There’s a beauty writer that once inferred that “Skin pigmentation was incompatible to modern living”
As a darker complected person, of course this raised my eye brow, and piqued my interest.
“What exactly is this writer trying to say?” I had asked myself.
Was she trying to say that the browner you are, the less compatible to modern living you are?
It may surprise you to learn that the skin of early humans was pinkish and covered with black fur, similar to the skin and hair of a chimpanzee.
This fur served as a sunscreen but eventually was lost so people could remain active without overheating.
At this point, skin developed a permanent pigmentation that was darker to accommodate exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.
According to scientists, these changes in skin color are examples of natural selection designed to protect skin from sun damage.
It took thousands of years for humans to develop the darker skin color caused by the pigment melanin. For nearly two million years, melanin has been helping humans manage their exposure to sunlight.
Melanin permits enough UV radiation for the creation of vitamin D, which assists with calcium absorption. At the same time, it protects skin from the harsh UV radiation that can destroy folate that is essential for the division of cells. Continue reading
A secret, natural ingredient for more youthful, supple skin, that relieves inflammation!
Last week I was having quiet irritated skin, and I had no idea what it could have been… It’s autumn here in the southern hemisphere, and for me that means extra dry air.
Back to what I was talking about; I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was wrong with my skin, but out of sheer dumb luck (I guess), I decided to try Bella Terra Milky Cleanser, and there was a cooling effect, immediately followed by some relief.
Although I wasn’t completely sure what I was doing, it worked, and so I thought to myself;
“Oh snap… Time for a Bella Terra Cosmetics Review”
The cleanser gave the same sort of cooling relief as someone who was using anti-aging products would receive, so then I began to wonder to myself;
What does the Bella Terra Milky Cleanser have in common with anti-aging products?
The answer: Bella Terra Milky Cleanser has Dead Sea Salts
The benefits of Dead Sea mineral salts have been well known since ancient times. I think the most famous visitor to the “World’s Oldest Spa” was Cleopatra, who would visit with her husband Herod the Great, and frequented the Dead Sea for its minerals and mud.
She even purportedly urged her lover Mark Antony to conquer the region so that she might have an unlimited supply of the minerals!
So what; Bella Terra Milky Cleanser has Dead Sea Salts?! Continue reading
Smelling “good” has some serious health implications.
Choose fragrance free beauty products!
I have asked myself and many others around me, to very few, and far in-between responses for the answer to my next question, however when I saw the label “Fragrance Free” on the Bella Terra Skincare range, the question was reignited yet again, and I wanted to know;
“What’s the big deal about fragrances and chemicals?”
If just like me, you may have noticed a slight up-tick in the fragrance-free, less toxic products on the market but still don’t get the point of it, here’s the gist of what I have found out:
The health of all human beings and the health of our planet are both directly dependent on what we put on and in our bodies, our land, and our air.
Yeah… Still not sinking in? I guess we should take look at the reasons that some people believe should be the main motives behind going fragrance-free, and the next time you see those words as a label on your Bella Terra Cosmetics you can rest assured that it’s a good thing! (or bad thing, I don’t know… Let’s see.) Continue reading
Free radicals are truly nothing to smile about…
Anyone else out there who used to think that the term: “Free Radicals” was a good thing?
No one? O.K, well personally I feel like my misguided thoughts were created by the fact that, to me, anything “Free” is supposedly a good thing.
Not this time around…
In my quest, and need to understand the nature of human skin, and how it can be better (okay, I just wanted to get rid of premature wrinkles, dark circles under my eyes, and zits!), I kept stumbling upon this word, and at first I dismissed it with simple definitions, after admittedly thinking that free radicals weren’t such a bad thing.
When something reoccurs, I have a tendency to pay just a little more attention to it than usual, hence this post!
There are a few brief things that I understand about Free Radicals at this point, and that is the fact that they are itty bitty particles, if you will, that are responsible for scientists’ understanding of the aging process of the human body.
Scientists now know that every single disease that ever was, and is begins first at the cellular level. So the fact is that Free Radicals that attack your skin, and cause damage to your skin cell’s DNA.
I didn’t understand that originally. I thought that DNA was something that you were born with, and could never change, but now we find out that it’s not a matter of impossible, but unwanted. Continue reading
As much as we’ve told that; You just have to know to hold ’em and to fold ’em, as far as caring for your skin is concerned, I have to tell you…
We have all been deceived!
The real truth is that as you pursue the many options you have available to you as far as skin firming is concerned,just know that sagging skin is a normal part of the aging process, and if anyone tries to tell you otherwise, or of some “amazing alternative”, bop them one over the head! It’s just not possible to reverse,or prevent the aging process.
What you can do is slow it down… So that’s what this post is about. Truly slowing down the aging process…
You see, the truth is that over time, gravity is bound to take its toll on the body.
The downward force of gravity creates a drag on the skin, and contributes to its sagging.
Measures to delay skin’s aging
Always wear sunscreen. It’s one of the most cliché things that anyone might say, but it honestly cannot be truer. As every Dermatologist has said; “Continued exposure to the Sun’s UV Radiation will prematurely age the skin, ten-fold!”
It also contributes to your skin’s aging by breaking down those chemicals needed to maintain our skin’s elasticity, so just don’t do that to yourself?
Put the ciggy down
Yup! Totally went there! If you want to age your skin prematurely continue to expose your lungs, and indeed your entire body to the filthy habit of smoking, honestly anti-aging creams will be the very last your worries. Continue reading
Q: So what is a Nitro-musk exactly?
A: It is a Musk ketone
The structure of the nitro group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
To be a little more specific, let’s go through the history of it all… How does 1888 sound to you?
That is the year that the first artificial musk was obtained by a man named Albert Baur. He had condensed toluene with isobutyl bromide, aluminium chloride was a spectator iron (part of the reaction, but not really in it).
These three ingredients, for lack of a better word, are also known as the “Three Nitro Group” and a nitrating the product all make up nitro-musks.
The hilarious part of this story is that, it was discovered accidentally as a result of Baur’s attempts to produce a more effective form of trinitrotoluene (TNT).
The distinctive, and slightly “Gah” odor depends upon the symmetry of the three nitro group… Please don’t ask me to elaborate? Continue reading
Each time the muscles around your eyes contract, the repeated folding action your skin makes contributes to wrinkles and fine lines. When we’re younger, these lines are only noticeable when the muscle contracts, like when we scrunch up our face, wink or squint.
But ultimately, the continual folding invites the lines to stay for good — even when the muscles are relaxed.
When I asked older women what their main concerns were when it comes to their face, their answers were almost always unanimously two places; the eyes, and the neck. What would they have wanted to do? To reshape their eyelids! They’d exclaim.
According the site, “Nuffield Health”:
Eyelid reshaping (or blepharoplasty or Eye Lift) is designed to counteract bags and wrinkles and restore a more youthful look, by removing skin and tissue from the upper and lower eyelids. Continue reading