Confidence Beyond the Skin-Highlight on Acai

Acai-Powerhouse antioxidant for health and beauty! 

It is true that I have taken a bit of a hiatus from blog writing, but I am officially back! For those who don’t know, my hiatus was a far cry restful, it has been an exciting journey of ups and downs, highs and lows; an adventure that only another start up entrepreneur would truly understand. But, like most entrepreneurs, I would not trade this experience and amazing journey for anything in the world!

My time over the past 2 years has been spent heavily researching the benefits of antioxidants from the inside out, and outside in, and in particular how antioxidants benefit the skin! Mother Nature has been kind enough to produce so many power packed anti-oxidants to help us stay healthy, youthful, and vibrant.  While my heart will always be with the blueberry as an antioxidant powerhouse, there are a few other antioxidants that are noteworthy and worth knowing about.

Acai is an antioxidant that is well known as a powerful antioxidant food source, but did you know it has skin care benefits as well?

Acai has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. It also has the ability to slow, or even reverse signs of aging that are related to oxidative processes!

It also has a variety of omega fatty acids. Fatty acids keep skin cells moist and strong, helping to fight off wrinkles and dry, dull skin.  This means that Acai in skin care can help skin appear more youthful and supple!  Acai is a good source of a variety of vitamins too, like Vitamin B, C, and E!  smiling face

One of the coolest things about Acai when thinking about it in skin care is that when the oil is processed and stored long-term, the antioxidant levels remain high as opposed to other antioxidants that slowly loose antioxidant power over time. I love this fun fact about acai in anti-aging skin care!

 

Are you taking advantage of all Mother Nature’s little gifts? Don’t forget your anti-oxidants; inside and out!

Confidence Beyond the Skin-What Ingredients Should You Look for in an Anti-Aging Skin Care Product?

 Have you wondered if it’s possible to improve your skin by using topical products? Today’s market is flooded with magazine articles and TV commercials that claim to have discovered the fountain of youth in a bottle. Topical products can help improve the skin texture, but only if they contain certain ingredients.  Topical antioxidants are some of the most effective  ingredients to look for on a label. They have shown to improve skin texture, tone and appearance.

 

What are topical Antioxidants? Antioxidants reduce the harmful effects of free radicals which are molecules that injure the skin’s cells and cause inflammation, increase sun damage and contribute to the development of skin cancer. (3)

What Ingredients should you look for?

1. Hyaluronic AcidThis is one of the best ingredients to help improve fine lines. It is actually a molecule that is already found in the human body. It helps water bind to the skin to support the collagen network. Hyaluronic acid increases cell renewal and helps to tighten loose areas of skin. Studies have shown it improves wrinkles and fine lines. (1) (5)

ExampleVichy HA Cream (over the counter-found at CVS and other pharmacies)

 

2.Vit A (Retinol)-This is a great ingredient to reduce pore size and improve overall texture of the skin. It protects cells from oxidative damage.  It helps to lighten skin, reduces wrinkles and create a smooth texture. (6)

Example- Retriderm (sold in physician offices)

 

3. Vit CThis is a great way to brighten tired or dull skin. It helps to rejuvenate aged and photodamaged skin. It also helps prevent collagen breakdown and assists in new collagen growth. Vitamin C helps to improve skin firmness, elasticity, and helps mitigate free radical damage. (1)

Example-Vivite Vibrance (sold in physician offices)

There are many beneficial ingredients in skin care products, but these three all natural ingredients are great to look for when evaluating labels of anti-aging skin care products.  It is important to have realistic expectations when using a topical product. While topical products can provide some visible improvement in the texture of your skin, they are not as powerful as in-office cosmetic procedures like Botox, Restylane or a laser treatment. It is also important to remember that some ingredients will help your skin look better while you are using the product, but your skin may return to its previous state when you stop using it. As always, sunscreen is the #1 most important topical product to protect your skin from showing the signs of age.

References:

1. Reverse Aging around your eyes and Prevent Glycation-Induced Skin aging with topical nutrients. Goldfaden G MD, Goldfaden R. http://www.lef.org

2. An Evaluation of the effect of a topical product containing C-xyloside and Blueberry extract on the appearance of type II diabetic skin. Draelos ZD, Yatskayer M, Raab S, Oressajo C. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10527341

3.Cosmeceuticals.American Academy of Dermatology. http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/cosmetic-treatments/cosmeceuticals

4. Natural Ingredients in Dermatology. Taylor s, Wu J. http://the-dermatologist.com/article/4325

5.Understanding the Ingredients in skin care products. The Cleveland Clinic. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/skin_care/hic_understanding_the_ingredients_in_skin_care_products.aspx

6. Cosmeceuticals. Swartz Robert MD, MPH and Centurion , Santiago, MD. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1067778

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I am always looking for new blog topics or interesting products. Send your ideas to kasey.drapeaudamato@gmail.com.

I have been asked if I receive any financial incentive to mention products in my newsletter/blog and the answer is no. I only comment on products that I have used myself or that I recommend to patients because they have unique benefits. However, I am a clinical trainer for both Medicis (Dysport/Restylane) and Allergan (Botox/Juvederm).

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