Friday, 25 August 2017

Anti-Aging Secret of Pomegranates Finally Revealed

Anti-Aging Secret of Pomegranates Finally Revealed: A molecule in pomegranates, generated by gut microflora, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging.

Anti-Aging Secret of Pomegranates Finally Revealed

Posted on July 12, 2016, 6 a.m. in Anti-Aging Research Science Functional Foods GI-Digestive
A molecule in pomegranates, generated by gut microflora, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging.
Until recently, the scientific evidence that pomegranates are truly the superfood that we’ve all been led to believe has been unsubstantial. To add to this, some questionable marketing tactics have raised doubts as well. A team of researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the life science company Amazentis decided to investigate the fruit more closely and discovered that there is a molecule within pomegranates that is transformed by microbes in the gut, allowing muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging.
Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells, containing inner compartments that are no longer capable of carrying out their vital function as they age. The dysfunctional mitochondria accumulate within the cell since the cells are unable to recycle them. This affects the health of many tissues, including muscles, which become gradually weaker with time. This buildup of mitochondria is also believed to be a potential cause in other diseases of aging, such as Parkinson’s disease.
The researchers identified a molecule, urolithin A, that was able to reboot the cell’s ability to recycle the components of the dysfunctional mitochondria on it’s own. "It's the only known molecule that can relaunch the mitochondrial clean-up process, otherwise known as mitophagy," said Patrick Aebischer, co-author of the study. "It's a completely natural substance, and its effect is powerful and measurable."
The researchers at first tested their hypothesis on the nematode C. elegans (worms). This is a common approach for aging testing, as after just 8-10 days it’s already considered elderly. They found that the lifespan of worms exposed to urolithin A increased by more than 45% as compared to the control group. When they then tested the molecule on rodents, they found a large reduction in the number of mitochondria, which indicated that a hearty cellular recycling process was occurring. They also found that the older mice (around 2 years old), showed 42% more endurance when running than mice of the same age that were in the control group.
It should be noted that the fruit itself does not contain the miracle molecule, but rather its precursor. That molecule is converted into urolithin A by microbes that are present in the intestine. Therefore, there can be a wide range of urolithin A produced, depending on the species of animal, as well as the flora present in the gut microbiome. In some cases none at all will be produced, so the pomegranate juice would be ineffective. For these cases, however, the researchers are already working on developing a solution. They founded a start-up company, Amazentis, which has come up with a method to deliver finely calibrated doses of urolithin A and they’re currently conducting their first clinical trials testing humans.
Dongryeol Ryu, Laurent Mouchiroud, Pénélope A Andreux, Elena Katsyuba, Norman Moullan, Amandine A Nicolet-dit-Félix, Evan G Williams, Pooja Jha, Giuseppe Lo Sasso, Damien Huzard, Patrick Aebischer, Carmen Sandi, Chris Rinsch & Johan Auwerx. Urolithin A induces mitophagy and prolongs lifespan in C. elegans and increases muscle function in rodentsNature Medicine, July 2016 DOI: 10.1038/nm.4132

Monday, 14 August 2017



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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Homemade Sunscreen

Monday, 12 June 2017

All Natural Mosquito Repellent

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Cooled boiled water
  • Witch hazel
  1. Take spray bottle (8 ounces) and fill it with the boiled water.
  2. Then, add half a teaspoon of witch hazel.
  3. Next, add tea tree oil (15 drops).
  4. Then, add lavender oil (15 drops).
  5. Spray when needed.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

10 health benefits that prove the power of kiwi fruits on our skin and bodies

Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, the bright green flesh of the kiwifruit speckled with tiny black seeds adds a dramatic tropical flair to any fruit salad. 

The kiwifruit is a small fruit approximately 3 inches long and weighing about four ounces. Its green flesh is almost creamy in consistency with an invigorating taste reminiscent of strawberries, melons and bananas, yet with its own unique sweet flavor.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Sunscreen’s Impacts on the Environment and Our Health – Stream2Sea Answers, “What is Reef-Safe,” as the Only Mineral-Based Brand Tested and Proven Safe to Coral Larvae

Wauchula, FL, April 27, 2017 --( Dr. Craig Down’s of Haereticus Laboratory
 conducted extensive research analyzing the impact of sunscreen products on coral
reef systems. His work, presented at the Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii in June of 2016,
 brought researchers, formulators of personal care products, marine
biologists, and divers to a greater awareness of this growing concern. These findings, now well-documented, were a part of the impetus that motivated a group of Hawaiian legislators, including state Senator Will Espero to propose a bill which would ban products containing chemicals found to be harmful to coral reefs and marine life.

The chemical most often referenced in this list of chemicals is “Oxybenzone.” It has become the buzz word over the past several months in news reports and among producers of products that contain the UV inhibitor as an active ingredient. Publications continually surface with titles such as, “Is your sunscreen oxybenzone-free?” It is a benzophenone, an endocrine disruptor and has been proven time and time again, even in student science fair projects, to kill corals as well as sprouting plants, and is the most common UV inhibitor used in sunscreen formulations.

It is not, however, the only benzophenone on the block. There is another named, “Avobenzone,” which many companies use in an effort to state they are “oxybenzone free,” yet it also carries risks. It too
should be avoided in formulation and use. To be truly reef-friendly, other
ingredients to avoid include:

Octinoxate / Octyl methoxycinnamate
Cylcopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone
Camphor Derivatives
NANO particle Titanium Dioxide
NANO particle Zinc Oxide
Dispersions of zinc sometimes called ClearZinc as they May contain nano-particles,
 or micronized which can be agglomerated nano-particles

Mineral-based Stream2Sea sunscreen and body care products, are formulated
 by Autumn Blum, a cosmetic chemist and certified dive instructor who has been
 an ambassador to the oceans and marine life throughout her award-winning career.
 She created Stream2Sea specifically to protect the coral reefs, marine life, shore life,
waters (both fresh and salt) and the health of people.

During formulation it was her goal to prove, beyond a shadow of doubt that her
 products were truly safe in these environments. She began with formulations
 using popular natural standards and then submitted to third party testing.
For every formula that was found harmful, she went back to the drawing board
and started over. Not until she had products that were proven safe in an
 aquatic environment, safe to down to C.elegans and coral larvae and
readily biodegradable, did she release them.

Currently, Stream2Sea is the only mineral-based brand that has submitted
its products to this level of rigorous testing and standards. The health of the
planet is the primary concern for Stream2Sea, focusing much of their work,
research and efforts in clean-water standards, purity, and the understanding
 of water toxicity. Stream2Sea strongly believes that consumers have the right
 to know how the ingredients in the products they use can impact them and the
 world around them. They carry a policy of total-transparency in ingredient disclosure
 and packaging. They also package their products in sugar cane resin tubing to
 reduce their carbon footprint by avoiding petroleum-based plastics.

Stream2Sea’s concern for the environment extends to their employees as well,
wanting to work with individuals who have studies, work history or volunteer
 efforts towards environmental issues. Heather Lahey-Jeffries, Director of
 Consumer Outreach, has been invited to participate on a discussion panel
in Washington, DC on May 9, 2017 at the Blue Horizon Summit for sunscreen
and coral reefs. Her background in engineering working with water treatment
plants, power plants, public water and environmental writing opened the door
 for this honor. Other esteemed members of this panel include Dr. Craig Downs
and Joseph DiNardo, VP and Chief Scientific Officer of Priori.

Stream2Sea has set a new standard for EcoConscious sunscreen and skincare.
 Along with standard human safety and SPF tests, Stream2Sea products are
 proven to be biodegradable in both salt and fresh water. Formulated with
powerful antioxidant blends and certified non-nano titanium dioxide to protect
skin from sun damage. The product line includes sunscreens, conditioning
shampoo and body wash, leave-in conditioner, nourishing body lotion and
 lip balms. Stream2Sea products are currently available online at
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 Connect with Stream2Sea on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube as
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863 473 4223

Friday, 5 May 2017

Neauvia Restore System

Neauvia Restore System -- Whitening Treatment (Second Session)
- Base Mask
- Active Vial P
- Systemic Vial HP
- Systemic Vial RG

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017


According to research, there are many benefits of salicylic acid and skincare.
Derived from the bark of a willow tree, salicylic acid is a naturally occurring beta hydroxyl. With the same medicinal benefits of aspirin, salicylic acid can relieve skin redness and inflammation in unsightly skin conditions.
While the ingredient comes in many doses and forms like gels, wipes, creams and sprays to treat less invasive skin conditions, patients who suffer from oily skin that deeply clogs pores are often given a potent peel with straight salicylic to clean out the skin.
Noted for the same anti-inflammatory ingredients as aspirin, WebMd warns consumers of possible dangers, stating “people who are allergic to salicylates (found in aspirins) should not use products with salicylic acid,” especially when pregnant since it enters the bloodstream. The popular medical website explains that while dermatologists can prescribe salicylic acid, the cure can also be purchased in lesser doses over the counter.
Available in different percentages and most often found in cosmetic astringents and applied topically, salicylic acid also acts as an exfoliator for psoriasis and seborrheic skin conditions. A report states “salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl that is effective when used for exfoliation and there are several ways to use salicylic acid.”
After suggesting acne creams that contain salicylic acid, the report cites Revolution Health’s claim that salicylic acid “exfoliates skin and can improve texture and color of the skin. It penetrates oil-laden hair follicle openings and as a result, also helps with acne.”
By cleansing follicles of excess naturally produced oils in the skin, salicylic acid has been found to wipe out whiteheads and break down blackheads. Promoted on television, Proactiv has stood its ground for almost a decade, curing millions of unsightly skin. The popular product promotes lactic acid as well, claiming the decongestant alpha hydroxyl acid helps clear out skin of unwanted oils.
Though it doesn’t burn, National Institutes of Health (NIH) information service MedlinePlus article explains that skin may become dry or irritated at the beginning of acne treatment with salicylic acid and, if so, should be applied less often. That is why it is so important to contact one’s dermatologist or physician before deciding to interject the ingredient into a daily skincare regimen, rather than find out too late that salicylic acid is too hot for you to handle.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017


What is dermatofibroma ?
  • It is a benign condition
  • It typically appears in females 9 times more often than in males.
  • It is also known as superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma.

What is it caused by ?
  • The exact cause of its development is unknown.
  • There was an inital theory that it was a reaction following an insect bite. It is also hypothesized to be a neoplastic growth.
  • Hypothesis: The female predominance and its occurence in young age suggests that hormonal factors may play a role.

What does it look like ?
  • It presents as dermal bumps which are typically present on the legs.
  • It displays the dimple sign when compressed laterally: the lesion becomes depressed.
  • The nodules can be dark-coloured. This is because of the deposit of hemosiderin. (In those cases, it can mimick malignant melanoma)
    Pigmented Dermatofibroma
    Pigmented Dermatofibroma
When examined by a dermatologist with a dermoscopy, the most typical pattern is a stellate white central pattern surrounded by a rim of hyperpigmentation. At the surface, a pigmented network may be present.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The one vitamin that helps repel mosquitoes all summer long + 4 other tips

Friday, 24 March 2017

Trauma Oil --

Trauma Oil is very therapeutic all by itself for conditions that affect the joints and muscles. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017


From the makers of the #1 dermatologist recommended bar
We know that bath time is precious, but did you know that baby’s skin can lose moisture up to 5 times faster than yours? 
That’s why our Baby Dove collection goes beyond mild cleansing to replenish essential nutrients and help keep baby’s skin moisturized from one bath to the next !


Availability: The Baby Dove line will be available in drug, mass and grocery stores nationwide 

Available in Rich Moisture and Sensitive Moisture.

  • Mild tearless formula
  • Replenishes essential moisture and nutrients in baby’s skin
  • Dermatologist and Pediatrician tested
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Rich Moisture fragrance carefully selected for delicate baby skin
  • Compatible/suitable for babies with eczema*
Availability: The Baby Dove line will be available in drug, mass and grocery stores nationwide

Monday, 23 January 2017

Exfoliating Body Treatments

Smooth Operator: Exfoliating Body Treatments

Who doesn’t love a good scrub? Whether we’ve been working out, or spending long hours in boots and leggings, mid-winter is the perfect time to get it all off—flaky skin, that is. Exfoliation, whether through manual manipulation or by using chemicals to loosen dead skin cells and debris, is a form of deep cleansing that can be an important step in maintaining a healthy-looking complexion as well as a well-functioning protective skin barrier.
Exfoliation in one form or another has been practiced literally for ages. Ancient Egyptians used abrasive tapes of alabaster, honey and sour milk to loosen cells, then followed with a good scrub of finely ground sand. While methods of exfoliation have become more sophisti­­cated, the goal still remains the same—soft, smooth skin.
You can exfoliate the body to get rid of the outer layers of dead skin cells using a host of different methods. The key is to use the right method or tool for the skin type. There are three types of exfoliation: manual (implements or devices), granular (scrubs and abrasives) and chemical (acids and enzymes). This article will review body protocols for all three, which you can bring into your spa to give clients glowing, beautiful skin.
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