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Tuesday May 15th, 2012
Next time you reach for that martini, bellini, or glass of savignon blanc stop and think about how the alcohol will affect the health and look of your skin. If health and beauty are important to you, and I’m certain they are, have a read about some of the biggest cons of consumption.
Con #1 – Alcohol depletes the body of Vitamin A
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that fights off skin damaging free radicals. Without antioxidant protection, free radicals destroy our collagen & elastin fibres (which are responsible for keeping our skin firm and wrinkle-free). Vitamin A also promotes cellular turnover (our skin’s natural exfoliation) pushing the new healthy skin cells up to the surface and shedding off the dull dead ones. Alcohol greatly intensifies the aging process causing your skin to lose its natural thickness and suppleness.
Con # 3 – Alcohol causes dehydration and reduced oxygen & blood circulation
Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning it causes the body to rapidly lose water. Water is internal moisturizer which is responsible for maintaining the health of all body systems. When we are dehydrated our skin becomes dry, skin irregularities (including lines & wrinkles) become magnified, and skin has an overall unhealthy look with poor tone and texture. Alcohol leads to poor liver function which causes toxins to appear on the skin in the form of blotches, blemishes, and bumps. The skin also takes on a sallow cast.
Con #4 – Alcohol dilates blood vessels
Alcohol causes blood vessels to swell and with repeated swelling they permanently lose their tone and can even burst. Blood vessel dilation looks like a permanent redness or flushing of the skin. Rosacea, psoriasis, and other skin conditions are worsened and the expanded blood vessels cause an all over puffiness to the face.
Con #4 – Alcohol can cause us to neglect our skin
How many times have you come home from a party or a night club and just crashed on your bed without removing your makeup? Our skin detoxifies and repairs itself while we sleep which is why it is crucial to go to bed with clean, makeup-free skin. Also, eye makeup will migrate into the eye causing extra puffiness when we wake up the next morning. Red, puffy eyes are not attractive, period.
Having an occasional drink with friends won’t ruin your looks, but just remember that moderation is always key.
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Monday February 26th, 2007
- Rosacea and Redness- Mostly seen in those who have fair skin and also known as the “Peaches and Cream“ complexion. It is common to have broken blood vessels on your cheeks. You may also experience bouts of inflammation that cause red papules (small bumps) or pustules. Avoid harsh cosmetics and skin care products (like exfoliators and astringents) use anti-redness creams and products for sensitive skin (ones that state soothing effects) and others that are specifically for rosacea. Watch for ingredients that are good for rosacea: like Bisabolol (an anti-inflamatory, anti-irritant, anti-fungal chamomile plant extract) and Bio-Maple (helps soothe and calm reddened skin).Suggested products: B.Kamins Booster Blue & Rosacea Products, and Skeyndor Aquatherm
- Broken Capillaries and Spider Veins- Veins that easily flush will eventually stay enlarged appearing red and creating a spidering affect, thus the term spider veins. Genetics, hormonal changes, and long exposure to large temperature changes can be the underlying source of spider veins. Use products that provides vaso-constricting properties to aid in the reduction of redness.Suggested products:B. Kamins Renewal Serum or B. Kamins Diatomamus Earth Mask.
- Large Pores- Large pores can be genetic and are more common in later years when the skin has lost some of its elasticity. Also can be oily skin types that have clogged pores. Watch for ingredients that are good for enlarged pores and preventing clogged pores: like AHA Glycolic (minimizes the appearance of the pores) and Salicylic Acid (anti-bacterial and exfoliant properties).Suggested products: B. Kamins Purifying Toner, B Kamins Hydrating Acne wash, B Kamins Glycolic Acid 10
- Acne and Blemishes– Inflamed spots are usually a result of overactive oil glands, hormones, or lifestyle factors such as stress or diet. For a longer-term solution clean skin daily with a beta or alpha hydroxy acid cleanser and exfoliate regularly to unclog pores.Suggested products: Skeyndor Clear Balance Line
- Facial Scars– most facial scars are post-acne. Reduce scarring and regularize the skin tone with cellular renewal products. Look for ingredients such as Bio Maple and Alpha Hydroxy.Suggested products:B Kamin renewal serum, B Kamins Glycolic 10
- Skin Discoloration, Dark Spots and Hyperpigmentation- Age spots are a clear sign of photo-aged skin. Overexposing to the sun thorough the years without adequate protection from sunscreen accelerates the skin’s natural aging process. Common ingredients in spot treatments to look for are: Hydroquinone (2% concentration), Kojic Acid or Alpha Hydroxy Acid (glycolic acid) in the stronger concentrations, 10% to 15%, is often recommended as well.Suggested products: Obagi NuDerm System, Obagi C-System
- Dark Eye Circles and Puffiness– dark rings, eyes that look like you’ve been crying or haven’t been getting enough sleep. This is probably the most common issue. There are a variety of reasons for under eye bags but the major reasons include fluid retention, inadequate sleep, allergies, and, of course, heredity. Look for: Vitamin P (helps dark circles diminish), Decongesting Plant Extracts (for puffiness and soothing properties) and Emollient Light Deflectors for dark circles.Suggested products: Jan Marini Age Intervention Dark Circle Eye Defense, Phytomer Regard Merveilleux: Puffiness Decreasing Eye Gel, Phytomer Regard Delicieux: Dark Circle Eye Cream
- Wrinkles and Fine Lines- the most common sign of aging skin. Some people are genetically predisposed to wrinkling. Sun exposure and smoking are the biggest environmental culprits, though stress can also be a factor. Our skin becomes thinner and drier. Weakened collagen makes the skin less elastic. Common ingredients to look for are: Retinol (a vitamin A compound that is an antioxidant that neutralize free radicals — unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles), Hydroxy acids (exfoliants, substances that remove the upper layer of old, dead skin and stimulate the growth of smooth, evenly pigmented new skin), Coenzyme Q10 (a nutrient that helps regulate energy production in cells) Copper peptides (stimulate production of collagen and may enhance the action of antioxidants) and Tea extracts (green, black and oolong tea contain compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties).Suggested products: Skeyndor Platinum Line, Phytomer Ogenage Line
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