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Fight Aging with Vitamins

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You know Vitamins A, C, and E found in skincare products are good for the skin while sunrays are bad. Yet, why is this? In a nutshell, here is basically how the, previously mentioned, vitamins impact the skin.

Vitamin A:

treats fine wrinkles, age spots, and rough skin caused by sun exposure

-thickens and stimulates the Dermis – where collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin.

-the deposition of collagen

-slows the breakdown of your collagen and elastin from normal aging

– decreases clustering of melanin granules – so it reduces brown spots or pigmentation

 

 Vitamin C:

-Vitamin C found in the form of L – Ascorbic Acid found in skin care products to keep the skin  refreshed looking and youthful

-helps your skin repair itself

-essential to the production of collagen

collagen:  protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels and gives skin its firmness and strength

 

Vitamin E:

-an antioxidant that protects & repairs your skin

  • antioxidants: agents that neutralize the negative effects of free radicals
  • free radicals: molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles

-prevent cellular damage from occurring

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Natural Options for Psoriasis

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Disclaimer: This post does not reflect complete information on psoriasis. The treatments and medications mentioned in the post may result in various side effects that will vary from person to person.

  • Emu oil: It has been known to decrease the appearance of plaque psoriasis.

 

  • Mind/body: Hypnotherapy, breathing exercises, yoga or some form of meditation have helped alleviate symptoms of psoriasis for some individuals.

 

  • Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA): Omega-3 fatty acids and evening primrose oil are a source of GLA a fatty acid that promotes healthy growth of skin, hair and nails. Also, eating foods that contain omega three fatty acids such as seafood will provide GLA

 

  • Bentonite Clay: The clay can be taken internally or applied topically to the skin. The clay swells up when combined with water creating open spaces that are filled with toxins from the body.

 

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine: Herbal preparations or acupuncture

  • Diet: Eating anti-inflammatory foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables that contain carotenoid ((spinach, carrots, asparagus, broccoli, etc) has helped some people who have psoriasis. Carotenoids are colorful plant pigments the body can turn into Vitamin A.

** Please share natural treatments that have worked for you in the comments below so we all can learn. Thanks.

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Get Rid of Stretch Marks

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Many of us are know stretch marks up close and personal.  Many of us have used cocoa butter with no or some degree of success. Luckily, we do have other options that Beauty Brains has explained to us. The info below is taken directly from Beauty Brains.

 “Treatments actually come in two forms – you could reduce the appearance of stretch marks using topical treatments like Tretinoin (vitamin A), Trofolastin cream (with the active ingredient of centella asiatic) and particular acid skin peels. These work by stimulating the skin growth, . . . “

Trofolastin Cream:  The centella Asiatic is a “plant which grows around the Indian ocean. The  active ingredient is “”pentacyclic triterpenoids which have regulating and activating functions, acting on the collagen present in many organs.” “Asiatic acid, madecassic acid, and asiaticoside” are the main components of centella Asiatic and increases the production of collagen.

Tretinoin (Retin A):   It is a form of Vitamin A. Tretinoin treats acne and helps to reduce wrinkles. It increases skin cell turnover.

Oily Skin: Part One

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Topical Products that Help With Oily Skin:

 

Retinoids

Retinols occur naturally in the form of Vitamin A and can be synthetically made. Retinols are common medication used for acne but may cause redness, flaking, and irritation for some people.  Retinols applied to the skin decreases dead cells from clogging pores.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid helps to fight acne by possessing three important qualities: anti-keratinization, anti-septic, and serves as an exfoliant. Salicylic acid keeps dead cells from clogging pores and it causes the skin to shed the dead layers of the skin cells which is the exfoliant element of it. The anti-septic feature destroys bacteria that promotes acne while blackheads or whiteheads are eliminated by the anti-keratinization of salicylic acid.  Anti-keratinization of salicylic acid will help to prevent those little white or black bumps on the face. The side effects may be dry and/or peeling skin.

Astringents

Astringents constrict the pores and overuse can lead to drying out the skin. If too much astringent is used the skin will produce a lot of oil for those who already have an abundance of it. Due to the drying nature of astringents it is recommended that it is followed by a moisturizer. There is a rule of thought that argues astringents aren’t good for acne prone skin due the fact that pores are restricted by this product. The restriction is thought to increase the potential of an infection.

 

 

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