When The Sun is Up

When The Sun is Up

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.

Follow along to find out if your go-to morning moisturizer should be saved for after-hours instead.

Retinol Structure in 3D

#1 Retinol

This 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 skin.

A 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.

Hydroquinone Structure in 3D

#2 Hydroquinone 

A 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

Citrus 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.

#4 AHAs/BHAs

Light 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 caution.

These 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.

So guys, it is always important to read labels on skincare to be safe. That is why Shaklee Youth skincare supplies its customers with a regimen card to educate their users. Want to look younger, longer? Contact Mommy J for a free consultation and best price for Youth Starter sets and get 10% discount and a free lifetime membership and so much more!

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Vitamin A for The Skin

Vitamin A for The Skin

Ya’ll 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.

Unlike 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.

Here are some great things that happens to the body when you constantly feed it with Vitamin A :

# Shields 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 pigmentation.

# 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.

# Shields 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.

That was internally, here’s what happens when you apply vitamin A to your skin:

# Promotes 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 pores clear.

Choosing Vitamin A Creams
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 skin.

Shaklee 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.

The key ingredients are Apple Cell, Lotus Japonicus, and Encapsulated Vitamin A.

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The Wrong & The Right

The Wrong & The Right

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 your makeup
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 Popper!
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 needs.

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 muscadine grapes.

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H2O aka Water!

H2O aka Water!

Hello 2 Ouls…H2O, get it? No? Hahaha.. Okeyy.. Nevermind. If you don’t get that, at least you’ll get this – the human body is made up of around 70% water. Yeah, and 30% unicorn flesh. Kidding! Of course other humanly elements. Point is, it makes sense that we need to keep drinking enough to keep the entire body fully and healthily functioning. However, by the time we feel physically ‘thirsty’ we are already dehydrated, so we have to consciously drink water every day.

What does water do for the skin? Well, actively staying hydrated is extremely important in following an anti-ageing skin care routine, as drinking enough water makes your skin glow. We know that internally, the largest organ is the liver, and as for the external organ, our skin is the largest organ in or on our body. Regular and plentiful water consumption can improve the colour and texture of your skin by ensuring cell turnaround time is optimal. Drinking water also helps the skin regulate body temperature through sweating.

Not everyone is the same, and some wretch at the taste of plain water. Not everyone finds it easy to drink 8 glasses of water per day. But there are ways to make sure you get that hydration. Firstly, carry water with you everywhere you go. That way, you will sip away constantly throughout the day, giving yourself maximum benefit and staying evenly hydrated, rather than trying to get it all in at once.

Here is another easy way to sip your 8 glasses of water everyday without fail, you can also infuse your water with lemon, cucumber or pieces of fruit to give it a flavour and enhance the nutrient benefit. Raw fruits and vegetables have a high water content so also assist in keeping the body hydrated.

Conclusion is to all this is hydrating your skin from the inside out is excellent for health and skin radiance, but you still need to use gentle cleansers and topical moisturisers for the outer layers of your skin. Not only that, moisturising your skin both internally and externally is a critical combination for healthy, beautiful skin.

Want to look 20 when you’re actually ages older than that? Well here is the cheapest and most accessible way to want a more youthful-looking complexion. Hydrate your way to skin radiance by making sure you drink enough water. Water is essential to maintaining optimal skin moisture and delivering vital nutrients to the skin cells. It helps to replenish the skin tissue and assists in increasing its elasticity, resulting in a delay in the onset of ageing, like wrinkles and fine lines.

As for externally, Shaklee Youth has the perfect anti-ageing moisturizer for you. Try out the Youth Starter Set if you’re new into the skincare line. It is the simplest kind of skin routine, but packs of potent benefit for a youthful looking skin. Need more info on the product? Sure thing capt! Contact Mommy J for a free consultation and best price on Shaklee and Youth products!

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Antioxidant – The Fighter of Free Radicals

Antioxidant – The Fighter of Free Radicals

Antioxidants are highly promoted by  some physicians and dietitians, and nutritional industries for a variety of reasons. They are said to help slow the aging process or help prevent vision loss, cancer, heart disease, strokes, and other chronic diseases.

#What Are Free Radicals?

Our body generates hundreds of substances or by-product if you will, when converting food to energy. Other source of free radicals are extracted from food or the air we breathe, and some are generated by sunlight’s action on the skin and eyes. Once formed, this toxic by-product can cause a chain reaction. Cells will lose functionality and unfortunately die. Resulting oxidative stress is associated with more than 200 diseases.

The scavenger free radical molecules are missing an electron in their outer shells and will do anything to fill them, including stealing electrons from your body’s cellular structures. Such cellular thievery may damage DNA, proteins (enzymes), and cell membranes. When these cells are damaged, your body is damaged, creating the foundation for disease and accelerated aging.

#What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and terminate any chain reactions before important molecules are seriously damaged.

Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that disarm free radicals, the principal antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and selenium.

When these antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating an electron particle they are left with a small problem. The antioxidants are now missing an electron and have become free radicals themselves. The body cannot manufacture these antioxidants, so they must be supplied in your diet.

Vivix® Antioxidant Solution 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 muscadine grapes.

Vivix has taken many years of research and ingenuity to develop and has been an extremely complex project – but the result has been worth it. This unique combination of antioxidants protects cells from the ravages of free radicals and the damage they can do to DNA, thus directly helping prolong cellular life and maintain good health.

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Lazy Girl Skincare Tips!

Lazy Girl Skincare Tips!

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.

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