How to Choose Anti Aging Skin Care Products

Have you taken a good look at the ingredients in your anti aging skin care products? I mean, really looked at them and understood what they do? I did, recently. Talk about being surprised! And not in a good way.

As somebody who has had to take care of my skin most of my life, I was very dismayed to read the second ingredient in my skin care product of choice, was mineral oil.

Why? Well, little did I know that when you apply mineral oil to your skin it prevents your skin from breathing by clogging the pores of your skin. Mineral oil also interferes with your skin’s ability to naturally remove toxins, which can irritate the skin leading to acne, chapping and dryness. And, this is the real kicker, using an anti aging skin care product with mineral oil in it, can actually lead to premature aging of your skin!

Oh yeah, I nearly forgot – applying mineral oil to your skin can also cause your skin to become dependent on it. Kinda like your skin getting addicted to mineral oil!

What’s really irritating is I have been using this particular product for about 15 years. Essentially, I have unwittingly been making my skin worse!

But wait, how can this happen? Don’t we have the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), to watch what’s put into anti aging skin care products?

Come to find out, no, we don’t. You see, the FDA doesn’t regulate what is put in products for your skin. Since these products are not ingested, the Fed’s don’t have the mandate to review the ingredients that are put in cosmetic products.

You’re pretty much on your own. And, if you’re thinking buying an expensive skin care product is any better, think again. Some of the most expensive products, are the worst offenders.

Let me share with you what else I’ve learned. First off, let me give you a little background so this information will make some sense.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ. It contains collagen and elastin. Collagen provides strength and firmness, while elastin provides our skin with the ability to be flexible.

Both are proteins and with time tend to break down. As these proteins break down, signs of aging such as wrinkling, sagging and lines begin to appear. The best anti aging skin care products are those that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin, to rejuvenate our skin from within.

There are a lot of creams out there that are designed to fill in the lines and wrinkles. They are simply fillers that provide the appearance smoother skin. Of course, this is but a temporary fix that is washed away with every shower.

Following are a few ingredients that you don’t want to find in your anti aging skin care products.

Clearly, mineral oil tops the list.  It’s a petroleum based product that is clear, odorless and most importantly, inexpensive.  It has been used in just about all cosmetic products, such as lotions, creams and ointments. 

Mineral oil comes in different grades of purity, and there is concern that a lot of the mineral oil we are exposed to contain contaminants that could adversely affect our health. It does absolutely nothing to help your skin be healthy. It just lays on top like an oil slick…

Another ingredient to avoid is a synthetic derivative Dioxane. Dioxane or 1,4-dioxane. This ingredient has been identified by the State of California as being a cause of cancer. It is a byproduct of a method used to process ingredients, and is estimated to be in 22% of all skincare products – even though removing it is a relatively simple procedure. Yet, you may be applying this stuff to your skin!  Look for ‘Polyethylene’, ‘Polyethlene glycol’ or ‘Polyoxyethylene’, in the list of ingredients.

We all like our skin to smell great, right? Sometimes that’s even the deciding factor when comparing skin care products. “Oh, smell this one!” – right again?!  Unfortunately, most fragrances are made of ingredients that are known to be carcinogenic or toxic. Avoiding creams with fragrances would be prudent!

Then there are Parabens. There are several types of parabens that are used as preservatives and to prevent the growth of bacteria. It’s estimated that 85% of all cosmetics contain them. Yet, parabens have been shown to interfere with your body’s endocrine system, may cause cancer and, may cause allergic reactions and rashes.

Not something I want on my skin, but have faithfully been rubbing into my skin for years.

The biggest problem with paragons is they accumulate in our bodies.  So, even though you may ingest amounts, that are considered safe by the FDA, the cumulative effect could cause a variety of health problems.

Look for methylparaben, propylparben, butylparaben, ethylparaben or isobutylparaben in the list of ingredients.

Oh, and let’s not forget about alcohol. Again there are a bunch of different alcohols that can be found in anti aging skin care products. SD Alcohol, ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol

Alcohol for the most part absorbs moisture and as such can dry your skin and cause irritation. Alcohol can also strip your skin of natural protective barriers, leaving it susceptible to exposure to viruses, bacteria and mold.

Finally, there’s collagen. But wait, didn’t I just tell you collagen is an important part of your skin – that it gives your skin strength and firmness?

Yep, I sure did. But here’s the thing. Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by your skin when applied topically. Manufacturers use it as an ingredient in their skin care products to fool you into believing their product is superior.

However, more recently it has been discovered that fish collagen peptides, are small enough to be absorbed through our skin. So, depending on the collagen being used, it may be beneficial.

We’ve just reviewed a few ingredients you want to avoid when comparing skin care products. Now let’s take a look at a few good ingredients. Here’s an ingredient you’ll want to find.

Keratin is a key structural component of the outer layer of our skin. Clinical studies have shown Keratin (CynergyTM), derived from the wool of New Zealand sheep, improves skin cells antioxidant activity, as well improving our skin’s elasticity and hydration. That’s a good thing!

Then there’s the powerful anti oxidant Coenzyme Q10 ( CoQ10 ). This ingredient is a naturally occurring substance that acts a lot like a vitamin and is very effective in reducing the negative impact free radicals can have on our skin.

Over time and with increased age, the amount of CoQ10 available in our bodies is reduced and replenishing it is helpful to our skin.

There are different types of CoQ10. Unfortunately, most of the variations found in skin care products are unusable when applied to your skin. The best form of CoQ10 works best when paired with vitamin E.  Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10 accomplishes this, making it a potent ingredient. Don’t try to pronounce it, but do look for it.

This is a special nano-emulsion form of CoQ10, can actually penetrate through seven layers of skin to protect against free radicals, providing tremendous health benefits, such as an enhanced anti wrinkling effect and the promotion of the increased production of collagen and elastin.

Any of these ingredients are good for your skin’s good health, but put them together and the result is one of the best anti aging skin care products available.

If you’d like to look and feel better, use an anti aging skin care product that includes all three.

Do yourself a favor, regardless of the price, choose your anti-aging skin care products by closely checking the ingredients!

How to Revitalize Your Aging Skin

You’re not alone if you want to revitalize your aging skin to look and feel younger. Practically, everyone is looking for anti-aging skin care these days to help keep their skin healthy.

How you look often goes hand-in-hand with how you feel. So, if you don’t look young, you may not feel young. Facial wrinkles and “crows feet” just don’t look very good, when they’re starring back at you from that mirror.

I guess just about everyone wants to look younger than they really are. I’ve been lucky, I suppose, because I have always been accused of being younger than my actual age. I’ve always hoped it has been because of my youthful look, and not immature behavior…? Maybe a little of both, I suppose. But clearly, some folks age much more gracefully than others.

Regardless of our actual age, we can all benefit by taking care of our health – including our skin. If for no other reason than when we look good, we feel good!

There are many things that make a person’s skin wrinkle and cause them to look older than they are. For example, individuals with a history of smoking tend to have more wrinkles around their eyes and mouths. Using an anti-aging skin cream can help smooth out those wrinkles and improve their self-image.

The same applies to individuals who have had a lot of sun exposure, which can cause premature wrinkling of the skin. Again, the right anti-aging skin care can help revitalize your skin, from the inside out, naturally.

The easiest way to minimize the damaging effects aging can have on our skin, is to avoid those activities that are the most detrimental to our skin. Obviously, if we can avoid smoking, don’t and if we are a smoker, the health of our skin is just another great reason to try to quit.

Another thing we will want to do, is avoid extensive exposure to direct sunlight. If we must be in the sun, use sunscreen or wear protective clothing.

The sun’s rays have always had the potential to damage one’s skin, but with the reduced ozone layer, the sun’s rays are even more intense today. We all like a good suntan, but those bronze bathing beauties won’t be looking so great in their sixties and seventies.

Another important, all natural activity we can do is to drink plenty of water. Water not only helps our body clear toxins from our body, but it also helps our skin retain its elasticity.

Let’s not forget about taking our vitamins. Our skin needs nutrients just like the rest of our body and unless we’re very proactive with our dietary needs, our skin will benefit from the regular ingestion of quality vitamins.

Of course another great tip to revitalize your aging skin is to use an anti-aging skin cream. Being good to ourself includes being good to our skin. When I was younger, I was somewhat irritated when others assumed I was considerably younger. But, now that I’m much older, the tables have turned, and I have to say, I kinda like it!

I’ve always tried to follow the rules of avoidance when it comes to  skin care, but I’m no different than many of the rest of you – I did it more by accident than with intent.

When I was barely a teen, I literally fried myself on a beach in Mexico, and suffered for weeks afterwards. That has to rank as one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done – but I’m telling you, I never put myself in a position to do that again!

Plus, I never smoked. Again, more by accident than by intent. Even though I grew up with smokers around me, I simply never developed an interest in smoking. Honestly, I tried it, but the taste was just not for me.

Despite taking steps to reduce the wear and tear on one’s body, we can’t avoid aging. A good quality, natural, anti-aging skin cream is a necessity for vital, healthy skin, and especially important if you find you must revitalize your aging skin.

I’ve looked into skin care before, but not to reduce the impact of aging, simply because I had dry, sensitive skin. I have been using skin care products of some sort, most of my life.

Now that I am getting older, I’ve been looking at anti-aging skin cream more thoroughly to find one that is good for my skin and kind to my pocket book.

Any skin care can get expensive, but if you are on a budget, don’t worry. The good news is, expensive products are not necessarily the best products. In fact once I learned more about the ingredients in these skin care products, I discovered that many of the most expensive, name brand, anti-aging skin care creams are in fact, harmful to your skin! Some actually enhance the aging process!

So, don’t let those commercials talk you into purchasing some $100 dollar skin cream just because of it’s name. That’s not to say name brand products are not good. But what I am saying is, don’t assume that because it’s expensive, it works any better than anything else on the market.

Look for the following three key ingredients in your skin care products: KanapaTM a uniquely formulated blend of super plant based, natural ingredients designed to maintain and repair the health of your skin.

Also, Nano-Lipobelle H EQ10 which penetrates down seven levels of skin to produce dramatic results; and phytessence wakame which is derived from Japanese sea kelp, heals inflamed skin, while protecting it against further damage.

Of course, there are other great, natural ingredients to help you find quality skin care products.  But a product that contains all three of these plus more active ingredients would be a great product to use on your skin.

Once you have begun using natural, healthy anti-aging skin care products to revitalize your aging skin, your skin will feel refreshed and revitalized. Making you look and feel younger!

Which Men’s Anti-Aging Skincare Products to Use?

Which Men’s Anti-Aging Skincare Products to Use?  

The basic difference between women’s and men’s anti-aging skincare products is the inclusion of a different fragrance; something that smells “manly.”

Ironically, ingredients in fragrances are often detrimental to one’s health. It would be better for us, if they simply eliminated fragrances altogether, and offer “unisex” skincare products.

Since the 1960s, dermatologists have recommended that consumers stay away from  products that contain fragrances, as well as preservatives, because they are two of the most common causes of allergic reactions.

A simple allergic reaction to a skin care product can lead to scarring and skin damage that stays with you for life. You would think that given the risk, fragrances would be removed.

With little, if any regulation of the industry by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the cosmetic industry concentrates their resources on creating marketing niches, and fragrances contribute to that effort.

In truth, skincare products should all be created by dermatologists or other healthcare professionals, regardless of the target market.

Instead, companies with limited research staff develop these products while monitoring development costs very closely. In the United States, these companies are not required to conduct safety testing before a skin care product is made available to consumers.

Manufacturers have never heeded the suggestion to exclude fragrances and preservatives, especially when a good fragrance and long shelf life make their product more attractive to the consumer.

And really, when you think about it, what harm can a little fragrance do when it comes to women’s or men’s anti-aging skincare products? The term “fragrance,” actually may refer to any one of thousands of different chemicals used to create a fragrance or provide preservation.

Many of these chemicals are known toxins and some are known to cause cancer. All of them can stimulate responses in the central nervous system, which is linked directly to the olfactory system which includes the nose, of course.

Artificial fragrances are known to have caused depression, agitation, irritability and may also be linked to chronic fatigue and other health problems. Does that sound healthy to have in products we apply to our skin?!

You may not be allergic to the preservatives used, but what about the other health issues that have been identified? The most common preservatives are parabens and some skin care products contain as many as five different variations of them. Research indicates that they can influence the growth of cancerous tumors. Even worse, parabens can migrate into tissues when applied to the skin and predispose those cells to cancer.

As the use of chemicals has grown in our society, so has the incidence of cancer. At one time, a person’s risk of cancer was 1 in 50. That probability today is 1 in 3 for women and 1 in 2 for men.

We can’t avoid exposure to many of the chemicals used in our society, but it’s certainly unnecessary to purposely increase our risk by applying skincare creams that contain known or suspected carcinogens.

With all that potential risk, are you willing to let the skin care manufacturer decide for you whether a small amount of chemically laden fragrance is OK for you?

Additionally, there’s no reason skincare products can’t include ingredients that relieve inflammation, reduce redness, provide protection from the sun and soothe our skin (even when caused by shaving or over-exposure), naturally.

Skincare products should include ingredients that encourage our body’s to increase skin cell proliferation while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fibers. Effective moisturizers should also be included, to provide increased resistance to damage.

The following is a list of ingredients to look for in your skincare products.  All of them are natural ingredients which will improve the overall good health of your skin: 

  • Keratin derived from New Zealand sheep’s wool, 
  • Wakame kelp, 
  • capuacu butter, 
  • Babassu wax, 
  • grape seed oil, 
  • vitamin B5, 
  • vitamin E, 
  • coenzyme Q10 and 
  • witch hazel.

The best men’s skincare creams contain all of these ingredients with no preservatives or fragrances added.  Use products that include these ingredients and your skin will look younger and stay healthier.

A Guide to Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatments

The following is designed to serve as a brief anti-aging skin care guide. Our goal is to provide an understanding of some of the benefits and drawbacks of anti-aging skincare treatments. As well as providing a basis for searching for quality products to improve the health of your skin.

There are hundreds of products on the market designed to help enrich your skin. Each claim to be the best at making you look and feel younger. How do you know what works and what doesn’t?  Hopefully, the following information will provide some answers.

The sun is responsible for 90% of the changes in our skin that we attribute to getting older. Wrinkles, fine lines, and changes in the tone and texture of our skin are all caused by ultraviolet (UV), radiation. Sagging skin and bags under our eyes are caused by a loss of elastin – the stretchy material in our skin. Which accounts for the remaining 10%.

The majority of the damage to our skin is done before we reach the age of twenty. Despite this knowledge we are continually encouraged to use sunscreen whenever we’re exposed to direct sunlight, to avoid damaging our skin further.

That’s all good and well, provided there’s no adverse affects associated with the use of sunscreen.  Which, until recently was the belief.

We know its use may decrease the risk of squamous and basal cell cancer, but it now appears to increase the risk of melanoma, which is the most deadly form of skin cancer.

It is unclear whether the increased risk of melanoma is caused by the sun block chemicals being absorbed through the pores of our skin or merely over-reliance on the products to protect our skin.

What is clear, research shows anti-aging skin care treatment which is designed to be used daily, should not contain sunscreen.

Even though most of the damage to our skin is done when we are young, that doesn’t mean that we cannot restore some of that damage. We can encourage our body to create new collagen, new elastin and new skin-cells, all while increasing levels of proteins that are important for all of these processes.  In doing so, we will look and feel younger.

There are products currently available on the market that will help rejuvenate our skin. But, we are going to have search diligently to find them. The best way to do that, is by reading through the ingredients of the available products.

There are specific ingredients that have been found to be truly effective in rejuvenating one’s skin. For example, there is clinical research supporting the effectiveness of anti-aging skin care treatments that contain Keratin, wakame and nano-lipobelle.

Keratin is a protein that is needed to create and repair the skin’s layers and cells. This particular type of protein can easily be absorbed and used by the human body for that repair work.

The best, most natural Keratin, is a combination of natural bioactive Keratin and a nutritional hydrolysed keratin, which is derived from the wool of New Zealand sheep.

You are likely aware free radicals may cause cancer in our bodies, but did you know the negative effects that free radicals can have on our skin? They can adversely affect the integrity of the collagen and elastin fibers in our skin, eventually causing wrinkles.

Just as we may take antioxidants orally to destroy free radicals inside our bodies, we need antioxidants for our skin, as well. Nano-lipobelle and wakame have powerful antioxidant capabilities. Wakame extract is derived from a specific kind of sea kelp.

While, Nano-lipobelle is a specially created formula containing vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10. This ingredient is designed to penetrate through all our skin’s layers, destroying free radicals as it goes.

Beware of anti-aging skin care products that contain sun block.  And remember, only the best skin care treatments contain all of the nourishing ingredients mentioned here.

We hope this information provides a starting point on your quest to a healthier, more natural rejuvenation of your skin.

 

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Learn the Secret to Reverse Skin Aging

All of us simply want to find a magic formula that will reverse skin aging, but with the huge of products that we are being offered the odds of us finding one are pretty slim.

Aging skin treatment, for the most part, is smoke and mirrors. Most of the products available to us won’t come anywhere close to treating the causes of our lines and wrinkles. They are simply not equipped with the right ingredients.

In order to truly reverse skin aging a product has to address not only the loss of collagen and elastin, but also the breakdown of hyaluronic acid, and the free radical damage that has occurred over the years.

There are only a handful of formulas that have been developed that address all the issues that contribute to the break down of our skin. Unfortunately, you’re not going to find these products on store shelves.

Most of the typical skin care products found at your local stores are ineffective. These formulas more often than not will contain collagen and elastin, along with the common array of questionable chemical agents. But they may actually be doing more damage to your skin.

These products will do absolutely nothing to reverse skin aging, because for one thing the primary ingredients won’t work. Collagen and elastin are too dense on a molecular level to be able pass through your skin effectively, so they can never reach an area where they would be of any good to you. The other ingredients in these products are downright dangerous.

The chemical agents which most companies in the cosmetics industry pass off as part of their aging skin treatment can have an adverse effect on your system. Many of them have been found to cause a variety of ailments that include cancer, organ toxicity, and nervous system damage.

There is one commonly used antibacterial agent that creates antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria in humans. Which is kind of scary…

The way to reverse skin aging is through the use of products containing nothing except natural ingredients. Plant based ingredients will provide your skin with all of the antioxidants necessary to combat the effects of UV produced free radicals, and they will also repair all of the damage that the free radicals have done.

Ah, but what about the tissue loss, you rightfully ask.

The most effective treatment for reversing tissue loss is the one that combines Functional Keratin, and Phytessence Wakame extract. These two natural compounds will act to stimulate the increase of collagen and elastin production, and raise the level of your hyaluronic acid by preventing the attacking enzyme from destroying this tissue.

The all natural products that feature Functional Keratin and Phytessence Wakame give you everything that you need in order to reverse skin aging.

It is just a shame that there is only one company that is producing such a formula. Use the ingredients mentioned here, and you will be looking younger than you ever thought you could.

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Can You Trust Your Personal Care Products?

I’d be willing to bet that when you go shopping, you assume most if not all personal care products you are shopping for, are safe. You probably believe that anything that is unsafe couldn’t make it past Federal inspections and wouldn’t be allowed to be placed on the shelves for sale.

But, can you really trust the manufacturer of these products?!

I mean, let’s face it, given the size of the government these days; with all the different departments regulating this and that, it’s obvious they check products before they’re allowed to be sold, right?!

Well, not so much…

When it comes to cosmetic products you are pretty much on your own. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is the regulating authority for these types of products.  Unfortunately, they have no “authority” to mandate that companies test their products for safety before releasing them for purchase.  The only things the FDA does prior to market release is to check for certain color additives, and to check active ingredients in any cosmetic product classified as an over-the-counter drug. Not very reassuring, to be sure!

So, what else have you assumed about the cosmetic industry that is untrue?

Certainly the government prohibits the use of dangerous chemicals in personal care products! Common sense dictates, companies wouldn’t expose themselves to liability by including harmful chemicals in the ingredients of their products.

Wrong again! Cosmetic manufacturers are allowed to use any ingredient or raw material they want, except for the color additives, indicated above, without any intervention by a government consumer protection agency.

Did you know…

  • Over 500 products sold in the US contain ingredients banned in cosmetics sold in Japan, Canada and the European Union.
  • The International Fragrance Association has identified over 100 products sold in the US that have ingredients deemed unsafe by the organization.
  • A substantial number of “nanomaterials” whose safety is questionable may be found in personal care products.
  • 61% of lipstick sold in the US contain lead residues.
  • 60% of sunscreens include oxybenzone, which is readily absorbed through our skin contaminating nearly 97% of Americans with a potential hormone disruptor.
  • A cancer causing substance 1,4-dioxane may be found in 22% of all personal care products including those targeted for use by children.

But then, if you think about it, is there really that much risk in applying something to our skin? How dangerous could it be, when so little gets through our skin, right?

Did you know, that many products contain penetration enhancers, to assure ingredients find their way deep within our skin? More importantly, it’s not necessarily what you have rubbed on your skin, but the vehicle used to transfer the product. For example your risk exposure can be caused by breathing in overspray and dust from sprays and powders, swallowing chemicals applied to your lips or hands, as well as absorbing chemicals through your skin.

Ingredients such as paraben preservatives, the pesticide triclosan, synthetic musks and phthalate plasticizers remain in our bodies and can be found in men, women and children. Many of these ingredients disrupt our hormones and can lead to health issues such as heightened sperm damage, reduced birth rate in women, and the feminization of the male reproductive system.

Common sense says products made for children or those that are labelled as hypoallergenic would offer increased safety.

If you think that, you would be wrong, once again. Marketing claims made by personal care product manufacturers are not regulated and they almost never have to substantiate their claims. Manufacturers use of the terms “natural” and “hypoallergenic” are used to improve their marketability and often have no basis in reality.

A study performed in 2007 of 1,700 children’s personal care products labelled “gentle” or “hypoallergenic” revealed that 81% contained allergens or skin and eye irritants.

The same goes for products labelled organic or natural. Again, these labels improve consumer’s attraction to them and are used to increase sales. They are not necessarily reflective of the actual ingredients found in any given product.

Manufacturers often include a smidge of natural or organic ingredients simply so they can use those terms in their marketing. The amounts used, are so insignificant they have no real effect on the product’s performance, though.

The other point that is often neglected is, even if an ingredient is natural or organic, it is not necessarily safe to use. As an example, poison ivy is natural, but you’re not going to want to rub that all over your skin now, are you?!

Some personal care products which have been labelled as natural or organic, have been found to contain petrochemicals and have absolutely zero certified natural or organic ingredients. Zip, nada, zilch! Not only that, but “certified” organic products can have as little as 10% organic ingredients by weight, in order to be classified as such.

Finally, research has shown that 35% of children’s cosmetic products marketed as “natural” include artificial preservatives.

We all tend to believe that in the event a product causes injury, the FDA will immediately cause that product to be recalled. Sorry to burst that safety bubble – but the FDA does not have the authority to do that. Besides, manufacturers are not required to report these injuries to the FDA.

Of course, as a well-informed consumer, you always have the ability to read the labels and determine for yourself the safety of the ingredients in any given product. With one small caveat, though. Federal law not only doesn’t offer protection for the consumer, but actually facilitates the manufacturer’s deceit.

Federal law permits the exclusion of some ingredients from their labels! Ingredients considered “trade secrets” and ingredients that make up the fragrance may be excluded from the label. Fragrances can have some of the most harmful ingredients in them, yet they can be excluded from identification.

If you believe personal care product safety is just a women’s concern – think again. The following stats are the results of various surveys and reveal that on average women use 12 products with 168 ingredients everyday, men use 6 products with 85 ingredients and children are exposed to 61 ingredients daily. That’s a significant amount of exposure to a lot of different chemicals on a daily basis. And remember, the younger you are, the more susceptible you are to the negative impact of those ingredients.

In summary, be very, very careful with the personal care products you choose to use. Some of the most popular products endorsed by your favorite television personalities are not what they’re cracked up to be.

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Ugh! How Do We Get Rid of These Wrinkles?

The reality is nobody likes getting older. As we age our skin loses its flexibility and becomes stiffer, which translates into wrinkles. So, how do we get rid of these wrinkles?!

There are a multitude of variables that determine the extent to which our skin wrinkles – foremost among those variables being our genes. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about our genes.

Regardless of how we age, we would all prefer to look younger, making us feel better about ourselves.

All my life others have assumed I have been younger than I actually am. Which I hope was because of my youthful looks and not my behavior. As a younger person, looking younger was often hinderance. Now that I am older my youthful appearance is working in my favor, as I don’t look my age at all.

Clearly, some individuals age more gracefully than others. For everyone else, there is quality anti-aging skincare.

A topical cream can be used to target specific areas of concern. Individuals with a history of smoking tend to have more wrinkles around their mouth and eyes, while a person who has experienced significant sun exposure may wrinkle prematurely.

In both cases a skin care cream may be applied to the specific areas to help smooth out those wrinkles and improve the health of the affected skin.

Using such products is a great way to improve the health, look and feel of skin. But there are other things that you can do, and should be doing to improve your skin’s health.

Smoking has a detrimental effect on skin. If you don’t smoke, please don’t start, and if you are already a smoker, the sooner you can quit the better.

Drinking plenty of water is also tremendously beneficial. Remember, the human body is made up of between 50-75% water on average. Skin is the body’s largest organ. There is roughly 3,000 square inches of skin, weighing about 6 pounds covering a 120 pound individual! Water is essential to maintaining the organ! Drinking water not only keeps skin healthy, it helps skin to retain its elasticity which is critical to reducing wrinkles.

Try to avoid extensive exposure to the sun. If you must be out in the sun for an extended period plan to wear a hat, loose-fitting clothing that is designated as blocking ultraviolet sun rays, and wear sunscreen. The sun’s rays have always had the potential to damage skin, but with the elimination of the ozone layer, the sun’s rays are even more intense and dangerous today. Children, especially, are vulnerable to sun damage to their skin.

Minimizing exposure to the sun will not only improve the health of your skin, but reduce your risk for skin cancer. A nice bonus!

Obviously, you need vitamin D, so normal exposure to sun light is acceptable. But, you should really try to keep exposure to short doses. And, you could always take vitamin D as a supplement, if you felt you were not getting enough sun exposure – especially during the winter months.

Personally, I try to adhere to a protocol of reduced sun exposure. But, I recognize that my daily activities will likely expose me to the sun. I try to mitigate that by following the suggestions mentioned above. For example, if I know I’m going to be doing a bit of driving, I apply sunscreen to my arms, face and neck.

When reviewing anti-aging skin care products, do your due diligence. Simply buying the most expensive, highly marketed product is not always the best course of action. In fact, some of the more expensive products manufactured by well know companies, are some of the worst products available for your skin.

From a logical standpoint, you should ask yourself: If the manufacturer is spending so much on marketing, how much are they spending on research and development? Also, how much are they paying the celebrity to endorse the product, and how does that endorsement affect the price?

When considering skin care products of any kind, look carefully at the ingredients. If you see ingredients such as parabens, allergens and fragrance – keep looking! Remember skin absorbs 60% of what touches it.

Ingredients you’ll want to see in an anti-aging skin care creams are: Phytessence Wakame, which is derived from Japanese sea kelp and helps your skin retain its elasticity naturally; and Nanobelle CoenzymeQ10 which penetrates down 7 levels of skin to produce dramatic results.

A quality skin care product will refresh your skin, naturally from the inside out, helping to get rid of those wrinkles, while making you look and feel younger and more vibrant!

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