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

The Skin You’re In!


Foods for Health & Beauty!

Minerals and enzymes are key elements that contribute to beautiful skin, nails and hair. These powerful substances are critical for proper cellular functioning. Minerals originate from the soil and are abundantly transferred to us through organic fruits and vegetables, which generally have better soil quality. Green plants are the source of a wide variety of minerals you need for superior beauty and nutrition. On the most basic level, enzymes are proteins that catalyze hundreds of different processes in the body. This includes breaking down fats, enhancing mental capacity, purifying the blood, and renewing aging skin.

The trick to assimilating more enzymes into our bodies is in consuming raw foods such as leafy greens, fruits and vegetables. All raw foods have live enzymes that when consumed, work for our bodies so we can reap the beauty benefits. Heat above 118 degrees kills these active enzymes, so we want to be aware of this when structuring your meals. You need some raw food in your diet, though you don’t have to eat all raw food. Certain enzymes are not activated until the right amounts of minerals are present. Equally, we need enzymes to organize and assimilate our beauty minerals. It is in this dynamic relationship that minerals and enzymes go hand in hand with one another.

Following the guidelines outlined in The Beauty Detox Solution make it easy to provide the body with essential minerals and enzymes it needs through nutrition. Enjoying a Glowing Green Smoothie or Other Green Drink once a day, which will give you the raw nutrition you need in a delicious form on a daily basis, and having a diet high in greens is the optimal way to retain and absorb these key minerals and enzymes. Cooked vegetables and plant foods are beneficial too.

Silicon: Silicon has incredible beautifying properties. It makes our hair thick, our nails strong and it strengthens connective tissues and bones to improve flexibility. Silicon can improve the appearance of wrinkles, and increase the resilience of your skin. It makes the skin glow and the eyes bright by targeting the connective tissue in your body. This beautifying mineral is essential for radiant vitality and health.
Foods: Cucumber, Bell peppers, Radish, Light leafy greens (cabbage, romaine lettuce), Tomatoes, Apples, Onions, Unrefined grains

Calcium: Calcium is a strengthening mineral in that it helps keep our bones strong and it prevents osteoporosis. Calcium maintains healthy teeth, keeps our posture upright, and it enables us to move with poise. In addition to bone benefits, calcium cleans our digestive tract and eases premenstrual syndrome.
Foods: Dark leafy greens (such as collard greens, turnips, kale, dandelion greens and spinach), Dried herbs, Sesame seeds, Flax seeds

Zinc: Zinc is a powerful mineral that works with the skin to keep it healthy by reducing acne and quickening the healing process for cuts or burns. It plays an important role in rebuilding collagen to make skin radiant, smooth and healthy. Zinc is known to prevent signs of aging and skin damage such as wrinkles and stretch marks.
Foods: Dried watermelon seeds, Organic raw dark chocolate, Raw pumpkin seeds, Pine nuts, Sesame seeds, Pecans, Rolled oats

Magnesium: Magnesium is an important mineral for human nutrition in that it serves the body in several metabolic processes. Over 300 different enzymes in the body rely on magnesium to keep your bowels regular and to cleanse and detoxify the body. It is found in your bones, muscles and bodily fluids and is not made naturally in our bodies.  Along with the beauty value, magnesium relaxes and calms you while keeping your blood circulating smoothly.
Foods: Raw broccoli, Plantain, Spinach, Sea vegetables, Banana, Cooked lentils, Avocado, Squash, Arugula, Swiss chard

Potassium: The essence of Potassium is all about balance. This mineral is integral in balancing pH levels, maintaining proper fluid levels and the balancing of other minerals, like sodium- which in excess amounts can dry out your skin or make it look puffy. Potassium-rich foods are important for good health because healthy levels of potassium encourage responsible waste elimination from the body and the assimilation of glucose for muscle energy.
Foods: Dried apricots, Brussels sprouts, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Pear, Dried dates, Dried figs, Banana

Iron: Iron oxygenates blood, stimulating healthy blood circulation and resulting in a highly attractive glow in the skin. Iron also energizes you because it is responsible for transporting oxygen, (our cells’ “gasoline”) throughout the body. If iron levels are low, our body is not operating at the optimal level, resulting in a lagged and tired feeling.
Foods: Spinach, Artichoke, Squash Seeds, Dried Apricots, Pistachios, Raisins, Walnuts, Asparagus, Quinoa, Mushrooms, Beans


Via Kimberly Snyder

Detox & Beautify Your Skin With Beets!


Many studies attest to the nutritional benefits of beets but many are unaware of its nutritional power. These bright red root vegetables pack a variety of vitamins and minerals rarely found in such high concentrations within one food.

Beets belong to the Chenopod family – along with spinach and chard – and possess an amazing amount of beauty and health-boosting benefits.

The Anti-Aging Power of Beets 

Beets are high in folate, vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and fiber.

Anti-aging benefits include:

  • Skin: They stimulate cell production and repair, which can protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkles. The powerful antioxidants in beets also help fight signs of aging to keep your skin firm and youthful.
  • Eyes: Beets are high in carotenoids, which can help prevent macular degeneration related to age, to keep your eyes bright and beautiful.
  • Brain: The nitrates in beets stimulate blood flow to the brain, which can help fight age-related dementia and keep you sharp!
  • Cardiovascular: The nitrates in beets may also lower blood pressure, according to a British study.
  • Support for good health: Beets are a significant source of betalains, which give the root is deep red color. Betalains are not only a powerful antioxidant, but they are also anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.
  • Anti-cancer benefits: Studies show that beetroot extract may suppress tumors in multiple organs.
  • Detoxification: Beets thin bile, improving liver function and increasing detoxification, one of the biggest factors in boosting beauty from within.

Incorporating Beets Into Your Diet

Many people profess to not like beets, but these ruby colored roots can be incredibly delicious. They are beneficial cooked and raw- if you cook them, you only need to steam them for 15 minutes or so.   Or have them raw in a Clean Red juice (one of my faves!), or slice them thinly and eat them raw on a salad or in a slaw.

Try a delicious Clean Red juice, or make the oil-free* delicious recipes below:

* Beauty Detoxers know I limit all oils (even “good” ones like olive oil) since oils are not whole foods found in nature. They have been stripped of fiber. Better sources of Beauty Fats are whole foods such as small amounts of seeds, nuts and avocados.

Ginger, Beet, and Apple SlawIMG_2569

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 pound beets, peeled and grated
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, or similar flavored and textured apple, grated
  • 3 tablespoons raw apple cider vinegar
  • Dash Celtic sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium tamari
  1. Combine ginger, beets and apples in a bowl.
  2. Whisk together vinegar, sea salt, pepper, and tamari.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.

Beet and Fennel Salad with Orange Dressing6a00d83451fa5069e20115705956fc970b-800wi

  • One head of green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large bulb of fennel, sliced thinly
  • 2 beets, sliced thinly
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • Stevia, to taste (optional)
  1. Place cabbage, fennel, beets, and cucumber in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together orange juice, lemon juice, mustard, mint, and stevia.
  3. Pour over vegetables and toss. Serve immediately.

Beet Salad with Tarragon Dressing4ffacb7d30488bc606580165b951994a_large

  • One pound of beets, shredded
  • 1 large shallot, very thinly sliced
  • Celtic sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh water
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
  1. Place beets and shallot in a bowl and season with pepper and a little Celtic sea salt.
  2. Whisk together mustard, water, vinegar, and tarragon.
  3. Toss dressing with salad and serve immediately.

Enjoy! And let me know how you do with your beet-ventures.

Via Kimberly Synder

8 Tips for Gorgeous Skin WITHOUT Expensive Products!


Ah, skin. And the things we do to our skin! Women (especially) are forever in search of the best fix to give them glowing, clear, healthy, wrinkle-free skin. I was inspired to write this topic today because a friend/client came over recently for lunch and she simply has among the most luminescent skin I’ve ever seen- without makeup! But most of us are not so lucky. It got me thinking how most all of us (most definitely including me!) have to put out a real effort to make our skin look good. Still, many of the products and procedures available on today’s market leave me shaking my head – both at the product and the price tag.

Still, I understand the desire to look youthful and beautiful with glowing, clear, firm skin. What woman doesn’t want that? The good news is you don’t have to fork out the cash for expensive products and fillers to look your best. Glowing skin is within your reach, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

1. Detoxify:

Your skin is a reflection of your overall health. It is the body’s largest organ, and it is an elimination organ. Toxins inside your body can make the skin on the outside of your body look less than beautiful. When you eat foods with toxic ingredients, it is naturally reflected in your skin. The Beauty Detox Solution creates health and beauty because it has a strong element of detoxification to it. When you detoxify your body, the results show on your skin. Detoxification is an ongoing process – though periodic cleanses, properly designed and conducted (like my Glow Bio cleanses), can help launch you into a healthier long-term lifestyle. To detoxify:

  • Drink hot water with lemon every morningPhIHgrh_yWC25fbBqRuKzLFo-glnyEeXk3ga3aWkNX8
  • Drink the fiber-rich Glowing Green Smoothie or similar Green Drink
  • Avoid processed and fast foods that contain chemical ingredients
  • Stick to organic whenever possible
  • Exercise (but not to excess)
  • Take magnesium oxygen at bedtime
  • Eat enzyme-rich foods
  • Take probiotics
  • Eat a high plant-based diet (or all, as I do)
  • Drink a lot of water and avoid excessive caffeine

One caveat of which you should be aware: Sometimes the detoxification process can cause temporary skin irritation, breakouts, or other issues. Stick with it, however, and soon your skin will show the results of your efforts.

2. Nourish:

We’ve all heard the adage, you are what you eat. While this is true throughout your body, it is especially visible on your skin. Eating toxic, chemical-laden foods can show up on your skin, leaving it dull, dry and flaky. Poor nutrition can also speed up wrinkling and cause breakouts.

Nourishing your skin begins from the inside with the foods you eat. Because the skin is an organ, it requires nutrients to maintain vibrant health.

  • Stick to whole, plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds
  • Eat a variety of produce from across the full spectrum of color
  • Eliminate common allergens such as wheat, soy, dairy products, and peanuts
  • Minimize or eliminate animal protein. If you do eat animal protein, choose organic, naturally raised, and pastured meats like free-range organic poultry
  • Eat plant foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as chia seeds, walnuts and green veggies
  • Start each day with a Glowing Green Smoothie
  • Eliminate refined sugars

3. Cleanse:

Keeping your skin clean is also important. Many people use harsh cleansers that can actually strip the skin of important hydration and leave it dull. Use a mild cleanser. Because I have oily skin and used to battle acne, I used to think I needed a stronger cleanser. But now I’ve been using and love the Tamanu Organic Luxury Cleanser by Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  It cleans my face really well, but doesn’t strip it.  It works for all skin types. I don’t recommend using very drying cleansers or regular soaps on your face.

4. Exfoliate:

Exfoliation removes dead skin cells on the surface of your skin that can cause dullness. You don’t need to buy expensive products or use harsh chemical exfoliators, however. You probably have a natural skin exfoliation agent right now in your kitchen: oatmeal. Oatmeal both soothes and exfoliates. To make an oatmeal exfoliation mask, mix ¾ cups of ground oat groats (grind them in the food processor) or steel cut oatmeal with 1/3 cup of warm water and spread it on your skin. Allow it to dry, and then rinse off with warm water. Another great natural exfoliator for the skin is raw organic apple cider vinegar. It contains alpha-hydroxy acids and can also balance the skin’s pH. To use, mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to your skin with a cotton ball. Sit for five minutes before rinsing with warm water.

5. Hydrate:

Hydration is important for glowing, healthy skin. 

  • Drink plenty of pure water throughout the day
  • Drink 16-32+ ounces of Glowing Green Smoothie, which is really hydrating and has a lot of enzymes and nutrients from the fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat a lot of raw foods that contain their own water, like salads containing lots of brightly colored vegetables.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which are dehydrating.
  • Take in extra fluids on hot days, when you are ill or stressed, and when you exercise vigorously.

6. Protect:

Sunlight is important because it supplies valuable vitamin D. To that end, you do need to get about 10 minutes of sunlight each day on unprotected skin in order to allow your body to synthesize vitamin D. Too much sunlight, however, can be harmful, just like anything in excess. Practice healthy sun habits, such as covering up and wearing a hat.

7. Improve circulation:

Keeping your blood flowing and promoting lymph drainage can help keep your skin glowing! Dry brushing is a technique that improves circulation and promotes lymph draining. To practice dry brushing:

  • Use a soft, natural bristled brush.
  • Dry brush before your shower every morning.
  • Use a light pressure as you brush.
  • Starting at your feet, brush in small movements up towards your heart.
  • When you are done, take a shower.

8. Minimize makeup:

One of the benefits of healthy skin is not having to wear a lot of makeup. I don’t wear it all the time, but I do love my favorite products, like the stick Vapour blush in Courtesan. It’s natural and non-toxic, and a little bit in the apple of your cheeks can really brighten your whole face. It’s doesn’t make you break out – I’ve even worn it to sweaty yoga class in the middle of an afternoon and I don’t break out. A lot of makeup brands contain toxins and chemicals that can clog skin, even so-called mineral brands. So choose your products judiciously.

I hope these tips help you! Great skin is on the way. Which ones have you tried and which other tips do you have for great skin to share?

The Skin Your In!

In one small, but important way….your skin is unique!

Of all the billions of people on Earth, no one not even twins have the same lines and circles

that you have on your fingertips.



Skin Condition? How to determine what is causing it?

Skin Conditions

Also known as:  Cutaneous or Dermatologic disorders
Please see a medical professional!

A cutaneous condition is any medical condition that affects the integumentary system  — comprised of the entire surface of the body and including skin, hair, nails, and related muscle and glands. The major function of this system is as a barrier against the external environment.   Conditions that irritate, clog or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause skin conditions.

A skin condition is caused by the following influences Internal, External, or a combination of both.


Here is a sample of questions to ask yourself:

Questions Internal External
Eaten anything new? X
New Medication? Vitamin or herbal supplement? X
Been ill?  X  X
Have I been drinking enough water? X
How much alcohol or caffeine do you drink? Do you smoke? X
Any change in my hormones?(Puberty, Menopause, Pregnancy, or Menstruating) X
What is the weather like?  X
Have I been sweating?  X
Bitten by an insect? Or exposed to an irritant?  X
Do you wear make up? X
What kinds of skin care products do you use? X
How often do you cleanse your skin?Have I had any skin treatments, waxing, or dermatological procedures done recently? X
How often are you outside? X
Has a family member had the same problem?What do you have in common? X X

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.

In a long-term relationship with your loofah? Stop Now! You’ll want to read this!

Via One of My Favorite Beauty Blogs!!!  Tres Savage By Jake

OK, so this is something I was reading about recently and I absolutely died! I feel like when it comes to beauty we’re conscious of so many things…but unfortunately there are still so many things we’re barely aware of. Today, we’re going to be talking about why you should be ditching your loofah…and I’m going to give you a couple of strong reasons as to why.

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Exfolia Beauty Cloth


What’s the big deal?

If you’re anything like me (which you are…that’s why you’re reading my blog) you’re probably in a long-term relationship with your loofah. Really though, the truth of the matter is that you should be changing your loofah about every week or so and tossing the old one. I know it sounds ridiculously expensive but a lot of discount stores tend to carry loofahs or exfoliating gloves in bulk (if you’re lucky) and you can get them for about a quarter a piece, which definitely makes it so worth it…! I guess I still haven’t told you what the problem is though, so let’s get into the downfalls of our beloved loofahs.

Due to their intricate webbing a wet loofah will literally pick up all of the dirt and debris from your skin and keep it locked inside. This means that if you’ve ever had a scab, excess skin on your feet from wearing heels or anything of that nature, all of those things are going to be left on your loofah after cleansing. Sometimes, if you’re lucky enough you can actually see the debris through the webbing and even if you try to rinse it out, it will never completely clean it. Not only that, every time you wash yourself you’ll only be adding that bacteria back to your body…and as you know, that’s never a good thing.

The best types of loofahs are the ones that resemble a washcloth (washcloths themselves are more abrasive though and don’t slough away as much of the dead skin on your body and require four times more product, so don’t try and opt out for an actual washcloth) . They are just as effective as the big poofy ones, but they can be cleaned in your washing machine as often as you like! The washing machine easily removes dirt and debris while the heat of the dryer kills any remaining bacteria. One of these loofahs is about a ten dollar investment, but they should last you about six months to a year if they’re properly cared for (and they’re so worth it).

Important Note:

As great as it sounds to have a handful of loofahs lying around the house, in a situation where that isn’t possible you can soak your loofah in scalding hot water for about 30 seconds or soak them then put in the microwave for a minute or two (will be very hot remove with tongs!)…this will help to kill the majority of the bacteria (not all of it, but the majority). You also have the option of tossing it in the washing machine if you need to (and no, the fibers won’t break down during the cycle), but if the loaf pouf isn’t tied together tightly when made to won’t hold its shape if run through the washing machine.

I don’t recommend using these exfoliating cloths or loofahs on the face with the exception of the Exfolia cloth, which shouldn’t be used in the eye area and if used on the face use a separate cloth for the body!


Skin Fact!

Your lips and eyelids’ skin is thinnest on your body.

Your skin is thickest on your palms and on the soles of your feet.

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