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Aging Elengantly

Want to age like a pro?

As much as I love youth promising products and treatments, the most important things we can do to promote quality longevity are simple lifestyle modifications. What we eat, how we act and think, are what will ultimately dictate our biological age. How you age is really up to you! Genetics aside, we have the power to incorporate life enhancing acts to ward off the illnesses most commonly associated with our physical, mental and health decline.

     1. *****Make sure getting your vitamins and antioxidants!!

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These are your primary defenses against cancer causing free radicals and stress related aging and disease!

How-to-tip: Make Fruits and veggies your go-to food .

  • Try Juicing in the morning, snack on veggies and include a variety of colored foods in your diet! Find some recipes and      tips on this helpful site All About Juicing.
  • The stronger in color, the higher vitamin and antioxidant power!
  • If you don’t trust you are getting in enough  antioxidants, try a trusted supplement like the one below from MacroLifeNaturals… Try the MarcroGreens or Miracle Reds! In Spain, a brand called Salangei makes some fantastic antioxidants supplements in capsules, check out  their product Phytomatrix here!

antiox supplement Miriacle Reds

     2. ****Drink purified water!! 

purified water benefits

Municipal water has been reported with potentially toxic amounts of Cholrine and Flourine. These chemicals have been associated with health hazards and urinary tract cancers.  Other toxic substances commonly found in tap water include lead, pesticides, benzene and heavy metals.  Taking into account we need 8-10 glasses daily to stay healthy, we should be wary of the quality of the water we drink!

How-to-tip:  Pass on sugary, artificially flavored, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks and drink filtered water.

  • Buy a filter! I have to be honest, after researching, it’s still unclear to me how to choose the best water purification system. There have been numerous reviews stating ” the reverse osmosis types using a thin film composite membrane” are best! Readers Digest recommends the Aquasana brand. If anyone has any insight or opinions to share I would love to hear from you!
  • If you’re interested in learning about the reverse osmosis filtration process and a thin film composite membrane, I found      this link here quite informative. http://espwaterproducts.com/about-reverse-osmosis.htm.
  • To give flavor kick to your filtered water try adding a bit of vitamin and antiox goodness with citrus fruits!

Choose water

Kleen Kanteen

  • Lastly, if you’re going to go for store-bottled water, beware that not all are created equal. Bottled water seems to be less often screened or controlled than we might think. Also, mineral contents vary and could mean different health implications. Do your research on your favorite brands!

     3. ****Meditate!!

meditate for health

Daily meditation has been cited to be more effective than any other relaxation technique to lower long-term anxiety, ultimately, improving mental function and preventing premature aging. According to a Study conducted by Dr R Keith Wallce, those who meditated for more than 5 years averaged 12 years younger biologically than non-meditating counterparts!

How-to-tip: See my instructions in my post on Beauty Sleep!! (Won’t hurt to pick up some tips on sleep, as proper rest is vital in combating stress and disease! (: )

  • Set aside 5-15 minutes a day to recharge and unwind.
  • If you find sitting quietly too stressing , try a walking meditation or listen to meditation guidance tapes.

      4. ****Squeeze in 30 minutes of daily cardio!!

take the stairs for health

Cardiovascular activity helps prevent heart disease (hence the name), decreases stress and improves metabolism! All of this helps cut your chances against developing the most common diseases related to decreased quality of life and premature disease.

How-to-tip: Cardiovascular exercise has mean any activity which raises your heart rate and makes you sweat a bit. The gym is a great place for motivation and wide variety of aerobic classes and “cardio machines”. Power walking sessions, jogging, bicycling, gardening and even certain types of house cleaning can also serve as great ways to activate the body, exercise the heart and increase metabolism.

  • If you need some motivation to get in your morning workout check out my previous post for some tips “ABCs for a Rejuvenated Morning”.
  • If you just can’t seem to make time during your hectic day, take the stairs and walk every chance you get.
  • Avoid couch potatoe -ing at all costs! I guarantee, a fresh walk will feel so much better or your mind and body than ingesting both extra calories and exogenous TV anxieties.

     5. **** Include Omega 3s in your diet!!

omega 3 brain power

Increased risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis have been shown in those consuming diets low in Omega 3s. Poor cognitive function, depression, fatigue, memory, attention deficit issues, inflammatory conditions and even Alzheimer’s can all be warded off with regular consumption.

How-to-tip: Try incorporating cold water fish, walnuts, flaxseed or eggs from hens fed on greens to your daily diet.

Flaxseed Smoothie

Get your Omega 3s! Add flaxseeds to your smoothie

Nordic Natural Omega 3

        6. ****Wear Sunglasses!!

sunglasses for eye health

Not only do large chic sunglasses give you a few points on the fashion scale…. They can also help protect your from wrinkles, cataracts and growths such as pinguecula or pterygiums! The amount you squint is directly proportional to the stress you are implementing on the ultra sensitive skin around the eyes…Sunglasses minimize the need to squint. A pair of groovy shades also works to protect the peri-orbital skin from UV exposure and associated increased risk for skin cancer and signs of aging.. Lastly, sunglasses help protect the eyes from the above eye diseases which could affect your sight. Cataract formation is many times genetic and, for many,considered a normal part of aging (50 % of those over 80 have signs of cataracts). We can, however, slow their insidious onset by protecting ourselves when outdoors with UV protective lenses. Studies have shown those who protect themselves in early life with sunglasses are less likely to develop cataracts and other disturbing eye growths.

      7. ****Add Fibrous foods to every meal!!

High Fiber Foods AntiAging diet

The benefits of a high fiber diet include: decreasing risk of heart disease, aiding in excretion of cholesterol, maintaining digestive health, preventing diverticular disease, helping manage healthy blood sugar levels and diabetes, removing cancer causing toxins from gut and helping you control hunger and fight obesity.

By maintaining digestive health, high fiber diets also help stabilize feelings over all wellbeing. Furthermore, the fact that those who eat diets high in fiber tend to be able to control their appetite and weight better, means less risk of eating foods containing unhealthy fats and sugar. Proper nutrition further protects you from heart disease and diabetes.

AntiAging gurus from around the globe have one unified message in mind…longevity is strongly linked to diets with high Fiber:Sugar-Ratio! More fiber and less sugar is the definite formula to wellness!

How-to-tip: To find out how much fiber you need and some high fiber food suggestions see Mayo Clinics site.

  • For more on Anti-Aging foods check out this slide show from the Dr. OZ website site.
  • If you can’t seem to get enough dietary fiber in your diet…..take a trusted supplementary source. I kinda like this list of supplements listed on Top10Supplements.com….sorry kinda cheesy site but really liked their choices (:

organic fiber supplement

     8. ****If you have to drive….don’t forget your seat belt!!

Wearing Seat Belt AntiAging

Wearing Your Seat Belt can Assure Quality Life

Ok so this may not be directly antiaging but its LIFE PROLONGING! The number one cause of non-disease related death is car accidents. This said, you can decrease your risk in three ways 1) DON’T DRIVE 2) IF YOU DRIVE, DRIVE A BIG CAR (increases your chances of survival but at the cost of the environment) 3) WEAR A SEATBELT.

use of alternative transport could be life prolonging

Embracing alternative transportation is AntiAging

How-to-tip: At the least, fasten your seatbelt.

  • If you can avoid driving, do it! Live in a community which is accessible on foot or with use of alternative transportation. Choose to live close to your work and children’s school.
  • I’m not going to lie…I hate seat belts (they trigger a sense of claustrophobia), furthermore don’t like driving! I limit my families necessity for use of automobiles by limiting our activities to the areas of the city where we can easily get to by tram, metro or on foot. This is a personal lifestyle choice which I understand may not be ideal for many, for this reason I stress the importance of the alternative! Wear SEAT BELTS please!

     9. ****Shave!!

shaving is antiaging

Great news girls!…Mens graceful aging secret’s out!… Apart from the fact that men have better structured collagen, more active fibroblast activity (those cells which make collagen and elastin), their smooth, wrinkle free skin is partially due to the fact THEY SHAVE!!! Shaving is an amazing way to stimulate healthy cellular turnover and keep skin looking and acting young! I’m not telling the ladies to start shaving to keep their faces looking youthful, but I am giving the act of shaving some props after over a decade of bad press from the laser hair removal advocates! What I do want to stress is before you go off and laser those legs is that there may be another reason, other than economical, to choose shaving! We may consider it an antiaging act! I’m not sure this should be in the top 10 but definitely something you could do everyday to keep skin looking youthful!

     10. ****Protect your skin from UV radiation!!

protect skin from UV radiation

UV radiation and smoking are probably the 2 factors most strongly linked to premature skin aging. UV radiation is also our strongest correlating factor to skin cancer. Those desiring a skin ageing prevention technique need to start with the basics of UV prevention. Since most sun damage is occurred prior to the age of 18, it is vital to educate our children and loved ones to take precautions.

How-to-tips:

  • Use antioxidant products daily. See my post on “The Power of Antioxidants
  • Wear Sunscreen with SPF 30+ with UVA and UVB Protection .If you read the above post on Antioxidants you will notice I tend to prefer those which offer physical UV radiation barriers over chemical.
  • Place tinted UV-protective film to your car’s side and  rear windows as well as to house and business windows. According to Skincancer.org, these can block up to 99% of harmful UV radiation while  letting in 80% of light.
  • Wear special UV protective clothing when outside. Look for the Ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), the higher the better. I love CabanaLife, Mott50 and Coolibar for kids.
Protect UV clothing Cabanalife

Protect yourself with UPF Clothing

  • Invest in a Laundry UPF additives. These will potentiate clothing’s ability to protect you from the sun. SunGuard is one example, using a sunscreen chemical called Tinosorb FD. One wash with SunGaurd gives you a new UPF of 30 for up to 20 washes thereafter.
SunGuard protective UV wash

Add to your laundry wash for extra UV protection

  • Choose dark, tightly woven and loose-fitting clothing to provide the best barrier for skin from the sun.

Hope you enjoyed my recommendations and hope you find a way to apply them to your daily life!! If you need help on making better choices, talk to your doctor, nutritionist, fitness expert or antiaging guru and get a customized consultation!

Cheers to staying healthy and maintaining your most youthful you!

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Fighting Skin Aging and Preserving Health

preserving beauty

There are a few key practices which are vital to maintaining skin youthful in both function and appearance: in summary they involve  protection, stimulation and nutrition.  For some genetically blessed, protection may the only action required to maintain skin looking fresh and radiant into their 60’s.

It is common knowledge that sunscreens play a key role in protecting skin from damaging UVA and UVB radiation and therefore from its caustic effects leading to both aesthetic and skin cancer concerns.  (I will touch on sunscreen varieties in future posts!) What most don’t know is that sunscreen protect us from only a small percentage of total solar radiation (roughly 7 %) and gives us no protections from all other environmental stressors such as pollution,  smoke,  chemical exposure, toxins  (make-up and other creams ). Although with a broad spectrum sunscreen, we are assuming protected from certain skin cancers,  without any additional support we are still susceptible, via the above aggressors, to free radical formation.  Infrared radiation (IR, composing over 50 % of solar radiation,  has shown to be strongly linked to free radical formation. Additionally, IR has the ability to penetrate even deeper than UV rays, making its effects especially concerning.

What are free radicals?

Free radicals are the source of unpredictable cell behavior. They are formed when liberated from a damaged atom molecule. IR and other environmental stressors mentioned above,  disrupt electrical harmony of cells, forming free radicals. As we accumulate them we continually damage more cells, accelerate the aging of the tissues and ultimately causing health concerns.

“A free radical is an unstable oxygen molecule with an uneven number of electrons,” explains Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD. “These free radicals are looking to steal electrons from your cells in order to complete themselves, and the result is damage to the cells in the form of inflammation, pigmentation, and even DNA damage.”

What can we do to protect ourselves from free radical formation?

For more global protection we need additional armor in the form of antioxidants.  Antioxidants give our skin the tools its needs to fight off free radical accumulation and therefore maintain healthy function and structure resulting in youthful skin appearance. By providing the electrons the free radicals are scavenging for, we prevent them from further damaging healthy cells and forming more free radicals. Antioxidants prevent premature aging and dangerous sequelae which can lead to irregular cell behavior linked to disease and cancer.

antioxidants

Antioxidants in diet is an undisputable requirement for overall wellness and health maintenance. Those who make conscious efforts to include antioxidant sources from fruits vegetables and nuts live longer quality lives with less risk of disease and cancer.  It’s a no brainer that regular consumption of berries, vibrant colored vegetables, omega fatty acid sources will also enhance your skins appearance but if you are not protecting your skin externally….you may be working against what positive work you have been doing internally. This is where the importance of a good skin product, high in antioxidants, comes to play.

So why not buy sunscreens which claim high antioxidant content and get the most out of a single product?

Although there are a few sunscreens which incorporate antioxidants, most don’t have high enough concentrations to do the work we need them to correctly.

In addition, even high quality antioxidants are unstable when exposed to direct light and air.  Antioxidants which are imbedded within sunscreens are many times partially oxidized and therefore less efficient at protecting skin.  Additionally, the sunscreen, if  has active chemical ingredients, produces free radical itself! This means that the antioxidants embedded in such sunscreens are utilized in neutralizing the free radical affects the sunscreen produces and therefore is not doing a great job at protecting the skin from anything else! Its for this reason your antioxidant should be applied first. Once absorbed you can put on your sunscreen. Again if you want to avoid free radical formation at all cost, it may be worth looking into a good physical sunscreen (no chemicals used, mostly mineral based, reflect UV rays and prevent absorption). Try ….Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50, MD Solar Science 50SPF, and Color Science Mineral Powder Sunscreens SPF 30 and 50.

What should we look for when looking for an antioxidant product?

The most famed antioxidants include Vitamin A, C and E. Out of these Vitamin C has shown the strongest qualities for free radical sequestration.  L-ascorbic acid is pure Vitamin C. Other forms of vitamin C include ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate,  ascorbyl palmitate and magnesuem ascorbyl phosphate. Vitamin C is a super antiaging agent as it stimulates collagen and protects at the same time.  Vitamin A  is found in forms such as retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate and retinol. Vitamin A is also useful for its ability to stimulate cellular turnover, preventing wrinkle, sun spots and in stronger forms cancer. Vitamin E is most often found as tocopheryl nicotinate and tocopheryl linoleate. Vitamin E is useful for not only its antioxidant properties but the fact it stabilizes vitamin C and gives your product a longer shelf life.

Other, less known, but powerful antioxidants include idebenone, ferulic acid, selenium, superoxide dismutase, alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q 10 and Liprochroman 6. Other natural antioxidant sources include green tea, bamboo isoflavones (also act as a natural alternative to silicone), grapeseed, argan and jojoba oils, walnut seed, redwine, yucca, flaxseed and Hopextract.

Below I list 10 star antioxidant products and why you should love them! The first 5 use extensively medically proven ingredients, have strong clinical investigations supporting their claims, and raving customer reviews.  The last 5, are my top picks for naturally sourced antioxidants products.

CE Ferulic

1.      C E Ferulic  by Skin Ceuticals

  • Combination antioxidant treatment containing 15% L-ascorbic acid (pure vitamin C), 1% alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), and 0.5% ferulic acid.
  • Results in visually changes skin in weeks.  I have recommended this to my own patients and am astounded that a topical product can result in so much improvement in terms of appearance and quality of skin.
  • Works to protect, stimulate collagen, improve tone and firmness and replenish lipids to prevent and diminish wrinkles.
  • Great for those over 30 who want protection and aesthetic enhancing treatment in one!
  • Once absorbed, this serum can’t be washed or rubbed off. It remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours, making it an excellent addition to sunscreen.
    • Price: $14

2.      Prevage  Anti-aging Daily Serum by Elizabeth Ardenelizabeth-arden-prevage-face-advancded-anti-aging-serum

  • An advanced anti-aging serum which includes Idebenone. Idebenone is said to have more antioxidant power than all most  other antioxidants. There is a bit of debate whether it prevails over Vitamin C.
  • Other active ingredients include the antioxidants Thiotaine, Bamboo isoflavones, Lipochroman 6 and a green tea blend.
  • Protects while reversing existing skin aging symptoms such as wrinkling, pigmentary issue, textural irregularities and overall skin tone.
    • $15

3.      Vitamin C+E Complex by Skin Medicavitamin-ce-complex

  • Incorporate both Vitamin C and E .
  • Silicone suspension used to prevent antioxidant oxidation and therefore improve efficacy of antioxidants ability to fight free radical formation by environmental stressors.
  • High percentage of active ingredients and gradual release formula make this an ideal product for those who want a gentle yet effective medical-grade anti-aging product.
  • $95

4.      Vivite Daily Antioxidant Facial Serum by Allerganvivite_daily_antioxidant_facial_serum_Lg

  • Uses mix of olive, pomegranate, green tea, chamomile, and licorice extracts to help protect and rejuvenate skin.
  • Also includes a bit of glycolic acid to control oil, smooth skin, and lighten skin discolorations.
  • Can be irritating for sensitive skin types
  • Great for oily skin types with tendency to have pigment irregularities.
  • Incorporates many natural antioxidant sources making it a nice balance of science meets nature!
    • $109

5.      RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum by Paulas Choicepaulas super antiox concentrate

  •  Incorporates antioxidants Vitamin C , coenzyme Q 10 , Vitamin E, Ferulic acid, green tea derivatives and others to  protect skin, support collagen stimulation and improve skin tone.
  • Customers rave about product smoothness, fast absorption and ability to combine with make-up and sunscreen.
  • Great for those who want an affordable skin base which protects, repairs and brightens skin.
  • Non-irritating, fragrance free
    • Average $25

…………..Now for my top five natural picks!

6.      Sundara (Beauty) Face Oil by Jiva ApohaJivo Apoha Sundara Face OIl

  • Uses Vitamin E, grape seed and jojoba oils antioxidant and nourishing properties to create natural antiaging skin base..
  • Grapeseed oil is rich in  OPC  (potent  antioxidants known as oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes)
  • Infused with 100% essential oils such as Sandalwood and Jasmine, Lavender Rose and Chamomile to soothe tone and prevent irritation.
  • Easily absorbed, non-greasy formula that actually serves to balance natural oil production.
  • Jiva Apoha combines search for natural beauty with healing practices of Ayurveda.
  • Ideal product those searching for healthy and natural beauty antioxidant to protect, balance, replenish and heal skin.
  • I just love this product line! The philosophy, the pureness and the ingredients resonate with my idea of responsible consumerism and beauty through investment in health!
    • $105

7.      Eight Greens Youth Serum by Eminenceeight-greens-youth-serum-142

  • Bio-complex formula includes various vitamins and antioxidants including coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid.
  • Other antioxidants include Yucca extract, flaxseed and Hopextract
  •  Includes lavender oil to calm and prevent irritation.
  • Handmade, Paraben free, harsh chemical free and organic.
  • Great for those wanting natural gentle protection + more even skin tone
    • $42

8.      Vitamin Sea Serum by OSEA MALIBUVitamin Sea serum Osea

  • Antioxidant boost with an anti-aging blend of seven organic seaweed extracts that nourish and hydrate.
  • Contains Vitamins A, C, and E, walnut seed and green tea extracts
  • Perfect for those searching a protective skin base treatment that is 100% Organic and Vegan.
    • $68

9.       Sea Vitamin Anti-Aging Boost  by OseaSea_Vitamin_Boost OSEA

  • Similar benefits and properties to Vitamin Sea Serum with additional ability to repair cellular damage and prevent inflammation. Potent blend of Vitamin C, pomegranate and red wine antioxidant extracts. These protect from cellular damage and inflammation.
  • Other ingredients include pomegranate and red wine extracts and Gigartina Algae. Gigartina Algae is hand-harvested off the shores of Patagonia, and sun-dried at the OSEA seaweed farm on the southern tip of Argentina. This algae is known for its high vitamin, mineral, amino acid and enzyme content and serves to regenerate, protect and soothe skin.
  • I don’t love the smell particularly and you need to combine with sunscreen cream which is  hydrating and easily absorbed.
  • Great for summer months or when traveling for additional protection against aggressive sun. Can be used as spray on the beach.
    • $32

10.  Vitamin C Anti-Aging Face Serum by John Masters Organicsjohn masters organi cvitamin C serum

  • Combines Vitamin C for prevention and rejuvenation with natural botanicals such as sea algae, nettle and rosebud to moisturize and nourish.
  • Protects skin, promote health and repair of damage.
  • Great  for people with younger skin who want economical and natural way to be proactive in keep skin healthy and youthful.
    • $30

Some final insight…….

Remember that as helpful as any one antioxidant product can be, the best you can do for yourself is armor yourself with as many as you can. A diet high in antioxidants is important for overall health, function and disease prevention. A good product should contain high concentrations of antioxidants (make sure they are at the beginning of the ingredient list ) and low in preservatives and harmful chemicals. Hydrate yourself and your skin with antioxidant infusions. There are supplements which contain antioxidants helping protect your immune system and skin health. If eating adequate amount of fruits and vegetable is difficult for you, you might want to invest in a trusted source. Lastly, just because something claims to have green tea or vitamins doesn’t mean it’s good for you. If you are not familiar with the manufacturer of a certain product, check for validity from a trusted health care provider.

Even with the help of antioxidants prolonged solar radiation can take a toll on skin health. Its always a good idea to wear protective clothing and a hat when spending all days outdoors.

KIDS PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

With antioxidants by your side you can finally unleash your genetic potential. Would it not be amazing to find out what your skin might age like in a closer to perfect world of ideal nutritional choices, with less toxins, pollution and solar radiation? I’m curious ….arent you??

POSSIBILITIES AND AGING

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baby lashesBabies seem to be blessed with long full lashes. They use them to charm us into doing practically whatever they want. Eyes are key when trying to gain someone’s trust and lustrous lashes make it easy to pay attention just long enough to convince our audience we are worthy of theirs. 

Eye lashes, like hair, tend to thin and lose volume as we age. Typical lash cycle lasts between 30 and 60 days. As lashes fall out, they replace themselves with new ones. Like skin and hair on our heads, lashes are sensitive to sun exposure, smoking, pollution, chemical exposure and diet. Keeping them thick, healthy and shiny may take a bit of consideration. Our diet, products we choose and the way we care for our lashes in general can affect how they grow and thrive despite our genetic and hormonal predisposition. Once you have assured you are eating a balanced diet, have no hormonal or health related disorders affecting your lash health or loss, it’s time to figure out what we can do.

So with a billion dollar lash product market out there….which products should we trust?

Can a product help make our lashes healthier, longer and fuller as they claim? From the grocery store to the doctor’s office we see dozens of lash products promising us all we need to revive the lashes we once had and really give our eyes the beautiful frames they deserve.
Below I have outlined for you the some of the best reviewed on the market. These are the products that I thought, had some of the best studied ingredients and therefore had clinical validity. Some are aimed at both stimulating new hair growth and optimizing growth potential while others are simply conditioners to help promotes healthier and more beautiful lashes.. I list their users claims, their key ingredients, price and some other valid considerations.

Here I list my top 10 lash enhancing products. I made sure to have a nice mix of medicial, aesthetic and natural products. Scroll down below and I give you a glossary of all the clinically valid ingredients used  in lash serums and how they can help restore or improve lash growth and health. With this information I give you the tools to decifer which lash product may be right for you!
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M2 Lashes by M2 Beaute

  • Claim: Lustrous lashes without side effects. Use MDN, claimed to be safer prostaglandin derivative. Prolongs growth phase and delays their loss. Result is longer, fuller lashes in 6-8 weeks.
  • Ingredients :MDN**, Biotin, Hyaluronic acid, Prodew 300 moisture binder, Hydrolyzed glycosaminoglycan (GAG)
  • Other/Buying info: Use prostaglandin analog**. Sold without prescription in Europe and Asia. Not sold in USA.
    • 120 Euros. 3 month supply.Clinics, Online

lattisse

Latisse by Allergan

  • Claim: Prescribed for treatment of hypertrichosis (intentional or unintentional lash pulling) or inadequate lashes. Thicker longer and darker lashes in 6-8 weeks.
  • Ingredient: Biomatoprost ** is the only listed active ingredient
  • Other/Buying info: Uses prostaglandin analog **. Sold in US only. Allergan dispenses Lumigen in Europe and Asia, identical in composition but prescribed mainly for glaucoma patients.
    • $120 .By prescription only.4 week supply. Dispensed in Physician offices.

neulash

NeuLash by Skin Research Laboratories

  • Claim: Transform dry brittle lashes. Improves overall health and condition of lashes. Creates optimal environment for growth
  • Ingredients: Peptides, Provitamin B5, biotin, Pumpkin seed extract amino acids biotin hyaluronic acid, New formula without Isopropyl cloprostenate (IPC).
  • Other/Buying info: Celebrity endorsements. Not much clinical support. Had problems because included IPC and never reported. Recently removed from formulation.
    • $95 Online. 6week supply

Rapid Lash

 RapidLash

  • Claim: Conditioning moisturizing and strengthening serum. Improves the overall appearance of eyelashes and eyebrows.
  • Ingredients: Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate,Biotin, Panthenol, Glycosaminoglycans, Allantoin, Cucurbita, and Licorice extract. New formulations without Isopropyl cloprostenate!
  • Other/ buying info: Valid Ingredient list with good price. Little clinical validation behind claims but good consumer ratings
    • $50 Retailers, Websites

Jan Marini Lash

Marini Lash by Jan Marini

  • Claim: Conditions, prevents premature breakage, giving better volume and texture.
  • Ingredients: Peptides, biotin vitamin B12, copper, panthenol, folic acid white tea leaf and cinnamon bark extract.
  • Other/Buying info: Lots of clinical research but Low concentration of peptides.
    • $79 Doctors’ Offices, Website                     hydropeptide lash

Hydropeptide Lash    

  • Claim: Grow long thick full lashes. Beauty meets science philosophy.
  • Ingredients: Peptides, Sodium hyaluronate, folic acid, biotin, amino acids
  • Other/Buying Info: Money back guarantee. Can also use on eyebrows.
    • $98 Retailers, Online

MD lash factor

MD Lash Factor by Dr Susan Lin

  • Claim: Longer, denser lashes in 4 weeks using non prostaglandinformula.(53% increase)
  • Ingredients: Copper peptide technology, biotin, sodium lactate, sodium PCA
  • Other/Buying info: Created by physician using medically validated Cu peptide technology. Like products with prostaglandin ingredients, can cause skin and iris darkening.
    • $100-140. Cilnics, Online

maxolash

MaxoLash by Dermagevity Cosmeceuticals

  • Claims: Natural, non-irritating formula to promote healthier and fuller-looking brows.
  • Ingredients: Protein complex and vitamins hyaluronic acid, ProVitamin B5
  • Other/ Buying info: Unlike most lash enhancers, wear like mascara.
    • 100% Natural, No Parabens, No preservative, No irritation
    • $79 Online

Tarte lash

Tarte Multiple EYE Lash Enhancer by Tarte

  • Claim: A natural lash enhancer that increases the appearance of lashes.
  • Ingredients: Plant Peptides, protein emulsion, amino acids, and vitamin C.
  • Other/Buying info:  All natural but may cause irritation in some with sensitive skin
  •   $65  Sephora,Online

Loreal Lash

L’Oréal 24-Hour Lash-Boosting Power System

  • Claim: Lengthening day mascara and lash-boosting serum for night. Claim to have similar results to expensive treatment serums.
  • Ingredients: Fortifying amino acids, panthenol, ceramide and centella asiatica extract.
  • Other/Buying info: Economical conditioning and strengthening system. Won’t grow lashes but support health.
    • $20 Drugstores, Retailers, Online

All these are credible products. Which is right for you depends on your personal philosophy (pro or anti medicines, doctor vs spa dispensed ect.), where you live and your pocket-book. I personally have tried M2 Beaute on one eye (while leaving the other untreated) and was amazed at the results. I also love Jan Marini products and believe in the restoration properties of the copper peptide technology (MD Lash Factor).  And for those who just want to treat their lashes with a little extra love without breaking their pocket book….L’Oreals product seems like the obvious choice. Most products are applied once daily above the upper lash line. Click on the product name for more details. Below you have ingredient info to help you understand how each help you get the most of your lashes.

                                

                                         Lash Enhancing Ingredient Glossary: The Key Players

The Ones that Enhance Growth: Prostaglandin analogs, Polypeptides, Copper Peptides

  • Prostaglandin Analogs– Bimatoprost,  Isopropyl Cloprostenate and MDN. Prostaglandin derivatives which have been clinically studied and proven to increase eyelash growth. This effect found by accident by glaucoma patients who were prescribed this to treat their medical condition. Naturally we can produce prostaglandins only if we assure we have enough fatty acids, omega 3’s and omega 6’s. Like all medications the drawback is risk of side effects. Although rare prostaglandin analogs can be linked to any of the following: discoloration of the eye lid skin or even iris (may change blue or green eyes to brown), an itchy or burning sensation affecting the eyes, dryness of the eyes or watery eyes, dizzy sensation or general feeling that something is in the eye.
  • Peptides– Increase eye lash growth by stimulating keratin (the protein of hair) production for longer thicker lashes. Also linked to promoting collagen production therefore supporting structure of hair follicles creating ideal new hair growth environment.
  • Copper peptides– Peptides with additional anti-inflammatory properties which promote wound healing and overall skin health. By inhibiting the production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can prevent age related hair thinning and loss.  Also can enhance health of hair follicles so can grow healthier thicker hair. Precaution when combining with Vitamin C products as both can cause skin irritation, especially in combination.

Peptides are the preferred growth enhancers by purists who believe them to be a more natural way to stimulate growth without side effects of drug controlled ingredients such as those derived from prostaglandins. However, more clinical data has shown effectiveness of prostaglandin sources in stimulating hair growth.

Health and Beauty Enhancers:

        The following ingredients promote the ideal environment for best quality lashes to grow and reach their optimal growth potential. They may also contribute to repairing damaged lashes.

  • Allantoin– A plant-based ingredient to help sooth calm and protect lash skin.
  • Alphalfa extract– A great protein source that conditions and increases metabolism to promote lash skin healing.
  • L-Arginine– An amino acid (building block of protein) which has several added beneficial effects including waste elimination, creatinine production (muscle-building), and causing vasodilation of blood vessels or improved circulation. This benefit of improved circulation in theory is thought to help with tissue repair, circulatory related issues (heart and other vascular diseases) and in skin related issues and hair loss.
  • Biotin (Vitamin B7)-Promotes faster hair growth and stronger, less brittle hair. Also helps prolong hair growth phase and delay shedding. Vitamin B7 is necessary for metabolism of amino acids (building blocks of protein). Without deficiency, hair loss is inevitable.
  • Calcium– Enzyme activator which linked to stronger hair follicles. Works with Copper to promote eyelash growth.
  • Centella Asiatica– Herb used in African, Indian and Chinese Medicine for improved circulation benefits. Thought to stimulate hair and nail growth. No clinical studies exist to support use for any condition.
  • Cinnamon Extract– Prevents hair breakage and reduces hair loss.  Stimulates skin and hair follicles to improve circulation and promote healthy hair growth.
  • Folic Acid– Aids in red blood cell production and therefore proper circulation and metabolic function of healthy cells. Folic acid has been linked as a key player in healthy hair growth and therefore in eyelash health and growth
  • Glycols– Used as vehicles to deliver active ingredients into the skin where can work.  Problem is that they leave skin greasy and make difficult to apply make up after. May also cause irritation to some sensitive skins
  • Hyaluronic acid– Promote hydration to eyelashes so that they are more resistant to breakage and environmental aggressors.
  • Hydrolyzed glycosaminglycan (GAG)- Moisture binder and ensures greater elasticity, flexibility and strength.
  • Licorice extract- Contains calming and brightening properties to shield against irritation and redness. Helps soothe and brighten the eye area.
  • Olive. Emu or Castor Oil– These oils condition hair to protect and nurture hair growth, health and shine.
  • Pathenol (ProVitamin B5)- Coats the lashes and brows and seal in moisture and nourishment for improved overall appearance Strengthen eyelashes allowing them to reach maximum growth potential. Promotes flexibility and durability. Soothes and calms the skin.
  • Protein complex – Since hair in general is made up of proteins (keratin to be specific). Supplementing with protein assures we have what we need to grow strong thick hair.
  • Pumpkin Seed Extract– Contains fatty oils with linoleic and oleic acid. Excellent source of vitamin A, B6 and C. Also contains zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron and a unique amino acid, cucurbitin which can help in balancing hormones. This function on hormone mediation has shown positive on hair growth.
  • Resveratrol– Potent polyphenol antioxidant found naturally in red wine (grapes), peanuts, pine trees and plants. Has anti- inflammatory properties which are beneficial to skin and hair health. Since premature hair loss linked to inflammatory injury to hair follicle, resveratrol has been shown to help prevent loss ad stimulate regrowth of injured follicles.
  • Sodium Hyaluronate– Moisturizing and protective skin agent derived from hyaluronic acid that because of its smaller size can penetrate skin easier and therefore ideal component of topical skin products.
  • Vitamin A– Another powerful antioxidant is responsible for new cell growth and generating keratin (the protein which hair is composed of).
  • Vitamin C and E – These can help increase circulation for ideal growth environment. Vitamin C and help form collagen to provide structure and support for eyelash growth. Vitamin E protects hair from free radicals (environmental stressors and is also vital in helping repair and heal damaged, dry and spit hair).
  • White tea leaf extract– Antioxidant promoting health skin environment. Promotes ideal hair structure and strength.

                                                   Some Conculsions

Although fake lashes and dramatic mascaras can mask unhealthy appearing lashes, their effects are temporary and many times appear unnatural. In addition they dont treat the source of the problem, are costly and may even damage your lashes further! Its important to be aware of what IS good for your lashes and how you can invest wisely in their beautification!

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I hope this guide helps empower you to start picking better products for your eyelash health. Remember if you are going to pick between a slower process of healing and restructuring, or just the instant flash superficial fix-up…..always invest in core health practices and the beauty will follow naturally!

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