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NIKKISAVY SKINCARE
SKIN CELL REGENERATION . THE DULL SKIN SOLUTION .

Friday, April 24, 2015

SERUMS .

We get a lot of questions on serums. People are confused about what they are , how to use them and how to incorporate them into their daily regimen .
If this sounds like you , read on to see the answers to your most common questions !

WHAT IS A SERUM 

Serums are lightweight , fast-absorbing liquids used as an alternative or in addition to moisturizing creams or lotions .
Serums are usually formulated to have the highest concentration of active ingredients in a skin care line-up .







WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SERUM AND A MOISTURIZER ? 

Serums are formulated to penetrate the skin and deliver potent active ingredients into deeper layers of your skin than a regular moisturizer .
A moisturizer might also contain active ingredients , but it is primarily designed to form a barrier between the skin and the outside world , helping the skin to retain moisture .
Unlike moisturizers , serums do not contain occlusive  or airtight moisturizing ingredients such as petroleum or mineral oil that keep water from evaporating .
They also contain fewer lubricating and thickening agents , like nut or seed oils .
Most serums are water-based, eliminating oils altogether.

WHY SHOULD I USE A SERUM ? 

Serums are not mandatory in a regimen .
If you have specific skin care concerns such as wrinkles or age spots that your regular moisturizer is not addressing , you may want to consider incorporating a serum into your regimen before your moisturizer .
Customizing your skin care routine with a targeted treatment can help deliver results faster . Because serums are usually oil-free , lightweight and non-greasy , they can be a great alternative to moisturizing creams and lotions for people with oily skin year round or those with combination skin during warmer months .

WHEN SHOULD I AVOID SERUMS ?

Those with chronic skin conditions like eczema or rosacea have weaker skin barriers . The liquid or gel-like texture of a serum can penetrate the skin too quickly , causing irritation .
Speak with your dermatologist if you have serious skincare issues before incorporating a serum into your regimen .

ARE SERUMS WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY ? 

Yes . Serums contain higher concentration of active ingredients , which are more expensive than thickeners . So the higher price of the serum is justified .
The good news is you only need to use a few drops of a serum , so a 1ounce container should last you months .

HOW DO I INCORPORATE SERUMS INTO MY SKINCARE REGIMEN ? 

Different serums are meant to be used with different frequencies and at different times of day .
Read all instructions carefully to avoid overusing or combining active ingredients .
To maximize the effect of your serum , after cleansing your face , apply a pea-sized amount of serum , patting it evenly over skin with your finger . Then apply your moisturizer .
If you have sensitive skin , wait 10 to 15 minutes after washing your face before using serum . Applying a water-based product to damp skin is more likely to lead to irritation .

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DULL SKIN .

WHAT IS DULL SKIN ?

Skin that has lost its natural radiance , luminosity and glow is identified as dull skin .



The triggering factors could be
1 - Advancing age
2 - Skin dryness
3 - Damaged skin cells
4 - Very slow skin cell turnover

Our skin looks dull when there is a built-up of dead skin cells on its surface .
These piles of dead cells cause uneven , dull and rough patches on our skin making it look lifeless and dull .
Our skin could look dull due to dryness ; lack of moisture .
Regular exfoliation and hydration , both from the inside and outside are the most effective ways to brighten up dull skin .

Friday, April 10, 2015

SUGAR AND ITS EFFECT ON AGING .

Cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and chocolates !  The sugar cravings never ends .
The promise of a slim waistline has only been a temporary motivator as I see myself fall prey to sweet temptations more often than I would like .
The shocker recently came when I found out that excess refined sugar is a big contributor to skin aging .
The culprit to be blamed for this is a natural process called glycation, where blood sugar attaches itself to proteins and makes way for AGEs (Advanced Glyacting End products) . These AGE molecules  can cause premature aging , skin dullness and sagging skin and these molecules are directly linked with sugar .
Sweet nothings are not nothing , after all !

THE SUGAR IMPACT








Research and studies indicate that sugars in the form of added carbohydrates or refined sugars can lead to premature aging , sagging skin and more wrinkles .
When we consume simple sugars in the form of starches such as rice , bread , potatoes and sweets , there is a rapid rise in blood sugar levels . This blood sugar then combines with the protein molecules and gives birth to the new AGE molecule .

Apart from the usual sugar-related health impact , AGEs also affect the skin in the following ways :

1 ; Damages elastin and skin protein collagen , which are responsible for maintaining the skin’s elasticity and firmness .
2 ; Restricts the body’s ability to utilize and produce anti-oxidants, making the body more vulnerable to damage by free radicals.
3 ; Makes your skin more vulnerable and prone to sun damage (which is one of the leading causes of skin aging) by deactivating the body’s natural antioxidant enzymes.
The math here is simple. The more sugar you consume, the more vulnerable you are to the damaging effects of glycation and skin aging .
The sugar impact is felt mostly after the age of 35 , as tissue regeneration slows down and glycation increases .

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE 

To prevent the damage caused by sugar you need to cut down on the added sugars from your diet . Though it is not possible to completely eliminate sugar (such as sugar in the form of fructose and sucrose, which are unavoidable and produce end products such as glucose and galactose , which can be easily digested so eliminating these natural sugars is not required ) .
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO  AVOID DAMAGE FROM HIGH CONSUMPTION OF SUGAR 

Avoid food with added and high sugar content such as sweets , chocolates , carbonated beverages .
Limit the consumption of simple carbohydrates such as potato , pasta , white bread and white rice .
Increase protein intake to control carb cravings .

TO COUNTERACT THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY SUGAR YOU NEED TO ; 

Replace processed sugars with natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables .
Limit refined sugar consumption to less than 10% of your total calorie intake .
Supplement your diet with essential vitamins such as a daily dose of 1mg of Vitamin B1 and B6 .
Fight the detrimental effect of AGEs by reducing / avoiding sun exposure especially between 10 A.M and 4 P.M when UV rays are at their strongest by using a high SPF broad spectrum sunscreen .
Increase the intake of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids by eating brightly colored vegetables , fruits and cold water fish such as salmon and sardines .
Add a handful of nuts to your diet and sip on antioxidant-rich green tea instead of coffee or regular black tea .
Use an antioxidant rich anti-aging cream and follow a meticulous beauty and skin care routine .
If a slimmer waistline isn’t motivation enough , think about your skin and health and cut out the sugar !

Thursday, April 2, 2015

THE EFFECT OF VITAMIN C SERUMS ON SKIN .

Did you know that Vitamin C serums can protect your skin and even reverse the signs of aging ?
One of the hottest skincare products on today’s market utilizes nature’s very own vitamins in order to minimize lines , increase collagen production and enhance the skin’s protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Let’s take a look at why you should consider adding a Vitamin C serum to your skincare regimen:

SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN TO BE EFFECTIVE 

Many skincare products make all sorts of claims to make you look decades younger without having any proof to back it up .
Unlike the other products , the effectiveness of Vitamin C has been studied clinically and documented in various studies .
Vitamin C increases the skin’s natural protection against the sun by as much as eight times . This is very encouraging since sun exposure is the leading cause of increased lines and wrinkles .

Another study resulted in noticeable reduction in fine lines and improved fine lines and reduced hyperpigmentation in participants who used a Vitamin C serum . When selecting a product to include in your skincare regimen , it’s important to use products or ingredients that have been proven effective in order to save your hard earned moolah !

PREVENT AND PROTECT YOUR SKIN

The best use for a Vitamin C serum is to apply it in the morning underneath your sunscreen in order to enhance its protection .
Prolonged exposure to sun rays can lead to an increase in wrinkles , fine lines and discoloration .
A Vitamin C serum will also protect your skin against free radicals and pollutants in order to keep your skin healthy .

INGREDIENTS THAT WORK BEAUTIFULLY TOGETHER

Vitamin C serums often combine l-ascorbic acid with other powerful antioxidants in order to maximize its potential .
One substance that is often used in many popular serums is ferulic acid . This substance has been proven to reduce oxidative stress when combined with ascorbic acid and vitamin E .
Another ingredient that is used in many serums is hyaluronic acid ; this hydrating base has the ability to hold 1000 times its weight in water making it ideal for dry skin .

Topically applied, Vitamin C also has the ability to increase collagen production which is vital for youthful and healthier looking skin. Younger skin naturally has more collagen but levels natural decrease as we age and get older. Vitamin C can increase your natural collagen production resulting in firmer and more radiant looking skin.

Vitamin C Serums won’t make you look 10 years younger overnight by any means , but it can be a very powerful tool when used as part of a comprehensive skincare regimen including proper exfoliation , sunscreen protection , plenty of fluids and a healthy diet .