Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why I love Sea Buckthorn Oil

There are so many powerful botanical ingredients I use in my products for the benefits they provide in the skin. One of my all time favorites is Sea Buckthorn Oil.

Sea Buckthorn Oil: Extraction Method: CO2 Extraction
Sea Buckthorn oil is associated with its ability to  regenerate the skin. An unsurpassed natural source of vitamins A, rich in vitamins B1, B2, K and P as well as a remarkably high content of essential fatty acids and phytosterols. The EFA content in the Sea Buckthorn oil is 80 - 95%. It is reputed to be one of the best sources of natural antioxidants due to the high content of Vitamin C. Sea Buckthorn Oil effectively helps combat wrinkles, dryness, and other symptoms of aging skin.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Addicted to Tanning?

We've all heard about it. It made headlines last week: "CDC says Indoor Tanning Causes Skin Cancer." Whether skin cancer has touched your life through media, or perhaps even a personal experience, we all now know that tanning beds and tanning in general isn't a good idea. But we continue to lay out.

So let's go a little deeper than the tanning bed. Studies are now showing a chemical addition to tanning. It is being called 'the new form of substance abuse.' Some of the reported benefits of frequent tanning — mood enhancement and relaxation — are also consistent with addiction. Furthermore, many frequent tanners report difficulty quitting. 

Frequent tanners exhibit signs of both physical and psychological dependence.
When a substance causes physical dependency, repeated use of that substance causes symptoms of increased tolerance, craving, and withdrawal. UV light has been shown to increase release of opioid- like endorphins, feel-good chemicals that relieve pain and generate feelings of well-being, potentially leading to dependency. Sounds like the deck is stacked against us, right? Plus, we are always hearing that vitamin D is best when received from the sun (just no more than 15 minutes a day).

 Psychological dependence refers to the effect of a substance on the brain’s reward system and its memory of rewards. The production of sensations of pleasure or well-being encourages repeated use. When we receive the suns golden rays or the rays from a tanning bed, we essentially feel good. Who wouldn't want to give that up?

Part of catching this preventable disease early is fairly easy. When’s the last time you had a professional head to toe skin care exam?  Here are the ABCDE’s warning signs of melanoma that you can look for:

Asymmetry- One half of a mole doesn't match the other half

Border: The border is irregular, notched, blurred or ragged.
Color: The mole or lesion has a variety of colors, including shades of brown, tan or black, sometimes with patches of pink, red, white or blue.
Diameter: The suspicious area is new or at least a quarter-inch in diameter (the size of a pencil eraser).
Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape or color.
 By keeping an eye on your skin and a routinely scheduled skin checkup in your planner, you have the power to completely avoid this disease. Here are some things you can do right away:

-Apply SPF 15 or higher sunscreen everyday (yes, even in winter.)
-Don’t burn!

-Seek shade between 10 am and 4 pm when sun is the strongest