All posts tagged inflammation

November 11 –
Beauty tip of the month

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Inflammation is important for another reason : It is a major cause of free radical formation. Free radicals lead the attack on lipids in the cell walls, which leads to water loss. So with sunburn, for instance, you have destruction from the free radicals that are created in the process. Free radicals are both a by-product of inflammation and a source of inflammation.

Countering inflammation is most important when you’re young, because this is when the inflammatory response is most active. Not only are your cells most vigilant at this time, but there are many years ahead of you during which the damage will accumulate. So when you read that most of the sun damage that will cause you wrinkles after fifty occurred when you were in your twenties, it’s not just that you might have spent more days on the beach, but that in your twenties your skin was more reactive.

Protecting yourself from the sun is the most obvious step in reducing inflammation.

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Dr. Howard Murad, M.D.
Wrinkle-Free Forever

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

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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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Things You Need To Know On Product Safety & Efficacy Testing

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Product Safety

Whether driven by liability or the bottom line, most cosmetics companies test their products for safety. The products are tested on about fifty to a hundred people for allergic reactions. From a scientific perspective, this is a large enough testing sample from which to draw conclusions; however, there may still be individuals who will have an allergic reaction. If it happens to you, stop using the product and do not experiment any further.

To remain impartial, the cosmetics companies do not test the products themselves. They hire one of a few independently owned cosmetics testing companies to run their tests. (The same ones are used by almost everyone in the industry.) In this way the results are objective and reliable.

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What To Do If Skincare Products Cause Allergic Reaction And What Are The Ingredients To Avoid

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Occasionally, many of us will experience some kind of allergic reaction from cosmetics which calmly disappear, never to return. Most of these reactions are mild, and many are actually sensitivities rather than true allergies. The most common reaction symptoms are burning or stinging. Some products, such as glycolic acid, also known as AHA, are supposed to cause a mild burning sensation. Most of the time these minor sensations quickly dissipate.

Red, rashy, swollen skin, however, is not normal. Severe burning and stinging are not normal.

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Skin Care Ingredients To Reduce Skin Inflammation

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Inflammation a major cause of free radical formation, is BAD for skin. Free radicals lead the attack on lipids in the cell walls, which leads to water loss.

Free radicals are both a by-product of inflammation and a source of inflammation.

Countering inflammation is most important when you’re young, because this is when the inflammatory response is most active. Not only are your cells most vigilant at this time, but there are many years ahead of you during which the damage will accumulate.

Protecting yourself from the sun is the most obvious step in reducing inflammation. And you can also interfere with inflammation by shopping for these skin soothers below.

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Skin soothers – ingredients to reduce skin inflammation

- Aloe vera                     - Licochalone 
- Arnica                          - Mallow  
- Allantoin                      - Niacinamide
Perilla leaf extract        - Arctium lappa (burdock root)
- Basil                            - Pycnogenol (a pine bark extract) 
Boswellia serrata          - Red algae
Calendula                    - Rose water          
Chamomile                   - Salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid or BHA)
Colloidal oatmeal          - Silymarin           
Cucumber                    - Sulfacetamide
Sulfur                          - Dexpanthenol (provitamin B5)
Evening primrose oil      - Thyme   
Tea tree oil                  - Epilobium angustifolium (willow herb)
Ginger                         - Trifolium pretense (red clover) 
- Zinc                            - Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice extract)

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Review – I Use Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C To Brighten Up My Skin

 

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C is the first Sisley product I have tested and also one of my favourite product that I’m still consistently using.

Although, there are many highly concentrated form of vitamin C serums available in the market but to source for a good one is not that easy after all when topical preparations of vitamin C is greatly important. 

The truly good vitamin C serum must comprise of :

  • The correct percentage and type of vitamin C used and the pH of the product.
  • Highly concentrated, pure and stable vitamin C product that people can easily use at home. 

Vitamin C and its stability

Vitamin C is actually quite delicate and it is water soluble, but when mixed with water and exposed to oxygen it isn’t able to maintain its antioxidant activity. In addition, vitamin C rapidly disintegrates when exposed to light. 

Although, there are many cosmetic companies have painstaking researched and developed a highly concentrated form of vitamin C in a water-free lotion or cream. But Sisley has successfully created a ‘mix and use’ products that involve mixing vitamin C into a base and applying it immediately while the vitamn C is still active and Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C is the one. I think this way of topical preparations of vitamin C is quite effective, especially for higher concentrations of vitamin C. The irritation potential of such high concentrations of vitamin C is eliminated by including skin soothers and an emollient in the formula.

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C

Like all other products from the Sisley line, Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence is the result of Sisley’s world-renowned scientific and technological expertise. Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence contains maximum concentration of ingredients, well known for their clearing effects. The formula is based on Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), works to lighten the complexion for a visibly improved radiant complexion. Extracts of white mulberry and scutellaria, both known for their extremely effective clearing properties, are combined with extracts of Licorice which help soothe and soften skin. Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence works very evenly and uniformly on the skin to clarify without dehydrating the skin.

Product claims

Bring luminosity and a unique glow to dull skin. After approximately 28 days, the skin begins to lighten significantly. Each vial contains applications for 7 days.

Method of use

Remove the protective film and twist the upper part (the cap) to break the seal. Press firmly on the cap to pierce the reservoir and release the vitamin C. Shake well for 20 seconds to mix the powder and gel, then tap on the cap to empty out the mixture. Remove the cap. Replace with the dropper. Once the vial is opened, start using it the same day and use for a maximum of 7 consecutive days. Keep in a cool place, away from light.

One application every night. Each vial contains the exact amount needed for 7 applications – one week’s supply. Each box of 8 vials represents 2 months of treatment.

It is designed to keep the vitamin C pure and stable. 

Ingredients

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C contains 5% of ascorbic acid which is a good form of vitamin C that has antioxidant properties.

Morus alba root extract, as known as mulberry extract, some studies have shown that it can help to prevent melanin production. Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, a herbal extract, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for skin. 

Review

Firstly, I will have to give a thumb up on the packaging for Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C. Well done Sisley! It has effectively helped to maintain the high concentrated vitamin C in a stable and pure form. It is so stable even my sensitive skin doesn’t get irritated at all.

Another plus plus point is that Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C contains enough anti-inflammatory agents which can reduce and control inflammation, since inflammation creates free radicals.

As each box of 8 vials represents 2 months of treatment, I will make it a point to use 3 boxes per year. 

The result is brilliant. Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C has effectively brightened up my skin and skin becomes more radiant then before. It has also softened the fine lines and wrinkles significantly. It has also helped to boost up the collagen production and leaves a smooth, clear and luminous complexion.

Although it is expensive, but I believe it’s definitely worth it. Nevertheless, I vote Sisley Phyto-Blanc Clearing Essence With Vitamin C as my favourite product of all time, a fantastic product indeed!

Rating

  Love it so much!

Will I buy it again? Definitely YES YES YES!!!

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How Sun Exposure Links To Inflammation

 

Technically, one of the most obvious examples of the inflammatory process at work is sunburn. Research has shown that various chemicals that regulate inflammation peak within four to eight hours of exposure to ultraviolet light. 

Countering inflammation is most important when you’re young, because this is when the inflammatory response is most active. Not only are your cells most vigilant at this time, but there are many years ahead of you during which the damage will accumulate. So when you read that most of the sun damage that will cause you wrinkles after fifty occurred when you were in your twenties, it’s not just that you might have spent more days on the beach, but that in your twenties your skin was more reactive.

Protecting yourself from the sun is the most obvious step in reducing inflammation.

Use AHA & BHA OTC Products To Treat Acne Effectively

Acne is a skin condition that results in inflammatory or non-inflammatory lesions. Commonly associated with teenage and adolescent skin, it actually affects many age groups at different stages of life.

Starting with AHA & BHA OTC products

Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together. The most effective and well-research AHAs are glycolic acid and lactic acid.

Beta hydroxy acid (BHA), also known as salicylic acid, is a multifunctional ingredient that addresses many of the systemic causes of blemishes. In concentrations of 1% to 2%, it is far more gentle, and, much like AHA, can exfoliate the surface of skin. In addition, unlike AHA, BHA has the ability to penetrate into the pore and therefore can exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin, which makes it effective for reducing blemishes, including blackheads and whiteheads.

Alpha hydroxy acid at 8% to 10% in a gel base is very effective at helping remove impactions. Alpha hydroxy acids help acne by removing dead cell buildup and loosening impactions in the skin. Coupled with salicylic acid and in more serious acne, benzoyl proxide or sulfur and resorcinol, this treatment can really help clogged skin and problem acne. After the acne has cleared, regular use can help keep follicles clearer of hyperkeratosis, helping to prevent comedones and other acne lesions.

Check you skin type

AHAs are best for those with normal to dry skin, and BHA is best for those with normal to oily or blemish-prone skin. This is because AHAs cannot penetrate oil and, therefore, cannot get into the pore lining. BHA can penetrate oil and, therefore, can get into the pore where it can improve and repair pore function while dissolving blockages of dead skin cells and oil that contribute to blackheads and acne. Whichever you choose, always monitor your skin’s response, especially if the skin starts to get irritation, stop the product immediately.

When using AHA & BHA OTC products

Because AHAs and BHA exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, there is a risk of increased sun sensitivity when using products with these ingredients. However, wearing a sunscreen eliminates this risk.

It is advisable not to use the AHA or BHA product if you are currently using prescription tretinoin (Retin-A or Renova®), adapalene (Differin®), or azelaic acid (Azelex®), or other prescription peeling agents.

Do not use the AHA or BHA product if the skin is already irritated, sunburned or under dermatologist’s care for any skin disorders.

Skincare Ingredients To Avoid For Acne Prone Skin

 

Acne is a chronic inflammatory disease of the sebaceous hair follicles. Before you purchase any skincare product treatments, it is essential to keep a look out on the harmful ingredients that may aggravate the problems further.

 

Skincare ingredients to avoid

- Butyl stearate                                   - Isostearyl isostearate

- Cinnamon oil                                     - Isostearyl neopentanoate

- Cocoa butter                                     - Isopropyl myristate

- Cocos nucifera (coconut oil)                 - Jojoba oil

- Decyl oleate                                     - Myristyl myristate

- Isocetyl stearate                               - Myristyl propionate

- Isopropyl isostearate                          - Octyl palmitate

- Isopropyl myristate                            - Octyl stearate

- Isopropyl palmitate                            - Peppermint oil

- Sodium laurel sulfate                         – Petrolatum

- Mineral oil    

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11 Ways To Treat Dark Eye Circles

 

Have you been troubling with dark eye circles and desperately finding ways to treat them? Do you need to use an under-eye concealer most of the time?

Before you spend hundreds of dollars on expensive eye care, let me share with you on what are the common causes for having dark eye circles and their possible ways to treat them.

Under-eye circles are special conditions and do treat them with care.

 

1. The darkness of the circle may due from a shadow cast by the eye bag.

Do a test : Try push on one of the bags and see if the darkness disappear. If yes, it means that the darkness of the circle is not inherent to the skin.

Possible treatment : If your eye bags is very prominent, you may consider to surgically remove the solid fat pad.

 

2. The thinning skin around the eye area becomes more and more thinner and transparent over time.

Possible treatment : Building up the thickness of the skin could help to lessen the transparency. Using a eye cream with vitamin C and vitamin A to jump-start collagen content and thicken the skin around the eye areas.

 

3. Due to the fragility of blood vessels.

Possible treatment : Apply with vitamin K, it may heal the broken capillaries to prevent them from leaking blood into the under-eye region, although the effect will probably be very modest at best.

 

4. Deposits of dark pigment cells from chronic inflammation.

Possible treatment : A fading cream that breaks down dark pigment discoloration will help most. Make sure the fading cream is non-irritating, otherwise it can make the problem worse. Bleaching agents like kojic and ascorbic acids are said to lighten dark pigments and green tea extract can soothe redness and inflammation.

 

5. The lack of fat under the skin that make it less transparent and may create a hollowed-out look in under-eye area.

Possible treatment : This is the harder problem to solve, you may use a botanical skin faders or get a professional doctor to inject fillers. The second option will be the last resort, do make sure the doctor is experienced in this area.

6. Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking too much caffeine and over-indulging in alcohol.

Possible treatment : Needless to say, quit all the bad habits and start a healthy diet and lifestyle. Nicotine, alcohol and caffeine can cause the capillaries to leak iron and blood cells into the under-eye area, giving it a dark appearance.

 

7. Not sleeping enough.

Possible treatment : Getting enough sleep is very important and essential for a good-looking skin.

 

8. Nose or sinuses are inflamed and congested, fluid accumulates under the eyes in the fat pads.

Possible treatment : You may need to see an ENA specialist for sinus condition. You may also treat it with products which contain caffeine and cucumber extract that temporarily tighten the skin and liberate trapped fluid.

 

9. Result of hyperpigmentation, areas of the skin that are permanently darker than the rest of the face due to sun damage and hormonal fluctuations.

Possible treatment : The solution is to get an eye cream which contained skin thickening ascorbic acid plus kojic acid, another lightening agent.

 

10. Bad circulation.

Possible treatment : Go for some tapping eye massage twice a day to improve circulation.

 

11. Heredity allergies and lack of vitamins.

Possible treatment : Daily dose of vitamin, calcium and magnesium, allergy meds and eat less salt.