Archive for February, 2010

Did you know that sun damaged skin ages faster than skin that doesn’t suffer from excess UV exposure?

Yes that’s right. Sun damaged skin is one of the leading causes of premature skin aging. The UV rays of the sun can be extremely damaging to your skin over time and lead to a range of premature skin problems such as dryness, wrinkles, blotchiness and even skin cancer.

Unfortunately this was not well known in the past and so many of us spent long hours in the sun searching for that perfect tan, and now many women are showing the results. Our skin is showing the ravages of sun damage. And so more and more women are searching for answers to the question of how to repair sun damaged skin.

Damage to your face (and other skin) from overexposure to the sun is what is technically known as photo-aging. Photo-aging, over time, can result in skin sun damage that ages your skin way beyond its years. Along with smoking photo-aging is about the single biggest cause of premature skin aging in older women. UV skin damage makes you look way older then your years.

Of course if you’re young and you understand this there are solutions. Stay out of the sun, particularly during the summer and during the hottest part of the day, wear a long sleeved shirt and a hat and use sunscreen and you’re part of the way there. But if you’re older and you already suffer from a sun damaged face then you need to learn more about how to reverse sun damaged skin.
How To Repair Sun Damaged Skin

And you also need to understand some of the limitations of sunscreens. Sunscreens do not generally offer complete UV protection. Whilst using a sunscreen is probably better than not using a sunscreen they do have their limitations and we have written more on that in our article about sun damage and ageing.

The good news is that skin sun damage can be reversed. This can be done in a number of ways. Firstly it’s essential to understand how bad severe exposure to the sun can be for your skin and to resolve to protect yourself properly from the sun in the future. There’s no point in seeking to reverse sun damage that you’ve already suffered in the past whilst at the same time adding more damage. You must commit to serious sun protection and understand the importance of staying out of the sun or fully protecting yourself from its harmful UV.

However there are also other answer to the question of how to heal sun damaged skin. Gradually science is beginning to understand the mechanism by which skin sun damage occurs and is also starting to produce some of the solutions that can help reverse sun damage.

Here is a good example. You may have heard of lycopene. Lycopene comes from tomatos and there is growing evidence that increasing your intake of lycopene can help protect women from breast cancer and men from prostate cancer. However there is also now significant evidence that lycopene can help boost your skin’s natural sun protection and therefore help protect it naturally from harmful UV rays.

And there are other natural ingredients which have also been found to have significant benefits as a natural sun protection.

However there is more to lycopene than simply helping boost your natural UV protection. Evidence is emerging clearly that lycopene can help reverse sun damage to your face by reversing the effects of photo-aging.

This is very good news indeed.
How To Repair Sun Damaged Skin

This type of research is going on all the time. There are some excellent people studying photo-aging and some excellent niche skin care companies producing products that take advantage of this groundbreaking research.

These small companies, one in particular, are at the cutting edge of producing natural skin care products that can significantly reverse sun damage and therefore reverse some of the effects of photo-aging. There are many natural ingredients of plants, nuts and fruits which have excellent properties as natural moisturizers, for example, many of which can be incorporated into high quality natural anti aging products.

Why do we suggest you use “natural” skin care products? Because the big name brands use chemical ingredients in their products and many of these can be harmful to your skin and your health. If this is news to you then browse some more about this here on our website using the navigation at the right and you’ll be stunned by what you read about the risks of modern mainstream personal and beauty products.

Why would the big name brands use chemical ingredients when there are such wonderful natural ingredients available? Because the chemical ingredients are much cheaper.

And repairing sun damaged skin is not just about using skin care products. We mentioned lycopene. Just this week Xtend Life released a new Premium Omega 3 supplement that incorporates lycopene into its Omega 3 capsules. Omega 3 fatty acids are extremely good for your skin. The make up of Omega3 fats is very similar to the make up of the natural oils produced by your skin and taking Omega 3 supplements is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall skin health.

Along with the best natural skin care products taking Omega 3 supplements that include lycopene also gives you better weapons for repairing sun damaged skin.

But as we’ve mentioned already it is also extremely important that you understand the risks of excess UV exposure and take steps to minimize your exposure to the sun at the worst times of the season and the day.

So if you’re wondering how to repair sun damaged skin there’s your answer. Use the best natural skin care products, combined with premium omega 3 supplements which incorporate lycopene and you’re well on your way to reversing sun damage, improving the look of your skin and your overall skin health.

The best anti aging tip has to be to stay healthy, and using fragrance free natural anti aging products is a great start. Why?

The best anti aging tips come in many forms and today we like to give you an anti aging tip that may be one of the most important that you’ll ever get. It’s as much a general health tip, however keeping healthy is about the best tip you’ll ever get to keeping age at bay and looking your best.

Our tip is this. Whenever you’re looking to buy anti aging and skin care products look for natural antiaging products that do not contain fragrances.

Why would we suggest that you source natural anti aging and skin care products that do not contain fragrances? Because there is clear evidence that fragrances, (along with a whole host of other chemical ingredients found in hundreds or even thousands of mainstream anti aging products) can be dangerous to your health.

How in the world could fragrances be dangerous? Surely a fragrance is just something that helps us smell good, and they probably come from rose petals or something like that. Sadly nothing could be further from the truth.

Fragrances are just chemicals that smell nice and most are chemicals created in a laboratory. Like many chemicals they can be dangerous to our health, and there is very little research to tell us whether any particular fragrance is dangerous or not. Not only that but the particular chemical name is usually not listed on the label because companies manufacturing anti ageing products are allowed to call these chemicals by generic terms such as “fragrance”.
Natural Anti Aging Tips

The skin care and anti aging companies are allowed to avoid labeling their ingredients correctly because the make-up of their fragrances is considered to be a trade secret and they don’t wish to give away their secrets.

And even products which are labeled as “unscented” can contain fragrances because these are what is known as “masking fragrances” there to cover up the smell of other chemicals.

Here’s just a few of the known or suspected risks of chemical fragrances in our anti aging skin care products and cosmetics as well as a wide range of other personal and beauty care products. After reading this you’ll see why our best antiaging tip is to use natural skin care products and natural anti aging products which do not contain fragrances.

1 It is known that chemical fragrances are among the top 5 allergens that can produce allergic reactions in people including asthma.

2 According to the EU’s Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-food Products somewhere around one in 50 people may become hypersensitive to fragrances which can lead to a lifetime of allergic reactions including immune system damage. Many of the chemical fragrances used in products in the US are banned in Europe.

3 In 1986 the U.S. National Academy of Sciences identified certain ingredients of fragrances as a neurotoxin which can cause brain damage.

One of the most common chemical fragrances is synthetic musks. Studies have found that people who use high levels of products containing fragrances often have high levels of synthetic musks detected in their bodies. A relatively new study has even found synthetic musk in the umbilical cord blood of newborn American babies suggesting that this has got there whilst the mothers were still carrying their babies. Some experts consider that synthetic musks can disrupt the actions of human hormones.

Perhaps now you can see why we are suggesting that the best natural anti aging tip we can give you is to use natural skin care products and natural anti aging products that do not contain fragrances. Fragrances are merely there to make you smell good. Great anti aging skin care is not about smelling good. It’s about good overall health and it’s about using the best natural anti aging products available that do not contain synthetic chemicals such as fragrances which may put your health at risk.

Ageing gracefully and looking good above all is about being healthy. If your body is healthy you will radiate health and look good. If you’re unhealthy it’s hard to look your best. The very best anti ageing tip is to stay healthy right into old age, and a good way to increase your chances of doing this is to avoid anti aging products containing synthetic chemicals such as fragrances and much more.

There are companies that recognize the problems inherent in so many modern and mainstream skin care products and anti aging products and which seek to manufacture high quality natural skin care products which are extremely effective to use and which do not contain chemical ingredients found in so many mainstream products which put the health of ourselves and our children at risk.

In our view the best of these is Xtend Life which manufactures an extremely high quality range of natural skin care products that do not contain fragrances for the reasons outlined above. They have a demonstrated corporate commitment to producing safe and highly effective skin care and anti aging products that are affordable.

If you’re interested to find out more about some of the other risks of most mainstream modern anti aging skin care products then continue reading on our website. Here we hope to highlight for you some of the problems inherent in modern skin care products, and how you can avoid them by using high quality natural skin care products.