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Cheat Your Age with the Best of the Beauty Blogs

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Special guest and blogging beauty expert Eva Scrivo talks to Dr. Oz viewers about how to cheat the signs of aging with recommendations of beauty products she tests and writes about in her blog—dailyglow.com.

Eva Scrivo, author of “Eva Scrivo on Beauty,” provides an online blog audience of millions, with reviews and tips of beauty products that she puts to her personal test to guide others in their search for beauty secrets that actually work.

“I’m consistently testing products every week doing the homework for you. The tips I’ll share will help you look and feel your most beautiful and you will be able to cheat your age forever,” says Ms. Scrivo.

In this episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Ms. Scrivo shares her findings of products she recommends to treat four of the most common beauty complaints faced by women: dull hair, crow's feet, puffy eyes and age spots.

Dull Hair

According to Ms. Scrivo, dull hair is hair that requires exfoliation and moisturizing. The exfoliation part is the gentle removal of buildup of dead skin cells on the scalp that hides the natural shine of new skin cells. For the exfoliation stage of treating dull hair she recommends “Redken Refining Sea Polish.” This exfoliating product is also applied to the hair to remove the residue of hair styling products that cling to hair follicles and hide the shine beneath.

After the scalp exfoliation stage is the moisturizing stage, in which she recommends using “Amla Oil.”

“It’s an Ayurvedic beauty secret that Indian women have been using for thousands of years that helps to nourish the scalp and hydrate the hair,” says Ms. Scrivo.

The Amla oil is applied to the scalp and then brushed through the hair before going to bed. In the morning, the Amla oil treatment is then shampooed out leaving your hair shiny and healthy. The Amla oil is shampooed out because it is generally too heavy of an oil to wear in your hair throughout the day.

Crow’s Feet & Puffy Eyes

For treating crow’s feet and puffy eyes Ms. Scrivo recommends using skin cream products with Retinol A and rosemary. She explains that Retinol A is derived from Vitamin A and that it acts by defoliating the skin and stimulating the production of collagen in the skin. “It’s the only way to plump a line without an injectable,” says Ms. Scrivo.

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Her recommendation of a Retinol A containing cream is the “Eau Thermale Avene Retrinal” product that she has found to be safe to apply near the eyes.

Products based on rosemary is one way to treat the puffiness in the tissues that surrounds the eyes. She explains that rosemary is a natural decongestant that can remove moisture trapped in the skin around the eyes by gently dehydrating the puffed-up skin. Her recommendation is “Yonka Phyto-Contour Eye Firming Creme”—a product she says that has been recently reformulated so that it no longer contains paraffins.

Age Spots

For treating age spots on the hands, Ms. Scrivo has an Asian secret tied to alcohol production in the sake factories of Japan.

This secret, “…was originally discovered in the sake factories in Japan, because all the workers had such a youthful glowing, beautiful even hands that they wondered what it was from,” says Ms. Scrivo.

As it turned out, a byproduct of the rice fermentation process called “Kojic acid” was discovered to be responsible for their beautiful skin—workers in the sake factories typically have their exposed hands in the rice wine during production.

Ms. Scrivo recommends skin creams that contain Kojic Acid and says that within about 3-4 weeks you will see a lightening of the skin as the color evens out the age spots.

For additional useful information on how to cheat your age with beauty and health tips, follow this link to an article about Dr. Oz scouring Pinterest to create the ultimate girl's guide for beauty and more as well as an article about skin care secrets in the kitchen.

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I find it a bit of a concern that you include a recommendation of kojic acid for age spots. A quick internet search reveals that it has been shown to have possible negative side effects in testing with animals, to the extent that it has been banned in Japan, Switzerland and Korea. A bit of due diligence should be in order, methinks.
Sorry, but "methinks" the due diligence should be shared by yourself as well. Yes, a "quick internet search" does show a lot of "Don't take Kojic Acid" warnings--but without any scientific evidence or references supporting their claims. Which is why at emaxhealth we list references to support what others have said or found about certain products or supplements. Looking at government health sites, Kojic Acid is a Group 3 not-classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans compound. In other words, it is considered to be relatively safe and is actually used as a food additive and preservative in many food products. Here is an abstract from one Kojic acid safety study: "An assessment of the genotoxicity and human health risk of topical use of kojic acid [5-hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)-4H-pyran-4-one]" Nohynek GJ, Kirkland D, Marzin D, Toutain H, Leclerc-Ribaud C, Jinnai H. Source L'Oreal Recherche, Corporate Safety, 25-29, quai Aulagnier, 92600 Asnières, France. [email protected] Abstract Kojic acid (KA), a natural substance produced by fungi or bacteria, such as Aspergillus, Penicillium or Acetobacter spp, is contained in traditional Japanese fermented foods and is used as a dermatological skin-lightening agent. High concentrations of KA (>or=1000 microg/plate) were mutagenic in S. typhimurium strains TA 98, TA 100, TA 1535, TA102 and E. coli WP2uvrA, but not in TA 1537. An Ames test following the "treat and plate" protocol was negative. A chromosome aberration test in V79 cells following a robust protocol showed only a marginal increase in chromosome aberrations at cytotoxic concentrations after prolonged (>or=18 h) exposure. No genotoxic activity was observed for hprt mutations either in mouse lymphoma or V79 cells, or in in vitro micronucleus tests in human keratinocytes or hepatocytes. All in vivo genotoxicity studies on KA doses were negative, including mouse bone marrow micronucleus tests after single or multiple doses, an in vivo/in vitro unscheduled DNA synthesis (UDS) test, or a study in the liver of the transgenic Muta(TM) Mouse. On the basis of pharmacokinetic studies in rats and in vitro absorption studies in human skin, the systemic exposure of KA in man following its topical application is estimated to be in the range of 0.03-0.06 mg/kg/day. Comparing these values with the NOAEL in oral subchronic animal studies (250 mg/kg/day), the calculated margin of safety would be 4200- to 8900-fold. Comparing human exposure with the doses that were negative for micronuclei, UDS and gene mutations in vivo, the margins of safety are 16000 to 26000-fold. In conclusion, the topical use of KA as a skin lightening agent results in minimal exposure that poses no or negligible risk of genotoxicity or toxicity to the consumer. Your caution with regards to any product is good, but be sure to do your due diligence by going to academic resources or health websites like ours that provide references to studies. Internet info from individuals without any supporting evidence or references is not really useful when it comes to health matters. Thank you for choosing to read our website articles.