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The Truth about AHA’s

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Known as AHA’s, fruit acids found in citrus fruits (citric), apples (malic) and papaya (pyruvic). Other acids in the family include lactic acid (from milk), tartaric acid (from red wine), and the most exciting and therefore most widely researched, glycolic acid (from sugar cane).

Lactic acid has been used to soften the skin for centuries and resurfaced in modern cosmetic creams in the 70’s after studies showed that combined with sodium lactate, it improved the skin’s moisture-holding capacity. Tartaric acid, too, has been in used for years: French women used to apply red wine to their faces. Collectively, AHA’s have recently been in the vanguard of the new cosmeceutical movement as they are used to formulate creams which perform beyond the normally superficial cosmetic role.

The dead skin cells build-up which gave icthyosis sufferers their crocodile-skin appearance could be alleviated with a glycolic acid preparation. They showed that the acid molecule dissolved the protein bond which kept a dead skin cell attached. Not only did glycollic acid prove capable of normalizing the desquamation process but could also improve the skin’s own moisture-retaining capabilities.

Dermatologists use AHA’s in concentrations up to 70 percent to perform acid peels and prescribe 5-20 percent AHA creams. The percentage contained in cosmetic creams varies from 1-7 percent. Some over the counter pharmacy brands  contain between 5-15 percent.

Cosmetic AHA preparations can help keep the skin free of dulling and skin-pore clogging dead cells. They can make  the skin slightly brighter and improve its moisture retention. Unlike the physician-prescribed higher concentrations, they cannot produce radical improvement in the ageing complexion. Recent studies suggest that AHA’s may also act as free radical scavengers, sending messages to the dermis to increase  collagen production and increase the skin’s tolerance to retinoids.

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Healthy Skin Secrets

Home-Spa Treatments

Healthy skin care begins at home, if your skin looks terrific, you’ll feel beautiful all over. Home-Spa treatments are on the rise, many prefer the intimacy  and comfort of their own home instead of busy spa, for a personalized and efficient treatment.

Let’s improve our skin by bettering our habits

  1. Time is often the cause of neglected and blemished skin.
  2. Frowning, poor diet, and lack of sunscreen, (just to name a few), age and damage the skin.
  3. Lack of water dehydrates the skin by making it look dull and dry; not to mention, damaging our organs and well-being. Drink your 8 glasses daily to moisturize from inside out!
  4. Stressed out? Meditate, take a deep breath and let worry and anxiety flow out of you!

The 10 minute Therapeutic Treatments

Coco-Shell-Beauty

Cut out coconut flesh, place it in a blender add 1-2 cups of boiling water, and mix for 7 minutes. Place a cheesecloth on face and spread the mixture, leave for 10 minutes, remove it and rinse off with tepid water. Coconut is great for the connective tissues, your skin can feel supple and soft again.

Le-Milk-Energy

Are you a victim of dull and pasty skin? Fret no more, simply walk to your kitchen and open the fridge! Mix 2 tablespoon of milk and lemon together, with a soft brush, spread it over clean skin, leave for 10 minutes, rinse off, and the result? A beautiful, brighter and energized complexion!

Eg-Lem-Lift

Lift up your appearance by mixing an egg white with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, apply evenly to your face, leave for 10 minutes, and rinse. You’ll feel a tightening effect, leaving your skin fresh, with a glowing complexion.

Avo-Dry-Fix

Ripe avocado may smooth and make your skin look younger. Slice up a ripe avocado and place it on the skin, focus on drier areas, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse off with tepid water …. what a soothing experience!

Bana-Kiwi-Glow

Kiwi helps retain moisture in the skin and hair, bananas are natural healers from within. Combine one of each and mix till creamy, apply to the face and leave on for 10 minutes then rinse, you may see and feel an exceptional glow!

Aveda 8.5-ounce Smoothing Body Polish 

    • Discover new, refreshed skin with this smoothing body polish from Aveda.
    • This invigorating exfoliant refines the skin to reveal new vibrance.
    • (Please CLICK on image for product details).

Have a great weekend and thank you for reading!!!

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Do You Want Eternal Beauty?

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart

~Kahlil Gibran

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How many people worry about aging? How many people say “Oh, another birthday, let’s not mention it, at my age I would rather lose count ….” ? Is this what Hollywood has done to mankind? Perhaps magazines? Don’t waste another year, celebrate, you’re BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Don’t you know beauty doesn’t age? Did you know beauty comes from within? When we’re happy, we glow and attract people who are positive and see our inner beauty, which magnifies our outer beauty as well, causing it to stand out while brightening the world we live in! Smile all the time, even when a birthday is approaching, have fun and cherish every moment, your skin will appreciate it too!

Little Secrets about Beauty

POSITIVITY

Positive and optimistic attitude is important and associated with youth, why you ask? According to statistics, it shows younger people have not experienced real life challenges, therefore they may appear happier and more upbeat, making them look younger than what they are … I disagree, there have been many instances where an individual faced a life threatening obstacle, illness, or some type of traumatic experience, but that very same individual chose to feel the pain and release it, leaving room for personal and spiritual growth, equating to a positive outlook in life, and eventually moving on. So, why not begin today, and try to do out best in loving ourselves, our age, our soul, and by doing so, let’s smile, the more you smile, the younger you look!

SLEEP

Dark circles, bags, or both? Don’t rush to a plastic surgeon yet, begin by changing your sleeping patterns. You may see a dramatic change from how you feel, to your complexion. Did you know lack of sleep dehydrates the skin? Causing breakouts, uneven color pigmentation, or/and dark patches in the eye area? Begin today! Promise yourself this now, you’ll do the very best in setting an earlier bedtime, by leaving your laptop on the desk, turn your phone off and don’t watch t.v, meditate, and drift your thoughts and mind toward a deep, sound sleep. Like everything, this too is a learned behavior, you may call it a learning process. Begin today, your goals towards wellness and a more beautiful you!

EXERCISE

Did you know another secret to vibrant looking skin is exercise? Yes, you heard right, exercise helps you feel better about yourself, but it also helps your skin release any toxins via sweat glands. Don’t forget epidermal elasticity, by exercising regularly your body releases natural hormones making your face, neck, and all over appearance look and feel firmer. Give it a try! Exercise your way to beauty!

DRESS TO IMPRESS

Look in your closet, what do you see? Do you like your wardrobe? Or is it time for an update? How do you look and feel? Keep up with changing times and trends! It feels good to look good! Meaning, wearing clothes that fit you, not too loose nor too tight! You deserve to feel and look your best in a casual setting, work environment, or special event, dress to impress yourself! When a person feels good, he or she may smile more, igniting and projecting their inner beauty to the outside world. Life is beautiful, not only due to nature, or things in it, but also because of people who actively make themselves part of it. Live a beautiful life, don’t settle for just “being” there, …. you are meant to SHINE!!!!

These are a few of the many secrets to eternal beauty. Beauty comes from within, make your uniqueness stand out! Your are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Guinot Creme Beaute Neuve Radiance Renewal Cream (CLICK on image for details).

Gently eliminates, through a biological exfoliating action, dead cells which suffocate the epidermis encouraging young and well-moisturized cells to rise to the surface. Restores a radiant complexion and reduces signs of aging, wrinkles and the skin’s small blemishes.

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5 Amazing Skincare Products

 

Tell us what you like!

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share a few products with you, which were submitted by A Blissful Skin readers. Please take the time and vote for your favorite product in the poll below.  Also, for ordering, pricing, and shipping details CLICK on the merchandise images.

OBAGI Eye Treatment Cream

Obagi® ELASTIderm™ Eye Cream is a one of a kind topical eye treatment that works to bring back lift, snap and resilience to the delicate skin around the eyes.  Using a proprietary Restorative Elasticity Complex, it’s clinically proven to help replenish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks.  For normal to dry skin or for those who prefer the rich consistency of a cream. Restorative Elasticity Complex.

Guinot Age Logic Minceur Silhouette Refining Stubborn Cellulite

Buy Guinot cellulite stretch mark control – Guinot Age Logic Minceur Silhouette Refining Stubborn Cellulite 200 ml/6.7oz. How-to-Use: Apply morning and evening with light massage movements, paying special attention to areas of concern.

 Cosmedix Ageless Skin Care Kit

CosMedix Ageless Skin Care Kit CosMedix Simply Ageless is a collection of 4 age-defying formulas, proven to fight wrinkles, smooth skin texture and revitalize skin’s appearance. It starts with the free radical-fighting cleanser, refinishing treatment, daily antioxidant hydration and ends with a balancing moisture boost to minimize the look of wrinkles. Includes: Benefit Clean (15 ml.) Hydrate+ (15 ml.) Refine (7.5 ml.) Phytoharmony (15 ml.) Directions: Moisten hands and face.

La mer the eye concentrate

It’s three, three, three Miracle Broths in one! This concentrated eye cream boasts three unique forms of La Mer’s Miracle Broth™ (the heart of La Mer’s profound powers of transformation), plus iron-rich minerals and sea-borne Radiant Ferments™ to deeply condition, smooth and hydrate the delicate eye area. Plus, it comes with a cool (literally and figuratively) silver-tipped applicator specially engineered to help mega-size microcirculation instantly. It’s the big guns for anyone who wants to dramatically dissolve the appearance of dark circles, lines and wrinkles to bring luminous new life to lackluster eyes. .5 oz

Sothys – Active-Contour Age-Defying Cream (Eyes)

An intensive cream with high-tech plant active ingredients for a skin that is revitalized and remodeled, with under-eye circles and wrinkles attenuated / reduced. A fluid emulsion that aids in preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ideal for all skin types this cream reduces the depth of wrinkles while revitalizing and destressing the skin. It fights against slackening of the skin and provides a tensing effect. A mixture of caffeine and natural actives help to reabsorbs the fat…

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Luscious Skin Secrets

Having beautiful, soft skin isn’t always easy due to external factors which may potentially be dehydrating or/and harmful to the body’s largest organ. So, how do you keep your skin supple, healthy with a glowing look? Who else wants the ultimate secret to a smoother, more luscious, and dazzling skin? How can we protect this vital organ from pollution, climate changes, medication, and allergies? Why should we compromise our natural skin by depriving it from nourishment, hydration, and pliability?  Why not achieve a blissful glow by increasing our fluid intake, adding vitamin supplements, and using restorative products?

My mom is by far one of the most beautiful women I have ever met, she looks 30 years younger than her age; she’s well-educated, strong, and intelligent … I’m not saying this because she’s my mother, but because it’s the honest truth. She’s thought me the importance of skin care maintenance by protecting and nourishing it in every possible way, making it an imperative factor in slowing down the aging process. Growing up I didn’t pay much attention to it, however, the daily tips, comments, and continuous advice stuck with me, and today I follow them. My favorite is Vaseline Coco-Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil, this is a cheap product and goes a long way by leaving my skin with amazing results. I invite all of my readers and followers to give it a try to share all feedback and advice with me, I want to learn what your thoughts are.

Quick Overview

The way I use this magnificent product is in the shower, … yup, you read it right, in the shower. Right after taking a shower and before drying myself off with a towel, I will generously apply the gel body oil all over my body. This awesome product leaves the skin healthy and hydrated, light reflects off the rich color below the surface, giving it an amazing natural glow and supple feel/look. Enriched with natural minerals is also great for dry/brittle hair, or used for massage lotion as well.

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© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Who Else Wants Eternal Beauty?

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart

~Kahlil Gibran

[slideshow]

How many people worry about aging? How many people say “Oh, another birthday, let’s not mention it, at my age I would rather lose count ….” ? Is this what Hollywood has done to mankind? Perhaps magazines? Don’t waste another year, celebrate, you’re BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Don’t you know beauty doesn’t age? Did you know beauty comes from within? When we’re happy, we glow and attract people who are positive and see our inner beauty, which magnifies our outer beauty as well, causing it to stand out while brightening the world we live in! Smile all the time, even when a birthday is approaching, have fun and cherish every moment, your skin will appreciate it too!

Little Secrets about Beauty

POSITIVITY

Positive and optimistic attitude is important and associated with youth, why you ask? According to statistics, it shows younger people have not experienced real life challenges, therefore they may appear happier and more upbeat, making them look younger than what they are … I disagree, there have been many instances where an individual faced a life threatening obstacle, illness, or some type of traumatic experience, but that very same individual chose to feel the pain and release it, leaving room for personal and spiritual growth, equating to a positive outlook in life, and eventually moving on. So, why not begin today, and try to do out best in loving ourselves, our age, our soul, and by doing so, let’s smile, the more you smile, the younger you look!

SLEEP

Dark circles, bags, or both? Don’t rush to a plastic surgeon yet, begin by changing your sleeping patterns. You may see a dramatic change from how you feel, to your complexion. Did you know lack of sleep dehydrates the skin? Causing breakouts, uneven color pigmentation, or/and dark patches in the eye area? Begin today! Promise yourself this now, you’ll do the very best in setting an earlier bedtime, by leaving your laptop on the desk, turn your phone off and don’t watch t.v, meditate, and drift your thoughts and mind toward a deep, sound sleep. Like everything, this too is a learned behavior, you may call it a learning process. Begin today, your goals towards wellness and a more beautiful you!

EXERCISE

Did you know another secret to vibrant looking skin is exercise? Yes, you heard right, exercise helps you feel better about yourself, but it also helps your skin release any toxins via sweat glands. Don’t forget epidermal elasticity, by exercising regularly your body releases natural hormones making your face, neck, and all over appearance look and feel firmer. Give it a try! Exercise your way to beauty!

DRESS TO IMPRESS

Look in your closet, what do you see? Do you like your wardrobe? Or is it time for an update? How do you look and feel? Keep up with changing times and trends! It feels good to look good! Meaning, wearing clothes that fit you, not too loose nor too tight! You deserve to feel and look your best in a casual setting, work environment, or special event, dress to impress yourself! When a person feels good, he or she may smile more, igniting and projecting their inner beauty to the outside world. Life is beautiful, not only due to nature, or things in it, but also because of people who actively make themselves part of it. Live a beautiful life, don’t settle for just “being” there, …. you are meant to SHINE!!!!

These are a few of the many secrets to eternal beauty. Beauty comes from within, make your uniqueness stand out! Your are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

Thank you for reading! Feedback is appreciated! And as always, please “Pass the Blog”!!!

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Blissfully Calm

1, 2, and 3 … center and calm yourself.

Breathe in, and breathe out, calm yourself and find that happy place.

How much more cliché can you get? According to psychological studies stress damages the skin as well as our health. How? Think about it, when we worry our minds are in a state of anxiety, causing individuals to panic about situations or problems, possibly resulting in making poor choices and mistakes, not to mention the domino effect to our internal health. A stressed person may forget to eat regularly, take vitamins, or  drink water (which is imperative to our organism); however, one may also indulge in food, alcohol, and/or drugs, all having negative effects to our mind and body.

Snooze time is also a factor, stress causes sleep deprivation causing dark circles under eyes, (dark circles are not always a sign of stress,  depends on health conditions, and ethnicity as well), taking away from the radiance of skin complexion, triggering breakouts, allergies, and many more skin problems. Lack of sleep also causes premature aging and sleep disorders. Avoid staying up late, we all need our Beauty Sleep, if stress is interfering with the rest you desperately need, seek ways to calm your mind, try meditation, swimming, yoga, or anything that relaxes your nerves, or makes you smile.

Calm yourself by centering your emotions. Don’t be another statistic related to stress! Life is beautiful, cherish every single moment!!!

Thank you for reading, and as always “Pass the Blog“!

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Simple Sun Solutions

A quick guide in protecting our skin from the sun! A must read for everyone!

Fillers

Beauty  ….

What is beauty? Allure, physical attractiveness, good looks, grace, or style? You tell me, enlighten me with your definition of such term. Beauty is perceived differently by all of us, making it easy for us to like different types of people. Every age has its own beauty, we need to embrace and cherish our inner and outer elegance, unfortunately we don’t. We are our own worse critic, we pick, hide, and complain about imperfections, very much unknown to the outside world; in front of the mirror we pull, tuck, and stretch our skin, hoping it will appear tighter, smoother, and perhaps plumper. Society has made coming of aging unacceptable, we look for quick fixes, from facials, peels, and fillers, we are thriving for perfection, which doesn’t exist.

Fillers

Q: Do fillers really remove years?

A: Yes, but the results are temporary.

1. Which are the most common areas fillers are used on?

  • Chin Creases
  • Uneven Brows
  • Dropping corners of the mouth
  • Muscle bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet (outside eye-corners)
  • Marionette lines
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Lines on the bridge of the nose
  • Deep expression lines

2. Possible side effects?

Always check with your doctor prior any procedure, safety and well-being are more important than beauty.

The crow’s-feet area is a bit pesky, the skin is thinner and the muscle causing the wrinkles is quiet strong, which may cause the treatment to go wrong, by pushing the solution in different parts of the face resulting in deeper wrinkles and a possibility of uneven skin around the injected area.

3. What kind of fillers are available?

There are more than 70 different types of fillers on the market, consult with your doctor by asking questions in ensuring the best choice for you.

The most common fillers are :

  • Botox
  • Juvederm
  • Hylaform
  • Captique
  • Radiesse
  • Restylene
  • Collagen
  • Fat Fascia Dermis (your own fat, which is the best option and less expensive)
  • Liquid Silicone
  • Poly-L-Acid known as Sculptra (currently only available for HIV – patients)

Beauty is beauty, but if a treatment or two makes a person feel better about themselves, I say go for it, why not? Keep it in moderation, be healthy and happy!

DERMAdoctor.com, Inc.

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Simple Sun Solutions

Skin protection

Sun exposure speeds up the aging process by damaging DNA, which may deform cells, contributing to cancer. We often apply sunscreen to children first, then monitor their sun exposure, redness, and play-time, leaving ourselves unprotected and victims to environmental factors like UVB and UVA rays, which can cause immediate sunburn and long-term damage to our skin.

Starting today, care for yourself as well, apply sunscreen to your face, neck, chest, hands, feet, and all over the body. Stay in the shade if possible, use hats and sunglasses, protect yourself, stop the premature aging process now!

According to studies, a regular T-shirt has only an SPF ranging from 3 to 7? Did you know eyelids and the top of your ears are in danger of sunburn as well? When shopping for sunscreen products choose an SPF of 30 or greater, depending on exposure and activity. Look for products with UVA and UVB protection containing Parson.

Top 10 Sunscreens

1. Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Lotion SPF 30

2. Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray SPF 50

3. Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick SPF 55

4. Neutrogena Spectrum + Advanced Sunblock Face SPF 100

5. Burt’s Bees Chemical-Free Sunscreen SPF 30

6. Aveeno Sunblock Spray SPF 70

7. Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Moisture Defense Cream SPF 30

8. Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF 30

9. Cellex-C Suncare SPF 30

10. Cosmedicine Global Health Face SPF 30 UVA/UVB Sunscreen

Protect, nourish, and cherish your skin, reapply sunscreen regularly; keep yourself and loved ones looking beautiful,  healthy, and young by preventing skin damage or cancer.

Thank you for reading, have a GREAT 4th of July and celebrate the men and women fighting for our country! As always, “Pass the Blog”!

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.