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Kombucha in Skin Care: A Scientific Link?

KOMBUCHA also called “long-life fungus” is a product of the fermentation of sweet black tea by the symbiosis of two micro-organisms. Rich in organic acids and vitamins, Kombucha is well known as a beverage in Russia and China and is believed to confer longevity.

Fermented Kombucha

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So what does Kombucha do, if anything, when used in skin care?   According to Sederma, a company that has a patent on a form of Kombucha used in skin care and has conducted clinical studies on the active ingredient, it “possesses anti-glycation activity and a re-densifying effect on the adipocyte population.”  In other words, “Kombucha improves the skin’s overall quality by enhancing the skin’s radiance, density, and color.”

Anti-Glycation and Increased Adipocyte Population:

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Glycation is a process by which proteins, certain fats, and glucose tangle together. It affects all body tissues, and tends to make them stiff and inflexible. Glycation causes most problems for organs where flexibility is most important, such as the heart, kidneys, skin and eyes.

Once it has become glycated, the tissues start to produce ‘glycotoxins’, such as Advanced Glycation End-products – or AGEs, which are damaging to our cells. AGEs do this in two ways, both of which promote aging: they produce free radicals, and increase inflammation.   Kombucha inhibits glycation (in the above study by 79%) and also increases the adipocyte population  (a cell specialized for the storage of fat, found in connective tissue) in the above study by 136%, thus restoring volume in the skin.

Radiance and Smoothness:

Sederma’s research also demonstrated that Kombucha smoothed the skin and increased luminosity as perceived by 75% of volunteers as well as clarity for 81.3% of volunteers.

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My synopsis based on the research and my experience with clients/patients who have mature skin and use products with effective levels of quality Kombucha is that it does indeed improve the volume of the skin and add brilliance to the skin.  It is an efficacious natural element that works synergistically with advanced clinical active ingredients.

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.

 

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.

 

 

The top five reasons why you should be using Niacinamide-B3 to nourish your skin everyday

Skin PhD ProductsSometimes, skin care can seem less about nourishing the skin, and more like a science project, but the secret to healthy skin is less complicated than you think.  One vitamin, Niacinamide, better known as vitamin B3 works wonders on our skin.  Here are the top five most beneficial uses of topical niacinamide in topical skincare.

  1. Niacinamide is a compound molecule composed of niacin and amino acids.  This compound helps support  the cellular production skin cells, which in turn results in more youthful skin.
  2. Niacinamide supports the production of two enzymes NADH and NADPH.  Without getting too scientific, these enzymes help support the cell’s mitochondria; which give cells energy and supports the lipids in the skin.  As we age the production of these enzymes decrease, but niacinamide helps the skin to continue to make them, resulting in naturally more youthful appearance.
  3. For years niacinamide has been used to treat inflammatory skin disorders like rosacea and acne.  This is because niacinamide works to reduce inflammation in the skin, which results in less redness and irritation.  Also, it helps control the production of sebum in the skin.  Over production of sebum in the skin causes acne in most cases.
  4. Niacinamide also helps hydrate the skin cells, which results in reduced appearance of fine lines. Hydration assists in keeping the lipids in the skin healthy, resulting in less wrinkles over time.  This also will help reduce the appearance of other skin disorders like psoriasis, acne and rosacea.
  5. Finally, as if niacinamide hasn’t done enough already, It also will reduce hyperpigmentation caused by the sun.  Hyperpigmentation results in unwanted sunspots and age spots.  Also it will reduce the appearance of acne scars and pigmentation caused by other skin disorders as well.

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!

 

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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 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.

 

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.

3 Reasons Why Makeup Causes Breakouts- Even After You Wash

downloadMakeup is a must-have for all women, but it can also be damaging to your skin.  Makeup, especially foundations, are like paint to the face and this paint can clog pores that cause breakouts even after it has been washed away.

1. Makeup does not allow your skin to breathe.  Could you imagine holding your breath eight hours at a time? Eight hours is about how long makeup will stay on your face during the day. With Makeup in the equation, body fluids like sweat combined with the makeup stays on your face clogging your pores.

2. Makeup dulls the appearance of your natural skin.  Have you ever taken your makeup off and felt like you looked worse than you did when you first put it on? That is because wearing makeup every day consistently does not give your skin enough time to regain nutrients it misses during the day.

3. Makeup is not skin care and we need to make sure that makeup remains a beauty accessory- not a necessity.  Makeup is made of ingredients that might not be toxic to apply to the surface of the skin, but all those minerals are being absorbed by your skin from the moment you put it on to the second you take it off.

How to fight makeup breakouts:

Give your skin vitamins and nutrients every chance you get.  This will help keep the skin stay nourished while you’re wearing  makeup throughout the day.  Ingesting vitamins will work for your body, but topically applied vitamins and antioxidants are best for the skin, especially because the body does not allocate nearly as much nutrients to the skin, as it receives when vitamins are applied topically.

Try these: Superoxidant Vitamin A and E serum, and Liposome Vitamin C and E Serum

Exfoliate and cleanse regularly. Once you leave work, school, or where ever you’ve been all day, exfoliating and cleansing helps clear pores and keeps the dead skin, bacteria, and harmful minerals found in makeup, from staying on the surface of your skin.  Without exfoliating, makeup could cause breakouts and ruin the appearance of your skin.  Makeup removing facial washes are great cleansers, but only a deep exfoliating product can thoroughly clear pores.

Try these: Papaya Enzyme Exfoliator and AHA 7 Fruit Amidroxy Exfoliator

3 of the best ways for black women to maintain flawless skin

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

beautiful skin, AND beautiful hair!

Skin maintenance can be the difference between having wonderful skin at any age, and looking like “The Crypt Keeper” in old age.  Special attention to your skin on a daily basis will keep your skin looking bright, breakout-free, and youthful.

 

1: Cleansing

Facial cleansers should do more than get your skin clean. Although clean skin is important, the right cleanser will also promote healthy skin by replenishing the skin with antioxidants and moisture.

2. Toning

Toners are not meant to be full of alcohol, they are meant to even your skin tone.  The right toner for your skin will not only even your skin tone, but will also stop over active skin cells from overproducing skin pigment over time.

3. Moisturizing

Having a good moisturizing will give even greater benefits in the long run.  A good moisturizer will not sit on top of skin, but will be able to reach beyond the surface of your skin in order to bring nutrients directly to skin cells that need the nutrition.  This is something that cocoa butter or petroleum jelly alone cannot do, in fact, regular moisturizers can promote breakouts by clogging your pores.

Skin PhD is formulated with nutrients from fruits, vegetables, and minerals indigenous to South Africa. Our skin needs more than just a little soap and water. Let Skin PhD help change the way you think of skin care. To learn more about the best skin care options for black women, click here.