Head into fall looking flawless!

autumn-leaves-wallpapers-photos The summer was fun, but as it comes to an end, it’s time to do some damage control.  The secret to flawless skin in the fall is to keep the summer glow and repair damage at the same time. In order to do this, I’ve listed three simple steps that will make  this Fall the best your skin’s ever seen.

1. Keep the glow

It’s inevitable, the beautiful tan you got this summer is bound to fade. The sun gives your skin a dewy, hydrated glow.  To retain that glow, the best thing you can do is hydrate and moisturize regularly.  In order to do this, the Skin PhD Renaissance Replenishing Night Cream  will give your skin all the moisture it needs to stay hydrated and supple in the fall.  It’s made with a generous amount of shea butter, marula oil and jojoba oil in order to help heal dry skin and to  bring a natural glow.

2. Repair damage from the sun

Even though the sun makes us look good, UVA and UVB rays cause harm to skin cells and collagen production.  Peptides encourage skin cells to increase collagen production.  Skin PhD Peptide Complex Cream contains two types of peptide chains:  Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 and Hexapeptide-10. Over time the overall appearance of your skin will be more firm and more youthful.

3. Give your skin the vitamins it deserves

In addition to regular moisturization and repair, the skin needs vitamins just as much as your body does.  Vitamin C is one of the best vitamins that aid in cellular regeneration and repair. Vitamin C  helps inhibit overactive melanocytes.  This will help even your skin tone.  Vitamin C also helps promote collagen repair in the skin.  Click here to learn more about Skin PhD and products that will give you flawless skin, once Fall is in full effect.

The truth about sun damage, sunscreen and people of color Pt. I

dv088103aSun protection has always been a tricky subject,  especially for people of color.  I’m sure as children most of us never wore sunscreen or anything  along those lines.  Nowadays,  everywhere you turn, even the news says that people of all colors need to be wearing sun protection.

Truthfully for people of color, healthy skin will provide more more protection from harmful sun rays sunscreen,  Although people of color are least prone to skin diseases caused by sun exposure, photoaging still poses a threat to beautiful, ageless skin.

What is photoaging?

Photoaging occurs when the skin is exposed to the sun’s ultra violet rays for prolonged period of time.  There are two  types of ultraviolet sunrays: UVB and UVA.

UVB versus UVA damage

UVB rays are sun rays that only penetrate the epidermis;  the most outer layer of the skin.  For people of color,  UVB rays are what make us darker in the summer.   Over exposure of UVB rays may also lead to discoloration and freckles.  UVB rays are also the culprit of the common skin cancer, melanoma.  Although people of color are least likely to develop melanoma,  studies have shown that melanoma in people of color is three times more likely to be fatal than in fair skinned people, if it is not detected early enough to heal the skin.

UVA rays are most damaging to our skin.  These rays are able to penetrate the epidermis and able to reach the dermis,  the second layer of skin.  This layer contains blood vessels, collagen, elastin, and extrafibrillar matrix which gives the skin structure.  UVA rays thin the dermis;  thinner dermis means thinner,  more wrinkled,  drier, more aged skin.

Healthy skin versus sunscreen

Healthy skin plays a major role in protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays.  Unlike sunscreen,  proper skin care will promote the skin’s natural ability to  create the  vitamins, minerals and amino acids it needs to  continue to produce proteins and other nutrients that keep the skin healthy and youthful.

While we can’t hide from the sun, but  we can nourish our skin  in order to preserve natural beauty.  To learn about products that promote healthy skin and protection from photoaging and other skin disorders caused by the sun,  click here.


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.