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One of the qualities of youthful skin is its ability to hold water and retain a balanced amount of moisture. Remember how dewy and soft a baby’s skin always looks? It is because babies are born with a high amount of Hyaluronic Acid in their skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural structural component of the skin, and is present in connective tissue throughout the human body. It has been well documented that newborn skin contains large amounts of HA and that it decreases as we age. Therefore, a practical way to recapture youth is by applying pure HA topically to revitalize the damaged and decreased HA content of the skin. It penetrates the skin’s upper layers to improve and support the skin.
The benefits of Hyaluronic Acid (Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, HA) are boundless, and it is one of the most interesting ingredients in skin care today. Naturally found in the body, hyaluronic acid hydrates, moisturizes, and creates fullness, allowing your skin to become more youthful and radiant. While we can’t turn back the clock on our age, we can do some things to possibly help restore our skins’ HA content to hydrate and moisturize it for a fresher, more supple look and feel. The benefits of using Hyaluronic Acid are exciting!
- Hyaluronic acid is a gift to your skin. It plumps and smooths your skin for a more soft and radiant complexion.
- Hyaluronic acid molecules have a unique ability to attract and retain more than 1,000 times their weight in water…thus HA acts as a hydration agent to your skin.
- HA firms, plumps and smooths skin for a younger, fresher, more radiant look and feel.
- HA penetrates the skin’s layers better and restores natural and youthful elasticity to the skin.
- HA can be used for post laser treatments, post peels, and sunburns.
- HA is fantastic for itchy, flaky red skin that gets red and is scaly and dry.
- HA is acceptable for all skin types. From oily skin to dry or sensitive skin, hyaluronic acid delivers concentrated moisture and long-lasting hydration properties, yet it is incredibly gentle with a lightweight texture.
- Different from collagen,hyaluronic acid is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to moisturize and hydrate the skin when it is applied topically in a serum or cream. It forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus giving skin more elasticity and suppleness. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which gives the skin a youthful appearance.
The moisturizing and hydration qualities of Hyaluronic Acid cannot be ignored. They are paramount with regard to your skin and its aging process. Our skin doesn’t maintain moisture as it once did when we were younger, and the loss of firmness, pliancy and suppleness is of great concern. Hyaluronic Acid will revitalize skin’s outer layer and enhance your skin’s moisture content beyond compare to give you the look and feel of a more youthful hydrated appearance.
Wrinkling is a natural part of aging, but…you can still slow the process down by taking good care of your skin. Good exfoliation and hydration is key in combating fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin regenerates about every 28 days. As new skin cells are made…old, dead skin cells rise to the outer layers of your skin. Some of these dead skin cells fall off, but others stick to the surface of the skin. These dead skin cells build up on your skin and wreak havoc on your complexion. They contribute to breakouts, larger looking pores, and give your skin a dull, drab appearance. Removing these dead skin cells is a must in your daily skin care regimen. When you exfoliate your skin properly, hydration and circulation will improve, thus minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will become smoother and firmer.
Choosing a proper face mask for this task is essential. Women want a product that WORKS - women want a product that will DO what it claims. Cynergy Health Science has formulated such a product. Our Marula Masque is an Anti-Aging Face Mask made up of a potent mixture of Marula Oil, Papain (papaya enzyme), Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Dead Sea Silt…all cutting edge ingredients. The Marula Enzyme Face Masque with Papain rejuvenates and effectively restores your skin to a well-balanced and hydrated state, while improving circulation and regeneration of your skin. It is a natural and organic face mask that will help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and firmness.
Marula Oil is a fast absorbing, lightweight oil and has a non-greasy texture. It contains four times as much vitamin C as oranges which helps to improve skin’s elasticity and helps your skin cells to renew and become more resilient. The key to Marula’s outstanding performance is its fine molecular structure which contributes to its effectiveness not only as a skin hydrator but also as a protector. Marula Oil is non-comedogenic and has anti-microbial properties which can help heal and reduce acne blemishes and scarring. This multipurpose oil contains powerful antioxidants, high concentrations of nutrients and essential fatty acids that protect against environmental aggressors, help reverse photo-damage, boost cellular activity, hydrate at the deepest levels and repair the skin. Marula Oil is rich in essential fatty acids Omega 9 - oleic and Omega 6 - linoleic that deeply hydrate and reduce redness while nourishing, healing, moisturizing and improving skin elasticity. Marula Oil helps reduce transepidermal water loss and increases the smoothness of skin. Easily absorbed, Marula Oil supports the natural buildup of the skin’s lipid layers and possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
Papain, taken from the fruit of the papaya tree, is one of nature’s best anti-inflammatories and skin exfoliators. It is abundant in natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) and acts as a gentle exfoliator as well as a skin brightener. Your skin builds up dead skin cells daily, giving your skin that dull, grayish look. Too much exposure to sun also causes clumps of these dead skin cells to form into those telltale ugly dark “age” spots. Whenever you exfoliate the dark, dead skin cells, the skin will appear lighter, brighter, clearer, and more youthful looking. Papain works to break down the inactive protein of dead skin cells that accumulate on your skin’s surface and works wonders on tired, “old” looking skin. (Papain is commonly used in cooking to tenderize meat because of its ability to break down protein)! The papain enzyme reduces wrinkles by modulating the collagen and elastic fibers in the dermis. It is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and also contains Vitamin E, so it has a significant antioxidant value. Applying the papain enzyme to your skin has an amazing tightening, as well as brightening effect.
Niacin is also known as Vitamin B3, a wonder ingredient said to promote cell turnover, repair sun damaged skin, and strengthen the skin barrier. It is a wonderful multi-tasking ingredient! It has the ability to help reverse sun damage and improve the skin in so many different ways. Studies have shown that products with niacin have the ability to stimulate DNA repair by essentially “rewiring” the cell’s makeup and creating a “healthy blueprint” that generates newer, healthier skin cells. Niacin can speed up cell metabolism and skin cell turnover, increase wound-healing, and decrease the appearance of hyperpigmentation. In regards to hydration, Niacin helps improve the skin’s natural barrier, making it stronger and allowing it to have a better defense against moisture loss by boosting the ceramide production (the skin lipids that retain water) of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is an amazing humectant that holds one thousand times its weight in water. This is important with regard to aging because one of the hallmarks of youthful looking skin is its moisture content. As we age, our skin loses moisture, resulting in a loss of firmness and pliability. You can think of hyaluronic acid as a wafer sponge that fills and plumps out your skin…it is a skin-identical ingredient. Unfortunately, it is too large a molecule to travel into the dermis of the skin - so it sits on the surface layer or the epidermis, where it is a good moisturizing ingredient. Hyaluronic can improve your skin’s moisture content and at the same time strengthen skin’s barrier; that is, the outer layers of your skin. A healthy skin barrier looks and feels softer, smoother, and plumper…all hallmarks of younger-looking skin! But, with hyaluronic acid, that’s not all you get…there are many additional benefits beyond just a more youthful appearance. Hyaluronic acid also provides antioxidant defense against free-radical damage and reduces inflammation. Its lightweight texture isn’t an issue for oily skin, and it is gentle enough that it isn’t a problem for sensitive skin. We know that just about everything, from sun damage and acne to sensitive skin and rosacea, can lead to a damaged barrier, so repairing skin’s barrier with a skin-identical ingredient like hyaluronic acid can go a long way towards giving you more healthier, glowing skin!
Dead Sea Silt
Ordinary salt is largely sodium chloride, which is very dehydrating. Mineral salt, such as Dead Sea Salt, is rich in magnesium and calcium, which improve hydration by strengthening the barrier function of the skin. Salt has the effect of reproducing an environment in balance with your skin so that your skin doesn't leak out moisture. It takes dead skin cells off the surface of the skin and does it very gently, leaving the skin smoother and more able to absorb moisture and nutrients. Dead Sea Salts contain 21 minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium. These essential minerals naturally occur in our bodies, but are lost throughout the day, so they need to be replenished. These minerals treat, detoxify, and cleanse our bodies.
- Magnesium:Promotes quick healing of skin tissue and is essential for cell metabolism. It provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements.
- Bromide:Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves. Repairs skin cells to restore vitality to the complexion and can be used as a natural antibiotic.
- Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and aids in the body's metabolic exchanges. It helps flush your system of toxins like lead and mercury to keep your body healthy. Promotes hair growth and is a natural disinfectant,
- Sulfur: Improves acne by resolving scars, removing toxins from the skin, and creating healthy new skin cells. When you have enough sulfur in your body, your skin and hair are more flexible, softer, and smoother.
- Potassium: Regulates the nervous system and helps balance moisture in the skin and body. If your skin does not produce enough new cells, it will appear cracked and dull. Potassium absorbs the water molecules from the environment and hydrates the skin, thus aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells. Apart from keeping the cells hydrated, potassium also supports the growth of new skin cells.
- Calcium: Strengthens bones and teeth. Also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores. Calcium in the epidermis helps the body regulate how fast it generates new skin cells to replace old ones and how quickly it sheds old skin cells. Skin that does not have enough calcium stored in the epidermis may appear fragile, thin and dry. The appearance is caused by the lack of calcium to spur new skin growth or to let go of dead skin cells.
- Sodium: Powerful detoxifying agent, helping cells retain nourishment and expel waste. Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps.
- Zinc: Known to protect the skin against sunburn and windburn when applied topically. Zinc is like a 24-hour, on-call skin mechanic. It helps repair damaged tissues and heal wounds. Without zinc, your body's inside and outside repair time go up. Some research suggests that zinc might be particularly effective in treating topical irritations and injuries, such as acne, skin sores and minor wounds, by helping cells to regenerate.
All these minerals play an important role in our health and provide many benefits. They have incredible properties on their own, and when combined, they are known to treat and heal many common conditions. Magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium are critical for proper communication between the cells. They help “restart” the signaling processes that slow down with age, so they need to be replenished often. In addition, scientists have classified these minerals as “natural moisturizing factors” for the way they support the skin's water balance. When combined with warm water, these minerals increase blood flow, while pulling moisture and minerals in, thus keeping skin youthful…energized…and healthy.
Women today are making wiser choices in skincare by choosing more natural and organic skin care products. Cynergy Health Science has formulated a mask with all these cutting edge ingredients that will naturally and effectively exfoliate and hydrate your skin. As we approach the natural process of aging…and wrinkles form…we can still slow the process down by taking good care of our skin. Start exfoliating with Marula Mask with Papain Enzyme and see the difference it will make!
Facial Serums Vs. Facial Moisturizers..... What is the Difference? Do you need both?
What is the difference between “facial serums” and “facial moisturizers”? I get asked that question a lot. People are perplexed and confused about which one to use and whether they should be using both. The more knowledgeable and educated you are on this skin care terminology, the more you can make better choices when you purchase!
Facial moisturizers and creams have been the most prevalent method of skin care for many decades. Your grandmother probably even had her own favorite cream or moisturizer as part of her daily skin care routine. Today, however, dermatologists and cosmetologists recommend the use of cutting edge concentrates known as serums, along with a daily moisturizer to address specific skin care concerns such as dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin. Serums penetrate deep into the dermis where they can stimulate collagen production, a protein that our bodies produce less of as we age. Creams and lotions are only topical and treat the visible outer layer of skin for an instant beauty boost.
So…should you use a serum, or moisturizer, or both? The answer is YES to all of the above. Here’s why…
A serum and moisturizing cream differ in many ways. One of the main contrasts is in their molecular structure. A serum has a small enough molecular structure to penetrate the skin easily, whereas moisturizers and lotions have a larger molecule which lay on top of the skin, keeping it moisturized. Serums are highly concentrated and extremely potent. They contain around 10-15 times more active anti-aging ingredients than skin care creams. A moisturizing cream or lotion contains emollients to hydrate the skin and forms a barrier on your skin that keeps oils from escaping and harmful outside elements from causing dryness or irritation.
A serum and moisturizer differ not only in their consistency and feel on the skin, but also in terms of the ingredients they contain. A serum is generally a water-based liquid or gel that feels lightweight on the skin and is able to penetrate the skin more easily. It is fast absorbing, and has a high concentration of active ingredients like antioxidants, vitamins, skin brighteners, peptides, hydrators and exfoliators. A lotion or cream, on the other hand, contains moisturizing ingredients that are meant to hydrate and protect the skin, thus treating only the top layer…the epidermis.
A serum’s ability to penetrate into the dermis, because of its smaller molecular structure, means the vitamins and minerals it delivers get deeper into the skin layers. It is more highly concentrated and useful in addressing specific skin problems that cannot always be treated topically. It is actually treating your skin from the inside out! Serums are also able to deliver the anti-aging, active ingredients deeper into your skin to affect real change in healing damaged cells and build up the skin matrix. The skin matrix is responsible for structural integrity, mechanical resilience, stability and many other properties of the skin. The degradation of the skin matrix plays an important role in the development of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Using a serum, will smooth out lines and deeper wrinkles the way a lotion or cream cannot.
There are also many good reasons to use a facial moisturizer. A moisturizer cream or lotion is necessary to hydrate your skin and provides protection from the outside elements and environment. Keeping skin hydrated is an important step toward keeping it healthy. Facial moisturizers enhance the functioning of the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of skin. This layer is made up of fat, oil, and skin cells that help keep moisture in the skin. Applying a moisturizer to your face can increase the moisture level of the stratum corneum, prevent skin from drying out, and if the moisturizer contains a sunscreen, then you will have protection against sun damage also. Moisturizers treat the skin from the outside.
How to use a Serum and Moisturizer together:
Remember…a facial serum is a “treatment” rather than a cosmetic. A little bit goes a long way, and packaging is typically very small. Depending on the function of the serum and its active ingredients, you will apply it either morning or night. To get the most out of your serum, wash your face using a mild exfoliant first. Apply toner, (if you use a toner) and then apply serum directly onto skin around the entire face and neck area, avoiding the eyes and lips. Most importantly you don't need a lot of product - a few drops or a pea size amount of the product is enough. More is not better when it comes to serums. Wait a few minutes to allow the serum to absorb into your skin completely. Follow up with a rich, hydrating moisturizer. Applying a moisturizer will help lock in those nutrients delivered by your serum of choice. To get the best results, use a serum every day.
Don’t rely on facial moisturizers alone! Invest in a serum to give your skin a boost and nourish it with the extra antioxidants and vitamins it needs to build a strong skin matrix. It will improve the look and firmness of your skin. You also need hydration and protection for your outer layer, stratum corneum. So moisturize daily, too. To really take care of your skin, especially as you get older, both a serum and a moisturizing cream or lotion will be your Best Friend!
A basic facial moisturizer helps hold water in the skin's outer layers. Emollients fill in tiny crevices between surfaces to keep skin smooth. Think of your skin’s surface like the paint job on a car. If the paint is cracked, the metal underneath is left unprotected from the outside elements and quickly oxidizes and rusts. The same concept goes for your facial moisturizer. Similar to the shiny, beautiful coating on a car's exterior, putting on moisturizer not only makes the surface look pretty, it seals and protects what is beneath it.
Emollients and moisturizers increase the skin’s hydration (water content) by reducing evaporation. Your skin’s health and appearance are affected by moisture. Without water, skin's natural processes like exfoliation and regeneration cannot occur normally. Maintaining an optimum level of moisture in skin is essential to its look and feel. Your skin is a barrier against infection. If we allow it to become dry, it can become cracked. When cracks or breaks in the skin occur, bacteria can enter through the cracks and you have lost your shield…making the skin vulnerable to exposure from the outside elements.
The emollients and moisturizers in the best facial moisturizers in today’s market have the latest in skin care technology to help you maintain an optimal level of moisture in your skin to look and feel its best. Check them out and “GET MOISTURIZING!”