Skin Tightening Secret
As you age, your skin begins to produce less oil, making it become drier and loose. When looking for a topical skin tightening treatment, it’s important to understand the difference between topical agents that reduce the appearance of wrinkles and those that actually tighten the skin and reduce sag. If you’re trying to tighten your sagging skin, you’re going to need an “anti-aging” treatment. Remember, aging isn't just the appearance of wrinkles, it's sagging skin, uneven skin tone and dark spots. In fact, it is not wrinkles that are the greatest culprit in giving the face an aged appearance – it is the loss of anatomical position that results in the sagging and drooping of the underlying muscles. A quality anti-aging treatment will include skin moisturizing and firming ingredients such as HA, DMAE, and MSM which have been proven to improve not only tighten and firm the skin, but also tone the muscles beneath, to give the face a leaner appearance. They help your body produce collagen and elastin that once made your skin young and wrinkle free.
Commercial skin care products contain lots of water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. Also, many commercial skin care products contain petroleum-based ingredients and chemical preservatives that can suffocate the skin. In contrast, all my products use only natural organic ingredients that your skin needs to stay and look young. You will begin seeing results in 5 days or less, with dramatic results in just a few short weeks of regular use. I guarantee that you will not find a better skin care product with a better price anywhere. Remember that products don’t work overnight. You skin renews itself every 28 days. The bottom skin cells take 28 days to come to the surface. That’s why using products for some time allows your old and new skin to adjust to the new product. This process of skin renewing is faster in teenagers and kids and it slows down as we age.
Skin Care Routine
You should use products for a duration to see results. Remember that products don’t work overnight. You skin renews itself every 28 days. The bottom skin cells take 28 days to come to the surface. That’s why using products for some time allows your old and new skin to adjust to the new product. This process of skin renewing is faster in teenagers and kids. It slows down as we age.
Basically, there are three simple steps in any skin care routine:
It is recommended that we wash at least twice a day. You want to use mild cleansing products and warm water. Make sure it doesn't contain fragrance, which can be irritating, parabens, or harsh soap. The product shouldn’t leave your skin squeaky clean as some oil is necessary for your skin.
For sensitive skin, avoid using a wash cloth. Use gentle circular motions when washing.
If you wear make up, first remove your make up with make up removing face wipes. It is the easiest method to remove make up when you are too tired to wash your face. However, wipes aren’t enough alone. You have to wash your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser after wiping off your make up.
You don’t have to necessarily exfoliate your face daily. But this step is important to remove dead skin cells that accumulate on the surface of your skin. If you have oily acne prone skin then avoid using harsh exfoliators as they can aggravate your acne. Exfoliating products have little beads in them, if they feel like sand paper on your skin then stop using such products. Opt for micro bead scrub as they are gentle on your skin. You can exfoliate once or twice a week.
You don't need to spend lots of money, baking soda is a miracle in a can. It’s been used for hundreds of years for cleaning, washing, baking, and even facials. It’s one of my all time favorite ways to exfoliate my skin the natural way because it's so gentle. And it’s literally pennies on the dollar. As well as being alkaline, this miraculous powder softens the sebum and debris allowing for a cleaner face. This process is called desincrustation in esthetics.
My favorite facial in the kitchen recipe:
1 TBSP of Baking soda
A few drops of water
After you’ve cleansed your face with warm water and a gentle cleanser, make a paste in a small glass bowl with the 1 TBSP of baking soda and a few drops of water. Once the paste is a nice consistency—not too thick or too runny—apply to damp face. Rub in small circular motions over the forehead, cheeks, nose crevices, chin, and even the lips, avoiding the eye area. Gently exfoliate for 2 to 3 minutes, then rise with warm water until there is no granulation on the face. Pat face dry with a clean towel.
After cleansing, you should moisturize your skin. Some people think that they don’t need moisturizer because they have oily skin, this step cannot be avoided even if you have oily skin. If you don’t moisturize your skin, your skin is most likely to get pre mature wrinkles. Therefore this step is extremely important.
These are some of the basic steps of good skin care routine. Stick to a few products and do not change them immediately if instant results aren’t seen.
What Is Sebum?
In simplest terms, sebum is just oil secreted by your skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum is actually Latin for “fat,” which makes sense, and every square inch of your skin—with the exception of the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet—has it.
Like other oils, sebum is water-repellent. Most of us tend to focus on the negative side of sebum, such as its ability to make your face look shiny, and its connection with acne. But the presence of sebum is actually good for your skin since it protects the skin from losing moisture. Yet another good thing about sebum is that it contains a lot of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects the skin from aging as well as cancer.
Sebum is produced when androgynous hormones stimulate certain glands in the skin called sebaceous glands. The majority of sebaceous glands are located on one's face and scalp. The stimulation of these glands increases during puberty. As a result, the overproduction of sebum is typical during the teenage years. However, the production of sebum decreases with age. In adulthood, women generally produce less sebum than men, especially after menopause.
What Are Wrinkles?
You can often get an idea of how old someone is by looking at his or her face — specifically the skin. As people age, it's normal to get wrinkles. And a person who has spent a lot of time in the sun, at tanning salons, or smoking cigarettes might have a lot of them.
The skin is made up of three layers:
the outermost layer everyone can see, called the epidermis
the middle layer, called the dermis
the innermost layer, called the subcutaneous layer
When we're young, we don't have wrinkles because the skin does a great job of stretching and holding in moisture. The dermis has an elastic quality thanks to fibers called elastin that keep the skin looking and feeling young. A protein in the dermis called collagen also plays a part in preventing wrinkles.
However, over time, the dermis loses both collagen and elastin, so skin gets thinner and has trouble getting enough moisture to the epidermis. The fat in the subcutaneous layer that gives skin a plump appearance also begins to disappear, the epidermis starts to sag, and wrinkles form.
There's not a magic age (like 40) when everyone suddenly gets wrinkles. Some people in their 20s have little wrinkles around their eyes (called "crow's feet") from squinting or spending too much time in the sun.
Other people may be in their 50s or 60s before you can even see a wrinkle. This is usually because they have taken good care of their skin over the years and may have more sebum, the skin's natural oil. They may also have "good genes" — which means their family members don't have many wrinkles.
Eventually, however, everyone will have at least a few wrinkles. It's a natural part of the aging process.
What Are Parabens?
You may have heard rumors about how you should avoid parabens in the products you buy, but you might be wondering why. After doing some research, I decided not to use it in any of my products. Parabens can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, cleansing gels, topical pharmaceuticals, makeup and toothpaste, they are also used as food additives. A large percentage of the products we buy for everyday use contain some form of paraben, so it can be difficult to find products that do not use them. But what are parabens and what can they do to us?
Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetic products. Parabens are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid. The most common parabens used in cosmetic products are methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben. They are chemicals used as preservatives. They are widely available, and cost very little to manufacture and use. Nearly all of the parabens used as preservatives are man-made and not naturally occurring. They are becoming increasingly controversial, however, because they have been found in breast cancer tumors (an average of 20 nanograms/g of tissue). Parabens have also displayed the ability to slightly mimic estrogen (a hormone known to play a role in the development of breast cancer). No effective direct links between parabens and cancer have been established, however.
I know that there have been studies on both sides of the argument about whether parabens are safe or not. But because there have been studies that say that it is potentially dangerous and that have linked parabens to cancer, I have chosen to take the "precautionary" route and not use it in all of my products. Whether or not they are as bad as some say they are, I would always rather err on the side of safety when it comes to body and health.
Why Airless Bottles?
Airless bottles help keep bacteria and other contaminants out of our products. They will prevent the product from coming in contact with oxygen during use to preserve the active ingredients and maintain shelf life.
Airless pump bottles keep our skin care products fresh by protecting them from too much exposure to air. When you depress the pump it creates a vacuum effect, drawing the product upwards. See the image below for a diagram of the whole process.
Since a small amount of air in the bottle may be unavoidable, you may need to shake your serum bottle and give it a few pumps to get the vacuum effect going the first time, and the process may need to be repeated periodically.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does Natural mean when describing a beauty product?
Natural is a term that is not regulated in the beauty industry, however, I consider natural products to be formulated with ingredients from natural sources, such as plants, flowers, fruit, vegetables, etc. These products do not contain any synthetic chemicals, including parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, fragrances, or dyes.
What does Organic mean?
Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. Current USDA regulations allow food products that contain 95-100% certified organic ingredients to use the USDA Organic seal.
What are parabens?
Parabens are synthetic preservatives commonly used in skin care, hair care, and body care products. They ensure a long shelf life and inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeast, and mold. Although the scientific community and the American Cancer Society say parabens are safe for long-term use, there have been some studies which suggest parabens may lead to an increase in breast cancer, as well as reproductive abnormalities.
What are phthalates?
Phthalates are chemical plasticizers that have been widely used since the 1950s to soften plastics that would otherwise be brittle and crack when bent. Phthalates are found in an amazing array of products. In personal care items, they're used to help lubricate other substances, help lotions penetrate and soften the skin, and help fragrances last longer. Some studies suggest phthalates may cause birth defects, breast cancer, and an increase in asthma.
What are sulfates?
Sulfates is the common use term for a group of cleaning ingredients more correctly known as “alkyl sulfates”. Sulfates are the most common cleaning ingredients used in commercial cleaning products, such as laundry and dish washing detergents and engine greasers. They are used because they are the lowest cost most powerful cleaning ingredients available. However sulfates are also the most common cleansing ingredients used in skin and hair care products. They are classified by the FDA as irritants, and often lead to skin or eye irritations. The American Cancer Society and FDA have said sulfates used in personal care products are safe for long-term use and are not known carcinogens.
What are petrochemicals?
Petrochemicals are chemicals made from petroleum (crude oil) and natural gas. These products include, mineral oil, paraffin, propylene glycol, and sulfates. They are used in personal care products as an emollient, giving a "slip and slide" property to a product and because they are incredibly cheap. Some studies suggest petrochemicals may lead to nerve, liver, and brain damage, birth defects, acute asthma, and cancer.
What are the benefits of using Natural or Organic products?
There are numerous benefits for using what nature has given us. Natural beauty products interact well with the skin and hair. They are gentle, causing little to no irritation, and often work just as well as their chemical counterparts. For those who want to take their health and the health of the planet a step further, organic is the way to go. Organic products are even safer for the skin, as they are guaranteed to not have any residual chemicals from the way their ingredients were farmed, as well as have no harmful impact on the environment by the way they were grown and harvested.
Understanding Organic Certifications:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture seal indicates a product contains at least 95% organic ingredients.
Made with Certified Organic Ingredients Seal
A USDA-accredited certifying agent grants this seal to products with at
least 70% organic ingredients.
NSF: National Sanitation Foundation
Whole Foods is requiring that all organic beauty products companies comply with Food Standards or obtain a new certification.
Soil Association Organic Standard
A UK based certifying body that awards its seal to products whose total contents are 70% certified organic and the remaining 30% ingredients are non-toxic, plant-based, GMO-free ingredients which pose no known risk to health or the environment.