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Hyaluronic Acid And How It Can Help Us

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You may be the same as me and have never heard of hyaluronic acid, which is a pity as it is quite a useful substance in terms of skincare.

This substance is key in moisturizing the skin as it can hold a thousand times its own weight in water. This is significant as it carries the water around the body to where it is needed. It works with elastin and most particularly collagen to provide benefits in many parts of the body, particularly in hydrating the skin and repairing cartilage. It also helps in repairing scar tissue so has benefits to new mothers and sufferers of acne. Other benefits include faster repairing wounds and relief from arthritis (as it helps lubricate joints.)

Collagen molecules provide the structure into which hyaluronic acid locks moisture.

Hyaluronic acid is one of the substances that deteriorate with age; we lose significant amounts from the age of eighteen and, combined with the loss of collagen, leads to lines and wrinkles later in life.

It hardly seems surprising that this substance is affected by ultra violet light when you consider excess sunlight leads to premature aging and wrinkles. This process has been linked to skin cancer too.

The body is unable to produce sufficient hyaluronic acid in later years so one of the more useful healthy skin tips you could receive would be to find a way to reintroduce this acid into the body. Previously the only method was to inject affected areas with doses (and this is presently the only way yet approved by the US Food and Drug Administration) but of course this involves potential problems such as skin bruising and indeed the fear of injections.

In February the Proto-col company in the United Kingdom introduced it’s Skin Plus capsules, which combine collagen and hyaluronic acid in one easy to take dose. Just for good measure, each natural diet supplement capsule includes a range of useful vitamins too. Proto-col believe this new product represents a significant step forward in skincare.

To find out more about Proto-col’s new Skin Plus natural diet supplement, please come over to LookRavishing.com .


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Dealing With Dry Skin

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Extremes of skin types are equally problematic. Those with oily skin wish their skin was drier and those with dry skin wish it had more oils. The truth is we all want healthy skin.

So how do you turn dry skin into healthy skin?

The first thing to realize is healthy skin comes from inside. To deal with dry skin the first step is to ensure you hydrate sufficiently.

Make sure you drink plenty of water or fruit juice. The problem in using liquids to hydrate and create healthy skin is the water arrives at the skin last.

As the moisture is drawn from the liquids you drink, it hydrates all the other organs before it reaches the skin. This is good in many ways as it ensures the essential organs receive healthy hydration on the way. The order of priority tends to be the heart and brain first, then the main muscle groups and then major systems such as the digestive and respiratory functions. The skin then receives its share. Once you have nicely hydrated healthy skin you know the rest of your body has also benefitted.

Get in the habit of carrying and drinking water or juice.

Oh, and by the way, alcohol is no help as it actually draws moisture from the skin, as does caffeine.

The other way to turn dry skin into healthy skin is to use a good natural beauty product to moisturize.

Use a good natural skincare product in the morning and at night. The nighttime application is especially important as it is less likely to be rubbed off and of course it is when we are at rest that the skin is renewed and regenerated.

The morning application is also useful as it not only moisturizes the skin but provides a protective layer against such enemies of healthy skin such as pollutants.

A thin layer of a moisturizing natural skincare product will be sufficient.

Don’t forget that natural skincare products are better for dry skin as they will not irritate the skin as some chemical versions might.


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The Benefits Of Zinc Oxide To Natural Skincare

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Zinc oxide has many applications in several fields, including in the production of rubber and concrete and as a food additive. However this adaptable substance, probably used in India around 500BC and by the Romans too, is particularly useful in medicine and as a constituent of mineral cosmetics.

This additive to natural beauty products is a key ingredient of the traditional skin treatment calamine lotion. It is anti-inflammatory and is used in sunscreens as a result of its natural skincare property of adhering to the skin and reducing the amount of potentially dangerous ultra violet rays absorbed.

This feature of non-absorption means zinc oxide is nonirritating and nonallergenic. There is some evidence it may well be an anti-oxidant too.

Some cheaper sunscreens use a nano zinc oxide but this is absorbed by the skin and is less effective and may even cause health problems (although studies are yet to establish this).

This natural skincare ingredient also features in cream designed to prevent nappy (or diaper) rash due to its abilities to combat skin irritations through its adherence to the skins surface. Zinc oxide also has antibacterial properties, which help its abilities in natural skincare.

Acne can also be controlled as a result of zinc oxides anti-inflammatory properties and it ability to also control excessive skin oil. Through its promotion of healthy skin, this substance also helps scars heal more quickly.

As a result of these advantages, this useful substance can also be found in rectal suppositories and in treatments (such as calamine lotion) for chapped, dry or itching skin and minor burns.

Zinc oxide is also used in nutritional supplements as a source of zinc, which is useful for DNA and immune system maintenance.

With all its benefits to healthy skin, it is clear that zinc oxide is a useful ingredient in natural beauty products, especially natural skin products.


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Give Your Body Bliss

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Proto-col’s Instant Body Bliss product is an indulgent natural skincare product: a luxurious scrub which buffs up the skin to leave it feeling glowing smooth and fabulous.

It is one of those delightful natural beauty products, which is luxurious and yet affordable and leaves a beautifully healthy skin.

The feel of this natural skincare product is decidedly tropical with pampering essential oils such as neroli and sandalwood to deal with any stretch marks and cellulite. Such oils are also reputed to be natural aphrodisiacs so your partner will be appreciative too, especially as the Instant Body Bliss will leave you with a beautiful light and delicate tropical fragrance.

This natural skincare product contains only natural, plant-based ingredients so is ideal for sensitive skin. It can be used as often as you like but once or twice a week should be sufficient. However, as it is one of those natural beauty products, which will be considered a treat, you may want to use it more often!

As with all Proto-col products, Instant Body Bliss is not tested on animals.

The product is ideal for massaging treatments, a body exfoliating treatment the day before spray tanning, to work on any tide marks left from tanning or to improve the skin after holiday sunbathing.

Studies have shown that the regular massaging of this natural skincare product into areas where fatty tissues are stored helps break down the fat and so helps reduce lymphathic damage. Such regular massage will thus reduce cellulite.

The product is contained in an attractive jar and first appears with intriguing levels of various pinks, which are the oils and salts separated. The first action therefore is to get a small spoon and mix these together.

The natural skincare product should then be massaged gently into the body for a least a minute. Work particularly on areas where fat may be a problem, such as the thighs and tummy.

Once you have experienced enough bliss, rinse your body slowly in warm water and pat dry. Then enjoy the smoothness of your skin!

So what are the ingredients of Instant Body Bliss?

There are many effective natural products in this natural skincare product.

Grape Seed oil is used as it is an astringent and is rich in vitamins, as is lemongrass, which is a great skin tonic working on oily skin, open pores and acne.

Melon is a wonderful skin conditioner so it is included, as is apricot for it’s humectant qualities and the fact it is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals.

As you massage this natural skincare product into your increasingly healthy skin you will feel the Dead Sea Salts as they heal and sooth the skin.

The Proto-col Instant Body Bliss is one of those natural beauty products that is a treat you really should allow yourself once in a while. During the Christmas period this natural skincare product is even more affordable with £2 off the normal price, reducing it from the usual £19.95 to £17.95. To find out more, please go to LookRavishing.com.
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Vitamin C In Anti Aging Products

Many natural beauty products include vitamin C in their ingredients. What are the advantages of this particular vitamin to healthy skin, especially in those claiming anti- aging properties?

Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, enables the production of collagen and, as we know, collagen is essential to healthy skin. A loss of vitamin C results in a loss of elasticity in the skin and wrinkling – similar to that seen in people who have spent too long in the sun. In addition, a lack of vitamin C results in wounds and indeed the gums not healing correctly.

A well-known symptom of an extreme lack of vitamin C is the condition known as scurvy. This was the curse of seafarers years ago and symptoms include bleeding gums and open wounds.

Vitamin C is also a good antioxidant and ensures healthy skin through the scavenging of free radicals. Vitamin C also has benefits to the health of blood vessels and the immune system.

One problem is vitamin C oxidizes easily on contact with the air so good natural beauty products have to carefully formulated to prevent this. You will know if oxidization has occurred as a light brown residue will form around the neck of the container. Oxidized vitamin C loses much of its antioxidant properties.

One way to overcome the problem is to use not vitamin C but a derivative of it but this is less effective on the skin. Pure vitamin C products are therefore usually expensive. This clearly gives manufacturers of natural beauty products a problem but there are quite a few that have solved the problem without making the natural skincare product too dear.

Of course, a good diet with plenty of vitamin C in it (using perhaps citrus fruit) will help, or if required, good natural supplements. Good nutrition always shows in the complexion.

Be sure to take care in your selection of natural beauty products.


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Look After Your Neck And Hands

You may have noticed as I have but aging is given away by the condition of the neck and hands. This is why many older celebrities take to wearing scarves and other neck ornaments. Others might even wear gloves more.

Too much sun can also show aging on the chest: I have known several older ladies in particular from hotter countries whose chests show their age very early.

The skin on these surfaces tends to be thinner with less sweat and oil glands to keep the area moisturised. The skin on the neck, hands and chest needs to be treated in a different way to other areas, such as the face, so some healthy skin tips might be appropriate.

The truth is these areas of the skin show the state of your collagen health. It is the deterioration of the collagen in the skin that helps create this aged, wrinkled look.

There are several ways to combat this.

You can improve your collagen health in various ways including collagen injections and collagen capsules.

There are surgical and other drastic procedures you can undertake but good natural skin treatment products should be effective in keeping the symptoms at bay. Often good nutrition, including natural dietary supplements, should help too.

There is a deeper layer of dead skin cells on the neck, hands and chest and this is why natural skincare products are usually thicker in consistency.

The use of a good quality sunscreen can also delay the signs of aging.

Too often these areas of skin are neglected in the regular use of natural skin treatment but as the neck, hands and chest can be such a giveaway to age, they should clearly be given at least equal attention.

Proto-col provide a high quality, good value range of collagen capsules, natural dietary supplements and natural skin treatment products that are designed to reduce the signs of aging. Find out more at LookRavishing.com

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The Strongest Foundation For Your Makeup Programme

Mineral makeup powder is fast becoming the makeup of choice for beauty professionals and the Proto-col range is one brand that is leading the revolution.

The Proto-col range of natural mineral cosmetics blends absolutely pure, top quality minerals with the latest skincare technology producing hypoallergenic mineral makeup powder that is good for your skin.

The range is free of fragrances, dyes, waxes, oils, parabens and talcs and is stuffed full with vitamins A, C and E. If you have problem skin you will be pleased to hear that the non-comedogenic nature of the range means it will not clog pores and it is fine to sleep with the makeup on.

The Proto-col foundation has bioactive minerals to heal problems in the skin and prevent breakouts. Restoring the skins vitality, the foundation also includes naturally coloured pigment iron oxides, mica to reflect the light naturally, the natural sunscreen (of SPF 20) titanium dioxide and the anti-inflammatory zinc oxide.

The goal has been to produce quality at an affordable price.

To match all shades of skin, this foundation comes in four colours: ranging from the lightest ‘ivory’ to ‘iroko.’

How To Apply Proto-col Foundation

Having poured a small amount of the foundation into the lid, use a Kabuki brush (there is an excellent one in the Proto-col range), and swirl it around the lid to work the mineral makeup powder into the bristles.

Apply the powder to the skin in a circular, buffing action until the desired coverage has been achieved. Make sure you blend it the area under the line of the jaw.

It is always better to apply the mineral powder makeup in thin layers, using smaller amounts of powder than apply too much in one go.

Interestingly, as with many of the Proto-col natural mineral cosmetics, the nature of the product means the colours can be mixed to achieve the perfect shade for your complexion.

Proto-cols foundation mineral makeup powder is included in the Cosmetics Starter Pack for your skin colour. Find out more at LookRavishing.com.

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About Proto-col Skin Cleanser And Toner

The skin cleanser and toner from Proto-col together offer a gentle and effective natural skin treatment.

The cleanser uses a variety of natural ingredients to hydrate, soften and condition the skin and the skin toner has gentle astringent qualities without the use of alcohol. Neither is tested on animals and indeed contains only plant-based products and no animal products.

Both are suitable for sensitive and dry skins. The lack of alcohol means each natural skin treatment can be used on broken skin too.

The Proto-col skin cleanser is a natural skin treatment containing plant derived collagen to nourish the skin and camomile, which in itself is a good cleanser and it also soothes the skin whilst improving elasticity.

Other ingredients include orange oil for decongesting and detoxifying, neroli oil (from the blossom of the bitter orange tree) for skin regeneration, palm oil for lubricating and hydrating, aloe vera for soothing and healing and guava and kiwi to strengthen the skin and promote its general health.

Interestingly, the natural skin treatment ingredient neroli oil is well known for helping combat skin conditions such as thread veins, stretch marks and scarring. Equally aloe vera is renowned for helping heal burns and other conditions such as dermatitis and dry, chapped skin.

The other natural skin treatment, the Proto-col toner is just as useful, containing not only plant derived collagen, aloe vera and guava and kiwi but also witch hazel, a mild astringent that still soothes the skin. Also included are panthenol containing vitamin B5, which has anti-inflammatory properties and can sooth and heal as well, and, intriguingly, coral seaweed. The coral seaweed is rich in amino acids and contains magnesium and calcium to soften and oxygenate the skin.

How To Apply

Application is easy. A small amount of the cleanser is spread with a gentle circular movement across the whole of the face and neck using the fingers. It can then be removed either with a damp cotton wool pad or by gently splashing the face with water.

You will find this will effectively remove all the residue makeup (including lip stick and eye makeup) as well as traces of pollution and grime.

After cleansing, apply the toner with another damp cotton wool pad, brushing gently in an upward and outward direction. As an alternative, you could also give your face a light spray directly.

Proto-col skin cleanser and toner are together a natural skin treatment which are very effective in giving you healthy, supple skin but also give you the knowledge you are using the very best natural and ethical products.

From 1 October until Christmas, you can try both these natural skin treatment products as part of promotional packs at offer prices. Visit LookRavishing.com to find out more.


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Microdermabrasion: The Jewel In The Crown

When using a natural skin treatment, one of the best quality products for uncovering new, fresh younger skin is Proto-col’s Microdermabrasion (say it slowly at first!).

Amazingly, this product actually uses powdered pearls and diamonds to remove dead skin cells. This natural skin treatment then boosts the skin’s renewal process with coral seaweed, plant collagen and even hydrolysed silk, which is rich in vitamins and amino acids and helps the skin retain its natural moisture.

There are no toxic chemicals or ingredients in this product and none of Proto-col’s natural skin treatment products are animal tested.

Microdermabrasion contains an astonishing number of beneficial natural ingredients to help your skin. These include jojoba oil to prevent dryness and help moisturize, beeswax to emulsify the product and help moisturize again, and glycolic acid, which is reputed to trigger the formation of collagen to plump up the skin and reduce wrinkles. This last ingredient can be especially of use to people prone to acne.

This product also includes grape extract, psidium guajava (Guava), actinidia sinensis (Kiwi) and ginko giloba, which are an astringent, a source of vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals and an antioxidant.

How To Apply

This natural skin treatment should be applied to a cleansed and dried face.

Using the fingers, a small amount should be spread over the face and then worked into the skin using a gentle rotary action. The best way to achieve this is to work from the nose to the ear and from the mouth to the lower ear. This natural skin treatment should then be used on the neck up to and including the jaw line and on the forehead from the centre to the hairline.

Generally it is best to spend a minute or two on each area of the face before rinsing it off and then using a toner to remove the last traces.

Proto-col’s microdermabrasion is designed for sensitive skin so should be fine for use on all skin types although especially sensitive skin might benefit from mixing this natural skin treatment with Proto-col’s skin cleanser.

This product uses natural ingredients, is effective and may help with the penetration of other products so is well worth trying to uncover fresher skin.

Proto-col’s microdermabrasion natural skin treatment is available from LookRavishing.com in 60ml and 20ml sizes and, from 1 October 2010 until Christmas, it is part of several special offer packs including the Luxury Pamper Pack (which has a huge reduction of £45.80 on the price).

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All About Proto-col Instant Manicure

The Proto-col Instant Manicure product is a remarkable example of a natural skin treatment.

It is truly instant with the effects felt within a minute of use. It is a scrub inspired by use in the spa industry and will smooth, nourish and rejuvenate hands using Dead Sea salts, pure essential oils and antioxidants. The inclusion of rosemary and peppermint oils has a reviving aromatherapy effect while the Dead Sea salts remove the dead skin cells. This has the result of clearing the way for the penetration of the essential oils, leaving the hands feeling incredibly smoother, brighter and revitalised.

All that is required is for the user to wash their hands and pat them dry. The oils and salts are separate in the pot so need to be stirred together before you scoop a small amount into the palm of your hand and massage it into the whole area of the hand from the wrists to the cuticles. Do this for 60 seconds before rinsing the hands again and patting them dry. One container should give you more than 80 applications.

While the hands are being rubbed, you will feel the roughness of the Dead Sea salts but, once you wash the salts off, you will be amazed by how soft the skin on your hands has become!

This natural skin treatment removes the need for a hand cream and could perhaps be left at the side of a sink as a reward after work has been completed.

Our hands get a lot of abuse, especially if you are in a job needing manual work or are handling cleaning materials. Even in normal conditions dust, pollution and climate can take a toll on our hands. Ageing is often seen early in the skin of the hands.

Proto-col Instant Manicure is the natural skin treatment that can combat these skin stresses on the hands and has the effect of refreshing your senses at the same time.

STOP PRESS: All the Proto-col luxury Exfoliator Scrubs have had a £2 price reduction from 1 October 2010. Please visit LookRavishing.com to find out more.

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