Alina’s Advice As A Beauty Advocate

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub August 9, 2008

Resurface Exfoliating Scrub

Christine Chin Resurface Exfoliating Scrub buffs away fine lines, diminishes coarse and/or enlarged pores and helps to slow signs of aging with gentle micro-grains suspended in a moisturizing cleansing cream. 2 OZ for $28.

It was formerly called “The Ultimate Scrub” for a reason – it’s the best exfoliating scrub ever! It de-flakes refines your skin and visibly softens tiny line. Your skin will be left totally refreshed! And the 2oz container lasts forever!

Christine Chin advises to exfoliate once per week.

Tell me what you think…


Glucosamine Supplements August 8, 2008

Glucosamine is a natural compound found in healthy cartilage

Glucosamine studies were originally conducted for the benefits of patients suffering with arthritis. However, once the studies found that glucosamine can help increase hyaluronic acid (“HA”) in joints, dermatologists and rest of the beauty industry started to listen.

Since hyaluronic acid is one of the components of your dermis (one of the deeper layers of your skin beneath your epidermis), then increasing hyaluronic acid in your dermis with glucosamine supplements could improve absorption of moisture in the skin and body, resulting in smoother, more radiant skin.

In 2003, the FDA approved hyaluronan injections (made from hyaluronic acid) for filling soft tissue defects such as facial wrinkles – and Restylane and Juvederm were born (both are dermal filler injected into wrinkles to plump [or fill] the soft tissue thereby erasing the wrinkle).

A recommended dosage of 1500 mg of glucosamine in the form of a supplement may potentially give you results in the form of decreased wrinkles or increased fullness in your skin.

Products lines like Murad are marketing their glucosamine supplements claiming that the supplements will “reduce lines and wrinkles by 34% in five weeks while increasing elasticity with this clinically proven complex. Glucosamine, amino acid complex and Vitamin A work to boost collagen production and stimulate healthy cell function while promoting skin clarity and tone.”

Do you believe it? Will you try it? Have you tried it??? I haven’t tried it. But I’d love to hear about your experiences with it! Please share your thoughts…


Antioxidants August 7, 2008

Filed under: BODY,FACE,SKIN — Alina Kaganovsky @ 5:43 pm
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I know, I said the magic word!

There’s so much buzz about antioxidants everywhere – and lots of claims as to what they do for your skin, wrinkles, fat, and so on. I have examined these miracle workers – and I give you the scientific scoop – different types of antioxidants and how they function – and the real deal – how to get antioxidants functioning for your body and your skin (and your wrinkles and your fat – the elimination of it!).

Antioxidants are substances that neutralize potentially harmful chemicals called “free radicals.” Some of these free radicals arise normally during metabolic processes in your body. Sometimes your body’s immune system cells purposefully create free radicals to neutralize viruses and bacteria. Environmental factors, too, such as pollution, radiation, cigarette smoke and herbicides can spawn free radicals.
Usually, your body is able to handle free radicals. However, if antioxidants are not available in your system, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur. Of particular importance is that free radical damage accumulates with age. This damage manifests itself in your skin – as in the wrinkles on your skin.

Antioxidants are believed to help protect the body from free-radical damage. But before you stock your vitamin drawer with mega-doses of these vitamins, be warned: more is not always better. The long-term effect of large doses of these nutrients has not been proven. Other chemicals and substances found in natural sources of antioxidants may also be responsible for the beneficial effects. The best way to ensure adequate intake of antioxidant nutrients is through a balanced diet consisting of 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (as I discuss each of the antioxidant nutrients, I’ll list the best, most potent naturally occurring food sources that contain them). However, if your diet is lacking in these foods, supplements are available (and I’ll discuss your options under each of the following antioxidant nutrients:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid (“ALA”)
  • Vitamin A and Carotenoids
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium