Monthly Archives: March 2015

You Are What You Eat

You’ve heard of the Paleo Diet®, the DASH Diet, the low-carb diet and counting calories; but did you realize that what you eat can really affect your skin?

Of course we always mention drinking water. Your body needs it from head to toe and your skin needs it to stay healthy and look beautiful. But you can also benefit from the vitamins and nutrients found in fresh food. Eating salmon or other sources of Omega-3 fatty acids has been found to be beneficial to your health in many ways and helps your skin to form a more perfect shield against environmental toxins and germs.

Eating foods high in C, E, and A as well as anti-oxidants help your skin by combating free radicals which can damage your skin and accelerate aging. Mangoes, blueberries, green and red peppers, carrots, and green leafy vegetables are all good choices when you are eating with your skin in mind! If you enjoy a morning or afternoon snack, consider nuts. They are healthy in moderation and deliver protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

There are also foods you should avoid if you want to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Those include any foods containing transfats and foods that are heavily processed or fried. Doctors used to recommend avoiding alcohol but recent studies showing the benefits of red wine have changed thinking about a glass of wine with dinner.

Of course, we would be remiss if we did not point out that Mangoes are an excellent source of Vitamins C and A. There is a reason we picked them as the symbol of our anti-aging products!

Consider a diet rich in vegetables, fish, and fruit and pair the food with green tea, fresh water, or red wine. Your skin will thank you!

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Water, Water, Everywhere!

Here’s a question that gets asked occasionally and you may have wondered about it yourself. Why do we need a moisturizer other than water? Seriously, isn’t pure water about as moist as it gets?  It sure is! But getting it in to your skin cells takes action on a cellular level. And holding it there takes more action.

First, let’s talk about what water is and isn’t. It is a universal solvent. That means that things dissolve in it. That gives water its usefulness in washing. It also evaporates which means that it has cooling properties. You know if it is a chilly day and you are caught in the rain you are twice as cold. It is also what your skin, and indeed your entire body are made of. Without water you simply cannot exist.

But water appears in your skin cells under very specific conditions. Look at a baby. Those fat little cheeks and smooth, silky skin. A baby’s body is born with the ability to hold water and fats so that as the body grows the skin can grow with it. The skin stays healthy and creates a barrier that protects the baby’s body from the incursion of dirt and germs.

As we get older, the processes in skin cells that keep water in place and skin smooth begin to break down. One of the things your body loses is hyaluronic acid. By using a moisturizer that has significant hyaluronic acid, your skin cells are able to use the same processes to retain moisture and boost collagen production that they would do naturally when you were younger. So the secret to hanging on to moisture in your skin is not to pour water on it from the outside, but to use a moisturizer that helps hydrate from the inside by penetrating the skin and promoting natural processes. That makes more sense!

Hydrospherex™ by Mango Madness Skin Care delivers the maximum therapeutic dosage of two molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to your skin. Anti-aging in a bottle! Try today and remember our money-back guarantee!

Soap, Cleanser, What’s the Difference?

Oh, my goodness! Earlier this year we wrote a blog about using the correct cleanser for your face. That promptly precipitated an argument about “all soap being the same.” And that argument goes like this: All soap is a way of cleaning yourself and the different names and claims and prices on soap are just ways of charging you more money and making you buy ten different products when one would do.

After all, the logic goes, the same pretty soap sitting on the sink that you wash your hands with should be appropriate for your face, right? It’s still your skin it is cleaning.

If we lived in an ideal world, maybe. But we don’t and in our high-population, high-germ conscious world, the soap we use on our hands is generally a soft soap with some detergent or other surfactant for cleanliness coupled with an anti-bacterial agent. That antibacterial agent might be as simple as alcohol or as chemical as triclosan. So if it cleans, and it disinfects, and we trust it on our hands, why can’t we wash our face with it? Or with any other soap for that matter.

Sure you can. But here is where the problem comes in. First of all, hands handle all kinds of materials. They are our way of picking things up, cleaning things up, and they get exposed to printer toner, petroleum, surface dirt, ink from pens, correction fluid, and all kinds of substances that your face does not come into contact with. They also have skin that is less delicate than the skin on your face. So you may prefer to use a stronger soap on them than you want to use on your face just to get them clean.

handsThen, look at what they touch! They shake hands, pat dogs and cats, wash dishes, handle food preparation, come into contact with door knobs, restroom fixtures, and money. Hopefully, your face does not! That means you may prefer an alcohol or triclosan based antibacterial product to kill the germs. But you don’t want that on your face. Alcohol dries and depletes skin cells which hastens aging. Triclosans are a known toxin. In tiny amounts the triclosan does a great job of killing bacteria. But studies are now raising questions about the possible health hazards associated with it. Bottom line, do NOT put it on your face where more of it will be absorbed.

This probably does not answer the question fully of why there are so many products to clean so many things. But your face is the thing most people see first and remember you by. Let’s keep it clean AND healthy. Buy MangoMadnessSkinCare cleansers here.

Youth – Does Anti Aging Cream Matter?

We have addressed the question of age before in this blog but I do regularly talk to young women who say, “Why would I have any interest in anti-aging cream when I’m in my 20’s?” And I always assure them that there is no need to replicate what their skin is already doing really well for itself. BUT, people in their 20’s often believe themselves to be bullet-proof. It’s normal.

We all believed love was forever, our looks would never fade, and we knew everything. I remember telling my mother how much I knew. At least she was kind enough not to last. But even a baby – yes, a baby! – needs some anti-aging attention. What kind? Sunscreen. Babies need protection from the sun. Every human being does. Unprotected skin shows damage later in life. So if you are in your 20’s there are also things you can do now, that mean you look awesome later!

Let’s start with the sunscreen / sunblock. If you spend time in the sun, you need to have it on. You may think a tan looks wonderful with a bikini but years later you will be horrified at the fine lines at your cleavage. So use a self-tanner to get that glow and protect your skin at any age to make sure that the most damaging factor to breakdown your skin does not get a chance to do so.

Now, let’s talk about cleansing. You can buy any cleanser you want, but purchasing one that has no parabens or harsh detergents will help your skin look lovely for years. Believe it or not, the wrong cleanser can actually accelerate aging. You don’t want anything with SLS, parabens, phthalates, or triclosan touching your skin. Keep it pure, keep it toxin-free, keep your youth years longer.

What else? You know what we are going to say – moisturize! No matter how young you are your skin can be dried by sun, by wind, by a dry atmosphere or a heater in the winter. To seal in moisture, and protect that skin from environmental factors, you need a good all-purpose moisturizer. Read your labels carefully and avoid anything with parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, or fillers. We suggest our best all purpose moisturizer, Maximum Moisture™.  You can buy it hereEsthetician-Advice and preserve that gorgeous skin for years!