ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE MEANS MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE by Madeleine Arena

THE SKIN CARE ARENA

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by Madeleine Arena, B.S., M.B.A.*

It’s a fact of life that wrinkles, crepiness, and discolored skin appear sooner on areas that haven’t been routinely protected from the sun with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This is especially true for the neglected neck, chest and décolleté since most of us take special care of the face. As a result, over the years the contrast between the skin on the face, and the skin on neck, chest and décolleté becomes striking; and is the most obvious sign of aging skin that can give away your age in the same way your hands can. That’s why I believe skin care needs to start at our chests.

There are various reasons why the neck and décolleté shows the signs of aging sooner than the face.

First, is sun damage. The chest and neck skin often burns before the face.

In addition, the skin on the neck is naturally thinner than the skin on the face, therefore, the damage from UV rays is more extensive and severe.

Last but not least, the muscles in the neck area are relatively weak. Weak muscles combined with chronic sun exposure cause multiple horizontal lines, sagging and drooping of the neck skin as a person ages.

Given this, it’s no wonder cosmetics counters are packed with an array of creams and treatments targeting these areas. Buying a separate neck, chest, or décolleté cream is a waste of your money. These “specialized” products are rarely well-formulated, and they almost always are overpriced. In addition, they are unnecessary because the anti-aging product you use for your face will work beautifully, if it’s well-formulated.

Scientific research has proven that the same effective ingredients will keep the skin anywhere on your body acting and looking young. Gentle cleansing, anti-aging products loaded with antioxidants (such as Vitamin C & E, as well as co-enzyme Q10) skin-repairing ingredients (such as Ceramides, & Hyaluronic Acid), and cell-communicating ingredients (such as Peptides, Retinol, & Linolenic Acid) along with the diligent use of a well-formulated sunscreen will work for your face, as well as your neck, chest, and décolleté. Simply continue their application downward.

Whether you’re treating your face or your neck, chest and décolleté a consistent routine is essential if you want to see results.

Remember the best single step you can take to keep any area of your skin, especially these delicate areas, looking gorgeous for years to come is to always protect them with a generous application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

If you do have sun damage in these areas it is treatable. Consult your dermatologist. There are different treatment options available, such as skin lightening products that contain hydroquinone. Creams will only go so far if the sun damage is bad. If creams cannot help you laser treatments may.

Skin is skin, and what works for your face absolutely will work for your neck, chest, and décolleté. There’s no need to buy extra products for signs of aging below the face. As long as you don’t have any specific concerns (like acne, eczema, or rosacea), your facial anti-aging product will keep your neck, chest and décolleté looking healthy and young.

* Madeleine Arena is a cosmetic chemist who develops private label skin and hair care products for the trade. Madeleine can be reached through her website – www.tscsource.com

Natural Beauty Tips for Hair From Grandma’s Kitchen 

After cruising the aisles of the drugstore, don’t forget the kitchen. It is a beauty counter unto itself.

For more beautiful hair:

Although mayonnaise is  often-recommended for conditioning hair, many prefer Olive oil. Heat some extra virgin olive oil in the microwave for 10 seconds and apply to DRY hair. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, then shampoo so you are not left smelling like a salad.

Flat beer. Be sure to use beer that has lost its zing, or else heat fresh beer and allow it to cool. Wash your hair, pour it on, and comb. I guarantee it will not smell after it dries.

37th AFI Life Achievement Award - ArrivalsVinegar is a marvelous rinse. Cider vinegar is good for brunettes, white vinegar for blondes. Add four tablespoons to 16 – 20 ounces of warm water. Then use lots of cool water to remove the salady smell.

Lemons are a blonde’s best friend! The juice of two lemons in two glasses of lukewarm water should do it. If your hair does not tend to be dry, you can skip the rinse and let the sun add some highlights.

Sometimes, those products stored in your kitchen cabinets can do wonders for your hair – and your pocketbook!

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Does Dry Skin Cause Wrinkles? by Madeleine Arena

THE SKIN CARE ARENA

by Madeleine Arena, B.S., M.B.A.*

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No. Dry skin does not cause wrinkles. Research has shown that wrinkles and dry skin are not related in terms of cause and effect.

Sun damage is the primary cause of wrinkles. In addition, muscle movement, estrogen loss, and fat depletion also cause wrinkles. Nowhere (outside of ads and product claims) is dry skin ever mentioned as a cause of wrinkles. You may ask, “what about those annoying little “fine, dry lines” most moisturizers claim to eliminate? Realistically, that’s just another way to describe how your skin can look when it’s dry. However, “fine, dry lines” are not the same as wrinkles. Wrinkles don’t go away simply by applying a moisturizer.

If you’re over 35 it’s easy to prove that sun damage is by far the leading cause of wrinkled skin. Simply compare the parts of your body that rarely, if ever, see the sun with the parts of your body exposed to the sun on a daily basis. Look at your backside, inner arms, and abdomen. You may be surprised to see that these areas have minimal to no signs of “aging.” In fact, they are firmer, have more elasticity, and the color of “younger” skin than the sun-exposed areas. Proving just how strongly sun exposure and wrinkles are related.

So why are so many people convinced that dry skin and wrinkles are related? There are two reasons. First is the misinformation distributed by the cosmetics industry; and second is the fact that dry skin looks more wrinkled than skin that isn’t dry. So, it’s not surprising, that wrinkled skin looks better after a moisturizer has been applied.
When skin is dry or dehydrated, any amount of wrinkling or flaws look more exaggerated. Applying a moisturizer will diminish the appearance of wrinkles and can help skin look and act younger, but that is not the same thing as helping skin to repair itself.

Standard, ordinary moisturizers do not have any significant effect on wrinkles. However, using a product that contains state of-the art ingredients will have such an effect. Not all products are created equal. The state-of-the-art ingredients you should look for are Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients. Here’s how each one of these critical ingredient categories works:

Antioxidants decrease free-radical damage. They also reduce inflammation, which causes collagen to break down and negatively impacts the skin cell’s DNA structure. When contained in an effective sunscreen, antioxidants also help your skin defend itself against the #1 cause of aging, the sun.
Cell-communicating ingredients not only work to “tell” damaged cells to start acting more like normal, younger, healthier cells; but also help skin cells form in a healthy, “younger” way.
Skin-repairing ingredients are substances that skin has lost due to sun exposure and external irritants. These repairing ingredients help to fight environmental damage that leads to moisture loss and dull skin causing it to look older than it really is.

Last but definitely not least, it is critically importance to use an effective sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher 365 days a year. While the topic of sunscreen may not be as interesting as the latest anti-wrinkle miracle, sunscreen is the single most important product to help you prevent premature aging, and resist wrinkles.

To learn what ingredients to look for, read Madeleine’s article,

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* Madeleine Arena is a cosmetic chemist who develops private label

skin and hair care products for the trade.

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Hand Lifts and Other New Cosmetic Surgery Trends

The “hand lift” might be the hottest new trend in plastic surgery, and if so, you can blame it on selfies! Some camera-conscious women are getting Juvederm injections to smooth out their hands to show off close-ups of their engagement rings. For a temporary fix to plump up or smooth out their skin, or disguise surface veins, they are willing to fork over up to $1,300 for this 5-10 minutes procedure. But hand lifts are hardly the strangest new cosmetic surgery procedure on the menu. Here are seven other plastic surgery trends that might just leave your jaw agape.
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Anti-Aging and Your Hands by Madeleine Arena

TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME

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Your hands, like your face, greet the world. You shake hands to introduce yourself, or greet someone. You use your hands to express your affection to those you love; to soothe a sad child, or comfort someone suffering from an illness. If you’re like me, you may even “talk” with your hands.

Hands are the workhorses of the body. They are exposed to sunlight, extreme temperatures, and a lot of wear and tear, says Nelson Lee Novick, a clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City.

By the time you reach age thirty, skin-cell production decreases by ten percent, making your skin less able to repair itself. Unlike the thicker skinned, palms of the hand, the thin skin on the tops of the hands, can show signs of age first. In addition, when hands lose plumpness, due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin, veins and knuckles can start to look more prominent.

You can do things every day to help your hands look and feel good. The best regime for the hands is fairly simple. Just follow my five step plan.

Step one: Wash your hands the right way. The frequent washing that’s designed to keep your hands sanitary can also keep them dry, cracked and wrinkled.  The goal is to remove germs and grime, without stripping all the natural oils from your hands. So, wash with warm water instead of hot.

Step two: Avoid using harsh soaps. Dermatologists recommend nondrying products like Dove, or Neutrogena, as well as liquid nonsoap cleansers like Cetaphil. According to the Mayo Clinic, antibacterial soaps aren’t necessary and may even dry skin more. They also can kill good bacteria on the hands and encourage bad bacteria that resist antibiotics.

Step three: Rinse hands well, and gently pat or blot dry. Don’t rub.

Step Four: Apply moisturizer after washing your hands.  A good moisturizer can help prevent or treat dry skin on your hands.  It helps  retain moisture in the outer layer of skin, making your hands smoother and softer.  Two of my favorites are Eucerin Intensive Repair Extra Enriched Hand Cream, and Avon’s Moisture Therapy.  Apply it each time you wash your hands. Don’t forget to massage the cream into your fingernails & cuticles.

Step Five: Protect your hands from harsh cleaners by wearing gloves for your household chores. If you think about it there’s no use being careful about the soap you use to wash your hands if you’re also exposing your hands to harsh cleaners. You might also consider using an inexpensive pair of cotton gloves as a liner to prevent sweating and itching. These gloves are available at most drugstores. They can also be used at night to cover your hands after you’ve moisturized them.

Step Six: Last but definitely not least, make sure you use a sunscreen on your hands during the day. The backs of hands, especially, need protection.  There are quite a few products on the market. Try Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Hand Cream SPF 15, which you can pick up at Target for about $14.  Another excellent product is Resist Ultimate Anti-Aging Hand Cream SPF 30 for about $13 from Paula’s Choice Skincare. If possible, reapply every time you wash your hands.

* Madeleine Arena is a cosmetic chemist who develops  private label skin and hair care products for the trade. 

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What’s This? New Barbie Dolls with Cellulite, Stretch Marks and Acne

New editions of the Barbie doll have the body of an average American woman — with skin that will also look something like “normal,” and an add-on pack that will allow kids to give their dolls acne, cellulite, stretch marks and more.

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The Lammily dolls, designed by artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm, are scaled to the measurements of the average 19-year-old woman, after becoming frustrated at how unrealistic Barbie’s proportions are. His goal was to create a fun, appealing doll with natural-looking makeup and a casual, sporty wardrobe.

The dolls are now available for purchase, and buyers can pre-order an exciting extra — a sticker package allowing kids to add removable “marks” to their dolls, ranging from artistic tattoos to cellulite and stretch marks to grass stains and scars.

It remains to be seen how many will order those “exciting” extras. Be honest, how many of you would opt for Cellulite, stretch marks or acne if given a choice.

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Navigating the Sea of Skin Care Products – Part 2 – How To Choose A Moisturizer by Madeleine Arena

THE SKIN CARE ARENA

by Madeleine Arena, B.S., M.B.A.*

Winter is almost here, and with it the cold, dry weather that plays havoc on our complexions.  If you suffer from dry skin, and so many of us do, you’ve probably been on a quest to find the one moisturizer that truly works.  Sifting through the myriad of advertising claims on your way to choosing the best product for your needs can be mind boggling.  Once again, I urge you to read the labels, and look for certain key ingredients that are proven to work.

Ingredients To Look For:

Antioxidants - are a group of natural and synthetic ingredients that reduce free-radical and environmental damage.  They’re important because Antioxidants can prevent some of the degenerative effects in skin caused by sun exposure, and can also reduce inflammation within the skin.  Remember that dry skin is caused when the outer layers of the skin lose their ability to maintain normal moisture levels.   Mostly, this is due to sun damage, or by using products that damage the skin’s protective barrier.

The most effective moisturizers are formulated with a cocktail of antioxidants that work together to help your skin.  It’s essential that you choose antioxidants that are contained in packaging that will ensure they stay effective.  That means no see through jars.  Antioxidants break down in the presence of light and air. My Recommended Anti-oxidant ingredients: Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitamin C, Green Tea, Resveratrol, Idebenone – a more stable form of Coenzyme Q10, Coenzyme Q10,  Spin Trap (Phenyl Butyl Nitrone),

Skin-identical/skin-repairing ingredients – are the substances that keep skin intact.  These are ingredients that already exist in your skin, and are therefore recognized by your immune system as part of your body.  They are the substances between skin cells (technically referred to as the intercellular matrix) that keep the cells connected, and help maintain the skin’s fundamental external structure.

An intact, stable, healthy, and strong structure is what allows skin to look smooth, soft, moist, supple, and young.  Unfortunately, the external structure of our skin, is easily damaged by the sun, irritation, over cleansing, over scrubbing, climate changes, and skin disorders.

When the skin’s the intercellular matrix breaks down, it results in water loss, flakiness, and a tight, dry-feeling skin.  In order to combat environmental stresses, and have a healthy, youthful appearance, all skin types must maintain, or restore the skin’s intercellular matrix.

Some well-known skin-identical ingredients, are: hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate, cholesterol, ceramides, sodium PCA, amino acids, and fatty acids.  There are too many more to list here.

Emollients are lubricating ingredients that prevent water loss.  They also have a softening, protective, and smoothing effect on the skin. Preventing water loss is critical in maintaining skin’s moisture. Emollients vary in texture, and may be fluid or thick.  Some emollients include, petrolatum, fatty acids such as linoleic acid, glycerin, and fatty alcohols.

Anti-inflammatory ingredients are any ingredients that reduce signs of inflammation, such as swelling, tenderness, pain, itching, or redness. Many antioxidants fall into this category.  A couple of the best known anti-inflammatory ingredients are Bisabolol, and Chamomile.

You now have the information you need to choose the best moisturizer for your dry skin.

* Madeleine Arena is a cosmetic chemist who develops  private label skin and hair care products for the trade.

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