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New ways sunscreen prevents signs of aging


To be really effective, sunscreen should help prevent and repair sun damage and be so sheer it can be worn under makeup every day.

(NAPS)—Skin care experts have long considered sunscreen one of the best ways to prevent skin damage and signs of aging, but the latest sunscreen technology means this invaluable beauty tool offers even more benefits.

Recent research into the properties of a molecule called NIA-114™ (niacin in the form of nicotinic acid) found that when added to sunscreen it repaired past UV damage while helping to protect against future damage. That can lead to healthier skin, visibly improved tone and texture, fewer discolorations and a stronger skin barrier.

By now, sunscreen users have become savvy about the SPF ratings. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number reflects how long it will protect your skin from burning by UVB rays.

Some sunscreen labels also list a “PA” ranking, which refers to the amount of protection the sunscreen offers from the UVA rays, which are the ones that contribute to premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. The more plus symbols listed after the PA on the label, the more protection the product offers from UVA rays and long-term skin damage.

For example, new StriVectin- SH Age Protect has UVB shields (SPF 30) plus the highest PA grade UVA protection available (PA +++) to help prevent free radical damage and wrinkle formation.

It contains NIA-114™, plus a blend of botanical antioxidants (blueberry and goji berry extracts) to protect against collagen degradation and free radicals. A calming blend of rose and cucumber ex­tracts soothes the skin while soybean extract and cera­mides strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier and panthenol (vitamin B5) revitalizes and conditions skin.

This daily, oil-free sunscreen treatment strengthens the skin’s natural protective layer to help prevent new photoaging.

Remember that the sun can age your skin even on cloudy days. That’s why it’s important to wear an effective sunscreen every day—one that both protects and repairs skin.

Apply in the morning on cleansed face and neck and reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming or perspiring.

StriVectin-SH Age Protect SPF 30/PA +++ has been awarded the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation, which verifies the safety and efficacy of sun protection products.

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Tips to put a stop to early aging


(NewsUSA) – Dermatologists can’t stress it enough: How you treat your skin now will affect its future appearance. While it may seem silly to worry about wrinkles long before you have any, it’s true that preparation pays off.

According to dermatologists, more women in their twenties are asking for anti-aging tips.

So, what can you do keep your skin looking young and healthy? Kiehl’s Since 1851, a company that specializes in skin and hair care formulas derived from natural ingredients, offers the following tips:

*Rest up. There’s a reason “you look tired” and “you look great” aren’t synonymous. But did you know that the position in which you sleep can also affect your looks? If you sleep face-down, fluid can collect beneath your eyes. Try sleeping face-up with your head slightly elevated with pillows. If you do wake up with facial swelling, try tapping the skin beneath your eyes or applying a cold compress.

*Apply vitamin C. Your skin contains more vitamin C than any other antioxidant, including the much-touted vitamin E. To keep vitamin C at an optimal level, make sure you are applying a skincare formula that contains plenty of vitamin C.

“Vitamin C helps keep skin even and bright, and it offers potent antioxidant protection from environmental stressors, such as pollution and sunlight,” said Dr. Adam Geyer, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Instructor in Clinical Dermatology at Columbia University and Kiehl’s Brand Ambassador.

Two of Kiehl’s products, “Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate” to improve tone and texture all over the face and “Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate” formulated specifically for the eye area to boost radiance and minimize wrinkles, contain 10.5 percent vitamin C. Unlike many retinol products, they won’t cause photosensitivity and irritation and are gentle enough for twice-daily use. Apply them after cleansing, both day and night to obtain the greatest results.

*Reduce your sodium intake. You can make your doctor and your skin happy at the same time! When you eat too much sodium, you can cause your body to shift fluid into extracellular spaces, especially beneath your eyes. Avoid excess sodium intake to benefit both your health and your skin.

For more information, visit www.kiehls.com.

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Top tips for keeping skin healthy and beautiful all winter long


(ARA) – No matter where you live in the country, winter’s grip can take its toll on your health, including your mood, waistline and even your skin.

“It’s important to consider the seasons in your skin care routine and make adjustments for the best possible results,” says Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai. Gerstner’s advice has appeared in the pages of Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and W magazines. “Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the first line of protection for all the other organs. Sunlight, changes in weather, and seasonal stress can affect our skin’s health. They’re also factors that make us overlook proper care, so it’s critical you have the right routine in place.”

Gerstner offers her top tips for keeping skin beautiful and healthy this winter, and all year long:

1. Keep your hands off. Your hands can pick up a lot of germs and bacteria during the day that can cause breakouts or even infections, so keep them far away from your face. Also, since winter is often associated with irritating flareups of pimples, rashes and cold sores, it’s important to avoid the urge to pick.  Picking can cause inflammation, and with broken or raw skin, further put you at risk for infection, and even cause scarring.

2. Slather on sunscreen. “Even on days it rains or snows, it’s important to wear sunscreen,” Gerstner advises. Your skin is constantly exposed to potentially harmful UVA and UVB rays. Even just walking from your office to the coffee shop on the grayest of days exposes you to possible solar damage, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer.

3. Treat ailments quickly.  Common conditions like cold sores can be embarrassing and painful, so treat them right away to find relief. Remedies found at your local drugstore can be effective.

4. Don’t forget your nails and hair. They’re part of your skin too, and often show the most obvious signs of winter’s impact like raw skin and split ends. It’s important to properly moisturize, such as using a leave-in or deep conditioner, or heavier creams on your face and hands. Dr. Gerstner also says that hair loss and brittle nails are two of the most common complaints she hears from her female patients. Taking a daily biotin supplement of 5,000 mcg can help.  Limit use of a flat iron to once or twice a week, and avoid excessive hair coloring treatments.

5. Brighten your smile, and use it often. Winter’s weather woes and seasonal stress can make it easy to forget to smile, but nothing makes your face look better than a big grin. Keep your teeth well polished—whitening strips can help—and  flash your smile frequently. It can brighten your mood and the moods of others around you.

6. Quit smoking and moderate alcohol use. By now, virtually everyone knows smoking is deadly. But if the health threats of smoking don’t convince you to quit, perhaps an appeal to your vanity will help. Smokers suffer more wrinkles, poorer skin texture and slower wound healing than people who don’t smoke. Alcohol can dehydrate your body, which often shows the next day in parched skin and eyes. It also exacerbates adult acne, called rosacea. When drinking alcohol, alternate with a glass of seltzer.

7. Forego designer brands. Expensive creams leave your wallet lighter and don’t necessarily make your skin look any better than less costly products do. Simple drug store products can work just as well, especially if supplemented with a retinol or glycolic recommendation from your dermatologist. Fancy products often contain essential oils or fragrances that can irritate skin.

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Tips for fresh, clear skin


Even during the harsh winter months

(ARA) – Cold temperatures and dry air can make it difficult to keep your skin clear, hydrated and looking beautiful during the winter months. After dealing with the pain and embarrassment, the last thing you want to do is to head into spring with dry skin and breakouts.
With these easy winter skin care tips, you’ll feel more confident and proud to show off your clear, beautiful skin:
* Don’t scrub dry, sensitive skin during the winter months. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), skin is drier than normal during the cold months and vigorous washing can irritate skin, making issues like acne even worse.
* For those who suffer from acne, try the MaxClarity Acne Management System to kill acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin and exfoliate dead and damaged skin cells. The system’s combination of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid will promote new skin growth and let your healthy, clear skin shine through.
Made with VersaFoam technology, MaxClarity is a three-step process that includes:
- Deep cleanser that cleans and treats acne on the face, chest and back.
- Advanced acne treatment that dries quickly and fights acne during the day.
- Rejuvenating toner, a leave-on foam that exfoliates dead skin cells overnight to reveal a healthier, glowing complexion.
* Don’t assume you can trade the swimming pool for a tanning bed while it’s cold just because the sun isn’t shining. Continue to keep your skin healthy by avoiding UV radiation – indoor tanning can lead to premature skin aging according to the AAD.
* Be sure to use moisturizers when treating acne in winter months. In order to effectively treat your skin, dermatologists recommend gently washing your face first, applying acne medication and moisturizer and finally applying makeup.
Approaching your skin with gentle care during the cold, dry months is sure to help tackle your breakouts and allow you to happily expose your fresh skin just in time for warmer weather.

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