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10 Foods for Healthy, Radiant Skin July 14, 2014

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Beauty products are getting more and more high-tech, however, the top complexion cures still come from nature.  Increasingly, studies are finding links between certain nutrients found in food and wrinkle reduction, radiance and acne prevention.  Oh, and chocolate is on the list!!

 

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Chocolate

Cocoa hydrates your skin, making it firmer and more supple.  Plus, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavonols, a potent type of antioxidant.  For maximum flavonol content, eat chocolate that’s at least 70 percent cacao. A couple of squares a day should be enough to improve luminosity. 

 

Yogurt

The protein you get from eating dairy helps skin become firmer, so it’s more resistant to lines. Greek yogurt is especially beneficial. The protein content is often double that of regular yogurt.  Eat a single serving daily to make your complexion smoother.

 

Pomegranates

They’re packed with polyphenol antioxidants, which fight free radicals and regulate skin’s blood flow, giving it healthy glow. One pomegranate or a few glasses of juice daily should do the trick.

 

Walnuts

Walnuts contain omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can improve skin’s elasticity.  The nuts are also loaded with copper, a mineral that boosts collagen production. Snack on a handful of walnuts each day to improve your complexion’s texture

 

Bell Peppers (and pretty much all green, orange and yellow veggies)

Women who eat green and yellow vegetables regularly tend to have fewer wrinkles, especially around the eyes.  Also, studies found that carotenoids — the antioxidants in yellow and orange veggies — can decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun.  Carotenoids also work well topically, so make sure time-erasing products contain these miracle workers, like Healing Anthropology’s Rejuvenating Enzyme Peel.  They’re especially essential in eye creams, try Healing Anthropology’s Rejuvenating Eye Repair, rich in carotenoids and other high potency antioxidant flavonoids.

 

Sunflower seeds

Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin supple by protecting its top layers from the sun. Eat a handful daily. A high essential-fatty-acid content makes sunflower seeds especially good for those with dry skin.

 

Kidney beans

They’re high in zinc, and studies indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels.   That may be because of zinc’s healing properties.   Have a four-ounce serving of kidney beans to help you’re skin stay clear.

 

Oatmeal

Choose steel-cut oatmeal as it’s less processed than other varieties, so it retains more vitamins. Plus, it takes longer to break down in your body, which helps keep your blood sugar stable.  This is important because studies found that spiked blood sugar elevates your body’s level of androgens, hormones that can contribute to wrinkles.  Oats are also exceptionally skin healing, grind some in a blender or coffee grinder until it becomes a powder then add to your bath water to soothe irritated skin.

 

Green tea

It’s very high in antioxidants, particularly one named EGCG, which is proved to reduce redness.  Studies have also demonstrated that green tea helps fight inflammation.  Sip at least one cup of green tea a day to reap its benefits.  Green tea’s skin benefits also work when applied topically, so make sure products you use daily contain this super food.  Excellent options are Healing Anthropology’s Rejuvenating Face Cream and Vitamin C Solution

 

7 Home Remedies for Acne   May 14, 2014

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Almost 85 percent of people experience acne within the course of a lifetime, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.  Many people turn to over-the-counter acne products or prescription drugs for this condition. But most of these products contain chemicals that can actually worsen skin and cause other side effects as well. Instead, try these natural home remedies for acne that are gentler on the skin and only use natural ingredients you probably already have in your home.

 

1. Eat Foods with Vitamin A

The retinoid type of vitamin A can help prevent acne before it starts or clear up your skin if you already have it. Instead of taking man-made supplements, you can obtain vitamin A through foods in your diet. Some great options are green leafy vegetables like Swiss chard, spinach and kale, as well as other types of vegetables like winter squash, carrots and sweet potatoes.

2. Obtain Vitamin E through Your Diet

Vitamin E is well known as a beneficial nutrient to your skin, with acne as one of the conditions it can help improve. You can obtain this vitamin in your diet through natural foods like nuts and seeds, such as almonds and sunflower seeds, green leafy vegetables like spinach and turnip greens, shrimp, and fruits and vegetables like avocado and asparagus.  You can also try applying Vitamin E oil directly onto your skin.

3. Use Natural Echinacea for Your Skin

Echinacea is a natural treatment that has many health benefits, including clearing up acne. A study by the University of British Columbia found that Echinacea killed bacteria that leads to acne. You can use Echinacea for your skin in a number of ways: take an Echinacea supplement or drink Echinacea tea to prevent or treat acne, and apply Echinacea extract to the skin when you have a blemish.

4. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Face

Many face and body cleansers disrupt your skin’s acidity balance. When the acidity is unbalanced, it hinders the skin’s ability to fight bacteria, which can lead to acne.  Apple cider vinegar is a natural treatment that can help balance that acidity. It also has properties that can break up dead skin cells, fight bacteria and remove the layers of makeup, oil and dirt that build up on your face and contribute to acne. Simply dilute the apple cider vinegar in water and apply it to your face with a cotton ball as a toner after washing your face.

5. Use Essential Oils on Your Face

Essential oils have antibacterial properties, which can fight bacteria that cause acne. Some of the best to use for acne are lavender oil, tea tree oil and rose oil. Make sure you purchase high-grade oil that is approved for skin application. To apply it to your face, you first need to dilute the heavily concentrated oils in a base oil, such as almond oil or coconut oil, and then rub some onto your problem areas.

6. Use Hops On Your Skin

Hops — yes, like you find in beer — can help fight acne. While you’re probably hoping this solution involves drinking some beer, in reality, you actually need to apply hop extract to your skin to fight acne. This extract can fight against the bacteria that lead to acne. Use it on your skin as an astringent to help prevent problems and clear your skin.

7. Use Pantry Staples on Your Face

Some of the simplest acne-fighting remedies are common ingredients from your pantry.  You can try honey, yougurt, a cooked oatmeal mask, lemon juice, garlic paste or egg whites. Use them like a mask, letting them sit until they dry and washing them off.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/

 

 

Lemon Ginger Honey: Naturally Soothe A Sore Throat December 10, 2013

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LemGingHoneyI saw this simple recipe a while ago, but didn’t get around making it until my husband brought home a vat of local honey from Costco. No normal family could go through that amount of honey in any reasonable amount of time, so I decided to get creative. First I made chocolate honey, then I remembered this recipe. Perfect timing since we are in the height of cold season.

So you basically slice up a lemon and chop of some ginger (about 2 square inches worth), put it all in a jar and cover it with honey. Keep it in the fridge and add a Tbsp to hot water for a delicious throat-soothing tea. Excellent for kids too, just make sure the tea has cooled enough.

 

For the Eco Minded Who Also Love to Wrap! December 2, 2013

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For the Eco Minded Who Also Love to Wrap!

Every year I read the statistics about the insane amount of waste created by wrapping gifts for Christmas, and yet, despite these numbers I continue to wrap. I try to live my life in a sustainable way, and am actually pretty diligent about it, but I just can’t bring myself to use newspaper or gift bags (which are fine for most gifts, just not gifts that go under the tree!). It brings me such joy to wrap presents beautifully and see them all stacked under the tree, but the guilt of the waste has been creeping up on that joy and I knew I had to do something different. Last year my husband got me something from one of the shops at Union and it came wrapped in kraft paper with a beautiful ribbon. Kraft paper, it turns out, is made from 100% post consumer waste and the ribbon is reusable – I’d found my wrapping solution! So I bought a ton of ribbon after Christmas (all 70% off) and stored it away. I just bought the kraft paper, which by the way, is cheaper than regular wrapping paper and about one fiftieth the price of recycled gift wrap, and have already wrapped a few presents. Are there greener options? Yes, but I think this is a beautiful compromise!

 

Pomegranate Juice: Here’s to Good Health and Great Skin! July 10, 2013

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The pomegranate is a strange looking fruit that is very popular in some Middle Eastern countries and is heavily grown in that region as well as in the Mediterranean. The health benefits and delicious taste of this fruit have gained recognition in the United States, where it is typically grown in California and Arizona.

 

The pomegranate is a good source of riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamin C, phosphorus and calcium. The antioxidant content of the pomegranate is even more potent than in green tea and red wine. This makes pomegranate juice effective in cancer prevention, as it prevents cell damage from free radicals. Because of this, the antioxidants in pomegranate juice also have anti-aging benefits for the skin.

 

One study has shown that pomegranate juice is effective in reducing the oxidation of cholesterol that leads to artery hardening and reduces damage to blood vessels. The high vitamin C content of the pomegranate also works against inflammation and can help reduce wheezing in asthma sufferers. Also, if you feel a cold coming on, drinking pomegranate juice should help to keep your cold at bay.

 

Some grocery stores carry ready-made pomegranate juice.  Look for 100% pomegranate juice to avoid added sugar and cheap filler juices like apple and grape.  Trader Joes has a great one, and an organic option as well.  It makes for a delicious natural soda when added to bubbly mineral water.   For greatest benefits, however, you want to drink the juice fresh. You can juice the pomegranate yourself at home in a juicer. Or, cut open a pomegranate and place the arils in your mouth a few at a time to extract the juice. You can then spit out the seeds or chew and swallow them as a good source of fiber. You can also experiment with mixing pomegranate juice into stews if you like the sweet and sour taste.

 

NOT JUST FOR SIPPING: CHAMOMILE SKIN’S BENEFITS June 14, 2013

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Chamomile is a common name for several daisy-like plants in the family Asteraceae. It grows to about three feet tall and blooms in June and July with small fragrant yellow and white flowers. It’s easy to grow and you may see it in fields and gardens, as well as along roadsides and other drier areas.

 

Known more commonly for its use as a soothing and calming tea, chamomile is also perfect for use in topical skin care.  Chamomile’s many healing benefits (which have been proven through time and scientific research), combined with its gentleness and low likelihood of allergic reaction, make it a powerful ingredient for skin.

Chamomile soothes, heals, combats inflammation and stimulates cell regeneration.   The active organic compound in Chamomile, azulene, is a super nutrient for skin.  In clinical studies azulene has been shown to exhibit dramatic anti-inflammatory effects and showed significant antioxidant protection. In practical terms this means that application of this natural substance will help prevent skin blemishes from developing and will help stop deterioration of skin cells that leads to wrinkles, fine lines and hyper pigmentation. 

 

According to a study in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, chamomile improves the appearance of skin by bettering skin’s texture and elasticity, as well as reducing signs of photodamage, making it an excellent ingredient for masks.

 

Chamomile also has clinically proven lightening effects.  This, along with all the other properties mentioned, make it the perfect ingredient for an eye cream aimed at decreasing under-eye puffiness and diminishing dark circles.

 

Wherever you find it, you can be sure that chamomile will help your skin to emerge calmer and healthier than before.

 

5 Sunscreen Tips To Keep Your Skin Healthy June 5, 2013

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SunscreenTipsPicNow that summer is here (well it’s not officially summer, but it’s felt like it for a while in Phoenix), you should be getting even more diligent about sunscreen. Avoiding the toxic chemicals in most sunscreens is a must, but there are also some other good tips to keep you and your skin safe this summer.

1: Know the most toxic sunscreen ingredients.
The FDA allows 17 active ingredients in sunscreens, and a good majority of them pose potential health hazards. Chemical ingredients can act as hormone disruptors, while nanoparticles of zinc and titanium dioxide can get into your bloodstream and cause brain and colon damage. There is no perfect sunscreen, but there are better ingredients to choose from. After reviewing all the science on various chemical and mineral ingredients, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends always AVOIDING oxybenzone, a chemical sunscreen that would be listed under “active ingredients” on the label; vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate, a preservative linked to skin cancer; and added insect repellent, which you should apply just once, rather than every two hours, as you should with sunscreen. All the sunscreens that earned a 1 or 2 hazard rating on the new EWG sunscreen database are free of the ingredients above.

2: “Broad-spectrum” is meaningless.
Before the FDA issued its proposed guidelines, any sunscreen company could slap the words “broad spectrum” on a product. When and if those new guidelines go into effect, companies have to prove to the FDA that sunscreens protect against both sunburn-causing UVB rays and cancer-causing UVA rays . But the testing requirements are so weak that any product can say ‘broad spectrum’ and still not fully protect you from UVA rays. Ninety percent of sunscreens on the market now would meet the new rule without needing to be reformulated.

Best Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen Ingredients: Zinc, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, or Mexoryl SX, are the most reliable ingredients for both UVA and UVB protection, according to EWG. As for those pesky nanoparticles, after reviewing the evidence, the group feels comfortable recommending products with nanoparticles because there’s little evidence that they penetrate the skin. But there are plenty of non-nano sunscreens in the report, if you’d rather play it safe on that score.

3: Use creams, not sprays, powders, or wipes.
Convenience usually comes at a cost, and that’s particularly true with sunscreens. Sprays and powders pose an inhalation risk and the FDA has even started asking manufacturers to provide safety data showing that their products don’t damage lungs. Not only that, but there’s no way to know if they’re protecting you. With a lotion, you know when you’ve covered an area, but with a spray, it’s harder to tell if you have full coverage. Those handy towelettes, marketed for babies, aren’t any better. Though they may be saturated with sunscreen, there’s never been any testing to show how much of that sunscreen actually transfers to your skin. In fact the FDA is considering banning powders and towelettes altogether.

4: Higher SPF doesn’t always equal more protection.
As part of its proposed sunscreen labeling rules, the FDA is considering restricting the level of SPF that manufacturers can advertise, making SPF 100 illegal, for instance. Such high SPFs lull people into a false sense of security. But manufacturers are still marketing products with outlandish SPFs—that don’t really provide added protection. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an SPF 15 product blocks 93 percent of UV rays, while an SPF 30 blocks 97 percent. No product will block 100 percent, the organization notes, so the amount of added protection you get from a product labeled SPF 75 or 100 is minimal.

5: Children’s sunscreens aren’t always the best for sensitive skin.
If you grab a bottle of baby or kid’s sunscreen because you have sensitive skin, or are using it on your child, flip it over and read the ingredients. For this year’s test, the EWG researchers compared the labels on baby sunscreens with their related adult versions, and 16 brands listed the exact same ingredients on both the children’s sunscreen and the adult’s. In general, baby sunscreens do contain the safer, more effective active ingredients, but don’t assume they always do. Unfortunately, sometimes putting the word ‘baby’ on a label is just a marketing gimmick.

 

 
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