Monthly Archives: July 2011

What antioxidants are the best for your skin?

Fighting free radicals is important. What are free radicals? These are molecules looking for another molecule to combine with or “oxidate.” The problem is that they typically oxidize good, healthy cells in our bodies.

Free radicals are typically sourced from environmental pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol, and stress. They can damage the body’s cells and tissues to the point that they can contribute to many diseases, including cancer, and at a minimum, can accelerate the aging process – including your skin.

Your diet is the best source of antioxidants. The most effective free radical scavenging ingredient is proanthocyanidin, commonly found in grape seeds, grape skin, and pine bark (pycnogenol). Other effective antioxidants include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.

Based on research by Debasis Bagchi, PhD, of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, other effective antioxidants include natural beta-carotene, astaxanthin (from certain seafood), Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.  The importance of natural beta carotene was demonstrated by the fact that the carrot-derived version was twice as potent as synthetic beta-carotene found in pill form.

How do antioxidants help keep our skin looking young and healthy? By protecting both collagen and elastin, two components of the connective tissue in our skin. It is this connective tissue that gives skin its firmness and support – without which, wrinkles and lines appear.

Which skin exfoliation product is best for you?

Mango Madness Skin Care offers 4 different exfoliators. Two are Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) gels and two are facial scrubs. The two AHA gels are the 10% glycolic acid Exfoliate Me™ cleanser, and the Exfoliation Plus+™15% fruit acid gel. The two face scrubs are the gentle amber crystal scrub, and the more aggressive exfoliating cream.

If you have dry skin, you’re better off using the scrubs, because the AHA skin exfoliation products can be drying.  If you have normal or combination skin, you can typically use either kind of exfoliation product, although if you have sensitive skin, stay with either the amber face scrub or the 10% glycolic acid gel cleanser (Exfoliate Me™).

No matter which exfoliator you use, you are removing the top layer of old, dead skin cells. Although you do want to remove this top layer to promote collagen growth and allow your skin to accept skin care creams more readily, these old skin cells do offer a small measure of protection from sunlight. So, after exfoliating, be sure to wear a good broad spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30.

When is Less Sometimes More with Anti-Aging Skin Care Products?

Ever go to the Department store to shop for anti-aging skin care products and have the salesperson tell you that you need an exfoliator, a moisturizer, a wrinkle cream and maybe an under eye cream?

Not so! High quality advanced wrinkle creams such as Peptide 6™ by Mango Madness Skin Care not only contain six potent wrinkle-fighting peptides, but also contain hyaluronic acid, the super moisturizing ingredient, so unless you have particularly dry skin, you don’t need both a wrinkle cream and a moisturizer. You can also use Peptide 6 as a neck cream and on your hands and chest.

Thinking of getting both an exfoliator and a wrinkle cream? You can have both with ReNew Youth™, retinol cream which contains the highest non-prescription dosage available of retinol. And ReNew Youth also contains hyaluronic acid – so it moisturizes as well.

Exfoliation Plus Peptide Creams for Wrinkle Reduction

Many skin care products are sold on a standalone basis – a wrinkle creme here, a moisturizer there, and maybe a cleansing scrub as well.  One of the most important but frequently underutilized skin care practices is the powerful wrinkle reduction benefit of combining a good smoothing product with skin exfoliation. You want to exfoliate first before applying your wrinkle cream. Exfoliation not only increases your cell turnover rate, but also prepares your skin to more readily absorb the active ingredients in the wrinkle cream.

The benefit of increasing your skin’s cell turnover rate is that it uses the body’s own amazing healing power to generate fresh, new skin cells – young, healthy, vibrant cells. Think of exfoliation as exercise for your skin.  Exfoliation also stimulates blood flow to your skin – this keeps your existing cells more fully nourished and functioning in top condition.

As you already know, the top layer of your skin is composed of dead skin cells – these provide a barrier of protection against external elements. At the same time, if this layer becomes too thick, it takes on a rough, dull appearance.  Exfoliation will remove the upper surface of these dead cells and keep them from accumulating to the point they are too thick.

If you are using a high quality wrinkle cream, and we recommend one with peptides plus wrinkle reducing moisturizers, by applying it directly to newly exfoliated skin, it is absorbed more efficiently into your skin – more deeply into the lower layers where it can do the most good.

You should exfoliate 2-3 times a week with a skin exfoliation product that is appropriate for your skin type and age. There are both abrasive type exfoliators (facial scrubs and microdermabrasion creams) and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) (e.g., glycolic acid) exfoliators.  You can also find good wrinkle creams with peptides plus a hyaluronic acid moisturizer for maximum benefit. Another good wrinkle cream ingredient is retinol, a Vitamin A derivative.

In summary, you want to exfoliate several times a week and follow up with the best wrinkle cream you can find.  Your wrinkle cream should be applied twice daily. On those days you are not exfoliating, you will want to cleanse your skin before applying your wrinkle cream. Your skin will be healthier, smoother, more radiant and in general, younger looking.