surgeon Manish Shah says, “There are anti- aging products or ingredients that do perform significantly better than others and can make a profound difference in the skin’s appearance while others are simply “false hope in a jar.”
Why don’t most products work the way they claim? Almost without exception, when you buy a product claiming to tighten skin, its effects, if any, are due to ingredients such as film-forming agents. Just like the name states, film-forming agents form a film on the skin, and that can make the skin "feel" tighter. The effect is temporary and you won't see a noticeable lifting of sagging skin, but the sensation is often enough to convince women that the product is working. Dr. Shah stresses that “Skin "feeling" tighter is not the same as making a real change for the better in the tone or laxity of your skin. Using what really works will get you closer to the results you want.”
Dr. Shah says, “Sunscreen SPF 30 or above is the best antiaging cream you can use. It prevents skin cancer as well as UVA rays that cause loss of collagen and wrinkles in the skin. Reapply every 2 hours, use a powder sun block and carry in your pocketbook for quick and easy sunscreen touchups. My favorite powder sunblock is Colorescience, and my favorite base sunscreens have titanium or zinc oxide in them as active ingredients.”
Retinoids work great to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” says Dr. Shah.” He adds, “Over the counter retinols are good, Neutrogena makes a good one or prescriptions such as Retin- A.”
Glycolic acid also reduces fine lines and wrinkles and helps fade pigmentary damage from the sun. “I often have patients alternate nights with retinoid and glycolic,” says Dr. Shah.
Vitamin C is a great antioxidant which reduces free radical damage and is great for anti-aging and helps brighten the skin. Dr. Shah often recommends it in the morning, underneath sunblock, or at night if patients are too sensitive to tolerate retinoids and glycolic acid.
Ceramides are a type of lipid found in the membrane of cells. Dr. Shah states that “They help hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover, and dryer, more damaged skin. Replenishing the skin's ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin's natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.” So use a ceramide containing moisturizer for your whole body daily.
Hydroquinone works to even out sun spots, blotches, and mottled skin. A little hydroquinone goes a long way. "It's the most effective ingredient for bleaching skin," says Dr. Shah. Hydroquinone fades hyperpigmentation by blocking the enzyme that triggers melanin production in the skin.
Green Tea Extract is loaded with nutrients called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight free radicals. It is an amazing antioxidant. Studies have found that ingredients in green tea can reduce sun damage and may protect against skin cancer when applied topically. Dr. Shah offers that, “Using green tea extract under sunscreen can provide an extra dose of protection. Polyphenols in creams and lotions may help slow signs of aging, reduce sagging skin and decrease wrinkles.”
The majority of anti-aging creams are still based on moisturizers such as mineral oil. Wrinkles look worse when they are dry, so any kind of moisturizer helps, but it’s only temporary and doesn't address the root cause of the wrinkles such as collagen loss, free radical damage, sun damage, and environmental factors. Don't be fooled by the anti-aging labels. Unless there is an actual "active ingredient" such as retinol, the benefit is just moisture but nothing else.
B Vitamins Many forms of vitamin B (like B12) can only be absorbed in the small intestine, so no matter how much is loaded into your moisturizer or serum, it's not going to make a difference. "Vitamins like niacin can have an effect on the skin's texture and color, but your skin can't absorb them," Dr. Shah explains. If you really want to tap into the power of vitamin B to improve your skin's glow and appearance, stick to eating leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, beans, and peas.
Caffeine. Much like a Starbucks Latte for your brain, caffeine in skin creams can give a boost to your skin, too. Until it wears off. "Caffeine can temporarily reduce puffiness, especially around your eyes," explains Dr. Shah. "But don't expect permanent results."
Botanical extracts are ingredients extracted from plants (flowers, roots, stems, trees, etc.) for use in skin care for everything from healing blemishes to reducing fine wrinkles. They have been used for centuries and have anecdotal purposes in many cultures. The issue: Botanical extracts need to remain on your skin in order to work. Dr. Shah explains that “In cleansers, there is simply not enough contact time on your skin for any true anti-aging benefit to take place. Another issue is that most botanical extracts are water soluble, which means that the moment you wet your skin and begin to wash your face, they’re watered down and rendered useless.”
Collagen and elastin in anti-wrinkle products. Collagen and elastin in skin-care products can serve as good water-binding agents, but they cannot fuse with your skin's natural supply of these supportive elements. In most cases, the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate into the skin. But even when it is made small enough to be absorbed it cannot bind with the collagen existing in the skin, and there isn't any research indicating otherwise.
About Dr. Manish Shah
Plastic Surgeon Colorado | Dr. Manish Shah, M.D. | Denver https://drmanishshah.com/
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. After completing his formal plastic surgery training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine, he moved to New York City and was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Who doesn’t want a clear, glowing complexion? Slathering on serums and creams and staying out of the sun can only do so much. And taking ingestible collagen alone—while currently a big trend in the wellness community—has a lot of experts unconvinced. So when the product developers at Musely decided to create their own sippable beauty product, they wanted it to have some serious beautifying impact.
Musely's Hello Beautiful Collagen & Multi Vitamin Powder can help you look beautiful from the inside out.
While other supplements need large doses of collagen to be effective, Hello Beautiful’s Beauty Boost allows the use of less collagen with greater effect, leaving plenty of room for other skin-beneficial vitamins, including biotin and antioxidant-rich Vitamins C and E. It’s also rich in Vitamins B and D, which strengthen your immune system and boost energy levels.
I am definitely a believer in beauty supplements! I received samples of Hello Beautiful’s Beauty Boost in delicious Wild Berry flavor to review. I have been using it for a month now. My very favorite way to drink it is to pour it into the blender with water and ice. I blend it into kind of a slushy drink. It really tastes refreshing.
After taking these supplements daily for a little under a month, I have noticed that my lines look softened. My skin is actually firmer, and has a radiant glow. I am always told that I look too young to have three married children and one grandchild. I love the compliments!
Each box contains 20 sachets and retails between $26-$29 at Musely.com.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
The latest beauty craze is here - and not a moment too soon. Instead of solely relying on moisturizers and topical products to maintain healthy and beautiful skin, health experts are now suggesting that marine phytoplankton may do the trick!
What is Phytoplankton?
Phytoplankton is the ultimate superfood and the latest skincare craze! A premium blend of two specially cultivated, hand selected marine phytoplankton strains, Oceans Alive is like rocket fuel for your cells. Grown in a photobioreactor, this marine phytoplankton is completely pure and free of contaminants. The nutrient density of this microalgae provides you with a wide array of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids; the building blocks of good health.
Heaven knows, if there is a product that promises to give me beautiful, youthful skin, I am certain to give it a try! Why not? This superfood supplement is called Oceans Alive!
A few of the benefits you can expect from Oceans Alive:
- Increased mental and physical energy
- Improved mental clarity and focus
- Strengthened immune system
- Reduced inflammation
- Cardiovascular support
If you’re suffering from cuts, burns, acne, eczema and other skin irritations, by adding Oceans Alive to your cleansing routine you will see a noticeable difference.
Upgrade your life on a daily basis going forward with this microscopic, ultra powerful ocean nutrient! Every drop of this DNA Rocket Fuel contains more than 5 billion identical cells of energy that feeds your mitochondria like nothing you have experienced before. Everyone reports a joyful mental energy and the power to make the most of every day! This is the ultimate activator to high levels of health and is foundational to maximizing your quality of life. The 30 ml bottle is the perfect size to take anywhere you go, ensuring your are getting that fresh harvested life energy regardless of circumstance.
Ingredients: A proprietary blend of Phyto/Nano nutrients consisting of Nannochloropsis Gaditana, Nannochloropsis Galasemis and Concentrated Purified Sea Mineral Trace Elements.
I was excited to try Oceans Alive , because I am all for improving my health and discovering supplements that can assist me in looking and feeling my very best. I have been using Oceans Alive every day for two weeks. You can mix it into a smoothie or soup, or other food, but I simply place a dropperful on my tongue once a day and quickly wash it down with juice, It is very salty and not very tasty, but if I can get past that, so can you, The benefits are completely worth it!
Price: $39/30 ml. Discounts available on multi-packs and Auto Delivery subscriptions.
For more information go to: http://store.activationproducts.com/
*Product received. All opinions are my own
Does eating a lot of citrus foods or drinks before going out in the sun cause you to get a sunburn? Many foods we eat can affect our skin and how it can react in all types of environments, but most importantly when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays. Nearly everyone loves to go out and feel the sun on their skin during the summer months. The warmth and relaxation makes us feel healthy and youthful. Are there precautions one should take before and after sun exposure? Wearing the proper skin protection when being exposed will help keep your skin to remain healthy and youthful.
After sunbathing, it is just as important to treat your skin with a product that will hep rehydrate and soften your skin so it can heal. One product invented by dermatologist Dr. Janet Prystowsky, is beneficial at doing just that, Livad A & D is even perfect for helping skin recover after being out in the sun. Livad A & D cream is the culmination of Dr. Prystowsky’s 25 years of dermatologic and nutritional experience harnessed into an everyday moisturizer that maintains the look of young, glowing skin.
I received a bottle of LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream to review. It came to my house the day after I returned from a vacation to Hawaii, and just in the nick of time. I was badly sunburned in Hawaii. Now, being a beauty blogger, you would think that I would have had enough sense to have worn sunscreen in a tropical place like Hawaii, right? My only excuse is that I underestimated the Hawaiian sun. I got my sunburn on the back of my arms and the backs of my legs while watching my oldest son get married on the beach. The wedding was only about 30 minutes long, but that was enough time for my skin to get fried.
In this photo, you cannot see the sunburned back of my legs or the back of my arms. (this is my husband and I)
I knew that my sunburn was a horrific one after I saw blisters forming. I was so angry with myself for not applying sunscreen on my legs or arms for my son's wedding! (At home in Oregon, I can stand outside in the sun for hours and never even get a hint of color.)
After I returned home from Hawaii, I was thankful to have discovered LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream. I applied it very gently all over my severely burned legs and arms. It immediately soothed my skin. I also applied it to my face and neck (which also got some sun, but not nearly as bad as my legs and arms.)
My skin drank up this miraculous cream like it was a sponge. I was amazed at how it simply absorbed into my skin, leaving it supple and smooth. My sunburned skin seemed to be revived and started to heal very quickly. I had never used a product before that worked as well as LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream. Not even Aloe Vera!
Since I was having such great results with LIVAD Vitamin A&D Cream on my sunburn, I decided to test it out as a day and night facial cream as well. Guess what? It completely plumps up my fine lines and wrinkles, so that they are hardly visible!
I can hardly believe that a skin care product this amazing actually exists. I also love the fact that LIVAD is made with natural oils, such as cucumber and sunflower and does not contain harmful ingredients.
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For more information go to: https://livadskincare.com
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With the chill already hitting the east coast it is essential to begin switching up your beauty routine to ensure skin says smooth and hydrated, makeup transforms from matte to glowing and hair is full of color and vibrancy.
Here are my top picks for skin and hair reconstruction to add into your routine from now through the winter!
The DDF Discoloration Reversal Moisturizer has NIACINAMIDE to effectively hydrate skin during the nighttime sleep cycle to help reduce the appearance of melanin build up, and helps to achieve younger looking skin. Looking for a serum? The Lumene Bright Now Visible Repair Tone Corrector brightens the skin and lightens dark spots withOctadecenediodic acid, a safe skin brightening agent which regulates melanin production
AKA: HELP IN DIMINISHING DARK SPOTS CREATED BY THE SUMMER SUN (even if you were wearing SPF) AND MAKES SKIN HEALTHY, SMOOTH AND HYDRATED!
- The Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation is a long wearing, hydrating formula that blurs imperfections using light diffusing spheres and delivers natural-looking, buildable medium-to-full coverage while keeping skin hydrated all day.
AKA: A HYDRATING OIL-FREE FOUNDATION FOR COLDER TEMPERATURES
I love this foundation! It keeps my skin hydrated and looking so young. It is like a second skin, keeping me looking flawless. (In the photo at the bottom, I am wearing the light beige shade.)
Sun Bum’s 3-in-1 Leave controls frizz, prevents split ends, slows color fading and will leave your hair silky-smooth and shiny
Features / Benefits
- UV Protecting
- Enriched with Coconut Oil, Banana Pulp and Peel, Banana Leaf, Quinoa Protein and Sunflower Seed Oil
- Paraben Free
- Color Safe
- Dye Free
- Cruelty Free
AKA: A LEAVE IN TREATMENT WITH BOTANICALS AND NATURAL OILS TO HYDRATE AND PROTECT + NOURISH HAIR
Here is a recent photo that I just had to share of me with my sister and my mom when we got together this past weekend .
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
Now that the sun is out more, I am definitely showing some skin. I am wearing short sleeves, and when my arms and my chest get exposed to the sun, they freckle up very quickly and I hate it. My normal body moisturizer does not have sunscreen, so I was excited to get the chance to review the new Anti-Aging Body Moisturizers by NO-AD.
NO-AD Prevent & Repair™ and NO-AD Prevent & Brighten™, which are packed with a premium blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and SPF 15 broad spectrum protection, are multi-functional products unlike any moisturizers sold in mass market outlets. Designed to promote more beautiful skin all over the body — not just on the face — each product is chock-a-block with powerful ingredients that repair, brighten, and prevent aging caused by cumulative daily sun damage.
- Non-greasy, fast-absorbing formulas
- Fresh cucumber-aloe fragrance
- Recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation for Daily Use
My thoughts: I was sent the Prevent & Repair body lotion and the Prevent & Brighten spray formula to review. One is a nice creamy lotion, and the other is a fantastic lightweight cooling all over body spray.
Normally, I hate sunscreen because it kind of has an odor, feels heavy and is sticky and greasy. Both of these formulas feel like a luxurious body moisturizer. I enjoy applying the Prevent & Repair body lotion after my shower. It leaves my skin feeling perfectly hydrated and silky soft.
I use the Prevent & Brighten spray formula for when I don't have time to shower. I just spray it all over my arms and legs before I go out the door. It is amazing because I was just out in the sun yesterday and I've noticed that I am not freckling up at all. It also leaves my skin completely moisturized like a more expensive brand. I love both of these formulas!
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.