Friday, May 16, 2008

Skin Care Supplements

by Juliet Cohe

What is a beauty supplement? A beauty supplement is a daily skin care supplement for women to delay skin aging process and boost skin radiance, looking great at their age. Some has call it the anti-aging supplement.

It contains special formulated ingredients which can work from inside the body to repair your dull complexion, treat your pigmentation problems, firm your skin, and prevent appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is a skin deep treatment which works from inside your body to strengthen your skin, collagen and elastin tissue in order to enhance skin smoothness and suppleness.

It is advisable to combine skin care products, healthy diet, follow a positive lifestyle and good habits together with taking daily skin care supplement to keep your skin, looks and age in tip top condition.

Women as early as in their 20s have started taking skin care supplement to maintain their looks and gain their self esteem.

It is best recommended for those of you who are busy coping with hectic and very stressful lifestyle. A tired and stressful condition would easily lead to dull, devitalize, dehydrated and damage skin.

Most beauty supplement, contain a combination of sea marine extract such as seaweed and algae extracts, good vitamins such as vitamins A,C,E, nutritious ingredients such as soy, fruits and vegetables extracts, andantioxidant properties such as grape seed, green tea and other herbal ingredients. There are also some which contain traditional herbs such as aloe vera, ginkgo, ginseng, Chinese angelica, horsetail and pearl powder.

Some beauty supplement are formulated using HGH, which is known as Human Growth Hormone. HGH reverse the aging process by increasing your energy and reduce lines and wrinkles on the skin, making you look younger than your age.

The very traditional method using eastern beauty remedies such as Jamu is very popular among the Asian people as well as in some western countries. Jamu pills are made of natural ingredients such as flowers, seeds, roots such as ginger and turmeric, tree bark and herbal leaves.

There is also the ayurveda method, using the holistic approach to improve ones appearance and skin complexion. The ayurveda method is not only use for detox today, it has also advanced into using ayurveda Indian herbs in formulating anti-aging tablets to decrease aging and rejuvenate skin appearance.

Apart from skin care supplements which slow down aging process, there are also oral formulations developed specially for melanin skin, to fight pigmentation, freckles, spots and uneven skin tone melasma‚.

Those of you who have hyper pigmentation problem hoping for a brighter and clearer skin condition may try to combine using a range of pigmentation skin care products, taking anti-pigmentation skin care supplements daily, avoid over sun exposure and taking a healthy diet full of multivitamins and highly anti-oxidant food.

For pimple and acne oral solution, try neem supplements which helps to cleanse your blood from within to heal your pimple and acne. Most anti-acne supplements work to cleanse, remove heat and toxic from inside the body, combine with using anti-acne range of skin care product and taking vitamin A supplement, the whole system is effective in treating serious acne. If your acne problem does not heal, consult a doctor for antibiotics treatment.

Taking beauty supplement will not 100% solve your skin problems, unless you positively adopt a healthy lifestyle by consuming healthy food, sleep well, use good skin care products, protect your skin from the sun, quit smoking and reduce stress.

About the Author: Juliet Cohen writes articles for beauty makeup blog and eye makeup tips. She also writes articles on makeup tips.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Spotless Results From Hyperpigmentation Skin Treatment

By Cavyl

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that many people suffer from. It is identified as the darkening of the skin or nails due to increased levels of melanin.

Hyperpigmentation is actually caused by or linked to several other conditions such as eczema, irritant contact dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, melasma, and more serious conditions/diseases such as Addison's disease, choasma, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome and acanthosis nigricans. For some, hyperpigmentation is not aesthetically pleasing, while for others, it can cause deeper emotional and psychological problems.

Treatment for hyperpigmentation is considered a long process. However, the key to treating the skin condition is by finding the right product and the right solution. You can try many products in the market, and find that many of them don't actually treat the condition in the long run. Moreover, finding the right solution also means getting the proper diagnosis. Some people are unable to treat their skin condition because they don't know exactly what it is in the first place.


To get a proper diagnosis for hyperpigmentation, visit a trained dermatologist. He or she will be able to identify the pattern of discoloration on your skin and determine if you have hyperpigmentation. Some of the pigment changes can be associated with an internal disease, or can be caused by certain medications.

So in this case, your dermatologist will be able to prescribe you the right solution. For instance, you may be asked to treat an existing underlying condition or limit/stop your current medication to treat hyperpigmentation. Skin cancers and benign lesions can also be detected, and as part of treatment for hyperpigmentation, it should be removed.


One of the major causes of hyperpigmentation is exposure to the sun. At times, the skin can get extremely sensitive when exposed to sunlight, and can even become irritated or severely damaged. Hyperpigmentation is related to many kinds of skin irritation and damage, and so UV rays must be avoided at all times. Applying skin protection such as sunscreens with an SPF 15 or higher can therefore treat Hyperpigmentation.

Other options in the treatment of hyperpigmentation are dermabrasion, laser treatment, and chemical peels. These treatments can be highly effective, however, risks also come with them. Risks include burning, discoloration, irritation, and high sensitivity in the skin. These can also be expensive and may require you to undergo treatment for more than one session.

A safer and much more affordable alternative to dermabrasion, laser treatment and chemical peels is by using a product that can be applied at home. An example of this type of product is the ZENMED Scar and Hyperpigmentation System.

The products in this system do not contain any fragrance or artificial coloring and so is gentle enough for your skin. They do contain powerful ingredients like Hydroquinone to treat stubborn skin conditions, but they are natural and so work well with your skin. Products like the Scar and Hyperpigmentation System are also advisable because they are doctor-formulated, well-researched, and adhere to FDA manufacturing guidelines and GMP requirements.

Author Resource:- Cavyl is an avid researcher of skincare products including ZENMED Scar Treatment Kit and runs a successful blog dedicated to providing reviews, tips and information for the benefit of the customer. For more great free tips, please visit my blog at

Monday, May 12, 2008

Certain melanin makes skin more vulnerable to sunburn (1 of 2)

A Yale therapeutic radiologist may have helped unlock the secret of why blondes and redheads sunburn more easily.

The type of melanin that causes blonde and red hair actually increases the risk for cell death such as seen in sunburn.

Doctors have long thought that the lack of pigment alone in fair skin makes a person more susceptible to the damaging effects of ultraviolet sunlight. But Douglas Brash, PhD, Yale professor of therapeutic radiology, genetics and dermatology, recently completed a study that suggests the type of pigment an animal has, in addition to skin transparency, plays a large role in who burns.

Hair color matters most
Dr. Brash found that the type of melanin that causes blonde and red hair actually increases the risk for cell death such as seen in sunburn . Blondes and redheads have what is called pheomelanin. People with darker hair have eumelanin.

Melanin filters out UV radiation, but it also actually increases the UV harmful effects and causes cell death, particularly when the melanin is the kind found in light hair or skin. Pheomelanin acts with the sun's UV rays to increase sun damage.

Blondes, red-heads more at risk
As principal investigator of the study, Dr. Brash had been curious why people with dark hair and fair skin weren't as vulnerable to skin cancer as fair-skinned blondes or redheads. He wondered if their vulnerability was actually related to the type of melanin.

Brash used laboratory mice engineered with pigmentation for blonde or black hair, as well as albino mice with no pigment at all. The mice were then exposed to UV rays about equal to what affects humans.

“Melanin is not only good for you, it also can be bad.” – Douglas Brash, PhD

The cell death in the yellow-haired mice was much more pronounced than in the dark-haired mice. Cell death was absent in the albinos.

“What this tells us is that melanin is not only good for you, it also can be bad,” said Dr. Brash. “It depends on the color of your particular melanin. Even red melanin can vary widely, depending on whether your ancestors were Irish, Swedish or Dutch, and some of these variations are known to be associated with greater risk for skin cancer.”

Dr. Leffell is an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital, professor of dermatology and surgery and chief of the section of dermatologic surgery and cutaneous oncology at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also author of Total Skin: The Definitive Guide To Whole Skin Care For Life (Hyperion, 2000).

Sunday, May 11, 2008

3 Practical Treatments For Natural Skin Lightening

By Cavyl

Freckles, acne spotting, uneven complexion, age spots, or melasma can develop whether we are in our 20's or 50's. Whatever the problem is, these are not signs of healthy skin. Fortunately, there is a solution to these types of problems. You can use some natural skin lightening treatments to finally get that radiant look you've always wanted.

Treatment 1: Exfoliation

If you find that you have blotchy or dull skin, you might be carrying an accumulation of dead skin cells, sebum, dirt, and semi-solid matter in your skin's pores. We naturally shed skin cells from time to time, however, skin cell turnover can stop working properly due to several factors including poor blood circulation and buildup of toxins in your body. Sebum can accumulate overnight when we're sleeping and external pollutants can clog pores and cause inflammation.

Exfoliating once in awhile can get rid of dead skin cells, excess oils and dirt remaining on your skin, thus freeing your pores and allowing them to "breath". Exfoliating can also promote healthy skin cell turnover and smoothen out blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. This gives you a much clearer complexion.

Treatment 2: Hydration

Dryness causes discoloration and scarring because the skin loses its elasticity and ability to heal properly. As a result, UV rays, heat, wind, and cold weather easily damage the skin. When damaged skin does not have enough moisture, it tends to form scars; scarring is actually the abnormal healing of the skin. Breakouts can result in acne scars that look like dark sunspots or freckles.

Always moisturize after cleansing and exfoliating. Doing so will provide your skin with a protective barrier against external hazards. Try using vegetable shortening (soybean oil derivative) to naturally moisturize and lighten your skin tone. Natural moisturizers like this are able to absorb easily into the skin and so are effective.

Sometimes, you can't help but be out in the sun when you're outdoors. So to further prevent dry skin, use sunscreens that contain UVA or UVB protection. The harmful rays of the sun cause photoaging and hyperpigmentation.

Treatment 3: Nourishment

Oftentimes, discoloration and dullness occurs because of an underlying problem. If you have a poor diet for example, then there's nothing to sustain healthy, glowing skin. Eat more fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants to fight against free radicals that damage healthy skin cells.

If you want optimum natural skin lightening, find a natural and mild product that cleanses, moisturizes and nourishes the skin. Look for products that contain natural antioxidants such as squalene oil and vitamins A, C, and E and the natural antioxidant and skin lightener arbutin, which doesn't have the side effects of other skin lighteners. Another natural whitener, Z Whitener, enhances the effects of arbutin. Another ingredient, lumiskin regulates melanin, a component in the skin that makes skin darker. Other ingredients to look for include evening primrose oil and allantoin, which eliminate toxins, moisturize, combat infections and act as anti-inflammatory agents that prevent reddening and scarring.

No matter what age we are we may experience some sort of discoloration or dullness on the skin. Natural skin lightening is all about maintaining radiant, healthy, and younger-looking skin without the irritation or harshness. It is important to look for natural ingredients that work well with your skin.

Author Resource:- Cavyl is an avid researcher of skin brighteners and runs a successful blog dedicated to providing reviews, tips and information for the benefit of the customer. For more great free tips, please visit my blog at