August 15th, 2011
May 17th, 2011
Civilizations have been obsessed with finding eternal youth for centuries. From the Fountain of Youth that drove the Conquistadors to the Holy Grail that beckoned the Knights Templar to the Philosopher’s Stone that eluded Alchemists.
Today, we know that ageing is a natural process. However, there are many things we can do to live longer, healthier lives. And while we can’t turn back the clock, we can look and feel years younger.
The Eyes Tell
More than grey hair and wrinkles, the dark circles under your eyes give away your age more than anything else. Even crows’ feet and puffy eyelids can usually be associated with things other than aging.
And dark circles under the eyes don’t have any positive associations either, the way grey hair and wrinkles often symbolize wisdom and experience. In short, how do you get rid of dark circles?
The first thing you need to do to figure out how to get rid of those dark circles is to figure out what’s causing them. If it isn’t age, these methods won’t work as well.
For instance, if the dark circles are caused by allergies, try an allergy medication. If it’s lack of sleep (or too much) fix your nightly nap. If it’s the sun, protect that delicate skin.
Other things that can cause dark circles are smoking, alcohol (and hangovers) or even just the way light plays across your face. These things can’t be solved by anti-aging dark circle creams.
Not Aging Gracefully
The reason dark circles can appear under the eyes is because the collagen under your skin depletes over time. This is the main cause of wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
As collagen is depleted, the skin gets thinner. Because the skin under your eyes is already the thinnest skin on your body, it becomes easily bruised, causing discoloration.
Therefore, there are two main ways to treat dark circles that are caused by age: Either healing the bruising or regeneration of the collagen.
Soothe the Area
To reduce bruising under the eyes, many of the same techniques for relieving a regular bruise will work. Try cooling the area with cucumber slices or cold tea-bags.
Also make sure you’re eating healthy. Getting plenty of nutrients and antioxidants can prevent damage and even lessen the current dark circles.
Elixer of Youth
While there is no fountain of youth that we know about, you can restore the youth, or at least the collagen, under your eyes. Many dark circles under eyes treatments use ingredients such as peptides that will stimulate the regeneration of collagen.
One excellent product that contains several effective peptides is Veralyze. While it won’t be any younger, you will feel and look younger.
March 10th, 2011
The most important time of day for your skin is at night while you sleep. Have you ever looked in the mirror after an all-nighter or gotten up from a sleepless night and seen how your skin lacks luster, looks dull and red, and have you seen the dark and puffy circles under your eyes? This is because the skin rejuvenates nearly eight times faster while you sleep than while you’re awake. So if you miss some Z’s, your skin will fall victim to the repercussions first.
It is a known fact that the skin rejuvenates faster during the night, collagen production is increased, and cells are repaired that have been damaged during the day. These processes happen much more readily at night because your skin isn’t busy being bombarded with the toxins from your environment like sunlight, smoke, pollution etc. and it can devote all of its energy to renewal. Skin renewal and repair occurs at its highest around 1 am when you are in your deepest sleep and cell regeneration increases by 300% from what it is during the day.
How Renuvie Can Help
Because of this known recovery period during sleep, the makers of Renuvie have taken advantage of this rejuvenation time and created a skincare product that will work to enhance this repairing process and help further improve your skin overnight.
Renuvie is marketed specifically towards wrinkle repair but also acts as a powerful moisturizer that will leave your skin feeling softer and smoother when you wake up. Renuvie night repair promises to help you beat fine lines, eliminate wrinkles, reduce puffiness, and get rid of dark circles under your eyes.
How does it work?
Renuvie works by enhancing your nightly replenishing and renewing cycle and helping to stimulate collagen and elastic production over night because it contains a powerful blend of 5 different peptides that all promote collagen production. The elements collagen and elastic are what provide structure and thickness to your skin and increased production of these elements will allow your skin to appear more youthful because your it won’t fold due to its thinness anymore. Renuvie also moisturizes, soothes, and protects the skin so that it will be better equipped to fight against the toxins in your environment that make your sin appear dull during the day. Renuvie also helps to improve your complexion by fading discoloration or age spots on your skin.
Renuvie is a safe and effective multi-use product for moisture, fine lines, wrinkles, and overall skin repair, and should not be overlooked as just another nighttime anti-aging cream. To experience the benefits of this wrinkle cream, click here to buy Renuvie today!
September 25th, 2009
Oxytokin is a wrinkle cream that should eliminate fines lines and wrinkles and get rid of puffiness and dark circles around the eyes. By increasing the elastin and collagen production naturally, Oxytokin should rejuvenate the skin, reducing unwanted signs of aging. This cream can be used on the areas around the eyes and on your entire face.
The Oxytokin formula contains six peptides alongside moisturizing ingredients to restore the skin. Peptides are extremely beneficial ingredients for any moisturizers and cream to be effective. The active ingredients in Oxytokin include Argireline NP, Peption-5, Glycerin, and Sodium Hyaluronate. Argireline NP is a strong peptide that seeps into the skin to reduce wrinkles and smooth the skin.
Peption-5 happens to be a powerful combination of peptides including Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Oligopeptide, Octapeptide, and Decepeptide. Each of these peptides improves the skin’s condition. Palmitoyl Pentapeptide stimulates the synthesis of collagen and elastin, and also eliminates sun spots which even out skin tone. Oligopeptide rejuvenates the skin and repairs damaged skin, which eliminates dark circles under the eyes. Decapeptide is packed with ten amino acids to firm the skin, increase cell metabolism and smooth the skin. Decapeptide is also able to kill free radicals that try to damage the skin or cause wrinkles.
Oxytokin’s use of Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate specifically hydrate the skin. These ingredients are moisturizers that should cushion the skin and get rid of dark circles.
Oxytokin is an affordable alternative to expensive eye creams and facial creams. Where most creams provide three peptides for strength, Oxytokin gives you six peptides and is only $39.99. Typically, a bottle of Oxytokin will last about a month. If you have other skin care regimens, Oxytokin is an all-natural addition and won’t interfere or have negative reactions with other products. All in all, it seems this wrinkle cream has what it takes to reduce wrinkles and get rid of dark circles.
September 22nd, 2009
You may walk away from the beach with a nice tan, but that may not be all you are getting from that day in the sun. Excessive sun damage is responsible for most of the skin damage that is associated with aging. The process begins when we are first exposed to the sun at an early age and continues little by little damaging the skin over the years. Many signs of skin damage are just merely cosmetic, but other problems such as skin cancer and other problems can be much more serious.
Age spots are flat grey, brown or black spots that usually appear on the face, hands, arms or chest (areas that are usually exposed to the sun). Age spots are common in adults over 40, but can strike at younger ages as well. Age spots are usually harmless and do not require any specific treatment. But for cosmetic reasons, some may choose to have the spots bleached away, or minimized with lightening products. The easiest way to avoid getting age spots in the first place is to use sunscreen every day and avoid unnecessary exposure to UV rays.
In limited amounts the sun can provide the body with vitamin D which is vital to human life. Just be sure you don’t expose yourself to more than 15 minutes each day to direct UV light.
September 16th, 2009
Do you know what you are putting on your skin? Few women pay attention to the ingredients contained in the cosmetics they are using. The chemicals we put onto our skin are to some degree absorbed into our bodies. Those chemicals can be harmful to your health, and you may not even know it.
It pays to pay attention to what you are using, not only in makeup products but also shampoos, lotions and deodorants. Many of these products on the market to day contain ingredients such as acrylamide, formaldehyde and ethylene oxide – all listed by EPA as carcinogens. These chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in animals, so why would we want to put them onto our bodies?
It doesn’t stop there either – more toxins found in some cosmetics include mercury, lead acetate, formaldehyde, ethyllacrylate, toluene, coal tar and petroleum distillates. Even lipstick is cause for concern as it contains man-made oils, synthetic colors and petroleum based waxes.
It really pays to know what is in the cosmetics you are using and what effect those chemicals can have on your body. Whenever possible, may I suggest switching to earth friendly, natural products to avoid any unforeseen problems from your cosmetics.
September 14th, 2009
We all know that our world is filled with toxic chemicals in the air and earth around us. But do you really think about how this is affecting your health? Do you think about how much impact this has on your skin?
Last night on the news they showed the valley I live in from the vantage point of a helicopter. I was amazed and a little disgusted out to see all the pollution and yuck in the air. I know the air gets that way with the inversion in winter time, but I never realized how bad it can get in the summer too. With very little action in the weather, all those pollutants just keep building up in the air to create unhealthy air for breathing. Those pollutants are also just terrible for our skin and hair. Those pollutants from cars and business can start to build up on our skin, and can be very harmful to our bodies especially our lungs, even worse for those people with weaker immune systems.
That is why I try to remember to wash my face every night before bed. I am out there in the world every day, and I feel so gross if I don’t wash the yuck off myself before I climb into bed. I feel so much better when I climb into bed all scrubbed clean, not to mention the fact that washing my face and hydrating before bed has helped to limit the effects of those toxins around me on my skin.
September 12th, 2009
My sister went in to her dermatologist today because she had a spot (it kind of just looked like a zit with no head to me) on her face. She said it had been there for a few days, and she was feeling like it was not just a zit, that it was something more serious than that. The doctor told her that it looked like a basal cell carcinoma. He had to cut it out and sent it in to the lab to be sure. Removing it was fairly painful for my sister, and she now has 8 stitches right below her left eye.
We do have a family history of melanoma, and also squamous cell and basal cell carcinoma, so it is not terribly surprising for this to show up on my sister. Knowing that you are at a higher risk for these types of cancer, does not make receiving the news any less hard to bear. Cancer is that six letter word that nobody ever wants to hear, trust me – I know…
I think that it is important for everybody to have a full body screening by a dermatologist. One in every five Americans is diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common type of skin cancer. It is also one of the most treatable cancers, and if you catch any problems early, you are at a much lower risk at life threatening problems. While nobody likes the thought of getting undressed and looked over by a doctor, I highly recommend this preventative measure.
September 10th, 2009
Body Brushing, what in the world is that? I had never heard of such a thing until recently. I was having a conversation with a friend of mine that has recently starting this practice. She told me that it is similar to a spa experience. The purpose is to stimulate blood and lymph flow in the skin, exfoliate dry dead skin and encourages new cell growth. What then is the purpose of body brushing, or skin brushing as it is also known as? Well, the point is to try to get rid of cellulite, and my friend claims that it seems to be producing results.
The cost was only $10 for a body brush with natural bristles, and she does this every morning. She said you start brushing from your feet upwards, always towards the heart to encourage blood flow back to the heart and encourage lymphatic flow. When brushing you should focus on cellulite prone areas such as your thighs, butt and abdomen (abdomen should be swept in a clock-wise circular motion) and be sure not to brush too roughly. Over brushing can cause the skin to become red and irritated.
Does it work you ask? I don’t really know. I must say that I am a little skeptical, but my friend claims it does. I guess for ten bucks, what could it hurt, right?!
September 9th, 2009
If you have never had a facial, I am telling you now that you have been missing out and should really take action now. Facials can be so relaxing and rejuvenating, I don’t know why we don’t all do it more often. Or maybe it’s just me that’s been missing out; maybe you already knew the secret and have been enjoying this luxury long before I came along.
Whether you are a man or woman, the facial experience is one you will be so glad you did. My husband thinks I’m crazy for trying to get him to do it. He’s too “manly” for a facial or something like that. I keep telling him that he’d love it, but it’s a no go for him. Many of our guy friends get facials regularly and love it. I love how bright and clear it makes their skin look.
Ideally you should have a facial approximately every six weeks because that’s how long it takes for the skin to renew itself. I would recommend going to a licensed esthetician; they will know what they are doing and will give you the treatment that is best for your particular skin type. You will come away with a cleaner, brighter face. Not to mention how relaxing and enjoyable the whole experience is!
I love my mom. She has been such a great example in so many ways over the years. She is really positive and super happy all of the time. (well, okay… most of the time) One thing that I have always been amazed about is her acceptance of herself the way she is. Some women spend hours trying to improve their looks in order to feel better about themselves. My mom is so not one of these types of women.
She has never really worn much makeup and she doesn’t spend a lot of time fretting over her appearance. As she gets older, she doesn’t try to hide or cover up the wrinkles that are starting to show. Now, don’t get me wrong… My mom likes to look nice, and she takes care of herself, but she just doesn’t try to change who she is. It has been a great example to me and has taught me how to be more accepting of my own imperfections.
She has helped me to relax about my concerns on how I look or what I don’t like about myself, which hasn’t always been easy. I hope that I can be the same kind of example to my daughter as she continues to grow and mature. So what if I have a few wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. It’s part of who I am.