pap_enzy

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!

cropped-fb_timeline.jpg

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.

 

blue_green_algae

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.

combined-cellulite

Top Three Ways to cure Cellulite

combined-cellulite

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.

fall leaves

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!

Seven reasons that will make you want more Zinc in your skincare

zinc1We’re always talking about all the vitamins that are important for skin health. Vitamin C and B3 seem to get all the press, but when it comes to overall skin health, just like the rest of the body, we need vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.

Zinc is one mineral that is necessary for retaining a youthful complexion and internal  health.  Think of zinc as the body’s personal construction worker;  it is important to the skin because it helps the body replicate DNA  and RNA.  Without DNA and RNA replication,  cells would not be able to replicate themselves to form new cells.  Zinc is involved in the activity of more than 200 enzymes and plays a fundamental role in every biological component involving growth and development.  Zinc is needed in order for new cells to form. Zinc has been used for centuries in beauty products because it helps collagen synthesis in the skin and it helps wounds heal faster.  Below is a list of seven skin disorders Zinc is known to help treat:

  1. Acne
  2. Dandruff
  3. Diaper rash
  4. Eczema and psoriasis
  5. Burns
  6. Boils
  7. Leg ulcers  

If you want to learn more about skin care that is made with enough Zinc  to have healing properties for the skin, click here.

What is Acne, and Why does it effect women of all ages?Pt.I

What-Is-Acne-and-Causes-AcneAcne in short is the occurrence of inflamed or infected sebaceous glands in the skin; in particular, a condition characterized by red pimples on the face.  When dead skin, sebum and bacteria combine in your pours or around a hair follicle,  pimples,  blackheads and whiteheads will occur.

Why do women over 20 struggle with acne like breakouts?

The truth is that it’s normal to have a breakout here and there.  Life happens, and sometimes it happens on our face! Severe acne is not only a physical disorder, but is also signs of  emotional, and internal imbalance. Many cases of adult acne can be resolved with a healthier lifestyle, and regular skin health; soap and water is not enough to take care  of the skin on its own.

Cleanser

In battling adult acne,  the first thing you want to change is your  cleanser.  If you’re skin tends to be more oily,  look for a cleanser that will help  reduce sebum production.  Your cleanser should always have exfoliating properties in order combat the build up of dead skin on the epidermis, the most outer layer of the skin.  Most importantly,  your cleanser should contain minerals and botanicals that reduce inflammation and provide nutrients to the skin in order to help healthy skin cells better combat the imbalances that are  contributing to your adult acne.

Hydrate and Moisturize

When caring for adult acne, it is important to provide the skin with moisturization that  will not clog the pores.  Many lotions meant for our bodies can actually irritate  acne prone skin, and promote breakouts. Its always best to moisturize skin at night,  and not during the day when your most active.

SkinPhD has many products on the Clarify line that help women manage and treat adult acne on a physical level.  Click here to learn more.

summer

Summer skin care tips Part I: the top ways to keep your skin flawless this season

summerYour skin, the bodies largest organ is sometimes neglected, especially in the summer. With all the tanning, swimming and fun that comes with the season, it’s important  to remember that healthy skin is  just as important now as it is in the winter. Here are three best ways to keep the skin healthy, youthful and radiant all summer long.

 

Exfoliate and cleanse

It’s important to exfoliate and cleanse because of the foods that traditionally come with the season. Barbecue, ice cream and slushies, are just some of the foods we eat more frequently  in the summer  that can be high in fat, sugar and sodium, which will show up on your face without regular exfoliation and cleansing.

Hydrate

Hydrating  the skin is especially important because hydrated skin will heal faster, and look more radiant than poorly hydrated skin.  This is especially important in the summer because you sweat a lot more, which means the body looses fluid at a faster rate, and sun is more likely tan your skin, which may also cause dryness, peeling and irritation.

Moisturize

Sometimes it’s hard to keep your skin moisturized in  the warm season. Many moisturizers will sit on top of the skin, in the summer due to  excessive perspiration.  Because of this, it’s is best to moisturize at night.  This will give the skin a chance to absorb the moisture without perspiration interference.  Moisturized skin will stay hydrated longer, and will lead to a more even skin tone and less peeling and irritation when tanning.

These things in mind through out the summer is what will give your skin its very best appearance.  With little effort, it can be very easy to take care of skin in warmer seasons.  Click here for Skin PhD products that promote healthy skin in the summer.

organic_shea_butter

Shea Butter:10 reasons why this your favorite moisturizer

organic_shea_butter Shea butter is a fatty oil that comes from the African Shea tree. It’s often referred to as, the “tree of life” because of its many healing properties.  In its natural state,  shea butter can range from beige to light yellow color and has a very peculiar smell; it is a very distinct smell, which makes it very hard to describe! Its consistency is very similar to cocoa butter and can be used all over the body.

Shea butter is very high in Vitamin A,  which is essential for cell regeneration in the skin.  It is also rich in vitamin E which gives it incredible moisturizing properties.  It’s also rich in polyphenols and phytonutrients, which give this natural oil great anti-inflammatory properties.

Shea has been used for centuries by Africans and people world wide for hair, skin, and  can even be used for cooking.  Below are some common uses of shea butter for the skin:
women-making-shea-butter1Shea butter can be used to treat:

  1. Eczema
  2. Burns
  3. Cuts/Bruises
  4. Daily moisturization
  5. Shaving
  6. Cold weather/ Frost bite
  7. Chapped skin
  8. Anti aging/Wrinkles
  9. Stretch marks
  10. Sunburn

Shea butter is a super-food, but not all products that claim to contain shea butter are super-products.  To learn more about the superior quality of the shea butter used in Skin PhD products, click here.

Peptides: What are they really, and the top three ways to get the best results from them

What is a peptide?

A peptide is literally a chain of amino acids that are chemically linked together; a chain of 50 or more peptides would then be considered a protein, of which there are many types.

1320px-Tetrapeptide_structural_formulae_v.1

Chemical makeup of aTetrapeptide structural formulae

What does this mean for our skin?

Collagen is the protein that gives the skin its elasticity.  Collagen, like all forms of protein, is made of peptides, which are made of amino acids.  Once collagen breaks down into peptide links, the body is supposed to make more peptides to complete the link and form the collagen protein again.  As we encounter skin damage, whether it be from aging, ultra-violet sun damage, or even skin disorders;  the body may loose its ability to make the peptides needed quick enough in order to combat damage.

Topically applied peptides are small enough to break through the skin’s protective barrier.  In a sense, when you apply peptides directly to your skin, you “trick” the body into making additional peptides at a quicker rate in order to fill what is needed to make a complete protein chain.

How do you make peptides work for your skin in order to see the best results?

  1. The best way to do this is to make yourself healthy. A healthy body will always keep you looking and feeling younger, so make nutrition, and exercise apart of your daily beauty regiment.
  2. The earlier you start using peptides,  the better this practice will work for you. It’s important that you start healthy skin habits at a young age (around 30s-late 20s) in order to retain the beautiful skin you were born with.
  3. It’s important that the products you use not only include peptides, but also include ingredients that promote skin health.  Not all peptides are created equal, and it’s important that your skincare promote healthy skin cells in order to see maximum results. 

To learn about the peptides used in Skin PhD skincare, click here.