Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Foods to Boost Your Skin Health

Boosting your skin health from the inside is easy when you know what foods to eat and why. There is no question that a healthy diet means healthy skin. But there are foods you can add to your diet that will boost your skin health beyond mere nourishment. Here are a few you might already know about, and some that might surprise you:

Cucumbers – once regarded as nutritionally lacking, cucumbers have a new-found resurgence and are now enjoying ‘superfood’ status – and for good reason:
  • cucumber for skinCucumbers consist of more than 90% water, eating them helps keep your body and skin hydrated while flushing out toxins.
  • Cucumbers are rich in Vitamin A which helps promote healthy skin by keeping cell membranes strong and resistant to cellular damage.
  • The skin of the cucumber has the highest concentration of vitamins, but if you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns in the way aloe would be used.
  • Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties. Place a slice of cucumber over puffy eyes to help reduce puffiness.
  • Cucumbers are rich in B vitamins and make a great snack when you need an energy boost.
  • Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promote joint health by strengthening the connective tissues.
Blueberries – these little berries contain the highest antioxidant levels of all fresh fruits. Antioxidants and phytochemicals in blueberries neutralize free radicals that lead to cell damage. The vitamin C in blueberries can help strengthen the tiny blood vessels just below the surface of your skin, preventing the appearance of ‘spider veins’. These broken capillaries can be unsightly when they break, and may take months or years to heal and disappear. The stronger your capillaries are, the more resistance they are to breaking.
Sweet Potatoes – these deliver a healthy dose of vitamin A which has been found to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles plus other signs of aging.  Topical treatments made with this potent food source work well, but incorporating sweet potatoes into your diet is the best way to put this hard-working, anti-aging food to good use.
Avocados – these are rich in healthy fats, vitamins A and C, and fiber, making them the perfect food for fighting the signs of aging and improving your complexion. Eating avocados also improves liver function which helps the body detox – and we all know that detoxing helps the skin look amazing. Home-made avocado masks will nourish dry skin, but they are not good for acne-prone skin (it tends to be oily and will clog your pores). Eating your avocado is the best bet for healthy skin from within.
radishRadishes – not something you hear about often, but radishes are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C. That makes them an excellent food source for combatting cellular damage and preventing infections. Radishes are also a natural cleaning agent for the digestive system which helps the body by eliminating toxins and stagnant foods, creating and ideal environment for cells to rejuvenate – and that’s good news for your skin.
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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Hot Ingredient: Sunflower Seed Oil for Dry and Aged Skin

It is important to know about up and coming personal care ingredients, so you are able to best answer potential client questions and know what works and what doesn't.
Laboratoires Expanscience has sourced sunflower seeds organically to optimize barrier function.Soline Bio (INCI: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil Unsaponifiables) was designed to promote the synthesis of key epidermal lipids in dry, atopic and mature skin.
Ceramides are the largest polar lipid class of the epidermis and play a major role in the regulation of the epidermal barrier, particularly in dry skins and in atopic dermatitis where ceramide concentrations are reduced. Cholesterol and cholesterol sulfate are the largest neutral lipid class of the epidermis and they play a role in the cohesion-dishesion properties of the epidermal horny cells and in the desquamation process.
The company reports that an emulsion containing 2% of the ingredient significantly increased the neosynthesis of cerebrosides, ceramides and cholesterol; led to a significant improvement of the moisturization of skin's outer layers with both immediate and long-lasting effects; and could positively and specifically modulate the epidermal lipid pattern ex vivo.
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are highly effective in boosting collagen formation capacity to develop effective anti-aging skin care regimen. They promote growth of healthy cells and renewal of skin as well. Improve the healing capacity of the skin to keep it healthy and nourished for a longer period of time. 

They also help in minimizing wrinkles and fine lines as a result of growth in age. Include fishes in your food plan and reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Monday, 22 July 2013

IT Cosmetics Award-Winning Anti-Aging 6-Piece Collection

Bye Bye Under Eye® in a supersize! This cult-favorite full coverage collagen treatment concealer (which can also be worn as an allover foundation), is highly pigmented and never creases or cracks. It’s developed with plastic surgeons and infused with hydrolyzed collagen plus Vitamin K.

Plus, they’ve included the perfect airbrush complexion blurring tool, the Heavenly Luxe™ Dual Airbrush

 Foundation/Concealer Brush that will take your application to a whole new level of luxe, cruelty-free, airbrush complexion perfection!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Skincare Essentials

Your skin craves good nutrition just like the rest of your body. Some studies suggest that nutrients can improve and protect your skin. 

Creams and serums that include vitamins C or E may protect against sun damage. Ones that have vitamins A or B3 may be able to correct the sun damage you have already. 

Of course, you still need to get vitamins from foods.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Facts about Sunburn and Skin Cancer -

Facts about Sunburn and Skin Cancer -

What's the harm in sunburn? A person's risk for melanoma--the most serious form of skin cancer--doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns.
Unfortunately, getting sunburned is much more common that it ought to be. In a recent survey conducted in partnership with iVillage, The Skin Cancer Foundation learned that 42 percent of people polled get a sunburn at least once a year.
One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person's chances of developing melanoma later in life. A person's risk for melanoma also doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns at any age.
Let's look at how sun exposure relates to skin cancer. The two most common nonmelanoma skin cancers, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) andsquamous cell carcinoma (SCC), are directly correlated with sun accumulation over many years. Indeed, the most common locations for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma tumors are sun-exposed areas: the face, ears, hands, etc. (However, it is not unheard of for a basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma to appear on a non-sun-exposed area of the body.)
Melanoma is different. The sun exposure pattern believed to result in melanoma is that of brief, intense exposure - a blistering sunburn - rather than years of tanning. (Some studies now indicate that basal cell carcinoma also may be triggered by this exposure pattern.)
Other risk factors are also associated with melanoma, such as a family history,skin type and having a large number of sizable moles on the body. Like nonmelanoma skin cancer, melanoma can arise on any area of the body, regardless of whether or not a sunburn occurred in that location.
The lesson? Simple: do not burn.
Don't forget our tips:
  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The 6 Worst Foods for Your Skin

What's on your plate can dictate how healthy your skin is! Here, six offenders to avoid if you want a glowing, dewy complexion

Monday, 1 July 2013

Melanoma Test Sniffs Scent of Cancerous Human Skin Cells with Nanotube Sensor : Conditions : Medical Daily

Melanoma Test Sniffs Scent of Cancerous Human Skin Cells with Nanotube Sensor : Conditions : Medical Daily

Just as dogs can sniff out cancerous growths on humans, a new nanotechnology-based sensor can detect the smell of melanoma from human skin cells.

The nanotube sensor, developed by researchers from Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, can reliably distinguish unique chemical aromas associated with melanomas from scents released by healthy skin cells, though it has only been tested on cells in lab cultures thus far.
Melanomas are tumors that develop from mutations in melanocytes, skin cells that produce the pigment melanin, and often appear as blackish-brown or colored moles.
The disease is the deadliest form of skin cancer. While melanoma is often fatal when it spreads to other parts of the body, it is highly treatable if growths are identified early enough.