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Sun Is Beneficial To Skin

Skin Benefits From The Sun

By Dr. Michael Murray

This time of year, everyone wants to be outside. It feels so good to have the warm sun on our bare skin. If you haven’t heard that being out in the sun, unprotected by sunscreen, puts you at risk for wrinkles (at best) and skin cancer (at worst) then you’ve probably been living under a rock!

However, while most people are aware of the dangers of too much sun, many don’t realize that sunlight confers enormous health benefits as well. Keeping in mind that you need to protect your skin with a high-quality sunscreen when you go outdoors, let’s look at some of the surprising benefits of sunlight.

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Sunlight may help prevent cancer. It’s not just plants that metabolize sunlight. Humans do, too. Through a complex process, our bodies turn sunlight into life-giving vitamin D.

The connection between vitamin D deficiency and cancer was first made by Drs. Frank and Cedric Garland from the University of California, San Diego. After finding that the incidence of colon cancer was nearly three times higher in New York than in New Mexico, the Garland brothers hypothesized that lack of sun exposure, resulting in a vitamin D deficiency, played a role.

Research now indicates that being deficient in vitamin D increases the risk of many cancers, especially breast and colon. For example, a four-year, placebo-controlled study involving 1,179 postmenopausal women concluded that vitamin D supplementation produced a dramatic 60 percent drop in the risk of developing any form of cancer.

Sunlight is beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.
Clinical research has shown that exposure to full-spectrum light throughout the day coupled with darkness at night can help improve some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease—reducing agitation, increasing sleep efficiency, decreasing nighttime wakefulness and decreasing nighttime activity in these patients.

Sunlight may lower risk for multiple sclerosis.
MS is more common in populations that live farther from the equator. People who move from a low-risk area to a high-risk area before the age of 15 acquire a higher risk of developing MS, whereas those who make the same move after adolescence retain a lower risk. These observations suggest that environmental exposure, and in particular, early sunlight exposure (which is correlated with vitamin D levels) in the first two decades of life, influences the risk of developing MS.

Related to this finding, several European population studies observed that there is a lower risk of MS for births occurring after October and a higher risk for MS for births occurring after May. This suggests that maternal levels of vitamin D during the third trimester of pregnancy may influence risk of MS.

Sunlight helps heal psoriasis.
Exposure to sunlight is extremely beneficial for individuals with psoriasis. In one study, an outdoor four-week sunbathing therapy was shown to promote significant clearance of psoriatic symptoms in 84 percent of subjects.

Sunlight can ease mild depression.
There has been a lot of research on the link between sunlight and mood. One solid study found that sunlight actually increases levels of a natural antidepressant in the brain. On sunny days, the brain produces more of the mood-lifting chemical serotonin than on darker days.

Sunlight contributes to bone health in older adults.
It is well known that vitamin D stimulates the absorption of bone-strengthening calcium. The process of vitamin D manufacture begins when sunlight changes the 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin into vitamin D3. Emerging research is showing a direct correlation between both bone density and blood levels of vitamin D3. Higher blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a lower rate of fractures of virtually all types; lower blood levels of vitamin D3 are associated with a higher rate of fractures of all types.

Sunlight can improve sleep quality.
When sunlight hits your eyes, your optic nerve sends a message to the gland in the brain that produces melatonin (a hormone that helps you sleep); the gland decreases its secretions of melatonin until the sun goes down again. In other words, exposure to sunlight during the day increases the natural production of melatonin at night. Low levels of melatonin production are linked to poor sleep quality, especially in older adults.

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Foods That Promote Healthy Skin

Beat Dryness, Wrinkles With Nutrition

Give your topical creams some backup, and care for your face naturally. Nutritionist Dana James shared the good things to eat for a flawless complexion.

Papayas: They contain lots of vitamin C and serve as an exfoliant when applied topically. You will see several skincare products that contain papaya because of its numerous benefits to your skin.

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Avocados: A good source of biotin, avocados help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. When applied topically, they can hydrate parched skin. Create a moisturizing mask. Pit the fruit, puree the pulp, and pat it on your face. The oil acts as an emollient. It also contains beneficial vitamin E.

Green Tea: High on the list of skin-friendly beverages thanks to its impressive storehouse of polyphenols. Aim for four cups throughout your day.

Tomatoes: A German study found that lycopene-rich tomato paste helped participants prevent sunburn when they combined it with olive oil, daily for ten weeks. Besides being a great source of the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are considered a high-carotenoid fruit. These nutrients may help slow down cellular damage from free radicals.

Salmon: Salmon contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity, so you’ll have fewer fine lines.

Eggs. Protein helps repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. Eggs, a complete source of protein, also contain biotin, an essential vitamin that protects against dry skin.

Pomegranates: When applied topically, this antioxidant-rich fruit may help skin create more collagen, while speeding healing.

Walnuts: Looking to add Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet but not a fan of fish? Walnuts are a rich source of Omega-3s, which help put shine in your hair and aid in making skin smoother and younger looking.

Beans: Another protein source, legumes help repair cells that have suffered free radical damage. During digestion, protein breaks down into amino acids, the building blocks of cells. Amino acids help to speed the repair and regeneration of skin cells and collagen.

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Foods That Build Collagen Can Prevent Wrinkled Skin

Foods That Build Collagen & Elastin After Age 50

Collagen and elastin help keep your skin firm. You may develop sagging skin with age as your skin loses its natural elasticity. Intrinsic aging is a natural part of the aging process that reduces collagen and elastin production in your skin. Extrinsic factors such as repetitive facial expressions, sleeping positions, smoking and sun exposure can prematurely age your skin and lead to sagging. Extreme or rapid weight loss may also contribute to sagging skin. Physical activity can help by toning the muscles beneath your skin. Drink plenty of water, exfoliate and moisturize your skin to improve and prevent sagging.

While foods that build collagen and elastin are beneficial at any time of life, it becomes particularly important to get enough of these foods after age 50. At that point, your body begins producing less collagen and elastin, which can result in loss of elasticity and firmness in your skin and facial features.

Vitamin C: Your body uses vitamin C to make collagen and elastin, proteins which help keep your skin firm and supple. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and helps support your immune system, so you get both beauty and health benefits from foods rich in this vitamin. After age 50, you should concentrate on a variety of fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C. Citrus fruits — like oranges and grapefruits –red peppers, strawberries and sweet potatoes all contribute a significant amount to your vitamin C intake.

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LysineLysine is an amino acid that your body uses to build collagen. It is an essential amino acid, which means that while your body needs it, your body cannot produce it by itself. Instead, it is provided exclusively by your diet. Red meats, cheese and nuts are all high in lysine, but they can also be high in fat. If you are over 50 and struggling with weight as well, try soy products, which are also high in lysine but lower in fat.

Manganese: Your body needs manganese to increase production of collagen and elastin, especially when healing wounds. If you are over 50 and have also had surgery that has left scarring, manganese will help your skin and help you heal. Your diet should provide a small amount of manganese — 2.3 milligrams for men and 1.8 milligrams for women. Eat foods like pineapple, pecans, whole grains and leafy greens, which are high in manganese. Unorthodox foods like seaweed and other sea vegetables are also high in manganese.

CopperYour body needs the essential mineral copper to knit together collagen and elastin to form strong skin. Copper, like manganese, is found in a wide variety of foods, although it is most concentrated in meat from animal organs, shellfish, nuts and seeds. Whole grain foods, like breads and pastas, are also high in the mineral. Copper is less frequently found in fruits and vegetables, but you can get reach your recommended daily intake by adding nuts and seeds — such as cashews, almonds and sunflower seeds — as well as lentils and mushrooms into your diet. Consume 0.9 milligram of copper daily for healthy collagen and elastin production.

Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. It is produced by the skin and other parts of the body. When you are young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why young children have such lovely shiny hair and smooth skin.

More foods that can help us generate collagen include:

Soy products  such as soymik and cheese contain an element known as genistein. The presence of genistein gives soy products their collagen production qualities, as well as helping to block enzymes that tend to break down and age the skin.  Just about any soy product contains enough genistein to be helpful, including soy products that have been developed as substitutes for meat products.

Dark green vegetables are also excellent examples of food containing collagen producing agents. Add drak green leafy veggies such as spinach, cabbage and kale to your diet every day. They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein. You need 10 mg to get results – which equates to about  4oz. of spinach or 2oz. of kale. Recent French research suggests this will boost skin hydration and elasticity, fighting wrinkles. Rich in Vitamin C,  regular consumption of kale, spinach,collards, and asparagus help to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and to utilize the protein effectively.

Beans help your body produce a vital anti-aging substance called hyaluronic acid. Aim for at least two tablespoons of beans each day – broad or butter beans make a great substitute for mashed potatoes.

Red fruits and vegetables also are excellent sources to up the collagen content of foods in the diet.  The presence of lycopenesl in these types of foods helps to act as antioxidants, which in turn increases collagen production. Try adding red peppers, beets, and fresh or stewed tomatoes to the diet. Also include sweet potatoes, carrots and more.  Research from Dr Ronald Watson at the University of Arizona has found that the antioxidants in red, yellow and orange foods build up under the skin creating extra UV protection. “The effect is so strong that eating six portions a day for about two months will build a natural barrier equivalent to a factor four sunscreen,” says Dr Watson.

Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables are natural  sources of collagen production.  You should try to include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberries into your daily diet.

Prunes  One of the biggest causes of skin aging is attack by substances called free radicals, that break down healthy skin tissues.  Antioxidants helps neutralize these free radicals before they can do any damage – and prunes are the fruit containing the absolute highest level of antioxidants. Blueberries are a close second. Eat five to six prunes, or a small basket of blueberries, daily to get a great health boost .

Omega Acids also help to create an ideal environment for collagen production. Fish such as salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega fatty acids.  Nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts contain healthy amounts as well.

Flaxseed is a major sources of the healthy fat omega-3. Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer made from this and other fats so, the higher your omega-3 intake the stronger that layer is, and the plumper your skin cells are – which helps disguise lines and wrinkles.  Mix it into smoothies or add it to balsamic vinegar and use it as a salad dressing, but try to have a tablespoon each day.

Foods that are rich in sulphur content are also important to collagen production. Among these are green and black olives, fresh cucumbers, and fresh stalks of celery. Working in conjunction with the sulphur, vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A also aid in keeping collagen levels high. Try adding raw carrots, fresh cantaloupe and baked sweet potatoes to the diet for an extra boost.

Turkey contains a vital skin-friendly protein called carnosine  that slows down a process in the skin called cross-linking. When this happens, fibres grow into the collagen of the skin making it stiff and inelastic. This then stops it snapping back when you do things like smile, laugh or frown – and this is what causes smile lines or crows feet.  Eat turkey two to three times a week.

Chocolate  is really is good for your skin. In studies in Germany, it was found that after drinking a cocoa-packed drink, blood flow to the skin was boosted (meaning it gets higher levels of nutrients and moisture). It also seemed to be more protected against UV damage – the number-one skin ager. Only dark chocolate contains enough antioxidants to have effects, though.

Manuka Honey is a special honey from New Zealand with unique healing properties. It has been used in skin care for centuries by the Maori people of New Zealand and it’s easy to understand why. When used topically, Active Manuka Honey can restore and rejuvenate your skin. It supports the skin cell renewal process and assists in the formation of stronger collagen protein. As an added benefit, active manuka honey is rich in antioxidants and helps to reduce blemishes.

Rose hips are one of the plants extract that can present a rich source of collagen. They  contain a high level of vitamin C, which is good for the production of collagen.

Avocado Oil  If you want to know how to naturally produce collagen, you need to use face masks or creams that contain avocado oil. Avocado oil is deeply hydrating and highly compatible with the natural oils in your skin. Avocado oil is high in plant steroids,  which help to reduce blemishes and age spots. It also helps to regenerate and rejuvenate skin damaged by free radicals. Avocado oil is important because it is scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production and it increases the proportion of soluble collagen in the dermis of your skin. And don’t forget to include fresh avocadoes in your favourite salad and soup recipes.

One of the key points to keep in mind is that it is possible to provide everything your body needs to produce collagen by eating a balanced diet. By including some of the foods mentioned here, you will soon begin to see a difference in the quality of your skin tone, as well as have an improved sense of overall health. So toss those  collagen creams out and start shopping for foods that will actually help you re-grow the collagen you have lost.

Most anti-wrinkle creams contain collagen and elastin, and won’t do anything for you, since that these two ingredients are too dense to enter our skin.

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Skin Replaces Itself Every Month

Avoid Toxic Foods, Skin Care Products To Promote Healthier Skin

Every year, the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries make billions of dollars from moisturizing creams and skin care products that contain tons of harsh chemicals. While no one in their right mind would leave tons of toxic chemicals in an organ like the heart, millions of women have been brainwashed into thinking that it’s ok to leave tons of harsh chemicals on their face or skin.

Change Your Diet

What the cosmetic industry won’t tell you is the fact that fountain of youth is in your garden and you can wear it for life. Foods high in antioxidants, bioflavonoids, phytochemicals and micronutrients can significantly reduce the damage of free radicals and toxins at cellular level. Also, people age, simply because there are not enough new cells to replace damaged, old, and dying cells. Many nutritionists and researchers believe that more than our genetics, our chosen lifestyle is what can accelerate aging process.

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In fact, one of the most amazing studies were conducted by Harvard research study in early 1990’s showed how important antioxidants are to living cells and tissues in the human body. Soon afterwards, extensive studies were conducted on antioxidants and secondly how groups of antioxidants work even better together, and are so much more effective in slowing aging process, fighting cancer and beating free radicals.

a. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C: Organic citrus fruits, pineapple, papaya and dark green leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli are amazing source of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, phytochemicals and micronutrients. In fact, research has shown that organic berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries) wage war against molecules known as free radicals that can harm brain cells and brain function. Antioxidants in berries have strong anti-aging properties and can fight against chronic diseases such inflammation, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and heart disease.

b. Various groups of antioxidants can even work better together: To stay younger and have more energy add various groups of antioxidants including Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Vitamin E, Glutathione, Bioflavanoids, Lutein, Lycopene, Coenzyme Q10, Zinc, Copper, Managese, and Vitamin A to your diet. In fact, beta carotene and vitamin A in carrots are an amazing source of antioxidants. Leafy vegetables like kale and broccoli are amazing source antioxidants, in particular, vitamins C and E.

c. Organic Green/herbal tea has powerful antioxidants. Avoid sugary beverages or drinks like coffee that are high in caffeine or toxic additives like high fructose corn syrup: Green and herbal teas are amazing source of antioxidants, whereas black tea, coffee and sugary drinks are high in free radicals. Keep in mind that many herbs imported from China have also high levels of aluminum, lead and arsenic. Even green tea (not real ones) with so many health benefits can be contaminated with high levels of fluoride.

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d. Omega 3 fatty acids found in wild salmon, nuts ( walnuts or cashews), olive oil, flaxseed, sesame seeds, avocado and hemp seeds: In fact, omega 3 fatty acids (found in wild salmon, nuts, olive oil, flaxseed, sesame seeds, avocado and hemp seeds) are an important factor necessary for neurological development of mothers and growing babies. Omega 3 fatty acids are also necessary for promoting proper brain formation, increasing intelligence, excellent eyesight, healthy skin, strong nerves and the alleviation of depression. Keep in mind that eating wild salmon and taking fish oil (omega 3) supplements are VERY different. In fact, most omega-3 fish oil supplements are made from FARMED salmon that have high concentrations of PCB, toxins and mercury. Also, other seafood like tuna, swordfish, shark or sardines have high amount of mercury and other toxins that can accelerate aging and lead to many other health issues. Currently, wild sockeye salmon (0.09 mercury) is considered the lowest mercury fish. Find out why fish oil made from farmed salmon isn’t good for you: http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/fish-oil-supplements.php

e. The ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is very important: The imbalances between omega 3 and omega 6 in Western diet that can result in many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, inflammation, diabetes, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases. These autoimmune issues can affect the body’s functionality to replace old dying cells with new ones. According to many scientific studies, human body has evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 of approximately 1. However, many nutritionists and experts believe that this ratio should be even higher, like 3 to 1. But based on the Western diet, the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 is more like 1/15-1/25. So in conclusion, omega 6 causes inflammation (which accelerates aging) where as omega 3 can neutralize inflammation and in most Americans, the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 is 25 times higher than it should be. The primary sources of omega 6 in Western diet are red meat, dairy, corn oil, hydrogenated (partially hydrogenated) fats and oils, canola oil, soy oil, and margarine.

Foods That Promote Aging

a. Sugary beverages, energy drinks, sodas, or drinks like coffee that are high in caffeine or toxic additives like high fructose corn syrup can accelerate aging.

b. Fried foods, foods high in omega 6, processed foods, foods that are nutritionally depleted (like GMOs, conventional foods, foods high in sugar, artificial additives and preservatives and foods that are pesticide ridden) can promote and accelerate aging. In fact, by looking at someone’s skin, you could tell that if they are eating too much French fries or fried foods.

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c. Avoid smoking cigarettes or drugs like marijuana: Stop smoking Monsanto’s Roundup, since 90% of tobaccos in US are GMOs. Beside Roundup, cigarettes have more than 4,000 harsh chemicals and other toxins such as bleach and ammonia: Keep in mind that drugs like marijuana have free radicals that can accelerate aging.

d. Eliminate your use of skincare products, skin lotions and cosmetics that can have tons of harsh chemicals: The cosmetic industry has been making billions of dollars from paraben and petroleum based products that have tons of harsh chemicals and cancer-causing carcinogens. What is even more shocking is the fact that millions of women or even men spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on miracle creams or botox injections that do supposedly promise younger looking skin and anti-aging properties. Find out why Toxic ingredients in anti-aging creams like ‘Meaningful Beauty’ are not ‘Meaningful’ or ‘Beautiful.’

I have always encouraged our readers to pay attention to the ingredients in their skincare products and educate themselves about the reality of botox injections. In fact, the botox injections are not as safe as they seem to be and the so called anti-aging botox is a neurotoxin made from botulinum toxin that paralyses the muscles of face. Click here to find out how we actually are putting by-products of crude oil known as Petrolatum on our skin – a known cancer-causing carcinogen according to EU. In addition, most pharmaceutical drugs or even drugs like marijuana have free radicals that can accelerate aging.

Drink Clean Water

At least, two thirds of our body is made of water. You shouldn’t necessary wait and drink water when you’re thirsty. Don’t expect for your skin to be glowing, if you don’t drink enough water. Water can flush out toxins and free radicals out of your body and can promote weight loss. Keep in mind that there could be more than 60 different chemicals in your drinking water including chlorine and fluoride. So, it’s very important to have access to clean/filtered water, in particular, reverse osmosis.

Cleansing, Stress, Exercise

a. It’s very important to have a good cleansing diet on a regular basis, so your body can get rid of free radicals, toxins and heavy metals. Lemon fast diet (one glass of water, one freshly squeezed organic lime and a spoon of organic maple syrup) is one of the best ways to clean your body, in particular, your colon. Drink green smoothies full of fiber and enzymes at least once a day and get extra fiber by adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. It’s great to add herbs like mint, basil and tarragon to your diet for cleansing.

b. Constant stress and anxiety and not getting enough sleep can also promote accumulation of toxins and free radicals. So, try to relax by meditating or practicing yoga.

c. Exercising is a great way to get your blood circulation optimum. Exercising can relax your muscles, so you can sleep better at nights. Through perspiration, you can also get rid of heavy metals like lead, aluminum and mercury. So, it is very important to exercise and get rid of toxins in your body through perspiration.

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Skin Mapping Helps Unmask Skin Conditions

What Acne Outbreaks Are Telling You

By Lauren Salapatek, Modern Magazine

Did you know that acne could be linked to health issues? According to traditional Chinese medicine, internal imbalances in our body can show up on our face. These issues can show up in the form of acne, dark circles or rashes.

Although western medical practitioners find little truth to face mapping, many Eastern medicine practitioners believe otherwise. “There are no medical studies to link facial mapping with specific breakout areas, but there may be factors you are overlooking,” says dermatologist Dr. Brian Russell.

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According to Chinese medicine,  the location of acne on your face can indicate the underlying cause. Here, MODERN has compiled our own face mapping guide which can help you diagnose your acne problems. If you’re an esthetician, you might find this very interesting.

UPPER FOREHEAD (Zone 1): You could be experiencing poor digestive health and/or your body may be having trouble digesting food, which can lead to a build-up of toxins.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System.
The Fix: Load up on antioxidant rich foods like berries, nuts and green tea.

LOWER FOREHEAD (Zone 2): Breakouts in this area of your face can be triggered by irregular sleep, stress, bad blood circulation or depression.
Associated with the: Bladder and Digestive System
The Fix: Adults require 7-8 hours of sleep per day. However, the National Sleep Foundation says there is no “magic number” of hours. The number of hours needed varies across populations and the individual. Get more beauty sleep.

BETWEEN EYEBROWS (Zone 3): Pimples in this area can be a directly linked to consuming too much alcohol or a diet that’s high in fat. This area can also indicate a food allergy.
Associated with the: Liver.
The Fix: Cut down on the partying. Eat more fruit and leafy greens.

UNDER EYES (Zone 4): Dark circles in these areas is a sign of dehydration.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water for your skin.

NOSE (Zone 5): This area can tell you if you are experiencing too many fluctuations in blood pressure and stress.
Associated with the: Heart.
The Fix: Manage your blood pressure with a monitor.

RIGHT AND LEFT CHEEKS (Zone 6): Do you have lung allergies or smoke cigarettes? Those who smoke tend to have acne breakouts on the cheeks. Also, you may see broken capillaries in this area. Acne in the lower parts of your cheeks may suggest dental issues like Gingivitis.
Associated with the: Lungs/Respiratory System.
The Fix: Quit smoking.

SIDES OF CHIN (Zone 7): Hormonal changes and stress can leave this spot imbalanced. Breakouts occur on either side of your chin right around the time of your menstrual cycle. Interesting Fact (from laurenconrad.com) Breakouts in this area happen on one side or another depending on which ovary is ovulating that month.
Associated with the: Reproductive organ or kidneys.

BOTTOM OF CHIN (Zone 8): This is a sign of digestive issues.
Associated with the:
Stomach.
The Fix:
Try adding more fiber to your diet or detoxing.

EARS (Zone 9): You could be experiencing dehydration which could be caused from too much salt and caffeine. If you drink too much soda, coffee or alcohol, this area can get affected.
Associated with the: Kidneys.
The Fix: Drink more water — limit your salt intake.

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Detoxify Your Skin For A Brighter Complexion

Detoxing Slows Aging Process

You can improve the health of your skin with a simple weekend detox and a better diet. There are some quick and easy methods like massages and facials that flush out waste and toxins. Follow our step-by-step routine and wake up Monday morning with a fresh, radiant complexion.

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Day 1, EVENING

Clear the clutter. Simply straightening up the junk on your coffee table or doing a load of laundry will prepare you for the inner cleansing to come.

Stock the fridge. During your weekend detox, you want to fill your body with healthy foods such as fresh fruits (cranberries, apples, and grapes) and vegetables (broccoli, carrots, and sweet potatoes)—their antioxidants help repair, and prevent, damage to your skin—and lean protein (chicken, turkey, and tofu).

Also try dulse (dried seaweed). It can treat dark circles under the eyes. Dark and puffy circles can be the result of your body retaining too much water, or a sign that your kidneys are not functioning optimally. Your kidneys help balance fluids throughout your body, but when you consume too much salt this can cause water retention. Dulse is loaded with vitamin B and helps to balance electrolytes to keep your fluids and body in check.

Cabbage can help get rid of crow’s feet, which are a sign that you may have high cortisol levels. High cortisol can cause the skin to break down faster and wrinkles to appear. The adrenal gland is responsible for making cortisol. By incorporating anti-inflammatory and vitamin A-, C- and E-rich food like cabbage into your diet, you can help to lower cortisol levels, diminish crow’s feet, and prevent lines from forming in the first place. Try to choose purple cabbage because it has 6 to 8 times more vitamin C than green. Watercress is a beauty food that can tackle patchy and uneven skin tone, which is often a sign of poor circulation or not enough blood, oxygen and nutrients getting to the skin. Poor circulation is a big concern and can cause a number of health issues from hair loss to darkening of the skin.

Watercress has the ability to cleanse and oxygenate tissues for better blood flow and glowing skin. It has a high amount of iron, which helps your red blood cells carry more oxygen to the body and the skin. Additionally, it is rich in calcium and iodine, which can help prevent a dull complexion.

Beets can help brighten dull eyes and flush your lymphatic system. Flushing out your lymphatic system can help bring youthfulness back by clearing cloudiness and whitening the whites of your eyes. Beets are high in iron and contain the antioxidant betacyanin, which supports liver and lymphatic health. Beets are a beauty food because they are a natural colon cleanser that can remove toxins and congestion from the body, including in the capillaries traveling to the eye. They can also increase oxygen-carrying ability in the blood by 400 percent.

Cilantro is a beauty food that helps to remove heavy metals from your system that enlarge fat cells. These toxins can increase the appearance of cellulite on your body.

Oat groats, not to be confused with oatmeal, are whole grains that are the most natural and unprocessed form of oats. They are high in fiber, which is key in a long-term anti-cellulite program.

Citrus fruit provides a boost of vitamin C, which can help to repair skin collagen and prevent cellulite from being so visible. The best time to eat citrus fruit in order to get the best results is in the morning on an empty stomach.

Walnut meat makes your skin more supple and beautiful, while lubricating your joints and strengthening your cell membranes against oxidative damage. Walnuts themselves are filled with healthy omega-3s, which can help to strengthen your skin and make it more resilient. Walnut meat can also tackle issues like age spots, sagging skin and thinning hair that can significantly add years to your appearance.

Sunflower seed butter is another beauty fat that helps to eliminate the free radicals that cause cellular damage, which can lead to age spots. Sunflower seeds are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which can help to eliminate preexisting age spots and also prevent them from forming. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and all refined and processed foods, including sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy and gluten.

Purge your products. To give your skin time to rebalance, put away everything except your cleanser, day lotion, and night cream.

Day 2, MORNING

Drink warm tea. Look for blends that include nettle, ginger, or burdock, dandelion, or sarsaparilla root—herbs and flowers known to calm inflammation and improve liver and kidney function. These teas help eliminate puffiness around the eyes and decongest your skin. says Tierney P. Salter, a medical herbalist.

AFTERNOON

Give yourself a massage. Purge toxins by manually moving lymph through the lymphatic system. Concentrate on massaging the neck, armpits, stomach, groin, and behind the knees (where there are many lymph nodes).

EVENING

Fake a facial at home. Pour hot water into a small bowl and add a few drops of a citrus essential oil. Soak a hand towel in the water, then wring out and drape over your face. Lie down for ten minutes and let the steam open your pores, prepping your skin for the detoxifying mask that follows. Look for masks made with clay, which absorbs excess oil and pulls toxins and impurities out, while adding in necessary minerals.

Day 3, MORNING

Scrub your body. Stimulate your senses with sloughing in the shower. Exfoliate with a product that contains coffee to remove dead, dulling skin cells, boost circulation, and pump toxins from the body.

AFTERNOON
Sweat it out. Light exercise—a brisk walk, jumping rope, yoga—helps eliminate toxins from your body. “The deep breathing of yoga stimulates the lymphatic system. It also brings cleansing oxygen into the body with each inhale, and expels waste on each exhale.

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EVENING
Apply a mask. At the end of your detox, spread a few tablespoons of raw honey over your face. Next, apply cucumber slices on top of the honey then lie down. Cover your face with a warm, damp washcloth to allow the honey, to seal in moisture. Honey’s anti–inflammatory properties also help reduce irritation and redness. Cucumbers, which act as diuretics, will further flush out excess fluid and relieve remaining puffiness.

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Skin Care Expert Shares Tips To Avoid Wrinkles

Skin Care and Anti-Aging Secrets 

Time brings plenty of changes, yet the desire to have healthy, good-looking skin transcends age. While some skin-care tactics – sunscreen and moisturizing – apply to skin of any age, baby boomers need to update their skin care and makeup strategies to ensure maintain healthy skin.

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“Fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration are only the most visible symptoms of aging skin,” says Anna De La Crus, a skincare expert for glo therapeutics. “Others are less obvious but every bit as damaging. Dehydration, loss of elasticity and slower cell regeneration also affect skin health, and how good you look at any age.”

If you’re a baby boomer, it’s important to update your skin care and makeup regimen to keep your skin healthy and looking its best. Here are four skin care secrets:

1. It’s not the number of years, it’s how well you’ve cared for your skin.

Age causes certain changes in the skin; cell turnover and renewal slows down, skin cells become less adept at retaining moisture, and skin becomes more sensitive. Taking care of your skin throughout your life – moisturizing, exfoliating and using sunblock – can help skin stay healthier and more youthful longer.

“As we age, lifestyle habits start catching up to us, some of which have been decades in the making before we see the visible proof,” says De La Cruz. “While it can seem as if a wrinkle appears overnight, there is no fountain of youth or instant cure.”

It’s also never too late to start taking better care of your skin, and it is possible to enhance skin health at any age. For wrinkles and fine lines, look for products that contain firming ingredients that will help stimulate collagen production, antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage, and smoothing ingredients to encourage cell renewal.

2. Your clothing and hair style have changed in the past 20 years; your skin care products should, too.

The moisturizer you used in your 20s may not be a good fit for your skin’s needs when you’re in your 50s. Baby boomers should look for skin care and makeup products specifically designed to address common concerns of aging skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines and hyper-pigmentation. The leading edge in addressing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is phytostem technology. Plant stem cells and firming active ingredients in the Cyto-luxe collection by glo therapeutics work to lift and tighten skin, as well as promote healthy cells and collagen production to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Two new formulas, Vitamin C+, which contains 20 percent L-ascorbic acid, and Hydration+, address the top two causes of aging: sun damage and moisture loss.

For boomer women concerned about hyper-pigmentation, daily sunscreen should provide protection of 30 SPF or higher, and include ingredients that brighten and lighten skin, such as retinol and glycolic acid.

3. Update your diet to include the nutrients skin needs to age more gracefully.

Good nutrition is important throughout life. Healthful nutrition is good for overall health, and it can help improve the skin’s appearance. Vitamins A, C and D are vital for skin health, and topical applications of A and C are also good for the skin.

De La Cruz recommends boomer women stay on top of hydration by drinking lots of water. Incorporate plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, too – especially those containing key vitamins.

4. Your look has matured and so should your makeup routine.

The wrong makeup application can actually amplify the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. As skin matures, a “less is more” approach is often more flattering.

“I advise women in their 50s and 60s to explore a clean, classic look,” says Janeena Billera, National Makeup Artist for glo minerals. “To achieve this, use natural foundations that illuminate and hydrate the skin. Choose neutral shades of matte to satin eye shadows, apply eyeliner tight to the lashline, maintain well-groomed eyebrows and add a natural flush to the cheek.”

Finally, Billera advises, growing older doesn’t mean you have to give up being trendy and fun. “Use current trends as an inspiration and simply tweak or tone down the look, always keeping placement and blending in mind.”

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Natural Skin Care And Nutrition

Skin Care Heavily Influenced By Nutrition

There are 10 human body systems that work simultaneously to maintain our health. The integumentary system is the only system that is located outside of our bodies. This “exterior” system is our skin. Nutrition is the basic foundation to skin care and a great way to prevent many problems in the first place.

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There are foods that strengthen the integumentary system. Eating foods from all five food groups is a start, but knowing which foods are best will keep you looking your best, while helping to make you feel good. Eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water will help your skin in many ways. Vegetables and fruits have more water in them, including polyphenols, which is an anti-inflammatory that improves heart health and slows down aging. Vegetables and fruits also are fat-free, while providing nutritious calories. Some other foods that have a positive effect on your skin include:

Eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water will help your skin in many ways. Vegetables and fruits have more water in them, including polyphenols, which is an anti-inflammatory that improves heart health and slows down aging. Vegetables and fruits also are fat-free, while providing nutritious calories. Some other foods that have a positive effect on your skin include:

• Avocados. Good source of biotin, which prevents dry skin;

• Green Tea. Good source of polyphenols;

• Tomatoes. Slows down cellular damage;

• Salmon. Improves skin elasticity;

• Eggs. A complete source of protein and contains biotin;

• Walnuts. Contains omego-3 fatty acids which create smoother skin and shiny hair; and

• Beans. Repairs and regenerates skin cells.

Experiment for a few months to see if increasing your water, vegetable and fruit consumption will benefit the look and feel of your skin.

Source: http://www.hillsdale.net/article/20140327/News/140329112#ixzz2xHWpZkhn

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Acne The Most Common Skin Condition

Acne Prevention and Treatment Tips

Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, but many women with the condition do the wrong things to prevent it and treat it. Dermatologists know that letting acne run its course is rarely the best advice:

  • Without treatment, dark spots and permanent scars can appear on the skin as acne clears;
  • Treating acne often boosts a person’s self-esteem;
  • Many effective treatments are available;
  • More women are getting acne; A growing number of women have acne in their 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond.

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Touching Your Blemishes

Touching your pimples is one of the worst things to do with acne. Serious consequences that result from touching acne include the worsening of inflammation, spread of infection and a longer healing process. When you squeeze a pimple, the risk of scarring is multiplied. The only dermal manipulation recommended for skin blemishes and acne are deep cleansing techniques carried out by a facial skin esthetician or a dermatologist. Deep pore-cleansing facials are not designed for severe acne, but remove blackheads and impurities. They are for people with oily skin or mild acne. Only a licensed physician can address severe acne with cysts, the “buttons” of inflammation under acne blemishes.

Sleeping With Makeup

It’s OK to wear makeup when you have acne, but not removing your makeup before bedtime is a sin. Makeup left overnight hinders skin renewal and clogs your pores, which can cause inflammation.

Cleansing Your Skin Excessively

Cleansing the skin excessively is a mistake because it only aggravates the skin, without addressing the problem. The main cause of acne is an overproduction of sebum by sebaceous glands at the root of hair follicles. Skin that is irritated by too many cleansing products will start producing more sebum, not less, creating an environment conducive to acne. It is actually more effective and less harmful to use a single cleansing product, once or twice per day at most. Also use an acne cream or spot-drying treatment once daily.

Topical Treatments vs. Comprehensive Care

When suffering from acne, it is common to focus on affected areas by cleansing or using various daily treatments, while ignoring other factors and possible causes. Acne triggers include excess sebum, stress, high levels of progesterone, tobacco use and high blood sugar—as well as many others. A comprehensive treatment is recommended, regardless of age.

Harmful Skin Care Products

Certain ingredients in your moisturizer, toner and sunscreen can irritate your skin and cause break outs. Mineral oil, petrolatum, lanolin, perfume and artificial colors are the usual offenders, but even alcohol can overly dry your skin and cause your skin to produce more sebum. Read the labels of your skin and body care products and makeup to avoid non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores), oil-free, fragrance-free and alcohol-free.

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Sometimes, it’s not the makeup behind your acne, it’s your bacteria-laden makeup brushes and sponges. To keep your skin clear, wash your applicators at least once a week with a gentle cleanser designed for that purpose.

Apply Your Spot Treatment Properly

It’s not enough that you know what spot treatment is best for acne. Knowing when to use it, how often to apply and how long to wear it is absolutely crucial. Benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient commonly found in acne treatments, has a 1–3-hour working time, and any cream that comes in contact with it before it has completed its work will likely inhibit the active ingredient from working properly. Wait at least an hour before applying moisturizer and/or sunscreen for best results.

Too Much Sun

Frequent sun tanning can trigger breakouts on those with acne-prone skin. Sun, heat and humidity can cause oil glands to become overactive, which can lead to acne breakouts. Also, apply sunscreen. Choose an oil-free, non-comedogenic product.

Change Your Pillowcase

If you’re not changing your pillowcase, you’re basically lying on accumulated dust and dead skin cells. Your bath towel could be harboring as much acne-causing bacteria.

Too Much Medication

Applying too much medication, or applying too often will cause excessive drying, redness, peeling, and irritation. Using your medications exactly as directed is the best way to clear acne, without harming your skin.

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Grapes Can Treat Acne, Skin Dryness

Skin Glows With Grapes 

The grape makes for a good analogy regarding our skin health. When young and healthy, it’s moisturized and vibrant. With age, wrinkles can make a person’s skin look more like a raisin. That’s why moisture and circulation are so important to reduce the impact of aging. With time, skin begins to lose its elasticity and moisture. Prepare packs made of grapes to combat skin problems, says an expert.

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Navin Taneja, director of the National Skin Centre in India, shares the benefits of the fruit:

  • As normal skin care treatment, grapes are good to reduce acne.
  • The fruit’s seeds help to strengthen blood vessels and enhance skin elasticity.
  • Grape seed oil is rich in moisturizing content and also provides Vitamin C and E to the skin.

He also shares tips on how to prepare face packs:

  • Grapes can be mashed and applied as a facial mask, which helps in peeling off the dead skin cells. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off.
  • People with oily skin should mash black grapes with some oil absorbent like multani mitti (Fuller’s earth). To make it in paste form, mix it well with drops of rose water in it. Let it stay for 15 minutes on your face and then rinse it off.
  • Dry skin people can take mashed black grapes, avocado pulp and mix them with two teaspoons of honey and rose water. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing it off your face.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/grapes-to-do-away-with-acne-skin-dryness-114021701400_1.html

To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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