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hyaluronic acid | Smooth Skin Systems Blog

Extreme Cold Weather

This is the week of the “polar vortex” storm that is paralyzing parts of Canada and the Mid-West and it can have more of an affect on your skin and your general health and well-being than you might expect.

First, do everything you can not to be caught out in extreme cold. Your skin is the part of your body icy temperatures first encounter and your extremities and your face can be subject to frost bite. Keep as covered as possible.

Second, stay as hydrated as possible. Not only does indoor heating deplete your body’s stores of moisture, shivering and burning calories to stay warm can also use more water than you normally would. You won’t be as thirsty in very cold weather as you would be in summer but you need water just as much, maybe more.

You may be chilly but even if you skip every other part of your beauty regimen while you’re shivering in front of that pretty wood stove, do not neglect your moisturizer. It will help keep the dry heat and excessive cold from affecting your skin, and it can penetrate to deliver moisture right to your facial skin cells.

If you must go out, dress in multiple layers. In the event that the outer layer becomes wet it can keep the snow or sleet away from your skin and when you are somewhere warmer you can take off that layer and let it dry out before putting it back on. Wear a ski mask or other covering over your face. If you do not have one, wrap a scarf or other fabric around your face to keep your skin protected and tuck it under a hat or the hood of a coat.

Finally, when the extreme weather finally lets up, use a good exfoliator to clean off the dry and dead skin cells, then follow with a deep hydrator like Hydrospherex™ that will penetrate and refill depleted cells. Stay warm!

Skin Care Breakthrough! Or Is It?

How many times do you read those words, “Anti-aging miracle; skincare breakthrough,” or others like them? It seems that every cosmetics company in the world has a new discovery coming out in a bottle that will make you younger. Are people really getting younger? Are there really that many new products?

The answers are yes and no. Yes, people are able to defeat some of the least attractive visible signs of aging like the frown lines on the forehead or crows feet at the edges of the eyes. No, there are not really that many new products. But they seem dramatic compared to what companies knew about aging just ten or fifteen years ago. Back then if you wanted your skin to have a better surface you underwent serious chemical peels that might take months of recovery before you looked good. Or, you went in for a facelift and then hid yourself for months until the black eyes and swelling went away. Then you tried to explain why your face looked all pulled and tight.

Botox™, hyaluronic acid, and peptides changed a lot of that. Scientists discovered the function of hyaluronic acid in skin repair and renewal and discovered that it plays a significant role in collagen production. This truly transformed the understanding of what could be done for skin, even skin already damaged by the sun or aging. Then peptides became the big thing in skin care. Again, these are building blocks of your body and play a role in wound healing and skin renewal. What wonderful discoveries! You could renew and revitalize your skin with peptides and hyaluronic acid without primitive surgery and long recovery times.

But how can you tell if the product you are using is really delivering the right ingredients to your skin? First look for one with NO parabens. Parabens are a cheap preservative that promotes aging, and yet many expensive formulations use parabens because it increases their profit margins. Avoid them at all cost. Next, avoid skin creams that have artificial fragrances and fillers. Look for an ingredients label that shows a short list of ingredients and those ingredients should be the hyaluronic acid and peptides you are looking for. At that point you have done your homework. Congratulations! You are buying the big breakthroughs! Buy our best face cream with six peptides and HA!

Is Dry Skin Making You Look Older?

A lot of factors can combine to create dry, damaged skin. Even in a young woman, climate and exposure can play a big part in a face that looks dry and lined. Many women who lead active lifestyles, skiing, cycling or hiking in an arid climate look many years older than they actually are. This is especially true in the Southeastern states.

Other factors can contribute to dry skin and they include hereditary factors – if your mother and dad both tend to have dry complexions you probably will too. Smoking, sun exposure and indoor dry-air heating can all contribute and make your skin drier than it should be.

Why does that even matter? The simple fact is this: moisture is what keeps your skin cells plump and smooth. When the skin cells lose moisture, the skin sags and wrinkles and fine lines form. Lips become crevassed and lines form from the nose down to the mouth. This can make any woman look older no matter what her age. It is not unusual for women to turn to injectible fillers, fats and collagens just to plump skin back up. Many times these measures are more drastic than are needed. The skin just needs to be moisturized more effectively.

What can we do to keep our skin hydrated? The first thing to do is to drink plenty of water. If your body is not well hydrated your skin is not either. Next, always wear a good sunblock when dealing with the environment. The UV rays of the sun are extremely damaging and wind and salt air can add another layer of damage. Protecting your face from those elements is key to looking beautiful with an active lifestyle.

Finally, use a good moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to hold a maximum amount of moisture into your skin. Choose a cleanser that is not harsh and won’t strip away the natural oils, use a night repair cream to really hydrate and nourish the skin allowing it to heal and replenish the natural moisture. You will be surprised at the difference and your skin will age more slowly with a higher level of care. Protect it and it will last you a lifetime of beautiful smiles! Read more about moisturizing and caring for dry skin here!

Hyaluronic Acid, Artificial Ingredient or Natural Ally?

Women are much more savvy these days about reading labels and questioning the ingredients they see listed on them. And the more those ingredients sound like something cooked up in a mad scientists chemistry lab, the less they want to put it on their faces! And who can blame them? But here is an odd sounding ingredient that is actually one of the best allies you have in the fight against aging: hyaluronic acid.

First, let me rush to reassure you that hyaluronic acid is in your body naturally every day of your life. It is absolutely integral to the suppleness of skin, the smooth working of joints, and so many other things. In the skin, it is critical to the production of collagen which is what gives our skin its firmness, smoothness and youthful good looks. Hyaluronic Acid is capable of holding 100 times its weight in water which is why it is FDA approved as an effective skin moisturizer. Harvard Medical school lists it as a key ingredient in skin hydration. This is something you want your skin to soak up and use to the fullest.

So how can you be sure you are getting a good amount of this ingredient in your skin care preparation? Read the label. The fewer ingredients a label has the bigger the quantity of the ones that are there. Look for a label that is mostly the important ingredients with few artificial preservatives like parabens or cheap fillers.

Once you begin to use a medical grade hyaluronic acid serum like Hydrospherex™, you will see and feel a difference in the texture and look of your skin. As the hyaluronic acid serum sinks deep into skin cells to promote regeneration and hydration, fine lines fade and skin regains suppleness and smoothness. It is one of the most powerful anti-aging substances you can rely on. Use it daily for maximum effectiveness and you can experience dramatic differences after only a few weeks. If you are ready to buy Hydrospherex™ moisturizing serum click here!