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Ceramides — Breakthrough in Face, Hair, and Body Treatments

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

What are ceramides?

Ceramides are a natural part of the cell membrane in the outermost layer of the epidermis. They help the skin to maintain its moisture-binding and protective barrier functions. Ceramides make up 40% of the lipid, or oily, component of the intercellular cement which binds epidermal skin cells together.

Intercellular cement in the skin performs the same function as mortar between the bricks in a wall. As the wall ages, the substance which prevents this from happening is the intercellular cement of the skin.

Where do ceramides come from?

Ceramides can be chemically synthesized, derived from animals or plants, or yeast-derived. Chemically synthesized ceramides do not meet the criteria for “natural”. Ceramides can be derived from animals — usually obtained from the brain and spinal cord — but these are not cruelty free sources. In addition, ceramides from animal sources can carry viruses. Ceramides derived from plants are less concentrated. The ceramides used in Borlind Ceramide Vital Fluid are biotechnically obtained from yeast.

Why are they important?

The amount of ceramide in the epidermis determines the level of hydration of the skin. The lower the amount of ceramide, the drier the skin. Thus ceramides play a key role in maintaining the moisture level, smoothness, elasticity, and firmness of the skin.  As we age, the ceramide concentration in the skin’s intercellular cement declines. The result – damaging environmental pollutants and other harmful elements can enter the body. In addition, the skin’s moisture-binding capability diminishes resulting in dehydration of the tissues.

Why are ceramides beneficial?

Topical application of ceramides increases the concentration of ceramides in the epidermis. The result:

  • Reduced moisture loss
  • Enhanced moisture binding capability
  • Increased elasticity and firmness
  • Reinforcement of the skin’s protective functions
  • Strengthened resistance to free radical damage
  • Noticeable smoothing of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Smoother, more refined skin texture

Ceramides are also excellent restorative care for skin that has been abraded or over-exposed to the elements. Damage caused by rubbing, scrubbing, wind, burning, sunburn, or chemical peeling heals more rapidly when ceramides are
topically applied. Moisture levels in the skin also increase with regular ceramide application. Hydration gives a smoother appearance, reducing scaliness and dullness.

Ceramide Vital Fluid — Enhances Benefits of Daily Skin Care Program

Ceramide Vital Fluid stimulates oxygen utilization in the cells and supports natural skin regeneration. At the same time the moisture-retaining ability of the skin is increased and its resistance strengthened. Ceramide Vital Fluid is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

Used as a daily supplement to the regular care program, Ceramide Vital Fluid should be applied after cleansing and toning and before day or night creams. Dermatological tests have shown that after 14 days of regular use, Ceramide Vital Fluid

  • Increases firmness of the skin by 42%
  • Boosts moisture content of the skin by 28%
  • Increases skin’s protection against free radicals by 88%
  • Enhances cell regeneration

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All About Natural Skin Care…

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

The skin care industry is a thriving multi billion dollar market, and everyone from huge companies to small one room laboratories are trying to get their share. One would think that all these options are a good thing, and in a way they are, but in the same way they are not. You see, not everyone is totally honest about what they are doing, and these big businesses have the money and power to pull strings and create these loop holes that they can wiggle through. What I am talking about is labels and packaging, there is very little regulation over what can and can’t be printed on these labels, and the consumer must be very careful to not get tricked. It is important to educate yourself on the ingredients in your skin care products.

Chemically based products have the potential to have the opposite effect on your skin, and are also very good at triggering an allergic reaction. Not to mention the fact that your skin is super absorbent and what ever goes on your skin is absorbed into your body. I have a good rule of thumb when it comes to skin care; if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t place it on your skin. Natural products, and I am talking about truly natural products, should have ingredients that you can read and acknowledge the fact that you are reading English and not Russian.

So, are these all natural skin care products as effective as the not so natural ones?

Yes, yes, yes! A perfect example of this is a very successful natural skincare line called Annemarie Borlind natural beauty. These natural products are super effective and extremely good for your skin; there are anti-aging regimens, acne treatments, and body care. She has specifically designed a line for every skin type, and every skin problem you can think of, and believe it or not many of the conditions we face today are a direct result of the products we are using to correct them. We simply must get away from these chemicals and get back to a natural product.

However, there are hundreds of natural products available that are reputable, and actually 100% natural. All you have to do is look and investigate the products before purchasing them to ensure you are getting a good product for your money. Always remember that just because it says natural doesn’t necessarily mean it is natural, you must be sure to buy your products from a reputable all natural skincare website. Doing this will ensure you get a great all natural product, at a great price.

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What is Glucoactive…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Glucoactive is a supplement that combines several proven glucose lowering herbs and elements, such as cinnamon and chromium, to come up with a one of a kind formula that is a diabetics dream come true. Cinnamon alone has shown positive effects on blood glucose in clinical studies, when combined with these other blood sugar stabilizing herbs it is a virtual diabetes wonder supplement. Don’t misunderstand I am not suggesting that this supplement will completely cure your diabetes, everyone responds differently to treatment. While some have been able to completely discontinue their oral insulin medication, others may not respond as well. What the supplement will do for almost everyone that takes it is stabilize and help regulate your blood sugar…hopefully back into the normal range.

Let’s discuss the proprietary blend in detail:

The first ingredient is Cinnulin PF, this is simply a cinnamon bark extract. Cinnamon is great for the body on a number of levels. However, cinnamons effects really shine when used as a glucose stabilizer. In a number of clinical trials cinnamon has proven effective at lowering blood glucose levels, cholesterol levels, and also promoting a natural production of insulin. Cinnamon taken by itself is a great option, for anyone, but if you have diabetes I would strongly suggest taking a cinnamon supplement or a combination supplement that contains the sweet smelling spice.

The next is Fenugreek, this herb is sometimes called the oldest medical herb, and for good reason. Fenugreek seeds are rich in protein; they possess an extremely unique amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine (4-OH-Ile). This particular amino acid is one of the key players in blood glucose control.

Grape Seed Extract is a wonderful all around supplement, and it is sometimes, when bought separately, quite expensive. Not only does grape seed extract help lower blood glucose levels, but it also helps to support skin and tissue health, which is a major concern for diabetics. Not to mention the fact that it also helps prevent heart disease and vascular problems…another great concern for diabetics. In general taking a grape seed supplement is a perfect way to lower your blood glucose, and prevent some common diabetic complications.

Chromium and Vanadium these two trace elements in the body have long been linked to blood glucose stabilization. Researchers are now beginning to understand that these two elements are very important to the metabolism of glucose/sugar. This in turn leads to the regulation and stabilization of over all glucose levels.

Any of these ingredients would be a great addition to a diabetic’s daily supplementation. However, when combined and packaged as an all in one formula Glucoactive is, in my opinion, the best over all diabetes supplement on the market. This supplement covers all bases of the condition from glucose control to skin health.

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Best Vitamins and Supplements for Hair and Nail Support

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

A very good indication of someone’s general health can be told by judging the appearance of their hair, skin, and nails. Many old doctors use to actually take this into account when diagnosing a patient’s condition, now however we have many standardized blood tests and laboratory scans to diagnose illnesses. But, believe it or not your doctor is still paying very close attention to these things because poor hair and nails can indicate a deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals, as well as many medical conditions. Many women that have taken a prenatal vitamin during pregnancy have commented on how gorgeous their hair and nails were during their pregnancy, and this is because of the potency of the prenatal vitamins, not the pregnancy itself.

There are certain vitamins and minerals that your hair and nails need to grow and thrive, ensuring that you get these vitamins and minerals will definitely improve the condition of your hair and nails. It is not just one specific vitamin that makes your hair and nails grow and look great, it is a whole range of them that must work together to promote growth, and push all the old out. There are a whole range of products that specifically focus on strengthening the hair and nails. However, one must approach them cautiously as there are many products that are designed for topical application, such as specialty shampoos and nail polishes. These products are okay, but the real problem is internal, and no external source can fix that.

To treat the problem at the source, and completely heal the body within, you must “fix” the problem, which is usually a deficiency of some kind. Taking a specific hair and nail support supplement is a great way to do this. Some specific vitamins, minerals, and proteins that are essential to the health of your hair and nails are:

Collagen : Collagen is completely essential to the health and suppleness of your hair, skin, and nails. Ensuring that your body has enough collagen will not only help your hair and nails, but it may help to prevent premature wrinkling.

Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E : This is easy enough to remember if you know your ABC’s. These five vitamins are an absolute necessity to the health of many functioning systems in the body, and supporting hair, skin, and nail health just happens to be one of them.

Biotin: Also known as Vitamin H is a completely essential vitamin to the formation of hair and nails. This vitamin has also shown effectiveness in treating baldness.

Many of these hair and nail health supplements contain several, if not all of these ingredients, but let’s not forget there are several herbs that have shown promise in this area such as Nettle, Kelp, Horsetail and Oatstraw…just to name a few. To find out more on these great supplements please visit the Nutrition101 blog

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Annemarie Borlind skin care products

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Skin health is all too often something people take for granted. When we are young and our skin is nice and taut, 99% of us never think about the future, or the negligence we have on our skin. A common misconception among the general public is that skin care is not necessary until you reach middle age, this could not be any further from the truth.

Taking care of your skin now is essential to the look and texture of your skin in the future. You see, our skin, like other systems and nutrients in our body slows the production of certain elements when we age, so when you notice the damage it is often too late to reverse it. However, if you prevent the damage, and keep the skin healthy from the start the damage will hold off until much, much later in life.

Another misconception is that the answer to aging is with the application of chemicals and harsh products. This, like the previous misconception is very wrong, chemicals and other toxic additives can sometimes have the reverse effect on your skin…hence the terms chemical burn or allergic reaction, which has the possibility to leave permanent damage.

Mother Nature gave us all we need when it comes to skin care and anti-aging. Nature has been delivering moisturizing products naturally for much longer than any company has been mixing weird ingredients and claiming to have bottled the fountain of youth. A woman who picked up on this fascinating fact early, and long before the all natural fad train left the station, was a woman named Annemarie Borlind.

Annemarie Borlind created a huge line of effective and excellent all natural skin care products. The great thing about these products is they work with your body to alleviate the skin condition you are suffering from. Ms. Annemarie has a product for just about every ailment you can think of; as a chronic sufferer of Acne she initially created several acne skin care treatments to clear the skin naturally without the use of harsh chemicals.

The Annemarie Borlind “Purifying Care Cleansing Gel” gives the skin a deep cleaning while nourishing it with herbal extracts, but not over drying it. This brilliant combination of herbs leaves the face completely clean without stripping the skin of its essential oils. Remember most other acne face washes have harsh chemical based active ingredients, which can cause irritation and over drying. This wash can be followed up by applying a “Purifying Care Cleansing Mask”; this mask will prevent any new break outs from occurring, and give the skin a fresh glow.

Although. Not everyone has acne; maybe you simply need a really good moisturizer for your hands or body. If you are in search of an all natural moisturizer look no further than an amazing Annemarie Borlind body moisturizing products. Her line of moisturizers is so very specific to you personal needs that it is as if she has created the product specifically for you. You can browse the full line of her products and choose your specific type depending on the fragrance, or severity of dryness.