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Vitamins in Beauty and Skin

You cannot have healthy looking skin without having a healthy body. Why? Your skin reflects the condition of your body. If you treat your body poorly, your skin will suffer as a result…of course, the opposite is also true.

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz within the health and beauty world about vitamins. Vitamin creams, drinks, and shakes seem to be on every street corner. Is there any validity to these bold vitamin claims? Believe it or not, vitamins may be more powerful than you think. You see, your skin will immediately respond to your body. Confused? Let’s break this process down just a bit more.

As we age, the collagen within our skin begins to dissipate. As soon as collagen starts to fade, the skin begins to sag, wrinkle, and lose its form. While this is depressing news, the good news is that you can help your skin to maintain collagen with a few key ingredients. One of those ingredients happens to be vitamins. What kinds of vitamins? Well, that’s another story…

Almost every single type of vitamin that you put into your body will help your skin. In particular, vitamins C and E work skin wonders. However, this doesn’t mean that all the rest of those vitamins are useless. In fact, the way to get healthy skin is to start consuming all kinds of vitamins. How can you consume vitamins?

Remember when your mother told you to eat your veggies? Well, she was right. You see, when you eat lots of vitamins, your skin will glow as a result. Still, this is not enough. You must also purchase proper health and beauty products to go along with your proper nutrition. Why? Well, think about it…would it make any sense to eat lots of vegetables only to spill chemicals on your face?

When you think about it in this manner, learning how to purchase high quality health and beauty products becomes important. These products can be found if you learn how to read labels. Take the time to go over every last inch of a product label. Find out what the product contains, read literature on the product, and then try to discern whether or not the product is right for your skin.

If a product contains vitamins, it is probably good for your skin. Vitamins will help your skin to retain its natural collagen, which can be a great way to fight the aging process. While it’s true that you can’t stop the aging process, you can slow it down quite drastically. Vitamins are not just for fighting off those colds…they can keep your skin healthy too.

Every time that you eat something, keep in mind that your skin will reflect your choices. This way, you can be sure that you will only eat those things that are good for you. Choose foods that are rich in powerful vitamins, and you will soon see that your skin begins to shine with health, beauty, and life.

Want to Reverse Signs of Aging to Achieve Young and Beautiful Skin?

Don’t you hate it when none of the skin care products meant to reverse fine lines and wrinkles work. Ever wonder why they don’t work? Or, if they’re even a good product to use on your skin in the first place?

You’ve been down that road — trying products on the market which claim to be the best at eliminating the signs of aging. However, most of them just don’t work. Many products are all hype and fall short on what it claims.

Finding the best skin care product can be difficult. Finding one that’s effective at reversing fine lines and wrinkles can be just as bad.

So, here are a few tips to help you achieve young and beautiful skin:

1. No Harsh Chemicals

Why? Take a look at a few common synthetic ingredients and what they do to your skin.

o Alcohol — names like ethyl alcohol, methanol and benzyl alcohol are all harsh drying agents which can irritate and actually make fine lines and wrinkles worse.

o Parabens — synthetic chemicals which are effective powerful preservatives. Their job? To help products stay on the store shelves longer. You can recognize parabens with names such as methylparaden or propylparaden. However, they should be avoided since studies have suggested that they may be linked to possible cancers plus cause allergic reactions.

Instead of using chemicals in your skin care, look for effective natural ingredients. Substances like Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10 that penetrates 7 layers deep into the skin and effectively nourishes skin with antioxidants and counteracts free radical damage.

And, Cynergy TK that is a new, cutting edge ingredient. This substance has been proven (on human volunteers) in clinical studies to stimulate the re-growth of collagen and elastin; and, increase skin elasticity quite dramatically all within a couple of weeks!

2. Protect Skin from UV Rays

How? Wear clothing and sunglasses which protect you from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Sun can damage your skin and make you look older than you actually are!

Look for another natural ingredient called phytessence wakame. A Japanese sea kelp rich in sodium, iron, potassium, calcium and vitamins. It inhibits the activity of hyaluronidase, protects your skin against damage caused by UV rays and maintains your skin’s moisture balance…all to help keep your skin looking firm and healthy.

3. Nourish Skin from the Inside

What? Simply eat a diet containing fresh fruits and lots of leafy green vegetables. If you’re finding you need a bit of help getting your vitamins and minerals, top up with a supplement. Look for quality, non-chemical based supplements.

And, did you know…omega-3 fatty acids give skin a healthy glow! Why not add more fish (tuna or salmon) to your diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for your skin’s health. You can get your omega 3 by not only eating fish but from a high quality omega-3 supplement. Fight those fine lines and wrinkles so you’ll attain your young and beautiful skin.

Make no mistake about it. These tips will help reverse aging skin and make your complexion young, beautiful and vibrant. So, along with the tips, look for safe, healthy skin care products meant to reverse fine lines and wrinkles that have been proven to work.

Visit my website today for more information on the powerful ingredients Nano-Lipobelle H-EQ10, Cynergy TK and Phytessence Wakame. All ingredients are safe, healthy and effective and from a high quality skin care company located in New Zealand. A company committed to using only natural ingredients.

One of the Best Beauty Treats

Is it possible for something so yummy to actually have properties that can enhance one’s beauty? Actually, there were records that show ancient Egyptians using this material as an ingredient to their personal care and beauty effects. In Africa, the healing properties of shea butter are well known. Natives use it to treat scars, protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun, and moisturize their hair.

Currently, the trend in the health, beauty and wellness industry is about the use of organic raw materials that is coming from different kinds of plants. This might have been influenced by news a couple of years back about tainted health and cosmetic product coming from specific Asian countries. Of course, users can expect better levels of safety from products which are composed of naturally sourced ingredients.

Shea butter comes from Karite Nut (Mangifolia) trees. These are native to Africa. The value of this tree is well-known there. There are specific laws that protect these trees from being cut down. One reason is that it is a source of food and medicine materials. Another reason is that it will take at least 50 years to reach maturity. The butter is produced by extracting the nut produced by Karite Nut tree.

The healing and beauty enhancing powers of this material could be attributed to its chemical composition. Its active components include various fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin A polyphenols, and many others. Yes, there are saponifiable components in it which makes it effective as a raw material for beautifying soaps.

In the modern times, there are very popular applications for products based on this raw material. These are as follows:

• Hair and skin moisturizer
• Wrinkle reduction lotion
• Collagen therapy

Jody Levine, M.D., a dermatological instructor in New York, was quoted saying that this raw material contains oils that are almost identical to those that are produced by the sebaceous glands in the human body. This explains a lot about the effectiveness of this butter as treatment for dry skin. Commercially available products such as the unrefined organic shea butter and others promise a lot when it comes to skin health benefits.

The Best Berry for Health and Beauty

Acai for Health, Beauty, and the Rainforests

With all the press that Acai is getting these days, I’m surprised that so few know what it is. I’m hoping that I’ll help spread the word, because the little purple berries are antioxidant powerhouses offering amazing benefits to human bodies.

An Amazing Health Food

Acai has far too many health benefits to be ignored. The purple pulp has and continues to be studied for its high levels of phytochemicals, flavonoids, and phytosterols. The phytosterols in Acai are beneficial for lowering cholesterol. High levels of the antioxidant superoxide add to the benefits, not to mention the 19 amino acids it contains. The antioxidant levels of the nut like seed are being studied for use as a preservative to extend the shelf life of foods.

I know, enough of all these crazy words…what does this translate to? Basically, this is a food with higher antioxidant levels than pomegranate or blueberries that has high fiber, a low glycemic index (won’t spike insulin levels), and fights cancer cells with a vengeance in the petri dish. All those plant chemicals mentioned above help to strengthen the immune system, fight inflammation (which makes it excellent for a pain management program),and lower cholesterol levels. Acai is considered a beauty drink, and made it to number one of Dr. Nicholas Perricone’s anti-aging food list. It is also reputed to enhance sexual performance :O

I tried Acai before I even knew of the health benefits. I found it along with all the frozen smoothie packs in my local Whole Foods Market. It has a flavor that I have not experienced before, that I really adore, though I tend to have less of a sweet tooth than most folks.

OK, So How Does it Taste?

The taste is kind of a blend between chocolate and bland blueberries. It has some notes of sweeter blackberries, I guess since they contain many of the same phyto compounds. Acai doesn’t have an over the top fruity taste, and is honestly kind of bland without any sweetener. It often comes with added cane sugar or agave, a natural sweetener with low glycmeic index. Some formulas include guarana for energy, which I think adds a slight bitter edge, but it is still in the pleasant range. Be aware that Acai drinks often do not look remotely similar to anything you’ve seen before. The pure pulp is blackish purple, and the blends with sweeteners and guarana have a lighter, whiter purpleness with a haze of oil on top. Don’t let my honest descriptions keep you from trying it, it is a refreshing change of taste.

If you decide you hate the taste, you can still experience the health benefits of Acai by buying the dried, powdered version as a supplement pill, just make sure to seek out the freeze dried pulp, anything else has been dried with chemicals and heat that destroys the compounds you’re taking the stuff for in the first place!

So there are several camps selling the Acai in the states right now, and my kudos to all of them. You’ll just have to go to a health food store or one of the Whole Foods chains to find it. Trader Joe’s may be another option, and some companies sell directly over the net. A brand called Sambazon hails from California, and they make the cool smoothie packs. You can buy the pure pulp, or the blend. I’m sure the other companies have smoothie packs as well. The company from the Eastern U.S., Flavor Brazil, makes this amazing sorbet that can be used in smoothies or devoured right out of the tub. This product has excellent flavor for those used to more mainstream foods. You’ll find these forms of Acai in the frozen fruit section of the store. Zola Acai sells off the net and in stores, their product is unique in that it is flash pasteurizeed and needs no refrigeration. A friend of mine that does research assured me the flash pasteurization doesn’t allow enough long term heat to affect the integrity of the Acai. There is a brand that is a strained, clearer juice that tastes awful – not worth the money in my opinion, and you lose the benefits of the fiber. I’m sure there are a host of many other Acai products, I mentioned those I have tried.

After trying many forms of the Acai, I buy the pure Acai pulp now; they run about $4.99 for 4 packs that can make up to 8 servings. I sweeten with agave nectar, it gives the pulp a pleasant taste. The pure pulp has just that – a lot of pulp, similar to drinking fresh squeezed orange juice… you can feel the fibers as you drink it. Agave nectar is processed in Mexico from the same yucca-like plant used to make tequila.

Agave has a lower glycemic index than most carbohydrates, and is a natural flavor enhancer. You can find the nectar in the sweetener aisle in the Whole Foods, or health foods stores.

The Berry at Home

Acai is the fruit of a species of palm tree called Euterpe Oleracea, or Acai Palm. These beautiful trees with their graceful, slender trunks are native to Brazil, Peru, and other areas of South America. This is the same type of palm harvested for the hearts of palm dish that is considered a delicacy, but certainly at the expense of the rain forest, since the small, bunch like trees are downed to reap their tender tips.

The Acai berry looks similar to a very round blueberry, only slightly larger. There is very little fruit, as most of the berry (80%) consists of a large, nut like seed. It is the skin and thin layer of pulp that is edible, and it takes many bushels to make a small supply of Acai. The berries spoil rapidly once picked, so they are processed close to their origin.

Adding Acai to your wellness routine is not just good for you, it benefits the rain forest and its native peoples as well. The growing demand for Acai means jobs and capitol for the people, and Acai palms destined for destruction by deforestation and heart of palm harvesting are now being preserved and appreciated. Acai is not one of the cheapest foods you will consume, but the benefits to your health, beauty, your fellow man and the planet far outweigh the costs. Enjoy!