Showing posts with label antioxidants. Show all posts
Showing posts with label antioxidants. Show all posts

Vitamin C Serum Will Give You a Youthful Glow

I have talked about vitamin C serum before, but I thought I would talk about it again, since it’s been awhile. We all know how popular antioxidants are right now. Antioxidant serums are all the rage, because they help fight free radicals, which causes aging. A good antioxidant serum is an excellent addition to your anti aging routine. The right serum can smooth out your wrinkles, even your skin tone, and give you that beautiful healthy glow. Before you go out and buy any serum, there are a few things you need to know, which will save you time and save your face.

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There are a variety of antioxidant serums in the stores today and they do not all work the same. Some are better than others. Now, I have said in a previous vitamin C serum post, that scientists are still debating on what the best antioxidant serum is. They have said all of them work well, as long they are fresh and stable serums. Many scientists say that no one antioxidant works better than the other, so you should just use an anti aging product that contains a combination of antioxidants, in order to get the most benefits. However, others say that is only because many consumers fail to find a good stable vitamin C product. Therefore, Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants to prevent wrinkles and aging.

In order for you to get the most benefits out of vitamin C, you have to make sure it is fresh. Now, you could go ahead and make your own homemade vitamin C serum, there are a lot or recipes online. I posted one below for all of you ambitious DIY types. Me personally, I am not a fan of homemade skincare recopies. I never tried any of the home acne remedies and I used to have really bad acne, but I prefer to buy something that scientists have worked on and proven works. Okay, so fear gets to me, but when it comes to my face I am not going to go there. Plus, just buying a product is a lot faster and it can even be cheaper, but whatever floats your boat.

Homemade Vitamin C Serum

(resource: skinacea.com)

3½ teaspoon distilled water (at room temperature)
½ teaspoon l-ascorbic acid powder
1½ teaspoon propylene glycol
1 dark glass bottle

Instructions:

  • Clean the bottle with rubbing alcohol or boil it in hot water.

  • Let the bottle to cool and dry.

  • Add the l-ascorbic acid to the bottle.

  • Add the distilled water.

  • Shake the bottle or use a something to stir it up, until all the l-ascorbic acid is dissolved.

  • Add the propylene glycol

  • Put on the cap and shake well, until everything is blended.

  • Use up and make a new batch every 5 to 7 days. L-ascorbic acid is highly unstable, so you have to make a new batch frequently.


Anyway, back to find the best vitamin C serum. Not all vitamin C skincare products work the same, and I am not just talking about creams vs. serums. No, I am only talking about serum vs. serum. I have research about these serums a lot. And for a serum made of vitamin C, it has to be stable. A stable serum is one that is made with the right formula. Also, the serums will oxidize fast too, if the liquid turns yellow or brown, smells bad, or causes a bad reaction on your face, toss it out. Just like an orange, it will go bad with time. Sunlight and air will cause the vitamin C to oxidize very quickly. So you really should only buy small dark bottles, because they do not last forever.

A vitamin C serum for face should also have the right amount of vitamin C concentrate in the bottle. Many companies will say they have vitamin C in their anti aging product just to sell their product, but their product does not contain enough vitamin C to even do anything to your skin. Everybody wants to make a profit and like I said earlier, antioxidants all the rage. That is why it is your job to me a smart consumer and you are already, if you are reading this. J Make sure your serum has a percentage of 5% to 20% vitamin C, anything lower will not have any benefits. There are also different forms of vitamin C, such as L-Ascorbic Acid, which is the strongest and then there are other derivatives, such as (MAP) magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which is more gentle for sensitive skin. Different skin types can handle different forms. This is where you just have to read reviews and tested it our for yourself.

If you have oily acne prone skin, the best vitamin C serums are: Avalon Organics vitamin C serum it’s a lotiony serum that is very light and not sticky at all. Murad’s Active Radiance Serum Feautring Resilent-C Complex can be expensive, but it works. Paula’s Choice Active Skin C-Strength 15% is like a primer and it will disappear instantly. And SkinCeuticals AOX20 is very liquidy and it will seep right into your skin.

For dry skin try: La Roche-Posay it’s a fabulous skincare line and their Active-C product comes in a nice light lotion. SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic also contains vitamin E, this is a great product for dry skin. Nufountain Sensitive Skin Vitamin C serum is another great option. Jason Naturals Ester-C serum and Kiss My Face Ester-C serum from the Potent & Pure line are two other natural lotion types for dry skin.

A vitamin C serum benefits are amazing, it can indeed give you that youthful glow again. Just keeping trying them, until you find one that works for your skin. Be sure to give the product time to work though. A good stable serum will smooth fine lines, erase red spots, and even your skin tone. Make sure you keep the serum in your medicine cabinet, away from sunlight, heat, and air. In order to receive extra protection from the sun’s harsh rays apply the serum before you sunscreen, wait 5 minutes and then apply the sunscreen. Be patient and your skin will look better than it has in years!

Anti Wrinkle Cream with Antioxidants

Does your anti wrinkle cream contain antioxidants? Well, antioxidants are very important to smooth out those wrinkles. Are the antioxidants in your cream performing at their full potential though? Do you know what all those ingredients mean on your skincare bottle? Make sure you are aging as best as you can with the right antioxidant serum and the right anti wrinkle cream.

Antioxidants fight the free radicals that causes aging and wrinkles. So it is important to make sure you are using a good antioxidant serum. However, do not be too quick to buy an anti wrinkle cream with antioxidants combo. Many creams out there say they have great antioxidants for fighting wrinkles, but they may have such a small amount in the bottle, that they hardly do anything at all. It's better to actually buy a separate antioxidant serum and an anti-aging cream. 

Anti Aging Wrinkle Cream, Lotion or Serum?

It doesn’t really matter if you use a cream, lotion, or serum. Use a cream if you skin is dry. What matters is the ingredients. A specific antioxidant serum is usually formulated better to keep the antioxidants stable and fresh. Now I have talk a lot about what is the best anti wrinkle cream in the past. So if you want to know more about the creams and lotion visit some past anti aging wrinkle cream posts, for now I am going to keep talking about antioxidants.  

There are a great deal of antioxidant serums out there on the market. How do you know which is the best antioxidant serum for you? Many of the doctors do not even know which antioxidant is the best. Is Vitamin C really the best right now? Or is a combination of antioxidants better? We should eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables to have healthy skin from the inside out, so should we apply a variety of antioxidants on top of our skin as well? That is the boat I am on right now. In the past I have talked about the famous Vitamin C antioxidant serum! And I still think Vitamin C is a fantastic antioxidant to apply topically, as long as it is stable with a good Vitamin C percentage amount in the bottle.  

I am using Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum right now. I really like it so far! It is not breaking me out, which is huge for me! I still get a few pimples here and there, along with the acne scars. So I am hoping this anti aging wrinkle serum will erase those red marks. I think it is working so far! And of course an antioxidant serum is an important part of every lady’s anti-aging skincare routine. The serum is a lot thicker than I expected. It is a little bit harder to smooth in to my skin, but I like it! And it gets huge raves on the beauty boards as well as on Paula’s website. Make sure to buy the Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum for all skin types though! This is critical, because the other serum’s formulas are different. This serum should give you the best antioxidant benefit for your skin. Paula's book is great too! It's all about what skincare products work and don't work. It's all about the ingredients! 


Another great serum is Olay’s Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum. Make sure you buy the original one though, this is very important. If you buy the other ones, you will not get as high potency of antioxidants. This Olay serum gets huge raves as well. Many people with oily acne prone skin do well with this product. The fact that this serum contains the antioxidant, Niacinamide could be a big culprit. Although, it is made for all skin types and generally all skin types rave about it. The Niacinamide antioxidant is a really good antioxidant for fighting wrinkles. What it really comes down to is, it is up to your skin.


Everybody’s skin is different. One anti aging facial product may work for one person with your same skin type, but it may not necessarily work for you. You just have to try it out. The good thing with the Olay antioxidant product is the fact that you can return it easily. Walmart and CVS takes makeup and skincare products back no problem. So it is a great way to test it out. Now, I must admit, I have not tried this skincare product yet. I was torn between these two beauty items for a long time. I went with Paula’s Choice because I was able to snag a free shipping and free samples coupon code! And I wanted to splurge on myself, because it is a little bit more. I will probably try this antioxidant serum next and I review it for you when I try it out too! 

No matter what antioxidant serum you decide to try is up to you. Everybody’s skin reacts differently. Finding a good antioxidant serum is essential for a good anti aging routine though. Make sure you serum is stable with good ingredients. Read reviews and test one out! The most important thing is to age gracefully with a smile. Remember, an antioxidant serum or an anti wrinkle cream can only do so much.

Coppertone's Nutra Shield Dual Defense Sunscreen Review!

I have been using Coppertone’s Nutra Shield Dual Defense Sunscreen for a while now and I love it! I wanted to wait a while, before I updated my review, because I had a breakout at first.

I think a few pimples popped up, because before I started using this new Coppertone sunscreen I was trying out another new sunscreen. And then I switched to Coppertone, so my skin was irritated. I could not tell which product was breaking out my skin.

That is why it is best to only use one new product at a time and give each new skincare product about a month until your full critique.

Coppertone’s Nutra Shield Dual Defense sunscreen is a very light texture that sinks in my skin easily. It works well on my oily skin too, it does not leave a very shiny residue. And it feels like I am wearing nothing. This sunscreen also contains antioxidants, which can help fight free radicals. I am not using any antioxidant product right now, so it is nice that this sunscreen contains some.
The best part of this Coppertone sunscreen is that my red marks from previous pimples are fading and I have no pimples right now!

update: While on vacation the last couple of weeks, I wore this sunscreen on my face outside all day at NASCAR and skiing another whole day, and I did not get sunburn at all!

I will be updating more about Coppertone’s 2009 line of sunscreens in the future. I am excited about their new sunscreens. Their whole new 2009 line of sunscreens are stable with great broad protection from UVA and UVB rays.

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Antioxidants Skincare Anti-Aging Benefits Bomb

Antioxidants are all the rage right now in skincare products, as I have mentioned in previous anti aging post here and another antioxidants post here. Antioxidants are suppose to fight free radicals that cause oxidative damage and aging.

Well a new study has found out that the 50 year old theory on free radicals or superoxide is basically wrong! There is not enough evidence to back it up anymore! Superoxide is not a major cause of aging.

Dr David Gems a researcher at the Institute of Healthy aging at UCL has stated:

“Oxidative damage is clearly not a universal, major driver of the aging process. Other factors, such as chemical reactions involving sugars in our body, clearly play a role."

So all of the skincare products that have antioxidants really do not have much of an affect on the skin. And eating a balance diet is very important for your skin and overall well-being, but there is also no clear evidence that supports dietary antioxidants for anti-aging.

We just still need to learn more about the aging process.

So try to age gracefully as best as you can with a smile on your face!

Fall and Winter Sunscreen

Fall and winter time is coming soon. Do you continue to use the same sunscreen in the winter as you do in the summer? I know some people like to use a thicker sunscreen because they have dry skin. I continue to use what works for me, because it is hard for me to find a sunscreen that my skin likes.



When Neutrogena put out the new Age Shield Dry Touch SPF 55 and 77, I could not resist trying it though. The other Neutrogena Dry Touch sunscreens did not break me out, so I thought this one would work. And the Age Shields have some antioxidants built right into the sunscreen, which helps fight off free radicals! I heard that the Age Shield one does not ball up, causing white flecks on my skin like the other Dry Touch ones. So I was really excited to try this new sunscreen, but unfortantely this one balls up too! :( I do not even put any type of serums under the sunscreen either.

So maybe I'll try it a few more times or I will either stick to the Neutrogena color boosting sunscreen that I used all summer or go back to the Hawaiian Tropics oil free faces. Hmm...stick to what works.

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Antioxidants, Free Radicals, and Anti-aging

Free radicals affect the skin and can causing aging. Free radicals come from the sun, stress, pollution, and the everyday elements around you.

Fighting free radicals can be done through antioxidants!

I have talked about applying topical antioxidants in a post about vitamin C in the past. Eating your antioxidant can greatly benefit your skin, perhaps even more than topically, but most skin needs help from the outside as well. Helping your skin from the inside does work though. The degree that it helps varies from person to person, but a healthy diet is important for your over all well being and your skin.

Berries contain some of the most antioxidants. Summertime is the perfect time to eat up all those wonderful fresh berries. Blueberries, grapes, cherries, pomegranates, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and even raisins all have an excellent amount of antioxidants. Raisins have as much antioxidants as glass of white wine, but not red.

Go ahead and have that red glass of wine at dinner, not only is it good for your heart, but it is full of antioxidants for your skin! We all know that green tea is an also an excellent source of antioxidants and one should enjoy several glasses a day! I have trouble drinking more than one glass of green tea and only during wintertime. I just love the taste of coffee. Well, coffee can be good for the skin too, because it has cancer fighting elements, helps the liver, and it also has antioxidants.

Only drink one cup of coffee a day though, too much and it can have negative affects. When drinking caffeine, remember to have a cup of water for every caffeine cup to stay hydrated!

Have a great night everybody! Enjoy some super dark chocolate for dessert, a small square a night can provide more antioxidants as well! Plus it is an excuse to have dessert every night!

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Antioxidants - Is Vitamin C the Best!?

Antioxidants! Right now all the rage is about topical antioxidants! Many people think that Vitamin C is the best antioxidant to put on!

Antioxidants have been proven to help skin! They have been shown to help reduce free radicals. And when worn under sunscreen in the morning, Vitamin C can boost the protection of the sunscreen.

Vitamin C, however has to be properly packaged in a tube and stabilized. If it is not stabilized then it will not provide any affect. Air and light will also destabilize it. So a tube does not last long, a few months perhaps. The correct pH is critical, if not, there will not be all the great antioxidant benefits. Also there are only a few companies out there that produce quality stabilized Vitamin C.

I have used a few different antioxidant products.
The stable, Avalon Organics Vitamin C and stable La Roche Posay Active C products.

Paula Begoun (Great advice given at her website: http://www.cosmeticscop.com/ ) Although I definitely do not agree with all of it. Anyway, Paula Begoun mentioned that many researchers that are studying antioxidants, say that it is best to use a topical product with multiple antioxidants. Do not just go all out with one. There is no clear evidence that Vitamin C is the best antioxidant for skin!

More research needs to be done on Vitamin C.

So again we need to be careful when we hear claims. There is hype and trends with skincare products, just like there are trends with clothes. Then they often spiral out of control from word of mouth. Most of them are just fads and shouldn't be followed.

Happy Easter Everyone! Let Chocolate Help Your Skin!


I hope you are spending time with love ones right now! And eating a lot of chocolate!

By the way, don't believe in the
chocolate myth!

Chocolate does not cause acne, there's no scientific proof!
Acne is caused by hormones, heredity, oil glands, bacteria, excessive washing, and some medications.


Poor hygiene, stress and unhealthy diet can aggravate acne but not cause it!
Chocolate is actually a great source of antioxidants! Well, the really Dark Chocolate. The darker the better, try to find the 85% cocoa. Antioxidants are very good for the body and the skin! (I will get more into antioxidants later and the best topical one for your face)

Dark Chocolate contains flavonoids, which are like those in tea, red wine, fruits, and vegetables. These flavonoids can help the skin be more moist, less scaly and red. This is because flavonoids actually absorb UV light! Dark chocolate is also good for the heart!

  • A small 1.6 ounce of dark chocolate a day is recommended! :)












So enjoy that Chocolate bunny!





SOURCES: American Academy of Dermatology. The Merck Manual, Seventeenth Edition. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD).