Beauty in a Jar

These days more and more of us are yearning to turn back the clock  of time. Reset our watches as we gaze longingly into the mirror querying, “Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all.”

Where is the flawless face of my youth? Where did these lines come from…and when did we get them? Somehow they just seemed to creep in or is it that we just didn’t notice as time moved forward?

The real truth is that life, stress, diet and the care we’ve given our precious skin holds the answer. It also leads to the question: Is there such a thing as “beauty in a jar”? The industry of beauty has moved at a momentous speed in creating products that can and do alter the ravages of time. No longer is it true that ignored skin cannot be improved. In fact, aesthetics has evolved into the art form that affects monumental reverses.

Conscientious chemists have studied our changing skin; they have tested and tried concoctions that rival the witches’ brew from Snow White and have absolutely created the “miracle in a jar”.

With the discovery of some very unique ingredients some extraordinary skincare products have been created. We’ve learned,  for example, that liposomes have the ability to deliver elements that our skin needs that could not get there otherwise. 

For instance, collagen and elastin, two important aspects of healthy,  youthful skin, cannot be penetrated into the dermis (our outer skin) directly because the molecules are too large. However, with the advent of liposomes, an effective carrier has been discovered.

Nowadays everyone has heard or read something about Retin-A,  which alone has been touted as a miracle cream. Once used only for acne, but when its effects on patient’s skin gave cause for chemists and skincare specialists to examine its evident improvement in the texture, smoothness and the diminishment of wrinkles it has evolved into a mainstream product. 

Retin-A derived from vitamin A works at the cellular level to improve the health and appearance of your skin. Among the many benefits, it stimulates the cells that produce collagen (the elastic fibrous structure that gives skin its firmness).

Retin-A dispensed by a knowledgeable and qualified Aesthetician or skin care specialist has the capabilities to reduce and eliminate wrinkles, effectively make your skin smoother to the touch, lessen pigmentation (discolorations), tighten pores, and reduce the damage caused by the sun. 

Alpha Hydroxy Acids have been touted as wonder components in a skincare regime for well over twenty years, and for a very good reason. This group of natural acids is found in foods that include citric acid (found in citrus fruits), glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), lactic acid (found in sour milk), malic acid (found in apples), tartaric acid (found in grapes), and others. 

They have the extraordinary effect of exfoliating the outermost dead skin cells thereby stimulating the growth of new skin cells. Additionally, with continued regular use it has the capabilities to reduce wrinkles, discourage new wrinkles from developing, gives the skin a much smoother texture and can help reduce uneven and hyper- pigmented skin. Alpha Acids also stimulates the growth of elastin and collagen, both which are depleted as we age.

As each of us travels the journey of aging, unlike our mothers and fathers before us, we have a plethora of options to stay younger looking longer. Today, a “miracle in a jar” does truly exist…

Norma Sherry