Exactly How Does Our Skin Age?

Do you know how your skin ages from the inside out? We commonly take for granted that our skin as a protective external envelope, without fully considering the numerous, essential functions it provides. Skin is our largest organ, providing an interface between our internal physiological systems and the external world; it protects us from harm due to pathogens, solar radiation, pollutants, and also acts as effective barrier against water loss, ensuring essential nutrients remain in our systems. As we age, skin becomes thinner, drier, and less capable of healing itself . . .

When considering the aging process and skin, there are two major types of aging to consider:

  1. Intrinsic Aging – also known as chronological or natural aging – is caused by changes in the structure and function of skin that occur as we age naturally. Beginning around out mid-20s, physiological changes cause collagen production to slow and skin to loose its elasticity. Dead skin cells do not shed as quickly, and the turnover of new cells begins to slow. Additionally, changes in hormone levels reduce the amount of oil produced, resulting in dry, akey skin.
  2.  Extrinsic Aging – results when exposure to external factors prematurely ages our skin. Numerous factors can negatively affect the skin, the most common of which is sun exposure (extrinsic aging is, therefore, often referred to as photoaging). Other factors include pollution, poor diet, cigarette smoke, stress, and gravity. Exposure results in skin with age spots, blotchy pigmentation, deep wrinkles, and a rough, leathery appearance.

Extrinsic Aging accounts for 90% of the visible signs of aging!

As natural and external processes take their toll, our systems experience oxidative stress, hormone fluctuations, decreases in metabolic activity, and declines in the length of cell life. The effects of both intrinsic aging and extrinsic are visibly seen in the skin: collagen production diminishes and elastin becomes less springy, resulting in less voluminous and elastic skin that sags and wrinkles easily. Skin becomes less moisturized naturally, and exposure to the elements causes hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and reduces the skin’s ability to hold in moisture. Intrinsic and extrinsic processes are linked; as natural changes take place, our ability to fight the deleterious effects of environmental exposure decreases.

  • Between ages 20 and 80 our collagen production declines by 65%

Skin thins at a rate of 6% per 10 years

“We cannot stop ourselves from aging, we can age gracefully by caring for our skin and reducing our exposure to the harmful factors that cause aging”

While intrinsic processes mean we cannot stop ourselves from aging, we can age gracefully by caring for our skin and reducing our exposure to the harmful factors that cause aging. Be- cause the skin is an organ, it can benefit from products that protect skin and encourage skin regeneration topically, and well as ingested supplements that help maintain healthy system function.

Apriori BeautyTM has taken advantage of this concept by creating an internal and external system enhanced with the patent pending Nutrient ReservoirTM, which delivers essential ingredients to protect and prolong the life of every skin cell while combating the damage we’ve already done, effectively reducing the visible signs of aging. These ingredients protect from the 4 Core Influences of Aging, providing:

  1. Antioxidants to reduce the effects of oxidative stress
  2. Endocrine system modulators to mediate hormone fluctuations
  3. Energy Activators to help promote mitochondrial and metabolic efficiency
  4. Longevity Gene Supporters to extend the life of healthy cells

To learn more about Apriori Beauty’s Internal and External Products go here:  www.AprioriBeauty.com/FIC/Candace

The above information has been provided to Apriori Beauty Consultants to use in sharing the difference between Apriori Beauty’s Internal + External Approach to Antiaging and other products on the market today!

Pomegranates are Good for Your Skin!

 Our skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside our body, so it only makes sense to nourish and protect our skin by taking in foods that soothe and calm our inflammation. Pomegranate fruit is one such food that has a great effect on the inside of our body, and can help our skin become more beautiful as well!

Pomegranate!

Pomegranate fruit is rich in two types of polyphenolic compounds, anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins, and is known for its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have demonstrated the potential for clinical use of pomegranate in the prevention and treatment of cancer (1), and its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for addressing other diseases where chronic inflammation plays a critical role (2). It is also known to promote cardiovascular health by preventing low-density lipoprotein oxidation, reducing blood pressure and slowing the development of atherosclerosis (3).

REFERENCES:
Afaq F, Saleen M, et al. Anthocyanin- and Hydrolyzable Tannin-Rich Pomegranate Fruit Extract Modulates MAPK and NF-kappaB Pathways and Inhibits Skin Tumorigenesis in CD-1 Mice. Int. J. Cancer 2005; 113(3): 423-433.

Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr 2004; 23(3): 423-33.

Rasheed Z, Akhtar N, et al. Polyphenol-rich pomegranate fruit extract (POMx) suppresses PMACI-induced expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines by inhibiting the activation of MAP Kinases and NF-κB in human KU812 cells. Journal of Inflammation 2009; 6(1)

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Are Your Hair Care Products Free of Sulfates?

It’s really important to use skin and hair products that are as free from known toxins as possible. Our health is a gift and we need to make good choices to protect and nurture our health throughout our life. One ingredient you don’t want in your personal care products is sulfate.

Sulfate Free. We see it highlighted on shampoo bottles like it’s a big deal, but what does this really mean? Why is it important for us to use sulfate free shampoos and conditioners?  Here’s the short + sweet + simple answer.

Sulfate is an inexpensive chemical used by companies to provide cleaning power and bubbly lather in our shampoos (and some conditioners).

It cuts through grease and provides the bubbles that we love, so what’s the problem? The concern is that sulfates can cause skin irritations, worsen skin problems and can even be linked to hair loss! Sulfates are cheap and effective as a detergent, but our delicate scalp, hair, and hair follicles aren’t able to handle the harsh chemical- especially as we age.

The harsh sulfates may be causing you more harm than good.

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Eating Chocolate a New Way to Treat A-Fib?

“A-Fib”, or atrial fibrillation, is a heart arrhythmia more common in older adults. It can be very frightening to experience, and needs treatment quickly in order for your heart to continue pumping effectively. A new study is showing the possibility of another positive side effect of eating chocolate which is to potentially calm the frequency of A-Fib episodes. I now love chocolate even more!

Dark Chocolate

“Regular chocolate consumption may be linked to a lower risk of developing the heart rhythm irregularity atrial fibrillation, also known as heart flutter, finds research published on-line in the journal Heart.

The associations seemed to be strongest for 1 weekly serving for women and between 2 and 6 weekly servings for men, the findings suggest.”

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Pippa’s Wedding Day

Brides are simply beautiful, wedding days a joyous occasion to our delight. Everyone wants to see the bride’s dress, and how overcome with love the groom becomes when he catches the first glimpse of his bride as she begins her walk down the aisle to meet him. Celebrating Pippa Middleton’s wedding, I share a few sources of stunning photos capturing the beauty, love and delight of this special day.

This photo is shared from the story covered in the HuffingtonPost – Click the link <- or the photo to read the story of the day’s festivities and see many more gorgeous photos:

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND – MAY 20: Pippa Middleton arrives at the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark’s Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Then stroll over to the What Kate Wore Facebook Page, and Telegraph News for links to additional photos and coverage of this beautiful day and the details of Pippa’s dress. Enjoy!

Zinc Lozenges May Shorten Days of Cold Symptoms

Have a cold? Wish it would go away? Now you may be able to help along the symptoms of the common cold, and get back to feeling better in a shorter time. A new research study has shown the effectiveness of higher dose zinc lozenges to shorten the duration of a cold significantly.

Zinc Lozenges may help shorten the common cold!

“According to a meta-analysis of three randomized controlled trials zinc acetate lozenges may increase the rate of recovery from the common cold three fold. On the fifth day, 70% of the zinc lozenge patients had recovered compared with 27% of the placebo patients….The dose of zinc in the three studies was between 80 to 92 mg/day.”

What are the best zinc lozenges to use? Seems like there is a little bit to the proper selection of lozenges to have this type of effect on your cold. You need to find a lozenge with the right concentration of zinc, and one which does not contain substances that will bind the zinc ions, not allowing for full effectiveness, ingredients such as citric acid.

“Although the lead author, Dr. Harri Hemilä from the University of Helsinki, Finland, suggests that the optimal formulation of zinc lozenges and the best frequency of their administration should be further investigated, he also instructs common cold patients to test individually whether zinc lozenges are helpful for them: “given the strong evidence of efficacy and the low risk of adverse effects, common cold patients may already be encouraged to try zinc acetate lozenges not exceeding 100 mg of elemental zinc per day for treating their colds.””

Don’t you think giving a try of a zinc lozenge is worth a try for a few days to see it if works for you? I know I wouldn’t mind, especially if I needed to share an office space with you all day while you are sniffing, blowing, coughing and sneezing!


Quotations cited from ScienceDaily.com:

Journal Reference:

  1. Harri Hemilä, James T. Fitzgerald, Edward J. Petrus, Ananda Prasad. Zinc Acetate Lozenges May Improve the Recovery Rate of Common Cold Patients: An Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 2017; 4 (2) DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofx059

Health Benefits of Coffee – Made the Italian Way

We Italians, (or Eeeeeetalians as “Marco in a Box” in his “How to be Italian – 20 rules Italians never break  likes to say), LOVE our espresso and coffee. Our tried and true method of creating the perfect cup has been around for centuries.

Dr. David B. Samadi, on his blog, has recently shared a new health benefit for those men among us who are regular coffee drinkers – with the caveat of it must by made the Italian way.

Cappuccino

“A new study from Italy (where coffee-drinking borders on religion) indicates that men drinking three or more cups of Italian-style coffee daily may reduce their chances of prostate cancer by fifty percent. The new research was designed by the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention – I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed, Italy which collaborated with the Italian National Institute of Health and the I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata of Rome.”

Ahhhh, my Roman people, so creative and healthy! Mind you, the coffee in the study was caffeinated, and made in a specific way.

“The researchers discovered that the caffeinated coffee extracts reduced the aggregation of cancer cells and decreased their ability to metastasize, but these effects were almost non-existent with decaffeinated coffee extracts. The observations on cancer cells allow us to say that the beneficial effect observed among the 7,000 participants is most likely due to caffeine, rather than to the many other substances contained in coffee,” notes study co-author Maria Benedetta Donati.”

So is it the caffeine or the polyphenols, or both together which produces the anti-cancer benefits?

“They prepare coffee [the] rigorously Italian way: high pressure, very high water temperature, and with no filters,” says study co-author Licia Iacoviello. “This method, different from those followed in other areas of the world, could lead to a higher concentration of bio-active substances.”

Italians drink coffee as traditional rituals, certain times of the day, specific type of coffee and add the social customs along with it. A morning espresso is pretty much consumed as a shot, in one or two slurps. Your day can now begin! Other coffee drinks include friends to chat with, seats positioned to people watch, situated to invite others to stop by and join in the leisurely, and sometimes boisterous, conversations. Hands waving, opinions argued, solutions presented, and much shared friendship abound. Could it be the shared social community have an influence on health, as well?

Thanks for sharing this great health news, Dr. Samadi!

Which Kentucky Derby Hat is You?

The Kentucky Derby is such a fun and frolicky annual horse race, filled with tradition and beauty. From the gorgeous horses to the traditional mint juleps, there is anticipation and excitement in the air. What I love most about the Kentucky Derby is selecting “my” horse to cheer on and, always, seeing the beautiful hats on display everywhere!

“The long-established fashion was started with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.’s vision for the Derby as an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women. For the first running of the Kentucky Derby, he used high-class women to recruit his target clientele to attend the race. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.” *

I’m posting a few hats for you to enjoy from the official Kentucky Derby website as well as my personal choice if I were going this year!

  1. Playful and fun!

2. “Look at me!” (I like the shoulder sun protection this hat offers!)

3. This one has the floral embellishment underneath the brim – beautiful!

4. Such fun for men, too!

5. My choice from Berkeley Hats (where you will find many, many more lovely hats to order!)

Cheers to a great race and very fun day!

Lasik Surgery Reduces Eye Infections

If you wear contact lenses every day, reduced infection rate is now another reason to have Lasik eye surgery. Opthalmologists from the Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, have completed a study which shows a small, but significant lower rate of eye infections in individuals post Lasik surgery when compared to daily contact wearers. Microbial keratitis is an infection that attacks the cornea, and causes significant long term vision issues, including devastating vision loss.

“An article on the findings was published in the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery, a high-impact, peer-reviewed scientific journal. “Microbial keratitis is a relatively rare complication associated with contact lens use and LASIK postoperatively,” the article said. The authors were Jordan Masters, MD; Mehmet Kocak, PhD; and Aaron Waite, MD. “The risk for microbial keratitis was similar between patients using contact lenses at one year, compared with LASIK. Over time, the risk for microbial keratitis was higher for contact lens use than for LASIK, specifically with extended-wear lenses.”

I wish they had included those who took their contacts out every day to clean and rest their eyes, changing the lenses every two weeks, and also those who use daily lenses, which are disposed of every day, starting the next day with a fresh, sterile set of lenses. I use the daily wear lenses, and have been thinking about Lasik surgery, but am still a little nervous about getting good results, and the possibility of surgical complications.

The researchers did go on to say that the rate of this type of infection is rare, but has long term devastating affects for those who do acquire it. I also wonder if they compared the compliance and routine of cleaning the lenses of those they compared to, although the more times our fingers touch the lenses, the higher the risk for any infection. Interesting study!

Excerpts cited from ScienceDaily.com

Tips to Looking Younger While Enjoying the Sun

We all know by now that years of sun exposure will eventually take it’s toll on our skin and appearance, and put us as risk for multiple types of skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen, staying out of the sun during peak hours of the day, and wearing sun protective clothing is very important to keeping our skin healthy and our appearance as youthful as possible!

“…Board-certified dermatologist Arianne Shadi Kourosh, MD, MPH, FAAD, director of community health and co-director of the multiethnic skin clinic in the department of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston” reports that “environmental factors can damage the skin in multiple ways, from UVB rays causing sunburns and uneven pigmentation to UVA and infrared radiation penetrating more deeply into the skin to damage existing collagen and reduce collagen production, resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin. Habitual UV exposure can cause blood vessels to become more prominent, causing skin redness, she says, while visible light and pollution can cause uneven skin tone, especially in darker skin types. Moreover, other forms of radiation, such as heat and visible light, can negatively impact the skin, as can pollution, so protecting your skin from the environment can benefit both your health and appearance.”

Sun protective factors of 25 – 30 are sufficient to protect us from 95 – 97% of UV radiation. Using skin care products with antioxidants will also help in protecting our skin from environmental pollution and free radical damage.

“Since both types of UV rays can damage the skin, Dr. Kourosh says, it’s important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of 30 or higher. She recommends sunscreens containing the active ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as a good source of broad-spectrum protection suitable for sensitive skin. She also says formulations containing antioxidants may provide some protection against uneven skin tone and aging caused by free radical damage from infrared light, visible light and pollution.”

I have just the product that has both 25 SPF for broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection as well as antioxidant ingredients. Celloxylin Day Defense Plus from Apriori Beauty has the following ingredient profile:

Active ingredients (purpose – Sunscreen): Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 3%, Octisalate 3%, Octocrylene 2.79%. Inactive Ingredients: Acetyl Glucosamine, Acetyl Octapeptide-3, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Caffeine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Carnitine HCL, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Fragrance*, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydroxyproline, Isohexadecane, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Mica, Oleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Petasites Japonicus Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Sorbate, Resveratrol Acetate, Rhodiola Rosea (Golden Root) Extract, Silica, Sorbitan Oleate, Sorbitan Olivate, Stearic Acid, Sucrose, Tocopherol, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp (Mushroom) Extract, Triolein, Ubiquinol, Water (Aqua), Xanthan Gum.*Fragrance made up of all-natural ingredients.

Key Ingredients

Lyceum Barbarum Fruit Extract (Goji Berry) — super antioxidant
Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) — extraordinary moisturizer, antioxidant
Resveratrol — cellular regenerator, anti-inflammatory
Acetyl Glucosamine — skin brightener, moisturizer; provides connective tissue support

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Southern California Spring This Year!

We are having a glorious spring this year, after years of drought, and I wanted to share some of the natural beauty with you! Enjoy!

 

We’re having what’s called a “Super Bloom” – so gorgeous!

More “Super Bloom”!

 

The Sounds of Nature Do Calm Our Stress

Does the sound of rain calm you? How about the sounds of a waterfall, or wind blowing or crickets chirping or birds singing? Now there is scientific evidence showing the sounds of nature do exert a calming influence over our stressed minds and bodies.

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Castor Oil Treatment for Hair Loss?

Hair loss comes from a variety of causes and conditions. Stress, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, thyroid issues, menopause, heredity and many more conditions can lead to the loss of hair at different times of life.

I’m experiencing hair loss, not quite sure exactly why as I have a few of the above mentioned conditions. I tried several different shampoos and conditioners, asked my doctor if my health could be the reason, and asked my hair stylist what she thought. Came up with not a whole lot of help, but did find some information and testimonials about the use of castor oil mixed with other oils as a hair treatment. I’m game – what do I have to lose but more hair, right?

Castor Oil hair treatment is as easy as any hot oil treatment. Mix equal parts castor oil with a base oil such as coconut oil, or jojoba oil. Dampen hair, apply oil, wrap with a warm moist towel and let it absorb from 30 minutes to 6 hours, or something similar to this.

Here’s a link to an easy step by step guide for Castor Oil Hair Treatment from WikiHow. [Read more…]

Eating Soy Improves Health in Some Breast Cancers

There has been conflicting advice about whether or not eating soy and soy isoflavones is harmful if you’re at risk or have had breast cancer. New research has shown a positive effect on the health in those with some types of breast cancer with the regular consumption of soy.

Is Soy Safe? - Plant Based Dietitian

Soy

An epidemiological analysis of data from more than 6,000 American and Canadian women with breast cancer finds that post-diagnosis consumption of foods containing isoflavones — estrogen-like compounds primarily found in soy food — is associated with a 21 percent decrease in all-cause mortality. This decrease was seen only in women with hormone-receptor-negative tumors, and in women who were not treated with endocrine therapy such as tamoxifen. [Read more…]

Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind

Recent research is again showing healthy gut flora correlates with a healthy mind and decrease in depressive like or despair behavior. Lead researcher Alban Gaultier, PhD, and her team have produced significant findings of this gut-mind connection with the hope of repeating these results in humans.

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