Monthly Archives: September 2009

Antioxidants Amazing Skin Care Ingredients

Posted for Skin Care On September 17, 2009


Antioxidants have become a rage in the skin care markets. As researchers have discovered the potent benefits of antioxidants to enhance skin quality and offer good skin care, more and more skin care products are being formulated with antioxidants in order to cash in on the increasing demand.

But, what are antioxidants? Why do we need them? And do they really deliver good skin care benefits?

Contrary to popular belief, antioxidants are not magic ingredients. In fact, they are not even ingredients as such. Rather, they denote a certain feature of ingredients that can prevent damage caused by free radicals. (Free radicals are atoms with unpaired electron that attack healthy cells and cause skin damage and premature aging)

Let me explain a bit more about free radical damage.

Sin cells comprise of photons, neutrons and electrons. But when the skin cells get damage by environmental factors like pollution andsun exposure, they lose an electron and become unstable. This unstable skin cell needs another electron to stabilize itself and thus ends up stealing one from the adjoining healthy cell. This cascading effect damages all the skin cells and deteriorates the skin.

This is where antioxidants come into the picture. They stabilize the damaged skin cells and make sure it doesn\’t cause damage to the nearby healthy cells. Without enough antioxidants, be it in your diet or topical application of skin care products, the skin cells would break down and would not function normally. This would further promote collagen breakdown, increased sun susceptibility and cause the development of wrinkles and fine lines.

Because, antioxidants prevent premature aging of the skin, it is considered a powerful anti-aging ingredient. So, the next time you are buying anti aging products, you know what to look out for. Here are some ingredients that have powerful antioxidant property.

Vitamins A, C and E
Beta Carotene
Co-Q10 (Coenzyme Q-10)
Grape Seed Extract
Green Tea
Olive Fruit Extract
White Tea


Skin Safety Against Sunlight Some Key Considerations

Posted for Sun Tanning On September 14, 2009


Safety against sunlight has been one of the major skin concerns among women. The importance of using sunscreen is known to everyone. However, what most people do not know is how to apply sunscreen correctly so that it protects the skin against the ill effects of the sun efficiently. In fact, how you apply the sunscreen is more important than the SPF number mentioned on the product!

The SPF or Sun Protection Factor of a sunscreen is how much time we can spend out in the sunwithout getting damaged by the sun\’s UV rays naturally. However, recent studies have found that a sunscreen labeled SPF 15 doesn\’t really mean you can stay in the sun 15 times longer than you could have without any sunscreen, but it is a good numerical value to use when considering the strength of a product.

More than the SPF is related to the time that can be spent out in the sun, it is related to the harmful ultraviolet radiations that penetrate the skins surface. Here are some key considerations while using sun screen products…

Sunscreens don\’t start working from the minute you apply them. Rather, they take about 30 minutes to get absorbed inside the skin surface and start the protection process. So make sure you apply your sunscreen at least 15-20 minutes before your venture out in the sun.

Apply sunscreen all over the exposed parts of your body including your back, neck, ears, arms and feet.

Always wear protective clothing that covers your skin. You can also carry an umbrella or wear SPF rated clothing.

SPF 15 blocks about 93 percent of the UV-B radiations that are responsible for causing sunburns. SPF 30 absorbs nearly 97 per cent of the rays and SPF 50, 98 percent of the same. Thus you can see the difference between the SPF numbers is very marginal 30, so that is usually a good number to shoot for.

Once you know the intricacies of sun safety, it becomes easier to protect your skin against the sun!


Fix-It Solutions to Common Skin Problems

Posted for Skin Care On September 11, 2009


Here are some quick fix-it solutions for common skin problems.

Problem: Blackheads
Blackheads are formed when sebum combines with dirt and dead skin cells and clog the skin pores. Squeezing them is not the most healthy solution to get rid of them. Rather, practice some good skin care habits.

  • Drink lots of water…About 8 to 10 glasses per day
  • Exfoliate your skin at least twice a week with a good scrub or exfoliating lotion.
  • Cleanse your skin with a salicylic acid or glycolic acid based cleanser.
  • Follow it up with an astringent before proceeding to moisturize your skin.

Problem: Flaky Face and Lips
Flaky skin is a result of dehydration and dead skin cells that peel away. It shows that your skin lacks moisture and often leads to excessive dryness. Here are some things you should do.

  • Increase your water intake. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.
  • Wash your face twice a day- once in the morning and once at night.
  • Exfoliate with a mild scrub or exfoliating lotion
  • Use a rich creamy moisturizer to hydrate your skin.
  • Always use a rich lip balm

Problem: Blemishes on the Back and Chest

Certain bodywashes and soaps can irritate the skin and give rise to acne. This is characterized by inflammations and blemishes on the back and chest.

  • Use soaps and bodywashes that are fragrance-free and without any chemicals.
  • Ideally, look for products that are anti-acneic.
  • Use a mesh scrubber to scrub your back.
  • You can also use spot treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide for stubborn blemishes.
  • Don\’t forget to moisturize well.

Problem: Rough, Dull, Dry Skin
Blame it on environmental pollutants or failure to take good care of your skin, skin often tends to lose its glow and become dull and lifeless, not to mention the rough dry patches.

  • Use a good exfoliator and scrape off all the dead skin cells.
  • Rub really well on rough areas like knees and elbows.
  • Moisturize with a rich moisturizer

That should take care of all your nitty gritty skin care dilemmas. Good skin care shows on your face, so don\’t forget to devote some extra time and attention.

Marilynn Syrett

Cosmetic Skin Care Products


Do You Know The Harmful Ingredients In Your Skin Care Products?

Posted for Uncategorized On September 7, 2009


Buying over the counter skin care products is so easy. But have you ever turned that bottle around and glanced through the ingredients list?

Well… If you haven\’t, then probably you would have no clue what is going inside your skin. Although skin care products are applied topically onto the skin, their ingredients will be absorbed in the bloodstream and can potentially impact your system. They might not cause any immediate health problems but in the long run, can be responsible for intense aging and deterioration of your skin quality. Therefore, you should pay utmost attention to the ingredients of your skin care products and avoid using anything that may cause harm to your skin.

Here are some ingredients you need to look out for:

Mineral Oil – Many skin care products use mineral oil as filler. However, it is comedogenic and can clog the skin pores thus leading yo acne inflammations and breakouts.

Fragrances – You may like a pleasant smelling skin care product but the additional synthetic fragrances may just serve to irritate your skin and lead to acne. Also, be care full of products that claim to be “fragrance-less” because they might contain additional chemicals to inhibit the smell.

Parabens – Parabens are preservatives that are added to skin care products to prolong their shelf life. Though trace amounts of parabens cause no harm, be careful of larger quantities. Check the ingredients list of the product and see where the parabens are listed. They are potentially carcinogenic (they can cause cancer) and are very toxic for the skin.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate – This is an irritating detergent used in skin care products to produce foam. However, they can cause your skin to become excessively dry and lead to premature aging.

So, the next time you buy skin care products, make sure you are not buying any of these harmful ingredients.