Vitamin C Serum: The Foundation of a Great Skin Care Regimen
I am often asked what I would recommend if I could choose just one OZ Naturals product to get started with. While an effective skin care regimen needs to address cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing and treatment, my advice is almost always the same: Vitamin C Serum. For the number of skin types and issues it can address, there is really no equal. In this newsletter, I’d like to take a look at what makes a quality Vitamin C serum so effective, and what to look for in a good serum.
Vitamin C is one of the most researched and proven ingredients in modern skin care. Numerous studies have shown its effectiveness in increasing collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant for wrinkle reduction) and helping skin better withstand exposure to sunlight. As if that weren’t enough, it also reduces the appearance of skin discolorations, reduces inflammation, and strengthens the skin’s barrier and repair process. The result is skin which appears brighter and healthier, with improved tone and glow.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, and works by ridding the skin of free radicals which cause many of the visible signs of aging. It has been shown to not only protect skin from future damage caused by free radicals, but actually reverse damage caused by previous sun exposure.
While Vitamin C is an outstanding ingredient to look for in any skin care product, including cleansers and moisturizers, it is in its most potent form in a serum formulation. Our serums contain concentrated amounts of active ingredients and are molecularly structured to penetrate deep into the pores and layers of the skin. OZ Naturals Vitamin C serum contains our proprietary blend of 20% Vitamin C and Astaxanthin, a very exciting and powerful antioxidant as well.
Perhaps one of the best things about our Vitamin C serum is that it is beneficial for virtually all skin types and complexions, from oily and acne-prone to dry and sun-damaged, and even most sensitive skin types. Because our serums are so potent, we often recommend very sensitive skin types begin by using every other day to give their skin time to adjust, and to make sure there is no sensitivity. While everyone's skin is different, it is very rare for someone to not tolerate our Vitamin C serum when used correctly. Always make sure you are exfoliating regularly so your serum will fully penetrate, and always follow your serum application with a high quality moisturizer. These key steps will make all the difference with your regimen.
One challenge in using Vitamin C as a skin care ingredient lies in keeping it fresh and stable. That’s why the best Vitamin C serums are always packaged in ways to minimize this exposure. At OZ Naturals we use an amber bottle and dropper delivery system, to ensure the serum keeps its maximum potency. Even more importantly, we use the most stable, bio-available and potent form of Vitamin C called Stay-C® 50. It’s one of the most effective forms on the market, and we are proud to use it in our formulations.
So, if you want to take your skin care regimen to the next level, I highly encourage you to incorporate our Vitamin C serum into your routine. While you may begin to see results within two weeks, regular usage over a period of 30 days and well beyond will deliver increasing benefits, and protect your skin for years to come!
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1 cup of parsley
dash of cayenne pepper >>>if you like sweeter juice add some watermelon, cantaloupe, or honey dew<<< Directions ::
Peel cucumbers, remove skin
from lime, and turn on juicer. Juice parsley, ginger, lime, and
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Grilled Chicken Wings with Maple Barbecue Sauce
by our friend JansSushiBar
From Jan at http://www.janssushibar.com/!
Melt the lard in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion
and sauté until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute.
Add tomato sauce, maple syrup, soy sauce and red pepper flakes; bring
just to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sauce thickens
slightly, about 20 minutes. Stir in the vinegar; season sauce to taste
with salt and pepper. Reserve about 3/4 of a cup for the chicken wings,
and store the rest in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a
While the sauce is simmering, prepare and heat your grill, depending
on type – if using charcoal, make sure you have a bed of hot coals,
covered in ash, spread evenly beneath the grate. Raise the grate to
between 4 and 6 inches above the coals/heat.
Rinse the chicken wings and dry then with a paper towel. Pla…