Ingredience Haul: The 411 on antioxidants

skinphd1Antioxidants are in almost all skincare, from shampoo to bar soap.  People swear by these age-fighting helpers, but do most of us even know what they are?  Allow me to explain.

 

What are antioxidants?

In a nutshell, antioxidants absorb free-radicals  inside cells. Since we’re talking about skin, we’ll say skin cells. Generally speaking, free-radicals cause cells to break down, which can age skin.  On a grand scale,  free-radicals can also attribute to cancer and illness.  Free-radicals are caused by  bad health and bodily pollution caused by the environment, or by you ( i.e. smoking, drinking etc.)

Where do antioxidants come from?

In nature, all fruits and veggies are filled with antioxidants;  especially fruit.  Different colors mean different types of antioxidants.  Berries, melons, carrots, you name it, nature has an antioxidant for you.  In skin care,  most antioxidants are synthetic. This is a good thing because it means the antioxidant is in a stable form that will allow the skin to utilize the antioxidant most efficiently when topically applied.

What’s the bottom line?

Antioxidants are very good to have in skin care because they help skin retain its youth, and helps us fight free-radical damage with regular use.  On the other hand,  topical application is no substitute for good health, and the whole body needs antioxidants, not just the skin!

When should I start using antioxidants in skincare?

Immediately! Antioxidants come in the form of vitamins, like C, B, etc.  You can never be too young to take your vitamins.  Skin PhD has many products that utilize the power of antioxidants in the perfect skincare cocktail.  Click here to learn more.

Why Renaissance is my favorite candy

candy-imageThere are so many new skincare products made for Black women, that sometimes I feel like I’m in a candy store and want to try everything I see! Since the beginning, Skin PhD had always had the Renaissance line to serve the skin care needs of Black women, and women of color.  The most unique thing about Renaissance is that many of their key ingredient are botanicals traditional to Africa, and have been  used there for generations.

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African Kalahari Melon extract  helps to protect against the appearance of UV and free-radical damage, similar to Vitamin C. It’s also rich in Vitamin B6. The Kalahari Melon extract in Skin PhD Renaissance products is concentrated, which is a good thing!

Marula Oil

Marula+fruit+on+branch+LR1Marula is a small golden fruit, indigenous to South Africa. Archaeological evidence shows the Marula tree is as old as 10,000 years B.C. The oil comes from the kernel inside the fruit; It’s more nutrient rich than argon oil and can be used on the whole body.

Renaissance products are also made with other ingredients we love like black tea and Shea butter. Skin PhD has always made products especially for women of color, which is why in this new “candy store,” this is one you should try.

Three tips that will save your skin from the Holidays

Happy+Holidays+allThe Holiday season is upon us; that means more friends, more family and more memories.  Along with these jolly good times, will be more drinks, more food, longer nights, and partying,  which can definitely wear on the skin.  This year,  give  your skin a gift  by using these three things to keep your skin looking good all season long.

 

1.  Drink a  glass of water with every meal

This Holiday season, you’ll be eating a lot more meals with family and having a lot more drinks with friends.  Have just and 8 oz glass of water with every meal and every cocktail.  Make a conscious effort to drink water with your turkey and cranberry spritzer,  will   help give the body  a better chance of clearing toxins, so they don’t end up on your face!

2.  Get some sleep

It you’re not slaving over a stove,or wrapping gifts all night, you’re out painting the town red!  In between the  long nights,  don’t forget the body needs at least 8 hours of rest to fully recuperate.  Make every effort to get a good night’s sleep  this year and your skin  will look most healthy.

3 Limit internal pollution

Around the holidays,  we drink more, we eat more, and some of us may even have a cigar or two when the clock strikes 12 on  the 1st, but all those extra toxins inside our body tend to show up on the face almost instantly.  In order to control breakouts,   limit the amount of drinks,  fatty foods and smoke pollution on your body  and your  skin will thank you!

 

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!