Monday, April 6, 2009

Lets talk anti-oxidants and upcoming tradeshows!

My camera is currently on vacation. lol. My mom went to visit family members in the Dominican Republic and I let her borrow it. She had that old film kind and I told her should could get better pictures and store lots of them. I gave her a crash course and she went happily on her way. She even took pictures of some roosters. he he. 

I haven't hauled much this week I've been busy. Plus I'm saving my monies for the IBS show and the IECSC. For those of you that have never heard of these awesome events taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center April 26-28 you are missing a lot! IBS or International Beauty Show is open to trade only. It's mainly for people with cosmetology licenses or others with proof of profession. They are a bit pricey $75 for one day, $150 for two and $225 for three on site it raises $10 extra. There are classes for hair styling, makeup and much more. Lots of venders selling goodies at crazy discounted prices.  
IECSC or International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference is another trade event held at the same time and place as IBS and the best thing is that it's free tradeshow floor admission. Whoohoo. 

The other upcoming show is The Make-Up Show in May 17 to 18 at the Metropolitan Pavillian and it's open to anyone in the Beauty Industry and even students (makeup, esthetics, cosmetology) It's an awesome event last year I registered for Mac Pro discount on site that's 40% off! (my secret to owning mad MAC) I don't know if they'll do it again but lets keep our fingers crossed! Also there were lots of venders selling at makeup artist prices, like MUFE and Stila who gave out their stuff at 40% off and MUD school etc!


Now a word on anti-oxidants. There seems to be a lot of confusion on which ones are the best ones and their function in skincare so here goes:

The main point of anti-oxidants in skin care is that they prevent your product formulation from going oxidizing and not working properly and that they help neutralize free radicals in your skin. Free Radicals are really unavoidable, they pop up from everything lol. What you eat, your environment and even normal body functions. Oxidation is very bad for your skin. Basically free radicals are mean little molecules that had an electron knocked out so they go around stealing it from your cells causing serious damage aka aging! The results are ugly wrinkles, pigmentation and loss of elasticity in the skin. 

Vitamin A is fat soluable and helps to exfoliate the skin leaving the skin bright and toned. It is also a great antioxidant. 

Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid is water soluable found mostly in Citrus fruits. It helps to exfoliate the skin leading to a brighter more tone complexion and it is also a great antioxidant.

Vitamin E  or Tocopherol is fat soluable and really helps to moisturize the skin and is again a great antioxidant that protects lipoproteins and the cellular membrane. It is found in nuts, wheat germ,  and fish.

Green Tea  a great antioxidant that is anticarsinogenic.

Grape seed extract rich in antioxidants help with UV damage

Acai is a great antioxidant and also contains lots of mineral silicon which improve collagen production. 

Goji Berry is rich  in vitamin C, E and B1, 2 and 6. It contains about 18 amino acids and lots of minerals like copper, calcium, iron and Zinc. Definitely a super fruit. 

Acerola is  rich in Vitamin C. 

Blueberry is also full of Vitamins, Antioxidants and fatty acids. 

Selenium is a mineral based antioxidant.

Coenzyme Q10 or ubiquinone is a great antioxidant that is helpful with wrinkles. 

Alpha Lipoic Acid is also a fat and water soluble antioxidant . 

Flavinoids are said to be anti inflammitory and even anticarcinogenic. This one is both fat and water soluable.

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