Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WHAT IS A BIGGER CULPRIT IN AGING THE SUN OR POLLUTION ?


WHAT IS A BIGGER CULPRIT IN AGING THE SUN OR POLLUTION ?

Surprisingly pollution is just as bad ! "While we don't know exactly how much pollution exposure is necessary for damage to occur, in a study in Chinese women older than 50, there was an increase in spots on the cheeks due to pollution", says Charlotte, NC dermatologist Gilly Munavalli, MD. Pollution damage, also known as particle pollution is a mixture of miniscule particles and liquid drops of soil, chemicals, acids, metals or dust from the environment that penetrate our skin through follicles and pores. "Evidence still points to the sun as the cause of premature aging. However, more studies are looking into the effects of pollution coupled with UV damage as factors for pigmentation", explains Dr. Munavalli. In addition to a daily dose of a SPF look for products with "anti-pollution" elements such as plant extracts, Vitamin C and E that add another layer of protection.

Cheers, Miss Violet

Retinol : The Fountain of Youth ?

Retinol : The Fountain of Youth ?

Proven to speed up cellular turnover that rids existing skin damage and interrupts environmental and general free-radical damage Retinol is making a comeback. "Retinol is effective because when it's absorbed into your skin, it gets broken down an converted into retinoic acid, which essentially effects the chemistry of skin cells and makes them behave 'younger'", explains Amandine Isnard, head of product development at a large skin care research company. "There are a huge number of benefits associated with retinol, including thickening the deeper layers of the skin by stimulating collagen production, reducing the production of sebum, exfoliation, minimizing pigmentation and repairing cellular damage." Retinol inhibits collagen breakdown by hindering the rise of the enzyme collagenase. And when collagen is boosted, VOILA smoother, brighter and less pigmented skin can be expected. It also has the capacity to get down and dirty with pores by unclogging them and helping with acne.
Six Reasons to Use Retinol:

1. Most obviously it works !

2. It talks to your skin. "Retinol up-regulates the genes that make collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin and turns on the fibroblasts (the skin cells that make collagen). It down-regulates the genes that make collagenase and it does so immediately", says Miami dermatologist Dr. Bauman, MD.

3. It's easy, easy, easy to add to your sin care regimen. Start with a pea-size amount over moisturizer every third night for 2 weeks, then increase to every other night for 2 weeks and then nightly. If that is still too difficult to acclimate to, then mix it with your moisturizer.

4. Follow the above protocol and you won't be RED !

5. There is an over abundance of choices on the market

6. Your skin will look better than ever. "I can't express how many good things it does for your skin-you'll want more of it", says Santa Monica dermatologist Dr.Shamban, MD.

Cheers, Miss Violet