The Importance of Hats for Sun Protection: The Brim of the Matter

We all know that a hat protects you from the sun, but

did you know for

every 1 inch of brim to your hat = a 10% lower risk of skin cancer to your face!

Ditch the baseball cap, look for brims that go all the way around the hat. Bonus many hats now offer added UPF protection, the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric.


Siggi Bucket Boonie Cord Fishing Beach Cap Summer Sun Hat Wide Brim for Women UPF50+


Simplicity Women’s Summer UPF 50+ Roll Up Floppy Beach Hat with Ribbon


Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Shapeable Outback Sun Hat – Sun Protective


Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Fairway Golf Hat – Sun Protective

Hand Saving Recipe!

Honey Sugar Scrub Hand Treatment 

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp powdered milk

1/4 tsp lemon juice

Mix together into a slightly runny paste in a bowl.

Apply gently rubbing the mixture into damp hands. Let mixture sit on hands for at least 10 minutes. I recommend applying the mixture onto hands over the sink and putting each hand in a baggie to contain any mess. Wash hands in warm not hot water without soap. Once rinsed off apply hand cream.

I like to do this treatment once to twice a week at night.

If you have any allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients please don’t try this recipe.

Cell Phone = Tech Neck (Neck Pain and Wrinkles!)

Tetra-C A Shelf Stable Topical Vitamin C Derivative!

Tetra-C or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate – Stable form of vitamin C that is considered an analogue of L-ascorbic acid. Unlike pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is lipid (fat) soluble.

Some researchers believe this form of vitamin C has greater affinity for skin,it has a higher rate of penetration (because it is lipid soluble, like human skin) than other derivatives; it also has a higher rate of conversion to vitamin C within the dermis. This form of vitamin C has been shown to stimulate healthy collagen production and reduce wrinkle depth. It has the ability to stimulate the skin to produce glycosaminoglycans, natural moisturizers that allow skin to absorb moisture from the body itself. It remains stable in air and water for up to 18 months, allowing it to serve as a long-lasting antioxidant. Because this ingredient is effective in lower concentrations than traditional Vitamin C, it is less expensive for formulas, and has also been found to be gentler and work in some people who are resistant to ascorbic acid and is sulfate safe.

What Is Ulthera AKA Ultrasound Therapy – Skin Thightening?

Ultherapy is a brand name for ultrasound skin tightening. Average price $750 – $5,500 USD depending on the area treated.

What is ultrasound skin tightening?

It is a non-invasive treatment used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, and jowls, it has recently been approved by the FDA to improve wrinkles on the chest as well. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the surface of the skin, triggering the natural production of collagen. While some people might see an effect immediately after their treatment, most real results appear over two to three months (sometimes as long as six months) as the collagen gradually improves skin’s tone and elasticity. Patience is key with this therapy. Ultherapy specifically targets the skin and its deep foundational layer of tissue that doctors address in surgery, but without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin.

The resulting heat can be intense but short-lived at times and is actually a positive signal that collagen building process has been initiated.The degree and nature of any discomfort will vary from patient to patient with bony areas being more sensitive. There can be some temporary, small areas of numbing, swelling, redness or sensitivity to touch immediately following the treatment and experience no downtime with a little make up.  Pre-treating with a sedative and or an ibuprofen one hour prior to the procedure can help; however, topical and a small amount of local anesthesia in key areas of the treatment can greatly reduce the discomfort.

The treatment results are gradual i.e. the two-six months, with initial improvements noticed as soon as two weeks after treatment. People usually go for a touch up procedure after a year or two.

It is not comparable to a face lift!!!

Oral Vitamin C: How it Helps to Fight the Aging Process of the Whole Body!

What is Vitamin C?

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient required for a normal human body to function that either cannot be synthesized by the body at all, or cannot be synthesized in amounts adequate for good health, and thus must be obtained from a dietary source.

An antioxidant:
Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage (free radical damage).

A water soluble vitamin, because water-soluble vitamins and nutrients dissolve in water. The continuous supply your body needs calls for a steady daily intake, from the foods you eat, from the supplements you take, or from a combination of foods and supplements.

How Does it Effect the Body?


The Free Radical Fighter!






Taken orally and it can also be applied topically along with the use of sunscreen it helps protect skin from free radical damage caused by uv (ultraviolet) exposure. As well as cataracts from uv exposure to the eye when taken orally.

Protects cells from damage to DNA or causing DNA mutation caused by free radicals which can lead to cancer. It can reduce the risk of cancer it does not directly attack cancer that has already occurred, but it helps keep the immune system strengthened enabling it to battle the cancer

It prevents free radicals from damaging artery walls slowing down the formation of plaque within them. Cholesterol is not oxidized in your bloodstream which helps prevent heart disease and strokes. It lowers high blood pressure. “Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood.

Helps diabetics to balance blood sugar. Since insulin helps vitamin C, as well as glucose, get into cells, people with diabetes may not have enough vitamin C inside many of their cells. Just like glucose, vitamin C can’t do its work if it’s not inside of a cell.

It helps you look youthful by stimulating collagen production. Which in turn helps wounds (scraps, cuts, surgery) and burns. It is needed to turn the amino acid proline into hydroxyproline. Hydroxyproline improves collagen stability. Inadequate intake of vitamin C slows collagen production, leading to scurvy. Without enough collagen, the body is unable to repair itself. Collagen is a group of naturally occurring proteins found in skin and connective tissues. That “plumps out” the skin, removing fine lines and wrinkles and preventing them from forming. With age collagen levels decline. Collagen is essential for beautiful skin, hair, nails, bones, and joints. Starting at the age of 21 collagen diminishes 1% per year. By age 30, the signs of diminished collagen become visible. It is the main component of connective tissue, and is the most abundant protein in mammals (humans), making up about 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. Collagen, in the form of elongated fibrils, is mostly found in fibrous tissues such as the skin and cartilage. The fibroblast is the most common cell which creates collagen.


Asthma sufferers can benefit from vitamin c due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It may help keep airways open. Studies have shown effects on pulmonary function tests, bronchoprovocation challenges with methacholine or histamine or allergens, improvement in white blood cell function and motility, and a decrease in respiratory infections.


Reality Beauty Series – Sending the Wrong Message!

Reality Television!

Here are a few examples of series that are in poor taste, click images to be taken to videos:


The Swan

Click here for a list of a few more.

Collagen Loss – Aging!

Did you know?

You loose 1% of collagen every year after the age of 30!

30% of your collagen is lost in the first five years after menopause.


The skin’s ability to replace damaged collagen diminishes and more gaps and irregularities develop in the mesh of collagen. Estrogen is stored in fat, so dieters will look older & faster if they are being too extreme in the dieting.

What is collagen?

It is the main structural protein of the various connective tissues it makes up 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.

What about hyaluronic acid?

type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. – See more at:

Aside from hyaluronic acid production. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in a multitude of tissues throughout our body such as skin and cartilage, according to the National Institutes of Health. It is needed for wound healing, cartilage and joint functioning, pain management, tissue repair and skin regeneration.

Estrogen also affects collagen and elastin levels. And hormonal dips thin the skin, making it less pliable.This process eventually leads to wrinkles.
Some causes of collagen are: sun damage, free radicals, some age-related hormonal changes, prescription/illegal drugs and smoking.

Peptides, growth factors, and retinols will help rebuild the collagen, but elastin is difficult to replace. When topical applications don’t work any more try lasers, ultrasonic, high frequency and injectable fillers to plump out the padding.

What is elastin?

It is responsible for elasticity, so skin becomes looser and less flexible over time. Wrinkles happen when the skin becomes looser than the tissue underneath, you’ll start seeing fine lines is around the eyes, where skin is the thinnest.

How Stress Affects Your Skin!

Stress can affect your whole body, including your skin, hair, and nails.

♦In studies on mice at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University, showed stress greatly increased skin cancer formations and weight gain when they were exposed to UV (ultraviolet) light. In another study¹, Yale University, found that people over their lifetime that had more stress than the norm or periods in their life of extreme stress prior to their melanoma diagnosis were more likely to have melanoma than people who did not have high levels of stress.

♦When you are stressed, you tend to break out more.


Stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, which tells your sebaceous (oil) glands to produce more oil than normal. This causes people to be more prone to acne and other skin problems. Cortisol is a powerful steroid which hinders your immune system. All the while increasing your sensitivity to allergens. Researchers at Stanford University examined the severity of acne at a college during the week of final exams. No surprise the more highly stressed a student was by their exams the worse the acne, while the less stressed students acne was minimal.

♦When under stress people have a tendency to frown more which increases the chance of developing frown lines around the mouth.

♦Stress can have negative effects on preexisting skin conditions, such as psoriasis, fever blisters, rosacea, eczema and cold sores. In one study, researchers examined students in three different scenarios: after returning from and during vacation when experiencing less stress and during final exams when experiencing high levels of stress. The results were that the skin’s normal functions were compromised, because the skin had become extremely dry and dull. This was caused by the skins outer layer to breakdown due to the lipids (ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol) between those cells dissipation and reduction in size of skin cells. A study from Japan was done on patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema – an itchy inflammation of your skin) they experienced a lessening in their symptoms after watching a funny movie. They were also exposed to the allergens that triggered symptoms and still had a reduction it was hypothesized that the laughter lowered levels of hormones related to stress.

♦Stress in a study by Yale University in 2006, showed that stress slowed down wound healing and inflammation.

♦When people are stressed they tend to be less strident in following their skin care routine, which can aggravate skin problems, thus causing more stress over the skin problem causing a vicious cycle. Habits that form when you’re stressed – such as rubbing, scratching and biting your fingers or lip – increase your chances the chances of injuring the skin.


1 – Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; January 2009, Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Little Known Airplane Windows UV Fact – Wear That Sunscreen!

Airplane windows are not UV (ultraviolet) proof!!!!!!

To make matters worse for every 1,000 ft/ 304.8 m UV levels increase by 4%!





On an average  flight UV rays can be up to 156% stronger than at ground level!





The solution wear sunscreen on your flight even if you are


in a middle or aisle seat and pull down the shades on the window!

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