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Phyto Oils and Their Skin Care Benefits

Phyto Oils and the Skin There has been much talk about Plant Oils or products known as Phyto Oils and their benefits to the skin. They help substitute our skin’s natural lipids without causing a greasy shine. They also give the skin an appearance of being dewy with a glow, creating a youthful looking skin. There are specific plant based ingredients that shield against the stresses of the environment, lock in moisture and smooth visible lines. Since Dermalogica has come out with the new Phyto Replenish Oil, I’d like to share with you the active ingredients, and the role these ingredients play in giving you a healthy looking skin. Camellia Japonica Derived from a small flowering tree in Korea and Japan. It is often called “rose of the winter.” This antioxidant oil stimulates collagen and strengthens the skin’s barrier function resulting in wrinkle reducing benefits. Tamanu Oil Native to the South Pacific Islands this phyto active oil is a potent antioxidant. It inhibits the breakdown of lipid rich cell membranes that occur from free radicals. This means your skin’s visual aging process will slow down with the use of this ingredient. Chia Seed Oil This ingredient helps to hydrate the surface of the skin, soothing dry itchy skin, while it delivers concentrated fatty acids. Orchid Flower Extract While it is locking in moisture and balancing the skin’s NMF or Natural Moisturizing Factor, it is also repairing and protecting the skin. Hyaluronic Acid Has anti-irritant properties while providing anti-oxidant and hydrating qualities. Sunflower Seed Oil Very high in Vitamin E and is key to preserving the skin’s protective barrier function. It is excellent at defending against free radical damage. Rice Bran Oil Known to brighten and [...]

Winter Skin Care Tips

The Best Winter Skin Care Tips & Advice In my practice I have many clients asking me if they should change their skin care routine or daily habits as the weather changes to the colder months. I do see a difference in my client’s skin since warm weather tends to make us sweat and secrete more oils. Colder weather leaves us feeling drier and lacking in moisture. Typically in the winter months we are living with heaters, which causes a lot more dehydration and overall discomfort. This not only includes the face but the body too. Making sure you use a heavier body cream just out of the shower while you are still damp, will prevent your skin from feeling itchy and looking dry. Another suggestion is to run a humidifier in the bedroom while sleeping which will combat that dry winter air. This particular article published by The International Dermal Institute addresses many of the concerns and questions that people have at this time of the year. I would like to add a few names of my favorite Dermalogica products that I recommend to use during these cold wintery months. When speaking of ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, one of my favorite products by Dermalogica is the Hydrating Booster. This booster can be added to any moisturizer, or applied directly to the skin as a base before applying any cream. It adds moisture without feeling oily. Using an exfoliant such as Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant (a type of cream mask that you remove) or the Daily Resurfacers (a cotton wipe on exfoliant that you leave on ) will remove dead skin cells and allow the newer skin cells to absorb your serums and creams [...]

Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond

Treat Aging Skin in Your 60s & Beyond When in your sixties and above, it’s a great time to focus on strengthening, smoothing, brightening, and hydrating skin for a healthy and luminous appearance. You may notice that wrinkles are more deeply etched than in previous years, hyperpigmentation is especially prominent, a decreased protective barrier heightens sensitivity, and dryness and dehydration are enhanced. Collagen production has reduced by at least 30% so skin may grow a bit thinner, elasticity may further decrease, and broken capillaries and veins might intensify. Cancerous and precancerous lesions may also surface if they haven’t already, so really make it a priority to visit your dermatologist once a year for a full body skin scan. The Aging Process Skin aging occurs gradually from external factors such as UV exposure, as well as internal factors such as diet and genetics. These influences contribute to three biochemical reactions – Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) – all of which lead to wrinkles, discoloration, loss of skin tone and other signals associated with aging skin. Reactive Oxygen Species are harmful oxygen molecules created by UV rays and pollution. ROS attack and react with stable skin cell molecules, causing wrinkles by cross-linking collagen and elastin. The result? Skin is less able to repair itself. Matrix Metalloproteinases are enzymes activated by UV exposure or inflammation. MMPs contribute to the breakdown of collagen and inhibit new collagen from forming. Advanced Glycation End-products occur when glucose (sugar) – the same glucose that provides energy for our cells – reacts with proteins, including collagen. This response can contribute to loss of elasticity, wrinkles and lines, inflammation, inhibited cell growth, and accelerated [...]