Monthly Archives: May 2013

Anti-Aging – Five Top Foods that Moisturize Your Skin

waterTo help keep your skin soft and supple, moisturizing is the key.

While you’re diligently using the moisturizing body washes and having hydrating facials as part of your anti-aging  program, you can give your body an assist by making these 5 foods a part of your daily food plan, and thus a part of your daily skin care program.

1. Water. Of course we all know that the very best way to keep our skin hydrated is to drink lots of water.

The human body is made up of 60% water which is important  for circulation, delivering nutrients to skin cells, plumping up skin cells, and helping skin appear firmer.

Make it special by drinking water from beautiful glasses, and adding a slice of lemon for refreshing flavor, or dropping in a few berries for a splash of color.

2. Avocados. This yummy fruit is a wonderful source of Vitamins C and E, and of monosaturated fats (the good kind of fats) which helps lock in moisture and promotes the skin’s elasticity.

3. Fish. Oily fish such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines and rainbow trout are amazing for your skin. These fish contain Omega-3s which strengthen skin cells and help protect skin from sun damage.

The selenium helps preserve elastin, making your skin stay supple, smooth, and tight.

4. Orange Vegetables. Vegetables that have an orange color, such as carrots and yams, contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights dry skin, and also protects the skin from sun damage and harmful environmental pollutants.

These vegetables also contain Vitamins A and C which help repair body tissues and produce collagen, good for skin tightening.

5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Working from both the inside, when eaten, and the outside, when applied topically, olive oil contains Vitamin E and good fats which moisturize the skin. Olive oil also does wonders for hair and nails.

As long as you are going to eat, anyway, you might as well make sure you are getting the foods that can best help you have beautiful skin!

May is Melanoma Awareness Month – The Facts You Should Know

fair skinI talk to you often about the importance of protecting yourself from the damaging UV sun rays – for anti-aging prevention of wrinkles, as well as more extreme damage such as skin cancer.

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, and here I will discuss this subject in more depth, and give you tips on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones, and help prevent this deadly disease.

The latest statistics from the American Academy of Dermatology show that skin cancer affects one in five Americans, and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year.

Of these cases, more than 65,000 are melanoma, a cancer that claims nearly 11,000 lives each year.

However, if detected and treated in its earliest stages, melanoma is often curable with various skin cancer treatment options.

Studies reported by the American Academy of Dermatology have confirmed that sun exposure is responsible for the development of at least two-thirds of all melanomas.

Furthermore, it is estimated that 80% of a person’s lifetime sun damage occurs before the age of 18, a significant portion of which occurs during peak sun hours and in the summer.

Studies have shown that sunburn is often the result of incorrect use of sunscreen. Since people frequently apply only 20 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen, they only receive 20 to 50 percent of the SPF

UV exposure is greatest when the sun is highest in the sky between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It is also greatest in the summer, at higher altitudes, and nearer the equator.

And remember that up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, mist and fog.

PROTECT YOURSELF:
Follow these sun protection guidelines:

• Avoid outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest

• Seek shade whenever possible

• Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher

• Wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses

• Follow the “Shadow Rule” — if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun’s damaging rays are at their strongest and you are likely to burn

In addition, I recommend that you conduct a monthly self exam to check for changes in moles, warts and other blemishes on the skin, especially areas which are exposed to the sun.

Detection is still the most important tool for catching skin cancer early—and treating it effectively.