Meet The Alchemist For Agelessness

With a babysitter mom, Eugene was virtually surrounded by babies during his growing-up years. And while each was unique and special in his own way, one thing they shared in common was the immaculate, soft and smooth skin. “I could never forget the first time I held a baby – pristine beauty at its purest best!” recalls Eugene. His grandma – on the hand – was understandably at the other end of the continuum with thin, dry, crepey, and pigmented skin. The stark contrast often made Eugene wonder if wrinkles and saggy skin were “inevitable bookends in the passage of time” or could these visible signs of age, in fact, be halted and eve

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Urea

Urea is a colorless or white crystalline powder and is used as a humectant in cosmetics and personal care products. Urea is found in the skin’s epidermis and it is an active part of the body’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF) which functions to keep skin hydrated, protected and working efficiently.
It is an excellent hydrophilic molecule (water-loving) and holds on to water molecules in the epidermis and dermis, keeping the skin moist. When used in high concentrations, urea can be used an alternative to acid peels. It helps with the exfoliation process and enhances skin penetration for other active ingredients in cosmetic products.

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Squalane

Squalane is colorless, odorless and non-comedogenic – does not clog pores – making it a versatile ingredient in product formulation for most skin types. Acting as a barrier between the skin and the environment, it protects the outer layer of the epidermis while concurrently helps the skin to better retain moisture. It is used as an emollient (skin softener), moisturizer and lubricant in personal care products such as facial cleansers, eye creams, lipsticks, bath oils and sunscreens. Squalane is a valuable ingredient in skincare formulations as it is a 100% saturated oil and more stable than squalene thus ideal for use in skincare products.

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Olive Leaf

Research has shown that olive leaf extract’s high levels of antioxidants help to protect the skin against harmful UV exposure. According to 2010 study in Phytotherapy Research, consuming an ingestible containing the extract twice daily for two weeks reduced the thickening of the skin caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. Oleuropein also inhibits melanin production and suppresses the enzyme that degrades protein in the skin such as collagen and elastin.

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Beautiful Skin – Eat’s The Way!

 Co-founder of Women To Women, Marcelle Pick, puts it aptly when she said that to nurture beautiful skin, the solution lies in “what you put in your body than what you put on your skin.” Nutricosmetics are natural health supplements formulated to support the structure, function, appearance and health of the skin, hair and nails by nourishing the body to bring out beauty from within. Swedish biochemist Ake Dahlgren, known as the Father of “Internal Skincare”, postulates that skin cells are capable of absorbing nutrients (bioavailability) – thus improving skin’s appearance. For example, phytoceramides are now widely regarded as a potent ingredient for preserving youthful and healthy skin, and are widely used in anti-aging skincare products. So you can literally eat your way to a lovely skin.

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Phytoceramides: A Botanical Facelift

In 1884 German physician L.T. W. Thudichen discovered the presence of ceramides in the human brain. Ceramides are key lipids (fat molecules) that are naturally found in the skin’s outer layer and act as a binding agent between skin cells. They also strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and lock in moisture so the skin remains hydrated, resilient and youthful-looking. However, by the time a person reaches his 60th birthday, the upper layer of the skin may have thinned by as much as 30%.

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Check Your Skin Health

Healthy and beautiful skin – who doesn’t want it? Especially in this age where appearance and first impressions matter greatly, looking good is more than just a vanity project – there is a practical and tangible value to it. Our earlier blog posts have touched upon the essential rituals in skincare such as hydration and moisturization. We’ll now cover the tell-tale signs that your skin is not in the best of health and that you ought to examine your current skincare regimen to see if it is adequate and effective. As dermatologists like to say: the skin can be a window to your underlying health thus it deserves your best attention and care.

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Cheap And Good Skincare Foods

Many people dream of having smooth, supple and flawless skin. And some are willing to invest a lot of money to ensure that their skin always looks beautiful, radiant and youthful. For example, the estimated cost to get rid of crow’s feet around the eyes and horizontal lines on the forehead with botox injections is around US$1500! So unless you have the means to splurge on such pricey procedures, here are some skin-loving foods that are easily available and could work just as well in helping to maintain the forever-young look in you.

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Water Works For The Skin

The skin is a protective organ – the great wall that keeps everything inside the body in, and shields us from the elements, germs and surrounding toxins. It is also the body’s largest and fastest-growing organ and plays a major role in shaping our public persona – specifically in defining how we look to the world. It does so much for us that it begs the question: are we doing enough to give the skin the proper care it deserves?

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