Yes my mother used to say this but I did doubt it. Well I have doubted many things since Santa myth broke on me
But we may finally have proof that Veggies or rather vegetable extracts help in improving collagen levels in our skin. Well this is simplification of the study recently published on Nutrition Research
Skin aging appears to be principally attributed to a decrease in type I collagen level and the regeneration ability of dermal fibroblasts. We hypothesized that vegetable peptones promote cell proliferation and production of type I collagen in human dermal fibroblasts. Therefore, we investigated the effects of vegetable peptones on cell proliferation and type I collagen production and their possible mechanisms in human dermal fibroblasts. Vegetable peptones significantly promoted cell proliferation in a concentration-dependent manner. In addition, the human luciferase type I collagen α2 (COL1A2) promoter and type I procollagen synthesis assays showed that the vegetable peptones induced type I procollagen production by activating the COL1A2 promoter. Additionally, the vegetable peptones activated p90 ribosomal s6 kinase (RSK), which was mediated by activating the Raf-p44/42 MAPK (ERK) signaling pathway. In addition, the vegetable peptone-induced increase in cell proliferation and type I collagen production decreased upon treatment with the ERK inhibitor PD98059. Taken together, these findings suggest that increased proliferation of human dermal fibroblasts and enhanced production of type I collagen by vegetable peptones occur primarily by inducing the RSK-CCAAT/enhancer binding protein-β phosphorylation pathway, which is mediated by activating Raf-ERK signaling.
Yes I also didn’t get most of it. But I think we have two take-aways from this study which we can safely follow (*Guys I am not taking any guarantees)
- Nutrients from some vegetables stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen as we know affects skin elasticity and lack of which is one of the major reasons behind Wrinkles. So green veggies can help us keep those wrinkles away for much longer time.
- Eat more of green vegetables and I believe cooking them too much burns the natural ingredients.
What it doesnt mean: Preferring veggie burger over the regular one will benefit you.
And even if all of this is some bs then too we improve our health by eating healthy foods and I still will have my favourite Anti-wrinkle collagen cream So win win situation. Like it.
Believe it or not, everybody has pores.
Pores are small openings on the skin. The skin covers the body, so that’s how many pores a person has all over. Each hair follicle protrudes from a pore. Pores allow sweat to pass, this in turn keeps the body cool and heat is regulated.
Pores do not necessarily just appear. They are already there. They can, however, appear larger and more visible. There are many causes that can lead to pore enlargement. These include aging, genetics and poor skin care habits. The first two factors cannot be controlled, however, the last one can be and it could also make a lot of difference. However, a dermatologist can also provide input and point you to the right skin care routine to help battle large pores.
Beware of the Sun
You have to be careful of the sun and its effects on the skin. Sun damage may cause premature aging and can also darken the skin. Dark skin may make pores appear larger than they normally are and will give the appearance that the skin is sagging. But all is not lost. Skin can still be protected with SPF. Choose the right SPF for your skin type and apply regularly even on dark, cloudy days. The sun may be out but the harmful rays are still in action. A good SPF will prevent sun damage and hyper-pigmentation of the skin. Choose one that is also waterproof and be sure to reapply.
Use That Toner
Toner is there for a reason.
Toners smoothen the skin and also tighten pores. With continued use, a toner will be able to firm up the skin and also brighten the complexion. Not only do some toners provide good benefits to the skin, they are also a way to restore the skin’s natural balance. Toners with witch hazel prevent acne breakouts. Other specially formulated toners help to brighten the skin and contribute antioxidants that penetrate the skin’s surface deeper than just a cleanser. Toners also prepare the skin for faster moisturizer absorption.
Don’t take toners for granted, ask an expert for the right one for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, you will be recommended a gentle formula.
Exfoliating helps to get rid of deep-seated dirt from your skin’s surface. Using a gentle facials scrub will be able to help address the issue. Exfoliating will be able to introduce a new skin layer and make it firmer with each massage.
It’s not so much as whether or not a person has pores. It is knowing what to do about enlarged pores that makes all the difference.
There are various ways for hair removal to take place. You only have to choose between shaving or plucking- they may save time but will you be able to live with the effects? These methods may be doing more damage than good to your skin.
Another option is to try out waxing. There are two types of waxing: hot and cold. Hot wax involves melting or heating the wax that comes in a compact form and applying it on the skin. On the other hand, cold wax comes in a gel-like state, sometimes transparent in appearance and already in room temperature. You will need muslin cloth to cover the wax that you apply, and its thickness is usually enough so that both the hair and wax will stick.
Waxing is considered a good alternative to shaving and plucking because with each use, it exfoliates and lightens the skin. In addition, body hair that grows back is finer and takes longer to re-grow. This is because the hair is pulled directly from the root and leaves your skin smoother.
One popular option for waxing is honey. The most basic variant on the other hand, is lemon.
You will need 1 cup sugar, 1 cup honey and ½ cup lemon juice.
- In a saucepan, melt the sugar over medium heat, simply leave it without having to stir it, swirling the pan can do the trick. The sugar will caramelize and you can smell its familiar scent. You can add in the honey and lemon juice using a wooden spoon. The sugar will be foamy and hot.
- At this point, you will have to continue stirring until the substance has melted. It will then look like pancake batter. If it looks too thick, you should add 1 tablespoon of water until you have the correct consistency.
- Keep an eye on your mixture. Remove it from the fire and let it cool. You can then store it in an airtight container. You may also store in the refrigerator or simply leave in a dry, cool area of a room.
Homemade wax can save you money compared to having to make that trip to a spa or salon, have an attendant see you cringe as the hair is pulled, and you won’t have to feel embarrassed about it. The bottom line is that you’ve saved money and you can do it right in the comforts of your own home.
It’s a scary word that none of us want to confront and yet, it’s unspoken existence haunts us.
There are many ways to target cellulite all over the body, but it all depends on your budget, and how far you are willing to go. If you are the all-around DIY person, all it takes is a little creativity and imagination to mix together the best home remedies for cellulite removal. Who knows, the effective ingredients might just be sitting in your cupboard or pantry and it took you until this article to recognize it.
Cellulite tends to get worse as you age and it is necessary to get rid of them as soon as they are spotted. They are fat cells that are sitting just beneath the skin and cause the skin to look dimpled like cottage cheese. They are caused by genetics, hormones and unhealthy lifestyle.
These Can Be Competent Cellulite Removers:
1. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper actually helps to burn fat. It heats up the body, also boosting metabolism and increasing blood circulation. It helps to get rid of bad skin cells, leaving healthier, stronger cells in their place. Regularly including cayenne pepper helps to eliminate toxins from the body, preventing cellulite appearance in thighs.
2. Coffee Grounds
Coarse coffee grounds are great body scrubs that do the work when it comes to exfoliating. Regular scrubbing leaves the skin smoother and helps in cell regeneration. In addition to that, blood circulation is increased. Mixing with melted coconut oil also forms a paste and can be saved for later use.
3. Juniper Oil
Juniper oil can detoxify the body and help reduce fluid retention. When mixed with olive oil and massaged onto the affected areas, the skin becomes softer and firmer. It is best to do it twice daily.
Seaweed has the ability to flush out harmful toxins from the body, it stimulates blood circulation and reduces cellulite appearance. Even in its ground form mixed with extra virgin olive oil and essential oils can be a top-range massage experience. You can also save it for future use.
Other options include apple cider vinegar, gelatine and setting aside time for a myofacial massage. The key to reducing cellulite is to perform regular massages and also to adapt healthy and clean eating. Even engaging in regular exercise can help reduce cellulite, however, it is essential to do it regularly and not just to exercise sporadically for better results and maintenance. However there are many products available for heloing in cellulite removal. You can check this solution from Dermology.
Is Psoriasis getting you down? Are you feeling conscious with the way the latest trends do not agree with your condition? Sometimes all it takes is quick thinking and a little adjustment and strategy for you to feel comfortable even when you or someone close to you has Psoriasis.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you can maximize the pieces in your closet by dressing for comfort and not just for style.
Always go for natural, breathable fabrics. Whether they come in plains or prints is a matter of personal preference. If you want to cover up, you can choose turtlenecks. Be sure to wear a second layer under a knit sweater during the cold season so that your skin won’t irritate. Layering can actually reduce sweating and regulate body temperature during the winter. Soft cotton fabrics help to keep moisture away from the skin.
Collared shirts frame your face and also lengthen your torso.
Light colours are sure to draw away the attention from flaking skin. Slim v-neck shirts make the neck appear longer and in turn can be flattering.
The same goes for bottoms, cotton fabrics and plains can be paired with various tops. For women, if you don’t like pants all the time, you can wear skirts with opaque tights and wear boots to make a stylish statement. Also remember that trouser cuffs are a clever way to “lengthen” short legs.
Fabric Care and Colors
It is not enough to choose the right style for your clothes.
When doing your laundry, use unscented laundry detergent that is dye-free. If you cannot go without fabric softeners, go for the ones that use natural ingredients. Liquid detergent may be a better choice compared to powdered or solid detergent because they dissolve better in water and leave no residue when rinsed.
As much as possible, avoid dark colors so that flakes that fall on your shoulder and other parts of your clothes won’t be too obvious. Avoid pinks and reds that can emphasize your skin condition since Psoriasis lesions are usually red or pink.
Accessories and Shoes
Accessories add the fun pop in your fashion. If you wish to go for hats, choose straw to allow your scalp to breathe while protecting your head from the sun.
As for shoes, you can wear a pair with a perfect fit to avoid skin problems.
You can try on different fabrics to see how it falls on your body frame, and also choose loose clothes that can give your skin some allowance to breathe. Shopping should be easy once you know which clothes to go for. You can go ahead and build your wardrobe and always remember that your key concept is comfort.
You look in the mirror and discover dark spots and uneven skin tone in some areas. Usually, it is the forehead that appears to be hyper-pigmented, but you’ve come to terms with the fact that there are simply some areas on your face that have uneven skin tone. That’s due to the exposure and elements that can cause skin tone to vary.
However you don’t have to feel down; hope is not lost. There are other ways to help skin tone and what’s more, you might already have them in your home already.
1. Wear Sunscreen Daily
Sun exposure can cause brown spots, freckles, burns and even skin cancer. The body’s response to harsh UV rays is to produce melanin and makes you look darker. Thus, you need to apply sunscreen everyday even if it is cloudy outside. You can also double up the protection by wearing a hat and to wear sunglasses when you will be outdoors with many activities.
2. Regularly Exfoliate and Cleanse Your Skin Daily
Your skin has to be given ample attention and you have to follow a daily skin care routine. This means that you have to cleanse, tone and moisturize. Cleansing removes oil and dirt. Using an oil-free toner will help you even out your skin tone, remove deep-seated dirt, and prepare your skin for absorbing moisturizer. Choose a gentle facial scrub for your weekly exfoliator. You will notice that your skin will be brighter and you will feel instantly fresher.
3. Skin Brightening Cream
Skin brightening cream come in many shapes and sizes, from various brands in different price ranges. Choose one that has citrus extracts and liquorice. You will also see glutathione creams and kojic acid become popular in the market and can also be major ingredients of topical brightening creams. Usually, they can be applied before going to bed and you can see the radiant effects on your skin in as short as a week. You will also have to maintain its use for the long-term.
4. Lemon Juice
If you have a garden at home, you will want to consider a home remedy for brightening skin. Lemon has an acidic property that is a natural bleaching agent. Its Vitamin C content encourages cell regeneration and its antioxidant content is great for skin brightening. Dipping a cotton ball and applying gently on your face will help to tighten your pores and lighten your skin tone.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an inexpensive way to lighten the skin. It helps to rebuild damaged tissue and its gel is cooling. Cut the Aloe Vera layer and squeeze the gel onto your skin. Leave it for thirty minutes and wash off with clean water. If done daily for two weeks you will see a visible change in your skin tone.
These simple remedies
should be a part of your daily skin care regimen. It is not enough that you try these for two weeks at most, you should be able to evaluate which routine works for you and maintain it for brighter skin tone that can last long.