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Astrid Brown is an Author and a Professional Medium/Psychic who writes vastly on her experiences, some of which are in her books and others on her blogs and personal web pages. She is an experienced College Lecturer in Holistic Studies and Reiki Master. She currently freelances and writes periodically for an online magazine and works for a large well known international psychic company as a professional psychic medium. She resides in the UK.


Becoming beautiful inside is what radiates beauty evergreen.

This means looking at ourselves as people and reflecting what makes us who we are. Remember the world does not owe us a living, we are what we ourselves have created. Ask yourself, "Do I like who I am?" "Am I a good person?" When you give "of" yourself and start loving people in a unconditional way, liking them without being judgmental you begin to radiate beauty from within, you radiate it from your soul. It is through this you will achieve "Inner Beauty".

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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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