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I’ve Smoked, I’ve Lived in the Sun, What Now?

How can I undo years of poor lifestyle choices that have caused skin damage?

People ask this question all the time! And they are nervous about asking because they don’t want to get a lecture or get judged. We all understand that. We’ve all eaten the piece of cake we shouldn’t, dated the guy we were told is trouble, or spent the day in the sun when we should have been indoors.

A lot of lifestyle choices affect the way skin looks. How many of these factors are a part of your life or past life?

  • Drinking alcohol regularly or to excess
  • Spending too much time in the sun without sunscreen or adequate coverage
  • Using a tanning bed
  • Drinking an inadequate amount of water
  • Not eating a decent amount of fruits and vegetables.
  • Not getting enough sleep.

Is there any way to renew and promote healing in the skin cells that have been depleted or damaged? Fortunately, yes! There are two strong ingredients that are proven to help renew collagen, increase hydration, and minimize and/or diminish fine lines.

The first of those is Vitamin A. Also known as Retinol this wonderful vitamin is great at penetrating skin cells and delivering nourishment and fading age spots. That Retinol face cream acts as a moisturizer and a powerful face cream that helps smooth and provide anti-oxidants to troubled skin. Ready to try it? We’ve got some right here and it’s paraben-free!

The second weapon in your war against aging and skin damage is a good night repair cream. Our Nocturne Night Repair Cream is applied at night after you cleanse your face or exfoliate. Then, just before bed you apply the Night Repair Cream and leave it on over night. The rich moisturizing formula sinks into skin all night long and penetrating skin cells providing deep hydration to depleted skin cells hour after hour. Three powerful moisturizers work together to thoroughly promote healing deep within your skin. Jojoba, squalane and hyaluronic acid are formulated to synergize the moisturizing action bringing you powerful results you can really appreciate.

Ready to purchase night repair cream? Buy Nocturne here!

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What Is Your Night-Time Beauty Routine?

nightWe’ve talked to a lot of women and routines vary greatly from one woman to the next. For instance, do you shower before bedtime, upon rising, or both? Do you spend a couple of minutes using a mask on your face and fighting the tough skin on your heels, or do you save that for one day a week and just have a time-saving washup in the shower? Do you soak luxuriously in the tub to relax away the stresses of the day? It’s your night time, do it any way you want!

These are the elements that we found most women shared in common in their nighttime routines:

1) Bath or shower before bedtime.

2) Facial cleansing with some type of cleanser made for the face, wipes, or a beauty bar soap.

3) Some form of moisturizer or anti-aging preparation applied to the face before sleep.

4) Some type of hand lotion and foot/heel lotion applied to the feet before sleep

We would caution women not to use a hard bar soap on their faces. Bar soaps contain ingredients that can dry your skin or irritate it. We like a cleanser made just for the face, as mild as possible. We recommend Rose Hip Seed Oil Cleanser Then an exfoliator once or twice a week.

For moisturizers we found that women varied quite a bit starting with women who swore by petroleum jelly to seal in moisture and others who paid upwards of $110 an ounce for products containing exotic animal-based substances. We understand the rationale of sealing in moisture with petroleum jelly but it’s not the best choice. It films over pores, collects dirt and grime, and is not absorbed well. As for the more exotic offerings these often came with no medical claims or studies supporting their advertising slogans on the label. A high price tag is not a guarantee of effectiveness.

The most effective skin creams were ones that contain hyaluronic acid, a proven moisturizer and skin cream ingredient that promotes healing. Another significant ingredient is Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A. Both promote rejuvenation of skin cells and encourage the production of collagen.

Night Repair Cream with hyaluronic acid.

Renew Youth facial cream with Vitamin A

Let us know what your favorite evening regimen is on our Facebook page. You can find us at facebook.com/MangoMadnessSkinCare

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Hyaluronic Acid – Why Is it Essential For Skin?

The research into the properties of Hyaluronan or Hyaluronic Acid are so numerous that Wikipedia alone lists 82 reference documents to support its article. It is considered an essential ingredient in good skin care and anti-aging products with good reason. Studies have shown that Hyaluronic Acid plays a part in wound care and scar prevention and it is even considered a part of diabetic wound therapy.

What makes it so very important for skin and wound healing? The key thing to understand is that your body needs and uses Hyaluronic Acid daily whether or not you use any products containing it. Your body requires it for skin connectivity and renewal and for healthy joints and other connective tissue. One third of all your body’s store of Hyaluronan is “turned over” every day as your body renews cells damaged by age or external factors.

As a key component in connective tissue, Hyaluronic Acid is part of what keeps your skin supple, smooth, and not drooping or wrinkled. Preparations containing Hyaluronic Acid are smoothed onto skin and absorbed readily into the cellular layers boosting their ability to repair themselves and maintain an attractive level of hydration.

If so many skin care preparations contain Hyaluronic Acid, does it matter which one to use? The simple answer is yes, and this is why. Hyaluronic Acid is one ingredient in skin care but it may be a tiny fraction of the over all lotion you are using. There may be fillers, fragrances, preservatives, coloring agents and many other ingredients listed on the label. You want to buy an anti-aging cream that has a short ingredient list and a better percentage of active ingredients. You also do not want your skin care products to contain parabens, phthalates, fragrance, triclosans, or formaldehyde forming agents. Those can be potentially harmful and even contribute to aging.

That’s why we recommend the natural goodness of Mango Madness Skin Care’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Hydrospherex™ . You get the maximum therapeutic amount of Hyaluronic Acid with no animal testing or potentially risky adulterants.

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Why Does Complexion Matter?

We hear people talking about female beauty and they speak of someone’s beautiful eyes. Or the dazzling smile or hair color. But, as any beauty queen can tell you, it only takes one pimple to change your whole level of confidence and self-esteem. It’s not like the day your hair doesn’t behave so you put it in a French twist and wear classy earrings. Nope, because of the skin thickening and the coloration of a blemish, really covering them up is not as easy as you would think. So complexion doesn’t get talked about as much but it is very important.

It is more logical than you would think because really, your skin is your biggest beauty asset. It covers every inch of you and subtly or not-so-subtly communicates details about you to other people. The state of your skin and coloring can let someone know you haven’t been well. The way your skin looks can signal your age to people you meet. Your skin can even communicate whether or not you are a smoker.

With that much power over your looks it just makes sense to treat your skin very well and make sure it looks its best. You want your skin to be healthy, supple, radiant and as unlined as possible. You want moisturized skin, not “sandpaper” or dried skin.

The best way to do that is to get plenty of water to drink, good nutrition and your fair share of a good night’s sleep. Then, choose a cleansing product that is gentle but thorough, and a moisturizer that contains jut the ingredients you need and none of the ingredients you don’t need or want. So we suggest Peptide 6® for it’s combination of powerful collagen renewing peptides plus hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil, and squalane. And not a single paraben or phthalate or artificial fragrance! All of what you need, and none of what you don’t! Try Peptide 6® today.

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What Age Are Anti-Aging Creams Most Effective?

Two questions that we hear a lot from women are:

* What age should you start using anti-aging wrinkle creams?

* I’m too old, would it do any good to try a wrinkle cream?

There’s an age when a young woman wants to look older. At 13 or 14 years of age she tries really hard to look 16 or 18 or 21. And some young teens really succeed! But those are the years when the skin has the most glow, the most collagen, the smallest pores.

That is also the age when anti-aging products do a lot of good! And by that I mean sunblock and moisturizer. Taking care of your skin from an early age means healthier skin later in life. For the most part, a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunblock are all a woman needs until she begins to notice her skin beginning to feel drier.

That might be early 30’s or later, but there is a point where there aren’t any wrinkles yet but collagen production is slowing and skin is not as smooth as it once was. From that moment on the most natural way of preventing aging is to renew, refresh, and support the natural processes your skin did so well in your twenties. Ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid are designed to boost and promote the very things your skin has always done. So utilizing them is just the natural thing to do.

Some women feel that they have wrinkles now, so what’s the use of using creams or serums to look younger? But there is no age at which prettier skin isn’t a benefit. No age at which softer, smoother, more supple skin isn’t more attractive. No external cream can completely reverse the advance of time, but with regular application, a peptide cream can erase fine lines, re-hydrate depleted cells, and promote collagen production. You’ll look younger and feel prettier! Try our Peptide 6® Wrinkle Cream with free shipping!

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Starting New in 2015

The New Year is always the perfect time to start the renewal of our attitude, our life, our habits – well, everything. There are actually many milestones in our lives that give us that opportunity. Just a few examples would be:

  • Getting your first apartment on your own.
  • Getting married
  • Getting divorced.
  • Having your first child.
  • Annual New Year’s celebrations.
  • A move to another city or state.

But, really, any day can be the day you decide to change. Remember that saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” It’s just that easy to decide.

resolutionsFollowing through is harder. But here are some tricks to make it more likely to work. First, of course is identifying problem areas in your life. If there are no problems, you don’t need any solutions. Once you have identified problems, plan the solutions. Don’t just say, “I have dry skin; I’ll moisturize more often.” Spell it out. How often is more often? What time of the day? If you formerly moisturized before bed each night, are you now planning on doing it again first thing in the morning or after your shower? Plan the details.

Next, put it on your calendar to do it. And, if necessary, put the jar of moisturizer on the vanity where you’ll see it first thing – or leave yourself a note.

If you have a lot of resolutions take them in baby steps. Moisturize more, join a gym, eat more vegetables. For a list like that start with the moisturizer because it is easy, schedule a call to a few gyms to get pricing, and add stopping at the farmer’s market to pick up vegetables. If you break your resolutions into manageable pieces you’ll have the changes well in hand by the end of January!

You know you can do it, it’s just a matter of planning.

Retinol – What Does it Really Do?

First let’s talk about where Retinol comes from.  Retinol is one of the forms of Vitamin A. It is found in butter and cream, liver, cod liver oil, and many other fats including those in your body. While it can be extracted from animal sources it can also be synthesized by starting with plant-based Vitamin A. Eating more liver and butter, carrots and mangoes would result in more Vitamin A in your body which would aid many organs including your eyes and your skin. Regular doses of fresh vegetables provide you with ample Vitamin A for nutritional purposes.

Since we know that, why can’t we just eat more vegetables and get better skin? We can in general. A healthy diet with plenty of water and fresh vegetables will result in better looking skin. But, in the case of skin that is aging, or suffering with acne, you may want to do something more specific to just the areas that need help.

So let’s look at topical applications of Retinol. Applying Retinol to your skin has been shown to have the following benefits:

  • Creation of more blood vessels in the skin, increasing healthy tissue and lessening pallor.
  • Promotion of collagen, increasing the suppleness of skin and renewing aging skin cells.
  • Suppressing acne and breakouts so that skin is smoother.
  • Lightening age spots.

All of these benefits make skin look smoother, more supple, more even in skin tone, and younger. We are not sure how much liver you would have to eat to achieve that but we bet you’d rather use our Retinol product, ReNew Youth.

Like all Mango Madness Skin Care products, ReNew Youth has no parabens, phthalates, SLS or formaldehyde. Free shipping, and a money-back guarantee make this an easy decision to make! You can buy ReNew Youth here!

Vitamins are the natural way to go and we’ve got them just waiting for you!retinol

 

 

 

7 Tips to Silky, Well-Moisturized Skin

We all think we know how to moisturize, but we each have our own way of doing things. Some are habit, some are learned from unreliable sources. The wonderful fact is, there are ways to moisturize that are more effective at delivering the moisture to your skin. So let’s look at some of the things we can do to get the best skin ever.

  1. Use the mildest cleanser. Whether you are washing your face, your body, your toes, harsh soaps just don’t cut it. Use a mild cleanser and make sure it does not contain SLS.
  2. Short is better than long. Don’t spend a long time in the shower or bath. You don’t have to zip through it, but waiting until your finger-tips wrinkle is a no-no.
  3. Warm is better than hot. The pores of your skin open in warm water, but the hotter the water is the more natural oils are stripped off of your body.
  4. Use a soft cloth, never scrub your skin. If you are washing your face wash gently and only exfoliate once a week or even once every two weeks. If you scrub or overclean your face or body you risk irritating your skin.
  5. Moisturize within 2-3 minutes of washing your face or taking a shower. You want to provide a source of moisture while the pores are still open and your skin is freshly clean.
  6. Only use a paraben-free moisturizing cream or lotion. Parabens can age your skin and are associated with possible serious health risks. They are found in many skin care products but should be avoided at all costs.
  7. Dab on a little extra moisturizer in areas that get particularly dry or are exposed to the sun and environment more.

It’s that simple. You don’t have to buy a lot of different expensive products. The must have products are a cleanser and a moisturizer. Everything else is icing on the cake!

We have a wonderful assortment of cleansers and moisturizers, all paraben-free, at www.mangomadnessskincare.com silky-smooth-skin

 

 

Do You Have Dry Skin Problems?

Dry skin can be a challenge to care for. And, because moisture is key in keeping skin young, sometimes dry skin looks older than skin with a better supply of natural oils.

Dry skin can look flaky, wrinkle more easily, and look red or blotchy. The heat of the sun, or the drying effects of central heat in the winter, can just make your skin feel like a desert. And that can be even more frustrating because makeup does not go on as evenly. It’s hard to feel pretty sometimes.

But there are things you can do to minimize and manage dry skin.

The first thing to do is remember that dry skin tends to be more sensitive so do not use harsh soaps or cleansers on it. A gentle cleansing formula like our Rose Hip Seed Oil cleanser will get your skin clean without causing it to become irritated or break out.

After you cleanse your skin, apply Peptide 6® moisturizing anti-aging cream gently and distribute it well with your finger tips. Use it each morning and each night. The peptides will promote healing and renewal, while the hyaluronic acid will deliver rich and lasting moisturization. Because your skin will be hydrated, your makeup will go on more smoothly and your skin will not be as vulnerable to drying factors in your environment.

Twice a month, give yourself a deeper treatment with our Nocturne night repair cream. This wonderful cream will penetrate deep into your pores and help deliver the best hydration your skin has ever had. You’ll awaken in the morning feeling like your skin has been transformed.

Please consider Mango Madness Skin Care your dry skin resource. We have a whole section devoted to the needs of women with dry skin, and many of our products are formulated specifically for you! If you have a question that you do not see answered please use our Ask the Aesthetician service. We are happy to help!

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Skin is Skin – Or Is It?

Skin, beautiful skin. It is the largest organ of the body and covers our entire body with a soft, smooth surface that keeps us waterproof, repels germs, and protects us from all of the things that bump up against us every day.

HA_firming_creamOur skin is our first line of defense against environmental pollution and toxins that exist naturally in the ground, in plants, in the air. Life as we know it would not be possible without this protective covering. And, it’s beautiful and soft to the touch.

Naturally we want to protect it, nourish it, hydrate it, and clean it. We want to maintain it as well as we can so it continues to do such a good job for us. It would be easy to believe that we could just clean it the way we do our car when we run through a car wash. One cleaning agent, some spinning brushes, and then a rinse and we’re done. Right? No.

As complex as our car is, our skin is much more specialized. We are not made of hardened metal and plastic, and we cannot tolerate the type of treatment a car gets in a car wash. If we subject our skin to rough treatment, it thickens, hardens, and creates calluses and a leathery surface. It does this to protect itself but the results aren’t pretty. That is why so many products are sold to make feet look more attractive. Skin that takes a daily beating, reveals that abuse in its surface roughness and cracking.

So how should we best maintain our skin? First by simply evaluating it. It only takes a moment of glancing to realize how delicate the skin is on your eyelids and around your eyes. It almost seems entirely different from the larger, waxy pores of your nose. And it bears little resemblance to the skin that stretches and folds to accommodate the movement of your elbows.

The next way of looking at skin is by the environment it is exposed to. The skin on your belly or the small of your back does not get the amount of exposure that your hands and face do. Your hands and face are exposed daily to sunlight, germs and environmental hazards that the skin under your clothes never comes near. So that skin needs more focused cleansing.

What does every inch of your skin need? Moisturizer. We use a hand cream on our hands and a face cream on our face because they need more moisturizer than most other parts. For the face, the best creams are ones that help the skin renew its cells with the hydrating power of Hyaluronic Acid and the cell-renewal capabilities of peptides. Our best cream to accomplish that is our medical-grade Peptide 6®.

Remember how delicate the skin around your eyes is? Sometimes, our eyes just seem to need a little something extra to renew and refresh them. That’s where our Vitamin K cream, Refresh Me™ can work wonders.

The most important thing, is to remember to care for and cherish that oh-so-important organ – your skin!