What Do You Do About Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

Body Wrap Guru | skin care | Tuesday, 07 September 2010

It is a fact that dark circles and puffy eyes will make you look tired and old.  The saying goes that the eyes tell your age.  Your look can be easily ruined by dark circles and bags around the eyes.    There are lots of products available for these issues, but most of them don’t really get to the real source of the problem.  There is no surgery that can help with dark circles.  The right ingredients in a good eye cream however, can make a difference. 

Contrary to popular belief, dark circles are not really caused from being tired.  They are actually similar to bruises.  Blood leaks from capillaries below the eyes and make the area beneath the eyes appear dark.  The skin beneath the eyes begins to thin as we get older.  This makes dark circles much more obvious. 

There are some ingredients that can help with both dark circles and puffy eyes.  Haolxyl , Matrixy and emu oil are all useful in eye creams.  Studies have found that Haloxyl can reduce the intensity of dark circles by 60% of users in a particular study.  Skin is rejuvenated by Haloxyl.  Matrixyl is an anti-aging ingredient.  It has been shown to reduce crows feet and wrinkling.  Emu oil is also used to increase the thickness of the skin around the eyes and help reduce the appearance of dark circles.  A good eye cream that utilizes these ingredients can make eyes look younger and better. 

Collagen is a Must for Healthy Skin

Body Wrap Guru | skin care | Monday, 30 August 2010

 In order to have healthy beautiful skin you must have enough collagen in the skin. Collagen is the main protein that forms the structural makeup of the skin. The condition of the skin depends largely on the amount of collagen and the shape that collagen is in. When you are young the skin still produces plenty of collagen. As we get older the production slows. Collagen is also damaged over time.

Damage to collagen is due to free radicals. Most damage comes from exposure to the sun. The suns UV rays penetrate the skin and cause the collagen to break down. Smoking is also a leading source of collagen loss and skin damage. Pollutants in the environment are bad for the skin as well. Reduced and damaged collagen leads directly to wrinkles. If you do not have enough collagen to keep the skin firm, it will begin to droop and sag. The texture of the skin will not be good and it will begin to look dull.

Unfortunately, getting more collagen in the skin is not as simple as just using a skin cream with collagen as an ingredient. Collagen has too large of a molecule to be absorbed deep into the skin. Injections are an option, but they are very temporary. The side effects of injections can be bad as well. The only way to effectively get more collagen in the skin is to get the skin to actually produce more on its own. There are certain ingredients that can prompt the skin to produce more collagen. Creams with Vitamin C, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and peptides have been shown to help increase collagen production.

Dealing with Hyperpigmentation

Body Wrap Guru | skin care | Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Hyperpigmentation is a pretty regular occurrence.  It happens when patches of skin on the face become darker than the surrounding skin.  It is actually harmless.  But it can be hard to get rid of and very frustrating for sufferers.  Hyperpigmentation is also known as age spots or liver spots.    These spots occur because of an excess of melanin, the skins pigment.  When melanin is concentrated in a certain spot it will make the skin look darker in that spot.   It can occur because of sun damage and may be found on the face, hands, arms and other areas that are regularly exposed to the sun.  Melasma spots are a lot like age spots, but they tend to cover larger areas of skin.  These are usually due to hormonal changes.  Many women experience hyperpigmentation during pregnancy or when they are using birth control hormones.  Dark spots on the skin are also sometimes due to scaring.  Acne scars are a major cause.  All dark spots can become even darken when exposed to the sun.  It is important to wear sunscreen at all times to prevent spots from getting worse.  Protective clothing and a hat are a good idea also.    

Skin Creams for a Healthy Glow

Body Wrap Guru | skin care | Saturday, 07 August 2010

People fall into one of five complexion types:  dry, oily, normal, sensitive and combination.  There are many skin creams on the market for each type of skin.  It can be hard to choose the best one.  Many contain chemical ingredients that are damaging to the skin.  There are great natural ingredients that can be used to make skin look and feel better.  It is important to read the labels and look for ingredients that have proven results.  All skin types need to be moisturized.  Every day moisture is lost when the skin is exposed to the elements.  The moisture must be replace in order for the skin to be healthy.  Even men need to use skin creams to keep their skin from drying out and aging quickly. 

Dry skin especially needs moisturizing.  But oily skin also needs moisturizing to help create a balance.  You should always use oil free creams on oily skin however.  In addition to adding moisture a skin cream can provide protection and anti aging benefits.  A good skin care company can show research on its ingredients.  With a little investigating you can find a skin cream that will work well for you.