Aging; Bone Loss and Muscle Loss – Oh My!

other Signs of Aging; Bone Loss and Muscle Loss in the Face and Body and What You Can Do About It

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Osteopenia – loss of bone mass        Sarcopenia – loss of muscle mass

As I’ve talked about in my book, The Diggy Diggy Guide to D-I-Y Anti-Aging and Clear Skin, we can implement the use of the right ingredients to teach our skin to produce collagens and elastins.  Yet still, the tell-tale signs of aging emerge in other ways; such as bone loss and muscle loss.  Our faces become thin, our bones become thinner, and we lose our muscle mass, thereby our skin appears to sag; even good healthy skin.

My mom passed away very recently and in the days following chemotherapy and then recurring illness, she did lose some volume in her face and body. She also had really great legs, my mom.  Prior to that illness, she  did have Osteoporosis, due to ill advised lack of hormones after an early hysterectomy, but no significant muscle loss.

I have two aunts who are in their 70s and genetically, they’ve been very lucky.  There is no apparent evidence of bone loss in either of their faces.  I’ve been really lucky too, and it is likely genetic, as I have not experienced this.  I’m coming up on my 54th birthday in a little over a week, but it is something that I noticed in a friend I hadn’t seen in years, and I did research to determine what to do about it, and share with everyone.

Believe me, I’m starting a protocol right now.  In fact, my first session was this morning.  Before I get started with what I did, let me say that after I was finished and looked in the mirror, my face looked more relaxed and my lips looked fuller.  For that reason alone, it is worth the ten minutes of time that it will take. Be proactive; add facial exercises as dedicated routine, to be done, I’d say, a minimum of three times per week.  We will also talk about foods and supplements to help minimize this effect of aging as well as a supplement that guarantees to increase bone density, link provided at bottom of page.

Often times, with or without wrinkles, and through age or weight-loss or both, the skin sags and begins to look aged.  While my book does talk about how to work on improving the skin, it is the appropriate consumption of protein, as well as exercise, that is going to have the most benefit in reducing musculoskeletal problem.  Good skin with no muscle fascia does appear to hang, regardless. Protein is also necessary in combination with calcium, to prevent bone loss.  A balanced diet and exercise are your best friends.

If it is happening to your face, it is also happening to your body, so today we’ll discuss some actions that we can take to help with this.

As always, it has to do with:

  • Diet
  • Supplements
  • Exercise

So much of what works for bone loss works for muscle loss, with the common elements being proper nutrition, protein and exercise.

Diet

BOOST CALCIUM CONSUMPTION:  Calcium is absorbed best in the body when taken or combined with Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Potassium and finally, Protein.  If you meet your daily requirements of all nutrients through menu planning, that is ideal.  The below is the first start in attempting to accomplish this:

Stomach acid is necessary for calcium absorption as well, and recent studies show that many adults have too little stomach rather than too much stomach acid, with the cause often being the use of Histamine 2 Blockers taken on a long-term basis, such as Nexium, Protonic, Prevacid, Tagamet and Zantac.  These are prescribed for conditions such as stomach ulcers, acid reflux, GERD, heartburn and others.  If you have been prescribed these medications, do not discontinue, but do not hesitate to get smart about diet.  No blog should ever be the reason for changing protocol, however; speak to your physician instead about natural methods to reduce acid in the body.  A diet focusing on alkaline fruits and vegetables as about 70-80% of your daily intake and 20-30% acid; meats, beans, legumes, nuts, grains and a few fruits (blueberries, pineapples) helps to alkalinize the body, and can reduce or remove these ailments.  The Pritikin Principle and the Daniel Plan both place great focus in this area.  Click the Daniel Plan first; it’s free.  Search it on the internet. It is very easy.  To my view, the two plans are close in approach.

Foods Rich in Calcium

Beans/Legumes:  Beans; Black, Black-Eyed Peas, Garbanzo, Great Northern, Lentils, Mungo, Navy, Pinto, White

Dairy:  Cheese, Milk, Soy Milk, Yogurt

Fruit:  Oranges, Tangerines, Dates, Dried Apricots, Dried Figs, Kiwi, Kumquats, Prickly Pears, Prunes, Mulberries, Rhubarb

Grains:  Brown Rice, Graham Flour, Oatmeal, Whole Oats, Whole Wheat

Meats/Seafood:  Canned Salmon, Sardines

Nuts and Seeds:  Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Hazelnuts, Pistachios, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds

Vegetables:  Bok Choy, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Kale, Leafy Greens, Okra, Seaweed, Spinach, Turnip Greens, Watercress

Other:  Backstrap Molasses, Firm Tofu

FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN D:

The Vitamin D found in foods is very limited and most adults do not get the daily requirement of Vitamin DFor this reason, Vitamin D supplements are recommended.  Vitamin D is found in limited amounts in the following foods;  beef, sardines, salmon, shrimp, eggs, butter, goat cheese, chicken livers, sour cream and fortified milk.   Dole® brand mushrooms markets a 100% daily value of Vitamin D in their Portobello brand.  *The Dole® brand mushrooms containing Vitamin D are exposed to the sun prior to packaging.

Tip: To make your own Vitamin D rich mushrooms, use any mushrooms and the following method:  Dry with gills (bottoms up) exposed to sunlight for two days, six hours per day and no more.

***Vitamin K – Warning to Coumadin and Warfarin Prescribed Individuals***

The food sources listed below are foods that contain equal to or higher than 20 mcg per 4 ounce serving.  These foods are to be limited and in many cases, avoided, when you are on these drugs or similar treatment protocols.  Follow your physician’s recommendations and if uncertain about your daily intake and how to achieve it, consult with your physician.  The following books may be helpful in your meal planning for appropriate intakes:

FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN K:

Fruits:  Avocado, Blueberries, Grapes, Kiwi, Pears, Raspberries, Tomatoes

Vegetables: Artichokes, Asparagus, Bibb Lettuce, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts Cabbage, Celery,*Collard Greens, Endive, Green Beans, *Green Onion, *Kale, Leeks, *Mustard Greens, Okra, Parsley, Red Leaf Lettuce, Romaine,  *Spinach, *Swiss Chard, *Turnip Greens, Watercress

*Green Leafy Vegetables contain very high levels of Vitamin K.

FOODS RICH IN POTASSIUM:

Beans/Legumes:  Black-eyed Peas, Garbanzo, Kidney, Lima, Lentils, Soybean, White

Fruit:  Avocado, Bananas, Cantaloupe, Canned Pumpkin, Dried Apricots, Dried Figs, Kiwi, Pomegranate, Raisins, Tomato and Juices; Carrot, Orange, Prune and Tomato.

Grains:  Amaranth, Barley (hulled), Buckwheat (Bulgur, dry),  Kamut, Rye, Teff, Wheat (Durham), Wheat (Soft White)

Meats/Seafood:  Mollusks (Clams), Cod, Halibut, Salmon, Tuna

Nuts and Seeds:  Almonds

Vegetables: Acorn Squash, Artichokes, Beet Greens, Brussels Sprouts, Parsnips root, Potato (skins), Spinach, Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, Winter Squash

Other:  Backstrap Molasses, Coconut Water

FOODS RICH IN PROTEIN:

All animal meats will provide protein with emphasis on lean for the best dietary fulfillment.  Fish and seafood are excellent sources of protein, but should be limited to about 12 ounces per week (2 meals at 6 ounces).  This is due to the mercury content.  Albacore tuna has more mercury than light tuna, so limit this to once per week.

The following is a list of some of the many fruits and vegetables that contain protein:

Alfalfa Seeds, Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Beets, Banana, Blackberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Corn, Cucumber, Garlic, Lentils, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Radishes, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes.

With the possible exception of Vitamin D (unless you LOVE mushrooms), a nutritious and delicious daily eating habit could be planned to avoid supplementation.  Green, leafy vegetables are clearly our super foods of the day, but there are many that appear on multiple lists that contain a combination of the nutrients for maximum calcium absorption.

Research indicates that good bone health begins in your youth and early adulthood.  This generally  means that these years include/included a proper diet and exercise.  This may be the reason that some do not experience visible bone loss at ages that others do.  We all do, to a degree.  For instance, my fingers and toes don’t look knobby but they FEEL a little knobby.  Sigh.   On that note, there is a supplement that advertises “guaranteed” to increase bone density called Algae Cal Plus.  I’m not trying it just yet, but sharing as I found as I did my research for this article.  This supplement packs it all together, plus much more.  There will be a link toward the bottom of the page.

A salad a day with the right ingredients will help you achieve these nutrients.  My salad today was an Organic Spring Mix (with spinach) from HEB, chicken breast, tomatoes, olives, 1/3 avocado, 2 florets broccoli, 2 florets cauliflower, feta cheese.  I used Greek dressing because I love it, but sparingly and further spiced with both Apple Cider and Balsamic vinegar, for a punch of zing and a hint of sweet.  Superb!  I find that the broccoli and cauliflower taste better if I pop the raw florets in the microwave for about thirty seconds, let them cool while I’m preparing the other ingredients, and then pinch into my salad, in tiny little pieces.  Defrosted French style green beans are another salad must for me.

The last part of the focus on avoiding bone loss;

  • Refrain from drinking carbonated beverages
  • Refrain from excessive amounts of coffee and caffeinated beverages
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Don’t smoke.  Anything.

The diet, as always, was the hard part of this blog post.  The rest of it is fairly easy.

Exercise

Exercise to Avoid Osteopenia (Bone Loss) and Sarcopenia (Muscle Loss):

I’m a face girl.  Let’s start with the face.  That was how I hooked you into this blog post, after all. I found a couple of exercises for the face on YouTube that I tried this morning and as I said, I ‘m committed and feel I will do them at least three times per week.  I found this beauty specialist, Tonya Zavasta, https://www.beautifulonraw.com/ when I was publishing my book and really like her YouTube videos, as I have not been brave enough to go to YouTube just yet and am quite camera shy.

Exercise One:  Lower Face Lift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XBPlDB1Bnk You will need a spoon.

Exercise Two: Neck Lift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46ohSM_m5Ww

For the body; it is unfortunate that cycling and swimming, while excellent for your health, and for preventing muscle loss, will provide little benefit to preventing bone loss.  Simple exercises that will:

Walking; minimum 15 minutes, recommended 30 minutes.  If weather is bad, walk in place.  I often do “leg-up” walking and running in place while watching television, and often an entire workout alongside.

Weight-lifting; use your body weight OR even as little as 2-5 pound weights.  I highly recommend Jade Teta’s Metabolic Aftershock videos http://www.metabolicaftershock.com/; workouts you can complete in 15 minutes and just three days per week.  Don’t let them cancel out walking, though.

Supplements

I’ve discussed the supplements that our body requires for maximum calcium absorption.  In the event that you are a junk food junkie, cannot stand salads or vegetables, or are just too busy (it’s a real thing) to do anything other than eat on the run, the carousels below are a good selection of supplements.  I try to get as many multiplied together as often as I can, to avoid the multitude of supplements that I have to force down 2-3 times a day.  Ah, aging!

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The ingredients of AlgaeCal Plus are vitamin D3, vitamin K2, calcium  magnesium, boron ,vitamin C and trace minerals.
This is a supplement that has calcium, Potassium, and Vitamin K combined.
A selection of Vitamin D, should that be the only supplement needed with AN EATING PLAN THAT PROVIDES APPROPRIATE CALCIUM, VITAMIN k AND POTASSIUM.
Some good calcium options
Vitamin K selections, and Vitamin D with K selections
Potassium links as well as Magnesium with Potassium, as Magnesium is a mineral that the population is commonly deficient in (and it helps you sleep at night).

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Carpal Tunnel Sydrome (CTS) Relief

Perhaps it is that I spent the last two weeks mudding walls, caulking, filling holes and painting, but since I’ve worked for over 25 years with computers and mice and have always been a “do-it-yourselfer,” I recognize when I have Carpal Tunnel pain and after this bout with my house, was the worst flare-up yet.

I did what I do, and looked to foods and supplements for relief, doing some internet research on various sites on the internet.  I decided on something that I had in my nutrient cabinet, as I was in the midst of projects and did not want to stop to go vitamin shopping.

In the past, I would have done research and identified all nutrients that might help and order them all.  I have found, however; that it is a smarter approach to start with one.  So I chose what I had on hand, which was Vitamin B-6.  Mine is called KLB6 and additionally contains Soy Lecithin, Cider Vinegar and Kelp.

Combined with exercises that I found on YouTube; I began addressing this pain with this supplement and with anti-inflammatory foods; fruits, vegetables and foods rich in Omega Fatty Acids.

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Many doctors believe that the swelling and in-elasticity associated with CTS are caused by Vitamin B-6 deficiency while others believe that Vitamin B-6 acts as a diuretic, reducing the retention of water that results in the swelling and pain.

My research indicated that experts believe that 90% of CTS cases can be solved with Vitamin B6.  This is a powerful statement.

It is important to note that most B-6 needs are accomplished through a proper diet, with B-6 being received in some meats and poultry, avocados, nuts, beans, legumes, watermelon and more.  Some physicians recommend increased B-6 for older adults, as the needs for B-6 increase with age and older adults often become deficient.   This link has a nice overview of Vitamin B-6 as well as daily recommendation based upon age.

Other benefits of Vitamin B-6:

  • Maintains healthy blood vessels
  • Helps convert food to fuel
  • Helps the body metabolize fats and protein
  • Maintains healthy liver function
  • Skin and eye health
  • Maintains healthy nervous system
  • Boosts mood
  • Regulates hormone activity

Some symptoms of Vitamin B-6 deficiency may include:

  • changes in mood; irritability and/or depression
  • Confusion
  • Muscle aches/pains
  • Decreased energy
  • Worsening of PMS
  • Increased symptoms of hereditary anemia

Vitamin B-6 deficiency may increase risk of heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis as well as dementia and related neuropsychiatric symptoms.

As always, do your research.  When you see your physician, inquire about your Vitamin B-6 levels.  Do not begin a protocol based upon what worked for me, but consult with professionals.  While Vitamin B-6 is a safe supplement, over-supplementation can bring adverse reaction. More than 1,000 mg daily is often associated with a reversible neuropathy that is characterized by weakness, pain and numbness and/or tingling in the extremities. These symptoms resolve with reduction of intake.  Studies indicate there is no presence of human toxicity when daily vitamin B-6 intake is below 200 mg, however; the  National Academy of Sciences has established a tolerable upper limit of 100 mg daily for adults.  People with diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis receive great benefit from higher doses of Vitamin B-6, but this must always be a decision along with the guidance of your physician.

Taking note that you are receiving vitamin B-6 from your daily diet, supplementation should begin conservatively.  In example, the benefit of Vitamin B-6 supplementation and CTS pain reduction was accomplished for me with a supplementation of 14 mg per day.

Having CTS pain?  Give it a go.  Or try other supplements, one at a time, that have been shown to help with CTS pain:

  • Bromelain (from pineapples)
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Turmeric
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Many professionals are touting essential oils in combination with supplementation such as:

  • Coconut
  • Eucalyptis
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Peppermint
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Dermaroller?

Someone close to me asked me about the Dermaroller.  He asked a few months back and I committed to reading more about it. 

The truth was that I had read about it previously and decided that I would not personally purchase or use a Dermaroller.  If you’ve read my book, you know that I am all about stimulating collagen production, however;  I feel it should be done non-invasively.  A Dermaroller is invasive.  It is puncturing tiny little holes in your skin.  Don’t get me wrong.  The concept of creating an “injury” to promote collagen production is “dead on.”  A Dermaroller will do this.  I feel there are associated risks, and these are a few points to note after my research:

  1. Scarring created from the use.  This makes sense when you are a home user.  Even physicians who are using these may not apply the appropriate pressure and in some reports found on the web, have caused scarring or irritation/sensitivities that were slow to heal.  There are some very high tech dermarollers used professionally that have appropriate pressure application as a part of a sophisticated program.  This, in my opinion, is the best Dermaroller method.
  2.  Ineffective sterilization.  I’ve read time and again that an autoclave is the recommended method and that the touted “hydrogen peroxide sterilization” still left many with staph infections.
  3.  Overuse due to impatience.  Facial skin is one of the areas of your body that heals at a higher and better rate than other areas of the body.  This being said, overdoing anything, whether it be peels, scrubs, Dermarollers or plastic surgery; compromises the skin’s integrity.  We must be gentle with our skin. If you’ve read my book, you are aware that I promote the use of glycolic acid over any other formula to “mildly injure” the skin.  Additionally,  I feel that an intense peel should be foregone for risk of scarring, and instead do a daily glycolic regimen, beginning at 5% glycolic acid (3% if you are one with sensitive skin) and graduating up in percentage at the completion of a month’s routine use.  Glycolic Acid is the acid with the smallest molecule, meaning that it penetrates into the skin, where many products do not.  Since it is small molecule, it is penetrating at tinier entries than a Dermaroller does.  A sustained 3%, 5% or 10% concentrated Glycolic Acid injury is mild, but does the job.  Provided daily, it will assure that your skin is in constant collagen boosting.  No one will see it on you, if you follow your skin’s reaction to product and adjust accordingly (eg skip a day when your skin is dry or irritated). When you’re patient and do not try to accomplish a skin turnaround in a day or a week, you’ll see the results.  Sustained.

    Fresh scars from the Dermaroller or intense peels?  Read my book for a plan of action on fresh scars. 

PRODUCTS I RECOMMEND

Vintage Skin Care- Noxzema

I wasn’t always a Noxema girl, but as a pre-teen, I really wanted to be.  I did not grow up in a household that purchased specialized products, so to actually be a Noxema girl was  an unachievable dream for me.

Fast forward to a few years later and it is my must have for treating sunburn, razorburn, and super important following a cold which always leaves me with a raw nose.  I slather it everywhere and experience relief within 24 hours.

Noxema was created in 1914 by Dr. J. Frances Townsend.  It was originally called Townsend R22 and was created to treat sunburn.  Go figure.  I thought I had figured that one out before anyone.  When the invention was passed on to Dr. George Bunting, he had bigger ideas and sold it for a wider commercial target.

Farrah Fawcett was a Noxema girl in the 70s, which is probably what made me want to be a Noxema girl, as even my skateboarding was modeled after her portrayal of the same.

I still use Noxema for sunburn, but I find that most often I use it as thick slather here and there for many different reasons.

A few years ago, I recommended Noxema to a friend who complained of dry, tight skin on her face.  In her accolades of triumph, she told me the tales of her experience.  As with everything she did, her husband tried it too.  I laughed at the picture conjured up when she told me of the two of them, walking their dog through the community, their faces fully covered in thick layers of Noxema.

I went off my own homemade skin care for a while and tried a high end product, even became a sales partner in that group.  What I found after 90 days was that my skin was at first glance no better or no worse for the large expense of those products.  There was an immediate effect (dropping off of a milia), but after the 90 days, I was happy to go back to making my own.  One thing I did notice without my daily glycolic ritual; EEK – lines were forming around my lips.  So I did what any logical person would do and what you will be tempted to do too, I OD’d on glycolic acid.  I didn’t ease back in but went full throttle, wanting immediate results.  I overdried my skin.  My lips looked worse, as I took them to pre-peeling stage and I mildly burned some areas of my face, where I targeted some brown spots that seemed to be arising.  Ta, da da!  Noxema to the rescue! I slathered it on, and when that soaked in, I slathered it again;  and even a third time.  I slept in that and followed today with only hyaluronic acid, pampering my skin for a day.  I’ll re-start my regimen tomorrow with 5% glycolic.  And patience.

When your skin feels over-dry, or when you; like me, are impatient with your acids, slather this vintage  formula on.

Contents: camphor, menthol and eucalyptus.

Note:  Noxema contains camphor, and must never be applied to open wounds.

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I wasn’t always a Noxzema girl, but as a pre-teen, I really wanted to be.  I did not grow up in a household that purchased specialized products, so to actually be a Noxzema girl was  an    unachievable dream for me.

Fast forward to a few years later and it is my must have for treating sunburn, razorburn, and super important following a cold which always leaves me with a raw nose.  I slather it everywhere and experience relief within 24 hours.

Noxzema was created in 1914 by Dr. J. Frances Townsend.  It was originally called Townsend R22 and was created to treat sunburn.  Go figure.  I thought I had figured that one out before anyone.  When the invention was passed on to Dr. George Bunting, he had bigger ideas and sold it for a wider commercial target.  

Farrah Fawcett was a Noxzema girl in the 70s, which is probably what made me want to be a Noxzema girl, as even my skateboarding was modeled after her portrayal of the same.

I still use Noxzema for sunburn, but I find that most often I use it as thick slather here and there for many different reasons.  

A few years ago, I recommended Noxzema to a friend who complained of dry, tight skin on her face.  In her accolades of triumph, she told me the tales of her experience.  As with everything she did, her husband tried it too.  I laughed at the picture conjured up when she told me of the two of them, walking their dog through the community, their faces fully covered in thick layers of Noxzema.  

I went off my own homemade skin care for a while and tried a high end product, even became a sales partner in that group.  What I found after 90 days was that my skin was at first glance no better or no worse for the large expense of those products.  There was an immediate effect (dropping off of a milia), but after the 90 days, I was happy to go back to making my own.  One thing I did notice without my daily glycolic ritual; EEK – lines were forming around my lips.  So I did what any logical person would do and what you will be tempted to do too, I OD’d on glycolic acid.  I didn’t ease back in but went full throttle, wanting immediate results.  I over-dried my skin.  My lips looked worse, as I took them to pre-peeling stage and I mildly burned some areas of my face, where I targeted some brown spots that seemed to be arising.  Ta, da da!  Noxzema to the rescue! I slathered it on, and when that soaked in, I slathered it again;  and even a third time.  I slept in that and followed today with only hyaluronic acid, pampering my skin for a day.  I’ll re-start my regimen tomorrow with 5% glycolic acid.  And patience.  

When your skin feels over-dry, or when you; like me, are impatient with your acids, slather this vintage  formula on.  

Contents: camphor, menthol and eucalyptus.

Note:  Noxzema contains camphor, and must never be applied to open wounds.

 

WE WANT IT AND WE WANT IT NOW!

We are a fast-paced, “want it now” generation of people. We don’t go to stores when Amazon often delivers the very next day. This “want it now” attitude makes no exception for many of our desires; losing weight, getting a tan, banishing acne or removing wrinkles.

We see the young celebrities who get plastic surgery far too early, and the older beauties who have procedures that take away their unique look; a look that would have persevered and remained unique, even with age.  As I was growing up, this wasn’t the way it was.  The big thing that happened in my early adulthood was that the actress from “Beaches” had her lips done.  This was a first.  Hers was becoming.  This is now the norm, and the proportions are far different.

Witnessing this throughout my lifetime after that point, I knew with certainty that I would never endure an augmentation procedure, unless it was restorative. I’ve valued the authenticity of my appearance, and while yes; aging is shocking, I did happen upon an excellent skin care program quite by accident.

Because I’m a daughter, a niece, a sister, an aunt; I shared with those I love. I’m not a Name Brand, so it was easy for many to dismiss, except that ten years went by and then fifteen. And my skin maintained. They are all faithful now. And there are many clocks turning back and slowing in these faces.

I bought a purchase in the last few weeks; one that the retailer had to inquire about my age. It turns out that I was a few months older than he was. He complimented me again and again and my response was more than the usual “thank you,” as this time I added, “I just wrote a book on it.” He was incredulous at the difference in appearance in this person who was a few months older than he was. I was pleased that I would have guessed him at 10 or more years older than I was. He should totally buy my book.

I am convinced that the “accidental” skin care regimen that I began in response to facial injuries of 15 years ago has drastically slowed the hands of time. And it was not immediate, but ongoing. Sustained.

To have your best skin, it takes commitment. I feel that the best results come from committing to a morning and evening regimen, seven days a week; but even I don’t do that. Something always comes up. It does take a commitment to see results. I can state with firm certainty that if you follow a regimen more times a week than you do not, you will see results. I would shoot for 70% participation as the lowest, meaning morning and evening; about five days a week.

Last July, I went to a Happy Hour with a friend I had not seen in a few years. I did not know I was walking into a skincare presentation. And there I was; thrilled by a scientific background, and I became a part of that skincare group. I was very enthusiastic, because it came from science where my own regimen did not. I followed their guidance; try this one day for every year of your life. I tried it for my 53 years (my age) and up to about 120 days. I had given up my tried and true regimen. There were some good results and I discovered an excellent ingredient that I’ve added to my daytime routine through that trial. There were also some deficits; some age spots on my face increased in color and size, a wrinkle between my brow grew deeper and lines around my lips began to form. Being 53, I really didn’t notice this until I put glasses on. I was shocked.

As I began writing my book, I had just begun my own regimen again, and it is my commitment to apply 53 days of patience and see the results, as I haven’t regained all the lost ground just yet. The reality is that I likely have to give it the 120 days I gave the other products.  So far, I have seen improvement in reduction of the age spots as well as some of the lines that had become more prominent around my lips, that emerged slowly as I discontinued my own well-working regimen.

I did do what many of you will do (but please don’t) and I went nuts with the acid and burned a couple of areas on my face. I encourage patience and commitment so that no injuries or scars come from your treatments.

We all want what we want, and we want it now….. Life has never worked that way, not with good outcome. I know that I have tried so many things, usually miracle diets, miracle patches, etc. and never have the results equaled the advertisement. I’d look back at six weeks and ask myself “why didn’t I just commit to the hard way? I’d be halfway where I want to be now.”

Everything worth achieving takes time, patience and commitment. Not a single regimen will work without these three traits and I encourage you to focus on them on this journey with your skin.

Acid Freak

ACID FREAK

I’m all about the ACID, manLet’s pull off that mask of old skin you are wearing and show what you have underneath it all!

I’ve revived this post following my Amazon Kindle book release (SEE AD).

Glycolic Acid– This is one of the most important products you can use in your beauty arsenal, and you should eventually use it daily.  A word of CAUTION – start slowly.  Most of us work with the public in some capacity, and it is unseemly to conduct business with our faces flaking off.  If you will start slowly, the effects will be gradual but they will be ongoing.  I noticed a difference in the first month and I feel you will too.  I also saw my pores tighten, my skin exfoliate the oxidation and an overall look of brightness and youth.

Glycolic acid is an acid found in fruits and is the smallest molecule acid. This allows it to work really effectively with fine lines and wrinkles, milia, acne, and a host of other concerns.  When used in a peel, it is giving great injury to the skin, causing the skin to react in a positive way, AFTER the angry redness and the peeling skin.  When used daily, and graduating the strengths, small injuries to the skin are sustained, but they are usually not noticeable, and what about those injuries to the skin?  The great outcome of injury to the skin caused by glycolic acid is that it kick starts collagen production as a healing process. Collagen is not easily absorbed into the skin, and it is almost a waste of money to purchase it, but glycolic acid, your new friend, is encouraging your skin to produce it’s own, and may allow for greater penetration of collagen products.

What does that mean for you?  This one is a “no brainer.”  The sagging skin that happens with age, that skin that people term as jowls; if you are using glycolic acid on your face, jaw line, neck and décolletage, you are combatting that skin sag.  You may go through life “jowl-less” with a daily regimen of glycolic acid.

If you’ve never used glycolic acid, start with 5% for a month.  Then increase to 10%.  Or, go more slowly and increase to 7% for a month and graduate to 10% the month following.  At any time experiencing abnormal sensitivity, decrease the percentage, or skip a day.  Eventually, it will be an easy part of your daily ritual.  As I mention in my book, I’m comfortable remaining at a 10% glycolic acid treatment, but give myself a GLYCOLIC POP periodically. Read about the GLYCOLIC POP in my book!  And Glycolic Acid works best with some companion treatments.

Recommended Glycolic Acid Products

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A unique benefit of glycolic acid is that it opens your skin to allow for greater penetration of good products. This is where I bring in the equally important Hyaluronic Acid.  This special acid is naturally in our bodies and we produce less of it as we age.  It is found in many high-end creams and lotions and is the buzziest cosmetic buzz word of the day.  It is also used in many fillers.  It will absolutely, positively bring hydration and youthful plumping to your skin.  It works by allowing you to retain your skin’s moisture.  I would not go one day without this.

Recommended Hyaluronic Acid Products

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When incorporating Glycolic Acid products or any Alpha Hydroxy Acid products into your daily regimen, the use of sun protectant is recommended.  As Glycolic Acid is an exfoliator, do not use scrubs or scrub devices when cleansing skin, as this could cause injury.

 

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As promised in my book published on Kindle, The DiggyDiggy Guide To “D-I-Y” Anti-Aging and Clear Skin, CLICK HERE > The Diggy Diggy Guide; this post is provided for supplemental information.

I use a supplier that I consider the best; www.ingredientstodiefor.com.  I have found lately, however; that Amazon often provides the ingredients that I use at prices at the same price range as this supplier and since I don’t pay for shipping with Amazon, I am now, in many instances, getting great deals on many of my ingredients through Amazon.

I am compensated for purchases made online through affiliate links for Amazon and Dollar Tree.  I will link you to the best deals and suppliers, even when it provides me no compensation to do so.

Skin Care Ingredients and Where to Buy Them

Base Cream/Body:

I love the Extremely Moisturizing Cream available online through Ingredients to Die For.  It is thick, making it ideal for mixing and boasts excellent moisturizing with no greasy feel.  $22.68 (Jan 18) for 32 ounces,  For a SUPER BARGAIN, either purchase Dermasil from the Dollar Tree online (minimum 12 quantity plus shipping cost)  or if you have one in your neighborhood, go to the store and pick up as many as you want.  One dollar per 10 ounce tube at the Dollar Tree.  While the typical price on Amazon is upwards of $5-$8 per container, it is always in stock at The Dollar Tree.   Dermasil is worth the price that Amazon charges, but don’t pay that price, when it is available for one dollar per tube in  Dry Skin TreatmentAloe Fresh and Cocoa Butter.  These are truly excellent lotions, with Cocoa Butter being my favorite.  Alone, these lotions keep your skin hydrated and non-greasy; and they are ideal for your skin care formulations.

Base Cream/Face:

While I feel that the above base creams for the body are suitable for facial formulations, due to Ingredients to Die For‘s commitment to purity and Dermasil’s  high quality grade, specific lotions for facial use are as summarized below, however; use any lotion you currently use as long as it is not a Alpha Hydroxy or other vitamin-based lotion.  You simply want a base for a customized glycolic acid  formula and only if you are not already buying Glycolic Acid  in a cream formula.

Everyone Face Moisturizer 8 ounce; .  For Sensitive Skin: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin 4 ounce;  , or select a double pack     or triple pack    for additional savings.

Glycolic Acid:

Through Amazon: 5% Glycolic Acid Cream  1.5 ounce 10% Glycolic Acid Cream 2 ounce  10% Glycolic Acid Cream 16 ounce (best price)

The very best prices for glycolic acid 10% are found at one of my favorite suppliers, www.essentialwholesale.com.  This is for pure glycolic acid; no creams or mixtures, but a significant savings for glycolic acid. In comparison to the best price that I found on Amazon, above, purchasing 16 ounces from Essential Wholesale is $17.60.  If I factor in MY shipping cost, however; I’m just about $5 from Amazon’s price.  As a Prime Member, I rarely pay shipping.  I continue to buy from Essential Wholesale for their prices, but I tend to order larger quantities that can’t be matched for pricing, even when including shipping.

Glycolic Acid for mixing into reduced % Lotions –  It is my understanding that  Glycolic Acid formulations at 10% and greater can no longer be shipped except as a hazardous material due to it’s classification as a “Strong Oxidizer”.  For that reason, a product through my first choice supplier, Ingredients to Die For, called DermaNew … a natural alternative to synthetic Glycolic Acid, is my recommendation.   I have been using this for several years.  It is 70% of their version of Glycolic Acid, so a little goes a long way.  Calculations for appropriate reductions to safe ranges are included in the context of my book and can additionally be found on on this page.

Hyaluronic Acid:

As always, Ingredients to Die For is my “go to place” for this wonderful ingredient.  With pricing such as these, I generally make my selection for Hyaluronic Acid with my selection for Glycolic Acid as well as the Niacinamide and save on any shipping costs; 1 ounce, 10.28; 4 ounces $15.43, 8 ounces 22.88 and 32 ounces $59.82.  Still, Amazon offers some competitive pricing:  Hyaluronic Acid 1 ounce ; Hyaluronic Acid 4 ouncesHyaluronic Acid 8 ounces.  The larger bulk volumes are not readily available through Amazon.

Squalane Oil:

This one has been hard for me to find in the past, but it appears to be readily available on Amazon; Squalene Oil, 2 ounces

Niacinamide:

Ingredients to Die For is my favorite site for ordering this.  A very small amount goes a long, long, way and the price is fantastic.  It is going to make you shake your head to realize that make up companies charge so much when their products contain this ingredient. 1 ounce $2.61; 4 ounces $7.02; 8 ounces $10.73 and 16 ounces; $17.69 at January 2018.  Amazon pricing cannot compare, however; with shipping additions and preference, Amazon sources are Niacinamide 1 ounce; Niacinamide 60g (2.1 ounces), Niacinimide  8 ounces

Sunscreen:

Sunscreen with zinc oxide is recommended, but ANY sunscreen will work..

 

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Helpful Skin Care Ingredient Mixing Supplies:

Measured droppers 01/18 pricing $3.85 Measured filling syringe 01/18 pricing $1.65; both from www.lotioncrafters.com.  This site is an excellent site for raw ingredients, for those who are making home made lotions and soaps.  There are also a lot of specialty ingredients.  Be careful though, less is more.  Any medicine dropper that has measurements that you have at home will work fine in your measurements.

US Plastic has unbeatable prices on measured droppers and measurers, but the shipping is high for such small scale items.

Recommended for ease in daily mixing:Small mixing bowl set:

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