By now, you have probably heard about the impact chronic inflammation has on a person's health, body and even appearance. Many experts see inflammation as originating from an immune system response that’s on high alert. Acute inflammation that ebbs and flows as needed signifies a well-balanced immune system--this means a person is healthy!
Preventing or reducing inflammation is all about listening to the body, and the angry “heat” of internal inflammation is first conveyed through the eyes. With the onset of summer, seasonal allergies can compound inflammation, and many clients will experience red, hot, itchy and irritated eyes throughout high-pollen seasons. This can lead to chronic fluid buildup, dark circles and noticeable wrinkles around the eyes, hastening the aging process.
Food as medicine
There are many inflammatory triggers; however, the good news is that clients can use foods as medicine to control and diminish inflammation from within. The evidence of clear, redness-free eyes becomes evident after just a few days of following a low-carbohydrate diet, which demonstrates how well most women respond to them. Diets containing high amounts of refined sugars may predispose skin to premature aging through the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Consuming refined sugar and other foods with high glycemic values jacks up insulin levels and put the immune system on high alert, so in order to limit inflammation and control skin aging, it’s important to avoid refined sugars in the diet. Be realistic with clients. Dietary changes shouldn’t happen overnight; instead, advise clients to clean their diets steadily throughout time.
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To fast-track these changes, suggest that clients start by replacing soda with water or green tea, and gradually reduce the amount of sugar added to coffee or tea. Unsweetened kefir, a yogurt drink rich in live cultures, is a high-protein drink alternative and healthy snack. Staying hydrated is also important, because dehydration can result in puffiness, the body’s response to insufficient water levels.
Imperceptible tissue inflammation can be controlled by replacing refined sugars and adding lots of water-rich fruits, vegetables and wild seafood to the diet. Dietary consumption of fish oil is known to modulate the lipid inflammatory mediator balance and wild, not farm-raised, Pacific or Alaskan salmon is considered the best source. Many herbs, such as oregano, turmeric and rosemary, and foods, such as garlic, green tea, blueberries, and ginger, contain flavonoids and polyphenols that limit free-radical production. Adding a daily essential fatty acid (EFA) fish oil supplement high in omega-3s is a very beneficial alternative for ensuring enough EFAs to your clients' diets.
Complete Eye Contour Program
To optimize healthier eating habits and keep the skin around the eye contours toned and supple, Yon-Ka® Paris offers a complete eye contour program, featuring three integrated treatment options.
PHYTO-CONTOUR. To tackle dark circles, puffiness and fluid buildup, Yon-Ka Paris's PHYTO-CONTOUR is a refined and aromatic cream with extracts of rosemary that visibly reduce puffiness and dark circles. Very concentrated in salicylates, which are botanical compounds that have potent anti-inflammatory properties, rosemary also imparts a powerful drainage action to the tissues. As a result, this uniquely specific treating product restores firmness to the eye contours, and provides a feeling of freshness and relaxation to tired eyelids.
PHYTO-CONTOUR can be applied before bedtime or as an eye contour beauty mask. When using it as a flash beauty mask, preferably before a night on the town, simply apply a thick layer to clients' skin and have them rest for about 12 minutes. They will immediately begin to feel the stimulating sensations of the rosemary extract. These sensations are also an indication of the potent drainage effects PHYTO-CONTOUR is producing. This boost to the client's microcirculation is essential to having bright eyes and youthful contours. After a cool rinse with water, your client's eyes will appear wide awake, and she will look and feel completely rested.
NUTRI-CONTOUR. Allergy season can also lead to dryness and cracks around the skin of the eyes. To reverse these symptoms, Yon-Ka Paris's NUTRI-CONTOUR, rich in 23% active plant extracts, can be applied daily. NUTRI-CONTOUR is a lightweight cream rich in hazelnut oil and EFAs that together help repair wrinkles and alleviate dry skin. Hazelnut oil is lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. It has a significant place among the various fixed oils because of its composition of fats (primarily oleic acid), protein, carbohydrates, vitamin E, minerals, dietary fibers, phytosterol (beta-sitosterol) and antioxidant phenolic compounds. It’s also the only fixed nut oil with an astringent quality, making it a perfectly suited ingredient to add to eye and lip contour products.
NUTRI-CONTOUR is also dosed in vitamin B-3 (niacinamide), a nutrient essential to cell health and longevity. When applied topically in a skin care preparation, niacinamide helps to improve the overall quality of elastin. NUTRI-CONTOUR also contains tannin-rich chamomile that helps improve microcirculation, and tighten and tone the fragile tissues of the eye contours. A thin layer of NUTRI-CONTOUR should be applied to the orbital area one or two times daily, beginning with the first signs of aging and laxity around the contours.
ALPHA-CONTOUR. This is a refreshing eye contour gel that polishes away fine lines and wrinkles. Yon-ka Paris's ALPHA-CONTOUR is rich in fruit acids (AHAs) and enzymes that activate the cellular renewal process, and diminish lines and wrinkles. Pure hyaluronic acid binds moisture and softens wrinkles by plumping the skin. The refreshing gel texture is perfectly suited for the high-humidity days of summer.
Beauty throughout the seasons
These simple tips combined with a customized eye contour regimen will help keep your clients most beautiful and expressive features noticed throughout all the seasons.
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