What’s worse than sending your kids back to school with a face full of acne, blemishes, or red, ugly, irritated skin? School is hard enough without dealing with skin problems.
The trick is to get the right balance between ingredients that target and treat the acnewithout stripping all the natural skin’s protectants and leaving the skin super dry, flaky and sensitive.
Acne is classified from stages 1 – 4. Only a medical professional can “diagnose” a skin condition, however, the basis of what causes acne and blemishes is:
Dead skin cells mix with sebum to form clogs in your pores, and if these clogs don’t get cleared out, bacteria starts to grow, resulting in redness, blemishes, whiteheads, blackheads, acne etc.
The key elements for preventing and treating mild acne is:
- exfoliation: to remove dead skin cells
- controlling excess sebum production (oily skin)
- effective cleansing of pores (at least twice daily)
- and do all this without over-drying or irritating the skin
For effective but gentle exfoliation try: salicylic acid, scrubs with pumice or beads (avoid walnut or apricot shells – they can cause microscopic scratches which can promote bacterial growth)
For controlling oil try: low levels of retinol, toners (alcohol free), moisturizers with Hyaluronic acid in serum form to provide hydration without causing congestion. If the skin is stripped of natural oil (sebum) too often, it will stimulate more sebum to be produced because the skin thinks it is too dry.
Masks are great too, especially detoxing clay masks or charcoal or sulfur or various others.
For cleansing try: salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide cleansers to dissolve clogs, and anti-bacterial agents such as tea tree, wasabi, niacinamide (which is comparable to 1% Clindamycin).
Try DermaMD’s Wasabi Line for acne prone skin. It’s easy to use, smells great, comes in attractive unisex packaging and is suitable for tweens right up to adults. It comes as a pack with a Gel Cleanser, Toner and Serum. Use twice daily for healthy, clear skin!
Coconut oil is packed with antioxidants and vitamins which:
promote cellular repair & protect against premature aging
minimize the appearance of pores
prevent moisture loss
Virgin Coconut Oil is a natural combination of Lauric Acid, Caprylic Acid and Capric Acid. These 3 fatty acids provide strong disinfectant, anti-microbial and moisturizing properties when applied on skin and hair. Benefits include:
properties proven to successfully fight candida and other skin infections such as acne
coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer for those with severely dry skin conditions (like eczema and psoriasis), and is excellent for providing moisture to dry hair.
IN SUMMARY:Coconut oil is a great body oil, hair moisturizer and night-time facial moisturizer for dry and mature skin types.
Now, onto the cons.
While organic coconut oil can be an ideal moisturizer for those suffering from very dry skin, those with sensitive or oily skin should be wary of slathering coconut oil on their faces.
Coconut oil has a comedogenic rating of 4, which means that it has a high likelihood of clogging pores and causing breakouts for most skin types. If you want to experience the intense hydration and antioxidant powers of coconut oil (without risking a breakout), try using the oil sparingly as a night mask, or a homemade sugar scrub, or as a makeup remover.
IN SUMMARY: Coconut oil can clog pores (highly comedogenic) and should be used sparingly until you know how your skin will react. Also, exfoliation after coconut oil use will help to clear pores and prevent breakouts.
We used to think it was the ideal way of ‘LOOKING HEALTHY’…you know, that 'HEALTHY GLOW', right?!
Remember back in time when the rich never went outside, and the most desired look was to be as PALE as possible.
The ones with colour and a tan were the workers, because they were outside.
Then it changed, and the desired look was to look tanned, because that was associated with those who could afford to take vacation and go somewhere warm! So, the rich were those who could travel to warm exotic locations and 'live the life of leisure'!
Well, now times are slowly changing again, and there is clear scientific evidence showing that a TAN is actually damaged skin…
A tan is when melanocytes are stimulated to produce more than the normal amount of melanin (the colouring in our skin & hair) to protect the skin cells from burning and it’s a sign of disrupted natural function of the skin.
Why is this so bad?
Well, melanin forms a sort-of umbrella over the nucleus of the cell (the nucleus is like the heart of the cell and where the DNA is) and if the melanin can’t protect the nucleus of the cells from the radiation of the sun, FREE RADICALS are formed and the DNA can be effected and cause unnatural replication which can lead to cancer…
So the best ways to prevent skin cancer are to:
Use Sunscreen: action is similar to melanin (to protect against radiation);
Use Antioxidants: action is to prevent Free Radicals from damaging cells.
You may have already heard (probably from us!) that Vitamin C is an important ingredient in your skincare products. But...
The truth is not all products containing vitamin C are created equal.
There are different forms of vitamin C, different concentrations and different formulations (serums, creams, and combinations with other antioxidants).
It is important to do your research before purchasing a Vitamin C product.
The most effective topical Vitamin C products for skin health must be:
in the form of L-Ascorbic Acid or Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
at a concentration level between 10-20% (below 10% is not effective and above 20% is irritating and can’t be absorbed fully into the skin)
in a serum (for the best penetration)
in a stable and pure form
packaged in a dark/opaque container to protect from UV degradation
in a blend with other antioxidants (multiple antioxidants work synergistically helping each other to act more potently together than each on their own.)
Vitamin C in its basic state is very unstable (as are all antioxidants, by nature), and can become ineffective when exposed to UV light and oxygen.
Derma MD's Vitamin C Serums contain onlystabilized forms of Vitamin C, so you know you are getting good value for your investment!
The Vitamin C21 serum contains 20% L-ascorbic acid, making it highly active, and can tingle on the skin for those new to using very active ingredients. It is also formulated as a blend with other powerful antioxidants such as ferulic acid and tocopherol (vitamin E). Skin appears brighter, younger and has a more even skin tone, and a luminous glow. It is packaged in a beautiful air-tight pump to provide excellent protection for the product.
This serum contains a combination of water and oil-soluble vitamin C for excellent penetration. It is blended with additional antioxidants such as Astaxanthin, willow bark extract, vitamin E, grape seed, pomegranate, and cranberry seed extracts for collagen boosting abilities and powerful protection against free radicals.
Bilberry and bearberry extracts assist in lightening dark spots and brightening your complexion.
Always use antioxidants (under sunscreen) in the morning– to PROTECT during the day!
OK, so all winter we are diligent with our daily skincare regime, cleansing, toning, serums, antioxidants, moisturizers, SPF, exfoliants, corrective and anti-aging potions, you name it…however for some of us, when summer hits (i.e. the first day above 25 oC), we’re like winter hostages set free; we’re all OUTSIDE…we’re mowing the lawn, planting flowers, weeding, sitting on patios, washing the car, going to the park, zoo, lake, mountains…etc. and our virgin, winter-white skin turns pink in no time flat! And even those of us who slather on the sunscreen, wear a hat, sunglasses etc, can inevitably end up with a sunburn…
So then what do we do??
What is the best sunburn relief?
Some easy home remedies:
Oatmeal is the bomb when it comes to soothing irritated, inflamed skin. It works wonders as a cool compress by wrapping a 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal in gauze, running it under cool water, and applying it directly to your sunburn every few hours.
A cool shower, or bath, or a cold cloth with a few ice cubes wrapped inside applied directly to the burn.
adding baking soda to your bath can provide extra pain relief;
or apple cider vinegar: it sounds like it would sting but it actually provides great cooling and comfort. It’s also antibacterial and can help prevent infection.
The natural cultures in yogurt can work wonders on dry skin so it makes perfect sense that they would also work magic on a stubborn sunburn. Use yogurt as a topical cream and slather it over sunburned areas, leaving it for 5-minutes, then rinse off under a cool shower.
Witch hazel is a beneficial natural astringent with anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it also soothes painful acne and razor burn. For a sunburn, apply a few drops on a moist cloth or cotton swab and dab directly onto skin.
Sunburnt eyelids: use tea bags (black tea, white tea, or green tea) apply a cool tea bag to each swollen eye. The tannic acid within will ease swelling and reduce pain.
Aloe vera: gels and lotions are awesome.
If the burn is really itchy and blistering, hydrocortisone can help, but try not to use it for extended periods of time, as it can eventually thin the dermal layer of the skin…(which is what we are always trying to build up with all of our expensive anti-aging skincare products!)
What to Buy:
DermaMD’s Soy Moisturizer has excellent healing benefits. It is very moisturizing, soothing, calming and provides great sunburn relief! It is also wonderful for chafing, heat rash, eczema, psoriasis, or other skin rashes, excessive dryness, flaking, cracking or inflammation. It’s an overall awesome moisturizer for any kind of skin irritation.
Anyone with Rosacea knows it is never going away completely so the trick is to keep it as calm as possible. Summer is challenging, with many triggers such as:
heat, sun, wind, dryness, and dust,
and often the products that are intended to protect against dryness, sunburn, etc can cause breakouts or congestion!
How to cope:
Try Derma MD’s best seller: PINK SILK – it is full of amazing anti-oxidants (like “Astaxanthin” - an anti-inflammatory antioxidant from red algae found to be 500-1000 times more effective for its antioxidant properties than Vitamin E!)
It contains peptides for combating signs of aging including Palmitoyl Hexpapetide-12 and Copper Tripeptide which is also calming and healing.
Pink silk is also a great rejuvenating moisturizer with castor seed and safflower seed oils, ceramides and papaya fruit extract, as well as, green tea extracts which help strengthen the skin from within, without being oily, heavy, occlusive or irritating. It is healing, calming, hydrating, has a beautiful light texture and penetrates immediately into the skin upon application.
It is very concentrated and a pea-size amount is all you need.
Apply on clean skin twice daily.
This product is now available in new packaging: it’s modern and sophisticated and looks like a very high-end product but the best part is it has a hygienic pump so there is no contamination or degradation of the product.
It’s called REPLENISH, and it’s a silky smooth serum combined with multiple potent peptides and 8-10% hyaluronic acid! This innovative formulation has a combination of multiple peptides…for example: Matrixyl 3000™ which is excellent for firming and tightening and (copper/zinc/selenium/manganese) peptides to allow for prompt skin penetration and optimal cell function.
This peptide solution has been shown to support and improve skin repair and assist in UV protection.
Vitamin B-5 helps reduce inflammation and also assists healing of the skin. Additional antioxidants such as Vitamin C, grape seed skin extract, and fennel seed protect the skin from free radical damage.
And of course, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which is a sugar that exists in the skin naturally and acts as a natural moisturizing agent. HA is already in our skin, but we lose it as we age, therefore, adding it back in in the form of a serum will help replenish dehydrated, dull, lax skin.
Combining HA with peptides in the form of a serum is ideal. Serums penetrate better than creams or lotions and should be used on clean skin, either twice daily or just at night.
Replenish will reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, furrows and laxity leaving the skin smoother, firmer, tighter, more hydrated and with a more even texture.
The Genetics of Aging (and how to fight it - for you AND your mom!)
Scientists have previously attributed “aging” to cell damage accumulated throughout life, but now studies show some aspects of aging might be inherited! In these studies, certain cells have shown to have damage already present at birth, and are transmitted from mother to child via Mitochondrial DNA.
Gee, thanks Mom!
But we do have a solution….! Peptides to the rescue of your aging eyes!
Aging is a popular topic of study these days as the Baby-Boomer generation is desperate to preserve their youth! Certain ingredients have been proven many times over to help prevent premature aging and even reverse some signs of aging, especially for the delicate eye area.
Some general tips for choosing the right EYE CREAM:
Eye creams for daytime are generally designed to help reduce puffiness and dark circles; where as night time versions usually have more emollients and are meant to repair and correctthe skin while you sleep.
ingredients that target early signs of aging include:
antioxidants (vitamins c, e, ferulic acid), hyaluronic acid
ingredients that target more mature skin with advanced signs of aging:
peptides (copper peptides, palmitoyl oligopeptide, Hyloxyl, Eyeliss, Matrixyl, many others), antioxidants, emollients (glycerin, urea), retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, growth factors and brightening agents like kojic acid, mica and titanium dioxide.
An eye cream that contains a combination of antioxidants, emollients, anti-inflammatory agents to reduce swelling and puffiness, brightening agents, firming and tightening agents and peptides will offer multi-faceted benefits that can be used am and pm.
Hyloxyl (a proprietary blend including: palmitoyl oligopeptide & palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7)found in certain plants and in bee pollen and has been proven to reduce inflammation, dark circles and puffiness. Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 also boosts collagen production resulting in an increase in firmness.
Eyelisswhich contains 3 natural and effective peptides that work together to eliminate the causes of eye bags. These three peptides include:
Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone– This is a natural ingredient that is found in several different citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruits. This peptide strengthens the tiny capillaries under the eyes, which reduces leakage. It also minimizes some of the swelling and that bluish purple color that can make you look so ill.
Dipeptide Valyl-Tryptophne– A natural ingredient that actually promotes the drainage of fluid that collects under the eyes. It can also reduce some of the puffiness caused by the buildup of fluids.
Lipopeptide Pal-GQPR– This peptide decreases inflammation, improves elasticity and firmness of the skin around the eyes and helps to reduce under eye wrinkles.
Sodium Hyaluronate – a great moisturizing agent
Retinyl palmitate – is converted to retinol, once absorbed into the skin and ultimately to retinoic acid, which stimulates collagen production, cell turn-over rate and overall skin health.
copper PCA – reduces wrinkles, redness & supports hydration in the skin
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy and for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
It is very useful to promote healing and tissue repair post treatment, as well as for damage from sun exposure, injury or irritation.
Copper Peptides - small fragments of proteins combined with copper can enhance skin regeneration and the healing of wounds. They are included in many anti-aging products for their ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness. Because copper is a toxic metal, avoid using it on the skin in any form except those that contain peptides that bind with the metal.
The Copper Peptide Complex fights aging by its firming & tightening benefits and diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen synthesis. Ceramides absorb moisture and Algae contributes to a more even skin tone.
We’ve all been there…even under the age of 30, well hydrated and with enough sleep…we look in the mirror in the morning and see the eyes of an OLD, TIRED person looking back!
CAUSES of TIRED-LOOKING, AGING EYES:
GENETICS = #1 reason.
Fair skinned people tend to have thinner skin under the eyes, which makes it more obvious when blood pools there (especially with slower circulation from lack of sleep).
This accumulation causes fragile capillaries to stretch and leak, resulting in…DARK CIRCLES!
Darker skinned individuals tend to have a different structure to the orbital socket often causes restricted circulation around the eyes, leading to blood pooling under the eyes and the appearance of…DARK CIRCLES! AGE is another factor (obviously!). Over time, skin loses collagen and elasticity becoming thinner, so veins show through more prominently. We also lose fatty tissue and the areas within the orbital socket hollow out.
UV EXPOSURE (esp. sunbathing) speeds up the breaking down process = UV BREAKS DOWN EVERYTHING! Collagen, elastin vessels, capillaries etc, and UV radiation is also a huge “supplier” of Free Radicals which cause further break down of basically everything in our skin and bodies! SEASONAL ALLERGIES are to blame for many people. They trigger the release of histamines in the body, which in turn causes inflammation and swelling of blood vessels and puffiness under the eyes.
SLEEPING WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON! Take the extra 3 min at night to remove your makeup!
Use an eye-makeup remover or good quality cleanser that doesn’t irritate your eyes, lather in circles for a good minute (including your lashes and lash line), and rinse…voila!!
It’s worth it, and your skin and eyes will thank you.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REJUVENATE YOUR TIRED-LOOKING EYES?
If your circles are the result of vascular issues, (pooling blood from poor circulation or Genetics, etc.) you can increase blood circulation by:
using products with caffeine (the secret behind tea bags on your eyes);- some people have also suggested preventing the pooling by doubling up on pillows at night, but watch your neck.
If your aging, tired-looking eyes are due to thinning skin:
you can look for these collagen boosting ingredients in high quality eye products, which are formulated to increase collagen production, stimulate skin growth and repair:
copper peptides - small fragments of proteins combined with copper, can enhance skin regeneration and the healing of wounds. They are included in many anti-aging products for their ability to increase skin elasticity and firmness. Because copper is a toxic metal, avoid using it on the skin in any form except those that contain peptides that bind with the metal;
green tea & silk tree extract have been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process (where collagen & elastin fibers become stiff and clumped) while stimulating collagen synthesis;
For lightening properties look for ingredients like:
Kojic Acid, Licorice Root, L-Arbutin, Vitamins C & K
For lifting, tightening & firming look for these ingredients:
The Pink Silk Face Firming Rejuvenator is made with caviar as well as astaxanthin, a red algae found primarily in Hawaiian waters. Astaxanthin contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce the appearance of redness and makes your skin feel more vibrant and youthful.
Pink Silk is Derma MD’s favourite product – it is full of amazing anti-oxidants (like “Astaxanthin” - an anti-inflammatory antioxidant in red algae found to be 500-1000 times more effective for its antioxidant properties than Vitamin E!)
It contains peptides for combating signs of aging including Palmitoyl Hexpapetide-12 and Copper Tripeptide.
Another powerful anti-aging ingredient it contains is Retinyl Palmitate, known for it’s ability to increase collagen synthesis.
Pink Silk is also a great rejuvenating moisturizer with castor seed and safflower seed oils, ceramides, papaya fruit extract and green tea extracts help strengthen the skin from within.
This product is now available in new packaging: a beautiful hygienic airless pump, so there is no contamination or degradation of the product.
It feels amazing, looks like a light pink serum and absorbs into the skin immediately without a greasy feel.
This is way more than your typical Lip Gloss! Glamur Lip is formulated to actually increase volume in your lips, as well as provide hydrating benefits and reduce furrows and lines, leaving your lips full, smooth, soft, supple and sexy! And Glossy!!
What could be better than a lip gloss that’s actually good for your lips?!
A Lip Gloss that’s also a Lip Plumper that’s good for your lips!!
Moisturize – Protect your skin from the day's stressors. Every morning, on a clean face, use Pink Silk Serum to fight free radical damage, and then apply an SPF to protect the skin. At night before bed, use Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer to repair any damage done during the day.
Exfoliate – This is a necessary step for glowing skin. Get rid of the dull, dead skin cells and let the new cells glow! Use Exfoliating Micro Peel Crème 2-3 times per week.
Lips – don’t forget about those beautiful lips! You want them supple, soft and plump for those wedding smooches. Use Glamur Lip Plumper treatment twice a day. This treatment will protect the lips from free radical damage, plump, hydrate and build collagen.
Stay with this routine to see REAL results!!
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