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Feeding Your Skin

By: Yohana de la Torre, Chief Editor

Dermatologists say that at a young age, the body has more resources to ward off damage and you’re producing more collagen.

Dermatologists say that at a young age, the body has more resources to ward off damage and you’re producing more collagen.

Research shows that one’s skin benefits from a little of this and a pinch of that. But when it comes to sugar and spice, not everything is nice.

The not-so-sweet truth is that when you eat products with a high concentration of sugar, it floods the body’s cells and sticks to fats and proteins in a process called glycation. This forms advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, which cause protein fibers to become stiff and malformed.

The proteins in the skin most disposed to glycation — collagen and elastin — happen to be the same ones that make a youthful complexion plump. When collagen and elastin combine with sugars, they become weak, less supple and discolored. Hence, causing the skin’s surface to develop wrinkles, sagginess and lose radiance. Furthermore, the presence of AGEs also makes the complexion more vulnerable to things like UV light and cigarette smoke.

Dermatologists say that at a young age, the body has more resources to ward off damage and you’re producing more collagen. But when you reach a certain age, sugar by-products begin to build up at the same time that your body’s threshold for damage is getting lower.

And it’s not just refined sugar. Foods like whole grains, fruits and vegetables all turn into glucose too. Therefore, dermatologists suggest rejecting white sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, which studies show increases the rate of glycation by 10 times. Eat good carbs, like brown rice and whole-grain bread, which gives you less glucose at a slower rate. They also recommend taking supplemental carnosine, an amino acid that has been shown to protect against AGE buildup.

Skincare also makes a difference. Seek products that contain antiglycation agents, especially if they contain green tea. Green tea has been proven to significantly interfere with the glycation process while stimulating collagen synthesis. It also stimulates the fibroblasts to build new collagen and helps eradicate old-glycated collagen.

When it comes to spice, salt has an impressively interesting effect on the skin. Although intaking too much ordinary salt does cause dehydration, bloating and other health dangers research is showing that mineral salt produces many dermal positives.

Take the Dead Sea, for example. With 8.6 times more salt than any ocean, the Dead Sea causes skin to feel springy, soft and ultramoisturized.

Sodium hyaluron, a hyaluronic acid used in face creams has proven to increase the water-holding capacity of the skin, causing an almost immediate plumping effect. You see, mineral salt is rich in magnesium and calcium, which improves hydration by strengthening the barrier function of the skin. Indeed, those minerals — in addition to zinc and potassium, other components of unrefined salt — are classified by scientists as “natural moisturization factors” because of the way they support the skin’s water balance.

Most moisturizers are built around ingredients that are occlusives, which prevent water evaporation from the skin, and humectants, which have a softening, smoothing effect on the epidermis. Adding mineral salt to the equation can be of particular importance for aging skin, which is compromised by the decreased ability to retain water and a slowing cellular metabolism.

Magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium are critical for proper cell-to-cell communication. So, replenishing the skin with minerals can help restart the signaling processes that slow down with age. Therefore, moisturizers containing salts allow moisture to be absorbed and to bind to skin more efficiently.

Another reason why salt helps quench the skin is because of its exfoliating quality. Salt takes dead skin cells off the surface of the dermis, leaving skin smoother and more able to absorb moisture and nutrients that are crucial to healthy skin.

Therefore, forget turning back the clock with invasive surgeries. A diet and skincare regimen can be a revolutionary factor to healthier and younger looking skin.

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It’s in the bag.

Costella “Louise” Teal Handbag $235

Costella “Louise” Teal Handbag $235

Spring 2016 is looking bright with Costella handbags.

Chic and extremely unique, Costella handbags are the creation and artwork of Brazilian designer and photographer Luciana Ellington.  With an impeccable eye for design, color, and style, she infuses elements of her personal lifestyle into her handbags.

Growing up as a competitive skateboarder in Brazil, Luciana still finds the pastime an influence of her design; vibrant color palettes, much like those of the graffiti in the streets, and textures, whether in the fabrication or the hardware.  And making the move to the United States has only broadened the designer’s talent and given her a new source of inspiration. 

Oozing with edginess, confidence and a unique taste for fashion and travel, the Costella Spring/Summer 2016 collection is fabulous!  This season’s palette consists of rich, colorful and earthy tones and applies luxurious material elements with a focus on exotic animal embosses.  The line also blends in solids or distressed leathers that compliment bold Italian hardware embellishments. 

Handcrafted in the United States, Costella handbags exude a sensibility for casualwear that easily makes the transition into high fashion.  A strong believer that anything worn on the body should be intuitive of one’s lifestyle, Costella handbags always reflect Luciana’s passions. 

– For more information or to purchase a Costella handbag, visit www.costellahandbags.com.