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20somethings Guide to Amazing Skin: Routine for feeling great.

It is well worth it to do everything possible to preserve and protect your skin when you are young.  I know, the last thing you are thinking about now are wrinkles, sun damage, etc… However, putting you time in will payoff in spades in the future.  Just think of it like a skin retirement account.image1

Aged skin, is more likely to be dry.  In addition, dry skin is more susceptible to enzymes that repair skin damage function less efficiently in skin with lower water content.  Dry types produce less sebum, an oily substance that contains large amounts of vitamin E, a skin protective antioxidant that combats aging and skin cancer.  The cell cycle slows down, causing dead skin cells to pile up in little hills and valleys.  Though not visible to the naked eyes, these make the skin appear rough.  Finally, when estrogen levels decline, the skin becomes drier. images-3

Lifestyle Recommendations

Avoiding sun exposure, I know you heard this a million times, is particularly important for types at an increased risk of skin cancer and for those who suffer from rosacea.  Smoking is also a big no-no. Smokers get deep wrinkles near their mouths, highly unattractive, not to mention no decent non-smoker wants to date or kiss a smoker, its quite disgusting.  Stress management should be a part of your routine and here are some options.

1. Getting a relaxing massage.

2. Walking in Nature.

3.  Meditating in a peaceful place.

4.  Applying calming oils such as Nurit’s Naturals.

5. Playing with a beloved pet.

6.  Watch the ocean waves.

7. Lastly, I like to play a lot of tennis but sometimes that causes some stress if you lose!

Aging is really not fun so if you can do anything in your 20’s to prevent looking like you had 14 facelifts when you are in your 70’s then it’s well worth it.  Prevention, prevention, prevention!


The Science and Truth behind Skincare and Studies


The Science and Truth about Skincare and Studies

I started researching about skincare because I got sick of getting ripped off by companies stating false claims about their products.  The entire skincare industry is unregulated.  This, unfortunately leads to companies taking advantage of people with their marketing tactics.

Unfortunately, we can’t count on everybody to be honest and have virtue.  It’s up to you to be smart,  informed,  and use common sense.

Many companies do their own in house studies. These studies never make it into peer-reviewed studies because most of the company studies are using test subjects’ own opinions.  There is no real quantitative data to back these up.

Many highly acclaimed dermatologists and plastic surgeons are touting very expensive products.  Unfortunately, they never comment or submit their studies for further review.  Some of their ingredients may have some merit on their own but not when applied to the skin.

As a former finance and economics person, I use the same metrics with skin.  When a financial firm starts touting huge returns and great success, it makes me cynical because if they had such great returns, why would they need to sell their systems to anybody else. They would be rich just using their own proven methods for making money.

Take, for example,  Dr. Perricone.  Does he use his own products? Does he look young?  Does he have wrinkles?  Why don’t his products work on himself? Hmmm?

I have done a lot of research about skincare. The main ingredient that helps with fine lines is Tretinoin.  This has been studied in peer reviews and FDA approved.  I have not found any other peer reviewed articles about any other ingredients.

If you want results, be smart and don’t listen to everything you read and hear. In order to understand the science and truth behind skincare, you must do your own research.  With google, and other search engines, it’s easier than ever.

Nurit Praeger