The Anti-Aging Journey: What to Change, What to Do

For those of you under 30, anti-aging skincare is probably not the highest priority on your to-do list. But for those of us past 30 (and past 40, I must be honest), even if we never thought of ourselves as vain, we do glance in the mirror and wonder if we’re doing enough to keep our skin looking young for as long as possible.

I have been blessed (thanks Mom!) with good genes. Folks in my gene pool tend to look 10 or more years younger than their actual age for a long time. Even in their 80’s (we live a long time too), my family members look great. But even good genes aren’t enough, especially if you like to spend time outdoors.

Here are some anti-aging skin care tips to help you along.

Drink plenty of water. Really, it is not an old wives tale. Staying hydrated keeps your skin plump and young looking. Dehydrated skin looks dry and wrinkly. Eat right and take your vitamins. If you’re eating fast food, sweets and sodas, you’re not doing your skin any favors. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and lean proteins. Your waistline and your skin will thank you. Exercise. Right along with a healthy diet, exercise keeps you young–inside and out.

Use good quality skin care products. I’m sorry ladies, but soap and water are not going to make you a natural beauty. You don’t need a complicated regimen, but a cleanser and moisturizer suitable to your skin type should form the backbone of your anti-aging skin care routine. Look for anti-aging cosmetics. As we age we don’t want to look heavily made up, as if we’re trying to hide something. What you do want is simple daily make up that both enhances your skin and makes you look younger. Wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day. Preferably use one with natural sun blocking ingredients, such as zinc, and not chemical blockers.

Change your diet. Try using a diet that is very high in fats and proteins, and low in carbs. Not only is this type of diet great for your skin, but it also will help you lose body fat and gain lean muscle. The most popular of these currently is the ketogenic diet, or keto. Check TastyKeto’s list of theĀ best selling ketogenic cookbook for more.

Wash your face every night, even if you didn’t wear make up. Cosmetics, oils and environmental toxins need to be washed away before you jump into bed. Think of all the dirt, pollens and pollutants floating around in the air that have been quietly making themselves comfortable on your skin; get rid of them and prevent environmental damage to your skin.

Don’t smoke. Talk about toxic pollutants that can damage your skin. Non-smokers will always look younger than smokers.

The anti-aging journey doesn’t need to be filled with rocky roads and washed out bridges, just follow these simple, healthy tips and you can keep your youthful appearance for many years.

Tips to Avoid Summer Acne

While summer is the time of year where people look forward to the most for some rest and relaxation, what they don’t look forward to is the surge of acne breakouts. The potential of summer breakouts can be managed with a skincare routine variation.

Sweating is common during the summer months and can flare up acne — especially doing outdoor sports. Taking a swing at the golf course, peddling along a bike path or hiking on a picturesque trail can promote perspiration. Too much sweating from “fun in the sun” should be washed off immediately to avoid breakouts.

With the summer season invariably comes heat, and depending on where one vacations or lives, humidity adds another acne factor. Heat has the tendency to trigger sebaceous gland production which in turn produces oil.

Oily skin is the main reason for acne breakouts.

Trouble spots normally occur in the following areas:

  • Forehead
  • Nose
  • Chest
  • Back

There is also a direct correlation between larger pores where acne breakouts may strike — the nose is one of these areas.

Washing the face with a mild cleanser both morning and night can help reduce oily skin. If facial oil begins to peak during the midday hours, one might consider doing an additional afternoon wash.

If facial skin begins to dry out, however, one might want to reduce the number of their daily cleansing regimen.

A number of skin care professionals also recommend a clay mask which has the ability to absorb oil, while others believe leaving a facial cleanser on the skin for 5 to 10 seconds before removing it.

Some skin care manufactures also offer a skin cleansing system which helps to eliminate breakouts while keeping the skin hydrated. This type of combination is ideal.

Because summertime promotes oil production, it might also be the right time to scale back on moisturizer application. Again, one needs to test the right amount in order to find the right balance.

Here are some other helpful hints to add onto the list:

Implement a nighttime skin care regimen which includes complete makeup removal

Use a mild cleanser and/or non-soap cleanser

Purchase cosmetics which are not oil-based and lean more towards mineral and/or water-based makeup

To avoid skin damage when outdoors, please use sunscreen. Those who are prone to acne may shy away from sunscreen thinking that it’s too oily but this is not the case. An oil-free, noncomedogenic sunscreen is the perfect solution.

Additionally, be careful of what you put in your body food-wise. Eating healthier leads to less acne-prone skin, that’s a fact. If you want to take things to the next level with homemade cuisine but don’t have the time, check out one of the automated machines from Sous Vide Wizard.

Finding the right skincare routine may take some time but it can be achieved — and working with a skin care professional can make the road much easier.

Product Review: Ambi Skincare and Clear Exfoliating Wash, for African American Skin

Finally a skin care product that works for me as well as many other African Americans. Ethnic skincare products are hard to come by, but Ambi Even and Clear Exfoliating Wash is an excellent product. Ambi has always been widely available for African Americans but with this new product, I now have a smoother face with less acne which disappeared almost instantly.

Ambi Exfoliating Wash is a new product that is available at just about any drug store or department store in the cosmetic section. You can plan on spending less than four dollars for this wonderful product. The four dollar price is a five ounce bottle of face wash.

This is one of the many products on the market by Ambi. Ambi is a Johnson and Johnson brand of skincare products that is specifically designed for men and women of color. Lately I have been breaking out with acne on my face, but I have noticed an immediate change within the first couple of days using the product. It does contain Salicylic Acid, but this helps penetrate through the skin and unclog pores, in order to get smoother skin.

The other advantage of this skincare product is that it helps with skin tone. If you are one of those people who are prone to blemishes, this product helps greatly reduce blemishes caused by acne. If you are needing products specifically for the use of blemishes then there are other Ambi products on the market as well.

While it does contain salicylic acid, other ingredients include Soy Extract, Vitamins C and Vitamin E, Citric Acid, and Butylene Glycol. There are many more but these are a few of the inactive ingredients.

Only a small amount is required when the product is being used. It is only necessary to buy this skincare product once every three to four weeks.

There is a warning label and on the back of the bottle and directions for its use. There is also a list of all the inactive ingredients and a phone number to call for further questions regarding this product.

This skincare product is affordable, and with the combination of other skin products, I have found this product to be safe and effective for preventing acne breakouts and fading blemishes. There are a number of Ambi products on the market to compliment this face wash, such moisturizer and skin fading products that may be combined together for successful use.

MD Skincare Daily Face Peel is What the Doctor Ordered

It isn’t rare for a skincare product to claim it’s “for all skin types”, but it’s often a challenge to find one that actually works. Look no further than MD Skincare’s Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, a quick and soothing two-step process that is also the skincare line’s best seller. The product, which costs approximately $75 for 30 uses, comes in two separate jars, each filled with moist circular pads. Ingredients include green tea extract and vitamins A, C and E.

Simiply wipe your face with a disposable pad from the jar marked “Step One” and wait for two minutes. Your skin will likely feel tingly, especially the first few times you use the peel, as it’s clearing dirt and build-up from your skin. When the minutes are up, rub a pad from the jar marked “Step Two”; often this feels more moist and soothing than the first pad. (In both cases, don’t forget your neck area.)

The Daily Facial Peel, designed by Dr. Dennis Gross, is the answer to many skin problems. For those that suffer from dry skin, the peel cleans without exacerbating dryness. Wrinkles are diminished and prevented with regular use. The peel also helps to clear acne, and preps skin so that topical acne medications will sink in and perform better. And for those plagued with shiny skin (especially that T-zone area), the product helps keeps unwanted oil in control.

Though the peel is intended for every day use (such as every morning before putting on sunscreen and/or makeup; or every evening after cleansing your face), I’ve found that after the initial month or so, using the peel every day was a bit too harsh. Depending on the weather and the state of my skin, I cut back to every few days. Because once the jars are opened, the pads slowly start to dry out if not used within the thirty days, I began to buy the Daily Facial Peel in packages of individually wrapped doses. Two cloths, Step One and Step Two, are sealed in small silver foil-like packages, also perfect for tucking into a gym bag or packing for travel.

Who could ask for a simpler and more beneficial at-home skin product? Clear out your medicine cabinet of too many half-used bottles and remedies and make room for Daily Facial Peel. Your face will thank you!

Daily Facial Peel can be found at Sephora and wherever MD Skincare products are sold.

Ayurveda Skincare: Holistic Medicine and Natural Healing

Did you know that a holistic theory states that acne is an imbalance in one’s way of life? This holistic theory is known as Ayurveda, a type of holistic medicine and natural healing that has been practiced for over 5000 years. Its followers will tell you that it is a form of art that promotes healthy living through knowledge in science. According to its philosophy, life is made up of four major parts: the mind, body, soul, and senses. Not one is more important than the other and an imbalance in any area will lead to poor health.

Ayurveda is the science of trying to equalize these four components. In order to do so, healthy foods must be eaten. Acne, a symptom of poor or unfortunate skincare, is known as an imbalance. Ayurvedic followers believe that keeping a strict diet is key to eliminating acne. This diet consists of eating soft foods like applesauce, rice and oatmeal. In addition, Ayurvedic theorists believe that fried and spicy foods are responsible for promoting acne. They also believe in the power of the herbal remedy.

Ayurveda actually owns three different types of skin care, each acting in accordance to a particular skin type. In this holistic theory, there are three different ayurvedic skin types: vata, pitta, and kapha. Vata skin is dry and irritable to the elements of dry weather. Rough and flaky skin is also characteristic of vata. Pitta skin is owned by those with freckles and is easily prone to acne, sunspots, and rashes. Kapha skin handles well against the sun, but also has the common problems of excessive oil and pimples.

Ayurvedic followers encourage different skin case regimens for vata, pitta, and kapha. Vata skin care means adding essential oils and herbs into one’s healing to help hydrate the skin. In addition, eating regular meals and going to bed at the same time each day helps to balance Vata skin. Pitta skin care restricts against tanning and exposing the skin to hot air for long periods of time. Those with Kapha skin are encouraged to scrub with exfoliating clay every couple of days and pay attention to flushing toxins from the skin.

Follow an Ayurvedic skin care regimen today and see how smooth and balanced your skin can become. It is a holistic healing style that has been in existence for 5000 years and should be given a fair shot.

Kate Somervile Skin Health Pyramid Discovery Kit

If you have never tried Kate Somerville skincare products an excellent way is with the Kate Somerville Skin Health Pyramid Discovery Kit. Rather than purchasing a single product try the Kate Somerville Skin Health Pyramid Discovery Kid which provides the opportunity to try five of the best selling products in travel size containers. This not only provides the chance to try the products but also provides an opportunity to experience the Kate Somerville Skincare regimen.

The Kate Somerville Skin Health Pyramid Discovery Kit includes Gentle Daily Wash, Quench Hydrating Face Serum, Total Vitamin Antioxidant Serum, Nourish Daily Moisturizer, ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, Deep tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8 and Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream.

Kate Somerville Skincare products are made from a variety of natural ingredients which include sage oil, lavender oil, bergamot, fruit oil, wheat germ oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, purified water, potassium sorbate, geranium oil, chamomile oil, orange oil, vitamin D3, carica papaya fruit, pectin, soybean oil, rosewood oil, citric acid, macadamia seed oil, silk powder, copper PCA, rice bran protein and more.

The key to success of the Kate Somerville Skin Health Pyramid Discovery Kit is to use as directed. The daily wash is rich in botanicals and is formulated to clean, calm and condition the skin. The Quench Hydrating Face Serum, one of the most popular products, is a marvelous hydrator. The Total Vitamin Antioxidant Serum is packed with antioxidants formulated to promote skin health. The Nourish Daily Moisturizer is an excellent rejuvenator and brightener formulated as an anti-aging product. ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment is the next best thing to going to the salon for a facial. The Deep Tissue Repair Cream with Peptide K8 encourages cellular repair with a collagen builder. The Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream is an awesome eye-brightener and is formulated to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

With the Kate Somerville Skin Healthy Pyramid Discovery Kit you will find your routine is as simple as cleansing, hydrating, nourishing, exfoliating, moisturizing, skin repairing and eye repairing. Follow the instructions and use the products as recommended to see a visible difference in your skin quickly. The Kate Somerville Skin Health Pyramid Discovery Kit retails for approximately $90.

Bergdorf Goodman is Now Home to Korean Medicinal Herbal Skincare Line, Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo skincare, a long-time favored brand in Korea, opened its space in Bergdorf Goodman in late June of this year. Sulwhasoo gives rise to a new trend in skincare: medicinal herbal skincare.

The brand’s products focus on one core philosophy — beauty must be synergistically both internal and external. Sulwhasoo uses natural ingredients and ancient traditions as a foundation to harmonize opposing spectra of energy, thereby bringing out a healthier complexion.

Korea has a long history of medicinal herbal beauty experimentation, namely centered on a belief in ginseng and its many healing and beautifying properties, and today some 43 years later, Sulwhasoo has come to the fore of the pack with its new line of medicinal herbal skincare, now featured at Bergdorf Goodman.

The two products out of the new collection which are getting the most acclaim here in the states are the Concentrated Ginseng Cream which utilizes several forms of ginseng (ginseng root, ginseng berry, and ginseng water) and First Care Serum

Sulwhasoo couldn’t have picked a better time for this line, what with so many people going green and opting for more natural beauty regiments.

Sulwhasoo Products and Prices:

First Care Serum: $80

Concentrated Ginseng Cream: $220

Liquid Cleansing Foam: $36

Balancing Water: $55

Rejuvenating Eye Cream: $109

Revitalizing Serum: $120

Skin Clarifying Mask: $39

For a complete list of the products in this line, visit the Bergdorf Goodman blog.

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Product and pricing information taken from the Bergdorf Goodman blog.

Information regarding the brand’s philosophy and general history taken from the Sulwhasoo website.

All other information taken from the press release for Sulwhasoo’s launch at Bergdorf Goodman.

Antioxidant Skincare Products and Anti-Aging Skincare Products

Anti oxidant skincare products and anti-aging skincare products are two of the hottest product categories in stores these days. Antioxidant skincare products work to fight against free radicals and stop cells from aging and dying. So these anti oxidant skincare products or anti-aging skincare products work to keep the skin looking young and fresh. It is important to be careful when using these antioxidant skincare products as they are not FDA approved and they often don’t match the claims they make. Are they indeed good for the skin? If you choose your anti-aging skincare products carefully you should end up with something that erases lines and wrinkles as well as pigmentation and discoloration.

Tips for purchasing the best products.

The market is so flooded with antioxidant skincare products and anti-aging skincare products, dealing with wrinkles, or claiming to provide a “lift”. There are products available for every part of the face are face too; the chin, the eyes, the lips. It is no surprise that people get confused when looking for a good anti-aging skincare product. Below are some ideas on what to do when shopping for such:

Before beginning your search for antioxidant skincare products or anti-aging skincare products know your skin type and what areas you want to target. Having this in mind will greatly affect the search. If you are uncertain you can speak with a dermatologist.

Browse by ingredients when it comes to antioxidant skincare products or anti-aging skincare products. Get out of the idea that more expensive is better, you want Kinetin, Retinol, multiple antioxidant and vitamins. If you are purchasing eye creams you will want to look for alpha hydroxil acids. Other ingredients of note are: grape see, aloe vera and green tea.

In addition to these products keep a healthy diet. You appearance is a reflection of your diet. A proper consumption of water helps toxins get flushed from the body, vitamins and minerals are all proper and green/black teas are great for their antioxidant properties. So purchasing antioxidant skincare products or anti-aging skincare products isn’t always enough.

No matter how many antioxidant skincare products or anti-aging skincare products you will use on your skin, if it is not healthy it will not have the beautiful glow people seek. These products are only part of the equation and while they are helpful to fix small problems and work as maintenance they are not the cure all for skin problems and they should not be used as such.

Source: Gabriel, Julie Clear Skin: Organic Action Plan for Acne 2007

Review of Sophyto Innovations Organic Skincare

Sophyto is a high-quality, relatively affordable skincare line from the UK, designed by a team of experts led by Karen Sinclair Drake. The ingredients of this line are vegan, organic, and manufactured using ethical, sustainable methods, earning it the title of being the first professional-grade skincare line to be licensed by the UK Soil Association. It’s a rather unusual line in that the company discourages the use of tap water in healthy skincare. Tap water can cause a disturbance in the pH of the skin, which has a protective acidic layer that chlorine washes away. To give you an idea of what Sophyto has to offer, here is an review of some of its products that I’ve tried.

Ultra Mild Silken Cleanser
This is good to use in the evenings, because it can be used as a gentle makeup remover. It has the consistency of a serum, and you may either massage it onto your face with your fingers or use a cotton pad if you are removing makeup. It has an aloe vera base and uses cucumber extracts to dissolve dead skin cells in order to exfoliate without the use of abrasive scrubs.

Deep Pore Foaming Cleanser
I like to use this in the morning, or in the evenings after using the Ultra Mild Silken Cleanser. Ingredients include organic English apples and raw sugar cane to help lift daily debris out of pores before they have a chance to clog. It dispenses out of the bottle as a light foam, which is easily spread onto the skin. I’ve found that it has a tendency to soak into the skin, which may or may not be what it is supposed to do.

Tone amp; Balance Super Bioactive
Sophyto advises the use of one of their Super Bioactives in place of water. They carry two kinds: Tone amp; Balance for oily skin types, and Purify amp; Energize for dry skin types. I have oily skin that is prone to acne, so I tried the former. After cleansing the skin with one of the above cleansers, take a cotton pad soaked with Bioactive and massage it over your face. Continue doing this until the cotton pad comes away clean.

Polyphenol Skin Drops
This is perhaps my favorite product in the entire line. It is a light serum designed to combat free radicals with a bioactive combination of antioxidant ingredients, including apples, green tea and white grapes. It smells absolutely heavenly and it soaks in easily. My skin feels so refreshed after applying this serum.

Multivitamin Skin Drops
I also love the scent of this product. Someone who smelled me after applying it told me that I smelled like a pastry. This may be due to the yeast fermented CoQ10. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which helps retain moisture in the skin. I usually put this on after the Polyphenol Skin Drops, and it makes my skin so wonderfully smooth.

I will admit that I was leery when I tried the Sophyto line specifically because it doesn’t use water. I was aware of the harmful effects of water on skin, but how could you possibly clean properly without using water to wash the cleanser away? The Bioactive merely wipes it away, and I wasn’t so sure I trusted that. I waited for some kind of negative reaction from my skin that simply didn’t come. Instead, my skin felt smooth and became more vibrant, and oil production seemed to balance itself out. These products sell for between $25-$50. That may not fit your idea of “affordable,” but I’ve tried organic products that cost twice as much as these do, with the same high level of performance. Sophyto offers a travel set that can also be used as a sample kit. It’s rather small, but it will satisfy the curiosity of most buyers. The entire line is available at, and

Best Dermalogica Products for Oily Skin Types

Stress, hormonal imbalances or toxins in the environment can all be problematic for people with oily skin and there are only a few skincare lines and products that can help keep breakouts and excess oil production under control. Dermalogica is one of several skincare companies that has developed a range of skincare products that protect and strengthen oily skin so that skin looks and feels healthy season after season. If you’re struggling with keeping oily skin under control, here are some of the best Dermalogica products to add to your beauty regiment:

Prepare Oily Skin for Cleansing with the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub
If you want to keep skin looking smooth and soft, use the Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub before cleansing to soften the skin and prepare it for a deeper cleaning. The scrub is made specifically for oily skin types and works to remove dead skin cells while soothing the skin to reduce irritation. This scrub is made with fine grains of corn cob meal that won’t clog the pores, and mallow and ivy extracts for their calming effects.

Cleanse Oily Skin with the Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser
Oily skin needs to be cleansed with a formula that will break down and remove excess oils and also purify the pores. The Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser is made with bentonite and kaolin clay which help to clear up impurities and reduce congestion. This particular cleanser also contains menthol which helps to cool and calm irritated skin. Since oily skin is also prone to breakouts, you can reduce the risk of blemishes and acne with the help of the lemon and sambucus extracts that have astringent properties.

Tone Oily Skin with the Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
If you need to freshen up oily skin after a stressful day or want to prepare it for makeup application after cleansing, use the Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner. This lightweight facial spritz is designed to infuse the skin with moisture without causing irritation. You can spray it on day or night to give your skin a refreshing boost.

Moisturize Oily Skin with Dermalogica Active Moist
Dermalogica’s Active Moist is among the top-selling products in the entire line because it helps the skin stay smooth and hydrated all day long without irritation. The lightweight moisturizer also infuses the skin with botanical extracts and contains natural astringents such as watercress and burdock which help to keep breakouts under control.

Manage Breakouts on Oily Skin with the Dermalogica Clearing Mattifier
Dermalogica’s Clearing Mattifier is a unique compound designed to clear up breakouts. It’s a thick, clear gel that can be applied under makeup and works to control shine and clear up congested pores. If you have oily skin, you can use this treatment overnight to clear up pimples and blemishes, and also during the day to keep shine under control.