Category Archives: SKIN CARE CONCERNS
The truth about specific skincare concerns Can anything really help with fine lines?
Yes, fine lines can be minimized and diminished by many super active ingredients that heal, renew and regenerate skin cells, such as Vitamins A and C, Niacinamide, Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), Peptides, Centella Asiatica, CoQ10, Sea Kelp and Coconut Endosperm.
Do hair growth serums for the lashes, brows and scalp really work?
Many brands on the market claim to grow hair and generate longer, fuller, thicker lashes and brows. As we know, Latisse does work to grow lashes but there are many health risks of using this synthetic chemical that was developed to treat glaucoma patients. Minoxidil products will usually force hair growth on the scalp but they, too, have harsh side effects. Ultimately, when you quit using either of these chemicals (Latisse and Minoxidil) the hair growth will stop and eventually fall out.
If you want to grow hair the natural way, the product should be loaded with effective concentrations of active botanical ingredients proven to promote hair growth and provide full nutritional support for optimal health. I AM’s Sumptuous lavish hair serum and Voluptuous lash and brow rejuvenator have every active ingredient needed, plus an exclusive protein (Keratinocyte Growth Factor) that is scientifically proven to promote hair growth. Sometimes the natural products take a little longer to show results but if there is a physical chance that hair can grow, these products will work. Remember, if the scalp is totally bald, topical products cannot work.
How should I deal with skin hyperpigmentation?
Discoloration and age spots caused by sun damage, acne and scars may be lightened by products containing effective levels of Niacinamide, Glucosamine, Licorice and Vitamin C. Some spots, however, can be very stubborn and may not budge by using natural products. Treatments containing the synthetic ingredient Hydroquinone may work, but it comes with damaging side effects.
Is it possible to fade dark, under-eye circles?
If dark circles are genetic, it’s doubtful that any product will totally eliminate them. If they’re the result of a poor diet, lack of sleep, stress or not drinking enough water, then the correction of these conditions, as well as consistently using a skin-nourishing eye cream containing the active ingredient Chrysin, should show significant improvement. Chrysin effectively breaks up the billirubin (darkness) of the eye area.
Is it possible to “add” collagen to the skin?
No, at this time there aren’t any topical products on the market that can add collagen to your skin. Be wary of products claiming to contain collagen. Collagen molecules are too large to be absorbed by the skin and would just sit on top of the skin until they are washed off. However, using good quality anti-aging products that include Vitamins A and C, Centella Asiatica, Peptides, Epidermal Growth Factor, Sea Kelp, Carnitine, Carnosine, Grape Seed Proanthocyanadins, Glutathione and other actives will stimulate your skin to increase its own collagen production, resulting in greater elasticity, firmness and tightness.
My pores are unsightly. Can anything minimize them?
A product containing effective concentration of Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, or Vitamin A will help to reduce the size of pores.
What are the best ingredients to tighten and lift the skin?
Stimulating the production of collagen synthesis helps to improve the function of the skin’s connective tissue, thereby giving it a tighter, lifted appearance. The actives that best help in the production of collagen synthesis are Vitamins A and C, EGF, Centella Asiatica, Peptides, Sea Kelp, Carnosine, Carnitine, Grape Seed Proantocyanadins, Hyaluronic Acid and DMAE.
What is best to use to brighten the skin?
The complexion may become brighter and more luminous using products with effective concentrations of Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Glucosamine, Licorice, Green Tea EGCG, Soy and Resveratrol.
What is the best thing for wrinkles?
Products containing actives of GABA (Gamma Aminobutryic Acid), Argireline, DMAE, Matrixyl, Dermagen, Kinetin, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, Carnitine, Sea Kelp, CoQ10 and Coconut Endosperm will help smooth wrinkles, brow furrows and crow’s feet.
What is the best thing to use for acne-prone skin?
I AM believes in the power of natural ingredients to treat acne. While curing the acne is the goal, it’s important to keep the skin healthy. Acne can leave scars, keloids and changes in pigmentation, so it’s important to control acne before it leads to permanent changes in the skin. Tea Tree Oil has been shown to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide in killing acne bacteria. Tea Tree Oil may take longer to show results, as natural actives typically are, but it does work and does not have the harsh side effects of benzoyl peroxide, which kills acne bacteria but also skin cells (causing aging) and often causes redness, scaling and sensitivity. Other actives that are highly effective in combating acne but are also very nourishing to skin are Salicylic Acid (2%), Niacinamide, Green Tea EGCG and Liquorice Extract. Sometimes, no topical treatment will totally eliminate acne—especially during times of high stress or hormonal imbalances—but products containing these actives will do very well in healing it.
What isn’t possible from any topical skincare?
You will not get the results of cosmetic surgery. Don’t believe any product claims that say you will.
Will anything help to reduce eye puffiness?
This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, as I have chronic sinusitis and am always fighting puffy eyes. Again, the reason for the puffiness determines how effective a topical treatment may be. If puffy eyes are hereditary and you’ve had them “forever”, it’s possible that nothing short of surgery may help. If the puffiness is a result of seasonal allergies, poor diet or lack of sleep, there’s a good chance that you can correct, or at least minimize, the problem. A good quality, nourishing eye product containing Caffeine, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, and Peptides will work to deflate bags and strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes. In addition, try cutting back on salt and alcohol, and reducing the amount of liquids that you drink before bed or during the night. Sleeping on your back may help, as well as placing cold, damp tea bags on each eye.