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Best Ingredients To Smooth Out Chest Wrinkles

Studies have shown using a body lotion or body cream containing  both vitamin C and  retinol can improve the appearance of skin that has become wrinkled through the normal aging process, as well as skin damaged by the sun.

“... results show that repeated topical application of a preparation containing both retinol and vitamin C is able to reverse, at least in part, skin changes induced by both chronologic aging and photoaging. “   Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2005 Mar-Apr;18(2):81-7.

Strength of the label

Researching the net for the best body creams or lotions that combined both  “vitamin A and C” , I found the prices could be as low as $10 or as high as $95.     Why such a difference in the pricing?  It had everything to do about the ingredients and the strength of the ingredients listed on their product label.

 How do you read a product label? 

The FDA requires skin care ingredients listed on product labels to be listed in order, starting with the highest to the lowest concentration.   If the active ingredient you are interested in is listed next to the last, put the product  back on the shelf.  You don’t want to waste your time or money on a product that will give you little to no results.  Just because the body cream or lotion advertises it has retinol and vitamin c, it  doesn’t mean it will give you the results you are looking for.  You must become an educated “label reader” for all your skin care product selections.


Milk Eye Puffs    Milk Protein

The healing properties of milk have long been understood as a natural cure to a variety of ailments.  Dip cotton rounds in whole milk, squeeze excess liquid out and place on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, several times a day. 

This home remedy will relieve any soreness you are experience with your tired eyes while helping to reduce puffiness.

 Dark circles around eyes


Does your mirror reflect puffy eyes or dark circle under Eyes?

When you look in the mirror, does the image you see has puffy eyes or dark circles?  Perhaps you need a good night sleep. 

Sleep is very important for your circulation. 

A healthy circulatory system brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells .  This a good thing.  Why you ask?  Because oxygen restocks the tissues in your body, including your skin. 

A sleep deficiency slows it down.   When this blood becomes stagnant, dark circles under the eyes may  appear.

This lack of oxygen is also responsible for poor wound-healing and making the skin look dull and lifeless. 

Lack of sleep affects the lymphatic system

A disrupted lymphatic system allows toxins to accumulate and swelling in the skin.  Particularly around the eyes where fluid can easily build up, causing puffiness


Why does the skin around the eyes tends to wrinkle first ?

The skin surrounding the eyes is thinner and more delicate, an area without many oil glands and collagen in comparison to the body rest, so it’s more prone to fine lines and dehydration, which makes it look dull. 

As collagen decreases, veins are more obvious, increasing the look of dark circles.  The thinner skin fills easily with fluid, causing eye puffiness. 

How do you lighten elbows and knees?

Elbow and knees are the Hardest area to lighten on people of color because of the constant rubbing or friction of clothing against our skin and using our elbows to lean on a hard surfaces.

The continuing friction causes a darkening of the skin.   The products you use on your face can work on you knees and elbow.   Be careful not to dry out the skin.  You have to keep that are very hydrated or it will darken more.

If the darks spots on your knees was caused by an injury.  That’s another story, depending on the type of injury and the age of the injury, “one skin care product” will not work.  

You'll need professional skin care treatments as well as home care products to control your melanin production.  I like Neova  Serious Clarity 4X.  


Large Skin Pore ImageHow do I get rid of the pores on my face that appear due to acne? What are some good treatments or home remedy?


Pores are little openings in your skin.  These tiny openings are attached to the sebaceous glands to produce sebum, the body's natural oil.  Pores also house hair follicles.

If a person naturally has large pores, reducing them may not be a factor.   But, it’s possible to reduce the appearance of large pores. 

How?  By keeping them clean and unclogged.

Don’t Over Cleanse or Over Exfoliate!  Be gentle to your skin, it works hard to protect your other body organs.

 Thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove surface dirt and oils.   Exfoliate* to remove dead skin cells, to prevent them from clogging your pores.   Finally, protect your skin’s pore openings and moisture level by using a light moisturizer.

Your Cleanser

Take into account your skin’s condition when you select your cleanser.  Choose one that will give you the results you’re looking for.   Do you need a cleanser to control your oil production?  Or does your skin need anti-bacterial ingredients, such as green tea, totarol or tea tree?   Your cleanser should not overly dry your skin or strip it of its much needed moisture.

Exfoliations Methods*

Dermaplaning  (Professional Treatment)

 a manual exfoliating treatment to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair, (peach fuzz).

Microdermabrasion (Professional Treatment)

 a light-cosmetic procedure, it involves an exfoliation’s mechanical medium in order to remove the outermost layer of the dead -skin cells.

Professional Chemical Peels

When you receive a professional peel from an esthetician or physician you could get a superficial or lunchtime peel, a medium or deep peel depending on the acid used.

At home peels

There are a few safe “at-home” light treatment masks available on the market.  But, I should issue a warning at this point.  Be careful when using chemical peel products.  You could cause damage and more problems than you started out with.   Some side effects are: skin inflammation, blisters, excessive dryness and flaking, hyperpigmentation, redness and or itchiness.

Exfoliating Ingredients:

Salicylic Acid  -  Salicylic acid can be the best acne treatment ingredient to help reduce the number of cells around the follicles of your skin's oil glands

Lactic Acid   -    Improving skin tone and texture      

Glycolic Acid  -    Smoother Texture

Light Moisturizer

Don’t fall victim to the myth,  “oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer”.   Use a light oil-free moisturizer.   Every skin type needs hydration (water) to remain healthy.   Some oily types mistakenly use too many skin care products that reduces their skin’s moisture level to the point of sensitivity.     Your face moisturizer should have ingredients to control your oil production, protect your skin’s moisture level or add additional hydration if necessary.

Additional Reading:

*Why You Should Not (Over) Exfoliate

Thank you for your question,  Here are my skin care products recommendions:

Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Cleanser reduces surface oils, and enhances the clearing of problematic skin gently and therapeutically. The salicylic acid and green tea combination works effectively to minimize surface bacteria, reduce oil and provide a deep pore cleanse.

Rhonda Allisn Aloe Matte Moisture Cream is a light, creamy formula best for oily, acne problematic and combination skin. It has healing, moisturizing and antimicrobial factors. Active ingredients balance excess oil and provide water-binding moisture to prevent dehydration. 

Hope this helps...Lois 





Does Honey Make My Skin Smooth?

Some types of honey, like Manuka honey  is a natural extract with excellent moisturization benefits. It also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Medical-grade honey has been used as a dressing for wounds and burns and has also been included in treatments against pityriasis, tinea, seborrhea, dandruff, diaper dermatitis, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, and anal fissure.

In the beauty industry, cosmetic formulas, honey is used in emollient, humectant, soothing, and hair conditioners, anti-aging and retards wrinkle formations.  Also to regulates pH and prevents pathogen infections.

Honey-based cosmetic products include lip ointments, cleansing milks, hydrating creams, after sun, tonic lotions, shampoos, and conditioners.

Will honey make your skin smooth?  When it’s mixed with other ingredients. 

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 Moisturizing daily is an important step managing dry skin.

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Choose one that targets not only your skin type but the it’s condition also.     Examine its ingredients.     The ingredient composition of the moisturizer controls how it will  effect your skin barrier function.       Some moisturizers may have ingredients that weaken the skin barrier function, while others strengthen it.     When you choose yours,,,,It’s a good time to ask, “What's In It For Me”.

 Schedule a private skin consulting session with A Younger You Skin Care licensed specialist to answer your skin care questions.

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