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Wednesday, 6 March 2013


Honestly where do jouralists get these stories from. As I have said countless times, so many times now I've lost count, if a substance is able to penetrate the epidermis it cannot be called a cosmetic it MUST be licensed as a medication. Only medications, such as nicotene, HRT etc can penetrate the skin, UV light and essential oils. In my last article I posted on here essential oils must be used with caution and safety ahered to as they are not innoculous substances. For a substance to affect collagen it has to be able to pass through the epidermis into the dermis where you will find collagen. If this substance does have an effect it would no longer be labeled as a cosmetic and would only be available on prescription. Somehow I doubt it can as the molecules would have to be extremely tiny. The best antiageing solution for your skin is, don't smoke, keep out of the sun, avoid stress, drink plenty of water, eat a good balanced diet and avoid alcohol and extreme changes in weight

Article below is from the Daily Mail.

Revealed: The 'miracle' ingredient in wrinkle cream that DOUBLES the production of skin-plumping collagen 

  • A chemical called MatrixylT used in some anti-wrinkle creams may double the amount of collagen in skin
  • Collagen is needed to keep skin elastic and give it a plump, youthful feel - but production declines with age
  • Scientists say MatrixylT can help the skin produce more 

It is a multi-million pound industry that continues to grow with our quest for eternally youthful looks.

But a nagging question always remains over whether anti-wrinkle creams make any difference at all.

Now researchers at the University of Reading say a chemical used in some of these creams really can work - by doubling the amount of collagen produced by the skin.

Researchers say chemical called MatrixylT used in some anti-wrinkle creams really can work - by doubling the amount of skin-plumping collagen it produces
Researchers say chemical called MatrixylT used in some anti-wrinkle creams really can work - by doubling the amount of skin-plumping collagen it produces

Collagen is a protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity. With the amount we make falling as we age, the protein has become a key ingredient of many creams that claim to rejuvenate the skin and smooth away wrinkles.

Many anti-ageing products claim to stimulate the production of it to make skin look younger, plumper and firmer. Others contain collagen in the cream itself.

But with competition in the skincare market so fierce, there is scant published research on the effectiveness of various ingredients - particularly the 'miracle' ones that claim to turn back time.

Previous research has also indicated that expensive collagen-containing creams are a waste of money.

Collagen (pictured) is a protein that gives skin its strength and elasticity

Two years ago, scientists at the University of Bath said the collagen molecules in the enticing-sounding lotions and potions are so large that very few make it through the skin.

As a result, they sit on the surface of the face until they are rubbed off or washed away.

In the new research, the Reading researchers decided to test the effectiveness of a particular product on collagen - a peptide called MatrixylT.

This is said to encourage the skin to produce more collagen.

The researchers found that provided the concentrations are high enough, the product can almost double the amount of collagen that the cells in the body produce.

Ian Hamley, a chemistry professor at the university, said the study showed that products containing Matrixyl would have skin-care benefits.

He said: 'Studies like this are very important for the consumer as cosmetic companies rarely publish their work so rivals can't copy their products.'

MatrixylT was tested on skin cells in a lab, but products known to contain the chemical include some L'Oreal and Skindoctor creams.

Professor Hamley added that as well as skincare products, collagen-based materials could be used to treat wounds and enhance stem cell research.

'Collagen-based materials have immense potential in tissue engineering,' he added.

The research was independently funded by the University and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and published in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

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I am often asked various questions pertaining to the spirit world and various aspects of the psychic, here are some of them: I will in time feature more questions and answers as this webpage evolves

Q. Is a psychic or medium a fortune teller?
A. It may surprise you to know psychics and mediums are not fortune tellers
Q. Is it possible to forecast the future?
A.Well not 100% and this is because of free will.
Q. What is free will?
A. Free will is YOUR right to decide what you want to do about a situation, it is a choice
Q. How does free will affect a situation?
A. Well before we incarnate as Spirit in a human body, we decide on what experiences and challenges that will benefit our spiritual growth. However we are given the choice (free will) as to whether we go through with the experience or challenge. In effect we are allowed to change or mind.
Q. So are you saying we all know what lies before us?
A. Well in a way we all do. Remember we are 'Spirit' in a human body and your spirit does retain a memory but it is deep in our subconscious. This memory is retained deeply for a reason to help us fulfill our experiences and challenges we ourselves chose. However it is also at this deep level so we are not so aware. If you knew what lay before you would you go through with it? Probably not but we still retain this memory deeply and this reflects in our Aura.
Q. So what is the Aura?
A.The aura is The Aura is an electromagnetic field that surrounds living bodies, this includes people, animals, plants and crystals and is composed of several layers that are constantly moving. The Aura links us to whats known as Universal energy i.e. that is all the knowledge in the Universe past, present and future. It is on this aura that psychics are able to tap into and access your past, whats going on in the present and the possible future and I say possible specifically if your goal or desire is dependent on other people, for remember every person involved in a situation has free will.


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