Are we ever too young to take care of our skin?

Aging is one of the hottest topics today among men and women, young and old. As we forever chase the fountain of youth, it’s not surprising that we all want to know how to prepare ourselves for the battle ahead. One of … Continue reading

Beauty buzzword: BB cream

Half a century ago, a German dermatologist concocted an ointment to treat skin that had undergone harsh cosmetic procedures. Dubbed a “blemish balm” or “BB cream”, the creation gained popularity in Asia, with Korean customers leading the way.

Now, BB creams are all the rage in North American, as major brands launch their own version of the multi-tasking hybrid that aims to bridge the gap between skincare and cosmetics.

It’s hard to believe that any product can replace all the steps in your skincare routine without compromising the effectiveness of each. But when we compare the claims made by BB creams with the proven benefits of the Glissandra Serum, it’s clear that Glissandra has been developing its own interpretation of a BB cream in the decades of research behind its potent Serum.

Glissandra Serum is powered by Glissandrin™, a patented suite of health-promoting compounds extracted from the Schisandra berry. This youth-preserving fruit has been the foundation of thousands of years of traditional Chinese medicine, and its potent extracts are now the subject of intensive study in Western medicine, as scientists search for a sustainable way to maintain the function of the body’s organs as we age.

Let’s take a look at how the Glissandra Serum, with Glissandrin at its core, stacks up against BB creams.

BB Cream Glissandra Serum
Smooth skin after cosmetic treatments 
  • Originally created to treat skin after cosmetic treatments.
  • Health-promoting properties of its key ingredient encourage the repair of skin cells after significant trauma.
  • Assists in suppressing inflammation and increasing the resistance of skin cells against adverse environmental factors, including light used in laser treatments.
Moisturize the skin
  • Contains commonly used ingredients to temporarily add moisture to the skin.
  • Helps inhibit the enzyme responsible for the depletion of collagen to promote skin’s supple, well-hydrated appearance.
  • 100% of clinical trial participants reported finding Glissandra Serum to be moisturizing.
Protect from the sun 
  • Includes SPF to protect the skin from sun damage.
  • Empowers skin cells to prevent damage from exposure to harmful solar radiation (UV rays).
  • Enhances skin cell’s inherent antioxidant levels and helps to suppress the biological activities that contribute to photo-aging.
Primer 
  • Creates surface for the application of additional layers of product.
  • Enhances skin health to create a smooth and supple canvas.
  • Highly lipid-soluble formulation readily penetrates the skin by passive diffusion, a natural absorption process, to prime the skin for cosmetics.
Even skin tone and hide blemishes 
  • Limited range of tinted formulations, which function as a light-coverage foundation and concealer by masking uneven skin tone.
  • Creates a healthy, even skin tone and reduces the appearance of blemishes and age spots.
  • Minimizes the need for heavy concealers and foundations that can exacerbate existing skin conditions.
  • Enhances mitochondrial function by helping to increase ATP production, promoting skin health, and iimproving cellular metabolism to treat blemishes at the cellular level.
Save time 
  • Designed to minimize the time spent during one’s daily beauty routine.
  • Effectively replaces multiple steps in a skincare regimen.
  • Fights mitochondrial decay by boosting the natural ability of skin cells to counter antioxidative damage, resulting in healthy, radiant skin.

Healthy, young-looking skin is now within reach; we simply need to shift the focus from covering skin to creating naturally beautiful skin at the cellular level; from fighting symptoms to addressing the root cause of skin issues, mitochondrial decay. Before jumping on the BB cream bandwagon, consider how you can achieve real, sustainable results from products that put skin health first.

Glissandrin: 卓越超凡之抗氧化

在InStyle的二零一一年十月號中,我們認識了皮膚科專家對一些常見肌膚疾病的處方。其在首部份就向我們分享了如何阻止大自然侵害我們皮膚的重要貼士。來自邁亞密的皮膚科醫生Leslie Baumann推薦我們使用抗氧化物來保護皮膚。而事實上,抗氧化物的內涵遠比最精明的專家和消費者所知道的還要深刻。

絕大部分的抗氧化物都能清除自由基,但是有些抗氧化物分子的體積太大,無法快速滲透肌膚內層。這絕對是抗氧化護膚品所面對的一大難題,因爲,皮膚問題的根源往往出現在細胞底層。

值得慶幸的是,我們找到一些不僅能穿透皮膚細胞,還能增強皮膚自身抗氧化防禦系統的抗氧化物。簡單來說,這些抗氧化物能提高身體自身的防禦能力來擊退自由基。

我們皮膚自身具備抗氧化防禦系統,使其能從容面對來自體內、體外有害刺激所産生的自由基。太陽光輻射就是其中一種重要的外來刺激。長時間或過度的曝曬會擊垮皮膚自身的抗氧化防禦系統,導致皮膚細胞受損,並使組成皮膚的重要成分,如膠原蛋白和彈力蛋白等流失。

這些嚴重的後果被稱爲‘光老化’,它所引起皮膚結構的長期改變最終會在皮膚表面逐漸顯現。其實,我們對‘光老化’的迹象一點也不陌生,皺紋、褐斑、失去彈性、皮膚粗糙和色素不勻都是光老化引起的後果。

Glissandrin™ 是以五味子乙素爲主要成分的護膚品牌。它增強皮膚自身抗氧化防禦系統的作用已經被證實。除此以外,Glissandrin所具有的消除自由基能力和被皮膚快速吸收的特點,使其成爲卓越超凡的抗氧化物

Glissandrin是從五味子果實中粹取的純天然成分。香港科技大學高錦明教授帶領的研究團隊針對五味子乙素做了一系列研究。最近,其研究團隊在備受尊敬的醫學雜誌Fitoterapia(2011)上發表了一篇有關五味子乙素能預防並恢復太陽光輻射所引起皮膚損傷的文章。

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關於 Glissandra

Glissandrin™是首個得到生物科技驗證,有效減少歳月的痕跡,令肌膚呈現健康狀態的品牌。其成功的關鍵來自能保持皮膚青春的五味子嶄新成份。憑藉十七年的突破性研究, Glissandrin 揉合專利天然物與領先科技,針對肌膚衰老的根本原因 — 線粒體老化而出擊。此系列護膚三部曲如魔法般對付歳月痕跡,使肌膚回復年青。

Glissandrin: A superior antioxidant

In the October 2011 issue of InStyle, we learned what skin experts are prescribing to combat a number of common ailments. The first in the series shares tips on protecting skin from the elements. And while Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann recommends using antioxidants, there’s more to the story than what’s known by even the savviest experts and consumers.

Most antioxidants are free radical scavengers, but some are so large that they cannot penetrate skin cells. This presents a problem since the source of the issue lies within the cell walls.

Fortunately, some antioxidants are not only able to penetrate skin cells but also to up-regulate the antioxidant defense systems inherent in our body. In simpler terms, that means they actually enhance the body’s natural ability to combat free radicals.

Our skin is equipped with antioxidant defense systems to fight free radicals caused by harmful stimuli. One such stimulus is solar light radiation. Long-term exposure or over-exposure to the sun can overwhelm these antioxidant systems, resulting in damage to the skin cells and the depletion of essential components such as collagen and elastin.

The consequence is photoaging, chronic alterations in the skin’s structure that become visible on the surface. Many of us are all too familiar with the signs of photoaging, which include wrinkles, brown spots, inelasticity, coarse skin texture, and uneven pigmentation.

Glissandrin™, with Schisandrin B as its key compound, has been proven to enhance the antioxidant defense systems naturally found in our skin. This is in addition to its ability to scavenge free radicals. Readily absorbed by the skin, Glissandrin is a superior antioxidant.

Glissandrin is a natural ingredient derived from Schisandra berry. Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, led by Dr. Robert Ko, recently published a paper in the respected medical journal, Fitoterapia (2011), on the protective properties of Schisandrin B in preventing and restoring skin damage from solar radiation.

To learn more, please visit http://glissandra.com.

What causes skin aging: Making sense of the latest research findings

Introduction

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on the quest by scientists to find effective ways to fight skin aging. By understanding the leading cause of aging, mitochondrial decay, we can develop comprehensive solutions for long-term skin health.

Theories of aging

Aging is a consequence of changes that are harmful, progressive, and thus far irreversible in most living organisms, including humans. Age-associated damage occurs to biomolecules, cells, and organs. Diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, heart diseases, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease occur more frequently with old age.

The biochemical mechanism of aging has long been an area of intensive research, and a number of theories of aging have been proposed, including the neuro-endocrine theory, which links aging to hormonal changes; immunological theory, which attributes aging to immune system dysfunction; telomerase theory, which relates to the shortening of chromosomes during cell division; and oxidative stress theory, which refers to free radical damage to cells.

Among these theories, it is reasonable to distinguish those that attempt to establish primary causes of aging from those that are secondary. For example, the telomerase theory may be secondary since the decrease in telomerase activity can be caused by the increase in cellular oxidative stress.

In gerontology, the study of aging, oxidative stress is increasingly recognized as the primary cause of aging.

The role of mitochondrial decay in aging

If oxidative stress is indeed the primary factor in skin aging, it is important to understand its roots. Scientists now believe that oxidative stress may be caused by mitochondrial decay. Mitochondria, the chief producers of both energy and oxidants inside the cell, play a critical role in the process of aging.

As energy producers, mitochondria convert unusable forms of energy into a usable chemical form known as adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is required for all vital cellular chemical reactions throughout the body. During the metabolic cycle of ATP production, oxidants are released from the mitochondria as harmful by-products that can damage important biomolecules, such as DNA, lipids, and proteins. At the same time, the mitochondria themselves are also victims of this metabolic cycle of ATP production as they are highly susceptible to damage by the oxidants thus released.

Over time, largely due to cumulated damage by the oxidants, the functional capabilities of mitochondria deteriorate; the production of ATP declines; and the release of oxidants increases. The latter inflicts greater damage to the mitochondria, which in turn results in accelerated oxidant production. This is the vicious cycle of mitochondrial decay. If left unchecked, mitochondrial decay leads to cumulative damage in cellular biomolecules, resulting in a host of age-related diseases.

Effects of mitochondrial decay on the skin

The skin is the body’s largest organ. The consequence of cumulative damage in skin cell biomolecules is a corresponding increase in the depletion of important extracellular components, such as collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, among others. The loss of these significant components is manifested in the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, droopiness, pigmentation, puffiness, skin inelasticity, enlarged pores, dryness, and a dull skin tone.

Conclusion

An increasing amount of scientific evidence confirms that mitochondrial decay is the fundamental cause of aging; therefore, scientists are endeavoring to find remedies to reverse the declining functional capabilities of mitochondria due to aging. In Parts 2 and 3 of this series, we will explore what scientists have accomplished in this direction.

More information on mitochondrial decay and theories of aging can be found at these independent websites: