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How Sugar Ages Skin And What To Do About It

Sugar kills skin, and it can happen quickly!  Sugar ages skin too. 

Many women haven't connected the dots between sugar and the effects it has on aging skin. 

The sugar-skin killing connection is simple.  Sugar can turn your smooth, healthy skin into a wrinkled, crepey, and irritated complexion. 

When sugar binds to proteins in the skin, such as collagen and elastin, something called "glycation" occurs, causing it to collapse and form wrinkles and dryness, and oxidative stress occur which accelerates skin aging. 

So what do you do about it?  Eat less sugar to start with, but be sure your skincare products work to combat the problem.  Ask yourself these questions:

1) Does my skincare intercept glycation by reducing inflammation and promoting new tissue regeneration?

2) Does my skincare promote the production of collagen and elastin which are essential for smooth and firm skin?

3) Does my skincare contain ingredients that have been scientifically proven to treat wrinkles, aging and mature skin?

4) Does my skincare contain antioxidants?

5) Does my skincare work to smooth skin on the face, and other challenging areas such as the neck and décolleté?

6) Is my skincare non-irritating and gentle enough for all skin types?

These are the concerns we addressed when we formulated Bella Virtu Organics Cleansing Silk (and many of the other products in our line).

Cleansing Silk was designed to gently cleanse and lift impurities, but it also protects against the effects sugar has on your skin.  

Its' unique blend of ingredients including botanicals, nourishing sea minerals, healing vitamins and enzymes work to reduce inflammation,  stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, promote tissue regeneration, reduce wrinkles, refine and renew the skin and protect against premature aging.





Clinical Studies Of The Effectiveness Of Helichrysum Essential Oil

There was a great study on PubMed.gov about Helichrysum essential oil.  Here's the summary posted on the website: 

"We conclude that the anti-inflammatory activity of Helichrysum italicum can be explained as a free-radical scavenger, effective against bacteria".

It's the star ingredient in the Bella Virtu Organics anti-aging skincare line for that very reason.  We believe it's an extremely effective oil that helps slow down the aging process.
Bella Virtu Organics Product Line

Helichrysum is a rare and expensive essential oil to source organically, and not a popular ingredient in skincare products.  You'll find it in our products though, because it works to slow down the aging process and deliver visible results!

Helichrysum italicum works on skin conditions in which inflamed tissue needs to be calmed down and regenerated.  It's an incredible essential oil and is fantastic for eczema, psoriasis, and refining skin tone by reducing sun and age spots, as well as many other kinds of skin-healing conditions.

This gem has potent restorative properties known to speed the healing of wounds, and dramatically improve the appearance of skin.  When it comes to skincare and essential oils, Helichrysum is one of the top performing healing oils in the entire world!


Exfoliate For a Younger, Firmer, and Smoother Complexion

Have you heard of the digestive enzymes in Papaya? Combine them with pineapple enzymes, bladderwrack extract (a form of brown seaweed) and other nutrient-rich ingredients and you've got an excellent enzyme exfoliation treatment from Bella Virtu Organics - our "Creamy Exfoliating Masque".

You need to exfoliate so you can get rid of dead skin cells and push fresh, new ones to the surface - to give you the radiant, glowing complexion you're looking for!

But you have to do it without using abrasive ingredients. Our creamy exfoliant is very gentle, safe enough for everyday use and is effective because the ingredients "digest" dead skin cells, making way for new skin cells to come to the surface. 

Apply the creamy masque' and let it sit for 5 minutes to work its magic while you shower or bathe, then rinse, tone and moisturize.  

It's that easy!


How To Have Great Skin Through Menopause and Beyond

Hormonal changes can wreak havoc on your complexion. Here’s how to keep it looking its best during and after menopause.

  • Go Organic. If you’re not already using a high quality organic skincare line, start now. Studies have proven that mainstream synthetic skincare is loaded with toxic chemicals that disrupt your hormones – something you definitely want to avoid during menopause.
  • Upgrade Your Moisturizer. The moisturizer you’ve used for years may not be hydrating enough anymore because oil production slows during menopause, your skin becomes thinner and is prone to dryness. Upgrade to an organic serum which penetrates more deeply and is better at locking in moisture.
  • Soothe and Hydrate Flushed Skin. Hot flashes are common during menopause and skin becomes hot and flushed. To calm, soothe, and revitalize skin, consider toting an organic toner with ingredients like aloe vera, glycerin and neroli essential oil for a quick fix and spritz your face whenever you’re over heated. These are all excellent ingredients that work to calm and soothe flushed skin, but they also work well to hydrate and distinguish inflammation.
  • Treat Blemishes. Hormonal fluctuations can lead to breakouts, yes it’s zits once again! This is not the time to reach for teenage acne products – they’re much too drying for menopausal skin. Even though your skin may feel a bit oily from blemishes, it can actually be drier than you realize. Skip harsh cleaners and astringents, reach for creamy gentle cleansers (think milky) that do not over strip or dry the skin, formulated with sea minerals and botanicals to keep skin balanced because of their ability to regulate the production of sebum.
  • Diminish Age Spots. Estrogen decreases during menopause, and it’s what regulates melanin (the pigment in your skin). With the loss of estrogen, combined with long term exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays, brown spots or age spots start to show up on your face, neck, chest, arms and hands. It’s time to get a rich organic serum with ingredients such as rosehip seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, and helichrysum essential oil that work well at diminishing wrinkles and sun spots while stimulating new cell regeneration.
  • Improve Skin Firmness, Tone & Texture. Dry, thin, and sagging skin are common complaints from women experiencing menopause. The goal at this point is to increase collagen production, skin plumpness and elasticity, and to decrease skin thinning, drying and wrinkling. This can be achieved using a high quality organic skincare line and being sure to incorporate gentle exfoliation, and applying a moisturizing mask twice a week. Use organic products made of gentle, yet highly effective ingredients such as nourishing plant botanicals, healing vitamins, and moisturizing butters and clays. Look for products that contain any of the following ingredients: argan and rosewood oil, coconut oil, rosehip, meadowfoam, pomegranate and pumpkin seed oils, geranium, neroli, chamomile and helichrysum essential oils, shea butter, aloe vera, colloidal oatmeal and rhassoul clay.

Our products are formulated to nourish, hydrate, moisturize, heal, and repair the skin, both during and after menopause. We focus on restoring and renewing compromised, damaged and aging skin. We formulate our products with organic ingredients that encourage cellular rejuvenation including plant botanicals, sea minerals, vitamins and enzymes to repair, renew and transform your skin's appearance leaving it satin soft, silky smooth and glowing radiant.


Is Your Unruly Complexion Making You Look Old And Cranky?

When you think about what’s the most important thing you can do to maintain youthful looking skin, preventing wrinkles is probably at the top of your list. Even if you’ve noticed the increase in dryness and redness in your skin, you probably don’t stop to think about the big impact it’s making on your appearance.

While having an irritable complexion doesn’t sound nearly as alarming as wrinkles and crow’s feet, your complexion is one of the single largest factors when it comes to determining how young (or old), and how happy (or unhappy) you look.

Stinging, burning, itching, tightness, redness and rosacea can make a girl cranky. It’s a cruel reality that your sensitive skin can cause a reaction, inside and out.

If you’d like to learn how to pinpoint what’s really causing your compromised skin, and how you can recapture a happy complexion that can make you look 10 years younger, keep reading.

WHY DRY, SENSITIVE, AGING SKIN MATTERS

The skin on your face tells a story. It conveys feelings of happiness and self-confidence, and healthy skin only magnifies your good feelings. When your skin is behaving you feel great and you’re happy, and happiness is an attractive form of beauty.

If you have any doubt, think back about how awful you feel when your skin takes the opposite turn, going into a complete tailspin turning dry, red, irritated and flaky at the slightest thing. You don’t look or feel happy because you don’t feel good about yourself, or your appearance. You feel better both inside and out, with a clear complexion that is glowing with youthful radiance.

WHAT HAPPENS TO DRY, SENSITIVE SKIN AS WE AGE?

Dry, sensitive, and aging skin can present a series of problems that need extra-special care. Sensitive, aging skin is often susceptible to serious skin conditions such as fungal infections and skin cancer. Dry and itchy skin can easily become inflamed or infected and all skin layers are compromised, and begin to thin out and lose volume and firmness. Healthy skin continually heals itself, repairing damage caused by harsh chemicals, the sun, wind and pollution. Dry, sensitive, aging skin becomes less resilient making it much harder to heal and protect itself from wear and tear and the environment. It’s easily irritated and becomes more vulnerable to chemicals in cosmetics and environmental influences. Because it is more vulnerable, it’s important to find the right skin care products to care for it. Properly treating this type of skin to reduce symptoms and the look of aging can be challenging, but is possible.

GETTING IT BACK

There are many things in day to day life that can trigger excessive dryness, breakouts and sensitivity, including hormonal and environmental changes, but the biggest culprit by far is your skincare products.

Women are committed to caring for their skin, and oftentimes they self-diagnosis with new issues. This leads to trying every new product on store shelves labeled “for sensitive skin”, without really knowing anything about the ingredients. Products with moisture-sucking ingredients that led to burning, itching and peeling, filled with harsh, toxic chemicals that will wreak havoc on your skin sending it into a tailspin. And guess what? Just because it’s labeled natural or organic, it doesn’t make it safe or effective for your sensitive skin.

There are many products labeled for dry and sensitive skin that appear as natural or organic – but they are not. These are chemical products that have diluted the water portion with exotic sounding names and organic herbs, which don’t deliver any benefits in diluted water. The product is labeled as natural or organic, for sensitive skin, but in reality it’s 90% water with some chemicals thrown in.

Then there are the products with natural and organic ingredient names you may recognize. But beware, they are not all created equal. Many manufacturers will list the name on the label, but include only a small amount or an inferior quality, so it won’t have any affect.

And don’t be fooled by those fake fragrances. What delights your nose can severely aggravate your skin. Fake fragrances are the number one allergen in skincare, they’re extremely drying and will make your skin go berserk. It’s because they’re full of laboratory, cheap to produce, synthetic petrochemicals that suffocate your skin, and endanger your health.

Too many ingredients, let alone the wrong ingredients in your skincare routine, will definitely make your skin misbehave. The more ingredients in a product, the greater chance it won’t agree with your skin.

A SMARTER SOLUTION

Any damage to your compromised skin should be carefully treated to avoid infection and prevent damaging chemicals from quickly penetrating the skin’s barrier. It’s important not to automatically reach for a skin treatments labeled “for dry and sensitive skin”.

So what’s the fix? Temper your dry, sensitive, aging skin with Bella Virtu Organics Rejuvenating Facial Balm. Organic by nature, luxurious by design, this exquisite facial balm contains USDA certified organic and natural ingredients that have been clinically proven to:

  • Improve dryness and hydration
  • Improve skin tone, texture and suppleness
  • Soften and moisturize
  • Reduce irritation and inflammation
  • Successfully treat skin disorders and improve the healing of Rosacea, Eczema, Psoriasis, dermatitis, minor burns, sunburns, rashes, dry/itchy skin, scarring, acne, blemishes
  • Promote cellular regeneration for smoother skin and improve capillary circulation
  • Prevent and reverse wrinkle formation
  • Act as an anti-oxidant to reverse sun damage and sun spots
  • Protect against environmental factors including the sun’s UV rays

A clinical study of Shea butter was performed and demonstrated its ability to stimulate the growth of smooth, supple skin, eliminate dull, rough, grayish complexions, combat skin thinning for better texture, improve moisture and hydration, and diminish wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of aging.

A study on Colloidal oatmeal demonstrated its beneficial treatment of rosacea, dermatitis, psoriasis, drug-induced rashes and other compromised skin conditions. Studies done on Jojoba oil have shown it increases the skin’s suppleness by 45% and that it softens and smoothes the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Beeswax, when blended into cosmetics, forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface to protect against irritants while still allowing the skin to breathe. It draws moisture to the skin and seals it in. It contains vitamin A for softening and rehydrating dry skin.

Jasmine oil is especially effective at treating dry, irritated or dehydrated skin and is frequently used in the treatment of eczema and dermatitis. Jasmine oil repairs, hydrates and replenishes your skin while your body is at rest, beautifully scented to soothe your body and mind.

Our customers are raving about Rejuvenating Facial Balm telling us they’re getting compliments about how radiant and glowing their skin looks. They’re saying it’s the best balm they’ve ever used, that it goes on smooth and absorbs fast leaving their face hydrated and moisturized without a heavy feeling.

Who would have thought a natural solution to dry, sensitive and aging skin that delivers fast, visible and long lasting results would be as close as your bathroom?


Are Your Wrinkles, Age Spots, And Sagging Skin Making You Look Older Than You Feel?

With age we gain wisdom and confidence, we learn what matters and where our priorities lay. But more often than not, our bodies still feel young and energetic – even as the candles on our birthday cake multiply. There are many joys that come with age, but aging skin isn’t one of them. As we continue to live a vibrant life the telltale signs of age creep up on us, often making us look older than we feel.

Aging skin impacts every woman eventually, and regardless of whether you’re concerned about wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots or a dull complexion, you want to take steps to correct them. Some women want to regain their youthful appearance so badly they take drastic measures including the use of synthetic skincare products with dangerous chemicals, painful injections and plastic surgery.

Keep reading to find out how you can reduce wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin naturally, with a USDA certified organic facial serum that is 100% pure and delivers fast, visible, long-lasting results.

WHY WRINKLES, AGE SPOTS, SAGGING AND LACKLUSTER SKIN MATTER

You’ve heard the saying “beauty is more than skin deep”, but when you feel confident in how you look your beauty will radiate from deep within. Self-confidence conveys happiness, and happiness is an attractive form of beauty. Maintaining a youthful and glowing complexion by reducing wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin makes us feel vibrant, and allows our outward appearance to match how we feel inside.

WHAT HAPPENS TO SKIN AS WE AGE?

Your skin will naturally lose collagen and moisture as you age, advancing the signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. The skin’s barrier (outer surface), plays an important role in aging skin. It’s what protects the surface of your skin, and it functions to keep your skin smooth and moist, and to keep the bad stuff out. When your skin’s surface is healthy and undamaged it looks and feels good – softer, smoother, and plumper. When it’s unhealthy and damaged you get a dry, red, irritated, rough, dull, dehydrated, lackluster complexion.

GETTING IT BACK

The task of regaining a youthful complexion first calls for treating and healing the damaged skin, then implementing an anti-aging skincare regimen that focuses on nourishing, renewing, and protecting the skin. But before you head down that road, beware, the beauty industry has introduced a ton of “anti-aging solutions” to help. These solutions range from synthetic, so-called “luxury” products filled with dangerous, toxic chemicals that leave your skin irritated and feeling tight and dry with a flaky residue left behind, to “natural and organic” products promising to repair your skin naturally, but fall short because they lack the pure, potent and rejuvenating ingredients your skin needs to heal and repair itself.

And think twice before you decide to go with chemical peels, injections or plastic surgery. Facial peels are costly, averaging about $700 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and can result in permanent color changes in the skin, scarring and infection, and some of the chemicals have been linked to cancer. Injections and plastic surgery are also very costly, there can be lots of down time and a painful recovery, and results that are less than remarkable.

A SMARTER SOLUTION

With a skin perfecting treatment like our Moisturizing Facial Serum, formulated with powerful anti-inflammatory USDA certified organic plant botanicals, vitamins, Omega 3’s and essential fatty acids, known for their ability to reduce wrinkles, dark spots, and scars, and improve skin tone and texture, you can, over time, achieve younger looking, healthier skin and restore radiance in even the most lackluster complexion.

The serum was specifically formulated to treat compromised skin and defy the signs of aging, by carefully choosing ingredients with the ability to deeply penetrate the skin, promote cellular regeneration, and undo previous skin damage caused by the sun, environment, dehydration and burns, delivering a natural beauty treatment that results in fast, visible, long-lasting results. It’s also multi-functional, working like magic to reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the lip area too, and to promote firmer, smoother, and younger looking skin on the back of the hands and forearms. It’s the problem solver for every skin type – including oily and sensitive skin.

 

One of our many, happily satisfied clients Gina, told us “I thought using a facial serum would make my oily skin oilier, but that definitely was not the case. My skin felt hydrated but not oily, smooth as a baby’s butt, and it had a really nice glow all day, and after just a few days my dark spots were definitely getting lighter. I’m in love with this product!”

Who would of thought a natural solution to wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin and a lackluster complexion would be as close as your bathroom? A non-invasive and no down time treatment that’s organic by nature, luxurious by design, to help you prevent and repair the signs of aging. Just apply the serum twice a day, morning and night, after you cleanse and tone, and wait its impactful results.


Are Your Crow's Feet Adding Years To Your Appearance?

Here’s how to eliminate those crow’s feet and dark under eye circles, and reduce bags, puffiness and swelling naturally, using a new product made with a succulent blend of nourishing, hydrating, soothing and calming plant oils that’s USDA Certified Organic.

When you think of getting older and how it affects the way you look, your face is likely the first thing that comes to mind. Even if you’ve noticed puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet around your eyes, you probably didn’t stop to think of the impact they make on your appearance. But guess what? The first thing a person notices when they look at you are your eyes, they’re the most important part of your face and determine an important role on how young (or old) you look.

WHY CROW’S FEET, PUFFINESS AND DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES MATTER

Eyes are a focal part of your face and youthful looking eyes help enhance your beauty and your personality. Your eyes captivate, they light up when you smile, and convey happiness and liveliness. Puffiness and dark under eye circles make you appear tired, and crow’s feet are unflattering crinkles and wrinkles that add years to your appearance. You have likely heard crow’s feet called “laugh lines”, but one thing’s for sure – if you have them you probably don’t find them funny, or attractive.

WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR EYES AS WE AGE?

The vast majority of women will start to notice the appearance of fine lines at the outside corners of their eyes in their mid to late twenties.   As the years go by these fine lines turn to deep wrinkles and begin to increase dramatically, signs of puffiness, bags and dark under eye circles may appear, and they all can be exacerbated by sun exposure, menopause and smoking. Treating the delicate skin around the eyes of a woman past the age of forty to slow the signs of aging, versus a woman in her thirties, is undeniably much more challenging.

DIMINISHING CROW’S FEET

There are products on the market that claim to “conceal” or cover-up your crow’s feet, but they most likely contain harsh, dangerous chemicals that will do more damage than good to your skin and possibly your health. These types of products only prolong the problem and your crow’s feet will continue to increase. Then there is always the option of Botox, dermal fillers or plastic surgery, all are expensive and the results can be less than remarkable, and they put your eye sight at risk. To put it in better perspective, you would need to get Botox or dermal filler injections every 2-3 months at an average cost of $328, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, so you’d be spending a minimum of $1,300 a year and possibly more.

The side effects are serious and include blurred vision, decreased eyesight, eyelid swelling and dry eyes and allergic reaction. There’s also the chanced that your body’s immune system can develop antibodies to the medication which render it less effective, and the more frequent the drug is injected or the quantity that is injected, the higher risk for these antibodies to be formed against the drug.

A SMARTER SOLUTION

With our 'Nourishing Eye Serum' (which is USDA certified organic, safe and gentle containing only the purest and highest quality of therapeutic grade essential oils), you can, over time, diminish and reduce crow’s feet, puffiness and dark under eye circles naturally. 

Our 'Nourishing Eye Serum' is far superior to other products including heavy creams, lotions and gels because the oils contain anti-aging and antioxidant ingredients in their purest form that penetrate the skin more deeply, promoting cellular turnover and repairing the skin to help diminish wrinkles for fast, visible long lasting results. Every ingredient is specifically chosen for its anti-aging, healing, moisturizing, rejuvenating and soothing properties to slow down the signs of aging without the use of unnecessary chemicals or toxins. It’s also wonderful for treating lines around the lip area.

Our customers are raving about 'Nourishing Eye Serum' and tell us it takes years off of their appearance, smooths out under eye wrinkles, and provides long lasting results. In fact, the serum is so gentle we hear from women with sensitive skin that it’s the only under eye treatment they can use that doesn’t irritate their eyes.

It’s highly effective whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive, normal, or a combination, and was specifically formulated to treat and repair the delicate skin under and around the eyes. You can’t go wrong with 'Nourishing Eye Serum', it’s safe, gentle and effective and customers who have tried it love it. Just apply the serum twice a day, in the morning and evening, to the outer and under eye areas and around your lips and await its impactful results!