Monthly Archives: November 2010

Collagen and Elastin stimulation will slow down the visible signs of aging

According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, these vital proteins are naturally broken down as we age. Enzymes called collagenase and elastinase will break down collagen and elastin and be major factors in the development of wrinkles. UV light from the sun, free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) and inflammation from immune system activity will all contribute to the activity of these enzymes so further degrading the structure of the skin.

Once again, the body’s natural defenses against the enzymatic destruction of the skin protein decrease with age. Luckily we can inhibit these enzymes with certain ingredients. Ingesting green tea, pomegranate, aloe vera, turmeric and rosemary will slow down skin protein destruction and in some instances also stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Elastin and collagen are also affected by decreases in estrogen associated with menopause. Phytoestrogens are plant substances that act like estrogen in the body. The isoflavones in kudzu root, lotus leaf and soy are commonly used phytoestrogens that have been shown to help women during menopause.

Topically, well formulated Vit A (retinaldehydes like Osmosis Renew), peptides (like Regenerative Firming Mask), hyaluronics (like Dermist HA), and stem cell activators (like the new Cell Youth Actif) have been shown to increase production of collagen and elastin. Check out the Blue Turtle Spa Online Shop.

Always check with your physician before adding new herbs or supplements to your diet. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.

December 2010 Newsletter with promotional discounts

It’s customer appreciation time….with 10% off on all products during the month of December 2010, and then to welcome in the new year…how about 30% off on all facials (excluding gift certificate purchases)…. An amazing new age fighting product has been announced…Cell Youth Actif…check all of this out in the December 2010 Newsletter http://3.ly/5NYv

Microcirculation helps keep the skin healthy and strong

According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, an abundant nutrient supply will help keep skin cells healthy and vitalized. Your microcirculation is responsible for bringing nutrients to the cells and carrying away waste materials; providing a supply of oxygen and carrying away carbon dioxide. Basically the normal, healthy functioning of the body that happens 24hrs a day for every day of your life.

Not surprisingly, the circulation to the skin cells decreases with age. There are ingestible ingredients that help support microcirculation. These include green tea, kudzu root. lotus leaf, acai berry, grape, mangosteen and blueberry. By supporting nourishment of the skin cells you can help suppress premature aging, wrinkles and weary looking skin.

Topically, vaso-dilators like niacin (Vitamin B3) as well as glycoproteins from yeast will also increase microcirculation in the skin. A ‘red-flush’ after applying a topical product is an indication of the microcirculatory system being stimulated. This kind of ‘active’ ingredient is not ideal for rosacea skin as vaso-dilation is not a desired response for a skin type that is a neuro-vascular disorder.

Always check with your physician before adding new herbs or supplements to your diet. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.

Detoxification will slow down visible skin aging

According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, toxic substances enter the body every day by way of air, food, water, medications and even the bi-products of normal cell metabolism in the body. If your liver does not detoxify all these foreign and bad elements out of the blood stream, these toxic elements can build up and cause damage to many organs and the immune system. One of the consequences is that an individual will end up feeling tired, old and worn-out.

Enzyme systems exist in the liver that specialize in breaking down these toxins into less harmful substances and eventually they are excreted from the body. Your liver is the ‘detox central’ in the body. A healthy liver is essential for detoxification but it is also important to have a healthy functioning of the kidneys and intestines/colon.

Detoxification of the skin is a marketing hyped concept that some skin care companies try and promote as being effective – it is best to view those claims as marketing BS.

There are some very powerful ingestible ingredients that support the health of these organs and promote detoxification like medicinal mushrooms (reishi, maitake and shiitake), as well as milk thistle, green and white tea, and mangosteen. By keeping your liver working at optimum efficiency, you can help slow down the aging process.

Always check with your physician before adding new herbs or supplements to your diet. The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions.

Wearing sunscreen in winter? Really?

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the sun can’t cook your skin, hints a new study of ultraviolet (UV) radiation and people’s behavior at mountain ski resorts. The researchers found that while UV levels can be just as high atop a snowy mountain as on a sandy beach in mid-summer, skiers and snowboarders don’t always protect their skin accordingly. Read the article /skiers-beach-goers-face-similar-sun-dangers / THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT THEY DID NOT STATE IN THIS ARTICLE IS THAT WEARING A MINERAL SUNSCREEN IS THE BEST SUN PROTECTION – IT DOES NOT BREAK DOWN IN THE PRESENCE OF UV!