SerumScoop: Tips, tricks and news
In pursuit of perfect skin, we try countless serums and creams, book elaborate facials, and chug water religiously, yet there’s a beyond-simple fix that has been staring us in the face all this time: giving up (or significantly cutting back on) alcohol—which we’ve long known is no health elixir, but has a perhaps unexpected impact on our complexions, in particular.
“Alcohol is actually one of the worst, most aggressive compounds to destroy your skin,” says New York nutritionist Jairo Rodriguez, who counts designers and Vogue editors among his clients. “I always joke with my patients, ‘If you want to get older, go ahead and drink!’ ” Here, Rodriguez breaks down the exact effects alcohol can have on your skin and how, when you do indulge, to imbibe in the best possible way.
Dehydration Is the Issue . . .
“Drinking is classified as two drinks a day. There’s a huge amount of damage to the skin that occurs; alcohol affects any mucous membrane from the pancreas and liver to the skin. The first effect is dehydration, as it actually takes all the fluid out of the skin. If you look at a woman who has been drinking for 20 or 30 years, and a woman the same age who hasn’t at all, we see a massive difference in the skin—more wrinkles from that dehydration damage, which can make you look 10 years older.”
. . . Inflammation, Too
“Alcohol inflames the tissue, and systemic inflammation to the skin caused by alcohol creates a histamine reaction—that creates the redness, the flushing of the skin. At first you think, oh you’re a little red, not a big deal, but over a period of time—six months, a year, two years—if you continue drinking, it can become a prominent facial redness you can’t get away from.”
You Can Bounce Back—Within Reason
“If you do give it up, the good thing is that your skin, like any other organ, has the ability to regenerate. The body has a fabulous rate of rehydration. But that regeneration depends on how much damage has been done. If you’ve been drinking for 15 to 20 years and stop, I think it’s great, but can you regenerate your skin back to [that of] a normal 50-year-old? Once you destroy the collagen, it is hard to get back.”
Choose Your Liquor Wisely
“People are going to drink, whether you like it or not, so what is the best alcohol to drink? Different alcohols have different effects on the skin, but as a general rule, the clearer, the better: Vodka, gin, and tequila get out of your system quicker. If you’re going to drink anything, in my opinion, drink vodka that doesn’t have a grain in it, like a potato vodka. It’s a lot clearer and smoother, so it gets in and out of your body, no problem.”
Drink Every Other Day—Or Less
“So, when you’re 20 years old and drink, that drink leaves your body in about three hours. When you’re 40 years old, it takes an average of 33 hours. If your transit time is three hours, that means you can drink on Monday and by Tuesday, it’s out of your body. If you’re 40 and you drink on Monday, don’t drink until Wednesday. Minimize to once or twice a week—the lower the intake, the lower the damage to your skin.”
“If you’re going to drink, drink water with it to increase that diuretic effect. I think mothers have been saying that for the last 2,000 years, but nobody listens if your mother says it.”
[Of course, we'd also highly recommend our remarkable TelomErase 6-in-1 Multi-Corrective Serum with triple telomere targeters as part of the arsenal against alcohol's effect on skin. See its product page here.]
— Excerpted / reprinted from VOGUE: vogue.com/article/alcohol-skin-damage-effects
UV exposure isn't the only cause of premature skin aging. Pollution contributes. Here's how to thwart that.
Pollution, ozone, dirt and chemicals from vehicle emissions, plants, factories, cigarette smoke, etc., are seen by consumers as the second largest cause of skin, scalp and hair problems across the globe; the first is lack of sleep.*
HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum is the first U.S. skincare product to contain award-winning Neurophroline®, the "neuro-soothing, anti-stress, feel-good, anti-pollution" active derived from the Terephrosia Purpurea plant, Gold winner of the In-Cosmetics Innovation Zone.
Clinical efficacy on volunteers with stressed skin (polluted air):
The clinical efficacy of Neurophroline was evaluated in a double blind test versus placebo under dermatological control. Twenty four volunteers aged 40 to 67 years old took part in the study (average age: 53 ± 2years).
The clinical test was run during summer time, in skin-stressing conditions as the volunteers where living in an geographical area known to have significant atmospheric pollution (measured in ten air quality control stations around the location of the clinical test during the testing period).
The volunteers applied twice a day the placebo or the cream containing Neurophroline at 2% on the most sensitive skin part of their face: under their eyes. The clinical assessment was run for one month.
Pollution by PM10 and ozone was always very close to the recommended limits and exceeded it at some periods. Therefore the stress was very intense during the testing period.
Results: Neurophroline significantly enhances the skin luminosity of volunteers with stressed skin in 2 weeks, with up to +57% improvement in one month.
Neurophroline also shows very rapid results at improving the global skin color around the eye. Skin redness is significantly reduced by 2.4 times after 28 days, and the skin’s color is significantly improved by 99% during the same period of time:
Get the remarkable benefits of Neurophroline, along with instant plumping, wrinkle blur, 72 hour hydration, and innumerable other benefits of HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum.
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Head-to-Head Comparison: HA7X Multi-Molecular Hydrator Serum vs. SkinMedica® HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator
HA7X is the first direct competitor to award-winning HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator by SkinMedica®, a component of Allergan, Inc.
HA7X includes 29 of the same primary ingredients in HA5, including Vitis Flower Stem Cell Extract, Peptide Complexes, and Sea Polysaccharides from French Polynesia.
But we didn't stop there: HA7X includes two additional, cutting-edge hyaluronic technologies (for a total of seven); HA5 only contains five.
HA7X is also the first U.S. product to contain benefits of Gold award-winning Neurophroline™ targeting stress, pollution, and cortisol.
Yet with these new actives, HA7X is about half the price as SkinMedica’s version.
HA7X works for all skin types, and is the perfect complement to any skincare regimen to prevent and combat the signs of aging.
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Do you look your age? If so or if not, why?
New research from Unilever and Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam is digging into that key question: how do we explain the difference between how old we look and how old we are?
The results, according to the researchers, could "lead to new discoveries to help everybody look younger for longer."
“By learning the ‘secrets’ of those who look young for their age, we can find innovate ways to help everybody keep younger looking for longer in the future," said Unilever senior scientist and study co-leader Dr. David Gunn.
According to an official announcement:
During the project, more than 4,000 people were assessed for their youthful appearance in facial photographs, involving over 100,000 assessments of perceived age (how old they looked). The team then examined more than 8 million variants in the DNA of the participants to investigate whether those who looked young for the age carried different variants to those who looked old for their age.
What the researchers found was that individuals with one form of a gene called MC1R looked two years older than those with a different form.
“Our finding marks another step in understanding aging differences between people and provides new leads to identify the molecular links between perceived age, chronological age, and biological age," said study co-leader Professor Manfred Kayser from Erasmus MC University Medical Centre Rotterdam.
He added, “The next step is to understand on the molecular level why looking younger implies that you are healthier, eventually allowing to comprehend healthy aging.”
- Reprinted/excerpted from GCI Magazine here