Beauty, Algae & bio-stimulants…Oh my!

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When it comes to luxury skin care ingredients, nature still reigns supreme. I am speaking specifically about marine ingredients such as caviar extract and marine algae.

Both these ingredients are gaining prominence in cosmetics and you will find them included in some of the world’s leading skin care formulations. So what’s so special about them and what is the secret to their success?

On-going research is bringing to light the wealth of nutrient sourced from the ocean that are particularly beneficial for the skin, leading to an increase in their use in skin and body care. It’s no wonder, for when we look at the composition of say, fresh algae, we see a complex of nutritional elements that are rich in minerals such as Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sulphur, Magnesium, Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Cobalt, Copper, Zinc, Bromine and Fluorine. Plus vitamins A, B, B2, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. Several Phyto-hormones have also been identified including Auxines, Gibberellines, Cytokinins, Chlorophyll, Alganales and Laminarines as well as 10 Amino-acids.
Magical properties

Because of their comprehensive mineral content, marine-based products are also highly beneficial for the whole body particularly for their cleansing, healing, re-balancing and detoxifying properties, and for this reason are used extensively in body and spa products and treatments.

When it comes to caviar, the composition of nutrients is extremely similar to marine algae. The unique combination of bio-stimulants consisting of a complete spectrum of vitamins, micro-elements, phospholipids and proteins are themselves a sources of marine DNA – a key element of skin cell regeneration – and assure luxurious care for the face.

Researchers say the caviar is loaded with protein, vitamins and minerals that have a cell format similar to human skin. Their action helps speed up the natural production of collagen, and in time will plump up and thicken the skin, giving it a younger, firmer appearance. Caviar extract when delivered to the skin through advanced technology formulation that can release their nutrients to the deeper layers of the skin will give sagging, tired-looking skin an intensive firming and revitalising effect.

GLOSSY LOCKS- Let’s Talk Hair Care!

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Most people are so concerned about the conditioner or concentrated hair treatment they put on their hair after they shampoo, but the real attention should be put on how we first cleanse our hair. Somewhere along the way, we have become convinced that clean hair requires lots of suds that result in a squeaky clean feel. All this does is strip your hair and scalp of nature’s perfect moisturizers – the precious natural oils that our own scalp produces. No amount of applied conditioning agents can produce the same beneficial protection that these perfect oils can, so why replace perfection with a lesser substitute. All you want to do is cleanse away styling products and dirt, so pick a shampoo without harsh sudsing surfactants (detergents) and sulfate-based ingredients, then go with a little instead of a lot and spend time gently working the shampoo through your hair from scalp to ends. Rinse thoroughly and DO NOT REPEAT! The old rinse and repeat advice was conjured up just to sell more shampoo – and after that rinsing and repeating, you will need a lot more conditioner to undo the stripping effects of the shampoo. Instead, follow the good advice I gave above and be patient with how you hair feels until it is dry and styled. You will be surprised with how much healthier your will hair look and feel – and over time it will just keep getting better.

One other piece of advice to go along with the one just mentioned is to turn down the hot water to slightly warm when cleansing your hair. Hot water washing and rinsing causes havoc with your hair follicles, damaging the hair root, accentuating the stripping action of shampoos and causing the scalp to go crazy in reaction, producing too much oils and sebum in response to the assault. To tell the truth, steaming hot water isn’t so great for the rest of your body either. Try turning it a little cooler bit by bit over time so you can get used to showering and bathing with less hot water. Your hair and skin will thank you for it.

Have you ever gone swimming in a swimming pool and just loved the way your hair looks and feels afterwards? Of course not – I don’t know anyone who has. Chlorine is the culprit. Well, the tap water running out of your faucet or shower-head is also chlorinated – maybe much less than a swimming pool, but with still enough harsh chlorine to do damage to your hair over time. If you really want to see a difference in your hair’s condition, invest in an in-line faucet or shower-head filter that reduces chlorine in the water. You will be amazed at how fantastic your hair, scalp and skin will feel.

Featured Skin Care Ingredient – Candelilla, Jojoba, and Rice Bran derived Polyglyceryl-3 Esters

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Many skin care product manufacturers try to impress customers with their long list of natural exotic oils and sophisticated peptides – all the while blending these highly desirable and sellable ingredients into generic base formulas that contain ethoxylated chemicals. These harmful ethoxylated ingredients have been highlighted as very undesirable for use by the natural personal care industry and their presence in many popular products is one of the skin care industry’s dirty little secrets. Ethoxylated compounds are used because they are inexpensive and highly effective in emulsifying the oil based ingredients (lipids) in cosmetic formulas in combination with the water based ingredients, but their aggressive surfactant action is very disrupting and damaging to our skin’s delicate lipid balance – the fragile mantle that protects our skin from the effects of environmental stress and the elements. There are superior natural skin care products available today that do not use these ethoxylated ingredients, but instead use new superior emulsifiers derived from all natural sources. One such example of desirable substitute ingredients that are all natural and create an excellent delivery base for fine skin care formulas are Polyglycerol Esters derived from Cadelilla, Jojoba and Rice Bran – all natural plant sources. These very special esters are deemed “natural” by the Natural Products Association and are available today in fine natural skin care products like Z Mei Perfecting Eye Cream, which contains a rich nutritive cocktail in a light cream base that smoothes and perfects the delicate skin around the eye area. The safe Polyglycerol Ester formulated delivery base in this high quality product is biocompatible with the skin’s own chemistry, to effectively deliver the active nutrients to the delicate eye area tissues and help normalize the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The smooth aesthetic qualities of this light, non-irritating natural formula is perfect for all-day wear under makeup, no matter how active a person’s lifestyle is.

Nature’s Gift

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Fennel extract is a biologically active extract of the fruit of the Fennel plant (Foeniculum vulgare.) Fennel has a long history in herbal medicine and has been the natural remedy of choice for many physical conditions and ailments. It is very beneficial to the skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation of the skin creates stress on the skin cells, preventing them from being healthy and capable of cellular renewal. Fennel extract also has a detoxifying effect on the skin, removing toxins that rob the skin of its vitality and youthful tone. Fennel Extract’s most dramatic effect as an anti-aging ingredient come from its ability to stimulate Estrogen receptors. Estrogenic hormonal material in our bodies helps to firm and tone the skin – essential for a smooth, wrinkle-free complexion. The anti-oxidants found in Fennel Extract help fight free radicals that damage and prematurely age the skin cells. Our skin is constantly bombarded by these dangerous free radicals from sun exposure, environmental pollutants and compromised internal health factors. Oxidative damage is the major cause of skin aging. Fennel Extract is one of nature’s true gifts in the quest for anti-aging.

Your Key to Healthy, Beautiful Hair!

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Most people are so concerned about the conditioner or concentrated hair treatment they put on their hair after they shampoo, but the real attention should be put on how we first cleanse our hair. Somewhere along the way, we have become convinced that clean hair requires lots of suds that result in a squeaky clean feel. All this does is strip your hair and scalp of nature’s perfect moisturizers – the precious natural oils that our own scalp produces. No amount of applied conditioning agents can produce the same beneficial protection that these perfect oils can, so why replace perfection with a lesser substitute. All you want to do is cleanse away styling products and dirt, so pick a shampoo without harsh sudsing surfactants (detergents) and sulfate-based ingredients, then go with a little instead of a lot and spend time gently working the shampoo through your hair from scalp to ends. Rinse thoroughly and DO NOT REPEAT! The old rinse and repeat advice was conjured up just to sell more shampoo – and after that rinsing and repeating, you will need a lot more conditioner to undo the stripping effects of the shampoo. Instead, follow the good advice I gave above and be patient with how you hair feels until it is dry and styled. You will be surprised with how much healthier your will hair look and feel – and over time it will just keep getting better.

One other piece of advice to go along with the one just mentioned is to turn down the hot water to slightly warm when cleansing your hair. Hot water washing and rinsing causes havoc with your hair follicles, damaging the hair root, accentuating the stripping action of shampoos and causing the scalp to go crazy in reaction, producing too much oils and sebum in response to the assault. To tell the truth, steaming hot water isn’t so great for the rest of your body either. Try turning it a little cooler bit by bit over time so you can get used to showering and bathing with less hot water. Your hair and skin will thank you for it.

Have you ever gone swimming in a swimming pool and just loved the way your hair looks and feels afterwards? Of course not – I don’t know anyone who has. Chlorine is the culprit. Well, the tap water running out of your faucet or shower-head is also chlorinated – maybe much less than a swimming pool, but with still enough harsh chlorine to do damage to your hair over time. If you really want to see a difference in your hair’s condition, invest in an in-line faucet or shower-head filter that reduces chlorine in the water. You will be amazed at how fantastic your hair, scalp and skin will feel.

Advances in the care for our skin!

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We truly live in incredible times. Never before have so many exciting advances been made in the evolving science of skin care. Skin care ingredients developers and chemists are falling over each other to bring the next sensational anti-aging, protective, and repairing ingredient or formulation to market – and all of us are the beneficiaries of their hard work. Today’s skin care formulas are definitely not your mother’s night cream. Gone are the heavy, oily preparations of the past – replaced by new advanced formulations with highly active ingredients that truly achieve lasting results and benefits. We also know more than ever before about the skin’s inner mechanisms of repair and regeneration, along with a better understanding of the stresses and damage caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. Today’s best skin treatment products emphasize biocompatibility with the skin’s own processes and support the skin’s own balancing and renewal abilities. This new era of skin care has also been heavily influenced by today’s health concerns and consumers’ preference for using healthier natural and organic products and ingredients whenever possible. This new, healthier approach to skin care goes far beyond a temporary cosmetic effects of the past to achieve lasting results that are truly skin deep.

Some of the most exciting ingredients to recently become available to skin care are natural stem cells derived from very special plant sources such as specific apple, grape and rose varieties. These unique plant-sourced stem cells help maintain the skin’s own stem cell characteristics, protecting them against the effects of UV stress – a major source of skin cell damage. Epidermal regeneration is boosted and the skin’s protective barrier is improved as the skin’s own stem cell vitality is increased. These very special plant-derived stem cells have also exhibited significant skin-smoothing and wrinkle-reducing effects. Our skin’s epidermal stem cells become lower in number and less active as we age. These active isolated plant stem cells have been found to stimulate the proliferation of the skin’s stem cells, increasing the life span of the skin’s important structural components like fibroblast cells, which dramatically decline with age and cause the deeply wrinkled appearance of aged skin.

More on my favorite skincare tips:)

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Another important skin care tip regarding moisturizing creams is to avoid using them in the delicate skin area directly around the eyes. These facial moisturizing creams are fine and effective for most of the skin on your face and neck, but the delicate eye zone has very special needs which they do not satisfy. As we age, this delicate eye area tissue becomes very fragile, exhibiting a crepe-like texture. Seek out a separate eye serum or creme specifically formulated for the delicate eye area – and be very careful when applying it to not get too close to the edges of your eyelids where the product may irritate your sensitive eyes. There is nothing attractive about red, watering eyes. Be patient with these special eye zone treatments. The skin around your eyes didn’t get that way in a day and any instant results promised by a product are little more than a quick cosmetic fix. You want improvements that last and that takes time. Within a month or two of regular usage of a quality eye treatment product, you friends and/or significant other should be seeing and commenting on the difference. Also, look for more natural and organic ingredients and less irritating synthetic chemicals – your eyes will thank you.

Exfoliation is one of the most important ways to improve the appearance of your skin, but more is not necessarily better. When choosing an exfoliating scrub, try to avoid one that contains large, abrasive scrub particles such as apricot kernel and nut shells. Instead, find one that touts having smoother, smaller scrubbing beads or particles which will stimulate the skin to slough off its dull outer layers gradually and naturally without injuring delicate epidermal skin cells. With a scrub, you are not trying to aggressively sand off the outer layers of your skin, just stimulate and increase the natural renewing process. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub once or twice a week at the most and you will be rewarded with healthy, younger looking skin that glows from improved circulation and the removal of dull, dry skin cells. You might also try to seek out a combination scrub and mask product. These unique combination products provide the exfoliating action of a scrub with a deep pore-cleansing drawing action of a mask when left on the skin for an indicated period of time.