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Peptides vs Retinol in skin care products? Which one is more important?
Peptides and Retinol are the two ingredients that are really recommended to have as an ingredient when you’re buying skin care products. But, which one of these two are actually the best ingredient and gives the healthiest skin? Here are the facts around peptides and retinol to answer this question.
Peptides are one of the most important ingredients for any anti-aging skin care product. However, peptides are more beneficial for healing scars and scratches without any scarring. Normally, with the peptides, glycolic acid and salicylic acid are also two ingredients that will work together in fighting the appearance of aging.
Peptides can also be used to reduce the appearances of wrinkles because of aging. What peptides are doing to the skin is actually natural skin signals that stimulate the reproduction of collagen and elastin. These are two proteins that the skin depends on to be healthy and smooth. When you use a skin care product with peptides as an ingredient, you will have stronger, thicker skin that can reduce the aging process, and even scars in your face that you might have.
Retinol is a form of Vitamin A that you also can find in anti-aging skin care products. Retinol is mostly used in anti-wrinkle creams because it really reduces the appearance of wrinkles, especially the wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
Retinol smooths the skin and also triggers the reproduction of collagen and elastin, which normally slows down as we’re getting older. It penetrates our skin very deeply, and starts working to make more collagen and elastin. You will start seeing the results very fast. The results will be a much smoother skin with less wrinkles.
Which one is really more important?
Because they are basically doing the same thing, it really doesn’t matter which one you’re going to use in your skin care products. The only thing that you should consider is the fact that with the peptides, you can heal damage skin like scars or scratches, which you can’t do with retinol.
However, the other side is that retinol will be the main ingredient in most of the anti-wrinkle creams, no matter what brand you’re buying. Answering the question of which one is really more important, the answer is that they are both important.
They have mostly the same functions, and with the peptides, you will frequently find glycolic acid and salicylic acid that’s important for anti-aging and a healthy looking skin.
Some people may prefer using Peptides, while others prefer Retinol. Both of these ingredients are important and are great anti-aging ingredients that you should look for. And, if you’re having problems with scars and scratches on your face, you might want to try peptides first. They are a great product to heal old wounds and scars faster. But you won’t make a mistake in using skin care products that have Peptides or Retinol as ingredients, especially if you’re looking for the best anti-aging products.
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TIPS TO HELP BRIGHTEN YOUR COMPLEXION
We all desire a healthy, bright complexion. If you are fortunate enough to have clear skin…then it is one less thing you have to feel insecure about. If your complexion is dull, it is harder to feel good about yourself…HOWEVER…there is good news! A brighter complexion IS attainable. Take a look at your diet, your lifestyle, and your daily skin care regimen and find out what could be causing your dull skin.
EAT THE RIGHT FOODS - you are what you eat. We all use to hear this when we were younger. Ah… but words of wisdom are wasted on the young. At least that was in my case. However, this saying is really true. You can’t put bad gas in your car and expect it to run properly. In the same sense, you cannot continue bad eating habits and expect your skin AND your body to respond in a positive manner. What you put into your body will definitely have an effect on your health and your appearance.
MINIMIZE ALCOHOL – While alcohol in moderation can be somewhat healthy for your body, it can also dehydrate and dull your skin. When consumed on a regular basis, alcohol can increase the blood flow to the skin’s surface which results in a flushed appearance that over time can be permanent. Try to keep alcohol intake to a minimum.
EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN – No matter how hard you try, dead skin cannot be moisturized. Dead skin is dead, dry and flaky. It does not go away until you have sloughed it off. Exfoliating your skin is a key to a brighter complexion. Several ways to exfoliate are:
. Daily using a washcloth for gentle exfoliation
. Using an exfoliation treatment product
. Microdermabrasion or a skin care brush for deeper exfoliation
Daily exfoliation consistently sloughs off the dead skin cells and leads to a brighter complexion
START YOUR DAY WITH VITAMIN C – Of course Vitamin C in orange juice is healthy and nourishing for the body, but Vitamin C as a topical serum on your face is an excellent anti-aging product. It is packed with antioxidants to nourish and increase cellular turnover in your skin. This turnover will give you a more youthful, supple glow. Try our Vitamin C Serum.
BOOST YOUR SKIN’S MOISTURE LEVEL – Every day you should wash your face morning and night…women and men both. Women need to get rid of their makeup and men have dirt and oil build-up on their skin’s surface which clogs pores and causes breakouts. After washing, your skin always needs a dose of hydration with a moisturizer. Use a daytime moisturizer and a nighttime moisturizer. Wash and moisturize…wash and moisturize…ALWAYS.
USE A WEEKLY FACE MASK – There are face masks for all types of skin…from dry to oily. Masking your face can slough off dead skin cells, brighten your skin, and restore your skin to a well-balanced and hydrated state.
BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN WITH GOOD MAKEUP CHOICES – Don’t drown your skin in heavy liquid or cream foundations. If you attain a healthy, glowing complexion by following the previous steps, your skin will shine through. You will want the natural health and youthful glow that you have worked hard to achieve.
DRINK MORE WATER: Most of us do not drink enough water every day. Water is essential for our body to function. Our body is made up of more than 60% water. Since we are constantly losing water every day through urine, bowel movements, perspiration and breathing...we need to replenish it.
EXERCISE: Get moving! Movement is critical to your life span. Research shows that daily exercising boosts your immune system bringing tremendous benefits to your health, including weight loss, lowering risk of diseases, increasing bone density. Exercising improves your mental outlook, preventing anxiety and depression. Choose to walk instead of ride…climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator…take up a sport or join an exercise class.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP: Lack of sleep causes premature aging in your body and also shows up on your face. When you don’t get enough rest, you compensate by eating more food (leading to weight gain) and usually it will be junk food. When you get enough rest, you won’t be grabbing unhealthy food choices to stay awake.
EAT A WIDE VARIETY OF VEGETABLES AND FRUITS: Pick bright colored fruits and vegetables. They are high in antioxidants, which remove free radicals in our body that cause damage to our cells. White (banana, mushroom) Yellow (pineapples, mango) Orange (oranges, papayas) Red (apples, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon) Green (guava, avocados, cucumber, lettuce, celery) Purple/blue (blackberries, eggplant, prunes).
CUT DOWN ON PROCESSED FOOD: Processed food is anything that is not in its natural and raw form. Most food at the grocery store is processed. Processed foods contain a high amount of salt, which leads to high blood pressure and heart disease. Look for salt/sugar as the first ingredient in a product and stay away from them. Go for natural foods as much as possible.
MEDITATE: Being still and quiet can be beneficial to your body by calming your spirit and soul, lowering your blood pressure, and giving you a positive outlook on life. Respect your “Me” time. You will become more productive and focused on the things that are important to you.
BUY SOME HAPPINESS: We all have basic psychological needs to love, feel loved, feel secure, be connected to others and be good at what we accomplish. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it can help. Look for ways to spend your money on the things worthwhile that make you happy. Take a trip to see your family and keep in touch, buy gifts for others or for a project for yourself to help you function and work more efficiently, (camera for picture taking for special events to make a scrapbook for memories), purchase garden tools for a relaxing experience in getting back to nature, take a vacation to somewhere that will put your life into perspective and expand your horizons, spend money to promote better health and vitality, and lastly support causes that are important to you.
EAT! SLEEP! and BE HAPPY!
Did you know that practicing yoga helps increase blood circulation to the head and face area? Poses such as Cobra Pose, Fish Pose, Plow Pose, Shoulder Stand, Triangle Pose, and Child Pose increase oxygenation to your system. All are inverted postures and forward bends, which increase blood supply to your head, achieving clean glowing skin. If you have problematic skin like acne, (especially in the summer) cooling pranayamas (breathing exercises) can help provide a cooling effect to the skin and retain its glow. Continual practice of yoga facilitates physical and emotional cleansing. Through forceful exhalation of some yoga practices, detoxification happens, which shows in the form of naturally glowing skin!
Finding a quiet place (with no distractions) and meditating every day is crucial. In this busy day and time life can be fleeting, it seems, so carve out a spot each day for yourself. You will find it to be a whole new invigorating experience for you. The more you learn to relax your body, the more you will radiate beauty from within AND without. Many women start wrinkling prematurely due to stress and unhealthy lifestyle practices. Relaxing and de-stressing with yoga will be a life-affirming experience that your skin and body will benefit from. Find a yoga class today and get started!
Find your QUIET place...BE STILL...MEDITATE...LISTEN to that inner voice that speaks to you and asks...WHO am I...WHAT kind of woman am I...What is it I really want to aspire to...WHAT is important to me...WHAT are my values...WHAT are my dreams...WHAT makes me the woman I am...Then and only then will you be able to define who YOU are and defy contemporary thinking of what age and beauty in a woman SHOULD BE...YOU decide the parameters (boundaries) of your beauty and your age and the definition of it...YOU decide how you want to look, what lengths you are willing to go to, and what products are important for your skin. YOU will make the decision...YOU and ONLY YOU can find your INNER BEAUTY!