August 23 2014

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5 posts tagged "Amino acids"

Some Bliss, On The House


With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, there are a slew of beauty treatments, events, and limited-edition heart-shaped products on offer for your “he loves me, he loves me not (and who needs him anyway)” pleasure. A comprehensive slideshow will be coming your way next week listing all kinds of things with which to properly pamper yourself before a big night out—with or without a significant other. In the mean time, there’s this: For the entire month of February, Bliss is giving away a full-sized free bottle of its Love Handler anti-cellulite gel, with any purchase or spa treatment. Sure, it could add a little bit of insult to injury if this time of year typically gets you down. Then again, if you do end up drowning your sorrows in that pint of Häagen-Dazs, at least you’ll know that the energy-releasing amino acids in this clinically proven formula are topically tightening your waistline.

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Ookisa Strikes All The Right Chords


In the increasingly oversaturated hair care category, a truly innovative product line rarely emerges. But the Ookisa Hair Thickening Systéme caught our attention for its trifecta of buzz-worthy attributes. Specifically formulated to address the hot topic of aging, the line focuses on the issue of weak, thinning hair and hair loss. That’s selling point number one (aside from Rogaine and a few other systems, there aren’t many options available to women experiencing these problems). Taking its name from the Japanese word for volume and dimension and successfully fusing Eastern rituals (so hot right now) with Western technology is number two. Each of its products boasts a mega-dose of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, amino acids, and vitamins, enriched by botanical extracts like white peony tea, Japanese citrus, camellia oil, rooibos red tea, and water lily that promote lush, beautiful hair. For its third trick, the entire line is paraben-free, colorant-free, hormone-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free—a reflection of the greening of the beauty industry and an integral branding move for any company that wants to stay current. Ookisa also provides not one but two different nutritional supplements to support its external results from within, which makes it that much easier to issue kudos on a consumer research job well done.

Photo: Courtesy of Ookisa Hair Thickening Systéme

When The Night Time Is The Right Time


These days, the idea of getting nine full hours of beauty sleep is something of an urban legend. Between demanding jobs, increasingly entertaining television programming, and let us not forget pressing social commitments, we’re lucky if we manage to work in five or six hours at most—which, as the dark circles around our eyes probably indicate, are not enough to leave us looking refreshed and vibrant in the morning. But our hair shouldn’t have to bear the consequences. With Kérastase’s Noctogenist line of overnight restorative treatments, you can literally wake up with the shiny, soft, supple locks of your dreams. Formulated with amino acids, which bolster those already found in the hair shaft, and vitamin E derivatives to shield hair from daily trauma, Voile Nuit (a spray for fine hair) and Serum Nuit (a serum for thicker hair) restore health and luster when used two to three times a week. Best part? They work while you’re sleeping, so technically, you’re still being productive. (We know. The idea of ever stopping scares us, too.)

Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase

The Best Antioxidants For Antiaging


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

With so many antioxidants on the market these days targeting so many things, I would just like to know which ones are the best to take orally for their antiaging ability?

Antioxidants are like antibiotics—they each address different needs. Therefore, I would recommend a combination of antioxidants for the most comprehensive internal approach to antiaging. Some of my favorites are grape seed, pomegranate extract, and goji berry extract. But antioxidants alone aren’t the answer to antiaging. Combine your antioxidant supplementation with amino acids to help build collagen and elastin, omega-3′s to help attract water to your cells, and glucosamine to help improve overall skin health.

A board-certified dermatologist with a private practice in El Segundo, California, Dr. Howard Murad is a trained pharmacist and an associate clinical professor of medicine (dermatology) at UCLA. With insights derived from treating a patient base of over 50,000 people, he developed his eponymous line of skincare products and has authored two books on the topics of aging and cellulite, respectively.
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quinoa for whole-grain goodness


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.

Why do people who are carb-conscious keep telling me that flours from “biblical grains” like quinoa, kamut, and spelt are better for me than wheat flour?

Many people have an allergy to the gluten in wheat. Spelt and kamut are ancient forms of wheat, and allergic people can actually also develop an allergy to them, too. Quinoa, on the other hand, is a gluten-free whole grain that can be tolerated by most people with allergies to some grains. Pronounced keen-wah, it is an ancient staple grain with great flavor and superior nourishment. Unlike other grains, quinoa also has the benefit of being extremely quick-cooking and boasts the best amino acid profile of all grains—including all the essential ones—and provides the most complete protein. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber (45 percent per serving), phosphorus, and a good of source iron, vitamin E, riboflavin (B2), vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc. It’s also naturally very low in sodium, and is saturated fat and cholesterol free.

Nicholas Perricone, M.D. and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, is a board-certified clinical and research dermatologist as well as the CEO of NV Perricone MD. The author of three New York Times No. 1 best-sellers, he is regarded as the father of the inflammation theory of aging. Known for a holistic approach to aging and general skincare, he treats his patients in three ways: through diet, nutriceutical supplements, and an eponymous line of cosmeceuticals.

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