Monday, November 19, 2012

Life & Style | Save My Skin

The lines on my forehead resemble the map of metro system in Paris.

I am skimming through this book "Secrets for ageless skin" by Dr. Adrienne Denese trying to unearth the secrets of skin youth in an afternoon. 

Steps to take before going to bed according to Dr. Denese:

Use a Cleanser with AHA (Alpha- Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta- Hydroxy Acid) to clean your skin. (Simply washing your face with soap and water only works if you are in your early 20s)

Use a good Toner. Toner is the second step in cleansing the skin. Put a small amount on a cotton ball and wipe your face.

Exfoliate every night with 8%-10% Glycolic Acid Pads. The top layers of the skin is made of the dead cells, by exfoliating, you allow skin care products to work.

Use water soluble serums to feed your skin and to stimulate Collagen production. Collagen is responsible for skin elasticity. Use serums that contain Carnosine, Resveratrol, Copper, Vitamin C and Vitamin B Complex. Water soluble serums fight the appearance of lines and wrinkles. (Water should be listed as the first ingredient).

Use lipid based serums such as Retinol Vitamin E , Omega3, or Linoleic Acid to build your skin Lipid barrier and and also to deliver Lipid based ingredients to your skin for Collagen production. 

Use a moisturizer with Ceramids to moisturize and to seal your skin.

During the day, she only recommends using a Lipid based Serum as a base and a day cream with SPF30 as a top coat.

Here are some dietary guidelines that she suggests for healthier skin.
  • Start your morning with protein not carbohydrates. The goal is not to wake up the Insulin response.
  • Try to stay on a low carb diet during the day.
  • Stay away from coffee and tea. Choose decaf or herbal tea.
  • Eat food with low Glycemic index such as Citrus fruits and leafy greens.
  • Take your vitamin supplements at lunch time with a full meal.
  • Eat more nuts and seeds.
  • Avoid carbohydrates 3 hours before going to sleep.

To be honest, I don't know if am disciplined enough to do all of these steps.

But at least I know a bit more about skin care than before.

These are some library books on this topic:

Feed your face : younger, smoother skin and a beautiful body in 28 delicious days 

Heal your skin : the breakthrough plan for renewal 
Forever young

Signing off until next Monday- Panteha

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