The thin, slightly acidic protective layer present on the surface of the skin and having mild antimicrobial properties. Environmental stressors, harmful bacteria, aging and even the overuse of harsh cleansers and antibacterial products can weaken the acid mantle’s protective properties.
A rare group of botanicals and mushrooms possessing unique properties that increase the body’s ability to resist and recover from stress, while stimulating an overall feeling of balance and normalization.
Work to protect cells from free radical damage caused by environmental factors such as smog, pollution and sun exposure. Can be manmade or naturally occurring.
Developed more than 3,000 years ago in India, ______ is a holistic healing system based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between mind, body and spirit.
AYURVEDA India, Ayurveda
_____ is key to health; a consequence of aging is a decline in cellular energy levels. Mitochondria play an important role in the utilization of energy for metabolic function.
Your body’s internal clock that helps regulate when you should be awake and when you should be asleep.
A substance with the ability to soften, relax and soothe the skin.
Environmental factors, such as sun exposure, stress, inflammation, poor eating habits, pollution and smoking. Each can lead to the visible signs of aging on the skin.
An especially reactive atom or group of atoms that has one or more unpaired electrons. They can damage cells, proteins and DNA by altering their chemical structure. Antioxidants (see above) fight _____.
Physiological and genetic causes of aging skin, including poor circulation, reduced estrogen, diminished cell turnover, decreased collagen and decreased elastin synthesis.
A community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi and viruses) living both in and on the human body.
Bacteria, microscopic algae and fungi, especially those living in a particular site or habitat. The human body plays host to trillions of microflora.
_____ occurs when an imbalance exists between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects with antioxidants (see antioxidants and free radicals).
______ balance the acid levels in your body, helping to put it in its optimal state of being. When your body is in an alkaline state – not acidic, like most – it’s functioning at its highest level.
Normally derived from sugars, they nourish the good bacteria, probiotics, so they work together synergistically.
Beneficial bacteria that help rebalance microflora in and on your body to keep your digestive system and skin healthy, and deter bad bacteria from proliferating.
A nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and wellbeing.
Cleansing property that emulsifies and washes debris and oil from the skin.