Beauty: Protect & Correct

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Hi Beauties,

Today we’re discussing your largest organ,  the skin!  

{Skin is }   dy·nam·ic: adjective ~ (of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.

Truth be told,  flawless skin is not just the result of the products we use but also a reflection of what’s happening on the inside of our bodies.

 Because skin is dynamic , what once was your tried and true product may no longer be. Seasonal change, health status, hormones, exposure to the environment and your age all play a factor in what your skin needs.


What is Collagen?

Collagen is a type of protein fiber found not only in your skin but throughout the body.

After the age of 20, you will produce 1 percent less collagen per year resulting in thinner and more fragile skin with age.  Skin sweat and oil gland function diminishes too, making it common for skin to feel more sensitive or itchy.

Keeping our Collagen fibers healthy with antioxidants!

Antioxidants help protect the skin against free-radical damage by pairing up with unpaired electrons and neutralizing them.  This helps prevent the process of oxidation that over time can cause cell damage ~ increasing the visible signs of aging.

Vitamin C is important!   Vitamin C can provide protection against free-radical damage.

Free radicals are formed when we are exposed to pollution, UVA/UVB rays, and internal stress.  These bad guys are unstable and ‘steal’ electrons from the good guys (molecules) leaving them unstable.  The unstable molecule then searches for a replacement, leaving another molecule with a missing election.  This domino effect weakens our protective skin barrier leaving us vulnerable to premature aging.

Take care on the inside by including foods containing Vitamin C

 Citrus (lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges), kiwi, berries, broccoli, peppers, dark green leafy vegetables.

Antioxidants applied topically

Not all topical antioxidants are created equal.  Drug store versions often contain unstable (the value diminishes once opened) or simply not enough of the critical ingredient to make application worth while.  For this reason, if you were to pick one item to splurge on this would be one to consider. Over the years, these products have been my go-to favorites.  Patient feed back is good and I believe the clinical studies support the claims.

  1. Phloretin CF Serum: Derived from apples, the molecule “phloretin” is considered a potent antioxidant that is said to protect the skin from free radicals and other molecules known to cause damage and DNA mutations.  The broad-range power of phloretien with the added vitamin C help correct existing damage and encourage cellular turnover, which in turn will help with superficial collagen production.   The result?  ..more youthful, firm, and radiant skin!  I would recommend this serum to a patient if they are oily or prone to breakouts.
  2. CE Ferrulic:  This serum contains Vitamin C (just like the Phloretin CF above;) with the added benefit of Vitamin E.  During the winter months when skin feels extra dry, Vitamin E can help the skin’s delicate lipid barrier stay intact.  The result is softer, more supple skin.  I would recommend this product for women that feel dry or if they’ve had procedures that have compromised their {skins} lipid barrier.
  3. Antioxidant Serum:  Although this product doesn’t contain the same level of antioxidants, I still like it:) It’s a lightweight serum that contains botanical ingredients (plant oils), peptides, and CoQ10 (another antioxidant) to help smooth the appearance of fine lines and protect the skin from free radical damage.
Please use all of the information I give you only as a guide.  If any skin problems persist, make sure to see your Dermatologist:) 


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  1. Leslie,
    I’ve incorporated several things that are rich in C, antioxidants, etc. It may be a waste of time trying to repair my sun damaged skin, but I figure I’ll try and I put a smile on my face and enjoy the day! Thanks for your always helpful and informative information.

    1. Karen, SO many women believe it’s too late to make a change .. and it’s not! Because mature skin is often dry or compromised, it’s more important now ~ more than ever, to make sure you take care of it:) xo

  2. ha! i use the CE ferrulic skinceuticals product even though it doesn’t smell terrific. great reminder post that vitamin c is so important. know what i love eating that contains lot of vitamin c? red peppers! yum. i am up way too late catching up on blogs and waiting for my beloved to return home from business. hellooooooo menopause! xox

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