THINK - LOOK - FEEL
You’ve heard all about drinking eight glasses of water a day, but eating water-dense foods is a far better way to stay hydrated and reap the benefits for your skin.
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “dewy complexion”, but have you ever experienced it yourself? If you haven’t focused on getting your water from your food, then chances are you’ve had to strategically apply makeup to obtain that dew-kissed look.
Truly hydrated skin is radiant: the sort of smooth, supple and youthful skin you’ve likely been trying to buy with expensive skin creams. Hydrating your skin from the inside out by getting some of your water through food sources is a far more effective way to get plump and glowing skin.
Eating your water gives your body more time to absorb it
Drinking a lot of water is good, but getting some of that water from food sources is even better. This is because the water we drink moves through our system quickly, and drinking a lot of water can even remove nutrients from our bodies as it moves through us.
Eating water, however, keeps the water in our systems longer as our digestive system removes it from food molecules.
So, how do you eat your water? Focus on water-dense fruits and veggies like cucumbers, pineapples and melons. All raw fruits and veggies provide a greater water source than other foods that soak up water in our digestive system (like many grains).
Getting a good portion of water from raw fruit and veggies results in slower water absorption as the fiber from the food sources slows the water’s movement through our digestive tracts.
You’ll also get the added benefit of a nutrient infusion
Since the best food-based water sources are raw fruits and vegetables, you will also get an infusion of important, skin-boosting nutrients when you eat your water. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants like Vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid, which help to minimize damage to your skin and reduce the effects of aging.
They also contain some B complex vitamins, magnesium, polyphenols and other nutrients that will help to give your skin that radiant look, while supporting your entire system.
Applying creams with these nutrients topically can definitely help to improve the appearance of your skin, but if you’re not doing the inner work as well and giving your skin the nutrition it needs, the results won’t be nearly as good.
Eating hydrating foods will energize your skin (and you)
If you focus on consuming more hydrating foods, you will most likely reduce the amount of space you have for dehydrating foods like simple carbohydrates. This means that you will consistently be getting more nutrients to support your body and your energy levels, resulting in brighter, more energized-looking skin and more energy overall!
An additional benefit of eating raw fruits and vegetables is that they contain enzymes that aid in digestion, so you won’t feel weighed down after eating them. These foods bolster your energy instead of making you feel like you need to take a nap to digest.
Delicious ways to eat your water
Fresh smoothies and juices
Smoothies and juices both provide a lot of nourishment in one glass. When it comes to eating your water, smoothies can be more beneficial since the fiber that helps to slow absorption is not removed. Focus on combining water-dense foods like fruit with super nutrient-dense foods like greens for the best effect.
A favorite hydrating smoothie: combine ½ cup frozen blueberries with ½ large cucumber (peeled), 1 cup pineapple slices and a handful of mint leaves in a blender. Once blended, add juice from ½ lime and mix thoroughly.
Try traditional tomato gazpacho or cucumber-avocado gazpacho for another way to boost your water content. They are really easy to make.
Here is a simple recipe for a Spanish gazpacho:
4 large tomatoes
1 green pepper
1/2 cucumber or 1 smaller cucumber
1 clove of garlic
1 small onion
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Peel and chop all the ingredients and put them in a blender. Add water and apple cider vinegar according to taste and blend it till you reach dense consistency. You can add a bit of a stale bread to make it thicker. Serve it cold with a bit of fresh parsley and some ground pepper.
Keep grapes on hand as an easy snack. They’re easy to munch on and they’ll keep you from dipping your hand into the candy jar or chip bag.
Salads are, of course, the good old standby for consuming fresh veggies, but don’t forget that you can mix them up! Steer clear of dried fruits and add fresh strawberries and blueberries instead.
Add lettuces with a high water content, like romaine, to greens that have higher nutrient concentrations, like baby kale. And, don’t forget the cucumbers! They’re 96% water after all.
Go ahead and give eating your water a try. I promise that your skin will thank you! Let us know how this works out for you.
Now that much-anticipated beach vacations, gardening, outdoor sports and other outside summer activities are on our calendars, it’s time to practice ways to protect skin from sun damage.
The medical profession has reported loud and clear that too much exposure causes dryness, wrinkling, premature aging and even skin cancer. Yet, many people don’t understand that certain types of medications, among other factors, can increase sensitivity to the sun’s rays.
People of all types of skin can be susceptible to allergic reactions to sun exposure, and contrary to popular belief, dark-skinned people are not immune. There are many ways to protect skin from overexposure, burning, drying and wrinkling, and careful use of safe sunscreens is one of the best.
Sun Protection from Without
Julie Lindh, strongly recommends natural non-chemical sunscreens such as “physical” blockers titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, not chemical sunscreen formulations, for everyone that plans to spend more than a few minutes in the sun. The benefit of a physical sunscreen is that it acts like tiny mirrors—deflecting all spectrums of the radiation away from the skin, including the dangerous ultraviolet [UV] rays.
Taking commonsense steps can reduce exposure to both sun damage and sun-blocking products that have, among other synthetic chemical ingredients, paraben-based preservatives and can carry health risks.
Rather than use chemicals, we suggest sun worshippers seek shade, cover up and avoid sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; be extra-careful when the UV index is high; find the daily National Weather Service forecast assessing the risk of sun overexposure at epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex; take extra precautions near water, snow and sand, because they reflect and substantially intensify radiation; avoid tanning products or tanning beds, even those advertised as safe; and wear tightly woven, dark, clothing for maximum sun protection. Lightweight denim is a good choice.
Skin Protection from Within
Numerous studies show that specific foods can help provide natural sun protection, working from the inside out, including a class of foods incorporating carotenoids, which give rich colors to fruits and vegetables. According to recent research from Henrich-Heine University, in Dusseldorf, Germany, subcategories of the nutrients lutein (in dark green leafy veggies) and lycopene (in tomatoes and other pink/red foods) are among the most powerful antioxidants.
Numerous scientific studies from around the world show that oral supplementation with carotenes, especially lycopene and betacarotene, improve skin structure, have powerful wound-healing properties and offer great protection from damage caused by sunlight. Because inflammation is a major cause of many types of skin damage and premature aging, highly recommend the Mediterranean diet and other eating plans rich in healthy oils like olive oil, omega-3 from walnuts and butternuts and oily fish, along with lots of vegetables and fruits.
A growing body of research from such prestigious institutions as North Carolina’s Duke University and the Xienta Institute for Skin Research, in Pennsylvania, shows that vitamins C and E can protect skin against free radical damage and also reduce the chances of sunburn. Potent antioxidant herbs such as green tea (Camellia sinensis) are also proving effective, according to research from the University of Alabama.
Healthy Sun Exposure
Still, sunshine is the best source of vitamin D, so stepping outside without sunscreen protection for at least 15 minutes a day with as much skin exposed as possible, even when clouds are present, preferably in early morning or evening sunshine. But don’t bake in the sun! Limited sun exposure will increase vitamin D production, known to reduce the risk of many internal cancers, while also reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Face it: there are no magical solutions to feeling and looking attractive, you might consider using these seven psychological tips that actually change the way you see yourself. I am not promising you a quick fix or miraculous cure, these cognitive work from the inside out and they just may last a lifetime.
Beauty is not just a physical experience, but a psychological one as well.
We tend to think of beauty as a skin-deep issue — all about how we physically appear. But research tells us that what we deem attractive or unattractive is much more complicated: part objectivity, part subjectivity. Understanding beauty this way helps explain why a Michelle Pfeiffer or Uma Thurman have been known to draw more attention to their flaws than their assets. It helps make sense of beautiful women who say they never felt pretty. Similarly, there are women who may not be considered classic beauties yet exude confidence about their looks. Serena Williams, for example, doesn’t cover up her unconventionally muscular physique and, in fact, by flaunting it comes across as more appealing. What makes women feel attractive is much more than meets the eye!
Some aspects of beauty are universally attainable.
We tend to enjoy how we look when we take time to care for ourselves — exercise, eat right and sleep well. Simple, sound advice you have heard many times before. But this is how it really works. By taking care of ourselves, we tend to feel stronger, stand taller and smile more. We engage in more positive interactions with others. It takes effort to stick to healthy regimens, like working out regularly, caring daily for our skin, eating healthier foods and limiting our alcohol consumption. But research tells us that the results are experienced both internally and externally. Try walking into a room with proud strong steps, a smile on your face and eyes that communicate confidence. You would be surprised how far these universally attainable assets go toward enhancing your appeal to others. Remember, every one at any age has the capacity to smile and engage with others.
Self image is fluid and timeless.
Self image is not an actual still-life picture of oneself, but rather an internal, ongoing, fluid experience. It is defined by how we see ourselves from within, throughout our lives. It is flexible and malleable. And if we understand that self-image evolves over time, then we can take measures to continually enhance it internally. Fixing ourselves externally is a battle bound for failure. Success comes when we understand that boosting our self image results not only from caring for ourselves, but from making changes in the way we think about beauty.
Beauty is in the “I” of the beholder.
Mirrors reflect an image that tells us superficially what we look like. Gaze at yourself and go beyond, past your reflection, and perceive who you are as a person. What you see is only the image of yourself that informs the world of your physical self. Who you are is more than what they see. Become your own internal “eye.” You have the ability to change the internal lens through which you perceive not only yourself, but others as well. The result? Women will be less self critical and less critical of each other.
Chronological age does not have to define you.
A particular number has little to do with how old you feel and look. You can define what it means to be attractive at 40, 50 and onward. Find real women in your life that you see as attractive and let them serve as your role models in place of the airbrushed and photo shopped women you see in magazines. Remember, some women in there twenties with smooth skin and shapely bodies say they feel ugly, while women at midlife and beyond tell us they feel beautiful. You can define beauty at any age.
Put your beauty in your identity, not your identity in your beauty.
Your identity is made up of many aspects of yourself. Your appearance is just one. A self-definition supported by a broader base than just good looks leads to less reactivity when they change. Bad hair days, a few pimples or new wrinkles are less likely to get you down. No doubt our appearance matters. But it’s a good idea to keep beauty in balance with your work, your creativity, your accomplishments, your relationships and more. Cybill Shepard and Linda Evans — two beauty icons now in midlife — recently told Oprah that they only began to feel truly attractive as their identities shifted away from their appearance. If you let beauty define you, you leave out so many other ways to feel good about yourself.
Rob beauty of its power over you.
Take back the power you may have handed to others to define what it means to be beautiful. Our culture conveys who and what is beautiful through the media. Magazines, television and Internet ads persuade us to believe that beauty is equated with youth and perfection. Surely, youth is beautiful. Don’t we all see babies as perfect? But to many of us, our grandmothers can be perfectly beautiful too. And we all know that some of the loveliest women in the world are not flawless. It is their confidence and ability to enjoy life that makes us see the beauty they feel. When the power of beauty returns to your own hands, you will become more attractive to yourself and others.
Bottom line: Looking and feeling great is a psychological process as well as a physical one. Master the first and the second will come with much more joy. When it comes to your face and your body, be smart, be thoughtful and you’ll be more beautiful.
Face masks are back in vogue, and they have taken the world of cosmetics by storm!
Be it sheet face masks, liquid masks, clay masks, funny ones like bobble masks, magnetic masks and even the popular glue-based charcoal masks there seems to be a mask to meet everyone’s needs. So much so that even prestigious beauty awards such as the “Pure Beauty Awards” recently recognized face masks as a separate new category for their annual awards.
Clearly then, the trend of face masks is growing and does not seem like it will slow down any time soon. But where did this trend originate? And are Face Masks really all that new?
Face Masks have existed for a long time, but over the years they were pushed aside by other cosmetics trends. More specifically, powdered face masks have been largely forgotten. However, with the expanding interest in Ayurveda, powdered face masks are poised to make a strong comeback in the coming years.
Where did powdered face masks go?
This raises a valid question: Why exactly did powder masks get forgotten? Firstly, it’s a question of convenience. It’s not that quick and easy to apply a face mask in powder form, when compared to sheet masks or the ones that come in tubes. Simply squeeze, apply and post a nice picture on Instagram and let the likes roll in. Applying powdered face masks requires a bit more attention and patience, especially since they can be a bit messy in the beginning and require some time to prepare.
So what is the big deal with face masks? Are they better than other facial skin care products on the market? Let’s discover the top 5 reasons why you should consider switching to face masks, especially the powdered ones.
5 Reasons To Choose Powder Face Masks
A Proven History
Powdered Face masks are one of the oldest known natural cosmetics in the world. 5,000 years of Ayurvedic medicine teaches that masks should be used for cleansing and nourishing your skin and hair. The masks, also called Ubtan in India, are a mix of herbs, roots, flowers and plants together with water, milk or oil and applied directly on the skin.
Face masks were also popular in the Middle East, Ancient Rome, and Egypt as cosmetics. Queen Cleopatra, who is known for her love of beauty care, not only took baths in milk and rose water but also was a regular user of face masks based on clay and herbs. By picking the best that nature has to offer to us we are not re-inventing the wheel. Rather, we are essentially going back to the roots of traditional beauty and skin care that have existed for millennia.
The ingredients used in liquid face masks are already activated. Hence, these masks need to be used quickly after opening. As a result, liquid face mask contain a certain amount of potentially unwanted preservatives to prevent the ingredients from spoiling when coming into contact with air.
On the other hand, powdered face masks contain dry ingredients that need to be activated by mixing them with water or milk. As a result the powder can stay stable for longer and needs significantly fewer preservatives, making it a safer alternative for the skin.
Powdered face masks not only cleanse the skin but also nourish and moisturize it. The powder also acts as a gentle exfoliator and improves blood circulation. Powdered face masks give you all of these benefits, while using all-natural ingredients! Exfoliating products work the best in a powdered form, which is why powdered face masks are highly recommended for those who struggle with uneven skin tone, post acne scars, etc.
For Every skin type
Face masks in powdered form can be used by every skin type, however people with oily skin can benefit the most from the amazing properties of these masks. For example, face masks with clay absorb the excess of oil that has gathered on the surface of the skin, remove dead skin cells, and clean dirt from clogged pores.
A Modern Ritual
Mixing a powdered face mask with water or milk gives you the satisfaction of preparing your own cosmetic product made at home, even if it only means simply adding water. Face masks are not for those who wish to simply apply some product while hurrying to get ready for the day. Instead, applying a powdered face mask should be treated as a ritual that requires you to slow down, relax and dedicate a few moments to take care of yourself and your skin. This is a ritual that has been cherished by countless women over thousands of years.
JULIE LINDH SKIN EXPERT PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION
What are some of the super benefits we can expect from antioxidants in your skincare products and what you really need to know about them. Since antioxidants are becoming a staple in every formulators ingredients, it is important to address the ways you can benefit from antioxidants and what you can expect from them topically. There are many types of antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene, alpha lipoic acid, resveratrol, retinol, and the list goes on.
Right off the two main benefits of antioxidants are protecting against free radical damage which is responsible for premature aging and its ability to enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens to prevent harmful rays from the sun from causing damage and discoloration to the skin. Premature aging leads to a rapid increase in the development of wrinkles, fine lines, discoloration, and dullness. Antioxidants not only help slow down that process, but they promote healing and repairing of skin cells.
Below is a list of benefits you can expect from Antioxidants when applied topically.
- A decrease in wrinkles and fine lines. Since wrinkles and fine lines happen naturally as you begin to age and gravity begins to set in, free radicals from sun exposure rapidly accelerates the aging process. Antioxidants cannot reverse any damage caused, but they can effectively slow down the process by fighting off free radicals and promoting an enhanced protection from the sun.
- Can increase collagen production. Free radicals also damage collagen proteins by breaking them down and your body needs collagen to retain its elasticity and strength. Antioxidants penetrate the skin layers and help neutralize free radicals, and this process promotes an increase in collagen production. Collagen will help the skin have a more youthful appearance.
- Reduction in Age spots (lentigines), hyperpigmention, uneven skin tones. Age spots appear in many different colors, ranging from brown to black and are flat in shape. They are harmless on the skin but can certainly decrease ones self confidence. As we age, these spots become more prominent and appear on the hands, face, and arms, the areas that have the most exposure to sun. Antioxidants have been shown to reduce melanin pigmentation on age spots, and consistent use will help lighten the age spot and therefore improve the evenness of the skin. The best way though to prevent age spots is to avoid the sun and use sunscreen at all times.
- Antioxidants may reduce breakouts associated with acne. Particularly vitamin A. Topically, vitamin A penetrates the skin layers to free up keratin which clogs the pores, one of the main reasons you experience blackheads. Additionally vitamin A also helps to suppress excess oil production, as excess oil causes an increase in breakouts and clogged pores.
- Antioxidants as a Anti-inflammatory. One of the biggest benefits for antioxidants aside from free radical prevention is its ability to calm inflamed skin. Many antioxidants have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin and reduce inflammation especially in those with acne.
- Skin tightening effects. Another desired benefit of antioxidant is skin tightening. Antioxidants improve the health of the skin for a rejuvenated appearance. Cucumber and Coenzyme Q-10 are both ingredients that have good skin firming or tightening properties.
- Antioxidants work to reduce scarring. Antioxidants in aloe and onion extract called allium can increase blood flow to the scar tissue, which can help reduce the appearance of the scar and help it blend in as other dead skin cells are shed and newer skin is revealed.
- Antioxidants actually work better together. Most antioxidants are stronger when combined with other antioxidants because they work synergistically and provide a wider range of benefits to the skin. Make sure to choose a product with a good combination of antioxidants to reap the most benefits from your skincare routine.
Chances are, you've probably started to notice cannabidiol hemp oil, or CBD hemp oil, popping up as an ingredient in beauty products such as body lotion and facial oil. While it's definitely the buzzy beauty ingredient of the moment, a fad this is not: CBD-infused beauty products have been growing in popularity, with entire brands now dedicated to the healing properties CBD hemp oil has when used topically. But there are still a lot of misconceptions about CBD-infused beauty products, so here are some answers.
First, the big question you're wondering: CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning you're not going to get high from using any of these products. CBD hemp oil is sourced from hemp with lower levels of THC than marijuana, (which is responsible for an altered mental state) and high levels of CBD. It's also a rich source of fatty acids and other nutrients that benefit your skin. Studies have shown it can improve reduced barrier function, improve hydration, minimize moisture loss, and decrease inflammation.
Skincare brands are catching on to the benefits. Many of these products are geared towards CBD oil's anti-inflammatory benefits because the primary receptor for CBD (CB2) is found on immune cells, which is where inflammation takes place. This is major because many skin conditions are connected to inflammation, which is why there are so many conversations about the power of CBD in the beauty industry right now.
Research on CBD oil and its benefits is ongoing, but note the ingredient's ability to regulate cell growth, reduce inflammation, and stimulate important fats in the skin and sebaceous glands could help inform treatments for other skin issues, such as dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema.
Beyond beauty products that you can use at home, we are looking to include CBD oil in some of the Innovative Treatments Julie Lindh offers.
Cannabis beauty products are certainly worth a try. The benefits are strongly supported by several pilot studies not to mention that many users swear by them.
Coming soon Julie Lindh to launch Super Beauty CBD Experience Facial and Skin Potion Face Oil, A CBD Fusion for clear radiant glowing skin!
GLOW FROM WITHIN
The state of your skin (your body’s largest organ) is a direct reflection of what’s happening on the inside. Try one (or all) of the tips below — and watch your radiance skyrocket.
Eat half an avocado every day, whether it’s on top of a salad or in a smoothie. The fruit supplies the skin with healthy fats and phytonutrients that hydrate from the inside out.
A good cardio sesh can make skin come to life: It speeds up your heart rate and ups blood flow to the brain, and that’s reflected in the face. Cue that lit-from-within look that lasts long after your workout.
Hit the Hay Earlier
Listen up, night owls! Skin’s restorative powers kick in when you snooze, specifically between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. If you’re up at that time, you’re missing out on benefits like cell turnover and collagen building.
Have More Sex
Afterglow is real, ladies. Getting busy improves circulation and keeps stress hormones in check. Plus, orgasming spikes levels of DHEA, a hormone that has been linked to glowier, healthier skin.
Studies show gut health is essential for glowing skin. It’s where we make nutrients that contribute to collagen formation as well as enzymes that detoxify. A daily probiotic can keep your gut balanced and digestion optimal.
Stress can cause hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to go into overdrive, which can increase inflammation (a known glow stealer) in the skin. Make a daily date with a meditation app, like Headspace — or give yourself a few minutes a day just to chill. You and your skin deserve it!
GLOW WITH SKIN CARE
If your complexion isn’t on point, you’ll never glow like a goddess. These two steps make it easy to score a smooth, super-hydrated surface.
Step 1: Exfoliate
When dry, dead skin piles up, light scatters off the face in different directions, which is perceived as dullness. Getting rid of those cells allows light to bounce off in one smooth direction. The easiest way to buff: with a light exfoliator. Try our Miss Julie Green Enzyme Powder Mask that is a mask and an exfoliator in one.
Step 2: Moisturize
While lots of lotions claim to offer radiance, look for one that contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin. Applied to wet skin, HA can hold 1,000 times its weight in water for a serious hydration boost, while glycerin creates a barrier to trap it all in. Treat yourself to a mini facial massage and increase circulation by bringing oxygen to the skin’s surface. For the summer we recommend the Daily Dose Creme. It's light in texture, it has antioxidant Resveratrol to help protect skin from UV rays, HA for hydration and Peptides for an anti-aging purpose.
For those seeking a new weapon in the fight against aging skin, a peptide has recently been developed that promises to breathe new life into aged and damaged skin.
Peptides are one of the most popular active ingredients for repairing damaged and aging skin today. Peptides trigger increased collagen production, enhance antioxidant defense, and improve cellular repair — all of which result in skin that is softer, smoother, and more radiant looking.
A new peptide has been developed that mimics the action of the body’s own natural youth hormone, thymopoietin. As a result, it helps trigger cellular reactions and reparative processes that are usually only seen in much younger skin.
By mimicking thymopoietin, this anti-aging peptide known as Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2 helps rejuvenate facial skin by improving skin tone and texture.
Understanding the Youth Hormone
Thymopoietin is a polypeptide hormone secreted by the thymus that affects the rate at which your skin ages. Normal aging causes significant atrophy of the thymus gland, resulting in diminished production of thymopoietin.
Lack of this hormone jeopardizes immune function and negatively affects the body’s ability to produce DNA and undergo normal cell division. Simply put, thymopoietin affects the body’s capacity to maintain youthful function in everything from skin cells to brain cells. The loss of thymopoietin is considered by many immunologists to be a major bio-marker of aging
Reinforce Your Skin’s Immune Defenses
Studies have shown that T-cells (a type of immune cell that matures in the thymus gland) promote cellular restoration by secreting growth hormone and growth hormone releasing factor. Growth hormone stimulates the growth, reproduction, and regeneration of cells. And growth hormone releasing factor triggers the production of growth hormone.
All of these biological processes that are vital for the health and longevity of your skin are largely controlled by thymopoietin and the thymus.
Unfortunately, around the age of puberty, the thymus begins to shrink. This results in a lack of thymopoietin in the bloodstream, which in turn compromises the skin’s immune system and its ability to reproduce and replace old cells. That’s why maintaining adequate levels of this important hormone is critical for maintaining youthful skin.
Stimulate the Growth of New Skin Cells
Thymopoietin stimulates the growth and differentiation of keratinocytes. Keratinocytes are specialized skin cells in the epidermis that control the ongoing process of cell turnover and renewal. This is a key component in anti-aging because the skin’s ability to renew itself and the rate at which it does so is absolutely essential to keeping the skin looking young.
Keratinocytes make up 95% of all the cells in the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin.9 The keratinocytes that are located in the basal (bottom) layer of the skin are often referred to as basal cells.
Keratinocytes perform a number of functions that are vital to the health and beauty of the skin. The keratinocytes in the top layer of skin form a protective barrier against harmful environmental influences (such as bacteria and UV damage). They also lock in water, which keeps the skin soft and moist.
However, it’s the keratinocytes located on the bottom layer of the epidermis that produce new replacement cells and start them on their journey to the surface of the skin.
Since thymopoietin stimulates the growth of keratinocytes, adequate thymopoietin levels are necessary for the growth of new skin cells to occur at a healthy rate.
Unfortunately, the older we get, the longer it takes basal keratinocytes to regenerate due to the declining levels of thymopoeitin. This negatively impacts the rate at which skin cells renew themselves. As a result, your skin gradually becomes thinner and more susceptible to injury and attack. Additionally, since new cells take longer to reach the surface, the dull, devitalized skin cells on the surface eventually dominate—creating the rough, uneven texture so characteristic of aging.
A restorative polypeptide has been developed that helps stimulate the reproductive function of basal cells to combat the signs of aging. It’s called Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2.
This peptide compensates for the natural loss of thymopoietin by boosting the skin’s immune defenses and stimulating the growth and differentiation of keratinocytes. This innovative ingredient helps trigger cellular reactions and reparative processes that are usually only seen in much younger skin.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Revive Functionally Compromised Skin Cells
- Your body’s youth hormone, thymopoietin, is vital for the health and longevity of your skin.
- Thymopoietin reinforces your skin’s immune defenses and stimulates the growth of new skin cells.
- Thymopoietin levels decline with age, and many immunologists consider this to be a major bio-marker of aging.
- Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2 is a unique polypeptide that mimics the powerful action of thymopoietin.
- Acetyl Tetrapeptide-2 actively energizes mature skin, resulting in visibly younger skin.
- In addition, the Irish moss Chondrus crispus promotes the regeneration of damaged skin, improves cell growth, counteracts the destructive forces of oxidation, and is an excellent source of skin-supporting vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Seaweed and Your Skin
Another natural compound found to stimulate the activity of keratinocytes (that improve cell growth) and to counteract the destructive forces of oxidation is Chondrus crispus, a seaweed that grows in the Atlantic Ocean. This Irish moss, as it’s called, has a number of beneficial effects on the health and vitality of the skin.
Chondrus crispus provides a protective, water-binding barrier that promotes the regeneration of damaged skin and is an excellent source of skin-supporting vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It improves skin softness and silkiness by trapping and holding moisture, which instantly cools and hydrates the skin. And its high sulfur content is incredibly nourishing to the skin.
Chondrus crispus is a rich source of carrageenan, which is an excellent moisturizer with soothing properties. As an added benefit, carrageenan also aids the penetration of other active ingredients into your skin, delivering them deep into the epidermis to leave the skin looking younger, healthier, and refreshed.
From a nutrient standpoint, Chondrus crispus maintains a unique amino acid profile that is extremely well balanced. In fact, it contains most of the essential amino acids that are needed to sustain life and health.
Seaweed contains a number of trace elements essential for the body’s healthy function in large quantities. In addition to its wealth of minerals (calcium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, and potassium), this nutrient-packed botanical is an excellent source of vitamins and phytonutrients that help rejuvenate and restore ailing skin. The various vitamins, minerals, and other phytocompounds found in seaweed help encourage the necessary repair, regeneration, and defense of the skin.
JULIE LINDH SKIN EXPERT PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION
There are few things worse than when someone comments, "you look tired." While this cruel statement should never be uttered, there are a few steps we can take to prevent it in the first place. Nothing makes you look more youthful, refreshed, and awake than plump skin. When skin loses volume, you begin to look tired and worn, so regardless of how much sleep you actually got (though we all admit we could use a few more hours), you'll be giving off the appearance of exhaustion.
Luckily, there are natural remedies that can help combat tired skin, giving you a younger, more vibrant appearance. Try out these practices for instant improvement and implement them into your daily routine for long-term results. In addition to a good night's sleep, these solutions can make a significant impact on the state of your skin and your overall appearance.
Massage Your Face
Beauty is in your hands. Julie Lindh, the seasoned facialist behind a variety of famous faces swears by this technique to lift and sculpt her clients' visages. By gently massaging your own face, you stimulate the muscle tissue, which improves your skin's volume and combats atrophy. While it may sound weird, facial massages feel amazing and you'll get even more enjoyment out of it knowing that it's refining your pores and plumping your skin. Massaging regularly keeps everything engaged and tightened, like a natural face-lift.
Eat Collagen-Boosting Foods
Certain foods are known for boosting collagen. Pack your diet with a healthy balance of nutritious superfoods like dark leafy greens, amino acid rich eggs, avocado, and even garlic, which contains taurine and lipid acid to aid damaged collagen fibers. Look for foods abundant in vitamin C and E and antioxidants. If you're worried about getting your fix with your daily diet, load up with a collagen-boosting juice once a day.
Apply Julie Lindh Volume Lift Natural Skin-Plumping Face Serum
Women around the world spend millions on expensive salon treatments they hope will turn the clock back. The demand for products that can tighten skin and restore youthful beauty will never fade. However, as well as being costly, many anti-aging salon treatments are uncomfortable or even painful procedures, causing some individuals to experience unpleasant side effects – so we’ve come up with some natural alternatives.
Today's trend is to fill up the sunken area that helps to enhance the high cheekbones but Julie is all about the natural rejuvenation and the reason why she added a serum,that will do just that. Volume Lift Serum offers a natural alternative to fillers for the reduction of nasolabial folds, deep lines, and wrinkles in.
A cocktail of concentrations that reactivating aged fibroblasts’ to life and collagen builder that within weeks it helps to minimize deep wrinkles and restoring volume in the cheeks.
As with all cosmetic procedures, the best results are achieved with a consistent regimen, so if you choose to supplement your beauty regime with a natural, at-home ‘salon alternative,’ make sure you undertake the routine regularly to really see a difference!