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Saturday, September 29, 2007

How to get rig of Sagging Skin?

There are many cosmetic surgeons who have mastery of various methods of reducing redundant skin and this type of surgery is becoming more and more commonplace. Many procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

A facelift can reduce saggy skin and wrinkles to produce a more alert and youthful appearance. A facelift (also called a rhytidectomy) is an operation to lift up the facial skin and tissues and/or the underlying muscle, to make the face tighter and smoother.

Sagging skin under arm treatment
Try push-ups or any other triceps-building exercise to build triceps (underarm) muscles. If this does not work, you may wish to discuss cosmetic surgery or laser treatments with your physician.

Your genes and the level of sun exposure you've had during your lifetime determine how much you sag. Smoking contributes to skin sagging, too.

For a typical facelift, once the anaesthetic has taken effect, your surgeon will make a surgical cut right around your hairline, past the front of your ears. Cuts may also be made under your chin, if you want to lift a sagging jaw line.


Friday, September 28, 2007

Does nutrition make a difference in skin rejuvenation

It would be naive to believe that changing your nutrition is going to wipe out all your wrinkles or completely stop skin aging. But it is just as naive to think that you can eat (or neglect to eat) whatever you want without any effect on your skin. What you eat affects every organ in your body and skin is no exception. You may think that as long as you are using an expensive skin cream with a bunch of ingredients with scientific-sounding names, your skin will be properly nourished. Nothing can be further from the truth. While a skin cream may provide a number of important substances, it is never enough to ensure a proper, all-round skin nutrition.

Advantages of nourishing the skin from within

Every cell in the human body needs dozens and dozens of nutrients and metabolites. Some, like vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids need to come from food. Others are produced by the body provided it is healthy and properly nourished. No skin cream can replace that.

Applying a cream with nutrients to the surface of you skin does not ensure that those nutrients actually penetrate into your skin cells. They may just "sit there" until your next shower. How much of the active ingredients actually get into your skin cells depends on the skin's condition, concentration of the ingredients, manufacturing technology and many other factors. This doesn't mean that all topical preparations are useless -- but they are often unreliable. On the other hand, when the nutrients are ingested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they are sure to be delivered to your skin cells.

Nutrition has some effect on the mechanisms of aging of the body as a whole. Inhibiting these mechanisms slows down the overall aging process, including the aging of the skin.

Nutritients and foods that benefit your skin also tend to benefit other body systems and overall health.

Limitations of nourishing the skin from within

Skin aging is a combination of the mechanisms of aging innate to human physiology plus the environmental damage from sun, wind and pollution. Proper nutrition may help partly inhibit physiological aging but does little to protect the skin from the outside world. The latter must be achieved by limiting sun exposure, use of proper (UVA+UVB) sunblocks and other measures discussed throughout this site.

It is impossible to safely achieve much-higher-than-normal concentration of active ingredients in skin cells through oral intake. Some skin treatments, particularly those striving to produce relatively quick and dramatic results, rely on creating unusually high concentration of active ingredients in the skin. In most cases, this can be achieved only through properly done topical application or some special medical techniques (e.g. electrophoresis) - doing so through oral treatment is usually either impossible or unsafe. For instance, vitamin C topical treatments appear to be effective only at concentrations of 10% or more. Such concentration cannot be achieved by just bulking up on vitamin C supplements because vitamin C is quickly excreted via kidneys. Besides, excessively high doses of vitamin C may cause serious adverse reactions.

Some potentially beneficial substances are reasonably safe for topical use but unsafe for ingestion.

Some substances, such as peptides and growth factors, are easily broken down by digestive enzymes. They become inactive after going through the GI tract and therefore can be used only topically

Some of the orally taken nutrients may not be properly absorbed via GI tract. This happens when a person has certain digestive problems, such as hypoacidity, or when nutrients come from poorly manufactured supplements. Care should be taken to ensure proper absorption.

Bottom line

A balanced nutrition of the body is important for maintaining healthy skin. It may not produce striking rejuvenation, but neglecting it will make your skin age considerably faster. Deficiencies of certain nutrients, such as vitamin A, B-complex, and essential fatty acids are known to cause various forms of dermatitis and other skin conditions. Mild deficiencies, which are very common and often go unnoticed, may not cause clinical manifestations but clearly impair the skin's ability to heal and renew itself. Improving nutrition in a person with subclinical nutrient deficiencies often results in a younger looking skin and partial reversal of some signs of aging. On the other hand, "cutting-edge" skin rejuvenation treatments are likely to be far less effective or even completely fail if your skin is deficient in one or more essential nutrients. (According to some estimates, up to a half of the population in the developed countries have subclinical deficiency of one or more nutrients.) Finally, some nutrients taken in doses higher than the minimal requirement (but still in the safe range) may produce skin benefits above and beyond what the basic balanced nutrition does.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

The skin is the largest organ of the body and is made up of 80% water. Weighing in at 7 to 9 pounds, the skin measures an average of 20 square feet. Within one square inch of skin there are 650 sweat glands; 65 hair follicles; 19 yards of capillaries; 78 yards of nerves and thousands of sensory nerves. All of this in a thickness equivalent to a few sheets of paper!

The skin serves a multitude of purposes. The most obvious of these functions is to protect the body systems and internal organs from injury, heat, invasive chemicals and light exposure. The skin also acts as a temperature regulator, enabling the body to adapt to different temperatures by controlling moisture loss.

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Cellex-C The Pioneer of Vitamin C Skin Care Technology

L-ascorbic acid is the only form of Vitamin C that the body can recognize and utilize.

A product must have a pH lower than 4.0 in order to be effective and penetrate the skin.

A product must have a minimum of 10% L-ascorbic acid in order to create change in the skin (for eye area levels higher than 5% are not recommended). However, skin cannot utilize more than 17.5% L-ascorbic acid.

Water soluble (L-ascorbic acid) vs. fat / lipid soluble (ascorbyl palmitate, ascorbyl magnesium, ascorbyl phosphate and sodium ascorbate)

These are different derivative forms of vitamin C and only a small percentage of the vitamin C will be delivered to the skin. Why? Because the size of the molecule is much larger and our bodies do not recognize these derivative ingredients. In order for our bodies to utilize the derivative form of vitamin C our enzymes must attack these lipid soluble molecules, resulting in at most 30% of the vitamin C being delivered and utilized by the skin. Cellex-C delivers 100% L-ascorbic acid to the skin.

Does this mean that other topical vitamin C products do not work?

No, other products work topically on the skin as moisturizers and antioxidants. However, they cannot penetrate at the same level and therefore do not have the ability to, reverse damage within the skin or regenerate the skin.

Color Change- Oxidation is a natural occurrence that is part of all products that contain L-ascorbic acid. Even products that contain stabilized versions of vitamin C oxidize. Ex: Jan Marini, Skinceuticals.

Why does pH matter?

L-ascorbic acid must have a pH of 2.0-4.0 in order to penetrate the skin. When L-ascorbic acid�s pH is higher than 4.0 it turns into D-ascorbic acid and is unable to penetrate. Ex: Jan Marini�s C-Esta has a pH of 5.0.

We are very open about the ph levels and % of L-ascorbic acid in our products because they are very important indicators to the efficacy of products. Many lines do not readily provide this information.

What is the shelf life of L-ascorbic acid?

Testing has shown that once opened a product may lose 2% in 6-8 month, however that it is still effective and the product is still viable. (Some have stated that the shelf life of ascorbic acid is only 3 weeks and that there is none left after 3 months since the concentration drops by 10%. This is simply not accurate).

Powder or crystal forms of L-ascorbic acid that are mixed with diluents can be effective. However, formula can vary, as it can be difficult to get a homogeneous solution with this method.

The stabilization of L-ascorbic acid is relative. When L-ascorbic acid is a completely stable derivative form it is already joined with other molecule, for example: ascorbyl palmitate. It is very difficult to break those molecules apart and deliver the benefits of the L-ascorbic acid into the skin. There is no evidence for ascorbyl palmitate being anything other than a good moisturizer.

Esters of vitamin C (like magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl palmitate, etc) are less than one fourth vitamin C, the rest being the protective molecule. This means that you would need a significant amount of the ester to get a meaningful concentration of vitamin C into the skin.

Absorption of L-ascorbic is an active process not a passive process


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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tips for a Healthy Glowing Skin

Include plenty of raw foods in your daily diet, like fruits, salads and sprouts.
Drink plenty of water to keep your system well flushed of toxins, and wastes.
Daily exercise helps to improve blood circulation to the skin and facilitates the elimination of wastes.
Adequate sleep is a must for good skin. The process of repair and renewal is enhanced during sleep.
Take time to relax. Stress can trigger off many skin problems.
Avoid smoking and alcohol. They deplete the body of the essential nutrients and are skin agers.
Protect your skin with moisturizer and sunscreen when you are out of doors, to counteract the damage caused by the sun's ultraviolet radiation and chemical air pollutants.
Keep your skin well moisturised during the cold, dry season.
Never neglect night-time cleansing of the skin, to remove the grime, make-up and pollution that have collected during the day.
Seek professional guidance and treatment for problems like acne in good time.


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Basic Skin care

Skin care is an art in itself and this art can be learned by anyone. All you need is a proper guidance and proper understanding of the basic skin care tips. We have tried to throw some light on the finer points of basic skin care.

First step is to determine your skin type.

There are no magic potions that can make your spots and pimples disappear overnight. There is no elixir of youth that can turn back the hands of the clock and give you back the firm, unlined skin of your youth. But there is a way by which you can rejuvinate your skin and bring it back to good health.

Dermatologists, cosmetologists and beauty therapists all agree on the fact that taking regular care of skin is the only way of avoiding problems and delaying the ageing process. So cleanse, tone, moisturize and nourish your skin everyday. Within a week you will be amazed to see the results. The skin has tremendous powers of self-regeneration when properly cared for and it is never too late to start.


Whatever the texture or type of your skin, it requires thorough cleansing. If we could have a look at uncleaned skin through a magnifying glass, we would realise the absolute necessity of a proper cleansing routine. Before it is cleansed, the skin surface is covered by a film of dirt, stale sweat, oil deposits, stale make-up and other pollutants. All these are potent skin irritants. They not only upset the normal balance of the skin, but also hamper its natural functions.

Cleanse your skin, according to your skin type. Splash your face with water then massage with a gentle facial wash and work it up to a lather for about 30 seconds. Take the opportunity to lightly massage your skin, as this will boost the supply of blood to the surface of your skin - which means a rosier complexion. Rinse away with clear water untill every soapy trace has been removed from your skin. Then pat your skin with a soft towel to absorb residual water from the surface of your skin.


Toning is necessary for all skin types. It follows immediately after cleansing and helps to refresh the skin. A good way of toning the skin is to keep cotton wool pads soaking in a bowl of skin tonic in the refridgerator. After cleansing the skin, wipe with the skin toning pads and then pad the skin briskly. This stimulates the blood circulation to the surface. Gentle stroking movements can also be followed.


The most important part of the skin care routine is moisturizing. Smooth your skin with moisturizing lotions. Dot onto your face, then massage in with your fingertips with light upwards strokes. This will leave a protective film on the skin, allowing make-up to be aeasily applied and ensuring there is a balanced moisture content.


Nourishing is a way of supplying emollients to the skin so that it can hold moisture better and performs its other functions. Use the nourishment cream with Vitamin A, which is of utmost importance to the skin helping to relieve dryness and maintain skin elasticity and the nourishing cream with Vitamin E (anti-oxidant) which helps in minimizing cross linking damage.