Are you tired of seeing pictures of beautiful young girls advertising anti ageing cosmetics? Don't get me wrong we all love beauty and I for one really appreciate youth, but when it comes to mature skins and anti ageing we want models that are 40 plus. Real people and real skin. This is me Susie I am 53 years old. I haven't had any cosmetic surgery, no botox or fillers. I don't even have facials. The photo is not enhanced just good lighting. Funnily enough I took this photo sitting in my car waiting for a juice client to arrive. Here's my opinion on what cosmetic ingredients work and how to get that glow through diet and lifestyle.
What makes your skin glow?
I get asked this question all the time. You are the sum total of everything you put into your body good and bad. Your skin is the biggest elimination organ and any bad habits have a horrible habit of being reflected in your skin.
Water is top of my list for a glow, water and more water. I drink 2 liters of good quality filtered water every day. I add fresh lemon juice to a couple of glasses. Without water your skin will look dry and begin to sag, eight glasses a day will pump it up.
Water cleanses the system of toxins. The liver is responsible for the flushing of toxins. Water aids the liver with this process.
If you feel constipated? ...Drink more water.
Skin looking dull and tired? ...Bottom line drink more water.
A plant based diet helps elimination and fuels your body with nutrients needed for good skin. Plants are especially high in Vitamin C and A. I eat a predominantly plant based diet and juice every day religiously.
Juicing is a wonderful way of getting a high assimulation of nutrients into your system quickly. High in water content, vitamins and minerals.
There are three essential vitamins needed for skin health. Vitamin C, A and E.
Vitamin C is needed for production of collagen. Collagen is vital for firm youthful skin and helps smooth fine lines. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Antioxidants mop up free radicals caused from internal processes and external pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, processed foods, corn oils, red meats, high Gi foods, alcohol, cooking oil and medication.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that is found in nuts, vegetables, fish oil, whole grains, fortified cereals and apricots. Vitamin E reduces inflammation, helps with hyper pigmentation, increases blood circulation so improving skin tone.
Vitamin A supports the skin's immune system helping to speed up healing and prevent break outs. An effective hydrator locking in natural moisture. Foods containing Vitamin A are orange and yellow vegetables and fruits, brocolli, spinach, wheatgrass, chlorella, dark leafy greens.
Omega fatty acids work with the water in your skin and in the environment to keep hydration levels balanced and to prevent moisture loss, which improves skin in so many ways.
All of the above mentioned topically applied should be included in your skin care products. FYI we pack our skin care with all of the above ingredients.
Do topic AHA and retinol make a difference.
The answer is simply yes.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are a group of natural and synthetic ingredients, that help exfoliate the surface layer of your skin. Revealing a smoother skin tone. Skin looks and feels more vibrant.
We use AHA's in both our Susie Who Stem Cell Active Botox Cream and Skin Regererative Night Cream.
Sodium hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid) is small enough to penetrate the upper layers of skin to reveal newer skin below. It also hydrates the skin by locking in moisture. Gives your skin that pump look.
Retinol is another name for vitamin A. Retinols promote firmer more radiant skin tones. They seem to instictively know what ails the skin and sort it out. Be it a dull complexion or fine lines. We use Vitamin A in its most natural form, wheatgerm and evening primrose oil.
It's important to remember that although AHA and retinols are both superstar ingredients they are not enough. You need good organic natural oils and emoilients that will soften as well. That is why we use only the best natural oils and ingredients that are good enough to eat. Avocodo oil, apricot kernal oil, marula oil, almond oil, shea butter and coconut oils all moisturise and soften, leaving your skin with a radiant glow.