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Anti Aging Skin Cream Can It Really Make You Look Younger?

Posted on June 22, 2011 with No Comments

Can anti aging creams really help turn back the hands of time or is it all slick marketing and snake oil? These products promise a lot but can they walk the walk? Many people use them believing they will work other refuse to waste time, but can these products really make a difference. And if they really do work should they be considered a drug and regulated by the FDA? Right now no product are including anti aging skin cream or serums.

The anti aging world revolves mainly around active ingredients things like amino acids, peptide bonds tetra peptides are buzz worthy. These ingredients usually involve chemical reactions with active ingredients that help do thing for the skin. There a few studies for these products but some swear by the results where others say its all bunk.

The best products use science to back them up. Ingredient made by nature that have been shown to have good results. These products can do anything from help cuts mend faster to help the body produce collagen faster to keep the skin looking young and firm. Keep in mind you cannot just rub collagen into you skin, your body actually has to produce it or it will not accept it.

The King of Proteins
Collagen is a protein that your body makes that helps create skin cells. It makes up groups of connective tissue, this tissue is what keeps your skin firm. When your body produces college your skin looks and feels younger. The younger you are the more collagen you have but as you get older those bonds start to get weak and your skin starts to sag. Because your body is aging it cannot naturally make collagen as fast which leads to wrinkles.

Many people do not like needles so ant aging creams help make the skin younger without painful and expensive surgery. When given the choice what would you choose? Can these treatments actually give you better results then a procedure? The real question is, for you which is better? These products all contain natural botanicals, herbs and vitamins that help make skin healthy.

Be aware of the products that promise the world and have no guarantee. These are the ones that will probably not work. You want a product that fixes the age lines not that just relaxes the skin to make them go away. There are some products that simply relax the muscle, this process works but is only temporary. You want a product that will rebuild collagen not relax the muscles for long term results.

Here are some active ingredients and what they have been shown to do:
Pentapeptide – is a sequence of repeating proteins that for a chain. This has been shown to aid in certain protein production in the skin.
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide – refers to the base structure of the proteins. These are known by being a sequence of amino acids which are the backbone of the skin.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 – Helps reduce the effects of aging by reducing wrinkles. It is also know as Argireline.

These ingredients have been proven to help with aging and also have some healing properties. Anti aging creams are cheap compared to cosmetic procedures and natural. They do take longer to work but have better and more gentle long term effects. Overall we have seen how natural ingredients do in fact work in anti aging skin care. They have been proven time and time again to not only work but help turn back the hands of time.

Emu Oil Benefits

Posted on September 30, 2009 with No Comments

The benefits of Emu Oil are far ranging – from very common use in hair products to skin care.

Emu Oil is what is known as a “carrier oil”. It has the ability to deeply penetrate the layers of the skin (and scalp) unlike many other oils such as Jojoba, Mineral or Argan. This penetrating property allows its healing abilities to treat common skin problems where they start – most often in the dermis layer of the skin.

It is a natural anti-bacterial making it ideal for treating burns, cuts, and wounds (even scars from surgery or injury). It is also an anti-inflammatory having the ability to reduce inflammation, irritation and to soothe itchy and redness.

The video below is a quick overview that discusses some of it’s benefits that include treating skin rashes, acne, abrasions, and stretch marks. It can be used by itself or combined with other lotions, creams and shampoos to generally improve efficacy of the product. There are a range of Emu Oil products available and you can find it as a key active ingredient in many high-end treatments.

Emu Oil has been proven effective for treating:

  • Psoriasis
  • Burns
  • Cuts, lacerations, and incisions
  • Acne and rosacea
  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Scalp psoriasis

You can find Emu Oil products by visiting www.skinenergizer.com.

Tips for Smoother Skin – Part II

Posted on June 15, 2009 with No Comments

In the first post on smoother skin, we talked about the “top 3″ of proper care – cleansing, hydrating (moisturizing), and treating. Each are equally important to prevent enlarged pores, avoid rashes and keep your complexion soft and smooth.

Not to get to detailed, but we (the consuming public and manufacturers) can break down each of these areas and take a closer look at some things that work and some that don’t – and why.

There are a lot of skin care products for smoother skin – they come in a wide range of applications, mix of ingredients and a multitude of bases. The market has been segmented to the extreme as everyone looks for the miracle product that will make us look younger. Cream, abrasions, exfoliators and moisturizers all vie for the dollar you are going to spend.

But do they work?…do they help?…really? Well as a researcher, formulator and manufacturer, I would argue that it depends on the ingredients and what your goal is. I’m ot trying to talk in circles, but that’s what it boils down to.

For instance, moisturizers have been considered a regimen staple going back a long time. I remember my Mom applying a mask every night. The general purpose is to rehydrate the tissue. Even years ago, we recognized dryness and tightening and believed re-hydration was good. In fact, it was and is. The cool thing now is we have so many more effective ingredients than 40 years ago.

In the past 10 years, the most popular ingredient for moisturizers has become Hyaluronic Acid. It has found its was into wrinkle creams, solutions for skin rashes, burn treatments, and for chronic or acute drying. It is naturally found in our cells and becomes increasingly depleted as we age.

Many biologist and dermatologists believe it is the accumulated effects of free-radical damage that causes us to lose and produce less hyaluronic acid. If so, it certainly is a convenient response to why tissue becomes thin, dry, and wrinkled as we continue to age. So, to re-hydrate and moisturize look for creams or serums with Hyaluronic Acid. The effects are almost immediate.

Another couple of ingredients to loo for are Aloe and Emu Oil. Aloe most of us are familiar with. It makes a great base for a cream – especially serums. Its widely used in beauty and anti-aging products – working well for facial and wrinkle solutions, especially as an eye smoother.  One of the challenges older men and women have is neck wrinkles.  Particlularly sun damage and natural aging can show premature wrinkles on the neck giving the appearance of unsmooth skin.  If this is what you are experiencing, look for the best neck cream that can add moisture and reduce the sagging wrinkles at the base of your neck.

Emu oil is less well known, but has become a premier (and fairly expensive) ingredient for pitted acne scar treatment, burns, and stretchmarks. I’ve put up a few posts regarding Emu Oil, and at the risk of oft repeating myself, it is great. It has been used for years in Australia and New Zealand for wound healing. It deep moisturizes, and clinical studies have shown it is super-effective at both repairing and improving the complexion. A pretty good combo.

So, there are a few things you should look for when considering products for smoother skin. Each help soften, reduce enlarged pores, help retian moisture, and in some cases, help purify tissue to rid bacteria, oil and dirt.  Another idea you should consider is using skin tightening exercises for the stomach if you have been dealt the hand of flabby skin on the tummy.  These exercises will help give you smoother skin by improving and strengthening underlying muscle and connective tissue.  They will also help improve tissue flexibility, thus tightening the abdominal area.