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  • Eyedeas for Eyes!

    Bettina ZammertNo other part of the face is as expressive or reveals our moods and feelings as much as the eye area. The area is an eye-catcher in the truest sense of the word – but unfortunately it’s also the part of the face that shows the first signs of skin aging. The first fine lines start to appear when we are in our early to mid-20s, and it’s followed by changes in pigmentation and a reduction in the skin’s firmness. And regardless of our age, a glance in the mirror can often reveal puffiness and shadows around the eyes – which is guaranteed to spoil the mood!

    Our clients also have their concerns regarding the youthfulness and radiance of their eye area. Needless to say, an individual consultation also includes the recommendation of suitable eye care products. Which is most suitable is determined by the condition of the skin and your clients’ preferences. You must also find out whether your clients are already using an eye care product, and whether it contains a protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays.

    You must also ask clients about their lifestyles and daily habits. Do they wear sunglasses with adequately large frames to protect the tissue around the eyes from harmful UV rays? Are the frames efficient enough to prevent squinting, which can lead to expression lines?

    You can achieve amazing results around the eye area if you use a chemical exfoliant during the skin treatment. But be careful – do not use mechanical exfoliants with granules, as they could enter your clients’ eyes and cause a severe mechanical irritation on the sensitive area. It is better to use a gentle acid exfoliant, applied in a semi-circle around the outer corner of the eye. Take great care not to get too close to the lash line, and only work on the areas under the eye and by the outer corner of the eye – the inner corner of the eye is a no-go area! Finish this with a gentle drainage massage using a concentrate of active substances followed by a cooling gel mask for a real WOW effect when your client looks in the mirror.

    Incidentally: A chemical exfoliation, light massage and mask can also leave the lip area looking much fresher and fuller. Please take care to avoid the oral fissure – and make sure your client doesn’t inadvertently “sample” the products.

    Wishing you every success, and with best wishes from Germany!

  • The Scary Truth Behind Halloween and Accelerated Skin Aging!

    When it comes to celebrating Halloween, many of us don’t realize that the “trick really is in the treat”! Those sugary delights that await us as we eagerly go knocking from door to door, could be leading to more than the anticipated side effects of tooth decay!

    Researchers have discovered that sugar consumption leads to a rapid rise in blood glucose levels, which triggers a series of biochemical reactions in the cells that cause inflammation and glycation, which ultimately leads to accelerated aging of the body.

    Glycation in the skin occurs when blood sugar levels rapidly rise and sugar molecules attach to one of the fundamental architectural structures in the skin, Collagen. Once sugar bonds with Collagen, the process of “Glycation” takes place, and produces harmful molecules called Advanced Glycation End products, which ultimately undermine the skin’s internal scaffolding, weakening its strength and turgor. With the repetitive attack of sugar to the skin, fine lines and wrinkles will eventually start to manifest and the skin will take on a more fragile and flaccid appearance! YIKES!!!

    Scientists from the Leiden University Medical Centre in the Netherlands and Unilever in the UK measured the blood sugar levels of 600 men and women aged between 50 and 70. Photographs of these people were presented to a board of 60 independent evaluators. What these evaluators perceived in this study was that those with higher blood sugar levels looked older than those with lower blood sugar levels. The researchers also discovered that with every 1mm/liter increase in blood sugar, the perceived age of that person rose by five months! Now if that does not scare you then I don’t know what will!

    How much you can tolerate before glycation occurs depends on your age, metabolism and how much you exercise. If you’re an active 25-year-old, your body can tolerate more sugar than if you are a sedentary 35-year-old.

    The good news is if you change your ways and start to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, then you should quickly see benefits manifesting on the surface of your skin. The aim should be to ensure that high Glycemic Index foods make up less than ten percent of your total diet. The results you achieve from your dietary changes will be further accelerated by making sure you use skin care formulations that fight the effects of sugar from the outside in. Skin care products rich in anti-inflammatory ingredients and sugar trapping cosmeceuticals such as Arginine Lysine Polypeptide are a definite must have!

    Try to repair existing damage by using ingredients that can stimulate the skin to produce more collagen. Examples of ingredients with collagen stimulating capabilities include:
    • Hydroxypenacolon Retinoate, a brand new, non-irritating form of Vitamin A
    • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a stabilized form of Vitamin C
    • Palmitoyl Hexapeptide 14, a small amino acid chain molecule that stimulates the fibroblast cell into action.

    And if you simply can’t help but give in to those sugary cravings, then try some fresh strawberries dipped in 70% dark chocolate, which has a substantially lower glycemic index and is considered by some to be an antioxidant “super food!”

    Here’s to a happy, healthy Halloween!

  • Hormones and the Skin Q & A

    As seen in CLEO Magazine, Australia, July 2012

    Do hormones affect our skin? How?
    Absolutely! There are dozens of hormones that have major effects on the body, including our skin. Scientists are still discovering new hormones and new actions of known ones when it comes to effects on skin. The major hormones that affect skin are the sex steroid hormones, thyroid hormones, and growth hormones. The key is balance when it comes to hormones. When there is an imbalance, effects are seen on skin, hair and nails. For example, too much thyroid hormone and you get moist, smooth skin. Too little and you get rough, dry skin. Too much or too little and you can get alopecia. Too much of the androgen (male) hormones increase skin oiliness and face/body hair. This can lead to acne in both men and women. Too little of the female hormones (estrogens and progestogens) and you get thin, dry skin with reduced collagen and elastin, something that is seen in menopausal women.

    Why do we sometimes get pimples in the same spot around the time of our periods?
    Many adult women get a pimple around the time of ovulation, typically a couple weeks before the start of their period. This is most likely due to the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) that is seen at this time. This hormone can trigger sebaceous gland activity, leading to increased oil production and the perfect environment for an invading bacteria to cause inflammation. Hormonal breakouts are quite common and can be controlled.

    What can be done to stop this kind of skin problem?

    Some methods of birth control can help regulate the hormones that lead to oil production and breakouts. But a good skin care regimen will do wonders for breakout-prone skin. Using mild cleansers that don’t strip skin oils is a good first step, since many people believe that the more squeaky-clean they are the better. Using harsh soaps to remove all oils can actually cause skin to produce even more oil, in an attempt to self-regulate. Next you want to moisturize with oil-free moisturizers to maintain hydration without clogging pores. And using spot treatments with Sulfur and Salicylic Acid are great ways to control breakouts without causing unwanted inflammation, which can worsen the problem. Retinoids (Vitamin A derivatives) are also good ways to manage adult acne and skin aging at the same time.

  • Bridezilla be Gone: Your Skin Guide Countdown to the Big Day

    Annet KingJune is the most popular month for weddings, and according to market research firm IBISWorld, the U.S. wedding industry is worth $48 billion. This recession proof business isn’t showing signs of letting up; in fact it’s predicted to reach $54.3 billion by 2016. So brides, bridegrooms and wedding parties are indeed big business for us, and creating a skin care countdown ensures skin is HD picture perfect! This also helps avoid disasters like “bride hives” from that mystery Taiwanese wrinkle buster!

    Here’s a checklist of professional skin “to dos” before the “I dos” are said:

    Book the Bride: Problem, breakout prone skin and hyperpigmentation issues are going to need consistent treatments and an-at home protocol to achieve significant results. Just like working with a personal trainer to get into the Vera, you’re the official skin trainer, so position yourself in the same way. Schedule six months out from the big day with monthly, then bi-weekly skin treatments, and tweak and customize the treatments and products throughout. Brides should also be alert to potential eyebrow issues at this time too – some areas that may have been over-plucked might need to grow in, which can take several months to accomplish.

    Month 1: Concentrate on deep cleaning for the first treatment, particularly if the client is new to skin treatments. The bride may breakout during this time as the skin is being encouraged to purge, so she shouldn’t be alarmed or discouraged and want to quit her regimen. Upgrade her existing cleansing regimen by adding an oil-based precleanser to dissolve excess sebum and debris prior to using her normal cleanser, and prescribe a clay-based masque to expel blockages and congestion from the skin.

    Months 2-4: These treatments should be spent on problem solving areas that need extra help. Stronger exfoliation should be performed and gradually increased throughout the series. Galvanic or microcurrent should be used to drive in actives to address lines, irregular pigmentation and over active sebaceous glands. Breakouts can be “zapped” with high frequency to expedite clearing. This is also the time that skin should be treated with potent, targeted products to correct problems.

    Months 5-6: The last two treatments should focus on getting the skin glowing, firm, energized and hydrated. This is also a tense time for the bride, and stress hormones can lead to sporadic breakouts. The skin should be pumped with antioxidants and hydrating, energizing ingredients in anticipation of the big day.

    Month 6: The big day has arrived! Schedule the final skin treatment three days before the wedding. Brides make the mistake of doing this the day before and risk a big pre-wedding nerve pimple. Eyebrows should be tidied during this time, and any waxing procedures, body treatments and/or self-tanning applications are best scheduled now. The day before the wedding should be dedicated to a 20 minute flash exfoliation and energizing masque, manicure, and pedicure. If possible, a calming massage can be squeezed in.

    BIG DAY: The day of the wedding should be reserved for makeup and hair – that’s it! Provide the bride with an emergency kit that includes a concealing pimple treatment for combating that stress related breakout, a vitamin-packed mist for keeping her make up fresh and to energize skin throughout the day and a lip complex for keeping those lush lips ready for the big kiss!

  • Lustrous Pearl Powder for Enhanced Skin Health

    For thousands of years, the pearl has been one of the favorite choices among Asian, Egyptian, Mayan and Indian cultures for both beauty and medicinal treatments. From ancient China and India to medieval Europe and Arabia, pearls have been used for everything from aphrodisiacs to cures for insanity. They have been worn for their curative powers or ground up and made into potions, salves and concoctions to treat a variety of ailments and to promote one’s natural beauty. In recent years, cosmetic industry scientists have focused their research on substantiating many of the benefits of Pearl Powder when topically applied in cosmeceuticals. In order to understand how Pearl Powder can impart a benefit to the skin we need to understand what it is first.

    Pearl Powder is a finely milled powder from natural pearls that is rich in nutrients and composed primarily of Calcium Carbonate, proteins, 20 different amino acids, some trace elements and Conchiolin, an organic (meaning made up of carbon and hydrogen atoms) protein. Conchiolin is what contributes to the lustrous finish of pearls, when alternating layers of Conchiolin and Calcium Carbonate crystals form the pearl’s nacre, often called mother-of-pearl. What’s more amazing is that this magnificent, lustrous substance really begins as an annoying irritation, which brings us to the question: how do pearls form?

    Natural pearls form under a set of accidental conditions when a microscopic intruder or parasite enters a bivalve mollusk (such as an oyster), and settles inside the shell. The mollusk, being irritated by the intruder, secretes Calcium Carbonate and Conchiolin to cover the irritant. This secretion process is repeated many times, thus producing a pearl.

    So how does Pearl Powder benefit our skin? Research studies using markers that indicate keratinocyte cell proliferation have demonstrated that Pearl Powder, when topically applied to skin, stimulates cell regeneration. When complexed with Silicium (a structural component of our connective tissue that helps maintain skin’s mechanical properties such as firmness and elasticity), Pearl Powder protects cells from free radical-induced damage and helps protect collagen fibers from glycation. Glycation is a process whereby sugars react with proteins (i.e. collagen) to form Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) that lead to inflammation and premature aging (i.e. cross-linked collagen). And of course, being a rich source of calcium, Pearl Powder helps in cell cohesion via desmosomes with their calcium dependent proteins, therefore, promoting skin firmness.

    Studies also indicate that Pearl Powder is comparable to Arbutin, the active component of Bearberry that inhibits the tyrosinase enzyme, thereby inhibiting melanin formation. Pearl Powder has also been shown to enhance activity of Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant enzyme that scavenges free radicals and slows aging. And finally, studies testing Pearl Powder’s ability to impact skin hydration demonstrated that it enhances the water-holding capacity of the skin.

    As you can see, the benefits of Pearl Powder in cosmeceuticals are indeed impressive. What started off as a mere intruder in an oyster shell results in a beautiful pearl that has promising applications in the realm of skin care.

  • Treatments and Techniques for Aging Skin

    Bettina ZammertHardly any other issue in skin care is as important as aging. This is little wonder, because the “baby boomer” generation is not willing to simply accept skin aging. Expert knowledge is essential for anyone wishing to advise these discerning customers.

    In the past, it was always assumed that lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and hyperpigmentation were part of the normal aging process and could not be influenced, or if so, then only slightly. However, new research has shown that over 90% of the changes that we see in our skin are due to exposure to daylight (photoaging), which is something we can protect ourselves against. No more than 10% is due to genetic factors.

    So it is quite clear that the best product to use against skin aging is good daylight protection, every day. It should be included in all home care regimens, and active ingredients such as antioxidants and peptides are “super weapons” in the fight against skin aging.

    Intensive exfoliation is particularly important in professional treatments for aging skin, since it increases the cell renewal rate and improves the absorption of the active ingredients. Many customers experience an increase in hyperpigmentation as they age. Treating this discoloration requires active ingredients that reduce melanin synthesis in the skin to a normal level. Systematic, consistent home is required, in combination with a professional treatment series, to bring about the desired success.

    When treating aging/changing skin, it is extremely important to remain reasonable with regard to expectations. Under no circumstances should you promise your customers any miracles, because you will quickly look unprofessional. Instead, work with your customer to draw up a precise treatment plan and the matching home treatment routine. This will show your customers that you are competent, and the expected treatment success will be achieved even more quickly!

  • Aging – It’s Not Just in Your Skin!

    Annet KingAging. Of course it’s something that happens to all of us, every day, and it can’t be stopped. The good news is, we have a bit more control over it than we may think! I’m not talking Botox injections or invasive plastic surgeries, but rather lifestyle habits that you can practice every day to keep you young, fit, and healthy. Try these lifestyle changes out, and see for yourself how much healthier you’ll start to feel and look!

    Diet
    Diet plays an important role in how a person ages. Fried and fatty foods, sugar (Advanced Glycation End-products, or AGEs), and fast foods speed up the aging process. Advise clients to eat a balanced diet that is packed with antioxidants and minerals including raw fruits; vegetables; whole grains; seeds; nuts; fish – especially purple; red berries (flavonoids); red, yellow and orange veggies, (carotenoids, lycopene); iron and mineral rich green, leafy veggies and cancer fighting broccoli. Protein from fish and soy is preferable. Processed, artificial or toxic foods accelerate aging due to the harmful chemicals that need to be disposed of. It is also important to get adequate intake of pure, clean water. The average person should drink 6 to 8 glasses per day.

    Exercise
    One of the most important lifestyle habits to fight aging is regular exercise. Regular exercise promotes healthy oxygen levels in the body. Brisk walking is very beneficial for the brain and cardiovascular system. Other types of exercise are also beneficial, especially strength training (bone loss), yoga (joint mobility) and cycling.

    Sleep
    The body uses sleep time to do its internal housekeeping – process nutrients, detoxify, renew and recharge in general. If your body is chronically starved for sleep, the effects will eventually become both visibly and physically noticeable. Most people do best with about 7 hours sleep.

    Skin
    Protect your skin all the time from ultraviolet (UV) radiation, not just while you’re in the sun. Don’t think of it as sunscreen, think of it as daylight defense! Protection from UV rays and the use of age-fighting ingredients is the secret to wrinkle free, younger-looking, healthy skin.

    Avoid tanning and DO NOT Burn!
    One blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma. It is best to stay out of the midday sun (from mid-morning to late afternoon) whenever you can. Wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses that absorb UV rays.

    Laugh
    Laughter boosts the immune system and beats stress. Adopting a humorous view of life’s difficulties can take the edge off of every day stressful situations. Laughter prevents stress build up and stops the release of damaging stress hormones into the body, and it also triggers the release of endorphins – your body’s natural painkillers – producing a general sense of well-being!

    How do your lifestyle choices keep you healthy, young and vibrant?

  • Beauty Supplements: Hype or Hope?

    Dr Claudia AguirreThe fountain of youth is a mythical spring said to be discovered by 16th century Spanish Explorer Ponce de Leon in Florida. Legend says that bathing in its waters gives one eternal youth. It remains a legend – but every day there are claims and studies aimed at quenching the desire for eternal youth and longevity. Wednesday, a very exciting study was published about a breakthrough that delayed the signs of aging (like wrinkles) in mice by flushing out the retired or ‘senescent’ cells in their genome1. Far from fiction, scientific studies can bring hope for delayed aging. But today we are inundated with claims that swallowing a pill will prevent aging overnight. The latest craze in the search for the fountain of youth seems to be in a surge of ‘beauty supplements’ that will prevent wrinkles and loss of tone and elasticity.

    Now I’m all about beauty – or health – from within, but there are people capitalizing on a lack of consumer information. An example: you can purchase a bottle of 60 caplets for about $50-$60 from some companies, which may contain antioxidants from goji berries, resveratrol, açai, and even marine extracts like algae. That’s about $1 per pill. There are a few arguments I have against buying hope in jar.

    First, there are not enough well-designed independent studies that prove these ‘beauty’ supplements really work. Take açai: Although touted as a superfood, both for products that are consumed and that are put on the skin, there is little to no scientific evidence that the anti-aging claims are substantiated, according to the National Institutes of Health. Second, the concept of beauty from within is not a foreign one, and it begins with a healthy diet. A person snacking away on junk food all day and taking her or his ‘beauty pill’ at night will undoubtedly be disappointed the following morning. Whole, unprocessed food provides ample nourishment with vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy body – and this is reflected on the skin. Of course for those lacking, a vitamin supplement may indeed help. Choosing a healthy diet is surely the way to go when looking to enhance the appearance of the skin from within.

    Finally, I’m a firm believer in the placebo effect, so results with supplements will vary! Bottom line: replenish your skin’s lipids topically, fight stressed out skin with topical antioxidants and peptides, and always protect from the environment. Save that dollar and invest it in a healthy diet, which has been proven over the ages to contribute to health and wellness!

    1. D.J. Baker, et al. Clearance of p16Ink4a-positive senescent cells delays ageing-associated disorders. Nature, 2011; DOI: 10.1038/nature10600

  • Skin Q & A with Dr. Diana Howard!

    Dr. Diana HowardCatch up with Dr. Diana Howard as she answers these common skin care questions!

    Q. How important is cleansing?

    A. Cleansing is the basis to healthy skin and is necessary to remove oils, grime, pollutants, etc. from the skin that can cause sensitivity or congestion, leading to breakouts. It also helps pave the way so that beneficial actives can penetrate the skin. The secret is to use a cleanser formulated for your specific skin condition and to moisturize immediately after. We always recommend at The International Dermal Institute that one use a non-soap cleanser; soap is alkaline and it strips the natural barrier lipid layer from the skin, which can lead to dehydration and sensitization.

    Q. What is the most common mistake people make with their skin?

    A. We self-prescribe when we should be relying on a skin care professional to properly analyze our skin. Most people don’t realize that they can have multiple skin conditions on their face. For example, you may have congestion and excess oiliness in the T-zone, dehydrated cheeks and hyperpigmentation on the forehead. Each of these areas is a different skin condition. Without proper analysis, you may not realize that you in fact have dehydrated skin that is oily.

    People also don’t realize that skin adapts to micro-climates and environments. You need to be aware that the environment indoors can impact your skin as much as a change in seasons or weather outdoors. Likewise, people don’t realize that stress can lead to skin sensitivity; this is an area we have studied extensively at The International Dermal Institute. A professional skin care therapist can help you to understand the relationship of all of these factors and the role they play in your skin condition.

    Q. What steps must you be sure to include if you’re short on time?

    A. Cleanse and moisturize. As we said earlier, clean skin is the basis of healthy skin. Within one minute of patting the skin dry after cleansing, apply a moisturizer that hydrates and seals in hydration. Ideally, use a moisturizer with a built in SPF to protect the skin from ultraviolet (UV) damage for daytime.

    Q. What is your best tip for face and body during winter, when many experience dry and sensitized skin?

    A. Keep skin hydrated! You have one minute after bathing or cleansing to trap moisture into the skin. Spray a hydrating mist over the skin and immediately lock in with a very emollient moisturizer. Follow with sunscreen. Don’t forget to use a physical sunblock around the eye area (chemical sunscreens can be irritating to the eyes). Once or twice a week, exfoliate to remove excess dry cells that accumulate on the surface of the skin.

    Q. What’s the difference, the benefits and the negatives of synthetic ingredients vs. natural ingredients?

    A. So many people think that using natural ingredients in skin care products means they must be healthier for you, when the truth be told, there is no proof of that. As a matter of fact, speaking as a cosmetic chemist and a plant biochemist (this is my Ph.D.), I can tell you that plant extracts, as wonderful as they may be, can cause a higher degree of skin reactions than synthetic ingredients when used in cosmetics. Just consider the number of people with hay fever and other plant allergies. The biggest advantage of using a naturally made cosmetic vs. one that has many synthetic ingredients is the marketing hype you can associate with the product and the public’s perception that natural must be better for you. There is simply no proof of this assumption.

    Personally, some of my favorite ingredients for high performance efficacy are ynthetically made. For example, peptides and retinoids are all synthetically made and are by far more effective than any natural or plant-derived active.

    Q. Will scientists ever find a cure for rosacea?

    A. There are many factors that contribute to rosacea and scientists are learning more and more yearly. Like anything else, the more we understand, the greater the potential for developing a treatment for this condition. As a sufferer with mild rosacea, I certainly hope they find a “cure.”

    Q. Mineral Oils and Parabens are widely discussed and criticized today. What is your opinion?

    A. Mineral Oil is an inexpensive solvent that readily removes make-up from the skin and provides an emollient feel when used as part of a cream emulsion. Unfortunately, it can cause milia in many people, especially when used around the eye area. I always think of Mineral Oil as an oil that just sits on the skin and doesn’t really provide any benefit. There are so many other wonderful oils that I would prefer to use.

    As far as the Paraben mess goes, I am very disappointed that the public perception has been misled by certain groups determined to blame Parabens for breast cancer and endocrine disruption; the truth be known even the author of the original research said her work was misconstrued. I have no reservations about using Parabens on myself – that’s how strongly I believe people have over reacted to this.

    Q. What can we expect to see in the future in the skin care industry?

    A. As scientists make further advances in research understanding how the skin responds to the environment and physiological changes (such as aging, vascular conditions, sebum production, etc. ), we will develop and discover new ingredients that can be used to treat these various skin conditions – no doubt in conjunction with advanced laser technology .

    Q. How particular are you about your own skin?

    A. I follow the basic principles of “cleanse, hydrate and treat the condition.” Because I travel quite a bit lecturing around the world, I am forever subjecting my skin to dehydrated environments (like airplanes) and fluctuations in climate and humidity. All of these factors can trigger my rosacea and can create what I call transient skin conditions. Fortunately, I have access to just the right products to treat a rosacea flare-up or dehydrated skin, Also, being over fifty,I am always cognizant of treating the signs of aging. I have my favorite Retinol and peptide products for my skin and eye area. I do recognize that the most important product in my skin care regimen is my sunscreen formulated for super sensitive skin. I use it daily, even in the winter.

    Q. What’s your favorite ingredient?

    A. Without a doubt my favorite ingredient for skin care is Retinol. Not everyone can use this active agent, but it is absolutely the most effective for reversing the signs of aging. When combined with designer peptides, you can optimize the treatment of aging skin.

    Q. What is your greatest beauty tip?

    A. Wear sunscreen, minimum SPF 30, every single day of the year!!!!!!

  • Preventative Measures to Take for Aging Skin

    Bettina ZammertThere are many myths and legends surrounding magical potions and elixirs which, combined with mysterious rituals, promise eternal beauty and youth. The cosmetics industry also often benefits from these fairytales; even though we ought to know better, many of us still seek the ultimate rejuvenating product and are only too willing to believe even the strangest promises.
    So let’s start with the bad news. The fact that skin ages is a part of life; it’s something we simply cannot deny. The good news? There are things we can do about it, because over 90% of skin aging is caused by the environment! Lifestyle plays a major role in determining how our skin ages; fortunately, we can choose it for ourselves. Factors such as stress and smoking increase the number of so-called free radicals that attack our cell structures. This in turn leads to lines and wrinkles and accelerates the loss of elasticity in the skin.
    Prevention is the best anti-aging care there is, achieved on the inside with a balanced diet and on the outside by the appropriate skin care. Studies have shown that sufficient quantities of Calcium, Zinc, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Phosphor and Iron can help the skin stay young for longer. Whereas meat, animal fats and sugar tend to accelerate skin aging.
    The best way to protect our skin on the outside is by applying suitable sun protection of at least SPF 15 – daily! Physical sunscreens are particularly suitable, because they help to optically cover up tiny lines and wrinkles.
    An antioxidant vitamin cocktail containing Vitamins A, C and E helps the skin to protect itself against free radicals. These vitamins are supported by antioxidants such as White Tea and Soy. And those who really want to do their skin a favor will complete this cocktail of care with peptides, the benefits of which include boosting collagen synthesis.
    What also helps in the fight against skin aging (and also happens to be very, very pleasant): treat yourself to your own relaxation rituals – and allow yourself the time to perform them regularly.