Treating Acne with Diet and Effective Skin Care

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by Laura Hunnewell, LE, Contributing Writer, SkinPhD Trainer

Treating acne can be confusing and frustrating- it hits us as teens, later in life as adults, some struggle their entire lives to treat acne and to prevent it. Seeking medical advice for diagnostic purposes should be your first step as to eliminate any medical concerns that could be causing your acne. Certain prescriptions for the skin can be irritating and drying. Harsh soaps can strip the skin causing dehydration which aggravates acne.

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South African Honeybush

The SkinPhD® Clarify line was formulated to help fight acne and maintain healthy skin. It includes South African Honeybush extract, which is known for possessing anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-viral properties. Additionally it contains minerals such as iron potassium, calcium copper zinc magnesium and sodium and helps prevent irritation. The natural antioxidants found in Honeybush extract help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals and have an antiaging effect. The extract used in SkinPhD® formulations is organic and pure and contains no harmful substances.
Remember that even though your skin is breaking out, you still need hydration. Dehydration leads to irritation and flare-ups with acneic skin. If you are looking for a deeper cleanse try using a Clarisonic with the Clarify Gel Cleanser or a hot steam towel for evening cleansing.

Restore the skin’s pH level with the Clarify Toner spritzed directly on the face or on a cotton round or square. Finish with Clarify Light Day and Night Cream. The Clarify Toner and Light Day/Night Cream contain ACNACIDOL BG – a naturally occurring hydroxyl acid found in royal jelly combined with Sebacic Acid and 10-Decanediol. This active has significant impact on hyperseborrea, P-acnes and active sebaceous glands. Double-blind studies show a reduction

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Clarify Light Day Night Cream

(-176%) of active sebum spots and a reduction of (-392%) active sebaceous excretions within 1-hour period. The anti-bacterial capacity of the actives, strongly reduce the bacteria and micro-organisms measured during the study. These effects lasted for 28 days after the trial. Don’t pick because you don’t want to spread the bacteria to other areas on the face or create scarring. Remember, a routine is key to maintaining healthy skin.

Diet and Acne: A study published in the February 2013 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130220084809.htm reviewed various clinical studies on diet and acne between 1960 and 2012 and determined that there is increasing evidence of a connection between diet and acne, particularly dairyfrom high glycemic load diets (refined and white foods -not whole grains- bread, rice, cereal, pasta, sugar, and flour products) and dairy products.
In addition, there is growing evidence that adding a probiotic to your diet can help calm inflammation with acne. While this hasn’t been proven, it certainly can’t hurt as well as maintaining a healthy diet of lots of fresh vegetables and lower dairy and sugar intake.

Have a skin care question?  Ask Laura!  laura@skinphd.com

The Semi-Precious Stone Zincite and Summer Skin

Laura Hunnewell-croppedby Laura Hunnewell, LE, Contributing Writer, SkinPhD Trainer

 

 

Platinum Flawless Day

SkinPhD® Flawless Day Cream has been a staple in the winter months when I am treating dry and flaky patches on skin. I was looking for a nice light moisturizer for a client who spends a lot of time in the hot sun working outside- and his skin is dry. I really believe this cream is just about perfect for any season-including summer. With ingredients like firming Hexapeptide-10 and the semi-precious stone Zincite, Flawless Day combines the powers of a cosmeceutical product with the soothing benefits of natural ingredients such as rosemary leaf and lemon root which collectively stimulate cell growth, brighten and even help calm a breakout. Clinical studies on the active ingredients have shown a significant reduction of fine lines and wrinkles in 3 months.

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Zincite

Some facts about Zincite: historically known for its power to reduce scarring, today we know it plays a role in growth and development of skin. The Zincite used in the flawless day product is derived from the blue green Smithsonite stone which embodies energy. One role of Zinc is that it helps to incorporate amino acids into proteins, resulting in increased elastin production. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce elastin. Applying regularly to the face and neck helps ours bodies to produce more elastin resulting in firmer skin.

 

benefits-of-black-tea1-300x230The Kombucha black tea in this product helps to create a natural looking radiance and even tone to the skin. Try applying a layer of the SkinPhD’s® Liposome C & E Serum first, then Flawless Day on top. You will be providing sufficient hydration to your antioxidant without a heavy feeling on the skin. When used daily it helps to fight against the damaging effects of harmful pollutants and even provides some natural sun protection.

Have a skin care problem or question? Ask Laura!
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Ingredients Haul: Peptides

skinphd2Peptides often play the star role in many anti- aging products, but  do they really deserve the spotlight? Let’s find out!

What are peptides?

In a nutshell, peptides are small chains of amino acids.  Amino Acids are what proteins  are made of.  As we get older  the skin produces less of a protein called collagen.  Collagen is a primary contributor to young supple skin.  Theoretically, once these small chains of amino acids are applied to skin,  it prompts cells to make more amino acid chains, in order to make a complete protein, or to complete the collagen sequence.

Are peptides effective?

Research has proven peptides are among the most effective at increasing collagen production, but not on its own, and at varied doses of application; you need a skin care cocktail to get the best results including ingredients that improve the fibroblasts and texture of the skin.

Bottom line?

Peptides are not the fountain of youth, but will help retain wrinkle-free skin if you start application early enough.  Most experts agree that a good time to start an anti-aging skin regiment is in your 30s, but for smokers, drinkers, or people who tan a lot, I’d recommend as early as 25 to get started.  The bottom line is,  peptides are a helper, but like most things, nothing takes the place of good health.

Want to know more?

Skin PhD has numerous products that utilize peptides in the perfect skin care cocktail, so they are most affective; tighter skin is a direct result of regular use.  click here to learn more.

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Pregnancy and skin care

Portrait of pregnant African womanPregnancy is no joke. I’m currently pregnant with my first child, a baby girl and now know this from experience. I only have one more month with the love of my life inside me and get more excited by the day, but watching your body go through so many changes can be stifling; I’m sure any mother would agree.

I was always one of those women who follow a skin care regiment, but during my pregnancy, my skin type changed. I noticed my neck and chest got much darker than my face. I also was very dry, especially my lips, and of course, stretch marks are a given.

My doctor told me a lot of these skin changes were due to the hormones raging inside me and that the dryness and discoloration would most likely go after the baby.  He also told me the stretch marks should become less noticeable after the baby too, but the better I take care of my skin, the lesser chance they have of hanging around post-pregnancy; which brings me to the meat of my rants.

I haven’t really been doing much for my discoloration. I’m very confident that it will go away after the baby. I say this because the discoloration solely a result from hormone imbalance.  If you were pregnant and you still have discoloration caused by the pregnancy, try Skin PhD’s Pigmentation control.  I like this cream because it naturally stops skin cells from overproducing melanin.

Not like discoloration, many doctors will tell you to start taking care of your stretch marks as soon as pregnancy begins, in order to give your skin the care it needs to repair damage.  I know a lot of women that swear by cocoa butter for stretch marks.  Cocoa butter is great for during the pregnancy, but after the baby, I would add Skin PhD’s Scar Away.  It’s made with soy proteins that help repair skin damage and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Most important advice I could give about pregnancy, especially for first time mothers, is even though you’re going through many changes, try to keep doing thing that make you feel beautiful.  Whether it’s getting your nails or hair done, a beauty regiment, or even a girl’s night.  These things will keep you feeling beautiful and sexy, which essentially leads to more happiness you get to share with the little one inside you!

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Three reasons why body soap can be harmful to the skin on your face

clar_gel_cleanserI know  a lot of women (I being one of them), who use one washing cloth for the face, and another for the body.  In good hygiene this makes sense, but why don’t we use two different cleansers: one for our face and one for our body?  Whatever body wash you use, I’m sure makes your body feel clean, but here are three real reasons why you need a different cleanser for you face.

1. Body cleansers contain water softeners that irritate skin and leave the face feeling and looking dry.

2. The skin on the face is not as rough as the skin on the body. The surfactants in regular body soaps are too harsh, and strip the skin on your face of much needed natural moisturizers.

3. Body soaps often contain added coloring and perfume that might not irritate the skin on your body, but are especially irritating to the skin on the face.  Even people with skin disorders like eczema or psoriasis are recommended not to use these types of soaps.

honeybushYour face needs a cleanser that is mild, that doesn’t strip the skin of it’s natural oils, and that can help the skin on your face look better over time. Honeybush for its therapeutic properties and for its potent mineral and anti-oxidant materials. The Gel Cleanser, a part of the Skin PhD Clarify line,  is a great face wash made for everyday use.  Its made from a blend of fruit extracts that  nourish the skin while you cleanse.  The African  Honeybush plays the lead role, in this cleanser, for its therapeutic properties, potent mineral and anti-oxidants.  To learn more about this face wash, click here.

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Papaya: one of skin care’s best exfoliants

papayaPapaya is probably one of the best tasting fruits on the planet;  when every I get a fruit cup,  i always eat the papaya first!  Besides tasting incredible,  papaya is extremely healthy, especially when it comes to skin.  Keep reading,   and I’ll tell you why.

Papaya is full of enzymes.  The enzyme Papain  extremely useful in skin care, because it has proven to be a very powerful exfoliant.  Papain is said to  be most potent in green papayas,  in the fruit closest to the skin.pap_enzyPapain is a chemical, or non-mechanical exfoliant.  This means that is can slough away dead skin cells without the help of exfoliating beads.  This is extremely good news for people with thin skin, or highly irritable skin because you can get optimal results, without irritating your skin with exfoliating beads.  On the other hand, if you are obsessed with exfoliating beads and you need to have them,  you can make an at-home papaya exfoliator by blending together the  fruit closest to the skin, and some of the seeds in the middle.  Even though this might only last for one day.  it’s still a fun and inexpensive way to exfoliate.

My favorite papaya  product is the Papaya Exfoliator.  I like this one because it’s safe enough to use everyday without irritation,  and strong enough to  give me  fast results!

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Three ways to keep your new year’s promises, that won’t break the bank

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundIt’s December 31,  hours away from the first day of a brand new year,and the first of a brand new month,  For many,  the first marks the first  day of new goals,  new attitudes and new challenges,  Right now, you might be making promises to yourself that sound like this:  “I’m gonna be trim an slim in 2015,” or ” in ’15,  I’m going on vacation.”

We are always promising  ourselves things that might never get to see the light of day,  but don’t let the cold truth discourage you from your  new year goals.  If you made yourself promises this year,  I have three simple things you can do in 2015 that will help you achieve them!

Promise 1: “I’m going to start eating right.”

First step solution: Drink more water.

For those of us who love to munch,  sometimes eating right can be difficult.  When you know you’re eating right,  not only do you feel better inside,  but your skin looks better on the outside.  Incorporating more water in your diet will do good for your body, and for your skin!

Promise 2: ” I’m going to try new things.”

First step solution: If you haven’t tried Skin PhD yet,   now’s the perfect time to change that!

Sometimes breaking from routines can be difficult,  especially if you are afraid of new things.  Skin PhD offers products using  ingredients I’m sure will intrigue you, like marula oil and watermelon extract.   If you’re still suspicious, read through this blog to  learn more about Skin PhD and what’s available,  then make a decision!

Promise 3:” I’m going to treat myself.”

First step solution:  Treat yourself to a day at the spa.

I Know for some,  it can seem easier to take care of others, than it is to take care of yourself.  Many  spa treatments using Skin PhD products, don’t take hours to complete, but you still get an effective treatment  where you really get to see the results.  To find a spa near you that uses Skin PhD,  visit the website.

 

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5 Reasons why Spirulina is your new favorite food and skincare ingredient

blue_green_algaeSpirulina is one of those super foods everyone knows is good for your, but very few know what it is, or how it works!  For starters,  spirulina  is derived from algae plants and has several internal health benefits.  Skin PhD uses this super plant as a skin care  ingredient,  but it’s just as good for your insides, as it is for your  outsides;  there’s nothing like skincare you can eat!

Spirulina is derived specifically from blue-green algae. which is scientifically known as Cyanobacteria. It normally grows in in lakes, ponds, and slow streams where water is warm and nutrient rich.

Spirulina is rich in protein, Iron and B vitamins,  If you read other posts in this blog, you’ll find information on how all three of these nutrients are  a must for healthy skin and a must for a healthy body.

Topically applied, spirulina can improve your complexion, reduce inflammation and  help tighten the skin.  Internally,  spirulina has  been used to treat  mouth sores, improve  the immune system, increase energy and metabolism, lower cholesterol and improve  digestion.

So,  with all this new information on spirulina, don’t go eating your Skin PhD products,  but seriously, go to your local health food store, and  have a taste! Clearly, your body will thank you.

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Top Three Ways to cure Cellulite

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Cellulite is a skin disorder that plagues women of all ages, all colors, and all sizes.  Cellulite can be difficult to get rid of even with exercise, because the body does not burn fat directly beneath the skin, or superficial fat cells.  These  fat cells  are what causes the lumpy appearance of  cellulite.  here three of the best ways to get rid of cellulite:

  1. Increase blood flow and detoxify  the blood.
  2. Decrease water retention.
  3. Increase  fat breakdown.

How can Skin PhD help?

The main active ingredient in Skin PhD’s Cellulite Treatment is glaucine.  Glaucine is derived  from yellow poppy seed plants, and is also used in some diet pills for weight-loss.

How does glaucine work on cellulite?

Glaucine is and effective treatment for cellulite because:

It reduces fat cell production, and  makes them smaller.  This allows the fat cells to release stored fat, and start to produce collagen instead,  similar to what happens in weight-loss, when fat cells turn to muscle.  Glaucine also reduces water retention and helps   reduce inflammation.

Other ingredients derived from ginger and green coffee bean help   increase circulation, therefore reducing toxins in  the surrounding tissue.  This is why  Skin PhD’s cellulite treatment is so effective;  it combines the top three methods of curing cellulite, in one easy to use cream.

If you want to  learn more about cellulite, click here.  If you want to learn more about Skin PhD’s cellulite treatment, click here.

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Three ways to keep glowing, radiant skin in the Fall

fall leavesFall is slowly creeping around the  corner. Before you know it, leaves will go from green to gold and pumpkin scented candles will  be in every store you walk into.  Don’t assume that just because it’s not warm, you can’t keep a healthy glow to your skin. The secret to radiant skin is healthy skin.  Here are three ways to keep your skin radiant, even in the Fall.

 

1. Moisturize and hydrate

Moisturizing daily will help prevent your skin from chapping and peeling in cool weather.  It will also give your skin a supple, more soft feel.  The Skin PhD Light Day and Night Cream is made with South African Botanicals  that will improve the appearance of your skin over time, while you reap the immediate benefits of more supple and hydrates skin.

2. Give your skin vitamins and minerals

Just like the body, the skin needs vitamins too! Vitamins A, C and E are well known vitamins that drastically improve the skin’s appearance by controlling sebum production in order to reduce breakouts, increasing collagen production, promoting an even skin tone and increasing moisturization in the skin  Click here to learn about Skin PhD products that are made with these vitamins.

3. Protein, protein and more protein

Protein in your skin comes in  many forms.  Collagen production is often damaged when the sun is over exposed to UVA and UVB rays.  The Fall gives our skin a chance to replenish what was lost over the Summer.  Skin PhD has many products that contain peptides.  Peptides are composed of amino acids. Amino Acids makeup  collagen and other proteins in the skin and throughout the body.  When topically applied, peptides encourage the skin to replicate collagen cells at a faster rate, which lead to more youthful, more firm skin.

With these three skin care tips and products, utilized on a daily basis,  your skin will look like Summer never left!