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Are you looking for better ways to care for your skin? As the skin matures it loses elasticity, slows collagen production and can become less smooth to the touch. Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process but can be minimized with the help of high quality skin care products designed for aging, mature or damaged skin. As we move into a progressively more health conscious mind set it becomes more important to seek out natural or organic products to stay healthy and look our best at any age. Learn more about the healing and restorative benefits of Gotu Kola and Coconut Serum with Alpha Lipoic Acid.

What is Gotu Kola?

Vitamins, minerals and plants have been used for their restorative and health benefits for thousands of years. Ancient cultures relied upon different herbs and mixtures to cure disease, increase life span and heal wounds. Its no wonder that today many products still rely on those same natural ingredients to help restore and maintain the body.

Gotu Kola (centella asiatica) is a small plant that is native to several areas of the world including India, Sri Lanka and parts of Asia. It is a tasteless and odorless member of the parsley family.

How does it benefit the skin?

Gotu Kola (not to be confused with cola nut) has many uses in health and skin care. Some of the most important benefits for your skin include boosting circulation, improving the collagen foundation, improving firmness and increasing elasticity. This is beneficial for all skin types, including mature skin.
Gotu Kola serum is applied topically to the face and is worn beneath standard moisturizers and make up. It can be used in place of moisturizer for extremely oily skin types. Typically you would apply 2 to 3 drops on the face and rub in thoroughly. Remember that Gotu Kola, along with all other skin care products, will be most effective when used as directed. Patience is important when using any product and maximum benefits may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months to be seen.
When used consistently and as directed Gotu Kola and Coconut serum can have wonderful restorative and repairing capabilities for the skin. This unique free-radical fighting blend of natural source vitamins and botanicals are delivered in a potent base of Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE that works on a molecular level to redefine and revitalize skin.

Why is Gotu Kola used specifically for skin care?

When selecting ingredients to use for skin care it is important to understand how certain ingredients affect the skin. Remember that different vitamins, minerals and plants will provide different benefits and should be selected carefully. Gotu Kola is used primarily for its impact on the metabolism of connective tissue, thereby stimulating the collagen production of the skin.

Precautions and Warnings

Your skin will absorb whatever products used on it and understanding potential risks and side effects is essential. Gotu Kola is an organic product but that does not mean that some people should not use Gotu Kola or that people with certain conditions should not consult with a doctor before use.
Consult with your doctor or pharmacy if you have liver disease, high cholesterol or diabetes. Children should not use Gotu Kola. The effect of Gotu Kola on unborn children is not known at this time – if you are pregnant consult with your health care practitioner before using products containing Gotu Kola. Consult with your doctor immediately if you develop any reaction or symptoms following use of products containing Gotu Kola such as rash, irritation, nausea, upset stomach, itching or swelling.

Getting Your Vitamin C…For Your Skin?

Everyone knows that vitamin c is essential for a healthy diet but did you know that it can benefit your skin too? Not by eating foods rich in Vitamin C however, by topical (applied directly to the skin) treatments. Learn something new every day, right?

So how can you maximize the benefits of vitamin c and use it to its full potential?

            Before running out to find a product rich in Vitamin C and rubbing it all over your body, it helps to understand why Vitamin C is so good for you to begin with. In simple terms, Vitamin C can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also having a rejuvenation effect on the skin. Although many skin care products claim to do these same things, products rich in Vitamin C have the research to back this claim up.

What does is it do exactly?

Vitamin C is best known for its capabilities as an antioxidant. It is nature’s best defense against free radicals that attack the skin (these can range from environmental factors such as pollution to smoking to prolonged exposure to the sun). By counteracting the effects of free radicals your skin will appear healthier, with better texture and tone.

An added bonus is Vitamin C and its role in the production of collagen. As the body ages it no longer produces collagen as effectively and the skin (especially on the cheeks and neck) will begin to sag and droop. By using an effective Vitamin C treatment it is possible to boost production and help prevent this from occurring. The natural aging process does not mean being doomed to have terrible looking skin.

That’s great, but what is the catch?

The “catch” is Vitamin C is an extremely unstable and can oxidize easily. Once Vitamin C oxidizes is no longer combats free radicals and may actually begin to increase free radical production. Most Cosmeceuticals have begun using derivatives of Vitamin C which may not have as high an efficacy but will last longer in their products.

Where Should I Look…?

Many products will use Vitamin C as an active ingredient but a great place to start using Vitamin C rich moisturizer. This is a simple way to apply Vitamin C directly to the skin and begin to see many of the benefits. Benefits will include smoother skin, a more even texture and an increase the collagen in the cheeks, necks and areas around the eyes.

Another great choice is a lip treatment that will help repair cracked and damaged lips. Over time lips begin to thin and pale – these effects can be counteracted with a simple lip balm (many contain SPF also to protect against sun damage)!

Vitamin C will show up in a wide spectrum of products that will benefit many consumers with skin problems. From a solution for hyperpigmentation (freckles, sun spots, etc.) to anti aging serums, Vitamin C will benefit people of all ages and all skin types.

Final Thoughts on Vitamin C

Always remember to read all instructions carefully when beginning any new skin treatment. Maintaining a diet rich in vitamin C as well as using topical skin creams and products will aide in receiving all the benefits Vitamin C has to offer the body. With any treatment consult a doctor or esthetician if you have any questions or concerns. Discontinue use of products if any negative reactions develop such as redness, itching or rashes.

Get your daily dose of Vitamin C in more ways than one and let Mother Nature be your ally in your battle against aging and damaged skin!

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