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  • The Effects Of Green Tea For The Skin

    Many people drink green tea for the wonderful effects it has on our bodies. Green tea is known to have anti oxidants, which help rid our bodies of impurities and to help heal itself and fight against harmful chemicals. But what about green tea used on our skin? Many ask if this is a beneficial natural skin care supplement. And the answer is a yes. Green tea extract applied topically can work wonders for your skin. Not only does it have anti oxidants but it also has a known ingredient to help fight against the signs of aging.

    Green tea applied on the skin also works as a sunscreen and is much more natural than the alternative sunscreens that are available on the market. Many times those with sensitive skin will have a reaction to chemicals used as an additive.

    SkinDirect.com has an abundance of products for your skin that contain green tea to help not only fight aging but also the harmful effects that the environment assaults our skin with everyday. Green tea will help reduce and fight off skin problems that may be lurking without us being aware of it. As for those with existing skin problems such as eczema and rosacea, which can be become worse in the cold months, green tea has been clinically proven to help subside the symptoms, which are exaggerated by the cold and dry air that those in the colder climates have to live with.

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  • Understanding Superoxide Dismutase (SOD)

    sodSuperoxide Dismutase, also known as SOD, are a group of enzymes responsible for the dismutation of superoxide into oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, which basically means it protects your cells from mutations and damage. SODs are very important antioxidants for every cell and organ in your body, as it fights free radical damage and defends any cell exposed to oxygen.

    SOD is naturally present in the human body, as in all other mammals. It prevents damaging reactions of superoxide and protects your cells from radicals and environmental stressors, which you are always exposed to. Your body starts to age as your cells get damaged, so protecting them will allow your body to remain youthful and wrinkle free.

    A test was done with mice to determine the importance of SOD. Scientists discovered just how necessary of an antioxidant SOD is. Mice born without a certain property of SOD died within just a few days of birth! Other mice who were born without a different property of SOD developed a wide range of health conditions and cancers and suffered from muscle mass loss. Other tests were done on flies and insects born without SOD properties and the tests produced the same results- death before and after birth or numerous health defects.  Scientists were able to conclude that Superoxide Dismutase is one of the most important antioxidants our bodies need in order to fight cell damage, aging, and disease.

    As you age, you lose a significant amount of SOD in your body, so taking supplements incorporated with SOD is very essential for your overall health and lifespan. You can find SOD supplements in a variety of GliSODin Skin Nutrient products made as daily formulas, detoxification formulas, and other systems that are great for your body and health.

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  • New Product Line- M2 Skin Care Technologies

    m2We are very excited to offer M2 Technology, which makes 4 very unique and powerful products. M2’s formulas are made using Mandelic and Malic acid, making its products very different from other kinds of skin care blends. Mandelic Acid is part of the alpha hydroxy acid group and is derived from almonds, apricots, and wild cherries. It has been proven to help photo-damaged skin, suppress pigmentation, and treat redness, acne, and acne scars. Mandelic Acid acts as a natural antibacterial and it protects your skin from free radical damage. They also specialize in a high concentration after-shower cream, which fights skin problems and signs of aging on your entire body, not just on your face.

    M2 Body Refinish uses 15% Mandelic and Malic acid aimed at smoothing your entire body’s texture and appearance. It combines a special blend of antioxidants, humectants, and exfoliants to strengthen your skin’s outer layer, protect it from free radical damage, and soften dry skin. The Body Refinish is a very strong product you apply after showering. Start with a thin layer on your body, and make sure to only apply on clean, non-irritated skin. A slight tingling feeling is normal and only lasts a few minutes; it’s also a good sign that lets you feel the formula in action. If you have sensitive skin, one thin layer should be sufficient. If your skin can handle more, gradually increase the amount you use, but don’t go overboard!

    The Exfoliating Cleanser and HP Skin Refinish are a great pair when cleansing your face. The Exfoliating Cleanser gently exfoliates and refines your skin every time you wash, while removing impurities and makeup residue. It has natural antibacterial properties combined with antioxidants, vitamins, and humectants to clarify your skin tone and restore its balance. It is gentle enough to use in the morning and evening. After exfoliating, the HP Skin Refinish works wonders on acne scars and discoloration. It’s an “easy-to-use serum” with high concentrations of mandelic and malic acid that work on your skin overnight to give you rapid results. It’s very potent so it should only be used every other night.

    Great to use after the M2 System or any other skin care system, the M2 Skin Recovery Moisturizer is perfect for dry, stressed skin. It helps your skin retain moisture and stay hydrated throughout the day and night while fighting signs of aging, acne, and discoloration. Use in the morning and before bed.

    According to the makers of M2, you’ll see a significant improvement in the overall texture and clarity of your skin within a month of continued use. Any uneven tones and discoloration will be start to even out and your skin will feel much smoother. After two months of continued use, the number of blemishes will decrease or be greatly reduced in size. The scars that they left behind will vanish faster and darker areas of your face and body will peel, revealing new, smooth, and flawless skin.

    I’ve already started to use the HP Skin Refinish on certain areas of my face and have noticed that my skin is lighter and more even toned. Aside from their great formulas, the bottles they come in are beautiful and sleek. They make using the product very easy, with no mess at all.  While using any skin care regimen, always remember the tips for avoiding acne and your skin will remain smoother and healthier all year round.

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  • Featured Product – SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

    tnsIf you have fine lines, wrinkles, or just want to improve your skin’s texture or tone and take years off your appearance, SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is a must have. It’s the first to combine the renowned growth factor of TNS with APS Corrective Complex in two separate chambers.

    One chamber holds a mixture of antioxidants and peptides while the other chamber is a mix of powerful anti-aging ingredients. They work together to rejuvenate the upper layer of your skin, transforming it into younger, tighter skin. Your facial appearance is dramatically improved and you’ll look years younger.

    Fine lines, wrinkles, and rough skin are regenerated with the TNS Essential System. The texture of your skin will become smoother over time and the lines will be filled in. Even the strength of your skin will improve because of the powerful peptides within this great product. The antioxidants fight off free radical damage and enhance collagen production, giving you firmer, tighter skin.

    Environmental damage is tackled and any types of sun spots or age spots will begin to lighten up, smoothing out the tone of your skin. This is because the TNS system has extracellular building properties that promote the production of Tissue Inhibitors and Tissue Growth Factors, which are the key elements in the synthesis of collagen.

    The SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is a great alternative to other harsh skin procedures that could cost well into the thousands. It offers great, effective results that you can create in the comfort of your own home.

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  • Açaí – The Big Picture

    There has been a lot of media coverage over the supposed “superfood” Açaí, pronounced ah-sah-EE. Many people have been raving about its uses and benefits. So what really makes Açaí so special?

    Açaí is a fruit that grows in Brazil on the Açaí Palm. The berry itself is very small and dark purple. The fruit is 90% seed with very little pulp around it, and no body consumes the actual seed. It is said to be one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world because of its extremely high levels of antioxidants and amino acids.

    The benefits of Açaí include: the maintenance of a healthy body and organs, increase in energy and stamina, healthy skin and hair, better sleep patterns, strengthened immune system, reduced pain and sores, and it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This little fruit seems to have it all.

    Because of Açaí’s high ORAC value, Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, it can slow the aging process in your body and brain. Because we don’t live in the Amazon, fresh Açaí berry is hard to attain. It perishes very fast, within 24 hours, so we must consume it in other forms.

    Açaí Berry extract is a very popular form of this powerful antioxidant. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as numerous B vitamins, vitamin C and E, iron, potassium, and calcium. Organic Açaí berry Juice is also another option. With 3500 ORAC units per serving, you can have more than your daily recommendation of antioxidant consumption. It also contains enough dietary fiber to help your digestive system.

    Açaí Berry Capsules are also a great way to gain its benefits, especially when you’re on the go. The recommended dose is twice daily with food and you’ll be able to get the proper amount of antioxidants and benefits all in a small pill.

    Be careful when purchasing Açaí products over the internet and make sure it is really derived from the Açaí berry and not just its seed. Many websites are trying to scam their way into the Açaí market by selling fake products that aren’t really from Brazil or are predominantly from the crushed particles of the seed. If you can find Açaí products in trusted grocers, their authenticity might be more guaranteed.

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  • Why You Need Antioxidants

    You read and hear about this word all the time. Its in our foods, skin care products, and in tons of anti-aging remedies and treatments. But what exactly do antioxidants do and why are they great for our skin and body?

    An antioxidant is a molecule found in many natural resources such as fruits and vegetables. It can slow and even prevent the oxidation of other molecules from occurring. Oxidation produces free radicals which starts damaging healthy cells in our skin and body. By consuming antioxidants or using them topically, they can slow this process down and save our cells from corruption.

    Many health problems are linked to free radical damage such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. By consuming certain fruits and vegetables every day, you can lower your risk of getting these diseases. Foods that are rich in vitamin C and E are very important for your diet and health. They can be found in citrus fruits, broccoli, green leaf veggies, strawberries, whole grains, nuts, seed, vegetable oil, and liver oil. Other common antioxidants can be found in soy, red wine, certain grapes, pomegranate, cranberries, tea, and tomato products.

    Many topical skin care products are also formulated with antioxidants. Using these will help your skin and face from free radical damage and damage from the sun. The sun is an oxidizing agent and over exposure can burn and age your skin. Certain products, such as Vivité Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum contains a blend of green tea, pomegranate, and licorice, which are all high in natural antioxidants. They’ll work with your skin’s natural defense system to keep your skin firm and prevent aging symptoms such as fine lines and wrinkles.

    Use this chart as an example of other types of antioxidant rich foods:

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  • Mother’s Day Beauty Gifts

    Cards and flowers are always nice, but this Mother’s day give your mom the gift of beauty and rejuvenation. Every mom is already beautiful, but many skin care products can give her that extra pep her skin needs. She’ll look great and feel great, too.

    To pamper your mom and give her a spa-like feeling, give her an exfoliating facial mask. These masks will help tighten her skin and remove dead skin cells. Before she uses the mask, cut some cucumber slices so she can place them over her eyes. The water inside cucumbers will cool and soothe the eyes and also help control any puffiness she might have. Prepare a comfortable and relaxing environment for her with soft music playing in the background. This will help relax her and add to the spa-like atmosphere.

    If cucumbers aren’t enough for her eyes, try an anti-aging eye cream. These creams help reduce dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles. They tighten the area around the eyes, making loose skin firmer. Make her favorite blend of tea to sip on while she uses the eye cream. It’ll instantly relax her.

    For products she can use any time, give her the power of Vitamin C. This is a very powerful antioxidant that can also increase collagen production. Products containing vitamin C are great for her skin’s overall health and appearance. It will rejuvenate her skin, leaving it beautiful and radiant.

    Every mom deserves to be pampered and these gift ideas are sure to do the trick.

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  • Foods for Healthy Skin

    Topical creams and lotions can give you smoother, radiant skin on the outside but what about treating your skin from the inside? Eating certain foods can give your skin the nutrients it needs from the inside out. Incorporate them into your meals and your skin will start to look and feel healthier.

    Vitamin A is one of the most important vitamins our skin needs. You can find plenty of dietary vitamin A in low-fat dairy products. This is especially important for people with diabetes or thyroid problems. Foods, such as low-fat yogurt, contain a significant amount of Vitamin A and helps regulate your digestive system. Products that help keep your digestive system on track are very good for your skin.

    Antioxidants are another very important substance our skin and body need. Fruits such as plums, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are very high in antioxidants. In fact, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits have the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any fruit or vegetable. Your skin’s health will improve greatly by eating these certain fruits.

    For skin to remain healthy, essential fatty acids are a necessity. These can be found in foods such as walnuts, salmon, canola oil, and flax seed. The most important fatty acids are Omega 3 and Omega 6. They promote healthy cell membranes and prevent further damage from occurring to the cell. Your cell membranes are what hold water in, so the stronger these membranes are, the more moisture your cells will be able to hold. Eating foods rich in fatty acids will make your skin firmer and younger looking.

    In order to keep your skin healthy and lubricated, you must eat the right oils. Oils labeled as extra virgin, expeller processed, or cold pressed are the best ones to consume. These oils have the least amount of steps in their preparation process, allowing more nutrients to be saved. These nutrients are important for our skin and body but make sure to limit the amount you take in because they’re high in calories.

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  • Spritzers & Misters – Don’t leave home without one

    misterEver notice that the fresh-faced look you had in the morning doesn’t seem to last throughout the day? Your makeup isn’t as bright, your skin gets dry or oily, and you might be a little blotchy. To help your complexion and hydrate your skin throughout the day, use a facial spritzer or mister.

    Certain misters are infused with antioxidants, water, and essential nutrients to give you back the glow your skin lost. When you leave home, your face and skin must deal with weather conditions and environmental stressors which can wear your skin down. This causes you to lose that fresh look you had before you left. Caking on makeup will only temporarily resolve this problem and cause it to get worse after 15 minutes, not to mention how much it can clog your pores. Spritzers rejuvenate your skin without you having to re-wash your face and re-apply makeup.

    Kinerase Hydrating Mist is formulated with white tea and hyaluronic acid to maintain moisture and protect against free radical damage. You can use a mister before you apply makeup, after makeup, and anytime during the day to refresh and recharge your skin. Now you can go back home looking the same way you did when you left.

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  • CoffeeBerry Extract

    RevaléSkin has a new key ingredient within their skin care products to treat your skin to the max. CoffeeBerry is a powerful and natural super-antioxidant ingredient that fights the signs of aging and protects against free radicals.

    Taken from the fruit of the coffee plant Coffea Arabica, CoffeBerry has “one of the highest antioxidant scores ever recorded.” Used to make your skin younger and smoother, the CoffeeBerry extract is exceptionally rich in polyphenol antioxidants that help protect your skin from free radical damage. It does this by neutralizing the free radicals before they can damage and age your skin with fine lines and wrinkles.

    There are many environmental stressors that damage your skin and CoffeeBerry can help protect against them. RevaléSkin Night cream uses this powerful antioxidant while you sleep. It penetrates deep inside your skin to treat fine lines and wrinkles and give you a more even skin tone.

    RevaléSkin Eye Cream is specially formulated for your more sensitive and thinner eye area. This eye cream can reduce the amount of concealer you use by delivering antioxidants to the skin underneath your eyes. Although gentle, the powers of CoffeeBerry are still hard at work, giving you results and restoring the youth back into your skin.

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