The Ways to Use AHAs

Alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs help to improve the appearance of skin in two ways;  moisturizing and exfoliating.  AHAs function differently based upon the pH level of the formulation. When used as a moisturizer, the pH level is higher than 4.0. At this level, AHAs help to increase the water content of skin making it softer, smoother and more flexible.  

Alternatively as an exfoliant, the most effective pH level is 4.0. This is the level where AHAs begin to dissolve the glue-like bonds that hold dead cells to the surface. This stimulates cellular renewal and regeneration and allows newer, fresher cells to emerge. Products with a pH level of 3.5 or below can be too irritating and may leave skin feeling dry and tight.

We live and breathe AHAs everyday, but most people do not realize the importance of the pH level in skin care formulas. AHAs are extremely effective ingredients, and we feel it is important to know how they function in a product. Products like Alpha Skin Care put the percentage of AHA and the pH level on the box, we’re proud of our product formulation and stand by our years in supporting your skin care regiment. Be a savvy consumer. Next time you are shopping for skin care products, be sure to look at the pH level. It will help you to know what products are best for you.

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Moisturize From The Inside Out!

Drinking water is an easy, inexpensive way to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Topical moisturizers are important but they do not provide enough hydration to keep your skin moist and supple. Skin is an organ and just like any other part of the body, your skin is made up of cells. The cells of the human body are mostly water. At the height a newborn baby’s cells may be as much as 75% water! With age, the amount of water in the human body decreases but water is still the primary content in the cells of the human body. Without it our organs, and that includes skin, will not function at their best.

When skin is not adequately hydrated it loses thickness, can become more sensitive and offers less body protection. Dry skin feels tight and your skin tone may look flaky and dull. The drier your skin, the less resilient and more prone to wrinkling it becomes. Chronic dehydration can age your skin very quickly and can make fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Proper hydration is an important part of keeping skin firm and supple. Drinking plenty of water helps to reduce the signs of aging and keeps skin soft and elastic.

Water also helps the body to utilize essential nutrients, eliminate toxins and maintain a healthy pH balance. Anything that makes you sweat, like exercise or just being out in the sun, causes fluid loss. Dehydration can also occur when you are sick. All these may mean you need to increase your water intake. Although delicious, coffee and alcohol do not count as fluids since they act as diuretics and actually reduce your body’s hydration. Water aids the natural repair process, helping the body to heal faster when damaged. In the case of severe sunburn, be sure to drink a lot of water!

So how much water is enough to keep your body and skin looking and feeling its best? It may be more than you might think. Its recommended that women should drink at least nine cups of plain water every day and men should drink 13. An important side note, no matter how much water you drink, your other organs will get the water they need first, not your skin, and we are all different, so use guidelines as that, just a guide listen to your body first and foremost!

To have beautiful, healthy skin, try moisturizing from the inside out!  We all know that beauty is more than skin deep.  It’s what’s on the inside that counts and in this case, that means a lot of water and a well-hydrated body.  It’s easy, inexpensive and you can start today!  Let’s drink (a glass of water) to your health!

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Face Food: Top 5 Foods for Beautiful Skin!

There is more to skin care and beautiful skin than the lotions and potions applied religiously in the morning and at night.  Having beautiful skin is not just about what you put ON your body it is also about what you put IN your body.  Treating blemishes and fighting wrinkles may not be enough to help you have a glowing complexion. Many of the nutrients you need to be healthy on the inside also keep you beautiful on the outside.  The best part is that they are readily available and you can pick them up on your trip to the grocery store!

Here are the Top 5 Foods you should eat if you want beautiful skin and good health.

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1. Tomatoes.  Tomatoes contain Lycopene, a phytochemical, an active compound found in plants. Lycopene is important for skin because it helps to eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays and protect your skin from sun damage. Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant Lycopene. The Lycopene in tomatoes is more easily absorbed by your body when it is cooked so have a little extra marinara sauce or tomato bisque.

2.  Spinach. Dark leafy vegetables like spinach reduce the likelihood of cancer cell growth. The folates in dark leafy greens help repair and maintain DNA improving your cell’s ability to regenerate. Spinach is also full of water that penetrates cell membranes to help you and your skin stay hydrated, making your skin look plumper and less wrinkled.

3.  Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C helps to smooth wrinkles and is essential for collagen production. The more collagen you have the less noticeable lines and wrinkles appear by helping to keep skin firm. Additionally, like Lycopene, the beta-carotene in sweet potatoes is an antioxidant that fights the aging process. Beta-carotene is also found in carrots, pumpkins and squash.

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4. Salmon.  Like most fish, salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. The fatty acids in fish help to reduce inflammation and to keep cells strong. Strong cells successfully hold on to moisture keeping your skin hydrated. Salmon and tuna and have an extra benefit. They contain selenium, a nutrient that helps preserve elastin. Elastin is a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. Cooked or raw, add a little more fish to your diet. Flax seeds are also rich in Omega-3 fatty acids if you are looking for a vegetarian option.

5. Nuts. Almonds and Walnuts, in particular, have lots of vitamin E, an effective sun protectant. Just 20 nuts a day can reduce the possibility of sunburn. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect skin cells from UV light that generate free radicals that can cause cell damage. Sun protection is key to having great skin. 

Lots of foods offer an extra dose of sun protection. Tomatoes and nuts are two already mentioned. In addition, dark chocolate, carrots, and green tea all have properties that contribute to reducing your risk of damage during sun exposure. That doesn’t mean you should stop wearing sunscreen! Nutrition is just an added bonus. Apply sunscreen daily to avoid the risk of sun damage.

Beautiful skin on the outside, start with the inside! The next time you’re at the grocery store, make one or two healthier food choices. It’s a win-win for you and your skin!

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Exfoliate the Right Way

At Alpha Skin Care, we know that winter can make caring for your skin extra tough.

No matter how many cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens you are using, if you are not exfoliating, your skin is not getting the most out of your skin care routine. Exfoliation is simply the removal of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. Removing these cells in turn increases cell renewal and polishes the surface of your skin. Without regular exfoliation even the most beautiful skin will not show its true vibrancy.

Many people turn to harsh abrasive scrubs or loofahs to exfoliate their skin, but this can do more damage than good, especially in the winter months. It is possible to over-exfoliate, so scrubbing and rubbing already dry-irritated winter skin only causes more of the same. A gentler option that is perfect for every season is a light chemical exfoliant.

Alpha hydroxy acids or “AHAs” are one of our cornerstone ingredients at Alpha Skin Care. We offer multiple products with AHAs for every skin type – in gels, serums, creams, and lotions. Choosing an AHA product for exfoliation rather than a harsh scrub or loofah will be much more gentle on your skin, and even more effective.

Some of the benefits of AHA exfoliation include:

  • Increased Cell Renewal
  • Smoother, Softer, & Brighter Skin
  • Increased Collagen Formation & Skin Thickness
  • Treating Acne, Dry Skin, & Clogged Pores
  • Fewer Wrinkles & Lines
  • Treating Hyperpigmentation & Irregular Pigmentation
  • Increased Effectiveness with Other Skin Products

The older we get, the slower our bodies shed skin cells and generate new ones; consequently, exfoliation becomes increasingly important. Try an AHA exfoliant from Alpha Skin Care today! To ensure the most effective results be sure to follow the instructions on the package.

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Avoid Long Showers and Hot Baths

One of the best ways to combat winter dry skin is to avoid taking long hot showers or baths. In the winter it may be tempting after being out in the cold, but although lovely in the moment, it will make dry winter skin worse. Although seeming counter-intuitive, the longer and hotter the exposure to water, the more natural moisture your skin will lose.

Why? Well, the outermost layer of our skin contains oils and skin cells that help retain moisture. The combination of hot water and soap strips away your skin’s natural oil barrier that provides protection against dryness.

When you step out of a hot shower or bath, you’ve probably noticed that your skin is often red, itchy, and maybe even tight. These are all indications that your skin is drying. Additionally, in many parts of the country, the air is also very dry in the winter compounding these concerns.

So, what can you do about winter dry skin? Start by keeping water temperature lukewarm and showers less than ten minutes long. Consider turning down the temperature on your water heater, this will prevent water from being too hot and, a bonus, you will reduce your winter energy costs! Just slightly adjusting the thermostat will be easier on your skin, your wallet, and the environment. The same benefits from taking shorter showers and bathes.

To treat winter dryness, apply a good moisturizer immediately after bathing. It will help your skin to be soft and supple while locking in moisture. At Alpha Skin Care, we formulate products with naturally powerful ingredients that really work to care for your skin. We recommend using our Renewal Body Lotion after a bath or shower to relieve dryness. The thick rich formula will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. 

Formulated with 12% Glycolic AHA, it releases dead skin cells, promotes cellular renewal, and even supports collagen production which results in healthy, well-hydrated skin. Alpha Skin Care wants to help you to have healthy, radiant skin from head to toe!

So seasons change and the weather cools again, remember shorter, cooler showers and baths followed with a great moisturizer like Renewal Body Lotion is the best way to care for winter dry skin.

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