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Silk Proteins in Skin Care: What You Need to Know

Posted by on 4/27/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
Silk Proteins in Skin Care: What You Need to Know
Silk proteins are becoming a popular buzzword in skin care, but like many trending subjects, there is a lot of misinformation about the latest and greatest skin care ingredients. Here’s what you need to know about what silk proteins are, why they might be beneficial for your skin, and which products to look for.

Why Botox-Like Ingredients Can Be a Disaster for Your Skin

Posted by on 4/26/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
Why Botox-Like Ingredients Can Be a Disaster for Your Skin
An astounding 7 million Botox injections were performed in the United States in 2016 alone, and another nearly 3 million people opted for dermal fillers in the last year [1]. Botox has become so popular because of its ability to temporarily relax the facial muscle contractions that lead to expression lines and wrinkles. As a result, many topical skin care companies have started to use “Botox-like” ingredients in their products in an attempt to mimic the effects of injectables. The problem with this approach, however, is that when topically applied, relaxing ingredients may actually cause more wrinkles and sagging because they are unable to target a specific area like injectable treatments can. Thus, if you’re not interested in getting regular injectable treatments, or you don’t want to spend the money on the real deal, don’t opt for copycat topical products. Instead, the answer could be as simple as upgrading your skin care products to those that contain amino acids, as well as adopting a few healthier lifestyle habits. Here’s what the latest research in amino acid skin care reveals.

How Inflammation Affects Your Skin (and What to Do about It)

Posted by on 4/25/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
How Inflammation Affects Your Skin (and What to Do about It)
When your body detects an injury or trauma, it responds by triggering acute inflammation, which, in turn, signals the healing process. Although some amount of inflammation is part of your body’s natural defense system, chronic inflammation, on the other hand, can lead to serious health and skin concerns. This is because when not addressed, chronic inflammation can end up attacking healthy cells, creating more problems than it can fix. When it comes to your skin, long-term inflammation has been linked with numerous skin diseases and even signs of aging [1]. Read on to learn more about how inflammation affects your skin’s health and appearance and what you can do to reverse the damage.

New Codon for a Rare Genetically-Encoded Amino Acid has Big Implications

Posted by on 4/24/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
New Codon for a Rare Genetically-Encoded Amino Acid has Big Implications
Until fairly recently, experts believed that one three-letter code was assigned to each of the 20 amino acids contained in the genetic code. However, a recent study has discovered that there is more than one sequence that some organisms can recognize for a rare amino acid called selenocysteine. Thus, the implications of these findings could mean that the seemingly simple genetic code is much more complex than was previously thought. So what is the genetic code, and what does this mean for the future of amino acid studies? Read on to learn more.

Can Topical Ingredients Reach Your Bloodstream?

Posted by on 4/20/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
Can Topical Ingredients Reach Your Bloodstream?
When it comes to discussing whether or not the ingredients you put on your skin can enter your bloodstream, there seems to be two camps of thought. One group tends to argue that yes, anything you put on your skin can and will eventually reach your bloodstream. The other argument suggests that your skin’s protective barrier is so effective that almost nothing can be absorbed deeply enough to ever reach your bloodstream. So what’s the answer? In short, it is much more complicated than a simple “yes or no” answer. For the longer, more detailed answer, read on.

How Are Amino Acids Made?

Posted by on 4/19/2017 to Amino Acids      Share  | 
How Are Amino Acids Made?
Amino acids in skin care are becoming increasingly popular as more and more research studies and clinical trials find evidence of their diverse benefits for the skin. Before blindly jumping into any new skin care craze, though, it can be helpful to first understand what these ingredients are, where and how they might naturally occur, and how their topical application can help the health and appearance of your skin. Read on to learn more about the difference between essential and nonessential amino acids and how these molecules are synthesized or transformed within the human body.

Do Amino Acids Enhance the Permeability of Other Skin Care Ingredients?

Posted by on 4/18/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
Do Amino Acids Enhance the Permeability of Other Skin Care Ingredients?
Any time you apply a product or substance directly to the surface of your skin, it is subject to various layers of skin designed to regulate which molecules are able to pass through and which are not. Therefore, not every substance that you apply to your skin is going to be able to effectively penetrate into the dermis, which is the middle layer of your skin where proteins like collagen and elastin are synthesized. There is evidence, however, that amino acids and peptides may help other beneficial skin care ingredients to more effectively penetrate deeply into the skin where they are most needed. Here is what current research on the subject says.

Searches for “Men’s Face Cream” Soaring in 2017

Posted by on 4/17/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
Searches for “Men’s Face Cream” Soaring in 2017
While generic internet searches such as “men’s skin care” are remaining relatively steady, specific terms like “men’s face cream” and “men’s face wash” are increasingly popular, according to a report recently released by Google [1]. This not only shows that men are taking an active role in their skin’s health and appearance, but that they are also educating themselves about the latest technologies and ingredients to look for in skin care products. Read on to learn more about the most popular men’s skin care searches, as well as the most effective ingredients that men should be looking for in topical products.

Google Reveals 5 of the Most-Searched Skin Concerns

Posted by on 4/14/2017 to Skin Care      Share  | 
Google Reveals 5 of the Most-Searched Skin Concerns
Chances are, you’ve used Google searches at least once in the last year to research a specific skin condition or problem. Recently, Google released its think with Google™ Beauty Trends report of 2017, which includes some of the most-searched terms related to skin concerns from internet users in the United States, France, and Japan [1]. Without further ado, here are five of the most popular, as well as a few tips for resolving them.

Do Artificial Sweeteners Trigger Glycation?

Posted by on 4/13/2017 to Glycation      Share  | 
Do Artificial Sweeteners Trigger Glycation?
In an attempt to decrease sugar intake, many people are turning to artificial sweeteners and “diet” versions of products that contain artificial sweeteners rather than regular added sugar. However, research indicates that artificial sweeteners may trigger the process of glycation in much the same way that traditional added sugar can, resulting in many of the same unwanted side effects for your skin and body. Read on to learn more.