DOES DRY SKIN CAUSE WRINKLES?

It’s a common belief of many since dry skin often appears more wrinkled. Good news: There’s no truth to the rumors. Dry skin—whether inherited or acquired doesn’t cause wrinkles. Ahead, we are sharing some of the facts straight on the connection between dry skin and wrinkles and some tips on how to keep signs of skin aging at bay!

WHAT’S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN DRY SKIN AND WRINKLES?

While dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles, it certainly accentuates them. When skin is dehydrated or dry, issues like wrinkling, sagging, and flaking will appear more exaggerated. Contrarily, skin that’s hydrated can look plump, moist, and smooth, making wrinkles appear less pronounced. So, if you want your wrinkles to be less likely to catch public eye, apply moisturizer religiously. Not only can doing so help camouflage your wrinkles, your skin will look healthier and will be more hydrated because of it.

Important: Keep in mind that applying basic moisturizer to your skin is just a temporary way to make wrinkles appear less apparent. To help reduce their appearance over time, you’ll need an action plan that involves anti-aging formulas, lifestyle changes, and sometimes seek for professional intervention. Read more below!

SO, WHAT DOES CAUSE WRINKLES?

So if dry skin doesn’t cause wrinkles, what does? We’re glad you asked. Here are a few factors that can cause wrinkles to crop up on your complexion:

  1. Intrinsic Aging: As we age, our skin naturally loses moisture, breaks down collagen and elastin—two key components of skin that appears plump and youthful—and undergoes a slower rate of cellular turnover.
  2. UV Rays: One of the biggest reasons why wrinkles appear is due to unprotected exposure to UVA and UVB rays. You know the collagen and elastin we just spoke of? These damaging rays can get a head start on breaking them down, which speeds up the natural aging process and makes wrinkles and sagging more likely to appear prematurely.
  3. Smoking: Smoking can damage collagen and elastin, as well, leading to accelerated signs of aging like loose, sagging skin. You might not notice any harmful sides effects now, but the more you smoke—and the longer you smoke—the more skin wrinkling you’re likely to have down the line.
  4. Pollution: Air pollution is one of the leading causes of skin wrinkling, but many don’t take the proper precautions to protect themselves. Pollution—from city smog to second-hand smoke—causes free radicals to form which can latch onto collagen and break it down.
  5. Menopause:During menopause, many women experience a deficiency in their main estrogenic hormone, B-Estradiol, which can cause a break down in the supportive fat that lies beneath the skin’s surface. Thus, it’s possible to see sagging and a wrinkled appearance as a result of menopause.
  6. Repeated Facial Expressions:Frequent and exaggerated facial movements—think: squinting and frowning can lead to fine lines and wrinkles. Since skin loses its flexibility as it ages, the grooves that form as a result of these facial movements may no longer spring back in place.

HOW CAN YOU REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES? 

As you can see, wrinkles are caused by a combination of factors some of which can be controlled and others that (unfortunately) can’t. While we can’t turn back the hands of time or make UV rays disappear altogether, there are steps we can take to help reduce premature skin aging and/or help reduce the appearance of any wrinkles already on our face.

  1. Quit Smoking: by cutting the habit, you’ll significantly reduce your chances of premature skin aging.
  2. Wear Sunscreen SPF: You can’t stop the sun from shining, but you can keep your skin protected from harmful rays that can wreak havoc. Wear broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher each and every day—even when it’s cloudy.
  3. Eat a Balanced Diet: Some nutrients that may benefit the skin include antioxidants, vitamins A, C, D, and E, omega-3-fatty acids, and certain proteins. It’s yet to be proven if there is, in fact, a definitive link between diet and wrinkles, but it never hurts to eat a well-balanced diet anyway, right?
  4. Look for Wrinkle-Fighting Formulas: In addition to antioxidants applied topically, reach for formulations boasting retinol—an anti-aging powerhouse—and/or hyaluronic acid. Whether it’s day cream, night cream, eye cream, or serum, these ingredients can help skin look suppler and less wrinkly.

 

 

 

5 ASIAN SKIN CARE INGREDIENTS THAT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR SKIN

Have you seen those beautiful Asian ladies and how serious they are when it comes to their skin care rituals. For example the BB cream rave? No wonder their skin look so radiant and flawless. Now we can get a glimpse of the ingredients these ladies are putting on their skin.

  1. PEARL

In Chinese medicine, they crush pearls in herbal formulas to calm the spirit, promote skin regeneration and reduce inflammation.  This beauty staple, rumored to be the beauty secret of ancient Chinese royalty, contains amino acids, minerals and calcium, which can benefit the skin. “Recent studies have shown that pearl powder can help stimulate fibroblasts, which in turn can stimulate collagen production.

  1. SNAIL MUCIN

Studies suggest that snail mucin can aid in collagen formation and repair signs of photo-aging and acne scarring. Snail mucin is naturally high in hyaluronic acid (great for moisture) and antioxidants. It helps the skin heal faster.

  1. KOREAN GINSENG

Korean ginseng contains 42 natural minerals, vitamins, amino acids and phytonutrients vital to the human body. Avid ginseng tea drinkers believe it improves their memory, concentration and physical stamina. As a skin care ingredient, it helps stimulate and activate the skin’s metabolism and blood flow, regenerating and toning the skin in the process. It also brightens the skin, making it a viable treatment for pigmentation issues.

  1. TURMERIC

Did you know that turmeric—the same ingredient that makes nasi goreng and Indian curry so savory—is one of South Asia’s best-kept skin care secrets? Known for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric helps maintain skin health by fighting acne-causing bacteria and neutralizing free-radical damage, a key cause of premature aging.

  1. MATCHA GREEN TEA

Matcha possesses antioxidant levels six times higher than goji berries, seven times higher than dark chocolate, 17 times higher than wild blueberries and 60 times higher than spinach. When used topically, you get to infuse all of the wonderful healing and nutritious properties. And while rinsing off, you get the added benefit of a gentle and thorough exfoliation.

Are you a fan of these Eastern ingredients? How did these help improve your skin? Share your thoughts with us on the comments section below.

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My 5 Skin Secrets

The older I got the wiser I became towards my skin. I remember the days when I would run out of the house without sunscreen or purposely tan for hours in the early afternoon wearing nothing but just a bare face. Although I thought I would never use anti-aging products or wear a hat in the sun, I will admit that I have changed my ways. I now spend my days finding the perfect products that have become part of my lifestyle.

I recently started using a product called Swiss Zell Transdermal Cellular Therapy Serum which is a lightweight Swiss made serum formulated with tomato stem cells to visibly reduce deep lines and wrinkles in just two weeks! I want to share my 5 skin tips for obtaining youthful skin as well as ways to incorporate Swiss Zell Transdermal Cellular Therapy Serum into your daily routine, here it goes:

Eat Well

 

We are what we eat which is why it’s so important to maintain a well-balanced diet. There are many benefits to eating fresh fruits and veggies such as fueling your body with antioxidants. Your skin will be bright and glowing in no time.

Exercise

Working up a good sweat has been linked to smoother more radiant skin. When our pores dilate, sweat expels trapped dirt and oil. Aerobic exercise provides your body with a heavy dose of oxygenated blood. Your skin instantly glows more and that glow is maintained for hours after a workout.
Exercise helps the skin to produce collagen, which is a protein that helps to keep your skin supple, firm, and elastic.

Drink Water

Water is essential to maintain the skin moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the skin cells. It replenishes the skin tissue and increases its elasticity. This helps delay the appearance of signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.  Adding lemon to your water adds a boost of vitamin C which is needed for the synthesis of collagen. Lemon is also known to clear acne and blackheads creating a youthful glow.

Exfoliate

Weekly facial scrubs are an essential way for removing dead skin and blackheads. By gently exfoliating dry skin cells, the skin will appear to feel smoother and look refreshed as the cells are newer.

Night Routine

This routine is very important since your body naturally enhances its ability to fight environmental and natural damage while you sleep. Sleep also increases melatonin (the sleep hormone), which acts like an antioxidant to fight age spots and lines.  You can read more about the 8 hour beauty sleep secret here.

It’s important to hydrate the skin and use products that aid the skin in repairing its self from within. I typically use an anti-aging serum such as Swiss Zell Transdermal Cellular Therapy Serum.

I follow this up by a hydrating under eye cream.

What do you guys do to keep your skin looking young? Share your comments below 😉

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BENEFITS OF HYALURONIC ACID FOR THE SKIN

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) benefits are impressive, and now it is a key ingredient of cosmetics such as creams, serums, injectables (aka: Restylane), and even supplements. You can find this wonder ingredient almost everywhere. Something this popular has gotta do incredible things for your skin right?

  • What is Hyaluronic acid?

 Hyaluronic acid is a natural – occurring substance found naturally in the body that helps hydrate the skin. This natural glycosaminoglycan is distributed widely throughout connective, neural, and epithelial tissue. It acts as a cushioning and lubrication agent for our joints, nerves, hair, skin and eyes.

  • Why Hyaluronic Acid is Important for the Skin

Young skin retains its resilience and pliability due to its high water content Our ability to produce hyaluronic acid declines with age (sob!), which can lead to increased dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and sagging (yuck!)

The other reason is hyaluronic acid molecules’ unique ability to attract and retain more than 1,000 times their weight in water. One thousand! That’s more than any other biological substance. What’s not to love?.

  • Wound Healing

HA play an important role in the various stage of inflammation by contributing to the stabilization of the healing matrix.

  • Anti-Wrinkles

Besides its benefits of superior hydration, HA is widely used in the treatment of wrinkles and sagging skin to help restructure the dermis.

Have you tried hyaluronic acid? I’m sure there are many other ways you can use hyaluronic acid in your beauty regime. Comment down below and share your beauty tricks with me! 🙂

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THE 8 HOUR BEAUTY SLEEP SECRET

To be honest I’m one of those who can get by on three or five hours of sleep and brag about it to my friends. But, look karma is after me and it got me good. Sleep deprivation caused me terrible changes to my body and skin. People will look at me and say I look like 10 years older than my actual age! Unfortunately we can’t make up for the loss of sleep. But here is why your skin needs its 8 hours sleep and it also applies to men:

REGENERATION

During sleep, your body rejuvenates, detoxify and tissues renew at a faster speed as the brain releases hormones for renovation and growth. Without sleep, mini breakdowns that happened during the day stay on the skin.  It is during the night that our body works extra hard to heal and repair.

HORMONES

When you sleep, skin goes into conservation mode because the adrenaline and corticosteroid levels drop and the body produces human growth hormone (HGH) when not disturbed. If sleep is insufficient, stress hormones increase, leading chances of inflammation in the form of eczema, psoriasis, acne and skin sensitivity.

COLLAGEN

Part of skin’s natural repair process is the production of collagen to fight the development of fine lines. Skin beauty is related to the amount of this youthful protein which decreases as we age. Skimping on even two hours of sleep negatively impacts collagen production.

MOISTURE

Skin uses moisture when we sleep. During sleep cycles the body flushes out toxins via sweat. Skin recovers moisture during sleep and processes excess water for removal. If lack of sleep is interrupted; skin appears drier with fine lines being more prominent. Your skin shows poor water balance with under eye circles and bags alongside dryness that highlights visible wrinkles.

HEALTH

With the five sleep cycles, each lasting 90 minutes, skin initiates cell repair. Minor damages can be reversed overnight during the deeper phases of sleep. Try to sleep on your back, lying face down or sideways on your pillow creates lines and contribute to wrinkle formation.

Remember a great night sleep will bring on bright eyes and radiant skin, a win-win situation!

 

The Beauty Benefits of Soy

One of my favorite drinks is soy milk. Soy is said to contain many high quality proteins, fibers, and isoflavones. The dietary intake of soy may reduce cholesterol and lower risk of heart disease. But did you know that soy has many great beauty benefits too? Yes, it has a number of positive effects on the skin and some skincare products have soy as one of their ingredients.

Soy is a member of the pea family and has been very popular in Southeastern Asia such as China and Japan. No wonder the Chinese and Japanese have both healthy body and skin. It is one of the world’s major food crops today and they can be processed into oil, milk, tofu, and soy protein. Since soy contains nutrients and proteins, many people use soy on skin as a beauty enhancer. By using soy on skin, it acts as a moisturizer to soften, smooth, and even out skin tones. It contains aglycones which promise the improvement of aging skin, and diminishing of fine lines and wrinkles. Soy also contains vitamin E which can help renew dead skin cells and promotes collagen production. Creams that contain soy are great for soothing and reversing sun damages.

One way to use soy on the skin is by making a soy mask. First by crushing the soy beans into powder form and add water to make it like a paste. Spread the paste on the face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This will let the paste to absorb excess oil on your skin, leaving it smooth and toned. You can always mix in other natural ingredients such as eggs, honey, or oatmeal to make the mask for a deeper enhancement of the beauty effects. Another way is to use soy milk to wash your face.

Always be extra cautious when dealing with soy because it can cause allergic reactions similar to wheat, milk, eggs and peanuts. Always have only a moderate intake of soy because it might cause other problems if women continuously consume a large quantity. But with proper cautious and care, soy in general is a healthy ingredient for both body and skin.

Sleep Your Way to Beauty

Sleep! Everyone needs to sleep. Sleep is essential to not only our body health but also skin health as well. We’ve all heard people said that they need their beauty sleep. That is because sleeping has beauty benefits. From the look of the skin, you can tell if that person is sleep deprived or not. The face says it all.

Not enough sleep will worsen skin conditions. Less sleep can lead to increased stressed hormones which will cause acne breakouts. It can also cause the skin to feel dehydrated and look dull. The worse thing it can do to you is giving you dark circles under your eyes, aka panda eyes! These sound cute but it will take a long time to get rid of. The eyes will be puffy and dry too. All in all, lack of sleep will cause you to look tired and age faster.

Now, here are some beauty benefits of sleep. You would have brighter and less puffy eyes. During your sleep, your skin makes new collagen and repairs the damaged skin. You will see less wrinkles and fine lines. It is like a natural anti-aging process. Tip: Your skin loses more water when you sleep than it does during the day. So, remember to always apply cream or serum to lock the moisture in your skin. Your face would look more radiance and less tired if you have enough sleep.

I said “enough” because having lots of sleep isn’t good for you either. Have you ever woke up and feel sore all over your body? Yup, that’s either too much sleep or too little sleep. It is advised that we should sleep on an average of 7 to 9 hours a day. Enough sleep equals better performance.

So tonight, do yourself a favor. Make yourself comfortable on your bed and have a good night sleep. Trust me, you will love it. 😉

The Best Vitamins For Beautiful Skin

As a beauty addict, taking care of my skin should be essential because no one wants to have bad skin and looking old. The most important factor of having beautiful skin is what you put inside your body. The foods you intake do have an effect on your skin. The more junk and oily food you eat in the long term, your skin will become less healthy and your face will look more dull. But sadly enough, I love eating junk food. My mind is saying “no” but my stomach is saying “yes.” So, to control myself from eating too many junks, I try to eat fruits that contain many vitamins.  There are many foods that contain vitamins that are healthy to both our body and skin.

So what are some vitamins that are essential for having beautiful skin? Actually, you can find these vitamins in many fruits and vegetables. Here is a short list of the vitamins:

  • Vitamin A: This vitamin is essential for the maintenance and repair of vital skin tissues. Lotions containing vitamin A can help control acne and reduce lines and wrinkles as well.
  • Vitamin C: I bet no one on earth does not know what vitamin C is. It is the most common known vitamin among the vitamin family. Vitamin C aids in skin care because of two things. One is its antioxidant properties and two is its importance in collagen synthesis. The antioxidants can fend off the signs of aging and helps heal damaged skin.
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E helps reduce the appearance of scars and rough, dry skin. It protects the skin against sun damage by absorbing the harmful UV light from the sun when applied topically. It can also help in the treatment of skin inflammation.
  • Vitamin K: If you have dark circles and tend to have bruises, then you need lots of vitamin K because it is crucial for fading them. Just remember to apply it topically for the most benefit.

Taking vitamins orally might be important but applying on your skin directly would have a better and faster effect. Tomato stemcells is the main ingredient for SwissZell, which has all of the vitamins I mentioned above. Currently, SwissZell has a Mother’s Day promotion of 20% OFF. Don’t miss out this opportunity! I wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day. Remember to stay young and beautiful!

Microneedling Is The Next Big Thing?

I’m a girl who doesn’t like to deal with needles. Knowing that a needle will hurt me just give me a chills. So it took some courage for me to try what I think might be the next big thing, microneedling. It’s called microneedling because your skin will be poked with thousands of tiny needles on a roller. The needles can be about 0.2mm to 3mm long. But dermatologists suggest using a roller under 1mm at home just to be safe.

So how should you deal with microneedling? It’s very simple. After you wash your face clean, gently roll the tool on your face. You really don’t have to press it onto your skin or else your face will be bleeding very soon. Gently roll it onto your skin vertically, horizontally, and diagonally to get every spot on your face. You wouldn’t feel much pain, at least I didn’t when I tried it. My face was just a little red and felt warmer than usually but it’s normal because that means blood is flowing into my face more quickly than usual.

What are the benefits of microneedling? The purpose of making so many micro-holes on our face is to produce more collagen. It’s good for fading scars and wrinkles. It can prevent fine lines from deepening and gives a rush of radiance. Microneedling is a great way to prevent aging skin!

To make the best out of microneedling, apply a nourishing serum overnight. Like me, you might be blown away by the results the next morning. Be safe, be beautiful! 🙂

8 Great Benefits of Eggs

I love eggs. They are very healthy if you include them in your diet. But did you know that eggs are a miracle ingredient for your skin? Egg whites especially have many great beauty benefits because they are rich in protein and albumin that have skin toning properties and promote wrinkle free skin. They are also high in collagen and vitamin A, which is essential to treat scars and burns. Below are 8 beauty benefits of eggs that you can try out at home during your spare time.

  1. Earlier I mentioned that egg white is high in collagen and vitamin A. So, treatments with egg white can help you get rid of skin problems like rosacea and acne scars. It can also prevent and fight off acne too.
  2. Egg white help you tighten and close up large pores! Yes, that’s right! If you have large pores, add egg white to your facial and it’ll help you shrink those ugly looking pores you don’t want.
  3. Oily skin? No worry. Because egg white is especially great for reducing oily skin. Mix egg white and oatmeal together and apply on your face and neck. Rinse with warm water and your skin will feel less oily.
  4. Dry skin? Don’t worry about that too because the egg yolk is great for dry skin. Add lemon juice and olive oil to enhance that nourishing effect.
  5. Egg white is known to fix puffy eyes effectively. Apply a thin layer of egg white under your eyes and leave on until it dries up. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry.
  6. Blackheads! Perhaps egg white will get rid of them. Egg white can amazingly draw out sebum and pull out the dirty things within pores. It tightens the pores while squeezing out the black heads by bringing them out of the skin’s surface.
  7. Egg white not only helps your skin, it can also help your hair too! Mix yogurt with egg white and you will end up having a hair conditioner that’s great for your dull hair. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Your hair will look shiny and beautiful when it’s dry!
  8. White eggs will make you look youthful! It reduces wrinkles and fine lines because it helps tighten and lift your skin. A simple egg white face mask twice a week and you will see incredible results!

Oh! I forget to mention that after your egg white facial, remember to apply your favorite skin care product. Here’s a link to find out about a great skincare product.