It starts in your 20s. You look in the mirror and notice that line near your eye is not going away by the afternoon anymore. Then another one pops up on your forehead and another around your mouth. It is just part of getting older, right? Well, that does not mean you shouldn’t do anything about it. The earlier you begin using anti-aging creams and serums, the longer it will take for wrinkles to permanently take residence on your face.

There is a multitude of contributing factors that cause fine lines and wrinkles: facial movement; the slowing down of cell regeneration; sunlight and blue light; reduction in collagen and elastin; and a loss in hydration. Luckily, you can help to combat signs of aging without any scary needles—by using topical treatments. One of the best ingredients to look for in anti-aging serums and moisturizers is hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a gooey substance that is naturally created in your body. Its function is to lubricate and cushion tissue by helping it retain water. A single gram can supposedly hold up to six liters of water! When used as a topical such as a serum or moisturizer, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, which gives skin a smoother look and also reduces redness.

Often hyaluronic acid is created from rooster combs or cow eyes, but there are vegan options too. At OneYou, our plant-based skincare brand uses Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, a water-binding sugar that has the ability to mimic naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid. It is sourced from Cassia, or Senna—a plant native to India.

When combined with glycerin, these two ingredients work together to hydrate your skin. While glycerin attracts water, Cassia Angustifolia binds with water to plump skin and create a protective barrier to prevent moisture loss. Hyaluronic acid does not discriminate. It can benefit all skin types because it helps to reduce irritating side effects from harsher ingredients like retinol that can dry out skin.

It is best to apply hyaluronic acid to damp skin if using a serum. Otherwise, it could actually have the opposite effect and dehydrate your skin since its function is to absorb moisture. Serums will drive this hero ingredient deep into your skin, whereas moisturizers will help to protect the skin’s barrier to keep water in.

In a 2016 German study*, 20 participants were divided into four groups of similar ages, and had the depth of their wrinkles, skin firmness and elasticity measured. Over a 3-month period, each group was given different hyaluronic acid-containing anti-wrinkle creams of various price ranges to use daily.

The results showed significant improvements after 3 months. Wrinkles were reduced by 10-20%, skin firmness increased in all groups by approximately 13-30%, and significant effects on skin elasticity improved in small groups.

Let those wrinkles know who’s the boss! Combat wrinkles with hyaluronic acid for more hydrated, smoother, and youthful skin. We currently offer two product lines at OneYou with vegan-friendly hyaluronic acid in both the serum and moisturizer. Both product lines are for all skin types and are gentle enough for daily use. The OneYou Defy Age system is recommended for those who have more defined wrinkles and dull skin that needs more intensive support. If you have blemish-prone skin with dark spots or scars you would like to brighten, then the OneYou Bright & Clear system could be a better match for you.

Selected Reference

*Poetschke, J., Schwaiger, H., Steckmeier, S. et al. Anti-wrinkle creams containing hyaluronic acid: how well do they work?. MMW - medical advances 158, 1–6 (2016).

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(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. Ritual Balance and its affiliates does not claim responsibility for this information.)

Updated: Aug 17

It can be confusing to decide if you should be using a serum, moisturizer, or both. Hopefully, at the end of this article, you will be able to choose the best product(s) for your needs.

So what is a serum?

Skincare serums are light, fast-absorbing liquids used as an alternative or in addition to lotions or creams. Made of very small molecules, serums absorb deeper and quicker into the skin. Serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners such as kojic acid that you can find in nonprescription products. The biggest difference between a serum and a cream or lotion is what the formulation doesn't include. Serums leave out airtight, moisturizing ingredients such as petrolatum or mineral oil that keep water from evaporating. They also contain fewer oil-based lubricating and thickening agents.

What is a moisturizer?

Moisturizers are creams or lotions that work on the top layers of your skin to hydrate and protect it from harsh elements so it will look younger and be more elastic. Some can also help to treat eczema and offer sun protection. Others will improve the overall appearance without treating any skin conditions. Water-based moisturizers with ceramides or hyaluronic acid can also help to balance oily skin for fewer acne breakouts.

I can only have one.

If you have to choose between one over the other for budget reasons ask yourself, "What is best for my skin type and what do I want to fix if anything?" If you have oily skin or looking to treat skin problems such as boosting collagen or brightening dark spots—use a serum that will absorb deep into your skin without an oily residue to work on the cellular. If you have dry or sensitive skin, a moisturizer will help to hydrate your skin to make it look smoother and younger without irritating your skin’s natural barrier.

Want fast results?

If you can afford both a serum and moisturizer, the serum will help to boost the moisturizer and work in harmony for even better results. Each works differently to do great things. Serums work deep in your water-based skin layers where cells are alive, while creams or lotions work the top layers of your skin where cells are mostly dead that are working to protect the deeper layers.

A very brief recap:

  • Serums work deep into skin layers where collagen, elastin, and pigmentation making cells live to stimulate or correct issues.

  • Lotions and creams work on the top skin layers to condition your skin’s barrier to prevent problems from occurring.

Take a look at these OneYou products:

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(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. Ritual Balance and its affiliates does not claim responsibility for this information.)

Updated: May 9

Did you know that tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and that herbal tea is not really a tea at all since its contents are not from the Camellia sinensis bush? For centuries green tea has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine. It has only been more recently recognized in the western world for its benefits.

Skin is crucial when it comes to protecting internal organs against the harsh effects of environmental agents. Wrinkles, hypopigmentation,hyperpigmentation and cancer are negative reactions from solar UV radiation. When serums and creams with green tea extracts are applied to skin, scientist have found that it provides skin protection from UV light. A study has also shown that drinking green tea protects human cellular DNA from UV and DNA damage after tea ingestion.

Green tea is best known for its health benefits in many organs as well as in general health. Green tea contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols over black tea because green tea leaves are not fermented before steaming and drying. Antioxidants can counteract the effects of free radicals that are byproducts of the body that can cause cell and tissue damage. Antioxidants deactivate free radicals by binding to them before they can cause harm. The National Cancer Institute has studied the polyphenols in tea and found that tumor growth decreases in laboratory studies and learned that polyphenols may protect cells against damage caused by ultraviolet UVB radiation.

Hot green tea has the highest polyphenol concentration. Polyphenols are thought to be responsible for the health benefits that have traditionally been attributed to green tea. When activated by green tea, detoxification enzymes may also help protect against tumors developing.

An effective strategy for preventing inflammation-associated skin diseases including UV irradiation-caused skin tumor development could be to routinely drink 5 to 6 cups of green tea or use topical treatments on skin with green tea polyphenols to provide efficient protection against the harmful effects of solar UV radiation. Many of the potential positive effects of tea have been attributed to the antioxidant activity of tea polyphenols, the precise mechanism by which tea might help prevent cancer is not currently inconclusive.

#greentea #skincancer #antioxidants #polyphenols #cancerprevention

Selected References

Tea and Cancer Prevention

Green Tea Prevents Non-melanoma Skin Cancer By Enhancing Dna Repair

Santosh Katiyar -

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. Ritual Balance and its affiliates does not claim responsibility for this information.)




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