Monthly Archives: April 2014

Sun Damage – How Does It Happen?

You hear about the need to wear a sunscreen or stay out of the sun all the time. And you hear that it causes aging and skin cancer. But no one ever says what amount is OK, and exactly HOW the sun is a problem.

Part of that is because of the popular phrase, “your mileage may vary.” And basically, what that means is that no one set of statistics fits everyone. How much time you can safely spend in the sun depends on the following:

  • How old are you?
  • What part of the world are you in?
  • What color is your skin?
  • What is your family history?
  • What is your personal history – do you tan or burn easily?

And that is why most dermatologists recommend that you limit your time and exposure to the sun. And, if you must be out in the sun, at least wear a fairly high SPF sunscreen or sunblock.

Does a sunblock really stop the UVA and UVB rays of the sun from penetrating? Well, they are more effective than you might think. First, look for one that is full spectrum; that means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Then, look for one that has a high SPF (Skin Protection Factor) because the higher the SPF, the more your skin is protected. Last, make sure it has no Parabens. Parabens are preservatives but they are believed to cause aging of the skin and have been implicated in cancer studies. No need to put anything with Parabens in it on your skin.

We recommend our water-resistant, broad spectrum Protect Me™ to protect your face with the best level of protection. We also have a self tanner and a wonderful body cream for after-sun moisturization. But first, get that sunblock on and remember to watch the clock and don’t overdo it anyway!

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The Building Blocks of Skin

If you follow the anti-aging beauty industry you hear a lot about hyaluronic acid injections, collagen injections, and even fat injections into lips, cheeks, and areas of the forehead that have lines. The effort that all these injections have in common is to make the skin look fuller so that it will not show wrinkles and lines. But how does the skin lose fullness to begin with, and is there a way to restore the skin’s natural fullness and suppleness?

To understand the needs of your skin, the first thing you must be introduced to is collagen. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in the human body and it is what connective tissue is made of. It holds together skin, ligaments, cartilage and more. Anywhere the body needs something to be flexible and smooth, you will find collagen. You will also find hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic Acid has a very specific role to play in the renewal of collagen and the body’s ability to retain moisture necessary for smooth functioning.

When we are young, the body has plenty of collagen and hyaluronic acid and knees work smoothly, faces look unlined and radiant. As time goes by, collagen stores are depleted and the body makes less collagen and hyaluronic acid. How can that be reversed. First, you can have collagen directly injected where you want it. There are several drawbacks to that method. We’ve all seen actresses with bloated, unnatural looking faces and heard the stories of unexpected infections or injections that migrate. There is also the bruising and pain, and worst, the treatment is temporary.

But there are ways of encouraging the body to create collagen. One is to use a hyaluronic acid moisturizer which both promotes collagen production and restores moisture. That’s using the skin’s own natural method. The other is to use a face cream that includes peptides. Peptides are amino acids that are necessary for certain chemical exchanges to take place in the human body. When you utilize these peptides on skin, they help the skin to renew itself just the way it did when it was younger. No bruising, no swelling, no unsightly misshapen results. Just skin, feeling and acting much more like itself 20 years ago.

So get the peptides and the hyaluronic acid building blocks working for you, helping your skin to work just the way nature intended it with Peptide 6® Wrinkle Cream.deep-wrinkle-reducer You’ll be glad you did!

Minimal Additives Means Maximum Effective Ingredients

facial_creamIf you’re a money-conscious consumer you know you don’t want your products watered down. Who would? And yet much of the skin-care industry does exactly that. They water down the products they sell to consumers with a variety of additives, fillers, fragrances, and preservatives until the active ingredients are the smallest part of the ingredient list. When you are buying a product for one particular ingredient and it is preceded on the label by about twenty other ingredients, you know there is very little of the ingredient you are looking for in there.

We don’t do that. We leave a lot of things out of our products. Some because we believe they are toxic or of medical concern, and some because we don’t feel they add to the effectiveness of the product. You buy our products because they work. You would not buy them anymore if we watered down the formula with a lot of extra mysterious ingredients. These are some of the things we do NOT put in our skin creams:

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Estrogen or xenoestrogens
  • Sulfates or SLS
  • Bisphenol A
  • Formaldehyde
  • Gluten
  • Alcohol
  • Soy
  • Petrochemicals or petroleum derivatives

We want you to be able to buy AND use with confidence. So when we tell you that you are getting six peptides, you are! When we tell you that you are getting Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid, that’s what you are getting. We feel that you will have more confidence in us if we are true to our advertising. We also think our results speak for themselves. Use our Maximum Moisture and feel for yourself how smooth and supple your skin feels. You will be thrilled with the difference in your face and we’ll be thrilled right along with you. We make these skin care products because we want to make a difference to your skin. So if you have not tried one of our wonderful anti-aging wrinkle creams, give one a try today!

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I have Oily Skin – Should I Moisturize?

Lucky you! Skin that is high in natural oils ages more slowly than dry skin so you have an advantage! The oils that our skin creates protect that same skin from environmental factors, evaporation of skin moisture, and impurities in water or soaps. When you use a soap with SLS in it, you are actually stripping your skin of one of its most valuable natural blessings. SLS, used in industrial settings is a degreaser! It is used to remove engine grease and oil. Imagine something that harsh being in your shampoo and shower gel.

So first, you want to make sure you use a bath or hair product that does not strip away the essential oils your skin uses to stay supple. Second, you want to appreciate them and do not try to strip them off before you apply makeup. Just apply makeup sparingly and use a light translucent powder to take off any shine. At night use a deep moisturizer like Maximum Moisture or Nocturne because they penetrate the skin and promote collagen production and cell renewal. Then, in the day time you can use a light moisturizer like Mango Miracle Daily Moisturizer.

You still want to use a moisturizer with oily skin because there are other factors that can and do dehydrate your skin including temperature, the amount of water you drink, humidity in the air and level of exercise you get.

Keeping your face healthy and soft is key to looking beautiful with any type of skin. Learn more about care for oily skin here on Mango Madness. These articles are written by our skin care experts for your information and to help you choose products. Remember, always choose paraben-free products for your skin and keep your skin moisturized!