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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!

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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What a Difference Moisturization Makes

What is more beautiful than a blooming rose? Not much, and that is why the rose is the queen of romance in the floral industry. Roses are for proposals, for anniversaries, for romantic weekends and for saying, “I’m really sorry,” and it’s all tied to their lush, rich color and texture. We compliment women when we tell them their skin feels like rose petals or the blush on their cheek is the color of a pink rose. But within a few days of purchase, a rose does not look so beautiful.  What is the difference between that glowing pink blossom and the brown withered husk it has turned into? Moisture. That is really the only thing that changes. As moisture leaches out of the cut rose, the flower discolors, shrivels, and becomes wrinkled. It is exactly the same with an aging face.

As your skin gets older, it loses the ability to hold moisture. Sun damage, smoking, and environmental factors can make your skin age even faster. Decades ago, women would put cold cream on their faces to hold in moisture and try to stop the advancing years. But now, there are more advanced options to combat wrinkles and return a person’s face to a more youthful appearance. Surprisingly, the most effective advances are the most natural. The peptides and hyaluronic acid found in today’s phenomenal moisturizers are not strange chemicals cooked up in a lab. They are exactly what your body uses on a daily basis to keep itself moisturized. They are part of the process that aids in the production of collagen and they work inside the cells to accomplish this renewal.

You may be wondering how they even get inside your skin cells when you just massaged the facial cream into the surface. That is simple: your skin craves moisture. When you apply a wrinkle cream to the skin on your face it only takes a second or two to sink in and begin its work. It isn’t greasy so it doesn’t float on the surface or clog your pores; it is absorbed and aids the natural renewal function of your skin to bring back moisture to the cells. Ready to start? Click here to try our peptide wrinkle cream today!


Take Your Vitamins!

The moment we hear the two words “vitamin” and “skin” together most people immediately think of Vitamin E.  Moisturizers, conditioners, even dog shampoo is marketed as having Vitamin E for healthy skin and hair. But Vitamin E is only one of the vitamins that are needed for healthy, beautiful skin.

The vitamin you take to avoid the common cold is also considered a powerful ally of your skin because it aids in building collagen and is a strong anti-oxidant.  Vitamin C is found in abundance in fruit like oranges and mangoes and is one of the most popular vitamins to take.  Working from within to keep you healthy and your skin vibrant and beautiful, Vitamin C should be an every day supplement in most women’s diets.  Naturally, discuss any supplement decision with your health care provider.

You get an A if you knew that Vitamin A is another vitamin that is absolutely wonderful for your skin.  Topically applied it plays a measurable role in reducing uneven skin coloration and penetrates the skin to perform its anti-oxidant duties.  Any woman who is concerned about the discoloration and fine wrinkles that occur with age would do well to consider a skin care product that includes Retinol.  Retinol is the active form of Vitamin A and it stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells.

When combined in a formula with Jojoba, Apricot Kernel Oil, and Hyaluronic Acid, it is effective at rejuvenating facial skin cells; with regular use your skin can look radiant and wrinkle-free. ReNew Youth provides the maximum amount of retinol available over the counter for maximum effectiveness.  Using anti-wrinkle cream ReNew Youth may be the best decision you ever made for your skin.  And, you can use ReNew Youth with confidence knowing that it is paraben-free, not tested on animals and comes with a money back guarantee!


Benefits of Vitamin K

Vitamin K-1, also known as phytonadione or  phylloquinone, is an important nutrient that helps with our blood’s ability to clot or coagulate following injury. Vitamin K is found naturally in foods such as leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli) and soybean oil. Vitamin K can also be obtained in dietary supplement capsules or multi-vitamins.

The benefit of Vitamin K in skin care is that it is used in formulations designed to address dark pigmentation under the eyes. While this dark pigmentation, sometimes referred to as  periorbital hyperpigmentation, or simply dark circles, can be caused by a variety of factors such as stress, lack of sleep or genetics, the most common cause is the pooling of blood under the thin skin under the eyes. This pooling occurs when tiny capillaries break and release small amounts of blood under the skin. The anti-clotting characteristics of Vitamin K helps prevent leakage from these capillaries.

A good eye cream for dark circles, in addition to Vitamin K, should include hyaluronic moisturizers, arnica montana and soy peptides for the most benefit.


5 Ways to Spoil Yourself

Being a modern woman is anything but easy. Between your professional responsibilities, family obligations, and trying to find time to hit the gym so you can maintain peak health, it’s normal to feel like you’re constantly performing a juggling act in a circus. Because you do so much for others, you probably have virtually no time left over for yourself. And although you’re not the type to complain, you do deserve to treat yourself!

If you can’t remember the last time that you temporarily slowed down and just did something for yourself, it’s time to break that streak. Since it’s been so long that you’ve done anything of that nature, you may have literally forgotten what options are available. If you don’t even know where to start in terms of spoiling yourself, here are five ideas to help you get started:

Combine a Long Bath with a Facial: The perfect bath is all about the details. This means you need candles, your favorite music and soothing bath crystals. In addition to letting your entire body relax, you can enjoy the feeling of rejuvenation by giving yourself a facial. Since you’ll be in a warm environment and won’t have to rush, you’ll be able to fully wash your face. Follow this with a good peptide cream to help prolong your youthful looking skin.

Have a Girls’ Night Out Dinner: When was the last time you were able to have a few hours with just your closest girlfriends? Since their schedules have probably been as packed as yours, it’s time to stage an intervention for your group. Whether it’s by email or phone, tell them that you’re all going out for a girls’ dinner and you’re not taking no for answer!

Buy a New Color of Lipstick: A new shade of lipstick can refresh your look and really make it pop. Not only is the experience of looking for the perfect color of lipstick a lot of fun, but once you receive your order, you’ll feel great whenever you put it on.

Have a Solo Wine and Movie Night: If there’s a night when your house is going to be empty, don’t feel like you have to clean it or do anything else that could be labeled as productive. Instead, take advantage of this opportunity to truly relax. Whether there’s a new movie you’ve been wanting to see or a classic that you want to watch again, pair it with a delicious bottle of wine and you can count on having a really enjoyable evening.

Even if you take less than an hour for yourself, you’ll find that this experience is the perfect way to recharge your batteries!

How to deal with large pores

Often, when skin pores become larger, it is often that they appear to be larger rather than actually having increased in size.  Pores, of course, are vital to healthy skin and keep it nourished with the body’s natural oils, but sometimes this process can get out of balance.

Factors contributing to larger looking pores include a buildup of dead skin cells around the edge of the pore, overproduction of oil from the oil glands, and makeup.

Before having to resort to laser treatments, there are other remedies to larger looking pores. Exfoliating to get rid of the dead skin cells will help greatly, but use an AHA gel instead of mechanical exfoliation.  Start with a good retinol cream – retinol is a wonderful product, not only as a wrinkle reducer, but also for its exfoliation properties.

Microdermabrasion exfoliates your skin, of course, but a chemically based exfoliator such as retinol typically works deeper.  We recommend our ReNew Youth™ retinol cream be used each night. With 1.0% retinol, ReNew Youth™ is the most potent retinol cream available with without a doctor’s prescription.

As tolerance allows, in the morning 2-3 times a week, use an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) exfoliator such as the Exfoliate Me™ 10% gel cleanser.  An important note: exfoliation with any product will increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, so use a good broad spectrum sunblock every day.

Larger looking pores can be also be cause by your skin’s over-production of oil.  Interestingly, this can happen with skin that needs more moisture as the oil glands over-secrete oil to compensate for dry skin.  Maximum Moisture™, with the highest effective concentration of hyaluronic acid, is an excellent moisturizer; you should use it in the morning after cleansing your face. The formulation of ReNew Youth™ retinol cream includes hyaluronic acid, so you will not need to use it in combination with another moisturizer.

Another factor that can possibly make your pores look larger is makeup. Some foundations may actually increase the apparent pore size; in particular, avoid any liquid makeup. You might experiment with different makeup to see which one works best, and often, “less is more.”

What are Molecular Weights in Hyaluronic Acid?

Hyaluronic moisturizers are sometimes formulated with dual molecular weights. The term “molecular weights” sounds like something we should remember from Chemistry class – what it refers to is the size of the molecule. Hyaluronic Acid can be manufactured in both High molecular weight and Low molecular weight.  The easy way to understand this is that High molecular weights are big molecules and Low molecular weights are small molecules.

So, what’s the significance? Simply, that the big molecules sit on the surface of your skin and the small molecules can penetrate more deeply into the epidermal (top) skin layer.

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has the ability to attract and hold 1,000 times its weight in moisture – making it the best facial moisturizer you can find. Most HA is manufactured in the High molecular weight size. This means that the HA absorbs and retains moisture on the surface of your skin, which is typically is the driest part of your skin because the skin cells are older and are also exposed to the elements.

The beauty of the Low molecular weight HA is that its small molecule size penetrates just below the surface. When it absorbs moisture, the molecule expands. This causes your skin to plump up – and has the beneficial effect of smoothing out wrinkles from underneath.

The best Hyaluronic Acid serums can have both High and Low molecular weight components to hydrate your skin inside and out and help reduce wrinkles.