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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Seven reasons why watermelon is the eighth wonder of the world!

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Like many Skin PhD ingredients, Watermelon was originally found in Africa, and then found its way to the Middle East around  900 A.D. This delicious fruit has made its way around the entire globe, and its sweet, delicious taste is enjoyed by many.  Here are seven reasons why watermelon is easily one of the most healthiest fruits in the world!

Watermelon is high in carotenoids

Carotenoids (7,481 mcg per cup) are actually what gives the watermelon its beautiful reddish color.  Your body uses carotenoids to make other useful antioxidants. Antioxidants dramatically reduce inflammation and skin cell damage by absorbing free radical oxygen atoms in your body and on your skin (when topically applied).

It is loaded with vitamin C!

To be precise, one cup of watermelon has about 15mg of Vitamin C in it.  Vitamin C will tone the appearance of your skin by its ability to fade aging spots.

High in vitamin  A

Vitamin A (865 IU per cup), another antioxidant, is also used for its skin tightening properties and is fat soluble. This means that it will be able to hydrate your skin  beyond its first layer, which means that over time the use of topical watermelon will visibly improve the appearance of your skin.

Beta carotene

Beta carotene (461 mcg per cup) is great for hydrating the skin.  This is especially important because as we age, dry skin can lead to peeling, discoloration, and even promote the formation of fine lines.

High in potassium

Potassium (170 mg per cup) helps rejuvenate skin cells, more specifically, the rejuvenation of collagen in the skin.  Collagen is what gives skin its elasticity and makes your skin tight and youthful.

Great  anti-inflammatory properties

Because of the flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids in watermelon, It has great anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it will help reduce any redness, puffiness, or irritation in the skin.

Rich in citrulline

Inside our bodies, citrulline assists the kidneys in amino acid composition.  this in turn, this leads to increased blood flow. Increased blood flow helps the skin make new skin cells by helping much needed vitamins and minerals reach the layers of the skin.  Essentially, this allows the skin to retain elasticity, to heal, and to retain its supple appearance.

Skin PhD utilizes watermelon and other nutrients to naturally make your skin more beautiful over time.  To learn more about Renaissance, click here.

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The importance of serums and the top vitamins you need to keep skin flawless

Essential VitaminsSerums have not always been a part of the skin care circuit, but they are becoming increasingly popular because of the tremendous effects they have on skin health.  Think of it like this, if your cleanser was food, and your moisturizer was water, then your serum would be  the vitamins and minerals.

Serums are a vehicle in which your skin can absorb the most potent form of topical nourishment.  In many cases, you’ll find that serums are never general, but are always specific and contains certain vitamins and minerals in order to target the skin’s needs.  Here’s a break down of the type of serum you should consider based on age range.

20’s-30’s

At this age, skin care is  most important.  Most people invest in skin care when they see a sun spot or a wrinkle starting to form, but it’s best to invest in skin care before skin issues arise, that way you are just working to preserve what is already flawless!  At this age range, a vitamin C serum works wonders.  Vitamin C helps prevent sunspots and wrinkles, and also helps absorb free radicals that can cause collagen degeneration.

30’s-40’s

By this time, subtle signs of skin’s aging are much more visible.  A serum that includes vitamin A for cellular regeneration and vitamin E to help moisturize the skin is important.  Combined with the vitamin C you were taking in your 20’s, this skin care boost will help the skin cells regenerate, and protect the skin from having a dry, scaly appearance.

40’s -50’s

At this time, you’ve been working miracles on your skin by taking the vitamin C in your 20’s, and the A and E vitamins in your 30’s.  Now it’s time to add a protein serum to the mix.  The loss of collagen becomes much more apparent in the 40’s than in any other age range, so naturally, a serum that can assist in collagen production will help the skin remain firm.

To learn more about serums with Vitamin A, C and E, click here.

To learn more about serums with collagen production, click here.

 

The top three ways to keep your skin looking radiant all year-round

Your skin needs different things in different seasons.  Some people dread the cool weather because the low temperatures can make the skin appear dull and dry; but I think the fall and winter seasons give us chance to really give our skin a rest, and give it the  nutrients it needs before the spring and summer arrive.  Here are three nutrients that will definitely help nurture your skin, and keep you looking flawless no matter what season it is.

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Ginkgo Biloba

Everyone knows this ancient herb has been used since the beginning of time to improve memory, but it also works wonders for skin. Ginkgo Biloba will help improve blood flow in your skin.  This will help increase collagen production.  Everyone’s always raving about collagen, in case you want to know what it is in a nutshell, it’s the protein that gives your skin elasticity and helps skin keep it’s tight feel and appearance.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a great moisturizer for our skin.  It’s especially good for people with psoriasis and other types of chronic dry skin.  The best thing about vitamin E is that it’s a great moisturizer that doesn’t clog your pores.

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Linoleic Acid

Linoleic Acid is an Omega-6 fatty acid, and is a great skin protectant. It works great with Vitamin E.  This will help your skin stay retain nutrients so that you don’t start to look dry, or peel in the cool seasons. This trio will help your skin retain and build the nutrients it needs in order to stay radiant in the fall and winter; what’s even more exciting is that you will be able  to take that beautiful radiant skin, right into the warmer season.