Your Neck & Décolleté

Sensual lipsPeople spend a lot of money and time taking care of their face because they think that is the first thing others see. Two areas that are often neglected are the neck and décolleté. The décolleté is the upper chest area including the cleavage and shoulder areas.

To the naked eye, the skin on the neck and décolleté does not appear much different from that of the face, but it is quite different. Facial skin has a higher number of sebaceous glands (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter) that provide natural lubrication and protection.  There are fewer sebaceous glands on the neck and chest,  resulting in a tendency toward dryness . The skin on the neck and chest is thinner with less adipose tissue—the fat layer that supports the dermis—and more blood vessels. The already-thinner skin on the neck and chest is quick to develop the sagging, crepe-like appearance, as well as an increase in chest-area wrinkles, especially with sun exposure. We apply sunscreen to our faces but often forget about our neck and upper chest.

It is never too late to begin caring for your skin. Using ingredients with peptides and retinol support collagen and elasticity stimulation for stronger, more supple skin. If you have hyperpigmentation (brown spots) use products with licorce, lactic & kojic acid to lighten the area. For redness use a product with brown or red algae.

Additional treatments to consider are treating the skin of the neck and chest with regular superficial chemical peels. Blended peels are particularly helpful for treating these areas, because they typically contain combinations of lower percentages of several peeling agents, making them gentle, yet tremendously effective.




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Peptides and the Skin

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People have been talking about peptides for years and almost every major skin care line touts that their products contain peptides.  But what are they and how do they work?

Peptides are an important ingredient in skin care products and coupled with other anti-aging ingredients plus sunscreen help improve the appearance of your skin. Peptides can be described in two ways. They are short or long chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. They are also protein fragments: collagen (structural protein in connective tissues), elastin (protein that coils and recoils like a spring), integrin (cell surface receptors that assist with adhesive reactions between certain cells), and laminin (protein that helps body structures hold together) are all comprised of peptides. Amino acids make up peptides, which in turn make up the proteins of our skin.

Peptides are found naturally in our bodies, but many of the peptides used in skin care products are from rice, wheat, or yeast. To stabilize them they are broken down and then put back together in the correct order for the action they are intended to take.

A peptide can be thought of as a cell communicator. It signals certain cells to act in a certain way. In skin care, peptides tell skin cells to act in a healthier, younger way. As we age, our skin begins to decline. Peptides are able to make our skin act more like it did when we were younger.

Each peptide has a different job so there are many peptides. Some tell the skin to produce more collagen; others can help with cell turnover, hydration, brown spots, sensitive skin or relax the muscle that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Some peptides target acne.

With more than 3.2 million peptides possible from amino acid combinations, the potential future of these signaling ingredients is wide ranging.


Source ACSP November 2014 ” The Straightforward Guide to Peptides.”



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Is It Possible To Make My Hair Grow Faster?



Young Blonde GuyThere are many products on the market that support hair growth, but there is no miracle formula. In my waxing business, I encounter clients who have too much hair in unwanted areas: nose, ears, lip and body. Meanwhile, they would kill to have that unwanted hair move to their heads.

Try these tips to support hair growth on your head!

  • Eat protein at breakfast and lunch – Fueling your system early and often will ensure that enough nutrients are left over later in the day for tissue regeneration.
  • Wash hair every other day – Not washing enough can invite buildup that impedes growth.
  • Massage your scalp – Stimulation increases blood circulation at the follicles, which improves the hair’s texture.
  • Be smart about supplements – Vitamin deficiency can contribute to hair loss and shedding. If you don’t eat meat, be sure to take a daily multivitamin with zinc, iron, and B12 to balance out your diet. We all know a vegetarian whose hair started falling out because they were not getting enough protein.
  • Be gentle with your hair - Avoid pulling your hair with a brush or comb.  If your hair is tangled, try using a leave in conditioner.  They’ve come a long way and will leave your hair smooth and silky.


 Adapted from: InStyle/SEPTEMBER 2014
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