Wednesday, May 27, 2009

7 Habits That Make Skin Age Faster

By Sharon O'Brien,
Many of the external causes of aging skin are determined by the health and lifestyle decisions you make every day. Making unhealthy choices can cause prematurely aging skin, and this makes you look older, faster.
An important part of any anti-aging skin care program is to know what you may be doing that is harming your skin and speeding up your skin's aging process.
Here are 7 habits that contribute to aging skin, making you look older than your years:
1. Cigarette smoke: Whether you smoke, or you spend time with a smoker, cigarette smoke is damaging -- and aging -- to your skin. Research has shown that exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases skin wrinkles and dryness. This is partly due to the behavior of smoking, and also because cigarette smoke depletes your body of Vitamin C, which is a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist.
Some researchers believe that exposure to cigarette smoke (whether you smoke or not) is as damaging to aging skin as exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.
2. Sun exposure: Sun exposure is very aging to skin. Unprotected skin that is exposed to the sun becomes more mottled in appearance. Freckles can turn into brown sun spots, the skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance, and wrinkles and sagging increase. The risk of skin cancer is significantly increased by sun exposure.
The good news is that sun damage is avoidable, and if you start now, you can improve the condition of sun damaged skin.
See your health care provider to assess the amount of sun damage you may have, and to rule out possible skin cancers. He or she may be able to prescribe medication that can help to reduce existing sun damage.
If you want to avoid aging skin but don’t want to avoid the sun, make sure you use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Choose sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher, and use it all year-round, even on cloudy days. Clouds do not protect you from ultraviolet ray exposure.
3. Lack of exercise: Living a sedentary life contributes to aging skin, because exercise helps to tone your muscles and get your blood flowing. Exercise should be an important part of every anti-aging skin care program. Researchers have also discovered that sedentary older adults are at higher risk for dementia .
In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, the benefits of a regular exercise program will show on your face. Having a bright smile and lots of energy will help you look and feel younger, at any age.
4. Exposure to cold weather: Cold winds and low temperatures contribute to aging skin by making skin dry, so if you venture out in the cold be sure to use a good moisturizer.
It’s important to use moisturizer indoors too, as heated rooms can be very drying to skin. Consider using a humidifier to help keep your skin more comfortable and reduce the aging skin effects of heated rooms.
5. Alcohol use: Alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin's surface. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken vessels on the skin’s surface.
6. Stress: Maybe you’ve heard this expression: “Don’t frown, your face could stay that way.” Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time the muscles in the face actually conform to that movement.
To help reduce aging skin due to stress, be aware of your stress level and try to vary your facial expressions during the day. A good anti-aging skin care program should include meditation, yoga, gentle exercise or other relaxation techniques. Keeping stress in check -- and frown lines and aging skin wrinkles to a minimum -- will help you look and feel younger.
7. Lack of sleep: Too little sleep makes you look and feel tired. One of the first places lack up sleep shows up is on the face, with dark circles and bags under the eyes, and sagging skin. Lack of sleep is also a major factor in memory loss and symptoms of depression that include low interest in daily activities and negative thinking.
Research has shown that most adults function best with 8-9 hours of sleep each night. Reduce caffeine during the day (with none in the evening), avoid eating at least 2 hours before bedtime, and maintain a sleep routine that includes going to bed at the same time each night. For more sleeping tips, see How to Get a Good Night's Sleep.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Reader Reviewed and Recommended: April Rain Day Rainew

Reviewed by Elsa
I was lucky enough to be sent a full size jar of April Rain Day Rainew ($95) moisturizer to test– very exciting stuff!
I love the idea that the founder of this company is helping to bring clean drinking water to Kenyan children in Africa. I also love the ingredients because I believe that you should not use on your skin that which you cannot put in your mouth. The jar it comes in is shaped like a drop of water but it does not appear to be recyclable.
I really like and recommend this moisturizer because it penetrates my skin and does not sit on top of it, leaving an oily film. I am 44 and my skin is prone to breakout and it tends to be on the oily side. When I apply April Rain, I first spray my skin with my toner and then I apply a pea sized amount to moist skin. There is a definite sensation of warming/tingling as though my skin cells are sitting up and taking notice. There is no greasy layer on my skin after I have applied it and I totally love this. My skin stays matt all day long. There has also been an increase in the plumpness of my skin. The only way I can describe this is that it looks as though the top layer of skin is lying flat and smooth.
The million dollar question though is did it erase the wrinkles……….hard to say. I think there has been a slight improvement but that is totally subjective. I have no before and after pictures. It is possible that with prolonged use it will drastically reduce wrinkles, I don’t know. I think that this moisturizer is a perfect match to my skin and I will definitely buy another jar when I finish the one I am testing.
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My Personal Skincare Picks - "April Rain Night Rainew is my (newish) neck and decollete cream. It is too heavy for my face, but for thicker (and neglected) hide, it is perfect. The results have been noticeable. The secret sauce is ‘Hydropeptide’, a combination of hyaluronate, pseudoalterononas ferment (a strain of bacteria from the Arctic Circle that helps with water retention) and a bunch of peptides. The peptides include a couple of those that prevent facial muscles from moving (dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate and AH-3) and a new one called tripeptide-10 citrulline."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

There aren't enough minutes in the day for your work as mom to get done. You're doting on kids, hubbie, and even your boss. When you finally pack it in for the night, the last thing on your mind is paying attention to yourself. You're thinking about sleep and likely what's on the agenda for tomorrow—can't you just feel the furrow in your brow? Furrow maybe, wrinkle, no more. April Rain Skin Science's Night Rainew is yumminess for your skin—it just feels good to put on. And, by the way, it's doing good too. Specially formulated peptides saturate skin, organic antioxidants protect skin, and three types of collagen help keep skin looking way younger than you feel after some very long days. And when the new day starts as a short-order cook for picky eaters at breakfast, goes on to catching the school bus, midday meetings, then meeting the school bus, there's April Rain's Day Rainew to compete with all the laughing, frowning, smiling, squinting, and furrowing that comes with it all. Plus you can feel even better about looking good—April Rain donates a portion of its profits to Charity Water, a non profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We’ll drink to that, and to your smooth as baby's bottom skin.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Help Prevent Skin Cancer And Premature Aging

(NAPSI)-A little planning may help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year, according to the American Cancer Society, and more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths are from melanoma, the most common form of cancer in young adults.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. What's even better, Dr. Darrell S. Rigel, Clinical Professor of Dermatology at New York University's Langone Medical Center, tells you how.
1. If you have to be out in the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., be sure to wear sun protection and protective clothing.
2. Perform your own skin cancer self-examinations. Neutrogena has co-founded a program with the American Cancer Society called Choose Skin Health. The program educates consumers on the importance of proper sun protection, encouraging you to empower yourself by regularly performing self-examinations. Additionally, the program offers you the opportunity to sign up for a free skin cancer screening.
3. Be sure to visit your dermatologist for yearly skin cancer checkups.
4. Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sun-protection product.
5. Use sun protection 365 days a year; sun protection isn't just for the beach.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Celebrity Moms were Celebrated with a Mothers Day Gift Bag from Distinctive Assets

Celebrity moms such as Amy Poehler, Elisabeth Röhm, Ashlee Simpson, Tori Spelling, Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani, Michelle Monaghan, Alyson Hannigan, Jessica Alba, Minnie Driver, Jamie-Lynn Spears, Rebecca Romijn, Alison Sweeney, Julie Bowen, Kelly Rutherford, Angie Harmon, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Elin Woods, Jennifer Garner, Nicole Richie, Nicole Sullivan, Constance Marie, Lisa Marie Presley, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Camila Alves were receipients of the fabulous Mother’s Day Gift Basket from Distinctive Assets. This Included

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mother’s Day Gifts for Grandmothers

It doesn’t matter if she knows you chose it, wrapped it and signed the card or if the $1.47 your child saved only bought a quarter of a sleeve of that bathrobe - a gift for grandma is always greeted as the most wonderful present imaginable. Yes, you can give her moisturizer as a present, as long as it’s special and something she’d never get for herself. Night Rainew from April Rain Skin Science has 21 different elements including echinacea extract, wheat and soy protein and hydropeptide to smooth away wrinkles and fine lines. It’s 100% organic, non-irritating and not tested on animals. It comes in a unique and very giftable jar. Yes, it’s $129, but she deserves it and she will notice the difference.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Mom: Get Glamorous Fashion and Beauty Giveaway

"Let’s face it, being a mom is both rewarding and exhausting. I am so in love with my 4 beautiful sons, but some days I find myself saying, “Calgon take me away!” As a beauty blogger I have access to some of the best in beauty and in celebration of Mother’s Day I am in search of the one deserving mother who stands out above all others to gift with an amazing prize package that will blow her socks off. This mom has to be extraordinary–someone who has overcome adversity, a pillar of their community, that mom you find constantly doing good for others without wanting any sort of thanks in return. Want to know the kind of mom I’m looking for? Then take a look at Jo Coiner Burzyki, the last winner of Mom: Get Glamorous.
Beginning May 4th through May 26th I am in search of that one mother to win the grand prize of beauty and fashion products valued at $2276."

10 reasons why you want to enter the April Rain Skin Science Rain contest

1. Night Rainew’s® instant hydration quenches and smoothes even the thirstiest skin for immediate refreshment and radiance. Ten minutes after applying Night Rainew, 92 percent of women said their skin felt perfectly hydrated.

2. Night Rainew is powered by HydroPeptide®; the age-defying breakthrough that relaxes facial expressions that cause wrinkles, lifts away fine lines, and plumps deep wrinkles for smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin. After 35 days of use, 9 out of 10 women saw their wrinkles and fine lines diminish.

3. Dermatologist tested, reviewed, and recommended. Dr. Vivian W. Bucay is the nationally renowned dermatologist behind Night Rainew.

4. Night Rainew contains 100 percent organic, antioxidant-enriched Buddleja and Echinacea extracts that work to heal, repair and protect your skin cells’ DNA from daily environmental stressors that cause wrinkles and skin aging.

5. Night Rainew works to renew and regenerate the three types of collagen (I, III, IV) that are critical to possessing a healthy and youthful complexion. In only seven days, Night Rainew tripled collagen III levels providing smoother, healthier, youthful skin.
6. Night Rainew incorporates eco-certified ingredients to help provide a living wage to the farmers who cultivated them.

7. Night Rainew brightens your skin by diminishing age and sun spots for enhanced clarity and luminous skin.

8. Night Rainew supports charity: water, a nonprofit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Bangladesh.

9. Night Rainew is the only nighttime cream your skin will crave. With 21 key hydrating elements, it’s clinically proven to offer intelligent, time-released hydration that lasts throughout the night and the next day.

10. Night Rainew has been put to the test by real women. In a 35 day consumer test, 100 percent of these women said they were thrilled to keep using Night Rainew and all of them said they would recommend it to their friends and family.