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
An ingredient as ancient, and mystical as the desert sands on Egypt
Let’s play a game, shall we?
There is an ingredient that I have seen over and over again, and it’s supposedly a rock-star when it comes to getting rid of wrinkles, and lightening skin. Maybe I have written about it before. What do you think this ingredient is called?
It lightens skin…
Alpha Hydroxy Acids?–Well you are quiet close, but nope!
This amazing ingredient is present in Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Nightly Restoration Cream… Does that help?
How about another clue;
Some of the best, and slightly expensive spas in the world make chemical peels out of this ingredient to leave skin looking younger, and more radiant.
For years, natural products found in the kitchen have been used to aid in skin care.
Your cabinets and refrigerator seem to be packed with healing agents, from cucumbers for your eyes to honey, lemons for your skin, and probably many others that you might know about–except, perhaps that this one ingredient is the one that’s lurking away in your milk jug.
If your answer is Lactic Acid (yeah right! You couldn’t have guessed) then you have managed to use all the above clues, and guess correctly!
According to Skincare-news.com;
Lactic Acid is part of the Alpha Hydroxy family, this key ingredient gives the term “milky complexion” a whole new meaning. Continue reading
When I was younger, my Mother used to make us use this gel-like serum, or emulsion (I can’t describe the consistency), but it was sort of yellowish, and it was called: “Vitamin E Oil”
When I read that Tocopherol Acetate aka Vitamin E was also in Bella Terra Cosmetics’ Daily Moisturizer, and Anti-Wrinkle Cream, I got to wondering about it again;
What exactly does this oil do?
While it’s common knowledge that vitamin E is good for your skin, not that many people could tell you exactly what this nutrient does.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.
According to WebMD; Antioxidants are agents that neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Continue reading
Every morning during my teen years, I would awaken, carry out my morning “beauty routine”, and then proceed to brush my teeth. Whenever I would notice what appeared to be bleeding gums, from wisdom teeth coming through, I would complain to my Mother that I feared the worst; Scurvy! I would shudder.
She would laugh at me, knowing very well that it was not the case, whilst my younger siblings enquired what exactly this elusive, strange, mysterious, and slightly picky disease (why was I the only one who got it?) was; To which I would willingly explain:
“It’s like when Sailors were exploring the world in the 1800s, and they weren’t getting enough Vitamins and Minerals. The sailors used to get bleeding gums, and lose all their teeth.”
My youngest sibling would animatedly reply: “Did they die?” which was always greeted with somewhat of a shoulder shrug–I had no idea…
Well, it’s been a long time since the British sailors found out that you could avoid Scurvy by regularly taking vitamin C.
Whilst perhaps your parents, and grandparents may have told you that the best way to avoid colds was to take vitamin C regularly.
Are you familiar with the role of vitamin C for skin?
According to ExpertClinic.org, vitamin C also plays an important role in boosting skin quality. Continue reading
Healthy skin is a habit. A habit that begins at home…
Paranoid… That’s certainly one way to put it!
They say that once you reach a certain age (and by “they” I am referring to my Mother’s dermatologist), anyhow, they say that once you are a certain age, your skin has reached its proverbial “peak”, and will thus begin its descent into mediocrity. It will start to wrinkle, and warp accordingly…
Ironically I am 22 years old now, the age of said peak, and I gotta say, I couldn’t be more paranoid.
Since I have received a few agitated–and can I say judgmental–glances from some people who I considered even in the slightest tolerant of my beauty/skin-care obsession, the judgement is beginning to take its toll on me.
So I got to thinking:
What would be the perfect way to interchange between my already fantastic Bella Terra Cosmetics Anti-Aging product regiment, and something less extreme?
Then I had an epiphany: If I could use something that I already had in my kitchen, then surely I would incite a little less non-verbal judgement from those near and dear to me, right?
I dub this post:
“How to Firm the skin with items in your Kitchen”
That’s right! We are about to make some homemade skin firming cream; or at least something that does the same thing…
This is something that you can use on weeks where you are still waiting for your Bella Terra Cosmetics products to reach your doorstep, or just as;
Something that will complement your already flawless routine! Continue reading
Establishing these habits, made lighter underarms permanent
When I was a kid, you couldn’t have been able to convince me that there would be so many reasons, and so many ways that I would find to not like the way certain parts of me look. No way!
Of course we are all self-conscious about certain parts of ourselves, but to have more than a hand-full of places that you don’t like is probably really excessive.
Anyway. I have always wondered if it was possible to tackle this issue of mine…
It’s to do with my under-arms. Man, I have had a problem with this area forever!
Before I could even dream of picking up all those strange ingredients that Dr. Internet would no doubt suggest to me, I wanted to actually get down to the basics, and start out with where exactly I got to be in this predicament.
Is there something that I did–or do–to get dark under-arms? Continue reading
Someone please save me from my chin?
I was recently looking back on everything that I have written about skin, and trying to figure out if I may have missed something…
Lately my own skin is getting much better, more clearer, just more awesome, really, but I have been struggling with what looks like blackheads, or enlarged pores, or both on my chin, and I was like; “Well… What could have caused this?”
It struck me that it was time to really look at what’s going on inside my skin.
Learn more about my pores. Learn more about how to prevent certain things, and how to manage others…
The 411 on Pores
Your pores go with your hair; like “fingers, go with nails”, in that:
For every hair on your body, there is a corresponding skin pore.
Even though we can’t see every single pore, we can definitely see some of them, and it’s the same with hair actually. Continue reading