Archive for August, 2013

Eat your way to younger looking skin!

You’ve probably got a great skin care routine. You cleanse. You moisturize. You protect with sunscreen. But did you eat your breakfast? Are you eating your veggies? Did you realize that what you eat can directly affect your skin and certain foods can help keep your skin looking youthful? Let’s look at several great ingredients to stock up on and why.

Begin your day with a serving of low fat yogurt. The vitamin A helps to control acne and provide skin repair. Yogurt also keeps your digestive tract healthy, which is linked to healthy skin, and the protein helps to keep your skin firm. A bowl of steel-cut oatmeal will stabilize your blood sugar and therefore helps with skin healing. Top it off with some berries which are full of antioxidants!

Nuts and seeds are excellent to snack on and offer many benefits to your skin. Almonds and sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, which protects the top layers of your skin. Brazil nuts contain selenium, which is a mineral that helps create fresh, smooth skin. Walnuts and flax seed have Omega 3 fatty acids, which promotes elasticity and helps to smooth wrinkles. Omega 3 also helps to moisturize the skin and reduce inflammation.

You know that fruits and vegetables are important for your overall health. Well, they bring plenty of benefits to your skin too. Avocados are full of the vitamin B complex, which helps circulation and gives your skin a healthy glow. Spinach contains vitamin A and folate, which helps to protect against skin cancer. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin C, which helps with collagen production to help smooth wrinkles. Colorful peppers contain carotenoids, which are antioxidants that decrease skin sensitivity to the sun and improve your overall skin color. Tomatoes are also important, as the lycopene they contain protect against skin damage.

Craving seafood? Salmon is well known for it’s Omega 3 fatty acids and mussels contain plenty of iron, which helps to prevent pale, pasty looking skin. If your side dish contains kidney beans, then you’ll reap the benefits from zinc, which protects against acne and blemishes. How about some edamame? The minerals and protein in soy can help to reduce hyperpigmentation.

With all this healthy eating, you might want something sweet. Good news! Dark chocolate (in moderation) contains an antioxidant called flavonols, and they help to hydrate the skin, as well as improve the texture of your skin, making it firm and supple.

Throughout the day, be sure to hydrate with plenty of water. Try to aim for at least eight glasses a day. Hydration is key to healthy looking skin. Another great beverage is green tea. The antioxidants help to fight free radicals and bacteria. Green tea is also anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce redness.

Have we made you hungry? Well, go ahead and enjoy a healthy snack. Your skin will appreciate the extra nutrition!

End of Summer Skin Care

Only a few more weeks of summer? Say it isn’t so! Yes, summer is winding down and it won’t be long before the air is feeling more crisp and yellow school busses join the morning commute. With that in mind, have you thought about how to take care of your skin before the weather starts cooling off? Here are some simple things you can do.

  1. Exfoliate Chances are, your skin has seen quite a bit of sun this summer. Between the sun’s rays, the heat and even chlorinated pools, your skin might be looking and feeling a bit dry. Regular exfoliation will slough off the dead skin cells that have accumulated and will also help your moisturizer to penetrate the skin better.
  2. Hydrate You may have been using less moisturizer during the more humid summer months. It is now time to replenish the natural oils to your skin by moisturizing and drinking plenty of water. This will give your skin a double dose of hydration.
  3. Reduce Redness Whether your skin is suffering from sunburn or insect bites, try spraying a bit of rosewater to the affected areas. Try our own Classics TX – Rosewater Moisture Mist.
  4. Protect Don’t even think about packing away your sunscreen. Continue using a broad-spectrum sunscreen on a regular basis, all year long!

Hyperpigmentation – Are You Seeing Spots?

Has it happened to you? You look in the mirror and there’s this….spot on the side of your face. Maybe there’s more than one. Where did it come from and how can you make it go away?

Chances are, it’s a form of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is quite common and typically harmless. It is simply an increase in melanin production. This condition can be caused by pregnancy, acne, certain medical conditions and various prescription drugs. The most common cause is sun exposure, which can also darken any existing spots. One form of hyperpigmentation is melasma, which is also known as the pregnancy mask that some women get as a result of the changes in hormones. Liver spots are another type of hyperpigmentation.

You are not necessarily stuck with these spots. There are many treatments available that can reduce or eliminate the discoloration. A well known home remedy is to apply lemon juice or slices to the affected areas, which can bleach away the spots. While the remedy can help, it can also be harsh on your skin. A better alternative would be to treat with creams containing hydroquinone, alpha hydroxy acids, retinols or vitamin c. We offer the PCA SKIN A&C Synergy Serum (pHaze 23) at the Catherine Hinds Store, which is a serum that helps reduce hyperpignmentation. There are prescription strength hydroquinone creams and even laser treatments available for extreme cases. To prevent new spots from appearing in the first place, it is important to use sunscreen. Sunscreen will also prevent your existing spots from getting darker.

If you are bothered by hyperpigmentation spots, you may want to consider booking an appointment for a Vitamin C Facial. This is an antioxidant treatment that will even out your skin tone, help to diminish fine lines, and reduce redness and irritation. This facial is great for all skin types, especially sun damaged and mature skins. Call 781-935-3344 ext. 229 to schedule an appointment. Lose those spots and get your skin glowing again!

Mineral Makeup: Are you getting what you’re paying for?

Mineral makeup is everywhere nowadays. They are not cheap either. Makeup artists, celebrities and even dermatologist highly recommend them. Foundation, bronzers, blush, eye shadows and even lipsticks are sold as mineral makeup. The great benefit of mineral products are that they do not contain pore clogging oils. They are perfect for sensitive skin as they are much less likely to cause skin reactions than other makeups on the market. Mineral foundations even offer a small amount of sun protection since ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are natural sun blocks. (Note that you still need an actual sunscreen in addition to mineral makeup.) Zinc oxide is also anti-inflammatory which helps to reduce irritated or easily irritated skin.

With all of these benefits, how can you go wrong? Simply put, you must be read ingredient labels to ensure you’re getting what you are paying for. Many consumers might assume that mineral makeup products only contain mineral ingredients. While this was intended to be the case when mineral powders were introduced to the market in the 1970s, that is not always the case now. Be sure to check ingredient labels since not all mineral makeups are the same. True mineral makeup will have a very short list with ingredients like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, mica, and iron oxides. Other ingredients, that can irritate sensitive skin types, are excluded. Some of these other ingredients are preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes, and fragrance. If you see a long ingredient list, then chances are it’s not a true mineral product. For example, liquid mineral products, such as a cream foundation, will contain more than just mineral ingredients since it’s simply not possible to create a liquid product with just minerals. Liquids require other ingredients mixed with the minerals. So, if you are looking for a true mineral makeup product, especially if you have sensitive skin, you may be better off sticking with loose mineral powder foundations.

What are your thoughts on mineral makeup? Have you found one that works for you?