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Skin Care Tips For Plumping & Smoothing


Skin-CareD_July_title-01Beauty trends are ever changing and the processes that people, particularly women put themselves through to attain what they deem is beautiful can range from simplistic to bizarre. With so many products, suggestions from friends and family, and ideas on social media it can be difficult to navigate through your options. There are hundreds of skin care products and devices that promise to give you plump, smooth skin. Don’t throw up your hands because it’s too difficult to understand what all the products do and what you really need to manage your skin care regimen to get best results. Deciding which type of skin care is best for you will depend on a several factors. Age, medical history, budget and the type or severity of the issue you’re looking to correct.

Every treatment or cream on the market are not created equal. This is not a knock on product quality but unless you understand what your skin lacks you can’t nourish it properly. To begin a great skin care regimen you will need to do a little homework. You should know the basic characteristics that all healthy skin has in common. Healthy skin is hydrated, plump, smooth and supple. Have you maybe thought about adding a vitamin to your skin care routine? One that is filled with vitamins and other natural ingredients that will give your skin an advantage before you seek other cosmetic treatments.

Plump, Smooth & Flawless

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and that may be true, but diamonds can’t get you healthy, youthful skin. And unless you’ve been unnaturally blessed with skin that is flawless all the time, you will have to put in a little work to get the skin you desire. First and foremost you need to determine what is your ultimate goal. If you work on getting skin that is plump and smooth, you should develop a skin care regimen that will give you that outcome.

Your choice of product will probably depend a lot on price point and personal preference.

There are several product ingredients on the market that will get help you get or maintain skin that is plump and smooth. Before we jump into products and ingredients that assist with plumping and smoothing, lets get an understanding of what plump and smooth skin looks like.

When your skin is plump it looks more youthful and is seen as more healthy in general. Plump skin is supple with great elasticity. Plump skin is also a great indicator of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. The exact opposite of plump skin is skin that is wrinkled, sagging or hanging loosely on the body. These are all signs of aging; and although there is no way to stop the clock on aging we can only do our very best to provide backup for our skin’s natural regeneration process.


Smooth skin is exactly that, smooth. You will immediately notice that smooth skin is firm and wrinkle free. When your skin is smooth it is less prone to skin damage such as skin tags, age spots and enlarged pores. A huge challenge for maintaining smooth skin is the sun. While the sun is very important for our emotional and physical health, too much exposure to UV rays can badly damage our skin. Anytime that you will have exposure to the sun whether in short bursts or for prolonged periods you should always wear sunscreen. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is probably your best bet, as it will provide protection against both UVA & UVB rays.

Skin Care Options

Choosing the skin care treatments or products that works best for you might be an interesting challenge. Will a cream or supplement give you what you want? Will a strict regimen of diet and exercise the key to your best looking skin? Will you go the more extreme route and seek out quicker results? Well the only right answer is the answer that is right for you. We will give you a breakdown of the best ingredients for plumper, smoother skin as well as several methods to achieve it and you can decide which is best for you. Here’s a little guide to help you weigh your options and hopefully find a skin care solution that is best for your specific needs.

  • Proper diet is the very first line of defense when it comes to getting plump, smooth skin. Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Vitamin E are all excellent sources of collagen which forms connective tissue and gives youthful skin its texture, resilience and helps build elastin which provides skin’s flexibility.


  • Vitamin supplements such as DERMERA Skin Vitamins contain vitamins that are know for improving the look and feel of skin. Be sure to do your research when deciding on a vitamin. A supplement that has quality ingredients may be a bit of an investment but it would be well worth it to have product that is improving the entirety of your skin, from within. If you choose a vitamin supplement make sure that you can understand what you’ll be putting into your body and what types of results you can expect.
  • Creams and serums are another option to get plump and smooth skin. The most important part of choosing a cream or serum is not brand name or price point; although brands with better quality and concentration of ingredient will cost you more. What’s most important is the ingredient list. It is recommended by the Mayo Clinic to look for ingredients like retinol, hydroxy acids, tea extracts and CoQ10. To ensure that your getting more than an over priced moisturizer.


  • Fillers or injectables are another (and probably the quickest) method to achieving skin that is plump and smooth. There are several brands of injectables that are used including
    • Botulinum toxin (botox) is probably the best known of all the injectables. It is used primarily to smooth the appearance of crows feet, forehead wrinkles and at the bridge of the nose to decrease the wrinkles caused by a furrowed brow.
    • Crease fillers that contain hyaluronic acid, collagen, or calcium hydroxyl apatite are used on the lower face to add a youthful plumpness to the skin.

Should you choose a filler please go to a reputable medical doctor that is trained in administering these types of treatments.

  • Laser treatments work by causing microscopic tears inside the skin. This triggers the body to increase collagen production.


  • Chemical peels can be obtained by a visit to a dermatologist. This treatment will probably take several visits and depending on the percentage of the acid may result in some minor skin irritation. You can also use a cream or serum that contains one of several acids that when applied to outer layers of the skin remove dead skin cells to reveal newer healthier skin. They can help with anything from deep exfoliation, stimulate collagen production and tighten skin.


  • Facelifts are the most invasive and costly method of regaining youthful skin. With advances in technology there are many steps between a little loose skin and two weeks of post-op recovery. So before you decide on surgery, have you exhausted all other options?

Whichever of these methods seems like the right choice for you, keep in mind that each of them will have periods of adjustment. Whether its the time that it takes your body to adjust to your new diet or nutritional supplement regimen, giving the cream time to work its magic, or the down time after a medical procedure you must be patient and let the process take it’s course. It is also important to consult with a medical professional, especially if you have chosen a procedure that involves any level of puncturing or invasion of the dermis.

What’s Trending

What’s hot in skin care changes as frequently as it does in fashion. One of the more recent products to gain popularity are Phytoceramides. Phytoceramides are extracted exclusively from sweet potato, wheat or rice. They are also likely ingested by mouth, in the form of a pill or tablet. To better understand phytoceramides let’s briefly get a better understanding of what ceramides are and their benefit to our skin.

Ceramides are able to penetrate each of the four layers of the skin, that’s right from epidermis all the way down to the basal layer – and they are derived from animal sources. Ceramides are able to lock in moisture and maintain skin’s young, plump, healthy appearance. If you’re in the know on skin care trends you are probably already using a moisturizer that contains ceramides. So by using a phytoceramide you are getting all of the deep skin benefits of a ceramide with the added bonus of the product not being sourced from an animal.

Phytoceramides For Skin Care

Now that we understand what ceramides are and understand the difference in origin between ceramides and phytoceramides. Let’s get a little more understanding of how they’ll get your skin plump and smooth. Lipids, which are found in the skin’s outermost layer, form layers around and between skin cells. They create a barrier that retains the natural moisture of your skin. Phytoceramides mimic this action, and as a result your skin is plumper and more moist from the inside. They also stimulate the production of collagen which makes skin plumper and increases elasticity in the skin.

If your skin can be classified as dry, phytoceramides might be a great addition to your skin care routine. Not only because they are effective at retaining moisture and the same barrier that keeps skin hydrated also protects against infections, inflammation and sun damage.

How Are Phytoceramides Better

With ceramides that are found in skin care creams or moisturizers there is no guarantee how deep into the skin the product is penetrating. Maybe it gets to the second layer, but there is no way to know just how deep into the skin those special barriers are being created. On the other hand, phytoceramides are able to maximize the four layers of penetration that ceramides are capable of performing. In the form of an oral supplement, phytoceramides are able to improve the quality of your skin from the inside.

Usually it boils down to cost whenever we decide on a product that will enhance our appearance. You must decide how much you are willing to shell out to gain that plump, smooth, glowing skin that you desire. When compared to higher end creams that contain ceramides, you can save a little money by opting for a supplement. Not to mention supplements will give you an all over effect as opposed to creams that may be limited to a certain part of the body.


Smooth Skin At A Glance

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who’ll say they favor dry, rough or flaky skin. As babies we reaped the benefits of amazingly smooth skin without much effort at all. Maintaining that smooth skin becomes our struggle into our teens and adulthood. Managing moisture becomes a daily concern. Weather, environmental elements and your individual skin care needs are just a few of the obstacles in the way as you try to get smooth skin. We can’t stress the importance of doing your homework, as a consumer, so that you can get the desired results without unexpected consequences.

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Horsetail is wonderful for hair because it produces silicone, which yields silica. Silica forms collagen which is needed if you desire smooth skin. Finding a product with horsetail in it is like finding a skin care gold mine. It has many wonderful uses but the best is the herb’s ability to strengthen connective tissue. When connective tissue is smooth, plump and tight, the end result is skin that is smooth, supple and plump. Horsetail extract can be found in supplements that are specially formulated to improve your skin.

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