When the sun is out, as it turns out, using certain ingredients at the wrong time could lead to even bigger problems, especially when exposed to the sun. Think dark spots, redness and irritation and even premature signs of aging. Yikes! When it comes to skin care, knowing which ingredients work best with your skin (and why) is key. But another equally important factor that you may sometimes forget to consider is when they should be applied.
along to find out if your go-to morning moisturizer should be saved for
vitamin A derivative is universally hailed as an anti-aging superstar, thanks to its tiny molecular structure
and antioxidant and exfoliating properties that help accelerate cell turnover,
rebuild collagen and reduce dark spots, fine lines and creases. With enough
sunscreen protection, newer formulations of retinol can be safely used during the day, but experts still
advise limiting its use to night-time especially for those who have sensitive
well-known adverse effect associated with retinoid use is sun sensitivity,
which is thought mainly to be due to a thinning of the outermost dead layer of
skin cells. Retinol is extremely unstable and easily degraded to biologically
inactive forms upon exposure to light and air.
lightening agent that delivers quick results, hydroquinone is typically relied on when looking to refine age
spots, hormonally induced pigmentation or melasma and acne or pimple
marks. It works by inhibiting the production of melanin, which can make skin
more susceptible to sun damage. Although hydroquinone is stable in sunlight,
it’s not advisable to use it during the day as the sun’s skin-darkening effects
are stronger than hydroquinone’s bleaching effect. On the other hand, while you
can use hydroquinone during the day, it “needs very strict sun avoidance
and high UVA/UVB protection as it will definitely make your [skin] more
sensitive in the sun.”
#3 Citrus Oils
essential oils—like bergamot, grapefruit and lemon, to name a few—are often
found in face and body care products like lotions and moisturizers and are
known for their antioxidant, anti-acne and nourishing benefits. However, they
can also be phototoxic, which means that when exposed to ultraviolet light,
these oils can cause redness, inflammation and discoloration on your skin. They
may accelerate burns and cause phytophotodermatitis.
chemical exfoliators like AHAs and BHAs are essential in
keeping your pores clog-free and refining wrinkles and dark spots. They help
encourage cell turnover, allow for better absorption of products by getting rid
of your skin’s dead and damaged cells and are best known as the saviours of
acne-prone skin. But if you’re thinking a quick peel before stepping out of the
house in the morning couldn’t hurt, experts say you may need to proceed with
acids exfoliate, thereby shedding top layers of skin and revealing skin
underneath, making it more sensitive to sunlight. You can use them during the
day, but it is essential to avoid the sun and use daily sunscreen—particularly physical sunscreens—to block
UV light from reaching your skin.
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know the basic drill when it comes to showing some TLC to your skin : cleanse,
tone, moisturize, apply sunscreen in the day time and a night serum at night.
Occasionally, applying sheet masks, or clay mask to exfoliate or a deep
moisturizing overnight mask. Amid so many possibilities (and products) to help
your skin looks its best, though, there are a few nutrients that skin really
needs—and vitamin A is one of them. Whether you get it from your diet or
through one of your extensive skincare products, the protective and nourishing
properties of A, and the nutrients your body uses to make it, lend a hand in
keeping skin healthy, firm and radiant.
many other nutrients, vitamin A is a group of compounds that includes its
active forms (retinal, retinol and retinoic acid) and other provitamin A
carotenoids, like beta-carotene. Beta-carotene (and the other carotenoids) is
the form of vitamin A that we get directly from the plant foods we eat. In our
bodies, beta-carotene is converted into the retinol form of vitamin A.
are some great things that happens to the body when you constantly feed it with
Vitamin A :
you from UV damage and slows the signs of aging.
Most of your vitamin A intake comes from eating foods rich in beta-carotene and
provitamin A carotenoids, which are potent antioxidants. Not only do these
squelch free radicals that break down collagen (your skin’s support structure)
and contribute to fine lines and saggy skin, they also lessen skin’s sensitivity
to the sun, providing some natural protection against sun-induced redness and
# Boost and
encourages the production and growth of cells.
Retinal, retinol and retinoic acid are important to cell production and growth.
Vitamin A also stimulates fibroblasts—the cells responsible for developing
tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy—in the deep layers of your skin.
Because vitamin A and carotenoids play such a big role in cell and tissue
growth, not getting enough can lead to weakened skin, causing problems ranging
from dryness to wounds that heal more slowly.
your skin from infection.
Your skin is an important part of your immune system; think of it as your
body’s bouncer—a first line of defense against bacteria, pollutants and
infection. By promoting cell production, vitamin A helps strengthen this
barrier, protecting your complexion from harmful irritants that attempt to
attack the surface.
How Much Should You Get?
Women should aim for 700 mcg of vitamin A daily, while men should get 900 mcg.
Eggs and dairy products are excellent sources of vitamin A, while orange and
green leafy veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe and spinach are
loaded with beta-carotene that your body will use to make all the A it needs.
If you are considering for supplements,
you can try the Shaklee Carotomax. Shaklee harnesses the antioxidant protection found
in fruits, vegetables, and other plants by isolating and delivering more forms
of natural carotenoids. You can’t get this level of purity from foods alone.
Enhance your antioxidant coverage with carotenoids which helps you maintain a
healthy skin and promote youthful appearance, as well as supports a strong
immune system and helps maintain long-term health.
internally, here’s what happens when you apply vitamin A to your skin:
smooth skin and smoothens wrinkles and fine lines
Topical vitamin A in the form of retinol (found in over-the-counter products)
and retinoic acid (found in prescription creams) are proven wrinkle-fighters
and many dermatologists’ go-to recommendation for combating signs of aging. When
collagen becomes damaged due to UV exposure and other aggressors, wrinkles
begin to develop, much like cracks in a weak foundation. Retinoids “turns on”
cells responsible for making new collagen, strengthening your skin and filling
in fine lines below the surface so skin looks smoother.
# Gives you a glow
and an even out skin tone.
Vitamin A creams can help lighten sun-induced brown spots and boost skin
radiance in two ways: First, by increasing and normalizing skin cell turnover,
which helps you shed pigmented, damaged and rough surface cells, making room
for healthier cells and allowing light to bounce off more evenly. Secondly,
retinoids may block an enzyme needed for melanin (pigment) production, further
helping to deliver an even-toned, glowing complexion.
# Helps clear up acne
and pesky pimples.
Pimples form when pores become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria and oil,
providing the perfect breeding ground for Propionibacterium acnes, a common bacteria responsible for
blemishes. When vitamin A creams stimulate cell turnover the same process
happens within the pores themselves, helping to slow oil production and keep
Choosing Vitamin A
If you decide to try an over-the-counter vitamin A cream, look for retinol on
the ingredient list rather than retinyl palmitate, a weaker version of the
vitamin. Retinol isn’t as potent as prescription-strength retinoic acid, so
results may take longer to see, but it’s also less irritating to sensitive
Youth has the perfect Vitamin A infused serum for you! The Youth Activating
Serum has 10x the actives to provide the critical regeneration step. A potent
blend of vitamins, polyphenols, and our YOUTH Complex supports collagen
production and renews at the cellular level, making your skin act younger for
superior radiance and rejuvenation.
key ingredients are Apple Cell, Lotus Japonicus, and Encapsulated Vitamin A.
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Your skin’s health starts with you and ends with you.
You are the alpha & omega of your skin, get it? So when your skin ends up
dull and not so attractive, you must be doing something wrong. To make sure your
skin looks effortless beautiful and always looking its best, here are some
things that you are doing wrong and how to right all of it.
The wrong : Over exfoliating
It is a common misconception that if you have oily skin, you need to exfoliate
daily. Over-exfoliation strips the skin of good oils and weakens the protective
epidermal layer known as the Barrier Function. Skin cells regenerate slowly, so
by over exfoliating you are actually weakening the Barrier Function and repeated
action causes the skin to be more prone to infections. As a result, your skin
produces more oil, causing blemishes.
The right : It is recommended that
you exfoliate a maximum of 1-2 times a week.
The wrong : Going to bed at night without removing
You might tell me, “I woke up like this!” Girl, no. No one wakes up with perfectly
groomed and darkened brows and flawless skin and crimson red lips. Falling
asleep with makeup on prevents your skin from carrying out microcirculation,
the process that helps to revive skin during sleep. As a result, your pores
become clogged and bacteria clings to them, which leads to acne outbreaks and /
or dry skin.
The right : As we discussed in our last blog entry, Lazy Girls Skincare Tips, no matter how lazy you are after a loooong day, please just make an effort to wipe off your makeup and make sure your skin is free from gunk before snoozing off.
The wrong : Self proclaimed Dr Pimple
Sorry self-proclaimed Derma Doc, your pimples are off limits. Get your fingers away
from your pimples. Popping a pimple spreads the bacterial fluid that the
infected pore contained, resulting in additional irritation. It also allows
further germs and bacteria to enter the infected pore, which will aggravate the
pimple even further. If the fluid gets into other pores, this can lead to
further breakouts. Constant popping and picking drives the infection deeper and
can damage the skin’s protective epidermal layer, causing permanent scarring.
The right : Avoid touching,
picking or popping the pimple. However, if you elect to pop it, ensure you wash
your face and hands first. Or visit a Dermatologist that provides facial
treatments for acne and pimples.
The wrong : Not spending enough time in Beddy-Bye-Land
Lack of sleep does more than give you panda eyes, it also affects your skin, deeply.
Your skin functions in harmony with your circadian rhythm – your body’s sleep
cycle. A good night’s rest helps to renew skin by a process called
microcirculation. While you sleep your body increases blood circulation and
oxygen flow to the skin. During this phase, your skin receives internal
attention, rebuilding skin cells and collagen. So, without enough sleep, your
skin loses its healthy glow and becomes susceptible to damage.
The right: An average adult needs at
least 6-8 hours for all bodily function to perform better and healthier.
The wrong : Not staying hydrated. As discussed in our previous blog entry, H2O aka Water, water is a vital resource for your body and skin. Like most cells, skin cells are made up of water. If your body does not take in enough water, these cells and fibres in your skin suffer and cannot function properly. As a result, your skin will appear tight, dry and flaky. And if your skin is dry, it lacks elasticity, making it more prone to wrinkles.
The right: It is highly recommended
to be drinking 8 – 12 glasses per day, depending on your lifestyle and bodily
The wrong : You are not eating right
It may be hard to eat a healthy and balanced diet, but it is important. A
balanced diet keeps your skin looking healthy. By eating badly, it is likely
that you’re passing over foods with vital vitamins and minerals. For instance,
fats are used to help form a protective layer on your skin that prevents skin
from drying out. Another key part of eating well is vitamin A, which helps to
protect skin against ageing and free radicals. Plus, Vitamin C helps to build
collagen and protect against skin damage. Ultimately, poor diet causes your
skin to dry out more regularly and age more rapidly.
The right: Ensure every meal is
well-balanced and nutritional. Top dieticians suggest you have at least three
types of vegetables of a different colour per meal.
Or, you could incorporate Vivix
into your daily routine. Vivix is rich in antioxidants, which
can prevent or even repair cell damage. Developed after years of research by
Shaklee Corporation, only Vivix contains both resveratrol and a proprietary
phytonutrient blend that harnesses the powerful antioxidant properties of rare
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We all have that lazy-girl-skincare routine in ourself right? Don’t worry. Don’t feel ashamed. But we should at least make an effort to clean our face after a long night right? So, here are a few simple quick tips for that lazy girl in us.
Lazy Girl Tip #1 Get Some Sleep! Should be easy to do right? Get your beauty sleep lady! The recommended 6-8 hours a night allows your body to revive the skin through a process called microcirculation. While you are slobbering away, your body circulates more blood and oxygen to your skin, repairing damage and building necessary cells. The precious 6-8 hours of snoozing will ensure you won’t need to remedy puffy eyes, dark circles or dull, sleep-deprived skin.
Lazy Girl Tip #2 Drink water! To keep you skin hydrated and plump, drink enough water on a daily basis. Please do not wait ’till you are thirsty. Drink water at least every 20-30minutes. This will ensure your skin is constantly hydrated enough to function at its optimum. By doing this, skin cells, made mostly from water, don’t become damaged as water assists in flushing harmful toxins from your skin and body.
Lazy Girl Tip #3 Clean your face, at least, BEFORE BEDTIME! No matter how lazy you are. Please, please, I don’t care how lazy and tired you are at night, but please do not skip cleaning your face after a long day and before bedtime. Going to bed without washing your face will inhibit micro circulation, the process where skin is revived. As a result, bacteria will cling to your skin’s pores, causing acne breakouts and premature wrinkles. Plus, you’ll get your makeup all over your pillow case. It is very unhygienic.
Lazy Girl Tip #4 Don’t stop there, AT LEAST, put on a mask. While your skin goes through micro circulation, allow overnight products to further revive skin. They’re ideal as you only have to open, apply and rinse the following morning.
Lazy Girl Tip #5 Protect your skin with SPF moisturiser. Good morning lazy girl! Slap on SPF moisturizer onto your skin before going out about your day. Its a sunscreen + moisturiser, a two in one product for a quick skincare routine. It is vital that you protect your skin against the sun’s UV rays as they cause wrinkles. Failing to do so will damage important skin cells and weaken fibres called elastin and collagen. This will cause a process called photoaging, which results in premature wrinkles and saggy skin. So, it’s imperative that you apply a sensible SPF to your skin each morning.
Lazy Girl Tip #6 Have a backup beauty bag in your handbag. It is ideal and so so convenient to have a backup beauty bag with you all the time. No matter what the situation, your backup beauty bag ensures you have all skincare essentials, like make-up wipes and skin cream. One benefit, is that you will always have extras should your products run out before you expect them to.
Oh, speaking of backup beauty bag! Purchase the Shaklee Youth Intensive Repair & Treatment set to get the limited edition travel sized Youth Starter Set with a cutteeeee travel case! Need more info on this? Sure thing, just contact Mommy J for a free consultation and for the best deals for Shaklee products!
VOLCANIC ASH! Yeap, you heard me right, like actually from a real volcano. For some years now volcanic ash has been one of many main ingredient in skincare targeted for oily and acne prone skin. It is popping up in our creams, masks, and cleansers for good reason. It boasts a bevy of skin benefits. Think of volcanic ash as the gentler but just as effective cousin to clay and mud.
But why? Why is it getting so much hype and why is it good for your skin? Well, volcanic ash is extremely rich in minerals and has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. So it works really well to not only clear blemishes but heal the inflamed, irritated skin.
Brands seeking to separate themselves from the charcoal trend and stand out from the crowd are now taking a different approach to dark matter by using volcanic ash. While volcanic ash is predominantly used in mask-based products, it also works a treat as a physical exfoliant, specifically a planet-friendly one. Oh, and another name for Volcanic ash is bentonite clay.
Our bodies are exposed to harmful pollutants every day – from free radicals to sun exposure, dust, and grease. Our face is exposed to all things damaging. Though we cannot control most of that, we sure can reduce the ill effects by following an effective skin care routine.
The negatively charged ions in the clay attract and draw out the toxins to the skin surface. It helps to remineralise the skin, and these ingredients are a mixture of naturally occurring amorphous silicates and aluminosilicate (minerals) of sodium, potassium, calcium which have multiple benefits for the skin. Ideal for those prone to acne, excess oil production or congestion (characterised by whiteheads or small bumps under the skin), volcanic ash’s superpower is its ability to draw impurities away from the skin. The clay also contains magnesium, silicate, copper, iron, and potassium – all of which further boost skin health. Apart from clearing your skin’s surface, bentonite clay has a host of other benefits too!
The next time you see volcanic ash or bentonite clay in the list of ingredient to a skincare line, don’t be shocked! Instead, try it out. Especially if you have an oily and acne prone skin. Oh and another information that I’ll give to you for free – Youth has come out with a new addition to their skincare line which are, MASKS! Try out their Youth Purifying Clay Mask if you have oily and acne prone skin or if you have a drier skin, you can try out the Youth Hydrating Gel Mask that’ll surely put the moisture and life back into your skin.
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Hello beautiful…! I hope we’re all doing great. Because sometimes we don’t feel that great. Right? Sometimes when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, all hell breaks loose! Well, this is because it is so simple for us to get caught up in life’s craziness, and we turn into our own crazy. Have you ever sit down and think, when was the last time you really let your hair down and slow down. When was the last time you breathe properly without hyperventilating? We tend to forget all the simple thing is the thing that we really need sometimes to unwind and take care of our inner beauty – which does reflect to the health of our skin.
Here are simple ways give yourself a break, as well as your skin a chance to glow:
Step #1 Breathe and go for a facial
Take a moment to treat yourself to a day spa and get a deep cleansing facial as well as a deep tissue massage. Feeling great just by reading this right? Imagine the real thing. It’ll be heaven. Damaged skin needs daily care and more intensive treatments to assist in keeping skin healthy and beautiful for life.
Step #2 Breathe and have a good laugh
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Laughter is the best medicine!” It’s good for your soul and great for your skin. Laughter is as good as an aerobics exercise. It delivers more oxygen to your body and brain which helps you feel more energetic and healthier. The benefits for your skin are just as good. Studies show that laughter increases blood flow, boosts collagen and relieves the stress that causes frown lines and wrinkles. Laugh a little more and your skin care regime has begun!
Step #3 Breathe and take a power nap
Whether you’re sleep deprived or not, a power nap is a good way to look after yourself and your skin. A 15-30-minute power nap is known to re-energise your mental alertness, boost your memory and reduce the inflammatory effect on your skin, leaving you refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day, beautifully. Sleep is essential for beautiful skin.
Step #4 Breathe and work out Regular exercise is crucial to a healthy body and skin because it increases the supply of nourishing oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to your skin cells. When you get your heart pumping, your skin receives a good dose of oxygenated blood and starts to produce more of its natural oils, helping it look healthy and beautifully radiant.
Step #5 Breathe, keep calm and go…. offline. The dependency on our tech may help us organise our lives, but going offline, just for a little while, has positive effects on our bodies, minds and skin. Screens emit High-Energy Visible Light which penetrates and harms the skin. Powering down can help you reconnect, charge up both mentally and physically.
Step #6 Breathe and be present Practising mindfulness reduces stress levels and increases immunity – both crucial to your skin’s health. You can practice mindfulness wherever you are. Try meditation, relaxation or take a moment just to breathe.
Feeling stressed and overwhelmed with life’s craziieesssss?? We all go through that sometimes. We just need to stop, slow down and breeeaaatthhhee. When the body is stressed out, the skin also suffers. So, stop stressing! Follow the flow, meditate and live life beautifully.