Red Revs Up Collagen
Redness comes from compounds that “have important anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-tumor properties and are capable of modulating enzymatic processes.” University of Barcelona
For example, tomatoes, peppers and beets contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and increases collagen. And strawberry extract protects skin cells from solar damage.
Orange is also a mark of collagen boosters, as in carrots and sweet potatoes.
Green Grows Collagen
Kale and cabbage are my favorites. Check out this kale and white bean soup recipe. It’s perfect for the cooler weather.
And collagen cannot be produced without sulphur – there’s plenty of sulphur in cucumber and celery.
Blue Boosts Collagen
They increase collagen levels and fight off free radicals, reducing sun damage and supporting firmer skin.
Red, purple and black berries tend to contain the highest levels of skin-friendly antioxidants. Look for deep, vivid colors.
The Best Collagen Diet
It will give your skin the collagen-boosting, anti-aging support it needs.
And it will delight your every sense.
You can have beautiful skin at any age. It’s just a matter of how you take care of yourself.
Check out this photo of Sophia Loren, taken in Somalia in 2006, when she was 72.
What beautiful skin! You can’t get that from surgery.
Fortunately, it just takes a couple of minutes of simple daily care.
Click on simple care to learn how you can create beautiful, radiant skin. It’s easy!
Natural pore refiners are astringents.
Astringents cause tissue to contract. When they are put onto skin, they make pores tighten and give the skin a smoother, more flawless look. For best results, they should be used every day, ideally right after cleansing.
The natural astringents pictured in the chart have the added benefit of restoring skin’s pH balance to its healthy, slight-acidic state. This helps to keep the skin healthy by warding off infections.
Some astringents can be too harsh for routine use. Alcohol, for example, causes tissue to contract, but it is very drying. And 14% of the content of some witch hazel extract is alcohol - even organic witch hazel.
You will be using a pore refiner on a daily basis. So it is important to find one that is both gentle and effective. The 9 natural astringents in the chart are the best we have found. They are what we use to make Toner Superieure.
Anti-wrinkle power in every cup
Antioxidants are 25% of the dry weight of tea
They are up to 100 times stronger than Vitamin C or E
Read More… Beauty Benefits Of Green Tea
At the end of the day, wouldn’t you rather have laugh lines than frown lines?
This flower is very intricate
Yet all its parts use the same water
Day and night
And just like this flower
Your skin is very intricate
Yet it needs only one moisturizer
Day and night
Beautiful skin is simple when you align with Nature
According to the largest-ever study of the health effects of coffee, it looks like coffee drinkers may live longer.
The study was published by the New England Journal Of Medicine, where the researchers state that
“In this large prospective study, coffee consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality.”
Yet coffee contains over 20 compounds that have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. And there may be more. A thousand or so additional compounds in coffee have yet to be tested. We just don’t know.
So how can a product that contains known carcinogens be good for us?
When we drink coffee, we benefit from the whole coffee bean. But if we isolate individual compounds from coffee, we can have a whole different experience.
Which underlines the fact that nature packs super-complex chemistry into deceptively-simple packages. We are only beginning to understand it. But it is clear that the benefits of the whole are different from the effects of the parts.
And that is why at Gaelle Organic we use whole natural ingredients in our products, in preference to synthesized ones.
Colostrum is a natural wonder for sensitive skin. It can relieve rashes, irritation, redness and stubborn skin conditions like nothing else.
I have been experimenting with colostrum skin cream for a year and have been amazed by the results. People have gotten immediate relief from difficult, persistent conditions. One person had skin on his elbows so sore that for years he had been unable to rest his arms on a desk. He had tried everything to soothe his skin, including prescription medications, but to no avail. Colostrum helped immediately. His discomfort disappeared overnight. Now, where he had bleeding sores, he has just some residual redness.
I’ve seen the same results, over and over, with other skin conditions. So when I formulated my moisturizer for sensitive skin, I included a lot of colostrum!
Colostrum is the first fluid that mammals secrete when they give birth. It is how mothers transfer their immune system to their babies. Fortunately, colostrum from cows is many times stronger in immune factors than human mother’s milk, and it is effective in all mammal species – including us.
But not all bovine colostrum is created equal. The time it is collected is critical. The very best colostrum is secreted in the first 6 hours from birthing. After that, its potency diminishes. And the health of the donor is important – grass fed animals, free of antibiotics and growth hormones – are a must. Then there is how the product is collected and processed. One of the key things to look for is the guarantee that it omes from those crucial first 6 hours of super potency (and don’t worry, there is always more than enough for the calves themselves!)
The benefits of colostrum extend across a whole spectrum of health conditions. It is an anti-aging beauty food, for sure! I recommend you look into it if you have any health issues. And if you have redness, rashes, irritation, or frequent breakouts, you will likely find colostrum a godsend for your skin.
So often we hear “don’t soak in the bath if you have dry skin.” Kind of a kill-joy message, if you ask me. I love taking baths with sweet smelling oils. Sometimes I put a cup of Epsom Salt into my bath (when I feel I might be coming down with something.) Always, there are rich oils to use. I’m particularly fond of Jojoba oil. I mix some of my organic moisturizer into it and use it in the bath and afterwards as a body oil. So I was happy to see this on the Natural Body Care Blog
There are many varied benefits to those warm, luxurious soaks many of us love to indulge in. Warm baths aid in dilating your blood vessels and boosting circulation as well as provide relief for those who suffer from back pain, headaches and arthritis. Baths can also aid in detoxifying your body.
One of the sections in the post is headed “What’s The Deal With Salt?” and gets into the therapeutic benefits of bath salts, not to be confused with commercial table salt. Amen to that also.
The three most popular herbal teas in the US – chamomile, peppermint and hibiscus – have been studied for their health benefits by USDA-funded scientists. The results of their research are reported today by Eurekalert.org.
Diane McKay and Jeffrey Blumberg are at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. Both work in the center’s Antioxidants Research Laboratory, which Blumberg directs.
They found that peppermint tea has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities, and strong antioxidant and anti-tumor properties, and that hibiscus tea helps lower blood pressure. Chamomile had significant effects on preventing platelets to “clump”, which would lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. You can read more in this article in Agriculture Research magazine, where their findings were published.
Although I’m a huge fan of green tea, I enjoy all kinds of herbal teas, starting with yogi tea. By the afternoon, though, I’m more inclined towards a peppermint or chamomile tea, something without caffeine.