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Stress & Sleepless Night Are Bad For Your Health & Skin


Stress = Aging

Giving your skin a break

Learning how to keep stress under control contributes to your skin’s good health. While the human body is equipped to deal with a certain level of stress, when stress levels are pushed beyond where they should be, and if they stay elevated for a period of time, virtually every bodily system is compromised. This includes your skin, which is part of your immune system. It’s no wonder that skin conditions like rosacea and eczema flare during times of high stress. Unfortunately, these conditions often hang around even after life returns to a more normal state. Because of this, the skin stays inflamed, which is the breeding ground for free radical activity.


Stress and how to manage it

When stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that causes a spike in your insulin level, which then triggers mood swings and sugar cravings.

No skincare system will work on the outside unless you’re willing to work on the inside as well.

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Free Radicals Destroy Our Cells, DNA, Cause Inflammation & Facial Aging


If you ask ‘How free radicals cause aging?’ or ‘What damage can free radicals do to your body and cells? If you have not heard about free radicals by now, you certainly will very soon.

Free radicals have a major impact on facial aging and this topic is so important and the discovery of new relevant therapies is occurring so rapidly.

What is Free Radicals

Free radicals are oxygen molecules that have lost an electron in interactions with other molecules. As a result, these molecules are extremely unstable, or reactive. In their quest to ‘heal’ themselves, free radicals steal electrons from other, healthy molecules, creating more free radicals in the process, damaging cell components.

Where do Free Radicals come from?

Although free radicals are entirely natural – they’ve a by-product of normal bodily processes, like breathing air or digesting food – they’re also extremely treacherous. Because every time free radicals seek to stabilize themselves, they damage healthy cells. Worse, free radicals aren’t just manufactured by our own bodies. They’re also unleashed by external factors, including sunlight, cigarette smoke and air pollution. And stress and poor diet play a part too.

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Home Care Tips For The Aging Skin


When a woman hits a certain age, it’s only natural to feel pressure to resist aging that they begin to look for anything possible to make them look and feel younger. Before looking around for the best cosmetic procedures, why not get start with the correct skin care regimen at home.

Home care should be adapted to help each own aging signs, whatever their severity. Begin by thoroughly analyzing the skin. Treatment conditioners for aging skin will not be useful if they are for the wrong skin type. Aging skin will still be predominantly dry or oily. For oily skin, stick to noncomedogenic fluids, lotions or gels. For more normal-dry skin, you can use heavier emollients.

Stick to very gentle cleansers with little or no detergents. Remember, the aging skin already has fewer intercellular lipids. You do not want to strip these essential lipids by using too aggressive a cleanser. Low-foaming washes and cleansing milks are best to use for the aging skin.

Toners should be alcohol-free and should contain a humectant such as propylene glycol or glycerin. Toners should not have a strong astringent action.

Specialty products for aging skin may include alphahydroxy gels or creams, antioxidant serums and lipid-based serums. These are special functional products that help protect the skin from free-radical damage, and help to exfoliate or hydrate the skin. 

Day creams should contain a broad-spectrum sunscreen and a sealant agent such as dimethicone, mineral oil or cyclomethicone. These agents will help the skin retain water better in the surface layers. 

Special treatment products for the eye and neck areas are very helpful to the aging skin. The skin of the eyes and the neck is much thinner than the rest of the facial skin, and is therefore very likely to show signs of aging. Heavier emollients are often used for these areas, with the exception of some of the newer liposome gels.

Mild exfoliation is good for aging skin. It gently stimulates the skin and removes dead, dry cells on the surface, helping the skin look and feel smoother and softer, and also helping to minimize the appearance of rough textures and wrinkles.


City Life – Do You Know Pollution Accelerates Skin Aging?


Are you staying in urban area? If you do, then your skin will probably need more extra care than those staying in rural area.

It is inevitable that your skin will suffer as a result of pollution, particularly if you live or work in an urban area. You can, however, incorporate specially formulated anti-pollution products, which strengthen the skin’s defences, into your beauty programme.

The effects of pollution

If you live in an urban environment, your skin’s outer layer changes. This is because the micro-particles of pollution in the air work as oxidants. Exposed to various kinds of smoke and gases, your cells become sluggish and produce collagen of inferior quality, your skin loses its vitality, starts to sag and ages prematurely. Hence the importance of anti-pollution care.

Minimize the effects of pollution 

Shield yourself from pollution. The key is to find and use antioxidant substances. Vitamins A and C are the best-known sources to contain properties that strengthen the skin’s defences. Green tea, white tea and grapeseed extract are chockfull of anti-oxidants too. It is best to choose creams which claim to offer a ‘shield’ against pollution and stimulate the production of collagen.

And probably your best friend of all is your regular night time cleansing ritual. There are also many supplements that will help you fight free-radical damage from the inside out.

Free radicals unleashed by air pollution

Free radicals not only be generated during sun exposure but as well as by cigarette smoke, environmental pollutants, chemicals, and other toxins. The way to combat free-radical damage is with anti-oxidants. They have the ability to prevent the free radicals’ chemical reactions from occurring in and harming the skin. The way they work on the skin is to interfere with these chemical reactions thereby stopping them from taking place. 


Feed Your Skin With These Potent Ingredients


In recent years, there have never been so many products that can help to reverse the signs of aging and improve skin texture. In fact, everywhere you see, there are new miracle ingredients and procedures designed to make you look younger than ever before.

But do you know what are the ingredients which actually beneficial to the skin? Hence, instead of letting you waste your valuable money tracking down and purchasing products that wind up in the trash, it is important to read the ingredient labels to be sure that they’re doing what they’re supposed to do. 


Alpha hydroxy acids — loosen dead cells from skin’s surface. 

Antioxidants — fight free radicals that accelerate aging. 

Anti-inflammatories — reduce puffiness. 

Emollients — form a protective film to trap moisture. 

Exfoliants — remove dead skin cells and debris. 

Fatty acids — protect the skin barrier. 

Fruit acid – aids in the production of collagen.

Humectants — attract moisture from the atmosphere and bond it to the skin. 

Hyaluronic acid — helps skin maintain proper moisture levels. 

Linoleic acid – an effective ingredient in lipid-based moisturizing serums.

Retinol - The most potent form of vitamin A.

Vitamins — added to products provide great benefits. 

Vitamin A — improves skin elasticity, promotes a more even texture, and promotes new cell growth. 

Vitamin C — enhances collagen production for firmer skin. 

Vitamin E — adds moisture and repairs tissue.


The 6-Step Program For A Younger-Looking Skin (Part 2)


>> The 6-Step Program For A Younger-Looking Skin (Part 1)


Step 4 – Skin Building 

This skin-care regimen requires a serum that is lipid-based which is used in addition to the water-based serum because it provides a way to deliver other important collagen-building ingredients that are soluble only in lipids (fats). Lipid-based serums, which water may appear near the end of the ingredients list, are thicker and more moisturizing. 

Look for ones that contain important ingredients such as retinol, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, Omega 3 and ceramides, which are lipids very similar to the skin’s own lipids. Please refrain from using, for example, like mineral oils, plant lipids or lanolin, that may even clog the skin.

This lipid-based serum performs the very important function in your skin care of re-creating the all important skin lipid barrier, which serves the vital function of keeping water in the skin. 

Some good products are Elizabeth Arden Bye-Lines Anti-Aging Serum and Denese’s Hydro Shield Ultra Moisturizing Serum.

Step 5 – Skin Sealing

The final touch to seal it all in is the cream. It also has the important function of repairing the protective skin lipid barrier, so that the skin does not lose too much fluid and feel dry, irritated and show more lines. 

Although, the skin-stimulating and skin-building regimen may leave your skin somewhat irritated, especially initially, the skin-sealing regimen feels good. So if you stimulate and build first, then seal, you will have the best of both worlds.

When choosing a cream, get one that feels good to you and is not too heavy for your skin. It is best to use a cream that contains skin-identical lipids, since they fit into the skin far better than any other plant, animal or mineral oils, which may clog the pores.

This is indeed the pampering regimen of your skin-care routine. Everyone’s skin is different, choose the cream that is satisfying for your skin and do not overuse cream as it may clog the pores and create bumpiness under the skin.

Step 6 – Skin Protection

Technically, this is the most important step. It is essential for everyone to use SPF 30 protection every day, no matter if they are indoors or outdoors, rain or shine and no matter what the season.

It is recommended not use anything less than SPF 15 protection, under any circumstances. 

It is best to use a day cream with a built-in SPF 30 protection instead of a day cream plus a sunscreen. The reason is that by having 2 steps, a cream plus a sunscreen, they will dilute each other on the surface of the skin, hence the SPF protection level become less.

<Source : Dr. Denese’s secrets for ageless skin>


Review – Sisleya Daily Line Reducer


Sisleya Daily Line Reducer, serum for all skin types, is claimed to provide an immediate sensation of comfort and freshness with both a smoothing and hydrating effect. Surface lines and wrinkles are plumped out and dehydration lines are softened. This skin is firmer, visibly smoother and glowing.

Product claims

With passing time, the fibroblast cells located at the base of deep wrinkles produce up to 3 times less collagen than the other fibroblasts. Thanks to an exclusive combination of 3 cutting edge active ingredients (extracts of Alkekengi’s Calyx, Soya and Padina Pavonica) Siselya Daily Line Reducer helps reconstruct the skin’s framework spectacularly.

My opinion

Well, Sisley has been successfully making the consumers believe that Sisleya Daily Line Reducer is ‘ONE’ cream that will able to help you look much much younger and that it is all you need to eliminate wrinkles and lines. And I believe many women have already fell into the trap.

There is no quick or immediate solution to eliminating lines and wrinkles. It doesn’t happen overnight. One cream itself will not able to do wonders. It will need correct treatments, skin care products with potent ingredients and proper daily regimen to help reduce them.


Hydrolyzed soy protein, its highly-acclaimed ingredient, is a antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent for skin. Although some studies have shown that it has a collagen-stimulating effect and that various compounds in soy influence skin thickness and elasticity but the research was carried out under carefully controlled conditions not related to the way soy protein is used in a cosmetic product.

Sisleya Daily Line Reducer contains tocopheryl acetate, vitis vinifera (grape) leaf extract and arginine which are potent antioxidants.

But is also contains some plant extract ingredients like potentilla errecta and lavender oil which are harmful to the skin.


Although skin is more supple, but there is no visible improvement on expression lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. There is only a minimal improvement on skin hydration.

Conclusion : The result doesn’t substantiate its over-inflated claims. Sisleya Daily Line Reducer is definitely not the ‘miracle’ cream which you think can erase all those aging lines and wrinkles. Save the money, it is not worth it.


  The price is ridiculously expensive.

Will I buy it again? …… Unlikely!


The 6-Step Program For A Younger-Looking Skin (Part 1)


Your face is the first thing people notice when they look at you, and it unfortunately shows the telltale signs of aging the quickest. But you can help your face look younger, longer. Therefore, it is never too early or too late to start thinking about skin protection, skin renewal and maintenance treatment.

It is vital to keep to a regimen in which you protect yourself day and night to reduce the causes of accelerated skin aging.

Just follow the 6-step program and you are on the way to see some changes and improvements in the conditions of your skin gradually.

Step 1 – Cleansing 

Avoid washing your face with soap. The pH of soap is not what your skin needs, it will dry out your skin without cleaning it properly.

Go for one good cleanser which has pH close to your skin. Some cleansers contain some AHA or BHA content that may also help to open pores, exfoliate, dissolve oily glands and take off some of the old, dry skin cells from the surface.

A toner is the second step in the cleansing process. It removes the dirt that the cleanser missed. You may not aware that cleanser may not able to remove the dirt completely, therefore, it is far more better to cleanse in two steps than one. Refrain from using toner with alcohol as it may cause irritation to the skin.

Step 2 – Exfoliating

Don’t expect an AHA/BHA cleanser and toner is all the exfoliation you need. Usually a AHA/BHA face wash contains only 1 percent and you may need at least 8 percent that strength daily to see results.

To achieve a radiance skin, it is essential to exfoliate the skin properly. 

Exfoliation helps to remove the layer of dead skin cells on top of your skin and creates the ability to transport the potent ingredients into the skin. It stimulates cellular turnover, and thereby encourages the skin’s own collagen building and improves skin thickness. 

Exfoliation is also the final cleansing phase. It opens up clogged pores before they become little bumps under the skin.

One of the most effective ways is to exfoliate with an 8 -10 percent glycolic (AHA) pad every night.

Some good exfoliating pads you may try are Facial Firming Pads by Dr. Denese, Dr. Perricone’s Pore Refining Toner Pads and DDF Glycolic 10& Daily Cleansing Pads.

Step 3 – Skin Stimulating

Now the next important step is to stimulate your skin. Using a serum that feeds the skin water-soluble ingredients can help to address the appearance of the lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and loss of firmness and elasticity that occur with aging. These problems are usually due to the gradual loss of collagen and collagen breakdown. 

Collagen is the major skin protein, responsible for elasticity. The ultimate goal in skin care is to encourage the skin’s own collagen-producing machinery and stimulate collagen repair. 

Dr. Adrienne Denese, one of the first doctors in the United States to specialise in anti-aging medicine, advises that the best form to supply the important ingredients to the skin, to assure better delivery is a serum.

A serum is water-based if one of the first ingredients is water and it has a thin consistency. Other ingredients to look for include carnosine, resveratrol, bioactive oligopeptides, copper, vitamin C and vitamin B.

Some recommendations are Dr Denese’s Cellular Firming Serum, Growth Factor Serum, 15 percent Vitamin C Serum, Age Control Serum, Skinceuticals Serum 15 and Cellex C High Potency Serum.

<Source : Dr. Denese’s secrets for ageless skin>

>> The 6-Step Program For A Younger-Looking Skin (Part 2)


Part 2 –
Things You Need To Know About Anti-Aging & Wrinkle Creams

The importance of ingredients

Nowadays, the latest and superb ingredients and claims so prominently displayed on the latest and ‘miracle’ expensive anti-aging cream jars are usually nothing more than just cleverly worded promises that do not deliver anything. Most of the time, these ‘greatest’ ingredients are just some ordinary ingredients which do not serve the purposes that the products claim to be.

There are numerous wrinkle creams in the market have misleaded consumers by using ‘innovative’ ingredients which only have hydrating benefits, inflated the claims to eliminate wrinkles.

The ‘right’ percentage to be effective

Do you know that the ingredients which are prominently displayed on the packaging and advertisements, are often present in minuscule quantities in the jar? You’ll probably be asking, ‘why aren’t adequate quantities added to the products?’.

Well, the reason is simple as many of these ingredients are quite expensive. Often, some may feel irritating to the skin and the cosmetic companies may be concerned about high returns.

Technically, it is important to put the correct or maximum percentage on the active ingredient in order to be effective. If the active ingredient is compromised, so is the skin-care product.

Beware The 16 Signs Of Aging


If any of these problems are already visible and they bother you, place a check mark next to them. These are the issues to which you might want to consider giving a little extra care, in addition to following a good skin-care regimen and leading a healthy lifestyle. This way, we can fine-tune the precise plan of attack that will be the most effective for you. 

The visible 16 signs of aging

Dryness. The skin’s oil glands reduce their production significantly after about age 30, and the loss continues over the years.

Enlarged pores. Some people are predisposed to having enlarged pores and others are blessed with non-existent pores, but in both cases the loss of the skin’s underlying support system causes them to open up even more with age.

Sun damage/loss of skin tone. Melanocytes begin to burn out when you reach your late 30s and 40s, reducing the skin’s ability to fight sun damage and often causing uneven pigmentation.

Loss of skin elasticity. The loss of collagen and elastin are largely to blame for the appearance of wrinkles, but a lot of dynamic expressions – in the form of smiling, frowning and squinting – contribute as well.

Thinning. At about age 40, the dermis and the skin’s fat layer begin to thin. The process picks up steam after your 50th birthday. The unhappy result: sagging and the loss of the plump, youthful softness. The loss of the fat layer also makes the skin more fragile and likely to abrade.

Frown lines, lines on the forehead and from the nose to the mouth. As the skin ages and collagen breaks down, the skin will yield to the pulling force whenever you smile or frown and develop a wrinkle along the pulling force of the muscle.

Increased healing time. Our healing time begins to increase once we reach our 30s, with epidermal regeneration taking twice as long in our 70s and 80s as it did in our earlier years. The result is not only a dulled complexion, but also a longer wound-healing process.

Loss of firmness. In the dermis, cells called fibroblasts constantly replenish our skin’s supply of collagen and elastin. Fibroblasts lose their ability to function over the years, resulting in the reduction of collagen and elastin.

Broken capillaries. These fine red lines appear most frequently on the cheeks and nose, and they’re due to the proliferation of many tiny broken capillaries.

Dark discolorations/pigmentation spots. Hyperpigmentation is one of the first signs of aging. Sun-induced skin discoloration begins in the late teens and early 20s and get continually worse.

Reduced ability to repair damage. Overall, the body loses its ability to repair free-radical damage, so changes in the cells become more pronounced, accelerating aging.

Wrinkles. At age 30, collagen and elastin start to lose their strength, leaving the skin with some wrinkling.

Loss of fat. It’s the loss of fat under the eyes and in the cheeks that gives rise to a hollowed, aged look.

Eye wrinkles or crow’s-feet. When we reach our late 30s, little folds of soft skin have turned into sharp-edged lines around the eyes. However, once we enter 40s, most of us develop lines around the eyes that remain visible even when our faces are still. 

Sallow, dull or lack of radiance skin. When we’re in our 20s and 30s, our skin exfoliates well even by itself, giving us the pinkish, radiant glow of new skin cells. But as we age, the exfoliating process slows down dramatically. 

Sagging around the jaw and neck. A sagging jawline happens because of a combination of thinning skin, loss of subcutaneous fat, loss of muscle bulk, and loss of bone in the cheek and jaw. The 90º between the neck and the chin is also lost as we age for the same reasons, plus the fact that the muscles and tendons in the neck change consistency and are less able to follow the chinline.