Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin

Healthy Skin
Staying out of the sun and away from tanning beds is the easiest way to get great-looking skin. The suns UVB and UVA rays cause skin damage, which is prematurely aging, and skin cancer. Every day you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which blocks UVB and UVA rays, with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply at least every two hours while outdoors. For a dewy glow, use skin-care products with 10 ingredients or less to reduce irritation, use moisturizer and feed your skin from within. Dark chocolate and antioxidant-rich foods such as cantaloupe, citrus fruits, blueberries and leafy greens improve the skin’s appearance.

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    Per the National Institutes of Health, the red hair-causing mutation MC1R gene provides instructions for making a protein called the melanocortin 1 receptor. This receptor plays an important role in normal pigmentation. The receptor is primarily located on the surface of melanocytes, which are specialized cells that produce melanin, the pigment giving skin, hair and eyes their color.

    The relative amounts of two types of melanin help determine the color of a person’s hair and skin. People who produce mostly eumelanin tend to have brown or black hair and dark skin that tans easily. Eumelanin also protects skin from damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight. People who produce mostly pheomelanin tend to have red (or blonde) hair, freckles and light-colored skin that can burn easily.
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    What can I do to improve my jowls and drooping chin?
    Those who grind their teeth often develop jowls and a drooping chin, but there are some key things you can do to prevent grinding. In this video, I will discuss some treatments and solutions for jowls and a drooping chin.
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    Aging is a complicated process. As the face ages, there’s more going on than just sagging skin. The foundation of the face (the superficial muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS, layer) loosens. At the same time, the face is also losing subcutaneous fat. Understanding these factors is important when planning a facial procedure, which must re-suspend the foundation layer and correct for fat loss.

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    Are there foods I can eat to reduce the appearance of cellulite?

    Foods that can reduce the appearance of cellulite are ones that build up or plump collagen, and ones that are anti-inflammatory, including cilantro, citrus fruits, fiber and oat groats. Watch nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, CN, describe these foods.


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    Glabridin, an ingredient of licorice extract, is a natural skin lightener. While it does not work as effectively as hydroquinone, it does not appear to have long-term side effects. Glabridin shows promise as a skin lightener but needs more studies, and like so many "naturally occurring herbs," there is little standardization of purity of glabridin and little agreement on the needed concentration.
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    Autumn's dry weather can severely dry out your skin, your nose and your throat. Try these delicious and useful Chinese foods and herbs to protect yourself from the ravages of dryness.

    Lotus Root. Popular in Southeastern Asia and especially good for the elderly and children, lotus root is not only one of the best foods for moisturizing the body but also one that is rich in iron, antioxidants, polysaccharides, polyphenols and vitamin C. It is also believed to have powerful cancer fighting properties. They're great in soups or stir fried. But be careful if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The fiber in lotus root may be too much for you!

    Black Sesame Seeds. 90% of a black sesame seed is made up of unsaturated fatty acids and linoleic acid, both of which promote heart health. The sesamin in the seeds can even help to lower bad cholesterol and prevent skin cancer. Just make sure the seeds are ground well before eating!
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    Premature aging of the skin can be caused by the accumulation of toxins in the body, which ultimately deposit in the skin. This is a result of undigested food that accumulates in the stomach overnight due to poor digestion or excessive stress. The key to maintaining a youthful complexion is the regular removal of these digestive impurities before they damage the DNA in the skin cells. There is a simple tea that removes digestive toxins. The recipe is below:

    Boil four to five cups of water in the morning. Add the following ingredients to the water and continue to let it boil for about five minutes longer with the lid on.
    • half a teaspoon of whole cumin seeds
    • half a teaspoon of whole coriander seeds
    • half a teaspoon of whole fennel seeds
    Strain out the seeds and pour the tea into a thermos. Drink small sips of the tea throughout the day. If the tea is too strong, reduce the amount of seeds to a quarter teaspoon for two weeks and then increase it back to a half teaspoon.
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    There's good evidence that midlife women with the most youthful-looking skin (fewer wrinkles, thinning and dryness) also have the most vitamin C in their diets. This makes sense, because vitamin C builds collagen, the support structure that keeps your skin's surface smooth. Young-looking women also tend to eat less fat and fewer carbs and have higher levels of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid found mainly in nuts and dark leafy greens (think spinach and kale).

    Ellagic acid, found primarily in pomegranate and red berries, is another wrinkle fighter. It's recently been credited with fighting aging inflammation from the sun and reducing collagen breakdown.

    Here are other foods that will get to your face from your plate:
    • egg yolks, avocados, lentils, chickpeas and beans (including soybeans) all fight dryness
    • salmon, which contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that improves skin elasticity
    • green tea, which provides antiaging plant polyphenols that may help your skin both when you drink it and when you apply it (some moisturizers contain green tea)

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    When you spruce up your house, you may also be helping your skin to stay healthier and younger looking. Stuff you'll often find in dust -- like dust mite and cockroach debris -- can be particularly irritating to skin. A recent study revealed that this debris actually makes it harder for damaged skin -- like red, raw, dry, winter-damaged knuckles, for example -- to heal itself. Getting rid of dust mites and other allergens can be a tricky task. Here are a few special cleaning techniques that may help:
    • Steam it. Vacuuming helps remove dust mites, but it can also stir them up, so try steam cleaning your floors, furniture, carpets, and drapes.
    • Filter it. For your home's heating and cooling system, purchase a HEPA filter or other air purification system to help lower the mite count in your house.
    • Wash it. Dust mites love hanging out in bed with you. Wash your bed linens at least once a week in hot water, detergent and bleach (if possible).
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    Environmental pollution may affect skin similarly to smoking. Examples of environmental pollutants that can affect skin include:
    • Ozone: Although ozone in the upper atmosphere helps protect skin by preventing ultraviolet (UV) rays from reaching the earth's surface, in the lower atmosphere it is a free radical environmental pollutant that damages the skin.
    • Carbon monoxide: This element of factory and car emissions robs the skin of oxygen, which can give it a dull-gray cast and interfere with nutrient delivery.
    • Other: Dust and dirt can clog pores. Various chemical pollutants that are in the environment in small amounts contribute to skin aging.

    Climate also can have an impact on how skin ages. For example, a dry environment can make dryness due to aging worse. Cold, chilly climates may exacerbate skin sensitivities and dryness as well.