Monthly Archives: November 2010

Inflammation and Aging

According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, the natural result of the immune system attacking infections is inflammation. Some of the characteristics of the inflammation process include increased blood flow to the target site, migration of the immune system cells to the area, increased free radical production, destruction of normal tissue and production of scar tissue. All this is critical to fighting infection and disease and is noticeable in the fight against bacteria in an acne skin condition, as well as many forms of dermatitis.

Aging promotes inflammation, inflammation promotes premature aging, resulting in the fading of beauty and good, youthful looks.

There are many botanical extracts that inhibit inflammation. Green tea is one of the most powerful and has been studied more than any other natural product for its anti-inflammatory properties. The super-fruit all have varying amounts of anti-inflammatory power and acai, pomegranate and grapes are amoung the most potent.

Topically, using anti-inflammatory and soothing ingredients is essential for anyone with any level of ‘redness’ in their skin or inflammatory skin conditions like acne, rosacea and atopic dermatitis. Products like r-relief , instant calm ultra , alocell Gel , and platinum soothing mask are great products to get your skin back to a healthier, happier state of being.

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.

Antioxidants and ‘Anti-Aging’

According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, the body is under constant attack from oxidizing agents. These include the notorious free radicals, but also many other molecules that either come from the environment or a person’s metabolism.The result of oxidation is damage to tissue, cellular DNA, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. Of course the body has it’s own antioxidant system, including superoxide dismutase, glutathione and others. It’s intrinsic antioxidant system weakens with age and should be augmented through diet.

There are many different kinds of dietary antioxidants available and most of them have been well-studied in laboratories. Because there are many kinds of oxidizing agents in the body, this is not a one-size-fits-all situation so it is no good just eating blueberries or acai just because it is the latest fad written up in glamour magazines by reporters who know next to nothing about cosmetic chemistry nor the chemistry of the body. It is best to take a variety of antioxidants that have different specialities. Most of these belong to the group of natural chemicals called polyphenols (like green and white tea, pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry, acai, grape, goji, mangosteen, and resveratrol from grapes).

Because oxidation is one of the most severe causes of premature aging, a good mix of antioxidants makes for great defense, contributing to an ‘anti-aging’ program and helping maintain the beauty of youth. Topical antioxidants are important for your home care regimen as we age. I would recommend them for anyone over 30. For more information on antioxidants see the video ‘Antioxidants: Why?’

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.

Skin Aging – how does the skin age?

According to the July 2010 issue of Skin Inc magazine, the skin ages in both intrinsic mechanisms (such as the destructive enzymes that break down collagen and elastin and weaken the skin’s matrix), and extrinsic mechanisms (such as exposure to the sun’s UV radiation, harmful chemicals, and oxidation) resulting in an increase in wrinkles, pigmentation and changes in the skin’s thickness.

For more information on how the skin works see the video ‘Skin facts vs marketing hype’ (How the skin works)

‘Works at the cellular level’ – what does that mean?

‘Works at the cellular level’ is a favourite term used in the seduction and marketing of skin care products. We are supposed to believe that only the product they are selling will work because it works at the cellular level.

WELL…to work at the cellular level means that it works within a cell….and seeing as all the trillions of cells in our body are covered by the term ‘cellular level’ then which cells exactly is their product working on or in? Essentially, you have no idea as to whether that is the epidermis (the outermost layer) or the dermis (the layer where all the collagen and elastin fibers are)…

The net of this is that the term ‘works at the cellular level’ should have no value when considering skin care products. Industry people who use this term ought to be ashamed of themselves for being so misleading and vague. It may even mean that they have no idea themselves as to where it works….

Watch out for lime juice or you could get beer dermatitis :-)

From the Orlando Sentinel
Beware of the lime slice, if you’re a big fan of Mexican beers or a bartender serving them. That beer and the juice of an accompanying lime could create a potent combination for your skin called “Mexican beer dermatitis.” Dermatologist Dr. Scott Flugman, of Huntington Hospital in New York, reported in the Archives of Dermatology that a substance in lime juice—if left on the skin and exposed to the sun—can cause the skin to discolor as if you’ve been stung by a jellyfish. What’s worse: The marks can linger for months. Medically it is called phytophotodermatitis – and women can get it from ingredients in certain perfumes.