Sunday, September 5, 2010
The basic essentials of what is termed "healthy skin" are quite basic. What actually constitutes the societal holy grail (ultimate goal) of healthy radiant skin is as follows:
* smooth, firm and elastic tone
* free of creases or deep lines
* has some healthy reddish tint (regardless of skin color) from profuse blood circulation
* ample water holding capability (no dehydration)
* uses little or no cosmetics (elle' naturelle)
* has no skin cracks
***clear blemish free skin is the number one factor in attraction based on psychological studies in 170 different human cultures.
Biologically, such skin has the following characteristics:
* a strong well formed blood microcirculation (exercise contributes to this)
* strong collagen and elastin fibers (prevents skin sagging)
* ample water-holding capabilities (don't deprive your skin of inadequate water consumption)
* has adequate, but not excessive natural oils
The key to healthy skin is maintaining the skin's acid mantle which is commonly known as PH balance (P)otential (H)ydrogen and a rapid turnover of skin cells (which a fitness warrior has the edge on so long as they are properly removed). These cells rebuild damaged collagen and elastin to maintain your skin's strength and resiliency, but must be removed by exfoliation to reveal new skin cells. This will also contributes to ample water holding capabilities.
Any damage to the biocirculation of capillaries and small blood vessels impairs proper nutrient flow to the skin, thus leading to aging and lackluster. Damaging skin rays will contribute to aging and cheap skin care products and cosmetics. Lack of proper skin care products for the fitness lifestyle can dull or clog skin's pores resulting in acne and dullness.
Use a sunless tanning lotion or bronzer than a tanning bed if one must have bronzed skin. Tanning beds and unprotected sun exposure causes a weathered leathery appearance of skin very common with athletes.
No harsh soaps should be used or are necessary, even for removing sweat, dirt and oil from a workout. Harsh soaps will strip your skin of essential oils. Avoid cheap synthetic, chemical based ingredients and products with alcohol. Alcohol is unnecessary for clearing acne and a common mistake among athletes. The leading cleanser for the fitness lifestyle is The Stellar Performance Post Workout Cleanser
Most people think it costs a fortune to have celebrity looking skin. A common misconception as most celebrities use lines that are marked up for 'staus quo", and have top notch photographers with air brushing techniques. One who does not have the same budget as a celebrity or renowned athlete can use products just as good, if not better in quality and dedicate a little extra time to their skin. Think of your skin care regimen as importantly as your workout regimen and you will look as fit as you feel. Healthy skin compliments a healthy physique.
By Sandy Alcide
Posted by Sandy Alcide Athlete Skin care Consultant founder of Motion Medica skin care at 5:58 PM
It's sad but true: in the world of skin care, its usually the big companies with the big advertising budgets coming out with big hits.
Fortunately for the little guy, there is certainly room in the market, at least if the tremendous success of Motion Medica skin care is any indication. Reported by
New York Fitness magazine Motion Medica is said to be used on the 2010 stages and runways. Motion Medica's new Antioxidant Endorphin Rush Serum creates a dewy, healthy glow finish on the skin with a formula so pure some say you can even eat it, although not suggested by it's creator Sandy Alcide who remains discreet with her famed clients.
Apparently it seems this product has an addictive spell on its users.
Posted by Sandy Alcide Athlete Skin care Consultant founder of Motion Medica skin care at 11:30 AM