Skin Care Advice

Skin Care Advice

What we call “Skin” is actually the body’s largest organ. It is what we “see” when we look at not only ourselves, but others. As such it is more than worthy of any time or care we give it.

If you are a fitness buff, you may fall prey to even more than the usual problems associated with keeping your skin in great shape. Fitness types perspire more and therefore have extra sebum and sodium production. Sebum is an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. It reduces water loss from the skin’s surface and is also colonized by a bacteria that may have a role in immune regulation. This excess exercise-added oil can cause acne.

An increase in blood circulation during exercise also produces extra lymphatic fluid. This fluid is useful in carrying fluid to the cells and helping to fight infection and dehydrated skin. But the excess perspiration of exercisers –with its high sodium content- can dry the skin. This is why some exercisers may suffer either from dry skin or be acne prone or both!

Whether you work out or not, you need to know a few basic skin care facts and tips to look your best:

Clean Deep: the extra sebum that comes to the surface during exercise needs to be eradicated. (FITCAMP recommends the Signals Skincare System because it contains a light, daily exfoliation cream/cleanser that is perfect for this task.) Our skin normally produces “dead skin cells” and forms a layer of them. These must be removed if the skin is to remain fresh and open to the “nutrition” of a good cleansing followed by an effective moisturizer. What good is spending money on products if all they do is work on the “dead skin layer” that has been left unattended on top of your skin?

Moisturize: Dry skin on the face makes you appear older than you are. Applying the right product before you exercise protects the skin by working as a barrier to the sodium and bacteria that seep into the pores that have been opened during exercise. A product that has been formulated properly will be absorbed by and nourish the skin.

Sunscreen: Start each day with a good cleansing and moisturizing routine followed by an application of sunscreen. Even on wintry, cloudy days, the sun will take its toll and add years to your “age” in terms of wrinkles and drooping, sagging, collagen-depleted skin.

What Shape Is Your Skin In?

Skin Elasticity TEST: Lay your hand down on a desk or table, palm down. Pinch the skin at the back of your hand for five seconds. Let go and time how long it takes your skin to go back to its smooth appearance. If you’re very young, it should snap back immediately. An average 45-year-olds’ skin will take 3–5 seconds. At age 60, it takes about 10–15 seconds on average. By the time you are 70, it usually takes 35–60 seconds to crawl back. So if you are 60 and it takes 3–5 seconds, this test indicates your biological age is around 45.

FITCAMP offers the Signals Skincare System for a variety of reasons. First of all, anyone who has ever tried it refuses to use any other product. True. In anecdotal “tests” that have taken place for more than three years we have not met a person who wanted to switch products once they started with SIGNALS.

So many people have asked us over the years “WHICH BRAND” we recommend for skincare that we needed to drill down, guinea pig up, and find the best product. We tried the ones that cost hundreds of dollars, those that were bargain basement cheapies and everything in between. We sampled those that were endorsed by big celebrities and top skin experts.

With SIGNALS, we believe that people have the BEST value and the BEST product. And we’re not the only ones who think so: in a test at an independent lab that does such studies, SIGNALS beat out EVERY OTHER PRODUCT ever tested. The results were measured in terms of which product activated the most genes that were common in young skin. SIGNALS was the hands-down winner for putting your best face forward.

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Greta Blackburn is an actress, fitness magazine editor and Founder/Director of Greta Blackburn’s FITCAMPS, which have taken place for over 20 years in locations ranging from Malibu, Maui, and Mexico to Las Vegas and served as training symposiums for fitness professionals and other interested men and women from all over the world. Today the focus at Fitcamp is making 100 the new 50.

In 2011 Greta co-authored, “The Immortality Edge” with Michael Fossel, MD, PhD. (author of the pivotal 1997 tome “Reversing Human Aging”) and Dr. Woynarowski with research and solutions based programs based on the emerging field of Telomere Biology.

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