This one is definitely a tough one for me.. When you consume sugar or simple carbohydrates your body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose. In a process known as glycation, digested sugar permanently attaches to proteins. Especially vulnerable are collagen and elastin: they become stiff, weak and less supple - as in sagging skin and wrinkles. Aside from increasing the effects of aging, glycation can also exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars men should consume per day is 9 teaspoons, or 6 for women. So if you see your energy drink has 34 grams of sugar, just divide it by 4 ... and you know what that means.
We have all heard about them: retinoids, retin-A, retinols… The skincare miracle. The hero of the drugstore. Or do I need a prescription product?
Are you confused? Here is the scoop.
Retinoids are compounds derived from the Vitamin A family. They minimize the appearance of wrinkles, bolster skin thickness and elasticity, slow the breakdown of collagen, and lighten brown spots caused by sun exposure. The tiny molecular size is perfect for topical application: it can penetrate deep into the skin to work its magic.
The difference between Retinoic Acid and Retinol
Retinoic acid (commonly known as Retin-A) and retinol are both in part of the retinoid family. Retinoic acid is found only in prescription creams. Retinol is less potent and...
Just like your body, your skin regenerates in your sleep. So you want it to be clean of makeup, sweat, dirt and pollution. Before you go to bed, wash your face with warm water to open pores and loosen debris, then work your cleanser with gentle circular motions of your fingertips into your skin (don't forget the sides of your face and neck). Rinse the cleanser off completely and pat your face gently dry with a towel. Make this your evening ritual and save your face wipes for after gym workouts. Your future self will thank you. 💦☺️💦
It is the single best thing you can do for your skin. Look for broad spectrum UV protection to protect from UVB 'burning rays' and UVA 'aging rays'. Chemical filters penetrate your skin where they absorb sun rays, so allow for approximately 20 minutes before sun exposure. Physical sun screen sits on the skin and reflects the rays. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the ingredients to look for. No worries, these days physical sunscreens go on fabulously sheer. Remember, UVA rays penetrate glass, so whether you are inside or outside, rain or shine, SPF is the way to go.