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Physical Facial Changes That Occur As We Age

Women often ask me to look at their face and tell them what I see as signs of aging.  I love loaded questions!  Many women don't know what exactly it is that makes them look older, they just know they see age on their faces in the mirror.  Almost 90% of aging is due to sun damage.  So please start wearing sunblock everyday! (It makes a great base for mineral make-up, or if you like make-up free, get a tinted moisturizer with SPF).  Coming blogs will explain what to do about these factors! These changes are sequential and predictable! Starting at 25...

Skin Care Product Ingredients for Hyper-Pigmentation

Arbutin - L-Arbutin is a naturally occurring form of hydroquinone that inhibits melanin synthesis by inhibiting tyrosinase activity.  Arbutin has also been clinically proven to lighten existing pigment. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (Licorice)** - Natural plant lightening agent, tyrosinase inhibitor, more effective than kojic acid and 75 times more effective than ascorbic acid as a lightening agent. Hydroquinone - A pigment-lightening agent used in bleaching creams.  The FDA allows a maximum of 2 percent concentration in a cosmetic formulation.  Although it occurs naturally, the synthetic version is the one most commonly used in cosmetics. *Hydroquinone is a very controversial ingredient.  It may be taken off the market due to its "boomerang effect"-...

Clear, Smooth, Even Skin

The conditions involving skin clarity can be broken into the following physiological categories: Environmentally Damaged Skin Environmentally damaged skin results from a history of overexposure to environmental elements.  The sun is responsible for 80% of aging!  Fibers that maintain the skin’s structure and elasticity (collagen and elastin) break down and slowly diminish, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin.  UV light can damage the DNA in the skin cells which can lead to different forms of skin cancer. Other environmental factors include: Harsh weather conditions which destroy the skins moisture barrier resulting in rough, dry, uneven skin tone and texture). Cigarette smoke results in free radicals which break down collagen...