Papaya: the superfruit in fighting acne and breakouts

PapayaPapaya is a superfruit that is just as good for your skin, as it is to eat. Papaya is extremely healthy, and provides our bodies with much needed nutrients. When topically applied,  your skin reaps benefits from the enzymes and minerals in papaya that would normally be absorbed by other organs in the body.

 

Peptin

Peptin is an enzyme found in papaya that when eaten, helps with digestion. When topically applied, peptin makes skin have a more smooth and radiant feel.  It also aids in skin elasticity and improves the skin’s overall appearance.

Papain and chymopapain

These are two enzymes that have antiviral and anti bacterial properties.  Papain has protein degradation properties as well.  These two enzymes improve skin and reduce acne in two ways:

  1. Anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties help rid the skin of bacteria  that irritates the skin and causes acne to form.
  2. Protein degrading enzymes help eliminate the damaged keratinocyte cells that help trap dead skin, bacteria and oil inside pores,  which give pimples a raised appearance and hard feel.

Papaya also contains high levels of vitamin A, C,and E,  which assist in the rejuvenation of healthy skin cells, and help reduce the redness and inflammation caused by irritated skin. Click here to learn more about skincare products that contain papaya.

 

Five little known benefits of black tea for your skin

xylitum-black-tea-ferment-enlargedBlack tea is one  of the most popular beverages world wide. It comes from the a small shrub scientifically known as Camellia sinensis.  Black, white, and green tea all come from the same plant, but black tea leaves are aged longer than white and green tea leaves, which gives it  a stronger flavor and rich color.

I could ramble on the taste of tea long enough to write a novel,  but what’s more interesting is what this tasty leaf can do for your skin.  When black tea ferments, it’s normally referred to as kombucha.  Kombucha is known to  have many benefits for the skin when applied topically.

1. Kombucha is packed with ingredients that promote healthy skin!

Kombucha  is made of many acids and vitamins that are vital in in order for the skin to stay youthful,  like: gluconic acid, glycuronic acid, lactic acid,  vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 and C, and folic acid.

2. Kombucha helps reduce acne breakouts.

During the fermentation process, Lactic and gluconic acids are produced.  These acids help rid the skin of dirt, oil, and dead skin that is trapped deep inside the pores.

3. It is packed with B vitamins.

The B vitamins are essential for  healthy skin.  They help the skin retain a more youthful appearance by boosting the energy of skin cells.  Click here to learn more about the B vitamins!

4. Kombucha helps reduce the appearance of dark spots.

Some of us are born with freckles, but sometimes, little dark spots form over time.  The Citric acid in kombucha helps slow the production of melanocytes, and helps fade existing dark marks.

5. Kombucha helps restore the natural ph balance in the skin.

Sometimes our diets and environmental pollution can increase the ph in skin, which might result in breakouts.  The acids in kombucha help cleanse the skin and restore its natural ph levels.

Even though Kombucha is a super food for our skin, not all products with kombucha are created equal. Skin PhD Renaissance Toner is made with the best Kombucha.  Click here to learn more.

 

 

Peptides: What are they really, and how do they premote healthy skin

2049In skincare, the term, “peptides” is loosely thrown around; you can probably find a product that includes peptides in almost every store you walk into.Three weeks ago,  I started having some eczema flare-ups on my hands.  This is nothing new for me.  I have flare-ups every once in a while, and as usual, it was extremely itchy and uncomfortable.  I was on my was to work when my skin started itching. I looked in my purse;  the day before I stayed overnight with a friend, and the only moisturizer I had with me was my Renaissance night cream; so sure enough, I put that on my eczema just as a moisturizer for the time.

As the days passed,  instead of just getting some hand lotion,  I just kept using my Renaissance night cream;  for no particular reason except that it was already in my purse.  After a few days,  I found that not only did the itching subside, but the rashes were healing a lot faster than normal and the wrinkly appearance and feel of the rashes, smoothed  in a much shorter amount of time than usual.

I mention this because of the relationship that peptides have with healthy skin, and the role they play in reversing the hands of time.

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 a Tetrapeptide 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.

The Renaissance night cream is full of antioxidants and moisturizers that promote healthy skin, and with the added peptides,  this cream helps reduce wrinkles, and gives our skin the “ammunition” it needs in order to protect and heal itself.

Too learn more about the peptides used in Skin PhD, click here.

Three reasons why women of color need niacinamide to have healthy skin

10952647_sMany women of color suffer from the hyperpigmentation of  skincells; this is one of the top skin problems that we are faced with, especially since not many of us know how to treat this problem.  Below are three  of the most common skin issues  we are faced with everyday; three things that niacinamide has been clinically tested to improve.

 

 

1. Dark spots caused by the sun that look like freckles

Hyperpigmentation is any dark discoloration in the skin.  Discoloration can be caused by the sun;  sun spots, commonly mistaken for freckles can destroy a perfect complexion over time.

2. Acne scars

Acne scars, which are most common, unfortunately do not go away on there own. OtherA Skin Toner for Black Women that Actually Works  skin disorder, like eczema an rosacea also cause inflammation in the skin; and in many cases, once the inflammation is gone, dark marks are left behind.

3. Aging skin

Also, aging alone will result in hyperpigmentation because the skin cells gradually begin to loose their ability to protect the skin.

Niacinamide  also known as vitamin B3 has been clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation caused by aging, sun exposure, acne, rosacea and other inflammatory skin disorders.  It also assists in hydrating skin cells which helps the skin retain its ability to protect the skin.  This results in a more youthful appearance.

There are many skincare products that will claim to include niacinamide as an ingredient, but not all contain enough niacinamide to produce the desired results.  Click here to learn more about Skin PhD products that include this wondrous ingredient; and will have you on your way to more beautiful skin!

Three reasons why healthier skin should your New Year’s resolution

NewYearsResolutions_main_0It’s easy to replace damaged hair with a weave, or bad teeth with falsies, but let’s face  it, you can’t find a way to hide unhealthy skin, unless you plan on wearing a paper bag.  For most, a visit to the salon to get your hair done or a visit to the dentist is a must, but for some reason we continue to neglect skin health and accept the imperfections that we see each day.  If this sounds like you, here are three reasons why healthier skin should be on your list of New Year’s resolutions.

1.  Healthier skin will not only make you look better, but you’ll feel better.

Whatever issues you have in your skin: whether you have severe breakouts, wrinkles, or extreme dryness,  these things can effect how you feel.  Having healthier skin is sure to make you feel  more beautiful on the outside, giving the beautiful person you are on the inside a chance to shine.

2. Your skin is a direct reflection of bodily health.

Once you start taking better care of your skin, it’s likely you’ll start taking better care of other parts of your body. To have healthy skin for life, sometimes you may need to make a change in other areas of your life; which in turn, will make you more happy and more beautiful each day.

3. Your skin is the first impression that you can never change.

When people see you  for the first time, your skin speaks volumes before your mouth ever utters a word.  It’s the one impression that people see over and over again, so you owe it to yourself to  make it a good one.

Healthier skin is a  battle fought inside and outside the body. With skincare made from vitamins, minerals, rich body butters and fruits, Skin PhD has products that will make the battle to healthier skin much easier.  Click here to learn more.

 

The dangers of sun damage and how this effects women of color

african_american_woman_looking_upA lot of times as women of color, we tend to ignore claims that  sun protection is a necessary part of skin care.  Over time, sun exposure ages skin by causing photo-damage. This type of damage is the #1 culprit of premature aging  because it helps increase the presence free radicals under the skins surface, that in turn, help speed up the breakdown of collagen proteins in the skin.

While wearing a sunblock everyday might be too extreme, we can take steps to make sure that harmful sun rays don’t cause damage under the skin’s surface.  In ethnic women, sun damage may cause premature lines and sun spots posing as unwanted moles or freckles.  The best way to combat sun damage in our skin is by nourishing the skin with vitamins and minerals that help absorb free radicals and support skin cell regeneration.

Skin PhD’s new serum, the Hermatite G-Cell Serum contains mineral Hematite, rich in iron and energy, which dramatically increase skin’s collagen production. It also contains active stem cells from grapes, which are powerful anti-oxidants, and greatly reduce the stress caused by free-radicals. This is a great product to use especially if you play sports, or spend a lot of time outside.  Without some sun protection the formation of freckles and fine lines could occur as early as the mid 30’s age range; but with proper care, you can keep your skin flawless for a very long time.

To learn more about the Hermatite G-Cell Serum, click here.

 

three reasons why Ginkgo Biloba is just as good for your skin,as it is for your Memory.

I remember, when I was  young (much younger than I am now) my father used to by Ginkgo Biloba vitamins from a close by Chinese food restaurant. They used to have dozens of little curios, like little buddah dolls and porcelain kioe fish figurines; loved that place.  I always knew Ginkgo biloba was said to be great for retaining a youthful memory, but the well kept secret, is that Ginkgo is just as good for skin.

Understanding beautiful dark skin, and what it needs to stay flawless

images (3)Let’s be honest, there aren’t a lot of luxury skin care brands that are made with the needs of women with dark skin in mind.  For some, this may not be an issue, but if you are the type of woman that  hops from product to product trying to find the right one for, then keep reading.  This will help you better understand your skin, so when you are searching for luxe skin care, you’ll know just what to look for.

What gives our skin its rich beautiful color is a protein called melanin.  It is produced by theskin melanocytes in the first layer of the skin.  The melanocytes give our dermis (the first layer of the skin) a thick structure. This strong barrier helps protect our skin from absorbing maximum damage from external pollutants and harmful sun rays; but just like everyone else, the proteins in our skin will start to break down with age.

notchedleavesThe best way to make sure our skin cells get the maximum nutrients in order for new skin cells to grow at a healthy rate, is to keep the blood flowing in the epidermis and hypodermis.  Ginkgo Biloba is a great vasodilator.  This ancient herb helps stimulate blood flow in the skin, which improves tissue irrigation and cell metabolism with regular use.

Another way to help preserve the proteins in our skin is to use skin care products that areS made with the mineral zinc; more specifically smithsonite extract, which is a zinc derivative.  Zinc plays an essential role maintaining the double helix structure of DNA and RNA formulation, by helping molecules pair together.  With out enough zinc, cell division in your skin will slow down.  This is what causes sags and wrinkles in aged skin.

It’s important that the skin care you choose has these two ingredients in them. Cellular break down, loss of much need protein  and lack of proper nutrients are three things that cause major damage in the skin; but by using these nutrients, your skin is sure to retain its natural beauty.

Click here to find products that contain zinc and ginkgo biloba.

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.

notchedleavesGinkgo 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 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.

 

Why night time is the best time to care for our skin

full_mon_skyI’ve heard some skin care experts say that the time of day you choose to do your skin care regiment is insignificant, it makes no difference.  I HIGHLY disagree  with this, partly from research, but mostly from personal experience.  Let me share with you a little bit about my skin type.  I have had eczema ever since I can remember. When I was a child it was terrible, but now I usually  only get small breakouts at the beginning of the season’s change.  I also have very sensitive skin, and for a long time I couldn’t use many store brand soaps, and I could never wear perfume.  So I started caring for my skin at night out of convenience at first, but over time I really began to see a difference in my skin’s health by doing my beauty regiment at night, versus during the day.

sleeping-378x379Night time, or right before you go to sleep is the best time to do your skin care regiment for many reasons. In the morning you’re sweating, you’re wearing makeup, you’re moving around, you may even be around smoke, or having a cigarette yourself.  All these factors take away from your skins ability to replenish itself during the day.

Night is a much better time to moisturize and exfoliate because it is more likely that things like pollution, sweat, and makeup won’t be effecting your skin at this time and it will really have time to rest. Your skin will have an opportunity to take full advantages of the products your using.  Here are some great products to invest in for your night time regiment:

SkinPhD’s Night time replenishing cream with marula oil, shea butter and jojoba.

SkinPhD AHA Amidroxy exfoliator made from the natural fruit acids.   This was also featured on the Dr. Oz Show.

SkinPhD  Liposome Vitamin C and E serum.