Skin Caring – Antioxdants

Yesterday I mentioned a moisturizer that I’ve been using by Natura Bisse, C + C Vitamin Cream. According to the company, Beyonce uses and sings about the diamond range. I bought this product because at the time my skin was dull, had hyperpigmentation from my hormones. I also use the scrub in the same range to exfoliate and brighten my skin (notice the word brighten, not lighten!).  My skin brightened up after one use and I’ve been using this product for the last six months.

You can buy Natura Bisse at Myer and David Jones Department stores in Bourke Street Melbourne.

Vitamin C which is the active ingredient in the products has the following benefits:

Helps increase collagen production, lightens pigmentation effectively and safely when used in concentrations of 10% or more, and is great for scar treatment

Is an antioxidant, that is the vitamin C gets damaged instead of your DNA, delaying the aging process.

Most forms of vitamin C used in skin care products are unstable and turn brown after opening the container. This is a sign that the vitamin C has oxidized and therefore no longer works. Only buy vitamin C lotions that are bright white so you can tell if the product has gone off.

Another effective natural ingredient effective at safely treating scars and hyperpigmentation is Licorice extract. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and accelerates skin renewal. Both vitamin C and licorice inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme that causes pigmentation in response to sun exposure and skin injury. If you can find a product that has both vitamin C and licorice even better. Interestingly, licorice boosts the scar lightening effects of vitamin C As a bonus, licorice also helps prevent and treat acne.

Another product I’ve used that’s effective at skin brightening is Philosophy’s Hope in a jar. Also high in anti-oxidants. Find it at Mecca cosmetics, also at Myer and David Jones. I prefer to visit their store on Toorak Road South Yarra. Remember to always ask for samples. If you’re going to pay that much for a product, it needs to prove to you that it actually works. The girls at Mecca are super friendly, they will be only too happy to oblige.

Really good anti-oxidant products such as the ones that I’ve mentioned can be quite expensive and can retail at more than $100.  So if you feel like you can’t afford this, there a few natural alternatives.

Avocado Oil.

It’s  high in sterolins, which are said to reduce age spots, help heal sun damage and scars. The sterolins (also called plant steroids) in the oil that helps to soften the skin and imparts a superior moisturizing effect.

Avocado oil is easily absorbed into deep tissue, and with its wonderfully emollient properties, helps to relieve the dryness and itching of psoriasis and eczema, sun or climate damaged skin that is dehydrated and undernourished, as it is said to help with regenerating the skin and softening the tissue.

A note about Avocado oil, make sure if you buy organic, and you buy small quantities. The oil if it’s pure and organic, will go off and will have a funny rancid smell. You only need a small amount and also bear in mind that it’s green in colour. Best to use at night, place a towel over your pillow to prevent staining. If you’re using oils for your face remember to exfoliate regularly, otherwise the oil will build up in your pores and result in breakouts

You can buy this from health food store. I got mine from the following:

http://www.auroma.com.au

This company supplies organic oils and butters for skin care, mainly for raw ingredients for cosmetics. You can make your own. They’ve got just about anything you can think of.

Lactic Acid and Yoghurt

Can’t find avocado oil, head for your local health food store and get yoghurt. Yes yoghurt. Again read the label and make sure that there no food additives or colours. Yoghurt contains lactic acid is a naturally occurring alpha-hydroxy acid (another anti-oxidant) as it aids in the sloughing of dead skin cells, increasing cellular turnover while hydrating the skin for a fresh and rejuvenated complexion. Lactic acid can be used for many skin problems including the management of acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris and hyperkeratosis, and can even be used on slightly sensitive or allergy-prone skin.

Yes I’ve also tried this. Leaves your skin feeling great, the fat in the yoghurt acts like a moisturizer.  You can use this as a moisturizer.

For great skin, don’t forget to drink lots of water and get plenty of rest and exercise.

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