My Must Haves For August!

Eborian Pâte Au Ginseng

Black Concentrated Mask

Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

(staying power of a stain)

Make Up Forever (400) Calligraphy Brush

 

(134) Large Fan Powder Brush

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Cellular Support

Hair One Cleansing Conditioners

(Great if you follow the directions exactly and

you don’t use a lot of styling products)

Much Cheaper than Wen & Sally’s has buy one get one sales!

Rice Bran Oil topically on your skin

C Thru Nutrition App and Website: Find out product information, nutrition facts, ingredients, allergies.

 Great nutritional site and app! 

  

Find out product information, nutrition facts, ingredients, allergies..


  

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?

Antioxidant:

The Free Radical Fighter!

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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.

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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.

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Essential Oil of the Month: Oregano!

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a common species of Origanum, a genus of the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is a perennial herb, it has a pH range between 6.0 (mildly acidic) and 9.0 (strongly alkaline) with a preferred range between 6.0 and 8.0. The flowers are purple spikes. It is sometimes called wild marjoram.

 

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Origanum
Species: O. vulgare

Oregano is an important culinary herb, used for the flavour of its leaves, which can be more flavourful when dried than fresh. It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste, which can vary in intensity. Good quality oregano may be strong enough almost to numb the tongue. Among the chemical compounds contributing to the flavour are carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene.

Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. A Cretan oregano (O. dictamnus) is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids.In test-tube studies, it also has shown antimicrobial against strains of the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes and potential anti fungal activity.

In the traditional Austrian medicine Origanum vulgare herb has been used internally (as tea) or externally (as ointment) for treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and nervous system.

It has strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system. Oregano may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Oregano is also a key oil used in the Raindrop Technique, a massage of essential oils, which is designed to bring about electrical alignment in the body.

Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20.

Aromatherapy: Oregano essential oil is invigorating, purifying and uplifting.

Blends well with: Cedarwood, lavender, lavandin, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, spike lavender, pine, camphor, citronella.

Click here for a great article on The Benefits Oregano by the Huffington Post

 


 

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

My Favorite Supplements!

Probiotics 

VSL#3

 

 

Enzymes Anyone?

 

Rainbow Light Advanced Enzyme System™

 

Omegas To Get That Glow!

Wholemega® Whole Fish Oil

 

 

 A Multi-Vitamin That Packs a Punch!

Contains everything but the kitchen sink!

 

See my article on Hyaluronic Acid for health & skin benefits

The Anti-Inflammation Fighter!

 

LifeExtension Super Bio-Curcumin (400mg)

Absorbs up to seven times better than conventional curcumin and inhibit enzymes that help produce inflammation in the body.

 

 

 

The UV Fighter!

Heliocare with PLE

 

 

 

Heart Healthy!

BioActive Q

CoQ10 paired with another powerful antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid.

 

 

The Bruise & Swellings Fixer Upper!

SinEcch Surgical Recovery or Dermal Injections Recovery

 

or  For General Bruising & Swelling!

VitaMedica Arnica Montana 30x

& with both

VitaMedica Bromelain with Quercetin

 

Disclaimer:
While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

My Favorite Products For April!

Swanson Hyal-Joint

(Hyaluronic Acid) Supplement

 

Baby Wipes

 

Grape Seed Oil

Great Topically For All Skin Types

 

Cremo Cream Shaving Cream

 

OPI Sheer Mini Hints Of Tints

Hyaluronan Your Skins Best Friend!

What is it?

Hyaluronan (also called hyaluronic acid or hyaluronate or HA) is an anionic, nonsulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed widely throughout connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. It is unique among glycosaminoglycans in that it is nonsulfated, forms in the plasma membrane instead of the Golgi, and can be very large, with its molecular weight often reaching the millions. One of the chief components of the extracellular matrix, hyaluronan contributes significantly to cell proliferation and migration.

Properties of hyaluronan were first determined in the 1930s in the laboratory of Karl Meyer.

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. There are a plethora of foods you can eat that are rich in this needed acid.

It is a substance which aging bodies typically lose over time. Ingesting supplements containing Hyal-Joint (NIH studies have proven the effectiveness) and foods containing high levels may ward off the aging process by helping the cells of the body thrive and retain moisture, keeping joints lubricated, protecting the retina in eyes and keeping skin smooth and elastic.

Hyal-Joint® is a unique natural product with a high content of sodium hyaluronate, the chief component of synovial fluid. It also contains collagen, the main protein present in joints and the key to flexible, strong tissue, as well as other glycosaminoglycans, which also play an important role in joint performance. Hyal-Joint® supplementation helps keep hyaluronic acid concentrations within a healthy range, thereby promoting comfortable joint mobility and reducing stiffness. Hyal-Joint is 2 to 4 times more active in nourishing synovial fluid and supporting its health than regular hyaluronic acid. The Author is not affilated with Hyal-Joint in any way.

Foods:

Satsumaimo, a type of sweet potato

Satoimo, a sticky white potato

Konyaku, a gelatinous root vegetable concoction

Imoji, a potato root

Root vegetables do tend to have high amounts of magnesium which work with hyaluronic acid to repair & maintain collagen.

Beans & some legumes (soy anyone?)

Cocks coombs

Foods with skin, tendons and joints

Foods high in retinol, a component of vitamin A, will contain high amounts of hyaluronic acid, according to a 2008 study conducted by Gary J. Fischer, PhD (Professor of Dermatology) of the University of Michigan Health Systems. The study, cited in the Archives of Dermatology, claims that a cross-linked blend of hyaluronic and retonic acid is beneficial to skin healing and collagen regeneration due to their vitamin A antioxidant properties.

According to nutritiondata.com, a variety of organ meats are high in retinol. Organ meats include gizzards, livers, hearts and kidneys. Raw and cooked versions are both high in the component. Veal, lamb, beef, turkey, goose, duck and turkey are all rich sources. As an example, a 1-ounce serving of cooked turkey liver will supply you with 6,300mcg of retinol, which is the equivalent of 422 percent of your daily recommended allotment of retinol and vitamin A. Cod liver oil contains a high amount of vitamin A and retinol, according to the USDA. Nutritiondata.com says that a 1-ounce serving of fish cod liver oil contains 8,400mcg of vitamin A and retinol. This is the equivalent of supplying you with 560 percent of your daily recommended allotment of the vitamin.

FYI: vitamin C helps you make the collagen that keeps skin firm. And regular exfolation stimulates hyaluronic acid.

Yuzurihara Diet

Skin provides a barrier to the external environment and acts to prevent  infectious agents from entering the body.Once injured, the tissues beneath are exposed to infection; therefore, rapid and effective healing is of crucial significance to reconstruct a barrier function. Skin wound healing is a complex process, and includes many interacting processes initiated by haemostasis and the release of platelet-derived factors. The following stages are inflammation, granulation tissue formation, reepithelization and remodeling. Hyaluronic Acid is most likely to be instrumental in these cellular and matrix events.

Although inflammation is an integral part of granulation tissue formation, for normal tissue repair to proceed, inflammation needs to be moderated.  Hyaluronic Acid can protect against free-radical damage to cells. This may attribute to its free-radical scavenging property.

Hyaluronic Acid content increases at the presence of retinoic acid (vitamin A). The proposed effects of retinoic acid against skin photo-damage and aging may be correlated, at least in part, with an increase of skin Hyaluronic Acid content, giving rise to increase of tissue hydration. It has been suggested the free-radical scavenging property of Hyaluronic Acid contributes to protection against solar radiation. High concentrations of hyaluronan in the brains of young rats, and reduced concentrations in the brains of adult rats suggest hyaluronan plays an important role in brain development.

How much does my body have?

The average 70 kg (154 lb) person has roughly 15 grams of hyaluronan in the body, one-third of which is turned over (degraded and synthesized).

Uses

Hyaluronan has been used in attempts to treat osteoarthritis of the knee via injecting it into the joint.

Dry, scaly skin (xerosis) such as that caused by atopic dermatitis (eczema) may be treated with a prescription skin lotion containing sodium hyaluronate as its active ingredient.

Hyaluronan may also be used postoperatively to induce tissue healing, notably after cataract surgery. Current models of wound healing propose the larger polymers of hyaluronic acid appear in the early stages of healing to physically make room for white blood cells, which mediate the immune response.

Hyaluronan has also been used in the synthesis of biological scaffolds for wound-healing applications. These scaffolds typically have proteins such as fibronectin attached to the hyaluronan to facilitate cell migration into the wound. This is particularly important for individuals with diabetes suffering from chronic wounds.

Eye surgeons use hyaluronic acid to supplement natural fluids during surgeries, including corneal transplants, cataract removal, retina repair and other procedures.

Cosmetic surgeons use hyaluronic acid as fillers in various plastic surgical procedures. Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland report more than 85 percent of dermal filler procedures involve the use of hyaluronic acid, according to research published in “Facial Plastic Surgery” in May 2009.

You can also use hyaluronic acid to moisturize the skin and help heal burns, wounds and ulcers it is found in many skin care products.

Visco-elastic properties it reduces friction between cartilage surfaces.

via Hyal-Joint

via Hyal-Joint

Metabolic properties in Homeostasis of the synovial fluid.

Look for supplements from natural resources , not fermented products which are synthesized by biotechnology using a genetically modified organism. The impurities profile is different and also the molecular weight (typically fermented AH has a much higher molecular weight).

Disclaimer:
While I’ve attempted to use
credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s
advice as he/she will know you
and your medical circumstances.

Top Types of Honey For Skin Care & Health!

From skin-care multitasker to wellness elixir, honey is stepping out of the shadows from its sweet-stuff reputation to take the reins as one of the hottest total-health ingredients. You’ll want to incorporate this sweet ingredient into your diet and skin care to reap all it has to offer. Here’s how:

1. Buckwheat Honey: For a High-Dose of Vitamin C
Considered the antioxidant powerhouse, buckwheat honey is the darkest in color and has one of the highest concentrations of vitamins (it actually contains vitamin c).

Internal: Similar to molasses in taste and color, Bee Raw Buckwheat Honey’s ($12) semisweet flavor lends an earthy, malt-like flavor that pairs perfectly with citrus fruits, mild cheese or greek yogurt.
Topical: Formulated with a blend of honey, coconut fruit extract, tonka beans and jasmine, Molton Brown Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Body Lotion ($30) offers serious hydration and a delicate, floral scent.

2. Manuka Honey: For Serious Skin Care
The antibacterial one in the bunch, manuka honey can be hard to come by (the true form is only found from New Zealand manuka plants and there are set measurement systems dedicated to verifying its authenticity), but its unique enzymes and compositions make it a potent multitasker.

Internal: With just one ingredient, Honeymark Manuka Honey Lozenges ($8) slightly sticky (but not overly sweet), pure honey drops can help relieve a sore throat while freshening breath.

Topical: Harnessing the hydrating power of manuka honey plus potent peptides, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Get Lifted ($44) claims to fight the signs of aging for a more contoured, youthful look.

CT Esthetic- I will buy a jar of straight Manuka Honey and add it to a mask or use as a acne spot treatment sparingly!

3. Royal Jelly: For Overall Health and Aging
Not honey or bee pollen, royal jelly is a unique substance that is the food of the Queen Bee (who lives about four to six years, while the average worker bee only lives six weeks); Traditional Chinese Medicine considers it a key ingredient both internally and externally in the fight against aging and for overall health.

Internal: Unprocessed and sans additives, BeeAlive Pure & Natural Royale Jelly ($125 for a three-month supply) is said to help increase energy and vitality with just one-fifth teaspoon a day.
Topical: Just a few drops of Hey Honey Good Night Royal Honey Gel ($39) leave skin looking dewy, refreshed and radiant thanks to the powerful ingredient of CoQ10.

4. Wildflower Honey: For Fighting Allergies
Comprised of a wide variety of nectars, wildflower honey comes from undefined sources, typically during Spring. It is one of the most common types of honey and is usually the one associated with combating allergies.

Internal: Expertly blended to create a unique flavor balance, Honey Republic Organic Wildflower Honey ($11) is a healthy substitute for sugar in sauces and spreads.

Ct Esthetic – The more local the honey the better when used internally for allergies!

Topical: Burt’s Bees’ star honey ingredient is beeswax, a potent nourisher that meets with shea, almond and aloe vera in its skin-perfecting Sugar Scrub ($13).

CT Esthetic – A simple mask made of honey & yogurt (plain cow, goat, or sheep, the higher the fat content the better) is a great mask for dry, acne, mature, sensitive or mature skin.

Via New Beauty

Disclaimer:
While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

Don’t eat or use honey topically if you have a bee allergy!  Avoid yogurt if you have a dairy allergy!

Six Cleanses: A Review!

The Gateway Cleanse

The first of BluePrintCleanse’s  (can be found at Whole Foods) three cleanse levels, Renovation, is for beginner juicers and is designed to gently rid the body of impurities by using 100 percent organic, raw, fresh pressed fruit and vegetable juices to take the place of meals. “The bottles are numbered in the order they should be consumed, and one day’s worth of juice is made with approximately 20 pounds of freshly pressed fruits and vegetables including leafy greens, pineapple, beets and more,” says BluePrint founder Zoe Sakoutis. “The nutrients go directly into your blood stream, feeding your cells within 10 to 15 minutes to help you regain an alkaline balance while normalizing your digestion and metabolism.”
People who love it: Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, CT Esthetic*

The Reset Cleanse

Southern California-based Ritual Wellness offers a Seasonal Reset Cleanse—a variety of six juices per day that is great for beginner cleansers—to effectively release toxins and reset your mind and body. Juices range from vegetable-heavy to fruit blends using 100 percent organic produce that is local and seasonally available. “After a three-day cleanse, you feel reset,” says Ritual Wellness co-founder Lori Kenyon. “The break you have given your digestive system has allowed your body, especially your intestines, liver and kidneys to expel and release stored up toxins. Many people report having clear, glowing skin and feeling less bloated, among many other benefits.”

People who love it: Sofia Vergara, Kim Kardashian

The Zen Cleanse

In addition to offering programs for more experienced cleansers, Z.E.N. Foods offers a gentle beginner cleanse called Rejuvenate that uses greens and fruits in a variety of 20 juices to give the body the ability to reset. “Many foods actually have the ability to heal,” says Mariana Rossano, president and CEO of Z.E.N. Foods. “Drinking pure nutrition through cold pressed juices is a way to get back on track with your eating and gives you the ability to rethink your food intake. Although weight loss is not the direct goal of the cleanse, it is usually a byproduct of drinking strictly juice and clients have lost upwards of five to seven pounds on a 5-day cleanse.”

People who love it: Lisa Rinna

The 24-Hour Cleanse

Perfect for first-time cleansers, Cooler Cleanse’s Juice For A Day cleanse provides a user-friendly way to experience the invigorating power of raw, cold-pressed juices in just one day. The menu consists of six drinks, which you consume roughly every two hours to reach a total of close to 1,000 daily calories. “The Juice For A Day program provides the benefits of juicing, without letting people feel like they’re in over their heads,” says Eric Helms, co-founder of Cooler Cleanse. “Just replace your regular meals with six fresh-pressed juices for a day-long mini-cleanse that will leave you feeling like a brighter, lighter, more supercharged version of yourself.”

People who loves it: Salma Hayek

The Revitalizing Cleanse

Using formulas that are jam-packed with 100 percent organic produce, Juice Press’s (can be found at Whole Foods) Six Juice Cleanse is loaded with living enzymes and the full spectrum of required nutrition; protein, carbohydrates, H2O, fats, vitamins and minerals. “These nutrients will keep all of your necessary functions stimulated and working as they should throughout the cleanse,” says Marcus Antebi, founder and CEO of Juice Press. “Kale has become a popular ingredient since it is high in iron and fiber, low in calories and is a great anti-inflammatory. Ginger and lemon promote immunity and help increase blood flow. Pineapples and apples both aid in the digestive process, help fight off viruses and provide an extra boost of energy.”

Peolple who love it: Kate Hudson, Renee Zellweger

The Balancing Cleanse

If you’d prefer to experience the next level of cleansing, Pressed Juicery’s Cleanse 2 Program may be the one for you. Containing two green juices, two citrus juices, one roots juice and one vanilla almond milk, the cleanse also comes with a bottle of Chlorophyll H2O to provide extra hydration and nutrition throughout the day and a bottle of Aloe Vera H2O to be taken before bed to aid in digestion. “All of our ingredients are fruits and vegetables, along with a few key superfoods and spices including cayenne pepper, cacao and cinnamon,” says Carly Brien, co-founder of Pressed Juicery. “Many people believe that health starts in the colon, and by offering the digestive system a rest, our body gets a chance to revive itself. The benefits are endless.”

People who love it: Molly Sims

 

Via New Beauty

Cucumber-Melon Spa Water Recipe!

cucumber melon spa water

Rejuvenate and refresh without stepping foot inside a spa. This recipe for Cucumber Melon Spa Water from chef and author Candice Kumai is a hydrating treat.

Cucumber Melon Spa Water

Ingredients:
12 thin slices cucumber ** unwaxed cucumber-organic is perfect
5 -1″ cubes of honeydew melon, skin removed
1 bunch mint, torn off, and tossed into the water
6 cups chilled still spring (or mineral water for a fizzy treat)
** Add in fresh basil, or even lavender, orange slices or even some simple syrup for an even sweeter treat!

Directions:
1. Place the cucumber, the peeled honeydew melon, and a handful of fresh mint into your pitcher

2. Fill pitcher with water. Cover and chill for a few hours before guests arrive.

3. You have the option to strain the mixture and discard solids, or use the infused spa water as a visual treat, and have a strainer on the spout/lid. Pour water into gorgeous, tall, clear glasses, with big ice cubes for a real refreshing treat, add more mint and even a few thin slices of cucumber on the brim of the glass for garnish. Fancy!

Via Heidi Klum AOL
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