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Usha's Journal

Welcome to Usha's Journal!  Check here to learn about specials and helpful tips I offer.  I will also post thoughts on the skin care industry and our community!

Monday
Jan282013

January 27th 2013

Men’s skincare today

 

When it comes to skin care, men usually don’t figure much in the equation. The only grooming men use is a shaving kit. Skincare formulations, research and advice was typically targeted to women, but not anymore.

Other than having facial hair, there are structural differences between a man’s skin and a woman’s. Androgen (testosterone) stimulation causes an increase in skin thickness, which accounts for why a man’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s. A man’s skin texture is also tougher.

After puberty, sebum (oil) production is greater in males than females, higher androgen secretions accounts for why men have longer lasting acne and larger pores.

 Men also have a higher collagen density than women.  Collagen content is directly related to the signs of skin aging, it has been said a woman’s skin is about 15 years older than a man’s of the same age. However, men are less sun savvy than women, meaning they don’t use sunscreens, and could contribute to why the “15 year” skin age difference is not readily noticed. UV damage from the sun can add years to a man’s skin and negate the benefit of slowed intrinsic aging. Eighty plus more damage is sun related.

Remember “Don’t correct if you don’t protect.”

Monday
Jan282013

January 26th 2013

Plant Stem Cells

 

Advancements with stem cell technology have continued to provide more powerful and effective marine derived and botanical plant stem cells in the skin care market. The latest trend is now combining the latest generation of plant stem cells to reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and protect the skin from environmental damages. These plant stem cells contain all the active molecules of the plant to effectively address multiple areas of concern. Sea Fennel, Edelweiss, Gardenia, and Lilac plant stem cells are incorporated into some of the most advanced anti-aging products included in the Stem Cell 3D collection.

They stand on their own and are not to replace AHA’s/BHA’s and peptides.

Argan Oil

This precious oil from Morocco is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, consisting of Omega-3 and Omega-9. Argan oil strengthens the skin’s barrier function and makes it less susceptible to foreign invasion from the environment. It has been used for centuries to treat burns and skin conditions such as acne and skin allergies. Argan oil is a number one active ingredient choice for delicate and compromised skin.

Saturday
Jan262013

January 25th 2013

Rosacea

Acne rosacea is a very common form of acne that is caused by a chronic inflammation of the skin around the face.  It seems to localize itself on the forehead, chin and cheeks, and most especially the nose. While acne vulgaris is more common to teens and young adults, acne rosacea tends to affect adults between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. It is more common in men than women, though men seem to suffer more severe cases of acne rosacea.

The visible signs of sensitive skin appear as redness, hives, peeling, dryness, cracking and rash. Sensations such as burning, stinging and itching are common among sensitive skin conditions. Depending on the subtype, rosacea symptoms may include flushing, facial redness, pimples, dryness, visible blood vessels, eye irritation and, in severe cases, skin thickening.

Anti-Redness Micro-Gel

Treating cream for rosacea and sensitive skin helps to control acne rosacea Containing ingredients such as Crataegus Monogina and Butcher's Broom extracts to destroy the Demodex Folliculorum mite. Skin is rebalanced and soothed. The Anti-Redness Micro-Gel will help reduce the redness and discomfort associated with acne rosacea.

 

Anti-Redness Emulsion

Treating cream for acne rosacea decongests and balances the capillary circulation. Repairs and strengthens the capillary walls to eliminate and prevent redness on the surface of the skin while providing UV protection. Skin is soothed; complexion is lightened and evened.

 

Please check with your Dr If you’re on topical or oral medication before trying any products.

Thursday
Jan242013

January 24th 2013

Sun Beds (It’s a No! No!)

 "There's no such thing as a safe tan unless it comes in a bottle," tanning beds are more dangerous because some of them have a higher concentration of UVA rays. UVA penetrates deeper into the skin and we don't know what the longer-term results of that deeper penetration are. We do know that it ages the skin."

If you'd like the golden glow of a tan without exposure to damaging UV radiation, consider using a sunless tanning product. Avoid tanning beds, and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen whenever you're outdoors.

When using Spray tanning booths I would particularly make sure you are protected  from DHA exposure to the eyes, lips and mucous membranes as well as preventing the inhalation or ingestion of the spray.

Wednesday
Jan232013

January 23rd 2013

Sneaky things that age a person’s appearance

When I decided to blog early this year it was for myself, as well as for you. New Year, New You and 31 days to amazing skin was to share tips and tricks that can shave years off, offering a more youthful appearance and attitude. I do think attitude has something to do with it, and having the mind set for a new you, not that there is anything wrong with the old you.  Sometimes the smallest changes can make the biggest difference. I also want you to have fun on this journey and not focus on the outcome.

Yellow teeth: Whiten your teeth if you need to, especially when wearing orange and red lipsticks. Drinks such as tea, coffee and wine can be the cause of stains on the teeth. Smoking is also a contributing factor. Cutting back smoking, sipping through a straw and brushing your teeth immediately after eating may help brighten them.

Too much or too little makeup:  the over doers tend to go too bold, or the play-it-safe are stuck in bland neutrals. Whichever it can add on years and make you look out-of-date. If it’s been a while, come in for a makeup consultation for new ideas.

Skin: I think I have stressed on that in previous articles.

Dry thinning hair: I believe long hair is a sign of strength. First, it requires good overall health to grow hair long. Illness saps the life out of the body to the point where the first things to go are Hair and nails. With all the drying and over processing and the intense Florida weather, hair need to be nourished and treated with deep conditioning treatments regularly.

Outdated or inappropriately sizes clothes: Well fitted clothes and undergarments make the world of difference no matter what your size. Also there’s something to be said about the way you feel. If you’re uncomfortable in what you are wearing naturally it will show.