In this week's blog, I am sharing what I learned about KERATIN. How did I come up with that subject you may ask? Well, the topic of KERATIN came up twice this past week, so I read up on it, and I am sharing what I learned. Before I tell you what it is, let me tell you how it came up!
As we age, our once full and luscious lips become dry, thin appearing and much less smooth appearing. And most women notice the top lip thins more than the bottom lip. Thinning of the lips occurs from the aging process due to both environmental damage from the sun, wind, and cold as well as hormonal changes within the body. Decreased estrogen as we age affects our skin and lips. My recent blog menopausal-skin-changes-and-how-to-deal-with-it.html describes fully the affect that menopause has on our skin. After menopause,the oil producing glands of the lips become diminished, and the result is the once plump lips look deflated.
So what is a girl to do to battle the loss of her pouty lips before, during, and especially after menopause?
Let's go back to the basics of good skin care and apply it to your lips. In my blog, getting-religious-about-a-skin-care-routine-is-essentail.html, the basic steps of a good skin care regimen is reviewed. The same steps apply to your lips.
As a physician, I personally opt for using a good skin care regimen. I would recommend to YOU to take care of and enhance your natural features, including your lips, with clinically proven skin care products.
There are so many good products, and it can become overwhelming to know which to choose.
I personally decided to become a Rodan + Fields consultant. There are many reasons listed in my blog below.
Basically, our Cosmetic Dermatologist Docs (who by the way created Proactiv) know what a woman experiences and you bet they have created products they use themselves. They have done the research and clinical trials to ensure their line of products work. 31-reasons-i-became-a-rodan-fields-consultant-a-special-shout-out-to-entrepreneurial-minded-skin-loving-australian-friends.html
Here's to Good Health & Much Happiness,
Dr. Younger You:)
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In this week's blog, I am featuring the wonderful antioxidant Vitamin C and its effect on the skin. The reason this topic came to mind is because I usually use a topical formulation of Vitamin C as one of my facial skin care routine steps. Truthfully, I did not apply it for several weeks. When I recently resumed it, I noticed very quickly that my my skin looked brighter, smoother, and overall more revitalized. Thus, I did some reading on Vitamin C to share with my Readers.
First, a quick history lesson on how VITAMIN C, which is also known as ASCORBIC ACID, came to light. Vitamin C has a prominent role in history. We now know that individuals lacking in this vitamin were known to have the condition called Scurvy. Scurvy is a horrendous disease that caused slow wound healing, bleeding gums, tooth loss, pneumonia and eventually death. It is written about in the very ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman literature. Also, the British and European explorers of the Renaissance era were ravaged by scurvy. Scurvy was a major cause of morbidity and death among much of Europe during the great potato famine, the United States Civil War, the exploration of the North Pole, and the California gold rush.
Captain James Cook was one of the first to demonstrate that sailors who spent months at sea could avoid scurvy by maintaining a diet rich in vegetables. James Lind, a British naval surgeon, published his experiences and studies on scurvy aboard ships in a book titled Treatise of the Scurvy. Here is a fun fact: Sailors were eventually saved from Scurvy by the addition of fresh limes to their diet. Hence, the nickname "Limey" was born and it is "pirate lingo" we use to this day! Personal Editorial: One of my best friends from high school says: "I need a lime with my Corona to prevent scurvy!" I chuckle every time she says it!
During 1928 to 1931, a man by the name of Albert Szent-Gyorgyi discovered what we now call Vitamin C by isolating hexuronic acid from cabbage, oranges, paprika, and adrenal glands. Hexuronic acid was subsequently termed Vitamin C and is found to prevent the development of Scurvy.
Linus Pauling PhD in Physical Chemistry (1901-1994) is known as the Vitamin C Guru. He is the most famous modern day proponent of high dose vitamin C treatment for colds and other diseases. Linus Carl Pauling was also a peace activist who in his lifetime won two Nobel Prize awards; one in chemistry in 1954, followed by a Nobel Peace Prize in 1962.
As a scientist and physician, I really appreciate these amazing men who discovered and studied the effects of Vitamin C in the early and mid 1900's. Since then, Vitamin C has been studied excessively in the medical literature, including its role in our skin's health.
So let's focus on Vitamin C for the skin. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) has several effects on the skin, and can be formulated into creams and serums.
In summary, the verdict is out there that Vitamin C is great for the skin. I recommend eating a diet rich in Vitamin C, as well as taking oral supplements of Vitamin C and using clinically proven Vitamin C containing creams and serums. If you have any questions or comments on Vitamin C for your skin, please leave a message below.
Here's to Good Health & Much Happiness,
Dr. Younger You :)
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My Name is Dr. Andrea Richard. I am Board certified in Family Practice and have been practicing medicine for 28 years. I am CEO of Younger You LLC in Pennsylvania. My website features Rodan + Fields Premium Skin Care Products as well as the R + F business opportunity. I am looking to help people with their common skin care issues as well as build my R + F Team all over the USA, Canada, and Australia. I provide education on common skin conditions and in general on being a healthier you! I provide inspirational support to my Community in weight loss efforts by the Jar Challenger Facebook page. Feel free to leave me a message and follow me and to join my Team!