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TRENDING SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS THAT WILL SURPRISE YOU

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Trends help to keep the skin care industry fresh and exciting, while providing consumers with new ideas for ways in which they can boost the health of their skin. This year, there are a number of new skin care ingredients that have come into the spotlight, as they have been proven to bring the skin so many different benefits.

Yuzu 

Yuzu, also known as yuza, is a citrus fruit that is primarily grown in Asia, and is packed with vitamin C. This is an ingredient that often makes it into high quality juices and Japanese dishes, but has been proven to really be able to nourish the skin too. From protecting it against premature aging to brightening the complexion, this is a completely natural and effective ingredient to add to your skin care regime.

Probiotics 

Consumer studies have shown that 72% of consumers are interested in using skin care products that contain probiotics, and this is hardly surprising when you consider the surge in popularity that probiotics have experienced in recent years. While scientists are still on the fence about exactly how effective probiotic skin care products are, the formulas that are already on the market promise everything from hydration to reduced redness, making them well worth a try.

Leafy Greens 

There are many leafy greens, such as kale and spinach, that are considered to be superfoods, and, in addition to bringing a wide range of nutrients to your body when consumed, they are also able to nourish your skin with all of their antioxidants. Superfoods are able to provide the body with the building blocks needed to function optimally, and by using them directly onto your skin, you will be amplifying this effect.

Bamboo 

Bamboo has been recognized for its medicinal properties in Asia for centuries now, but has only recently begun to make its way into skin care products. Bamboo is able to mimic the skin’s natural moisture, while acting as a humectant at the same time, meaning that it is able to draw moisture from the air into the skin. A face mask that contains bamboo sap is the best way to utilize this ingredient, as face masks give active ingredients enough time to really work their magic.

Birch Juice 

Birch juice is tapped directly from birch trees, and, thanks to its abundance of minerals, amino acids and sugars, is being touted as the new coconut water. In addition to significantly hydrating the skin, birch juice is also able to help maintain a positive oil-moisture balance, making it ideal for those with oily skin.

There will always be new skin care trends popping up, and some of them are well worth taking note of. However, when trying new ingredients and products on your skin, always remember to start off gradually, doing a patch test first to ensure that your skin will not negatively react to any of the ingredients.

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ANSWERS TO YOUR SPRING SKIN CARE QUESTIONS

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With spring having made its first appearance, now is the time to take a long look at your skin care regime, and make any necessary seasonal changes. To help you stay on the right track, here are the answers to some of the your most popular spring-related skin care questions, all of which will help you to give your skin everything that it needs.

 

Can I Continue to Use My Winter Moisturizer in the Spring?

As the weather turns warmer, and there is more humidity in the air, the thick and greasy moisturizer that you were likely using during the winter months is not necessary any more. In fact, using this will only end up clogging your pores and preventing your skin from breathing, which is why many tend to experience an increase in breakouts at this time of the year. To keep this from happening, switch to a lighter lotion as the temperatures start to rise, boosting this with a hydrating serum if you feel as though your skin still needs some extra help.

 

How Often Should I Be Exfoliating?

While it can be tempting to want to scrub off all of that rough, dull winter skin, you need to refrain from over-exfoliating, as this will only cause more harm than good to your skin. Twice a week is usually the recommended amount, but keep in mind that everybody’s skin is different, so you need to work out the frequency that is best suited to your skin. If you want to exfoliate more than twice a week, build this up gradually, ensuring that your skin can tolerate it, and dropping it back down if you experience any redness or raw patches.

 

What is the Best Sunscreen to Buy?

Now that you will be spending more time outdoors, it is only right that you pay some extra attention to the sunscreen that you choose for your skin. A broad spectrum formula, with an SPF of at least 30, is vital, and this needs to be regularly re-applied throughout the day. Research has shown that the majority of people out there do not use enough sunscreen on each application, so try to ensure that you use the equivalent of a shot glass full to cover your face and body each time.

 

What Should I Do for My Skin on Those Chilly, Blustery Spring Days?

While the weather may be warmer, there are still always going to be those spring days that are much cooler and windier than average, and, on these days, a light lotion simply will not cut it. To prevent the colder blasts of air from drying your skin out, it is always a good idea to keep your winter moisturizer on hand during the spring, so that you can use it as a spot treatment on the parts of your face that are particularly prone to dryness. The clothing that you choose can also have a huge effect, so make sure that you always have a hooded jacket with you, to protect your face and body on colder days.

After the frigid temperatures of winter, spring is always highly anticipated, but you need to make sure that your skin is not neglected. Whether you have been wondering about sun protection, or about how often you should exfoliate, these answers will help you to prepare your skin for the warmer months ahead.

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TEN WAYS TO BOOST HYDRATION AND PROTECT YOUR SKIN

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If your skin has been looking and feeling dull and tired, dehydration could be the cause of this. However, it does not take much to bring your hydration levels back up, so here are ten tips to help you to do so.

Drink More Water 

While this may seem obvious, drinking more water is the best, and easiest, way to boost your hydration levels. Not only will this keep your body hydrated from within, but it is also good for your kidneys and heart, so be sure to drink at least two litres a day.

Turn Down the Temperature 

A hot shower may be incredibly soothing at the end of a long day, but high temperatures will only dehydrate your skin. Keep the water at a warm temperature instead, and spend no more than ten minutes in the shower or bath.

Invest in a Humidifier 

When the air around you is dry, the moisture from your skin ends up evaporating into it, quickly causing dryness and dehydration. If the air in your home tends to be quite dry, it would be worth investing in a humidifier, which would add moisture back into the air and protect your skin from drying out.

Limit Your Sodium Intake 

Foods that are high in sodium will naturally end up drawing water from your body, which will lead to dehydration. From fast food to packaged snacks, try to limit your sodium intake as much as possible if you want your skin to really thrive.

Eat Water-Rich Foods 

In addition to drinking plenty of water, you should also increase your consumption of foods that have a naturally high water content. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as berries, tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

A Rich Moisturizer 

Moisturizers are designed to form a thin film over the surface of your skin, which keeps any moisture locked in, preventing it from evaporating. Depending on your skin type, you may need to increase the frequency at which you apply your moisturizer, giving your skin a couple of extra coatings throughout the day to protect its moisture from evaporating.

Hydrating Face Masks 

While moisturizers are key when it comes to keeping the skin hydrated, hydrating face masks contain high levels of active ingredients, and remain on the skin for quite a while. Try to use a hydrating mask a couple of times a week in order to really experience its benefits.

Humectants 

Humectants are ingredients that attract water from the air and draw it to your skin before trapping it in, meaning that this is exactly what those with dehydrated skin need. When it comes to the different humectants out there, hyaluronic acid is one of the most effective, as it is able to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, so try to find skin care products that contain this.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to your body for producing your skin’s natural oils, as well as regulating this production. These oils help to keep your skin hydrated, so try to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating foods such as oily fish and walnuts.

Cleansing and Exfoliating 

Even if you use the very best hydrating skin care products, these will not make a difference unless you are regularly cleansing and exfoliating your skin. By clearing away the dead skin cells that settle on the surface of your skin, all of the skin care products that you subsequently use will be able to properly penetrate the surface of your skin, and work their magic to a far greater extent.

It is easy for your skin to slowly become dehydrated without you even realizing it. To prevent this from happening, it is important to consistently make the effort to keep your skin hydrated, so that you can enjoy a permanent radiant glow.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HAIR AND SKIN CARE EXPERT

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While there may be many exceptionally qualified hair and skin care professionals out there, you are also likely to come across a few that are not able to provide you with what you want. In order to ensure that you really are choosing the best person for the job, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Choosing a Hair Colorist

A quick Google search will likely result in pages of listings for local hair colorists, but, if you are seeking someone that has specific expertise in this field, it would be worth turning to your favorite magazines instead, making note of the colorists who have produced work that you like. Narrow this down so that you have a couple of top choices, and then book a consultation with them, so that not only can you find out more about their training and background, but you will also get a good idea of how they intend to transform your locks.

Choosing an Aesthetician

If you are seeking a facial, then you need a professional aesthetician. Each spa will usually offer their own specific range of facial treatments, and many of them will provide information on these on their websites. For those of you in Los Angeles, the Carasoin Day Spa is a top choice, as aesthetician Lena Bratschi performs an incredible Jet Peel Facial that was originally designed by the Russian Aerospace engineering program. Not only does this facial leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth, but, unlike many of the other facials out there, this one has no downtime, meaning that you can easily squeeze in a session before an important event.

Clearing Dark Spots or Acne

Dark spots and acne are both frustrating issues to deal with at home, which is why it is sometimes a good idea to seek professional help for this. One treatment, called the Coolaser, is especially effective when it comes to removing stubborn scars and dark spots, with each session only taking thirty minutes, along with a two or three day recovery period. In addition to dark spots and acne, the Coolaser is also able to help smooth out wrinkles and even out the complexion, making it ideal for those who are currently following an anti-aging regimen. While this product and technique was developed by Dr. Simon Ourian, who can be found in California, the Coolaser is now used all around the world.

No matter what you may be hoping to achieve, whether this may be a striking new hair color or a rejuvenating facial, it is always important to take your time when choosing a professional. Use the internet, as well as social media, to your advantage, as this gives you the opportunity to check out each expert’s work beforehand, ensuring that you really know what you are getting yourself in to.

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NATURAL SKIN CARE TOOLS TO ADD TO YOUR BEAUTY COLLECTION

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From electronic cleansing brushes to LED treatments, there are so many different high-tech skin care tools out there. However, if you prefer to keep things as natural as possible, here are a few tools that are worth adding to your beauty collection.

Muslin Cloth 

The humble muslin cloth is commonly used in the kitchen to make jams or cheeses, but this cotton fabric is also a great tool to have in your beauty arsenal. To prep the cloth, simply soak it in warm water before wringing it out. Apply a cleansing oil to your face, massaging this in well, before pressing the muslin cloth over your skin like a compress. Rinse the cloth out and then repeat this three times, before continuing on with your beauty routine. Not only does using a muslin help when it comes to removing any dirt or bacteria from your skin, but it also provides a mild exfoliating effect, and can be re-used countless times.

Bamboo Exfoliating Mitt 

If you have been looking for a quick and easy exfoliation method, a bamboo exfoliating mitt may be just what you need. Not only are these products lightweight and durable, but bamboo also contains antibacterial properties, which provides the skin with a deep cleanse while boosting its circulation. These exfoliating mitts can be used on both the face as well as the body, but, if you plan on using it on both, it would be worth purchasing two separate ones, opting for a softer one for your face and a firmer one for your body.

Konjac Sponge

Konjac sponges are completely natural, and are made from the konjac root, which is an edible plant. The structure of the sponge is especially unique, being similar to that of a net, which is great for massaging the skin while stimulating blood flow, as well as the cell renewal process. When using a konjac sponge, you will not need to use any additional cleansers or other products, but, if you still wish to do so, you will be able to use a fraction of your normal amount. Some konjac sponges even come with additional benefits, such as the charcoal konjac sponge, which is designed to neutralize any acne-causing bacteria for oily skin, and the red clay konjac sponge, which draws out impurities from within the skin.

Bamboo Body Brush 

Dry brushing it not a new concept, but has been gaining in popularity recently. The technique simply involves using a specially designed brush to smooth out your skin and boost circulation, and a bamboo dry brush, with its soft and gentle bristles, is ideal for this. However, if you are dry brushing for the first time, it would be worth reading up on the correct technique of doing this, as this is the only way to properly experience its benefits.

While these natural skin care tools may seem relatively low-tech, they are all extremely effective when it comes to boosting the health of your skin. From the cleansing properties of a konjac sponge to the circulation-boosting properties of a dry brush, these tools are all gentle and mild, but promise to make a huge difference to your skin.

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LOOK YOUNGER WITHOUT TRYING

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While the instant results that plastic surgery can provide may often seem tempting, there are many ways to look younger that do not require nearly as much effort. Although the transformation may not be as drastic, these methods can really help you to bring back your youthful glow.

 

Wear Sunscreen Every Day 

The sun is responsible for up to 90% of all facial wrinkles, meaning that sunscreen is your best tool when it comes to wrinkle prevention. If you already have wrinkles, sunscreen will go a long way in preventing these from deepening, and, when combined with the other methods mentioned below, can help to eradicate any lines.

 

Use Concealer in the Right Places  

If you have any shadows or blemishes that you have been trying to hide, then it is likely that concealer is already your best friend. However, placing it in certain areas can really help to make you look years younger, such as dabbing some on that small bit of skin between the nose and the inner corner of the eyes, as this really brightens the face up. You could also try applying some around the edges of your nostrils, as this is a great way to minimize redness.

 

A Tinted Moisturizer 

Research has shown that an even complexion makes a person appear younger, and a tinted moisturizer is a great way to achieve this. Look for a product that contains plenty of nourishing ingredients, as the moisturizing properties of this product are just as important as the tint of color that it provides.

 

Cut Out the Sugar 

Sugar has so many different negative effects on the body, with one of these being to accelerate aging, by exacerbating a process called glycation. While it may be hard to do at first, cutting sugar out of your diet will bring you brighter and clearer skin in just a few weeks, and, once you see the improvements, this will be a dietary change that you will find easy to continue.

 

Regular Exercise 

In addition to sunscreen and a sugar-free diet, regular exercise is one of your best defenses against aging. No matter what age you may currently be, exercise gets your heart pumping and your blood moving, boosting circulation and bringing your face a permanent healthy glow. Even if the idea of spending evenings at the gym does not appeal to you, there are many other ways in which you can stay active, from walking your dog to doing some gardening to taking a dance class.

 

There are so many easy ways to look younger without trying, and, when you combine all of them, the results will definitely be visible. From the clever use of concealer to overhauling your diet, give these tips a go if you have been looking for a way to shave those years away.

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WHAT AND WHEN TO EAT FOR ANTI-AGING

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The food that you eat has a direct impact on your health, which is why those who have a healthy diet throughout their lives generally experience the signs of aging at a later stage in life. If you want to ensure that your diet will keep you looking and feeling as young as possible, here are the foods that you should be eating more of, as well as a few tips on meal timings.

Beans, Peas and Lentils

Beans, peas and lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, as well as certain plant polyphenols that have been proven to have incredible protective benefits, especially for the heart. All that is needed to lower your risk of heart disease by 14% is two cups of beans, peas, lentils or tofu each week. This is also a fantastic source of soluble fibre, which helps to control cholesterol levels.

Whole Grains 

Carbohydrates may have a bad reputation, but whole grains actually bring with them so many different benefits. From reducing the risk of cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and respiratory problems, to keeping the body young and healthy, whole grains should always be chosen instead of refined carbohydrates.

Oily Fish 

Oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel and salmon, are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which not only protect the heart and brain, but also fight inflammation, something that hugely contributes to accelerated aging. While there may be many omega-3 supplements out there, studies have shown that these tend to have quite mixed results, meaning that the very best way to ensure that you are receiving your necessary dose of omega-3 is by eating eight ounces of oily fish a week, preferably ones that have been sustainably farmed.

Meal Timings and Fasting

There are a number of studies that have discovered that your meal timings can actually have quite the impact on the way in which your body processes the food. Research has shown that those who consume 50% of their calories at lunchtime, and then 20% at dinner, experienced more weight loss, by 33%, than those who ate 50% of their calories at dinner. In addition to this, intermittent fasting throughout the week, such as limiting your calorie intake for one or two days of the week, could also bring with it many anti-aging benefits, although further research is still needed in this area.

In addition to including more anti-aging foods into your diet, you should also try to cut out the foods that will only age you faster. From processed meats to refined carbohydrates to pre-packaged meals that are high in sodium, swap these out for healthier alternatives, and it will not be long before you begin noticing the improvements in your skin.

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SKIN CARE TIPS TO TAKE YOU FROM SEASON TO SEASON

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Each new season brings with it different temperatures and humidity levels, both of which have a huge effect on your skin. In order to help your skin deal with each of these seasonal changes, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind.

 

The Texture of Your Moisturizer

In the winter months, when the air is cold and dry, a rich and greasy moisturizer is essential to keep the skin hydrated, as this will form a thick film over the surface of the skin to trap in moisture, preventing it from evaporating into the dry air. However, the spring and summer months are much more humid, and a thick moisturizer will only end up clogging the pores, leading to everything from a dull complexion to breakouts. In order to avoid this, you need to switch to a lighter moisturizer in the summer, but one that still contains plenty of hydrating ingredients.

 

A Powerful Cleanser 

The heat of the summer means that, by the end of the day, your face will contain a mixture of sweat and sunscreen, as well as dirt and bacteria, which is why a powerful cleanser is essential. While foaming cleansers often tend to be the most effective at clearing your skin of these, they can also be quite drying. This is not such a big deal during the summer months, as your skin is naturally producing more oil in the heat, but, if you already suffer from dry or sensitive skin, you should opt for a moisturizing cleanser instead.

 

Cut Back on the Exfoliation 

During the winter months, when your skin feels rough and dry, exfoliation can really help to turn this around. However, exfoliation works by removing the outermost layer of skin cells, to reveal the fresh new cells beneath. In the summertime, removing this outer layer means that your skin is much more vulnerable to sun damage, as well as more reactive to the elements in general. If you plan on spending more time outdoors in the summer than you did in the winter, then it would be worth cutting your exfoliation down to once a week, or less if you have noticed your skin feeling sensitive or raw.

 

Seasonal Foods 

The fruits and vegetables grown during the spring and summer months bring with them many skin boosting benefits, meaning that eating seasonal foods is a great way to support your skin as it transitions through the seasons. Summer fruits such as berries and watermelons are high in water, which your skin needs in order to stay hydrated in the heat. Seasonal summer vegetables, such as cucumbers, bell peppers and zucchini, are also high in water, as well as plenty of antioxidants to help your skin fight off the free radicals that are produced after exposure to the sun.

 

It can be easy to find an effective skin care routine and want to stick to it throughout the year. However, in order for your skin to really thrive, you need to recognize the changes that it goes through with each season, and cater to its evolving needs.

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ALTERNATIVES TO SALICYLIC ACID FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN

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Salicylic acid is one of the most effective acne treatments out there, but when used in the long term, it can damage the skin. This means that, while it may be great to use for infrequent flare-ups, those who are continuously battling acne should check out some of these alternatives.

 

Tea Tree Oil

A completely natural ingredient, tea tree oil is surprisingly effective when it comes to treating acne, as it contains similar compounds to that of benzoyl peroxide, which is another powerful ingredient in the fight against acne. However, tea tree oil is only effective if your acne type is cystic, papule or pustule, whereas those who suffer from acne caused by rosacea would find their symptoms exacerbated by the use of tea tree oil. When purchasing the oil, make sure that the product that you choose contains at least five percent of the oil, as this is the amount necessary in order for the product to have an effect on your acne.

 

Zinc 

Studies have shown that chronic acne sufferers tend to have lower levels of zinc within their body, which is why this is an ingredient that could really help to combat breakouts. The way in which zinc works is by killing the bacteria that would have otherwise led to acne, while reducing the inflammatory response in the body to this bacteria. Zinc is also an antioxidant, as well as a DHT blocker, meaning that it reduces the effect that the hormones within the body have on the skin.

 

Brewer’s Yeast 

Commonly used to make beer, brewer’s yeast is actually an inactive yeast, meaning that the actual yeast within it is no longer there. However, it is still extremely rich in two trace minerals. The first is selenium, which helps the body to produce antioxidant enzymes to prevent cell damage, and the second is chromium, which maintains healthy blood sugar levels. This chromium is also quite effective when it comes to treating acne, as several studies have now proven.

 

Marine Algae 

In 2013, researchers discovered that marine algae contains specific cleansing properties that were effective in treating acne. Thanks to the high levels of fatty acids found within this ingredient, marine algae is able to reduce the growth of bacteria that would have otherwise led to breakouts, while also reducing inflammation within the body.

 

There are many powerful chemicals out there that you have likely already tried in your battle against acne. However, if those do not seem to be significantly helping, it may be time to look into a few natural alternatives, from tea tree oil to marine algae, as all of these can really go a long way in helping you to achieve a smooth and clear complexion.

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SCIENTISTS MAY SOON BE ABLE TO REVERSE AGING

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Scientists have long since been searching for ways in which they can put a stop to, or even reverse, the aging process, and it seems as though they may have finally found one. Researchers at Australia’s University of New South Wales have created a drug that could potentially reverse the aging process while helping to repair damaged DNA.

 

DNA Damage and Aging  

Each cell within your body has the ability to repair DNA damage, which it does on a regular basis, such as each time you are exposed to the sun. However, as the body ages, this ability to repair DNA damage starts to decline, which is why the body begins to deteriorate.

 

NAD+ and NMN

NAD+ is a metabolite that is naturally present within each and every cell in the body, and has a huge impact on the repairing of DNA. When researchers treated elderly mice with a NAD+ booster, called NMN, they discovered that the cells within the mice were far more effective at repairing DNA damage, which was caused by either old age or radiation exposure. After just one week of receiving the NMN booster, the researchers were no longer able to tell the difference between the cells of the older mice and the younger mice.

 

Human Trials of the NMN Booster 

After witnessing such a success with the mice, researchers plan on beginning human trials of the NMN booster later this year, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. A drug substance that contains NMN is currently being developed in conjunction with pharmaceutical companies, and this would seem to be the safest and most effective anti-aging drug that has yet been created. If the human trials are successful, which the majority expect them to be, the drug will likely be available on the market in just three to five years.

 

Other Uses for the NMN Drug 

In addition to being able to reverse the aging process, the NMN drug will also have a number of other uses. NASA in particular has been especially excited about this discovery, as they have long since battled with trying to find ways in which to keep their astronauts safe from cosmic radiation, muscle weakness and memory loss. This is even more urgent now that NASA are planning a four-year mission to Mars, but the NMN drug may be just what they need to reverse and prevent DNA damage in astronauts.

 

The team at the University of New South Wales that have discovered the incredible possibilities that NMN can bring have been working on different aging-related studies for over four years now. While they have made a number of significant discoveries in this time, the NMN drug is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting, as it really has the potential to change the way in which we  age.

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