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5 Best and Worst Foods for “Skinflammation”

5 Best and Worst Foods for “Skinflammation”

Inflammation is the biggest trigger for skin issues. 

We all know when something is inflamed on the outside, but the problem really starts inside the body. Internal inflammation can happen for a host of reasons such as from poor dietary habits, environmental toxin exposures, immune system overactivity (allergies, autoimmune disease), digestive problems and even hormone imbalances.

A high level of inflammation within the body can cause many health problems including “skinflammation.” One simple way to combat this is to eat more anti-inflammatory foods and eliminate the inflammatory ones.

But, what is an anti-inflammatory food? More importantly, what is an inflammatory food?

What you eat has a dramatic effect on your skin health. You may just think nutrition affects your internal health and your weight, but eating the right foods can also improve the quality of your skin and decrease inflammation.

5 Inflammatory Foods

  1. Sugar is everywhere. Try and limit processed foods, desserts and snacks with excess sugar. Opt for fruit instead.
  1. Dairy promotes inflammatory biochemical pathways in the body. Milk (and other dairy products) is a common allergen that can trigger inflammation, digestive problems, acne, skin rashes, and even breathing difficulties. 
  1. Barbecued and Overcooked Meat are age-accelerators and pro-inflammatory. Cooking meat at high temperatures, such as with barbecuing, increases advanced glycation end products (also know as AGEs). AGEs cause our skin to become less elastic and we become more prone to wrinkles and accelerated aging. In addition, research shows that meat cooked at high temperatures can become carcinogenic. Limit your intake of red meat to grass fed, and don’t overcook it. 
  1. Refined Grains have very little fiber and have a high glycemic index. They are everywhere: white rice, white flour, white bread, pasta, pastries… Try and replace with minimally processed whole grains or skip the grains altogether and eat more veggies! 
  1. Trans Fats and Common Cooking Oils such as “vegetable oil,” soy, corn, and cottonseed promote inflammation. You’ll find trans fats hidden as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oils. These oils are often used in packaged foods because they’re inexpensive and tend to have a long shelf life, but these oils should be completely avoided.

5 Anti Inflammatory Foods

  1. Berries have a high antioxidant content, which helps protect against and reverse oxidative damage associated with inflammation and premature aging. Aim for organic berries, as pesticides are hard to wash away due to their size. 
  1. Sweet Potatoes are a great source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta-carotene, manganese and vitamin B6 and C, these potatoes actually help heal inflammation. 
  1. Ginger contains a host of health benefits. Among them, it helps reduce inflammation and control blood sugar. Ginger in food or as tea is a great addition to any diet. 
  1. Wild Alaskan Salmon contains anti-inflammatory omega 3s and the antioxidant astaxanthin. Choose wild over farmed to reduce your exposure to inflammation-boosting environmental toxins and enhance the nutrient levels. 
  1. Cruciferous Vegetables broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower are all loaded with antioxidants. Naturally detoxifying, they can help rid the body of possible harmful compounds.

This is just a small taste of all the great healthy and anti-inflammatory foods out there. By focusing on foods like these, and avoiding the worst inflammatory foods, you help banish the causes of skinflammation.

May 30, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor
7 Signs Your Beauty Products Are Harming Your Skin

7 Signs Your Beauty Products Are Harming Your Skin

Turns out, your skin is as hard to self-diagnose as the rest of your body. Eighty percent of people misdiagnose their own skin. And if you’re misdiagnosing your skin type, you’re running the risk of using the wrong products—and making your complexion worse, not better.

The good news? Your skin talks to you. Observe your skin daily. If you’re seeing any of the following, you’re using the wrong beauty products, and an appointment with JULIE LINDH SKIN EXPERT may be in order. 

Sign: You’re Red in the Face
Cause: Acne Cream

Using acne cream to tackle recurring breakouts? Adult acne is normal—but the same bacteria and oil that trigger teen acne, so you need to treat it differently not usually cause it. Harsh topical treatments like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can actually irritate and dry out the top layers of the skin, which will make your skin more red and sensitive and can actually aggravate your acne. A better bet? See a JULIE LINDH SKIN EXPERT to figure out the best treatment plan for your skin and acne type.

Sign: Your Skin is Dry and Peeling
Cause: Anti-Aging Products

Dry skin isn’t necessarily cause for concern, but if your complexion is rougher than usual—and not showing signs of improvement—check your products for retinoids. This anti-aging ingredient lightly exfoliates skin and encourages new collagen growth. Great for fine lines if you don’t have sensitive skin … not great if you now look like a snake shedding its skin. If it is causing too much irritation, to the point that you are constantly peeling and your skin is red and sensitive, then this might not be the best anti-aging treatment for you. In fact, it may be doing the opposite of anti-aging. Chronic inflammation can actually stress the skin and accelerate skin aging.

Sign: You’re Breaking Out
Cause: Heavy Moisturizer

Seeing spots a few days after switching moisturizers? Your pores may be desperate for some air. When you use moisturizers that are too heavy for your skin type (because you already make enough sebum), the buildup of lipids (fats) in the pores leads to milia and clogged pores. And those clogged pores could lead to zits—especially, if you’re not using the correct cleanser to decrease acne-causing bacteria levels on your skin.

Sign: You’ve Lost Your Glow
Cause: Astringents and Scrubs

Sure, you could invest in more bronzer—but chances are, you just need to cool it with the harsh scrubs and astringents. Ingredients that damage the skin barrier allow water to evaporate off the skin. Skin becomes dehydrated and dead skin cells build up on the skin’s surface, preventing it from reflecting light. The result? The complexion version of khaki pants.

Sign: You Have Brown Spots
Cause: Over-Exfoliating

It’s not leftover bronzer—it could actually be a sign that your skin is over-exfoliated. Over-exfoliation causes the melanin pigment in the epidermis and dermis to deposit in clusters. Be careful to balance active skincare products such as retinoids with hydration and calming skin nutrients. 

Sign: Your Face Feels Like it’s On Fire
Cause: Masks

Trying an enzyme- or acid-based mask? Some mild stinging is normal for about a minute. Longer than that, and you’re likely doing more harm than good. Wash it off! It is likely that your skin is too sensitive for the product.

Sign: You’ve Got an Itchy or Blotchy Rash
Cause: New Products

Don’t give too many chances—a good rule for dating, and a good rule for skincare. If you develop a rash after a couple of tries with a new product, it is most likely related to one of the preservatives, fragrances or acrylates in the new product. Consider getting allergy patch testing to determine which is the offending agent, so that you know which ingredients to look out for in the future.

If your skin is affected by any of the above, Julie suggests that you reset your skin by letting the skin breathe for 3 days without using anything but a toner. Here is how to make your own. Apply on face with cotton Am/Pm or anytime during the day.

8 oz of boiled water let cool
4 tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp of raw honey
1 tbs Aloe vera gel
1 teabag of Chamomile or Calendula
May 30, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor
9 Terrible Ways Your Stress Affects Your Looks

9 Terrible Ways Your Stress Affects Your Looks

Stress happens to everyone, but since you can't avoid your job, bills, or life, the best thing to do is learn to manage the stress. This includes eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and taking care of yourself in general. If you don't, signs of stress can show up on your hair, skin, and nails in ways you won't like. Here are nine evil things stress does to your appearance, along with ways to keep looking flawless 24/7.

UNDER EYE BAGS

Tomorrow's to-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area, and what you end up with is a puffy mess in the a.m. Stomach sleepers, bad news: You can expect the puffiness of your under-eye bags to be even worse because of gravity.

Prevent and Shrink Puffiness: Get at least eight hours of sleep. Since the light from your smartphone's screen simulates sunlight, shut off any electronic devices an hour before you go to sleep. Use your downtime to make yourself a cup of caffeine-free chamomile tea to help calm and relax you before bed.

If you still wake up with puffy eyes in the morning, hold the back of a cold spoon (pop it in the fridge so it gets chilly) up to your under-eye area and massage it from the inner to the outer corner of your eye to jumpstart the fluid's drainage.

DRY, FLAKY SKIN

If you're stressed, chances are you're not drinking enough water. You might also be drinking coffee or soda, which can be dehydrating. And if your body doesn't get the proper hydration it needs, your skin will end up feeling (and looking) like crepe paper.

Look Dewy and Fresh-Faced: First and foremost, drink a lot of water — eight glasses (or more!) each day. You can also down some green tea for a boost of healthy antioxidants and eat foods that have a high water content (fruits and veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, and celery are 80 to 90 percent water).

For a quick hydration fix, use a serum that contains hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that naturally occurs in your body and holds 1,000 times its weight in water. It even pulls moisture from the air into the skin, instantly hydrating it and leaving you with a gorgeous glow. Julie chose to include HA in most of her serums due for this purposes.

ACNE

Stress causes skin issues to flare up regardless of what you're prone to, whether it's acne, psoriasis, or eczema. When it comes to acne, stress releases cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on your face or body. Stress can also disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut. That can then show up on your skin in the form of acne.

Say Good-Bye to Blemishes: Drinking a lot of water and eating a well-balanced diet are important too, since your body can't handle stress well if it's not properly nourished. Fruits, vegetables, and high-quality proteins like grass-fed meats are also crucial (they keep a balance between the good and bad bacteria in your gut), as is cutting down on sugar.

RASHES AND HIVES

Both are both caused by a dysbiosis, aka an imbalance in your gut. They crop up when stress takes over and too much bad bacteria outweighs the good.

Calm Your Skin: Ask if you should be taking medical-grade probiotics to balance out the good and bad bacteria in your gut.

I would focus on anti-inflammatory and reset the system with adding good bacteria.

Flushed Face: When you're stressed, you breathe in short, shallow breaths and can even find yourself holding your breath for periods of time, which can lead to flushing and redness.

Tone Down Redness: Breathe in a calming beauty elixir to keep you from feeling super-stressed (You can even think of a happy time in your life to brighten your mood!). It sounds simple, but it's integral to a properly functioning system and lowered stress levels.

Practice deep breathing (take a big breath that fills your belly, hold for few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth) to calm any anxiety. Download the meditation app Headspace and engaging in meditation exercises for 10 minutes.

If you are prone to get flushed face, be sure to use the right products, stay away from heat/cold and anything that stimulating internally. 

The flushing shouldn't last too long (10 minutes max), but to conceal any pink tones on your face immediately, smooth on an anti-redness mineral powder foundation, like JULE LINDH MINERAL FACE POWDER, which helps calms the skin and cancel out any redness.

FINE LINES

Constantly making certain facial expressions, like furrowing your brows when you're stressed or pursing your lips, can lead to deeper wrinkles in these areas over time.

Prevent and Blur Lines: Be mindful of making certain unconscious facial expressions when you have a lot on your plate, especially when you're sitting at your desk. Need help training your muscles to relax? If you tend to furrow your brow, put a piece of clear in between your arches when you're at work. That way when you scrunch up your brow muscle, the tape will crinkle, reminding you to relax it. If pursing your lips is what you struggle with, do the same above your upper lip. After a while, you'll learn to drop the habit. To minimize the look of any lines you may have now, we recommend the Ageless System Beauty Wand.

GRAYING HAIR

If you're predisposed to gray hair, stress can cause the melanin in your hair to stop producing, leaving it gray. It can also cause your hair to become thinner in diameter over time.

Maintain Your Color: Talk to your doctor about taking biotin or a B vitamin, which helps to strengthen your hair. Prevent your strands from premature aging by using protein-rich shampoos.

THINNING HAIR

Stress causes your hair to go from the growing phase to the resting phase to the falling-out phase quicker, accelerating its natural cycle.

Keep Your Hair on Your Head: Hair loss is usually a reaction to significant physiological stress caused by an extreme change in your diet, medical issues, or sudden lifestyle changes, like switching your birth control, an illness, or, in extreme cases, the stress of breaking up with your boyfriend. But there is light at the end of the tunnel: Once the culprit of your hair loss is addressed and under control, your hair will return to its regular growing system and begin to grow and shed normally again. If you notice your hair falling out more than usual, talk to your doctor to make sure nothing serious is going on.

DEEP GROOVES IN YOUR NAILS

Vertical lines are common on nails and usually are linked to aging and, in some cases, a lack in certain vitamins, but they're harmless. Horizontal grooves and ridges that run side to side, on the other hand, are called Beau's lines, and they tend to appear when the body is compromised from stress and typically mean there is something more serious going on in your system.

Handle It: If you see these linear lines, make an appointment with your doctor ASAP, since they can be sometimes caused by diabetes, zinc deficiency, syphilis, and vascular disease. In the meantime, do your best to zen out by taking a yoga class or meditating.

May 30, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor
What Are Peptides? And How Can They Improve Your Skin

What Are Peptides? And How Can They Improve Your Skin

If you’ve been paying attention to the newest wave of skin care nutrients, you may have found yourself asking, “What are peptides?”

Peptides have gained significance as a powerful anti-aging tool. But if you’re not an actual scientist, you may not know why they work the way they do – or how they can help your skin.

So, if you’re curious to know what peptides are, how they work, and how they can benefit your skin – here’s a closer look.

What Are Peptides?

In short, peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins. Unless you’re a biologist that information likely doesn’t mean very much to you so here it is broken down:

Amino Acids:

Amino acids are organic compounds that help form proteins. Amino acids are made up of the elements carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. They have many functions. For example: amino acids are responsible for giving proteins their structure, transporting nutrients, and sending signals to other cells.

Peptides:

When amino acids link together, they form chains called peptides. These chains can be short or long. And when peptides form longer chains of amino acids, they become the building blocks of proteins.

Proteins:

Proteins make up much of the body’s tissue, organs, and skin. One of the body’s most important skin proteins is collagen. In fact, 75 percent of your skin is collagen protein. Essentially, collagen is the foundation of your skin.

And one of the reasons why you look so “youthful” when you’re young is because you have a high rate of collagen production.

Collagen is what gives skin structure, strength, firmness, and smoothness.

As the body ages, collagen production slows down. The collagen you do have is prone to breaking down, or “fragmenting.” This decrease in collagen production leads to the visible signs of aging – like wrinkles, and skin that looks saggy and crepey. So, you can understand why collagen is so important – it helps increase the appearance of smooth, firm skin.

To summarize this mini science lesson: amino acids form peptides. And peptides, in turn, form proteins like collagen. Collagen is an integral component of firm, youthful skin. And without peptides, it can’t be produced.

The Skin Benefits

So, the bad news is that collagen production slows as you age. The good news is that incorporating peptides into your skincare routine may help boost collagen production. This increase in collagen production is what makes peptides such a potent anti-aging skincare ingredient. Peptides can work to encourage skin elasticity, increase hydration and diminish the appearance of aging on the skin.

Creams and Serums

Peptides are showing up more and more as a skin care ingredient in creams and serums aimed at combatting the signs of aging. These creams and serums use short-chain amino acids to target the visible signs of aging, like wrinkles and sagging skin.

You see, these short-chain amino acid peptides are able to easily penetrate the top layers of skin. They can then send signals to your skin cells, directing them to perform certain functions, like collagen synthesis.

In other words, when peptides are applied topically to the skin in the form of creams or serums, they can prompt the formation of collagen.

A double-blind clinical trial studied the effects of peptides on the skin quality and smoothness of twenty women between the ages of 40 and 62. After four weeks of peptide application, 75% to 80% of the subjects saw an improvement in skin smoothness. There was a significant reduction in the number of wrinkles, as well as the length and depth of wrinkles on the skin.

Supplements

Turns out, you can also drink peptides. These peptides are called “hydrolyzed collagen,” and they come in the form of powdered supplements. This powder is soluble in water and easily added to smoothies, juices, soups, and oatmeal.

So what’s hydrolyzed collagen? It’s collagen that’s been broken down into smaller amino acids. These smaller amino acids are easy for the body to absorb through the digestive system.9 So, while peptide creams stimulate collagen synthesis by penetrating skin from the outside, hydrolyzed collagen stimulates collagen synthesis from the inside.

Several studies have pointed out the benefits of peptide supplements for the skin. A 2015 trial found that collagen peptide supplements encouraged collagen density and reduced the amount of collagen breakdown in the skin. The supplements were also found to boost skin’s hydration.

Another study found that skin elasticity was significantly increased after 8 weeks of hydrolyzed collagen supplementation.

Peptides for Pretty Skin

Peptides are becoming a more prominent component of many skincare creams and supplements. Because they play such an important role in collagen production, peptides have the potential to boost your own skin’s firmness, smoothness, and strength. And while the science is surprisingly simple, the results on your skin may be superb.

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May 21, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor
The Benefits of Phytoceramides – Anti-Aging Treatment

The Benefits of Phytoceramides – Anti-Aging Treatment

It is no exaggeration to say that the aging process is one fact of life that we all fear; as we get older we change, and not always for the better, so how can we possibly fight against what is, after all, a natural progression? You will often read about ‘miracle’ anti-aging supplements, and sadly you will find that most do not do what it says. However, there is one that has made people sit up and take notice thanks to its impressive results: Phytoceramides may just be the answer that we have all been looking for.

Before we go on to talk about Phytoceramides, what it is and how it works, consider this: it is endorsed by some of the highest profile stars in the world of film and television – including Jennifer Aniston and Cindy Crawford – and also by celebrated TV surgeon Dr Mehmet Oz, who had this to say about the product:

“What Phytoceramides does is get rid of all the old, dead layers of skin and help your skin generate fresh new ones. Our tests show that you can erase almost 20 to 30 years off your face in less than 14 days.”

Can this really be true? Satisfied customers claim it is very much the case, so let’s have a look at what makes Phytoceramides the skin care product you really should be using. 

What Are Phytoceramides?

Like many such products Phytoceramides consists of a set of strong antioxidants; these work against the free radicals, which damage the skin, to reduce the aging process. In the case of Phytoceramides the effect is to increase the amount of collagen and elastin that the body naturally produces, and it is these that help keep the skin young and wrinkle-free for longer. Elastin is essential for ensuring that your skin remains in a healthy and young state, while collagen is there to keep it firm, hence reducing the marks and wrinkles that come with aging.

Phytoceramides work by keeping the skin moisturized to a degree that enables it to remain in a healthy state; however, it is not just the production of collagen and elastin that the product enables. Also within the supplement are a number of essential and worthwhile vitamins, designed to add to the process. In fact, Phytoceramides includes Ceramides, an important substance that not only helps protect against damaging pollution but also keeps us shielded from the harmful UV rays of the sun. The product is specially concocted to help you combat the aging process, and to stay looking healthy and young for as long as you can.

The Benefits of Phytoceramides

It is important that we understand what Ceramides, which make up a good portion of the constituent of Phytoceramides, are: Ceramides are known as lipids, and they are the essential elements that make up most of the outer layer of the skin. They are there for protection, and also help keep the skin hydrated. As we grow older, the level of Ceramides in the skin falls; this leaves the skin prone to damage and aging, and is the process that results in us gaining wrinkles and having dry skin. Furthermore, exposure to the sun, and to pollutants in the air, can accelerate the aging process, and this is where Phytoceramides come in very useful.

Phytoceramides, by adding the essential elements into the skin to combat the natural effects of age, act by replacing the lost Ceramides, and also by introducing plant-based elements that have been found to be naturally helpful, and the results can include the following:

– Removing lines and wrinkles on the skin

– Hydrating the skin and keeping it healthy and youthful

– Reducing aging spots

– Removing bags under the eyes

  • Firming up the facial skin
  • Protecting against UV rays and pollutants

There are many products that make wild claims to achieve some of the above, yet Phytoceramides have been approved by the FDA and are promoted for use by many surgeons and skin care specialists who have found the results to be satisfactory.

Phytoceramides Side Effects

While it is said that clinical trials have reported no known side effects when taking Phytoceramides there are certain recommendations that need to be noted. One is that, as with many such supplements, pregnant women should consult a medical practitioner before taking them; the other is that anyone with gluten intolerance needs to take great care with such products. While generally safe, it always pays to err on the side of caution, so if you suffer from any condition take advice before embarking on a course of the pills.

Should You Take Phytoceramides?

All of us suffer from the effects of aging, some more notably than others, and if there is a product that comes recommended for anti-aging it is this one. The interesting thing about Phytoceramides is that it is not applied as a cream, which many skin products are. It is taken orally, in the form of an easy to swallow pill, and it has been shown in tests to be 20 times more effective than other products that are applied to the skin. It is also recommended that, along with taking the pill, you drink plenty of water – essential for hydration – and engage in exercise, both of which are helpful in the quest for healthy skin.

Phytoceramides give the skin back what has been lost naturally. You will soon notice a reduction in lines and dark spots on the skin, you will feel more vibrant and active, and within around four weeks the difference will be very much noticeable. It is all down to attacking the aging process with natural remedies, and it could not be easier.

So, is it too good to be true? The fact is that Phytoceramides is an approved supplement, one that has been found to be safe and effective. This is not a miracle cure, but a sensible, natural way to replace the elements that are lost in the skin as we age. In doing so, Phytoceramides are able to bring back to life skin that is losing its elasticity and youthful looks, and help you feel better overall.

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May 14, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor
Sun Damaged Skin: Causes & Effect

Sun Damaged Skin: Causes & Effect

Sunlight is one of the key contributors to skin aging. Wrinkles, age spots, loss of elasticity, dryness, various tumors, uneven skin structure – all these things appear due to years of poor protection from UV-radiation.

The skin has three layers: the outer layer – epidermis, the middle layer – dermis and the basement layer, or subcutis. The dermis contains collagen and elastin that maintain the skin’s structure. Due to these elements skin looks smooth and youthful. Over time, ultraviolet radiation from the sun (UVR) destroys collagen and elastin. Destroyed fibers lose elasticity and the ability to contract after stretching, skin is no longer in a good tone.

UVR consists of different types of waves, UVA and UVB. After UVR contacts the skin, cells in the dermis start to produce melanin. Thanks to this reaction the skin becomes tanned, which in fact is just a protection mechanism to block the penetration of the radiation.

UVB has shorter rays and is responsible for sunburn. UVA has longer rays and is responsible for the most of the damage of photoaging.

The main effects of photoaging:

Healthy skin

Sun-damaged skin

 even texture and color 

 uneven, with pigmented spots, freckling, melasma, vitiligo, sun lentigo, chronic teardrop idiopathic hypomelanosis, different skin tumors, including basal-cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma

 very elastic and never dry

 dehydrated, thin, bad tone

 no wrinkles

 network of small and deep wrinkles, accompanied by the appearance of various defects on it

 resistant to the effects of adverse factors (weather conditions, infections, diseases of internal organs)

 

vulnerable to the adverse factors effects 

The clinical signs of acute UV exposure include sunburn and skin pigmentation. Sunburn is a simple dermatitis and is manifested by erythema and edema (first-degree sunburn) or erythema and the formation of blisters (second degree). Third-degree sunburn is rare, seen mainly in infants and accompanied by heat shock. Pigmentation (suntan) has two types – instant and delayed. A few minutes after insolation an immediate skin darkening occurs that is associated with the photooxidation of the already synthesized melanin and its rapid redistribution into the epidermal cells.

Delayed pigmentation happens after 48-72 hours and is associated with active synthesis of melanin. Delayed pigmentation can also be explained by the formation of secondary post-inflammatory pigmentation as a result of simple dermatitis or a burn.

The likelihood of developing skin cancer increases with age, especially for those living in regions with high level of insolation. Almost all cases of skin cancer are the result of excessive sun exposure, as well as the result of regular visits to tanning salons.

Annually large amount of money is spent on an anti-wrinkle creams, products and bleaching procedures to reduce age spots, to keep the skin smooth and healthy. But the simplest and cheapest way to keep your skin healthy and look younger is to stay away from the sun, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM, and to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ every day.

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May 04, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor
The Many Ways in Which Lactic Acid Benefits Your Skin

The Many Ways in Which Lactic Acid Benefits Your Skin

We’ve all heard the term lactic acid before. It’s an ingredient in the skin care products we use, it’s in the milk we drink and our body also produces it. But apart from moisturizing our skin, what does lactic acid really do and why do we need it? Today, we’ve got all the answers…

What is lactic acid and where is it derived from?

Lactic acid falls in the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) family. Externally, it is derived from a number of natural sources including fermented dairy products like yogurt and cottage cheese.

In your body however, lactic acid or lactate is produced as a natural defense mechanism during rigorous muscle exertion like functional training or running. During exercise, the build-up of lactic acid (over time) and lack of oxygen in the muscles can cause soreness and fatigue. This signals the body to slow down, reduce exertion and immediately enter recovery mode.

What are the benefits of lactic acid for the skin?

Lactic acid is a familiar ingredient in many beauty products because it benefits the skin in numerous ways. It is gentler than most other AHAs and hence, the right strength and PH balance of lactic acid imply that it can be used as a moisturizing agent, exfoliant or peel treatment.

When used in low concentrations, lactic acid works magically as a nourishing agent for the skin. This is because it is a humectant and reduces the trans-epidermal loss of water through the increased production of oils and fats within the skin. This helps hydrate the cell structure of the skin and keep it supple. So don’t be surprised the next time you find it in the ingredient list of your moisturizer!

In higher concentrations, lactic acid is used as an exfoliant. It is milder than most other AHAs and hence, gently sloughs away dead skin cells without any irritation. Lactic acid works on the surface of the skin to stimulate cell turnover, reduce pigmentation and brighten the appearance of the face. Along with that, lactic acid is also known to improve skin texture, reduce scarring and control oiliness.

How can you add lactic acid to your skin care routine?

From exfoliators to face washes, lactic acid is found in many beauty products. So the simplest way to add lactic acid to your skin care routine is by opting for products such as the Lactic Glow Peel Pads this gentle exfoliator will enable you to shed your top layers of dead cells without causing any irritations or other allergic reactions.

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April 23, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor

Why is everyone talking about Probiotics?

Julie Lindh Why is everyone talking about Probiotics?
March 27, 2018 by Jennifer Taylor