What is Evening Primrose Oil?

Primrose oil is extracted evening primrose plant seeds, a native plant in the Europe, North America and parts of the southern hemisphere. Its seeds, roots and leaves contain high medicinal value and are used widely in cooking. Primrose oil contains a high level of omega-6 fatty acids which have a beneficial effect on our human body. Other than fighting numerous ailments such as chronic fatigue, PMS, heart problems, it is good for our hair and skin too. View Post

You’ve been bombarded with information as to why sunscreen is vital, and you’ve taken the daily skin triad routine to heart. Here are some more beauty tips you may not have heard of!

Whiten your nails. Put some baking soda on a lemon wedge, and rub the wedge on your nails. Lemons are not only acidic, but antimicrobial too—and, paired with the abrasive properties of baking soda, leave your nails looking brighter and healthier.

Extend your bronzer’s life. Fond of the bronzer? Make a bottle go a long way with this trick: buy a shade darker than what you normally use. When you’re ready to get that sun-kissed look, mix a bit of the bronzer with your favorite moisturizer, then apply on your skin. You’ll get a sheer glow that won’t break the bank!

Exfoliate your scalp. When you don’t have a clarifying shampoo within your reach, you can temporarily turn to good ol’ apple cider vinegar. ACV helps “exfoliate” your scalp, getting rid of dead skin cells that clog hair follicles. This makes the scalp absorb nutrients even better from your favorite shampoo, and promotes healthier hair growth. Not only that, but the beneficial acids found in ACV (acetic, lactic, and malic) help neutralize the PH of the scalp. Do this rinse once or twice a week: mix equal parts of ACV and water, apply on hair, then leave on for a few minutes before rinsing out with water.

Avoid wrinkles. If you notice more wrinkles on one side of your face, it’s most probably the side that you sleep on. Prevent this from happening by using silk or satin pillow cases.

Moisturize your lips. We all know that those slices of cucumbers can help get rid of puffy eyes, but do you know that they can also be good for our lips? Since cucumber is made up of 96% water, it helps restore moisture. So cut up a slice and apply it directly on your lips.

Makeup remover from the kitchen. Do you know that you can use olive oil to remove  eye makeup? Just soak a cotton ball with olive oil and wipe the area. If you feel a wee bit oily afterward, apply a warm and damp washcloth to remove excess oil. Coconut oil can also be used to remove not just eye makeup but blush and foundation as well. And the bonus: they both leave your skin moisturized. (Though this doesn’t mean you can now skip your cleanse-tone-moisturize routine.)

 I can already hear you groaning, “Oh no! Not another post about fruits and vegetables!”

Don’t worry; I’m not going to tell you about what to eat and what not to eat. In this two-part special, I’ll be giving you more details on a very popular skin care ingredient: Vitamin C. It’s time to expand your knowledge of this vitamin that almost synonymous with citrus fruits!

The Vitamin C Goodness

In a nutshell, vitamin C is essential in the production of collagen, a key structural protein of the skin. Adding vitamin C to a culture of skin cell (fibroblast) dramatically increases the synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so it can help to reduce skin damage caused by free radicals. This means that, if properly administered into skin cells, there is a good chance that vitamin C can reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture. Consider that the signs of aging skin are similar to those associated with the loss of collagen production and damaged collagen. Vitamin C will then be a good weapon to use against the effects of time. It will also be a good ingredient to use in the treatment of aging skin.

Another benefit of vitamin C is that it can lessen hyperpigmentation (at levels 3% or greater) as vitamin C can block tyrosinase, an enzyme that catalyses the production of melanin. This means that topically, vitamin C provides a small amount of UV protection and using a vitamin C serum in the day can give your sunscreen an extra boost. However, it takes about six months to see results.

So Much Goodness!

Hold your horses dears! Before you run off to buy all the vitamin C products off the racks, remember that there are always two sides to a coin. There are some important points you have to take note of when you’re using your vitamin C product. First, vitamin C is relatively unstable as it is easily converted to its oxidised forms in the presence of air or other oxidising agents. Once oxidised, it will not only lose its efficiency, but it might also harm your skin by promoting free radical formation, causing damage to vital molecules such as proteins and DNA. Secondly, only highly concentrated preparations (10% or more) deliver enough vitamin C to the cells to be topically effective.

Can You C It?

There are many vitamin C products out there on the market.  A lot of them have high concentrations of stabilised vitamin C. However, even stabilised vitamin C products might be somewhat oxidised by the time you use them. Your best bet is to purchase vitamin C products that are either white or colourless and stored in a dark bottle. Oxidised at advanced levels, vitamin C will acquire a yellowish tint. This may be the reason why some manufacturers add colouring to their vitamin C products. Unfortunately, this is not a tell-tale indication of oxidised vitamin C as it is colourless at its initial stages. Vitamin C products stored in dark coloured containers can help to prevent oxidation.

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Stay tuned for the next part of this series! I’ll be talking about the different derivatives of vitamin C often found in skin care products! Whatever is it, just always remember that there is no single miracle ingredient in skin care. Like other products, always use them with caution. Always pick products from a trustworthy source and watch out for the expiration date. More importantly, always store your products properly (in cool dry places) to stretch the shelf life of your product!(:

There are several key components to anti-aging skincare in the effective prevention and treatment of fine lines, wrinkles and the loss of youthful glow. In addition to the potential benefits of an anti aging skin care product, some basic skincare tips to maintain a young, healthy appearance include:

Sun Protection

Carefully protecting your skin from the sun’s rays is one of the most important elements of skincare to prevent signs of premature aging. The sun can cause over-drying of the surface, as well as damage cellular processes that are required in order for the skin to repair itself and maintain its moisture and elasticity.

This can lead to pigmentation changes, a thinning or rougher texture, and an overall less cared for appearance. Caring for your skin in order to prevent sun damage requires the use of an SPF product daily, taking care not to neglect the lips, and take additional precautionary measures such as wearing a wide-brimmed hat, avoiding direct sun during peak hours, and choosing shade whenever possible.

Moisturize

A second key component of anti-aging skincare is the use of moisturizing products appropriate to your skin type to replenish and protect the skin’s precious water reserves. Numerous factors affect our skin’s hydration levels, including perspiration, bathing, deep cleansing, and exposure to harsh climates or extreme temperatures.

Ease your skin’s cares by carefully choosing products that will soothe and moisturize gently and effectively, while avoiding ingredients that would irritate your sensitivities. Oily and problem skin need to stick to water-based products, but more intensive treatment is generally required for dry, sensitive and aging skin. Products that incorporate added nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins provide an extra caring approach if you’ve decided it’s time to gently get tough with your wrinkles.

Lifestyle

Your body works as a complete system, and your skin’s health should be looked at as part of the whole. Several important practices will benefit your skin as well as overall health and well being:

  • Drinking water – get plenty of it. Stay hydrated from the inside out and reap the rewards all over. Adequate fluids help flush out impurities and waste materials which will show in your face’s healthy glow, as well as maintain surface moisture levels
  • Exercise – an appropriate level of physical exertion will boost energy levels, and promote good circulation in the skin and throughout your body. Avoid exercising in extreme temperatures though, and be sure to drink lots of water during and after a workout.
  • Eat well – taking care to avoid junk food and eat lots of fruits and vegetables will ensure your body has the fuel it needs to look and feel its best
  • Rest – fatigue is not pretty, and is hard to hide. Care for yourself by getting sufficient sleep every day and give your body the downtime it needs to restore itself.

The most effective skincare strategy to preventing and reducing unwanted signs of age will incorporate all these elements of a daily routine designed to care, protect, restore and beautify. Show yourself and your skin the care you deserve, and pamper yourself a little. Wash away the stress and cares of the outside world in order to face it again tomorrow, with renewed reserves and a fresh outlook.