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The Semi-Precious Stone Zincite and Summer Skin

Laura Hunnewell-croppedby Laura Hunnewell, LE, Contributing Writer, SkinPhD Trainer

 

 

Platinum Flawless Day

SkinPhD® Flawless Day Cream has been a staple in the winter months when I am treating dry and flaky patches on skin. I was looking for a nice light moisturizer for a client who spends a lot of time in the hot sun working outside- and his skin is dry. I really believe this cream is just about perfect for any season-including summer. With ingredients like firming Hexapeptide-10 and the semi-precious stone Zincite, Flawless Day combines the powers of a cosmeceutical product with the soothing benefits of natural ingredients such as rosemary leaf and lemon root which collectively stimulate cell growth, brighten and even help calm a breakout. Clinical studies on the active ingredients have shown a significant reduction of fine lines and wrinkles in 3 months.

Zincite

Zincite

Some facts about Zincite: historically known for its power to reduce scarring, today we know it plays a role in growth and development of skin. The Zincite used in the flawless day product is derived from the blue green Smithsonite stone which embodies energy. One role of Zinc is that it helps to incorporate amino acids into proteins, resulting in increased elastin production. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce elastin. Applying regularly to the face and neck helps ours bodies to produce more elastin resulting in firmer skin.

 

benefits-of-black-tea1-300x230The Kombucha black tea in this product helps to create a natural looking radiance and even tone to the skin. Try applying a layer of the SkinPhD’s® Liposome C & E Serum first, then Flawless Day on top. You will be providing sufficient hydration to your antioxidant without a heavy feeling on the skin. When used daily it helps to fight against the damaging effects of harmful pollutants and even provides some natural sun protection.

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Renaissance for Skin with Darker Pigment

The truth about sundamage, sunscreen and people of color pt. 2

sunshineLately sunscreen has become all the rage; even the news is urging people of all colors to wear a sunscreen. Although healthy skin is your best protectant against sun damage,  when choosing a sunscreen, all are not created equal.

There are two types of sunscreen: physical and chemical.  Chemical sunscreens are  very common and inexpensive.  Chemical sunscreens absorb sun rays, instead of the skin absorbing sun rays. These are the ones that go on clear, and that should be applies about 20 minutes before sun exposure in order for them to protect the skin against sun rays.  They usually last for about an hour, then you have to reapply more.

Physical sunscreens are made from crushed zinc and titanium.  Physical sunscreens reflect sun rays off and away from the skin.  These last much longer on the skin than chemical  sunscreen are  less harmful.

Due to recent discoveries, chemical sunscreens have become very controversial. Some doctors even say this type of sunscreen is toxic and may cause cancer.  Chemical sunscreens are made with endocrine disruptors. These toxins are known to stay in the body and may cause:

  1. Higher levels of estrogen in women leading to earlier puberty in girls.
  2. Higher risk of infertility in men.

So when it comes to protecting the skin against the sun,  be safe by using a physical sunscreen, and always keep to your skin care regiment. This will ensure your skin will stay healthy and beautiful for a long time.

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.

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.