September 3, 2014
September 2, 2014
Loss of elasticity around the jawline (drooping jowls) and on the rest of the face is a very common sign of aging. It is part of the natural aging process. HOWEVER, there are a number of things you can do to prevent the early loss of elasticity and reduce the speed at which the skin loses elasticity.
But first, let’s talk about how our skin begins to lose elasticity.
When you’re young, you can pull at your skin and it will quickly pop right back into place. (Note: never pull at your skin if you can help it.) As we age, the skin takes an increasingly longer amount of time to retain its original shape.
Collagen helps youthful skin remain firm and support’s the skin’s structural matrix. However, it’s the aptly named Elastin that is more closely related to your skin’s elasticity. Unfortunately, both Collagen and Elastin’s functions begin to decline as we age, causing loose skin and drooping jowls.
[We Recommend: Temporary Lifting Mask]
To some degree, genetics play an important role in how well you’ll age. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can treat your skin poorly if you have good genetics. The opposite is true as well: good skin care and proper preventive measures can help you age better than Mom or Dad.
Smoking, for example, speeds up the skin’s loss of elasticity; certain substances in cigarettes can increase the breakdown of Collagen and negatively affect its synthesis. Furthermore, smoking decreases blood flow to the skin and diminishes the delivery of nutrients.
Sugar is another culprit. Eating too much sugar causes Glycation, the process by which the sugar you consume starts to attach to proteins in the body, formingAdvanced Glycation End Products (AGEs), causing the proteins to become malformed. Collagen and Elastin are the proteins most likely to be affected by Glycation. The result? Fine lines, wrinkles, and the loss of elasticity.
Other factors that affect the skin’s elasticity include: Sun damage, Sleep, and Stress. (Yes, we also noticed that all of these start with the the letter S!)
August 31, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
No wearing white after Labor Day? As if. We’re forever adding to our mood board because we all know nothing brings out a summer glow like an all-white look; we’re milking it for as long as possible, even if it means breaking some sartorial rules.
Whites are neutral, and thus basic, and therefore essential. We’re partial to white high-waist, wide-legged trousers, crisp shirts, and gorgeous flowing dresses, but truth be told, these are the little white essentials that we can’t get enough of year-round:
Do we need another reason? (Didn’t think so.)
August 29, 2014
We’re going back to school! Get ready to hit the books again with our Acne Repair Kit- the Drying Lotion, Drying Cream, and Buffering Lotion. This is your chance to win the kit and have clearer skin for school this year!
But first! Check out these BLOG highlights:
To enter to win the Acne Repair Kit, simply comment on this blog post, below! Residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to win; we will announce the winner after the holiday weekend on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. (If you win, you’ll also be contacted privately via email.)
August 27, 2014
by Kimberly Yang
Read more: What happens if I don’t exfoliate?